Sleep Pod sun shade from Cheeky Rascals

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently you may be aware we’re in the middle of a heatwave! As someone who carries Arlo in a sling 90% of the time this has meant that we both get sticky and I get paranoid about him getting sunburnt! So this week he’s spent more time in the buggy than ever before I think! Thankfully whichever direction we walk in and however hot it is I’ve been able to keep him cool and shaded by using the Sleep Pod made by Outlook from Cheeky Rascals. It cleverly has a few functions and we’ve used them all now so I feel I can do a proper review!


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Firstly it works amazingly to completely block out the light, well 94% which is good enough for me, but still allows airflow through the breathable fabric. Much MUCH safer than throwing a blanket or coat over your babies buggy as the temperature inside can reach dangerously high temperatures if that happens. With the Sleep Pod on the buggy Arlo happily slept through a two hour mortgage appointment yesterday, a previously unheard of length of time for a buggy nap!

When you want to see in, or if using on a pushchair rather than a carrycot  like we do for Athena you can un velcro the front flap half way or all the way up so you can interact with your child and they can see out, but are still shaded. This blocks out 70% of UVA rays.

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You can completely zip open the front panel for when you’re handing food/drink through to your child or need to re adjust things. The panel tucks into a little storage pouch in this case, and in fact the whole shebang rolls up and tucks up neatly so it takes up next to no space in the shopping basket, less than the raincover in fact!

Lastly we’ve been using the Sleep-pod on Arlos car seat in the car, it stays put and works much better than attempting to get a muslin or similar to stay in place, plus will keep him a lot cooler!

You can attach it to any car seat, buggy or pram with the elasticated straps that just hook round the buggy frame/handles etc. It fits out group 0+ car seat, and both pushchairs in carry cot AND pushchair mode no matter which way the seat is facing! Pretty impressive for a price of £21.25 and no need to buy two things

You can buy the Sleep-Pod from Cheeky Rascals, and there is even a version for double buggies too!

#WhatmyKidDid and Arlo at 3 months

Welcome to #WhatMyKidDid for July! First, an Arlo update. IMG_3224 Arlo is now three months old! Seriously insane, in some ways it feels like he only arrived last week and other times it’s like he’s always been here!

Size: Chunky Monkey! I’m not sure exactly how much he weighs but he’s definitely gaining weight so that’s the main thing! Its weigh in day today actually so I may well go down and then add it in later, I do so love putting the dots on the charts in the red book! [edit: 15lb 6oz at 13 weeks] He’s firmly in size 3-6 month clothes and has been for a couple of weeks now! Lots of thigh and arm rolls, and I have to clean his neck rolls with a baby wipe every so often to make sure he’s not collecting fluff!

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Sleeping: Still no routine so to speak of, we’re still co-sleeping for 75% of the night. I feed him to sleep in the evening and then pop him into his snuzpod. I then wait for him to wake up and then get into bed and feed him, which is normally between 11 and midnight. He tends to settle again in the snuzpod for another hour or so and then I’m so tired that I just roll onto one side and pop the boob in and sleep again, then when he wakes up roll to the other side and repeat! So i’m not sure entirely how much he wakes but I think it’s just once or twice until around 6am. We tend to get up then and have an hour or so in the living room before Athena wakes up. Day time naps are sporadic, if we’re out in the sling he’ll nod off in that, and sometimes in the buggy if we use it. I’ve been putting him to sleep on his front now as he settles a lot faster and sleeps for longer.

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Doing: A whole lot more alert and now when he flails his hands around and touches something he’ll keep hold of it though he’s not grabbing things on purpose yet. He’ll tolerate tummy time, likes playing on his mat or just sitting in his swinging chair watching what goes on, but none of those things for more than 10 minutes before he squawks for a cuddle! I think we’re at the end of the third ‘wonder weeks’ leap too although to be honest the only change really has been fussier feeding, preferring to feed laying down, which isn’t always convenient, like in Starbucks for example!

He’s still a very very docile baby, he only cries when hungry really, or when Athena squeezes him to hard and that’s just a yelp really! He’s definitely looking at us when we talk to him, and turns his head in the direction of our voices which is lovely!

Feeding: Still breastfeeding on demand.

Part of me really wants him to get more interactive (Athena would be happy with that too!) but part of me wants him to stay a tiddly baby forever! Lets see what the next month brings!

#WhatMyKidDid

A linky for capturing and sharing any child related updates, be they weekly, monthly or more and any letters to your children, plus any other post celebrating a milestone that’s been achieved! It will be live on the 1st of the month for two weeks, so you can link up a post that’s already live and relevant from the last month or for the first two weeks of the month, or even an old post if you fancy!

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In june I…

So almost forgot to write this up but here we go, with a few hours left of June

 

In June I…

Started looking for a property to buy, dun dun dunnnnn!

Got confused by everything mortgage related!

Gained a TWO YEAR OLD. madness.

Watched Cinderella (not as bad as I expected) filmwise and Telly wise I’m watching Humans, My Mad fat Diary and Escape to the Wild on channel 4.

Only read one book, Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka. That means I am now 1 book behind schedule for the year so I need to get a move on!

Started to tentatively eat more healthily. Basically I stopped buying dark chocolate digestives.

Started a new linky: #WhatMyKidDid that goes live on the 1st of the month here it is

Blogged more than ever before I think, 47 posts in fact. I feel blogged out, I need to concentrate on some more boring life-admin like booking Arlos Christening, ebaying all my maternity clothes and looking for houses! So I am going to take it a bit easy for July blog wise, i’ll still be posting but not as much!

Discovered my knees will have bruises on all the time, no idea what I do to get them but I have the knees of a seven year old boy!

Went to Brit Mums, and re-evaluated what I want out of blogging (hence the little cool down for a few weeks)

Updated my ‘About me’ page and my Giveaways page… three on the go at the moment!

What did YOU do in June?