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    We've been busy behind the scenes getting ready for the Christmas shopping season! Our last post dates have been posted on the menu at the top of the page., as always Royal Mail is incredibly busy throughout November and December so please don't leave ordering until the last minute to ensure items reach you in good time!  

    Newly launched this month is our Luxury Christmas gift box containing some of our best selling items for mum and baby, making the perfect treat for a breastfeeding mama.  We have a limited number availble at the moment  and the contents may change in the future but each of the current boxes will contain:

    Breastfeeding clothes gift box

    MAMA Breastfeeding Top normally £35.50

    Set of 30 Funny Milestone cards, normally £12

    Neckerchew dribble bib, normally £9.99

    Set of 10 animal themed birthday cards and envelopes (5 designs, you will recieve two of each design and 10 kraft envelopes), normally £12

    3 Pairs of Bamboo breast pads, normally £6.00

    - £20 Gift Card to spend across our whole website, valid for one year from purchase.

    - 'You've got this mama' A5 card and kraft envelope with a blank inside for you to write your own message in, normally £3.00

    - Your gift box will also be carefully presented in a brown cardboard gift box, with gift paper and ribbon at no extra cost

    If purchased separately these would cost almost £100!

     

    SHOP HERE

     

  2. Breastfeeding Awareness Month - Breastfeeding Blog and Parenting Blog
     
    BOOBS! 
    They're pretty important to me. They've fed my children, helping them grow strong and without them I would never have ended up running my own business. So they're kind of a big deal in every aspect of my life.  
     
    Boobs
     
     
    Every October, people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer with breast cancer awareness month. Almost half of women in the UK don’t check their breasts regularly so here's a little reminder of how you can keep in touch with your boobs, just a little TLC
     
    TOUCH 🖐️🖐️🖐️
    Touch your breasts, can you feel anything new and unusual?
     
    LOOK 👀👀👀
    Look for changes, does anything look different?
     
    CHECK👌👌👌
    Check any changes with your GP 
     
    For more details about Breastfeeding Awareness Month click HERE
     
    TLC
     
    Boobs
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    Silicone teething accessories such as necklaces are a major trend right now and it's no wonder, they're the perfect blend of style and practicality for mums who miss their pre baby accessories and are desperate for something (ANYTHING!) to help little one's sore gums and restless hands. We stock a beautiful range from Hexnex.  Here's a quick lowdown on their benefits:

    Safety first 

    All silicone beads supplied by Hexnex are:

    - BPA Free

    - Phthalates Free

    - Lead Free

    - Latex Cadmium Free

    - Free of All Other Toxic Materials

    - Made of 100% Food Grade Silicone

    - Easy to Wipe Clean and Fridge Safe

    In a nutshell silicone necklaces are made of the same materials that a baby bottle is.  It is hypoallergenic, hygienic and resistant to bacteria.  The breakaway clasps offer added safety,  simply popping apart when little hands tug too hard to avoid strains on Mums neck. 

    Fiddle Necklace

    A teething necessity

    Some of the first signs of teething include:

    • Crying and Irritability. 
    • Excessive Drooling 
    • Biting - The pressure the pain creates from a soon-to-erupt tooth can be relieved by applying counterpressure. Instinctively, teething babies will look for things to bite down on to get that counterpressure and relieve their discomfort. You may notice your little one biting anything they can get their hands on.

    Teething necklaces can be the perfect answer for little ones starting to search for something to bite, they offer a safe and tactile silicone bead for little ones to chew away on and sparing all of Mum’s more delicate and expensive jewellery which is irresistible but dangerous to a baby.  Also since the mum wears the necklace and not the baby, the child will be making eye contact with the mum more often whilst using the teether. 

    Keep little hands busy

    Have you found your little ones hands are constantly flying about, scratching , pulling your hair and generally fiddling when breastfeeding?  This is completely normal but can be incredibly frustrating for you.  Baby safe silicone necklaces are a great, safe way to keep those busy hands distracted.   In addition this action can help develop and  improve fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and grip strength.

    Stylish

    Teething and fiddle necklaces come in so many colours, styles and patterns you can have one for every outfit or day of the week, see our full selection here

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  4. Parenting Blog

    When I first thought about adding our Mother and Baby Gift section to our website I knew I wanted  to include some fantastic mum run brands and Cheeky Chompers is exactly that!  Run by two mums, Amy and Julie who started the business while on maternity leave.  They were fed up of picking up and sterilising dropped teethers and thought ‘Why doesn’t someone invent a teether that stays attached to the baby’?  The idea for their bibs-come-teethers was born and their first product was officially launched in 2013.  Since then they've become a nappy bag must have with a print for every occasion and taste and most importantly they're stringently tested to worldwide standard.  Amy and Julie are still working hard to extend their brand and offer new loads of new products with their signature multifunctional uses and stylish designs.  We've handpicked a few for you here!

