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Flannel or Onesie?

Before I had kids, the thought of them actually wearing a onesie over the age of 18 month felt beyond me. Oh, but how things change when we are actually living it. We now flit between traditional nightware – flannel pjs and long nighties to the most garish items imaginable. My 7 year old is currently in a Chewbaca, 5 year old Ninja Turtle and 3 year old in Peppa Pig. Sounds delightful doesn’t it? But hey, they love them, they are warm and comfortable so are fine until they have to don their evening best when they might float downstairs in their pjs and see people who aren’t family.

It’s that time of year to get sorted. The festive ones are already out in force already, so whether you are looking for traditional attire for Christmas Eve or something more ‘relaxed’ for saturday evening pizza and dvd, these suggestions from M and S should cover everything from age 1-16.



London PJs Age 1-16 years

M and S have nailed their boys pjs this season. Thought I would start with this London scene…


Red Check Pjs 1-16

This epitomises a British Christmas. You can imagine a little excited boy putting out their stocking by the fire and running around excitedly. Sweet!


Blue Mix

These are gorgeous. Great patter too. (Paper aeroplanes)


Reindeer PJs

This is my pick of the whole lot. Love them.


2 Pack Check PJ’s

If yours are slightly too cool for school and you won’t get them in matching/flannel, these rock and you get 2 for 1.


Star Print Dressing Gown 1-16

Pretty standard and isn’t going to wow anyone but practical.


Moc Slippers

I love these. Super smart.



Paddington Onesie 1-7

I cannot wait to see Paddington 2 and if I do get around to it, one of the kiddies will be dressed up in this!


Paddington Slippers

and these…



Santa Hooded Onesie 1-16

As this goes up to a size 16, if you have a small framed man in your midst over Christmas – he could borrow this and pretend to be the big man himself. Do you think it would be convincing?





Unicorn PJs

The collar makes up for the colour.


Red Floral PJs

Very Cath Kidson. If you are staying with Grandparents this Christmas – these are the type they would love.


Robin PJs

A busy scene of lovely festive cheer. I know who will be getting these (my little Robin!)




Frill PJs

Love the yoga style elastic ankle pants on this set. Very feminine with the red pattern giving a little nod to crimbo.


Floral Embroidered Dressing Gown 

This also has an embroidered back. So elegant.


Pink Sparkly Moccasins 

Good enough to take the bins out in.  Want an adult version pronto.



Bauble Stretch PJs

So snuggly and cute. I wouldn’t mind a pair.


Snowman PJs

The applique on here is super cute. The pale colours arevery welcome at Christmas when most things are dark.


Owl Onesie 

I love the bingo wings.


Star Onesie 

Would work on both boys and girls – great if you have a mix – buy them all one!




Velvet Cat Slippers 

These look designer. If you have a little girl – snap these up quickly.


Hope this helps you get ahead of yourself.

Have a great day

Lucinda xx

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Pop Up featuring Familiar

The British market is not an easy market to crack, especially when it comes to baby and children’s clothes. However, one that has the UK in its grasp is Familiar, a popular Japanese brand famed for it’s high quality clothes. Any mother with young children in Japan will have been gifted a Familiar item at some point as it lasts through all your children and looks is well designed.

Familiar was founded in 1950 by four Japanese women who were in a middle of raising their own children and their mission was to create clothes they themselves want to dress their children in.

Isn’t this a lovely photo?


Familiar is considered as a luxury brand and is known for its high quality clothing.

Due to this good quality, Familiar’s products are often used as newborn baby’s gifts.

Familiar creates their own fabrics and their number one selling product in Japan is a simple newborn baby underwear.


These are my favourites –

2 Way Playsuit 

How cute is this playsuit? Makes me slightly giddy looking at it and it feels even better.

Baby Grow

Pom Pom Cotton Socks 

As a Pom Pom fan, there is no escaping these cute baby socks.



Cotton Toweling Blanket 

I love the pop of primary colours on this 100% cotton towel.


Removable Pocket Feeding Bib

I wish I had had one of these when my children wear bibs (actually think they might be handy still!)





Not only can you buy all these gems online you can visit Familiar as they are doing a Pop Up in Hampstead this month!  This is the first time they have showcased their brand in Europe!


