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Paying it forwad... 

Sadly I am sure I am not alone in my concerns for the state of the world and humanity itself. It has got to the point that I no longer believe anything on mainstream media - this is equally frustrating and upsetting. However being an eternal optimist, I continue to write only positively about any number of parenting issues that interest me, and that I hope will be relevant to you, my readers.

Although I never intended for this newsletter to have an immigrant theme, somehow it's happened organically - (our featured book and both My Story 1 &2 are written by immigrants). I make no apology for this. In a world that is increasingly diverse, we must find a way to live together more harmoniously and the first step towards this is 'Paying it forward', hence the title of this newsletter. We can all make a difference, and it can start with the simplest of gestures. I was recently travelling by train and was in a rush. I needed to use the station toilet but had no change (only a large note). A lovely woman noticed my dilemma and offered me the coins I needed to use the public toilet, so that I did not miss my train. I was overwhelmed with her generosity, as it was clear she had very little money in her purse. Nonetheless she offered what she had freely, even though she knew I wouldn't be able to pay her back. A few weeks later I was in a similar situation but this time I gave someone else the change they needed. This made me feel happy that I had been able to 'pay it forward'. It also made me realise that the woman who had helped me would have also felt good about her simple act of kindness.

By sharing the news and advice I come across, I hope to introduce you to new ideas and ways to make your life and the lives of those around you easier...

We start with a brand new initiative by the Scottish Government. Inspired by a project that has been running in Finland since 1938. Scotland's Baby Box scheme will provide families of newborns a box with a number of items for baby, including bedding, clothes, nappies and books - it's even suitable for babies to sleep in! The Scottish government said the scheme had a 'proven track record' in tackling deprivation. It should also encourage mums-to-be to engage with maternity and antenatal services. Our feature follows the design process for the Scottish Baby Box which is due to launch this summer.

Our first featured book 'Lucky Boy' is a simple tale of love and loss, but underneath there are many layers interwoven within the two sub-plots (in alternate chapters). As immigration issues so often make the headlines, Lucky Boy is not just topical: it could be about any number of borders around the world today. This story may be fictional but the reality of the subject matter, hidden uncomfortably within each beautifully written line, is impossible to ignore.

Our second featured book is Preparing for Birth - Colouring your pregnancy journey. This simple colouring book with detailed pregnancy-related illustrations can really help mums-to-be focus on her needs and help relieve any stress during this unique and very special time in her life.

Our third featured book is What does baby want? This clever book tells the story of a hungry baby who will not be soothed by a teddy bear, a ball, or even a shiny tambourine. Ultimately, mum realises her baby will only be satisfied by one thing: milk! This innovative book is perfect for nursing babies and their older siblings, for parents and parents-to-be, and for every child who has a doll to feed (see our 'Tester pix' showing my granddaughter breastfeeding her dolly).

We also have two amazing book bundles to give away, thanks to our friends at Harper Collins Children's Books. We have a Dr Seuss set of six books to celebrate the 60th Birthday of The Cat In The Hat (worth £42) and a Bing book bundle of five books (worth £30).

Our featured DVD is the Outlander Box Set (Seasons 1 & 2). I am a fan, so much so that I recently visited the town of Falkland in Fife where the Inverness scenes are films (check out my pics).

Our main newsletter prize offers our readers the chance to enjoy a very popular snack without worrying about consuming too much salt, or artificial additives. Mr Lee's Noodles in a Cup contain Vietnamese noodles with added natural ingredients that are freeze dried (this locks in the goodness and must not be confused with dehydrated foods). Read on to find out why so many sporting heroes and even a rock band (see our featured album by Vukovi) are enjoying these healthy noodles. We are delighted to announce that one lucky winner has the chance to win a mega supply of Mr Lee's Noodles in a Cup (10 boxes of 6 cups and 4 pairs of chopsticks) worth almost £200!

Our featured website is Babies Under Development (www.littlebud.com) whose simple mission is to publish the best resources about fertility in one loud and proud hub. Our featured campaign is by NHS Scotland: Don't get scared, get screened: Cervical Screening saves lives...

Our featured event is the Great British Dog Walk 2017. It's the UK's biggest and best series of dog walks in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and there's still time to get involved! Go to greatbritishdogwalk.org to find out more

Our featured charity is The Samuel Hardgrave Harlequin Icthyosis Research Trust (SHHIRT). I heard about this charity while watching the Channel 5 documentary about Nusrit 'Nelly' Shaheen (see 'My Story' in this e-newsletter).

Check out our latest Top Tips Brush Baby's advice from their Mums and Gums campaign, plus your chance to win £50 worth of dental products and how TinyTalk helps families experience the amazing benefits of baby signing, understanding and getting to know their babies, long before they're able to talk.

As well as our regular mix of features, we have not one but two My Story features. The first one called Reflections of a Muslim convert and a mother, follows the experiences of an immigrant family as they get used to life in a new country. I hope that through Natalija's experiences you may better understand that small gestures of support can go such a long way to making newcomers feel welcome. Our second My Story is an update on a previous story we featured about Arif, who suffers from Ichthyosis Lamellar, a rare skin condition (see also our featured charity). Arif is now 11 years old and describes in his own words how he copes.

Our Top Treat are: Long Tall Sally and Magnus Shoes - providing stylish and proportionately sized clothes for taller than average women and brand named footwear for those with a larger than average shoe size [Gabor, Josef Seibel, Hush Puppies, Romika and many more...]. Our Top Value product is the Huggsie, an innovative 100% organic (inside and out) baby pillow that has many uses from newborn to toddlerhood. The founder of this pillow also writes our featured blog: Babyharvelicious.

We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' Pix for you to enjoy, with some adorable photos, including a picture of my granddaughter breastfeeding her dolly, and another of newborn twins. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.

Last but not least we have some wonderful competitions for you to enter: a hamper full of Jackson Reece products, my son's band Vukovi debut album, an assortment of books (see our book reviews) and the full set of products in the newly launched Maternity Collection by Weleda. Altogether our prizes are worth almost £600 so email your entries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and you too could be a TIPS winner!

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

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Mr Lee's Noodles in a Cup

Introducing Mr Lee's Noodles in a Cup - read on for your chance to win a supply worth almost £200!
Mr Lee's Noodles are:

100% Vietnamese Rice Noodles just the way Mother Nature intended them to be.

