Nothing beats being a new mum and those newborn cuddles. However, we all know it’s not all roses and rainbows and we could use all the help we can get. Enter these parenting pals that aid with those challenging moments and inject a little fun into your everyday.
Bonnie And Kind The Baby Kit + Change Mat RRP $295
This lush designer bag disguises some of the most practical parenting saviours. Thoughtfully designed to house all your baby essentials for when you’re on the go, the Bonnie & Kind Baby Kit is cut from luxurious grained leather and can be slotted perfectly into any handbag, compactly packed under your pram, used as a chic clutch or worn as a sleek cross-body bag. Complete with a change mat, this A-plus accessory features an external pocket for your phone and cards, two spacious zip pockets for you and bub, a generous storage pouch for nappies or travel accessories, a leather loop for holding dummies or keys, sturdy dual elastics to secure wet wipes or a tablet as well as a surprisingly ample amount of storage space. The best part is that they’re available in seven timeless colourways to suit any outfit or occasion and will be used way beyond your baby days.
Fitbit Charge 5 RRP $269.95
The greatest gadget to get you feeling back to yourself, fast! Monitoring your activity, sleep and stress, this clever device allows you to seamlessly make the best decisions for your body, mind and health. Charge 5 also comes with a 6-month Fitbit Premium membership and Daily Readiness – a score based on activity, sleep and heart rate variability that helps you optimise your workout routine. Your score comes with personalised activity recommendations, which range from light yoga and deep breathing through to HIT training, when your body’s ready. It’ll also enhance your recovery routine with advanced stress-management tools and heart health assessment features to ensure you’re taking care of what’s most important. This chic tracker will put a little fun into your every day, whilst keeping you motivated to keep moving and reach new goals. Choose from hundreds of guided workouts, a gallery of refreshing mindfulness sessions plus a host of other fitness features and built-in GPS.
BabyBjorn Mini Newborn Carrier RRP $160
The most stylish carrier out, you’ll be puffing your chest proud when carrying bub around in this easy-to-use pouch which takes the guesswork out of strapping in your baby. It’s super compact so doesn’t look bulky and is designed to meet bub’s need for closeness. Simple to put on and take off, this carrier is perfect for frequent, short baby-wearing sessions and great when you want to avoid the clunkiness of a pram. Just think of using the escalator with your BabyBjorn Carrier in tow rather than having to wait at the lifts with the other pram mums. You’ll also have both hands available so you can get about your business whether you’re out or at home. The clever design allows you to unfasten the entire front section to gently lift out your baby without disrupting their precious Zs. Made for bubs up to 12 months, this carrier offers essential support for every part of their body and allows them to face in or out. Available in three super soft materials: 3D jersey, 3D mesh and satin-woven cotton – all of which are gentle on bub’s delicate skin.
Emu Australia Slippers and Boots from RRP $59.95
Comfort is key for new mammas and Emu Australia’s range of slippers and boots epitomise comfort without compromising style, with the chic range and colours on offer. Using sustainable and natural materials, these are made to last – from soft and warm Australian Merino wool and leather through to the Australian double-face sheepskin which offers superior softness, as well as being renewable, biodegradable and 100% natural. You’ll notice the quality of these the moment they meet your foot. What really makes them stand out is the added layers of comfort, which include a rubber outsole for added traction and stability, a soft EVA midsole for support and an anatomically moulded EVA insole for optimal comfort. The brand also boasts the cutest collection of Baby Booties which are just too adorable to boot. They keep bub’s tootsies warm on cold winter days and make for great mum and bub twinning.
Papinelle Pyjamas from RRP $39.95
The most comfortable and chic pyjamas that add a little (much-needed) luxury to your everyday. Inspired by French prints and fabrics, Papinelle’s collection of stunning sleep and loungewear makes those first few weeks spent in pyjamas feel extra special. The beautiful range oozes quality and includes women’s sleepwear, nighties, pyjamas and robes with a focus on natural fabric. From winter warming soft-touch ribbed long sleeve and jogger pant combinations through to organic cotton pyjamas and sensual silk nighties and robes, there is something feel-good in the range for every mamma. A big shout-out to Papinelle’s Milla Rib Shelf Bra Tanks, which make for the perfect singlet to wear under your pyjamas, with their unique shelf bra seamlessly keeping your nursing pads in place at night time. They’re also available in 10 different colourways to complement any of your pyjama sets.
