Make the nightly bedtime battle a distant memory with a fun themed bed to entice your little one to settle down promptly.

There are so many brilliant ones on the market, from cars to boats, princess castles to treehouses, that I had trouble narrowing it down to six, but these are some of my favourite themed beds to suit your little ones.

themed beds

1 // Kids Teepee Cabin Bed, £395

This amazing, luxury Children’s Teepee Cabin Bed from Woood is the ultimate designer feature bed for your child’s room. Constructed from solid pine and MDF, there’s also a matching bookcase available to complete the theme.

2 // Camper Van Bay Themed Bunk Bed, Price on contact.

With a wooden sliding door and surf board ladder, this bunk bed is ideal for your surf loving little one.

3 // Boat Toddler Bed, £156

This adorable toddler bed will suit your little pirate down to the ground and makes the transition from a cot to a regular single bed as easy as possible.

4 // Kid’s House Cabin Bed, £545

This beautiful house cabin bed will not only entice your little one to rush to bed, it’s also ideal for role play fun. Constructed from solid pine, it features a window, two port holes and an open roof to one side so they don’t feel too claustrophobic (and you can easily check on them when they’re sleeping).

5 // London Bus Bunk Bed, £299

This fun ‘London Bus’ bunk bed is perfect for capturing children’s imaginations. It features an iconic red design with traditional signage, 3D alloy wheels and a steering wheel.

6 // Fire Engine Bed, £299.95

This brilliant fire engine bed is guaranteed to make bedtime exciting for your little one and is excellent for role play fun too. Handily, it also has a neat, trundle bed perfect for sleepovers that can be easily stored away.

Disclosure: PR collaboration


In just a matter of weeks, we will be embarking upon the next chapter of our lives as Jack starts school.

Having spent the last couple of weeks having numerous play dates with his prospective classmates, he’s actually really excited and he loves his slightly too big, but pristine uniform that’s proudly hanging in his wardrobe.

As with most schools, Jack’s school uniform hasn’t come cheap and with an extensive uniform list that includes everything from crested coats and blazers to socks in school colours, it’s vital that it all gets labelled to ensure nothing goes amiss.

Most parents dread having to label their children’s clothes. Not only is it time consuming, there’s also the dilemma of choosing how to label their clothes. Do you use iron-on labels? Do you spend hours with a needle and thread sewing on labels? Or do you just use a sharpie to write their name on the label?

Thankfully 3 mums realised there was a gap in the market for a quicker, less stressful alternative and together they created ‘Stamptastic‘.

Stamptastic produce simple, yet effective name stamps and stamp pads that allow you to stamp your child’s name onto their clothing. Ingeniously they also work on wood, metal and some plastics too!

The ordering process is quick and easy; you simply type the text that you’d like on the stamp in the first box – this is usually your child’s name but you can also add a second line if needed which could include your phone number or their class name for example. You can also add a symbol if you wish and you’re able to change the font and font size to suit your style. Most importantly you are able to preview what your name will look like before ordering.

The stamp and stamp pad, arrived promptly after ordering and were well packaged. The stamp itself is transparent which makes it really easy to position the text just where you want it and the stamp pad comes in a handy little resealable foil bag to keep the ink fresh.


The ink dries really quickly and although I haven’t tested it through the washing machine yet, the Stamptastic team have had the ink tested for 50 washes and it lasts on all fabrics except wool, which is brilliant. Even after 50 washes, it couldn’t be easier to re-stamp and start the cycle again.

I chose the Abadi MT Condensed Light font, and as you can see it’s brilliantly clear and easy to read.

In a nutshell, I think the Stamptastic Name Stamps are such a brilliant idea. It’s a super simple idea, brilliantly executed and they really do make labelling more fun. They’re also great value considering their longevity (Stamptastic Stamps have an RRP of £10.00 and Stamptastic Ink Pads have an RRP of £12.00).

If you’d like to find out more about Stamptastic and order your own name stamps, you can purchase directly from the Stamptastic website.

You can also keep up to date with all the latest news by following Stamptastic on twitter and facebook.


Hello Baby has teamed up with the lovely team at Stamptastic to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a stamp set (stamp and ink pad).

For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, telling me how many washes the Stamptastic team have had the ink tested for AND fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Full Ts&Cs are below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or Stamptastic.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12am on 13th August 2016 and closes at 12am on 24th August 2016.
  4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by visiting Hello Baby on facebook, following @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, following Hello Baby on instagram, following Hello Baby Blog on pinterest, following @stamptasticltd on Twitter, visiting on Facebook and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  6. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  8. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  9. Once the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform Stamptastic of the winner’s name and address and they will then send on the prize. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.

Disclaimer: We were kindly sent this kit for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and photographs are my own. 

  • Julie SaxtonAugust 13, 2016 - 3:25 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Sarah ParkinAugust 13, 2016 - 8:59 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Hayley FAugust 14, 2016 - 11:59 am

    50 washes xReplyCancel

  • cheryl hadfieldAugust 14, 2016 - 9:27 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanAugust 14, 2016 - 10:40 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Nicola WardleAugust 15, 2016 - 8:30 pm

    50 washes.
    What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle SpencerAugust 16, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • Heidi CraskeAugust 16, 2016 - 2:00 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • Jen SchofieldAugust 16, 2016 - 2:12 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Matthew PAugust 16, 2016 - 2:15 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • winnieAugust 16, 2016 - 2:15 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Kelly GlenAugust 16, 2016 - 2:19 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Fiona MartinAugust 16, 2016 - 2:34 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Sarah mackayAugust 16, 2016 - 3:03 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Tammy WestrupAugust 16, 2016 - 3:14 pm

    50 WASHESReplyCancel

  • tracey ryderAugust 16, 2016 - 3:52 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Hannah VDBAugust 16, 2016 - 3:53 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • lorraine wilsonAugust 16, 2016 - 3:55 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • fozia AkhtarAugust 16, 2016 - 5:25 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • Stephanie TsangAugust 16, 2016 - 5:55 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Zoe CAugust 16, 2016 - 7:04 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Angela WebsterAugust 16, 2016 - 7:08 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Inga AndersenAugust 16, 2016 - 7:27 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • EmmaAugust 16, 2016 - 7:46 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • Katy MAugust 16, 2016 - 8:31 pm

    50 ????ReplyCancel

  • Julie HendersonAugust 16, 2016 - 9:11 pm

    50 in totalReplyCancel

  • Fiona BAugust 16, 2016 - 9:43 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Sarah LeeAugust 17, 2016 - 7:28 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • cathyjAugust 17, 2016 - 8:19 am

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • Pauline HillAugust 17, 2016 - 11:05 am

    50 WASHERSReplyCancel

  • Nicole G-TAugust 17, 2016 - 11:23 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • C KennedyAugust 17, 2016 - 5:58 pm
  • Kim StylesAugust 17, 2016 - 6:49 pm

    50 washes !ReplyCancel

  • Rich TylerAugust 17, 2016 - 10:58 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • Melissa LeeAugust 18, 2016 - 9:07 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • gemma brownAugust 18, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • abigail edkinsAugust 18, 2016 - 4:45 pm
  • Maxine GAugust 19, 2016 - 7:11 am

    answer: 50ReplyCancel

  • Sarah HughesAugust 19, 2016 - 7:22 am

    50 washes :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina FoxAugust 19, 2016 - 1:27 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • emma waltersAugust 19, 2016 - 8:57 pm

    50 washes :)ReplyCancel

  • sharon martinAugust 20, 2016 - 8:44 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • SolangeAugust 21, 2016 - 3:47 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • jusAugust 21, 2016 - 7:35 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • dawn fAugust 21, 2016 - 7:44 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Vicki NichollsAugust 21, 2016 - 8:41 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • sarah fieldingAugust 21, 2016 - 2:20 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Clare HubbardAugust 21, 2016 - 2:54 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Beky AusterberryAugust 21, 2016 - 3:55 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • C ParkinAugust 21, 2016 - 4:55 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Karen BarrettAugust 21, 2016 - 7:00 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Lisa WilkinsonAugust 21, 2016 - 7:23 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • DEBBIE DAVIESAugust 21, 2016 - 8:22 pm

    50 Washes xxReplyCancel

  • Claire RAugust 21, 2016 - 9:23 pm

    50 Washes! :)ReplyCancel

  • Patricia FraserAugust 21, 2016 - 9:40 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Kristy BrownAugust 22, 2016 - 8:08 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Carly BelseyAugust 22, 2016 - 10:58 am

    The Stamptastic team had the ink tested for 50 washes :-). Thank youReplyCancel

  • Stacey MairAugust 22, 2016 - 11:13 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Barbara HandleyAugust 22, 2016 - 11:52 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Caroline BourneAugust 22, 2016 - 3:08 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Jayne KelsallAugust 22, 2016 - 5:17 pm

    They tested it for 50 washes .xReplyCancel

  • Kate KnightAugust 22, 2016 - 5:22 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Jill FairbankAugust 22, 2016 - 6:40 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Laura NiceAugust 22, 2016 - 7:15 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • claire littleAugust 22, 2016 - 7:24 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • steph lovattAugust 22, 2016 - 7:25 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • DianaAugust 22, 2016 - 7:32 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Francesca TuckAugust 22, 2016 - 7:49 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Rie TetleyAugust 22, 2016 - 8:36 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • melanie stirlingAugust 22, 2016 - 8:43 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Nat JAugust 22, 2016 - 9:24 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Melissa CroweAugust 22, 2016 - 9:29 pm

    50 washes :)ReplyCancel

  • Gill MitchellAugust 22, 2016 - 9:31 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • donna l jonesAugust 22, 2016 - 9:50 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • ellie spiderAugust 22, 2016 - 10:28 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • HannahAugust 22, 2016 - 10:41 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Jane MiddletonAugust 22, 2016 - 11:11 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Helen WAugust 22, 2016 - 11:18 pm

    50 washes.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn ClarkeAugust 22, 2016 - 11:37 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Joanna KasznickiAugust 22, 2016 - 11:50 pm

    50 washes which is fabReplyCancel

  • Emma hAugust 23, 2016 - 7:00 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Michaela HannahAugust 23, 2016 - 7:24 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Ian MurrayAugust 23, 2016 - 10:43 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • katie keechAugust 23, 2016 - 10:43 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Tee simpsonAugust 23, 2016 - 11:15 am

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Karen HowdenAugust 23, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • kat lucasAugust 23, 2016 - 12:27 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Jodie HarveyAugust 23, 2016 - 1:47 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Simone KilshawAugust 23, 2016 - 1:53 pm

    It is 50 washes. This is a great prize. I have my fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • Dale DowAugust 23, 2016 - 4:06 pm

    50 washes xxReplyCancel

  • Karl BorowyAugust 23, 2016 - 4:07 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Hannah | The Simple Things BlogAugust 23, 2016 - 6:18 pm

    50 WashesReplyCancel

  • Meena HindmarchAugust 23, 2016 - 7:08 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Melanie BurtonAugust 23, 2016 - 7:45 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Holly WalkerAugust 23, 2016 - 7:55 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Alisa mooreAugust 23, 2016 - 9:08 pm

    50 washesReplyCancel

  • Miss Tracy HansonAugust 23, 2016 - 9:50 pm

    Fifty washesReplyCancel

Travelling with little ones can seem incredibly daunting, but luckily there are a whole host of brilliant products on the market to make your holiday that little bit easier. From safety to sleep, there’s an invaluable product for just about every aspect of your trip, so if you’re heading off to sunnier climes on a family holiday this summer, here’s a selection of essential summer buys that we never leave home without:

Travelling with kids // holiday essentials

1 // Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind, £29.99 (currently on offer for £19.98 on Amazon)

This ingenious blackout blind fits directly onto window glass using suckers, ensuring the closest possible fit. It can be used vertically or horizontally and adapts to fit any size window up to 130cm x 200cm. It can also be reduced by around a third for tiny windows using the velcro fastenings.

This Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind is the ideal way to block out light on those long summer evenings and super early mornings and we never go on holiday without it.

2 // Britax Eclipse Car Seat, £120 (currently on offer for £84.70 on Amazon)

This is the ideal seat to choose once your little one has grown out of their Group 0 seat. It’s suitable from 9kg to 18kg (9 months to 4 years) and with its lightweight shell and slim base, it’s the ideal solution for cars with limited space (i.e. your standard holiday hire car!).

Forward-facing, the Eclipse is easy to install and fits into the car using the car’s three point seatbelt. It has side impact protection plus performance chest pads and importantly, multi-position recline.

Most importantly for a recommended ‘travel seat’, the Eclipse is TÜV Certified for air travel.

We used the Eclipse for the first time last month when we went to France and we were really impressed with it. It’s sturdy, well made and most importantly Phoebe was really comfortable in it. It’s also really lightweight to transport so it will, without question, be joining us on every holiday abroad over the next few years.

3 // iSafe Universal Car Seat Travel Bag, £34.95 (currently on offer for £12.95)

I can’t rave about these bags highly enough. We have two of them, one for each car seat and they are just brilliant. They’re made from heavy duty, waterproof, rip resistant fabric and they work like a charm, keeping our seats protected and clean. They’re also massive, meaning we’re always able to pack a few extra things in them with the car seats (usually soft, bulky items such as nappies, wipes and towels) ensuring our suitcases don’t go over the weight allowance.

4 // An SPF-protective swimsuit

For the little ones, having a swimsuit that covers their necks, arms and legs takes the stress out of slathering them with suntan lotion all over and means we can relax knowing their little bodies are protected from the sun’s rays.  We always take a handful on holiday with us and our favourites are from Konfidence (the best fitting) and John Lewis.

5 // Swimming aids

Jack is now able to swim without swimming aids but for a good few years he’s been making brilliant progress in his Konfidence Swim Jacket. Wearing the jacket gave him the confidence and support he needed to learn, whilst crucially allowing his arms to remain free to practice swimming strokes. Phoebs also loves her Konfidence Float Suit, but as she’s still that little bit too young, she also wears a pair of armbands for extra buoyancy and will happily float around for hours on end following her big brother!

6 // Divesticks

These Dinky Divers Dive sticks were a game-changer on our last holiday and were brilliant in building up Jack’s confidence underwater. Phoebs also loved playing with them on the poolside too, along with her super cute Funky Floaties.

7 // Suntan lotion

Suntan lotion is such a personal choice but there are a number of brands that I wouldn’t leave home without including Ambre Solaire and Sunsense.

I suffer from prickly heat on my chest, however since using Ambre Solaire’s Light and Silky, I seem to have avoided it on the last few holidays. (I also take sulphur tablets, Urtica Urens and anti-histamines to keep it at bay!).

For a higher factor and for the little ones I can’t recommend Sunsense Sun Protection Ultra 50+ highly enough. I originally came across Sunsense when we were travelling in Australia many moons ago and we were so impressed we bought as much as we could shove in our backpacks for the rest of our travels. So when I heard that it had finally reached our shores I was over the moon! It’s light, non-greasy and absorbs into the skin so easily ensuring you don’t feel like a greasy mess after applying it. I also love the Sunsense lipbalm and I’ve been really impressed with their Daily Face Invisible Tint Finish too; It’s light, non-greasy and gives a lovely healthy glow.

8 // Travel games

Travel games are ideal for keeping your little ones entertained on the go and this year our firm favourite on our South Of France adventure was Orchard Toy’s ‘Build a Beetle‘.

Based on the classic game of Beetle, ‘Build a Beetle’ is brilliant fun for all the family and is from Orchard Toys’ new mini games range. These new mini games are Orchard Toys smallest games yet and are the ideal size to pop in your handbag or luggage when going away.

9 // Maclaren Techno XT, £220

The Maclaren Techno XT is a brilliant, dependable choice for taking on holiday. Its umbrella fold makes it easier to pack in amongst the luggage when you pick up your hire car and the one hand fold is ingenious allowing you to carry your little one and collapse the stroller at the same time if needs be.

It also has a nice modern design, four handy reclining seat positions and an extendable, three piece canopy that will protect your little one from the sun even when the seat is fully reclined. It’s available in a variety of colours and can be used from birth.

We’ve had an XT since Jack was a baby and it’s travelled all over the world with us from Europe to Thailand, Bali to Singapore. Despite being bashed around on many a luggage conveyor belt, it’s survived brilliantly and is still in great condition which is a true testament to the XT’s durability and standard of manufacturing.

10 // Snoozeshade Plus Shade, £34.99

Perfect for travelling to brighter countries, this ingenious shade fits all single prams, pushchairs, buggies, strollers and 3-wheelers with hoods and not only creates a peaceful, dark environment for your baby to nap in on the go, it can also be used as a sunshade protecting your little one from the sun (blocking up to 97.5% of UV) when they are sitting up.

11 // Grobags

Gro Company’s sleeping bags are my absolute favourite sleeping bags for little ones and both my two used them until they sadly grew out of them (Jack when he was 2 and Phoebe last month after our holiday, although I so wish she was still in them as she is now constantly kicking her duvet off and getting cold!).

We have a whole variety of Grobags from the thicker 2.5 togs to the thinner 0.5 togs and prior to our french adventure we were also sent the Sandcastle Bay Travel Grobag for Phoebe to test out.

This was our first travel bag but I was so impressed. I’ll be doing a full review soon but if your little one currently uses a sleeping bag at home, a Travel Grobag is perfect for holidays as it not only has all the safety features of the original Grobag, it also has a clever travel opening making it easy to use with a 5 point harness such as in a pushchair or car seat.

12 // Trunki

Love them or loathe them, Trunki’s are brilliant for entertaining children at airports. Not only are they easy for little hands to open and pack, they make your little one feel terribly grown up as they can pull the case along themselves. They also come into their own when you realise you are buggy-less after checking it in and the gate is 3 miles away; your little one can straddle it and rest their little legs whilst you pull them which is guaranteed to replace moans with squeals of delight.

What are your holiday must haves? Please do share in the comments below.

  • EmmaAugust 12, 2016 - 8:39 am

    We love the blackout blinds and maclaren xt but found the trunki more hassle than helpful to be honest.ReplyCancel

  • Blogging MumyAugust 12, 2016 - 8:40 am

    I love the Sunsense. My son suffers from really bad eczema and sun sense is the best sun cream out there. Anything else flares up his eczema. You can get it on script 😉ReplyCancel

  • Polly DaviesAugust 12, 2016 - 9:33 am

    great picks – having the right items can make such a huge difference can’t it?!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca | AAUBlogAugust 12, 2016 - 9:55 am

    I hadn’t thought of taking a blackout blind but that is such a good idea, especially in sunny places for nap time! xReplyCancel

  • AlanaAugust 13, 2016 - 7:30 am

    The black out blind looks like a great idea, really helpful to stick to a bedtime routine while away.ReplyCancel

  • CandaceAugust 14, 2016 - 9:22 am

    I always found an essential was a blanket and a favourite cuddly toy. When travelling there is only so much you can take and I alwayd tried to keep luggage to a limited amount.ReplyCancel

  • Kerry NorrisAugust 15, 2016 - 10:31 am

    This is a great list. I wouldn’t be without a trunki. Such an essential. I haven’t used a blackout blind whilst away but defo something I’d think about xReplyCancel

Life can be hard enough raising a family, but imagine doing it as a single mum to triplets and a toddler!

Rosie Parsons is a professional photographer who runs online photography courses for mums (and Dads!). She is also appearing with her children tonight on Channel 4 with nanny Kathryn Mewes on 3 Day Nanny to get some help with her brood!

