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Imagine if your nipples got bigger as your baby grows up. Luckily they don’t!

So why should dummies? Let’s get real. One size, one shape, 0-18m dummies are all you need

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12. PRODUCTS WE LOVE Everything you will need from pregnancy to parenthood.

21. EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE SPERM Fertility facts you need to know!

23. SAFE WEANING How to wean safe and what to do when it doesnt go to plan.

16. DELICATE SKINCARE Did you know babies skin is 30 times thinner than ours.

18. 8 PREGNANCY MYTHS We help bust pregnancy Myths.

20. COMPETITION Metanium are giving away a Meletone Changing Bag

28. POSTPARTUM WORKOUT Ready to get fit again.

31. BELLAMOON The best investment your make.

32. TOP 4 RECIPES TO GET YOU STARTED. For 7 to 24 month olds.

36. BABY SHOWER A quick etiquette guide.

38. BABY NO 2 Introducing to baby no2

40. GIFTS FOR MUM Mother’s Day 31st March find the perfect gift.

41. STORYTIME Our Favourite tales.

42. BRIDES WITH BUMP A big belly doesn’t need a big new wardrobe, just the right one!

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From the EDITOR If your reading this then you may well be pregnant ... Or maybe your baby is already here... Either way, congratulations and welcome to parenthood!

Natasha Hewett Editor-in-chief

Rebecca Harding Assistant Editor

Emma Pailing Copywriter

Welcome to our Spring edition of Project Baby, jammed packed with lots of useful articles and tips for your very own Project - Baby. For those of you who are in the Project Bump stage, We bust some myths, on pregnancy banshing the myths from the facts.

Emma Reily-James

And those of you who have moved on from the newborn days and now facing the next milestone Project-Weaning. Check out some helpful tips and all the NHS guidelines on weaning safely.

Gavin Bridle

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Rachel Powell Webmaster Art Direction

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As always on page 8 feature all of this seasons brands and products I absolutely fell in love with, check them out. Tweet us your favourite items for mum and baby by using #10thingswelove on Twitter.

Email: natasha@project-baby.co.uk Tel: 07957 294 061

The weather has stayed beautiful recently and along with the sun comes the task of dressing your bump. Take a look at this seasons fashion essentials on page 42, with stunning attire to see you through those Spring months.

Email: natasha@project-baby.co.uk

Whilst we touch on fashion check out our childs play fashion feature page 62 So all that is left for me to do is wish you all a lovely relaxing read of our lastest edition, whilst baby sleeps. Check out our top tips for the perfect night sleep. Happy Reading

Natasha

Natasha Hewett, Editor

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With many thanks to our contributors: Natasha Wiening Photography, BumpPR, Zita West, Metanium, Annabel Karmel, Britax, Dr Goldstein & all our advertisers.

No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, without the express permission of the editor. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions expressed within Project Baby magazine are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers. Project Baby is printed by Wyndeham Group.

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48. HEALTH & BEAUTY Beautiful Saviours for Beautiful Mums.

50. JEWELLERY BOX Something beautiful for everyone, including a perfect selection for expecting mum’s.

52. CREATING YOUR DREAM NURSERY Release the inner designer in you.

56. ADULT BOOKSHELF Unwind with a good book.

58. PURE INDULGENCE

60. TRAVEL GOODIES Everything you could need for your trip.

62. PROJECT BABY’S BEAUTIFUL BOUTIQUE Child’s Play, fun vibrant prints.

64. AND SO TO SLEEP Beautiful Sleepwear.

69. SWIM BABY Adorable swimwear and accessories for babies.

70. CLUBS & CLASSES Local Clubs & Classes for all ages.

Luxury spa breaks for mums-to-be.

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MICRALITE FASTFOLD STROLLER With its distinctive look, the Micralite FastFold Stroller offers all-terrain capability with a hammock seat offering a most comfortable ride for your little one. FastFold by name, FastFold by nature too - the patented fold makes it quick and easy to open and close and it even stands freely for easy storage!

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Check on baby without disturbing their sleep. The Owlet Smart Sock tracks heart and oxygen levels and sends real-time insights to your phone. It also includes a base station which glows green to reassure you baby is okay but will notify you if heart rate and oxygen levels leave preset zones. owletbabycare.co.uk

UBBI The Ubbi diaper pail is made of powder-coated steel to achieve maximum odor control. It is equipped with rubber seals that are strategically designed to lock in odors as well as a sliding lid that minimizes air disruption, keeping the smell inside the pail. ubbiworld.com

STOKKE HOME COT The clean lines of the Bed, together with its distinct house shape turn this Bed into the centerpiece of the nursery. stokke.com 8 l SPRING 2019 l

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STORKSAK TRAVEL BAG Storksak’s luxury baby changing bags and baby travel bags are uniquely designed to fit all of your baby’s essentials. Beautifully crafted our changing bags offer both practicality and style for mums.

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BABYMOOV NUTRIBABY+ The Babymoov Nutribaby+ makes weaning your baby, and in fact feeding your whole family easy as 123. It blends, defrosts, reheats, and steams to preserve those all-important nutrients. With 10 preprogrammed functions, it’s so easy to use. babymoov.co.uk

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MUMBA BRA Mumba Bra is unlike any other nursing bra. Designed to address some of the most common breastfeeding problems. mumbabra.com

TEDDYONE CELESTE NURSING CHAIR & OTTOMAN. Stylish and comfy, a relaxing place to nurture your little one from morning cuddles to midnight feedings. Available with its own Ottoman, the chair comes with both rocker and static legs, giving you 2 chairs in 1 to provide cosy comfort for you and your baby. and beyond.

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APRAMO Discover the Apramo All Stage Child Car Seat Group 0+/1/2/3 in Midnight Black. This incredible car seat removes the need for you to purchase multiple car seats as your child one grows.

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USED. APPROVED. AUTHENTIC With Volvo Selekt Approved Used Cars, expect nothing less than a true Volvo experience. Whichever model you select from our award-winning range, you’ll get a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, 12-month unlimited mileage warranty and only Volvo Genuine Parts fitted by our experts. So you can drive away with nothing but confidence in your car. 30-day satisfaction guarantee | 12-month unlimited mileage warranty Volvo Genuine Parts | Over 100 checks | Latest software upgrades FIND YOUR APPROVED USED VOLVO VOLVOCARS.CO.UK/USED Official fuel consumption for the Volvo range, in MPG (l/100km): WLTP Low 20.6 – 47.1 (13.7 – 6.0), WLTP Medium 26.6 – 55.4 (10.6 – 5.1), WLTP High 30.7 – 67.3 (9.2 – 4.2), WLTP Extra High 25.2 – 55.4 (11.2 – 5.1), WLTP Combined 26.2 – 117.7 (10.8 – 2.4). NEDC CO2 emissions 192 – 49g/km. T8 Twin Engine WLTP electric energy consumption 3.7 – 4.1 miles/kWh. T8 Twin Engine WLTP all electric range 20.5 – 29.2 miles. Fuel consumption figures are obtained from laboratory testing intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results.

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3 year warranty. Magnetic belt holder Newborn inlay included. One-click installation with ISOFIX. 360 rotation with easy entry position.Engineered and designed in Germany. Front-facing with adjustable impact shield. One-hand reclining function (7 positions rear-facing) Price: £429.00 naturalbabyshower.co.uk

APRAMO ALL STAGE Group 0+/I/II/III – ECE R44/04 certified car seat ISOFIX universal/semi-universalFits children from birth up to 36 kg (Approx. 12 years), 4 seats in 1360° rotation. Extended rearward facing, up to 18 kg Forward facing from 9 to 36 kg. babydirect.com

NUNA REBL PLUS I-SIZE CAR SEAT Recommended use for rear facing riding: 40 to 105 cm, birth to four years/child weight 18.5 kg Recommended use for forward facing riding: 80 to 105 cm/child weight 18.5 kg. Product weight: 14 kg. Price: £350 buggybaby.co.uk

JOIE SIGNATURE EVERY STAGE FX Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat. Suitable rearward facing from birth to 18kg/4 years. Suitable forward facing from 9kg to 36kg/12 years. 6 recline positions: 2 rear facing and 4 forward facing.

Best CARSEATS

CYBEX SIRONA Q I-SIZE CAR SEAT

Price: £279.00 joiebaby.com

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WELEDA TEA Delicious organic herbal tea mixture for breastfeeding mothers. Developed together with midwives and pharmacists for breastfeeding mothers. Price: £5.95 weleda.co.uk

WELEDA NURSING OIL Massage, warm and stimulate breasts ready for breast-feeding. An all-natural massage oil, using essential oils with sweet almond oil to prepare your breasts for comfortable, healthy breast-feeding.

BBHUG ME The bbhugme Pregnancy Pillow™ is a soft, multi-functional pillow designed to grow with you throughout pregnancy and beyond. Price: £139.00 scandiborn.co.uk

Price: £11.49 secretsaviours.com

MAMA MIO THE TUMMY RUB BUTTER Help Protect your tummy (and boobs, hips and thighs) from pregnancy stretch marks with our super-elasticising Omega-packed blend of organic oils in an organic Shea Butter base. Price: £23.50 mioskincare.co.uk

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A beautiful and stylish talisman to be loved during pregnancy and beyond. Our ‘Mama to Bee’ edition features a chiming sterling silver Mexican Bola pendant with a handcrafted 9ct rose gold honey bee charm. Price: £249.00 blooming-lovely-jewellery.co.uk


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We Love PACAPOD CROYDE The Croyde is excellent for weekend getaways and big broods. Canvas outer, vegan leather trims, and rich gold hardware give this sumptuous bag a timeless appeal. Breeze through check-ins with the help of the three handy pods that sit inside this exceptional changing bag. Price: £120.00 pacapod.com

MILK TOPS LONDON A collection staple. Soft viscose jersey with an elegant batwing sleeve. Soft nursing jersey with batwing shaped sleeve. Pull down neck for breastfeeding access C oncealed inner vest for coverage at feeding time Price: £59.00 milktopslondon.co.uk

CONGRATULATIONS MUMMY KIT A gorgeous gift set for new Mummy or Mummy-to-be. Price: £36.99 loveboo.com

FREERIDER Our Sand Changing Bag is the perfect item to just grab and go which is an essential for a parent. It has all the must have spaces from bottle side pockets to small zip compartments at the front ideal for dummies or a phone, not the kind of items you want to spend a long time on the hunt for. Price: £49.99 freeriderrange.com

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ELVIE Elvie Pump. The world’s first silent wearable breast pump. Fits in your bra, and your life. Pump anytime, anywhere. Wearable. Silent. Hassle-free. Smart. Price: £229.00 elvie.com

HERO BLACK BACKPACK Meet your ultimate Hero….in a bag! Featuring an ingenious convertible dual compartment system, Storksak’s Hero is as stylish as it is versatile. Use it as a changing bag, breast pump bag or gym / swim bag. The spacious interior has a convertible shelf allowing you to simply create two separate compartments.

MEDELA SWING BREAST PUMP This electric breastpump will allow you to express milk quietly and discreetly, so it’s ideal for a busy lifestyle. As it’s compact and lightweight, it’s great for daily electric pumpings. Price: £134.00 medela.co.uk

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Editors Choice

E-ZZY THE SLOTH MONITOR

SKIP HOP EXPLORE & MORE BABY’S VIEW 3-STAGE ACTIVITY CENTRE

E-zzy is a unique, multi-functional parent’s assistant, sleep helper and baby soother. It is the first Appconnected baby sleep monitor and pink noise toy in the form of an adorable, soft sloth.

Designed to grow with baby in three stages, Skip Hop’s Silver Lining Cloud Baby’s View Activity Center is an action-packed take on our best-selling gym. Feauturing the same developmental approach to play and learning as our Explore & More™ version, the décor-friendly design features a 360-degree rotating seat that turns and stretches for bouncing.

Price: £99.00 whisbear.co.uk

Price: £135.00 jojomamanbebe.co.uk

BABY

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BOBA CARRIER GUND BABY FLAPPY THE ELEPHANT PLUSH TOY Flappy the Elephant animated plush has body movement, when you press his left foot his ears move to play peek-a-boo with you which is sure to keep your child entertained, if you press his right foot he plays the song ‘’Do Your Ears Hang Low’’ in a cute child’s voice. Price: £44.00 gund.co.uk

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An intuitive design that regulates in width and height without looping, snapping or rebuilding the carrier. Adjust the seat with one smooth slide and lock in place with a flat press of your hand. From your fresh newborn to your mobile toddler - the Boba X has you covered. Price: £125.00 uk-boba.com


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INTERACTIVE TOYS

FIRST GO BALANCE BIKE First Go balance bike by Banwood. The First Go balance bike promotes early cycling and develops the child’s balance and mobility to ease the transition to a regular bicycle. Price: £140.00 gadgetbaby.co.uk

LAMAZE DAISY DINO

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TODDLER

Just when you thought fun like this was extinct, here comes Daisy Dino with fun thats off the scale. Your baby will love getting to know her, with her distinctive ruff, polka dot horns, and scaly patterns on her paws! Price: £12.99 hamleys.co.uk

BABY MORI Plunge into bathtime with Poppy the Polar Bear! Our hooded baby towel is crafted from our ultra-soft cotton fabric, which is quick drying and highly absorbent. Features a super fluffy feeling which is perfect on a baby’s delicate skin, and designed for post-bath cuddles.

RESCUE BOAT SOUND ACTIVATED REMOTE ... Captain Cat sails the high seas of the bath ocean looking for adventure in the Remote Control Rescue Boat from Tomy. One press of the remote control sounds the squeak and the rescue boat glides through the water. Press again and it will bob to a halt. Press one more time to squirt the water cannon!

Price: £32.00 babymori.com

Price: £12.99 tomy.com

CAPTAIN QUENCE TRITAN CUP

LAND OF NOD

ORCHARD TOYS JUNGLE JIGSAW

My SoftFlex spout makes it super easy to drink and it’s kind to teeth too. I’m built to be extra strong with crystla clear Tritan from Eastman, so I’ll survive any adventure and any tantrum. Bring it on!

This all-in-one babygrow is crafted from the finest cotton. Each of our designs has been lovingly imagined in Great Britain, using the boldest of palettes, to bring to life each of our unique illustrations. Finished with poppers for easy-on and easy-off.

A collection of fun jungle animals to piece together, including an elephant, monkey, tiger, crocodile, rhino and zebra. Featuring colourful illustrations and large, chunky pieces, this jigsaw is ideal for little hands.

Price: £7.49 nuby-uk.com

Price: £19.99 nodlondon.com

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FIFI & FRIENDS HEAVENLY SCENTED BABY MIST This naturally fragranced baby water refreshes your baby’s skin, whilst organic Aloe Vera soothes. Spray lightly on clothes or on dry clean skin.

Delicate

Skincare

Price: £12.00 fifiandfriends.co.uk

NEWBORN SKINCARE ROUTINE Your newborns skin is so sensitve professionals reccomend using nothing but water for the first 4 weeks of your babies life. Rashes are common in babies but but if your worried you should get them checked.

The must have products for your little ones, because Baby’s skin is far more sensitive than ours, infact baby’s skin is 30 times thinner than ours.

SKINFIX ECZEMA BALM This concentrated healing balm is effective at treating and managing eczema, dermatitis and other dry skin conditions. It works fast to create a barrier on the skin to help lock in moisture and keep irritants out.

AVEENO BABY DAILY CARE BARRIER CREAM

Price: £12.99 shop-uk.skinfixinc.com

AVEENO Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream helps to soothe and reduce redness of dry and delicate baby skin, protecting it from the causes of nappy rash. Price: £6.99 aveeno.co.uk

WELEDA CALENDULA SHAMPOO & BODY WASH

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Your baby’s skin is soft and delicate, so a gentle body wash is a bath time essential. Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash contains Calendula flower extract to gently cleanse and soothe skin. And because it’s so gentle, it can be used by the whole family, even those sensitive skin. Price: £6.95 weleda.co.uk

NEAL’S YARD ORGANIC BABY BALM REVIEW Keep your little one’s skin beautifully moisturised and baby soft with Kokoso Baby Organic Coconut Oil. Packed with gorgeous nutrients and skin-protecting natural ingredients, and made from only pure, raw coconuts, it’s an essential for your baby’s skincare regime. Price: £8.00 nealsyardremedies.com

BABY DOVE Baby Rich Moisture Nourishing Baby Lotion. Give baby’s delicate skin the gentle, nourishing care it needs with a baby lotion that soothes skin from the first use. Price: £1.99 dove.com

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Bath Time Fun Best Baby Baths for 2019 Bath time has never been so fun...

BOON NAKED TRAVEL BATH A collapsible tub which is marketed for ‘travel’ but perfectly usable at home too. Made of BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVCfree material, it has two support stages so you can cradle newborns by using the flexible walls to raise and recline the base, or extend the legs to accommodate a toddler. Price: £59.95

SHNUGGLE BABY BATH The Shnuggle is another model designed to soothe nervous new parents: it’s made of lightweight foam, which insulates and keeps the water warm, with an inner ‘Bum Bump’ which supports the baby from birth, preventing them slipping into the water. It’s also very light to carry. Available in a range of colours. Price: £24.95

AQUASCALE 3-IN-1 BABY BATH WITH DIGITAL SCALES AND THERMOMETER The 3-in-1 baby bath tub from Aqua Scale has been updated! Complete with a patented, innovative technology this new and improved design includes a refreshed design and interface, helping parents monitor their child’s development as well as providing peace of mind at bath time! Price: £60.00

STOKKE FLEXIBATH A folding bath can seem a rather odd idea, but actually they’re a great choice if you’re short on space or on holiday. It’s got firm sides (don’t worry that it’ll collapse) and is easy to open: then after bathtime’s finished you can empty, fold it and store it in a drawer.

SKIP HOP MOBY SMART SLING 3-STAGE TUB This versatile baby bath grows alongside your precious little one, making it the only baby bath you will need! Designed for 3 stages; stage 1 is suitable from birth to 3 months. The sling should be in the upper position offering headto-toe newborn cradling. Stage 2 is suitable from 3 to 6 months. Designed for infants learning to sit it the sling adjusts to a cushioned seat. Stage 3 is from 6 months+ when no sling is required and baby has mastered sitting. Price: £40.00

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We Set the story straight on some confusing but sommon pregnancy advice. You may of realised the most aggravating aspect of being pregnant isn’t piles or stretch marks. It’s all the conflicting advice. 1. YOU SHOULD EAT FOR TWO If you hoped pregnancy was an excuse to hit the doughnuts, you’ll be disappointed. Sadly, the old saying is very misleading. Under no circumstances should you be eating double your pre-pregnnacy calorie intake, Even if your expecting twins or triplets.Pre-pregnancy women are advised to have an intake of around 2000 calories a day. Fact: - Pregnant women are generally advised to eat 300 more.

2. SUSHI ISN’T SAFE Many mums-to-be think sushi is off the menu. But according to NHS guidelines, it’s considered safe, along with other dishes made with raw fish. Just make sure the fish has been frozen first. Occasionally raw fish, such as salmon contains parasitic worms, which can make you very ill. However freezing kills duch parasites. Smoked salmon doesnt need to be frozen before its used in sushi, because smoking kills any parasites.

3. SEX DURING PREGNANCY COULD HARM YOUR BABY Don’t worry, sex is safe! if you want to get amorous with your other half during pregancy, it’s fine. Your partner’s penis can’t penetrate ebyond your cervix- and your baby won’t know a thing!

4. EATING RARE STEAK IS FINE AS LONG AS IT’S COOKED ON THE OUTSIDE Until fairly recently, experts advised that, as long as steak was seared, it was OK to eat it rare. However, this advice has changed and NHS guidelines state all meat should be cooked throughly.

5. IT’S SAFE TO HAVE A SPRAY TAN DURING PREGNANCY

In comparison to going on a sunbed (which should be avoided whether you’re pregnant or not, due to the increased risj of skin cancer), spray tans propbably seem like a fairly safe option. However experts advise mums-to-be to avoid them completely. This is because of inhaling the spray, which contains chemicals.

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6. ALL WOMEN BLOOM IN THE SECOND TRIMESTER Although many women have renewed energy during the second trimester, some unlucky mums don’t experience the fabled ‘Bloom’ especially if nausea, sickness and fatigue continues beyond 20 weeks. If this is you, be kind to yourself.

