Anastasia’s Nursery

Finally the nursery is complete! In a total contrast to the girls bold prints and bright colours, Anastasia’s nursery is calm and tranquil with new white furniture and pastel coloured textiles. Her room is quite small so using these shades opened up the space and makes it feel much bigger than it is. Let me talk you through the details…

I have written more about this fabulous Stokke furniture here but to summarise; it is simply amazing. Not only does everything in it have a dual purpose (the crib will one day be Anastasia’s first writing desk!) it is unbelievably stylish. It is also brilliant quality, Paul put it all together which normally results in a few days hard graft, a lot of swearing and a few wobbly bits on the finished article – but this took no time at all and is remarkably sturdy. It is also designed to be space saving so perfect for such a small room.

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Stokke Home

This gorgeous lamp shade is part of the Millie & Boris collection at Mamas and Papas, it fits in perfectly with the calming shades of the rest of the room and gives a warm light through the fabric.

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Lamp shade, Mamas & Papas

The wooden pictures are also from Mamas and Papas and have been saved from Scarlett’s nursery 4 years ago.

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Wooden pictures, Mamas & Papas

This summer sleeping bag is by Stokke. It is linen with a soft jersey lining to keep Anastasia warm and cosy at night. You can see the bottom is currently folded up but should last until she is at least 6 months when unfolded.

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Linen sleeping bag, Stokke

The cot bed is the real star of the show with its beautiful drapes and tent roof. It’s the textiles that impressed me the most with this set; the way they are made and fit to the furniture, it makes it so easy to remove or replace them later on down the line when this is a play tent and no longer used for sleeping!

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Cot bed, Stokke

This beautiful quilt is by Susie Watson and doubles as a play mat. It is part of the Bird and Flower collection. I imagine there will be more of this print making its way into the nursery eventually…

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Quilt, Susie Watson

This fabric covered letter was a gift for Anastasia from Mamas & Papas and the colours work perfectly in the room!

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Wall hanging fabric letter, Mamas & Papas

Our new baby monitor is by Withings, it isn’t wired up yet as Anastasia is still in our room, but it’s such a stylish little gizmo I thought I’d put it up anyway! With it’s wide angle view, 12 x zoom, HD crystal clear video stream, time-lapsed recap function and sound alerts straight to your phone for noise and air quality (it’s also compatible with the new Apple watch in case you’re interested!); this is a seriously smart little monitor that will be useful long after the baby days.

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Baby monitor, Withings

The other talking point of the room is this fabulous canvas. It is the name celebration print by Illuminated Canvas, fitted with fairy lights that give a gorgeous glow to the room at night. It works on standard batteries and has a discreet switch on the side – a great alternative to a standard night light!

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Wall art, Illuminated Canvas

This stylish toy storage is also a little ‘push along’ for when Anastasia is ready to try walking! This is from Vertbaudet and currently in the sale!

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Toy storage, Vertbaudet

Her cradle is currently in our bedroom, she sleeps all night in it the little treasure! The luxury blanket is silk and bamboo and is from Babes with Babies.

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Cradle, Stokke. Blanket, Babes With Babies

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Anastasia Grace, 11 weeks old in her Superlove Merino gown

The two products I really swear by for a new born are by Burts Bees and Little Butterfly London. Both of which I use on my own skin! The Little Butterfly London nappy cream works wonders on your hands after soothing babies bottom! And the Baby Bee oil is used when I give Anastasia a full body massage after her bath.

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Burts Bees Baby Bee and Little Butterfly London Nappy Cream

And finally this beautiful Daisy Chain bunting that transforms our stark white walls in to a cosy and playful room is again, by Susie Watson.

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Bunting, Susie Watson

I wonder when she’ll actually sleep in it?!

Scarlett and Savannah’s New Bedroom!