In this first effort to set up space in the European market, the focus has been on materials, handiwork, and children’s experiences, expressed as the Japanese concept of HITOTEMA, which refers to those extra small touches that enliven their clothes.
To further enable customers to realize the quality materials in use at Familiar, there will be a HITOTEMA Experience throughout the duration of the popups, where five types of adult ponchos will be available for try-on so that people can experience the feel and quality of Japanese fabrics.

There will also be exhibition spaces where children can interact and create their own designs, with patterns on thick paper stock, fabrics, and buttons. At this POP-UP STORE, Familiar’s delicate and detailed craftsmanship is expressed through the HITOTEMA theme. By affording clients not only with products but with an experience, we will transmit real value and inspiration that only Familiar can provide.


Exhibition of Familiar’s past products 1970s – 1990s

They will show the design changes through the year and show how the founders have created designs that they themselves would want to


“create clothes that they themselves want to dress their own children in”



Making Fami-chan’s Bow-tie

If you purchase our “Fami-chan” brand character cuddly teddy bear, you can choose which fabric to use for his bow-tie. This will be put on at the shop!


Adult’s Undershirts

They made adult-size undershirts made of their same fabric as Familiar’s baby underwear so you can feel the difference in the quality of Familiar’s baby’s and children’s clothes.


Ponchos made of five different fabrics

They make adult-size ponchos out of 5 different kinds of fabrics: Tompkin, Fraiche, Italian Mesh, Wool, and Silk.


Complimentary OBORO towel

This is a special opportunity only for this pop-up shop! If you come and feel the different fabrics, you will receive a complimentary OBORO towel that is made in Japan with 100 years of history.


Kids Workshop

Kids can attend a workshop to design a T-shirt from cardboard, using colourful tapes and buttons. Familiar’s designer will be there to help you!


Sunday 17th September to Wednesday 20th September.

Opening Hours:

17th 11:00 – 17:00
18th 10:00 – 18:00
19th 10:00 – 18:00
20th 10:00 – 16:00

Livingstone Studio
36 New End Square

Hope to see you there! x

You can also buy on Familiar on Farfetch and follow Familiar here –

Online Shop


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Holiday Style : Let’s Kit The Boys Out

Thank goodness the selection of boys clothes in the shops has grown over the last few years. It used to be pretty basic but now if you know where to look the boys can give the girls a run for their money in the cuteness and originality stakes. There also more individual and dedicated websites just for the boys (more on that soon!)

However, I am pretty trad in how I dress the boys so high street shopping works for me.  There is a lot of blue. A lot of stripes. Nothing too way out. So if this is a little safe for you, I won’t be offended if you quietly move on. If you are in the running for some timeless basics, stick with me and let’s head to trusty M and S.

Younger boys : 0-5

Riptape Trainers from £16

Seeing as below the age of 10 they race through their shoes at  very high speed, best to go cheap and cheerful. These are very sweet too.

Riptape Young Boys Trainers

Dino Top from £5 

Love the two tone endnote too overtly appliqué.

Young Boys Dino Long Sleeve T Shirt

Blue Cotton Star Print Top from £5

Same look as above but it wouldn’t be a TLM post without a star or two in it!

Boys Long Sleeve Star Top

Dude Long Sleeve Top from £5 

I don’t love the motif on this but I do love the slightly different green if you are eating something a bit different to ‘safe’ blue.

Dude Long Sleeve Top

Textured Jumper from £12 

I love how M and S have focussed on this subtle texture. It keeps the clothes simple enough but adds little bit of much needed detail on kids clothes.

Textured Boys Jumper

Pure Cotton Striped Jumper £12 

This only goes up to 1 yr. Wish it went older.

Baby Blue & White Stripe Jumper


Older boys : 3-16

Driving Shoes : Grey from £26 

Alot of the more popular coloured boys driving shoes have sold out but this practical grey which would go with everything is still in every size.

Boys Grey Suede Driving Shoes

‘Clogs’ from £9 

Who would know these weren’t.. umm.. cough.. the original ones. I wouldn’t.

Boys Beach Shoes

Printed Swim Shorts from £10 

These are really fun and I am a massive fan of slightly longer looking board shorts than shorter trunks that can look a bit ‘Copacabana beach’ in them if you get what I mean.

