MOTHERHOOD – Little Paper Swans http://www.littlepaperswans.com Digital Content Creator & Blogger Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:08:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 http://www.littlepaperswans.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/cropped-LPS-2-32x32.png MOTHERHOOD – Little Paper Swans http://www.littlepaperswans.com 32 32 134976444 Bedtime with Simba #AD http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2019/04/bedtime-with-simba-ad?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bedtime-with-simba-ad http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2019/04/bedtime-with-simba-ad#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 20:01:25 +0000 http://www.littlepaperswans.com/?p=5030 Sleep is something that has never come easy for our girls. Both took a year to settle into some routine and Edith didn’t sleep through the night until she was 14 months old. We are still waiting for Norah to sleep through! But one thing that’s essential for us is …

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Sleep is something that has never come easy for our girls. Both took a year to settle into some routine and Edith didn’t sleep through the night until she was 14 months old. We are still waiting for Norah to sleep through! But one thing that’s essential for us is the girls comfort.

Being first time parents and not having a lot of money we didn’t buy the best quality cot mattress for Edith. We bought the best we could afford. Because after all a mattress is a mattress isn’t it? No. It’s really not.

The difference with Edith’s sleep came around as soon as we invested in a better mattress for her. That mattress lasted us really well but we stupidly didn’t use a mattress protector so it got a little ruined with various toddler mess!

We upgraded Edith to a Simba mattress in February. And I have to say we are very impressed! It’s so comfy that if we have to comfort Edith in the night we fall asleep next to her. You can’t argue with that!

What impressed us a lot was the fact the mattress comes in a box and you cut open the plastic and it uncurls itself and plumps itself up! It’s so funny to watch. It made is really easy to get the mattress upstairs because it meant we didn’t have to navigate a mattress on our steep staircase.

We have had the mattress for over two months now and I have to say we are really impressed! It’s made for a really comfortable nights sleep and it’s definitely a case of you get what you pay for! And who could put a price on a great nights sleep?

You can get £75 off your own Simba mattress with my link here (affiliate).

This post has been written in exchange for the mattress. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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There’s one thing that unites us more than the lack of sleep as parents and that’s teething. There’s no escape no matter what. With Edith teething wasn’t too difficult. Her teeth arrived one after the after and things ran relatively smoothly. One thing I’ve learnt as parent, the second time around, is that just when you think you know what you’re doing as a parent the new baby throws everything on its head.

Norah has teethed slowly, and it can get her down. We’ve tried a lot of teething remedies in the past and not all of them work. Both girls would happily chomp on their fists but neither would use the teething toys. No matter how much we’ve tried. The only thing Norah likes is her Yummikeys so we rely a lot on gels to soothe her teeth.

Recently we’ve been using Nelson’s Teetha Teething Gel and Granules. The Teetha granules are something we’ve never tried before. We used a spoon to make things easier.

The gel contains Chamomilla to help relive teething pain, Belladonna to help relive flushed cheeks and dribbling and Aconite to help sore and tender gums. The gel is super simple to use. A pea sized amount on your finger and then rub on baby’s gums and teeth, which can be repeated every four hours up to 6 times a day.

We got on with the gel a lot better as it was easy to apply, and Norah isn’t a fan of keeping still for very long. The gel is also great to pop into your changing bag when you’re on the go!

So, while teething is something that we can’t escape as parents there are ways of making things easier for our little ones which makes things easier for us.

Teetha is super easy to get hold off and is available at Boots, Superdrug and Holland & Barret.

Learn more about Nelsons Teetha here

Thank you to the brands who support Little Paper Swans and to my readers for being so supportive. I couldn’t do it without you guys.

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10 Reasons Mum’s Should Negotiate Brexit. http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2019/03/10-reasons-mums-should-negotiate-brexit?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-reasons-mums-should-negotiate-brexit http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2019/03/10-reasons-mums-should-negotiate-brexit#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 21:21:42 +0000 http://www.littlepaperswans.com/?p=5043 So with the whole of the UK either talking about Brexit, actively avoiding Brexit and those who thought they said breakfast, you can’t deny it’s a hot topic. In all honesty it’s a bit of a mess. No one can agree on anything and I know exactly who they need. …

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So with the whole of the UK either talking about Brexit, actively avoiding Brexit and those who thought they said breakfast, you can’t deny it’s a hot topic. In all honesty it’s a bit of a mess. No one can agree on anything and I know exactly who they need. Mum’s. Because let’s face it we deal with *quite* a lot on a daily basis. So here is 10 reasons why Mum’s should have been in charge of Brexit.

