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The festive period is both a joyous 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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Best Notonthehighstreet gifts for new mums made by mums

Make a new mum's first Mother's Day extra special with a unique thoughtful gift made by creative mumtrepreneurs

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Image: PJ Mama

For brand new mums, it's their very first Mother's Day that is without a doubt the most special. From the highs and lows of pregnancy to the moment they hold their child in their arms, nothing beats the joy of finally being able to spend time with their baby.

So, just in time for Mother's Day, Notonthehighstreet have rounded up their favourite thoughtful gifts, designed specifically for new mums, made by entreprenuerial mums, each with a unique, inspirational story to tell.

Choose a heartwarming personalised scarf

personalised scarf for mothers day

Image: Sparks and Daughters

Sparks And Daughters - founded by mother-daughter duo Deborah and Verity Sparks - specialises in making gifts inspired by their own experiences for delightful or difficult moments to big or small milestones. With a passion for arts, crafts and creativity balanced with a day job in the tax office, Deborah started the business with the support of daughter Verity in their attic.

A decade later the pair still agree that one of the best parts of their job is reading the funny, sometimes confusing and generally heart-warming messages that customers send in for personalised products.

Verity says: 'I was back at work just two weeks after Tilly was born so I can honestly say that I have been juggling being a mum and running a business as soon as she arrived.

That doesn't mean it came naturally though - at first it was tough both physically and emotionally. Between myself, Mum and my husband Lex, we work around each other to take care of Tilly at home, which allows us to all spend quality time with her during the week.'

Deborah says:  'I know how hard it can be to be a new mum, a working mum and even a mum running a business, so it's been really important to me to support Verity through everything we've experienced together since she herself became a mother. I'm thankful that because we are a family business we have been able to really pull together during the challenging times we faced when Verity first returned to work. 

Now that Tilly is older and we share some of the childcare, I get to spend time with her at my home and really enjoy being a nanna, whilst enabling Verity to give her best to the business and our team.'

Deborah's top Mother's Day pick is the personalised 'You're doing a great job' linen scarf, £30.

Opt for a beautiful hand-made keepsake

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Image: Styled by Naomi

Passionate about styling and with a love for all things handmade, Naomi kick-started her business, Styled by Naomi, during her maternity leave when her son Arlo was just 3 weeks old. Keen on monochrome with a Scandi twist, Naomi designs and hand-paints timeless, unique heirlooms for babies, children and the home. 

This one-woman's mission was to have a business that allowed her the flexibility of being a mum, whilst also hand-making beautiful products. The last year has seen Naomi juggle the day to day running of her business alongside gruelling IVF treatment and now, pregnant with twin girls, Naomi is so excited to have a business she can run around being a mum of three.  

Naomi says, 'My top pick would be my unicorn pear, £32, because every mum is magical and amazing just like unicorns. A perfect reminder for mums everywhere that they are simply fabulous.'

Mother and baby matching PJ set 

mother and baby wearing matching love heart pjs

Image: PJ Mamma

New mum and founder of PJ Mamma, Rebecca, started making and selling organic cotton pyjamas online during her maternity leave, with the idea that she would leave her travel-heavy job to start her own business and allow her to be around for all the key moments in her son's life.

Now juggling two little ones with a full time business, what started out as a range of kids pyjamas has since expanded to include maternity, ladies, mens and family pyjama sets and even has the likes of Anne Hathaway and the royal family as customers!

Rebecca says: 'What Mama wouldn’t love the gift of sleep - an excuse for some extra PJs time, a little lie in or a luxury lunchtime nap- total bliss!  Being a mum of a 6 month old and 4 year old, I can’t think of a better treat than sleep, in new PJs!  My older son loves it when we twin and it makes those cosy PJ days even more special.'

Rebecca's top pick is the gorgeous Mother's Day gift for new mum matching heart pyjama set, £60.

Milk bottle baby feeder

milk bottle baby feeder

Image: Fred & Noah

Mum of two and fashion enthusiast Natalie set up her business, Fred & Noah, hand-making children's clothing at the end of her maternity leave, thanks to the painful reality of expensive childcare.

After six months of juggling parenting and working full time, Natalie and her husband Dan quit their careers and focused on expanding the business - creating each product by hand between them, they make up to 70 pairs of luxury leggings a day.

Natalie says: 'I get to spend more time with my kids than probably most working mums because I work at home - the downside to that is that I never leave work. The boys love me being at home and on busy days when work still has to be completed after school the boys will join me in the studio with the biscuit tin and we put cartoons on whilst Mum and Dad work!'

Natalie says: 'When a baby starts teething it’s an incredibly stressful time for both baby and Mum! Our teether, £10, is designed to stimulate and ease the pain from sore gums - featuring our baby sized carry handle it also promotes grip and our fun design means Mum can pop the kettle on and have a brew whilst baby enjoys their milk bottle'

 

Which Mother's Day gift is on your wish list? Let us know by tweeting us @GurgleUK or follow our Facebook Page.

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