Review: My Pregnancy & Baby Today by BabyCentre Phone App

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I downloaded this phone app when I first found out I was pregnant and have to say I found it absolutely brilliant. Made by the parent resource BabyCentre, which I still consult on a very regular basis, it tracks your pregnancy day by day through using your estimated due date to give you daily updates, tips and information on your growing baby.

Everyday has a new piece of information, whether that be what to expect next, recipes to try, videos to watch – I particularly enjoyed the weekly fruit or vegetable baby comparison size, and still remember when my son was a mere poppy seed!

But as a first time Mum, one of my favourite and most useful part was the in app forums, you’re automatically joined to a birth club forum based on your due date. After this you can join as many others as you like whether that be a first time Mum forum, pregnant after miscarriage, single parent. They even take into account ladies pre-conception and post delivery with their actively trying groups, post natal depression and breast feeding support. Managed by their team of volunteer overseers these really are incredibly useful as a way to ask, compare, and just get support from other ladies across the country in the exact same position as you.

You will also receive a weekly e-mail with even more information, links to the Babycentre website, and facts on what’s happening inside your body. There’s usually a section for Dads to be in here too, which I found to be a really nice touch and would forward to my husband. These emails continue after birth and I still enjoy receiving them to see where my son is on the monthly milestones, and reading new games I could be playing with him each month to aid his development.

They seem to constantly strive to make the app better and often have updates, for instance now you can take photos of your growing belly to compare with others and keep as a memento of your pregnancy, they remind to do it each week – which is a really nice addition. I took some tummy photos through pregnancy but my baby brain often forgot to do it on a regular basis!

The best thing about this app is that everything is together, and at the touch of a screen – you don’t have to Google something you need reassurance on and scroll through to find something credible. The chances are someone else has asked it on the app already and got a number of good responses.
The worst was the birth announcements! When it gets to the start of your due month and the month before they come in thick and fast, stories of unexpected labour and gorgeous pics of cute babies. To only add insult to the fact – in my case – that I was still pregnant, huge, uncomfortable and wanted to be next!!

A definite must have for pregnant Mums out there. And, it’s completely free!

Bella Italia – how it stands up as a family friendly restaurant

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We decided to treat ourselves to a meal out this bank holiday weekend along with my Mum and brothers and visited Bella Italia the Silverlink restaurant. I’ve always been a big fan of Bella Italia restaurants, the food is always delicious but a little on the pricey side so it would usually be reserved for special occasions, but as I had received a third off voucher via email, and husband had a gift voucher left over from his birthday – this was the restaurant of choice!

Since there were 6 of us, and it was a bank holiday weekend, I booked in advance and needn’t have had as the place was surprisingly very quiet when we arrived at 2:30. The staff were very friendly, were waiting for our arrival and we got sat down straight away in a booth with fully adequate high chair for the little guy. We were handed our menus and I for one was starving having come straight from work so was more than ready to get stuck in! Read more

Our rainy day soft play!

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Today was a hideous day. Grey, cold, teaming rain – that horrid fine rain that wisps in all directions so no matter what you’re going to get wet. With that, plus half term next week (when all the big ones take over), plus the fact my son has been waking up at 6am each morning. I decided to do, admittedly not my favourite activity with the rugrat, give the cats a break, and try to tire him out with a trip to the soft play.

We eventually arrived around midday after nap time and the place was fairly quiet which was nice. In my rush to get off I didn’t think my sock choice through and realised when I got there I was sporting very unseasonal, bright red Rudolph socks… Read more

The Wonder Weeks

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For those of you who haven’t heard of the Wonder Weeks it really is brilliant! Written by Franz X. Plooji who really is a child expert and current President of the International Research  Institute for infant studies, it explains child ‘fussy’ periods in easy to understand developmental leaps. It prides itself on not offering parental advice, but baby insight and has won so many awards voted by parents. Every time I have noticed a difference or grumpiness in my son – low and behold, consulting the book he’s been going through or is just about to start a ‘leap’ and it has been pretty spot on every single time. As a parent I’ve found it so reassuring – my child isn’t a monster, in fact he’s going through an important leap in his development which is why he is behaving as he is, and I can actually help him with this.

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