THE 2019 EASTER EDIT

2019 Easter edit

Presented by Kids Tribe

How is Easter already a hop, skip and jump away? If you’re looking for the perfect, non-chocolate Easter gift for your little one, look no further! We are delighted to bring you our 2019 Easter Edit, presented by Kids Tribe and their wonderful collection of Easter toys and accessories. This year’s edit is simply choc-a-block with beautiful and unique Easter gifts for babies and kids from some of our favourite brands, plus we also have some wonderful Easter tips, Easter play ideas and Easter recipes… and a few special offers to share with you too, so make sure you read all the way to the end! Get ready to hop-hop-shop and be inspired for Easter!

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER TOYS

Who Loves The Easter Bunny?

There are so many gorgeous bunnies to choose from that would make the perfect Easter gift for your little one! Here are just a few of our favourites!

Alimrose Bunnies – available from Kids Tribe – There’s something for everyone with this stunning collection of bunnies from Alimrose! Beautiful ballet bunnies, little boy bunnies, and Bobby floppy bunnies and rattles, these toys add a stunning touch to any nursery or kids room and are super cute to boot! And if you’re little one wants to be a bunny, they have the most divine Bunny bonnets available too.

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Jellycat Bunnies – available from Oakie Baby – My kids love their Jellycat teddies, they are super soft and have the sweetest little faces! I just adore their floppy ears, and the little poppet Caramel bunny is one of my favourites. Oakie Baby also have an adorable Jellycat bunny purse which I know my daughter would certainly love!

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The Sleepy Snoogu Bunny – available at Modimade – These beautiful handmade and ethically crafted bunnies (and the rest of the Snoogu range) are made by beautiful women in Cambodia who are supporting their families and communities.

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Le Grand and Le Petit Bitbit Bunnies – available at The Styled Spot – these bunnies are simply adorable and make beautiful keepsakes.

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER GIFTS 

Chew on an Easter Teether instead of chocolate!

If you’ve got a little one who’s teething, why not give them some relief in the form of these delightful Easter edition BUNNY Silicone Teething Discs from our friends at One.Chew.Three? The Chocolate one in particular looks good enough to eat, and will have your little one chewing away in relief! They can also be personalised, a lovely keepsake if it’s your little one’s first Easter, and speaking of keepsakes, we also love their gorgeous Personalised Milestone Plaques. They also have some wonderful Easter Bundles and Gift Box sets that make stunning gifts for Easter.

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER COLLECTIONS

We love Easter Bilbies and classic Bunny prints!

I love a bit of Australiana, and when it comes to Easter, I just adore Bilbies as much as bunnies! Our wonderful friends at Grubbee have released an absolutely divine Easter collection, featuring a beautiful Australian Bilby print designed by talented Australian artist Lauren Kelly. The collection features Baby Wash Cloths, Dribble Bibs and Snuggle Blankets, all made from beautiful cotton and bamboo fabrics.

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Does your little one love the book “Guess How Much I Love You”? Mine certainly do and it’s a book I’ve always loved reading to them! We are loving the new “Guess How Much I Love You” collection available at Towelling Stories, featuring the classic illustrations from the book. The super soft range includes Bamboo Burp Cloths, Bamboo Nursing Pads, the Hands Free Baby Bath Towel (a must have for any new mama!), Bamboo Bibs and various gift sets.

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Easter inspired designs that will have your little ones hopping to it this Easter!

How sweet are these Josie Joans Bunny Hair Tie Sets, available from Kids Tribe? They come in a range of beautiful Liberty fabrics and are handmade by a gorgeous Melbourne Mama. Each set includes two hair ties (and they have some lovely clips in Liberty fabrics too!).

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We are also loving these gorgeous pastel pink bunny pieces from Milk & Masuki, available at Kids Tribe - check out the super sweet Baby Crew Neck Jumper and bodysuit!

Who does Christmas pyjamas? Why not do the same for Easter? Twenty One Moore have the most gorgeous 100% cotton Kip & Co Bunny Pyjamas and Nighties, featuring hiding bunnies on a soft grey background with touches of candy pink. You can also check out their entire Easter collection here.

Twenty One Moore is also offering a special Easter discount of 20% off STOREWIDE until midnight March 31 using the code TNCEASTER! Shop here

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER DECOR

If you're looking at decorating your little one's bedroom or nursery, why not take some inspiration from Easter?

