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10 genius Halloween costume ideas for the littlest trick-or-treaters

Posted on 27 October 2016 by Admin

Heading out for a fun, festive Halloween this year? If so, you’re probably looking for some great creative costume ideas for your baby or toddler!

We know you don’t have a lot of spare time these days – really, what parent does? So we’ve chosen only the easiest and most adorable costume ideas from around the web to inspire you – none of them require anything more complicated than a hot-glue gun. Happy Halloween, everyone!

1. Dobby the House-Elf

This costume is pure genius for the Harry Potter fan in all of us – simple, comfortable for your little one, and oh, so very cute! All you’ll need is a flesh-coloured hat (the leg of a pair of tights would do in a pinch), plus a bit of felt and a length of cotton fabric. For bonus points, give your little one a sock to clutch...

(via www.doublethebatch.com)


2. Movie usher and popcorn

If your baby is still most comfortable in a front carrier, this costume is a definite go-to! Just hot-glue some popcorn onto a baby hat and make the ‘popcorn box’ out of red and white felt. Simple, cosy and incredibly adorable...

(via pinterest.com)


3. Snuggly sheep

If you’ve got access to a dark-coloured hoodie sweat suit or onesie, a hot glue gun, a bit of black felt and a large packet of cotton wool balls, this is your costume, hands-down. Your toddler will be toasty warm all evening, and you’ll get to cuddle the softest little trick-or-treater on the block... what a bonus! (You could add a bit of black face-paint on that little nose, just for extra added cuteness...)

(via www.parents.com)

4. Mummy’s little spider

This is another terrific way to use your baby carrier to your advantage... just stuff a couple of pairs of black tights and attach in the appropriate places to create an adorable spider, complete with his own web!

(via www.coolmompicks.com)

6. Cute-a-saurus


We’re not ashamed to admit that this genius idea made us squeal a little bit. Accessorise a matching babygro and hat with bright-coloured sponges cut into triangles, and the most adorable costume in the neighbourhood can be yours for around a fiver!

            (From www.kidstuffworld.wordpress.com)

7. Rainbow fish

It’s a classic children’s book for a reason – and this simple costume will let your little one take the starring role! Just glue overlapping layers of flattened rainbow cupcake liners to a red sweatshirt to form the “scales” - a stocking cap with ‘gills’ and ‘fish eyes’ completes the look. (via www.realsimple.com)


7.  Rapunzel, Rapunzel...

This costume would take a bit more effort to pull off, but we think the work would be well worth it for such an amazing result! (For best results, get the tallest person in the family to play the ‘tower’...)

 (via halloweencrafts.tumblr.com)



8. Not-so-scary tarantula

Yes, we know – this makes two spider costumes in our list ... but seriously, what says “Halloween” better than a spooky arachnid or two? This outfit is perfect for a crawling baby – and best of all, it’s easy to make! Just buy three pairs of black tights and a black long-sleeved babygro... bonus points for adding the extra googly eyes on the headband! We guarantee at least a few double-takes at your party if your little one shows up in this costume...        

(via pinterest.com)          


9. Baby Grandma

If you have a little one who’s just started toddling everywhere, this might just be your perfect costume... complete with a walker! A ball or two of grey yarn for the granny wig, a cute cardi-and-skirt combo, and some PVC pipe to glue together and paint silver, and voila! You’ll have the cutest granny in the neighbourhood! (via costumeworks.com)


10. Little yellow duckling

Toddlers will adore this costume, and you’ll love how easy it is to make! All you’ll need is a yellow shirt and tights (or sweats), a yellow baseball cap, a pair of wellies and a yellow feather boa, plus a couple of large black buttons and a hot glue gun. Just prepare yourself for a lot of running around and quacking!  (via www.realsimple.com)


Happy Halloween, everyone! We’d absolutely love to see all your wonderful costume pics on our Facebook page – and in the spirit of the season, the most creative will get a special treat!




