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Read my Mumpreneur Profile on Family Friendly Working

The Family Friendly Working website is packed full of information and resources for parents on ways to work around family life, whether it be running a franchise or setting up your own business.

Take a look for yourself at www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk and whilst you’re there, don’t forget to have a read of my Mumpreneur Profile.

About the creator of Family Friendly Working

Antonia Chitty has been working flexibly since having her daughter Daisy in 2002. She says, “I looked at the skills I had and how I could apply them. A session with life coach Suzy Greaves of The Big Leap as part of an article for She magazine really helped. I’d never thought of running my own business, but Suzy opened my eyes to the fact that people would pay money for my skills.”

Antonia now combines writing non fiction books with running her own PR Agency, ACPR which specialises in PR training for entrepreneurs.

Alongside this, Antonia is mum to D, J and K. She says, “It’s not always easy running your own business and being a mum at the same time. I couldn’t do it without my partner, David. We both find there are never quite enough hours in the day to do everything, and you may find me typing frantically in the train on the way to a meeting, making the most of every moment I get. But I wouldn’t change the way I work. I get to spend time with the kids, choose my own hours, and be there for events at school. I have the flexibility to adapt if one of the children is sick. Work-wise, I get to choose a range of interesting projects, and still love what I do.”

Breastfeeding and worried about your milk supply?

Breastfeeding and worried about your milk supply?

Try a cup of herbal tea!

Breastfeeding can be stressful for the first 3 months or so. Sore nipples and the feeling of not producing enough milk are the two main reasons mothers stop breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding

Herbal teas, especially for breastfeeding mothers can be very helpful and supportive at this time. They are especially blended to support a healthy lactation and are calming and relaxing for both mother and baby. ‘Nursing teas’ or ‘breastfeeding teas’ have a long history and are common place in Europe. Interestingly the Greek physicians Hippocrates and Dioscorides recommended fennel to increase the flow of milk in nursing mothers. Besides fennel, nursing teas also contain aniseed, caraway, verbena and fenugreek seed to keep things flowing. Ideally they should be organic, caffeine and sugar free. Not only will nursing tea increase the milk supply, it may also reduce colic and wind in the infant as the mother will pass on the positive effects through her milk.

Herbal teas best avoided when breastfeeding include peppermint and sage infusions, because they are known to reduce the milk supply. Peppermint, as well as eucalyptus and spearmint, contains menthol which can effect baby’s digestion and may cause skin irritation. Whatever you chose to drink, try and ensure that it is organic. If you are unsure which herbal tea is right for you then speak to your doctor or a good herbalist.

My family and I recently moved from Austria to the UK. I was astonished when I couldn’t find any organic breastfeeding tea and thus ‘Immergruen’ was born. My company ‘Immergruen’ promotes Neuner’s organic herbal tea range in the UK. I am delighted that Neuner’s organic Nursing teas are able to help so many mothers continue breastfeeding. You can purchase Neuner’s organic Nursing teas online or at health food shops, like Planet Organic, in London. If you have any questions about herbal teas, I would be happy to answer them.

Karin Feldinger
Immergruen, Markyate
01582 840467
karin@immergruen.co.uk
www.immergruen.co.uk

With a little one on the way in the next few weeks, I found this post really helpful. I’m going to give the tea a try myself and will let you know how I get on! – Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Kinky Bibs Featured on www.kidzine.co.uk

I always get a warm feeling when I see my products featured on another site. A bit like when your baby does something new for the first time.

Click on the image to read the full post. Click Here to get your hands on your very own Kinky Bib!

Our First Fair

As promised, here is what happened at the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Pregnancy and Baby Fair – Sunday 6th June 2010.

This was a first for Baby Not Included and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It took a lot of umming and ahhing before deciding on how much stock and which stock to take with us. In the end we opted for the ‘as much as we could fit in the car’ option.

With everything labelled and priced accordingly we set about setting the stand up. As we booked the event at short notice we didn’t have the big free standing posters, but we did have a banner and I was quite pleased with the final outcome.

My 11 year old son was insisting on being the only person to serve customers and gave himself the title of ‘Assistant Sales Person’ and I was only too happy for him to take this role. Here’s a pic of me and my stand.

I had a chance to have a nosy around the other stands and met some lovely stallholders. There was a lady selling pre-packed hospital bags and other great essentials for pregnancy and labour, there was a stall with gorgeous handmade bunting in an array of designs, and loads of other stalls where you could find out about homeopathic therapy for pregnancy, labour and beyond, inflatable home birthing pools and lots of demonstrations and things to do with baby and toddler. I was even approached by a lady making her own range of baby clothing. Being pregnant myself made this an overall more relaxed experience, once the doors had opened and the first of customers came over for a browse.

There was one stall in particular that caught the eye of my ‘Assistant Sales Person’, and that was the Cupcake Stall. It was amazing (I should have taken a picture). They had an array of cupcakes in different colours, some with glitter, some with flakes sticking out to make them look like icecreams. Each cake came in its own little pot with  a sugar paper sticker on the top. The idea being that once you’ve finished your cupcake you turn it into a plant pot and within the sugar paper sticker there are seeds embedded. My son went back and forth so often that she gave him a free one.

Overall it was a great day, and an easy step into the world of Events. Would I do it again? Definitely.

Meet Nicko the Cow

Meet Nicko the Cow by Danish label Franck & Fischer.

As you can see this quirky cow would be a welcome addition to your kiddies collection of soft toys. Made from 100% organic cotton and suitable from birth makes this a great gift (I’ve reserved one for my impending addition already).