The lovely Abby from The Mum Life suggests a gorgeous Easter inspired space featuring a magical tulle canopy, star garland, beautiful house bed, classic Miffy nightlight and their stunning swan wall hanging. Simply divine! Now what little lady wouldn’t love this gorgeous set up, I know my daughter would! The perfect spot to hide some easter treats, or this wonderful Easter bundle featuring a personalised Easter pail and gorgeous Easter bunny!

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The Mum Life is also offering a special Easter discount of 12% off STOREWIDE using the code TNCEASTER! Shop here

OUR FAVOURITE EASTER RECIPES

Create Easter memories by making your own eggs!

Now that we’ve been through the non-chocolately gifts, lets admit it, we all consume more chocolate than we need to over Easter, and I’m no egg-ception! But if you’d like to know just how much sugar is in the chocolate eggs you and your family are consuming, why not make your own? Plus getting the kids involved is sure to create some wonderful Easter memories for all of you!

We love this recipe for Homemade Easter Eggs filled with a delicious coconut caramel from our lovely Nursery Collective Kid approved Food Blogger Rachel Cassidy of Little Peeps Eats. She’s also got a wonderful blog about how to deal with the onslaught of chocolate over the Easter period. And if you scroll right to the bottom you can also download her free Easter colouring in placements that come with an Easter joke to add to the fun at your Easter lunch or dinner!

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OUR FAVOURITE EASTER PLAY IDEAS FOR LITTLE ONES

Our gorgeous TNC Mama blogger Fi Morrison shares 6 Easter Play Ideas for little ones with us!

Egg shakers (3 months +)

Buy some hollow, plastic eggs (usually from the $2 shop or reject shop) and fill them with some sensory items, such as rice, pasta or lentils. Seal the plastic eggs shut with some glue. When dry, give to your baby to shake and explore the different sounds.

Egg painting (12 months + with assistance)

Place a piece of paper in a large box or tray. Put some blobs of paint on the corner of the paper. Place some mini eggs onto the paper, and shake the box from side to side so the eggs roll around the paint and paper. You’ll create an amazing artwork that will last well beyond Easter! NOTE: Plastic eggs from a $2 shop are ideal, otherwise use the mini foil-covered chocolate eggs. For extra safety, cover them with another layer of foil to make sure they are fully covered, and after the painting leave them to dry. Remove all the foil and make sure no paint is on the eggs. Use non-toxic paint too!

Easter Egg Hunt (12 months +)

Who doesn’t love a good Easter egg hunt? Grab a bucket for your child, hide some eggs around your space (inside or outside, just remember where you hide them if it’s inside!) and let them go for it! If you’re wanting to be mindful of how much chocolate your child has, hide plastic eggs or some laminated printable eggs/chickens/bunnies that can be collected and exchanged for something else. For example, you might tell your little one that if they collect 5 bunnies, they can get one chocolate egg, etc.

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Easter Small World Play (18 months +)

Start by collecting some basic materials such as mini bunnies and/or chicks (those little cheap yellow chicks would be perfect), mini Easter Eggs, mini baskets, and something for a base (for example, lentils, artificial grass from Bunnings, etc). Put these all together in a shallow tray to create a mini “world” for your child to explore and play with. This is a fun, imaginative way to inspire creative and dramatic play for your little one – if you’re unsure what this looks like, check out #smallworldplay on Instagram!

Easter Egg Sorting (2 years +)

Buy an assortment of Easter eggs for your toddler or preschooler to sort through – by colour, brand, however you like. Provide some sorting bowls and small tongs for your little one, as they practise their fine motor skills to pick up the eggs and sort into separate bowls. This activity can be changed to practise counting, or number and letter recognition (write numbers or letters on the eggs and the bowls, and get your little one to sort into different bowls).

Blown-Out Eggs (4 years + Need steady hands!)

If you have a preschooler with steady, gentle hands (!!), they might like to decorate a blown-out egg (ie. an empty egg shell). Here are some instructions on how to empty the egg, and your little one can paint and decorate the egg as they like. This would also be a great way to make personalised, gorgeous Easter gifts for friends and family.

SOME SPECIAL EASTER OFFERS!

Our wonderful friends at Storksak and Babymel offering 20% OFF ALL NAPPY BAGS until the end of April. Simply use the code TNCEASTER grab your discount. There are designs to suit every style and taste, from neoprene bags to the softest of leather backpacks and totes – why not spoil yourself too this Easter?

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You can also get a special Easter offer from our friends at Baby Loves Sleep who are offering 20% off STOREWIDE until midnight March 31! Simply use the code TNCEASTER grab your discount. You'll find a huge range of sleep suits and wraps from newborn to toddler age, whether your little ones like to sleep swaddles, with hands in or out, in lighter or heavier togs!

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The lovely team at Musluv are offering 15% off their Cardboard Crowns Baby Sun Cover until the end of April using code EASTERCROWNS, and this special Easter tip:

Keep an eye on the UV levels when you’re visiting all the Easter shows. The SunSmart app is an excellent way to check this out. Even though the weather is starting to cool down at this time of year, the UV level can remain too high for you and your baby.”

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The Musluv covers offer UPF 50+ protection, an invisible safe UV protective barrier in the cotton to absorb UV rays, as well as a multipurpose design that combines ultimate comfort with essential protection for your baby from the Australian sun.

And don't forget Twenty One Moore are offering 20% off Storewide and The Mum Life 12% off Storewide using the code TNCEASTER - see above under Décor and Clothes & Accessories!

AND LOOK OUT FOR OUR UPCOMING EASTER GIVEAWAY!

We are planning a super exciting and MASSIVE Easter Egg Hunt giveaway with $1,000 worth of amazing prizes to win! If you don't want to miss out, hop down below and sign up to our VIP list  to find out when the giveaway is live (we promise never to spam you!)

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THE 2018 EASTER EDIT

Easter Gifts for Baby and Kids

Presented by Twenty One Moore

Are you looking for the perfect, non-chocolate Easter gift for your little one? We're delighted to bring you our 2018 Easter Edit, presented by Twenty One Moore and their wonderful Easter Collection! Our edit is choc-a-block with fabulous Easter gifts for Baby and Kids (and Mum!) from some of our favourite Nursery Collective brands! You're sure to find the perfect gift right here, so enjoy and get hop-hop-hoppity shopping!

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5 Benefits of Childhood Massage You Need To Know About!

Benefits of Childhood Massage| Massage for Infants and Children

by Allison Bayliss

Today we have Allison Bayliss, Paediatric Massage Instructor, joining us at The Nursery Collective to share the key benefits of massage for infants and children. Allison is a Melbourne Mum of two and the founder of Paediatric Massage Instruction.

My kids love massage – it was always part of our bath and bedtime routine when they were babies and this blog is a reminder for me to do it more often! On a recent trip to Bali, both of them had a few massages and enjoyed them just as much as the adults! I just enjoyed watching my youngest (who never stops moving) actually stop and relax - you can see for yourself in the first picture below!

After reading this article, I’m sure you will be inspired to try childhood massage out for yourself! Cathy x

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Ditching the Dummy … why my 3-year-old still has one!

Ditching The Dummy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

My daughter turned 3 at the end of June, and ditching the dummy is a milestone we still haven't reached.

I was thinking about this recently and how different things are the second time around. As a first-time Mum, I was adamant about getting rid of the dummy and bottle early, as per the pediatrician’s instructions. Giving up the bottle was easy enough as my son was one of those kids that preferred solids to milk so he easily stopped using his bottle soon after he turned one. Ditching the dummy however was another matter!

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Up Close & Personal with Anna Wythes from Modimade

Juggling Motherhood with Running a Business

Today I am thrilled to welcome the lovely Anna Wythes, owner of Modimade, to The Nursery Collective Blog. Anna is a mother of two, and recently welcomed her little girl Adhya Devi to her family and the world (and how gorgeous is that name!). Read on as she shares about her recent birth experience and just how she’s managing to juggle being a mama-of-two and running a business!

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BEST OF EOFY!

Our Favourite EOFY Offers!

Is it just me, or is 2017 just whizzing by? I can't quite believe we are already half way through the year, and speaking of time flying, my baby girl turns 3 this week which is totally crazy! As the financial year comes to a close, I am delighted to bring you this round up of amazing EOFY Offers from our lovely Nursery Collective brands, so read on for some fabulous discounts and get ready to shop! All offers are valid until midnight June 30, 2017.

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WHAT IS THE FINNISH BABY BOX CONCEPT?

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Guest Blog: Susanna Heiskanen of Tuutu Baby Box

Did you know that in Finland, expectant mothers are given a special baby box by the state - a starter kit of clothes, baby items and toys that can even be used as a bed. This beautiful tradition dates back to the 1930’s and some even believe it has helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

Today on the blog, we have the lovely Susanna Heiskanen, co-founder of Tuutu Baby Box, the first Finnish designed and Australian made Baby Box, sharing with us a little bit more background about this wonderful concept.

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THE EASTER EDIT

Our Favourite Easter Products and Exclusive Discounts!

Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away and there is so much more available for our precious little ones besides chocolate! (although we love our Easter eggs too!)

We are so excited to bring you our first Easter Edit which is choc-a-block with beautiful and unique Easter themed products available from our wonderful Nursery Collective boutiques. And because we love a good Easter sale, we also have some ah-mazing and exclusive Easter discounts available for Nursery Collective customers...so make sure you read ALL the way through to get the details of which boutiques you can use the code TNCEASTER to grab some amazing discounts and start hop-hop-shopping!

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HOW TO SURVIVE CHRISTMAS WHEN YOU’RE PREGNANT

Guest Blog Post - Ellen "The Stylist Mama"

Christmas is such a joyful time to spend with family and friends, but can sometimes feel a little stressful and overwhelming if you are pregnant, or heaven forbid - about to pop. Add the Aussie heat, and a few too many belly rubs and you are no doubt over it! Follow these little steps to make sure your Christmas is remembered for all the right reasons, after all - I’m sure you'll be spoilt regardless!

Keep hydrated and snack on the Christmas goodies!

Ok, so you can’t indulge in some fancy bubbles, or eat anything raw or questionable (goodbye seafood and the ham!) but you can snack on lots of hot meats, and of course the veggies, and no doubt, most of the desserts! Think of the positives, like how fresh you'll be feeling over the days that follow - no hangover here!

Mix Christmas up!

So obviously there will be no “unsafe” foods on your plate, but why not use that as a great excuse to change the menu and enjoy a really traditional Christmas lunch or dinner? Research cookbooks and blogs for some interesting recipes - think egg nog, Christmas Turkey and Roast Pork, and Apple pie, or a gingerbread house for dessert!

Gift Ideas!

Depending on where you are at in your pregnancy will determine the gifts you receive from your loved ones. My one and only piece of advice… Be SELFISH! Go for it, while you can afford the time! Ask for massage vouchers, mani/pedi vouchers, maternity bars, hair salon vouchers... anything that makes you feel divine! Maybe even a magazine subscription or a few new “travel size” perfumes, something fresh and exciting will always pick you up on your yucky days!

Keep the pressure off yourself!

Finally, take it easy! If it’s all too much to think about hosting or going to a Christmas get-together, keep it low key and book a restaurant, or better yet - get away. A small little road trip or short plane flight to somewhere where you can just relax and spend time with your partner is sometimes better then any family Christmas. If you book a restaurant, its a very easy way to entertain and sometimes works out to be more valuable then having leftovers in the fridge for weeks!

Whatever you do, enjoy your Christmas! Remember that very soon your little baby will enter the world and Christmas will become all about them - so take the time to soak up all the excitement and anticipation!

Merry Christmas!
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Ellen

Follow Ellen's blog The Stylist Mama a blog destination for all things parenting + fashion + lifestyle. The blog features stories, products and events that appeal to the modern mother, and an insight into life as a first time mama. Based in Brisbane Australia, Ellen Robbins is a full time stylist, lover, and mother of one.
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BABY SLEEP IN THE FIRST YEAR : OUR TOP TIPS!

Getting your baby to sleep can be one of the biggest challenges as a new mum. Because if they don’t sleep, you don’t sleep. And if you don’t sleep, well… lets just say there’s a reason sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture!

When I was a new mum I started out in a completely blissful state with a baby who slept beautifully, only waking once or twice a night to feed. I was smug in the fact that I had a “good baby”. He was sleeping well and so was I. I felt invincible. This motherhood lark was easy!

And then everything changed. And went downhill. Fast.

We went from one or two wakings a night to our lowest point where he woke up every 45 minutes. All night long. For MONTHS. And I was lucky if he napped for more than 15-20 mins during the day. I was a complete basket case and would burst into tears at any given minute. My weight dropped well beyond what would have been welcome post baby, and my family feared for my sanity. But with some help from a sleep consultant, we finally managed to get back on course and eventually I had a baby who slept well, woke up happy, wasn’t overtired, actually napped, and who finally “slept like a baby”.

And all was right in my world. Not to say it was all smooth sailing from there... Illnesses, sleep regressions and growth spurts would often disrupt our routine, but now I had the tools to get back on track.

(Here's a pic of my little one with his exhausted Daddy!)

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So in todays blog post, we are bringing you some top tips for navigating your way through the highs and lows of baby sleep in the first year! Our lovely contributor Erika Lamour is an Infant Sleep Specialist at The Sleep Dept who has worked with newborns, toddlers, special needs, multiples and everything in between.

Here are her hottest tips around the most FAQ’s for new mums when it comes to baby sleep.

SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT

There are definitely foundations you can set early on to create great sleep habits, but the 0-3 month stage of your baby’s life really should be referred to as the 4th trimester. Babies are making a HUGE transition from womb to world - coming from an environment that is dark, warm and well-nourished to suddenly being exposed to light, different temperatures and hunger. Whilst it’s not a great idea to have your newborn on a time-based schedule, if you make sure your newborn is awake for no longer than 60-75 minutes between sleeps, you are on your way to creating great habits.

DEALING WITH THE 4 MONTH SLEEP REGRESSION

Ah yes... The dreaded 4 month sleep regression where sleeping patterns change and become more like an adults. Your baby's brain has matured, gone are the days where your little newborn could fall into a deep sleep at the drop of a hat. Now, they start to sleep more like us - they begin to go through light and deep sleep cycles. This means that each time your babies sleep cycle goes from deep to light, they will most likely wake up (thats every 40-45 minutes!)

While many parents fear the 4 month sleep regression, it really shouldn't be seen as a regression but more so a developmental milestone, and the best time to implement a sleep program that's right for you and your baby.

PACIFIERS/DUMMIES – YAY OR NAY?

Uh-oh! Paci's are great to settle and soothe newborns, but what happens when you are up 10 times in the middle of the night popping it back into your baby's mouth? The best thing to do is cut it - COLD TURKEY! i know it sounds scary! But if it is being used as a sleep association it WILL wake your baby in the middle of the night and when they can't find it, it may cause confusion and distress. We need to guide babies in having their own sleep associations that they create themselves. All the babies who implement 'The Sleep Dept' program get used to having no paci on night 1! Instead, replace the paci for a small comforter.

SLEEP ASSOCIATIONS

If your baby has a sleep association that means they will not fall asleep without this. The simple answer as to why this might be happening is - they haven't been allowed to figure it out on their own. When we introduce external sleeping associations, such as feeding or rocking a baby to sleep, we take that away from them. We don't want a baby to be falling asleep outside of their cot (easier said than done!). There are gentle ways that this can be done (The Sleep Dept. only uses gentle techniques and no Cry It Out methods). It takes patience and consistency, but the good news is that if we follow a plan 100%, the results are almost immediate, with babies falling asleep on their own and sleeping through by night 2!

HOW TO STOP SWADDLING WHEN BABY STARTS ROLLING?

In my experience, the best way to do this is... COLD TURKEY! It creates less confusion for your baby. I would recommend introducing a small handkerchief sized comforter, so that your baby can keep their hands busy if they need to. Again, most babies get used to having arms out in a night or two.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY BABY IS SICK OR TEETHING?

The MOST important thing to remember when your baby is sick, teething or going through a sleep regression is to not introduce anything new - especially a bad habit that you had worked so hard to get rid of in the first place! Of course, your baby needs you in times like these, but the best thing is to go to them. They still need to know its night time. So do what you have to do - feed them, bring a mattress into their room, hug them. Just be sure to stay in their room. All of these things pass, and if a baby is on a solid routine, it will only be a few days before they are back on track.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVELLING WITH MY BABY, WILL THIS RUIN OUR ROUTINE?

We get it. A long flight, lots of waiting around, unfamiliar surroundings - these can all affect your Bub BUT if your little one is in a great routine at home, then they should be able to easily adjust wherever they are in the world. My best tips for travelling with a little one -
1. Throw all your rules out when on the plane. It will be much less stressful for both you and Bub if you do what will easily calm your Bub.
2. Get your baby onto a routine based on the timezone you are in. Babies adjust to different time zones much quicker than adults!
3. Have your baby spend lots of time outside during the day, and start the nighttime wind down approx. 2-3 hours before sleep time.