With the arrival of Anastasia, some changes around the home have had to be made… The spare room is just too essential with a new baby in the house so we have decided to put Scarlett and Savannah into one room. As it was originally Scarlett’s room, we wanted to totally transform it so that they were excited about the new room share. Well, today the bunk beds arrived and whilst the girls were at pre-school I had them assembled and spent the afternoon adding all new accessories to give the girls a brilliant surprise when they got home! I am so pleased with the end result, I thought I would share some pics with you on here…

Trying to find suitable bunk beds for a 2 and 4 year old is harder than you may think! We finally settled on this Parisot set because it has a stair case instead of a ladder making those midnight trips to the loo far safer! It also has additional storage and shelves that the girls are going to love filling up. I managed to get this in the sale from The Kids Window and made the decision to let professionals put it together rather than Paul. It was a matter of safety… We got a middle of the range mattress from Mamas and Papas and can totally recommend it for quality and comfort.

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Bunk Beds from The Kids Window

The Ikea shelving unit was already in the room but I replaced the storage boxes with plain pink to give it a new look.

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Ikea Expedit Shelves

These beautiful children’s illustrations are The Royal Collection from Daisy and Bump. You may have spotted these already on my Instagram, these classic and elegant prints will certainly be treasured for years to come.

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Daisy and Bump set of 3 Princess Prints

These wicker lined baskets come as a set of 3 from JoJo Maman Bebé and are a great solution for storing the girls ridiculous amount of cuddly toys!

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JoJo Maman Bebé toy storage

The fabric letters are also from JoJo’s and make a great feature now that wall space is limited!

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JoJo Maman Bebé fabric covered letters

The bedding is called Horsing Around Peony and is part of the Kids collection at Designers Guild. It’s luxury to the touch (which isn’t easy to find for kids bedding – most of it gives you an electric shock!) and is colourful enough to get the girls seal of approval! I really love this cushion…

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Designers Guild Kids Bed Linen

Scarlett’s bunnies are by Jelly Kitten and the one in the middle has been personalised with her name at My 1st Years.

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Jelly Kitten cuddly toys. These ones are the favourites :)

The bold wool rug in lime greens and fuchsia pinks really brings the room together and is great quality at a very reasonable price! I picked this up from Room to Grow.

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Rug from Room to Grow

This lamp shade was made by a close friend and designer Edwina Sercombe.

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Lamp shade by Edwina Sercombe, Gro Clock & Cath Kidston Bear

Some bits taken from Savannah’s room – her personalised bag and my favourite photo from her first shoot with Mrs Shutterspeed.

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Savannah in her Angels Face tutu!

And here are the girls after pre-school LOVING their new bunk beds! Let’s see how the first night goes… My money is on them staying up all night swapping beds.

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First time on the top bunk!

Father’s Day Giveaway: WIN 1 of 3 Hurley Burley Personalised Leather Key Rings!

In case you haven’t sorted out your Father’s Day gift yet, Scarlett and Me have put together a new prize draw with our favourite online jewellery boutique, Hurley Burley, to give three of you the chance to win one of these gorgeous leather personalised key rings.

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You can personalise this key ring by having your child’s drawing engraved on a sterling silver dogtag with a special message on the back, or perhaps for your own dad – have some sentimental words engraved on a sterling silver disc.

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Hurley Burley will gift wrap this gorgeous gift in their trademark little black box tied with a silk ribbon and aim to get this to your Father just in time for his special day.

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And now for your chance to WIN…

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

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  • Comment below to tell us what makes the Father in your life so wonderful!

The 3 extremely lucky winners will be notified on Wednesday 17th June so that their Dads can receive their gift in time for Father’s Day! 

