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Jul16

Keeping Your Baby Cool in a Heatwave

Categories // Advice and guides

Hot Summer Days & Nights

We Brits always love to have a moan about the weather - it's either too cold or too warm, and then when we have a heatwave, well, then we REALLY know how to whinge!

But for parents of babies or young children, a heatwave can be more than just uncomfortable - it can become a major worry trying to keep your little one cool, and even more importantly, safe in the heat.

Although sleeping in hot weather is bad enough for adults, for babies it's more than just uncomfortable, it's a serious potential health risk and can even be life-threatening.

Watch out for your baby overheating by being aware of their temperature, excess sweating, a reddened face or rapid breaths; all of which could be a sign they are too hot. Experts recommend that a baby's room temperature should be 16-20°C to be safe.

Here are some tips to help keep your baby cool:

Stay away from direct sunlight

If your baby is napping in the day, be careful to keep them out of direct sunlight and even when inside keep your baby away from the window and in the shade.

Splash down

Give your baby a cool or luke-warm bath just before bedtime.

Cold compress

Create a cold compress and apply it to the main pressure points like the backs of knees, inner elbows, and neck. Wring out a flannel in cold water and apply it to little one's forehead too.

Keep hydrated

This applies to mum too if breast feeding, as your baby should get enough fluids through feeding. If you’re bottle-feeding, ensure plenty of additional cooled boiled water is consumed, even at night.

Cool air in the room

In addition to a fan, freeze a bottle of water and stand it in a bowl in front of the fan straight from the freezer. This will help to cool the air the fan is moving around in the – start this ahead of your baby’s bedtime.

Be chilled out

Keep as much to your normal calm bedtime routine – an upset baby will only be even hotter. If possible avoid controlled crying until the weather cools down.

Light layers & cotton sheets

In hot weather a thin vest over their nappy should be enough clothing and breathable covering ready as the temperature will drop during the night. Cotton sheets rather than nylon are also cooler.

Jul15

Gift Ideas for Baby Showers or Push Parties

Categories // Advice and guides

What's the difference?

Carter push partyBaby Shower parties in the UK have recently become the ‘norm’ for expectant mums to celebrate the imminent birth of their baby with friends and family. These events are almost always an all-female celebration with baby-themed games, party food and gifts. They often take place before any baby gender reveal, making it tricky to choose special pink or blue baby presents.

You may be familiar with the recent lavish celebration held by Beyonce and have noticed that her event was slightly different – firstly that it was called a Push Party not a Baby Shower. This occasion not only had a lavish ‘African party theme’, many star guests, but most noticeably it also included her husband Jay-Z.

What are the differences?

The most obvious difference between push parties and baby showers is the inclusion of all genders in celebrating the new life. But the differences actually go beyond that; instead of focusing solely on the baby, push parties are also a celebration of the parents, particularly the mum-to -be.

Baby showers are usually held early in the third trimester of a pregnancy, when the mum is hopefully safely past the point of miscarriage but also not so far along that she could suddenly go into labour. Push parties are typically held closer to the due date since, as the name suggests, they are all about honouring the labour itself.

Finding the perfect gift for the occasion

If you're invited to either a Baby Shower or a Push Party, we have the perfect gifts for both the mum-to-be and baby, and it won't matter if 'bump' turns out to be a little boy or girl.

Check out our range of gender neutral luxury baby shower gifts for babies and luxury treats for mum-to-be here.

Image source: Beyonce Instagram (Carter Push Party 2017)

 

Jul04

Celebrity Twins

Categories // News

The world welcomes 3 new sets of celebrity twins

It’s hard not to miss three of the most high profile celebrity twin births in recent weeks with George and Amal Clooney welcoming Ella and Alexander, Beyonce and Jay-Z announcing newborns Rumi and Sir Carter and then Ronaldo showing off pictures of his surrogate twins to the world on Instagram. These join a long list of celebrity parents to twins, including Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, Celine Dion, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mariah Carey.

