FOLLOW MY JOURNEY TO MOTHERHOOD WITH MOKEE

by Suzi Smith tlc@mokee.eu

Mokee

Welcome to my first blog post for Mokee as an expectant mother! I’ve worked for Mokee over the years so I’m very excited to say that I am now also on a personal journey with Mokee as I create my baby’s nursery and get organised ahead of my due date in July.

I’ve just entered into the second trimester and feeling great. I was very lucky to have an easy first trimester with just the odd food aversion, feeling sick but no throwing up (yay!) and of course extremely sore breasts! These have all now practically disappeared and I’ve just had my 16 week Midwife appointment where I heard my baby’s heartbeat for the first time which was truly amazing. So, I’m now in full planning mode!

I started making lists of things to buy in my first trimester and couldn’t resist buying a few clothes. I’m going to wait until birth to find out the sex so I’ll be going down the gender-neutral route in terms of colours. My own personal taste is very much like Mokee’s Scandi vibe, cool colours with a preference for Mokee’s Stone Teal, which works perfectly for neutral nurseries.

Now I’m in my second trimester I’m starting to buy things each month to spread the cost of everything we need. This month I’ve purchased the YoYo Car Seat which can also be used on the stroller that I’ll buy. It’s perfect for city parents as it’s so compact and it comes in a range of gorgeous colours.

I’ve also just ordered the sheep! You all probably know exactly what I’m talking about as practically every parent I know raves about it! Of course, it’s Ewan the Dream Sheep which helps soothe baby to sleep thanks to it mimicking the womb.

As a London Mum-to-be I have limited space in terms of nursery so I need to make sure that everything is functional and fits in the room we’ve allocated for our little one. I’ll probably be going for the Mokee Mini Cot Bed and I’ll definitely be making the most of a Cot Drawer to store bedding, sleeping bags etc and the Pokee is perfect for me to help save on space as the organiser fits onto the end of the Mokee Cot. I can’t wait to get these ordered and start to see my vision turn into a reality.

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I’m yet to decide on a theme but i think I’m going to be going with a nature vibe, using lots of greens and creams. I’m currently using the Flower Field pattern on Mokee’s Patterned Blankets for inspiration- it’s so pretty and evokes a feeling of spring and tranquillity which I hope will transfer to my baby- I can but hope!

 

 

I’ve just written a Blog including a timeline to help fellow parents design and create their baby’s nursery, check it out TIMELINE TO CREATING A NURSERY. I’ll be posting each week for Mokee so make sure to come back and see how I’m getting on!

* All recommendations are by Suzi Smith

 

Tell us your choice @wearemokee or email us at tlc@mokee.eu !

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Design that newborns love...


Design that newborns love...

Welcome to my first blog post for Mokee as an expectant mother! I’ve worked for Mokee over the years so I’m very excited to say that I am now also on a personal journey with Mokee as I create my baby’s nursery and get organised ahead of my due date in July.

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03 Feb 2023

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MOKEE HOW TO…..
TIMELINE TO CREATING A NURSERY

by Suzi Smith tlc@mokee.eu

You’ve just found out that you’re expecting for the first time and no doubt are a bit overwhelmed by the planning of having your baby. Nine months sounds like enough time to prepare for the arrival of a newborn, but it goes by in a flash!

Therefore, Mokee has created the perfect timeline for you to create your baby’s nursery; from what to purchase when, when to decorate and when to assemble the furniture. This Nursery Timeline will be a necessity for you.

