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How I Make It Work: Dominique Hughes of Jem+Bea

Some people would be lost without theirs, but I have never bought a changing bag. I’ve just chucked nappies, wipes etc into a fabric tote and stuffed it under the buggy. Why? Because changing bags are all too often the opposite of stylish. I couldn’t bring myself to fork out on something which was, essentially, the price of a good handbag but looked so distressingly unlike one. I mean, I’d rather buy a new (non-baby) bag. Until now. For Jem+Bea design changing bags nice enough to replace your actual handbag. I jest not. They are sleek, stylish, altogether gorgeous and wouldn’t shame even the most militant fashionista mama. Founders Dominique Hughes and Rebecca Da Silva Lima (the range is named after two of their respective children, Jemima and Beatrice) grappled with the same function versus style dilemma when they became mamas – and solved it by designing an impeccably curated, beautifully designed selection of bags. You can even have them monogrammed (be still my heart). If this isn’t the perfect baby shower/new mama present, I don’t know what is. (Having suffered yet another leaking beaker disaster (result: entire contents of bag rendered redundant, including nappies. The horror.) this weekend, I might…

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How I make it work: Natasha Ascott of Muddy Puddles

As the mother of three children, Natasha Ascott is a firm believer in the idea that ‘there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong kit,’ so much so, that she founded her fab company Muddy Puddles on it. “We are driven by the mission to get kids learning outdoors all year round,” explains Natasha. To do this, they make high performance waterproofs, wellies and ski gear for 0-12 year olds, which is as stylish as it is practical (yes, really – do check it out – today is the last day of the sale, although from Thursday a big ski offer with 60% off ski jackets starts).  Juggling a 4-day working week with the needs of a young family, we were keen to find out how she manages her work/life balance. From ‘relating’ to each other rather than just ‘existing alongside’ each other and the fab question she always asks her children at the end of the day, Natasha tells us exactly how she does it….…

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How I Make it Work: Alice Shreeve of Belle & Bunty

Belle & Bunty design some of the prettiest clothes around – from vintage-inspired bridal wear to a glorious ready-to-wear collection. (They also have the loveliest – and super-stylish – Instagram account: @belleandbunty). The brainchild of two friends and London College of Fashion alumni, Alice Shreeve & Hannah Coniam-Thompson, the label’s watchwords are feminine, flirtatious and eminently wearable (I often notice that clothes designed by women for women are the most flattering – not to mention the most comfortable.) Alice also has two daughters – Mae, 9, [with Alice, above] and Darcey, 6, so we were longing to ask her she manages to be at the helm of her own business, design the Belle & Bunty collections and run a family. And we love her down-to-earth approach (and her brilliant advice).…

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How I make it work: Celia Muñoz, founder of La Coqueta

Because my days are usually tail-ended in a flurry of madness, crying and bribes (and that’s just my children trying to get me out of bed), I’m fascinated with how other people manage their days. Call it nosiness or just looking for tips, but I’m always keen to find out how other women juggle their lives. As founder of London-based children’s clothing brand La Coqueta (think GORGEOUS, traditional clothes that perfectly capture the innocence of childhood) and mother of five (aged between 2 1/2 – 7), Spanish-born psychologist-turned-entrepreneur (yup, she’s smart) Celia Muñoz knows more than most.  From daily routines to relaxed weekends and making sure that she gives each child enough time, here’s how she does it……

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How I make it work: Sam Mann of Mumazine

As a producer, presenter, mother and the founder of online magazine Mumazine, Sam Mann knows more than most about juggling a lot of plates. Splitting her time between her life as a mum and some quite frankly awesome work assignments including interviewing Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt, and chasing the Kardashians around Paris (yes, really!), Sam, who’ll be on ‘Royal Baby watch for E! News’ news month, tells us how she does it……

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How I make it work: Emma Davison, co-founder of Olivier Baby & Kids

When it comes to gorgeous children’s cashmere that doesn’t cost the earth, Olivier Baby & Kids is where it’s at. The baby bonnets are the perfect gift for a newborn whilst the jumpers for older boys and girls are divine. Established by sisters Emma Davison and Alice Smith in 2011, the brand has now expanded to include beautiful Liberty-print cotton dresses, rompers and trousers – all of which have the timeless, innocent stamp that Olivier Baby & Kids has become known for. With 5 children between them and a rapidly growing company, we were intrigued to know just how Emma manages to juggle work, life and being business partners with her sister.…

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How I Make it Work: Kate Pietrasik of Tootsa MacGinty

Have you discovered Tootsa MacGinty? It’s the most joyful collection of children’s clothes. Bright, cheerful, colourful – and the designs are fabulous. What’s more, every item in the collection is designed to be worn by boys and girls. If you loathe dressing your daughter in princess pink all the time; or have often lamented that boys don’t always have to wear clothes emblazoned with vehices/superheroes – this is the label for you.  It’s the brainchild of Kate Pietrasik – who is herself pretty fabulous: she juggles running her own company with being a single parent to Ruby, five. Prepare to be inspired……

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How I Make it Work: Tara Lee, yoga guru

I first went to one of Tara Lee‘s yoga classes five years ago when I was pregnant with my son. Something of a yoga legend, Tara is the go-to girl for pregnancy yoga (she also teaches Mother and Baby yoga and Vinyasa Flow) with everyone from Rosamund Pike to Laura Bailey having gone to her classes. Celebrity clients are all well and good, but, there’s so much more to Tara than famous names and starry clientele. Her classes were a revelation to me and one of the most enjoyable things I remember about pregnancy. Every time I went (twice a week with my eldest child – first timer alert, and then a little less than I would’ve liked with my subsequent pregnancies) I left on a high feeling stretched, rested and very, very peaceful. She was wonderful, the exercises amazing and the music just perfect –  I can’t listen to Massive Attack without thinking of her! And so, I for one, am thrilled that she has a new pregnancy video out. I may not be with bump, but I urge anyone who is to try it out. I am also thrilled that Tara (a mother of two, trained doula and…

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How I Make it Work: Beverley Turner

Beverley Turner is something of a Renaissance woman. Not content with ‘simply’ being an author, Telegraph journalist, presenter, mother of three (Croyde, 11, Kiki, 5 and Trixie, 3) and wife to James Cracknell, she has now set up The Blooming Bunch, quite frankly the coolest-sounding antenatal classes we’ve ever read about. It offers courses for first-timers, a refresher course (both in the fabulous surroundings of Maggie & Rose) and private classes – more info here. Whew. We’re exhausted just thinking about how she manages to do it. So, how does she?…

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How to…Set up your own business (and juggle it all)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your child had their own personal stylist? One who sent a box of ultra-chic small-scale goodies to you every month? (Side note: doesn’t this box [above] have Prince George’s name written all over it?) Wish no longer. Box Upon a Time is a simple – but very clever – concept. Simply complete a fashion profile of your child and your preferences – and Box Upon A Time’s stylists will send you a hand-picked selection of gorgeous clothes from some of the most fabulous baby brands (Miniature, Louis & Louise, Marie Chantal, Their Nibs, Poppy & Ned…) Boxes are delivered monthly (at several price points), exchanges are free and you’re guaranteed to save 40% on the retail price. Now that is a what we call a brilliant present for a new baby. Or a service a time-pressed, but stylish parent, needs in their life. We asked co-founder, mother of three (Rachel, Juliette and Noah), former lawyer and canny business-brain, Caroline Kendal, to talk us through setting up Box Upon a Time – and how she copes with the work-family juggle……