July 06, 2015

Celebrating Children's Book Week

From 6 - 12 July it's Children's Book Week so we'd love to know what your little one's favourite bedtime story is?

We may be a little biased but we have to say that two of our absolute favourite children's books are Dumbo and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which suit our Ellefunk and Urban Fox bedding collections perfectly!

Reading to your baby helps build vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and improves communication skills. The more you speak to your child from the outset, the better it is for her growth and development.

A running commentary on what's happening in the neighbourhood during a walk, or naming your child's body parts as you bathe her, are good ways to talk to her. Reading also helps to increase the verbal interactions you have with your child.

Reading to your baby introduces her to the concepts of stories, numbers, letters, colours, and shapes, and gives her information about the world around her. It also builds memory and vocabulary skills.

By the time she's a year old, your baby has already learned all the sounds she needs to speak her native language. The more words she hears, the better she'll be able to talk.

Source

Here are some top tips for reading to your baby:

  • Name familiar and new things – this can help your baby learn about sounds and words. The more words children hear, the more words they learn.
  • Change the tone of your voice as you read – this makes it easier for your baby to pick up on different speech sounds, an important step in learning to make sounds himself
  • Read slowly and spend time on each page after you read the words – this lets your baby focus
  • Set up a special reading space at home – for example, a chair, lounge or beanbag that’s big and comfortable enough for you and baby, with a box of books or bookshelf nearby. 
  • Make a routine, and try to share at least one book every day. For example, sharing a book can be a relaxing way to end the day.
  • Turn off the TV or radio, and find a quiet space so your baby can hear your voice
  • Try out funny noises and sounds – play and have fun!
  • Hold your baby close or on your knee while you read, so she can see your face and the book.

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July 02, 2015

How to keep your baby cool at night time during the heatwave

As the weather gets hotter, your baby will too. So we have put together some useful tips on how to keep your baby cool during the heatwave so you can all (hopefully) get a good nights sleep!  

  • Dress your baby appropriately for the room temperature. If the room is very hot, for example over 25 degrees for most of the night, just a nappy and thin cotton vest may suffice. If the room is between 20-23 degrees a short baby grow with a Baroo coverlet will be perfect to keep your baby cool. If your baby is too young for any kind of bedding and it is too hot for a coverlet, simply dress them in suitable clothing for the room temperature so that no covering is required. Or if your baby is over 12 months then a Baroo 4.5 tog cotbed duvet will keep them cool and content.
  • During the day, open all windows on the same floor to create a blow-through and pull curtain two thirds of the way across to block out hot sun but still allow the breeze through.
  • Open your loft hatch if you have one to allow heat to escape up through the roof.
  • Use only cotton bed sheets and avoid any waterproof mattress covering as this will hold heat and make your baby sweat.
  • A luke-warm bath or slightly cooler bath than usual might help to refresh your baby before bedtime and relieve any clamminess. Make it a quick bath so that she doesn’t get too chilly.
  • Get a room thermometer so that you know what temperature you are dealing with. This will take away the guesswork and give you peace of mind that you have dressed your baby suitably.
  • Large bottles of frozen water (1litre plus), placed in the baby’s room may help to cool the air as they melt overnight.
  • Electric fans will often just blow the warm air around but place a large bowl of ice or some frozen water bottles in front of the fan to cool the air that circulates the room.
  • A calm baby will remain cooler than a frustrated baby so try to maintain a calming bedtime routine and offer reassurance and comfort if he is agitated. A cool flannel or cold compress dabbed gently on your baby may help to cool and calm them.
  • Your baby may need to drink more than usual. Cold water is great so for young babies it is worth cooling some boiled water and refrigerating it for nighttime use. Breastfed babies will stay hydrated on breastmilk.
  • If you cannot keep your baby cool in their own room, consider moving to a cooler room in the house temporarily.
  • Remember, no matter how hot it is at bedtime, the temperature will drop in the night so don’t put your baby in the cot in just a nappy if it will drop below 25 degrees in the night. You might like to check before you go to bed to see how the temperature is and place a coverlet over them if needed.
  • Hands and feet do get colder than the rest of the body so it is natural for these to feel a little colder to the touch. If you are unsure about your baby’s temperature, feel the back of the neck or use a thermometer.
  • Babies will be comfortable dressed for temperatures as you would dress yourself. So ask yourself how hot it feels and what you would be comfortable in when you are considering how to dress you baby. Just remember, you can pull the covers over you but she cannot, so imagine you are going to bed without any bed covers.

