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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 CasualPerfect 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.#2 Dressed UpSpecial 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.#3 WorkoutPerfect for workouts like yoga pair your vest with jogging bottoms. Perfect even when you've finished feeding!#4 PyjamasWho 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!)
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 2022What you'll getA substantial personal discount codeA discount code for friends and familyWhat we need from youA genuine love for our productsA 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 regularlyTo allow us to use your photos for our website, social media and marketingInterested?Send us an email to [email protected]Or Comment drop us a comment on our Brand Ambassador search social media posts from 31st January 2022Let 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’sPublic accounts onlyBrand 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 companiesEntries must be 18 years of age or older.Not affiliated by Facebook or Instagram in any way.
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!
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)
Bust:80 - 90cm (31-35 1/2"), shoulder to sleeve length: 70cm, garment length: 68cm
Approximately UK Size 8 - 10
Bust:88- 96cm (34.6-37.7") , shoulder to sleeve: 72cm, garment length: 70cm
Approximately UK Size 12 - 14
Bust:94- 102cm (37"-,40") shoulder to sleeve: 74cm, garment length: 72cm
Approximately UK Size 14 - 16
Bust:100- 108cm (39.3"-42.5"), Shoulder to Sleeve: 76cm, length: 74cm
Approximately UK Size 16-18
Bust:106- 116cm (41.7"- 44.8"),Shoulder to Sleeve: 78cm, length: 76cm
Approximately UK Size 18-20
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:
- £20 Gift Card to spend across our whole website, valid for one year from purchase.
- 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!
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:
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.