One Mam and her Squad: Baby Book Club Review by Stacey

IMG_2503I am a big reader myself so I really want to pass this onto my little boy. I’ve read to him since he was first born, although the first few months involved him sleeping and me reading aloud!

Now that he’s paying more of an interest I am keen to read to him as many different books as possible. I purchased the usual ones that most people have and any that I loved from my childhood, which I love reading to him. But I am always looking for new titles.

I saw the Baby Book Club on Facebook and it looked like such a good idea. Different books every month.

I was so excited when the box arrived in the post, it looked lovely. I wasn’t disappointed IMG_2504when I opened it, the books were individually wrapped and beautifully presented. And the theme was one of my favourites…Wishes and Dreams.

The three books were appealing, just from their front covers. Which, let’s be honest, is what most attracts me to books. I hadn’t heard of any of them before which got a big thumbs up from me. This is what I wanted from the book club. FullSizeRender

My little boy is 6 months old and I have read them all to him. The bright colours and pictures captured his interest, maybe a bit too much as he tried to eat one of them! I loved the stories and have now read them to him a few times. My favourite had to be Wishes for You, what a lovely book it is.

I would highly recommend the Baby Book Club for anyone who loves to read to their little ones. It’s such a great concept. Every month is a different theme so you will never get the same kind of books. And as your little ones get older they will be as excited as you to receive their monthly box.


One Mam and her Squad: Stacey’s Baby Forget Me Not’s Review


Once my little boy had grown out of his first baby grows and clothes, I couldn’t bear to put them away in a box. So I found a company on Facebook who use clothes to make lovely soft toys and blankets. I looked through the large collection of different animals that they make and chose a lion. I also opted for the large version-they have two size options. I then received an email with instructions of where to send my little ones clothes to.

Once I had sent them off and they had been received, I had email confirmation and an estimated turn around time of 8-10 weeks. This seems like a long time but if you see the items they make you will understand why. I couldn’t wait to see the finished lion!

Around 8 weeks later a large box arrived at my door and sitting inside was the most beautiful lion. He was so much bigger than I expected! I am absolutely over the moon with him, the quality and thought gone into the design is amazing. I love having those teeny tiny clothes on show! My little boy loves him but has been told to keep the drool away from him!

I would definitely recommend Baby Forget Me Not’s if you are wondering what to do with your little ones clothes. If you are unsure just take a look at their Facebook page and you will see the lovely items they have made. I would certainly use then again.

staceys lion 2      staceys lion



The Shit Storm.

When you’re a parent, one of the first things you quickly realise is that talking about children’s bodily functions are the norm. You have no qualms in telling anyone about the nature of your baby’s nappies or the bowel movements of your child.
Today would be no different.

My phone beeped- for once, it’s constantly on silent so as to not wake the sleeping baby. Never wake a sleeping baby.
I have no idea what tone indicates what, as my phone is always on silent. But there’s only a handful of people it could be… It’s WhatsApp… Our Ladies group- who else- It’s Sam.

‘He’s shit all over my carpet.. I’m off work sick. Give me fucking strength’

It was 9.16 AM.

Any parent who’s experienced poo on the carpet at 9.16am knows this is bad news. Any parent who’s had to parent whilst being ill knows this is bad news. Together they are bad news of epic proportions.

‘I’m trying to get someone out to clean it today for me but the soonest is this afternoon so far. I can’t face getting on my hands and knees and scrubbing.’

Sam has been off work ill. Only, when you’re a Mum you can’t actually be ill ill. You have to be ill and still do stuff because you have a child to look after. It is one of the worst case scenarios.

‘I’ve got a man coming this afternoon. I told him it was an emergency and I bet he thinks I’m a right twat now. I was like it’s an emergency my baby’s poo’ed on the carpet and I’m too poorly to clean it up.’

I’m not going to lie, I was creased at ‘I told him it’s an emergency’. An emergency!! I can actually picture Sam making this phone call… She’s actually rung someone to come and clean her carpet after her son has poo’ed on it!! Mam squad gold.

‘I’m embarrassed now but I don’t even care it needed doing anyway and it can be my birthday present to myself.’

Standard Mum justification. Because if we’re spending and it’s not something for our child, we have to justify it. (And she’s making someone come out to clean her child’s shit.)
God knows what the poor guy who took the call is expecting… I really hope he has kids- then he’ll get it. If not, Sam’s right… she’ll look like a twat. Unless he has a pet. Or is a bad drunk.

‘He’ll either think you’re majorly overreacting or that it’s a proper diarrhoea shit storm’. Pure moral support from Laura there.

Stacey’s only comment so far has been ‘Ahhh naughty’. Stacey’s baby is literally thee baby of the bunch and is our newest addition. He’s also a major sleep thief. I’m pretty sure she’s quite glad that it’s not her this time losing her shit.

‘I bet he thinks I’m a right nob.. I want to ring back and say no it’s ok I was just being hysterical I’ll do it myself… ‘

(I can actually picture the guy taking that phone call… ‘Who was that Jim? Ahh it was the hysterical poo mum. She’s changed her mind. Must be worse than we thought mate. Do you reckon she even has a baby?’)

And our conversation dissolves into our meltdowns at the kids, how we’ve screamed or shouted at them then felt guilty about it, tiredness and how bloody hard being a parent is.