Most Popular Baby Names In 2022

Where do we start: too on-trend and your parents will never get on board, but when does traditional tip over into dull? Whatever you choose, it will be with them for the rest of their lives, nicknames and all. The pressure is on – but this list might just help.

For Girls

  1. Ophelia
    Greek origin, meaning ‘help’. The name of Hamlet’s young and tragic heroine.
  2. Luna
    Italian origin, meaning ‘moon’. Luna’s divine complement is Sol, the god of the Sun.
  3. Cora
    Greek origin, meaning ‘maiden’. A lovely, old-fashioned name, recently rejuvenated by its contemporary-feeling simplicity.
  4. Ivy
    English origin, derived from the name of the ivy plant. In the language of flowers, Ivy signifies faithfulness. A quirky, botanical name enjoying a revival.
  5. Arabella
    Latin origin, meaning ‘yielding to prayer’. An elegant name well-used in Britain, also interpreted as ‘beautiful’ thanks to ‘-bella’.
  6. Clementine
    French/Latin origin; meaning ‘mild, merciful’. Clementine’s meaning suggests peace & happiness.
  7. Quinn
    Irish origin, meaning ‘descendent of Conn’ (intellect or chief). One of the first Irish unisex names, on the increase for both genders.
  8. Sienna
    Italian origin, from the historic Tuscan city of ‘Siena’. ‘Sienna’ with a double ‘n’ is now more popular, inspired by actress Sienna Miller.
  9. Mae
    English origin, meaning ‘bitter or pearl’. A sweet, spring-like and old-fashioned name, also popular for middle or double-barrelled names.
  10. Florence
    Latin origin, meaning ‘flourishing, prosperous’. Has some lively nicknames: Flo, Flossie, Florrie.

For Boys

  1. Atticus
    Greek/Latin origin, meaning ‘from Attica’. An on-trend Roman feel combined with the upstanding, noble image of Atticus Finch in the novel and film To Kill a Mockingbird.
  2. Arlo
    Origin unclear, thought to be Spanish version of Latin ‘Carlo’, or of German or Anglo Saxon origin, meaning ‘fortified hill’. Popular in the first half of the twentieth century & experiencing a major revival in the UK and NZ. Arlo has become increasingly unisex, leading to the feminine variation Arlowe.
  3. Jude
    Latin origin, meaning ‘praised’. A name heavily linked with the song ‘Hey Jude’, and of increased popularity thanks to the charming Jude Law.
  4. Finn
    Irish origin, meaning ‘fair or white’. A name with energy and charm; that of the greatest hero of Irish mythology Finn MacCool, an intrepid warrior with mystical supernatural powers, also noted for his wisdom and generosity.
  5. Eli
    Hebrew origin, meaning ‘ascended, uplifted, high’. A solid biblical name with spirit & energy.
  6. Sebastian
    Greek/Latin origin, meaning ‘from the city of Sebastia’. Often linked to the Little Mermaid hero, Sebastian the crab!
  7. Phoenix
    Greek origin, meaning ‘dark red’. As the mythical bird that rose from the ashes, it’s a symbol of immortality.
  8. Roman
    Latin origin, meaning ‘strong, powerful’. Linked to other newly-stylish names such as Romeo, Romy, Romilly, it’s romantic whichever way you choose.
  9. Isaac
    Hebrew origin, meaning ‘laughter’, evolved from the name Yitzchaq, derived from tzachaq, meaning ‘to laugh’.
  10. Max
    German/English origin, meaning ‘greatest’. Max was derived from Maximilian, a Latin name that originated from the Roman family name Maximus. Warning; it’s also extremely popular for dogs!

Things We Wish We Had Discussed As A Couple Before Baby

You might think that the decision to have a baby is the biggest one you’ll ever make. But you’d be wrong. Starting a family sets a multiple of other critical decisions in motion, all to be made before you’ve quite grasped the impact of the last. It’s important then, to make sure you’re on the same page as your other half – but this is a conversation to be had while you’re awake, lucid and not harbouring a motherlode of resentment (ie before you’ve even made that baby). It’ll hurt, but it’s worth it…

Can We Afford One?

It reportedly costs an average £150,000 to raise a child to the age of 18, and we’d estimate about 50% of that goes on nursery fees alone. Having a kid means sacrificing all of the nice things, like four city breaks a year and your pricey Net-a-Porter habit. Statutory maternity pay wouldn’t keep most kids in Ella’s Kitchen pouches, so it’s a good idea to think about how you plan to fund your new venture.