Free from: Gluten, E numbers, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), preservatives, artificial additives, colours or flavour enhancers.

Low in: salt, sugar, calories and zero hydrogenated fat.

Packaging is 100% recyclable.

RRP: £2.99 per pot or £17.94 for a pack of six pots in your choice of flavours: Hong Kong Street Beef, Shaolin Monk Vegetables, Dragon Fire Mushroom, Warrier Fighting Shrimp, Tai Chi Chicken and Penang Chicken Curry Laksa.

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The story behind Mr Lee's Noodles...

About Mr Lee

Mr Lee is a real person - not some fictitious character made up by Madmen. He’s called Damien Lee, a noodle lover, and he’s on a mission to help time-poor people eat better food.
What do you do when told you only have a few weeks to live?
'That’s how long I was given when I was diagnosed with cancer. I knew that for me at that time, a diet of no nasties, raw food and chemo, as well as having a determined mind and spirit was the only way to beat this thing. But all the time I craved my favourite guilty pleasure: instant noodles. But I just couldn’t because I knew they are full of junk, and that wasn’t going to help me fight cancer and the battle ahead. I vowed when I got better to revolutionise noodles and I was determined to make a healthier noodle. So I’ve created this wonderful noodle, free from any nasties. And get better I did! I was given the all clear and Mr. Lee’s Noodles was born.'

About the noodles
Mr Lee's Noodles are made from Vietnamese noodles with added natural ingredients that are freeze dried (this locks in the goodness and must not be confused with dehydrated foods). Mr Lee's Noodles are packed at the HQ in Bournemouth, Dorset.

When preparing your Mr Lee's Noodles, be sure to stir them well as all the seasoning is at the bottom of the pot. Low in salt and sugar, these noodles have a very different taste to most other instant noodle brands. Customers who want to boost up the salt levels in their noodles can purchase soy sauce and seaweed powder in the cashless vending machines. Other supplements, like sesame oil and protein boosts are also available to enhance flavours to suit individual taste.

For more information, or to find out how to organise a kiosk at your place of work, hospital, campus, Leisure Park or gym, get in touch via the website www.mrleesnoodles.com

Here's nutritional information for Mr Lee's Noodles:

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About the fans of Mr Lee's Noodles

Mr Lee's Noodles fuel people from all walks of life. Check out the Ambassadors and Athletes page (www.mrleesnoodles.com/ambassadors-athletes/) to see who is eating the noodles as part of their training regimes, and not just because they taste so good! Fans from the sporting, dancing and military backgrounds include: Palmer Grimson (current national beach volleyball champion); Sribu and Hixon (UK Ballroom Champions); and Chris Leare (former head of physical train in the British Army).

New to this ever increasing list of fans is my son Jason and his indie rockband Vukovi, whose debut album (see also our featured Top value) has just been released (www.facebook.com/vukoviband/). They were sent a yummy supply of Mr. Lee's Noodles to take with them on tour. They couldn't get enough of these healthy meals and were soon posting selfies as they crisscrossed the UK (see pics below)...
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Supplies arrived at Vukovi HQ ahead of their UK tour. Check Vukovi tour dates on Facebook

How to enter this fantastic competition...

For a chance to win your very own supply of Mr Lee's Noodles in a Cup (10 boxes of 6 cups and 4 pairs of chopsticks) worth almost £200 email the words ‘Mr Lee's’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured album *NeW* :tipsducktipsduckVukovi debut album

Released by LAB Records on 10 March 2017
Signed copy - £8 from https://vukovi.tmstor.es/
iTunes - £6.99 http://labrecs.com/VUKOVI-iTunes
Spotify streaming - http://labrecs.com/VUKOVISpotify

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You may remember that we featured Vukovi in TIPS e-newsletter 29. Once again I admit to being biased but this fresh new rock band is well worth another mention - not least because the bass guitarist is my son Jason!

Vukovi (Serbian for wolves) are a four piece band from Glasgow although Hamish (lead guitar), Janine (vocals an keyboard), Jason (bass) and Martyn (drums) all hail from Ayrshire. Formed in September 2010, Vukovi have just released their debut album as a signed band.
You can watch the latest Vukovi’s music video (Weirdo) here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u0yMynjIEw&feature=youtu.be
The Vukovi debut album was unveiled at Glasgow's King Tut's (www.kingtuts.co.uk) on 10 March 2017 and within the first few days it had shot up to number 3 in the Official Rock and Metal Chart!  
Great reviews including a 5K from Kerrang magazine and a live Q&A at Facebook HQ in London (see pic).
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Their headline tour (part one) was a huge success with part two of the tour and many festivals (including the world famous Reading and Leeds weekend to end the summer) planned.

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Get yourself a ticket and enjoy the show – I promise you will not be disappointed!

For a chance to win  a Vukovi CD check out mini-competition 1    

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured products 1  :: tipsducktipsduckWin a Jackson Reece Hamper packed full of their amazing products Herbal Baby Wipes, Unscented Baby Wipes, Noze Nuzzlers Saline Wipes, Mucky Mitts Hand Sanitiser and Natural Baby range (shampoo, body wash and moisturiser) worth over £20!

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Following many years of sourcing only the best quality ingredients and materials to help any baby, child or even adult who struggles with eczema and sensitive skin, Jackson Reece have brought you this lovely natural range. Jackson Reece explain what ingredients are used in their products, and what each ingredient is used for. As well as taking care of precious babies' skin Jackson Reece also make sure their products don't damage the environment. They always keep recycling in mind when creating any product and also use a 100% biodegradable and home compostable cloth for their wipes.
All wipes in this range have won TIPS Awards (five in total) and have remained our Parent Testers' favourite brand since 2009.
Jackson Reece new range of Natural Baby toiletries (shampoo, body wash and moisturiser) is sure to be the next big hit with parents and we hope to trial these shortly.

Find out more about Jackson Reece online: www.jacksonreece.com

logos www.facebook.com/JacksonReeceLtd ~ @JacksonReece    

For a chance to win  a Jackson Reece Hamper (worth £20) check out mini-competition 5    

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured products 2  :tipsducktipsduckWeleda launches their new Maternity Collection with a VIP Mothers Day Afternoon Tea event... Read on for your chance to win a full set of Weleda Maternity products: Nursing Tea, Nursing Oil, Stretch Mark Massage Oil,  and Perineum Massage Oil (worth over £45)...

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I was delighted to be invited to London to attend the launch of the Weleda Maternity Collection (each of these products has already achieved a TIPS Award!) with a VIP Mothers Day Afternoon Tea. The event was held in the Regency Room of the luxurious Connaught Hotel - this was the perfect setting for a traditional afternoon tea. The room looked stunning (see pics below) dressed with fresh flower arrangements as well as key ingredients from the Mother & Baby range.

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Jayn Sterland, Weleda's Managing Director, welcomed guests (who included parenting press representatives and bloggers) then introduced them to the Weleda Mother & Baby philosophy and range. This allowed guests to find out more about the unique benefits of the Weleda range, and why it is the perfect supportive brand for expectant and new mothers

It was then my turn to explain the benefits of breastfeeding, skin-to-skin-contact, the microbiome and why natural products are worth seeking out. Guests were then invited to ask me questions, always my favourite part. This sparked lots of debate on issues ranging from newborn skincare to nipple stimulation during pregnancy!

Guests also had the opportunity to taste each of the nursing tea ingredients individually, before trying the final Weleda blend. We then enjoyed our yummy afternoon tea which included delicate sandwiches, fresh scones with cream and jam, followed by bespoke pastries that were very naughty but delicious all the same.

Find out more about Weleda and the new Maternity Collection online: www.weleda.co.uk

logos www.facebook.com/weleda.uk ~ @WeledaUK     

For a chance to win  a Weleda Maternity Collection Gift Set (worth £45) check out mini-competition 6    

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 tipsduck:: Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduck website  tipsducktipsducktipsduckBud - Babies Under Development: for all those in the pursuit of parenthood www.littlebud.com

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About Bud

For many of us, becoming pregnant as and when we choose is seen as a rite of passage. So it's not surprising that when, in early adulthood, we put all our energy into not becoming pregnant we assume that as soon as we joyfully throw our contraception out the window, nature will take its course and babies will appear. Not always so. Our lives have become busier, our careers often take precedent later in to our 30s and 40s, our diet becomes more hurried, and conceiving a child is often harder than we might have expected.

Bud has been inspired by the personal experiences of its founders who understand first-hand just how difficult the journey to parenthood can be. Visit www.littlebud.com to read firsthand accounts of people's journeys to parenthood, and get advice and support for anyone who may be facing fertility issues - especially through the recently introduced Bud Forums. The website also provides excellent nutritional advice and information about natural remedies that could have a positive effect on the whole process. Recently The Bud online shop sells fertility supplements.

Let’s talk about fertility
Bud's mission is simple: to combine the best of all the resources available (news, information, advice and forums) in one loud and proud hub.

If you want to find out more or would like to get involved here's how to contact Bud:

Website: www.littlebud.com

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Facebook: www.facebook.com/budfertility/

Twitter: @budfertility

Instagram: www.instagram.com/budfertility/

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tipsducktipsduck:: book review 1  :: :: tipsduckLucky Boy tipsduck

Author: Shanthi Sekaran
Published by Putnam, Penguin Random House (January 2017) 
RRP: £12.99
Paperback - 472 pages
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Penguin Random House in New York just published the novel Lucky Boy, by Shanthi Sekaran. Lucky Boy is a heart-wrenching novel that gives voice to two mothers: a young undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife who love the same child. However, the book is much more than a moving read: it has sparked a controversial debate about human rights and the treatment of illegal immigrants in the US. Every year, countless illegal alien parents are detained and deported without their US-born children – families torn apart without the chance to ever re-unite. Shanthi’ s novel is based on meticulous research and raises explosive issues of immigration, motherhood and class. The author is sought-after by US media for interviews and editorial pieces. 

Here is a link to her recent interview with The New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/opinion/sunday/the-privileged-immigrant.html?_r=0

Review by Sharon Trotter:
Although I never intended for this newsletter to have an immigrant theme, somehow it's happened organically and I make no apology for this. When I read the press release about this new book, I was immediately drawn to its poignant subject matter and asked for a review copy of Lucky Boy so that I could read it myself. When it arrived - all 472 pages - I sighed wondering how I would manage to finish it in time to write this review. I needn't have worried. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story is an absolute page-turner, and I ended up feeling sad when it ended.

As immigration issues so often make the headlines, Lucky Boy is not just topical: it could be about any number of borders around the world today. This story may be fictional but the reality of the subject matter, hidden uncomfortably within each beautifully written line, is impossible to ignore. By cleverly walking the delicate line between remaining apolitical while not resorting to preaching, the author manages to stay refreshingly impartial.

The reader is left to make up their own mind: there are no right or wrong conclusions. However, one thing is for sure: you will not be able to turn your back on the carefully crafted characters, each of whom draws you into their individual story. Lucky Boy made me smile; it made me cry tears of joy, heartbreak, frustration, anger, indignation, and ultimately loss.

Lucky Boy is a poignant and heartrending story with which any reader can easily empathise. On the surface it's a simple tale of love and loss, but underneath there are many layers interwoven within the two sub-plots (in alternate chapters). It takes the reader to some dark places including rape, abuse and betrayal, but ultimately this is a story of hope over despair. At the core of the story is the deep unbreakable bond between a mother and her child. The book also deals sensitively with the lengths some infertile couples go to in order to experience parenthood. Despite the rollercoaster of trials and tribulations, we are reminded that there is nothing to compare with the pure innocence we feel when a child lets us into their circle of trust. Whether that child is our own offspring or a complete stranger, the magnetic pull on our heart strings is no less strong.

Whatever your viewpoint, and there are many, I can promise that this story will stay with you long after you have read the last word.

For more information about the author you can access a Q&A session in which Shanthi describes the research she put into the book: www.shanthisekaran.com

For a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘Lucky Boy' check out mini-competition 2 

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tipsducktipsduck:: book review 2  ::tipsduckPreparing for Birth: Colouring Your Pregnancy Journey tipsduck

By Bridget Sheeran
Published by by Hammersmith Health Books (April 2017) RRP: £9.99; Hard cover - 64 pages

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As a highly experienced community midwife and teacher, Bridget Sheeran knows that pregnancy should be a time for vital physical and mental preparation. The body and mind do much of this naturally but there are many ways mums-to-be can help this process, and to manage the day-to-day stresses that can hinder it. In Preparing for Birth: Colouring Your Pregnancy Journey Bridget uses detailed images for colouring-in to encourage mums-to -be to allow their natural curiosity to rise up, and lead them to discover how they can help themselves through the process of birth. As women relate to their interpretation of the illustrations, this book can powerfully:

allow them in their own time to focus on their needs in pregnancy, birth and becoming a mother

motivate them to prepare for birth and the responsibility of caring for a newborn

enable personal well-being through relieving stress via the 'right brain' activity of colouring-in

motivate women to evaluate their personal resources and find the support structures they will need to do the most important job in the world: give birth and nurture their baby.

