Jacob is 10 months old! That has gone so fast. There’s not a lot to report this month. No real change from last month. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was going to write this post, so little has happened. But I thought it might be a good opportunity to reflect and hopefully provide some reassurance to those mums who are just starting out with breastfeeding new babies.

I didn’t take any breastfeeding photos this month, so here’s a cute 10-month-old Jacob playing photo!

Breastfeeding twice per day

I’m still feeding twice per day. Once first thing in the morning and once before bed. Jacob has a bottle in the afternoon. He still loves being breastfed, but is definitely getting more wriggly and paying less attention. Even when he’s lying down quietly first thing in the morning. I’m starting to wonder if that means it’s coming to an end or my supply is reducing. I’d like to make it to a year, but if that doesn’t happen it’ll be fine. I’m only really upset that stopping means I’d have to get out of bed and make a bottle in the morning! So I’m resisting for now. But we’ll see how it goes.

It’s definitely still good for comforting him if he’s ill or upset, but I don’t feel like he gets any other particular benefit from breastfeeding now.

Proof it does get easier

I think the fact it’s been so uneventful this month just shows how much easier breastfeeding gets over time. It’s so hard to believe when you start out. But for the last few months it has been so easy.

When I started breastfeeding I was taking it on a day by day basis. Telling myself if I can just do one more day, that will be great. As it got easier I started extending it to one more week at a time, with the aim of getting to 6 months. I really never expected to make it to 10 months. People always say this, but it really did get easier quickly. If it doesn’t, then definitely ask for help. I’ve mentioned this before, but I highly recommend going to a Baby Cafe.

Ultimately, you have to do what’s right for you and your baby. Breastfeeding worked out for me, but he’d have been equally fine with formula if I’d stopped.

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The British summer is a funny old thing. One minute it’s sweltering and the next everyone is shivering. I’ve found it really hard to know what to buy for Jacob to wear. I stupidly thought that I’d get away with buying fewer clothes for this season. How wrong could I be?! He still needs all his usual jumpers, trousers, coats and long-sleeve things but also additional summer clothes for the occasional hot week we have! It gets so expensive. Especially when you add in how quickly he grows to the mix. It seems like I’m buying something new every week at the moment just to cope with the extremes in temperature.

One way to save money is to look out for sales online, although that can be very time-consuming. I found some great stuff for Jacob on Love the Sales—a website which brings together sale merchandise from loads of different retailers including my favourites John Lewis, Boden and Mamas and Papas. It’s perfect for busy mums because it saves you trawling around looking at individual websites for what’s on sale. Plus, it also has home stuff and women’s clothes, so it’s pretty much my dream website.

Here are my top 5 most wished for things for Jacob this summer from Love the Sales.

  1. Short PJs for days when it’s too hot for long PJs! They match Jacob’s sheets too (we’ve gone for a bit of a rocket theme), which is always nice. £17
  2.  Sweatshirt for those cooler summer days—i.e. most days! £16.80
  3. Cord shorts. How cute are these! Very Prince George and I love the colour and the little buttons. £10.80 
  4. Crocodile T-shirt. I love a stripey t-shirt and the little crocodiles make it a bit different. £12.
  5. Cute romper. Perfect for hot days and I like to put Jacob in unisex clothes. Who says pink is for girls?! £10.80

What tips do you have to keep the cost of baby clothes down?

*Via Love the Sales but all opinions are my own.

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The hot weather we’ve been having lately has reminded me horribly of last summer when I was heavily pregnant with Jacob. He was born in August, so I suffered with the heat for the last couple of months. If you are heavily pregnant now, you have my sympathy! I thought I’d write a post on the best ways I found of coping with the heat.

Heavily pregnant in summer

My top tips for surviving pregnancy in a heatwave

1. Rest

Do not overdo it. Have an untidy house for a few days. It’s just not worth it. Also, try to avoid going out in the midday sun if at all possible. If you do have to go out, take a bottle of water and move slowly!

2. Buy a fan

I lived in front of my fan last summer. It was the only way being in the house was bearable. Sometimes I would spray water on my belly and lie with the fan pointing at it if I felt really hot.

3. Cool water spray

I had this Magicool Hot Weather Cooling Spray. It’s not cheap, but it felt amazing sprayed on my legs. A cheaper alternative is filling a spritz bottle (designed for decanting perfume etc. into for travelling) with water and putting it in the fridge.

4. Ice cream!

Ice cream, ice lollies and other cold foods are your friend. I got through a lot of ice cubes too!

5. Wear loose-fitting clothes

Easier said than done when you are heavily pregnant I know, but if you can wear baggy clothes you’ll feel cooler than you would in tight stuff.

6. Cold flannel

Grab a flannel and soak it in cold water. Use it as a cold compress for your face or neck.

7. Bucket of ice water for feet

Hot feet are the worst! I used to fill a bowl with cold water to put my feet in. On really hot days I’d add ice.

8. Find a cool shady spot outside

Easier said than done at the moment, but if you can find a shady spot in the garden (or park) that catches a nice breeze, stay there all day!

How did you survive pregnancy in a heatwave? Share your tips below!

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If you are looking for a travel cot this summer, we’ve extensively tested this one! The Nuna Sena travel cot is something we use all the time and I highly recommend it.

