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It Takes a Village

it takes a village to raise a newborn

It’s a phrase that’s commonly said in parenting circles and still rings true today – it takes a village to raise a child.

Mamas listen up – don’t go it alone!

Find or create your own ‘village’ to nurture and support both you and your little one.

Becoming a mother is transforming and full of changes that you can never fully prepare for.

We’ve rounded up some ideas for building up a network that will help get you through these rewarding (but exhausting!) times of new motherhood.

Find Your Tribe

Motherhood can be a lonely and isolating experience for some mums.

Having a go-to group of mamas with similar aged children can make a BIG difference and provide you with much-needed understanding and support. Another sleepless night? Yes. First nappy blowout. Yep! Anxieties about feeding. Been there.

Having other mums who are experiencing similar emotions and milestones can be so important to help get you through those tough days and be with you to celebrate the magical moments.

BUT sometimes you need to make the first move to find this tribe of like-minded mamas.

Here are some ideas:

  • Join an online group where you can share and learn together. There are SO many Facebook groups and postnatal forums that you can check out.
  • Get fit and make new friends with a Mums and Bubs exercise group. There are plenty to choose from including yoga, pilates and boot camps.
  • Say yes to joining a new parenting group, organised by your local Child and Family Centre. It’s the perfect way to meet new mums who live in your area and have a bub of a similar age. Suggest grabbing a coffee together after a baby class and get to know one another better.

Outsourcing is Your Friend

Remember you don’t have to do it all yourself!

If there’s something you can outsource to make those first few sleep deprived months a little easier, then do it.

A meal delivery service is worth its weight in gold (especially in the newborn haze). No cooking and no clean-up is a win, win situation.

Or if budget allows, a cleaner that pops in every fortnight to help keep on top of household chores is super helpful (giving you the opportunity to get that much needed rest rather than mopping the floors).

And did we mention, a grocery delivery service is a game changer.

Ask For Help and Say Yes

If a friend asks if there is anything they can pick up for you, say YES.

Ask for that takeaway coffee (double shot!) or a box of nappies that you’re running low on.

People genuinely want to support you in this new chapter, so don’t think you’re being a burden.

And don’t be afraid to ask for help too – but make sure you’re specific about what you really need. It might be a family member coming over to watch bub while you have a shower and a nap or a neighbour taking your dog for a walk or tackling the piles of washing for you.

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Find Your Professionals

There are plenty of fantastic services available that offer free professional help for families.

This includes organisations like COPE (Centre Of Perinatal Excellence), which provides support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent.

Another great service is the Australian Breastfeeding Association, which offers a 24/7 Breastfeeding Helpline.

Karitane is also a fantastic resource for helping new parents around sleep and settling, feeding and nutrition, as well as mental health.

It Takes a Village, Mumma

It certainly does take a village and if you’re looking to build yours, then there’s not time like right now!

If you’ve got your village and you wish to send a gift of thanks or if you’re part of a village and a new mum or baby needs a little boost of good endorphins, then send a stunning boutique gift their way!

Shop our best-sellers for inspiration!

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Must Haves for Mum and Baby

You got two lines, cue celebrations, and also planning those must-haves for mum and the new baby!

Being pregnant with your first bub is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming with the endless baby items and brands available.

Luckily for you, we’ve been there (and bought a few too many products that ended up in the ‘not used’ pile).

Here’s our go-to guide for some must-haves for mum when the time comes to consider new purchases for bub. Note we haven’t included the obvious items like a cot, change table, pram, car seat (you get the idea!).

Travel Change Mat

When you start venturing out and about, there’s bound to be a few nappy changes along the way.

A portable change mat keeps your precious bundle safe from germs wherever you happen to be changing them.

Our boutique stocks The Somewhere Co luxe change mats that are both stylish and practical.

It features a handy wrist strap and internal pocket to keep changing essentials, meaning you don’t have to take your whole bag out of the pram for a quick nappy change.

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Photo credit: The Somewhere Co

Wrapping

Ok here’s the lowdown. There are SO many types of wraps available – muslin, jersey, bunny rugs and sleeping bags.

For swaddling a newborn, we recommend a jersey wrap as the material is stretchy and helps prevent little wrigglers from escaping!

A beautiful option is the Snuggle Hunny Kids Cotton Baby Wrap Set – the hard part is choosing what design to pick.

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Photo Credit: Snuggle Hunny Kids

Dummies

Everyone has an opinion about dummies, but we suggest you look into it as an option in case you need one to help settle bub.

Not all dummies are created equal. One of our favourites is the Hevea dummy. It’s made from 100% natural rubber, featuring unique ventilation holes and a solid design (which prevents bacteria).

Another stylish option are BIBS dummies that come in an array of on-trend colours.

A handy tip to remember is a dummy that works for one baby might not work for another – so try a couple of designs until you find one that your bub likes best.

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Photo Credit: golden.flax (Instagram)

Breast Pump Milk Saver

Listen up Mamas – this is a GAME CHANGER!

Every drop of liquid gold counts when you’re pumping or breast feeding your little one.

A Milk Saver works by suctioning onto your breast (the alternate breast), catching any let down or excess breast milk that would otherwise go to waste. Our pick is the Milky Goodness Breast Pump Milk Saver, which made from soft silicone and requires no assembly (plus it includes a spill proof lid).

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Photo Credit: ohmywildhearts (Instagram)

Journal

As they say, the days go slow, but the years go fast.

In the whirlwind of changing nappies, feeding, burping and cuddles, we often forget to write down those special moments and little milestones. A journal is the perfect way to capture those memories before they are forgotten. We love the Raising You Journal by Write To Me.

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Photo credit: onemums.style (Instagram)

Grab One of These Must Haves for Mum From Our Store

Are you keen to get your hands on these goodies to start your motherhood journey?

We offer a Gift Registry at Baby By Boutique Bundles.

It’s the perfect option for baby showers (and means you get what you really want).

Plus, family and friends appreciate being given some hints on what the mama-to-be would really like.

Pop in store and chat to Kellie about organising your special registry. Alternatively, you can grab a stunning gift certificate from our online store!

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And Then There Were Two: Welcoming Your New Baby

welcoming a new baby to the family

Are you planning to add to your tribe or already pregnant with a new baby?

Introducing another bundle of joy to your family is an exciting time, but also comes with its own unique challenges.

We’ve rounded up some ideas to make it a smoother transition (although we can’t guarantee there won’t be any bumps along the way!).

What to expect when you’re expecting a new baby

Although you’ve been pregnant before, this doesn’t guarantee that your pregnancy will be similar.

Plus, there is already one major difference – you’re running around after another child!

It really is true that time flies with your second pregnancy. You’re often so busy juggling work and the needs of your toddler that you struggle to fill in a pregnancy journal or remember how many weeks you are (compared to your first pregnancy when you could tell people what fruit/vegetable the baby’s size compared to!).

The word ‘tired’ also comes up frequently in conversation with bump number two. Mamas often feel more exhausted during their second pregnancy, as there is less opportunity to rest and add in the physical demands of looking after a child.

Generally, there is also more of a focus afterwards (bringing baby number two home) rather than the actual birth. Parents have to plan for adjustments to home life and prepare their firstborn for the arrival of a sibling.

Preparing number one for number two

A really important part of preparing your child emotionally for a sibling is to help them understand what to expect.

If your firstborn is no longer a baby themselves, then they will likely have a better understanding of what a new baby means. Talk to them about their baby sister or brother and be prepared to answer any questions.

If you’re out and about, point out babies for them to watch and interact with.

There are books about becoming a big brother or sister that you can read to your toddler or give to an older child to read. Some of our favourites are: There’s A House Inside My Mummy by Giles Andreae, Spot’s Baby Sister by Eric Hill and Babies Don’t Eat Pizza by Dianne Danzig.

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Introducing the new sibling to the new baby

When your older child meets their new baby brother or sister for the first time, it can either be the sweetest moment or end in tears!

Here are some useful tips to help it be a happy first meeting:

  • Introduce the new bub as ‘our baby’ or ‘your baby sister/brother’. This makes them feel included.
  • Ask your child if they would like to cuddle or pat the baby. But if they say ‘no’, then don’t force it.
  • Don’t hold the baby when you first introduce them. Instead have the baby lie in the bassinet, so it frees you up to give your firstborn a hug if they need the extra support.

A nice idea is to give a ‘new big brother or new big sister’ gift from Mum and Dad. This makes them feel special. It’s also lovely when visitors bring a present for the older sibling (this can be something small like a book or treat), as well as the new bub to make them feel included.

If you’re stuck for gifting inspiration, pop into Baby By Boutique Bundles in store at Woolongong or shop our online store here.

And remember, although the first few months with two little ones can be exhausting and overwhelming, it’s all worth it as they will grow up having a friend for life.

More gifting inspiration for the new bundle of joy

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Who will you Give a Bundle of Love to?

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Boutique Bundles are inspired by the beautiful array of Australian owned products designed especially for new Mums & Bubs.

We’ve hand picked some of our favourite necessities and boxed them up ready to spoil a new mum, new dad, new baby… or babies!

Our Bundles are the perfect gift for babyshowers, celebrating new babies & congratulating new parents. We welcome you to build your own bundle or order one hand curated.

It will be completed with a swing tag for your personal message and delivered to the recipients door. We deliver Australia wide within 3 business days and offer free, same day local delivery.