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So, why are so many celebrities having twins?

The growing rate of twin births is not actually exclusive to celebrities. There has been a 75 per cent rise since the 1980s. And, there are a few key factors to why this is.

Firstly the growing use and popularity of IVF treatments help couples conceive. However, due to the expensive nature, coupled with the uncertainty of a healthy pregnancy, two or more fertilized eggs are routinely implanted at one time in the hope that a healthy pregnancy of one single baby will happen, although it often ends up being two…and even more sometimes!

Another contributing factor in this rise is age. Studies have shown an increase of twin pregnancy and birth in women over the age of 35. And, the rate appears to rise continuously with age well into the 40s with a trend of parents deciding to wait until their late 30s to start families.

It is almost always fraternal twins (twins produced by two separate eggs and two separate sperm) that result from IVF and an increasing age. Although it is not unheard of to produce identical twins, it is much less common.

Identical twins are the product of a single egg, fertilized by a single sperm, spontaneously splitting into two identical halves. This will happen occasionally after IVF, and of course, by chance, in older women. Overall though, the scientific community is still unsure of exactly why this happens at all.

If you know anyone expecting twins, our range of personalised gifts make the perfect gift for keeping their clothes and toys special to them and only them!

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Jun14

Ideas for the perfect Teddy Bears' Picnic

Categories // Advice and guides

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic! 🐻

It's NATIONAL PICNIC WEEK and the sun is shining. 🌞

Here are some easy ideas on how to organise the perfect Teddy Bears' Picnic for your children and their favourite cuddly bear friends.

  • If you don't live near a local park or own a garden, you can still transform indoor areas into the perfect picnic setting. Add some colourful bunting, various bright rugs and a range of gorgeous teddy bears
  • Create simple teddy bear invitations - not forgetting to invite the bears too! 
  • Add to the fun with teddy bear face masks or bear ears - hand them out when your little guests arrive or make it part of the picnic activities to 'create your own' using paper plates. Another alternative to masks is teddy themed face-painting.
  • There's lots of classic party games that can have a teddy theme - our favourites being 'Hide & Seek' with your bear, Sleeping Bears, Teddy Bear Hunt & Pass the Bear, after which you can calm them down with some lovely teddy story-telling such as Tiny Tatty Teddy personalised with the party bear owner's name!

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  • When the children tuck into their picnic of sandwiches and teddy-shaped biscuits, make sure their little bear guests aren't left out with their own Wooden Afternoon Tea Set layered with adorable little sandwiches, cakes and macaroons.
  • Every perfect picnic needs cake! Bake a gorgeous chocolate teddy bear cake, or individual bear cup cakes with rice crispies, hundreds and thousands, chocolate buttons and smarties.
  • And finally, when all the guests have gone home, there's nothing better than seeing your little one cuddling up to their very own Personalised Bedtime Bear

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The perfect end to the perfect Teddy Bear Picnic!

 

 

Jun14

Wish Upon a Star Competition

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Make a Wish for the chance to win a Personalised Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Money Box

1. Promoter is: Bundles of Joy Shopping Ltd (registered company no 6070008).

2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

3. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via www.facebook.com/bundlesofjoyshop/

5. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

6. Closing date for entry will be Monday 3rd July 2017. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

7. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: LIKE Bundles of Joy’s Facebook competition post then COMMENT with a wish for a little person in your life.

8. Bundles of Joy reserves the right to cancel this competition at any time without notice or liability where the circumstances beyond its control make it impossible to continue. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible.

9. The prize is a Twinkle Twinkle Personalised Money Box (in either blue or pink) as shown on Bundles of Joy’s website and in the competition post. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

10. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Bundles of Joy’s company Facebook and Twitter pages on Monday 3rd July 2017 and also emailed by a member of the team if the Winner’s profile settings allow. It is the winner’s obligation to reply to Bundles of Joy Ltd so that the details for the prize can be confirmed. In the event that a Winner fails to confirm acceptance of the Prize within 5 (five) UK business days of being notified of the results, then the Promoter reserves the right to award their Prize to another person.

