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December 2007

Working in association with her good friends at MIDIRS, Sharon has been asked to write the skincare advice for an article in the forthcoming Mum Plus One publication. This is an exciting opportunity to spread the word about safe skincare advice to parents everywhere, promote the Babycare - back to basics leaflets and highlight TIPS as an online community whose growing daily in popularity.


October 2007

BabyGROE are hosting an all new Awards programme: the BabyGROE Natural Choice Awards.
As an eligible company, we'd love to win the top prize in the Small Ethical Business Category. You can help us to do so by casting your vote using the Vote Now button. And remember - all nominees are entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic GROE Hamper.
If you think that TIPS fulfils this criteria please feel free to vote for us by clicking on the link on our home page. Thank you for your support and keep spreading the word!


October 2007

Here is Sharon at the Glasgow Costco at the start of her month long feature as ‘Business of the month’. Glasgow Costco members are invited to take part in a special TIPS raffle to win a signed copy of Breastfeeding: the essential guide and a luxurious bath towel embroidered with the unique TIPS branding.


September 2007

As you can see from this advert, word about the TIPS Awards is spreading. Natracare won our Best eco-friendly award in the recent breast pads and treatments category earlier this year. Congratulations to Natracare! Follow this link to read the final results for both washable and disposable breast pads plus treatments to help soothe sore nipples in the TIPS awards of this website.


June - July 2007

I am pleased to say that the TIPS testers have been very busy. The latest results from tests in the breast pads/treatments category are now online. The ongoing test of TENS machines is due for completion shortly, so more news about that soon. An amazing 248 baby skincare samples were sent out to 47 parent testers a few days ago. This is the largest TIPS test so far and it will take a while to collate and review all the results when they come in. I would like to thank all the wonderful companies taking part in the TIPS Award scheme for donating their lovely products for testing. Keep checking online for new results.

June 2007

My latest paper called ‘Baby products – it's all in the labelling’ has just been published in the June issue of the Midirs Digest. This article focusses on the wider issues surrounding the use and labelling of manufactured baby products and the legislation in place to protect consumers. You can read the article here.


June 2007

Thank you to everyone who has registered to become a TIPS member since our re-launch in March.
I hope you are enjoying the new ‘Members Area’ and taking advantage of the competitions and extra tips, only available to members. My web chats are going well on the Mother & Baby Magazine website. Thank you to my sponsors Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure. After each web chat I will be adding new FAQs on each month’s topic. Check out the ones on sun protection. These will help you to take the best care of your infant’s skin during the summer months.
Thank you to my wonderful parent testers. The latest test on breast pads/treatments is well under way and the results will be posted online ASAP. All parent testers get to keep all the lovely products they are sent to test (remember only the best products get through to testing). Following testing a special thank-you present will be posted out to testers, once their results have been returned to me at TIPS.
We will soon add animated TIPS ducks for your little ones to look at on the Members page. Join up and you too can be part of the new TIPS online community.


May 2007

Babycare – back to basics™ (version 4) is now available

The latest version of my popular leaflet has just been published. Version 4 has been kindly sponsored by Ceuta Healthcare Ltd (manufacturers of the famous Halos n Horns range of children’s sulphate free range of products). It not only contains the most up-to-date advice on baby skincare (in line with government recommendations to use no products for the first few weeks of life) but also includes many other common sense tips on feeding, baby massage, cot death and much more. Used all over the UK by antenatal teachers and healthcare professionals who have been unable to find a leaflet as comprehensive, this is sure to be another winner. If you would like a free sample of the new leaflet This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


May 2007

I was delighted to be a guest at the recent book launch of 'Imperfectly natural baby and toddler' by Janey Lee Grace. I am thrilled that she has included some of my tips, particularly advice on cup feeding. My book is also on her 'highly recommended breastfeeding books list' - thank you Janey and I would like to wish you all the very best for sales of your wonderful new book. It is packed with excellent tips and advice for would be green parents. It is realistic without being a battle cry and user-friendly to boot.


March 2007

New TIPS website launched

Welcome to the new look TIPS website. We hope that you will enjoy the changes and find the interactive design easy to navigate. Please sign up to be a TIPS member and you will be able to download Sharon’s articles and product reviews as well as receiving our exciting new newsletter with competitions and all the latest news from TIPS. If you would like to become a parent tester for future TIPS Testing then sign-up today. Sharon will only include the best products on the market which must comply with the TIPS ethos on breastfeeding and safe baby skincare. If you have any suggestions on how we can provide even better advice please feel free to email us with your comments.