Blooming Bath Baby Bath Blog

  • Welcome New Year's Babies

    Each December 31st while the majority of people are counting down to the start of the New Year, mothers in hospitals across the country are giving birth to babies who could become the first babies born in the New Year in their communities.

    New Years Babies are babies who are born on midnight, or within the first few minutes or hours of the New Year. Oftentimes, hospitals will celebrate the arrival of their first New Year Baby of the year by presenting the baby’s family with a gift package or gift certificates. In addition, local media outlets will report the names, weights and time of birth of the first few babies born in the New Year.

    Businesses have long donated baby gifts and merchandise to New Year Babies and their families. Along with getting free baby stuff and a little bit of fame, there are also a number of positive superstitions surrounding New Year’s Babies. One of the most prevalent beliefs is that the baby will be lucky for the rest of its life. It’s also been said that babies who are born on New Year’s have green thumbs and are very fertile.

    Throughout the course of history, there have been a number of well known individuals who are recognized as a New Year’s Baby. These include:

    -       Pope Alexander VI - 1431

    -       Paul Revere – 1735

    -       George Washington Carver – 1860

    -       J. Edgar Hoover – 1895

    -       J.D. Salinger- 1919

    While many new parents may revel in the status of having one of the first babies born of the New Year, there are some advantages to having a baby born before the clock strikes midnight. Parents whose children are born in December can claim a tax deduction on their 2012 income taxes.

    Congratulations to every new parent who is expecting a child in the last few days of December and throughout the New Year!

  • Ways To Commemorate Baby's First Christmas

     

    Christmas can be a hectic time of year, planning for family gatherings, shopping for the perfect gifts and making the home holiday ready. But many parents who’ve welcomed a new baby into the family this year will want to go the extra step to make baby’s first Christmas one to remember. Here are just a few things you can do to commemorate your baby’s first Christmas.

    Document the Occasion - Whether your preferred media is a scrapbook or a video, one of the absolute best ways to encapsulate the memories of your child’s first Christmas is to document it.

    For scrapbookers, a great idea is to adorn the scrapbook with the child’s name and birthday as well as the year of their first Christmas. You can fill the inside with cards and pictures along with notes about what the child received and memories about their first reactions to the holiday. It will be sure to be a treasured for years to come.

    For the more technologically advanced, taking digital pictures for a slide show or videotaping and compiling a baby’s first Christmas video is a great way to capture all of the details of baby’s first Christmas.  It will also be fun to watch year after year, long after baby has grown up.

    Mark the Season with Bling - Tree bling that is. Many of us still have our own Baby’s First Christmas ornaments that we place lovingly on the tree each year. Buy your baby a personalized baby’s first Christmas ornament that you can hang each year to remember that very first Christmas. Another wonderful tradition is to give your child an ornament every Christmas. When they grow up and move out, pack them up a box of all their Christmas ornaments from throughout the years to hang on their own Christmas tree.

    Start Your Own Traditions - One of the reasons Christmas is so meaningful is because we often look back fondly on the Christmas traditions we grew up with. Maybe it was decorating the tree to certain Christmas songs, putting up the Christmas lights on a set day, or reading a Christmas story together by the fire on Christmas Eve. Whatever your family traditions, it’s always a great idea to pass on old traditions and make new family traditions when we welcoming new members of the family.

    Whatever you do to commemorate your first Christmas with your little ones, we wish you a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Blooming Bath!

  • Blooming Bath 2012 Year-In-Review

    It may be a cliche, but those of you with little ones at home know how true it really is – time flies. One minute you’re bringing them home from the hospital and the next, they've learned to walk and you’re frantically baby-proofing the entire house.

    In the past year, our little one (The Blooming Bath) has had some big moments too. With just a few weeks left until the official close of 2012, we thought it would be fun to do a Blooming Bath year-in-review, highlighting all of the great milestones that have taken place in the last 12 months.

    Winter ’12 – Within only a few months of Blooming Bath’s official launch, the cuddly, adorable new baby bath tub was featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. Not long after that, we introduced our super soft line of baby washcloths, Puddles.