11. The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.

Jun13

A Celebration of Fatherhood

Categories // Advice and guides

Facts about Father's Day

Father's Day is rising in popularity after years of being in the shadow of its counterpart Mothering Sunday. The Catholic day to celebrate fatherhood dates right back to the Middle Ages to tie in with the feast of St Joseph.

But what else do we know about Father's Day, which falls on June 18th in the UK this year, and how does it differ around the world?

  • In Catholic Europe and in a number of Latin American countries, Father's Day was celebrated on 19 March but some countries are now also switching over to the date in June.
  • Australia's Father's Day is in September
  • In the UK 7 million Father's Day cards are sent each year, compared to 13 million Mother's Day cards!
  • The celebration of fatherhood did not reach the US until around 100 years ago. The UK adopted the day much later, around the late 1940s
  • In the US the day is a public holiday when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent
  • The date is usually celebrated by children giving cards and gifts in Britain and the US, but over in Germany the date is marked with groups of men celebrating with beer, wine and meat!
  • Thailand's Father's Day is celebrated in December, on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej when everyone wears yellow!

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May18

Win a Personalised Teddy Competition

Categories // Advice and guides

Pass on the Hug - Terms & Conditions

1. Promoter is: Bundles of Joy Shopping Ltd (registered company no 6070008).

2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

3. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via www.facebook.com/bundlesofjoyshop/

5. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

6. Closing date for entry will be 31st May 2017. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

7. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows: LIKE Bundles of Joy’s Facebook page then LIKE and SHARE the competition post.

8. Bundles of Joy reserves the right to cancel this competition at any time without notice or liability where the circumstances beyond its control make it impossible to continue. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible.

9. The prize is a My Personalised Fluffy White Teddy as shown on Bundles of Joy’s website and in the competition post. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

10. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Bundles of Joy’s company Facebook and Twitter pages on Wednesday 31st May 2017 and also emailed by a member of the team if the Winner’s profile settings allow. It is the winner’s obligation to reply to Bundles of Joy Ltd so that the details for the prize can be confirmed. In the event that a Winner fails to confirm acceptance of the Prize within 5 (five) UK business days of being notified of the results, then the Promoter reserves the right to award their Prize to another person.

11. The Promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

12. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.

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Jan19

The Ultimate 2017 Checklist For Organising Amazing First Birthday Parties

Categories // Advice and guides

There are few birthdays as special as your baby's 1st birthday, but making the most of this wonderful occasion for your own child isn’t easy - particularly if you’ve never done it before.

At first glance, there are so many things to consider; the theme, the invites, the food… and then there’s the age-old problem of the invite list. This is why so many people, unfortunately, make mistakes and forget to focus on what really matters.

To help you along, we’ve put together the ultimate first birthday party checklist. And, to make it ultra simple to navigate, we’ve divided the tasks into the most appropriate timeframes for you.  

At the end of this article, you’ll find a handy checklist you can use to make sure everything goes to plan.

No need to thank us - just get that pen and paper handy!

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1 Month Before

Select date and time

You’ll no doubt want to invite a fair few people to the party, therefore get this task polished off as early as possible in order to ensure your child’s first birthday makes it into their diaries. Just try and avoid dates that are public holidays or midweek.

Make a guest list

Focus firstly on your immediate family and friends, and only extend out if you feel you need to. Depending on how busy or far-flung your family and friends are you might want to do this step earlier. Providing those closest to you are included from the start, you won’t run the risk of upsetting anyone on this occasion!

Make a list of phone numbers

Grab your favourite, trusty spreadsheet application and make a list of everyone’s phone number and email address, if you have them to hand - this will come in handy very soon.

