Top 3 Worries I Had As A First Time Mum

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:29:27 Europe/London

After giving birth to little Kovah Willow in January - through an emergency c section, weighing a tiny 4lbs 9ozs and 5 weeks early... blogger, Crystal Lily didn’t have the easiest start as a mother! Now, 4 months on she shares with us her the first hurdles she had to overcome on her journey as a first-time mum.


First Night At Home
 

That moment you’ve been waiting 9 long months for, the moment you bring your baby home. But for me this suddenly became terrifying. After 8 never ending days in NICU I could finally bring my darling daughter home and I was a muddle of emotions. I was terrified I’d do something wrong, and even more scared of her sleeping without buzzers or nurses checking she was ok, it was all down to me now. Yes, that first night was so scary, I didn’t sleep, I genuinely sat and stared at her all night. If she made a noise I’d shoot out of bed, if she didn’t make noises I’d poke her to make sure she was still breathing. I even found myself with my whole head in her bassinet a few times to listen to her breathing. This probably will happen to all of you, but you’ll be pleased to know it gets a lot easier. You learn to trust your instincts and get into your baby’s routine. I promise it’s something you shouldn’t stress too much over.

Breastfeeding

This gets forced onto you as soon as you say you’re pregnant. “Will you breastfeed?”, “You should read up on breastfeeding, it’s what’s best” blah blah blah. Yes, breastfeeding is best for your baby for multiple reasons, which benefit you both. But, you do not need to punish yourself if it won’t work for you. Some lucky Mamas breastfeed straight away and it works perfectly, however, for some of us, it takes a lot of hard work, tears and sleepless nights. I was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed for nearly 3 months, but due to my severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, I was pumped full of medication that resulted in my milk supply drying up very quickly. For the whole time on my breastfeeding journey, I was combi-feeding with formula and I am now - my daughter is fully formula fed. She’s a very healthy 3 and a half-month-old who went from the 9th centile to the 50th in this time. The formula isn’t poisoning your child, it’s not to be shamed on, just remember FED is best. Give yourself some love and support, you’ve just bought a baby into this world and at the end of the day, a happy Mama means a happy baby. I truly believe in this.


Going Out On My Own

This was honestly a massive shock to me. When I was pregnant I daydreamed about taking my baby girl out for walks, showing her places, just being together in the fresh air as I love being outside. This was not what happened and I don’t know if every new mum goes through this, but I really struggled. I had the worst anxiety attacks over going out without my partner, the world suddenly felt so big and my 4lbs 2oz baby seemed extra small. I was so worried about being on my own and something happening, her getting too cold, what if she was screaming and I couldn’t stop her, what if I felt funny and still poorly after my c-section, what if I fainted as I was still healing? I didn’t leave the house without someone for nearly 2 months, but once we did it really wasn’t that bad at all. She loves her pram and the fresh air is great for babies it really knocks them out. My advice to you if you feel how I did, is just go out in the garden first, then to the end of the road and take longer walks every time and then all that anxiety will drop away.

Everyone is different, everyone has different babies but we are all Mamas. Remember every day is a new day and just remember to take a deep breath and smile that you have such a wonderful little blessing in your life now!

Posted By Jemma Walsh

What to pack for the airport

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:46:42 Europe/London

Packing for any holiday can be a struggle and the kids are always top priority… but little things are always forgotten about, and become a crisis when it’s just too late! We have put together a packing list for your kid's backpack to keep them both organised and occupied for your travels on holiday!



1. Passport – The most important thing you need when going to the airport is your passport, so make sure you don’t forget it!

2. Favourite Toy - A journey without your little ones favourite toy would be a disaster! If anything is going to be packed in their backpack, it’s going to be that!

3. Snacks – These either can be bought at the airport or in advance, if you want to be super organised, it's better to pack your little one's favourite snacks beforehand to save any disappointment… and money!

4. Activity Book – Finding things to do on the plane can be difficult, especially on a long flight! A wide selection of fun activity books are available in many shops full of word searches, puzzles, dot to dots and colour me in’s. Activity books can keep your child occupied for hours and are a fun thing to do on holiday if the weather changes get a bit too much for them.

5. Books – Books filled with pictures and rhymes can be fun to read and look at! Any books that have interactive features such as finger puppets, or velcro stickers can keep your little ones occupied for hours! For older children, an interesting book can be the perfect distraction to make the journey go quickly.

6. Travel games/Pack of cards – There are lots of different travel games you can buy that are easy to carry and play with on the plane. A pack of cards has endless games to play or a game of top trumps is always popular! If your little one is too young to understand card games, maybe try a compact travel game, such as happy hippo or mini connect four.

7. Drinking bottle – Although you can’t take any liquids through the airport, take your kids favourite drinking bottle along and empty the contents of a shop brought drink into it, to stop any accidents or spillages on the plane.

8. Wipes – You can never have too many baby wipes! A pack in everyone’s bag will always come in handy at some point in the holiday.

9. Phone/IPad/Kindle – For older children, technology is the answer! Whichever device you use, it can be full of games, books, music and films to keep them busy for the entire journey!

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Interview with the Artist behind Zip & Zoe!

Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:02:26 Europe/London

Interview with the Artist behind Zip & Zoe!

We have interviewed artist, Matthew Langille, to find out the ideas behind his creations, artistic influences and some fun facts!


Hi Matthew! How did you first get into art and illustrating?

 

My family is artistic, so I was used to being around artists.  

 

Can you tell us the most exciting piece of work that you’ve done?

 

It's always changing. Sometimes it's collaging old drawings, and sometimes it's my crayon drawings. It depends on my mood!

 

What would you say inspires you most?

 

Inspiration is funny, it's not a word I take lightly. If the question is why I am inspired to make art, it's kind of an easy answer! I'm easily inspired, I need to make artwork. I have no choice but to, so I'm driven to constantly.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given as an artist?

 

To learn licensing.

 

What’s your favourite colour to use and why?

 

Red. It's powerful.

 

Can you tell us the last thing you drew?

 

A snake with my son William. 

 

What was your favourite cartoon when you were a kid?

 

Smurfs

 

What did you used to want to be when you grew up?

 

Archeologist or deep-sea explorer. 

 

Use 3 words to describe yourself?

 

Fun, Passionate and Prolific.

 

What do you most enjoy doing in your spare time?

Cooking and being with my wife. 

 

What superpower would you have and why?

 

Cleaning! Because I have to... or my house would be a mess! 

 

If you could hang out with another artist for the day who would it be and why?

 

This is tricky girl! Dr Seuss, Shel Silverstein or Tim burton!

 

If there was a magic power you could have… what would it be?

 

To make the need for money to disappear! So people could do what they really want to do where they really want to do it.

 

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

 

Scarlett. My fav colour... even better than red!

 

Moving onto Zip & Zoe… How did you first come up with the idea for the characters of Zip and Zoe?

 

We needed a character and I was drawing hairy characters at the time. I drew a guy with tons of hair and boom! A kind of caveman slash, explorer/hipster emerged AND he had a female companion. 

 

How did you first come up with the idea for the characters of Dylan and Daisy?

 

They needed friends. What better than a Dino and a dragon?

 

What is your inspiration around the prints?

 

Colour, humor and fun!  

 

What do you hope children take away from the characters and the story?

 

Exploration, inspiration and imagination! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us today! See more of Matthew Langille's creations here.

Posted By Jemma Walsh

Meet the Characters!

Thursday, 9 March 2017 13:21:34 Europe/London

Meet the Characters!


Come and meet the characters behind our brand new super-cool backpack range! Brother and sister – Zip & Zoe are the best of friends and they like to explore with their pets Dylan the dinosaur and Daisy the dragon. Take a trip to Ogg Island and join Zip & Zoe on new adventures with your backpack every day!






Meet Zip!

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

Come and explore the world with a hoo-ha grab your backpack and a snack or two. All we need now is some fun and you!









Look at me I’m Zoe!

Pretty and clever as can be, with my hair piled high, I can reach the sky, come and see the world with me!












