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I actually can’t believe Arla is ONE! How did that happen!? I know parents always say how quickly time goes, I never believed it….but WOW! It really does fly huh?

I’ve been so excited for her 1st birthday, it feels like Christmas Day x 100, I’ve been counting down the days for what feels like forever. 😂

It’s hard to know what to get a baby sometimes isn’t it. They seem to have so much! All I know is that I HATE waste. I’ve been trying to invest in toys that are built to last & can be passed down through generations. That’s why I love Yes Bebé! They have so many wonderful brands onboard all with a great ethos.

Let’s start with her Spectra Rocker. Manufactured by Utukutu, a small family business from Prague and a brand exclusively offered by Yes Bebe in the UK.

We’ve had so much fun – It’s been a tunnel, bridge, ladder, rocker, climbing frame & even a desk. It’s so clever & it’ll last such a long time.

Next up, something I’ve wanted for Arla for so long! A Dinkum Doll. I’ve chosen Sprout for her, I’d love to start a tradition where I’ll get her a new one each birthday. They’re a great collectable & so beautifully made.

Next up we have another future heirloom…

The Holdie House 🙌🏼 I love it so much, It’s a great size to carry & easily transport.

It’s so stylish too! The furniture we added is better than my own 😂 We’ve gone for the bed set, dining table & sofa to get started, but I’ll be adding more for sure!

Lastly we chose this little dog. It’s the shapes & colours dog by Janod.

It’s going to be perfect to help Arla learn all about the different colours & shapes, all whilst being super stylish with it’s pastel colours – Love!

Yes Bébé have so many wonderful toys for all ages to enjoy, I’ve fallen in love with their website & Instagram.

[Items gifted. Views as always are my own, Arla’s too!]
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I’ve really not achieved much in lockdown so far. I’m just over here literally trying to get through each day without gaining 45 stone in biscuits & keeping my child alive & healthy.

So, it’s about time I do something useful. I’ve popped together a little guide of things we’ve found really useful with Arla since she was born. If it can help just one person, that’s a big enough isolation achievement for me!

Now, I’m no professional – These are just things we have found really useful & have massively helped us so far.

I’ve split it out into categories to make it a little clearer, as it’s quite a long list. (soz)

S L E E P

Ok let’s start with sleep, the saviour of everything!

☐ From 0-4 months Arla slept with us in her SnuzPod bedside crib. The side comes down which is what I wanted, for her to be as close to me as possible. It’s so good for night feeding too, I would just roll over and feed her without having to get up!

☐ We kept her Moses basket downstairs for when she was napping in the early days. Little Green Sheep has such lovely baby things!

☐ From 4 months Arla has slept in her Mokee Cot. They have some really cool colours, but we were super boring & had white. I love her room so much though!

We discovered noise machines far too late! (Who knew they existed before babies?!) We tried Ewan the sheep that everyone raves about, but he only plays music for 20 minutes which just isn’t long enough, I was literally awake all night pressing the button in fear she would wake up if the noise stopped!

☐ We have this one, it’s £14.99 from Amazon. It plays continuously – The best!

OK let’s talk Baby Monitors. We have two (because I’m a psycho)

☐ We have the Angel Care with movement monitor – It sets off an alarm if she stops breathing. It just gives me some peace of mind shes OK!

Then we have the Lollipop Baby camera. It runs from wifi which is amazing. Quinn watches her from work on his phone, it’s so cute!

I think I’ll leave that in her room forever, just to spy on her and see what she’s up to, even when she’s 18 😂

☐ Arla literally does a full 360 in her cot in the night, so sleeping bags have been a lifesaver. We’ve used a mixture of the SnuzPouch & Little Green Sheep’s sleeping bags since she was born.

☐ Mokee also do a Travel Cot.

It’s so spacious, it can double up as a playpen too, but it folds down small to easily transport it!

T R A V E L

I seem to be a pushchair hoarder, oops! We have 3 different ones. (All for different purposes though!)

So we have a Cosatto WOW XL, Bugaboo Ant & Mlle Venture.

☐ The Cosatto WOW XL is honestly amazing, that’s our everyday pushchair! It’s so sturdy. Arlas super comfy in it too. It’s easy to collapse & put together. The wheels are huge, it can go anywhere! The only downside is that it’s quite big, it’s a squish in my tiny boot, but it fits! It’s great from birth and you can switch the car seat in & out easily.

☐ The Bugaboo Ant – I can’t praise this enough for traveling! It’s amazing. It folds down super small and Arla loves being in it – She can see everything! Probably not so great on rough/bumpy terrain as it’s so lightweight.

☐ The Mlle Venture. It’s a great all-rounder! It’s lightweight, sturdy, folds down quickly & it’s small. I had this one to keep with our parents, we’ve used it from about 8/9 months – It’s perfect!

C A R S E A T S

Car seats are complicated huh? Joie make it so simple!

We have two car seats, one in each of our cars. It just helps make our lives so much easier having the two.

We have the Joie i-Spin 360 & the Joie Everystage FX.

They are both suitable from birth, it saves having to keep finding & buying new car seats, these will both last years!

They are both super stylish. I love them & Arla is so comfy in them. There’s a little toy pouch on the side which I especially love! (It’s the small things!) 

Joie Everystage FX is suitable from birth right up until 12 years.