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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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