Hi, I’m Dylan the dino!

I skateboard every day… when Zip and I are on a trip we always have such fun!










Hi I’m Daisy the Dragon!

Come and fly with Zoe and me, to lands above the sky and sea! Strap up, hold tight, we’re ready for flight, zip, zoom, wheee!

 

 


 

Find out more about Zip & Zoe’s adventures here…



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The ultimate backpack for wandering children!

Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:56:28 Europe/London

We’ve all been there, a busy Saturday afternoon in a supermarket, you’re preoccupied over which fabric softener smells the best when you turn around and your little 3yr old, who was only 10 seconds earlier standing by your side, has now vanished. How can they possibly disappear so quickly? Those little legs that have just learnt to walk, have taken them not just steps, but aisles away so quickly and it doesn’t take long for panic to ensue! 

Well, it’s situations like this one fill parents with dread and is the reason why we created our new mini-backpack with reins. It’s a great backpack with all of the features you’d expect for your little’s one's first backpack but added to this we’ve included a chest clip and reins to make this little backpack your new best friend. Our mini backpack can keep them at a safe distance, whilst giving them that all important freedom to roam! This can be handy whilst shopping or visiting a particularly busy place, keeping them away from any busy roads or getting lost in huge crowds.


The next obstacle to overcome, as a mum was the actual wear of the bag! Our handy chest strap attaches the backpack in place, so no matter what they are up to – hanging upside down, climbing the fence into your neighbour’s garden or just walking down the street, the backpack will stay perfectly in place. The shoulder straps are also padded and extra comfy to make sure it’s not uncomfortable or a strain when they’re wearing it for long periods of time.


Your little one's backpack will also always stand out on the nursery peg, our ten unique designs featuring Zip, Zoe, Dylan the dino and Daisy the dragon into the funky patterns! All of our backpacks also include a bright yellow signature lining with a ‘write on’ nametag - so there’s no risk of mistaken identity in the classroom! An elasticated loop is also fitted inside to help keep your child’s drinking bottle perfectly in place whilst travelling, without any spillages! So… there really is no need for any more supermarket or classroom mini-dramas!


Take your pick from our 10 super-cool styles!

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11 Ways to make your baby laugh

Monday, 13 February 2017 16:46:45 Europe/London

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Our New Collection has landed!

Friday, 13 January 2017 13:07:07 Europe/London

 Spring Summer 2017 is finally here and ready to pre-order for Mid – February delivery!

Our new collection features a mixture of striking prints and neutral shades on a number of new and exciting styles! All of our new bags now come with a built – in or detachable long strap. This strap is perfect for slinging over your shoulder, or attach it to your stroller using the integrated stroller straps, giving you that all-important hands free access. 


The Evie

Introducing to you the Evie, a new style to Babymel with a colourful and boisterous print! You will stand out from the crowd with this printed spacious tote style bag perfect for every fashion-forward mum. The Evie is available in 3 different colourways of pastel floral dot, fruity floral dot and grey floral dot print perfect to bring a touch of colour to every outfit. Big enough for all your essentials, the Evie also has lots of useful pockets for keeping everything super organised and ready to hand.

 

The Molly

Our second new design to the Babymel collection is the Molly. Available in two different colourways of pink and grey floral dot the Molly is not only pretty but also very practical satchel style bag. The front flap with magnetic popper closure keeps your valuables safe allowing quick and easy access while the numerous pockets allow all your essentials to be perfectly organised.

 

The Anya

Another new style to our new collection is the Anya. Available in two colourways of Black and Tan, the Anya ticks all the boxes when it comes to style and practicality. This changing bag is the perfect bag for every stylish mum complimenting your outfit for every occasion. Beautifully crafted from faux leather, with an attractive laser cut detailing front panel, the Anya bringing a touch of luxury to this design. It also includes essential drop pockets inside the bag as well as a zipped pocket for small items. 

 

The Bella

Our favourite Bella changing bag from AW16 is now available in two new prints ready for SS17! The origami heart print and the navy bow stripe are two exciting key prints of the season adding a touch of colour to your outfit for every occasion. The Bella is made with water-resistant, laminated cotton canvas, ensuring your bag will always look pristine, even after a few accidents! Nine internal and external pockets, make it ideal for storing and organising all those everyday essentials.



The Robyn


Mum's favourite, the Robyn is now available in the third colourway of Navy Origami Heart, alongside the black canvas and navy stripe colourways. The Robyn is our versatile 4-way multi bag - wear it as a backpack, shoulder bag, crossbody or handheld with our easy to use convertible strap. Lightweight yet durable, this sporty design finished with contrasting faux leather trim, boasts plenty of pockets to organise all baby’s essentials. The Robyn also includes Mum's secret weapon, our Easy-Wipes pocket that has a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through... clever! The pocket is on the side of the bag making it easily accessible for whenever any accidents happen on the go. 


 

Pre-Order all of our SS17 styles on Babymel.com now!

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Babymel Top Picks for You

Friday, 16 December 2016 16:22:44 Europe/London

Our Top Picks for you

Mum’s favourite

 

The award winning Cara Navy Stripe is Mum’s favourite changing bag! Winning the Gold Award for ‘Best changing bag’ at the Boots Maternity and Infant Awards 2016, the Cara is by far the best bag for every stylish mum. This modern and on-trend bag is spacious enough for all those daily essentials, as well as ensuring your essentials are kept safe with an inner zipped pocket. The integrated stroller straps free up your hands on those daily outings ensuring that the Cara really is the prettiest version of practicality!

Style

Simple, modern and stylish, the award winning Grace Tan is Babymel’s most stylish changing bag. Disguised as an ordinary handbag, this changing bag features multiple drop pockets to organise all of your baby’s essentials. In a versatile on-trend tan colour, the Grace will match your outfit, every day of the week. It can be carried by the shorter top handles, slung over your shoulder using the long strap or even attached to your stroller using our integrated stroller straps leaving your hands free – the Grace offers so many ways to change up your style!

Features

The Robyn is our latest addition to the Babymel Collection, available in two different prints, with a third available to pre-order at the end of December 2016, the Robyn is mum’s secret weapon. This versatile 4-way multi bag - wear it as a backpack, shoulder bag, cross body or handheld with our easy to use convertible strap. Lightweight yet durable, this sporty unisex design finished with contrasting faux leather trim, boasts plenty of pockets to organise all baby’s essentials. The Robyn includes our Easy-Wipes pocket which has a dispenser slot for pulling wipes through, so you can easily grab a wipe without having to undo zips or dig through your bag – perfect for quick clean- ups on the go!

 

Unisex

 

 

You will never struggle to find what you need with our multi-compartment Toni bag. This is the bag for the super organised parent. Featuring an impressive 14 pockets in total, this unisex bag means you can keep control of all those essentials. You can switch between hands free use with our integrated stroller straps or use the grab handle for easy carrying.


Twins

 

The Millie, is not only stylish but it’s especially perfect for fitting in all of your babies essentials and is even large enough to cater for twins. With four outer and three inner pockets, we can guarantee this bag will fit everything you need for a day out with your children or even a weekend away!

 

Shop our full collection at Babymel.com

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10 Ways to Get Your Baby to Sleep

Friday, 9 December 2016 16:27:00 Europe/London

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BEHIND THE SCENES – AW16 photoshoot

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:12:41 Europe/London

Behind the Scenes AW16 Photoshoot

Yesterday was a busy day for the Babymel team as we got our beautiful next collection ready for our Autumn/Winter 2016 photoshoot!

morv and august

Working from a beautiful Victorian home in North London, we brought a new model on board, Jess, and our two star baby models Trudy and son of Morven (our amazing bag designer) August, who looked as adorable as ever.

We can’t give away too many details of our new AW16 range yet, but we can tell you that we will be introducing even more new styles to our lovely changing bag collection, and there will be a new addition to our accessories range also! You can expect to see our trademark bright and trendy patterns, as well as some more classic vegan leather styles like our Grace.

clothes behind scenes

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