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Lilah at Three Months Old

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Our little Lilah Bear is three months old, and I'm sooo not okay with it. She's growing up and changing far too quickly, and I feel as if I'm going to blink and she'll be running around before I know it!

At 3 months Lilah weighs a dainty little 11 lbs and 14oz. She's just like her big brother and sister and isn't gaining weight very quickly, but the HV wasn't concerned. She's following her curve nicely, and just the other two, I know she'll have those glorious rolls before I know it. This does mean we're still in 0-3 month clothing though, which although I love, it means I'm not getting to put her in her pretty summer clothing during this recent heatwave!

Routine-wise, we've really seemed to have settled into our groove now with Lilah. She wakes most mornings at roughly 7am, and goes to bed around 7pm. She has five 7oz bottles throughout the day (7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm, and a 10pm dreamed), which she takes really well now. We've finally stopped with the Infacol for her wind which - fingers crossed - seems to improved a lot.

Lilah is very much a cat-napper, unless she's in the car or constantly on the move in her pram. But I honestly can't complain too much, as she does sleep through most nights now (occasionally waking for her dummy or a cuddle). I'm still not keeping my hopes up though, as the four month sleep regression is just around the corner... wish us luck!

This month Lilah has really grown and developed, and I don't think we can really call her a newborn anymore... sob! She's cooing (although she's still very quiet), trying to laugh, and she's been rolling from front to back since she was 11 weeks old. She absolutely loves her hands, and just like Parker she settles with a muslin next to her face to snuggle. 

I adore writing these monthly updates, especially as I have all three of the Littles growing up to look back on now. Lilah is so like her big sister Indie. Not just the fact that they are practically twins as babies, but also with their milestones and routine. It's crazy!

Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table | Review

Friday, 20 April 2018

Now that the sun is shining, there is nothing the Littles love more than to get out in the garden to play. We have a few toys out there, but nothing that has kept their attention for very long. That was until now though...

We were sent the Fountain Factory Water Table from Little Tikes, and it's been a huge hit with both Indiana (aged 4) and Parker (aged 2)... and myself (aged 20-something!). The Fountain Factory water table is perfect for little ones aged 24 months to 5 years and beyond. It's been designed to not only be fun to play with, but actually provide STEM learning for preschoolers through science and engineering learning.

When I first opened the box and saw how many parts were included, I must admit I was worried. But the instructions were really easy to follow, and most parts went together with ease. The only bit I struggled with was putting the plug in, but it was nothing a bit of wiggling and jiggling couldn't fix!

The instructions show you how to put together the fountains and pipes in one configuration, however the table can be used in a number of ways. The pieces and accessories are all interchangeable, meaning that your little one can make different paths for the water to follow. The pipes pull apart easily and the taps are simple to work out, so although you can get involved in the fun too (and I'd definitely recommend it!), you can just leave your little one to play without them needing too much assistance.

Indiana especially loves the pump which splashes water out of the top of the funnel. And Parker loves using the included water cup to fill up the funnel and pop up character. My favourite feature has to be the included plug, asalthough it was the trickiest bit to put together, it makes emptying the water table soo much easier.

The table retails at £59.99 and is definitely the perfect addition to our garden this Spring / Summer! 

We received this product in exchange for our review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Izmi Baby Carrier Review

Monday, 16 April 2018

Baby wearing wasn't something I really knew much about, when we had our first child almost 5 years ago. But when our third little one came along this year, there was absolutely no way we could cope without it! It not only keeps your hands free, but it is perfect for baby snuggles too.

We have been trying out the Izmi Baby Carrier from Cheeky Rascals for a few months, and it's definitely become my husband Jack's go-to carrier of choice. The award winning Izmi Carrier combines the comfort and closeness of a fabric sling, with the support and comfort of a buckled carrier. I know Jack's not too sure on wrap style carriers, so I think this combination is perfect for him.

Suitable from birth until walking (7-33lbs), it has been designed to adjust and grow with your child as they do. It has also been designed to be hip-healthy, which is the best possible way to carry your little one (as well as being a lot more comfortable for the wearer too!).

