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07 Fashion special from mamas & papas

26 Top 5 Strollers

16 Through The Looking Glass interview with Lara & Ollie

28 Latest News

17 The Easter Edit

32 Out And About

18 The Katie Piper Maternity Collection

37 Health Advice

25 Sporty Spring with M&S

30 Fit For A Royal Nursery

50 Mumpreneur: Charlotte Rampling Cha

Publisher: Donia Assour Art Director: Yilmaz Mustafa


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Spot Pinafore Set £25 Tassel Shoes £12 Spot All-In-One £14

Panda Sweater £16

Stripe Frill Bodysuit £12

Printed Bibs (Set of 3) £12

Geo Print Dress £16 Panda Print Dress £14

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Bear Backpack £25 Sea Creature Print Sweater £16


Orange Print T-Shirt £8

Stripe Top £16

Monkey Trainers £10

Navy Print Joggers £12

Blue Dungaree Set £25

Sea Creature Print Sweater £16

Blue Pac-A-Mac £19

Orange Gilet £25




Sea Creature Print Sweater £16 Navy Chinos £12

Bear Backpack £25 Bunny Backpack £25

Embroided Collar Blouse £16 Jeggings £12



Waistcoat With Shirt & Floral Print Tie £25 Jeans £16

Lurex jumper £19 Gold Spot Tutu £22 15

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Interview with Our company, Lara & Ollie, designs and sells silicone teething necklaces and bangles. Our aim is to break the convention of stereotypical teething jewellery with shapes, designs and colours that enable mums to accessorise an everyday jeans and t-shirt combo and feel like they’ve made an effort. What’s clever is that the jewellery is safe for babies to chew, fiddle with and enjoy too.

What made you come up with your business idea? We met through our NCT class in January 2014, just before we had our kids - who happen to be called Lara and Ollie! We both love jewellery and accessories but quickly realised when we became mums that we couldn’t wear it unless we were away from the kids; not only was it potentially pretty dangerous, we didn’t want anything broken. Having made jewellery for fun a few years back we loved the concept of teething necklaces but couldn’t find much we liked, so we sourced some beads and made a few. We had amazing feedback from friends and mums we were getting to know locally, all of whom wanted to know where they could buy them. So we thought why not give it a go and here we are.

What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them? As with any new business, we’ve had many challenges to overcome, some small and simple, others big and complicated! But perhaps the biggest (ongoing) challenge is juggling full time parenthood with running our own business. Mainly because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything. The kids are great buddies which means they spend a lot of time together playing whilst we talk shop, but we’re hugely ambitious and sometimes we just have to prioritise, when really we want to do everything immediately. We’re not very patient!

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How old were your children when you started your business and is it hard to juggle a business and a family? Lara and Ollie had just turned 1 when we officially launched. However we had spent the previous 7 months working on the idea. We were, and still are, full time mums so the process arguably took a little bit longer, Since launching we’ve had minimal childcare so we tended just to work when the kids slept. The minute they were in bed, we were working. But of course throughout the day we were taking calls, on email and social media – we became masters of pushing a buggy whilst emailing / texting / posting! Lara and Ollie have now just started nursery school which gives us a bit more time to work. And Anna’s baby no2 Charlie is 1 and he still sleeps in the day thankfully!! sle

What is the best thing about running your own business? Without a doubt it’s the flexibility it gives you, particularly when you’re a full time mum. Whilst we’re hugely ambitious for the business, we’ve always said that our kids and families must come first and ultimately you really do get out what you put in! Where we’re also lucky is that we’ve got each other! Firstly, being able to go on holiday and not worry or work… genuinely this is a huge thing as there’s almost always one of us here to keep things going. It’s also great to be able to discuss and brainstorm things together, having someone to bounce ideas off, particularly when we both have different views. One of us will often remember something the other had forgotten and if one of us is feeling tired and is worrying about something, invariably the other is feeling good and positive - so there’s usually a good balance. To view the collection visit:



1. The Easter Edit 4.

Get set for Easter with accesories and clothing adorned with cute bunny and lamb motifs in spring pastel shades.



