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I know that today is the first of December and that Christmas shopping is taking its toll. I know that some of you are suffering from hangovers after being at the Mother & Baby Awards on Tuesday. But this week has been particularly quiet on the news front.

So maybe it's a good time to remind you that our Friday Newsletters rely on your news! We generously publish your press releases free of charge. We know that retailers, journalists and many others eagerly read our content every week. Maybe they are looking for new products to stock. Maybe they need reminders of just how good your products are. Maybe they need telling that the new models, the new colours have arrived. We have a good number of journalists on our circulation. They need to know about your products so they can tell their readers. An online search won't necessarily bring your brand to mind as the ideal subject to write about.

Some suppliers tell us that they can just email their retailers. However, that means every retailer gets umpteen newsletters every week. Are they going to read them all? They need an easy to scan newsletter to make sure that they are up to date with what they need to know without having to wade through loads of irrelevant wordage! That’s what Nursery Online is all about!

- Cathy

PS: Just a couple more Spotlights to go this year. Today is the Copydate for Health and Toothcare - copy by 1st December please and finally Twins - copy by the 8th.

As usual, for more information contact Lyn on 01304 374169 or 07971 700979 or email on lyn@nursery-online.com or Gilly on gilly@nursery-online.com

New fabric weaves for Beco

Boba Inc., the parent company of Beco Baby Carrier, celebrated the collaboration of both brands with the Beco 8 Baby Carrier in Spring 2017. To meet consumer demand, Boba are now adding new fabric weaves across the full Beco collection.

This is in addition to a wide range of contemporary block and print colours to their award winning Boba Wrap – the ideal gift idea for new parents!

The International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges all Boba and Beco Carriers as “hip healthy” products and combined with EU safety testing and a successful year of high profile UK awards, retailers and consumers can be assured when they invest in a Boba or Beco Product, they’re investing in a quality carrier with strong credentials and reliable after-sales support.

With a carrier for every age and stage of carrying from birth to pre-school, products include both the standard and bamboo Boba Wraps, bestselling Beco Gemini, NEW Beco ‘Wrap Conversion’ Buckle Carrier, Beco 8 and Beco Toddler Carriers, Boba 4G, Boba Air and finally the Boba Hoodie - the ideal babywearing accessory to keep both baby and wearer snug and warm during the colder winter months.

Boba Inc.’s distributor for the UK & Ireland is Slumber-Roo who represent a total of five baby wearing brands, offering over 20 award-winning babywearing products, in addition to Jellystone Design Teething Toys & Jewellery – all available from one warehouse, competitively priced and dispatched within 1-working day.

For further information and to discuss your store’s requirements, please contact Phil Todd: phil@slumber-roo.co.uk or Deborah Smithson: debi@slumber-roo.co.uk

If you’re looking for stock to arrive in early December, we can have your account set-up and choice of carriers or accessories on-route within a matter of days!

Tel: 01803 782959

Web: www.slumber-roo.co.uk / boba.com


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Bibetta launches in Dunelm Stores

Bibetta, the innovative baby accessories design company is delighted to announce its award-winning neoprene UltraBibs™ will now be available in 87 Dunelm stores.

Bibetta, distributed in the UK by bébélephant, is famous for its range of award-winning practical solutions for babies and toddlers, including washable changing mats, bibs, placemats, dribble bibs and bottle insulators. Made from soft, stretchy neoprene with a strong fastening, the bibs are perfect for messy mealtimes.

Fiona Brown, Bibetta’s Director, comments “We are delighted about this new opportunity for families to see and buy Bibetta products in Dunelm Stores. This comes at an exciting time for the Bibetta brand as we gear up to launch our new designs for 2018.”

Bibetta designs all its own products and prints in Cambridge, England, and mixes clever ideas with high performance fabrics, to ensure parents and little ones get the most comfortable, easy to use and durable products. Many are made with neoprene including the UltraBib, the same material used to make wetsuits, which is soft, stretchy, 100% waterproof and quick to dry. All Bibetta’s products have passed UK safety requirements and are BPA free, PVC free, phthalate free and AZO dye free.

Managing Director of bébélephant, Elliot Bishop, is equally enthusiastic about the news. “This is a lovely brand which, with the arrival into so many Dunelm stores across the UK, will ensure every home will be a Bibetta home.”

#MessNoStress with Brilliant Products from Bibetta

www.bibetta.com
enquiries@bibetta.com


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Join the tag team

Join the tag team, with the gorgeous, yet practical NEW Muslin Blankets and Swaddle Blankets from the marvellous Matchstick Monkey!

Crafted from 100% organic cotton, their clever design includes a silicone teething label, perfect to sooth sore gums, along with a tactile woven tag for them to play with. Both innovative additions ensure that every tiny tot is provided with stimulation, whilst helping them to keep calm when out and about.

The range is available from the 6th December, in Matchstick Monkey's signature blue, pink and grey designs.

Matchstick Monkey Muslin Blankets, £19.95 (pack of three, 70 x 70cm)
Matchstick Monkey Swaddle Blankets, £24 (pack of two, 120 x 120cm)

www.matchstickmonkey.com


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BabyCentre unveils top 100 UK baby names of 2017

BabyCentre has unveiled the top 100 boys' and girls' names of the year – revealing what’s inspiring parents in 2017.

The UK’s most trusted site for parenting information has studied tens of thousands of parents’ choices for their new arrivals over the year, to reveal the latest trends as well as more unusual naming choices.

Extreme nature overpowered flowery names, parents took inspiration from British bad boys and popular culture made its mark on the charts yet again, with ITV’s surprise hit Love Island influencing BabyCentre parents.

Gender-neutral names are also becoming more mainstream than ever before as 2017 saw the gender debate take centre stage. BabyCentre can reveal the top 20 most popular gender-neutral names of the year, and how they are split between boys and girls.

For the first time, BabyCentre also compared its top 30 baby names of the year with data available from 20 and 100 years ago, to see which names have stood the test of time. Only one girls’ name appeared in the top 30 for 2017, 1997 and 1917 while six boys’ names are as popular now as in previous generations.

The complete list can be found here.

*The BabyCentre charts combine names that sound the same but have different spellings (e.g. Lilly and Lily) in order to give a true measure of baby name popularity. The chart does not combine variations on the same name that do not sound the same, e.g. Ollie and Oliver.


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CMS Nursery launches brand new Facebook page

The retail division of Central Medical Supplies (CMS) is a leading supplier of high quality baby products to major retailers as well as independent nursery outlets throughout the UK.

Set up by Philip Champ 30 years ago, the parenting product experts have also now re-launched their own CMS Shop which sells direct to consumers. In addition, to the new-look online shop, the CMS Nursery Facebook page has also launched with the aim of providing parents and parents to be with product info and news relevant to their parenting journey.

CMS’s Retail Division exclusively represents and distributes a selection of major baby brands, such as the unique Dr. Brown’s Options Anti-Colic Bottles and Accessories, the award winning Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support and Feeding Pillow, Cantaloop Maternity Lingerie, Ameda Breastpumps, Aximed Medicine Dispenser and Infant Inhaler, with the latest addition to the portfolio being the ready to use Steribottle pre-sterilised baby bottles. We will also be introducing guest products, making it an ideal platform to keep up to date!

The new CMS Nursery Facebook page will offer product information, regular tips and advice from our resident midwifery expert, plus opportunities to trial and review products, competitions and giveaways, not forgetting a little humour (something every parent needs from time to time!). CMS Nursery Facebook page is a must “to follow” for any mum and mum-to-be.

For further information about Central Medical Supplies Ltd please visit www.centralmedical.co.uk or visit the CMS Shop – www.cmsshop.co.uk


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Early final Christmas order dates

Many stores’ Christmas final online order dates will be earlier than last year, warns the e-commerce delivery expert ParcelHero. Its retailers' Christmas deadline tool reveals the stores likely to catch last-minute shoppers off guard.

The parcel price comparison specialist ParcelHero is warning that the trend for later and later Christmas final order dates will be reversed this year. "Last minute online shoppers are going to get a bit of a shock," predicts ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT. "We’ve all got used putting off Christmas shopping ever later. But Christmas Eve is on a Sunday this year – and that spells trouble."

Many stores’ fastest available delivery slot is still only the next working day, such as Urban Outfitters and Dell. That means the final date to buy an item online and have it delivered is Thursday 21st December. For shoppers holding their head in the sand until the last possible moment, that could be a nasty shock. And some stores’ final order deadline is even earlier, with Harvey Nichols and Liberty saying their final date is Wednesday 20th!

David continues: "That’s why ParcelHero’s now traditional Christmas shipping online tool is now live again, and could well save last-minute shoppers from Christmas disaster.

"Compounding the problem Royal Mail won’t be delivering on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day, leading to a potential logjam for those retailers who still use Royal Mail to deliver their orders. This is why our Christmas final buying and sending dates tool has become invaluable for tardy shoppers – and it’s continually updated and refined to keep up to date with retailers’ own last-minute changes."

But for determined Christmas shopping procrastinators there is some good news. David explains: "Amazon and Argos are once more battling it out to offer the last possible shopping date and time. Argos is currently saying it can deliver orders taken at 1pm Christmas Eve before Christmas Day; and this year Curry’s/PC World has joined the last-minute race with a 1pm Christmas Eve deadline as well. But the winner looks like being Amazon, which is taking Christmas Eve deliveries right until 9.45pm for those living in some Amazon Prime Now service areas. At this rate we could see the first Christmas Day deliveries this year!

"Last minute shoppers – and there’s no getting round it, our research shows they are usually men – will have to face up to the realities of Christmas a little earlier this year. Or be prepared to shell out on pricey same day and one-hour weekend deliveries from those limited number of retailers who have woken up to the demand."

For a continuously updated list of retailers’ final order deadlines, and final mailing dates for the UK and overseas for all the major delivery companies, click here.


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And the winner is…

The annual Mother&Baby Awards were held this week celebrating the very best products, stores and brands around. Products are tested by an army of mums whose verdicts help decide just who deserves to get the coveted gold, silver and bronze rosettes.

The full list of winners can be found towards the bottom of the page. Congratulations to everyone on their well-deserved wins!


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Caboo DXgoing for Gold at the Mother and Baby Awards

Close are thrilled to have been awarded Gold for Caboo DXgo in the Best Baby Carrier,sling or Back carrier category at the 2018 Mother and Baby awards.

On announcing the result, Mother and Baby said “We love the gender neutral colour scheme, which works for little boys and girls as well as suiting both mum and dad very well. The fact that this carrier can be used on both the front and the back is second-to-none and all of our testers reported ease and comfort when strapped in.”

Hester MacAnara, Business Development Director, Close says “To be awarded such a prestigious accolade is a wonderful way to end a spectacular year of awards success for Close. Our 10 year anniversary celebrations for Caboo have ended on a high and it is fantastic to have Caboo DXgo chosen because of its flexibility and compactness making it an ideal product for carrying on the go and for transitioning from a newborn carrier.”

For further information, please contact Michelle Smith 01992 554045, michelle@closeparent.com

www.closeparent.com


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Hybrid scoops Mother & Baby Best Pushchair Gold

The Hybrid by BabyStyle has just been awarded Gold at The Mother & Baby Magazine Awards in the Best Pushchair category.

The Hybrid is a stroller without compromise, one chassis offering three stroller options with clever and simple axle changes allowing you to adapt the chassis to suit parents, perfectly.

As a stunning single stroller, it is compact and user friendly, in City mode it uses the smaller rear wheels and narrower axle making it perfect for the hustle and bustle of city life while in Edge mode the larger rear wheels on a wider axle are added offering more flexibility and the ability to quickly add an additional seat unit or carrycot to become a supremely stylish tandem.

Suitable as a travel system the Hybrid can be teamed up with a range of leading infant carriers, including the Maxi-Cosi Pebble and Cabriofix, the Kiddy Evo Luna i-Size and BeSafe.

The Hybrid is designed to suit today's families perfectly, it is feature packed even offering seat height adaptors to offer more space when in Tandem mode and also putting the seat unit at dining table height when eating out.

Other features of the Hybrid include lockable quick release wheels, a very easy compact fold, height adjustable handle, an adjustable footrest, built in insect nets, a reversible seat frame, PU puncture resistant tyres, one pull harness and an extendable shopping basket.

See the Hybrid in action.

More information is available from BabyStyle UK Ltd at www.hybridstroller.com


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Splash About’s new Happy Nappy wins GOLD for Best Swimming Product at the Mother & Baby awards

Splash About, which designs and develops some of the most advanced baby swimwear on the global market today, scooped Gold for its New & Improved Happy Nappy in the Best Swimming Product category at the 2018 Mother & Baby awards.

“Over 150,000 UK babies swim each week in our Happy Nappy products; but at Splash About we are constantly innovating and collaborate closely with both swim schools and swimming teachers to develop and trial our products. We are immensely proud that our new Happy Nappy has taken the top spot in the Best Swimming Product category,” said Bernadette Spofforth CEO of Splash About.

“The Mother & Baby awards have real kudos and are a mark of trust because the judges are a panel of parents and their babies who put our swim nappy through its paces. It’s extremely satisfying for us to know that mums love our product and give it their seal of approval,” Bernadette concluded.

The New Happy Nappy has been tested and approved by UK swim schools and it is considered as best practice by British Standard (BSi) guidelines for baby swimming for children up to four years old. With its new ergonomic shape, unique flexible but fitted gusset, and specialist pressure fabric ribbing at the waist and legs, the New Happy Nappy offers the best protection on the market against faecal leaks in the pool.

Splash About’s new Go Splash Swim Vest also received Bronze at the awards in the Best Travel under £25 category. This lightweight, compact swim aid uniquely packs flat in a suitcase, but is robust enough to deliver a safe learn-to-swim experience for children aged between 12 months - 6 years.

www.splashabout.com


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It's Travel System Gold... Again!

Tuesday night was the eagerly anticipated Mother & Baby awards and with three products shortlisted across the Obaby and ABC Design brands, ABC Design were hoping for another gold after last year's success, and they weren't disappointed!

It's official, the ABC Design Pepper is the best travel system and took home the gold award, for the second year in a row!

The Pepper boasts the same impressive German engineering as the rest of the ABC Design range and houses enough features to keep any parent happy. Its tough, melange fabric ensures that the Pepper is as durable as it is stylish and its three level adjustable suspension and height adjustable handle ensure a comfortable ride on any terrain, for both parent and child.

Although suitable from birth as standard, for even more seating options the Pepper can also accommodate the matching carrycot or Maxi-Cosi, Kiddy and Cybex car seats with one simple pair of adaptors.

To find out more about the multi award winning ABC Design Pepper and the rest of the range, head over to the ABC Design UK site now.


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Mother and Baby Awards 2017 list of winners

Announced this week, the Mother and Baby Awards are presitigious accolades and highly sought-after. Here is the complete list of this year's worthy winners!

Best Pushchair
Gold: Babystyle Hybrid Edge
Silver: Joie Mytrax
Bronze: Cuggl Beech Pushchair

Best Travel Systems
Gold: ABC Design Pepper Travel
Silver: Peg Perego Book 51 S Modular System
Bronze: Britax Affinity 2

Best Multiple, Twin or Tandem Pushchair or Accessory
Gold: Silver Cross Wave
Silver: Out 'n' About Nipper Double V4
Bronze: Peg Perego Book for Two

Best Lightweight Buggy/Stroller
Gold: Cuggl Maple Pushchair
Silver: Baby Jogger City Tour
Bronze: Chicco MiiniMo

Best Rear Facing Car Seat
Gold: Joie Spin 360
Silver: Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus
Bronze: Britax Römer BABY-SAFE i-SIZE

Best Forward Facing Car Seat
Gold: Joie Elevate 2
Silver: Britax Römer EVOLVA 1-2-3 SL SICT
Bronze: Joie Every Stage FX

Best Travel Products Under £25
Gold: Buggi Lights 
Silver: DoddleBags 
Bronze: Splash About Go Splash Swim Vest 

Best Travel Product Over £25
Gold: SpaceCot Alfa 
Silver: Una the Unicorn Trunki 
Bronze: Nuna SENA aire 

Best Baby Carrier/Sling or Back Carrier
Gold: Close Parent Caboo Dxgo 
Silver: LittleLife Adventurer S2 Child Carrier 
Bronze: Ergobaby Adapt Baby Carrier 

Best Changing Bag
Gold: Mia Tui Jennie Changing Bag 
Silver: Allis City Plus
Bronze: Lassig Glam Rosie Bag 

Best Cot, Crib or Moses Basket
Gold: Chicco Next 2 Me Dream
Silver: EastCoast Nursery Carolina Space-Saving Cot & Mattress
Bronze: Tutti Bambini CoZee Bedside Crib

Best Sleep Product
Gold: Mothercare Airflow Pocket Sprung Mattress
Silver: Harrison Spinks Baby NaturalStart No.2
Bronze: Silentnight Safe Nights Anti Allergy Cot Bed Duvet

Best Product for a Newborn - 0-4 months
Gold: Aden + Anais Swaddles
Silver: Mama Designs Muslin Swaddles
Bronze: Taf Toys Developmental Pillow

Best Bathtime Product
Gold: Boots Baby Shampoo Eye Shield
Silver: Hooded Owls Bath Towel
Bronze: Hevea Kawan Rubber Duck

Best Potty Training Product
Gold: My Carry Potty
Silver: Bumbo Step 'N Potty
Bronze: Bambino Mio Potty Training Pants

Best Baby Monitor
Gold: BT Audio Baby Monitor 450
Silver: Angelcare AC417 Video, Wireless Movement and Sound Monitor
Bronze: Motorola MBP50 Digital Video Baby Monitor

Best Safety Product
Gold: Mothercare Airflow Pocket Sprung Mattress
Silver: The Gro Company Gro-Egg
Bronze: MediClock

Best Swimming Product
Gold: Splash About Happy Nappy
Silver: Childs Farm 3in1 Swim
Bronze: Huggies Little Swimmers

Best Baby Food Range/Product
Gold: Aldi Mamia Breakfast Pouch Range
Silver: Ella's Kitchen Four NEW Vegetable-only Flavours
Bronze: Asda Little Angels Organic Animal Puffs

Best Highchair
Gold: Kidsmill Up! Highchair
Silver: Peg Perego Siesta Highchair
Bronze: EastCoast Nursery Folding Highchair

Best Breast Pump
Gold: Lansinoh 2 in 1 Double Electric Breast Pump
Silver: Nuby Natural Touch Digital Electric Breast Pump
Bronze: Medela UK Swing Essentials

Best Bottle Feeding Product
Gold: MAM UK Easy Start 260ml Bottle
Silver: Chicco NaturalFeeling Bottle
Bronze: MAM Electric Steriliser and Express Warmer

Best Weaning Product
Gold: Tommee Tippee Baby Food Steamer Blender
Silver: Bamboo Bamboo Suction Bowl and Spoon Set
Bronze: MAM Trainer Cup

Best Product for Breastfeeding (excluding breast pumps)
Gold: Cake Lingerie Cotton Candy Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra
Silver: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin
Bronze: My Expert Midwife No Harm Nipple Balm

Best New Mum/Maternity Skincare Product
Gold: Basq NYC Resilient Body Stretchmark Oil
Silver: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin
Bronze: NSPA Nourishing Stretch Mark Oil

Best Pregnancy/Maternity Product
Gold: Tara Lee Yoga The Bump Yoga Mat
Silver: Babymoov Dream Belt Pregnancy Sleep Aid
Bronze: NSPA Mum To Be Moisturising Bump Butter

Best Baby Toy
Gold: The Gro Company Ollie the Owl
Silver: LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table
Bronze: Sweet Dreamers Gertie the Good Goose

Best Toddler Toy
Gold: LEGO DUPLO Number Train
Silver: Orchard Toys Smelly Wellies
Bronze: Vtech Electronic Toot-toot Friends Magical Unicorn

Best Baby Wipe
Gold: Aldi Mamia Fragranced Baby Wipes
Silver: Tesco Loves Baby 56 Newborn Pure Wipes Fragrance Free
Bronze: Asda Little Angels Care & Protect Baby Wipes

Best Reusable Nappy
Gold: TotsBots Easyfit
Silver: NaturalMama Sunny Reusable Nappies
Bronze: The Green Bud All-in-one Washable Nappy

Best Baby Skincare Range/Product
Gold: Childs Farm Toddler Skincare Range
Silver: Neal’s Yard Organic Baby Balm
Bronze: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee

Best Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range
Gold: Pampers Premium Protection Nappies
Silver: Baby Ocado Size 6 Ultra Dry Nappies
Bronze: Pampers Baby Dry Nappies

Best Disposable Potty Training or Nappy Pant
Gold: Pampers Baby-Dry Pants
Silver: Asda Little Angels First Pants
Bronze: HUGGIES Pull-Ups

Best Value Disposable Nappy or Nappy Range
Gold: Aldi Mamia Nappy Range
Silver: Baby Ocado Size 4 Ultra Dry Nappies
Bronze: Asda Little Angels Newborn Nappies

Innovation of the Year Awards
Gold: Pampers Preemie Protection Nappies
Silver: gb Pockit+
Bronze: Bizzi Growin POD Travel Changing Bag

Congratulations to all the winners!


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