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We established the Mumspring blog to help first-time mums and expecting mums as they embark on their journey of motherhood. We hope to make it stress-free and fun for you.

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Thanks,
Abisola O
Mumspring

7 Dishes to Prepare With Your Family This Christmas

Food is never a bad idea during the holidays and it’s one of the simplest ways to bond with your spouse and children.
From drinks to grills and snacks, bellies will be full and so will hearts.
Here’s a list of 7 things to prepare with your family this christmas.Continue reading “7 Dishes to Prepare With Your Family This Christmas”

10 Movies You Can Watch With Your Family This Christmas

Laughing together, sharing a bowl of popcorn or a cone of ice cream or handing off the tissue box to the next person. Christmas movies are everywhere this time of year. But trying to choose from the lot which to watch first can be quite tasking. 
Luckily, we’ve done it for you. Here is a list of 10 amazing Christmas movies you should watch with your family this year.Continue reading “10 Movies You Can Watch With Your Family This Christmas”

9 Ways You Can Give Back This Christmas


In a time of love, giving, sharing and caring. It is in our human nature to want to look outside ourselves and reach out to people in need. 

There are families who can’t celebrate the holidays simply because they can’t afford it or because they can’t.

 

If you are wondering what to do to give back, here is our list of the 9 ways you can make someone’s Christmas.

1. Secretly pay for someone’s items: 

It could be at a restaurant, grocery store or even at a public park. Secretly pay for someone and walk away. Be a secret Santa. Love is in the air and what is love without giving?


2. Visit an orphanage or home for elders:

Give your time to an orphanage near you. Imagine a Christmas with no one to share it with, a Christmas surrounded by emptiness, with no food to eat. You can help change that, just by visiting an orphanage or home for elders close to you. You could even gather a small group of people along with you and your family.


3. Treat a family to dinner: 

Not every family in your neighbourhood or your church or your workplace may have enough to eat. You could put a smile on the face of a family just by treating them to a nice family dinner.


4. Feed those who have to work on holidays: 

Do something nice for those who work for you or work on holidays, for example, the police (they are people too), your house guards, nurses, etc. Cook a meal and give to them, it reminds them that they are loved and appreciated.


5. Donate to a children’s hospital:

Buy a bunch of toys, wrap them, donate them to a children’s hospital and watch the faces of the children lit up like a Christmas tree.


6. Give out your excess items like shoes, toys, clothes:

You don’t always have to buy new stuff when you could just reach down to your wardrobe or children’s toy rack and figure out what goes and what stays. This might be a bit hard but letting go is sometimes the best option.


7. Be kind to others: 

Leaving an encouraging note for someone or offering your services to an elderly person or even giving out cards to everyone around you. There are a lot of things you can do to put a smile on a stranger’s face this Christmas. It doesn’t have to be anything so overly dramatic. Just be nice to someone else.


8. Raise money for a cause:

A really nice idea is to ask friends and family to help make a donation to a charity of your choice or a cause (like a building project in your community or giving to an individual for medical reasons or any reason at all), rather than have a present for yourself. This will, in the long run, set a great example for your kids by demonstrating the importance of giving, and will help you make a meaningful contribution this Christmas.


9. Donate to the Mumspring Foundation: 

Every day in Nigeria, Over 500 newborns die before their first 30 days-yep, you read that right. The core of Mumspring foundation is driven towards decimate neonatal mortality-we believe that every newborn has a right to live.

This season, the Mumspring Foundation in partnership with Hans & René is organising a campaign driving towards saving 1000 babies this Christmas.

We intend to do this by providing 1000 women with safe birth kits that can help prevent infections at birth and you can help by purchasing a safe birth kit (one costs N2000) in the name of someone you love.

The more you donate, the more babies are saved. Visit mumspring.com/givelife for more information.

So, we’ve run you through our list of suggestions, which ones do you feel more strongly about?

We’d love to know!

Breastfeeding Starter Pack: A Complete List of What You Need When Breastfeeding

Although the right choice, breastfeeding could sometimes be a lot of work. Below is a list of the most helpful breastfeeding starter pack you might consider buying.

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1. Nursing Pillows:

Your baby will be feeding a lot in the first few months – literally almost every 2 hours. Trying to hold the baby during those long hours could hurt your neck, your back and your arms. You can save yourself a lot of that distress by getting a comfortable nursing pillow.
You can check out this 4-in-1 Cuddles Collection Nursing Pillow here
We love this one in particular because it:
 Supports whilst feeding baby.
 Resting area for baby.
 Pregnancy support pillow.
 Sittingpp aid for growing baby.

2. Nursing bras: 

This is one thing you really shouldn’t do without. Get yourself a comfortable one and one you can easily manipulate with one hand so it’s easy when you are in public.

3. Lansinoh Nursing pads: 

When you breastfeed your baby, you will leak. It can be a lot or a little, but you definitely don’t want to be out in public and soak through your shirt. Nursing pads are absorbent little pads that you just stick inside your bra and they save you from embarrassing leaks. If you don’t know, there are disposable and washable nursing pads. The Lansinoh nursing pad works  like a charm and you won’t need to change them as much or even use them as much once your baby has been nursing for a long time because your body adjusts to how much milk your baby eats, but you still want to have some handy especially during the night. Anyway, these are definitely essential.
You can check out Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads here


4. The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump:

It is important to have an effective breast pump at your disposal. Most especially if you plan on going back to work or you just need help with breastfeeding the baby while you attend to other things. 
The reason why we’ve included the Haakaa breast pump in our starter kit is because it is made of 100% silicone and sticks to any flat surface with it’s suction base. 
Tip: Encourage letdown by placing a warm flannel on top of your breast and massage gently. While your child is feeding, place your Haakaa pump over the other breast to catch precious milk that would otherwise be lost in a nursing pad.
You can check out the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump here

5. Breastmilk Storage Bags:

This goes along with having a breast pump. If you are going to be using a pump, you will need a place to store the milk, and storage bags are the ideal choice because you can easily put them in the freezer and save milk for a few months if needed. Plus, it’s sort of sad to pour freshly pumped breast milk down the drain. Yes, we know you didn’t consciously work to make it, but it’s still something you produced and it’s nice to be able to keep it for your baby for later.
We recommend the Lansinoh storage bags because they are perfect- with them, you will never have problems with leaking or anything.
You can check out Breastmilk Storage Bags here


6. Lansinoh Nipple Cream: 

This stuff is a lifesaver, especially in those first few weeks when your nipples aren’t used to breastfeeding. There are few things worse than a dry, cracked nipple, and lanolin really helps when nothing else will. It’s like super thick, almost waxy, lotion and it saves you.
But definitely get this before your baby is born because you will need it and don’t want to be stuck without it.
It can be very helpful to purchase at least one nipple cream.
You can check out Lansinoh Nipple cream here



7. Nursing Clothes:

When breastfeeding in public places, you would need it to be as comfortable as humanly possible. Nursing clothes evolved over the years and have become a necessity. There are styles ranging from casual to professional wear made for the sole purpose of looking trendy and also finding it easy to breastfeed in public.


8. Hide and Chic Nursing Scarf: 

By now, you already know when baby wants it, baby wants it. Nothing is getting in the way of that, so if you are not a big fan of feeding in public then this is just right for you. 
The nursing scarf gives you all the privacy you need when it comes to breastfeeding in public.
We love this Hide and Chic Nursing scarf in particular because it has a mesh window that allows you to view baby, but still provides privacy as you nurse. Wear it poncho style for 360-degree coverage, position it over one shoulder, or even wear it as an infinity scarf when not feeding baby.
You can check out the Hide and Chic Nursing Scarf here
So there you have it, our complete list of breastfeeding essentials!
Breastfeeding can be awkward and difficult at first, but it really is worth it to breastfeed your baby, and these things help make it the best experience it can be! 
And if it doesn’t work, it’s okay to stop breastfeeding. Formula exists for a reason!
PS: What was something that you considered a breastfeeding essential? Is there anything we missed that you wouldn’t breastfeed without?? 
Do tell us in the comment section
You can also check out these nursing bundles:

11 Gifts for Your Pregnant Friend

Expecting parents are on an exciting journey, but they’re also preparing for a stressful and significant change in their lives. This holiday season is all about friendship, family and the people or things you really care about. It’s that time of the year when you don’t need a reason to go shopping or get gifts.

If you have a friend or family member who is pregnant, you can support her with a thoughtful, helpful gift to let her know that you’re thinking about her.

But finding the perfect gift takes time and can be difficult. That’s why we’ve found the 11 best gifts for pregnant women. These gifts are thoughtful, practical, and often help with some of the challenges that come with pregnancy. In this list, you’ll find gifts that are funny, sweet, and useful. 

They’re also available at a variety of price points, so you’re sure to find something within your budget.

