Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Grow Your Own Candy Canes

I love Christmas Magic with my children!

 

Customer Feedback

Received this lovely message from Beck

 

  To be honest, I've found your website more helpful, relevant and informative than a heck of a lot of others. Finding a really good source of info and a place to order decent clothes is a God send!  I'll certainly continue to order things from you. Keep up the great work

 

Yay me!

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cloth Nappy Setup

I just wrote an article about Cloth Nappy Setup.  Seems like only yesterday I was changing nappies.

 

Cloth Nappy Setup

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cloth Nappies in Stock

Bambino Mio Cloth Nappies now in stock…. And look how gorgeous they are!

 

Cloth Nappies Online

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Avent Breast Pads

Just loaded a new prize pack on offer

 

You can entry here:

http://www.breastmates.co.nz/promos/avent-breast-pads.aspx

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

UK Lingerie Awards Winner 2012

Congrats to the lovely Team at HOTmik on winning this prestigious award recently!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Tunic Top

Here is a cute new breastfeeding tunic top, with a very clever breastfeeding zipper hidden inside.

 

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pregnancy Clothes

This is our gorgeous Mum-to-Be model Brittany, wearing some of our new clothing designs…

Sweet Ruffles Maternity Top

$49.90

 

Bootcut Maternity Jeans

 

Pregnancy pants

Yes, I will admit that I do actually wear pregnancy pants (and I’m not pregnant).  These pants are sooooooooo comfy, I just about live in them.  I have to “test” them out, of course!

 

You can pull up over belly, or fold over hips.

 

Zen Maternity Pants

$44

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

New maternity styles by me.

I will be having a party soon, due for a celebration!

 

Have been working hard on some new clothing designs, with them all set to be available at the end of November.   Here’s the first batch that I can show you  (Bump Basics).

 

Many thanks to the gorgeous Brittany who helped model these!

 

More info and piccies here: New Pregnancy Clothes

 

Let me know if you have any spectacular ideas for me to launch the rest of them…..

 

 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Earth Mama Angel Baby

Our friends over at TummyMummy are now able to supply Earth Mama Angel Baby products to customers in New Zealand.  I know a lot of people have been waiting for this!

 

Read info

 

 

 

Friday, November 9, 2012

C-Section Recovery

And finally, here is another article with tips for C-Section Recovery.

 

I wish I had followed this!  When I had my 2nd c-section, I didn’t give myself time to slow down.  That ended up in my scar almost pulling apart – and my recovery taking much longer than it would have if I had just given myself time.

 

 

 

How did you annouce your pregnancy?

How did you announce your pregnancy news to friends and family?

here’s a few ideas to start you off….  Pregnancy Annoucements

 

 

 

What Happens When My Milk Comes in

We just loaded a new article with information on: What Happens When My Milk Comes in

 

make sure you are prepared, and order some of these Hydrogel Breast Discs.  They can go into the fridge for extra cooling comfort on sore breasts.

 

 

Breastfeeding with Bigger Boobs

I just added a new article with some helpful tips and advice  Breastfeeding with Bigger Boobs

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ONE DAY Sale

Use this link SALE and “Find By Size” filter so you can find what you need.

 

 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Baby Shower Gift Pack

Great for a Baby Shower gift!

We’ve put together a little combo deal with some of our best loved products, this would make a really great baby shower gift.  Actually – everything on our website would make an awesome gift for a lucky lady.  Though you might have to think about what to choose!

 

With this combo deal, we’ve already thought about it, and you just have to click to buy it!  (plus its cheaper than buying the items individually, and it will be gift wrapped).  You can buy it for yourself if you need!

 

Shop Online Baby Shower Gifts

 

 

Friday, November 2, 2012

New Red Top

This awesome style of breastfeeding top is now available in Red, aswell as Navy

 

The Red is a new colour we just unpacked this morning

Breastfeeding Clothes

 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Couture Curves

“Proving that being pregnant needn't mean nine months in the sartorial wilderness, check out these fashions for before, during and after pregnancy”

 

A feature in Her Magazine

 

Three of our pieces were included in this press – they were


Florica Tunic

 

Swing Tunic

Lola Dress

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oh Baby Wards

The results of the Oh Baby Awards 2012 are out!  Breastmates was a finalist in the “Best Online Store” category – congrats to The Sleep Store who won that!

 

Quite a few of the products we stock on our website actually won awards, so I just wanted to say a huge congrats to my suppliers!  And to tell you about the products!!

