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“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”  ~ Marie F. Mongan

Birth. Arguably, the most natural, inspiring, amazing, emotional and life altering event we can experience as people. The Rose Diaries were created by a hypnobirthing mum simply to capture and share other beautiful births, whether you are expecting, have recently experienced a hypnobirth or simply want to read the birth stories of other mothers.

Within these pages we hope to enlighten and most importantly prove that birth does not have to be the frightening, painful and terrible experience the media likes to portray. Instead it can be a beautiful, empowering, fantastic experience that women were perfectly designed to undergo and even enjoy.

Let us prove it to you, browse the diary and be inspired

 

How to get more for your money as parents

As parents, we all want to get more for our money and when you are having a baby, this becomes even more important. You suddenly have to budget for things like nappies and endless baby milk, food and wipes. I always remember a friend saying that if you waited till you could afford a baby, you would probably never have one.

Parents become savvy savers very quickly, always finding the best deals and using reward points to save for bigger items but have you ever considered what you actually spend on a weekly basis on the little things like a Starbucks or those weekly lottery tickets?

We love this ‘How to get more luxury for your money’ infographic, created by villa holiday specialist, Oliver’s Travels.

How to get more luxury for your money

What could you give up in order to exchange for a little luxury?

How to prepare for Christmas when you are pregnant

When you’re pregnant, the festive season can go one of two ways. You either:

Fully embrace your mum-to-be status, allowing family and friends bump rubs, and enjoying hangover-free bank holidays.

Or, on the other hand:

You spend the season feeling rather grim, perhaps due to the burden of aching body parts and a ridiculously restricted diet.

Whatever your take on Christmas, and the weeks surrounding it, there are ways you can enhance your experience. After all, even the keenest of pregnant ladies can find the festive season tiring without the right self-care considerations.

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All I want for Christmas… is me

The key to preparing for Christmas when you are pregnant is learning to put yourself first.

Whether you are a brand spanking new mum-to-be or you have older children, your 2018 is bound to get busy(ier). Even if your life feels pretty manic now, when baby arrives, your me time will be reduce significantly.

Amongst the mayhem of Christmas, allow yourself time to relax and recuperate. You will need to kick back after visiting Grandparents and popping by to see distant relatives. Even time spent with your nearest and dearest can become intense towards the end of December.

Block out some time for you. It doesn’t have to be much, maybe a quiet bath with a book, and early night, or a date with Netflix. Plan those periods into your calendar and stick to it. Allowing your body and mind time to refresh is absolutely essential.

P.S. If your body is screaming no, say no. Reject that invite. You can do it. Be strong.

Make sure everyone gets the gift memo

It’s OK to feel a little glum about the prospect of not sipping Prosecco with your Christmas pudding. After all, who doesn’t love a tipple or two when the tinsels out?

That being said, while it’s OK to miss the drink, throwing bottles of it across the room is definitely frowned upon. Surely, no one would gift Champers to the bird with the bump? You’d be surprised.

Get the memo out early to loved ones. If there’s certain foods or smells that make you turn green, if you just won’t appreciate an anticipatory bottle of bubbly, if you’d rather not try to squeeze into an optimistically-sized sweater, let people know.

This is the time to say exactly what you want. Do it for yourself. For your sanity. You’re doing everyone else a favour too. After all, all gifts are given with the very best of intentions. Your family and friends want to see you happy.

5 Things a Pregnant Mum doesn’t want for Christmas

Christmas is coming. Lovely dark evenings speckled with twinkling lights, infused with festive smells. Thanks to online shopping, ticking off the Christmas list is doable, despite swollen ankles and aching backs. Yet, for many mums-to-be, reality soon kicks in. Perhaps you’ll still be cooking the family their excessive Christmas feast, sitting propped on the floor to wrap ten-tonne of Imaginext, and dusting all-around those delightfully decked halls. Mums make Christmas, pregnant or not. With that in mind, here’s just five simple tips for Santa. We don’t want for a lot, and we certainly don’t want any of this. Not one bit.

5 Things a Pregnant Mum doesn't want for Christmas

1. Any alcohol Any alcohol. At all. Not a drop. Even if you’ve heard we’re under the impression that a single glass of red won’t do baby any harm, buying us a bottle isn’t the way to go. No prosecco. No gin. No beloved Baileys. Remember everyone loves a tipple at Christmas time, so please don’t torture us for months to come. And forego the non-alcoholic alternatives, too. Somehow, that’s worse. In the best interests of all involved, give the booze aisle a wide berth.