You can check out the rest of the beautiful collection of personalised gifts by Hurley Burley here

Best of luck! 

xx

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Review: Bluestone National Park Resort, Wales

Bluestone National Park is a family resort set in the picturesque county of Pembrokeshire, West Wales. We were invited to spend 4 nights here so that we could review and share our experience with our lovely subscribers. This resort is 100% focused on the kids and because of that, I thought I’d hand this review over to the girls! Afterall, it’s them Bluestone had to impress… So in Scarlett’s and Savannah’s own words (mostly!), here’s their week at Bluestone…

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We stayed in an upside down house called a Ramsay lodge and our address was 1 Knights Rest, it was soooo cool! Because well, it was upside down! It had two spacious bedrooms downstairs (Me and Savannah even had our own bathroom which was really cool), and upstairs was a large open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge. We invited some friends on holiday with us too and they were in the next lodge down which meant we could easily pop to each other’s holiday houses in the evenings to play!

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I think mummy and daddy might be quite lazy because most families were on bikes, but we had a golf buggy. Still I wasn’t complaining, this was one of my highlights of the week! If you visit Bluestone, you should definitely hire one too, it’s so much fun!

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Mummy pre-booked the kids show in the Wild Wood Cafe and it was brilliant. It had a massive dancing hedgehog and Peter Pan was the story teller (mummy kept saying it wasn’t Peter Pan but he had green tights on so who else could it have been??) and the food was included in the price of the tickets. Daddy wasn’t very impressed and kept saying it was a bit expensive for what we got, but me and Savannah loved it. In my opinion the platter of sausages, chicken nuggets, chips and beans was of 5* restaurant quality and I loved every mouthful. 

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There was a water park too but due to the storm the day before, there was some technical difficulties and the water was a bit cold but it didn’t stop me from jumping the waves and floating around the outdoor rapids! Savannah mostly stayed in the shallow pool pulling herself along the floor telling anyone that would listen that she was a mermaid. And mummy and Anastasia chilled out on the deck chairs. 

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On Wednesday the sun finally came out so we ventured out on our buggy to Camp Smokey which is a traditional log cabin set deep in the forest. 

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We stopped for hot chocolate and hot dogs cooked on the smokey grill.

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And then sat around the outside fire toasting marshmallows to stay warm in the very shady woods! 

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We went on a quick walk before we all accepted that the buggy was a more enjoyable option… 

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It seemed like any ordinary woods until you looked up… This place packs some serious adventures for the older kids and adults including a sky wire which seemed very popular! 

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And when the grown ups wanted to sit down for a drink at the Tavern in the village, us kids played in the coolest park called The Tree House, it was great for all of us aged between 1 and 6! 

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And most evenings, after we had our tea, there was a Free Kids Hour taking place in a  small marquee on the village green where we played games and had a dance – Taylor Swift seemed to be the DJ’s favourite and fortunately mummy had taught me a really good dance routine to ‘Shake It Off’ so I felt well prepared for the disco. 

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And if all this wasn’t enough, mummy and daddy took us to the indoor Adventure Centre which was AWESOME!!! It even had a bouncy castle which is Savannah’s favourite. We were in bed fast asleep by 7 every night, mummy and daddy simply couldn’t believe it.

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We took our scooters (we don’t go anywhere without them) but it was a bit hilly and Savannah and I aren’t quite experts on them yet, so we mostly walked with our helmets on and the grown ups had to carry the scoots. (Standard.)

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Mummy said her favourite part of the week was her morning spent in The Well Spa with her friend. Looked kinda boring to me though… 

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And on our last day, we went to the beach in Tenby which was only a short drive away. It was so much fun! We played football on the sand, made sand pies, rock pooling and had races with the waves (which were freezing btw)!

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Tenby is such a beautiful little town, we stopped for dinner in a local restaurant by the sea before heading back to our holiday house at Bluestone. 

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In all, we had such a lovely time, made some great memories with our friends and Anastasia seemed to enjoy her first little holiday! To all of my pre-school friends, definitely get your mummy’s to book this place up – it was brilliant! 

Lots of love, 

Scarlett xxx

 

Press Event: The Natural Baby Shower Flagship Store Opening

Anastasia and I have just returned from a really fantastic press event held to celebrate the Natural Baby Showers flagship store opening in Bagshot, Surrey. We were given a private and very exclusive show round of their luxury products before the store opens to the public in tomorrows grand opening!