Risks of Overheating:

Your baby is likely to become restless if feeling too hot or too cold so  may let you know. Your baby may be more difficult to settle to sleep than usual or wake more frequently due to the discomfort of the temperature.

Newborns are at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if they overheat so check your newborn does not have a moist head or neck which are signs of sweating. If the face is redder than usual or he has a rash or you notice rapid breathing, these could be signs of overheating.

Source: Northern Family Magazine  

Click here for more information on all Baroo bedding, coverlets & duvets and if you’ve got any tips of your own that you would like to share, tweet us @baroobedding.

June 26, 2015

Celebrity Baby Boom!

It seems that there is a bit of a celebrity baby boom going on at the moment, with babies due later this year and some new arrivals.

Arrived
Recent arrivals include baby Summer to parents Rebecca Adlington and husband Harry, a baby boy called Art for ‘Bridesmaids’ star Chris O’Dowd and wife Dawn O’Porter, and a baby girl (name unknown) for film star Keira Knightley and her husband James Righton.

Expecting
In the ‘coming soon’ pile we have Katherine Jenkins, Olivia Coleman, Lily Cole, Fearne Cotton, and Frankie Bridge to name but a few, and we’re expecting that they’ll be kitting out their little ones nurseries with the best products!

Be prepared
If you’re expecting, you will want be prepared for your baby’s arrival and make sure that you have everything ready. Here at Baroo we have some great ranges suitable for both boys and girls, and even if you are having a surprise, we have unisex designs available from funky elephants to counting sheep.

We also have a range of co-ordinating items so you can wrap your baby in a Baroo hooded towel, cuddle them to sleep in a cosy coverlet, pat them over a burp cloth or wipe with a muslin, we’ve got the essentials covered!

Click here to check out the Baroo collections, we’d love to see what you choose! Tweet us @baroobedding with your pictures.

June 17, 2015

Dad and baby time

Do you love making a splash with your little one, going for walks or even doing the night time feed? Spending time with your baby is special to any dad particularly on Father’s Day when it’s all about dad and baby bonding.

Baroo have a range of products to make that bonding time extra special, wrap your baby up in a Baroo towel after a nice warm bath, snuggle them in up in Baroo bedding after a fun day playing and keep them warm on a walk with the Baroo luxury blanket!

We have put a list together of dad and baby activities for you to try if you haven’t already, which one is your favourite? Let us know when you’ve tried them and send your pictures!

  • Take a bath together
  • Tickle time
  • Go for a long walk - hopefully they’ll sleep too!
  • Play peekaboo
  • Do the night time feed
  • Change the nappy - yes this is still bonding time with your baby!
  • Sing a song
  • Read a bedtime story   
  • Join in with tummy time
  • Make silly faces
  • Try baby massage
  • Daddy dance party
  • Play an instrument - Give your baby a concert
  • Create a ritual - that only you and your baby do together
  • Take to baby about what’s on your mind - they’ll love to hear your voice!
  • Eskimo kisses - this should make them giggle!

*Enter our greatest dad's competition here to win a Baroo hooded towel. 

*Terms and conditions apply: Closing date for entries 21 July 2015. Winner will be selected by Baroo. Prize is a Baroo hooded towel and cannot be exchanged for any other item or cash. Prize will be dispatched within 28 days of closing date. If the prize cannot be distributed or is returned as undelivered Baroo reserves the right to select an alternative winner or to give the prize to charity. If we require a response before we award the prize and no response is received after we have made reasonable efforts to make contact, we reserve the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to someone else. We have no responsibility to anyone who has not responded. By entering this competition you agree to our use of images supplied in Baroo marketing material. By entering this competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

May 07, 2015

Nursery Fit for Your Little Princess

Now that Royal baby Princess Charlotte is finally here, we're absolutely certain that her nursery has been decked out in the finest furniture and accessories.

And you too could create a nursery fit for your own little princess with the adorable Tweetdreams collection from Baroo.

With dusky pinks combined with soft mint greens, this collection is perfect for a regal theme, and we have all your nursery needs covered.

We have everything from nursing pillows and luxury blankets to full bedding sets and bump pods, click here to view the full Tweetdreams collection.

All you need to do is add some bunting to complete the Royal look!

