Saturday, 30 January 2016

My V Kit review

This post is long overdue as Ophelia is 9 weeks old now but unfortunately we didn't have the best start to having our newborn as we'd liked which means I am now playing catch up.

I was asked if I would like to review My V Kit for when I had Ophelia. The kit is designed to help mothers after a vaginal delivery. It was designed by a lady who works in the medical field (always a bonus in my opinion) and she is also a mother of 4. She had vaginal deliveries on all 4 of her children so she has had experience in that area.

Now, unfortunately as you're probably aware by now, I had to have an emergency caesarean with Ophelia. However, I was in labour for quite a while so therefore I could still use a few of the products that were in the box afterwards. I also had a horrific vaginal delivery with Eva so I can assure you all of these products would be a lifesaver for the first few days after delivery.

My V kit comes in a beautifully packaged box which makes the contents discreet. There are options available to buy it without the box, shop

Each kit contains an information leaflet about the products, a kit bag, hand sanitiser, a condom, reusable gel pack, magnesium sulphate crystals, organic with hazel water, maternity pads and peri bottle.

The kit bag is an eco friendly bag. It fits well into your hospital bag. I also used it afterwards as a bag to store my maternity pads and I still use it now for sanitary towels.

Probably one of the most important products in the kit in my opinion is the hand sanitiser. As someone that works in an operating theatre we are obsessed with making sure no one gets an infection. I used this regularly during my week long stay in the hospital. It's handy to use between changing maternity pads, changing babies nappies, going in and out of the hospital showers etc. We all know how 'clean' hospitals are!! 
I ended up with a horrific infection after my vaginal delivery with Eva which led to me having an operation to fix up all the damage that it left behind. I can't stress enough how horrible that was so you really do need to protect yourself as best as possible from this. 

The reusable hot and cold pack was great for placing over my painful belly. A caesarean is a  very invasive procedure with lots of pushing and pulling so it's no wonder that you feel like you've been run over by a bus afterwards. I used to use it on my belly and also my back. 
If you've had a vaginal delivery, then it's ideal for sitting on. Many of the older nurses I work with gave me this advice after having Eva. You used to regularly see me sitting over a bag of frozen peas! 

Magnesium sulphate (epsom salts) are wonderful for the bath. My nan and mother in law used to always recommend these and swear by them. I used them a lot after I had Eva to help get rid of my infection. In fact I was advised to get in the bath as much as possible. They are great for relaxation and help promote all round general wellbeing.

I think the 2nd most valuable item in this kit is the witch hazel spray. I haven't used it this time around but I would have killed to have had it with Eva. Witch hazel is used to help healing. It helps to relieve swelling and bruises. I love the fact that it's in a spray as let's face it, your down below area is not the easiest of places to get access to. Plus it is then hands free so will help reduce the risk of infection. You can spray it directly onto yourself or onto you maternity pad.

I did use the maternity pads. They were very absorbent and comfortable to wear. You go through endless amounts of these so it's better to have good ones rather than cheap ones.

I didn't use the peri bottle but believe me if I could have had it with Eva it would have made going to the toilet easier, especially as i'd had stitches. I remember the first few days of trying to have a wee. I used to get the fear every time I felt I needed to go. How painful was that!!! The peri bottle helps dilute your urine which will help reduce that stinging feeling. You use it by filling it up with water (hot or cold) and aiming it down there when you go to the toilet. 

Last but not least is a condom. I'm sure most of us gasp at the thought of even entertaining the idea but just remember you are your most fertile after birth so it really is useful! I'm not telling you whether I used it!! 

Overall, I was really happy with this kit, even after having a caesarean. It's definitely something I am going to buy for people when they are pregnant. The products are invaluable and well thought out. It'll make the perfect unique, useful gift. 


Friday, 29 January 2016

Godiva chocolates review

When I had Ophelia I was sent a congratulations box of Godiva chocolates. This made my day as chocolates are my weakness.

