Care for Rare


July 2016

Milton Review

I have been lucky enough to be chosen as a Milton Mum Ambassador and have since been given the opportunity to try out some fab Milton products. Here’s what I think of them…

Milton Sterilising Tablets

Having used cold water sterilisation since our NICU days, I couldn’t imagine anything else! It’s so simple. Pop a tablet into 5l of cold water and change every 24 hours. We put all sorts into the steriliser, from bottles and teats to dummies, weaning equipment and syringes. I also used it for my breast pump too when I was expressing. I find this method particularly handy because almost all things can be sterilised this way, whereas you’d have to check the compatibility of certain items if you were to use a microwave. 

Milton Solo

This has been super useful and I’d highly recommend to any mum of a young baby for travelling. As above, it is so easy to use, and it fits perfectly in the pram bag! While not in use it’s great for storing a bottle/dummies/teats etc. We travel loads for hospital appointments and the Solo has been such a great travel piece. 

Milton Antibacterial Surface Wipes

I now carry these everywhere we go! If we eat out I always give the high chair a quick wipe. A pram bag essential!

Milton Surface Spray

It’s a known fact that all kitchens can harbour germs. This is a great product for keeping the milk preparation area as clean as can be.

Milton Mini Portable Soother Steriliser

Another fab travel product. Laurence throws his soother out of the pram on our travels a LOT! With this I can ensure that it is sterilised and ready to use again in no time at all. I carry a spare soother in it and switch them as needed. It also has a handy Velcro strap so it can fasten to a changing bag or pram. The blue colour is lovely as well (they also come in pink, purple and green). 

What are your favourite baby travel products? Let me know in the comments 😊

You Baby Me Mummy
Quite Frankly She Said

Two years on…

It’s been two years since we left NICU and brought our newborn home for the very first time, over six weeks after she was born. But, the feelings surrounding our NICU journey are still very raw. The date we brought our baby home is as memorable to me as a birthday or any other significant life event! 

Last year as her first birthday approached I was consumed with thoughts about NICU, ECMO and blood sugars. It was emotional. A happy occasion but emotional nonetheless. I was happy that despite all we went through, we have a (mostly) healthy, bright and beautiful baby that we are intensely proud of. Actually, I feel that EVERY day; but possibly more so around her birthday. I felt sad that I didn’t get to take my baby home, like I should’ve, and have all the usual fusses first time parents do. Instead, my life was ruled by sats, obs, BMs, NGTs as well as countless other medical acronyms I had to learn. But, yet I remained thankful that she was here and I was able to learn about all these amazing things that contributed to saving her life whilst we watched her improve. I felt overwhelmingly grateful on a multitude of levels. I still do. How wondrous ECMO is! How lucky we are to know so much about genetics and thus ensure she gets 100% the best care possible. But, I guess the thing that I was not expecting to feel and that rather took me by surprise, was the feeling of extreme nervousness. I felt like any minute now she would be taken away from me. It’s inexplicable really, and completely irrational, but all the same nerves I had when she was born came rushing back and I feel them creeping up on me again this year too. 

I guess there’s no time frame when it comes to healing after a traumatic experience. Surviving NICU was one of the hardest yet happiest times of my life and I expect all these feelings will resurface each year. It will always be a part of who I am now and this year I’ve kind of accepted that. I think it’s something that never leaves you but gets easier each day. Watching your brand new baby very nearly die still haunts me but being amazed by her every single day now takes precedence.