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.



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,, 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.



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:

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!

The New Mum’s Guide To Celebrating Their Baby’s Birth

So you’ve given birth to your new addition, and you couldn’t be more in love. All of your nearest and dearest have already met your little one, but you want to find a way to celebrate their birth with more of your friends and extended family members. The question is, how should you go about doing this? To help you to decide how to celebrate your little one’s birth, below are some tips and ideas.

Have a ‘Welcome To The World’ party

Baby Shower

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Have you ever heard of an arrival shower? To welcome your new addition to the world, hosting a ‘Welcome To The World’ party or an arrival shower, could be a great idea. Invite along a group of your friends and family and hold a party where everyone can meet the baby. Think pastel-hued decorations, like balloons and bunting, finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off, pretty cupcakes, and baby-themed games. Ideally, it’s best to do this after they’ve had their first vaccinations, to ensure that their immune system is protected. Organise this get together as a short party, lasting between two and three hours so that it doesn’t end up being too much for you or your little one. Try to avoid hosting a party during what would normally be your baby’s nap time; else you will end up with one grumpy baby who may well scream throughout the entire party.

Plan a christening or naming ceremony

If you are religious, a christening is a great way to welcome your baby into the world. Or, if you aren’t religious, a naming ceremony is a fantastic alternative. With either of these celebrations, usually, people like to bring gifts to mark the occasion, so to prevent doubles being bought, a lot of parents register for their child’s christening or naming gifts at a certain store that they like, such as somewhere like Saffron Bells, for instance. As part of the celebrations, you will also want to think about providing a venue for after the ceremony where there is food and drinks, and time to chat with your guests and thank them for attending.

Organise a photo shoot


Not a big fan of parties? Well then, how about organising a photo shoot for your new addition? Not only will these photos make incredible keepsakes, but they will also make great gifts for all of your family and friends. For anyone who isn’t able to come and see your new addition, a set of professional photos can make a great gift, and can also be a fantastic way to make them feel more included in your baby’s birth, even if they can’t be there to meet them just yet. This is a celebration that everyone can appreciate.

There you have it, a couple of ideas for celebrating the birth of your new addition. If none of these appeals to you, you could always choose to open a bottle of champagne with your friends and family to ‘wet the baby’s head’ and welcome them to the world.

The Things People Won’t Tell You About Pregnancy

If you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant for the first time, congratulations! However, there are unfortunately always things in pregnancy that aren’t just centred around the excitement and anticipation of your new arrival. These are the things that people don’t talk about when they discuss the wonders of pregnancy. So, read on now if you want to find out what you can expect to experience in the months ahead of you.

a pregnant woman is holding her tummy

You Might Get Cramps in Your Legs

Getting cramps in your legs is not much fun, but it’s something that happens a lot to women when they’re going through pregnancy. It’s not exactly clear what it is that’s causing those cramps in your legs. It could be down to problems with the blood vessels in your legs. Either way, you should prepare for it because it could be heading your way sometime soon.

Your Sense of Smell Will be Heightened

This is one of those weird things that most women experience during pregnancy. It can seem like a fun little quirk that’s associated with pregnancy, and in many ways it can be. However, it’s not always a great thing. Yes, you will pick up on nice smells, but you can also be overwhelmed by nasty smells that you might not have even noticed before. That heightened sense of smell is something to prepare for because it’s not always fun when it takes you by surprise.

Occasional Bouts of Thrush Are Common

Thrush is never pleasant, but it is one of the most common pregnancy-related problems out there. It’s not something that should worry you because regular bouts do happen. Some women experience this problem worse than others. Treating thrush is relatively straightforward, so be sure to stop it in its tracks. It’s not something that you have to suffer with, so see your doctor about it if it’s causing you real problems.

You Could Experience Excess Saliva

This is a little disgusting, but it’s worth being aware of. It’s one of those weird mysteries associated with pregnancy. There is no real explanation for this, but it’s something that many women experience and complain of. It won’t happen to everyone, so who knows if you’ll be lucky enough to experience it? You’ll have to wait and see. It’s not something that you will need to worry about too much, though.


Your Feet Might Get a Little Bigger

This is a strange one, but it does affect a lot of women. If you start to feel like your shoes are getting tighter, this could be what’s causing it. This is largely caused by the fact that your body is trying to retain more fluids than normal. It can lead to some swelling in your feet. The baby weight that you might have put on will also contribute to the problem. You might just have to buy some bigger shoes!

Pregnancy is a special time for any woman, but there are challenges waiting ahead of you, so it makes sense to be aware of them before they hit you unexpectedly and you can embrace them as part of the wonderful journey you are taking with your new baby. 

The New Mum’s Notebook | Giveaway

There are a plethora of books for new mums and every baby related store has the “must have” book for parents but as soon as you become a mum, sticking to a regime or having countless different opinions and books of advice can sometimes go out of the window.

However, The New Mum’s Notebook is a sanity-saving notebook that nurtures new mums in their first year of motherhood. It’s THE book for new mums and a perfect gift for expectant mothers. It will support and reassure them in that first year of motherhood, however they choose to raise their baby. Whether it’s their first or their fifth. The New Mum’s Notebook is every new mum’s companion and friend.

The New Mums Notebook

The first thing that struck me was the gorgeous bright colour and hardback cover. Most baby books seem to be all neutral and pastel shades and with a hardback cover, you can always “wipe off” any milk / vomit related spillages!!

One of the things I really liked about The New Mum’s Notebook is that it is NOT a baby journal. Or a parenting book/guide. It’s a book to nurture the mum, share another mum’s experiences with her and give her some space to write HER thoughts down. It is interesting to know that at least one in seven new mums suffers with PND. Many cases could be prevented with more support and more realistic expectations. The New Mum’s Notebook’s focus is on promoting mental wellbeing. And helping a new mum be kind to herself. Always.

The book is divided into the first 12 months of motherhood, with 304 pages of reassurance, love and some hilarity, as well as spaces to scribble thoughts, feelings and memories, The New Mum’s Notebook will nurture a new mum in however she chooses to raise her baby. Whether it’s her first or her fifth. So many books are written by “experts” but this one has been created by a Mum and is the book she wished that she had had!

The New Mums Notebook styling

So what do all new mums want (apart from sleep)…. My guess is that the New Mum’s Notebook would be high on the wish list! For just £16.99, it makes a perfect present for a new mum or an unusual baby shower gift.

We are therefore REALLY excited to be able to share the opportunity for you to able to win 1 of 3 copies in our latest giveaway! All you need to do is enter below.

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