Choosing Baby Names

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How to Choose a Baby Name

It is so absolutely true: you don’t realise how many people or names you dislike until you try to name a baby! Choosing baby names is a mammoth task with a lot of pressure, your little one is going to have this name for the rest of their lives! The decision process can start arguments and is always a magnet for those opinions you did not ask for from family and friends. To help with the task, we have come up with a few pointers on how to choose a baby name!

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Start with the ABC’s

Start with the basics – the first initial! Making your way through the alphabet, eliminate letters that you definitely don’t want to use. Perhaps you have other family members with those initials, or when paired with your surname, makes an undesirable word (eg. S. Pitts).

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Lists!

With the remaining letters and a good list of baby names handy (from either books or baby name blogs), start making your way through the names and divide them into categories. Discard the ones you definitely don’t want your baby to have and keep names you like and names you think will make good middle names.
Then return to your list and remember to think about things like:

  •  How does it sound out loud?
  •  Your child’s initials don’t spell out anything awful?
  •  Think about the shortened version of the name (it’s inevitable!) Do you like the sound of the name shortened and does it work with the middle and surname?
  •  If you have had scans indicating that you’re having a boy or girl, be sure you’re choosing baby names from the opposite gender too. Scans can sometimes be wrong.
  •  If you’d like a name that’s not too common, check out the top baby names for the current year! There are plenty of websites with name statistics, so your child won’t be one of several “Willows” in class. Likewise if you don’t want something super uncommon.
  •  If you have names you like and would not like them shut-down by friends or family… don’t tell them!
  •  Find a discussion board if you’d like to discuss baby names with someone other than your family!

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Review the shortlist

Phew – that took some effort! But now you have a shorter list to chose from. Start from the top and see if you’ve changed your mind on any of the names selected

Make some space!

Give yourself a break from baby names! The pressure can drive you crazy. You have time. Take a breath and a few days to recover.

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Repeat

Start back at the shortlist and make your way through again with a fresh set of eyes. Narrow it down further… then take a break again.

Now you should be down to a handful of names that you like for your soon to be newest family member! Many say that they had to see their little one’s face before settling on a name, so it may help to have a few backups just in case.

Then you’re almost ready to order your Welcome to the World personalized keepsake box with your baby’s name. A treasure chest ready to fill with all the tiny memories. Check them out here!

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Real Mama: Zoe’s Baby Shower

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Zoe’s Baby Shower

The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for most of us, with restrictions and negativity all around. So when there’s a chance to celebrate, you have to make the absolute most of it! And what’s more amazing than celebrating a new addition to the family! We are so excited to share the absolutely beautiful day that was Zoe’s Baby Shower.

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A few weeks before the safe arrival of her baby boy, Zoe from Bumble & Bloom had a gorgeous sunshine inspired gathering. Stunning yellows and delicate touches were brought together with styling from Click Picnic to create this swoon-worthy, gender-neutral event. It wouldn’t be a Bumble & Bloom event without an amazing arrangement of florals! With sunflowers, pops of white and eucalyptus features, even the looming clouds couldn’t dampen the vibrancy!  Complete with a Mum-osa bar!

To make sure the luncheon was safe for everyone and within current COVID guidelines for parties, wedding and party planner, Janette from Olive Rose Weddings designed a safe gathering plan and oversaw the day.

What goes hand-in-hand with sunny days? Ice cream of course! The celebrations for Zoe’s baby shower were topped off with soft serves from Hit The Soft Spot.

A delicious day to remember and some serious styling inspo! Captured perfectly by The Liss Flare Photography!

Congratulations Zoe!

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The pregnant Mamas gang: Janette, Olive Rose Weddings; Zoe, Bumble & Bloom; Charmaine, The Bump Box Co.

Baby Shower Themes We Love

Oh Baby Baby Shower ideas we love

There’s no greater reason to celebrate than welcoming a new tiny human to the world! You’ve been growing that gorgeous little bump and it’s almost time to meet them… but first share that incredible excitement with your family and friends at your baby shower!

There are so many amazing and creative baby shower themes out there, it can be overwhelming to pick just one (so we may need to have more than just one baby *wink*). When planning my own shower, we wanted to keep it neutral, as we were finding out our baby’s gender on the day too! We settled for a pastel-themed afternoon tea and our little girl was certainly very celebrated and spoiled.

Photography: SoRosiePhotography Flowers: Bumble & Bloom

We’ve since gathered the team together and collected a few of our favourite Baby Shower Themes for Boys, Girls and Neutral parties!

For the Boys

Ahoy, it’s a Boy!

We love little nautical baby shower themes to celebrate the arrival of your boy. Invite your guests on the voyage to greet your newest addition with décor of blues, whites and splashes of red! Some fun interactive ideas for your guests could include leaving a message in a bottle for the growing family. Sweets and treats can include salted caramels or chocolates.

I Moustache You to Join Us

A moustache-themed theme is a fun, whimsical way to introduce your dapper, young man to your loved ones. There’s also the opportunity for so many puns! The refresher station can say “wet your whiskers” and gift table can read “Stache your gifts here”. Guests can have fun with moustache photo props and little bow ties.

A Little Cowboy is Comin to Town

Howdy partner! A rustic theme is classic, timeless and you can put a fun twist on styling by adding a bit of the Wild West too. We’re thinking hay bales, raw wooden features and of course, cowboy hats and Sheriff badges! Games can include wooden-horse races or “nappy-wrangling”.

For the little Ladies

Boho-Chic

Boho is a trend that we hope is here to stay forever! Gorgeously feminine and free-spirited. Decorate with dried arrangements, feathers and earthy details with soft colour palette of sage and dusty rose. Activities for the day can include flower crown or dream-catcher making.

We Have a Little Something Brewing

A cute, quaint and classic party theme: the tea party! Teas, little sandwiches and petite-fours with flowers and lace to decorate. Guests come in their garden party dresses and maybe even fascinators. Keep games elegant and classy to keep the theme. It might prepare you for the many toddler tea parties in Mama’s future!

A Magical Day is on the Way

You betcha, we’re talking about a unicorn party! Decorations can be as colourful and glittery as your imagination can reach – purples and pinks and pops of gold. Sweets and treats are always magical and guests can participate in cupcake or cookie decorating.

Unisex Parties

Twinkle-twinkle Little Star

A starry-night themed shower is a sweet, gender-neutral party idea that we absolutely adore. Decorated with a starry sky backdrop and fairy lights. Clouds, moons and stars all around the room. If your party is on a bright, sunny day, décor of blues and teals can set the scene better than deep, dark colours. Star-shaped sugar cookies make the perfect guest favours for this sparkly theme!

Woodland Wonderland

A woodland forest theme is absolutely adorable and one of our favourite nursery themes. Bring elements of nature in with plenty of wood and greenery and some hidden away forest friends, like foxes, bears and deer. The perfect favours for a woodland themed shower is a mini-soy candle that has the fresh smells of cedar or eucalyptus.

What will it Bee?  

Yellows are certainly the favourite gender-neutral baby shades and a honeybee themed shower is the perfect way to showcase some gorgeous, bright tones and even introduce some childhood nostalgia (we’re thinking a little Winnie the Pooh perhaps). Also a fantastic theme for the couple who aren’t announcing the gender of their little one, or saving a reveal for later in the day. Décor can include fresh flowers and lots of airy colours, with some bees or stripes hidden around too. Tiny jars of honey are an adorable favour for your guests!

Images found on Pintrest. 

Morning Sickness Sucks

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Morning sickness – also known as “all the time sickness” (urgh!) is the delightful time typically between 4-16 weeks of pregnancy where everything sucks. No one is quite sure what causes the symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, but it’s thought perhaps linked to the changes in certain hormone levels. If you consult the old wives, you’ll find that it’s believed “Morning sickness means a higher chance of having a girl” or if you’re particularly reflux-y, it means your baby is hairy. There is plenty for us still to learn about morning sickness, but first thing is first: we need Morning Sickness Remedies!

So we’ve sieved through all the wives tales and asked all the Mamas we know for their advice and tips on what works to remedy morning sickness. Here’s what we know…

Ginger

Every Mama we know that has fought morning sickness absolutely swears by anything and everything ginger! This little super herb has been proven to aid with all the tummy upsets including motion sickness and recovering from food poisoning. Ginger may help by maintaining blood pressure and keeping digestion stable. Try ginger ale, ginger lollies or Franjo’s kitchen ginger and apricot bikkies!

Keeping something in your tummy

Smaller snacks have been a big hit with our Mamas and plain foods too – little bits of toast, biscuits or sucking on hard-boiled candy. Keeping servings small and eating frequently can help with the nausea, but also having something light in your stomach will be gentler if you are sick.

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Vitamins and when to take them

Vitamin B6 is said to help reduce nausea and vomiting and we’re not entirely sure why! It seems really weird, because B12 can make some ladies feel sick when not taken with food. Either way – if it’s a morning sickness remedy we’ll take it! Also – taking your prenatal vitamins, or B6, with a meal or snacks is always a good idea to keep that tummy settled.

Tea

Tea… one of the greatest inventions ever, especially if we can’t be having caffeine addictions anymore. Some of the ingredients in tea are also nausea-fighters on their own, like zesty lemon or ginger. Hint- try Morning Wellness from Mama Body Tea! Make sure you check the ingredients in your herbal tea though ladies, because some ingredients that are great for the Third trimester are dangerous in the First and vice versa. We’ve written a little handy guide here, but if you’re ever unsure, ask your doctor or just avoid!