7. HERBAL TEA IS SAFE TO DRINK You might think herbal teas are harmless, but you should be aware that not much is known about how safe herbal and green teas are during pregnancy. Green tea contains caffeine, so you aren’t meant to have more than four cups a day. Certain herbs, such as rosemary, are not considered safe in high quanities in tea or in aromotheraphy oils (although in small quantities in cooking) because they stimualte the uterus. Also raspberry leaf tea should be avoided until the last weeks of pregnancy.

8. EVERY NEW MUM FEELS AN IMMEDIATE RUSH OF LOVE Depending on your birth experience, you may feel a mixture of shock and exhaustion as well as love. Some women even report feeling detached as they hold this new little person in their arms for the first time. If this happens to you, try not to beat yourself up and accept sometimes bonding takes a little longer.

Dealing with unwanted advice. It can feel overwhelming to be told what you should and shouldn’t be doing during pregnancy, especially if you haven’t asked for guidance. But people often seem to want to offer their ‘Pearls of wisdom’ regardless! A good strategy is to nod politely amd thank the adviser graciously, while making a mental project-baby.co.uk

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COMPETITION

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MELOTOTE CHANGING BAG WITH METANIUM Win a Stylish Melotote Changing Bag with Metanium. Metanium is giving away two MELOBABY Luxe Noir Twill Melotote Changing Bags (RRP £75) plus a Metanium Everyday Easy Spray Barrier Lotion (ideal to keep in your changing bag to use when you’re away from home). This super stylish bag is extremely practical as well as good looking. It hangs neatly on any stroller or pushchair, it’s easy access design makes it simple to find everything you need quickly. It comes with an insulated bottle holder and a luxurious super-soft fleece changing mat in its own wipe clean case, so you can keep all your changing essentials to hand. www.metanium.co.uk www.melobaby.com

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To be in with a chance of winning simply email us at: lesley@project-baby.co.uk with your little ones D.O.B and name.

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of the Best 3 THE EARLY

BIRD

! m r e p s e h t s e h c t a C Woman who want big families have been warned by fertility experts to start trying as young as 23. Scientists analysed fertility data from more than 58,000 woman to create a calculator and discovered starting young was the best guarentee of motherhood. The results found those wanting only one baby shouldn’t wait past age 32 if they really want to be a mum, with IVF no guarentee of success for woman who delay. Around half of babies are now born to women aged 30 and older, but the chance of conceiving three children naturally ia juat over 50% if you dont start trying until age 35.

FERTILITY FACTS Below are some facts that may dispel some myths for you;

Men and women reach peak fertility at about 24 years of age After ovulation, an egg can only be fertilised for about 12 to 24 hours

WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE SEX? Basically, if you are trying to fall pregnant, then the best times to have intercourse are in the days immediately preceding ovulation and the day of ovulation. If you are not sure when you ovulate, one suggestion is that you have intercourse every second day from day 10 to day 18 of your cycle (the most likely period of ovulation for most women).

After ejaculation, sperm can survive or up to 72 hours The International Food Information Council (IFIC) has concluded that caffeine consumption is not a significant risk factor for fertility

WHEN ARE YOU MOST FERTILE? When are you most fertile? A woman’s most fertile period is from four to five days before ovulation to 24 hours afterwards. Basically, sperm cells can live for 72 hours but ova survive no more than 24 hours unless fertilised. More exactly it is believed that you are most fertile on the day before and the day of ovulation.

FERTILITY CLINICS

BRISTOL CENTRE FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) is consistently one of the top Fertility Clinics in the UK and the best performing fertility clinic in the South West and Wales, offering a full range of fertility services, including IVF and ICSI treatments. repromed.co.uk IVF Success Rate

38%

Considering that at your most fertile peak (around 24) you only have about a 25% chance of falling pregnant during every cycle, most Health Practitioners will tell you not to even think about worrying for at least twelve months. Generally, specialists will not see you until you have been having regular intercourse and trying to fall pregnant for at least a year.

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SUSSEX DOWNS FERTILITY CENTRE Established in 1989, the Sussex Downs Fertility Centre has developed into a highly successful centre providing a wide range of state of the art assisted reproductive therapies. Understanding that trying to conceive a baby is a stressful and emotional time in people’s lives. They are a highly successful fertility centre that offers treatment in a safe, friendly and well managed environment sussexdownsfertilitycentre.co.uk IVF Success Rate

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BRIDGE CENTRE At the Bridge Centre they want to give every couple the chance of having a baby. That’s why they offer a low cost approach to IVF treatment, using milder drugs and a less invasive treatment programme that works with your natural cycle. thebridgecentre.co.uk IVF Success Rate

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WEANING SPECIAL

Safe

Weaning GAGGING Your baby may gag when you introduce solid foods. This is because they’re learning to regulate the amount of food they can chew and swallow at one time. If your baby is gagging, this is what may happen:

WHAT TO DO IF MY BABY IS CHOKING

•  Your baby’s eyes may water •  They might push their tongue forward (or out of their mouth) •  To bring the food forward in their mouth —they might make a    retching movement, or they may vomit

CHOKING Choking can happen with hard foods, bones and small round foods that can easily get stuck in the throat. Remember, you should:

If you think your child is choking and cannot breathe properly:

•  Cut small round foods, like grapes and cherry tomatoes, into      small pieces, peel the skin off fruit, vegetables and sausages    (though remember that sausages can be high in salt).

•  Shout for help.

•  Remove hard pips or stones from fruit, remove bones from meat   or fish.

•  Support their chest and chin with one hand and with the heel    of your hand - give five sharp blows between the shoulder blades.

•  Avoid hard foods like raw carrot, apple, whole nuts and peanuts.

If this doesn’t dislodge the object Call 999

•  Never give them raw jelly cubes, they can get stuck in the throat.

First aid courses available from: www.bumpsandbashes.com

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•  Get them out of the high chair.


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STORING AND REHEATING FOOD Storing If you’re batch cooking, cool the food down (ideally within one to two hours) and then freeze or refrigerate. If you’re keeping it in the fridge – use it within 2 days. With rice, make sure it cools within an hour and then goes straight in the fridge or freezer. Rice kept in the fridge should be eaten within 24 hours – never reheat it more than once.

Defrosting Defrost frozen food thoroughly before reheating. The safest way to do this is in the fridge overnight, or by defrosting it in the microwave (using the defrost setting).

Reheating When reheating food, make sure it’s steaming hot all the way through, then let it cool before giving it to your baby. If you’re using a microwave, give it a good stir to get rid of any hot air pockets – always check the temperature before feeding your baby. Any cooked food should only be reheated once.

TOP TIP If you need to cool food down quickly, put it in an airtight container and run cold water over it. Keep stirring so it cools throughout.

FOODS TO AVOID It’s important to know which foods are safe for your little one. Here’s a list of which ones to avoid and why:

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•  Sugary snacks – sugar can cause tooth   decay. You don’t need to add sugar   to your baby’s food either. •  Honey – avoid honey until your baby        

is 12 months old – it contains bacteria that can lead to infant botulism, a serious illness that can make your baby very unwell.

•  Salty foods – like bacon, sausages,            

chips with extra salt, crackers, crisps, ready-meals, takeaways, gravy and meals made with stock cubes. Babies shouldn’t eat salty foods as it isn’t good for their kidneys, there’s no need to add salt to their food either.

•  Soft cheeses — can contain a bacteria          

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called listeria, these include:mouldripened soft cheese, such as brie or camembertripened goats’ milk cheese, such as chevre, soft blue veined cheese, such as Roquefort.

•  Unpasteurised cheeses – due to the risk            

of listeria. Check the labels to make sure you’re buying cheese made from pasteurised milkraw shellfish – this can increase the risk of food poisoning. Children should only eat shellfish that has been thoroughly cooked.

•  Shark, swordfish or marlin – high levels   of mercury in these fish can affect your   baby’s growing nervous system.

DRINKS TO AVOID

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•  Fruit juice or smoothies – avoid before 12   months as babies don’t need them. •  Squash, fizzy drinks, flavoured milk – even   when diluted, for older babies and   toddlers, these drinks can fill your child   up so they’re not hungry for healthier food.   Instead, offer sips of water from a cup   with meals. •  Cows’ milk – cows’ milk does not have   the right balance of nutrients for babies,   so should not be given as a drink before   12 months (however, small amounts can   be used in cooking) •  Follow-on formula, growing up milks and   goodnight milks are not suitable for    babies under 6 months.

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WEANING SPECIAL

Getting ReadyFor Weaning

By the time your baby is around 6 months old, they need more than breast milk or infant formula to meet their needs. At this stage they need solid foods as well – not as a replacement, but alongside their usual breast milk or infant formula. Weaning teaches your baby how to move solid food around their mouth, chew and swallow solid foods.

HOW MUCH WILL THEY EAT?

FUSSY EATER?

How much your baby eats depends on their appetite, so let your baby guide you on how much food they need – never force them to eat. In the same way you follow your baby’s cues when offering them breast or bottle feeds, be responsive to your baby when giving them solid foods, and learn to recognise when they’re hungry and when they’ve had enough.

It may take 10 tries or more for your baby to get used to new foods, flavours and textures. There will be days when they eat more, some when they eat less, and then days when they reject everything. Don’t worry – this is perfectly normal. Be patient and keep offering a variety of foods, even the ones they don’t seem to like, and let them get used to it in their own time.

IS THERE A GOOD TIME OF DAY? The best time of day is the one that suits you both, when you don’t feel rushed and your baby is not too tired. Your baby may take to weaning like a duck to water, or it might take them a while – don’t forget, eating is a whole new skill, so lots of smiles, claps and praise please! Allow plenty of time, go at your baby’s pace and stop when they show signs that they’ve had enough.

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Weaning teaches your baby how to move solid food around their mouth, chew and swallow solid foods.