Ahead of the show I thought it would be great to catch up with her and find out what it’s like being a parent to four children age 3 and under!

Rosie Parsons triplets 3 Day Nanny

Rosie and her gang!

Tell us about you?

I’m Rosie – an award winning professional photographer turned single mum to 3 year old triplets Jacob, Summer and Sienna and their younger brother Zach, who is 19 months. Our house is as every bit chaotic as you can imagine! Infact this week we just started potty training, so we’ve hit a whole new level of bananas!

Rosie Parsons triplets

Rosie’s children – triplets L-R Summer, Sienna, Jacob and their younger brother Zach

What was it like hearing you were having triplets?!

It was amazing! Me and my (now ex) husband had been trying to have children for four years, and I had been through so many tears and grief believing that I may never actually have any children of my own.

To help with my fertility, I had to have two different surgeries – one for endometriosis and then another for a polyp and I was hoping that had “fixed” me, but we still struggled to get pregnant.

Before trying IVF which would obviously be very expensive, the doctor suggested we try IUI treatment which is a less invasive fertility treatment. The treatment worked on the first attempt which was incredible, but I had absolutely no idea that we would be blessed with triplets!

I remember the reaction at church when we got to share that we were pregnant and not just with one baby. I could see everyone think aww twins – and then when we said it’s not two babies but three, the gasp was audible. I think that is one of my favourite memories of my entire life. What a long awaited, yet unexpected and special moment!

triplet pregnancy at 34 weeks

Rosie pregnant at approx 34 weeks with the triplets

What was being pregnant with triplets like?

The triplets were my first pregnancy, so at the time I didn’t have any other experience to compare it to. But it certainly was hard! Mainly the physical stress was from week 20 onwards when I felt as big as a full term single pregnancy. It was rough on my hips and I had to walk on crutches for support for a bit! I also had a lot of heartburn but was able to get medication from the doctors to help with that.

The triplets birth, photographed by Ashlee Taylor

The triplets birth, photographed by Ashlee Taylor

What was the birth like?

I had the children by c section at 35 weeks (and 3 days, mustn’t forget the 3 days!!) in Exeter RD&E hospital and it was quite a nerve wracking experience – mainly because I didn’t know what to expect. Same as it is for all women giving birth!

I had a huge team involved in the birth. I think there were about 20 people in the theatre!

Getting to 35 weeks was pretty good for triplets, often they are born around 28-32 weeks so although it was physically very demanding on my body it did mean they didn’t need to spend as long as expected in neo natal. They needed to be in hospital to learn how to feed for about 3 weeks, and actually that was a huge help because during those first three weeks I had help from the lovely nurses on neo natal which eased me into parenthood a little! When I had Zach as a normal delivery I was only in overnight with him and then straight home. It was a very different experience!

Rosie and the family enjoying time on the beach

Rosie and the family enjoying time on the beach

What are the main challenges of raising triplets and a younger brother?

Wow, where to start! Haha

I think the main thing is purely the sheer number of them! What would be possible to diffuse with one or two children suddenly becomes almost impossible when it’s times four! I only have two arms!

When they were babies, the biggest challenge was time. All newborns need their mummies – so having three dependent little babies needing round the clock three hourly feeds (at half an hour each) was very difficult!

I know for a lot of triplet mummies it can feel quite isolating as taking three or more children out at the same time is quite the endeavour! But I’m fortunate to have some great friends I see regularly during the week who are very understanding and my parents also live nearby who are a great support.

I’m part of a triplet mummies facebook group which provides a great community of over 600 other triplet mummies for support and advice! It helped me a lot in the sleepless first six months to know other triplet mums had gone through what I had and come out the other side!! Highly recommended if you are a mum of triplets yourself (you do need to provide proof in order to join the group).

Rosie Parsons Photography - Rosie and her family on the beach in Devon

Rosie and the children on Budleigh Beach in Devon

children in car joy

Jacob and Summer on holiday in Wales

What were your main worries when you first realised you were going to be a single mum?!

I’ve always had huge admiration for single mums and wondered how they do it! And it was daunting when me and my ex decided to separate. But although it is physically hard, there are a lot of good things about being a single mum too. I love having time to do whatever I want in the evenings when the kids are in bed. And I get to choose what to watch on TV and where we go on holiday! Of course the ideal would be if the children had their mum and dad happy all together under one roof, but unfortunately that isn’t possible – so it’s best to focus on what is good about being a single parent and there definitely are lots of positive aspects!

photography course for families

The triplets playing in Granny’s garden

What are your top tips for other multiple parents?

When they all were younger I had a triple buggy called an ABC adventure buggy, and then when Zach came along I upgraded it to a quad version. That was a total lifesaver!

Also online shopping is a huge help! I have a monthly pass from Asda which means free delivery and it is so nice not to have to drag the children around the shop!

I do have a lot of people ask me how I cope and tell me they wouldn’t be able to manage, but when you are put in that situation you realise that your love for your children means you can cope with a lot more than you thought!

rosie parsons triplets

Playing out in the garden – Rosie loves taking photos of the kids being fun and silly! :)

You are going to be on Channel 4’s 3 Day Nanny tonight! Why did you ask for Kathryn’s help?

I’ve been a long time fan of the show and at the end of the last series they put the call out for families who needed help. At the time I was struggling with so many things I didn’t really know where to begin! I was so stressed all the time, particularly when thinking about leaving the house and in the evenings when I need to work, but the children wouldn’t go to bed – so I just wrote in and hoped for the best!

triplets rosie parsons 3 day nanny kathryn mewes channel 4

Rosie with 3 Day Nanny Kathryn Mewes! Credit: Three Day Nanny, Channel 4

Did you find the experience helpful?

So helpful!! It was very challenging to hear where I’d been going wrong, and very intimidating to have someone watch you parent your children in order to critique you! But I was desperate for help so I felt it was worth the scrutiny!

There were a lot of techniques that Kathryn wanted to teach me, which was pretty hard going trying to change how I parent as so much is habitual! But I have put her suggestions into place and they have really changed our lives! I can’t wait for everyone to see how she did it this evening!:)

Rosie and the children are going to be on tonight’s (Wednesday 10 August) episode of 3 Day Nanny on Channel 4 at 8pm. Do tune in and show Rosie your love and support by tweeting #3DayNanny and tagging @rosieparsons

If you love taking photos of your children but don’t feel overly confident with your camera, then you’ll definitely want to check out Rosie’s online photography course for Mums (and Dads!). She is running a 40% off promo for the next 72 hours using the code HELLOBABY so hop over to her blog for more info!

  • Cardiff Mummy Says - CathrynAugust 10, 2016 - 7:46 am

    Oh wow, how amazing to have triplets, and another one too! I can imagine it is challenging doing all this on her own but how lovely for them all to grow up together. What a beautiful family. Will be watching tonight!ReplyCancel

  • TanitaAugust 10, 2016 - 10:27 am

    This was so lovely to read and so interesting to see how her birth was with triplets and life as well. She is so brave and I look forward to watching tonight, I love the show. It was lovely to get to know Rosie a little more she sounds like an amazing mummy. xxReplyCancel

  • Beth @ TwinderelmoAugust 10, 2016 - 10:43 am

    Absolute hats off to you. I have a son then had twins & I know how crazy life can be. What an amazing gestation to get too as well. You really are flipping amazing. Thanks for sharing her story here xReplyCancel

  • CharlotteAugust 10, 2016 - 3:07 pm

    Huge hi-5 from fellow triplet mama here hon – and yes, anyone else with triplets needs to join our awesome, super-supportive FB group.
    Looking forward to watching later ????????????ReplyCancel

  • Rosie ParsonsAugust 10, 2016 - 10:42 pm

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, much appreciated!! xxxxReplyCancel

