Top tips for new Mums

Top tips for new Mums

Slice of Life Photography - Fine Art Photographer

Top tips for new Mums

23rd June 2017

Lincolnshire Mums offer their top tips for new Mums

Becoming a Mum for the first time is the scariest yet most amazing experience ever. I asked some of my clients what tips and advice they would give to ladies embarking on motherhood. Here is what they said:
1) Accept that the concepts of time, day/night and routine don’t exist for a while and that’s OK.

2) The internet is EVIL and you should never research anything, especially during a 2am feed!! I love this tip. It is all too easy to go into a whirlwind of panic when you google your baby’s symptoms online. The best advice I can give is if your concerned pick up the phone to your Dr or out of hours service and speak to a professional. No worry is too small to get checked out.

3) Trust yourself and only take on board the advice you feel comfortable with. You know your baby…or at least you will once things calm down a bit.

4) Breastfeeding is hard, ask for help! Even if it’s 2am don’t worry that it’s a stupid question and you should know how to do it! It’s hard and doesn’t come naturally.

5) It’s ok to not get out the house for 3 months. It’s ok to not get out of the house before 11am EVER!! Just stay home for a few weeks and enjoy your little bundle. Do not feel bad about doing nothing but care for and nurture them. The time is so precious and they start growing immediately there is no pause button.

6) Don’t compare your child to others. Everyone will do it in their own time.

7) Go with the flow, Babies don’t come with an instruction manual and what works for one baby won’t work for others. Every baby that comes through my photography studio doors responds to different calming techniques and each one likes some poses and not others. Work out what works with your baby and don’t worry about what works for someone elses.

8) Accept all offers of help. You’re not super woman and being a mum can be tough and draining. You’ll be a better parent for taking help and having some time for yourself.

9) Sleep when baby sleeps! It doesn’t matter that there are dishes in the sink and you haven’t had time for a shower. You need to snatch every opportunity to rest, especially in the early days.

10) Remember that no one is perfect and everyone has their own way of doing things.

And last, but not least from a Mum of 2 (who are fast approaching their teenage years). Enjoy every minute! Make wonderful memories together and capture the moments with pictures and video. They grow up way to quickly and before you know it they won’t want that late night cuddle or want you to walk them to school, they’ll be too busy face timing their friends or planning sleepovers. Make time to relax and enjoy the little things.

Have you got some top tips that you would like to share with new mums, why not add them to the comments section for my readers to benefit from.

Marie x

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    Slice of Life Photography

    Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

    Purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

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    Spalding
    Lincolnshire
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    New Mum’s must haves and must nots!

    New Mum’s must haves and must nots!

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    New Mums must haves and must nots!

    14th June 2017

    Things Mums can live with and without!

    I don’t know about you but when I found out I was expecting my first child I spend ages researching baby gadgets and products on the market that were marketed as being able to make my life easier, and I brought most items brand new, spending (and wasting) a small fortune on equipment that I just didn’t need. So here is my guide to Must haves and not haves for those of you currently researching baby purchases.

    1) Muslin cloths will become your new best friend. They have a multitude of uses. A dignity cover for breastfeeding, mopping up spills, a bib, I even know a little girl that had a muslin as her comforter. My girls are now 9 and 10 and I still have a drawer full of muslins. I use them when the kids get the paints out or spill their drink and I still use them in my photography studio during a newborn photography session and to clean cake up after a cake smash photoshoot.

    2) A changing mat is essential to stop the explosive yellow goo going everywhere but consider if you really need a changing table. I had one in Elizabeth’s nursery and rarely used it. I found it much easier and quicker to change baby on my knee or on the floor in the lounge. The trip upstairs to use the changing table was too much effort and it just ended up a dumping ground for the washing I never had time to put away.

    3) If your bottle feeding. The little ready made cartons of formula are a godsend when on the go. Keep a stock of these for when you’re out and about. They stay fresh and are much easier than carrying a flask of warm water and a Tupperware of premeasured formula powder around with you. Many of my clients have told me that they found the Perfect Prep machine to be more hassle than it’s worth so this is maybe one to avoid.

    4) Never buy a second-hand car seat. You don’t know if it has been in an accident or has any internal damage. A car seat and a mattress are the 2 things that you should always buy new! Everything else I would suggest buying 2nd hand. So many baby items are outgrown or hardly used and you can get some really good buys and often sell things on for the same as you paid for them.

    5) The one thing I could not have lived without was the girls musical swing chair. They both loved it and would spend lots of time relaxing and taking in the hanging toys. It allowed me to get on with those essential tasks like washing and going to the toilet. I even used to pop ours in the bathroom whilst taking a shower so they were secure but I could still see them. Some of my lovely clients have recommended the Bambeano beanbag chair for similar reasons. As my daughter got older she loved her Bumbo seat but others have added this to the list of worst purchases.

    Thank you to Demi’s Mummy for sending me this cute picture to share.

    6) There are so many gorgeous little outfits in the shops designed to tempt us. But believe me you will always have more than you need and end up passing some of them on with the tags still attached. Before baby arrives purchase the minimum you need, you will receive loads of clothes as gifts so save your pennies for other things or buy clothes in bigger sizes because everyone will buy you first size clothes. And don’t buy expensive items either. Baby Poo stains and you’ll be heartbroken when you have to bin that Laura Ashley piece, cheap and cheerful all the way.

    7) This one is a freebie and something I use in my photography studio. Download a white noise app onto your phone. It’s a life saver. I never knew about these when mine were little but I used to put Alyssa’s moses basket in the utility room as she would be happy and relaxed when the tumble drier was on.

    8) Don’t buy lots of cute teddies. I still regret this 10 years on! Buy a special one but only 1. My 10 year old won’t part with any that have a special meaning to her. ‘Nanny brought that one when I was born’, ‘That was the one you got me for my first birthday’, ‘Daddy brought these when I was having my operation’, are all things that she has said when i’ve tried to get her to have a sort out. We recently moved house and having managed to get her to part with a bin bag full of teddies she still brought 2 full bin bags full to the new house!

    9) I wasted lots of money on cute little shoes for my girls. Why? Because they looked pretty, but what a waste of money. Babies don’t walk and as soon as they find their hands they will be pulling them off and throwing them out the buggy! On the flip side of this have lots of socks (or better still tights) as they too get pulled off and lost all the time. Or better still invest in some sickens. Not something I’d heard of but they come highly recommended from my clients.

    10) I could not have survived without a baby gro bag. Much safer and more practical than the fancy bedding sets. Both my girls loved them, the worst thing about them was getting them to switch to normal bedding as they got older.

    Thank you to Daniel’s Mum for sending me this cute little picture to share

    11) Many of my clients have said that a separate baby bath was their worst purchase and it’s easier to buy a little seat to go in the bath. I certainly loved my daughters baby bath first time around but ditched it with number 2 as it was easier to bath the girls together.

    12) Get a good quality buggy buddy, to store all the bits and bobs you need to hand while out and about. There is nothing worse than rummaging in your hand bag while on the move.

    I hope you have found this guide helpful and thank you to all those that offered their wisdom. We are all different and some gadgets are a god send to some and a waste of time, space and money to others so do your research and consider your own lifestyle and needs.

    What are your best baby buys? What do you regret spending money on? I look forward to reading your recommendations in the comments section below.

    Marie

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      Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

      Purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

      Address

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      Spalding
      Lincolnshire
      United Kingdom

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      07545 778016

      Newborn Photography Lincolnshire – New Photography Prop Delivery

      Newborn Photography Lincolnshire – New Photography Prop Delivery

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      Newborn Photography Lincolnshire

      8th June 2017

       

      New Photography Prop delivery

      Photographing and capturing the early days of my clients newborn babies is such a privilege. It is important to me that part of what I offer is unique and fresh baby photos. I don’t want my clients looking at their newborn images and feeling they have the same as my other clients, I want the images I create to be personal to each family. So, it is essential that the props and outfits available in my photography studio near Spalding offer a wide choice of colours and designs. With this in mind I have recently updated and added to my collection.

      I thought I’d share some of the wonderful new items available for new parents to choose from when they visit. All outfits, headbands and wraps are designed specifically for newborn photographers by specialist prop designers and help to add variety and colour to the gallery of baby images parents are presented with when they visit for their personal viewing session.

      Baby Girl Photography Props

      This stunning selection of wraps and matching head-bands provide the opportunity to co-ordinate some of your images to your home decor, perfect if you are planning on displaying a large piece of wall art.   I also have matching backdrops available so images can complement one another for a montage display.

      Many of my newborn outfits are cream or pale pink so I thought it was time to add a splash of colour to the available choices.  The lovely yellow and brighter pink outfits are perfect for summer babies and would look great for images displayed in little ones’ nursery.

      This stunning collection of headbands were selected to complement a range of pre-existing backdrops to ensure that colours blend beautifully within your newborn photos.

      Baby Boy Photography Props

      I love brown and cream tones and realised that most of my boy sets were little trousers so love the addition of these brown and taupe dungaree style outfits. 

      I have owned the lighter of these complementary sets for a while but with the addition of the darker matching style they will be perfect for a twin newborn photography session or to create complementary yet contrasting choices within your baby photo collection.

      Unisex photography outfits

      In addition, I have added some items suitable for boys and girls.  The wrap set on the left comes complete with a headband and a hat making it suitable for both.  It would be great to be able to capture siblings both at their newborn stage using the same wrap, this set means that I can do that.

       

      The collection of 3 neutral tone outfits are perfect for all babies, maybe one day I’ll have triplets visit and can use all at once.

      Older Babies

      I love to watch babies grow and am delighted when they return to the studio for another photography session once they can sit unaided.  These 2 little outfits are perfect for girls aged 6 – 9 months.

      I am very excited to try these outfits and wraps out and share with you some images of them in use.

       

      Is there anything I don’t offer now that you would like to see added to the collection of props and items available in the studio?  If so drop me a message or leave me a comment as it’s important that what I offer meets your requirements. 

      If you haven’t yet booked your newborn photography session and would like the opportunity to have be one of the first to use these beautiful pieces, then please drop me a message via the ‘book now’ link below and we can arrange your session.

       

      I look forward to welcoming you to the studio soon.

       

      Marie

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        Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

        Purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

        Address

        Whaplode
        Spalding
        Lincolnshire
        United Kingdom

        Telephone

        07545 778016

        School Holiday Activities in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire

        School Holiday Activities in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire

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        School Holiday activities in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire

        26th May 2017

        What to do with children during the School Holidays in and around Lincolnshire

        It looks like we are in for a scorching hot half term this May so I thought it might be helpful to share some of the local attractions to help keep the kids entertained in the heat. With the help of suggestions from some of my wonderful clients here are a selection of the local attractions you could visit.

        1) Wells-Next-The-Sea – This is one of my favourite sea side resorts locally. Just along from Hunstanton it is a beautiful sea side town with a lovely beach, colourful beach huts, a fun train ride and is great for some crab fishing fun.

        2) Lincolnshire wildlife park – One of the largest animal sanctuaries in the UK, it is home to Parrots, Tigers, Reptiles and many more. I know my children love watching animals in action so this is one that is definitely on my list to visit.

        3) Barnwell Country Park – Home to 37 acres of lakes, riverbanks and meadows as well as a woodland adventure play area and Hobbit garden for toddlers. There is plenty of space for family picnics or even a BBQ.

        4) Fineshades woods – Fineshades has trails for all ages and abilities to enjoy. You can walk or hire bikes and enjoy the cycle routes or even go on a Gruffalo Hunt.

        5) Rand Farm Park – There are many working or tourist farms within the area but Rand Farm Park is a favourite with my children. It has a great balance of indoor play, outdoor attractions and hands on animal experiences.

        6) Ferry Meadows Country Park – Ferry Meadows is where many of my own childhood memories were made and is somewhere I visit regularly with my own children. There are a range of play areas for children, boat and train rides, walks around the lakes and plenty of open fields to kick a ball or throw a frisbee. There are also lots of picnic areas and BBQ spots that make for a great family picnic. Ferry Meadows also has a water sports centre where older kids can try a spot of wind surfing and canoeing. They often run activities during school holidays so it’s worth checking out their website for more info.

        7) Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary – Who doesn’t love a donkey? Home to lots of rescued donkeys who can live out their days in comfort, Radcliffe is free to visit.

        8) Stanwick Lakes – Take your swimmers and towels if you chose to visit Stanwick Lakes as it has a fantastic water play area that will definitely help keep the kids entertained and cool. They often run activities in the school holidays like pond dipping so check out their website to see what’s on.

        9) Bourne outdoor swimming pool – This wonderful heated outdoor pool opens its doors for the season on 27th May and in my experience, is one of the cleanest and quietest outdoor pools in the area. It is maintained by volunteers and is always a welcoming place to visit.

        10) Rutland water – Rutland water has so many things going on that you could probably fill the whole week at just this one location. Water sports, bike rides, man-made beach, water obstacle course, nature reserve, outdoor adventure centre, boat rides and so much more.

        I hope that you have found this article helpful and that you have a great May Half term. Are you planning on visiting anywhere different this holidays? Why not share your top places to visit in the comments for others to share or let me know what you think if you visit any of my recommendations.

        Enjoy the sunshine everyone and long may it continue.

        Marie

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          Slice of Life Photography

          Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

          Purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

          Address

          Whaplode
          Spalding
          Lincolnshire
          United Kingdom

          Telephone

          07545 778016

          Hospital bag must haves for Pregnant Mums to be

          Hospital bag must haves for Pregnant Mums to be

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          Hospital bag must haves for Pregnant Mums to be

          9th May 2017

          Lincolnshire Baby Photographer’s Top Tips for your hospital bag

          There are lots of articles online about the essential things pregnant ladies should pack in their hospital bag ready for the day they go into Labour. Rest assured this isn’t just another list of breast pads, sanitary towels, nappies, cotton wool, etc. etc. This list is aimed at the things you may not consider, the essential non-essential items for a soon to be new mummy.

          1. iPod

          Hospitals can be noisy places and if you have to stay in overnight music to help you relax and fall asleep is a must have. The last thing you want is a restless night listening to the nurses and Dr’s chit chat. You’ll need all the sleep and energy you can get for baby.

          2. Phone charger

          Once friends and family hear you are in labour or that your little bundle has arrived your phone will be in constant use. Messages, phone calls, Facebook notifications, using the camera etc. etc. You’ll be amazed how quick the battery drains and you would be disappointed if the battery died just as you were about to capture baby’s first windy smile.

          3. Hair bobbles

          For during labour or even after baby has arrived. You’ll be tired and worn out and the last thing you may feel like is washing and styling your hair. However, you will want it to look neat and tidy for the hundreds of photos family will snap of you during the first precious visits.

          4. Eye-mask

          Hospital wards are brightly lit and even at night a light is on somewhere. An eye-mask is a must have if like me light disturbs your sleep.

          5. Pillows

          I remember from my own labour and subsequent hospital stay that you are lucky if you get more than 1 pillow and the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable in your hospital bed. Take your own just in case.

          6. A good book

          You will spend lots of time feeding baby in the first day or two and a good book will help to pass this time. Maybe not a tear jerker though as your hormones will be all over the place.

          7. Outfit for going home

          Make sure this is loose fitting and comfy. It will take a few weeks for your Tummy to shrink back down so stick with maternity trousers to start with.

          8. Lip balm

          Hospitals are very warm and can make your lips dry out. You may not feel up to putting a full face of make up on but a splash of lip balm can make the world of difference.

          9. Cash

          Really useful for sending your partner to the shop when the chocolate craving hits or if the hospital meal isn’t up to scratch.

          10. A bottle of water

          A ‘sports bottle’ works well as you can sip it lying down.

          Have I missed anything? What item was a hospital must have for you?

          Good luck to all you Mummies to be, your labour will be the hardest yet most magical experience ever and at the end your newborn baby will become the centre of your world.

          One more thing, don’t forget to take the number for your newborn photographer. Let them know when baby has arrived so they can pencil in the date for your baby photoshoot 🙂 If you haven’t booked your baby photographer yet, check out my Newborn Photography page below.

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          Reserve your Newborn Photography Session

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            Slice of Life Photography

            Specialising in Newborn Baby Photos, Wedding Photography and creating stunning Fine Art Fairy Photographs

            Purpose built garden photography studio near Spalding, Lincolnshire is easily accessible from Peterborough, Stamford, Bourne, Boston, and Kings Lynn

            Address

            Whaplode
            Spalding
            Lincolnshire
            United Kingdom

            Telephone

            07545 778016