Negotiation Skills. We have a lot. We’ve battled toddlers who refuse to eat their lunch, we’ve negotiated sharing toys at playgroups and the “try one more bit of carrot and you can have dessert” tatic.

We work well under pressure. Changing a poopy nappy with a baby that likes to run away right near your nice rug. Cooking dinner with children around your ankles. Getting your boob out quick enough to feed them to stop the crying. Pressure is nothing to us!

Perseverance. Even when we’ve had no sleep we carry on. We might look like a zombie and survive off coffee and cake but we keep going. Plus we can read books over and over again. We know the words off by heart, even though it kills every single time we read it. We carry on.

We are used to situations where poop goes everywhere. It might look like it’s all going terribly wrong and you debate whether to throw the baby away but we always get the job done even when the poop literally hits the fan.

Familiar with bribery. I mean it’s quite literally how we get anything done. If you want something to happen we can do it. We can make anything work.

Peace Talks. Again another vital part of the day especially where siblings are involved. “She didn’t mean to pull your hair”, “Why don’t you play on the sofa instead?” “Remember we need to be kind”.

We are used to talking to someone who’s first language is not the same as ours. It may have taken us a month to work out that bnnn means balloon but we got there. We can learn language quickly!

We are used to our party switching allegiance. When you get told that Daddy is the best when you deep down that you are indeed the best. We brush it off. We know the truth.

Tidying up after someone else’s mess. Even when your little one (or David Cameron) has torn everything apart as you once knew it, we will still pick up the pieces.

And finally we maintain a professional dialogue even when we do want to call them a &@*%$!.

I mean we could just call the whole thing off instead?

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Life with little ones is busy. Throw in work and life and everything else. Sometimes there is no time for the simple things. Like food shopping! Something that I have to admit I don’t enjoy with two girls in tow. So when Gousto approached me and asked if I would like to try out one of their boxes I said yes! Anything to take that strain of food shopping off! The whole process is easy. You select the recipes you want, you then have the option of feeding 2 or 4 and you can pick as many boxes as you like. We went for recipes that we knew we would like but with a twist. My husband can be a bit of a picky eater so I wanted to play it safe! We went for 10-Min Smoky Pulled Pork With Rice, Peri Peri Chicken, Chips & Apple Slaw and Truffled Mushroom Linguine With Garlic Bread. We wanted the girls to be able to enjoy the food too. Edith is a very picky eater but Norah eats everything.

All of the ingredients arrived, looked fresh and high quality. I was worried that the food would looking a bit sorry for itself but it was perfect. I loved how everything was measured our for us. It makes things so simple.

We took it in turns to cook as we both enjoy it. The instructions were easy to follow. The for didn’t take long to prepare and cooking times were accurate too.

We enjoyed all of the meals. My favourite was the Peri Peri Chicken and my husband and Norah loved the linguine. The Gousto box helped us to try new ideas on some of our favourites. We really enjoyed the box. If you could like to give it a go you can sign up here using my link (affiliate) and you’ll receive 60% off your first box and 30% off all other boxes in your first month! Use the code CATHRYN60M

Would you give the boxes ago??

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From One to Two – I didn’t think it would be this hard. http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2019/01/from-one-to-two-i-didnt-think-it-would-be-this-hard?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=from-one-to-two-i-didnt-think-it-would-be-this-hard http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2019/01/from-one-to-two-i-didnt-think-it-would-be-this-hard#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:47:54 +0000 http://www.littlepaperswans.com/?p=4988 From the moment those two lines appear on a pregnancy test for the second time (well technically the fourth time for us). You know that your life is about to change all over again. But this time it’s different. This time you know a little bit about what you’re letting …

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From the moment those two lines appear on a pregnancy test for the second time (well technically the fourth time for us). You know that your life is about to change all over again. But this time it’s different. This time you know a little bit about what you’re letting yourself in for. Well I thought I did.

Everyone has always said that going from no children to one was the hardest. The second baby “just fits” into your life. Great I thought. We’ve already built up these routines with Edith and it means everything will just carry on as normal. If the baby just slots in then it will be easy.

