Is it worth going to Winter Wonderland, London with a baby? 👶

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a festive extravaganza and a must for most die-hard Christmas fanatics.

But, how do you navigate the magic and madness of Winter Wonderland with a baby? Let’s find out.

Arriving on a Tuesday at 11am, buggy in tow, we went to explore. Our first stop? Santa Land.

Exploring Santa Land

Santa Land is perfect with a young baby. Visually, there’s so much to see and plenty to do!

Santa’s Grotto is free so do not miss the opportunity to get that perfect first Santa meet snap. You even get a little present to take with you!

There’s even a Santa Land Family Chill Space that you can escape to for quiet feeding or soothing if necessary. There’s also plenty of baby changing facilities around.

Are there many baby suitable activities?

As far as baby suitable activities, there are a fair few! Theo got to meet Santa, had a ride on the carousel, and could have enjoyed a go on the big wheel!

We were tempted by The Magical Kingdom but at -10 degrees, it didn’t seem too wise.

Do note, there are no places to store buggies. So, if you’re planning on visiting with a baby in tow, I’d advise doing so with a few people so there’s always someone who can keep an eye on it.

Is Winter Wonderland good with a baby?

So, is Winter Wonderland good with a baby? I have to be honest, we had an amazing time.

If you go midweek and during the day, it should be a breeze. It’s not too busy and far easier to navigate with a buggy.

Although you may have to avoid some festivities while you’re there, such as ice sculptures and drinking mulled wine in excess, there’s still plenty to keep everyone entertained!

Finally, if you’re looking to make your baby’s first Christmas truly magical, look no further than Winter Wonderland – and don’t forget to go and see Santa!

Are you planning to visit Winter Wonderland in 2021?

Stephanie xox

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How to spend a day in the Cotswolds

Looking to spend a day in the Cotswolds? We visited places in our home county Oxfordshire before heading onto some of the best Cotswolds towns and villages in Gloucestershire with our seven-month-old son, Theo, in tow.

Wrapped up snug on a chilly November day, here’s where we visited on our day out in the Cotswolds:

St Oswald’s Church, Widford

Our first stop was St Oswald’s Church. Slightly off the beaten track, St Oswald’s Church is a beautiful minuscule English Gothic church nestled amongst lush countryside in the Windrush Valley.

The church’s main construction is said to be from the 13th century but it also has 11th-century remnants. To our surprise, the church was open and you can wander inside and see its wonderful interior.

Nearby, you can find the outlined remains of the deserted medieval village of Widford in crop marks.

Burford, West Oxfordshire

Next, we visited the town of Burford, often referred to as ‘the gateway to the Cotswolds.’ It’s a charming place with a rich history of wool production.

Visitors can see its beautiful church, medieval bridge, the Tolsey Museum, and thriving town centre.

Church of St John the Baptist, Burford

The impressive St John the Baptist Church was the first thing to catch our eye as we arrived in Burford. This Grade I listed church has gone through many restorations, with building starting in the 12th century.

Inside, you can view memorials of Burford’s great families, a 100AD carving said to depict the Celtic goddess, Epona, the tomb of Sir Lawrence and Lady Tanfield, and a memorial tablet of Burford mason, Christopher Kempster.

Burford town centre

Along a hill sloping toward the River Windrush, Burford’s High Street is booming with quaint old stone cottages, independent clothing, gift, and antique shops, as well as numerous old pubs and places to eat.

Bibury, Gloucestershire

Our next stop, the picturesque village of Bibury. Famed for its quaint Cotswold stone houses, Arlington Row, Rack Isle, The Church of St Mary’s, Bibury Trout Farm, and Arlington Mill.

Arlington Row

Arlington Row is a beautiful row of weavers cottages of honey-coloured Cotswold stone on one side of the River Coln. It is one of the Cotswolds and England’s most photographed sights.

You may have even seen Arlington Row featured in films such as Stardust and Bridget Jones’s Diary!

Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire

On to, Bourton-on-the-Water, dubbed ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds.’ Bourton-on-the-Water is a charming village, centered around the tranquil River Windrush, crossable by five stone arch bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water offers a wealth of things to do. From tea rooms, shops, restaurants, to attractions such as The Model Village, Birdland, Dragonfly Maze, and the Cotswold Motoring Museum.

The Model Village

The Model Village in Bourton-on-the-Water is a must-see. It’s the only Grade II listed model village in the country.

It offers A one-ninth scale model of Bourton-on-the-Water in intricate Cotswold-stone, allowing you to navigate it in its entireity.

There’s a lot of fun to be had pointing out the storefronts and buildings you may have seen earlier in the day, as well as wandering the city like a giant. Interestingly, there’s even a model village within the model!

Entry to The Model Village in Bourton-on-the-Water is £4.50 for an adult ticket.

Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire

Our next stop, Lower Slaughter. Lower Slaughter is a peaceful place, built upon both banks of the River Eye.

There are a few places to visit, including The Old Mill Museum and the Grade II listed 13th Century Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill in Lower Slaughter offers a museum, gift shop, riverside tea room, and riverside cafe terrace.

Visitors can learn about the history of the mill and bread making and see the inner workings of its machinery.

Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

Finally, Stow-on-the-Wold, a bustling and charming market town. It offers a lively Market Square, brimming with independent shops, delicious tea rooms, and fine British pubs, alongside a beautiful church.

As it was getting late in the day, we grabbed some pastries to go from Huffkins before heading to St Edward’s Church.

St Edward’s Church

St Edward’s Church is famed for its mythical tree-framed doorway, dominated by two ancient yew trees.

The door is said by locals to be the inspiration for Tolkein’s Doors of Durin, who was supposedly inspired during his many visits to the Cotswolds.

What’s your favourite place in the Cotswolds?

Stephanie xox

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Can I take my baby to a nightclub in the UK? Yes, really. 💃

Can I take my baby to a nightclub in the UK - Mini Ravers Review - Theo and his Glowstick

When Mini Ravers popped up on my TikTok feed, I had to know more. Clubbing with a baby? Surely not!

I immediately found their website and realised they were hosting a daytime event only 45 minutes away.

After checking out their frequently asked questions, I discovered their events are suitable for babies, are quieter than your standard club and full of colour and fun. Plus, they even have character appearances!

Taking your baby clubbing

On arrival, we were greeted and headed upstairs with our family exclusive wristband.

Grabbing a coke, the club welcomed us with bright lights, confetti cannons and many happy faces toddling about. Mini Ravers events are suitable from age 0-12 years, alongside the watchful eye of parents and guardians at all times, of course!

We’d decided to bring along some baby ear defenders for Theo despite the quieter music as we didn’t want him getting overwhelmed – he didn’t.

To get the party started, I pleaded with my partner that he needed a light-up flashing stick, which he absolutely loved chewing on to the beat.

Can I take my baby to a nightclub in the UK - Mini Ravers Review - Theo and Mummy

What is Mini Ravers like with a baby?

I thoroughly recommend Mini Ravers with a baby in tow! We had a great time bopping along to many a 90s and noughties classic during the day.

It was the perfect event for parents who are looking to do something different with their children. To make some truly unique memories!

Theo got to say hi to Woody from Toy Story and even enjoyed some dancing under a giant parachute during the festivities.

We left sweaty and happy, much like your usual nightclub. I agree with my partner who said, “I think it’s important to say the parents enjoy it as much as the kids.”

We cannot wait to attend another event when Mini Ravers next comes to the South East!

Would you go clubbing with your children?

Stephanie xox

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Six TV survival series and films to watch if you loved Squid Game

Squid Game has taken the world by storm. This gripping Korean drama has become a pop-culture hit, with critics and viewers celebrating it in their masses.

For those who haven’t seen it, Squid Game invites hundreds of cash-strapped contestants to compete in a series of children’s games for a life-changing cash prize, with some deadly stakes.

So, if survival and/or post-apocalyptic TV series and films take your fancy, you’ve come to the right place.

Why are we so obsessed with survival as a genre?

Portrayals of survivalism and its themes have been heavily influenced by wartime, nuclear weapons races and political discord. The genre highlights the moral panic of societal collapse and offers social commentary on important issues.

It is so gripping in many cases because it is believable. Outside of fantasy themes such as zombies etc.

With the Coronavirus pandemic testing the world’s resolve, the appeal for dystopian survival shows has sky-rocketed.

Perhaps we’re empathetic with the loss of control we’ve had recently in our own lives. Perhaps shows like Squid Game temporarily make us feel that little bit better.

Alice in Borderland

Alice in Borderland is a Japanese sci-fi drama TV series that focuses on troubled gamer, Ryōhei Arisu.

Stumbling through life, Arisu and his two friends find themselves in an abandoned and unknown Tokyo.

To survive in this new world, the trio is forced to compete in a series of sadistic and lethal games.

Battle Royale

The MVP of the survival-horror genre. This 2000 Japanese cult classic film paved the way for many survival films and TV series that followed.

Battle Royale sees a class of children sent to a deserted island by the Japanese government. Tired of the societal discord among youths, the group is forced to brutally fight to the death. The last one standing is free to leave.

Given essentials and various weapons, they must battle their way to victory. Meanwhile, an explosive collar is fitted around their neck to ensure no rules are broken and control is maintained.

Sweet Home

Sweet Home is a Korean horror drama TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world where survival is the only option.

Humans have begun to transform into monsters and the uninfected must work together in order to survive.

The main character, Cha Hyun-soo, lethally works alongside his neighbours to keep each other safe for as long as humanly possible.

3%

3% is a Brazilian thriller TV series detailing a fascinating tale of elitism in a dystopian world. Candidates from the impoverished ‘inland’ face a process of elimination to gain access to the utopian ‘offshore’ island – those who succeed, are the lucky and worthy 3%. 

The story follows protagonist Michele Satana as she makes her way through ‘the process’. She believes its head has murdered her brother. Working alongside the revolutionary party ‘the cause’, she aims to destroy the unfair and immoral process from within in vengeance. 

Japan Sinks: 2020

Japan Sinks: 2020 is a dark Japanese anime TV series a family’s humanity and resolve is tested after a series of devastating earthquakes ravage Japan.

This heartwrenching story follows them as they use their wits and determination to survive the sinking archipelago and regain a sense of humanity in the madness.

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a US sci-fi TV series that explores social inequality in a post-apocalyptic world.

The Earth is frozen and the last surviving humans live aboard a giant train that circles the world. However, with classism thrown into the mix, the struggle to coexist worsens with some harrowing consequences.

Have you watched Squid Game yet – what did you think of it?

Stephanie xox

Pumpkin picking at Millets Farm Centre, Oxfordshire 🎃

Pumpkin picking at Millets Farm Centre, Oxfordshire - Pumpkin Picking Signage

For their Halloween ‘spook-tacular’, Millets Farm Centre welcomes visitors to pick-your-own pumpkins in Oxfordshire!

Be sure to wrap up snug and get into Autumn vibes with your nearest and dearest. At £1 to enter (and free for under 2’s), you pay for what you pick. 

Pick-your-own pumpkins

You can grab a wheelbarrow on entry or come armed with your own carrier bags. Let’s face it though, the wheelbarrow’s more fun.

Be warned, the pumpkin match is muddy and can be awkward to navigate – so be sure to wear some old shoes!

Pumpkin prices vary depending on size, starting at £2/£3 for a small, £4 for a medium and £6 for a beastly large pumpkin! 

Pumpkin picking at Millets Farm Centre, Oxfordshire - Pumpkin Picking

Cool Autumnal pictures at Millets Farm Centre

On route, there are lots of cute and spooky Autumnal photo opportunities so feel free to get snap-happy. 

Once you’re done, grab a pumpkin carving kit at the Pumpkin Patch or within the Farm Shop. Then, when you get home, you can perfect your Jack-o-lanterns!

You can enjoy this fun family day out until October 31! Millets Farm Centre hosts pick-your-own pumpkins each year, as well as seasonal produce year-round.

Pumpkin picking at Millets Farm Centre, Oxfordshire - Pumpkin Picking Baby

A fun family day out in Oxfordshire

Whatever the season or reason, Millets Farm Centre is a fantastic family day out. It offers an expansive playground, soft play, farmyard animals in the animal walkway, falconry and even woods to explore! 

Plus, there are lots of different unique attractions across the year, so plenty of reasons to revisit!

Make sure to grab a few treats from the Farm Shop as you leave, you won’t regret it. 

Want to join the fun? Book tickets for Halloween spook-tacular events at Millets Farm Centre

Have you been pumpkin picking yet? 

Stephanie xox

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Getting close to crocodiles at Crocodiles of the World, Oxfordshire 🐊

Looking for a fab family-friendly day out? Then look no further than Crocodiles of the World.

The UK’s only crocodile zoo is certainly an exciting place to visit. This unique conservation centre welcomes over 100 crocodiles (housing 19 of the 24 different species worldwide). 

This includes crocodiles, alligators and caimans, alongside other fascinating reptiles, mammals and birds.

Feed crocodiles in the UK

As you enter the Crocodile House, you’ll enjoy unique underwater and aerial viewing via their decked walkway above. Be sure to double check when feeding times are to see the crocs in action!

