Tips, gadgets and apps for a healthy pregnancy

Being pregnant is one of the most significant moments in your life.  It’s something you’ll remember long after your little bundle of joy leaves home for college, or to start a family of their own.  Therefore, you don’t want to think back to your pregnancy as a stressful time, riddled with bad experiences, discomfort or illness. You want fond memories of this exciting experience for many years to come. While some issues like morning sickness can’t be avoided, you can choose to live a healthier lifestyle to make the next 9 months as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

The modern mom-to-be has a wealth of resources at her fingertips with her smartphone at hand and plenty of preggie gadgets on the market.

To help you make those 9 months a pleasant experience, here are a few tips, gadgets and apps for you to consider.

BabyDaze

This lighted pen and log book is probably the only saving grace for equally sleep deprived spouses.  Now you can keep track of all your appointments, questions and concerns to discuss with your doctor without worrying about forgetting it all the next morning.  You can log all your baby-related thoughts that’s keeping you up in the middle of the night without waking anyone else in the room when switching on the lights.

Get enough sleep

Catching eight hours of zzz’s can become more difficult when you’re expecting, especially when the overheating and sweating starts.  You’re sleeping for two now, so the quality and quantity of shuteye is of vital importance.

Heat is not your friend when trying to snooze, but the Chillow pillow will help ease this discomfort. Simply slip it into your pillow case and enjoy the cool comfort.

It’s made of memory foam-like materials and all you have to do is fill it with about four pints of water which will keep it cool for a good couple of hours.

http://www.chillowpillow.co.uk

 

 

DigiTime Capsule

This is a solution to the dusty, unfinished baby-book that many moms vow to complete and present to their little ones when they’re all grown up.  It contains a diamond-covered USB heart necklace to document your pregnancy and baby’s progress up until he or she is five.  You can store and write journal entries, photos and videos.

 

Beforme MP3 Stethoscope

 

This MP3 stethoscope allows you to record and play the heartbeats of your unborn baby.  It can also show the heartbeats as a graph on the screen and you can export all the recordings to your laptop via Bluetooth or USB to share with your friends and family.

 

 

 

Mobile Apps for mommy-to-be

With the advent of smartphones, you’re sure to find an app for almost anything.  While there are too many pregnancy apps to mention, there are a few that deserve a spot in the limelight.

One such app is Foods to Avoid When Pregnant. Apart from the obvious no-no’s like alcohol, certain seafood and overly processed artificial ingredients, this app gives you all the food information you need when you’re out and about grocery shopping or feeding your cravings at a restaurant.  Whether you’re at home or on the go, carrying around a list of off-limits foods can be quite a hassle.

The Diet & Food Tracker App also helps you stay on track with the healthy pregnancy eating plan you and your doctor planned together. You’ll need approximately 55 000 more calories during your term to grow a healthy baby, especially in the last two trimesters, so eating enough good quality food is important.

Another app to keep you and baby healthy is WaterWorks.  Staying hydrated is important for everyday wellbeing, and even more so when you’re pregnant. WaterWorks helps you set goals and track your water intake during the day. Be sure to drink clean, filtered water to minimise the risk that comes with harmful chemicals that may be present in your tap water.

Yoga Mama

When exercising becomes a challenge, Yoga Mama comes to the rescue.  It’s important to maintain a certain level of activity while pregnant and this app will guide you through a series of guided prenatal workouts to assist in breathing and relaxation, while also stimulating the right muscle groups.

High-Tech Breast Pump

Once baby is here and the round-the-clock feeding starts, a breast pump can significantly ease the stress that goes along with the experience.  There will be times when you need to dash out to the store or an appointment that clashes with feeding time, which means you need to leave some lunch for the little one.  Opt for an electronic pump that does all the work for you and more effectively than you ever could.  This will ensure that you have an adequate supply to leave with the caretaker.

Author: Christine Kleyn

Christine is a content creator for BIBO UK and her work has been featured on many health and wellbeing websites.  You can follow her on Twitter @christinekleyn and Google+.

How to Prepare Your Bathroom for a Potty Training Toddler

Potty training is one of those times in a parent’s life that is both exciting and frustrating.  On the one hand, your little one is making progress and learning new things, but he’s also miscalculating, mis-communicating and making messes.

 

There’s really no way to have a seamless transition from diapers to fully potty trained, but you can make it easier by preparing him properly.  It starts when he starts letting you know he’s ready.

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Common Signs

 

In most cases, your child will start giving you cues that he is ready to ditch the diapers and start official potty training.  This may include letting you know that their diaper is wet or dirty, interest in the potty and how it works or even telling you that they want to give it a try.

 

If he understands and follows basic instructions, wakes up from naps with a dry diaper, is able to pull his pants up and down without help and stays dry for longer periods of time during the day, it’s probably time for potty training.

 

Make It Safe

The first thing you have to do when preparing the bathroom for potty training is make the area safe for your child.  Remove any dangerous items she may be able to reach and keep the child’s potty away from the toilet.  You should also accompany them into the bathroom each time, to monitor their progress and make sure they are safe.

 

Make It Easy

Some people prefer to leave the potty in the living room or bedroom, but it’s a good idea for them to associate the lavatory with going to the bathroom.  You can still make the process easy by figuring out a signal that she’s ready to go and placing her potty in a spot that’s easy to get to and easy to use.  If you use one that sits on top of the regular toilet, set it right beside it so it’s always accessible.  But be cautious so that your toddler is not making a mess out of the bathroom accessories or the other accessible items in your room. 

 

Choose the Right Equipment

There are many different options when buying a child’s potty.  As mentioned above, you can opt for the type that sits on top of the regular toilet or you can buy a stand alone version.  If your child shows a preference toward one or the other, get that one.  Whichever type of toilet is going to get them using it regularly is the right one, as long as it is safe and sturdy.

 

Set an Example

This step probably isn’t for everyone, but if you feel comfortable demonstrating how to do each step, the training will prove invaluable.  He will try to copy what you are doing because showing is always a better teacher than just explaining what to do.  If you don’t feel comfortable, you can still have a properly potty trained child without it.