2. Domestic gadgets We might not be going crazy on a Friday night, but that doesn’t mean to say we’ve turned domestic goddess overnight. Sure, it can be hard to be creative at Christmas when you’re buying for a girl and her bump, but this isn’t the time to gift an ironing board cover or new-fangled steam mop. Definitely not. Mum to be has enough to contend with without being guilted into gutting the house out. That will come soon enough anyway. Just let the good old-fashioned nesting bug do its job.

3. Cheese Can we have it? Can we not? It’s often hit and miss with dairy. When it comes to cheese the rule of thumb is ‘no goo, no blue’. Soft cheeses are a definite no-go, as are stinky favourites such as Stilton. Chances are, if you’re considering wrapping up a luxury festive cheese board, half the contents will be strictly off limits for a pregnant mum’s tum. The same goes for pâté and any shellfish dinner starters.

4. Clothes Of course, with so many edible items out of the equation, well-meaning friends and family will often select clothing for expectant mums at Christmas. But with besties and relatives looking lovely in tight fitting dresses and skinny trousers, opening up a tent-like top is bound to leave the mood a little heavy. Similarly, going to skimpy can leave mum-to-be longing for her pre-pregnancy bod. With heightened festive emotions and pre-natal hormones, cosy chic is the look to go for. Wrap up plush robes, fluffy bed socks, and some warm winter knits.

5. Bath oils Bath time goodies are always a winner! Just be wary of any rogue essential oils when shopping for bath soaks. While lavender and ylang ylang tend to be considered safe after 12 weeks, there are some oils that should always be avoided during pregnancy. Unfortunately, quite a few often feature in Christmas smelly sets. Beware of cinnamon, clove, and clary sage, which can induce premature contractions ….. especially if baby isn’t any where due yet.

So if you are buying for a pregnant relative or friend this Christmas, sometimes it is just best to ask them what they would like to open on Christmas morning.

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Essentials For Your Baby’s Nursery

If you are expecting a baby, then congratulations! What an exciting time? There is much to organise and to plan. From birth plan to strollers, there can be a lot of research into what you might need and have ready before the baby’s arrival. One of the things that is a must to have ready is the baby’s room. Although they aren’t likely to go in there to sleep right away, having a separate space to feed them, change them, and hang their clothing, can be really helpful. But what do you need to have in the baby’s room? Here are some essentials to give you some ideas.

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Night Light

Whether it is a dimmer light switch or a plug-in night light, having the ability to dim the light is a great idea. It can be peace of mind for your child as they grow, as well as helpful when you need to see to change them but don’t want to wake them with the main bright light on.

Safety Gate

You’ll have some time before your baby is going to be walking. But having a safety gate ready to go can be a good idea. You never know when they are going to decide that they can crawl. It will keep them from escaping from their room, especially if that is located close to the stairs.

Moses Basket

This is likely to go with you in the first few weeks and months. But having somewhere, other than the main crib for them to sleep, is important during those first precious months. It helps to keep them cosy and snug. Plus, if you choose a Moses basket that you can rock gently, like one of these ones, https://www.for-your-little-one.co.uk/furniture/moses-baskets, then it can be a life-saver during those sleep-deprived nights. Getting a main crib is a must, of course, but a Moses basket can be a nice addition too.

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Drawer or Closet Organiser

There will be lots of small baby things to fold and put away. So having organisers to divide it all up with can be really handy. From socks, to soothers, hair bands, and bibs; it all needs to be kept in its own place, so you can just grab them when you need them. There are some really cute ideas here if you need some inspiration of what to do: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/nursery-dresser-organization/.

Changing Mat

Whether you need to get a permanent changing table is up to you and the space that you will have in the nursery. But what you will need is a changing mat that you can move around. Then whether you’re upstairs or downstairs, you have a comfortable place to change your baby. It can make nappy changes run much more smoothly if you have one.

Last but not least, getting an oil diffuser or scented spray for the room can be a really good idea. It can help when they are feeling unwell, as well as when the smell in there is a little less than desirable! Always check that it is suitable for baby’s room though!