If you choose, you can experience a variety of hands-on experiences and encounters. Under the guidance of a zoo keeper, you can even feed the 35 Nile crocodiles within the Crocodile House!

As you make your way through the zoo, you’ll also get to see Galapagos tortoises, meerkats and the cutest otters, among other animals. 

See meetkats and otters up close

In addition to cute critters, there’s a play area, cafe and gift shop to enjoy on-site. 

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the on-site Croc Cafe. If you’re going, I’d probably grab some chips and avoid the lacklustre burgers. 

On the other hand, the gift shop is lovely, with a host of crocodile-themed items. Be sure to grab a crocodile plush on your way out to commemorate the day!

Dodgy veggie burger aside, Crocodiles of the World was a fantastic experience that I’d recommend for people of all ages. 

You can enjoy this accessible experience within two to three hours and it makes a lovely and stress-free family day out with a buggy in tow. 

Tickets start from £8.75 (children aged 2 and under are free) and they offer discounted family tickets. You can book tickets on the Crocodiles of the World website

Have you ever been to Crocodiles of the World? 

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Newborn essentials you NEED from Amazon 👶

Whether you’re a parent-to-be or looking to get someone special a thoughtful baby shower gift, here are some newborn essentials needed before baby’s big arrival. 

The best newborn essentials:

Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator

The Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator is brilliant for congested newborn’s. There’s nothing scarier than thinking little one can’t breathe properly and unfortunately, babies make a lot of weird noises!

However, when you’re convinced baby needs some help to clean their nose, grab some nasal saline spray to soften blockages and use the Nosefrida to gently suck them out! Gross, yes. Effective, totally.

The things we do for our little one’s eh!

You can buy the Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator on Amazon

Babymoov Cosydream | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Babymoov Cosydream

The Babymoov Cosydream has been an absolute lifesaver. This soft jersey cot insert offers ergonomic support. It’s a cosy and breathable sleep saver which guarantees your little one feels reassured and snug.

The headrest prevents flat head syndrome with its anatomical inverted dome cutout, allowing baby to freely move throughout the night.

The leg support roll is easily adjusted as baby grows, secured with velcro. In addition, It also raises baby’s legs to aid digestion.

You’ll get solid use out of the Babymoov Cosydream till baby starts rolling at around 4 months.

The best thing? This newborn essential is machine washable. So, no worries when it comes to night time spit up.

You can buy the Babymoov Cosydream on Amazon

Baby Shusher | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Baby Shusher

Dubbed a ‘sleep miracle’ and rightly so, we could not live without the Baby Shusher. This sleep soother uses a real human voice that shhh’s your little one to sleep! It has a 15 minute and 30 minute timer setting alongside volume control at its base. 

This white noise device not only keeps baby asleep, it will also help you lull into a deep sleep! Use it at bedtime, as well as when baby stirs throughout the night. 

You can purchase the Baby Shusher on Amazon

Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib

The Tutti Bambini CoZee bedside crib is perfect for those looking to be as close as possible to baby at night.

This cot allows for bedside sleeping, either for side sleeping or as a standalone crib. One side features a breathable mesh panel which lowers via a drop rail. This allows you to easily see and access your little one for night feeds.

The cot comes with a foam mattress. Its height is easily adjusted and it has an incline feature if required.

It folds flat in 30 seconds to allow for easy travel. It comes with a handy travel bag, allowing you to take it wherever you go!

You can buy the Tutti Bambini CoZee bedside crib on Amazon

Bellababy Breast Pump | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Bellababy Breast Pump

If you plan to breastfeed or pump, the Bellababy breast pump is fantastic.

Not only is it super affordable compared to other pumps, this double breast pump is super effective. It has four modes and nine different levels of suction. Its silicone covers on the pumps flanges also ensure pain-free pumping.

Its electric component has a built in battery that is easily charged via USB and offers a long battery life. 

The Bellababy Breast Pump is easily assembled and taken apart for sterilisation.

If you’re looking for good quality affordable breast pump, look no further than the Bellababy Breast Pump.

You can purchase the Bellababy Breast Pump on Amazon

Hands Free Breast Pumping Bra | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Hands Free Breast Pumping Bra 

If you opt to pump, a Hands Free Breast Pumping Bra will make things a lot easier!

Made from soft cotton, this fully adjustable bra has a front zip to easily put it on and take it off. It features a thick band and secures firmly with velcro to fit most bra sizes.

