Baby Groups Shrewsbury

I remember looking for baby groups when I had Emily and whilst we were home a lot of the time, I didn’t feel like I had a huge amount of time to search and search for groups. I spent ages looking for a directory of some sort where all the groups were listed but I could never find one! So with new mummies and daddies in mind- and because I have been to some lovely groups myself, I wanted to put something together for those of you in and around Shrewsbury that would make it a little easier to find a group that suits you.

Classes are grouped into the age of the child- babies, toddlers, preschool children.

Baby Groups Shrewsbury- suitable for brand new babies- 1 year

Baby Massage with Baby Bird

6th– 27th January / Monday 9:30am / Eastern Oswestry Community Centre / from birth

https://www.facebook.com/BabyBirdShropshire/

I loved baby massage with Emily, it really helped her settle and it was lovely bonding time. Katie runs these classes and shes lovely!

 

Baby Sensory

Shropshire

Monday 12:15-1:15pm / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall / Birth – 6 months

Monday 1:40-2:40pm / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall / Birth – 13 months

Monday 3:00-4:00pm / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall / Birth – 13 months

Tuesday 12:15-1:15 / Cabin Lane Church, Oswestry / Birth – 6 months

https://www.babysensory.com/shropshire/

https://www.facebook.com/babysensory.shropshire/

 

Telford

Wednesday 10-11am / MD School of Performing Arts, Telford / Birth – 13 months

Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm / MD School of Performing Arts, Telford / Birth – 6 months

Thursday 9:30-10:30am / MD School of Performing Arts, Telford / Birth – 13 months

Thursday 12:15-1:15pm / MD School of Performing Arts, Telford / Birth – 9 months

Thursday 1:30-2:30pm / MD School of Performing Arts, Telford / Birth – 13 months

https://www.babysensory.com/telford/

https://www.facebook.com/babysensory.telford/

Personally, I attended Baby Sensory with both my mine and absolutely loved it! I was sad when they both came to an end. I’ve been to both Telford and Shrewsbury classes and Helen and Clare are both amazing- they clearly love what they do and the classes are engaging and fun! I still remember the words to ‘Say Hello to the Sun’ 2 years on!

 

Bumps and Babies NCT Group Shrewsbury

Wednesday 10am-12pm / Palmer’s of Shrewsbury / From birth – 2 years

https://www.facebook.com/NCTShrewsbury/

This is a really nice, friendly group to attend whether you are expecting your baby, have a newborn or a 1-2 year old who is running around and exploring! The volunteers are brilliant and they are always looking for more if you want something to do with your little one regularly on a Wednesday morning.

 

Moo Music

Wednesday 10:00-10:45am / Oswestry, Cabin Lane Church / Birth – 5 years old

Wednesday 11:00-11:45am / Oswestry, Cabin Lane Church / Birth – Walking

Wednesday 12:00-12:45pm / Oswestry, Cabin Lane Church / Birth – 6 months

Wednesday 1:00-1:45pm / Oswestry, Cabin Lane Church / Mini

Thursday 10:30-11:15am / The Peach Tree, Shrewsbury / Birth – 5 years old

Thursday 11:30-12:15pm / The Peach Tree, Shrewsbury / Birth – Walking

Thursday 12:30-1:15pm / The Peach Tree, Shrewsbury / Birth – 6 months

https://www.moo-music.co.uk/areas/wbloc

 

Ready, Steady, Let’s Get Messy

Christmas messy play / Saturday 21st December / 1:00-1:45pm / Button & Bear, Shrewsbury/              6 months – 4 years

Messy Play Playgroup / Wednesday / 11:15-12:15pm / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Shrewsbury /       6 months – 4 years

https://www.letsgetmessy.co.uk/

Laura also holds themed parties for your little ones and has a number of really lovely themed sessions throughout the year at the Button & Bear Bookshop. Keep an eye on her website for more sessions and I will update here too!

 Ready, Steady Let’s Get Messy is also a lovely session! My children aren’t too good with messy play- my little boy especially hates mess but he loved the Peppa Pig session that we went to in Button and Bear. Laura is so lovely and again, the sessions are huge amounts of fun!

