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This section contains all the news stories and articles that we think might be of interest to parents of babies and young children.

Where do you stand on the great dummy debate? Check out the pros and cons of using a pacifier for you baby.

11/24/2014
Who knew there would be so many things to consider when you become a parent! It’s natural for all of us to want to do the right...

Oh baby! Some fun facts about babies

11/18/2014
We thought it would be fun to dig out some lesser known facts about your little ones! Don’t cry for me!  Newborn babies aren’t...

Dressing the bump! What’s your pregnancy style?

11/14/2014
When it comes to putting a stylish bump forward are you more of a Kourtney Kardashian or a Kate Middleton? Are you due a maternity...

Top tips for travelling on public transport with your baby

11/06/2014
The Lord Mayor’s Show takes place in London on 8 November this year and this got us thinking about travelling on public transport...

Tiny terrors! Tips on how to deal with toddler tantrums

11/06/2014
Children’s temperaments vary from child to child. While some children rarely seem to break in to a full ear splitting, screaming,...

Turn your baby into a book worm from an early age and they will reap the benefits.

11/04/2014
Cast your mind back to when you were younger, a time without multi TV channels, smart phones and tablets, a world filled with im...

It’s mine! Tips on teaching your toddler to share!

11/01/2014
There can be fewer more dreaded words uttered in a toddler get together, than the ubiquitous “Mine!” swiftly followed by an outpou...

The big bang theory- fireworks and babies, do they mix? Should you take your baby to a firework display?

10/29/2014
Should you take your baby along to a firework display? We all know how loud fireworks can sound and that’s to our ears, so imagine...

Up close and personal! Take a look at some of the great reviews we are getting for our personalised bibs.

10/27/2014
Here’s a round up of some of the super feedback we’ve been receiving about our new personalisation tool. " I am happy to report...

It's all about baby's first Halloween- some tips and ideas for a spookily good time!

10/22/2014
Halloween is soon to be upon us once again. We can’t believe how time is flying by, can you? Will this be your little one’s firs...

If the hat fits! Tips on how to dress your newborn baby

10/16/2014
  I remember being so worried about how to go about dressing my baby son so we could leave hospital after he was born....

Funny pregnancy traditions to predict your baby’s gender

10/10/2014
  “Do you know if you are having a boy or a girl”?! This surely must be the most common question all mums-to-be are as...

Writing a birth plan

10/09/2014
Can you ever truly plan for childbirth? Yes- but remember, nothing to do with babies is set in stone! So be flexible and open mind...

Help your toddler to tidy their toys!

10/07/2014
Does it seem like an impossible dream to have kids AND a tidy house? Believe it or not, the two aren’t necessarily exclusive! Tr...

Mummy don’t go! Some way’s to deal with your toddler’s separation anxiety.

10/06/2014
It can be physically difficult ( ever tried walking with a toddler wrapped around your legs?! ) as well as emotionally difficult,...

Blame it on the hormones! Skin changes during pregnancy

10/02/2014
  Pregnancy brings glowing skin, right? Not always! Blame it on the hormones!   Your body is undergoing huge change...

Battle of the brush! How to encourage your toddler to brush their teeth

10/01/2014
Did you you see the Public Health England (PHE) Report published yesterday ( 30 September) that 12% of all three year olds have to...

If the shoes fits.... tips on helping your baby put their best foot forward.

09/29/2014
It is SO exciting to buy your baby’s first shoes and SO tempting to rush into doing so when there is really no need. Don’t worry,...

Celebrating Grandparents Day on October 5 and all year round!

09/29/2014
Did you know there are 14 million grandparents in the UK? The contribution they can make to family life is immeasurable. We are...

Keeping fit during pregnancy: Have you thought about swimming or trying aqua natal classes?

09/26/2014
Want to keep fit in pregnancy and meet other mum’s- to- be? Aqua natal classes are a great way of doing both. It is considered a...

Help raise funds for leading pregnancy charity Count the Kicks by recycling your unwanted items

09/23/2014
Feeling your baby kick for the first time is probably one of the most incredible feelings a mum can experience. Up until that po...

Preparing for your baby’s arrival- what to pack in your hospital bag

09/22/2014
Judging from all the comments you lovely mums and mums- to - be made in answer to our question about what to put in your hospita...

Understanding the 8 Shades of Baby Poo!

09/18/2014
When you were single, the idea of examining poo was probably as far away from your mind as flying to the moon! But once you enter...

It’s a snip! Cutting edge tips to make sure you baby’s first haircut isn’t a hair raising experience!

09/17/2014
A snip in time... Whether your baby was born with a full head of hair or was bald as a billiard ball, one thing’s for sure, eve...

Soothe those gums! Tips to help your baby’s teething troubles

09/16/2014
 Hands down! There is nothing quite like mummy or daddy’s finger to chomp on if the going gets tough! Make sure your hands are...

Sweet Dreams! Tips on how to manage your child’s transition from cot to bed.

09/14/2014
There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to moving your baby from a cot into a bed. There isn’t for example, any need to...

Tips on how to manage if your baby has reflux

09/09/2014
  What happens if your baby suffers from reflux? Here are  some suggestions on how to cope. Most babies bring up a sm...

Suffering from morning sickness? We’ve rounded up some remedies to help combat nausea in pregnancy

09/08/2014
Firstly, just why is it called morning sickness?! For some mums-to-be, it’s morning, noon and night sickness! Nausea in pregnancy...

Pregnancy cravings

09/06/2014
From soap to sardines, to chilli and chalk, these are just some of the weird and wonderful things, some mums- to- be can’t wait to...

Questions to ask on your maternity hospital tour

09/02/2014
Have you decided to have your baby in hospital? If your maternity unit offers a pre birth tour then take them up on it, as it’s a...

Is your baby or toddler a messy eater? Don’t fret, it’s normal!

09/01/2014
As a parent you already know how much mess a tiny human can make- and that’s before they start to learn how to feed themselves! I...

