Today is Plagiocephaly Awareness Day. Plagiocephaly (or flat head syndrome as it is more commonly known) is where a baby’s head is flattened at the back or side caused by pressure on the soft skull bones which have not yet fused together and therefore mould into a different shape. This can occur when a baby spends an excessive amount of time lying or resting in the same position on their backs.
Plagiocephaly affects as many as 47% of babies between the ages of 7 and 12 weeks old. You can help prevent plagiocephaly by repositioning a baby’s head as much as possible to vary the pressure across the skull. It is sometimes diagnosed early so parents can act on it but usually the diagnosis is too late and therefore requires parents to seek out other alternative treatments which can be costly.
As I’ve mentioned before, D was diagnosed with acute liver failure at 2 weeks old and spent a lot of time in the first 6 weeks of his life laid in a hospital bed. We weren’t allowed to move him or hold him for long periods due to him being hooked up to machines and monitors therefore he unfortunately spent a large majority of his day in the same position. This in turn had an effect on his head and he developed plagiocephaly.
When I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing a pillow designed by Babymoov that helped babies with plagiocephaly for this awareness day I jumped at the opportunity. Committing to help prevent flat head syndrome, Babymoov have worked alongside a French paediatrician called Dr Maidenberg and created a pillow called the Lovenest. The Lovenest is a simple solution to help prevent babies from getting flat head syndrome by ensuring that pressure is evenly distributed across the infants head by providing a slight incline. At £14.99 (RRP) it is an affordable way to prevent or treat plagiocephaly.
When the product came I was really surprised on how soft it was. I chose the pillow in blue and it was lovely and complimented D’s nursery well. The age range stated that it was suitable from birth to 4 months and although D is slightly older than this his head fitted in it quite nicely. He appeared really comfortable sleeping on it and the lightweight small design meant that I could transfer it from cot to pram really easily. D has been using this pillow for around 3 weeks now and although I haven’t noticed much improvement in his head (his plagiocephaly is quite severe due to his previous illness) I feel better knowing that because of this pillow it isn’t going to get any worse. As far as products go, it would definitely be on my “must have” list for my baby as a new mum. If I had been aware of this product when D was born or when he was ill in hospital I would have definitely purchased it.
As already mentioned, the Lovenest retails at £14.99 and is available in blue, smokey and white. If you would like to purchase one or view other baby products that Babymoov offer then you can visit their website here
D sleeping soundly in his cot on his Lovenest
What a wonderful month March has been! It doesn’t matter which month Easter falls in whether its March or April we always have a busy time as it’s a 4 day bank holiday weekend. We’ve really made the most of this Easter weekend especially as the weather on Good Friday was glorious where we were (No coats people, no coats!) We spent Friday at Chatsworth house in Derbyshire doing an egg hunt and Easter filled activities plus they have a lovely farm to walk round so K really enjoyed doing that. Not to mention that Chatsworth House is on stunning grounds so you could spend the day literally walking round them. Saturday was a swimming day. D is FINALLY starting to enjoy swimming now and lasted much longer than the 7 minutes he’s previously lasted (Hurrah!) It helped that I ran to the shops on Saturday morning to buy an inflatable chair for him to sit in the water with so I think it made him feel more secure. Why I haven’t bought him one of those chairs before now I’ll never know as we got K one when she first started swimming at 8 weeks old!! Oh well, he has it now and loves it. Sunday was the busiest day as we had all our family round for food and drink. There were 15 of us (18 if you include little ones!!) so it was a hectic day but it really was lovely to catch up with family. If your anything like us, it takes a military operation to get us all together at one time as we all have super busy schedules but usually special occasions tend to bring us together. K was exhausted by the time everyone left as she had been running round so giddy all day. Monday ended up being a bit of a chill day as the weather was cold and gloomy. If any of you saw my Instagram you will have seen that I queued for an hour and 10 minutes at our local shopping centre so K could meet and greet Bing and Flopp from Cbeebies (Yes, you heard right – 1hr and 10 minutes!! Madness, I know) She was so happy about it though and I guess it was better than a morning in front of the TV. The afternoon dried up a bit but was still really cold and windy but we managed to go to one of our local parks where our picture was taken this month. Literally the quickest photo I have ever taken on a tripod as 1. it was absolutely freezing and windy 2. it had started to rain and 3. D was furious that I had got him out of his warm pram just so I could take a photo and was about to cry. (never work with children or animals)
It’s so nice that we can say that spring is finally here. It’s such a wonderful time when all our surroundings are waking up from the winter months and new animals are being born. It’s officially a good bye to the winter gloomy weather. The clocks going forward means that the nights are lighter and the mornings are lighter. It also means it’s one step closer to summer time. Hurrah!
