My Best Baby Buys

Hello Gang,

Pip & Leo – If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will know that I am a huge fan of a brand called Pip & Leo who provide a quality multi-use cover that makes life that little bit easier for moms everywhere. All of the covers are made from organic cotton that is both soft and stretchy which makes for the perfect car seat, nursing and stroller cover. They are created in order to help shield your baby from the elements with a 360 coverage that can be used for year round use. All moms know that your time is precious so this cover is pretty easy to care for. You can just place it in with your regular laundry, wash and dry as you wish! Best of all – One size fits all! You can check out all the styles here http://pipandleo.com.

Stokke Xplory Stroller – Up next is my pram. It took us the longest time to choose the right pram. Who knew it would be such a hard decision but we are so happy with the one we picked. The Xplory’s seat sits high, so you’re closer to your baby not to mention it doubles at a highchair. The Xplory can face inwards or can be turned to face outwards when your baby gets a little bigger. The Stokke is easily put together and the seat clicks into whichever position in a matter of seconds. You can shop the Stokke here.

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Fisher Price Kick & Play Gym – This gym includes a piano and five hanging toys: an infant mirror, an elephant with a clacker, a frog with a rolling ball, a tiger and a hippo teether, each with different textures and colours. Your babies kicks will initiate the piano notes, and you can have it play either short or long-form music, up to 15 minutes continuously. The colours, characters, mirror and piano are great for stimulating your child’s physical and sensorial development. The piano encourages stretching and kicking, while the activity toys overhead encourage reaching, neck strength and attention. While the mat is great for tummy time, it can also be used as a plain mat for laying or sitting around. We picked our up in Smyths Toy Store and here is the link.

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KiKi Moon – Is an Irish owned baby boutique label that specialises in super soft pure cotton knit blankets. The range is made from 100% pure organic cotton in vibrant colours. This reversible blanket is super soft and ideal for prams, cots, playtime and car journeys. We have had so much use out of our KiKi Moon, it is May’s favourite blanket and is perfect to keep her snug in both the winter and summer months. The full range is available online https://www.lovekikimoon.com and is highly worth checking out.

Babytiful – Babytiful is a family business based in Dublin specialising in teething pendants, necklaces, bracelets and pacifies clips. May has the Mint Faceted Bracelet which is suitable from birth and is made from soft and flexible silicone making it both pretty and practical. This bracelet is great to give her to hold whilst feeding. Whats more is that the silicone rubber will not support the growth of fungus, told or bacteria and they are easy to clean, you simply wash in warm soapy water and hang to dry.

I hope you found this post helpful. They are just some of our favourite products that we have bought for Baby May.

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

Blake & Brooke

Hi Everyone,

Firstly, let me just say that this is not going to turn into a baby blog, though I’ll confess that my Instagram has been invaded by a certain little lady. I’ve tried to keep Baby May and baby stuff in general to a minimum on Glam Meets Girl, since lots of you get squirmy about kids’ stuff and I totally get it because for non-parents it’s a real snooze fest to suffer through.

However, recently I have had so many requests and messages regarding Baby May’s outfits that I have decided to share with you some of her favourite (really my favourite) outfits on her style. I thought I would compile all my favorite baby styling tips and tricks into one post for all those who have been inquisitive.

I love putting together fun outfits for my baby (it’s sort of like a hobby) and I only have one child so I have a bit more time to do so. BUT, I do realize that it’s not always practical to get your baby dressed up and that some days are just for hanging out in loungey clothes, but that doesn’t have to mean pajamas.

A little back story. Before May arrived, like all new moms I searched high and low for cute baby clothes. We knew that we were having a little girl and the plan was always that Baby May would have dressed in a very fun style – lots of polka dot tights with skirts and dresses and super cute shoes – a little edgy feminine boho girl. And so the fashion search began! I soon came across a baby boutique store by the name of Blake & Brooke who I am totally obsessed with! Blake & Brooke offer high quality, fashionable, baby clothes online at a price point that really beats the competition. Focusing predominantly on sizes 0-3 months there pieces are both unique and of the highest quality!

If you are looking for some super cute outfits for your baby girl or boy….Blake & Brooke is just for you! All of there clothing is personally tested and quality approved prior to displaying it. There motto being if we wouldn’t put it on our own baby, it simply won’t make it onto our site. Here is a link to there website Blake And Brooke you will thank me later. Happy Shopping!

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

One Cover That Does It All

Hello Lovelies,

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am a huge fan of a brand called Pip & Leo who are a Vancouver based company that provide a quality multi-use cover that makes life that little bit easier for moms everywhere. Born with one sewing machine and plenty of late nights these covers aim to provide both accessibility and discretion without coming apart at the seams.

