Posts Tagged ‘breastfeeding’

Presents for a new mum

Monday, February 1st, 2016

I’ve put together a few ideas of presents to take round when you visit a new mum with a new-born baby. Baby often gets all the presents (who can resist gorgeous little baby outfits?!) especially if there has been a baby shower before the birth, so these are some ideas especially with Mum in mind.

  • An insulated coffee/tea mug with a lid, to keep hot drinks hot and avoid spillages! Drinking lukewarm coffee and doing everything one-handed is par for the course in the first few weeks of parenthood!
  • Baby Feed Wheel so the new parents can keep a note of baby’s feed times… pencils and scraps of paper are easily mislaid!
  • Food…check dietary requirements (I’m lactose intolerant so couldn’t eat the box of the chocolates my husband’s colleague brought round. Not normally a problem but in my post partum state it seemed like the end of the world that my husband was eating ‘my’ chocolates, even though I couldn’t!). If you’re taking meals around, make sure they’re easy to reheat and there is room in the freezer for them.
  • Nibbles like biscuits, chocolates, muffins and crisps to dip into while feeding, esp if breastfeeding, these can also be handy to give to other guests!
  • Magazines or a kindle voucher.
  • Hand cream (lots and lots of washing hands in those first few weeks can play havoc with your hands!)
  • Anything off the ‘banned’ pregnancy food list (pate, strong cheeses, smoked salmon)
  • If she’s a good friend, a basket of practical presents like dry shampoo, lasinoh cream, breast pads, maternity pads and a baby medicine wheel. If you can make the basket a ‘useful’ one, then so much the better.. maybe with a handle so it can be used to keep the everyday baby bits and bobs in, to move from room to room.
Keep track of baby's medicine times, set the 'clock' dial to show when baby is given calpol etc.

Keep track of baby’s medicine times, set the ‘clock’ dial to show when baby is given calpol etc.

  • Thank you cards and stamps.
  • A cosy cardigan or bed jacket type item for the night feeds.
  • Really nice cordial or soft drink. I love ‘Ame’ because it’s not too sweet, but it’s so difficult to find in the shops!

And while you’re on your way, don’t forget to ask the new parents if they would like you to pick up anything from the shops for them on your way round!

Busy, Busy!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

August has been very busy here at Chiggs- maybe all our stockists are getting their orders in to prepare for those September babies- (there is usually a baby boom 9 months after Christmas/New Year!).

We have sent more Chiggs Baby Wheels out to Angel Wholesale, the one stop shop for nappy cake, baby shower and baby basket supplies. If you head to section ‘nappy cakes’ and then ‘embellishments’ you can find each of the Baby Feed Wheels and the Baby Medicine Wheel. All Chiggs Baby Wheels are available in single quantities from Angel Wholesale, with savings to be made buying them in larger quantities.

Baby Feed Wheels have winged (wheeled?) their way to Maternal Instincts online maternity and breastfeeding boutique, Baby BoBo nappy cakes in Louth, Lincolnshire, and a variety of eBay shops, Mini AcornsClick and Buy gifts and Smartieprints.

It’s always a pleasure to visit one of our local stockists, Magpie Greetings here in Harrogate, and we dropped of a reorder of Baby Feed Wheels and Get Well Wheels this afternoon (and bought a lovely card while we were there- I never leave empty handed!)

Babies Babies baby shower specialists are another business who have restocked with Baby Feed Wheels this month. All our stockists sell Baby Feed Wheels, but not all sell the full range, so if there is a Chiggs Wheel you can’t find at your favourite independent retailer or online retailer, have a browse through the Chiggs shop

If you run a business and would also like to sell Chiggs Wheels, do have a look at our Trade and Wholesale page, and either fill in the trade enquiry form or send us an email for more information. We would be delighted to hear from you!

What do I need to buy for a new baby?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

As a first time Mum-to-be it’s difficult deciding what sort of baby items you will need when baby is born, and how much you should buy! Baby essentially needs something to wear, nappies, somewhere to sleep,  something to eat , and something to go out and about with.

To Wear-

Vests

Sleepsuits

Hat (summer or winter depending when baby is due!)

Cardigan

Gorgeous as they are to buy, I would avoid buying  fancy outfits before baby is born- you may well get a lot as presents, and it’s more fun buying them when you know (for sure!) whether baby is a boy or girl, and what size he/she is!

Nappies

Newborn nappies (disposable or ‘real’ cloth nappies)

Wipes, cotton wool or reusable wipes.

Change mat

newborn essentials

Somewhere for baby to sleep-

Moses Basket or bedside cot

Sheets

Sleeping bags

Something to eat-

Baby Feed Wheel to keep note of baby’s feed times

If formula feeding, or planning to express – bottles and a steriliser (or plastic tub and sterilising tablets to start with)

If breastfeeding- breastfeeding pillow, Pads, breastfeeding bra.

Breast pumps can often be borrowed from sure start centres if required (and to see how you get on with it)

Muslin squares (useful in many ways!)

