Teething Troubles

Teething can be the pits for both parents and baby.

You may have just established a decent sleep routine and settled into your new role as a parent, and then teething starts. Of course there’s no set time for when your baby will start to teethe. Our son had his first tooth at 4 months without any trouble and sprouted them left right and centre whilst our daughter was teething for months before her first tooth appeared at 8 months old and we had a rough time with cold symptoms,  horrible nappies, temperature,  crying and no sleep at all for what felt like an age.

We tried pretty much everything under the sun so here are our top teething tips:

Of course the teething journey is not complete without a bottle of Calpol or Neurofen for children. I wasn’t keen on giving either of my babies medicine, but needs must for both them and us. I tried to keep them to a minimum and most often used at night when they seem to suffer the most.

There are also teething gels of various brands which contain a small amount of local anaesthetic as well as antiseptic to help numb the area and relieve the pain.

Teething granules and powders – I did have an attempt at these as they were a natural remedy. The powder came in a folded piece of paper and you just had to rub it into the gums. My advice is never to try and administer whist outside on a windy day!

Amber Teething Necklaces – Necklaces to be worn by baby made from amber beads which contain a special healing oil. Once in contact with your baby’s skin the heat causes the beads to release the oil which is absorbed into the skin and relieving the pain. We try these ourselves, but have heard good things. Make sure you buy a good quality necklace so that it contains genuine amber beads. 

Teething Rings – These are a definite godsend. they come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be held by your baby. Some are gel or water filled and can be put in the fridge or freezer to help ease the pain further. We now have a lovely selection of teethers which have little bobbles on them for your baby to chow down on.

Elephant Baby Teether


Teething Toys – Baby toys are available with all sorts of sensory features, and many have teething attachments on them which can be the corners of a comforter, specifically made baby toys such as the Lamaze range. Again they have the little bobbles that your baby can bite down on to give them immediate relief from teething pain.

Dummies – A dummy can be a great comfort to a distraught baby whose natural instinct is to suck and chew whilst teething.

Teething biscuits – Such as Bickiepegs (not quite a chocolate digestive). These teething biscuits are hard biscuits which come on a ribbon which can be sucked and chewed by your baby. These are suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.

Carrots – Peel and wash a carrot and cut into baby hand sized chunks. Put it in the fridge for a while and then give to your baby to chew on. The cold will help ease the pain.  This can also be done with cucumber.

Frozen yoghurt and other cold foods – Using cold to alleviate the pain and soothing the gums.  During teething your baby or toddler may go off their food so using age appropriate foods which are cold will help the pain as well as the eating issue.

Teething Necklaces – These are different to the amber teething necklaces. Teething Necklaces (also known as Mummy Necklaces, Baby Bling etc) are necklaces worn by the parent which are made from materials suitable for your baby to chew and suck on. Most common Teething Necklaces are made from non-toxic food grade silicone and can be sterilised. These are also quite nice for mums and dads who quite often give up on jewellery wearing whilst baby is young due to the potential of pulling or putting something in their mouth they could choke on. We just so have a little stash now available on site from Koo-di.

Distraction – This only really works during the day when they are awake and you can pull funny faces and play as a way of keeping their minds off it.

Koo-di teething necklace

So here’s our Top Teething Tips. As well as all of the above you will need patience in abundance. Remember that it’s unfortunately something that all babies endure and each baby will be different in age and how they cope with their teething journey.

If you have any tips of your own then feel free to add them into the comments box and rest assured that you may help the next Mum that reads this post whist possibly tearing their hair out!

Good luck x


Mission Impossible Complete

Ok so being parents our nights out are few and far between but having Isabelle who has only very recently started to sleep through means that going out is a rare treat.


We’ve had some disasters when she’s woken up and the babysitter (my mum) has had to call us back to a hysterical little girl who won’t settle.

Now that the big one is old enough to babysit it’s lovely for us to have an evening out. However, this isn’t without top secret planning.

So this is what we do (I kid you not).

After the kids dinner we have showers and put on our PJ’s because we’re oh so tired. I can get away with doing my hair as it’s been washed so have to sort it out.

The make-up part you would think would be tricky but it’s relatively easy as she’s like a magpie for make-up. I just give her a bit of blusher and a bit of sparkly eyeshadow and she’s none the wiser.

So bedtime as usual with a quick bag switcherooney whilst she’s brushing her teeth. Shoes and jacket already mentally picked out.

And she’s in bed!

This is where it begins. …..quick flinging off of the dressing gown to reveal a partially dressed me.

Another chorus if love yous and see you in the mornings through the door.

Dressed and making a dash for the stairs with shoes and jacket in hand.

Another night night see you in the morning from the bottom of the stairs.

And were ready to go!

Taxi booked and ready to turn up at any moment.

This is the usual routine if we want a night out.

Extreme you might say but if we get caught then we’re going nowhere.  We never go far or for that long but as grown-ups we need some time together on our own.

So as it all went to plan we went for some food (which was ace) and then watched a friend in a play (which was a little bit dark) and then back home where Isabelle had no idea that we’d been anywhere.


What kind of crackpot parenting tricks do you have to do to get a normal life?

Massive WAHM Giveaway

I’d LOVE to be able to say that this was my Baby Giveaway as the prizes are Fantastic, but this is a Birthday Celebration Giveaway for Victoria from Sew Domesticated. Happy Birthday x

We are, however, offering a lovely pair of Inch Blue Shoes from our range to one lucky winner. There are also goodies to be had from the Natural Nursery and Cherub Chews (fellow Exeter businesses).

Don’t miss out as this competition is only running for the next week.

Don’t forget to share with your Mummy and Daddy friends x


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We’re having a SALE at Babynotincluded

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We’re having a SALE so do pop over and have a browse at the many items reduced up to 30% OFF.

Brands Include Plum Collections, HooligansKids, BuggySnuggle Bsnug, Soft Touch and Olive & Moss.

As well as our Summer Hats and Rompersuits we have Tights from as little as £2.00 a pair so whether you’re stocking up on bigger sizes or putting things aside for Christmas (sorreeee) come on over and have a look.




WIN a BelleBelly Band with Babynotincluded

Have you been on site yet and discovered BelleBelly Bands?

New on site and the perfect solution to breastfeeding and maternity. I used a belly band throughout my pregnancy as it gave me support and comfort, it also meant that I could continue wearing non-maternity clothes.

BelleBelly helps you back into your own clothes again by adding a layer underneath your normal clothes to keep your tummy, hips and back covered up.  This instantly expands your nursing wardrobe and you can wear your own clothes again.  So there’s no need to make do with the clothes that ‘work’ and no need to feel you have to hideaway from family, friends or strangers when nursing any more.

BelleBelly now available at www.babynotincuded.co.uk

As well as being available now on site, we have a Black Medium (UK size 12 – 14) up for grabs. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. The competition closes on 30th September and Winner will be announced on 1st October.

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Review – LamaLoLi Kids Fashion

We were very lucky to be asked to review LamaLoLi Kids Fashion.

So with the help of Isabelle (very nearly 4) we looked through the extensive range of clothing including My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, Minnie Mouse, Barbie and not forgetting Disney Princesses.

It was a lot of fun and with much debate we chose a lovely pair of Disney Princess Pyjamas. Clickety Click and it was done and the parcel arrived with quick speed.


Isabelle was very excited to open the parcel, and more so when to our surprise we discovered as well as the pyjamas she was sent a long sleeved Disney Princess Top. Awesome was her exact phrase!

On first inspection the pyjamas were very pretty with little girly shorts and Isabelle was thrilled. I was slightly worried that the printed picture would crack with time and washing, but the quality was good and they fitted perfect. I thought that I would wait to write the post once I’d had the chance to wash and wear the pyjamas a few time to be able to give a true review.


