The hotMaMa Diaries Blog - Breastfeeding blog and parenting blog

Breastfeeding and parenting blog

Everyone has a different experience of parenting and motherhood and there is no right or wrong path. The hotMaMa diaries is a place to read stories from other mothers and even share your own!

To be featured on the hotMaMa Diaries contact us an email to [email protected]

lactation award

 RSS Feed

Category: Shopping

  1. Teething and Fiddle necklaces

    Posted on

    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.


    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

    Untitled-2 lightened

  2. Cheeky Chompers

    Posted on

    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.

    travel blanket 1

    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


    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.

  3. NEW! Mother and Baby Gifts

    Posted on

    Art Exhibit Blog Banner

    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.

    3. Lifestyle 3


    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!

  4. Stockings for Toddlers!

    Posted on

    Stockings for toddlers ideas

    Christmas is coming and this means one thing, more toys to litter my home!

    My little boy doesn’t have massive amounts of toys but still, my house is being invaded by the large ride on toys, diggers, cars, Duplo and various tools (can you guess I have a boy?! My attempts to infiltrate gender-neutral toys has not worked!). My little boy would love more toys and far be it for me to deprive him of these but I do find myself shuddering as my dream of an ‘all wooden, picture-perfect, grand designs living room’ fades off into the distant abyss, as more and more VTech trash enters my world. (Like  the dream living room could have been a reality anyway!)

    So whilst I cant control what he receives, I may be able to influence Father Christmas and reduce the number of ‘treadable- swearables’ that will litter the floor of my house and eventually end up in the bin!

    So here are some ideas for your little lodger‘s stocking this Christmas.

    Stockings for me are one of the things that truly sums up Christmas for me. As a child, I  have vivid memories of waking up in the morning with pure excitement to a bursting stocking, sometimes because my mother had decided to give us a box of tissues that year and it was literally bursting out! All of the gifts inside were cleverly chosen to capture our attention, stop is in our tracks and ensure we didn’t leave our beds for at least another hour, so Father and MotherChristmass could get an extra minute in bed!

    So my little boy has recently turned two years old, so alongside some dramatic tantrums, and the rather annoying repetitive phase of” I do it”  that haunts my getting out of the house in the morning, I also have a little monkey who likes to wake up early, 5:30am in fact! So my thinking this year is to get him to sit in bed for just one minute longer and let me and his dad have an extra minute in bed and this is my attempt to take on the role of Mumma Christmas and begin the tradition again.

    A recipe for a toddler stocking:

    1# The token tangerine. Those aware of traditional Victorian traditions will know that an orange was a treasured thing and even nowadays a stashed tangerine in the change bag can be a godsend! So that goes in first.

    Stockings for toddlers ideas 2

    2# Chocolate coins. Now, these are optional, I know the that Christmas is full of chocolate for kids so feel free to change these for other things, even raisins or apricots. I, however, am a gluten for punishment and will include these. Who wants to negotiate with a sugar-induced toddler having a tantrum? I do!

    Stockist: Fairtrade Chocolate Coins (These are fancy pants ones but cheaper ones can be found in the supermarkets and pound shops, as I’m sure you know already!)

    3# Socks. Now these may sound boring, and they are, but my boy always needs socks! Wrap them up several times will keep them occupied for at least a few minutes.

    Stockist: ZARA

    4# Buttons. My little man loves treasures so I shall be including a selection jar of buttons, found treasures and a few stones (of course) which I will wrap up and he can enjoy pouring them out, never to be found again, probably in his bed, or better yet our bed.

    Stockings for toddlers ideas 3

    Stockist: SewMuchtoDo

    5# Toothbrush. [See 2#] This might be obvious considering the treats on offer over Christmas but my mother started us kids every year with a new toothbrush, and I’m continuing the tradition.

    Stockings for toddlers ideas4

    Stockist: Boots

    6# Paintfree Colouring Book or Magazine. These are not only good for Christmas but for car journeys and cafes!

    Stockist: John Lewis

    7# Little music box. Optional, could drive you mad but it was so pretty!

    Stockings for toddlers ideas 5


    Stockist: Tindalls

    8# New shirt for Christmas day. We always had a new smart outfit for Christmas Day and this is something for them to open too.

    Stockings for toddlers ideas 6

    Stockist: NEXT

    9# Pretty wooden toys

    Stockings for toddlers ideas 7

    Stockist: Unknown

    10# Chocolate soldier. Now please don’t think I’m one for popping along to the V&A for all my Christmas gifts, I wish! But this was really nice and I loved how traditional is was!

    Stockings for toddlers ideas

    Read more from Emily at: