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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!

The Importance Of Teaching Children To Swim

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Image credit: Water Babies

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.

water2Because we think that Water Babies is such a great thing, we have teamed up with them to offer you all 20% off our BabyDams, mats and ducks! To find out how to redeem this discount simply sign up to their treats newsletter, you can find out how to sign up here.

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!