Top 5 breastfeeding essentials || World Breastfeeding Week

We are slap bang in the middle of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August 2014) and I thought I’d share my top 5 breastfeeding essentials.

Breastfeeding essentials

Nipple Cream: Nipple cream is a waste of time – said no breastfeeding mother EVER! This is an absolute must and you should get a few, for the handbag, bathroom, nursing chair, coffee table, bedside table, and pretty much anywhere you sit an breastfeed. Lansinoh is a popular, award-winning brand often recommended to breastfeeding mums and can be found in most leading supermarkets and drug stores.

Aden and Anais Musy squares: These are a bit smaller than their popular swaddles and are the perfect size burping baby on the move or at home. Use them over your shoulder to protect clothing, to wipe up baby and mop up any mess. Wash them over and over and they get softer and softer. Get them from Aden and Anais online. Find out more about these Limited Edition (RED) Collection ones which are for a good cause.

Medela Hydrogel Pads: A pack of sterile, wrapped pads to provide relief to sore boobs and cracked nipples. To be honest I didn’t know about these with my first child and I ended up with ice packs and cool cabbage leaves down my top. I found that the first week or so of breastfeeding was the toughest on my boobs and any relief I could find was welcome. This time round I am definitely investing in a few packs of these.  Get them from John Lewis or Boots.

Snoob Breastfeeding Scarf: Created by mums for mums, this stylish scarf doubles up as a breastfeeding cover. Gone are the days when you scratch around for a cardigan or napkin to provide a bit of last minute cover. It comes in Grey, Pink, Olive, Cream and Orchid colours and it can be used way past your breastfeeding days. I can’t wait to use mine! Get yours at the Snoob Store online.

Seraphine Nursing Bra: I can’t stress the importance of good support and easy access when it comes to bras and breastfeeding. Basically, you pay for what you get when it comes to underware and a few good quality nursing bras are a must. Seraphine, a favourite amongst celebrities, has a great range of nursing bras available online and in stores.

Those are my top 5 breastfeeding essentials – do you have any that you would add to the list?

xxx TGM xxx

 

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Organic Children sun lotion by Green People

Organic Children sun lotion

Two summer holiday must-haves!

Two summer holiday must-haves!

Organic Children is a fantastic range of natural skin products for kids. This award winning range by Green People is free from chemical nasties and perfect for delicate skin. I know from experience how sensitive kid’s skin can be, especially my little Bug, and that is why I would recommend this range to mums.

The London summer is in full swing and one thing to always have at hand on a sunny day out is sunblock. Organic Children sun lotion is SPF25 and is available in lavendar and scent free. It is water resistant but not pore clogging which is great for hot, humid days or holidays by the pool/beach (but be sure to reapply regularly and wear a hat!). We keep ours in the nappy bag so that there is no way to forget it, unless of course you forget your nappy bag and then you need to make a plan!

Another product that I am super keen on in summer is Organic Babies Soothing Baby Oil. This is a great massage oil for every day but in summer it is a must if kids have spent the day at the beach, in the pool or in the sun in general. It is soothing and totally natural and I use it all over Bug after her bath. I have also mixed a palm full of Organic Children Soothing Baby Oil with a drop of citronella oil to use as a bug repellant in the Bahamas and Mauritius – great for the whole family.

 xxx TGM xxx

Fine print:
Organic Children Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF25 is made without parabens, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest children’s sun lotion that nature can offer.
Organic Babies Scent Free Soothing Baby Oil is made without parabens, lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants to bring you the purest baby oil that nature can offer.
May also be suitable for those prone to eczema and psoriasis
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Aden and Anais RED collection – Special Edition

Aden and Anais red collection

Aden + Anais (RED) Collection

Aden + Anais (RED) Collection

The Aden and Anais (RED) collection is a recently launched range of special edition products, joining the likes of Beats by Dr Dre and Apple. Aden and Anais, the much loved swaddle brand, has teamed up with (RED).org to help fight for an AIDS FREE generation. Aden + Anais (RED) collectionThe Aden and Anais (RED) collection comprises swaddles (2 & 4 packs), dream blanket, burpy bib, snap bib and musys. 10 % of the retail price of Aden and Anais Special Edition products will go to the Global Fund to fight Aids. Each day, over 700 babies are born HIV positive! I am a few weeks away from having my second child and this statistic just breaks my heart. Even more so because I am South African and have seen first hand the devastating effects that HIV and AIDS has on children, families and communities. It only costs 40 cents a day (approx. 24 pence) to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child. To put this into perspective, if you purchase the Aden and Anais (RED) collection swaddle 4 pack or dream blanket – this can provide 12 days of life-saving medicine to prevent an HIV positive mother passing the virus on to her child. You can purchase the Aden and Anais (Red) collection online.

xxx TGM xxx

 

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Holster Australia Jelly Footwear

 Holster Australia Jelly Footwear

A lot of sand in my toes before I got this shot!

A lot of sand in my toes before I got this shot!

Holster Australia is the luxury jelly foot ware brand from Noosa Beach, Australia that is making waves in London. They have a range of colourful jelly wedges, flats and ballet pumps that are stylish and comfortable.

Dannii Minogue is a fan of Holster and has teamed up with the brand to create her own line. Holster’s Dannii Minogue ‘Rockstar Jelly’ comes in either a jewel or stud option and in her words is “a mix of glam and a little bit of rock”. Clearly, they had my name written all over them and I chose a gold pair to accompany me to the Bahamas.

Gold and Glam

Gold and Glam

What I really like about my Rockstar Jelly sandals:

  • T bar design: This is totally a personal preference but I love how a T bar sandal looks on my feet. Also, there is less chance of a slip or a trip when running around after a toddler as they are secured with an ankle strap
  • Smooth, comfortable jelly: You have to try them to believe it but they are really comfortable – more so than leather sandals. There are no bits sticking out or rubbing and you could walk for miles from the first day without worrying about a blister or discomfort.
  • The colour options: I chose gold (how glam!) but there are a variety of bold and bright options to select. If I got a second pair I would definitely choose the Monaco Blue (cobalt colour).
  • Water and odour resistant: Perfect for puddles and the beach but also dressy enough to wear in the city. They are also non-sweating and odour resistant.

Holster girls jelly

They also have very sweet jelly sandals for little girls in pinks, white and silver. They too have jewel options and some styles starting at a size 9 (size 27). Bug will need to wait a couple of years until she can fit into a pair but it will be worth the wait.

Take a look at the Holster UK online store for their full range (and there is a sale on at the moment). Holster are also available in Selfridges, Harvey Nicols, Harrods and Fenwicks.

xxx TGM xxx

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Joolz Day Tailor | 6 reasons to love this stylish pram

 Joolz Day Tailor review

Joolz Day TailorOver the past few weeks I have been trying out the Joolz Day Tailor and am really impressed. I first tested out this stylish pram when I visited the Joolz HQ in Amsterdam and could not wait to get my hands on one. The one I chose arrived just in time for the new addition to our family (due in 8 weeks!).

Here are 6 reasons I love the Joolz Day Tailor:

1. Joolz Day Tailor is completely customisable

Joolz Day TailorYou can choose from 3 fabrics, 2 wheels and 20 accents! I chose the grey fabric, black wheels and brown quilted accent (colour: liver). I wanted something understated and elegant although I was tempted to choose a pop of colour. I did not know what sex my baby was at the time of ordering my Joolz Day Tailor and decided to play it a bit safe but I am completely satisfied with my choice and have watched heads turn as we strut along the street.

2. Joolz Day is all about the details

Joolz Day Tailor

Fine details such as the stitching on this pram makes it stand out

The secret pocket at the back

The secret pocket at the back

From the quilted accents on the handle bars which reminds me of a fine italian leather handbag to the stitching throughout the product, this pram has been really well made. There is also clever pocket at the back of the seat which you can slip some cash, your phone and keys into  - good luck pickpockets!

3. Joolz Day has a very clever shopping basket

Shopping basket beneath to hold the necessities

Shopping basket beneath to hold the necessities

You will find a little compartment below the seat which can hold some of your shopping or essentials. The shopping basket fastens itself and is out of the way of the foot break. Should you need more space, the basket can be kept open as the flap is reinforced and sturdy enough to hold extra shopping.

4. Joolz has a cup holder swivels and some other neat accessories

Joolz Day Tailor

I can’t tell you how many times in the past I have ended up with more coffee dripping down the side of the pram. Well, the Joolz cup holder swivels so it moves with the pram and coffee stays in the cup.

Joolz also has a shopping bag attachment that fits behind the seat and enables you to do a decent food shop. I ordered the footboard so that Bug can travel to school on that once the new baby arrives and we swap the seat to the bassinet.

5. Joolz Day doubles as a high chair

Joolz Day Tailor

Joolz Day Tailor

Gone are the days when I would attempt to shove my pram between tables in a restaurant whilst Bug sat in a high chair. The Joolz is the height and design allows the pram can be pushed right up to the table and double up as a high chair. What’s more, the bumper bar can be easily opened (with one hand!) so that the child can reach the table.

6. Joolz is good for the earth

Joolz birth forest

All of the packaging is reusable which means every box can be turned into a toy for kids. Genius! Also, once you have purchased your Joolz Day pushchair you can register the birth of your child. Joolz will plant a tree in the Joolz Birth Forest for each child to help fight deforestation and climate change.

There you have it from a mum’s perspective. Stay tuned to see what dads think of Joolz Day Tailor.

Check out the Joolz website to find out more about the Joolz Day Tailor and stockists closest to you.

xxx TGM xxx

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Monica Vinader | AW14 Jewellery Collection

Monica Vinader recently showcased their AW14 collection to the press and we were not disappointed. They have have kept true to their friendship bracelets with a few new looks and have also blinged it up with a whole range of new diamond pave looks which are to die for.

The  Monica Vinader diamond pave pieces are pieces are just so versatile. Dress them up or dress them down to suit the occasion. These pieces are easily affordable and make great gifts for new mums, a best friend’s birthday or just because.

BAJA chain bracelet with diamonds

BAJA chain bracelet with diamonds

AVA Collections of pendants and rings

AVA Collections of pendants and rings

FIJI diamond chain friendship bracelet

FIJI diamond chain friendship bracelet

My sister and I both have matching Monica Vinader Fiji diamond chain friendship bracelets which we have had engraved with the same quote. It is so special to have some matching bling.

Monica Vinader jewellery is beautifully made and each item is a statement. For the simple girl at heart, choose a single piece to show off or if you sit at the other side of the accessory spectrum, you can mad stacking them.

Beautiful BAJA collection

Beautiful BAJA collection

"Love you" - engrave your favourite pieces for a lasting memory

“Love you” – engrave your favourite pieces for a lasting memory

Monica Vinader also does engraving on many of their pieces which is a special touch. If you visit one of their stores they have a list of fantastic quotes for those of you (ahem, husbands/fathers) who get a bit stuck when it comes to inspirational stuff.

I look forward to the next Monica Vinader range!

xxx TGM xxx

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NEW: Clinique Smart Custom Serum

Clinique has launched a new serum to topple all other serums off their perch. This clever little beauty product is called the Clinique Smart Custom Serum and is now available from Selfridges.

clinique smart custom serum

Perfect for new mums, old mums, new mums who feel like old mums… And here is why.

It is smart: Clinique says the Smart Custom Serum is smart enough to “understand your skin’s past and change its appearance in the future”. Basically it will combat whatever skin sins you have done in the past and work to improve the appearance of you skin going forward. I am guilty of a multitude of skin sins since becoming a mum, mostly due to sheer exhaustion and crumpling into a heap at the end of the day.

A customised approach: Clinique’s Smart Custom Serum is “created for one skin in the world. Yours.” Should you have uneven skintone, or fine lines and wrinkles, or dull skin that needs some firming (or all of the above in my case) – this little bottle of wonder will tackle each of those problems based on your skin’s needs.

clinique smart custom serum

Five years of research have gone into this bottle of serum and this patented beauty product is suitable for all skin types and ages.

You can get the Clinique Smart Custom Serum from Selfridges in a 30ml for £48 and 50ml £68.

xxx TGM xxx

 

 

 

 

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Stylust: Maternity style

Great maternity style finds from Topshop, H&M and Dune as we head into summer! And check out this style on The Glam Mummy – 23 weeks pregnant.

Pregnancy style

 

Casual White Shirt: Topshop Maternity | Skinny Ankle Jeans: H&M Maternity | Nude Saffiano Tote: Topshop | Groovey Sunglasses: Dune | Flat Jayla Sandals: Dune

Maternity style

xxx TGM xxx

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Aden + Anais Daydream blanket

Aden + Anais daydream blankets

Aden + Anais Daydream blanket

Aden + Anais Bamboo Daydream Blanket

Aden + Anais Daydream Blankets are for adults! This much-loved brand now has a line of muslin blankets in a bigger size so us parents can snuggle up under an Aden + Anais too.

Earlier this year I had heard about the Aden + Anais Daydream blankets and thought to myself “Finally, something for us parents!” I have been using Aden + Anais muzys ever since Bug was born and intend to continue using them with my next baby who is on the way.

Aden + Anais Daydream blanket

Aden + Anais Cotton Daydream blanket

The muslins are versatile and can be used in any weather – from the beach in the Bahamas to the chilly London winter. I’ve used them as a breastfeeding cover, light blanket, swaddle, sun shade, picnic blanket, napkin and the list goes on. Yet I have often wondered what it would be like to have a mummy-sized muslin blanket that I could use until now.

The Aden + Anais Daydream blankets are produced from the same quality cotton and bamboo as the kid’s range and have some wonderful neutral patterns to suit any home. I especially love the bamboo products as they are unbelievably soft and feel so luxurious!

Which are your favourite Aden + Anais products?

xxx TGM xxx

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Just launched: Yeo Valley kid’s range

Yeo Valley kid’s range Yeo Valley A family favourite in our house, Yeo Valley, has recently launched an organic range of yoghurt products for kids. Their range has something for everyone - from weaning to school age. Yeo Valley is run by the Mead family who pride themselves on running an organic dairy business that only uses the milk from British dairy farms. They have also been awarded an Ethical Trade certificate by the Soil Association who are the folks that monitor organic farming in the UK. They have been farming in Somerset for the last 50 years and say that they plan to be there forever. Yeo Valley The range that we keep in our fridge at our home are the First Yeo’s which are little pots of thick, smooth fromage frais made with real and organic fruit purée. Bug will have one with her breakfast or as a snack during the day but they are also perfect for weaning as there are no bits. Yeo Valley also has bigger pots of range of yogurts for bigger appetites, as well as Yeo Smoothies and Yeo Tubes which are perfect for older kid’s lunch boxes. Yeo Valley kid’s range is free from artificial additives and bad stuff which means they get a huge tick from me. Yeo Valley You can purchase the Yeo Valley kid’s range from most major supermarkets. From the Yeo First range I tend to go for the ‘blue ones’ as they have no added sugar and are sweetened with fruit juice. Also, the ‘blue ones’ have some fruit and vanilla flavours which are my fave.Tip – whack a straw or popsicle stick and pop in freezer for a summer lolly! Or mix one of the small tubs into a glass of milk for a yummy smoothie.

xxx TGM xxx

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