You’ll know there’s no better time to treat yourself than when you’re pregnant. If you’re a first time expectant parent then you’ll also know that the amount of products on the baby market can be really overwhelming and it’s hard to know what’s going to be right for your baby.
Dearbump was an idea conceived (pun absolutely intended) in 2017 by two mums who, while discussing their pregnancies realised that, despite the baby market being absolutely huge, there wasn’t as much as out there for us mums-to-be. Finding the correct information and products for pregnancy and beyond for yourself can be a bit mind-boggling. Thus, they came up with the idea of the Dearbump monthly subscription box which could be delivered to mums-to-be throughout the different stages of their pregnancy.
So How Does The Dearbump Subscription Box Work?
After signing up you’ll be receiving a box of selected products which are suited and tailored to your stage of pregnancy, right up to your due date. The first step is to choose a plan. One of the best bits about Dearbump is that you can decide whether it’s a gift or a subscription – there’s absolutely no obligation to have every single box right from the beginning. Simple choose in the shop.
Once you’ve chosen your plan, you’ll be able to choose the month most relevant to your stage of pregnancy. Make sure to factor in delivery time to coincide with your month and away you go!
All you need to do then is kick back with a cuppa until the postie arrives with your box!
There are at least two shipping dates for every month of the year, some months have three. These boxes are designed to be something memorable when you think back to your pregnancies. Dearbump have conducted lots of research to be able to find the best products on the market, filter through them and make sure they’re hand selected.
Each product has been thought about carefully to ensure that they’re relevant to the specific month of pregnancy, with advice and information and links to resources you might not otherwise have access to.
What Kind Of Things Are Inside The Dearbump Box?
I recently received the ‘Month 4 Dearbump Box’ and you can tell it’s very much about pampering, relaxing and (hopefully) getting over that god awful first trimester of exhaustion, nausea and/or morning sickness! Here’s what was inside, and what I thought about the selection.
Food & Drink
I mean, it’d be wrong for you to not be enjoying a snack or two here and there wouldn’t it? If you’re like me and know what it’s like to having morning sickness or nausea then you’ll be relishing the fact you’re able to eat again!
The first thing I spotted, obviously, was the ‘Gnaw’ caramel chocolate buttons. Oh yes I did! I’m probably going to need to hide these from the husband because he’s a bit more of a chocoholic than I am, but I am so excited to sit down with a cuppa and have these in peace. I love this addition. It’s a very clever one because I think most women like chocolate as standard and it’s nice to have a sweet treat every now and again.
The second snack inside was a pack of ‘Joe & Seph’s’ coconut and chia popcorn. Personally, I love, love, love all the flavoured popcorn that seem to be everywhere at the moment.
This is a great little pack to pop in your bag to have on the go if you’re feeling like you need a pick me up. It’s sweet, it’s crunchy and it’s super tasty.
A yummy tin of Fentiman’s wild English elderflower was also found lurking in the box. Everyone knows that Fentiman’s goes hand in hand with gin, whatever the weather. However since that’s not an option while pregnant these beautifully botanic drink, served chilled, is a great way to bring a bit of freshness into your life, especially if you’ve had a long day. I can’t wait for the weather to get a bit warmer so I can sit out on the patio and sip this in the sunshine!
Now we’ve got snacks and drinks in hand, what better way to carry on the feel good vibe than a little self pampering?
The first pamper product I pulled out of the Dearbump box was the ‘Bloom and Blossom’ anti stretch mark cream. I remember using similar products in my last two pregnancies so it’s nice to have another one to try. It’s really nice and creamy, doesn’t feel sticky and rubs in really well. Of course, there are particular areas you should pay attention to that are more prone to stretch marks but hey, this was pretty good so I may or may not have moisturised my legs with it too.
There were also three ‘Made by Coopers’ products inside. The first was a lavender and frankincense sleepy head beauty balm which I thought, at first, was quite heady and strong in scent. After actually leaving the lid off for a couple of minutes and then letting it settle into my skin after application, it was really kind of muted and nice. I’ll admit I am not the hugest fan of lavender scents but I will try anything to get a bit more sleep. Perhaps I’ll pop this on Teddy to see if he’ll give us a full night!
The second was a lavender, frankincense and chamomile room and pillow mist. I’ve never used anything like this before and it’s probably not something I would use all the time. I don’t mind this kind of fragrance when I’m having a massage at a spa – it’s how I expect to smell when I come away – but I was worried my room and linen would smell of it for longer than I wanted it to. It didn’t stain the air as such but you could tell it had been sprayed.
Again, I’m probably going to try it on Teddy as he’s the one keeping us up at the moment but it’s definitely one I’ll keep in my bedside drawer if the pregnancy insomnia kicks in!
The last ‘Made by Coopers’ product is a lavender and flaxseed eye pillow. I’m really hoping to start doing a bit of pregnancy yoga as I can already feel myself pulling and twinging in places I ought not to be at this stage. This eye pillow can be heated or used as a cold compress either for yoga, relaxation, meditation or to help with sleeping. I can see this becoming a bit of a bedside table staple, although I’m inclined to make sure I’ve got it to hand for an hour or two a week of pure chill time!
The last pamper product inside the Dearbump box was a ‘Secret Salt Society’ English rose and white geranium mineral bath infusion. I do love a good bath every now and again and this is basically a teabag for your bath. All the minerals inside dissolve and you are able to remove the bag once everything inside has gone. It’s beautifully scented and a real treat when you can catch 30 minutes to take a dip!
A Surprise Book
This was probably, aside from the chocolate, my favourite thing to find in the Dearbump box. I love Sketchy Muma – if you’ve never heard of her or seen her sketches, where have you been? – so I was absolutely delighted to find her book in here. The sketches never fail to make you smile and they’re so relatable. I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy flicking through this book for a long time and I would urge anyone to get it if they haven’t already!
I honestly think the Dearbump box is a wonderful concept. I appreciate so much that the focus is on us rather than the babies. So often you can find yourself lost in a sea of baby things and wonder where you fit in to all this other than being the vessel that’s carrying the baby, so it’s incredibly important that we, as expectant parents, make sure to take time for ourselves. It gives us time to reflect on who we were, who we are and who we’ll be but it also means you’ll get to enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so fill yours at least once a month with a Dearbump subscription box.
I adored that all of these products were hand picked; they’re truly a drop in the ocean of all the products there are and it’s nice to feel like someone has taken the time to select something personally. While there are some products I would definitely choose for myself there are others I usually wouldn’t consider – but that’s what happens with the surprise of subscription boxes like these. I have really enjoyed receiving the box; it’s the excitement of what might be inside and then finally getting to open it.
Would you consider a pregnancy subscription box? Have you tried Dearbump yourself? I’d love to know what kinds of things you’d have liked to see.
*I received this box in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.