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Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Reviews/Giveaways | 51 comments

Bumplog – top gifts for a new baby & giveaway

At almost 36 weeks we’re in the last throws of this pregnancy and can’t wait to meet our (not so little) Peanut in person. Our VBAC clinic went well and we’re praying that he’ll turn out of his current breech position and get himself ready for a natural birth.

In the meantime as I mentioned in my recent our weekends have been busy prepping the nursery and other practicalities and I realised the other day that I had absolutely NOTHING for Peanut to wear when he finally arrives. Nada. Not a stitch.

Ummm… organised? Moi?

And so I got to thinking about gifts for newborns and what we might like to receive from anyone generous enough to think of us. It’s a bit harder second time around because we have basically everything we need already – cotbed (tick), Silver Cross and Maclaren prams (tick), car seat (tick), bedding and blankets (tick), toys and mobiles (tick), bouncy chair (tick) – see what I mean? So I decided to put it out there as a question to the webiverse and this is the lovely list of suggestions that came back:

The Essential One
Oh my. I am SO in love with this site. The Essential One sells clothes for newborns up to 18 months old and the range is just gorgeous. I’ve already bought a couple of gifts for new Mummy friends and decided that this cute ‘I’m the little brother’ all in one romper suit (£12) is a great candidate for Peanut’s going home outfit. Luckily I’m now one of The Essential One’s ‘Much Loved Bloggers’ (yippee!) so I’ll be reviewing lots more of their lovely clothes before Christmas. Watch this space.

The Cuddle Crew
Curly Girl has LOADS of soft toys which she can *ahem* donate to Peanut but I’m hoping someone will see these adorable characters too! Air Puppy has launched The Cuddle Crew with the release of the Hickory Shack range. They come in three sizes (26cm, 36cm and 43cm) and include Woofles Puppy, Mojo Monkey, Hamlay Elephant, Sorfy Giraffe and Flopsy Bunny. Each wears interchangeable clothing and fits in the palm of a child’s hand. The 26cm toys retail at £11.99 RRP. Incidentally each member of the Cuddle Crew is hand-assembled, meaning that no two are exactly alike. The faux suede used for the inner ears and base paws of the Hickory Shack range is called Alcantara and is the same material used as a seat trim in the manufacture of Aston Martin cars! Online stockists include and

My 1st Years
While it’s a bit early to think about teeth and haircuts for Peanut I’m loving these gorgeous first tooth and first curl boxes from The Silver plated boxes with dark blue velvet interior come in either a heart or square shape and can be personalised with the name of your choice. Both boxes cost £14.

Cuski Baby Comforter and Dreameez Muslin
Cuski is a calming, safe infant comforter. Suitable from birth, it has all the qualities a child looks for in a comforter – softness, suckabillity, sheer lovability and of course a label to twiddle! It has been fully tested and conforms to all relevant UK, European and International safety standards, is machine washable and retains its comforting softness wash after wash. Cuskis are being used in Special Care Baby Units and neonatal hospital units in the UK, are recommended by midwives and are the ONLY baby comforter in the world used with its own written NHS protocol for use in hospitals. Cuski Baby Comforter RRP £13.99 & Cuskiboo (bamboo Cuski) £16.99 – stockists include, Fenwick department stores and

The 100% bamboo rayon Dreameez Muslin is one of those ingenious products that make you wonder why no-one invented it before. Primarily designed to be used as a bight lights shade over a pram it’s a great multi-tasking item and can also be used as a swaddle, sarong, nursing cover and a light blanket. The Dreemeez Muslin costs £21.99 and is available from the same stockists as the Cuski above.

PurFlo’s Shleepy Baby Comforter

Another comforter that caught my eye is this cute one from PurFlo which recently won the Silver award for Best Baby Comforter and Best Soft Toy. This loveable, snuggable little sheep is stuffed full of brilliant features that help little ones (and therefore us as parents) enjoy a full night’s sleep: Baby will love Shleepy’s Teether Toes, made from medical grade silicone, to help sooth sore little gums whilst teething. Little hands will also enjoy Shleepy’s Handy Hooves that are textured to help small fingers grip and play with the comforting soft toy. Shleepy is also great for when you are out and about with baby, as his floppy ears will even keep hold of pram or car seat straps, ensuring he never strays far from his flock. Shleepy is machine washable and dryer safe – so he can be quickly washed and dried ready for his nap time duties. The Shleepy’s RRP is £12.99 and it’s available from all leading baby retailers including Mothercare, Boots, Kiddicare and Tesco, plus independent stores.

aden + anais Swaddle cloths
I love muslin cloths. They are seriously the most useful thing you can carry around with a newborn (apart from nappies and wipes of course, although they can stand in for those occasionally too!) aden + anais® wraps are extra large, measuring 120cm x 120cm so that new and seasoned moms alike can swaddle babies of all sizes with ease. The wraps can also be used as burp cloths, nursing and pram covers, portable cot sheets, stroller and car seat liners, tummy time blankets, change table covers, and more. The list is endless! This Super Star version (£44.95 for four) has been spotted with quite a few celebs recently too including Mark Owen and his wife Emma and Peaches Geldof. There’s also a double layer cozy version for the colder months – perfect for a November baby like Peanut!

Inch Blue leather baby sneakers
Fun, fresh baby shoe designs in bright colours is probably what Inch Blue are best known for. All of their shoes are designed and hand crafted in Wales. With over 100 original styles in the range you’re really spoilt for choice . . . the only dilemma you will have is making up your mind! I love, love these navy blue and white leather sneakers for £18 – how cute are they!

Baby Blooms Clothing Bouquets
We had quite a few bouquets of flowers delivered when Curly Girl was born and to be honest I didn’t really have the chance to appreciate them as I was trying to get as much sleep as possible! But baby clothes bouquets are the best of both worlds – a pretty bouquet of ‘flowers’ that is actually full of newborn baby clothes. This medium blue bouquet contains 1 x Babyblooms Hat 4 x Pairs Babyblooms Socks 2 x Babyblooms Bodysuits 1 x Babyblooms Bib 1 x Scratch Mittens (All garments are size 0-4 Months) The garment ‘flowers’ are interspersed with delicate silk flowers and velvet and silk leaves and it’s all delivered in a Babyblooms presentation box for £39.99.


I’m delighted that  has offered me one of their gorgeous baby clothes bouquets to giveaway to one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the simple instructions. Winners will be drawn at random next week. Good luck!

Disclaimer and the all-important small print: Baby Blooms has offered me one bouquet to be used as a giveaway prize. I received no other compensation. This giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 or over, one entry per household. There is no cash alternative. The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or another winner will be chosen, again at random using Rafflecopter. You DO NOT have to subscribe to Bod for tea or like my  or follow me on  as part of your entry. 

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