I don’t normally post videos on my blog but this one was too good not to share it with the world!
As a working mom I am definitely agreeing with this. Being a mom is the toughest job!
When I had my first baby, like any first time parent I made a list of all the baby related things I needed to buy. Soon enough 1000’s of pounds were being spent on various items – from nursery furniture, to unnecesarily large strollers to the inevitable baby cariers & slings.
When I went to my NCT training course, they told us all about the various sling libraries available in Chelmsford. But guess what? In the whirlwind of information I received on that course (+ from countless people around me) I quickly forgot all about it. And to be completely honest I also fell prey to the idea that ‘ I must buy it all brand new for my precious brand new baby!’ Well…that held true until I had my second baby…
After being gifted a material newborn wrap when I had my daughter, to spending £50 on a Baba Sling soon after she arrived hoping I could breastfeed in it and never using, to finally splashing a whopping £130 on the allmighty ErgoBaby 360 when she was 7 months, only to use it maybe 6 times in 2 years….I finally learnt my lesson.
Enter Naturally Happy Families, a moms run sling library service that allows new moms not only to come along and try on different slings whilst enjoying a cuppa and a cake but to also meet other new moms along the way. Whatever your parenting technique, number of children or fashion style you are guaranteed to find somehing that suits you without breaking the bank.
And while new baby moms can get the fabric wrap supplied for free if baby is under 6 weeks, most other slings hire costa are around £15 per month!
I will be completely honest with you, because I rely so much on my amazing Doona Car Seat with wheels, I hardly ever need to use a sling – but when we took our first holiday with two kids under 3 – the sling became a must! Only way to travel through the airport with two kids, hand luggage, folding stroller and suitcases.
So I would like to give a BIG thank you to the Naturally Happy Families for their support in finding the perfect baby carrier, the Integra, that was lightweight and comfortable enough to take with us on a hot holiday in Formentera! My review of this carrier will be posted soon. Like and subscribe to my blog if you wish to be notified when the next post is up!
Whilst recently shortlisted in the Essex Mum Awards 2018 and a winner in 2017 and 2015, Basking Babies has become quite a household name when it comes to Baby Massage across the region.
I first came across it at a Pregnancy Information event where I met Jess (the Chelmsford franchisee) whose friendly personality immediately captured my attention. She didn’t try to oversell me on the course but objectively replied to any questions I had. I left the event that evening thinking I must sign up to this. But of course time flew by and a few months later I forgot about it.
After my son was born I automatically signed up to the NCT baby massage class because of a Facebook add and only remembered about Basking Babies after a friend mentioned she’d already joined them. I remembered how much I liked Jess’s approach at the event so I decided to sign up here too! So all in all I have been on three different baby massage courses if I include the one with my first baby! So I would say that gives me the right to compare them. Here’s what I think:
Venue: The NCT course runs at Christchurch (7/10) whilst Basking Babies was at the Highwood Village Hall (10/10) and currently also running at the brand new Bright Horizons nursery in Beaulieu!
Cost: NCT was £47 for 5 weeks, whilst Basking Babies was only 4 weeks £45 with a 10% discount for being recommended by a friend and included massage oil. NCT (10/10) BB (8.5/10)
Class format: NCT class had 4 moms + instructor and the Basking Babies also included 4 moms + instructor.* This was pure coincidence as both courses can cater for more people at once. I remember chatting to other moms on the NCT course, but I don’t recall having quite such a lovely and intimate feel to it like at Basking Babies – and this was because of the way they are set up. NCT (5/10) BB (10/10)
Set-up: NCT – moms had to bring their own blankets, pillows and massage oil. (3/10) Basking Babies provided us with a cosy environment using a nice purple yoga mat, blanket and pillow all in the brand colours, scented candles and a hot cuppa & biscuits for moms on top of the massage literature and other bits of useful information. The only thing I had to bring was me, baby and a towel!
Instructor attitude and knowleadge: I would say both Amanda who runs the NCT course and Jess of Basking Babies are lovely, and have a great deal of useful information to share! (10/10) for both here!
That being said, what tipped the scales for me in favour of choosing and sticking with Basking Babies was the nice enviroment Jess created in her class, the relaxed chat and cuppa time allowing me to make other mummy friends and the beautiful choice for a venue. These external factors all helped make the most of my experience and even though it is a little more expensive, the extra pennies are totally worth it for such a priceless experience!
