Re-joining the workforce

10 Skills every parent  can put on their CV

As the expense of childcare took its toll on many families, one or other parent may have opted to be a full time home maker. Running a home and taking care of a child is a full time job.  A worthy, thankless, rewarding and tiring role, which has as many down sides as it has upsides.   Alongside this time consuming and responsible job, there is the added worry that returning to the work force might be problematic.    The prospect of returning to full time employment, may fill a homemaker with dread. They may be concerned that they have forgotten the nuances of adult interaction or the skills that once made them employable.  That ‘gap’ in the CV that employers might not fully appreciate may weigh heavily on the mind.  Nonsense!  The so called ‘gap’ was a training ground for new skills. Your new improved resume should show off your new talents and expertise and enhance any professional career.

Here are a list of ten skills, gained during parenthood to add to your CV:

1.Multi -tasking: Parents are the masters of multitasking. They regularly complete household tasks with a child on the hip, a teacher on the phone and a toddler on the loo.   Not only can the super-parent successfully complete multiple tasks, they can think ahead to the next action while completing this one. Juggle, juggle, juggle

2.Extremely organised:  A household needs to run like a military operation if everyone is to get to their daily jobs, schools, sports events etc. with the right clean clothes, money and lunches.  Skilled schedulers, they can the time shared lifts, appointments and play dates with ease. Smooth organisation of the household is essential. Running out of milk on a Monday before school can throw a real spanner in the production line of family life.  Stay at home parents learn to be organised the hard way until it becomes second nature

3.Excels under Pressure:  The stay at home parent is competent at operating at a high level of energy, despite very little sleep, a cranky baby, a wild toddler and a sick dog. There is no choice really.

4.Team player: Running a home is a complex operation requiring many collaborations and partnerships.  Home makers are skilled at working well with partners to get the tasks done. (other parent, family members, childcare workers, babysitters)

5.A Negotiating Ninja:  Every parent becomes an expert in trade negotiations and compromise.  Just try and get an argumentative four year old into bed at sleep time.  Negotiating techniques are honed over the months and all homemakers become adept in the use of diversion and distraction to gain an advantage and minimize ongoing arbitration (e.g. Give mommy the knife and you can play with this cool wooden spoon!)

6.Decisiveness:  Parents are accomplished in the art of making snap decisions and in problem solving on the spot.  Decisions made in the moment can avoid difficult situations (let’s stop the child eating coal, there is no real merit in it.) or may enhance lifestyle (let’s leave the child tackling the stairs unaided as they are coping and learning a new skill)

7.Tactfulness:  Knowing just what to say at the right time, saves many an argument. Likewise, knowing when to say nothing is a really useful acquired skill. Expert homemakers know when to admire that drawing of Nana riding a purple cow and when to say nothing to the moody teenager.

8.Flexible:   No two days are the same with small children and most plans can be scuppered, abandoned or altered at a moment’s notice. Parents learn to adapt and flexibility is their saviour in an uncertain world

9.Maturity:  Oh yes, you are not the person you were in those heady, crazy pre-children days. The new level of maturity can only be a bonus to any perspective employer. In fact, it’s a wonder that previous employers put up with singletons and their clubbing hangovers and relationship melt-downs.    The back to work parent is just happy to have a relatively organised adult space to work in.  Maturity rocks.

10.Commitment: Total commitment to the team has already been proven. Anyone who took stay at home option as the best solution for your family has already shown their level of commitment. The same level of loyalty to your new job is still in your make-up.

Re-joining the workforce after a child care gap might not be easy, but never apologise for having taken time out to do this important work. The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.  Remember, you were not ‘unemployed’ but rather, shaping the next generation. In developing that special parental-child bond and teaching life skills you were also gathering a whole new skill set to add to the CV.  You survived child raising, you can take on the world.

The great outdoors- Toddling outside in Rain or shine

No matter what the weather, toddlers love to toddle. Their favorite place for pottering and exploring is easily identified.  Outside! Simply outside! Playing with a stick and some extra muddy dirt for hours on end int he great outdoors is bliss for a toddler or a wobbler.  But more and more children are spending their childhood in hermetically sealed housing or in enclosed paved gardens.  Nature is calling and the wee ones want nothing more than to answer with a wild whoop and a bit of easy tree climbing. (Maybe a few low bushes for starters).

The UK National Trust conducted a survey in 2016 and discovered that today’s generation of children spend half as much time outside as their parents did.  Research found that children were only playing outdoors for an average of four hours per week.  This is not ideal from a developmental point of view, nor from the perspective of a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some suggestions for activities to do in the great outdoors.

Jumping in Puddles

A good pair of wellies and a lot of laughter is all that is needed to fully appreciate the puddles that an Irish summer provides in abundance.  Wrap up well if the weather is less than kind and be aware that puddle jumping is not a spectator sport!  The whole family needs to participate to fully appreciate the wonders of splashing in water, sailing stick boats and dumping stones into little rain rivers.

Going on a Bear Hunt: 

Most parks have exciting wooded areas for bringing little ones on a ‘bear hunt’.  Let your imaginations run wild as you trundle through the bushes and over fallen logs to find the wild places where imaginary bears, fairies and Gruffalo’s can be brought to life with a little encouragement and a lot of laughter.  Build wee houses for hedgehogs and wild things from fallen leaves, moss and sticks. Bring a picnic of honey sandwiches.  There is nothing that bears like more than honey.

Planting and watering the flowers or veg:

Small children are very good gardeners. They dutifully water and tend to their favourite plants with very little encouragement.  Plant a wee pot garden together and enjoy the thrill of eating your own mint, chives and strawberries. You don’t need much space or a lot of equipment to begin a little container garden. A few yoghurt pots can start the small garden.

Become a nature explorer:

Even a few feet of hedgerow is a world of nature for an intrepid explorer. The library or the internet will help you with simple bird/flower/insect identification and your child will become a clever nature explorer as you capture the images on your phone for identifying later.

Find a good stick:

You can keep all the expensive toys in the world for they will never match up to a good stick and an empty field  It can be a sword, a wand, a tool for digging, something to lean on when walking.  You can hit metal and make noise, stir up puddles and draw in the dirt.  A good stick is a must have for all the family, as you set off for hikes or just to mess about in a meadow. Stick hunting should be high on the outdoor family agenda.

Tea parties and picnics:

Tea sets on the grass with little portions of cheese, fruit and water are a magical adventure for any group of children.  Picnics don’t have to be exotic. Hummus with pitta will taste wonderful when mixed with grass and twigs(trust us!).  Invite the favourite soft toys and complete the wonder of the day.

Daydream and imaginary play:

Sometimes, it is a good idea to cease any interaction and just to let children be when playing outside. While keeping a wary eye on your toddler you can pretend to read your book or day dream and this will allow some precious time for doing nothing.  This softly softly approach will allow imagination to flourish, giving your wee one essential time to dream, play imaginary games and potter about unhindered. Day dreaming and imaginary play is precious time indeed.

Make an effort to spend time outside every day that it is possible.  Not only will the fresh air be of benefit to your child’s health, it will increase their appetite and most importantly, tire them out for a good night’s sleep.  Now that’s an incentive no parent can ignore.  So get out and about and enjoy !

Baby Showers – A survival Guide for non-parents forced into giving a baby shower.

The phenomenon of baby showers has firmly taken hold in the Irish psyche. Once upon a time, in the distant past, we only saw these indulgent parties on American sit-coms and romantic comedy movies, where the pregnant woman was usually ‘showered’ with more gifts than could be expected at the arrival of a Kardashian offspring.  But, baby showers are not just about gifts (although these are nice!) but rather are about supporting and encouraging the soon-to-be mammy at the end of the nine months gestation. Just as she is feeling extra bloated and tired, her friends gather to put a spring in her step and reignite the optimism and expectation in the expectant one. Here are some top tips for having stress free, low budget, high energy baby showers.


foodKeep the food dainty and cute. Imagine you are constantly full. Full of baby but with not much capacity for large amounts of food. Choose your party delicacies for their delicate nature. Finger sandwiches, mini quiches and nibbles are the only option. Fruit trays can look so amazing and are more welcome than chips and dips.  You can always buy chips on the way home!


