Want to hide your baby bump for a little longer? Here’s how to!


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Want to hide your baby bump for a little longer? Here’s how to!

Haven’t shared your news with your colleagues yet? Or maybe not even with your nearest and dearest…

All pregnant bodies are different but what they all have in common is that we all feel that the baby bump shows long before anyone even suspects we are pregnant. However, it could be good to have some styling tricks up your sleeve to be on the safe side and conceal that baby bump for a little longer. Here are our best styling and fashion tips, which you can use throughout the entire pregnancy!

Loose-fitting blouses

Wearing a loose-fitting blouse is an excellent trick to conceal a growing belly. Opt for straight models that don’t sit tight around your waist.

Twist front kimono // Origami blouse // Peplum Top // Frill shoulder in blue

Tie blouse and turtlenecks

A tie blouse or turtleneck will divert focus from your belly to your neck and face instead. Details that pop out will distract the eye even more.

Bohemisk blus // Smock Cami Top // Alvey mid rise // Skater dress

Patterns

An interesting pattern will trick the eye and redirect the focus to notice the details rather than your baby bump. Remember to wear clothes with all-over patterns and prints.

Polka Dot Top // Skater tea dress // Floral cape midi dress // Stripe long sleeve shirt

Extra material and draping

Draping, asymmetrical cuts or wrap-style clothing will trick the eye and your belly will become a part of the outfit.

Draped midi dress // Knot front slinky midi dress // Double layer mini dress // Ruffle wrap maxi dress

High-waisted bottom

Clothes that sit tightly around your waist are never comfy. That’s why you’ll never regret investing in a pair of comfy maternity tights and a pencil skirt. High-waisted pants and skirts will also trick the eye as they start at the narrowest part of your waist.

Jersey pencil skirt // Satin maxi skirt // Midi skirt in birds of paradise // Maternity leggings

Accessories

Shorter necklaces, scarves, earrings, hairstyles or glasses will divert the focus from your belly. A stylish handbag could also do the trick but avoid carrying it over your shoulder as it could end up on your belly. Carry it in your hand instead.


Parhaat vinkit sinulle, joka haluat piilottaa raskausvatsan vielä vähän aikaa!


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Parhaat vinkit sinulle, joka haluat piilottaa raskausvatsan vielä vähän aikaa!

Etkö ole vielä kertonut töissä? Tai ehkä et ole kertonut edes lähimmillesi…

Kaikki raskaana olevien vartalot ovat erilaisia, mutta yhteistä niille on se, että odottavasta äidistä tuntuu usein, että vatsa näkyy jo kauan ennen kuin kukaan muu voisi edes aavistaa hänen raskauttaan. Voi olla kuitenkin mukavaa käyttää joitakin tyylikeinoja voidakseen olla varma, että pyöreys pysyy piilossa vielä vähän aikaa. Tässä ovat parhaat tyyli- ja vaatevinkit (joita voit lisäksi käyttää myös raskauden loppuajan)!

Väljät puserot

Väljästi istuvan puseron käyttäminen on erittäin hyvä keino piilottaa kasvava vatsa. Valitse suorat mallit, jotka eivät ole tiukkoja vatsan kohdalta.

Twist front kimono // Origami blouse // Peplum Top // Frill shoulder in blue

Kietaisupuserot ja korkeat kaulukset

Kietaisupusero tai poolokaulus vetää helposti huomion kaulaan ja kasvoihin vatsan sijaan. Jos sinulla on lisäksi erottuva yksityiskohta, niin se hämää silmää vielä enemmän.

Bohemisk blus // Smock Cami Top // Alvey mid rise // Skater dress

Kuviollinen

Jännittävä kuvio huiputtaa silmää ja vetää huomion yksityiskohtiin pyöristyvän vatsan sijaan. Muista käyttää vaatteita, jotka ovat kokonaan kuviollisia.

Polka Dot Top // Skater tea dress // Floral cape midi dress // Stripe long sleeve shirt

Ylimääräinen kangas ja kietaisuvaatteet

Laskostukset, epäsymmetriset leikkaukset ja kietaisumalliset vaatteet hämäävät helposti silmää ja saavat vatsan sulautumaan vaatteeseen ja tulemaan osaksi vaatetta.

Draped midi dress // Knot front slinky midi dress // Double layer mini dress // Ruffle wrap maxi dress

Korkea vyötärö

Koskaan ei ole miellyttävää käyttää vaatetta, joka istuu tiukasti vatsan yli. Sen vuoksi et tule katumaan sitä, että investoit jo aikaisin miellyttäviin trikoisiin ja kynähameeseen. Housut ja hameet, joissa on korkea vyötärö, hämäävät lisäksi silmää, sillä ne alkavat vyötärön kapeimmasta kohdasta.

Jersey pencil skirt // Satin maxi skirt // Midi skirt in birds of paradise // Maternity leggings

Asusteet

Lyhyemmät kaulanauhat, huivit, korvakorut, kampaukset ja silmälasit auttavat huomion siirtymistä pois vatsasta. Tyylikäs laukku voi myös tehdä ihmeitä, mutta vältä pitämästä sitä olalla niin, että laukku päätyy vatsan korkeudelle. Kanna sitä sen sijaan kädessäsi.


How to create a safe (and snug!) space to sleep


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How to create a safe (and snug!) space to sleep

In the beginning, your new-born baby will sleep between 16 and 22 hours per day. Often, babies wake up every second to third hour to feed and answer the call of nature, only to go back to sleep. Gradually, your baby will stay awake for longer periods during the day and sleep for longer periods during the night.

In the first years, your child will be sleeping for the majority of the day. For example, a three year old still sleeps up to 13 hours per day. That’s why it’s a great idea to create a safe (and snug!) space to sleep for your baby, so that you can relax when your little one is asleep.

