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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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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

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Seven steps to find your buggy its new home.


A scratch here and there? A mark on the fabric? That’s all good. It just shows how loved your buggy has been. But it is essential that its safety features are top notch. And if not, flag that to your potential buyer. They must be clued up on any flaws before they decide if to proceed. So here is the small print: all buggies should have working brakes, a five point harness which connects in its entirety and there shouldn’t be any corrosion on the frame. 


Do your research before you post. In person; online; on Facebook groups. See who else is selling your buggy (or a similar model, in a similar condition) and price yours accordingly. Too expensive you risk being left on the shelf. Too cheap and you invalidate everyone else trying to sell at market price. 


Make your buggy look presentable. We’re all busy, I get it. But don’t underestimate the power of looking good. I’m not saying you should splash the cash on a steam clean, but do pop a removable cover in the wash for a quick freshen up. And if you get a chance to hose the mud off the wheels then all the better…  


Photography is key for online sales. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes: what would you want and need to see from the photos to tempt you to buy it online? I won’t lie, it can be a bit of a faff to set it all up and take the right shots, but it is so worth it! Someone must trust that what they see is what they will get. Pick your moment to take your photos: ideally in daylight (or somewhere well lit if you’re inside) and preferably not when you have kids hanging off each leg.


Honesty about its condition; flagging the flaws as well as bigging up the best bits. The more effort you put into your advert, the more confidence the potential customer will have in what they are buying into. 


Buggies are big ticket items so most likely a buyer will prefer to collect in person. But don’t discount the option of getting a courier to deliver it if you don’t make a sale around the corner. Couriers aren’t as pricey as you might think and it might help you nail that sale! But always ensure you cover the cost of delivery in your sale price and make it clear what your £££ includes. 


Be honest about the state of your buggy. If you think it would be a better fit for the scrapyard rather than another child, I urge you to do the right thing and source your local council recycling scheme. There are many parts of a buggy that can be reused so no need to just dump it and run…

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My fourth trimester

“Trust your instincts” they said, trying to reassure me as a first time mum. Well I can assure you of this, when I was new to motherhood, my instinct wasn’t very strong at all. In fact my ‘inner voice’ was pretty much silent. “You’ll know what to do” they repeated. But did I? Sitting in a newborn haze, staring at a tiny being napping on my chest, I’d wonder “what now?”

My instinct did tell me this much: I wasn’t struggling with PND. My baby easily latched on. We were bonding. I was very lucky with that, but I knew what I felt was fear. Fear of doing it all wrong.

Mother Nature is very generous. She gives us around nine months to prepare our bodies and minds. But the reality of motherhood doesn’t truly hit home until that little human launches into the world. In my case after 25 hours. With the help of forceps.

But Mother Nature can also play tricks on us. Hormones – a whole heap of them. Weeping with sheer exhaustion, relief, love, pain, worry, hunger. Oh the hunger! The best thing I ever tasted was the cuppa and hot buttered toast after labour. But then it was time to be discharged. I was officially the chief carer of a little baby. My son. My very longed-for child.

How would I describe that first night at home? It went surprisingly well. Apart from not feeding him because he didn’t wake up (I assumed he would if he were hungry…!) Suffice to say, the midwife checks over the next ten days were welcomed. I didn’t know what to ask, so I just answered their questions to me: “Yes, he’s feeding. Yes, we’ve seen meconium. Yes, my milk has come in. Yes, my stitches have dissolved.” I ticked their mental health questionnaire, hovering over the question about feeling anxious. Of course I was! But is that not normal? Am I overly worried? Should I say something? No. Best to just stay quiet, I thought.

Life as a family of three changed the day my husband went back to work. It’s fair to say the bubble burst. We were now a daytime family of two and my anxiety took to a whole new level. I don’t naturally turn to others to ask for help and, being honest with myself, I struggled to know what I even felt so unsure about anyway. I had a bond with our NCT ‘friends’ who were in the same boat, but I didn’t yet feel I could turn to them. Our WhatsApp messages consisted of ‘Baby arrived safely’ texts. Accompanied by a gorgeous photo and a name announcement (we’d all played our cards close to our chest on that, in case anyone took our name before each baby was born!) Without a shadow of a doubt I’d turn to that group of girls for support now, but not back then. We were all newbies. None of us really knew what we were doing.

Next milestone: the six week check up. That’s when I learned about the ‘well baby’ clinic run at my GP surgery every Tuesday afternoon. Straight away I booked us in. There wasn’t anything wrong with my son, nor with me, but I instinctively knew I should go. When we arrived, the entire waiting room was full to the brim with new mums, tiny babies and massive prams. Some babies sleeping, some being bounced and shushed, some being fed, others just gently snuggled in. Some mums, like me, had gone on their own, others with partners or grandparents. Based in Willesden Green, there was a wonderful diversity to the families and I suddenly didn’t feel alone or anxious anymore.

In fact from that day it all started to make sense. I realised I was a fully fledged member of the New Mums’ Club – a secret order only revealed once you’ve given birth. I suddenly became aware of people in a way I’d never noticed before. A mum walking her baby at the same time each day to push them to sleep. A dad at a check out, squeezing a bag of nappies into the already full shopper of his pram. An exhausted mum, juggling a tray of coffee and cake whilst steering a buggy round the cafe with a screaming baby in her arms. Pre New Mums’ Club, it never would’ve dawned on me to simply make eye contact with any parent, just to shoot them a reassuring smile, a virtual high five or a kind look of “I feel your pain, but hang in there!”

The term ‘winging it’ is batted around a lot these days in reference to motherhood. There is no manual, and let’s be honest, sometimes there is no instinct. Not initially anyway. Learning on the job is the name of the game from day one, and it continues as we enter unknown territory for toddlers, teens, adolescence and well, even into adulthood! You’ll feel uneasy, you’ll question your methods, you’ll compare yourself to others and you’ll feed that underlying fear of failing. But you are not alone! There are millions of us all trudging along the same path. So next time you spot one of us in need, reach out, connect, lighten the load by whispering the secret code of the New Mums’ Club: “No, I haven’t got a clue either…!”