Christmas trip to Paris by car: what’s in my bag

2 days until Christmas! How exciting! My husband is from Paris, so we’re driving down there tomorrow to spend Christmas with his family. I like travelling by car – I like the fact that we don’t have to rush and that we don’t have to worry about baggage allowance. Don’t get me wrong, I like travelling light, but let’s be honest, it’s not really possible to do that at this time of the year – what with all the gifts, etc. We have a large box dedicated just for them! Moreover, I’m pregnant! So, it’s probably better to just take the car. Personally, I’m still travelling light though – here’s what I’ll be carrying and wearing everyday: my new Burberry bag (Christmas gift from my husband), my trusted Ugg boots to keep me warm, a snood or a scarf (both from New Look), and a pair of legging (from Littlewoods) or bamboo tights (I love bamboo tights – they’re so soft and so lightweight; they keep you cool when it’s warm and keep you warm when it’s cold) from Boots.

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And here’s what I’ll be wearing them with: my favourite Sweaty Betty jumper over a tank top, which I’ll wear with the legging (I think it’s perfect for car travel – really comfy), Mango jersey dresses (which I’ll wear with the bamboo tights), a Zara top and a cardigan from Asos (which I’ll again wear with the legging). I’m in my third trimester now and I’m still really tiny, so I haven’t bought any maternity wear yet. I hope I don’t have to. So far, these styles work for me, and they’re all in my normal size 8. I suppose, dress smart (read: ditch the jeans, skirts, and anything tight for a while) and you don’t have to spend money on something that you’ll only wear for a few months or so.

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Oh, and the parka, of course. I bought this last year from Tesco F&F. It looks really good and is of surprisingly good quality for Tesco. In fact, it’s as good as the more expensive ones. I wear it all the time and with literally anything. Definitely my favourite winter coat!

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Anyway, enough with fashion. Moving on to beauty stuff now. I mean, it’s Christmas, and that means Christmas eve dinner and Christmas day brunch, and spending Christmas in Paris means… well, taking a romantic walk in the city and do what Parisians do (whatever that is). My point is, I need to look good, and so, it’s obviously important to pack the right beauty products and make-up. I’m sure you’ll agree. Here’s what I’ve decided to bring with me:

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1. Bare Minerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum; 2. Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate and Almond Moisturiser; 3. Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo (sample from Birchbox); 4. Organic Sweet Almond Oil from Naissance; 5. Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm; 6. Pure Tea Tree Oil; 7. Organic Oatmeal; 8. Kats Kalma Geranium Water; 9. Avene eye cream

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1. Jean Paul Gaultier Perfume; 2. Waitrose Cucumber Facial Wipes; 3. MAC Lipstick; 5. Benefit Beautiful Eyes, High Beam and Ultra Plush Lip Gloss; 6. Bare Minerals Foundation, Warmth, Mineral Veil and Primer; 7. Lancome Mascara; 8. Eyeko Fat Eye Stick (sample from Birchbox); 9. Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil and Eye Liner

I did mention that I’m travelling light, right? Well, it’s true. It looks like I’m bringing a lot of stuff, but honestly, they all fit in my Cath Kidston ‘weekend bag’ – see:

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Finally, as you know, we’re travelling by car. That means, we have to cross the English Channel with a ferry, which takes around 1 and 1/2 hour; and it also means spending hours and hours on the road. Obviously, I need to keep myself entertained and what better way to do that than with the latest edition of Vogue and food, which go into what I called my ‘food bag’ from Cath Kidston:

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That’s it! I better go catch some beauty sleep and I’ll tweet from Paris tomorrow! xx

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3 natural and organic beauty products every girl should own

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1. Organic fine oatmeal

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that oatmeal has many health benefits, and I’m sure you also know that it’s very good for your skin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, you can treat and soothe a lot of minor skin issues with it, and it’s particularly good for sensitive skin – you know the type: skin that can easily become dry, red, inflamed and itchy (like mine). I can’t even begin to tell you how much money I’ve spent (or rather, wasted) on expensive skin care products that never seemed to deliver what they promised. I began using oatmeal a couple of years ago and I’ve never looked back since. Unlike all the other products I’ve tried, it actually works, and it’s so much cheaper as well. That goes to show that you if you treat your skin kindly with natural goods, your skin will thank you for it. Don’t provoke it with lab-produced chemicals; you’ll just make things worst.