Review by Parent Tester and mother-to-be Abby:

I honestly only really started to get into the colouring book during my third trimester. I found while working full time it was the only activity which seemed to help me de-stress and properly relax. I found it gave me the opportunity to take some quiet time for myself and actually switch off from other worries.
While sleeping became particularly difficult for me during this time; I would regularly find myself getting frustrated and irritable during the early hours. I soon got into a routine of taking my colouring book to bed with me and when I found myself waking up would take half an hour to engage in the activity and found it would take my frustration away and help settle me.
Overall I feel that the colouring book has been most beneficial to me during my last trimester as it has given me the opportunity to zone out from the negative effects of pregnancy and find relaxation when needed.

For a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of ‘Preparing for Birth' (worth £50) check out mini-competition 3 

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tipsducktipsduck:book review 3  ::tipsduck What does Baby Want? tipsduck

By Tupera Tupera 

Published by Phaidon on 26 June 2017 (age 0-2 years)
Shape board book - 22 pages, RRP: £8.95
ISBN: 9780714874074

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Phaidon is proud to publish What Does Baby Want?, a groundbreaking children’s board book featuring a hungry baby and a breastfeeding mum. Created by Japan’s top design duo, Tupera Tupera, What Does Baby Want? is light-hearted, humorous and specially created for the enjoyment and engagement of babies, toddlers, and adults.

This thoughtfully-worded and refreshingly honest board book is about a scenario that although as relatable as playtime, bath time or bedtime, is hardly ever portrayed in children’s literature. What Does Baby Want? tells the story of a hungry baby who will not be soothed by a teddy bear, a ball, or even a shiny tambourine. Ultimately, mum realises that her little one will only be satisfied by one thing: milk! This innovative book is perfect for breastfeeding babies and their older siblings, for parents and parents-to-be, and for every child who has a doll to feed.

The smart and whimsical charm of What Does Baby Want? keeps readers engaged, prompting anticipation, prediction, empathy, and surprise. Graphically styled, the book’s bright illustrations and unusual format provide a fresh new take on the conventional board book, captivating not only little ones but also adults with a keen eye for distinct design.

What Does Baby Want? is the must-have baby shower gift: comical, relatable and ingenious! With just the right touch of revelation, Tupera Tupera’s deceptively simple, engaging story will appeal to parents, parents-to-be, and anyone in search of a one-of-a-kind gift.

For more information go to
Phaidon.com | Facebook: phaidoncom | Twitter: @phaidon | Instagram: @phaidonsnaps

For a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘What does Baby Want?' check out mini-competition 4 

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 tipsduck:: Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduck DVD tipsducktipsducktipsduckOutlander Box Set Seasons 1 & 2

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This may not be related to parenting but it is my favourite box set to date - if you are looking for an epic tale of love, loss and adventure then this one's for you. Throw in a little time travel and Scottish history, and two leading stars that will keep you and your partner happy, and in Outlander you have the perfect evening's entertainment, once the little ones are asleep :0)

In fact I love this story so much I am now working my way through the books!

I also visited Falkland in Fife, where the Inverness scenes were filmed(see pics below).

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 tipsducktipsducktipsduckFeatured charity :: The Samuel Hardgrave Harlequin Icthyosis Research Trust (SHHIRT) tipsducktipsduck

logoswww.facebook.com/shhirt ~ @shhirt

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The Samuel Hardgrave Harlequin Icthyosis Research Trust (SHHiRT) was set up in September 2010.
SHHiRT aims to raise awareness of Harlequin Icthyosis; raise funds for research, and support families who are affected by this disease.

Supporters have raised funds by taking part in The Brighton Marathon, The London Marathon, The Great South Run, The London Triathlon and organising cake sales, dress down days and recycling initiatives.

I heard about this charity while watching the C5 documentary about Nusrit 'Nelly' Shaheen (see 'My Story' in this e-newsletter). SHHiRT very kindly donated a much needed microbubble bath tub to help Nelly with her skin routine.

To find out more about this charity, or to donate, go to:

logoswww.facebook.com/shhirt ~ @shhirt

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tipsducktipsduck Featured event :Great British Dog Walk 2017 the UK's biggest and best loved series of dog walks in aild of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People!  tipsducktipsduck 

There's still time to take part! Visit greatbritishdogwalk.org to find out more 

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Our dog-loving nation is set to go barking mad for this year’s Great British Dog Walk, 20 fun-filled countryside walks being held between March and June 2017 to ensure more hearing dogs can be trained to bring life-transforming benefits to deaf children and adults.

Now firmly established as one of the UK’s favourite series of dog walks, around 4,000 adults and over 500 dogs of all shapes and sizes are expected to take part in this year’s fun-filled nationwide events.

There will be two different routes to choose from at each venue, many of which include National Trust properties, making the Great British Dog Walk an ideal event for dog-lovers, families, couples, independent walkers and organised walking groups.

Each venue will have refreshments and entertainment on offer and participants can also bring a picnic to enjoy after the walk.

There is a free special limited-edition Great British Dog Walk doggie bandana and opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Forest Holidays getaway with every event booking.

The effects of hearing loss can be devastating. The lack of independence, loss of confidence, reduced self-esteem and feelings of anxiety can lead to loneliness, isolation and often depression.

Hearing dogs transform their recipient’s lives by providing a special kind of independence, confidence and inclusion whether at home or out and about. Hearing dogs alert their owners to important sounds that hearing people often take for granted such as the doorbell, alarm clock and smoke alarm. Unlike a hearing ‘gadget’ a hearing dog also provides a warmth of companionship that can boost a recipient’s confidence enough to face the outside world and increase social and professional interaction thereby significantly improving health and wellbeing.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People chief executive Michele Jennings said: 'The charity is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and is very proud to have had such a positive impact on thousands of lives. But we couldn't have achieved what we have without the help of our wonderful supporters taking part in events such as the Great British Dog Walk and the dedication of all our volunteers. Following the success of last year’s events, I hope the 2017 walks in our great British countryside get tails wagging and faces smiling all over the UK. 

