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Pregnancy Advice: 20-30 Weeks


The best of our articles and advice for the start of your second trimester.

By Mamas & Papas

We've got a complete run down of the advice you'll need at this stage of your journey, from finding your essential items to making a start on styling that nursery.

That’s your twenty week scan done – you’ve seen the baby twice now and maybe, just maybe, found out whether it’s a boy or a girl.

Hopefully it’s all going to plan and baby is developing well, in which case, it’s time for you to take things up a gear as you really start to prepare for your little one’s arrival.

 

With lots more advice around buying those key parenting pieces, here’s our run down of advice to take you up to your third trimester.

Pregnancy Milestones

So, by now you'll have reached your 20 week scan. There's a lot going on at the moment, and a lot to prepare, but it's important to take some time out to appreciate the milestones you reach. Your baby will be here before you know it!

The Mum Diary: The 20 Week Scan

 

Our resident mum-to-be, Rosalind Sack, is back with her Mum Diary and this time she’s tackling her recent 20 Week Scan. It’s a big step in any pregnancy, another chance to catch up with your little one and make sure they’re doing OK. It doesn’t come without it’s nerves and tensions, but it’s still a moment to be celebrated.

Find our how Rosalind got on.

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Pushchair Shopping

One of the most important items you’ll need to buy in preparation for baby, is a pushchair. It’s the one item that will get you and baby from A to B in no time.

There’s lots you need to know, so we’ve pulled our key pushchair advice pieces together, along with some customer reviews.

Choosing The Perfect Pushchair To Suit Your Lifestyle

 

Everything you need to know about finding that perfect pushchair. From the one that’s right for your lifestyle, to the ones fit for different locations, you’ve got a lot to choose from.

Showcasing our pushchairs and the best of other pushchair brands, here’s a handy guide to finding your pushchair.

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Perfect Pushchair Accessories

Now you've got your pushchair picked out, it's worth taking a look at some of our handy pushchair accessories. These are trusty little tools that will help make your journeys run even more smoothly.

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Looking After Your Pushchair with Loved for Life

If you need any more convincing about why buying a pushchair from us is a good decision, then why not have a read about our Loved for Life service. We’ll help you keep your pushchair looking as good as new and working just as well, no matter what life throws at you.

 

And when the time is right, you can trade it back in for up to £140 in Mamas & Papas vouchers – to put towards a smaller, lighter buggy.

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Pushchair Reviews

 

When you’re buying anything for your newborn, one of the best ways to tell if you’re getting the right items, is by speaking to other parents. Everyone has their own opinions but just hearing what works – or doesn’t – for others, is a good way of gauging whether it will work for you.

That’s why we got some much loved parenting bloggers to test drive our most popular pushchairs.

A Day in the Life of the Ocarro

We asked Megan Jones, founder of the brilliant Little Miss Tiggy blog, to give our Ocarro pushchair a try. A mum of 5, it’s fair to say she’s seen her fair share of pushchairs, so she’s a good person to ask.

 

Megan tried the Ocarro with her daughter Tiggy and newborn baby, Pippa on a trip to the Botanical Gardens.

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Another Day in the Life of the Ocarro

 

Not only did we ask Megan to try the Ocarro, but we gave her a second test run, this time with the Ocarro Carrycot attachment. An ideal accessory for your newborn baby in those early months, a carrycot can offer little ones a safe, cosy flat lying space to sleep.

 

It’s fair to say Megan, Tiggy and Pippa got on just as well the second time round.

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A Day in the Life of Urbo2

When we were looking for someone to test drive our stylish, city-living Urbo2 pushchair, Eimear Varian Barry seemed like the perfect choice. A stylish Instagram influencer with a growing family, Eimear loved taking our pushchair for a stroll.

See how they got on with their day in the city.

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A Day in the Life of Flip XT2

Our Flip XT2 was designed to be a compact solution for all your journeys, small and light, with a fold that could easily be tucked away in your car boot, or under the stairs. So to give it a test run, we thought we’d ask a mum who has to fit a lot into her life.

That’s why we asked Siobhan Miller – a mummy blogger and founder of hypnobirthing organisation, The Positive Birth Company. This is how she got on.

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Car Seat Shopping

The most important purchase for baby is your car seat. Not only does it keep your baby safe, but without one you can’t even bring them home from the hospital. You’re required to have a car seat by law, so it’s a good job there is plenty of choice out there.

Choosing the Perfect Car Seat

With so much car seat choice out there, plus lots of additional things to know about like ISOFIX and I-Size (don't worry, we'll explain) there's a lot to get your head around. But that's why you've got us!

We’ve pulled together a handy guide to help you find what you’re looking for.

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Planning Your Nursery

 

One of the biggest and most exciting jobs when preparing for the arrival of a little one, is sorting out the nursery. Of course, baby sleeps in your room for the first few months, so there is no rush. But if you’re anything like us, when it comes to tester pots and furniture picking – we can’t help but get going.

Below are some articles to help you start styling your baby’s first bedroom.

How to Style a Nursery

 

A perfect starter guide for anyone who isn’t sure where to begin, we run down all the things it’s worth considering when planning your nursery.

From measuring your room and finding furniture, to styling your space and accessories – we’ve got you covered.

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Nursery Design Hacks with Bobo Kids

 

If you’re looking for a little style inspiration, don’t just take our word for it. We spoke to nursery interior designer Julie Hamon, from Bobo Kids, to get her top tips for styling you nursery.

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Finding the Perfect Mattress

Of course, once you’ve created the perfect nursery, it’s important to find the perfect mattress to go with it. This is where baby will spend a large part of their lives, so it’s crucial to find a mattress that strikes the perfect balance between comfort and support.

Our handy guide helps to break things down for you, so you can find the perfect mattress.

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That's your lot for the moment, that should certainly keep you busy for the next few weeks. You can also look back through our past advice, for 0-12 weeks and 13-20 weeks - and if you're ready to jump ahead, then check out our advice for weeks 31-42, taking in all those last minute essentials and information important to your third trimester.

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