Not a spreadsheet whizz?  Don’t worry we’ve made a 1st Birthday Party Planner excel template you can download here

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Select party location (home/outdoor)

If you’re feeling adventurous and the big day happens to fall during the spring or summer, go for an outdoor location. Otherwise (and, to be honest, this should be the default choice in Britain), go for indoors to avoid rain stopping play.

Decide the party theme (if there is one)

A theme isn’t necessary and may be a step too far if you’re pushed for time, but if you want to set a theme for the party, go for it. Fairy tales or characters and scenes from any of the popular baby TV programs are popular themes. 

Set a budget

Time for the money element! You won’t need a big budget for a first birthday party, so simply ensure you have enough to cover the venue (if it charges for space), food and decorations. Be realistic - don’t go mad.

Book outdoor venue if required

If you decided to go for an outdoor venue - great! Just make sure you book it in plenty of time, because such venues tend to get snapped up when the weather gets warmer.

3 Weeks Before 

Make and deliver invitations

Remember that contact list you put together a little while ago? Time to use it! Unless you want to go the traditional route, digital invitations will save you a huge amount of time, so put a nice email or text together and get them sent out.

Plan your baby’s outfit (if it’s a themed party)

If you’ve gone for a themed party, it’s time to shop for the outfit. Of course, if you know of someone who has a spare piece of clothing you could borrow, that’ll help save a chunk of your budget, too!

Have a basic party menu ready

Finger buffet food is the key here, but be sure to make a list of what you’re likely to have on the table before you order.

Choose a caterer or sort out recipes if doing yourself

Save money: do the food prep yourself (rope in a friend). Spend a little but gain more time: bring in a caterer. Make the choice that befits the venue and your budget.

Choose a first birthday cake

There are some lovely first birthday cakes you can pick up relatively cheaply, but make sure you go for a fairly big one to ensure there’s enough to hand around at the end of the party.

Plan for party bags and decorations

Everyone loves a party bag, and a first birthday wouldn’t be complete without decorations, so make sure you sort out both of these elements in plenty of time.

Plan for your Thank You cards

Sending a hand written Thank You card in the post is a really nice gesture so now’s the time to think about ordering the style of cards you’d like to send and buying enough stamps.  Having the cards and stamps on stand by mean this won’t get forgotten in the post-party wind-down!

Decide on 2 or 3 party games

The best way to fill time at the first birthday is to have two or three party games at the ready. Pass the parcel, hide and seek or musical statues are classic ways to keep the older kids (and adults) entertained.

2 Weeks Before

Shop for party bag gifts and decorations

A party bag can easily and cost effectively be made that little bit more special with a ribbon and birthday-themed sticker or two. Add those to the simple gifts that’ll be contained within (go for sweets and chocs - that kind of thing).

Shop for other birthday resources

Think of anything else you might need - paper plates, tablecloths and cleaning products (particularly the latter!), and add them to your birthday shopping list.

Enlist the help of family or friends

Don’t do this alone! Rope in your family and friends to help; they’ll likely jump at the chance.

Order a birthday cake

You could, of course, get a cake from a supermarket, but if you want to make the day that little bit more special, order a unique cake featuring your baby’s name, instead.

Confirm pick-up date/time with bakery

The local bakery is a great choice for the cake, and most will be able to work to your schedule if you give them plenty of time.

Organise extra furniture, baby blankets, and soft toys if the party is at home

If you’re going to hold the party at your house, make sure you’ve got enough emergency chairs, additional toys and baby blankets to ensure it goes by without a hitch.

Book outdoor activities such as bouncy castles or swings

If you’ve gone for an outdoor venue and have decided to hire in particular activities, now is the time to get them ordered to avoid disappointment.

Book entertainment such as magicians and exotic pet handlers

Entertainers will require at least a couple of week’s notice when booking, so get in touch with them now to ensure they have your date in their diary.

Buy prizes for the party games

A party game isn’t much fun without a prize for the winner, so make sure you shop for some simple, low-cost prizes. Again, chocolates and sweets are always winners here.