Worried your baby might be constipated? Here are some ways to relieve your baby’s constipation

08/29/2014
Ah the joy of parenthood. I bet that in your pre-baby days, it never occurred to you that someone else’s bowel movement would worr...

Have you considered prenatal yoga as a way of keeping fit in pregnancy?

08/28/2014
Prenatal yoga classes are more popular than ever before and a great way to keep in shape during your pregnancy. Judging by the sna...

Drink up! Some tips on how to help your child make the transition from bottle to cup.

08/26/2014
Like most things to do with children, patience is the key! Do not expect your toddler to want to move on from their bottle to a be...

Tips on how to prepare your child for the first day of nursery school

08/22/2014
It probably seems like five minutes ago, you were preparing for your baby to be born and now your child is preparing to start nurs...

New mummy? Whole new level of tiredness! Some ideas on how to overcome new mum exhaustion

08/20/2014
You couldn’t wait to see you baby’s face and welcome them into the world and now he or she has arrived, you are finding it hard to...

Tips on how to prepare your child for the birth of a new baby

08/18/2014
If you thought the arrival of your first baby would bring about lots of changes to your family unit- just wait until you add one...

Expecting a baby? Here’s a good way to work out your due date

08/14/2014
Calculating your due date is never a precise science. Unless you can pin point the exact date and time of your conception, you’l...

Ideas on how to capture and record your baby’s first year.

08/12/2014
One things for sure, time ( and children) never stand still! If you have recently become a new parent, you simply won’t believe ho...

Get creative with those outgrown baby products!

08/10/2014
We were really inspired by a recent post to our Facebook page, where one creative mum had reused Funky Giraffe bibs and bandanas,...

What You Need To Know About Mastitis

08/07/2014
Having a full breast and being unable to feed your baby or express milk with a pump, is uncomfortable, even painful at times. But...

Toothless fun - do you believe in the tooth fairy?

08/04/2014
How did the tooth fairy get her wings? Some people believe the tradition started with the Vikings, as a necklace made of teeth...

Going Potty! Top tips on how to potty train your child.

08/01/2014
Just like everything to do with children- there is no right or wrong time to potty train your child, as it varies from little one...

Love it or loathe it? Where do you stand when it comes to the great party bag debate?

07/30/2014
I have tried without success, to find out where the idea of party bags originates from - does anyone know?! I’m pretty sure bac...

Drooling Times! How to cope with a dribbly baby or toddler

07/28/2014
It is perfectly normal for a baby to start dribbling from about 3 months of age. This is the age when the larger saliva glands in...

Coping with night time feeding

07/24/2014
Night time feeding - do you hanker after the days when this meant a trip to the kebab shop?! One of the hardest things perhaps...

Great tips for hosting a baby shower

07/22/2014
The American tradition of hosting a baby shower appears to have found huge favour amongst mums and mum-to-be over here. Many peopl...

Bagsy this! How to choose a baby changing bag and what to put in it.

07/21/2014
Becoming a mum involves acquiring a whole range of new skills - not least those of a Sherpa porter as you lug around all the equ...

Bubbles or battles? What’s bath time like for your baby or toddler ?

07/18/2014
Bath time plays a major role in your baby’s routine, from the moment you bring them home. Baths are not just meant to be about ke...

What colour should you paint your nursery?

07/16/2014
Picture via Pinterest http://uk.pinterest.com/pin/192036371583818407/ Colour me happy- hold opening that paint can! If you are...

You called me what? Tips on how to choose a name for your baby

07/15/2014
According to a recent report compiled by baby naming site, Name berry, Katniss and Khaleesi could be set to become the top names...

What kind of foods are safe to eat whilst pregnant?

07/13/2014
  Are you a little confused by the dietary advice you have been given by your GP? It can actually vary from GP to GP a...

Top Toddler facts! What you may, or may not already know about your toddler!

07/11/2014
  Toddle on! Today we salute out toddlers! So much is going on right under your eyes... here are some fascinating todd...

The sun has got its hat on, hip, hip hip hooray! How to keep your baby and toddler safe in the sun.

07/09/2014
Babies and small children can quickly suffer from the effects of heatstroke or sun burn very quickly, so it is essential to keep...

School Sports Days- do you love them or loathe them?

07/06/2014
Will this year be your child’s first sports day? Does this thought make you feel like running for the hills, or running to dust...

Musical bumps takes on a whole new meaning! Today we are exploring how playing music can strike all the right chords with your baby and toddler.

07/02/2014
It seems even in the womb we are learning. Scientists at the University of Helsinki conducted a study last year, which found when...

Nature, nurture - how to sow the seeds of gardening with your toddler

06/26/2014
Green fingers and mud pies! Gardening with your children can instill a life long love of nature and wildlife in them - and also h...

First Aid Kit for Babies

06/22/2014
Although babies are more robust than we sometimes give them credit for, they are still vulnerable to any ailments and once they st...

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth - let’s talk teething!

06/19/2014
Did you know that approximately in one of every 2,000 births in the UK, the baby is born with teeth? Teeth actually begin to fo...

Protecting your baby or toddler at home, how to prevent accidents

06/17/2014
It seems there’s no place like home- especially when it comes to accidents....... According to ROSPA, the largest number of accid...

Tips on how to breastfeed your newborn whilst having a toddler in tow

06/14/2014
Babies, breastfeeding and toddlers, not an easy combination to deal with, but not a mutually exclusive one either! Before your...

Strawberry fields forever! ( Or jam today and jam tomorrow!) Some fresh ideas to do with your toddler.

06/11/2014
 Thinking of a fun activity to do with the kids this summer? Have you thought about fruit picking? It’s a really fun and relativel...

Simple Remedies for Baby’s Cold

05/04/2014
A cold is a mild viral infection that’s very common. According to the NHS, adults have cold two to four times a year, and children...

Understanding and Preventing DVT in Pregnancy

05/03/2014
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) has been highlighted in the news in the past few years, with headlines focusing mainly on risk of DVT o...

Keeping the Peace with Grandparents

05/02/2014
If parents are the acrobats in the parenthood circus, then good grandparents are the safety net. They don’t have to perform the st...