We did find the Izmi carrier a little tricky to put on at first. It is definitely a little fiddly to pop on with such a small baby, as you have to reach around to secure the buckles. But now we've been using it for a while Jack has found it much easier and quicker to put on. But I'm sure if you were an experienced baby wearer this wouldn't be an issue for you though!

Also, while the carrier is easy to adjust, we have found that it is something we haven't really wanted to do. We would have to adjust it every time Jack or I wore it, so it would become a bit of a pain. This has meant the carrier has become the one that Jack solely uses. Which although is a shame, isn't really much of an issue for us!

We have only used the carrier in the traditional front carry so far, as Lilah is still quite little. The Izmi Carrier can also be used in three other ways though - front facing, hip carry and back carry. Lilah seems to really enjoy the carrier though, and will happily fall asleep within minutes of being in it and snuggled close to Jack.

Overall we are really impressed with the Izmi Baby Carrier, and it is definitely a baby item we would recommend to new parents! It is a little fiddly to work out at first, but once you get used to putting baby in the carrier, it is comfortable to wear and feels lovely and secure. The carrier also comes with it's own storage bag, so it's easy to take out and about with you too!
"The Izmi cotton baby carrier was designed by Emily Williamson, a mother and expert babywearing consultant. After extensive research with both Mums and Dads tackling common problems Emily designed the Izmi carrier in the UK to be comfortable, supportive and long lasting with the approval from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute."
We recieved this carrier in exchange for our review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

The Siblings Project | April 2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018

I cannot believe another month has passed with these three little loves - time really does fly! Lilah is now 3 month old, and has honestly slotted into our family so perfectly. Every morning all Indie and Parker want to do is see her, and give her all the cuddles and kisses. And this probably doesn't stop throughout the whole day!

Lilah tolerates all the craziness rather well, and you can see just how much love she has for her big brother and sister already. Always giving them beaming smiles whenever they're around, and watching them as they play. Although she is so quiet sometimes you can easily forget she is there... the life of a third child I suppose?

Indie and Parker have spent a lot of time together this month, as they've both been home over the Easter holidays. They're in such a love / hate stage at the moment, and I won't lie, it's exhausting! One minute they are playing together so nicely. Indie is being a caring big sister and they are giggling and smiling away. But then the next minute she doesn't want to play with him, or Parker is being the typical little brother and winding her up.

It's hard to keep up some days, and I feel like a referee constantly separating them and sorting out their arguments. But I'm hoping once we're back to normality, and Indie isn't around so much, they'll enjoy each others company a little bit more. Or at least tolerate it for longer than 5 minutes!

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

5 Simple Ways to Redecorate your Child’s Bedroom

Thursday, 5 April 2018

I remember dreaming of the perfect nursery when I was expecting Indiana.  Floral prints and cutesy accessories, and of course a design that was all me. But now as she is getting older, and she has her own ideas and favourite things, it's definitely time to update her room. Even more so as she shares a room with her brother, who I'm not sure if so keen on the floral and complete girlyness!

Redecorating doesn't need to involve anything drastic or expensive though. You can make a room look refreshed and new with just a few simple changes! So here's 5 simple ways to redecorate your child's bedroom:

Fresh Paint

Just refreshing the paint on the walls can bring a room back to life! If you went gender neutral (or even extremely girl / boy themed), adding some colour or picking something a bit more toned down can really change how a room looks. We've currently got cream walls in the Littles bedroom, but I'd love to repaint them white with a colourful feature wall.

New Bedding

Letting your child pick out some new bedding can not only update a room, but let them show their personality too. Indiana is still absolutely unicorn obsessed and got lots of unicorn accessories for her recent birthday. J D Williams have a whole collection of unicorn duvet covers and bedding that you can see here - I think even Indie would struggle with what one she'd like most!

