Have a look at what I got for my baby shower – Be nosey! I love looking at what other mums got! Or maybe you’re attending a baby shower and need some gift ideas. Either way, I hope you enjoy watching, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Pregnancy isn’t always kind to us, so here are my top products to make pregnancy slightly more..er..comfortable? and also some pampering products chucked in there too.
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I am aware I have packed my Hospital bag very early, so there are a few things left to pack, such as clothes to go home in (I’m not going to be going home in my pyjamas). There a few other bits and pieces, but I thought I’d show you what I have so far. Like most people I find hospitals pretty daunting, so please leave suggestions and what helped you through your stay at hospital! Thank you for watching.
P.s Sorry about the eye twitching, apparently I don’t have the ability to control my face anymore.
I’m back, talking awkwardly in front of the camera, although I’m actually getting used to this whole talking to myself thing. So here is what I’m taking to hospital for Baby Free. I am aware that its a bit early to pack a hospital bag, but I have a new found love of being overly organised.
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So last friday I went to The Baby Show at the Excel Centre in London, I have to say I was pretty excited about this. I love browsing for baby products, and the baby show has everything under one roof, so If you’re pregnant or have a little one- this is the place to be.
When I first arrived I was pleasantly suprised by the format and organisation of the exhibitions. It wasn’t over crowded, although I do recommend going early as it does get slightly more crammed, I did get mowed down by a couple of prams later on in the day. But on the whole there was plenty of space to browse and shop. I was also impressed with the variety of the stalls, which I think pretty much covered all baby/mum products- ideal if you want to do all your shopping in one go. There are discounts on the big brands, so It might be worth doing a lot of your baby shopping in one go!
I would say there was a lack of places to eat in the exhibition, in fact there was only one place to eat, and I had to sit on the floor to eat because there wasn’t enough chairs. Which for an exhibition which is predominately for pregnant ladies is a bit poor- getting up from the floor is a difficult job!
Did someone say Freebies?
One thing the show definitely didn’t disappoint on was the amount of freebies. I love freebies, I think they are a great way to try out a brand before investing in them. Also samples are so handy for travelling or to chuck in your hand bag, so I picked up as many as I could. I would recommend buying the prima Goody bag, this was £5, but had so much stuff in and who doesn’t like a goody bag?!
Here are all the freebies I managed to pick up, I’m sure there are some I missed!
This MAM microwave steriliser comes with two bottles and was half price – only £13! A bargain I think. The MAM stall also had 3 for £10 on various items, so I picked up a bottle brush and two packs of breast pads. They were also giving out free bottles and soothers and had big discounts, so make sure you visit the MAM store.
Water wipes were on my list to buy. If you haven’t heard of water wipes, they are the purest baby wipes you can get, with no nasty ingredients- made with 99.9% water and o.1% grapefruit seed extract. Perfect for the skin of a newborn baby. I was told by my midwife not to use baby wipes for the first 6 weeks, to just use cotton wool and water. But newborns first poo’s aren’t the prettiest and cotton wool can get messy.
These weren’t actually that discounted, they are £2.49 in Boots and I got a pack of 5 for £10. But I think definitely worth it!
I had been looking for a baby bouncer for weeks! I really don’t like the vibrating, music playing, machine operated ones, I much prefer a more traditional style. But then the traditional ones are often a bit cheap a cheerful and don’t look overly comfortable or sturdy. It was an on going struggle!
But low and behold I found this, and Baby Free finally has a bit of colour in his/her life! I loved this when I saw this. A no trick bouncer, comfy and sturdy with a fun design and only £45.
I was on the look out for this brand, one of my friends uses this on her baby girl and she smells delicious! Mustela is a French brand, and one I have already fallen in love with. It is an all natural free from parabens and all that nasty stuff brand. They have a huge variety of products and they all smell amazing! The scent is gentle and perfect for babies, I literally can’t stop sniffing this stuff.
Finally I got this adorable little outfit from ‘Chamomile baby’ for a friend of ours who has just had a baby boy. There were a lot of clothing stalls with beautiful clothes, but as we don’t know the gender of our baby, there wasn’t a lot of choice!
