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Personalised Kids Clothes and Stranger Danger – is your child at risk?

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We here at Babyblooms recognise the challenge of getting the kids ready in the morning and this challenge is definitely made easier if kids wear clothes they love. Most kids love to see their names on their t-shirt or backpack but is this putting your child at risk? Thankfully, incidents of stranger danger and child abduction are very rare but some parenting websites are recommending that you ditch the personalised items when out and about. This is because if a...

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We here at Babyblooms recognise the challenge of getting the kids ready in the morning and this challenge is definitely made easier if kids wear clothes they love. Most kids love to see their names on their t-shirt or backpack but is this putting your child at risk? Thankfully, incidents of stranger danger and child abduction are very rare but some parenting websites are recommending that you ditch the personalised items when out and about. This is because if a stranger approaches your child and knows their name the stranger will appear much friendlier, and your child is more likely to trust them.

So, what’s the solution?

Well, personalised clothing is fine at home or at nursery, but how can you find unique clothes that kids will love to wear out without including their name? customising their clothes might well be the answer. We have developed our brand new “Pick ‘n’ Mix” range of children’s t-shirts ranging from 0 – 6 months to 5 – 6 years that allows kids to pick the colour of their t-shirt and then the logo of their choice.

We believe that if children choose the colour and design on their t-shirt then they will feel special when they are wearing it and hopefully will have no objection to getting dressed in the morning! So when you have a little girl who loves tractors but only wears pink, or a little boy who dreams of flying to the moon in a sparkly rocket, take a look at these customiseable t-shirts  https://www.babyblooms.co.uk/collections/personalised-kids-t-shirts and choose a t-shirt your child will love to wear.

The best thing  about Babyblooms’ range is that the personalisation is optional so you can make the best choice for your child to keep them safe when out and about.

 

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How to throw the perfect outdoor baby shower

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The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and your garden is finally in bloom-  so what better way to make the most of it than by hosting the perfect outdoor baby shower? To help you throw a memorable shower, I've put together my top tips for throwing a beautiful outdoor celebration that's sure to make any mother-to-be feel truly spoilt. Just read on to learn more. Create a gorgeous seating area The first thing you'll need to think about...

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The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and your garden is finally in bloom-  so what better way to make the most of it than by hosting the perfect outdoor baby shower? To help you throw a memorable shower, I've put together my top tips for throwing a beautiful outdoor celebration that's sure to make any mother-to-be feel truly spoilt. Just read on to learn more.

Create a gorgeous seating area

The first thing you'll need to think about is where everyone will sit. If you're going to be hosting lots of guests and don't have enough chairs to accommodate them, you could even create a larger seating area by laying blankets and cushions on your lawn - not only will this be comfy, but it looks wonderfully summery and festive, too.

If any of your friends will be bringing their own bundle of joy along with them to the shower, then you should set up your seating area underneath a gazebo or awning. Our little ones have very delicate skin, so it's very important to provide a bit of shelter from the strong summer sun: one of these garden gazebos from Wyevale Garden Centres should be big enough to comfortably seat everyone. Plus, it'll mean you don't have to dash inside if there's an unexpected downpour.

Decorate your garden to perfection

Once you've worked out your seating area, you can begin planning your decorations. The aim of the game is to make the mum-to-be feel spoilt rotten, so bear her tastes in mind as much as possible: for instance, you could decorate your seating area with some arrangements of her favourite flowers, or some balloons in her favourite colours. If your guests will be staying into the evening, then some fairy lights or candlelit lanterns are a must.

Create a summery buffet menu

No baby shower is complete without some delicious nibbles. You don't want to spend the whole party slaving away in the kitchen, so serve a buffet of cold finger foods: you can find some ideas in BBC Good Food's round-up of the best baby shower recipes. If your friend has opted to find out whether her baby is a boy or girl, then you could even go the extra mile and add a touch of pink or blue to your menu. Simply add a little food colouring to the recipe, or dust over some pink or blue edible glitter: these pots from The Cake Decorating Co are sure to add some sparkle to your dishes.

