Explora Snack N Go Review

Do you have children that eat on the go?

The Tommee Tippee Explora Snack N Go allows your child to dip into their snacks whenever they want but also stops the food from spilling out all over the place. The design of the pot makes it a classic travel pot, excellent for children that are on the go, picnics, buggy’s and car journeys (no more mess)

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The snack pot is perfect for little hands with an easy access soft lid, which is especially designed for little hands to slip through yet stopping the snack from falling out. The pot has a little angled handle which is ideal for children to hold onto whilst snacking.

Key features:

  • Clever snack pot with easy-access soft lid
  • Mess free snacking
  • Ideal for travel
  • Available in two colours
  • Suitable for babies 12 months +
  • BPA-free

My son is 3 years old and I have found this snack pot perfect for him, we filled it up with strawberries and grapes and it managed to hold quite a lot. It fits perfectly into his pack lunch box, with the added bonus of knowing, because of the lid, that the contents will not be found squashed all over the rest of his lunch after it has been swung around a few times on the short walking journey that we make every day to the childminders house.

He had no problem finding room inside the pot to move his hand around to search for the biggest grape nor did he say that it felt too tight or uncomfortable for him to remove his hand from the lid.

The Snack N Go is available in two colours: blue and yellow or orange and purple.

Available to but in shops now.

We was provided with a snack pot for the purpose of this review, no payment has been received.

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Baby Basics With Mamas & Papas

According to the Nursery Retailer Mamas & Papas new parents are feeling the financial pressure with buying the day to day essentials you need once you have had a new baby, so using their parenting expertise Mamas & Papas have handpicked a list of everyday quality essentials that will be needed for those first few precious months.

As a parent to a 19 month old and 2 older children I can fully understand how concerning it can be to budget for a new baby, I already had most of the essential nursery equipment from my previous children and yet I still worried about how much having a new baby was going to set us back.

Most Soon to be new parents spend years saving up their money in order to have a baby, it can be stressful and worrying thinking about how much money you will need. Mamas & Papas have derived a list to help you prepare for your new arrival with the baby essentials consisting of 21 items for sleeping, feeding, clothing and moving all for just £717!

Unbelievable! I know just what I thought!

One of my prams that I bought cost £700 and the cot set us back £150 so how on earth could I possible buy all of the essentials for just over £700. I couldn’t see it possible until I looked at the lost myself and I was pleasantly surprised with their list. They had covered the most important items with a pram, cot and car seat, the clothing is the basic what you will need so you will have to rely on the gifts you will receive for the fancy outfits.

Moving:

 Aton.Car Seat – Black Jack £120

Pram / Pushchair Luna £159

Changing Mat Bedtime Hugs £14

Bouncer Bubble Bouncer £19.95

Sleeping:

Cot Bibi £105

Mattress Basic Foam Mattress 200 £35

Sheet 2 Cot/Bed Fitted Sheets (70x142cm) Cream £19

Blanket Cellular Cot/Bed Blanket Cream £12

Monitor Motorola Digital Baby Monitor MBP11 £35

Sleep Bag Bedtime Hugs Dreampod 0-6 Months £18

Clothing:

All In One 3 Pack All In One White £14

Baby Socks 5 Pack Essential Socks White £10

Scratch Mitts Essentials 2 Pack Mitts Cream £4

Hats Essentials 2 Pack Hats Cream £8

Cardigans Knitted Star Cardigan – Welcome to the World £24

Pramsuit Essentials Velour Spot Pramsuit Cream £32

Bodysuits 5 Pack Sleeveless Bodysuits £10

Booties Fur Booties £8

Feeding:

Steriliser Equipment Tommee Tippee – Closer to Nature – Electric Steriliser Kit £50

Muslin Squares Muslin Squares White £12

Bibs 3 Pack Bibs £8

Total £717

I think Mamas & Papas have covered all the essential items that will be needed for the first few months with good quality products at affordable prices, although I would have liked to see a baby bath on there too! It’s not everything that will be needed but its definitely a very good start!

Find out more about the Baby Basic List here

What do you think of the list? Would you stick to this list to save money or is there anything you think that they have missed off?

 

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Reflux in Babies

When i gave birth to my last little bundle of joy, both me an my partner was over the moon to have such a perfect little boy. He was very good, didnt cry much but made these little grunting noises, to which we thought it was mucus stuck in the back of his throat.

After having Oliver in our lives for 2 weeks we became very worried about him, he started to choke when we laid him down. I thought that he was still suffering from the mucus but it started to get scary, he started to have fits, where he would stop breathing and is eyes would start to roll upwards and his body would go rigid, after catching his breath he then would let out this very high pitch scream.

I took him to see our doctor, who prescribed nasal drops to clear up the mucus. Two days later i was back at the doctors as Oliver was having these fits every 15-30 minutes through out the night, this time the doctor said their was medicine that we could give him but as i was breast feeding Oliver he advised me to carry on with what i was doing as the medicine that they would have to be added into his milk before drinking, this would have made it so hard for me to express every bottle for him. The doctor hadn’t actually said what Oliver was suffering from and after having two previous children and having no experience with what we was going through i started to look things up on the internet and i found out about reflux in babies.

The Babycentre site was great. It told me every thing i needed to know on how to deal with Oliver.

By now though every time i breastfed Oliver the milk started to come back up literally straight away. I was tired with dealing with his fits, too scared to sleep in case he choked and was spending no time with my other two children as all i was doing was feeding him, I was exhausted.
Oliver wasn’t putting much weight on as he was bringing most of his milk back up.

Both Paul and myself went back to the doctors and this time we was not going to leave without some medication to help him. The doctor was great he prescribed ‘Baby Gaviscon’ and Ranitidine’ and he confirmed what i had read about, Oliver had Reflux.
I eased off of the breastfeeding and gave him formula milk twice a day to put his medicine in.
The only downfall of the medicine was that it caused constipation.

For those of who are not sure what reflux is (like me) it is when your baby’s stomach contents come back up into the mouth. The long name for reflux is gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

Babies get reflux because the valve at the end of the food pipe, which acts to keep food in the tummy, hasn’t developed properly yet. This means that when your baby’s tummy is full, food and acid can come back up. This causes him to bring up small amounts of milk or vomit.

Because of the amount of acid Oliver was producing it caused pain for him and was the reason why he was gagging.
The medicine he was given was to reduce the amount of acid he was producing and to thicken up the milk in his stomach, this would help the milk stay in his little tummy.
I also found that once Oliver had his milk, it was better to keep him upright for 15 minutes (which was tiring in the middle of the night).
I bought a sleep recliner to keep him raised while he was asleep and I was very lucky with his buggy as it gives you the option to raise the mattress in it, so Oliver was reclined at all times.

After talking to other mums and reading on websites about other cases of babies with reflux, I believe that we were actually quite lucky with the severity of Oliver’s reflux as some babies do become hospitalised and lose a lot of weight.

Oliver is now 5 months and I am pleased to say that he no longer has his fits, he is off of his medicine but does still bring his milk up (for which we go through so many bibs a day lol).

Has anyone else had some experience with Reflux? Please share with me as we are still battling with it. Although Oliver has put on weight he feeds every 3 hours and his tummy can only take in about 4 ounces, even after drinking that amount he still brings some of it back up.

My Oliver now at 5 months old

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