The Great British Dog Walk 2017 June venues are:

  • Stowe, Buckinghamshire: Sunday 4 June
  • Haddo House and Country Park, Aberdeenshire: Saturday 10 June
  • Canonteign Falls, Exeter: Sunday 11 June
  • Belvoir Castle, Grantham: Sunday 18th June

Tickets to each event are £10 in advance for adults online at www.greatbritishdogwalk.org or £12 on the day. Children under 16 are free. Shorter routes are suitable for parents with buggies. The Great British Dog Walk is kindly supported by MedicAnimal.

About Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that trains dogs to alert deaf people to household sounds and danger signals such as the doorbell, telephone and smoke alarm – providing life-changing independence and confidence. The cost to train and support each hearing dog throughout their lifetime is £40,000. Hearing Dogs don't receive any government funding, and don't charge deaf recipients for their hearing dog. This charity relies solely on donations.

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tipsducktipsduck Featured campaign :Cervical Screening 

Don't get scared, get screened: Cervical Screening saves lives...
Watch the film here: http://www.getcheckedearly.org/cervical-cancer

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Cervical screening (also known as the smear test) saves around 5,000 lives every year in the UK and prevents 8 out of 10 cervical cancers from developing.

The smear test checks the cells from your cervix (the neck of the womb). It’s designed to pick up any changes to the cells in your cervix so that they can be monitored or treated. Without treatment the changes can sometimes develop into cervical cancer.

Six women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every week in Scotland, so it’s really important to attend for your smear test when invited - it’s the best way to protect yourself from the disease and find any changes to your cervix early.

All women in Scotland aged 25 to 49 are invited for a smear test every three years, while women aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years. Invites are sent through the post and shouldn’t be ignored.

In Scotland, you will get an excellent leaflet when you're invited for your smear test. You can read the leaflet here 

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: 1 & 2tipsducktipsduck

Continuing our theme of 'Paying it forward' we have not one but two My Story features written by mums who have suffered more than most. Their stories will undoubtedly inspire you but they will also provide anyone going through similar experiences the advice and information to hopefully make life easier.

The first one is called: Reflections of a Muslim convert and a mother and it follows the experiences of an immigrant family as they get used to life in a new country. I hope that through Natalija's experiences you may better understand that small gestures of support can go such a long way to making newcomers feel welcome. Read Natalija's My Story here....

Our second My Story is an update on a previous story we featured about Arif, who suffers from Ichthyosis Lamellar, a rare skin condition (see also our featured charity). Arif is now 11 years old and describes in his own words how he copes. Read Arif's My Story here...

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 1 :: Brush-Baby and teething... :: tipsduck

Read on for your chance to win £50 of Brush-Baby early years tooth care products for babies, toddlers and children (up to 6 years old).

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About Brush-Baby Ltd 

Brush-Baby provides education and products for the 3 stages of a child’s dental development:‘no teeth’, ‘teething’ and ‘teeth’.
The company was founded by Dominique Tillen, who as a new mum, found it difficult to brush her toddler daughter’s teeth and was frustrated by the lack of advice and suitable products available. So like other parent-powered companies, Dominique decided to start her own business and to improve the oral health of babies, toddlers and young children.
When it comes to dental care, children and adults have different needs. This is why the design and size of Brush-Baby products, and the formulations of their toothpastes are specifically designed for babies, toddlers and children.

Here's where to find out more online

Babies (and parents!) have to deal with a number of tooth care issues.

In this TIPS e-newsletter we are concentrating on what is an often stressful and painful phase of dental development that all babies go through; TEETHING! We hope you will find the information below helpful...

Q When can I expect my baby to start teething?
Teething may start as early as 3 months and as late as 12 months. However, generally first teeth appear between 6 and 9 months of age.

Q Will it be painful for them?
Pain during teething is generally due to inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. This is caused by bacteria and microscopic material, getting into the gum tissue as the gum cells allow the new tooth to come through.

Q How will my baby react?
Teething is often accompanied by drooling due to increased saliva levels, but this is good because it helps to flush the area and keep gums clean. Other symptoms include ear rubbing, trouble sleeping, excessive biting, irritability, loss of appetite, changes in toilet habits and gum rubbing.

Q I’ve heard babies can get ill during teething. Is this true? If so, what can I expect?
Teething does not cause illness. However, it can coincide with a time that a baby is losing their protective maternal antibodies and building up their own set of antibodies. At this time of transition they can be susceptible to infection and minor illness.

Q So why do they call it ‘cutting a tooth?’
The most important thing to note is that teeth do not biologically ‘cut’ through gums! Instead, special chemicals are released causing cells in the gums to separate and recede allowing the new tooth or teeth to come through. In reality, the process should not be painful, although there may be some discomfort, which is why some babies like to chew on this area.
Keeping bacteria and food deposits away from the teeth/gums by cleaning is key to minimising pain and infection.

Q When should I start to look after my baby’s oral health? Do I wait for the first tooth to appear before I do anything?
You can start looking after a baby’s oral health from birth – way before a first tooth has appeared! This is because teeth are under the gums and have been developing in the womb before the third and sixth month of pregnancy… just waiting to come through! Therefore cleaning a baby’s gums every day helps create a healthy environment for new baby teeth and familiarises a baby with a gum and subsequent tooth brushing regime.


Brush-Baby is unique: no other company provides for this very young age group in its entirety
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Brush-Baby DentalWipes with Xylitol help neutralise any sugar acids which may be present in a baby’s mouth. The TeethingWipes include camomile, which is a natural remedy to soothe teething gums.
Products to help look after the teeth when they arrive include, a FirstTeether, FirstBrush, Chewable Toothbrush and a BabySonic (an electric toothbrush). The Brush-Baby range also includes palatable Teething Toothpastes and Baby & Toddler Toothpaste.

For a chance to win   a £50 worth of Brush-Baby dental products for babies, toddlers and children (up to 6 years old) check out mini-competition 8  

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 2 :: TinyTalk  www.tinytalk.co.uk :: tipsducktipsduck

Baby signing classes from baby sign language experts TinyTalk
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TinyTalk helps families experience the amazing benefits of baby signing, understanding and getting to know their babies, long before they're able to talk.