Nuna Sena travel cot

Nuna Sena travel cot

Use at home and away

The Nuna Sena travel cot is a permanent fixture at my in-laws house. We are quite sticklers for Jacob’s nap routine, so whenever we are at their house we put him down to sleep in it at nap time. It’s been used several times a week for months now and it still looks like new. It’s definitely sturdy enough for regular use, unlike some travel cots which can seem quite flimsy.

It also looks nice, which is a massive bonus when so many other travel cots out there are so ugly! Obviously, if you are only using it occasionally that’s not a problem, but if it’s a permanent item for someone else’s house it helps if it looks good.

We’ve also used the travel cot whenever we’ve gone to stay anywhere. It’s really simple to put up and fold down—much easier than others I’ve used. It folds up into a carry bag with handles, making it easy to transport. It’s definitely not the lightest travel cot on the market, but nor is it the heaviest (I checked!).

The mattress is quite hard, which is typical of most travel cots. We use a padded mattress protector to make it a bit more comfy, although before we had this Jacob seemed happy enough! I think parents tend to think most baby mattresses are too hard, but they are meant to be like that.

Versatile travel cot

The travel cot is suitable from birth and has a removable bassinet. We ended up removing this quite early on because Jacob started pulling himself up. It’s suitable up until baby weighs about 15kg.

The cot can also be used as a playpen, although I haven’t done this so far. I prefer to keep it just for sleeping so that Jacob knows it’s sleep time, not play time, when he goes in it. The feet of the cot are non-slip, so it would be fine on hard floors even if baby starts trying to escape! I really like the mesh sides, as he can’t suffocate himself by pressing his face against them.

 

The Nuna Sena travel cot is £150 at John Lewis.

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Welcome to the first post in my new guest series exploring different experiences of breastfeeding—good and bad. I’m really excited for you to read this—it really highlights how no two experiences are the same, even with the same woman!

This week Claire Gamble from Play & Adventure is sharing the two very different experiences she had with breastfeeding her children. Claire is a mum of two who blogs at Play & Adventure—a family lifestyle, leisure and travel blog, aimed to inspire and inform modern, busy parents on how to make the most of their free family time.

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Claire’s breastfeeding experience

Claire with both kids

I’m currently two months into my second breastfeeding journey, and it’s been very different to the first time round with my now three-year-old son, Charlie.

Charlie was born nearly four weeks early and had to be monitored. His blood sugars were low and he had severe jaundice, so was admitted to the children’s hospital to undergo UV lamp treatment and ongoing observations.

I remember trying to feed a very sleepy newborn on the first day and one of the midwives telling me to think about formula. I scowled and said I’d carry on trying. I felt helpless though – I didn’t know what I was doing, and neither did my baby, which didn’t seem fair – surely one of us should know what to do?

When we were in the children’s hospital, I continued to be pulled in two directions. The midwives who visited me once a day were, on the whole, very encouraging. But the doctors who carried out my baby’s checks would tut when I couldn’t tell them how much he’d eaten (sorry, my boobs aren’t measuring jugs) and blame me for my son’s blood sugars dropping and jaundice levels rising (OK, maybe they weren’t really blaming me – but to a sleep deprived, hormonal, worried first-time mum it felt like it at the time).

In the end, we had to give my son formula to help flush his system of the jaundice, which I fed to him in little cups or syringes to avoid the ‘nipple confusion’ I’d been warned about. All the while, I persevered with breastfeeding and after a few weeks we were exclusively on the boob.

I breastfed for about six months. Both my son and I had worked hard to establish breastfeeding, and I’m pleased we did, but it was time to wind it down as he was starting nursery and I wanted to get my body back.

Two months ago, I had my second baby – a little girl, Rosa. Although she arrived a couple of weeks early, she immediately got the hang of breastfeeding. She did, however, have tongue tie, which caused me a lot of pain.

After a few sleepless nights of painful cluster feeds with cut and bleeding nipples, we went to a breastfeeding support group at our local hospital. As well as helping me position my baby correctly, the midwife we saw got us an appointment to fix my daughter’s tongue tie. It helped pretty much straight away and I’m so grateful we were able to access this help and service, as I understand not all hospitals offer this.

Although breastfeeding is going smoothly, we’ve introduced a bedtime bottle of formula. I was struggling with the lack of sleep and couldn’t express milk quick enough, so my husband gives her a bottle while I grab some shut-eye before the night shift begins. This mixed feeding approach really suits us – it means my husband gets bonding time with his girl, she still gets the benefits of breast milk and I get a bit of uninterrupted sleep. As for the ‘nipple confusion’ I’d been worried about the first time round, there’s been no problems.

I’ve definitely been more relaxed with my second baby – partly because I feel like I know what I’m doing, but also because my daughter got the hang of breastfeeding easier than my son did. I’ve realised that just as no two pregnancies, labours or babies are the same, neither are two breastfeeding journeys. It’s such an emotional time when you start trying to breastfeed your baby, and there are so many factors that can impact on how smoothly it goes – most of which you have no control over. Ultimately, you need to work out what’s best for you, your baby and your personal circumstances, and don’t worry if the feeding solution you settle on isn’t what you first had in mind.

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Thanks for sharing this Claire! It’s really interesting to hear how different it can be breastfeeding each baby. I definitely agree that its important to work out what’s best for you and your baby and not worry if things don’t go to plan!

If you’d like to contribute to this guest series comment below or send me an email andjacobmakesthree@gmail.com  

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