Commitment to Sustainability

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Made with love in every way

Here at The Bridal Box Co. we love love! This is not just the love between an adorable couple getting hitched but also the love you share with your tribe, with your family and even with your favourite pets. We’re lucky enough to be located in (what we think) one of the most beautiful parts of Australia and we absolutely love it too! And we want to keep this gorgeous country of ours beautiful for many years to come. This is why we have a commitment to sustainability.

Sunrise over O'Reilly's rainforest
Sunrise over O’Reilly’s rainforest Image by Caleb Russell

We keep our company as environmentally friendly as possible in a number of ways:

  • Sourcing our timber from a plantation dedicated to sustainable forest management
  • Through choosing our packaging materials carefully, so they can be reused or recycled
  • We don’t print any unnecessary invoices. You receive all your order information digitally, so there’s no need to use any more paper
  • We choose suppliers that create products that are handmade, Australian-based or committed to sustainable practises, so that our carbon footprint is minimised from every angle

 

The Blue Mountains sweeping landscape
Blue Mountains. Photo by Jacques Bopp

But we wanted to do more!

We love the work that the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) do for environmental and wildlife conservation here in Australia. They have a number of projects from Australian Bushfire recovery and restoration; combatting climate change; education for sustainable food consumption; saving our Oceans and our favourite, the Two Billion Trees project.

Every year in Australia, there is an estimated 500,000 hectares of native forests and woodlands bulldozed. These lands are home to many of our beautiful native animals and also provide the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink and rain for our crops. So WWF-Australia have a plan to stop the excessive tree-clearing, protect the existing forests and restore native habitat that’s been lost.

the daintree rainforest meeting the ocean
Daintree Rainforest. Image by Manny Moreno

AND WE WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT!

So as a part of our commitment to sustainability, we’re donating $1 from every keepsake box sold to WWF Australia, to support the amazing work that they do in keeping Australia’s natural environment safe and lush.

Check out more of the incredible work WWF do HERE

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Koala. Image by David Clode

 

 

Choosing Baby Names

Colourful strips of paper with names writen on them

How to Choose a Baby Name

It is so absolutely true: you don’t realise how many people or names you dislike until you try to name a baby! Choosing baby names is a mammoth task with a lot of pressure, your little one is going to have this name for the rest of their lives! The decision process can start arguments and is always a magnet for those opinions you did not ask for from family and friends. To help with the task, we have come up with a few pointers on how to choose a baby name!

laptop notebook, pen and cup of tea ready for work
Start with the ABC’s

Start with the basics – the first initial! Making your way through the alphabet, eliminate letters that you definitely don’t want to use. Perhaps you have other family members with those initials, or when paired with your surname, makes an undesirable word (eg. S. Pitts).

woman's torso at table with pencils and paper apparently thinking
Lists!

With the remaining letters and a good list of baby names handy (from either books or baby name blogs), start making your way through the names and divide them into categories. Discard the ones you definitely don’t want your baby to have and keep names you like and names you think will make good middle names.
Then return to your list and remember to think about things like:

  •  How does it sound out loud?
  •  Your child’s initials don’t spell out anything awful?
  •  Think about the shortened version of the name (it’s inevitable!) Do you like the sound of the name shortened and does it work with the middle and surname?
  •  If you have had scans indicating that you’re having a boy or girl, be sure you’re choosing baby names from the opposite gender too. Scans can sometimes be wrong.
  •  If you’d like a name that’s not too common, check out the top baby names for the current year! There are plenty of websites with name statistics, so your child won’t be one of several “Willows” in class. Likewise if you don’t want something super uncommon.
  •  If you have names you like and would not like them shut-down by friends or family… don’t tell them!
  •  Find a discussion board if you’d like to discuss baby names with someone other than your family!

two babies playing on a tablet computer

Review the shortlist

Phew – that took some effort! But now you have a shorter list to chose from. Start from the top and see if you’ve changed your mind on any of the names selected

Make some space!

Give yourself a break from baby names! The pressure can drive you crazy. You have time. Take a breath and a few days to recover.

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Repeat

Start back at the shortlist and make your way through again with a fresh set of eyes. Narrow it down further… then take a break again.

