My Parent Hacks: No 2 – Poddle Pod

Tuesday 1st November 2016

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My second Parent Hack is a Poddle Pod.

Missuswolf Baby Ella lying in a Poddle Pod

Oh my god so tiny!

I was introduced to this by some close friends when Ella was only a few  weeks old.

She was born a very tiny five pounds and everything she lay in – a moses basket, the Bednest, her crib – they all swamped her. We found that she didn’t really settle with all the space around her.

The PODDLE POD® is a naptime nest that gently snuggles little ones, giving them the feeling of being cuddled that they so desperately want.

I was a bit dubious to buy one at first as they cost about £50.

But it was the best £50 I’ve ever spent. Well, in baby land anyway.

The snuggle effect was exactly what our tiny baby needed. The Poddle Pod fit inside the moses basket, the Bednest and her crib.

Missuswolf Tiny baby Ella asleep on a Poddle Pod

And she slept. Hurrah! The key to all parent survival.

Although it doesn’t encourage you to let them sleep in them overnight, this was the only way tiny Ella would settle. The snuggle effect obviously comforted her. She slept in her Poddle Pod in the Bednest (another Parent Hack to come) next to me up until she was three and a half months.

Of course I was worried that she’d become accustomed to it and wouldn’t sleep without it.

So I made the decision to take the Bednest down and just have her in her moses basket next to me on the night-time. Without the Poddle Pod.

She’d obviously grown and her body filled more of the moses basket at this stage. The transition went smoothly and she found comfort in snuggling into the sides of the moses basket.

My point being here is that it’s all trial and error and you do what you need to do in order to survive. 

What works for one baby, may not work for another.

But the Poddle Pod has many other uses.

You can take it to friend’s houses and you have a portable place in which they can safely nap. We did this one Bank Holiday weekend where we rocked up to a friend’s house with the Poddle Pod. And the Perfect Prep (Hack no 1).

Missuswolf Baby Ella lying on a Poddle Pod

With a Poddle Pod, you have a dumping ground for when you want to take a shower/go to the toilet/get a cuppa or just to stare at them in disbelief that they’re yours.

We used ours every day up until she was about four months where she no longer fit it and was more mobile. Totally got our money’s worth.

So preggers ladies and new parents out there – if there’s anything that I would recommend you invest in, it’s definitely a Poddle Pod.

Love Missuswolf xxx

My Parent Hacks: No.1 Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep and Night Feeds

Thursday 15th September 2016

First Hack of Parenthood – if you’re bottle feeding, get yourself a Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine.

Missuswolf Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep

If you’re anything like me and want to make life as easy as possible – especially in regards to anything small human related – this is it.

It’s like a coffee machine. For babies.

And so simple to use.

Set the dial to desired amount of ounces and press once.

A shot of hot water followed by a beep indicates it’s time to throw in your ounces of formula powder.

Shake – then press again.

A steady flow of cooler water is then followed by a beep to indicate the bottle is ready.

Hey-ho presto – just like that.

So, let’s talk about Night Feeds …

My Parent Hack for night feeds? Take the machine to bed with you and keep it on your bedside table.

I used to take however many sterilised bottles I needed for the night with me to bed too.

I’d then measure out the formula I needed for each bottle into one of those plastic baby paraphernalia containers (don’t know correct name). This too would come upstairs.

So my bedside table looked like a Starbucks for babies but guess who didn’t have to get out of bed? (I need to add here that we live in a townhouse – the bedroom is on the top floor and the kitchen is on the bottom. That’s an awful lot of stairs to navigate when tired. I did this for our safety really :-p )

My mission in those awful early days was to get as much sleep as possible.

And if that involved Parent Hacking my way there then so be it.

As soon as Ella stirred, I’d switch the torch on my phone on (not the bedside light and definitely not the big light!) This was a tip from my sis which I took as gospel as she has good sleepers.

I’d then use the machine, make the bottle, lift teeny-weeny Ella out of the Bednest next to me (more about this in future blog posts) and feed her.

I wouldn’t make any eye contact or talk to her.

I know this sounds harsh but you’ve got to be cruel to be kind. I was helping her differentiate between night and day.

Once I’d fed and winded her, back in the Bednest she went, off went the torch and back to the land of nod I went – instantly. Hurrah!

You don’t have to use Tommee Tippee bottles either – we used MAM bottles (more about them coming soon too).

Keep an eye out for the likes of Asda Baby Events where this is reduced down to £60.

It’s all about trial and error in those early days.

You do what you need to do to survive.

Love Missuswolf xxx