Posts Tagged: Baby

Nov 13

Found: The Perfect Baby Bag

Finding the perfect baby bag is no easy task so when I was asked to review the new PacaPod, I gave the task to someone who knew their stuff; my sister in law who has just had baby number three. Here’s what she had to say:

Being on my third child I can safely say that it has been a quest! Preparing to take a baby and/or toddler out of the house, whether for a shopping trip, rhyme-time group or visit with friends can be a military operation. Once you are out of the comfort zone of home you need to have packed the many things a baby and/or needs and most importantly have instant access to them (wet wipes at the ready, nappy cream accessible and hand sanitizer – well, to hand!)

The perfect ‘baby bag’ not only needs to fit the essentials but it must be a bag that can be relied on for easy storage and access of said essentials without becoming an abyss where the car keys seem to do a disappearing act. It needs to be of good quality, practical and (forgive the superficiality) look good!

Finding the PacaPod Moab has meant that finally my quest is complete. The stylish grey wool felt mix with black leather trim gets the style points but the real show stopper is, unique to the brand, the 3in1 baby organisation system. Included in the bag are two completely detachable feeding and changing ‘pods’ one for storing baby and toddler feeding, the other for changing items thereby keeping them hygienically separate; the design concept is simply brilliant.


The Moab is deceptively large; inside you’ll find an inner draw-cord parent pocket, zipped pocket with elasticated key fob, dividing pockets as well as enough space for the changer and feeding pods. The Changer Pod includes 7 pockets including detachable clothes pouch, changing mat pocket and first aid pocket. The feeder pod works as a fully insulated cool bag and easily held three Tommee Tippee bottles whilst keeping the contents warm. There is also a detachable insulated bottle cover. With two children under two I have space for everything I need and feel totally in control of their varying needs when out and about.


The PacaPod Moab is part of the brand’s luxury range and at £175 is certainly an indulgent purchase. However it is a worthwhile investment as it has a style that is timeless, is unisex in design and is a bag that will be used beyond the nappy and bottle carrying stage of parenthood.

Apr 13

Mother & Baby Beauty Essentials

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 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!


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