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Coping with your first ‘poonami’

Posted on 25 October 2016 by Admin

It’s a bit of a rite of passage in the parenting world: the nappy change to end all nappy changes, the one that makes even the most affectionate mum or dad recoil and wonder, “What on earth have we been FEEDING this child?” It’s the dreaded poonami, and if you haven’t experienced one yet, we’re sorry, but you will soon.

The common or garden variety poonami is quite easy to identify, even from a distance: the dark stain spreading up your baby’s formerly-pristine sleepsuit is a dead giveaway. (So is the smell, but we won’t go into that here.) When you see these signs, it’s time to stop what you’re doing and get your ducks in a row: your nappy-changing acumen is about to be well and truly tested.

Here, a few tips from the trenches on how to deal with a poonami and come out the other side smelling sweet (or at least a bit better!)

  • Take the whole concept of ‘be prepared’ to the next level. Once you open that nappy, anything could happen, so make sure you’re ultra-ready: this means having at least two fresh changes of clothes to hand, plus a super-sized pack of wet wipes and several clean nappies. (You may also want to install drop cloths on the walls. We’re only partly joking about this one.)
  • Distractions can be key. This doesn’t tend to be quite as much an issue with newborns, but older babies are much more mobile and curious about what’s going on down there, which can easily lead to disaster when you’re coping with a poonami. Giving those little hands something else to reach for – even if you have to throw it away afterward – is usually better than letting them explore the smelly chaos that’s lurking inside that nappy.
  • Don’t delay. It may be tempting to give yourself a minute to psych yourself up for what’s coming, but it’s a bit like stalling when you see cracks in a dam: it’s only going to get worse. (And don’t even ask us what happens if your 8-month-old decides to take matters into his or her own hands. The words “cot slats” and “toothbrush” will give you some idea of the consequences.)
  • Learn to breathe through your mouth. Yes, it’s a stinky business, and you’ll want to fumigate afterward, but it has to be done, and you’ll do a much better job if you’re not gagging. (Someone really should have told this dad!)
  • Be prepared to chuck it all in and head for the bath instead. This may apply to both of you – sometimes just getting in the shower together is the best thing you can do!
  • Don’t forget... this will make a wonderful story someday. For maximum impact and revenge value, we suggest the 18th birthday party. 

Have you experienced a poonami yet? Let us know your tales from the trenches – and any other great tips you have – in the comments section or on our Facebook page. You never know – you just might save another






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What bathtime play is teaching your baby

Posted on 18 October 2016 by Admin

We all know that regular baths are important for keeping your little one healthy and smelling sweet, but bathtime isn’t just about getting clean! It’s also a great learning experience for your baby.

Why? Essentially, our brains learn best when they’re being exposed to lots of new information, and for a young baby, being immersed in that lovely warm water is quite a novel thing. Later on, when they’re better able to sit up and explore, the bath is a great space for them to experiment with some big, important concepts. Here are a few things bathtime is teaching your baby:


When you support your newborn in the bath, the sensation of the water on their skin stimulates their sensory development, and it also helps support their weight, which lets them stretch out and practice moving those little arms and legs in new ways. It’s also a great chance to bond with Mum or Dad; as you support their body and head, you’re at the perfect arm’s-length distance, so they can focus on your face. Go ahead and have a chat to them, or sing a song; they’ll love the close interaction with you.

Young babies

As your baby gets a bit older, those arm and leg movements will get bigger and more energetic (keep a towel handy!) This isn’t just an attempt to soak the bathroom, though – they’re experimenting with their own movements and learning a lot about cause and effect.

Plus, it’s great fun for your baby to be able to have such an effect on their environment; the sound of the water and the sensation of splashing is very exciting and stimulating. Add in the scent of the soap (like the sandalwood in our Good Night Baby Bath) and the sight of bubbles and toys bobbing in the water, and you can pretty much guarantee they’re learning a lot.

Older babies

Once your little one can sit up in the bath (perhaps in a bath seat), things get much more exciting! Grabbing for bubbles or toys floating in the water is a great way to practice motor control, and watching a toy sink to the bottom (or, even more exciting, bob to the top) is a wonderful puzzle for their little brains to try to figure out.