It features overlapping layers of fabric to securely hold the pump flanges in place as you move about the house. Also, you can leave it on to easily switch to breastfeeding.

You can purchase the Hands Free Breast Pumping Bra on Amazon

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature® Baby Bottles  | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature® Baby Bottles

The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature® Baby Bottles are perfect for parents that plan to bottle feed or combination/mixed feed (breastfeed and pump).

These 260ml bottles can be used from birth and feature a breast-like teat, as well as an anti-colic valve with slow release.

These four bottles are newborn essentials that parents simply need on hand in their cupboard.

You can buy the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature® Baby Bottles on Amazon

VAVA LED Night Light for Kids | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

LED Night Light for Kids

The LED Night Light for Kids is a newborn essential for any nursery.

This touch sensitive night light features a warm glow that will not disturb baby at night. It offers reassurance and is easily dimmable with a long touch.

Simply double tap to illuminate during the evening or night time feeds. It offers a long-lasting battery of up to 100 hours in a single charge and features a one hour timer to save energy.

The best part? Its soft glow won’t disturb you either!

You can buy the LED Night Light for Kids on Amazon

Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier

Both affordable and practical, the Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier can be used from birth to carry your baby safely and securely.

If you fancy a stroll without the pram, this lightweight baby carrier is easy to use and adjust when you’re out and about.

You can purchase the Chicco Easyfit Baby Carrier on Amazon

Baby on Board Car Sign | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Baby on Board Car Sign

This one is so easy to forget before the big arrival.

However, if you’re planning on transporting baby in a car, a baby on board sign is a must to keep little one safe and other drivers aware.

You can purchase this baby on board sign on Amazon

Floating Bath Thermometer | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Floating Bath Thermometer 

Ensure baths are the perfect temperature with the floating bath thermometer.

Although an elbow in the water works for many, you’ll find peace of mind with this affordable and adorable thermometer.

You can purchase this floating bath thermometer on Amazon

Badedas Indulgent Bath Gelee | Newborn essentials Amazon UK

Badedas Indulgent Bath Gelee

Okay, so this one’s for the postpartum mumma! The Badedas Indulgent Bath Gelee was recommended to me to aid recovery and it’s blissful. 

Although it turns the bath bright green, this gel smells great and leaves skin feeling soft and rejuvenated. Horse chestnut is one of its main ingredients, known to be support and improve circulation.

You can purchase Badedas Indulgent Bath Gelee on Amazon

Are any of these on your newborn essentials wishlist? Why not check out our other pregnancy and motherhood posts.

Stephanie xox

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Why you need a TopCashback account to save more money online now 💵

Collection of British sterling bank notes and coins | Topcashback

I’m always so surprised that so many people haven’t heard of TopCashback

To me, it’s now a way of life when online shopping and the easiest way to save money on my everyday spending.

So, what is TopCashback?

TopCashback gains referral commissions for directing its users to partner retailers. In return, they offer you cash back incentives. These include percentage discounts and small payments for using these well known retailers. 

TopCashback is free to join and each time you shop with one of these high street or online retailers, you get money back!

What’s the catch?

There is none! They work alongside over 5,350 retailers worldwide to offer you a percentage of money back when shopping via their website or application. 

If you have your doubts, they are currently running a national TV campaign and their Trustpilot reviews speak for themselves.  

The only annoying thing is cashback can take some time to be authorised by retailers. Expect up to 12 weeks in some circumstances! 

How much can you save?

To date, I’ve saved £162.44 since November 2020. This includes shopping for things like my latest Christmas presents, moving house costs and when buying baby stuff for my baby boy due in March 2021.

You can save money on switching energy and gas or insurance providers, buying takeaways, redecorating your home and buying the latest fashion and technology!

Once authorised, this money can be paid to you via bank transfer or PayPal, whichever suits you best. 

How do I join TopCashback?

It’s easy! Join and start saving with TopCashback and you’ll soon be on your way to a little rainy day treat. 

How often do you shop online at the moment? Have you heard of TopCashback before this post?

Stephanie xox

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Weird things about pregnancy for first-time mums

Okay, so pregnancy is a minefield in itself, more so when you don’t really know what to expect as a first-time mum. 

One thing you can expect, is a ton of (often unsolicited) advice. However, no one really goes into the weird (and dare we say at times wonderful) parts of pregnancy. 

