Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Little ones progress with Flat Head Syndrome and Torticollis

My little one is now 8 months and as you have known from my posts at the beginning, L-R had suffered from birth with Torticollis which than gave her FSH.

You can read about it if you haven't read the post here
L-R a few days old

Well 8 months on and together using the special pillow we were given to use for her FSH and physiotherapy for her Torticollis, L-R has had much improvement.

We had around 5 physio appointments, together mixed with home exercises to improve her neck movements, strengthening and stretching them. We are hoping the next one will be her last check up due to the improvement she has had.
8 months old

To refresh, L-R's neck was slightly pushed forwards on one side and twisted, giving her favouritism to look to her left rather the right and when sleeping or tired she would rest with a twist on her right shoulder.

At first we were given exercises which she really didn't like, to stretch out and lengthen the right side ( these were also the exercises found in the booklet I got with the FSH pillow ).

As L-R really found this discomforting, we were given exercises though the way we held her, to playing with her on the floor on her side and rocking her from side to side.

Fortunately, L-R loves her feet and with her amazing ability to crawl quickly and now, consistently wanting to be on her feet, jumping or cruising around the furniture. It has helped her neck and head shape wonderfully, that she now has almost full rotation to her right side like she has with her left. L-R also keeps her head more straight without much of a tilt or twist ( unless she is overly tired, then she seems to drop it out of habit ).
Her movement to her right is still slightly dipped when she looks over, again we think this is out of habit now rather than her neck having shortness or tightness now.

L-R head shape, from the FSH, to how her front of her head was is shaping and improving each time, and those who knew her about her condition have commented lately on how well her head looks now.
The only time you can really see a difference is when she looks in a mirror, note it doesn't seem to show when taking a picture. For some reason her reflection in the mirror highlights her features that are out of line more.

The above are the photo shots of L-R head at the beginning and very first weeks of treatment.
The below photo shots are of L-R head now 6 months after treatment started.


Our next appointment is now May, both our physiotherapist and I reckon L-R will be walking by than ( at just 10 months ), as she is already trying to stand alone.
I am so pleased with how L-R has progressed. She seems such a fighter and has such a strong personality. As a parent, I was worried how this would have affected her ability to move her neck, her balance and also how in later life people would look at her. I think the fact she is our second, her progress has been helped a little by her big sister who L-R really does look up to.

I would love to hear from other's who have had babies with the following condition.

Friday, 7 March 2014

tommee tippee New closer to nature soother Competition

As a follow on from my previous tommee tippee post on their new closer to nature soothers, I am pleased to say I have a couple of sets to giveaway.

I have the following sets and designs to giveaway:

One pack of Night Time Glow in the Dark Soothers

Two packs of Anytime Soothers

If you would like to win a set here is what you need to do to enter.

Comment below to which set you would like - if you would like both types of sets please state.

Send me an email with subject heading tommee tippee soother competition, stating which set or sets you would like to

Terms and Conditions:
Open to UK residents only.
draw will take place on the 30 March 2014

Sunday, 23 February 2014

tommee tippee, Slient Launch of their New closer to nature Soothers ( PR Event )

We got asked if would like to attend a silent launch of the new tommee tippee, closer to nature range of soothers and we would be able to attend The BabyShow as well.

I was very excited as this was my first PR event I would be attending, and was thinking about going to this year Babyshow after having my 2nd little girl last July.

Our first never took to soothers, and 5 years ago, soothers were still frowned among. It is amazing how much has actually changed in the 5 years, as soothers are now favoured by midwives and medical professionals as it is thought to help aid sleep and reduce cot death.

Despite this, we actually had used soothers this time round with Lily-Rose being what I call a "sucky" baby who likes to suck. Soothers helped with this, especially when it came to her naps and sleeping in the first few months.

The launch was silent and small,  but it didn't need to a big shout all about it, huge presentation. Soothers have been around for decades and although the teat has slightly changed again from the old closer to nature soothers they have replaced. The focus was more about how experience of shopping for soothers was going to be easier.

In their research of mum's shopping experience for soothers, tommee tippee had found mums were struggling to find what they were looking for. this resulted in 1 in 3 mums just buying on impulse.
They also found that a baby's acceptance to soothers were trial and error, resulting in multiple purchases before finding one the baby likes.

The new tommee tippee closer to nature range of soothers have been designed to create a great in-store shopping experience for parents and optimise baby acceptance meaning less time and effort spent on choosing different soothers for the baby to try.

Available from February, the 4 new range of soothers are; Fun, Anytime, Night Time and Air. They feature a new large, long, flat teat ( just like a bottle teat ) that holds easier in a baby's month, which in their tests were accepted first time by more babies ( 68% of babies accepted the new style soother first time, compared to just 43% for the older style closer to nature design - in an independent product trial conducted in the UK by Swift research, Feb'13 ).

I was very impressed with the new packaging. As a mum and someone who has worked in retail as well, the new packaging is definitely more visual and bolder, making it easier and quicker to choose compared to the older packaging.

Old Style
New Style

Below is the difference between the old style teats and the new style teat. The middle picture shows the size difference ( old style in on top, the new style is below ).

New Style

Old Style

A demonstration of a free standing display with some of the New style soothers on.

As you can see, the packaging is much more brighter and bolder, thus easier to see than the older grey style packaging.

 Here are some of the new style soothers taken from the event.
The tommee tippee closer to nature new soother range is available now nationwide in Tesco, Mothercare and Asda rrp £4.79 for a twin pack. More information on the entire range can be found at

The MADS Blog Award 2014 - Nominations are now open!

There are some of you who are into the social media who would have heard about The MADS blog awards, and those who haven't.

The MADS blog awards celebrate mummy and daddy bloggers who are outstanding in a number of different categories. It's the best way of showing someone you love their blog. Think of your nomination as a virtual, big, squishy hug.
This is the fifth annual Mum and Dad Blog Awards, in association with, are the UK's biggest and most exciting awards for parent blogs. Last year more than 150,000 nominations and votes were received. This year already 30,000 nominations have been made in less than a week of opening. 

This is the first time I, as a mummy blogger can actually be nominated as my other blog ( which is coming up to 4 years of age ) didn't have a category to full under, although it would be great for beauty blogs to be noticed, it hasn't happened yet.

SO I am SUPER and VERY Excited that my new parenting blog which I started last June ( 2013 ) can actually take part this year. I would LOVE you all to nominate my blog and show your love for my ramblings.You've got until March 14th to nominate over on the MAD Blog Awards website.

The categories I would love to be nominated for are:
Best Baby Blog award
Best New Blog

How does it work?

Stage 1- Nominations: Nominations are open, you can nominate blogs in up to 15 different categories and you can nominate a blog in more than one category.
Stage 2 - Voting: Four blogs from each category with the highest nominations and one further blog from each category chosen by the judging panel will make the finals, then voting opens.
Stage 3 - Results: The results of The MAD Blog Awards will be given at a gala awards ceremony in London in September 2014.

If you love my blog, please vote me.
Thank you From Rachel, Lily-Rose and Isabel :-) xxxxx

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The H&A Finding Nemo Soft & Gentle Bubbly Bath Review

As a kid, and as an adult, I loved being in water. Being a competitive swimmer back in the days I spent a lot of time in it. Now I love just love to have a good long shower.

So it is not surprising that both my girl's, Izzy who is 5years and LilyRose who is 7 months are total water babies too. Although you could say it is because they are both July babies and Cancer star signs.

When I found out about the chance to become a tester for H&A's new bath time bubbles, I knew my daughters would love to take part.

Nemo was Izzy favourite film throughout her baby/toddler years, having played it almost everyday, its lucky they invented the BlueRay, otherwise I think the video would have got worn out.  Izzy has also been given several Nemo themed presents too - from a cuddle toy, a Nemo shaped pillow and a flannel to name a few.

So when we got a bottle of Finding Nemo Soft & Gentle Bubbly Bath in the post, Izzy immediately wanted a bath.

Bathtime is another great way of the two sisters - who are 5 years apart to actually play and bond together.

Being a big age gap between them, Izzy finds it hard to play and engage with her little sister and doesn't always understands that she can't play with her toys or do things like she can.  At bathtime, they are able to play together really well from little splashes to passing the aqua balls to each other and also Izzy helping me wash her little sister.

What is great about H&A's Finding Nemo Soft & Gentle Bubbly Bath, is that it has been formulated to care for your child’s delicate skin, is safe for newborns and so gentle it can be used everyday. This is something I look for in a bath product, so that both my girls can enjoy the bath together.

The H&A Nemo bath bubbles are currently available at major supermarkets for around £1.50 per bottle  

Below is a little poem I wrote:

Splish, splosh, splash
Two sisters in the bath
Making bubbles and having a laugh.
Rub a tub dub
H&A are mixing it up
with Nemo and the Ducks
Bathtime bubbles
Makes bedtime less trouble
As our busy day unwinds
It gives our mummy a chance for her "me" time.

You can read more about H&A's new toddler bathtime range on their website here:-