Trick or Treat
I have never been trick or treating. Sad isn’t it? I always wanted to go but my parents had a quintessentially English view about Halloween. Trick or treating was seen as a begging tactic and sure fire way to rot your teeth. And a complete contradiction to the whole stranger danger concept they were so fearful of.
The whole dressing up/going out on a hunt for candy is a past time I haven’t embarked upon… yet. Once my boys are old enough then I shall definitely be getting involved. But, for now, I am getting a pumpkin to carve, pumpkin fairy lights are up around the house and I shall be buying some sweets to pop in a bowl for the middle of our dining room table.
Halloween is focused on all things candy, and that then strikes fear into my mum heart because I instantly worry about the effect it will have on their teeth. Teddy has a full set of pearly whites now and George is teething like mad so I am so careful with their dental care. So, with the help of an awesome site called Chemist.co.uk, I went in search of things that will ease my mum worry and protect their toothy pegs against the evil brilliance that is sugar.
I started out with Teddy. He needed a new toothbrush as his old one is all gnarly and a little bit on the sorry side. Well loved shall we say? Well and truly broken in. And completely useless so I bought one from Wisdom that has flashing lights to help me cajole him into using it. He’s pretty good when it comes to tooth brushing but on the odd over tired night, some snazzy lights may help me on with my crusade.
I picked up some of the Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothpaste, mostly because it is less strong-tasting than other toothpaste and has been a firm favourite in our house since Teddy’s first tooth came through.
For George, I thought it would be a good idea to help him through the horror that is teething. The poor thing has been drooling more than a St Bernard and chewing everything and anything he can find. I came across this Baby’s First Tooth Brush and Teether Set from Brush Baby and am so impressed with how much he likes it. There’s a little flower shaped guard that you can attach to stop them from sticking the brush right down their throats, a little diddy toothbrush to use when enamel does poke through.
And my favourite thing has been the rubber bristled teething brush. Pure genius for keeping him happy when his gums are playing up. It also has an easy grip handle which means I don’t have to keep bobbing up and down to pick it up off of the floor for him. Am so pleased I got it!
Talking of easy to handle, the bright and almost space hopper looking Nuby Twista Teething Ball has also been a huge hit! George likes to chew it and Teddy likes to twist it so that it clicks and rattles. It has also been launched across the room a couple of times so I can vouch that it is a very resilient piece of kit… always a must in our house.
I picked up a dummy clip for George as well. Mostly because his old one is a bit worse for wear and filthy (cringe!) So this one from MAM with an aeroplane on the front looked really cute. I’d be lost without a dummy clip! Or, rather, the dummy would be lost and then my sanity would follow. A dummy is like a mute button. Very necessary with a vocal baby like George!
Also from MAM is the cute Dipper Set. George has been weaned since around 5 months, and we are mostly using the baby led weaning method. I’ve given him spoons to hold but he hasn’t quite got the hang on scooping yet. So, I’ve reversed back a little and bought him these so that he can easily dip them into his food and work up to using a spoon from there. He’s been happy using them, mostly because he feels like he is copying his big brother by using cutlery. It’s still messy but that’s just meal times for you!
Both boys are in nappies and I am so strict when it comes to nappy care. Not that you can protect them from every unfortunate mishap, as I’ve explained in this weekly update post, but both of them never suffer nappy rash and we change them regularly through the day before using creams for care through the night. I have some lovely products that I alternate, but I do love my old favourites such as Sudocrem and Metanium. Sudocrem reassures me with its antiseptic properties and Metanium is a miracle worker! Any sign of redness is gone overnight. Would be lost without it!
Myself and PB also treated ourselves to some things, a rare occurrence nowadays! PB has been on the look out for a mobile shaver so that he can get ready for work, at work, sort of thing. He works shifts and day shifts start at stupid o clock so sometimes he gets ready when he arrives. So, he opted for this shaver from Braun. It’s battery operated and quite compact. I’m not sure how much use he will get out of it but so far he’s happy… and less hairy.
And, for myself, I first picked out some Loreal Micellar Cleansing Gel to try. I have used the water cleanser before and liked it so a gel version intrigues me. If it takes off my make up quickly and doesn’t leave my skin like a tight hockey mask, I shall be happy. Then again, a tight hockey mask shall be quite fitting for Halloween!
And, last of all, I grabbed some of the Aussie Dry Shampoo Aussome Volume. I am a hairdresser by trade and am always on the look out for dry shampoos. I use it in my work, but I also use it to pass off my unwashed mum bun as a presentable look for going out in public. And this has been a really impressive find. It does leave a little bit of the dreaded white residue, but it is easily brushed out and leaves behind really impressive texture that allows you to build volume. For fine, limp hair it says on the can… hardly the labels one wants to give to one’s hair but less face facts, fine hair doesn’t mean no hair but it is characteristically flat and limp. So anything that counteracts that is welcome! And this stuff does such a great job!
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*This is a collaborative post with Chemist.co.uk but all products were chosen by myself and honestly reviewed.