Breastfeeding Confidently and Comfortably with Smylyn Bubby Covers : Review by Fi Morrison

Smylyn Bubby Cover Review

Fi Morrison, Nursery Collective Mama Blogger Expert, reviews the Smylyn Bubby Cover.

I recently welcomed my second son to the world, embarking on my second breastfeeding journey with a (slightly) clearer idea of what I was doing. After breastfeeding my firstborn for 14 months, I was aware of the different types of holds, the mechanics of getting a baby to latch, and how to express for bottle feeds. I thought I would feel confident and comfortable breastfeeding the second time round.

However, that hasn’t necessarily been the case, because what hasn’t changed for me is my discomfort feeding in public.

As an extremely modest person, I’ve always been shy about feeding in public. (This is just a personal preference – I fully support and envy the women who are comfortable with feeding in public).

One of the big questions for me when going out and about with my bub is always, “when is he next due for a feed? What will I do if he needs a feed? Where will I take him?”.

And I know I’m not the only Mum out there feeling this way. Unfortunately when I was feeding my firstborn, I didn’t have the most ideal breastfeeding cover. It was a bit restrictive for my boy and made him feel hot and stuffy (as well as being a handful to put on!). It made me feel more stressed and anxious about going out and feeding on the run. That’s why it was so important for me to find a breastfeeding cover that would be super practical – especially while also chasing a toddler!

I was SUPER excited to be asked to try the Smylyn Breastfeeding Bubby Cover. It looked simple and easy to use, and most of all functional for my new little boy.

My first trial run with the Smylyn was on a ‘short’ park visit for the toddler (luckily hubby could chase him around!). I wasn’t (mentally) prepared for a feed because I didn’t think he was due for one – but when bubs is screaming the place down, you’re just going to do it right?! So I got my Smylyn cover out, and within 2 minutes I was feeding my baby boy publicly and comfortably – I can’t tell you who was happier in that moment!! (I’m sure it was him, but barely…)

How the Smylyn Bubby Cover works

The Smylyn cover looks super simple – which it is – but this makes it extremely easy to use and very practical. The small strap attaches around the bra strap (so it doesn’t fall or catch on anything), and the cover drapes over your chest for coverage. Bub is placed underneath the cover, with the rest of the material wrapping under his head (in the crook of your elbow) to maintain the coverage around the breast.

The material is a medium sized square, making it the perfect size to still give bub room to move and breathe (with LOTS of air flow!). There is also an inbuilt piece of terry towelling to catch any leakages – including spews like for my darling little refluxy boy.

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Smylyn’s breastfeeding cover is easy to clean and great for portability – it can easily fold up and fit in a small pocket or space in the nappy bag. Plus, they come in such gorgeous designs (I may sound a little vain, but I’m a sucker for cute baby designs!!).

The Smylyn cover has been a game changer for me this breastfeeding journey. Now that I’m chasing around 2, I have to go out more often, with the increasing likelihood of being out when bub is due for a feed. While this thought used to make me very anxious, I’m now no longer worried (well, much much less worried at least!) knowing that I have a practical, convenient and reliable breastfeeding cover that has me COVERED! (See what I did there?!)

Fi Morrison Smylyn Bubby Cover

Summary of Smylyn’s Features:

Great coverage considering the size (looks are deceiving)
• Sewn-in towel to catch spills – no need for an extra burp cloth, and can also be used as a bib
• Velcro tab to attach to bra strap – ultra convenient!
• Easy to clean
• Great for airflow (not too stuffy for Baby) and for keeping an eye on Baby
• Small enough for portability – super practical
• Huge range of gorgeous designs on offer

By Fi Morrison

This blog post is sponsored by SMYLYN. Read owner and creator Lisa’s story about all the things she didn’t know about breastfeeding when she had her first baby and what led her to create these breastfeeding covers.

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Fi Morrison is the face behind the blog Mumma Morrison, and is a mum to two beautiful boys! She is the Nursery Collective Mama Blogger expert, available to answer your parenting questions in our Facebook group, Find Your Village.

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Top Tips for Flying with Children

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These wonderful Top Tips for Flying With Children have been written by our friends at Kooshy Kids – who are all about making family travel easier! If you’re planning some travel with the little ones, make sure you take a read of these fabulous tips!

These days there are so many great family-friendly places to travel to with kids, and with international travel being more affordable than ever, families can easily embrace an overseas family holiday. But we all know travelling with children, particularly flying with children, can be tough – so it’s best to be prepared! Here are our top tips for stress free family flying!

