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.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Co-Sleeping and Bed Sharing - Doing What Comes Naturally!

When you have a young baby, people become extraordinarily fascinated by their sleeping patterns.  Complete strangers will stop you on the street and having asked the name of your little one, they'll move straight onto "are they a good sleeper" or the killer question - "are they sleeping through the night yet?"

Sadly, how, where and for how long your baby sleeps seems to have become a way in which people judge others parenting skills or even gauge how "good" a baby is.  And although these are obviously ridiculous notions, it can put an enormous amount of pressure on parents to get their baby to fit into "acceptable" sleep patterns, even if it goes against their own instinctive parenting style.

Bed Sharing and Co-Sleeping are sometimes held up as contentious sleep practices, even though bed sharing has been the norm for non-western cultures for centuries.  In fact, for western societies, it is only with the introduction of bedrooms for each member of the household that bed sharing and co-sleeping became less common.  However, over the last few decades, more and more parents are discovering the joys of co-sleeping with their baby - a recent poll in Parenting Magazine indicated that 42% share sleep with their infant at least part of the time - and as long as it is done sensibly and safely, there are some very real benefits for parents and child.

Bed Sharing

Bed sharing is when you share the same sleep surface as your child, most commonly, sleeping together in an adult bed. Sleeping next to your baby is not just a lovely thing to do - with only 25% of your baby's brain developed at birth,  the proximity of bed sharing serves to support your baby's emotional expectation and physiological needs.  Parent and child can detect and respond to each others sensory cues during sleep - smells, sounds, movements, heat and touch - increasing bonding and often leading to a more peaceful, uninterrupted sleep for both.

Bed sharing is ideal when breastfeeding. Studies have shown that breastfed babies automatically move toward the mother during sleep, finding comfort in the familiar, nurturing presence.  Equally, women who breastfeed and bed share generally have a 'c' shape around their baby so they are protected from getting too hot or from the pillow or blanket covering their face.  Many babies often manage to feed with the mother remaining asleep or only partially waking, again leading to a more restful sleep for baby and parent.


Co-sleeping is when your baby sleeps within sensory range of you, but not necessarily sharing the same sleeping surface.  Co-sleeping has many of the benefits of bed sharing as the baby and the parent can still pick up on physical and emotional cues throughout the night.  Some people select co-sleeping rather than bed sharing if they have other children in the bed, if they have a partner who is a heavy sleeper or who is on medication, or if they are concerned about any other of the safety aspects of bed sharing.  Co-sleeping is also great for older children who may take up too much room in the bed or who need support through the night for baby-led potty training etc.

Snuzpod Bedside Crib

There are specific 'co-sleeper' cots available that can be placed right up beside the parent's bed, essentially extending the surface and giving the baby their own area in which to sleep.  There are also baby nests, lambskins and other products to help define a baby's sleeping area if you are bed sharing or co-sleeping. Visit the Co-Sleeper & Bed Sharing section on our website to see what is available.

Red Castle Organic Cocoonababy nest at Borndirect
Red Castle Organic Cocoonababy nest

In the end, no matter what judgements others like to make on the subject of baby sleeping and parenting styles, what really matters is you and your family.  Go with what feels right and what works for you and your baby - and if your child still wants to sleep in your bed when they are older, consider yourself extremely privileged!

Bed Sharing safety advice from the Dept of Health:
  • Make sure your baby can’t fall out of bed.
  • Keep your baby cool by using sheets and blankets or a baby sleeping bag rather than a duvet.
  • Always put your baby to sleep on their back rather than their front or side.
  • Don’t use a pillow – babies don’t need a pillow until they are one year old.
  • Never risk falling asleep with your baby on a waterbed, sofa or armchair.

Select co-sleeping rather than bed sharing if you or a partner:
  • Is a smoker.
  • Has consumed alcohol.
  • Has taken any drugs, prescription or otherwise, that affect perception, cause drowsiness or affect depth of sleep.
  • Is excessively tired to the extent that this might affect being able to respond to the baby.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Born at Bristol is Growing!

