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4 facts about newborn babies senses

September 5, 2011 — Category: Baby Products — Written by natalie

The 5 senses are sight, smell, hearing touch and taste are all present at birth and develop over the years but here are a few facts that you might not know.

The newborn baby’s visual field is 8-9 inches this is just the right distance for the newborn to see mum’s face when feeding from the breast or bottle to start the bonding process.

Newborn babies hearing is dampened during the first couple of days due to the middle ear being full of amniotic fluid this gradually improves when it is absorbed or evaporates over the first couple of days.

The newborn baby’s sense of smell is not as well developed as other animals but the human newborn shows preference to the smell and taste of their own mother’s milk and her own personal smell.

The newborns sense of touch is highly developed at birth and even before that when they are in the uterus the baby will often kick out if a flat hand is placed onto mother’s tummy before birth.

So the senses are a very important part of a newborn baby’s life and how they make sense of the world around them so choose a gift that nurtures and develops these very special skills.

Choose toys that are bright and colourful, make a noise or even have a smell built in.

Different textures are also a great way of stimulating them as well.

Make learning fun it is never to early to start.

Beat the fine bone china price increase by shopping at baby joy gifts today

August 25, 2011 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by natalie
The price of fine bone china is set to rise on 1st September.

Baby joy gifts have a lovely range of fine bone china for any occasion.
We have a 1st day at school frame which can be personalised with the childs name and date or a new baby gift to celebrate the new arrival or a christening gift.

Chose from mugs, picture frames, money boxes, birth plates or Childs first dinner sets

You could even start your Christmas shopping for a truly unique Christmas gift a decoration for the tree, Christmas frames or a plate to leave your snack for farther Christmas on which again can be personalised for the whole family for many years to come.
Hurry as prices will be increased on 1st September 2011
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UK Baby Names 2011

August 23, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Most new parents spend hours trying to find the perfect name for their new arrival, but what are the most popular names chosen in the UK in 2011.

The number one spot goes to Jack for the boys and Sophie for the girls.

Jack has been a favourite for the last couple of years but Sophie is a new arrival at the top spot.

Jack is followed by Sean, Daniel, Conor, James, Ryan, Adam, Michael ,Alex and in 10th position Luke.

Sophie is followed by Ava, Emma, Sarah, Grace, Emily, Katie, Lucy, Aoife and finally Chloe in 10th place.

Nearly all the top ten names are good strong traditional names but be careful and think what your name will be like when your child is in their 40s or in a job interview it may be cute when he or she is two but might not be into adult hood.

It’s great to be different but not silly and you would hate for your child to get bullied at school as children do not like being different from their peer group.

It’s also a good idea to think about and perhaps write it down to see how your last name fits with your chosen first and second names as it will be the most important gift that you ill give your child that will last a lifetime and don’t forget It will be the first thing that they have to learn to write so not too long might be a good idea!

Twin new babies gift baskets

August 20, 2011 — Category: Baby Products — Written by natalie

What do you buy as a gift for twins, do you buy matching or buy them some thing totally different to show that they are individuals but they are twins they have shared everything from the start of the pregnancy so they will always have a special bond.

Baby Joy Gifts has a special range of twin gift baskets to celebrate the special arrival of twins.

We also have a huge range of baby gifts that can be chosen that are similar but slightly different to show that they are different people in the making.

People have many sayings for twins these include double trouble, two peas in a pod and twin- tastic are just a few of them.

I found this poem about twins which I love it highlights what twins mean to me.
Hearts entwined
Twenty fingers, twenty toes,
two sweet babies with cheeks of rose.
Born on the same day, two gifts from above,
lives entwined, two babies to love.
~Author Unknown

Twins are special, two little people who have grown up together and shared everything and double the fun.

What about a baby gift list?

August 19, 2011 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by natalie

You can also prepare a baby gift list. Your friends’ and family’s money will be better spent if you do. You can send your list out with the birth announcement or baby shower invitations or give it to your best friend to organise for you and exchange any unwanted gifts for something useful.

New Baby GIfts

The Golden rules of buying on a budget for a new baby?

