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  1. One breastfeeding vest, four looks

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    Breastfeeding vest
     
    Vests are such a staple in any wardrobe, regardless of whether you're breastfeeding. We've taken a classic black breastfeeding vest and shown you four different ways you can wear it - day or night!
     
    #1 Casual 
    Perfect for baby and toddler groups out black vest and jeans combo makes for a failsafe casual style that's breastfeeding friendly. Thrown on some trainers and a silicone fiddle necklace for a splash of colour and you're good to go. Add a chunky knit for winter and it makes an all year round breastfeeding wardrobe staple.
     
    Breastfeeding vest - styling idea 1
     
    #2 Dressed Up
    Special occasion? KIT day at work? Date night? 
    A staple classic like a black vest is easy to dress up with smart trousers, heels and a statement bag but still makes last minute breastfeeds or pumping on the go possible. If you're baby free you can even ditch the nappy bag in favour of a swanky handbag and statement earrings. 
     
    Breastfeeding vest - style idea 2
     
    #3 Workout
    Perfect for workouts like yoga pair your vest with jogging bottoms. Perfect even when you've finished feeding!
    Breastfeeding vest - styling idea 3
     
    #4 Pyjamas
    Who says your breastfeeding vest is just for daytime? Your vests make great pyjamas and give you a little extra warmth on the chest during night feeds (eyemask optional!)
     
    Breastfeeding vest - styling idea 4, breastfeeding pyjamas
  2. Brand Ambassadors Wanted

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    Copy of Copy of Copy of BOOBS Theyre pretty important.....
     
    Would you like to join our family?
    We're a small family business but looking to add to our team! We would love brand reps who can work with us from now until the the end of June 2022 
     
    What you'll get
    🌟A substantial personal discount code
    🌟A discount code for friends and family
    What we need from you
    🌟 A genuine love for our products
    🌟A willingness to support us and engage with us on social media (by liking and/or commenting on our posts)
    🌟To take clear photographs of yourself wearing our products and share these on your social media regularly
    🌟To allow us to use your photos for our website, social media and marketing
     
    Interested?
    Send us an email to [email protected]
    Or Comment drop us a comment on our Brand Ambassador search social media posts from 31st January 2022
    Let us know your social media handles and why you'd like to work with us. The number of followers you have is not important, we want to work with people who are genuinely interested in supporting a small family business.
    Applications will close on Friday the 4th February and successful applicants will be contacted and announced shortly after.
     
    T&C’s
    Public accounts only
    Brand Reps and discount codes will run to the end of June 2022.
    Please only apply if you are not already an ambassador or rep for a similar companies
    Entries must be 18 years of age or older.
    Not affiliated by Facebook or Instagram in any way.
    May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'Brand Ambassador Search'
     
     
     
     
  3. Breastfeeding Hoodies

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    Breastfeeding hoodie

    Welcome to our brand new breastfeeding hoodie, our first new priduct of 2022 in our breastfeeding clothes range! 

    I really hope your like this little number, just like our other jumpers it is of course machine washable and made of a gorgeous warm fabric with a fleecy inside which is always commented on with our MAMA jumpers and cowl neck jumpers..  It's perfect for discreet feeding with two vertical zips on each side to allow for easy access. If you want to be extra discreet once baby is latched on the zip can be zipped down as much as you like to make sure you feel comfortable, confident and let's not forget warm during the feed!  (In the early days of breastfeeding I spent a lot of time feeding my little ones wherever and whenever they needed feeding and that often meant stopping on a park bench whatever the weather so I know that in this January weather warmth is sooooo important!

    Breastfeeding hoodie 1

    The cuffed sleeves and waist will keep you extra warm too with no draughts drifting inside and they help give this gorgeous casual number a beautiful relaxed fit, perfect for a postpartum body.  Finally, no breastfeeding hoodie is complete without the front hand pouch and a snuggly hood At the moment our hoodie is available in a classic black to begin with but hopefully it will be availble in other colours too. and as always any order will be posted out to you in plastic free and fully recyclable packaging.  I hope there's nothing I've missed but just to say, I hope you love it as much as I do!

    Breastfeeding Hoodie Size Tip!  Like your winter jumpers extra roomy? Our mums recommend you select the next size up if you're unsure.

    Approximately 72cm length depending on size (see size guide below)

     

    Size Guide:

     

    Small:

    Bust:80 - 90cm (31-35 1/2"), shoulder to sleeve length: 70cm, garment length: 68cm

    Approximately UK Size 8 - 10

     

    Medium:

    Bust:88- 96cm (34.6-37.7") , shoulder to sleeve: 72cm, garment length: 70cm

    Approximately UK Size 12 - 14


    Large:

    Bust:94- 102cm (37"-,40") shoulder to sleeve: 74cm, garment length: 72cm

    Approximately UK Size 14 - 16


    XLarge:

    Bust:100- 108cm (39.3"-42.5"), Shoulder to Sleeve: 76cm, length: 74cm

    Approximately UK Size 16-18

     

    XXLarge:

    Bust:106- 116cm (41.7"- 44.8"),Shoulder to Sleeve: 78cm, length: 76cm

    Approximately UK Size 18-20

     

    Breastfeeding sweater and hoodie

  4. Plastic Free Promise

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    Plastic free packaging..'

    There’s a lot of plastic pollution in the environment – and that’s not okay. So I'm completely rethinking the role of plastic in this little breastfeeding clothing business.

    Plastic is valuable to our society. For many years it has helpsled me get products to you safely, cheaply and efficiently. Yet far too much plastic ends up in our environment. Global research has shown the flow of plastic into the ocean each year could triple by 2040. This has to stop.

    So the approach to packaging is changing here. It's been a long process of  research and trial and error.  I spend a lot of time looking at things like compostable mailers and bags, only to discover that although they were branded as compostable you actually needed an industrial style composter rather than your average household compost heap. Things like this felt like they were paying lip-service to being green.  A nice idea but not really much better than plastic if at all.   A lot of the eco alternatives are also more expensive, so it's a big commitment for a small business like mine, but one which I think is worthwhile and something that I feel is morally the right choice.

    So, just over a year ago our plastic mailers were replaced with paper mailers and now we've reviewed our entire business to significantly reduce or remove plastic at every stage from manufacture, transport, storage and postage to you. A big step has been removing our individual garment polybags from out entire business process. We've worked with our mum-run manufacturer to seek alternative ways to transport our garments safely. From now on all of our orders sent out to you will be completely plastic free. 

    To ensure your products arrive to you safely I've been trialing this with UK orders to specific customers recently and we've had good feedback so it's being rolled out to every order now.  So, whether your order comes in a bag or a box our promise to you for 2022 is that there will be absolutely no plastic packaging with your order and every little bit of it can be recycled with your normal household recycling (or if your little ones are anything like mine can be used for junk modelling nd drawing!

     

  5. Teething and Fiddle necklaces

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    Parenting Blog

     

    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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  6. Behind the scenes - What's new?

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    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!