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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