 

Preparing Your Child

Once your bathroom is set up the way you want with the right equipment, you can work on the psychological aspects by playing up the positives and pushing the move away from diapers to more grown up underwear.  Never refer to the old ways as being a baby or tell them their diaper contents are gross or yucky.  Just keep it positive, hold any frustration in, and it will happen naturally!

 

Author Bio:

 

Gina Brewton has been in the home improvement industry for the past 7 years. She is a mom of 2 kids. She is also a part time interior designer. She has her interests in cooking, photography, craft and painting. Follow her on twitter@ginabrewton.

How to Avoid Feeling Sleepy after Lunch

If everyday you struggle to get any work done after lunch because the carpet beneath your desk looks so comfortable that you want nothing more than to curl up and fall asleep on it, then you suffer from food comas. Truth is, however, feeling drowsy after a meal is completely natural and known as the “post-lunch dip”.

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The urge to go to sleep about seven hours after you’ve risen from the depths of your duvet is completely normal. But the modern workplace doesn’t quite subscribe to this phenomenon, demanding continued exertion even when your eyelids are struggling to stay apart. In an effort to help you stave off the post-lunch dip, we look at some of the ways you can avoid feeling sleepy after you have a meal.

 

 

Eat a healthy breakfast

While many people claim not to have time to eat breakfast, it’s important that you never skip this meal. As the first meal of the day, it sets the energy standards for the rest of the day and can make or break your worth habits. Give your body a sustained energy boost by chowing down on wholegrain breads and cereals, fruits and yoghurt. Not only will you feel less tempted to eat unhealthy foods later in the day, but it will also help fight off the drowsiness that you experience after lunch. Some studies even go so far as to suggest that regular consumption of cereal reduces coritosal, a hormone known to cause stress, which is just another reason not to miss out on a bowl full of breakfast.

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Healthy Baby: What You Should Eat During Pregnancy

Holly Easterby holds high respect for strong women. She loves empowering them even more by sharing content for Bonza Brats and in kids websites like this one. In here, she mentions some of the best diet options for pregnant women. 

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Are you pregnant? How are you taking care of the baby that’s inside you? Before you think of shopping for baby clothes, the first thing you should be focusing on when you’re pregnant is your health. How healthy you are can have a direct impact on your unborn child’s health. The foods that you eat are the very things that will also nourish your baby. If you are not sure about what to eat during pregnancy, this article will help you choose some for you.

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5 financial tips for new mums

A baby brings with it a wealth of new and exciting experiences, alongside a stream of new and daunting responsibilities. But fear not! Here are 5 financial tips which new mums can follow, so as to ensure that their little bundle of joy doesn’t accumulate a not-so-little bundle of debt!

 

1-Write an essential list5 Financail tips or mums

There are a myriad of different baby products on the market today, all of which promote themselves as fundamental to your baby’s development. In order to avoid unnecessary expenditures on these products, create a list of essential items and stick to it whilst shopping. If the item isn’t on the list, then don’t buy it! This will help you to differentiate between what your baby needs, and what your baby would look cute in!

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New Personalised Wooden Toy Boxes for under £100

 

A personalised wooden toy box is the perfect gift for older babies and young children, and we are pleased to announce that we have just launched a brand-new version of this popular gift, ready for the Christmas shopping season.

personalised toy boxes

 

Whether you are looking to personalise a toy box for a boy or girl’s birthday or Christmas present, we can provide a beautiful product, made and painted by hand here in the UK, North Somerset.

 

What’s more, both our new personalised wooden toy boxes are cheaper than before, with the cost down to just £99 from £135, including FREE postage and packing, and free personalised letters for the child’s name.

 

The girls personalised toy box is painted with a soft pink colour, with the child’s name contrasted on the front of the box in hot pink.

girls personalised toy chest

 

The boys toy box is painted with a light blue background, with the personalised name letters in dark blue.

 

Both boxes retain the natural pine wood finish on the inside, and the lids are fitted with a soft close safety catch to prevent little fingers getting hurt.  inside toy box storage

 

They also double as a seat or bench, handy for up to 2 children to sit on comfortably.

 

We can usually accommodate up to 10 characters per toy box for personalisation purposes.

 

Please get in touch with any questions or feedback.

New Website Design Coming Soon for Lullaby-Babies

We are pleased to announce that we have just commissioned a complete upgrade of our existing website in order to bring us right up to date with new technology.

 

We have taken on board customer feedback over the past few months, and hope this action will address most of the issues identified.

 

The new website will be fully responsive for all devices, have the latest WordPress and Woocommerce technology included, will be faster and more modern looking, and have a number of brand new features added.Responsive Website

 

At this stage we estimate the new site should be ready to launch during September 2014.

What You Should Know Before You go to the Hospital

Веіng рrеgnаnt іs suрроsеd tо bе оnе оf thе mоst еnјоуаblе tіmеs оf уоur lіfе. Тhе рrоmіsе оf а nеw lіfе, thе hореs оf whаt hіs оr hеr futurе wіll brіng, thе ехсіtеmеnt оvеr whісh раrеnt уоur bаbу wіll lооk lіkе аnd whаt thеіr реrsоnаlіtу wіll bе lіkе. Еvеrу раrt оf іt іs ехсіtіng. Вut thаt dоеsn’t mеаn thаt thе рrеgnаnсу іtsеlf іsn’t dіffісult.

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Naming Day Readings

Naming Day Readings

In recent years, naming ceremonies have become increasingly popular as a non-religious alternative to a christening. The naming ceremonies are held to officially give the baby its name and introduce the baby to the community and friends and family that might not have had the chance to meet the new baby yet.

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Is the Duchess of Cambridge Pregnant?

Duchess of Cambridge Pregnant Lullaby babies has been following the rumours that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant again, and possibly even with twins!

 

Some news articles are pointing to her just being pregnant, others lean more towards twins, and a few stories have now been published suggesting that there may have even been a miscarriage. Let’s hope not.

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Baby’s First Word is no Accident Research Claims

Books for babiesIn a recent article in the Times newspaper, researchers claim that a baby’s first word is no accident. Rhys Blakely from Los Angeles writes, Infants silently rehearse their earliest words for many months, practising their first “mumma” or “dadda” inside their heads before finally blurting it out.

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Pocket Watch Engraved with Babies Initials

Gifting a pocket watch engraved with a newborn babies initials, is becoming a very popular way of celebrating a new birth, with a keepsake that can last a life time.

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Baby Gifts Delivered to the UK

If you need a baby gift delivered to the UK following the birth of a friend or relatives baby, and you are currently not in the Country, maybe on holiday, working abroad or even having permanently emigrated, then we can provided a trusted and reliable service for you, despite being thousands of miles away. Baby holding world globe

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Things You Won’t Expect About Parenting

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No matter how many books and manuals you read, or friends and family you consult for advice while your expecting your firstborn, there are some things that simply can’t be taught until you go through parenthood firsthand. That being said, we’ll do our best to give you at least a glimpse of some of these shocks and surprises to help you prepare for the thrilling and exciting adventure of raising a child!

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Are Term Time Holidays Worth it for Families?

The news recently has been plastered with the ruling that parents can now be fined for taking their children out of school during term time for holidays. There are benefits to taking your family on holiday during term time, including the cost. However, is the bid to have the cheapest holiday possible affecting our children’s education in the long run?

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Sleeping through the Night – tips and techniques

Most paediatricians agree that ‘Sleeping through the Night’ actually means your baby sleeps for 6 or more hours in one stretch (5 hours for newborns).  It’s important you realise this fact or you might set unrealistic goals.

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Alternate Gifts for a Special Occasion

Nowadays because of the popularity of online shopping and sales online, it is becoming harder and harder to find suitable, yet well thought out gifts for both friends and relatives on special occasions. Plus with the recent influx of fad dieting, a simple box of chocolates hardly passes as a good gift in today’s society. So how can we show affection for our friends and relatives in this day and age?

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Five Simple Tips For Comfortable Baby Clothing

It is true that babies usually have tantrums for no apparent reason. What most parents fail to understand that the most common reason for this is uncomfortable clothing. The difficult thing about choosing baby clothes is the fact that there is no way for parents to try the clothes on themselves. With that in mind, how on earth will you choose comfortable clothes for your baby? Here are simple tips that you can use:

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Why do babies need so much sleep?

Why do babies need so much sleep?

Babies have a great deal to learn in a very short space of time. During waking hours, there is too much going on for babies’ brains to digest or reflect on the huge amount of information being received. During sleep the brain can organise and make sense of the vast array of experiences without distraction. Sleep is also a time for renewing the chemicals in the brain and the body, ready for another active day. (Hames 2002).

 

Listen to your own baby’s name in one of our  personalised lullaby’s

 

References

 

P. Hames (2002). “Help your baby to sleep.” HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.

7 Birthday Gifts for One Year Old Babies

one year old baby giftsTurning one is probably the most special milestone in a child’s life. But celebrating a baby’s first birthday is more exciting and special for the parents. Being new into the world of parenthood, there are chances that the parents have already had some hard times and hence it is the best occasion to have a great time with family and friends. At this stage in a child’s life, he/ she are probably figuring out how to sit, crawl, pull, hold as well as stand. Exploding with enthusiasm and wonder, it is not at all difficult to find the perfect first birthday gifts for a one year old baby. Below is a detailed list of some of the best gifts for these little charmers.

7 best birthday gifts for a one year old baby:

 

These are some birthday gifts that are necessary for one year old baby for his growing requirements. Let us check out these birthday gifts ideas.

  1. 1.       Blocks

Currently in the most creative and enthusiastic phase in his life, you kid will definitely find use of playing blocks. It will encourage the baby to create something out of the blocks and hence is a great boost to your child’s imagination as well. These blocks are available in different colours, shapes, sizes and will help in adding fun into your toddler’s playtime. Fill a basket with plenty of these blocks and it is one of those birthday presents that the baby can use for the next 1- 2 years as well.

  1. 2.       Toy phones

Very popular in the category of birthday presents for one year old babies, toy phones will fill your child with excitement and fun. Toddlers are often fascinated by the mobile phones their parents use and often try to play with it as well. How fun it will be to give your baby a toy phone of his own? Loaded with lots of tunes and voices, you baby will not only play with it, rather he/ she will also learn how to hold, open as well as make conversation on a mobile phone.

  1. 3.       Handy feeding supplies

Children in their initial years are fed with feeding bottles and other common paraphernalia. These include small plates, spoons, cups and bowls among others. There are lots of such paraphernalia to choose from. These come with cartoon characters and child- friendly designs made on them. You can choose any such set of feeding supplies for the babies celebrating their first birthday. Make sure to look for crash- friendly and child- safe material. Put all the supplies together in a beautiful basket and you have just invested in one of the most adorable gift options.

  1. 4.       Bath toys

Babies are seen to be most excited during their bath times. So how about adding some fun into this bath time? For this purpose, you can stock up your baby’s bathtub with lots of toys. There are bath- friendly toys available in the market and these come in a lot of variety as well. From fish to hippo, ducks and frogs, there are lots of creatures that can turn your child’s bathtub into their own zoo. With time, you will see the baby carrying out pretend talks with these toys, while also giving them imaginary names.

  1. 5.       Give a makeover to your baby’s room

New age parents are seen adopting this trend fast and frequent. With your baby turning one, there can be no better gift than giving him/ her, a separate room. Along with a comfortable crib or bed (where baby can take adequate sleep), you can also add various stuffed toys to make it look like your baby’s very own bedroom. The best part about this birthday gift idea is that it will remain the same way for many years to come and your baby will surely love to have a place of his own for playing and spending time with friends as well.

  1. 6.       Make an investment

Again it is an out of the box gift for your toddler. With your baby celebrating his/ her first birthday, make a small investment for them. There are various child investment plans available these days. Choose the one that works the best for you and you will be making some meaningful investment towards your child’s future.

  1. 7.       Invest in a book

At this stage of your baby’s life, books are a necessity. Look for child- friendly books with bright pictures and drawings. Preferably go for a book with lots of cartoon characters, pictures of fruits, animals, etc. and your kid will have a stimulating effect. It will also make your baby curious about all the books that you will be buying them in the future.

Article by NT.

5 Baby Boy Presents

5 New Baby Boy Presents to Give to New Parents

The birth of a child is a blessed event and it should be celebrated! Whether it’s someone you know very personally, your spouse, a family member or a close friend, there’s always a great way to celebrate the day with a beautiful gift. The present should of course be baby themed and full of supplies and baby related gifts that the parents can enjoy. The gifts should also be geared to take off some of the stress of having to get everything ready and done while preparing to bring baby home! If you’re looking for great baby themed gifts, Lullaby Babies has a beautiful variety of appropriate gifts for you to give to your friends or close relatives. Here are five new baby boy presents that you can give and feel great about what you chose.

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Quadruplet Surprise for Mum

quadruplet surprise You know how it goes, your scans show you have one or two on the way, so you buy the appropriate number of Moses baskets, change matts, bottles, buggies and so on, and then out pops  four!, a quadruplet surprise for mum indeed.  That’s, what happened to a woman in Mississippi who was expecting to give birth to triplets, and then delivered identical quadruplets.

 

Kimberly Fugate, 42, was in the delivery room when her doctor told her: “There are more feet.”

 

The quadruplets – all girls – were born on February 8 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson almost 13 weeks premature.

 

They are currently in intensive care.

 

The fourth girl had somehow been concealed from ultrasound imaging throughout Ms Fugate’s pregnancy.

 

Dr James Bofill, professor of maternal foetal medicine, said in a statement released by the medical centre that the odds of spontaneous quadruplets are 1 in 729,000.

 

In the Fugates’ case, the odds are even smaller because their girls split from a single egg, meaning the siblings are identical.

 

“Those odds are incalculable,” Dr Bofill said.

 

The Fugates have named the babies Kenleigh, Kristen, Kayleigh and Kelsey, according to local news reports.

 

We wish them all the very best!

 

See the quadruplets video on yahoo news 

 

Article courtesy of Sky News

 

Simon Cowell Becomes Dad On Valentine’s Day

Congratulations Simon Cowell & Lauren from Lullaby-Babies

 

The X Factor judge, 54, had jetted over to New York to be by his partner’s side as she gave birth shortly before 11pm on Friday – Valentine’s Day.

A spokesman for Cowell said: “They are all OK. Simon was there for the birth. He landed at 6.15pm, British time, and he was at the hospital by about 7.15pm.

“He was there for the birth.”

He has been named Eric, after Cowell’s late father, and weighed 6lbs 7oz (2.9kg).

Cowell spoke of his joy at the birth on Twitter, saying: “Very happy to say Eric was born at 17.45pm. Healthy and handsome.

 

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“Lauren in great shape. Thanks for all of your kind messages.”

Speaking about his impending parenthood in August last year while attending a film premiere, Cowell said he was looking forward to becoming a father.

“Things are changing in my life right now, for the better,” he said. “I’m proud to be a dad.”

Cowell, who previously dated Mezhgan Hussainy and Terri Seymour, said he had never contemplated the thought of fatherhood before.

“It’s something I hadn’t thought of before, but now I know I feel good about it,” he admitted.

“She (Lauren)’s a very special girl.”

 

Simon Cowell Becomes Dad On Valentine’s Day. Full Sky News article

Design Ideas for Creating the Perfect Children’s Bedroom

Guest blog from Aspace;

 

When it comes to designing a child’s bedroom, first and foremost, it’s useful to know the answers to a few crucial questions; otherwise you could find yourself back to the drawing board sooner than you think. Consider how long you expect your child to use the room for, maybe you plan to move in the next 12 months or perhaps this house has been in the family for decades and will become a staple room from birth to adolescence.

 

The most important stages in a child’s development are between the ages of 1 – 8, so it’s important to create a space that will spark your child’s imagination, engage their interests and be a joy to dwell in. However, creating a vibrant and inspirational space is easier said than done unless you’re Cath Kidston, and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you create a space your children will love.

 

Avoid Trends, Embrace Interests

 

Every year brings a new craze, don’t be persuaded to buy that Peppa Pig wallpaper because in 6 months’ time it will be as relevant to your child as your dusty Spice Girls tapes from the nineties. That’s not to say ignore your child’s interests altogether, a love of flowers can be easily integrated into a French Victorian theme, and bicycles into a quintessentially British boudoir. If you strike the balance right, your child’s bedroom will stand the test of time, whilst still being stylish and on trend. Remember, you can always accessorise with trend specific items, after all, a poster or ornament is much easier and cheaper to replace than wallpaper.

 

Choose Everlasting Furniture and Imagination Sparking Embellishments

 

Purchase fabric letters and grizzly bear nightlights to your heart’s content. These are more than just decorative items; these are tools to encourage imagination and experience through recreation.

 

When it comes to children’s furniture, bear longevity and comfort in mind. A child’s room is primarily built for rest, 365 nights a years’ worth – a well-built and comfortable bed is crucial to a child’s development and mental well-being. A comfy bed frame and mattress go hand in hand and are investment pieces, choose a high-quality mattress which will stand up to wear and tear.

 

If you’re strapped for space, high sleeper beds are multi-functional frames which often come with built-in desks, bookcases and even an additional bed for sleepovers. This tackles the issue of clutter build up and storage space head on, leaving more room for finishing touches.

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Create a Mood Board

Instead of trawling the net for hours and then forgetting what caught your eye in the first place, create a mood board of ideas. Websites such as Pinterest are useful if you’re pushed for time as they allow you to search through thousands of rooms quickly and pin your favourites to a board.

Identify your child’s favourite colours and interests and involve them in designing the mood board, this will create a foundation to build upon and provides a go-to source of inspiration.

 

Author Note: We hope these tips have given you some food for thought when it comes to styling your child’s bedroom. ASPACE are a leading children’s furniture retailer with a passion for creating unique, well-designed beds for children which stand the test of time. Browse the full range online at ASPACE. 

Organic Baby Clothes 10 Benefits

10 Benefits of Organic Baby Clothes

When it comes to your baby, only the best should be used. This is why more and more parents are opting for organic baby clothes compared to the synthetic version. Upon closer inspection, organic clothes showcase excellent benefits that can help parents feel more secure over their child’s welfare. Read More

Luke Robinson is fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital

conor robinsonPlease read this story from Luke and Rachel, and baby Coner, and why they are raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

 

At 11 days old my son was diagnosed with a life threatening brain malformation called Vein of Galen.

They saved the life of our miracle baby, Conor is now a healthy 15 month old.

This is our story so far….

We were told that we’d never naturally conceive any of our children. To be told that IVF would be our only chance, we grabbed it with both hands.

So when we found out that Rachel was pregnant, naturally! We felt blessed.

Our 12 week scan amazed us and we excitedly started to discuss if it would be a Smurf or a Smurfette. And to be told that our baby was due 2 days after my late Father’s birthday, was fantastic!

At our 20 week scan, we found out we were having a Smurf, it felt like it was meant to be. We had multiple scans along the way, and a 4d scan at 28 weeks. So we got to watch our baby grow every couple of weeks.

At 39+5 weeks, on the 7th October 2012, on my Dad’s birthday. Conor Richard Norman made his way into the world, with an entrance that none of us will forget. Weighing 8lbs 1.5oz.

On the 15th October, Conor had begun to act odd, not feeding, shallow breathing and his legs had gone a purpley colour. Our Health Visitor called an ambulance and off to the hospital we went.

Over the next 5 days and nurmurous tests, we went from being told that Conor had a chest infection, to pneumonia. After a chest xray, it showed that his heart and liver had enlarged. Then after an Echocardiogram at Birmingham Children’s hospital, our world fell apart. Our tiny 11 day old baby had a life threatening brain malformation Called Vein of Galen.

Vein of Galen is a malformation of an artery to vein connection in the base of the brain. Because of this abnormal connection, extra blood is pumped to the heart, causing it to enlarge and begin to fail. it also causes the liver to imflame. http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-conditions/search-for-medical-conditions/vein-of-galen-malformation

And within the next 2 days we found ourselves at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, an environment that was surreal, and strangely comforting.

On Tuesday 24th October, we handed our life over to Conor’s amazing surgeon and his team. Leaving Conor in the operating, with the thought that we’d never see him alive again, ripped our hearts right from our chests. The minutes felt like hours waiting to be told that the operation had finished.

4 hours later, the surgeon sat us down and told us even though Conor had made it through, his heart had stopped twice. He said it was almost as if he had fought so hard, but his little body had given. If it wasn’t for the anaesthetist and the battle she did, we would have lost Conor that afternoon.

Everyday Conor grow stronger. When we were sat down and told the outlook was poor, Conor fought and proved everyone wrong! He came off the venilator after 5 days, quicker then any of the doctors and nurses had expected. And then a few days after that we were back on the Neurology ward, and then eventually back to our local hospital, all in the space of 3 weeks. Conor had lost over a lb in weight, and had a feeding tube. He started taking bottle feeds again and that meant we could go home!

In Febuary we were back for his second operation. Again he amazed the doctors by only being on the ventilator for 2 days and 5 days in total needing to stay in hospital. Conor’s surgeon told us that he was almost a 100% sure that he had managed to close off the extra blood flow and that this would be his last operation.

And that is what we were told on the 2nd October 2013, when we headed back to GOSH for the third time. Finally our little family could look forward to a future, that didn’t include anymore major surgery.

So now it’s our turn to give back for all the amazing work Great Ormond Street do. I am walking the Great Wall of China to say, thankyou. But we need your help too. We ask for you to spread Conor’s story to friends and family. Many of you have followed Conor’s story over the last 15 months and how how amazing his recovery has been. Some of you may have seen this amazing hospital in action for yourselves or someone you love.

This is the only way we can think of to show how much we appreciate the doctors and nurses for giving us our baby boy back.

Thank you for reading Conor’s story and our journey to pay back all that GOSH have given us…….

Love Luke, Rachel and Conor. XxX

via Luke Robinson is fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC).

Peter Andre has a baby Girl with Emily

Peter Andre has a baby Girl with Emily

Congratulations to Peter Andre and Emily MacDonaugh from Lullaby-babies, who have reportedly given birth to a baby girl earlier today.

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Getting Prepared for Baby’s Arrival

Getting Prepared for Baby’s Arrival – Six Key Pre Birth Items

by guest blogger George Peterson
 

For any couple expecting a baby, there is a huge amount to do in order to get prepared for the arrival of your bundle of joy. While this is one of the most exciting periods in the lives of couples, it can also be a stressful and challenging one where there is a huge amount to sort out. For those who are going to be parents for the first time, it can be a particularly challenging period. The lack of experience coupled with the lack of hand-me-downs from a previous baby means that there is a lot to sort out and a lot to buy for first time parents-to-be.

 

While there are many things that you can purchase for your baby after he or she arrives, there are also many items that you will need to purchase beforehand. It is important to make sure you are properly prepared for the baby’s arrival, which means listing the items you need to buy as a priority and sorting them out before the baby comes along.

 

Key items you need to buy before the baby comesPregnant lady

 

There are many items you will need for your baby, but some are more crucial than others. Some of the items you should look at buying before your baby is born and ready to come home include:

 

Basic clothes: Forget about shopping around for designer romper suits. All you need to start off with are some basic, warm, comfortable baby clothes for your little one. Remember, your baby will grow out of clothes very quickly so don’t splurge beforehand. It is even worth getting hand-me-downs from friends or family if they have any available.

 

Cot or Moses basket: Your baby will need somewhere to sleep when he or she comes home from the hospital, so make sure you have a suitable baby bed available in the form of a quality cot or Moses basket.

 

Pushchair: While you may not be taking baby out immediately after coming home, many parents prefer to buy pushchairs in advance, so that they have a pushchair ready and waiting for when they take the little one out to show off to the world.

 

Bath: One thing you will need to do regularly after bringing the baby home is bathe him or her. Make sure you have a baby bath ready and waiting to bathe the little one with ease and convenience.

 

Car seat: It is essential that you keep baby safe and secure when travelling by car, which means investing in a good, high quality car seat. Remember, you have to get the baby back from the hospital, so make sure you get this sorted out in advance.

 

Nappies and creams: Baby isn’t going to wait around for you to nip down the shops before doing his or her business. You should therefore make sure you have the various nappy changing supplies you need, which includes nappies, cream, cotton wool, baby talc, and a changing mat.

 

These are just some of the key items you will need to look at getting in preparation for the arrival of your baby. You also need to consider basics such as formula or, if applicable, a breast-pump.

 

Fingerprint Pendant Surprise

fingerprint pendantFingerprint Pendant from Santa

 

I would like to say that receiving my gorgeous Fingerprint Pendant on Christmas morning was a complete surprise to me, but with two young children playing a significant part of the big secret, it was never going to remain a total secret until the 25th December!

 

That said, although I had an inkling of an idea of what I may be getting, I didn’t actually set eyes on it until Christmas morning, but when I did, it was a fabulous treat.

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Personalised Children’s Cutlery from Santa

Personalised Children’s Cutlery Sets from Santa

 

personalised childrens cutlery

Personalised Childrens Cutlery for Joshua

I’m quite sure a pair of personalised children’s cutlery sets were not exactly at the top of Chloe and Joshua’s Christmas gift list this year, but none the less, that’s what they found in their stockings at the bottom of the bed on Christmas morning (amongst other items I hasten to add).

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Top 10 Baby Names

Top 10 Baby Names

 

A recent survey of the most popular baby names by the babycentre.co.uk revealed that traditional names linked to the Royal family, have become less popular in the run up to, and after the naming of Prince George.

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Singing Lullabies Does Calm Babies

Singing Lullabies Does Calm Babies

Here at Lullaby-babies we have long supported the idea of lullabies being beneficial to baby, and have plenty of written text on the subject on our pages.  However, it was very pleasing to see the story below making the front page of the Times, backing up our theory with scientific evidence. It was also great to see a number of our own lullabies getting a mention in the article.

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Five Luxury Christening Gifts for Boys HRH Prince George may receive

 

Luxury Christening Gifts for Boys

 

With the recent Christening of Prince George now successfully completed, I thought I would provide a list of popular luxury  christening gifts for boy’s suggestions that Prince George may receive from family, friends, well-wishers and maybe even his great grandmother.

 

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Lullaby-babies meets Dragon Duncan Bannatyne

Lullaby-babies meets Dragon Duncan Bannatyne  

Lullaby-babies had a close encounter with a Dragon yesterday [9/10/13] in the form of Dragons Den star Duncan Bannatyne!

 

However, it was not necessarily as you would imagine, face to face with the other Dragons in their den, pitching for some funds in exchange for an equity stake in our baby boutique business.

 

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Reasons to Shop at an Online Baby Boutique


Reasons to Shop at an Online Baby Boutique

When a friend, relative, or someone you know is having a baby, it’s a great experience and a special time in their lives. So when it comes to shopping for a baby gift for them, you want to find the perfect gift to give to that special person in your life. The trouble with shopping for baby gifts such as clothes or special namesake things is that they’re not all grouped together in one place. They’re scattered all over and you have to drive back and forth to multiple stores, just to find a couple of things you are looking for! Shopping for baby supplies and gifts can be easier by going to a baby boutique online.

online baby boutique

Online Baby Boutique

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Lullaby Babies Blog makes it to the USA

lullaby babies usa Lullaby-babies blog spot has been featured on a very popular American webiste, www.whattoexpect.com  just recently.

 

Follow this link to read the full article  http://www.whattoexpect.com/wom/family-life/camping-with-my-kids-creates-magical-moments-and-complete-madness.aspx

Home-made baby food is best says experts

Home-made baby food is best says experts

I guess we already knew it really didn’t we, but popping a ready-made meal in the microwave, is quick and more convenient, but it is not at the top of the baby food nutrient list for a growing baby.

 

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Fingerprint Jewellery Now Available

Fingerprint Jewellery Now Available

Have you ever wondered what to get as an extra special and long lasting keepsake for a new mum or dad?

 

How about some fine quality solid silver fingerprint jewellery?

 

Alternatively, you may be a parent looking for the perfect gift to give a grandparent, godparent or other relative; again fingerprint jewellery, or hand and foot print jewellery could be the perfect solution for such a luxurious gift.

 

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Welcome Prince George of Cambridge from Lullaby Babies

Welcome Prince George of Cambridge from Lullaby Babies

 

We were delighted to hear of the safe arrival of Prince George earlier in the week, as was the whole country, and even the whole world by the looks of the celebrations shown in the newspapers from Australia, America, Europe and pretty much all corners of the globe.

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After baby is born “sip and see” parties increase in the UK

Sip and See Parties set to rise in the UK

 

In yesterdays “Times” newspaper [16/7/13] there was an interesting story that another American baby related phenomenon was sweeping through our shores. Sip and see parties, as they have been named, can cost as much as a small wedding, between £3,000 and £7,000 according to TLC the event organiser, who arranged two such events in 2012, but already have orders for eight half way through 2013.

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Unique Baby Gifts

 

Welcome to my unique baby gifts blog. When a baby is born everyone rushes to see the new bundle of joy and they often take a gift to show how excited they are to meet the little one and to congratulate the parents on bringing such a special child into the world. Read More

Gifts for Babies

 

In this gifts for babies blog, I am going to look at 5 of the most common gifts for babies in the UK right now, some of them being very simple and good value for money, and others being slightly more expensive, but very much worth the extra cost if you can afford it. Read More

“The Personal Shopping Service Was Excellent- One Quick Email And I Got Everything I Wanted!”

Yummy Mummy, Cornwall

Personalised Baby Gifts For Your Newborn Baby

 

The safe arrival of a new baby is such an important and joyous occasion and so it’s essential that you choose the right personalised baby gifts appropriate for the occasion. The right gift can show the new family that you are thinking of them at this special time and that you have put time and effort into finding the perfect present. Very often the perfect present will even elicit a few tears from the parents at this emotional time.

