Infant Reflux : One Mum’s Journey through Silent Reflux

INFANT REFLUX

Today we are chatting to Mum Sarah Stacker about infant reflux. Sarah is a dear friend of mine, and I have a huge amount of admiration for her after watching her journey through infant reflux with her daughter, which can only be described as she once put it , as “hell on earth”. I’ve been wanting to share her inspirational story for some time, to help raise awareness with new mums on how to cope with an infant reflux diagnosis. Thank you Sarah for sharing your story.

Infant Reflux : One Mum’s Journey through Silent Reflux

Thanks so much for joining us Sarah! My daughter had a very mild form of infant reflux which we were able to manage without medication, but I know there are very differing degrees of reflux that a baby can suffer from – some that absolutely require medication to survive the emotional and physical onslaught reflux can bring. Can you tell us about your experience with your daughter, Amedee?

Where do I start in trying to describe our experience? It was like being in a boxing match – but imagine not being a boxer and not knowing how to defend yourself, and taking hit after hit after hit with no one able to rescue you, and no bell at the end of the round so you don’t know when it is going end. You might get a reprieve for a day and you latch on to the thought “maybe things are changing”, “maybe she’s growing out of it” (which is what all the doctors kept saying) until the crying, the screaming, the not sleeping and the pulling off the breast return – and just keep coming.

Amedee was an extremely unsettled newborn, but as a new mum with nothing to compare it to, you just roll with the punches thinking it’s normal – and that you’re stuck in this hell hole. She was formally diagnosed with silent reflux at 3 months along with failure to thrive, and finally the paediatrician prescribed medication and we were admitted to hospital for tube feeding. However, that was just the beginning of our reflux hell hole.

INFANT REFLUX - ONE MUMS STORY
Amedee at 3 months – sleeping upright in hospital to stop her refluxing, and being tube fed

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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.

The main source of messiness is by far the feeding process.

The first taste of this reality was starting baby on solids. Purees can be messy when you’re trying to shove food into a baby’s mouth that they don’t want to eat. Then they move to toddlerhood where they decided they have mastered how to feed themselves (news flash, they haven’t!). It is a never-ending battleground of food bits that cover your baby, the highchair, the floor – practically every surrounding surface for what feels like a 1-mile radius. And despite the best intentions of others telling me not to worry about it, or that it is a ‘learning experience’ for my son, it still bothers me.

So you can imagine my sheer delight at coming across a product that allows for my son to engage in the feeding process messily while also helping me maintain my sanity. Introducing the BIBaDO.

BIBaDO REVIEW: What is the BIBaDO?

Created in the UK, the BIBaDO is a catch-it-all cover-all for babies and toddlers to wear while they’re eating. It looks like a huge paint smock, but has a large front section with elastic, Velcro tabs that can be used to secure around the top of the highchair tray your child is feeding from. With the large section of material attached from the front of your child to the highchair tray, a ‘pocket’ is formed that sits in their lap (the space between the highchair tray and themselves that usually gets destroyed by food mess) to catch those entrails we hate cleaning up. What genius!

BIBaDO review at The Nursery Collective

The BIBaDO is designed as a long sleeve cover-all to help keep all aspects of the baby clean (except their face because, food), and is completely waterproof. Not only is this great for liquid-based foods (cereal is one of our worst offenders of mess at home!), but it makes the cleaning of the BIBaDO tremendously easy – a quick wash and wipe, and the cover-all is clean and ready for the next mealtime.

BIBaDO REVIEW: Practicality

While my son is 21-months old and slowly (ever so slowly) becoming more proficient at feeding himself, the BIBaDO has been a huge weight off my mind during feeding times. It may sound bizarre, but the mess that feeding time brings actually produces a mild anxiety for me. However, now that my son uses the BIBaDO, I know that he can enjoy exploring his foods (the way that is developmentally appropriate) and develop his independence while also having peace of mind that he won’t be requiring a change of clothes after every feed.

