Archive for August, 2010

Ideas for Inexpensive Maternity Clothes

When it comes to buying maternity clothing women generally fall into one of three groups.  The first group of women are the ones that fully embrace their pregnancy and enjoy shopping for new maternity clothing so they look stylish throughout their pregnancy.  The next group of women are very much the opposite and may only buy a few essential items of maternity wear to get them through the pregnancy without spending too much on clothing that will only be worn for a short length of time.  The last group falls in between these two extremes and includes women who wish to look stylish and beautiful during their pregnancy but want to do this without having to spend a fortune on clothes they will wear for only a short period of time.  The following are ideas that women can use to look great throughout their pregnancy without having to spend a fortune.

One of the ways that women can save money when it comes to maternity clothes is by purchasing some of the accessories that are available which turn your regular clothing into maternity clothing.  Accessories such as elastic bands that go around your waist and also extension pieces that extend the waist of your pants are great as they allow you to wear your regular clothing for longer during pregnancy.

During the last months of your pregnancy you will need to be wearing maternity clothes as this time is when your baby bump will be at its largest size.  A great way to save some money on maternity clothing is to borrow or share outfits with friends or relatives.  Depending on what maternity clothing you can borrow you may need only buy a few items of clothing yourself which can save you significant money.

Another great idea for inexpensive maternity clothing is to shop around at second hand stores.  Second hand stores can be great for maternity clothing as people generally donate clothing because they don’t plan on having any more children rather than because the clothes are worn out or out of fashion.

Shopping for inexpensive maternity clothes can also be done easily over the internet.  Maternity clothing available through online stores is much less expensive as the sellers have less costs to cover when compared with retail stores.  Buying a few different items from an online store and mixing and matching items as well as adding accessories can provide you with many different looks at a much cheaper price than you will find in the shops.

Become a baby sleep guru – tips on how to help your baby fall asleep

If you are having trouble settling your child down to sleep there are a few things that you can do to make this task a bit easier and try to help your baby sleep better and wake less.  Babies, just like us have individual sleep needs and recognising these needs is key to both you and your baby having an uninterrupted night’s sleep.  The following are some tips that may help you  and your baby sleep better.

One of the best tips for parents is to recognise when your baby is tired and putting them to bed as soon as they show signs that they are sleepy.  Anyone that is kept awake when they are tired can get grumpy and this is the case with babies as well.  Some of the signs to look for that indicate your baby is getting sleepy include becoming quiet, fussing and no interest in people or toys around them.

Another great tip for settling babies into bed is to develop a bedtime ritual which is the same every   evening.  It has been shown that having a routine such as a bath before bed can help even newborn babies to settle down to sleep.

Wrapping up newborn babies can help them to sleep better as the blanket or wrap provides a sense of security for the baby.  Wrapping a baby up when they are sleeping also limits their movement and they are less likely to disturb themselves while they are sleeping.

Babies, especially newborns, need frequent feeds to keep them happy and their little tummies full.  As they develop a sleep routine you should find that your baby will start to develop at least one longer period between feeds.  Ideally you should encourage this longer sleep time during the night by offering feeds more frequently during the day.

During the night avoid waking the baby during feed times by changing their nappy or other activities that will disturb their sleep.  If your baby is falling asleep during day time feeds and only having a short feed then this is the time to wake them up by changing their nappy or encouraging them to play a little and once you are done or they look as though they are ready to sleep offer them the other breast to finish the feed.

Petite Maternity Clothing that fits Right

For women who have a petite figure finding maternity clothing that looks great and fits properly can be a very difficult task.  Ideally women who are pregnant should be shopping for maternity clothing that helps to hide or minimise the size of both your baby bump as well as your bust however the clothes should also fit properly.  Petite women who are in the later stages of pregnancy generally find it somewhat difficult to find clothing that is flattering as well as the right size.

Over the last couple of years the demand for petite maternity clothing has prompted many clothing companies to provide lines of maternity wear for the smaller female.  Before this many women who were of a smaller build would need to have maternity wear tailored to fit or just live with the fact that any maternity wear that they bought off the rack in clothing stores would have to do.  Today there is a huge amount of petite maternity clothing on the market which caters to all body types and sizes.

For women who have a petite frame wearing clothing that fits right is very important.  At the beginning of your pregnancy there are a few things that you can do while your baby bump is only small.  Women can generally wear their regular clothing during the first part of the pregnancy as long as they steer clear of tight fitting clothing such as tight jeans and wear clothing that has elastic waist lines or dresses without a defined waist line.  As your baby bump and bust area increases as you move further into the pregnancy clothing that is a couple of sizes above what you would regularly buy is a great way of dealing with the problem of finding petite maternity clothing.  This clothing that is a few sizes bigger may also be useful for women after the birth of the baby as they slim back down to the size that they were before the pregnancy.

Petite maternity clothes come in all different styles and sizes and it is during the last couple of months of the pregnancy that you will need to wear maternity clothes.  Women who have a small frame should consider maternity wear that has a single colour which gives the wearer a slimmer appearance and it is also a good idea to have a few evening dresses as you will still be going out during the pregnancy.  The most important thing with petite maternity clothing is making sure that the fit is right so try on different styles and sizes to see what fits you.