Floss like a boss! - Oral Health Month

This September, national Oral Health Month, learn how to ‘floss like a boss’ with international oral care brand Sunstar GUM*. Cleaning in-between the teeth can be quick and easy if you have the right tools and know how to do it correctly. (image source)

The following Sunstar GUM floss & interdental tools are available at selected Clicks, dentists, 
Dis-Chem, pharmacies and retailers:

GUM Original White Floss (RRP R51): Helps remove stains and plaque from between teeth.

GUM Expanding Floss (RRP R55): Ideal if you have small gaps between the teeth, sensitive or 
receding gums. This is easy to insert, even between the tightest contacts, and expands during use, for an exceptional clean.

I know many people, myself included, who dread flossing everyday. Trying out these two products has made me realize that with the right floss, it really can be a quick addition to your daily routine.

How to Floss Like a Boss
By Dirna Grobbelaar, Ivohealth’s Oral Hygiene Advisor

1. Take about 30cm of floss
2. Wind the floss around your middle fingers
3. Hold it floss between thumbs and index fingers
4. Slide the floss in-between teeth using a gentle back-and-forth sawing action
5. Fold floss around the side of a tooth in a C-shape
6. Slide the floss up and down, against tooth and just under the gum line
7. Repeat on the neighbouring tooth
8. Pull out and repeat using a clean section of the floss



GUM Soft-Picks Advanced (RRP R89) Disposable dental picks with soft rubber bristles that gently massage and stimulate gums. Ideal for adults and children.

GUM Trav-Lers (RRP R101) Tiny interdental brushes, ideal for normal teeth, big gaps and around crowns, bridges, implants or orthodontics.

My Husband is a pick-a-holic and he loved the soft picks. They are bendable to get into those hard to reach spaces and they reduce any bleeding of the gums whilst picking. I am a fan of the small travel case you get with the picks, just perfect for my handbag.


GUM Easy Flossers (RRP R50): Great for adults and children, with an easy to grip handle.


These easy flossers are perfect for on-the-go. When you are running around, there is just no time to measure out floss and follow home flossing procedure. If you are out at a restaurant and need to get a quick floss in after your meal, pop into the restroom and use your easy flossers.

Dental hygiene is really important so share these awesome flossing products with your friends and family! Visit the IVO Health website for more hygiene tips and ticks and find a comprehensive list of dental brands and products.

xoxo
Claire

*I received these products to review and share with my readers.

My Top 3 Newborn Must Haves


Our precious little girl is three months old now, quickly navigating our way from newborn to baby. These first few weeks, getting to know our daughter, has been amazing but there is a clear line drawn of what she wants and what she simply will not tolerate. Here are the top 3 things that made these first three months easier and provided me with some sanity.*


1. Soothies - I bought these Avent Soothies after seeing many moms use them during the everlasting "Wubbanub craze". I really thought these would be just like any other pacifier/dummy but I was surprisingly wrong. It was so helpful in the first few weeks whilst Q and I were learning to breastfeed. It taught her to suck with a wide open mouth which in turn made her latch on so much better. I did a test once by giving her a normal pacifier and at her next feeding she didn't open her mouth as wide and we had difficulty getting a comfortable latch. That being said, at about 6 weeks, once we both knew we were in a good breastfeeding routine, she weaned herself off of the Soothie and preferred normal pacifiers/dummies. If you are interested in trying the Soothies on your newborn, I would recommend only buying two because they use it for a short time (in my experience).

2. Glow baby App - I was inadequately prepared for tracking Q's every poop, feed and sleep pattern. Nurses in the hospital popped into my room every few hours and asked so many questions on what Q was up to since they last checked. Did she feed?, for how long?, did she have a nappy change?, what did it contain?, has she slept!? I was already so overwhelmed with having a new baby and operating on very little sleep, remembering ever detail was just impossible (but still made me feel like I was failing as a new mom). I searched for tracking app's from my hospital bed to help my stress levels and Glow Baby was my favourite. You can time feedings, time naps and track nappy changes with a comprehensive list of other options like tracking weight etc. This is really an all-in-one app which I still use to this day for tracking Q's feeds. (Image source)


3. Tasty drops - I in no way have a colicy baby but there are times that Q cries for no real reason and I found having some tasty drops on hand helps soothe her when she herself doesn't know whats wrong. I use the Telament Colic drops which has a sweet milky "medicine" taste as well as Spasmopep Junior which has a very strong sweet herbal taste (her favourite). I especially use these drops when she is going to sleep because she does fight a bit. It calms her enough to drift off. You could also use gripe water but I have found these two easier to have on hand as they have little droppers in the bottles already, making it less messy and more convenient.

What are your must haves for those first few weeks with a new baby? Follow me on Instagram for pictures and updates on my little Princess Q.

Xoxo 
Claire

Our baby is here!

Our sweet little girl was born on the 19th of May 2017. 3.8kg and 52cm long. 
We are in love!!


We have named her Quinnevere Jean.

Xoxo
Claire

My Dis-Chem Baby Bag

Getting free goodies could not come at a more convenient time than when you are about to have a baby. Costs add up so quickly and I appreciate it when brands and companies take the time to offer customers a small thank you for your support. My last "freebies" post was a Momentum Health rewards program, Momentous Baby, where they sent a baby bag full of free products. You can read more here.

I'd like to share another baby program, this time offered by Dis-Chem Pharmacies. Here's how it works.

Call or go to your nearest Dis-Chem branch anytime from when you are 12 weeks and onward. They will register you for the program and give you a loyalty card if you do not already have one. You will then need to shop at any Dis-Chem branch (remember to swipe your loyalty card) and accumulate enough points to qualify for the free baby bag. The current point requirement is 975 points which is roughly R600.00 and this can be spent on the purchase of any products, not just baby products. 

Once you have accumulated your points and you have reached 28 weeks, you will need to book a consultation with a Dis-Chem nurse where she will ask you basic questions and do a small health check (blood pressure, heart rate and weight check). Once you have seen the nurse, check when you can collect your baby bag from your Dis-Chem branch (mine only took a week from seeing the nurse). 

The baby bag has some really great products in it and the bag itself is really pretty. Please note that all bag contents will differ as product sponsorship and availability changes quite frequently (e.g. most baby bags I saw on Twitter contained sanitary pads and my bag did not)

Here's mine!

  • Baby Things satchel bag with waterproof changing mat.
  • Dis-Chem magazine with promotional information.
  • Baby things travel size products - Body wash, shampoo and baby oil (80ml).
  • Dis-Chem surgical spirits and some cotton balls (50ml).
  • Sample size Bepanthen nappy cream (3.5g - apparently also useful as a nipple balm).
  • Small hand sanitizer (20ml).
  • Small pack of travel wipes.
  • Madaji rich milking cream with lanolin.
  • 4 Pampers premium care nappies in size 1 with info booklet.
Overall these products are very helpful and handy to have around in preparation for your baby! Share your Dis-chem bag contents in the comments below :)

Xoxo
Claire

More Purr-lease - Your Free Hill's Kitty Bowl!

I constantly remind my cats that they are very spoiled and live a pretty good life. I answer to their every meow and every request for food. This week was no different. I repeated the words as I showed them the gift they received from Hill's Pet Nutrition. They were thoroughly spoiled with this free Kitty Bowl and some yummy Hill's food. You can also get this adorable Kitty Bowl and here's how:

The Cats gift from Hill's


Hill's Pet Nutrition is running a promotion in May 2017 where you will get a free whisker-friendly Kitty Bowl when you purchase any bag of Hill’s cat food, 1.3kg or larger. You will be able to get this from your nearest Vet or Hill's stockist. I recommend jumping on this opportunity ASAP because these whisker friendly bowls are too cute and limited stock is available so first come first serve!
A very inviting bowl of Hill's kibbles :)
Mr Meow eating out of his new Hill's bowl. The whisker friendly' feature in action!

Sukoshi investigating the gifts - he loved the crinkly tissue paper :)
Thank you Hill's for this lovely treat. The Cats LOVE it!

Follow Hill's on Facebook and Twitter for other news and future promotions.

Xoxo
Claire

Momentous Baby Hamper

If you are a part of Momentum's rewards program, Multiply (similar to Discovery Vitality), then during your pregnancy, you qualify for the Momentous Baby program (again, similar to Vitality Baby)*. We are fortunate enough to have this benefit and one of the pregnancy perks is that you receive a baby hamper which you can claim anytime after 24 weeks.


I received my hamper this week and wanted to share it with you in case you are curious about your own hamper if you are part of the Momentous baby program**.


  • Caboodle backpack which comes with a changing mat and a wet bag (to store dirty or wet clothes). The material of the bag is not the best quality and there aren't many pockets inside but the size is perfect to fit a little persons nappies and a change of clothes without it being big and bulky.
  • A BabyCity voucher booklet with various vouchers ranging in value. My vouchers added up to  R1,200.00. The hamper does not come with a pack of nappies however the voucher booklet has a voucher where you can claim a free pack of Huggies New Baby 42's from Baby City. All the vouchers only expire in 2018 so I could still use them once baby girl gets here.
  • A baby on board sticker. This is not one of those yellow signs with a suction thingie, it is a vinyl sicker which you apply directly to your car's window. Understandably my husband is very against sticking this in his car so we will most probably not use it.
  • A small 1.5ml sample of Lansinoh HPA Lanolin nipple cream. I have heard great things about this brand so I look forward to trying it. Also, perfect size for your hospital bag.
  • A pregnancy to birth book, one + one = three by Melodie de Jager.
  • TinyLove Tiny Smarts Crinkly Bunny toy. Apparently babies love the crinkly sound so this is a great item to have received. It has a handy ring which allows you to attach it to the car seat, pram or play mat.
  •  2 BabyJoy nappy pants - I am not familiar with this brand so it will be interesting to try out.
  • Pigeon products - digital thermometer 0+ months, silicone pacifier 0-5 months, 36 honeycomb breast pads (in a box) and one pack of baby wipes (82 wipes).
  • Living and loving Magazine 12 month subscription. This is sent through regular mail so I have not yet received my first copy yet.
I would love to hear what you received in your Momentous Baby bag. Comment below or follow me on Instagram and Twitter.

Xoxo
Claire
* This is not a sponsored post. The benefits redeemed by Multiply are covered by our own account and I write this post as a paying client of Momentum.

**Please note that the contents of every bag may vary according to sponsors and availability. This post shows what I received but you may get something different in your bag.

Snowflake Easymix Cappuccino Muffins

One of my most popular posts through Google's search engine is the post I did on Snowflake's Easymix muffin mix. I swear by these easymix packets when I'm in a rush and need a tasty snack for visitors, family and friends. Here's a quick guide on using these Snowflake easymixes.*


When purchasing your own easymix, check the back of the package for the ingredients you will need to dry mixture they provide in the packet. For the cappuccino muffins I needed, oil, eggs and water. I made these really cute DIY muffin pan liners using this easy tutorial but if you grease your muffin tins well, you don't actually need liners.


At the back of the easymix packaging you will also find baking instructions. Once all ingredients are mixed together, you only need to bake them for about 15-20 minutes.


Pre-cooked muffin batter
Cooked muffins ready to eat!
These are THE BEST quick and easy muffins which come in many flavours. In our house we also love the bran muffin easymix which we add nuts and raisins to, to make a healthy treat. If you are a busy body and just don't have tome to bake from scratch then these easymixes are just for you!

What is your favourite muffin flavour? Mine is Lemon and Poppy Seed!

Xoxo
Claire

*This is not a sponsored post. All items and ingredients were purchased myself.

Your guide to shopping at Target in South Africa

There is a slight sadness in the fact that here in South Africa, we do not have a great supply of infamous brands in our stores, like you see in the US and UK. Whether you are looking for new gadgets, that one shade of lipstick you saw on your favourite Celeb or even the worlds strongest superglue for your most recent DIY project, there is always something we want that is not readily available on South African shores. It is especially frustrating when you see articles and tutorials where they are using products/brands that we do not get here. This brought up my most recent discovery (with help from Malcolm), I can shop at Target right here in SA!


The company behind making all this possible is Borderfree by Pitney Bowes. They work in tandem with retail brands such as Target, Macey's, Old Navy, Dune London, Harrods and many more. Find their store list here.

I tested the service and was really impressed by the whole experience and how quickly my packages arrived on my doorstep*. I want to share some tips and ticks if you would like to place your own order with Target and Borderfree. Here is a quick guide:

To start your order, first you will need proceed to the Target Website where they will pick up your location as South Africa and automatically change all pricing to ZAR (this is very handy). Browse the categories as you normally would when shopping online and add items to your basket. Keep in mind that the prices you see are a lot lower than what you would pay in SA but customs duties and shipping fees bring the price up again and may work out more expensive - do your research beforehand. Once you are done you can proceed to checkout. From checkout, you will be dealing with Borderfree which is Target's International Fulfillment Service, so if company information changes, don't be alarmed.

When proceeding to checkout you will get a breakdown of charges such as the items purchased, shipping fees as well as Duties and Taxes. "Customs duties are imposed by the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964. They are levied on imported goods with the aim of raising revenue and protecting the local market. They are usually calculated as a percentage of the value of the goods." - Source
Target Currently has a promo where you get $20 off international shipping on orders $100 or more**. You would be wise to use this as shipping can be a big bulk of the cost.

You have the option of rather paying the customs duties when your package arrives however I strongly advise against it as these fees can vary a lot and you may get a shock if you are expected to pay over a thousand rand duties on your package. There will also be a delay in getting your package to you as they will not deliver before all outstanding duties are paid. It will be a lot less stressful if you pay the duties to Borderfree upfront and if they stumble upon customs issues then that's their problem to sort out, not yours.

Submit your order and add your payment details. We did have some billing confusions where we though we were being charged double for the order but after a quick email and a prompt response, everything was clarified. Let me give you a heads up:
  • Just a reservation - you should get a notification from your bank to advise that the amount for your entire order has been reserved on your account (on your order confirmation email it will mention billing procedures in the fine-print). This is to ensure that the funds stay in your account whilst the order is being fulfilled.
  • Actual deduction - when they ship your packages (yes more than one - read along) you will receive another notification that Borderfree has taken funds from your account for each individual package sent out.  
Processing your order takes some time but still within a reasonable time frame (ours took about 6 days from when we initially placed our order). You will then get a shipping notification that your package is on its way to you, with the tracking number and what is in that specific package. We had a total of 9 items in our order however this was shipped in 5 different packages. I assume this is due to customs and your items will get cleared a lot faster if they are shipped separately according to product category and weight e.g. Electronics, clothing etc.

Once all your packages are shipped you can easily track their journey on DHL's website with the waybill number provided by Borderfree. We received our packages 3 days after they were shipped which is impressive. All our items were 100% intact and just as if we bought them in store. I would definitely use this service again in the future if there was something I really wanted and could get it cheaper by importing from Target. Or maybe I will treat myself to a large order once or twice a year especially for all the cute baby clothes!

Please let me know if you would like to see what I ordered and I will share the gorgeous goodies. Remember to follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

Xoxo
Claire

*This is not a sponsored post. I did not get any monetary incentive for writing this post. The order and products received were paid from our own pockets
**This promotion can end at anytime but is still valid at the time this post went live - February 2017.

Six months - Growing a human

Thank you for supporting my blog and reading up on my pregnancy. If you missed my last update, you can read it here. Baby and I (plus hubby) had a prenatal appointment this week which we passed with full marks. Her heart is beating perfectly, her organs have formed well and she is growing right on track. Here's my 25 week bump-update :)


How far along?
25 Weeks (6 months) 

Total weight gain/measurements
I am up another 1.9 kgs (4.1 lbs) since my last prenatal appointment 5 weeks ago. My doctor did comment that this was good. *phew*

Maternity clothes
Still dressing my ever-growing belly in bigger sizes. I do find that walking around the house in undies and a loose shirt is the most comfortable. This may change as the months get colder. Don't forget to read my tutorial on easy DIY maternity pants.

Stretch marks?
No stretch marks yet. I do feel my skin getting tighter so I have upped the lotion applications to twice a day (with Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula).

Sleep
Sleep has been great. I do find I need to have a nap in the afternoon on some days especially if I have back aches and pains.

Best moment this week
Getting to see little princess at our 25 week ultrasound. She is approximately 730 grams (1.6 lbs) and her feet measure 5 cm (1.9 inches) already! I think she will be tall like her dad!

Miss anything?
After seeing her, I really can't complain about missing anything. I am soaking up all the ups and downs of pregnancy this week, making sure to appreciate everything.

Movements
Yes. She is currently lying transverse (head on my left and butt on my right) kicking down at my bladder. She is very active at night before bedtime and if I am lying in a position she does not like, she will kick and let me know I need to move and re-adjust.

Food cravings
My appetite has gone down a bit this week but I am still enjoying juicy fruit.

Anything making you queasy or sick?
I did have terrible back pain which made me feel nauseous but it did not linger for too long.

Gender
Girl!

Labour signs
No.

Symptoms
Back pain still knocks me down every now and then. My doctor says that this is normal as the uterus gets bigger and the ligaments around the uterus stretch. The extra weight also affects your posture which I need to keep an eye on seeing as I sit at a desk most of the day. I have also started lactating (of some sorts). A clear fluid and only a drop every now and then when I lay down.

Belly button in or out?
In but getting shallower. Malcolm is horrified at this change.

Wedding rings on or off?
On :)

Happy or moody most of the time?
I am placid most of the time. I presume this is due to my energy level and the fact that I remind myself to take it easy.

Looking forward to
Planning the nursery's smaller details, picking our paint colours and getting her space ready. I will most likely do a video once everything is ready but for now here is a picture of her crib!

A photo posted by Claire (@mommyhowse) on
Remember to follow me on Instagram and visit my YouTube channel!

Xoxo
Claire

How to save money on baby clothes

We are preparing for the arrival of our first child and with that comes the lengthy lists of "products you cannot live without" and "top 10 must have items for your new baby". No wonder moms get so overwhelmed by all of this. If your hubby is the breadwinner in the household, it is even more stressful for him than you realize. He now has to support a new life and expenses on the same budget.  He will most likely nip your shopping sprees in the bud and that's why I wanted to share a simple tip on how to save money on baby clothes, seeing as moms tend to go overboard when we see all the cute outfits.

I won't be telling you to only buy essentials and stick to the basics in order to save money, because who are we kidding, that is simply not realistic and causes more stress in the end as we clearly look unprepared. So dearest mom-to-be, you are allowed to gush over the cute outfits and you can load more than just one item into your basket but here's the tip; only buy on clearance!

Instead of shopping less, shop smarter. Buy Summer clothing when your favorite stores' Winter stock comes in and they need to get rid of the old stuff. And Vice Versa, buy winter clothes when it starts warming up. Most stores will mark their items down to at least 50% off at clearance sales. You can easily gauge how big your baby will be in the months ahead so you can easily prepare by only shopping clearance sales.

For Example, our baby is due in Winter and right now all the Winter stock is trickling into my favourite stores but I am not buying those fluffy bear costumes yet because I have my eye on the Summer clothes that they are pulling off the shelves. Baby Girl will be 6 months in Summer so I can purchase Summer clothes, in 6-12 month sizes, as soon as they are hung in the clearance section. In the end you will most likely get that fluffy bear costume at your baby shower so win, win!

That's it!
This tip can save you quite a bit of money which you can then spend on other much needed items. One less worry for the mom-to-be.


Watch my most recent video where I share the items I have purchased, 90% of them I bought on clearance.

Xoxo
Claire

Baby Haul Video

Preparing for a baby can be very overwhelming at times. It is also very costly so we try get the most for our money. I watch many YouTube Videos on baby hauls, to get an idea of what other moms use and what they prefer to buy for their baby. I decided to do my own video to share a few items I have purchased for our baby girl who is due in May.


 Xoxo
Claire

So I'm Pregnant

Like really pregnant! This pregnancy was a secret for a long time due to experiencing multiple miscarriages over the past 2 years. I still cannot believe I get to keep this precious baby tumbling in my belly! I though it would be a good idea to document my progress at least once a month, continuing as far as I can.


How far along?
22 Weeks (5 and a half months) 

Total weight gain/measurements
At my 16 week prenatal appointment I weighed 66.2 (145.9 lbs) and at 20 weeks I weighed 68.2kg (150.3 lbs). That is only a 2kg (4.4 lbs) increase which is a lot better than I was expecting seeing as those 4 weeks fell over Christmas and the holidays where I ate and snacked a lot.

Maternity clothes
Definitely. Look at that bump! Don't forget to visit my tutorial on easy DIY maternity pants.

Stretch marks?
No new stretch marks beside the ones I have from high school. I am currently using Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula massage lotion for stretch marks. I am only applying once a day but will increase that to twice a day as my waist expands.

Sleep
I am a very light sleeper and I rarely sleep right through the night. Between bathroom breaks and a kicking baby, I get up about 3-4 times a night but I go back to sleep again relatively easily.

Best moment this week
Feeling little baby kick more and her kicks getting stronger.

Miss anything?
Sushi and an ice cold glass of Brandy and Coke :)

Movements
Yip! I can definitely differentiate between rolling movements and cheeky little kicks.

Food cravings
A lot of juicy fruit.

Anything making you queasy or sick?
No. Luckily!

Gender
A bouncing little baby GIRL!

Labour signs
None. Lets keep it that way for a while.

Symptoms
A bit of back pain from cleaning the house and doing laundry. Just a small reminder to take it easy! I also have an increase in thirst which, in turn, makes me use the loo a lot more often.

Belly button in or out?
In.

Wedding rings on or off?
On :)

Happy or moody most of the time?
A bit of both. I feel like I have less patience with people so as long as no one urks me then I'm in a happy mood. This is difficult as my job entails dealing with clients and their problems. Bleh!

Looking forward to
Reaching 24 weeks which is a big milestone in regards to viability. Should baby girl be born from 24-25 weeks, her chances of survival are 50%-70%! From 26-27 weeks chances of survival are 90%. Let the weeks roll on by!

If you are interested in these posts then I could do them bi-weekly rather than monthly. Let me know. You can also follow me on Instagram where I will post a lot of baby things and bump-dates.

Xoxo
Claire

DIY Maternity Pants

As always, after I take a break from blogging, I return with news of what I got up to. Well the thrilling news since I last posted here, Malcolm and I are expecting our first child. 
That's right, I'm pregnant!!

I will do a catch up post on the pregnancy details but for now I wanted to share a really do-able project I got myself into since my waist has expanded. Maternity Pants! I was surprised at how quickly your stomach gets uncomfortable in regular pants even though they technically still fit because you can still zip them up, they simply make a moody and bloated preggo even more uncomfortable and bothered. Don't get me started on the prices maternity pants are in stores. We're preparing for a baby here people! Very few of us have R500.00-R800.00 to spend on one pair of maternity jeans!


I wanted to share a simple tutorial on how to adjust any pants, jeans or shorts to fit your new and continuously growing belly. The idea here is to insert a stretchy band of fabric to the top of a pair of pants which allows a snug fit but will not suffocate or push on your precious growing baby.

 
First you will need to grab an existing pair of pants or buy a cheap pair that you can cut up. Next, find a comfortable stretch fabric. This could be lycra, spandex or a knit type of fabric. It is really up to your personal preference and what type of fabric you want rubbing against your skin. I chose a Bon Bon fabric because it is quite stretchy and soft on the skin (I purchased mine for R59.00 p/m). I selected a neutral tan colour, close to my natural skin colour, so that it would blend in with some of my sheer tops as you wouldn't want it to show through. Gather some sewing tools such as a sharp pair of scissors, some pins and a seam ripper. Oh, and a sewing machine and you're all set!

From there you will need to prep your pants, jeans or shorts. Start by taking the zipper out. I used a seam ripper and undid the seam holding the zip in place. This can take a bit of time as you do not want to rush and make a mistake by piercing holes in the fabric. Once the zipper is hanging free, away from your pants, cut this off so it is out your way.


You need to pin your pockets closed as well as the gap you just made by taking the zipper out. We will sew this later.



Next you will need to use your seam ripper again to undo the belt loops which will get in the way once we get cutting (you only really need to undo the bottom thread of these loops). Finally, Go around and cut the entire top "rim" off of your pants starting below the button. This is the bit that usually sits quite tightly on your waist - we don't want that anymore. Now you will be left with prepped pants, ready for sewing. You can discard the pieces that you have cut off.


Prepare your stretchy band, in my case a neutral Bon Bon. Measure a strip that is one or two sizes smaller than your pants (the circumference of the pair of pants). E.g. my pants were about 80-85cm so I cut a strip of Bon Bon which was 70cm (My preggy-belly is still small so I preferred to make it a bit tighter). Seeing as you no longer have the option of wearing a belt, consider making the band around your stomach tighter as this is the only thing keeping your pants from falling down. I did try a pair of jeans with a bigger band but it doesn't feel as stable as the tighter ones I did afterwards.

Now the length of the band going up your belly (the length) is up to your own personal preference. I decided to measure from my panty-line to just under my bra. This gives me the option of folding it down whilst in my smaller months and once my stomach gets bigger I can have it spanning all the way up my stomach. Once you have your band measured, you will want to sew the ends together to create a circular band which we will then pin to our pants.

At this point you can sew your pockets closed as well as the gap where the zipper was. Cut away any access material on the inside of your pants - you no longer need the actual pocket.


Last step to this tutorial. Loop your band over your pants and maneuver into position. If you have different sides to your fabric, make sure right sides are facing one another. Pin it all in place to make sewing easier and leave 1-1.5cm seam allowance. Choose a cotton thread that will match your pants for your sewing machine, in my case I chose a navy blue. Get your sewing machine and sew all the way around the top of your pants. I used a straight stitch which leaves a neat finish.


Pull your band up away from your pants and voila, you have maternity style pants! Let me know if you get stuck or if you would like me to do a video tutorial showing the necessary steps. Follow my Mommy Instagram account as well as on Twitter.

Share this with all your pregnant friends!



Xoxo
Claire