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Cuddledry has fallen in love with Instagram! We love sharing photos with you, and we love the little community we’ve built up over there too. And what makes our day more than anything is seeing your little ones dressed up in their Cuddledry finest! So we thought we’d send out a plea for you to share more of your precious snaps with us- and celebrate with a little giveaway too!

Win an Accessories Bundle on Instagram_Cuddledry.com

Not on Instagram yet? Here’s three reasons why you need to set up an account today!

It’s a beautiful way to preserve memories

Instagram is micro blogging at its best. Snap a photo on your phone, upload it and remember it forever. The beauty of Instagram is that it allows you to preserve a moment in time forever, with a caption as long or as short as you please. And while life may not be beautiful all the time, your Instagram feed can be! AvidInstagrammers may share only the most polished of snapshots but in our opinion, there’s nothing wrong with that. Life is filled with splendid moments that deserve to be collected and protected for all of eternity.

It’s fun!

Liven up your photos with different filters, use add on apps to create captions and layer text… anything goes! Instagram is a fun way to socialise and a if you get involved in a community the possibilities are endless.

It lets your personality shine

Because its visual, Instagram allows users to be more creative and to share images that represent their interests and hobbies. So your personality shines through and your photos reflect what matters to you. Whether its food, animals, babies… Instagram makes it all look beautiful and stores your favourite photos in one place. We love being able to bring you snaps from the Cuddledry collections and we hope our personality comes across in them too!

Follow us on Instagram!

Want to be in with a chance to win an accessories bundle? Included is one natural sea sponge, one Cuddleduck, one bamboo hand towel and one Cuddletwist hair towel. And to win you just need to follow three simple steps:

Win an Accessories Bundle on Instagram_Cuddledry.com1. Follow @Cuddledry on Instagram

2. Share a photo of your little one with any item from our collections- and don’t forget to tag us!

3. Tag three friends and ask them to do the same

That’s it! The giveaway starts at 1pm today 10th March and ends at 1pm Thursday 24th March. Good luck!

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Giveaway begins 1 pm Thursday 10th March 2016 and ends 1pm Thursday 24th March 2016

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This week we have a lovely guest post from Baba and Boo, creators of beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories for your little ones. A fully fledged baby boutique, Baba and Boo specialise in fashionable reusable nappies, and today they are sharing their five top tips for cloth nappy beginnings.

Thinking of using cloth nappies but not sure where to begin? We all have to start somewhere, so don’t fret! Here are some words of wisdom from Baba and Boo…

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Get advice from friends

It really helps when you know someone who already uses cloth nappies so you can lean on them for impartial advice – after all, they’ve already been through it and have most likely tried all the different brands

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Don’t over-face yourself. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, which is particularly the case when you have a small baby on your hands, just introduce one cloth nappy per day and scale it up as and when you feel more comfortable. This will allow you the time to really get to know your cloth nappies and establish a washing routine that works for you without feeling any pressure.

Join a support group.

There are plenty of cloth nappy support groups over on Facebook with cloth nappy users on hand to help answer any questions as and when you need advice and it’s a great place to make new clothy friends too. You’ll soon be comparing prints and be surprised how much you can learn just through reading the threads. Baba+Boo actually have their own Nappy Natter group which we would love you to join – we’re a nice bunch, I promise.

Research which nappies are best for you.

You may feel a bit overwhelmed when doing this as there are so many different fastenings/brands/inserts/prints etc which is why getting some impartial advice from friends/groups is a good idea. In some cases it could be trial and error as some babies are heavier wetters than others but there’s always always a solution. A great place to start your research is on this BabyCentre article which talks you through all the options.

Get yourself all set up.

Make sure you have a little system in place before you start… get yourself a bucket for those dirty nappies, a wet bag for when you’re out and about and it’s always useful to have a little place in your house to store everything so it’s nearby. To save yourself time after washing, stuff the nappies with the inserts so they’re all ready to go.

If you have any questions at all, here at Baba+Boo we have our own personal cloth nappy guru on hand so feel free to drop her an email should you feel in a bit of a spin.

Do you have any other tips for anyone thinking about starting their cloth nappy journey? Leave your tip in the comments below.

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Today we have a guest post on baby massage from GoBabyClub app, the baby development app that helps to “stimulate & develop baby through activities in terms of emotional, cognitive & physical aspects, at their own time and pace, to complete the milestone”. To find out more about the GoBabyClub app and baby massage visit the site here. To download the app search for ‘GoBabyClub’ on your Google Play store or Apple iOS store.

