5 things you didn’t know about your newborn session

So, you’re thinking about a Newborn Photoshoot… Congratulations!

The first few days and weeks when baby arrives can very much feel like a whirlwind of activities and emotions but in the midst of all changes, taking time to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments is so important!

This is exactly why so many parents choose to book a Newborn Photoshoot and this is also why over the years I put so much care into creating a process and workflow that makes the whole experience a relaxing, stress-free one.

Imaging the day of your session as a little gateway where you’re finally be able to sit down and relax (maybe with a nice cup of tea or coffee) while everything else is taken care of: from settling baby to creating beautiful photographs for you.

Now if this is your first Newborn Session there might be a few things you don’t know and this is why I have decided to write this blog post for you.

Ready to discover 5 little-known facts about your Newborn Photography Session?

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The workflow we choose for posing your little one is designed to minimise disturbance and for absolute safety

That’s right.

To create a gallery that truly capture all those tiny details and beautiful poses every newborn photographer creates a specific workflow.

While keeping your little one safe is the absolute priority at all times – I have chosen to work in a way that minimises movements and changes between one shot and the other.

This way, once your little one has settled and asleep we will reduce the chances of their beautiful sleep being interrupted.

However, of course, babies are unpredictable, and that’s why:

We work with a baby-led approach

No matter what I have planned for you, baby is the boss! If they need a little break, a feed or simply don’t seem to relax into a particular pose we will ALWAYS adjust and adapt to their needs

We allow plenty of time for your session

Most days, your Newborn Photoshoot will be the only appointment booked at my studio so we don’t need to rush into capturing your photographs.

Should baby take a little longer to settle… no stress!

The sooner you book, the sooner we can start working on the “styling”

Yes, your Newborn Photography Session is a once in a lifetime experience – that’s why we want to ensure your photographs look exactly the way you want.

This, of course, start from the colours.

While each photographer has their own style, most photographers use a range of props, wraps, backdrops and accessories to create setups you truly love.

For me styling your session is actually one of the most important (and fun) part of the process and this is why ahead of your newborn photoshoot you’ll receive a questionnaire to help you provide me with all details needed to plan your session.

Beyond the questionnaire, though, I am always available for a chat over the phone or via email – so never hesitate to ask questions or simply talk to me about colours or keepsakes you’d love to have incorporated into your images.

This is why I always encourage parents to book as early as possible during pregnancy: it gives us a little more time to plan and ensure your images look best.

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Editing is a big part of the “magic”

This part of the process is one that happens “behind the scenes” but truly makes all the difference.

But what is editing?

Well, in short, it is a process that helps us remove all elements that could be distracting to the eye when you look at your images, while preserving all those tiny details and that natural look that makes photographs real.

For example: to ensure safety of baby during the session we might at times shoot while supporting baby’s head and (of course) we will then edit the adult’s hands out of your images!!

Last but not least I will always ensure that your photographs follow specific standards that will make them look beautiful when printed.

This is also why I work with only a handful of very selected professional printing labs in the country: having worked with them for years I can guarantee that their equipment and materials are perfect for printing your images!

Images of your newborn baby with you and your partner can be created even if you don’t want to be on camera “full body”

See this image?

This is one of my most requested shots as it captures the beauty of the bond between you and your little one but only requires for your hands to be photographed!

I particularly love this shot also because pictures baby safe and happy in your hands, which is something they will also adore seeing when they look at their images as grown ups.

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A Newborn Photography Session is a gift to your little one – not only to yourself and your family!

If you are lucky enough to have images of yourself as a kid with your your parents you know exactly what I am talking about.

As we grow up and go through life, photographs of our family become more and more precious and an incredible reminder of moments in our lives that will never come back.

This is exactly where “phone snaps” fall short: technology changes, phone and computers break, but printed photographs are something your children will be able to hold in their hands many many years from now.

An incredible, and incredibly powerful gift to them.

Curious about the rest?

If you are considering a maternity photoshoot or newborn photoshoot at my studio in Eckington I would absolutely love to hear from you and tell you more about my approach to working with babies.

The Best Antenatal Classes in the Cotswolds

Once you find out you are pregnant you will likely want to learn everything you can about your pregnancy and the development of your growing baby and a popular way to learn everything you need to know is with the help of an antenatal or pregnancy class in the Cotswolds. 

These classes are typically facilitated by healthcare professionals or experienced midwives, covering a diverse array of subjects related to pregnancy, labour, and early parenthood. During antenatal classes, expectant mothers learn vital information about what to expect from their pregnancy, how to cope with pregnancy symptoms, and how to spot the signs of labour. Antenatal classes can be very informative and include important information on how to navigate labour, and how to implement relaxation techniques to create a positive birthing experience. 

Some pregnancy classes also offer pregnancy-safe exercises such as yoga and stretching. Pregnancy classes also offer the ideal environment to meet other parents and create connections with other women who are having their babies around the same time as you. Creating lasting connections with other expectant parents can provide a supportive community during both your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

However, how do you find an antenatal class that is right for you? Below we have compiled a list of the five best antenatal and pregnancy classes available in the Cotswolds area. 

The Holistic Haven

The Holistic Haven offers expectant mothers pregnancy yoga and hypnobirthing classes. Set up by Jen, a mother to two young girls, and a qualified Reflexologist and Hypnobirthing teacher, The Holistic Haven offers supportive classes to mothers-to-be in the Wiltshire area. 

Experience the 6-week Pregnancy Yoga and Relaxation program, designed for expectant mothers. Each session, spanning 1 hour and 15 minutes, is a soothing place for you to unwind, and connect with your growing baby. Each week a distinct birth or pregnancy topic is explored, followed by a guided relaxation session. During classes, you can also make connections with fellow expectant parents within the local community.

Expectant mothers can also take Hypnobirthing classes—an approach firmly grounded in science and empowerment. The Holistic Haven focuses on teaching adaptable techniques for various scenarios, including caesarean sections and induction. 

The classes delve into how to create a positive birth experience, and dispelling childbirth-related fears. Classes also focus on how to master deep relaxation through breathing and visualisation

Expanding beyond Hypnobirthing, the classes encompass Pregnancy Relaxation, Positive Caesarean Workshops, 3 Step Birth Rewind Awareness classes, Pre and Postnatal yoga sessions, and Infant Feeding Support Sessions. 

Best Antenatal Classes in the Costwolds: Our Baby Club

Our Baby Club, founded by Victoria Warnes, aims to support and empower prospective parents through their range of classes in the Cotswolds area. Our Baby Club aims to equip parents with the tools to self-support and arms them with the knowledge needed to navigate childbirth and the initial days at home with their newborn. 

The Birth & Early Days Preparation is the ideal class for first-time parents. The five-session course is guided by our esteemed FEDANT-accredited Birth & Parent Coaches and ensures expectant parents leave positively prepared in both mind and body, for the birth of their child. 