1. Pregnancy Pillow:

A pregnancy pillow will help her relieve back pain and aid in the maintenance of a comfortable sleep position. This is useful for all 3 trimesters. She is going to be tired of the extra work her body is putting her through. Coming home after a long day to get a good night’s sleep might be a little difficult for her but with these, she will likely get a long night’s rest.

PS:  If you have to buy only one item, this is it.


2. Water Bottle: you might think your friend doesn’t need this but a pregnant woman has to always stay hydrated. She is going to be drinking a lot of water now that she’s pregnant than she used to. Add this to your list of gift items.


3. Maternity clothes: your pregnant friend or partner is probably going through or about to notice rapid body weights – such as her breasts and her belly bump – changes depending on what trimester she’s in. She would probably need a change of wardrobe because her old ones wouldn’t fit. Also, remember the maternity bra. This is a great pregnancy gift she will surely appreciate.


4. A Prenatal Massage:

All pregnant women want this, all the time. Pregnancy is not a comfortable time.

Her body is probably going through pains thanks to her pregnancy hormones preparing her body for baby’s arrival.

Then add an ever-changing centre of gravity, and it’s easy to understand why pregnant women spend so much time crying in the bath.

Take our word for it, your friend will really appreciate a day in the hands of a professional pregnancy masseuse.

PS: If you want to secure the lifelong position of BFF, treat her to a pregnancy massage.


5. A Manicure, Pedicure, Hair Appointment:

Throwing this one in because it’s okay to get spoilt and look good while at it. 

She might not have the time to take care of herself or even see her toes (thanks to her growing belly), we are a hundred per cent sure that she will appreciate this gesture.


6. Maternity Pyjamas:

Having a baby is expensive. Mostly all the money she’s getting will be saved up for baby’s arrival or spent on baby items. At this point, she’s probably not thinking of herself or what to wear to sleep but what she wears during the day are as important as what she wears to sleep. She needs to be comfortable at all times.


7. Compression Socks:

Many pregnant women deal with swollen feet and ankles. This is what happens when blood gathers in her feet either from standing or sitting in the same place for too long. A pregnant woman might experience severe pressure which can become extremely uncomfortable and painful. 

Compression reduces swelling by enhancing blood circulation, and these colourful compression socks are light and breathable. Choose from several design options in each set so that a mom has plenty of choices throughout the week.

 This is a very thoughtful gift that will be useful all through pregnancy.


8. Comfortable shoes:

Pregnancy can mean sore feet, but having the right shoes can make this go a lot smoother. Her health care provider will advise that she participates in some form of exercise. Furthermore, without the exercise, the shoes could just help her walk around comfortably.

Shoes like these sneakers with breathable fabric upper offer plenty of air circulation, while the sole is slip-resistant for safety. These shoes are ideal for wearing around the house, out on errands, or to doctor’s appointments.


9. Burt’s Bees Belly Butter: 

As her baby bump grows, her skin will stretch and tighten, which can make for a dry, itchy condition. The Burt’s Bees Belly Butter is a blend of shea, cocoa, vitamin E, and jojoba butter will keep her skin hydrated and help reduce stretch marks.


10. Upsie belly – belly bandit pregnancy support band and wrap: 

Depending on the trimester she is in, she will begin to feel the strain of her increasing bump on her body and her back. For this reason, we have put the upside belly on this list. It moulds to her changing shape to provide the right amount of support. It aids to ease sciatic, back & leg pain and similarly helps relieve bladder discomfort.


11. The Mumspring Pregnancy App:

Navigating pregnancy and motherhood, especially for a first-time mom, can be overwhelming.  A timely resource like the Mumspring Pregnancy App contains a wealth of pregnancy and parenting advice and information. Imagine all the information she will need to know about her pregnancy all in one place.  

By downloading the free Mumspring Pregnancy App, she gets to learn about changes in her body, weekly updates about baby’s growth and development, healthy nutrient, safe exercises, and a lot more. 

Recommend the app to moms early on in their pregnancies and they’ll have lots of time to read it and prepare for baby’s arrival.


No matter the holiday, she would find all these things very useful. So, there you have it. 

PS: Tell us what you think of these suggestions in the comment section and if you feel like we are missing an item on this list, feel free to share. We’d love to learn from you.  

Late Pregnancy Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

It is very easy to worry and let your maternal instincts kick in during pregnancy. Some of the symptoms you experience seem normal even if they are not comfortable. So, how do you know your instincts are right? What should you be on the lookout for? What symptoms should you report immediately or which can wait? Here is a list of some late pregnancy warning signs that are worth reaching your health care provider about.Continue reading “Late Pregnancy Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore”