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Pack of 10 Reusable Nappies from Baba+Boo

Win Two Reusable Nappies from Baba+Boo – The Winner is @arrianep – Congratulations!

Whether you’re pregnant, already have a little one and haven’t taken the plunge, or like me an avid collector and enthusiast of washable nappies then this competition is definitely for you.

I’d already made the decision to use washable nappies before I was pregnant with number two much to the amusement of Daddy. I did a lot of research into the different types of nappy and materials before making my choice based on what I thought would fit in with our lifestyle and budget. In the end we opted for pocket nappies and Daddy was pleasantly surprised that there was no difference in changing between a washable and disposable.

I hold my hands up that the first time we used the nappies I was a bit worried about the time it would take to wash and reconstruct the nappies, but within a couple of weeks I had my own routine and was very surprised how quickly the nappies were dry and ready to use again.

As well as the overall cost saving, it’s extremely satisfying knowing that you aren’t adding to the already detrimental amount of landfill that disposable nappies produce.

AND……There’s nothing cuter than a real nappy bum. Available in the most adorable colours and prints, you may become victim to ‘The Nappy Obsession’!

Baba+Boo Reusable Nappies have a great range of nappies in the most adorable selection of colours and designs. To eliminate the confusion of size, all the nappies are birth to potty size, which means that you adjust the poppers to fit your child to make them bigger or smaller. As a first timer myself I opted for a Nappy Starter Pack which includes all you need and is available in 3, 5 and 10 nappy packs.  My personal favourites are Black and Red Spot, Green Polka Dot and Tinkle Tinkle Little Star.

As well as their fab collection of washable nappies they also stock a great range of Bibs, Capes (definitely worth a look), Baby Hats and much more.

Check out their Facebook page for some great offers as well!

To Enter:

Leave us a comment telling us your favorite colour/design nappy from the range of Baba+Boo Reusable Nappies.

For additional entries do any of the following (leaving a separate comment for each method):

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  • Tweet “I’ve entered some adorable Washable Nappies from @babaandboo with @babynotincluded http://wp.me/p1jCo7-ks
  • Follow @babaandboo on twitter (and let us know that you did)

Only entries that have the required information will be counted.

Closing Date: 09.01.12

Terms & Conditions

 The prize two washable nappies in the design/colour of your choice.

 The winner will be picked at random and published on this site and via twitter and on our Facebook Page. If we have no response from the winner within 7 days following announcement, a redraw will take place.

 The competition is open to the residents of the UK and Ireland only.

 The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative is available.

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 Growers Discount Card Launched

We all know how special it is to have a new baby, but the cost of your bundle of joy can often be overwhelming. With times being tough for everyone, more and more people are jumping on the money saving bandwagon and seeking out great deals to save hard earned cash.

And why not………I always do my research before making a purchase these days.

Introducing the Baby Growers Discount Card which we’ve been lucky enough to hop on board with. The card can be used in a range of High Street shops and a great list of online shops, including US. It’s estimated that the cost of a new baby for the first year of its life can cost up to £10000. The card is priced at just £14.99 and is valid for one year giving you access to a plethora of discounts and offers.

www.babygrowers.co.uk

Take a peek at the website to take advantage of these great offers, and keep up to date with the goings on, on Facebook.

Great Baby Discounts!

We were lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to join forces with fifteen other great businesses resulting in a brochure of fab baby discounts for you. The brochure is packed full of exclusive offers and discounts for a great range from gifts to baby equipment all put together by Sarah from www.photofairytales.co.uk

The brochure is being distributed at major Mother, Baby and Toddler events up and down the country this Autumn, but you can have a sneaky peak right here, giving you full access to the offers

Why not take advantage of these exclusive offers!


Kinky Bibs Featured on www.kidzine.co.uk

I always get a warm feeling when I see my products featured on another site. A bit like when your baby does something new for the first time.

Click on the image to read the full post. Click Here to get your hands on your very own Kinky Bib!

Our First Fair

As promised, here is what happened at the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) Pregnancy and Baby Fair – Sunday 6th June 2010.

This was a first for Baby Not Included and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It took a lot of umming and ahhing before deciding on how much stock and which stock to take with us. In the end we opted for the ‘as much as we could fit in the car’ option.

With everything labelled and priced accordingly we set about setting the stand up. As we booked the event at short notice we didn’t have the big free standing posters, but we did have a banner and I was quite pleased with the final outcome.

My 11 year old son was insisting on being the only person to serve customers and gave himself the title of ‘Assistant Sales Person’ and I was only too happy for him to take this role. Here’s a pic of me and my stand.

I had a chance to have a nosy around the other stands and met some lovely stallholders. There was a lady selling pre-packed hospital bags and other great essentials for pregnancy and labour, there was a stall with gorgeous handmade bunting in an array of designs, and loads of other stalls where you could find out about homeopathic therapy for pregnancy, labour and beyond, inflatable home birthing pools and lots of demonstrations and things to do with baby and toddler. I was even approached by a lady making her own range of baby clothing. Being pregnant myself made this an overall more relaxed experience, once the doors had opened and the first of customers came over for a browse.

There was one stall in particular that caught the eye of my ‘Assistant Sales Person’, and that was the Cupcake Stall. It was amazing (I should have taken a picture). They had an array of cupcakes in different colours, some with glitter, some with flakes sticking out to make them look like icecreams. Each cake came in its own little pot with  a sugar paper sticker on the top. The idea being that once you’ve finished your cupcake you turn it into a plant pot and within the sugar paper sticker there are seeds embedded. My son went back and forth so often that she gave him a free one.

Overall it was a great day, and an easy step into the world of Events. Would I do it again? Definitely.

Kinky Bibs by Sophie 4 Sophie

I’ve been waiting eagerly to get my hands on some of these gorgeous bibs by Sophie 4 Sophie.

All of the Sophie 4 Sophie range is made to order so you start off trawling through all the luscious fabrics, which is really hard to do as they are all so nice. You make your choice, and then Natalie sets off like the eager beaver that she is to produce them.

When they arrived, it was just like when the dresses arrived. They were so much nicer in the ‘flesh’. I hope you like the prints that I’ve chosen. My favorite I think would have to be the Potatoes bib.

The bibs are made with funky fabric protected by a clear layer of  PVC. There’s a soft layer of jersey cotton underneath to make it soft against baby’s skin. Each bib is bound with brightly coloured binding and has easy to use ties.

The bibs are wipe clean or hand clean. What more could you want!

Click here for the full range.

Come on England!

Come on England!

I don’t know about your house, but mines gone football crazy!

Our lives pretty much revolve around the game on a normal day, but the World Cup seems to have upped the obsession to extreme levels. We have our flag flying and I’ve agreed that I will face paint my son’s face and buy him a red and white curly wig and one of those horn things. I may live to regret the horn but its not for long, and it may mysteriously disappear if things get too much.

If you want to join in with the World Cup madness, why not deck out your budding footballer in a pair of World Cup Shoes by Inch Blue.

For a chance to win a pair of these, answer the following question:

Who was Captain for the first World Cup game of 2010?

Email your answer  along with your details to mail@babynotincluded.co.uk

The competition will end at 12 noon on Wednesday 16th June. The winner will be picked at random and notified.

If you can’t wait to see if you’re a winner, click here.

Fingers crossed for England!!

Pregnancy and Baby Fair 2010

Come and meet us at The Pregnancy and Baby Fair on Sunday 6th June 2010, Somerset County Cricket Club.

10.30am – 3.30pm

Come along to buy baby and toddler clothes, gifts and equipment. There will be lots of information on antenatal, postnatal and family services.

Have your little one photographed with professional photography sessions with Firetop Photography, and get involved in a range of taster sessions and talks.

A cafe and mother and baby facilities will be available, and you will be pleased to know that there is a Toddler Play-zone to keep your little ones smiling.

There are some fantastic raffle prizes and goody bags for the first one hundred families through the doors.

What is the NCT (National Childbirth Trust)?

NCT’s network of local branches exists to reach and support all parents and parents-to-be during a time of change in their lives. This network is possible because of the dedication of their volunteers, who along with local members organise a wide range of social activities and events to enable local parents to meet other parents and access valuable support. Local branches also fundraise to train specialist workers and fund projects.

Support Services

The NCT offers a range of support services for parents. They are most known for their antenatal education and breastfeeding counselling, but they also run courses for new parents to help them adjust in their new role as parents.

The services are open to all parents. They charge for services like the antenatal and postnatal courses. This is to cover the cost of organising courses and training our teachers and facilitators to an exceptionally high standard. They do offer discounted rates to parents on low income and advise anyone wishing to access to discuss their situation in confidence with their booking coordinators.

They also run the Pregnancy and Birth Line and the Breastfeeding Line to support parents. They publish the free Bumps & Babies magazine for expectant parents, and there is also the website.

This will be our first show, and we’re really looking forward to it, if not slightly nervous. We hope that the weather is nice and that plenty of families come to see what we have to offer. I have yet to practice at setting up the stand so that we can see that everything fits. Fingers crossed that I’ve remembered everything needed for the fair.

I’ll post some pictures and let you know how we get on. If you’re in the area, don’t forget to come along and see us.

Lisa x

Had a fab time at The Baby Show, NEC, Birmingham

I had a fabulous day yesterday at The Baby Show, NEC, Birmingham.

Although I didn’t have a stand of my own, I was given the opportunity to go along and help out on the MumsClub stand.

We handed out the Business Mums Journal and chatted to women who would like to or are considering starting their own business. It was quite nerve wracking to begin with, but after a few fumbled attempts I got into the swing of things. I met some lovely fellow mumsclubbers who all made me feel very welcome. It was great to meet women that I’ve been chatting to for some time in the flesh.

Especially exciting for me was the fashion show which featured one of our Sophie 4 Sophie reversible dresses, Green Dot Pink Dot. The baby girl looked utterly gorgeous being carried down the catwalk by a yummy mummy. It was such a proud moment seeing the dress being modelled at such a big show. Here are some pics.

If you like the idea of working for yourself or you are an established business mum, I can’t recommend MumsClub enough. I’ve been a member since the beginning (its free by the way!) and it has been a lifeline for me whether it be to find out more information regarding accounts and tax down to the best place to purchase carrier bags.

Thanks again Jane for the great opportunity x