Bringing a new-born baby home is a joyous time for everyone, this little person that you have been waiting for all this time is finally home where you can love and care for them. To help them settle in, you need to start working on your bedtime routine so that they can get used to you and the family. One of the most important things to master is the night-time, you want them to sleep as much at night as possible. If you are new to parenthood, then here are some tips to getting night time right.
Preparing for your newborn baby is about doing more than picking out a niceonesie. It’s about doing more than painting their room in a cute colour. It’s about putting plans into place and doing things now that will give your newborn the best start possible when they arrive. So, get preparing! For advice on how to prepare for yournew arrival, read on.
Creating a list to plan for the birth of your baby isn’t going to take just a few minutes; planning for the upcoming birth will take its time as there’s simply so much to be aware of and plan. Planning for the birth of your newborn is an exciting time and one in which you spendexcitingly anticipating meeting your new child and buying clothes and attending birth classes if you wish. These classes are optional, but you may find them hugely helpful, and they are also a great way to meet couples in the same position as you. After all, you have nine months to wait, so prepare yourself and eagerly await your due date.
Happy. Mental Health. This is not something I have talked about often, if at all publicly. With the push to make people more aware about mental health, I thought I’d share my story. Or at least a part of it. It’s been a tough journey which started nearly 6 years ago when I had my baby girl.
Yep, I have been watching a lot of friends this week, which obviously inspired the title. This is a post about what got me started on the blogging road and how this blog kicked off. I think it’s important to remember what inspired you to write in the first place and it also might be helpful if anyone is just starting off. So, what kicked it all off and led me down the path of a #MummyBlogger:
As a new mum, the option of maternity leave might be a stretched out time in your life that feels like ages, but let me assure you, that time goes quickly. Whether it is six weeks, three months, six or twelve months or even longer that you get to take off with your little one, do we really make the most of it? I don’t feel like I did with both of my maternity periods. I wanted to discuss some of the things you could do during your maternity leave to better ourselves and enhance our life in some way for the future. If you are on maternity right now, I hope that this gives you some ideas and inspiration.
What with my first baby, Noah, turning 7 yesterday, I thought it would be good to write down some helpful tips for new Mums out there. Having your first child is a very scary and exhilarating time. There is so much information out there to help you get through it, and your mother and other family members to help you and give you advice. The most important thing you need to remember is that you are not alone, and that help available – all you need to do is ask. Knowing about what you need to do to prepare for your first baby can help you in terms of stress and getting ready for your little one’s birth:
Lansinoh are working with me to give away some fabulous breastfeeding products to one of my lucky readers. Breastfeeding reminds me of long nights and days to be honest, where little Noah and Isla would feed. I had a lot of trouble feeding Noah and it only lasted a couple of weeks. Whereas with Isla I didn’t want to stop breastfeeding, but I had to for work reasons. Two contrasting scenarios: I wish I had pushed a little more with Noah and that I could have breastfed for longer. That bond with baby is immeasurable.
I recently saw a big topic over on mumsnet this week about who to have in the delivery suite with you. There is a debate over whether to have Mum, or partner and whether the partner would feel left out if the Mum went in with you. Well, I had both in the room with Noah, my first, and I am extremely glad I did have them both.
The most important thing when it comes to travelling with a newborn is safety and comfort (for them, not you). If you have a comfortable baby, chances are you will have a much more enjoyable ride. We travelled a lot when the children were newborns, including a holiday to Ibiza when Isla was just a few weeks old.
I had to laugh when I read online today, the article in the Daily Mail that Mummy bloggers are talking about and responding to and yes in true blogger network form, I have jumped on the band wagon. But only in as much to say “so blinking what?“… I did like the reference to Gin Lane though.
There is no occasion more beautiful than celebrating the blessing of a baby. Whether it’s your own baby shower or that of a loved one, toasting the bub and mummy-to-be is the first of many treasured memories the two will share. Now tailoring a baby shower worthy of nine months of discomfort – that’s the task at hand!
