TIPS e-newsletter 33 published
Springtime at TIPS HQ...
It's official, we have just experienced the wettest winter since records began! Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the recent extremes of wind and rain. Here’s hoping we can provide you with some light relief and give you with some clever hints and tips on how you can look forward to a brighter and dryer spring 2014.
Since our last newsletter in December we are delighted to announce we've reviewed the yummy Organic Children Berry Smoothie Shampoo and given it a Best Organic TIPS Award! As we speak, another 7 trials (skincare products and belly balms) are out to Parent Testers, so watch this space for announcements of new TIPS Awards in the coming weeks.
Our featured websitewww.which.co.uk/birth-choice. BirthChoiceUK and consumer organisation Which? have teamed up to develop a website with information about your local maternity services. This great resource will provide parents with all the information they need to make an informed choice over where to birth their baby (labour ward, birth centres or at home).
We havereviewed 2 books: an innovative cookbook: The Contented Calf – Nourishing recipes for breastfeeding mums; and a brand new eco-thriller, written by ex-banker, turned author Jake Rider. His first novel, The Silvanus Supremacy: Reluctant HERO Book 1 is a real page-turner that is likely to become the next ‘must-have’ teenage action hero. Brigitte, our guest reviewer, is certainly looking forward to reading book 2!
As much of my time is dedicated to giving one-to-one advice to new parents, I am thrilled to announce there are now two new ways you can access my advice Live Guru webchats and Ask a Midwife service in association with Biovaultfamily. Both are free to use so if you have a question for me then I am just a click away!
We are featuring 2 very different DVDs Face of Birth(An Australian documentary about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice); and Sarah & Duck(CBeebies animation). We also feature a groundbreaking documentary MicroBirth, which can only be produced with your support ...find out how you can get involved here.
In our Top Tips features, we share hygiene tips from our friends atnbsp;Milton, review the latest all natural Mulberry Silk Duvets and bring you news of a new pilot parenting programme from the US.ÂÂÂ Parents as Partners has been shown to help separated parents become better at parenting together; increase fathers' direct involvement with their children, and help children to feel happier and do better at school. Additionally, the relationship between parents has been shown to improve. While on the subject of dads we review the fascinating documentary The Biology of Dads. This documentary goes a long way to explaining what many of us already believe. It's not just that children like to have their dad around but all areas of their development are positively enhanced by the unique, although often subtle, behaviours that only a dad can provide.
Check out our delightfulTesters' photos including adorable pictures of our featured baby, bump,family, baby wearer andbaby-led-weaning shots and a trip to Twycross Zoo (a TIPS competition winner http://bit.ly/1mr4c68). Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? Remember we're always on the lookout for these - and I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.
As well as our regular mix of features we bring you news of our recommended blog(Mama Twinkle – also the author of our latest My Story), event(Sport Relief 2014),Top Value(our TIPS 100% natural latex duckie!) and Top Treat(Weleda Nursing Oil) - not forgetting a luxurious new Yummy Mummy Cream from Glow Skincare, which you can win! Last but not least we bring you part five of our regular feature Diary of a Student Midwife Down Under.
We have a wonderful selection of goodies in our newsletter competitions(worth £250) so get your entries in to Brigitte and you too could be a winner.
Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!
Congratulations to Green People on their latest TIPS Award.
Now available from Ocado - find it in the Bathtime & Toileteries of the Baby & Child section of the Ocado Shop
We are delighted to announce our latest TIPS Award for Green Peoples’ Organic Children Berry Smoothie Shampoo.
We wouldn't normally give two products in the same category a Best Organic TIPS award, but the Organic Children Berry Smoothie shampoo scored so well that we have decided to do just that. You can read the full review here...
TIPS e-newsletter 32 published
Welcome to our winter issue!
Our September newsletter was delayed due to my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding so I make no apologies for including a few wedding themed features in this issue. Ashley is our only daughter (we also have three boys) so I was able to enjoy my one and only experience as Mother-of-the-Bride! I am thrilled to report that everything came together perfectly on the day, although I will admit to experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions along the way! We only had six months to organise the wedding celebrations but it turned out to be easier than we had thought. During this time we came across a few great websites and handy tips that we can share with you, not to mention a few of our favourite pictures.
Since our last newsletter in June we have published the results of our two trials: Sterilisers4All and the trusted Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits - which achieved not one but two TIPS Awards! We have also received a delightful review for the all-natural deodorant OY! by Green people. It was sent to us by one of our young testers. You can read the review here.
