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Tiny Steps – My First Year Record Book by Leanne Sawyer

My family were dealt a card many families would describe as their worst nightmare. The premature birth of our first daughter. This one event lead to what can only be described as an incredibly traumatic roller-coaster ride of emotion and events for everybody involved. Since this, my family and I have selflessly pioneered many fund raising events. I even shaved my head and organised a charity first birthday party to help generate funds for the charities and hospitals without whom, my daughter wouldn’t be the ray of sunshine she is today.

Only through living this did I realise that there was nothing available to me to document the journey that my family and I went through.

Even in this digital age, there is nothing as satisfying as looking through something as simple as a baby book. To see how your child has grown and progressed over the first year and to have something to share with them later in life. This is a right that should not be denied to any mother, least of all the mother of a premature or sick baby, as they go through so much fight to be here. 

With the wounds still healing and the constant hospital visits over the following months and years, there were moments that we thought nobody would be able to fight through, let alone a pre-term baby. I soon came to realise I had no book, nothing to accurately reflect on the journey we had been through. All I could find were baby books for full term baby’s, I didn’t want something that would only serve as a constant reminder of how early she was, but instead see her as the tiny miracle she is.
This isn’t just any book. 
It brings a degree of normality to a time in life anybody would describe as a nightmare situation to be in. Just having a book like this available, shows any parent in this situation that they aren’t alone. That they aren’t the only families who have gone through this. 

Bizziebaby Gold Award winner 2016 
 

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Tiny Steps – My First Year Record Book by Leanne Sawyer Reviews

Product Tested by: Amy-Leigh Bingham – Alfie 5 Months

Product Tested By Amy-Leigh Bingham – Alfie 5 Months

Amy-Leigh Awarded The Tiny Steps My First Year Book 5/5

This
book is a really beautiful product, very well thought out. I do think there is a
market for a premature baby book. Premature
babies have a lot more milestones than a regular baby and it’s nice this baby
book acknowledges that. I would definitely purchase this and highly recommend. This baby book is really easy to fill in and
very enjoyable, there is room for pictures which I love and it is very modern
looking, I like the fact that the animations inside don’t distract from the
things you write in as they are very
subtle but add an extra something at the same time. As this is a first year
book I have not completed it as my baby is only 5 months but I really look
forward to filling in the rest of book in. The thing I like most about this
book is that it has all the ‘firsts’ in that other baby books just don’t have
like first cuddles and first time I could breathe without assistance, I like it
so much I’m going to buy another for his twin brother. Amy-Leigh Bingham – Alfie 5 Months

Product Tested By Natalie O’Neill – Isabella 4.5 Months

Natalie Awarded The Tiny Steps My First Year Book 5/5

Lovely,
clear and concise, easy to follow and plenty of space for writing and photos.
Packaging Lovely and simple – not too fussy. Each section was clear and concise
and in a logical order for a prem baby record book – the stages matched up with
the stages that we encountered. Brilliant quality – although I would have liked
a thicker paper – I wanted to write the record book in ink pen – when I did,
the ink was visible on the other side of the page. This is however just my personal preference. Absolutely
fantastic value for money – it’d reasonably priced enough to buy for you and
also as a gift. 100% gap in the market for premature baby record book. We had been looking for a premature baby
record book since the moment our daughter was born at 30 weeks – we wanted to
record all the small little details of Isabella’s journey in the Neonatal Unit
from start to finish and the conventional record books just don’t cover it! I
have a friend who has just had a premature baby – I am going to buy it for her.
I would definitely recommend and I have already told some of the other mums
that were on the Neonatal Unit when we were. Absolutely love it! Thank
you Leanne for your thought and consideration to us fellow premmie mums and our
insatiable need to record every tiny step, every tiny milestone (those
milestones that seem like nothing to full term parents). Just being able to put down in the record
book how many weeks and days Isabella was early was a massive thing for us. On
the hospital visits page – in my opinion I think it would make more sense for
the sentence "I stayed for …….. days ……. Weeks” should be the other way around
"I stayed for ……… weeks……..days” instead.
The only other thing that I thought was that the spine of the book could
do with being a little thicker – once I stuck all the photos in the book
wouldn’t shut properly and it started to crease the covers of the books when
placed on the bookshelf. Natalie O’Neill – Isabella 4.5 Months

Product Tested By Audrey Harper – Simone 5 Months

Audrey Awarded The Tiny Steps My First Year Book 5/5

A
lovely well-presented book with all of the key points for premmie baby and
space for pics and all your information.
Loved the style of the book simple but stylish. Each step is set out so you can put in all
those key stages of being in hospital, help needed, breathing, feeding, the day
you can first hold you baby and so much more.
Quality is excellent. For what it
allows you to feature and incorporates all those special huge big steps for a
premature baby this is excellent value for money. It was so good to see a book like this
available and many of us who have
premature babies the standard record books just do not incorporate all
the major milestones a premmie baby encounters.
Was a joy to see something like this available so we could record everything
from arrival, trial and tribulations in Neonatal Unit, our first every chance
to hold her and so much more. My cousin has recently had a premature baby and we
have purchased one for her. We would
highly recommend. This has really
enhanced our journey and helped us celebrate each and every step and we look
forward to completing the book taking her up to her first birthday. We just loved it and a treasure we will cherish
always and something Simone will be able to look back on the wonder of her
being here when she is older. Thank you
so much for giving us chance to review. Audrey Harper – Simone 5 Months

 

As this is a first year book I have not completed it as my baby is only 5 months but I really look forward to filling in the rest of book in. The thing I like most about this book is that it has all the ‘firsts’ in that other baby books just don’t have like first cuddles and first time I could breathe without assistance, I like it so much I’m going to buy another for his twin brother.

Awards

Amy-Leigh Awarded The Tiny Steps My First Year Book 5/5

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