How to Wean Your Milkaholic Baby

04/09/2014
Most babies take to solids like a duck to water. But some babies are so hooked on milk that they refused solids point-blank, makin...

Good Nutrition for Babies

04/08/2014
Good nutrition is a family concern. If you want healthy babies who will grow as healthy children and adults, you as parents have t...

Are Clever Children Product of Nature or Nurture?

04/07/2014
Judging by the subtle and not too subtle parental competition in many baby and toddler groups I have the misfortune to attend; and...

Nutrients Vital to Your Babies Growth

04/04/2014
He may not be six months old yet, but you just know that your baby is ready for solid foods. Milk isn’t enough to keep him through...

How to Help Your Child Cope with Homework Stress

04/02/2014
Whether you see homework as a reassuring sign that your child’s school is taking the children’s academic progress seriously, or si...

Answers to Your Common Immunisation Questions

03/31/2014
Q: Do I have the right to refuse vaccinations for my baby? A. Prior to 1898, parents who refused to have their children vaccinated...

Pet-Proofing Your Toddler

03/30/2014
Gruesome stories of pets attacking children are rare. However, an exuberant pet or an annoyed dog can still cause some injury to l...

Is It the Right Time to Have a Second Baby?

03/19/2014
Once babies hit toddler years, many parents start thinking the pros and cons of having another baby. For others, it’s not a questi...

Changing Nappies On the Go

03/07/2014
Having a newborn doesn’t need to stop you from heading out and about anymore. In fact, the earlier you can get on your feet and ta...

Comforting a Baby with Colic

02/28/2014
As colic has no known cause, it can’t be treated. It is distressing to know that it is not in your power to stop your baby from wa...

Colic: What Not To Eat When Breastfeeding

02/28/2014
A research published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information in the US, in December 2011, showed that breastfeeding c...

Treatment for Colic

02/28/2014
Babies always recover from colic without intervention. As such, GPs don’t tend to recommend any treatment. But, if you are struggl...

What Causes Colic

02/28/2014
In the past, colic has been put down to various reasons including overfeeding, underfeeding, over active let down, mother’s diet,...

Understanding Colic

02/28/2014
Understanding Colic As parents, your baby’s crying tugs at your heart. It is your natural instinct to comfort them. And more often...

Coping with colic

02/28/2014
Colic isn't just distressing to babies. It is also heartbreaking for parents who feel helpless for not being able to comfort their...

Me-time On a Budget

02/19/2014
It is amazing how time alone to focus on your self can benefit your physical and mental well-being. It relaxes us, leaves us happi...

Detecting Autism Early: Baby’s Eyes May Be the Key

02/18/2014
Autism affects each person differently. But, although we can’t generalise parents and carers’ experience, we can surmise that it i...

Babies on Solid Food Earlier More Susceptible to Food Allergies

02/10/2014
Once you have a baby, there is no getting away with breastfeeding and weaning topics. In fact, we are pretty sure that we cover th...

Are First Born Children Really Cleverer?

02/06/2014
If you ask the economists from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the answer is evidently YES! According to a new paper ti...

Why New Dads Feel Resentment?

02/05/2014
When the baby arrives in the family, it is a common phenomenon to see dads dethroned. While mum is getting used to having the baby...

New Baby, New Lifestyle

02/05/2014
The birth of your first baby is perhaps the most unforgettable event in your whole life, not just because you will have live and b...

Ho to Turn Your Husband into a Perfect Dad

01/29/2014
Ok... Ok. I admit that the title of this article is a bit misleading. You can’t just mould your husband, or any man, into who you...

Will Your Breasts Head Down South If You Breastfeed?

01/28/2014
Time and again, health experts remind mothers that ‘breast milk is best for baby.’ And it can’t be disputed. However, even though...

Which Breast Pump Is Best?

01/21/2014
Even stalwart supporters of the breasts, at some point in their breastfeeding career, will need the help of the bottle (milk bottl...

To Praise or, Not to Praise

01/08/2014
In 1993, author and lecturer Alfie Kohn published his book ‘Punished by Rewards’ where he claimed that praising children is bad fo...

Swelling hands and feet: Should you be worried?

01/07/2014
Oedema, otherwise known as dropsy is a condition typified by swelling and puffiness. The hands and feet are common sites for this...

A Guide to Seborrhoeic Dermatitis in Babies

01/07/2014
Babies have sensitive skin that can be irritated easily. Nappy rash are particularly common and can be uncomfortable for your baby...

How sleep (or the lack of it) affects your family?

12/23/2013
Life as parents is much easier if children go to bed early, sleep through the night, every night, and wake up late, relaxed and ch...

Winter-proof your baby’s skin this winter

12/21/2013
After the uncharacteristic above average temperature we’ve been experience in the last few weeks, the MET is predicting that the w...

Are you ready for parenthood?

12/19/2013
Having children is an experience like no other. It's exciting but challenging, heart-warming but sometimes heartbreaking. Children...

Stress-proof your Christmas

12/09/2013
I don’t understand why every Christmas, even my most laid-back friends are getting into a tizzy. They worry that they have left it...

Siesta Helps Toddlers Learn

12/09/2013
The importance of sleep is well documented. For example, it is common knowledge that lack of sleep can significantly affect people...

Fun Christmas Presents for Baby

12/05/2013
Market research specialist, Verdict, is forecasting that people will have more money to spend this Christmas due to the recovery o...

Healthier Family Routine Improves Children’s Weight

11/27/2013
Concerned about your children’s weight? Less obsession with their weight and spending more time together as a family could be the...

United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

11/26/2013
November 25th is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. According to UN estimates 70...

Weaning: When to Start?

11/20/2013
Early this month, researchers from University of Glasgow's School of Medicine, published their report, claiming that most ready-ma...

Is it Selfish to Exercise While Pregnant?

11/18/2013
Thirty five year old and professional weightlifter, Lea-Ann Ellison, caused a major hoo-ha in cyberspace early this month, when ph...

Bibs: Deciding Between Form and Function

11/14/2013
It seems a bit naff discussing the pros and cons of different types of bibs for babies. After all, a bib is just a bib. It perform...

Sneaky ways to add fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet

11/07/2013
In the last ten years or so, parents have been bombarded with information about healthy eating, with 5 A Day, becoming a buzzword...

Planning Your Toddler’s Second Birthday Party

11/01/2013
By the time your child celebrates his second birthday, you’ll probably be feeling confident in your organisational and parenting s...

Mission Impossible: Shopping with Toddlers

11/01/2013
Your child’s toddler years can be enchanting as well as frustrating. For some parents, toddler years are the most difficult. Altho...

Gift Ideas for Babies and Parents Who have it all

10/31/2013
Your friend has just given birth. You have a new niece or nephew. Naturally, you would like to celebrate the new arrival; and what...

Your Mother’s Advice: Obey or Ditch?

10/17/2013
When you become a mother, you’ll realise and appreciate how much your mum did for you when you were little. You’ll also realise th...

Getting to know your baby’s skin

10/13/2013
We are all pre-conditioned to believe that baby’s skin should be soft, smooth and near perfect. But nothing can be farther from th...

Don't Ask Me That: Questions Mums Don’t Want to Hear

10/12/2013
Children are great conversation starters. Strangers lose their inhibition to speak to someone with children even if they haven’t m...

Statement about recent copyright issues

10/10/2013
We really don't want to have a dispute with anyone. Really we have enough to copy with just getting our son to school, preparing f...

Save your relationship from lack of sleep

10/07/2013
If you imagine that six weeks’ after you give birth, you will be strutting along the high-street, carrying your baby in his design...

Shaping up after childbirth

09/25/2013
Apart from the health and development of their newborns, gaining their pre-pregnancy weight and toning their muscles are also majo...

What you need to know about newborn jaundice

09/22/2013
If you notice that your baby’s skin and eyeballs appear a little bit yellow on the third or fourth day after she is born, don’t pa...

09/14/2013
Some useful ideas for preparing for baby. You are pregnant, congratulations! Now for all the preparations. Think about and choos...

What is baby led weaning?

09/11/2013
After the information the BBC published about baby food not containing enough nutrients for a baby, I was curious to find out abou...

Tips for a safe and less stressful birth

09/09/2013
Parenting begins before your baby arrives. Today, you have many birth options available to you. You are not expected to simply lie...

Design and copy write theft

09/03/2013
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.   When you are in business it's a dangerous issue, which fee...

Hand luggage – the essentials when travelling with under 3’s

08/28/2013
The thought of flying anywhere with a baby or toddler can be daunting. It’s hard enough remembering everything for a day out but b...

Why do children need to have MMR jabs?

08/27/2013
In April this year, measles epidemic in Wales hit the headline when over 1,000 people had been reported to have caught the disease...

Taking your baby swimming

08/16/2013
Lots of mums are keen to get back in shape after they have had their baby and swimming is excellent exercise but what about swimmi...

A Calmer Kid’s Party on a Budget

08/09/2013
This weekend Poppy turns 9 and we’ve agreed to a huge garden party, our first one since the very expensive 5th birthday party some...

Silly Sibling Rivalry

08/07/2013
I remember as a child having physical fights with my brother as we fought over the silliest things yet the thought of my own child...

Potty Training Success with Zero Effort

08/06/2013
Potty training has always been a subject my friends and family discuss as they’ve found it so difficult. Now on my third child, I...

Common Relationship Problems after Baby

08/05/2013
There’s a reason TV chat show hosts always warn against having to a baby to save a relationship, it’s because this amazing event c...

Time for a Reality Check to Beat Postnatal Depression

08/04/2013
There’s no denying that the birth of your first child is a wonderful joyous occasion that deserves a huge celebration however as m...

Second baby? How to prevent sibling rivalry. Part two

08/03/2013
There are behaviours in your toddler to look out for when you bring your new baby home. Often potty training is forgotten and they...

Second baby? How to prevent sibling rivalry. Part one

08/02/2013
You are having another baby, it’s exciting and you are thrilled but your toddler may not be feeling the love quite as much. There...

Introducing FeeFo

07/29/2013
FeeFo (or Feedback Forums) is a new project for us at Funky Giraffe, it is a independent company who we have asked to get feedback...

Babies and the beach: Part two

07/19/2013
Depending on the age of your baby you might like to take them in to the water with you. Babies can have lots of fun with you playi...

Babies and the Beach: part 1

07/18/2013
The weather in the UK has been gloriously hot at the moment and crowds of people have flocked to the beach for sun bathing and swi...

What is baby sign?

07/15/2013
Long before your baby learns to talk they already communicate with you. They may point at things, wave at you or clap their hands....

Day Care Colds – Normal or Not?

07/07/2013
By Martina Mercer The luxury of being able to stay at home with a baby until school age is no longer achievable for everyone as m...

Understanding your babies babbles

07/07/2013
Even before your baby was born it could hear your voice and they started to learn how language works. From birth the great adventu...

Choosing bed linen for baby

07/02/2013
It’s the instinctive fear of a parent that their baby will become to hot or too cold in the night. It is especially difficult to r...

Let Toys be Toys

07/01/2013
Should Chemistry sets be just for boys? That is what Tesco seemed to think when it started adding labels to it's online products...

Are grandparents always right?

06/28/2013
Last week, my mother casually remarked upon how cautious I am about keeping my child’s clothes clean. She told me that “kids shoul...

School dinner vs. Packed lunch

06/26/2013
Every once in a while my children come home from school asking me if they can have packed lunch instead of school dinners, and my...

Special Days of the Week

06/22/2013
By Martina Mercer Although I spend every minute of free time I can with all three children, I’m not a conventional mummy, as I wo...

The Lack of a Support Network - A Trip Away

06/20/2013
By Martina Mercer This weekend it’s my birthday and my husband and I are spending a few days of adult only time in a hotel. This h...

A Tired Toddler or Something Else?

06/19/2013
Nits/ Headlice With two older siblings in school it was inevitable that Percy would catch nits at some point. My daughter has very...

06/13/2013
The baby and toddler daytime nap is coveted by many. It’s amazing how much can be done in that one or two hours, from cleaning the...

Messy Games Babies Love

06/12/2013
From as soon as she could crawl I’ve tried to involve my youngest in my hobbies so that when we spend time together I can spend my...

If Peppa Pig Was My Child…

06/10/2013
By Martina Mercer I do adore CBeebies and Nick Junior, there have been many times where I’ve been late to the office as I’ve been...

Double Trouble – Twin Terrors

06/07/2013
By Martina Mercer   My brother has twin boys who have just turned 3 and has described the last 3 years as a complete ha...

The Tantrum that Turned into a Trip to Hospital

06/06/2013
By Martina Mercer My two year old daughter has just begun to speak, which means she’s much easier to take on trips such as doing...

Should Baby Sleep In Your Bed?

06/03/2013
By Martina Mercer Where baby sleeps at first is always a controversial topic, so I thought I’d shed some light from both sides of...

Taking your child for a hair cut

05/08/2013
Unlike many other children, mine refuse to go to a hairdresser. So far, I’ve tried it three times with my daughter. And on all thr...

The kindest cut?

04/27/2013
New research shows that holding off cutting the umbilical cord when a baby has just been delivered may have major health benefits...

Dr Who

04/19/2013
Can't say I am a huge fan but I did recently watch a old episode, based on one of my favourite stories The Lion the witch and the...

Report suggests the light drinking not harmful to babies?

04/17/2013
It was a debate I had with a friends of a friend recently. He being an internationally renowned dairy consultant and a huge advoca...

Baby’s Bedroom Boredom

04/15/2013
If you’ve seen the new programme “bedtime live” you’ll know that sleep is something that doesn’t come easily to babies and toddler...

A Walking Wonder

04/14/2013
Since spring has finally made an appearance I’ve been taking the dog and the children on walks. The first time was two weeks ago,...

Showing Some Love for Sibling Rivalry

04/13/2013
For some reason our middle daughter has always felt like a middle child, even before the birth of her baby sister. She’s loving an...

Why Breast IS Best for YOU!

04/12/2013
If you’re expecting a little one you will already know that there’s no substitution for breast milk for baby as the antibodies and...

When Breast isn’t Best

04/10/2013
Before anyone starts jumping on a bandwagon, please hear me out on this. Of course breast milk is the best for nutrients and vitam...

A Body Boost after Pregnancy

04/09/2013
I remember being 5 and seeing my mother naked in bath. I was immediately repulsed. I told her I never ever wanted to grow up, have...

To the Moon and Back

04/08/2013
Last week I was cursing Mr Tumble as he climbed into his rocket constructed with cardboard and tin foil as my 23 month old daughte...

Discipline: Do babies need it?

04/07/2013
Here’s the situation. Your little one has just begun to crawl; a happy, exciting and historical event for you and your family. You...

Baby wigs

04/04/2013
A friend who has a lovely baby girl, was got very upset in the past when her little girl was mistake for a little boy, so much so...

Low Birth Weight Babies and car seats

04/01/2013
Low Birth weight babies are hopefully overall health but they do require special attention in certain areas. Of course the primar...

Losing the Baby Belly

03/31/2013
I will tell anyone who will listen that if I knew exactly how my body would change after the birth of my first child, I would have...

Is Mess is Good for You and Baby?

03/30/2013
I have a few friends that are new parents and each one shares the same trait, the cleaning trait, which means there’s never a thin...

Treating a Tickly Cough

03/29/2013
Since birth my little girl has suffered from Asthma, as her lungs are still quite immature. She should grow out of it by the age o...

Can You Tame a Toddler?

03/23/2013
I’m currently a mother of three with my eldest in his teens and my youngest trying out toddler tantrums as she hits the terrible t...

The People of Newcastle - an apology

03/22/2013
It has been brought to our attention that one of our latest designs The Angel of the North is in the wrong colours. We were taken...

Do You Have a Crush on Mr Tumble? I Do!

03/21/2013
I recently came across some wise advice on the internet that said, “never ever tell your toddler that Justin and Mr Tumble are the...

No risk of dehydration due to Breastfeeding

03/20/2013
Research done for the NHS suggest that there is no serious risk dehydration due to Breastfeeding your baby. The study looked at n...

Baby born on Train

03/11/2013
Having been though both the agony of childbirth and a daily rush hour commute on South Eastern train services I would say it's fai...

Research shows health benefits of Omega-3

03/04/2013
Health fads come and go, and often it is easy to dismiss some of these things. But recent research has indicted there are signific...

Size chart for Funky Giraffe Moccasins

03/01/2013
Size chart for our Baby Moccasins Age UK 0 2 1 3 2 4.5 3 5.5  ...

New Product alert, Baby Socks and Baby Moccasins

03/01/2013
After launching our new range of baby Moccasins and Baby socks at the Excel Baby show and last weekend Funky Giraffe have been bus...

Celeb spotting at Excel Baby Show

02/23/2013
As well as being visited by a record number of our wonderful Funky Giraffe Mums at this years Excel Baby Show in London, we have b...

The Funky Guide to the Baby Show Excel 2013

02/20/2013
Come this Friday 9:30 am when the show opens Funky Giraffe will be at the Baby Show Excel, on stand C30. As well as our huge range...

Power Hour Breastfeeding could save 95 lives an hour

02/19/2013
A report by Save the Children states that babies lives could be saved by Breastfeeding the child within one hour of birth. The "P...

How to get your child to eat new foods

02/17/2013
Research shows that babies get a taste for foods whilst in the womb. Researchers from the Monell Centre in the US have been looki...

Babies protest for Lewisham Hospital

02/15/2013
Babies lead the Valentines day protest against the closure at Lewisham Hospital in South London. Very local to us is the protest...

