Category Archives: Baby

Gorgeous Newborn Gift Boxes are on their way!

Spring is has almost sprung in London and we are looking forward to our new collection doing the same!

From bright & colourful liners, pushchair accessory sets & sunshades to a gorgeous new range of newborn gift boxes, Minene are excited about what SS2015 has in store!

Over the next few weeks we will be giving you a sneak peek behind the scenes and showing you what we have been working on. These ranges will be available At www.minene.co.uk  from late March, so keep an eye out!

Minene in Monochrome features a gorgeous array of gift boxes all made from black & white printed stories about Minene. The boxes feature a range of gorgeous gift products including bodysuits, trousers, hat, bibs, socks, baby blankets, muslin squares and more.

Minene in Monochrome newborn Gift Boxes

 

Our smaller gifts have also had a makeover for Spring, our ever popular snuggly comforters will now be available in cute ice cream cones and will be finished off with organza wrapping and a ribbon

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Cute Star Bandana bibs will also be looking a little sweeter, gift wrapped as cute lolly pops on red and white striped lolly pop sticks & beautifully  finished with a matching red & white check bow. The perfect little treat!

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We have so so much more to show you too!

See you next week xx

Cute Winter Clothing has arrived for AW14/15

Our first official clothing season has started and we are so excited. Our gorgeous new baby & children’s clothing line features a range of fabric collections and designs in ages NB through to 2 years.

One of my favourite collections is the Winter Cotton Collection. The gorgeous designs are just the begging with this lot! The cotton is super thick and cosy, unexpectedly thick especially with the little body suit. A stand out for me is the little 2 piece outfits ‘Little Striped Lass’ & ‘Little Pink Petal’, they have pretty body suits & little trousers that are part track pant, part harem pant, making for a cute, stylish & really warm little outfit. You can see below….too cute!

 

Minene's Winter Cotton Collection

The Winter Cotton Collection for little ladies

The Winter Cotton Collection will be live on the website this weekend and we can’t wait! From little two piece outfits to cute onsies for little boys and little girls, I’m sure you will find the right outfit for your little fashionista! Because this is our first season, the sizes are limited so if you like what you see…buy buy buy!

Minene's gorgeous Winter Cotton Collection features a range of cute & stylish outfits for NB to 2 years

Minene’s gorgeous Winter Cotton Collection features a range of cute & stylish outfits for NB to 2 years

 

Minene are giving you a sneaky look behind the scenes….

You may have noticed that Minene have been a little quite of late, less tweets, facebook updates and blog! Well there is a reason… we have just finished launching some fabulous new products for SS2014 and AW2015 at the Harrogate Nursery Fair.

The show was only for trade customers, however we thought we would give you a look at the stand and some of the gorgeous new products that will be headed your way very soon!!

We were able to show off our amazing new Pushchair Accessories range, these included Reversible Liner & Strap sets, which will be in stock from mid May. We have beautiful florals, pretty polka dots, cheeky checks and stripes on offer!

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From pretty florals to fresh checks & stripes. The liners will give any pushchair an injection of summer colour

The new Ella Changing Bag was also on show, seen above in the vibrant Red, our new Changing Bags had a lot of positive comments! Like the Layla Changing Bag, it can be worn as a backpack, shoulder bag or attached to the stroller. It has gorgeous colourful lining and a range of useful goodies inside. 

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The stunning Ella Changing Bag in 5 colours; aswell as a little look at the new child bags …

 

That is enough for today…check out our next blog for the new storage, baby bath supports and the award winning Mi 1st Booster 🙂

Have a lovely weekend xx

On the 8th day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to you….

A cuddly and cosy fleece blanket!! She found a pretty pink one, but the lucky winner can choose whichever colour they like. (that basket is certainly starting to look empty…must mean Christmas is coming!!

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#mineneslittlehelper is having to dig deep today! And what has she found? A cuddly and snuggly fleece blanket!

Minene’s snuggly, super soft,  fleece blanket will soon become your little one’s must have blankie. At 75*100cm, it is the perfect size for snuggling up in their pushchair, whilst sitting on the couch or, of course, in the bedroom & nursery.

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Beautiful fleece blankets, from Minene

 

We have many soft and cosy fleece blankets to choose from, so head over to the fleece blanket page to make your choice!

And how do you win your favourite fleece blanket? Take to good old Facebook or Twitter and tell me which colour blanket you would like and what one item your little one can’t sleep without! Remember to add #mineneslittlehelper 🙂

Good luck all and thanks for entering!!

On the 6th day of Xmas #mineneslittlehelper gave to me

A gorgeous liner and safety strap set!! RRP £20

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The liner and strap set is our #mineneslittlehelper ‘s choice for the 6th day! She is slowing styling up your pushchairs this week!

Do you want to give your pushchair a stylish boost for the winter season? This gorgeous grey, with white polka dot, liner and safety strap set is the perfect solution for pushchairs and car seats. The liner features a reversible toweling side, ensuring baby stays cool in summer, as well as comfortable and looking hip.

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The gorgeous liner and strap set, up for grabs with #mineneslittlehelper and her 12 days of Xmas

So how does one win this gorgeous prize? Today you can take to instagram, twitter and facebook again to enter to win this fabulous prize. We want to see your stroller and see why it’s needs of our gorgeous liner and safety strap set. Add the image and tag us with the following (ish)…be more creative if you like!! 😉

#mineneslittlehelper please style up my baby’s ride with your liner& safety strap set @mineneuk

Entries close at 10am Thursday 19th December! Good luck 🙂

Minene’s Little Helper and her 12 days of Christmas

Minene are excited to launch the #mineneslittle helper and her 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!

