4 Month PostPartum Update

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Time to check in with a postpartum wellness update again. I feel pretty good at the moment. I’m finally full speed ahead with my running again and am starting to feel a lot more confident in my post-pregnancy bod. I still have a some excess weight sticking around that just won’t budge but am mainly concerned about toning up. Almost all my clothes finally fit again with the exception of my skinniest jeans, but hopefully, I’m almost there.

WEIGH IN:
So, I haven’t weighed myself in a good few months and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon. I kind of got bored of feeling like shit every time I stepped on the scales. I’m a pro at guilting myself into thinking I’m not doing enough when in actual fact it’s probably just my body clinging on to the excess fat stores to make sure I have sufficient milk for Andee. Instead of relying on a number on a screen, I’m just going by the mirror and how I feel about myself from day to day. It’s taken so much stress away and even if I haven’t lost any weight at all, I feel so much better about myself at the moment. Us girls are always way too hard on ourselves and our bodies and I’m the absolute worst culprit of this so I’m trying to just be healthy, be fit and leave my body to do it’s thing the rest of the time.

WORKING OUT:
Exercise has been going great and I finally feel like I’m almost back to where I was pre-pregnancy (running wise at least). Needless to say there’s not much spare time to work out with a 4 month old baby around but I do what I can, when I can. I kind of gave up on the gym, running is the thing I love the most and running outside in good weather is perfection, so I cut down on all my classes and started doing mini workouts at home when I have the time. I thought it would motivate me less not having a class or the gym to go to at certain times each day but actually it’s been the complete opposite; it’s much nicer to exercise when I feel like it or have the time instead of it being on schedule. The hubby and I are also training for a half marathon at the end of September so I’m really looking forward to that and enjoying actually getting to work out together for a change.

DIET:
So the past few weeks I have been terrible. Just eating pretty much none stop and certainly not the most nutricious of foods either. When we went on holiday we all obviously induldged a little too much and I found it difficult to get back on track once we returned home. This past week though has been much better and I’ve started being a little more strict again, not so much on the quatities of food (breastfeeding makes you all kinds of hungry!) but on the quality. I’m back to eating as much fresh food as possible and trying (my damn hardest) to stay away from the sugar! Easier said than done when you have a Husband and small child at home who are constantly stuffing their faces!

Anyway, just a quick post today. Back to the mayhem. Will check in again soon.

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Life lately…

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Time between posts is starting to get a little embarrassing now, I just don’t understand where the time goes! Andee is 3 months already, nearly 4 and it feels like about 2 days have passed since she was born!

Anyhoooo, life has been great lately; testing, but good and very very busy! Life with two kids is quickly becoming the norm around here and it feels like we have almost accustomed completely now, with the odd minor hiccup😉. Andee has been progressing brilliantly; she’s getting so strong with her head and is almost almost rolling over. She loves her baby bouncer and her Bumbo and has finally started grasping things so it’s everything and anything in her mouth at the moment. Her weight is still soaring and she is a little monster with rolls everywhere, her 3-6 month clothes are a squeeze already!

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I’m hoping it’s just a faze, but she is all kinds of grumpy lately and she sure knows how to cry! It’s mainly when she’s tired and I’m thinking it’s a mix of a growth spurt and just getting frustrated that she can’t do things; she’s so ready to just be able to move, I can see it’s bugging her and she has such a little fiery temper which she has no qualms in showing off when she’s not happy, you have never heard a baby cry so loud! I have no idea what the neighbours must think! I feel like we didn’t fully appreciate that Ava never cried as a baby and because of that it has been a complete shock to the system this time. Last night she cried continuously from around 7pm-10pm just because she was tired (and my word does this girl fight sleep). Needless to say by the time Hubby got home I was ready to board a plane to some far away location and never look back. Hah!

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Apart from the crying from fatigue she really is a little gem, although everybody is a little sceptical to believe this once they’ve heard the set of lungs on her!🙂 She is such a happy baby the rest of the time I swear😉. She loves to smile and her little giggles are to die for! We gave her her first banana a few days ago too which she was a little confused about but sat suckling on it for the best part of an hour. Sleeping is still going great (at night only) and she is sleeping through with the odd feed. She loves to lie in and it’s impossible to wake her before around 10am, probably because she is so exhausted from fighting sleep in the daytime!
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You’re probably looking at this picture thinking everything I’m saying is a lie right! Butter wouldn’t melt…

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Ava has been a doll recently, the crazy teenager style behaviour seems to be calming down a lot and she’s sleeping though the night again (for now). She just get’s better and better the older Andee gets and I love watching them together. I know once Andee gets to an age where she is moving around and can interact with Ava, they will be playing all day long.
Andee and I just flew to Spain for my company’s annual retreat so Hubby took Ava up to Scarborough camping and my word, she was in absolute heaven. It’s all she could talk about for weeks beforehand then every time I face timed whilst I was away she was just ecstatic and could barely tell me how much fun she was having, they were up at 7am every morning and were off out flying kites, building sandcastles, riding on ponies, visiting aquariums, you name it, they did it. I think it was all sorts of overwhelming and having Daddy to herself every day was perfection for her.
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This beauty is growing up far too quickly! I know I’ll blink and she’ll suddenly be having boys over and stealing my clothes.

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Spain was wonderful and I am so incredibly lucky to work for the most accommodating company. I was debating whether to attend or not for a long time beforehand, but with Andee being so great travelling to Portugal and Ava desperate to go camping with Daddy I thought what the heck. It was also the first time most of us were all meeting too with most employees working distributed, so I really didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. And it was so much fun, everyone had a great time and got along together awesomely. We had the most amazing accommodation set on a cliff edge which looked down to the gorgeous coastline below with an incredible view of Morocco in the distance. Andee was perfect on the way there (I was so so nervous about travelling by myself) and for the first 3 or 4 days was a little angel, I don’t think she cried once. But, on the last day she woke up with a fever and we ended up being in A&E with her for hours. She was absolutely fine (just a temperature) but because she was so little the Doctors wanted to be sure and they carried out so many awful tests on her. It was definitely one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever been through and I can’t imagine how Hubby was coping not being able to be there. But, at least it happened at the very end of the holiday and not the beginning and I have to say, as horrendous at it all was, I was amazed at how great the Doctors were and how quickly we were seen (although they did not speak a word of English and if I hadn’t of had two of the girls from work there helping I would have been completely lost).

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That’s us up to date I think, back to busy busy life as we now know it. Adam has just gone freelance and is now hiring himself out for small private events, dinner parties and such and it’s been great since it happened as it’s all just gone crazy with the amount of interest he’s had and he’s already booked a ton of events for the next couple of months. It’s super nice for us girls too as it means he’s at home in the day a lot more and it’s been really exciting for him finally being able to work for himself.

I really will try to post again soon

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Andee Rae – 10 Week update

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How is our teeny tiny little baby 10 weeks old already!? And let me tell you she is not so teeny tiny anymore either! They really aren’t little for long and the cutesy, cuddly newborn stage comes and goes far far too quick! Not that I’m not enjoying her grow; It’s been wonderful experiencing all of the precious first moments again and I can’t wait for all the firsts still to come. Seeing her smile for the first time was just beauts and since she’s started she smiles constantly; watching her eyes light up and that little grin spread across her beautiful face is truly heart melting. She is so fascinated with everything at the moment too and watches us all (especially Ava) so avidly. She’s also just started doing mini little giggles this past week and my word, that sound! Utter utter perfection!!
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All in all she’s doing great. Her weight is soaring! (and I truly mean soaring!) She was 13lbs, 3oz at her last weigh in. Almost a stone! A STONE! she has rolls upon rolls upon rolls and her chunky little thighs are to die for. It makes me so proud when we take her in for her weight checks that she is doing so well. She is boob obsessed though, as was Ava and is most definitely getting all she needs (and then some!). She’s great at sleeping too and I’m getting at least 8 hours sleep at night so I definitely can’t complain. She’s sleeping 3-4 hour stretches between feeds now but seen as though we co-sleep and she is right by my side all night I’m barely disturbed when she does route for me in the night. I remember this time with Ava all too well before we decided to co-sleep with her. I was just in a constant state of sleep-deprived eughness and if I got 4 hours in total I remember thinking that was great. But co-sleeping is a true god-send, especially for someone who LOVES to sleep. And everything is better with sleep, EVERYTHING.

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Ava has been a doll with her. Their bond just gets deeper and deeper everyday and watching them together makes my heart burst. Ava adores her, truly, and dotes on her every move. I always find her at Andee’s side in her rocker or when she’s on her mat and she’s forever whispering the most adorable things in her ear. She tells her she’s her best friend constantly, that she can’t wait till Andee can play with her. She shares all her toys with her, making sure to show Andee everything she does or any toys she’s playing with. If Andee is upset she is straight by her side shushing her and saying ‘it’s ok Andee, I’m here Andee, I’m here.’ She loves the responsibility of being an elder sister and watching over her. It is just too cute! It took her a few weeks to really start interacting properly but now she is, Ava is totally smitten. I’m so so excited to watch them grow together.

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The girls in their adorable Born Savage tees❤

IMG_2787The main difference this time around is just how busy we all are. It’s crazy having two. I think back to what I used to do all day long when Ava was a little babe and I honestly cannot remember doing anything. I think I just sat around pretty much doing nothing all day long apart from sitting, staring for hours at this amazing little human that had suddenly entered our lives. Where as this time there is zero time for sitting down🙂 ZERO. But, Andee has slotted in perfectly and nothing seems to fazes her. She has such a calm temperament; when we were in Portugal last week I was so incredibly anxious about travelling with her so young and disturbing her routine, but she was not fazed one bit.

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It’s funny seeing her personality coming through and she is so different to Ava already, even though they look so alike. Andee is, so far, super chilled, very content, loves watching everything, LOVES to sleep (no bad thing), hates people invading her space (this is the opposite of Ava; you could smother her with kisses and cuddles all day long) and she has a little fiery temper that comes out on occasion (if every evening means on occasion ;)) if she doesn’t get her own way (mainly if your not standing up rocking her!). My moby wrap is a godsend for this as she really does not like to be put down, and it means I can still get everything done that I need to. It’s also her favourite place to be all snuggled up close to Mama<3IMG_1306I haven’t had any time off work this time either and am lucky to work for the most amazing company in the WHOLE WORLD❤ which allows me to work wherever, whenever so I can fit it in around Ava being at nursery and Hubby being off work. He is so great with them both and I have no worries at all leaving him to look after them. He is seriously going to have his hands full as they get older. I have no doubt Andee will be just as much of a Daddy’s girl as Ava and did you ever meet two girls who weren’t completely Daddy obsessed!

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This girl has smiles and giggles all day long but as soon as I point the camera her way she immediately turns all serious.

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Lisbon

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We just arrived home from Portugal a few days ago and I’m already wishing I was back there! Talk about holiday blues! We had a few days in Lisbon before making our way down to the beautiful Algarve for a week of sun, sand and relaxation!<3

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The holiday was just what we all needed, we had perfect weather and it was an absolute treat to have some time away as a family. Ava was in true heaven having Daddy all to herself again for a week and a half and it was a welcome break for me having the extra pair of hands around with the girls. Things have been CRAY-ZAY, on the double time since little Andee’s birth and especially since hubby has been back at work full time, so the break was heaven and all kinds of perfection getting to spend quality time together away from the chaotic madness we now call life!

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The Algarve was stunning, it really was. The beaches there are OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing! And it was the perfect retreat; beaches that go on for miles; coastlines with the most incredible rock formations; incredulous caves and little alcoves with gorgeous white sands and clear blue waters. They don’t call them some of the most outstanding beaches in the world for nothing.
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But, the real treasure of this vacation was Lisbon. It’s the first time I have visited this incredible city and I head over heels fell love with the place.
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It’s original, understated charm shines through completely and utterly and it is a true gem. Without doubt my favourited visited city in the world so far. I love its unpretentious vibe and it has the most chilled essence just breathing continuously throughout. We spent the days exploring the wonders of the old city; the cobbled streets; the majestic castles and monuments, the graffitied old trams; the gorgeous storied buildings painted in stunning colours, old shutters at the windows and covered in cracked, worn, beautifully pattern tiles. Even the derelict buildings were a thing of beauty.
I love how it holds it’s perfect character and charm. It’s rare with the popularisation of a place such as this that some of that isn’t lost along the way to meet the technological, commercial and ascetic needs of first world ideals.
It reminded me so much of Marrakech in it’s colourful wander but without the hustle and bustle and the parts which make it equally difficult and rewarding to reside in.

For a city of considerable size, you are forgiven for forgetting this the instant you are in it’s heart. You could just as easily be wondering a small village and the people there reflect this; they’re friendly, calm, seemingly content and always eager to help. People say hello passing on the streets, are intrigued to hear where you are from and everywhere we went the locals were totally smitten with Andee and Ava. Something which is rare to see in modern cultures and cities.

I wish we could have had longer there I really do and surprisingly to me hubby fell in love even more than I did. We both agreed we could, and would someday, love to live there.
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The food whilst we were in Vilamoura in the Algarve was heaven. We woke early to go down to the fish and fruit and veg markets in the village and Adam cooked the most gorgeous food almost every evening we were there.

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6 Week Postpartum Update

So it’s been 6 weeks since little Andee’s birth! (How is that even possible!??!) So I thought it time to check in with a first postpartum wellness update. Andee is doing great and I will post a full baby update in the next week or so.

Overall I feel great, she is such a good little beauty at the moment and is sleeping like an angel, thank goodness for co-sleeping, everything is better with sleep. Everything! I’ve also been taking my placenta pills which you can read about in my previous post and have given me so much energy and are making me feel great both physically and mentally.

Photo taken last week at 5 weeks postpartum
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WEIGH IN: I’m currently 10 lbs or so away from my pre pregnancy weight and I’m pretty happy with my progress so far (I have been breastfeeding non stop and that, no doubt has a lot to do with it). Whilst I’m not over stressing about losing everything all at once (I’m pretty sure a lot of the extra weight will be sticking around until I finish breastfeeding anyway) I am desperate to get back in shape and tone up! I’d got to a state pre-pregnancy which I was really happy with; I was running almost every day and it is probably the happiest I’ve been with myself so I’m really focused on getting back to that. I can just about get into my old jeans at least and now summer is well on its way I have a little extra motivation to give me that push.

WORKING OUT: I started slow at around 2 weeks postpartum. This may sound a little early but everything went really smooth with Andee’s birth and I was incredibly desperate to get back to it after maintaining a pretty consistent level of fitness throughout my whole pregnancy. I got signed off to do so by my midwife and eased myself in gently with some planned home workouts and jogging when I had time. Running was a little difficult to begin with and I had a bit of a shock when I went for my first run and only made it to 4km. But slowly I’m building it back up and I ran my first 10k last week so I feel like I’m making good progress there. I’ve also signed up for the London Marathon for 2016 (NO idea what I was thinking!) so am keen to get training for that. I started back at the gym and my fitness classes this week too and the nicest change is being able to really push myself again. During pregnancy all my workouts obviously had to be much less strenuous and I couldn’t push my body to its absolute limits like before, something I sort of need and is essential to me when working out. It’s taking a little while to get my fitness levels back up and I know it’s going to take a while but I’m enjoying the journey back for sure.

DIET: I’ve been pretty disciplined when it comes to eating and the diet and exercise plans I wrote up whilst pregnant have really helped me stay on track. It’s really important to me to be as healthy as possible whilst breastfeeding and although i’ve probably been indulging a little more than I should😉 I’ve been quite consistent with making sure I am eating the right things and getting plenty of nutrients into my body and my little human’s too. Breastfeeding really does make you ravenous and with all the extra calories being burnt I’m not so concerned with my diet but more so with my fitness levels and toning this body back up. We’re on holiday next week also, so I’m sure there is going to be plenty of indulging there too😉

I put on a lot more weight when pregnant with Ava and it took about 4 months to really get back into the swing of working out more consistently and it wasn’t until over a year after she was born that I really felt like I was back to my ‘old self.’ Juggling two littles now as well as work, I know I need to push extra hard to get back to a place where I’m happy and confident with my body again.

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Placenta Encapsulation

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I first heard about placenta encapsulation when watching an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians (massive guilty pleasure). I then read about it in Vogue when January Jones admitted to having her placenta encapsulated and how incredible her experience had been. So I decided to take a closer look at this increasingly popular trend.

We know animals in the wild all eat their placentas immediately after birth and for me this was one of the mains reasons that just made sense to me. After all that placenta has kept your baby alive for the past nine months, providing all the nutrients needed to grow from a tiny egg to a full size miracle so it makes sense that placenta is rich in vitamins and minerals and all kinds of goodness. The use of the placenta goes back thousands of years in old chinese medicine and it’s main purpose in consuming it after birth is to replenish the mothers body of all the nutrients lost in childbirth. Supposed benefits are thought to include levelling hormones and fighting off the ‘baby blues’ in the first few weeks; helping with milk supply; replenishing depleted iron levels, boosting energy levels; decreasing the chance of postpartum depression and helping the uterus return to its pre-baby state.

So after much deliberation throughout my pregnancy and a lot of hesitation from loved ones I decided to go ahead with it, after all what’s the worst that could happen? It would either do a tonne of good, replenish my body of hundreds of nutrients or do nothing at all, either way I wasn’t going to lose anything so I thought what the heck, I might as well give it a go and I sure liked the sound of all the potential benefits.

I realise this is most definitely not for everyone and trust me, even my own Husband was hugely grossed-out by the whole idea. I decided to encapsulate myself (again my Husband had to leave the house for this) but there are many proffessionals out there who will do this for you for a fee. I actually found the process fascinating and was more than happy to do it myself. I simply followed a tutorial online, ordered the necessary equipment and viola! This was the end product.

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I’ve been taking the pills now for 6 weeks and this is what I have found…
(I must add in addition to the pills when comparing this time to the 6 weeks after Ava was born, sleep is a big factor. I was incredibly run down and exhausted in the weeks after Ava’s birth but this time I’ve been getting much more sleep which is no doubtably having a big impact on my general state of wellness.)

Over all I’ve felt amazing since the day I gave birth to Andee. I’ve had copious amounts of energy, my body recovered very quickly and breastfeeding has gone perfectly smooth up to now. There has most definitely been no ‘baby blues’ in site and the main difference is the anxiety this time has completely gone (although I’m sure this is partly down to it being my second baby). All in all I feel great, my body is doing great, my hair and skin is wonderful for the first time in a long time and there has been no crazy hormonal mood swings as with Ava. I really do feel just great and am definitely inclined to think this is partly, if not mainly down to the taking the capsules. I would seriously recommend trying placenta encapsulation to anyone considering it. It makes perfect sense to me and after taking them for a while I have definitely seen some amazing results.

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My ultimate baby gear list

Hello lovelies! Where is the time going! I have so many posts I want to write but there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Things are definitely CRAYzy around here right now! Happy crazy though🙂 I do love being busy and busy is definitely what I am nowadays!❤

I’m so glad I finally made the time to sit down and write Andee’s birth story, it was emotional reliving it all again and I had the most amazing response from all of you lovely ladies which had me even more emotional! I cannot tell you how much reading others’ birth experiences inspire and amazed me so I was filled with joy to have had such positive comments from my own.

I also keep meaning to write a review on placenta encapsulation and my experience with that, which I will definitely get round to in the next week or so along with a first postpartum update.

It’s been a few weeks now since little Andee’s birth so I thought I’d put a little list together of the baby products we really cant live without and those things that have made this transition that little bit easier.

The baby bay co-sleeping cot
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I’m a total co-sleeping advocate, I think it’s much more calming for baby in adjusting to life outside of the womb. Babies aren’t supposed to sleep on their own in my opinion and I take great comfort in the fact that whenever Andee searches for me in the night I’m right there next to her. For breastfeeding mamas it is a godsend, I simply feed Andee in the cot lying in a half moon around her, we both get so much more sleep without having to get up multiple times each night and sleep makes the days much more manageable, no matter how challenging they may be😉. I honestly could not recommend this cot enough!

The Nuna Leaf Curv Rocker
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I’m not a huge fan of battery operated chairs and this is a great alternative with its silent and gentle sway. It has been just amazing! Not only for Andee but Ava absolutely loves it too! It has a maximum weight of 65kg! The sway lasts a good few minutes but little ones kicks set it off swaying too. Andee isn’t the best at being put down anywhere but this at least keeps her quiet for a short while and I can always put her down in it when she’s sleeping. I love its look too and is a nice change from all the garish colours baby chairs usually come in.

Moby Wrap
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Baby wearing = Super happy Mummy and Baby! I could not live without this wrap, especially having a 3 year old, this is perfect for having my hands free and breastfeeding in it is super easy once you get the hang of it. It looks crazy cozy and comforting for little one, she falls asleep almost instantly as soon as I put her in. I had this one for Ava too and I used it until she was around 2 years old. Its a little daunting the first time you try but is so easy once you’ve done it a few times.

Mamas & Papas Sola travel system
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This is the pram we had for Ava and it hasn’t worn in the slightest, although I tried persistently to convince Hubby we needed a new one for Andee, I lost. But I do still love this pram and it is a great all rounder. It lasts through the stages, is super easy to dismantle and is nice and compact folded down.

Topshop nursing bras
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It’s impossible to find nursing bras that are practical but still pretty, Topshop do these in a whole bunch of colours, they’re super comfortable and have a great discrete under layer which keeps you covered when feeding❤


Aden & Anais swaddle blankets

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I’m obsessed with aden + anais products, they have the most gorgeous patterns and designs and are unbelievably soft. The swaddle blankets are fab due to their extra large size and are just great multi-purpose items, I use them mainly as nursing covers because they’re oh so pretty but they also get plenty of use as blankets, swaddles, burp cloths, bibs etc.


Tiny Tots all-in-one nappies

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You will not believe how crazy soft the bamboo/mink fabric inside of these nappies is! We weren’t great at using them at first because disposables are so easy but Andee got bad nappy rash and it has completely cleared up since switching. They’re all in one and one size fits all so, although pricy to begin with, they are much better value in the long run and there’s no pins or separate covers to worry about. They’ve washed extremely well so far and have lost none of the softness.

Natural Baby Shower
This is my absolute favourite shop for super soft, amazing quality baby products. The Bamboo blanket we have from there is the SOFTEST blanket I’ve ever felt! As are the little baby hats and suits. Everything’s organic and made from bamboo or marino wool which is oh so smooth on baby’s skin.

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Weleda without a doubt is my favourite skincare brand for little babies. We used all of their products with Ava too and their all-natural plant based products have an amazing smell as well as being great for baby’s skin.

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