Tuesday, 1 April 2014

How to get a good nights sleep when you're pregnant

We all love a good night’s sleep, and if you’re a mum, or mum-to-be you’ll know how precious those 40 winks really are.

As well as that extra comfy perfect bed, and the other half that doesn’t snore, one important thing to consider is pillows.
Too soft and you may find you wake with a sore neck, while feathers could cause allergies – even if you didn’t have them before pregnancy does some funny things to our bodies.

If you want to save the budget for baby then The Bedding Company has great selection of affordable pillows, while mums with a few pence to spare will love the high quality, luxurious range.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dress your bump, babies and tots in fancy dress for hours of fun and adorable pictures

Little ones love to dress up, whether it’s you putting them into tiny teeny fancy dress outfits when they are little, to picking their own when they reach the toddler stage.
Not only do these outfits provide a great talking piece for events – Halloween need we say more – but they are also great for helping tots develop their creative imagination, providing hours of make-believe fun and games.
Whether your little one is a superhero fan, fancies a fairy look or a cartoon character, Elliot’s Fancy Dress is a great place to begin offering a range of outfits for your baby or tot.

We heart the Despicable Me costumes, which are great for adding a modern theme to the day. And there are also some great options for mum and dad too! 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tomato EIO pushchair is perfect for children that need special care

Buying those baby essentials such as the pram, cot and moses basket is such an exciting time.
Picking these can be a huge conundrum at the best of times, but if you’re expecting a little one that needs a bit more care, then options can seem huge.

There’s a huge range of pushchairs designed for babies who need some special care, making it a challenge for some expectant parents, or mums who have just given birth. 

One pushchair that we love is the Special Tomato EIO Pushchair. Intended to be used with children in early intervention all the way through to 8 years of age, its  standard features include the padded hip and back laterals that help to decrease the overall width of the stroller - as your baby grows from a baby to a toddler  these can then be removed. for instant. 

The pushchair offers seat back recline from 25° to 75°, and includes lots of storage as standard including a shopping basket under the seat, two water bottle holders and a large pocket for keys, mobile phones on the back of the canopy. We think it’s pushing on perfect.

Buy it now from UKS Mobility 

Stylish hospital bags to help you make an entrance in the labour ward

We’ve covered that all important hospital bag content conundrum before, but there’s never enough times to give you a helping hand when it comes to this important part of your pregnancy.

Many mums will wait until they reach the 30 week stage before they start thinking about what they need for their nearing new arrival. Some may do it earlier, while others may leave it a little bit more last minute.

However, one thing’s for sure. As well as fearing they may not have enough baby grows and vests (we say six is enough for that hospital stay) or what to dress their baby in to come home ( a cute character babygrow is guaranteed to make people go ‘aww’), many mums are unsure about what to carry those nappies, cotton wool and muslins in.

Here’s just a few ideas.

For mums looking to take maybe more than a few more baby and ‘me’ bits including deodorants, hairbrushes, straighters and make-up, a rugged, big bag is a great option. We heart the impact resistantSahora cases from Samsonite, which guarantee everything stays safe, even if your birthing partner drops it a few times during that hospital dash panic.

Looking to make your entrance to the labour ward in style? Then the Lulu Guinness trolley suitcase, is not only large enough to carry all you need but also fashionable too. Just make sure you warn your partner they will be carrying this before your labour journey begins! 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Pregnancy Pamper Guide

During pregnancy, your body is going through a vast amount of changes, therefore it is important to take care and pamper yourself. To help relax both your body and mind, there are numerous beauty treatments available for you to enjoy before the journey of motherhood begins.

Relax your body
Pregnancy can leave your body feeling tired, sore and aching all over, so why not treat yourself to prenatal massage. As pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on your lower back, neck, shoulders and abdominal muscles, prenatal massages are a great way to relieve tension at these key pressure points, along with keeping your muscles and mind relaxed.
Love your feet
Many pregnant ladies suffer from sore and swollen feet, this can be painful and uncomfortable, so be sure to show your feet some love throughout your pregnancy.  At home, you can simply soak your feet in warm water to relax and relieve the pressure or if you fancy a true pampering session – why not try a pedicure?
Jessica Pedicures are perfect for truly pampering your feet. The hour long treatment includes a luxury foot and leg massage which is great for increasing circulation and reducing swelling. The luxury pedicure also includes a deep conditioning treatment which is finished by beautifully shaping and polishing your nails, who said you can’t be a glamorous mummy to be?

Click here to find your nearest Jessica nails salon.
Embrace your hair
During pregnancy, higher levels of oestrogen results in less shedding of hair. Many ladies find that their hair thickens during their pregnancy and can even appear a lot shinier. Embrace these positive changes to your hair and treat yourself to a blow dry at your local salon.

Retail Therapy

You may not fit into your favourite jeans or little black dress but this doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself to some great maternity clothes. Although comfort may be your number one priority, there are stylish maternity ranges available on the high street, we love the gorgeous maternity collections at
Topshop and Next.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

What you need to pack for your newborn in your hospital bag

Packing your hospital bag is an exciting time and means you’re nearly ready to introduce your little one to the world.

Every new mum-to-be panics that they won’t have enough baby essentials for the duration of their stay during the hospital, but those in the know recommend no-more than six vests and sleepsuits.

You can also pack a ‘coming home outfit’ as well as a bag of newborn nappies, cotton wool and muslins.
 It may be tempting to blow the budget and buy a bag Paris Hilton would be jealous of, but, let’s put it into perspective; those new babygrows and buggy are a much better place to blow that budget on.

Instead opt for a cheap, yet study suitcase – we like this one, from TJ Hughes, which gives you the quality without breaking the bank.

If your other half isn’t a fan of this style – remember he’ll be carrying it – then opt for a lightweight luggage option, which means he can also help carry all your bits too!

How to cope with post-pregnancy thinning hair

For many of us, pregnancy means our dull lanky locks are transformed into lovely locks we're proud of.

But once baby is here some new mums find they have thinning hair falling out for longer than anticipated.

This happens because our hormones produce more hair, plus our bodies work to retain it. 
To put it simply, and sciency, hair goes between an active growing phase and a resting phase. At any one time, about 90 percent of the hair on your head is actively growing at a rate of about half an inch a month for two to six years.

The remaining 10 percent are in a resting phase where they will stay for two to three months before falling out.

However, when we're pregnant our hair doesn't go through the last stage, meaning that all this then begins to fall once baby is born.

However, it doesn't last forever and there are a range of things you can do to help

Firstly experiment with different hairstyles or volumising hair products, to give your hair a fuller look during this transition period. Or, go the full way to luscious locks and go for some gorge European hair extensions instead . We love these ones from Pauls Hair World Online, which are a quick and sneaky way to beat that thinning hair. .