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1. Sheep stool £194.95 2. Luggy Basket £39 | Piki basket £25 3. Sleeping bag £38.95 4. Rabbit robe £49 5. Bunny hair clips £6 Rockahula Kids at | Bunny Snap Clips £4| 6. Rabbit apron £32.95 7. Rabbit basket £26.50 8. Lamb babygrow £41 9. Rabbit bamboo tabelware set £24.95 10. Bunny poster £23.95 17

FASHION We are very excited to Introduce you to Katie's new maternity collection consisting of 26 pieces in a variety of block colour ways, prints and vibrant tones to match Katie’s own style. Items within the collection include skater, bodycon, wrap over and midi dresses, along with a mix of t-shirts and jumpsuits to ensure every mum-to-be feels confident, com fortable and stylish during her expecting months. Each piece was carefully selected by Katie and the Want That Trend team to ensure all mothers-to-be can find the perfect outfit to embrace their bump at an affordable price point. The collection is available in sizes 6-18 and gives women across the UK the opportunity to feel amazing in their fashion choices during a time when women often struggle to flatter their changing shape. Katie says 'I wanted to launch my own maternity range as soon as I found out the wonderful news that I was expecting my second child. Throughout my first pregnancy I struggled to find any maternity clothes that I liked and couldn’t believe how expensive maternity clothes were – especially as you are only able to wear them for a few months! Pregnancy is a time where our body hang-ups become exaggerated and our confidence is tested, so I hope that other women are able to embrace the changes to the body that pregnancy brings and feel gorgeous in my new ‘Mother’ maternity collection.’ All items are available from;

Navy Pleated Overlay £29.95



White Crochet Maxi, £49.95


Pink Ruffle Layer Dress, £39.95



Green Belted Pleated Tie Dress, £28.00


FASHION M&S Collection Gilet


M&S Collection Top

M&S Collection Leggings


M&S Collection High Impact Bra


M&S Collection Cropped Leggings



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Stride into Spring with stylish activewear from M&S. With a mix of products suitable for low to high intentsity there’s something for everyone this season. Whether it’s a weekend run or a mindful mid-week yoga session, looking chic whilst working out has never been so easy.

M&S Collection Top £19.50

M&S Collection Extra High Impact Non-Padded Sports Bra £25.00


Mima Xari


Mima Xari Pushchair Perfectly combining luxury with functionality, the smart and futuristic inspired Mima Xari pushchairs are easy to assemble and manoeuvre, lightweight and compact. Offering bespoke packages, customised designs and unique customer service, Mima is like no other brand on the market. Loved by celebrities and now available in Royal Blue and Limited Edition, Yellow! From £1,099.

£499Stokke® Scoot


TOP STROLLERS Stokke® Scoot is a compact urban stroller that grows with your child. “Best in Class” features make it easy to push, fold with the seat unit on and carry away for your on the go city lifestyle. Scoot gives a smooth ride. Its small footprint makes it the ideal solution for travel, navigating busy streets and public transit. Two-way seat with 3 positions each way: Activee, Rest, and Sleep. Adjustable rotation handle with 3 positions in use and 1 completed folded position for compact folding. Lockable swivel wheels that make it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces. Spacious shopping basket with easy access from all sides. High seat position to bring the child to tables in cafes/restaurants. Oversized canopy with UPF 50+ for protection. Stokke® BeSafe Car Seats can be used with Stokke® Scoot™ as a travel system without the use of adaptors. Stokke® offers Car Seat Adaptors making it possible to use selected models of car seats made by other manufacturers. Stokke® Scoot™ £499 Stokke® Scoot™ Hood Canopy £39.

£699Mamas & Papas Anthracite

Britax B-LITE - The lightweight and nimble BRITAX B-LITE is easy to manoeuvre, and therefore perfect for cities and public transport. It’s travel system compatible, so you can add an infant carrier or soft carrycot for complete flexibility. And, for total convenience, when it’s not in use, it folds down to a compact size making it easy to stow away £180

Anthracite is the new black according to Mamas & Papas. This April, the award winning Ocarro pushchair will see a brand new Signature Edition introduced to the range: the Ocarro Anthracite. Inspired by the ‘black diamond’ itself and enriched with the same metallic lustre of anthracite rock, the chassis brings a stylish shimmer to all journeys. With the same plush fabrics, leatherette detailing and quilted lining as other Mamas & Papas Signature Edition pushchairs – This ride is not only comfortable but designed to stand out. Quick & easy one-handed fold; folds down whether forward or rear-facing. Compact without compromising comfort – the big lie-flat seat still folds compactly. Air vent provides breathable, cooling protection from the sun. Large, extendable hood offers lots of shelter and privacy for baby. Reflective trim on wheels for greater visibility at night and recently awarded a Which? Best Buy, the Ocarro pushchair takes you anywhere you need to go and is available in a pushchair only option or as a 4,5 or 6 piece bundle. Ocarro Signature Edition Anthracite pushchair £699, 4 piece pushchair bundle £936, 5 piece pushchair bundle £1111, 6 piece pushchair bundle £1221

