Christmas Gift Guide, Lifestyle

Christmas Gift Guide: Newborn

As we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, it is only apt that I share some gift ideas with you all. I have come across some amazing small, UK businesses that I would love to share with my readers, therefore each of the guides will have an emphasis on shopping small this Christmas and supporting those smaller shops. This is the third blog post in the Christmas Gift Guide series, and is a Gift Guide for Newborns.

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1. Zip Up Sleepsuit 

ZippyUp have created the ultimate ‘dad-proof’ sleep suit for newborns, that feature a simple two way zip rather than poppers. These are warm, 100% cotton, comfortable and practical additions to a babies wardrobe, one that would make a lovely gift for any new parent.

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This ZippyUp sleep suit, along with others can be found at ZippyUp.

2. Pineapple Print 

Do you know someone who hasn’t announced the gender and won’t until you see the baby? Although a lovely idea, that can make gifts rather difficult. This pineapple nursery print offers an alternative to clothing for newborns, and is a safe bet as prints can be simple ways to decorate a nursery or bedroom.

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This pineapple print, and other prints can be found at MamaDesigns.

3. Bear Dungarees 

I don’t think I can do a gift guide without having clothes mentioned at least once! BornHygge have some lovely pieces in, and because it’s an independent store, it is unlikely that the parents will have received the same clothes from someone else as a gift!

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These dungarees, along with other clothing can be found at BornHygge.

4. Baby Milestone Cards

Nested Fox have created a pack of 50 gender neutral baby milestone cards. They are unique in their design, in that there is space on the reverse of each card to write about that milestone. As well as this, under the cards, in the box itself there’s another unique addition to the pack; a space to write your child’s name, date of birth, weight and where they were born. This is such a lovely extra that I’ve not seen in other baby milestone card packs and is a lovely idea as it makes it something you can keep and give to your little ones when they are older.

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These baby milestone cards can be found at NestedFox.

5. Pink Noise Whisbear Sleeping Aid 

Not getting enough sleep is expected with a newborn, however there are products to make getting the baby off to sleep that little bit easier. The Whisbear is a sleeping aid that plays a soft, pink noise for 40 minutes when turned on, and then is able to react to a baby cry and play for another 20 minutes to help soothe the baby back to sleep. It has magnetic paws that make it easy (and safe) to attach to the cot or other product to be near the baby. It can also be used as a sensory toy! This is completely safe to use from birth, and is a gift that parents will continuously thank you for, for making bed time that little bit easier!

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    This sleeping aid, along with others, can be found at Whisbear.

6. Pineapple Muslin Squares

If you’ve read my blog post ‘Top Tips for New Mums‘ then you’ll know how much I recommend having plenty of muslin squares. They are handy for just about everything, and you can never have enough! These pineapple black and white muslin squares are double layered, super soft and 100% cotton.

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These muslin squares, along with other products, can be found at MamaDesigns.

7. Black and White Baby Sensory Cards

These are a great gift if you’re looking for that something different that you know the new parents probably haven’t picked up already for their new baby. These are a practical, yet very useful and appreciated gift as babies can only see black and white to start and this really helps their development. The pack comes with seven reversible black and white images, so technically fourteen different pictures.

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These sensory cards can be found at Bebedoubaby.

Thank you for reading. 

Motherhood

Top Tips for New Mums

Becoming a parent can be a daunting task, and even though this was my second child, it was a completely different experience to having my first. I’ve put together some key things to remember during this period of time with your family, in the hope that it resonates with some of you, whether you are in this position now or have been in the past. It is important to note that everybody is different, and whilst these things have been important to me, they may not work for everyone!

  • Accept the help that is offered 

I think we are all guilty of trying to juggle to many things at once and spreading ourselves too thinly. This is not the time to try to do everything on your own. Accept the help and support that is offered, whether this is family, friends or health professionals.

I love the quote,

 “It takes a village to raise a child” 

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No one is going to think any less of you as a mother if you reach out for help. Becoming a mother is hard, for anyone and everyone, at any age. You are not the first and you certainly won’t be the last. People are there to help, so take them up on their offers!

 

  • Filter Unwanted Advice

Now I can assure you that people are going to offer you advice left right and centre when you are pregnant or have had your baby. Whilst this is usually coming with the best of intentions, it isn’t always helpful or needed. This is your baby, and believe me, you know what is best for the both of you. Everyone has different ides and experiences, and whilst one mother swears by something, it won’t necessarily work for you. Politely listen and thank others for the advice, but don’t feel bad for not then doing as they suggested. Just like this blog post- not everything will be true for yourself, and it is okay to filter out the parts that don’t help!

  • Buy More Muslins 

You’ve probably heard people say you need to purchase a few muslin squares for your newborn. This is not the case. Rather, I urge you to accumulate as many muslins as you can, you will NEVER have too many!