All of the covers are made from organic cotton that is both soft and stretchy which makes for the perfect car seat, nursing and stroller cover. They are created in order to help shield your baby from the elements with a 360 coverage that can be used for year round use. As a mom that is breast feedings privacy is a must during feeds and that is exactly what Pip & Leo provide. The lightweight fabric content is 95% organic bamboo cotton and 5% spandex making it soft, stretchy and breathable.

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All moms know that your time is precious so this cover is pretty easy to care for. You can just place it in with your regular laundry, wash and dry as you wish! Best of all – One size fits all! With a variety of designs and colours, there are plenty of options to choose from, you can check out all the styles here http://pipandleo.com. Personally I opted for the Penticton Purple Dots, I adore the colour as it is nice and vibrant!
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If like me, you love Pic & Leo, then today is your lucky day! Pic & Leo have decided to give one lucky reader there very own multi-use cover. So for your chance to win, get entering this competition because you will absolutely adore this cover as much as I do! Once the time is up, the competition box will close and I will be picking the winner!

To be in with a chance of winning, just follow the instructions below:

  1. Follow Me @GlamMeetsGirl On Instagram and Facebook
  2. Follow @PipandLeoBaby On Instagram and Facebook

Yes its that simple! Best of Luck Lovelies…I will be picking the lucky winner on Saturday.

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

Fluffy Fields

Hello Lovelies,

As you know I love the chance to get to review original items from Irish companies and recently myself and Baby May have had the opportunity to sample some of FluffyFields.ie products which is an Irish online store for Newborns, Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers with unique, well designed and high quality baby products. First impressions count and this company made a great one with their choice of packaging. Every item was individually placed in a canvas bag, each with its own unique little ornament. First impressions really do count and Fluffy Fields made a great one with their choice of packaging. Each item is individually placed in a canvas bag with its own unique little ornament.

First up are these mittens which are to be mounted directly on the carriage railing. The winter months are never gentle on my hands especially when you are out and about braving the elements. Keeping warm and protected against the win and rain this season is so important especially when we are both discovering the joy of going out for a walk regardless of the weather. The mittens snap-locked into place on the carriage railing and the inside of the glove is filled with an elastic fabric, the inside is lined with soft minky, the outer layer is made of colourful cotton.

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Next up are the Angel’s Wings Pillow – a head and neck support pillow, uniquely designed by physiotherapist to alleviate the problem of an infant or toddler’s head slumped over in a cramped, unsupported position.
  The pillow is double-sided, made of high quality 100% cotton on one side, the other is called a “minky” – dimpled and embossed plush material. This multi-purpose pillow feels lovely against the skin and is very comfortable. Baby May was more than happy to have that extra little support for both her neck and head. It’s great for high chairs and buggies. It can be easily folded and popped into its little carrier bag which makes it the perfect travel companion.

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What I love about both these items is that they are both practical and stylish not to mention they would make beautiful gifts complete with their own packaging. Overall, both the mittens and angel wings pillow are brilliant products and ones I can’t recommend highly enough. You can view all that Fluffy Fields have to offer on their website http://fluffyfields.ie.

Happy Shopping!

Glam Meets Girl x

Respisense Ditto Monitor Alarm

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to talk to you about a little device called the Respisense Ditto Monitor Alarm that we were recommended after Baby May was discharged from hospital. The Respisense is a unique sensor baby monitor alarm that tracks your babies breathing as they sleep.

What I love about the Respisense that other portable monitors lack, is the ability to use it anywhere. You can enjoy some peace of mind as the baby monitor clips onto the waistband of babies nappy without intrusion and monitors baby’s stomach movements while sleeping. It is designed to alarm when no movement has been detected for 20 seconds it is also programmed to activate a gentle tickling stimulus to the stomach if no movement is detected for 15 seconds. This is usually sufficient to encourage baby to breath normally.

The respisense was designed by a father and extensively tested on his own triplets. It has been designed for use on babies from 0 – 12 months old.

It has the following features:

  • Respisense Ditto has same functions as Respisense Buzz.
  • Monitors Baby Tummy Movement with Sensors and alarms if no movement detected in 15-20 seconds
  • Sensor Baby Monitor that clips onto baby’s nappy. Fully portable.
  • Parent replaceable battery
  • Tummy Touch feature alerts you if the monitor has not been fitted correctly
  • Ergonomic water resistant design. Use it anywhere in the car, granny’s lap, in a pram or even in the garden

Not only is it highly effective and a reliable breathing monitor, it is portable for your convenience and can be used wherever baby falls asleep. For us, this has been a great investment, the peace of mind it has given me has helped me and my baby get a better nights sleep. I really couldn’t recommend it enough around the globe its even better than Angel Care. Trust me you wont be sorry!

