keeping Sterilised – Mum life

#AD #MUNCHKINMOMENTS – I am working in a paid relationship with BritMums & Munchkin promoting its Nursery Steriliser

As a mother it’s so important to keep everything clean and sterilised all the time, but sometimes this is easier said than done. But after discovering the BRAND NEW Munchkin 59S Nursery Steriliser, my life has totally changed.

Its perfect for sterilising things both for my new baby and for my toddler, who has suddenly gone from being a baby to an independent little man. My toddler is only 3 but he wants to do everything himself. That means it’s gotten more challenging keeping things like toys and stuffed animals clean.

Can you relate to the challenge of making things stay clean for your baby or toddler? Leave a comment down below.

My baby is 9 weeks old now. In the current climate it is imperative more than ever to keep everything squeaky clean, especially as he is still so young.

About the Munchkin Nursery Steriliser

I placed the Nursery Steriliser in the nursery so it’s easily accessible for me when we’re upstairs. We can pop things into it when needed and all we need to do is press the button. Its portable too, so we can take it with us on outings or trips.

The Munchkin Nursery Steriliser is super lightweight and kills 99% of bacteria and viruses on toys, plush animals and other baby items in only 5 minute! This is every mother’s dream item — especially when we get to the stage where my baby Sami will want to put everything in his mouth. (At the moment its just his hands.)

You can even sterilise mobile phones, headphones, iPads, remote controls, keys and glasses– just to name a few!

I also love that it is super easy and quick to pack down and has a rechargeable battery. This has given me peace of mind. It fits simply into our day-to-day routines and now i’m saving so much time. Totally winning as a mother of two!

A mini steriliser for days out

Another piece of must-have sterilising equipment is the Munchkin 59S Mini Steriliser. It sterilises dummies and bottle teats and is portable so is perfect for days out. Sami hasn’t taken a dummy so we have used this for bottle teats after expressing. It is super fast and kills 99% of bacteria and visuses in 59 seconds! WOW!

I remember when Adem was a baby and he would always drop his dummy. I had to carry so many with me all the time. Now how times have changed! To be able to carry something so small and convenient at all times is perfect. It uses UV-C LIGHT and a rechargeable battery or batteries. The child-safe UV light auto shuts off when the lid is opened.

And finally i have been using the Munchkin microwave steriliser bags. You put bottles or breast pump parts in with water, seal the bag then microwave for two minutes for easy sterilising. These are super convenient too as each bag can be used 30 times and there is even a place on the bag to mark off so you can easily keep a track of the number of times it’s been used .

They are so simple for travelling or on holiday as long as you have access to a microwave. There is even a part of it which is ‘cool touch’ technology so you can pick it up after it’s been in the microwave without burning yourself.

As I am a Mum I feel totally kitted out. Its been a tough time and i now feel i have got all the tools needed whilst we are at home and out to keep sterilised and safe.

See below the link for the Munchkin Sterilisers.

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First day out as a family of 4

First big day out since Before Covid. 🥳

It was a big occasion as it was our first “family day out” as a family of 4.
With everything going on in the world life hasn’t been normal and having a baby during this time has been a totally different experience to when I had Adem.
We decided to go to Paradise Wildlife Park, as its all outside and totally a safe environment for the kids. All the staff were wearing masks and wiping down surfaces constantly, if was good to see, even after each train ride the train man wipes down each little carriage too. Also any inside area it was compulsory to wear a mask, so a big thumbs up from me for hygiene.

Being a family of 4 now is definitely a lot harder when on a day out as Adem wanted to see everything but then Sami needs to feed etc at the same time but the best thing to do is just be chilled and play the day by ear and enjoy every moment as a family. I got to enjoy time with Adem when Sami had naps too. As it was such a hot day he had lots of little naps and kept hydrated by breast feeding him regularly when needed. As he is only 9 weeks old its so important to keep him in the shade and well protected.

I feel as I am now a mum of two I am much more relaxed this time and feeding in public didn’t bother me as I had my cover too. This again was the first time feeding in public with Sami as I have only really been around my close circle and family after having Sami.

I love visiting Paradise Wildlife Park and it was nice to take Sami this time. We will for sure be back when he is older so he can enjoy the day too.

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Adem goes to Nursery soon

All Mothers go through this emotional time when their baby is due to start Nursery. As Adem is my first born Son I feel with him turning 3 a few days ago and we are now on the count down to his start date its all so emotional.