1 Week Before

Get final head count and RSVPs

By now, you should have received all RSVPs, but chase anyone who hasn’t responded so you can get that all important final head count.

Confirm booking with venue/caterer if applicable

If you originally put off confirming the venue while waiting for the exact number of people attending, now is the time to confirm the date with the headcount to hand.

Start organising party bags and label them with guest names

Time again to turn to that spreadsheet of invites. Felt tip in hand, start putting together your party bags with all the necessary goodies and label them with guest names.

Check memory storage on your phone or camera so you’re ready to capture the special day

There will be so many photo opportunities on the day, so make sure you don’t run out of space on your smartphone or camera by checking that you’ve got plenty of storage space available.

Check your first aid kit - anything can happen at a party

It doesn’t really bear thinking about, but things can go wrong at kids parties - particularly with so much going on. Make sure you have a fully-stocked first aid kit to hand, just in case.

Shop for your baby’s birthday outfit and present

If you didn’t need to buy a themed birthday outfit for your baby, you can leave it until now to shop for their ‘normal’ outfit. It pays to bundle this in with the present shopping, too.

Check the venue and your home is baby-proofed

No sharp objects, open plug sockets or expensive equipment onto which drinks can be poured; leave no stone unturned!

Select appropriate party music

This bit is fun - and there’s no harm in admitting it. Grab your music library or subscription service and set up a special playlist that features songs and theme tunes that befit a first birthday party.  Top tip, make sure your playlist doesn’t include any lyrics not suitable for children’s ears and select those Radio Edits!

1 Day Before

Check candles, cake knife and matches for the cake

Everyone will be looking forward to the reveal of the birthday cake, therefore make sure you’re ready to make this first one ultra special with all the trimmings.

Choose your own party outfit and accessories

Time to focus on yourself! Spend some much-needed time looking for an outfit and accessories for yourself; you need to shine on the day too, after all.

Re-check guest list

The last thing you want to do is accidentally leave anyone out, and with so much going on, you might want to take one last look at the guest list. Is everyone definitely present?

Reconfirm your family member or friend will still be helping

If you’ve roped in support for pre-party preparation and activities on the big day, make sure you double check that those who opted in are still up for it (once they’re in, they’re in!).

Keep your baby’s outfit and shoes ready for the big day

To avoid last minute scrambles, leave the baby’s outfit and shoes somewhere obvious before the big day. That way, you can grab them quickly when the time comes to get dressed up.

Wrap your baby’s birthday present

Grab your favourite tipple (be it a glass of wine or cup of tea) and enjoy wrapping your child’s first ever birthday present.

Get an early night - it’s going to be a long day tomorrow

Now for the most important piece of preparation, you’ll do the day before. Tomorrow will be long, emotional and hard work, so make sure you get plenty of sleep beforehand. Once that present has been wrapped, get an early night!

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On the Birthday

Start preparing party food and refreshments

To ensure maximum freshness, reserve the first couple of hours of the day to preparing the food and refreshments. This is where those handy helpers will be invaluable.

Set the table and decorations

Transform the tables in the venue or your home with the decorations you purchased and make everything look fit for a king.

Set a separate place for presents

When people arrive, they’ll probably be laden with presents, so make sure there’s an obvious area for them to be placed, ready for opening later on.

Pick up the cake

Head to your local bakery and get that cake; if you’ve done your homework, it’ll be ready and waiting for you. Just remember to be very careful driving it back - take someone along with you, if possible.

Make sure the camera or phone is charged and ready to go

Keep your smartphone or camera on charge for as long as possible during the morning and make sure it’s working as intended an hour or so before with some test shots.

Keep cameras and candles ready

Keep both the birthday cake candles and camera in your pocket at all times - you’ll need to grab both quickly when required.

Keep the first-aid kit in a safe place

Again, we won’t dwell on the reasons for this one, but make sure you and a few other parents know exactly where the first-aid kit is located, and make it as easy to access as possible.