Electric Blue Boys Swimming Trunks

Dark Blue Swimmers from £10 

These are really smart and would love them in a mens sizes.

Dark Blue Boys Swimmers

Striped Rash Vest from £8 

Fresh and easily spotted from the other side of the swimming pool.

Striped Rash Vest

Footy PJs from £19 

There is no avoiding the football obsession (lucky if you are) and a good way to avoid them wanting team pjs is to put these across their path.

Football PJ's

Checked Shirt from £12 

Roll the sleeves up, unbutton a couple of the top buttons, which on some shorts and a great al fresco look.

Boys Check Shirt

Cotton Trunks from £8 

Why are these called trunks? Anyway, there comes a time in every boys life when the briefs have to go and these have to enter. I would say from age 4 at the LATEST.

Cotton Pants

Green Colour Block Sunglasses £6 

A bit of fun. Until they lose them!

Green Sunglasses

Hope this has helped and will emerald you to fill in any holiday clothing gaps for your little chap.

This post was written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer however all products chosen are handpicked by me. This post also contains affiliate links!

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Holiday Style : Show Stopping Girls Dresses

One item I never have to actively look for are girls clothes – dresses to be precise. It is possibly one of the most popular start ups ideas that I come across and I can see why. It is easy to buy a dress online for your little one as if you like it, choose the size and it will more often than not fit – unlike mumma who has to contend with length, erratic sizing and indecision! Anyway, despite the ease of us all being able to walk into the local supermarket for milk and leave with a pretty summer dress for the pint size funster, I thought I would nonetheless give a shout to some new businesses and some slightly more established ones. One thing they all have in common is how to design a very sweet little girls dress!

Outside The Lines : Anya Pom Pom Dress £30 

I first came across Outside The Lines with this sleeveless collared smock dress. Take a look. Some lovely fresh items


Juniper Berry White & Neon Pink Dress £35 

I first found this new brand last week at a local fair. The neon accents are insanely eye catching and I have a feeling she has cornered a market with these eye catching numbers.


Marks and Spencer Pale Pink Hem Dress £20 

I love this dusty pink dress with a slight empire line. So girly.


Coco Belle : Sleeveless Dress £37 (1yr old) 

Sophie who started Coco Belle a couple of years selling at house sales is now online. With a wonderful selection of traditional smock dresses she also has very pretty sleeveless dresses in beautiful Liberty Prints.


Bumble & Ava : Blue Poppy Pinafore £35 

All the Bumble and Ava dresses are so simple and encompass a beautiful summers day in their designs.  Here we are on holiday in ours…


Ellie’s Heirlooms : Antique Linen Day Dress £45

This beautifully handmade dress from antique linen is so lovingly made it will last a lifetime. Notice the french lace collar. It is adorable. (Have used this dress as main shot…)




Millie Manu : Rara Dress £59 

Millie Manu knows how to make a summer dress. From subtle bows to little ruffles, there is something for everyone from this Made in UK brand.


Alice a Paris : Violet Floral Dress Now £28 

White and Pale Pink flowers is one of my favourite colour combinations so I am very tempted by this little dress from relatively new comer Alice a Paris.


Mini Maharajas : Paloma Dress £45 

So bright and vivid – the hard thing is to chose which colour from this gorgeous brand that uses hand block prints from India. dsc_0008_1024x1024

We Are  All : Alexis Silk Dress $79 

After doing a Spotlight on this Australian brand that have hit our shores, I have always had my eye on this for a striking summer dress.


Trotters : Lily Embroidered Sun Dress Now £35 

Such a diddi neckline from old favourites Trotters. This is in the sale too.


Sunuva White Boho Dress £45 

No words. You have pulled it out the bag again. Neon. Tassels. YES!



Marks and Spencer : Green Tea Dress £20

These sleeves are very on trendddd dare I say it about and the mint green colour and ruffled sleeves make it a summer winner (and very reasonable too).


Little Leggies : Denim Pink Pom Pom Dress £35 

As loyal fans of everything Little Leggies do (cannot wait for their new collection and website coming very soon) this denim and pink pom pom dress sums them up. Simple and epic.



My Twirl : Bespoke Dress 

As a massive fan of My Twirl dresses already, I was delighted t hear that you can now design your own fabric. The idea is that you choose your little ones favourite artwork (or the one that work best on a dress) and they print it for you!



