Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Cool Print Baby Clothes from Bobo Choses

There's nothing I enjoy more than a lovely scroll through Pinterest. If you haven't discovered it yet, where have you been? It's packed with everyone's favourite things, easily sorted out onto 'pinboards'. For example, take a look at my Pinterest boards on Funny Baby Clothes, Nursery IdeasMummy-Bloggers' Advice and Children's Dens {to name a few!}. It's a great way to gather together all your favourite internet finds. My latest discovery are these gorgeous printed baby clothes from Spanish children's brand Bobo Choses. I love the bold fruity prints, and the cosy bloomers, and the fish print onesie is perfect for summer. Stockists in the UK include Hello Bubba, Sparkle & Spin and Olive Loves Alfie. Prices start at £21 for a onesie.

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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Hand-Illustrated Nursery Pictures by StitchInk

Right now I'm trying to figure out how to turn our spare bedroom into a nursery for our son. He's due to arrive at the end of March, and I'm torn between a strong nesting instinct to get on with decorating, and indecision on styling and colours! My only occupation at the moment seems to be scanning Etsy for original illustrations for the walls. I'm determined to find something special from an independent illustrator, and I'm looking for pictures that will entertain both children and adults. I'm very conscious that whatever I choose will stay in my son's distant memory forever. So far, my favourite find is StitchInk. Owner, Jenny MacKendrick creates the most gorgeous illustrations, involving animals, Noah's Ark, bridges and the alphabet, and I love her work. Purchases coming soon! Do check out my Pinterest boards for more nursery decorating ideas.

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Thursday, 17 January 2013

New Baby Gap Peter Rabbit Range

Baby Gap has long been high on my hit-list for baby clothes, so I was thrilled when details of their new Peter Rabbit range dropped into my Inbox. It's a limited edition collection, created in partnership with Beatrix Potter, and it's super-cute and classy at the same time. I particularly love the eared woolly hats, the Mr McGregor farmer-style plaid one-piece, and the flowy garden print top. Take a look at my favourites from the collection below!

{Product Credits} Baby Gap Beatrix Potter Baby Girl Collection

{Product Credits} Baby Gap Beatrix Potter Baby Boy Collection

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Essential Baby List Part 1

Almost as soon as I announced my pregnancy, friends started sending me lists. Baby essentials, maternity needs, hospital bag necessities - you name it, there was a list for it! At first I couldn't see the point, but having just started some serious nesting, I suddenly get it. The lists are invaluable, particularly when you start stocking up on pharmacy and baby clothes essentials. I've just done a huge Boots order online, and if I hadn't had my friends' advice on products, it would have taken me hours. There's so many different types of nappies, breast pads, nipple creams, bottles and baby lotions, you really need personal recommendations. Before you start buying, make sure you join the Boots Parenting Club, so that you get more points on your Advantage Card. Here's my version of the Essential Baby List. I've started with the more bathroom items, Part 2 lists the nursery essentials.

{Photo Credit} Baby portrait by Jemma Harding Photography

Essential Baby List

✽ Pampers New Baby Size 1 Carry pack
✽ Pampers New Baby Size 2 Jumbo Box
✽ Boots Degradable Nappy Sacks 2 x 150 Pack
✽ Johnson's Baby Clean + Protect 56 Wipes
✽ Boots Baby Cotton Wool Pleats 200g 
✽ Weleda Calendula Baby Lotion 200ml
✽ Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash 200ml
✽ Weleda Baby Calendula Nappy Change Cream 75ml
✽ Baby Bath - Acqua Two Stage Ergo {from Mamas & Papas}
✽ Hooded Baby Towels & Wash Mit Set {I bought mine from John Lewis}
✽ Boots Ramer Ultra Soft Baby Sponges Two Pack
✽ Boots Baby nail clippers & scissors
✽ Baby nose-clear Nasal Aspirator (with case)
✽ Infacol 50ml

{Photo Credit} Baby portrait by Jemma Harding Photography

Essential New Mother List

✽ Boots Maternity mats 5 pack
✽ Boots Maternity Disposable Knickers
✽ Boots Maternity Pads
✽ Moist Toilet Tissue
✽ Boots Arnica 30c  - 84 Pillules {to help with bruising}
✽ Dextro Energy tablets {for a burst of energy during labour}
Waterproof Mattress Protector {from Amazon}

Essential Breastfeeding List
✽ Philips AVENT Nipple Protectors
✽ Tommee Tippee Disposable Breast Pads 50Pack
✽ Boots Maternity Breast Milk Storage Bags
✽ Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream
Avent Newborn Starter Bottle Kit {cheapest from Amazon}
✽ Avent Microwave Steriliser {from Amazon}
Medela Electric Breast Pump {from Amazon}
✽ My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow {from Mothercare}

Luxurious Extras
✽ Blossom & Berry massage oil

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Stokke Xplory Pushchair Love

Before I got pregnant, I definitely couldn't imagine feeling excited about a pram or pushchair. They were as interesting to me as lawn-mowers - irrelevant, and obscurely complex. So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I first stumbled into a Mamas & Papas shop, four months pregnant and still in denial. Much of the language went over my head; 'travel system', 'sibling board, 'foot muff' - but from across the room I spotted him instantly, the pram of my dreams. Of course it had to be the most expensive on the market - the Stokke Xplory V3, but it was gorgeous! Many hours of research later, I discovered it wasn't perfect, and it probably wouldn't fit in our car {thanks to Xplory in My Boot...yes really}, but I bought one yesterday on eBay, and now I can't wait to pick him up!

{Product Credit} Stokke Xplory V3 in purple

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Adorable Sophisticated Baby Outfits

Who'd have thought you use the word sophisticated to describe baby clothes? But that's exactly what comes to mind when you see these cute ensembles from Caramel Baby & Child. Stylish, modern, completely logo-less and utterly adorable, I'm keen to create the same look for my own son. There's only one fly in the ointment - Caramel's clothes aren't cheap, with T-shirts costing around £20, and jumpers more like £40. Something to save for the Christmas list!

{Product Credit} 1. Caramel Baby 2. Baby Look One

{Product Credit} 1. Baby Girl Look Three, 2. Baby Girl Look 19

{Product Credit} 1. Baby Look 21, 2. Caramel Baby

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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Advice on Avoiding Stretchmarks

Seven months in {give or take a few days}, and I'm mercifully clear of stretchmarks. Who knows if this has anything to do with the lotions and potions I've been using, but I'd definitely recommend these two products to any expectant mother. Trofolastin was recommended by my pregnancy bible, cleverly titled Your Pregnancy Bible. They say it's been studied scientifically and shown to reduce the formation of stretch marks. That was good enough for me, and I bought it via Amazon, because it's only available in Spain. The other is good old BioOil from Boots, which feels delicious to apply, and came recommended by several girlfriends. What have you been using? Would you recommend it?

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Monday, 7 January 2013

Loving Maternity Clothes from ASOS Maternity

As a long-term fan of the British high-street, I was never going to start splashing my cash on designer maternity clothes, but I was surprised at how little choice there was out there. Once you've tried H&M Mama, Topshop Maternity and Gap Maternity, you're left with the rather expensive Isabella Oliver. At least, that's until I discovered ASOS Maternity. They have a massive range, and although quite a lot of the looks are a little too 'look at me' for my taste, if you scan through everything, there's some amazing finds to be had. The sales make things even cheaper - take a look at my latest purchases.

{Product Credits} 1. ASOS Maternity Loose Knit Drape Top With 3/4 Sleeve - Oil Blue, £12.50
2. ASOS Maternity Skinny Jean with jersey band in Indigo, £19.50

{Product Credits} 1. ASOS Maternity Exclusive Knitted Dress - Black, £18.00
2. ASOS Maternity Loose Knit Drape Top With 3/4 Sleeve - Grey, £18.00

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Sunday, 6 January 2013

The Best Swaddling Wraps & Muslins

Muslins don't have to be boring. They can be waaaay more desirable - and make you feel like you have to own them now! Just take a look at these pretty swaddling wraps from Baby Box London - they're not cheap at £11 each {you can buy five for £7 at M&S}, but they are so beautiful, I reckon they'll make you happy, even as you're mopping up milky spit. My favourite is the Twinkle range. Traditionally used for swaddling, they can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and buggy covers, portable crib sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets, change table covers, and much more. Incidentally - don't miss the Baby Box London website, they have the best baby presents ever!

1. Super Star Swaddling Wraps 2. Twinkle Swaddling Wrap, £11

1. Prince Charming Swaddling Wraps 2. Princess Posy Swaddling Wraps, £11

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