Flying with Children Tip 1 – Keep them entertained

Ipads, tablets and gadgets are undeniably great entertainment options when flying with children. Pre-downloading their favourite shows to watch and games to play will keep them quiet and content. Remember to always fully charge electronic devices prior to departure.

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Also consider other toy options to keep them occupied, games and toys that encourage creative play are great and will limit the amount of screen time they have onboard. Small portable toys and activity sets with options like colouring, stickers, magnetic games, cards, puzzles etc are the best for travel.

There are some really great pre-packed kids activity kits that are age appropriate and designed for travel. In addition taking a favourite soft toy along for the adventure will also help them enjoy the journey. Avoid taking toys with small parts as they can easily get lost under and in-between seats, and before its time for sleep, give kids a break from backlit screens to help them wind down. Packing a book to read onboard is also a good quiet entertainment option for kids that can read.

Flying with Children Tip 2 – Get some rest

Keeping kids comfortable is key, especially on long-haul flights which can be a nightmare if you don’t have a way of letting your child sit and fall asleep comfortably. You really want to try and avoid the uncomfortable situation where you’re stuck holding a sleeping child sprawled out across you for hours on end rendering you unable to move!

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Luckily there is a practical and affordable product now available to help your child (and therefore you!) fly comfortably and get some rest. The Kooshy Kids Kooshion can be used to create a flat, flexible space for kids to enjoy as a couch or bed on the airplane. It is placed on the floor between your child’s seat and the seat in front and then inflated, providing a large flat surface for legs to stretch out and little ones to lay flat on for sleeping. It’s simple to use, lightweight, durable and most importantly comfortable with a soft material on top. Over 50 airlines allow the use of the Kooshy Kids Kooshion during flight. This product is a must when flying with children…if the kids can get some sleep then so can you, and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling rested and ready to explore! For more information on the Kooshy Kids Kooshion, head here.

Flying with Children Tip 3 – Pack some snacks

Food can be a huge help – kids can get cranky when they are hungry and they may not like the plane food available. It’s a good idea to pack some snacks you know they like in your carry-on luggage for the journey.

Take a few options, something healthy and their favourite treats too, and carry them in a separate easy to access bag. Snacks are also a good way to pass some time and keep kids quiet when travelling. Also remember to encourage your kids to drink lots water, airplanes can be very dehydrating environments, and walk around the plane at regular intervals.

snacks when flying with children

Flying with Children Tip 4 – Be prepared

With the extra bags and gear that comes with travelling with kids, it pays to be well organised. If you’re travelling with a toddler you may find they can carry their own small backpack bag. This is great as it means everything is packed together and saves you from having to carrying all their toys, games, water bottle, snacks and spare clothes.

traveling with a toddler use backpack

A backpack style bag is also handy for parents’ carry-on bag so when your travelling through airports your hands can be free to help or hold the kids. It’s also very important to be organised when it comes to your families travel documents and passports. It’s a good idea to take copies and keep them together and safe, a family passport wallet is handy for this.

If your children are a little older it can help to talk to them prior to the trip about what is going to happen, so they know what to expect and also so they get excited and look forward to the journey.

Flying with Children Tip 5 – Focus on the positives

It can really help to remain calm when travelling with a toddler and focusing on the positives can help. There are so many amazing benefits to travelling with kids, the knowledge they will acquire, skills they will develop and memories you will all gain from travel makes the journey totally worth it! Sometimes reminding yourself of the positive impact travel will have on them and the great experiences you will have together as a family can help you get through any stressful part of the plane journey.

So go on, select your dream places to travel with kids, book the flights and rest easy knowing that you can have a stress free travel experience with your kids!

Written by Megan Maden from Kooshy Kids. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
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BIBaDO Catch-It-All Cover-All Bib : Review by Fi Morrison

BIBaDO review

I’ve always been the kind of person who hates mess. While I’ve never been titled a “neat freak”, there is something about muck and grime that really bothers me. As a primary teacher and someone working with children for over 10 years, this was bad enough. (I’ll give you one word – glitter!).

However becoming a parent opened my eyes to a whole other ball game of mess. Many people tell you that there is so much that you’re unprepared for in motherhood. And to some degree, I guess I knew mess would be involved (cause, babies). BUT I didn’t realise the degree of messiness would steadily escalate over the coming months – and years.Continue Reading →

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