Here are four safety tips for your baby’s bed:

1 . Let your baby sleep on their back in their own bed

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare recommends that infants under 3 months sleep on their backs in their own beds. Since this recommendation was introduced in Sweden, SIDS has decreased significantly and is very uncommon today.

After being rocked and held tight in the uterus, most babies prefer to sleep close to you. To maintain this closeness, you can place the crib next to your bed. This will also make it easier to feed and hold one hand on your baby if they wake up.

2 . Use a mattress protector for good hygiene

It’s important to maintain good hygiene in your child’s sleeping environment, as the mattress easily becomes a hotbed for bacteria if you don’t. Little accidents in the bed like vomit and leaking nappies are more the rule than the exception during the first years. That’s why it’s a great idea to use a mattress protector that you can easily remove from the mattress and wash when there’s been an accident in the bed.

A mattress protector consists of several layers with an absorption layer and a watertight layer that absorb fluids and protect the mattress from bacteria and allergens.

3 . Avoid anything that could cover your baby’s face

No matter how cosy and inviting it looks to decorate your baby’s crib with blankets, cushions and stuffed animals, it’s better to avoid this completely in your baby’s sleeping environment. Babies can wriggle quite a lot and could end up getting something over their face. If you want to decorate, opt for a lovely crib mobile instead. As infants’ depth perception is limited, having something to look at could help your baby feel safe.

Using a mattress protector with 3D structure allows your baby to breathe should they roll over onto their tummy.

4 . Don’t let your baby get too warm

It’s a good idea to keep the temperatures a bit cooler in the bedroom to improve everyone’s sleep. A good room temperature for babies up to 8 weeks is 20°C, whilst 18°C is enough for older babies. Use a pyjama or sleeping bag to maintain a good body temperature for your baby. It’s important that your baby doesn’t get too warm. By touching your baby’s neck or feet, you can quickly check if your baby is warm enough.

With a mattress protector from AeroSleep the air circulates freely under your baby, which reduces the risk of your baby being overheated.




Carry your baby and halve the period of crying!


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Photo: ergobaby.se


Carry your baby and halve the period of crying!

The birthing process is a huge change for the new-born baby. To simulate the safe environment in the belly, the best thing you can do is to keep your baby close to you, as often as you can. Research shows that a baby that is carried a lot cries half (!!!) as much.

The first few months after the birth could be compared to a fourth trimester, during which your baby continues to develop their brain and nervous system at a rapid pace. If that’s not enough, your new-born baby also has to get used to the new life outside of your uterus. Your baby has transitioned from being carried and rocked to the sound of the mother’s heart to an entirely new world where they are expected to be more independent. No wonder your baby wants to be close to you during this phase.

By being close, the love hormone oxytocin is produced and released in both of you, which reduces stress and helps the body relax, which is a great soother for an unsettled baby. This will reinforce your connection, slow down the heart rate and the feeling of love between you will grow stronger. Research shows that babies cry up to 51% (!!) less when they are carried and rocked regularly.

To be able to carry a lot, and have two hands free for other things, it’s a good idea to invest in an ergonomic baby carrier. A baby carrier from Ergobaby distributes the baby’s weight evenly across your hips for minimum stress on your back. The carry positions can be adjusted to the child’s development which allows you to use it for longer.

Keep this in mind when you are carrying a new-born baby!

Babies should sit in an M-shaped position where the knees are as high up, or higher, than the hips. If the baby is under 6 months, the back should have a slight C-shape so the baby’s pelvis is angled towards you; with Ergobaby’s adjustable carrier you easily find the right position. The baby is at a perfect height when you can kiss them on the head or forehead (so lovely!). Make sure that you can put two fingers between the baby’s chin and your chest, whilst ensuring good support for their head and neck.


5 great tips when buying a baby pram!


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5 great tips when buying a baby pram!

When you’re about halfway through your pregnancy, it’s time to start thinking about which pram would suit you and your family’s needs. There are numerous prams on the market. The best baby pram is the one that matches your needs and requirements. Here are five tips on clever functions to look for when you’re selecting a baby pram.

1. Opt for a slick chassis that is lightweight, scratch-resistant and easy to fold. With a slick chassis, everything is much easier, from lifting the pram up and down curbs and stairs to lifting the pram into the car. If more than one person will be pushing the pram, it’s a good idea to have an adjustable handle grip to suit everyone, regardless of their height. 

2. You will want to have an accessible and spacious storage basket for those days when you have packed half of your home and you still need space for the parcel you’re about to pick up from the post office and the groceries you need for dinner. And if you can find everything you need without having to empty the entire basket, is priceless!

3. A ventilated bassinet with a generous canopy (preferably with SPF 50+) that protects your baby from the elements and can also be opened up on warm days. It’s extra practical if you can easily remove the chassis with one hand (the less hands you need to use, the better). Some bassinets have been tested and approved for sleeping during longer periods such as the entire night. Perfect if your baby has fallen asleep in the pram or if you go away on holidays every now and then and want a safe, portable bed.

4. With a reversible seat that can be adjusted to different positions, you have the option to adapt the pram to your child’s needs and personality. Some children want to face forward and see everything whilst others want fewer impressions and want to face you. The needs usually change as the child grows and develops. Here it’s also good to have a generous canopy with built-in SPF.

5. Try to think ahead and not just in the moment. Do you plan to have more children? If this is your second (or even third?) child, it’s both smart and economical to look for a pram that can be easily adapted as the family grows. Some prams can be transformed into double prams by adding an additional bassinet or seat without the pram taking up more space. Double prams don’t necessarily have to be unwieldy (read more here)!