Will You Go Back To Work?

When you first give birth it’s impossible to imagine being parted from your little bundle of joy but give it seven months and you might find you’ve developed a nervous twitch every time you hear the first three chords of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Before your partner finds you camped out on the doorstep at 5pm desperately waiting for some adult conversation, it’s good to have a rough plan for if/when you’d like to go back to work. Which leads inevitably to the next question….

Who Will Look After It?

Nursery? In-Laws? Au-Pair? Looking after a kid post-maternity leave is 10% parenting, 90% logistics. The weekly childcare schedule is like a giant game of Jenga, it just one brick to be taken out with Norovirus and the whole thing comes tumbling down. Unless you want to find yourself in a screaming match over whose afternoon meeting is more important, you’ll need a plan with more resilience than a nuclear power station.

How Will You Discipline Them?

Who’ll end up playing Bad Cop? We’ll tell you right now, it’s not the absolute charlatan who’ll let them eat ice cream for breakfast if they can watch Football Focus in peace.

Where Will They Go To School?

Someone will want them to have ‘the best possible education regardless of the cost’, someone will bring politics into the issue. It’s a conversation that could get personal so be prepared.

How Many Kids Do You Actually Want?

If someone else want a five-a-side football team, ask how many they’re planning to push out of their genitals. Start negotiations low with just one kid. Anything more than that seems like a win.

How Can You Protect Our Relationship?

It’s ironic that nothing can single-handedly destroy your relationship quite like producing a miniature version of yourselves. You’re stressed, you’re knackered, and your poor vagina has been through enough. Get a solid plan in place pre-baby and there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll keep your kid (and your relationship) alive.

Quick Beauty Fixes That’ll Make It Seem Like You Made A lot Of Effort

Once upon a time if you all you wanted from the weekend was to drink a boatload of tea in a Hush onesie, you could do it. Since then, the Life of Mum has injected other more challenging itineraries into our lives (playdates to go to, parks to see) and so we need some quick fixes in our lives that feign to the outside world that we totally have our s**t together. Take five minutes to throw some of this in the air and walk through it. Ok, not quite. But it’s almost that easy…

Wow Root Cover Up £28.50
Wow Root Cover Up £28.50

Ah Color Wow Root Cover Up; why do we love you so much more than others on the market? Firstly, this is completely mess-free, which is something you can’t say for tinted aerosol sprays. More like make-up application in fact, with a handy compact and brush you can use to touch up your roots on the go – have one in your handbag ready for the moment you notice those unwanted greys rearing their ugly heads in your car mirror (we blame natural daylight.). Secondly, the blonde shade lightens even dark hair – which is no mean feat. Thirdly, it’s water resistant so lasts until you wash it out, yet doesn’t contain any waxes and so won’t weigh your hair down or make it feel greasy. In our book, a total winner.

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Tan- Luxe Gradual Drops £35
Tan- Luxe Gradual Drops £35

Joyous as modern tanning products are (hello Tan-Luxe gradual drops!), keeping a consistent colour going takes quite some focus. For days you’ve left it just too late, this is a liquidised version of the brand’s cult powdered bronzer. It doesn’t require precise application – even less than applying your foundation, in fact. Just slap on a small amount after your moisturiser and blend it over your face and neck for an instant healthy healthy-looking glow. It’s super lightweight so no one will know you’re wearing it, and it lasts all day.

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Living Proof dry shampoo £19
Living Proof dry shampoo £19

We were particularly gutted recently to discover that one of our favourite ever quick fixes (Christophe Robin Hair Finish Lotion, which uses the cleansing power of vinegar to reboot unwashed and neglected hair) had been discontinued. We’ve managed to move on thanks to Living Proof, which makes a brilliant dry shampoo that’s more like an instant cleanse rather than a thick and drying Batiste-style spray. The silicone-free formulation absorbs oil and sweat, doesn’t leave hair with an unsightly powdery residue, and smells deliciously fresh all day due to time-release fragrance.

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Dior Addict Lip tattoo £28
Dior Addict Lip tattoo £28

In the beauty biz there is a something known as the “Lipstick Index”, which is the correlation between a negative economy and positive lipstick sales. Basically, when the going gets tough, we buy more lipstick. If you aren’t a lipstick lover already, try giving it a go – a little pop of colour really does make you feel better and can even detract from the under-eye bags. Ease yourself in with a lightweight cheek and lip colour that you can carry with you and top up throughout the day (Bobbi Brown’s are pretty and wearable), or pick a long-wearing option to cut down the upkeep.

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What’s The Best Age To Become A Parent?

If there’s a perfect time to have a baby we’re still waiting for the memo. Though with the average first-time mum now 30 years old (that’s four years older than 40 years ago, says the Office of National Statistics), could later really be better? Here’s the TMC take – we’d love to know what you think, too…

Your Late Teens/ Twenties

The Pros
Just Call Us Fertile Myrtle

Since fertility declines with age, you have a higher chance of conceiving naturally the younger you are (bar any pre-existing issues). An estimated 25 percent of women between19 and 25 get pregnant within the first month of trying.

You’ll Have The Gift Of Time

With any luck you’ll get to enjoy your kids (and their kids) decades to come. And you’ll still look hot for most of those.

The Cons
The Financial Hit Is Harder

At this age, you’re probably still finding your financial feet. Prams and nappies don’t come cheap; disproportionately so when you’re dealing with student debt or working to get on the property ladder.

You Haven’t Found Your Village Yet

A solid support system is hugely important when you’re bringing up a family. Chances are your mates are still making inappropriate life choices and partying 24/7 while you’re struggling with night feeds and silent reflux.

Your Mid-To-Late Twenties

The Pros
You’ve Still Got The Energy

It wasn’t that long ago that you were stumbling out of the club at 5am and pulling all-nighters to finish your dissertation. Night feeds might not feel so bad.

You’ve Got Time For A Second Wind When The Kids Leave Home

Empty nesters by your late forties and free to live your best life? Ibiza here you come!

The Cons
Your Career Is Just About To Take Off

Just as you find your dream job, you’re about to step away for a year of mat leave. It shouldn’t matter, but (let’s face it), sometimes it does.

Thirties

The Pros
You Know Who You Are

You’ve survived the crippling insecurity years and finally feel happy in your own skin. You’ve got this.

The Party’s Over Anyway

You’ve travelled, you’re partied and you’re more than ready to hang up your Manolos for a pair off UGGs and your comfiest PJs.

The Cons
It Could Be Harder To Conceive

Mother Nature waits for no (wo)man. While your career and confidence are in full bloom, fertility declines rapidly from the age of 35.

Forty+

The Pros
You’ll Have High Achieving Kids

A recent study in the US suggested offspring of ‘advantaged maternal age mothers’ had better educational outcomes, including higher test scores and better graduation rates.

You’ll Have More Patience, Too

With life experience comes an understanding that sometimes things are outside your control. If anyone can sit back and ride out the tantrums, it’s you.

The Cons
Pregnancy And Birth Can Be Riskier For You And The Baby

Delightfully dubbed ‘Geriatric Mothers’, women over the age of 35 are typically at a higher risk of issues such as pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure and premature delivery.

9 Skills Motherhood Can Add To Your CV

Maternity leave isn’t without its career worries. Will your job still be there when I go back? Will having kids affect your chances of promotion? How will you juggle childcare with your career? And the biggest anxiety of all… after nine months of broken nights and zero adult interaction, does baby brain ever really go away?

So let’s reframe: you’ve learnt some bona fide transferable skills on that year-long ‘break’ (and don’t get us started on that one). Don’t believe us? Read on…

Military-style Organisation

Mums achieve more before breakfast than most people do all day. Kids up and dressed, laundry on, lunches prepped, unscheduled morning bath due to unprecedented poonami, house tidied… and you still managed a flash of mascara while simultaneously breastfeeding the baby and helping your partner find his keys (where he left them; always). A good mum thinks ten steps ahead at all times – you can’t say that’s not transferable.

Negotiation Tactics

Whoever said ‘never negotiate with terrorists’ has clearly never dealt with a toddler; getting a vegetable past one of these requires the skill set of a highly trained FBI agent. “Just smell the broccoli sweetheart, then have an ice cream”. Bargaining, persuasion, bribery: you name it, you’ve mastered it.