In our house we are chocolate enthusiasts. In fact hubby makes his own chocolate truffles and he's rather good at it, if I do say so myself. He experiments with different flavours and they are so tasty. Because of this we have become chocolate snobs if you could call us that. We have developed a great taste for good chocolate and are now quite picky with what we buy.

I was sent the Christmas Truffle Gift Box which is actually on sale at the moment. There were 12 truffles inside with 6 different flavours. It included the amere, caramel sale, speculoos, mousse de lait, praline amande and mousse vanille miel.

As soon as I opened the box, I was greeted with a sweet smell that had my mouth salivating. It took all my willpower not to scoff the lot in one go. Obviously I had to share with hubby.

His favourite was the amere. He adores dark chocolate and tends to only eat chocolate that is over 70%. This truffle was 72% chocolate so it was right up his street. It had a dark chocolate ganache covered in dark chocolate and topped with dark chocolate flakes. I have to say I don't normally like dark chocolate but I certainly enjoyed this one. It was soft and creamy. Even though it was a strong taste, I think the soft ganache made it tasty.

My favourite was the speculoos. It had a cinnamon biscuit mousse centre which was covered with milk chocolate and topped with a biscuit crunch. I loved the texture of the truffle.  I really like the taste of cinnamon so I enjoyed the hint that was present in this truffle. 

With Valentine's day around the corner, there are lots of different gifts on the Godiva website you can choose from. Even though people find it old fashioned, I still think there is something so classic and romantic about receiving a beautiful box of chocolates. I think chocolate has been too commercialised. Back in the day it was considered a luxury and that's why I adore seeing a beautiful box of chocolates. 

I've chosen my top picks from their Valentine's Day section. Honestly their boxes are so pretty and look exquisite. There's something very special about them. 

From top left to right and then bottom left to right:

1) Chocolate Gift Box 21 pcs - This is one of my favourites. The box is beautiful and it's full of seasonal favourites.

2) Day Fabric Heart Chocolate Gift Box - This is by far my favourite from the collection. It oozes valentine's day. It's simply stunning, so elegant. 

3) Coeur Iconique Purple Limited Edition Set - These instantly jumped out to me due to their pretty packaging. I love the colour pop and contrast. I'm sure you could find use for these boxes after you've devoured the chocolates.

4) Valentine's Heart Shaped Gift Box 14 pcs - This is perfect for valentine's day. The pretty pink heart shaped box is ideal and whats inside is even better.

5) Heart Shaped Chocolate Carres Box of 6 pcs - I like this gift as again I think you could reuse the box but it's perfect as a token gift for the less adventurous chocolate lovers out there.

I hope your mouth is watering as much as mine is right now. Which of the Valentine's gifts I have chosen is your favourite?

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Shhhh don't tell anyone but i'm a superhero!

It's about time I shared my secret with you. As the title says I'm a self proclaimed superhero. My superhero name is 'mum the amazing'. Everyday I disguise myself as your average joe mum of 2 but I unleash my powers 24/7 without my children realising just how special I am.

Here are my powers:

1) Super Strength - I can manage to lift 2 children and a change bag at the same time whilst walking around. I can lift buggies with one hand whilst holding the baby in the other.

2) Super Hearing - I have the ability to hear any cry or wimper whether it be from my own children or someone else's. I can be awoken from a sleep at the faintest of sounds through my super, dog like hearing.

3) Super Speed - I have the ability to wash and get dressed faster than you've ever imagined. I also have the speed to run as fast as I can when my toddler runs away from me.

4) Super Sight - I actually have eyes in the back of my head. I can manage to see everything that's going on even when my children think I'm not looking.

5) Super Power - I can make any bad things go away. I get rid of lions, tigers, bears, monsters, witches. You name it, I can take it on. 

6) Super Healing - I have the ability to make any baddies feel better with just one of my kisses.

7) Super Energy - I can survive on hardly any sleep. Sleeping is for losers. I can perform all tasks after having little or no sleep. I can appear energetic and enthusiastic too.

8) Super Stare - If anyone dares to give me a disapproving look when my toddler is having an almighty meltdown whilst we are out or when I am breastfeeding in public, I am able to unleash the most deadly of stares known to mankind. It'll send shivers down even the toughest cookies spines. 

