Baby, it’s cold outside

The Surrey Expo is just over two weeks away (!!!) and with some of our visitors expecting Winter babies I thought I’d compile a list of must-have items for your new bundle of love.

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My daughter arrived five days before Christmas last year and these are all things I found useful.

A Snowsuit
Very important for keeping your baby warm when it’s bitterly cold outside. Make sure you buy one with inbuilt mittens and a hood for total protection from the cold.

2.5+ tog sleeping bag
My daughter was too small to fit into one of these to begin with, but they usually start from 7.5lb. Sleeping bags are quite literally lifesavers and far safer, and more convenient, than blankets.

A room thermometer
Chances are your monitors have one of these on anyway, but they are imperative for making sure your bedroom, or their Nursery, is warm enough/ isn’t too warm.

An assortment of clothing
The key to dressing a baby in winter is layers. You don’t want your baby to be cold, but equally you don’t want them to be too hot. Bodysuits (long or short sleeved), t-shirts (long sleeved), socks, booties, jumpers etc

Blankets or cosytoes for the pram
Just like clothes, layers are key for keeping warm in the pram or pushchair. Remember that your baby is generally quite stationary in the pram so they won’t be as warm as you whilst you push them up the hill!

You’ll be able to find everything to keep your baby warm at the Surrey Expo on Sunday 24th November 2013 at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Tickets are just £3 and available to buy here.
Hannah

Getting through the Newborn Haze

Newborn

For the first 6-12 weeks of Parenthood you may feel like you are stumbling through the wilderness, into the unknown abyss and down a rabbit hole. Things you thought you once knew, you question. Self-preservation becomes a thing of the past, along with dinner and cleaning oneself. It’s best to be prepared for this; for the euphoric highs but also for the hormonal lows.

The first nappy change

Probably the most terrifying test post-giving birth, especially if the Midwife is watching you. Even if you’ve changed hundreds of nappies previously (either in practice or for another baby) there is nothing quite like putting the first nappy on your new baby. You will find yourself doubting whether you’ve done it correctly, you may hesitate when faced with the task… or you may have completely the wrong size nappy in your hospital bag (this happened to us).

Food and drink

After spending hours in labour, chances are you won’t feel massively hungry and you may find this feeling continues for a few days. It is so important to try to eat something as (if you choose to breastfeed) your milk supply is affected by how much you take in. Not only that, but you will bleed a lot for the first 6-12 weeks after giving birth, and you will need to keep your iron and energy levels up to prevent dizzy spells.

Same with water; you will lose a lot of fluid in the first week. You need to keep hydrated for milk supply and well-being.

Day three

I wasn’t prepared for the dreaded “day three”, also known as the day your milk comes in. You will be incredibly hormonal on this day; reaching the heady heights of happiness swiftly followed by a host of tears and gloom. You are not alone and it will pass. I promise!

Have a bath or shower daily

Try to have a daily bath or shower. Chances are you will be pooped, wee’d or sicked on a number of times within a 24 hour period; this combined with leaky boobs and general unwashed-ness will make you feel thoroughly rotten. Hand the baby over to your partner, a family member or a friend and try to relax for a bit.

The Newborn Haze isn’t forever, and it’s a haze for a reason; you won’t remember much of it once you come out the other side! Take lots of photos of your cute bundle of pudge to look back on and exclaim: “He/she was NEVER that tiny!”

Hannah

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

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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BabyExpo Brighton 2013

Last Sunday was the BabyExpo event in Brighton – and what a day! It all kicked off at 9.30am when the sun shone on Brighton Racecourse. The first 500 people received a goody bag filled with exciting samples. I received an extra special goody bag – but more on that in a future post!

I made my round the various exhibitors – chatting, taking photos and soaking up the happy atmosphere. There were so many gorgeous pregnant ladies waddling around (I don’t know why I didn’t anticipate this!) and by lunchtime I was suffering from serious Bump Envy. I restrained myself though – no random Bump rubbing, I promise!

Sadly, at around 11.30am, the sea mists descended upon the Racecourse, and it all got a bit chilly, but the buzz of the event never lulled.

Here are a few photos from the day:

Crowds at BabyExpo Brighton.

Crowds at BabyExpo Brighton.

Soft play area - can I have a go?

Soft play area – can I have a go?

Lucy Piper kicks the BabyExpo off whilst the crowds enter.

Lucy Piper kicks BabyExpo off while the crowds enter.

Lots of Ella's Kitchen freebies!

Lots of Ella’s Kitchen freebies!

Diddidance having a boogie!

Diddi Dance having a boogie!

LoveYush were at the entrance... slightly chilly by the end of the day. It's a good job they sell scarves!

LoveYush were situated by the entrance… and were slightly chilly by the end of the day. It’s a good job they sell scarves!

Usborne books. So doesn't love them??

Usborne books. Who doesn’t love them??

My Wondercube. I had never heard of this product but it's amazing!

My Wondercube. I had never heard of this product before, but it’s amazing!

I attended the start of the Baby Sensory class.

I attended the start of the Baby Sensory class.

And learnt some news things at the ParentSkool antenatal taster.

And learnt some new things at the ParentSkool antenatal taster.

This has to be my favourite stall of the day. Gabz makes amazing cupcake hats and these very cute woollen pants!

This had to be my favourite stall of the day. Gabz makes amazing cupcake hats and these very cute woollen pants!

Sarah Jane from Cbeebies having fun with an award winning lizard!

Sarah Jane from Cbeebies having fun with an award winning lizard!

At 3pm I headed upstairs to attend the What’s On 4 Junior International Awards. Tears pricked in my eyes when Guy Lewis, from Gymboree Brighton, won a number of awards; the tribute to him was beautiful and ever-so emotional. Overall the awards were incredibly exciting, and an amazing celebration of fabulous people and businesses throughout the UK. Congratulations to all of the winners (and finalists)!

Who was your favourite exhibitor at the BabyExpo event? Did you learn anything? What would you like to see at next years event in Brighton?

Hannah

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

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.* 

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 

Introducing our BabyExpo Blogger!

Hannah Jeeves blogs over at Make, Do and Push! She is relatively new to blogging, having started Make, Do and Push! in September 2012, as a way to document her journey into the wilderness of Motherhood.

 

As well as a new blogger, Hannah is a new Mummy to a beautiful baby girl born in December 2012. She is a local mum (Lewes) so is very much love local in her own life. BabyExpo Brighton will see her sharing her must visit places as well as seeing what our exhibitors have to offer.

Hannah has a degree in English Literature and Drama from the University of East Anglia, and says that writing as her biggest passion. Her other interests include musical theatre, photography, crafting and gin.

Make, Do and Push! has been shortlisted in the Fresh Voice category at this years BritMums BiB (Brilliance in Blogging) Awards; voting closes on Sunday 12th May 2013, but if you’d like to help Hannah make it into the finals please vote here.

We are thrilled to have Hannah as our VIP BabyExpo Brighton blogger and can’t wait to read her tips, reviews and just general chit chat about motherhood!