Breastfeeding or not, you are a great mum!

3 min read

by Madlena Szeliga madlena@mokee.eu

Each baby is different and so are the mothers. While acknowledging the benefits of breastfeeding we cannot let mums who feed their babies with formula feel less of a good mum. And vice versa.

 

Oh, how we love to judge. It’s so nice and easy to have a strong opinion. We know best, don’t we? And we seem to think that they are usually wrong. And if by ‘they’ we mean young mothers, we can skip the ‘usually’. People tend to think they are wrong. And know nothing.

As a mum of 2 myself, I’ve heard it all - he is too hot, he is too cold. Let him cry a little (it will make him braver and more self-dependent), don’t let him ever cry (otherwise his brain will be damaged forever). He should wear a hat, he shouldn’t wear a hat. You just can’t get it right.

It’s the same with feeding. My first son was formula fed and when we’ve shared a picture of him being fed by his dad, one of the first comments we got was: “The bottle already? Where is his mom?”. It felt horrible.

A lot of close and not-so-close friends came with genius pieces of advice:

“Try harder!”

“You should drink some ginger tea.”

No one really asked, why I wasn’t breastfeeding. The truth is - neither I nor my son knew how to do it. He was (still is) very impatient and would cry if the milk was not pouring into his mount immediately. I was stressed about him not eating. One thing led to another, and the milk was gone.

This is just a bunch of judgmental things I’ve heard through the first year of his life:

“He will have a terrible immune system” - not true, really. He is the healthiest boy I know.

“He will learn to speak later than his peers” - again, they couldn’t be more wrong. He was speaking in full sentences by the age of 1.5.

“The bond between you two will not be as strong” - can’t imagine a stronger one, trust me.

“You’ve chosen the easy way” - only if you call preparing formula at 1am, and then at 4am easy.

“Mother should always do what is best for the baby. And breastfeeding is the best” - while I agree that breastfeeding is the most beneficial way to feed a baby, I have to stress this - a mother must do what is best for her & the baby. And sometimes the best she can do is to feed with love, but using a bottle.

 

My second son was exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of his life. Exemplary, right? The truth is, he just knew how to do it from the very beginning and it suddenly got easy for me, too.

You would think this time there won’t be any judgmental comments in the air. But of course, there were.

Some would say: “So how much longer are you going to be breastfeeding?” with a strong suggestion that it’s high time to quit - I still am breastfeeding & he is over 1 year old.

But I’ve also heard: “I would not give up my freedom for so long” - meanwhile I feel as free as a bird, being able to go with my baby anywhere not worrying about food preparation facilities.

“You will never sleep at night” - while the studies show that breastfeeding mums get 45 minutes of sleep more each night.

“Your breasts will never look good again” - we will see about that, but I don’t really care.

And the worst one, from another mum: “I find breastfeeding repulsive” - and this is just very, very sad.

 

It seems like there is no right way to be a mum. You are always doing something wrong. But I really think it’s the other way round - any path you take as a mother, you can be a great one! Breastfeeding or with a bottle in your hand.

It’s very similar really. Seating in a comfy chair, with a baby looking at your face. Day and night. Every 3 hours (or less). You are being close & together.

Think about this for a while, please. And never criticise a mum, who is doing her best.

Parenthings is a series of articles for all mums & dads from one mum, who tries to stay calm no matter what, but hardly ever achieves this idealistic goal.
When you are a parent, each week brings new challenges, worries, victories, naps that came too late, nights that ended too soon and stories that will be told every Christmas from now on.
You will hear all about it. If you want to share your PARENTHINGS - write to me - madlena@mokee.eu.


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moKee Birth School online:
stages of labour

4 min read

by Suzi Smith  

 

Read the blog post or listen to the podcast on Spotify:

Welcome to our second moKee Birth School online where we had Sophie Martin, The Infertile Midwife. Join us to run through the stages of labour.

First up is a bit of anatomy about the cervix. This is the neck of the womb and it opens up for the baby to be delivered. Before labour your cervix is quite firm and closed and sits high up in the vagina. The firmness is as thick as your nose. So that the baby can pass through the cervix it needs to get nice and soft and stretchy.