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WHAT YOU NEED – HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO GET YOU STARTED:High chair – your baby needs to be sitting safely, in an upright position (so they can swallow properly) Stokke Trip Traps are a double winner as they will last a lifetime. First cup – encourage your baby to sip water from a cup with their meals (instead of a bottle). Open cups or free-flow cups (without a valve) help your baby learn to sip and is better for their teeth. Spoons – soft weaning spoons, usually made of rubber or plastic, are easier on your baby’s gums. Plastic bowls – ideally the ones with a suction base, otherwise they’re likely to end up on the floor! There are so many to choose from, we personally love the bamboo ones. Ice cube trays – very useful for batch cooking and freezing small portions. Nothing fancy required here just a good old fashioned ice cube try. Bibs – LOTS of them. Make sure you have a few so that you can turn it around in the washing machine.

TOP TIPS

Weaning...

What can you do to solve your sleep problems during pregnancy? Here are some tried-andtrue suggestions: •  Don’t rush things •  Make sure your baby is sat upright before you begin. •  An easy-to-clean high chair is a real benefit when   baby-led weaning. During the first few weeks of weaning, it can be helpful to give your baby just one food at a time. Start with very small portions of food when first weaning your baby – even just a couple of teaspoons. Remember that every baby is different. Don’t worry about how much they’re eating at the beginning, as it’s more important for your little one to get used to experiencing different flavours and textures •  You can generally give your baby pieces of your    ˆordinary family meals, or things you have in the house    already, with baby-led weaning.. •  A hard aspect of this method of weaning can be    relinquishing control. You really have to be able to step    back and trust your baby to get on with it. •  Try a variety of food and more than once. Avoid focusing on fruit when weaning your baby. Doing so can encourage their taste for sweet foods and make it more difficult to introduce vegetables and other savoury foods later on. •  Remember, ‘food is for fun before they’re one’, so see    weaning as a sensory experience and messy play for the    first few months. Your baby will play with her food at    first, but this is an important part of her development. •  Baby-led weaning is messy and your baby will enjoy    dropping food to see what happens to it. •  Give your baby a spoon to play with – lots of parents    think that baby-led weaning means spoons are banned,    but many babies love feeding themselves with one. . •  Be patient – your baby might take a while to get the    hang of things, but she’ll get there in the end! project-baby.co.uk

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SLEEPYHEAD

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep What can you do to solve your sleep problems during pregnancy? Here are some tried-andtrue suggestions: •  Avoid caffeine (in all its forms, so put that chocolate bar    down) after noon. •  Get your eight glasses of water (or other fluids), but taper    off at night. •  Drink if you’re thirsty, but don’t down a 16-ounce water    bottle right before bedtime. •  Exercise regularly - during the day or early evening. A    daily workout will help you sleep better, but if it comes too    close to bedtime, it could actually sabotage sleep (exercise   is energising). •  Have a light snack before hitting the hay to stave off    midnight hunger pangs. Include protein and a complex    carb (think cheese and a whole-grain muffin), as well    as some warm milk (it really works!) or decaffeinated    tea. Besides the duh (avoid caffeine, again in all its    forms - sorry, no chocolate with the warm milk), stay    away from sugar, which will give you an energy boost    when you least want one, and then leave your blood    sugar levels wobbly during the night (yet another strike   against chocolate). •  Take a warm bath just before bed. The soothing and    relaxing effects of the bath should help you summon the   sandman sooner. •  Crack a window - as long as the weather’s comfortable    (which for a pregnant woman means anything from 65    degrees on down-way down). The fresh air can be    soporific. If the weather’s not cooperative, keep the room    comfortably (for you, not your spouse) chilled. Remember,    your heat’s up, the thermostat’s should be down. •  Make love, if you’re in the mood. Or at least ask your man    for a massage - both of which can relax you. •  Try some relaxation exercises - visualisation, deep    breathing, meditation, or even yoga or chanting before    hitting the sack. And actually, counting sheep can work    the same way - the monotony of watching those little    guys jump over the fence can be truly relaxing (unless you    associate them with insomnia). •  Leave a night-light on in the bathroom - switching on the    overhead is way too much of a wakeup call and will make    it much harder to fall back asleep.

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At mothercare, we believe it’s not just babies who are born. It’s parents too. You are embarking on a new life. Your baby’s firsts are yours. And your own milestones are waiting to be reached. We believe you are the most important people in the world. That’s why we put parents at the centre of what we do. We’ve been helping parents take their first steps for 57 years, and we will be here for every single one of yours.

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HEALTH & FITNESS

BEST FITNESS EXERCISES

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Postpartumn Congratulations on your new little one! We all know what it means for your sleep, but what does it mean for your postpartum fitness?

For some women, exercise is the last thing on their mind during the first month postpartum. In fact, many obstetricians and midwives suggest waiting four to six weeks after you give birth before beginning to exercise.

1. START POSTPARTUM WORKOUTS SLOWLY Swimming is incredibly effective in working your heart and lungs without putting too much pressure on your joints. For postnatal women, swimming or an aqua aerobics class are effective in adding muscle tone, while providing a gentle exercise that won’t strain your body too much after birth. However, it is advisable to stay clear of

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the swimming pool until any postnatal bleeding has stopped and scarring has healed if you had a caesarean.

2. PRENATAL YOGA Many postnatal women find yoga beneficial, as it encourages relaxation in the post-birth whirlwind while helping to strengthen core muscles and prevent back pain. Jill Simpson, founder of MINDBODY studio Ebb&Flow explains: “Postnatal yoga is a great way to get strong again in specific areas, such as your core muscles. It’s also a time to focus on you, connect with other mums whilst boosting your energy.” There are even yoga classes you can bring your baby to.

3. POSTPARTUMN PILATES Pilates is one of the most effective pre- and postnatal exercises as it targets the muscles that generally weaken during pregnancy. Erica Foulds, master trainer at MINDBODY studio Ten Health & Fitness explains: “As Pilates is non-impact, compared to other forms of exercise, the risk of injury is reduced, so not only is it physically beneficial and advisable, but knowing you’re exercising safely can also help to reduce anxiety and provide reassurance during classes. “There are also mental and emotional benefits, as Pilates is a highly immersive and focused form of exercise; the focus and concentration required make a great ‘time-out’ from everyday pressures.”


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DON’T FORGET! Any mother will be very familiar with pelvic floor exercises. These exercises are incredibly important, as they help to strengthen the muscles that come into great strain in pregnancy and childbirth. “Begin by sitting, standing or laying down in a comfortable position and squeeze and lift your pelvic floor muscles (these are the ones you use when you’re trying to hold in a pee). Hold this contraction for up to ten seconds, then relax. Repeat ten times and aim to do three or four sets each day!

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Redsbaby prams and pushchairs combine modern design with sophisticated, practical and innovative features. Available to buy exclusively online, our award winning Redsbaby Collection is thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of growing families. Whether you’re welcoming your first or you’re a practised parent, we’re with you, for the journey.

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REVIEW

The different functions of the BellaMoon® Full Moon include;

The BellaMoon® is the ultimate pregnancy, breastfeeding and infant support for Mother and baby. The Full and Half Moon is designed particularly for Mothers who like to lie on their side and breastfeed. Its multi-functional capability lets baby feed, rest, lounge, play, cuddle and do tummy time. The unique design of BellaMoon’s® Full and Half Moon features a soft – yet structural – removable wedge, located between Mother and baby, which provides an awareness of babys position whilst breastfeeding on your side. The outer edge of the Half Moon pod is sloped away from baby for maximum breathability. It is inwardly inclined to help prevent baby from rolling off the edge of the bed. The various functions of BellaMoon are suitable from pregnancy up to 18 months of age.

•  Pregnancy Pillow •  Infant Feeding Pillow •  Breastfeeding Privacy Cover •  Full Moon Breastfeeding Day Bed •  Half Moon Breastfeeding Night Pod (also sold separately) •  Infant Tummy Time Pillow •  Baby Lounger •  Mothers Back Support Pillow for lateral breastfeeding •  Breastfeeding Support Pillow for Rugby Hold Feeding Position •  BellaMoon provides immense comfort for Mother’s, particular   around her neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs.

Project Baby editor Natasha highly reccomends the Bellamoon. There aren’t many baby products out there that have such longevity that you can use from pregnancy right through your breast feeding journey and beyond. This is a solid investment for any mum/mum to be. Quincy latched much earier felt more supported, he stopped rolling into the breast and fed for longer. project-baby.co.uk

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INGREDIENTS 70g apricots 70g banana A few drops of vanilla

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Chef’s Tip

Exotic Apricots

If the apricots are not in season or are too ripe, choose frozen apricots. They will have as good nutritional qualities as fresh apricots.

METHOD 1. Gently wash the apricots, cut them in half and remove the stone. Cut into 1cm cubes 2. If you have a Babycook, place them in the steamer basket. Pour water into the tank (level 2) and start cooking. Alternatively cook the fruit until soft in a saucepan or regular steamer.

3. Peel the banana and mash without cooking. Place the banana and apricots in a blender. After cooking remove the fruit juice and keep it in a small glass. Mix by adding a part of the cooking liquid until the desired consistency. Add vanilla and mix again.

FOR THE NUTRITION CONSCIOUS The apricot contains very soft fibres which facilitate baby’s intestinal transit. Its delicate, slightly acidy taste, is highlighted by the banana which adds a sugary taste. Never add

sugar to a hot compote as in general the sweet taste is more pronounced when the dessert is at room temperature. If needed, more can be added at the time.


RECIPES

Quincy’s Cauliflower, Apple & Sweet Potato

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INGREDIENTS 1 large sweet potato, (300g) 1 medium eating apple ½ a small cauliflower, (250g) 1 splash of milk, optional

Natasha’s Tip Try savory before sweet, your little one may spit out the puree but that doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t like it. They could be simply figuring out the texture. Try a food at least 10 times before disregarding it altogether.

METHOD 1.Peel and chop the sweet potato and apple into 2cm chunks. 2. Remove the outer leaves and any tough stems from the cauliflower and slice into similar-sized pieces. 3.Place everything into a steamer and steam for around 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

Making baby food at 10-12 months – What are my baby’s nutritional needs? At this stage, your baby needs to be obtaining calories from a range of healthy sources. He also needs about twice as much calcium as he did at

4.Remove from the heat, then either blend to a purée, pulse, mash and/or finely chop depending on the stage your little one is at. Tip:- If it’s a bit too thick, add a little milk or water to loosen, then leave to cool before serving.

birth (see Calcium Requirements of Infants, Children, and Adolescents for more information). Calcium is necessary for strong bones and teeth – it helps the teeth resist decay and maintains healthy gums.

