Mother + Baby

  • 3 Of The Best Maternity Bra’s For Every Occasion

    A comfortable, supportive and stylish maternity bra is an essential in every mum and mum-to-be’s arsenal but finding one that supports and lasts the distance is easier said than done.  Most maternity bra’s lack support, especially for bigger busted women! After just a few washes, most maternity bra’s will lose shape and stretch out.

    Thankfully, after scouring the market, I’ve found the most supportive maternity bras for every woman. According to Bravado Designs, “Each Bravado Designs nursing bra takes into account endless details for the perfect fit, from the first time you put it on and every time thereafter.

    Whether you’re a mum-to-be or currently breastfeeding, keep scrolling to see my top picks.

    Best Maternity Bra’s

    Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra 

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    best for: all-rounder and breastfeeding

    Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra

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    best for: yoga and breastfeeding

    Bravado Designs Clip and Pump Hands-Free Nursing Bra

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    best for: expressing

    If you’re still having trouble finding the right bra, click play below to see a more comprehensive guide.

    There is a full list of video’s available here to help you choose the right bra for every occasion, including the correct size. 

    Have you heard of the Bravado Designs bra’s before? What do you currently wear? Let me know in the comments below!

    Olivia x

  • 5 Amazing Baby Products To Make Mum Life Easy

    As a busy mum, I’m constantly on the hunt for amazing baby products that save time and make mum life easy. Here are some of my favourite finds that help save your sleep, win back some time and are environmentally friendly! 

    1. Cocoonababy Baby Mattress

    This baby mattress will give you a good night’s sleep with your newborn and help ease any reflux or colic symptoms!

     The Cocoonababy is the ultimate mattress to give you and your baby the best chance of a good night’s sleep. This ergonomic nest has been designed by French Obstetricians and is a unique mattress designed for newborns optimal sleep.

    I’ve been using this since getting Archer home from the hospital and I have to say this is the BEST purchase you can make as a new mum. I didn’t have the luxury of a Cocoonababy with Henry, and I have noticed a huge difference when it comes to overnight sleeps.

    The Cocoonababy has been designed to simulate the feeling your baby experiences in the womb thanks to the enveloping shape of the nest that has your baby laying in a semi-foetal position which promotes DEEP sleep. A great thing for mum’s lacking sleep!

    What I love most about this mattress is the slightly inclined position that helps to prevent and relieve the symptoms of gastric reflux and colic. This can be really taxing on your energy levels if you are spending a long time settling baby after a feed – by the time you have fed, burped and settled, it can almost be time for another feed! Not anymore.

    There is a wedge which can be repositioned up and down as baby grows and then removed when no longer necessary. I use the velcro fastenings to keep baby secure on the mattress and then have this placed inside my Troll bassinet. You can also keep the Cocoonababy in your preferred cot or bassinet.

    1. Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer

    This wipes warmer will save your sleep and keep baby comfortable during nappy changes!

    If you live in a cool climate or have a baby over Winter, this is a MUST-HAVE item. There is nothing worse than changing a nappy in the freezing cold with equally cold baby wipes! Introducing the Prince Lionheart Wipes Warmer.

    Yes, you heard right! I didn’t know such a thing existed until well into the warmer months with my first. Now, I’m much wiser and have armed the nursery with a wipes warmer to keep baby comfortable – especially during the overnight nappy changes.

    Why? When you change baby’s nappy overnight, you try to do your best not to fully wake them so they are easy to re-settle between feeds. This clever unit has an everFRESH® System that keeps wipes moist by an evaporation and condensation process.

    Simply load the system with your choice of baby wipes, plug into a power outlet and away you go! The micro-pores in the pillow trap and release water as needed to keep wipes moist ready for your next nappy change.

    1. Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

    This nappy bin will save you hundreds on refills, doesn’t absorb smell and is kind to the environment! 

    If this is not the most stylish diaper pail/nappy bin you have ever seen, I don’t know what is! A nappy bin is a baby essential and which 12 different colours to choose from, there’s an option to suit any colour scheme.

    What I love about this nappy bin, is the fact there are no bags. You can use ANY bag with this disposal system, saving you money on refills and enabling you to find another purpose for the plastic bags piling up at home.

    Simply load the bag of your choice into the system, slide back the lid and drop the used nappy in. The benefit of the slide system is that it doesn’t allow for air disruption so there are NO unpleasant odours.

    The stainless steel body also prevents odours sticking to the bin, something you really notice with the plastic systems. After a while, the smell sticks to the body and there’s no getting rid of the odour! 

    1. Formula Pro Bottle Maker

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    This product will help save SO much time and stopped fumbling around in the dark in the middle of the night! 

    For mumma’s out there that are bottle feeding – this will be the single best investment that you make! This product will save you LOADS of time and will make night time bottles a breeze. No more fumbling around in the middle of the night!

    The BabyBrezza Formula Pro has won awards including best baby product of 2017, and I can see why. The Formula Pro automatically makes warm, formula bottles in a matter of seconds. There’s no measuring, mixing or fuss required as the system does all the hard work for you.

    There is airtight formula storage and it works with most brands of formula. The water tank is completely removable and heats the water to the perfect temperature so you don’t have to worry about under or over-heating.

    The other thing I love about this product is the modern and contemporary styling. It’s an item you will most likely have out on your kitchen counter and it’s so gorgeous to look at!

    1. SRC Recovery Shorts

    These shorts will help shrink your “mummy tummy” back to normal fast!

    This is a product I HIGHLY recommend LIVING IN after birth, particularly if it’s a surgery. It’s the reason my recovery was so much faster the second time around. In fact, my tummy shrunk back to it’s normal size within two weeks of the surgery.

    The SRC Recovery Shorts are designed to help post-birth recover including pelvic instability, muscle separation and back pain. And boy oh boy do they deliver!

    The garment itself is made from superior fabric that provides superior comfort and exceptional support. They help to reduce pain, increase pelvic/back support and regain your pre-baby shape faster.

    The gentle compression promotes supporting pressure to the pelvis, back and abdominal muscles which improves your mobility. If you are mobile, you are activating your muscles and this is what strengthens your muscles and improves recovery.

    Have you tried any of these products? Would love to hear your thoughts below.

     Olivia x 

  • PCOS, Fertility & How My Pregnancy Journey Began

    How My Pregnancy Journey Began
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    I wanted to apologise… 

    I’ve been a little bit missing in action lately and I wanted to explain to you why… 
     
    After suffering from PCOS and other ovarian issues for many years (BIG part of my acne journey) and being told it would be very difficult for me to conceive naturally I finally received the best news of my life
     
    I AM PREGNANT![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_gallery type=”nivo” interval=”0″ images=”4609,4610,4611″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]It’s been a rollercoaster ride of emotion, joy and excitement and while I really wanted to write to you, my focus was on getting through the first trimester healthily. Here is the low down on how I conceived naturally with PCOS:

    • Vitex tablets (1 dose daily)
    • Vitamin D capsules (6000iu daily)
    • Healthy balanced diet for a healthy gut
    • Lots of water to flush my body of toxins
    • Regular exercise including walking & yoga

    My personal focus was not on getting pregnant, it was on being healthy. This means that I surrendered to the fact that I had PCOS and focussed on treating my body with kindness, nourishing it with the best foods possible and getting lots of rest.

    There are several really important factors when treating PCOS and these include:

    1. Healthy diet & lifestyle avoiding inflammatory foods
    2. Regular exercise
    3. Liver & kidney health
    4. De-stress and relax with abdominal massage
    5. Self-love through meditation and affirmations

    Do you suffer from PCOS? Are you trying to get pregnant? Share your stories with me below, I would love to hear from you!  I would love to hear from you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]