How Midwives and Doctors track changes to your cervix is called the Bishop’s Score- this helps to determine at what stage the labour is at. The cervix will start to shorten and thin out at around 36 weeks and continue until birth. It softens and stretches and most of the changes happen through contractions.

Early stage of labour

This is sometimes called the latent phase. This is where the softening happens and thinning and shortening. You might see a mucus plug or a show. This is a jelly-like substance which sits inside the cervix and it acts as a protective barrier stopping bacteria getting into the womb. As the cervical changes happen, the mucus plug starts to come out. It can come out in one big blob or it can come out in several smaller pieces. It looks like snot, really sticky and it can have pink and red blood through it. If you see heavy blood, call your maternity unit. Some people don’t have a show and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going into labour immediately. It’s a sign that cervical changes are happening.

Braxton hicks happen in the early stages of labour when your uterus contracts and releases. Your tummy will go hard and then soft. They are uncomfortable but not painful and they are a sign that your body is getting ready for birth. They tend to be irregular and they can sometimes be stimulated through dehydration or your baby moving.

Cramping is also common during labour, similar to a period cramping, under the bump, or on the back.

Diarrhoea and vomiting are also common in the early stages of labour and are very normal. Labour uses a lot of energy, so processing like digestion isn’t a priority for your body, it gets rid of food so your body can focus on the labour. Not everyone will experience this. If you are experiencing this over a long period of time, call your maternity unit. Keep hydrated- little and often.

Contractions are when the tummy goes hard for a few seconds and then releases. They can be sporadic in early labour and they are intense and can be painful. As the labour progresses they become longer, more regular and more intense. By the time you’re in active labour, you’ll be having 3-4 contractions during this time. If you are still able to talk, it is likely that you’re experiencing braxton hicks rather than contractions. It’s not uncommon to start contractions and then to stop. Quite often people notice that they start having pains during the nights and then the next day it will stop. This is completely normal. First babies, can take quite a long time to arrive. Throughout this stage, you’ll feel your baby like usual. If your baby isn’t moving, call your maternity unit.

In this period, rest your body and this doesn’t mean sleeping. Laying on your left side with your eyes closed to help save your energy for labour. Keeping hydrated is important as dehydration can stop labour. Isotonic drinks are good with lots of electrolytes which are good for your body. Ask your birth partner to be in charge of encouraging you to drink. Remember to empty your bladder in early labour. Full bladders stop baby moving down. It can also damage your bladder if the baby keeps pressing on it.

 

Some people find it difficult to rest, so sometimes moving around and keeping active is good. Use a birthing ball with your knees really wide open. Rocking your hips from side to side will help to give baby lots of room to move down.

In early labour, if you’re planning on having a TENS machine, make sure that you use in the early stages. It sends mild electrical impulses and it’s great pain relief. Buy or rent them and then build up the impulses as labour progresses.

Relaxation is great for you and baby. If you’re trying hypnobirthing, get your music on. Use headphones as it will get you more in the zone rather than listening to it in the room. Breathing exercises are great and a warm bath or showers will help provide great pain relief. Sometimes this also slows the contractions down and this is very normal. It’s safe to take paracetamol in the early stages of labour too.

Nourishment is really important, snack little and often and this is a job for your birth partner to ensure that you’re fuelling your body. Fruit seeds and nuts are good as they’re high in energy. Don’t have heavy food.

Call your midwife when you’re in early labour to get reassurance or to see if you can come in for a check-up.

Active Labour is when you are over 4cm dilated and having strong regular contractions.

Contractions have to build up, so by the time you’re in active labour they’ll be really regular- 3-4 in a ten minute period lasting around 60 seconds each. Contractions can wane in early labour, in active labour they are very regular and you should feel this being more intense. Often people talk about them being painful but sometimes people describe them as really intense surges.

Don’t hold your breath when you’re having a contraction. It’s really common to clench everything and your uterus is going to squeeze down. Blood flow is temporarily reduced so we want lots of oxygen to go to the baby. It’s really important to keep breathing to give lots of oxygen to the baby. Start timing your contractions when you get more regular. A watch is fine and it doesn’t have to be exact.

When should I go to the hospital?

If you have a high-risk pregnancy you should call as soon as you have regular contractions. Also if you’re in labour and it’s less than 37 weeks. Second babies don’t hang around and the latent phase doesn’t tend to be too long. Call your midwife as soon as you start regular contractions. First babies can take a little longer so come in when you have regular contractions. Call your midwife first and you can go earlier to get extra pain relief if you need it.

If your waters break it’s important to phone your midwife. It can happen at any time, either at the beginning or at the end of labour. Waters can be a big gush or it can be a little trickle and this happens if the waters have happened at the top of your stomach. It is quite common to get a watery discharge towards the end of pregnancy but this is quite normal. If you’re having to wear a pad, and you're constantly wet, it’s more likely to be your waters breaking. Waters continue until your baby arrives.

The waters can be straw and clear colour or also pink. If they are green or a brown or an offensive smell, it’s important that you should call your midwife as it’s a sign that your baby has done a poo.

During this active stage of labour, midwives do observations- they take blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, all at regular intervals. Vaginal examination happens when two fingers are inserted into the vagina to check how dilated the cervix is. This can also check the position of the baby. We try not to do this too often, so ask your midwife why they are recommending this.

Midwives will also use a doppler to measure the heart rate of the baby. A CTG machine might also be used and make sure that you ask for a wireless one so that you can still move about.

Midwives note how much fluid you’re taking on and off and if you’re emptying your bladder. Midwives will also look out for a purple line which appears in between your bottom cheeks when you are in advanced labour. This indicates that the baby is really low down the vaginal canal. If you want to go for a poo, this also means that your baby is soon to be born. Midwives actually get very excited about this stage!

Pain relief

You can request pain relief throughout your labour. Move about as much as possible, keep trying different positions. Upright positions are great as gravity is on your side. There will be lots of toys and equipment for you to use at hospital- bean bags, stools, balls. Ask if they have a peanut ball as it’s good to have between your legs during labour.

The next stage is a short transitional stage, it’s the point in when you are coming up to fully dilated. This is usually when you have a feeling of loss of control. This stage is very short. Focus on each surge as it comes. Each contraction brings you closer to meeting your baby. It means that things are cracking on! Birth affirmations really motivate you to carry on; buy or draw them and put them up in the room. For example, ‘my body knows how to birth my baby’ Warn your birth partner about this sign of labour. If they know what to expect, they will be able to support you better.

You’ll then be in the second stage. This is where you are fully dilated, and lasts until your baby is born. It involves pushing and it can take a few hours. Your cervix is fully dilated and the baby begins going down the birth canal. Contractions become more intense and you have a real urge to push, lots more pressure on your bowels. If you have an epidural, the midwife will guide you when to push. If not, your body will tell you exactly when to push. It will become so overwhelming you just have to push. Baby’s head rocks back and forth round the U bend of the birth canal. It starts to stretch the outside of the vagina and your midwife will start to verbally give instructions. Maybe asking you to pant and this is so that your baby can be born in a slow controlled way to reduce the risk of tearing. Midwives might put their hand on the perineum to protect it. Listen to your midwife so that it is a slow controlled birth.

Once the baby is born they quickly check that baby is ok and give them to you for a cuddle- congratulations!

Delivery of the placenta.

This is the third stage of labour and you have two options to deliver the placenta.

Active management- certain women will have risk factors for bleeding so this is safe for them. In this, we give an injection into your thigh and it contracts your uterus so that the placenta can move down. It risks the reduction of bleeding as it contracts all the blood vessels. Side effects such as nausea and vomiting can happen and the placenta will be delivered within 30 minutes.

The other method is physiological management which is only suitable for women who have no risk factors for bleeding. Midwives wait for the placenta to leave the body. Stand up and gravity helps push it out. If you do decide to have active management you can do this at any point.

by Suzi Smith

Welcome to our second moKee Birth School online where we had Sophie Martin, The Infertile Midwife join us to run through the stages of labour.