BIBaDO Review Fi Morrison

We were previously using plastic bibs that had a little scoop tray of their own, and while these were helpful at catching food bits (more so than regular cloth bibs), they still allowed plenty of food to fall all over my boy’s lap. The BIBaDO is great as it is easy to put on, easy to attach to the highchair, and ridiculously easy to clean up afterwards too!

What are you waiting for?!

For any mums about to embark on the feeding journey; for any mums who are over the hassle of cleaning up messes; or for any mums who just want to make one part of mealtime a little easier, the BIBaDO is 100% for you!

Fi x

ARE YOU STARTING ON THE FEEDING JOURNEY AND NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN?
CHECK OUT OUR BLOG – STARTING BABY ON SOLIDS: A FOOD BLOGGERS VERDICT ON BLW vs TRADITIONAL WEANING BY NURSERY COLLECTIVE EXPERT RACHEL CASSIDY

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This blog post is sponsored by BIBaDO

Fi Morrison is the face behind the blog Mumma Morrison, and she is a first-time Mum to son “Starfish” and expecting Mama to baby number 2, and part-time Primary School Teacher. She created her blog for busy, sleep deprived, slightly-overwhelmed first-time mums, to help them to thrive (rather than just survive) in motherhood!

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The Cost of Having a Baby – How to Budget For Your New Addition

Cost of Having A Baby

by Catherine Fowler - Nursery Collective Money Expert

The cost of having a baby is something all new and expecting parents need to consider - and the earlier you are prepared, the better! I am super excited to share our first blog from our Nursery Collective Money Expert, Cath Fowler,  with her top tips around the cost of having a baby, and the best ways to budget for the newest member of your family. 

The Cost of Having a Baby

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Five Ways to Make Bath Time Safe and Easy!

5 Ways to Make Bath Time Safe & Easy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

As parents, we all want ways to make bath time safe and easy – as well as fun and relaxing, right? Whether you’re a Mum of a newborn or toddler (or both!), bath time is a time Mums often dread - and look forward to in equal measure! It signals the end of the day and the impending peace of bed time (on good days when they actually go to sleep quickly, and stay asleep!), but can also coincide with the dreaded witching hour - resulting in crazy, hyper kids and a bathroom resembling a splash pad!

Both my kids loved bath time as newborns, and both also went through a phase of suddenly hating it – a very common occurrence most Mums can relate to. But like all things in early motherhood, phases pass and all we can do try our best to get through these times (sometimes with a glass of wine in hand!) and make our lives as easy as possible! So here are 5 ways to make bath time safe and easy – hopefully these tips will help you enjoy the bath time ritual with your little ones!

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Creating Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper

Create Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper | The Nursery Collective

Guest Post by Mandy Ferry from Party Remedy

If there's one tradition that everyone partakes in at Christmas time, it’s gift giving – and a great way to get the kids involved is by creating your own Christmas wrapping paper!
Creating your own Christmas Wrapping Paper is pretty simple, and if you’ve got young kids it’s a great craft you can complete together during the festive season.

Creating your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper

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Ditching the Dummy … why my 3-year-old still has one!

Ditching The Dummy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

My daughter turned 3 at the end of June, and ditching the dummy is a milestone we still haven't reached.

I was thinking about this recently and how different things are the second time around. As a first-time Mum, I was adamant about getting rid of the dummy and bottle early, as per the pediatrician’s instructions. Giving up the bottle was easy enough as my son was one of those kids that preferred solids to milk so he easily stopped using his bottle soon after he turned one. Ditching the dummy however was another matter!

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Five Ways to Make Childhood Memories Your Children Will Remember!

Top Ways to Make Childhood Memories | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

As a parent in an increasingly faster paced world, I often find myself struggling to find ways to make childhood memories with my kids that are truly meaningful.  I see a lot of other parents around me doing the same. Suddenly as parents, we find ourselves overdoing it to try and “make memories” - like trying to get the perfect family holiday photo so we can pop it on Facebook or Instagram (c’mon admit it, we all do this), and stressing out when our kids won’t co-operate. Or going a little crazy trying to fit in “memory making activities” by doing activities or visiting attractions we can’t even guarantee our kids will even remember.