£120 Britax HOLIDAY


Britax B-LITE

Britax HOLIDAY - No matter where or how you like to travel, the lightweight BRITAX HOLIDAY is the perfect companion for your trip. Thanks to its compact folding format and carry strap, you can quickly and easily pack it up and leave le for your next destination £120 27

Heavenly Tasty Heavenly Tasty: The team at family superfood brand, Heavenly Tasty Organics, have launched a delicious new snack. Introducing Organic Corn Puffs, a super tasty, heart-shaped, low sugar corn snack. Available in two tasty flavours; Sweet potato & carrot and Apple & strawberry, the ca heart-shaped Corn Puffs are available in handy 15g portions making them the ideal snack for hungry toddlers on the go! Like all the products from Heavenly’s health conscious collection, the Corn Puffs contain absolutely no added sugars, colours or preservatives. RRP: £0.69 - from Ocado & Morrisons UK

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Moba: The team behind the revolutionary and modern Moba Moses Basket have added two stunning new colours to its award-winning range this month; pretty Blush Pink and cool Mint Green. The one-of-a-kind Moba Moses basket is a stylish family accessory for every home but is durable and extremely practical too! Thanks to its bespoke hypo-allergenic plastic, it can be thoroughly washed and wiped clean, making it super hygienic. Add to that its lightweight structure and soft flexible material means it is not only convenient for manoeuvring around the house, but with no rustling or creaking wicker, its silent too! £99.00 Website:

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Love Boo: Award-winning, British-made brand, Love Boo, have created the ultimate goody box to help mums prepare for their bundle of joy. The luxurious gift box includes nine heavenly products to pamper both mum and baby, making it the ideal new mum and baby shower present. Providing mums-to-be with some lovely treats in the lead-up to their little one’s arrival, the kit features five gifts for mum including the much-loved Miracle Oil, Splendidly Soothing Bath Soak, Silky Soft Body Wash, Soft & Splendid Creamy Body Smoother and last but not least, Perineum Oil. Not forgetting little ones, the must-have it also includes four goodies for little ones; Very Gentle Top To Toe Wash, Kind & Creamy Baby Lotion, Soft & Splashy Bubbles and Soothing Bottom Butter! £60 Available exclusively from John Lewis


T h e G ro C o m p a ny The Gro Company: The UK’s leading sleep brand have announced the arrival of two new gorgeous Jacquard Grobags. Introducing Interstellar Sparkle and Blushing Tulips, two soft and sophisticated prints set to complement every nursery this Spring – with the soft colour palette, simple shapes and gorgeous fabric, these two new Jacquard Grobags are set to be a true highlight this season and certainly reflect this season’s trends. RRP: £34.99 Stockist:

Little Jude’s

Little Jude’s: Little Jude’s Chocolate Milk and Banana Milk, a wholesome treat for little ones from two years. Full of goodness, it is no surprise the new product is officially registered ‘Schools Compliant’. The flavoured milk, which is the second product under the Little Jude’s brand created by British Ice cream experts Jude’s, will be available in individual cartons from Sainsbury’s and Ocado. Using only 100% naturally sourced ingredients, Little Jude’s Chocolate Milk and Banana Milk offers added health benefits having been made with added vitamin D and calcium. With absolutely no refined sugar, the nutritious drinks have been naturally sweetened with honey to ensure sugar is kept as low as possible. RRP £1.25


Snüz: From the brand behind the iconic SnüzPod 3 in 1 Bedside Crib and striking SnüzKot Collection, comes yet another stylish product. Launching this Spring, Snüz are thrilled to unveil an exciting range of baby gifts. Sure to make the perfect present, the gifts are suitable from birth. Each product is available in the brands much loved Designz prints promising a contemporary and stylish finish. The new gifts include: Bath and Bed set: Including a hooded towel and bath mitt made from extra absorbent and cosy micro cotton, as well as a super soft sleepsuit. Sleepsuit and Comforter Gift Set: Complete with the brands breathable jersey cotton sleepsuit and a snuggly matching comforter. Baby Hooded Towel: Perfect for wrapping baby up after bath time. RRP: £19.95 (Sleepsuit and Baby Comforter Set) £36.95 (Baby Bath & Bed Set) £22.95 (Baby Hooded Towel) | Stockist:



