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October Newsletter

Is Autumn here at last? 
 

After a really busy summer launching Match Up Mums, it's like we are starting a new term at school here, all shiny new stationery and excited to get stuck in!  We definitely feel less of a new kid on the block, now we have matched up 32 groups and have had lots of really useful feedback on the Match Up Mums service.  Also we now have lots more 'friends' of Match Up Mums with exciting new partnerships forming that will really benefit our members. More on this and some great giveaways below.

We are proud to say that we have matched up over 75% of our gold and silver London members within a month of joining, and we have new groups forming all the time from Clapham to Crouch End and also beyond London.  The more members we have, the more matches we can make so please tell all your friends about us!  I know it sounds a bit strange to tell your friends about a site that helps you meet friends - but in all likelihood you will have friends who are mums but live on the other side of the city, or who are at a very different parenting stage to you. And they could be just the people that some of our other members are waiting to meet.  So if you can help us to spread the word, please do recommend us to any mums or mums-to-be that you know.  A quick email or a share on Facebook would be really appreciated.
 

New Member Offers:

We know that if you haven't yet been matched it can feel a bit boring waiting for your group, but we took the view that members would rather wait for a good match than be sent off to meet 'any old other mum' for the sake of it.  And to make sure that you still benefit from being a member of this exclusive club of Match Up Mums, we have worked to put together exciting member offers - the latest of these are with new-mum haven (and heaven!), the Mermaid Retreat in Chelsea and also the "leading antenatal class provider in London", Lulubaby.  We have offers from a range of partners and this month our exclusive guest posts at the end of this newsletter come from two of them: JoJo Maman Bébé and the Neighbourhood Midwives, we hope you will find them an interesting read.
 

Top Tips for New Mums

We also wanted to find a way for all of our members to help fellow mums, so we have the Facebook group where members can chat and post questions, as well as our public page, where you can find our latest news. And, thanks to all the lovely mums who sent us their top tips, we now have a collated list of the most useful products for the new-baby stage, from swaddling blankets to feeding cushions and bouncy chairs - and a brief description of why a Match Up Mums member found it so fantastic.  

 
 

See what other Match Up Mums recommend for your own new arrival...

You can read the list here and of course if you would like to make a further recommendation please just drop me a line.  We hope it is useful for any first-time mums, and even a few new ideas for the second timers, and good to have so many mums' views all in one place.  Watch out on our Facebook page where we will announce the winner of the £50 John Lewis voucher on 10th October from all those who recommended things - there's still time to get your entry in before then too!  And the Instagram competition is open all autumn so do send me a photo of you and your group of Match Up Mums if you fancy winning a massage for yourself or a baby massage class for your group, from Home Spa London.
 

Free tickets to Baby Show Olympia:

Finally, we are off to meet lots of potential members-to-be at Kensington Olympia's Baby Show, at the end of October.  We have FREE TICKETS to give away, worth £20 each! To win a pair of tickets all you have to do is write a few lines about Match Up Mums on our Facebook page, to tell us (and our followers) what you think about our new service - even if you have already written us a testimonial then we would love a post on our page from you.  If we run out of tickets then we will dish them out on a first come first served basis. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to meet some of you at the Baby Show.  In next month's newsletter we will give you a behind-the-scenes look at our how our profile-matching service works.  Until then, make the most of the autumn sunshine and I'll leave you to enjoy the guest posts from two of our wonderful partners.

Love,
Megan x

Getting Started with Breastfeeding
 

Tina Perridge is an experienced midwife and director of Neighbourhood Midwives – an amazing social enterprise that helps women find an insured private midwife, whom they know and trust.  Here are Tina's top tips for getting started with breastfeeding.

 
1. We all know about the benefits of immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby and now the evidence suggests up to 6 hours of this after the birth will benefit both of you.  So pop a nappy on and cuddle up and enjoy.
2. Most healthy babies, after a few feeds in the first couple of hours after birth, will probably have a nice sleep. Try to avoid this sleep lasting longer than 4-5 hours. If your baby doesn’t wake naturally, cuddle and offer a feed at this time.
3. Colostrum is amazing and though small in quantity it is high in quality and provides your baby with antibodies and all the nutrients he needs at this time.  Try to ensure baby feeds every 2/3 hours in the first few days (8-12 times in 24 hours) and if for any reason he will not latch on just express your colostrum onto a sterile spoon and give it by clean finger or a tiny syringe. Your midwife can help.
4. The night before your milk comes in your baby will feed a lot, this is good because he knows that the milk is ready.
5. A good latch and positioning will solve many problems. Hold the baby close to you using the opposite arm to the breast you are using, tuck baby’s bottom under your elbow, (like the bagpipes), use your other hand to support your breast, aim the babies nose to your nipple, when he opens wide bring the baby on, and keep him there. If you change position too quickly the nipple may move out of position in the baby’s mouth.
Result: a comfy feed, a happy baby, a happy mum.

Autumn trends for tiny tots
 

Got your Autumn-Winter wardrobe ready? Not for you, for your budding fashionista!  In this month’s guest post, the children’s wear team at Jo Jo Maman Bébe tell us where they found inspiration for this season’s collection, where it’s less about catwalk trends and more about clothes that kids can have fun in.

 
Season after season, we don’t stray too far from what has always worked for us: quirky British style with a French nautical twist. To keep things fresh, our design team take trips to European cities (our favourites are Paris and Barcelona) which help inspire new collections.
 
Our design process for AW14 was no different – we based the new pieces on old customer favourites but updated the prints and colours. We’ve also added several stories to make the pieces fun for little ones to wear while still keeping to our design principles. For girls, we have the Woodland and Elephant stories, both based around rich, autumnal purple tones – meaning you can easily co-ordinate your favourite separates. For boys, there’s the Air Show story based around a fantastic British tradition with the main theme colours being red, white and blue. These pieces can easily be layered to suit the seasons, allowing kids to enjoy an active lifestyle whatever the weather – something we’re great advocates of.

 

Don’t forget all Match Up Mums members receive a discount at JoJo’s and Neighbourhood Midwives – see our Members’ Page for full details.

Posted on October 1, 2014 .

September Newsletter

What do our members recommend? 

Phew, it's been another busy month here at Match Up Mums - small matters of school holidays, loom band craziness and ice bucket challenges in amongst growing our business, meeting new partners (see guest posts below) and introducing lots of new groups of mum friends.  Thank you to everyone who has sent us feedback on the Match Up Mums service, it has all been really useful and we've had some great press coverage in the past month, too.  

Obviously we hope that your first top tip to any prospective parent would be "Join Match Up Mums" - and with testimonials like these, maybe it will be..?! But also, we think that there is another really useful way that our members can help each other out.  We all know that the best people to tell you what you actually need, and not stuff you'll just waste money on, are fellow mums who have very recently been in exactly the same stage of parenting.  


So, we are going to introduce a way to make it really easy for our members to help advise each other and pass on their top recommendations, for whatever parenting stage you are at.  You'll be able to see recommendations by age of child, and vote or comment on other people's recommendations if you too agree they are a life-saving, sanity-restoring, simply brilliant product. 

Recommend the baby products that you wouldn't have been without - and you could 
win yourself a £50 John Lewis voucher! Please email your top 3 tips to Megan@MatchUpMums.com along with the age baby/child you recommend them for - and we will pick the voucher winner out of a hat in October.  To get the ball rolling, we asked some knowledgable friends of Match Up Mums to recommend their favourites to us for the new-baby stage.

Win £50 John Lewis voucher

Win a £50 John Lewis voucher

Tina Perridge of Neighbourhood Midwives recommended Sleepyhead, a brilliant way of helping a baby feel cocooned and held even when you put them down. Genius! 

Super-Mums at the Wandsworth Twins Club recommend Aden & Anais swaddle wraps, which double as muslins or burp cloths, lightweight blankets, breast-feeding scarves and are also big enough to throw over the pram when you are trying to get your baby to sleep. They are super-soft and come in loads of different colours and patterns. 

Medina Sam at MK Kids Interiors recommends this Harlequin Dawn cot bed set which can be perfectly complemented by their own delightful Alphabet prints, a lovely way of adding colour to a baby's nursery.

We hope to launch the full new-baby list in the next few weeks, and have the ones for older babies and children ready soon.  So please get your recommendations in to us. 

As well as introducing lots of friendship groups via our profile-matching service, one of our hopes for Match Up Mums is that the friendship and support of other mums won't stop with your immediate group.  It's been great to see some of you sharing advice in the members' Facebook group too, from hypnobirthing to days out with toddlers - so do check that area out if you have a question for the broader group of Matched Up Mums.  
 
Finally and rather boringly, Facebook have changed their rules (again!) for business pages.  So even if you have 'liked' a Facebook page, our updates won't necessarily appear in your newsfeed - you need to regularly like our individual posts too, to keep getting our updates in your feed.  We'll keep sending monthly newsletters of course but if you like getting regular 'hot off the press' announcements about new partnership discounts for example, or when these new lists go live, you'll need to follow us on Twitter or like our FB posts regularly.  Sorry, told you it was a dull note on which to end - but there are some more interesting guest posts below from our friends at The Vitality Centre and London Mothers Club.
 
Hope you're all enjoying this last hurrah of an amazing summer. 

Love,
Megan x

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The Vitality Centre tells us about Cranial Osteopathy.

Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle, relaxing and extremely effective approach, which can be used to treat people of all ages, from birth to old age. It is a non-invasive holistic treatment used to cover a range of conditions from stress and exhaustion to headaches and depression.

Babies and children can benefit greatly from Cranial Osteopathy, particularly with issues such as colic, sleep problems or excessive crying. It is also effective if your child has eating/feeding difficulties, Flat Head, Glue Ear or was born with a cord around the neck. Mother and Child Cranial Osteopathy can be especially bonding and effective.

The Vitality Centre in Wandsworth has two wonderful, highly qualified Paediatric Osteopaths, who are happy to offer a free 10 minute consolation on 020 8871 4677.

Don’t forget, Match Up Mums members receive a 20% discount on all Vitality Centre treatments, including Cranial Osteopathy.

Read more about cranial osteopathy on the Vitality Centre website. 

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Back to Work - A London Mothers Club event

We are delighted to announce a partnership with the lovely ladies at the London Mothers Club, who organise a variety of fun events for mums and babies across London, from pamper parties to family fun days to ask-the-expert sessions.  Match Up Mums members will receive 10% off the price of single tickets to any event, and 20% discount when going as a group of 2 or more. 

Their next event is on 18th September from 1-4pm at the Crown & Anchor in Chiswick Park and it will be an Ask the Expert session: Back to Work with You!  They've lined up 3 speakers: a career coach, professional stylist and a family meal planner for busy working mums. 

You can find out more about all of their forthcoming events on their website and if you would like to buy tickets using your discount, please email Sophie quoting Match Up Mums.

We hope this partnership will be a great addition to the Match Up Mums service, as it will provide a fun diversion for you and your Matched Up Mum friends to enjoy together, and also enable you to potentially meet even more mums and broaden your circle further. That's what we call win win! 

Posted on September 1, 2014 .