Classes include the latest evidence-based research, parenting insights, and interactive sessions, devoid of any cringe-inducing role plays. The  Birth & Early Days Preparation course also includes a Before Noon Tea and a thoughtful Goody bag, and parents can book ‘Mini First Aid’ classes. 

Our Baby Club also includes classes for parents who already have children and grandparents preparation classes. 

The Bump to Baby Chapter  

The Bump to Baby Chapter was set up by Beth, a midwife and mother of four, who wanted to support mothers-to-be and use her knowledge as an NHS midwife. The Bump to Baby Chapter offers antenatal classes to mothers-to-be in the Cheltenham and Gloucester area and includes both online and in-person formats. 

In-person antenatal classes, taught over 4 evenings, include practical tips to help with your birth and cover everything from when to go into the hospital to coming home with your baby. Classes also cover what to expect from a caesarean birth and taking care of your baby when you get home. 

The online classes cover everything in the in-person classes, however, the face-to-face classes have the added benefit of being able to meet other expectant parents in your local area. 

Bump and Baby Club – Oxford

Bump & Baby Club is an independent provider of antenatal classes in the UK. They provide informative courses for expectant parents available both online and in person. 

The Bump & Baby Club classes take a modern approach to traditional antenatal education, placing a strong emphasis on supporting your choices throughout your pregnancy and birth journey. The Bump & Baby classes offer a sociable setting for parents-to-be to come together, learn about pregnancy, birth, and baby care, and have some fun. Each class is limited to only ten couples with baby due dates within a four-week window of each other, providing parents with the opportunity to create meaningful friendships. 

Bump & Baby Club classes also include free baby first aid information to assist parents should an emergency arise once their baby is born. Classes also include a hypnobirthing course enabling expectant parents to explore relaxation techniques and foster a positive and empowering birthing experience. 

The Baby Journey 

The Baby Journey was set up by two midwives, Hannah and Jules, and now employs several fully qualified midwives as part of the Baby Journey team. The aim is to provide supportive and informative antenatal classes to expectant mothers using the wealth of knowledge the team has from their careers as midwives and as mothers themselves. 

The Baby Journey offers antenatal classes and hypnobirthing classes to expectant mums-to-be in the Cheltenham area. The antenatal classes are held over four consecutive weekday evenings or two longer weekend days. The sessions cover everything a new mum would need to know to prepare themselves including what to expect during pregnancy, pain relief methods and what to expect from labour, and how to prepare for the first few weeks with your baby. 

Hypnobirthing workshops are also offered to help expectant mums learn how to use breathwork, massage, and optimal fetal positioning to help create a positive birth experience. 

Counting Down The Days?

If you are preparing for your little one’s arrival, don’t forget to check out Newborn Photoshoots and Maternity Photoshoots at our Pershore fine art studio.

How to help my baby sleep through a summer heatwave

The arrival of summer brings sunny days, outdoor adventures, and the occasional heatwave. While it is lovely to enjoy the warm summer temperatures during the day, the heat can pose challenges when it comes to getting your baby to sleep at night.

Navigating balmy summer nights can be difficult with a young baby, and you may be wondering how you can help your baby to sleep through the night when the temperatures are soaring.

In this article, we’ll explore some techniques and practical tips to help your baby sleep soundly and safely through sweltering summer nights, so you can rest assured your baby is getting the rest they need.


Keep a cool environment

Creating a cool and comfortable sleeping environment is key to helping your baby drift off. If the room your baby sleeps in gets too hot it can become a safety issue for young babies. Newborns are unable to regulate their body temperature until they are around 11 weeks old, therefore you need to ensure that their room is maintained at a safe temperature.

You can keep your baby’s room cool with a few simple steps:

  • Keep curtains or blinds closed during the day to help prevent the sun’s rays from heating up the air in their room.
  • Open the windows during the coolest part of the day, which is usually early evening, as keeping windows open during the day will let in the hot air.
  • Use a fan or air conditioner to circulate and cool down the air in your baby’s room before they are put down to sleep.
  • Use a room thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature of the room your baby sleeps in. If your baby is under 6 months old, they should be sleeping in the same room as you, which will make it easier and safer to monitor them.
  • Opt for bedding made with breathable natural fibres such as cotton and linen, and only use a very lightweight open weave blanket, or no blanket at all.
  • Dress your baby for the heat
  • During a heatwave, it is important to dress your baby appropriately to prevent overheating. Choose natural and lightweight fabrics such as linen and cotton that are breathable and will allow some airflow to the skin.

When it comes to bedtime take note of the temperature and how warm your baby’s skin feels. Every baby is different so check for signs they might be too hot such as a red face or sweaty skin. If the temperatures at night are soaring you may only need to dress your baby in a single layer such as a sleep suit or a short sleeve vest. Check the temperature of your home and adjust your baby’s clothing accordingly.


Keep on top of hydration

Staying hydrated is very important for anyone during a heatwave but babies in particular need extra care to ensure they do not suffer from dehydration.

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For breastfed babies ensure that you offer feeds more frequently and allow your baby to feed for as long as they need to. Your milk will be able to provide all the hydration your baby needs during the hot summer months, and can actually adapt to your baby’s needs.

Bottle-fed babies


If you are bottle-feeding your baby, continue to make your baby’s milk as normal, however, you can let it cool more than usual before feeding it to your baby, during a heatwave. If you are using formula however it is crucial that you continue to use boiled water to prepare it, to ensure the milk is sterilised, and safe to drink.

Weaned babies


If your baby has started to eat solid foods you can offer them sips of cooled boiled water in between milk feeds. However be cautious and only offer small amounts of water, as too much fluids could disrupt their sleeping patterns.

By keeping on top of your baby’s fluids you will ensure that your baby is kept well-hydrated which will positively impact their quality of sleep. Ensuring your baby is fully hydrated will also help them to regulate their body temperature and ease their digestion, allowing them to sleep more peacefully.

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Keep a healthy sleep schedule


When the weather is hot and sticky and the days are longer it can be tempting to let your baby nap for longer or go to bed a little later. However, a regular sleep routine is very beneficial to your baby and will help them feel more rested and less irritable.

Keeping to a regular nap schedule during the day will benefit your baby, and yourself when it comes to bedtime. Consider shortening their nap time during the day and bringing forward their bedtime to optimise their sleep for the cooler parts of the day. On a hot day, your baby will tire more easily so they will more than likely be ready for an early night.

Make sure you are prepared for the early morning sunrise by installing blackout blinds in the room where your baby sleeps. This will help to prevent the sun from waking them up too early and also block out some of the intense summer heat. Blackout blinds will also help at night, as it will still be light outside when you put your baby down to sleep. Keeping the room dark will also aid with melatonin production, which is the hormone that helps you fall asleep.

Final thoughts


With the help of the above tips and advice, you will be able to help your baby to cope with a heatwave and have a peaceful night’s sleep through the hottest summer nights.