Baby Boom

02/09/2013
According to the BBC the UK has seen a 22% increase in babies being born in ten years. In 2001, the number of live births stood...

All set for the Excel Baby Show

02/08/2013
Barring last minute disasters we are all prepared for the Baby Show Excel on the 22 - 24th of Febuary. Excel was our first baby sh...

Putin suggests that Valentines day for making babies

02/05/2013
Former KGB agent, Abba fan, president of Russia and probably the second fittest world leader after Obama, Vladimir Putin has sugge...

What not to say to a pregnant person.

01/27/2013
People can have some very odd responses to you getting pregnant, 1. Are you carrying twins? Thanks for confirming my worst fears...

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

01/26/2013
Not every one has heard of Tim Berners-Lee which is odd given that if you are reading this it's because of an idea that Sir Tim ha...

Babies bombarded at "Call the Midwife"

01/22/2013
The new series of Call the Midwife has causes a bit of  stir. The BBC produced programme has been bombarded with letters from (mo...

Born at 30,000 feet

01/20/2013
Continuing our stories about unusual births, a woman flying to Yerevan the capital of Armenia gave birth during the flight from Ru...

Survey, women see over ten midwives.

01/20/2013
The Royal College of Midwives has conducted a survey of new mothers and found that four out of ten women had nine or more midwives...

The best is yet to come

01/17/2013
Alarmingly over half of parents with teenagers believe that having a teenager is more hard work than a baby. Well that is somethi...

New product, onsies for Polititians

01/11/2013
Apparently the Lid Dem leader Nick Clegg wears a onsies (not sure if he wears them at cabinet meetings). I am not entirely sure w...

"Stardom is no substitute for being a good parent" Damian Lewis

01/09/2013
Damian Lewis has always been a bit of a hero of mine, given the vast number of American actors taking roles as British characters...

Does having a baby change your world view?

01/07/2013
Prince Charles has said that he does not wish to "hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world" to his grandchild. While HRH's envi...

Surge in trade of Baby Food to China

01/04/2013
We normally hear of exports coming from China, but people are making a business of buying formula milk and baby food and sending i...

Midwife awarded MBE

01/03/2013
Carol Walton a midwife from Caerphilly in Wales has been awarded an MBE in the Queens New Years honours. It was awarded for "servi...

Do babies really caste curry

01/01/2013
We are often told odd stories about pregnancy and birth, one of my favorites is the one about the Curry, but a new book by Linda G...

IVF mother given 1 in a 100 chance has baby

12/31/2012
I have two friends who went through IVF, one of them is expecting their baby this year, sadly the other friend it was not so succe...

Odds defining mother gives birth to second baby on Christmas day

12/28/2012
On December 25th 2009, Hamima Juma gave birth to her first child, on the same day three years later she gave birth to her second....

How to not loose yourself when you have a baby

12/27/2012
Having a baby does have a big impact on your social life, friends who don't have babies don't really get what it's like when you d...

Personal pricing

12/24/2012
The Office for Fair Trading is beginning to investigate personal pricing to see if it is fair. Websites collect a lot of informat...

Vitamin D linked to low birth rates

12/23/2012
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health have linked a lack of Vitamin D to low birth rates. While mos...

Merry Christmas to all our customers

12/20/2012
For many of our customers this will be their first Christmas and a extra special and memorable time. My son now four is just at th...

Save the date: 22-24th Febuary Baby Show Excel

12/16/2012
Funky Giraffe will again be at the Baby Show Excel in February. We will have a huge selection of our bandana bibs at a special sh...

Extreme Births: 1000 feet in the air

12/15/2012
A baby was delivered in the back of a helicopter when the crew were scrambled to fly a mother in Labour from the remote northerly...

A spoon full of sugar

12/13/2012
...helps the medicine go down, so the song goes, but with babies this may well be true. A recent study of babies being given immu...

Falling Sperm counts: All doom and gloom?

12/11/2012
There has been a lot written in the press recently about a study in France which showed a 33% decrease in men's sperm counts, with...

Going to Germany

12/10/2012
Following our launch in France we are going to the very heart of Europe and will soon be launching FunkyGiraffe.de bringing our ba...

Bio and Non Bio washing powder

12/10/2012
Bit random I know, but I have finally found out what they mean. Bio or Biological washing powder has enzymes (these are naturally...

December 11th

12/10/2012
Apparently (I say because I read this in a newspaper) December 11th is the most fertile day of the year, September is by far when...

Wills and Kate Baby

12/09/2012
Firstly our congratulations to the Royal Couple, seems like it is going to be the highlight for 2013 as some people have been emai...

25 percent of babies deliver with a C-section

12/08/2012
The Health and Social Care Information Centre has noticed a slight increase this year in the number of Cesarean sections being car...

Baby boom in Ireland

12/03/2012
It seems that Ireland is the midst of a baby boom. Apparently the economic situation has contributed to this boom as poorer caree...

Dr Alan Grant - an apology

11/30/2012
The world famous Paleobotanist has got in touch with us recently to draw our attention to a serious error we have made with our ne...

What's in a name

11/30/2012
Of course we have all heard of the child called "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii" the New Zealand child so oddly named that the c...

Who has been looking Funky Giraffe up

11/29/2012
I was looking through Funky Giraffe Google Analytics pages recently. Google Analytics is a really useful tool if you have a websi...

Odd view of Westminster City Council on Breastmilk

11/28/2012
We were in Covent Garden this weekend and popped in for some deeply sinful fresh cinnamon donuts from a very posh ice cream parlor...

New products for Baby Show Excel

11/27/2012
Super excited about the Baby Show Excel, where Funky Giraffe will have an exciting range of new baby products. We are keeping thi...

Brad Pitt donates to Southampton baby unit

11/26/2012
Despite a rather cringe worthy advert for Perfume or perhaps because of it, but Brad Pitt has apparently donated £700 to a new Bab...

Are you getting bored in there?

11/23/2012
According to University of Durham researchers babies can yawn in the womb. Kicks give you an amazing sense of the baby being ther...