Try holding a buoyant toy under the surface, then letting it go; you’ll likely get a fascinated reaction from your little one (but be prepared, you may need to do this a few dozen more times before they get tired of the game!) You can also show your baby how to pop bubbles, fill a cup or stick foam shapes to the side of the bath; all these little games will teach them important lessons about how the world works.


Once your child has better motor control, bathtime will probably become some of the best playtime of the day! Many toddlers adore spending time in the bath, filling and pouring the water with cups, squeezing it out of squirty toys and flannels, or using it to turn a water wheel. As they develop a sense of pretend play, you may find them wanting to bathe their dolls, or have a race with toy boats. All this play is really valuable, and will teach them important concepts, from basic physics (gravity, buoyancy) to maths (empty vs full) and problem-solving skills.


What’s your little one’s favourite bathtime activity? Which toys or games do they like best? We’d love to get your ideas – feel free to share them in the comments below, or on our Facebook page!






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Nappy rash and teething – are they connected?

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Admin


Many doctors say this is an old wives’ tale, but it’s a persistent one, and for a very good reason: for lots of babies, the appearance of those first tiny teeth is accompanied by a rather red, sore bottom.

No studies have yet found evidence that teething is a direct cause of nappy rash, but one theory is that all the extra saliva your baby swallows when teething can affect the composition of the poo, making it more irritating to the skin. (Many babies also get a bit of mild diarrhoea when a tooth is coming through, which also makes them more prone to nappy rash.)

 Unfortunately, adding a sore bottom to a sore mouth can result in a rather unhappy baby! Your best bet to avoid this is probably to keep a close eye on things from around 4 months of age, so you can spot the signs that a tooth is about to make its appearance. Once the drooling and chewing begins in earnest, frequent  nappy changes and a judicious application of barrier cream should help to keep the rashes at bay – and hopefully keep your little one smiling to show off those brand-new teeth!

HiPP parent poll: Did your baby get nappy rash whilst teething? Let us know in the comments below!






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The ins and outs (and round and rounds) of baby massage

Posted on 6 October 2016 by Admin

If you’re a new parent, goodness knows you have plenty on your plate. There are the oh-so-frequent feeds, all the accompanying nappy changes, multiple naps (few of them yours, sadly), and, oh yes, the housework and laundry that stubbornly persists in piling up.

So when someone mentions baby massage, you could easily be forgiven for breaking into semi-hysterical laughter. It does seem a bit indulgent at first blush – with overtones of expensive spa days and herbal tea – but bear with us, because baby massage is something that could actually pay off in spades (or better, a good night’s sleep!)

That’s because the gentle skin-to-skin contact of massage stimulates your baby’s central nervous system, helping to release relaxing feel-good hormones like serotonin. Added bonus: If your little one has trouble with gas or colic, a gentle belly massage can help to work out the painful kinks. And, of course, a massage can be a wonderful way to bond with your baby and marvel at the tiny miracle you’ve created.

The big question, though, is this: How do you pull it off, when life with a newborn is often so chaotic? It sounds wonderful, but how’s a busy new parent meant to find the time?

The secret is in choosing your moment wisely. Here are a few tips for newbie parent masseurs.

  • Pick a moment when you’re reasonably relaxed, and your baby is calm and alert. It’s best not to wait until he or she is super-tired or getting hungry; this leads to lots of protesting, which is the opposite of what you want.
  • When you’ve found your magic moment, make sure it stays serene: take your phone off the hook or turn the ringer off, and you might also want to put a note on the door asking people not to knock.
  • Adjust your own mindset – this sort of thing works best if you can manage to consciously ignore the many other things that need doing, and just tell yourself you’re going to spend the next ten minutes focusing completely on enjoying your baby.
  • Don’t despair if it doesn’t work out perfectly the first time! If your baby doesn’t seem to be enjoying his or her spa experience, it’s fine to wind things up and try again another time. Some babies take a little while to get used to the sensation of massage, but most learn to love it. And best of all, when the massage is over they tend to sleep like... well, like babies.


Have you tried massage on your baby? How did you find it? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section, or on our Facebook page!






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