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Protein and Iron-rich foods before bed

These are slow release energy foods that can keep your blood sugar maintained through the night and for some ladies, stave off the sickness first thing in the morning. Foods such as leafy greens, eggs and sardines (also great for good fatty oils!) can also help reduce the symptoms.

BRAT

This is one we thought was for the old wives’ tales. It’s Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast and Tea!  But looking back over the advice we’ve seen so far, these actually fit nicely into the foods to consider, to help those sickness symptoms. Maybe my Nanna was onto something…

Nothing working?

Sometimes morning sickness can be a sign of something else going on. Don’t take chances! If you think your morning sickness is worse than it should be, if it’s causing weight-loss or you’re not functioning well at all, Go see your doctor! You may find a medication that works to relieve your symptoms without being a risk to yourself or bub.

Have you been through it all with morning sickness? Head to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know what Morning Sickness Remedies worked for you!

Hospital Bag Essentials

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New Mum Advice: Hospital Bag Essentials

The lead up to the arrival of your newest addition to the family is an amazing journey full of excitement, fear, celebrations and probably more than a few emotional moments. But you’ve done it! You’ve reached the third trimester! While the nursery is probably all decorated and packed and the car seat is installed and ready to go, you maybe haven’t thought about what you’ll need on hand when baby’s birthing day finally arrives. Never fear Mama, we’ve made this list of Hospital Bag Essentials to make it all a little easier for you!

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When should I pack my hospital bag?

You want your hospital bag ready to go when your baby is! Keeping an eye on your expectant due date and remember to note if there are any chances that bub might come early. This could be the case for twins, for example. Your OBGYN will certainly let you know all of this and much more detailed for your own pregnancy. Many suggest generally that it’s good to have your bag packed from around week 36, just to be safe.

What to pack…

Your Hospital Bag Essentials list should definitely include:

  1. Cozy, non-slip socks or slippers. Believe me, you don’t want to traverse a hospital barefoot, but you’ll certainly want to keep your toes comfy while you’re walking around the hospital before and after labour
  2. The usual purse suspects: Photo ID, health care and insurance information
  3. Your mobile phone… and your charger!
  4. Comfortable attire – lose-fitting shirts, robes, jumpers and underwear
  5. Maternity bras and nursing pads. Even if you are not planning on breastfeeding, you will definitely appreciate having a little leak protection. Check out our bamboo nursing pads HERE
  6. Non-perishable snacks and change/eftpos card for the vending machine.
  7. Lip balm! You’ll be surprised how dry your mouth gets during labour. Also packing some sugar-free lollies could help too (definitely not sugar lollies though, as they will dehydrate)
  8. Your toothbrush, paste, hair brush, facewash, shampoo and conditioner, and moisturiser
  9. Prescription medication, glasses/contacts if you where them.
  10. Leaving the hospital attire: Matching outfits for mum and bub are total Instagram goals… but there’s a pretty big chance that’ll be lower on your priority list by now! It’s recommended you pack comfortable six-month maternity wear and a blanket and beanie for bub

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What should my partner pack?

The partner has an important supporting role during this process and delegating some of those hospital bag essential to hubby will certainly help. He should remember:

  1. A shirt that he doesn’t mind losing. He’ll want to hold bub and also enjoy skin to skin interactions, but if you’re having your partner present at the birth, there’s a good chance he’ll be in a shirt that gets damaged or soiled (not to mention that you may be pulling on it a tad during labour). This is the number one item we hear from new Dads that they wish they knew they needed sooner!
  2. His belongings – changes of clothes, toiletries, phone and charger (a battery charger for your phone too), a camera, snacks!
  3. Something to keep you both distracted or entertained during down times – perhaps a book, puzzle, podcast or something to watch
  4. The car seat! To take baby home, you’ll need to ensure you have a ride home with a suitable, safe and correctly installed car seat for your newest addition

If you have any essentials you think we’ve missed let us know on our Facebook or Instagram page!

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Good luck Mama!

Tea Drinking While Pregnant

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There’s a lot of delicious no-go’s when you’re pregnant – soft cheese, sushi and your favourite cocktails. It’s okay Mama, it’s just for a little while! But our favourite calming ritual and soothing drink can be sipped all through pregnancy and breastfeeding – tea! There are some guidelines we need to remember though to protect Mum and Bub, so we’ve gathered a few tips for Tea Drinking While Pregnant.

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Cup of Goodness

We all know tea is good for you, but why? Tea contains polyphenols and antioxidants which protect your heart and lower cancer risks. Other nutrients in tea can act to lower blood pressure, boost circulation and help out your immune system! During pregnancy, sipping on your favourite cuppa can ease morning sickness and even help with a shorter labour! When you just can’t drink anymore water, herbal tea can be comforting substitute to keeping you hydrated, while also upping some much needed pregnancy nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and iron.

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Teas to Avoid

Not all teas are created equal – so we wanted to start off with the teas to keep an eye out for and avoid! While we can often be upset by weight gain during pregnancy, it is usually not a good idea to go near any “cleansing” or “detox” teas. These usually have a laxative action or promote increased urination – which can leave Mama dehydrated and lacking in the minerals and ions that both mum and bub require. Also be mindful to avoid teas containing St John’s Wort, Don Quai, Ginseng, Yarrow, Ephedra, Liquorice Root or Pennyroyal, which has been known to cause miscarriages. If you’re ever unsure about a tea ingredient, check in with your doctor or just be on the safe side and avoid altogether..

Overindulging in herbal teas can also work negatively with your pregnant body. Some studies suggest that more than 3 cups of tea a day can reduce the body’s ability to absorb folic acid and iron.

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Teas for Early Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of those no-go’s while pregnant, because of it’s stimulating nature, which will increase blood pressure, heart rate and will act to dehydrate your body. So keep an eye out for herbal teas that are caffeine-free, like roiboos, peppermint and chamomile. Lemon and ginger teas can ease a tummy upset by morning sickness, ingredients found in Morning Wellness. Lemon Myrtle in tea can also help normalise female hormones and helps as a sinus decongestant for when colds strike during pregnancy.

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Teas for Third Trimester

Teas including ingredients such as Red raspberry leaf or Nettle leaf should definitely be avoided in the early stages of pregnancy, as they have an effect on uterine muscle tone. This is actually beneficial though when taken later in the pregnancy, some suggesting from 32 weeks. These properties will work to promote effective contractions and assist during labour. It’s important to remember to keep your stress down, which can be easier said than done as you start approaching that due date! So teas with calming properties such as oatstraw, rosehip and chamomile are good to remember too. Luckily, Mama Body has us covered with Pregnancy– perfect for tea drinking while pregnant in the second and third trimester.

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Teas for Breastfeeding

We all know that what we eat can still affect bub through our breast milk. Caution still needs to be taken when assessing your tea selections. You can take small amounts of caffeine now (welcome back coffee!). However, its recommended to do so after breastfeeding or expressing. This way, the caffeine won’t still be circulating and entering breast milk by bubs next feed.

Teas that can increase milk supply and are safe during feeding include: fenugreek, fennel, raspberry leaf and Goat’s rue. Alfalfa is also good and some midwives report this can reduce postpartum bleeding.

Mamas Milk is a tea we stock from Mama Body Tea that is safe during breastfeeding and also nourishing to Mum.

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Have you tried our range of delicious Mama Body Tea blends? Or do you have any amazing Pregnancy and Breastfeeding safe tea recipes to share? Head to our Facebook or Instagram pages, we’d love to hear about your tea drinking while pregnant!

xx

Awesome Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Tiles from boardgame, Scrabble, reading out "We are having a baby" as a baby announcement idea

Congratulations! You’ve just found out you’re pregnant!

Now the fun begins… telling everyone. It’s the first of many “reveals” that you get to do as parents – there’s the pregnancy announcement, gender reveals, birth announcement and name reveals! So let’s start this thing right. If you’re looking for a awesome pregnancy announcement ideas, but don’t feel like scrolling through hours of Instagram or Pintrest posts – then never fear! We have done most of the leg work for you, Mama. Presenting our favourite awesome pregnancy announcement ideas as chosen by The Bump Box Co. team:

Telling the family

Telling your family can be the most nerve wracking, especially if yours is the first bub of the next generation. We’ve collected these fun ideas to surprise the family.

Siblings Announcement

They’ve ruled the roost for a while now, but it’s time to welcome an addition to the children tribe! These pregnancy announcements made by the siblings are just too sweet!

Getting the Pets Involved

Many couples are first parents to their cuddly canines and kittens, so when it comes time to welcome a two-legged addition to the family, it makes sense to have your furred and feathered friends help with the announcement!

A New Team Player

A fan of gaming or sports? You’ve got a new fan or team mate on the way and can use your love of the game in your announcements!

Cute Signs

Looking for a simple and easy way to create Instagram-worthy posts to announce your pregnancy? A creative little sign board will do the trick! These are our fave:

Getting into the Holiday Spirit

We love the holiday seasons! Why not use some of the decorative, festive and holiday cheer in your announcements!

Tiny Human Objects

And of course there’s the classic – using tiny human objects to announce your pregnancy! We love this adorable idea!

And of course, you could use our Mum to Be and Dad to Be boxes to announce the big news too – or even create your own custom box to propose to your God Parents or present to soon to be Aunts and Uncles!