 

Mini Music Makers

Friday 10-10:45am / St Laurence’s Parish Centre, Church Stretton / babies (pre walking)

Monday 10:15-11 / Button and Bear Bookshop, Shrewsbury / babies (pre walking)

http://mini-musicmakers.co.uk/shropshire.html

 

Music Bugs

Tuesday 9:30am / Newport Cricket Club / Family Bugs – mixed age

Wednesday 10am / Medieval Madness, Shrewsbury / Family Bugs – Mixed age

Wednesday 11am / Medieval Madness, Shrewsbury / Mini Bugs 0-2 years

Wednesday 1pm / Epic Play 0-5, Horsehay, Telford / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Thursday 9:30am / Shifnal Scout Hut / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Thursday 10:30am / Shifnal Scout Hut / Baby Bugs- 0-walking

Thursday 1pm / Shrewsbury Reformed Church / Baby Bugs- 0-walking

Thursday 1:50pm / Shrewsbury Reformed Church / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Saturday 10am / Holy Trinity Church, Oakengates / Family Bugs- Mixed age

https://www.musicbugs.co.uk/shrewsbury/classes/

 

Rhyme Time

9th December 10:30-11am / Shrewsbury Library / 0-4 years

16th December 10:30-11am / Shrewsbury Library / 0-4 years

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/library-events/shrewsbury-library-rhyme-time/

 

Rhythm Time

Tuesday 10:40am / The Wild Pig, Shrewsbury / Baby

Tuesday 11:20am / The Wild Pig, Shrewsbury / Baby

Monday 10:50am / Shrewsbury URC / Baby

Wednesday 10:50am / Shrewsbury URC / Baby

Wednesday 11:30am / Shrewsbury URC / Young Baby

Friday 10:30am / Shrewsbury URC /  Baby

Friday 11:10am / Shrewsbury URC /  Baby

Monday 1:10pm / Hadley Community Centre, Hadley / Baby

Monday 10:30am / Admaston House, Telford / Baby

Friday 11:45am / Theatre Square, Oakengates / Baby

Tuesday 1:10pm / St Johns Church, Lawley / Baby

Tuesday 1:50pm / St Johns Church, Lawley / Young Baby

Thursday 11:15am / St Johns Church, Lawley / Baby

Thursday 12:00pm / St Johns Church, Lawley / Young Baby

https://rhythmtime.net/classes?doSearch=1&franchise=117

 

Exercise with Baby

Friday 10am / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Shrewsbury / 6-16 months

Friday 11:15am / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Shrewsbury / 7 weeks – 7 months

Tuesday 10am / Hadley Community Centre / 5-15 months

Tuesday 11am / Hadley Community Centre / 7 weeks – 7 months

Wednesday 10am / Eastern Oswestry Community Centre / 5-15 months

Wednesday 11am / Eastern Oswestry Community Centre / 7 weeks – 7 months

http://exercisewithbaby.co.uk/shropshire-mid-wales/

 

Tumbletots

Monday 12:30-1:15pm / Cosy Hall, Newport / 6 months- walking

Tuesday 12:30-1:15pm / St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Albrighton / 6 months – walking

Wednesday 12:30-1:15pm / St Georges Sports and Social Club, Telford / 6 months – walking

Friday 12:30-1:15pm / Mereside community Centre, Shrewsbury / 6 months – walking

Saturday 12:30-1:15pm / Park Lane centre, Telford / 6 months – walking

https://www.tumbletots.com/telford/book/

 

 

Baby groups Shrewsbury – Suitable for toddlers

Bumps and Babies NCT Group Shrewsbury

Wednesday 10am-12pm / Palmer’s of Shrewsbury / From birth – 2 years

https://www.facebook.com/NCTShrewsbury/

 

Ready, Steady, Let’s Get Messy

Christmas messy play / Saturday 21st December / 1:00-1:45pm / Button & Bear, Shrewsbury

Messy Play Playgroup / Wednesday / 11:15-12:15pm / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Shrewsbury.

 

Laura also holds themed parties for your little ones and has a number of really lovely themed sessions throughout the year at the Button & Bear Bookshop. Keep an eye on her website for more sessions and I will update here too!

Ready, Steady Let’s Get Messy sessions are so much fun! My children aren’t too good with messy play- my little boy especially hates mess but both he and Emily loved the Peppa Pig session that we went to in Button and Bear. Laura is so lovely and we’d definitely return.

https://www.letsgetmessy.co.uk/

 

Moo Music

Wednesday 10:00-10:45am / Oswestry, Cabin Lane Church / Birth – 5 years old

Thursday 10:30-11:15am / The Peach Tree, Shrewsbury / Birth – 5 years old

https://www.moo-music.co.uk/areas/wbloc

 

Pajama Drama

Friday 12:30-1:10pm (3rd Friday of every month) / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall / 2-3 years old

Tuesday 12:30- 1:20pm / Button and Bear Bookshop, Shrewsbury / 2-4 years old

Thursday 1-1:45pm / Pirates and Princesses, Telford / 2-4 years old

https://www.pyjamadrama.com/classes/?postcode=shrewsbury

Emily LOVED pajama drama when she used to do it in nursery. I wasn’t able to make the classes unfortunately but Emily used to talk about it all the time so she clearly really enjoyed them! Pajama drama also offer birthday parties and monthly special classes as well as classes in schools and nurseries!

 

Mini Music Makers

Friday 11:20-12pm / St Laurence’s Parish Centre, Church Stretton / toddlers

Monday 11:30-12:15pm / Button and Bear Bookshop, Shrewsbury / toddlers

http://mini-musicmakers.co.uk/shropshire.html

 

Music Bugs

Tuesday 9:30am / Newport Cricket Club / Family Bugs – mixed age

Wednesday 10am / Medieval Madness, Shrewsbury / Family Bugs – Mixed age

Wednesday 11am / Medieval Madness, Shrewsbury / Mini Bugs 0-2 years

Wednesday 1pm / Epic Play 0-5, Horsehay, Telford / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Thursday 1:50pm / Shrewsbury Reformed Church / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Thursday 9:30am / Shifnal Scout Hut / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Saturday 10am / Holy Trinity Church, Oakengates / Family Bugs- Mixed age

https://www.musicbugs.co.uk/shrewsbury/classes/

 

Rhyme Time

9th December 10:30-11am / Shrewsbury Library / 0-4 years

16th December 10:30-11am / Shrewsbury Library / 0-4 years

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/library-events/shrewsbury-library-rhyme-time/

 

Rhythm Time

Tuesday 10:00am / The Wild Pig, Shrewsbury / Toddler

Monday 10:10am / Shrewsbury URC / Toddler

Wednesday 10:10am / Shrewsbury URC / Toddler

Friday 9:50am / Shrewsbury URC / Toddler

Monday 9:45am / Admaston House, Telford / Toddler

Friday 10:15am / Theatre Square, Oakengates / Toddler

Friday 11:00am / Theatre Square, Oakengates / Toddler

Thursday 9:45am / St Johns Church, Lawley / Toddler

Thursday 10:30am / St Johns Church, Lawley / Toddler

https://rhythmtime.net/classes?doSearch=1&franchise=117

 

Exercise with Baby

Friday 10am / Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Shrewsbury / 6-16 months

Tuesday 10am / Hadley Community Centre / 5-15 months

Wednesday 10am / Eastern Oswestry Community Centre / 5-15 months

http://exercisewithbaby.co.uk/shropshire-mid-wales/

 

Tumbletots

Monday 10:30-11:15am / Cosy Hall, Newport / 2-3 years

Tuesday 10:30-11:15am / St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Albrighton / 2-3 years

Wednesday 10:30-11:15am / St Georges Sports and Social Club, Telford / 2-3 years

Friday 10:30-11:15am / Mereside community Centre, Shrewsbury / 2-3 years

Saturday 10:30-11:15am / Park Lane centre, Telford / 2-3 years

https://www.tumbletots.com/telford/book/

 

Groups for Preschool children

 

Moo Music

Wednesday 10:00-10:45am / Oswestry, Cabin Lane Church / Birth – 5 years old

Thursday 10:30-11:15am / The Peach Tree, Shrewsbury / Birth – 5 years old

https://www.moo-music.co.uk/areas/wbloc

 

Pajama Drama

Tuesday 12:30- 1:20pm / Button and Bear Bookshop, Shrewsbury / 2-4 years old

Thursday 1-1:45pm / Pirates and Princesses, Telford / 2-4 years old

Emily LOVED pajama drama when she used to do it in nursery. I wasn’t able to make the classes unfortunately but Emily used to talk about it all the time so she clearly really enjoyed them! Pajama drama also offer birthday parties and monthly special classes as well as classes in schools and nurseries!

https://www.pyjamadrama.com/classes/?postcode=shrewsbury

 

Music Bugs

Tuesday 9:30am / Newport Cricket Club / Family Bugs – mixed age

Wednesday 10am / Medieval Madness, Shrewsbury / Family Bugs – Mixed age

Wednesday 1pm / Epic Play 0-5, Horsehay, Telford / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Thursday 9:30am / Shifnal Scout Hut / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Thursday 1:50pm / Shrewsbury Reformed Church / Family Bugs- Mixed age

Saturday 10am / Holy Trinity Church, Oakengates / Family Bugs- Mixed age

https://www.musicbugs.co.uk/shrewsbury/classes/

 

Rhyme Time

9th December 10:30-11am / Shrewsbury Library / 0-4 years

16th December 10:30-11am / Shrewsbury Library / 0-4 years

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/library-events/shrewsbury-library-rhyme-time/

 

Rhythm Time

Monday 9:30am / Shrewsbury URC / Preschool

https://rhythmtime.net/classes?doSearch=1&franchise=117

 

Tumbletots

Monday 11:30-12:15pm / Cosy Hall, Newport / 3-4 years

Tuesday 11:30-12:15pm / St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Albrighton / 3-4 years

Wednesday 11:30-12:15pm / St Georges Sports and Social Club, Telford / 3-4 years

Friday 11:30-12:15pm / Mereside community Centre, Shrewsbury / 3-4 years

Saturday 11:30-12:15 / Park Lane centre, Telford / 3-4 years

https://www.tumbletots.com/telford/book/

 

 

Victoria is a photographer based in Shrewsbury offering photography from pregnancy through to your little one’s 1st Birthday.

You can find out more about her photoshoots here: Maternity, Newborns, Babies and Family, Cake Smash

 

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It Takes a Village…

If you hadn’t already noticed, blogging doesn’t come too easily to me. I’m no good at talking about myself or my work and not great at talking about others either. But apparently, all my blogging inspiration comes to me when I shouldn’t be doing any work at all!

Tonight, I decided to have ‘me time’ as Stu is on the late shift. I ran a bath (with the kids bubblebath- because this is a very very very rare occurrence and I had none of my own!) with the aim of completely shutting off to the world- I left social media downstairs, I didn’t even want to read a book- something that I have been desperate to do! I just lay there in the bath listening to all the bubbles pop, attempting to relax.

And I realised just how exhausted I felt! Emily has been waking up at the crack of dawn, is absolutely shattered before she’s even got out of bed and doesn’t quite know what to do with herself before or after school because she is finding it very tiring! Edward is a typical 2 year old boy who is into everything, climbing on everything and trying to throw/push/eat/hide everything! Standard- but it’s pretty hard going, right?! And that’s all part of being a stay at home/ work from home/ working mummy or daddy and I accept that (though slightly less at 6am when I have been woken up to go and fetch a forky cuddly toy from downstairs that is absolutely, desperately 100% needed upstairs immediately!!).

But, in that moment, it hit me just how much I miss having family down the road who I can call to come round, just simply because its been a hard day! Everyone has heard the saying: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and I completely understand why that became a saying in the first place. Don’t get me wrong- I have a wonderful, supportive husband and we have a village- an incredibly supportive, helpful, would drop everything to be here village. Just none of them are local to us. My parents have been amazing- when both our children were born my parents were here all the time to help with anything they could. My mum came down every week and then every other for 3 years to help with childcare while I was still teaching- and although I definitely don’t tell her enough- she’s been amazing! And we see them a lot, considering.

But sometimes, when the day has been particularly chaotic/ busy/ stressful and Stu is in work, I’d love to call them up and get them round for a cup of tea, for a chat or even go really crazy and have a shower without Edward trying to smash the glass screen with a toy tractor!

I wanted to write this down, not only because I had a million things in my head that I wanted to dump, but also because I realised there are probably hundreds of new mummies and daddies out there, or mummies and daddies of toddlers/ pre-schoolers/ school children who may be feeling a little lonely because their village isn’t as near as they may like.

I can’t offer huge amounts of amazing advice, but I can offer a pat on the back, a well done, because it’s not easy bringing up a tiny human! And let you know what I did and how I’ve made things a little easier. I’ve listed the 5 things that made it so much easier not being near my family. It’s not rocket science but sometimes you need a little push to do something, the world becomes a lot more hectic once your little person enters it!

 

  1. Baby groups.

I am lucky to have made some amazing friends at these groups. There are so many out there to choose from and I’ve only had good experiences with them. Yes, its pretty daunting walking in for the first time but its nice just to have a chat with another adult sometimes, and do something a little different to the usual routine. Personally I can vouch for baby sensory (both of mine loved it! Shrewsbury and Telford classes are brilliant!), puddleducks swimming (which I would have continued but taking 2 children to 2 different swimming classes on your own is rather hard!), ready, steady, lets get messy (SO much fun!) and bumps and babies NCT Shrewsbury (lovely little group for mummies to be all  the way through to mummies of toddlers!).

There are plenty of free meet ups too! NCT groups ask for a small donation and there are stay and play centres all around.

I will shortly be releasing a blog with baby groups in Shrewsbury and surrounding areas so check back here soon if you are looking for some.

 

  1. Mummy apps.

I’ll be honest, I’ve had mixed experiences of these! But the good ones were worth going to! Mush and mummy social are apps that I have used personally. They allow you to chat to other mummies in your area as well as arrange and attend organised meet ups in the area. They are free to use, and now also have lots of good info and advise in the way of blogs and newsletters etc.

 

  1. Get out!

The first few months with a new baby are crazy hard! Honestly, I spent most of the first 3 months with Emily sat on the sofa with her asleep on my chest watching Netflix. But there was only so much of that I could do before I felt a little stir crazy! I would try and get out everyday, even if it was just a walk around the village, feeding the ducks, popping the shops of going to a coffee shop. I always felt so much better after making myself get out of the house.

 

  1. Photographs

It can be hard not having family just down the road but I find having photos around really helps. Emily and Edward also love to stand and look at the photo wall in the hallway and point everyone out.

 

  1. Pick up the phone

I talk to my mum on the phone all the time. Sometimes just because I need adult conversation, sometimes to have a rant, sometimes just to chat. It certainly makes the distance easier. If you’re having a crazy day- you’re little one is on their 3rd outfit, they’re overtired and refused to go to sleep for hours- pick up the phone! I’ve been there, it definitely helps!

1st Birthday Photoshoots with Victoria J Photography, Shrewsbury Cake Smash Photographer

1st Birthday Photoshoots with Victoria J Photography, Shrewsbury Cake Smash Photographer

What better way to celebrate your little one’s first birthday than with a photoshoot?! Huge amounts of fun and lovely images that will be treasured for a lifetime. But what would you choose?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My most popular 1st birthday photoshoots are my cake smashes. These are loads of fun and can be customised to any theme or colour. All you need to do is decide on the theme or colour that your baby will love and leave the rest to me! I put together the set up, source the perfect outfit, the props and the cake that will compliment your theme. All you need is an outfit for the mini portrait shoot at the beginning of the session (and maybe a change of clothes, as it can get very messy once your little one starts smashing their cake!).

These sessions are in 3 parts. To begin, we get some timeless portraits of your little one. We will use some cute props, and maybe some balloons but most of the images from this section will be 100% focussed on the birthday baby! Once we have some beautiful images, we will get your little one dressed into their cake smash outfit and introduce the cake. This is loads of fun and things can get messy very quickly! I give baby a little time to get started here. Unless babies are very used to messy play, they can occasionally be a little cautious and take their time getting started. None of my sessions are rushed so this is no problem what-so-ever. We will give them lots of encouragement and help to get them smashing that cake. Mum and Dad, be warned that is may not be a very relaxing session for you – you may be required to encourage smiles and giggles, or even catch your little one and return them to the cake if they are confidently crawling, walking or running around! Rest assured though that it’s all good fun and you’ll have some lovely images at the end!

Finally, once your little one is all messy and has enjoyed their cake, we will get them all cleaned off in the bath tub ready for you to take them home! Often this is the baby’s favourite part! Its very rare that I get little clients who don’t love splashing in the bath. The images from this final section of the session are usually full of smiles, splashes and giggles!

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However, a cake smash may not be for you or your little one and you may prefer a birthday photoshoot without the mess! More recently, I’ve had a number of requests for birthday photoshoots without the cake, but still with all the birthday props- whether it be balloons, bubbles, decorations! For these sessions, we tend to do a couple of outfit changes and a slight set change in order to get a beautifully varied gallery for you. If you want to bring along a fairy cake or two, this can work really nicely with these shoots, without the mess of the giant birthday cakes.

Just like the cake smash sessions, you just need to decide on a theme or colour and leave me to put together a set for you. For these sessions, we will use more props- the white chair is usually a big hit! The O, N, E letters, bubbles and balloons always go down well too. We want your little one to have loads of fun, loads of smiles and as a result, beautiful images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like all of my photoshoots, your session will take place at my cosy home studio, in Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury. 1-2 weeks after your photoshoot you will be invited back to view your gallery of 15+ beautifully edited images as a slideshow. It is then that you decide which package and which images you would like. Due to the bespoke nature of these sessions, I ask for a non refundable booking fee of £49. This will then be redeemable against your chosen package.

 

I’d love to create some beautiful images for you and your little one to celebrate their first birthday! Find my session information, FAQ’s and packages here- Cake Smashes.

 

All you need to decide is which colour or theme you would like? So what will it be?….

 

Need help picking a theme? Here are some ideas ….

Unicorn

Rainbow

Space

Woodland

Fairy

Princess

Dinosaur

Jungle

 

Introducing Newborn Mini Sessions at Victoria J Photography- Baby Photographer, Shrewsbury

Introducing Newborn Mini Sessions at Victoria J Photography- Baby Photographer, Shrewsbury

Do you have a newborn and want to capture some precious memories but don’t have the budget for a full session? Or is your little one slightly older (3-7 weeks) and becoming more alert but you still want to capture them while they are tiny? A newborn mini session is perfect for you!

What is the difference between a mini session and a full newborn session?

With my full newborn sessions I’ll capture images of your baby- wrapped, posed naked, in props, with siblings, with parents and as a family. You will have access to multiple coloured backdrops and props. We will discuss before the session the colours that compliment your home and how you may want to display the images that we produce. 1-2 weeks after your session, you will be invited back to a viewing session where you will view your slideshow of approximately 25 beautifully edited images to music and make your selection. These images will then be printed and 10 will be mounted and boxed. I will also provide you with a USB of your images to use as you wish. Newborn packages start from £229 (5 images).

 

Newborn mini sessions are much shorter- max 1 hour. I wrap baby – this way it isn’t important whether your little one is asleep or wide awake. We then get a set of 5 images on the beanbag, using one colour of your choice. This session does not include prop shots, naked poses, parents or sibling images, perfect if you only want a couple of images of your little one.  Then, within one week of the session, you will be given access to your online image gallery. If we achieved more than 5 images in the hour then you will make your selection online. You will then receive your images as digital downloads. Mini sessions are £149 (5 images).

A typical newborn mini session gallery:

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To discuss a session or to book your little one in for a newborn mini session please get in Contact.

My Favourite Baby Buys (That I couldn’t have been without)! By Shrewsbury Photographer, Victoria J Photography

My Favourite Baby Buys (That I couldn’t have been without)! By Shrewsbury Photographer, Victoria J Photography

I remember, when I was pregnant with Emily, being so excited to start buying things for the nursery, little outfits and other ‘necessities’. And then when we were finally ready to start looking for things, I felt completely overwhelmed. Until I started looking I had no idea of the absolutely huge amount of baby products that are on the market. And, of course, like most expectant mummies, I had no idea what I needed or didn’t need.
So with that in mind I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favourite buys that we had for our two little monkeys (aside from the usual stuff). Some of which we purchased before they arrived, but most of which we got whilst they were here. Surprisingly, a lot of the stuff I thought we needed before we had a baby didn’t make it onto the list!

Chicco Next to me Crib

I loved this! It’s a gorgeous little crib for baby which attaches to the side of your bed. You can choose to have the side closest to you down so you have total access to baby all the time, or have the side up and treat it like any other crib. This gave me so much peace of mind when we first brought Emily home from the hospital. She didn’t sleep too well to begin with in all honesty but I don’t think she would have slept well anywhere! But while she was in there it was so so easy to check on her, which you do, about 1000000 times a night when you are a new mummy!
Emily was bottle fed so I didn’t experience the true benefits of it until we had Edward who breastfed and breastfed and breastfed! The little boob monster fed every night for what felt like forever. I wondered whether he would ever sleep through the night and the sleep deprived mombie that I was really appreciated the fact that I didn’t even need to get out of bed to pick Edward up! Simple things! But anything to make life easier in those first few crazy (and brilliant of course) months is a winner with me!
There is also loads more space than in most cribs! Emily and Edward both stayed in the next to be crib comfortably until they were 6 months old.
You can find out all about their different products here: httpss://www.chicco.co.uk/chicco-products/sleeptime-and-relaxation/cribs-and-cots.html

 

Sleepyhead

I promise the whole blog isn’t just sleep related but I think it’s a pretty big deal to sleep deprived parents! And to be honest, it was probably one of the biggest hurdles we faced with Emily. She was a reflux baby so sleeping was pretty uncomfortable for her a lot of the time. Emily loved cuddles. She loved cuddles most during the middle of the night and I often ended up holding her on my chest for most of the night whilst I was absolutely terrified

of falling asleep like it. We tried everything! We had a reflux pillow which helped massively but she loved the comfort of a cuddle.
After we thought we had exhausted every option I came across the sleepyhead. It had the most amazing reviews but we were both a little reluctant to part with the cash- its not the cheapest product on the market and we weren’t sure it would work. But honestly, some of the best money we ever spent!! Emily slept in there straight away. She would put herself to sleep in there which she had struggled to previously and I even remember taking it to her cousins 1st birthday party and she had her nap in the garden surrounded by toddlers!
We had the deluxe and found that was enough, but there is a bigger vesion for when they grow out of it! Thankfully my two both slept fine without it once they had outgrown it.
httpss://www.johnlewis.com/sleepyhead-deluxe-pristine-white-baby-pod-0-8-months/p3158077

Ewan the dream sheep

This was a gift from my workplace when I was pregnant with Edward (our second child). We had used something similar with Emily and it had helped her sleep as she got older. I used it almost from birth with Edward and he LOVED it!! The sounds sent him off the sleep immediately and he self settled from really early on with these sounds. At 2 months old he was putting himself to sleep for all his naps and in the evening. I just had to pop him in his sleepyhead and put Ewan on for 5 minutes.
httpss://www.boots.com/sweetdreamers-ewan-the-dream-sheep-grey-10205089
I know boots stock these but they are also available on Amazon, John Lewis, Argos.

Stretchy Wrap

Baby wearing was a life saver for me with both my children, for different reasons. Emily would sleep much better in a baby carrier (at the time we had the mothercare 3 in 1 baby carrier) as she was upright. So with Emily I would dance around the house, do the hoovering, do the washing up. Anything that would help her get off to sleep and it also gave me a bit of freedom to do the things that would otherwise never have got done.
With Edward I had the a free rider stretchy wrap httpss://freeriderco.com/collections/collections-all and I honestly don’t know how I would have managed without it. Its something I would absolutely recommend for anyone having their second child and who will have a toddler and a newborn at home. I knew that leaving myself without any hands to help/catch/play with my toddler would have been dangerous territory! The stretchy wrap was incredibly helpful when we were out and about (especially as Edward hated the pram!) but also when we were at home, if for any reason he was unsettled I was able to wear him whilst also sorting out the house and keeping Emily entertained! Perfect!
Its also a lovely way to bond with your baby. I loved the closeness of baby wearing! Looking down and seeing their little face, being able to steal kisses! And it’s lovely and warm for them, especially in the colder months!

