Wanted : Mum Friend for Boozy Nights, Rants & Support

Must live within walking/stumbling distance. We will be drinking and we don’t want a taxi time limit.

Must enjoy drinking.

Must enjoy sharing chocolate.

Must enjoy pizza/Chinese/Indian/*insert other fatty takeaway options here*

Must enjoy drinking.

Must be willing to listen to my husband and child related rants whilst nodding at the appropriate places and remaining impartial, regardless of whether or not I am being unreasonable.

GSOH essential.

Must appreciate cheesy music from the 90s, cheesy films and pyjamas.

Must enjoy drinking.

Know it alls need not apply.

Time wasters need not apply.

Judgement neither passed or appreciated.

Genuine support and advice welcomed.

Must enjoy drinking.

 

How Do You Supa Go? Cosatto Stroller Review – Magic Unicorns

We’ve recently been tasked with putting the Cosatto Supa Go Stroller in Magic Unicorn print* to the test. As ever, Aria was more than happy to sit down, relax and trial the pushchair. Aria has taken to her new stroller like, well, a unicorn takes to rainbows. Now, as we know, a happy baby/toddler is a huge tick when it comes to strollers, but a happy mammy & daddy is an even bigger tick, we’re the ones who have to lug it around and store it after all!

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

As soon as I saw this stroller I fell in love with the eye catching magic unicorn print, as did Aria, who excitedly exclaimed HORSEY! The girl has a lot to learn, she hasn’t yet realised just how magical and amazing unicorns are, referring to them as their poor relatives horses, is she actually mine?

No detail is left when it comes to Cosatto, the brand who are on a mission to save the world from boring baby stuff.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

I hate to admit that at the grand old age of thirty *cough* something I still don’t drive, this means that I rely on public transport and as a result I need a compact, lightweight stroller that is easy to manoeuvre and easy to collapse in a hurry. The Supa Go ticks all of these boxes, or at least it does on the way shopping before I load it up with ten million carrier bags. I can easily get the stroller on and off the bus and into position without disturbing my chilled out little madam. I no longer have the fear if I see another pushchair on the bus as I know that mine is small enough to fit us both on. In the unlikely event that there are a few pushchairs on the bus and I can’t fit mine on too, or the driver is just being mean and making me collapse the pushchair even though there is room, the Supa Go is easy enough to pop Aria out, fold down, click into place and carry, all while holding Aria’s hand so she doesn’t run off.

Talking of shopping, the shopping basket is the perfect size for everyday essentials and a few extra bits. Living in Wales means that I do tend to take the rain cover with me whenever I go out, and this does take up a huge chunk of the space, but I can still fit a few more bits and pieces in. The one downside to the shopping basket is that it can be quite difficult to get in and out of when the stroller is fully reclined.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

The rain covers that come included with the stroller as standard are massive, ain’t nobody getting wet with this covering them. The basket, recliner and ‘spy hole’ are all still easily accessible with the rain covers in place. The handles are adjustable which is perfect for shorties like me and not so short people too!

Quite possibly Aria’s favourite thing about the Cosatto Supa Go stroller is the adjustable footrest. She loves to be the girl about town, chilled out with the foot rest in the raised position and looking cool.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

Aria’s least favourite part of the Supa Go, but a very good feature, is the reclining seat. Aria hates it because she associates me reclining the seat with nap time. I recline, Aria screams. If you have a child who actually enjoys naps, or are using this pushchair for a newborn, this feature is perfect. What makes it even better is that it is so easy to recline with just one hand and very little disturbance. Unless your child is Aria and they scream when you recline it, then there will be a lot of disturbance.

The extendable hood on this stroller is HUGE. It is perfect for sunshade, or if you live in Wales and don’t need to worry about sunshade it is perfect for stashing your shopping in as you walk around, just remember to take it out and pay to avoid any awkward situations.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

Other features include a handy ‘spy hole’ which is perfect for checking on your child without disturbing them, a five point harness and an easy to use kick on/off brake. All wheels are swivel and you have the option to lock the front wheels.

Not only is the stroller easily wipeable but the seat also also pops off for washing, perfect for sickly newborns and messy toddlers alike.

Priced at just £174.95 and suitable from newborn, the Supa Go really is fantastic value for money, especially when you consider the fantastic four year guarantee.

Cosatto Supa Go Stroller Review - Unicorn print stroller

As you can see, Aria has a clear favourite way to Supa Go! How do your little ones Supa Go?

If you prefer to watch rather than read, check out my video review :

*Disclosure – we received the Cosatto Supa Go in exchange for an honest review*

From Wimp to Ninja Toddler

I used to worry about my toddler because she wasn’t like other toddlers.

She wouldn’t explore or throw herself down slides, she wouldn’t climb and discover her surroundings.

My toddler was a wimp.

Part of me was relieved. it took a lot of stress and worry out of parenting, I didn’t have to worry about my daughter hurting herself or wandering off, because she wouldn’t put herself in danger. As much as a relief as this was I didn’t want it for her. I wanted my girl to explore, I didn’t want her to hold herself back and I certainly didn’t want her to worry about things. I’m the parent, I’m the one who should be worrying.

Then, all of a sudden, my daughter changed, she went from a wimp to a ninja toddler, seemingly overnight.

There is no stopping her now, she jumps on the bed and throws herself down, she goes on a slide without holding our hands, she climbs out of bed. If we leave a ladder around she will climb up it. If we go to a river she will explore, right up to the edge of the water.

My toddler is a ninja. 

Aria no longer worries, now the worrying is my job, as it should be.

I love my little seemingly fierce ninja, I am so proud of her for stepping away from fear and just doing things. There is a small part of me that will always miss my wimp, my little girl who didn’t want to leave my side, who anxiously held my hand and waited for me to explore with her, but I am so happy that my daughter is no longer holding herself back, she is enjoying life to the full.

My girl has grown up, she is no longer a ‘wimp’, she is now an independent, inquisitive toddler.

Reclaiming me After Motherhood

It has taken over two years, but I finally feel as though I have found ‘me’ again, not just mam, but me. Don’t get me wrong I love being Aria’s mam but boy I have missed being me, being Leanne.

People used to say that I was funny, I made them laugh. I lost that person, I struggled to make conversation let alone make people laugh. I became lonely and boring. The only thing that I was able to talk about with any enthusiasm was Aria and my parenting wins and woes. This very quickly became my go to subject, became who I was.

I always have struggled to make friends, unless I’m drunk and then I can talk the hind leg off a donkey. Small talk is not my forte.

Before becoming a mother I worked in an office for over ten years, an office full of women, women who I knew very well. Women who I would regularly engage in conversation with and just be ‘me’ with. In fact I was often pulled up on for talking too much!

I left these women behind to work from home, and to look after my daughter, the only regular adult conversation that I had (apart from my husband) would be if I attempted to make small talk at baby groups. I missed regular free flowing conversation, I missed gossip, my baby became my security blanket and I lost myself. I forgot who I was, I forgot how to just be me.

More recently I’ve made time for me. I’ve made time to reconnect with old friends, time to connect with new friends. I’ve found myself again. I’ve found myself over those small moments. Bonded with other mothers over a coffee and an eye roll when our kids had that similar strop, smiled with other mother’s when our kids became friends. Those little moments are the ones that count. The ones that helped me find me again.

Whether it’s meeting up with old friends, some who are now parents too, some who aren’t, or making new friends through common interests, and of course, children. It all helps to find you again, to reclaim yourself.

Make time for adults. Even play dates and baby groups are important, they are when you bond with adults, when you get to become you again. Even if it is while keeping one on eye on your wild child.

Does my baby have Colic?

Does my baby have colic? I imagine that this is one of the most google-d phrases from parents of newborns. If your baby is crying in discomfort it is the easiest conclusion to jump to.

We were lucky, Aria never suffered with colic, or at least we don’t think she did. Don’t get me wrong, she would often cry and seemed to suffer from bad wind after a feed, sometimes throwing a little milk back up, sometimes throwing a lot of milk back up. But she never really suffered, not like some poor babies, not like Lianne‘s poor babies.

You see some babies constantly cry, they cry non stop, they cry because they are in severe pain, severe pain caused by Colic. To the parents of colicky babies, I salute you.

Aria’s symptoms were easily resolved. We switched to Dr Brown’s Bottles for a little while and when it got real bad we would massage her stomach and pump her legs, as if she was riding a bicycle. This would usually bring the wind right up.

For some babies these simple tricks won’t work, very often the reason for this is because these babies are suffering with Transient Lactase Deficiency. This is where the immature digestive system of babies struggles to make enough lactase to digest the lactose in their feed, which induces colicky symptoms.

Introducing a lactase enzyme drop, such as Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops, with feeds can often resolve the problem without having to move to or change formula. Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops help make digesting lactose easier for baby without delaying the feeding process.

The drops can be used from birth, and are sugar, preservative and flavour-free. You simply add them to breast milk or infant formula prior to feeding and they work their magic without interfering with the feeding process.

Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops (10ml), priced at £9.99 for 60 feeds, are available from Asda stores or online at www.asda.co.uk and independent pharmacies nationwide.

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