Travel

Travel: London in the Winter

03.31.18

One tradition that my husband and I had before baby was born was to take a trip in December or January to celebrate our ‘dating anniversary’ or just to split up the long months of winter with a bit of time away. London has always been a favourite of ours, and we’ve been various times over the last decade, trying to do different things each time we go. If you can go during a sunny winter spell, then there isn’t really a better time. You get to see all the sights without getting rained on, but you can also do lots of indoor activities to get out of the cold. We stopped for many a warm drink or meal whilst we were last there in the winter time, and made this a visit to do a bunch of the famous sights. We visited Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum.

It’s so easy to get around London via the Underground that you can visit a bunch of different places in a relatively short space of time. We never visit for more than a couple of nights as it’s usually a flying weekend stay, but we always manage to do plenty. Sometimes we go for shopping and restaurant hopping, sometimes we do trips like this one, where we wanted to see some of the tourist spots. I’m hoping our next will be for a theatre show, as they are my favourite.

I don’t know why, but still after all this time, when I hear ‘Westminster Abbey’ I think of the Friends episode when they visit London and Joey keeps stepping into his map, much to Chandler’s embarrassment. If you’ve seen the episode you’ll know what I’m talking about. Even though we live in the UK, it’s always fun to go to places that you’ve seen on TV, and I also have fun memories of watching Prince William marrying Kate Middleton back in 2011 there.

It’s always nice to see some of the green spaces in large cities, to take a break from all the buildings and concrete. And they’re some of the prettiest spots to be found. I love that they’d be totally different depending on the time of year you go – I’m sure that the bare trees and low light is just as beautiful as when the trees are full and green. A little bit of nature and quiet in the hustle and bustle of city life.

This particular visit was in January, but we have been in December too. I love seeing all the Christmas decorations and lights up and enjoying a bit of the festive season, but it can be a little hectic for my taste, as it is crazy busy. January made a nice change, as the crowds were a lot thinner and we got good prices on travel and accommodation as people don’t tend to travel much in January.

We had a great time at the Natural History Museum and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back on a future visit. You can spend hours getting lost in a place like that and I imagine would be the perfect way to entertain children. I hope that we get the opportunity to take our daughter to London with us as she grows up, I have lovely family memories of times when we went to the big city. We went on an open-top tour bus and we went to see a musical and I remember having the best time with my parents and sisters. I hope that we can take Ella on lots of city breaks, I want her to see as much of our country as possible and have fond memories of spending time with us.

I hope you enjoyed this little winter trip to the nation’s capital and it’s given you a bit of an idea as to how it looks during those cold winter months. Hopefully, we’ve left winter behind us now and we’re going into the warmer times of Spring, but we’ve had two lots of snow this March, so you never know.

Motherhood

New Baby TV Shows

03.27.18

I know, we’ve all felt the mum guilt in those first few weeks of parenthood when your house is a mess, you haven’t showered in a couple of days and there are piles of dishes and clothes piling up. But there is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about when you are spending time snuggling your new baby, camped out on the sofa. This is the time you are getting to know your child and recovering from giving birth, so you pretty much have a free pass to do whatever you want in those first couple of months. And because baby eats and sleeps so much, it’s pretty easy to get through as many TV shows as takes your fancy. Is there a TV show that you missed first time around when it was shown or that has been on for a few years and you want to catch up on it? This right here is your perfect opportunity! Here are a few picks of my favourites that I enjoyed in those hazy newborn days. I’ve tried to include a little something for different tastes, and a bit of a mixture between the longer, drama types and the shorter comedies, so these can fit into different times of the day.

Orange is the New Black

From IMDB: Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be.

There have been over 60 episodes in 5 seasons of this show so far, so there’s plenty to catch up on, and because it has already been renewed for 2 more seasons you can keep going with it when you’ve finished everything that’s been released so far. This is a fan favourite and is a fun mixture of comedy and drama, so isn’t too deep and dark when you’re trying to stay awake during feeds and have a few hours to kill. It has been nominated for and won a bunch of awards, so I think it’s fair to say that this is worth a watch, even just to see if it’s your cup of tea.

