My Pocket Buddy Review

Children can’t help but touch everything they see, whether it be touching toys in a shop or running their hands along railings as they walk aside them. My boys are in the habit of picking up anything off of the floor outside on the street, they are like crows, anything that takes their fancy will be in their hands within seconds especially sticks and knowing that our pavements are pretty much 60% paved in dogs muck and urine it’s the last thing i want them to be doing as when they get home their hands are straight away touching food.

Children are inquisitive and need to touch and feel new things, they need to explore and learn from what they have found which is why i always carry around hand gel with me for those moments when there is no sink and soap around and you need to clean those dirty little hands.

My Pocket Buddy is an alcohol-free natural hand sanitiser especially designed for children’s use. They are 8ml pen sprays and are an ideal size to fit into their lunch boxes, school book bags, blazer pockets or even into their pencil cases.

When in school children don’t always follow the rules you set out at home and they are not always supervised so their isn’t someone their to remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and younger ones have to hold hands a lot when in their pairs, fingers go places that i don’t even want to write about YUK!                                

So as a parent i want to protect my children from them nasty germs that hang around on the door handles, under finger nails and on school apparatus.

My Pocket Buddy is

  • Made entirely from pure and natural ingredients with NO synthetic chemicals nasties
  • Alcohol free, allergen free, fragrance free and paraben free
  • Solvent-free, Non-toxic and non-flammable
  • Contains natural moisturisers such as Aloe vera which is kind to your skin
  • Kills 99.9% of germs
  • recyclable materials and packaging, kind to the environment
  • Contains No animal derived ingredients and hasn’t been tested on animals
  • Refreshing and quick drying

Research has shown that extensive use of alcohol based gels can leave damaging effects of the skin, it can strip your skin of the essential moisturising oils that our skin needs and can actually increase your skins susceptibility to bacterial infection.

I took our Pocket Buddy into London on a day out it came in handy pretty much straight away as Joseph touched the walls as the escalator was moving and ended up with dirty black hands, i cleaned them with a wipe first then finished with the spray.The spray is perfect size for Joseph hands and Jak who is Ten years old found it easy to use the nozzle spray.

The spray is nice and light and very compact perfect for on the go little children. The sanitiser leaves no sticky residue and leaves no smell after use. Jak used two squirts of it and that was the ideal amount to cover both of his hands, it doesn’t come out in a huge amount and doesn’t run off of the hands. Even if the children do not take the pocket buddy sanitiser into school with them it fits just right into my hand bag 🙂

The Pocket Buddy is currently priced at 0.96 pence and can be bought on line from the Opure website


302/366 holding hands

I don’t get much time alone with Jak my eldest but when I do I make the most of grabbing a quick cuddle from him without being pulled apart from the other two boys. Jak is a very cuddly, loving boy who never shies away from showing his love.
Even in school he doesn’t care who is looking or what anyone will say to him he is always giving his little brother a cuddle, they are two very loving boys.

I took this photo today of us both holding hands on the sofa whilst watch ing the Olympics together. It’s a photo I shall keep forever.



It’s Weaning Time!

My baby is now 6 months old and for the past couple of weeks now I have been slowly introducing food into his daily routine in particularly at dinner time. He sits and stares at us all while we are eating our food and they say that once your baby starts showing an interest in you while you eat it is the best time to introduce their first food.

As Oliver is now 6 months milk alone will not give him the nutrition and energy he needs to grow and become healthy.
Vitamins and minerals are essential fir your baby’s development and calcium and vitamin D helps there bones to become strong.

I started off, like I did with my elder two, by giving him smooth baby rice, which is a perfect food to start to wean with as it has a simple taste and texture and easy to digest. You mix the baby rice with your baby’s usual milk to make the quantity and texture that suits your baby, this Can be given to the baby from 4 months but health professionals will most likely recommend you not to give to you baby until they are 6 months. I personally believe that you will know when the time is right, like I said earlier on I started introducing it at 5 1/2 months old.
Oliver did not take to the taste of this very well, he just looked at me and frowned as if to say “Mummy, what is this” and spat the food out everywhere.
Now I know from previous experience of weaning that it can get very messy, babies only know how to swallow so their instinct is to gulp down the food just like they do with there milk. I’m quite sure more came out of his mouth that went in, this is only because he needs to familiarise himself to the new textures and tastes and he needs to learn how to get the food from the front of his mouth to the back in order to swallow it, after a few attempts he gets to grip with his swallowing.

I found that Oliver liked mashed up banana mixed with his milk much better than the baby rice.

I believe that babies need to taste a variety of foods to help develop their budding taste. I will allow him to taste foods that the family are eating as I am a strong believer that as he grows he will not be a fussy eater, he needs to experience different smells as well as textures and tastes.

We do get very messy and he loves to get his hands into the food now and then he sucks it off of his fingers.
Meal time can be a bit of battle with him as he is always trying to grab at the spoon or the bowl and the food ends up going everywhere.


He loves his food and since giving him
Solids it has helped tremendously with his reflux.

I am going to attempt at baby-led feeding now he is 6 months.
Baby-led weaning is when the baby sits with the family at mealtimes and given the same healthy food as everyone else but hey feed themselves with their hands.
I think Oliver will take to this part of the weaning very well!

Please share with me your experiences in weaning and what first food you fed your baby?
All advise appreciated