Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mamas and papas Ellis shoulder bag

Since having Alfie I'm obsessed with changing bags, I know what your thinking- Not another changing bag post but yep it is.. Sorry!!

I spotted this gorgeous stripe bag in mamas and papas and knew I needed to add it to my ever growing changing bag collection.
 
 

The bag is spacious and brilliant quality as you would expect from mamas and papas. It feels strong and you could fill it up so much and it would still take all the weight. You have the main pocket fastened using a zip with a couple of storage pockets for nappies and wipes. Also one insulated bottle holder too. 

There is lots of room for other bits and pieces you may need when out and about with your little ones. Some bags can look massive but this one doesn't look big, as soon as you start putting stuff in you realise it's very spacious. 

Also included is a changing mat in the same design as the bag. 

There are two pockets on the front and back which blend in with the bag, I use these pockets for dummies, my phone and any other little pieces we end up with on our journeys. 

The strap is adjustable meaning you can wear it on you or put it over the pram handles. I prefer to walk around with the bag on my pram but I know some people prefer them on them and this is perfect both ways. The strap wouldn't be uncomfortable for short periods but there isn't a shoulder pad so I would say if you wore it all day it may start digging into you and become uncomfortable to wear. 

The best feature of the bag is that it doesn't look like a changing bag. Some mums prefer a bag that doesn't look like a big bag with so much baby stuff crammed it, it's so stylish. 

The Ellis shoulder bag comes in a range of designs and colours perfect for any mum and baby. 

Definitely my favourite changing bag I own to date. 



Mamas and Papas do a fantastic selection of stylish changing bags, which you can browse here.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Alfie 11Month update.

Alfie is 11 months old, who would have thought the time would go so fast! 
He changes so much all the time, its amazing to watch but i'm sad that hes not my tiny baby anymore. 

He is now walking, he is so proud of himself when he is toddling around and i'm so proud of him too. He walks around with a massive smile on his face and he always gets up and walks when we go see family and friends. He likes to show off his new skill. Hes getting quicker and quicker at it everyday. Its quite sad for me that he'll never be that baby that just lays there playing on a playmat or sitting in a bouncer anymore, But i suppose they can't stay babies forever. 

He loves his food, he would eat all day if he could. He has three meals- breakfast, dinner and tea. He has a snack mid-afternoon too. He is still drinking Aptimal First Milk in the morning and at night. And he drinks apple and blackcurrant diluted juice throughout the day. We had trouble getting him to drink out of anything but a bottle but we bought an oxo tot cup that grows with your child and hes got used to that one very quickly. We are going to start introducing whole cows milk soon, he already has it on cereal but we are going to start putting it into bottle either his morning or bedtime bottle. I'll let you know how we get on with the transition. 

He is now in 9-12 months clothes- with lots of room in them so i think we will be in them a little while longer. He always a little behind on his clothes but he is quite a slim build so he just doesn't fill them out. I'm not sure why he isn't chubbier though he eats loads!! I'm sure he'll get abit chubbier when hes drinking cows milk too! He's still in size4 pampers nappies.  

He enjoys being a cheeky monkey at the moment, if you ask him to do something he shakes his head or nods. He tends to go for the shaking head more than nodding though. He will play with his toys for a little while- he does prefer to play with things he shouldnt be. His faves are the dvds, switching the sky box on and off, turning the tele round (it swivels round), opening the cupboard under the stairs, chucking our shoes all over.. Just a few of his favourite games for you there. Haha! He likes to make us laugh, he likes to turn his head really quick back and forth when me and his daddy are chatting. It makes me laugh but then he laughs too, he knows hes funny. 

Birthday wise- I havent decided what we're doing yet, and i havent really bought anything either. I bought him some little ted baker shorts and some plimsolls and thats it so far for presents. I'm thinking of getting bath toys for him, he has lots of toys that he doesn't really play with so i need to sort out what he doesnt play with and buy him a couple of news one. 

This boy loves to talk- hes always babbling to himself and there are some words you can tell what they are. He says, 'dada', 'mama', 'yes', 'no', 'tickle', 'don't know'. Hes constantly screaming and shouting. Hes always been really queit when were out and about but recently he's been one of those babies that screams and shouts and then you can hear another baby screaming and shouting at the other end of the shop and they keep doing it. Haha, Its quite funny but i dont like the way people look at him when hes doing it. He's a baby, hes going to make noise! 

He still has his dummy, i've been told i should get rid but i can't. He likes one in his mouth when hes going to sleep and he doesn't have it in the day now. He doesnt wake for it if it falls out in the night so i'll leave him be for a little while longer. 

He still loves bath time, he loves the bubbles and he puts them on his hand and just sits there laughing at them for ages! Strange child haha! He likes doing big splashes and wetting us and he pretends to swim too. 

Hes grown up so much this past year, i cant believe hes even going to be one!! 


Monday, 24 March 2014

Alfie First Birthday Present Ideas

I can't believe my baby will be 1 in a months time. It doesn't feel five minutes ago that i was waddling around with a massive bump and giving birth to my baby and now hes a whole year old! The years used to last forever but having a baby speeds up everything! He'll be stroppy teenager before i know it!


 However, Todays post is about the present ideas i have for alfie, he has everything he needs so its quite hard to think about what to get him but i've come up with a few things that i have decided i might get for him. 



Mamas and Papas Rocking Animal- I've always loved these rocking animals, they're bright and colourful and look great fun for babies. I wanted to get one for Alfie for christmas but they are recommended for a year and over so I didn't bother and decided to wait until his first birthday to get him one.



Vans- He does already have some vans but he is in size4 shoes now so there is so much more choice.I love white plimsolls but i know as he gets older they will just get so dirty, so for now he still sits in a pram i'll get him white. He only has grey vans at the moment and they only look nice with jeans but not so keen on them with other trousers. These white ones will go with his chinos and little joggers. 



Clothes- He will most likely get clothes the next size up for his birthday so they are there ready for him to grow into! I've seen a few bits on Zara that i want for him. And of course, there are some bits from next I would like for him too! 



Books- I love reading books and I love reading to Alfie- we already have a few but I would like to build Alfie's collection up abit more so we will be getting more for him! 



Photo Frame- you probably don't think this is very exciting but hopefully Alfie will having his own room soon so I've decided to get a collection of photos in a frame ready for his own room. I can't believe that he's been in the world a year in a months time!!