Thats everything! Please let me know if you have been to the baby show and what you brought there!
Following my previous post about how I have organised Baby Free’s clothes, I thought Id do a massive baby clothes Haul. In video format…cue a very awkward Paige sitting in front of a camera rambling about how tiny and cute baby clothes are.
But in all seriousness, I hope you enjoy watching, and if you aren’t finding out the gender of your baby you will understand my frustration in buying unisex clothing! Please do take a moment to like the video or comment, it means so much hearing from you!
Also- How many weird faces do I pull?! Sorry about that.
6 months pregnant and the ‘nesting syndrome’ hit me, I have an overwhelming urge to make baby Free’s house a (germ-free, ultra-organized, impeccably designed) home. I can’t tell you how many times I have folded, un-folded and then re-folded tiny little onesies. My new found need for organisation doesn’t just end at baby things, today for example, I had just sat down ready to tuck into a few kiwis (pregnancy craving) when I felt the desire to scrub the inside of the fridge and then re-organise its contents.
So why do we do it? I mean it is completely irrational, what woman stays up at night thinking of new ways to organise tiny baby clothes. Studies have shown that the urge to nest stems from an inbuilt need in a mum to ‘protect and prepare’ for her unborn baby. So there you go, we can’t help it..it’s natural!
Here is how I organised Baby Free’s dresser and changing station, I doubled the chest of drawers can be found here.
The first two small drawers at the top I have used for changing equipment. These drawer dividers from ikea (Skubb box, set of 6) were so useful for keeping everything neat and organised. I used the two long boxes for nappies. Then in the small square boxes I have kept nail clippers, brush, thermometer (from the babymoov vanity) and then oils and creams etc in the other. In the drawer on the right I have kept cotton wool, just for the first few months when baby has very sensitive skin. I will keep a basket on top of the dresser with wipes, baby powder, hand gel etc.
In the second drawer down, from the left is pyjamas, then vests and on the right is sleep suits. In separating all the clothing out I am hoping it will make changing a lot more efficient and stress free, because lets face it – we will be spending a lot of time changing nappies and clothes and there will be no searching for vests or socks!
Next drawer down from the left I have a pile of soft baby towels (I will be doing a haul video next week showing where I got everything from). In the small boxes I kept socks, booties, scratch mittens and hats. Followed by a pile of bibs and then a huuge box of muslin clothes. I have another basket of muslin clothes that I will keep handy downstairs, ready for all the little accidents.
Finally in the bottom drawer I have kept spare wipes and packs of nappies, blankets and Baby Free’s Gro-bag. Then in the last box I have stored clothes that are a variety of different months, and one boy and one girl outfit, as we are not finding out the sex, I had to get at least one gender specific outfit ready!
Please share your nesting stories! I love hearing them and knowing I’m not the only crazy one, or if you have any tips on organisation- please share them with me!
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Pregnancy Glow you say? how about pregnancy acne? I managed to go through my whole teenage years with escaping acne, and then boom… I get pregnant.BUT all is not lost, watch to see how I cured my pregnancy acne quickly and fairly cheaply!
- Kiehls Clenser
- Neals Yard Scrub
- Neals Yard Moisturiser
- Neals Yard Spot treatment
- Face wipes
- Soap and Glory clenser
- Neals Yard toner
- Kiehls Midnight Recovery serum
- Kiehls creamy avocado eye treatment
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We can’t predict whether or not we’ll get stretch marks, but as our tummy grows its hard not to worry about them. Stretch marks aren’t a fun part of pregnancy, and if you’re like me you will go through great lengths to prevent them. There are hundreds of products on the market, I’ve put to test 6 creams and oils over several weeks.
Firstly the science part..
Your skin will need as much elasticity as it can get when pregnant, so get as much moisture into your body as soon as you find out your having a baby. This can be done by,
- Moisturising at least once a day ( I apply a moisturiser in the morning and an oil at night)
- Drink a load of water! Not only is it good for you and your baby, it does wonders for your stretching skin.
- Don’t just apply to your bump, apply to bum, thighs and chest.
Neals Yard Mothers Balm
Click here to buy at £20
A fragrance free butter made with 100% organic ingredients, rich in fatty acids which will really help your growing bump. It contains no paragons, silicones, mineral oils or any other nasty chemicals, which is one of the main reasons I love Neals Yard products. The glass jar packaging makes the product feel expensive and luxurious.
This product is easy to apply, its somewhere between a moisturiser and oil. Just warm the butter in your hands and then apply to skin. Unlike most stretch mark potions, this dries quickly so you don’t have to stand around waiting for your belly to dry before putting clothes on (we have all been there). I found this leaves my skin feeling soft and stops any itchiness or discomfort throughout the whole day, it has even helped in fading my stretch marks on my chest. I don’t particularly love the smell, due to this I would say the balm isn’t a pampering or luxurious product, but it does the job-it works!
I love this product, it would be great for mums out there with sensitive skin. Its definitely worth the money, and you only need to use a small amount – A little goes a long way!
Click her to buy at £6
Bio oil is a specialist skincare product to improve appearance of scars and stretch marks. I was very skeptical about this product because of the ingredients, such as mineral oils known for clogging pores and vitamin A, which we have been told to avoid during pregnancy. Despite this I do like this product it is very good for fading scars, so I would perhaps recommend this product more for women who have already developed stretch marks or for after pregnancy.
Because this is an oil, it is very greasy which puts me off applying it. I tend to only apply this after a shower or bath, when i have time to dry off and so I don’t get greasy clothes! It does take a while to dry and I have stood trying to dry my belly so I can put clothes on.
I found a tip to put a few drops in your bath to condition the water, this is such an easy and lazy way to keep on top of stretch marks! find out more here how on other ways to use Bio Oil.
Sanctuary spa collagen boosting body butter
Click here to buy at £10.25
The sanctuary spa mum to be range is designed to be luxurious and pampering, It features ingredients such as cocoa butter, almond oil and rose hip oil.
This was my least favourite product, although it definitely has a pampering feel to it- it is smooth and light, smells amazing (very sweet, not everyones taste but i like it). It didn’t feel like it was doing anything, for me this felt like i was just applying a body lotion which of course felt nice and indulgent, but wasn’t doing anything for my growing belly. I also found it takes a while to dry, so more waiting around to put clothes on!
If you feel like pampering yourself, this is the product for you. But I didn’t like this for helping my bump.
Click here to buy at £10-£16
Coconut oil a great option for stretch marks, it can penetrate deeper into your skin. It prevents stretch marks and plays a role in their removal as well. Coconut oil contains saturated fats that strengthen the cell walls – it also fights free radicals to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks.
I love coconut oil, I would highly recommend getting a tub of this stuff, it can be used for so many things- check out this video to see other beauty uses. I feel like this stuff really gets deep into my skin and nourishes and moisturises, it is oily and therefore can be a pain to apply but i really think its worth it. Since using this regularly I haven’t seen a single appearance of a stretch mark. The smell is also gorgeous!
When buying coconut oil, make sure you buy organic and cold pressed oil, just so it is the best of the best!
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion For Stretch Marks
To buy click here at £3.29
All over body lotion designed specifically for pregnancy stretch marks, it has plenty of lovely ingredients in such as shea butter, argan oil and almond oil.
This is the cheapest product I have used and a favourite, I love this! Firstly it smells amazing, which makes me really enjoy applying this product. It has a non greasy formula, and out of all the products I have used this is most comfortable to apply and is quick drying, perfect for mums on the go! For me this really helped dryness and stopped my belly itching (not sure if that is a normal pregnancy symptom). The only thing I would say is I’m not sure how effective it is at fading stretch marks, but I have used this every night and haven’t got any stretch marks since using it.
This product is so affordable and is definitely a pregnancy essential.
A travel sized option
Finally one more thing, make sure you pick up a handy travel sized stretch mark lotion. Boots, super drug, tescos etc all do minis. They are so useful to pop in your toiletries bag when you are away from home, or even to put in your handbag. Me and my partner are often having weekends away and these come in so handy. Also an idea to put in your hospital bag, when the time comes!
That is it my mummy friends, this is my first blog post, and I am still very much learning. Please be nice and follow, share, like or comment. I would love to hear from you!!