Communication Skills

After a year of juggling multiple WhatsApp groups (including three different configurations of the girls from NCT) your comms management is on fire. Not only can you run seven conversations in tandem (“looks like just a rash babe, but I’d get it checked anyway”) you’re managing a weekly diary more complicated than your average CEO’s.

Relationship Building

Walking into a dusty church hall 15 minutes late with leaking boobs and a screaming new born used to be unnerving. Now? You can flash a boob at a stranger without missing a beat of your carefully honed small talk. In fact, you’re instant mates with anyone old enough to string a sentence together.

Teamworking

There’s no better feeling than handing a clean, dry and well-fed babe to your other half when they get home at the end of the day… and tapping out for a bath/essential online shopping/a very slow walk around the supermarket. Working together is tricky, but on the days you nail it you’ll feel like the dream team.

Multi-Tasking

We love dads, we really do, but it’s no secret that when they’re ‘looking after the baby’, they’re just… looking after the baby. By the end of mat leave you’ll have 12 things on the go at any one time, all meticulously completed while you rock the bouncer with a spare foot and catch up on Netflix.

Problem Solving

Sally has 12 minutes to do the Aldi shop before the school run. The baby has fallen asleep in the car seat, she’s forgotten the pram, it’s raining, and she doesn’t have a pound coin for the trolley.
Discuss.

Financial Planning

Anyone who’s attempted to get by on statutory maternity leave for six months has serious fiscal skills. You fed your family, kept them (and yourself) entertained 24/7, and switched gas and electricity providers more often than Kim K posts selfies. Stick that in your YOY.

Creative Thinking

No toys, no problem; there is no scenario you can’t make a game out of. Dried pasta and a colander are the new soft play and you are Mary Poppins in activewear.

First Baby Vs… Every Other Kid After That

You can’t jump in the same river twice, and that’s never more true than in pregnancy. The romance, the glow, the putting-your-feet-up-at-the-end-of-the-day. Yup, you don’t get that back after the first (it was romantic, right?). And that’s not the only thing that changes; here’s how…

The Announcement

First Child

Each individual reveal carefully rehearsed and fully documented, with especially purchased ‘You’re going to be a Grandma/Grandad/Auntie/Niece/Cousin/Next Door Neighbour’ cards containing scan photograph and handwritten note. Then, the whole lot filmed and edited into an emotional video montage (to the soundtrack of that sad song from Twilight) and uploaded to a box fresh Instagram channel with baby’s newly secured handle.

Second Child

After stalking you on Insta, your best mate texts you ‘pregnant or fat?’ to which you reply: ‘oh, yeah. Due in June’.

The Nursery

First Child

Gender neutral jungle theme, featuring hand-painted orangutans on wallpaper sourced painstakingly from Paris. Matching cot, changing table and wardrobe, packed with tiny, twice-ironed outfits, each with coordinated shoes and accessories. All completed and ready at three months to go.

Second Child

You scream at your husband to ‘get the Snuz Pod out of the loft’ as you mop up your waters from the kitchen floor.

The Hospital Bag

First Child

TENS machine, lavender oil, make-up, three matching ‘coming mome’ outfits, baby shoes, oil diffuser, hair straighteners and kindle.

Second Child

A onesie for them and the pyjamas you were wearing when you went into labour.

The Labour

First Child

£200 in hypnobirthing birthing classes, 12-step birth plan featuring fully-considered ‘pain ladder’ featuring precisely zero drugs.

Second Child

You train your husband to bark ‘EPIDURAL’ at every medical professional he sees.

The Name

First Child

After filling two purpose-bought notebooks with potentials, you settle on two middle names only, and mark the decision with a hand-embroidered blanket for the nursery.

Second Child

Six weeks into calling them ‘baby girl’ you let your older kid pick out a name from the less obnoxious characters in Peppa Pig, on the night before you’re due to register the birth.

The Nappies

First Child

You change them the second the line changes blue, including four times a night for a reliably dry bum.

Second Child

You remember to change them when they waddle past with junk like Kim Kardashian.

Bathing

First Child

Every. Single, Night. Followed by a massage with organic coconut oil (until they’re six months old, when you can choose something in a nice bottle from Space NK).

Second Child

Twice a week. Swimming pools and rainwater count.

Sterilising

First Child

Everything. All the time. Constantly.

Second Child

*Googles ‘does spit clean stuff’*

Weaning

First Child

Seasonal produce, puréed in state-of-the-art baby food maker. Annabel Karmel eat your (organic) heart out.

Second Child

If it doesn’t come in a jar or a pouch the kid doesn’t believe it’s food.

Screen Time

First Child

Never. Montessori-approved wooden toys chiselled by Hungarian monks, thanks.

Second Child

Has his own Netflix account.

15 Lockdown Lessons Any Parent Can Relate To

So, 2020/21. If there’s anything this year has given us it’s time. Time to slow down, time to strip back, time to spend at home. So. Much. Time. At. Home. But in truth, these nine long months (sound familiar, much?) have taught us lessons we’ll remember long after lockdown ends.

The Best Things In Life Are Free

Pre-Covid, weekends were packed with a busy schedule of expensive activities, from £200 for a family trip to the zoo to half the month’s mortgage on Legoland. Turns out, kids are perfectly happy in the local park, even for the 7654th time that week. Save the cash; spend it on loungewear instead.

There’s Not Much A Big Coat And Fresh Air Can’t Solve.

We haven’t worn anything but wellies since March and we’re not even sorry.

A Trip To The Supermarket Is A Legitimate Activity

You can spend a solid hour, if the pyjama section is big enough.

Stay At Home Mums Are Superheroes

We knew this, you knew this, but it took a global pandemic for the rest of the world to work it out. Never again will anyone ask us what we ‘do’ all day.

Screen Time And A Biscuit Will Buy You 20 Minutes Peace

We’ve hosted many a Zoom meeting with a toddler glued to Peppa Pig and scoffing a Kit Kat.

We’ll Never Wonder About Home Schooling Again

File it next to attachment parenting on the list of things that’s absolutely not for us.

We Have More Patience Than We Knew

Six months with zero childcare? Completed it, mate.

We Have Less Patience Than We Knew

We been tested for tolerance and we’re 100% negative.

We Miss Things We Never Thought We Would

Right now, we’d bite your arm off to sit on plastic chair in a draughty church hall packed with hyper-active toddlers.

Being A Parent Gives You Purpose

We’d love to be bored, but we just haven’t got the time.

Trousers That Aren’t Elasticated Are Completely Unnecessary.

Were jeans always this uncomfortable or is it the banana bread?

We Can Handle Anything Life Throws At Us

From solo scans to giving birth in a mask without a partner, women have stepped up like no one else. Now, there’s literally nothing we can’t do.

It’s Ok To Slow Down

Some days, just getting everyone up and dressed is enough. Having it all has never felt less necessary.

It Really Does Takes A Village

Now we’ve done it solo, we know just how lucky we are to have the help we do.

If You’ve Got Each Other, You Have Everything You Need.

But wine definitely helps.

10 Parenting Moments That Leave Us Seething With Rage

We used to think we were pretty chill; then we had a baby. The Mum rage is real people, and we can’t blame it all on postpartum hormones…

When Someone Parks in Parent & Child Who Isn’t a Parent and Does Not Have a Child

We endured 9 months of pregnancy and ripped our lady bits in two to earn this parenting perk; and we’ll be damned if a spotty teenager in a sodding Vauxhall Corsa gets to enjoy those 2 extra feet of door-opening space.

When Another Kid Hits Your Kid

Your voice might be saying: ‘Oh don’t worry, they all do it, he gives as good as he gets!’ but your brain is thinking ‘you stay away from my baby you little shit’.

When Your Toddler Waves At Someone And They Don’t Wave Back

Who hurt you?! How could you resist the greeting of my adorable baby’s chubby little hand?!

When People Get Your Baby’s Gender Wrong

A pink dress and a giant bow isn’t enough of a clue for you people?! How about the blanket with her name on it or the sippy cup that says ‘Mummy’s Little Princess?’ NO? REALLY?!

When Your Baby Hurts You

For someone who can barely hold a spoon, toddlers can’t half pack a powerful punch. When they’re not cutting their teeth on your nipples they’re ripping chunks out of your already-balding-postpartum-head.

When Your Mother in Law Favours The Other Grandchildren

We know it’s probably us being totally irrational, entirely unreasonable etc etc, but is it too much to ask that everyone in the whole world thinks our child is the most special human being on the entire planet?

When Strangers Touch Your Newborn

Even pre-Covid this was 10/10 not okay Hun. We have no idea who you are, or where your probably filthy germ-infested hands have been, but back the hell off and STEP AWAY FROM THE BABY.