Baby signing is a form of pre-verbal communication. Babies understand an awful lot before they can talk! From as early as 6 to 9 months old, babies are able to tell us what they want, what they are thinking about, and how they feel.

No longer do you have to ‘guess’ the cry! (tired? hungry? hot? cold? damp nappy? aargh!) - signing babies can tell you exactly what they need, or want, and so much more. For example, they can tell you that they have seen a ‘duck’ in the park or that they are excited that it is ‘bath’ time! This wonderful way of communicating helps reduce parents and babies' frustrations, and makes for a much less stressful life for everyone.

My own granddaughter quickly picked up baby signing. This was really useful as she attends a Dutch nursery, and learns Norwegian and English at home with her parents. Baby signing helped her communicate easily with everyone until she was able to talk.

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tipsducktipsduck :: blog and top value :: Huggsie pillow and blog... Babyharvelicious :: tipsducktipsduckwww.babyharvelicious.com/blog

Huggsie pillow RRP: £44.90 + P&P
Available from: www.babyharvelicious.com, Amazon UK and also www.loubilou.com

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My daughter bought one of these pillows and suggested I check it out. At first glance, it may seem an expensive purchase. However you will soon see that because of its many uses from birth until toddlerhood it deserves to be our featured Top value product...

The Huggsie Pillow is small yet versatile! Made from 100% organic materials it's 100% safe for your baby, and because it's smaller than most nursing pillows it can be used in many ways from the moment your child is born, right up until past their toddler years. For example you can use it for:

  • feeding: it's easier to feed baby with me because I’m smaller and can hug your baby nicely and can be more easily adjusted for both your comfort
  • tummy time: instead of rolling a towel up, put me under baby’s arms and chin so I can offer support to them. I will definitely help them learn how to be on their tummies by themselves
  • sleepy support: it can be scary when baby comes into the world and they find loads of comfort when you wrap me around their bums (I think it reminds them of being squished in mummy’s tummy! :))
  • more sleepy support?!: some mummies use me to make sure that baby stays on their sides. It’s to help them stop getting a flat head at the back!
  • travelling support: I’m a great help when you are travelling with baby! I can add comfort and support on a plane, to just adding extra bum support in your babies pram so they don’t slide down!
  • just chilling: I can even just help prop them up which gives them a new perspective on their surroundings. Simply place me under the bums or under their necks
  • baby grows up: it's amazing how quickly they grow and I can even grow with them! I fit so nicely around their necks when they become toddlers and beyond! They can even bend me and have a friend to lean on when travelling or relaxing so they can rest their little heads!

The Huggsie Pillow will be your friend from your birth until you’re way past being a toddler!

For more information go online:

For a chance to win   a Huggsie Organic Pillow plus spare cover (worth £70) check out mini-competition 7  

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 tipsducktipsduck:: Top Treat  :: Magnus Shoes - Specialist in large size footwear :: tipsducktipsduck

www.magnusshoes.com

Magnus is the UK's leading retailer of large sized shoes for men and women. Their mission is to provide stylish brand named footwear for those with a larger than average shoe size.

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Long Tall Sally (LTS) - www.longtallsally.com
Since 1976 LTS have made it their mission to be the destination of choice for tall women worldwide. They NEVER just add inches. They construct each and every garment positioning hips, hems, pockets and plackets exactly where they should be.

Why LTS and Magnus Shoes are my favourite shops for tall ladies with larger than average feet...
Being 5'8" tall and an 8-9 shoe size, I have spent many a frustrating hour shopping for new clothes and shoes. Thankfully, many years ago I found LTS. Since then I have been buying LTS blouses and jackets that are the perfect length in the arm, and LTS jeans that do not end up half mast! Suitable shoes were more difficult to find as they have only recently been added to the LTS range, and their fit is not always perfect for me.

On a recent trip to London (see our feature on the Weleda Afternoon Tea event) I visited LTS to try on some new shoe styles and found a lovely grey pair of high heels (see pic). Then, totally by chance, I came across another wonderful shop (across the street from the LTS) which sells many more brands of shoe in larger than average sizes. It was like going into a sweetie shop for me and I ended up buying some lovely pink flats in the sale even though I did not really need any - you know the saying: '...a woman can never have enough pairs of shoes'!

This is why I am nominating these brands as my latest Top treat for anyone else out there who is finding it hard to source larger shoe sizes. There's no excuse now: just visit their online shop www.magnusshoes.com or www.longtallsally.com or go to one of their stores (Magnus also cater for men's sizes 12-16) I promise you will not be disappointed!

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 tipsducktipsduck:: *NeW* initiative :tipsducktipsduck:: Scotland's Baby Box: the story so far

About the Baby Box
Inspired by a project that has been running in Finland since 1938, and costing an estimated £6m per year, Scotland's Baby Box scheme will provide families of newborns a box containing a number of items including bedding, clothes, nappies and books - it's also suitable for babies to sleep in! The Scottish government said the scheme had a 'proven track record' in tackling deprivation. It should also encourage mums-to-be to engage with maternity and antenatal services.

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Ms Sturgeon said:
'Scotland’s Baby Box is a strong signal of our determination that every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life. The Box contains around 40 different essential items for new babies and for parents. It’s a simple idea with a proven record in tackling deprivation, improving health and supporting parents, and I’m proud and excited that the pilot is now underway. Being a parent is the most important but also the most difficult job there is so it's important that parents get as much support as possible. The Box complements the existing services available to help babies and parents to thrive in the crucial early months.'

Introduction by Sharon Trotter:
When I first heard Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mention her plans for a Scottish Baby Box (at last year's SNP conference), I decided to email her my concerns. As you probably already know, I advocate a 'less is more' approach to baby skincare (plain water only for the first month of life) and have been supporting breastfeeding mums - and dads -for almost 35 years. I was therefore naturally worried that large companies would try and hijack the Scottish Baby as a way of promoting their potentially unsuitable or unnecessary baby products, or misleading marketing information.
I was greatly reassured by the reply I received a few days later. It said:
'We have held a number of focus groups with parents and are holding regular meetings with health professionals including midwives to discuss the contents of the box. I 'm pleased to confirm that we are not planning to include any toiletries for babies...We will not be including any leaflets or publications within the Scottish Baby Box...'

