How to measure your bra size

Losing weight, gaining weight, having a baby, getting older – it all takes its toll. And there is one part of us that bares the brunt of it; our boobs! So many people are wearing the wrong bra size. I’m a devil for it myself, usually because the pretty lace one is just sooooo pretty that I cannot stand the thought of retiring it. Even if it is giving me quadrouple boob.

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So the first lesson here is to go get measured and regularly.  Marks and Spencer and Debenhams are my usual spots. But what about when you really don’t have time?

How could you not have time?? Well, in my experience babies do not like dressing rooms so unless you have a babysitter….and waiting until Saturday for me is a no go. I just cannot do the city centre on the weekend.

So what’s a girl to do?

DIY! !

Grab your measuring tape girls! And I mean the seamstress type, not the industrial. (Ouch!)

 

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Firstly, wrap the tape around where you bra will sit. Take that measurement, say for example 34 inches.

Next, wrap the tape around the boob part; the tape should sit across the nipples. Don’t pull too tight or leave too loose; think of how the cup would sit. Now take this measurement in inches. Let’s say in this example it is 40 inches.

Finally, calculate your cup size by subtracting second measurement from first.
40 inches take 34 equals 6.
Now count 6 cup sizes – a,b,c,d,dd,e.

Voila! Your bra size is 34 E.

Now I am not recommending that you stop getting a professional to do this, this is just a short cut to tide you over. Different over the shoulder boulder holders have different fits, so best to get it done correctly.

But now that you have a little boobie hack, you have no excuse to let the girls suffer anymore. 😉
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Battle of the Teething Gels

Red cheeked baby, wash basket full of bibs, Mammy and Daddy sleep deprived – just another day in the life of the family with the teething baba. Just when you have them settled and out of the ‘colicky phase’ the next era of grumpy, crying baby begins. And this one lasts a lot longer. We have all heard of the legends of the babies that sailed through the teething phase; it just didn’t bother them says a breezy, chilled out Mum. I have yet to meet one of these mythological, non-teething creatures and so I will side with my scepticism and say that they do not exist.

Luckily, there are quite a few remedies that can be used to help soothe our little darlings as they cut their chompers. Teething gels are often the first reached for and so I have selected three that I currently have in the house to review:

Up first, a classic – Bonjela

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Bonjela is synonymous with all things mouth and gums and Bonjela Teething Gel is a pretty effective pain reliever. It contains Lidocaine Hydrochloride which is a local anaesthetic used to numb the gums. Baby must be over 2 months and Bonjela can only be used up to four times a day – when you have a crying baby, these 4 times can be gone fast!

Next, my preference, Nelson’s Teetha.

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This one is homeopathic and more of a ‘natural’ gel. Also available in powder format which some babies love, and you can actually combine both so long as you stick to the recommended dose. It can be given up to 6 times a day, and is said to help with flushed cheeks also. I find it tends to calm my baby down quickly.

Lastly, Dr. Talbot’s Teething Gel

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This one is all natural, but baby must be over 4 months before you can use it. I tried this one on myself and it is the strongest of the three, so definitely fast acting. However the tutti frutti flavour is very, very overpowering. I gave some to my little girl and she hated it! I can see why – the sensation was very like those lip enhancing lip glosses that make you tingle. Will be storing this one until she is older.

Do you use any other teething gels? What is your experience with the above? Share your experiences and tips with other mums.

 

Toy Rotation – keeping little minds busy

After I cleaned out the hot press (which remains in order so far!) I began using toy rotation for my toddler. My little guy has a very short attention span, and I noticed that a toy was very quickly gathering dust after it had been left in his reach for a few days. Now when a toy is produced that he hasn’t seen in a while, it keeps him quiet for longer.

So what is toy rotation?

Toy rotation reduces boredom. It is what it says really – instead of leaving all toys available to your child at all times, remove them and use a selection of toys at a time. Too many toys can either be over stimulating or practically ignored! Some people do this to a very strict schedule. I am quite easy going with my approach.

 

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How do I do it?

Create a space for the toys that cannot be reached by your child. (My wonderful hot press!) Some people rotate weekly, I do it every two days. I will choose two toys and bring them downstairs for him to play with, then remove them after two days, replacing with two new ones. As mentioned, how often you change is up to you. You can be very scheduled or laid back depending on your child’s preferences and how they respond.

What are the benefits?

Sometimes a little boredom can trigger creativity and imagination, but too much boredom can contribute to negative behaviours and tantrums. Playing is a child’s way of learning, so by keeping their interest you are promoting their learning. Kids interacts with their toys and if the toys are not repetitive, the interactions develop more and more each time.

 

If your kids are stimulated with their toys, parents see less boredom and feel less of a need to go and buy more.

And of course, the playroom/area is much more organised – great for the neat freaks among us!

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This method is free and just takes a little time investment from the parent. But I find 30 mins organising the toys buys me hours of a content toddler afterwards – that’s more than a fair trade off. Give it a go and see what you think.