7 Instamum Accounts to Follow

When I was pregnant I wrote a post about my favourite pregnant instagrammers. Well, call me original, but I’ve now become a fan of the Instamum, that being the official superhero-sounding name for the popular mothers using Instagram these days which is appropriate really because they’re powerful, influential and they’re rife.

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My Mamas & Papas Fond Spot and A New Store Opening

Mamas & Papas Store

I was trying to work out the other day why I feel such brand loyalty towards Mamas and Papas. Yes, it’s just a shop but don’t people feel like that towards John Lewis and M&S? It’s not difficult to see how they manage it. Those stalwarts of the British high street have us eating out of their hands with emotionally-charged, cockle-warming and mouthwatering advertising campaigns that, quite flagrantly puppeteer us into doing exactly as they command – spending lots of money on stuffed penguins and ready-made chocolate fondant – all the while coercing us into believing that they’re there for us. Come to think of it, by baby bedtime at 7.30pm on a Friday night, M&S with your Dine in for Two, you really are there for us.

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Our Nousha Family Photoshoot

We’ve just taken delivery of a rather large parcel containing what I would like to think of as a piece of artwork. An investment or an heirloom, perhaps. Oh, who am I kidding? As if I couldn’t get enough of her when she’s tethered to me 24/7, I’ve basically now gone and blown quite a lot of money on a large photo of my baby’s already quite sizeable head so that when you walk into our living room on any given weekday morning you’ll get a double baby whammy – the one climbing the walls and the other adorning the walls.

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Surviving The Wonder Weeks

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I’m a bit late to the party on this one, having had several people recommend it to me, but for those of you who are perhaps still in the dark or are new to parenting or have a sprog on the way, I would advise you download The Wonder Weeks app. It’s a condensed version of The Wonder Weeks book which is perhaps also worth buying for a more comprehensive overview of the WW concept but bitesize suits my attention span right now so app it is.

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Craving: An Olli Ella Nursing Chair

Olli-Ella MoMa-Glider

Last week I found myself, once again, doing the rounds of the nursery section of John Lewis. It’s a middle-class-mum pastime, if ever there was one, but that’s probably my pigeonhole so I might as well make myself cosy. It lures me in with a very handy parents room equipped with changing mats and nursing chairs; a clever little marketing trick really as it’s now got me hankering after a nursing chair of my own

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What’s in my Changing Bag?

What's in my Changing Bag?

As you may have noticed my blogging has been somewhat intermittent of late thanks to the appendage I have attached to me for 95 per cent of the day – the other 5 per cent taken up with other menial necessities including showering and eating (no longer for savouring, simply for survival) – leaving very little time for creative thought, and certainly not the hands to turn those thoughts into typed words.

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The Gentle Sleep Book – My Antidote to Sleep Training Stress

Last weekend, while having a family day out (pub garden, sunshine, Appletiser – the one drink that makes this endless sobriety bearable) I got to talking to the mother of a baby of similar age to ours and before we knew it she’d casually, but intentionally, dropped in the fact their baby sleeps through the night. The full night, not just the 5 hours of sleep that constitutes the official ‘sleeping through the night’ quota but a full 7pm to 6am night of sleep. Good for her was what I should have thought (whilst also wishing a baby sleep regression upon her household for bragging) but she caught me at a weak moment

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Cosatto Ooba Travel System Review

I have really been racking up the mileage in the past few weeks. I’d like to say they’re air miles but, alas, they’re the pedestrian kind. I used to be an A to B walker and needed to be incentivised by an end point (country pub, café with cake, basically anywhere with food and drink) for me to get my boots on. Then I had a baby and discovered the magical, soporific power combo of fresh air and movement.

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10 Pregnancy Instagram Accounts to Follow

10 Pregnancy Instagram Accounts to Follow

*For some more bump and baby Instagram accounts to follow see my update on this post here*

I have become a bit of a stalker of late. Virtual stalking though so it’s perfectly above board, given that everyone’s at it. The whole point of social media is to make oneself stalkable, right? It would be rude not to indulge the good folk of the online world who put their lives out there for everyone to peruse. Being a big image-lover, Instagram is my current favourite and with baby bumps being my main preoccupation I started delving into the accounts of prolific bump snappers and now I’m slightly addicted. In case you’re in the same boat and are looking for some visual bumpspiration, here are my favourites.

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