A growing bump and then baby-kins – here's some style chat and ideas for those baby days from Our Journal's editor.
When pregnant, rather than buy maternity clothing specifically for my growing bump, I reworked my regular clothes; maxi skirts pulled over my bump, waistcoat and kimono jackets over comfortable vest tops, skirts and tunics. I also had a jumpsuit in both the early and late stages that was fantastic and quite amazingly, made me feel chic. Which during those first few months and last extravaganza, was a tall order. As for accessories, I popped on a wide brim hat and sunglasses, plimsolls, sandals or laced boots, and my summer pregnancy comfortable style was complete.
My picks for pregnancy style:
Floral poster, because it's pretty to look at everyday, Clipper raspberry leaf tea (you know the old wive's tale), duck mug for the tea..., V neck dress by Nomads, TOMS espadrilles, Organic ice lollies – phew, when it's really hot!, sandals, long print skirt by Nomads, Dr Hauschka Blackthorn Oil for growing, soft blanket for snuggling up, hat for the sunshine, maxi dress of beauty by Nomads.
Post pregnancy it was about ease and comfort. I was beaming with joy, but found feeding tricky and had no idea what to wear. If it’s possible to feel good about what you’ve pulled on, that helps the day a little. So, I went for long scarves, loose waistbands and pretty, unfussy tops. I was breastfeeding too, so I needed tops with access – most dresses were ruled out apart from pinafore styles. I loved my dungarees and soft vest tops. Don’t forget to pop another top in your bag when you're out and about – just incase. Glorious little pips, they are!
Baby days picks:
Ergo baby carrier was and continues to be the best carrier I have tried, eco-friendly water bottle because you must keep your fluids up! Pretty embroidered short sleeved top by Nomads, Aden and Anais muslins are multi-tasking and incredibly soft, dungarees are so easy to wear and feed, if there's one thing you buy – let it be this waterfall waistcoat, perfect for feeding and adding colour and pattern to a simple outfit (also a scarf!), tall vase – because you will be receiving many, many bunches of flowers, drape cardigan for putting in your bag and having to hand when the temperature drops and you're still out with a (hungry) baby, you can never have enough vest tops, flapjacks – this recipe is by Deliciously Ella – for keeping your energy up, amazing (yes, expensive but this is the wish part of this list!) chair – you will be sitting an awful lot (until they are around 1.25-years-old), sweet plain shirt by Nomads for practical comfort.
Currently enjoying Dress Like a Mum's Zoe, who looked fab in our tie die tunic last month.