My take on the joys and difficulties of being a parent, here I am not pretending to know it all… at all just trying to figure it out like every other parent on the planet and have some fun doing it. :)
Vaginal birth after c-section or VBAC, is a topic that has been discussed at great length. Mostly by mother’s who couldn’t give natural birth themselves, and would like to try natural birth thereafter. My own births were first vaginal and then c-section. My good friend Janine, has however successfully had a VBAC with an amazing story. It moved me. She has graciously allowed me to share her story to encourage or motivate any mom who might be considering this too.
Recently the world’s last living male northern white Rhino died. Isn’t sad to think how this incredibly majestic species is on the verge of extinction? How our grandchildren may not one day be able to see it in real life? The last time Ian and I visited a wildlife park, the absolute surrealism of being in the presence of such a creature wrecked me. I was so overwhelmed. For this reason I absolutely love supporting initiatives that are fighting this – not only for us, but for generations to come.
Although Daniel was an exclusively breastfed baby, bottles were and still are a vital part of our lives. Sometimes I really just needed a break. Of course when Daniel started day care, finding a bottle that could mimic the breast without the risk of nipple confusion was a mission. This coupled with the fact that bottles generally cause winds – caused us searching high and low. The Difrax S-bottle is the ideal bottle for preventing stomach cramps, with their unique anti-colic system! Difrax have graciously agreed to treat one of my readers to not just one but two of their S-baby bottles! YAY!
The ergonomic shape of the S-baby bottle allows your baby to lie in their natural rounded position, with their heads raised a bit while drinking. It also allows you a much more relaxed position whilst feeding. Much like breastfeeding, this increases eye contact between you and your baby during this special time, but also allows dad, or other family members to become involved.
The unique anti-colic system ensures a constant flow of air from the bottom of the S-bottle, without causing a vacuum. This means that the air enters and stays at the bottom of the bottle without mixing with the milk. Thereby reducing the risk of colic, burping and vomiting. To add to this, because the air does not mix with the milk all essential nutrients are preserved.
Bottle caps are just for protecting the teats right? Not with the S-bottle, this cap indicates measures up to 30-50ml. This can help you give your baby the right amount of formula or breast milk straight from birth. The teats are BPA-free, odourless and tasteless, easy to sterilise and don’t carry any risk of latex allergies. I think the best part is probably that you can take it apart from top to bottom, which not only is ideal for cleaning but you can replace all the parts too!
The S-bottle’s bottom is detachable, so you can fill it up with formula or frozen cubes of breast milk from the bottom. It also comes in 4 convenient sizes and 2 designs. The sizes include 170ml and 250ml in the natural design, and 200ml and 310ml in the wide design, taking you through all the phases your baby may need.
To win TWO 310ml wide design, 20cm S-shaped bottles, from Difrax! All you need to do to get in on this awesome prize is follow the instructions in the widget below! GOODLUCK!
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- This competition is only open to South African residents.
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In the Meantime – have you tried the Difrax bottles? What has your experience been?
The Wonder Weeks app on my phone stopped at 18 months, which was a few weeks ago for us. In case you are wondering what the app is all about, it helps to explain more or less when to expect a development leap, and what to expect from it. It also gives some handy tips on what you can do to assist the toddlers through the difficult patches. I digress, when the app stopped I half assumed that the crabby, clingy, crying weeks where I wonder where my sanity went – would too. Separation anxiety hit us pretty bad last week, and let me tell you it’s harder than it sounds.
Relatable stories with lessons are always a favourite for me with my littlies. Frog Hops Off, one of the books received from Pan Macmillan is just that. Add to that animals, that are young and beautifully animated, with quick easy to follow story lines – you have a winning recipe for a children’s story! Daniel loves that each picture has more than just the characters, they include a lot of detail so there is a lot for him to point out in terms of colours and familiar things.