  • Prepare a baby gift list to give to friends and relatives when they ask you what you would like.
  • Ask friends and family what they found really useful and read our buying guides to help you decide on a purchase.
  • Assume that all gadgets and gismos are a waste of money until proved otherwise.
  • Buy in bulk whenever you see BOGOF or three-for-two offers.
  • Find out when shops have sales.
  • Ask yourself a question with every purchase. Is it really essential?
  • Only buy new when safety issues are involved  .
  • Return unwanted gifts. Most shops oblige.
  • Tell friends and family that you want hand-me-downs.
  • Visit and use your local library and toy library.
  • Borrow items if possible.
  • Buy second-hand from nearly new sales, car boot sales or eBay

What does your baby need to sleep in?

August 15, 2011 — Category: Baby Products — Written by natalie

Your baby will eventually sleep in a cot so you can skip the expense of a Moses basket and go straight for the cot.


To buy new or second hand?

You do not need to spend money on towels or blankets and bedding for the new baby you can use yours or buy second hand just use a non-bio washing powder and give it a good wash and dry on the line.

Don’t waste money on baby books have a wonder round a local car boot sale or charity shop you will find most things that any new baby needs.

For example a baby bath as long as it has no damage give it a good clean and it’s as good as one you have just bought from a shop at a fraction of the price.

You can also buy good quality baby clothing just give it a wash and it is the same as you spending a fortune on new clothing after it’s first wash which many new mum’s do anyway.

Babies grow so quickly that it has more than likely only been worn a few times and you might even find some unworn items if you look carefully.

The National Childbirth Trust Nearly holds New Sales in most parts of the country which is also a great way to buy good quality used baby items as they check all items and will not sell any broken, damaged or items that should not be re-used  like mattresses.

If you prefer to buy new, how can you save money?

Shop around, buy budget brands and never miss sale supermarkets like George at ASDA, and Tesco sell stylish baby clothes for a lot less than Baby Gap. Ikea sell most nursery items that will be a bargain compared to the equivalent item at Mothercare or Boots, too.

Shop on-line eBay, pre loved or on line stores so you can compare prices great for larger items as delivered to your door.

Supermarkets and shops like Poundland or Wilkinsons are great for basic items as they have many offers on nappies, baby wipes nappy creams so shop around again look online to see what offers the supermarkets have to save visiting them all.

Credit crunch parenting

August 11, 2011 — Category: Baby Advice — Written by natalie

Most new parents spend £3,000 on their first baby in just a year. But if you plan and are a clever shopper you can prepare yourself for the new arrival for less than £200.

Most new parents spend money on consumer goods and fall for the advertisements that tell you that you need and what their products that will  be barely used, then discarded or sold.

What are the baby basics?

Not much is the answer. What you will need in the first few hours are maternity pads for mum, some nappies, a few sleep suits, a baby blanket, and a warm suit, booties and hat if it’s winter, You will also need a car seat if travelling home by car You will be tempted to buy more but wait before you rush out and spend your money, ask yourself a few questions can I borrow or buy the item from a family member or friend or does my baby really need it and you will get plenty of new baby gifts in the first few weeks so wait and see before you buy too much.

Must have items


Sleep suits, bodysuits and  bibs

If winter warm outdoor clothing

Car seat


Feeding equipment if not breast feeding

Blankets, towels and bedding

As a rule always have a couple of each item one being used one in the wash and one ready to be used you will have a lot of washing so buy washing powder when on offer too.

Pram or Pushchair suitable from birth try to choose one that will grow with your new baby.
The experts say that your newborn baby shouldn’t be carried around or in a upright position for long periods of time so take this into account when choosing one.

Infantino Lola the Poodle and Infantino Casey the Cow

August 9, 2011 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by natalie

Back by popular demand at

Baby joy gifts love the very girly and pink poodle and the cool cowboy which are both soft plush activity toys for babies and toddler to take anywhere with them and I am sure that they will firmly become a much loved toy.

Baby can explore the different textures and sounds find the hidden squeak, crinkly clothing and rattle. Lots of patterns, textures and sounds to discover and help baby’s developing senses and are suitable from birth so they make a truly unique baby gift and a great change from baby clothing.

