Friday finds 31/08/2012

This weeks friday finds include tips on preparing your little ones for school, photographing newborns, a delicious dessert recipe and much more. We hope you enjoy browsing through them and that you will be back on monday for another week of blog posts here on Great British family.

1. Sophie the giraffe original teether, Currently £9.99, Amazon

2. What mothers do especially when it looks like nothing

3. Baby K, stripe knitted all in one, £18, Mothercare (part of Myleen Klass’s collection)

4. Funky little giraffe dribble bibs, 10 for £20.50 including postage.

5. Currently reading and loving – The babymoon experience, Caroline Deacon

Mary Berry’s no flour chocolate roulade

Saving money going back to school

How to make starting school less scary

Books to help prepare children for starting school

How to clean off wax crayon

Getting ready for birth

Newborn photograph ideas and tips

Have your kids watched too much tv this summer?

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The perfrect maternity swimsuit

Whether you’re jetting off on a babymoon or just looking for a swimsuit to wear to your local aquanatal class, we have picked out some of the best maternity swimwear around at the moment.

Retro swimsuit, £49, Boden; Stripe tankini, £30, Mamas and papas; Black twist front halterneck, £30 (Sale price), SeraphineNautical striped bandeau tankini, £28 (Sale price), M&S.

Navy maternity stripe swimsuit, £28, Topshop; Blue print halter swimsuit, £24, Next; Navy polka dot swimsuit, £26, Jojo Maman Babe; Black swimsuit £23, Yummy mummy maternity.

H&M maternity range

Whilst you are pregnant you will still want to look stylish but you also want your wardrobe to be comfortable for your expanding bump. For many women budget comes in to the equation too, as you may not want or be able to afford to spend a fortune on clothes that you will be only wearing for a limited time. That’s wear H&M’s maternity range comes in with prices starting at £3.99 (tights) up to £34.99 (coat below). Many of the items below also come in a selection of colours too. You can see their full range here. Do you have an affordable maternity range that you would like to share with us and our readers? Where is your favorite place to find stylish maternity clothing?

UK handmade spotlight – León + Coco

León + Coco are two children, inspiring their parents to create items for children that are not gender specific or slaves to mass market characters. We love the simplicity of the items but also that they design items to inspire children to use their imaginations. Below are some of our favorite items from their range and you can find the full range available to purchase on etsy.

Friday finds 24/08/12

Another week and another collection of links for you to browse. As usual we have a good mix of pregnancy, newborn and older children related links below including a few tasty recipes this week. We hope enjoy them. We will be back on Tuesday (we’re making the most of the bank holiday and going camping, please cross your fingers the weather isn’t a total wash out!). Enjoy your weekend whatever your plans.

1. The best maternity jeans ever?

2. Cool Brittania bandana bib, £5.95, Baba + Boo via not on the high street.com

3. Junior magazine give us a sneak peek of Monsoon’s autumn/winter 2012 kids collection.

4. You and your bump, Emma Cannon. We’ve read great things about this book and The works are currently selling it for £3.99

5. Gina Ford’s routines – yes or no?

Tips for dressing stylishly during pregnancy (part 1 and 2).

Recipe – Kids will love putting together their own mild chicken fajitas.

Recipe – Tortilla with chorizo and red peppers.

Surviving toddler tantrums.

Icy bath time fun

Tips on breastfeeding

Just for fun…Ways to know the summer holidays are almost over.

Ten reason to love being a mum to boys.

Some tips/discount codes for saving money on back to school essentials.

One mum’s thought as pre-school looms for her little one

Interested in joining in a junior book club? find out more here.

Pregnancy and baby clubs – Sainsbury’s little ones

There are so many pregnancy and baby clubs available offering new parents and parents to be advice, freebies and money off vouchers so we thought we’d start telling you about some of them. Sainsbury’s little ones is for anyone who is pregnant through to those with children up to the age of four. The baby and toddler club is free to join and you will receive monthly emails with information and exclusive offers relevant to your stage of pregnancy or age of child. They also send out a magazine relevant to your stage do (pregnancy, newborn, weaning, toddler and pre-school). If you are pregnant or have a baby under 3 months when you sign up you will receive a voucher for a Huggies mum & me bundle worth £9.99 (which includes a folding changing mat and other items) however you need to use the voucher in Sainsburys and buy a pack of Huggies nappies with it. There is also a website which as well as lots of information, offers recipes and meal plans tailored to your stage. There are a selection of recipes and weekly meal plan for those who are pregnant, those time starved parents of newborns, weaning recipes and recipe ideas for toddlers. Lets face it, who doesn’t need some inspiration for what to eat.

Unisex newborn clothes

Not every one wants to find out the sex of their baby before he or she is born but you will need a few items of clothing to see you through those first few days. That’s why we love these unisex newborn items from the new autumn/winter 2012 next range. Whats more, the range is affordable too with a 3 pack of bodysuits costing just £12. We especially love the yellow day dreamer design.