Monday, 15 September 2014

Keeping Ahead of the Game - Born's Adventures at the Nursery Trade Show

Born's MD and all-round trend-spotter Becky Ward spent last weekend in Cologne, at the big Nursery Industry trade show of the year, surviving off nothing but her wits and several packets of Haribo. Here's how she got on...

The Kind & Jugend Trade Show is held every September in Cologne, where the European nursery industry all gather to launch new items, catch up with their clients, and make new contacts.  Cologne is a beautiful city, which unfortunately I never get to see much of as most of my time is spent inside the Kölnmesse – an enormous collection of halls, all linked together like a rabbit warren for giants.  It can be very disorienting, and the affect of no natural lights, lots of people, and loud music makes it all very intense!

However, it is always lovely to catch up with our suppliers, and very exciting to see the new products they are planning to bring to the market.  At Born, we try to source our products as ethically as possible, so I have a narrower buying range than our competitors, but this is actually quite nice for me, as I can be very focused.  We are also known for our specialisms – babywearing, breastfeeding, and cloth nappies – so our opinion is often sought out by suppliers launching new products in these areas.  I saw MANY new carriers this weekend, and we really look forward to working with manufacturers, both existing and also new to Born, to bring you some great new slings. 

I was invited by Bugaboo to an offsite visit, which was held in a suitably stylish warehouse event location.  They have a very interesting new product which will be launching in the new year.  It was also great to get to play with the new limited edition Diesel collaborations, and see all the new Bee3 combinations in the flesh.  I was nicely surprised at how well the Off White hood looks with the Khaki carrycot.  Afterwards, it was off to another offsite visit with Phil&Teds/Mountain Buggy, who have a really exciting new product which will hopefully be launching in the new year – watch this space. 

Bugaboo Cameleon3 by Diesel and Bugaboo Bee3 in Off-White & Khaki

The rest of the visit was in the main show halls, where I caught up with the lovely distributors of Ergobaby in the UK, and saw the shiny new Orbit Stroller, as well as the as yet to be launched three-wheeler Orbit have produced.  It features, as you would expect, lots of interesting design features.  Ergobaby have brought out some changes themselves, including a lovely purple version of the Ventus Performance Carrier, which we will have in stock as soon as we can. 

The exciting bits of the show, for me, were seeing new brands, many of which are not yet available in the UK.  Hopefully we will have some of these arriving in the shops and online soon.  And we will be working more closely with some of our existing suppliers as well, so expect to see more from brands such as Lässig – a fantastic German accessories manufacturer, whose ethics match ours really nicely.  Updates on new products will come through on the blog.

Lässig Vintage Metro Changing Bag

All in all, it was a very productive visit and I am really excited about bringing lots of lovely new products in to the shops for you to enjoy.

Cool the Drool! How To Help Your Baby Through Teething

Growing teeth can be a painful business, especially when you're six months old and don't understand why things are poking out of your gums!

Teeth start developing while the baby is still in the womb with tooth buds forming in the gums. Some babies are even born with teeth already in their mouth. The majority of babies start teething between four to nine months, although all babies are different and some may not start cutting teeth until eleven or twelve months old.

Babies experience teething differently, but the common signs that your baby is cutting teeth include excessive dribbling, biting and gnawing on hard surfaces, ear-pulling, loss of appetite, irritability and difficulty sleeping. It's hard to watch your little one go through this level of discomfort, so what can you do to help?

Aden + Anais Red Edition 3-Pack Muslin Squares

Excessive Dribbling

Muslins. Lots and lots of muslins! Teething stimulates the production of extra saliva, giving way to drooling and dribbling. You may even notice your baby's poo is looser due to the amount of extra saliva they are swallowing. Try to keep the area the skin around your baby’s mouth dry make sure you frequently wipe their chin and the rest of their face. This will help to prevent them from developing a rash. The Aden & Anais bibs and muslin squares are ideal for this as they are very absorbent and super soft against fragile skin.

Biting and Gnawing

Teething babies have an inherent need to chew on anything! The pressure experienced from biting is believed to help babies relieve the painful pressure on their gums. If chewing on a cold wet flannel or on mum or dad's finger is just not doing it, there are many teething toys on the market - at Born, we make sure we only select those that are free from BPA, Phalates and other nasties so they're totally safe for your little one to put in their mouths.  Some, like the Lansinoh Teether, can be put in the fridge to help soothe sore gums. (Never put a teething ring in the freezer as it could damage your baby's gums if it becomes very hard or cold). Others like the Toddles Organic Cotton Teething Ring & Comforter can be a teething toy and a comforter all in one.

Little Toader AppeTeether Teething Toys

If your baby keeps dropping the teething toy, check out our natural, wooden dummy chains - clip one end to your baby's clothes and connect the other end to the teething ring - your baby can drop the toy as often as they like without you needing to wash it, as it stays off the floor!

Heimess Wooden Dummy Clip & Chain

We also love the teething and nursing necklaces and pendants - worn by the parent, it gives your baby something to chew when they are in your arms or being carried in a carrier or sling. With quick-release clasps, they are safe for parent and baby and they look stylish too!

Jellystone Original Soother Necklace

Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules

Sore Gums

The pain of teething is the thing that makes your baby irritable and gives them earache and sleepless nights. Drinks of cool (not ice cold) water can help to soothe gums and can also help keep fluid levels up if they are dribbling excessively or try massaging your baby's gums gently with a cool, clean finger.

Homeopathic sugar-free remedies such as Nelson's Teetha Powder or gel can help relieve symptoms. The powder contains 6c homeopathic potency of gentle Chamomilla, so it works with the whole body to soothe - calming your baby, as well as relieving discomfort.

You may also like to consider Craniosacral Therapy for your little one.  This subtle and profound healing form is used for babies as soon as they come into life to help their system to settle into a normal rhythm and vitality. The many benefits of craniosacral therapy include relief from the symptoms of teething, reduced irritability and a more peaceful sleep pattern.

Craniosacral Therapy Clinic at Born

Cutting teeth can go on for up to 18 months or more, but there are then a few years of respite before the Tooth Fairy starts to visit! In the meantime, if you are at all concerned about your any of your child's symptoms and are not sure that they are related to teething, always contact your doctor or practitioner for advice.

To see our full range of teething toys and soothing aids, visit us at or pop into one of our stores

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

HypnoBirthing at Born - How it can make a vital difference to you and your baby

Born - the home of HypnoBirthing in Hackney.


written by Guest Blogger, Katrina Berry.

HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique or method for birthing. The basic tenet of the programme is that childbirth is a normal, natural and healthy function for women. As such, birth can be accomplished gently and calmly for the very large number of women who are not in a high risk situation.

Like the bodies of our sister creatures in nature, the bodies of healthy pregnant women instinctively know how to conceive and how to nurture the development of the babies they are carrying. HypnoBirthing helps mothers align with their own innate capacity to be able to give birth gently, comfortably, powerfully and joyfully.

A HypnoBirthing mothers learns to embrace her body's innate knowledge of birthing, to relax into her birthing process, working with her body and her baby. She trusts that each knows how to do its job. She wants this experience to unfold naturally without interruption. In doing this she eliminates fatigue and shortens her birthing time. The result is a truly rewarding and satisfying birth experience, with the entire family, including the baby, being awake, alert and calm, yet energised.

When you talk about hypnosis it's common for people to associate the activity with television shows - the type where volunteers go up on to the stage and are hypnotised into doing strange things they would never normally do.

HypnoBirthing couldn't really be MORE different from that! When you experience hypnosis either in the class or during the actual child birth process, you are always able to control your own actions and decisions. In fact that is why you use it, because it gives you more control over what is going on.

If you've seen a television childbirth you'd be forgiven for expecting some kind of a medieval torture. What's the usual media portrayal of labour and birth? ("Labour" says all you need to know doesn't it!) Towels! Water! Screams! We've all seen it a thousand times - what appears to be a primitive yet unnecessary torture inflicted quite unfairly only on the female of the species.

Likewise when anybody is newly pregnant they will ask around all friends and family to find out what they are going to experience. Inevitably they can be told of horror stories and not want to read the last chapter in the pregnancy book for fear it might put them off the inevitable! And yet surely this should be one of the best days of their lives?

So the media and our friends and family set us up to be terrified, and we have no direct experience of childbirth with which to compare what they tell us. 

And what comes with fear? - Tension.

And what comes with tension? - Tense muscles, contraction, rigidity/

And how does the baby come into the world then? - With considerable difficulty.

The whole thing becomes an absurd self fulfilling prophecy. Fear followed by tension followed by pain.

With HypnoBirthing we use the power of relaxation and positive suggestion to give you a series of exercises which allow you to alter this process.

The body knows how to give birth. We certainly don’t sit down and decide with our conscious mind when we’re going to go into labour or how the labour is going to be. It happens at the right time when the baby is ready and in the right way. What we can do however is get in the way. Michel Odent, the obstetrician who pioneered water births is quoted as saying: “Never, never disturb the neocortex of the labouring woman,” and indeed it is true that any mammal will give birth only where she feels safe, secure and unobserved. If the mind is worried or disturbed it impedes the natural function of the body. For a woman’s body to function naturally and efficiently, she has to feel secure at a deep subconscious level.

So fear release is an important part of the HypnoBirthing course. Having worked on fear release, then you can put positive learnings in its place. There is relaxation, deepening of relaxation and self hypnosis. There is breathing, massage and visualisation. And then there is the important aspect of going through the birth with what to expect at each stage, and what you or your birth partner can usefully do at each stage.

The role of the birthing partner is extremely important in HypnoBirthing. Of course plenty of mothers have learnt it and used it successfully on their own, but many others have said, “I could never have done it without his voice prompting me.” It’s good for the relationship of mother and father, and of baby and father, that the father knows he is making a difference in the birth process.

HypnoBirthing is a little like learning a musical instrument. You could be told theoretically how to play the piano in about ten minutes, but it wouldn’t mean you could do it. You could go to classes every week for a year and you would make some progress. But you really make progress because of the practice you do in between. HypnoBirthing is the same. You can read about it in a book and you understand it. You go to a class and it becomes real and enables you to put it into practice for yourself.

Now your childbirth experience becomes something quite different, and by using these techniques to take control of the process you find yourself able to relax, and allow your body to do what is perfectly evolved to do - give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby.

So the next time someone mentions HypnoBirthing, please don't expect anyone to be barking like a dog on a stage - just relaxing and enjoying the birth of their baby, in calm and peaceful surroundings!

“Classes are packed with useful, practical & myth-busting information. The group setting is just right and Kat turns the Born shop into a cozy living room for the evening.” Sally

Katrina runs regular HypnoBirthing courses on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings at Born, Stoke Newington.

Dates of upcoming courses:

Sundays September 14th - 5th October, starting at 6.30pm - ONE SPACE LEFT

Wednesdays September 24th - 15th October, starting at 7pm - ONE SPACE LEFT

Mondays 6th & 13th October, then a week off and 27th Oct & 3rd Nov, starting at 7pm

Wednesdays October 29th - 19th November, starting at 7pm

Sundays November 9th - 30th, starting at 6.30pm

Find out more at

Monday, 8 September 2014

Get up to 25% off the iconic Bugaboo Bee+ Stroller!

Save 20% on the iconic Bugaboo Bee+ at Born, with an extra 5% off if you can collect from store!

Please call our customer support team first to check stock availability on 0117 924 5080

The gorgeous Bee+ Stroller is compact, nimble and perfect for urban living. Complete with canopy, raincover and underseat shopping basket,  the seat has 3 positions (fully reclined, semi reclined, upright), is height adjustable and can be forward or rear facing so your little one can watch you (giving security and a sense of wellbeing for parent and child!) or turn round and see the world go by.

Bugaboo Bee3 Carrycot

The Bee+ is compatible with the new Bee3 carrycot, so you can use the Bee+ as a complete pram system from birth.

The Bee+ stroller is now available at Born from £383.20, saving you a massive 20%. If you can come into our store to collect, you will receive an additional 5% discount. If you wish to opt for the in-store collection offer, please call our customer services team on 0117 924 5080 to reserve your stroller.

