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5 Tips On How To Emotionally Prepare Yourself For Motherhood

5 Tips On How To Emotionally Prepare Yourself For Motherhood

We know it’s no small feat adjusting to motherhood, and discovering your new identity as chief-life-giver and caretaker (aka mum) is a journey. To ensure your sanity remains intact as you go through this transition, we’ve shared five tips on how to emotionally prepare yourself for the crazy journey of motherhood.

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Quick Makeup Tips To Make You Feel Less Blah!

Quick Makeup Tips To Make You Feel Less Blah!

We all know that having kids means having significantly less time for yourself! When it comes to getting ready in the morning, you might find yourself having no time, being in a rush or being constantly interrupted by your kids. Finding your groove and nailing a morning routine that works for you (and your family) can be hard – so congrats if you have! If not, we’ve got some quick makeup tips to help make you feel a bit less blah, and to get ready in a flash! These tips are also perfect for getting ready quick during the busy holiday season.

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Mummy 101: Hospital Bag Essentials

Mummy 101: Hospital Bag Essentials

The countdown is on – you’ve assembled the cot, your nursery is ready and your belly’s so big that you lost sight of your feet weeks ago. The only thing left to do is pack your hospital bag, because mama, you’ll be on your way to the hospital before you know it!

No longer trust your brain to pack everything you need for your hospital stay? Don’t stress – the Livvy and Harry team have asked around our favourite mamas and rounded up this list of hospital bag must-haves– you’re welcome.

First things first, you’re going to need the perfect baby bag. Livvy and Harry purpose-design baby bags to seamlessly combine functionality and style – they’re big, roomy and you’ll be the envy of every other mama in the ward. 

Birth Plan

If you have one, make sure you bring a couple of copies of your birth plan and other important documentation to give to midwives and hospital staff, so that in the chaos of it all, everything runs smoothly.  

Maternity and Breast Pads

Let’s face it, pregnancy can be messy business, particularly when you’re awash with new bub hormones. Maternity and breast pads are a hospital bag must-have - they’ll make breastfeeding that little bit more comfortable, not to mention cleaner.   

Comfortable clothes

After delivering a mini human, you’re going to be pretty sore and tender…so the least you can do is try to make yourself as comfortable as possible. Do yourself a favour and invest in a pair of super soft cotton underwear and a maternity bra, pack your oldest tracksuit pants and softest t-shirt – if there’s ever been a time to get around in your comfiest kit, this is it. 

Snacks

Let’s be honest, hospital food is not for everyone (or anyone), but you’re definitely going to need to keep your energy levels up. Pack some fruit-and-nut mix, crackers, lollies, protein balls or whatever it is that will keep you going. It’s also hungry business waiting for your loved one to give birth - partners need to eat too!  

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Beauty essentials

Hospitals are always really well air-conditioned for maximum comfort, but the recycled air tends to leave you with super dry skin. Pack a rosewater mist and a nourishing body moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. However, remember that newborns are very sensitive to smell, so opt for a scent-free moisturiser.

Baby clothes

The little one has finally arrived and they’re…naked. This is the perfect excuse to pack one of the 700 adorable onesies, twin sets, dresses (and the list goes on) that you received from friends and family at your baby shower.

Boredom busters

Some mamas are lucky enough to have a quick and easy birth, but for most, you’re in it for the long haul.  Need a distraction from all the waiting? Pack a book, some magazines, maybe even your laptop or iPad for some well-deserved Netflix binging. 

Camera

Don’t miss out on capturing bub’s first moments – pack the camera! Although you’ll feel like a sweaty mess, holding a red, grizzling baby, you’ll look back and be so grateful you photographed your first moments being a mum. If your phone has a great camera, you can certainly use that too – just don’t forget your charger.

Baby essentials

It will put your mind at ease to know you have all the baby essentials on hand for your stay and trip home - nappies, a change of clothes, bottles, wet wipes, spare clothes and a soft blanket or muslin wrap.

 

 

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Baby Shower Gift Ideas To Spoil That Special Mama-To-Be In Your Life

Baby Shower Gift Ideas To Spoil That Special Mama-To-Be In Your Life

Attending a baby shower but struggling to think of the perfect gift for that glowing mama-to-be?

Here at Livvy and Harry, we’ve attended our fair share of baby showers and learned a thing or two about gift–giving along the way, so we’ve compiled our top picks – we promise you’ll be the envy of every other guest in the room. 

The Ultimate Baby Bag

livvy and harry bow bag

While a baby bag might seem like an obvious gift, giving your lady friend a baby bag that she actually likes is another story! Is it practical and organised, while remaining chic and simple? Livvy and Harry purpose-design baby bags that fuse functionality and style – they’re the ultimate gift for a stylish lady who values quality and is about to have a heck of a lot of stuff to carry!

Not quite sure which baby bag to get for that special mama in your life? Let her pick for herself with a Livvy and Harry Gift Card, or better yet – Livvy and Harry offer free exchanges, so mamas can change their mind.

A 'Mummy Essentials' Hamper

It sounds a bit ‘been there, done that’, but a hamper of mummy must-haves is always popular for the lady about to step into the unknown realm of motherhood. Half-fill a large box or basket with baby essentials like nappies, nappy cream, baby wipes and natural shampoo and conditioner, then add a stack of your mama-to-be’s favourite things – chocolate, fancy wine, candles, bubble bath and more.

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A Beautiful Robe

sleeper black and white striped robe with red trim

Every woman needs a robe in her life, but new mamas need them more than most. From those ‘too big to wear actual clothes’ pre-birth days to late night feeds and lazy days at home with bub, a super luxurious robe is guaranteed to make you feel at least 35 per cent better. Check out the range of silk and cotton robes and sleepwear from Sleeper.

Matching Outfits

mum and baby in matching outfits

While this might sound lame to some, if your mama-to-be is the kind of lady who’s into matching outfits, this is the ultimate gift to give her Instagram followers some serious baby envy.

If you’re pooling with some friends and can afford to splash out, Burberry have a lust-worthy range of kids clothes, so mum and bub can match in signature Burberry plaid. Or, for a little bit of onesie heaven, Hanna Andersson makes onesies for bubs, girls, ladies and everything in between – trust us, this is cute overload!

Nappy Service

baby wearing pink and black cloth nappy

Is your mama-to-be into all things eco-friendly and planning to use cloth nappies for bub? A Nappy Service is the ultimate practical gift and will save a heck of a lot of washing. How does it work? Once a week (or more) a nappy service attendant will collect bub’s dirty nappies, wash them and return them... like magic! We LOVE this cow print cloth nappy from Cottontail Nappy Services in Australia.

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MUMMY 101: Tips To Refresh Your Nappy Bag and Keep It Looking Brand New

MUMMY 101: Tips To Refresh Your Nappy Bag and Keep It Looking Brand New

A baby bag is a mum’s best friend – not only is it your ‘how the heck am I going to carry all of this’ lifesaver, but it’s the ultimate fashion-meets-function accessory.

A good baby bag is designed to be durable and bounce back from the everyday wear and tear of being a mum, so investing a little more in a quality product is a must. To make sure you get the most out of your baby bag, the Livvy and Harry team have spilled our go-to tips to alleviate the worry of a leaking bottle, smelly nappy or accidental spew.

Look after your leather

At Livvy and Harry, our baby bags range from genuine leather, so taking care of your material is key. Just like a new pair of shoes or a jacket, you need to give your leather baby bag the VIP treatment from the very beginning. For all genuine leather products, a good quality leather conditioner and waterproofing spray prior to use is a must. For an instant refresh, repeat both every six months – your bag will bounce back to look almost new again, plus it will last much longer. Vegan leather products can simply be wiped down with a damp cloth to ensure your baby bag looks as good as you do 24/7!

Wet wipes, wet wipes, wet wipes

We’ll keep it simple; there’s never been a spill, smear or splash that a wet wipe couldn’t fix.

Stash soiled items separately

Wet clothes and dirty nappies can leave your baby bag smelling less than fresh. All Livvy and Harry bags come with a removable zip-up pouch – so you can stash soiled items, wet clothes, dirty nappies (or anything, really) in here for easy removal when you get home. Even better, your zip-up pouch can be thrown in the washing machine for an instant refresh!  

Use a clutch to hold your liquids

When you’re carrying water bottles, baby bottles, hand cream, nappy cream, lip gloss and so much more, leaks and spills are bound to happen. Pro tip: stash your small liquids like makeup, hand cream and nappy cream in a clutch bag before adding to your baby bag – not only will any spills be contained, but the days of digging through your bag to find what you need are long gone. Livvy and Harry bags also come with insulated bottle holders for easy access to water bottles and baby bottles.

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MUMMY 101: Simple Ideas For Getting Out and About With Your Bub

MUMMY 101: Simple Ideas For Getting Out and About With Your Bub

As a new mum, it can be hard to find the inspiration or motivation to get out your pyjamas, let alone out of the house. But, not only will getting out and about with your bub do wonders for your mental health (cabin fever, are we right?), it’s incredibly important in order to important to kick-start your new routine as a mumma.

Thanks to a heap of insight from the mums in our lives, the Livvy and Harry team has compiled the ultimate tried–and-tested list of simple ways to venture out of the house with your bub. If trying to wrangle a screaming bub while ‘enjoying’ lunch in a bustling café sounds like hell on earth, and the thought of a family holiday with a little one strapped to your chest is going straight in the ‘too hard basket’, this list is for you.

Laze in the shade

Grab your baby bag and pack the essentials, then add a good book, some snacks and a soft blanket, and head to your local park. You’d be surprised how blissful it is to stretch out on a blanket amongst nature and read in the shade while bub dozes in the pram. Livvy and Harry’s Travel Backpack is super roomy and will easily fit baby’s essentials plus your picnic must-haves.

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Keep it simple

Lace up your sneakers, strap bub into the stroller and hit the pavement – walking not only releases endorphins and helps to clear your mind, but is a great way to settle an irritable baby and get some incidental exercise! Craving a little adult interaction? Invite your friends along and catch up while you walk.

Dine in the comfort of your own home

Can’t quite face the world? One of the perks of being a new mum, besides the fact that you now have a really cute miniature human, is that your family and friends are all eager to stop by, cook for you and help out at all times. 

Taking bub to a restaurant can be tricky, but your dining room can be transformed into an instant restaurant in a few simple steps:

  1. Invite your nearest and dearest around for dinner, and ask everyone to bring a plate.
  2. Pop up some fairy lights and light a few candles, and set out some plates and cutlery.
  3. Swap your robe for normal clothes (or don’t, we’re not judging)
  4. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious dinner, while baby snoozes nearby and you get to pretend you’re dining out.

Spending time with your loved ones, eating delicious food that you didn’t cook, with no travel or effort required? There are too many positives to name.

Organise a day trip

Feeling adventurous? Do a bit of research and create a list of locations within a few hours’ drive of your house. Pack your baby bag with plenty of nappies and wet wipes, clip bub into the car and hit the road – this is a great opportunity for a simple family adventure or a bit of one-on-one bonding time with your baby.

When you arrive at your destination, go for a walk along the river, eat your lunch in a public garden, explore a museum or walk around the town - the options are endless and the change of scenery will do wonders! When bub starts to grizzle and you’re ready to be wrapped in a blanket watching repeats of Grey’s Anatomy again, head home - trust us, when you get home, you’ll be feeling pretty damn smug!

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Mummy 101: How To Pack For Holidays Like A Pro

Mummy 101: How To Pack For Holidays Like A Pro

 

Travelling with a young family doesn’t have to be a nightmare, but preparation is always key. While packing for just yourself is serious business, adding another little person into the mix can make things a little tricky, so we’ve put together our go-to checklist of must-pack items for short and long haul trips to make sure you and bub are ready to tackle everything, from hungry bellies to insect bites. 

The must-have carry all

It goes without saying that every savvy traveler needs the ultimate bag – chic (obviously), great quality and big-enough to fit all of bub’s essentials, and yours. Finding a style that will transition from baby bag and handbag to carry-on and overnight bag is crucial. Livvy and Harry’s Travel Tote Nappy Bag in Black bag is the answer to your packing prayers – it’s large and sturdy in design and has plenty of pockets, so you can separate your items from bubs and keep your essentials in order.

Nappies and wipes

ALWAYS take more than you think you need. As well as packing plenty in your suitcase and baby bag, take a small bag like the Nappy Clutch in Black that can hold a few spare nappies and wipes when you’re on the go.  

Medical kit

A mini medical kit is an absolute lifesaver as a new mum – stock it with an infant and/or a child thermometer, bandaids, children’s Panadol, antibacterial wipes, tweezers, sunscreen and more… you never know when you’ll need to deal with an insect bite or sore gums.

Spare clothes

Accidents happen. Need we say more?  

Food

More often than not, the problem of a whingey baby (and a whingy mum) can be fixed with a feed. Livvy and Harry bags come with bottle holders for easy storage and access of formula and water bottles, plus plenty of pockets for stashing grab ‘n’ go snacks.

Plastic and zip lock bags

Whether it’s leftover snacks, a leaking bottle, dirty nappies or wet clothes, plastic or zip lock bags are must-haves for the organised mum.

Toys

Keep them small and multi-purpose, but don’t take any toys you (or bub) would be upset about losing. Livvy and Harry bags have large zip up compartments to keep essentials safely stored so you have instant comfort and fun on hand at a moment’s notice.

 

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