Pregnancy and Parenting

Tips and reviews for pregnancy and parenting.

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Mum Diary: Stand out from the crowd with Blade and Rose clothing

Mum Diary: Stand out from the crowd with Blade and Rose clothing

I have decided that shopping for baby clothes can be quite addictive. Having not really noticed baby clothes before, now I seem to see them everywhere! Even when I visit the supermarket for a weekly food shop, I can’t resist sneaking over to the baby clothing aisle for a quick look at the new stock. […]

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Mum Diary: The Nuna LEAF is a sophisticated and relaxing piece of baby furniture

Mum Diary: The Nuna LEAF is a sophisticated and relaxing piece of baby furniture

If you are looking for a smart and sophisticated seat for your baby, look no further than the Nuna LEAF. This is a recent addition to our household and we have been so impressed with it from both an aesthetic and practical perspective. I must admit that I am partial to something that looks goods, […]

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Mum Diary: Nights away made easy with the BabyBjorn Travel Cot

Mum Diary: Nights away made easy with the BabyBjorn Travel Cot

Fancy visiting friends or booking a holiday with your Little One? Travelling with your baby couldn’t be easier with the BabyBjorn Travel Cot, as our Mum has discovered… While having a baby obviously changes a few things in your life, staying away from home certainly shouldn’t be one! Escaping can be a perfect tonic during […]

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Mum Diary: The new gb Vaya i-Size is a luxury car seat that ticks all of the boxes

Mum Diary: The new gb Vaya i-Size is a luxury car seat that ticks all of the boxes

There are car seats and then there is the gb Vaya i-Size. This new addition to the gb Platinum collection is in a league of its own and it presents parents with the ultimate luxury car seat. As a busy new mum, I am always racing around the place with Baby in tow. Whether it […]

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Mum Diary: The Osprey Poco AG Premium is the ultimate child carrier

Mum Diary: The Osprey Poco AG Premium is the ultimate child carrier

As the weeks pass, Baby is becoming bigger, more mature and is really enjoying spending as much time as possible outdoors. I am also feeling much more mobile myself and as my fitness returns, I am planning some action-packed adventures. One of the adjustments that I have made as a new mum is to make […]

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Mum Diary: Baby bouncer bliss with BabyBjorn

Mum Diary: Baby bouncer bliss with BabyBjorn

As I came towards the end of my pregnancy, I started to stock up on a number of baby essentials. I didn’t want to go overboard and clutter up the house completely but I focused on getting the key accessories that would prove worthwhile purchases for our new arrival. My mum recommended a few vital […]

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The Mum Diary: A Joolz pram is luxurious, stylish and practical

The Mum Diary: A Joolz pram is luxurious, stylish and practical

Wow! If I thought time was flying in the final stages of pregnancy, it is going even quicker now that Baby has arrived. I cannot believe a month has already passed. Life with our new addition is wonderful and we have adjusted well to a new structure. Having a summer baby means that there are […]

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The Mum Diary: Sleeping soundly with the Red Castle Ergonomic Sleep Positioner

The Mum Diary: Sleeping soundly with the Red Castle Ergonomic Sleep Positioner

Every parent will know how precious sleep becomes when you have a baby. We are relatively lucky with our little one at the moment. In general, she is sleeping very well and already doing stints of between four and five hours at a time. Although she is still only young and some people like to […]

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The Mum Diary: Nursing bras by Belly Bandit

The Mum Diary: Nursing bras by Belly Bandit

One of the most essential items of kit that you need as a new mum is an excellent nursing bra. I have been combining breastfeeding directly from the breast with expressing and a suitable bra is vital to the success and ease of both. During my pregnancy, I tried the B.D.A. Bra by Belly Bandit, […]

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The Mum-to-be Diary becomes The Mum Diary

The Mum-to-be Diary becomes The Mum Diary

Our Mum-to-be ventures to Royal Ascot with her newborn — Wow – what a week it has been! It feels surreal to now be writing as a Mum and not a Mum-to-be. My husband and I were thrilled to welcome our first baby in to the world last week and we are utterly in love […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Me time

Mum-to-be Diary: Me time

Week 38 and counting… It is at this point in pregnancy when you really feel as though you can begin to get excited. It is nearly time for the big moment and it could happen at any point. Although there is a certain amount of anxiety that you experience in the final few weeks, this […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Preparing for a fitness drive with the BabyBjorn Carrier

Mum-to-be Diary: Preparing for a fitness drive with the BabyBjorn Carrier

Week 37 and counting… I have reached the final furlong and the big event is just around the corner! At the start of pregnancy, time seemed to go so slowly but, looking back, it has whizzed by. While I don’t feel any pressure to get back into shape, I have been longing to return to proper […]

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Mum to be Diary: Beautiful Moses baskets from The Baby Cot Shop

Mum to be Diary: Beautiful Moses baskets from The Baby Cot Shop

Week 34 and counting Nursery design is in full swing now, even though I am finding it more and more difficult to move around the room and also get told off by my husband for carrying things. Although it seems impossible, Bump is still getting bigger and bigger by the day. Bending down is becoming […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: A big arrival (not Baby but a beautiful Baby Elegance Cot!)

