New Mum

Maybe you’ve been planning on being a mum for as long as you can remember, or maybe it’s a happy surprise - either way let our Gurgle experts guide you on enjoying the best adventure of your life. Get all your breastfeeding, bath-giving, potty-training and many more new mum questions answered here.

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Bringing your little one to the party? Read our survival guide for new mums facing the holiday season with a new born

The festive period is both a joyess and hectic time, especially when you're celebrating it as a new mum. With so much attention focused on making the big day magical for your little one it can be easy to forget that Christmas isn't just for kids. Despite being a new mumma you can still have fun at Christmas and New Year parties - here's how.

Fake the fizz

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Photo credit: Harrods

Remember when a party just wasn’t a party unless it involved prosecco by the bucketload? If you are breastfeeding (or want to avoid a hangover), there's no reason to miss out as there are plenty of alcohol-free alternatives. Get your posh fizz fix with this bottle of sparkling So Jennie alcohol-free luxury bubbles from Harrods, £23 – cheers mummas.

Plan to pump

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Photo credit: Mothercare

Breastfeeding over the Christmas period can be an anxious time for new mums. Festivities, while fun, can mean tricky travel logistics, unsettled routines and maybe a mulled wine or two - all of which have the potential of disrupting breastfeeding.

We recommend expressing your milk with the Nuby Natural Touch digital breast pump, £99.99. The pump is quiet and discreet ensuring a fuss-free feeding experience for mums during Christmas and New Year's parties. Plus, a stash of milk means your nearest and dearest can help too. Winner.

It's a bling thing

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Photo credit: Mothercare

Although it's tempting to throw on your go-to leggings, resist the urge. Throwing on a little sparkle can nudge you into a party mood, even when you’re not entirely feeling it. Sequins and sparkle make for the perfect Christmas party outfit, and we're lusting over this shimmery metallic nursing top with vest from Mothercare, £25. It's pretty and practical, which means you can tend to your little one's needs while staying glam. 

Party protection

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Photo credit: John Lewis

Even the tamest of gatherings get a little too noisy for a baby, especially if there is music and a lot of chatter. If your little one is resisting sleeping to join the party, pop on a pair of Baby Banz ear defenders from John Lewis, £19.99. This wonderful product is made with comfy padding to protect little ears and defuse the din - and the Baby Banz can be worn from aged just three months.

Wear it well

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Photo credit: Natural Baby Shower

A little festive soirée is the perfect time to break in a baby carrier. This special edition Cybex Koi Yema carrier, £200 blends the symbolism of the mysterious underwater creature of Japanese mythology with technology, so you can carry your baby safely in style! 

Your baby will be happy snuggled up to your chest, plus your hands are free to dip into the Christmas buffet and you might even manage a little bop to the music. Wahey! 

 

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