Scandal

From IMDB: A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

I first started watching Scandal when it was a couple of seasons in and I was hooked immediately. It is a thoroughly enjoyable show to watch and I’ll be sad when it ends next month, after its 7th season. 124 episodes is a good place to start for something to binge watch and it is such a good soapy, political drama, with a bit of thriller thrown in there. It is incredibly exciting at times, but it has personal relationships at its heart, so is perfect for anyone wanting something that can be tense but also full of romance.

Community

From IMDB: A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eclectic staff and student body.

This is one of my absolute favourite comedies which actually finished nearly 3 years ago now. It is one I didn’t know what to expect of when I started watching it but it is hilarious and the range of characters in its cast means you’ll have some favourites right from the beginning. As a 20-or-so minute episode programme, they are super easy to watch and will keep things light-hearted when you’re deep into sleep deprivation and want something funny to get you through. My husband and I are part way through watching the whole series again at the moment, as we enjoyed it so much first time around, so I really recommend giving this one a watch.

Big Little Lies

From IMDB: The apparently perfect lives of three mothers of first graders unravel to the point of murder.

This dramatic favourite from back last year is perfect if you want a super short series to jump into and finish in a matter of a few hours. With only 7 episodes to catch up on, it’s a perfect little thriller for anyone who wants to storylines of a novel without having to pick up a book. It won 4 Golden Globes during the recent awards season and it does not disappoint, and with its stellar cast, it is the ideal series to watch and thank your lucky stars that your life isn’t quite so dramatic and complicated. And with a second season on the way at some point this year, there’s at least another 7 episodes to look forward to, when you’re done with the first lot.

Once Upon a Time

From IMDB: A young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.

This is another easy and enjoyable watch, this time for someone who enjoys a bit more escapism. Another multi-award winner, this is fairytales come to life and one to enjoy when you want to be whisked away to faraway lands featuring princes and princesses. I’m actually right in the middle of this, currently on season 5 and I started this when Ella was born and I was at home nursing and snuggling with my perfect newborn. With 156 episodes, there is plenty to get your teeth stuck into and with it’s final season coming to an end in May after 7 seasons, you know there’s a finale to look forward to and nothing to keep up-to-date with when you’ve finished all the episodes on offer.

Parks and Recreation

From IMDB: The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Parks and Recreation is another perfectly easy binge watching choice. With Amy Poehler at its heart, this 125 episode programme is extremely funny and you can easily waste hours and hours watching episode after episode. Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman are two more hilarious reasons to give this one a go, and it just gets better and better as the seasons go on. I was genuinely sad when this came to an end, even though it gave us 7 brilliant seasons and I would happily watch it all over again when feeling like I need a really good laugh.

Beauty / DIY

DIY: Coffee Scrub

03.25.18

As I’ve been through my 20s and now that I’m in my early 30s, I’ve found that my skin has changed a lot, especially in its sensitivity. I don’t have the luxury of putting anything and everything on my skin and just seeing how it goes. I’m now super particular about the products I use and now very much favour natural ingredients that won’t irritate my skin. I’ve already written about my favourite face mask from LUSH and I’ve now made something myself to use on my body whilst I shower.

The main ingredient of this scrub is roast and ground coffee, which I’ve read so much about. Coffee grounds naturally exfoliate dead skin and can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by drawing fluid away from fat cells, according to Byrdie. Both sounded so good to me, so I decided to make a coffee-based scrub myself, rather than buy something super expensive from a store. I added to the coffee grounds fine Himalayan pink salt due to its amazing benefits (including detoxifying properties) and Demerara sugar for added exfoliation. I added vitamin e oil, which blocks free radicals (which play a part in aging) and has antioxidant properties. The thing holding it all together? Coconut oil. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the amazing things that coconut oil does. It is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, and is a great moisturiser, so is perfect to put on the skin.

Take a look below for the full recipe.

Supplies

  • 60g or 3/4 cup roast ground coffee
  • 55g or 1/4 cup fine Himalayan pink salt
  • 40g or 1/2 cup Demerara sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil
  • 80g or 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil

Instructions

  • Mix together the coffee grounds, salt and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the vitamin e oil.
  • Melt the coconut oil (I did this in a microwavable bowl in the microwave for 1 minute).
  • Add the coconut oil to the dry mixture little by little, until you get a wet, clumpy mixture. The scrub should stick to your skin when rubbed in, but shouldn’t have any excess liquid.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • To use, slather a large handful onto damp skin whilst in the shower. Leave on for 5-10 minutes before washing off thoroughly.

