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Child car seat safety

We all want our babies to be safe and for hubby and I it was paramount that we get their car seats installed right. Our car does a lot of miles, school drop offs, pick ups and weekly trips to grandmas take half an hour each way. Luckily, Glenn and I enjoy driving. I actually see it as time to unwind and listen to music 🎶 and sing as loud as I like! Poor kids😅

Hubby is a DIY man, he installs the car seats himself. We do our research and had our newborn babies seat in the middle of the back seat as it was the safest, rear facing until he was 24 months old. To put our minds at ease though, and get all the wobble out of the seats, we do consult the professionals. So when we need new seats installed (we’ve been through three for J and two for M since they’ve outgrown their old ones) we look no further than BabyThings at Zetland.

The team there greet you with a smile and know that you have a busy life as a parent so get your seat installed pronto with Graham and the team of fitters on standby ready to fit your car as soon as you drive it into their designated car fitting area. Besides that, the shop has so many useful and unique baby items that you can browse through or buy as a gift.

Service is easy, friendly and prompt. Most of all, secure! My little M has had a habit lately of unbuttoning his belt and the girls didn’t even want to sell me anything instead advised me to buy a bit of velcro to remedy that problem. Grandmas riding in between the two car seats have been notorious for unfastening the wrong belts and so many a time we are hand deep trying to fasten these belts between drives! 😑 and again BabyThings at Zetland have given me sound advice and a product to remedy that!

Thanks so much BabyThings at Zetland! No problem is too big, small and thanks for sharing the laughs and understanding mumlife!

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My 3D/4D Ultrasound Experience

This ultrasound pic holds a special memory for me. It is my 3D ultrasound scan that Nancy at Baby Glimpse took for me whilst pregnant with my second son. It was an experience that brought joy to me in a dark time, and gave me a way to reconnect after a period of disconnect.

I was 8 weeks pregnant with M, our second baby when my eldest brother Tuong was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. I did my research and figured if he ate the right foods and with the right guidance, he would be fine and it would resolve. Little did I know his condition would deteriorate from acute to severe over 3 months and there would be constant re-admissions to the hospital. My happy world was starting to develop cracks, my brother, a shining light in my life, had to surely survive. 

Fortunately my OB suggested I see a counsellor to handle the stress when my brother’s condition didn’t resolved. She had my little baby in mind and didn’t want the stress to transfer to him. I remained positive throughout the pregnancy believing that my brother would win his battle. I was left feeling empty and the days were dark when he didn’t and left this world. I was then 27 weeks pregnant. 

We had such a good support network around us, Tuong had many friends. One of those friends we had in common was Nancy. After the funeral, Nancy kind heartedly thought of my growing baby, and I, and gifted us a touching experience I will never forget and one that is invaluable. 

She suggested to come along to her practice and to see my baby to be. I was still in a grieving state, and was just doing what I needed to cope. Excitement was an emotion I didn’t expect to feel but in the lead up to the appointment I was excited. Nance also suggested my mum come too as she empathised with how hard it would be to lose a child. 

Upon contact of the cold jelly on my belly, we were completely amazed by the quality of the pictures and video. I saw my baby’s face clearly for the first time! 

A 3D ultrasound provides a different glimpse to what you see at your obstetricians as a 2D blurry grey scan. Seeing my baby moving inside the womb was a poignant experience. And having my mum with me gave her and I hope for something to look forward to. Suddenly it all seemed so real. 

I went away with new hope and a stronger bond with my baby! We left excited for this new relationship and was glad to have met my baby early.