First trimester

  • This is often a nervous time for you and your partner as you are anxiously waiting to get to the three-month mark and into the second trimester. This time should be used to think about where the nursery will be. If there’s a spare bedroom, this is the obvious choice for a nursery, but other spaces in the house can be used in a creative way. For example, turning a study into a nursery or transforming any attic space into extra living space to free-up a spare room.
  • Make a list of everything that will be needed for your baby’s nursery. Mokee’s list includes;
  1. Cot or Cot Bed- view the Mokee Cot Bed collection here – NOW from £249.99
  2. Changing table and mat- Mokee’s Changing Mat with removable covers for Mini Cot, NOW £49.99
  3. Clothes storage- wardrobe/chest of drawers- Mokee’s Mini Wardrobe, NOW £99.99
  4. Cot mobile- Mokee’s Flamingo Mobile or Cot Mobile, both NOW £24.99
  5. Storage for cot bedding, nappies, wipes etc- Mokee’s Pokee Organiser, NOW £24.99 and the Cot Drawer, NOW £159.99
  6. Nursing chair – Mokee’s WoolChair, Nursing chair, NOW £159.99
  7. Nursing pillow- Mokee’s Nursing Pillow, NOW £49
  8. Baby Playmat – Mokee’s Baby Playmat, Cloud, NOW £64.90
  • Pull together a budget and how it will be paid for. Buying products each month is a good way to spread the cost of creating a nursery and family and friends might want to help out, giving it as a present for the new addition to your growing family

Decide where the nursery furniture will go in the room. The layout needs to be functional for baby and you and remember to measure the space to ensure that there is enough room. It’s amazing how much space such a tiny baby can need!

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Second trimester

  • You can start thinking about the theme of the nursery. If you know the sex, you might want to choose gender-typical colours, but gender-neutral colours such as green, white, cream, grey, orange, yellow, are all great colours for a nursery
  • Ordering the nursery furniture should be done no later than the middle of the second trimester to ensure that it arrives in time, but more importantly, to give you enough time to assemble it all
  • Decorate the room by the end of the second trimester and remember that it’s good to use eco-friendly paint as this is the only truly non-toxic paint around. Add art to the walls to engage baby, like the Mokee Posters.

Third trimester

 

  • Assemble the furniture and start to stock the wardrobe with clothes, storage with bedding, nappies etc…
  • A nursery night light is a great idea to help soothe baby when you’re feeding
  • Accessorise the space with toys, books, or the Mokee Buddies. Soft textiles to soften the nursery are good, Mokee’s Textile range has something very every nursery theme
  • Aim to have the nursery all finished by week 37, just in case your baby decides to make an early arrival!

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Tell us your choice @wearemokee or email us at tlc@mokee.eu !


Design that newborns love...


Design that newborns love...

You’ve just found out that you’re expecting for the first time and no doubt are a bit overwhelmed by the planning of having your baby. Nine months sounds like enough time to prepare for the arrival of a newborn, but it goes by in a flash! Therefore, Mokee has created the perfect timeline for you to create your baby’s nursery; from what to purchase when, when to decorate and when to assemble the furniture. This Nursery Timeline will be a necessity for you.

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01 Feb 2023

MOKEE HOW TO….. TIMELINE TO CREATING A NURSERY

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Choose the right cot for your baby

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Designed in the simple Scandi look, Mokee’s nursery furniture and accessories offers you stylish solutions for your babies’ nurseries at competitive prices without having to compromise on quality.

The main feature of any nursery is of course the cot where your baby will be spending a lot of its time over the first few months of life. When preparing for your newborn’s arrival you need to think about the safety and comfort of your newborn and this is where some investigations into the right cot is important.

Government guidelines tell parents that the safest place for your baby to sleep for the first six months is in a cot in the same room as you. It's vital not to share a bed with a baby if either parent smokes, even if the parent doesn’t smoke in the bed or room. Babies need just very few items for sleep including a firm flat surface and bedding. You should avoid using soft or bulky bedding, avoid pillows which can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. (SIDS).

Some tips to choosing the right cot for you include:

  1. Choose a baby cot that complies with safety standards.
  2. Make sure that your baby cot of choice is easy to use.
  3. Get a cot that's big enough.
  4. Consider the size of your room.
  5. Make sure that the cot has a firm mattress.
  6. Consider your budget.
  7. Choose a multifunctional cot.

Mokee provides two types of cots, the first is the Midi Cot Bed (below). The most stylish, smartest cot in the larger size of 140 x70 cm that has been created to last. Manufactured in Europe and made from high-quality FSC - certified beechwood, this cot works for newborns and children right up to five years old thanks to a removable panel which transforms the cot into a toddler bed.

