Pampers Introduce Their New Premature P3 Nappy

Approximately 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK - that's 1 in 11 births - and my eldest child, C, was one of them. As a parent of a premature baby I became aware of how difficult it was to find clothing that was of a suitable size, however I had never realised that this same problem would apply to nappies, especially for parents of babies who were born at an earlier stage than C was. Luckily now, the people at Pampers have considered this and have taken action.


I had a relatively normal pregnancy with him, everything seemed to be going well except for swelling in the later stages. I assumed that it was just down to me being heavily pregnant and you always heard stories of mothers to be talking about how swollen their ankles had gotten. Neither myself, nor the people around me, noticed how bad my swelling actually was. It wasn't until I reached 33 weeks that I temporarily lost my vision and that scared me into seeking help. I was admitted straight away and C had to be delivered via emergency Caesarean section that evening - I was suffering with severe pre-eclampsia.


We were lucky and C was a great size for his gestation. Of course, I was terrified that his lungs weren't developed enough or that he would get sick but he was born crying and went from strength to strength and surprised us all. He spent his first weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit inside an incubator. He wasn't allowed to wear any clothes, only a nappy, and I remember feeling really sad and guilty seeing him hooked up to so many different monitors that were constantly making noises. It didn't help that I didn't know what they meant. I can still vividly hear those beeps to this day.



No one expects to have a premature baby so we were obviously very unprepared. Everything I had at home were either newborn sized or 0-3 months and they absolutely drowned him. The hospital provided Pampers micro nappies (for babies 2-5lb) for C to wear, as you can see in the photographs in this blog post. These were the smallest available size and they were still a bit loose on him. We actually had to fold the top down as you can see below. C weighed 4lbs 10.5oz which was quite good for a preemie. Smaller babies would have had to wear nappies that had been cut or folded which obviously wouldn't be as comfortable or may even have hindered their leg and hip development, but what else can you do in that situation when nothing else fits?



The healthy development of all babies (even the tinest ones) is something that Pampers are committed to. For the last three years, Pampers have been developing the Preemie Protection Range Size P3. This nappy is designed specifically to meet the needs of the tiniest little fighters, even smaller than C! It's three sizes smaller than a regular newborn nappy and is suitable for babies weighing as little as 1.8lb (800g). It even fits in the palm of your hand. We had issues with regular newborn nappies being a little big on C so on a smaller baby it could be too wide and may cause discomfort. Due to the better fit of these new P3 nappies, it would be easier for the babies to sleep, move and receive medical care.

Pampers will be donating 3 million of these nappies to Neonatal Units in hospitals all across the UK meaning that every premature baby will have access to nappies designed for their needs. They have also partnered with Bliss, the UK's largest premature baby charity. I hold Bliss very close to my heart as they provided us with little pack of leaflets and samples when we eventually got to bring C home. I also write about them every year on World Prematurity Day.

Pampers would love to see photos of your little ones supporting these tiny little fighters. All you have to do is share a photograph of your child or children with a clenched fist to celebrate the amazing fighting spirit that these tiny babies have. For every photograph shared on social media with the hashtag #powerofbabies, Pampers will donate £1 to Bliss.



I can't wait to see your pictures!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Pampers.

Bob the Builder Dig This DVD - Review & Giveaway

Bob the Builder is back like you've never seen him before!

I was very familiar with the original run of Bob the Builder back in the early 2000's as my now 15 year old sister was a toddler then and was always watching the show. Fast forward 17 years and now my four year old son C enjoys the show just as much. He watches milkshake! every morning before preschool and so he fell in love with the show instantly.


I have to admit that I didn't pay much attention to the reboot until we received a copy of the new DVD, Dig This, to review. The first thing that I noticed was that the animation has changed in a fantastic way. The characters look more 3D-like and less blocky. I do miss Neil Morrissey as the voice of Bob but Lee Ingleby makes a great replacement.