This month we are loving…
Park trips after tea time
New animals being born and living close by to see them
Going out without our big coats and hats
Easter eggs and chocolate
K’s scuttle bug and scooter
I thought I would do a post this week on the Easter basket we made up for K in the run up to Easter as it may give you some inspiration on what to put in your own basket if you choose to do one. This is the first year that I have made up a basket for K as I feel she is now old enough to appreciate it and make the most out of it and she has absolutely loved it. It will definitely become part of our Easter tradition from now on. I have made sure that I put craft items in it that we could do together in the afternoons whilst her baby brother sleeps as I sometimes find this the hardest time of the day to keep her entertained. I have made sure that there has been something to do/make/bake every day for the whole of the week running up to Easter. So let’s jump in and see what’s in there..
We’re going on an egg hunt book
I picked this book up whilst I was shopping in Asda for £3.99 and K absolutely loves it. You have to find the Easter Eggs under the lift up flaps. The story is a sing-song type rhyme and it’s a nice book that keeps her attention well.
Easter bonnet decorating kit
I included an Easter bonnet and a decorating kit for K to make her own bonnet with as she loves craft activities. I also let her glue the shredded ribbon which was in the basket on the bonnet too but this isn’t shown in the picture. You can pick bonnets and decorating kits up from most supermarkets and pound shops. They are super cheap but really effective.
This is self explanatory. No Easter basket would be complete without an actual Easter egg and chocolate!! Although I’ve had to hide the chocolate in the cupboard until Sunday to stop both me and her from eating it too soon!!
Egg decorating kit
This is another really good craft activity. I bought polystyrene eggs to decorate but you could also just hard boil a couple of real eggs and decorate them that way. I also bought a simple stencil kit to use on the eggs but you could use different paints/glitter/glue/feathers etc and really go to town with it!!
Lamb shaped mini basket
I picked this up because I thought it was really cute and I knew K would love it. We are going to an organised Easter egg hunt at a local farm over the Easter weekend so I thought this would come in handy to bring with us to put her eggs in that we find. It is made from felt so can be reused for dressing up props etc after Easter.
This is everything in K’s Easter basket. She’s had so much fun this last week doing all the crafts. We have also been making Easter Rise Krispy buns which is basically melted chocolate and Rice Krispy cereal mixed together and left to set in the fridge. Very simple to do but really exciting for toddlers to make. Especially when they get to lick the bowl afterwards!
Are you doing an Easter basket this year? What is in yours? I’d love to hear from you!
My beautiful boy. Yet another month has passed by in the blink of an eye. You are 6 months old. What a milestone! It is so weird that the last 6 months have flown by yet it feels like you have always been apart of our lives. It’s this month that I feel your personality is REALLY shining through. You are such a laid back baby, nothing seems to faze you. This last week in particular you have started to progess a little more and are now reaching out for objects confidently and turning your body more. You’ve not quite mastered the art of sitting up yet but you are trying so I do feel like your not far off from that. You are continuing to practice your vocals and particularly like shouting and screeching at 5am every morning. It doesn’t matter what time it is though you still have a smile for us when we greet you.
You’ve had a few “firsts” this last month. It was your first time sitting in a highchair. Watching you view the world in a completely different way was so special. You are mesmerised by your surroundings. This last week I have started to give you your first ever tastes of food. Both pureed and finger foods. I remember so vividly weaning your sister and how well she took to food and weaning but you my darling boy are proving to be a slight challenge. I can’t get you to open your mouth for the food to go in! You are quite happy with your milk so for now I won’t push it too much but will continue to offer you food slowly. We shall see where that road takes us. I got you weighed today, you are 17lb 71/2oz (the half an ounce counts). I love to see your weight soar, you were so poorly as a newborn and weighed less at 6 weeks old than you did when you were born so the fact that you are now thriving and a chunky monkey makes us all so happy. We all love you so much, our special little hero.
Your bond with your sister continues to grow and the love she has for you is so fierce. You are the first thing on her mind when she wakes up in a morning. She loves to kiss and cuddle you. She is so full on with you sometimes and myself and Daddy remind her to be gentle with you but you don’t seem to mind one bit. You love the attention from her and you gaze at her with such love it makes my heart melt. The way you two giggle together is so lovely I can’t wait for you to get older so you can play together. I hope you are both so close. You have been teething for the last few months really but this month seems to be the worst so far. You dribble ever such a lot and everything you touch goes in to your mouth. You are still loving your Sophie la giraffe teether and you enjoy chewing on a toothbrush now. I think you like the feel of it on your gums. Your sleeping routine is pretty much the same as the last few months. You usually have a 30 minute nap at around 10am, then a longer 2-3hr nap at around 1pm then an evening nap of 30 minutes at around 5.30pm. You go to bed after your bath and feed at around 7:30pm and wake once for a feed during the night. You can wake anytime between midnight and 3am for your feed then you are usually up for the morning anytime from 5am -7am. Mummy isn’t very fond of the early starts especially if the night feed was a couple of hours previous but for you my gorgeous boy I will happily get up. I am half way through my maternity leave with you. I feel so blessed that I am able to take a year off with you just like I did with your sister. I am so happy that I get to be with you when you accomplish your milestones and your “firsts”. It’s also really lovely that not only do I get the time with you but I get the time with your sister as well and the both of you together. When Daddy is home from work and at the weekends I feel like we are a team. Like it’s us against the world. I love that we get to make our memories all together. As a family. We love you our precious boy. Here’s to another great month!
March. Finally I think we can say that spring is here! Hurrah! I feel like we have been waiting for it forever. The nights are starting to get ever so lighter and we are finally eating our tea whilst it’s still light rather than it being dark outside and all the lights in the house on. There’s something about spring that makes me feel fresh and ready to start a new beginning. Finally, I feel motivated to start that diet that was supposed to have commenced in January and I feel more inclined to have a walk to the park with K and D after tea instead of slumping out in front of the TV. The mornings are lighter so it doesn’t seem as horrific when D wakes me up at 6am ready to get up for the day! K really benefits from the nights being lighter and the weather being better. She is such an outdoors girl so she is thriving now we can actually fit a park run in our day or take a day out to the farm. It also means she sleeps better at nap time and bedtime as the fresh air has tired her out. Surely there’s a win-win in that!? ha!. Our life is a super jam packed one this March so having time to photograph my two together has been a bit tricky but we managed to do it – just.
My siblings in March
I mentioned last month that the bond between K and D was so fierce and so strong and I can only comment that this month has seen it go from strength to strength! They absolutely adore one another. The look of love that D gives to K is so amazing, it makes my heart melt.
K is an amazing big sister and I am finding this month that she is desperate to help out with him a little bit more even if it’s something as simple as fetching me a clean nappy or a clean dummy. The help is always appreciated and it makes her feel like she has a purpose. D is the first thing on K’s mind from the minute she wakes up and is desperate to see where he is and what he is doing. She is particularly fond of sitting next to him whilst he is in his bouncing chair and watching baby TV with him. It’s the one thing they can do “together” at the moment.
D is getting to the age now (nearly 6 months old) where he is paying attention to a lot more stuff and reaching out to grab items such as toys and teethers so K “plays” with them with D. He is also trying to sit up and lift his head up more and every time he does it K shouts “Good boy D” or “Well done little fella” (she copies her Mummy and Daddy a lot haha) It’s so great that she is there to encourage him and cheer him on. I hope she continues to be his cheerleader when they are older and I hope he does the same for her.
It’s so lovely as a mummy to hear your children giggling together. I mentioned last month that K is the one person that can make D laugh and this is very much the same this month. She’s currently at a stage where she’s learning to share a little bit more and is enjoying sharing her toys with D (whether he can play with them or not – he is having them).
I feel excited about the future and look forward to seeing over the coming months how my sibling’s relationship grows.