Bunting, balloons and all kinds of cutesy things are expected.  Gender specific if everyone knows the sex of the baby and yellow/cream if its has not been disclosed. There really is no end to the ideas for decorating. It is down to your imagination and skill sets.  The internet has lots of things which you can try to emulate  and most bargain shops sell things that will do when that becomes too tiresome. More Ideas here>>


presentThese should be token gifts rather than the full on Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Remember that you will probably have to fork out for a decent present once the baby has arrived anyway. Gifts of lotion, potions and small luxury items for the expectant one are very welcome, so it does not have to be all about the baby.  Bibs, toys and baby hats are perfect for the little one.


Groan, groan and groan again. Anyone who has spent an hour or two passing melted chocolate in nappies around a group of giggling women, trying to guess the brand of sweet, will know what I mean by groan and groan again. Forced hilarity is never good. However, baby shower games are a great idea for halting the constant gossiping about who is not in the room or filling the lull in conversations about labour pains and episiotomies.  You can find lots of them on the internet. See here Fun baby games>>


No. No to baby Guinness, no to miniature bottles, no  to jelly shots.  It’s a no. If Mommy is not drinking, no one is drinking. Sorry.

Remember to invite all the important people in mum-to-be’s life.  Don’t forget mothers, sisters, school friends etc. Make a facebook event page so that others can share the occasion. Ask some of the invitees to bring food or games and lighten your own load.  Finally have some fun and if it all goes as pear shaped as the pregnant party Queen herself, you can amuse yourself with these baby shower fails.  Baby shower fails>>

Useful Resources:

The Ultimate Baby Shower Planning

Child Safety-How to Childproof your Home

When faced with the overwhelming responsibility for the safety of your young child the world can look like a very dangerous place.  Cleaning products, sharp corners and a myriad of dangers lurk in every household while public places are rife with germs and stranger danger.  Before you succumb to the temptation to wrap your offspring or your entire environment in bubble wrap, let us offer you some sound advice on child proofing and a sensible approach to keeping the wee one safe in the world.

The Kitchen:
Home Safety Starter Pack
Home Safety Starter Pack

Take a good look around your kitchen. Now get down on your hands and knees and view it. Apart from the obvious dust bunnies under the chairs, just take a moment to view the world from a baby, a toddler and a wobbler’s perspective.  Vow to cover the plug sockets, get the obvious safety catches for cupboard doors and to move the dog’s water bowl to the outside hall. Beyond this you should also consider cooking at the back of the hob and in the case of big open spaces, employing the use of a room divider to create a safe place for baby.  Take note of where the bin is. Babies and children love bins. If it is accessible, then move it.  Check if your oven door becomes hot when in use and whether small hands are likely to come into content.

Windows and Blinds:
Clippasafe Draw Cord Shortner
Clippasafe Draw Cord Shortner

Children love to climb. If they do make it to the window ledge, ensure that they open outwards and that locks ensure that your child can never open them outwards or inwards. The legislation governing blinds changed in 2014, to make them child safe. Be mindful that cords are wound up, even in houses you visit and that your child will not be exposed to badly fitted or unrestrained cords.

Clevamama ClevaBath Mat
Clevamama ClevaBath Mat

The toilet bowl is the first obvious target for a wobbling toddler. A toilet lock will ensure no danger from slamming seats, chemical loo blocks and yummy toilet water!  Toiletries and cleaning materials should be out of reach.  Never leave your child alone in the bath and be vigilant while checking the water temperature.  Hot taps in the bath can be hot in themselves.  A non slip mat is good for the whole household and essential for parents carrying slippy wet children out of the bathroom.

Clippasafe Classic Fireguard
Clippasafe Classic Fireguard


A secured fire guard is essential for open fires and stoves.  Choose the right fire guard to ensure complete peace of mind. Radiators can get very hot in winter and should be cordoned off from little ones.