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  • Don’t get caught up in the ‘Mum Awards’ 

Some mums would lead you to believe there are certified ‘Mum Awards‘ for the best mothers. This is not the case! There are no prizes and there is no such thing as the perfect parent, we all have our good and bad days.

So don’t feel you have to succumb to the social pressures of juggling to much at once, trying to please everyone but yourself. Go with your gut and trust your own judgement. What has worked for one mother will not necessarily work for the next. Each experience is different and nobody is perfect.

  • Enjoy Quiet Time 

The most important thing during this time is that you and baby are healthy, everything else comes second. So don’t feel guilty about just sitting back and enjoying those precious moments alone as a family with your newborn- as I hate to sound like an overplayed song- but it really does fly by and they’re not babies for long. The guests can wait, the housework can wait, no one will mind- and those that do mind aren’t worth the fuss.

So take the all important time to breathe in their newborn smell, stroke every hair on their heads and stare at the most amazing gift of life that your body has created and birthed. Motherhood is simply amazing!

Thank you for reading. 

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The Summer of 2018

 A roundup of Summer 2018.

JULY

Just as the summer holidays began we were blessed with the safe arrival of our daughter, Florence Grace. So the first few weeks were spent welcoming visitors at home to meet her and send their well wishes. We had our newborn photoshoot when Florence was one week old.

 

AUGUST

Our first ‘big’ trip out for the day was to Skegness. By this point I was comfortable breastfeeding in front of family, but this was a test to get used to breastfeeding publicly. It was fine (thank goodness) and although it’s still a learning process, both me and Florence are getting better at it as it becomes easier with time. We’ve taken Florence to Hunstanton, Leicester and Sheffield for day trips, so she certainly hasn’t been bored!

Kaden spends a lot of time talking and singing with baby Florence, it’s obvious how besotted he is with his little sister. I worried so much about how this new arrival would affect the dynamics of our family, and yet it is as if nothing has changed. Florence has easily entered our world and it feels as if she has always been here somehow. All of our hearts are very full.

We’ve spent time with Mitch’s family as they prepared for Mason to go to University in September.

 

SEPTEMBER

Kaden returns back to school, ready for Year 2. It will be an adjustment back into the school routine from the rather relaxed summer. I am also returning back to one of my jobs this week, I’m looking forward to getting back into it and having something to do during the week! This job involves admin, social media, and website editing, and as I can do most of it from home I don’t mind going back so soon. It will be good to have my mind busy again.

Other exciting things we have planned for September are that both Kaden and Florence are being Christened in just a couple of weeks. It will be lovely to get the family together and celebrate both the children. Then both me and Mitch are getting new tattoos. So there is a lot to look forward too!

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Motherhood

Newborn Photoshoot

Florence’s Newborn Photoshoot

It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that I was in Luana’s studio having my Maternity Shoot and chatting about pregnancy and how excited I was. Now Florence is here, and we returned to Luana for a Newborn Shoot.

Myself and Mitch are thrilled with the photos and can’t wait to share them with friends and family. Capturing this moment in time, where we became a family of four and welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world, is so special and these photos will be treasured and used as memories for years to come.

It is completely obvious how smitten we are with baby Florence, especially her big brother.

We couldn’t be happier with the photos and products provided by Luana.

Luana’s Contact Details: 

Facebook: Luana Guttesen Photography & 3d Castings

Instagram: Luanagfoto

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Our New Arrival

Welcome to the world Florence Grace Bradley-Herd.

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Our daughter, Florence made a safe but quick entrance to the world on the 26th of July 2018 at 13:10pm, weighing 8lbs 1oz.

We are all enjoying some family time whilst Mitch is on paternity leave and everyone’s at home. Florence is now one week old and we are all happily adjusting to becoming a family of four and all that entails.

Florence’s big brother Kaden is loving cuddles and kisses.

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Baby Girl 0-3 Month Wardrobe

As my due date approaches, the nesting instinct has well and truly kicked in! I have arranged and rearranged the wardrobe a handful of times in preparation for the arrival of our little girl.

I have kept it nice and simple, with only baby’s 0-3month clothing and accessories displayed to hopefully make it easier for myself, my partner, and my son to be able to easily grab things out of the wardrobe when needed. I aim to do the same once she is in the next size clothing, and so forth.

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In the main section of the wardrobe I have hung her outfits, tops and dresses. I have also used a storage basket to display the muslin cloths and bibs. We have another box in the bedroom for blankets, cot sheets and other accessories.

Going into the first drawer of baby’s wardrobe, as shown in the images above, I have set out all of her:

  • Baby Grows
  • Vests
  • Cardigans
  • Leggings and Shorts
  • Socks and Shoes
  • Frilly Nappy Covers/ Knickers
  • Mittens
  • Hair Accessories

Some of my favourite pieces are definitely her little dresses, frilly socks, shoes and cute cardigans. She is going to be one well dressed baby that is for sure! I cannot wait to meet her.

Did you have any clever storage solutions or ways to organise baby’s clothing and accessories? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you for reading.