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Crib, cot, what? Navigating the world of baby!

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When I first found out I was going to become a mother I tentatively stepped into the confusing world of parenthood and babies and quickly realised there was a lot I didn’t know and had to learn fast! I was mainly flummoxed by different words used to describe baby products – it seemed every company used a different language and I was getting confused. So here’s the lowdown on what means what in the world of baby!

Crib or cot?

A crib I thought was something that was used when baby Jesus was born! Many nativity plays describe Jesus as lying in his crib. It’s different to a cot in that a crib can have a rocking that helps to soothe baby and importantly it’s larger than a Moses basket but immobile. Many parents wonder how long they can use a crib for? Well, it’s smaller than a cot so baby won’t be in there past the point of them sitting up which can be from 5 months. The US tends to use cribs more – it’s definitely more embedded in their baby language than over here.

For me, I found Moses baskets useful but wait! If you are American you may know that as a bassinet! (See so many words to confuse us!)

After a crib or a Moses basket you could move baby on to a cot and Midi Cot is a clever move because it lasts until your child is 4! It is available in 4 moKee colours in varnished beech wood and has a real Scandi design to it. Both sides can be removed once your newborn turns into a toddler meaning they will feel like proud big boys and girls in their big bed!

Dummy or pacifer?!

As the world has got smaller, cultures and language has changed and it’s the same with baby language. I would watch American films when I was young and wonder what a ‘pacifer’ was? Some sort of invention that helps to soothe babies? Was it some sort of rocking machine? No! It is of course a dummy! Well, I felt like a complete dummy as I didn’t realise this until I ended up pregnant!

Pram or pushchair?!

In the UK we use the phrases pram whereas in the US, it’s buggy. When shopping for your first baby vehicle it can be confusing to know what you need and what this is called. Well here you go… a pram is for babies, typically a lot bigger than pushchairs, prams are designed for the first year when you want your baby to feel nice and safe on their travels. A pushchair is a step down from a pram and typically used for older children. I got a pushchair which we used when travelling on holiday and my son who is 4 could probably still use it if he ever got tired (he never gets tired of running around!).

If you have come across any strange baby terms, then please get in touch and let us know in comments or at our Instagram @wearemokee.


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Preparing yourself for a newborn

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

You have a baby and suddenly SURPRISE! Every day brings new surprises! A whole new world of questions, worries and wonder suddenly appears! I distinctly remember being surprised daily when I became a mother, so here is a rundown of what may shock and question you!

THE WORRY

I’m not really a worrier but being a mother turned me into one! Is baby warm enough, has it eaten enough, is their development normal…. It’s constant and apparently it never ever goes away.

GUILT

Questioning your own parenting is something I found difficult. Am I doing it right? Am I spending enough time with my baby, are we doing enough baby groups, is it getting enough tummy time?! Again, this never goes away!

THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU TALK ABOUT POOH

Becoming obsessed with the colour, texture and frequency of your baby’s pooh is normal. I did and found that all of my friends did too. We also talked about it way too much!

SLEEP

You won’t get any. Ever. For about 2 years. My son has just turned 3 and it’s only now that we feel we’ve got our sleep back. So, prepare yourself before you have your baby and relish a lie in and get 8 straight hours.

WORRY

Yep-I said it never goes away!

MISSING YOUR PRE-BABY LIFE

There were times when I really missed parts of my pre-baby life. Being able to pop out to the cinema, meals out where you don’t have to rush home, being spontaneous! If you are about to have your first baby then prepare yourself and get in as many meals and cinema time as possible!

HOW QUICKLY TIME FLYS

One minute they are tiny and days old, the next they turn 3! Parenting makes time fly, so try to enjoy every moment and milestone with your baby. I found that creating a yearly photo album made me sit down and reflect.

THE STUFF

Babies are tiny but they come with so much stuff. Their wardrobe will quickly rival yours!

WORRY

I did say, it never goes away!

What surprised you about becoming a parent? Comment to share your experiences!


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How to organise the perfect baby shower?

4 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Baby Showers are becoming more and more common over here in the UK – adopted from our friends in the USA, the event for the mum-to-be is a rite of passage now. There’s so many different options to choose when planning a baby shower, so here’s the lowdown of the rights and wrongs of babyshowers….

DADS

My husband was very happy not to be invited to the shower but some men would love to feel included. So always ask the dad – he may want to bring some friends along too.

GIFTS

Every baby shower must have gifts. BUT, don’t go too OTT! Remember that you will be getting A LOT of gifts once baby is here. Try and hint to your friends, or to that special friend or family member who is organising it for you that you either want something specific or something that is theme-related.

BABY BOOKS

At my baby shower my sister organised everyone to buy the baby their favourite children’s book. This was SO lovely as it was a fun activity at the shower and everyone loved finding books they loved as children. My son had an immediate library which we continue to love and add to. I’d recommend this as it’s a relatively cheap way to do gifts – which guests will thank you for!

WISHLISTS

If you want to send over hints to your organiser then collate a wishlist. Here at moKee you can add all of the items you love and create a list of your favourite products. This stops you getting any unwanted items. You could include some of moKee’s fun accessories – the playmat is an ideal gift for any mum-to-be. You could also include larger items such as moKee’s Moses baskets – they’d be a great joint present from your friends and family.

GAMES

Games are essential at any baby shower but the main one to remember is guessing the birth weight! This is super fun and if you want to add some high stakes you could all put in some money and bet! You can also bet for the birthday and whether it’s a boy or a girl.

Another fun game is to guess how big the bump is! Grab a piece of string and make everyone take turns in wrapping it around your waist and they then have to guess the measurement. This can be really funny with people guessing crazy though some people can be spot on!

Why don’t you get your guests to bring a photo of them as a baby and you, as the mum-to-be, has to guess who is who – a great ice breaker for your guests as they might not all know each other.

A fun game to get people moving is the nappy change race! Split yourselves into teams and see which team wins – everyone must change a baby doll’s nappy. The fastest wins!

GET CREATIVE!

A fun game is to get your friends and family to design their own baby grows! Buy everyone a plain white baby grow and get paints and pens that can be used on material and that will won’t wash off. I did this at one of my friend’s baby showers and it was a lovely activity that got everyone talking and she went home with 20 baby grows- which are always useful!

WISHES FOR BABY

Once the games have stopped you can get your guests to focus on your impending arrival and get them to write down wishes for your baby. It’s lovely to read this out to your baby once they are here and to go back and read them.

If you are planning a baby shower, please share with us @wearemokee – we’d love to see the fun you have!


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Nursery Furniture: What (not) to buy for your baby

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When preparing to welcome a newborn it is hard to imagine how this tiny baby needs so much stuff – I certainly wasn’t prepared for the amount of nursery furniture I thought I had to buy. Advice, neither wanted nor asked for told me I ‘must’ get this and ‘baby just has to have that’.

Well, I wish I had ignored this advice as a lot of the ‘stuff’ my husband and I had bought we simply didn’t need. So here is a baby checklist which I hope explains what is absolutely necessary for a baby’s first year and what is absolutely not necessary - from furniture to baby bath accessories.

 

NECESSARY

1. Cot 

It’s the first thing parents probably decide upon and rightly so as it should last a good 2-3 years and is the main feature of any nursery. I discovered moKee’s Mini Cot when searching online for cots that weren't astronomical in price yet were highly designed and simply looked cool. Mokee ticked all the boxes and I loved the simplicity of it – it’s not huge so perfect for a very small nursery and can even fit in the parent’s bedroom. The cot mattress has lasted and still provides comfort to my son- what is absolutely necessary is a water-proof sheet too. moKee's team has a wide collection of baby textiles too! I didn’t get the draw inserts at the bottom but will definitely get one for when Baby Number 2 arrives in the Autumn –  nursery storage is essential now! My firstborn is 2 and still in his baby bed, which now has the side taken down so it is his ‘big boy bed’. Baby Number 2 will be using the same crib meaning moKee’s Mini Cot is seriously excellent value.

2. Baby Changing Mat 

Wipeable! It will get messy! moKee’s Changing Mat is particularly good as it fits on top of the Mini Cot – saving space and the need for a changing table which are absolutely NOT necessary. In fact I think they are simply a waste of money and only used for a few months. Mokee has recently launched the Pokee – a storage unit which can be attached to the side of the cot where all your nappies, creams and wipes can be stored. Genius!

3. A portable sleeping pod 

moKee’s Mini Pod is great. Sadly I didn’t get it for my firstborn and regretted it as it would have made life a lot easier! It provides comfort for the newborn, cocooning them and making them feel safe and what’s more, you can pick it up whilst baby is still sleeping, put them on the sofa and then when it’s bedtime put them up in their cot, still asleep in the pod. Sleep is hard to come by in those first few weeks and the Mini Pod definitely makes it easier to get some!

4. Nursing Chair

This is absolutely essential for any nursery! A nursery is not just for babies but also for parents too. It’s where you will spend a lot of your time in the first year so make it comfortable for you too! Whether breast or bottle, feeding can take a while and with night feeds you want to feel as relaxed as possible. moKee’s WoolChair is a good option and with a WoolStool to match it ticks a lot of boxes!

5. Moses basket 

Now this isn’t an absolute necessity but I found it really useful for moving baby into different rooms and for those first few weeks when the baby was sleeping in our room. They’re probably not useful if you have limited space – a cot will suffice- but if you want to set a Moses Basket up in your living room for when the baby sleeps in the day then moKee’s WoolNest is a game-changer. It comes with a stand meaning baby is elevated and secure. If you have an excited dog this helps to save a baby from getting a good licking!

6. Muslins 

Buy muslins and then buy some more! You will get through many many muslins each week and they are so versatile. Larger muslins can be used to swaddle baby too and are breathable. moKee’s Bamboo Muslin Squares are particularly soft and I love the colours they come in too.

7. Sleeping Bag 

Once your newborn weighs enough you can move it into a baby sleeping bag. These are great and should definitely be on your checklist! I got two so there was a spare in case of any sicky accidents and I loved moKee’s Sleepy Bag. You can zip all the way around meaning changing a nappy in the middle of night makes it super easy! They can also be used when travelling and have an opening for car seat belts and pram straps.  

8. Baby Monitor 

An obvious essential. There are many to choose from- I didn’t go for one with a video monitor as I thought I’d end up just staring at the screen rather than enjoying a film or eating my dinner. But of course, it is a personal decision and should be based upon what gives you peace of mind!

ABSOLUTELY NOT NECESSARY

1. Manual breast pump 

Too much hard work. Go for a battery-powered or plug-in one. Quicker and more efficient.

2. Nappy Bin 

A bin with a lid is a must but expensive nappy bins are not! As long as you empty the bin regularly you can avoid smelly nurseries!

3. Bath thermometer 

Use your elbow and common sense to test the water. Various thermometers I used broke and went mouldy in the bath. Dipping your elbow or wrist in the water to test the temperature is best because they are more sensitive to heat.

 

And what do you think? What is the most important product to buy when creating the nursery? And what wouldn't you recommend? Share your opinion in comments!


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A guide to Moses baskets

3 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Your journey as a parent starts with decisions - lots of decisions. From what pram to buy to whether you should train your baby to sleep. Parents make a lot of decisions and one of the first is where their precious newborn should sleep.

A Moses basket or cot?

There are two options for a newborn – a Moses basket or a cot. Moses baskets date back centuries and its name comes from the biblical story of Moses being left in a cradle of bulrushes. His basket was made of wicker or straw and commonly Moses baskets are made from a sturdy, natural material.

moKee has a range of Moses baskets to choose from. I chose the WoolNest for both of my sons and really loved the felt material and with its high sides my babies felt cocooned and snug. It can come with a stand which was super useful, keeping baby high and away from our sweet but curious cat.

Their Classic Wicker Moses Basket has a clever rocking stand which in retrospect would have come in handy! It also has a retractable hood which helps shelter from noises and distractions.

If you’re looking for something a bit different take a look at the Soft Seagrass Moses Basket. This basket comes in a natural colour, turquoise or burnt orange and the soft leather handles make the basket sturdy and safe for baby.

How long can you use a Moses basket?

Moses baskets and cribs are only appropriate for newborns and should only be used until your baby is around three to four months old. When they get to 4 months you’ll find that they are starting to get heavy and more alert, meaning you probably won’t be carrying around a sleeping baby- they’ll need somewhere stationary for naps.

Moses basket safety

When placing your baby in the Moses basket make sure they are in the "feet to foot" position, with their feet at the end of the cot or Moses basket.

The mattress in the Moses basket is very important too. The Lullaby Trust, a charity preventing unexpected deaths in infancy and promoting infant health, advise that it is important that the mattress is firm, entirely flat, and waterproof, with no soft or cushioned areas, particularly around baby’s head. Soft mattresses are known to increase the risk of SIDS. They make it harder for babies to lose body heat, which can cause them to become too hot. The surface of the mattress should be firm enough that when your baby is placed on it, their head does not sink in more than a few millimetres.

Why not take a look at our useful TOG Guide to help you work out what to dress your baby in for naps and night time.

What else do I need with a Moses basket?

So you’ve decided on a Moses basket but what else do you need? How many sheets will I need? What bedding do I need?

Firstly you must make sure you have a firm, clean mattress. And I would get a number of fitted sheets. Sicky babies means you’ll be needing them. It’s also useful to have liners - this makes it easy to keep the basket clean and moKee has some lovely, striking designs.

Stands aren’t essential but I found that by elevating baby high it meant I wasn’t leaning down as much which can be difficult after giving birth! It also means you can keep them away from any curious pets!

I swaddled both of my babies – that’s another decision every parent must make.  Take a look at our guide to swaddling here.

So, if you’re thinking of using a Moses basket check out our guide on how to help your baby sleep. Happy sleeping!


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What colour to choose for a child’s room? Check our colours jigsaw puzzle.

by Marta Szczepanik

Choosing colours for a child’s room, when a baby is about to appear in the world, is often a problem for future parents. Most of them struggle with choosing the colour of a baby cot. This is where we come to the rescue. Our colour palette makes the decision much easier.

Did you know that humans can distinguish between 10 million colours all based on the primary colours red, yellow and blue? These combinations create an unusual colour palette that accompanies us every day. Colours that surround us add variety to our everyday life. These are both delight and positive emotions as well as negative feelings that we would like to avoid. That is why the right choice is so important. Especially if we are talking about a baby’s corner. In its colour palette moKee offers as many as eight colours of Mini baby cots. So which one will be perfect for your interior?



WHITE

White will work in a small interior and make the room appear larger. It will reflect daylight and warm up the baby’s corner. White is a classic that will perfectly match a classic interior, but it will also resonate against the background of intense wall colours or beautiful children’s wallpapers. It will also add a lot of cosiness and peace.

 

 

WHITE BEECH

White and wood are the perfect combination for people looking for modern furniture for modern interiors, often inspired by the Scandinavian style. The classic combination of white and wood will visually enlarge a child’s room, and a cot in this colour will better suit other light wood furniture and accessories in the room.

 

 

STONE BLUE

A bold colour more and more chosen by parents for their child’s room. Stone blue has a calming and toning effect. It also stands out beautifully against the background of colourful walls and in the company of other colourful accessories in a child’s room. A classic, more and more often chosen by interior designers, leaving the field clear for creating the perfect interior for the youngest.

 

 

IVORY PLUM

Ivory Plum is a bold, but also extremely delicate colour. Pink calms you down, has a soothing effect and, most importantly, makes you feel positive! From the very moment of looking at our Ivory Plum baby cot, we feel joy and a desire to arrange beautiful child’s interiors. Ivory Plum means a glamour style! It is a fashionable choice and an even more fashionable, stylish accent in a child’s room. It appeals to us completely!

 

 

SUMMER BEECH

The calming and soothing combination of yellow and wood is a proposal for those parents who want to create a warm and cheerful corner for their baby. This is a combination that will certainly improve the mood of the whole family and make the stay and development of your child in the room with such a nice accent, full of positive energy.