Balloons, grapes and small coins are a choking hazard to very young children. – 1 ¾ inches is the guide, anything that is smaller than this and can fit through is a choking hazard and should be out of reach of children. Plastic bags are also hazardous for children.

Hot drinks. Be vigilant around other adults and visitors who may not realise the capabilities of your child. Ensure that hot drinks are at the centre of the kitchen table and not left unsupervised on coffee tables.  Obvious sharp corners and doors that slam easily in the wind can all be made safe by simple purchases at your nearest child’s accessory store.

Be sensible:

Think ahead and scan the house regularly for potential issues. Do not approach child proofing and safety from a perspective of learning from experience. The experience may have a lasting detrimental effect on your loved wee child.  Put child safety first at home and remind older siblings, Granddad, Granny and any other visitors of the same.

Stay safe



Children’s Happiness and well being

Dutch children are among the happiest in the world. Here are the reasons why>

Dutch babies have been declared as the happiest in the world according to UNICEF research. This has been verified by recent reports which examined the difference in temperament between American babies and those born in Netherlands.  The Dutch babies smiled more, cuddled more, laughed more and were easier to pacify, while the American infants displayed more fear, sadness and frustration.

The Dutch parenting model is something we should be emulating in Ireland and there is a lot to be learned. Firstly and most importantly there is a recognition that happy parents make for happy children. Parents place their child at the centre of the family and have worked to reduce anxiety stress and reduce the worry caused by unrealistic goals for their children or themselves.  They understand that achievement might not necessarily mean happiness, but happiness can foster achievement


Free range children signParents work an average of 29 hours per week, dedicating one day a week to spending time with their offspring. Fathers are as equally hands-on as Mothers. Play is actively encouraged and  is likely to be noisy and disruptive. Children are encouraged to explore the world around them and there is a tendency for parents to reason and explain things to errant young ones rather than impose authority. Its all very zen.  Eating together is important and sitting down together for meals, especially breakfast,is the norm. Breakfast is for bonding, not just for eating.


schule signDutch children, like their Finnish counterparts do not believe in homework for primary school children.  Children in the Netherlands stated that they enjoyed attending school and had fun there.  No pressure to overachieve is evident and yet, all seem to do well academically despite the lack of emphasis on achievement.


girl running in tulip field, children's happinessThe research showed that children felt that they were heard as well as seen. They spent more quality time with parents and were afforded a great deal of trust and independence; allowed to play outside unsupervised and to go on errands and to school alone.

Not too many things:

dutch children playing, children's happinessSimple pleasures and a few toys are the norm in the Netherlands home and the happiness of Dutch children was not linked to consumer goods.   The Dutch opt for time spent with children rather than money.  A birthday party gift would cost no more than €10 and the emphasis would be on enjoying the day rather than outdoing each other with pony rides and bouncy castles.  Every year in April the Kings Day festival has open air children’s markets selling second hand toys and clothes in every town and village.

So, we need to go back to basics. Eat together. Enjoy simple pleasures. Listen to your children and try to convince schools that two hours of homework is not necessary for a seven year old.

Happy Out.

Sleep easy by choosing the right cot

With prices ranging from €80 for a basic cot up to €1300 for a solid wood luxury cot, it’s worth shopping around to choose the one that is perfect for your baby’s early months and years. Whether you decide to buy a cot-bed which will last until your child is five or six, or whether you want a cute cot for babyhood, you will be searching for the best in safety quality, durability and value for money.


There is a huge range of cots to choose from and you would be wise to do some extensive research and to consult with the staff in your local baby accessories shop before making a purchase.  Ensure that you always look out for the BS EN 716: 2008, safety standard.  This ensures that the cot is deep enough to be safe for your baby, that the bars are the correct distance apart, and that the cot does not have cut-outs or steps.  If you are using a borrowed or second hand cot, ensure that the distance between the bars is no less than 2.5cm (1inch) and no more than 6.5cm(2.6inches).  This is to prevent babies head slipping between the bars.  Cots used to have drop sides, for easy access, but these day cots have static or non- moveable sides.  It is acceptable to put baby in the cot as soon as they are home form hospital, although many parents prefer to use a cradle, moses basket or carry cot till the baby is a little bigger. A height-adjustable base is common in most cots and cots beds. You can choose the highest lever for the first few months in order to lift your baby in and out easily. The lower level really comes into its own as baby starts to pull themselves up and become more adventurous.