If you really want to go to town and have a special do, grab a bespoke Clea Broad headband. CUTE! This was mine on her way to a Christening. 

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35 Items To Revamp Your Kids Wardrobe

The kids ranges at Marks and Spencer are consistently good and this season is no exception.  You know you are getting excellent quality at a fair price point but they are continuing to be more and more fashionable but staying true to their classic image.  Recently, I have been looking at the children’s section of M and S more closely than usual as my niece and nephew are part of their Holiday Campaign at the moment!  A perfect excuse to do a wardrobe edit for the little people in our lives…

R and S

I have divided up this post into four parts so you can navigate straight to the relevant category Younger Girls, Older Girls, Younger Boys and Older Boys.

Camper Van

This post is geared to switching your kids wardrobe from Winter to Spring/Summer now the sun is creeping through sporadically and they have probably shot up a few sizes during hibernation.  It is always best to buy the gems before the summer as the good stuff is usually gone in the size you need!!

Younger Girls 

Spotted Jumpsuit £14

You an’t beat a little on in a jumpsuit. I love the smocking around the neckline.

Spotted Jumpsuit

Cotton Rich Twill Dress £14 

This is a bit of fun if it is scorchio. Lovely and loose too.

Cotton Rich Twill Dress

Cotton Rich Striped Dress £20 (Age 1-10)

This looks even prettier on. I personally think it suits a slightly older child as it is semi structured but win win either way.

Cotton Rich Stripe Dress

3 Pack of Cotton Tops £14 

I don’t know about you but my daughters wardrobe staple int eh summer is a white top. They go with everything. If they are subject to a chocolate flake down them, buy in quantity or go for another colour – but plain all the way!

Cotton Tops

Crab Swimsuit £12 

The swim suits at M and S are insanely good this season. I could do a post just on swimwear!



Scalloped Swimsuit £12

So South of France. Does it come in an adult version?

Scalloped Swimsuit

Pom Pom Frill Swimsuit £14

Again, how sweet is this? I love the frills and pom poms. Spot on Marks & Sparks.

Pom Pom Frill Swimsuit

Pastel Organza Socks £7

I know some think these organza trim socks are a bit of a no no, but I love them and they bring a much needed bit of edge to a twee outfit.


Rip take Plimsolls £12

A fab take on a traditional T bar – the gold trim is a winner.

rip take plimsols

Gladiator Sandals £18 

If your little one is a boho carrier and has tanned feet, these are fabulous and will o with everything from jeans to a kaftan.

Gladiator Sandals


Older Girls 

Pom Pom Trilby £10 

I am a massive fan of anything with a flamingo on it and this is no exception. Good enough to hang outside their wardrobe when they aren’t wearing it.

Pom Pom Trilby

Collared Woven Top £20 

I am partial to a Peter Pan collar (on girls only past the age of 1/2) and this paired with the scallop shorts would be lovely on your tween daughter.

Collared Woven Top

Red Scalloped Shorts £22

I love the shape of these. Flat fronted with buttons and scalloped edging!


Embroidered Dress £24 

This is such an easy throw on dress for the beach or a party.

Embroidered Dress

Pure Cotton Kaftan £20 

I love this kaftan. I first spied it on my niece in the above campaign pictures and it is definitely on my holiday list.

Cotton Kaftan

Flamingo Swimsuit £16 

Again flamingo’s and a sporty style costume.


Blue Cotton PJ’s (1-16 years)

You can’t beat matching top and bottom at bedtime (need to heed my own advice!) and I love these. I am sure they would also work separately during the day too…

Blue Cotton PJs

Lace Up Star Trainers £22

Just fun.


Leapord Print Trainers £18 

These look totally designer. They go up to a size 6 so nab yourself a pair! (One of the great thing about M and S is there footwear does now go up to a size 6 soy really can shop for decent shoes at half the price!)

Leopard Trainers



Girls Accessories 

Watermelon Rucksack £16 

Perfect aeroplane / park / beach rucksack.

Watermelon Rucksack

Chevron Scarf £8

Basically, I just want this. To myself.

