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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

Soaking up the last of the Summer Sun

The school summer holidays might be over but the sun is still shining bright at the moment. We have been getting out into the sun this weekend, and baby Emma is loving the fresh air, I am loving feeding her lunch outside (baby led weaning is messy!).

Our playtimes honestly wouldn’t be complete without the Minene Portable Activity Mat. It is padded, it has a waterproof layer on one side and a lovely patterned side which has toys attached.

IMG_2851It’s not just a product that will get used in the summer alone, it can be taken anywhere with the use of its handy bag. It is great for baby group and taking on family visits, especially great for the ones who have no children and cream carpets!

Grab yours at: http://www.minene.co.uk/dc/Accessories/Portable-Activity-Blanket_sky-blue#.Uizf8MaTgTU

 

Facebook Giveaway!

Who fancies winning something lovely? Of course you do, and it’s really simple to enter.

Simply ‘Like’ Minene Facebook page, share one of the ‘Giveaway’ pictures, and when we reach 1600 likes we will randomly select one of the ‘sharers’ to win some of our lovely storage.

If you are the lucky winner you will get to choose the style and colour of the storage you win. This will consist of either a large box, or large basket. It will also include a small basket or small box. Both in the pattern of your choice. This is worth up to £41!

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But that’s not all, when we reach 2000 likes we will be giving away a 3 in 1 activity mat worth £79 to one follower.

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Get liking and sharing!

Terms and conditions:

Open to UK and Ireland residents only. Winners will be picked at random from likers of the Minene UK Facebook page. No purchase necessary.

Supersized Muslins, Supersized Uses.

Muslins are a must for parents of a baby. I always make sure I have a stack of them around the house, they are fab for grabbing at a moments notice and they have loads of uses too.

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Our supersize muslins have many uses, and the size of them really do mean that they are multi purpose. Measuring 85 x 115cm’s, they are large enough to be used a nursery shawl when breastfeeding, and also big enough to use on a pushchair as a sunshade. I love using mine to line the moses basket mattress and even the changing mat for nappy changes.

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They also can be used for swaddling, the uses of the Supersize Muslin really are never ending!

You can check all our Supersize Muslins out in our shop for just £12.

The BIG Minene Summer Sale

For 7 days only, we have reduced a massive amount of stock to make way for our fabulous new Autumn and Winter range. But the weather is still lovely outside, so it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a bargain!

Just some of the highlights…

Save 50% on this Car Sunshade. Was £12, now £6.

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Our Portable Activity Mat, which although is great for outside is also useful for indoors during the winter is reduced from £37 down to £27!

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One of my personal favourites is this Layla Changing Bag, which was £65, now £45.

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There is loads more available in the sale, find all the products online at http://www.minene.co.uk/sale.php

 

Back to School Giveaway!

It’s that time of the year again, where the children are either starting school for the first time or are returning to school. My toddler will also be returning to his Pre-School. I don’t know about you, but after 8 weeks they are completely out of the whole ‘School routine’. I am expecting a struggle in on the first morning back to get them motivated to get ready….but what about if they had a really cool and funky animal bag? To pop their stuff in, and then pop it on their backs?

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Here is your chance to win one! You can choice from any of the designs available on the Minene  UK website.

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To enter simply fill in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Round Up

World Breastfeeding Week 2013 has officially ended, but our support for Breastfeeding mothers will never end. Giving your baby the best start in life as possible is paramount. Therefore I have created a round up guide of all our posts that we features throughout the week.

Kicking off the week was Jen from MyMummiesPennies, who wrote about how she juggled extended breastfeeding and returning to work, showing us that it is possible. Simply click the picture to read the post:

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Then the next day we had Bex from TheMummyAdventure with her post on how she gained confidence breastfeeding. Again, click the picture to read her post:

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Our third day was Ruth who wrote about how she became an extended and tandem breastfeeding mummy when she had her second child. Click Ruth’s picture to read her post.

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Our fourth day saw Mandi from Hexmum talk about how her experience of Breastfeeding led her into her new found love of being aPeer Support worker. They do an amazing job helping new mums learn the skills they have to breastfeed happily and for a good amount of time. Click Mandi’s picture to read her post:

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The next day we had a guest post from Lynne at More 4 Mums, who write 10 top tips for New Breastfeeding Mums. Click the picture below to read the post:

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We then had Kate from Witterings from the sofa, who wrote about how she fought against the myths of having a big baby and not being able to breastfeed.

Pink Oddy then gave us a post on how she found the support for Breastfeeding.

Finallym, rounding up our week, we had A to Z Mummy write about she became a Muslim convert and the pressures of Breastfeeding in public. Click the picture to read her open and honest post:

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We have thoroughly enjoyed our week of Breastfeeding experiences from all our mums, a massive thank you to them for taking the time to share their thoughts with us!

To find Minene’s related products simply visit www.minene.co.uk and check out our Nursing Shawl, Breastfeeding Poncho and Supersize Muslins.

 

Muslim and Breastfeeding in public

Contiuning our Breast Friends week for World Breastfeeding Week, we have another guest post. Today A to Z Mummy shares her experiences of breastfeeding and being a Muslim convert….