Our featured websites include a unique photography service called: Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org). The more people know about NILMDTS the more families who suffer the tragedy of losing an infant will be able to gain comfort from this very special service. The second featured website is www.motherandbabyhomes.com which launched on 14 August 2013. Mother & Baby Homes is a research based website: it uses oral history interviews to document the stories of young unmarried mothers. These powerful accounts of real life events show why so many women were forced to enter Mother & Baby Homes in England in the 1960s with heartbreaking stories of how their babies were forcibly taken from them and given up for adoption. This is also the subject of our featured DVD, Philomena, starring Dame Judy Dench and Steve Coogan.
Our featured book How to Potty Train, is an easy to use book by Judith Hough and Diane Titterton, designers of the award-winning training pads Dry Like Me. It will help to make potty training simple and even enjoyable for parents and children.
I have been busy writing many of the parenting articles for the second edition of a publication for new parents called The National Parent Guide (www.thenpg.org.uk). This will be available from local registry offices, many maternity units and parenting organisations.
In our Top Tips features, you can find out about National Family Mediation – an organisation set up to help parents with the trauma of separation or divorce. It offers a cost-effective alternative to going to court which is also far less stressful. We feature our friends' Glow Skincare 8 top tips for winter skincare. For those of you thinking about getting married we feature the gorgeous Debbie Graham Wedding Jewellery and Tiaras: a beautiful range of handmade jewellery, designed to your specific needs including the latest trend: back jewellery, as worn by me as Mother-of-the-Bride!
Check out our delightful Testers' photos including pictures of my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding last September. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? Remember we're always on the lookout for these - and I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.
As well as our regular mix of featured articles (our updated TIPS Toolkits on Breastfeeding, Tongue-tie and Introducing Solids), blog (Grace under pressure), event (our family wedding!), DVD (Philomena), Top Value (ReadyBed®s by Worlds Apart) and Top Treat (Weleda Haircare range) - not forgetting our latest news section which highlights the fantastic work carried of Independent Midwives UK. Our Video clips feature the work of neonatal nurse Sonia Rochel. By watching the beautiful footage of newborns being immersed in warm water baths, we are given a unique view of a baby’s recent life in the womb. Last but not least we bring you part four of our regular feature Diary of a Student Midwife Down Under.
As a special treat for the festive season we are giving away a Tummy Tub full of goodies in our Newsletter Competition so get entering and you could win the lot! Don't forget to check out our 7 mini-competitions with a total prize value of £350! Email your entries and you too could be a winner.
Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!
*** Two TIPS Awards for Bickiepegs teething biscuits!***
Between August and September 2013, we tested the Bickiepegs® Teething Biscuits.
I am delighted to bring you the final results of our latest one-off trial of Bickiepegs® Teething Biscuits.
Our Testers were so impressed with this product we have decided to award it 2 awards: Clever idea and Editor's choice.
Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits are made with quality ingredients using a recipe developed by leading paediatrician Dr Harry Campbell in 1925. Dr Campbell wanted babies to have a biscuit that promotes exercise known to be vital for good teeth, jaw, and chewing skills. Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits can also help ease the pain of teething. Bickiepegs are not intended to be eaten and do not form part of the child’s diet. They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Recommended from the age of 6 months, Bickiepegs biscuits have been used in royal nurseries. They contain only three ingredients: wheat flour, wheat germ and water. Bickiepegs also manufacture the TIPS award-winning Doidy cup: another classic design ideal for all ages.
Our Parent Testers liked the simple but effective design of the packaging which hinted at its trusted reputation. They were especially pleased that there was no added salt or sugar in the recipe although some did suggest that a variety of flavours or a gluten-free biscuits might be welcome. The biscuits were the perfect size for little hands and most parents agreed that the Bickiepeg biscuit kept their baby happy for long enough to distract them from their sore gums. All in all this classic teething biscuit was a hit with parents and babies alike and we are delighted to award the Bickiepegs Teething Biscuits not one but two TIPS awards:
Clever idea and Editor's choice
You can read all about this trial in the TIPS awards section of the website
Some fascinating facts and photographic evidence regarding the early years of Bickiepegs
Welwyn Garden City (WGC) Heritage Trust recently contacted Bickiepegs to see if they had any information regarding photos held in the WGC Library's Local Studies Collection. The first of the two photos is an interior shot of the Bickiepegs factory, taken in the 1930s. We can see a couple of ovens on the left of the picture and the small workforce helping to check and pack the cooked biscuits.
