Crafty ideas

Dubai-based My Mummy And Me has some clever new products. No more scrabbling around for wipes or car keys; pop a Pram Pouch on the handlebar and away you go. Pram Pouches can fit all your essentials and are available in a variety of designs and two handle styles. There’s also a new kaftan-style top; super-handy for covering up post-baby lumps and bumps and popping baby under for a quick feed! Find their page on Facebook.

Do you want a natural birth?

NBBC conference in october

If you’re keen to explore options for a natural birth, put the first GCC Natural Birth and Breastfeeding Conference – being held October 1-5 – in your diary. Featuring world-renowned birth practitioners Ina May Gaskin and Jack Newman and a host of local and regional speakers, the conference will include workshops, a retreat, training sessions and seminars, with the aim of empowering, educating and encouraging women to have the most positive birth experience possible. www.nbbcgcc.com

Baby-soft skin

Trusted skincare brand Palmer’s has a new range dedicated to the most delicate of skins. Going back to basics with only four essential products – baby wash, diaper rash cream, baby oil and massage lotion – the range contains ingredients sourced only from plants and minerals, with no parabens, phthalates or other nasties to irritate newborn skin.

PND support group

Out Of The Blues is almost at 800 members; that’s 800 women for whom motherhood hasn’t been an easy ride. If you could be one of them, check out the group on www.outoftheblues.support or find them on Facebook. For advice, support or simply a hand to hold yours when you need it.

Free support group with midwife Cecile de Scally

Renowned South African midwife Cecile de Scally (we’ve lost count of the number of Dubai mums who swear by her baby sleep advice!) has at last set up her own independent community baby centre in Cluster N, Jumeirah Lake Towers. Baby Senses provides pre and postnatal support to parents in the UAE, including both paid services and free coffee mornings. Chargeable services include antenatal classes and one-on-one postnatal support to help establish good feeding and sleeping routines, while the free coffee mornings are held every Tuesday from 9am-11am. Each session offers support for mums of babies and toddlers, free baby weighing, and features a new topic each week in an environment where mums can relax and share experiences. www.babysenses.me

Need a loan?

If you’ve got visitors coming and need extra baby gear, or if you just want to try stuff out before you buy, check out Babysouk’s new rental service. Featuring big brands such as Phil&Teds and Mountain Buggy, the rental service includes strollers, car seats and high chairs. www.babysouk.com

Wardrobe essentials

Local breastfeeding supplies brand Love By Jo has some handy new arrivals for breastfeeding mums on the go. Some clever new tops mean you can quickly and discreetly latch baby on even if you’ve forgotten your cover; with features such as hidden poppers and handily placed panels, the tops allow easy access with no fiddling around. Happily for new mums who are still conscious of post-baby curves, they are also flatteringly loose, draped and flowing. They are made from soft, smooth jersey and you can choose from a variety of neutral, will-go-with-anything colours. www.facebook/lovebyjo

New meditation classes for mother and child

Mum and lifestyle blogger Janelle of Women, Money and Style has just launched meditation classes for mums and kids aged one to four. Designed to boost bonding and self-regulation in little ones, the classes are in Dubai Marina, Monday, 10.30am, Dh70. www.womenmoneyandstyle.com

Did you know?

Infants who experience routine touch and massage are 50 per cent more likely to make eye contact – one of the earliest forms of communication between babies and caregivers – and are three times more likely to have an overall positive expression compared to those who do not, according to research from the 2015 Johnson’s Global Bath Time Report.