We are almost in December! How did that happen?! The year has sped by! As Christmas approaches most of us face the often difficult task of choosing the perfect gift!
This can be even more difficult when the person you are buying for is expecting a baby! Its a minefield. Alcohol is out, so are a lot of foods. Chocolate can either be a life-giving elixir or the vomit-inducing stuff of nightmares. Do you buy things for the baby or not? Its so hard to know what to buy for the expectant lady in your life.
So I’ve put together a few ideas, which I know would have been on my wishlist this year if I were having a baby (I’m not. Don’t get excited haha).
John Lewis Love Boo Congratulations Mummy gift set
This lovely gift box contains soothing bath soak, Super stretchy miracle oil and Soft and creamy body smoother, all free from parabens, sulphates and petrochemicals and safe for pregnancy and nursing. Perfect for a relaxing soak and a pamper. Normally priced at £36.99, at the time of writing it is on offer for £27.70!
This, and the rest of the Love boo range, can be found here.
The Green Parent magazine subscription
If you’re anything like me, then trying to parent in an eco-friendly and natural way is important. The Green Parent is a monthly magazine packed full of informative and insightful articles relating to pregnancy, birth and parenting in a natural way. From hypnobirthing and choosing a doula, to babywearing and eco friendly cleaning products. Its a must-read for the new environmentally conscious parent.
a 12 monthly subscription costs just £35, and can be purchased here.
Hypnobirthing classes with Kent hypnobirthing
Hypnobirthing is a powerful technique that can help you to feel calm and in control before and during labour and birth. Classes teach techniques to calm your body and mind, breathing and relaxation, and how to approach your birth in a positive way (this makes such a huge difference!). It can help to keep you focused and can be a very useful tool in achieving the birth you have always dreamed of. Couples can attend together, so really its a gift for both of you!
The new Folkestone classes are taught by Katy, who I know from my breastfeeding peer support volunteering. She is a lovely, calm and warm person, and I almost wish I was pregnant again so I could attend her classes!
Private and online classes are also available.
Priced at just £250 for the group course, you also receive a copy of the book The Calm Birth School by Suzy Ashworth, 5 mp3s, the course workbook, a goody bag and access to private Facebook groups and the Kent hypnobirthing members area. Information and booking can be made here (Katy’s January and February classes are booking now).
Nurturing Mum-to-be pamper at The Granary spa, Ashford
The Granary spa in Ashford is a a holistic retreat set in the beautiful Kent countryside. They offer various treatments for Mums-to-be, including their Mum-to-be pamper package (£85).
Growing and carrying a baby is hard work, and everyone deserves a little bit of luxury in their life! Information and booking details can be found here.
Mid wash maternity dungarees – Jojomamanbebe
Finding clothes when you’re pregnant can be such a pain! These maternity dungarees are comfortable, forgiving and designed to fit as your bump grows. They are also on trend. An essential for any maternity wardrobe.
They cost £45, and can be found here.
Cuggi sleep body pillow
Any pregnant lady will tell you, getting comfortable when you have a little person living inside of you can be very very hard! And with the new campaign released about side sleeping reducing the risk of stillbirth (information can be found here, incase you haven’t seen it yet), sleep positioning is even more important.
Buy her this body pillow, to help support her bump and let her get a good nights sleep. She will thank you for it!
Avavilable from Argos, £14.99
Baby hat knitting kit
Sometimes, when the nesting instinct kicks in, expectant Mums find they have the urge to create beautiful things for their impending arrivals. With my last baby I was so excited to be able to knit him lots of gorgeous woolly items, including hats and booties, dungarees and rompers. Beautiful WAHM dyed wool in bright rainbow colours had me occupied for most of my spare time.
For the beginner to knitting, or those looking for a simple project, these little Cairngorm baby hat knitting kits from The Knit Kit company are perfect! Available in a choice of colours, they are priced at £15.99 and contain everything you need to make an adorable little pompom bobble hat.
Also available is a kit to knit the matching booties (also £15.99), or buy both together for £19.99.
My Pregnancy journal by RPS
If the pregnant lady in your life likes to write, this is the perfect gift. It has space to keep track of all those scans and appointments, as well as lots of room to write down your hopes and fears, keep a record of how your pregnancy is going, write notes on baby names and shopping lists. It even had tips and room to prepare your birth plan, and write all about your labour and birth. A lovely keepsake to look back on in years to come , and pass down to baby when they are older.
Avavilable from WHSmith for £14.99
And of course, no gift list would be complete without mentioning
Little Pandas Photography Photo Session
A photography session with me makes the perfect gift! Book her a maternity session, so she can let go, feel glamorous and celebrate her growing bump. Or book her a newborn, breastfeeding or babywearing session for once baby arrives.
Gift vouchers are available to cover the cost of these sessions.
I hope this list helps take some of the stress out of Christmas shopping!