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8 things you should be discussing in your antenatal class!

Antenatal classes, often referred to as prenatal or childbirth education classes, provide valuable information and preparation for expecting parents. However, there are certain aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood that may not always be covered in these classes. Here are some of the things that you may not hear discussed in your group.

Postpartum Recovery: While antenatal classes may discuss labour and delivery, they might not delve into the details of postpartum recovery. Recovery can be challenging, with issues like postpartum bleeding, soreness, and emotional changes. It’s essential to be as prepared as possible for what to expect during the postpartum period. Speaking to a midwife at your regular check up or post birth is a good chance to discuss what aids you might need. Remember to inform your partner so that they can be a part of your recovery.

Breastfeeding Challenges: Most antenatal classes cover the benefits of breastfeeding but they might not thoroughly address potential challenges like latch issues, engorgement, or the emotional aspects of breastfeeding. It’s important to know that breastfeeding can be difficult for some mothers, and seeking support is crucial. Identifying tongue tie early on is also crucial to an easier latching process for both baby and mum. It’s a hugely emotive subject and do not feel pressured into doing anything that will make you uncomfortable, your baby just needs milk whether it’s breast or bottle.

Mental Health: Antenatal classes may briefly touch on the topic of postpartum depression, but the emotional challenges of parenthood, such as anxiety and feelings of overwhelm, can be more extensive than discussed. Added to that is the sleep deprivation which can go on for years and years, not just a few weeks. Being acutely tired can really affect the way you think and behave so reach out for support where you can, ask your support network to watch the baby when you need to nap. And please leave the washing and tidying up and sleep when your baby does! It’s essential to be aware of the signs of postpartum depression and seek help if needed. Click here for more information regarding post partum depression.

Relationship Changes: Antenatal classes often focus on the baby’s arrival, but they may not delve into the potential impact on the parents’ relationship. Becoming parents can bring new challenges and adjustments to the relationship, and it’s important to be prepared for these changes. All couples will have to adjust to the new dynamic of 3 in the family unit and it’s well documented that men tend to feel shoved out [particularly in those first few months. Keep the communication between yourselves open and non-confrontational. You WILL find a new rhythm and life before 3 will be difficult to imagine!

Handling Unsolicited Advice: You may receive a lot of unsolicited advice from well-meaning friends, family, and even strangers once you’re visibly pregnant or have a baby. Antenatal classes may not cover strategies for politely navigating this influx of advice. There is not a one fit manual to parenting, so go with your gut, do your own research and you can always, diplomatically, thank people for their advice and then roll your eyes when they’re not looking!!

C-Section and Intervention Births: While antenatal classes often focus on natural childbirth, it’s essential to understand that not all births go according to plan. Learning about cesarean sections (C-sections) and other interventions is important, as they can happen even if you intended to have a natural birth. It is hard to accept the plan changing once labour kicks in and it is a great chance for your partner to be the one who is able to steer the conversations so that you feel safe and informed of any interventions that may be required to assist your baby arriving safely.

Childcare Skills: While antenatal classes cover infant care basics, they might not go into advanced topics like baby wearing, sleep training, or introducing solid foods. These are aspects of infant care that you might explore as your baby grows and there are wonderful resources available online and in local communities to help guide you through these areas.

Realities of Parenthood: The day-to-day realities of parenthood, such as the constant need for nappy changes, feedings, and round-the-clock care, may not be fully conveyed in antenatal classes. It’s important to be mentally prepared for the demands of parenting. It is mundane, full on and at times can feel like groundhog day and it’s ok to admit that you’re not enjoying every second of parenthood. Don’t suffer in silence, resentment can build up especially when you’re already exhausted! Make sure you ask for help and have regular breaks where possible. If you don’t have a huge network around you to ask, explore the baby groups in your area hanging out with other parents in the same boat will make you feel more supported and less alone.

Remember that antenatal classes serve as a foundation for childbirth and early parenting, but real-life experiences can vary widely. Don’t hesitate to seek additional information, support, and resources outside of the classes to help you navigate the unique journey of parenthood.

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To Snoo or Not To Snoo, is that even the question?

Happiest Baby Snoo Bassinet Smart Sleeper Cotbed

To Snoo or Not To Snoo or can you afford one anyway?! When we are talking about baby kit, this is one of the most expensive pieces on the market today. It costs more than most luxury pram travel systems, so you are not alone if you are wondering whether it is worth investing in one.