Mum-to-be Diary: A big arrival (not Baby but a beautiful Baby Elegance Cot!)

Week 32 and counting Oh wow! How time flies. I have noticed that I keep saying that recently and perhaps it is even more noticeable when you have a big date pencilled in your diary! Recently there was a new arrival that made everything sink in. It wasn’t Baby – Baby is still growing at a […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Hallelujah! A good night of sleep thanks to the Soak and Sleep pregnancy pillow

Mum-to-be Diary: Hallelujah! A good night of sleep thanks to the Soak and Sleep pregnancy pillow

Week 30 and counting This week I am celebrating my first decent night of sleep for a long time! Sleep started to become a bit of a problem as soon as Baby decided that playing football in my tummy at 4am was a fun hobby. Also, waking up to go to the loo in the […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Elderflower & Delilah make breastfeeding stylish

Mum-to-be Diary: Elderflower & Delilah make breastfeeding stylish

Week 28 and counting It’s official. I’ve reached the third trimester. The final stretch awaits and I am now on the home straight. This week I’ve had mixed emotions about pregnancy. I am starting to feel tired again and the weight gain is happening in full force. This is probably not helped by the fact […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Fending off stretch marks!

Mum-to-be Diary: Fending off stretch marks!

27 weeks and counting At the time of writing, the sun is streaming through the window and it is a beautiful day outside. I feel as though we have enjoyed glimpses of spring over the last few weeks but with a gloriously sunny weekend ahead, it seems like it has finally arrived in full force. […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Pre-wedding pampering at Blush + Blow

Mum-to-be Diary: Pre-wedding pampering at Blush + Blow

A visit to a beauty salon will help you look your best for a big occasion during pregnancy...

Pregnancy stage: Week 25 and counting I recently attended the wedding of our Bride-to-be Katie Ann Lamb. Having such an important celebration during pregnancy can present its own challenges, especially when it comes to picking an outfit. I was very fortunate for this occasion as I had the privilege of being the Maid of Honour, […]

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CARiFiT ViRTUAL: A workout for new mums to enjoy with their babies

CARiFiT ViRTUAL: A workout for new mums to enjoy with their babies

If you are a new mum on a fitness drive, you will be keen to hear about CARiFiT. This is a safe, fun and results-driven post-natal body changing workout, which can be done whilst wearing the baby, which means even more bonding time for you and your little one. Earlier this year, CARiFiT ViRTUAL launched, […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Growing boobs and how to look after them!

Mum-to-be Diary: Growing boobs and how to look after them!

Week 22 and counting… Last week was a little bit hectic, so I missed an installment of the Mum-to-be Diary. The Sloaney team headed off to Dublin for a special weekend at the Irish Gold Cup to enjoy a final celebration for our Bride-to-be, Katie Ann Lamb, who gets married in a couple of weeks. […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Little Butterfly Pregnancy Massage at Sofitel London St James

Mum-to-be Diary: Little Butterfly Pregnancy Massage at Sofitel London St James

This week our Mum-to-be indulged in some TLC with the Little Butterfly Pregnancy Massage.

20 weeks and counting… I have definitely started getting bigger. Before I was pregnant, I was having the odd moan about putting on a few post-wedding pounds during our first year of marriage. However, it is a whole new story now. Bump has definitely arrived! Up until this point, I have been quite lucky with […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Pregnancy vitamins

Mum-to-be Diary: Pregnancy vitamins

19 weeks and counting Cold and flu season provides an added complication to pregnancy at this time of year. As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I was given the flu jab. As an asthmatic I am given it every year anyway but it is particularly important for all ladies expecting a […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The best non alcoholic drinks for pregnancy (and Dry January!)

Mum-to-be Diary: The best non alcoholic drinks for pregnancy (and Dry January!)

18 weeks and counting… Last week in my first Mum-to-be Diary I mentioned how I have discovered that pregnancy means forgoing many of my favourite foods and drinks. Gone are the days of feasting on deliciously gooey brie, while sipping a glass of cool, crisp white Burgundy! While I envy everyone around me who is […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The start of a new journey

Mum-to-be Diary: The start of a new journey

Welcome to my new Mum-to-be Diary! I am really excited to share my pregnancy experience with readers of The Sloaney. An exciting few months lies ahead as I wait for the new arrival and prepare myself for life as a parent. There are a few things you should know before you decide whether or not […]

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Coming soon: The Sloaney Mum-to-be Diary

Coming soon: The Sloaney Mum-to-be Diary

We are excited to announce that The Sloaney will have a new Mum-to-be Diary launching soon. Our Mum-to-be will be sharing her pregnancy experiences and also taking a look at some of the essential bits and pieces that you need in order to prepare for a new addition to your family. If you would like […]

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London fitness movement VOGA™ launches at Coq d’Argent