When Older Kids Won’t Give Your Kid a Turn

Ever stared out a 10-year-old because they wouldn’t get their skinny little bottom off the baby swing? We have, and we have absolutely zero shame.

When Someone Judges You For Feeding Your Baby

Oh hey there! These are breasts! 50% of the population have them! We haven’t whacked them out for shits and giggles, we actually require them to keep our tiny human alive. Move along people.

When Someone Comments On Your Baby Body

‘You’re so big! When are you due?’
The kids in pre-school Karen, go mind your goddamn business.

Your 3-Minute Guide To Weaning

Learn the basics over a cuppa

It can feel quite daunting to start your weaning journey, but it’s actually SO fun!

And of course (like everything), there’s tons of reading you can do.

But these are the fundamental things you need to know.

Oh, and remember the shed load of muslins you bought? They’re about to become reeeally handy…

How do I know when my baby is ready to wean?

Start at around 6-months old or when they can hold their head sufficiently, pick-up food, put it in their mouth and swallow it.

How do you start weaning a baby?

It can be very entertaining to see how your baby reacts to new flavours, which is why most parents start by offering a bit of their own food. Ready to do things properly? Build positive associations with mealtimes by creating a calm environment, play some music, make eye contact and give them big smiles.

Don’t stress

Milk is your baby’s primary food source, so don’t fret if they turn down your pea and broccoli mash-up. “It can take up to 10-15 times for them to like certain flavours, so let them play with food and don’t push them to eat”, says baby food brand Omami.

Start with your greens?

“Offering veggies first can encourage more of an acceptance of them later on”, says nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed. But don’t worry if you offer fruits too – you haven’t failed! Adding in a small amount apple to make peas more palatable is totally ok. Remember, fruits are still nutritious, just try to make sure meals aren’t overly sweet.

What should I feed my baby?

“Weaning is a golden time to introduce your baby to lots of different flavours and textures. It helps create a love of food that will hopefully continue through toddlerhood and beyond”, says Omami.

What should you not feed a baby?

No salt, sugar, honey, whole nuts, non-pasteurised cheeses, runny eggs, raw shellfish or rice drinks.

How much should I feed my baby?

They’re all different, and it’s entirely normal for them to change day-to-day. Appetites can be affected by lots of things like teething, tiredness or illness. Just follow their cues for when they’ve had enough.

Packs are LIFE
Packs are LIFE

It’s SO frustrating when you boil and blend foods they refuse. Save yourself some time by trying out some organic pre-made baby food.

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Baby-lead or spoon-fed?

It’s totally up to you. Why not do both? Suggests Omami “Give your baby something to hold and chew on as you spoon-feed or have some meals as finger food and others as puree”.

Want to do more research?

Omami have loads of info on their blog and ‘How to wean your baby’ by Charlotte Stirling-Reed is available on pre order here. You can also follow Charlotte here.

10 Pregnancy Myths That Are Total BS

The ‘joy of pregnancy’ comes with a whole host of side effects and an extra serving of unsolicited advice. Growing a human is tricky enough without having to navigate your way through a sea of misinformation. Here’s our TMC guide to those pregnancy myths that are total BS..

Morning Sickness Just Happens In The Morning

Let’s start with the obvious. Pre-pregnancy we naively presumed we’d just wake up and vom before cracking on with the rest of our day. OH HOW WRONG WE WERE. The reality is pregnancy sickness doesn’t seem to give a shit about punctuality; it can actually happen any time of the day or night.

You Have To Stop Exercising

Gym bunnies of the world rejoice! There’s no need to stop exercising the moment you discover you are avec bebe; in fact, it’s actually recommended by the NHS. As your pregnancy progresses, you may have to tailor your workout to accommodate your ever growing bump (READ: No Rock Climbing) but for the most part, you can carry on as normal for as long as you feel comfortable.

You Have To Wear Maternity Clothes

Let’s be honest; whilst there are a handful of amazing maternity brands out there most pregnancy-wear is pretty grim. If you don’t fancy splashing out a wedge of cash on a ‘Baby on Board’ t shirt that won’t fit you a few weeks from now; try sizing up, elasticated waists and a few key investment pieces that will last (we’re still wearing maternity jeans and our kids go to school now).

You Can Eat For Two

You might be as devo’d as us to learn that most women only need an extra 200 calories per day in the final trimester of pregnancy. Personally, we demand a recount. We were told there’d be more cake.

You Can Guess The Sex From The Shape Of Your Bump

There’s actually no evidence to support that the shape of your ever-expanding tummy gives a clue to the gender of your baby. Unfortunately, this won’t stop your Mother-in-Law declaring ‘it’s definitely a boy’ because you’re ‘carrying it all in the back’ (whatever that means).

You Can’t Have Sex

Unless you’re advised otherwise, sex is completely safe and there’s absolutey zero chance of poking the baby in the head (a common worry amongst totally modest men). Let’s file this under things you don’t necessarily HAVE to do just because you CAN….

It’s The Most Magical Time

Some women enjoy every second of pregnancy. Those women are magical pregnancy unicorns. For the rest of us, there are moments where the weight gain, nausea, swelling and internal battering from tiny baby feet get all too much; and that’s pretty normal.

You’ll Get That Pregnancy ‘Glow’

Firstly; not always true. Many women actually complain of increased breakouts, dry or acne-prone skin during pregnancy; as fluctuating hormone levels send your skin into overdrive. Secondly; we’re not ‘glowing’ so much as ‘sweating’.

You Can’t Eat That!

Dippy eggs, sushi, cheese; if it’s delicious and you want it, the chances are there’s some article somewhere about why you shouldn’t be eating it. The truth is the guidance changes all the time, so make sure you do your research and take guidance directly from your doctor or midwife.

Pregnancy is 9 Months Long

40 weeks = 10 months. BASIC MATHS PEOPLE!

Never Fully Dressed Founder Lucy Aylen’s TMC Edit

Lucy Aylen is the founder of Never Fully Dressed. A thriving fashion business, grown from customised clothing that Lucy sampled from her parent’s attic to sell at Portabello and Spitalfields to now being an internationally recognised success story.

Known for creative, bold prints and multi-wears, this Spring sees the collection expand to kids and we are SO EXCITED!

Lucy recently hosted a virtual event with us and with so much good advice to offer, we’ve asked her to curate a collection of the perfect mum-wear. Whether it’s breast-feeding friendly, something to compliment saggy boobs or a post-partum tummy, or, if you’re just looking for something to give you a bit of a boost, Lucy’s advice is always “go for colour – it will lift your mood!”

We also have an exclusive code for our members of 20% off. Simply join our free membership to access.

The Green Marble Lindos Top with its structured cupping under the bust adds some lift and shapes the waist to flatter every body type. Whilst the beautiful cold shoulder frill detailing, of this wrap style dress is perfect to compliment all body types. The loop through fastening allows you to wrap up tight to cover your bust and shape your waist, or tie low and loose for a sexy leg slit.

Perfect for a pregnancy bump. Shimmer in this gorgeous oversized green shirt. The green spot design also comes in a wrap style – a good investment as you can totally wear during and post pregnancy. Plus a cosy jumper to see you through the next few weeks where there’s still a chill in the air. The 70s print makes it pretty timeless too, so whack in your wardrobe ready for next winter.

Obviously, you need to pair it with the matching Tan Love Knit Pants, £79, too.

The cutest swirl skirt. With stretch fabric around the hips, allowing comfortable room for tummy insecurities or when you’ve just eaten too much.

Paired with the Blue Swirl Top £69.00

Stretch fabric all the way around the torso, this top is the perfect body-hugging piece you need to define your curves or wear over a baby bump. 

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15 Lockdown Lessons Any Parent Can Relate To

So, 2020. If there’s anything this past year has given us it’s time. Time to slow down, time to strip back, time to spend at home. So. Much. Time. At. Home. But in truth, these nine long months (sound familiar, much?) have taught us lessons we’ll remember long after lockdown ends.

The Best Things In Life Are Free

Pre-Covid, weekends were packed with a busy schedule of expensive activities, from £200 for a family trip to the zoo to half the month’s mortgage on Legoland. Turns out, kids are perfectly happy in the local park, even for the 7654th time that week. Save the cash; spend it on loungewear instead.

There’s Not Much A Big Coat And Fresh Air Can’t Solve.

We haven’t worn anything but wellies since March and we’re not even sorry.

A Trip To The Supermarket Is A Legitimate Activity

You can spend a solid hour, if the pyjama section is big enough.