 

 

STONE TEAL

The colour of stone, despite its name, is not a difficult colour to use in a child’s room. Its uniqueness and beauty has a calming and soothing effect. It is a proposal for people who love natural accents and for those who like to be close to nature. Stone teal, a colour associated with peace and relaxation, is a good and original choice that will perfectly match your baby’s corner. It will make it an exceptionally cosy place.

 

 

DUSTY AQUA

If you are looking for a colour that is associated with optimism and good humour, dusty aqua will be the perfect choice. The mint cot will enliven the interior and add character to it. Our bright and beautiful mint goes perfectly with bright accessories. It will also be a great starting point to develop the space further with pastels playing the main role. Well thought-out mint in a baby’s corner guarantees modernity in an interior arranged by parents.

 

 

DEEP BLACK

The trend for monochrome interiors is in bloom! And we like it. We also disenchant black and use it to create our baby cot. We know that it will give character to a baby’s corner, make it cosy and make you forget about boredom for a long time. We are enthusiasts of the combination of black with white walls and delicate accessories. This combination will give character to your interior and make it appear larger. Black will be perfect for it.

 

 

 

Deciding and choosing the perfect colour for your baby’s cot is not easy. We come to your aid! Order the colour palette and find your dream colour, thanks to which you will create a dream room for your baby.



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Nursery colours - which one should you choose?

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by Suzi Smith @suziabi

Choosing the right colour for your baby’s nursery is something that many parents have trouble deciding on. Blue for boys and pink for girls was for a long time the go-to colour choice, but now anything goes, even black! Here, moKee reveals how a baby’s nursery colour could even influence their personality….

Red works perfect but only as an accent in the nursery. Look to use this passionate colour to add a splash of colour, perhaps as a statement wall or in the accessories you choose to dress the room. As a hot colour red can evoke emotion in people, so it could influence your baby to be more emotional, passionate and to stand out from the crowd.

Orange will help create a warm, cozy feel in your nursery. It promotes a feeling of wellness and can help develop friendly, calm babies. Orange is best used in accessories so soft furnishings work well in this colour.

Want a lively and cheerful baby? Then pick yellow. Sunshine yellow should be used with caution- perhaps use sparkingly in a mural whereas soft yellow can be used to help promote concentration, so statement walls and even yellow nursery furniture can work well.

Photo by @danusiowa

Nurseries are learning environments so green is the best colour to use to help promote and encourage learning. It’s a nurturing, soft, calming colour so baby can feel relaxed yet still engaged with their surroundings. Green is also abundant in nature so stick to Mother Nature green and you’ll be on the right track!

For calm babies pick blue. Blue promotes healing and calmness, however be careful with which shade you choose as a grey blue can promote sadness. Stick to warm and bright blues, avoiding darker shades and you’ll inspire your baby to be calm under pressure.

Purple can inspire serenity and a taste for luxury in baby. A strong purple has long been associated with royalty however pastel purples, like lavenders help create a serene baby.

White is an obvious choice for a nursery as babies are angelic and innocent. White will help evoke neutrality in a baby, being able to see both sides of the argument in future life as they keep a cool head. Ensure that you have colour accents throughout the room and remember that baby stains do show up more on white than other colours.

Pink offers up loving feelings in baby as well as calmness, so it’s the perfect colour for babies who like to throw a tantrum! Pastel pinks can be used throughout the nursery however stick to vibrant pinks for accents in the room. If you want your baby to be a loving adult, pick pink.

Grey nurseries are popular as it’s a great neutral colour to match with stronger colours. Grey evokes intuition and introspection so you might choose grey for budding writers and poets.

Black nurseries were once a big no, no, however black can be used in larger nurseries with a lot of natural light. Use sparingly, perhaps a black cot and black furniture mixed with lighter tones. Black immediately inspires power, so if you want to develop a little leader, go with black.

Photo by @mirkabal80

And what do you think? Share your opinion in comments - let us know which colour you chose for your baby's nursery and why!


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