Whether you are a new mum or a veteran mum, picking out a crib mattress is one of the toughest decisions you are going to make. I say this because there are so many varieties on the market and it’s what your child is going to sleep on for at least 2 years. It’s important that the mattress fits the crib, doesn’t add to the SIDS risk that newborns are prone to, and you have to make sure it’s firm enough. You shouldn’t just go out and buy the first one you see on sale. Let me show you what to look for in a good crib mattress.
You are now past the nerve-wracking trimester of your pregnancy, hence planning for some fun and recreational activities won’t be a wrong move. The first-trimester, I can understand, how nauseatic it can be and getting down to plan something sportive might turn ugly for you. But the good news is, it’s over now and you are living the golden months of a woman’s life. So, pamper yourself as much as possible and bask in around.
Preparing for a baby is a very happy time, but there is a lot that you have to get done before your new born arrives. With all of my pregnant friends around me, it got me thinking about the things you really need. What do you need to purchase in advance in order to be certain that you have everything that your baby could possibly need once he or she is home with you? Check out my tips on what you need to be totally ready for baby’s arrival. A very special life event.
There are so many nice and shining things you can buy when you are expecting your first newborn. Obviously when it comes to baby number two, you know exactly what you need and do not need. With the arrival of my little neice it made me think back to when I was expecting little Noah and here are my useful tips on what is actually useful.
After pregnancy, it is entirely natural for a new mother’s attention to be consumed by the care of her new born baby. It is, however, just as important for women to monitor their own health in the time that follows childbirth, with evidence supporting that some factors related to pregnancy may increase the risk of certain types of breast and gynaecologic cancers.
Did you know from 4 April 2015 both Mums and Dads can share the parental leave and make it work, best, for their family? I know legislation can look and sound scary, but I am sure you are already thinking about how it will benefit you. Or maybe you are like me, thinking this would have been brilliant when I was expecting my children. The Government information for Shared Parental Leave and Pay really breaks it down so it is easy to understand, it is definitely worth a read if you are expecting a baby after 4 April 2015.
I had great plans for fabulously funny YouTube clips for this Teksta Newborn kitty and our pets, but as with all of the children’s toys, they simply ignored her. The cat was not phased by it at all – which is a good thing in a way as I don’t want the animals chewing up or fighting with the children’s toys. But I was disappointed when I didn’t get the footage I was after! The kitty is so cute, she sings a little song, she meows like a little kitten would and she is so dinky. She is the perfect size for my two as they can hold her in their hands and really imagine they are playing with a little kitten. She is a very life-like little robotic kitten at that, retailing at around £19.99 and the only upkeep is batteries: 3 AAA ones. Whereas our cat requires food, litter, insurance and all the other things that come along with a real pet. My little ones are still quite young but I think they got the hang of it towards the end of the video footage, Noah is starting to get the kitty to walk towards his […]
Many of my friends are pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant or have small children and it has been making me think long and hard about when I was pregnant and how life was a huge risk assessment. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being pregnant, but there were so many considerations and to be honest it hasn’t stopped now the children are growing up.