The second image is of factories in Broadwater Road - the central square factory was occupied by a confectionery company with the address 13-15 Broadwater Road, with the Bickiepegs factory at 11 Broadwater Rd (shown here on the left of the photo).
It is also interesting to read an old advert for Bickiepeg Bone and Vegetable Broth (circa 1931) that the company made at this time. This broth is advertised as being given ‘from birth’ which conflicts with today’s advice to avoid introducing solids until six months of age. However it does still mention that their products do not contain sugar preservatives or starch. More than 88 years after the Bickiepegs teething biscuits were first manufactured, they are still beingade today, using the same recipe which is free from added salt and sugar, additives or colourings.
The factory in Welwyn Garden City continued to manufacture Bickiepegs teething biscuits until the early 1950s. They moved to Jopps Lane, Aberdeen but when the North Sea oil started new factory units were built at Blackburn Industrial Estate. Bickiepegs were the first company to move into their unit, where production continues to this day. Bickiepegs also manufacture the TIPS award-winning Doidy cup: another classic design ideal for all ages.
***Win 1 of 3 Halloween Sets from Mustard***
This Halloween suitably frighten up your décor with this range of products from Mustard.
Monster Mood Lighting is a set of ghoulish glow-in-the-dark stickers to affix to your light switches, providing seemingly endless combinations of monsters and creepy characters glowing in the night.
The cool Chillax mould creates axed shaped ice lollies complete with fake wooden handles.
- For a chance to win 1 of 3 sets of Monster Mood Lighting Stickers and a Chillax mould just email the word ‘Mustard’ to
by 24 October 2013. We will contact the winners by 26 October so they have plenty of time to use their prizes on Halloween Night.
To see Mustard’s complete range visit www.justmustard.com
You can follow Mustard on Facebook (go to www.facebook.com/MustardGifts)and Twitter (@justmustard)too.
Sterilisers 4 All
We are delighted to announce the publication of the results for our latest trials of sterilisers. You can see how we set-up this trial and read all the reviews in the TIPS Awards section of this website
As a passionate supporter of breastfeeding, I had planned to trial breast pumps but one of our suppliers suggested we trial sterilisers first. And this is what we decided to do. Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding you will need to sterilise any feeding equipment before use.
8 products were carefully selected for this trial. 80 sterilisers, supplied by 4 manufacturers for the purpose of testing were sent to 48 Parent Testers whose Little Ones were between a few days old and 55 months.
Testers completed and returned 79 detailed questionnaires; this is a return rate of over 98%.
The trial of breastpumps will follow!
TIPS e-newsletter 31 published
Welcome to our bumper summer issue!
Like us on Facebook – visit the TIPS Ltd Facebook page: we publish news (including competitions!), information and advice for parents and professionals regularly.
Our testers have been busy reviewing lots of products: washable nursing pads, two baby oils, a nipple treatment and our first large trial of sterilisers - we will publish the results next month. We're also going to be testing the classic Bickiepegs teething biscuits real soon. Meanwhile, we are delighted that the innovative Vapour Ring from Baby nose-clear® is the latest TIPS Award winner - find out more in the featured productsÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ section. We also feature the adorable MamAmor birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing dolls. They haven't been through our trial process, but if they did I'm sure they'd win a TIPS Award!
Our featured website is www.beachdragons.com. Beach Dragons offer an innovative range of UV clothing for children. This Swedish company was founded in 2012 by mother of three Jessica Dahlberg. Jessica spotted a gap in childrenswear and decided to start her own company offering stylish, premium quality beachwear with UV-protection. We are delighted to offer our readers the chance to win one of two UV clothing sets (total prize value is £150) in our e-newsletter competition.
We have reviewed 3 booksÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ for you:ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
Adventures in Potty Training is about two neighbours who decide to start potty training their children on the same day. It also deals with the very sensitive subject of soiling. The book has been reviewed by one of our parent bloggers whose daughter has also suffered from this upsetting condition.
Birth made easy explains how self-hypnosis, visualisation, different breathing methods and the use of colours for healing and relaxation can help you get the birth you want
in the Let’s Talk About series of toddler books, we have reviewed My New Baby and Big Beds and Bedtime for you.
In our Top TipsÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ features, you can find out about Train with Nicola Buggy classes - to help new mums get fit with their babies. We feature the adorable Frilly Tushies: a beautiful range of pants to hide nappies that take the old fashioned idea of frilly pants and give it a modern twist (we have two gorgeous sets up for grabs) and we also introduce the innovative craze of Mummy Business Cards. Read on....
Check out our delightful TIPS Testers' photosÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ including the very first engagement picture: my daughter and her fiancé (who proposed on top of Mount Kilimanjaro!).
My StoryÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ includes poignant shots which chart the journey of Julie and her family, from diagnosis to treatment for thyroid cancer, just after the birth of her third son.
Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? Remember we're always on the lookout for these - and I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.
As well as our regular mix of featured article, blog (Edspire), event (Father’s Day present to win too!), DVD (Room on the Broom),ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ Top Value and Top Treat we introduce a new campaigns feature with two campaigns: Hands Off Midirs and Movement for an Adoption Apology.
We also have part three of our feature Diary of a Student Midwife Down Under. And we have a special treat for all the readers who have been asking for an update on our original series Diary of a Student Midwife: we have exciting news, with pictures too!
Don't forget to check out our 8ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ mini-competitions with a total prize value of over £350!
Email your entries (to
) and you too could be a winner.
Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!
We are delighted to tell you about the latest online service community: YoupiJob. The website aims to match 'Posters' with 'Jobbers' so you can find a skilled person in your local area to do the jobs you don't have time to do...
How did YoupiJob begin?
Youpijob is basically a combination of the French word (youpi) with the English word job - and youpi simply means ‘hooray’!
Youpijob co-founders, Benjamin Leyne and Bertrand Tournier are both in their early 30s. They worked for Groupon in France after graduating from university.
Their careers kept them extremely busy with very little spare time. They didn't want to spend the little free time they did have on daily chores.
The cost of employing someone to carry out these chores was quite prohibitive, so they looked for alternatives. This is how they became aware of new concepts being developed in the US that seemed to work well. These allow people with skills and spare time to offer their services to people who don't have time to do all kind of jobs around the home and garden. Benjamin Leyne and Bertrand Tournier decided to create a European version of this. Youpijob is building strong user bases in France, Switzerland and now the UK.
What could you use YoupiJob for?
YoupiJob.co.uk is an online jobs market place connecting busy people (who need help with all kinds of jobs) with people who have the time and skills to do them (and are looking to make some extra cash in the process).
It doesn’t matter how big or small the jobs are. Whether it's DIY, mowing the lawn, ironing or cooking a weekend meal, the YoupiJob online community allows users to find skilled people in their neighbourhood who can help out.
Benjamin Leyne (see picture), co-founder of Youpijob.co.uk says:
“YoupiJob.co.uk is a great way for busy working people to save money and time by posting a job they would like done on YoupiJob.co.uk. They can let someone from the friendly YoupiJob community, who’s likely to be living in their neighbourhood, do the job for them. It cuts out expensive middlemen and in these tough economic times is a great way to save money, and connect with people in your community!”
How do I know that Jobbers and Posters are genuine?
Every Poster and every Jobber is checked against their social networking certification (Facebook connection, profile pictures, phone number verification)
They are also community reviewed: (this works a bit like seller and buyer ratings on eBay). Every Poster and every Jobber is rated once a job has been completed so it is in the interest of each person to build up a successful profile.
Online Jobbers and Posters profiles include lists of jobs posted, and jobs completed.
How does it work?
If you want to be a Jobber:
- register on YoupiJob:ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ http://www.youpijob.co.uk/index.php?page=6ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
- YoupiJob will alert you as soon as a suitable job is posted
- you can also search the jobs online at:ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ http://www.youpijob.co.uk/index.php?page=1ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
- if you are interested in a job, just click on the button 'Do this'
- if you are happy with the fee click ‘offer my services’
- if you want to charge a different fee click on ‘Make an offer’
- if you are selected by a Poster you will get an email
- when the job is completed your Poster pays you and then adds a rate and review on your profile.
If you want to be a Poster:
- post your job on YoupiJob here:ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ http://www.youpijob.co.uk/index.php?page=10ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
- your jobs will all appear in your profile
- each time a Jobber offers his/her services, you receive an email.ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
- you can select the Jobber directly from your Job ad page
- when the job is done, you pay the JobberÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
- don't forget to rate and review the Jobber from your profile on YoupiJob.
For more information go to: