I mentioned before how important safe sleep is to us when it comes to Florence. A whole lot of careful planning and consideration went into creating the safest sleep environments for her during my pregnancy and now that she is here we’ve been putting all […]
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I’ve written before about the importance of creating places in our home for our baby to sleep safely, safe sleep has been a priority for us from the very start of this pregnancy journey and I’ve taken great care to invest in high quality products […]
So, a few weeks back, after splurging at The Baby Show, I put myself on a baby buying ban. We had the nursery to decorate, a list of to-do’s for around the house and some saving to do in time for my maternity leave to start and my income to decrease from May. While we still needed to stock up on a few things, we had the basics, the things that all those baby websites list as new baby essentials. Plus we have my baby shower coming up in a couple of week, and even though I don’t in any way expect people to buy us gifts, I know that so many of our friends & family want to spoil our little girl in time for her arrival and so we thought it probably best to hold off on any more baby shopping before then.
However that does not mean to say that everyone else (namely our Mums!) had to stick to that rule.
I work in a shopping centre and every day I go to Boots to grab some fruit for breakfast before I start. Each day from the first day I found out I was pregnant, a little white baby grow with pretty flowers and bunnies would catch my eye. I’d envision our little one, all squishy and new ready to come home from the hospital in it and while I never actually picked it up, it has been on my wishlist for baby from day one.
I love all the little details; the appliqued roses and bunnies, the pretty rose popper, the floral feet and cuffs plus it comes complete with a little cuddly rabbit. I have already packed it in baby girl’s hospital bag and this will definitely be her coming home outfit.
From Granny to Nanny, this little girl has been a spoiled rotten by perhaps two of the most excited Grandparents-to-be ever to exist. The other weekend, I headed into town with my Mum & Sister and we popped into mothercare so I could show them the pram we have chosen. While in there, we unsurprisingly got distracted by the rails of adorable outfits and carrying on the bunny theme, (bunnies seem to feature a lot in baby girl’s clothing at the moment) she picked up this two pack of cotton romper dresses. They have little popper vests attached inside for easy changing and will be perfect for warmer summer days in the garden.
From the same collection, my sister treated her to this more than cute corduroy bunny body suit and dress set.
Again, the detail that has gone into making something so teeny just makes me love this little set even more. I love that we will be able to pair this with tights and leggings and use the two pieces separately if we wish.
My sister also picked up this cuter than cute tracksuit set from H&M in size 2-4m. You will see in our upcoming nursery tour that I have gone a bit cloud crazy when it comes to baby and I just love this. It’s a two piece set complete with joggers & hooded jacket and once again full of gorgeous detail – I particularly love the little stitches ‘I Love You’ on the jacket.
I’ve not exactly stuck to the buying ban completely, I too have picked up a few little bargains that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks, this little 2 piece romper set from the Next sale being one of them. Sean has been a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to choosing clothes for baby – frilly and pink isn’t really his thing and he prefers more bold unisex patterns so this raccoon print is perfect! It’s in size 3-6m so will be worn September through November and out of all of the clothing I have for her, Next definitely trump the rest in terms of quality.
I got this dress in a similar pattern, again in the Next sale for only £4! It’ll look lovely teamed with the top in the above set and some little tights. This one is made from a more fleecey fabric and is grey rather than cream. Also, while Mum & I were in Brighton last week we just so happened to wander in to their super size Primark store… safe to say there was no looking back once we hit the baby department.
Here we mainly picked up basics – vests, sleepsuits & bibs in various sizes – but I also couldn’t resist this teeny little swimming costume (£4!) which will be perfect for our annual trip to Hayling Island and baby’s first swim.
I picked up this two pack of long sleeved tops in size 3-6m. One has a printed bunny on the front with pretty flower embellishments in her ‘hair’ and the other is just a colourful floral print. Both have poppers on the right shoulder for easy changing and cute little frilly details at the bottom (sorry Sean!). They will look great with leggings, shorts & tights or a little denim skirt. My she is going to look cute!Last but not least from my Primark trip, I bought the pink version of the little cotton top / dress that I featured in my last haul. For £3.50 I just couldn’t say no and again, it can be paired with tights, jogging suit or frilly pants. It fastens at the back with three buttons.
I mentioned my love for Boots Mini Club earlier on and just couldn’t resist their in store 2 for £8 offer when it came to these two footless short sleeved rompers. They’re in size 0-3m so will be ideal for hotter days throughout the summer.
I couldn’t do a haul post without featuring the array of dribble bibs I bought at The Baby Show from Zippy Bibs – just look at all of those colours & patterns!! – as well as the bargain pair of Livie & Luca baby shoes I nabbed in the sale for £10!
So there you have it, my second baby girl clothing haul. Goodness me little one, I know I’ve said it before, but you really do have a better wardrobe than your Mama! Now though, the buying MUST stop until you arrive or at least until after our Baby Shower – something tells me you’re going to be spoiled rotten!
As you know, a couple of weeks ago I visited the Baby Show at London Excel with my friend Jennie. I talked about my highlights of the show in my 28 week Pregnancy Update, but I missed out one very exciting part of our day that […]
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When this post goes live, I will hopefully be on a train heading to The Baby Show with my friend and bump buddy Jennie. Today is the first day of a super busy baby themed weekend in which I hope to not only meet some fab independent brands, pick up some brilliant products for baby & me but to also spend a significant chunk preparing our home for our little girl’s arrival. A big part of that will be decorating our bedroom and her nursery.
From early on in my pregnancy I knew I wanted it to be sky themed, with clouds and stars and hot air balloons. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of visiting the Hot Air Balloon festival on the racecourse just behind where my Nan used to live and I really love the thought of having a little bit those treasured times to be reflected in our daughters room.
We will be painting the walls in whites and pinks and greys and adding these beautiful cloud wall stickers from The Modern Nursery .
I’ve had my eye on one of these gorgeous handmade cot mobiles from Love Lottie Textiles and Furnishings and for only £25 I think this might just fall into my shopping basket in no time! I’d like to make a cosy corner in her room where we can read stories and I can do the majority of the night feeds without disturbing Sean too much on work days. Ideally I would really love a nursing chair like this one from Mothercare, but I don’t think we’re going to have the budget, so we will likely use Sean’s IKEA chair for the first few months. I am going to order these cute cushions from the Skandi Kids range at Sass & Belle and hang some of these cotton ball fairy lights around the window.
We have ordered the 4Baby Classic Cot Bed from online4baby and are torn between the Luxury Maxi Air Cool cot bed safety mattress which can be added to the cot package and the PurFlo Breathable mattress to go inside. In order to save space but also have a suitable surface to change her out of reach of Alfie, we are going to order the 4Baby Cot Top Changer from the same collection as the cot and top it with a wipe clean changing mat.
Sean’s brother is a very talented carpenter and he has offered to make us some cloud book shelves like these ones I found on How to Nest For Less.
We are going to upcycle two sets of small chest of drawers that my Mum has given us and paint the wooden storage cube unit we already have white where store the majority of her clothes and changing bits. I’ve got some small wooden crates too which I am going to paint white and pop her toys etc in.
We’re also on the look out for a rug to cover the hideous carpet and some pretty prints and Sean is working on a mural to fit the theme to hang on the wall. And then I think her room will be complete…
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