Baby Elegance Laba Cot
Baby Elegance Laba Cot
Cot beds:

A cot bed is a cot where the sides and the end panel are removable, so that it may be converted into a toddler-sized bed later on.  The best cot beds are durable, safe and easy to convert. Not surprisingly, these are extremely popular and are a much better investment, in that you get a longer life from the purchase.  They may also help to assist in making the move from a cot to a bed as smooth as possible for your child. On the down side, a cot bed will take up more space in the room. However its life span in terms of usage is much longer than that of the cot.

Babystyle Bordeaux Cot Bed
Babystyle Bordeaux Cot Bed
Travel Cots:

Travel cots are portable cots that you can fold up and put in a bag to take away with you. Most have a plastic or metal frame, woven fabric and mesh sides, and a hard segmented bottom with a folding, lightly padded mattress. Before purchasing check weight (is it too heavy for travel?) size (again is it travel friendly?), do you need a mattress, stability, ease of assembly (for obvious reasons!)  and naturally, cost. If you don’t actually leave home very often you must ask whether you actually need to purchase a travel cot.  The assistant in your local baby accessories shop will be able to advise on the best travel cot for your needs.

Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot
Aeromoov Instant Travel Cot
Teething rail:

An optional teething rail can be incorporated into some cots.   It’s a simple rail or a protective covering lining the side-edges of the cot which assists in avoiding the risk of damage. Some cots have casters or mounted wheels which are handy if you want to move it into to a different room. It also makes for easier cleaning under and around the cot.

Bedside cots:
Chicco Next 2 Me Dream Crib Delicacy
Chicco Next 2 Me Dream Crib Delicacy


You can buy cots with a removable side so you can position the cot right next to your bed. The base can be adjusted so your baby’s mattress can be lined up with yours, which makes night-time feeding easier.


Just as it has become a huge part of purchasing an adult bed, there is a mind boggling range of mattresses to choose from. Make sure you choose the right size, ensuring that it is firm and flat and has a waterproof cover. Mattress should have the BSI number 1877-10:2011+A1:2012. There should be no gaps at the side.

Read more about how to buy a cot here:


Eating Healthy for two- The do’s and don’ts of your Pregnancy diet

Did you know that dietitians are now saying that during the later stages of pregnancy, your baby can  ‘taste’ the foods you eat through the amniotic fluid.  Treating your baby to a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables in the womb, will increase the chance that your baby will recognize and accept those flavours later on.  Eating healthy for two can seem to be a complicated matter. There are foods to avoid and foods to enjoy. Some people encourage you to eat more while others frighten you with words like ‘obese’ and plain old ‘fat’. A good diet for a healthy pregnancy is mainly common sense.  If you ate healthy before getting pregnant then there is little change required. If your diet was full of ready meals, takeaways and sugar rushes, then you have the incentive to change.

What not to Eat!

Some foods should be avoided when you’re pregnant. These include raw seafood, unpasteurized milk, cheese and soft cheese like Brie or Camembert. Avoid pate and raw or undercooked meat and poultry. Try not to be tempted by hot deli meals, hotdogs etc as they have a small risk of passing bacteria and parasites. Undercooked eggs should be avoided. Likewise, liver and liver products.

What to Eat!

Everything else! As you can imagine, this leaves a lot of good things to eat. It is worth noting that for the first six months of pregnancy you do not need any extra calories for a growing baby! In the last three months you only need 200 extra calories a day. This is the equivalent of a toasted pitta bread and two tablespoons of hummus or a couple of oatcakes and avocado!!  Fruit and veg, protein and low fat dairy are the obvious menu options as you give the tiny person and yourself the most nutritious meals available.

Don’t feel like eating? Toast

If you suffer from nausea or heartburn, you may find it easier to eat a little often rather than large meals at designated times. Bland starchy food, such as crackers or toast may be the short term solution.

Reduce caffeine and throw alcohol to the bin for the duration.

Treats during pregnancy:  You are not being punished and don’t need to give up all your favourite foods. High salt and sugar snacks can still be enjoyed in moderation. But don’t feel too guilty if you succumb to temptation and the bowl of crisps or gallon of ice cream disappears in one sitting!  Eat well and have a happy healthy pregnancy


Are the Terrible Two’s Really Something to Fear?

Toddlers are adorable. They are loving and funny and cute as kittens in a basket full of teddy bears. So why does everyone brand them terrible when they reach the tender age of two. The complete overuse of the cliché, terrible twos, would imply that as soon as the candles on the second birthday cake are extinguished, the screaming will start and continue unabated till the third birthday.

Sure, we have all seen a tiny person having a large meltdown in the supermarket, church or street. Attila the Kid. Screaming the walls down because there is no pink cornflakes, because they cannot have a wine spritzer or some other random inexplicable reason.  Knowing glances and smiles from other parents can help with the embarrassment of the outburst, but  it won’t be too long before someone in the viewing public will condescendingly utter those over-used words: ‘The terrible two’s’.

Supermarket Meltdown

Two is not terrible folks. Two is wonderful. (Most of the time!). Put yourself in the little persons place and think about how they feel. Life is very complicated and this little dude/dudette must negotiate social situations, strange new experiences, food likes and dislikes, body changes and a whole plethora of new scenarios daily that would turn an adults head.  In fairness to the little ones, they meet most of these challenges with good humour, aided by cuddles, the odd nap and a healthy snack. Who can blame them for feeling overwhelmed sometimes and when those feelings of frustration bubble to the top… well, you just have to let it go!

Toddle temper tantrums can be epic! Frankly, a lot of adults would love to let rip without inhibition or consequence. Rolling around the floor bemoaning the fact that the cinema does not have hot nachos and it’s the last straw in a yucky day!  Fortunately (or unfortunately) we have learned to control our feelings of dissatisfaction and annoyance. Social mores dictates that we smile tightly and supress the screams. We cannot expect the same behaviour of the new people in the world. Afterall we would all love to react like this if we were going to Disneyland…

Let’s stop labelling toddlers, wobblers and smallies. It’s a big world for small people.  We must forgive the odd outburst and not focus on the negative. Two is no more terrible then the Onerous Ones, the Horrid Threes and the Ferocious Fours!  It’s all about attitude and your frame of mind. Children are a joy. Enjoy the world with them and through their eyes and if it all becomes too much… well… you know what to do…let it rip… after all, those terrible thirties can be tough.

Stimulate your Babies Imagination with these Artistic Activities

We are all used to a more stimulated lifestyle than any previous generation. T.V., Netflix, Theatres, Cinemas and Art Galleries feed our imagination and inspire us to greater things. Or at least, they inspire us to greater posts on Instagram and more interesting conversations. But the world of culture is not just for adults and the organisers of events, galleries and theatre venues are appreciating this new and untapped audiences with many inventive ways to attract your baby and toddler from the cradle to the theatre seat.

Theatre venues like the Mac in Belfast are among the leaders in providing child-friendly or ‘relaxed’ performances of their productions. At these designated shows, the lights are left on, the actors explain the ‘baddies’ early on in proceedings and the volume is down a notch or two on stage. In the audience there is a higher tolerance for noise and movement which makes it a welcoming place for younger children and those with disabilities. It’s a perfect introduction to Theatre.

The Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo

The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo offer shows for the Younger Audience

regularly organise shows which are geared specifically for the younger audience, from classical concerts, the very popular Beethoven Babies and Baroque Babies to the sing-along all singing all dancing human Skittles that are the Speks. A full programme of events for children from tiny to tweeny to teenager is on the menu in most auditoriums.