October 2016: competition for the design of baby box...

The competition was launched at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (Dundee) and run by V&A Dundee. It was open to design students across Scotland.
As well as receiving a cash prize of £1000, the winning student will also benefit from exclusive mentoring from leading Scottish designers Holly Fulton and Scott Jarvie.
The winning design will be put into production and rolled out on every Baby Box from summer 2017 until March 2019.

New Year's Day 2017: delivery of the first Baby Boxes...

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First Minister gifts first Baby Boxes to expectant parents.
A three-month pilot began on New Year's Day in Clackmannanshire and Orkney, and the Baby Box will be rolled out to all newborns in the summer of 2017.

March 2017: design time...
Six students reached the final of the competition to design a Scottish baby box.
More than 70 applications were received from university and college students for the competition, run by V&A Dundee. Students from North East Scotland College, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh College and Edinburgh Napier University were shortlisted in the competition. The finalists (see picture) received feedback from the judging panel before developing their final submissions.
Leanne Young, Graphic Design student at Edinburgh Napier University won Scotland's Baby Box design competition!

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Leanne's design features a forest fairy tale scene complete with Highland cows, squirrels and the Loch Ness Monster.

Leanne's high contrast illustration is visually stimulating for babies in their early development. The images can be coloured in, so each family can really make the box their very own.

The lid features a castle which represents the family home, and there's space for people to write the baby's birth date, time, weight, etc. It can also be used as a family tree, or to write down special milestones.

Summer 2017 to March 2019: Scotland's Baby Boxes go into production!
What's in the box?
A poem specially written by Scotland’s Makar, Jackie Kay, called Welcome Wee One:
O ma darlin wee one
At last you are here in the wurld
And wi’ aa your wisdom
Your een bricht as the stars,
You've filled this hoose with licht,
Yer trusty wee haun, your globe o' a heid,
My cherished yin, my hert's ain!

O my darlin wee one
The hale wurld welcomes ye:
The mune glowes; the hearth wairms.
Let your life hae luck, health, charm,
Ye are my bonny blessed bairn,
My small miraculous gift.
I never kent luve like this.

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And....
Some of the items in the Scottish Baby Box are listed below; clothes come in a range of sizes for newborn, 0-3 months and 3-6 months.

  • Mattress
  • Fitted cot sheets
  • Satin edged cellular blanket
  • Mattress protector
  • Pramsuit with hood
  • All-in-one day suit
  • Romper and bodysuit set
  • Scratch mittens
  • Short-sleeved bodysuit
  • Long-sleeved bodysuit
  • Long-sleeved bodysuit with integral scratch mitten
  • Long-sleeved wraparound bodysuit
  • Footed leggings
  • Fleece jacket with hood
  • Jersey trousers
  • Baby wrap
  • Hooded bath towel
  • Real nappy and liners
  • Digital ear thermometer and replacement hygiene cover
  • Natural bath sponge
  • Bath and room baby thermometer and battery
  • Dribbler bib
  • Organic cotton muslin squares
  • Comforter / soother toy
  • PlayTalkRead play mat
  • PlayTalkRead travel changing mat
  • Baby book
  • Nursing pads

For more information go to: https://news.gov.scot/news/baby-boxes-begin

 

In this issue...

- album Vukovi

- blog Babyharvelicious

- book reviews  1, 2 & 3 Lucky Boy, Preparing for Birth colouring-in book and What does baby want?

- campaign Cervical Screening

- charity SHHiRT

- DVD Outlander Box Set

- event The Great British Dog Walk

- NeW initiative Scottish Baby Box

- products Jackson Reece natural range; Weleda new Maternity Collection

- top treat LTS and Magnus Shoes

- top tips 1&2 - Brush Baby dental advice and Tiny Talk baby signings

- top value Huggsie pillow

- website  Little Bud - Babies Under Development - infertility stories and advice

regular features...

- My Story (1 & 2)

- TIPS Testers' pix!

- main competition - 10 packs of 6 Mr Lee's noodles plus 4 packs of chopsticks (worth £200)

- mini competitions

- competition winners

- Babycare - back to basics

TIPS Testers' pix!
We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' Pix for you to enjoy. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.
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We love these pictures of baby Emily with her mummy and daddy after a wonderful water birth at home - many congratulations to this new family as they enjoy parenthood for the first time.
TIPS bump and baby

You may remember we featured bump pictures of Detti as she charted her journey through pregnancy number 2 in our last newsletter. Eagle-eyed readers may also remember that we featured pregnancy number 1 in our e-newsletter 35 (bump3). Well here are the remainder of Detti's bump pictures along with pictures of her new baby girl Amy, with mummy daddy and big brother Jack. Many congratulations to you all!

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Here is an adorable image of toddler Logan with his new baby brother Oliver. Mummy has also sent us her favourite pics of Logan playing at the park, with his toys, books, helping mummy with the cooking and even as a super hero!
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TIPS breastfeeder

You may remember that last time we feaured my daughter Ashley age 2, breastfeeding her baby doll. Well here is her daughter Mia (my first grandchild) already practicing her breastfeeding skills in time forthe arrival of her new baby brother.

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TIPS New Dad
This is one of my all-time favourite pictures of a new dad. Not only does dad look happy but, by the look of this sleepy smile, his darling daughter Nuala seems to be feeling the same way too!
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TIPS babywearing

We love these pictures of Mia wearing her dolly and Daniel wearing his baby sister Aurora.
Daniel is also enjoying reading a bedtime story to his sister - so sweet!

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TIPS baby led weaning
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Here is baby Aurora starting her babyled weaning journey...
TIPS First birthday!
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Here is Baby Penelope who we featured in newsletters 39 and 40, celebrating her 1st Birthday in style!