Now you should be down to a handful of names that you like for your soon to be newest family member! Many say that they had to see their little one’s face before settling on a name, so it may help to have a few backups just in case.

Then you’re almost ready to order your Welcome to the World personalized keepsake box with your baby’s name. A treasure chest ready to fill with all the tiny memories. Check them out here!

welcome to the world hamper

Relieving New Parent Aches

Woman receiving treatment from physiotherapist for her aching back

When my first baby was born, I was warned and prepared for the sleepless nights, the endless nappy changes and the dire need for quick and easy meals. The one thing I was not ready for, was the aches and pains that came with being a new parent. Not the soreness from birth, but the back, neck and shoulder pain from the awkward positions of nursing, rocking and lifting bub in and out of her crib.

Long hours are spent in positions that often put strain on a new parents back, neck and shoulders and the repetitive stress can lead to long-term injury and slow rehabilitation if not looked after nice and early. So we’ve found five small ways to relieve that tension and those new parent aches!

1. Reminders to stretch

There are a few great stretches that can really help the neck, shoulders and back, but the hardest part sometimes is remembering to do them! So set your phone alarm every few hours to remind you or pop a little message on the bathroom mirror or fridge door. These days if you have a smart watch, they have a feature to detect when it’s been a while since you’ve been up and moving! It might seem that they remind you annoyingly frequently… but it’s easy to lose track of a lot of time when you’re a new parent! We’ve included a few quick stretches below that can really help.

neck and shoulder stretches
Stretches from yogawithliana.com

2. Use the other arm

Becoming a little more ambidextrous can really help with the repetitive strain injuries. You may not have even noticed that you carry the capsule or shopping predominately in one arm or even balance bub on one hip in particular. Switching sides can feel weird at first, but will definitely help out your body in the long run.

3. Check your pram posture

You might not have realized, but there are a number of ways you can adjust your pram to be more ergonomic! This includes adjusting the height of your handle to improve comfort in your wrists and shoulders when pushing. But there are also a number of ways you can improve your own posture while walking around with bub. Ensuring that your hips are rolled forward to create a neutral spine can help with abdominal strength and also shoulder alignment. Making sure those shoulders are also rolled back and down and your pelvic floor is switched on too. This is also a good time to sneak in some of those stretches! Pop a reminder on your pram!

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from momleta.com

4. Ergonomic Pillows

I did not realize myself just how difficult it would be to maintain good posture while breastfeeding. My physio once told me that you could try to do everything correctly, but you will still have to compromise your posture a little. That’s no reason though not to improve everything you can in the meantime! It’s important to make sure bub is elevated up to the breast, instead of lowering your chest down to them to feed. A boomerang shaped pillow is perfect for propping bub up and keeping them in close to feed. There are many pillows designed specifically for this purpose, but a regular boomerang pillow from your local department store does the trick just as well!

The Boppy nursing pillow
The Boppy Pillow

5. Seek relief for your new parent aches!

We all know how hard it is to get away from bub and the “mum guilt” that comes with taking the time to get a massage, but it is SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT! You need to look after yourself in order to look after them! Taking the time now to get to a physio, remedial massage or acupuncture will save you from a chronic injury and a lengthy recovery time. Cast that guilt aside and remember that when you are in your best self, you are the best for them!

womens physio stretches

Baby Shower Games We Love

A cake topper from a baby shower that reads "oh baby"

We love Baby Shower games! Not only are they fun and drill up that little competitiveness, but it’s also a great way to get your guests interacting and socializing with people they may not know. Some games can even see your Mother’s working together as a team! So, here’s a list of our top 12 favourite Baby Shower games to play at your next shower… we’ve even found some free printables from Bub Hub for your party supplies!