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RECIPES

Baby-Led

Weaning.

The Book Annabel’s new Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book equips families with the option to do what they feel is best. Filled with 120 recipes which the whole family can enjoy together – from breakfast and snacks, to vegetables, poultry, fish, meat and more.

TOP TIPS FOR BABY LED 1. You don’t have to choose one method Some feel a need to go with one method or the other, at around six months, you have the freedom to combine an element of baby-led weaning alongside spoon feeding if you feel that’s right for you and your baby. 2. Combining both methods is very popular In speaking to other parents, dietitians, nutritionists and healthcare professionals about the various approaches to weaning, combining both methods is a popular option and one that many parents are finding the most realistic to adopt. 3. Shared mealtimes are to be enjoyed Baby-led weaning encourages shared family

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mealtimes, and whilst I’m a big advocator of everyone sitting down together and eating a variety of foods, this is not always realistic for busy families. It’s a positive principle to adopt, albeit if only a few times a week, but having purees as an option at the very beginning, gives parents even more flexibility. 4. There is no right or wrong What’s important is that there is no right or wrong to weaning. Some babies thrive on purees, others on finger foods and yet some on both. Instead of committing to a certain feeding method, it’s ok to be flexible in your approach and to follow your intuition and your baby’s developmental signs.


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Chef’s Tip Once your babe is able to gum a texture similar to soft pancakes, these make a great breakfast or snack! Many babies are ready for this texture before 10 months, but you know your baby best. Serve with a side of fruit at the texture your baby can tolerate.

Yummy Yoghurt Pancakes INGREDIENTS 4 Happy Baby Whole Milk Yogurt Cups (pick your favorite fruity flavor!) ½

1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup white flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ cup whole milk* 1 egg**

METHOD 1. Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl. 2. In a separate bowl, mix together yogurt, milk, and egg.

a pan over medium high heat. Place a few tablespoons of the mixture in the pan, cook until bubbles appear, and then flip.

3. Combine yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and mix. Batter will be a bit thick.

5.Cook until golden brown. Repeat. Freeze the remaining pancakes, and enjoy for a quick meal or snack in the future.

4. Heat a small amount of butter or oil in

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PREGNANCY

Baby

Shower

A quick etiquette guide to baby celebrations smart. Baby showers and baby-welcoming ceremonies are filled with joy -- and fraught with expectations. To ensure a good time will be had by all, here are some guidelines for hosts, guests, and parents-to-be.

BABY SHOWERS Baby showers are a relatively recent phenomenon -- they became common only after World War II, during the baby boom of the 1940s and ‘50s. Still, they’ve developed their own traditions and etiquette.

WHO SHOULD HOST A BABY SHOWER? Tradition states that a shower should not be hosted by a close family member of the parents-to-be, but instead by a friend or more distant relative, such as a cousin or an aunt. This rule was meant to avoid the appearance that the family was simply on a mission to collect gifts. However, like many traditions, this rule isn’t strictly observed these days. In fact, it’s usually considered perfectly acceptable for a sister,

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mother-in-law, or even the guest of honor’s mother to host or co-host a shower. It’s still unusual for a mother-to-be to host her own shower, though.

WHO SHOULD BE INVITED? Close friends are a natural for the guest list, as are family members. Beyond that, when you’re thinking of adding someone to the list, consider whether it would be appropriate to ask that person to buy a gift for the guest of honor, since that’s what’s expected of a shower guest. You should certainly consult with the guest of honor on the list and let her invite whomever she wants (keeping in mind any limitations on space, of course).

WHAT ABOUT THE DAD-TO-BE AND MALE GUESTS? It’s becoming more and more common to include men -- friends, spouses, relatives -- on the guest list. But it does change the chemistry of the party. You need to decide whether you want that traditional “female-bonding ritual,” with lots of oohing and aahing over adorable baby clothes and exchanging of labor tales, or whether you’re looking for a more coed


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experience. Also, consider the personality of the dad-to-be; some may relish sharing in every aspect of the pregnancy, while others may be uncomfortable with the idea of being a guest of honor at a baby shower. The mom-to-be should be able to give you a good reading on this. Even at a “girl power” party, the expectant dad often makes an appearance toward the end of the shower to thank everyone for the gifts. And if you opt to include male guests, take a look at some of our coed-friendly shower ideas.

Baby Shower Gifts

SECOND BABY SHOWER? WHEN TO SHOWER? THEME NEEDED? Can a shower be given to celebrate a second baby -- or one even further down in the birth order? Every pregnancy deserves to be toasted and cheered. But, since the true purpose of a baby shower is to help new parents acquire the gear and supplies they’ll need, it’s probably not necessary to give a traditional baby shower for parents who have a basement full of baby clothes and equipment. Instead, consider throwing a shower designed to make their lives easier when they’ve got a newborn and another child or two to juggle: a “stock the freezer” shower, for example, or a “Mum and Dad” shower, with gifts like their favorite movies on video or DVD or promises for baby-sitting services. (Click below for more details and shower ideas)!

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WHEN SHOULD THE SHOWER BE HELD? Showers are typically given four to six weeks before the baby’s due date -- late enough so that the pregnancy is well along, but early enough so that the baby is unlikely to arrive before the party day does. Sometimes, for religious, cultural or other reasons, parents-to-be prefer not to receive gifts until after the baby is born (in certain traditions, it’s considered bad luck to acquire baby items beforehand). In that case, you could begin some preliminary planning, but wait until after the baby is born to set a shower date. For parents adopting a child, you might set a date once the child has arrived in their home.

DOES IT NEED TO HAVE A THEME, AND MUST THERE BE GAMES PLAYED?

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No. The hosts should take their cues from the style and tastes of the expectant parent. There’s no rule stating that games must be played, or that the color scheme must be pastel. The shower should be designed for the delight the guest of honor. (On the other hand, the guest of honor should maintain a sense of graciousness and good humor if she finds herself at the center of a party that’s not precisely her style).

ARE INVITEES WHO CAN’T ATTEND THE SHOWER OBLIGED TO GIVE GIFTS? No. If they wish, they may send a package to the home of the host, who can have it on hand to be opened at the shower. But they certainly aren’t obliged to do so -- a shower invitation is an invitation to a party, not a demand for a gift. It would be perfectly fine for the invitee who can’t make the party to wait until the baby is born, and then send a gift.

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Baby No 2

The truth is, there is no right age gap for your family – whatever age gap you end up with, you will find ways of making it work. When trying to decide on an age gap, you will probably find yourself weighing up the pros and cons of each possible scenario, and struggling to decide which one sounds right for you. The thought of adding a new child to the family can sound scary, especially as you worry about how your first child will react. You may feel concerned that you no longer have the energy to run around after a toddler, or that you couldn’t cope with (even more) sleepless nights. A common concern for singleton parents, is whether they will be able to love a second child as much (you will).

THE OLDER CHILD WILL UNDERSTAND

For those of you toying with the idea of the idea of a longer age gap between your children – anything from three years and up – here are some reasons why this is an awesome choice.

An older child will be able to help out with the new baby, and this will be a great opportunity for them to build a strong bond with each other. From running upstairs to grab a clean nappy, to soothing the baby

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Your first child is a little older, and may be mature enough to better understand the concept of the new baby. An older child is less likely to feel left out after the arrival of a new sibling. An older child will be better placed to understand the needs of the new baby, and to react with compassion and empathy.

AN OLDER CHILD CAN GET INVOLVED

during long car journeys, your first child will have an active role to play in caring for your new child. Older children who read can make great little story tellers, which is a great thing for both siblings!

YOUR OLDER CHILD WILL BE MORE INDEPENDENT With a longer age gap, your first child will be more independent. You won’t need to worry about changing two dirty bottoms throughout the day, because your first child will be able to use the toilet. He may also be able to get himself snacks, and play independently for limited amounts of time.


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YOUR OLDER CHILD WILL BE MORE ATTACHED The longer a child remains an only child, the better attached he is to his parents. So the longer you wait before having a second baby, the longer your first child will have to develop a strong attachment to you. Each family situation is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all perfect age gap. You must consider the individual needs of yourself, your partner and your existing children when deciding on when to have your next child. It’s also important to remember, that these things may not always be in our control. It could take longer than expected to conceive.

THE YOUNGER CHILD WILL GET QUALITY TIME TOO

THEY WON’T FIGHT OVER THE SAME TOYS With a larger age gap, your children will have different interests and will play with different toys. This may save you the hassle of acting as mediator, desperately negotiating turns with the most popular toys.

IT WILL SPREAD OUT THE COST OF CHILDCARE Childcare isn’t cheap, and having two children close together can leave some families struggling to afford to pay their nursery bills each month. Two children attending university at the same time can also put a strain on the family purse. By having a larger age gap, you can spread out the costs associated with raising children, especially during those early (and expensive) years.

YOU WON’T HAVE TO DOUBLE UP

Think back to those hazy days when your first child was born. Those long lunches with mum and baby friends, and the long afternoons spent cuddling and feeding on the sofa. A longer age gap will allow you to give the second child the same treatment, though you may have school runs to fit in. Whilst your older child is at school, you will have time for some one-to-one bonding with the newest member of your family.

YOU WILL HAVE CAUGHT UP ON SLEEP Unlike the parents of two under two, you will have caught up on your sleep by the time your next baby arrives. Your first child will be sleeping better, and you should be able to get enough rest during pregnancy. Once the baby arrives, chances are it will only be the newborn keeping you up at night, so you won’t be running between bedrooms trying to soothe everyone.

Your first child will already have outgrown his infant car seats, buggy and playmat. You won’t need to fork out on doubling up on these items, and will instead simply be able to dust off the cobwebs and use them again.

SIBLING RIVALRY IS LESS LIKELY CHILDCARE Children born closer together in age are more likely to experience sibling rivalry. With a larger age gap, your children have different interests, and different focuses at anytime and are less likely to compete over things. An older child may see themselves as a mentor for the younger sibling, rather than as a competitor.

