2013 is officially the year of the baby. With the two Ks (Kate and Kim), Jessica Simpson and Cat Deely (to name but a few) there’s never been a better time to be pregnant. In fact you won’t be able to escape babies this year!
When you’re a first time mum to be it can be hard to separate the wood from the trees and this year it will be even harder as babies will be everywhere we look.
As someone who’s done it (twice) I’m going to share what I consider the essential skincare items. Everyone’s essentials are different and a lot of what I thought I absolutely needed the first time round is still sitting in its box.
Mama Mio is something of a celebrity favourite; fans include Kourtney Kardashian who said ‘’Mama Mio products saved me through my last pregnancy! So excited to use them again!” and Claudia Schiffer who called Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil, “a thick, buttery cream which is amazing”.
Some of my friends who have never been pregnant use Mama Mio products for stretch mark prevention and to firm their breasts!
I recommend Boot Camp For Tummies (£67), Goodbye Stretch Marks (£45) and OMega Body Oil (£23).
OMega Body Oil contains Argan, Safflower, Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils and is a perfect non oily oil. I’m a firm believer in massage during pregnancy (and labour) and this is the perfect oil to use for that purpose.
As soon as possible after giving birth you should start working on your pelvic and abdominal muscles. Boot Camp for Tummies contains Skin Tight Toning Serum, Get Waisted Body Shaper and a four minute daily exercise programme (not as easy to find as you might think with a newborn). Find the time though, your future self will thank you for it.
Last but not least, you must try Goodbye Stretch Marks. Whether your marks are old or new, even if you don’t have any yet (mine appeared during the last seven days of pregnancy) this cream is a wonder. It reduces the appearance of stretch marks full stop.
Enough for you; what about the baby?
I use natural and organic products as much as possible on my children (even now they’re older) and you can’t get much better than natural supermarket biggreensmile.com. They sell all the big brands – Baby Bee from Burt’s Bees, Weleda, Green Baby and a whole host of brands you’ve never heard of but will come to love. I swear by Baby Bee Nappy Ointment and Weleda Calendula bath care, lotions and sun protection.
John Lewis is another must visit for muslins (£12.95) and a Medela Breast Pump (£129.99). In my opinion, Bugaboo (from £729) prams are everywhere so set yourself apart with a Stokke Xplory (from £800 and as seen on Charlotte in the Sex and the City movie) stroller. They’re so easy to manoeuvre, your baby will love being high off the ground and they’re a godsend when you’re in a restaurant as they fit nicely around the table which means s/he can stay in there as you eat. They are sturdy and small enough for a new born yet big enough for a toddler; my son is 3 and on lazy days he still gets pushed around in his!