TOP 5 NUK baby products from LloydsPharmacy

Hi everyone,

My name is Aoibhe Devlin and I’m the editor of the Travel, Fashion and Family blog over on thesecretobsession.com. I write about everything from travelling as a family to fashion tips, baby products to hotel reviews, I have it all covered. I am a mum to a little girl named Lily who is about to turn one. I’ve learned so much since I became a mother and love sharing my tips & tricks on my blog.

Here are my TOP 5 NUK baby products from LloydsPharmacy. All of these products I have used and tried myself with Lily.

NUK NATURE SENSE PERFECT START SET – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

This is the perfect all in one kit when you have your new-born. The package is a great first buy and a brilliant gift to any new mother. The teat on the Nature Sense Baby bottles are as close to mother’s breast as ever before. The NUK Nature Sense Starter Set has two NUK Nature Sense 150ml Baby Bottles, two NUK Nature Sense 260ml bottles with two extra NUK Nature Sense Teats and also has a ‘My First NUK’ Genius Silicone Soother/Cover and a NUK Bottle Brush.

This is on offer NOW for only €19.95.

NUK NASAL DECONGESTER FOR BABIES – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

In the first few months, Lily was heavily congested and we needed this so much. This NUK decongester is very gentle on your baby’s nose. It extracts mucus to enable your baby to breathe normally. It was so handy and we bought a couple so we were never without one. It came everywhere with us. Something we both highly recommend if your baby is congested.

NUK BABY SCISSORS – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

As terrifying as it is to cut your babies nails, they grow so fast. I constantly have to cut her nails so this is so handy. It has rounded tips and an anti-slip soft grip. It’s something I’d recommend getting from birth.

NUK TRIO BOTTLE SET – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

NUK Trio Bottle Set has the Anti-Colic Air System which helps prevent colic. They are made to make it easier to be problem-free switching of bottle and breastfeeding with no nipple confusion. Lily took so well to NUK and we are still using NUK bottles, one year later. This set is only €10 and includes three bottles plus two teats so it’s very good value.

 

 

NUK BABY HAIRBRUSH COMB SET – Available to Buy Here or in your local LloydsPharmacy

When Lily was born, I hadn’t actually bought a hairbrush so when she had so much hair, it was the first thing I went to buy for her. The baby brush and comb are perfectly suitable for new-borns and can be used every day. It has natural hair bristles so it’s super soft on the scalp. I use on a daily basis.

 

 

 

So there you have it. My TOP 5 NUK products from LloydsPharmacy which are all available in store and online here now.

Aoibhe Devlin

Love Aoibhe xxx

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Supporting Irish National Breastfeeding Week – Planning to Breastfeed?

If you are planning to breastfeed your baby, you are providing nature’s own immunisation protecting baby against a wide variety of illness and conditions. It’s designed perfectly to meet your baby’s every need. It’s ready when baby needs it at the perfect temperature and comes neatly packaged with no need to sterilise!

Your breastmilk contains essential enzymes, hormones and immunoglobulins vital for your baby’s normal growth, development and good health. And despite decades of research by formula companies, science still cannot replicate the wonders of your own breastmilk.

Breastfeeding is the ideal start for your baby. The goodness of breastfeeding will last you both a lifetime, it’s probably one of the single most important things you can do for you and your baby’s health. Breastmilk gives your baby all the food and drink they need for the first six months of life, and continues to be an important part of their diet, as other foods are given, for up to two years of age and beyond.

(Source: The benefits of Breastfeeding: a DOH initiative.)

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While breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, it is a skill that you and your baby develop over the first days and weeks.  One way to help you prepare is to go to breastfeeding classes held by lactation consultants and midwives.  Ensure that you pack your hospital bag with Multi Mam Compresses to relieve soreness immediately and help prevent the occurrence of mastitis.  Also have Multi Mam Lanolin and Balm to help condition your nipples to prevent soreness and irritation.

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Trying for a Baby? – How you can give you and your partner the best chance to conceive.

If you and your partner are in good health, you will improve your chances of getting pregnant and of having a healthy pregnancy.  You can also help yourselves by taking fertility supplements.

76% of Irish women who are trying to conceive believe taking a fertility supplement can help them conceive*.