SweetDreamers: the brand behind the iconic sleep aid, ewan the dream sheep, have unveiled the newest member of the flock! Introducing Baa Baa Blankie, a gorgeously soft comforter blanket. Just when you thought the UK’s favourite sleep aid couldn couldn’t get any better, the latest member of the Sweet Dreamers flock offers all the comfort your little one will need. Featuring ewan’s loveable face in classic purple or grey, this super soft comfort blanket is snuggly and plush with a lovely silk edging, which babies will love touching. Perfect for helping your little one drift off to dreamland at home or on the go, without the need to count sheep! RRP: £13.99 Stockist: Medela: The Big Breastfeeding Café Mums are a encouraged to celebrate and chat all things Happy Hopperz: breastfeeding, The much-loved brand behind the share experiences multi award winning collection of and support each bright inflatable animals has unother over a cuppa veiled its highly anticipated 2018 and a treat t this collection. Introducing 8 brand new Tuesday 15th May. A breeds, each one set to become this recent survey comsummers must have mode of transpleted by over 1,400 mums, found that 50% of those questioned port for little ones! Hopping onto believe the most helpful breastfeeding advice and support they the toddler scene the gang includes received came from local breastfeeding support groups, and a Triceratop, Giraffe, Cow, Moose, family and friends. Ranking significantly higher than all other Bull, Horse, Dragon and a very on channels including midwives and GPs, parenting books and trend Unicorn. In a striking array of websites. The new results show just how valuable speaking to colours including a new metallic other mums can be and comes at a time when leading breastrange for the very first time. Suitable feeding brand, Medela, announces that The Big Breastfeeding from 12m | RRP: £25.99 | Stockist: Cafe will return for the third year this May. 29

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Valentina Home

Valentina Home specialise in designing and making luxury exclusive hand carved French Rococo style bedroom furniture with a contemporary look and feel. Exclusive, hand-made and not available anywhere else. co All cots convert to beds and will last a child up until the age of 4 years old. Come visit us and co-design the baby bedroom of your dreams!

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Welcoming a family of four endangered Amur tigers, ‘tigers truly rock’ at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in 2018, with the launch of Tiger Rock on Saturday May 5, an exhilarating log flume ride in Land of the Tiger, featuring a new innovative big cat enclosure with Europe’s first overhead trails. Watch these majestic animals roam above you as you explore this new unchart ed territory. Make a splash on Tiger Rock, an exhilarating log flume ride where the whole family gets a unique view of Chessington’s resident endangered Amur tigers - its ‘roar-some foursome’ - as you journey alongside their new innovative enclosure. The riverboat journey’s finale sees you climb to the summit of Tiger Rock, before plunging the 15 metre tall misty waterfall drop, right through the centre of the giant tiger’s head carved rock. Said to have magical properties, Tiger Rock passes the spirit of the tiger on to those who descend the fall. And that’s not all the fun to have at Chessington in 2018. Journey on thrilling rides with a flight of fright on Vampire, a soaring spin on Dragon’s Fury or take a daring trip into Africa on ZUFARI! Discover exotic and endangered animals above and below the seas. Walk among jungle giants such as lions and gorillas in Trail of the Kings or get lost beneath the

waves in the SEA LIFE centre in an undersea empire full of sharks, rays, and jellyfish. Meet monkeys, greet giraffes and roam with rhinos. And don’t forget to come face-to-face with the most terrible creature of all, the Gruffalo! Discover him on The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure where you join Mouse on a riverboat journey through the deep dark wood and see the much loved story de magically unfold in front of your eyes with exciting twists and turns along the way. Make yours an overnight adventure in one of Chessington’s themed Hotels, embark on a quest for treasure in the Azteca, journey into the Savannah in the Safari or for truly fearless Adventurers, sleep under the stars in Explorer Glamping.