Chevron Scarf

Younger Boys 

Star Print Trilby £8

This would actually go really well in older sons bedroom so might just buy a trio and pin them on his wall for a bit of art deco. I have a feeling he would want to wear them though.

star print trilby

Orange Mirrored Sunglasses £6

Too cool for school. And it £6 doesn’t matter too much if they lose them / forget them or sit on them. Delete as appropriate.

Mirrored Sunglasses

Stripe T £8

Ah, Petit Bateau eat your heart out. I like that the neck and sleeves are trimmed with white not navy. Petty perhaps but I like it when navy and white stripe T’s  are more on the white side.

Stripe T


Cheeky Sweatshirt £12

There is no hiding from the fact that slogan sweats are all the rage here on in and this is as good as any I have seen.

Cheeky sweatshirt

Embroidered Yellow Swim Shorts £10 

Palm Trees. Tick. Bright colour. Tick. Drawstring for the snake hips. Tick.

yellow swim shorts



Rip take Trainers £16 

Velcro is so much easier isn’t and this grey will go well with light coloured trousers or shorts.

rip take trainers

Older Boys 

Red Sunglasses £6

A bare necessity.



Cotton Check Shirt £20 

Roll the sleeves up and voila, a fab shirt for summer.

Cotton Check Shirt


Slim fit Grey Jeans £16 

Every boy needs a pair of grey jeans and the slim fit will avoid him looking like a dork. (Don’t allow your kids to wear bell bottoms!!!!)

Great Jeans

White Chino Shorts with Belt £22

Ok, this may be far too preppy for a lot of you and yes it is def not every day wear in this household but if we had an even to go to (arm like on a boat?) these would up your game a bit. Until the strawberries came out obviously.

chino shorts

Embroidered Navy Swim Shorts £16 

Different colour way and a bit more sober for a boy on the verge of adult hood.

Swim shorts

Trainers £22

Bargain. Sold.

Retro Trainers

Driving Shoes 5-16 

Pony or not, I think little boys look so so cute in these. May have a hard time persuading my husband but if I could I would.

Tan Summer Shoes

Check Pj’s £10 (1-16 years) 

As the age ranges from 1-16, these are perfect for a set of mixed age brothers.

Check PJs

Striped Rash Vest (0-14 years) 

Same goes for this rash vest. Get one for your little girl too. You can navy have too much Navy & White!

Rash Vest

I hope you found that little summary helpful. I have written this post in collaboration with Marks and Spencer and it is does contain affiliate links (so if you buy something, I get a *small* percentage) however, all picks are totally my own!!!!

Shop Marks and Spencer Kids here 



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We Are All : Australian Childrenswear Brand

More often than not, when I find a really inspiring or original Instagram feed, it is often an account from Down Under. In my personal experience, I think they are one step ahead with their campaigns, designs and they are excellent at social media!! So I wasn’t surprised to stumble across a new player, the gorgeous brand We Are All who are launching across the UK.

Chantel and Rebecca are friends who bonded over being mothers and the trials and tribulations that come with it. They also had success in their professional careers and were looking for something they could work on together that played to both of those parts of our lives.


Given their complimentary backgrounds (Chantel is in Buying and Merchandise, Rebecca in Marketing and Management) starting a clothing line seemed like a logical use of their skills. So after a buying trip to Paris about 12 months ago, they finalized their intentions and got to work on We Are All!



The brand is aimed at parents who are looking for clothes that are stylish, well made, and that are appropriate for the way kids move. For them, the quality of the fabric is important.

Children are so active so we wanted to create clothes that lasted rather than disposal fashion that you wear a handful of times and are forced to throw out because it shrinks or goes out of shape.



In terms of style, they looked at what was happening with fashion globally then applied it in a way that is appropriate for children.

We custom design all of our prints so we are creating unique pieces that won’t be seen anywhere else.




As you can see from the photos of their London launch at the Spring Restaurant, Somerset House, they are doing exactly that.

The bright vivid display at Somerset House.


A close up of the stylish We Are All bags.


A wide range of cool Boys T Shirts.


The dress I have my on… I love this Alexis Dress.


Their Favourites

Shop : We love Colette in Paris. They have a great mix of cool and high end brands. I don’t think we’ve ever left there empty-handed!

Website : Apart from the We Are All website (!!!), a lot of online shopping is done from the sofa without the crowds. Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion get a good run in our houses.