Baby Food Taster gets tongue insured

11/22/2012
Lloyds (the insurance market and not the Bank) has insured many thinks in it's time, Ships including the Titanic are their special...

The importance of smoke detectors

11/21/2012
Slightly off topic from bandana bibs, baby clothes and issues about breastfeeding but important. I was reading (...again) about f...

Cotton

11/20/2012
I was reading some of the sales brochures from a fabric company, as a way of avoiding doing any real work today. But it did make q...

Thoughts on the film, "what to expect when..."

11/18/2012
...your expecting. Long gone are the times I have actually been able to get out to the Cinema (although to their credit many do m...

Christmas post 2012

11/15/2012
It's that time of year again, and we wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and seasonal greetings. If you do want some of...

Main Barrier to equality are babies; MP

11/13/2012
Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal MP for Hornsey and Wood Green in North London has said “One of the main barriers to full equality...

How to avoid being ripped off on line

11/13/2012
People who have searched for the cheapest items on line have been ripped off by criminals online. The fraud involves very low pri...

Pre-Natal depression as serious as post Natal

11/12/2012
These days post natal depression is much more talked about, and with the new openness and awareness of this women get more support...

Top tips for baby sleeping part II

11/08/2012
Blackout blinds The slow change from dark to light can help wake us up, but in some cases you want to avoid that. Investing in bl...

Top tips for baby sleeping part I

11/07/2012
Having a baby is always disruptive no more so that with your sleeping patterns, here are our top tips to help you minimise this....

Behind the scenes at the Baby Show

11/06/2012
Funky Giraffe will be at the Baby Show Excel in February again. This was our first exhibition and believe me it was a baptism of f...

Baby fashion 56 items or more?

11/05/2012
According to the headlines the average baby will get through 56 outfits as a baby. I have not counted how many mine got through b...

Baby Signing not that effective according to research

11/04/2012
Despite being part of a multi billion pound industry baby signing and related products are not as effective as a attentive parents...

Babies have the highest chemical load

11/03/2012
Pound for pound babies have more chemicals in their bodies that older children or adults. Thinking about this there is little won...

Warning over fake car seats

11/02/2012
It seems that there are no limits to how low fraudsters will stoop to make money. Trading standards have warned UK consumers abou...

Will Storms in the US and Canada lead to more babies?

11/01/2012
While most of the evidence is anecdotal, it does sometimes look like big events, especially those which are a bit traumatic can re...

EU VAT on Baby Clothes

10/27/2012
We got chatting today with a senior person from a major Baby brand (who came to buy our bibs rather than his own), but he mentione...

Earls Court Baby Show and seeing the Queen

10/26/2012
A very exciting day to day if not being a bit stressful. As well as having the Earls Court baby show today, and meeting loads of p...

Back in London and preparing for Earls Court

10/22/2012
Sunday was sunny in Paris and that meant it was the busiest of the three days. But fortunately my French had improved to the point...

Notes from the Paris Baby Show

10/21/2012
Having a wonderful time (last day today), apart from one lady who seemed either rather upset with us or perhaps mad (my French fri...

What's Happening at the Paris Baby Show

10/20/2012
We have been at the Paris Baby Show this weekend, Totally exhausting but great fun. Left London at 4am on Thursday to arrive in Pa...

Celebrity mum Sienna Miller is a big fan of the Funky Giraffe range

10/16/2012
It was a huge shock for us to discover that the incredibly kind Sienna Miller had some of our bandana bibs, and a even bigger surp...

How to cut down screen media exposure in infants

10/16/2012
According to experts, the early exposure to televisions and computers makes children dependent on its use. They added that child's...

How to make sure your ishopping is safe

10/15/2012
According to the Office for Fair Trading (OFT) more that 30% of online retailers are breaking consumer laws. The OFT research of...

Hidden dangers of Baby on Board signs

10/11/2012
Safety signs actually cause one in 20 accidents. The "Baby on Board" or its various variations are designed originally to alert E...

Reassurance for parents with babies which won't settle

10/10/2012
An Australian Study has indicated that a baby or toddler who has trouble settling or cries very often, may not have long term issu...

Breastfeeding flashmobs

10/09/2012
There is a new trendy for mums in China. Breastfeeding flash mobs. Promoted by the Ministry of Health, to encourage breastfeeding...

How to help babies with Eczema

10/08/2012
A friend of mine has a son the same as as my son (in fact as I recall we met at a maternity group), thankfully he is a lot better...

Gift wrapping now available

10/07/2012
You can now have your order gift wrapped in an organza bag tied with a coloured ribbon and a personal gift card, making Funky Gira...

What is BPA and why did they ban if from babies bottles?

10/07/2012
Recently the USA joined the EU in banning BPA from babies bottles, but what is it and why should it be avoided? BPA stands for Bi...

Mothers urged to get Whooping Cough Vaccine

10/05/2012
Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has announced a program in the west of England to offer vaccinations to pregnant...

Baby Born in Hospital Car Park

10/04/2012
A very relieved mum has given in the back of her sisters car, just meters from the entrance to the maternity hospital in St Helier...

Really pleased about this

10/03/2012
A major, and I mean even I recognise the name so we are talking about A list, star has brought some of our Bandana Bibs for her ba...

Practical Tips for Buying a Car Seat

10/02/2012
Pregnancy and having a new baby is exciting but it can also be stressful. It put physical strain on the mother and emotional press...

Recipe for the perfect Baby Shower

10/01/2012
While pregnant we get little chance to party and neither do we want to, especially in the latter stages. A quiet night in with our...

Global shortage of nappies possible

09/30/2012
Reusable nappies may be in for a big boost after a fire at a Japanese factory could restrict supplies of the disposable sort. The...

300,000 children spurn free school meals

09/27/2012
Study suggests that children must be allowed to eat together regardless of the type of lunch they have. Schools should allow chil...

Our French website is now live

09/24/2012
We are very excited to launch the French Version of our website www.funkygiraffe.fr. The first sales has gone through to a lady ne...

Baby Show Excel & Baby Show NEC

09/23/2012
Despite having a great time in Manchester we won’t be at the Baby Show there next August as the organisers have decided not to go...

The UK's favorite sound is Babies laughing

09/22/2012
According to research (not sure what kind of research) the favourite sounds of people in the UK is the sound of a baby laughing. I...

First peek at the Christmas Bandana Bibs

09/21/2012
We are really pleased to start sharing the first pictures of the Christmas Bandana bibs from Funky Giraffe. We have a whole set so...

Cases of Rickets in the UK rises

09/21/2012
In rather shocking news, cases of vitamin D deficiency (also know as Rickets) have started to rise in the UK. Normally known as a ...

Soldier gives birth on the front line

09/20/2012
Recently I asked for peoples experience about a home birth using a birthing pool, as a friend was intending to try this with her s...

Autumn and Winter Photo shoot

09/19/2012
Just been at the photo shoot for all the new T shirts, dresses and the Halloween and Christmas designs for the Bandana Bibs. We ha...

Consultation on babies born with three parents

09/18/2012
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has started a consultation regarding the possible treatments for certain diseases...

Free 2- hour childcare for Danish parents so they can make more babies

09/14/2012
Nurseries in Denmark have come up with a novel idea of encouraging parents to have more babies. They are offering a 2-hour free ch...

Seeking new ideas for Bandana Bibs

09/13/2012
Bandana bibs and other design ideas We do like to listen to our customers and get their ideas about what they would like us to do....

Design a Bid for Kate and Wills

09/12/2012
According to the BBC website, HRH the Duke of Cambridge (or Prince William if you prefer or Flight lieutenant Wales) would like to...

Dealing with a Toddler’s Quirks

09/12/2012
It’s amazing that almost from birth our babies exude their own personality; even without the power of speech they can make us laug...

Halloween and Christmas bandana bibs

09/10/2012
Having learned the lesson from the rather late arrival of the Christmas range of Funky Giraffe Bandana bibs, we have been busy des...

Earls court Baby Show

09/09/2012
Funky Giraffe are very pleased to inform you that we will be at the Earls Court Baby Show, London 26 – 28th of October with our fa...

Funky Giraffe Supports International Literacy Day 8th September 2012

09/08/2012
Education is a basic human right. It is a tool to empower individuals to find opportunities for development. It is vital in fighti...

Countdown to Christmas

09/08/2012
To give the best chance of delivery before Christmas we have been advised by Royal Mail, that orders of our Bandana Bibs should be...

Book Review Alfie Kohn

09/08/2012
 Bringing up baby? There is so much conflicting advice out there, it can be confusing and scary for new mums and dads wit...

Orders from the 7th October

09/08/2012
 Hi,  We have had a bit of a disaster with Royal Mail and they have lost a whole package of bibs. They have agre...

Competition ideas

09/08/2012
 Hi,  We would like to launch a new competitions after the sucess of our faboulous Hamper give away. Please emai...

New designs are here!!

09/08/2012
 I love the new Camper Van design which some one suggested, after many hours of taking photos and unpacking we have the n...

New Competition on Facebook

09/08/2012
Hi, We are having a new competion on Facebook, looks like it will be a luxury hamper of nice food, its open to anyone who has frie...

Quinoa as a weaning food for babies

09/08/2012
Quinoa, is a great baby food, I found out about it when I was starting to wean my son and found these super organic baby foods fro...

Muck Magnet

09/08/2012
I think I may have coined a new phase, as I sit here waiting for my in laws to turn up (late as usual). Unusually the house is spo...

Salt for babies

09/08/2012
I caught a programme about salt in babies food. Apparently 70% of babies consume too much salt. Part of the problem is that big fo...

Book reviews 1 The Science of Parenting

09/08/2012
I have been meaning to write about some of the books I have read on the subject of birth and parenting. Having brought I think eve...

Some feedback about our bibs

09/08/2012
 Just wanted to share some emails sent by some really loverly customers. I know that you normally shop for things without...

New Competion on Facebook

09/08/2012
Hi, We wanted to do a new give away with a very special prize, obviously we will do some runners up prizes with some of our loverl...

Echinacea for children

09/08/2012
Disclaimer I am not a Doctor or qualified in any form of Medicine, so please do not rely on my advise, and always consult a doctor...

Greenwich to become a Royal Borough

09/08/2012
Exciting news, Greenwich (where we are based) is to become a Royal Borough (like Kensington & Chelsea) next year for the Q...

Teething advice

09/08/2012
I like the advice here, which was sent to me by a friend, as it points out that you should not become stresses, which in hindsight...

Reviews on Funky Giraffe Bibs

09/08/2012
Just thought I would let you know what people are saying about our bibs BabyStylist Bibs ARE NOT boring. This was quite a...

Google plus1 buttons on our website

09/08/2012
Google plus1 Sometimes its easier to find exactly what you are looking for when someone you know already found it. Get recommendat...

New Bibs have been updated on the website!!

09/08/2012
 Hi,  Finally finished updating the photos of the bandana bibs, (also had to dash out to see a cousin who was...

Bibs have arrived!!

09/08/2012
Bibs have arrived, no thanks to the delivery driver who was a bit of a grump. Well most of these bandana bibs are just restocks of...

Dribble and dehydration

09/08/2012
   We here at Funky Giraffe bibs are a bit of an expert on dribble, so we wanted to share this advice, especial...

Calling all mummy bloggers

09/08/2012
Would you like to review our Bandana Bibs? We would love love love to send out some of our bandana bibs to any mummy bloggers who...

New designs of Funky Giraffe Bibs - Coming Soon

09/08/2012
 We have had an exciting competition on Facebook to decide on new designs for our bandana bibs. These are the designs we...

Bubble & Balm

09/08/2012
I just wanted to share this with you.   This is a lovely company who makes 100% Fair Trade soaps and smellies. I especial...

New Blog

09/08/2012
Hello, Welcome to our new news section. I thought that it would be great to let you know a bit more about us, and what we do as th...
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