Keep the guest contact list in a safe place

The spreadsheet you created a few weeks back containing guest contact details may not be out of service just yet. Keep a printed copy of it close by just in case you need to contact anyone on the day, or if you need to check where someone important is.

And remember to get someone to note down what gifts you received so that you send out some personalized Thank You cards after the event.

Day after the Birthday

Grab the spreadsheet containing a note of the gifts you received, now’s the time to find those Thank You cards and stamps you ordered 3 Weeks ago.  Handwritten notes popped in the post really create a lasting impression and are a joy to receive.

That’s all, folks

…and breathe!

Time for a hearty pat on the back, for if you follow our guide to organising your child’s first birthday, you’ll create a day that will live long in the memory and from which you’ll have numerous photos to embarrass your child with later in life.

Enjoy it!

Get your copy of the checklist here

 

 

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Jun08

5 reasons why your toddlers aren’t that terrible

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5 reasons why your toddlers aren’t that terrible

When you have a toddler it can be very stressful as they are more active, say ‘no’ a lot and then there are the legendary tantrums. But don’t worry and look on the positive side: here are 5 reasons why your toddler is not that terrible.

They can talk and tell jokes: It was cute when your little boy or girl was just gurgling and making noises but it is even better when they can talk and form sentences. They can tell you when they want a cuddle or a snack instead of crying. You will soon notice what fun things kids say – especially when they start telling jokes or making up jokes of their own!

They think you know everything: For a long time, your toddler will think you are the fountain of all knowledge. You will know the answer to every question of ‘What’s that?’ ‘What is making that noise?’ and so on. They will rely on you to tell them all the answers and trust your every word.

They want to learn: Because they think you know everything – they will want to learn everything. As they get older they will remember more, ask more questions and discover things for themselves. Make sure you encourage this learning in every way you can, like getting a personalised money box for them so every penny they find can be saved up for something special – even if it is just a bag of sweets.

Their imagination can run wild: The doll house, all those cars or a kitchen set you have bought them before now will suddenly become the most fun things a two-year-old can have. When they reach the right age, their play time will become more imaginative and creative as they make up games, stories and create their own world with all their toys, books and more. 

They take time for themselves: Up until now, you might not have much time away from your child, but as they grow up and learn to play on their own you will find they are happy to have time alone, as long as there is something fun to keep them occupied for half an hour or so. Make sure you too make the most of this short time alone – but keep an ear out for any trouble! 

Jun02

Bundles Of Joy 1st Birthday Checklist

Categories // Advice and guides

Birthdays are a magical time for children, but as a parent it can be difficult organising everything for the big day. Luckily here at Bundles of Joy we’ve done the hard work for you and made a comprehensive checklist for your little ones first birthday.

 If you would like to download this checklist enter your email address below and click 'Submit'

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May31

What do you know about twins? Learn the facts

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What do you know about twins? Learn the facts

Now you know more about twins, treat your own adorable twins to some new baby gifts from Bundles of Joy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May25

Do you know any of these amazing baby facts?

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Do you know any of these amazing baby facts?

Babies are amazing, as a parent you know that, but there is still so much to learn about these wonderful and sometimes weird little individuals. And with that in mind, read below some mind blowing facts about babies and don’t forget to visit us at Bundles of Joy. We have a fantastic range of personalised baby gifts, from soft plush toys, books and blankets as well as 1st birthday and christening gifts.

At birth babies do not have kneecaps. Rather they have a structure of cartilage that resembles kneecaps. They usually don’t develop them fully until after six months.

Babies can’t cry, they can scream for what they want or need, but can’t technically cry. Tears can’t actually be created or released until about three weeks in.

When babies are born, they have 300 bones. Adults have 206. Bones fuse together during growth to come up with the new number.

They hear just like an adult, even though they will startle at just about anything because it’s a new sound, not because it’s loud.

When your newborn turns their heads it’s not always because they just saw something interesting. If he or she turns her head at a spoonful of food, it is because they are full, this is also where shaking your head for “no” originates from.