Easy it was not.

We were lured into a false sense of security. Norah was “a real” baby. She fed and slept on repeat. She did what babies did. Unlike Edith who never slept and was alert pretty much from birth. Then colic came along. The dreaded colic. From 2pm every afternoon Norah would cry. Nothing would soothe her. She didn’t want milk, she didn’t want to be in the wrap. She just wasn’t happy. Her crying would lead to me crying which lead to Edith crying. My husband would get back from work to an emotional mess.

It was so hard at the time. I felt (and still do) bad for Edith. I couldn’t give her the attention I did. We couldn’t go out anywhere because Norah hated being outside. She hated other people. She would just cry and cry. I almost felt like I was her prisoner. She just wasn’t happy.

In this time I tried making plans with friends and I always had to cancel. Sometimes incredibly last minute. It got to point where I would say no we were busy just to avoid trying to deal with Norah’s crying out and about. That resulted in friends making plans without me which resulted into me being lonely. Really lonely. Stuck at home with a crying baby and a toddler who wanted more attention than I could give her.

We went to London for the Johnson’s Event and Norah cried most of the time. She didn’t sleep much while we were there and I ended up standing at the back rocking with her and leaving the sessions. It was awful. When you’re in a room full of people and your baby is crying the whole time, you just think everyone is looking at you. Judging you. Why can’t you stop her crying? In reality they sympathised. I spoke to Katy who had written a blog post similar to this about her second born. It was nice to have someone who understood who knew what it had been like.

My husband and I joked saying she hated the world and in all honesty I think she did. It got to the point where although I loved her with all of my heart I found her harder to like. That sentence absolutely kills me to write but at the time it was the truth. I kept thinking back to those babies we lost and that time I so desperately wanted a baby. I made myself realise how lucky I am to have two beautiful and healthy girls but at the same time it didn’t make up for the fact I found it so hard!

We didn’t change anything. We tried everything we could. In the end Norah grew out of it. She grew out of colic. She grew out of the hating the world stage. Now she loves being worn. We think in all honesty she was just frustrated. She wanted to do what Edith can do. She’s proved that by rolling over at 4 months, crawled just before 5 months and took your first steps a few weeks ago at 10 months. We joke that her brain is wanting to be a toddler stuck in a babies body!

Now?

She’s a happy little one. She can get around, she can communicate and she doesn’t cry all day. Norah is still very clingy to me and it makes me worry when I’m not with her. I’m learning that she’s okay to be left. It’s so hard sometimes and I wish I had someone to understand back then. Someone to talk to. Yet everywhere you read “oh it’s so much easier”. It’s really not. Well it might be. But it all depends on the temperament of your baby. You’ve not failed. You’ve done nothing wrong it’s just how your baby is. Hopefully they will repay us by being perfect toddlers (wishful thinking huh?).

Now I make a point of replying to someone’s Instagram story of how difficult there baby has been that day. I tell them it’s hard. I have no advice. But hang in there.

It does get better.

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Cold, crisp January mornings call out for fresh air. Especially when you have two little ones. There is nothing better than a walk in the January sun. And lets face it we need to make the most of when it’s here.

Last week we loaded up the car and went on a little adventure. Not very far away but somewhere we hadn’t been for a long time. We were met with a little surprise. Blossom in January. Who would have thought it. It was so beautiful against the pastel blue sky.

The sun was low in the sky and was creating a gorgeous light. Perfect to show off my new Kipling Bag. Since becoming a Mama a backpack is an essential so one you can fit everything in is a must. Practical doesnt have to mean ugly and this gorgeous bag proves that.

The stunning embroidery is just perfect. I adore how the bag looks but that’s not even my favourite part. The best bit. So many pockets. Perfect for keeping this dis-organsied Mama a little more calm. It also has a clip for your phone so you never lose it in the bottom of your bag. How wonderful is that?

We finished up our little trip by walking over the bridge that was just over the pond. We were chased back by ducks looking for food. It was hilarious (and midly scary!). We had such a lovely morning exploring.

