Monday, 23 November 2015

Top Ten Gifts for New Mums

New mums are so often given gifts for their babies and while that's often useful and appreciated, gifts that nurture mothers can powerfully remind them that they matter too. That's why we've put together our "top ten" list of gifts for new mums, and with Christmas approaching, there might be some ideas for some not-so-new mums too!


Mums Gorgeous Pampering Box by Natalia. All new mothers deserve a little luxury and should be encouraged to have a nice, unwinding bath regularly. Or try the New Parent Survival Box with some gorgeous massage oil that can be used on mum or the baby!


An incredibly comfortable maternity and nursing bra - new mums need to live and often sleep in these, so a bra that is gentle and totally soft to wear will be appreciated!


Some gift vouchers from Born. You can use these online to shop while sitting on the sofa feeding. Alternatively, you could make a home-made voucher booklet for gifts of time and energy, like an hour of cleaning, home-cooked meals, a good foot rub. This is a great gift for a close friend or sister.


A supportive book about parenting. We like Imperfectly Natural Woman by Janey Lee Grace - a great read about how to maintain a healthy, greener lifestyle as a family whilst recognising our imperfections! We've got an offer on ALL parenting books at the moment, so when you buy two, you get a third free!


A comfortable sling or wrap to help her get out and about without any hassle - there are some gorgeous wraps in our range including the Je Porte Mon Bebe Lightweight Wraps which have some great, funky designs.


A beautiful blanket, to keep both her and her baby warm during night feeds. These are lovely for snuggling up with, especially on wintery evenings.


Some herbal teas, plus a cute teapot to go with them - and some cakes! Or you could add a regular veg box delivery. It's more healthy than just cakes and if you chip in and get with a bunch of friends you can often get quite generous boxes that include eggs, milk etc.


The ultimate gift - an Olliella chair. It will last forever and looks beautiful in any room.


A great changing bag is useful. The Pacapod Changing Bags are a changing bag in disguise and can be used as a handbag once nappy-days are over!


A cleaner. Many firms will do a big house clean or come for a few hours several times a week. This could mean more to the new mum in your life than you know!

Don't forget to look at our special New Parent Gifts section on our website for more ideas!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Dressing Your Baby for Cold Weather

With all hopes of that Indian Summer long gone, it's sadly time to put away your baby's shorts, sunhat and sunshade. But don't be too disheartened - Autumn and Winter are an exciting time, especially when you have a little one. You have Christmas back to being almost as fun as it was when you were a child, Bonfire night, Halloween and lots of lovely walks in the woods.

However, many new parents worry about keeping their baby warm enough as the weather get colder, and often a lot wetter too. How do you keep your baby snug without them getting too hot?


A great rule that we often advise our shop customers is to use your own clothing as a guideline for dressing your baby – if you are wearing several layers, then your baby will need roughly the same number themselves.

Try to stick to natural fibres such as silk, cotton and wool as these are more breathable than synthetics and will, in the case of wool, regulate your baby’s temperature somewhat too.  Why not go further and knit your little one their own cardigans and jumpers? Knitting patterns have come a long way since the dowdiness of the 1970's and 80's!

For little babies, a close-fitting hat to keep their heads warm is a good idea as babies lose most of their body heat through their heads. They won’t need to sleep in these though.

Older babies and toddlers, especially once they are mobile, need layers that allow them to move without feeling too bulky - again, natural fibres allow little bodies to breathe whilst keeping them warm.

A close fitting hat can keep young babies warm during the day


When you are out and about, a good all-in-one is a fantastic choice. There's no need to add layers underneath and you can simply remove it when you’re back inside and not have to worry about your baby being overdressed. Some all-in-ones have mittens incorporated in the design, so little fingers and hands will stay warm too - if yours doesn't, make sure you take some mittens along too (it's worth having spares, as baby mittens seem to vanish in the winter, in the same way that baby socks do in the summer!).

You will want to keep their feet covered with either socks or booties, especially if you are carrying them in a sling. Baby Legwarmers are a brilliant idea for sling passengers too - they add extra warmth to your baby's legs without bulking them out and making them uncomfortable. They also make nappy changes so much easier!  Indoors and in the sling, Padraig slippers are a great choice and have been one of our best-sellers for over ten years.

Remove hats, gloves and coats as soon as you get inside to avoid overheating.

Waterproof Overalls are great for toddlers and older children

Night Time

At night, you may worry about your baby’s room getting colder and how to keep them snuggly without overheating. If you want to check if your baby is warm enough, feel their tummies; often their hands and feet will feel colder and this is completely normal.

A room thermometer may give you added peace of mind at night. If you are using a sleeping bag, don’t use a blanket as well. Sleeping bags are a great way to keep your baby warm at night and avoid them kicking off the covers.

What do you most look forward to doing with your baby as the weather gets colder?

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Top Tips for Coping with Morning Sickness Naturally

Morning Sickness usually occurs within the first trimester of pregnancy, but it can last throughout the whole nine months with varying degrees of intensity. If you are struggling with morning sickness, what can you do to help alleviate the symptoms that is safe and risk free for both you and your baby? We asked the ante-natal teachers and doulas of Relaxed Birth and Parenting for their top natural tips for coping with morning sickness:

  • A Ginger Drink: Take a piece of root ginger about 5cms long, hit it with a rolling pin, put it in pan with boiling water and simmer for 20mins with the lid on - allow to cool, and sip.

  • Dry arrowroot biscuits

  • Try roll on 'Morning Sickness Ease' by Natalia, a blend of Peppermint, Ginger and Bergamot essential oils to apply to your pulse points. 

  • Ginger beer

  • Ginger biscuits

  • Preggie Pops - Naturally flavoured with essential oils, these lollipops and sweets help to naturally relieve nausea.

  • Flat Lemonade

  • Bath Olivers

  • Acupuncture

  • Reflexology

  • Homeopathy  See a Homeopath or take Nux Vomica 6c (please make sure to seek advice from a practitioner before taking any homeopathic remedies).

  • Cold showers

  • Sucking on ice cubes

  • Sniffing lemons

  • Dry toast

  • Digestive biscuits

  • A Shot of Ginger Tincture:  This should be taken with water, as ginger tinctures are usually in about 90% alcohol (don't worry about the're only taking about 2ml of tincture in one go, probably even less as ginger is so strong)

  • Eating frequently, and lots of rest and sleep

  • Eating something before getting out of bed

Try the one that sounds attractive, see how you go and then move on to another if no relief - and remember, it will all be worth it!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Halloween Pumpkins for Babies & Toddlers

With Halloween approaching, we've gathered a few ideas of pumpkin activities that you can do with little ones who are too small to trick or treat. Whether Halloween marks for you the changing of the seasons or is simply a good excuse for dressing up, there are loads of ways to include toddlers and babies in the festivities.

Pumpkin Art

Get the finger paints out and get decorating! These hand print pumpkins are great, even for young babies. Just make sure you use baby-friendly paints, as not all the colour will end up on the paper!

Pumpkin Footprints

If your little ones are too young to get involved with the carving, let them make their marks in a slightly safer way - we love these ghost-footprints!

Pumpkin Printing

Cut the image of a carved pumpkin into a potato and get printing! Alternatively, cut an apple in half and dip into orange paint - the prints look like perfect pumpkins, especially when faces are drawn on afterwards! (We suspect that the examples below have been ever-so-carefully crafted by adults - your toddler's prints may not turn out quite so pristine, but we bet they'll have a great time doing them!)

Pumpkin Carving

This one is for adults only! A brilliant idea for celebrating your baby's first Halloween is to use their handprints and footprints as a template for your carved pumpkin face... Position their hands or feet, draw round them, REMOVE their hands or feet (ahem!!), then get carving!  We think it's really effective...

For more ideas on celebrating Halloween with a baby or toddler, visit our Pinterest page.

However you choose to celebrate, have a happy and safe Halloween, and we'd love you to send us any of your Halloween pictures - post them here, or on our Facebook page!  

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Newborn Baby Gifts from Born - Unwrapped by Tigerlilly Quinn

This week, we were thrilled to be featured in the brilliant Tigerlilly Quinn blog, written by the award-winning blogger Fritha Strickland. Fritha is pregnant with her second child, so we sent her a gift box of special goodies for a newborn, including the floral pig from Best Years that proved very popular!

Fritha wrote,

"I'm teaming up with a local to me independent business today called BORN. I first started shopping with them when Wilf was a baby and I love just how much they care about the products they sell and the customers they sell them too. We bought our Ergo sling from BORN when Wilf was about 5 months old and I remember then thinking how good it was that they took the time to find the right one for us rather than trying to sell me the most expensive one.

What's good for you guys though if you aren't local is that they also have an online shop too. Eva the owner was kind enough to gift me with a little newborn package and we thought it would be fun to 'unbox' them."

You can read the full Tigerlilly Quinn blog at

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Born is Shortlisted for Best Independent Nursery Retailer 2015!!

We are really excited to have been shortlisted for the 2015 Progressive Preschool Award for Best Independent Nursery Retailer. These industry awards are given to reward the creativity, dedication and innovation seen within the preschool sector and we are incredibly proud to have been selected as a finalist.  

Our status as an independent retailer is very close to our heart and in fact is at the core of why Born was founded in the first place - being there for new parents, to offer help and advice (as well as introducing interesting and unique new products) has always been at the heart of Born.  

The award winners will be announced in November at The Dorchester Hotel in London - keep your fingers crossed and thank you for continuing to support independent retailers!

The Born Team x