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

 

Childcare and returning to work

When both parents return to work after a break to be with the children, there are many considerations: emotional, practical and financial being the ones that we know cause parents the most anxiety, or take the longest to resolve. To help you navigate these complex issues, we have a number of resources and advice articles on line at http://blog.uk.care.com/.

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Review: Cosyplay Play Mat

Kerstin from Cosyplay sent us one of her lovely play mats back in April after B had an operation. She knew that B loves Tummy Time, so this was the perfect gift!

I was very happy to hear that Kerstin and Cosyplay will be exhibiting at the BabyExpo Event in just two weeks time.

The Cosyplay mat is a fantastic product that has become a family favourite in this household! It was created to encourage Tummy Time for babies. You can read more about the Back to sleep, Tummy to play campaign and the importance of Tummy Time here.

The Cosyplay mat can be used from birth, and is made from a memory foam mattress incased in a soft, fleece cover with a waterproof base; fantastic for using in the garden. Also fabulous on hard floors!

The cover is machine washable, and really does wash well, which is very important with a little one.

The mat is a great size (1 metre by 1.5 metres), which means you can also lie down on the mat with Baby to encourage…or have a quick snooze! (I frequently lie next to B and have a small rest whilst she hits me with her rabbit/fox/monkey/ball.)

The Cosyplay mat could be considered expensive at £85, but I would say that it’s definitely money well spent. We use our mat every single day, and it has definitely improved B’s physical development. The softness and familiarity has also recently encouraged her to roll again; something she stopped doing post-op.

For further details about the Cosyplay mat, please check out the Cosyplay website, or watch this video.

Kerstin and Cosyplay will be exhibiting on stand number 92, so make sure you pop along and say hello! You’ll also be able to watch a demonstration of the Cosyplay mat at work!

Hannah

*I received the Cosyplay Mat “Pink Stripes” as a gift. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.* 

Exhibitor Spotlight: Back 2 Balance

My name is Rebecca Nicholas and I am a chiropractor practising at Back 2 Balance chiropractic clinic in Brighton and Hove. I have a very special interest in pregnancy related back pain and paediatrics. Over the last 10 years I have completed many extra courses/ seminars and certifications showing my commitment in helping pregnant women with chiropractic care. Continue reading

Review: Loveyush London Scarf

When Bhakti from Loveyush London offered to send me one of her gorgeous scarves to review I was very excited! I was able to choose from a number of colours and patterns; I chose the Primrose Grey scarf as it matches our pram, my changing bag and my handbag perfectly!

The Loveyush scarf is predominantly for discretion whilst nursing; which is a fabulous idea, as I was incredibly self-conscious breastfeeding in public. Although I’m no longer nursing, the scarf has so many other uses, and has honestly become one of my baby “must have” staples. Check out the new Loveyush Scarf advert.

I have been using the Loveyush scarf for two purposes mostly.

Firstly, as a scarf. It’s very stylish with its beautiful floral pattern, and goes with so many of my clothes. The fabric is also very soft, and washes well – which as parents, we all know is very important!

Secondly, as a sun shield for the pram. The Loveyush scarf handily fits over the rim of the pram hood and covers the pram to protect Baby from the sun. The pattern is also fantastic at keeping Baby entertained whilst under the cover! So many mums have asked me where I found the Loveyush scarf, as they’ve struggled to find something suitable for their prams (and a parasol only does so much good!).

I like that you can also peek in on Baby whilst using this as a sun shield to make sure they’re alright. You can also double it over, so sun doesn’t come in through the gap at the top too, which I’ve found very successful when Baby has been asleep.

The only slightly negative thing that I’ve found about the Loveyush scarf is that if it’s windy it tends to blow around quite a lot, and after a gusty 20 minutes it has occasionally blown off. However, the positives of this fabulous scarf far outweigh the negative!

I will definitely be using this for months to come – and almost certainly for discrete nursing when I have the next baby! I’m quite body conscious, so this will be perfect.

The Loveyush scarves range from £27.50-£34.99 and can be found on the Loveyush London website.

Bhakti will be exhibiting with Loveyush London on stand 164 at the Brighton BabyExpo Event on 30th June 2013.

Hannah 

*I received a Loveyush scarf in Primrose Grey free of charge for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.*

A Quick Hello from the BabyExpo Blogger!

Hi!

I thought I should introduce myself to you personally before I started getting my blog on! During the coming month of June I’m going to be reviewing some lovely products and experiences for you all, prior to the fabulous BabyExpo Event on 30th June 2013.

So, hello! I’m Hannah, and I blog over at Make, Do and Push! I started my blog in September 2012 to document my journey into the wilderness of Motherhood, and from there it’s grown in ways that I never thought possible. It’s predominantly a parenting blog, but I also cover crafting, lifestyle and beauty, and I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a “sharent”!

Hello!

I live just outside of Brighton with my beautiful baby girl (born in December 2012), and my very lovely fiancé! I’m a Brighton girl; born and bred, and I really do miss living in the vibrant, and slightly crazy, city.

What else? Well, I’m a cheese addict, shopaholic and creative-type. I’m also rather partial to a G&T (or three), and my favourite ever cake is the chocolate orange, gluten-free mousse cake from Ground in Kemp Town Village. Definitely worth a visit – just for the cake!

Anyway, enough of the cake and cheese talk… I should probably get on with it, and start reviewing some lovely things for you all as a taster of what to expect from the BabyExpo at the end of the month.

Looking forward to meeting you all there!

Hannah