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TIPS e-newsletter 21

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new_newsletter_21_r4_c1 In this issue........

TIPS e-newsletter is 21!

As we celebrate our 21st Birthday issue we are marking this magic milestone with our winter themed design. The clocks have gone back and the days are getting shorter so Christmas must be just around the corner – I cannot believe we will be soon be welcoming in 2011!

Purely by coincidence we seem to have an international feel to this newsletter with our featured baby coming from Canada, our family from USA, an Anglo/French bump and our breastfeeders from France. If you know of anyone even further afield get them to email us with their photos and they could win a signed copy of my book! What else have we got in store for you in our mammoth newsletter? Here is a sneak peek...

Our parent testers have been busy with two new trials (see featured products) including a new category: teas4mum (maternity and breastfeeding teas) and the updated trial of breast pads and breast treatments (look out for the results early in 2011).

I recently travelled down to London for the Earls Court Baby Show where, quite by chance, I ended up trying out a new role as restaurant critic (read all about it in my review of Gordon Ramsay Plane Food). You will soon see why I am tempted to do this again...!

Our featured websites cover two innovative products for new parents:

  • is likely to bring back different memories for many of you. Little Tikes is celebrating 40 years in the business and to mark this event they have introduced a Ruby Coupe toy car. Our youngest two boys both have happy memories of their classic Cozy Coupes – you can see the full feature here, including pictures of my boys in their cars! We even have one of these classic cars to give away so check out mini-competition 1 to find out how you can enter.

Our book review features a text book called: Great ways to learn Anatomy & Physiology. The tips and skills covered would be useful to any new student, whatever their area of study.

You can also enjoy our regular mix of upcoming event, article, DVDs, video clip, podcasts, winning products, plus our delightful new set of photos from TIPS Testers (including our very first 4D scan). Our eagerly anticipated My Story which is about the rare genetic skin condition Ichthyosis Lamellar, and  last but not least part 4 of our Diary of a Student Midwife.

Check out our eight mini-competitions and make sure you email your entries to Brigitte. You too could be a TIPS winner...

Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!


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Dedicated advice line: Remember you can contact me on my own Speak Now number, you can call me anytime on 09064006215* if I am unable to answer immediately, press 1 and you will receive a free text to alert you when I am next free.

My speciality subjects are breastfeeding and baby skincare although I am happy to take calls on any midwifery related issues.

Press and Media: If you are looking for expert advice on midwifery related topics you can also call me on my advice line.

*£1.50/min from a BT landline. Calls from Mobiles and other networks may vary.

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nEw ** :: Appeal ** nEwtipsducktipsduck


While listening to the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show on 10 November 2010 I was moved to tears as I listened to the eloquent and inspiring Sylvia Lancaster as she spoke about the tragic and pointless death of her beautiful daughter Sophie in 2007. To ensure a lasting legacy for their daughter The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up as a registered charity. The aims and objectives of the charity are as follows:

  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
  • To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from "alternative subcultures" or "Lifestyle and Dress"

Their creation of Dark Angel, a deeply moving animated film, to commemorate Sophie's 23rd birthday is truly inspirational. Please watch this incredibly poignant film and if you can, please consider making a small donation to this worthwhile cause. Thank you

You can watch the film here...

You can make a donation here...

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product :: TIPS-tested Teas 4 mums 2010tipsducktipsduck


We are delighted to publish the results of the latest TIPS trial. TIPS have tested a brand new category of products: maternity, breastfeeding and postnatal teas for mums and babies. When setting up this trial, I tried to source what I believed to be the best breastfeeding and pregnancy teas, but ultimately these are my own personal favourites. My aim was to include teas that are:

  • caffeine free
  • made using natural ingredients, preferably organic
  • blended to provide a tasty and refreshing alternative to tea and coffee
  • are safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding
  • help with some minor ailments of pregnancy  or boost your milk supply while breastfeeding

You can read all about this trial and find out about the TIPS Award-winning teas here...