**CLOSED** Organic Babies, by Green People are giving away to 1 lucky winner one of their new gift sets for babies. The Hello Baby Giftset comes with a trio of perfectly pure bath and skincare products that are expertly blended making them suitable for new arrivals. Inside you will find: 100ml Lavender Baby Wash & Shampoo, 30ml Dry Skin Baby Lotion, 30ml Lavender Baby Salve – Priced at £15.95. You can buy them on the Green People website: http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/ and you can find them in store at John Lewis, Ocado and Independent Health stores. The Giftset has 3 different sleeves to choose from; unisex, boy and girl, so they are perfect for baby shower gifts (before you know the sex) and for when you do. To celebrate the launch of these fab new gifts this month Organic Babies, Green People are giving away one with a colour of your choice. The concept allows you to truly personalise your gift by choosing from Baby Blue for Boys or Blush Pink for girls, plus a Unisex option for those with a surprise in store. ‘Hello Baby’ also makes the perfect Christening gift. These gifts are the perfect introduction to certified organic skin […]
I still cannot believe that Isla was that small that she could only just fit into a size 1 nappy, but she was! Huggies newborn range are just perfect for newborns – they do exactly what they say on the packet… Not only do they feel extremely soft, but they are designed especially for your brand new babies. The newborn range is made from Organic cotton, they have the umbilical cord cut away section, they protect against leaks and they have a wetness indicator. As you can see the newborn size 1 nappies have the umbilical cord area cut away, this is to stop the nappy from irritating your baby and to stop it from rubbing against the cord and possibly knocking it off sooner than its ready. This means that your babies cord can fall off when its ready and allows the belly button to heal naturally. The wetness indicator is a line that runs along the bottom of the nappy from front to back, when its ready to be changed it shows you! They fit really well around the belly and the top of the legs so that there is the most protection against leaks, we all know […]
As part of Bottle Week I am featuring this fabulous manual Breast pump to aid all those parents that would like to express milk and use bottles. I was sent a manual breast pump by MAM and I must admit, at first I was really sceptical about using a manual Breast pump. I had heard a lot of stories about people getting sore wrists, arms, hands and it taking a long time to pump any kind of substantial amount out from manual breast pumps. But I gave it a try and I'm very glad I did, this MAM Breast Pump is winner of the Mother and Baby Gold Award, after all. The MAM manual breast pump maternity pack comes with: 1x Manual Breast Pump, 1x 130ml Anti-Colic bottle, 1x 160ml Anti-Colic bottle, 2x slow flow teats and 2x sealing discs. You can buy it online from the MAM website. The functional design gives a soft and flexible funnel, which fits comfortably around your breast. It didn't feel tight, it was air tight enough to make the pump work, but it never hurt my breast and to be honest you get used to it and do not notice it after a […]
Dr Browns are the only bottles that offer a fully vented, vacuum free bottle, which helps to relieve babies suffering with colic and as you know Isla had this in her first few months. We were sent the fabulous Newborn Starter Kit, which contains: microwave steriliser with tongs, 3 x 240ml bottles , 2 x 120ml bottles , 2 x level 2 teats , 2 x level 3 teats , bottle brush and 2 x travel caps. It retails at £49.95 and you can buy it here: http://www.breastpumps.co.uk/acatalog/Gift_Set.html. So how does the vent system work in these bottles? When babies are given a bottle of milk they suck it through the teat. As the milk leaves the bottle, air enters in through the vent to take the place of the milk. Dr Browns bottles have a patented internal vent that allows the air to enter and directs it to the area above the milk, keeping the air and the milk separate. And this helps babies suffering from colic have their milk with less air in their system. When we were using these bottles with Isla, I did find that she was less “full of wind” and we didn't struggle to […]
So we have now got to the 10 weeks stage, double figures, it sounds so scary, but I think 2 and a half months old sounds a little scarier. If I’m honest. Weve been enjoying our summer family holiday in Ibiza and I’m happy to say Isla has been very good and seems to have herself into some sort of routine! At the moment she’s only having a small amount of milk (not the recommended) and I’m assuming it’s because of the heat. I tried to feed her more a few times and she has just been mammothly sick all over me. So I’m not going to try and give her more, she’s a dinky donut with a dinky belly… Of course she’s not going to want loads. Just another difference between her & Noah. He was a greedy baby, on hungry baby formula and baby rice in night time feeds… She’s having about 2 oz at a time and about 20oz at most a day! She’s been having a couple of oz’s about 11pm and then sleeping through until 7am. Which is brilliant, unfortunately as she’s started to sleep better, Noah hasn’t! He’s been a bit poorly, always one […]