Pregnancy and Parenting

Tips and reviews for pregnancy and parenting.

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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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