The “If Money was no object” Baby Wishlist

I’ve seen lots of posts whilst being pregnant and read dozens and dozens of must-have baby guides or wish lists. The fact of the matter is, having a baby isn’t cheap and the list of things you must buy and want to buy can be 2 completely unrelated lists at the end of the day. Bobby and I have tried to be really frugal with money so that I can have a full 12 months off on maternity leave, whilst still being able to pay the mortgage and bills and hopefully have a holiday before I go back to work as well.

This has meant taking hand-me-downs from a anyone that’s offered them, buying bits and bobs with vouchers we got from our wedding day back in May and even entering hundreds of baby competitions in the hope of winning some stuff. (I have been lucky enough to win a couple of things; one of which would have been expensive for us to buy if not.)

When you’re pregnant you definitely see a theme of products that everyone is buying and if truth be told, there is a part of your brain telling you that you want that product too. Since this is the case or at least what I’ve seen myself, I thought I’d put together a little “If money was no object” baby wish list to show you the products I am lusting after for Baby Moore, but won’t be buying due to wanting to stick to a budget and trying to be savvy with our money to make it stretch that bit more.

The Sleepyhead – £120 from John Lewis

Everyone is buying one of these it seems, and I hear so many great things about them. I would absolutely love to purchase one for baba but it scares me the prospect of spending all that money and then her not actually enjoying sleeping in it or not wanting to be in it. I also love that you can get different patterned covers for these making them look that bit funkier than the usual white.

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Ask The Midwife Review

Pregnancy is a rollercoaster ride of being super happy one minute, and then worrying about something the next.

I’ve found especially that when it’s your first baby and the pregnancy is classed as ok; you don’t get a lot of support outside of your usual midwife appointments when they test your wee, blood pressure and check you’re measuring on track in the later stages. You’ve got your green notes to carry about with you but the minute something doesn’t feel right or if you’re having a bit of a wobble, it’s hard to know where to turn and not feel as though you are pestering them or being a drama queen.

You should never feel as though you are being a burden, especially when this is their job at the end of the day and they are supposed to help guide you through your pregnancy in a way that is good for both you and baby. It is very easy to get sucked into the online world and start googling things which makes everything feel 100 times more magnified and you instantly think the worst case scenario. We have all been there! Upon looking for answers however, you might stumble across a site/app called Ask the Midwife.

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Soul Insoles: a treat for your feet

My feet have taken one hell of a whack this pregnancy but fingers crossed, so far I’ve managed to avoid any swelling. When I say they’ve suffered I refer to the lack of ability to put ones shoes on and the reliance of slip on sandals which don’t always offer a great deal of support.

When I was sent some insoles to put to the test, I wasn’t sure what to expect. That probably sounds ridiculous but I’ve never needed to use insoles before so I wasn’t sure what they would feel like or whether I would like the idea of wearing them.

Souls Insoles are designed specifically for us pregnant ladies out there and are made to support your feet and arches throughout pregnancy.

As I’ve progressed throughout pregnancy, I have noticed that day-to-day the ability to see my feet is starting to slip out of my grasp and soon no doubt, I won’t be able to see them at all. This poses a problem for making sure they are well looked after but this is where the insoles have come in super handy.

The pair I received were Poppy Red as you can see, but you can also get them in Royal Purple, Baby Pink, Baby Blue, Slate Grey and Silver, so a pair for most kind of shoes really and are a bargain at the moment at £19.99.

If you didn’t already know, hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy release a hormone called “Relaxin”. This loosens all the ligaments and tendons in you body including those in your feet; causing your arches to fall and increasing the size of your foot by a whole shoe size! As if your body doesn’t get big enough your feet suffer too.

I’ve been trying these out in my work shoes and trainers and have definitely felt a different level of comfort to anything I’ve worn before. Shoes aren’t always the comfiest creation especially when lots of ladies like to wear gorgeous shoes that cripple their feet. These insoles have a cushioned section in the arch that provides a good level of support and comfort when you’re out and about or stood on your feet for a period of time. In my job I’m office based but regularly find myself moving about to meetings etc so these have been a lifesaver at seeing me through my last trimester. I have 9 weeks to go and these will stick with me no doubt until she is here and even beyond if I can’t bear to part with them.

If you have long-suffering feet and are pregnant then I would definitely recommend these to help you relieve some of that pressure.

Laura x

*These items were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, no payment has been received and all thoughts and content are my own*

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