Restaurant : Caviar Kaspia in Paris is always great for the food, the service and the people watching. The carafes of Vodka always help too.

Hotel : For the launch of We Are All, Rebecca is staying at The Edition in London this trip and it is certainly full of atmosphere. There’s a cool, buzzy element to the place that is intoxicating!

Holiday destination : Byron Bay in Australia is amazing. It has beautiful beaches, weather, food and so many great things to do as a family. Otherwise the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Parenting tip :

I think as mums we are always responsible for keeping everyone organized, on time, fed and clean and often forget to just slow down and be present with our children. It’s definitely something that we’re conscious of – to just hang out and connect with our children in a relaxed, fun way. Those moments are so precious to us both as
mums as well as our gorgeous children.


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Dress The (little) Kids This Autumn…

Hope you have all had a cracking summer. After a little blogcation, I am champing at the bit to share my new kids clothing discoveries with you.  One gem that I have to start with are the gorgeous new brands that John Lewis are selling AS OF TODAY.

Margherita Kids designed by Ms Missoni herself, is exclusive to John Lewis for girls up to 8.  The Exclusive Brands Baby Edit  are 4 new brands –  Serendipity, Wheat and Mini La Mode for babies up to 2 and Michelle Carslund are lovely posters for a nursery.

Now, where to begin…

Margherita Kids Geisha Quilted Jacket, £43

Buy Margherita Kids Girls' Geisha Quilted Jacket, Angel Falls, 3 years Online at

Margherita Kids Embroidered Bodysuit, £34

Buy Margherita Kids Girls' Embroidered Jumpsuit, Eclipse/Multi, 3 years Online at

Margherita Daisy Collar Blouse, £28

Buy Margherita Kids Girls' Daisy Collar Blouse, White, 3 years Online at

Wheat Natural Print Trousers, £33

Buy Wheat Baby Natural Print Trousers, Natural, 18 months Online at

Wheat Baby Eila Print Dress, £34

Buy Wheat Baby Eila Print Dress, Natural, 18 months Online at


Serendipity Llama Wool Print Jumper, Berry £56

Buy Serendipity Baby Llama Wool Print Jumper, Berry, 1 months Online at

Serendipity Baby Trapper Al Paca Hat Wool Hat, Yellow £34

Buy Serendipity Baby Trapper Alpaca Wool Hat, Yellow, S Online at

Mini La Mode Toy Soldier Sleepsuit, £43

Buy Mini La Mode Baby Toy Soldier Footsie Sleepsuit, White, 3 months Online at

Mini La Mode Pink Sleepsuit, £43

Buy Mini La Mode Baby Velour Footsie Sleepsuit, Pink, 3 months Online at

Michelle Carslund Elephant Love Poster £20

Buy Michelle Carlslund Illustration Elephant Love Poster, 30 x 40cm Online at

Michelle Carslund Circus Poster £20

Buy Michelle Carlslund Illustration Circus Print Poster, 30 x 40cm Online at


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The Pregnancy & Newborn Edit

Despite this blog being called ‘The London MUMMY’, I don’t actually post that much on one major part of being a mother – pregnancy & babies. There is a plethora of fantastic blogs & websites more geared towards that stage (my favourite is My Baba) whereas I am more focused on activities, fashion & championing new business’s.

However, when the lovely author Lucinda Van Der Hart, who is expecting her 3rd child after a 5 year gap, offered to do a guest post on what’s new in this underworld of pregnancy & baby products & services, I was delighted, as I was intrigued to know. She lives in Barnes and is author of Soul Food For Mums & The Pregnancy Book. Let me hand her over…

I’m 35 weeks pregnant with my third baby, and wiggling on a birthing ball as I type. My elder two children are now the ripe old ages of seven and five – which means it has been a few years since I last went through pregnancy. And when it comes to ingenious products for mums-to- be, it seems that a lot has changed in that time.  This time around, I’ve enjoyed discovering a selection of the gorgeous and useful that simply didn’t exist with rounds one and two. Here’s my edit of some wonderful finds.

