Babyshower Gifts – part one

Baby shower gifts can be hard to buy. Do you go practical or cute?

To help you select the best gifts I searched high and low to help you find cute and practical.

Now I have to warn you, that they are mainly pink, BUT I am having a girl, so you can’t blame me for having my pink hat on!

WELEDA MINI CALENDULA BABY GIFT SET; £12.95
This cute little packet of baby products is 100% natural, providing your baby with gentle, caring ingredients including calendula to soothe your babies skin and antiseptic properties that prevent against infection to nurture your infant inside and out.
Inside there is Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash, Calendula Facial Cream , Calendula Baby Oil , Calendula Nappy Change Cream and Calendula Baby Lotion.
They all smell lovely but aren’t overpowering and come in a handy travel pack that fits nicely into a nappy bag or bathroom cabinet – although – I wouldn’t have them hidden away. It’s nice to have them on display and remind yourself how precious and special your baby is.

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The iconic Forever Friends Bear; £10
This soft little bear is the perfect accessory to a nursery. It’s not too big, not too small and has the cutest polka dot pattern on the feet and bow tie. I remember loving Forever Friends as a kid. Long live the legacy.

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Bonnie baby London Cashmere Playsuit ‘SNUGGLE ME CLOUD’; £74.75
I just fell in love with this Cashmere Babysuit as soon as I saw it. It’s so soft and the cloud pattern is really sweet. There’s nothing like a cozy baby dressed in the softest material around. I can imagine that baby would get a lot of use out of this, so yes it may seem expensive but quality is so much better than quantity when it comes to a baby’s comfort. Don’t you think?

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Graces Favours Poppy Felt Shoes; £25
Ok, so they’re not pink, but still so pretty all the same. I love that you can take the poppies off really easily and that they are so soft, which makes them ideal for a newborns feet. You don’t want anything too structured or rigid to start with. All the products on the website are handmade, which makes them extra special and they are a really reasonable price too.

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Beautiful little baby products – for skin, hair and beyond

When researching the best baby skin products, a name that was mentioned many a times was Green People . I had not heard of the brand, but since discovering their products, am certainly very pleased I have now…

All there products are chemical free, natural and organic and recommended by midwives and other mums as being kind to your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin. They still smell baby like too – and just feel so gentle and baby-like!

One product that will definitely be on my baby’s (and my) bathroom shelf is the Mum & Baby Rescue Balm (£9.95) It’s scent free, light and is perfect for baby’s dry skin. It’s good for mummy too – and is not only good for my dry skin but can be used to soothe sore nipples too.

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I’ve also fallen in love with their Baby Wash & Shampoo (£7.25). It’s made with a non-irritating formula, yet still bubbles up into an inviting natural bubble bath to help gently cleanse baby’s hair and body. What I love best is the Lavender scent. You won’t be able to stop smelling your baby after a quick wash in this. Delicious!

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Check out http://www.greenpeople.co.uk for many organic beauty products for all the family. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Have you booked your Babymoon yet?

I was recently lucky enough to go on my babymoon. At 26 weeks I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get some sunshine and relaxation before the airlines ban me from flying. I find flying uncomfortable at the best of times, let alone with a bump and already swollen ankles.
Me and my hubby booked the seven-night Babymoon package  at the Kempinski Hotel in Barbaros Bay, Turkey. Knowing it was my babymoon, I was really expecting to be surrounded by other pregnant women, enjoying the same package as us. We wasn’t. I was the only pregnant lady there (I think) and we were truly looked after. 

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In between relaxing around the pool and paddling our feet in the turquoise Aegean Sea, I had a treatment every day, ranging from a 50-minute pregnancy massage to a 80-minute facial in their exclusive spa.

Daddy-to-be had a few massages thrown in too, to help relief his tired body, and give him some much-deserved TLC after looking after me for the last six months.

I also had a wonderful new treatment called Watsu. Now I’ve been to a few spas in my time, but never heard of this, which is a holistic therapy, that immerses the body in warm water and allows the water to gently stretch the joints. It’s hard to imagine, but you basically tie mini floats around your legs and let your therapist gently rock you and twist and turn you as the water supports your body, while stretching out your limbs.

The idea is that the warm water (about 92 to 94 degrees) relaxes your muscles whilst you floating in the water takes pressure off of the vertebrae and your joints and so they can be manipulated easily and any aches and pains can be soothed and relieved. It was a very relaxing treatment, although I did find it hard to let go at first and let my therapist swoosh me around in the water. It lasted 50 minutes and by the end I felt weightless and totally away with the fairies. I would most certainly like to try it again.

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So would I recommend that you go on a babymoon before your little one arrives? Absolutely! Apart from coming back with a renewed sense of energy, I have a glowing tan to match my glowing and growing bump, I feel totally prepared and excited to face my third trimester and I’ve had a chance to read a few books that have helped prepare me better for my pregnancy and labour (Like Effective Birth Preparation by Maggie Howell and Your Pregnancy Companion by Zita West, to name a few.)

Me and my husband have also totally reconnected and talked lots about what’s to come, whilst spending some quality time together without work and nursery decorating getting in the way.