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TOWERS EXPERIENCE WICKER MAN THIS YEAR AT ALTON TOWERS RESORT The Alton Towers Resort in the heart of Staffordshire is home to three fantastically themed hotels, an Enchanted Village, wacky Waterpark, luxury Spa, Extraordinary Golf, Rollercoaster Restaurant and of course, not forgetting over 50 amazing rides and attractions! New for 2018 – Wicker Man - a thrilling rollercoaster experience guaranteed to get your heart pumping and senses tingling! Look out for the Beornen, a primitive community of people of who live in the woods nearby. ‘Be Chosen’ when they invite you to join them on a unique journey that will have you hurtling towards a six-storey high Wicker Man effigy as it spectacularly bursts into flames! Wicker Man is the latest world-class experience to join the line-up of ground breaking attractions at Alton Towers Resort including Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster, Nemesis, Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster and The Smiler, the World’s first 14 looping coaster, to name a few. For those with little ones in tow, head over to CBeebies Land where families can explore 14 CBeebies themed rides and attractions and meet some of CBeebies’ most popular characters. Families can also explore Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, learn to drive at Cuckoo Cars Driving School, prepare to do battle with ghosts and ghouls on Duel, ride the Congo River Rapids, catch the Runaway Mine Train or enjoy the spins and thrills on Spinball Whizzer! Alton Towers Resort is Britain’s Greatest Escape with rides and attractions for ‘kids’ of all ages!

For more information about Alton Towers Resort or to book your fantastic escape, please visit



4 5 3 & 1 5 0 $ 0 $ $ 6 4 Strepelle – why would you not use this test? Strepelle is a home-to-laboratory test for Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep or GBS). Up to one in five of all pregnant women will be carriers of Group B Strep in the birth canal and the bacterium can be passed during labour to their baby. One in five newborns who are infected with Group B Strep suffer from serious, life-changing illnesses such as meningitis, septicaemia or pneumonia, which can have life-long effects such as brain damage, hearing loss and sight loss. One in ten babies with the dam infection will die from it. In the UK 70 babies a year die from Group B Strep infection The only way of knowing if a pregnant woman is carrying the bacterium is by having a laboratory test. The highly accurate Strepelle test ( will determine whether the pregnant woman is carrying the bacterium. In the UK, pregnant women are not routinely offered testing for group B Strep by the NHS unlike in many other developed countries. The good news is that with Strepelle, the very simple sample-to-laboratory test, the bacterium will be identified during pregnancy allowing the woman to be treated with antibiotics during labour, thus protecting the baby from the risk of infection. Strepelle was created in partnership with midwives and was launched at the recent Baby Show in London to great acclaim. It was designed to make laboratory testing for GBS more available and convenient, save babies lives, and prevent heart-breaking devastation in families. The accurate and easy to use test is for use from 35 weeks pregnant. The home-to-laboratory test can

be purchased on-line or in store for £39.99 and contains everything that is needed to provide a sample to the laboratory; instructions, two swabs and a pre-paid envelope; the results will arrive within 3 days of receipt of the sample, either by letter, text, or email (whichever is best for the receiver). If a woman is a carrier, all she needs to do is let her doctor ormidwife know, and antibiotics will be administered intravenously during labour. Brendan Farrell, CEO of Strepelle, said: “The launch of Strepelle Br will significantly reduce the many risks associated with Group B Strep in newborn babies across the UK. Once GBS is detected it will enable healthcare professionals to tailor a care plan to expectant mothers, ensuring that the correct treatment is administered during labour which will prevent babies from becoming exposed to the potentially harmful bacterium.” HiberGene Diagnostics, is the company who have pioneered Strepelle and who support the NHS with the highest level of professional GBS tests. Strepelle is the most accurate Group B Streptococcus test currently on the market and designed specifically to detect Group B strep. Highly sensitive, Strepelle utilises the gold standard method of testing, Enriched Culture Medium (ECM). Research has shown that when the ECM test is performed within 5 weeks of delivery it can give a high prediction whether or not GBS will be present at delivery or not. It is a home to laboratory test, which means that you are getting access to the accuracy and reliability of a professional test from the convenience of your own home. Recommended from 35 weeks of pregnancy. For more information visit: 37

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How to Manage Anxiety and Stress around Childbirth - By Milli Hill, Pregnancy and Birth Expert from the Baby Show and Founder of the Positive Birth Movement

Your mindset during labour is really important. The main hormone of birth is called oxytocin, and you literally can’t give birth without it! However, it’s also known as the ‘shy hormone’, because we produce it best when we are in warm, cosy, dimly-lit environments, without unwanted interruptions. The fight or flight hormone, adrenaline, which we produce in stressful situations, inhibits the production of oxytocin. So every birthing woman and her partner need to know about this wonderful hormone and how to create the optimal environment for it’s production! It’s a good idea to ask your midwives during your routine antenatal appointments, if there are staff shortages or other issues in your area which may mean you don’t get the birthsetting of your choice (be this home, MLU or a particular hospital). If a particular setting isreally important to you, it’s helpful to convey this to them and see if they can do anything extra to make this possible. However, knowing in advance that there is a chance that you may not be able to birth in your first choice of location will help in terms of not causing a last minute shock or panic and allowing you to think through every eventuality.

It’s also important to remember that, if you do have to travel to a different birth place, and this causes your labour to slow down or stall, that this is a perfectly normal response. Your body is designed to hold off giving birth if it doesn’t feel safe this is intelligent design! So - what you need to do is accept your bodies response, don’t panic, get to your new destination and almost ‘start again’. Turn your attention away from adrenaline and back to oxytocin, and think about ways that you can enhance your oxytocin production again. The role of the partner is also key to ensuring everything remains as calm as possible. In The Positive Birth Book I suggest partners take on the role of ‘Guardians of Oxytocin’ - they often want a job or something to be in charge of and this is the most important job of all (apart from giving birth, obviously!) Helping create a birth environment that is optimal for oxytocin production - making sure those who come in talk in low voices, keeping the lights dim, being calm and loving around their partner, and not asking questions or ‘chit chatting’ - this and more will all be vitally helpful. The Baby Show returns to London ExCeL 2nd – 4th March 2018. For more information visit



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How Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Can Affect Your Gums? The majority of pregnant and breastfeeding women have swollen, red, tender, sore gums that may also bleed when they brush or floss their teeth. This gum inflammation is known as pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Pregnancy gingivitis is partly caused by hormonal changes that make their gums more sensitive to bacteria in plaque. Good oral hygiene and regular visits to a dental hygienist for cleaning may help to avoid it. Many pregnant women suffer with morning sickness, however may not realise the effect this has on their oral health. Acid from the stomach is strong enough to dissolve teeth and contribute to dental erosion and tooth decay. Some pregnant women also have an intolerance to strong flavours. Switch to a mild flavoured toothpaste that is also gentle on tooth enamel and gums.

SPLAT Special MAGNOLIA is a wonderful toothpaste full of luscious ingredients which include Magnolia Root, Rosemary, Papaya, Golden Pearl Powder, Neem Flower extract, Aloe Vera and Holy Basil Leaves. This gentle toothpaste is 98% natural, delicately whitens teeth and is ideal for sensitive teeth. Magnolia Root extract protects the teeth from cariogenic bacteria and plaque, Rosemary essential oil (a natural preservative) which when combined with stevia extract prevents oral inflammation and maintains healthy gums, making it an ideal product for expecting and breastfeeding mothers. This toothpaste recently won a Beauty Shortlist Award in their Mama and Baby category. Available in store at Harrods Pharmacy and independents nationwide. For more information visit


Pilates in pregnancy Interview with Jade Pilates

Jade trained as a professional dancer and took her first Pilates classes in 1997. For over twenty years Jade has immersed herself in all things Pilates, somatic movement and well-being. Her career has been spent teaching both mat and equipment based Pilates and for many years she was the Manager of Laban Pilates, the largest Pilates studio in the UK and led a team of sixteen elite Pilates Pi teachers. Jade has taught professional dancers, worked alongside physiotherapists and osteopaths, was Head of Pilates on the world class BA(HONS) Dance programme at Trinity Laban and has been an examiner for Pilates teacher training programmes at Laban and the University of East London. In 2015 Jade opened her own, purpose built studio at home in Bromley BR2. The studio is in a beautiful, light and airy garden building, fully equipped with Reformer, Cadillac, Arc barrel, Wunda chair and small apparatus. The team at Jadepilates offer private, duet and shared equipment based Pilates, mat work, pre and post natal Pilates, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Mindfulness and various therapies including massage. Jadepilates is open for classes Monday to Friday during the day and evening. Therapeutic practices, workshops and teacher training are held on weekends. How is what you teach unique from other forms and of exercise? The very special and unique part of the Pilates we offer is the equipment. It totally transforms the practice. Mat and equipment training is as a complete system, and although you can do one without the other it is illuminating when you experience the many layers of learning both. Our equipment based sessions are personalised, meaning that we tailor the practice to the needs and objectives of the individual. Even in a shared session each person has their own programme and is taught with consideration for how they are in that moment. It is usual to find in one session people of different ages and abilities, those with pain and or injury, those training for athletic events, pre and post natal women, people with neurological disorders, migraine, hypermobility, people looking for a challenging workout or those wanting to relax and breathe after a busy day. The Pilates approach centres around the person. Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy and what do you recommend? The short answer is yes, pregnancy is not a medical problem. Exercise is movement and movement is life. Pregnant women will be moving and 'exercising' anyway so to do so in a controlled, guided environment is supportive and