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For a chance to win a gift pack containing the winning teas check out mini-competition 8....

tipsducktipsduckFeatured website :: www.thelittlepicturecompany.orgtipsducktipsduck

The Little Picture Company


Here at TIPS we are always on the lookout for something a little different and we think we have found you a wee gem of a website just in time for the festive season.

Searching in vain for something special with which to decorate her daughter's nursery, Anita Singh (founder of The Little Picture Company) was amazed at how difficult it was to find one-of-a-kind images instead of the mass-produced offerings. If you want to give your children a gift they can cherish as they grow older, and perhaps pass on to their own children, this could be the perfect website for you. With enchanted forests, beautiful rocking horses, magical landscapes, animal illustrations (see the bears below)  and night skies, this online children's picture gallery is filled with original, one-of-a-kind artworks created to delight. These unique gifts will last forever and the magic and stories around the pictures can be passed along in families from generation to generation.


The Little Picture Company offers a wonderful collection of limited edition prints, or original paintings and artworks exclusive to this innovative online gallery. All the designs are by five talented artists. From personalised name prints to commissioned pieces there is something for every child. But don't just take our word for it check out the full collection here.

We are thrilled to offer one lucky TIPS e-newsletter reader the chance to win their child's first name in pictures. The print will be signed by the artist with an optional personalized message (worth around £100). For a chance to win this exciting prize check out our e-newsletter competition.

For a chance to win your child's first name in pictures check out our e-newsletter competition....

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured website 2 ::

Little Tikes (

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Little Tikes is celebrating its 40th birthday and to mark this special milestone they have produced the limited edition Ruby Coupe (see above).

The Ruby Coupe has all the fun features of the classic red and yellow Cozy Coupe: removable platform, parent grab handle, high back seat, rear storage, opening door, 3600 spinning front wheels, ignition switch and open-and-close gas cap - but it is finished in a sparkly metallic red finish. Kids will love driving one of these cool-looking Coupes around the garden and showing it off to their friends!  But hurry, only a limited number of Ruby Coupe will be manufactured. Once they've all left the shelves, the chance to own one of these celebratory Coupes will be lost forever. Available now in selected stores – Toys R Us, Mothercare, Asda and Amazon - the Ruby Coupe costs £59.99 while the Cozy Coupe costs £39.99.

The Cozy Coupe is available at all good toy retailers, including John Lewis, Toys R Us, Argos, Amazon, Smyths, and

Little Tikes chose to base its 40th birthday celebratory product on the Cozy Coupe - an iconic ride-on toy enjoyed by generations of children.  I am sure, like me, most people have special memories of this infamous toy car. Our younger boys Miles and Mitchell both loved their wee cars (see pictures below) with Miles spending many hours playing in it. In fact it became his refuge when he was joined by a new baby brother – so much so he even ate his meals in it!


For more information about Little Tikes, call 01908 268480 or visit

For a chance to win your very own Cozy Coupe check out mini-competition 1....

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured book :: Great ways to learn Anatomy & Physiologytipsducktipsduck

Great ways to learn Anatomy & Physiology by Charmaine McKissock

RRP: £15.99

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (14 Sep 2009)

Language English

ISBN-10: 0230209912

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A few years ago, Charmaine asked me for advice about getting published. I shared my experiences of getting my book to press and wished her well. Then a few months ago Charmaine contacted me again to say that her book had finally been published and asked if I would review it. I agreed to ask one of the TIPS members to do this. I passed Great ways to learn Anatomy & Physiology to Linda Wylie (one of my midwifery lecturers). Linda then asked a student midwife whether she thought this book could be a useful study tool for students. (introduction by Sharon)

At first look, I thought this was an anatomy text book, although its format was unusual. However, I soon realised that it is actually more of a study skills book. I am impressed at how accessible, easy to follow and understand the text is. In fact I would say this title is probably more user-friendly than some I have come across in my training. Charmaine explains the techniques well - if followed, these would definitely make studying anatomy and physiology easier for students. It would be especially useful for students who are just starting out - I already knew most of the learning techniques.