The Snoo cot is a popular and innovative baby bed that is designed to soothe and calm newborns through a combination of gentle rocking and white noise. American based Happiest Baby launched the hugely popular Snoo Cot in 2016, which may surprise you, as it’s only recently become a hot product! The Snoo has been designed utilising 20 + years of experience of its pediatrician owners and bases it’s technique on the infamous 5s method by American Dr Harvey Karp. It claims that by 9 months, most Snoo babies are sleeping for 9 hours or longer. As a sleep deprived mama of 2 waking-through-the-nighters my initial thoughts are show me where to sign!

Here’s how it works:

Improved sleep for baby: The Snoo’s unique design has been shown to improve the quality and length of sleep for newborns. It mimics the sounds and movements of the womb which can help the soothing process when baby is fussing. The cot reacts to a crying baby by increasing the rocking motion and gently playing calming white noise which has been proven to help babies drift off.

Reduced risk of SIDS: The Snoo’s design includes a swaddle that secures the baby onto its back, which is the safest sleeping position to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Peace of mind for parents: The Snoo comes with a built-in app that allows parents to monitor their baby’s sleep patterns and receive alerts if the baby is crying or needs attention. This can provide peace of mind for parents and reduce the stress and anxiety that can come with caring for a newborn. I can tell you, as a new mum that my ‘biological’ notifications were all I needed to be alerted to my baby crying! Also sleeping next to the baby for the first 6 months, as recommended by the Lullaby Trust for safe baby sleep is way more effective than an app! Monitoring sleeping patterns however is useful especially if you’re too tired the next morning to remember what happened in the night!

Resale value: Snoo cots have a high resale value, so investing in one and looking after it can be a smart financial decision which should see you recoup at least around 50% of your original outlay. All of our Snoo cots for sale come in their original packaging with the swaddle sets and have received rave reviews from our buyers!

Overall, while the Snoo cot may be a significant investment upfront, it can provide many benefits for both baby and parents, making it a worthwhile investment for many families in my opinion.

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If I had another baby I’d be buying the Nuna mixx pram!

Here’s why if I had another baby I’d be buying the Nuna mixx pram! (I’m not by the way!!)

The Nuna Mixx is a line of prams that are designed for parents who want a stylish and practical pram that can adapt to their needs. The Mixx pushchairs are manufactured by Nuna, a Dutch company that specialises in producing baby gear and accessories. On their website they state that as a global brand they “remain inspired by the ingenuity of Dutch design, craftsmanship, clean lines, and thoughtful solutions”. So why am I so keen? And no, before you say it, it’s not because our names are so alike LOL !

The Nuna Mixx features all the modern needs that parents want from a pram; reversible seat, adjustable leatherette contrast handlebar, fully lie flat seat and the 5 point harness but it’s the elegant and really well considered extras that sell it for me.

Magnetic Harness:

Subtle touches for simple on-the-go parenting include the self-guiding magnetic buckle. As you pick up the buckle to strap your baby in, it connects without any effort, making it a dream to strap in your little one. It also has a brilliantly easy one-hand recline system with adjustable calf support and integrated footrest making it super comfy for on board naps. I love the zipped pocket on the back of the seat perfect for keeping your mobile within easy reach and it’s a true lie-flat chair!

Generous Shopping Basket:

The size of the basket beneath the pram is really spacious with two compartments and a handy secret zipper pocket for keeping essentials extra safe. When my kids were in pushchairs I relied heavily on the shopping basket and it was often full with ‘just in case’ clothing, fold up scooters and snacks. If you are someone that is always out and about with your pram then you REALLY want a decent size basket.


The Nuna Mixx is a full travel system with the addition of the carry cot and PIPA car seat. The bassinet is sleek and roomy with an ingenious integrated dream drape that can help keep your baby snoozing for longer or simply reduce the amount of outside stimulation for newborns. There’s another really well thought out hidden compartment that is located at the bottom end of the carry cot. Perfect place to store items within really easy reach, such as their dummy, steriliser wipes or a pocket hand sanitizer gel. The stroller is compatible with Nuna’s PIPA series car seats, with the additional ring adapter, allowing parents to create a travel system that can easily transition from car to stroller. And if you’re more of an Uber user, the PIPA is really lightweight at around 5Kgs and can be safely strapped with a seatbelt.