1. The Sassy Bloom Box

If you are looking for a baby shower or new mummy gift, the Sassy Bloom box ticks every box – a prettily-packaged box of goodies delivered to your (or a friend’s) door. Costing from £23 each, boxes are available for a mum-to- be in her third trimester and can then be tailored to a baby’s stage, up to the age of three. Order a one-off box, or have a box delivered monthly. I sent off for the third trimester box, which included a stroller frame bag (for carrying tricky items such as flowers or older children’s toys on the back of a buggy), scrummy toiletries for mum and baby, a baby blanket and a buggy hook.


2. Mamaway 3-in- 1 Lightweight Down Jacket

This ingenious invention is must for every fan of baby-wearing – an ultra lightweight down jacket complete with a zip-in panel to extend its size for wear during pregnancy, or for use while your baby is strapped to your front in a sling. The panel can also be removed all together, turning it back into a normal jacket again, so this really has potential for longevity. The jacket packs neatly away into a small drawstring bag – I’ll be keeping mine in my changing bag at all times.

Currently available at the discounted price of £76.30.

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3. Amoralia’s Nursing Bras

Seven years ago, buying a nursing bra meant purchasing a functional, and quite frankly, very unattractive piece of underwear. Now there’s a host of gorgeous nursing bras to choose from. I love Amoralia’s Allure in ruby – a sumptuous, deep burgundy shade with black lace detail and velvet straps. It features a removable flexi underwire, enabling you to decide whether or not you want that extra shape or support. It’ll only set you back £39.

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4. The Squeezy App

Not so glam perhaps, but the reality is that every mum and mum-to- be has to do those annoying pelvic floor exercises. Recommended by my physiotherapist, this handy little NHS app costs just £2.99 and will not only remind you to do your squeezes at set times each day, but also give you instructions to follow for each set of exercises. Ta da! Exercises done. Almost.

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5. The Private Pregnancy Show

If you are considering private medical care for your pregnancy and delivery, you may like to pay a visit to London’s first Private Pregnancy Show. Taking place from 21-22 May 2016 in Mayfair, the show will host workshops and seminars from leading UK doctors, midwives and motherhood specialists on the benefits of private care for pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding, complementary approaches to birth preparation, returning to work and more. Tickets are £20.

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6. Leah Sarago’s Fit and Sleek Prenatal Physique

Somehow, sweating it out in the gym with an enormous bump on show has never appealed to me, so in pregnancy I turn to exercise DVDs. Five years ago, Davina McCall’s ‘My Pre and Post natal workouts’ DVD was pretty much the only acceptable home pregnancy workout. Now there’s a much bigger selection of DVDs available, and my favourite is Leah Sarago’s. This is made up of 15-minute segments – select which ones you want and put your own workout together. For me this offers a strong balance of challenging an expanding body, building strength and preventing injury.

£25.95 on Amazon

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8. The Baby Book: How to enjoy year one by Rachel Waddilove

I can’t strictly say I didn’t know that this book existed when I fell pregnant this time – I had it in an earlier version and used it endlessly with my other two babies. But Rachel, who has extensive experience as a maternity nurse and baby sleep expert and has helped Zara Philips, Gwyneth Paltrow and Minnie Driver with their babies, has recently launched a fully revised and updated edition.

£12.08 on Amazon

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7. Cook’s 10% Discount For New Mums

This is another fabulously practical gift that I would heartily recommend for any new parent – a hamper or vouchers from the makers of delicious homecooked freezer meals at Cook. Parents of new babies can receive the discount for six months after their baby’s arrival.


9. WaterWipes

Here’s a product that I can’t quite believe wasn’t invented earlier – the chemical-free baby wipe. WaterWipes contain 99.9% water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract, a natural skin conditioner. Available from Boots, Superdrug and Tesco’s among other retailers, I’ll be buying these for use on baby’s delicate skin.

12 packets for £25

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10. The Honest Mum’s Club: Parenting. Depression. Cake. by Hannah Oakland

Every mum will experience the baby blues at some stage during the early days and weeks with a newborn. But at least one in seven mums go on to do battle with postnatal depression. In this newly-published book, Hannah Oakland bravely shares her experience of this often-hidden illness, approaching a serious topic with much-needed honesty and humour.

£9.98 on Amazon

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Lots of food for thought – thank you Lucinda (great name btw 😉 )

PS. Going to tell you about my latest venture soon, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek whilst I tweak