So, anyway, I use oatmeal mainly as a facial wash and as a face mask. You need colloidal oatmeal (that is, very finely ground oats) so that you can easily create a smooth paste when you mix it with warm water. I buy mine from Minston Good Food on Amazon UK. It’s £12.48 for a box of 10 (500g each) – I think it’s really good value.

To make a facial wash or a face mask, all you need to do is pour a small amount of oats into your hands, add a bit of warm water (not too much at first; you can always add more if the mixture is too thick) and mix with your fingers to create a paste. Gently massage the mixture over your face, then rinse thoroughly if you’re washing your face, or leave it for 5-10 minutes if you’re using it as a face mask before rinsing it. It’s that simple! Now, what I like to do at night (particularly in winter and on days when I’m wearing more make-up) is add 6 pumps of sweet almond oil and 2 drops of pure essential oil (tea tree and lavender are my two favourites) into the oats mixture – I promise it’ll remove all traces of your make-up and you’ll wake up with soft and supple skin the next morning. Go on, give it a try.

2. Organic floral water

I’ve heard of floral waters for quite sometimes now, but only fairly recently I replaced my usual toner with it, and I don’t have any regrets. They’re basically distilled water infused with the essence of flowers; so, it goes without saying that you should use the kind of floral waters that’s suited for your skin. Rose water, for example, has a calming effect and is used to nourish and hydrate the skin; lavender water, on the other hand, has powerful regenerative effects and is used to repair damaged skin. You can (and probably should), of course, use different floral waters at different time of the year since your skin reacts differently to changing climate condition anyway. One of my favourites is geranium water, which is famous for its balancing properties, and particularly good for problematic skin that suffers from hormonal problems (like mine). Floral waters are also very versatile; I use it as a toner, as a base for my face mask (by spraying it over my face before I apply my mask), to set my make-up (by spraying it over my face after I apply my make up), and as a facial mist in the summer.

If you want to make your own floral water, you can just simply add a few drops of pure essential oil of your choice to distilled water. Otherwise, buy an organic one, and the reason I say that is because I noticed a lot of synthetic ‘floral waters’ out there, which smell very nice, but because they’re made from synthetic compounds (read: chemicals), not only they’re more expensive, I doubt they’re also as effective as natural floral waters. My favourite brand of floral waters is Kats Kalma. I discovered her products one afternoon when I was strolling around Greenwich Market. Kat’s a market trader and she made all her products from her own studio nearby. You can’t miss her stall; it’s very pretty, it smells wonderful and it just draws your attention. I bought my first floral water from her just before I set off to the South of France for the summer, and I loved it! I used it all day, everyday – it helped keep my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated, particularly when I was at the beach; needless to say, I never left my hotel without it. When I came back to London, I bought another bottle (the one in the picture above), and I think I’m going to visit her again very soon (not just to buy another bottle of floral water, but I’d really like to discover her other products as well). Oh, the water costs £5 – I think it’s very reasonably priced.

3. Organic sweet almond oil

For me, this is a miracle product; it’s one beauty product I absolutely can’t live without. It’s rich in vitamin A, B and E, which are great for the skin; highly nourishing; and it gets absorbed so fast without blocking your pores! I have dehydrated and very sensitive skin that’s prone to breakout, dryness, redness, itchiness – you name it, and this oil is the only thing that helps keep my skin normal. I  use it as a facial wash – together with the oats mixture above, or on its own on days when I’m not wearing too much make-up (I simply massage a few drops over my face and remove it with warm damp cloth or cotton wool), as a face mask (again, together with the oats mixture above), as a night face moisturiser, hair oil, body oil, nail and cuticle oil. Not bad for one product, huh? I buy my sweet almond oil from Naissance at Amazon UK. It’s £6.99 for 1 litre – seriously, best beauty buy ever!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014: let’s shop!

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But where do I start, you ask? Here’s a list of some of my favourite retailers that have jumped on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday bandwagon:

1. Retailers selling a range of products

Amazon UK: Amazon launches multiple deals with differing number of stocks and prices every 10 minutes between 8am and 9pm. Head over to their website to see all available and upcoming deals . While you’re there, you might also want to check out the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Tablet – you can get up to £100 off all week, subject to availability.

Asda: Asda offers a range of discounted products in stores only, on Friday and Saturday. Sale starts at 8am on Friday. Check their Black Friday’s site to get an idea of the deals on offer and which stores are participating.

Marks and Spencer: M&S offers up to 30% off certain products online and in stores. Starts at midnight on Thursday until midnight on Monday, 1 December.

Sainsbury’s: Sainsbury’s offers a range of discounted products in stores only. Starts at 1am on Friday in its 24-hour stores and from normal opening hour in all its other stores.

Tesco: Tesco offers discounts of up to 70% on a range of products online and in stores. Starts at 00.01 on Friday. Go to Tesco Direct to see the deals.

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2. Fashion and beauty

Benefit Cosmetics: Benefit Cosmetics offers 15% off everything online from Friday to Monday, 1 December. Use code SAVE15 for your purchases.

Cath Kidston: Cath Kidston offers 15% off everything online and in stores from Friday to Sunday. Use code SNOW15 for online purchases.

Hunter: Hunter offers 20% off everything online and in stores. No codes needed and expiry date unknown.

L’Occitane: L’Occitane offers a number of deals online starting on Friday until Sunday, 7 December. Use the following codes for your purchases:

  • Escape to Provence gifts for £15 when you spend £30: BLACK (valid from 9am until midnight on Friday)
  • Weekend exclusive gift free when you spend £180: SPOILME (valid from 9am on Friday until midnight on Sunday)
  • Buy 2, get 1 free, on a gorgeous selection of travel kits: 3FOR2 (valid from 9am on Friday until midnight on Sunday)
  • Get a £10 gift card for your next purchase when you spend £50: GATE1 (valid on Monday, 1 December)
  • Free hand rescue collection when you spend £25 or more: GATE2 (valid on Tuesday, 2 December)
  • Pampering collection free when you spend £50 or more: GATE3 (valid on Wednesday, 3 December)
  • Expert care collection for men free when you spend £50 or more: GATE4 (valid on Thursday, 4 December)
  • Free 250ml shower gel when you spend £40 or mor: GATE5 (valid on Friday, 5 December)
  • Weekend essentials collection free when you spend £40 or more: GATE6 (valid on Saturday, 6 December)
  • Create your travel kit free when you spend £45 or more: GATE7 (valid on Sunday, 7 December)

On top of that, you’ll also get free standard delivery on all orders until Sunday, 19 December.

Mango: Mango offers 30% off everything online and in stores from Friday to Sunday. Use code 5BLACK4 for online purchases. It’s also offering free return until 15 January 2015.

Sweaty Betty: Sweaty Betty offers 20% off everything online from Friday to Sunday. Use code BLACK20 for your purchases.

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Everything at 30% OFF!

3. Gadgets and electrical

Carphone Warehouse: Carphone Warehouse offers saving of up to £200 online and in stores. Starts at 8am on Friday until midnight on Tuesday, 2 December.

Currys PC World: Currys offers a range of “black tag” deals online from 8am on Friday until midnight on Wednesday, 3 December. Most of the offers are also available in stores. Rumour has it that it’s knocking £80 off Apple MacBooks and iMacs.

Game: Game promises big discount on… well… games. In stores only, and stores will open until 3am on Friday. Check their website for details.