helpful. Saying that, some pregnancies can have associated health risks and we always ask women to inform their GPs of their intention to start Pilates and keep records of GP's and or Midwives' names and numbers. I recommend equipment based Pilates for women during pregnancy. The repertoire is infinite, so no matter how a woman is feeling there is something they can do and enjoy. There is a huge variety of seated, side lying and standing exercises, all supported by spring resistance and props. Balance equipment helps with a changing centre of gravity and assists good posture and we have a variety of therapy balls to ease aching joints. How can this help me during my pregnancy and birth? It is vital to stay mobile during your pregnancy and Pilates can assist you with this safely. Keeping the body strong takes on a new focus as your centre changes so you will need a new approach to exercise. Your legs and hips will be carrying more weight than before and efficient skeletal alignment and muscular activation is key. Pelvic health is essential and Pilates can help with a pelvic floor that be buoyant during pregnancy, relaxed during birth and responsive afterwards. Key to Pilates is the coordination of movement and breathing. Your ability to connect with your breath will be one of your biggest tools during labour How soon after the birth of my baby can I start to exercise again? This depends on what you mean by exercise. You can start gentle breathing and mobilisation straight away as part of your recovery after birth. Even walking and sitting can be practiced mindfully using the postural skills you have learnt in Pilates. This goes a long way to promoting healing and can help you and your baby relax in to your new way of life. Returning to the studio is any time after your six week check for a vaginal delivery and twelve weeks after a caesarean. This is the standard for any exercise. Remember that there is no rush and you are considered to be in a post natal phase for a year after birth. The most important advice I can give post natal women is to be kind. Rest, relax, heal and the toning and conditioning with come. You are remarkable and deserve to be celebrated. It is an honour to be part of your life at this time.

Puddle Ducks was founded in 2001 when two friends, Tracy Townend and Jo Stone, were finding it difficult to find a pool or classes to take their new babies swimming. As keen swimmers themselves, they knew the benefits of learning to swim and also saw the potential that the aquatic environment offered for Mums and tiny babies. Puddle Ducks now teach babies and children from birth to ten years. Swimming with your baby is an intensely nurturing experience, offering plenty of eye and skin contact. It can also be a social time – especially in baby swimming classes. Only in the water can a baby move completely freely and baby swimming classes provide a complete physical work-out: strengthening your baby's heart, lungs and respiratory system. This gives “swimming babies” the opportunity to develop crucial higher brain functions, core muscle development and co-ordination far earlier than they would otherwise be able to. Regular swimming often improves eating and sleeping patterns – great news for parents! But most importantly of all, baby swimming should instil a love of water for the rest of your child’s life. In the UK, at least 50 children drown each year and drowning is the third most common cause of death in children under 16. Yet still, 200,000 children leave primary school each year without basic skills needed to survive in the water! Toddlers and pre-schoolers who have swum since birth need a more progressive class than children of a similar age who have not been in the water regularly. The older a child is when they first enter a swimming pool, the bigger the ordeal it can become for them. Puddle Ducks has a carefully designed programme which will enable any child to discover the joys of playing and swimming in the water in a fun, but safe, environment. Rhian Lindley, a customer says “I took my eldest daughter, Isabelle to Puddle Ducks from age 8 weeks to about 15 months, but had to stop when my twins, Daniel and Abigail, arrived. At three, I thought Isabelle needed to go to lessons again and I tried another provider – partly because it was less expensive. It was a disaster – she hated swimming and disliked the teachers. On a family holiday I slipped into a swimming pool holding Daniel and we really hurt ourselves – from that day Daniel decided he hated the water! Finally, I decided to go back to Puddle Ducks with all three children. Now Isabelle is going to Puddle Ducks Swim Academy and within four weeks of lessons is swimming across the pool unaided (very proud moment) – she LOVES swimming lessons. Daniel, week 1