Its been such a crazy few months with Covid-19 and being on lock-down as well as all of his classes etc being cancelled until further notice its been an interesting time and having to find new ways to burn off some of his energy as he is a little ball of energy all the time!

All toddlers go through the ‘terrible 3’ stage but it definitely came at the worse time as I was heavily pregnant and then having our little Sami 8 weeks ago. But i am honestly so proud of him and he has dealt with all of the changes so well. He is such a good older brother. He has a lot of love to give.

He says he doesn’t want to ‘leave me’ but he is absolutely going to love school so much. He will be in his element as he is such a social butterfly and such a people person and loves to talk…not sure who he gets that from hehe.

On his 3rd Birthday I was so emotional and teared up more than a few times as even though this might not seem like a big deal to some but as I have been with Adem 24/7 since he was born this is the mark of big changes in our life and with having a new little brother. All positive changes but very monumental for us.

We are going to embrace the last few weeks before he starts school as little does he realise he will be going to school till he is in his 20s. Now this makes me so emotional…he is only 3! Time is just going so fast and I have especially noticed this since becoming a Mum.

Tonight we are going to be ordering his nursery uniform, I will have the tissues at the ready thats for sure.

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Potty Training

I thought I would write about our experience with potty training – the highs and the lows. This was my first time with the whole potty training thing and to be honest at first when I was planning to start training Adem I found it quite daunting at the thought of it, but these things have got to be done I totally got stuck in with it… and it wasn’t half as bad as I thought it might be. phewwww a big sigh of relief.

I was lucky it didn’t take my son long to get the hang of it but at the start he really really didn’t like it and even worse he didn’t like having the ‘accidents’. I don’t think he knew which one was worse at the beginning.

When he was about 14 months old I got a couple of potties and had them in the bathrooms so he would get use to seeing them and I would sit him on the potty when I went to the toilet. This is a really good tip. There is no specific age to start the training process but 2 years old is a good age to officially start as they seem more ready and willing. We were on our holiday when he turned 2 and got him used to wearing the big boy pants in the hotel room in the evenings while we got ready which he really liked. So once we returned home I started the process gradually.

I have a few friends who have older toddlers so I was able to ask for some tips and advise as they were ahead of me in the stages of potty training. A great idea which I also saw online was potty training charts. This is a great way to reward them as soon as they have used the potty and washed their hands. We used stickers for the chart…. which Adem loves! And he would also be allowed a treat. This works a dream for most I think as it gives them 1 or 2 incentives to use their potty as they get the rewards…they always remember the rewards!!! This makes it into a more positive experience and this is when they start to communicate better with you that they need to use the potty.

Communication is key! Expressing to them the process and making it fun, checking with them if they need to go regularly is so important. I found that after a week of potty training he got the hang of it but he would sometimes forget to tell me whilst he was playing and suddenly he would go quiet. At this stage I would constantly be looking out for his body language that would signal to me that he needed to go – he is good at holding it in by this point. Big tip is to try not to make a big deal of the accidents and keep the whole process positive. Just say to them – ‘Never mind, don’t worry’ then pop their clean clothes on. Always have spare clothes for them in different changing stations of the house and in your bag for when you go out. At the start there is always going to be lots of ‘mess’ to clean up so have lots of toilet roll handy dotted around the house. Adem didn’t like seeing the little puddles so he would want to help me clean and say ‘Dont worry Mummy Adem clean’ which totally melted my heart. He is a tidy boy and likes to help me clean the house so I am lucky there.

During this whole process I have also been weaning him off the boob also so a double whammy – see my previous blog post – So he has grown up a lot during this process. Currently he only has his milk before his nap – sometimes he falls asleep in the car and will go 2 days without milk.

After about 2 weeks of potty training i started napping him in his big boy pant and he has not once (fingers crossed) had an accident in his bed. which i am so proud of and i am sure he is too. So when he wakes from him nap i put him straight on the toilet and he goes then and he gets 2 stickers – one for using the potty and the other for napping in his pants – I make sure to tell him that too which he loves and gets excited about. The next stage is to put him to sleep in his pants at night time – this stage i am a little more wary about but as he doesn’t have milk before bedtimes and he hasn’t for about a month now he should be fine and he hasn’t had any nap time accidents. Also every morning he wakes up he has a dry nappy and uses the toilet straight away…so I am going to implement this asap and see how we go.

I think that the biggest tip is to not force potty training on them and to let it happen more organically because when you force it they get upset and wont go. Let it become part of the routines like brushing the teeth and washing the hands etc.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our experiences.