Bonding with your baby is one of the most important aspects of parenthood.  One of the most loving and pleasant ways of bonding is to give your baby a massage as your loving touch has the power to soothe your baby. Caroline Rodenbach, GoBabyClub expert in massage, acupressure and reflexology, says that massages on babies are more caresses than real massage, although babies enjoy a soft yet firm touch.

Guest post: Relaxing Bath Time Baby Massage with Super Soft Cuddledry Towels_Cuddledry.com

Touch is both calming and comforting to small babies and plays a large role in healing. Read the rest of this entry »

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This week we have a guest post written by Tracey Hargraves, who runs baby swimming classes in South Lancashire for Puddleducks, one of the many fantastic swim school options available in the UK. As many of you start to think about swimming lessons, or start to return to lessons in the coming weeks, we thought it would be a great idea to share some tips on keeping your baby warm in the water. Do let us know if you have any questions at all!

Tips for keeping your baby warm whilst swimming_cuddledry.com

Hopefully, many of you will have discovered the joy and benefits of teaching your little one to swim.  With any luck you baby is thoroughly enjoying their time in the water and is smiling and giggling throughout their time in the pool.  However, for a number of you, your baby may not be enjoying the experience and cry and shiver their way through your time at the pool.  Given the importance of teaching your child to swim, it is important that it is as an enjoyable experience as possible and therefore we want to minimise these tears whenever possible.

One of the most common causes of distress in the pool is that your child is not warm enough.  Remember that your baby is unable to regulate their temperature as well as you, which means that they can feel the cold a lot faster than you.  No two children are alike.  My daughter has always been able to go into the chilliest of pools without problem whilst my son will turn blue in the warmest of pools – absolute polar opposites so to speak!

If your little one does get cold in the water then this can really disrupt their enjoyment of swimming and may lead them to start to develop a phobia of the water.  This could impact on their development and is likely to also impact on both their confidence and swimming ability in the water.  It is therefore really important to recognise these signals and take action early to keep them warm so that they continue to enjoy their swimming experience.  With these top tips, we’ll should hopefully avoid any of these issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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There are two weeks left of summer, and if you have a late break away planned, keep cool. Here are our top five holiday tips for busy parents… hope they help!

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No need to stress

There really is no need to stress! Ok, so taking kids away on holiday IS a big deal but really it doesn’t have to set off a panic attack. Do you really want to spend all that money and time away from home and spend it feeling stressed and anxious? Let your guard down a little if you need to. Whatever it takes to choose a smile rather than a frown will be worth it to make some happy memories for the family. So how to stay stress free?

  • Plan, plan, plan! Make lists, check them and don’t leave home without them. Plan what you need to pack, what you’re going to do when you get there and what to do in case of an emergency. Natural born planners will tell you that this is the only way to stay stress free while you’re travelling and let’s face it- kids are creature of habit so if you have a general idea of how to keep them happy, your stress levels are going to stay a little lower too.
  • Leave your mobile phone at home. No emails, no calls and no stress. Especially no work related stress. Aim to spend quality time with the kids and not with Facebook
  • Spend some time doing what YOU like doing too. Yes, when you’re away with the kids it’s easy for the time to get swallowed up with what they want to do. But help yourself a little and make sure you plan one or two activities for you too. Read the rest of this entry »

One of the unbridled joys of new parenthood is to watch your child dip their toes for the very first time in the sea. The sensory delights of wave, wind, sun and sand combine to create magical moments for baby and parent alike. Yes, you need to be careful to avoid too much sun on skin, and travelling with a very small one has its challenges, but Nadine Mellor, Editor of award-winning travel website i-escape’s Kids Collection, reckons nothing beats a beach holiday with baby.

Read on for her Top Ten Best Places Around the Med for Babies, all featured in the hand-picked portfolio of stylish hotels and rentals, which actively welcome families. Nadine says: “if you can, travel outside the school holidays for better deals on accommodation and flights, less crowded beaches and cooler temperatures.”

Almyra, Paphos, Cyprus

This stylish design resort has everything parents with a baby could wish for: Four pools and four on-site restaurants. An amazing spa to assist in the post-partem recovery, and soothe sleep-deprived mothers and fathers alike. Superlative service. And endless watersports to try. Best of all? They offer a Baby Go Lightly pre-arrival ordering service so you don’t need to overpack (like every other new parent will); everything you need will be placed in your room on arrival – from car seats to arm bands. Heaven!

Ammos Hotel, Crete, Greece

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We’re on a safari theme here at Cuddledry HQ and we’re celebrating by teaming up with the lovely people at Trunki for a fantastic giveaway! How would you like to win a fabulous Tipu the tiger Trunki suitcase AND a gorgeously soft and snuggly CuddleSafari dress up towel?

Win a safari package with Cuddledry and Trunki~ Cuddledry.com

Entry is easy-simply fill in the form below, and don’t forget to leave a comment telling us your favourite safari animal of all. That’s it!

TERMS and CONDITIONS can be found on the Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

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When you bathe a new baby, you need both hands to make it work. Now imagine how parents of twins or more cope at bath time? Having twins is a whole different game sometimes, and bathtime is one such occasion. So can it be safely and efficiently? Of course it can! Here are some tips for bathing more than one baby- hope they help!

Tips for bathing more than one baby~ cuddledry.com

One of you, two of them

Already you’re outnumbered, but don’t let that send you into a panic! Hopefully you have plenty of support from your partner, friends or family, and hopefully that support means that most of the time you aren’t on your own. Bathtime can be quite daunting when babies are really tiny, so do seek out help if you need it. Two pairs of hands are always better than one, especially when you have twins!

Be prepared

Get EVERYTHING ready before you start! Think of it like a military mission if you please. Preparation is the key to success so make you have the following ready to go:

  • Two towels- Cuddledry apron towels, naturally. They’ll make the whole getting out of the bath safely so much easier, and minimise the risk of baby getting upset once the cold air hits. If you do have a helper, make sure you are both kitted out in your towels before the babies get in.
  • Nappies and pyjamas
  • A small bowl for top and tailing
  • Equipment needed for feeding

Together in the tub?

When your twins are newborn, you might want to bathe them separately at first. Small baby baths are wonderful for tiny babies as they help them to feel a little more safe and eclosed, and most are only suitable for one baby at a time. If this is the case, make sure the baby who goes second is safe, warm and supervised while you deal with the first one. If you’re on your own, pop baby number two into a bouncy chair or the moses basket nearby so that you can focus on one baby at a time.

Get some support

Baby bath supports are a great idea for when you take the plunge and bathe your twins together. The foam inserts are great but will require another person to be on hand to help. There are other kinds of bath supports that you can use, some of which are like little seats. These can be really handy but please remember that they do not mean you no longer need to supervise your baby. Only use products that have been made specifically for use in the bath.

Invest in a bath mat

The longer the better! A bath mat is a great idea for older babies who can sit up because they help to reduce the risk of slipping. But normal bath mats are just not long enough for when you’re bathing more than one baby at once. Look around for an extra long mat if you can.

Take turns

If you really aren’t sure about bathing both babies at once, that’s fine! Bathing them separately means that you get to spend 1:1 time with them both. And if you have a helper, you can take it in turns. One bathes, the other dresses, and vice versa. That means you both get to spend quality time with them- so make the most of it!

To bathe every day or not?

You don’t need to bathe your babies every day, unless you (and they) really enjoy it. Bathtime does help to establish a good bedtime routine, so lots of families do like to do it every day. However, if you have more than one baby and bathtime is hard work for whatever reason, don’t feel bad about skipping a day.

What are your top tips for bathing more than one baby?

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Bath time can be such great fun for babies when they start to develop a little control over their arms and legs. All that splashing and reaching for toys! But what about younger babies who aren’t yet able to play in the same way? There’s no reason why bath time should be boring for them. And since we’re on a mission to #MakeBathTimeFun we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on stimulating young babies at bath time. Read on to find out more…

Stimulating young babies at bath time~Cuddledry.com

Get the level of excitement right

Bath time in many households is a splashy affair, with lots of laughter and merriment. That’s great! And if you have older children, there’s a good chance that your young baby will love to watch the shenanigans at bath time too. But beware. Some babies can become over stimulated with too much excitement and activity, and let’s not forget that most of us choose bath our babies right before bedtime. So you want them to become nice and relaxed before they head off to sleep for the night. So watch your baby. If she seems to be getting a little too worked up, or even upset at too much going on in the tub, scale it back a bit. It might be a good idea to bathe her separately, or ask older children to help you with some of the following ideas.

Sing

Soft, gentle songs are the perfect way to entertain young babies in the bath. Don’t forget she has been listening to your voice the whole time she was inside you, and now that the outside world is a lot bigger and perhaps a lot scarier, hearing you speak and sing is likely to bring lots of comfort. So sing away, it doesn’t matter what song you choose- so long as you maintain eye contact and smile, your baby is likely to find this a very relaxing way to enjoy bath time!

Tickle

Babies respond well to touch, as we all do as human beings in fact, and gently tickling her as you wash her can be a lovely way to keep her stimulated at bath time. Don’t go too mad though- save the tickle monster for the older kids!