See the thing is, memories don’t actually have to be made. Memories just ARE.

We can’t choose what our kids actually remember, just as our parents couldn’t choose what we remember from our own childhood. Most kids can’t remember much before the age of 3. If you think about your own childhood memories, you’ll probably remember feelings and moments, times you spent with your family, funny stories and events, right? 

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Personalised Height Chart: Growscroll Review by TNC Expert Mumma Morrison

Personalised Height Charts | Review by Fi Morrison

by Fi Morrison

I’ve always been a sentimental kind of person. The kind who keeps handwritten notes, dated photographs and small tokens of appreciation and love. To me, these things represent moments in time that I have cherished and want to hold onto for a lifetime. As a first-time mother, my sentimentality increased tenfold. I am always looking for ways to mark the moments of my son’s life so I can remember them for years to come (hence starting my own blog). Countless photographs have been taken; milestone cards, keepsakes and books have been used to document all the special occasions; even birthday cards have been kept as a reminder of these milestones. But it has only been recently that I’ve looked into personalised height charts as another token of my son’s childhood.

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What clothes do I really need for my new baby?

Clothes I really need for my new baby

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

It’s a question most new mums want to know the answer to – what clothes do I really need for my new baby? I mean, is there anything more adorable than tiny little newborn baby clothes? But the sheer amount of options on offer can be a tad overwhelming! I loved shopping for new baby clothes when I was pregnant with my first, but I have to admit that I did end up with lots of items that were barely used. So, what are the most essential newborn clothing items, and how do you stop yourself from going a little crazy shopping during that wonderful nesting phase?

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The Benefits of Amber for Teething

The Benefits of Amber for Teething

With Kirsten from Amberocks

In today's blog post we are exploring the many benefits of Amber and how it can assist not only with teething but many other conditions for babies, children and adults. Back when I was pregnant with my son, a close friend sent me a baltic amber necklace as a gift. Maxi wore it on and off from the time he started teething until all his teeth came in, and I definitely noticed a difference in his temperament when he wasn't wearing it!

Benefits of Amber for Teething

Being a nervous first time mum, I used to take it off at night and tie it around his ankle instead, just to be safe. My daughter on the other hand wore hers around her neck 24/7 until well after all her teeth came in! I'm a big believe in natural therapies and loved using amber for both my kids - I truly felt it made a difference to their teething journeys! And how gorgeous did they look wearing them? (biased mum I know!)

Toddler boy wearing amber
Maxi 13mths

amber necklace
Maxi 9mths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

baby girl wearing amber teething necklace
Halle 10mths

toddler girl wearing amber
Halle 2yrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So today I've invited the lovely Kirsten from AMBEROCKS to join us on the blog - read below as we quiz her all about amber, her business and the often discussed safety issues that arise around amber jewellery and babies.

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How to help your child adjust to the new baby

How to help your child adjust to the new baby

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

Helping your child adjust to the new baby is an issue a lot of Mums worry about – I know I certainly spent a lot of time worrying about this during my second pregnancy. After all, my toddler had enjoyed my undivided attention for 3 whole years and had never had to worry about sharing me with another child!

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Introducing solids to your baby as a new mum

Introducing Solids to Your New Baby As New Mum

My journey through Baby Led Weaning and Solids - By Fi Morrison

A big thank you to Fi Morrison for sharing her experience with introducing solids to her baby as a new Mum x

Our "introduction to solids" journey began over 7 months ago, when my son was 4 months old. I was eager to start him on solids, because it seemed to be another “milestone” he could meet. Another step in his development, signaling that he was growing more and more with each passing day (how I could wish those younger days back!). I eagerly did the “mum thing” by creating purees from scratch – chopping, steaming and blending countless vegetables and fruits. I did this consistently for a couple of months, but not because I enjoyed it. No, it lost its novelty factor within a week. I continued on blending fruits and veg because I thought I was giving my son the best chance for a nutritious, healthy diet. And because the thought of baby-led weaning frightened me.

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