The Dig This DVD contains seven fun filled episodes:
  • Dig This
  • Saffi's Treehouse
  • Out of the Woods
  • Stormy Weather
  • Bear Mountain
  • Bentley's Bones
  • Home on the Range
Throughout these episodes, Bob and his team are constructing projects using a foundation of determination and working together. I loved that although the animation has changed, the original characters are all still there. Bob works with his business partner Wendy, apprentice Leo and his range of machines such as Scoop. Lofty, Dizzy and Roley - all names which brought back memories to me!

The run of episodes show the team tackling any project or problem handed to them, whether it be something small like fixing a roof to building an entire skyscraper. They show the trials and tribulations plus all fun in finally getting the job done.

C is a massive fan of machinery like the ones in Bob the Builder - his favourites are diggers and excavators. The fact that he was able to see them working whilst watching this DVD meant that it really captured his attention. He asked me a lot of questions from what each characters name was to what they were doing and why they were doing it. I definitely think is a great DVD for any current Bob the Builder fan or fans of diggers like my son!

Bob the Builder Dig This DVD has been released via Abbey Home Media and is currently available to buy now from all good retailers.

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What I Won - February 2017

February was a much better month than January was, win-wise. I spent a lot more time entering instead of mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and also taking the time to search for my own giveaways, especially on Instagram.

So without further ado, here's what I won in February!

1) KidzCoins (RRP £8.99) from KidzCoins
I won these in a Twitter retweet giveaway and I forgot to take a photograph of them - apologies! They are little coins designed to be given to children and they can trade them for screen. C does like using the iPad so I thought they would be great for him.
 
2) Father/Son tops (RRP £14.99) from Pieridae Gifts
I absolutely love this! I am a sucker for anything matching. Chris is a little less than impressed but I don't care, they're adorable!
 
3) Shampoo (RRP £28.00) from Emerald Street
This was a web entry and I love prizes that are handy!
 
4) Cordial (RRP £3.99) from Subscription Street
This was a simple Instagram comment win. The company. Elderbrook, do a cordial subscription (something that I'd never seen before!). This flavour of mango, passion fruit and goji berry is delicious!
 
5) Football (RRP £14.95) from Walkers
I won this in the Walkers Snap & Share giveaway. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to get your hands on a promotional bag and take a photograph with it then share on the Walkers social media pages with #WalkersUnited. There are footballs, PS4s and match tickets up for grabs. C will love his football!
 
6) Beauty hamper (RRP £127.09) from MediCare Pharmacy
 I won this in a like, comment and share giveaway from a local pharmacy group. It was a lovely treat for myself and Chris. I did have to pick it up and have my photograph taken which was a little embarrassing - I always hate that bit!
 
7) Lamb & Bear leggings (RRP £16.00) from Boo, Roo and Tigger Too
 I absolutely love putting E in handmade clothing so I was thrilled to win these, especially since they were made by a fellow blogger - Lamb and Bear.
 
8) Personalised t-shirt (RRP £10.00) from Embroidery Queens
 I absolutely love this! I have so many items of personalised clothing for E that she definitely won't forget her name in a hurry. It's so cute!
 
9) Wall hanging (RRP £28.00) from It's OK Kid
I expected this to be small but it's huge! I have yet to hang it in C's room but it will fit well and I'm sure he'll love it.

10) Nails (RRP £31.96) from Elegant Touch
This was a win from an Instagram comment on Elegant Touch's page. You had to tag a friend and both of you won. I tagged my sister as she is forever getting her nails done so I thought they'd be good inbetween appointments.

11) Jumper (RRP £10.25) from Trendeo
Trendeo run loads of clothing and accessory giveaways on Twitter so when I saw the gorgeous black batwing jumper, I had to enter as it was so me. Absolutely thrilled to have won!
 
12) Avengers hooded towel (RRP £7.99) from QD Stores
 C is obsessed with Marvel and DC, he even has a Captain America school bag. I won this in a Twitter giveaway and he is thrilled to bits with it.
 
15) Mother's Day card (RRP £3.75) from Rude & Crude
16) Fred's Box (RRP £16.50) from What the Redhead Said
 I have seen so many blog reviews about these boxes that I followed Fred's Box on social media. I then saw blog competitions pop up and was lucky enough to win one! C is four and a half and absolutely loves LEGO. The fact that these are superhero/villain related means that they are perfect for him! Deadpool is his favourite.
 