In addition, we're offering the Bugaboo Bee+ from Birth package also with up to 25% off! Everything you need to use the iconic Bee+ Urban Stroller from birth - including a lovely, cosy cocoon that you can use for newborns onwards to keep your little one snuggly.

The Bee+ from Birth package is now available at Born from from £443.16, saving you 20% - again, if you can collect from store, we'll give an extra 5% off!

We advise you to call our customer support team (0117 924 5080) to check stock availability before visiting the stores. If we have no stock of the Bee+, please ask our store team about a special offer on the new Bugaboo Bee3.

For more details, visit

Monday, 1 September 2014

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair & Cushion with FREE Baby Set - Snap it up!

We all love the iconic, award-winning wooden Stokke Tripp Trapp! Now decades old, the design with it's clean lines and simple structure is still beautifully contemporary, stylish and practical and will be part of the family from birth through to adulthood, then onto the next generation! The only highchair that you will ever need, it's uniquely designed to support a child's back and feet, with height and style adjustments to accommodate baby, toddler, child or adult wherever they want to sit!

You can add the finishing touches to the Tripp Trapp with a gorgeous cushion made to fit the highchair perfectly.  The designs include coated or soft fabric cushions - all easy to care for and easy to wash. The firm support will give your child maximum comfort and with a fantastic range of colours and patterns, your little one will be the most stylish diner in the room!

The Tripp Trapp Baby Set is a must have accessory to get the most out of Tripp Trapp high chair. Consisting of a high back, front rail and crotch strap, it enables you to use the Tripp Trapp from as soon as your little one is sitting unaided (generally around 6 - 9 months) and is perfect for feeding and to encourage playing at the table with the rest of the family.  It even comes in great colours to perfectly match your Tripp Trapp!

Now, for a limited time, you can buy the Stokke Tripp Trapp and Cushion for £192 and get the Baby Set for FREE, saving you a fantastic £47!  The offer is only available 1st Sept to 30th Sept 2014 so visit our website or shops and choose your colours before stock runs out!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Upcoming Events at Born - Grab Your Diaries!

Did you know that we have loads of different parent and baby events coming up at the Born stores in Stoke Newington and Bristol? Grab your diaries because we've got your social life covered for the next few weeks!

4th September 2014 - London
Porcelain Hand and Footprints

We have asked the wonderful Fleur from Porcelain Prints to return to our Stoke Newington shop where she can create the most gorgeous porcelain tablets imprinted with your little one's hand and footprints. Perfect as a memento or as a gift for friends or grandparents. There are a limited number of appointments so please phone or call into the shop to book your place - a £10 deposit is payable on booking.

7th September 2014 - London
First Aid Group

Do you know what to do if someone burns themselves, breaks an arm or starts to choke? Knowing even the basics of first aid can give you confidence in a crisis and can make a real difference.  Come along to the First Aid Group at 9.30am at the Stoke Newington shop to learn more.  There is a £10 returnable cash deposit needed to secure a place.

7th September 2014 - Bristol
Attachment Theory Study Day

Learn more about the work of Dr Nils Bergman at the study day here in Bristol on Sunday 7th September  The day will run from 9.30am - 4.30pm on Sunday 7th of September with an optional additional evening session which will take place over a meal in a nearby restaurant. Refreshments will be provided. To find out more and book, please contact our Bristol store.

8th September 2014 - London
Baby massage 5 Week Course

Baby massage is a great way to bond with baby for both mum and dad.  There are many health benefits to massage, plus it produces lots of oxytocin in both giver and receiver.  Karen James is holding a 5-week baby massage course at our store in Stoke Newington, held on Mondays from 12:00 to 13:30. The cost of the course is £60, minus the deposit of £10 payable when you book. Visit our website or contact the store for more information.

Born Regular Events

Craniosacral Therapy - London, Mondays 4 - 6pm
Starting life with your body system in complete balance is a huge benefit in coping with many health or other issues that life can bring. Craniosacral therapy is a subtle and profound healing form that is used for babies as soon as they come into life to help their system to settle into a normal rhythm and vitality.  Born in Stoke Newington, London has teamed with practitioner Maria Esposito to offer a new Baby Craniosacral Therapy Clinic each Monday afternoon (4-6pm) from September 2014 onwards. Contact our Born Store in Stoke Newington for more details or to book your place.
Read more on our blog.

