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New Baby Hot Summer Weather Hacks

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Helping babies cope with the hot summer weather can be tricky so we have put together our top tips....Although we had the hottest June day for forty years the sun hasn't made much of an appearance lately, but we must be due some hot weather soon and those lucky enough to be holidaying abroad will have to contend with rising temperatures which is trickier with a new baby around. There is some great general advice out there around safer sleeping...

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New Baby Hot Summer Weather Hacks

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Helping babies cope with the hot summer weather can be tricky so we have put together our top tips....

Although we had the hottest June day for forty years the sun hasn't made much of an appearance lately, but we must be due some hot weather soon and those lucky enough to be holidaying abroad will have to contend with rising temperatures which is trickier with a new baby around. There is some great general advice out there around safer sleeping with your baby and this link (https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/) is a great place to start, but as always, if you are worried about your baby give your GP or health visitor a call. In the meantime, we have put together our top tips for helping your baby cope with the hot summer weather.

Get yourself a room thermometer, then take a look at the chart below for some guidance on how to dress baby at bedtime in the heat. This is handy information but you know your baby best so this is intended as a guide. Usually baby's room will cool down as evening turns into night so it might be worth checking the temperature again before you go to bed. It is best to check baby's temperature by gently touching the back of their neck or their tummy, it is normal for a baby's hands and feet to feel cool to the touch but this doesn't always give you an accurate indication of how warm they actually are. Just whilst the weather is particularly warm it is worth removing any waterproof mattress cover as the plastic retains heat and can cause baby to sweat.

Create as much of a breeze as possible, open the windows but draw the curtains two thirds of the way across to keep out the sun. Open a loft hatch if you have one and some of the hot air should escape upwards.

At bedtime, a quick, tepid bath before bed should cool baby down and placing some large (one litre or more) frozen bottles of water in baby's room overnight will cool the room as it melts. If you have a fan in the room, placing the bottles (or a large bowl of ice) in front of the fan will cool the air.

In the daytime it is best to dress baby in loose cotton clothing with a wide brimmed hat and any baby under 6 months old should be kept out of the sun as their delicate skin has less melanin than older children and so they will sunburn much more easily. As very young babies do not perspire effectively they can overheat very quickly so care should be taken not to leave them for too long in a very hot room or car.

If it is very warm and humid and baby gets a bit sweaty they may develop a little bit of heat rash, which looks like tiny red bumps around the neck, groin, back of the knees or crease of the elbow. If you cool baby down and remove any tight clothing this should just disappear by itself, but again if you are concerned give your GP or health visitor a call.

Dehydration can be an issue for little babies in the heat and it is worth keeping a check on how many wet nappies your baby has. A breastfed baby does not need additional water, but will probably need to feed more often, so make sure mum gets lots of cool drinks. A bottle- fed baby can have cooled, boiled water throughout the day and night in addition to their normal feeds. Again, if you think your little baby might be dehydrated, have a chat with your doctor.

We here at Babyblooms HQ hope these tips help baby (and you!) get a bit more sleep during those long, hot summer nights. Stop by again soon for more baby life hacks and new baby gift ideas.

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Top Baby Shower Ideas

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We love a good baby shower at Babyblooms (who doesn't!) and as a team of mums spanning generations, we wanted to share some of our thoughts and tips on hosting the perfect baby shower.There is huge pressure to host elaborate baby showers and if you are researching this subject or planning a party you will doubtless have encountered plenty of tips and advice that can sometimes include plenty of tat, gimmicks and cringe inducing games, all available online and sometimes...

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Top Baby Shower Ideas

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We love a good baby shower at Babyblooms (who doesn't!) and as a team of mums spanning generations, we wanted to share some of our thoughts and tips on hosting the perfect baby shower.

There is huge pressure to host elaborate baby showers and if you are researching this subject or planning a party you will doubtless have encountered plenty of tips and advice that can sometimes include plenty of tat, gimmicks and cringe inducing games, all available online and sometimes at great cost!

So to keep things simple and as a gift company devoted to mums and little ones we thought we would develop our own simple tips on how to host a baby shower the mum to be will LOVE.