Notes: When mixed with water, the scrub will leach colour onto your skin, so just be sure to wash off thoroughly. It will get messy, so you definitely only want to use this in the shower. You might want to use a mirror to ensure you have washed all of the scrub off.

DIY

Free Phone Wallpapers

03.23.18

Who doesn’t enjoy looking at their phone lock screen and seeing a motivational message? Why not remind yourself of something positive and uplifting each time your alarm goes off or when you check the time for the millionth time in a day? I’ve made 5 free phone wallpapers for you to have on your device just to give a little positivity to you this Friday, and every other day. There’s a little something for everyone here, so just click on the design you like, hold down on the image and save it. Then just set it as your phone lock or home screen and you’re ready to go.

Please note: Do not re-distribute these as your own, they need to be credited to Lucy and Her Loves.

Uncategorised

Recipe: Super Simple Hummus

03.21.18

I love that this recipe literally has one step and that’s to chuck it all in the food processor and turn it on! This is a lovely baby food recipe, as you can dip any food you like into it and hand it over for bub to chew on. And because it’s made from scratch you know it doesn’t have any added salt, like the ones you find in the supermarkets. May I suggest dipping in vegetable sticks, breadsticks or fingers of pitta bread and it would also be lovely on toast or plain rice cakes. Really you can try whatever you like, but I’m sure you and your baby will be excited if you give this a go!

Ingredients

  • 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Method

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blitz until mixed and semi-smooth. Pop to chill in the fridge before serving.

Motherhood / Travel

First Holiday with Baby

03.19.18

We took our first mini-break as a family of 3 when baby girl was just 3 and a half weeks old. Husband was on paternity leave and my parents suggested that we go away with them for a weekend whilst we still had good Summer weather. We decided to go to the coast a couple of hours drive from home, packed up with everything we needed from home to make our stay as comfortable as possible. I expected to feel like I wanted to go home when I was away, as I was still getting to grips with taking care of a baby and thought that being somewhere unfamiliar would be overwhelming. But I actually think it was one of the best things we did in those first few weeks of parenthood. It felt like a break and the change of scenery was welcome. And because my mum and dad were with us, we had some really useful help, which we appreciated.

Go somewhere that feels homely

We stayed in a cottage for our short break, so it had all of the features and cosiness of home, without the mess and responsibility of doing chores. I would never have chosen to stay in a hotel, we needed somewhere that had plenty of space and all our own facilities, so we could take all of baby’s things and not be bound by a small space. It meant that we could cook our own breakfasts in the mornings, but we also stayed close by to restaurants, so that we could also go out to eat.

Take what you know you’ll need

We packed up pretty much an entire car-full of stuff to take with us, but it was everything we needed in order to feel like we could relax and enjoy our time away. We took our baby bath, the bedside crib, nursing pillow – anything to make it feel like a home away from home. Yes, it was likely a little excessive for a few days, but it made me feel comfortable knowing we had anything we might possibly need and that was the most important thing for our first trip away with baby.

Go when baby is little

We decided to go away when Ella was still small enough to sleep a lot of the time. It meant we could go out and about a lot without worrying about sleeping and feeding schedules because I just popped her into the baby sling/carrier and went wandering. She went on her first bus journey and travelled (very briefly) by boat, so it was fun to do all those things knowing that she was perfectly fine wrapped up against me. It would’ve been a whole other story a few months down the line when we would’ve needed to spend more time entertaining her and trying to organise our days around getting her to nap at certain times. Feeding was also super easy as I was breastfeeding, so there was no need to take any feeding stuff out with us.

Travel in a small group

If you feel more comfortable having a bit of help and support on your first family trip, ask another couple to go with you. I found being with my parents a huge help, my mum could help with things like bathing, which she loved, and they even took Ella out for a walk in the pram so that husband and I could take a nap. We could also do our own thing, if we wanted to, so we had a good mixture of being alone and with a small group. It was also nice to go out for dinner, something we hadn’t done since Ella’s birth, as we could all look after Ella, eat and enjoy some good conversation.

Don’t go too far

We travelled about 160 miles by car on our trip. Ella was amazing during the journey, sleeping almost the entire way, and when she did get fussy, we just stopped at a lovely restaurant and had some lunch (her too). We would likely have stopped on the journey even if she hadn’t gotten fussy, as it’s nice to visit somewhere along the way and stretch your legs, but it was the perfect distance from home for our first little holiday. With the break it took about 3 and a half hours to travel, which I felt was just right. We got to visit a gorgeous part of the UK, without it feeling like it was this huge distance to travel and it meant the travel time didn’t take up too much of our weekend.

I hope this is helpful if you have a newborn and are thinking about going somewhere as a new family. It was such a great trip for us and I’m really glad we took it as we made some really lovely memories together that I’m sure we’ll remember fondly as our daughter grows up. Who knows, we might even travel that way again one day when she’s a bit older and remind her of our first holiday together. They are times you won’t get back, so make them as special as you possibly can.

Motherhood

Pregnancy & Depression

03.17.18

Here is my story about life, pregnancy and early motherhood with depression. I’m lucky to be in a very happy place right now, 7 months into this parenting gig, but it’s taken me quite a long time to get here and I’ve had a few setbacks along the way. I want anyone reading this to know that you are not alone, there are so many women out there facing the same struggles that you are. I know taking anti-depressants and feeling depressed can make you feel like a bad mother, like you are doing something wrong by your baby and there were times I really felt like I’d failed her before her life had even begun. But I know that this was a totally irrational thought; a healthy mama is best for both mum and baby, so please just do what is right for you. My baby girl is thriving now, so I know that she hasn’t had any negative side effects and having her mama be happy and enjoying life was the most important thing. If you think it will help you, please read my story and know that you are amazing and you are doing everything right.

I was diagnosed with depression just over two and a half years ago. I had just gotten married to my amazing husband, had a good job, a nice house and a loving family, but it still hit. I felt hopeless and endlessly sad and would spend everyday crying, with a big, dark cloud hanging over every waking minute of my life. My husband took me to the doctor and so started my long journey with anti-depressants. I wish we had easier access to alternative treatments for depression here – I feel like I’d have really benefited from cognitive behavioural therapy, but I knew I wouldn’t have received it in the timeframe I needed, so I felt like I had no choice but to start medication.

I had four different doses of the medication I was on for the longest, having it increased when it wasn’t effective at keeping the darkness at bay. I was signed off work for 8 months and eventually quit that job because of a horrible manager and an organisation that didn’t seem to care about me and my mental health. I went back to working with my sister, as I knew that I was supported there and was getting on well about a year after I was first diagnosed. It was at this point that I was considering coming off the medication, however I fell pregnant in July 2016. I was going to talk to my doctor and midwife about the options of coming off the antidepressants but then I miscarried in the September. For a while the darkness came back and I knew I couldn’t come off the medication then, it would take me a while to work through my grief and feel happy again.

Within a couple of months I was pregnant again. I was incredibly anxious going into this pregnancy having experienced a loss and so figured out the best way to manage my mental health during those important months. Research into taking anti-depressants while pregnant is confusing and contradictory, but decided that it was best for me and the baby if I was well, so changed the medication I was on to one which was deemed safer. I attended a mindful pregnancy course and read some mindful motherhood books. Towards the end of my pregnancy I changed my medication again, to one that was deemed best for breastfeeding. I was so scared of post-natal depression that I didn’t entertain the idea of coming off the medication until after the baby was born. I was under the care of a consultant and felt well placed and guided in making this decision.

My fears of post natal depression rearing its head were unfounded, either because it didn’t affect me, or the medication kept it away, but I was super thankful for that. When I had the inevitable ‘baby blues’ a few days after baby was born and I felt low, drained and emotional, I worried a little about my feelings, but they subsided and I haven’t been affected since. Five months into motherhood was when I finally made the decision to come off my anti-depressants and I haven’t looked back. I am content, happy and confident in my role as a new mum and am reminding myself everyday that this baby girl I have is the only reason I need to keep myself well.

I know not all mums who suffer with depression are able to survive away from their medication and that is fine, better to have a mum whose mental health is kept stable using anti-depressants than a despondent mum who feels sad and hopeless all the time. I know depression might make its way back into my life, but I can’t live with that thought in the front of my mind, so I simply do what I can to stay well and moving forward.