In my opinion, it is also one of the easiest full size pushchairs to fold down in an instant with one hand! It might sound like a less important detail to expecting parents when choosing a pram, but let me assure you it makes a huge difference. If your pram is a faff to put down you will be ruing the day you spent all that money on it! You want to choose something that effortlessly folds down and opens up again. The mixx, with or without the seat unit attached, folds down really neatly. An ideal design if you’re limited on space for stowing your pram without compromising on the size of the pushchair!

Because I’m such a huge fan, I’m offering an exceptional deal on the Nuna Mixx pushchairs, for a limited time only, AND I’m including the carry cot with each bundle 😱


Nuna Mixx in Graphite

Nuna Mixx in Hazelwood

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Stokke Xplory X: 5 Reasons to LOVE it!

Stokke Xplory X Stroller Side View

You can’t help but look at the new Stokke Xplory X with it’s head-turning Scandinavian design, but why should you buy one? Here are my top 5 reasons!

Ergonomic design: The Stokke Xplory X pram is designed to be ergonomic, with an adjustable height that allows you to easily adjust the pram to your preferred level, making it easier for you to interact with your baby while on the go.

Comfortable for the baby: The Stokke Xplory pram has a comfortable seat that is adjustable to different angles, allowing your baby to sit up or recline as needed. The pram also features an adjustable footrest, ensuring that your baby is comfortable at all times.

Stylish: The Stokke Xplory pram has an inimitable Scandinavian design that stands out from the crowd and with luxury fabrics and an array of colours to choose from it’s a real head turner!

Manoeuvrability: Large swivel wheels make it super easy to navigate tight spaces and corners. The Xplory X pram is surprisingly lightweight and simple to , making it easy to lift and carry.

Versatile: The pram can be used from birth with the addition of the Xplory X carrycot and will still be comfortable for a child up to a weight of 22 kg. It’s made with high-quality durable materials meaning it will stand the test of time & with customisable accessories you can really show off your personal design!

Actually there’s one more reason to LOVE the Stokke Xplory X… you can save up to £300 when you buy it through us, click here to see it up close. If you’re looking for a full travel system bundle, check out the car seat, base and carry cot available too. For more information just pop us a message and we will happily answer your questions.

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Sustainable Buys for a Newborn

Purebaby Newborn Essentials Hamper in gift box

Buying sustainable gifts for a newborn is a great way to show your care for the baby and the planet. Here are a few sustainable gift ideas you can consider instead of buying new.

Organic Cotton Clothes:

Look for clothes made from organic cotton, which is grown without the use of harmful pesticides or chemicals. These clothes are soft, comfortable, and gentle on the baby’s delicate skin.  Remember a baby grows so think about the sizing carefully. If you buy for the future be mindful of the season it’s likely to be when they reach that age range.  Choosing a hamper set, such  as this beautiful one by Australian brand Purebaby has a mix of useful items including dribble bibs, vests and towels.

Wooden Toys:

Wooden toys are eco-friendly and non-toxic. They are durable and can be passed down to other siblings or generations. Do not underestimate how much a wooden toy will be played with and how resourceful a present it can be.  Look at our Steiff Walker for instance. Not only is it usable whilst they’re sitting to put things into you can also place their favourite toys or books in for storage. Of course, it’s a wonderful way to encourage baby’s first steps and once they’re up and about I can promise you that they will love having something to push along!

Natural Skincare Products:

Babies have sensitive skin, so it’s essential to use natural skincare products that are free from harmful chemicals. Look for products made with organic ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, and calendula oil and don’t forget about Mum, her body has been through so many changes which will continue for months to come!


Preloved clothing and toys make perfect gifts for new parents who want to reduce their environmental footprint.  Receiving circular economy presents from friends and family is a thoughtful message.  Ensure everything is clean and sterilised before gifting and of course is in good condition.

Make a Few Meals:

One of the best gifts I received was a surprise supermarket delivery, from a very dear friend.  Having a newborn for the first time is all consuming and often the simplest tasks like preparing meals  can get overlooked.  If you’re unsure of what is suitable to buy, why not gift them some vouchers for somewhere like Cook who sell frozen homemade meals.

Your Time:

Remember, the most sustainable gift you can give a newborn is your time and attention. Spending quality time with the baby and helping the parents with tasks can be invaluable.  How about offering a couple of hours of babysitting or taking the baby out for walks in their pram? Helping parents catch up on some well needed sleep or household jobs is priceless!