 

Best breastfeeding aid

Silver: Medela Purelan Nipple Cream

 

Best product for bottle feeding

Gold: Philips AVENT Bottle

 

Best breast pump

Gold: Medela Swing

Silver: Philips AVENT Electronic Breast Pump

 

Best nursing bra

Gold: HOTmilk Lingerie

Silver: Bendon Motherlove

 

Best manchester for kids

Gold: Mum2Mum Hooded Towel

 

 

Top 10 Most Recommended: in 7th place is

Weleda Colic Powder

 

 

 

Breastfeeding Cover

Received this lovely email…

 

 “My name is Vicky and I am a Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor. Myself and a growing group of experienced and trained Mums volunteer our time to run a total of four support groups every month and we see a lot of Mums who are looking for some advice and support.

 

Recently we had a Mum come along to a group and she was using one of your nursing covers. It was the first time seeing one in action, at other times we have only seen the use of a plain wrap or blanket. Your covers are fantastic! We love the simple way they work really effectively, with the neck being rigid, what a great way for Mums ti maintain visual contact with their bub! Privacy and the confidence to breastfeed in public is a common concern for Mums and we see your wrap being a valuable way for Mums obtain both.

 

Empowering Mums to have the confidence to breastfeed in public is a big thing!”

 

You can buy Nursing Covers Here

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Breastfeeding Cover

Received this lovely email…

 

 “My name is Vicky and I am a Breastfeeding Peer Counsellor. Myself and a growing group of experienced and trained Mums volunteer our time to run a total of four support groups every month and we see a lot of Mums who are looking for some advice and support.

 

Recently we had a Mum come along to a group and she was using one of your nursing covers. It was the first time seeing one in action, at other times we have only seen the use of a plain wrap or blanket. Your covers are fantastic! We love the simple way they work really effectively, with the neck being rigid, what a great way for Mums ti maintain visual contact with their bub! Privacy and the confidence to breastfeed in public is a common concern for Mums and we see your wrap being a valuable way for Mums obtain both.

 

Empowering Mums to have the confidence to breastfeed in public is a big thing!”

 

You can buy Nursing Covers Here

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

in BabyLifeMagazine

Baby Life magazine have run a feature on “BUILDING A BUSINESS: THE STORY BEHIND BREASTMATES”

You can read it here

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Maternity Skirts (NZ Made)

Am loving these NZ Made skirts.  They are reversible, so you get two looks in one skirt.

 

Suitable for all women.  Including pregnancy due to the comfortable waistband.

 

Check out all designs here:  http://www.breastmates.co.nz/shop-management/categories/womenswear.aspx

 

 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Breastvest in Press

breast vest – a nifty new product that was stock.  Featured in Oh Baby Magazine Spring 2012

You can order your own Breast Vest here:

breast vest

 

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Maternity Clothes Tauranga

Feedback from a customer that had purchased some maternity clothes this week:
 
Will certainly pass on your details - I know your website is quite well known as I've been forwarded the URL a few times  :-)
 
There is definitely a lack of maternity stores in Tauranga so will pass it around once I start antenatal classes!
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

HOtmilk Lingerie

HOTmilk Lingerie:  new style of maternity nightie available online now.

You can buy maternity lingerie online here

 

Its Red and its gorgeous

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Toddler Meals

A few recipe ideas for toddlers (excerpts

 

You can order the cookbook by Nicola Galloway here

 

 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hotmilk Nursing Bra (RED)

HOTmilk Maternity Lingerie

 

This is a gorgeous new style of maternity bra in stock.  Bold and red and gorgeous!!

 

More info here:  HOTMILK NURSING BRA

 

 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wendyl Nissen's "Mother's Little Helper"

A friend told me she has been reading the book “Mother’s Little Helper” by Wendyl Nissen.    And she spotted Breastmates listed at the back in the Resources section saying “www.breastmates.co.nz - great clothes and support for new mums”

 

Now that is a lovely surprise!!  And how wonderful that we got a little acknowledgement for our clothes, and our help for mums!!

 

Here are Wendyl’s pages: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendyl-Nissen/323617680998567    and website

http://www.wendylsgreengoddess.co.nz/

 

 

Oh Baby Awards

Just found out today that Breastmates is nominated in the 2012 Oh Baby Awards – as best online store J

 

Perhaps you could cast a vote for us http://www.ohbaby.co.nz/awards

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pregnancy Body Changes - Weird Stuff

Being pregnant is certainly not without its challenges! Aside from the obvious expected body changes – a growing tummy, swollen breasts, morning sickness and slightly erratic moods – many mums-to-be also endure their fair share of unusual, but frankly quite amazing, changes as their body prepares for the exciting journey ahead. Don’t be too surprised if you find yourself experiencing some of these rather curious and sometimes downright weird body changes during pregnancy.  You can read this article here:

Pregnancy Body Changes – Weird Stuff

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Attachment Parenting

Do you consider yourself to be an “attachment parent”?

Attachment Parenting

 

Baby's First Poop

I just wrote an article about Baby’s First Poop, and it has a visual so you can see a warning

 

Meconium

 

 

 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

HOTmilk Sale

Our sale continues..

Probably until Saturday

 

Scoot over to here to see everything that is reduced.  SALE

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Maternity Clothes Online

A couple of new maternity styles in store now.  I just love these two styles, they are so flattering for your belly bump.  Nice scoop neck, and a little frilly sleeve.

Stripes are so in this summer!

Check out our Maternity Clothes Online

 

Maternity Top

 

Maternity Dress

 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Maternity Dress

Maternity Wrap Dress

This is new in stock today, a maternity wrap dress (with three quarter length sleeves).

You can grab this maternity dress online

 

 

 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Breastfeeding Top

Today I’m wearing this breastfeeding top.  Its nice for a splash of colour.  Orangey, pinky, tropical punch colour…

 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Maternity Clothes

Maternity clothes have  come along way in recent years - gone are the pinafores, smocks, and gigantic dresses.  These days garments are figure hugging and flattering to show of your gorgeous belly and suit your mummy curves.

Shop for Maternity Clothes Online at our trusted store

The basics of maternity clothes include the following:

  • maternity tops and tshirts.  Designed with a good fit across your shoulders and stretch over your bump, generally slightly longer in length than standard pre-pregnancy tshirts, and with a curved dip at the front so there is enough fabric to cover your bump.  Ruched sides to allow for shape.  Many designs are also suitable to be used as nursing tops when baby is born.  Look for clothing in easy care fabrics.
  • Maternity tunics are very practical, as they can easily accommodate your shape.  These go great with leggings and boots.  Team them up with maternity tights  - these are specially designed with a wider belly gusset and don't gut across the top of your bump.
  • Maternity jeans and pants, and summer shorts:  these are designed with either a stretchy waistband or extendable elastic.  Maternity pants with stretchy waistbands are so functional!  You can wear the waistband pulled up over your belly which is a great way to bridge any skin gap that might be showing below your tshirt, and it also provides gentle support.  Alternatively you can fold the waistband lower and wear it over your hips.  This functionality ensures that the pants can last you throughout your entire pregnancy.
  • Maternity jeans with extendable elastic - these are made with elastic that you can access in the waistband and you can pull tight or loosen, and fasten through a specially placed button at the fly opening.  This means that you can adjust your pants as your belly grows.

Maternity skirts are popular - wear with tights and boots in winter, or sandals in summer.  These are generally also made with stretchy waistbands that you can roll up or wear down.  Bright bold patterns are a great way to feel fantastic.

Maternity dresses are available online too, which are great for a special occasion like attending a summer wedding.  Maternity dresses usually have a fitted effect across your belly.

Even if you are a larger plus size women - wearing fitted maternity clothing is more flattering than wearing looser garments which will tend to exaggerate your size.

The crucial piece of advice that we can give you when it comes to buying maternity clothing - DO NOT wear your partner's tshirts.  They won't be flattering at all, and you need to cherish your new body shape rather than hiding under his baggy tshirts!!

 

 

maternity wear

Just unloaded some colourful new clothing!  And they are available at our online store now.

 

Shop Online here

Breastfeeding Top (violet)

Breastfeeding Wrap Top (black and ecru/oat colour)

Pleated Breastfeeding Top (navy)

HOTmilk Lingerie

HOTmilk Lingerie –

 

The Purple PJ pants go really nicely with the pink Top (from last season).  Its really great that HOTmilk Lingerie are making their styles of maternity wear adaptable to go across seasons.

 

You can order Maternity Sleepwear Online

 

Nursing Top  with Pants

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cake Lingerie

Cake Lingerie have a new range of seamless maternity and breastfeeding wear.  These are like a second skin, they are soooooooooo comfortable.

Seamless Nursing Tank

Seamless Bra

 

 

Monday, September 3, 2012

WARNING: Graphic

So what organ are you not born with…. But it develops in your body when you need it?

 

CautioN: Graphic Image.


I love it when my friends take photos like this for me!