Hi Binky! You have recently collaborated with My 1st Years to launch your With Love From Binky collection. What can mums expect from your new collection?
Hi there! What can new mums expect from the collection? Some really chic, clean and classic pieces. There isn’t too much colour or too many patterns going on. I think when you’ve got a small baby, they don’t need that extra colour because they’re so beautiful naturally. The pinks and blues aren’t too strong and there are some very fine details to look out for, it’s just all really so cool, especially the personalised pockets!
What inspired you to collaborate with My First Years, and how did you choose the designs/patterns?
I started this project when I was pregnant, so my inspiration for all of this happened around then. In terms of patterns, I chose crowns to sort of represent Made In Chelsea; it just felt like it fitted in well and looked beautiful. For colour, I actually dress in the colour blue quite often myself, so naturally I chose this colour for my pieces. I thought the first obvious choice for this collection would then be pink and blue. I really love the bibs in this range which are great for the dribbles – which we are going through now with India. Everything that I kind of knew was going to happen when the baby arrived, I thought about when designing this collection and what I would need for myself and baby! This collection is of course very personal to myself and I’m looking forward to cracking on with more ideas as well.
You are renowned for your effortlessly chic style – but how do you choose what clothing is best and most fashionable for baby India?
Aww, thank you! To be honest, at the moment it is all just baby grows. I don’t really care about her wearing anything else at the moment. It’s just baby grows as she’s growing so quickly, they’re the comfiest for the baby and the easiest to whip on and whip off – no faffing around. So, whilst she is a baby, that is what she will be in for now. It’s just the comfiest for them, I don’t want her to be there with like, a jumper right up around her armpits and leggings falling down, you know?
What are your favourite parts of being a new mama so far?
The mornings, definitely the mornings. They’re just so cute with her and she’s always smiling and happy. I love having her with me the whole time, it’s really lovely having someone else around you, your own little mate that’s right there with you. A little me. The love is just absolutely overwhelming, so that is perfect and one of my favourite parts.
And your least favourite?
I guess if you feel like you’ve got the routine nailed and then they just don’t sleep that night, you just think “eurgh, what have I done wrong?! Just tell me what I’ve done wrong!”. The screaming as well, you don’t always know what they’re screaming for. Luckily for me though, she’s actually a pretty good baby. At the moment she’s sleeping 11 hours – she did 12 hours last night! She’s feeding really well and she’s very happy at the moment, so long may it continue, touch wood!
When you were pregnant with India, did you have any strange cravings?
Just lots of carbs, but that was it, nothing particularly weird!
How do you and JP split parenting duties and most importantly, is he any good at changing the nappies?!
He’s such a good dad. He’s taken to the whole dad thing amazingly – I’m very lucky. In terms of splitting the duties and nappies, JP isn’t very good at the messy ones. He doesn’t like the pooey nappies as he doesn’t know how to get the poo out of the nunnie! So he can’t do that bit, but then I say to him “well, what if I’m not with you, what would you do?” and he’s always like “Well I have you here now, so just do it.” Hah!
But yeah, he’s away at work during the day which is perfect as I like my own time with her and having my friends round, or going out for lunch and whatever. But then he comes back and when I’m tired or fed up, he just injects some fun back into it. He’ll pick her up and play with her, dance with her and that’s what I think they (babies) really need. But actually, recently, I’ve gotten into a routine where she’ll have bath time at 6:15pm and last feed at 7pm so he only comes in at the last bit now, but it actually that makes our weekends even more fun.
Is motherhood different to what you expected? And if so, in what ways?
I feel like it’s because I have got such a good baby that it’s easier than I expected it to be. I had lots of scaremongers being like “you can’t have a shower when you want, and your life is just basically over” and actually I think that’s a really nasty thing to say to a someone who is about to be a mummy, because actually it’s not that scary. Babies aren’t made of glass! You can let them cry for a couple of minutes and it’s not going to kill them, you can go and do what you need to do. And take them out, you don’t have to stay in and be a hermit. I was unfortunately filmed taking her out for the first time, now that was stressful enough as it was, but once I did it I was fine!
What advice would you give to our mums-to-be who are panicking about the arrival of their little one?
This touches on my previous answer really, but don’t listen to too many opinions. Don’t be scaremongered and take it in your own stride. Listen to you, you know what is best, every baby is different and you will just know what’s right. It all comes quite naturally, which I didn’t realise and I was terrified beforehand as I had no idea what to do with a baby. Also, ask questions if you want to know! Don’t be afraid to ask what you may think are “silly” questions. Oh, and don’t be pressured into doing anything, like breastfeeding, that’s a massive pressure. If you can’t do it then just don’t worry about it! I think it’s really sad that there is this pressure from the government as well. When you go to Boots and if you buy formula, you don’t get your Boots points and that is really bad, that really angers me.
And finally, how would you sum up your pregnancy journey in 3 words?
Active, enjoyable, and beautiful – I loved my bump, a tanned bump looks glorious.
Picture Credit – Emma Tunbridge
General Credit – The ‘With Love From Binky’ collection with My 1st Years is available from www.my1styears.com/Binky