If I’d known about these tips with my first I definitely would have been better equipped to deal with our sleep issues. I can see now that my problems started with the 4 month sleep regression which started early (yes it’s possible!) and were made worse by sleep associations and dummy use. By the time I had my second I knew what to expect …although she still loves her dummy! (we’ll deal with that eventually!)

If you'd like to grab another EXCLUSIVE HOT TIP from The Sleep Dept, plus some additional parenting tips around Feeding and Nutrition in the First Year, sign up to our mailing list to download your FREE New Mum Checklist Kit! This 27 page e-book has everything you need when planning for baby all in one place!

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FINDING YOUR VILLAGE AS A NEW MUM – ABOUT ME & THIS BLOG

Hey there!

My name is Cathy and I’m a mum of two from Sydney, Australia. My two little loves are M and H (aged 5 and 2) and we are currently living as Aussie expats in the brash, bold city of Dubai. I’m a mum and wife first and foremost, a business owner, a first generation Aussie of mixed heritage, a lover of animals, a foodie, a classical guitarist, a bit of a crystal loving hippy with some OCD tendencies, and I’m completely passionate about my friends and family.

When the opportunity came up for hubby and I to do a stint in Dubai 9 years ago, it was scary and exciting. I had all these ideas about starting a family and living the SAHM life after spending the previous 10 years working and playing hard in the Sydney advertising scene. There was also an underlying sadness to our move, as we had only been married a short while but had recently lost a baby in early pregnancy.

In many ways I wanted a new beginning and a fresh start.

Fast forward three years and I was pregnant with my first….and along the way I had made some incredible friendships with other expat women who had quickly become my closest friends, and my new “family”. It dawned on me that it truly does take a village, not so much to raise a child, but to support a new mum, whilst she’s floundering through lack of sleep, endless nappies, even more endless feeds, trying to keep everything together whilst feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and often lonely…. did I mention the sleep deprivation?

Having a solid support network of women made a huge difference to me as a tired new mum, especially being far from home. And not only as a new mum, but during the 3 years when my husband and I battled with unexplained infertility after our earlier loss. So after my son was born, I had the added “mum guilt” of feeling I had to be grateful for every second because of the struggle to conceive. How could I complain that I was in complete, toe-curling agony in the early days of breastfeeding? How could I let myself cry during those dark months when my son decided he was going to wake up every 45 mins all night long…yes every 45 minutes.

There were days when I hated it. And days when I’d manage to get some sleep and the clouds would clear. When being a mum was the best feeling ever.

Some of my other friends were dealing with colic, reflux and other medical issues. Some had post natal depression, in fact I’m pretty sure I did too during the period my son didn’t sleep.

But our little village banded together and somehow we managed to navigate our way through.

There’s so much about early motherhood that remains unspoken before you have a baby - even the antenatal classes you attend focus on the birth, but not the aftermath. I thought breastfeeding would be completely easy and natural and was shocked to discover it wasn’t. I thought babies slept. I never imagined that being a full time Mum would be so monotonous at times and that I would often feel like I’d lost my identity. And how much strain all of the above could place on a marriage, even one that was rock solid.

But the women around me, my fellow mums and friends helped get me through in a way that only they could. I realised how much I appreciated my own mum. I understood how she must have struggled when she was a new mum in a new country, with my sister and I born only 13 months apart (kudos to you Mum )

Nowadays when I meet a new mum, I do my best to support her and become part of her village, to let her know it’s OK to stumble and vent frustration. I truly believe there’s so much beautiful, strong and feminine energy created when women support each other.

6 years on and two kids later I’m loving motherhood and also running this business.

I want this blog to bring you valuable information to help navigate the journey into motherhood. We are working on some awesome new blog posts about everything from sleep in the first year, to breastfeeding basics and tips, travelling with your baby, hypnobirthing, the importance of self-care as a new mum and much more. Some amazing women who are experts in these areas are collaborating with us – again another tribe of supportive women at work!

The Nursery Collective is a hub where new and pregnant mums can find all their shopping needs in the one place, so at times I will be featuring some of our lovely brands, as well as the stories about the women and mums behind them.

I look forward to sharing with you on this blog. Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list so you can be the first to hear about our blog posts, as well as receive any special offers. Feel free to comment below if there is anything in particular you want us to blog about.

And lastly, please share this post with any new mums or mums-to-be in your life and become part of their village.

With love
Cathy x

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