Just when you think aden + anais couldn’t get any better, they go and launch a Disney collection! The special collection has been released to commemorate their 10th anniversary, and it’s all kinds of cute!!

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I have long been a fan of their iconic cotton muslin products; from swaddles to dribble bibs, and the selection of prints they now have has increased dramatically even in the time I’ve been a Mummy. The quality is brilliant, and they wash so well. In fact, the more you wash them the softer they get!

Admittedly, I don’t need them for milky spillages any more, but they’re still perfect for snotty noses and teething dribble so we still make sure we always have one to hand. I love the original prints, with the simple classic designs, but some of my favourites are the newer style aden + anais prints like Vintage Circus and I’ve seen a peacock feather one which is soooo cool!

I really need to get George some more sleeping bags, as he’s growing out of all of his, so I will definitely be looking at some of the aden + anais ones as they are so soft against his skin and I swear he sleeps better when he’s in them!

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Last week aden + anais held a launch party for their new Disney collection, with all the exciting new designs on show. It’s so hard to choose my favourite new design! What I do know though, is I have got to get myself (me, not the boys!! ha) one of their bamboo Dream Blankets. They are ridiculously soft, I want to just snuggle up under one!

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The aden + anais signature muslins come in 3 iconic prints depicting three of the most popular stories: Winnie the Pooh, Bambi, and The Jungle Book. The designs are hand sketched too which is a really nice touch.

What’s your favourite Aden + Anais design? Take a look at the full Disney design collection at Natural Baby Shower, I’d love to know!

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Funky Giraffe bibs have got to be right up there on the new mum wish lists, along with the Aden + Anais muslins and Frugi clothing.

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I remember looking around a Baby Sensory class once (the first time around, y’know back when I actually had time to go to such groups) and seeing about 50% of the babies all wearing them, each with different designs. Easily recognisably as Funky Giraffe bibs. And rightly so; they are the best cotton bibs I have come across. They have a fleece backing which keeps dribble from soaking through (and man, is there a LOT of dribble) and the double poppers make them adjustable as your baby grows.

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Not to mention the designs. Oh the designs. The time spent deliberating which prints to go for – there are so many options for both boys and girls. They also do bamboo bibs – SO soft, square bibs, fancy bibs, personalised, the list goes on.

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They make the perfect gift too, if you’re stuck for something to buy for a baby shower or present, I guarantee these will go down a treat with any parent of young children.

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So now it’s competition time! I want to give you guys the chance to win SIX bibs – of your choice! With an additional winner who will win a 50% off discount code to use on whatever they wish on the Funky Giraffe site.

It’s super easy to enter; just click below! Good luck xx

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We’re now 3 weeks in and adjusting to life with our new baby, George. I have to say, the transition hasn’t been too hard so far! The tiredness is definitely less difficult this time – to put it mildly the first time it was like being hit by a bus! This time it’s more like a small car 😉 I think my expectation was that it would be really tough, but in reality when you’ve already got a child, adding another one to the mix is no where near as hard as it was the first time around – But it’s all very well saying that 3 weeks in…wait until George is crawling and into everything and Henry is in full toddler melt down and I’m tearing my hair out!!

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It’s really strange for me, because I had totally forgotten what these early days were like – even though it was only 2 years ago, and I was expecting George to quickly get into a routine because we are fortunate that we have such a successful one with Henry – but of course newborns are very unpredictable and each day is different during this early stage. So for now the days are whizzing by in a blur of feeding, changing & attempting to settle George, all whilst occupying and trying to be as fun as possible for Henry. I’m very fortunate that we have parents locally and I’ve had brilliant support from them.

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For anyone about to embark on parenthood for the first time, or subsequently, I thought I would share some of those little products which have helped me through these first weeks and some newborn essentials you might want to stock up on! I also have a brilliant give away from the fantastic Gro Company at the end!

1. Lansinoh nipple cream Around £8

Breast feeding hurts at first – a lot! And then your milk comes in a couple of days later and the pain is on a whole other level! But this doesn’t last long girls, so if you are hoping to breast feed try to get through these tough first couple of weeks and definitely stock up on Lansinoh cream to help ease the pain for your poor, overworked nipples!

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2. Gro Clock £24.99

Obviously this isn’t for the newborn! But let’s be honest, if you’ve been up all night with your new baby, the last thing you want is their older sibling waking you up at 5am rolling their Monster Trucks over your head. This amazing clock by the Gro Company teaches your child when it is OK to get up and start the day by setting a suitable time and communicating it by either a smiling sunshine face or a darker star face for when it’s not quite time. You can even have it set to later at the weekends to give you an extra snooze, oh no wait…you have a newborn…

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3. Breast pads & maternity towels

Both required in vast quantities!! I have sent Stuart out on many occasion to re-stock and each time I think oh no, he’s bought too many but I still send him for more! If you’re not looking to breastfeed these will probably not be needed for more than a couple of weeks but as far as maternity pads are concerned this could be 6 weeks or more – making up for 9 months of no periods apparently!

4. Organic Babies Rescue Balm by Green People £9.95

This little gem is such an all-rounder! Not only is it great for Mum with multiple uses such as perineum massage before birth and soothing cracked nipples after, but it is amazing to moisturise new baby’s skin – especially if they were over cooked and came out flaky and dry like little George. everything in it is organic and natural – no nasties, so it’s kind to their precious skin.

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5. Infacol £2.50

Despite every midwife telling me “breastfed babies don’t need winding” both my boys have been incredibly windy – George makes the loudest griping pains and always brings up a man sized belch after, during…even before a feed, and Infacol seems to help him bring them up successfully for the most part – one of the most gratifying noises in your life in these first few months (what has my life become!?)

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GIVEAWAY!!!

The Gro Company are one of my most collected brands (watch my latest YouTube video which includes the Gro Blackout blind and Gro Bag here) – Their products are just so intuitive I love how they are designed with such knowledge of what babies and indeed parents need.

I have an exciting give away of their brand new Gro Hush baby calmer for a lucky reader – The unique baby calmer is perfect for settling distressed babies by emitting white noise such as a heartbeat to keep them relaxed and happy – ideal for the witching hour when nothing else seems to calm them down!

Simply enter below and the winner will be announced at the end of the month – good luck!!

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To celebrate Adventures Of A Mum turning 1, I have teamed up with the Baby and Toddler Show to give away 2 tickets to their Bluewater exhibition in April – all you have to do is enter below!

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Imagine a place where all the prams, highchairs, clothing, car seats etc are in one room! Where you can try before you buy, find fantastic unique and boutique shops you may never have heard of, get ideas and inspiration, get expert advice and meet like minded new or soon to be parents to discuss the minefield of baby paraphernalia…this is that place!

Make your baby budget stretch further by getting the best price on your investment purchases and take advantage of heaps of show exclusives. Have a toddler? – then take advantage of finding out what new innovative products there are out there whilst keeping them entertained with loads of activities, get fantastic tips and expert advice from guest speakers from potty training to behaviour charts; all under one roof.

The Baby and Toddler Show is one of the most popular exhibitions in the UK devoted to parents and young children. It welcomes tens of thousands of people through its doors every year and will be opening its doors from April 25th to 27th 2014 at Glow, Bluewater. 

All of this and you can go for free! Simply enter below before the end of March and a winner will be selected at random and announced on here at the beginning of April. Easily boost your chances of winning by Following or Tweeting about the competition through Adventures Of A Mum (@mumadventures) or writing a comment below.

You’ve got to be in it to win it so here’s how;

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Traveling with a baby. Sounds difficult right? Well, Stuart and I have decided to dive head first into our first trip abroad with Henry by packing up for a few weeks and traveling over to America and Canada. This will be a serious adventure! **Cue searching the web for traveling with a baby blogs!**

Showing baby Henry all the places we will be taking him.

I absolutely love to travel and before I met Stuart I traveled a lot. Taking in over 25 countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Guatemala, Samoa, and New Zealand. Then when we got married we were lucky enough to be able to take 6 months to travel more of the world together, before coming home to start a family.

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Now that we have our beautiful son we have finally, after a lot of deliberations back and forth, decided that I will go back to work and before doing so we will take Henry to make some fantastic memories with him in North America. Now I know what you’re thinking; ‘he won’t remember any of it’, ‘it sounds like hard work’ and possibly ‘are we mad?!’ Yes, probably all of the above! But we will cherish those memories we make with our son there with us and always be able to look back on them when he is old enough to be embarrassed by the photos! Yes it is true that it will be hard work and possibly difficult – but isn’t everything with a new child? A trip to the shops these days isn’t possible without pre-planning and packing up everything you need for any possible situation while you’re out – it’s just this but on a HUGE scale.

 

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I have lists coming out of my ears, and a rising feeling of panic every time I think of the flight, the jet lag and any possible issues we may face along the way. But all of this is insignificant when I think of the fantastic memories we will make with our Son, and the precious time we will share all together. I have so much to write about, and so much to plan but thought I would share with you this news before the adventure begins…In less than 2 weeks!! **reaches for pen to write another list**

 

Trips out with Henry.

 

 

I would really, really love to hear any advice you may have to help us on our way! Any products you have found which you can’t travel without and any places we shouldn’t miss out! Please do get in touch.

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