In breaking news from the hub of fashion that is SSG Manor right now..
the V neck is going to be huge in the swaddling world this season. At least according to Dr Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and the latest sleep and settling guru whose words I've been meditating over in the early hours of the morning. Dr Karp favours the 'down, up, down' approach to swaddling and the secret it to keep both arms bound by the side of the body rather than up in the air.
If you've been reading the blog for a bit, you'll probably know that the baby and I have been students of many, many schools of thought over the last few weeks - Gina Ford, Tizzy Hall, Robin Barker, Dr Google, the University of Wikipedia... but Dr Karp's approach has been the first that I've found easy to understand and consistently follow. For us, at least, the 5 'S' strategy has helped ease a lot of the tension and frustration that was building up over bed time. Baby SSG really does settle down a lot quicker than with the methods I was trying before.
In case you're in a similar predicament to me, this video from YouTube I've shared above tells you a bit more about Dr Karp's work and is a good summary of his book.
Things in the fashion stakes haven't been quite as ground breaking for me, I'm afraid.
I did have to do a bit of wet weather accessorising when I was out on the town at the weekend at the hairdresser and at the shops.
I dusted off some Hermes for a bit of an arm party while I was at it.
And got reacquainted with my old friend Max Brenner too. It was too early in the day for a glass of bubbles, which is the other beverage I've been missing keenly these days. Perhaps this weekend will be the time to address this.
If you're looking for something non alcoholic to do this weekend, may I suggest reading 'Chanel Bonfire' by Wendy Lawless? It's Wendy's memoir of her childhood at the hands of her rather unstable mother who had issues with mental illness and alcohol but managed to deceive most people in her glamorous circle of friends by concealing her demons under a veneer of beauty and a discerning eye for fashion. The fact that the book is both hilarious and heart breaking in turn is a testament to the strength of the writing.
And that's all my news for now. I hope there's something in there for everyone. I'm veering off into mummy blogger territory at the moment but would like to keep a bit of balance in the topics I write about because I do want to avoid too much navel gazing in the blog as writing it is a bit of a break from the everyday for me.