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May’s Birth Story

Hmmm, where do I even begin! Firstly, it is hard to believe that our May has been here with us for over two weeks. Her whole birth experience feels like it was a life time ago. If I have learnt anything from this whole experience it is that  you need to have an open mind and not everything always goes as planned. It is easy to say now but you need to be prepared for whatever comes your way and a healthy baby will always be your top priority.

I have been trying to find the time to put together my story and have come to the decision that instead of doing a whole fancy announcement or photoshoot, I figured it was best to keep it real and raw (just like the whole experience) and write to you all as I lie in my bed whilst she sleeps in between her feeds.

Wednesday, December 28th, Baby May Lily Rafferty was born. We were head over heels in love from the moment we laid eyes on her. Our daughter took a cool and calm approach to making her entrance into the world. She arrived right on time on her due date at 7.58pm weighing 8 pounds 13 oz. Long and lean just like her mom and dad! Even though I have rarely had any experience with babies and had no clue what I was doing, it all feels so natural now. The first night in the hospital, I didn’t really sleep and was so jittery and excited to bring her home like all new moms but we had a minor set back on day two. May suffered two dusky spells and on examination the nurse and doctor decided to do some further examinations which ended up with May in ICU for a series of tests to be conducted to try and decipher what exactly was causing what seemed to be seizures of some sort. Now without scaring any of you parents to be out there, I don’t think anyone can ever imagine their little baby in ICU and all that comes with it! To say that it is a frightening experience is putting it lightly but we have come out the other side and after 10 long days, numerous tests and sleepless nights, we finally have left the hospital and haven’t looked back since.

The one thing that hindsight has provided is the comfort of knowing that no matter what you do in these early days to survive, like let her sleep on your chest instead of her crib or succumb to giving her a soother, motherhood is tough, really tough and ups and downs come with the territory and are to be expected. Some days you are amazing and others days….well your not so amazing at it. But know that as long your baby is fed, warm and snuggled that you are your babies best mom.

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Love KiKi Moon

Hello Everyone,

As all you parents and expectant parents know we wrap our children in love and in blankets. Every mother wants to find that perfect blanket to bring her infant home in, one to toss over the child to ward off a chill when they nap and another that the tot finds security or a familiar scent in. With so many blankets, throws and snugglies out there, its hard to know which one to choose.

Recently I came across Kiki Moon an Irish owned baby boutique label that specialises in super soft pure cotton knit blankets. The range is made from 100% pure organic cotton in vibrant colours. What I love  about these blankets are the strong colours and bold beautiful patterns. The signature baby blanket, “Kiki” combines hot pinks and snappy oranges to cheekily grab attention. Perfect for little ones who like to stand out! Available in a variety of colors and patterns, you will come to fall in love with this baby receiving blanket. This 100% organic cotton reversible blanket is super soft and ideal for prams, cots, playtime and car journeys. These baby blankets are lovingly wrapped in contemporary KiKi Moon boxes, the perfect gift for loved ones or for yourself.

The blanket is designed to deliver high comfort potential while guaranteeing your baby is warm round the clock. KiKi Moon, ensure that each blanket is lovingly packaged in our contemporary keepsake kiki moon box. The super sleek stylish boxes, made from only the highest quality card are perfect to keep all of your precious little mementos from your little ones’ early years. Plus, they’ll add a stylish splash to your nursery or toddler room.

The full range is available online https://www.lovekikimoon.com and is highly worth checking out. Happy Shopping Lovelies!

Talk Soon,

Glam Meets Girl x

The Perfect Gift, Designed To Impress

Hello Gang,

I hope this blog post finds you well on this lovely Saturday morning. Any exciting plans for the weekend now that it is upon us?

From doing my research like all expectant moms to be out there, I have come to the conclusion that breastfeeding mamas of newborns soon discover that their main function in life is limited to one thing: nursing. You eat, breathe, and sleep nursing in those early weeks. Breastfeeding can be one of the best and most rewarding things you can do for your little one but sometimes it appears to get a little tough, that’s why I wanted to introduce you to an amazing Irish company called ABosca who have created Baby Baskets, Boxes and Hampers, to let all mums out there know that they’re doing great and that you’re certainly not alone.
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The founder Laura who has four little ones of her own has carefully hand-selected all of the products so that you and your little one can have a happy and healthy breastfeeding experience. She came to develop the breastfeeding essential box by trial and error of many products after receiving many hampers throughout the years and using only a fraction of their items. The basket has not only good quality essential products which are recommended by many lactation consultants and maternity hospitals but they also worked well for her.
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ABosca Hampers are not only carefully hand-packed but are also delivered through the post so that you, or your nearest and dearest can reap the benefits of taking some time out. There are different hampers for all types of mums, whether it’s someone starting out on their breastfeeding journey, having difficulties with their milk supply or those who simply want to relax at the end of a stressful day. You can either choose a hamper for yourself or send one as a gift. Laura can also tailor make it for you, add a personalised message and pop it in the post.

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The hampers themselves not only look fabulous and stylish but they are also filled with practical items, all of which any new parent would be delighted to receive.

My Hamper Includes The Following:

1 x Multi Mam Compresses

1 x Multi Mam Balm

10 x Little Lamb Breast Pads with Laundry Bag

1 x Sponge

1 x Baby wipes

1 x Teddy Bear

1 x Gift Card

1 x Bag of Cotton Balls

1 x Johnson’s Baby Bath

1 x Johnson’s Baby Shampoo

1 x Johnson’s Cotton Buds

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These would make the perfect gift for any new parent and is designed to impress at any baby shower. For more information on ABosca, here is the link to their website where you can browse through all the different hampers that are available http://www.abosca.ie/

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

Milestone Baby Cards

Hello Gang,

As you all know, I love taking photographs. In fact, I have a bit of a photograph problem! So when I stumbled across these Milestone Baby Cards which are a fabulous, fun way to record baby’s precious milestone moments, I just had to have them! The concept of the baby milestone cards is to track your babies development. The clock ticks by so fast and its so nice to have a record of each milestone at the end of the first year. These are gender neutral so can be purchased in advance if needed – the perfect gift / baby shower present for a new mum.

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Containing thirty beautifully illustrated milestone cards serving both as a prompt and a prop to capture those gorgeous baby memories.  From first solids to first steps, Milestone Baby Cards help you create a unique record of your baby’s early life, a keepsake to treasure for years to come.  You can work your way through the cards, as each one helps you to capture a special moment in your baby’s development.  Its super easy to send your photos to friends and family or save them up and make a special first year album.

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I picked mine up in Mamas & Papas for €16.00. Here is the link for all you to have a further look at them https://www.mamasandpapas.com/en-gb/baby-milestone-cards/p/4803b1600/. This is the perfect gift for new parents!

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Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

Angel care Movement & Sound Baby Monitor

Hello Lovelies,

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend….the weeks are going by so quickly. It is hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left before Baby Rafferty arrives! We have been in full baby mode this weekend, picking up all the necessary essentials for the baby and preparing the nursery.

One of the most important things that we picked up this weekend was the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor. With such a variety on the market these days, I opted for a baby monitor without the video as I don’t want to spend hours looking at it and becoming somewhat obsessed with the babies every movement.

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From the research that I have done online and talking to the experts apparently money can buy some peace of mind! This simple breathing pad goes under the mattress and then on the parent part of the monitor you can see a little moving symbol showing that baby is still there and breathing. If breathing stops for a set amount of time (15-20secs) an alarm goes off both in babies room and at the parent monitor. If there is a quick glitch in breathing there is one beep.

My plan is to use this straight away in the Moses basket and then into the cot. The angel care has adjustable volume level, temperature warnings, and the sensor pad. This means that you can put the baby down for there nap and not worry about movement, giving peace of mind! It also means that when you do get chance to sleep you won’t be worrying! Just remember to switch off the monitor when you pick them up, as otherwise the very loud alarm does go off and that is the last thing you need or want.

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The Angelcare Movement & Sound Baby Monitor gives you peace of mind, not only allowing you to keep track of baby from a different room but also alerting you of the monitor’s working order, for example alerting you of a low battery or when units are too far apart to detect each other. When being used as a mains-operated unit, the monitor even automatically switches to battery mode if there is a power failure.

The movement-detecting SensorPad with different sensitivity settings fits underneath baby’s cot mattress detects every movement from the tiniest of movements. An alarm sounds if no movement has been detected for twenty seconds. This can be set to ‘hold’ and the sound muted temporarily for occasions like feeding and changing times, when baby is out of the cot.

A full colour digital display screen provides a visual description of what is going on in baby’s room, including the temperature. If the temperature is too high or too low, an alert will sound: you can also use the vibration alert if you want extra awareness when you need to turn the volume down. When you need to check up on baby in the nursery, the halo nightlight allows you to see around without having to turn the light on and wake baby up. Loaded with features such as temperature and sound monitoring, it truly is a do-it-all unit. The wireless parent unit allows you to move around the house and get things done while still keeping tabs on your baby.

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x