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UK Version Of The Alphabet Song Teaches Kids Their ABCs

We were given the challenge of creating a UK version of the popular Alphabet song that has helped so many children to learn their ABCs over the years.

 

The inherent problem was that in the traditional (Americanised) version, the pronunciation of the letter Z was ‘Zee’ and English children are obviously taught to pronounce this as ‘Zed.’  Simply substituting the sounds wouldn’t have worked because the song rhymes the ‘Zee’ sound with the ‘Vee’ sound.

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Once I Caught a Fish Alive

12345 (Once I Caught a Fish Alive)

 

 

Check out the video:

 

 

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The song is taken from our 2013 album of nursery rhymes and lullabies called Dance and Dream.

 

The album Dance and Dream comprises a collection of famous nursery rhymes with a modern twist.  Nursery rhymes have a long list of benefits for children.  For example, have been shown to improve cognitive, verbal, motor and social skills to name but a few.  However, the recordings of the traditional songs are usually quite lethargic and computer-generated which makes them difficult to listen to.  This album offers parents and children all the advantages associated with playing nursery rhymes but with the added advantage that the music sounds much more up-do-date.  This is primarily down to the recording techniques and production we used to create the product and the decision to use exclusively acoustic instrumentation on the record.  An album that uses non computer-generated instruments obviously takes longer to produce and requires a larger investment (as session musicians & engineers are required) but the result is far superior to the alternative.  The achieved sound is warm, wholesome and has a contemporary twist (which was exactly what we were looking for!)
Dance and Dream also contains a couple of original songs. This clip is from Sweet Little Dreams which is available on disc 2 of Dance and Dream


Over the coming weeks we’ll be commissioning more videos to accompany the other tracks on the album.  We want the animations to reflect the fresh, vibrant nature of the music and so it’s not a quick process I’m afraid!  Take a look at the Youtube video posted above and tell us what you think.  Which song on the album would you like us to animate next?  The choices are as follows:

 

  • Ring A Ring O’ Roses
  • If You’re Happy And You Know It
  • The Grand Old Duke Of York
  • Here We Go Looby Loo
  • Pop Goes The Weasel
  • London Bridge Is Falling Down
  • Skip To My Lou
  • The Wheels On The Bus
  • Can You Dance?
  •  The Alphabet Song
  • Sweet Little Dreams
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  •  Oh My Darling Clementine
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
  • Mary Mary Quite Contrary
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Frere Jacques

 

When you search the internet for a children’s animation, what are you looking for?  Is it something that will entertain your child for a few minutes?   Please let us know so that we can create the best possible videos for you and your child.  Feel free to tell us what you’d like to see on the next video and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

 

Lyrics

 

1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive

6,7,8,9,10 then I let it go again

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so

Which finger did it bite?

The little one on the right

 

1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive

6,7,8,9,10 then I let it go again

Why did you let it go? Because it bit my finger so

Which finger did it bite? The little one on the right

 

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Shall we sing this song again?

 

1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive

6,7,8,9,10 then I let it go again

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so

Which finger did it bite?

The little one on the right

 

1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive

6,7,8,9,10 then I let it go again

Why did you let it go? Because it bit my finger so

Which finger did it bite? The little one on the right

 

Origins

 

Once I Caught a Fish Alive was first recorder in 1765 and released under the Mother Goose brand.

 

Did you know the song was originally about a hare?  Henry Bolton recorded the ‘fishy’ version in 1880.

 

The song was written to help children learn to count to 10 and is still an effective teaching tool for that purpose.  Its infectious melody sticks in children’s heads which makes it far easier for them to recall the number sequence.

 

 

 

Lullabies and Premature Babies – The Calming Effect of Music

Researchers have found that playing lullabies to premature babies can help lower heart rates and aid breathing and feeding.

 

Ppremature babies music

Scientists at the Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York have just published the results of a fascinating study in which they measured the effects of playing music to premature babies.  According to lead researcher Dr. Aimee Telsey; exposure to music improved heart rates, sleep patterns, sucking behaviour & calorie intake in the premature babies studied.  Furthermore stress levels fell and the music even helped mother and baby to bond.

 

Three types of music were used in the study: traditional lullabies, ‘wooshing’ sounds produced by Remo ocean discs and simulated heart-beat rhythms using Gato boxes (Remo ocean discs and Gato boxes are devices used by music therapists which can be synchronised with the tempo of an infant’s heart-beat and breathing rate).

 

The 272 premature babies studied had various medical conditions from breathing difficulties to infections of the blood-stream.  Exposure to all three types of music (three times a week for two weeks) was found to calm heart rates.  The most effective type of music was shown to be the traditional lullabies.

 

Our company acquired its name from a similar study that was published several years ago in the International Journal of Arts Medicine.  This study had similar results to the one described above:  Music was shown to reduce heart rates, increase oxygen saturation and reduce stress behaviours in newborn babies.  The babies in the study were dubbed ‘The Lullaby Babies.’

 

It’s important to point out a possible explanation for the positive results that was proposed by the researchers from original study.  The lead researcher in original study explained that the correlation between exposure to music and reduction in stress levels may simply be because the music drowned out the loud, harsh, disturbing noises of machinery and staff that were present in the neonatal unit.  This warrants further investigation as neonatal units around the globe could potentially aid the recovery times of their premature patients simply by creating an environment more appropriate for the sensitive young ears of babies.

The Baby Naming Process – Keeping Up With The Karashians

When considering a suitable name for your offspring there is a heck of a lot to consider.  When you bounce ideas off your spouse you may get some of the following reservations:

 

- “That name is too common”

- “It reminds me of someone I used to know who I didn’t like!”

- “I’ve got a friend who’s just named their baby that”

- “That name doesn’t sound right with our surname”

- “People will shorten it and I don’t like the shortened version”

- “People will misspell it”

- “I’d rather have a name that means something”

 

The power of the veto comes into play a lot during this process!  To lighten the mood (or perhaps sometimes to test the water) there are often a few light-hearted suggestions thrown in for good measure!

