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We are Dribbling it! Our partnership with Dribble

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 16:05

We are Dribbling it! Our partnership with Dribble
We are busy on making mums’ feel special, Dribble is busy on making women’s feel in control mums!
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Guest Blog post: 5 tips to photgraph your newborn at home
"We know how quickly time passes and how important it is to capture the early days." Sara and Lee from Newborn
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We have partnered with Busylizzy!

Wednesday, 17 June 2020 22:50

We have partnered with Busylizzy!

We are super excited to announce that we have partnered with Busylizzy, the UK’s number 1 Family Club bringing your favourite award winning classes direct to your home. We will be working with Julie and the team at Busylizzy to deliver this exclusive referral offer to Busylizzy members.

'We feel really strongly that the Busylizzy ethos on supporting mothers well being whilst staying active and generating a mum community connects with our brand values on so many levels.' Tanya - Founder of Lily & Ribbon

'We’re really excited to partner with Lily & Ribbon. The Busylizzy customer is a modern mum, looking for flexibility, fabulous service and quality; all attributes Tanya and her team at Lily & Ribbon bring to their customers. It’s a great marriage of two businesses.' Julie - Founder of Busylizzy

Busylizzy members referring friends to join the club throughout the months of July and August will both be rewarded with a £10 gift voucher from Lily & Ribbon.

If you are a Busylizzy member and think a friend may also benefit from pregnancy, postnatal fitness, baby and toddler classes plus talks from trusted Busylizzy friends, then now is time to join. You will both receive a 20% discount on your next membership and a £10 Lily & Ribbon gift voucher to treat yourselves to your maternity & nursing essentials.

Offer ends 31st August 2020

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Baby play using everyday items

Thursday, 11 June 2020 09:20

Baby play using everyday items

We spoke to Vicky Robinson, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, to get some baby play ideas using everyday items.

Trying to entertain a baby all day can be overwhelming and exhausting. We buy all the flashy, noisy toys to help keep them occupied, but they play with them for about 5 minutes and then they are bored! Top tip from a mum and Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Vicky Robinson, is to gather household objects for your baby to play with - most babies actually prefer this! Notice how your baby only wants to play with the remote or your keys? Or how they love to pull the pots out of the cupboard while you are cooking? The great news is that there are so many household items you can use to support your baby’s learning and development at home.

Find out how you can use every day household items to support your baby’s development through play!

Mirror Play -  a mirror can be used in play from newborn. Babies love seeing their reflection in a mirror and can be used to encourage your baby to play in various positions to support their development such as side lying, on their tummy, sitting, high kneeling at the sofa and standing. Simply pulling faces and chatting to your baby in a mirror can support their early communication skills.

Mirrior Play

Puff sponge - remember all those sponges you have stored away from unused gift sets? Here is a great way to put them to use! Hang them from the baby gym, lay your baby on the floor and let them kick away. This is a great way to strengthen their tummy muscles and learn about cause and effect.

Puff Sponge

Gym ball - before you deflate your pregnancy ball, use it for playtime. Place your baby on their tummy and rock them gently back and forth and side-to-side for some fun tummy time. By sitting in front of your baby, you will encourage them to lift their head which will strengthen their back and neck muscles in preparation for rolling, sitting and crawling. Row your boat is a great song for this position.

Scarf pull - does your baby love to pull all the wipes out of the packet? Then this one is for you! Pop a sensory scarf or clean dishcloth into an empty baby wipe container and let them pull it out over and over again. This is great for strengthening their little hands and developing their fine motor skills.

Scarf Pull

Cushions - throw the sofa cushions on the floor to make an obstacle course for your crawling baby. You could hide toys in between the cushions to encourage them to go exploring. The uneven surface gives their muscles an extra tough workout.

Empty containers - before you take put the recycling, have a little rummage for any containers your baby could post balls or pom moms into. Start with the lid off so they have a large target, then add the lid with a hole cut into it to make it more challenging. This is a lovely idea for babies who can sit independently, to practice their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and problem solving.

Sensory Play

There are so many ways touse household items for baby play and these are just a few! Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to have a look around your home and gather some household items that you and your baby can play with right now!

Vicky Robinson is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, specialising in sensory processing difficulties, developmental delay and learning through play! Vicky runs an online therapy service to support parents with activity ideas to boost your child’s development. Visit www.play4today.net for more activity ideas and Baby Play Packs. Follow @vickyrobinsonot

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Helping you through COVID-19

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:54

Helping you through COVID-19

As we face these uncertain times with unknown impact to our community from COVID-19 we wanted to thank you for being a loyal Lily & Ribbon customer.

We know you might have concerns centred around your pregnancy or your newborn baby. We want you to know that we are here for you.

If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus follow the advice from the NHS.

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists offers useful information for pregnant women and their families relating to the COVID-19 virus and pregnancy.

If your midwife is unavailable, we have an inhouse midwife who can offer support and advise where needed. Simply email us on info@lilyandribbon.com and we can get back to you. 

We are still business as usual and we can offer you FREE next day delivery if you write in the notes of your order 'urgent mum baby essentials required'.

With all our love and stay safe,

Team Lily & Ribbon x

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