17) Tote bag from Willoughby Book Club
I have always been a big reader so this bag suits me perfectly. This was an Instagram win where you just had to comment with your favourite book.
 
18) Infinity scarf (RRP £5.00) from Sam's Stitches
This was another Instagram win! I love that it is handmade and the colour is perfect for E.

19) Personalised Kitkat 
 KitKat had a promotion running where you had to input the codes inside the wrapper of promotional KitKats. They had lots to giveaway and I got mine personalised for Chris.

So, in February 2017 I won 19 prizes worth a total of £327.46. You can read my wins for February 2016, 2015 and 2014 here. It seems that 2016 is winning in the value stakes!

Have you won anything nice lately?
 

The Entertainer's Easter Unboxing Event #TheEntertainerUnboxed

Last week I wrote a post on The Entertainer's Easter unboxing event which would be happening all this week. C had preschool on Monday and Tuesday so we were only free to attend Wednesday's unboxing. I was keeping up to date with the #TheEntertainerUnboxed hashtag on Twitter so I did see the other toys that had been unboxed previously and felt pretty up to speed. 


We arrived at our local Entertainer store (CastleCourt, Belfast) at 9am. I was aware that the actual unboxing would be taking place around 10am but because my past visits to The Entertainer had been flying ones, I was happy enough to have a look around at what they had to offer. The children's birthdays are both in September so they were running around telling me which toys they wanted to add to their "birthday list."



I must make a point of saying that they staff were all so lovely. Kayleigh, Jennifer, Lindsey and James were the staff members that we encountered and they all went above and beyond to make it an enjoyable experience for the children. As we were there so early and the shop was relatively empty (understandable at 9am on a Wednesday morning), Kayleigh very kindly invited C and E to have a play with the two toys that were unboxed on Monday and Tuesday; Little Tikes My First Flyer RC Helicopter and a NERF gun. Both of these were very well received by C and he had lots of fun having the freedom of playing with them in the store. E much preferred the toy animals that were on display - something which I'm not surprised about at all.



By this point, C had noticed the wrapped box complete with bow at the front of the store - Wednesday's unboxing gift! His excitement built a little by this point but we still had a little while to wait until it was time for the big reveal. We took this opportunity to browse the rest of the store that we didn't get to see earlier, then James let C have a go at driving an RC car around. He was giggling away to himself and having an absolute blast ramming it into things and knocking them over.


When it was time to unbox, the children dove right in and couldn't wait to see what was inside - it was a Wobbleez Dalmatian! They each had a little go at "walking" it around the floor. I think they really enjoyed the fact that they were able to have the toys opened and out of their packaging and they did surprise me as they didn't ask if they could take them home!




I let C and E choose a toy each to buy and getting to walk up the little steps at the front of the tills and scan their items was just the icing on the cake. C loves doing this sort of thing at the self serve checkouts at the supermarkets as it makes him feel very grown up and involved.

C is the type of child who can either be very shy around new people and not speak much to them at all or he can instantly feel comfortable with you and tell you his life story. It was definitely the latter when it came Kayleigh and Jennifer especially. When they were choosing what to purchase, C actually told Jennifer that she was "the loveliest lady" and told me on the way home that he had hearts in his eyes for her because he loved her. I definitely think he will making me bring him back to The Entertainer a lot! E also discovered that they had a mutual love of Disney Princesses so that makes her a winner in her book.


#TheEntertainerUnboxed event concludes tomorrow (15th April) and I would definitely urge you all to get down to your local store to get involved. If you share your photographs on Twitter using the hashtag, you will be in with a chance of winning the entire set of unboxing toys!


In addition to this, there is a fantastic Buy One Get One Free offer with lots of great brands such as My Little Pony and Star Wars. You can always stock up for Christmas (it's never too early to mention the C word when you have children)!


(We have been compensated for this post/attending the event. All thoughts and opinions remain my own and have not been influenced by this.)

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