La Leche League Breastfeeding Group - London - each 2nd Monday of the month 10 - 11.45am
Get advice, support and friendship at this regular breastfeeding group at our Born store in Stoke Newington. The next meetings are:
September 15th 2014
October 13th 2014
November 10th 2014
December 8th 2014

Drop-in Baby Yoga for Dads and Babies - London, Sundays 10 - 11am
What better way to spend a Sunday morning?! A gorgeous class led by Karen James where dads can spend peaceful time with their little ones. Contact the shop for more details.

Contact details:

For more information on any of our events, please contact:

Born, Stoke Newington:
168 Stoke Newington Church St
Stoke Newington
N16 0JL
Tel: 0207 249 5069

Born, Bristol:
64 Gloucester Road
Tel: 0117 924 5080

Friday, 15 August 2014

Craniosacral Therapy now at Born London - How can this help my baby?

Starting life with your body system in complete balance is a huge benefit in coping with many health or other issues that life can bring. Craniosacral therapy is a subtle and profound healing form that is used for babies as soon as they come into life to help their system to settle into a normal rhythm and vitality.

Born in Stoke Newington, London has teamed with practitioner Maria Esposito to offer a new Baby Craniosacral Therapy Clinic each Monday afternoon (4-6pm) from September 2014 onwards. Contact Born London for more details.

How can Craniosacral Therapy benefit my baby?

The experience is different from each baby, child or adult according to their own need of balance and adjustments. CST is often used for babies who have experienced a difficult or traumatic birth, but there are very real benefits for those who have enjoyed a smooth birth too.

The first thing you will probably notice is a sense of deep relaxation, which will generally last throughout the session. This release of tension often extends into everyday life. Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but become obvious on returning to a familiar environment. The work is often deeply moving and exhilarating.

How does is work?

It is called craniosacral because the spinal fluid going from the cranio to the sacral is what makes everything function well and properly. All the nerves from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain pass through, connected like a tree with branches and roots. The Craniosacral Therapist listens to the rhythm of that fluid and feels if there is any blockage in the body, memory cells of the tissue and the mind as well as the energetic field around that body to see if it is breathing well and properly. If there is a blockage, the therapist will help the mother and baby unblock the blockage and re-balance the system or body function.

What issues can it help with?


  • Re-balancing the body after birth
  • Removing the memory of a traumatic birth
  • Coli
  • Sleeping better and more peacefully
  • Frequency of reflux and of throwing up milk
  • Stronger connection with mother and babies (the mother needs to be treated as well as the baby for both Reflux and connection with the baby)
  • Clinging babies or toddlers
  • Teething
  • Coughing
  • Frequent colds for babies, toddlers and children,
  • Reduction of allergies
  • Reduced irritation, which can lead to a happier and more communicative toddler
  • Reduction and or elimination of night terrors in toddlers and children in general

Maria Esposito, BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – R-Cranio-Sacral Therapist

Maria received a BSc (Hons) in Health Science: Nutritional Therapy from the University of Westminster (2001) and is a member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) and CNHC (Complementary and Natural health Council).

She has also a Dip. A.E.T. (diploma in Identification and treatment of allergic disorders),  NAET diplomas, (2006). Diploma in Sports Injury Management, the ITEC diploma in Therapeutic Massage and is a certified reflexologist (1998).

She is now a qualified and Registered Cranio-Sacral Therapist (2011). She has worked as Nutritional Consultant in various clinic since 2001, and from NatureWorks for the past 10 years.  She has written a Nutritional Therapy course for BSY group (Open University) with outside accreditation of Level 4 (2010). She has also achieved a PTLLS (preparing to teach in a lifelong sector) certificate in August 2013 at level 4. She has worked as shadow therapist in a community clinic for Cranio-Sacral Therapy for the past two years for some clinic times, working with babies, pregnant women and post-natal, as well as children and adults.