Rearrange the Furniture

If the space allows it, just simply moving the furniture you already have around can make a huge difference. It can open up spaces that you previously didn't use or even make more room altogether! We found we had so much more room when we moved the Littles beds - this extra space gave them more room to play and made their room look bigger too!

Personal Art

If your little ones are anything like mine, then you'll have countless pieces of their artwork around the house. So what a better way than to display their art and also jazz up a room, than to use their drawings and paintings as decorations on the wall! Alice shared this fantastic post on how she used Amelia's art work.

Wall Stickers

I know these aren't everyone's cup of tea, but they are a great and relatively low priced way of decorating a room. You can get reusable wall stickers in thousands of designs now, so they're another fantastic way of showing your child's personality in the room too. I know my two would love choosing and sticking their stickers up!

What simple things would you do to redecorate your child's bedroom?
This is a collaborative post

Lilah at Two Months Old

Sunday, 1 April 2018

My goodness are the weeks whizzing by! Our lovely little Lilah is now 11 weeks old (so probably a little closer to three months.. but shh), and is growing and changing so much as each day passes. The last month has been clouded by my PND diagnosis, but that doesn't mean I don't want to document Lilah's milestones and changes.

We finally had her newborn check at 10 weeks old - late because we were away - and Lilah is doing brilliantly. She weighs 11 lbs now, which puts her on the 25th percentile. She's dropped down all the way from the 91st, but that's how all three of our babies have been. I seem to grow them big and they just gain slowly! She's also 56cm long and has a head circumference of 36cm. This check was also followed by her first injections, which she coped with relatively well!

We still don't really have a set routine with Lilah, which I think we're actually enjoying a little more at the moment. She's having 6oz bottles every 3/4 hours (or a little longer if we're out and about), and usually has around 5 bottles a day now. Her last feed is still at 10pm, where we'll pop her in her sleeping bag and feed with minimal distraction and noise, so she knows it's bedtime. She will then sleep through until anywhere between 6 and 8, waking occasionally for her dummy. For now we're so pleased with how she's sleeping, but I'm definitely not holding out hope for this lasting.

Throughout the day she'll feed, have a period of awake time, and then nap. She has around 3-4 naps a day, although these differ in length and really do depend on whether we're out and about or inside. She has really obvious sleepy cues though, so we always try and catch her at the right time for naps.She loves nothing more than to lay in her bouncer watching her toys, or having someone chat away to her as she wriggles about.

Development wise, Lilah has learnt soo much these last few weeks! She is constantly smiling away now, and is usually at her happiest in the mornings when she wakes up. She's a very quiet, content little thing, and isn't really cooing yet. But she does let you know when she's happy or sad - and I promise she really let's you know when she's unhappy!

Lilah has also discovered her hands which is oh so sweet. If she's not watching them wriggle about, they're in her mouth and she's chomping away. I remember this stage so well with the other two - especially the cheesy, fluffy hands they get from having them constantly in their mouths. She loves watching herself in a mirror too, and happily grins away at 'the other baby' she's looking at!

This month Lilah has been on lots of adventures, including her very first holiday to Disneyland Paris! It's crazy how different she already is to just a few weeks ago, and we already cannot wait to see what she'll learn this month. I just wish it didn't go quite so fast...

Me and Mine Project | February & March 2018

Saturday, 31 March 2018


I am absolutely gutted that I never got February's Me and Mine Project post written up. So I thought I'd combine it with March's pictures so we didn't miss a month - after all we did take the photos in the right month!

February was a month of learning and settling into our new normal. Jack was back to work after his paternity leave and I was thrown into the deep end with all three littles on my own during the week. It was tough, but we soon settled into a good routine and managed to get out and about just as much as normal. Having a newborn has never stopped us doing things like going out to dinner or enjoying days out, and Lilah's arrival wasn't any different!

We headed back to our favourite spot in Knole Park for these pictures - the same spot we've now taken pictures in February for three years (you can see 2016 and 2017 pictures here)! It's so lovely to see how our family has grown and changed over the last few years. Parker was just a little baby and now we have a third... and just look how big Indie has gotten!