Beginning on Monday 9th of December, Minene’s little helper, Emmie, will be bringing you presents, toys and fun, for 12 days! From gifts for you, to gifts for your tots, there will be plenty of lovely Minene surprises to win.

Each day our Minene’s little helper will choose a gift (or 2!) from our large Minene Christmas basket, whatever she chooses is yours to win (don’t worry…we will help her lift the big ones!)

We will shout about it on Facebook, tweet about it on twitter and pic about it on instagram…so plenty of ways to keep up to date with what you can win and how to do it!

So, I know you are all wondering….what type of products will be in the Minene Christmas basket? Well we have stroller net bags, liners, bandana bibs, childrens pyjamas, newborn gifts, a Layla Changing Bag, large cuddly towel, Mi booster cushion, froggy bag, small storage baskets and boxes, plenty of friendly teddy bears….and maybe even an activity mat!

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SO many toys up for grabs! Which one will our #mineneslittlehelper choose first?

Everything is ready for the beginning of our #mineneslittlehelper 12 days of Christmas event!!

Everything is ready for the beginning of our #mineneslittlehelper 12 days of Christmas event!

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How large is large?

I often get asked about the size of our Large storage baskets. Mainly because on the website it is tricky to tell just how big the large is. Yes I could give you the exact measurements, but do you have  tape measure to hand? I can’t say that I carry one around, so I presume other people don’t either. So I thought an easier way to show you would be to put items inside.

The large basket with various toys in the bottoms.

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I am a big cloth nappy fan, inside the basket here is 43 nappies, 26 thick fleece liners. There is still plenty of room, in fact I think I could get 80 nappies inside as well as various other cloth nappy bits and bobs.

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Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, what about a child? Baby Emma inside the large basket.

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Please note, no babies were harmed in the process of basket sizing.

You can find all the colours of our storage online at: www.minene.co.uk

Back to Work and still Breastfeeding

Today kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, we have the lovely Jennifer Dixon from My Mummies Pennies, giving her experiences of Breastfeeding and juggling returning to work….

When I had my son I really struggled with breastfeeding and ended up feeling like I’d let both him and myself down when I stopped after just two months.

Therefore with my daughter, 3 years later I was determined to take each day as it came, I would breastfeed for as long as I could but not put myself under too much pressure. I would be proud to have fed her for however long I could manage.

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So as you can imagine, I was quite surprised when 11 months later, as I was getting prepared  to go back to work , I was still going strong and realised I’d still be feeding her when I returned to working eight hour days in the office.  I hadn’t planned for it but now I would have to figure out how I would combine being both a working mother and a breastfeeding one…

After chatting to friends and checking out some really useful websites, I built up the courage to call HR and was really surprised about how open and encouraging they were about the idea of me expressing in the office! I knew that as my employer, they had legal obligations but I had prepared myself for some resistance.

For a few weeks before I started back I arranged for a relative to take my daughter out for the afternoon so she was used to spending some time away from me and I could get expressing. By this point I had tried a few different pumps but hadn’t been able to produce more than a few ounces at a time until I invested in a double electric pump which felt so strange at first but soon I was pumping for England and the freezer started to fill up…

It wasn’t just work that I had been worried about but also my daughter’s childcare, after a long search I had found what I believed to be the perfect nursery, the facilities were great, the staff were friendly and approachable and they were happy to use cloth nappies and encourage BLW, but how would they react to me sending in bags of frozen breastmilk for my one year old daughter?  Would this be a step too far?

I needn’t have worried at all as they were great about it and really put my mind at rest by confiding that my daughter would not be the only child at nursery still nursing.

It wasn’t long before my maternity leave was over and my first day back at work had arrived! After dropping my almost one year old at nursery with no tears (from her anyway!) off I trotted to the bus stop, loaded up bags filled to the brim with my breastpump, milk storage bags, a cool bag with ice blocks and a spare top (just in case!)

It went quite smoothly and I actually enjoyed my ‘pumping time’ in the quiet room, it was time to reflect on my day and think about my children. I had thought that my colleagues may resent this time and as skiving, however their reaction was really positive and I found that a few of them had breastfed their children past a year too!

I continued to nurse my daughter until she self-weaned at 23 months and I know that the support I got on my return to working life helped this wonderful journey.

Guest post from Jen who blogs at My Mummy’s Pennies.

 You can also find Jen on Facebook and Twitter.

World Breastfeeding Week 2013

Starting tomorrow, World Breastfeeding Week runs from 1st August through to 7th August, with lots of planned activities and even the  world record attempt ‘Big Latch On 2013‘ , we think this is a fantastic way to raise awareness of Breastfeeding and the support there is available for women.

At Minene we shall be joining in the week, with giveaways, guest posts from real life mothers, and even a post from a ‘peer support volunteer’. There will be lots going on and you can read all about it here: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

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Celebrating Paddling Pool Weather

Last year we just didn’t seem to get many sunny days where a paddling pool was needed, but this year we seem to have an abundance of them and paddling pools are selling out everywhere! I hunted high (and low) for one, and can categorically state that if you are after one then check your local supermarkets, as this is where I picked my family sized one from with success.

Kids of all ages love the padding pool, but here are a few tips of ways to make it better:

Fill up your pool with water first thing in the morning, it then has all day to heat up so it isn’t too cold for the tiny ones.

Use some form of cover, this is vital I think. It stops bugs and leaves getting in at night and helps keep it fresh for the little people.

Are the kids bored after a few days? Liven it up and add a bag of balls (like the type you use for the ball pools), they will love having something new to do in there and of course it gives them a good clean too!

Have towels on standby. One on the floor is great for people to stand on, it helps stop grass getting into the pool from wet feet when they decide they wanna jump back in. Towels on standby to wrap the kids up in also fabulous, like our Cuddly Bunny Towel which is snug and absorbent and has the cute factor too!

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