Close to the Heart

Welcome to our blog, a fun and open space where we share tips and practical info to help you on your maternity and pregnancy journey.

When is the best time to start swimming lessons with your little one?

When is the best time to start swimming lessons with your little one?

Swimming is a popular activity in New Zealand, and many parents and families wonder when the best time is to start swimming lessons with their little one. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question – we all have different preferences and lifestyles, so it’s really important to decide when the time is right for YOU and your baby.
Maternity summer tips

Maternity summer tips

Summer can be a challenging time when you're growing a baby! The heat and humidity can make it difficult for pregnant mama to stay cool and comfortable, and the added stress... Read More
What not to wear during pregnancy

What not to wear during pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an exciting time for new mamas, but it can also be challenging when it comes to finding comfortable, stylish, and functional maternity clothing.  With constant changes to... Read More

Cotton Muslin...What It Is And Why We Love It!

Cotton muslin is a breathable and finely-woven fabric that is gentle on the skin, and super soft and comfy to wear. Cotton muslin is soft, comfortable, breathable, and durable - which is why it makes a great fabric for maternity and nursing dresses.


When to Buy Your First Maternity Bra

Maternity and nursing bras are one of the most essential items for pregnant and breastfeeding mums. We're often asked, "when should I buy my first maternity bra?" We explore this question - and more - in this blog!

How to Choose Maternity Underwear for Pregnancy and Post Birth

Comfort is key during pregnancy. Once your bump starts to grow, you'll find yourself looking for maternity clothes that help you feel comfortable and stylish throughout the trimesters. Have you considered one of the most important items in your wardrobe - your underwear?! 

Finding the Right Maternity and Breastfeeding Sleepwear

Finding the Right Maternity and Breastfeeding Sleepwear

Having a baby can be absolutely wild! There can be so much focus on new mums 'getting out and about', but there may often be days when you just want to stay at home, adapting to life with your baby, and breastfeeding around the clock. And that is totally okay, normal, and healthy. It's on those days that having a pair of effortlessly stylish and cool pyjamas can really help you feel like yourself again. 


Pregnant this Winter? Your Guide to Winter Maternity Clothes

It’s time to layer up because it’s getting cold out there! But dressing for winter is a bit more tricky if you're pregnant... how do you keep warm and stylish, with an ever-growing bump?! 

What are Silverette Nursing Cups?

I first used Silverette Nursing Cups when my third baby was just a few weeks old. I was experiencing really, really bad pain and damage on one side. My nipple... Read More

The Wonders of Silverette Nursing Cups

While we endearingly use the word magical to explain the wonders of Silverette Nursing Cups, the benefits of silver are based on scientific fact and research. For centuries, silver has... Read More