We’d love to see your Tweetdreams nurseries, please tweet your pictures to @baroobedding

April 23, 2015

Baby Names Inspired by the Bard

Thursday 23 April would have been William Shakespeare’s 451st birthday, so if your new baby arrives on this day, what better way to honour our most famous Bard than to name your child after him or one of his many characters.

We’ve compiled a list of Shakespeare’s strong female characters and heroic male leads to give you some inspiration.

Girls

  • Beatrice: (Much Ado About Nothing) - Beatrice is feisty, cynical, witty, and sharp.
  • Bianca: (Taming of the Shrew) - Bianca is described as a strong and fiery woman.
  • Celia: (As You Like It) - Celia is silent and reserved; worldly and prudent, although full of life and humour.
  • Helena: (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) - Helena is described as romantic, thoughtful and devoted.
  • Isabella: (Measure for Measure) - Isabella is a virtuous, spiritual and chaste young woman who demonstrates loyalty and sisterly devotion.
  • Juliet: (Romeo & Juliet) - Juliet is determined, strong, self-assured and loyal in love.
  • Ophelia: (Hamlet) - Ophelia is a beautiful, sweet and innocent young woman.
  • Portia: (Merchant of Venice) - Portia’s beauty is matched only by her intelligence. She is gracious and quick-witted with high standards.
  • Titania: (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) - Titania is both gracious, sassy and proud; and of course she’s Queen of the Fairies!
  • Viola: (Twelfth Night) - Defiant and bold, Viola displays rock-steady devotion throughout the play.

Boys

  • Benedick: (Much Ado About Nothing) abbrv. Ben - Benedick is mischievous, has a sharp wit and is described as sweet and lovable.
  • Henry: (King Henry V) - Henry is brilliant, focused, fearless, and committed to his responsibilities.
  • Romeo: (Romeo & Juliet) - As well as being passionate, Romeo is intelligent, quick-witted, loyal, and unafraid of danger.
  • Coriolanus: (Coriolanus) abbrv. Cori - Coriolanus (or Caius) is described as brave, fearsome, and extremely honorable.
  • Orlando: (As You Like It) - Orlando is of noble character, is learned, full of noble purpose, and has a brave and generous spirit.
  • Anthony: (Anthony & Cleopatra) - Anthony is a fierce and feared loyal soldier.
  • Hector: (Troilus & Cressida) - Prince Hector of Troy is a great warrior, hero to his city and respected by all.
  • Mercutio: (Romeo & Juliet) - Mercutio has a lightning wit and clever mind and steals every scene he’s in!
  • Fenton: (Merry Wives of Windsor) - Fenton likes to dance, write poetry and is fun to talk to.
  • Douglas: (Henry IV Part 1) abbrv. Dougie - Douglas is a courageous warrior who demonstrates bravery and honour.
April 20, 2015

Baroo - Kind to Allergy Sufferers

Did you know that each year the number of allergy sufferers increases by 5%, with half of those affected being children? In support of Allergy Awareness Week (20-26 April) we wanted to share the latest allergy stats with you, and give you some tips on how to keep the symptoms at bay for your baby or child.

Latest Statistics

  • Over 150 million people have allergies in Europe, the most common chronic disease (EAACI, 2014)
  • The prevalence of diagnosed allergic rhinitis and eczema in children have both trebled over the last three decades (Gupta, 2007)
  • 50% of children and young people have one or more allergy within the first 18 years of life (Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 2009)
  • 6–8 % of children have a proven food allergy (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011)
  • The UK is one of the top three countries in the world for the highest incident of allergy (The Allergenic Invasion, 1999)
  • Asthma, Rhinitis and Eczema have trebled in the last 20 years (Allergy The Unmet Need, 2003)

So how can you allergy-proof your home to try to minimise any possible symptoms?

Tips

  • Dust-bust! 
    • Dust that settles in your house is a food source for dust mites. Studies show that living with dust mites raises an allergy-prone child's risk of asthma later in life. Dust mites tend to live in fabrics, mattresses, bedding, and stuffed animals.
    • Curtains, decorative pillows, and rugs all harbour dust so it's best to get rid of them, especially in your child's room.
    • Keep only a few stuffed animals and remove the rest. Your child's bedding and favorite soft toys should be washed weekly in very hot water to kill the dust mites living in them.
  • Pets:
    • Feathers and fur from pets can be a big allergen but rather than immediately finding your furry friend a new home, try bathing them weekly and using a specialist shampoo.
    • Keep your pets off all furniture, especially what your child might come into contact with.
    • Make sure your pets don’t go into your child’s room.
  • Baby / toddler bedding:
    • Try to ensure that you wash your child’s bedding once a week in hot water - ideally at 130 degrees F to kill dust mite.
    • Only use bedding that is 100% pure cotton (like all the ranges from Baroo!).

