Baby Case Review



I was lucky enough to be picked to review the new Baby Case, I am so excited because I love to be organised and having a good bag with compartments etc is my dream! Even my new nappy bag has loads of compartments and pockets and I cant wait to use it once Bump gets here. Baby Case are also very kindly donating £1 from every bag sold to a worthy UK Children's Charity.

So what is a Baby Case? Basically its a travel suitcase for babies and toddlers. I have been abroad with Isla last year and also on a few UK breaks and both have been extremely stressful especially when it comes to packing, you really don't realise how much stuff you need to take away with you once you have a baby. Isla is now 2 and even a mid week break to Wales recently we had to pack up half the house to take with us, and soon we are going to have another baby, and we also have 2 holidays planned abroad this year plus hopefully a couple of weekend breaks away in the country so this bag is going to be a life saver! Even staying at relatives for the weekend I can see this bag becoming so useful for us and our lifestyle. I am also considering using this for mine and the baby's hospital bag and if I do you will be able to see it full of stuff, if not I will be using it soon for a break away so I will link that post here once we go so you can see how we pack. 

Here are a few features of the bag taken from the website:
  • Integrated & adaptable shelving system
  • Integrated and removable changing mat
  • ‘Wardrobe’ system
  • Toy bag
  • Toiletries bag
  • Detachable daily changing bag with rucksack straps
  • Release clips to attach to pushchair
  • Insulated cool bag
The Baby Case comes in a handy storage bag (pictured above) and it is easy to get it back into, I was skeptical at first as I have always struggled to get items back into bags they came in, but surprisingly this wasn't too bad, this makes it great for storing away in the top of your wardrobe or loft until you need it and it doesn't take up much room. 


Overview


The bag comes in a lovely design, and it takes around 5 minutes to set it all up from its storage bag, the first time we did it we was a little unsure where everything went but since doing it again it was a lot easier. The bag has the main compartment and on the right is another compartment that you can put the toiletry bag etc in plus shoes and other bulky items. The bag has 2 big carry handles that are long enough for you to hold the bag or put it over your shoulder to carry it. On the left is a zip that you can zip on the rucksack to make it easy to carry everything, and then you can simply unzip the rucksack which you can put the essentials in and bits you will need for your journey, like nappies, wipes, purse, it also has a compartment that is for the insulated bag making it ideal to use for food, drink and bottles. 


Here is the bag once the rucksack has been zipped on, it does make the bag quite long but I can see it being useful to carry the bag onto a train, or to the car and then once you get to it you can quickly and simply just unzip it and keep it with you. Its great because if you are in a busy airport, train station or even walking out to the car you need to have a hand free to hold onto your little one so instead of worrying about carrying loads of bags, or even loosing a bag you can keep it all together which is awesome. 

The Rucksack


The rucksack is a good size, you can put in the bottom compartment to make a level for the insulated bag to go in, that way if you have heavy items on top it won't squash your sandwiches or food that is in the insulated bag. There is 3 pockets on the top back of the bag which is good for smaller items, plus a mesh side to stop things flying out if you was to unzip the bag. You can also use the rucksack without the insulated bag and with or without the divide in it which is great so you can adapt it to your journey and needs. The rucksack also comes with a travel changing mat, we put it in the bottom of the rucksack as their was a zip pocket (see Right photo) so assume that is where it goes and it fits perfectly. It also has 2 side pockets to put bottles of drink or baby bottles in.

Inside


The inside is where I get the most excited, it has 2 trays that lift out, so again you have the option to use them if you need to or not, they also fold flat for storing in the storage bag. The velcro means you can put a divide in the trays wherever you need or want them. The side and top of the bag folds all the way to the bottom and can be used as a changing mat for baby which is great for on the go, plus mesh pockets on the front for more organising! I love the idea of the trays as it means you can easily divide the stuff, maybe a child per tray, or parents on top and baby's stuff in the bottom tray. You will easily be able to grab things and find them too, I think even my other half will have no trouble finding items when I ask for them! The top tray is not as deep as the bottom, so bulky items would be best in the bottom of the bag, like tubs of formula, nappies etc. I love the blue colour inside as well as it is nice and bright instead of rummaging around inside a dark bag for bits this is great to be able to view everything. 