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Stunning pictures for all occasions: new baby boy or girl, anniversary, gifts for him and her. Customised art - animals, constellations - with a quirky twist. These distinctive baby animal prints are made from original pencil drawings and personalised with your baby’s footprints. The perfect present for mother’s day Price: £28.00 lucycoggle.co.uk

WELEDA NURSING TEA

Find her that Special Gift

THE CLASSIC CABINET WITH PROSECCO Our finest hand-finished chocolates perfectly matched with a 75cl bottle of vivacious boutique prosecco. Price: £68.00

Delicious organic herbal tea mixture for breastfeeding mothers. Price: £5.95

OLVERUM BATH OIL This bath oil soothes aching muscles, clears congested sinuses and relieves tensions to leave you feeling mentally and physically relaxed. Price: £35.99 .

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GIFTS for Mums

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READING

GOAT GOES TO PLAYGROUP By Julia Donaldson

WHERE’S SPOT By Eric Hill

Spot the dog has entertained generations of toddlers and this sturdy and interactive board book gives little ones the chance to have hours of fun searching under the flaps for him!

Goat Goes to Playgroup is a witty but reassuring read for any nervous preschoolers who don’t know what to expect. Goat’s crazy antics will raise plenty of giggles with youngsters and make this cheery picture book fun to read aloud, again, and again and again!

COME TO SCHOOL TOO, BLUE KANGAROO! By Emma Chichester Clark

e m i t y r o St

The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results.

ELMER By David McKee David McKee’s stunning illustrations give Elmer lots of toddler appeal and this is a lovely book to read to youngsters to illustrate the message that it’s OK to be different and not just one of the crowd! Elmer offers lots of fun and laughter for readers aged 1+.

Editors Pick

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR By Eric Carle Yup, the caterpillar’s still hungry! And just like him, when it comes to this book toddlers can’t seem to get enough.

GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU BySam McBratney The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare’s efforts to express their love for each other has long been a favourite of ours at the Book People -and with the book selling over 18 million copies worldwide, many generations of readers also love this touching tale.

THE ODD EGG By Emily Gravett

The Odd Egg, is eggs-traordinarily good! Babies and toddlers will love the gentle humour as Duck finds an egg and starts to look after it. It’s the most beautiful egg in the world, but the other birds all think it’s an odd one.

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STYLE

Brides with Bumps

Looking beautiful on your big day with a growing bump.

VERONA GOWN LONG

ARIA DRESS SHORT

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SHORT LACE DRESS Price: £199.99 Seraphine.com

SUZIE DRESS Price: £149.00 tiffanyrose.com

SHORT LACE MATERNITY WEDDING DRESS Price: £199.99 Seraphine.com

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SOPHIA WEBSTER CHIARA Price: £495.00 sophiawebster.com


for bump

ROMAINE Price: £49.00 enviedefraise.com

Price: £2,505 nineinthemirror.com

Wedding Guest We

Love

KATIE PIPER BLUE BARDOT TWIST Price: £34.99 wantthattrend.com

ARIA DRESS

FASHION

VALENTINO DRESS

All Things

Price: £249.00 tiffanyrose.com

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STYLE

WOMENS SKINNY FIT Price: £95.00 iamdenim.co.uk

Every Day

Maternity

UNDER BUMP JEANS Price: £59.00 seraphine.com

MANOLO BLAHNIK

AUDREY BLACK AND GOLD

Price: £775.00 brownsfashion.com

DUNGAREES Price: £58.99 leredoute.com

Price: £69.00 tilbea.com

NADINE DRESS Price: £180.00 maddersonlondon.com

KERIKIT JOY XL Price: £295.00 kerikit.com

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Rest Assured Come and discover the Owlet Smart Sock on Stand G45

Tracks heart rate Tracks oxygen levels Tracks sleep data Receive wellness notifications

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PERFECT NIGHT SLEEP FOR MUM

PERFECT NIGHT SLEEP FOR BABY

Every Mum feels sleep deprived at some point. Remember to make time for you, have a nice hot bubbly bath, try to get an early night. Sleep Sensation from the Skye Candle Company burn for half hour before you want to be asleep.

COCOONABABY® NEST Until now, there has been no way to simulate the feeling a newborn experiences in its mother’s womb. The Cocoonababy® Nest gives your baby the best start in life. Price: £130.00 amazon.co.uk

POINTELLE LACE PYJAMA Price: £140.00 thewhitecompany.com

SNUZPOD Nothing compares with being close to your baby. The award-winning SnüzPod Bedside Crib™ allows you to easily comfort, settle and feed your baby without having to leave your bed. Price: £169.00 thelittlegreensheep.co.uk

BELLAMOON BellaMoon is a luxuriously comfortable multifunctional breastfeeding bed. bellamoon.co

PAMPERS BABY-DRY So dry, where did all the pee go? Pampers Baby Dry nappies have 3 absorbing channels to help distribute wetness evenly. For up to 12 hours undisturbed sleep. Price: £7 groceries.morrisons.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Health &

Mama Mio 3-Step Skincare System Mama Mio’s 3-Step Skincare System is specifically designed for expectant and new mothers, with a face wash, serum and day and night cream all designed to combat the symptoms of your hormones going haywire.

Party-Eyes Serum Party-eyes is the ultimate secret weapon in your makeup bag. Say hello to firmer, smoother and less wrinkled skin with our concentrated eye serum.

Price: £21.00 party-eyes.com

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful. Price: £47.00 30ml

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BEAUTY

Price: £42.00 mioskincare.co.uk.


HEALTH & BEAUTY

Anti-Pollution Guardian AENEA’S Anti-Pollution Guardian is designed to strengthen our DNA repair mechanisms, and increase the skin’s tolerance to UV light and pollution. Price: £150.00 aeneacosmetics.co.uk

Mama’s Moments Maternity Kit The Mama’s Moments Maternity Kit combines a host of natural oil formulas to help you look after yourself during pregnancy and after labour.

Price: £49.99 lookfantastic.com

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour® All-Over Miracle Oil is a versatile, multi-tasking formula for the face, body and hair. Infused with Tsubaki oil, an ultrahydrating ingredient that works to deliver long-lasting moisture, revealing radiant, healthy-looking skin with a firmer appearance. Price: £29.00 elizabetharden.co.uk

The Perfect Gift

Mother To Be Gift Set Trio This Mother To Be Gift Set Trio is the perfect way to congratulate all new and expectant mothers. Presented in a beautiful gift box, it’s packed with pregnancy skincare and is the perfect pampering treat. Perfect for maternity gifts, new mother gifts and baby showers,

Price: £45.00 bloomandblossom.com

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BEAUTY

JEWELLERY

PERSONALISED BUTTON CUFFLINKS

‘MAMA TO BEE’ STERLING SILVER MEXICAN BOLA PENDANT

A gorgeous pair of personalised silver button cufflinks threaded with coloured silky cord for a fab splash ofcolour.

Our ‘Mama to Bee’ edition features a chiming sterling silver Mexican Bola pendant with a hand-crafted 9ct rose gold honey bee charm, presented on a longer length 38” sterling silver chain.

SOLID GOLD NORTH STAR DIAMOND LOCKET NECKLACE

Price: £76.00 chambersandbeau.com

Price: £249.00 blooming-lovely-jewellery.co.uk

One of the brightest stars of heaven has been captured and held in our North Star collection, a tiny sparkling classic diamond set in a gold locket. This locket is sure to become a future heirloom. Price: £589.00 chupi.com

SIF JAKOBS ‘RAINBOW GOLD’ This stylish Sif Jakobs ring is a square shaped band set with a variety of different sized, multi-coloured zirconia stones. The perfect ring for creating a sophisticated and striking look. Price: £199.00 stgyles.co.uk .

All Things Silver MONOGRAM CIRCLE NECKLACE This beautiful statement monogram circle necklace is both unique and personal. Price: £42.00 annalouoflondon.com

FAMILY TREE NECKLACE CARIAD® PENDANT One of Clogau’s most popular jewellery pieces to date, this beautiful double-sided Cariad® pendant features a sterling silver heart and 9ct rose gold bail. Price: £239.00 clogau.co.uk

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The perfect gift for any Mother or Grandmother, this family tree necklace features a list of names and a beautiful family tree pendant. Price: £45.00 handonheartjewellery.co.uk


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INTERIORS

Creating Your Dream

A stunning update to a nursery classic, our beautiful opulence rocking chair offers a soothing place for feeding, reading andcuddling, with its cushioned seat, sparkling swarovski crystal buttons and sleep inducing rocking motion. Price: £3,200.00 bambizi.co.uk

ROCKING HORSE MAMMOTH NEO This adorable and fluffy Rocking Ride-On Mammoth (called Neo!) is possibly the most gorgeous kid’s ride-on toy EVER! Price: £130.00 cuckooland.com

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TEDDY BEAR FLYING WITH RAINBOW BALLOONS MOBILE A stunning gender-neutral baby mobile in wool felt featuring a little bear flying with balloons in rainbow colours, white clouds and a bunting banner. Price: £130.00 notonthehighstreet.com

NURSERY

OPULENCE ROCKING CHAIR


INTERIORS

SNUZKOT COT BED As your child grows, so does SnüzKot, converting to a toddler bed up to 4 years, and with the additional junior bed extension kit to approx. 10 years. Get the Skandi look for your dream nursery! Designed to last, every SnuzKot is made using natural beech wood, without the use of MDF or veneer. The highest mattress position makes it easy to lift your newborn baby in and out. rice from: £349.00 snuz.co.uk

MIFFY TABLE LAMP This beautiful Miffy Original Lamp exudes a soft, warm glow to light up the room, making it the perfect companion for story telling, late night reading and makes the perfect night light to help your little one fall asleep easier. The Miffy Original Lamp is 50 cm high. With Wake Up and Sleep timer functionality. Price: £155.00 thebabyroom.co.uk

DIAMOND BABY BATHTUB Bling. Bling. And more Bling. There is no doubt about it or subtleties when it comes to this piece. It is pure baby bling at its finest, twinkling and shining and grabbing the attention of anyone who sees it. Price: £6,240.00 gigibrooks.com

PROVENCE CONVERTIBLE PLUS™ Inspiration for the elegant Provence collection comes from the chic sophistication of French interiors. We feel that it exudes elegance, creating a timeless and dreamy nursery for your baby. Cot Bed - Price: £649.00 boori.com Chest of drawers - Price: £699.00

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HUGG® BEDSIDE CRIB The Hugg® is a Safe, organic & sustainable co-sleeping bedsdie crib by Bababou. It gives baby their own cot space, while snuggled next to the parent’s bed. It can be used as a bedside crib, mosses basket, or a standalone crib. Price: 599 euro bababou.com

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GAIA BABY 4 IN 1 COMPLETE SLEEP BABY BED The White and Natural Gaia Baby 4-in-1 Complete Sleep system grows with your baby from birth up to 5 years old. With it’s soft edges and smooth flowing lines the Gaia Baby Complete Sleep creates a tranquil and calm environment for your baby’s sleep. Price: £699.95 naturalbabyshower.co.uk

RED ELF MUSHROOM LAMP

HIDE CABINET

The mushroom night-light is based on a traditional childrens style of night-light from the 1970’s, evoking nostalgic memories from times gone by. This toadstool nightlight is made from ceramic and hand decorated with woodland creatures and features Bramble the Elf and his friends. Children’s lighting to treasure forever!

