Little People, Big Dreams: Coco Chanel – Book Review!

If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know that Isla is obsessed with reading… We read 10+ books a day and she regularly becomes obsessed with certain books and makes me read them again and again… all… day…

I thought I’d start a monthly book review of our favourite new (or old!) titles for you to check out with your little one!

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Today’s new book came from the National Theatre Bookshop on the Southbank in London. It is ‘Coco Chanel’ from the ‘Little People, BIG DREAMS.’ series written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara with beautiful illustrations by Ana Albero.

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Isla & her friends are ready to dive in…

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In this new series, you can discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The first book follows Coco Chanel, from her early life in an orphanage – where she was a genius with needle and thread – to her time as a cabaret singer, hat maker and, eventually, international fashion designer. This inspiring and informative little biography comes with extra facts about Coco’s life at the back.

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The story encourages young girls (and boys!) to dare to be different, to be extraordinary and aim for the skies when it comes to their dreams. They introduce some incredible role models that I hope will inspire Isla for years to come.

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I don’t agree with limiting your child to the age limits that they put on toys & books – so I’d say you could enjoy this book with your little ones from birth to 10 years. The text is a great size for new readers to challenge themselves but not too much to feel daunting!

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Daddy helped Isla & her friends read the story a few times before letting her just explore the book, practise turning the pages (carefully!) and enjoy the illustrations!

These beautiful books would make a perfect¬†gift and we will be adding the rest of the series to Isla’s first birthday wish list I’m sure! ūüôā

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It definitely has Isla’s approval – a kiss for Coco!

You can find these books for £9.99 at The National Theatre Bookshop, Waterstones or at many independent book shops across the country!

Leave me a comment & let me know what you’ve been reading this week & what we should be reading next! We love anything independent, quirky or with great role models! ūüôā

Or join in with our reading club over on Instagram using #BabyBookClub

 

 

The Little Green Sheep Company – Mattress Review

I think most parents will agree, one of the most important parts of your day is making sure baby gets enough sleep. But are they too hot? Are they comfortable? Are they safe? There are a million reasons to worry but bedtime doesn’t have to be one of them!

Let me introduce you to your baby’s next perfect nights sleep…

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The Little Green Sheep Company is the multi award winning brand that was responsible for launching the UK’s first organic cot mattress over nine years ago. Since then the brands passion to provide babies with the most natural environment possible, away from toxins and harmful chemicals, has seen them become one of the UK’s leading and much loved ethical baby brands.

With multiple awards, including five stars from Mother and Baby magazine and placed number 1 in Emma‚Äôs Diary’s ‚ÄėTop Ten Baby Mattresses‚Äô for the Twist mattress and with sizes available for moses baskets, cots, cribs, prams, single beds, and even custom made options, every family can enjoy the high quality and safe comfort of a Little Green Sheep mattress. The team are so confident parents will love them, the cot, cot bed and single size mattresses comes complete with a five year guarantee.

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Isla is hanging out on their Twist Natural Latex Mattress & Mattress Protector before bed time… (She’s obsessed with her toothbrush so wouldn’t give it back!)

The mattress contains four simple ingredients. These include breathable cotton yarn, the fibres of organic coconut husks, which form a supportive core, natural latex from the Hevea Tree, which binds the coconut fibres and acts as a comfy, supportive layer. And finally, organic sheep‚Äôs wool ‚Äď hypo-allergenic and temperature-regulating, which is a naturally fire-proofing material and removes the need for chemical fire retardant sprays.

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Isla has always been a pretty good sleeper but she’s excelling herself now, sleeping through the night and goes to sleep almost the second I lie her down! The mattress fit perfectly, and they will even make a custom size to fit any cot, moses basket or bed!

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I love that the mattress grows with your baby up until 5 years old, so it’s worth the investment! Just flip it over to the¬†supple & comfy side once they hit their first birthday! It also naturally regulates baby’s temperature – so that’s one more thing you don’t have to worry about!

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As you can see, it’s perfect for sleeping… or brushing your (two) teeth while showing off how well you can stand up!

I highly recommend these beautiful mattress’ – anything that can make Isla sleep better & safer is worth every penny as far as I’m concerned!

You can find out more information & buy¬†here…¬†

Bath Time Essentials

Bath time is fast becoming Isla’s favourite part of the day. We are finally into a great routine & it’s made bedtime easy & enjoyable for everyone. I thought I’d recommend a few of our favourite products for you to try too…

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First up, is Sudocrem’s new Care & Protect. I was kindly sent this to try on Isla after it won Best Nappy Cream of 2015 & we instantly fell in love with it. It’s kept her skin¬†happy & it’s the perfect size for the baby bag!