1. The String Game

This one’s a classic! Each guest takes a length from a ball of string that they think represents the size of the Mama to Be’s baby bump! Mama’s pregnant belly is then measured and the person with a length of string closest to the correct size wins!

the string game

2. Baby Bingo!

Baby Bingo is one of my personal favourites, so it takes a few eyes off me while opening gifts! As gifts are being opened, guests will need to check off the items on their bingo card. When they have a row, they shout ‘Bingo!’ and win! Click the link below to print out your free Baby Bingo cards!

baby shower bingo

CLICK HERE for your Baby Bingo Printables

3. Jelly Baby Birth

Freeze some Jelly Babies in ice-cubes or shot-glasses and guests need to try and melt their Jelly Babies free, or “give birth” the fastest. Alternatively, one jelly baby can be frozen into water on display and guests have to try and guess what time the baby will be “born” (It’s a good idea to ensure that this one is in the sun or that the ice is thin enough to melt during the Baby Shower.

ice ice baby

4. Guess the Baby Food

Baby food comes in some really delicious and also weird tasting combinations. Having guests try to guess the flavours of the foods by either blind-folding them, or un-labelling the foods is always great for laughs and testing baby food palettes!

baby food

5. Don’t Cross Your Legs

It used to be said that pregnant mothers should not cross their legs. We know these days that if it’s comfortable to do so and circulation to your legs isn’t compromised, then cross away…. But not in this game! As guests arrive, they have a peg or card and if a guest is seen crossing their legs they must forfeit their peg/card to the person who caught them. The winner is the person with the most pegs/cards by the end of the day.

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6. Don’t Say Baby

Much like “Don’t Cross Your Legs” guests have to try not to use the word “Baby” during the whole Baby Shower! If caught, they have to give up their peg and the winner is the person with the most pegs by the end of the day.

7. Nappy Change

Each guest has a doll or bear and has to put a nappy on it the fastest! For an extra challenge, old-fashioned towel nappies with pins can be used (just check that someone present knows how to fold them!)

8. Baby Animals

We know that cats have kittens and that horses have foals… but did you know that platypus have puggles? Guests have to try to match the animal to their babies. Click below to download the baby animal game for free!

Click here to download baby animals game printables from BubHub

9. Baby Celebrities

Much like baby animals, but with famous babies! The host can read out baby names and guests have to note down who they think the famous parent/s might be! To make things easy, we’ve done the celebrity spotting work already and you can download this baby shower game below!

Click here for Free printables Baby Celebrities Game

10. Dirty Nappy Game

I’m sure most people have heard of this one and it’s not one of my personal favourites, but an absolute ‘must do’ according to some of our team members. This game sees guests trying to guess a food or chocolate bar that has been melted and squished in a nappy. Guests can use their vision, smell or maybe even a sneaky taste to try and guess the confectionery. It makes for some truly embarrassing pics, so have that camera ready!

Game available from EBTreasured Moments on Etsy

11. Spit the Dummy

These next activities are some physically challenging ones but won’t be won by the guest who gyms the most. Spit the Dummy is a game where guests are each given a dummy and have to try to spit it the furthest! Hopefully there won’t be too many tears and tantrums with this game!

12. Drink Up

A game of speed agility… or maybe not so much. Guests need to see who can drink their drink the fastest from a baby’s bottle. We’ve seen this one played at mix-gendered baby showers where the guys are enjoying a few drinks. An especially good one to play before getting some not-so-sober guests to try and put nappies on the fastest!

Image from Pregnant Chicken

Did your favourite baby shower games make the list? Let us know what you think and share your favourites with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Real Mama: Zoe’s Baby Shower

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Zoe’s Baby Shower

The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for most of us, with restrictions and negativity all around. So when there’s a chance to celebrate, you have to make the absolute most of it! And what’s more amazing than celebrating a new addition to the family! We are so excited to share the absolutely beautiful day that was Zoe’s Baby Shower.

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A few weeks before the safe arrival of her baby boy, Zoe from Bumble & Bloom had a gorgeous sunshine inspired gathering. Stunning yellows and delicate touches were brought together with styling from Click Picnic to create this swoon-worthy, gender-neutral event. It wouldn’t be a Bumble & Bloom event without an amazing arrangement of florals! With sunflowers, pops of white and eucalyptus features, even the looming clouds couldn’t dampen the vibrancy!  Complete with a Mum-osa bar!

To make sure the luncheon was safe for everyone and within current COVID guidelines for parties, wedding and party planner, Janette from Olive Rose Weddings designed a safe gathering plan and oversaw the day.

What goes hand-in-hand with sunny days? Ice cream of course! The celebrations for Zoe’s baby shower were topped off with soft serves from Hit The Soft Spot.

A delicious day to remember and some serious styling inspo! Captured perfectly by The Liss Flare Photography!

Congratulations Zoe!

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The pregnant Mamas gang: Janette, Olive Rose Weddings; Zoe, Bumble & Bloom; Charmaine, The Bump Box Co.

Baby Shower Themes We Love

Oh Baby Baby Shower ideas we love

There’s no greater reason to celebrate than welcoming a new tiny human to the world! You’ve been growing that gorgeous little bump and it’s almost time to meet them… but first share that incredible excitement with your family and friends at your baby shower!

There are so many amazing and creative baby shower themes out there, it can be overwhelming to pick just one (so we may need to have more than just one baby *wink*). When planning my own shower, we wanted to keep it neutral, as we were finding out our baby’s gender on the day too! We settled for a pastel-themed afternoon tea and our little girl was certainly very celebrated and spoiled.

Photography: SoRosiePhotography Flowers: Bumble & Bloom

We’ve since gathered the team together and collected a few of our favourite Baby Shower Themes for Boys, Girls and Neutral parties!

For the Boys

Ahoy, it’s a Boy!

We love little nautical baby shower themes to celebrate the arrival of your boy. Invite your guests on the voyage to greet your newest addition with décor of blues, whites and splashes of red! Some fun interactive ideas for your guests could include leaving a message in a bottle for the growing family. Sweets and treats can include salted caramels or chocolates.

I Moustache You to Join Us

A moustache-themed theme is a fun, whimsical way to introduce your dapper, young man to your loved ones. There’s also the opportunity for so many puns! The refresher station can say “wet your whiskers” and gift table can read “Stache your gifts here”. Guests can have fun with moustache photo props and little bow ties.

A Little Cowboy is Comin to Town

Howdy partner! A rustic theme is classic, timeless and you can put a fun twist on styling by adding a bit of the Wild West too. We’re thinking hay bales, raw wooden features and of course, cowboy hats and Sheriff badges! Games can include wooden-horse races or “nappy-wrangling”.

For the little Ladies

Boho-Chic

Boho is a trend that we hope is here to stay forever! Gorgeously feminine and free-spirited. Decorate with dried arrangements, feathers and earthy details with soft colour palette of sage and dusty rose. Activities for the day can include flower crown or dream-catcher making.

We Have a Little Something Brewing

A cute, quaint and classic party theme: the tea party! Teas, little sandwiches and petite-fours with flowers and lace to decorate. Guests come in their garden party dresses and maybe even fascinators. Keep games elegant and classy to keep the theme. It might prepare you for the many toddler tea parties in Mama’s future!

A Magical Day is on the Way

You betcha, we’re talking about a unicorn party! Decorations can be as colourful and glittery as your imagination can reach – purples and pinks and pops of gold. Sweets and treats are always magical and guests can participate in cupcake or cookie decorating.

Unisex Parties

Twinkle-twinkle Little Star

A starry-night themed shower is a sweet, gender-neutral party idea that we absolutely adore. Decorated with a starry sky backdrop and fairy lights. Clouds, moons and stars all around the room. If your party is on a bright, sunny day, décor of blues and teals can set the scene better than deep, dark colours. Star-shaped sugar cookies make the perfect guest favours for this sparkly theme!

Woodland Wonderland

A woodland forest theme is absolutely adorable and one of our favourite nursery themes. Bring elements of nature in with plenty of wood and greenery and some hidden away forest friends, like foxes, bears and deer. The perfect favours for a woodland themed shower is a mini-soy candle that has the fresh smells of cedar or eucalyptus.

What will it Bee?  

Yellows are certainly the favourite gender-neutral baby shades and a honeybee themed shower is the perfect way to showcase some gorgeous, bright tones and even introduce some childhood nostalgia (we’re thinking a little Winnie the Pooh perhaps). Also a fantastic theme for the couple who aren’t announcing the gender of their little one, or saving a reveal for later in the day. Décor can include fresh flowers and lots of airy colours, with some bees or stripes hidden around too. Tiny jars of honey are an adorable favour for your guests!

Images found on Pintrest. 

Foods for Fertility

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When you and your partner decide that it’s time for your family to increase by two little feet, you might start wondering what the best things are you can do to prepare. While we know there are plenty of foods to be avoided during pregnancy: what about when trying to conceive? Are there foods for fertility?

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What we eat has a huge impact on our body’s ability to function properly and this includes our reproduction system! This doesn’t mean that certain foods can cure fertility issues or that you can combat a bad diet by adding a handful of kale (sorry, we wish it did!). What it does mean is that you can maintain a healthy weight and give your body the nutrients it requires to protect or improve your fertility.

So, what are the ingredients we need to prepare for conception? Hormones, healthy blood, healthy circulation, and a healthy brain – both in mental wellness and also its ability to send messages around the body. A diet rich in healthy fats, healthy carbs, proteins and fresh fruit and vegetables are great all the time but can be particularly important when preparing for pregnancy.

What are some foods for fertility?

Good Fats

Healthy fats decrease inflammation and aid in increased blood flow. Studies have also shown that they lead to an increase in sperm quality for Dad to be! Once pregnant, healthy fats are essential for developing bubs weight increase and to grow nervous system connections.

Where to find healthy fats:

Fatty fish: Salmon – an excellent source of omega-3 which is also a building block for hormones. Our bodies can’t produce omega-3 on its own, so it’s important that it’s included in our diets.
Nuts and Seeds: Flax seeds, walnuts and sunflower seeds are fantastic sources of healthy fats and also omega-3 (perfect to substitute that salmon for our vegetarian friends!).
Avocado: Everyone’s favourite. It’s easy to add to breakfast and salads and full of vitamins and riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium! Yum!
Bad Fats: Trans-fats are the bad guys for our diet. These are usually found in commercial baked goods, fries and snack foods (you know, the delicious things!). These fats increase insulin resistance and won’t be helpful at all for healthy bodies or fertility, so try and limit these in your diet.

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Complex Carbohydrates

Carbs… our relationship is complicated! While you wouldn’t need to tell most people twice to stock up on the carbs, again there are some good guys and the bad guys. Good carbs are digested slowly by your body, contain fibres and often fantastic sources of fertility friendly B-vitamins, which support ovum release and uterine implantation.

Where to find healthy carbs:

Quinoa – our favourite replacement for rice and pasta. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, while also being high in fibre and protein.
Whole grains – brown rice, whole wheat pasta, millet, barley and polenta.
Bad Carbs: Bad carbs… are again probably mostly our delicious favourites, including rice, pasta, cakes, processed breads and cereals. These increase insulin resistance and the body digests these very quickly, leading to spikes in blood sugar and insulin – which in high levels, can inhibit ovulation.

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Protein

Protein is an important building block in tissue repair and also for the production of hormones, enzymes and blood cells. So it’s no wonder that proteins are foods for fertility. Maintaining a healthy intake of protein is essential in looking after your body, but also preparing for the development of bub. Like everything in life though – you can have too much of a good thing, and excessive protein intake has been shown to impair fertility in males and females.

Where to find protein:

Lean meats – are high in protein while being low in calories and ‘bad fats’. Poultry is a great source of protein, but also high in selenium (for preventing cell damage), B3 & B6 (for the production of sex hormones and stress relief) and choline (for nerve function and inflammation reduction).
Beans & Lentils – These are not only packed with protein but also iron, folate and fibre!
Tofu – A great plant source of essential amino acids, calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium

healthy protein diet fertility food

Dairy

Dairy full of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B and protein. Research has found that consumption of full-fat dairy products daily can support female fertility, while the low-fat alternatives may be causing damage. This could be due to the increase in sugars used in the low-fat alternatives which cause the spike in insulin that we also see in ‘bad carbs’.

