Your Newborn (and New Mummy) Essentials List

During pregnancy, and as new parents, we are bombarded lists of “must buy” products for our new bundles of joy. I’ve got to admit that there have been a fair few products we’ve bought and never used, and products I wish we’d bought before my daughter arrived!

I’ve compiled a short list of what I’d consider essential for your Newborn’s arrival. I’ve left out obvious things such as the pram, the car seat and the cot!

For the new Mummy

Nipple cream. When you first start breastfeeding it may be a little sore. It’s definitely worth having some of this around for your nipples! Anything with lanolin is fabulous.

Hand cream. You will be washing your hands far more frequently now you’re changing nappies. I’d certainly recommend getting a good, soothing hand cream for those cracked hands.

Breast pads. Definitely needed if you’re breastfeeding to cover any leakage issues!

Maternity pads. The downside of childbirth is that you will bleed for the next 2-12 weeks postpartum. Maternity pads are an essential. Buy lots.

Comfy postpartum clothes. You’ll want to feel as comfortable as possible the first few weeks post-birth.

Well-fitting maternity bras. For obvious reasons!

Night bras. I still wear mine at night now – almost 10 months later. Your boobs change a lot, and sometimes a bit of support is required! Also useful when breastfeeding as you can use breast pads in them at night.

Crowds at BabyExpo Brighton.

Crowds at BabyExpo Brighton.

For your Newborn

A thermometer. We started off with an oral thermometer for our daughter, but I’d definitely recommend an infrared one for a number of reasons. Firstly they are far more accurate, secondly you don’t need to hold your baby still and finally, if your baby is sleeping, then you don’t have to wake them up to take their temperature. You can also use it for checking the temperature of the bath, and if you’re not breastfeeding (or you’re warming up breast milk,) then you can use this to check the bottle temperature.

A baby bath. We found our baby bath so useful from when our daughter was teeny up until around 6 months. I’d recommend buying one with a seat to save your back!

A sling or carrier. Remember, your baby has been snuggled up inside you for the past 9 months. The big wide world is, well, big and wide and rather scary! Slings and carriers are wonderful for keeping your baby close and cuddled up next to you. Also fantastic when you’re on the go and you’d rather not use your pram. Oh and fabulously useful if your baby suffers from colic as it keeps them upright.

A decent supply of muslin squares. You will be needing these for post feed spit-up. Have a plentiful supply, as you’ll go through them quickly.

Lots of seasonally appropriate clothes. As with the muslin squares, you’ll be going through outfits very quickly, so make sure you have enough! For all those winter babies due this year – don’t forget to buy a super cute snowsuit!

Baby Snowsuit

Baby Expo is back on Sunday 24th November 2013 at the Surrey Sports Park.

Don’t forget to check out the Exhibitor list for the Surrey Baby Expo event to plan which stands you’re going to visit!

Hannah

Baby Expo is back!

Diaries at the ready! Do you have a pen? No? Well, delve into that drawer and find one, as I’m about to tell you something very exciting and incredibly noteworthy.

Baby Expo is back!

Yes! Really!

When? Sunday 24th November 2013

Where? Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, Surrey

What time? 10am for ticket holders (you can buy your tickets in advance online here), 10:15am for everyone else.

Headline Sponsors include Care.com, Swimtime and Bright Horizons.

You can find out more information about the Surrey show on the Baby Expo website, and a full list of sponsors and exhibitors is available here.

Don’t forget to keep checking the Baby Expo blog and the Baby Expo website for updates and the latest news about the upcoming event.

It’s time to get excited, book your tickets and count down the days! Baby Expo is a MUST for any parents-to-be or new parents, as there is such a variety of babies goodies for sale from some truly fabulous companies! Oh, and grandparents love to visit too!

Just over a month to go!

Hannah

We have a winner!

The face of baby expoIt was no easy task to judge this year’s ‘Face of BabyExpo’ competition in association with the lovely folk at Phase Photographic! Fortunately BabyExpo VIP parenting expert and nanny to the stars, Rachel Waddilove was on hand to assist. Here are some of the images of the beautiful babies who visited the show this year – can you guess who won? Find out at the Phase Photographic blog - just click here - and for amazing images of your growing family contact Faye on 01273 567927. Missed out on being part of BabyExpoBrighton for 2013? Don’t worry we’ll be doing it all again next year AND at Surrey in November

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Vote for the Face of BabyExpo Brighton 2013

Help us choose the Face of BabyExpo Brighton 2013!

Your baby is doubtless the most beautiful thing you have ever seen – every action, facial expression or milestone reached is priceless but sometimes it’s very difficult to capture these very special moments on camera.

The mummies, daddies and babies who flocked to official photographer, Phase Photographic’s Stand @ Baby Expo in June didn’t have such worries with their expert team at the onsite studio snapping away all day with stunning results! Parents also had the opportunity to enter the The Face of BabyExpo Brighton Competition and now we need YOU to help us choose the final 3 to go to our judging panel! The winning image will be used as part of BabyExpo marketing and promotion for forthcoming events + there’s a fabulous prize to be won courtesy of Phase Photographic worth over £650! The 10 finalists have now been revealed below! Many congratulations and a BIG THANK YOU to all those who took part!

What next – you can vote for your favourite from these 10 but don’t delay as this stage of the judging process will close on July 31st!

Vote on the Phase Photographic facebook page!

The top 3 images will then be forwarded to our BabyExpo VIP Rachel Waddilove – nanny to Hollywood Stars and Royalty! Rachel is also mother and a grandmother with over forty years experience as a maternity nurse, child-care expert, parental adviser and best-selling author. Her latest book ‘SLEEP SOLUTIONS – QUIET NIGHTS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD FROM BIRTH TO FIVE YEARS’ published by Lion Hudson is out now and we are delighted that Rachel has kindly offered to help decide our winner! (for more on Rachel go to www.rachelsbabies.com)

So make sure you get your chance to say which you think is the best image and should be declared as the ‘Face of BabyExpo’ – don’t forget to share the link so others can take part too and check back after August 1st when we will reveal the winner!

Get Breastfeeding Support at Baby Expo with BrightonMums.com

BrightonMums.com have teamed up with the Breastfeeding Team from Sussex Community Trust to provide all day expert feeding support and information for pregnant women and mothers at Brighton Baby Expo this Sunday. It’s the perfect way to round off Breastfeeding Awareness Week. Claire Jones-Hughes from BrightonMums.com explains they chose to sponsor this particular area of the show. Continue reading

Win 3 months’ free membership of Care.com and get your first day of care FREE!

Win 3 months’ free membership of Care.com and get your first day of care FREE!
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To enter, simply follow Care.com on Twitter and Tweet us the reason why you should win by 5 July!
One lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on 10 July via Direct Message on Twitter and using the hashtag #CareDotComFree.
The terms and conditions of this contest are as follows:
  • Contest entrants must follow us on Twitter
  • They will tweet us a reason why they should win 3 month’s premium membership and free childcare for a day
  • They will agree to be used as a testimonial and for PR purposes, with a photo of their family
  • Winners will sign an agreement whereby they release us from all liability and obligations, which will cover any hurt, loss or damage that may come out of their use of the carer
  • We will reimburse the family for their use of the carer 8 hours’ pay at the carer’s usual gross rate of pay, capped at £15 gross per hour
  • The offer of a free day’s childcare is only valid until 30 September 2013, no cash alternative
  • Winner to be chosen by 10 July at random

BabyExpo Brighton is THIS weekend!

I’m excited! The BabyExpo Event is THIS weekend at Brighton racecourse. It’s come around so quickly!

Please make sure you come and say “hi”, as I’ll be there with my camera, snapping away and writing notes for an epic blog post or three!

I must admit, as well as meeting everyone, I’m really looking forward to the goody bag. Remember, if you’re one of the first 500 visitors through the door (and you hold an Advance ticket) you’ll get one too, so make sure you get there early!

What are you most looking forward to about the event? Let me know below!

See you on Sunday.

Hannah

Enjoy some extra comfort for your bump!

The FittaMamma range was conceived to meet the needs of women who want to stay fit and active during their pregnancy – but the clothes are so comfortable and supportive that more and more mums-to-be are discovering their value as an essential part of their everyday wardrobe.

FittaMamma say: ‘We wanted to create clothes that provide positive support for bump, back and boobs, lifting the weight in much the same way a sports bra lifts and holds. The original idea was to make a range for pregnant women to wear for exercise but we’ve discovered a real need amongst expectant mums to find clothes that ease the weight of the bump and make everyday life more comfortable.’

The current FittaMamma range offers a unique level of support for pregnant women that will last after you’ve had your baby too – they are seriously good news if you’ve had a C-section!

Best of all the range doesn’t sacrifice style for functionality – it looks fantastic and comes in an attractive and useful range of colours. Sling on a jacket and a chunky necklace and you could easily wear the tops to work – or wear the leggings under a dress or a long top to enjoy the extra comfort and still looking fantastic.

So how does it work?

The FittaMamma ‘High Support’ top features a unique back panel that spreads the weight onto your back and shoulders where you are naturally stronger, easing the weight of the bump. In addition the wide, firm waistband sits neatly around your hips and pelvis, providing additional support and helping combat the discomfort of pregnancy-loosened joints.

The Mamma Support top is ruched to fit around your bump and offers positive but more gentle support, whilst the extra wide and stretchy panel at the top of all FittaMamma leggings, Capri pants and shorts will hold your tummy secure as well.

FittaMamma also make a longer length ‘Gentle Support’ vest top that is ideal for yoga, Pilates or everyday wear that is designed to work throughout your pregnancy without riding up when you stretch out or leaving an uncomfortable breeze gap at the bottom of your bump.

The clothes are created in soft, natural fabrics that contain ‘CoolDry’ moisture management technology to help keep you fresh during any activity, again a bonus for pregnant women who often find their core body temperature rises. Super-stretchy elastane content means the FittaWear tops expand as your bump gets bigger, continuing to look good throughout your pregnancy and regaining their shape so you can wear them after your baby is born too.

And if you do decide to keep the clothes just for exercise, looking good whilst you work out is a great motivator!

www.fittamamma.com or call 01444 876900 or see us on Stand 176 at BabyExpo Brighton