Helping your baby to sleep comfortably through a summer heatwave requires some minor preparation to create the ideal safe environment for them to sleep in. By ensuring their room is cool, and dressing your baby in light layers you will help them to feel more comfortable and they will get more rest for the day ahead.

The Mindful Mum-to-Be: Practising Self-Care and Reducing Stress During Pregnancy

Finding out you are pregnant can be an exciting time, however, for many women it can also be a stressful time. Along with the many doctor and hospital appointments, o remember your body is also undergoing many changes which can be stressful, especially for a first-time mother.

This is why it is essential when you are pregnant to prioritise taking care of yourself. By making time for yourself you will have the best chance of a healthy and happy pregnancy. In this article, we will discuss some of the best tips for relaxing and reducing stress while you are pregnant.

Prioritise rest and relaxation


It is important while you are pregnant to prioritise rest as much as possible. Each stage of pregnancy has its challenges and it can be both physically and emotionally draining so it is important to take care of yourself.


Choose an activity you enjoy, this could be reading a book, taking a bath, or gardening. Try spending time on your hobbies such as painting or baking or just simply curl up and watch a few episodes of your favourite show. This downtime will be beneficial for your body and mind. If you prefer company, arrange to have coffee with a friend or set aside time to spend with your partner while you still have some alone time.

Reducing stress during pregnancy: Practice mindfulness


Mindfulness practices are great at helping you to de-stress and involve learning techniques to stay present and aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. There are many free mindfulness exercises available online on YouTube or through subscription meditation apps such as Headspace and Calm.

Taking time each day to commit to mindfulness such as focusing on your breathing or taking a mindful walk outside in nature can help you to de-stress. Mindfulness can also help you make a mind-body connection and connect with your growing baby and create a deeper bond.

Self Care During Pregnancy: Stay active


Staying active during pregnancy through gentle exercise can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. If you can exercise during your pregnancy it can help boost your mood, increase energy levels, and improve sleep quality.

Check with your doctor or healthcare provider before engaging in any new exercise routines and choose low-impact activities. Prenatal yoga or swimming are all great ways to stay active without pushing your body too hard during pregnancy.

If you find exercise difficult there are many low-impact video tutorials you can follow at home online or you can simply take a long walk around your hometown.

Self Care During Pregnancy: Take time to connect with others


Taking time to connect with friends or family can be beneficial for you during pregnancy. Talking to people about your worries can greatly help to reduce stress and it can help to hear from others who have already had children.

You can also look for local mums-to-be groups or join a prenatal support group to meet other parents who are expecting their babies around the same time as you. Connecting with other mums will be a great way to get out and about once your baby arrives and you will be able to bond over shared experiences.

Practice self-compassion


When you are pregnant it can be easy to overthink and worry about yourself as a future parent or be critical of your changing body shape. Take time to be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. Be patient and recognise that your body is doing an incredible job and is busy creating a safe home for your baby while they grow.


Although your body is changing and growing with your baby, it is only temporary and there are many ways you can return to your pre-baby body shape once your baby is born, if you wish to do so.

Eat healthily during pregnacy


Ensure that you are feeding yourself all the nutrients your body needs and eat a healthy diet. Check with your doctor or midwife team what vitamins you should be taking and choose healthy whole food options.

Of course, you are entitled to treat yourself to your favourite foods too, however, make sure your diet is balanced and you are fueling your body with the food it needs to keep your body healthy.

By eating healthily you will feel more energetic and eating well can also help your mind to feel more at ease.

Create a positive environment


Creating a positive environment at home and work can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Surround yourself with items that bring you joy and lift your mood such as bright flowers, uplifting music, or soothing aromatherapy.

Choose some positive affirmations that bring you joy and take the time before your baby arrives to clear any clutter in your house.

Clearing space at home will help your mind feel clearer and you may feel calmer and more relaxed knowing you are taking steps to prepare for your baby’s arrival.

Self Care During Pregnancy: Final thoughts


Taking care of your mental and emotional health during pregnancy is equally as important as your physical health.

By incorporating the above self-care practices into your daily routine, you can reduce your stress, begin to feel calmer, and improve your overall well-being. Engaging in physical activity and incorporating mindfulness practices can significantly aid in decreasing stress levels. Additionally, it is crucial to prioritise healthy eating habits and foster a positive atmosphere within your home.
Try to approach your pregnancy journey with a mindful and compassionate mindset. By doing so, you can create a positive environment for yourself and your baby, and enjoy this special time in your life to the fullest.

Setting aside time for yourself is important during pregnancy, as very soon you will have another little person to care for. It is important to remember to prioritise your needs, specifically seeking support and help if needed.


If you find that your stress levels are becoming unmanageable speak to your doctor or midwife who will be able to help you or refer you for additional help if needed.

6 Common Ways Your Body Changes During Pregnancy

When you discover that you’re pregnant, it’s an incredible moment filled with joy and excitement. But as the reality sets in, you may start to feel overwhelmed by the changes that lie ahead. It’s natural to feel a mix of emotions as your body transforms to accommodate your growing baby.

Throughout your pregnancy, your body will go through a range of changes that can be both exciting and challenging. From morning sickness to swollen ankles, these transformations can be unpredictable and sometimes uncomfortable. However, being prepared for what’s to come can help you feel more in control and less anxious.

So, let’s take a closer look at the 10 ways your body changes during pregnancy, and some tips to help you navigate this incredible journey. Whether it’s finding the right bra to accommodate your growing breasts or dealing with the fatigue that comes with growing a baby, we’ll explore it all. Because at the end of the day, pregnancy is a unique and personal experience, and we’re here to help you make the most of it.

Morning Sickness

Ah, morning sickness. It’s the dreaded pregnancy symptom that no one enjoys, yet most women experience. Nausea and vomiting are two of the most common early pregnancy signs, and they can strike at any time of the day. Morning sickness can start as early as 6 weeks of pregnancy and usually lasts through the first trimester, although some women can experience it throughout their entire pregnancy.

It’s not just the feeling of sickness that’s uncomfortable. Loss of appetite, food aversions, and an overall feeling of queasiness can make it challenging to get through the day. However, there are things you can do to ease these symptoms. Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day, avoiding spicy or greasy foods, and drinking plenty of fluids can all help reduce nausea. Ginger tea or ginger-flavoured sweets can also be helpful, and many women swear by them as a natural remedy.

Dealing with morning sickness can be tough, but it’s essential to take care of yourself and your growing baby. If the symptoms are severe and affecting your daily life, don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor. There are medications and other remedies available that can help alleviate your symptoms, so you can enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest.

Body Changes During Pregnancy: Your Bra Size

As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll notice changes in your breasts as the hormones estrogen and progesterone increase. Your breasts may feel more sensitive or tender, and your usual bras may start to feel uncomfortable or tight. It’s important to invest in good quality maternity bras that provide adequate support and allow room for growth.