Sudocrem Care & Protect is a nappy rash ointment Рdesigned specifically for babies Рthat offers triple protection against nappy rash at every nappy change:

1. Creating a protective barrier that seals in the skin’s natural moisture and protects even the most delicate skin against external irritants.

2.¬†Conditioning the skin¬†–¬†Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5¬†helps to protect the skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised.

3. Guarding against infection РAs well as sealing in the good stuff, Sudocrem Care & Protect acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin from the bad stuff, like the chemicals in urine and poo, and from chafing and rubbing.

 Because Sudocrem Care & Protect is just for your baby, it is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. It is also free from artificial colours and preservatives. 

£6.99 for 100g.

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We use Earth Friendly Baby‘s Calming lavender Shampoo & Body wash every night in the bath – all their products are ethical, natural and organic as well as kind to sensitive skin. It smells great and leaves Isla relaxed & ready for bed.

£4.00 for 250ml.

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I love all of Cowshed’s products & this relaxing room spray is no different. A few sprays in her room before story time & we are ready to relax into an easy bedtime. They have so many beautiful products – especially for new mums and mums to be that make great gifts so make sure to check out their full range.

£18 for 100ml.

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Burt’s Bees Original Lotion contains¬†Buttermilk, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil to deeply moisturise baby‚Äôs skin, making it smooth and super soft. Original lotion now provides scientifically-proven moisture for up to 24 hours to keep your baby‚Äôs skin soft. This buttermilk lotion is also free of synthetic fragrances, just like the entire Baby Bee line, for your peace of mind. It’s quick absorbing too which makes getting into PJ’s right after easy… well as easy as it can be when being ‘nakey’ is the best thing ever to happen to a baby!

£10.99 for 170g.

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Some nights if Isla won’t settle we try a calming¬†baby massage. We went to a class to learn how to safely & gently massage & always use Neal’s Yard Baby Massage Oil. It’s suitable form 3 months (they have another unscented one suitable from birth)¬†100% organic, with calming essential oils of rose otto and Roman chamomile, perfect for a wonderfully soothing, bonding massage.

£7.50 for 50ml.

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If you’ve been following the blog or our Instagram, you’ll know how much I love everything Aden + Anais make… Muslins, Clothes & now wash cloths and hooded towels.¬†You can get a hooded towel & wash cloth set which only gets softer the more you wash it & extra 100% Cotton Muslin wash cloths sold separately. We have draws full of them!

Hooded Towel & Wash Cloth set Р£29.95.

Wash Cloth Sets Р£16.95 for 3.

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And that’s it, for now! If we find anything else that we love we’ll be sure to share it with you! (Oh and the Elephant pictured is Eric P. Fuddlewuddle… from JellyCat’s Fuddlewuddle range!)

Do you have any bath time favourites that you swear by? Leave a comment here on my facebook or tweet me @Poppy_Carter

Oh Mama… It’s hot!

Well I think we can officially say summer is here and my goodness what a start we are having here in London! Dressing for this sticky, humid weather is never going to be easy but with a bump in tow it’s essential to stay cool whilst braving the tube & tourist packed streets! I’ve found maternity shopping more than a little tricky, especially when so few stores actually keep it in stock! Even knowing what size to order is problematic¬†when you are growing everyday. Things that I bought thinking they would last me the whole pregnancy are getting to be far too small already (12 weeks to go!). So far I’ve stuck to Topshop skinny maternity jeans and a rotation of the same few bump friendly T-Shirts, but it’s time to step it up a gear now that summer is here! So here we go… A few top picks for staying stylish and cool in the city…

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TopShop Denim Dungarees

For an everyday look that’s as easy as it is cute, why not throw on these Denim Short Dungarees from TopShop (¬£38)… So simple, comfy and practical. What more could you want?

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I love this light, pretty look. It’s easy to dress up or down and will keep you cool no matter how much running around you still have left to do before your little one arrives! ASOS Swing Dress – ¬£25.

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Arizona Two Strap Birkenstocks

You really can’t go wrong with a good pair of Birkenstocks. I love the double strap on these to make sure you feel secure in every step as your balance starts to go. And they are adjustable if your feet do start to swell. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a pedicure! ¬£54.95 at Office.

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Mamalicious Printed Maxi Dress

This lovely print is great for summer & would double up well for everyday or even for a Wedding. Unfortunately, I’m 5″2, so Maxi dresses are always at least a foot too long for me… So this one is for you to wear and me to live vicariously through you!¬†Mamalicious Printed Maxi ¬£38.