It only takes a few weeks in before a baby can visually distinguish between his or her mother and other adults,with the voice and smell of the mother recognized from birth.

A baby is typically capable of their first non-gassy smile at only one month old.

Giving birth is no picnic but spare a thought for the woman who gave birth to the heaviest baby ever born. The boy weighed 22 pounds, eight ounces and was born in Italy in 1955.

Valentina Vassilyeva set the record for most children birthed by a single woman. She gave birth to a total of 69 children. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765.

Your baby is seriously strong, you may know that newborns have the reflex to grab onto things with their hands, but what you probably didn't know is that their grasp is strong enough to hold their entire body weight up… Perhaps you have a future strongman on your hands!

Other articles you may also find interesting:

Here are 5 reasons your baby is crying.

Creative ideas for revealing your baby’s gender.

May18

5 creative ideas for revealing your baby’s gender

Categories // Advice and guides

5 creative ideas for revealing your baby’s gender

Revealing the baby’s gender can be a lot of fun, and you have probably seen some creative and unique ways people have revealed the sex of their baby to family and friends, whether it’s throwing a party, posting on social media or doing something more private. Of course, revealing the baby’s gender can happen during the pregnancy, or you as parents can be surprised with everyone else when the baby is born.

If you want to tell your fantastic news to everyone in the most creative way, check out some of our ideas below on how you can reveal if your baby is a boy or girl:

Cakes: Revealing the gender with a specially made dessert is popular, and can be done in different ways: Baking tonnes of cupcakes, and have them iced in either blue or pink, or having one big cake with a neutral coloured icing, but once the guests cut a slice, the sponge is coloured blue or pink! You can be creative as you want with your cake reveal!

T-shirts: If you have an older child, getting them a t-shirt made saying “I’m getting a baby sister” or “I’m getting a baby brother” is a cute way of making your news public, and also makes sure the older child involved with the whole process.

Maternity photos: If you and your partner have arranged some maternity photos, you can get creative and leave clues in the pictures about what your baby’s gender might be.

Edit the ultrasound: After you have had the ultrasound that discloses the gender, why not add on some pink or blue effects with edits and filters, then share the pictures with family and friends? The ultrasound picture will give a personal touch to the reveal.

Video: Whether this is your first child or second, a fun way to reveal the baby’s gender to family and friends is making a video or short film. In this format you can be as creative and innovative as you want.

Whatever you do to reveal the baby’s gender to your family and friends, remember to have a special baby keepsake for your baby when it’s born or to give out to family and friends. We have tonnes of great toys, presents and more at Bundles of Joy.

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May05

Here are 5 reasons your baby is crying

Categories // Advice and guides

Here are 5 reasons your baby is crying

As a parent, you are the person your child is fully dependent on, you provide them with love, nourishment, warmth and comfort that they need. You are the also the person that sees most of your baby’s tears. It’s your baby’s way of ensuring and communicating to you that they are in need of something and require a response from you.


Sometimes it can be hard as a parent to understand and work out what problem or need your baby wants you to fix. With age it will get easier; as they grow they will learn other ways of communicating to you, such as giggling, pointing and laughing.

Until that moment your baby is older and able to express themselves to you, it would be beneficial to read below our five reasons why your baby is crying.

They’re hungry

This is the most common reason your little one is crying, especially when they’re new-born. The general rule of thumb is the younger the baby, the hungrier they will be. Babies’ stomachs are extremely small and can’t handle very much food, so it won’t be long until it’s empty again after a feed. If you're breastfeeding, offer your breast, even if their last feed doesn't seem that long ago.

If you're bottle feeding, your baby may not require more milk for at least two hours after their last feed. If your baby is not finishing their feeds, they may prefer to drink milk formula little and often.

They just want to cry

If your baby's less than about four months old, they may cry more late in the afternoon and evening. This is normal, and doesn't necessarily mean there's anything wrong with your child.