    Baby Travel Blanket in Midnight Stars

    travel blanket

    Sometimes getting from A to B with a baby just seems fraught with challenges.  This fab travel blanket makes travel that bit easier and more fun for your little one and it's suitable from birth so perfect for that first trip home from hospital.  Of course though it's not just stylish it's practical too with a cuddle fleece reverse, hidden hand and foot pouches to keep tiny fingers and toes cosy and poppered straps for attaching to pushchair, car seat or baby carrier.

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    Comfortchew Baby blanket

    Babies love a little comforter or blanket and they often become a keepsake that parents hold on to long after children have grown out of them.  The Comfortchew includes a teether to massage sore gums, sensory tags for little hands and a soft cuddle referse for ultimate comfort.

    Comfort Chew

    Neckerchew Teething Dribble Bib in Botanical Bloom

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    You might have read is the last post but  I just LOVE this bib from Cheeky Chompers especially as it's reversible and has a coordinating classic stripe print on the reverse. This Cheeky Chompers bandana bib makes a perfect gift for a new baby, I mean nobody ever says they have too many bibs right?! This one is packed with multipurpose features including the soft and pliable silicone teether offering a safe and satisfying chew and massage sore gums. We've got lots of other designs availble too.

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    I remember being pregnant with my first and thinking 'yes, we've got everything we need for when the baby gets here'. I actually thought we were sorted. Little did I know it would only be a week or so before the shopping list started to grow again - and it's never stopped. There always seems to be something else we needed from dribble bibs to birthday cards and almost six years later it still hasn't changed. So we've carefully curated a selection of mum and baby gifts and necessities to add to our collection, including lots of other mum run brands! Over the coming months we will be adding to our selection but below we've handpicked a few of our current favourites:

    New Mum Cards
    We know how many of you love our breastfeeding clothes and often send them as presents to friends. Now you can add a card to your order to complete your gift! We love this A5 'no sleep club' card which comes with a recycled kraft envelope.

    No sleep clup mockup 2

     

    Botanical Bloom Dribble Bib
    I just LOVE this bib from Cheeky Chompers especially as it's reversible and has a coordinating classic stripe print on the reverse. This Cheeky Chompers bandana bib makes a perfect gift for a new baby, I mean nobody ever says they have too many bibs right?! This one is packed with multipurpose features including the soft and pliable silicone teether offering a safe and satisfying chew and massage sore gums. We've got lots of other designs availble too.

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    Party animal card sets
    As soon as you have a baby you're in for YEARS of birthday parties from picnics to soft play and everything in between. Making sure you have plenty of children's cards on hand means no last minute dash to the shops and we've loads of designs to choose from. Our current favourites are these fun designs from Print Shop on the Green. Each pack of ten cards comes in plastic free packaging and features five designs, you'll recieve two of each card along with envelopes. Who doesn't smile at a cute elephant in a bowtie?

    5 Animal Mockup

     

    Shop our full collection of mother and baby gifts here!

  6. Thanks so much to everyone who registered their interest in becoming Brand Ambassadors for us. These are all mums who already love our little brand and are happy to share some gorgeous photos of themselves wearing hotmama clothes. We've chosen some fab mums to team up with, keep an eye on our social media for some photos of them popping up there.

    As a family we've been busy with half term and celebrating Halloween but as a business we've started thinking ahead to Christmas and beyond. Firstly Christmas:  I've added a link to last posting dates for pre Christmas delivery on our menu but if you're eyeing up any gifts there's no time like the present to order especially with Covid impacting post in lots of areas - our gift vouchers and fab collection of Hexnex necklaces make great stocking fillers! I'm working on some new items for Spring too at the moment, it's tricky to think of spring clothes and weather when I feel like we're just getting into autumn weather but I do love planning a bit of planning and creating!

    Last but not least after a little while in the works some of you may have spotted that we're trialling some new postal packaging. In place of our usual polymailer bags we've been trialling these brown paper mailers. They're incredibly robust and they have a water resistant composition, obviously something that was incredibly important to ensure our products reach you in tip top condition!
    Not only that but they are:
    - Fully recyclable
    - Sustainably sourced  
    - Manufactured in the UK
    All being well we will be gradually moving over to these for all orders once our existing mailer stocks have run out!