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3. Harp recordings
4. The womb sequence
All are combined with mum’s resting heartbeat for extra reassurance. Each track lasts for 20 minutes and can be repeated by pressing the button in any of the 4 legs.
It is reported that Ewan is not just comforting newborns but toddlers as well so if you decide to purchase a Ewan the Dream Sheep at least you know you will get some longevity out of him!
When I worked as a Nanny I regularly used the Beabab BabyCook. The mother of the children I looked after wanted fresh ingredients for the baby so when the family were at home we always used the BabyCook to prepare the baby's meals. When Family Rules had the opportunity to review the new BabyCook model I couldn’t wait to give it to Nicola, our Mummy Blogger, to try it.
Nicola, what sort of things have you been preparing for baby Miller?
I only started weening her a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been reading the Cow & Gate book which recommends introducing your baby to just 1 vegetable a week so they have time to get used to the new flavour and texture and decide whether they like it. So far she likes carrots and brocoli!
How easy is the Babea BabyCook to use?
It’s very simple, quick and uses minimal pieces of equipment. You fill the small container up with water, put your chopped vegetables or fruit into the colander which slots inside the jug but hovers above the blades, pop the lid down and press the steam button. Once the contents has been steamed, you simply empty it into the jug, pop the lid down again and press the button for the blender to initiate. No need to use the hob or get any saucepans out.
What do you think of the design?
The Beaba BabyCook steams and blends so it’s eliminating the use of a hand or counter top blender, the hob, a saucepan and steamer insert which is fantastic as it is less to wash up! The modern design and colour of the Baebab BabyCook doesn't fit in with our country kitchen but I can live with that. I feel as though Beaba really know what mothers and babies need when designing their products. They've designed it so it is easy to use if you have your baby in one arm and just one hand available! It even stops when its finished cooking so you don't have to worry if you get called away from the kitchen. And the pots for freezing are made from bendy rubber so its easy to get your pre-made meals out of the containers.
How easy is it to clean?
Easy peasy! You can pop all 3 elements (the jug, colander and blade) into the dishwasher.
What do you plan to make using the Babae BabyCook in the future?
I’d like to do a 2-course meal eventually, intorducing Miller to some fruit purees for dessert such as apple and pear. For the main meals I am going to start blending a varierty of vegetables together and then we’ll slowly introduce some meat and fish to the vegetables. I see you can even do rice and lentils as well. I will probably end up using the BabyCook for my own meals.
Would you recommend the BabyCook to friends?
If parents want to know exactly what is going into their baby food and want a quick and fuss-free solution to making fresh baby meals then I thoroughly recommend using the BabyCook. It is not only quick and easy to use but more importantly steaming is better than boiling as all the goodness remains in the food so I will be recommending it to all my baby friends and NCT girls.
A lady recently said to me, there are 3 things that she, as a busy parent, needs to accomplish each morning:
“I need to get ready, I need to get the children ready, and I need to get the house presentable”
She said as long as 2 out of the 3 were done, then she was winning. We laughed. We both knew too well that this is the case for many family homes and often it’s the parents who luck out! But it also reminded me how valuable a Nanny can be. A Nanny means all 3 can be achieved and sometimes more.
I am sure you wish to give your children all the good things in life which includes; nutrition, education, manners and maintain a beautiful home but also have some time to yourself. Employing a Nanny or Nanny Housekeeper can help you achieve all this. Chances are you can’t be brilliant at everything, or simple don’t have the time to do everything you’d like to do.
Its important you acknowledge that you are not superwomen or superman. As a parent do you find yourself switch into autopilot and wonder how on earth you managed to get through the day at all?
I meet a lot of parents who want to prove to the world they can do it all alone but when your family’s happiness depends on getting everything done, its critical to spend a bit of time planning and delegating. It seems silly to stress yourself so much with school runs, housework, cooking, laundry, helping with school homework, after school activities, bedtime routines, elderly parents and the list goes on, when what is most important is spending your precious time with your family, making memories and doing things for you that make you happy. Of course you love your children but I don’t believe they should define who we are.
I launched www.FamilyRules.co.uk to help parents:
What can I ask my Nanny to do?
As long as you are clear from the start about what you need, then this can be very flexible to suit your needs. I am particular keen on introducing Nanny Housekeepers as I feel children of a certain age should be encouraged to be independent and entertain themselves, which can allow the Nanny to help around the house. You can expect a Nanny to help with any of the following:
Once you’re past dreaming about all the positive changes a Nanny can bring and decide that employing a Nanny is in fact the best idea for the whole family, you will start to come up with a whole heap of questions which I can help you navigate:
My professional background is Human Resources and Recruitment but I hold fond memories of being a Nanny. It was therefore a natural progression to set up FamilyRules.co.uk.
I place Nannies, Nanny Cooks, Nanny Housekeepers, Mannies, Nanny Yacht Stewardess, Bilingual Nannies, Maternity Nurses, Governor/Governess. I also place other domestic staff such as Housekeeper, Chefs, and Chauffeurs. Whichever staff member you decide is right for your family, they will allow you to prioritise and dedicate your time to the things that you consider are most important for you and your family.
We found the squeezy bottle easy to use so we could give a plentiful coverage allowing for safe play in the sun. The bottle is also beautifully presented with subtle colours and minimal graphics, which represent its natural skincare ethos well.
If we were eligible to give out awards we would be issuing a gold star award for protecting families with delicate skin.
