Things You Won’t Expect About Parenting

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Things You Won’t Expect About Parenting

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?

Term Time Holidays

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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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.

Aspace bedroom picture

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. 

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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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.

 

 

 

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…

 

Unusual Baby Gifting Ideas for Girls

Finding a gift for a baby girl is a difficult challenge.  Finding one that nobody else has thought of is even tougher.  To make it a little easier on you I have created a list of my favourite top five gifts for new baby girls:

 

 

 

5.  A Personalised Fleece Blanket

Personalised Baby Blanket

A nicely designed pink fleece blanket featuring embroidery of the baby’s name and date of birth

 

The quality of the material and embroidery is the highest I’ve come across.  With the girl’s full name and date of birth embroidered on the front, this makes a lovely gift.

 

4.  Cupcake PJs

 

Cupcake pyjamas

Stunning PJS that are cleverly presented as cupcakes fresh from the oven!

 

These PJS are size 0-6 months and are available in cream or pink.  They are made from 100% cotton and are super comfortable.  So why are they unusual?  Well, these pyjamas have been cleverly designed to resembled bakery cupcakes and are presented in a stunning cupcake gift box.  At first glance you’d be forgiven to think you were in for a tasty treat!  On closer inspection however, you’d discover these were in fact intricately-rolled cotton garments.   They retail at £14.50 .  You can purchase a pair from here.

 

3.  Engraved Music Box and Photograph Frame

 

music box

An engraved music box and picture frame in one

This is a very special gift and is suitable for a wide range of baby related gifting occasions.  It is a stunning music box that also displays pictures of the baby and is a very beautiful item.  The silver teddy which doubles as the handle is my favourite touch.  The best thing about this gift howeverm is the fact that it can be engraved with the baby’s details which elevates this into the premier league of baby gift giving!  The boxes retail from £34 and are available here.

 

2.  Keepsake Gift Box

This sounds like a cliché but words simply cannot describe this gift.  There are over 16 items in this gift box that include organic cotton baby clothes, a height chart, winding cloths and more.  The Pièce de résistance is the way in which the garments are presented as they are rolled into small flower-like shapes and woven into an intricate and breath taking floral bouquet so that they look like part of the arrangement.  All the items are packaged in an attractive and robust gift box which protects the items during transit.

 

This needs to be seen in the flesh to be believed as the quality is unparallelled.  The set carries a price tag of £80 but given the amount of clothes and gifts that it contains it actually represents extremely good value for money.  Perhaps if you and a couple of friends were chipping in to buy a combined gift for a mutual friend or family member then this would be ideal.

 

Can’t decide whether to buy the new parents flowers, a gift set or baby clothes?  Why not get them all three by purchasing this gift!?

 

1. A Personalised Lullaby CD from Lullaby Babies

With the baby girl’s name sung beautifully throughout the song, this makes a really unique keepsake gift.  The signature lullaby tin protects the CD enabling this to be treasured for many years to come.

Top 5 Unique Gift Ideas for a New Baby Boy

On this page you will find some unique, original gift ideas to help you shop for a newborn baby boy.  These ideas/suggestions come from my years of experience in the baby gift industry and from reviewing the hundreds of customer testimonials I receive every month.

1. A Personalised Lullaby CD from Lullaby Babies

 

 

This features the baby’s name recorded in every chorus of a beautiful original lullaby and makes a wonderful family keepsake as well as an effective sleeping aid.

 

2.  A Personalised Baby Boy Blanket by BOJ

 

Personalised Baby Blanket

A stunning personalised baby blanket for commemorating a newborn baby boy’s birth

 

The blanket can be embroidered with the baby boy’s full name and date of birth.  It retails at £22.50 and is available here

 

3.  Cupcake Pyjamas by BB

 

Cupcake pyjamas

Gorgeous pyjamas uniquely presented as scrummy looking cupcakes

 

We love these cotton pyjamas as not only are they super soft, comfortable and cute but they are presented as scrumptious looking cupcakes.  Only when the gift box is opened and the PJs are unrolled does the gift recipient truly believe their eyes!  They retail at £14.50 are available in cream or blue.  You can purchase a pair from here.