March has been an incredibly tough month. I don't want to go too much into the reason why, but the end of February / beginning of March was clouded by my PND diagnosis. Jack was an absolute hero though, taking time off work to look after not only the littles, but me as well.

We have been out and about a lot (as it makes me feel 100x better), and of course the highlight of our month was our holiday to Disneyland Paris. After booking the trip all the way back in August 2017, it didn't seem real that we were actually going. And still doesn't seem real that we went!

We had a week full of quality family time, where our biggest worry was what ride to go on next, or which character we wanted to see. The wonder and magic in the littles faces made the stressful parts (of which there were many... eek!) totally worth it. And there was honestly no other place better to be to make me feel more like myself. We already cannot wait to go back!!

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

It's Okay not to be Okay... Postnatal Depression and Anxiety

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

This is a post I never thought I'd be writing. But I suppose no one really expects they're going to suffer with postnatal depression do they?

But I am.

I have postnatal depression and anxiety.

And I'm not going to be ashamed to talk about it. Because it's actually incredibly common, and there is no way I should feel embarrassed about it!

I was probably a bit nieve though. This was my third pregnancy. Our third baby. A little girl who we had planned for and were oh so excited to meet.

I had an whirlwind labour, but it was still incredibly positive. We were home within a few hours and settled into life with three little ones rather well I think. Well, apart from those pesky 'baby blues' that hit around 3-5 days (they were bloody awful this time around).

But that passed and I thought all was going well. We were in a good routine, and I was coping pretty well with life as a mama of three. Of course there was difficult moments, we did have a newborn after all. But it was nothing we couldn't handle!

But then 6 weeks came.

And the big black cloud appeared. Along with the panic. And dread. And fear.

I broke, and it was terrifying.

I am so thankful to have an incredibly supportive husband and family though. I was also lucky to recognise that things were not right quite quickly too. Talking to my doctor, and starting on antidepressants, and looking for support in other ways as soon as I could.

It's almost been a month since the cloud arrived, and I can't say it's completely passed yet. I know that this is going to be a long and incredibly hard journey. But I also know that I can get through this. And I will feel like my true self one day soon.

I wanted to share my experience to let other sufferers know that they're not alone. PND really can affect anyone, whether this is their first, third or fifth baby. It shouldn't be a taboo subject or hidden secret. It's nothing I've done wrong... my brain is just a little imbalanced at the moment!

I am so incredibly lucky to have three beautiful children, and the most supportive husband and family. I also cannot thank everyone enough for all the love and support I have received through social media too. It really does mean the world! Thank you xxx

The Siblings Project | March 2018

Monday, 26 March 2018

You may have noticed I've been a little quiet over on my blog recently, and if you follow me on Instagram you'll know why (blog post most likely coming soon as well). But I didn't want to simply forget about the lovely blog projects I join in with. So although this is slightly late, I wanted to document my cheeky little trio regardless!

March has been very much like February. My big two are still absolutely obsessed with their baby sister, and there's not a minute that passes where they're not smothering her in cuddles and kisses. I would have thought the novelty would have worn off by now, but apparently not! Parker is probably more guilty of this than Indie, and I must admit he's a little bit too loving at times - wanting to touch her when she's having milk or asleep isn't so ideal. But I know it's just because they love their little sister, so I shouldn't get too annoyed really.

Lilah absolutely adores her big brother and sister, and despite her rather confused expressions in these photos, she gives them huuuuge smiles now. She loves to just lay and watch them play and chat away, and I just know that when she's big enough to play with them she's going to be so happy.

One thing we're still struggling with, is the relationship between Indiana and Parker. They just can't decide if they love each other or can't stand each other at the moment... it's exhausting! While we were away they slept snuggled up as close as can be in a double bed. But the second we were home they were arguing, bickering and fighting again.

Parker is the definition of an annoying little brother (sorry P, but I like to keep things real), and Indie always falls for his wind ups. I just hope they grow out of it quickly. But I'm not hopeful!