I first came across this brand online almost 5 years ago when pregnant with Scarlett, they had the best selection of Merino Kids at the very best prices! They are still soaring online with special offers and a huge collection of luxury baby bits but now, they have opened an actual store where you can buy, try and browse the very best in baby paraphernalia! And the best bit of all? It’s opened less than 5 minutes from my home. Result!

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The store is situated just off the high street with its own parking.

The whole experience of this store was fabulous from the moment I entered. The knowledge of the staff is superb which is exactly what you need when shopping for a baby, and the selection of brands is seriously impressive. It was so refreshing walking into a baby store and not to be greeted with the same old products and brands, I was particularly impressed with their collection of prams – check this little beauty out by Mima!

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Mima, Xari 3-in-1 pushchair

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I was in Merino heaven… Such an impressive collection of merino, organic and ethically sourced clothes that make beautiful new baby gifts!

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The Aden & Anais display was particularly impressive!

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Only the best, high quality wooden toys – my girls particularly love the cake stand by Le Toy Van!

Upstairs the rooms are divided to display their luxury nursery collections (including Boori – my favourite!), as well as offering a spacious dressing area so that you may try on their selection of maternity wear or perhaps want some privacy to feed your baby.

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As a Brand Ambassador we got very excited when we saw this Babymoov display upstairs!

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Plenty of space to sample the pushchairs, the car seats are coming soon!

The team at Natural Baby Shower believe it to be imperative that they know everything there is to know about the products they sell so that they can advise their customers properly and offer the best possible experience instore. It also helps that they all seem totally baby mad!

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Victoria, Founder of The Natural Baby Shower holding a very content Anastasia!

Chatting to Victoria, mum of 4 and founder of the Natural Baby Shower, it was obvious how determined she was to make this the ultimate shopping experience for new mums and mums to be. In the not too distant future she even plans to start a Baby Concierge service which just sounds amazing and an absolute godsend when you don’t know where to start with your pregnancy and baby shopping! I’ll tell you more about this once it’s launched.

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Great selection of premium nappy bags including Storksak, Pacapod and Babymel

I am delighted to have such a beautiful store on my door step that stocks pretty much all of my favourite mummy and baby brands, never again will I be stuck without a gift! Here is a taster of some of the luxury brands they stock either online or in-store…

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Make sure you check back on here soon, we are currently working together on a rather fabulous new baby competition :)

 

To all of my local subscribers – be sure to check it out and support our local community you absolutely won’t be disappointed, and to those who are just too far away, you can still take advantage of the special offers and stunning packaging by shopping online here

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The grand and official opening is May 30th 2015 at Windlebrook House, Guildford Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5NG.

It’s going to be celebrated with generous offers, designer giveaways and a free luxury gift wrapping service with every purchase, so pop on by if you can :) 

Post Baby Pampering

9 months of pregnancy can really take its toll on your body. Your hair, your skin, your nails, even your teeth can be effected by the new hormones circulating your body and it’s rarely for the better! So now that baby is here, I intend to give myself a weekly once-over with all of these luxury products to help repair and recover my tired body from the outside in! From oil pulling to body polishing check out my top luxury items for a DIY pamper session…

Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo, £11.05 at Hairtrade.com

Starting from the top – head straight to Hairtrade.com and browse their huge collection of luxury haircare at very affordable prices. I needed something pretty heavy duty for my dry hair so a luxury daily wash and weekly deep mask treatment was my best bet at bringing some life back into it!

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Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets, £18.10 at Hairtrade.com

If you have the time, leave this on towel dried hair for up to 15 minutes before rinsing away, the results are instant!

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Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Serum, £99

This really is the serum of all serums… To be applied before moisturiser, it will stimulate cell renewal and give you a glowing complexion within days of use. It promises to reduce fine lines but as I have only been using this for a few days I can’t comment on this, I can however tell you that my skin tone looks more even and certainly has a noticeably healthier feel!