Needless to say, the cotton being lightweight  meant that the pyjamas dried in no time at all with very little ironing needed (bonus for us mums) and the picture remained in perfect condition. This has been the case on all washes, and Isabelle has worn these a fair few times now.

LamaLoLi stocks a wide range from t-shirts and tops to swimwear from baby right through to adult sizes and their prices are fantastic.

The pyjamas and the site gets a BIG Thumbs Up from me and more importantly Isabelle :)

* We were sent the items free of charge for the purpose of review.



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Baby & Children’s Market – Exeter

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What are you up to this Saturday?

If you’re in the Exeter or surrounding area then get yourself to The Baby & Children’s Market at St Leonards Primary School between 09.30am – 12 noon to grab yourself some great Baby and Child Bargains.

As you can see from the picture there are going to be 40 stalls, usually a mix of pre-loved baby gear and local businesses (including us).

As well as the bargains there will be a FREE Bouncy Castle, FREE Face Painting, a FREE Mini Photo Shoot and a FREE muffin (for the first 50 through the doors).

It’s always a great atmosphere and there really are some great bargains to be had. We never come home empty handed. At the last market we came home with a dolls pram which my daughter absolutely loves.

Make sure you bring plenty of change with you and maybe a spare pair of arms.

If you do come, make sure you pop over to us to say hi.

Lisa x


Cotton Summer Rompers


The day we found the Gruffalo

We’re quite lucky in the South West that we have a lot of places at our disposable to take the family. Although it gets a bit tricky having a 3 year old and a 15 year old, and now with the pup thrown into the mix don’t make for an easy family day out.

Thank goodness for Haldon Forest park!

We didn’t take the teen with us this time as he had other plans but off we trudged with Isabelle and the dog in our boots and armed with coats, umbrellas and treats for the dog.

When we got there, we had a little suprise as the Discovery Trail (the easiest at 1.5 miles) had been set up as a Gruffalo hunt with clues and things to do along the way. This was the easiest of trails so perfect for Isabelle and a nice walk for us.



There were loads of families there and lots of people whizzing up and down on bikes for the different tracks (none of which I would try).



There were ample places to stop if you were to take a picnic and pleasingly we didn’t encounter any rubbish, apart from one poo bag (why do people go to the effort of bagging it up only to leave it there!).



It was dog heaven for Charlie who saw lots of other dogs along the way including a huge group of Shar pei dogs (belonging to several owners ? dog group).

We saw the Gruffalo’s den and met Mouse, Snake, Fox, Owl and sat on a singing seat. We also played on some giant wooden xylophones and hid from Daddy and Charlie in a maze.

And did we find the Gruffalo?

Yup and he wasn’t scarey at all.


We ended the day with a gorgeous icecream and a bowl of water and treats for Charlie, then home for a roast dinner.

Think we’ll go for one of the harder routes next time.

Lisa x


Come and see us at the Heart FM Baby Show!

Heart FM Baby Show Exeter 2014

Whether your expecting or new parents, Heart FM Mother & Baby Show is the place to be this Saturday 21st June 2014, Westpoint, Exeter.

9.30 – 4.30

We’re going to be there along with some other Fab local Businesses such as Cherub Chews, The Old Bag Company, Sew Domesticated and many more.

Munchkins Creche will be open all day for children up to the age of seven enabling you to browse at leisure.

Mothercare will be showcasing the latest in baby and childrens fashion at 2pm and First Aid demos are available throughout the day.

If you’re having trouble with your baby’s sleep pattern, Savvy Tot Sleep will be on hand for some great tips and advice to get a good nights sleep for both you and your  baby.

 And you can’t have a Baby Show without some entertainment for the little ones. Monkey Music is going to be there which comes highly recommended by us. We went to classes when Isabelle was smaller and she absolutely loved it and it’s a great way to interact with your child at home once you’ve learnt the songs and movements (which you will).

Tickets are £5.00 for adults and FREE to under 15’s.

Hope to see you there.

Lisa x