  • Ally Mother Under MeasureAugust 11, 2016 - 7:02 am

    Waaaah! As a single mum of one toddler I’m amazed! I would have given in by now and put a few of them on eBay, haha! What a fantastic woman, hats off to her for keeping on going, such an inspirational role model for her children.ReplyCancel

  • JasmineAugust 11, 2016 - 7:16 am

    I watched this last night and literally sat there all the way through saying…”I don’t know how she does it” “how is she even alive” Rosie is an amazing mother and I’m so glad she found her confidence in the end and could enjoy her children more! Well done to her! XxReplyCancel

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy HappyAugust 11, 2016 - 9:48 am

    Wow – triplets? Amazing! These photos are so beautiful too and what great memories to have.ReplyCancel

  • JemmaAugust 16, 2016 - 2:13 pm

    I think I saw this the other night. Such an inspirational mum!ReplyCancel

I am very excited to announce that we have recently teamed up with Childs Farm, to become Official Brand Ambassadors.

Childs Farm

Childs Farm are an award-winning, British toiletry brand that have created a range of products using natural ‘free-from’ ingredients and essential oils. The products are dermatologically tested and approved (including paediatrician approved) and are suitable for all the family including newborns.

This collaboration couldn’t have come at a better time as Phoebe is starting to suffer with patches of eczema and I’ve been looking for products that don’t aggravate her skin. As the Childs Farm range is made with 98% naturally-derived ingredients and is free from parabens, SLSs, mineral oils and artificial colours, the products are really gentle on the skin and ideal for Phoebe and those with sensitive or eczema-prone skin.

Not only are the products kind on the skin, they smell incredible too and come in a variety of ‘flavours’ including strawberry and mint, sweet orange, blackberry and apple and raspberry to name but a few!

As ambassadors, we are very kindly sent products to try throughout the year and products to share with our family and friends to spread the Childs Farm word. We’ve tried a number of products so far including the Baby Essentials Kit (including Baby Bedtime Bubbles, Body Wash, Baby Moisturiser and Nappy Cream) from the Newborn & Baby range which would make an ideal present for new parents, and our all-time-favourite the Childs Farm Hair Detangler which works a treat on Phoebe’s unruly mane and smells delicious!

From tangle tamers to sun cream, bubble bath to swim shampoo, there are so many more products in the range that I can’t wait to try and I’ve just put in a big order for our forthcoming holiday using my Childs Farm ambassador discount code that offers a brilliant 30% off.

Childs Farm Discount Code // 

Childs Farm Discount Code

If you’d like to give Childs Farm products a try, I’m happy to be able to offer you a whopping 30% off the entire Childs Farm range on their website using the code: CFAMB272

If you’ve never used Childs Farm products before, you won’t be disappointed. I am a total convert and won’t be using any other products on Jack and Phoebs in future.

  • AmandaAugust 8, 2016 - 12:00 pm

    I love the sound of these. We try and use only natural/organic products so will definitely be checking them out xxReplyCancel

  • Rebecca | AAUBlogAugust 8, 2016 - 4:29 pm

    I love this brand! Glad to see no SLS in sight! 30% off is amazing – will be using for sure xReplyCancel

  • The London MumAugust 8, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    We’re big fans of childs farm in this household. tHe products smell greta!ReplyCancel

  • BloggerMummyLaurenAugust 8, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    I’ve heard great things about child’s farm. I might have to get the detangler for my little girl, she has lovely tumbling curls but they become unruly in the evening and we really struggle to get the brush through.ReplyCancel

  • This Mama LifeAugust 9, 2016 - 9:59 am

    Aw how fun! We love this brand. Use it after swimming so it always reminds me of that. Love their packaging :) xReplyCancel

  • Sabrina @ The Mummy StylistAugust 9, 2016 - 4:23 pm

    I’ve seen Child’s Farm products in Boots and I must say I like the look of them, and great packaging too.ReplyCancel

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy HappyAugust 10, 2016 - 10:22 am

    I actually saw these in Boots yesterday and they all smell amazing.ReplyCancel