This post has been written in collaboration with Kipling. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Keeping the magic with Cheeky Elf #AD http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2018/12/keeping-the-magic-with-cheeky-elf-ad?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=keeping-the-magic-with-cheeky-elf-ad http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2018/12/keeping-the-magic-with-cheeky-elf-ad#respond Sat, 22 Dec 2018 16:35:20 +0000 http://www.littlepaperswans.com/?p=4921 The newest addition to Thorntons Christmas range Cheeky Elf paid us a visit the last few days and he’s helping us keep the Christmas magic alive. We’ve been up to a few festive activities in the build up to Christmas and Cheeky Elf has been guiding the way. First up …

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The newest addition to Thorntons Christmas range Cheeky Elf paid us a visit the last few days and he’s helping us keep the Christmas magic alive. We’ve been up to a few festive activities in the build up to Christmas and Cheeky Elf has been guiding the way.

First up we checked to see whether the girls had made the nice list. We found the list, checked it twice of course and found out that they both made the cut and will hopefully be getting some presents come Christmas Day.

We decided to check on Santa’s journey around the world and we discovered that he does have a very long way to go. No worries for the man himself of course. We are going to track Santa’s journey properly on Christmas Eve but for now Edith was happy just checking the route.

And finally we’ve been practicing our sleigh bells. Just so we know what to listen out for on Christmas Eve. Of course we explained that Edith needed to be fast asleep otherwise Santa might not arrive.

With only a few days to go there is still time to get in the festive spirit and Cheeky Elf and Thorntons can help. You can find ten top tips for keeping the magic alive here.

Cheeky Elf retails at £5 and is available in most supermarkets. Cheeky Elf is expertly crafted with delicious milk chocolate and the cutest details. You still have time to get yourself one for Christmas or add it to your Christmas list!

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#AD My Parenting Evolution with Johnson’s Baby http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2018/12/ad-my-parenting-evolution-with-johnsons-baby?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ad-my-parenting-evolution-with-johnsons-baby http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2018/12/ad-my-parenting-evolution-with-johnsons-baby#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:58:47 +0000 http://www.littlepaperswans.com/?p=4896 The moment those two lines appear on the test your life changes. You begin to think about what kind of parent you will be. You already begin to think of how best to protect your baby and you already imagine how life is going to be. One thing for sure …

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The moment those two lines appear on the test your life changes. You begin to think about what kind of parent you will be. You already begin to think of how best to protect your baby and you already imagine how life is going to be. One thing for sure is that Parenthood is a journey. And a big one at that. It brings about lot of change.

My journey into motherhood wasn’t the easiest. Although Edith wasn’t born until 2015, I became a mother in 2013 and again in 2014. Although you can’t see those babies, that’s where my motherhood journey began. From those moments my life changed. You see, those loses shaped me not only as a mother but as a person. It brought about change. I have never been one to wallow in grief and I know some people don’t like this view but I believe that everything happens for a reason. One thing it cemented was my determination to have a baby. Those moments made me realise that becoming a mother was what I needed to be.

And am I the mother I thought I would be? In some ways yes and other ways no and not for the reasons you might think.

My views on breastfeeding while I was pregnant with Edith were if we can do it great, if we can’t then it doesn’t matter ( and I still believe this) but I didn’t expect to feed Edith until 22 months. It was something that I never expected to last that long but I wouldn’t change it for a second. Knowing my body nourished Edith for all that time fills me with pride.

I became a babywearing, co-sleeping, attachment parenting kind of mother and I never expected that to be me. But it was always me. When Edith was born I only knew of two people within my family and friends who breastfed and only one who babywore. It was just something that felt right to me and as a parent I think that’s how you know you’re doing the best by your child. If it feels right and if it comes naturally. I would say that I was quite a confident mother when I had Edith. In hindsight she was fairly easy, as babies come of course.

And then I became a mother all over again. From the moment those lines appeared with Norah it felt different. Of course I was so overjoyed to become a mother again but it came with a sense of “Oh Edith won’t be my tiny baby anymore”. It’s something that pretty much every parent feels with their second child. I never doubted the fact I could love another baby, I knew that the love doubles and not halves but I worried for Edith. Again with hindsight (it’s a wonderful thing isn’t it) I really didn’t need to worry. We could not have asked for a better reaction to becoming a big sister. Edith has been incredible and Norah adores her so much. Someone said to me once Edith won’t remember a time before Norah and I think that’s the sweetest thing. They will always have known each other.

