Flying with a baby for the first time

I recently took Henry on his first flight and to the Big Apple – yes a 5-month old on a long haul flight, 7 hours 50 minutes no less. A few people quoted I was “brave” and/or “mad”, others said “go for it” and some simply said “good luck”!

Me and my little lad on the Brooklyn Bridge

Since my trip, many have asked me questions about travelling with a baby.  Can you take baby milk in hand luggage? What’s the deal with pushchairs on board?

So I thought I’d blog about my learnings and tips which I hope will be of interest to anyone looking to take a little one on their first flight – long or short haul….

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A Center Parcs getaway with a baby

As a new parent, holiday shopping can seem daunting. You want accommodation that offers the facilities you want, to maintain some level of normality with your routine (happy baby + happy mummy + happy daddy = happy days) and a resort that is family friendly and makes life as easy as possible for (new-ish) parents. Especially when you’re spending a hard earned wage.

For a relative’s landmark birthday, a small group of us recently stayed at Center Parcs, in their Elveden Forest resort in Suffolk. This was Henry’s first holiday and the first time we have taken him away from home overnight and in this instance 3 nights. As a first time mother, naturally the planning involved lists galore, lots of questions (thank you Center Parcs for being so responsive on Twitter!) and about a week to get ready and packed…

Home for the weekend? Sure!

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A savvy changing bag idea for stylish mums

When I was pregnant, shopping for a changing bag was one of the hardest tasks. Like many fellow handbag lovers out there, finding a changing bag that doesn’t scream “THIS BAG CONTAINS NAPPIES AND OTHER BABY STUFF” is hard to find – they’re not always stylish.

Granted – a lot of changing bags are very handy – including changing mats, insulated pockets for bottles etc etc – and a lot of them probably do stay in the car, on the pram, indoors etc until needed.

I wanted a changing bag that fitted in with my own lifestyle and style for handbags, especially if I was going to be carrying it out and about everyday.

Then, one day, during one of my frequent window-shopping-browses on Instagram (searching with hashtags of course), I discovered the perfect solution for carrying around my baby essentials…

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A crafty gift from your little ones to your loved ones

For Mother’s Day weekend just gone I *thought* it would be a good idea to branch my fairly new ‘mummy self’ out in to the world of arts and craft to make Henry’s Grandma (my Mum) and Nana (my Mother in Law) a personalised gift.

On a recent shopping trip to Waitrose, in the wine section I spotted plain wooden (single) wine boxes and ‘ding’ – an invincible light bulb shone above my head!

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The 3 month postpartum reality check

Baby Henry is now 12 weeks old, yet my labour seems like a lifetime ago and I can’t imagine life without my little lad in it.

He’s smiling and giggling, chatting away (albeit in baby language) and desperate to sit up and know what’s going on. He’s been sleeping 10-12 hours a night since 8/9 weeks old (I thought it was a phase at first!) and we are generally having a positive time of it so far.

We play together, go on walks together (the Baby Bjorn carrier is brilliant – and it helps you to work up a sweat carrying that baby’s weight on you!), go shopping together, have sofa snuggles together, go to groups such as Baby Sensory and Caterpillar Music, we go swimming, see our mummy and baby friends, see family together – Henry has become my little buddy and we have a lovely time…

Enjoying some fresh air together – anyone else LOVE their Baby Bjorn carrier!?

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My pregnancy beauty faves

Not long after I fell pregnant, I noticed instant (and negative) changes to my skin and hair. “It’s completely normal” people told me, which didn’t necessarily make it okay when one spends a lot of time (& money!) on looking after their skin.

My skin became sensitive, noticed by a burning sensation feeling from a variety of beauty products I’d been using for a long time – cleansers, scrubs, masks and creams. Not long after receiving a “plus sign” on a pregnancy test my skin became dull, prone to breakouts and from the start it’s a constant battle against tiredness, sickness and a lack of energy – which inevitably becomes apparent in our skin (well for some of us it does…).

The books, apps and websites all promise us the all over “glow” as well as thick and glossy hair – but that promise doesn’t always deliver.

I wasn’t *too* strict about beauty products and their ingredients in pregnancy and I didn’t ditch everything I used/owned – I didn’t want to drastically switch to 100% organic/natural/parafen-free/fragrance-free products, but I did try a few new products which I genuinely fell in love with, and here I want to share with you some of my favourites which I’ll definitely use again next time (if there is a next time). Some I’m continuing to use now even without being pregnant.

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Random! This is the only untouched photo of just me and my face when I was pregnant!

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