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.
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.
6 Healthy Foods for Pregnant Women
- Eggs. In the previous years, eggs earned a bad reputation as a cholesterol laden food. Latest news on the other hand says that there is no real truth to this and that it’s one of the best diet during pregnancy. This contains more than 12 vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, eggs are packed with protein, which is very essential when you are carrying a baby. Choline in eggs contributes to better baby brain health and overall development.
- Fruits and vegetables. Pregnancy care should never be without the aid of fruits and vegetables. These can provide you with beta carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, collagen, potassium and several other types of nutrients. Some great choices include spinach, berries, mango, papaya, pineapple, pear and watermelon.
- Lean meat. In choosing meat, take note that these should offer high-quality protein. Lean meat contain lesser fats, something that you should choose whether you are pregnant or not. For better choline content, go for pork of beef. Stay away from deli meats or hotdogs if you can since these have an added risk of bacterial and parasitic infection which is bad for your baby.
- Dairy foods. Developing babies need protein, vitamin D, phosphorus and calcium. These will sustain your baby’s teeth, bones, heart, muscles, nerves and blood health. One of the best foods that can supply all these needed nutrients are dairy products. You should eat at least four servings of calcium fortified products each day to meet the recommended daily allowance. Examples of dairy products include milk, yoghurt and cheese.
- Fish. When it comes to Omega-3 fatty acids, fish remains the most popular source. Choose salmon though. Compared to other types of fish, this has lower mercury content. You can eat at much as 12 ounces of salmon or other types of low-mercury fish in a week. Eating this food will also provide your baby with extra B vitamins.
- Whole grains. Instead of eating white bread or pasta, choose the healthier option in the form of whole grains. These offer higher fibre content and are fortified with iron and folic acid. Some of the foods in this group include wheat bread and brown rice.
If you want to increase your chances of hearing your baby’s first word, then invest first in your own health. In doing so, the health of your baby is greatly improved. During pregnancy, your cravings may lean towards unhealthy snacks such as fries. Learn to exercise some restraint and think of your baby instead.
Author: Holly Easterby
Holly’s love for children has seen her featured in many education and children websites, whether talking about healthy snacks, motivating students or children’s fashion at Bonza Brats. Holly loves reading books, and shopping is her way of spending time with her young family. If you would like to catch her, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @HollyEasterby
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.
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.
The boys toy box is painted with a light blue background, with the personalised name letters in dark blue.
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.
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.
At this stage we estimate the new site should be ready to launch during September 2014.
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.
Yоu knоw thаt іt іs hаrd tо bе рrеgnаnt. Веtwееn thе wеіght gаіn, mоrnіng sісknеss, bасkасhеs, сrаvіngs, аnd hоrmоnеs іt іs nо wоndеr thаt уоu sоmеtіmеs fіnd уоursеlf fееlіng lеss thаn уоur bеst. Тhаt’s whу іt іs sо іmроrtаnt fоr уоu tо раmреr аnd sроіl уоursеlf rіght nоw. Whеthеr уоu rеаlіzе іt оr nоt, уоur bоdу іs undеr а lоt оf strеss аbоut сrеаtіng thіs nеw lіfе. Whеn уоu tаkе thе tіmе tо tаkе саrе оf уоursеlf, уоu аrе rеlіеvіng sоmе оf thоsе еmоtіоnаl strеssоrs аnd fеаrs thаt nаturаllу соmе wіth рrеgnаnсу.
Ѕо hоw dо уоu mаkе уоursеlf fееl lіkе а рrіnсеss whеn уоu hаvе sо mаnу ехреnsеs соmіng уоur wау?
Fоr stаrtеrs, уоu shоuld gіvе уоursеlf а lоng, nісе, wаrm bаth еvеrу nіght. Dоn’t mаkе іt tоо hоt оf соursе, but уоu dо wаnt іt tо bе wаrm еnоugh thаt іt іs rеlахіng fоr уоu. Тhіs іs muсh еаsіеr іf уоu hаvе а раrtnеr whо іs thеrе tо hеlр уоu іn аnd оut оf thе tub.
Аnоthеr еаsу wау tо rеlах іs tо tаkе аn hоur tо уоursеlf еvеrу nіght. Тhіs саn bе sреnt rеаdіng, lіstеnіng tо musіс, оr јust tаkіng а nар. Whаt іs іmроrtаnt іs thаt іt іs tіmе thаt іs јust уоurs. Іf уоu hаvе оthеr kіds аt hоmе, hаvе уоur husbаnd tаkе thеm fоr аn hоur еvеrу nіght sо thаt уоu саn hаvе sоmе уоu tіmе. Yоu wіll bе аmаzеd аt whаt а lіttlе рrіvаtе tіmе саn dо fоr уоu аnd hоw rеfrеshеd уоu wіll bе whеn уоur hоur іs uр.
Веfоrе уоu gо tо slеер еvеrу nіght, hаvе уоur husbаnd tаkе sоmе lоtіоn аnd gіvе уоu а nісе fооt rub. Yоur fееt tаkе а lоt оf аbusе durіng thе dау аnd hарру fееt аrе еssеntіаl tо а hарру lіfе. Аftеr аll, thеrе аrе рrеssurе роіnts іn уоur fееt thаt аffесt еvеrуthіng frоm уоur hеаd tо уоur sехuаl оrgаns. Іt’s nо wоndеr а gооd fооt mаssаgе саn mаkе уоur whоlе bоdу fееl rеlахеd.
Вut аs fаr аs fееlіng gооd, nоthіng bеаts thе роwеr оf аrоmаthеrару. Fіnd а gооd sсеnt thаt уоu lіkе (thе саlmіng роwеr оf lаvеndеr fоr іnstаnсе) аnd kеер іt wіth уоu аt аll tіmеs. Сеrtаіn sсеnts trіggеr оur mіnds іn dіffеrеnt wауs аnd аllоw us tо fееl а vаrіеtу оf dіffеrеnt еmоtіоns. Оnсе уоu fіnd аn аrоmаthеrару sсеnt thаt rеlахеs уоu іt іs аlsо а gооd іdеа tо расk іt іn уоur hоsріtаl bаg sо уоu саn hаvе thаt саlmіng sсеnt wіth уоu іn dеlіvеrу.
Rеmеmbеr, рrеgnаnсу іs hаrd, but іt dоеsn’t hаvе tо bе. Usе thеsе sіmрlе tірs tо раmреr уоursеlf аnd еаsе аll оf уоur рrеgnаnсу dіsсоmfоrts.
Learn more about safe pregnancy exercises at my pregnancy workouts blog. Pregnancyworkouts.net is your go-to source for guidance before, during & after your pregnancy. You can find a prenatal exercise program that’s right for you — whether you currently have a gold membership at the gym or a season ticket to your sofa.
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.
Many parents are now opting for these baby naming ceremonies as they are considered much more personal and meaningful and they are more relaxed than a christening. The ceremonies do not have to be held in a church; a lot of parents opt to have the baby naming ceremony at home or in their garden.
Naming Day Readings
During the naming day ceremony, guests, grandparents, the parents, friends, Godparents, or anyone else who might play a significant part in the baby’s life will be asked to participate in the readings that form part of the ceremony.
During the naming day readings, guests at the ceremony will be invited to make a speech, read a poem, or make a pledge. These readings can be humorous, serious, or whatever style suits the occasion.
The British Humanist Association can organise a celebrant to conduct the ceremony. In addition, the Association can provide a book entitled “Seasons of Life” The book contains a selection of poems and readings that are suitable for the naming ceremony and it serves as a useful guide for guests if they are unsure of the type of reading to choose.
Some people prefer to write their own speeches or poems for the naming day readings, while others will select a poem or speech that resonates with them. Some people might also choose to use the words from one of their favourite songs as part of the ceremony or a reading from a play, provided that it suits the occasion.