If you find that your usual bras feel too small or uncomfortable, consider getting professionally measured for a bra that fits you properly. A maternity bra without underwire can be a great option, providing support while allowing room for your breasts to grow. As your ribcage may also expand during pregnancy, ensure that your bra fits comfortably around your chest, without feeling too tight or constricting.

There are a variety of maternity bras available on the market, including wire-free bras, sports bras, and nursing bras. It’s a good idea to have a few different styles on hand, depending on your needs and preferences. Some popular brands include Bravado, Cake Maternity, and Motherhood Maternity.

When shopping for a maternity bra, look for features like adjustable straps, wider bands for support, and stretchy fabric that can accommodate changes in breast size. You may also want to consider purchasing bra extenders, which can help make your regular bras more comfortable during pregnancy.

It’s essential to choose the right size bra, as wearing the wrong size can lead to discomfort, back pain, and even blocked milk ducts. To get an accurate measurement, you can visit a professional bra fitter or use an online bra size calculator. Many retailers offer free online sizing guides, such as Figleaves and Bravissimo.

In addition to finding the right bra, you can also take steps to care for your breasts during pregnancy. This includes avoiding harsh soaps and lotions that can dry out your skin, wearing a supportive sleep bra at night, and avoiding underwire bras during the later stages of pregnancy.

By choosing the right bra and taking care of your breasts during pregnancy, you can help alleviate discomfort and ensure that your breasts feel supported throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

Frequent need to pee

As your pregnancy progresses, you may start to notice that you need to pee more often than usual. This can be due to hormonal changes that cause your kidneys to work harder to cleanse your body of toxins. Additionally, as your baby grows, their weight will put pressure on your bladder, leading to more frequent bathroom breaks.

While it’s normal to experience a frequent need to pee during pregnancy, it can be uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily routine. To manage this symptom, try cutting down on large drinks a few hours before bed, and avoid caffeinated drinks, which can make you need to pee more often. Wearing comfortable clothing and footwear can also help you move around easily, preventing unnecessary pressure on your bladder.

It’s important to stay hydrated during pregnancy, so don’t avoid drinking water or other fluids altogether. Instead, try sipping small amounts of water throughout the day rather than drinking large quantities all at once. This can help prevent dehydration and reduce the need to pee as frequently.

If you find that you’re still experiencing discomfort or pain while urinating, or if you have other urinary symptoms like burning or itching, it’s important to talk to your doctor. These could be signs of a urinary tract infection, which can be common during pregnancy. Your doctor can provide you with treatment options and advise you on how to manage your symptoms.

For more information on urinary symptoms during pregnancy, and what to do if you’re experiencing discomfort or pain while urinating, check out the NHS guide on urinary tract infections during pregnancy.

Remember, every pregnancy is different, and it’s important to listen to your body and seek medical advice if you’re experiencing any discomfort or pain. Taking care of yourself during pregnancy can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Want to know more?

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/related-conditions/urinary-tract-infection-uti/

This guide provides detailed information on the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for urinary tract infections during pregnancy. It also offers practical tips on how to prevent urinary tract infections and manage symptoms if they occur. If you have any concerns or questions about your urinary symptoms during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to speak to your doctor.

Body Changes During Pregnancy: Thicker Hair

One of the most enjoyable changes that you may experience during pregnancy is thicker hair. The surge of hormones that your body experiences during this time can lead to increased hair growth, thicker strands, and less hair fall out. As a result, you may notice your hair appearing fuller and more lustrous, which can be a confidence boost for many women.

However, it’s important to note that hair thickness during pregnancy is not a guarantee. Every woman’s experience is unique, and some may not see any noticeable changes in their hair growth or thickness. In some cases, pregnancy may even cause hair loss or thinning.

If you do notice thicker hair during pregnancy, it’s essential to take care of it to maintain its health and appearance. Make sure you’re using a gentle, pregnancy-safe shampoo and conditioner to prevent any damage or breakage. Avoid using harsh chemicals or heat styling tools that can cause hair damage or dryness.

While many hair treatments and products are generally safe to use during pregnancy, it’s always best to check with your doctor before using anything new. They can advise you on the best options for you and your baby.

It’s also worth noting that some women experience changes in their hair texture during pregnancy. For example, if you have naturally straight hair, you may notice more waves or curls. On the other hand, if you have naturally curly hair, your hair may become straighter. This change in texture is due to hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and is entirely normal.

If you’re planning on making any significant changes to your hair during pregnancy, such as dyeing it or getting a haircut, it’s best to wait until the second trimester. By this point, the risk of any potential harm to your baby is significantly reduced.

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Glowing skin!

One of the more beautiful side effects of pregnancy is that you may notice a healthy, radiant glow to your skin. As your body produces extra blood to help nourish your growing baby, your skin receives a boost of oxygen and nutrients, giving it a luminous appearance. This healthy glow is often the envy of many women, and it’s a lovely reminder of the miraculous journey you’re on.

However, with this increased blood flow comes an increased risk of breakouts and other skin irritations. Some women may experience acne, pigmentation, or even a condition called PUPPP (Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy). PUPPP is a red, itchy rash that usually occurs in the third trimester, and while it’s not harmful to you or your baby, it can be incredibly uncomfortable.

So, it’s essential to take good care of your skin during this time. Staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and using a gentle pregnancy-safe skincare routine can help keep your skin looking its best. Try using a gentle cleanser to keep your skin free from dirt and excess oil, and follow up with a light moisturizer to help hydrate your skin.

Sun protection is also crucial during pregnancy, as your skin may be more sensitive to UV rays. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and wearing protective clothing can help reduce your risk of sunburn and sun damage.

It’s also important to note that every pregnancy is different, and not everyone experiences the same changes to their skin. If you’re concerned about any skin changes you’re experiencing, be sure to speak to your healthcare provider for advice. They may be able to recommend specific skincare products or treatments that are safe to use during pregnancy.

Body Changes During Pregnancy: Flexible Joints

During pregnancy, your body goes through countless changes, some of which can be very noticeable, while others are more subtle. One change that you may experience is feeling like your joints are more flexible or looser than usual.

At times, this may feel like a positive thing as you can bend more easily and may feel more limber, but it’s important to be cautious with your movements and not overdo any physical activities that could lead to injury. This change is thanks to an increase in the hormone Relaxin during pregnancy. This hormone softens cartilage, ligaments, and joints connecting bones within the body, and helps your pelvis to widen in preparation for birth and your organs to move to make space for your growing baby.

While it may be tempting to take advantage of your newfound flexibility, it’s essential to remember that your joints are more vulnerable and prone to injury during pregnancy. Therefore, it’s crucial to be mindful of how you move and avoid any sudden or jerky movements that could cause injury.

During this time, it’s best to wear supportive shoes and avoid high heels, as they can put added pressure on your joints. It’s also important to avoid lifting heavy objects and to take regular breaks when sitting or standing for long periods. Practicing good posture can also help reduce the risk of back pain and injury.

