Bath Time!

The following atricle has been written by a guest blogger from Bathshop321

Kids can often be reluctant when it comes to bath time and often need a little encouragement to get in the tub. A warm bath can provide the perfect way to relax your child in hope of a good night’s sleep, an aspect I’m sure every parent wishes to achieve, and is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your child at the end of a busy day.

The first thing to consider is the bathroom environment. Ensure the room is warm and that you’ve got a towel toasting on the radiator to cosy them in afterwards. Keep any electrical equipment hidden away out of reach from little wandering hands to prevent accidents. A non slip bath matt is also an essential piece of equipment to create a safe environment. Generating a calming atmosphere in the bathroom with soft lighting and soothing music it is sure to relax your child in preparation for bed. Introducing a bed time story whilst in the bath will also help to settle them as well as save time later on in the evening.

For a more fun and mentally stimulating bath time introduce toys and activities which provide a variety of entertainment to enjoy. If you have more than one child put them in the bath together to socialise and play together or jump in yourself to join in the fun also! Bubbles always make a bath look more appealing and are sure to keep your child entertained for a while. A lot of kids don’t like having water poured over their head so allow them as much freedom as possible by letting them do it themselves. Make sure products such as shampoos are child friendly and sensitive so there’s less risk of sore soapy eyes.

Children respond well to routine so making sure bath time is a familiar occasion at similar times each evening will help give them structure. As long as your child feels comfortable and secure in the bath they are sure to look forward to their nightly scrub down and will soon be squeaky clean ready to get messy again the next day!

Written By Alexandra Jackson

Trade Fair Fever

It’s the aftermath of my visits to London trade fairs, looking for new products to sell at Home & Kids. I was a tiny bit worried that I would go along and see the same old things…but I needn’t have worried!  I came back completely fired up and inspired. Here’s a few of the new additions you can expect to see at H&K very soon.  I’m so excited!

Love, love love!

This was my favourite stand by Helen Gordon

I met up with Helen Gordon who is a personal favourite of mine. Her creativity spills out onto her designs from the fabric used for the dresses and baby outfits to the new framed pictures featuring a very handsome fox and cute owl to her exhibition stand. I have to say that every time I visit her, I’m so impressed with the thought and attention that goes into the display.

Family Tree Wall Hanging

Love this brand! Mon Marcel - Barcelona

I got to practice my Spanish when I met the brains behind Mon Marcel. The designer, from Barcelona was the most charming woman whom I found out afterwards was the former children’s wear designer at Zara.  Can’t wait to work with this great brand who have also just won an award from Junior Magazine! Well done guys or Muy Bien!

these books are such a great idea! Perfect newborn or Christening Gift!

Gorgeous new girls bows and headbands by Verity Jones

My favourite colour of all time!

Anyway, this is just a sneak preview of what’s to come…

See you soon

Maritza

Bubble – Islington

I’m so excited to be visiting Bubble at Islington’s Business Design Centre.  I go there every year and I’m never disappointed.  Full of the latest kids clothes and accessories designers, I can’t help but be inspired by all the wonderfully talented people who have the passion to create a brand in what is such a competitive market and see it  through to selling it wholesale.  To have your first trade order must be awesome!

I remember when I first started out in retail, back in 2008, I found it a little daunting meeting the people behind the brands that I had researched and discovered on my many research expeditions.  I make it sound like an adventurous voyage of discovery and in some ways it was. In my previous life, before marriage and children, my career background was in city law firms. I left to have my first child and promised to go back to work after each baby came along but after number 4, I finally gave in and realised I probably wouldn’t be going back to that world.  So, in the latter years, before I first opened my shop, all I knew was what I liked and what I had bought for my own children.

It’s fun to experiment and sometimes I take a risk and stock something that’s quite new to the world of kids and lifestyle…and I get it right.  That feels amazing!  But then again sometimes I get it wrong but that’s all part of the fun.

I quickly worked out that what I liked wasn’t necessarily what my customers liked and in the words of Sir Alan Sugar, I have finally learnt to ‘smell what sells and keep buying it’

Home & Kids is entering a new phase and once again I am entering into a bit of the unknown, although I know that it’s right to keep moving and finding new ways to run my business…I will let you know more soon.

But in the meantime Bubble here I come!

See you soon

Maritza