However, if you are finding it difficult to come up with ideas for the naming day readings, or if you are not confident writing your own speech or poem, then there are plenty of sites online that offer ideas, pre –written speeches or poems; if you want a reading that will be truly special and unique, you can find a professional who will write a suitable speech/poem for you.
Moreover, some local council sites such as the Bracknell Forest Council and Herefordshire Council offer a selection of poems and readings that can be used as part of the ceremony.
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.
So, is the Duchess of Cambridge pregnant or not?
Does the fact she recently jumped over some tins (in high wedges) at the Commonwealth Games whilst playing the South African game Three Tins provide any clues?
Some say yes, as a pregnant woman would not do such a thing, but others remind us of the fact that Kate was equally as active the day before she announced her first pregnancy with Prince George.
One thing we can say is that Kate is currently not taking things easy at all, and both her and Prince William still appear to be as busy as ever.
Either way, time will tell very soon, but in the meantime, we cannot rule out other tabloid stories such as; is the Duchess of Cambridge pregnant with triplets?
In 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.
Scientists from the University of Washington say they have captured the most precise look yet of what happens inside a baby’s brain when they hear adults speaking.
The researchers discovered that the area of the brain that is used to produce speech buzzes with activity in babies aged between 7 and 12 month old when they hear speech components, and build toward babys first word.
“What we’re seeing is that the babies are practising because they want to talk back” says Patricia Kuhl, a speech psychologist. Her findings were published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr Kuhl’s team used a special machine that measures the brains magnetic field. Unlike other devices, such as an MRI machine, which requires patients to remain completely still, the MEG can deal with a moving subject, such as a wriggling baby.
The research suggests that babies behave like citizens of the world in their earliest months, reacting to the sounds of all languages equally. However, when they reach about eight months, they begin to latch on to the sound of the language of their parents, effectively ignoring foreign sounds.
The work may help to solve the riddle of how children of the world over acquire their native language in such a short time. Infants learn phonology and grammar via exposure to speech, and produce speech patterns by the age of one that can be deciphered by their parents, the researchers say a feat that has so far beaten the most advanced computers. Dr Kuhl said babies are ready to listen and ready to pay attention.
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.
And it’s not just new births that suit this gift; it’s also very popular with baby baptisms, Christenings, naming day celebrations and confirmations, with the babies close family relatives, especially the grandparents, great grandparents and god parents, choosing the pocket watch as a gift above most others.
Just out of interest we asked a few of our most recent customers who bought these watches as a gift, why they had decided to choose them instead of anything else on our website, or anywhere else to be honest.
The most common response was that it was considered to be a special gift for life, a real keepsake that would stand the test of time, and baring any accidents, be a truly lasting memento for the baby into adult hood, even outlasting the gifting parties themselves, which they also hoped would keep them in mind long after they have gone.
Another popular response was durability and potential usefulness over the long term. Clearly a pocket watch engraved with words has no use at all for a baby, and limited use for a child, but they will one day grow into it, and hopefully appreciate it for the wonderful gift it is.
Interested in getting a Pocket Watch Engraved ?
Here at lullaby-babies, we use state of the art equipment to engrave the babies, child’s (or even fathers) initials on the front of the pocket watch in italicised clear font, and then you are able to add absolutely any message of your choice on the back of the watch, bearing in mind the message should be no more than 50 characters (including spaces) long.
A good example of such a message for a baptism would be:
“Dear Joshua, On Your Baptism, Love Mum & Dad” (44 characters)
The pocket watch itself is a superior-quality timepiece by A E Williams, and has a battery-powered quartz-movement, and comes presented in a gift box.
Why not take a look at our engraved pocket watch here and see what you think of it as a gift.
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.
We have noticed a significant increase in baby gift orders from Australia, Canada, all over the USA, the UAE, India, and New Zealand, and assume we must be ranking well on google search in those Countries.
You can see the latest most popular baby gift orders for the UK on our homepage.
If you are looking for a next day gift delivery, then try our next day baby gifts here, or alternatively for that extra special touch, look at our personalised baby gifts here, although it is worth noting that personalised baby gifts usually take 2-5 days to be produced and dispatched.
So a big thank you to all our customers right around the world.
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?
It seems like even with the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allowing us to find out more about our friends than we would normally find out at say a social gathering, online shopping has made it a lot harder for us to buy gifts that they would really love. That is why I’ve put together a list of gift alternatives that may just save the day when it comes to that special day.
Most people love getting up and trying out something new, and a special occasion is a great way to utilise this. This can be anything as common as going out for bowling to a cinema trip to an afternoon paintballing. For younger children, something more fun and simple or home-made like a treasure hunt across town may be a good idea, as it is a present that doesn’t break the bank in the process!
Gift Cards and Vouchers
Sometimes considered lazy, gift cards are a great present for a special occasion because it gives the recipient more freedom to pick out a gift that they would like. Generic gift cards for retail shops like Claire’s Accessories and Next can sometimes seem careless, so make sure that you choose the right gift card that reflects the interests of your friend or relative.
A HMV gift card (Or a Netflix Subscription) is always a good way to go, because most people like films. Plus many stores online and niche retailers also offer gift cards, so if you do a little research or you already know what your friend is in to, a niche gift card can make a good, thoughtful present.
Does your friend or relative have an occasional magazine that they buy? Are they interested in fishing, golf or a more niche hobby? There are countless magazines available in stores and online that may have all the information your friend or relative would love to read about. They may have even considered getting a subscription beforehand, but have always dismissed it. The gift of a subscription shows that you have noticed them buying the occasional magazine and have researched more into it, making this a surprisingly thoughtful gift.
However, be careful to make sure that a magazine subscription is something that they would appreciate as they might just buy that one off magazine to prove a point or as an ironic joke. If you are unsure, always ask!
If you don’t ask about their likes and just got them a generic gift, this can stink of laziness, so when in doubt, ask a close relative of the recipient or even the recipient themselves. Subtlety is crucial when asking for information about presents, but in all likelihood your friend or relative will be far less offended if you tripped around asking them specific questions about their likes and dislikes and then got them something they truly enjoyed.
As a mother to one little boy and an aunt to many(!), Jenny Walden is always on the look-out for unique gifts for all sorts of occasions. She writes about the most special finds on behalf of Kate’s Jewellery who specialise in handprint and silver jewellery.
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:
1 Inspect the seams.
Seams is one thing you should consider when buying baby clothes. Make sure that the seams of your child’s clothes must be smooth and it should lie flat. When buying clothes, do not forget to turn the clothes inside out. Run your hands along the seams and see if there will be something that will poke or scratch your skin.
2 Shy away from clothes made up of tight elastic.
Your baby has sensitive skin. Any thing that is too tight will surely irritate it. This is why you should shy away form choosing baby clothes that are too tight in the legs, arms, waist or neck. This is because these tight clothes will cut the circulation. When you are just looking at the dress in the shop, it may seem comfortable to wear but once you fit it to your baby, you will notice how tight it is. Because of this, it would be best if you would bring your baby every time you shop.
3 Look for any possible choking hazards.
A lot of parents wish to make their babies as cute as possible. Because of this, they tend to choose clothes with beads and sequence. The sad part is, these cute little things can become a big hazard for your child. In the event that you cannot help but buy these cute clothes, it is recommended that you make sure that these details will not easily come off. Also, recheck the items every after washing.
4 Know the content of the fabric.
One thing you should check before buying baby clothes is its label. Keep in mind that different fabrics are used in creating infant clothing. These type of fabrics have different characteristics. Often times, natural fabrics are the best choice for babies. However, this is not the most practical choice. Understand what the differences between the fabrics are in order to determine which one is perfect for your child.
5 Avoid scratchy baby clothes.
There are various parts of clothing that can scratch the skin of your baby. Such items may include zippers, snaps, appliques or uneven backing. The trend for baby clothes now include the use of this appliques. This is why it is best that you double check the clothes for any rough edges. Most people tend to think that the backings and appliques will soften after a few times of washing, it won’t. This is why you should not risk it.
Choosing the right baby clothes will aid to the comfort that your baby brings. With this in mind, you can easily make sure that your baby will not be harmed with any scratches or tightness of clothes.
Aileen Pablo is a mommy blogger at The Thrifty Senyorita and also works as a Community Outreach Manager at http://thecuddlecompany.co.uk/. When not working, she is being an artsy-fartsy mom and is doing DIY crafts for home decors and baby stuffs.
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.
Great Baby Boy Presents
- The Organic Luxury Gift Basket:
This beautiful basket contains a variety of baby gifts that are perfect for a newborn baby and its family, and the best part is, the products in it are all organic. This basket contains a matching sleep suit and babygrow from the continental U.K. that are made of the finest quality Indian organic cotton, known for its luxurious softness. The sleep suit is made for babies that are three to six months, while the babygrow is made for six to 12 months, which will come in handy for the baby later when they’ve grown more. The basket also includes a soft toy made by Keptin Jr, an acoustic lullaby voucher for a Lullaby Babies MP3 download, a Trevarno organic hand made soap, a sea sponge, an Organic Eco Bath wash mitt made of organic cotton and an organic flannel. All of this comes in an elegant wicker basket tied with cellophane and tied with raffia for a gorgeous presentation.
This high quality gift box is designed for a baby boy and can be personalized with the baby’s name, up to eight characters. You can also have the baby’s date of birth written inside the lid in a scheme that matches the color. The box comes with a blue double star on a blue box and is filled with high quality matching items, such as three personalized hangers, which come with an upper case initial on each of the hangers, a money box with a double star in pale blue, a personalized hair brush and a white knitted bunny rattle.
- Blue Baby Boy Bear:
This is a fun and cuddly bear made especially for boys and is one of the cutest baby boy presents Lullaby Babies has! Get the bear personalized with the baby’s name in up to nine characters, placed on the bear’s left foot for a toy that the baby will be able to cuddle with or is just a perfect decoration for a baby’s room.
The blue baby blanket is so cute and the perfect gift for a newborn boy! Give this blanket your own message with three lines of 15 characters that surround a star design. It’s one of the most basic and wonderful baby boy presents Lullaby Babies offers.
This fabric baby boy photo album makes a great keepsake and is one of the most popular baby boy presents available. Enjoy the cute “it’s a boy” banner and the little blue bear on the front.
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.
1. Skin Sensitivity
Babies have incredibly sensitive skin that may react to even the smallest hint of chemicals. Unfortunately, mass-produced baby clothes are dipped in the stuff, making them hazardous to your child. Organic baby clothes on the other hand are 100% natural and will not cause skin problems.
Babies are more vulnerable to allergies than most people. Through organic baby clothes – specifically cotton – you are 100% sure that the fabric will not trigger any allergies. Silk is also hypoallergenic and when bought organically, you can be sure that there are zero chemicals used to “enhance” the material.
3. No Chafing!
Synthetic textiles are often rough and chafe the skin. Babies are more vulnerable to this problem due to their thin and sensitive skins. Organic clothes on the other hand are soft to the touch and pure enough to prevent skin chafing.
Organic baby clothes are light and airy, allowing excellent wind circulation. This is highly useful during summer when the heat is practically suffocating. Organic clothes keep babies cool and comfortable for a walk outside, even under the sun.
Organic fiber is capable of lasting for years even through constant washing. Although your baby may not need to use it this long, the clothes can be stored safely until the next bundle of joy comes along. The fact that they aren’t mass-produced also means that the manufacturer poured lots of attention into the product. This means that every stitch is in place without any extra threads poking out.
6. Long-Term Cost
Organic baby garments are admittedly more expensive per piece. In the long run, however, they are proving to be the cheaper option. This is due to the fabric’s durability, capable of remaining intact even after more than 100 washes. This removes the need to constantly buy new baby clothes.
Most parents think that organic baby garments are restricted to the colour white. This isn’t the case at all with many sellers designing their product using organic dye. This provides multiple design choices while still maintaining the product’s skin safety.
8. Material Type Options
Cotton isn’t the only organic material used for baby clothes. Parents can choose between silk, flannel, wool and even organic rubber.
9. Fast Drying Time
Although not all organic baby clothing drys quickly, there are those that require only a few hours with practically zero ironing needed. A good example of this is silk, which only needs air-drying to be completely moist-free. Considering how often babies need their clothes changed, quick-drying organic clothes will definitely be useful for new parents. Since the use of a dryer is not necessary for this material, you’ll also find yourself saving on the electric bills!
10. Environmental Impact
The environmental impact of manufacturing organic baby clothes compared to mass-produced garments is definitely better. For one thing, companies creating synthetic fiber dump their chemicals, causing problems in the environment. Purchasing mass-produced products supports this destructive practice while buying organic clothes helps farmers everywhere.
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.
In a statement the singer said: “Now that I have had the opportunity to tell Junior & Pringles , we are very happy to announce the safe arrival of our beautiful baby girl, although no names were mentioned at the time.
“We are extremely thrilled and mum and bubba are doing fine. We are looking forward to a nice quiet couple of weeks getting to know our baby. Thanks to everyone at Musgrove Park Hospital”.
Emily, 23, was admitted to a Somerset hospital last night with staff taking to Twitter to share the happy news before the couple could get the chance, sounds like a confidentiality breach to me?
As and when Peter & Emily decide on a name, we will be happy to provide them with a free personalised lullaby from us, although i’m sure it won’t be long before Peter is creating his very own lullaby, ooooh, mysterious baby……
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.
As you can see in the picture, my children, Chloe 5 and Joshua 3 bought me a double heart shaped fingerprint pendant, with a fingerprint and name on the front, and a short message on the back. “I love mummy”
All in all I’m really pleased with my surprise, even though the kids practically gave it away in all the excitement after providing their fingerprints in a clay pot.
If Chloe and Josh are reading this blog, my birthday is in the Spring, and I really like the look of the new handprint charm bracelet …
Personalised Children’s Cutlery Sets from Santa
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).
Both sets arrived within a few days of ordering and were already gift wrapped, so no further wrapping required from me, good news!
They came presented in a sturdy black gift box, with blue velvety material lining the bottom, and three cutlery holders half way down the box to hold the items in place.
The personalised children’s cutlery is not full sized, but more what I would describe as three quarter size, and are designed for children above three years old.
These three piece personalised children’s cutlery sets can be engraved with your child’s first name of up to 15 characters.
Surprisingly enough the kids really did like them, and at £17 per set, I’m sure we will get good value for money if they actually use them instead of their fingers for the next few years!
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.
The latest top 10 baby names results indicate that within 4 weeks of Prince George’s birth, the popularity of George as a name dropped from 9th place, to number 13, representing a 20 per cent drop.
It was not just the name George that saw a drop in baby name popularity either, both William and Kate also lost ground on parent’s fears of being copy cats in the baby naming game, and even Harry took a 31 per cent tumble from previous years, but still remains within the top 5 boy baby names.
Even with the most popular baby names top 10 changing yet again this year, lullaby-babies still have ALL the top 10 baby boys and girls names available on MP3 download for just £5, along with hundreds of others to choose from. See our personalised lullaby page for more details.
Top 10 Baby Girls Names
Top 10 Baby Boys Names
And if it wasn’t bad enough for our poor old Royals names becoming less popular in this years top 10 baby names list, they appear to have lost out to an increasing number of parents who must be watching too much Downton Abbey, with baby names such as Violet, Ivy, and Rose shooting up the rankings.
Would you deliberately NOT choose one of the top 10 baby names for your own baby, just because it is popular?
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.
Five 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Picture the scene: It’s January 12th 2013. A large group of 200 friends and family have come together to attend a a celebratory do in Club Luis De Camoes in Stoughton, Massachusetts. They have gathered to celebrate in the impending arrival of a new baby boy who is due to be born in to the world in only a few months time. Just like any other baby shower there’s presents, laughter, joking and chatting. Suddenly a man is punched in the back of the head and a bottle is flung into the air. All Hell breaks loose as a terrifying and brutal brawl ignites. Punches are thrown, glasses and chairs are tossed into the air and many people are injured. Four local police departments as well as the State Police and Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office are called to the scene to control the violence. The police’s most crucial priority is to safeguard the numerous children scared stiff by their parents and extended family fighting all around them. At one point one of the police officers stands on top of a table and pleads with parents to evacuate with their children. It takes almost an hour for police to control the violence, many of whom get injured themselves in the chaos.
Four people end up getting arrested, including one juvenile. One of the men is Paulo Pires Depina, the brother of the pregnant guest of honor Maria Depina. Paulo faces charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault & battery on a police officer and causing an affray.
And so concludes the account of the world’s worst baby shower… tune in in a few months time for minute by minute coverage of the baby’s Christening!
It has been known for some time that babies can detect noises from outside the womb by about 30 weeks’ gestation. Recently, a research study has shown that babies actually start detecting language patterns during the last 10 weeks in utero so you’d better start talking to that bump!
Scientific research has already demonstrated that new born babies can immediately recognise their mother’s voice and can distinguish it from others in the crowd. It’s also been shown how their crying patterns share common features with their native language immediately after birth which further suggests that unborn babies can hear and process more than we might think!
Published in the scientific journal ‘Acta Paediatrica’, a very recent study has further backed up these claims. Researchers measured forty American and forty Swedish newborns between 7 and 75 hours after birth to examine whether the babies could distinguish English vowel sounds from Swedish. The researchers innovatively used dummies to measure the amount of curiosity the babies had in different sounds. The researchers proposed that the more the baby sucked the dummy, the greater their level of interest was. Incredibly, both groups consistently demonstrated a statistically higher level of interest in the language that was foreign to them. The researchers attributed to the higher level of interest to the novelty of hearing new sounds.
It was concluded that the results were due to the babies already having been exposed to their native language before birth. The babies, some as young as 7 hours showed how any novelty that their native language offered was easily surpassed by the novelty of the foreign language.
It is not hypothesised how much exposure to language is needed before a child starts becoming desensitised to it but I remember my GCSE French class and I can say with absolute certainty that the novelty had worn off for the vast majority of pupils by the age of 15! Perhaps that’s why it’s common knowledge that young children pick up languages far more easily than adults: they’re simply more enthusiastic about it!!
Although I question the validity of the relationship between the number of times a baby sucks a dummy and the level of interest he or she has, I cannot argue with the increasingly large body of research that is drawing the same conclusions.
So what does this mean? Well you might want to consider stopping all that swearing for one because it looks like your baby is listening!
Furthermore, talking and singing to your unborn child might very well give your child a little boost in the language areas of the brain. You can try one of our lullaby albums if you don’t fancy singing yourself as unlike the majority of other CDS, ours include vocals by professional singers.
How Much Sleep do Babies Need ?
So how much sleep do babies need ?, some parents are often concerned that their baby may not be sleeping enough, whilst others voice their concerns about their baby sleeping too much.
Is your baby having trouble sleeping at night? Why not try one of our personalised baby lullabies to soothe them off.
I think it may be useful for parents to know the amount of hours that the average baby sleeps at different ages. However, it is important to remember that there is a huge variation that exists from one baby to the next. Some newborn babies sleep 21 out of the 24 hours per day. Others only need as few as 8. The test to see if your baby is getting enough sleep is to examine if she is waking happy and alert. If so she is getting enough sleep. If she wakes and is irritable or tired, she may need to sleep longer. (Hames 2002).
How much sleep do babies need
Figure 1. The Amount of Sleep the
Average Baby Needs (Quine 1997)
P. Hames (2002). “Help your baby to sleep.” HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.
Quine, L. (1997). “Solving Children’s sleep Problems”, Beckett Karlson, Cambridge
This post describes the tried and tested tricks that parents use to help baby drop off to sleep. Some can be incorporated into your nightly pre-bed ritual but some should be kept for emergencies. Experiment and see which work for you.