Thursday, 8 December 2016

Share cute baby pictures & help save lives with #PampersUNICEF #1photo1vaccine campaign

I think it's probably a good thing that social media was not a thing when I was a new mum. Like most parents I believed that my babies were adorable angels. I probably (definitely) would have totally spammed all of my channels with endless baby photographs.

madmumof7's youngest child as a baby.

OK I admit it I still adore them even thought they are all mostly taller than me. And I may do a bit of spamming anyway.

I even have olde worlde paper photographs of of my eldest child aged about three weeks having a poo on his blanket in the garden while he was enjoying some nappy-free time! (sorry Jacob) Imagine if I could have shared those on Instagram instead of just those geographically close to me? Luckily for him Instagram was not in existence back then. Hashtag #gross #poo #WhatDidIEat?

Although I think my children are the most precious and wonderful people in the world it's actually true of course that all babies are amazing! 

They bring their own special form of magical happiness to everyone around them, and they always know how to somehow put a smile on your face or make you laugh. You may know that babies can help save lives by doing nothing more than wearing Pampers because Pampers donates 1 vaccine against maternal and newborn tetanus for every pack of Pampers nappies and wipes sold through the “1 Pack = 1 Vaccine” Pampers-UNICEF campaign. 

And now, if you share a photo of your amazing baby with #1photo1vaccine or #PampersUNICEF, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – Pampers® will also donate the equivalent cost of one vaccine! 

I wish this had been possible decades ago - just think that picture of my son poo-ing could have helped a child thousands of miles away. I might snap a pic of the print and share it anyway......

The vaccination donation campaign is now in its 11th year, and during that time, amazing babies (with help from their amazing parents) around the world have helped Pampers and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus in 19 countries – with only 19 more to go, they are halfway towards the goal of global elimination!

Thanks to the support of families, since the Pampers-UNICEF “1 pack=1 vaccine” campaign began, an estimated 500,000** newborn babies have been saved (** Based on Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) of WHO and UNICEF (Lancet, October 2014and a vaccine has reached a mother and her baby every second.

 If that doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy, check out the video below for some cute baby-ness.

Campaigns like this make me proud to be a blogger with my own little corner of the internet where I am able to share news about campaigns like this.

I am not alone in my pride - celebrity mum and former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh who is supporting the Pampers-UNICEF campaign said: “I feel hugely honoured to be supporting the Pampers-UNICEF campaign in its 11th year. As a mum to Bobby, and expecting my second child later this year, I feel great empathy with other mothers around the world who, just as I do, want nothing more than to deliver a happy, healthy baby. 

Girls Aloud Kimberly Walsh supporting Pampers-UNICEF vaccine campaign

She added:"The reason I’m so passionate about this campaign is that mums and dads here in the UK can make a very real difference by doing nothing more than buying the Pampers that they need for their little ones. It’s phenomenal and makes me feel very proud of what we can achieve together."

It really is that simple - buying nappies and sharing photos can make a real impact on the lives of tiny babies across the globe.
Pampers pack offering 1pack-1vaccine offer

So, to recap -there are 3 ways YOU can help save newborn babies and their mums.
1. Share a photo of your amazing baby with the hashtags  #1photo1vaccine #PampersUNICEF on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
2. Buy Pampers nappies. Each purchase of a Pampers® pack with the UNICEF logo equals one life saving vaccine.·     
3. Donate to UNICEF.  Sign up to donate to UNICEF today and you can join thousands of other parents who give to improve the lives of these vulnerable children. This is something people like me with older children past the nappy-wearing and cute baby pic years can do to help.
It really is that simple - buying nappies, sharing photos and making even small donations can make a real impact on the lives of tiny babies across the globe as with our help Pampers® and UNICEF can help protect the world’s amazing babies against newborn tetanus 

Disclaimer: Post produced in collaboration with Pampers.

Feeling under the weather and fatigued? Try some Blueiron, liquid iron with Nordic blueberries.

As if the usual festive madness wasn't enough, my poor teenaged daughter is slap bang in the middle of her mock GCSEs and was starting to look positively ghost-like.

In between revising and continuing with the intensive curriculum at school she has done a sleep out for homeless charities and of course as a normal 16-year-old enjoys a fair bit of socialising as well.

madmumof7's teenaged daughter

She eats relatively healthily but is a grazer and as a pale skinned blonde I started to worry as she became almost translucent and complained of feeling tired even after 9 hours sleep!

Luckily we had been sent some liquid iron to try- a food supplement called Blueiron made with Nordic blueberries promising Nordic vitality.

The packaging states that the liquid had a great taste and was gentle on the stomach and added that iron contributes to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue so I thought I would offer some to my girly to see if might help.

Well I'll be honest with you. She doesn't agree with the "great taste" statement. The liquid is brownish and she says it tastes horrid. In the interests of research I took a spoonful. I actually think it's fine, in fact more than fine, it's really quite nice. It's sweet and I think tastes like a mild blueberry cordial. It certainly tastes nicer to me than other similar products we have tried previously. But I am reporting her opinion to be fair.

Luckily she has been so impressed by the way it makes her feel that not only is she happy to take it, she actually asks for it every day.

We have watched her skin tone improve from ghostly grey to healthy pink and she claims she can feel an improvement in her energy levels within a short time of taking her daily 10ml dose. She has not suffered any of the frequent digestive side effects of iron (like constipation, diarrhoea and stomach irritation) so we take it that the statement about being gentle on the stomach is accurate too.

So. Blueiron gets a big thumbs up from us. Here's a bit more information about the product.

Blueiron liquid iron and vitamin food supplement

Blueiron is the only iron supplement containing Nordic blueberries and mineral water offering a source of natural antioxidants. It has a patented micro-encapsulated iron delivery system making it gentle on the stomach.

Blueiron aims to contribute to a healthy immune system and a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. As well as iron it contains Vitamin E, C B12, Folic Acid, Biotin and Zinc.

It's manufactured in Finland and distributed by Blackrock Pharmaceuticals. It's free from artificial colours (hence the brown tinge!), is lactose free and is suitable for children aged 3 years and over, vegetarians and during pregnancy. The packaging states it has no gluten-containing ingredients.

You can find out more about Blueiron and where to buy it on the Blueiron website. You can buy it directly from the website at £14.99 (with free delivery) for a 330ml bottle which, once opened, you can keep refrigerated and use over 2 months.

Obviously the product is meant to supplement a healthy varied diet so don't think you can consume nothing but mince pies and this and still feel great.

I have to say I have been very impressed with its positive impact on my daughter's health and energy levels and will definitely be keeping a bottle on standby ready for the real GCSE's in the spring. I think it might just get me through the next hectic few weeks too.

Disclaimer: I was sent a bottle of Blueiron free for the purpose of this honest review.