I am honoured to be sponsoring the Sheffield For Kids Awards. As many of you will know I live in Sheffield and my business is also based in Sheffield. I have lived in Sheffield for over 14 years and I now couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else home. I have had 3 children in the last 6 years and thought I knew Sheffield pretty well (well maybe I did know my way around all the bars and clothes shops!) but as I didn’t grow up in the area I quickly realised that kid wise I really didn’t know Sheffield well at all. I didn’t know the best places to go or things to do, especially those that would be toddler friendly, well you know, if anything can ever be completely toddler friendly!
I came across ‘Trips with a tot’ on Facebook. It was set up by a lovely mum called Naomi. Naomi post videos and blogs about all the trips she does, she certainly gets about! She is so inspirational not just in terms of where you can go with little ones, but also other tips to keep costs down, where to eat, other places to visit whilst you are there and she is so honest in her reviews she became an online mum that I knew I could trust. Oh by the way she also visits other cities on weekends away and she doesn’t drive and makes sure she gives you all the details of how to get there. Naomi is also an amazing breastfeeding advocate, she often talks about it or breastfeeds in her videos and photos. She also produced a blog specifically on places she likes to breastfeed.
She has also created a really supportive online community where parents share their trips and share local advice. She really is an excellent ambassador for Sheffield as she really makes you see all the wonderful places we have access to. I am therefore honoured to be supporting the second year Naomi has run awards for Sheffield.
The Sheffield For Kids Awards is a chance to really promote, shout, be proud and celebrate what we have here in Sheffield for kids – such as best local parks and playgroups, to best indoor and water play, best toddler groups and best place for family eating.
If you are a business your users can vote for you ! If you have visited or used activities or services in Sheffield you can nominate them under various categories (don’t worry there will be one which fits! ) AND you get a chance to enter into a huge giveaway with over £400 worth of prizes! It is a quick form and doesn’t take long!
The results will be available at the end of July and will help provide an amazing database of the best of Sheffield for Kids! So please do get involved.
The deadline is the 31st May so you need to act quick ! Nominate here
Do you have headaches, a sore tummy, feeling tired, suffering from constipation? Have you considered that you are not drinking enough water (or equivalent)?
Did you know that if you are exclusively breastfeeding you produce on average 700ml of milk a day?! This can be higher if the weather is warm or baby is going though a growth spurt or is poorly and off their food (if weaned).
Your body produces this milk from the things you eat and drink and so you need to make sure you are getting enough fluids and extra calories to support your body in this amazing task. We often hear about the 300-500 extra calories needed per day, but often forget about our additional water requirements. A normal adult should be having 2 litres of fluids a day but for a breastfeeding mum this should be closer to 3 litres!!
Please also note that more fluids does not mean more breastmilk unless you are severely dehydrated.
Drink more water
Want to step up to our water challenge…. It is easy enough to do!!
Our water bottle is an average sized bottle and holds 700ml of water (will be less depending how much you put in the infusion) and you need to drink at least 3 of these per day! I would suggest one full bottle in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening /night plus other drinks with meals. Our bottles have a handy chart on it to help you out, but any similar sized bottle would work. The best thing to do is to listen to your body and drink when you need to, but this is a useful reminder and helps you to commit to making YOU a priority.
Like any challenge or target you set yourself you are more likely to carry it out if you share your target with others as a form of accountability. I definitely need to be drinking more water – I will be sharing my goals with you, what I am putting in my infusion and letting you know how I get on. I would like to invite you to do the same and tag Stylish Mum or #stylishmumselfie and let me know ‘I am up for the water challenge’. Help keep me motivated and in return I will be issuing some special surprises for those who take part 😊 check out my progress via Facebook in Instagram.
My name is Sarah and after having and feeding my third child I became fed up with the options out there for breastfeeding mums. A lot of the breastfeeding specific clothes I found were mostly maternity which frustrated me, firstly because they don’t fit right, but also there is an assumption that breastfeeding is only for those early weeks. So, when I was up feeding one night I designed my own top and arranged for some samples to be made. I wore the tops and the feedback was that they were amazing and I should set up a business selling them – and so Stylish Mum was born!
I did a lot of market research with other mums and found that winter wear was the most difficult – due to the amount of material to lift up and of course wanting to stay warm. Mum’s also said that the item they missed the most was the hoodie and so this is where we started. We had a number of samples made which were tested and tweaked by mums and our colours were chosen by mums too!
Stylish Mum started selling in November 2017 and the feedback we have had has been breath-taking. Customers have really appreciated the clever design which allows for discreet feeding with no fiddy zips or buttons so easy to do one handed. Mums have also said that they are easy to feed in in a sling as material doesn’t need to come upwards. No zips or buttons also means no marks or anything sharp near babies face when cuddling, feeding or carrying in a sling. Mums have really liked the material for our hoodies and tops which is 95% cotton and 5% spandex stretch. This gives the items a soft luxurious feel. Mums have said that the shape and stretch is very flatting and forgiving to the tummy area and also means less/ no ironing !!
My ambition is to keep growing the brand and adding new items as we go along. I am really passionate about helping mums to feel stylish, comfortable and confident when feeding. So please do follow this blog, sign up to our newsletter and/or check us out on facebook or instagram.