Something to go out and about in-

A car seat (if you have a car)

A sling and/or pram or buggy

Change bag

For you-

Maternity pads

Biiig underwear (I didn’t like disposable knickers and bought a lot of very cheap undies in a big size)

Arnica Witch hazel

Lansinoh nipple cream

A stock of food that is easy to reheat

Different babies like different things (playmats, baby nest, bouncers etc) so either try to borrow from a friend (even short term to give it a try and see if it’s a purchase you’d like to make) or buy secondhand. Personally- I liked my changing table, (saved back ache!), baby bath (one with a little plug at the bottom for easy emptying), moses basket (Chiglet was a small baby and we used it for ages),  nappy wrapper (although I know opinion on these is divided!) and baby monitor.

Now, it’s been rather a while since I’ve been  buying baby equipment, so what do you think to my list? About right or wide of the mark?

New Mum News.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

More new mums are opting to breastfeed but very few stick at it for long enough, according to the latest UK figures from the NHS  (2010 Infant Feeding Survey). A  poll of more than 10,000 women was taken, showing that 81 in every 100 start breastfeeding, (up from 76 in 2005). However, after one week fewer than half of all new mothers are still exclusively breastfeeding. The commentary to go with the study says that new mums are facing the same common reasons for stopping breastfeeding- problems with the baby rejecting the breast or not latching on properly, having painful breasts or nipples and feeling that they had ‘insufficient milk’. 

In other breastfeeding news, there has been rather a lot of discussion on various social media platforms about a new breastfeeding dolly for little girls that has come on the market. Called the ‘breast milk baby’, the doll comes with a little top for a child to wear which has a couple of  little flowers on the front which are used to nurse the doll. The doll then needs winding properly or it wails. And the point that has caused most controversy?  The doll costs a whopping $89!

Glossy Wheels thanks to A Beautiful Mummy

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

A couple of Chiggs stockists have had some great publicity recently, and have very kindly given Chiggs a mention, too. Here’s the first…

I had the pleasure of meeting Claire Burns at a Business Link event in Harrogate last year. Claire is not only a mum of four, she’s also a ‘mumpreneur’,  running a fantastic online business called A Beautiful Mummy, stocking a huge range of maternity and nursing wear (and now, I’m delighted to say, Baby Feed Wheels!).  

A Beautiful Mummy has recently been awarded Insight Magazine’s

 Mummy Must-Have Gold Award, and a 4 page glossy spread in the magazine.

 And guess what? Alongside the lovely breastfeeding and nursing tops, changing bags and maternity wear, Claire also put forward the Baby Feed Wheel and the Medicine (Get Well) Wheel to be featured!

       

Don’t they look great? So lovely of Claire to give the Wheels a mention! She even sent me a copy of the magazine through the post so that I could see the Wheels in all their glossy glory 🙂

The (nursery) fair is coming to town!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Activity at the Conference Centre

As I whizzed through town yesterday, I noticed lots of activity at the Harrogate Conference Centre, preparing for the  nursery industry’s favourite trade fair, which starts very soon on Sunday the 27th of March, and continues until Tuesday the 29th.

We have exhibited our Chiggs  Baby Feed Wheels and  Baby Medicine Wheels  twice previously at the  Harrogate Nursery Fair, and both fairs have been fantastic. It is always a pleasure to get out of Chiggs Towers and meet other businesses involved in the Nursery Industry, but the best part has been meeting the people running the businesses that sell Chiggs Wheels, and gaining new stockists.

 Much of our wholesale business is done over the internet, Chiggs can process trade enquiries, orders and payments from companies without having to meet, so having an exhibition stand at a trade fair such as the Harrogate Nursery Fair gave us an opportunity to meet, sometimes for the first time, people from companies that we had been doing business with for years!

Trade shows are also a great chance for us to introduce Chiggs Wheels to shops and etailers looking to stock innovative parenting products, and those looking to offer their customers something different:- new-baby must haves, products to add to a breastfeeding or bottlefeeding range or new baby congratulations cards that are actually useful for the new parents. Of course, the Baby Feed Wheel and the Baby Medicine Wheels tick all those boxes (and more 🙂 ) and we have found many new stockists through the trade fairs we have exhibited at.

While we are not exhibiting at the Nursery Fair this year (we’re hoping to do a greeting card/ gift fair later in the year, so that we can showcase our full range of Chiggs Wheels, including the ‘Get Well Wheel’ get well soon card), I’m looking forward to visiting- I will report back!

Nursery Fair Dates and opening times
Sunday 27th March 2011
9:30am – 6:00pm
Monday 28th March 2011
9:30am – 6:00pm
Tuesday 29th March 2011
9:30am – 4:00pm

schedule schmedule

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The Baby Feed Wheel is not about scheduling the time of your baby’s next feed- it’s simply about quickly and easily keeping a note of the time of baby’s last milk feed.

When I was breastfeeding  Holly, like many, many Mums (whether breastfeeding or bottlefeeding) I would jot down her feed times on scraps of paper (which I would promptly misplace). This, of course was before the Baby Feed Wheel existed, and I was a first time mum wanting to feel even a tiny bit organised in dealing with this little person!

It’s every mum’s choice whether she feeds on demand or follows a routine (either her own or her baby’s!), and when demand feeding sometimes you just need to know what baby is demanding! Babies cry because they’re too hot/ too cold/ tired/ need a nappy change and of course when they are hungry. The Baby Feed Wheel can help with the latter, and can also help you recognise if your baby is having a ‘growth spurt’ and feeding more often.