I suppose the title of the book could be misleading. People may think it would specifically help readers learn about anatomy and physiology. However I think it's more about techniques to help you study. This is not a text book about anatomy and physiology. Having said that, I was surprised at how much I did enjoy reading this book.

As a lecturer I agree with Lisa's feedback. However, I feel I must point out the extra cost to the students which is always a concern. I believe this book would need to be marketed carefully so people know that it is not an anatomy and physiology text book but rather a useful accompaniment to the more standard format. Nonetheless it is an innovative way to help students learn new ways to study using anatomy and physiology to show how these skills can be developed. (Review by Linda Wylie, University Lecturer and Lisa Milner-Smith, Student Midwife)

For a chance to win a copy of Great ways to learn Anatomy & Physiology check out mini-competition 3

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured event :: Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures exhibitiontipsducktipsduck

22 October 2010 – 27 February 2011

Museum of Museums, The Trafford Centre, Manchester


The exhibition and its contents were created under the scientific guidance of Dr Wolfgang Wettengel and Dr Martin von Falck. Manchester's Museum of Museums offers a wide range of heritage exhibitions. These are from public museums and private collections of 20th century contemporary art, architecture, transport, sport, engineering, brewing and militaria. There is something for everyone to see.

Tutankhamun His Tomb and His Treasures is a reconstruction of the one of the most fascinating finds in history. For the first time in the UK, visitors will see a replica of the tomb as it was when it was discovered, as well as 1,000 precious burial artefacts elaborately and faithfully replicated.

This is the only exhibition in the world where replicas of so many of the objects can be seen in one place.

Seeing the reconstruction of the burial chambers with their magnificent treasures is an enchanting experience for visitors of all ages.

The exhibition includes a brand new display entitled Howard Carter – The Discoverer of Tutankhamun. This is curated by leading UK Egyptologist, Dr Jaromir Malek – Keeper of the Tutankhamun Archives at the Griffith Institute at Oxford University.

Opening hours

The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 7pm, but only until 2pm on 24 and 31 December. It will be closed on Christmas Day and on New Year's Day.

You should book your tickets in advance to avoid queues at the box office.

Visit the museum's website here for more information and bookings.

For a chance to win a family ticket to this exclusive exhibition check outmini-competiton 2.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured article :: Talk, Act and Engage tipsducktipsduck

The Carphone Warehouse launches 'Talk, Act and Engage':

Mobile Internet Safety campaign and free booklet

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Research involving over 3000 parents and conducted by YouGov Plc has been released by the Carphone Warehouse.  The results show an increase in mobile web browsing by young people, and a growing concern by parents as to the kinds of content they are freely accessing:

  • 85% of children don't have parental controls activated on their mobile phone
  • 68% of parents think children accessing adult content on their mobile phone is a growing problem
  • 81% of parents agree that they need more information and guidance on how to stop their children accessing adult content via their mobile phones

A free advice booklet is being offered at all 800 Carphone Warehouse stores across the UK in which Professor Tanya Byron outlines three key phases to help parents achieve this – Talk, Act and Engage. The 'Talk' phase advises parents to take an interest in their children's lives; currently only one fifth of parents (21%) know everything that their child does on their mobile phone. 'Act' employs a number of devices at the parent's disposal, including setting network filters – of which 72% of parents weren't aware existed, and adjusting privacy settings on social networking profiles. Finally, 'Engage' encourages parents to try things out for themselves like getting their own social networking pages and starting a blog.

You can find our more or download the free booklet here...

If you want one of ten hard copies of this booklet, check out mini-competiton 4.