Celebrate with some refreshments

Don't neglect your refreshments, either. While the mother-to-be may not be drinking alcohol, other guests might still fancy something a little boozy, so it's a good idea to serve both a bit of both. You can easily add some gin or vodka to this mocktail pitcher recipe from the Spruce: just make sure it's obvious which drinks are alcohol-free, to avoid any accidental mix-ups! To make it clear, you could even label your booze-free pitchers with some tags written in pretty calligraphy.

If a close friend or family member has a summer baby on the way, then there's no better way to celebrate than with an outdoor shower. Remember, we stock a huge range of baby shower gifts, including mum-to-be-hampers, so there's no excuse not to spoil both mother and baby rotten!

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The Trend for Royal Baby Names

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Will we see more babies called Mary or Albert in 2019?


There is no doubt that more traditional baby names have been popular for a while, the trend in so called “old lady” names such as Ivy, Lottie and Bonnie, is growing, and the more traditional “old man” names such as Archie, Reggie and Arthur have been popular for a while. But does the choice of royal baby names affect the names chosen by us commoners?

The name George has always been popular in the UK, in 2012 it was ranked thirteenth in a list of most popular boy’s names but following the arrival of Prince George of Cambridge the name George has moved up the rankings and is predicted to be the fourth most popular name in 2018. Princess Charlotte has had a similar effect, with the name Charlotte moving from number 26 in 20014 to a predicted fourteenth place in 2018.

Royal baby name trends?

 

So, what will a new royal baby mean for baby naming trends in 2019? Well, if we are to believe the bookies, Kate is having a girl with the name Mary as their favourite at 3/1. We could also see an Alice (8/1), a Victoria (12/1) and an Elizabeth (14/1). If the new royal baby is a boy then Albert and Arthur are currently at 14/1 with Frederick at 16/1.

So, would you consider a royal name for your little prince or princess? A regal name has many benefits, it can suggest tradition and respectability and is easily recognisable to others which should avoid the embarrassment of mispronunciation and avoid the tedium of having to continuously spell it out.  Your child may, however, find themselves with lots of little friends also called Mary, Alice or Arthur.

At the time of writing we are still waiting for the third royal baby and we wish the Duchess of Cambridge all the very best for a swift and straightforward delivery. And who knows – Kate and William may not stick with tradition, William Hill is currently offering odds of 500/1 on the birth of a Princess Waynetta or Prince Nigel as fifth in line to the throne.

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The Trend for Royal Baby Names

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Will we see more babies called Mary or Albert in 2019?


There is no doubt that more traditional baby names have been popular for a while, the trend in so called “old lady” names such as Ivy, Lottie and Bonnie, is growing, and the more traditional “old man” names such as Archie, Reggie and Arthur have been popular for a while. But does the choice of royal baby names affect the names chosen by us commoners?

The name George has always been popular in the UK, in 2012 it was ranked thirteenth in a list of most popular boy’s names but following the arrival of Prince George of Cambridge the name George has moved up the rankings and is predicted to be the fourth most popular name in 2018. Princess Charlotte has had a similar effect, with the name Charlotte moving from number 26 in 20014 to a predicted fourteenth place in 2018.

Royal baby name trends?

 

So, what will a new royal baby mean for baby naming trends in 2019? Well, if we are to believe the bookies, Kate is having a girl with the name Mary as their favourite at 3/1. We could also see an Alice (8/1), a Victoria (12/1) and an Elizabeth (14/1). If the new royal baby is a boy then Albert and Arthur are currently at 14/1 with Frederick at 16/1.

So, would you consider a royal name for your little prince or princess? A regal name has many benefits, it can suggest tradition and respectability and is easily recognisable to others which should avoid the embarrassment of mispronunciation and avoid the tedium of having to continuously spell it out.  Your child may, however, find themselves with lots of little friends also called Mary, Alice or Arthur.

At the time of writing we are still waiting for the third royal baby and we wish the Duchess of Cambridge all the very best for a swift and straightforward delivery. And who knows – Kate and William may not stick with tradition, William Hill is currently offering odds of 500/1 on the birth of a Princess Waynetta or Prince Nigel as fifth in line to the throne.

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Top Easter Gifts and Activities for Young Children

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Spring is in the air... The first hint of spring, a new warmth in the air, bulbs bursting into life and a sense of new beginnings makes this a special time to have a baby. It is also a great time to plan lots of Easter fun with young children.There are lots of lovely ways to mark Easter time and the coming of spring with a new baby, many of which celebrate birth and new beginnings. Eggs have been used...

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Spring is in the air...

The first hint of spring, a new warmth in the air, bulbs bursting into life and a sense of new beginnings makes this a special time to have a baby. It is also a great time to plan lots of Easter fun with young children.

There are lots of lovely ways to mark Easter time and the coming of spring with a new baby, many of which celebrate birth and new beginnings. Eggs have been used for centuries at this time of year to symbolise new life, just as bunnies have been symbols of fertility.

Easter eggs

When baby is very little then a chocolate Easter egg is just the thing for mum to enjoy with her feet up, but as baby gets bigger an Easter egg hunt is lots of fun for all the family. If your little one is too young for lots of chocolate then you could decorate some real eggs (boiled is best!) or some polystyrene eggs (available in most craft shops or supermarkets). Have fun decorating the eggs with paint and glitter, hide the eggs in the house, garden or park, then get the kids to run round collecting as many as they can find, producing a prize for everyone at the end. A brilliant way to plan some Easter fun with young children!

Easter crafts

There are lots of fabulous Easter crafts to keep older children occupied, particularly important if mum is busy with a new baby. Easter bonnets, nests for chocolate eggs, Easter egg baskets and lots more, with kits widely available if you, like me, sometimes lack inspiration! Also, if weather permits, nothing beats pulling on your wellies and venturing outside for some spring sunshine, the older kids will love letting off steam and new babies sleep much better after a dose of fresh air.

Easter Gifts for a new baby

Easter is also a time for families to get together and it can be a lovely idea to buy an Easter gift for a new baby. If baby is too little for an Easter egg then a cuddly toy makes a thoughtful Easter gift. Our supersoft bunnies make gorgeous presents for baby's first Easter.

We here at Babyblooms have been indulging in some grown-up colouring in to help us relax and so we thought we would ask our super-talented designer, Amanda Bradley, to create some kiddy-friendly Easter designs to keep you and your little bunnies busy over Easter. Download them for free below and if you photograph and post your masterpiece on our Facebook page, you could win one of our personalised bunnies!

Download our fabulous free Easter colouring here...

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Top New Year Resolutions for a New Mum

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Becoming a new mum is a beautiful and life-changing experience, but it is also really, really hard work! Often, as mums we often put a huge amount of pressure on ourselves, whether it's how we look, how we dress or how we care for our babies and so we think new mums have enough on their plates without having to stick to a long list of new year's resolutions. In a spirit of solidarity with all new mums out there...

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Top New Year Resolutions for a New Mum

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Becoming a new mum is a beautiful and life-changing experience, but it is also really, really hard work! Often, as mums we often put a huge amount of pressure on ourselves, whether it's how we look, how we dress or how we care for our babies and so we think new mums have enough on their plates without having to stick to a long list of new year's resolutions. In a spirit of solidarity with all new mums out there we have put together a list of top new year resolutions for new mums that you should try and keep in 2018...

New Year Resolutions for New Mums

  • More naps all round.
  • Wear make-up that hasn't been applied by one of your children.
  • Celebrate getting dressed - it really is an achievement with a newborn.
  • Take 20 minutes a day to do something just for you, maybe reading your favourite book or magazine, a spot of exercise or a hot bubble bath.
  • Drink more water (or coffee, or wine).
  • Get outside more, whether it's a quick walk to the shops, a trip to a baby group or a playdate with a friend, leaving the house can really improve your mood (especially if you are heading for the pub).
  • Practice saying 'no' (you'll really need this when you have a toddler).
  • Embrace good enough, don't let your pursuit for perfection make you miserable.
  • Don't try too hard to change; your little one loves you just the way you are.


Here's to a happy and healthy 2018 to all mums and little ones from everyone at Babyblooms!
 

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Babyblooms Balloons – keeping your balloon gift in perfect condition

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We hope you love your Babyblooms balloon gift. Below are our top tips for keeping your balloon gift in perfect condition. All our balloons are delivered inflated and beautifully packaged ready to delight the recipient. If you order by midday we can arrange next day delivery (Monday to Friday only). Our balloons are only available for delivery in the UK. Our balloons will stay in the best possible condition if you keep them away from extreme temperatures and sunlight, sharp...

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We hope you love your Babyblooms balloon gift. Below are our top tips for keeping your balloon gift in perfect condition.

  • All our balloons are delivered inflated and beautifully packaged ready to delight the recipient.
  • If you order by midday we can arrange next day delivery (Monday to Friday only).
  • Our balloons are only available for delivery in the UK.
  • Our balloons will stay in the best possible condition if you keep them away from extreme temperatures and sunlight, sharp objects and artificial light.
  • It’s best to keep the balloons in their box in a cool dry place before opening.
  • It is best not to release the balloons, they can damage power lines and can cause issues for wildlife.
  • Please do not leave children or babies unattended with balloons or ribbon.
  • Our clear bubble balloons are made of stretch plastic that protect and display latex balloons preventing oxidisation and making them last longer. We advise keeping the balloon at room temperature and under these conditions the estimated float time is ten days.

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Blossom and Bear Safety and Care Instructions

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Blossom and Bear teething products are tested by parent testers and all toys carry the CE mark. They meet the European children's toy safety standard EN71 (Parts 1,2& 3). The beads used are made from BPA free food grade silicone, free from PVC and phthalate, lead and heavy metals.The necklace beads are knotted securely onto the string and fitted with a breakaway clasp. The beaded teething toys are securely fastened onto a waxed cotton cord and knotted in between each...

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Blossom and Bear Safety and Care Instructions

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Blossom and Bear teething products are tested by parent testers and all toys carry the CE mark. They meet the European children's toy safety standard EN71 (Parts 1,2& 3). The beads used are made from BPA free food grade silicone, free from PVC and phthalate, lead and heavy metals.

The necklace beads are knotted securely onto the string and fitted with a breakaway clasp. The beaded teething toys are securely fastened onto a waxed cotton cord and knotted in between each bead to ensure each bead is secure.

Adult supervision is required when using our teething jewellery and products and we disclaim for any liability caused by improper use or the failure to correctly supervise your child using these products.

Your teething products can be kept clean by washing the silicone beads in warm water and wiping down the wooden teething rings and we recommend that you do this before you use them.

The wooden teething rings are polished with organic coconut oil and beeswax and we recommend that you re-polish them every so often to avoid them drying out. This will prevent the wood from developing cracks or damage.

If your wooden ring develops a crack at all please do not give it to your child. You can send the toy back to us and Blossom and Bear will replace the wooden teething ring for you.

This colourful jewellery is designed specifically for mums of teething tots, making it an ideal gift for new mum and baby.

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Babyblooms Award Winning Skincare!

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We here at Babyblooms strive for exceptional quality in everything that we deliver and nowhere is this more important than our award-winning skincare. We believe that there is nothing more precious than a newborn baby's skin, so soft and delicate you need only the most gentle and natural products to keep baby happy and healthy. We also make it our mission to pamper new mums and mums-to-be. This is why we teamed up with our wonderful suppliers, Chris and Sonya...

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Babyblooms Award Winning Skincare!

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We here at Babyblooms strive for exceptional quality in everything that we deliver and nowhere is this more important than our award-winning skincare. We believe that there is nothing more precious than a newborn baby's skin, so soft and delicate you need only the most gentle and natural products to keep baby happy and healthy. We also make it our mission to pamper new mums and mums-to-be. This is why we teamed up with our wonderful suppliers, Chris and Sonya to offer our gorgeous range of skincare. They, like us, are a small family business who strive every day to create extraordinary, bespoke skincare products. They lovingly source each one of their ingredients and the contents of every tub and bottle is handmade, from scratch, every week from their farm in Cornwall. Their creams are inspired by old country recipes, handed down over the years and they use only high-quality ingredients with no parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, fragrances, palm oil or lanolin. Such care is taken when selecting the beeswax used as the nourishing base for many of their products that they make sure they have met the beekeeper and seen the bees at work before using it in their recipes. They pay so much care and attention when selecting their ingredients, using nothing that could irritate baby's delicate skin and using only the best natural products, you can be sure you are doing your very best to keep baby comfortable and happy.

We are so proud of our skincare that we were really chuffed when the judges at the Mama and Baby Awards loved it too!

Both our Calming Baby Inhalation Oil and our Cooling Leg and Foot Cream were recognised in the awards this year, which are our favourite awards because they are judged, not voted for, and completely sponsor and ad-free. We love to create beautiful and unique gifts for mum and baby and awards like this really are the icing on the cake!

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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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Summer baby gift blog

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Looking for the perfect gift for a summer baby? Babyblooms has the hottest selection of new baby gifts around...Do you know someone who has just had, or is about to have a baby? Having a new baby in the summer time has its challenges but it is a wonderful time of year to welcome a new baby into the world. Here at Babyblooms we have put together some gift suggestions for summer babies.Our Luxury Summer Bouquet is a beautiful and...

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Summer baby gift blog

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Looking for the perfect gift for a summer baby? Babyblooms has the hottest selection of new baby gifts around...

Do you know someone who has just had, or is about to have a baby? Having a new baby in the summer time has its challenges but it is a wonderful time of year to welcome a new baby into the world. Here at Babyblooms we have put together some gift suggestions for summer babies.

Our Luxury Summer Bouquet is a beautiful and practical gift for a new baby. A wonderful alternative to sending fresh flowers, this stunning bouquet features Babyblooms own cleverly rolled flowers that gently unfurl to reveal soft, white, 100% cotton baby clothes, perfect for the delicate skin of a newborn baby. The silk roses, gerberas and delicate flowers and leaves can then be kept by the new parents as a lasting keepsake. The bouquet comes beautifully presented in an exclusive presentation box and is a really thoughtful gift for a new baby.

Getting little babies to sleep in the warmer weather can be tricky, so why not give the gift of a good night's sleep to a new mum? Our Sleepy Baby Gift Set helps to create a calm and peaceful bedtime routine which means a calm and sleepy baby. Our award winning, all-natural baby care products, expertly handmade by our lovely suppliers on their farm in Cornwall are guaranteed to soothe and protect baby's delicate skin and are designed to help promote a good night's sleep. The calming baby bubbles, baby massage oil and baby inhalation oil are just the ingredients you need to help baby gently drift off to dreamland. Or you could send one of our incredibly popular Little Love Sleepy Time Hampers, a gorgeous selection of personalised bedtime goodies in our exclusive Babyblooms print. Once baby is snuggled up in our gorgeous pjs with their own cuddly bunny and blanket they will sleep the night away.

We know that finding a fun, practical and unique present for a summer maternity leave gift or baby shower can be tricky but here at Babyblooms we've got it all wrapped up. We have taken all of our sweet treats and put them together to create this Sweet Expectations new baby hamper in one of our beautifully illustrated gift boxes. Our delicious cupcakes are actually a cleverly rolled pair of super soft and snuggly baby pyjamas presented in cute cupcake cases for a perfect bedtime treat. You can spoil the new baby with one of our ice cream bibs or cupcake socks and our sockpops are actually our famous stay on socks carefully rolled to resemble lollipops. Beau Bunny completes the hamper to make this a beautiful, fun and practical gift for a mum-to-be.

Any mum-to-be may be feeling the heat this summer and so why not treat her to one of our Essential Mum-to-be Skincare Collection? Our all-natural skincare is designed with pregnancy in mind and will cool and soothe tired limbs. Our Refreshing Skin Spritz and Nourishing Body Balm will calm and refresh on the hottest of days and our Cooling Leg and Foot Cream is a Mama and Baby Beauty Shortlist Awards winner for 2017!!

We have lots more gorgeous gifts for mums and babies at www.babyblooms.co.uk. Follow us on Facebook @BabybloomsLtd for useful blogs and fantastic giveaways.

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New Baby Travel Hacks

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The thought of setting off on holiday should fill us with joy, the excitement of travelling to our holiday destination, then the anticipation of long, lazy days, relaxation and a stress-free break. Travelling with young children, however, can be a whole different experience. We've teamed up with the Sainsbury's Money Matters Team to bring you their fun, animated guide to flying with children, and we've added some of our top new baby travel hacks to help take the stress out...

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New Baby Travel Hacks

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The thought of setting off on holiday should fill us with joy, the excitement of travelling to our holiday destination, then the anticipation of long, lazy days, relaxation and a stress-free break. Travelling with young children, however, can be a whole different experience. We've teamed up with the Sainsbury's Money Matters Team to bring you their fun, animated guide to flying with children, and we've added some of our top new baby travel hacks to help take the stress out of travelling with babies and young children.

    • It is amazing how much 'stuff' even a tiny baby needs and you can guarantee that you will have just safely stowed away your hand luggage if you are lucky enough to be flying off somewhere, or packed all your luggage in the boot of the car, when little one needs something from the depths of your bag. A top tip is to group all your baby kit together into smaller bags (large freezer bags are ideal) then pack them into your suitcase. This means you can pull out just your nappies and wipes, or just baby's spare clothes or snacks, without having to rummage through your entire bag each time.

    • If you are flying, make sure you tie something bright, memorable and unusual to your bags and your pushchair or travel cot if you are putting them in the hold. Thick, patterned ribbon is ideal as other families are unlikely to have used the same and, when three pushchairs are making their way round the luggage carousel, you will always end up with yours!

    • Pack muslins - lots of muslins... they can be used for pretty much everything on holiday from pillows to blankets to sun shades to cloths for mopping up every kind of mess.

    • Think about investing in a sling to carry your baby, baby wearing has many benefits from calming an over-tired little one to leaving you hands free at the airport or whilst sightseeing. If you are not sure where to start there are lots of local sling libraries that will help you get started and you may even be able to hire a sling for your holiday at a fraction of the cost of buying one.

    • When you arrive at your destination it is so tempting to jump into planning lots of fun activities but little ones are creatures of habit and they will become tired very quickly, particularly in the heat. From experience, it is probably worth not trying to pack too much into one day, maybe factor in a slower pace and either a morning or afternoon activity with plenty of time to chill to stop everyone getting frazzled. Another tip is to eat out early, you will get a quieter restaurant, quicker service and a happier baby.

  • A universal bath plug will change a shower into a bath for a little one, which could save some tears if baby isn't used to a shower. Other things you may want to consider packing that might not immediately spring to mind include Calpol, a travel black out blind, disposable bibs and a baby monitor, all handy bits of kit when travelling with a little one.

We here at Babyblooms hope that you all have a fantastic holiday, whether you are planning a longhaul trip to somewhere exotic or a caravan down the road and if you have any other top tips for travelling with a baby we'd love to hear them!

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New Baby Nappy Hacks

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Welcome to our new series of BB blogs on surviving life with a new baby. Here at the BB office we have more years than we care to admit of parenting experience and although we are still regularly flummoxed by our own kids we have put together a list of top tips that we wish we had known when we started out on our parenting adventure. I hope that these tips help you along your own parenting journey and make...

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New Baby Nappy Hacks

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Welcome to our new series of BB blogs on surviving life with a new baby. Here at the BB office we have more years than we care to admit of parenting experience and although we are still regularly flummoxed by our own kids we have put together a list of top tips that we wish we had known when we started out on our parenting adventure. I hope that these tips help you along your own parenting journey and make those first few weeks with a newborn slightly less overwhelming.

First up - let's talk about poo...

As a new parent, I couldn't believe quite how much time I spent looking at, cleaning up and discussing poo - frequency, colour, consistency, it became a bit of an obsession. And after having three children I must have spent hours just changing nappies. So below are some of my top tips gleaned through those hours of night-time nappy changes and piles of dirty nappies.

    • Our first experience of our baby's poo is pretty terrifying, the tar-like meconium in those first nappies is like nothing else. And although the baby books warn you about this, I wasn't expecting it to be quite so sticky, it stuck to my tiny baby's bottom like superglue. Try adding a small amount of olive oil onto baby's bottom to help remove it, otherwise you may be wiping all day.

    • I think this one is genius and I have to admit it took me until child number 2 to clock this one. The little shoulder flaps in a body suit or vest are to enable you to pull it down past baby's shoulders rather than over their head. When faced with a poo explosion this means you can avoid smearing poo in baby's hair, which is always a bonus.
    • Another genius hack that it took me to baby number 2 to realise is that most nappy brands have a line at the front of the nappy that changes colour when the nappy is wet. I was literally speechless when someone pointed this out to me, I must have changed hundreds of nappies and had never noticed.
    • Night time nappy changes can be the worst, you just want to get baby changed and fed so you can both get back to sleep. I found it best to change baby before feeding as then if they fell asleep during the feed I didn't have to disturb them - unless of course your baby poos during a feed, then the whole wonderful process starts all over again.
    • Another helpful hack for night time changes is to double up the mattress protection and sheet on baby's bed. Then if you have a nappy leak in the middle of the night you don't need to go hunting round the house for clean sheets, wasting valuable minutes where you could be sleeping.
    • Another time saving nappy hack is to place a clean nappy under baby before you remove the dirty one. It saves time with a wiggly baby and if you have a boy, a quick nappy change will reduce the risk of getting wee in your eye.
    • During the first few weeks you will find yourself almost constantly reaching for the changing mat, and with my first baby I trudged upstairs each time to baby's bedroom where we had put his changing station. After a few days, a friend pointed out that I could keep a changing mat downstairs - absolute genius. I stashed a mat, some wipes and nappies under the sofa and saved my legs, energy and sanity.
  • Finally pop a change of clothes for you in baby's change bag. This will avoid having to dash home smelling of poo when your baby's (or somebody else's baby) nappy leaks on your lap.
Please share with anyone you think may need these nappy hacks and we would love to hear any of your top tips and parenting hacks on our Babyblooms Facebook page.



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Easter Fun

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Although there is still a chill first thing in the morning and we are not ready to crack open the suntan lotion just yet, the birds are singing, the buds are swelling and spring is most definitely in the air. With Easter being a bit later this year we will hopefully have some warmer weather to enjoy egg hunts and fun days out with the family. For anyone about to have a baby, or any new mums, Easter can be...

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Easter Fun

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Although there is still a chill first thing in the morning and we are not ready to crack open the suntan lotion just yet, the birds are singing, the buds are swelling and spring is most definitely in the air. With Easter being a bit later this year we will hopefully have some warmer weather to enjoy egg hunts and fun days out with the family. For anyone about to have a baby, or any new mums, Easter can be a wonderful time to bring new life into the world. The first hint of spring, a new warmth in the air, bulbs bursting into life and a sense of new beginnings makes this a special time to have a baby.

We here at Babyblooms have put together some gorgeous gifts to celebrate with new mums at this time of year. Our beautiful luxury spring bouquet or our Easter hand-tied bouquet are a perfect way to send your love to those new spring babies and their mums and dads. Our super cute cuddly bunnies make lovely gifts for a new baby and can be personalised to make the gift really special. We also have some gorgeous new baby hampers featuring our bunnies that make a perfect gifts to welcome a new baby at Easter time, such as our beautiful, new Little Love hampers.

There are lots of lovely ways to mark Easter time and the coming of spring with a new baby, many of which celebrate birth and new beginnings. Eggs have been used for centuries at this time of year to symbolise new life, just as bunnies have been symbols of fertility. When baby is very little then a chocolate Easter egg is just the thing for mum to enjoy with her feet up, but as baby gets bigger, an Easter egg hunt is lots of fun for all the family. If your little one is too young for lots of chocolate then you could decorate some real eggs (boiled is best!) or some polystyrene eggs (available in most craft shops or supermarkets). Have fun decorating the eggs with paint and glitter, hide the eggs in the house, garden or park, then get the kids to run round collecting as many as they can find, producing a prize for everyone at the end.

There are lots of fabulous Easter crafts to keep older children occupied, particularly important if mum is busy with a new baby. Easter bonnets, nests for chocolate eggs, Easter egg baskets and lots more, with kits widely available if you, like me, sometimes lack inspiration! Also, if weather permits, nothing beats pulling on your wellies and venturing outside for some spring sunshine, the older kids will love letting off steam and new babies sleep much better after a dose of fresh air.

Easter is also a time for families to get together and it can be a lovely idea to buy an Easter gift for a new baby. If baby is too little for an Easter egg then a cuddly toy makes a thoughtful Easter gift. Our bunnies make gorgeous presents for baby's first Easter or our beautifully embroidered, personalised bunny tops are perfect for babies and older children.

Here's hoping from some spring sunshine in the next few weeks and we hope you all have a great Easter!

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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What does a new mum want for Mother's Day?Mothering Sunday, or Mother's Day, has become a celebration of motherhood in all its forms, a chance to show some love and appreciation to mum for all that she does. Who else knows where the spare nappies are kept, or the 'right' way to set up the train track for the toddler? Without mum, how would the pile of dirty washing be magically transformed into clean folded clothes or the bedtime story...

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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What does a new mum want for Mother's Day?

Mothering Sunday, or Mother's Day, has become a celebration of motherhood in all its forms, a chance to show some love and appreciation to mum for all that she does. Who else knows where the spare nappies are kept, or the 'right' way to set up the train track for the toddler? Without mum, how would the pile of dirty washing be magically transformed into clean folded clothes or the bedtime story be retold for the millionth time? OK - we know dads can do some of this stuff too, but Mother's Day is one day in the year that is just for mum and we think it should be celebrated in style. New mums in particular need all the love and support they can get and so we have put together some ideas to help spoil a new mum or mum-to-be this Mother's Day, they deserve it!

    • We're guessing the thing that most new mums would like best of all is some more sleep. If possible arrange a lie in, preferably with baby well out of earshot - this is undoubtedly the best gift money can't buy for a new mum.

    • It is absolutely amazing how much time a new baby can take up and mum may well be missing some uninterrupted 'me time'. Our selection of lovely skincare can be just the thing to help mum feel more like herself again and our luxury pamper hamper will really make her feel spoilt. Top if off with some delicious handmade chocolates and the door to the bathroom firmly closed - heaven!

    • If baby is still very new and you are looking for the perfect gift for mum and baby, then our first Mother's Day bouquet makes a beautiful, practical and stylish present. These baby clothes bouquets are a unique alternative to fresh flowers, the perfect little roses unfurl to reveal the softest babywear and the bouquets also include beautiful silk blooms for mum to keep.

    • A first Mother's Day is a memory to be treasured forever so how about something from our beautiful selection of jewellery? Babies grow so quickly and an everlasting reminder of those precious early days would be a very special gift.

  • And not forgetting for a mum-to-be, this first Mother's Day is really special. Maybe treat her to a soak in the bath with our mummy to be hamper goodies or a relaxing foot rub and pamper session with our essential mum to be collection, giving her an opportunity to relax and unwind before baby arrives.

Mums are superheroes and Mother's Day is a chance to celebrate her super powers. Life can be tricky with a new baby and each day can seem the same, so this is a chance for mum to step out of her normal routine and recharge her batteries. Let's hear it for all the mums out there - they are all awesome!

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New Year Resolutions for a New Mum

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As mums we often put a huge amount of pressure on ourselves, whether it's how we look, how we dress or how we care for our babies and so the last thing we need is to feel obliged to write ourselves a long list of new year's resolutions that we will no doubt break by February. So, in a spirit of solidarity with all new mums out there we have put together a list of resolutions that we think you...

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New Year Resolutions for a New Mum

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As mums we often put a huge amount of pressure on ourselves, whether it's how we look, how we dress or how we care for our babies and so the last thing we need is to feel obliged to write ourselves a long list of new year's resolutions that we will no doubt break by February. So, in a spirit of solidarity with all new mums out there we have put together a list of resolutions that we think you should try and keep in 2017...

 

  • Shower at least once a week (preferably without an audience).
  • Wear make-up that hasn't been applied by one of your children.
  • Aim for more napping for everyone.
  • Give yourself a break and take 20 minutes a day to do something just for you, maybe reading your favourite book or magazine, a spot of exercise or a hot bubble bath.
  • Get outside more, whether it's a quick walk to the shops, a trip to a baby group or a playdate with a friend, leaving the house can really improve your mood.
  • Practice saying 'no'.
  • Embrace good enough, don't let your pursuit for perfection make you miserable.
  • Don't try too hard to change; your little one loves you just the way you are. 

Here's to a happy and healthy 2017 to all mums and little ones from everyone at Babyblooms!

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