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Newborn Photography in Fareham helps with Newborn Baby Shopping

With lots of time on our hands during lockdown, I’m sure that most of us will have done quite a bit of online shopping.  For me, it has been about purchasing gorgeous newborn photography props for my lovely studio, I honestly believe I I’ve become obsessed with searching for props on Etsy.   

It must be so exciting finding out that you’re pregnant.  Perhaps you might be too scared to buy anything for the first 12 weeks until it is safe.  Or you might choose to buy something little to keep in the bottom drawer.  I can remember when I wanted to have a baby I’d bought a little babygrow, however it’s something that unfortunately I never got to use.  They say that when you want something, buy something little to go with it and then you’ll get your wish for the larger item.  Like when I wanted a kitten, I went out and bought some kitten accessories.   

Here are some of the most special items that I think are definitely worth looking out for when you’re doing your shopping for your newborn.

1) Cute Little Snuggle Comforter or Favourite Toy 

It’s truly quite special for your baby to have their first little cuddly toy or snuggle blanket/comforter.  A baby likes to get attached to their favourite snuggly and it’s their comforter when they go to bed.  I absolutely love this little comforter from The White Company.  https://www.thewhitecompany.com/uk/Monkey-Comforter 

I’ve known parents buy two of the same version, just in case their favourite snuggly gets lost or is in the wash.  I’m sure that after a few years, a child’s favourite will get very scruffy.   In fact, I love it when an older sibling chooses their new brother or sister’s first toy.  It’s such a special thought.  I remember Henry bought his little brother a cuddly dinosaur which looked fantastic.  This also makes a special newborn photograph and one for both siblings to treasure. 

2) Muslins  

I love the variety of cloth muslins that mummies bring into the studio.  You can buy some amazing designs on muslins but they are quite a functional item really, to wipe away sick from a baby’s mouth and also to protect your back when winding your baby.  There have been many times that I wished I was quick enough to reach out for a muslin before a baby is sick down me.  Just one of the joys of a newborn photographer! 

three pink baby muslins cutout

I’m actually looking to offer mini muslins as gifts for 2021, so I can’t wait to get my sewing machine out in lockdown and get to work on my production of muslins.  I’ve also got some teething rings branded and looking to add a little square muslin too. 

Large muslins can be really good to swaddle a baby; making them feel secure and tucked up whilst having a breathable fabric.  Rebecca had a special muslin that they had bought for their baby that unfortunately did not make it, so mummy wanted to include it in the photo session so I used the muslin as a wrap for Erik. 

Here are some links to some amazing muslins:

Bloomsbury Mill Muslins  

https://www.bloomsburymill.com/product-category/baby-muslin/

Ziggle Baby Muslins 

https://ziggle.co.uk/product-category/muslins/

3) Lotions for Stretch Marks 

I just love taking maternity photographs, it really makes a new mummy feel quite special when they have their maternity session.  And if you haven’t already seen it, make sure you check out my Maternity Blog post.  (https://newbornphotographybyjennifer.co.uk/how-a-maternity-shoot-can-make-you-feel-so-special-and-beautiful/ )  

Some mummies are more than happy to expose their bump when they have their photo session.  One of the mummies I was chatting to was so convinced that she had no stretch marks because she had used tummy butter on her tummy through her pregnancy.  Some mummies tell me that they have found that coconut oil can be very good for stretch marks. They won’t remove the stretch marks but it can definitely help with how the skin feels.  

When doing a little research, I did come across Mio Skin Care company (https://www.mioskincare.co.uk/).  I absolutely loved the way pregnant mummies are able to shop by trimester.  The company was established in 2004 and was actually the first brand dedicated entirely to pregnancy skincare.  They also have a lovely blog post on a stomach massage during pregnancy which is well worth a read: 

https://www.mioskincare.co.uk/mamamio-blog/pregnancy/how-perform-stomach-massage-during-pregnancy/

4) Favourite Pregnancy Book 

When I first started to learn photography, I would spend a fortune on photography books and probably still do.  When we start on a new journey, whether it’s taking up a new hobby or project or even having a baby, we just want to absorb everything we can and do the right thing.  Putting it on a parallel with my photography though, I wanted to learn everything and do things the right way.  But there are so many right ways to do things.  You just have to go with what works for you.  I can really see the difference in second time mums that are so much more relaxed and go with the flow.  For a first-time mum or dad though, it is such a learning curve.  

Here are a few books I bought for the studio, I’m not sure how good they are from my own experience, but I have seen dads reading to get as much knowledge as they can.  Have a look at:

How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out: Your no-nonsense guide to pregnancy and birth by Clemmie Hooper 

First-Time Parent: The Honest Guide to coping brilliantly and staying sane in your baby’s first year 

5) Pregnancy Journal 

What girl doesn’t love a good notebook?  Whether it’s to scribble your to do lists or write a journal every morning.  Some people love their journals and helps them make sense of their thoughts and ideas.  As an adult, I would love to have received a handwritten journal from my mum – finding out all about me as a child.  It’s the little details that somehow get forgotten. 

I actually did a little search on Etsy to find out the best pregnancy journals out there.  There are so many and so I suppose it comes down to your personal choice.  I did come across this one from Keep My Stories on Etsy:  

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/767659556/week-by-week-pregnancy-journal-pregnancy?ref=shop_home_feat_2&pro=1

6) Pregnancy Photo Cards 

In lockdown, I had to cancel a few maternity shoots which was a real shame as it is so lovely to capture bump photographs.  I remember in the first lockdown, Kimberley so wanted her maternity photographs so we scheduled a call to go through some tips on how to do their own maternity session at home.  They honestly did so well.  I did a little editing on the photographs and they looked absolutely amazing.  I think that whether you have a professional maternity session or whether you have an iPhone image of your bump, it’s so great to see how your bump progresses.  Again on Etsy, there are some great pregnancy milestone cards:  

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/609850601/pregnancy-milestone-cards-floral?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pregnancy+bump+cards&ref=sr_gallery-1-21&organic_search_click=1&frs=1

6) Pregnancy Photo Cards 

In lockdown, I had to cancel a few maternity shoots which was a real shame as it is so lovely to capture bump photographs.  I remember in the first lockdown, Kimberley so wanted her maternity photographs so we scheduled a call to go through some tips on how to do their own maternity session at home.  They honestly did so well.  I did a little editing on the photographs and they looked absolutely amazing.  I think that whether you have a professional maternity session or whether you have an iPhone image of your bump, it’s so great to see how your bump progresses.  Again on Etsy, there are some great pregnancy milestone cards:  

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/609850601/pregnancy-milestone-cards-floral?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=pregnancy+bump+cards&ref=sr_gallery-1-21&organic_search_click=1&frs=1

8) Pretty Underwear   

What girl doesn’t want to look special and feel special under their clothes?  I was guilty of looking at my underwear drawer this year and thinking that I absolutely need to splash out and treat myself.  When you’re pregnant though, it’s certainly difficult to find underwear that is pretty but also makes you feel comfortable.  

Mother and Baby have written a great blog post on shops where you can buy comfortable and great looking underwear: 

 https://www.motherandbaby.co.uk/pregnancy/products/maternity/fashion/the-best-maternity-underwear

9) The Magical Hot Water Bottle  

During winter times in my gorgeous studio, I place a warm hot water bottle on my posing bean bag so when I place your baby down, the blanket doesn’t feel cold for them.  There’s absolutely nothing like getting into a cosy warm bed.  So when you’re pregnant, a hot water bottle is a girl’s best friend.  It can relieve an aching back, sore feet, and much more.  

Here is a web page on use of hot water bottle during pregnancy: 

https://www.babymed.com/are-hot-water-bottles-safe-in-pregnancy#modal

10) Something You Will Treasure Forever, Photographs of Your Newborn 

So on maternity leave, money may become really tight and you might not be able to afford non-essential items.  Occasionally, parents will say that they regretted not having newborn photographs taken for their first child and decide that it’s definitely something they wished they had had taken.  You can never get those first weeks of your baby being born back, and you will most definitely forget how absolutely tiny they were.  My mummies and daddies who invest in their special albums, beautiful wall art and/or digital images and will always have those photographs that they will have to treasure forever and pass on to their loved ones. 

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