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  • Would You Let the Internet Pick Your Baby's Name?

    Let’s face it, the name your parents give you is sort of a big deal.

    Your name plays a part in nearly every aspect of your life. It determines whether you have to go by your first name and the first initial of your last name because so many kids in your class have the same name as you, if you get to buy monogramed keychains and pens from gift shops without having to customize and it can even shape the perception of potential employers when applying for a job.

    So it’s pretty surprising when you hear stories like this one featured on The Bump, about a Canadian man who is allowing the Internet to help choose his soon-to-be daughter’s first and middle names.

    It seems Stephen McLaughlin has set up a website called namemydaughter.com where he is allowing visitors the opportunity to suggest and vote on the name of his daughter. Luckily, for both his wife and the new baby, he has set a disclaimer that he and his wife will be making the ultimate decision.

    That’s especially good news considering that the name currently in the lead (with 109,530 votes) is Cthulhu. Coming next in order next, by number of votes thus received, is: Amelia, Megatron, Charlotte, Olivia and Zelda.

    For middle names, the lead thus far has gone to All-Spark (with 65,085). Trailing in second place, by more than 26,000 votes, is Mae. Also in the top five for middle names are Rose, Of-the-Sea and Doge.

    Here’s a quick peek at some of the more “interesting” first names from the list:

    Streetlamp
    !
    Stormageddon
    McGlovin
    InternetJr
    Worldwideweb
    Bacon
    Google
    Cheeseburger
    Nintendo
    Daughter
    Donut
    WackyTaco692
    Obamaniqua
    Vampirella
    Tom Cruise

    It will be very interesting to find out what little Cthulhu All-Spark McLaughlin’s name will really be when she arrives in April.

  • The Year of the Horse is Almost Here

    A brand new year is almost here. The Chinese New Year, based on the lunar calendar, commences on January 31, 2014. Those who are pregnant or will give birth between now and February 18, 2015, will have babies born under the Chinese astrological sign of the Wooden Horse.

    Chinese astrology consists of 12 different zodiac signs (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) represented by animals as well as five different elements (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) that change depending on the year.

    The zodiac sign, in addition to the element a child is born under, is part of what determines their various characteristics. Babies born in the current year, under the snake sign are said to be smart, patient, humble, energetic and humble.

    So what should parents who are expecting little horses expect?

    Much like the animal, babies born under the horse sign are said to be strong-willed and charming. They are also smart and filled with unbridled enthusiasm. In addition, they are said to make easy conversation and be highly organized.

    A recent Huffington Post article said that parents of Horse babies should allow children born under the Horse sign to have lots of time in nature and not to impose too many restrictions on them causing them to rebel. A good sense of discipline is also encouraged to help control the sometimes stubborn horse’s impulses.

    With those characteristics in mind, it’s not surprising that these are a few of the more well known Horses: Condoleezza Rice, Jerry Seinfeld, Jackie Chan and John Travolta.

    Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spacemonkee/

  • A New Blooming Bath Color is Headed Your Way

    You asked and Blooming Bath is delivering! We will soon have exciting new bundles of joy headed out to our customers. Beginning Friday, Blooming Bath will welcome a brand new color of Blooming Bath to our baby bath tub family.

    And the new color will be… (drumroll please) ....

    Green!

    That’s right, now your little one can enjoy all the comforts of their baby bathtub in a new, stylish color! Green is not only great for babies (it’s been linked to renewal and restoration of energy) it is also a great gender-neutral color perfect for parents who may not be finding out the sex of their baby in advance, but want to prepare for their new baby’s arrival.

    Our green Blooming Bath is also a great option for those who are buying the Blooming Bath for babies bath tub as a gift for friends and family members. A green Blooming Bath makes the perfect baby shower gift in any season. Green brings a burst of color into the home during the fall and winter months and fits right in with the vibrant colors of spring and summer. Green was also one of our most requested colors from customers!

    Green Blooming Baths are already sprouting up for sale on www.bloomingbath.com. If you can’t wait to get your hands on this bright, adorable and modern color baby bath, order today and we'll ship out your new green Blooming Bath on Friday January 24! Don't delay, we expected this to be a popular color choice! Especially judging from our fans who saw the new color online. Here are just a few of their reactions:

    MMartin WHAT?!? Love this color!!!!!

    DColeman Spectacular! We had asked for that in a suggestion awhile back! Thank you!

    MWright Its gorgeous!

  • Where's Best in the US to Have a Baby?

    Are you pregnant? Do you think you live in a city with good health services and resources for expectant parents? Well, now you don’t have to wonder any longer thanks to a new list complied by WhattoExpect.com. The site has unveiled its list of 10 Best Cities to Have a Baby, and the results may surprise you.

    What to Expect looked at the 100 largest cities by population in the United States and took into account three benchmarks: access to healthcare services for new babies and parents, the city’s environment for both pregnant moms and new babies, and parental support. Here’s what they came up with:

    #1 San Francisco, California -While the City by the Bay is often mentioned in the media for its high cost of living, researchers at What to Expect found that in addition to cable cars, the city offers new moms and babies ample healthcare opportunities and a great environment.

    #2 Portland, Oregon – The land of rain, flannel shirts and coffee shops is also apparently a great place to be a new parent. What to Expect touted the fact that the Rose City has some of the lowest infant mortality rates and low-birth weight deliveries in the nation.

    # 3 Boise, Idaho – Coming in at third place is the capitol of Idaho. The city’s high number of doulas, midwives and lots of recreational opportunities made it not only a great place for pregnant women, but their new bundles of joy as well.

    Here’s how the rest of the top 10 looked.

    #4 Albuquerque, New Mexico

    #5 Spokane, Washington

    #6 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

    #7 Anchorage, Alaska

    #8 Rochester, New York

    #10 Sacramento, California

    If you’re city didn’t make the list, don’t fret. You can also check out WhattoExpect.com’s best small cities to have a baby. In addition, the site also ranked metropolitans in terms of the best: prenatal support, pregnancy-friendly environments and new-mom healthcare.

    No matter which city in the U.S. you may live in, don’t forget that Blooming Bath can always deliver you the best and most comfortable baby bathtub for your new baby.  Order yours today.

  • Blooming Bath Photo Contest Giveaway

    It’s time to break out your Polaroid, 35mm, iPad, tablet or camera phone -  whatever your chosen photo capturing device is - because Blooming Bath is holding a photo contest giveaway!

    That’s right, it’s time to get your creative juices flowing because we’d like you to post your most imaginative, compelling photo capturing why we should give you a FREE Blooming Bath for babies bathtub. And you won’t want to forget to craft the perfect caption for your photo!

    Be sure to appeal to your audience when you snap your pic because it will be our Blooming Bath fans who will be voting for the top 2 photos. (Photo Hint: Feel free to recruit your family and friends to help you out and vote for your picture).

    So what are you waiting for? Get snapping. Once you’ve got the perfect picture, click here to enter.

    1.       All you have to do is “Like” Blooming Bath on Facebook.

    2.       Enter a tweet to share with your followers.

    3.       Enter your email address. Upload your photo. And include your caption, “I need a Blooming Bath because…”

    4.       Hit enter.

    It’s as easy as that. You’ve got a little over one week to take the perfect picture and enter to win. Blooming Bath will announce the two lucky winners on Friday, January 17 on our Facebook page. Once you enter, be sure to check our Facebook page to see if your photo has been chosen.

    In honor of your new photography project assignment, we’ve decided to showcase some of the adorable photos (above) that our fans who already have the Blooming Bath for babies bathtub have been posting on our Facebook page and Instagram feed lately.

    We hope that you can handle all the cuteness!

  • Most Popular Baby Names of 2013

    2013 is just hours away from being history and that makes it a perfect time to look back at some of the most popular baby names of the year. BabyCenter.com has put together its list, which shows the trends skewing away from the once popular and outlandish celebrity names, to more traditional names from yesteryear.

    New moms and dads in 2013 took a look back to their family trees to choose meaningful names from their distant relatives rather than trendy names, the BabyCenter.com list shows. Old fashioned names like Hannah, Victoria, Annabelle and Lucy all made the top 100 list for girls names. For the boys, classics like John, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Luke and William all made the top 100.

    The top three names for 2013 were Sophia, Emma and Olivia for the girls and Jackson, Aiden and Liam for the boys. It’s the fourth year in a row that Sophia has topped the list. Jackson is making its debut topping the boys list for the first time, while Aiden is no stranger to the top (the name previously held the number one spot for eight years!).

    A poll done by the site had an overwhelming amount of new moms (81 percent) choosing names that were classics over less than half (43 percent) who chose unusual or unique names.

    About the same percentage of moms who chose classic names also picked their names before their new baby was born (80 percent). About 63 percent of respondents said they weren’t fans of celebrity-inspired names or trend names.

    Here are the top 10 names for 2013 for both boys and girls:

    Girls                 Boys

    1. Sophia            Jackson
    2. Emma             Aiden
    3. Olivia              Liam
    4. Isabella           Lucas
    5. Mia                  Noah
    6. Ava                  Mason
    7. Lily                  Jayden
    8. Zoe                  Ethan
    9. Emily              Jacob
    10. Chloe              Jack

    So what are the next popular wave of baby names expected to be for 2014? Babynameslog.com predicts K names being popular in the new year including: Karter, Kendrick and King.

  • Merry Christmas from Blooming Bath

    Blooming Bath would like to take a moment to say Merry Christmas to all of our loyal customers. From our bathtubs to your yours, we wish you a holiday season filled to the brim with love, fun and happy moments with family and friends.

    For any last minute shoppers out there who would still like to give the gift of adorable and comfy baby bathing into the New Year, we've got you covered. Blooming Bath e-Gift Cards are now available. Click here to choose between a gift certificate for our baby bath or baby bath kit.

    Have a blooming Merry Christmas.

  • Looking Back at 2013

    The gifting season is in full swing and before you know it, we’ll have rung in the New Year and 2013 will be behind us. But before that all happens, we wanted to take a break from bundling up Blooming Baths to be sent all over the world and reflect on all the great things that have happened in 2013.

    Winter 2013 – Blooming Bath Gets Star Struck

    We kicked off 2013 right by heading to Hollywood to show off our baby bath tubs to celebrity moms and dads at the Boom Boom Room’s Pre-Golden Globe Gifting Suite event. Not only did we get some great shots of some of our favorite entertainers with the Blooming Bath for babies bathtub, we also made relationships with a lot of other great baby products companies while we were there.

    Spring 2013 – Blooming Bath Gives Back

    In the springtime, Blooming Bath was honored to be able to get involved with an amazing nonprofit organization called Operation Shower. The organization supports military families by delivering baby showers to expectant moms who spouses are deployed. Blooming Bath was proud to be a sponsor of the organization and to have the ability to participate in the organization’s Hawaii baby shower event.

    Summer 2013 – Baby Craziness

    Let’s face it - pretty much everything baby related that happened in the summer of 2013 centered around the new royal, Prince George, being born across the pond. While a number of publications (including HELLO! In Canada) featured the Blooming Bath as a gift fit for a prince, we’ve yet to confirm that the wee lad has in fact, had the luxury of bathing in one of our posh tubs. (We’ll be sure to keep you posted).

    Fall 2013 – Blooming Bath Goes Big

    During the fall, Blooming Bath hit a huge milestone when it announced that our products could be purchased online at Babies “R” Us, America’s leading baby retailer. The news also meant that parents-to-be can register for the Blooming Bath for babies bathtub on the Babies “R” Us gift registry for their baby shower gifts.

    During the fall the Blooming Bath was also named as a She Knows Parenting Award winner for 2013 in the Newborn Essentials category. It’s the second year that Blooming Bath has been recognized in the awards.

    So as you can see, we’ve had a lot to celebrate in 2013 and we are looking forward to even more exciting updates heading into 2014. But until then, we've got to getting back to shipping out Blooming Baths.

    Speaking of shipping, don't forget to order before the holidays. Right now when you order on bloomingbath.com you can upgrade to priority mail (3-day delivery) at the standard shipping price of $7.

  • Blooming Bath Featured on Red Tricycle

     

    At Blooming Bath, we are all about having fun. Maybe that’s why we get along so well with the folks over at Red Tricycle, whose stated mission is to, “help parents have more fun with their kids.” The website offers loads of tips and suggestions on innovative ways to have fun with your kids (and babies).

    Today, we are excited to report that Red Tricycle has added the Blooming Bath for babies bathtub to its ever-growing list of ways that parents can have fun with their kids (by using it during baby bath time, of course).

    The Blooming Bath was recently featured in Red Tricycle’s “Splish Splash: 14 Essentials for Baby’s Bath” alongside a boatload of other great baby bath items.

    We couldn’t agree more with Red Tricycle when they say that “bath time is bonding time.” From the comfiest baby bath tub, to hooded towels, to water temperature testers, their list of baby bathing essentials includes everything you need to ensure that bath time is both easy and fun.

    When it comes to the perfect tub, Red Tricycle asks readers to “Picture your flower child kicking back on plush petals. The cushioned cradle can be simply popped in the dryer when you’re done.”

    The Blooming Bath flower not only appeals to baby’s sensibilities, the benefit for parents are quickly apparent when they realize there are no more aches and pains from awkwardly trying to cradle baby in the sink during bath time.

    Check out the Red Tricycle’s entire list of baby bathing essentials, here.

  • Don't Miss this Holiday Giveaway While it Lasts

    You may still have 22 days until Christmas, but you only have 11 days to be entered to win Blooming Bath’s latest Blooming Bath for babies giveaway.

    Blooming Bath has teamed up with Everything Mommyhood for our latest giveaway. Stay-at-home mother of two, Darci is the blogger behind the Everything Mommyhood website, where she posts everything from her favorite recipes, to ways to save money, to great giveaways.

    That’s where we come in. Everything Mommyhood readers now have the chance to be entered to win a Blooming Bath for babies bathtub of their color choice (canary yellow, turquoise, hot pink or ivory) now through December 14.

    Darci with Everything Mommyhood calls the Blooming Bath “one of my go-to gifts that I always buy for a new parent. It’s fantastic as a baby shower gift.”

    In addition to making a great baby shower gift item, the Blooming Bath also makes a great holiday gift for new parents, or for yourself if you have babies in your home or on the way. Don’t miss this chance to win the adorable and plush Blooming Bath for babies bathtub. The giveaway ends at 11:59 on December 14. Enter today!

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