Lola and Casey both are both attachable toy which makes them a great travel accessory to keep baby entertained while out and about and parents can relax as it can not be lost on your travels as it can be easy attachment to pushchairs, prams, changing bags, gyms or car seats.

Infantino like to keep toys simple. So they design captivating, no fuss, products that promote fun and discovery for baby and grown ups alike and are very cute can I have one please…..

Lamaze New Baby Gifts

August 6, 2011 — Category: Baby Products — Written by natalie

Lamaze is one of the leading soft toy manufactures and the Lamaze Infant Development System is a great introduction for parents and children to a comprehensive system of soft toys based on Lamaze International’s philosophy of healthy parenting.  Lamaze understand that what matters most to parents is keeping their children healthy, happy, and safe.  Designed in conjunction with child development experts, Lamaze toys engage babies and provide parents with peace of mind.
We now stock a lovely range of fun soft toys that are all suitable from birth and make a fantastic new baby gift for any new arrival.

You can choose from

Lamaze Sophie the Princess …. For all new princess out there

Royalty never looked (or felt) so good! Princess Sophie holds her jewels (clacking beads) in her hands for baby to play with and her skirt crinkles to keep baby’s interest. Her bold colours and contrast prints help with visual stimulation and development.

Baby’s first princess doll features a crinkly dress, clinky rings, and interesting sounds and textures.

Lamaze Rusty the Robot ….for any little boy as boys love gadgets.

Rusty is Full of developmental features that capture baby’s imagination and stimulate the senses.

Two sides of play! Rusty’s ratcheting head allows you to mix and match his body. Features crinkle, ribbons, clanking rings, busy beads, and a discovery mirror.

Lamaze Sir Prance-a-lot… for any budding knight in shinning armour or  princess who needs a hero….

Play & Grow Lamaze Sir Prance a Lot

Make way for this honourable stallion! Featuring colourful satin ribbon, patterns, textures and crinkles, baby will adore this cute plush pony, while mum will love its visual and tactile developmental features! With an accompanying squeaky knight and four knotty activity legs, Sir Prance-a-lot is sure to capture baby’s imagination and stimulate the senses. All Lamaze link toys attaches to play mats, nappy bags, and pram/pushchair or car seat for on-the-go fun from Birth to 24 months.

A great baby gift idea and something that little bit different.

We also have the wonderful Lamaze Puppytunes

He is Adorable dog character with a different note in each of his four legs.

He comes with a songbook to play merry melodies. A lovely Soft, vanilla scent is released when touched which is baby friendly.

What a lovely new baby gift to stimulate all the senses and a lovely gift for a baby joining a musical family.

We here at  Baby Joy love this range we hope you do too.

Buy Natures Purest Online from Baby joy gifts

August 3, 2011 — Category: Baby Gifts — Written by natalie

Natures Purest Choose from the very popular Natures Purest range and have it sent  direct with your own personal message.

Choose a stylish gift that shows that you care as it is 100% organic without having to go to the shops wrap the gift and then queue at the post office we do the lot for you.

Hug me bear 6 Piece Gift Set which consists of lovely baby clothes made from natural coloured cotton.
Each baby gift set contains sleep suit, bodysuit, hat, pair of mitts, bib and pair of bootees
made from cream natural coloured cuddly soft cotton and embroidered with a delightful cream Hug Me Bear.

Or choose the wonderful Sleepy Safari Organic Baby Gift - Bathrobe & Slippers
A really delightful new baby gift set bathrobe and slippers containing

Organic baby bathrobe and matching slippers both made from 100% organic cotton.

This is a truly wonderful set and is ideal to keep baby all snugly and cosy after they have had a bath. The bathrobe has a fully lined hood beautifully finished with the soft sleepy safari design.

Age 0-6 months so the new baby will get plenty of use from this really wonderful new baby gift set, the matching slippers just perfecting this superb gift.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of the new baby with this baby gift set, a truly lovely set of really high quality baby products. The fines detail a real delight for the new parent’s baby.

All beautifully presented in a unique baby gift box finished with a hand tied bow and delivered with your very own personalised message directly from Baby Joy Gifts.

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