was unsure but by the end of the lesson he was laughing and splashing – week 3 he is jumping in and asking to go swimming all the time. Abigail loves it too. I am over the moon, Puddle Ducks is without a doubt the best swimming experience we have had as a family and this is a credit to the wonderful teachers and the innovative, fun swimming programme. You get what you pay for and I won’t be going an anywhere else for my children’s swimming lessons” All Puddle Ducks baby and pre-school classes are shaped by the songs and rhymes we use. Music is a universal language which provides enjoyment and enrichment. When listening to songs and rhymes, babies and toddlers have been shown to be more attentive and respond more positively. At Puddle Ducks, children learn water safety skills from their first lesson, through floating, turning and swimming skills. At least one of our parents has appreciated this when her little girl of two fell into a canal: "It was very scary. She veered off the towpath and fell in. She sank so I couldn't see her. However, after a few seconds she had kicked to the surface and I was be able to get her out. She was crying with shock but not spluttering or coughing at all! We are only talking a matter of seconds but without Puddle Ducks classes it could have been very different. I am Pu just so pleased we have been coming to you!” Swimming is a life skill that could one day save your child’s life. In a safe environment, the swimming pool can be the best playground for the entire family and instil a love of water and exercise that will stay with your child for life. For information on taking your baby swimming, visit

MUMPRENEUR Interview with Charlotte Rampling (Mrs Flying Colours Pottery) So tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a mumpreneur, where did it all start for you? For as long as I can remember I wanted to teach – I’m the fourth generation of teachers, so I think it was in my genes. I qualified in 2002 and spent many happy years at a local primary school, but two years in my husband and I had a moment of reflection whilst chatting over coffee and I decided to reduce my teaching hours and invest in our very own pottery studio, opening a shop in the heart of Brasted village in Kent. My first son was born in 2006, working for myself meant I had very little by way of maternity leave, so my son used to nap in the back of the shop while I painted and glazed around his carrycot. Our son spent the first year of his lilife with me at the pottery studio, however, once he found his feet we had to reconsider our business model; shelves full of ceramics were not the most ideal environment for a toddler! We continued to run the pottery business as a mobile business as we realised that for many new mums (wanting precious baby footprint keepsakes) a home visit was more desirable than making the effort to come out to the shop. I also maintained some part time hours as a teacher, eventually working my way up to Deputy-head teacher. The pottery business grew and in April last year I gave up my fixed salary and now work solely as ‘Mrs Flying Colours Pottery’. Every week is varied; baby footprints, children’s parties, school workshops, preparing takeaway kits, corporate team building events, kit hen parties… and when I’m not running an event I can be found either in my workshop glazing, firing, wrapping or out on the road delivering the finished masterpieces to my customers. What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them? Working for yourself is incredibly satisfying but it is difficult to know when to stop. Finding the right work life balance takes some dedication and self-control. I have realised the importance of investing in myself – guilt free. I now aim to ensure that my week consists of a few non-work activities I enjoy. For me this includes yoga, singing and socialising with friends. What is the best thing about running your own business? There is definitely a sense of freedom. It has enabled me to connect with some really inspirational local business women and having more flexibility has enabled me to give some of my time back to helping others. I have volunteered for Breast Cancer Care and more recently, I took part in a research study at Kings College Hospital looking into the biological basis of postnatal depression; although I have never experienced postnatal depression both of these causes are very close to my heart. What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business’ success? My parents. Although they weren’t in business, they were both teachers, I was brought up with solid values, and they always encouraged me; I don’t fear failure and am confident to take risks. A phrase I like to remind myself of is by a young Australian poet, Erin Hanson, who writes ‘What if I fall? But my darling, what if you fly?’ My parents also gave me a strong work ethic, and to understand the value of money. I have three siblings, and both my parents

worked full time. My brother has significant learning difficulties, and my Mum was only able to take ten weeks maternity leave after I was born. This shaped me to be the person I am today: resilient, determined, strong and empathetic to others. What advice can you offer other mums that may be thinking about starting their own business? Trust your instincts, ‘You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great!’ Accept that you will make mistakes, but learn from them. Set time parameters that work for you and your family and stick sti to them. Invest in a social media scheduling tool – this has helped me to be more strategic in the type of content I share, it’s like having my own PA! It has taken away the need to physically post something everyday, at times when I want to be focusing on my family. When you sit back and reflect, what do you love best about your business? I love the fact that pottery painting is accessible for all, covering all ages from 0-90, and all levels of talent! You’re never too young or too old to start. Pottery painting takes you away from a world otherwise occupied by screens and technology and allows you to relax and unwind. Many people comment on how therapeutic pottery painting is! Why not have a go yourself and start adding colour and creativity to your week!

A free bottle of prosecco included with adult takeaway pottery kits hired before 31st Aug. Quote: FUNANDFIZZ when booking!

mammi Magazine Spring 2018  
mammi Magazine Spring 2018