Nicko has some adorable friends as well which I will introduce you to at a later date…………

Kinky Bibs by Sophie 4 Sophie

I’ve been waiting eagerly to get my hands on some of these gorgeous bibs by Sophie 4 Sophie.

All of the Sophie 4 Sophie range is made to order so you start off trawling through all the luscious fabrics, which is really hard to do as they are all so nice. You make your choice, and then Natalie sets off like the eager beaver that she is to produce them.

When they arrived, it was just like when the dresses arrived. They were so much nicer in the ‘flesh’. I hope you like the prints that I’ve chosen. My favorite I think would have to be the Potatoes bib.

The bibs are made with funky fabric protected by a clear layer of  PVC. There’s a soft layer of jersey cotton underneath to make it soft against baby’s skin. Each bib is bound with brightly coloured binding and has easy to use ties.

The bibs are wipe clean or hand clean. What more could you want!

Click here for the full range.

Come on England!

Come on England!

I don’t know about your house, but mines gone football crazy!

Our lives pretty much revolve around the game on a normal day, but the World Cup seems to have upped the obsession to extreme levels. We have our flag flying and I’ve agreed that I will face paint my son’s face and buy him a red and white curly wig and one of those horn things. I may live to regret the horn but its not for long, and it may mysteriously disappear if things get too much.

If you want to join in with the World Cup madness, why not deck out your budding footballer in a pair of World Cup Shoes by Inch Blue.

For a chance to win a pair of these, answer the following question:

Who was Captain for the first World Cup game of 2010?

Email your answer  along with your details to mail@babynotincluded.co.uk

The competition will end at 12 noon on Wednesday 16th June. The winner will be picked at random and notified.

If you can’t wait to see if you’re a winner, click here.

Fingers crossed for England!!

Pregnancy and Baby Fair 2010

Come and meet us at The Pregnancy and Baby Fair on Sunday 6th June 2010, Somerset County Cricket Club.

10.30am – 3.30pm

Come along to buy baby and toddler clothes, gifts and equipment. There will be lots of information on antenatal, postnatal and family services.

Have your little one photographed with professional photography sessions with Firetop Photography, and get involved in a range of taster sessions and talks.

A cafe and mother and baby facilities will be available, and you will be pleased to know that there is a Toddler Play-zone to keep your little ones smiling.

There are some fantastic raffle prizes and goody bags for the first one hundred families through the doors.

What is the NCT (National Childbirth Trust)?

NCT’s network of local branches exists to reach and support all parents and parents-to-be during a time of change in their lives. This network is possible because of the dedication of their volunteers, who along with local members organise a wide range of social activities and events to enable local parents to meet other parents and access valuable support. Local branches also fundraise to train specialist workers and fund projects.

Support Services

The NCT offers a range of support services for parents. They are most known for their antenatal education and breastfeeding counselling, but they also run courses for new parents to help them adjust in their new role as parents.

The services are open to all parents. They charge for services like the antenatal and postnatal courses. This is to cover the cost of organising courses and training our teachers and facilitators to an exceptionally high standard. They do offer discounted rates to parents on low income and advise anyone wishing to access to discuss their situation in confidence with their booking coordinators.

They also run the Pregnancy and Birth Line and the Breastfeeding Line to support parents. They publish the free Bumps & Babies magazine for expectant parents, and there is also the website.

This will be our first show, and we’re really looking forward to it, if not slightly nervous. We hope that the weather is nice and that plenty of families come to see what we have to offer. I have yet to practice at setting up the stand so that we can see that everything fits. Fingers crossed that I’ve remembered everything needed for the fair.

I’ll post some pictures and let you know how we get on. If you’re in the area, don’t forget to come along and see us.

Lisa x

Had a fab time at The Baby Show, NEC, Birmingham

I had a fabulous day yesterday at The Baby Show, NEC, Birmingham.

Although I didn’t have a stand of my own, I was given the opportunity to go along and help out on the MumsClub stand.

We handed out the Business Mums Journal and chatted to women who would like to or are considering starting their own business. It was quite nerve wracking to begin with, but after a few fumbled attempts I got into the swing of things. I met some lovely fellow mumsclubbers who all made me feel very welcome. It was great to meet women that I’ve been chatting to for some time in the flesh.

Especially exciting for me was the fashion show which featured one of our Sophie 4 Sophie reversible dresses, Green Dot Pink Dot. The baby girl looked utterly gorgeous being carried down the catwalk by a yummy mummy. It was such a proud moment seeing the dress being modelled at such a big show. Here are some pics.

If you like the idea of working for yourself or you are an established business mum, I can’t recommend MumsClub enough. I’ve been a member since the beginning (its free by the way!) and it has been a lifeline for me whether it be to find out more information regarding accounts and tax down to the best place to purchase carrier bags.

Thanks again Jane for the great opportunity x

We’re going to The Baby Show

I’m pleased to say that we will be attending The Baby Show, NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 23rd May 2010. Not quite brave enough to face you all on my own, I’ll be attending on the MumsClub stand (H36)

Come along to the MumsClub stand (H36) where you will meet MumsClub founder, Jane Hopkins and a few mums in business. MumsClub is a fantastic website for mums who own their own business or aspire to do so. The website is abundant with information on setting up and running your own business, whether your at the idea stage or an established business. Networking is the fun part of owning your own business, and MumsClub has been a precious lifeline for me since the start. If you can’t attend the show, then check out the website.

Exciting News – See if you can spot one of our gorgeous dresses which will hopefully appear in the fashion show. I’ve picked one of my favorites, The Green Dot Pink Dot reversible dress by designer label Sophie 4 Sophie.

Pop along and join our (Mums) Club!