Monday, 15 August 2016

A/W Maternity & Beyond Wishlist

This will be my second winter baby and to be honest I am quite glad that I will experience the majority of my pregnancy following summer. Because no one enjoys the heat (if we are lucky in the UK!) whilst heavily pregnant and all the irritation that comes from it such as swollen ankles. 

And also I actually really love dressing for Autumn; layers, warmer colours, big draping cardigans, jumper dresses and leather boots. And even though I am pregnant, this year will be no exception for my love of Autumn/Winter clothing.

Usually I choose clothes in the next sizes up to accommodate my growing bump and have a staple pair of 'under-the-bump' maternity skinny jeans, but this year I am looking for a few staple items which could serve well as multi-purpose purchases.

Winter Coat

A winter coat that will see me through the remainder of my pregnancy when the temperature drops but also can accommodate the baby being worn in a carrier. When I was pregnant with Lily I wore a slightly bigger trench coat which I wrapped around my bump and supplemented with drapey woolen scarfs to keep me toasty warm. This time I am looking for a coat that will see me through the autumn and winter as my bump gets bigger but can also accomodate space of babywearing. I didn't babywear Lily as soon after birth as I did Alexander, but I intend on wearing the new baby ASAP. These days fashionable coats and jackets are available to allow bump growth and babywearing often with a few cunning design alterations such as an expanding panel which can be removed once the baby has been born for a better, natural to body-form fit, or added to accomodate the baby in a front-carry stretchy wrap or soft-structured carrier (ideally baby facing inwards rather than outwards).

So far I have had a look at these three, two of which are the same price, and the high-end, top of the budget coat is a particularly fashionable trench coat. Overall I'd be inclined to favour a longer coat particularly to not only keep my legs a little bit warm/protected from the elements, but to also provide the same protection for baby's feet or legs as it grows.

Babywearing/pregnancy and beyond coats

Nursing Top

Nursing tops which will provide me with some warmth as a cami top underneath other tops which may not be ultimately nursing-friendly and if I don't have to wear a bra in addition, so much the better. Nursing in public places can be difficult particularly if the baby really, really wants feeding now and you literally have an entire wardrobe on featuring the fiddliest of buttons. Some nursing tops on the market nowadays have the added bonus of extra abdomen support, which could be ideal for improving posture as well as helping to regain pre-pregnancy shape.

Post-pregnancy support and nursing tops budget to high-end

Post-pregnancy support & nursing tops
Jo Jo Maman Bebe £19 (more online) / Seraphine £35 / Belly Bandit £79.95

Keeping warm in Waterfall cardigans

Waterfall cardigans to see through the heaviest of bump time of year: October/November/December. I love wearing these anyway, and they have allowed me to breastfeed my son with discretion thanks to the extra fabric I can simply drape over us. Some come with additional buttons for added security for feeding comfort and discretion, and I absolutely understand those benefits.

Jo Jo Maman Bebe waterfall maternity and waterfall cardigans
Maternity and nursing cardigans from Jo Jo Maman Bebe's New Autumn/Winter Collection

how a maternity and nursing waterfall cardigan can be worn
The excess fabric of waterfall cardigans not only provide valuable cosiness for feeding but potentially also for babywearing.

I hope you have enjoyed having a peek at my multi-purpose maternity and beyond wishlist for A/W.

I am very much looking forward to Autumn now, bring on maternity skinny jeans, a waterfall cardi and tall boots!


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