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7 quick tips to make travelling with a baby and young family on a plane just that little bit easier…

Travelling with a baby or toddler can be a challenging experience, especially on a plane.

Here are some tips to make the journey as smooth as possible:

Plan ahead: Research the airline’s policies on travelling with children, including the allowed number of bags, and any other requirements. If you’re wanting to make up a formula bottle on the flight make sure you understand what you can and cannot take through security. The air crew will be absolutely prepped on making up bottles for babies so just ask for advice once you are strapped in and comfortable on the plane. Also, consider booking a seat with extra legroom or booking a bulkhead seat with a bassinet attachment for really little ones. Some airlines now allow you take on cabin luggage which can convert into a toddler leg rest like the Stokke Jet Box which may help your child relax and be more comfortable on long flights. Check ahead of the fight so that you know you can take it on board.

Pack carefully: Make a list of essential items you’ll need during the flight, such as nappies, wipes, bottles, formula, and extra clothes!! Bring along your child’s favourite toys, books, and snacks to keep them entertained. Download films or favourite cartoon episodes onto a device and make sure you have charged it up fully before the flight the night before.

Arrive early: Arrive at the airport early to allow time for unexpected delays, security checks, and to board the plane early. Most large airports will have a separate security check for families making it less stressful than trying to be super efficient in the queue so as not to hold up any non-parents behind you! Also, consider checking in online and printing your boarding passes in advance. Yes, you can add your boarding passes to the wallet on your phone but in my opinion having to access and swipe each pass one at a time whilst trying to get the kids through can be a faff compared to handing over the printed ones to a member of staff.

Use a baby carrier: A baby carrier can help you keep your hands free while boarding the plane and moving through the airport. It’s also a great way to soothe your baby during the flight. It’s worth bearing in mind that you are used to the noise and size of an airport but for tiny ones it can be really overstimulating and unsettling.

Bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones: The noise of the plane can be overwhelming for babies and toddlers. Bringing earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones can help protect their ears and make the flight more comfortable and will hopefully help them zone out when watching their favourite programmes that you have downloaded.

Offer a dummy or bottle during take-off and landing: Sucking on a dummy or bottle can help your baby equalize the pressure in their ears during take-off and landing, which can help reduce ear pain. I also struggle terribly with ear pressure, particularly when coming into land, and if I’m not feeling good then my tolerance to help my kids will be stretched so think about yourself too and what you need to help you manage. I often ask my husband to make sure he’s in control of passing them sweets to suck on or getting them to drink water during this time so that I can try to deal with my own pain!

Stay calm and be patient: Travelling with a baby or toddler can be stressful, but try to stay calm and patient. Remember to take breaks and ask for help if you need it. I guarantee there will be people around willing to help if they can. A fair percentage of passengers will have experienced travelling with young children and won’t expect children to just sit quietly and not be a little disruptive so don’t panic if your kids are playing up, it’s not a reflection on you!!

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What to look out for when buying a pram.

mum with young baby in pram smiling

When buying a pram, there are several factors that you should consider to ensure that you make the best choice for your needs.

Here are some things to look for when buying a buggy:

  1. Safety: Safety should be your top priority when buying a pram. Look for a pushchair that has a sturdy frame, good brakes, and a 5-point harness system with adjustable shoulder straps to keep your baby secure. If you’re buying a second hand buggy open and close the frame to make sure that it locks into place securely. If you have a reversible seat, be sure to test it out a few times facing in both directions as well as lowering and raising the seat to make sure all the main functions are working correctly. Also, look at the wheels, this is where the bulk of wear will be visible. If there are tears or chunks missing out of the wheels you will need to replace them so you can always negotiate on price and use the money to buy a replacement set.
  2. Comfort: Your baby will spend a lot of time in the pram, so it should be comfortable. Look for a pushchair that has a padded seat, a comfortable handlebar, and good suspension to absorb bumps in the road. You can always purchase additional seat liners and inserts that keep baby snug and secure especially if they’re on the smaller size.
  3. Size and weight: Consider the size and weight of the pram, especially if you plan to use it in tight spaces or take it on public transport. A lightweight, compact pram like the Leclerc Baby Influencer may be more convenient for everyday use but it may not be as robust out on trips to the park and a big basket is always a good idea!
  4. Manoeuverability: Make sure the pram is easy to manoeuver, especially if you plan to use it in crowded areas or on rough terrain. Look for a pram with swivel wheels that can also be locked into place making it easier to tackle cobbled stones and uneven terrain without making the ride too bumpy for your little passenger and good steering. I love a pram that I can comfortable steer one-handed leaving one free for coffee, a phone or a dangling baby that refuses to stay in the pram… you know it will happen! TA favourite all-round pushchair of mine is the Nuna Mixx Next which has also been voted pram of 2023 by Mumsnet!
  5. Storage: Consider how much storage space you need for your baby’s essentials when choosing a pram. Look for a pram with a good-sized basket or pockets for storing nappies, wipes, and other baby gear plus the additional hoards of sticks, stones and leaves that your gorgeous toddler will insist on bringing home every time you visit the park!
  6. Adaptability: Consider whether you want a pram that can be adapted as your baby grows. Some prams can be converted into a pushchair or a car seat, which can save you money in the long run and some models, with additional adapters, can become a double or tandem buggy.
  7. Price: Prams can range in price from budget to high-end models. Consider your budget and choose a pram that offers good value for money and meets your needs and don’t be put off buying one that is preowned, you can get save hundreds of pounds by doing so. Take a look at the Cybex Mios we have for sale which was hardly used by the original owner and is around £250 cheaper than buying it from new. If you can try to test out a few different models to get a feel for what is right for you. Ask friends and family that have a buggy to see what they like or don’t like about their pram.

Overall, the most important thing is to choose a pram that is safe, comfortable, and practical for your lifestyle and your baby’s needs.

For more advice and tips follow me @buggyparkuk.

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Top Tips for Christmas Babies

So, you’ve got a lot on your plate.  Not only is Christmas fast approaching but you’re expecting the arrival of your child too, and yes, they really could make an appearance on the BIG day!  Fear not, hospitals stay open, midwives will be on duty and taxi cabs will be on standby so you will get to the labour ward on time! 

But what about all the kit you need on top of the Christmas spending?  Have you already taken the plunge and kitted your nursery out or are you waiting for the January sales to hit and go for the post- Christmas splurge?

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to buying stuff for your baby before they arrive.  It’s entirely up to you but what you could think about, especially if you want to manage the purse strings at an already expensive time of year, is to consider what you actually need straight off the bat.

First and foremost you’ll need a car seat.  It is a mandatory piece of kit in order to be discharged from hospital if travelling home by car (including taxis).  You’ll also need warm clothes for the baby, hats too, its not just a cold time of year but babies struggle to regulate their inner thermometers so layering is key.  Haven’t got somewhere set up at home for the baby to nap in yet?  Don’t panic, they are not ready for a full night’s sleep for a good few months so a fully functioning nursery isn’t necessary at this stage but having a sleepy head, Moses basket or carry cot from your pram are all good options.  And you’ll need a changing mat with plenty of nappies (reusable or disposable).  You don’t even need wipes as cotton wool and water are perfect for cleaning up at this age.

So what about a pram, surely this is essential?  Well, yes, of course you’ll be wanting to take your baby out at some stage but honestly, especially if it’s your first, you won’t be rushing out anywhere.  Partners, friends, family and even your neighbour Joy from across the street who you’ve probably only ever waved at until now, will be falling over themselves to help you out.  Leaving you the most important job of healing and caring for your little baby in their fourth trimester.  Possibly, a better investment at this stage is in a soft sling, one where baby can stay cradled up close to mum and dad. If you’re ready to leave the house, or have no option due to an older sibling or reduced support network, it’s an easy way to get out and about.  I practiced sling wearing before my babies’ were born so I was more confident by the time they came along and both of mine loved it.

My top tip is to just ease yourself in gently to parenthood and once your baby is here you’ll get a better understanding of what you will need from your pram. Are you planning to walk to lots of places or are you a little more remote and will be driving far more frequently? What about supermarket trips, are you an avid online shopper or perhaps your day, like mine did, would benefit from a little daily trip to break it up and help you get out of the house?  When you’re trying to leave the house, are there steps to navigate, narrow passage ways, communal areas etc.  Once you get a glimpse of what life looks like with a new born in tow it’ll be much easier to choose the right pram for you. 

It can be an overwhelming time so I am always available for advice, you can dm me on Instagram or Facebook @buggyparkuk or email me at [email protected] and I’d be happy to guide you through best options for your lifestyle and budget.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, big love to all the expecting parents out there and all the best for safe and healthy deliveries (and not just the ones from Amazon!)

Nina x