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NCT Pregnancy and Baby Fair 2011

We are going to be at the NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Pregnancy and Baby Fair on Sunday 29th May 2011, Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton. 10.30am – 3.30pm

We attended the show last year and met lots of parents and parents-to-be as well as some lovely fellow traders. Last year was our first event so we weren’t sure what to expect. We crammed as much as we could fit into our car and off we went. I think this year I will concentrate on certain products, please feel free to make any recommendations in the comments section.

I feel quite nostalgic at going back as I was six months pregnant at the time. I will be returning this year with my eight month old daughter and chief helpers (Daddy and Ryan). It’s only £3.00 per family for entry. Here is a list of exhibitors and event:

Firetop Photography – Sponsoring the event

Azana Photo Frames – Custom made photo mounts in frames for Newborn and Toddlers (mounts are personalised).

Baby Not Included – Us

Zuma the Dog – the latest fashion lifestyle brand for kids from tots to teens. A fun, bright and happy clothing concept all kids and parents will love.

Creation Station – Our award winning ‘Exploration’ toddler art classes provide the perfect solution for all your child’s creativity needs, with no mess for you to worry about!

Kindred Rose – Kindred Rose specialises in childrens personalised cushions, combining traditional retro and vintage fabrics and designs.

The Natural Nursery – Stock real nappies, baby slings (including the Ergo), natural toiletries, organic baby clothes and breastfeeding aids. Exeter based, full UK delivery.

Riverford Organic Vegetables – Home delivery of the finest, freshest organic vegetables and other groceries.

There will of course be volunteers from the Taunton & District branch of the NCT on hand for information on events and groups that are available to you.

If you do get the chance to come, pop over and say hello.

Here they are!!

As promised, we now have a range of funky bright t-shirts from the label Junior Mafia. You can’t get any bolder than one of these!

For the little ladies we have…Wild Thing

And for the little fellas we have…….Bad Boy For Life

Gorgeous cotton t-shirt with statement.

Easter Fun!

With Easter not far off, I thought I’d give you some ideas for activities and gifts for your little ones. With my little girl only being seven months old, Chocolate is out so I’ve been hunting around for some other alternatives. Here are some lovely things that I came across:

I popped over to Precious Parcels as they always have lovely gifts, but if you have a look you’ll have the same problem as me in deciding as each and every item is gorgeous. If I really had to choose I think I’d go with the Personalised Wooden Blocks

If you and your little ones like doing crafts there’s a whole range of craft kits over at Yellow Moon

Books are always a great alternative to an Easter Egg. Here are a few Easter themed books that I found:

Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs
Spots First Easter
If I were the Easter Bunny
What is Easter?
Happy Easter Maisy

Aww this is lovely. An Egg and Soilder Breakfast Set from Not on the High Street and a talking Easter Bunny from Born Gifted.

Of course, we shouldn’t stray away from the real meaning of Easter and many families will be heading to church to celebrate the event. For us as a family, it’s a time that we spend together and when our son was younger he used to enjoy crafting and baking, but these days unless it flashes out from a wide screen or can be controlled with an X-box controller, it’s “boring”. We’ll have our time again though when Isabelle is older and able to partake. I found a few ideas that you could do with your little ones.

An Easter Chick Napkin Ring
There’s quite a few craft ideas at Good To Know including Easter Tree Decorations, Easter Garlands and Easter Gift Tags.
Easter Hats and Chicks
And lots of crafty ideas on www.littlecraftybugs.co.uk

If cooking’s your thing then have a look at these great recipes:

Iced Easter Biscuits
There’s a selection of recipes on the Net Mums website
Simnel Cake
Chocolate Nests
Hot Cross Buns

We will of course be doing our usual tradition of the Easter Egg Hunt which as much as our son will huff and puff he will love. We’re keeping ours quite basic this year, but on our last trip up to Tesco’s we were very impressed with the selection of Easter Egg Hunt accessories including eggs and baskets. Whatever you decide to do with your family, we hope you have a lovely day.

We have Gumigems!

It seems that our little one has been teething since about two and a half months with still  no appearance from any peggies! We’ve tried all sorts including traditional teething rings, she has numerous toys with teething bits on them, Bickipegs, and she likes nothing better to chomp on a finger or two.

The other thing that she’s become quite obsessive with is necklaces. She’s already managed to break two of my chains and has nearly strangled her daddy grabbing at his chain. Whilst searching for alternative teething aids, I stumbled across Gumigem teething necklaces. I’d heard of breastfeeding necklaces but was quite fascinated behind the concept of having something that looked stylish that I liked but was also functional, and lets face it all babies want what’s yours! So there you have the story behind the introduction of Gumigem Teething Necklaces.

Whilst the pendant looks hard, it’s actually made from similar material that most baby teethers are made from. They are BPA, PVC, lead, latex and phthalate free, and can be popped in the dishwasher and even sterilised. They also have a breakaway clasp for additional comfort.

This particular Gumigem has also been worn by Denise Van Outen with baby Betsy, and ME!

Baby’s First Calendar

Baby’s First Calendar is a great way to mark the many ‘firsts’ during your baby’s first year.

Record memorable events such as:
First smith
First tooth
First crawl
First laugh
First steps
First bath
First say Mummy and Daddy
and much more

The calendar comes with milestone stickers for you to stick on as and when they happen. Baby’s First Calendar features brightly coloured woodland animals making it an attractive addition to your baby’s nursery.

There’s space for you to add your baby’s first picture and first birthday picture. You can also add your baby’s birth details such as your baby’s name, date of birth, place of birth, time of birth and weight of your baby. These are all things that can be looked back on in years to come.

An additional feature to Baby’s First Calendar is the handy thermometer. Making sure that your baby’s room is not too hot or too cold is very important. The calendar also features important safety information to help you remember the vital points about laying your baby to sleep. this advice is from the Foundation for the study of infant deaths (FSID) to keep your baby as safe as possible during sleep.

The calendars were invented by and made here in the UK by a Daddy using environmentally friendly inks. The thermometer is made to British Safety Standards.

The calendar is A1 in size  (59cm x 84cm)

Saving for your childs future

Having recently had baby number two Child Trust Funds options have been of big interest.

I support KidStart!

I’m not quite sure how I stumbled across KidStart (I think twitter) but it’s definitely worth a visit. Saving for your children is something that concerns all parents, but actually putting money away can sometimes be a struggle. We made the decision that we wouldn’t set up a standing order into Isabelle’s account whilst I’m on maternity leave, but would put in as and when we can. We will then reassess the situation after that.

However, with KidStart you can make contributions to your children’s accounts by buying from retailers that are in support of KidStart. This includes Tesco’s, Debenhams, Early Learning Centre and even Ebay. So for any purchases that you make, including your weekly shop can help contribute towards the savings.

Even better, you can get grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to sign up and they can have the points put into you child’s Trust Fund. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just think it’s a really great idea. Not convinced, then go and have a look for yourself at www.kidstart.co.uk

You can now find us at www.kiddiebase.co.uk

You can now find us amongst some fantastic retailers on www.kiddiebase.co.uk

So, What is Kiddiebase?

Kiddiebase is one shop, one basket with thousands of products to choose from. Whether you’re buying for babies, children, gifts for pregnancy or even for the grandparents!

You will find a selection of independent retailers under one roof, many of whom make their own products
making Kiddiebase a unique place to shop for toys, gifts, clothes, art, stationary, jewellery, practical products and much much more.

Kiddiebase also offer free downloads and information such as a Hospital Bag List and Holiday Packing

This is where you will find us

Here are a few goodies that I found of interest

A Just Nipping Out set by Ruby and Ginger

A Flexi-bath from Baby Loves Shopping (I have one of these and they’re great)

A Strawberry Hat by Sweetheart Knits

And definitely check out Designer Must Haves for loads of gorgeous stuff

How much are you prepared to pay?

I’m an avid online shopper. I love the fact that I can sit and watch Eastenders The News and be able to buy things at the same time.

However, I’m a real nappy user and am running quite low on nappy liners. So online I get, only to find that the postage costs are in most cases more expensive than the liners! Not impressed at all by this, I set about looking around the bricks and mortar shops in Exeter and was quite surprised that I just couldn’t find them anywhere.

This got me thinking about postage costs in general. Do you visit sites and find things that you love only to click away because the postage hikes the price up too much? Do you purposely find what you’re looking for on a couple of sites and compare prices not only of the item but of the postage and packing? Is a site more appealing if they offer free postage?

To test my theory I’ve decided to scrap Postage and Packing costs for the forseeable future to see what impact this has on sales.

So to cut a long(ish) story short-

FREE POSTAGE AND PACKING!!


Pop along to see us! www.babynotincluded.co.uk

Valentines Gifts

Valentines Gifts – All things Pink!

With Christmas over and done with and Valentines Day fast approaching I was thinking about presents. We’ve always bought our son a present on Valentines Day. Just something (usually chocolate) small to open on the day.

Now that we have a little girl in the house, when I think of Valentines Day I think of Pink. So, I thought I would bring together all of my products that are pink…….and here we have……….All Things Pink

What are you going to get your Little Miss for Valentines Day?

Valentines Gifts

Happy Valentines Day

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk