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A New Baby – New Clothes

It wasn’t until I finally reached the third trimester, that I really, fully noticed my bump. In other words, I properly acknowledged my pregnancy. That’s when my bump became huge, and the inner kicking and somersaulting began with gusto. Up until that point, it felt other worldly, I couldn’t connect with being pregnant. I still felt very ill at week 15  – hormonal, sick, and exhausted. With all the symptoms raging, it was hard to remember I was growing another human being. But there was no denying it that by week 28 and on wards….I was a big-mama-to-be.

And that’s when all the nest building began. The cot, the pram, stockpiling nappies. And of course, clothes. I already knew from the second scan, that we were expecting a beautiful baby girl, so that made the clothes purchases a bit easier. Still, I didn’t want to go all pink. I wanted neutrals – greens, yellows, purples, that sort of thing. I also had to remember that newborns grow incredibly fast – like cress. So I stuck to buying small(ish) quantities of baby grows and vests and hats and mittens etc…. Soft, good quality 100% cotton was also important – this is delicate, newborn skin we are talking about! And white, lots of white with all that posseting!

But there are so many gorgeous baby clothes out there, it would have been so tempting to get carried away and blow the entire budget. So I needed to keep myself on a tight reign. In the end, I decided to go with brands I could trust, that would offer quality at realistic prices. I was particularly drawn to George’s range of baby clothes. Very affordable and with a good range of neutral colours.

With the baby clothes bought – I went for ranges in newborn and 0 – 3 months to start with – the next important step was to wash them all. Now given the delicacy and sensitivity of newborn skin, I was really put off by heavily fragranced products – a new born nose doesn’t need over powering synthetic smells, she needs to be able smell her mummy! So I opted for neutral, unperfumed, non biological washing products kind to sensitive skin. Now the Little One is three years old, her skin is more durable, but during that first year I wanted to err on the side of caution – why risk my baby suffering an uncomfortable reaction? As it was, she didn’t.

Anyway, back to those baby clothes, one of the things I enjoyed the most about those teeny tiny baby grows, was not only folding them and putting them away in my baby-to-be’s chest of drawers but imaging her in them – my baby girl – and holding her so close. And in those last few weeks of pregnancy it was unbelievable to imagine that one day soon she would be with us. And the crazy thing is that when she finally arrived – pink skin and rooting mouth – it was as if she had always been with us…

… and the choice of baby clothes in the end was spot on – wash after wash after another wash they lasted and didn’t lose any of their quality or softness, proving that you don’t need to go ‘big and  expensive’ but simply practical. Baby clothes shouldn’t break the bank – after all, they grow out of them so fast!

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Clunk Click and Road Safety

Road Safety

Were you a child of the seventies?

Do you remember the ‘Clunk Click Every Trip’ slogan of the Public Information Films on TV, and the Green Cross Code Man?

I remember those campaigns very vividly, they were a counter to the lack of road safety legislation at the time, and they really helped to inform me about staying safe in traffic.

I also remember my mother being very vigilant when we crossed roads.

“Look left, look right, look left again.”

“Can you see or hear any cars?”

“No,” I would reply.

“Then it’s safe to cross over,” my mother would advise.

Now I have a little girl aged three, road and car safety has never been more important. I am not just her mother, I am also her Green Cross Code Lady. As a parent, I have had nightmares about my daughter winding up in a traffic accident, be it car or on the road. As a parent I see danger everywhere, something I took for granted, didn’t even notice, before I had a baby.

With car safety, we have bought every seat first hand, and although it would have saved money, I couldn’t bring myself to penny pinch and buy second hand, I just couldn’t place a price on my child’s safety. So we had a first hand baby seat. A first hand toddler seat. And now we are on the cusp of changing to a booster seat – my girl is growing up so fast. If I or my husband ever had a collision, it is paramount to us that our girl is ‘trussed up’ safely in the back, that she is contained in the most up-to-date technology, so that she received minimum damage ( I am touching my wooden kitchen table as I type this). And to think back in the day, in the 1970’s, that it wasn’t compulsory, there was no legislation for children to wear seat belts – I can clearly remember not wearing one, or taking the belt off and standing, holding onto my parent’s car seat behind – how frightening is that?

The vigilance around road safety my mother taught me, I am now ingraining in The Little One. Before we cross the road we look both ways twice, and listen for on coming cars and bicycles, then we cross the road hand in hand, keeping our attention focused. One day a pensioner noticed the way we were crossing the road and she commended me on how I was teaching my daughter….

“It’s so nice to see a parent teaching their child how to cross the road safely. You just don’t see that nowadays.” 

And the latter part of the comment worried me, are we becoming lax in our attitudes to towards road safety? I hope not. Maybe it’s time to bring back ‘Clunk Click’ or a road safety super hero like the Green Cross Code Man – Stop, Look, Listen and Think. Or better still, bring back the Tufty Club!

How do you manage your child’s safety on the road?

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