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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 baby proof your garden

As soon as our children begin to sit independently, it’s not long before they’re crawling a little and causing mayhem wherever they go. Babyproofing or childproofing your home is a priority for new parents. Whether you live in a cosy two-bed apartment or a generously-sized country house, your baby is bound to take a tumble or a bump to the head, despite your best efforts.

That being said, most of us do forget to look beyond our four walls. If you have a yard or are blessed with a garden, it’s important to baby proof your outdoor space, too! Young children love to get stuck in and explore new environments, and nothing is as enticing as natural smells, textures, and colours.

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7 steps for a child-proof garden

With spring well and truly on the way, her are seven simple tips to help you childproof your garden. You’ll want that space ready asap, after all you wouldn’t want to miss those two weeks of summer we’ll be treated to mid-May.

1. Commit to regular poo patrols

Whether you have dogs or cats (or even neighbours, to be honest), be sure to regularly check your garden for any animal poo.

2. Store away tools in the shed

As tempting as it may be to drop tools and head indoors for the day, when little ones are about, always store them safely and securely away in your shed. The same goes for BBQs.

3. Be wary of water

The water in children’s paddling pools should be changed every day to ensure they aren’t exposed to nasties in the water. If you have a pond, speak with your local garden centre or gardening service, and arrange for a cover to be fitted.

4. Look out for low walls

Low walls invite climbers, which, in turn, leads to tumbles, falls, and tears. Consider building your wall higher or adapting the area to include fencing.

5. Swap slabs for grass

The spacing between paving, whether slabs or flags, are a typical trip hazard for little ones with little legs. The hard surface can also cause myriad injuries when tots take a tumble. Swap the slabs for artificial grass from Grass Direct and remove the danger and the need to mow it too!

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6. Replace poisonous plants

Give your garden the once over for any poisonous plants. Some common culprits include daffodil bulbs, rhubarb leaves, and ivy berries. Scoot them out and replace with less hazardous alternatives.

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7. Pad any sharp edges

From garden furniture to play equipment, check for sharp edges and pad them out to avoid eye injuries or other nasty bumps.

Would you add anything to the list?

Inspiring gifts for Mother & Baby

During pregnancy, and even after baby arrives, mums focus so much on preparing for labour and the myriad joys of ‘birth to five’. Of course, those are precious years, and even the mundane moments can be magical when they involve your little one.

Yet, as Christmas approaches, the festive season provides the perfect opportunity to think more inspiring gifts than inspiring births. Beyond bibs, blankets, and bubbles, what would mum and baby love to see under the Christmas tree?

Inspiring Gifts for Mother & Baby

5 of the best mum and baby gifts

1. Experience days for mum

From cake making to skydiving (yes, really), buying mum experience vouchers for a day class or activity is an excellent way to encourage her to invest in herself again. As many of us know, it can be oh-so difficult for mums to find time for themselves, both during pregnancy and after birth. We have been taking a look at the Gifts for Her from Groupon and whether she’s a vino enthusiast, a TV show fanatic, or a shabby chic upcycling queen, there’s an experience voucher or idea out there with her name on it.

2. Baby massage or yoga subscription

Looking after a baby is a rewarding but nonetheless tiring task. It is important that mum and her little one spend relaxing time together, away from the daily routine at home. A baby massage or baby yoga subscription is an ideal alternative to traditional new baby presents. Not only will the gift promote parent and child wellbeing, they are also superlative bonding  activities.

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3. Personalised post-natal art

Most new mums love to have their baby scans, newborn photographs, and even pregnancy pics, mounted, framed and on display. Of course, these make gorgeous gifts, that parents treasure forever, but there are other artistic options. Online arty types will now transform your favourite photo into a conceptualised feature piece, either using computer design or raw art materials, such as watercolour and oils

4. Language tuition

Learning a foreign language isn’t necessarily the first thing that pops to mind when considering gifts for mums and babies. That said, studies have shown that when it comes to language learning, the earlier the better. Through the application of basic nouns and simple sentences, it is possible to learn a new language, gradually, alongside your youngster

5. Helping hand vouchers

Ask any new mum. Any. Go on. Is there really anything better than a babysitting voucher? Or a quick house clean coupon? Perhaps a my-treat tea token? Absolutely not. If your loved one has a little one on the way, why not make her up a book of personalised helping hand vouchers? There’s really nothing better than a bunch of practical, thoughtful gestures that can be redeemed guilt-free when baby makes an appearance. She’ll thank you forever.

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.

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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.