Available in four stylish colours with the possibility to add plenty of matching accessories - from comfortable mattresses to space-saving changing mats through to lovely bedding sets.

Loved by over 30,000 parents and counting, the paint is made of eco-friendly water-based paint and has seven mattress base options as well as the option to purchase the Cot Drawer.

Mokee's Mini Cot (below) is perfect for those working with a small nursery at 120 x 60cm. The Mini Cot can accommodate newborns from day one right up to the age of three. It’s small and compact in design and packed full of clever features.

This cot has the possibility to add a Cot Drawer where parents can store your baby’s things including bedding, clothes, or toys. There is a choice of seven stylish colours and again the cot is made from exclusively FSC-certified beech wood (not wobbly, soft pine) and finished with eco-friendly water-based paint with seven mattress base options.

Tell us your choice @wearemokee or email us at tlc@mokee.eu !


Design that newborns love...


Design that newborns love...

The main feature of any nursery is of course the cot where your baby will be spending a lot of its time over the first few months of life. When preparing for your newborn’s arrival you need to think about the safety and comfort of your newborn and this is where some investigations into the right cot is important.

Blog 1 Choose the right cot for your baby
25 Jan 2023

Choose the right cot for your baby

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How to be a sustainable parent?
(Republished)

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Having a baby has been compared to creating a carbon bomb. This tiny little baby comes with lots of things and stuff – so it’s not surprising to find parents feeling guilty over the waste accumulated when raising children. I have been trying to reduce our waste at home and with a young baby and four-year-old it’s incredibly hard.

But there are things that you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint when having a baby.

WIPES

Try to ditch baby wipes. They aren’t great for the environment – the majority of wipes contain plastic and we all know how bad that is for the environment. You can get lulled into using baby wipes for everything – cleaning faces at mealtimes, wiping dirt on the buggy / high chair, cleaning a table - as they are so easy and handy. But what I have tried to do is to only use baby wipes when absolutely needed and that is when I am out of the house and only for when I am changing a nappy.

Don’t use wipes to clean up a baby’s face after a meal. If you are at home, use a flannel. If you are out of the house bring a flannel or clean dishcloth and soak it in water and then put it in a zip lock bag. Yes the bag is plastic but you can re-use it forever. I started to do this when I went on holiday and it’s actually a lot easier than using wipes – and your using water rather than nasty chemicals from the wipes. Go to the toilets in a restaurant and rinse it out and pop it back in the bag for later. Try it.

NAPPIES

Now I am not going to tell you to use cloth, re-useable nappies. I don’t because quite frankly I can’t face anymore washing – I am a working mum and I simply don’t have time for it. But, I am in awe of any parent who commits to not using single-use nappies. I am, however, endeavouring to use less nappies. I won’t change my one year old unless he really needs his nappy changing. A poo? Yes. But if he’s done a little wee I’ll leave it until it’s absolutely necessary. I also give my son a lot of ‘nappy-free time’! It’s good to give their squidgy bottoms a good airing – they love it and it is great in stopping nappy rash. Both of my sons have never had nappy rash and I swear it’s because I let them air their cute bottoms. Of course, there are accidents. But baby wee isn’t really wee, right?! Try it, after bath, before bed and especially in the summer when you can play outside in the garden with nothing on – why not!?

There are some great sustainable nappy brands out there.  

TOYS

My four-year-old son has 74 plastic dinosaurs and I have had enough! We counted them the other day and quite frankly I was a bit ashamed. After 4 years with kids, the toys have accumulated and I am not happy about it. Not only are they taking over our home but they sit there, unused most of the time and I am sure there are many other boys and girls who aren’t as lucky as my kids who would appreciate these unloved toys. So I am doing a ‘toy amnesty’! And you can too!

I’ve asked my son to choose some toys he wants to give away to other boys and girls. There are many charities that accept second-hand toys- but they must be good quality.  

This is a great way to teach children about how lucky they are and that other boys and girls aren’t as lucky as them.

I have also asked family to reduce the amount of toys bought for my children at birthdays, Christmas etc. Other things such as clothing, arts and crafts can be much more useful.

SECOND HAND

I think everyone today accepts that buying second-hand, from charity shops or vintage shops is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and give something a second-life. And the same can be said for kids clothing and toys. Charity shops have upped their game in the last few years and you can get some quality clothing and toys for a bargain – whilst supporting a charity! Fara kids is brilliant- with my first baby I went weekly to find bargains and I am pleased to say over half of his wardrobe was second-hand. With my second son, I’ve hardly bought anything as he is using his hand-me-downs from his brother. A small but great way to re-use and help reduce your carbon footprint.  

GIVE AWAY

Food waste for me is unspeakable. There’s nothing worse than throwing food in the bin. Unfortunately having kids mean you do this way more than you want to. But, why not give it away? If you cook something your little cherub refuses to eat then wrap it up and drop it around a friend’s house whose kids may eat it! I’ve done this a few times. I once cooked a large chicken stew and pureed it for my one year old but he hated it. For no good reason! So I gave it away to friends with babies who would appreciate my hard work! You’ll be surprised how many mums are doing this more and more. Did you buy a pack of biscuits but your kids hate them? Don’t bin them- give them to a friend at your next playdate.

The same goes with baby stuff. I’ve given away a tonne of baby products that I know I won’t use again – a baby bath, travel cot, breast pump, play mat. You could also sell these online but I really liked the idea of giving them away to someone I know and who would appreciate them.

Tell us your tips to lead a more sustainable life with kids @wearemokee or email us at tlc@mokee.eu !


Design that newborns love...


Design that newborns love...

There are things that you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint when having a baby. This tiny little baby comes with lots of things and stuff – so it’s not surprising to find parents feeling guilty over the waste accumulated when raising children.

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20 Jan 2023

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Mokee Mini Cot Bundle

by Suzi Smith tlc@mokee.eu

January sees Mokee offer you the ultimate nursery must-haves at a fantastic price. The Premium Mini Cot Bundle is now £349, reduced from £537.96, saving 35% compared to when purchased individually. The bundle comprises of the Mini Cot Bed, Luxury Breathable Mattress or Aloe Vera Mattress, Mini Cot Fitted Bed Sheet and the Cot Drawer. Check out the collection below.

 

Mini Cot Bed £249.99

 

Perfect for newborns right up to three year olds Small and compact, full of clever features that can be matched with nursery accessories. Available in seven stylish colours, the panel can be removed to create the perfect first bed for toddlers. Read more.

 

Cot Drawer £149.99

 

Nappies, vests, socks, toys, blankets, and the list goes on, require a special place in your baby's room. Often the best option is to keep these necessities under the crib. Small caster wheels make it easy for the drawer to roll in and out from under the crib. Fitting under the Mini Cot perfectly to help you keep your baby’s nursery organised. Read more.

 

Luxury Breathable Mattress / Aloe Vera Mattress £124.99

 

Luxury Breathable Mattress
The Ramen mattress is probably the safest, cleanest and most comforting on the market. A woven network of firm 'noodles' makes up this ground-breaking and 100% breathable mattress. Supplied with a soft quilted polyester shell, which is removable and washable. The Ramen core (the noodle bit) can be washed clean in the shower, meaning this mattress has to be the most hygienic on the market.

Aloe Vera Mattress

With an aloe vera infused quilted cover and reflex foam filling, this cooling and comfortable mattress will soothe your little bundle of joy into a relaxing deep sleep.

Tried and tested by the moKee team, our breathable foam mattress complies to all standard safety regulations and is ideal for newborns. Machine washable for your convenience, the quilted cover has a zip fastening so you can remove it with ease for cleaning purposes.

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Mini Cot Bed Fitted Sheet £12.99

Help protect your baby's comfort with high-quality, wonderfully soft and light fitted sheet. Gentle against newborn skin and improve baby's comfort while sleeping. Currently available in two sizes and 10 varied colour options, including the ever so popular Watermelon print. Read more.    

 

 

 

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.
If you want to share your PARENTHINGS - write to - tlc@mokee.eu.


Design that newborns love...


Design that newborns love...

The Premium Mini Cot Bundle is now £349, reduced from £537.96, saving 35% compared to when purchased individually. The bundle comprises of the Mini Cot Bed, Luxury Breathable Mattress or Aloe Vera Mattress, Mini Cot Fitted Bed Sheet and the Cot Drawer.

Blog 1 Mini Cot Bundle
12 Jan 2023

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Mokee Moses Basket Collection

by Suzi Smith tlc@mokee.eu

Moses baskets are perfect for newborn babies to get their much needed sleep. Whether it’s in the nursery, or placed around the home, they are the ultimate essential for any nursery. Our collection offers a range of options for parents to choose from, in our fun colours to make nurseries eye catching and engaging for babies.  

 

Natural Soft Sea Grass Moses Baskets £99

 

The Natural Soft Sea Grass Moses Basket is handmade with love. A strong, soft and cosy home for babies, it is available in cool Mokee colours, orange and turquoise. The grey melange lining gives it that Scandi style we’re famous for. The mattress and stand are available to purchase, see below.  

 

Natural Sea Grass Moses Basket £79

 

 

The Natural Sea Grass Moses Basket is now available with a free mattress for a limited time only. The basket is a beautiful addition to any nursery. Hand-woven from seagrass, our Moses basket is both solid and durable, available in natural and green. A classic that fits in with the MoKee style and works well in any interior.      

 

WoolNest Moses Basket £199

 

 

 

 

Perhaps the most iconic piece in our collection, the  WoolNest has become recognised as the coolest, hippest, comfiest little nest out there for newborns. Made from the softest (yet sturdy) wool with coloured cotton straps and handles, the WoolNest is everything parents need at the beginning of their parental journey. It is suitable for babies up to 6 months old and affords babies the cosiest of sleeps in its protected nest-like environment. Available in Azure Drop, Summer Dash, Neon Pumpkin and Pink Mallow. Now available with a free mattress.  

 

Classic Wicker Moses Basket, £199

This is our most luxurious moses basket which is strong, sturdy, and comes with all the soft, snug bedding, and cosy mattress, which will keep baby so comfortable. A retractable hood helps shelter the wind and noise from all manner of distractions and the firm classic wooden stand, £129, with rocking function will help baby drift off to sleep.

 

 

Moses Basket Stand, £129

(Available for £64.50 when you purchase it along with any moses basket)

   

 

This moses basket stand is sturdy that perfectly matches the WoolNest or Soft Seagrass basket. For safety reasons, the frame has additional supporting rungs, and on the sides and in the middle, there are straps to increase the stand's stability. It is effortless to assemble, transport and to store whenever you need it. It is available for half price when you purchase it along with the moses basket

 

 

Moses Basket Aloe Vera Mattress, £129

The Moses Basket Aloe Vera Mattress, has an aloe vera infused quilted cover and reflex foam filling. This makes it a cooling comfortable mattress that will soothe babies into a relaxing deep sleep. Tried and tested by our team, the breathable foam mattress is safety regulated and ideal for newborns. Machine washable for convenience, the quilted cover has a zip fastening so it can easily be removed.  

 

We offer FREE delivery on orders over £149 as well as a free 30 days return policy and 365 days full warranty. We ship the next day. Visit www.mokee.eu  and find more detail on the Moses Basket Collection here.      

 

 

 

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.
If you want to share your PARENTHINGS - write to - tlc@mokee.eu.


Design that newborns love...


Design that newborns love...

Moses baskets are perfect for newborn babies to get their much needed sleep. Whether it’s in the nursery, or placed around the home, they are the ultimate essential for any nursery. Our collection offers a range of options for parents to choose from, in our fun colours to make nurseries eye catching and engaging for babies.  

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11 Nov 2022

Mokee Moses Basket Collection

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Breastfeeding or not, you are a great mum!

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.


Design that newborns love...


Design that newborns love...

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.

 

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29 Aug 2022

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moKee Birth School online:
stages of labour

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!

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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When I was going to become a mother I tentatively stepped into the confusing world of parenthood and babies. I was flummoxed by different words used to describe baby products.

Blog 1 Crib, cot, what?  Navigating the world of baby!
27 Aug 2022

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

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