Strictlys Janette Manrara and Gemma Atkinson enjoy adorable birthday twin baby date

Strictly's Janette Manrara and Gemma Atkinson gave birth within a matter of weeks of each other and wasted no time getting their littles one together for a gorgeous playdate.

Clearly supporting each other through the first few months, the new mums got together on Tuesday, 19 September, to introduce the "almost birthday twins" for the first time.

Former Hollyoaks actress Gemma, 38, delivered baby Thiago, on 17 July, just a few days before professional dancer Janette, 39, gave birth to baby girl Lyra, on 28 July.

Janette, who is married to fellow Strictly star Aljaž Škorjanec, 33, and Gemma took their little ones out for a bite to eat, with the dancer later sharing an adorable set of photos of the special outing.

Sharing the special day with her Instagram fans, Janette wrote, "Busy 2 days for Lyra, meeting more of her friends! Thiago, Idie, and Ernie! Babies, babies, and more babies! Haha!

"Grateful to have friends around us w/ babies in a similar stage. I mean Thiago is only 11 days older then Lyra; almost birthday twins like myself and @glouiseatkinson (still flawless btw) It was the cutest 2 days!"

Gemma was no doubt sharing a few words of parenting wisdom with Janette as the telly star is already mum to four-year-old Mia, who she shares with long-term partner Gorka Márquez, another Strictly professional.

The former Casualty actress opened up to OK! recently about the arrival of little Thiago, who was delivered via Caesarean section.

"It’s wonderful,” she told us, taking it all in her stride. “It feels like we’ve always been a family of four, it’s bizarre how he’s slotted right in."

She continued, "It’s just nice. So we’re making the most of that lovely little bubble really. It’s been a lot more chilled this time. Your second one isn’t easier, but it’s more manageable because there are no firsts."

First-time parents Janette and Aljaž have been making the most of the late summer following Lyra's birth, regularly sharing some happy moments of the new family of three on her socials.

Despite having her hands full with her newborn, Janette has managed to fit in a spot of exercise and work into her day. She made a very welcome return to the BBC morning show Morning Live earlier this month – with little baby Lyra watching her at home.

"It was so nice to be back on @bbcmorninglive today w/ @gethincjones and the whole gang!," she told her fans. "But what made it extra special, is that Lyra got to watch her Mami doing her thing at work for the first time w/ her cousins Zala and Tisa.

"So special to know that they were all watching together at home! This photo melted my heart. I cannot wait cuddle her all day now! To all the working moms out there…. You’re incredible and we’ve got this."

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