And for those baby wearers I also found the most amazing, chunky knit socks for use when they are in the sling and their little feet are out. I ordered them through httpss://www.etsy.com/shop/belleandbeauknits/?fbclid=IwAR1f1T_w0cXW-ZI9uSpqK_Zi55j9kYf4ql1dt6wDIn993JGM_BrP2KcQOZc. Belle and Beau luxury baby knits made the most beautiful socks for Edward and he wore them constantly in the winter. Definitely one for the baby wearing mummies!

Sock ons

httpss://www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk/2pack-sock-ons-b7213.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwxYLoBRCxARIsAEf16-uPKK03o92sZdxGMG4LA_S8mzLNLV07je5AAQxK6iKbr3EBtr1g8tgaArg_EALw_wcB

Anyone with a newborn baby will understand just how often they manage to lose their tiny little socks! I don’t know how they do it but I was constantly putting socks back on! Sock on’s were fantastic and definitely saved us from the constant sock collecting/finding!

 

Medela breast pump hire service

This saved me when I couldn’t breastfeed Emily. I was desperate to breastfeed and was absolutely NOT prepared to have any difficulty with it! It caught me off guard and I ended up expressing for 3 months (until I felt completely exhausted!). The breast pump we had got before Emily arrived was useless for me and I needed an electric one. I was suffering from mastitis A LOT and I think it was because the pumping wasn’t as efficient as if I had been feeding Emily directly. I discovered the Medela rental service from the hospital staff and decided to give it a go. They delivered it to my house and picked it up when I was done and it was so easy to sort out!
httpss://www.medela-rental.co.uk/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwxYLoBRCxARIsAEf16-sabH-UCUlKdWrbZJN3PvB6JjTwyaNGOwnF4XksUBbheR0iE0E9DIMaAtgHEALw_wcB

Video baby monitor

This was such a good investment for us. Ours has lasted 5 years almost, and whilst it has got Sellotape across the top (after Hubby dropped it down the stairs!), its still in good working order and I still use it with Edward. The video gave me loads of peace of mind when we first started putting Emily down before we were going to bed. Yes, I used to sit there for ages making sure I could see her little belly rising and falling but at least I could keep an eye on her.
Plus it has been perfect for when they each moved into a bed out of their cots. Which is why it’s still on for Edward in the evening! Staying in bed was nowhere near as fun as getting out of bed and climbing over the stairgate it seems! Thankfully the novelty has worn off I think so the baby monitor may finally retire now! Has had a very good run though!
We used this one (an older version). It also plays music and allows you to speak to them through the monitor (though this has never actually settled either of our children, instead they found it terrifying!), as well as tells you the temperature in their room and lights up when they start crying or making noise.

httpss://www.boots.com/motorola-mbp36s-digital-video-baby-monitor-10175399?cm_mmc=bmm-buk-google-ppc-_-PLAs-_-(GB:Whoop!)+Motorola-_-(GB:Whoop!)+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Baby+-+High+Margin+-+Desktop&gclid=Cj0KCQjwxYLoBRCxARIsAEf16-uWf1IGhqK7tZPiWJw2t39IXwrUEG0qZMFT8RMYMpvy8KAc2fJ5urEaAqo2EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

Bouncy Chair

I never actually thought about having somewhere to put baby down before Emily arrived. I held her constantly but the thought had never even crossed my mind beforehand. Shortly after she was born we were gifted a bouncy chair and she loved it! In fact both of them did. We chose one with lights, sounds, and loads of colour to keep her entertained and it was very well used with both our children. Just make sure you are aware of the safety guidelines with regards to sleeping in these chairs.
We had this one but I think they have updated it and have newer designs. Shame, this one had the best musical crab! httpss://www.amazon.co.uk/Tiny-Love-22218001-Gymini-Bouncer/dp/B003GAMMN4

Victoria is a newborn photographer, working from her home studio in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. As well as these wonderful baby buys it’s also a great idea to invest in capturing memories of this precious time. Find out more about my newborn sessions here. Or, please get in contact to discuss a session at Victoria J Photography.