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Lots of love

Alice x

Weaning a Toddler off Breastfeeding

I thought i should start with a blog about something which i am currently doing adding all the tips and any obstacles i have come across along the way.

Adem turned 2 on the 2nd of august this year but as we were on our holiday so i started the process of slowly weaning him off the boob once we returned home and were settled into a routine again.

We started the process 16 days ago – I have always done baby led everything so i decided to go with my motherly instincts and just go with my gut as no one knows their child better than the mother in most cases and all children are different. I wanted to share my experiences with you all as this might be super helpful to some.

Phase 1 – So to start with i cut out letting him have boob as soon as he woke up – of course he wasn’t happy at the beginning as he LOVES his morning (pre-breakfast milk) but he soon noticed that he was eating more at breakfast time and he didn’t miss it at all. So far so good. I was pleasantly surprised and after a couple of days he stopped asking for it. He still occasionally tells me to get back into bed and then giggles and says boobie… he is very smart. So my top tip here is to always get up and get ready before your little one and hubby. I usually get half a peaceful shower before i hear ‘MUMMY COME HERE!!’

Phase 2 – So for this phase i decided to cut out the ‘mid morning’ feed – To be honest this only really happened if we are at home so this one was easy to cut out as he didn’t need it as he is now 2. It was more of a comfort thing and i replaced it with snack time of an apple or healthy snack if we were at home during this time. I like to be out and about from early and get back for nap times so he can sleep in the car or in his bed. In this phase i also cut out evening feeds pre bed time!!! this i will talk about in phase 3

Phase 3 – I thought this would be the hardest thing in this whole weaning process… but funnily enough it wasn’t!! So a little bit of background info… during Adems 2 years of life he has co slept with us quite a bit as he didn’t like his cot or being alone, but when he turned 18 months old we got him a toddler bed which helped massively…but not for my back as i ended up falling asleep after feeding him quite a bit (yes laying in the toddler bed haha) Everyone does things differently but as i enjoy breast feeding and love all the cuddles i honestly didn’t mind the co sleeping. I then did sleep training with him but after a few weeks of sleepless nights he was eventually sleeping right through the night in his own bed without waking up asking for milk!! Hallelujah!! So getting back to the weaning side of things…during the process of saying no to pre bedtime milk he was fine after the 2nd night but he has to hold my hair (I think the hair holding thing is quite common when breast feeding, but now he is 2 its just as obsession!) Even when we are reading etc he has to hold my hair, he wont settle for just anyones hair, it has to be Mummies hair. So this is where i have struggled because from birth he has only ever had me at bed times and nap times, he is happy with no milk but to make life easier i just lay with him in our bed with him holding my hair until he falls asleep but normally doesn’t take long when he is in our bed as he prefers it. A few times in the last 2 weeks he has asked to go in his bed to sleep and i laid with him until he fell asleep, this was great progress and as i do everything baby led and it showed to me that he was ready to go back to his bed and he knows he isn’t getting any milk anyway. So even though i have struggled with weaning him off ‘mummies hair’ at least along side co-sleeping with us he is happy and we can transfer him into his bed once he falls asleep.

Phase 4 – So if Adem falls asleep whilst in the car (without having boobie) he would wake up and want it desperately so for the first 2 days so i let him have milk once he woke up as he slept whilst we were out. After that i was then making sure we got home in time for his naps to get him into a good routine. So after 2-3 days from starting the weaning-off process he wasn’t having milk for 12 hours at a time. This was great progress and i am so proud of him. During this whole process we have also been potty training so he has developed so much in the last 2 weeks. I will follow up this blog post with a potty training update.

Lots of Love x

My First Blog Post

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my first ever blog post. I am new to blogging so please stay tuned and subcribe to see more.

I would like to start by firstly introducing myself. My name is Alice and i have been married to my wonderful husband Hasan for nearly 3 and a half years now and we have a son called Adem together who has just turned 2.

I kind of fell into ‘mummy blogging’ on instagram when my son was 6 months old and it has grown and developed from there. I started off with baby weaning and recipe posts and at each stage of Adems development we have grown from there. i focus on healthy lifestyle, fitness, mum-life, recipes, tips & advice, beauty reviews, places we visit, and motivational posts.

Thankyou to all my amazing friends, family, followers and fellow Mummies & Daddies for their continued support. We have loved our journey so far and we have ‘virtually’ met so many lovely people and more as we continue to grow.

It has been on my to-do list to start a blog for sometime now and i always seemed to have put it off. But here we are now eventually so i hope you enjoy what is to come.

Lots of Love x