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(3 x 1 hr for BBC3) aired in September 2010

Running time: 1 hour

Cherry Has a Baby, Cherry Gets Married and Cherry Goes Dating are produced by Renegade Pictures (UK) Ltd.
Produced, directed and shot by Launa Kennett and Ross Anderson

Executive Producer for the BBC is Harry Lansdown and the Executive Producers from Renegade are Steph Weatherill, Alex Cooke and Alan Hayling


You can find out more about Cherry on her website (go to, and also on the BBC website here...

Background to the presenter...

Having previously fronted the widely-acclaimed 'Drinking with the Girls' for BBC3, an insight into women's attitudes to alcohol at different ages, Cherry Healey has moved on to cover other topical issues.  In the first of this three-part series, an 8-month pregnant Cherry meets other mums-to-be. She asks about their experiences of pregnancy and their expectations of motherhood, whilst dealing with her own anxieties over giving birth. In the second episode, it's the big day for Cherry and all our brides-to-be. As she looks at the stresses and strains of organising a wedding, she also questions why people ever bother. In the third programme, Cherry delves deep into the world of dating, wondering what makes women of all ages look for 'the one' and reminiscing about her own experiences.

Cherry has a baby...

During the hour-long programme we are introduced to eight mums-to-be, including a teenager of 15 and a woman of 46 expecting twins after IVF fertility treatment. Each story is unique and compelling, with the viewer invited to share in the experience of a water birth at home and a premature delivery in hospital. We are also given a poignant insight into the emotional turmoil associated with IVF fertility treatment and the all too common heartbreak that many parents might experience. The programme ends with Cherry's own delivery.

I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by Cherry's open, honest and above all refreshing approach to the whole subject. No topic was taboo. Cherry openly discussed how much better orgasms are during pregnancy, and whether or not women 'poo' during delivery! Cherry and her lovely partner Roly's relaxed approach shows that they were both free of the usual pre-conceived ideas on childbirth and parenting. This well-balanced programme presents each story without patronising those involved and I have no hesitation in recommending this particular episode in the series.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured DVD :: Dennis & Gnasher School Rules? Highly Overrated!tipsducktipsduck

BBC DVD released 16 August 2010
RRP: £7.99 Catalogue no: BBCDVD3276
Running time: approx 1 hour Classification: U


Dennis and Gnasher (School Rules? Highly Over-rated!) 6 episodes and 3 bonus scenes. Lasting about 11 minutes, each episode has a catchy theme tune to get you hooked from the start. Although the voiceovers have English accents, there is a strong Australian influence in the graphics which are animated with lots of bright colours. The length of the episodes is ideal for a quick TV treat. Some of the school children had seen the episodes on CBBC, so these are not original screenings.

Dennis and Gnasher are at their mischievous best and are pretty much true to the original Beano magazine. Some of the kids didn't want Walter to be too much of a goody two shoes. Others said that the episodes had too much Walter and not enough Dennis. All the kids said they would watch all the episodes again - a kiddie favourite for all ages and eagerly watched by parents too! (review by Diane - TIPS Parent Tester).

You can find out more about the DVDs here...

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured video clip :: Mum's Miracle Skin-to-Skin Cuddle Brings Baby Back To Lifetipsducktipsduck


This is the most amazingly story of a mother who nursed her premature baby back from the dead. The parents have been describing how they refused to give up even though doctors had told them he would not survive. To read the full story and watch the clips click on the links below:

You can read the full story here...

You can watch the video clips here...

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tipsducktipsduckDiary of a Student Midwife :: Part 4tipsducktipsduck

Last time in 'Diary of a Student Midwife' our student described her first experience of working in the labour suite. This time we follow our student as she enters her second year of training. We find out how she manages to juggle the practicalities and realities involved in being a parent and a student. As if this were not enough to cope with our multi-tasking student even found time to pass her driving test – congratulations!

Read more here...

