Review- Story Telling Cards by Sunflower Seedling

Parenting, Product Reviews

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Hello again! It’s been a little while (I know  I say that a lot) but I’m hoping that with this new section of the blog, I’ll find myself writing regularly again- Bubba permitting.

As a first time Mama I feel like there are a hundred and one things I’m meant to be buying for me and my baby, but in the minefield that is millennial parenting it can be hard to work out what will add genuine value to family life or what will be a waste of precious time and money.

So I figured that the more we share the more we can discover the must haves as well as the don’t even bother, and so I’d love it if you could add your comments, suggestions and recommendations below each post!

FYI I don’t get gifted products or paid to advertise so read on for real reviews.

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Did you know that newborn babies can’t see in colour? Research suggests that they can only see in black, white and shades of grey up until they are around five months old, when their eyes have become more developed. (This was part of the reason why we incorporated black and white into our safari themed nursery)  Yet despite this, there is a startling lack of monochrome books and toys available, but luckily I came across these sensory cards by Sunflower Seedling.

Ored reads to Little Ored daily whilst I take him to weekly sensory classes, so these cards felt like a great way to bridge the gap between the two whilst providing something else to do at home which is both fun and encourages baby development.

The ‘In the Garden’ set comes with six double-sided cards and on each card there is both a picture and- what I would call- a story ‘starter’ (essentially a few sentences designed to start you off on your own, original, storytelling experience). The cards are a great size and weight for little hands to grab whilst the box makes it easy to take the cards out and about. As for Little Ored he seems bewitched by them, wide open eyes studying each card. Compared to your average story book, he does tire quicker when looking at the cards, but my feeling is that this the heightened contrast in shades and tones is somewhat overwhelming!

The only downside I would say is that whilst the cards are great for helping Mamas and Papas to be more imaginative, that in itself can sometimes be quite hard if storytelling doesn’t come naturally to you or if you’re worn out from a long day. I would love it if Sunflower Seedling created a traditional story book for those moments when you don’t even know your own name anymore, let alone what shop Mrs. Ladybird set off to to buy her shoes from!

 

Rating: 7/10- Great addition to play/story time, which is made even better knowing that the black and white images are providing more stimulation for your baby.

Story telling visual sensory cards from Sunflower Seedling – £12.99 for a set of 6

 

Milestones- One Month

The Baby Diaries

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They say that time flies when you’re having fun and boy-oh-boy has that been the case over the past four weeks. I’m still in total disbelief that Little Ored is one month old already, it seems like it was only yesterday I was impatiently waiting for him to arrive!

One of Ored’s friends- a Father of two- suggested that for the first six months babies do little other than poop, puke, feed and cry, but I don’t think this could be any further from the truth! (Well, at the very least it’s not all they do) Little Ored’s personality- sweet natured, relaxed and inquisitive- becomes more and more apparent and we find ourselves discovering new expressions, movements and sounds with every day.

At one month Little Ored…

  • Spends considerably more time awake during the day. This time isn’t spent grizzling either, as he’s more than happy to just lay back (literally) and look at his surroundings.
  • Responds to music and in particular, being sung too. His favourites are David Bowie, Zayn and Lana Del Rey.
  • Has completely grown out of his newborn clothes, but annoyingly isn’t quite ready for 0-3 months, so we’re temporarily in limbo!
  •  Is virtually rash and flakey-skin free (part in parcel for newborns whose skin is acclimatising to life outside of the womb)

Who knows what the next month will bring, but we can’t wait to find out!

 

Milestone cards from Paper & Wool

 

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It’s A Boy!

Parenting, The Baby Diaries

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As I sit here with a sleeping babe next to me, hands finally free to write this post, I’m still struggling to put into words what the past three weeks have meant for Ored and I, both as individuals and as a couple.

Because it’s virtually impossible to describe the beautiful whirlwind that has been our life since this little man came into it.  After two sweeps and an agonising wait- he was 10 days late- Baby Ored was born after just a four hour labour*, weighing 7lbs 15oz. With a full head of hair, button nose and lips that garnered the same reaction from everyone (“He’s got his Mother’s lips!”) we instantly fell in love.

Every cliched sentiment anyone has ever told you, or that you’ve ever read, about the wonders of parenthood is completely and utterly true. There is no love like it, but the amazing thing is that the three of us have been able to bask equally in the glow of this unconditional, boundless love.

Of course there have been moments where I was so delirious from a lack of sleep that I was laughing at everything, forgetting everything, and am still never able to find the time to dry my hair after a shower. But when I looked at Ored, he too was laughing, forgetting and lapsing on grooming. We’ve shared everything together- dirty nappies, hanging out endless cycles of washing and taking turns to wind Baby Ored so the other one can eat dinner – all with patience, humour and stolen kisses. It’s been the very definition of teamwork and I can’t imagine parenting working any other way.

And it isn’t all Ored. Little Ored’s personality shines stronger with every day. Sweet natured, inquisitive and above all super chilled if on occasion, a little grizzly. I can count on one hand the amount of times this baby has really cried (and almost all of those have been because he needs me to release a boob a little faster) which means that when Ored returned to work after his two week Paternity leave, I felt encouraged. Hell, I’ve even taken him out and about on my own, an experience which is yet to be as daunting and terrifying as I previously envisaged.

I thank my lucky stars, because my post-labour experience could have been very different as it is for so many new Mum’s.

And so begins my journey into Motherhood.

Stay with me and I’ll promise to [honestly] share with you. When I get a free moment of course!

 

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P.S I will write more about my labour as it was such a positive experience, I really would like to share it with you. Like I’ve said before, there are too many horror stories out there and not enough reassuring ones!