9) Super Body - I am able to split myself in 2. Seriously, I can manage to do more than 1 thing at a time. I can breastfeed my baby whilst entertaining my toddler. My body can manoeuvre itself into all sorts of positions to accommodate the needs of my children.

10) Super state of mind - Sometimes things are tough, even for us superheroes, however I have the ability to count to 10 and make it all go away. I have the ability to appear as cheery as Mary Poppins even when I want to physically attack someone. I have the patience of a saint and the calmness of a peaceful lake. 

So there you have it. My secret is out. I'm not gonna lie, being this superhero is genuinely the toughest job in the world and that is why only special people can be one. There are times when my powers disappear and I breakdown but that's only when it is the end of the world as we know it! 

I'm sure lots of you can relate to this and i've got a very strong feeling that I am not the only 'mum the amazing' out there. I reckon there's a huge clan of us, unleashing our powers everyday. I encourage you to show yourself, embrace your powers and realise just how special and amazing you are. 

If you too are a superhero, i'd love to hear from you. Show me your pictures of you unleashing your powers. Send me your powers on twitter or write them in the comments below. Please use our secret hashtag #mumtheamazing

Can't wait to hear from you!! I know I am not alone xx


Mr Nutcase phone case review

If you're a regular reader of my blog you will know that I am a sucker for anything personalised with my photos. I love to see my photos come to life especially ones of my children.
I was lucky enough to review a phone case by Mr Nutcase. It couldn't have come at a better time as i'd recently had my 2nd child and wanted a new case with both children on it. It was December time so I decided to create a festive case. They also make mugs, macbook covers and little pocket mirrors.
I have a Samsung S5 and the site has 3 different style cases to choose. I chose the full wrap around premium edition. I created the case on my computer. I could use 8 of my own photos which was great. There were lots of other layouts to use, some with more photos and some with less. I chose a few of the girls with christmas decorations and also used some festive word pictures. 

The website was easy to navigate around and I found uploading pictures was quick and stress free. However, I did struggle to get the photos to fit the boxes allocated for them. This is probably because I was placing 8 on the wrap around case. If I'd chosen less, I'm sure it would have been easier to put them on correctly. There are also options to add text, change the background colour and insert clip art images.

Once ordered the phone arrived very quickly. It was probably the quickest service i've received for personalised phone cases when comparing them with other companies that i've used. It was packaged very well.

I instantly loved the case. It's unique and stands out a lot. It makes me smile every time I look at it. The case itself has a lovely smooth, almost silk feel to it. It feels lovely to hold. It's not bulky and is very lightweight.
I was happy with the quality of the images. Some were taken on my mobile and sometimes they don't come out as well as ones taken on a computer. However, all the images appeared the same quality. I was a bit dissapointed that the top and bottom images were slightly cropped but this is my fault and not the websites. It was the way I had placed them when ordering. This is the problem I had mentioned previously and in future I would order a case with less pictures on to hopefully resolve that issue.

Overall I am very happy with how the case turned out. I've had lots of people commenting on it. The website was simple to use and delivery was quick. It would make a great gift for someone this valentines day as it's very personal. You can get the samsung s5 case for 19.95.
Have you used Mr Nutcase before? Do you like photo products?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

I'm bringing sexy back

In the words of Justin Timberlake, 'I'm bringing sexy back'. What I mean is I am desperate to feel body confident and comfortable again.

I would love to sit here and tell you that I love my curves, that body size doesn't matter to me and that I'm a super confident mum in her own skin but that would be a lie. It's time for some honesty. I want to feel like me again. I want to be able to look in the mirror and be comfortable with my reflection. I long to go into a shop and buy any clothes I want to. I want to be able to wake up and not have to worry about what I can wear and whether my front bum (as I like to call it) is hanging over my trousers. I want to be eating healthy meals again instead of anything I can get my hands on. I crave to be fit and healthy again. I want to be able to do a sit up again without it taking almost half an hour or walking without me getting out of breath.

