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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: The Besafe iZi Modular

Mum-to-be Diary: The Besafe iZi Modular

Bumpstart are the biggest Independent nursery shop in Buckinghamshire. Any parent or parent to be will know that shopping for a baby can be a minefield! Thankfully Bumpstart are a one stop shop for all your requirements and you can shop under one roof. They sell and source first-class baby equipment from brands such as iCandy […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The luxurious Unity Beauty range

Mum-to-be Diary: The luxurious Unity Beauty range

By Katie Ann Lamb You should definitely spend some time during pregnancy taking care of yourself and spoiling yourself. I have recently discovered the luxurious brand Unity Beauty, which was founded by Parvathi Nair, who identified a lack of choice for luxury pregnancy beauty products and so created Unity Beauty. Unity by name, unity by […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Weigh your baby at bath time with the Aquascale 3-in-1 digital baby bath

Mum-to-be Diary: Weigh your baby at bath time with the Aquascale 3-in-1 digital baby bath

By KATIE ANN LAMB Mothers will understand the importance of monitoring your newborn when it comes to weight gain. You will have regular visits from your midwife, but thanks to the Aquascale 3-in-1 digital baby bath you can now keep an eye on it yourself at bath time! This is no ordinary bath tub. It […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The next generation of baby bouncer is here! Introducing the mamaRoo4…

Mum-to-be Diary: The next generation of baby bouncer is here! Introducing the mamaRoo4…

By Katie Ann Lamb The next generation of ‘baby bouncer’ has officially landed in the shape of the mamaRoo4. This is the original and only infant seat on the market that replicates natural motions of parents. This nontraditional futuristic design is a swing with a difference created by 4moms. The 4moms namesake comes from the […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Teetotal doesn’t have to spell the end of fun!

Mum-to-be Diary: Teetotal doesn’t have to spell the end of fun!

By KATIE ANN LAMB I think the immediate reaction from most people to the word “teetotal” is shock. Not drinking alcohol seems to be perceived as a negative by many. Having endured the last nine months alcohol free and sticking to non alcoholic drinks for pregnancy, I can honestly say that it’s not as bad […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Unique baby gifts by Fred & Noah

Mum-to-be Diary: Unique baby gifts by Fred & Noah

Summer is upon us and it seems like everybody is welcoming newborns in to the world. It can be quite hard to find a gift that doesn’t break the bank but is also unique and not something the parents are going to be gifted over and over again. I came across Fred & Noah a […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The Babymoov YOO-Travel Video Baby Monitor

Mum-to-be Diary: The Babymoov YOO-Travel Video Baby Monitor

By KATIE ANN WISEMAN There are a few different types of baby monitor – but the main difference is that some are audio only, others have audio and video monitoring. With the advances in modern technology in today’s society, for me its all about having both functionalities. The YOO-Travel Video Baby Monitor is part of […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Aden + Anais is a royal choice

Mum-to-be Diary: Aden + Anais is a royal choice

If you haven’t heard of the brand Aden + Anais then I am sure you will be familiar with the pale green cartoon birds muslin that Prince George was swaddled in when leaving the Lindo wing in 2012. With their own distinctive style and exclusive patterns Aden + Anais really is the Rolls Royce of Muslins […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The Chicco Balloon bouncer

Mum-to-be Diary: The Chicco Balloon bouncer

By KATIE ANN LAMB I have been giving lots of thought to how I can keep my little one occupied when he or she arrives with fun but educational accessories. The new Chicco Balloon bouncer provides hours of entertainment and stimulation from newborn to approx. 6-9month old. It is suitable from birth as the seat […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The Angelcare movement monitor

Mum-to-be Diary: The Angelcare movement monitor

By KATIE ANN LAMB When that time finally arrives for you to take your newborn home for the first night, it can be a very daunting prospect.  Suddenly you don’t have midwifes on call to calm those new parent nerves and assure you of what you’re doing. I am obviously excited but equally terrified at […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The Moba Moses Basket

Mum-to-be Diary: The Moba Moses Basket

By KATIE ANN LAMB When it comes to finding the best sleeping device for your baby, I personally don’t think you can get stronger then something that has the Lullaby Trust’s backing. This instantly provides the reassurance that a new mum or mum-to-be needs. Moba is the only moses basket to have an association with […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The Inovi Cocoon is the perfect newborn bed