So there you have it! I definitely recommend Basking Babies wholeheartedley.
Have you had a different experience? Let me know in the comments section!
Yes – totally!
Last autumn, I travelled with my husband and our then 2 year old to the US, and it was the first time in our many travels when we had to buy her own seat! A little earlier in the month we’d just had her birthday party, and was gifted not one but two Fly Tots!! Jackpot Baby – as we were also planning for no 2!
I have been reading a lot of pro and cons about this product over the years that I knew I had to try it to make up my own mind. So here’s what I thought:
* Great and lightweight, it fitted in my daughter’s travel case that we already used and took onboard, unlike the big bulky case product that opens into a bed!
* It was easy to inflate – took a couple of minutes really but we could only do it after take-off – which was sensible enough as we were facing a 7 hours flight
* Our daughter slept in her own seat like in a bed and we had a pretty easy flight!! WIN!
*It’s an extra thing to remember to pack, but the comfort of my baby comes first.
Where can you get one? Various online stores or even right here, for a little discount:
We’ve recently had to travel with our toddler and 3 month old baby from UK to Romania and I needed an alternative to carrying two separate nappy / diaper bags which I wasn’t looking forward to.
Enter the Weekender bag from Skiphop! Whilst not cheap, the £100 pricetag was totally worth it. I loved the many compartments this bag has, the various pockets and especially the mesh inserts which also have zippers. This meant my two kids clothes were always in their own place and weren’t being mixed up in the bag.
The fact that these mesh pockets also have a handle makes them super useful on their own – if you ever want to take just one kids clothes with you for a quick change in the airplane toilet cubicle.
The side cooler pockets can carry up to two bottles for quick and easy access, and your wipes and changing mat can be accessed through a different zipper opening than the rest of the items.
This bag had packed in it loads of items for me too – like a change of clothes, our passports, ipad, phones, documents, etc.
Each nappy size had a different compartment and everything was newrly tidied up in their place!
5 stars from me! Well worth it!
Being a working mother of one, who also has to travel for work internationally at times, I find it to sometimes be a little challenging, but I am determined to make the most of them.
I am to be ‘reel’ about it and truly honest, I do find it all very exciting. Yes, I love my baby, and yes it’s always hard to leave home without her or my husband…but my god is it good when you get inside the black cab or uber taking me to the airport, stepping into the business class lounge and enjoying a little pampering that I don’t normally get to enjoy at home due to the usual reasons any parent has…
Not to mention the undisturbed nights, scrumptious food, and all the events that come with working away in an exotic destination. Whilst the time away is always full on because at the end of the day it is work, and meetings with clients take place, important discussions and events are the norm…but as soon as all of that is done, that’s when the bliss of the trip sets in.
Sitting in a 4 star hotel and enjoying a wonderful meal, with work colleagues or even alone at times, followed by a delicious glass of wine before boarding a comfy flight back…I wouldn’t say that business trips are anything to feel guilty about.
The main reason they are taken is for work – which is always a great example of a good work ethic, which any child should be lucky to have in a parent (regardless if it’s the mom or the dad). The second reason they are so great, is because as a parent you get to disconnect – and re-connect with your own self. Your own identity – that you have worked so hard to create before having a baby – still exists and is flying high, making you feel that much more accomplished, knowing that when you return home there is a little human waiting for you….
So yes, in a nutshell – all you working/jetsetting parents, leave the guild trip at home on your next business trip, and embrace the opportunity that’s been bestowed upon you! Not many people have this luxury, and if you do you should feel damn proud and happy about it! I know I will.
Until the next trip…goodnight!
This week has been my first week back at work, and I am so glad that I have decided to return! Not that it was ever a question for me to remain at home or not, but I kept wondering from time to time…what if?
Whilst I know I am missing out on some of the time I could spend with her, the shorter amount we see each other feels so much more intense and higher in its quality than ever before!
Before you judge me off for being a ‘bad mother’, know that I would take myself as a happy mom – who likes to spend time with her kid, over being exhausted, cranky and desperately waiting for my hubby to get home – any day!
Yes, this is purely what works for me and how I prefer to run my own life! I raise my hat to the stay at home moms, as you my friends do NOT have it easy!
I on the other hand, can’t wait to get home tonight and squeeze my little darling in my arms, for she is my life, and I LOVE coming home to her!