Now I'm not saying I was some sort of supermodel before having Ophelia (far from it in fact) but I would just like to be back to normal as I'm feeling very down and negative about it all. It probably doesn't help that i'm surrounded my bikini clad Australian beauties. When I had Eva it took me a year to decide to get rid of my baby weight. I was wondering around in big clothes, eating cake every day. I decided to get a fab personal trainer who I had once a week. He gave me exercises to do at home and a high protein, low carb diet and within 6 weeks I had dropped a massive 2 dress sizes. He tought me not to be obsessed with how much I weigh and just focus on how I looked and felt. I actually weighed more than 9 stone at the end of it but was a very healthy, strong size 8. 

I know it's still early days as I'm only 8 weeks post partum but I think now is the time to jump on board and make a change. I need to start thinking positively and to change my whole lifestyle and attitude.

Here's how I plan to do it:

1) Drink more water - I really need to cut back on the tea and coffee I drink and to start hydrating more with water

2) Exercise everyday - I don't mean intense exercise everyday but I need to be doing something.

3) Change my diet - I'm going to do a high protein, low carb diet.

4) Meal plan - I need to start planning my meals in advance so I don't end up throwing any old thing together

5) Track my progress - I'm going to write everything down and take photos so that I can see change.

I've also brought Lean in 15 by the Body coach for meal and exercise ideas. I've got a couple of kettlebells as I used to love doing that class before I was pregnant.
With 2 children most of my exercise will be done at home. I had a cesarean birth so I need to take things easy and listen to my body if I'm pushing it too hard.

Have you got any meal suggestions for me or any exercise ideas? Any tips to keep me motivated? I'll keep you up to date with my progress week by week.


Monday, 18 January 2016

Shalimar Baby Box

Whilst searching on instagram with #flatlay, I stumbled across a beautiful account. I was immediately drawn to the prettiness and colours on the page and I had to find out more. The account was for the Australian subscription baby box company called Shalimar Baby Box . Even though it's an Australian  company, the box can be shipped internationally. Follow their gorgeous instagram account by clicking here, Shalimar on instagram.

Subscription boxes are becoming increasingly popular especially for baby products. I know of a few back home in the UK but I knew from the stunning photographs on instagram that there was something very special about this particular one. I had to get in contact and find out more.

Nicole, who is a mum of 2, set up Shalimar baby box and believes that all baby gifts should be unique. I couldn't agree more. Some of the best baby gifts I have received have been ones that you would not find on the high street. They are more personal and feel more special and thought out. Each baby box that is sent out is handpicked from small businesses. Again I think this is great as it's putting support into smaller companies. The boxes cater for newborns to age 9 months but they are looking to increase this to 2 years in the near future.

I was lucky enough to be sent a one off subscription box to review. I couldn't wait to receive it. I had it sent to my mums house in Australia where I am currently staying but they do offer international delivery. Postage within Australia is free (always a bonus in my opinion) and international delivery is $13 per parcel, which is very reasonable.

My package arrived and I couldn't have predicted what would be inside. It was the most beautifully wrapped post I have ever received. It was simply exquisite. If you know me personally, you will know I am a sucker for wrapping presents with pretty things, so as you can imagine I was delighted to receive this. I literally didn't want to open it. I could have stared at it all day. 

I received 5 items in my box for Ophelia who is currently 8 weeks old. I had a bow for her hair, a garland for her room, a bib, bloomer pants and a soap for me. The gift for me was a lovely little surprise. 

My favourite item in the box was the dribble bib. I absolutely love the pattern on it. Ophelia's nursery back home is decorated with an african safari theme so this is perfect. It's not one I have seen anywhere before which I guess is what makes these boxes so unique and why I instantly fell in love with them. I think it looks pretty good on her but then I am biased.

My second favourite item was this garland. I've never seen anything like it before. I love the pastel colours on it and the tassel. I can't wait to get it back to the UK and in her nursery.

This is Ophelia in her bow. I think I need to put this on her all the time as she is always being called a boy because of her lack of hair!!!