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: a rare genetic skin condition…tipsducktipsduck

Our featured story covers the, sometimes traumatic, journey from birth to diagnosis of a parent tester's son who suffers from the rare genetic skin condition Ichthyosis Lamellar. Thank you to Mum for taking the time to share this difficult subject with us. You can read the full story here...

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Food on the go...

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On 24 October, I made my way back to terminal 5 at Heathrow airport after a business trip to the Earls Court Baby Show. I had a couple of hours to wait for my flight back to Glasgow and decided to try out Gordon Ramsay Plane Food next to Harrods.

I don't normally eat out alone and this is not something I enjoy doing, especially when going into a posh-looking restaurant – like Gordon Ramsay Plane Food. But the seats looked comfortable and it seemed fairly quiet so I decided to give it a try. I was welcomed by an immaculately dressed waiter who showed me to a table overlooking the gigantic glass walls and steel structure of the terminal building. When ordering I asked for the waiter to help me choose a light meal and he was very helpful. The atmosphere was not at all intimidating and I was able to sit back and read my magazine from cover to cover (a rare treat for me).

I had a wonderfully simple but delicious starter of crispy duck salad with a chilli dressing followed by the most amazing crème brulee - served with mini lemon cakes that were as light as a feather. The food was freshly made, perfectly seasoned and with the help of a large G&T it certainly hit the spot! Beautifully designed to be welcoming and comfortable, with top quality cutlery and crockery, this restaurant is a wonderful oasis of calm in an otherwise manic environment.

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I was pleasantly surprised at the price. This compared favourably with the usual airport fare which can be overpriced and sadly lacking in taste and quality. Having read the information leaflet about the Plane Food picnics I decided to buy one for my husband and our boys to share. The picnics took seven minutes to prepare and I made my way to the departure lounge with my cool bag (see picture above) of goodies. The picnics went down very well and the boys polished off all the yummy nibbles as soon as I got home! The next day my eldest son went off to work with his Plane Food picnic bag! (see picture). He likes it so much that he now uses it every day.

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I love watching Gordon as he puts restaurant managers through their paces in the C4 Gordon's Best Restaurants series. It is clear to me that he is a perfectionist. I don't like to complain but I have passed on my one concern to Gordon regarding the menus at his Plane Food restaurant. Printed on standard paper, my menu was stained with food! The design was perfect but I think waiters should replace any menu that looks tired with a crisp and clean new one – a small concern I know but Gordon would want to know!

Following this totally spontaneous review,  I am seriously considering reviewing other restaurants for future TIPS e-newsletters.  I quite enjoyed being a food critic so maybe this could be a new departure for me too?!

You can find out more about Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food Restaurant at terminal 5 here...

You can find out more about Gordon Ramsay's Plane picnics here...

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tipsducktipsduck*** latest news***tipsducktipsduck

Breastfeeding: the essential guide - now available to download from Amazon Kindle UK and USA. You can find out more here...


Dads Included – Brand new website launched (go to


The all-new Dads Included website, developed by the Fatherhood Institute, launches today! Dads Included is a FREE online community designed for everyone with a serious interest in fathers and fatherhood.

Special discount for all TIPS customers...


Boobie Buddies have kindly offered all TIPS eNewsletter readers a special 10% discount on the wonderful Boobie Buddie Breastfeeding Dolls. To get your discount add the code: TIPSBB when you go through Checkout.

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tipsducktipsduck nEw nEw ** :: TIPS top value feature ** nEwtipsducktipsduck