Hello morning sickness

Firstly, you’ll welcome the most well known symptom of pregnancy, morning sickness. Sickness and nausea will plague your first trimester. Let’s be honest, there is nothing pleasant about feeling sick for weeks straight.

However, if you’re lucky, you won’t experience physical sickness and constant nausea in tandem. 

To ease sickness and nausea in pregnancy:

  • Eat little and often
  • Make sure to keep hydrated
  • Rest when your body needs it
  • Avoid foods that make you feel unwell
  • Avoid strong smells that make you feel unwell

Relentless tiredness

You’re going to feel tired a lot and you need to just roll with it and listen to your body. In your first trimester, you’ll likely fall asleep every few hours (for a few hours). Most people find they can not physically stay awake. 

Your boobs are going to change – a lot

Nothing prepares you for the changes you will see in your breasts.

They’re going to get bigger and your areola is going to change shape, size and colour. It’s normal, please don’t panic. 

Aches and pains

This is a given. You’re growing a tiny human that is stretching your body in ways it’s never had to comprehend. Be kind to yourself, rest often and be sure to unwind.

Massages and soaking in the tub (being careful not to overheat) really helps to naturally ease aches and pains. 

Constantly needing the bathroom

You’ll need to pee constantly. As for pooping, that’s going to be a lot more difficult. Be sure to continue to eat well and if you need some additional support to go – liquorice is a lifesaver.

The feeling of seeing your ultrasound scans

Nothing can really prepare you for seeing your baby during your ultrasound scans. It’s shocking to see how much they can wriggle despite you not feeling anything in the earlier stages.

You can expect to have a minimum of two ultrasound scans throughout your pregnancy. However, some women have three.

Here’s what each ultrasound scan means:

  • 12 week ultrasound scan – your dating scan predicts your little one’s arrival, looks at their development and screens for possible conditions
  • 20 week ultrasound scan – this scan will check the development of baby (you may also request the sex of your baby)
  • 36 week ultrasound scan – this scan will check that baby is in the correct position for delivery

How scary it is being pregnant during Covid-19

Being pregnant or a first-time mum during a global pandemic isn’t easy. Many woman have missed out on face-to-face interaction and reassurance from their midwives and doctors, as well as appointments you’d usually get under the NHS. 

At times, it can be quite isolating, so do your research and most importantly, don’t worry about leaning on others with experience.  

The amount of clothes and toys people will buy/gift you

Everyone says, do not buy loads of things. Do mums-to-be listen? No.

You can expect lots of kind family members and friends to buy/gift you clothes and will have a fully prepared wardrobe by the time the little one comes. 

Further resources to support first-time mums in the UK

Here are some useful websites and apps you can download for first-time mums:

  • NHS – The NHS website is brimming with healthcare advice for mums-to-be
  • GOV.UK – For pregnancy rights in the UK
  • Peanut – it’s like a platonic Tinder for mums-to-be and mums with discussion boards, private chats and plenty of advice
  • BabyCentre – Baby and pregnancy advice for mums-to-be and mums
  • Emma’s Diary – Baby and pregnancy advice for mums-to-be and mums, as well as baby gift packs
  • Bounty – Baby and pregnancy advice for mums-to-be and mums, as well as baby gift packs

Is Bar Elba the best rooftop bar in London? 🍹

Is Bar Elba the best rooftop bar in London - interior 1

Looking for a quirky rooftop bar in London? Say hello to Bar Elba, your new favourite tropical destination in central London.

This bright and colourful bar in Waterloo is perfect for breezy summer cocktails or wintertime drinks.

Open year round, this gorgeous rooftop bar offers panoramic views. Once inside, you will find affordable cocktails, ciders, beers and quick bites aplenty.

Bar Elba offers a lovely and chilled vibe for everyone, be it an evening with friends, a date with your other half or someone new, or even for a boozy afternoon with your mum!

Is Bar Elba the best rooftop bar in London - interior 2

Decked out with vibrant benches and tables, you could lose hours in this tropical themed bar. Most importantly, if you head down for happy hour, you can even take advantage of 2 for 1 cocktails!

However, as the sun sets, the fun starts. Get in the mood as great music, friendly laughter and excited chatter buzz in the air. Bar Elba is as perfect for daytime meet ups as it is for evening drinks.

In addition to cocktails You can also get involved with Bar Elba events, including brunch dates, movie nights and afternoon picnics!

Love the look of Bar Elba? Why not check out their oh so pink sister bar, Tonight Josephine which is round the corner.

Stephanie xox

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