Cinemas are also cashing in on the baby boom in entertainment. The Carrick Cineplex hosts parent/carer baby morning screenings of new movies. ‘Rattle and Stroll’ happens once a month. The films are aimed at adults but with a sensible rating. No Texas Chain saw Massacres but LaLa Land musicals and romantic comedies. Lights are left low, volume is low in what they call a relaxed social environment. Obviously there is a tolerance of baby and child noise. Although it has to be said that the baby friendly cinema is really about allowing parents to visit the cinema in a tolerant atmosphere and less about encouraging the inner film buff in the toddler. No doubt early exposure to movies may inspire for the future.

Art galleries and venues are aware that this audience enjoy interactive play or taking part and they too have included the tinniest citizens in planning their schedule of events for the year. The Model in Sligo, and the Dock in Carrick on Shannon hosts a series of workshops in February and

March ‘My toddler and me’ offering sessions in toddler drama, art &crafts, messy play and guaranteed fun. I know you probably feel that your life is full of toddler drama and messy play, but this is a chance to see work with artists and drama facilitators.

The Dock Carrick on Shannon
My Toddler and Me Sessions are both fun and interesting for Parents & Babies

Children are naturally curious and open to new experiences. An early introduction to appropriate theatre, films and art can only enhance their development, broaden their minds and feed those wonderful imaginations. We don’t have to go far from home to find suitable entertainment for the little ones, and if we happen to enjoy the events ourselves, well that can only be a bonus.

Showing & Glowing – How to Look Fabulous during Pregnancy!

 That pregnancy glow does not mean that you should hide your light under a bushel or under an ugly pregnancy kaftan.  This is a wonderful time in your life and while you might feel like staying in the pj’s and trackies for the duration, it is a great time to dress up and to shine like never before.  Sure, high heels might be out of the question, but that does not mean you cannot look stunning and alluring.  Here are a few tried and tested pointers for avoiding the dreaded maternity frump in favour of fabulousness. Just follow a few guidelines and dress to wow and delight!

Invest in a few nice pieces:

Forget about adapting your current wardrobe to cope with the extra baby width. This will only result in you looking squished and at the end of the nine months, you will associate your present clothes with your pregnancy and may be reluctant to wear them again.  Don’t rob yourself of the joy of getting back into your favourite non-baby bump dress. It makes sense to purchase a few choice items of maternity wear to see you through the pregnancy in style.  A good pair or maternity jeans or trousers are a necessity. Squishing into too-small jeans is never a good look and leaving the buttons undone is just gross.  Well cut maternity jeans are a staple for the mum to be. Buy a good pair.

Purchase some nice tops in soft, rich fabrics with lots of stretch.  Don’t choose anything too tight or too short. Clothes that restrict your body or make you uncomfortable should be avoided. It is not classy to have your bare belly on show, unless you are at the beach or pool. Sometimes less is more, but mostly, more is more!  Maternity clothes are especially cut to fit around the blooming pregnant form and nothing flatters in the same way.

Embrace your Bump:

Don’t try to hide a baby bump by wearing clothes way too big. Choose your own size and a nice stretchy material to enhance and celebrate the life

What to wear when pregnant
Perfect your Maternity Style in the clothes you love.

growing within. Make sure you only wear things you love.  It does not matter if they are pre-loved, vintage, second hand or bought especially for you. Loving the look you have is important for your own self esteem.  Layer clothes for a beautiful effect. Team floaty tops with leggings, top dresses with pashminas. Dare to be different and embrace this special time in your life.  Enjoy colours and patterns and anything which makes you feel good will make you look good.

Keep your own style:

Keep your own personal ‘look’ and don’t feel that you have to hide in oversized shirts and wide jeans (unless this actually is your ‘look’)!  Adapt your style a little and choose accessories which reflect who you are. You may be becoming a mother, but you are not becoming ‘mumsy’ just yet, so don’t fall for the cliché pregnancy staples and instead make your bump a fashion statement. Pregnant and Proud!!