First things first, as a host its important to understand the key guest, the MUM TO BE.As a pregnant woman you are typically and probably several if not all of the following:

    • An Adult
    • Sober
    • Tired and emotional
    • Uncomfortable
    • Anxious or nervous about the birth and the future
    • Up to your ears 'nesting' in decorating and DIY
    • On a budget and saving money
    • Missing out on socialising and workplace banter

We don't mean to be negative, pregnancy is a truly special time its just important to understand how your mum to be is TRULY feeling. Which is why we think it is important to note that baby showers don't have to be the forced, organised 'fun' promised by the many games and gimmicks associated with baby showers. Instead Baby Showers can be a select gatherings which celebrate friendship and affirm  support and love for the expectant mum.

So onto our top four baby shower party ideas -

The Spa Baby Shower:

On a straw poll in the bb offices there was not one of us who didn't dream of having more spa days. Becoming a mum means that 'me time' become less frequent which is why a visit to a day spa where 'mum' and friends can indulge in some pampering and an uninterrupted day of each others company is utter bliss. The only accessories required are towelling robes, slippers (hopefully provided for) and a selection of scrumptious baby shower gifts all to be enjoyed whilst lounging around the pool.

The Girls Night In Baby Shower:

Girls nights in become quickly replaced by cuddles with new babies so its a perfect way to relax and have fun with close friends and family before the big day. Plenty of home treatments and pampering, followed by a chic flick and takeaway. Light some of our relaxing scented candles or use scented reed diffusers to set the scene and add that unique spa feel to the occasion. Leg and foot massage is always a favourite with mums to be and who can resist having their nails done? Give mum a thorough top to toe pampering! After all, she is growing a wonderful new baby and that needs alot of resting time. Gift giving finishes the night off perfectly.

High Tea Baby Shower:

A proper old fashioned tea-party - fish out your best china tea set, (or else get to a charity shop and buy some), make dainty cucumber sandwiches and home baked cakes. This is a great idea if you want to include several generations of family as well as friends. If you want an 'activity', ask family guests to bring their family albums and create a scrap book or illustrated family tree, great fun ( we promise!!) and a keepsake to treasure. A nappy cake makes the perfect baby shower centrepiece on such an occasion, as far from being a gimmick it follows the theme perfectly. Babyblooms Nappy Cakes only include biodegradable nappies and practical essential items of baby clothing - oh, and a few silk flowers for mum to keep! Continuing the cupcake theme, perfect gifts include pyjama cupcakes gift sets and organic cotton sock cupcakes.

The Recycle Baby Shower:

This is a fabulous idea, especially if you're one of the last in your friendship group to have a baby. Essentially, it is where other mums can gift garments that they have treasured or enjoyed seeing their own children wear, or nursery items that they have found particularly useful. Older relatives and friends or non mums can be encouraged to bring handmade or knitted items - Essentially anything that has inbuilt love and sentiment.

Hosting a baby shower is exciting but can be daunting depending on your experience of the baby world. Our overall guide is to keep it full of pamper and less of tat with a sprinkling of delightful gifts.

Baby showers present a valuable opportunity for family and friends to show their love and support for the mum to be and most importantly it is an opportunity for her to enjoy some down time and fun with her nearest and dearest before the big B Day.

 

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Popular Maternity Leave Gifts

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Finding the right maternity leave gift for a colleague or friend can be a really tricky task. Over the years we've found that our Babyblooms Baby Clothes Bouquets can fit the bill perfectly.The charming mixture of soft, 100% cotton baby clothes, transformed by magic into a pretty bouquet with foliage and keepsake flowers makes a memorable, and useful gift.The feedback is so positive from mums-to-be that we have a lot of repeat orders from large businesses who like to send...

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Popular Maternity Leave Gifts

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Finding the right maternity leave gift for a colleague or friend can be a really tricky task. Over the years we've found that our Babyblooms Baby Clothes Bouquets can fit the bill perfectly.

The charming mixture of soft, 100% cotton baby clothes, transformed by magic into a pretty bouquet with foliage and keepsake flowers makes a memorable, and useful gift.

The feedback is so positive from mums-to-be that we have a lot of repeat orders from large businesses who like to send a thoughtful present when one of their workers goes on maternity leave.

If you don't yet know whether the baby is going to be a girl or boy, we have some lovely cream or bright coloured bouquets in store, alongside powder blue and soft pink arrangements.

Gifts for colleague going on Maternity Leave

Gifts for colleague going on Maternity Leave.

We also offer a loyalty scheme for regular and corporate buyers. 

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What to pack in your hospital bag ?

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What should you pack in your hospital bag?

It is really important that you have your bag packed and ready to go and we recommend doing this at least a month in advance of your due date.

The Babyblooms mums suggest that you should have a bag packed even if you are planning a home birth - that way, should you end up needing to go in to hospital you can be sure of having what you need with you and won't have to rely on anyone else guessing at what you want or need (which in our experience can be the most inappropriate clothes imaginable!)

To help you prepare we have put together a quick hospital bag checklist:

What to pack for labour......

    • 2 x nighties/ oversized shirts or t-shirts
    • Lip balm, moisturizer & hairbands
    • Warm, loose fitting socks or slippers
    • Ipod/MP3 player
    • Phone & Charger
    • Camera
    • Antenatal notes / birth plan
    • Tens machine
    • Snacks & drinks
    • Water spray
    • Books and magazines
    • Your own pillow / breastfeeding pillow

What to pack for your baby......

    • 2/3 bodysuits
    • 2/3 sleepsuits
    • Hat
    • 3 x muslin squares
    • Gentle baby wipes
    • Cotton wool
    • 10 x nappies
    • Small blanket - knitted cotton or bamboo receiving blanket
    • Going home outfit
    • Car seat

 

What to pack for you......

    • Sanitary pads and large old / disposable knickers
    • 2 x nursing bras
    • Nursing pads and nipple cream
    • Nightie / PJ's with opening to allow for feeding
    • Going home clothes & comfy shoes (your feet may swell in hospital sue to heat and sitting around)
    • Toiletries, makeup, mirror and hairbrush - You'll be photographed a lot!
    • Towel

 

Extras......

    • Birth announcement cards
    • Notebook / diary & pen

If there is anything else that you found from experience to be really useful, that you will be packing, or you think isn't needed please feel free to let us know so that we can share your tips!

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What to pack in your hospital bag ?

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What should you pack in your hospital bag?

It is really important that you have your bag packed and ready to go and we recommend doing this at least a month in advance of your due date.

The Babyblooms mums suggest that you should have a bag packed even if you are planning a home birth - that way, should you end up needing to go in to hospital you can be sure of having what you need with you and won't have to rely on anyone else guessing at what you want or need (which in our experience can be the most inappropriate clothes imaginable!)

To help you prepare we have put together a quick hospital bag checklist:

What to pack for labour......

    • 2 x nighties/ oversized shirts or t-shirts
    • Lip balm, moisturizer & hairbands
    • Warm, loose fitting socks or slippers
    • Ipod/MP3 player
    • Phone & Charger
    • Camera
    • Antenatal notes / birth plan
    • Tens machine
    • Snacks & drinks
    • Water spray
    • Books and magazines
    • Your own pillow / breastfeeding pillow

What to pack for your baby......

    • 2/3 bodysuits
    • 2/3 sleepsuits
    • Hat
    • 3 x muslin squares
    • Gentle baby wipes
    • Cotton wool
    • 10 x nappies
    • Small blanket - knitted cotton or bamboo receiving blanket
    • Going home outfit
    • Car seat

 

What to pack for you......

    • Sanitary pads and large old / disposable knickers
    • 2 x nursing bras
    • Nursing pads and nipple cream
    • Nightie / PJ's with opening to allow for feeding
    • Going home clothes & comfy shoes (your feet may swell in hospital sue to heat and sitting around)
    • Toiletries, makeup, mirror and hairbrush - You'll be photographed a lot!
    • Towel

 

Extras......

    • Birth announcement cards
    • Notebook / diary & pen

If there is anything else that you found from experience to be really useful, that you will be packing, or you think isn't needed please feel free to let us know so that we can share your tips!

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