BabyDam Has Gone Global!

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BabyDam has gone global, and it’s been one hectic week at BabyDam HQ! After following a hugely successful launch of the BabyDam USA, it has become apparent to us how there are so many people that have still not discovered or ever heard about the BabyDam, the product that so many parents have been looking for, for so long.

Last week BabyDam was featured in a short, snappy and super cute video featuring the US BabyDam babies (watch it here or below) – to say that it went viral was an understatement! 36 million views later…. and the publicity, awareness and enquiries have not stopped! It’s fair to say that it’s had quite the snowball effect. BabyDam was later picked up by home grown newspaper, The Metro in an article and today, another video made the rounds by US based news and media website, Dose.

A lovely lady also shared a photo of the BabyDam during the devastating hurricane Harvey and had been using it in their bath tub to preserve precious water supplies. We were truly touched by this, and again, another purpose of the BabyDam was found in a time of need. This was later picked up by a news channel in the UK!

BabyDam has had quite the reception over the last week and we’re so excited to see what is next for BabyDam – there’s no denying that it’s the parenting product of the moment! We hope you’ll join us for the ride!

Keep up to date with the latest news and competitions from BabyDam over on our Facebook page or Twitter!

BabyDam Is Back From ABC Kids Expo 2016!

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BabyDam is back from the ABC Kids Expo 16 which took place in Las Vegas at the end of last month. This was an incredibly exciting time for BabyDam as it was going to be the first time that the American market would be properly introduced to the BabyDam. It was one of the biggest trade shows that BabyDam had ever been to, with a huge amount of US independent retailers and international buyers visiting the show. We honestly had the warmest welcome to the US, with so many independent retailers fascinated with the product, as many had never come across such an invention before! Everyone who visited our stand thought  BabyDam was ingenious, and that it would be invaluable to the US market with the rise in droughts and water shortages.

The whole 4 days at the Expo were fantastic, with a huge buzz being created on social media for the BabyDam. If you have been following us on social media you may have seen us popping up on a series of live videos on Facebook and Snapchat stories! With our fantastic USA distributors to hand, we proudly scooped the award of distinction for the most innovative product in baby care at the ABC Kids Expo.

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The BabyDam is due to arrive in the US at the end of December, ready for the first shipment to our retailers and customers at the start of 2017. It’s an incredibly exciting time for BabyDam and we hope that you will be with us every step of the way!

Head over to the BabyDam USA site for more information, and don’t forget to subscribe to their mailing list to get all the latest news and updates on the BabyDam arrival date! We’ll see you soon America!

Keep up to date with the latest news and competitions from BabyDam over on our Facebook page or Twitter!

The BabyDam Family Of Travelling Ducks!

11904671_1120087798019620_5017748211143583279_nIt was little over a year ago when the BabyDam family of ducks arrived on UK shores, and we’ve had a hard case of trying to keep them grounded since then. We think they’re definitely the most well travelled family of ducks in the world…The BabyDam duck family comprises of the Mum & Dad, Dek & Daisy and their two little ducklings Bonny & Bob! Every bath time is a colourful affair with these four, and they make the perfect companions for both bath time and dry play! As the family of ducks become more well travelled by the day, let’s have a look at some of the places that they’ve visited already….10423762_1091390604222673_2039345849488782630_nCiao! The BabyDam ducks love Italy, they queued for hours to get this picture next to the leaning tower of Piza!12799442_1228501567178242_4268038508089198290_nThey waddled across the pond on one of their recent trips to visit the big apple! Can you spot where they are?11539761_1091390594222674_5648577333647646742_nViva Espana! The ducks couldn’t believe the amazing sand art work that they discovered on Cadiz beach!13221562_1288730381155360_3629017680140816727_nEven one of our Spanish distributors Hiperbebe A Coruna got in on the fun and pictured the ducks on the beach in Coruna, doesn’t the weather look beautiful?!12744399_1225793330782399_2973548979591917194_nYou’ll regularly spot the ducks at a nearby airport, ready to jet off on their next adventure! But where will they be heading to next? We want all of our customers and distributors to get involved with the adventures of the BabyDam family of ducks, and we want you to share your pictures of the ducks in your home town, shop, on a holiday or wherever their adventures may take them. We’ll be sharing all of the pictures over on our Facebook page, and we may even give those with the best pictures a prize!

Send your pictures to nicole@babydam.com or tag us in your pictures on social media! Keep up to date of the whereabouts of the ducks on our  Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter feed!

BabyDam is coming to the USA!

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If you hadn’t already heard, YES the BabyDam is finally coming to the USA! Due to be arriving late August/September we are already very much anticipating the arrival, and we cant wait for everyone to get a chance at using a BabyDam to save on water bills, energy, time and money! We have been inundated with emails, tweets and facebook messages from people all over the USA and Canada since the very beginning of BabyDam’s existence! It is something that has been in the working for a long time to ensure that we place the BabyDam with a suitable distributor, and to redesign the original BabyDam so that it fits into US tubs (they are slightly larger than standard EU tubs)! So for everyone who is awaiting the arrival, here is everything that you need to know:

When will it be arriving?

BabyDam is due to arrive late August/September 2016. However, if you are interested in the arrival of the BabyDam you can register your interest here so that you can keep up with any updates on the release date.

Will Canada be getting the BabyDam too?

YES! The BabyDam will be available for purchase in the USA and Canada.

Who is going to be the USA distributor?

BabyDam is going to be distributed in the USA by Tyke and Co. a distributor of fine baby & children’s products in the U.S. and Canada since 1999. We are so excited to be a part of their growing empire, and among some other fantastic well known baby brands!

How else can we keep in touch with BabyDam developments?

We have a dedicated Facebook page for BabyDam USA which will again keep you all updated with any developments on the release date of the BabyDam, as well as lots of fantastic pictures of the BabyDam in action! If you do have any other further questions about the arrival of the BabyDam you can also contact us via email on the following:  info@babydamusa.com

2016 is an incredibly exciting time for BabyDam whilst we spread the water saving benefits globally! We would like to say a big thank you for everyone’s patience in waiting for the BabyDam to become available in the USA and Canada, and we promise that it will have been worth the wait!

Are you excited for the BabyDam’s arrival in the USA/Canada? Do let us know over on our Facebook page or Twitter, and don’t forget to register your interest here!

 

 

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Children Can Make

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It only felt like yesterday that it was Christmas, and Mother’s Day is now fast approaching! Whether it’s going to be the first year that you’re a Mum on Mother’s Day or not, there’s no denying that it’s such a special day filled with love, thought and little giggles! Whilst flowers and chocolates are a lovely gift, it’s the ones that come from the heart of your little ones that are the most priceless, and something to look back on in years to come and cherish with a smile! So if you’re struggling for ideas on what to get your little one to give to their Mum this year, or just want some fun craft projects to get stuck into during the weekends or the holidays, here are 10 unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that any child can make – suitable crafting ideas for all ages!

#1. Draw A Heart

One of the most thoughtful gifts that really is from the heart is the idea of drawing a heart onto a piece of paper and writing all of the things within it that they love and admire about their Mum, or are thankful for. This idea is great for slightly older children, and they can make it as colourful as they want!

#2. Fingerprint Painting

An idea that children of all ages can get involved in, and something that is a bit of messy fun too! Help your child draw an outline of an image on a piece of paper such as a heart of a flower and get them to colour it in with different coloured fingerprints, this makes the piece completely unique to the child, and to their mum!

#3. Holiday Jar

Get your child to remember one of their most recent holidays together with their Mum and get them to fill a jar with a whole host of items that they remember it by. Do they have any pictures? Shells? Sand? etc – you can be as creative as you want!

#4. Hand Print Heart

Even the little ones can get involved with some crafts with supervision from their Dad! Get their little hands and fingers creative with some paint, and have them create a hand print heart with two hands! This would look great done onto white paper and which can then be framed or given as a card.

#5. Flower Corsage

Make Mum her very own flower corsage with these easy step by step tips that you can find here. You can be as creative with the colours of the tissue paper as you want, and they will truly be cherished on her favourite blouse!

#6. Create A Scrapbook

A present that can be added to each year is a scrapbook. Great for older children to get stuck into, get them to create pages of their favourite memories with their Mum with pictures, printed paper, stickers and whatever crafts bits you have to hand!

#7. Descriptive Writing

A present that is not only thoughtful and caring, but an educational task for older children. This Ice Cream craft encourages your child to think of all of the descriptive words that they would use to describe their lovely mum by – an excellent way to get them to learn some fab new vocabulary too!

#8. Hand Print Vases

The best gift ideas from the little ones really is anything that involves hand printing! Grab an old vase or coloured pot and up-cycle it with some pretty ribbon, and get them to stamp their little hand onto it in some contrasting coloured paint. Finish the present off by filling it with some gorgeous flowers!

#9. Mother’s Day Bag

We love this idea for a Mother’s Day bag that can have any theme you want – Breakfast in Bed, Spa Day or a treats bag for example. The child can then find things to fill the bag with that they know is their mums favourite, the breakfast in bed bag could include a napkin, breakfast bar, tea bag and biscuits!

#10. Mother’s Day Newspaper

For a bit of fun that any child can get involved in is this Mother’s Day newspaper free printable. As if it was taken from the front page of a newspaper, this special edition features a blank space which can be drawn on and lots of tick boxes and sentences that are waiting to be completed with  details of your mum!

As you can see, not only are there so many crafty ideas that can be enjoyed by both the child and Mum on Mother’s Day, they don’t break the bank either! These priceless gifts are sure to be treasured for a lifetime! Do you have any other crafty ideas for your little ones? Please do  comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!

5 Top Tips To Become A More Organised Parent

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A new year is an incredibly reflective time which is full of fresh starts and new beginnings. As a parent, becoming more organised is a constant resolution that we all want to achieve. With school runs, babies, work and social activities it can be hard to plan your time out equally, and make the most of your free time effectively. But however unorganised you are as a parent the best thing is you can make quick and easy changes today that will make a noticeable improvement on your time management, organisation and the ability to get things done in a timely manner! If you do need a helping hand to get 2016 off to a great start, here are 5 tried and tested tips on becoming a more organised parent!

Tip #1. Schedule Everything

Scheduling is the main foundations of anything, it is also the quickest way to manage your time, convey what is happening in the week ahead and plan everything else around that. Whether you use to-do lists, diaries, weekly planners or your phone, having everything down in writing will get your week off to a great start without even doing much. Putting aside 10 minutes at the start of every week is all you need.  We recommend planning weekly meals, both your child’s and your own activities, exercise and even the weekly chores. Having a plan at the start of the week will lead you into the week with a huge weight off your shoulders!

Tip #2. Cook In Bulk

Putting one afternoon aside a week or even once a month for cooking will vastly cut down your time during the week, and avoid those evenings where you don’t know what to cook. Bulk cooking evening meals such as spaghetti, pasta, quiches and many other dishes can all be frozen and put into the freezer, and most importantly called upon when needed.

Tip #3. Create A Household Schedule

From a young age children should be actively involved in household chores to instill a good work ethic into them. Whether it be something simple like cleaning the table or setting the table, these little jobs help them to be proactive, and appreciate what it takes to have a clean house, whilst helping you out at the same time. Drawing up a schedule for the house can be done at the same time as planning your week ahead, and you can even set incentives for your children to take part too!

Tip #4. The School Run

The school run is always a manic time for parents whatever a child’s age, and however many children you may have! Getting everyone out of the house by 8am can be a struggle, especially when you have little ones. You can make your life easier by getting ready the night before. This can include making all of the packed lunches the night before and storing them in the fridge, laying out backpacks and their school clothes, and anything else that your children may need for their day at school. This will half your time getting ready in the morning, and your children will appreciate it too!

Tip #5. Keep Calm

Most of all, remain calm in all situations! Flapping about it only stresses you out and enhances the situation more, it will often add much more time onto the task too. As long as you plan the week ahead, follow the tips above and take some deep breaths, you will lead a stress free and happy life as a parent!

No one ever said parenting would be easy or hassle free, but organisation is the ultimate key to success in any situation, and whatever your age! We can’t help you the whole way, but these top 5 tips will certainly help you get more organised in a short period of time! Do you have any other tips for juggling time as a parent?  Please do  comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!

Baby’s First Christmas!

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We can barely believe how fast the months have flown past us this year at BabyDam, and most importantly how quickly Christmas day is creeping up onto us! Christmas is a magical time for everyone and is often one of the only days of the year that we can spend time with all of our loved ones without any distractions or interruptions! But a baby’s first Christmas really is the most magical time which is filled with special milestones & bundles of smiles and laughs! Being a new parent for the first year can also be a stressful and hectic time, with so much to do and so little time. So to help you on your way to having a care free and memorable Christmas with your baby, here’s some tips to help you make the first holiday season extra special!

Visit Father Christmas!

Taking your little one to visit Santa at a grotto for the first time is always an experience to remember, there will be lots of first time experiences during their first Christmas and they’ll all be as special as the next! Some little ones can be scared of dressed up figures, so it may be better waiting until their second or third Christmas to do so. Wherever you live you’re bound to find a Santa’s grotto or two, and there’s always plenty of opportunities for photos and personalised decorations and cards which make great keepsakes and presents for your family.

Christmas DIY Decorations 

There are endless opportunities for getting your baby involved in making some adorable DIY deorations which are fun for all involved and will create keepsakes that will last a lifetime. One of our favourite ideas is taking a plain Christmas tree bauble, coating their adorable baby feet in paint and stamping it onto the bauble. This can be done on so many items for that matter, we also love this following idea for creating a reindeer card with their feet. All you need is some paint, water and plenty of towels and you can create some great decorations and presents! It’s just whether you can get those cute feet to stop wriggling for a minute or two!

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Christmas Eve Traditions

Creating new Christmas Eve traditions for your baby’s first Christmas is such a lovely sentiment that will seem even more important as the years go by and as they get older. Every  family likes to celebrate Christmas in a different way and you may like to carry on traditions that you had as a child, but here are a few of our favourites that might give you some inspiration!

  • Christmas Eve Box: Create your own box each year to give to your child on Christmas Eve that could contain new pjs, chocolate, a DVD, colouring book etc.
  • Christmas Eve hot chocolate & Christmas movies or stories
  • Baking Christmas food – mince pies, gingerbread men, cookies
  • Leaving out a mince pie and a glass of his Santa’s favourite drink before bed!
  • Go for a walk and look for Santa’s sleigh
  • Go to a Christmas church service

Personalised Gifts

Creating some personalised gifts for their first Christmas provides you with a keepsake that will last a lifetime and will provide you with some of the best memories when you look back at them! Like we mentioned before, you can create your very own DIY decorations or alternatively you can design your own personalised gifts. There are many online sites and shops that offer gifts that can be personalised or engraved, including baby’s first Christmas decoration, Christmas outfits or Christmas keepsake boxes that can be for baby’s first lock of hair etc, there are so many options out there and I’m sure family members & friends will all love to spoil your little one this Christmas anyway!

Christmas Clothing

Stick your baby in some Christmas clothing and it’s hard not to go awww! There are so many choices in the stores year upon year, from Christmas jumpers and Christmas baby grows to full blown Christmas costumes including reindeers &  snowmen! It’s hard not to want to put them in something cute like this to get into the festive spirit!

Christmas Photos

Leading on from Christmas clothing it provides the perfect opportunity for some Christmas photos, whether you want to take the photos yourself or get some professionally done – there are some fabulous ideas on Pinterest for staged photo ideas. This idea below is one we absolutely love, and something that we wouldn’t necessarily think of doing. These photos could then be created into personalised cards, photo canvases and more to give as presents.

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However you choose to celebrate baby’s first Christmas it’s sure to be a truly magical and special time for the whole family! From everyone at BabyDam we wish you all a wonderful Christmas & a very happy & healthy new year! Will you be celebrating your baby’s first Christmas? Do you have any other tips for baby’s first Christmas?  Please do  comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!

Big Energy Saving Week 2015

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It’s Big Energy Saving Week starting on the 26th October 2015, something that BabyDam are big supporters of. This national campaign is about helping people cut down on their fuel bills in any way that they can, and to get all of the financial help that they are entitled to. The week primarily focuses on raising public awareness of switching energy/supplier tariffs to get the very best deals available to you. As well as this, it’s about providing everyone with tips & tricks to save more money & energy and to stay warm this winter. Being a company passionate about saving energy, time & money, this is where BabyDam comes in.

As a parent time, money & water is something that we’re all short of. Time pushed parents will opt for the easiest option available to them at the time without thinking about the potential costs further down the line. But with rising costs in water & energy,  climate change & water shortages we have to do everything we can to save the extra pennies that could be spent on something more worthwhile. BabyDam Bathwater Barrier will save water, save heating, save time and save money – indeed BabyDam will pay for itself over and over again whilst giving years of faithful service. Below are the statistics in money that you will save if you use a BabyDam for an infant & a toddler.

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Using the figures above a BabyDam being used once every day for a year would, therefore, save 10,220 litres of water per child and a BabyDam being used for up to two and a half years would save an impressive 25,550 litres of water per child!! Using BabyDam to bath your baby will make a genuine reduction to every parent’s household heating bill and collectively can make a substantial contribution to the nation’s energy saving requirement. You can find out more about saving water with a BabyDam & the saving water initiatives here.

Whatever you choose to pledge this week, think smart, act fast & save, and you’ll notice a difference whether small or big in your bills that will help make life that bit easier for everyone! What are your tips for saving money & fuel? Please do  comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!

The Importance Of Teaching Children To Swim

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It goes without saying that one of the most important life skills that you can teach your child is swimming. Quite apart from the obvious benefits of fitness and fun, is one of personal safety when around water.  Whether you’re at a pool, by a river, or by the sea, knowing the basics of swimming & water safety could potentially save your life if you get into difficulty.

From a very young age a great way of introducing your baby to the water is your bath at home, and because of this BabyDam are huge supporters of Water Babies and the admirable work that they do for children all over the world. Water Babies have been teaching babies & toddlers to swim & learn life skills since 2002. They recognised the importance of teaching children at a very young age to swim and how beneficial it can be for them in the long run. For Water babies ‘there’s no greater thrill than seeing a baby move freely, gracefully and confidently through water in a way they physically can’t manage on dry land’.

Teaching lessons up and down the country, and the Water Babies classes that are run all over the world, they teach children of all ages the importance of swimming whilst incorporating lots of fun and bonding. Teaching a child how to swim is about removing the fears they may have about water and making them grow into a fully fledged water baby! Teaching your child how to swim is a priceless activity that will stay with them for the rest of their life, an invaluable skill that should never be discounted.

Water babies have a wealth of experience in teaching children to swim, and their professionalism in all classes is honourable, no one works harder than them to help make sure you and your little one feel safe in the water.  Additionally all of their classes are done in a lovely environment that isn’t daunting for yourself or your child. All of the classes are run in pools that are heated to a minimum of 32 degrees and classes are kept small so there will always be plenty of guidance and attention for all the children.  Swimming from babyhood is a beautiful journey for all to partake in, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly they can pick up kicking, floating and having fun in the water! If you’re looking to introduce your little one to swimming you can find your nearest Water Babies class here.

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Have you heard of Water Babies before or taken your little one to their classes? Please do  comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!

Baby Names – Traditional, Popular and Unusual

baby-718146_640Choosing a baby name can be an overwhelming experience when there is so much choice out there and always having to bear in mind that the name you choose will stay with your child for the rest of their life. Long gone are the days when inspiration could only be plucked from books, we now have an abundance of ideas on the internet, Pinterest, TV shows and in news articles which really does making choosing that perfect baby name all the more difficult! Whether you want a traditional, popular or unusual name you’ll almost always find that there is an origin or story behind the name that can really help you make the difficult decision. We’ve put together some traditional, the most popular and unusual baby names for 2015 to give you some food for thought!

Traditional 

Traditional baby names may not be the most exciting but they are some of the most reliable and ones which are used all over the world, a name that will never seem odd or unusual whatever the year we’re in!

Baby Boys:

  • Albert
  • Ernest
  • Andrew
  • Charles
  • Russell

Baby Girls:

  • Alice
  • Charlotte
  • Isabel
  • Jane
  • Katherine

Popular

Popular baby names are constantly changing as new trends come into play and as particular royal or celebrity baby births happen throughout the year. They might be popular at the year of birth but will they still be so reliable in years to come? These are some of the most popular baby names in the UK in 2015.

Baby Boys:

  • Oliver
  • Jack
  • Harry
  • Jacob

Baby Girls:

  • Amelia
  • Olivia
  • Isla
  • Emily

Unusual

Then we get to the down right unusual and quirky names that really stand out from the crowd. This year has seen baby name inspiration taken from characters in the TV programme Game Of Thrones with names such as Arya, Khaleesi and Tyrion. Love it or hate it we are seeing more babies named after TV characters and celebrity babies as the years go by.

Baby Boys:

  • Hershey
  • Darko
  • Guru
  • Rocko
  • Walden

Baby Girls:

  • Amore
  • Harpa
  • Melrose
  • Pixie
  • Sea

Amidst the sea of baby names we’ve barely scratched the surface of the baby names you could name your future child, but by working out what category you want your baby name to fall in it will make your life much easier! But whatever name you choose for your child, every name is unique and individual in its own way and could one day make its way onto one of these lists! Do you prefer traditional baby names or would you give your baby a rare name? Do comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!