Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Essential Guide To Breastfeeding Tops and Singlets

Olivia Wilde breastfeedingFor most of us, breastfeeding our first child is overwhelming. There is so much information from friends and professionals on it, it’s hard to know who to listen to. It’s also something that feels like it should come naturally but isn’t always as easy as it seems.

We don’t want to add our two cents worth here to how you should be doing it. But rather let you know that you’re not alone should you be feeling pain from sore nipples, mastitis or simply feeling exposed when your baby is wanting a feed while you’re out and about. There can certainly be some prying eyes about and there are some who don’t understand that babies do not operate like clockwork and deem it inappropriate when women need to feed anytime, anywhere.

The amazing contrast between breastfeeding my first baby to my second was not simply down to being a mum the second time around and knowing what to do. I invested in nursing tops that allowed for easy, one-handed access. I felt a huge wave of relief at how much more enjoyable breastfeeding was when I wasn’t concerned with overly exposing myself. Then, I could actually concentrate on admiring my gorgeous baby and breastfed him more than twice as long as my first.

So, let’s get down to what you are really looking for when buying nursing wear:

Mint & Silver Striped Breastfeeding Top

Mint & Silver Striped Breastfeeding Top

  • Easy, unfettered access to both sides of your breasts
  • Nursing tops that can be opened with one hand if possible, otherwise press studs will also allow for uncomplicated access.
  • If you are quite self-conscious when breastfeeding in public, try and purchase tops like this one which has a modesty layer underneath to help keep part of your chest covered.
  • Nursing tops which are affordable so that you can purchase a whole week’s worth and not have to worry about when you’re able to get around to doing the laundry.
  • Think about the season – nursing singlets are ideal for summer while our nursing sweaters are the perfect complement to our long-sleeved nursing T-shirts to keep you warm when breastfeeding in winter.
  • If you are on a budget, purchase items which will work for both maternity and post-pregnancy nursing wear. We have plenty of great options for this – we ensure not to add ruching for items which mums will want to use as nursing tops. Last thing you want is for people to ask if you’re pregnant! Which by the way happened to me anyway as it took me ages to lose my belly after number 2. :(
  • Pick out at least a few tops in neutrals so that they’ll be easy to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe.
  • Lastly but of equal importance is picking tops that are stylish so that even after a few hours sleep, you’ll instantly feel better when you’re wearing clothes that make you feel and look good.

Our best-selling items are our charcoal nursing singlet and white nursing singlet – they’re fantastic value (sold at a significant discount to other brands), made from high-quality fabric and are easy to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. We also have an excellent selection of breastfeeding dresses for casual and special occassions.

Why Being The Best Dad = Being The Best Partner From The Very Beginning

dad-bumpThere really is no greater test of a relationship than bringing a child into the world. I’d be willing to put my life’s savings on a bet that says the main reasons a relationship will fail is due to the stresses of child rearing. While raising a child together can be the most rewarding, bonding experience for a couple, the stresses, even before a child arrives can cause plenty of heated moments.

Different ideas on child-rearing can surface from the very beginning. Both parents obviously want the best for their child to be but can have very different ideas. However, I really believe that dads need to bite their tongue at times and let a mother’s instinct take over. There is no greater time when a women is more in touch with her body than when she’s pregnant. Feeding your unborn baby through healthy foods or giving in to food cravings is our body telling us what we need. I couldn’t get enough fruit while I was pregnant, it helped with morning sickness and it gave me the energy boost I needed. Unfortunately, I also didn’t want to eat fish – the thought of it just made me sick. My husband could have tried to insist on eating it, knowing how good it is for you and the baby but happily let me choose what I felt like eating. His support was the best thing he could have provided. After all, there are plenty of hormones flying round to easily put emotions out of balance already!

Stress can be one of the worst influences on a mother’s well-being. More and more research is coming out showing that high levels of cortisol can not only make becoming pregnant more difficult but can lead to greater chances of miscarriage. It can also affect the foetus such that babies may be born prematurely and underweight or to even have some developmental delays. This points to even greater importance on the support of a partner during pregnancy. So what are some of the best ways for a partner to help keep mums-to-be calm and relaxed? Here are a few tips which worked for us:

1) Help MORE with the cooking and cleaning. It seems obvious but can often be forgotten. When you’re pregnant, food preparation can often turn you off your food. Sometimes you’re so exhausted that it’s difficult to ensure you eat well.

2) Talk MORE – keep check with your partner on how they’re feeling. Notice if they seem worried and be available and open to chat. An enjoyable way to make this happen is to go out to dinner!

3) Show your interest in pregnancy and babies – borrow or buy books on the topic and share the journey together. It’s important for mums-to-be to feel like they’re not on their own here.

4) Massages – even a 10 minute foot massage once or a couple times a week will not only help with relaxation but also show you care

5) Put conversations about money and household finances on hold if possible. Nothing gets anyone more anxious than worrying about money

6) Treats – whether it be buying a tub of her favourite ice-cream on the way home or perhaps even a gift voucher for maternity clothes to make her feel good, this is a sure-fire way to light up her day!

Are Cheap Maternity Clothes Really A Bargain?

Unhappy ShopperShopping for maternity clothes is often not enjoyable. On the one hand, you want to look stylish, especially when you can sometimes be feeling your worst. On the other, it feels like wasted money as it seems as if you’ll only be wearing the clothes for nine months at most. So many of us get tempted by  the cheap maternity clothes on offer at discount department stores such as K-Mart and Target. Given the outcomes, are you really getting a bargain?

When you end up buying clothes which are ill-fitting or not the style you really wanted, how do you feel? Not great is the answer most of us would reply. How about if you’ve got these clothes for an amazing discount? Marginally better. But, once you get home and look in the mirror, it can be really disheartening and these items are guaranteed to get relegated to the back of your closet, often unlikely to see the light of day. Sometimes, it is possible to find the odd item which looks great but once you’ve worn it a few times, the quality of the fabric lets you down – it starts to pill or become misshapen over time.

We’re not recommending that you buy full-priced designer maternity dresses but rather purchase mid-priced, affordable items which will tend to have better wear and tear than the cheapest products . This is exactly where Eve of Eden Maternity fits in – when you’re shopping for maternity wear that will wear well throughout your pregnancy but also provide excellent value for your money. It’s the sort of quality you’d get when you’re shopping at Myers (which unfortunately doesn’t have a maternity clothing section these days).

It really is amazing how it can put a spring in your step when a new dress is hugging all your new curves – and letting people know that you are pregnant, rather than having stacked on a few more kilos of late.

Here are a few tips to  make your dollars go further when purchasing maternity wear:

1) Purchase clothing which can also be used for breastfeeding post-pregnant.

2) Purchase items which have received good reviews from customers – you are more likely to get longer term wear out of tried and tested products

3) Every shop has a discount or sale section, make sure you check this out

4) Subscribe to their Facebook or social media pages as this is where the latest sales and offers will often be advertised