Where to find dairy:

Greek yogurt – packed with protein, calcium and vitamin D (important for regulating menstruation, and balancing sex hormones).
Cheese – cheese made from grass-fed animals is highest in nutrients (vitamins A & B12, zinc, phosphorus and riboflavin) and also contains omega-3.
Vegetarian alternatives – soya beans, peas, lentils, seaweed and leafy greens including spinach, kale, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

dairy and fertility foods

Vitamins & Minerals

Fresh fruit and vegetables are absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals that are needed to support a healthy body before, during and after pregnancy. Here, we wanted to tell you about some amazing vitamins and the delish plants they’re found in:

Vitamin E & C well-documented antioxidants, which help remove free-radicals from your body and prevent damage. The protective barrier around your egg follicle is rich in vitamin E for support. Vitamin C may also be linked to your follicle during ovulation. We also know that vitamin C is important for immune health!
Found in: Oranges, Grapefruit, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Also, colourful fruits including blueberries, strawberries and pomegranates.
Folic acid – a super important nutrient for pre-conception and pregnancy. It’s recommended that folic acid supplements be taken by Mamas to be and pregnant women as it improves fertility and assists with spinal tube development in bub.
Found in: spinach, kale and other leafy greens. Dark leafy greens are also amazing sources of iron, which is important for menstruation, ovulation and egg development.
Zinc – zinc is integral to progesterone production, cell division, egg healthy and sperm motility.
Found in: oats, oysters, asparagus, poultry, lentils, nuts and seeds

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Morning Sickness Sucks

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Morning sickness – also known as “all the time sickness” (urgh!) is the delightful time typically between 4-16 weeks of pregnancy where everything sucks. No one is quite sure what causes the symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, but it’s thought perhaps linked to the changes in certain hormone levels. If you consult the old wives, you’ll find that it’s believed “Morning sickness means a higher chance of having a girl” or if you’re particularly reflux-y, it means your baby is hairy. There is plenty for us still to learn about morning sickness, but first thing is first: we need Morning Sickness Remedies!

So we’ve sieved through all the wives tales and asked all the Mamas we know for their advice and tips on what works to remedy morning sickness. Here’s what we know…

Ginger

Every Mama we know that has fought morning sickness absolutely swears by anything and everything ginger! This little super herb has been proven to aid with all the tummy upsets including motion sickness and recovering from food poisoning. Ginger may help by maintaining blood pressure and keeping digestion stable. Try ginger ale, ginger lollies or Franjo’s kitchen ginger and apricot bikkies!

Keeping something in your tummy

Smaller snacks have been a big hit with our Mamas and plain foods too – little bits of toast, biscuits or sucking on hard-boiled candy. Keeping servings small and eating frequently can help with the nausea, but also having something light in your stomach will be gentler if you are sick.

  morning sickness remedy ideas

Vitamins and when to take them

Vitamin B6 is said to help reduce nausea and vomiting and we’re not entirely sure why! It seems really weird, because B12 can make some ladies feel sick when not taken with food. Either way – if it’s a morning sickness remedy we’ll take it! Also – taking your prenatal vitamins, or B6, with a meal or snacks is always a good idea to keep that tummy settled.

Tea

Tea… one of the greatest inventions ever, especially if we can’t be having caffeine addictions anymore. Some of the ingredients in tea are also nausea-fighters on their own, like zesty lemon or ginger. Hint- try Morning Wellness from Mama Body Tea! Make sure you check the ingredients in your herbal tea though ladies, because some ingredients that are great for the Third trimester are dangerous in the First and vice versa. We’ve written a little handy guide here, but if you’re ever unsure, ask your doctor or just avoid!

  pregnant woman drinking tea

Protein and Iron-rich foods before bed

These are slow release energy foods that can keep your blood sugar maintained through the night and for some ladies, stave off the sickness first thing in the morning. Foods such as leafy greens, eggs and sardines (also great for good fatty oils!) can also help reduce the symptoms.

BRAT

This is one we thought was for the old wives’ tales. It’s Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast and Tea!  But looking back over the advice we’ve seen so far, these actually fit nicely into the foods to consider, to help those sickness symptoms. Maybe my Nanna was onto something…

Nothing working?

Sometimes morning sickness can be a sign of something else going on. Don’t take chances! If you think your morning sickness is worse than it should be, if it’s causing weight-loss or you’re not functioning well at all, Go see your doctor! You may find a medication that works to relieve your symptoms without being a risk to yourself or bub.

Have you been through it all with morning sickness? Head to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know what Morning Sickness Remedies worked for you!