I really hope that this post has shed some light on what it is like to go into pregnancy as someone who has suffered with depression and the thoughts and feelings that come with it. Whether you yourself have been affected or you have a loved one in this position I hope you feel some positivity reading about my experience. Motherhood is a tough enough gig as it is without battling depression and women need all the support they can get. Look after each other.

Home

Ways to Decorate Walls in your Home

03.15.18

I am working hard to make a home that we love, as well as looking after baby, so the changes we’re making to our home at the moment are minimal. Tidying here, downsizing there. We’ve spent the last couple of months getting rid of things we don’t need, and trying to make our home more organised and less cluttered. We are slowly making progress in each room and hope to spend the Spring and Summer months decorating in small ways so that we can spend as little as possible, but still make an impact.

Wall decals

We have done this in our daughter’s nursery and actually plan to add the same ones to a wall in our bedroom to add some interest. Adding wall decals are a cheap and non-permanent way to add a pop of colour or pattern to an otherwise plain wall to tie together a theme or colour scheme that you have adopted. They look great on just one wall if you use larger patterns or on more than one if you use something smaller. We used gold polka dots in Ella’s room and I love how it looks paired with the grey and blush we have also used in the room.

Photo: Lucy and Her Loves

Wallpaper

We did this to decorate our living room in our old house by using wallpaper on just one of the walls to make a feature. I think we’ll likely do the same in our current house when we find something we both love and have the means by which to do it. We have also picked out a vinyl wallpaper to adorn one of the walls in our kitchen as a cheap, but still pretty, alternative to tiles. The choices are endless when it comes to wallpaper, so really it is just about picking out something that suits your style and your scheme and running away with it. And it’s becoming even easier, with easy-to-hang varieties, so you can take on the task of putting it up yourself.

Photo: Accentu Wall

Gallery wall

Again, this is something that we used in our first home to add interest to a number of different walls, so I’m excited to do it again in our current home. We already have some gorgeous prints and framed pieces lining the wall going up our stairs and also a small selection in our daughter’s room, but we also plan on getting some wedding photos and photos of our daughter to create a cherished memories wall in our bedroom. With so many amazing prints on Etsy and super cheap frames in so many different stores, it’s so easy to put together a gallery wall yourself. You can go with something super structured, measuring each frame and the gaps in between, using cohesive framing options, or you can be a bit more random with it and mix frames and spacing to create something more casual. I prefer the latter for our home, but either is the perfect way to fill empty wall space in your home.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

Shelving

Shelves are another super versatile way to add interest to a wall in any room in your home. Again, there are so many reasonably priced options when it comes to shelving and can be so many different shapes and finishes that you can match them to any style. You can go long to make a large feature containing posters or prints, or you can do a mixture of smaller sizes to display smaller decor items or accessories. We had a bunch of little gifts given to Ella when she was born so shelves were the perfect way to display them on a wall in her room, especially as the space is so small. We also have various shelves around our living room serving different purposes.

Photo: Lust Living

Wall art

It’s always fun to add something unique or fitting to your own personality to your home, especially on a wall where it will take pride of place. And if you are crafty or creatively-inclined then it’s a chance to show off a talent you may have. There are so many different types of wall hangings that would look great centre-stage, maybe give a Etsy a look to see if anything catches your eye or suits your style. Or there are DIY tutorials all over YouTube if you want to give something a go yourself, but don’t quite have the confidence to go it alone.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

Beauty

Meghan Markle’s Favourite Beauty Products

03.13.18

With the royal wedding coming up in the next couple of months, there is a growing fascination with Meghan Markle. I’m happy put my hands up and admit that I’m a big Meghan fan; she seems like a very down-to-earth person and she and Prince Harry make a lovely couple. She is undeniably beautiful and I, for one, am certainly interested to know those beauty products that she uses for that glowing complexion and to highlight all her gorgeous features. Over the years she’s given a bunch of interviews detailing her favourite items and I thought it’d be fun to share what I’ve found, in case you’re interested in her beauty routine. If she’s anything like Kate Middleton, everything she touches will turn to gold, so I’m sure if she recommends these beauty products, they must be worth using! Take a look below for the things I’ve seen mentioned several times over. I, for one, have added that Laura Mercier foundation primer to my wishlist.