Our Born store in Bristol is undergoing a facelift! The store will be closed from Monday 11th August for ten days while it has a re-fit, but you can still order from us online at or by calling the store direct on 07711616510 or 0117 924 5080. 


When the shop re-opens, we will be able to hold more stock on the premises.  This means that we can give you a much more personal service in terms of showing and demonstrating buggies, nappies, changing bags and any other baby product that you're interested in. So if you don't see it on the shop floor, just ask and we can bring the item out to you!

Our store in Stoke Newington in London will continue as normal. 

Born Bristol is at: 

64 Gloucester Road
Tel: 0117 924 5080

Born London is at:

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

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Nature's Playground! Tips For Taking Your Baby To The Beach

There's nothing like a day at the seaside to make you feel that summer's here, but when my own children were babies, I struggled to get enthusiastic - the thought of carrying car loads of baby gear down to the beach, then trying to pacify hot, restless, crying babies with sand and grit everywhere was not particularly tempting!

But with a little organisation and thought, some of our best family outings were at the beach.  The seaside environment is perfect for little babies - breathing in the salty air and having a little splash in the sea can help with everything from a stuffed up nose to eczema.  And when they are sitting up or crawling, babies love to explore the new and different textures and sounds - dry and wet sand, seaweed, pebbles and rocks, the noise of the waves, seagulls and other children.  Nature's playground! Here are our tips for having a relaxed, fun day with babies at the beach...

Sun Lotion by Green People

Sun Protection:
Always make sure your child is protected from the sun. The reflection from the sand and water and the wind coming off the sea can be particularly dangerous, even if the sun isn't shining.  We recommend Green People Sun Lotion - an organic lotion offering the maximum available sun protection from an organic sun care product - UVA and up UBV protection up to 96%. It is suitable for sensitive skin, and is also water resistant.

Sun hats are a must, too.  If your baby enjoys a game of taking the hat off and throwing it away, as mine did, go for a hat with ties so you can be sure they are covered up. BabyBanz sunglasses and  UV suits are also a great way of making sure your baby is protected, and they are getting more and more popular, especially for older babies and toddlers.

UV suits by Splashabout

Shade is a must, especially if you have a young baby.  Beach umbrellas are fine and pop-up tents are perfect.  Look for one that has UV protection and make sure there is enough room in there for you and the children, especially if you are breastfeeding.

In addition to keeping your baby shaded, help them to keep cool (or warm!) by removing or adding layers of clothing.  If you can, select clothing that is made from natural fibres that allow the body to breathe.  Make sure they have plenty to drink to avoid dehydration, and cooling off in the waves can help a lot - just watch out for the temperature of the sea! It may well be too cold to completely immerse your little one, so stick to dipping their hands and feet in the water if in doubt.

If you are exclusively breastfeeding, the only "gear" you need is yourself, although a lightweight muslin may be useful to protect your baby from the sun or wind.  You may also need a beach chair or something to lean against to protect your back, as hunching over your baby as you nurse them get's really painful!

If your baby has bottles or babyfood, make sure you take extra.  The fresh air can stimulate the most sluggish of appetites and you don't want to cut the day short because your little one is hungry. Check out in advance if the beach has a cafe that is happy to warm bottles - that can cut down on the amount of equipment you need.

Finally - toys!
Depending on their age, the beach environment may be stimulation enough, but the repetition of filling a bucket with sand can keep older babies happy for hours, so a simple bucket and spade is perfect.  After all, you are at the seaside!

For more ideas about enjoying the summer with your little ones, visit our Summer Essentials pages at Borndirect.

Recycled Plastic Sand Set by Green Toys

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Bristol Study Day - Attachment Theory, Neuropsychology and Infant Carrying

A study day run by The School of Babywearing in Bristol in September will look at the research behind babywearing and how these insights can be used in antenatal classes for expectant parents and/or in babywearing education and advocacy. This is an ideal CPD day for babywearing educators, and is suitable as a study day for anyone with an interest in attachment theory, baby development and infant carrying.

The course describes the evolution of modern child developmental psychology, leading to the most recent scientific advances in child psychology, drawing from the fields of mammalian and primate research, attachment theory, neuropsychology and studies into the effects of parent-infant physical contact/movement and infant carrying.

There is a growing medical and public health interest in improving parenting quality and child psychological health in the UK, due to mounting evidence of the effects on lifelong wellbeing and economic productivity. The practice of ergonomic babywearing has a strong potential role to play in achieving improvements, but there is currently limited understanding of this potential amongst medical, early years and public health professionals.

The workshop is facilitated by Dr Henrik Norholt, Chief Science Officer for Ergobaby.  Dr. Norholt is a member of The World Association of Infant Mental Health, The MarcĂ© Society for Perinatal Mental Health and the Society of Emotion and Attachment Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the LIFE Faculty of Copenhagen University and is a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr. Norholt has been engaged in studying the effects of infant carrying on child psychological development through naturalistic studies since 2004 and is actively engaged in developing research into novel attachment- and lactation-promoting interventions through his international network of family practitioners, midwives, obstetricians, pediatricians and child psychologists.  He is a frequent lecturer at various midwives’ and early years practitioners’ universities, colleges, association meetings and conferences.

Ergobaby Inc. is one of the world’s leading companies within infant carrying equipment.  In 2009, Ergobaby initiated a research strategy to stimulate international research in psychological and physiological aspects of infant carrying. The overriding ambition of the research is to strengthen infant and parental development. An international network of collaborators within midwifery, infant mental health, obstetrics and pediatrics has been established and is working towards this end.

The School of Babywearing™ is part of Babywearing UK, a social enterprise that runs a variety of training courses for parents, professionals, businesses and other interested organisations about wearing babies and children in slings and baby carriers.

Study Day Details:

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 visit the School of Babywearing booking page. For more information about the School of Babywearing itself and the courses it offers for parents and professionals, visit the School of Babywearing  website.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Festivals With Kids - Our 'Must Have' Tips!

Festival season is well and truly upon us and we are getting more and more parents popping into the Born shops in London and Bristol to pick up last minute essentials!  Taking babies and toddlers to festivals is fantastic fun but can be a little daunting - the trick is to be organised and plan well!  To help, we have composed our own ideas of Festival 'Must Haves' to get you started!


Getting Around

A decent sling or baby carrier will make life with a baby or toddler so much easier for you at festivals, especially if there are big crowds - it's no fun staring at a forest of legs for hours!  Consider something like the ERGObaby Ventus Graphite Performance carrier (above) - lightweight and perfect for hot days, but with plenty of support and comfort.  Check out the Hippychick Hipseat too - very useful for when your little one is having a hop-on, hop-off sort of day!

If you're taking your stroller, make sure that you have all-terrain wheels that can cope with mud! If it's hot, take a seat liner - AeroMoov make great liners that breathe and actively keep your child from getting hot and sweaty. Strollers are great at festivals for nap times out and about, so don't forget a Snoozeshade to give your little one some privacy.

If your toddler prefers to walk, we think the Toddler Daysacks from Littlelife are ideal. With plenty of room for nappies, snacks etc, these backpacks come with a removable safety rein (perfect in a crowd) and an integrated rain hood, immediately transforming your little one into their chosen animal! Functionality, safety and dressing-up in one!

Toddler Daysacks with Reins by Littlelife



Wet Weather Gear

This is England in the Summer...need we say more?! Get well-equipped with all-in-one waterproofs and don't forget the wellies!! The Aigle Lolly Pop Boots are lovely wellies made from natural latex with a cotton lining, so they're comfy and built to last!



Hoping for Sunshine!