London fitness movement VOGA™ launches at Coq d’Argent

To kick off the New Year, City restaurant Coq d’Argent is teaming up with House of Voga to host monthly VOGA MAMA classes. Designed by Juliet Murrell, creator of the fashion-meets-fitness movement VOGA™, this new special class allows mums-to-be to enjoy all the benefits of the original style-charged yoga and vogueing fused workout, in a […]

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Snuggly bath time with Cuddledry

Snuggly bath time with Cuddledry

By RACHEL COLLISON When people ask me for my recommendations for their newborn there is one I always make – get a Cuddledry towel for bath-time. I recall those very first days bathing my baby girl. She was so calm and relaxed in the water. It was bliss. “It must be a familiar sensation to […]

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Life, Love, Liberty and Little ones

Life, Love, Liberty and Little ones

By RACHEL COLLISON Liberty London, a national treasure when it comes to prints, characteristically charming and eccentric. A quick tour around the haberdashery floor never fails to inspire and excite with bold and beautiful pieces that delight. We were thrilled to be invited to attend a sneak peak of their latest collaboration with Mamas & […]

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The Mini Edit Pop-Up shop in Knightsbridge

The Mini Edit Pop-Up shop in Knightsbridge

By RACHEL COLLISON Over the next two weeks ‘The Mini Edit’ is hosting engaging events and activities at their childrenswear pop-up shop in Knightsbridge. The Mini Edit is a newly launched online multi-brand childrenswear concept store. It is a mother and daughter partnership, designed to cater to fashion conscious parents and gift buyers. Daughter, Jessica […]

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The Wonderful world of weaning

The Wonderful world of weaning

By RACHEL COLLISON Just when you think you have the baby thing down there’s always something new and the latest for me has been the wonderful world of weaning. There are so many things to think about – highchair, bibs, sippy cups, freezer pots, highchair, baby steaming and blending machines, recipe books, spoons that change […]

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Puzzle Time

Puzzle Time

By RACHEL COLLISON Puzzles remind me of rainy days. When you can’t go playing outside for hours, or when you’ve been splashing about in puddles but now it’s time to cosy up inside. For parents everywhere puzzles can be a life saver. Perfect for half term holidays or when you just need the kids to […]

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The Baby Carrier WE love

The Baby Carrier WE love

By RACHEL COLLISON In October BabyBjorn the brand daddy of carriers launched their latest baby carrier to the market, the WE. BabyBjorn are synonymous with Baby Carriers. They have been doing it since the 70’s, they are reliable, safe and stylish. This family owned Swedish company are experts in form and function.   The Sloaney […]

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Box Upon a Time – A Christmas Shopping Fairytale

Box Upon a Time – A Christmas Shopping Fairytale

By RACHEL COLLISON With the month of December comes the joy of Christmas and if you are anything like me – the not-so-joyful Christmas shopping! With phrases like ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ created by the media to whip us all up into even more of a festive frenzy than we already are, it can […]

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Is IQ predetermined from birth?

Is IQ predetermined from birth?

By RACHEL COLLISON Everyone wants their child to be intelligent and a high achiever, yes we would love them to be sporty, good looking and happy too.  My child is only a baby and I have yet to enter into the competitive parent conversations. “Barnaby can recite the Latin alphabet backwards while posing for Burberry […]

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The Baby Show

The Baby Show

By RACHEL COLLISON Who better to take to The Baby Show than my daughter, obviously, and my Mummy? I’m not normally one for exhibitions. I don’t like shopping at the best of times, particularly in a massive centre with presumably pushy sales people offering you ‘show-only’ deals to thousands of people. That is, I don’t […]

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Our new mummy enjoys some ‘Me Time’

Our new mummy enjoys some ‘Me Time’

By Rachel Collison The first thing I learned since becoming a new mum is patience.  While gently rocking my newborn baby in the middle of the night, this is just what you have to do. The second thing I learned since becoming a new mum is acceptance. Accepting that I will never again have the […]

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Baby will come when baby is ready and you need to be prepared!

Baby will come when baby is ready and you need to be prepared!

By RACHEL COLLISON Attending a family wedding in the country at 37-and-a-half weeks pregnant was always going to be interesting. From jokes about not upstaging the bride and warnings to hubbie not to drink too much, everyone seemed to think fate had already decided the birth date. On top of this, one of the surprises of […]

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Summertime soothing with the Natural Birthing Company

Summertime soothing with the Natural Birthing Company

By RACHEL COLLISON With weather in London hotter than Ibiza, the UK has been rejoicing, topping up tans and lighting the BBQ.  I have been dreaming of sipping a cooling and refreshing Lychee Martini  – my first craving if that counts? However, in reality I have been behaving like a very old lady, huffing and […]

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Mermaid Maternity: A luxurious yummy mummy retreat

Mermaid Maternity: A luxurious yummy mummy retreat

By RACHEL COLLISON Based in the heart of the King’s Road opposite the Chelsea Old Town Hall, Mermaid Maternity Retreat is the perfect haven for yummy mummies to be and brand new yummy mummies. Once inside you are instantly away from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road and enveloped in a calm and […]

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