How to fight the Rotavirus

When Lacie had her eight week jabs, she also was immunised against Rotavirus.

The immunisation is an oral vaccination and basically protects them from a highly infectious stomach bug that can cause an unpleasant bout of diarrhoea, sometimes with vomiting, tummy ache and fever. The problem is, they obviously give her a small dose of the virus, so it’s vital that for the next three weeks, me and mark wash our hands after every nappy change and don’t suck her dummy when it needs carrying or cleaning. Basically because the vaccine is given to your baby by mouth, it’s possible that the virus in the vaccine will pass through your baby’s gut and be picked up by whoever changes their nappy. It could also be on her dummy, so sterilisation is vital over the next few weeks.

Thankfully, I came across this Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser and it has come in really handy ever since.

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Basically, the cleaner allows you to sterilise dummies on the go, is compact and really easy to use. You  fill to line with water, dissolve a Milton tablet, insert the sponges and pour away any excess water. You’re then ready to go and can sterilise as many dummies as you wish for 24hrs! The sterilising process takes less than 15 minutes and is made by a brand that I really trust. I never leave the house without it. I can’t tell you how many times we have dropped her dummy – or I’ve found it in my 2-year old Nephew’s mouth. Cheeky little monkey!

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http://www.milton-tm.com/en/consumer/products/mini-portable-soother-steriliser; RRP £6.99 

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Burn fat and lose your mummy tummy in your living room

Just last week, I posted a cool workout that I’ve been doing at home around Lacie’s sleeps.

I always thought it would be tough working out with a baby, but it’s actually not too bad. You just have to be über flexible with your time and fit them when baby is sleeping. Some days I won’t get a chance to do my circuit but I don’t stress too much, baby comes first and there’s always tomorrow. If I haven’t had a chance then there’s going to be a genuine reason. I don’t like not sticking to my plans!

When planning my workouts I’ve found these top tips from Chrissi Delapperal, Virgin Active Personal Training Manager and Mum of One very useful. It certainly helps me to fit exercise in when I can around Lacie.

1. Treat your house as your multi-level gym, and combine everyday tasks with a workout. For example, when you’re vacuum cleaning you could lunge instead of walk, and when wiping coving you could incorporate squats

2. Be imaginative and turn your favourite TV program into a workout. For example, every time a favourite character appears or a certain word is said, challenge yourself to do ten tricep dips on the sofa

3. Train your core muscles by balancing on one foot, or on a swiss ball, whilst teeth brushing, ironing, cooking or on the phone

I’ve also found that walking with a baby carrier is a great workout. Lacie loves being this close to me and carrying all her weight really gets your heart rate up, and I also have to really use my core muscles to help with my balance and posture. The only thing is, that having all that weight at the front of your body can make you feel like you are leaning forwards, so make sure you suck your belly button in as you walk and stand up straight like you have a piece of string attached to the top of your head and someone is pulling you up.

One of my favourite carriers so far is the Baby Bjorn One. I can use it for Lacie as a newborn (at least 3.5kg and 53cm) and until she is approximately 3 years old (max. 15kg or 100cm). When she is older I can carry her on my back too, which is perfect for weekend walks with my husband, one of our favourite past-times.

This is me on Mother’s Day, we walked for around two hours and Lacie slept the whole way. She really does love being in the fresh air. She definitely takes after me!

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http://www.babybjorn.co.uk/products/baby-carriers/one/baby-carrier-one/; RRP: £119.99