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Unisex Babywear – Matalan Baby

**[Gifted-Ad]: Matalan kindly gifted me some baby clothes, which I’ve decided to photograph and write about as I’ve shopped at Matalan for years, but didn’t realise they did such lovely baby clothes. So thought I’d share…**

When we had our daughter 3.5 years ago, we didn’t know whether we were having a boy or a girl and being the forward-thinking, progressive mother than I am, swore that I’d only dress my baby in unisex babywear either way. The whole pink/blue thing was old-fashioned to me. I myself, have never been a fan of pink clothes and I enjoyed picking out lots of grey, yellow and white unisex babywear.

Now obviously, when we had a girl, we were inundated with little dresses (often pink) and less gender-neutral baby attire. And of course we loved these just as much as the unisex items we’d chosen ourselves. I mean a little baby girl in a cute dress is just too much! However, of course our personal style comes through when we shop for our kids doesn’t it? I see myself as a feminine woman but not a “girly-girl” when it comes to my personal style – I love wearing dresses, but can mostly be found in jeans, jumpers and UGG boots/flats. So our daughter’s wardrobe probably reflected my own (and I love a bit of twinning!). There have been more than a few occasions where I purchased clothes for her thinking that our next baby would be able to wear them too, boy or girl.

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How to start Baby-Led Weaning

I’ve had a few requests for a post on how to start baby-led weaning lately, as I’ve been sharing some of our journey over on my instagram, so I thought I’d put something together that is based on my personal experience of baby-led weaning, what’s worked for us and how we’re doing it right now!

PLEASE NOTE: I am not a doctor, a health professional or a baby-led weaning “expert”. I am a mum who successfully used baby-led weaning with my first child and is in the midst of it now with my second.

So let’s get started…

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Developmental toys for newborns to 6 month olds

It’s amazing how much you forget from one child to another! I think it’s because the sleep deprivation means that those first 6-12 months of parenthood are a distant fog! So when I had our second, our baby boy, I thought I’d be ahead of the game and remember everything I needed and know exactly what I’d need to buy etc. One thing I seem to have totally lost track of is toys! Particularly in those first months when they need something simple, yet sensory! So today, I’m going to talk about a few of the developmental toys for newborns that I own.

Please note: I’ve included some links to buy, in case the products interest you. They are affiliate links, which means I make about 1p from your purchase. 

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