The soap has the most amazing smell. It reminds me of being in a spa. It's more of a scrub soap which is great for removing dead skin. It was nice to have a little pamper for myself.

Ophelia hasn't had a chance to wear her bloomers yet as the weather has been too hot but when she does I will post a picture.

I'm sure you can see how individual and tailor made these boxes are. There are various subscriptions you can take up which you can read about in more detail on the website, subscriptions. Another thing that sets these boxes apart from the rest is that you can buy them as a one off gift. I think they'd make a beautiful baby shower gift or new baby gift. It's lovely to be able to have the flexibility to just send one box without being tied in to a contract.

I'm so happy with my box. I'll definitely be looking to get more for myself and as gifts for my friends when they are expecting a new baby. For now I will just carry on admiring their immaculate instagram account. 


Saturday, 16 January 2016

Outerwear with Target Dry

Just before I had Ophelia, I was sent a gorgeous coat from Target Dry to review and a fleece for Eva. Target Dry is a brand from Belfast who specialse in outdoor clothing. Their signature items are the range called Mac in a Sac. I must admit I hadn't heard of the brand before.

I was allowed to choose a jacket myself which I was really pleased about. There was a good range to choose from and I was torn between two. I either wanted the Kendal (shown below) or the Darcey.
 Kendal Womens Waterproof Cotton Jacket
In the end I chose the Darcey. It's similar to a black one I have from Joules but the one I have doesn't have a hood. That's why I was drawn to this one. I live in my Joules one but on a rainy day it's useless, unless I take an umbrella out. With two children now I'd rather have less things to carry so a coat with a hood is ideal.

The jacket has a few features. It's windproof, water repellent and it has a 2 way front zip. It must've rained for almost a month so I got a chance to test it out properly. I definetly stayed dry whilst I was wearing it. I also found it quite warm which I was surprised about as the jacket is very thin. It's extremey lightweight to wear which means it's a verstaile jacket that can be worn in a lot of weather conditions. It's easy to add layers underneath for extreme weather.

I love the style of it. As i've mentioned previously, it reminds me of my Joules jacket. The inside lining has a lovely pattern to it and you can roll up the sleeves to show it off. It fits really well and is comfortable to wear.

The jacket is currently on sale for 47.99 which you can get from their online store here, Darcey.

I was also allowed to pick something for Eva. There are some really cute coats on their website with gorgeous prints. This one below was one of my favourites on the site.
Evie Girls Printed Rain Jacket
However, I decided to choose a fleece because Eva didn't have one. Eva loves nothing more than mountain walks with her dog and let's face it, that can be very cold in our winters. I chose the Juno fleece in ocean blue.
As you may already know we booked a last minute trip to Australia to visit my mum and sisters, after losing an immediate family member back in the UK. Because of our swift exit I left all the pictures for my blog post on my computer at home so I will have to add them to show you when I return. Eva looked great in it. The colour is very vibrant and looked fab against her wellies and dog walking gear. For now here is a picture of it from their website.
Juno Girls Sherpa Fleece
The fleece costs 15.99 at the moment. Eva loves wearing it. It fits very well and keeps her warm. The material is very soft which she loves stroking and snuggling up to. It's great for putting layers underneath it or wearing it underneath a coat. I love the fact it has a full length zip rather than a half zip as when she gets too hot from running around, I simply undo the jacket to cool her down without having to take it off.
Have you heard of the brand before? What are your essential outerwear products?


Friday, 15 January 2016

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

I don't get to come to Australia and visit my mum often but when I do come I try and come around Christmas and New Year. There's one place that I love to visit if I'm here at this time and that is the Hunter Valley Garden's Christmas Lights. I've been twice before and I have to say they never dissapoint. 

I find the Australians in general tend to outdo us Brits when it comes to christmas lights. The displays people put up in their front gardens put our string lights around one window to shame.

The lights cost 27 dollars for an adult and 22 for a child. Children under 3 are free. There are other ticketing options available. They are on until the 26th January with extended evening hours until 10pm. Also at the moment they have an extra display on within the christmas lights spectacular which is called mega creatures. There's lots of lifelike Dinasour and creepy crawlies all around the gardens.