Stay At Home Mums Are Superheroes

We knew this, you knew this, but it took a global pandemic for the rest of the world to work it out. Never again will anyone ask us what we ‘do’ all day.

Screen Time And A Biscuit Will Buy You 20 Minutes Peace

We’ve hosted many a Zoom meeting with a toddler glued to Peppa Pig and scoffing a Kit Kat.

We’ll Never Wonder About Home Schooling Again

File it next to attachment parenting on the list of things that’s absolutely not for us.

We Have More Patience Than We Knew

Six months with zero childcare? Completed it, mate.

We Have Less Patience Than We Knew

We been tested for tolerance and we’re 100% negative.

We Miss Things We Never Thought We Would

Right now, we’d bite your arm off to sit on plastic chair in a draughty church hall packed with hyper-active toddlers.

Being A Parent Gives You Purpose

We’d love to be bored, but we just haven’t got the time.

Trousers That Aren’t Elasticated Are Completely Unnecessary.

Were jeans always this uncomfortable or is it the banana bread?

We Can Handle Anything Life Throws At Us

From solo scans to giving birth in a mask without a partner, women have stepped up like no one else. Now, there’s literally nothing we can’t do.

It’s Ok To Slow Down

Some days, just getting everyone up and dressed is enough. Having it all has never felt less necessary.

It Really Does Takes A Village

Now we’ve done it solo, we know just how lucky we are to have the help we do.

If You’ve Got Each Other, You Have Everything You Need.

But wine definitely helps.

Your Easy-Peasy Healthy Eating Plan

And guess what? You can still have chocolate (and wine!)

Comfort eating has become a trend nearly all of us have got into. And boy-oh-boy do we deserve it.

But when we’re finally allowed to socialise again, we’d like to feel confident to wear something other than a baggy jumper and sweats.

So, we’ve enlisted the help of healthy living gurus MUTU, which is an NHS approved online exercise programme for Mums, as they share with us their easy-to-follow healthy eating rules.

“We need to stop calorie counting and focus on being happy, and mentally clear – because for many women, stress, anxiety and lack of sleep can all lead to comfort eating and sugar addictions. Losing weight is as much to do with the mind as it is the actions we take,”

MUTU Founder Wendy Powell.

Your easy-to-follow healthy eating plan

The general ethos of MUTU is to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, more good fats and protein, fewer grains and NO processed foods. But here’s a little more detail…

  1. Avoid processed and refined foods.
    Keep your food as close to its natural source as possible. If you can’t identify a natural source, don’t eat it. This means NO ready meals, commercially baked pastries, biscuits, cookies or cakes, take-out food, sweets, white bread, bagels, cereal bars, packaged cereals with added sugar and fizzy drinks.
  2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
    At least three times a day, eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Try to eat raw veg and as many green vegetables as possible.
  3. Drink lots and lots of water.
    Drink lashings of purified water as well as herbal teas, very diluted fruit juice and green tea.
  4. Eat protein with every meal.
    Limit dairy-based protein and add more fish, pulses or beans to your diet. When eating meat chose organic free-range eggs.
  5. Upgrade your chocolate.
    Yes, you can have chocolate. But make it higher quality with a greater percentage of cocoa and lower amounts of sugar. Organic dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids is the best and no more than a couple of squares.
  6. Limit caffeine and alcohol.
    Ok, this might be hard, as we often live for our morning coffees and wine-time (especially when home-schooling). But don’t worry, you can still drink one cup of coffee a day and enjoy one glass of wine no more than three times a week.
  7. Eat these things at least twice a week
    Oily fish (like sardines, salmon, or mackerel) good oils, a handful of nuts and seeds (like hemp, pumpkin and sunflower)
Are Fats good for you?

“When looking towards our postpartum diets, fats aren’t the problem, but sugar, stress, processed food, not enough good fats and not moving might be”, says Wendy Powell founder of MUTU. She adds, “For years we were fed the ‘low fat’ mantra of losing weight – there was something so simple about it: fat makes you fat. This was entirely misleading because we need fats! Natural, healthy fats like those in nuts and seeds, oily fish like mackerel or salmon, avocados, eggs, and good olive oil, are important for us”.

Approved by NHS digital, MUTU is a medically recommended online exercise programme for Mums.

For more expert guidance, and information on the MUTU plan, head to www.mutusystem.co.uk