Christmas Baking

Sunday, 10 December 2017 13:26:54 Europe/London

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” ????

 Here at Babymel we’ve brought to you two simple and easy Christmas Cookie Decoration Ideas to do with the whole family! The Perfect Sunday afternoon activity 

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Zip and Zoe School of Fun - Christmas Bauble

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 10:51:32 Europe/London

Welcome to Zip and Zoe's super cool School of FUN!!

This week we are making Christmas Baubles, come have a look!



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ZIP AND ZOE'S School of Fun!!!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:13:04 Europe/London

Welcome to Zip and Zoe’s super cool school of FUN! 

This week we are doing colouring in, come have a look!

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Halloween Recipes

Friday, 27 October 2017 11:24:00 Europe/London

We want to share with you some of our super easy Halloween recipes for you and your kids to enjoy over October! It’s time to get creative! 




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Ten Things I wish I Knew before Having a Baby

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:47:51 Europe/London

Motherhood is a lifelong experience! You can’t possibly know it all so here’s 10 things I wish I knew before having a baby

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL ESSENTIALS

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 12:16:50 Europe/London

The back to school season certainly deserves its name of the ‘Back to School Rush’ ; from new school uniforms to stationery essentials, new school books, and PE kits, it’s a busy time of year for parents and we’re here to try and make it as easy as possible for you! 

Backpack Flat lay

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Q&A with founder of Enchanted Wonders - Ayala Homossany

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 15:22:49 Europe/London

We have interviewed founder of Enchanted Wonders, Ayala Homossany to find out what inspired her to create a buisness based around the practice of yoga with children. With 3 children herself and a career in yoga, we think its a great idea!


Why do you think it is so important for children to learn to practice yoga from a young age?

I believe we are all born yogis and yoginis.  The challenge is to maintain it, or rediscover yoga, as we grow up. When children are exposed to the magic of yoga from young age they get to maintain and nourish their inherent abilities (such as curiosity and creativity). Beside the fact that yoga enhances physical strength and flexibility, yoga allows children to nourish and boost their confidence and self esteem. The practice of yoga also allows children to stay connected with their breath and know its benefit and how it can help them manage their daily difficulties. Yoga also helps develop body awareness and understand how to use the body in a healthy way.  One aspect that I found incredibly valuable when children practice yoga from a young age, is that we offer children an opportunity to do an enjoyable activity in an uncompetitive environment. When we do that, we legitimate a space for children to fully express themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. How incredibly empowering is that?

 

What are the benefits of children and parents attending sessions together?

The biggest benefit of family yoga is connection. For a parent and a child (or even siblings), to be able to connect and communicate in an uncompetitive and relaxed environment is the biggest gift family yoga can offer. To be able to share a space where there is no right or wrong, where the children can see their parents doing an activity and where we create an opportunity for a parent and child to rest side by side and just be aware of their breath, is a magical memory for both parents and children. Especially in our fast pace life family, yoga offer families the opportunity to slow down and be more observant and present. There are so many in-between magical moments in Family yoga that I could write a whole book only about that.

 

Why did you create the Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards? 

During my kids yoga classes, I have noticed that if I manage to create a safe and happy space that includes trust, acceptance and respect towards the kids, their creativity and self expression available to flourish. I believe we are all born creative and all we need to do is find ways to maintain this incredible asset and turn it into a strength. That will allow children, and later on as they grow up into young adults, to be able to fully express themselves and be able to be happy in their own skin and manifest their best version. I was looking for ways to share that magic with children and families, to be able to offer a shared activity, where there is no right or wrong. An activity that can draw out the children’s magnificent creativity and imagination and combines the invaluable benefits that yoga and mindfulness holds in it. This is how Enchanted Wonders was born.

How can the practice of yoga help children develop socially and building confidence?

As part of the yoga practice we incorporate the practice of compassion, empathy and gratitude. Compassion can wear many shapes and forms. Compassion towards ourselves, is where we are invited to practice with gentle and ease while respecting, rather than hurting our body.  Compassion also means to be able to recognise feelings and emotions from a position of self awareness and self acceptance where we can then learn what it means to be compassionate and empathic towards others. As I have mentioned before, yoga being practiced in an uncompetitive environment helps to elevate the children’s self confidence.

In yoga classes we explore the fact that we are all built differently, and have different abilities, ideas, and thoughts which all should be respected and acknowledged. When children are happy and being respected for what they are, they are more receptive to their friends and to their environment and have more confidence.