Supermarket Value Bath Soap
3 x 125gm bars for 13 pence (yes that's right 13p!)
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I am always on the lookout for a bargain, now more than ever. I am also very careful when choosing skincare products, and I want to make sure they don't contain any artificial additives or unnecessary ingredients. So when I was checking the list of ingredients (listed below) on the cheapest bath soap I could find, I decided to see if this would meet the strict criteria every product tested by TIPS has to meet. As well as passing with flying colours, this soap doesn't have an overpowering scent and is too good a bargain to miss - so I bought a pack to try. The packaging is quite dull, compared to that of famous brand names, but after all it is only a bar of soap. I am pleased to report that the results of my own trial were overwhelmingly positive. The soap lathers well, has a pleasant smell and it lasts for weeks. At 4.3p a bar this soap is amazing value for money and I could not keep this find to myself! The soap I tried was from Morrisons Value Bath Soap, but I am sure that other supermarkets' own brands will have the same ingredients so why not give check them out? This soap is ideal for everyone, including your baby (remember to use water only for at least the first month of life) and your toddler. I can assure you this soap is as safe to use as any of the expensive brands but it is much kinder on your wallet!
Ingredients in the Morrisons value bath soap: Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Cl 77891

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Remember you can contact me on my own Speak Now number, you can call me anytime on 09064 0062 15* if I am unable to answer immediately, I promise to call you back. My speciality subjects are breastfeeding and baby skincare although I am happy to take calls on any midwifery related issues.

Press and Media: If you are looking for expert advice on midwifery related topics you can also call me on my advice line.

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Thank you to one of our International Parent Testers from Canada for sending us this endearing shot of baby Callum aged 4 months.
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Here is Charlie looking very cheeky in his bath. He has not only managed to cover his dignity perfectly but he is also sharing his TIPS duck with us!
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We are delighted to be able to bring you our very first 4D scan picture, taken at 28 weeks. Thank you to Francoise for sharing this amazing picture with us. To bring you right up to date the picture below shows an emotional mummy just minutes after the natural water birth of baby Clara - we think the smile says it all!

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Stateside! Baby Emily is getting used to being the star of the show. Thank you to Mummy and Daddy for sending us this very special family picture, all the way from Minnesota, USA.
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Here is Pierre, aged 14 months. He lives in France with his family (see big sister below) and we think he looks totally dreamy here enjoying a relaxing snack!

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Not wishing to be left out, Juliette (big sister to Pierre) decides to join in with mummy by feeding her dolly – children learn by example so this is an excellent way for us to spread the message that breast feeding is the obvious choice for mummies.

Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 7) – out now!


Version 7 (updated in line with the latest research) out now! Sponsored by TIPS award winning company Halos N Horns this award winning leaflet is distributed around the UK at various professional and parenting events. Health professionals and maternity units can buy hard copies – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. As well as all the hints and tips you need about baby skincare, skin-to-skin contact and feeding but, this leaflet now includes the latest and safest advice on reducing the risk of cot death. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like a free copy.
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Ethical gifts that really will make a difference this Christmas... Oxfam Unwrapped has launched the ethical alternative to Xmas presents with its new kids' range of charity gifts that can transform the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Oxfam Unwrapped is aiming to encourage children in the UK to think about children around the world who are less fortunate than themselves, and to understand how they can benefit from a gift this Christmas.  Gifts from the range include the well-known goat, feed a family gift or even safe water for 10 people. The gifts can be delivered to you to pass on in person, or sent directly to the recipient. You can choose from 11 designs for the front of your gift card (or a picture of your chosen gift, if you prefer) and add a personal message to be printed inside. You can find out more online...


The Safe car parking search engine - this is a great idea for busy parents looking for that elusive safe parking spot. I came across this at the Earls Court Baby Show and thought you might like to check it on
My Baby Radio - podcasts


mybabyradio - was launched on DAB digital radio in April 2010 - Broadcasting across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North East Wales. Sharon's latest interview on Tongue-tie is now being featured online. Previous  interviews on breastfeeding, baby skincare, cup feeding, baby baths, cuddle towels, decongestants and many more are regularly broadcast on mybabyradio on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and midday and between 5 and 6pm (in the 'ask an expert' slot). You can listen online here...

TIPS competitions
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Our featured website, The Little Picture Company has kindly donated a set of prints that spell out your child's first name (see example above) made from their exclusive alphabet collection. This is a one-off personalised piece, which children and adults alike will treasure. The print will be signed by the artist with an optional personalized message (worth around £100) For a chance to win all you have do is email the words 'Little Picture Company' to Brigitte by 26 February 2011 - we will announce the winner in e-newsletter 22
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For a chance to win a Cozy Coupe email your own special memories, or photos of a Little Tikes toy to Brigitte by 26 February 2011. We will announce the winner in TIPS e-newsletter 22


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We have a family ticket to the Tutankhamun His Tomb and His Treasures exhibition to give away. This ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children over the age of 5 (under 5s go free) and it is valid until 27 February 2011. For a chance to win email the word 'Tutankhamun' to Brigitte by 31 December 2010. We will contact the winner before 10 January 2011. We will announce the winner in TIPS e-newsletter 22
mini- competition 3

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For a chance to win a copy of 'Great ways to learn Anatomy & Physiology' email the words 'Palgrave book' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 February 2011. We will announce the winner in TIPS e-newsletter 22
mini- competition 4

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Guide to Mobile Web Safety - for a chance to receive one of ten hard copies of the 'Guide to Mobile Web Safety' email the words 'carphone warehouse' to Brigitte by 26 February 2011. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 22
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For a chance to win one of three sets of Organic Babies products (3 x nappy cream baby balm, 3 x baby lotion no scent, 6 x baby wash & shampoo no scent) email the words 'Organic Babies' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
by 26 February 2011. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 22


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Boobie Beanie's up for grabs! You may remember the knitting pattern for the 'Fit to Bust' boobie beanie featured in e-newsletter 20 . One of our friends has kindly hand knitted three colour ways of this delightful beanie to give away (see picture above of baby Max modelling this for us). For your chance to win email the words 'Boobie Beanie' to Brigitte by 26 February 2011. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 22
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Family run Area Five is a one stop shop for baby and toddler eco essentials and an Aladdin's cave of gorgeous presents for babies and children both in their Devon store and online at

Area Five stocks a wide variety of traditional and imaginative wooden and soft toys, craft kits, gorgeous children's clothes, eco toiletries and much more. Toy brands BRIO, Pintoy and Plan Toys feature alongside ever-popular brands such as The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Their extensive range of eco-toiletries including award winning brands: Green Baby, Earth Friendly Baby, Beaming Baby, Green People and double award winning Jackson Reece baby wipes. Area Five have kindly donated this delightful Little Prince children's dinner set. For a chance to win, email the word 'areafive' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 February 2011. We will announce the winner in TIPS e-newsletter 22


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Teas4mums – win a gift pack containing the winning teas! For a chance to win, email the word 'teas4mums' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 February 2011. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 22


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21 Aug  – 14 Sep 10

Q: What is the name of the parenting magazine that has just featured two TIPS award winning product ranges in adverts?

A: Green Parent Magazine (issue no 37)

Winner: Lucy from Ayrshire

15 Sep  – 14 Oct 10

Q: How many mini-competitions can you enter in the TIPS e-newsletter 20?

A: 7

Winner: Donna from Lanarkshire

15 Oct  – 14 Nov 10

Q: Where was Sharon on 24 October?

A: Earls Court Baby Show, London

Winner: Keri from Hampshire


The lucky winner of the Flexibath is Jenny from Lanarkshire

The two lucky winners of the TWIG / Maternitrees Rowan trees are Heather from Hampshire and Pip from Kent

The lucky winner of the Maxie and Teddy wipeable books Sarah from Sussex

The lucky winners of the Leap Frog DVDs are Morag from Lothian, Cheryl from Sussex and Sarah from Yorkshire.

The lucky winner of the Epi-no device worth £80 is Soshanna from London

The lucky winners of the Jason Products gift sets are Liz from The Netherlands and Juliet from Sussex

The lucky winner of the Wooden Duck pull along toy is Helen from Lanarkshire

e-newsletter competition

The lucky winner of the Cariboo Crib is Danielle from Yorkshire

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