TIPS Twins
Many congratulations to Debs and Ally on the safe arrival of twins, Ethan and Bethany. Here are a few pics that will melt your heart including this picture of big sister Mya cuddling mummy's twin bump...
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Here is a lovely family shot featuring Bailey, Theo, Sophia and Grace (Baby Theo was our featured scan and baby pic in newsletter 38).
TIPS competition winner!
Here are some very cute pictures of the winner of our Blade & Rose competition which we ran in the December newsletter...
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Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 9) updated March 2016!
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This leaflet won the first Nursing in Practice Dermatology Award in 2008 and was also shortlisted for two General Practice Awards in 2011. Version 9 is hot off the press and will be 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
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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. Version 9 includes a handy QR code to use it with your smart phones. Online version updated March 2016 Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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My Baby Radio - podcasts
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New desktop radio player available! Launched on DAB digital radio in April 2010 - Broadcasting across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North East Wales. Sharon's interviews about breast feeding, tongue-tie, baby skincare, cup feeding, baby baths, cuddle towels, decongestants and much more are broadcast regularly. You can also download them here....

If you would like to listen to My Baby Radio directly from your desktop, and without visiting the website, you can download the new desktop radio player (you will need to have the latest version of Windows Media Player installed on your PC or laptop). Go to the My Baby Radio website to get the player.

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Main competition
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For a chance to win your very own supply of Mr Lee's Noodles in a Cup (10 boxes of 6 cups and 4 pairs of chopsticks) worth almost £200 email the words ‘Mr Lee's’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.

Please remember to give your name and address in your email so we know where to send your prize(s)

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For a chance to win a Vukovi CD email the word ‘Vukovi’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.
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For a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Lucky Boy email the word ‘Lucky Boy’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 42. 
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For a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of Preparing for Birth (worth £50) email the words ‘Colouring book’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 42. 
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For a chance to win a 1 of 3 copies of What Does Baby Want email the words ‘What Does Baby Want' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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For a chance to win a Jackson Protection Hamper containing a full size versions of their Herbal Baby Wipes, Unscented Baby Wipes, Noze Nuzzles Saline Wipes, Mucky Mitts Hand Sanitiser and Natural Baby range (shampoo, body wash and moisturiser) - worth over £21 email the words 'Jackson Reece Hamper’ to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.
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For a chance to win the full Maternity Collection containing: Nursing Tea, Nursing Oil, Stretch Mark Massage Oil,  and Perineum Massage Oil (worth over £45) email the word ‘Weleda’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.
Please remember to give your name and address in your email so we know where to send your prize(s)

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For a chance to win  a Nurturing Huggsie organic pillow and spare cover (worth £70) email the words ‘Hugsie’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.
Please remember to give your name and address in your email so we know where to send your prize(s)
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For a chance to win £50 worth of Brush-Baby dental products for babies, toddlers and children (up to 6 years old) email the words 'Brush-Baby' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.
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Book bundle 1 - Dr Seuss
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Celebrate the 60th Birthday of The Cat In The Hat and win a Dr Seuss bundle of books worth £42!
Published by Harper Collins Children's Books - RRP per paperback: £6.99

About Dr Seuss...
Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known to millions of his fans as Dr. Seuss – was born the son of a brewer and park superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904. After studying at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, and later at Oxford University in England (where he met his first wife Helen Palmer), he became a magazine humorist and cartoonist, and an advertising man. He soon turned his many talents to writing children`s books, and his first book ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street‘ was published in 1937.

His greatest claim to fame was the one and only ‘The Cat in the Hat’, published in 1957. This was the first of a hugely successful range of early learning books collectively known as Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection. In all Dr. Seuss wrote more than 40 children’s books during a career that spanned over 50 years, picking up numerous awards, including two Emmy awards for television and a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation along the way.

Most of you will have heard of Dr. Seuss, but here are some facts and figures that may surprise you:
- did you know that Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is the world’s best-selling children’s author, having sold over 650 million books worldwide?
- The Cat in the Hat was the result of a bet! His editor challenged him to write a book using only 250 words. In the end he only needed 236!
- He won three Academy Awards and coined the term NERD, which first appeared in his book If I Ran the Zoo.
Find out more about Dr Seuss books here
Our Dr Seuss giveaway bundle includes the following books:

  • What Pet Should I get?
  • Dr Seuss ABC
  • The Cat In The Hat - 60th Birthday Edition
  • The Cat In The Hat Comes Back
  • Dr Seuss Sleep Book
  • And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

For a chance to win a Dr Seuss bundle of books worth £42, email the words ‘Dr Seuss’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.

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Book bundle 2 - Bing
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Win a Bing bundle worth £30!
Published by Harper Collins Children's Books
RRP per paperback : £5.99

About Ted Dewan...
Ted Dewan grew up in Massachusetts where he became a science teacher. He moved to London in 1988, making a living from drawing and playing the accordion. His picture book Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All, won the Blue Peter Award and was an Honour book for the Kate Greenaway Award. The Bing books were first published in 2003. Ted and his wife, author/illustrator Helen Cooper, live in Oxford.
Find out more about the Bing books here...
Our giveaway Bing bundle includes the following books by Ted Dewan:

  • Bing - Diggers
  • Bing - Eggy Heads
  • Bing - Somethingfor Mummy
  • Bing's Day Out - Wipe Clean Activity Book
  • Bing - Summer Fun Sticker Activity Book

For a chance to win a Bing bundle of books worth £30, email the word ‘Bing’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 42.

:: TIPS winners ::

mini competitions

The 3 lucky winners of Holiday Essentials My Scottish Box gift sets are Natalie from Glamorgan, Sarah from West Sussex and Katy from Leicester

The lucky winner of Love My Smalls Merino wool tank is Ashley from The Netherlands

The 3 lucky winners of the book Let them eat Dirt book are Jo from Northampstonshire, Danielle from Yorkshire and Tania from Cornwall

The 3 lucky winners of Telly Tubbies DVDs are Kathryn from Manchester, Sarah from the Isle of Wight and Kayleigh from Suffolk

The lucky winner of The Closer we Get DVD is Lucy from Fife 

The 4 lucky winners of Diary Dolls Pants are Sofia from London, Julie from Merseyside, Kat from East Sussex and Tania from Cornwall

The 2 lucky winners of Green People Butterfly Gift Sets are Kelda from Ayrshire and Munira from London

The lucky winner of a Whisky Frames customised frame is Paula from Aberdeenshire

The lucky winner of the Blade & Rose Reindeer set is Krysy from Essex

The lucky winner of the Club Petit Pierrot CD is Katrina from Leicestershire

The lucky winner of the Natracare gift set is Kim from London

The lucky winner of the Weleda Baby gift set is Kirsten from North Lanarkshire


Main newsletter competition
The lucky winner of The Rhythm life shot 50 drinks worth £100 is Julie from Merseyside


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