Introducing British Baby Box & Baby Annabell

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I'm sure you've heard of the Finnish tradition where new mothers are gifted a Baby Box by the government, filled with all kinds of goodies that their baby will need in the first few months, bed which will serve as the baby's first bed. Not just a lovely idea, but a very practical and safety focused one; Finland now has the 5th lowest infant mortality rate in the world, and the Baby Box programme is believed to have played a significant role in that. Apparently Finland even sent one to Prince George when he was born as a gift - if it's good enough for Prince George...! The idea has become very popular with Nicola Sturgeon championing the scheme in Scotland, and following ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #44

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! I hope you've all had a good week! Last week was a pretty tough one for me with an unexpected hospital stay over the weekend after a trip to the doctors revealed I had a super fast heart rate. Luckily it was nothing serious, and I'm out and armed with a load of medication which has made me feel so much better. Max and I have even managed a few days out this week too, which has made the world of difference - we've been shopping in Windsor and visited Greys Court in Henley on Tuesday to see the Wisteria, which was absolutely stunning. I hope you've had sunshine where you are and managed to get ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 44

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase! If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   Treasure Every Moment   I love reading posts from other people at the same stage of pregnancy as me, and Helen and I couldn't be closer - we practically share a due date! I find that we share so many of ...

Returning to the Baby Stage

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I've heard it said that everyone has a stage of parenting they're best suited to. For some it's the baby years, for some the toddler years, and for some very brave people, it's the teenage years. I'm not a baby person. It's something I don't voice often, being a parenting blogger, but I've never been overly maternal, and I really struggled with the first year of motherhood. The lack of interaction in the early days I found really difficult to deal with, and the constant instruction from health visitors to 'play' with your baby I have to admit that I found baffling. When all you can do is put them on a playmat and wave things in front of them, there's ...

The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 34

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34 weeks pregnant and I'm pretty much done with this now! This week has been such a struggle to get through - the sickness is back, I ache everywhere, I can't sleep - I keep reassuring myself that we just have 5 more weeks to get through.   What's going on with the baby 34 weeks seems like a huge milestone, as 99% of babies born from now on would be able to survive outside the womb. He'll be putting on the fat ready for the birth and his skin is smoothing out and his lungs are maturing all the time.   What's going on with me I genuinely don't think I was struggling this much at this point in my first pregnancy. I didn't stop ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #43

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove! I hope you've all had a good week! I have to admit that this pregnancy is becoming a real struggle for me now, and I've really been finding the last few weeks difficult. The sickness is back, it's becoming impossible to play with Max in the way that he wants, it's impossible to find a comfortable position anywhere, but even worse to move - the agonies of the late third trimester! But, enough of my moaning, on with the linky!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you to new blogs and to share the wonderful writing ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 43

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase! If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys!   Sparkles and Stretchmarks Chessington World of Adventures is lovely and near me, but despite having a Merlin Pass, we've not managed to visit yet this year. I loved hearing about Hayley's Day out at Chessington with her family, exploring the new ...

Belo + Me Milestone Cards & Wardrobe Dividers – Review & Giveaway

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One of my biggest tasks in preparing for the new baby has been retrieving all of the old baby clothes from the loft and sorting through everything. It's been a pretty mammoth task and has made me realise just how many clothes we have, in so many different sizes. So when Belo + Me got in touch to offer to send me through their wardrobe dividers and milestone cards it couldn't have come at a better time! Belo + Me are a small online boutique, selling a range of children's toys, gifts, and accessories. Inspired by the Portuguese 'Belo', meaning 'beautiful', their designs are colourful and unique and I loved browsing their shop.   Wardrobe Dividers I'd not come across wardrobe dividers before, but ...

The Perfect Nursing Bra from Bravado Designs – Review

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I'm ashamed to admit that first time around, I had no idea that you weren't supposed to wear normal bras during pregnancy, or that such a thing as a nursing bra existed. I had to send my husband out, two days post birth, to hurriedly purchase a nursing bra! This time around I'm a bit better informed. Nursing bras are recommended as the underwire in normal bras can restrict the developing milk ducts, and once you're nursing, can cause blocked ducts and mastitis. As well as the convenience of having the little clips to detach the strap for feeding - the last thing you want to be doing when feeding in public / the middle of the night is struggling ...

Living Arrows 18/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran Last week was a bit of a struggle for me and Max. Normally our Living Arrows shots are from our outdoor adventures, but we ended up staying in for a lot of last week as I didn't feel well enough to make many trips out. But we did make it to the opening of Little Street, a new play centre near me, which was such a fun morning out (I've written about it here if you fancy reading). Max can be quite wary of new places, and is often unwilling to go off and explore on his own - something which makes soft play quite a ...