Hotmilk Maternity & Nursing Lingerie from RRP $24.95
This incredibly innovative maternity lingerie brand will create an obsession with its range that makes you look and feel amazing whilst being so practical for new mums. The collection is made for comfort with the use of premium Oeko-tex 100 certified fabrics, materials and accessories as well as featuring soft cup linings, minimal seams, graduated straps and additional hooks at the back for adjustment. You’ll get an instant confidence boost in these beautiful bras, which make you feel liberated and sexy at a time that can feel far from it. Think elegant lingerie for those special occasions, everyday t-shirt bras that look anything but mundane, all the way through to sports bras and breast pump bras that actually look good. The brand’s expertise and knowledge that your body is constantly changing means the lingerie is designed to transition with you through every stage. There is something in the range to suit every mamma’s situation and body shape.
The Dinner Ladies from RRP $11
After a long day and often sleepless night, the last thing you’ll have the brain capacity for is to come up with something to have for dinner, nor the energy to make it. Enter the super women dubbed the Dinner Ladies, who take away the stress of thinking about, shopping for, preparing and cooking dinner by delivering it to your door so that you can enjoy great, homemade food every day. A far cry from your average frozen delivery meals, you can actually taste the quality and that these meals have been hand-made with care. And with a constantly evolving weekly menu, you’ll never get sick of the variety. From classic family favourites such as Lasagna and Shephards Pie through to renowned-chef-inspired dishes, exotic curries and delightful desserts – even the fussiest palette is covered. The best part is ordering is simple and there are no lock-in contracts so you can top up your freezer whenever your heart desires to have great meals on hand on days that get the best of you.
Peaches Pilates Mums’n’Bubs Classes from RRP $31.50
This is the most fun you’ll have working out, hands down. A dream for new mammas who want to reclaim their pre-baby body and mental wellbeing, without having to organise childcare. These stellar 45-minute classes are set up in a relaxed manner, with cuddles and help with your little ones gladly given so you can focus on your workout. The sessions are intimate and a great way for new mothers to connect and even babies to play. The instructors at the Bondi studio are amazing with bubs and besides the novelty of being able to exercise with your baby by your side, you’ll get an incredible workout to get your core strength back stat.
The Breastfeeding Co. Tea from RRP $20
Breastfeeding is often considered one of the hardest parts of giving birth for new mums, so it’s comforting to have some help from this incredible range of organic teas that aid in the common challenges of new motherhood, pre and post-partum. The collection of tasty teas includes Pregnancy Tea to soothe mums in the making, Lactation Tea to help with milk production, Colic Tea to aid in alleviating the unpleasantries for mum and bub as well as Mamma Tea to help you recover postpartum. All Naturopath formulated, each tea is made from all-natural and organic ingredients and they’re all Fenugreek and caffeine-free as well as being free of gluten, soy, dairy and sugar. The range is available in pyramid tea bags or in loose-leaf varieties for whatever way mamma takes her tea.
Franjos Kitchen Lactation Biscuits from RRP $20.95
Munching on these delightful morsels is definitely the most fun and tasty way to aid in breastmilk production, making for a healthy treat to keep you going on those seemingly long days (and nights) with bub. With flavours such as Choc Chip and Fig & Almond, these lactation cookies will load you up with essential vitamins, minerals and good fats for the energy you need to deal with sleep deprivation, poonamis and the dreaded witching hour. They’re also packed with galactagogues – ingredients that have been used for centuries to support a healthy milk supply. Every bite provides a heavenly break from the busyness of mum life, nourishing you with natural superfoods like oats, chia seeds, coconut oil, buckwheat flour and flaxseeds. They’re also vegan and free from any nasties such as refined sugar, additives and preservatives.
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