What are the benefits of pure cotton baby or toddler bedding?

  • Kind to allergy sufferers:
    • As cotton is a natural material it is also naturally hyper-allergenic. This means that it is not associated with causing any allergies.
  • Nice and cool:
    • Cotton has a natural cool feel to it and is a breathable material helping to transfer excess heat away from the body. This can help your child have an undisturbed peaceful sleep.
  • Quality and value:
    • Although pure cotton bedding may not always be the cheapest, it does offer great value for money. The lifespan of cotton bedding can be up to twice that of other materials, so you may spend a little extra but it will definitely be worth it!


For more information on Allergy Awareness Week click here.

To see our full range of 100% super soft cotton duvet cover and pillow sets click here.

April 13, 2015

Sweet Dreams - Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep

Sweet dreams - tips to help your baby sleep

We’re all about making baby’s bedtime as snuggly and cosy as possible with our fab range of baby bedding, but we thought you might welcome some extra tips on how to help your baby slumber sweetly through the night.

Here are our top 10 tips.

  • Make daytime feeds lively and social but at night make them quiet and calming so that your baby gets use to the difference between day and night, and can start to get their body clock in place. 
  • Try to let your baby fall asleep by itself as if you rock it before it goes to sleep, it will rely on this every bedtime. 
  • Set a bedtime routine that a baby can get used to, like having a bath, then putting on pyjamas, having a final bottle, reading a bedtime story, then bed.
  • If you give your baby a object like a teddy that you’ve had near you so it has your scent on, it may help to bring them comfort when sleeping by themselves. 
  • Put your baby to bed when they are drowsy and not fully asleep. 
  • Keep the rooms well lit for daytime naps and on an evening make the room dark so they can differentiate the difference between day and night. 
  • For day time sleeps have background noises going on, instead of creeping around quietly. In their room either have a fan going or a musical mobile.
  • Try warming the cot or moses basket gently with a hot water bottle before putting baby in as they don’t seem to like cold sheets!
  • Newborn babies are used to being confined in the womb so swaddling or using a sleeping bag can give baby a sense of security and help them go off to sleep.
  • Use some relaxation techniques such as baby massage or gently stroking baby’s nose - this can be beneficial for both baby and sleep-deprived parent!

Sources:
Baby Centre
Baby Center
Parents
Mumsnet
Netmums

April 06, 2015

Baby, Baby - What's in a Name?

Popular baby names 2015

With a Royal baby about to arrive (the odds are on a 20 April due date), we thought we’d take a look at baby names to watch in 2015, and what our potential new Prince or Princess could be called.

Girls

  • Darcy
  • Beatrice
  • Elsie
  • Willow
  • Evelyn
  • Ivy
  • Violet
  • Victoria
  • Edith
  • Elodie

Boys

  • Theodore / Teddy
  • Eli
  • Ronnie
  • Felix
  • Albert
  • Austin
  • Ernest
  • Otto
  • Rudy
  • Emil

But which names are the favourites for the newest member of the Royal family? According to the bookies the odds on favourite at 3/1 is Alice, with Elizabeth ranked second at 5/1, and Charlotte at 11/2.

Whilst if Prince George finds himself with a little brother, traditional regal names seem to be in the running with Richard the front-runner at 10/1, followed by James or Arthur at 12/1.

Not long to wait till we find out!!

February 23, 2015

Busy bees

Have you been entering our competitions?

We have been busy bees here at baroo HQ promoting our new collection. Everyone has been talking about it! From the most influential parenting bloggers to the likes of the Daily Mail, Essentials Magazine and Mumsnet, they just can’t get enough of our gorgeous new designs.

We have also been busy setting up lots of competitions and special offers to give you the chance to get your hands on some fabulous prizes. MumStreet have given away one of our 5 Piece Counting Sheep Bedding Bales, Northern Life Family, Missing Sleep and Little Lilypad have all given away one of our duvet and pillowcase sets and Army & You magazine are currently offering you the chance to win one of our bedding sets.

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