Mum-to-be Diary: The Inovi Cocoon is the perfect newborn bed

By KATIE ANN WISEMAN Travelling for the first time with a baby can be quite a daunting experience. There is endless equipment to remember to pack… not to mention needing to factor in the environment you’re travelling to. I was very excited to discover the Inovi Cocoon, which is a compact and lightweight crib. It […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The PacaPod changing bag

Mum-to-be Diary: The PacaPod changing bag

By KATIE ANN WISEMAN I must be honest I have been very excited about receiving my PacaPod changing bag partly because they are so popular they have been sold out, therefore I recommend ordering yours now! Jacque line Waggett, Creator of PacaPod realised that there was a gap in the market for great-looking and practical […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: Bravado Designs help to support an ever expanding bust

Mum-to-be Diary: Bravado Designs help to support an ever expanding bust

By KATIE ANN LAMB An unavoidable blessing for some, nuisance for others is the growing boobs that come with pregnancy. I am half way though and wondering when they are going to stop… I have outgrown all my bras by week eight! There are plenty of maternity bras on the market but with weekly changing […]

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Mum-to-be Diary: The Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow

Mum-to-be Diary: The Dreamgenii Pregnancy Pillow

By KATIE ANN LAMB As I approach the 20 week milestone and the depths of the second trimester, advice suggests I should be sleeping on my left side. This can reduce the risk of stillbirth and helps your kidneys to get rid of waste products and fluids from your body. Although I am not obviously demonstrating […]

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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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Mum-to-be Diary: Baby skincare products and bath time essentials

Mum-to-be Diary: Baby skincare products and bath time essentials

23 weeks and counting… I am approaching the six month mark and now it seems that time is flying. I remember the first few weeks of pregnancy felt like they passed very slowly and the due date seemed ages away. Now I can’t believe that there are only a few months left to go until […]

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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

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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Running Mum: It’s nearly time for the big race

Running Mum: It’s nearly time for the big race

The last time I wrote an entry in the Running Mum Diary was before Christmas and I had just updated my wardrobe with some new trainers and was making the most of training with my daughter in tow, thanks to the incredible Britax pushchair. Not much has changed on that front and I have been […]

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Running Mum: Facing the elements in the right kit

Running Mum: Facing the elements in the right kit

Our Editor Laura Toogood continues her running diary as she trains for a nine mile cross country race with a pushchair in tow… I have been busy training hard since my last running diary entry. The weather has been particularly unpleasant in recent weeks and so having the right kit has been essential. Last time […]

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Running Mum: Introducing the Britax Römer Revolution Pro

Running Mum: Introducing the Britax Römer Revolution Pro

Our Editor, Laura Toogood, is training for a 9 mile cross country running competition and will be writing a diary about the experience. First on her agenda was to find a suitable running pushchair so that her daughter could join her on her fitness journey…  Making time to exercise when you have young children can […]

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Katie Ann Lamb – Feature Writer and Social Correspondent

Katie Ann Lamb was educated at Stowe before studying for a degree in Marketing and Management at Newcastle University. The daughter of former England cricketer Allan Lamb, Katie regularly attends premier sporting events and social occasions. She has previously worked for a number of premium brands, including Harrods and ‘Champagne for Life’. Katie began as […]

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Luggage for an adventurer: The Rolling Transporter 120 by Osprey

Luggage for an adventurer: The Rolling Transporter 120 by Osprey

Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes for some spring skiing, want to venture further afield to discover some winter warmth or are thinking about an action-packed activity holiday, finding the best suitcase for packing long-haul essentials or sports equipment can be a mission in itself. Your luggage is valuable from a monetary perspective and […]

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Easter weekend treats at the Galvin Restaurants in London

Easter weekend treats at the Galvin Restaurants in London

The Galvin brothers are inviting families for an Easter weekend spectacular in their London venues, with indulgent menus and seasonal activities for children taking place all weekend. In Spitalfields both Galvin HOP and Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle are holding Easter Egg hunts on Easter Sunday and egg decorating on Easter Monday. Parents are also being […]

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James Haskell: The reasons why you’re bloated… and what to do about it!

James Haskell: The reasons why you’re bloated… and what to do about it!

By JAMES HASKELL You don’t need me to tell you how bad it feels when you’re bloated after a meal. You’re enjoying your food, minding your own business when BAM! A food baby grows in your belly, usually accompanied by strange sounding noises and abdominal discomfort. We’ve all been there, and know exactly how uncomfortable (and […]