Handy Extras

The bag comes with handy extras, like a good size toiletry bag, a bag that you can hang in a wardrobe using a hanger, making it easy to store baby clothes and outfits, and a bag to store baby's toys in so they are easily accessible when baby needs them. 

Toiletry Bag

Hanging Wardrobe System
Toy Bag


Bad Points 

- Zips are quite stiff - possibly because its new and will get easier in time.

- No instructions on how to assemble and where everything goes - we was a little confused the first time we was putting it all together on where things went etc but you do learn quickly.

- The price - Its RRP is £120 which unless you are going to use the bag a lot or travel a lot can be quite pricey just to use on the odd occasion.

- Maybe wheels or option to buy a frame with wheels to put bag on - the bag alone can be quite heavy and I would imagine once filled with all of baby's items it will be pretty heavy, maybe good to get Daddy to carry this bag! 

- I would love to see this bag come in a variety of sizes, maybe a Medium size bag and then a Small one for hand luggage on a plane as I love the storage idea and think that would be great. I would imagine this bag would be the Large one.

Overall 

I absolutely love the bag and cant wait to use it when we go away in the UK and also abroad, I think we will get a lot of use out of this bag as we do regularly like to go away for weekend breaks either to relatives or away elsewhere. The bag would be great if you travel a lot, and also love to be crazily organised and love to have different size pockets that can adapt to your needs. We can either use it just for the kids bag or if we are only staying away for the weekend we can use it for all of our stuff. Its great that you can zip the rucksack onto the bag making it easy to carry one whole bag instead of loads of different ones, also the way it all flat packs and goes back into a storage bag is great for storing it away when not in use. All of the bits it comes with are great, and useful to use for what type of travel you are using the bag for, the changing mats are super plush and comfy as well which is nice. The design and colour of the bag is lovely too - I love the inside of the bag its my favourite it makes me so happy when I see all the pockets and compartments, yes that may sound sad but seriously when travelling with little ones this bag is just a parents dream. I feel the price may be a bit off putting to a average family and would probably be a good buy if you was to travel a lot, I know we couldn't justify the price before, but now that we are going to have 2 children and also are travelling a lot more it will definitely be well used.



* I was sent this Baby Case for the purpose of this review, I was not paid to write this and as always all thoughts and opinions are my own*
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Mummy & Me | March 2015

We have decided to join in with the new linky that Nicola - Life Through My Eyes has created, it is a great idea as I am very guilty of not getting enough pictures of me and Isla, so now we have this linky it will prompt me to take a picture at least once a month! Also when little man gets here I can start having monthly pictures taken with him too as well as both of them together - that is my plan anyway. 

Surprisingly without knowing I had already taken a few pictures of me and Isla this month that are perfect to use for our first Mummy & Me link up, we was in Isla's room getting ready and decided to take a few selfies in the mirror.. 



So that is our photo for Mummy & Me March 2015, I cant wait to look back on all these and see the change in us both, not just a physical change but also our bond growing stronger and stronger. 


Tara x

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34 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

34+5 days pregnant:

This week has been so much better in terms of my SPD, I have taken it easy and can now walk without any pain, the only time it hurts is when I'm turning over in bed, putting my shoes on, getting in and out the car etc which I can deal with. Ive been having strong shooting pains in my boobs as well which are pretty painful! Ive also been suffering with a few headaches, I've been trying to up my water intake though as I know I definitely don't drink enough. I'm still taking my pregnacare vitamin everyday with my evening meal, and will continue to take this until after the birth. 

I am SO tired now, I thought I was tired before but no its definitely worse now, I can easily take a nap by 10:30am, I feel so drained all the time and looking after Isla is starting to be so much effort, some days I just cant do the battle of getting her dressed so we just have PJ days. I also fell asleep the other day, half laying on the floor and half in Isla's bed as I went in to get her up from a nap I laid down while she was waking up and must of fell asleep myself, 20 minutes later I woke up and she was playing on the floor next to me! 

Ive been having charlie horses this week (thigh cramps) I get them while in bed and stretching in the night, they are so painful and its hard to breathe and relax until they go. My legs definitely hurt for a day or 2 afterwards when I start to walk. My period pains are getting a bit stronger, they are actually on the verge of being painful now and I feel so miserable when I get them as I just want to curl up on the bed, I've also been having a few cramps and my braxton hicks are uncomfortable too and I can tell when I'm having one. 

Its official... I have to put my trainers on using a long shoe horn now! I just cant bend over much anymore so putting shoes and socks on gets me so out of breath. My belly has also dropped, I noticed yesterday it had changed shape and today it definitely has got more longer, it has gone from looking like I had a ball up my top to now looking more like an Easter egg shape! I definitely feel like my body is starting to get ready for labour now, and I will be packing my hospital bag next week as well as id rather be prepared then not just in case. I see the midwife tomorrow, although ill be a day early it is classed as my 35 week appointment, I will talk to her then about whats been going on lately. I cant believe I am 35 weeks pregnant on Friday, only 2 weeks until full term its just crazy! 


32+4 days (Left) and today 34+5 days (Right)



33 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

33+6 days pregnant: 

This week has been pretty painful my SPD has been awful as I totally over did it on Friday as I took Isla to soft play and was running round after her, ever since I've been in so much pain and if you have or are suffering with this then you know how painful it can be, at times I must pull awful faces but it just hurts to move so much. Because of the pain and also sciatica on my right leg it means now my left knee is hurting as I'm putting more weight on it as I am kind of limping when I walk because of the pain. I'm now struggling to finish meals, even stuff I really really like, and I get so upset because I do want to eat it and it smells so good, but I just don't have the room! 

My braxton hicks are getting a lot more noticeable now, I can feel my belly getting all hard like I've got a bowling ball up my top, literally! Ive also been suffering from period pains but this week they seemed to have gone up a notch on the painful side and are a lot more uncomfortable now. I bought a V pillow to help me sleep, and I also thought it would be good to use once the baby is here for breast feeding and also when he starts sitting up etc, it definitely has helped with making sleep more comfortable. Ive started using Lansinoh cream on my nipples, I read that its good to start getting it soaked in for a few weeks before you give birth, so when I get out the bath now I use it. My skin is pretty dry and so is my scalp, it could be to do with the weather as it is starting to get a little warmer now, and my skin especially my face is really sensitive so its pretty dry at the moment. I'm looking forward to seeing the midwife next week for my 35 week check up! I cant believe how quick its going...


Mother's Day 2015

This was my 3rd Mothers Day and also my last one as being a Mummy to just Isla, next year I will have my 2 babies to celebrate with! We was a bit unsure on what we was planning on doing this year, I wanted to do something different and make the most of the day as my first Mothers Day we just spent it at home and last year we spent it at a BBQ so it wasn't really celebrated at all. I was woken up in the morning by Isla and Perry who had brought me breakfast in bed which was lovely and is always a good start to the day! Isla decided to open my cards for, I got such lovely cards from Isla, The Bump and even a card from Perry! I didn't really want anything for Mothers Day so obviously Perry was really stuck for ideas, but he got me a Pandora safety charm for my bracelet so I cant loose any charms, its so close to being completed now! 


We got dressed and decided we was going to take Isla to a farm, they was having a special Mothers Day event, Mums got to go free and we also got to meet Peppa Pig, which was obviously more for Isla haha! After dressing appropriately for the farm, jumpers, waterproofs and wellies, we met Perry's sister, partner and nephew at the farm too, we don't see them that often so it was really nice to spend the day with them and for Isla to see her cousin. The first we did was head over to the barn so that Isla could meet Peppa Pig and as we walking round so was Peppa Pig so Isla was chasing after her, it was so funny. Perry queued up with her and then when it was her turn to meet her Isla went all silly and shy, I'm hoping she will get a bit better with that sort of thing as we want to take her back to Paultons Park this year, I think she will love Peppa Pig world even more this year. 