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

The Knuma Huddle+ Bedside Crib | Review

Sunday, 25 March 2018

With Lilah being our third baby, there were not many items we really needed to buy during my pregnancy. One item that I desperately wanted this time around though, was a co-sleeper crib. I'd heard so many amazing reviews about them, and simply loved the idea of having baby so close to us at night. We were lucky enough to be sent the lovely Knuma Huddle+ Bedside Crib (in grey) to review. And as we've now been using it for over 10 weeks, I thought I'd share how we've been getting on with it!

There are a number of co-sleeper cribs on the market now, but the Huddle+ prides itself in being unique. It's 4-in-1 design means that it can be used once baby is all grown up too - a feature that I think is a fantastic idea! So as well as a co-sleeper, you can of course just use it as a stand alone crib (something we plan on doing before moving Lilah into her own room). The bassinet can also be removed and used separately around the house. And finally, once it's no longer needed as a bed, you can convert it to a child's desk and bench.

We are currently only using the crib as a co-sleeper, as Lilah is still too little to be napping on her own upstairs. But it has been oh so lovely to use over these last 10 weeks. During those very early newborn days, when night wakings were constant, it made getting up so much easier as she was right there next to us. And now she is sleeping a little longer at night, I love that if she stirs I can just reach my hand over to pop in her dummy, without having to really move and wake either of us up too much.

We haven't used the bassinet separately, as I personally find it a little too heavy to move around - our stairs are also quite thin so I wouldn't want to carry it up and down daily. I know it would be easy to do so though, as the bassinet just slots onto the frame.

The mattress (sold separately) is beautifully soft, and as the cover is made from natural bamboo fibres it is breathable and comfortable. Lilah looks comfortable while in the crib, and there is plenty of room for her to stretch out and grow. It is designed to be suitable for babies up to around 6 months, which I can definitely see happening! The Huddle+ is definitely much wider and longer than a regular moses basket, so I know we're going to get much more use out of it.

Another brilliant feature of the Knuma Huddle+ are it's impressive height settings. The Huddle has 10 different settings (up to a maximum mattress height of 70cm from the floor), which makes it one of the highest cribs in the market! We found it incredibly easy to find the right height setting for our bed, and actually overall the crib was relatively easy to put together. The provided straps make sure the crib is attached to the bed frame safely too, although I must admit we haven't actually used these. 

The Knuma Huddle+ currently retails at £219.95, which although seems like a big expensive, I believe is 100% worth it. Not only does it give you the beauty of safe co-sleeping, but it is a piece of furniture that can be used for your child well beyond their baby years. The award winning Huddle+ is also made from high quality wood and you can definitely tell it is a well-made and lovely looking item. Yes, maybe I wouldn't say it had 4 uses (I don't think we'd ever use the bassinet separately), but it is a perfect co-sleeper crib. I am just a little gutted we didn't have one when the other two were babies!

You can watch us building the crib in the video below!

We received the Knuma Huddle+ Bedside Crib and mattress in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Living Arrows // 09/52 {2018}

Monday, 26 February 2018

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran

I am so excited to be joining in with Living Arrows again this year. It was so lovely to capture my two grow last year, and I love that I go back and compare now I'm joining in again! Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

With both Indie and Parker at preschool, it's only Wednesdays that we have as a full day together now. Of course by the end of the day I'm pulling my hair out (they bicker like cat and dog these two!), but for the most part they love spending the day together. We went to the park about 3 times last week, and Indie was being such a helpful big sister!

Of course the main attraction in our house is still this little one though! She's 6 weeks now, and we're starting to get smiles and coos almost daily. She reminds me soo much of Indiana as a baby, and I really think she's her double - especially when she's smiling.

Living Arrows

Our Disneyland Paris Plans | March 2018

Friday, 23 February 2018

Waaay back in August, with a little Lilah still in my belly, we made the crazy decision to book a family Holiday to Disneyland. Of course we’d LOVE to visit Disney World, but with three little ones aged 4, 2 and just 8 weeks when we travel, we knew Paris was definitely the more suitable option for us.

Our trip is now just a few weeks away, so I thought I would write a little post documenting our plans! We booked through a travel agent (directly through Disneyland Paris), as we wanted the ease of changing details and talking to someone if we needed to. It was super simple, and as they did the calling and sorting, we both felt a little more relaxed about it all.

When we booked, Disneyland had their ‘kids go free’ AND the ‘2 nights free’ offers on, so we took advantage of both. So we’re travelling Monday - Friday, which therefore worked out as 4 nights for the price of 2! We’re also staying onsite at the Hotel Santa Fe, which although on the more budget end, still looks and sounds perfect for us.

To get to the magic, we opted to travel by Eurostar. It seemed the most direct choice (and there was nooo way I was braving a flight with two toddlers and a newborn!). We paid a little extra for two year old Parker to have his own seat, as well as the Magical Express - meaning we can head straight to the parks when we arrive!

After talking to lots of people and manically googling, we also decided to prepurchase a meal plan to make meal times a little easier. We went for the Half Board Plus option, which gives us two meals a day at a range of restaurants. I have already booked all our of dining reservations (you’re advised to do this 60 days in advance), and we’ve chosen:

Monday - Plaza Gardens buffet
Tuesday - Chez Remy
Wednesday - Character breakfast and Hunter’s Grill
Thursday - Auberge de Cendrillon (Princess Character Dining)

Another little extra we’ve purchased is the Photo Pass. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be necessary, as I doubt we’ll be going on many of the biiig rides with the littles. But as long as we get at least one of two family photos, I think it’ll be worth it!

I think that’s everything to cover about our trip for now. We’ve bought all the Disney clothing, passports are sorted and I’ve started thinking of my packing list... eek, I am just SO excited!

Our Future Travel Plans | A Trip to Costa Rica

When we announced that we were expecting our first daughter Indiana, many people said that we were too young. That we should have been making the most of our younger years, travelling the world and going on as many holidays as possible. But we of course disagree! We want to enjoy our younger years with our children. And then once they're all grown up, we've got biiig plans to go on all of our adventures.

One destination I've never really considered, but after researching sounds absolutely amazing, is Costa Rica. The most visited country in Central America, Costa Rica is full of culture, beautiful scenery and there's plenty of activities to enjoy as well!

Where to Stay & When to Go?

As it would just be the two of us, I think staying in a beautiful Costa Rica beach house would be ideal. What's more romantic and luxurious than staying right on the beach? Most villas come with their own pools, wi-fi and are suitable for couples or even families if we did decide to take the Littles with us.

Away from the beach, there are plenty of other accommodation options. Smaller hotels are ideal for travellers who want to immerse themselves more in the culture of Costa Rica - with a more relaxed and 'home from home' environment. The Caribbean side (known as Limon) is a great location if you wish to stay away from more touristy spots, and prices for hotels are usually lower too.

Our favourite way to travel though has to be All Inclusive (what's not to love about food on tap?). AI means that nearly everything is included, so you can put all your savings towards activities - of which Costa Rica has plenty!

And in terms of when is best to travel? Peak season, as you can imagine, includes the Christmas and  Easter holidays so it's probably best to avoid those few weeks. As we would most likely travel without the kids, we have the luxury of visiting whenever we wish (most likely during the mid-season between May and November).

What to Do?

As I mentioned above, there is plenty to keep you busy on a trip to Costa Rica. We are definitely not 'sit around the pool' types when we travel, so I know we'd love to get out and explore as much as possible. A lot of these activities depend on where you decide to stay though, as the country covers such a large area. I've picked a few I know Jack and I would definitely love to experience below:

Explore the National Parks 

Costa Rica draws most of it's visitors to it's expansive National Parks. One of the most popular is the Arenal Volcano, which is located in northern Costa Rica. You can explore the rainforest, waterfalls, a volcano (which until recently was the country’s most active volcano with an average of 41 eruptions per day), the country's largest lake, or go on one of the many tours of the area. I know this is definitely somewhere we would love to explore.