Photo credit: Simple Meghan Markle

SUGAR LIP TREATMENT SUNSCREEN SPF 15

From their website: Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 moisturizes, protects, and smoothes the lips with an exclusive blend of moisture-preserving sugar, nourishing precious oils, antioxidant-rich polyphenols, and essential SPF protection. Fresh’s best-seller, Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 is proven to provide 6 hours of significant moisture for soft, supple lips. Its sublime texture and addictive citrus flavor make it positively irresistible.

NARS BLUSH in ORGASM

From their website: The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry’s most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush.

DIORSHOW ICONIC HIGH DEFINITION LASH CURLER MASCARA

From their website: The first lash-lifting mascara by Dior. Enriched with a unique lifting formula, Diorshow Iconic perfectly sculpts, stretches and curls lashes with impeccable hold and exceptional definition.

Laura Mercier FOUNDATION PRIMER – RADIANCE

From their website: Skin-awakening primer brings a healthy glow to skin as it creates a smooth surface for flawless makeup application. The pearl tint helps turn up the radiance and tone down the look of pores, fine lines, and redness.

YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT

From their website: Conceal, highlight and contour with the iconic YSL illuminating pen. Expertly developed by YSL Beauté, the Touche Éclat concealer pen disguises dark circles and highlights your best features, adding instant radiance to your face. This must-have pen used by makeup artists is the one beauty essential that no woman should be without.

Make Up For ever ULTRA HD MICROFINISHING LOOSE POWDER

From their website: Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, ULTRA HD advanced formulas look invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye. Perfect for the makeup pros and for you. Last step to ULTRA HD perfection: ULTRA HD MICROFINISHING LOOSE POWDER is a finishing powder that gives a light matte effect and a smooth luminous finish. Spherical micro particles of silica instantly give skin a naturally glowing complexion with an incredible velvety effect and an unrevealed touch.

DIY

DIY: Dummy Clip

03.11.18

Don’t we all have the best intentions before we actually have children as to how we’re going to raise them? They’ll never sleep in the bed with us, they’ll be breastfed for the first year of life, my baby will never have a dummy, etc. All until your little one arrives and you just want to do what makes them happy and content and you figure you’ll pick your battles. So, I was in the no-dummy camp before Ella was born; I’d read that it could interfere with breastfeeding and we were having enough trouble with that as it was, so in the first month or two we were dummy free. However, baby girl was getting super bad reflux and the only way she could be soothed, presumably, as it was helping to keep some of her milk and stomach acid down, was with a dummy/soother. And we were all about making our little lady comfortable. And here we are. We are hoping to give it up in the coming months, as we really don’t want her getting too attached, but that’s another discussion and another blog post, I’m sure.

So, for now, we are in the dummy camp and I am definitely into keeping them as close to her as possible when we’re out and about, so we have less dummy-on-the-floor-and-now-we-can’t-use-it moments. I decided I wasn’t overly keen on the clips that I’d seen, that I could come up with something cute that she’d enjoy playing with. And here we are with a little dummy DIY.

Supplies

  • A selection of BPA-free, food grade (and all the other safe words) silicone beads – you can get these online on Etsy
  • Nylon satin cord, 2mm width
  • Plastic dummy clip
  • Natural wood teething shape – also available on Etsy

Instructions

  • Cut a length of cord long enough that it can be attached to the dummy at one end and the plastic clip at the other and still have some room for it to be attached to your baby’s clothes and they can move around a bit.
  • Tie one end of the cord to the plastic dummy clip, ensuring that it is securely fastened and can’t come undone.
  • Thread your chosen beads onto the cord – you can either thread them all on in one go and tie a knot at the end or you can tie a knot after each bead, it depends on how secure they feel to you.
  • Make sure that after the last bead is fastened you tie a couple of knots so that there is no chance of the cord coming undone and the beads coming off.
  • Thread the wooden teething shape onto the string of beads.
  • Attach a dummy. It is easier with dummies that have a loop or ring on it, rather than the button dummies, like the ones I’ve pictured. You can still tie them on, but you can also buy little adapters that you can tie cord onto and that clip onto the dummy perfectly.

Please note: the silicone beads are perfectly safe for your baby to chew on when they are securely threaded on the cord, but not if they come off, as they are a choking hazard. Do not leave your baby alone when they are playing with the dummy clip and do not continue to use if it is damaged in any way.