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Welcome to 2018

Another new year! Another chance to keep our New Year’s Resolutions! Or another year where they fall by the wayside before the end of January?

After being on a summer holiday, like many people, I find it difficult to get back into work mode, but after the Christmas break, I find myself buzzing with ideas! If I'm not careful, I get started on four or five different projects and fail to see any of them through!! So, some of my brilliant ideas for 2018 will be put off until later in the year.

One way to give myself and the Nursery Online team more space to implement the things that really will make a difference is to move our Newsletters from weekly to fortnightly. Our Nursery Online Product Spotlights will also move to alternate Fridays, making Friday Nursery Online day! We can then spend more time on our International News. Our trade is growing more and more international - no longer is it enough to know what is happening in the UK. To grow your business means looking at export, which means looking at the rest of the world or importing new exciting products which, guess what? It means looking at the rest of the world!

We will also be spending more time on our sister site - There's lots of exciting things happening there so if reaching consumers is your aim, we've got the contacts!

One important change that 2018 will bring is the introduction of GDPR - that's the General Data Protection Regulations - in May. This will affect the way many of us do business. It will have a big impact on whether you receive information or not. Whether you can send out information to your customers - or not!

We'll be looking at GDPR in more detail over the next few months, so make sure you get your Friday Fix!

- Cathy

PS: Our Spotlights for January are Potties and Toilet Training with a copy date of this Monday. Next up is Bathtime with a copydate of the 22nd. Make sure your company and your products are included!

The beginning of February sees a new category for us – Baby Technology. It’s not just monitors which have received a high-tech makeover, but other things as well. Make sure your products are listed here. Copydate is 5th February.

And if you want your brand and your products to be known throughout the world, why not shout about them in our International Newsletter. Copydate for that is January 13th. It’s an opportunity too good to miss. We will publish your press releases free of charge but there’s the chance to make more impact by having a banner ad. Or you could go rash and send out a personalised email to certain types of readers or to certain countries – the choice is yours!

As usual, for more information, contact Lyn on 01304 374169 or 07971 700979 or email on or Gilly on

The Media Snug partners with Children’s Activities Association

Marketing and PR company, The Media Snug, which specialises in the parenting sector, has partnered with the Children’s Activities Association (CAA), the UK’s first independent expert-led accreditation provider.

The CAA offers parents, schools and nurseries a benchmark and peace of mind when it comes to organised children’s activities. With just one check, they know their provider has been accredited, according to consistent standards and verification.

Activities, classes and clubs are a valued and much-loved part of most children’s pre-school and extra-curricular leisure and learning time, but until now, there has been no formal guidelines to assist parents, schools and nurseries in choosing how to invest their time and money. The CAA aims to do this as well as giving children the opportunity to experience a wider range of organised activities.

The Media Snug will be working in partnership with the Children’s Activities Association to raise the profile of the work it does, and will be championing a new initiative, Children’s Activities Week, which launches in April 2018.

For more information contact, call 01582 434331 or visit

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Britax Römer introduces its first lightweight travel system, the BRITAX B-LITE

Fitting into tight spaces, busy areas and public transport with a pushchair will be a breeze thanks to Britax Römer’s new BRITAX B-LITE travel system. Suitable for children from birth – 15kg (approx. 3 years), the BRITAX B-LITE is compact and agile, allowing parents and children alike to move around with ease.

The new pushchair is Britax Römer’s lightest buggy to date that is travel system compatible and comes with the option of using CLICK & GO® receivers to enable parents to attach any Britax Römer infant carrier, making it a great travel companion for the whole family.

Weighing only 7.4kg, the BRITAX B-LITE is easy to handle thanks to its single-handed pull fold, enabling parents to quickly and conveniently collapse the pushchair with one hand, while holding on to their most precious cargo in the other. Not only lightweight but compact too, the BRITAX B-LITE is freestanding when folded with a standing height of 70cm and width of 40cm, also featuring a handy automatic fold lock which ensures the pushchair remains in position until it is ready to be used again.

Perfect for the active family, the BRITAX B-LITE features an adjustable backrest and leg rest, which includes a lie-flat position that can be used with a soft carry cot for newborns, as well as customisable seating positions for a resting toddler. Additional foot support is also included within the new pushchair to keep growing children more comfortable and can be used when the calf support is down; this ensures little legs remain comfortable even when the leg rest is outgrown.

The BRITAX B-LITE comes with the safety features parents have come to expect with Britax Römer products, including an adjustable safety harness to keep children secure and comfortable as they grow. The 5-point harness can be adjusted to different height positions, while the softly padded chest pads ensure additional comfort for children.

To ensure a smooth ride, the BRITAX B-LITE boasts front swivel wheels which work in both a swivel and lock mode for greater manoeuvrability, while lightweight puncture-free wheels leave parents feeling assured that they won’t be left with a flat tyre during outings. Other aspects of the new pushchair include a large hood with UPF 50+ protection, mesh panels on the sides of the seat unit for better air circulation and a spacious basket for travel essentials, making it a must-have for any family adventure.

Rainer Stäbler, Managing Director EMEA, Britax Römer, commented, “Parents today want to maintain active lifestyles with their little ones and the B-LITE is the ideal, nimble companion for daily adventures.”

The BRITAX B-LITE is available in four colours: Coral Peach, Cosmos Black, Lagoon Green and Steel Grey and will be available from all major retailers with an RRP of £180

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Hardenberg&Co celebrates as Angelcare turns 20

Hardenberg&Co has gone from strength to strength since its early days in a small office in the market town of Stone, Staffordshire. The company has since moved to larger premises and, during its ten years in business, H&Co has seen a number of major changes and developments which have helped it adapt to the market and retain their strong position.

Arguably the biggest change the firm has seen has been its acquisition by Angelcare. As the vision of Angelcare was supported by that of Hardenberg&Co’s, it was a natural collaboration that was supported by the group and one of which the team continue to be so very excited about!

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Angelcare; bringing peace of mind to parents since 1997.

For 20 years, Angelcare has been dedicated to providing high quality products that offer peace of mind to families all over the world. It is Angelcare's mission to provide the best products to families everywhere; bringing parents peace of mind and helping children thrive.

On Tuesday, Hardenberg joined their team from around the world and united (via Skype) to celebrate the work that Angelcare has done over the past two decades; all of which the team at Hardenberg has been integral to.

Today’s parents want baby products that fit with how they live—and they find it with Angelcare. Incorporating advanced technologies, intuitive design and sleek aesthetics, our products are reassuring, reliable, and beautiful. Our internationally award-winning lines of baby monitors, nappy disposal systems and baby care products have come to lead the market in nearly 60 countries worldwide. We celebrate the success of Angelcare, all of the parents that we have given peace of mind to and all of the children we have helped thrive. We celebrate by doing what we do best… EATING CAKE!

With a clear business strategy and first-hand experiences, Hardenberg&Co has carved a definitive place for itself in the market place. 20 years of Angelcare and the last ten years of Hardenberg&Co have been an absolute joy and the team at Hardenberg&Co would like to take this opportunity to thank all of its retailers and suppliers for their support; long may it continue!

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The Only Way is…Izmi!

The team at Cheeky Rascals are thrilled to see that The Only Way is Essex star, Sam Faiers is loving her Izmi Baby Carrier.

Sam shared a candid snap, with newborn in tow, to her combined 3 million followers across Instagram and Twitter commenting: ‘When you have house jobs to do but your baby wants a cuddle, this is the way forward.’ This celeb mum knows the importance of being able to multitask!

Designed by mother and babywearing expert, Emily Williamson, the award winning Izmi Baby Carrier is practical and easy to use. Thoughtfully combining the functionalities of a soft structured fabric sling with the support of a buckled carrier, it’s truly unique design cleverly distributes the weight evenly, providing optimum support for both wearer and baby. It’s no wonder why it is Sam’s carrier of choice!

Additionally, the Izmi Baby Carrier, which allows for multiple carrying positions; front facing, rear facing, side and back, cleverly adapts as the child grows. Suitable from day one up until 18 months, it’s not only a simple and stylish product, but is also recognised by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for its intuitive, supportive design.

Cheeky Rascals Founder, Selina Russell, commented: “We are so pleased to see Sam Faiers using the Izmi baby carrier. There is nothing better than seeing a product we have brought to market being used by a parent in the way it was intended – to make life that little bit easier. But of course, to be spotted on a high-profile celebrity mum such as Sam is just fantastic for the brands awareness, especially in its launch year.”

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Last chance to enter your invention

If you are planning to enter the Baby Products Associations 2018 Concept & Innovation Awards – don’t forget that the deadline is TODAY.

The judges will be shortlisting entries shortly after this date and those entrants considered the best will be invited to present their ideas to the panel in central London at the end of January.

From these four finalists will be chosen, and these will be invited to Harrogate International Nursery Fair at the end of March, where the winners will be announced.

More information and entry forms can be downloaded from the website HERE – or visit and click on the ‘awards’ button.

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MAM shortlisted for six awards with five products!

To finish off 2017 on a high MAM UK are delighted to announce that a fantastic five products have reached the Made for Mums 2018 awards shortlist.

This includes the MAM Easy Start bottle which self-sterilises, the Start 0-2M soother specially designed for new born babies’, the new 6in1 Electric Steriliser and Express Bottle warmer, Bite and Relax Teethers and our Heat Sensitive Weaning spoons.

The awards will be judged by a huge panel of experts, parents and children who test hundreds of products to find the leading ones for every family.

Managing Director, Lisa Parkhill, said: "We are delighted that MAM’s commitment to developing products with technological innovation, outstanding function and inspiring designs has been recognised. Made for Mums are the biggest parenting review site with millions of users who trust and rely on their honest judgement and product picks. MAM are delighted to have made the shortlist."

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Cybex & gb finish 2017 on a high with growth of internal talent

After a successful year of growth in the UK & Ireland, Columbus Trading Partners is pleased to promote Franco Rocchio from Midlands Trainer to Key Accounts Manager. Franco brings a wealth of experience from both his time at Columbus in the training team, and formerly Kiddicare.

Columbus Trading Partners is confident that Franco will strengthen the UK sales team and improve its focus with its key accounts. Columbus Trading Partners is now actively recruiting for a Midlands Trainer. For more about the job description and to apply, visit

Franco Rocchio, said: “I have really enjoyed my time in the training team but I am really excited about the move into the sales team. The range of products within Columbus are amazing and I can’t wait to work with my customers to grow our brands further.”

David Roberts, Head of UK&I Sales, commented: “Franco has been a real asset to the training team and I am sure he will bring the same passion and enthusiasm to the sales team. As 2017 comes to a close, we are really excited about the 85 new products that we are launching in 2018.”

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The Hegen Breast Feeding System

Hegen is a unique modular breastfeeding system designed to streamline the breastfeeding process for today’s busy Mums, a system that incorporates expressing, feeding and storing all in the same bottle with no need to transfer the contents.

This minimises potential contamination, spillage and wastage as well as saving valuable time.

The Hegen feeding bottles feature the patent pending ‘Press-to-Close Twist-to-Open’ (PCTO™) no thread system where the lid is simply pressed on and twisted off in a single-handed operation.

Hegen bottles are made from PPSU an FDA compliant food-contact grade and NSF certified medical grade material which combines the advantages of glass and plastic and is shatter resistant and durable, high-temperature resistant as well as being BPA, BPS and PVC & Phthalates free. PPSU is naturally amber coloured and contains no artificial pigments.

The unique ergonomically designed square shape of the Hegen bottle makes them easy for babies to hold and also means that the bottles can be stacked to optimise storage space and when used as food storage containers the lids interconnect allowing them to be effortlessly bound together.

The Hegen teat is elliptical shaped and made from super soft silicone closely mimicking the breast and promoting natural latch-on, minimising any confusion and making it easier to combine breast and bottle feeding. The off-centre teat promotes feeding in an upright position reducing the risk of milk back flow and the likelihood of mid-ear complications. The teats have a smart built in anti-colic air vent system which reduces excessive air intake helping safeguard your baby against tummy upsets.

Hegen’s breast pump adapters are available in two sizes, standard and wide neck allowing mothers to use the Hegen bottles alongside their preferred breast pump for a seamless and sustainable breastfeeding journey.

The Hegen system includes bottles, teats, breast pump, breast pump adaptors, storage lids and covers, everything needed as baby moves from milk to weaning to solids. Where applicable all products utilise the Hegen PCTO™ system.

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The Winter 2018 collection - breastfeed with confidence

Bshirts are so excited to announce our Winter 2018 collection is being sewn as we speak! They are expected to arrive in February, but you can be the first in line to pre-order these amazing rich colours.

We've chosen the richest navy and the deepest plum to give depth and warmth to any wardrobe this winter. Layer the Bshirt under favourite pre-pregnancy clothes. The new colours are so rich and soft, made with organic stretch cotton, it will be perfect as a neutral vest under any warm outfit.

We are going to have to charge VAT from February 1st, so to get your Bshirts at the current price, order before Janaury 31st!

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Lallana surprises Graham family with Lapland trip

The Graham Family was given a much-deserved treat when they were selected as the lucky recipients of a very special Christmas themed #LFCDreamTicket.

Piper and Harrison along with parents Leah and Paul were treated to the surprise of a lifetime when the Club worked with partners Joie and Thomas Cook Sport to create some unforgettable memories for the very special family.

Piper, age 10, from Anfield, Liverpool was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in December 2015 and has been undergoing treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital over the last two years. With the tireless support of her family and friends Piper is fighting back - proving an inspiration to those around her - and is now five months off ringing the bell to signify the end of her treatment.

New Park Primary School, who work closely with the Club through the Red Neighbours program, nominated Piper and her family for their #LFCDreamTicket for the courage, determination and embodiment of the Club’s values they have all displayed throughout this difficult period.

The fortnight of fun was kicked off at a special school assembly where Piper received a surprise video message from LFC first team player Adam Lallana inviting Piper and her family to Anfield for an extraordinary match day experience and to Melwood to meet him and the rest of the squad.

At Melwood the surprises continued when Adam Lallana presented the Grahams with the trip of a lifetime to Lapland for the ultimate Christmas experience.

Piper’s Dad, Paul Graham, said: “It’s been magical the LFC Dream Ticket - especially for the kids. I haven’t seen them smile so much with what Piper has been going through for the last two years. We cannot thank the Club enough for our LFC Dream Ticket which has left us all with some unforgettable Christmas memories.”

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Mummy Loves Organics launches new range for babies

It's been an eventful 2017 for new brand Mummy Loves Organics, which has culminated in the launch of a new range for babies!

The brand, created by a British maternity nurse to high profile clients, produces a range of essential oil massage candles, room diffusers and pulse point oils, which are hand poured using the very best organic shea butters and soy wax, along with the purest pregnancy-safe essential oils, including mandarin, geranium, frankincense and peppermint. The products help relieve many common ailments associated with pregnancy including anxiety, morning sickness, insomnia, stretch marks, dry skin, and swollen ankles/feet.

As a maternity nurse who has for many years helped parents with sleep issues their babies face, Claire Alexander has taken her knowledge and expertise and created a beautiful new Baby Sleep range. The new pulse point scent for babies and children, SLEEPY FEET is crafted from a lavender base with the addition of mandarin oil. This oil, when put on the feet of babies and children helps induce sleep and ward off night terrors. Since launch , there has been a huge demand for the product and amazing reviews from parents. Complimenting this is SLEEPY BABY, a beautiful reed diffuser for nurseries, which helps establish a routine and a good sleep pattern. This reed diffuser can also be taken to grandparents’ or carers’ house or on holiday to retain the same scent so the baby feels safe wherever they go.

The new Mummy Loves Organics baby range costs £35 for the diffuser and £12 for the Sleepy Feet pulse scent.

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