What factors can affect the chance of having a baby?

Medical issues

Medical issues such as diabetes, asthma and being overweight can affect your pregnancy.

Diet and Exercise

Being overweight – For women if your body mass index (BMI) is between 20 and 25 you have a healthy weight.  Women whose BMI is more than 30 or under 19 may find their fertility levels suffer.  If a men’s BMI is more than 30, his fertility may be lower than normal.

It is important to be active for general feeling of wellness.  Being active and fitter helps with stamina and ability to cope with the ups and downs of everyday life.

Alcohol and smoking

Excessive alcohol drinking may affect the quality of a man’s sperm and smoking may reduce fertility in women.

Age can be a factor

For women, the most fertile period is in their mid –twenties and fertility starts to decrease after the age of 35.

For men, sperm is strongest in their mid-twenties and starts to decrease after the age of 40.

The importance of taking a good quality fertility supplement with the right ingredients and dosage levels.

While it is so important to do the best you can by eating well and exercising moderately, you can also help yourself and your partner by taking a high quality fertility supplement when trying for a baby.   It is very difficult, in today’s environment to get all the nutrients we need from food.

Indeed, the latest research amongst Irish women trying for a baby show that 76% of them believe in the importance of taking a nutritional supplement to aid conception*.

PROCEIVE is the new Irish Fertility Supplement specially made for men and women who wish to have a baby. It contains 33 nutrients, vitamins and minerals, at high quality dosage levels.  Each nutrient performs a role in maximising the quality of the eggs (for women) and the quality of the sperm (for men).

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Talk to your LloydsPharmacy teams – we are trained extensively in the value of nutrition and can give you helpful advice, recommend the correct fertility supplement to take in a safe, discreet and caring manner.

Don’t miss our Fabulous Pharmacist Laura Dowling who will be part of a panel discussing Fertility on Ireland AM on Monday 24th July at 9.20am.

*Source Mummy Pages July 2017/ http://www.proceive.ie

Controlling your bladder during and after pregnancy

Pregnancy places a lot of new additional stress on your pelvic floor muscles, causing them to weaken in as little as twelve weeks. At times it may feel as though your baby is playing a game with your bladder at the most inconvenient times.

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If you are having trouble controlling your bladder while pregnant, here’s a few tips to help you manage the symptoms:

  1. Do your pelvic floor exercises!
    Pelvic floor exercises, or Kegel exercises are designed to support and strengthen the pelvic floor. Correct contraction of the pelvic floor muscles involves squeezing and lifting under the pelvis up into the body, around the vagina. Other parts of the body should be completely isolated avoiding activation of the glutes and inner thighs. Complete at least 30-40 contractions a day, aiming to work up to 10 seconds per contraction. For instance, complete 10 repetitions, 3-4 times per day. We know it can be difficult to find the time but you will be grateful in the end. And even if you can only manage a handful of some days that will be better than none at all.
  2. Keep your weight gain moderate
    Ensure your weight gain during pregnancy is progressing moderately by staying active and exercising within your limits. Follow a healthy and nutritious diet, as well as including fibrous foods to avoid constipation as this can add additional pressure on the pelvic floor.
  3. Don’t cut back on water intake
    Avoiding water will not solve the issue and may make you prone to other conditions such as urinary tract infections and dehydration. It is advised to keep drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day.
  4. Avoid foods and beverages that irritate the bladder
    Beverages such as tea, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks can increase bladder activity, as well as acidic products and spicy foods can also irritate the bladder. Try to avoid these items, however continue to include essential fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  5. Manage the issue
    If you suffer leaks during pregnancy, it is advised to use panty liners to absorb any urine. This will help you cope rather than to restrict your activity or interfere with daily life.

Despite continuing with pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy, it is possible that your pelvic floor will weaken due to the weight of the baby and the impact of child birth. Innovotherapy is recommended from six weeks after giving birth, with significant improvements in as little as four weeks.1 Ensure you seek medical approval from your doctor before using the INNOVO® device. Now available in LloydsPharmacy stores and online here.

1) Soeder S, Tunn R. (2012) – Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) of the Pelvic Floor Muscles using a Non-Invasive Surface Device in the Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI); A Pilot Study. IUGA Poster Presentation Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2013)