I am a 31 year old Muslim convert and I have 2 little boys, Boy Z who is 4 and Baby A who is going to be 1 at the beginning of September.  I always knew I wanted to breastfeed and it just didn’t really occur to me to do anything else.  Breastfeeding Boy Z started off as a bit of a struggle as he was tongue tied.  In Islam mothers are encouraged to breastfeed babies until they are 2 years old and I just couldn’t believe that we might not be able to do this.  Luckily I stumbled across an old school, no nonsense healthcare worker in the hospital, she sat with me for ages manhandling me and manhandling my baby until he latched on.  I didn’t feel under any pressure from anyone to breastfeed but it was what I wanted to do.

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When I was pregnant with Baby A I knew once again I wanted to breastfeed and I was extremely lucky as he latched on within a few minutes of being born and stayed on my boob from about 9.30pm right through until 5am with just the short 5 minute drive home from the birthing centre.  This time around though I knew I was going to breastfeed in public come what may.  With Boy Z I did it a few times but I was less confident and only really did it when I had no other option.  With Baby A I was much more aware of my legal rights, a lot more confident and a lot more prepared.  I made a point of feeding him every time I went out in the early days.  I think there is a massive issue in the UK with breastfeeding rates and I feel that the more people see a mother feeding a baby when out and about then the more “normal” breastfeeding will become.

When Baby A was 4 months old I started wearing hijab (a headscarf) and my confidence with nursing in public was shaken.  I have always covered myself when feeding (although take absolutely no issue with mothers who don’t) but I suddenly became very self conscious.  I felt people were judging me because I now had a virtual sign on my head saying “I’m Muslim” and to then throw getting my boobs out to feed my baby into the mix was just very confusing for me.  I didn’t want non Muslims to judge me, I didn’t want Muslims to judge me but in the end I just decided that actually I didn’t care.  If my baby needed feeding then I was going to feed him.  I met up with a friend for coffee with both the boys, she was chatting with Boy Z so I started feeding Baby A.  It wasn’t until I actually mentioned it that she noticed I was feeding him, she thought I was just trying to get him to sleep.  I soon realised that wearing a headscarf makes breastfeeding in public a doddle as I could just drape the scarf all around wherever I needed to and nobody could see a thing. The way I try to look at it now is that if people stare then it’s their issue and most certainly not mine; I just smile and think that perhaps if I change one person’s perception on breastfeeding (or Muslims) then that can only be a great thing.

You can find A to Z mummy online on Facebook, Twitter and on the A to Z blog.

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Finding the Support for Breastfeeding

Today we have another honest guest post, this time from Pink Oddy who blogs at http://pinkoddy.co.uk

I think Breastfeeding, for me, was a life changing decision – but it didn’t happen quiet like that the first time. You see with my first baby I was treated like an idiot, I was expected to bottle feed, so when I tried breast feeding I wasn’t supported – why waste resources. I was just turned 18, and trying to do my A-levels. I liked to go clubbing before I got pregnant and I loved to sleep. I remember my mom telling me that I wouldn’t be able to sleep like that when I had a baby. I didn’t appreciate what she meant. My baby was 8lb 13ozs born, and I was a slip of a thing 5ft 3 ½ and around 7 stone and a size 6. So naturally everyone just said I had a hungry baby – I wasn’t expected to “keep up” and encouraged to wean early and top-up with formula. I have to admit, still living at home, it was easier to let my mom feed him at night and me sleep. It wasn’t long before I was encouraged to make the switch.

So the second time around I was a lot older and wiser. This time I even had a degree, a husband, and a house (rented). But when my son wouldn’t poo the Health visitor told me to give him orange juice. Then he started not putting on enough weight – I didn’t know that it was because he didn’t need to poo as often that he wasn’t pooing (breast milk produces less waste). I didn’t know that whilst I was giving him orange juice my milk supply was dwindling (it works on supply and demand). The rules on weaning change all the time too – and so it was 6 months at this time – he was only 4. He was losing too much weight. I was sent to the doctor. He told me my milk was not good enough, that I was starving my baby. My husband convinced me that the best thing to do for our baby was to switch to formula (despite the fact we couldn’t afford it). I was left with really bad depression:  Feeling like a failure, that I couldn’t use what was meant to make me a woman.

So with the third baby I went straight to a breastfeeding support group. Most of the time I didn’t even feel that I needed the support. I thought I knew what I was doing: That I was right about stuff. I don’t think I did. Going each week for social reasons I began to see that my son didn’t have “reflux” that actually lots of baby’s just sick back up their milk and need more. I made a lot of decisions due to that group – and the peer support training I received – and one of those was to self-wean.

And it taught me to be strong when it came to the problems I had with my fourth child and the attitudes towards tandem feeding (seehttp://pinkoddy.co.uk/blog/2013/04/01/deciding-when-to-stop-having-children-motivational-monday/) . I fed both my youngest  (there is 18 months between them) until they were 4 years each and it was the most empowering thing I have ever done.