Keep your fingers crossed and don't forget to pack sun protection for your little one. Even if it's not scorching hot, if your child is out all day it's best to cover them with sun protection.  We recommend Green People's Sun Lotion and After SunSun hats are a must (we like the ones with little ties to ensure they stay on) as are baby sunglasses - being out in the day light all day makes these an essential piece of gear to protect your child's eyes.

First Aid and Protection

Hopefully, first aid won't be needed, but prevention is better than cure, so remember to take insect repelling bug balm and mosquito patches to keep the little blighters at bay, especially in the evenings.  Keep a little bottle of Weleda Combudoron Spray in your bag just in case anyone does get bitten - it helps to relieve the itching and swelling naturally. Rescue Remedy is always useful for bringing a sense of calm back to the proceedings!


Many family-friendly festivals actually now have great toilets and shower facilities, but being prepared is always wise! Festivals are one of the few times that Disposable Nappies and Nappy Sacks are very useful for your baby or toddler, but you can still stay eco-friendly with this bio-degradeable range from Bambo and Beaming Baby.  And if you don't want to carry round a complete changing bag, check out this portable changing kit from Skip Hop - roomy enough for all your changing essentials, yet sleek enough to carry on your wrist.

Skip Hop Pronto! Portable Changing Kit

If Nothing Else, Remember These 3 Essential Items!

1 - Ear Defenders for your baby or toddler - these can protect your baby's ears from the loud music and can also help them get to sleep, especially if they are having a daytime nap in their buggy. 

2 - Lots of Baby Wipes - these are vital and not just for your baby! Perfect for nappies, hand and face washing, and general freshening-up, we recommend getting packs of eco-friendly wipes like Earth Friendly Kids or Beaming Baby that are free from nasty chemicals, especially as you are likely to be using your hands to eat.

3 - Bucket with a lid! For night-time, we strongly recommend a bucket with a lid as an emergency family toilet! Who wants to be up in the middle of the night negotiating the portaloos?! Trust us, you will be very glad you took this!

For a directory of family friendly festivals and lots of great tips, visit

Monday, 14 July 2014

The All-New Bugaboo Bee3 Stroller - Pre-order at Born now!!

Introducing the all new and improved Bugaboo Bee3 Stroller! Perfect for families on the go, the extra strong but lightweight pushchair includes parent-facing, recline and lie-flat options to give a beautifully smooth ride and it's still as compact as ever. With new colours for the seat fabric and an extendable sun canopy to match or contrast, the Bugaboo Bee3 is now compatible with it's own free-standing carrycot, so your newborn can stay undisturbed, safe, secure and happy!

So what's the difference between the old Bee and new Bugaboo Bee3?

The stand-alone carrycot:
Perfect from newborn onwards, this free-standing complete carrycot comes with a comfy mattress, cosy apron and two adapters that make it quick and easy to click the carrycot into place on your Bugaboo Bee3 Stroller. Compatible to use with the Bee3 extendable sun canopy, the lightweight carrycot has a solid base and strong handles so you can carry your baby from house to buggy without disturbing their precious sleep!

Stronger chassis:
The Bugaboo Bee3 chassis and seat unit is extra strong without compromising on it's light and compact feel, making it easy to push, fold, carry and store wherever you are. The unique seat grows with your child and adapts to their needs by extending, reversing to a rear-facing position and adjusting to a part or full recline in just a few clicks.

Larger underseat basket:
The new underseat basket now has a whopping 22 litre capacity - plenty of room for changing bags, shopping bags or other baby essentials!

Improved raincover:
The raincover for the Bee3 is extra long, ensuring that your little one is protected from the wind and the rain from head to toe!

5 point harness:
The five-point harness is attached to the seat unit for extra strength, giving you peace of mind that your baby is well-protected and safe.

New fabric colours for the seat, carrycot and extendable sun canopy!
The Bugaboo Bee3 is launching with some fantastic new colours that you can mix and match, truly personalising your stroller!

When Can I buy it?

The Bugaboo Bee3 is not available until September 2014, but you can pre-order with us now! For more information, check out our website, pop into one of our stores, or contact our customer services.