After meeting Peppa Pig we then went to get some lunch, it was so packed we just about got a table and that was after having to wait 5 minutes, that doesn't seem a lot but when you have a miserable hungry toddler, 5 minutes is a lifetime! Then we had a 40 minute wait for food which really didn't help, by the time the food came Isla didn't want to eat at all and was so distracted by the soft play and other children so that was a huge fail. After that we headed out to meet some of the animals and we also bought food so we could feed some of them as well, there was so much to see and do but the weather was so miserable we didn't want to spend too much time in the cold. Isla was so good with the animals, she was even feeding the goats and petting the horses, the farm was really good and had all the facilities to wash your hands after touching the animals. 






We even got to meet Shaun The Sheep!


We ended the afternoon by going on the tractor ride and then made our way home as we was all cold and wet from the light rain. When we got home we bathed Isla and put her in a snuggly onesie, we all climbed into bed watched Finding Nemo, Isla fell asleep at 6:30 in bed with us and so we just put her into her bed for the night as we had eaten on the way home so knew she had a dinner and wouldn't be hungry. I had a lovely day and cant wait for next year now, I would like to do something a little more for mummy, maybe a meal out somewhere nice as Isla will be at a better age to sit in a restaurant and the baby will be a good age too. Maybe I should let Perry know now so he can plan something, you know what men are like haha. I hope the rest of my Mummy friends had a lovely day and was spoilt!

Tara x



32 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2


Last week was a pretty busy week, hence this post going up so late as I am actually 33 weeks 3 days today! Actually I don't think any blog posts went up last week which I am so annoyed about but I was generally so busy I didn't get time. One thing I still suffered with was nose bleeds, in the mornings I would wake up and could taste blood in my mouth and when I got a tissue and blew my nose it would have blood on it. My acid reflux has also come back, its always when I lay down in bed so I have to slowly work my way into a laying position otherwise it triggers it. 

I finally had my whooping cough injection done, it was fine and I didn't feel a thing but for 2 days afterwards it was pretty sore. I am starting to suffer with awful pregnancy brain, I am forgetting things and can never remember how many weeks I am, and then I have a huge shock when I do finally work it out and then I panic because nothing is ready for the little man as we are still waiting to move. My SPD is getting worse, its a lot more painful now and I cant even imagine how much worse it will get as the weeks go by, also my back is becoming really painful, its not my lower back its more around where the bra strap goes across your back. 

My belly button is starting to stick out at the top now so I don't think it will be long before its out all the way, with Isla it only ever stuck out at the top so it will be interesting to see what happens this time. I have quite a few stretch marks on my legs, they cant be helped so I am not getting to upset about them, I have been using creams etc and they do help, they just won't 100% prevent them.

Midwife Appointment 
I see the midwife last Thursday when I was 32+6, my blood pressure was fine, my urine was all good apart from a few ketones but that was because I hadn't eaten in a while, the babies heartbeat was all good up in the 140s, when she measured my bump it was measuring a week ahead, I remember with Isla at this point she was measuring around 3 weeks behind so it shows I am definitely bigger this time around. We talked a little bit about the birth but are going to go more into detail at my next appointment which is only in 2 weeks! So yep I am now seeing the midwife every 2 weeks which is just crazy to me its flying by now. 


Maternity Photos At 31 Weeks Pregnant

One thing I regret with Isla's pregnancy was not getting many nice photos of my growing bump, towards the end of my pregnancy it was winter so taking nice photos outside wasn't really an option unless I was willing to absolutely freeze! I got a few nice photos about a week before she was born but that was all. This time I've made sure that I've taken a lot more photographs, and on Wednesday I met up with my friend and asked if she wouldn't mind taking a few pictures for me. I had planned to get some with Isla and even put us in matching outfits but it ended up being really windy and cold, so I decided to just have some done on my own. Hopefully in a few weeks it will be a bit warmer so I can get some with Isla, I thought I would share some of the pictures we managed to get, it was honestly so cold in the wind we didn't stay at the beach for long, hopefully next time will be more successful and we will get a few more pictures, maybe even get some with Perry in too as that would be nice. 










I cant believe I am 32 weeks pregnant today, time is going so quickly. I will look back on these photos in a few months when I am missing my bump hehe. As much as I love being pregnant I cant wait to have my body back to myself and to get back into shape, although I'm not happy when I look in the mirror at the moment, I just think what an amazing job my body is doing and I should just embrace it. 

Tara x

31 Weeks Pregnant With Baby #2

Ah I cant believe I am 31+6 days pregnant today! Its just crazy, I'm now in the single digit countdown, well I have been for almost a week now. I write my posts on the 6th day (last day of that week) so that I can talk about that week, but lately I've noticed some people do updates the day they turn a new week. I think ill carry on the way I have been doing it as if I done a 32 week update tomorrow I don't know what id talk about lol. 

So week 31 has been pretty good, obviously I'm at the uncomfortable stage now, but I cant keep moaning about it every week I think you would all get bored, but I am really starting to struggle with getting my shoes and socks on, bending down is a nightmare so I find I'm asking Isla to pick things up for me, poor girl haha. My SPD has been OK this week, although I did go out yesterday and walked quite a bit so last night I was in a lot of pain, also today I am feeling a bit of discomfort so spending the day at home to recover. Ive been having a few pains this week, sharp pains in my lower belly and then at the top, also period pain has been happening this week, only slightly uncomfortable for me to notice it. 

Sleeping is becoming more uncomfortable, I find it so hard to get comfy and then my legs gets restless, turning over in bed is so painful as well due to the SPD, I find myself groaning all the time I move. I am back to waking up 3 times a night for a wee, its so annoying as getting up from the bed is not easy at all, but I have to go otherwise I cant get back to sleep and I don't want to risk getting a water infection etc. I'm so glad that *fingers crossed* so far I have not suffered with any kidney stones, infections etc like I did with Isla, I only had a slight water infection at the start of this pregnancy and that's it. Although I have been suffering in other ways this time as I never had sciatica or SPD with Isla. 

A exciting thing that happened last week but I forgot to put it in my post, my boobs have been leaking for weeks and its just been clear, but now they are leaking yellow colostrum! I have to wear breast pads everyday so it doesn't stain my bras, and then at home I wear sports bras and also to sleep in with pads. We are nearly all set for little man, we literally just have a few odd bits to get and then stuff for my hospital bag and we are done! I am seeing the midwife next week and I think after that one I see her every 2 weeks? So that is super exciting, I cant believe how close I am now. I'm starting to get a little nervous etc but overall I'm just so excited to meet him! I know I will be so much more emotional this time, not sure if its because of the miscarriage that happened 2 weeks before we conceived this baby, or if its just because I know what to do and expect this time so feel a lot less scared. 



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Our Bluestone Essentials

The beginning of February we was lucky enough to spend a mid week break away at Bluestone's in Wales. If you want to read more about it then read my review here. If you are going or thinking about booking I thought I would make a post about our essentials, or maybe you are looking to book for February next year and are looking for ideas on what to take for that specific time. These are just a few essentials that we could think of and what we used while we was there, or what we wish we had taken: 

Wellingtons

Bluestone is a outdoor country holiday, that involves a fair bit of walking, and also mud - especially in winter. I'm so glad we all took our wellies as it meant we could just go for walks and wouldn't have to worry at all about getting our everyday shoes muddy or wet. 


Off Road Pushchair or Sling 

We took our Out 'N' About 3 wheeler off road pushchair, we already live in the country and near the beach so its already a must have in our lives. It was brilliant at Bluestones because we wasn't afraid about using it, getting it muddy or afraid we couldn't take it anywhere. We took it over streams, through thick mud and over all kinds of terrain with ease. Having a toddler who walks super slow or wouldn't be able to walk in some areas we kept her in the pushchair when we went on the nature trail walks. If you have a younger baby then maybe taking a sling would be a good idea if you don't have a off road pushchair.



Torch

We took a torch with us and I can't say we really used it much but we didn't really venture out of an evening, and it was also getting dark early just after 5pm. If we did then it definitely would of come in handy as you could quite easily get lost in the dark, or in the unlikely event of the lodge having a power cut its something useful to take with you. 

