The Scrummy Mummy

Because every mummy is scrummy

Reusable Mum?

When I first suggested we use reusable nappies most people I spoke to told me I would be making life far more difficult for myself, so I was very dubious about it.
Regardless of that I have now been using reusables for around 4 weeks and have found them to be a good alternative.

When I first researched it I was in such a muddle, what do i use? All in Ones, Two in Ones, inserts and wraps, or the old style terry nappies – the mind boggled.
I have tried a few different ones and have fallen in love with the All in Ones and Two in ones, i have been using the “easy fit” by hip hip baby, and the “bum genius organic”.
I am also liking the totbots bamboozle stretch that has a pop in insert and wrap.

I have found washing them very easy you can do them on a 30c wash although it is recommended to wash them on a higher cycle once in a while. You also have to pre wash the nappies before you use them to get them to the right absorbency.
Drying them takes a while if you can’t hang them on the line.

Even after only 4 weeks I am becoming addicted and want to build up my stash, there are some lovely nappies with cute designs and you can even personalise them! When I look through them I think they are really expensive but when you think that a pack of disposables cost £10 and lasts 1-2 weeks where a reusable costs from£9 to £25 but can last 2 years then its not so bad.

I also found out that you can have disposable wipes which I haven’t tried yet but have some on order which i will be trying. I don’t know if i can bring myself to use them when the nappy is dirty but for a wet nappy it saves the wipes from the landfill. ( Watch out for my review in the next coming weeks)

I have found that by using reusable my rubbish for the bin men has halved, I am so glad I have given the reusables a go and will be using them with the new baby when she arrives. I can’t imagine how many black sacks I would be putting out with 2 babies.
I have also become much more organised with the washing since using the reusables.

So anyone who is having doubts about using reusable nappies give them a go and become a reusable mum too.

4D Baby Images

We are expecting our second child in September and as we had a 4D scan done the first time we decided to have it done for the second.
We chose to use the same company as we used the first time as the service was great and pretty good value.

These things still amaze me, then again I think even the 2D ultrasounds at the hospital are pretty good (would love to play with one of those machines :) ).

To quote good ol’ wikiPedia…

3D ultrasound is a medical ultrasound technique, often used during pregnancy, providing three dimensional images of the fetus.

There are several different scanning modes in medical and obstetric ultrasound. The standard common obstetric diagnostic mode is 2D scanning.1 In 3D fetal scanning, however, instead of the sound waves being sent straight down and reflected back, they are sent at different angles. The returning echoes are processed by a sophisticated computer program resulting in a reconstructed three dimensional volume image of fetus’s surface or internal organs, in much the same way as a CT scan machine constructs a CT scan image from multiple x-rays. 3D ultrasounds allow one to see width, height and depth of images in much the same way as 3D movies but no movement is shown.

3D ultrasound was first developed by Olaf von Ramm and Stephen Smith at Duke University in 1987.2

The extra 4D is the movement (ie you get a DVD too and can see the baby move!)

Back to the review…
We chose to use 4D Baby Images who have a few sites in the UK, we went to the Brentwood branch. Just a note here – parking in Brentwood is a bit hit-and-miss; and evenings are especially bad as the nightlife is pretty popular – arrive extra early to allow for going round the one way system a few times first looking for somewhere to park!
Once you’re there though everything is fine. Upon arrival there are a few forms to fill in, but the waiting area is comfy with complimentary drinks available and plenty of chairs. If you have other children with you watch out for a staircase leading to the basement though that could do with a stairgate!
The scans take place upstairs and the softly lit rooms are warm and there’s plenty of room for extra people to come with you.
On the wall is a decent sized TV to view the live feed of the scan and it is the video from this that is recorded for you to take home on DVD (may depend on the package you choose)
The people doing the scan are way friendlier than the ones we have seen at the hospital and do a great job of putting Mum at ease and explaining what you can see and what they are doing.

So onto the scan itself… It’s pretty simple…

You get to see your unborn child in 3D how cool is that!!!