Myself, hubby, Eva and Ophelia all went. We arrived about 8pm, just as it was getting dark. At first look we thought parking was going to be a nightmare but there is a huge field that you can park in, so we found a space very easily. We used the stroller for Ophelia and we could manoeuvre it around with no problems at all.

Every year there are new lights added to the already vast display. This year the new additions are a fairy garden, a music room, santa's plane, a whale, a unicorn (this was a big hit with us) and an improved candy land. 

There is also a children's play zone located about half way through the gardens which is full of fun inflatables. There is a $5 dollar charge per person for this. In that same area is an amazing creepy crawly world which Eva absolutley loved. We couldn't get her out of there. The colours are just mesmerizing for children. 

The light's themselves are truly amazing. I can only describe it as giving you that same feeling Disneyworld does. It's magical, enchanting and excitng. Eva's favourites were Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and My Little Pony. The hubby loved the 12 days of chritsmas and I loved the Sydney and Paris displays.

After we'd been around the lights we stopped in the food area and had a scrummy wood fired pizza but I can't remember the name of the company. There were a few food and drink stalls to choose from.

Overall, we loved the experience. It's a great, family night out and can be enjoyed for people of all ages. The gardens were very easy to get around with a stroller. The only thing Eva didn't like was the dinasours. They frightened her but I guess that's an age thing. If she was older i'm sure she would love them. If we lived here, we would most certainly make it a christmas family tradition to go and see the lights every year. I am just so grateful that I have been able to take my children to see it. Ironically, I've never actually visited the gardens in the daytime. Seeing as we are here until the middle of March, I am hoping to finally visit in the day.


Monday, 11 January 2016

Summer Infant Ume One Stroller Review

If there was one piece of advice I was given when I was pregnant with my first child that I wish we'd listened to, it was to invest in a decent stroller not a pram. We didn't listen and of course brought a pram and then a stroller. I had no idea that strollers could be used from newborn. We did use our pram but only for the car seat attachment. In fact I don't think we ever used it as an actual pram. The stroller we brought wasn't cheap by any means and I can't say it was anything special.

I was asked if I would like to review the Summer Infant UME One Stroller. I jumped at the chance as I had just had my 2nd child, Ophelia and it said that it was suitable for newborns. I was very curious to see how much I would use one in the winter. 

I was over excited when it arrived. My husband and I unboxed it together. I have got a video of this but i'm currently in Australia and the video is on my computer back home in the UK, so i'll add it to this post as soon as i'm back. The stroller was very well packaged and compact. It comes with 4 pieces overall which are the 2 wheels, the main body of the stroller and the canopy. We attached the 2 front wheels which was easy as they just push on and lock in place. The canopy then just slides onto the 2 slots on either side of the stroller. This is all it takes to set it up and it's ready to go.

The first thing I noticed was how lightweight the stroller was. I can quite easily lift it one handed. This is a huge bonus in my opinion as my previous one was heavy and bulky. I've got 2 children now, one of which is a toddler who never stands still, so the fact that I can lift this stroller one handed is extremely helpful. 

I really like the style and pattern of the stroller. It's modern and stylish but isn't too girly. As much as i'd love a very girly looking stroller, I know my hubby wouldn't. 

The stroller is quite possibly one of the easiest i've ever used when it comes to putting it up and collapsing it down. To open it up you unclip the side bar and just use your foot to push down at the back and hey presto it's up. To collapse to you pull a lever at your arm level and it goes down. It's honestly so much easier than I'm describing it. 

The stroller has a very good size basket. When I first looked at it,  I thought it was quite small but I can actually fit a lot in there. There is also a very handy pocket on the back of the stroller near the height of the handles which fits all of your essentials such as car keys, purse etc. It even has a zip feature inside to secure your valuables.

One of my favourite features is how easily you can move the seating area up and down. It moves in one easy gesture. This is far simpler than my own stroller which is great for if you have your child sat up but want to lie them down without them noticing.

I love how the pushchair handles. I sound like i'm talking about a car but I suppose in theory it is for your little one. It pushes easily, it's a very smooth ride. It turns corners easily. It makes my older stroller feel like i'm pushing a tank or a huge 4 by 4 if you want to compare it to a car.

The canopy is also great as it can expand and therefore can be used as a bigger sunshade or a windbreaker.

I used the stroller a few times whilst at home in the UK and simply put Ophelia in a snowsuit and wrapped a blanket around her. She seemed warm, cosy and happy. Again those pictures are all at home so you will have to wait for those.

Overall, both hubby and I love the stroller. We've been using it for 6 weeks now. It was so simple to assemble and even more simple to put up and down. It's honestly much better than our old one which was from a leading UK mother and baby brand. I've also brought the stroller with me to Australia so keep your eyes peeled in the next few days for my review of using it whilst travelling. 

You can purchase the stroller on here on amazon, Summer Infant UME One Stroller and also get free delivery.


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

A review of the Ardo Calypso Double Plus Breastpump

Before Ophelia was born I knew I was going to breastfeed. I had breastfed Eva for 9 months and loved every minute of it. With Eva, I breastfed and also expressed so that her dad could give her a bottle once a day.

If you've breastfed, you're more than likely to have considered expressing milk. Expressing can be beneficial in more ways than one. You can use expressed milk so that you can have the freedom to go places and allow other people to care for your baby. It can be used if you have latching on problems. Expressing also helps to maintain and increase your milk supply.  It is a great way for dads to start to develop a bond with their baby. You can also start building up a supply in your freezer so that when you start weaning your little one, you can use your milk with things such as cereals and porridge.

I was lucky enough to be asked if I would like to review the Calypso Double Plus Electric Breastpump made by Ardo. The pump has won lots of awards so I was looking forward to receiving it. When I was feeding Eva, I expressed a lot using a single pump so I was very keen to see the difference using a double pump.

What's in the box?
The box contains the breast pump unit, 3 different sized flanges to use, a bottle holder, a brush for cleaning, instruction manual and a mains adapter.

I found it very easy to setup and to be honest I didn't even have to read the manual. It seemed self explanatory to look at. The unit can be used by plugging into the mains or with batteries. I think this is a great feature as you can take the pump out with you if you are away from your baby for an extended period of time and your boobies end up engorged. I recently took it out with me to my works christmas party.

The pump has 2 different individual settings for vacuum and cycle. I think it's fab that you can adjust these individually as you may want to increase the speed but decrease the suction for example. This is ideal for when you are stimulating the breast and then you need to change the setting once the milk comes in. I have been using the pump with the soft massage insert which is very comfortable.

The pump has been made with 'vacuum seal' technology which provides a barrier against contamination. 

I must admit that at first I was a bit worried about double pumping. For some reason I had in my head that it may be painful. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's very easy to do, pain free and the main benefit is that it is done a lot quicker. For someone who has a toddler and a newborn baby, this feature is invaluable to me. Time is precious in my house as i'm sure you can appreciate. 

I've been using the pump now for over 6 weeks. I am really happy with it and would recommend it to anyone. I love the fact that it's a double pump or it can be used as a single pump. This makes the product much better value for money than others that are available. It gives you the flexibility that you need. I've used it many times in both capacities. When I first had Ophelia, I was using it as a double pump to relieve engorgement and to help with my milk supply. Once breastfeeding was established, I was using it as a single pump to express milk off for her dad to give her a bottle. When I don't have a lot of time, I double pump as I get twice as much milk in a short period of time.

I like the fact that it can be battery operated. As I mentioned earlier I took it on a night out with me. It's also very quiet. This was very helpful on my night out as I wanted to be as discreet as I could be. It's marketed as the quietest pump available and I have to say that it's definitely quieter than the previous breastpump I owned.

I'm really happy with the product. In fact it was one of the first things I packed in my suitcase to bring with me on my holiday to Australia. Head over to their website to view all the products they have on offer and to find out more information about the calypso pump, Ardo.

Have you used a breastpump before? Have you heard of this brand?

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