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Salon Skater Dress – Silk Organza

Speaking of weddings… I find it so difficult to find anything pretty and formal that would fit my bump. But this gorgeous number would be absolutely perfect for any summer occasion and it’s only ¬£65 from ASOS.

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ASOS Striped Swimsuit

The whole way through your pregnancy one of the things you’ll hear again & again is how important it is to stay active, so why not do it in style? I’ve found swimming outdoors in Richmond Park in the sunshine a perfect way to get some Vitamin D and take the weight of my bump off my hips and back for an hour or so! ASOS Maternity Stripe Swimsuit ¬£28.

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Sophia Webster Adele Banana White Sneaker

I am obsessed with my Sophia Webster Banana Sneakers¬†(¬£140). I’ve pretty much worn them every day since they came out – they are supremely comfy and as your bump gets bigger bending down to tie your laces gets trickier so these solve that problem! Oh and whats even better…? They also come in mini sizes (¬£70)¬†for when your little one arrives! I can’t tell you how tempted I am…!

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Sophia Webster Kingston Banana White Mini

So there we go… Just a few picks to get your summer maternity wardrobe started! It’s a tricky balance between wanting to look and feel good but not breaking the bank for something you (hopefully) won’t fit into for very long once baby has arrived! What are your top picks? Leave them in the comments below! Happy Shopping!

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My Bump and Sophia Webster Banana Sneakers…

So much to buy… So little time…

The first thing you will notice about being pregnant is that EVERYONE is trying to sell you something that you just absolutely can’t live without… It’s a minefield that you have to navigate your way through so I thought I’d try and help with a few recommendations that I really actually couldn’t live without.

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My pregnancy must haves…

1. Kiehls Midnight Recovery¬†Concentrate¬†–
I had this before I got pregnant but fell in love with it in a whole new way once I got pregnant. Your little bump will start taking all of your nutrients and leaving your skin looking less than perfect – but with this you can try to stay hydrated while also feeling supremely pampered. It also smells incredible and the lavender is perfect for helping you to sleep if you are suffering from insomnia like so many pregnant mum’s! It’s quite pricey but lasts such a long time that it really makes it worth the ¬£36.00.

2.Sanctuary Body Butter
At only ¬£10 this is a steal for such an indulgent product. I cover myself in this every night before bed and although my other half isn’t a fan of quite how strong it smells I always feel hydrated and great by morning.

3. Pregnacare Plus
This handy little box comes with everything your growing baby could need in just two pills – never mind taking 20 different things¬†when you can barely remember where you put your keys or if you even put underwear on today… Thanks baby brain!

4. What To Expect When Expecting
The worst thing for me about being pregnant is the waiting! I just want all the fun to start but for now I want to feel proactive¬†– I’ve found reading every book I can get my hands on has helped. But don’t forget to just take what you like from each book and ignore the rest. Theres no right or wrong and what works for one baby, might not for another!

5. It’s Just Water, I Swear
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things at this exciting time, so why not get a fun cup to make this a little easier – after all, when you can barely get up off the sofa thanks to your huge bump – having a massive cup full of water that you don’t have to refill all the time is priceless.

6. Widgey Plus Pregnancy and Sleep Pillow
I know there are a million of these on the market but there really are no words to express how in love with this pillow I am! My partner bought it for me when I was just 8 weeks pregnant and I really didn’t think I’d need it. Boy, was I wrong! Getting comfortable with your bump gets harder and harder as the weeks go by – and this pillow makes it just so easy. It’s called 5 in 1, but I think it should be re-named 4567 in 1 as it just works on so many levels – and once your little bundle of joy arrives it works as a nursing pillow too. Just… buy one… you won’t be sorry.

7. CowShed Maternity Gift Set
My lovely sister bought me this for my birthday and everything in it smells delicious and feels even better. It has shower gel, body oil (which you can never have too much of!), and a really refreshing leg and foot treatment that will feel great when everything starts to swell up… (Yup, pregnancy really is a joy!)

8. Bio-Oil
I have covered myself in this from before my bump was even starting to stretch in the slightest and (so far) not a stretch mark in sight! Buy it in bulk, put it on as often as you can and hope for the best! They say stretch marks are genetic so you will get them (or not) no matter what you do. But better safe than sorry, right?

My other top pregnancy purchase was the app ‘Pregnancy+‘ – it has absolutely beautiful pictures, helpful blogs links and a great timeline for you to follow your progress. I don’t think it was free but my partner and I love reading the weekly updates that help us feel connected to our little girl and find out what amazing milestone she has reached each week. Worth every penny!
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What are your top maternity picks? Share them in the comments below!