October finds us packing lots of baby hampers to send out to all the clever new mummies and newborn babies. This spring/summer we have added many more pampering products to make up some new and exciting baby hampers 'for her'. Perfect to spoil someone going on maternity leave, a baby-moon, having a baby shower, or having just delivered a newborn baby.
Having just had a baby myself and being able to road test the products means they come highly recommended from I think a reliable source! Have a silk eye mask to slip on, to catnap or to block out the lights at night, its an absolute must! Spoil yourself with a fresh new pair of pyjamas, a sweet smelling body wash and indulgent face cream to send your body a nurturing message 'You are important too'.
I love those days in hospital post-birth, where you are in a little love bubble with your newborn baby, oblivious to the outside world. It makes it even more gorgeous if your loved ones gift you some pampering treats to remind yourself, as a new mother, it's important to take care of yourself as well.
For all three babies I have endeavoured to create a calm, enriching space for them to enter into the world and I'm sure it has made a difference to their start in life.
Here are some ideas to create your own bubble. Make a playlist with your favourite classical music as it calms the nerves and de-sensitises situations that can feel stressful or overwhelming. Try battery operated candles by the bed and bassinet to avoid the harsh florescent lights. Use a relaxing room mist to freshen up the air, especially with the flow of people coming in and out of hospital (the 'do not disturb' sign can also be handy here).
Hospital checklist; extra niceties that make your time in hospital with a new baby more pleasant. New toiletry bag, BB cream, lip gloss, mascara, Mecca Rosewater Facial Spray, hand cream, body wash, body moisturiser, shower cap, Kevin Murphy Dry Shampoo, battery candles, new pyjamas, breastfeeding cover/generally cosy wrap, slip silk eye mask and pillow case, calming music playlist, basket of snacks.. dark chocolate, berries, nougat..
Bringing a baby into the world is a very special time made more special by the love and support of those around you.
There is nothing more special for the family than your baby’s first Christmas. However once Christmas has passed and you head off with your new family for your much-loved annual beach holiday the cracks start to appear. You’ve fantasised about the perfect summer break and spent hours in the planning so what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, it would seem!
Firstly the place you booked on the Internet doesn't quite match up to the place in real life! You unpack all but the kitchen sink and spend the rest of the day making block-out curtains and baby proofing the place. After hopefully surviving the first night you wake fresh knowing that your only task for the day is getting down to the beach. After covering every inch of your child in sunscreen and SPF clothing you and your partner trundle down to the beach looking nothing short of a couple of packhorses. Beach tent check, towels check, floaties check, hats check, rashies check, goggles check, bucket and spade check, water bottle check, snacks check, beach cover ups check, nappies check, change of clothes check...and on it goes!
Once at the beach you spend 15 minutes decamping and erecting your sun shelter. Finally you get down to the shoreline and manage to get your toes wet for a moment before embarking on building sand castles to entertain your child. If lucky enough you play tag team with your partner where one runs in for a quick cool down while the other stays ashore to kid wrangle. You decide not to get in yourself as it's easier to dry the child and get them changed if you are dry yourself!
Departing the beach 30 minutes later with a hot, bothered and tired child (because you didn't make it down in the sun safe window which is far less time than it took for you to get ready), you surrender and decide to evacuate. Back at the apartment your afternoon is now bound to feeding and sleep times and your evening drinks have been replaced with a park and an early child friendly dinner.
The days repeat themselves with slightly more frustration building whilst you try to come to terms with the fact your holiday is not quite the same with a baby on board as it was when it was just the two of you.
However - it's not too late to have the relaxing holiday you missed at Christmas time! Start planning your next holiday, with Easter around the corner, using your experiences to make some practical adjustments:
1. Go somewhere where you are already familiar with the layout of the accommodation and facilities or if not and local, try to take a day trip before hand to sight it
2. On arrival, dial up the local babysitting agency and schedule in some ‘you’ time - walks, dinners, surf swims. You are likely spending a fair bit anyway so factor this cost into your holiday so you can maximise the enjoyment of the chosen destination
3. Take some good books and magazines with you so being tied to base isn't too bad
4. Cook much less, always other easy alternatives
5. Apply a washing ban except for essentials
6. Alternatively, with very young children, you could forget the beach holiday this year! Maybe better to enjoy outings from home, or plan to stay close to family that can lend a hand and give you some time to yourselves.
The Courier-Mail - 15th August 2015.
IF YOU’RE searching for a gift fit for a royal baby, look no further than Little Kisses hampers.
The online baby gift service boasts an impressive celebrity clientele including Prince George, Megan Gale, Carrie Bickmore and Mia Freedman who have all received one of the brand’s iconic monogrammed red boxes.
Combining high-end style with top-of-the-line products parents will actually want and need, owner Rachel Moor has built an international reputation as the go-to gift service for new bubs.
After operating three successful bricks and mortar boutiques Kisses and Little Kisses for 19 years, Ms Moor decided the future was online and opened Little Kisses web store.
“Being online we’ve been able to offer more specialised products and a 360 shopping experience,” Ms Moor said.
“It’s also opened up a whole new market for us rather than just being restricted to our suburbs and its surrounds.”
Ms Moor said social media has also had a big part to play in her brand’s expansion with a big push towards shopping through Instagram and Pinterest.
“That’s now our shop window,” she said.
“Customers are armed with so much retail knowledge now, they do a lot more research about what they want and what’s out there before they come to you.”
Ms Moor has helped counsel hundreds of women on what they need to welcome a new baby and introduced international labels such as Stella McCartney and Vanessa Bruno to Queensland.
The hampers come prepacked or can be customised with items, like those gifted to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Ms Moor even heard back from Prince William and Kate Middleton who were apparently “delighted” with the gifts.