A little more about you

If you could be a colour which colour would you be and why?

I would probably choose to be a turquoise. Turquoise represent the colour of communication, the ability to connect between my thoughts and my heart.  To be able to fully express, if it is with the spoken word or in any other way, what sits in my heart. I find this ability very important.


What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A professional ballet dancer and later on a dentist.


If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be?

Versatile

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8 things that happen to you when you get pregnant

Friday, 23 June 2017 15:26:13 Europe/London

Blogger Alice Spake, is in her third trimester so had kindly shared with us some of her good and bad expereinces whilst being pregnant!

It seems like yesterday we announced my pregnancy but no sooner were the first scan photos shown, we've blinked and I'm fast approaching the final trimester. Pregnancy has been pretty kind to me; and here's hoping it stays that way! One thing that I have noticed from talking with pregnant friends and from seeing myself is how other people react to your pregnancy and expanding bump so here are 8 Things that happen when you get pregnant...


Your body changes... a lot!

Everything has changed from my skin type to my hair, hands to my feet and of course my belly. My feet have gone up a size so flip flops are my new choice of foot wear, my boobs have taken on a mind of their own and for a usually small boobed lady, I have no idea where to put them and this is before my milk has come in! The biggest change of course is my bump, it just appeared one morning and has been throwing me off balance ever since but boy is it lovely to see.

You will Google everything

And really, you shouldn't. Googling pregnancy symptoms is much like Googling your medical problems when you have the sniffles, it throws up all sorts of problems. I search week-by-week updates and that's about it. Stick to trusted websites, apps and books and if you are really concerned about anything or speak to your midwife.

You start hanging around in book shops

I waited until I had my dating scan before buying any books just in case, but I did find myself hanging around the parenting section on more than one occasion. There are so many options available and before you know it, you're signed up to a Waterstones account and have a trusty bag for life full of books that then end up collecting dust for weeks on end. I promise I will read one soon!

Food is everything

Cravings are a barrel of laughs and your appetite is about to get a bit weird. From those sour sweets, you usually hate, to fizzy drinks and random bowls of broccoli, if those cravings get you, fulfil them! I make sure I get my fruit and veg fix every day but if I fancy Drumstick Squashies or a bowl of ice cream, I'm going to satisfy those cravings especially on those teary days.



Everyone will have an opinion on your bump

My bump has really begun to stick out the last few weeks and I love it but many people, whether family, friends or strangers seem to have an opinion. According to measurements, my bump is the perfect size for my stage of pregnancy but all I hear is "Are you sure you're not having twins?" and "Wow your bump is big". I personally find it offensive, I don't go around commenting on other people's bellies so be prepared, grow a thick skin or be ready for a witty comeback which is my choice of response.

Maternity clothes suck

Not all maternity clothes, but most. I have tried numerous brands and have come to the conclusion they all think pregnant women wear stripes or florals and if they fit the bump, more often than not they don't fit the boobs. I've been buying a few sizes up from my fave brands to fit my bubba in clothes comfortably and if in doubt, the basic maternity range from ASOS is pretty good. 

"But I'm pregnant" becomes your whine of choice to get your way

I will be the first to admit that I use this a little too much for my benefit, but hey it's a good excuse and I only have nine months to use it! Don't want to make another cup of tea? Can't be bothered to cook dinner? Just want some attention? Just whack out the "But I'm Pregnant" line. I always thought to myself that I wouldn't use it too much but the bigger you get, the more tired you are and soon it becomes your favourite saying.

You'll experience some blasts from the past

When we announced our engagement, we had a few surprise messages from people that were no longer in our lives but this goes next level when you announce your pregnancy. People from silly school feuds appeared along with distance exes which was all very weird. We shot off a thank you message and left it at that. Politeness never costs anything!

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Unisex bags the perfect gift for Father’s Day!

Thursday, 1 June 2017 16:43:00 Europe/London

Finding a bag that your man is actually happy to carry can be difficult. You can’t always be the one to carry all of the kids’ stuff everywhere you go just because it’s bright pink with flowers on it…! We have a number of unisex bags to help you out on your travels meaning that you can share the load and dad can take charge on his own without being too embarrassed!

Dad’s Top 5 Babymel Picks


The Robyn

The Robyn Convertible Backpack in Black is the perfect unisex changing bag. This stylish design can be worn in 4 different ways adapting to your style of travel. There are multiple pockets for storing all of your essentials including the accessible front pocket for small items you may need on the go. The most unique feature to this changing bag is the built in easy-wipes pocket on the side of the bag giving you the all-important hands free access with your kids on a busy journey.

The Soho Messenger

The Soho Messenger in Black combines techy function with style. You will never run out of room with this changing bag, featuring the largest number of pockets of all of our changing bags with 11 in total. The wipe clean padded nylon material is soft at the touch and lightweight to carry and is the perfect essential for every dad on the go.


The Frankie Tweed

The Frankie Tweed is the perfectly organised changing bag in a unisex design. This style is available in a tweed fabric as well as a black, navy, navy stipe and pixel dot navy colour. Packed full of useful pockets and with an extra insulated bottle compartment the Frankie is as stylish as it is practical.

The Satchel Black

This stylish changing bag is a Babymel classic. Available in multiple different patterns, prints and colourways the satchel is one of Babymel’s first designs. Simple yet effective this plain black colour is the perfect unisex design, meaning dad will be happy to lend a hand in carrying all of babies things too. One of the satchels best features is the handy insulated zipped side pocket to keep your bottles cool or warm for up to four hours. 

The Compton

The Compton is the perfect unisex choice in a neutral navy colour and an orange interior. Packed with nine different compartments, the Compton is one of our most organised bags that disguises perfectly as a work satchel or travel bag.


See all our changing bags here

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Packing for a festival can be difficult, especially when children are involved! Suddenly the load has doubled the size and become extremely heavy... how does this happen with only two small children? Some things you'll never forget to bring like the tent or your trusty wellington boots but smaller, equally significant things can be forgotten about and can be a weekend nightmare if left at home! We have written you our festival packing checklist including essentials for you and your kids meaning that these things will never be forgotten about or left at home. 


Packing Essentials:

1. A Tent – of course

2. Sleeping bags and inflatable or roll up mats and pillows – sleep is the most important part of a festival, without it energy levels will slide dramatically the following day and that is the last thing you want at a festival with kids

3. Backpacks for everyone! Even the kids (if they carry one at home) it’s a great idea to get them to carry their own raincoat, toys, drink and snacks with them

4. Wellies are a must have, mud at a festival is inevitable

5. Picnic Rug – you can take this into the festival or you can use it to sit outside the tent and play games in the mornings

6. Bin bags – a big must have on the check list, these can be used for many things including a raincoat, a place to store muddy wellies and items, binning rubbish and even a ground mat if it gets wet or muddy

7. Waterproofs and raincoats - never trust the British weather forecast

8. Sun hats for the kids and maybe the big kids (adults) too

9. Sun cream – You do not want to be burnt and ruining the fun

10. Changes of clothes, warm pyjamas and a jumper/hoody – you can never have too many layers

11. Teddies… of course – these simply cannot be forgotten

12. Tissues, wipes and hand sanitiser – wash and wipe your hands on a regular basis

13. Giant water bottle or container that you can fill up for everyone

14. Lots of snacks – festival food can be very expensive

15. Mini first aid kit – just in case of any accidents

16. Torch or headlights for the kids is a fun way to stay safe in the dark

17. Toothbrushes/paste and toiletry essentials

18. Ear plugs are a must have for a good night’s sleep

19. Travel potty – if you have really young kids this can be very useful in the middle of the night (or even the day) for emergencies

20. Face paint/glitter/gems… maybe even fancy dress! Festivals are full of colour so embrace the festival fever

21. Crayons/colouring books – any small, fun and easy activities to keep your kids occupied in the mornings before the music starts and as a bit of down time to relax during the day

22. Bubbles – these are a must have and are much cheaper if you buy a pack before you go instead of paying a crazy amount at a festival. You will be the envy of other children and they cause hours of fun and games for all the family

23. Phone/Camera – finally it may seem obvious but take your phone and maybe a camera separately to stop your phone battery dying so quickly to snap away all those special moments and memories you are making

 
Our Festival Top Tips:

- Write your mobile or contact number and put it somewhere on your child’s person – maybe buy them a lanyard and stick your number too it just in case they get lost, you can never be too safe!

- Talk through a meeting point for everyone – older children will understand this but younger children might not, so point to the people that work at the festival and make sure they understand they have to go to them if they are separated.

- Take regular breaks, the kids might start off the day super excited and full of energy but after a few hours of constant fun they will be tired and ready for bed before the days even begun.

- Drink lots of water and keep hydrated! It may seem obvious but it’s a must have at a festival especially in hot weather with lots of people around.

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