5 Mistakes All New Parents Make

Being a parent is difficult but rewarding, and it’s quite natural to not get everything right. There are some common mistakes new parents make, and we aim to minimise your worries and stress; after all, we want you to enjoy spending quality time with your baby!

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Bringing Your Newborn Baby Home for The First Time

Whether you get to leave the day after giving birth or you’ve been in hospital a while, bringing your baby home for the first time is a massive occasion. It’s definitely a much anticipated moment for everyone waiting at home, eager to meet your little one.

For a lot of first time parents it can also be extremely overwhelming, especially if you’re not prepared.  Whilst in hospital you have the full support of the nurses and midwifes – something that you won’t have when you get home. Therefore, it’s important that you are fully prepared for the homecoming.

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Top Tips When Reading to Your Baby and Toddler

Reading to your baby or toddler can provide you with some beautiful and treasured moments. It’s a great way to bond with your child, as it allows you to spend some quality time with them. If you want to start reading to your little one, here are some of our expert tips on making it a success.

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Top Tips: Deciding on a Name For Your Baby

It can be hard to decide on a name for your new arrival: there’s a huge number of different choices out there, and it’s important to pick something that both you and your partner love. At Oh So Baby we love hearing stories of how the newest members of the family got their names, and we’ve put together our five top tips to make that task a little easier.

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Baby is Coming: Packing Your Bag for the Hospital

So, the wait is almost over. After weeks of excitement, uncertainty, discomfort and your ever-changing body, the time has come to meet your new little bundle for the first time. You’ve reached that milestone, packing your hospital bag. While this may seem like a daunting task, it needn’t be – we are here to help you out!

Look to have this ready around 36 weeks, so that if your baby decides to come earlier than expected, you will be ready.

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Fun & Creative Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy

Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Finding out your pregnant can be an overwhelming and exciting discovery – whether planned or not. After you’ve processed the news yourself, you might want to clue in your nearest and dearest. So how do you tell your loved ones that you’re pregnant?

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Forget updating your Facebook status – there are lots more fun and creative ways to announce your pregnancy to those closest to you.

A Bun in the Oven

You would have definitely heard the saying “bun in the oven” when it comes to pregnancy – used to refer to a woman who is pregnant. When it comes to announcing your pregnancy to your partner, how about leaving an actual bun in the oven? It’s a cryptic clue that might take him a while to work out but then he’ll be over the moon!

Give Grandma a Gift

Telling the parents about your exciting pregnancy news is probably high on your list of things to do after hearing that you’re expecting. So how can you let them know? We love the idea of giving your mum(s) a gift to open. The gift could be anything – mug, keyring, photo frame – as long as it is addressed to “grandma.” We’re positive that there will be a lot of (happy) tears!

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Say it with Cake

Everyone loves food, dinner parties and cake – so why not use this to your advantage when announcing your news to your close friends and family? We suggest inviting everyone over for tea and cook them something special for desert that makes the announcement for you. Our favourite idea is serving lots of cupcakes – blue and pink – and wait for someone to pick up on your clues.

Get the Children Involved

You’ve told your partner, your parents and your other loved ones, so how can you now let the rest of the world know your fantastic news? If you’ve already got children, a really creative way of announcing your pregnancy to everyone else is having a t-shirt designed for them that announces they are going to be an older brother or sister. Snap a picture of them wearing it and upload it to social media – the news will be spread instantly! Close to Christmas? Why not use the picture on your Christmas cards!

 

Oh So Baby specialise in a range of beautiful and unique baby products and accessories that are designed to make becoming a new parent that little bit easier. From nursery accessories to slings and carriers, we have everything you need as an expectant mum (or dad!).

Please contact us on 01524 66888 for more information.

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The Importance of Play

Play is essential to the development of young children. It plays a huge role in the acquisition and development of communication skills. It also contributes to the development of cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills too.

Play also encourages children to be independent, helps them to tap into their creativity and gives them an outlet for the vast amount of energy that young children have on a daily basis.

Adorable Young Baby Girl Playing with Her Baby Doll and Carriage Outdoors.

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What to Buy an Expectant Mother

If you’ve ever been an expectant mother yourself, you’ll already know how stressful it can be to remember to buy everything that will help your life with the new baby a breeze. Even the most obvious objects can slip your mind and come that special day when your little one enters the world, the sudden realisation that you forgot to buy that one thing that will make your life so much easier hits you.

So, if you know someone who is expecting a baby, why not give them a helping hand by buying them a baby shower gift that will actually help them with their new baby? If you’re in need of ideas, let us help!


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Feeding Tips for a Fussy Toddler

Your toddler is now eating a variety of different foods so dinner times should be easy right? Unfortunately, some parents actually find that this is where the struggle really begins. Meal times become increasingly more difficult as your child starts to gain a little more independence.

If your toddler has taken to rejecting every meal you put in front of them (if it doesn’t end up on the floor at least once you’re one of the lucky ones), we’ve put together some feeding tips to try and help you out.

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The Magic of First Words

Firsts are special moments in your babies’ lives. They are the milestones that are showing their progress, proving that although you see them every day they are changing in leaps and bounds before your very eyes. This is never truer than in the case of a baby’s first word.

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