Archive for ‘Blooming Baby’

May 9, 2012

Blooming Baby: Little Butterfly Toys

There are so many toys on the market it can be hard to find the more traditional wooden toys. We are overwhelmed in nearly every shop, even when doing our groceries, with plastic toys for our Kidlets and sometimes we just want something… well a bit different! So today I’m bringing you Little Butterfly Toys who specialise in selling traditional, educational, robust wooden toys.

They are a family business brought about after they had their first child and the majority of the toys they sell are fair trade too! Not only are they fantastically colourful and beautiful but for the adults they also hark back to a time before computers and give us a sense of nostaglia.

Billy magnetic wooden dress up doll caught my eye because my daughter is at an age where dressing up is great fun for her. I’m constantly being asked to put her dolly’s clothes back on after she has removed them and given that this is magnetic it just makes it easier!! Such an original toy and it also comes with many outfits including a superhero and fireman! There is a girlie version too, which I’m sure my daughter would just love, called Princess Elise.

I also totally fell in love with this adorable little house which not only has different doorbell sounds but also 4 keys attached to the handle and 4 door locks on the house! Made by Melissa and Doug who are a US based company who have been producing a huge variety of wooden toys, jigsaws, art supplies & craft kits and classic, traditional toys such as wooden castles, dolls houses & magnetic dress up doll sets for over 20 years.

April 18, 2011

Blooming Baby: Lifefactory

I stumbled across these gorgeous eco-friendly bottles. Not only are they green but they’re also gorgeous!! They are glass bottles with a silicone sleeve which comes in a number of colours. We all worry about the chemicals that are leaking from our baby’s plastic bottle into their milk or juice but this takes that worry away completely. The glass is free from chemicals and they’re super easy to clean as you can just throw them in the dishwasher. The silicone sleeve helps prevent breakage, looks stunning and provides good grip for either you or your baby to hold.

 9oz Baby Bottle

There are beverage bottles available too, however, they don’t have the “thermal shock” protection that the baby bottles do. The thermal shock resistance means that the baby bottle can go from freezer to fridge to hot water if you wish to store breast milk in the bottle for later use!!  The price isn’t too dissimilar from a regular baby bottle and in the UK they retail for about £9 for the 9oz size. They also come in a 4oz and 9oz size and can be converted from a baby bottle to a sippy cup style top by just buying the caps separately. The baby teats come in a range of flow rates so it’s just a case of buying the next stage of teat for your little bundle or even just buying new teats for a 2nd child rather than having to buy a whole new set of bottles!! They can also be converted to a snack holder using a lid.

Although Lifefactory are an American company the bottles are available from a couple of online stores in the UK too, like Colourful Baby World and Earthbaby although the accessories are more limited and I haven’t seen the adult beverage bottles available here. That being said even if you were looking for a baby gift that was a little bit different I’m sure they would be well received by most parents!

February 8, 2011

Blooming Baby

So I shared a few maternity items I’m coveting but what about the all important baby buying! The thing all mothers seem to love is looking at all the teeny, tiny, cutie, kootchie items! How could you not, especially nowadays when online shopping is such a massive thing in most of our lives. How to absolutely drain your savings account in a few hours without moving your giant, whale-sized self from the sofa!

Organic Spotty Green Kimono Romper

£16.49 from Babipur

Buzzy Bee Envelope Top

Reduced to £11.05 from Frugi

Småfolk Rabbit and Toadstool Bodysuit

£12.99 from Peter And Jane

Fawn Baby Blue

£17.00 from Inch Blue

I love that there are some really nice unisex items out there if you know where to look. The Rabbit & Toadstool bodysuit is from a gorgeous Danish company called Smafolk who make the most stunning retro-inspired items for kiddies. Frugi specialise in organics and do a lot of good work helping charities and trying to look after our environment. Not to mention the beautifully designed leather shoes by Inch Blue for your baby to be the envy of all of your friends, there are so many different designs I promise you will struggle to pin down just one that you want!