 

When Kim Kardashian appeared on the Jay Leno show recently and voiced a name she said was ‘cute,’ she may have been joking or she may have been testing the water!  The audience’s immediate reaction was one of laughter and so hopefully she won’t be going down that route now either way!

 

Kim Kardashian Talks Baby Names

Kim Kardashian Talks Baby Names With Jay Leno.

 

Kim was on the Jay Leno programme to show off her bump and naturally she discussed a variety of baby-related topics.  Jay asked her whether the rumours regarding the name North were true.   Kayne West is the father of the child and so it’s easy to see why rumours of a baby North West were started.  Thankfully, Kim confirmed this was just a rumour but added that she was a fan of the name Easton!!  The idea of the baby being called Easton West produced a chuckle from the audience but it’s still unclear as to whether this was a serious suggestion or just a joke.

 

How Important Is A Name?

Was Shakespeare’s Juliet correct when she said that, ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’?   She probably was.  However, a rose doesn’t have to endure years of school-yard bullying!

 

As the human mind works by association I also think there’s a certain logic in name-related discrimination.  If you don’t agree then ask yourself if you are 100 percent certain that an employer flicking through a bunch of CVs would give equal, unbiased attention to a candidate named Jordan as they would to one named Elizabeth.

 

Therefore, I think a child’s name does have a significant impact on their life and it’s not something that should ever be taken lightly.  Easton West is a funny suggestion for about two seconds but the idea of a child having to live with it is just cruel.  However, it’s by no means the worst celebrity-chosen name and the following list makes you wonder what on earth is going on inside the heads of some of our most dearly-loved celebs:

 

The 20 Worst Celebrity Names

20. Kal-El

Child Of:  Nicolas Cage

 

19. Fifi Trixibelle

Child Of:  Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

 

18. Ocean

Child Of: Forest Whitaker

 

17. Apple

Child Of:  Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

 

16. Coco

Child Of:  Courteney Cox and David Arquette

 

15. Kyd

Child Of:  David Duchovny and Tea Leoni

 

14. Pilot Inspektor

Child Of: Jason Lee

 

13.Destry

Child Of:  Steven Spielberg

 

12.Maddox

Adopted child Of:  Angelina Jolie (and Brad Pitt)

 

11.Memphis Eve

Child Of:  Bono

 

10. Prince Michael II/Blanket

Child Of: Michael Jackson

 

9. Rocket Rodriguez

Child Of: Robert Rodriguez

 

8. Blue Angel

Child Of: The Edge (U2)

 

7. Tu Morrow

Child Of: Rob Morrow

 

6. Moxie Crimefighter

Child Of: Penn Jillette

 

5. Jermajesty

Child Of: Jermaine Jackson

 

4. Audio Science

Child Of: Actress Shannyn Sossamon

 

3. Sage Moonblood

Son Of:  Sylvester Stallone

 

2. Moon Unit

Child Of: Frank Zappa

 

1. Diva Thin Muffin

Child Of: Frank Zappa

 

Congratulations to Frank Zappa for securing the top two spots- an incredible achievement.

 

Have I missed any out?  Let me know…

 

Why Are Children’s Songs & Nursery Rhymes So Important?

There have been numerous studies which have demonstrated the benefits of playing nursery rhymes to children.

 

Over the coming few weeks I’ll be examining these studies further in order to bring you up date with the latest research.    However, in the meantime you can check out this page for more details:  http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/article/5978/Advantages_of_Nursery_Rhymes_to_Little_Children

 

The nursery rhymes which have the most benefit to children are the ones that have simple lyrics and simple melody lines as these songs are easy for children to learn and sing.  Nursery rhymes that lend themselves to accompanying actions are better still (such as The Wheels on the Bus) as performing basic dance routines along with the music engages the listener further and activates yet another part of the brain.

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What Are You Getting Your Baby For Easter?

Easter is an important occasion but its significance can easily be over-shadowed by the spectacle of a mountain of chocolate and some decent TV.

 

Even if you’re not particularly religious, families living in today’s frantic world need to grab every chance they can to spend some quality time together and for many families Easter offers such an opportunity.

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Lullaby Babies at Number 1 in the UK Childrens Music Charts

Lullaby Babies is obviously striking the right chord with parents as they are currently ranked number one in the ReverbNation UK Children’s charts.

 

A growing and loyal fan base coupled with their new album release, ‘Dance and Dream’ has sky-rocketed the company into the much coveted first position.

 

Managing Director Richard Jenkinson thanks Twitter, Facebook and music platform ReverbNation for the recent surge in popularity the company has seen:

 

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Dance and Dream- Lullaby Babies Latest Release

We are delighted to announce the release of our latest album ‘Dance and Dream’ which is available to purchase via our website on CD and Mp3 download.

 

The double CD album features 20 classic nursery rhymes that have been arranged and recorded with a contemporary twist to give a fresh sounding album that parents should enjoy as well as their children.

 

 

Upon researching the album we noticed that parents tend to use nursery rhymes for two distinctive purposes.  Primarily parents use them as play-time songs to encourage their kids to dance and sing along with the upbeat music.  Studies have shown that learning the words to nursery rhymes and performing simple actions along with the music such as clapping and dancing can help increase a child’s cognitive development.

 

However, many parents also use nursery rhymes as lullabies and will regularly put on a nursery rhyme album for their child to fall asleep to.  The problem is that nursery rhyme albums contain a mixture of songs; some upbeat and some mellow.  A child’s sleep is likely to be disrupted if his or her parents put on a couple of soporific tracks from a nursery rhyme album without realising that the tracks are followed by loud, uptempo songs which will kick in just as the child is drifting off!

 

Likewise, purchasing a nursery album for play-time will have mixed results if a large proportion of the songs are mellow.  Therefore we decided to make this album a double CD feature.  The first disc is called Dance and features ten uptempo tracks to get your child dancing, singing and clapping along.  The second disc is called Dream and features ten soothing lullabies that work wonders at bedtime.

 

As far as we know this is the first album of its kind and we hope that parents will find it useful and enjoyable.  We firmly believe that parent-child interaction should be encouraged as much as possible and by listening to this album regularly, you can ensure you are spending lots of quality time with your baby.