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The team at Muddy have paired up with ante-natal expert duo Born to Parent to bring you the best ways of how to prepare for and look after your new arrival

It might be your first pregnancy, or even second, third or fourth (yikes!) but it is never to late to get tips from the experts. The team at Muddy have picked the brains of ante- and post-natal (and even toddler-care) extraordinaires Born to Parent to bring you their top tips for a successful pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Tried and tested South Wilts-based Born to Parent (AKA experienced midwives, nannies and all-round parenting experts Emily Rittner and Georgie Bateman) have created an amazing approach to the classic ante-natal course – by putting you in charge. We love this innovative, flexible approach to classic ante-natal and post-natal courses – you tell Born To Parent what you need and they’ll do it, with courses covering all of the traditional elements while focusing on the areas you’re interested in. No time wasted on things that aren’t relevant here!
The team run ante-natal courses across most of the south of England (they will travel anywhere, anytime to deliver their courses) as well as post-natal courses covering everything from how to get help when you need it, weaning, sibling rivalry and other parenting support. What we love about them is how they are happy to do more than one course in a day – you get a group of Mums together and they can deliver as many courses as you like (well, within reason) so you don’t have to keep coming back.
Ready for the details? Their fab Ante-Natal Express course covers everything you would expect to learn in a classic ante-natal course but is delivered over two days in the comfort of Emily’s home.  The course includes lunch and refreshments and partners are welcome to attend; the 2019 dates include 21-22 March and 19-20 September.
The Post-Natal Express covers breastfeeding, the practicalities of a new baby, implementing healthy sleep routines, returning to work and finding childcare. It also takes place in Emily’s home and is taught by both Emily and Georgie. Dates include 9-10 May and 7-8 November 2019.
Each two day course costs £275 per couple; but NEW FOR 2019 and EXCLUSIVE TO MUDDY READERS, The Essential Express Package: if you book both courses at the same time you will benefit from a 20% discount. Book here now!

Can’t make these dates? This duo pride themselves on their flexibility and love creating bespoke courses, so do contact them as they can either come to you, or they have designated teaching spaces across the south of England.

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Got an older baby? Just when you think you’ve got it sorted, your baby becomes a toddler and life throws you a curve ball!  Teething, potty training, sibling rivalry and more – all these are a normal part of your child’s development, but with a bit of forward planning they need not de-rail your lives.  Born To Parent have experts who can help with any aspect of your child’s development. Good job, too!

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So, are you ready for the team’s top tips for a successful pregnancy and birth? If you are growing a baby you might want to check out Emily and Georgie’s advice on how to do it in style. Here is how to T.R.E.A.T (get it?) yourself while you are pregnant….

Temptation – don’t be tempted to buy every gadget under the sun, choose them wisely. Do your research, think about what you really need. All a baby really needs is to be fed and kept warm – everything else will fall into place. Bear in mind that babies survived without constant technological surveillance – parents used their instinct so try to develop your instinct – it will serve you well. On the other hand, do treat yourself every so often. When your pregnancy wardrobe becomes boring, invest in a statement piece of jewellery or some big earrings. Buy that book you’ve been dying to read, but haven’t found the time – as your bump makes you less mobile, the sofa will be very appealing.

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Relaxation – Making a baby is a very tiring process, particularly in the first trimester. So try to make time for a nap each day – your body will be grateful. As your body changes you will be beautiful in a unique way so look after yourself: treat yourself to delicious lotions and potions. As you become less mobile, book a spa day, have a pregnancy massage, a mani-pedi (particularly when you can’t even see your toes, let alone paint your toenails!) As your bump becomes uncomfortable, encourage your partner to massage you and find some essential oils that ease the tension not only in your body but your mind too. Make the most of this shared time before 2 becomes 3.

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Escape – Get out! Make the most of weekend walks with your partner and try to have 20 minutes’ fresh air every day. This will help you sleep better, it is good for the growth of your baby and it will set a good precedent for walks with your baby after the birth. Find ante-natal classes near you; you will need to be a little more gentle on your body as it creates the miracle inside you, but you also want to be as healthy as possible when you have your baby. You will meet other mothers-to-be and begin to create a new circle of friends.

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Ante-Natal courses – which course to choose can be a minefield; bear in mind that you are legally entitled to time off to attend more than one. You may not want to do the traditional 6-8 weeks, so consider booking into a luxury hotel for a long weekend where the course happens against the backdrop of delicious food, pampering spa treatments and healthy walks by the beach.

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Tipple – Pregnancy is often about what you can’t eat – no alcohol, no caffeine, no soft cheese. It can seem as if you’re about to embark on a very boring regime, so you need to focus on the high points. Did you look forward to a G&T every evening? There is now a massive range of delicious tonics with subtle flavours on the supermarket shelves. Similarly with caffeine, look at the delicious range of teas available and find your favourite. Keep raspberry tea until the end of your pregnancy as it will help with labour and childbirth.

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