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Top tips on finding time to look good and enjoy some retail therapy

There’s no denying that life can feel full on with a little one to look after. Trips to your local shopping center aren’t quite so easy with a buggy in tow, and finding the time to escape alone can be tricky. It’s important to carve time out for you, however, even if it’s just nipping to the hairdresser or getting your nails done. Here’s how to free up some valuable me-time in the coming months… 

Call in favors

If you need to get out and haven’t managed to find the time, ask a friend or relative to look after your baby while you leave the house. After a feed is best, as it will give you more time and the baby is more likely to nap. Even if you use the time to just sit in a nearby coffee shop and read a book or magazine, it will do you good to focus on yourself.

Shop online

The internet is every busy mum’s best friend. Websites like www.shopstyle.co.uk are good for giving you a roundup of the latest fashions in stores, while instagrammers like busymumstyles and mummyfashionblogger will give you style inspiration. 

Shop together

If you are going to take your little one to the shopping center, time it well. Leave after a feed and nappy change and hopefully he or she will snooze the whole time. 

Dial a beautician

Find a hairdresser or nail technician who will come to your house and you can enjoy some pampering without the stress of taking the baby out. You may feel more comfortable being able to stay within the comfort of your own house where you know everything is within reach. 

Make the most of late night openings

Find out when your favorite salons and stores are open late and make that daddy-and-baby-bonding time – A.K.A your evening off. The later in the day you go, the fewer queues there will be, so it’s win-win.

Don’t feel guilty

If you feel bad about taking time out for you – don’t! Time away from your baby is important for both of you. It helps your baby to adjust to friends and family members (an important part of social development) and gives you vital relaxation time. Plus, just because you’re a mum, doesn’t mean to say you can’t have a life!