The scan will switch between 2D (normal ultrasound) and 3D a few times. The difference in 3D/4D is amazing, while in 2D you get a sense of the profile of the babies head in 3D you see the whole face and features!
From our previous child I can attest that the likeness is very good :)
It does depend a little on how co-operative the baby is on the day. The first time we went little one had her arms and legs in front of her face, so the view was quite limited. The staff are very good in these situations though and will send you for a walk/fizzy drink/chocolate etc to try and get the baby to move. I’d think it’s unlikely that you’d come away with nothing. Depending on the package they do offer rescans in which case you can return a few weeks later at a different time and see if baby will behave!
The scan lasts about 30mins (rescans 15mins) and afterwards you sit down with one of the staff to go through your pictures and DVD. You can choose prints of your favourite pictures and mounts are available on the day. There’s no wait for everything as it is all produced there and then.
The DVDs play on pretty much anything, and are helpfully split into a few chapters. They are also dead simple to rip into iTunes so you can keep them on your iPod etc – easy to show friends that way (iPad is great for this)

In conclusion we were thrilled with the scan and the service received! Not long now till we see the new baby for real, but was great to have a sneak peek (plus find out what we were having to help with the shopping he he). We’d happily recommend this to anyone!

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Old MacDonalds Farm – Review

We took our daughter to Old Macdonalds Farm situated just off J28 of the M25 last weekend.

There is plenty to see there and a great thing is that you can feed and stroke many of the animals, and it is clearly signposted which ones are friendly!

Our favourites were probably the alpacas, who were very friendly and liked eating out of our hands.

Everything is well maintained, and the facilities are clean and tidy, with good baby changing facilities.

We went on a Sunday and it wasn’t crowded, and the free parking was handy and had p,entry of space.

Is it value for money?

Well, children under 2 get in free, which is reflected in there being little for a child that age to do apart from see the animals. There’s a giant sandpit, but the rides and bouncy castle are for older children.

Child admission is £10.50, adults are £11.50 and there were mutterings near the entrance from families who were surprised how much it was as it was meant to be a cheap day out!

However, between now and December if you visit…

You can get yourself a 2-4-1 adult entry voucher that will help!

Annual and family tickets are also available from the farm.

Overall we spent about 4 hours there, we could have stayed longer but we had got there later and had already eaten, and a good time was had by all!

Highly recommended!

Sealife Adventure Southend – Review

The Sealife Adventure in Southend on sea was a hit with Caitlyn, we went on Sunday afternoon and had a lovely time.

It was £9 per adult and under 3’s go free, there are sometimes 2-4-1 vouchers available online but be careful as it has recently been rebranded from a sealife centre to sealife adventure and they are not honoring existing vouchers.

Caitlyn enjoyed seeing all the different fish she especially liked the rays and the sharks – especially when they jump up from the tank giving me quite a scare – lucky I didn’t go into labour there and then!

It doesn’t take long to walk around the centre but the good thing is once you have paid your admission it is valid all day so you can come and go as you please.

Once we had been round once we then decided to go on the beach and have a paddle in the sea – which itself is greatly improved these days and loads of people were in the water!

After the dip in the water and an ice cream we went back into the sealife centre for another walk around, and managed to see the rays being fed – with the all day pass you could easily fit in the various shows and feedings without spending all day there.

I would recommend this attraction as part of your trip to southend but it is on the pricey side for what it is. To get your moneys worth you would need to go a couple of times, but there are plenty of other things to do as well.

Tropical Wings Zoo – Review

Tropical wings zoo is in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex.
It is home to lots of different animals including reptiles, birds, mammals, fish and also has a butterfly house. They is a pets corner where you can get up close and personal with goats, wallabies and chickens.
We struggled to find it first of all as our sat nav took us somewhere close by but managed to find it when we read the map!
The ticket prices were reasonable at £7.75 for adults and £4.75 for children under 2′s go free. You can get 241 tickets if you travel by C2C trains but it was cheaper for us to go by car and pay full price.
The first thing we saw were some newly hatched chicks which Caitlyn loved. We then went round the caged birds and talked to the parrots.

Caitlyn got up close and personal to the wallabies and even tried to kiss one of them as they roam freely round the enclosure.

We stopped for some lunch, we decided on hot dogs and a drink which was around £8. There was a cafe there but we decided to just have a snack.
We finished our day going round the butterfly house where there are also fish and ducks. The butterflies quite often land on you which Caitlyn thought was hilarious, she wouldn’t stay in her buggy as she loved chasing the butterflies.

I would thoroughly recommend this day out, there is also a soft play area there.