Hospital Bag Essentials

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New Mum Advice: Hospital Bag Essentials

The lead up to the arrival of your newest addition to the family is an amazing journey full of excitement, fear, celebrations and probably more than a few emotional moments. But you’ve done it! You’ve reached the third trimester! While the nursery is probably all decorated and packed and the car seat is installed and ready to go, you maybe haven’t thought about what you’ll need on hand when baby’s birthing day finally arrives. Never fear Mama, we’ve made this list of Hospital Bag Essentials to make it all a little easier for you!

  what to pack in a hospital bag

When should I pack my hospital bag?

You want your hospital bag ready to go when your baby is! Keeping an eye on your expectant due date and remember to note if there are any chances that bub might come early. This could be the case for twins, for example. Your OBGYN will certainly let you know all of this and much more detailed for your own pregnancy. Many suggest generally that it’s good to have your bag packed from around week 36, just to be safe.

What to pack…

Your Hospital Bag Essentials list should definitely include:

  1. Cozy, non-slip socks or slippers. Believe me, you don’t want to traverse a hospital barefoot, but you’ll certainly want to keep your toes comfy while you’re walking around the hospital before and after labour
  2. The usual purse suspects: Photo ID, health care and insurance information
  3. Your mobile phone… and your charger!
  4. Comfortable attire – lose-fitting shirts, robes, jumpers and underwear
  5. Maternity bras and nursing pads. Even if you are not planning on breastfeeding, you will definitely appreciate having a little leak protection. Check out our bamboo nursing pads HERE
  6. Non-perishable snacks and change/eftpos card for the vending machine.
  7. Lip balm! You’ll be surprised how dry your mouth gets during labour. Also packing some sugar-free lollies could help too (definitely not sugar lollies though, as they will dehydrate)
  8. Your toothbrush, paste, hair brush, facewash, shampoo and conditioner, and moisturiser
  9. Prescription medication, glasses/contacts if you where them.
  10. Leaving the hospital attire: Matching outfits for mum and bub are total Instagram goals… but there’s a pretty big chance that’ll be lower on your priority list by now! It’s recommended you pack comfortable six-month maternity wear and a blanket and beanie for bub

  dad to be hospital bag

What should my partner pack?

The partner has an important supporting role during this process and delegating some of those hospital bag essential to hubby will certainly help. He should remember:

  1. A shirt that he doesn’t mind losing. He’ll want to hold bub and also enjoy skin to skin interactions, but if you’re having your partner present at the birth, there’s a good chance he’ll be in a shirt that gets damaged or soiled (not to mention that you may be pulling on it a tad during labour). This is the number one item we hear from new Dads that they wish they knew they needed sooner!
  2. His belongings – changes of clothes, toiletries, phone and charger (a battery charger for your phone too), a camera, snacks!
  3. Something to keep you both distracted or entertained during down times – perhaps a book, puzzle, podcast or something to watch
  4. The car seat! To take baby home, you’ll need to ensure you have a ride home with a suitable, safe and correctly installed car seat for your newest addition

If you have any essentials you think we’ve missed let us know on our Facebook or Instagram page!

  third trimester preparing for birth

Good luck Mama!

Tea Drinking While Pregnant

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There’s a lot of delicious no-go’s when you’re pregnant – soft cheese, sushi and your favourite cocktails. It’s okay Mama, it’s just for a little while! But our favourite calming ritual and soothing drink can be sipped all through pregnancy and breastfeeding – tea! There are some guidelines we need to remember though to protect Mum and Bub, so we’ve gathered a few tips for Tea Drinking While Pregnant.

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Cup of Goodness

We all know tea is good for you, but why? Tea contains polyphenols and antioxidants which protect your heart and lower cancer risks. Other nutrients in tea can act to lower blood pressure, boost circulation and help out your immune system! During pregnancy, sipping on your favourite cuppa can ease morning sickness and even help with a shorter labour! When you just can’t drink anymore water, herbal tea can be comforting substitute to keeping you hydrated, while also upping some much needed pregnancy nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and iron.

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Teas to Avoid

Not all teas are created equal – so we wanted to start off with the teas to keep an eye out for and avoid! While we can often be upset by weight gain during pregnancy, it is usually not a good idea to go near any “cleansing” or “detox” teas. These usually have a laxative action or promote increased urination – which can leave Mama dehydrated and lacking in the minerals and ions that both mum and bub require. Also be mindful to avoid teas containing St John’s Wort, Don Quai, Ginseng, Yarrow, Ephedra, Liquorice Root or Pennyroyal, which has been known to cause miscarriages. If you’re ever unsure about a tea ingredient, check in with your doctor or just be on the safe side and avoid altogether..

Overindulging in herbal teas can also work negatively with your pregnant body. Some studies suggest that more than 3 cups of tea a day can reduce the body’s ability to absorb folic acid and iron.

woman with tea cup

Teas for Early Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of those no-go’s while pregnant, because of it’s stimulating nature, which will increase blood pressure, heart rate and will act to dehydrate your body. So keep an eye out for herbal teas that are caffeine-free, like roiboos, peppermint and chamomile. Lemon and ginger teas can ease a tummy upset by morning sickness, ingredients found in Morning Wellness. Lemon Myrtle in tea can also help normalise female hormones and helps as a sinus decongestant for when colds strike during pregnancy.

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Teas for Third Trimester

Teas including ingredients such as Red raspberry leaf or Nettle leaf should definitely be avoided in the early stages of pregnancy, as they have an effect on uterine muscle tone. This is actually beneficial though when taken later in the pregnancy, some suggesting from 32 weeks. These properties will work to promote effective contractions and assist during labour. It’s important to remember to keep your stress down, which can be easier said than done as you start approaching that due date! So teas with calming properties such as oatstraw, rosehip and chamomile are good to remember too. Luckily, Mama Body has us covered with Pregnancy– perfect for tea drinking while pregnant in the second and third trimester.

  pregnant woman drinking tea

Teas for Breastfeeding

We all know that what we eat can still affect bub through our breast milk. Caution still needs to be taken when assessing your tea selections. You can take small amounts of caffeine now (welcome back coffee!). However, its recommended to do so after breastfeeding or expressing. This way, the caffeine won’t still be circulating and entering breast milk by bubs next feed.

Teas that can increase milk supply and are safe during feeding include: fenugreek, fennel, raspberry leaf and Goat’s rue. Alfalfa is also good and some midwives report this can reduce postpartum bleeding.

Mamas Milk is a tea we stock from Mama Body Tea that is safe during breastfeeding and also nourishing to Mum.

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Have you tried our range of delicious Mama Body Tea blends? Or do you have any amazing Pregnancy and Breastfeeding safe tea recipes to share? Head to our Facebook or Instagram pages, we’d love to hear about your tea drinking while pregnant!

xx

Awesome Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Tiles from boardgame, Scrabble, reading out "We are having a baby" as a baby announcement idea

Congratulations! You’ve just found out you’re pregnant!

Now the fun begins… telling everyone. It’s the first of many “reveals” that you get to do as parents – there’s the pregnancy announcement, gender reveals, birth announcement and name reveals! So let’s start this thing right. If you’re looking for a awesome pregnancy announcement ideas, but don’t feel like scrolling through hours of Instagram or Pintrest posts – then never fear! We have done most of the leg work for you, Mama. Presenting our favourite awesome pregnancy announcement ideas as chosen by The Bump Box Co. team:

Telling the family

Telling your family can be the most nerve wracking, especially if yours is the first bub of the next generation. We’ve collected these fun ideas to surprise the family.

Siblings Announcement

They’ve ruled the roost for a while now, but it’s time to welcome an addition to the children tribe! These pregnancy announcements made by the siblings are just too sweet!

Getting the Pets Involved

Many couples are first parents to their cuddly canines and kittens, so when it comes time to welcome a two-legged addition to the family, it makes sense to have your furred and feathered friends help with the announcement!

A New Team Player

A fan of gaming or sports? You’ve got a new fan or team mate on the way and can use your love of the game in your announcements!

Cute Signs

Looking for a simple and easy way to create Instagram-worthy posts to announce your pregnancy? A creative little sign board will do the trick! These are our fave:

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

We love the holiday seasons! Why not use some of the decorative, festive and holiday cheer in your announcements!

Tiny Human Objects

And of course there’s the classic – using tiny human objects to announce your pregnancy! We love this adorable idea!

And of course, you could use our Mum to Be and Dad to Be boxes to announce the big news too – or even create your own custom box to propose to your God Parents or present to soon to be Aunts and Uncles!