Unlike the other Beaneasy pieces, the so called Hide has a colored frame instead of a colored core. Five shelves provide lots of storage space, combined with a bar for over 80 cm of hanger space. To keep everything tidy, two light-weight sandwich doors lock up everything you don’t want the naked eye to see. Price: £1,469.95 beaneasy.nl

Price: £78.00 whiterabbitengland.com

STEIFF LEO RIDING LION Steiff Leo Riding Lion is made from high quality woven fur in golden blond. Just look at his magnificent mane and a face full of character. Gentle hand airbrushing around his face together with big black eyes - whiskers - a long tail with a bob of hair at the end - all go to make this piece of Steiff very special indeed. Price: £475.00 steiffteddybears.co.uk

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READING

Adult

BOOKSHELF 3 of the Best Cook Books

RUSH OH! - Shirley Barretts Set in Australia during a difficult whaling season in 1908, this novel celebrates an extraordinary episode when a family of whalers formed a unique bond with a pod of frisky killer whales. The family’s eldest daughter chronicles the tale

THE GOOD GUY - Susan Beale

EAT YOURSELF PREGNANT - Zita West

FAMILY KITCHEN COOKBOOK - Caroline

Essential Recipes for Boosting Your Fertility Naturally. More and more couples these days are interested in natural ways to improve their fertility. And having the best possible diet is one of the most important ways in which you can help make a big difference.

Bretherton

QUICK AND EASY TODDLER RECIPES - Annabel

Includes recipes, tips and tricks to feed the whole family. Featuring 700 recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and a photograph of each finished dish, this title covers from toddlers to teens and everything from batching, freezing and nutrition.

In this new Quick and Easy book she offers 130 recipes that can be rustled up in minutes. With an eye on nutritional content and appeal for children, as well as speediness for hassled mums and dads.

Karmel

THE LOVERS - Rod Nordland Written by a Pulitzerwinning journalist, this novel is The Kite Runner meets Romeo and Juliet, but rooted in real-life as it recounts a true story. Zakia is a Sunni, her lover Mohammad Ali is a Shia, and the two must risk their lives on a daily basis to be with each other.

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Inspired by the author’s own experience, The Good Guy is a story of marriage, selfdeception and the pressure to conform in Sixties suburban New England. Set during a time when America was on the cusp of a sexual revolution, the novel examines life under scrutiny in the ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ era. Ted, a car-tyre salesman in 1960s suburban New England, is a dreamer who craves admiration. His wife, Abigail, longs for a life of the mind. Single-girl Penny just wants to be loved. When a chance encounter brings Ted and Penny together, he becomes enamoured and begins inventing a whole new life with her at its centre. But when this fantasy collides with reality, the fallout threatens everything, and everyone, he holds dear. The Good Guy is a deeply compelling debut about love, marriage and what happens when good intentions and self-deception are taken to extremes.

ASK ME HIS NAME - Elle Wright Dear Reader, When I found myself experiencing a motherhood that I never expected, one that I was terrified of living, I didn’t know how I would carry on being ‘normal’. I didn’t know how much I would long for people to say my son Teddy’s name, to not treat him like he didn’t exist.


TRAVEL

Babymoon WHAT IS A BABYMOON? A last vacation taken by expecting couples before the birth of their baby. Pamper yourself with prenatal spa treatments especially designed for pregnant women. Enjoy especially designed babymoon packages which can include: unlimited complimentary in-room movies, late check-out, cravings bag, foodie treats, cigars and sport massages for dad-to-be, photo shoots, nursery tile classes, breathing classes, yoga sessions, pregnancy massage for mom-to-be and non-alcoholic cocktails. Or go on a shopping spree with a personal shopper to show you all the beautiful baby boutiques.

WHAT IS THE SAFEST TIME TO TRAVEL? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the safest time for a pregnant woman to travel is during the second trimester

UP TO HOW MANY WEEKS BEFORE GIVING BIRTH IS IT ALLOWED TO FLY? After 28 weeks, most airlines require a letter from your doctor. There are many different restrictions per airline. We suggest that you check if the airliner you are using has specific restrictions for pregnant women or see our chart below.

3 European Spa Breaks BY BABYMOON

PAPHOS BABYMOON AT ALMYRA Almyra is offering parents to be a beloved Babymoon filled with delights to celebrate their precious time together before the arrival of their bundle of joy. The Almyra Babymoon leaves you fit for birth.

are more susceptible to, and often helpless against, the various diseases they may be carrying. •  avoid countries with health concerns – you won’t be able to take malaria medication or have all vaccinations, always talk to your doctor first before booking your trip.

DO YOU HAVE SOME TIPS DURING THE FLIGHT? •  wear flat and comfortable shoes. •  place a pillow against the lower back to ease strain. •  try to walk every two hours, this will help combat swelling and discomfort. •  keep hydrated and avoid coffee and tea. Drink plenty of water, at least one liter for every two hours in flight. •  keep your seatbelt low around your hips, not around your abdomen.

TRAVELING TO COUNTRIES DO YOU HAVE WITH HEALTH SOME TIPS TO PREPARE MYSELF CONCERNS! FOR THE TRIP? The safety of you and your baby

AUSTRIA BABYMOON AT HOTELDORF GRUNER BAUM An unforgettable babymoon journey into the secret valley, Hoteldorf Grüner Baum in Austria is a secret hidaway for parents to be. Relax in pure nature and take a walk through the pure and fresh air at the edge of the national park Hohe Tauern, while getting pampered in our SPA.

Ready? Take off……

•  take (copies) of medical records in your bag. •  know your blood type. •  get a list of hospitals from the tourist board and keep a list of emergency contacts. •  when you take a flight, reserve an aisle seat so that you can easily access the bathroom and move about the cabin. •  wear a high factor sunscreen and stick to bottled water. •  avoid diving, skiing and altitudes higher than 13,000 ft. •  avoid mosquitoes, expectant mothers

always comes first. Therefore avoid traveling to areas where malaria and yellow fever occurs (yellow fever – Central South America and parts of equatorial Africa). For detailed information about vaccination during pregnancy, we would like to refer to the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Department of Health and Human Services – USA). View related travel health information of your travel destination wwwnc.cdc.gov Detailed information about planning a healthy pregnancy and traveling while pregnant wwwnc.cdc.gov.

FRANCE, EVIAN-LES-BAINS BABYMOON The Hilton Evian-les-Bains welcomes expecting couples for an indulgent break including: mother to be 80 minute Intuitif massage and father to be 75 minute Gautama treatments.

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TRAVEL

Pure Indulgence LUXURY SPA BREAKS FOR MUMS TO BE

Aqua Sana Woburn Forest Bedford, Bedfordshire

Aqua Sana opened in June 2014, and represents a new way of spa-ing at Center Parcs resorts. The World of Spa has six unique spas for you to journey through; explore the fire and ice, blossom, herbal, sensory, mineral and gemstone and salt spa areas. Unwind completely in the outdoor pool while enjoying beautiful forest views. As with other Aqua Sana Spas, it is a friendly and sociable space to spend time with your loved ones.

Cowley Manor Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Cowley Manor is a contemporary country house hotel and spa which sits in the glorious Cotswold countryside surrounded by 55 acres of parkland, woods and meadows. The award-winning spa has two spectacular pools, a 17m green slate-lined indoor pool and an elegant 15m outdoor pool, both heated all year round. In the summer months, the area adjacent to the outdoor pool completely transforms with sun loungers, a bar and full waiter service. There are four treatment rooms, as well as a separate manicure and pedicure area, enabling the dedicated therapists to offer a full range of indulging and therapeutic treatments using oils safe for pregnant women. cowleymanor.com

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TRAVEL

Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall Seaham, County Durham

Chewton Glen Spa New Forest, Hampshire

Chewton Glen is a real country-house hotel with all the class, comfort and quality you could wish for. A place for lavishing and pampering; don’t book in for a few days and expect to come away thinner as the food is simply too good. But breathe in the country air and you’ll already feel healthier. Day guests are also welcome, for anyone looking to check out the spa without checking in. The swimming and hydrotherapy pools are impressive.

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Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa The setting for Seaham Hall is the expansive and exhilarating north east coast, so you’re onto a winner already. The spa building and the facilities are impressive and expansive, and the treatments of very good quality. Your spa journey begins at the fabulous underground walkway that connects the spa and hotel; walk along past the pebbles and running water, and a huge carved elephant greets you on the other side. Inside, there’s a large, ozonetreated swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and a range of thermal facilities. We loved relaxing in the outdoor hot tubs. Serenity Spa offers excellent value for a spa escape, and will appeal to everyone who can afford it. aeaham-hall.co.uk

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

The original and still one of the best dedicated spa retreats, Ragdale Hall is a large, comfortable country house set in attractive grounds. You’ll find unfaltering customer service, an extensive range of top-quality treatments, and a fine array of facilities and classes. You can feel at liberty to be as healthy or as pampered as you like.​

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TRAVEL

Family Holidays TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY

Lisbon

Schooner Bay

Algarve

Lopesan Baobab Gran Canaria

The hotel offers a fantastic world of exotic experiences and spectacular architecture with a blend of modern amenities and an African feel. The huge tropical gardens with several pools, ponds, waterfalls and sandy beaches mark the way to the spacious hotel area. An African hut with bars, restaurants and a café provides a true chill-out area. Built in 2008, the hotel offer 677 rooms in total and facilities available to guests include a 24-hour reception, hotel safe, currency exchange facilities, lift access, a games room, kids’ club and children’s playground, conference facilities and a car park. For an additional fee, guests may also make use of the WLAN Internet access and room service.

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Historic, secluded, courtyard The Popular Algarve resort of Martinhal is opening in Cascais, just outside Lisbon An utterly lovely seaside town with beaches, golf, riding and surf as well as historic Lisbon in easy reach it would make a perfect long weekend or half term holiday/

This small luxurious development of residences is set within landscaped tropical gardens overlooking stunning waters just outside historic Speightstown. There are watersports available through the Cobblers Cove Hotel a little further down the beach.

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TRAVEL

Travel Must Haves BBHUG ME The bbhugme Nursing Pillow in Stone is a smaller version of the pregnancy pillow but is used when breastfeeding, this new addition is the ultimate accessory for breastfeeding at home, or on the go. The bbhugme Nursing Pillow ties easily around your waist to give optimum support for your neck and shoulders whilst providing additional comfort for your baby.

SLUMBER SAC

Price: £65.00 scandiborn.co.uk

MINI PORTABLE SOOTHER STERILISER

This is a genius soloution, your toddler kicks off his covers at nigzht but normal sleeping bags dont accomodate for the stages of standing in their cots. Slumbersac have come up with this invention, a sleeping bag with legs. So if like our home its freezing they can stay in their sleeping bag. They can crawl and stand with ease. Nothing stopping baby now.

2 in 1: cleans and sterilises soothers on the go Allows you to always have one soother ready whenever you need it.

Price: £25.99 slumbersac.com

Price: £6.95 kiddiecare.com

BABYZEN

Project Baby Rating:

YOYO+ is designed to go anywhere, it folds and unfolds easily, can be carried like a bag and is one-hand driving, with minimal storage required, it can be taken as cabin luggage*. Price: From £369 babyzen.com

NUNA

JETKIDS The BedBox® is the world’s only premium ride-on suitcase for children with an inflight bed or leg-rest feature. Combining Scandinavian design with aviation style, this travel essential allows your child to rest comfortably or sleep during long and short haul flights. Price: £139.99 stokke.co.uk

Nuna travel cot as easy as 1-2-3. Need to stay at grandmas or going on holiday this travel cot is simple to assemble and fold away. Complete with the changer for a real easy stress free travel soloution. It has two height settings with a comfortable mattress your little one may just like this more than your cot at home.... Price £150.00 nuna.eu

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STYLE

Child’s

Price: £58.00 childrensalon.com

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THE TINY UNIVERSE


STYLE

BURBERRY Baby Boys Cotton Tracksuit Price: £235.00 childrensalon.com

STELLA MCCARTNEY KIDS Price: £65.00 childrensalon.com

We Love

MOSCHINO BABY Price: £60.00 alexandalexa.com

KIP&CO TARZAN DROP CROTCH SWEATPANTS By HUGO LOVES TIKI Price: £ £36.99 junioredition.co.uk

TOBIAS & THE BEAR White Long Romper With Black Penguin Price: £25.00 alexandalexa.com

SEAMONSTER DENIM JACKET BY MINI RODINI Price: £109.00 junioredition.co.uk

CHLOÉ An adorable white mouse toy for baby girls by Chloé. Price: £74.00 childrensalon.com

THE BRIGHT COMPANY HARLEQUIN MONTY SLEEPSUIT Price: £25.000 libertylondon.com

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STYLE

THE LITTLE TAILOR Price: £14.00 childrensalon.com

FRONT-OPENING SLEEPSUIT Price: £29.50 babymori.com

THE LITTLE TAILOR Price: £19.00 childrensalon.com

& So To Sleep LITTLE BLUE HOUSE BY HATLEY Price: £17.00 childrensalon.com

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MINI LUNN GIRLS BLUE COTTON PYJAMAS Price: £35.00c hildrensalon.com


STYLE

BUMBLY Price: £17.00 junioredition.com

STRIPED PYJAMAS Price: £65.00 rachelriley.co.uk

NIGHT SKY RUFFLE PJS Price: £29.00 babymori.com

LARANJINHA Baby Bathrobe

Price: £37.00 childrensalon.com

POWELL CRAFT Vintage Horseguard print with red trims and buttons.

Price: £32.00 childrensalon.com

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STYLE

TIP TOEY JOEY Price: £45.00 childrensalon.com

We Love PAINTER - ‘HI’ INTARSIA STRIPED BABY ROMPER Price: £52.95 thebonniemob.com

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LIFESTYLE

Top Baby Gifts MINI RACOON RATTLE TOY Price: £15.00 anthropologie.com

BABYBJORN BOUNCER DONKEY Price: £144.99 babybjorn.co.uk

CozyGlo are the fun new, multifunctional nightlights for kids and babies.

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FISHER-PRICE ROARIN’ RAINFOREST JUMPEROO Price: £79.99 amazon.co.uk

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LIFESTYLE

POP-IN BABY COSY SUIT Price: £19.99 closeparent.com

SWIM HAPPY NAPPY DRAGONFLY Price: £11.00 jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Price: £22.99 swimfin.co.uk

Swimbabes

SWIMFIN

SPLASH ABOUT WARM IN ONE SURFS UP WETSUIT Price: £22.99 funswimshop.co.uk

POP-IN SWIM NAPPY Price: £8.50 closeparent.com

HOODED BATH TOWELS Price: £29.99 cuddledry.com

SWIM SAFE BABY SEAT Price: £8.99 bestwaystore.co.uk project-baby.co.uk

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Clubs & Classes PUDDLE DUCKS

The swimming and life-saving skills your little one is taught on the Puddle Ducks programme will stay with them… for life! Skills for Life means that at Puddle Ducks, every child is taught to swim using a tailored programme that is unique to them, and their levels of ability and confidence, within our structured framework – we keep it fun and we know that it works!

YOGA BELLIES

YogaBellies offer authentic classes, therapies and workshops for women and children at every stage of their lives including pregnancy and birth; for post-partum mum and baby and now also, yoga for children. We offer yoga for women from mentruation to post menopausal. We even have a revolutionary new Birth Preparation course called Birth ROCKS for mums and their birth partners. The sessions incorporate a range of authentic yogic and holistic techniques.

LITTLE KICKERS

With a network of 1,500 coaches and 210 franchises in 16 countries, we’re Little Kickers are now the world’s biggest and most successful pre-school football academy and there’s plenty more to come. They are constantly enhancing their classes with the help of their experts.

www.puddleducks.com

www.yogabellies.co.uk

www.littlekickers.co.uk

TOTSTARS

BABY BALLET

LA JOLIE RONDE

Stagecoach Theatre Arts is a highly regarded network of performing arts schools with a proven record of delivering quality dance, drama and singing lessons to youngsters worldwide.

An award-winning baby ballet Song and Dance Academy with an exciting educational movement to music programme.

Over the years Stagecoach has provided a springboard for some of the UK’s leading young talent and has had the privilege of watching thousands of kids grow in confidence and ability. They offer brilliant kids’ parties, children’s holiday activities involving musical theatre and drama workshops. www.stagecoach.co.uk

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Designed to encourage babies and young children to enjoy the joys of song and dance, baby ballet has built up a fantastic reputation for providing children with the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment. www.babyballet.co.uk

La Jolie Ronde is a leading provider of language learning through extracurricular language classes and the supply of language teaching resources. Hundreds of thousands of children learn French and Spanish each week either in the classroom or in one of our after-school or lunchtime classes. La Jolie Ronde provides a proven method with a solid underlying structure that enables children, aged between 3 & 11 years old, to progress year after year in French and Spanish. www.lajolieronde.co.uk


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KIDDY COOK

Fun Cooking Classes for Kids Aged 4 – 11yrs. During each session the children have fun with hands-on gastronomic experiments and recipes and they are encouraged to learn about ‘good’ food and to explore new flavours in an educational and fun way. Each workshop encourages the students to discover the excitement that food can bring. Children get involved in the whole cooking process from reading the recipes to weighing and measuring the ingredients. www.kiddycook.co.uk

WATER BABIES

HARTBEEPS

At Hartbeeps they put your child at the heart of their magical, musical adventures. They offer original and super fun, developmental baby classes, toddler classes and pre-school classes, as well as educational sessions, pregnancy classes, stay & play with baby discos, and fabulous children’s parties.

Clubs & Classes MONKEY MUSIC

All of our classes are set to a soundtrack of original songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies. We take you and your little one on a sound journey and bring the story to life.

Monkey Music has an award winning reputation for innovative, beautifully presented music classes for each stage of your little one’s development, from 3 months to 4 years. Amazing puppets, hand crafted props, specialist percussion instruments, movement, bubbles and lots more. Guaranteed giggles and learning, great for making friends too!

www.hartbeeps.com

www.monkeymusic.co.uk

DIDDI DANCE

RUGBYTOTS Rugbytots is the first of its kind; a specifically designed play programme using the multiple skills of Rugby to create a fun and enjoyable environment whilst developing basic core motor skills.

Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swim school, teaching a core skill to hundreds of babies & children every week. The courses are very different to traditional swimming lessons. For a start, because they only use warm water pools, babies can join them from birth. And while the emphasis is on having fun, their course is carefully structured, with progressive lesson plans for each week. www.waterbabies.co.uk

At Diddi Dance they realise and encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class. Using various dancing games and exercises, bells, hoops and dance ribbons to their own funky pop songs so your little one not only improves their rhythm and co-ordination but also their social and gross motor skills. Classes are ideally suited for both boys and girls between 2-4 years old, however they have had children as young as 16 months.

All Rugbytots lead coaches are paediatric first aiders, Rugby qualified coaches, CRB checked and trained to a very high standard to ensure your children enjoy their time at Rugbytots in a safe and organised environment.

www.diddidance.com

www.rugbytots.co.uk

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Hawkesdown House School

For boys aged 3 to 8 years Endeavour Courage Truth

27 Edge Street, Kensington, London W8 7PN Telephone: 0207 727 9090 Email: admin@hawkesdown.co.uk www.hawkesdown.co.uk 72 l SPRING 2019 l project-baby.co.uk


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