We've put together a little blog about Mother's Day with an idea for a great present for a new mum!
While the American Mother’s Day originates from 1914 after a campaign by Anna Jarvis, whose own mother had died the previous May, the British version has religious origins. Christians were encouraged to visit the ‘mother church’ on the fourth Sunday of lent. Apologies if you already knew this! I didn't and had always wondered why it is celebrated on different dates, only after starting writing today’s blog did it occur to me to actually look up the history behind it!
Following his blog on bath books, our dad in Italy, Dan ruminates on reading books. Can he hunt down the best book for babies, toddlers, children?
If you read last week’s blog you may remember that I began by stating that I was going to write about books for babies before quickly getting distracted by some awesome bath books that I found and then running out of space! But I did promise that this week I would make up for it so here I am!
When I wrote about bath books, I was looking for books that were a little different from what I’d normally expect and I’d like to take the same approach today! My mission is to find beautiful baby books that have some really imaginative ideas so I’ll look for more unusual stories rather than the classics or my old favourites. I wonder what I’m going to find!
Today one of our 2022 Bambini Baby Award entrants has written a guest blog introducing the brilliant backstory to his Rockit Rocker baby products business as well as a fleeting encounter with Tom Cruise!
Nick (my brother-in-law) invented it in 2015 when his three-month-old daughter Abby always woke up in the pushchair when it stopped moving. He noticed this problem affected other weary parents and one evening had a lightbulb moment. He took an old printer apart, salvaged the motor and soldered together a simple control circuit. The resulting prototype worked and the very next day Abby remained asleep even when the pushchair stopped moving. Nick set about developing the prototype with help from myself and another friend and over the next couple of years we turned the original prototype into Rockit, a rocket shaped portable baby rocker that was launched to critical acclaim in 2017.
Here's the latest blog from our single dad of two boys living in Italy! If you produce bath toys why not enter this year's Bambini Baby Awards! Or if you have babies, toddlers or young children, check out our winners in June!
also means I know they’re going to the nursery/school clean the next day and that they’ll probably get off to sleep more easily. The main downsides are that it’s a pain keeping them mould-free and they need a thorough cleaning regularly. I have recently come across some beautiful mould-free ducks by Cuddledry which don’t have any holes for mould to grow inside of, are 100% safe for babies and are BPA Free. Rubber duckies are of course an essential for bath-time but these will save us from hours of scrubbing while providing peace of mind.
Another fantastic product that I know my kids would love is the Ducky Fishing Game from Trotters. Now the kids need to use their coordination to fish little duckies out of the bath using little wooden rods. These would also be great for the paddling pool in the summer and would make a super game for when friends come over to play!
17/1/2022 0 Comments
I am writing this today after getting back from a lovely walk in the sun, despite it being January. We’ve had blue skies here in Northern Italy this week and I’ve been making the most of it! My weekly step-count on my phone is showing a much better weekly average than I managed last month! Not only am I happy about the weather, I’m also really excited about this year’s Bambini Baby Awards. Last year I was really exciting but I am 100% certain that this year’s awards are going to be even better! That said, in today’s blog I’d like to reflect on a couple of last year’s winners and delve a bit more into their back stories.
True Organics of Sweden won the Gold Award for Best Natural Baby Product at the 2021 Bambini Baby Awards as well as taking home bronze for Best Nipple Cream.
My goodness it’s January 2022 and here we are getting ready to launch this year’s Bambini Baby Awards! Last year went very well with an array of impressive entrants including Weleda, True Organic of Sweden, P’URE Papayacare, Dr Botanicals, HerbalLife, TARAMAR, Tiffy & Tallulah, NuSkin and the Babington Soap Co. to name but a few. As well as these amazing skincare brands, we also had the Fairy Sleep Mother helping our parents helping their babies sleep and BabyBlooms gorgeous Luxury Rose Baby Clothes Bouquet showcasing their best in products for a new mum. Our Instagram engagement increased significantly and our reach to mums and dads across the world continued to increase.
Last year’s focus was mainly on skincare products for babies, toddlers and new mothers. This year we are expanding categories to include: cleaning and hygiene products, more sleep products, feeding and drinking products, toys, fashion and footwear and travel products.
Not only are we growing, we also had so many enquiries on a range of products outside of skincare it was a natural progression to bring in these new products for our team of judges. With parents and carers ever more keen to know the best baby products of course we are now looking at a wealth of items including baby carrier, high chair, nursery bedding, baby bib, bath toy, baby drinking cups baby friendly detergent and breast pump.
Same as last year we have a great team of parents and carers with new ones on board as we grow. This year’s awards is launching 26 January 2022 and we cannot wait to see you there!
Ciao J, V, D & D!
In the last blog I focused on Nu Skin and its story as one of the biggest brands in skincare as well as the lengths they have gone to to produce green products which are safe for our little ones! Today I’d like to focus on some more recent companies who are making big waves in the industry and raising the bar for everyone when it comes to pure products!
Taramar are an Icelandic company, whose origins lie within the University of Iceland where, back in 2015, Professor Gudrun Marteinsdottir PhD in Marine Ecology and Kristberg Kristbergsson, PhD in Food Chemistry, MSc and M.Phil in Food Engineering set about forming a company which created pure skincare products.
Dr. Gudrun Marteinsdottir was initially inspired to experiment with creating natural skin care products as a hobby when she discovered that no products on the market were suitable for her own sensitive skin. She then set and achieved a goal of creating bioactive products that were so clean that a baby could even ingest them (although she doesn’t recommend this!) without any harm being done. That really says a lot about how far they have gone to achieve that goal!
Taramar walked away with the following Bambini Baby Awards:
Our experience using a sleep consultant - Fairy Sleep Mother
had a mum use Eileen, from the Fairy Sleep Mother, who is a sleep consultant, to see how she found the experience, and if her daughter slept more as a result. She went on to win Gold in the 2021 Bambini Baby Awards! Here is her experience of the certified sleep nanny:
Why we needed a sleep consultant
On the whole, my 2.5 year daughter old is as good as gold, she doesn't whine and moan, she wasn't a cry baby when she was little, and we're currently going through the terrible twos relatively unscathed with just a couple of tantrums at home and none in public. However, this golden girl behaviour only goes for the day-time. Night-time arrives and it becomes a whole different story. We reached 2.5 years and in all honesty, we only had had 6 nights where she slept through the entire night in that time. On top of that, co-sleeping with us, late late late bed-times and sometimes 4am wakeups demanding the television.
I would have resigned myself to this behaviour, but with a second baby arriving imminently - I really had no idea how to juggle two kids who wouldn't be sleeping.
15/9/2021 0 Comments
We’ve been so excited all summer about this year's Bambini Baby Awards, we were so excited to announce the winners at the end of August. There are a lot really great companies and products among them and in the next few blogs I would like to shine a spotlight on these winners, the people behind the products, the brands’ values and goals, and the stories behind their existence. Actually, the back stories are often incredible and I really love getting to know more about the products that I and my family use, it makes everything feel much more personal and improves the customer experience!
Some of the Bambini Baby Awards winners were new companies but in this blog, let’s take a closer look at one of the bigger and more established brands in the Industry, Nu Skin, who won gold for Best Baby Body Wash with their Epoch Baby Hibiscus Hair and Body Wash which our judges loved.
Nu Skin was founded in Utah, USA back in 1984 by Sandie, Blake and Steven. Their values then were centred around their core values of family and a mission to improve lives. Throughout their 37 year history they have pushed to be continuously innovative and has been at the forefront of natural ingredients since its inception. The most impressive part of the Nu Skin approach to science though, is their recognition of the continually changing needs of their customers and their desire to consistently meet those needs.
Beyond this, Nu Skin is also dedicated to social responsibility and participates in several schemes including Nourish the Children which seeks to eliminate malnutrition among children and feeds 120,000 youngsters every day.
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