Sometimes your baby’s persistent crying can be down to colic. Your baby may become flushed and frustrated, and refuse your efforts to comfort them.

The general notion people associate colic with is stomach problems, maybe caused by an allergy or intolerance to something in your breastmilk or formula. However, some experts now think colic is linked to a stage called the "period of PURPLE crying®". PURPLE is an acronym and the letters stand for:

Peak of crying. Your baby may cry more each week, the most at two months, then less at between three months and five months.

Unexpected crying. It can come and go and you don't know why.

Resists soothing. Unfortunately, your baby may not stop crying, no matter what you try.

Pain-like face. Your baby may look as if she is in pain, but it's unlikely that she is.

Long-lasting periods of crying. It can last for several hours a day.

Evening. Your baby is most likely to cry more in the late afternoon and evening.

They need to be held

Babies need lots of physical contact such as cuddling and swaddling as well as reassurance to comfort them, so when your baby cries they may simply just want to be held close to you.

Your baby needs lots of cuddling, physical contact and reassurance to comfort her. So her crying may mean that she just wants to be held.

They are crying because they are tired and need to rest

Babies can often find it hard to doze off, especially when they’re overtired, as a new parent you will soon learn the signs of when your baby needs a sleep pretty quickly, and it may even coincide with when you need a day nap!

They are crying because they’re too hot or too cold

A good way to check whether your baby is too hot or too cold is by feeling their tummy; a common mistake is feeling their hands or feet as new-borns’ feet and hands often feel cold which is perfectly normal.

Keep the temperature in your infant’s room around 18C, use sheets and blankets as bedding in the cot, if they feel too hot, remove one and vice versa. Try not to overdress your baby as well, they generally need one more layer than yourselves to be the optimum temperature.

If you or a loved one have had a precious new arrival visit Bundles of Joy and shop a wide range of fantastic personalised baby gifts, such as our baby blankets, the perfect accessory to soothe your baby in maximum comfort.

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Six ways your child lets you know they love you

It’s the best feeling in the world as a parent when your little one looks at you and says those three words… I love you! But did you know there are other ways your child shows their love towards a parent? Have a read of the six other ways your child will show you their love below.

Your new-born baby stares into your eyes

When you catch your baby staring at you they are actually working hard to memorise your face, with them being naturally drawn to it. At this age the world will be blurry to them, but they can see most clearly at the distance between your face and theirs when you hold them in your arms.

Your baby thinks about you when you're not there

Between eight months and 12 months old they'll start to wrinkle their face and look around when you leave the room and then greet you with a smile when you return. Your child sees you almost as a safe zone; they’ll be comfortable to explore around them and move away from you but will return for your love and support.

Your toddler throws tantrums

They may not seem like it at the time, but your child’s tantrum shows they feel secure with you. You should feel loved and special that your child is able to show their true emotions to you when they are hurt and angry… even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time, they trust and love you!

 

Your toddler seeks you out for comfort and reassurance

The old saying of ‘actions speak louder than words’ apply here. Your toddler may be too young to understand the concept of love, but you will be the one they turn too when catastrophes happen in their world, such as their juice tipping over or them banging their head.

Children this age may not truly understand the meaning of, "I love you", but their actions speak louder than words. It'll be you they run to when they fall over or feel sad.

Your toddler gives you gifts

It may be a crudely drawn painting that will be stuck to the fridge, a flower from the garden or a hand-made card but these are all pointing towards the fact your child is learning to give, by watching you. When you treat your child with love, care and support you will see it reciprocated back to you as they get older.

Approval

You will notice as your child gets older they will start to be more cooperative around the house and they'll look for chances to impress you, whether that’s cartwheeling through the sitting room or putting the dishes away. You’ll soon be hearing "Look at me!” a whole lot more!

Why not show you your love to your little one by lavishing them with a gift from Bundles of Joy? We stock a fantastic range of baby and toddler gifts such as the Jelly Cat bashful bunny, the perfect super soft plush toy to comfort your child.

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