Mama Tribe Essentials: Helen
In the first of my Mama Tribe Essentials series, I met up with Helen, new mum to four month old Ted. Helen shared with me the essentials she simply couldn't live without. From the funny, emotion and honest spoken word poet Hollie McNish's latest book, to the ever-so-stylish Tiba+Marl, who've managed to make changing bags cool, there's something in here for every new parent.
Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood, by Hollie McNish.
Hollie's Facebook biography simply says "Hollie really likes writing poems and always has x", and she's really good at it!
Nobody Told Me is a collection of poems and stories taken from Hollie's diaries; one person's thoughts on raising a child in modern Britain, of trying to become a parent in modern Britain, of sex, commercialism, feeding, gender and of finding secret places to scream once in a while.
Best of all, it's a great book to dip in and out of between feeds and nappy changes!
Changing bags just got cool! Tiba+Marl
As Helen puts it "these are the changing bags that got cool!" Tiba+Marl was set up in 2015 by Anna and Lydia, two mothers who spotted a gap in the market for contemporary, trend inspired parent changing bags. Helen and I don't go anywhere without our rucksacks!
"The Caboo sling was great when Ted was newborn. He would slept in it until we woke him up! I also used it for skin-to-skin time with him. Four month old Ted now uses the Manduca sling and goes everywhere in it! He's happy in it awake or asleep. We live in a top floor flat, so it's super useful when I've got my hands full, too. Having him close to me in the sling is magical."
Hand knitted with love
"My mum made Ted the colourful blanket and it goes everywhere with us."
Trainers: the stylish version
"I'm constantly pounding the pavements of Islington! These trainers are my go-to footwear."
I'm with Helen on this Mama Tribe Essential! I'm never out of my Ash trainers.
My Mama Tribe
"Other mums and parents where we live in Islington have been invaluable. They're great company during the day, an amazing support network of people who just get what you are going through. Just to have people there for you, especially as we don't have any family close by, has been great."