It was great to see so many people at the Baby and Toddler Shows in Manchester and Surrey over the last few weeks. Mums and dads were stocking up on baby basics and our Little Green Radicals natural bodysuits were a popular favourite.
So what makes these baby bodysuits, or vests, so good and why are people buying them? Well, they're made from 100% organic cotton. Some people care about that and some people don't but everyone can feel the difference; they feel thicker and softer for baby's skin than ordinary cotton. Available with short or long sleeves with an envelope neck and popper fastening they make a fantastic warm underwear layer for little ones. People often also assume that organic clothes will be too expensive and out of reach, but in our sale these gorgeous baby vests are £4.50-5.50 which makes them very good value for organic cotton which will sit next to babies skin.
Other very popular buys included baby sleeping bags - we almost sold out! We had lots of questions from new and expectant parents about those so I'll write about how to choose a baby sleeping bag over the next few days. Thank you again to all our wonderful customers!
Only 5 you say....yes there are many many things we've had to learn to be mum and dad to our two boys Reuben and Theodore, but here are the top 5 super human powers you didn't know you had until you became a parent.
1. Your spidey senses are real and your Kung Fu is strong
You absolutely do develop a sense for danger, even potential danger. You're aware of every sharp corner, uncovered plug socket, phone charger cable, top heavy table, dog/cat bowl, and doorway which might injure you're little one. You're powers also extend to being aware of every glass, hot plate and piece of cutlery on the table at any given time and being able to effortlessly clear them from your baby's path. It turns you're really quite good at this - chalk that up as a mummy/daddy win.
2. You actually do have two pairs of hands
Multi-tasking.....ha I laugh in the face of multi-tasking. You thought you could do it before but now you know you can. Not because you may have accidentally left the baby eating yogurt while dashing to help the toddler avoid a bathroom accident resulting in both yogurt walls and wet trousers (I never did that, she says defensively)...but because when you rushed back to the baby, you were able to finish feeding the baby, while cleaning up and changing the toddler. And maybe you even got the toddler a yogurt too. Turns out you have as many pairs of hands as you need, because you're mum and dad.
3. You will become a nappy ninja
It's clear from watching other parents that everyone gets the hang of changing nappies, it's not difficult. But what may come as a surprise is just how quickly you get your ninja status. In less than one week you'll be pulling tabs, wiping and wrapping like a pro...bing bang bosh! But what about those nappies we've all heard of, the big one - up their back, in their hair we all need a bath but we're in a restaurant type scenarios. Don't worry, you'll cope with that too, a little ruffled but you'll pull out the nappy bags and the wipes and get it done like a boss. Failing that, the cleanest of you will be nominated to go to the nearest shop to buy new clothes for everyone and you'll laugh about it later.
4. Your ability to parent is matched by your kids ability to teach you
It's a bit unfair actually, but your baby will know how to 'baby' from the moment it's born so you're playing catchup, but don't worry because you've got a good teacher. Within reason babies tell you what they need, you just have to go through trial and error (and there will be error) until you get it right. And the order of things matters, if baby doesn't want milk it might actually be that they want their nappy changing first, and then milk, but you'll figure it out.
5. I ain't afraid of no ghost
As your children get older and develop fears and phobias, you'll find that you're capable of facing your own fears - super mum/dad to the rescue. If like me you're afraid of snakes, spiders and dinosaurs (my parents let me watch Jurassic Park when I was perhaps a little too young), even toy ones, you'll suddenly find that you have the strength to look at and even touch those things!! Yesterday I found myself having a picnic in our living room with a toy snake happy sitting on my shoulder because he liked me and wanted to kiss my cheek. Well what if my son wants to study snake biology or be a zoo keeper one day - I don't want my fears to limit his choices. As I said, I ain't afraid of no ghost, or snake.
The sun is shining and you don't have to work today, so what better opportunity to take your little sunshine to the beach right?...it can be stressful thinking about a beach trip with a baby (or babies!) but here are 5 things you can do to make everything peachy beachy....(yes I made it up but it's ok because it rhymes).
1. Save spontaneity for your choice of ice cream, plan your beach day in advance
I don't want to be a kill joy, you're still young, you can still wake up at 8am and be out the door at 8.30 on your way to the beach...just not with baby, just don't do it to yourself. Decide when you want to go at least a few days in advance so that you can arrange everything. It may sound boring but if you plan just a little in advance, your beach day with baby will be smooth sailing....pun intended ;)
2. Stock up on fresh suncream SPF#50
We all know we need to protect babies' skin from the sun and there are plenty of choices on offer with high SPF levels. Go for factor 50, but don't forget that mum's skin may also be more delicate at this time so don't neglect yourself. Also remember that sun cream doesn't last forever, just like with other skin products and makeup the active ingredients degrade over time, so you should throw away any old suncream and always buy fresh each year or each holiday.
"don't forget that mum's skin may also be more delicate at this time so don't neglect yourself"
3. Take a picnic
This sounds like straight forward suggestion, or you may baulk at the thought of missing out on your fish and chips or (...insert favourite food here...). But if the beach is busy you may have to wait for a table, try telling baby that! and you can bet that baby and toddlers won't be hungry when they're dinner is in front of them, but 10 minutes later on the beach they'll decide they're hungry. Taking a picnic is healthier yes, but it's also more flexible and children (and adults) can eat at their own pace.
4. Take layers
This goes for mum, dad, baby, siblings and even the dog if he's luck enough to be going with you! If you're getting your beach groove on a tropical island then a single light layer to keep off the sun (in addition to sun cream) may be enough, but if you're braving a UK beach the weather can change quickly and can be very windy even if it is warm. I go by the rule of 3....a warm layer (jumper), a light layer (long-sleeve t-shirt or cardigan), and a wet layer (waterproof jacket). This gives everyone the flexibility to be comfortable whatever the weather.....and what else are pushchairs for than to carry all that stuff.
5. Your beachy peachy packing list...Number 5 is good value, lots of good tips crammed into one, so here goes. Consider taking (in no particular oder):
- Food and water (don't forget the dog if he's joining you)
- Cups with lids for kids
- Swimming costumes
- Swim nappies
- Nappy bags (there may not be a bin on the beach so you'll need to take your rubbish with you)
- Wipes (what mother would be without them)
- Towels (bamboo blankets fold down small and can double as a baby towel at the beach) - see our aztec print bamboo blankets
- Sunhats (don't forget mum and dad too)
- Beach shoes or sandals
- Clothes for the car on the way home, we suggest a nice snuggle romper for baby
- E45 cream to sooth baby's skin after paddling in seawater
- Money for parking, ice creams and maybe sun loungers
- Bucket and spade, diggers and toy cars....maybe even a dinosaur
- Shade, a tent or beach cover which everyone can shelter under when the sun is at it's hottest
- If you're taking a toddler, you'll need a small box or bag for the beach stones and shells they'll want to collect
- Nursery rhyme CD or playlist for the car
- Plastic carrier bags - I wouldn't normally suggest these but they're helpful for carrying wet swim gear
- A few toys to play with...especially if you decide to wait out the rain in a coffee shop ;)
- ....and lastly, a spare jumper for mum or dad, because at least one normally gets sacrificed to help someone else keep warm or dry!
If you'd like more inspiration and tips on everything baby and toddler, as well as beautiful organic cotton and bamboo clothes, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest @hazelboustore and visit us at hazelbou.com
Hi Everyone we are going to be out and about over the next few weeks with our pop-up stall at various fairs and shows. So why not pop along to one of the shows and say hello.
Sunday 30th April - Norfolk Bump Baby and Beyond Show at the Norfolk Showground Arena
Tickets £5 on the door or 20% off if you book online. More info
Sunday 7th May - Bedfordshire Baby and Toddler Show at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium
Tickets £4 on the door or £3.50 if you book online. More info
Friday 19th & Saturday 20th May - Boutique & Artisan Shopping Fair at East Sussex National Resort
Tickets £4 on the door. More info