 

4.  Wooden Name Train by RyanTown Toys

 

NAME TRAIN

 

These were a very popular gift in 2012 but we have still included the trains in this list of ‘unique gifts’ as we have never had one returned!  They are extremely high quality and can be personalised with any combination of letters you desire.

5.  Personalised BabyGrow and Bib Set by The Personalised Baby Gift Company

 

 

With the baby’s first name embroidered onto both garments, this organic cotton gift set makes a lovely gift to give the parents of new baby boys.

 

This concludes my list of the top 5 unique/unusual  gifts to welcome new baby boys into the world.  If you want to find out more about any of the items on display here simply click the corresponding image and you’ll be taken to the relevant product page.

Fairy tales – are they actually suitable for young children?

Several months ago I came across an old copy of Hansel and Gretel and I found I could remember the story vividly even though I had not read the tale since I was a small child.

 

I remembered the dad abandoning the children in the woods and the despair of them being lost and cast out by the very person who’s job it was to protect them.  I remembered the gingerbread house and the witch fattening up Hansel ready for eating… oh and the oven of course.

 

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel having a pretty bad day

I decided to re-read the classic fairy tale and it was fascinating.  I hadn’t remembered the happy ending involving the death of the wicked witch at all.  I had no recollection of Hansel and Gretel and their father ending up safe and together again in the end.  It felt to me like someone had added the last two pages of the book I’d owned as a child.  Perhaps it was a new edition commissioned by the same killjoys that had ordered the nursery rhyme Bar Bar Black Sheep to be renamed Bar Bar Rainbow Sheep!

 

Occasionally I’ll hear a song or smell a fragrance and it will bring back a happy memory of my childhood.  Amazingly, when I re read Hansel and Gretel it had a similar affect – the only difference was the fact that the memories and emotions it brought up were all negative.  I can honestly say I experienced an irrational, yet very real sensation of worry and fear.  It fascinated me that something I haven’t thought in over 26 years obviously still carried such an intense emotional charge.  I wondered what else was buried in this obscure, dusty old part of my brain waiting to be discovered?

 

It got me thinking about how suitable these classic fairy tales really are for young children.  Debate this with others and you’ll likely hear such pearls of wisdom such as ‘…they never did me any harm’ and ‘…there’s far worse things to worry about.’   Whilst the latter statement maybe true, how can we be sure of the validity of the former?  Psychologists know that a large part our character is defined by the experiences we had as adolescents.  I’m sure you can consciously recall a few troubling experiences from your youth.  If you start examining these experiences honestly and objectively, you’ll probably be able to see how they affect the way you are today.  It’s not much of a stretch then to believe that something as seemingly harmless as a scary bedtime story might actually have a lasting psychological impact on a young child.

 

It got me thinking that rather than debate this issue I should come up with an alternative.  I decided to commission a new collection of fairy stories that had interesting story lines but nothing that would cause fear or concern for young children.  I decided to set them to high quality, soporific background music and release the collection as a CD and Mp3 audio product.  I’m really pleased with the result and I personally feel they are far more suitable for the bedtime enjoyment of young children than the Big Bad Wolf and co!

 

Fairy Tales Audio

 

Take a listen and tell me what you think.

 

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The collection can be downloaded from iTunes here

 

Or purchased on CD here- Bedtime Stories and Lullabies CD

 

Why don’t you try reading a few old Fairy Tales yourself and see if you experience the same kind of negative reaction that I did.

An Engraved Music Box that Plays the Lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

We’ve just added a brand new gift to the Lullaby Babies collection:  a music box/multi-aperture photo frame that plays the lullaby ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.’

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Royal Baby Announced- Prepare For Baby Fever!

Less than a day after we told you to prepare yourself for Royal baby fever, St James’s Palace announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child, due in early July.

 

Kate and William toasting the good news (with alcohol-free champagne hopefully!)

Kate and William toasting the good news (with alcohol-free champagne hopefully!)

 

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Royal Christmas baby buzz heats up as the world asks…is Kate Middleton pregnant?

There has been intense speculation for some time that Kate and William may be expecting their first child.  Where is this gossip stemming from and is Kate Middleton really pregnant?

 

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Makeover time!

Our online store is currently being rebuilt from the ground up.  Once the work’s completed we’ll be able to offer you a dazzling new website that’s fully loaded with all the best, state-of-the-art-features so we can better serve you, our customers.

 

We’re really excited about the huge change that’s just around the corner and we can’t wait until the new site goes live.

 

The current ETA of the new website is November 12th 2012.

 

We’ll keep you updated.

 

Thank you.

Astala Dylan Willow Cohen-Geldof

Last week Peaches Geldof gave birth to her first child and named him Astala Dylan Willow Cohen-Geldof.  Peaches father Bob has pleaded with Peaches to change the name hinting that the child may be bullied in later life.  He commented, ”Yuck! What’s he going to be called in school? Ass? Stella? It’s a girl’s name, let’s face it.’

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Should parents be doing more to stop their children playing potentially disturbing computer games?

Come and join the debate on our Facebook page and have your say: http://www.facebook.com/LullabyBabies.co.uk

 

I think parents should definitely be doing more to restrict the exposure of their children to potentially disturbing games. Not putting restrictions in place is certainly a short term recipe for some well earned rest bite and I’m all in favour of the easy life! However, I do think that computer games can have a negative affect on a child’s development. Not only is the content often extremely disturbing but the act of the child locking himself away in his room for hours on end must have negative consequences on his development and I believe it can heavily contribute to the child being reluctant to interact with other children and may even lead to depression.

 

Grand Theft Auto

I have similar views about movies and television but I do not believe they have nearly as much influence as computer games. I believe there’s an important distinction between watching disturbing behaviour and interacting with it.   I’m not condoning either but I do think computer games are far worse.

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The Big Bad Wolf

There’s a debate raging at the moment about whether it’s right to allow young children to listen to scary fairy tales from a young age.

 

Whilst I disagree with the media telling parents how to raise their children, personally I don’t think it’s worth risking exposing young children to potentially traumatic experiences.

 

People argue that scary fairy stories are harmless but where’s the evidence of this?

 

I own the online retailer Lullaby Babies and about a year and a half ago I set out to develop an alternative to the traditional fairy story model.  The result was the CD ‘Snoozy’s Adventures in Lullaby Land’ which featured a collection of fairy tales and lullabies containing positive messages designed to delight instead of to scare https://www.lullaby-babies.co.uk/baby-lullaby-music/

 

I’d love to get your thoughts on this issue as it tends to be one that poalrises people.

 

Drunk Dad Puts Baby to Bed… in the Oven

Larry Long of Kentucky took the phrase a bun in the oven far too literally last week when he put his baby to bed in the kitchen cooker.

 

Larry had downed a bottle of Whisky with his wife Brady Hatton and had been smoking marijuana before he attempted to fulfill his nightime parenting obligations.  He was in such a state of intoxication that he mistook the oven for the baby’s cot.  Thankfully he didn’t turn the oven on and left the door ajar but I still don’t think he will be winning Dad of the Year any time soon.

 

The baby was discovered by his mother who had heard the cries of her baby coming from the oven.  Emergency services took the baby to hospital where fortunately he was found to be okay.

 

Long was released on bail of 10 thousand euros.  He is being treated by psychiatric services and and is being charged with “endangering the life of his son.”

 

Authorities have temporarily taken away the custody of the baby from the parents.

 

Larry Long

Control Crying Debate Continues as it’s announced, "Leaving your baby to cry could damage its brain."

Penelope Leach, the child development guru, has reignited the debate about the best way to deal with a crying baby when she recently announced that, “Leaving your baby to cry could damage its brain.”

 

Via the TV, radio and most noticeably the internet, parents and professionals alike have been queuing up to put in their two cents’ worth on this very old debate.  Generally, there are three types of opinion you’re likely to find voiced on the internet:  1) Leaving your baby to cry is unforgivable and unnatural and you are an awful parent if you don’t endure months of sleepless nights 2) You should leave your baby in the shed at the end of the garden and leave them to it- that’s what my mother did for me and it never did me any harm 3)  Parents know best so you shouldn’t even bother reading books or listening to the so called experts as they know nothing.  Okay so I may be guilty of using a little hyperbole here but if you read through a couple of forums you’ll see that I’m not far off!

The parents' internet

 

It’s the parents and ultimately the baby that I feel sorry for.  When parents read such sensationalist headlines it strikes them with fear and worry.  In my view, this is exactly the reason that the professionals make them so people will buy the publication and read about their latest book and think, “I must buy this to find out if I’m harming my baby.”  Some may call mine a cynical view and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  On a separate note Leach’s new book The Essential First Year  has just been launched and is available in all good bookshops.

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Breast-Feeding and Sleeping Patterns

A recent study has shown that breast milk contains different compounds at different times of day. Morning breast milk contains natural stimulants and its effect on babies could be compared with an adult’s morning cup of coffee!

 

Breast milk produced at night-time has been shown to contain calming compunds that may help babies sleep (just liike an adult’s cup of Horlics!).

 

This study could prove really important for mothers who express breast milk for bottle-feeding because they could easily be giving the ‘pick-me-up’ milk at night time and the calming milk during the day. This would obviously affect the baby’s sleeping patterns and mothers who express may want to ensure they are giving the right milk at the right time.

 

The Daily Mail has the full article here: For baby, a breast-milk cappuccino: Morning feed gives infants a natural pick-me-up

Baby Boutique Opening Soon

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all our readers and contributors who help make this blog a valuable resource for new parents.  As you know, this a completely free resource backed by our retail site.  We have been expanding recently which is why we haven’t had the time to write as many new posts as we would have liked.  The new retail site is now online at Lullaby Babies but it won’t be open for business until April the 7th 2009.  Until then all products will be marked, ‘Out of stock.’

After the launch date, we plan to give this baby sleep blog a make-over and we are considering a parent’s club, chatroom and more.

The concept behind the new boutique is to source the finest organic and eco-friendly products for babies and unite them all in one place.  Our product range will start off fairly small (because we research and test each product personally before approving it for inclusion into the boutique).  However, the range will grow as we do and we hope that our customers will feel as passionate about the products as we do!

Lullaby Babies -National Press

We have recently been fortunate enough to have been featured in The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and several more publications (details to follow).  We have also been invited onto BBC 5 Live, BBC radio London and many more radio shows! 

It is an exciting time for the business and we have been working day and night to cope with the increased demand following the national publicity.  As such we haven’t had chance to contribute anything new to this blog recently but after Christmas we will be ensuring this changes dramatically.  We intend to join forces with several baby-experts to continue to provide a wealth of free and impartial information for new parents.  We’ll also be trying to get lots of parents involved in contributing to the blog by sharing their unique experiences with others.  

I hope you all have a great Christmas and a wonderful new year.

Richard Jenkinson

Unique Baby Gifts | Personalised Gifts for Babies

I am delighted to announce that our new range of premium gifts for babies are here.  Please feel free to take a look and a listen by visiting the Lullaby Babies home page (https://www.lullaby-babies.co.uk).  The design and manufacture took a considerable amount of time but as I’m sure you’ll agree, it was certainly worth the wait!

 


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Lullaby Babies up for 2 Awards!

 

We are proud to announce that Lullaby Babies is in the running for two awards sponsored by The Press.

 

The company is up for Science and Technology Business Of The Year and I personally am up for the Young Business Entrepreneur Of The Year title.

 

With the imminent launch of our new product range this opportunity has come at a really exciting time for myself and the business.

 

I’ll let you know when the results have been announced- keep your fingers crossed for us!