Go Ziplining or on a Canopy Walk

Probably not one for me, but definitely for Jack, is zip lining across the canopies. Costa Rica is perfect for canopy exploration thanks to it's thick branches, and it's a perfect way to see the vast plant and animal species. There are a number of different types of adventures you can take, from slow canopy walks in San Luis, to whizzing through the Jaco Canopy.

Visit the Hot Springs

If you want to take a few days off from exploring, there are plenty of more relaxed gentle activities to enjoy in Costa Rica. Their hot springs are a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate after a busy few days, and I know they'd be somewhere I'd really love to visit. One of the most popular springs is located at the Arenal Volcano National Park. The Springs Resort offers multiple hot springs and beautiful landscaping across an expansive area. Meaning you can really find the perfect spring for you!

Discover the Wildlife

Thanks to it's millions of years of history, Costa Rica is the perfect place to discover wildlife, with it's rainforests and jungles containing more than 230 species of mammals alone! Everyone loves monkeys, and a number of species can be found up and down both coasts. One of the most well-known destinations for sightings though is Manuel Antonio National Park. The monkeys there are nearly tame (although still can be aggressive).

As you can see, Costa Rica really does have so much to offer as a country. Whether you want a relaxed and slow paced holiday, enjoying the beaches or the hot springs. Or whether you want to really get stuck into high adrenalin activities, whizzing through the trees on a zipline or getting close to a volcano. You can find out more about the activities I mentioned above, and a whole lot more on the Costa Rica Experts website.

Just from doing some quick research I already cannot wait to visit - although the more I think about it, maybe I would consider taking the Littles with us. There's plenty to do for families too!

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JayceeBaby Perfectly Padded Playmat | Review

Thursday, 22 February 2018

With the newborn bubble slowly fading and Lilah having longer periods of awake time, I thought it was time we introduced more stimulation to her day. Somewhere a bit more engaging than just laying flat in her moses basket, or popped in her bouncer.

Luckily this was perfectly timed with an email from the team at JayceeBaby, who asked if we wanted to try out their 'Perfectly Padded Playmat'. A generously padded and well thought out play surface, which is full of interactive features and added extras. How could we say no?

When it arrived I was surprised at the size of the playmat. It's definitely not you're average circular mat that you can buy! Measuring at 100 x 150cm and 5cm thick, it does take up a lot of room. But, this means it does create a perfectly safe and comfortable play space for little ones. It's thickness is something I am really impressed with, as I know Lilah is comfortable when laying on it (especially when she is so small), and it will create a soft landing for when she starts learning to roll and sit.

A feature I really like about the Perfectly Padded Playmat, is that it is double-sided. One side is aimed more at younger babies, with a softer surface and interactive elements. The other has a firmer surface, and has a design that has been created to encourage speech and imaginative play.

Although Lilah isn't quite ready to take full advantage of the interactive elements, the older two have loved showing them to her, and playing with them themselves. These include different textures and sounds, black and white patterns (which are fab for newborns.), crinkly material and a large mirror. It's a perfect spot to practice tummy time with her as well, as it really is soft and padded!

The mat also comes with a detachable plastic cover which can be popped on (literally!) if you want to use it for messy play or snack time. Even without the cover, the mat is water resistant on both sides, so messes can be cleaned up with ease - another downside of regular playmats. I also think the mat is going to be perfect for using in the garden once the weather warms up, so Lilah has a soft and comfortable place to play away from the grass.

Overall I'm really impressed with the quality of the playmat. It feels well made and luxurious, and you can really see how much thought has gone into it's design. It is on the larger side, however the carry strap means it can be stored away a bit easier - although if you don't have much room in your house, this may not be the playmat for you, so do check measurements first.

You can buy the Perfectly Padded Playmat directly from JayceeBaby, and it currently retails at £125.

A sponsored collaboration with JayceeBaby. However all opinions are honest and my own.