Naif have kindly offered Family Rules parents and childcarers a 20% discount. Just send us your request for childcare or resgiter your CV online and you will be sent a passcode and get access to all our Partners Discounts.
Naif is also on the shelves at Boots so when I go to buy more sunscreen I will be looking to try the other products in their range too, which include cream, lotion, oils and shampoo.
Training to be a Nanny used to involve learning some basic skills such as cooking, sewing, changing a nappy, feeding, and doing your pediatric first aid course to name a few. Nowadays there are requests for Nannies to be a whole lot more. At Family Rules we take great pride in finding well qualified childcarers but we particularly love to find those with additional specialised skills so no matter what request we get from families, we can introduce unique Nanny that can fit the bill. At Family Rules, we already have chidcarers who are also qualified climbers, lifeguards and skiers, trained chefs and yacht stewardesses to individuals with musical and language skills. However, skills in child protection have become one of the more desirable skills to obtain nowadays especially when working for HNWI and families who are in the public eye.
As a Nanny I never did any physically training such as stunt driving or learnt any martial arts techniques (I wish I did though - the training looks like a lot of fun!) but I did recently complete the Child Protection for Childminders online course with The Child Protection Company. It only takes 2 hours and you can pause, stop and start at any time and it only costs £34.74. You can get 10% off this course if you Register as a Nanny on the Family Rules website. An email will be sent to you with a passcode to the Family Rules Club where you can get discounts on many childcare related products.
The course goes through different types of abuse and how to identify them, covers FGM (female genital mutilation) and bullying, signs of radicalisation and extremism and also has a section on online safety.
This course was specifically designed for childminders but I think it to be helpful for Nannies, Babysitters, or anyone looking after children, since all children need to be protected from abuse and safeguarded from harm.
It was a great reminder of how to react and who you can report to when you come across indications of child abuse, or if you have a concern about the safeguarding of a child. I found the course to be particularly good about reminding to be 'child focused' in all situations that you might encounter.
You have to pass at least 70% and you get your certificate emailed to you immediately along with an outline of what you have covered in the course so you can show prospective employers. Thankfully I passed and got my certificate The Child Protection Company:
Why we're called Family Rules?
Often there is more to a name. It sometimes has a meaning or a message. For example, this year, on one of my favourite websites Good Housekeeping was an article ‘12 Baby Names That Mean ‘Beautiful’’. My business name, Family Rules, also has a meaning. Not everyone was keen on the name at first. But as soon as the name popped into my head I was 100% sure it was the name I was going to use. Let me tell you why…
My first nanny job was working for an extremely busy family with 3 children under 7 years old and a new born due within weeks. This family approached each day like a military operation and I had to hit the floor running at 100mph from the get go otherwise I was going to be left behind and out of a job. I wasn’t the most experienced of nannies so thankfully the mother told me in the interview that she could teach me everything that I needed to know…
One of the first things she told me on my first day at work was:
She was extremely clear about how she wanted her children to act and respect me. They had Family Rules. She empowered me straight from the beginning, which gave me the confidence to be the best Nanny I could be and help bring her children up the way she wanted.
From that day forward I learnt more and more about what the family deemed important;
Every family follows a set of rules and these eventually contribute to defining who the family is as a whole, what they believe in and help mold the children into their individual characters. I know there are parents out there who find it difficult letting someone else discipline their children, but from my experience, if you share your Family Rules and allow your Nanny to also communicate the rules clearly it can be a fantastic advantage. You’ve effectively cloned part of yourself; a part that is very demanding, repetitive and tiring as a parent. The Family Rules helped me as a Nanny to instil the good manners and ethics into the children I cared for and I was very proud in watching them grow up to be very polite, kind and fun children to be with.
What are your family rules and why are they important? Do you have them visible somewhere in your home? Do you find yourself repeating them at every opportunity?
I normally wear a UK size 10 so I went for the small, which was a perfect fit. With its stretchy material it felt like a glove and comfortable when your milk has come in and you have very sore boobs!
As soon as it's washed, its the first top I reach for as it’s the most practical top for breastfeeding. If you are planning on breastfeeding then I would recommend buying a few of these so you are not like me and waiting for it to come back through the wash again! Momzelle also sell nursing bras, accessories and have even designed clothing suitable for both pregnancy and nursing so you can make the most out of them. The MIA Nursing top is £31.50. For the amount of use I am getting from mine, it is certainly value for money.
We decided to leave the sex as a surprise. Thank goodness it was a girl because we didn't have a confirmed name for a boy! Miller Ava arrived safely on 24th April 2016 at 5.49pm.
Here she is at just 2 days old right before we left the hospital and in her grandmother's arms when we got home.
Next week we will be trying out the MIA nursing top by Momzelle and posting our first product review here.
I would like to introduce Nicola, mum-to-be, who is going to manage the Product Reviews section of the blog. Nicola is a friend of mine who I consider to be fair, realistic, and a great communicator so I couldn't think of anyone better for this job. Nicola, please tell us a little bit about yourself and what we can expect from your blog...
I will be posting my observations as a new mum and reviewing products and I invite you to follow me on my motherhood journey of discovery. I am new at this so I am expecting some trial and errors along the way, which I will gladly share so you can learn from my mistakes and so we can hopefully have a laugh at the same time! There is nothing I trust more than recommendations from my friends so I hope my reviews will help you make better purchase decisions for your lifestyle. I also look forward to hearing any feedback and suggestions that you may have so please feel free to use the comments section below each of my posts.