Within the time of Edith being born and becoming pregnant with Norah I became more active on social media. “After a tough time ‘adulting’, parenting comes as a relief to Millennial’s. It has given them grounding, roots and a blank canvas to channel their pursuit of shared meaning. As millennial’s we value family happiness and togetherness above all else. We creatively use social spaces to project our experiences and family image.” This is Especially true with Instagram where I started to join a community of other tired Mums and people who felt the same way I did. I was able to express how I as feeling and know that others would be there to share my experiences. Sharing highs and lows on social media and creating that bond with others. “There is a universal parenting experience shared by all generations. Being a Millennial parent does not make us immune to old age parenting emotions and challenges!”

Norah, of course, in true strong independent girl fashion decided to turn everything I thought I knew about being a parent and threw it on it’s head. We’ve battled colic, it’s really not fun having your baby scream at you all afternoon until bedtime. It’s safe to say during those weeks we all shed a lot of tears! We then battled breastfeeding, something that I never had any issues with before. After seeking advice we got there but it involved me standing and rocking with her every feed to stop her from being so distracted. We’re still battling sleep, but we know these things sort themselves out. Although when you’re in the middle of it feels like it might last forever, we know that she will sleep (someday) and she won’t always be attached to us. And I think that’s how you evolve each time you add a baby into the mix. You have that knowledge to know it doesn’t last forever. Those sweet moments of joy, laughter and love outweigh the sleepless nights, the constant crying and the breastfeeding gymnastics. You will get there and in the true madness of being a parent there will come a time when you will miss these days.

As parents we have changed universally. We came from protected childhoods, our parents told us to dream big, we could do anything if we put our minds to it. As millennial’s (born between 1982-1995) ) we were trophy kids to helicopter parents. Our parents were motivated by us winning at life. Now we are raising our children “Gen Alpha” to dream smartly. To find their tribe and to be there to provide emotional support. We are teaching our children to have empathy and to find purpose.

So I have definitely changed as a person and as a parent and I know that change is not something to fear, but something to embrace. Because it’s all a journey. And I’m sure that when I convince my husband for baby number 3 (in a good few years!!) we will evolve again. That’s just being a parent.

This post is a paid collaboration as part of my role as a Johnson’s Baby Brand Ambassador. All of the words and opinions contained in this post are my own.

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Oh sleep, the lack of it is something that unites parents across the land. It’s our favourite topic isn’t it. From the minute they are born you have people ask you if they’re good. And by good, they mean do they sleep and with our babies the resounding answer was no. No they don’t sleep well. But in all honestly they are tiny little things that aren’t used to this big scary world expecting them to just fall into a routine and sleep when we expect them to do is nonsense.

At the same time we believe that when they are ready, together with them we can build a great routine. As parents we both believe that babies will do things in their own time. That might well mean taking 14 months before sleeping through the night, co-sleeping (safely of course) and being breastfed to sleep. They won’t be doing these things forever.

Edith naturally got herself into a routine at around her first birthday. The classic bath, feed, book and bed. It wasn’t until that point we felt that a routine worked for her, of course we kept bedtime the same time and bathtime, but it didn’t click until then.

With Norah things have been a little different. She’s got herself into a routine a lot quicker, possibly because she follows Edith’s routine. Once again we were following bath, book and bed. However we’ve been changing things up recently after attending the recent Johnson’s Ambassador day. We learnt how important bathtime and that little routine before bed actually is.

Research shows that . As touch is so important for both parent and baby, we’ve incorporated a bit of baby massage into our routine. We fill the bathtub with Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath and after every bath we follow with a bit of Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Lotion. We use it for both girls and they really love it. It also makes them smell incredibly delicious. That smell that makes you want to bundle them up and squeeze them! You know the one. Not only do they smell amazing but smell combined with touch (from the baby massage) can create lasting memories children will remember for a lifetime. How beautiful is that?

Simple everyday experiences, like bath time provide the perfect opportunity for multisensory experience. Sounds, smells and textures that make up bath time promotes both relaxation in parents and babies. It also helps with the bonding process, reducing stress levels.

A warm bath, massage and quiet time is scientifically proven to improve the quality and quantity of sleep in babies and any thing that can get me a few more hours is worth it in my opinion. The Johnson’s Bedtime range contains NaturalCalm ™ a blend of relaxing aromas.

It’s perfect to help your little ones along with their bedtime routine. We’ve been giving it a go for the last few weeks and both girls have slept better. Of course it doesn’t stop wake ups for feeds and trips to the potty but both girls are getting a better quality of sleep. Plus they smell amazing! That’s win win in my eyes.

So if you want improve your little ones sleep the bath, massage and quiet time routine may be just what you need.

This post is a paid collaboration as part of my role as a Johnson’s Baby Brand Ambassador. All of the words and opinions contained in this post are my own.

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Toddler Haircare with Johnson’s #AD http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2018/11/toddler-haircare-with-johnsons-ad?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=toddler-haircare-with-johnsons-ad http://www.littlepaperswans.com/2018/11/toddler-haircare-with-johnsons-ad#respond Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:08:06 +0000 http://www.littlepaperswans.com/?p=4762 Back in May we took a trip over to Birmingham for the Johnson’s Ambassador day. It was our first Johnson’s event and it was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be. We learnt all about hair care and how toddlers (and babies) hair have completely different needs …

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Back in May we took a trip over to Birmingham for the Johnson’s Ambassador day. It was our first Johnson’s event and it was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be. We learnt all about hair care and how toddlers (and babies) hair have completely different needs to adults hair. I will admit that we have used my shampoo on Edith before as a bribe to get her in bath, since May it’s safe to say that won’t be happening again. Children don’t develop their adult hair until about 12 years old before that their hair is a lot finer, as your child grows their hair gets thicker and thicker until they reach age 12 and their teens and their hair is then on average 5 times thicker than their baby fuzz. They’ve been working on their hair since they were an 8 week old foetus. Isn’t that incredible?

You see Edith had a very love hate relationship with the bath and this time last year we had to resort to washing her down instead of baths she was that scared of them. Thankfully she now enjoys the bath and loves a bit of a pamper. We learnt that Johnson’s has so many hair care ranges, it’s not just the golden bottle (even though it has the best baby smell ever) so there will be one perfect for your little one. Johnson’s has developed shampoo, conditioner and even sprays for the things as parents we worry about when it comes to hair care.  Especially when you have a toddler who has gorgeous long hair that is often full of tangles. You get that from your Mama, sorry Edith.

Edith has been blessed with gorgeous thick hair but up until April this year she wouldn’t let us touch it, even brushing it was a chore. She gradually let us and now she’s happy to let us put her hair up, which is especially important for when she goes off to nursery in January.

Each bath time Edith gets the choice of what shampoo to use, pink was her favourite. My favourite too as the Shiny Drops range is amazing! It makes Edith’s hair silky smooth. But recently the green range has been her favourite. No More Tangles and boy do we need it. We shampoo and condition in the bath (combing through the conditioner to remove tangles) and then when she’s out we spray her hair with the No More Tangles spray. It works a treat.

We also use it before styling her hair which makes her wild hair a bit more manageable. We did this simple hair style the other day and I think it’s going to be a great one for nursery. We put together a quick tutorial of this style.

To begin with spray your toddlers hair with Johnson’s No More Tangles spray. Use a comb and gently comb through the hair. If there’s any big tangles, comb the hair from just above the tangle to prevent pulling (this will keep your toddler happy too!).

Once your toddlers hair is tangle free. Take a front section of hair, this will be where the braid will go across their head. Tie the rest of the hair back loosely to keep it out of the way.

Take two small sections of hair from the front of the head and cross them over. Then pick up another small section of hair from one side and cross over to the other. Then tame another small section from the other side and again cross over. Continue doing this until you’ve finished the braid. Tie with a bobble to secure. And pop in a bow.

Then brush and smooth the rest of the hair into a ponytail. Then plait the rest of the hair in a traditional plain. Secure with another bobble.

It’s a super simple hair style that will keep your toddlers hair neat and out of the way. It’s definitely a style we will be using, especially as the No More Tangles spray makes her hair a dream to style! We can’t wait to try lots of new styles.

It was so good to learn about the different need children’s hair has and we will not be using adult shampoo on the girls hair for a while. Well, not until they are 12.

This post is a paid collaboration as part of my role as a Johnson’s Baby Brand Ambassador. All of the words and opinions contained in this post are my own.

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