As your pregnancy progresses, consider incorporating some low-impact exercises into your routine, such as prenatal yoga or swimming. These exercises can help strengthen your muscles and provide a safe way to stay active during pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine during pregnancy.

Additionally, it’s essential to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. If you’re feeling fatigued, take a break and rest. If you’re feeling any discomfort or pain in your joints, it’s best to speak with your healthcare provider to ensure that everything is progressing normally.

10 body changes during pregnancy: useful links

  1. Gloucestershire Maternity Voices Partnership: https://www.glosmaternityvoices.nhs.uk/

This website provides information and resources for pregnant women and families in Gloucestershire. The Maternity Voices Partnership is a group of women and families who work together with healthcare professionals to improve maternity care in the area. The website includes information about local services, support groups, and events for expectant parents.

  1. Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters’ Network: https://www.facebook.com/GlosBSN/

This Facebook group is run by a team of volunteer breastfeeding supporters in Gloucestershire. They offer free support and advice to new and expectant mothers who are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. The group is a safe space to ask questions, share experiences, and connect with other local mums.

Top UK Nursery Design Trends for 2023

Discovering that you’re expecting a baby is a unique experience, particularly for new parents.

Alongside ultrasound appointments and sensing your baby’s movements, designing a beautiful, welcoming yet practical nursery is an exciting task!

With countless stylish and beautiful options for nurseries to browse online, settling on a design for your own can be challenging.

But we’ve got your back! Our Top UK Nursery Decor and Deisgn Trends for 2023 post can help you craft a fashionable and calming haven for you and your little one.

We’ll cover natural and sustainable materials, earthy tones, organic shapes, wallpapered walls, maximalist designs, soft cosy texture, and 2023 colours. Additionally, we’ll talk about beautiful lighting to make the most of your baby’s room.

Top UK Nursery Design Trends: Sustainable Materials and Eco-friendly Furnishings

In 2023, eco-conscious design will be at the forefront of nursery decor. Choosing eco-friendly and sustainable materials should be a top priority for any new decor project, and natural materials are set to be very popular in 2023. By choosing eco-conscious materials, you not only help protect the environment, but also provide a healthier space for your baby.

One eco-friendly material that’s gaining popularity in nursery design trends is bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable, fast-growing plant that can be harvested every 3-5 years, making it a renewable resource. It’s also a durable material that can be used to create stylish and functional furniture for your baby’s room. For instance, a bamboo crib or changing table can add a touch of natural beauty to the nursery.

Another popular eco-friendly material is natural wood. Look for furniture made from FSC-certified wood, which comes from sustainably managed forests. FSC-certified wood is an excellent choice for cribs, dressers, and other furniture pieces that will last for years.

When it comes to textiles and upholstery, organic cotton is an excellent choice. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, making it a safer and healthier option for your baby’s delicate skin. Organic cotton bedding, crib sheets, and swaddles can provide a comfortable and natural environment for your baby.

To add some softness and warmth to the nursery, consider using natural wool rugs or blankets. Wool is a renewable and biodegradable material that can provide insulation and comfort, while also being easy to clean and maintain.

When choosing eco-friendly furnishings, it’s also important to consider the manufacturing process. Look for furniture brands that use sustainable practices and materials, and avoid those that contribute to deforestation, pollution, or exploitation of workers.

Here are some useful links to learn more about eco-friendly nursery design trends and sustainable materials:

Earthy Tones and Neutral Colours

When it comes to nursery design trends, neutral colours and earthy tones are gaining in popularity in 2023. Natural greens, peach, and terracotta shades are great ways to create a warm and inviting space for your baby.

To add depth and texture to the nursery, consider using textiles in neutral colours such as soft cappuccino rugs or wood-toned painted walls. These natural hues can create a relaxing and calm atmosphere that is perfect for your baby to sleep and play.

For more inspiration, check out these Pinterest boards dedicated to earthy and neutral nursery decor:

These boards are filled with ideas and inspiration for creating a beautiful and stylish nursery that uses earthy tones and neutral colours. From wood accents and natural textures to muted hues and soft fabrics, these pins will help you find the perfect balance of warmth and simplicity in your baby’s room.

By incorporating earthy tones and neutral colours into your nursery decor, you can create a space that is both calming and inviting for your baby. These colours are versatile and timeless, ensuring that your nursery will look stylish and functional for years to come.

Top UK Nursery Design Trends: Organic Shapes and Curved Furniture Details

Organic shapes are gaining popularity in 2023 nursery decor, and they can add a playful and eye-catching element to the room. Think painted circles and arches, or curved furniture details such as rounded edge shelving and crib frames.

Curved furniture can create a soft and inviting atmosphere in the nursery, and it can be especially soothing for your baby. For instance, a rounded-edge rocking chair can add a touch of comfort and elegance to the room. Rounded cribs and dressers can also provide a gentle and safe environment for your little one.

When it comes to decor, consider using wallpaper with organic shapes or adding some wall art that features playful and abstract designs. These pieces can create a fun and whimsical atmosphere that is perfect for your baby to explore and enjoy.

Wallpapered Walls with Patterns and Texture

Wallpaper is a big entry in nursery design trends for 2023 and is a great way to incorporate patterns or texture into the room. Woodland scapes, botanicals, and muted maximalist patterns are some of the ways that people are using wallpaper in their nurseries to create a statement. Whether you choose to keep the rest of the nursery simple or continue with a theme is up to you.

When selecting wallpaper for your baby’s nursery, it’s important to choose a product that is non-toxic and free of harmful chemicals. Look for wallpapers that are made with eco-friendly materials and are printed using water-based inks.

Here are some UK manufacturers that produce eco-friendly and non-toxic wallpaper for nurseries:

These manufacturers offer a wide range of wallpaper designs that are perfect for creating a unique and stylish nursery. From bold and colourful prints to muted and understated designs, there is something for every taste and style.

To see some more examples of wallpapered nursery walls, check out these Pinterest boards:

Maximalist Designs and Clashing Colours

Something different in our list of nursery design trends for 2023.

If natural hues are not your thing, then another trend for 2023 nurseries is maximalism. Bold patterns such as checkerboard rugs mixed with coloured furniture and lots of textures are becoming more popular.

Bright colours and cute furnishings with a 90s influence are also great ways to introduce a maximalist style into your nursery.

The idea is that more is more, and people are letting loose and decorating their nurseries in playful patterns and clashing colours.

2023 Colours: Lavender, Navy, and Raspberry

Among the many popular nursery colours, three colours set to be popular in 2023 are lavender, navy, and raspberry pink.

Digital lavender is WGSN’s colour of the year, so expect pretty pastel lavender to be a popular choice for paint and fabric. Navy blue hues are becoming a popular nursery choice for their elegant and sophisticated appearance. Navy is a mature colour choice that is neutral and rich in tone, making it an excellent option for a statement wall in nurseries. It can also create a great contrast to lighter-toned furnishings.

Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2023 is Viva Magenta, a rich pink-red tone, and Benjamin Moore has chosen Raspberry Blush as the colour for 2023. Both colours resemble juicy raspberries and will no doubt dominate in both decor and nursery accessories.

Beautiful Lighting for a Soothing Ambiance

Controlling the light in a room can change the way it feels, and this is especially important in a nursery.

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If your nursery benefits from large windows, make the most of the natural light you receive and allow the sun to stream in during the day. At night, use black-out blinds so your baby is not disturbed and use soft lamps to light their room.

However, if your nursery does not receive much natural light, choose light-coloured furniture and textiles to help reflect as much light as possible. Night lights are essential for finding your way to your baby in the middle of the night, but you don’t have to compromise on style. You can use stylish lamps to light the way instead.

Nursery Design Trends: Final Thoughts

Designing and decorating a nursery for your baby is a beautiful opportunity to create a luxurious space that is functional and stylish. It is the perfect chance to showcase your personal style and create a bond with your baby.

There are many wonderful trends for 2023 nurseries that will help you to create the ideal dream space that both you and your baby will love. Whether you choose a neutral nursery with sustainable natural furnishings or create a bright and playful nursery with bursts of colour, there is something in 2023 that will suit everyone.

As long as your nursery is functional, safe, and comfortable for your baby, you can have lots of fun creating a wonderful nursery that is both stylish and practical. Hopefully, these latest UK trends will provide you with some inspiration and guidance to create a unique and beautiful nursery for your little one.


Emma Attwood Photography is a specialist maternity and newborn photographer.

Discover more about our pregnancy photoshoots here: https://emmaattwood.co.uk/your-maternity-photoshoot/

Newborn Sleep Tips

Ask any new parent how they are, and expect to hear about how tired they are, or how little sleep they have had since their newborn came home.

Newborns, as wonderful and beautiful as they are, are notoriously bad sleepers. Typically newborns wake up every 2-3 hours through the night and you can’t really blame them, they are biologically programmed to do this.

However, there are some tips and tricks that can make the first few weeks with a newborn more manageable and even help them sleep longer through the night.

In this article, we will explore why young babies wake up so often and what you can do to help them get as much sleep as possible. From creating the ideal sleeping environment to understanding a young baby’s needs, if you are a new parent looking to improve your sleep, read on.

Newborn Sleep Tips: Why Do Babies Wake Up During the Night?

Newborn babies will wake up throughout the night, for various different reasons and it is good to know that it is perfectly normal and should be expected.

Newborn babies are very sensitive to the world around them. They are developing at a fast rate and learning everything from the beginning from how to move their body, how to feed, and even how to poop.

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They instinctively want to be close to their parents to feel secure. Therefore getting them to sleep in their own separate cot can be tricky.

In order to understand why babies wake up so often it can be helpful to know how their brain is developing and what you can expect at each stage. There are many resources available that explain how a baby is developing and what you should expect from their behaviour and advice on how to meet their needs. The Wonder Weeks is an excellent tool for understanding the developmental leaps a baby experiences.

Sleeping Tips for a Newborn

All newborns are going to wake up during the night however there are some things you can do to help limit this occurrence.

  • Create a calm sleeping environment. Newborn babies are sensitive to light and sound and temperature, so make sure the space they sleep in has been optimised to aid their sleep.
  • Black-out blinds will block out unwanted outside like street lights or the late evening sun and help you control how much light is in your baby’s room.

    As newborn babies are unable to differentiate the difference between day and night it is helpful to make sure that their room is light during the day and dark at night. Creating a dark sleeping environment will also help them to regulate their own body clock and will start to understand that nighttime means it is time to sleep.
  • It is recommended that you sleep in the same room as your baby until they are around 4-6 months of age.

    This makes it easier for you to attend to them during the night, especially if you are breastfeeding, and will also make your baby feel secure.

    As you are sharing a room with your baby, invest in some soft night lights that are easy to turn on. A soft night light will prevent your baby from being disturbed by bright overhead lights and will be helpful when you are doing a nighttime feed or nappy change.
  • White noise machines can help soothe babies and create a secure feeling environment. They are also perfect for drowning out other household noises, such as the washing machine, TV, or the sounds of other family members, and any outside noises from your neighbourhood.
  • A sleepsuit or safe swaddle blanket can prevent babies from getting cold during the night and a room thermometer will help you keep an optimum temperature.
  • Play with your baby during the day.

    Of course, small babies should only be awake for short periods of time and often this time is filled with nappy changes, feeds, and lots of cuddles.

    However, by playing with your baby in a gentle way while they are awake you will be helping to develop the bond between you and them. Playing can also help develop their brain and offer stimulation that will help them to sleep for longer.

Newborn Sleep tips: Ways to keep your newborn baby awake during the day

  • Reading a book to them and showing them the pictures is a great way to bond with them and will help to develop their language skills.
  • Singing softly while dressing them will be interesting and fun for both you and your baby.
  • Show them objects with contrasting colours. A new baby’s eyesight is limited for the first few weeks and they can only see a short distance. However, they can see black and white more clearly than other colours and this will be very engaging for them.
  • Let them explore you. Letting your baby get to know you simply by lying down close to their face is very interesting for a young baby and it will help create a great bond.

Show your baby natural daylight

As mentioned earlier, young babies struggle to recognize the difference between day and night, and exposing them to daylight can help develop their circadian rhythms, which in turn will help them sleep better at night.

Babies also struggle to produce the sleep hormone melatonin, which is produced by the pineal gland and is what makes a person feel sleepy when it gets dark. Typically babies don’t fully produce this hormone until they are around 9-12 weeks, although breastfed babies will receive it via their mothers’ milk.

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Exposing a baby to daylight can help them to regulate their sleep cycles.

Introduce daylight to your baby on an outside walk or if the weather is cold and miserable, expose them to daylight by a window for a spot of light bathing.

Newborn Sleep Tips: Final thoughts

Although it can be very tiring caring for your newborn baby and coping with lack of sleep, know that this is just a short phase in their lives. As the months pass they will get better at sleeping and will be able to sleep for longer periods of time.

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It is important however during the newborn phase that you also prioritise your own needs and make sure to get as much rest as possible. If possible, tag team with your partner to take daytime naps and fuel up on healthy nutritious foods to maintain as much energy as possible. Most importantly enjoy the newborn phase as much as possible because it slips by very quickly.

BREASTFEEDING BARRIERS IN 2023

Wait, what?

I hear you say. 

Breastfeeding barriers in 2023? Surely not?

Surely, it’s widely accepted now, no stigma, no problem, right?

Well firstly, we must address the different types of barriers – because there are the barriers put up by others, the barriers put up by yourself and of course, those pesky barriers that just happen to naturally occur without us having any say in the matter. 

BREASTFEEDING BARRIERS PUT UP BY OTHERS

Some people STILL have an issue with mothers doing what comes naturally. Those judgmental folk with nothing better to do with their time than moan about something that doesn’t affect them at all. 

The ones who make a big fuss about a mother discreetly breastfeeding her baby in a cosy corner of a cafe.

The ones who make you want to yell, 

“DON’T LOOK IF IT OFFENDS YOU!’

The ones that say it ‘puts them off their meal’ even though their own table manners usually leave a lot to be desired. 

This might not seem like much of a barrier, but to a tired, brand new Mum it can be huge! No mother feeding their baby should be made to feel ashamed. 

The good news is, things have improved over the years, and people with that mentality do seem to be becoming much rarer. And with many cafes, shops and restaurants actively encouraging and promoting breastfeeding – it’ll be the people who protest who will seem like the ‘freaks’ they like to label others as. 

And for those still insisting on being archaic in their attitudes, the best answer is to completely ignore them.

Why should we let anyone like that affect our decision on how to feed our babies? 

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BREASTFEEDING BARRIERS PUT UP BY YOURSELF

This might be a bit of a taboo subject – nobody wants to think they are the ones putting up barriers. If we are completely honest with ourselves, in life we have personal barriers that we must overcome for most things, why should breastfeeding be any different?

And why should we feel bad about genuine, personal issues that might make us think twice before doing something? 

You might be: 

Worried that baby won’t get enough food. 

With a bottle you can see exactly how much your baby is getting on each feed. When breastfeeding, there is no tangible way to tell, and that can be a worry.

Especially to a new Mum. 

However, if your baby feeds in a calm and relaxed way, removes themselves from your breast and has a moist mouth they are likely getting enough.

Appearing content and satisfied after most feeds, is another indication your baby is getting plenty of milk. However, your midwife will also be able to help, by monitoring weight gain and discussing any issues you may have. 

Worried about the effect breastfeeding might have on your breast

Let’s face it, if you haven’t had this worry, you ain’t human! And no! it doesn’t make you ‘selfish’. or mean you don’t care about your baby.

It makes you normal!

We live in an era that seems obsessed with how people look. The media positively celebrates ‘celebrities’ who bounce back to their pre-pregnancy figures in a matter of weeks but seems to vilify those who proudly show off their perfectly healthy, realistic post-baby bodies. 

So, you’d be forgiven for worrying about your baps! 

Good news though! It’s a MYTH that breastfeeding will ruin your breasts – of course, when you are breastfeeding your breasts get bigger as they fill with milk, so they will naturally expand to accommodate it.

So naturally when your milk dries up, your breasts will shrink and you may be left with excess skin for a little while, which can give the appearance of sagging breasts. 

However, pregnancy itself makes your chest area become bigger, so even if you don’t breastfeed, the effects as they go back to normal size will be the same! So, nothing to do with the actual breastfeeding itself. 

 We particularly like this Blog for tips on ‘bouncing back’ after breastfeeding, to help put your mind at ease! 

Worried that Dad won’t be able to help with feeding

Ugh, aren’t men useless? Can’t even breastfeed a baby! Jokes! Of course, men aren’t useless – they even helped create your little one. However, the fact is no, men can’t physically breastfeed a baby. This can be off-putting for new mums who are worried they won’t be able to catch up on much needed sleep.

Well, if you want to exclusively breastfeed, dads can help in other ways – run errands and take on other chores to help you out. But there is also the option of combination feeding, where you express milk for Dad to give to your baby in a bottle.

Some parents also like to offer formula in a bottle for night feeds and revert to breastfeeding in the daytime. There is no right or wrong it is a matter of what works for you. 

Worried about feeling exposed whilst feeding

Breastfeeding is, by definition, something that can leave you feeling vulnerable and exposed. Some women can feel uneasy about feeding in public, which can put them off.

There are lots of breastfeeding items on the market now that can help to effectively cover up, so you are able to discreetly feed your baby. 

BREASTFEEDING BARRIERS THAT NATURALLY OCCUR

Not producing enough milk.

The struggle is real!

A friend recounted a story where (20 years ago) she told the midwife she wasn’t producing any milk and the midwife proceeded to try and milk her like a cow! Only to then agree that she was indeed not producing any milk.

My friend KNEW she wasn’t. She had no need for breast pads.

There wasn’t a single drop. 

If this happens to you, it is rare, and it’s also not your fault. You aren’t any less of a mother if you can’t feed your baby this way. Fed is BEST. 

Mastitis 

While you can still breastfeed while suffering from mastitis, it is incredibly painful and can result in an infection, so if this does happen you may choose to stop breastfeeding. Mastitis can also make you feel pretty rotten! 

So, it might be in your best interests to stop so Dad can give you (and your poor breasts) a break. 

Struggling to feed even though you’re producing milk 

Although breastfeeding is one of the most natural things a mother can do for her baby, many women do struggle.

More than you think! 

Luckily though there is more support than ever! Your midwife can put you in touch with local NHS breastfeeding support groups, and there are also independent breastfeeding specialists out there too.

As it’s not such a taboo subject these days, you can also talk to your Mum, your friends etc. who have experienced it before. 

But as touched upon before, you need to do what is best for you and your baby.

Don’t let anyone else decide for you, shame you into doing (or not doing) anything that you’ve set your heart on doing. 

A loved, fed baby is a happy baby. 


Emma Attwood Photography – based in Eckington, Pershore- specialises in newborn, baby, and maternity photography.

Want to know more about my Newborn Session? Head over to emmaattwood.co.uk/newborn-sessions-worcestershire/

Or how about a Maternity photoshoot to capture your beautiful bump? emmaattwood.co.uk/your-maternity-photoshoot/

Navigating the Newborn Sleep Phase: Tips and Strategies

Bringing a new baby into the world is an exciting and life-changing experience for parents.

However, it can also be a challenging time, particularly when it comes to getting the little one to sleep. Newborns have different sleep patterns and needs compared to older babies and children, and it can take some time for parents to adjust and find what works best for them and their babies.

As a newborn photographer, over the years I have learned tips that can help newborn babies settle and fall asleep… it is not unusual for parents to call me the baby whisperer!

Understand Your Newborn’s Sleep Patterns

The first step in getting your newborn to sleep is to understand their sleep patterns. Newborns have a different sleep cycle compared to older babies and children.

They tend to sleep for shorter periods, and their sleep is more fragmented. They also have different sleep cycles during the day and night, and it can take some time for them to adjust to the 24-hour cycle.

During the day, newborns tend to sleep for shorter periods of time, usually around 20 minutes to an hour. They also tend to be more active during the day, with more frequent wake-ups. At night, however, newborns tend to sleep for longer periods, usually around four to five hours at a time.

It is essential to understand that these sleep patterns are normal and that your baby will eventually adjust to the 24-hour cycle. In the meantime, it is important to establish a consistent bedtime routine and to try to keep the baby awake during the day to encourage them to sleep better at night.

Create a Consistent Bedtime Routine

Creating a consistent bedtime routine is essential for helping your newborn to sleep better. A bedtime routine can help to signal to your baby that it is time to sleep, and it can also help to create a sense of security and comfort.

A typical bedtime routine for a newborn might include a bath, a feed, and a lullaby or bedtime story. It is also essential to keep the room dark and quiet and to keep the temperature of the room comfortable.

Note that a consistent bedtime routine is not only beneficial for your baby but also for you as a parent. Having a routine in place can help to reduce stress and anxiety and can make it easier for you to get your baby to sleep.

Establish a Newborn Sleep Schedule

Once you have established a consistent bedtime routine, establish a sleep schedule for your newborn. A sleep schedule can help to regulate your baby’s sleep patterns and can also make it easier for you to plan your day and night.

A typical sleep schedule for a newborn might include a nap during the day, a feed, and then another nap, followed by a feed and the final sleep of the night. Remember that the schedule will change as your baby grows and develops, so it is essential to be flexible and adjust the schedule as needed.

Promote a Safe Sleep Environment

Creating a safe sleep environment is essential for keeping your newborn safe while they sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be placed on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Keep the room dark and quiet, and keep the temperature of the room comfortable. It is also important to use a firm, flat mattress and to avoid using soft bedding or pillow, as these can be a suffocation hazard.

In addition to ensuring that the baby’s sleep surface is safe, keep the baby’s sleep environment free from any potential hazards. This includes keeping the baby’s sleep area free from any loose items, such as toys or stuffed animals, and keeping the room free from any potential sources of smoke or carbon monoxide.

Moreover, keep the baby’s sleep area free from any potential allergens, such as dust or pet dander. If your baby has any known allergies, it may be necessary to take additional steps to ensure that their sleep environment is as safe as possible.

Respond to Your Baby’s Needs

Newborns have different sleep patterns and needs compared to older babies and children, and it can take some time for parents to adjust and find what works best for them and their babies. Therefore, respond to your baby’s needs and be flexible in your approach to sleep.

If your baby is not sleeping well, it may be necessary to adjust your approach. This might include trying different sleep positions, adjusting the sleep schedule, or even seeking advice from a paediatrician or sleep specialist.

However, not all babies are the same, and what works for one baby might not work for another. Therefore, it is essential to be flexible and to be willing to try different approaches to sleep.

Interact with your baby during the daytime

Infants should only be awake for brief intervals and often, this time is spent on diaper changes, feedings, and lots of cuddles. However, by engaging in playful activities with your baby during their wakeful periods, you’ll be helping to strengthen the bond between you and your little one. Additionally, playing can aid in the development of their brain and provide stimulation that can help them to sleep for longer periods.

Examples of ways to play with your newborn include:

  • Reading a book to them and displaying the pictures, which can be a great bonding experience while also helping to develop their language skills.
  • Softly singing while dressing them, which can be entertaining for both you and your baby.
  • Showing them objects with contrasting colours, as a newborn’s eyesight is limited in the first few weeks and they can only see a short distance, but they can see black and white more clearly than other colours and this can be very captivating for them.
  • Allowing them to explore you by lying close to their face and this will help to create a strong bond.

More Newborn Sleep tips…

Should you have missed my previous post, go check my Newborn Sleep Tips guide!

It’s normal to feel exhausted while caring for a newborn baby and dealing with sleep deprivation, but it’s important to remember that this is a brief stage in their lives. As the months go by, they will improve their sleep patterns and be able to sleep for longer periods.

It’s crucial, however, during the newborn phase to prioritize your own needs, to make sure you get as much rest as possible.

If possible, work together with your partner to take daytime naps and eat healthy nutritious foods to maintain as much energy as possible.

But most importantly, cherish this newborn phase as much as you can because it goes by quickly.

SUNSCREENS FOR PREGNANCY

Congratulations on your pregnancy, and welcome to a whole new ball game of taking care of yourself! 

Pregnancy brings with it a multitude of things you are required (and not required!) to do, to keep yourself and your unborn baby healthy: 

Eat well

Your prenatal diet is important to look after yourself and to promote a healthy pregnancy.

Regular checkups

You will have regular appointments with your midwife, as well as several scans during your pregnancy to ensure everything is progressing well.

Rest

It’s so important to ‘rest when you need to’, before it becomes a case of ‘resting when you can’ 

Relax

Ditto on relaxing!

Stress isn’t conducive to a happy pregnancy. So, take time to put yourself first as often as you can! 

No… bubbles

Stop drinking. Ugh!

We don’t like this one much. But giving up the after-work glass of wine or weekend cocktail is essential to your baby’s wellbeing and growth. 

On top of all these, there are things that probably never even occurred to you, one of which is skincare.

Now, most of us are aware of the importance of keeping your skin well moisturised, paying particular attention to your bump to avoid stretch marks, however, did you know, that it is especially important to look after your skin in the sun?

SUN, SUNSCREENS AND PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, your skin is thinner, there is increased blood flow, and you are at more risk of burning. 

This might not be as simple as slathering on your usual sunscreen though! 

SUNSCREENS FOR PREGNANCY: PAY ATTENTION TO…

There are some ingredients of sunscreens that are not safe for use in pregnancy.

Look out for these four main ingredients and avoid at all costs

Oxybenzone 

Octocrylene 

Avobenzone 

Octinoxate

These are not only bad for you, but they are also harmful to your unborn baby and the environment. 

When choosing your sunscreens for pregnancy, make sure it has none of the above ingredients. 

SUNSCREENS FOR PREGNANCY: LOOK FOR…

  • Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection
  • Must be a minimum of SPF 30, or higher 
  • Opt for hypoallergenic sunscreens

BEST SUNSCREENS FOR PREGNANCY

We love Great Barrier Suncream by Tropic, available in SPF 30 or 50 and costing £18.00 for 100ml or £28.00 for 200ml – not the cheapest of options, but it’s a super safe and extra hydrating sunscreen, which is as kind to the environment as it is to you. 

For smaller budgets, this Holland and Barret favourite – Alba Botanica sensitive mineral free sunscreen, priced at £11.99 for 100ml is perfect too. Light, non-greasy, SPF 30 and broad spectrum it covers all bases. 

There are lots of options out there, and if you are unsure, you can always ask your GP or midwife.

Your local pharmacist should be able to advise too. 

OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER

While you don’t need to hide away indoors when the sun is out during your pregnancy, do remember to: 

  • Stay in the shade between 10am and 2pm when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Ensure you apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside and re-apply every 2 hours 
  • Try not to have too much bare skin exposed 
  • Stay hydrated
  • Wear a hat. 

There is no reason you can’t safely enjoy the sun and warm weather during pregnancy. 


Emma Attwood Photography – based in Eckington, Pershore- specialises in newborn, baby, and maternity photography.

Want to know more about my Newborn Session? Head over to https://emmaattwood.co.uk/newborn-sessions-worcestershire/

Or how about a Maternity photoshoot to capture your beautiful bump? https://emmaattwood.co.uk/your-maternity-photoshoot/