Blankets

We took a couple of blankets with us, small ones for Isla so we could wrap her up when we went out or to snuggle with at the lodge/in the car, and then we took a bigger blanket more like a throw size one. It does get a little chilly in the lodges of an evening and I found that sitting on the sofa it could be quite cold so I'm glad we took our blanket. It was also super handy when we left early in the morning, I wrapped myself in it as the leather seats were cold! 

Dressing Gown/Cosy PJS 

This kind of goes in hand with the above post, but basically the lodge can get quite chilly in the evenings, I did take cosy pyjamas with me and also bed socks which did help. But one thing I did miss was my dressing gown. Getting out the bath and then going into the bedroom it was pretty cold and also in the morning it was cold, so I wish I would of taken my dressing gown as it would of come in handy when making breakfast and in the evenings. 

Big Umbrella/Waterproof Coats

We took a massive golfing umbrella with us, we keep it in the boot of our car all the time so we just took it out when we arrived. But it does rain a lot in Wales I was told, we only had one day with rain so maybe we was lucky? But it did come in handy as it was big enough for Perry to hold while I pushed the pushchair and neither of us got wet. Isla was under the rain cover in the pushchair so she was OK. We also took our Superdry coats with us, they were great for the weather and kept us warm. 

DVD's

The lodge had a DVD player in so we took a few of our favourite films to watch of a evening. We don't really watch TV at all, only time we use it is for Isla to watch cartoons, or to play the playstation on it. We are not into soaps etc so thought we might get a little bored in the evenings so they came in handy. Also while Isla was napping or if it had of rained and we didn't want to go out we could of watched a film then. 

Toys/Games

We packed a few of Isla's favourite toys for her to bring away with us, these were great for in the evenings when we was in the lodge. We packed her megasketcher as it is a pretty good travelling toy and she enjoys drawing on it, we took one of her baby dolls as she loves them so much, a couple of books for bedtime. We also brought our PS4, when Isla took her afternoon naps I would be on the laptop blogging, and so I thought it was only fair if Perry could bring his Playstation to play, we also played it in the evenings. You could also bring a board game or pack of cards as well, as it would make a change from normal everyday evening life, and would be good if you was taking older children. 

Cot Bedding

Isla used the travel cot supplied in the Lodge while we was away, although she sleeps at home in a toddler bed we thought it would be better if she was in the travel cot as the other beds were a bit high and Id be nervous of her falling out. The travel cot comes with a standard thin mattress, we then put the 2 blankets that were on the single beds on top to make the bottom a bit thicker and comfier for her, but you may want to bring something from home to thicken it up or your own travel mattress. We did bring her own duvet and pillow from home as they don't supply cot bedding, so if you're planning on using a cot then bring your own bedding from home. 



Beach Towels

If you're planning on using the Blue Lagoon pool, which I think everyone has got to do while there, then make sure you bring your own towels from home. Although the lodges supply you with plenty of towels for your stay, they are not permitted to be used to take swimming. We took 1 each and 1 for Isla, and then when we got back to the lodge we put them on the towel rails to get dry ready for the next day. 

Plastic Tableware/Cutlery

Surprisingly I completely forgot about packing these right up until we was about to walk out the door, Isla is 2 and so she uses plastic plates and toddler cutlery to eat with. So remember to pack them for your little ones, also cups or sippy cups for them to drink out of. If your baby is younger and you are BLW then maybe pack a splat mat as the dining table is on the carpet which is cream, I was so nervous of Isla dropping anything on the floor. They do have a hoover so I was hoovering everyday to get up the crumbs etc. 

I think that is all I can think of, they are just bits that we found essential or things we wish we had taken, when going away with children you have to pack and think of so much stuff, it can be easy to forget about simple things, like me nearly forgetting Isla's plastic plates - yet she uses them everyday! You may also want to bring a bath mat, they do mention it on the website but we never bothered and found it OK. Remember to check out the Bluestone website before you go to answer any questions you might have. If you're going soon then I hope you have a lovely time and I'm not jealous at all... much haha. 

Tara x