John Lewis: John Lewis offers a range of deals (mostly electrical), which starts at 00.01 on Friday on its website and 8am in stores. It’s also offering price match on a range of products found elsewhere (including £100 off all MacBooks!). Check their website for details.

Happy shopping!!

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50 chic stocking fillers and Christmas gift ideas under £5

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Nivea Mini Treats Gift Pack - £3.93 - Amazon UK

Nivea Mini Treats Gift Pack – £3.93 – Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Gingerbread Small Bath Set - £4.75 - Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Gingerbread Small Bath Set – £4.75 – Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Macaron Small Bath Set - £4.75 - Amazon UK

Baylis & Harding Beauticology Macaron Small Bath Set – £4.75 – Amazon UK

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Lip Balm - £4 - The Body Shop

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Lip Balm – £4 – The Body Shop

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel - £4 - The Body Shop

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Shower Gel – £4 – The Body Shop

The Body Shop Bob The Polar Bear Bath Sponge - £4 - The Body Shop

The Body Shop Bob The Polar Bear Bath Sponge – £4 – The Body Shop

L'Occitane Delicious Almond Soap - £4 - L'Occitane

L’Occitane Delicious Almond Soap – £4 – L’Occitane

L'Occitane Rectangular Cream Soap Dish - £5 - L'Occitane

L’Occitane Rectangular Cream Soap Dish – £5 – L’Occitane

Lush Dashing Santa Bath Bomb - £2.95 - Lush.co.uk

Lush Dashing Santa Bath Bomb – £2.95 – Lush.co.uk

Lush First Snow Alcohol Free Sparkly Dusting Powder - £4.75 - Lush.co.uk

Lush First Snow Alcohol Free Sparkly Dusting Powder – £4.75 – Lush.co.uk

Lush Yog Nog Soap - £3.40 - Lush.co.uk

Lush Yog Nog Soap – £3.40 – Lush.co.uk

Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy - £5 - Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy – £5 – Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn Travel Bag - £5 - Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn Travel Bag – £5 – Crabtree & Evelyn

Lake Land Happy Jackson Love Me Bag - £3.99 - Lake Land

Lake Land Happy Jackson Love Me Bag – £3.99 – Lake Land

Lake Land Moo Moo Milk Mix For Kids - £4.79 - Lake Land

Lake Land Moo Moo Milk Mix For Kids – £4.79 – Lake Land

Lake Land Bubbly Bung Champagne Stopper - £4.99 - Lake Land

Lake Land Bubbly Bung Champagne Stopper – £4.99 – Lake Land

Babies R Us Hip Hip Hooray Rabbit Comforter - £4.99 - Babies R Us

Babies R Us Hip Hip Hooray Rabbit Comforter – £4.99 – Babies R Us

Babies R Us Snuggle Chums Play Mat - £4.96 - Babies R Us

Babies R Us Snuggle Chums Play Mat – £4.96 – Babies R Us

Paddington Bear Fizzers Gift Set - £2.25 - Marks & Spencer

Paddington Bear Fizzers Gift Set – £2.25 – Marks & Spencer

Harrods Showtime Bib - £2.95 - Harrods

Harrods Showtime Bib – £2.95 – Harrods

Harrods Showtime Children's Apron - £3.95 - Harrods

Harrods Showtime Children’s Apron – £3.95 – Harrods

New Look 5 Pack Gold Symbol Friendship Bracelets - £4.99 - New Look

New Look 5 Pack Gold Symbol Friendship Bracelets – £4.99 – New Look

New Look Gold and Pink Sleek Bangle Set - £2 - New Look

New Look Gold and Pink Sleek Bangle Set – £2 – New Look

Topshop Interlocking Heart Necklace - £4 - Topshop

Topshop Interlocking Heart Necklace – £4 – Topshop

Topshop Knife Edge Hoop Earrings - £4.50 - Topshop

Topshop Knife Edge Hoop Earrings – £4.50 – Topshop

Cath Kidston Mini Clocks Ticket Holder - £4 - Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston Mini Clocks Ticket Holder – £4 – Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston Clocks Pocket Mirror - £3 - John Lewis

Cath Kidston Clocks Pocket Mirror – £3 – John Lewis

John Lewis Inner Peace Yoga Bag - £4 - John Lewis

John Lewis Inner Peace Yoga Bag – £4 – John Lewis

John Lewis Assorted Lip Balm - £5 - John Lewis

John Lewis Assorted Lip Balm – £5 – John Lewis

Superdry Nail File Duo - £4.50 - John Lewis

Superdry Nail File Duo – £4.50 – John Lewis

Wax Lyrical Have A Totes Amaze Christmas Candle Tin - £4 - Tesco

Wax Lyrical Have A Totes Amaze Christmas Candle Tin – £4 – Tesco

Zara White Jasmine Christmas Edition Incense - £4.99 - Zara

Zara White Jasmine Christmas Edition Incense – £4.99 – Zara

Kikkerland Owl Contact Lens Case - £4 - Oliver Bonas

Kikkerland Owl Contact Lens Case – £4 – Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Friendship Bracelet - £5 - Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Friendship Bracelet – £5 – Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Pearl Bracelet - £5 - Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Pearl Bracelet – £5 – Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Silver Two Hearts Drop Earring - £5 - Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas Silver Two Hearts Drop Earring – £5 – Oliver Bonas

Henry's Future Concrete Heart Pot - £4 - Notonthehighstreet.com

Henry’s Future Concrete Heart Pot – £4 – Notonthehighstreet.com

The Letteroom Letter Tile Style Buckets - £4.95 - Notonthehighstreet.com

The Letteroom Letter Tile Style Buckets – £4.95 – Notonthehighstreet.com

Beecycle Pack Of Five Message Beanstalk Seeds - £3 - Notonthehighstreet.com

Beecycle Pack Of Five Message Beanstalk Seeds – £3 – Notonthehighstreet.com

The Little Boys Room Personalised Bright Wooden Alphabet Train - £2.75 - Notonthehighstreet.com

The Little Boys Room Personalised Bright Wooden Alphabet Train – £2.75 – Notonthehighstreet.com

Sophia Victoria Joy Personalised Baby Keepsake Building Block - £5 - Notonthehighstreet.com

Sophia Victoria Joy Personalised Baby Keepsake Building Block – £5 – Notonthehighstreet.com

The Contemporary Home Decorative Sentiment Stone Heart - £3.50 - Notonthehighstreet.com

The Contemporary Home Decorative Sentiment Stone Heart – £3.50 – Notonthehighstreet.com

Sanctuary Spa 5min Thermal Detox Mask - £3 - Boots

Sanctuary Spa 5min Thermal Detox Mask – £3 – Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Wash White Lily and Damask Rose - £5 - Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Wash White Lily and Damask Rose – £5 – Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Lotion White Lily and Damask Rose - £5 - Boots

Sanctuary Spa Hand Lotion White Lily and Damask Rose – £5 – Boots

Bulldog Original Face Scrub For Men - £4.99 - Amazon UK

Bulldog Original Face Scrub For Men – £4.99 – Amazon UK

Bulldog Original Face Wash For Men (x2) - £4.50 - Amazon UK

Bulldog Original Face Wash For Men (x2) – £4.50 – Amazon UK

Bulldog Original After Shave Balm For Men - £4.99 - Amazon UK

Bulldog Original After Shave Balm For Men – £4.99 – Amazon UK

Nivea Men Shave Gift Pack - £5 - Amazon UK

Nivea Men Shave Gift Pack – £5 – Amazon UK

Nivea Men Minis Gift Pack - £4.50 - Amazon UK

Nivea Men Minis Gift Pack – £4.50 – Amazon UK

From bump to baby: understanding your benefits entitlement and financial options

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1. Child benefit

You can get child benefit if you’re responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in certain education courses or training programmes). The current rate is £20.50 for the eldest or only child and £13.55 per child for additional children. It’s usually paid every 4 weeks into your bank account. The claim for child benefit can only be backdated for up to 3 months. So, if you’ve just had a baby, make sure you submit your claim before your baby is 3 months old.

Read more about child benefit on Gov.UK.

2. NHS prescriptions and dental care

These are free while you’re pregnant and until your baby is 1 year old. Children also get free prescriptions until they’re 16.

To claim your free prescriptions, ask your doctor or midwife for Form FW8 and send it to your health authority, who in turn, will send you an exemption certificate that lasts for a year after your due date. If you’re only claiming after your baby is born, you’ll need to fill in Form A in leaflet P11 NHS Prescriptions, which you can get from your doctor or JobCentre Plus.

To claim your free dental care, all you have to do is tick the relevant box on the form provided by your dentist or show your exemption certificate.

3. Healthy start vouchers

Basically… free milk, infant formula, fruit and vegetables, and vitamins. Not everyone qualifies though. You’ll qualify if you’re under 18 and pregnant; otherwise, you’ll need to be at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4 and you or your family are on certain benefits (for example, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, etc).

To check if you qualify, visit the NHS Healthy Start website.

4. Tax credits

There are two types of tax credit: child tax credit, which gives financial support for children, and working tax credit, which gives financial support for people in lower-paid jobs. If your household income is more than £26,000 (for a family with one child) or £32,600 (for a family with 2 children), you might not qualify for tax credits. But, whether you can actually get tax credits will depend on your circumstances. Use the tax credit questionnaire and the tax credit calculator as your starting point. If you’re still unsure, call the HMRC Tax Credit Helpline.

If you qualify for working tax credit, you could also get extra tax credits to help with the costs of childcare while you’re working. Read more about childcare and tax credits on Gov.UK.

5. Sure start maternity grant

Sure start maternity grant is a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child. You usually qualify if you’re expecting your first child (or multiple birth and have children already) and you’re on certain benefits (for example, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, etc). You must submit your claim within 11 weeks of your baby’s due date or within 3 months after your baby is born.

Read more about sure start maternity grant on Gov.UK.

6. Childcare

If you’re planning to return to work fairly soon after the birth of your baby (like me), you might want to think in advance about childcare as it can take some time for you to find a satisfactory arrangement. For example, if you want to send your baby to the nursery, you’ll want to start looking from as early as the second trimester; from what I heard, places (at both state and private nurseries) get filled up incredibly quickly. Or maybe, nursery is not an option because you may have a demanding career that requires you to work long hours (again, like me) and you just can’t commit yourself to sending and picking up your baby at a fixed hour each day. In that case, you might want to think about hiring someone to look after your baby at home – a nanny, childminder, or perhaps you have a relative who’s willing to help? And of course, you’ll have to consider the costs – whichever way you do it (unless you have an incredibly supportive and generous relative), childcare is expensive! Be prepared to pay around £150 – £200 a week for it, and that’s a conservative figure according to everyone I spoke to (I’m talking about London, of course).

Here are a few websites you can use as a starting point in your research:

7. Life insurance

Now that you have a baby, you probably should start looking into life insurance (if you don’t already have one). You’ve got to think about your family well-being if something should happen to you. There are quite a number of reputable companies out there; so do your research. In the meantime, you could sign up to a £10,000 free life cover which takes effect from the day you apply until your baby’s first birthday from companies such Post Office. Asda used to offer it as well but I can’t seem to find it on their website now.

8. Junior investment

Once you’ve got your life insurance sorted out, you might also want to start thinking about investing for your child’s future with the Junior Individual Savings Account (Junior ISA), be it a cash Junior ISA or a stocks and shares Junior ISA. You can open an account with any banks, building societies, credit unions, friendly societies and stock brokers.

Read more about Junior ISA on Gov.UK.

9. Useful websites you can (and probably should) refer to:

Maternity and paternity benefits and leave on the NHS’s website and Gov.UK, which contains every possible information you need to know.

PS: If you’re an employee, you might also be interested in this article: “From bump to baby: your rights and entitlements at work”