Use the senses

Babies use their senses a lot and rely on them to help them make sense of the world around them. You can develop this at bath time by using differently scented (baby safe) bubble bath in the water, or by letting your baby look into a mirror. Small bath toys that light up are great too, and you can encourage your baby to reach out for them and hold them too. It’s also a good idea to use differently textured wash cloths and towels for your baby to feel while she’s in the bath too, and don’t forget to talk to her about how they feel.

In it together

Why not pop into the bath with your baby? It’s probably the easiest way to hold her, and a wonderful opportunity for skin to skin contact too. Make sure you have someone on hand to get her out when you’re finished, but until then enjoy.

Bubbles!

If you have a pot of blowing bubbles, bring them into the bathroom and blow them up into the air. Young babies love to watch them float and this could be a lovely way to calm her down if she becomes upset.

Remember that young babies will only want to be in the bath for a few minutes, and you will need to fully supervise at all times. With this in mind, use your imagination and be creative with the different ways that you stimulate her. Hopefully this will help to develop a love of bath time! Let’s all join the mission to #MakeBathTimeFun!

We’re almost into warmer weather now and chances are many of you are planning your summer holidays too. Even if you’re not going away this year, you’re probably still planning to take the little ones swimming, so this week we’re bringing you some tips and tricks for making the whole process a lot easier. And above all- make swimming fun!

Make swimming fun~ Cuddledry.com

Why take baby swimming?

Swimming is more than a fun activity to keep your week busy and the tire the little ones out for bedtime. Swimming is a lifelong skill that will grow with your baby, and open up a whole new world. And it really does start as soon as they take their first dip.

For more information on why we think it’s important to go swimming with your little one, see this post.

Make Swimming Fun!

We’re encouraging parents to share their top tips on how they make swimming fun for babies- over on Twitter and Facebook- and we’re loving the suggestions so far. We’re using the #MakeSwimmingFun hashtag too, so please do add your suggestions- we’re hoping to update this posts as much as we can!

Here are our top tips for before you go:

  • Be prepared. Ok, that doesn’t sound like much fun but believe me when I say that you are certainly not going to enjoy it very much if you don’t have everything that you need! Make sure your swimming bag is packed and ready to go, and make sure you don’t forget any essentials. The basics for your swimming bag should be towel (we recommend the Cuddleswim or toddler swimming poncho, of course!), swimming nappy and costume. We’ll cover some other bits later on. But as long as you are prepared with the basics, you and baby are more likely to have fun!
  • Take snacks and drinks for after your swim. If you’re breastfeeding your baby will want a feed and if you’re bottle feeding take a bottle. Older babies will want a snack afterwards too, so pop those in your bag.
  • Take some toys with you. Bath toys are an excellent idea and many of these are small enough to pop into your bag quite easily. Keep them in a draw string mesh bag if you can, so that the water can drain away and they won’t get everything else in your bag soggy.
  • Take arm bands or a rubber ring/ baby seat for older babies. These can really help for babies who are confident enough to spend time in the water out of your arms.
  • Take a dressing gown for you. Top tip! Baby will need to get dried, fed and changed pretty quickly before you have even had chance to think about sorting yourself out. Pop a dressing gown on to keep warm.

So, you’re all set! How to make sure baby enjoys the time in the water?

  • Play with the toys you brought along. Charlotte (@cknursingbaby) told us that her little one loves the simple game they play when they go swimming. She pushes a bath toy under the water and lets it pop up again- simple but fun! Watering cans are also good for creating sprinkles that baby will be fascinated to watch!
  • Talk to your baby to reassure and remind him that you are there and he is safe. Never underestimate the power of your voice!
  • And sing to your baby too. All the songs he loves to hear at home work just as well in the water.
  • Maintain eye contact with your baby, and make sure he can see your face at all times. And smile! If you are having fun, your baby will too.
  • Don’t be afraid to move your baby through and under the water. The aim is to get your baby water confident, but this takes time so don’t rush it. Watch your baby for cues, but do take the plunge (so to speak!) if you think he’s ready.

After swimming

If you notice your baby starts to fuss, or cry during your time in the pool, it’s probably time to get out. Don’t push your luck by staying in longer than your baby wants to!

Make sure you have everything that you need ready to go. Wrap baby up and get warm and dry. And most importantly… go back to the pool. A baby who swims regularly is a happy and confident baby in the pool! So go back again- it wasn’t that bad was it?

Please share your top tips on the #MakeSwimmingFun hashtag!

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