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ESPA Skincare Exfoliating Body Polish, £32

This is a seriously luxurious body polish. I apply this to damp skin when I get out of the shower and then jump back in to wash it all off. Takes no time at all and the results are amazing! It’s a very gentle exfoliator but leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth.

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ESPA Skincare Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan, £34

And for a real treat, once my body is polished and moisturised, I add a touch of ESPA’s latest product – the Gradual Tan. No awful fake tan smell and certainly no streaks. It’s very mild and can be applied daily to build up a natural looking tan, but for a healthy glow – I’ll apply to body and face once a week. Just remember to wash your hands after :)

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Elemis Jasmine and Rose, Hand and Nail Cream, £18

I keep a quality hand cream on me at all times. My hands and cuticles get so dry these days, I’m not sure if it’s another post pregnancy effect or just the weather – but this gorgeous cream has certainly improved them.

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Cocowhite Assorted Flavours, £19.99

Now I haven’t actually tried these yet, but from extensive research these seem like the best in their field so are on my ‘things to get’ list! You’ve probably heard all about the teeth whitening benefits from oil pulling, but actually, it is the health benefits to your mouth that interest me most with this ancient remedy. Swishing the oil around your mouth actually pulls all toxins including bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums to make them much healthier all round.  Will let you know how I get on :)

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The Gadgets Every New Parent Needs

Most parents will be able to relate to the ‘Witching Hours’ where basically for no reason at all your baby will cry. Like clock-work. Every. Single. Day… This is usually in the evening. The Witching Hours in our house are between 7.30pm and 10.30pm where we have a rotation system trying every gizmo in the house to see what will settle Anastasia. We are yet to resort to putting her in the car seat for a drive around the block to get her to sleep – something we did regularly with Scarlett and Savannah! Well here are a few things we have discovered that might help you during those troubling times as well as a few luxuries that make the good times even better during those early days with your new baby.

Swoon Motion by Babymoov, £159.99

So our first stop during Witching Hour is the Swoon Motion, a truly marvellous baby swing! This will definitely buy us a fair amount of peace, at least enough to watch Eastenders. It swings, rocks and plays lovely lullaby’s (honestly, the music is actually really nice!) but what is most genius about it is the motion sensor that detects when your baby wakes so it can gently rock her back to sleep!

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Canon Powershot N2 Exclusive to Jessops, £249

Don’t make the same mistake I did and take all those precious snaps on your phone, invest in a quality camera to capture these memories. I’m gutted that all of Savannah’s new baby pics were taken on my phone and not printable quality. This is the most fantastic little digital camera, it looks fab, fits perfectly into your nappy bag but the best thing of all? The skin smoothing feature when on selfie mode – this setting is a ‘must have’ for any new mum! Plus it can connect to wi-fi meaning you can still upload all your latest pics on Instagram and Facebook :)

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Boba Wrap from Natural Baby Shower, £38

With 3 kids – you definitely need both hands free and this little sling has been a saviour for that! Anastasia, like most babies is only happy when being held. She is content when out and about in her buggy and car seat, but when we are at home just mooching about the house – that is when I use this most! It takes a little while to get used to assembling, but it’ll soon be second nature.

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TheraPearl 3 in 1 Breast Therapy by Lansinoh £12.95

Whether you breast feed or not, on approximately day 2 after having your baby the milk will ‘come in’ and for some, that means engorgement and pain! It doesn’t last long and whilst I am a firm believer in the healing powers from savoy cabbage leaves it’s a bit gross stuffing them in your bra! These pads can be used hot or cold and will offer instant pain relief as well as aiding your milk flow in case of blocked ducts or mastitis.

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Baby Bouncer by Joie, £70

And our final little sanity saviour is the reliable bouncer. This is essential for our meal times because you can bounce it with your foot leaving you with both hands to eat! A luxury only a new parent can appreciate :)

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Which products couldn’t you live without?