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My Breastfeeding Essentials

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Since having our baby boy almost 9 weeks ago, I’ve been reminded of all the bits that become essentials as a new-mum. It’s amazing how I’d forgotten since having our daughter nearly 3 years ago, just what is needed on a day-to-day basis. I’ve built some amazing relationships on my instagram and there is a wonderful community of supportive mums and mums-to-be on there that have offered advice along the way. I’ve also had lots of DMs asking me about my personal experiences and preferences, so I thought it’d make sense to pop some of it down on the blog. So I’ll start with a biggy…my breastfeeding essentials…

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Baby Bjorn Mini – Baby-wearing moments

Anyone else considering baby-wearing? It’s something I couldn’t get the hang of with my first and I always regretted it. But it’s hard to find a baby carrier suitable for newborns isn’t it? So when I was gifted the Baby Bjorn Mini to try and realised it was suitable for newborns weighing 7lb and up, I was so excited to try it and took baby Rudy out for his first carried walk at just over a week old.

Check out the short video to see the Baby Bjorn Mini in action and here’s what I’m thinking so far…Continue reading

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Postnatal Home Workouts You Can Actually Do – Part 3

Ok so if you’ve missed part 1 and part 2 of this series then…where have you been?! I’m focusing on working-out when it seems impossible (well it did for me anyway!), after giving birth! I’ve teamed-up with personal trainer Vicki Mellard, who has a wonderful ethos about feeling good about ourselves and has trained in pre and postnatal fitness…

I explained to Vicki that there’s a lot of pressure on new mums to look good and “bounce-back” to their pre-pregnancy body immediately. There’s also absolutely zero time to do anything about it when you’re a new mum as chances are you’re entirely absorbed in this new life you’ve created and working-out exactly what it means to be a parent!

I told Vicki that although I was aware that, after 19 months, I still wasn’t at my goal weight, that my focus was much more on feeling good and getting fit so I had plenty of energy to be a mum to a non-stop-toddler.

And finally, I explained to Vicki that between being a mum, working and managing a house renovation, I simply didn’t have a spare moment in my diary (or penny to spend) to get out to the gym. And guess what? Vicki explained to me that I could make a start and some good progress at home, with nothing but a bit of floor space, a chair and an exercise band. I’m in!Continue reading

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