    Spring ’12 -  By springtime, the Blooming Bath was being recognized as one of the most popular and talked about baby shower gifts. Babble, the foremost authority on everything baby, named the Blooming bath one of its Top 10 Must Have Products for Baby’s First 3 Months.

    Summer ’12 – We like to consider the Summer of 2012 our summer of love. The Blooming Bath got all sorts of love, including being featured on the Today Show and receiving a shout out from celebrity Kourtney Kardashian. All that love also made it necessary for Blooming Bath to move into a new 10,000-square-foot warehouse space in Southern California to keep up with demand. The new space has allowed us to process 2,000 Blooming Bath orders a day! And of course we would remiss if we didn’t mention the introduction of our newest Blooming Bath color over the summer. Our Ivory Blooming Bath made its debut in July.

    Fall ’12 – By fall, we were continuing to spread the love with new distribution partnerships not only in the United States, but throughout Canada and in select countries in Europe. You can find a retailer close to you by going to our retailer locator link. We also were named as the number one Baby Bath in its category by the SheKnows Parenting Awards.

     

     

    Looking Ahead – So what’s on tap for 2013? You can expect a lot more excitement from Blooming Bath in the New Year. Be on the lookout for more distribution partners and placements in a broader range of retail outlets, new colors and of course more giveaways. Thanks for a great 2012!

  • There is a New Royal On The Way

    It’s official. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and hubby Prince William have announced their pregnancy. With the the royal couple expecting the arrival of their first child, the online world has become a flurry of excitement, in particular - baby retailers. Since Kate is known for being a style maven whose choices are often copied by thousands around the world - she can wear anything from a pair of synthetic diamond earrings to a simple wrap dress and similar items will fly off the shelves. So it’s not surprising that retailers are predicting a bump in the sale of everything from maternity clothing to onesies due to the royal news.

    Another part of the story that has got people buzzing is the fact that the rules of succession are set to change and if the little bundle of joy turns out to be a girl, she could be in line to be the next Queen of England. The new bill making the change is going through British Government now. So what are some possible names for the new royal tyke?

    Writer Vanessa Van Edwards recently speculated on possible baby names that Kate and William could choose in her recent article.  She looked at the statistics of top baby names in England and Wales as well as names from the royal family history.  The top five guess for a boy were:

    1. George
    2. James
    3. Alfred
    4. Frederick
    5. Edward

    For a potential queen? Vanessa’s top baby girl name picks were:

    1. Sophia
    2. Amelia
    3. Victoria
    4. Elizabeth
    5. Diana

    Let’s just hope Kate get’s a Blooming Bath as a baby shower gift!

  • 2012's Most Popular Baby Names Revealed

    2012 is nearing to a close and with it comes a recap of the year’s most popular baby names. BabyCenter has just put out its wildly anticipated list of 100 Top Baby Names for 2012.

    Although, when you start to read the list, you may feel a bit like you’re experiencing baby deja vu because just like last year, Sophia and Aiden take the number one spots for most popular girl and boy names, respectively.

    Aiden, in fact, has been coming in number one for the past several years, according to BabyCenter. After Aiden, Jackson, Ethan and Liam were listed in second, third and fourth place as the most popular baby names for boys. Emma, Olivia and Isabella followed Sophia as the next three most popular baby names for girls.

    One of the hottest trends the report picked up on was the growing popularity of names found in the 50 Shades books. Christian came in number 52 on the list for popular boys names, while Anna came in at number 34, a shortened version of Anastasia.

    New to the top 10 for girl’s names in 2012 was Mia, while Ruby, Reese, Quinn, Isla and Mila were all listed as newcomers to the top 100 list.

    For boys, Jack jumped the list to earn a spot in the top 10, while the names Leo, Decian, Easton, Lincoln and Harrison all slipped into the top 100 this year.

    Names that lost ground this year and fell out of the top 100 include Abby, Hadley, Keira, Juliana and Katherine for girls and Logan, Bryce, Caden and Josiah for boys.

    And what are those crazily creative celebrities naming their little ones lately? Some of the more odd boy names include Atlas (Anne Heche’s son), Banjo (Rachel Griffiths & Andrew Taylor’s son) and Egypt (Alicia’ Keys son). The daughters of celebrities have it a little more easy. Most of the girl’s names were fairly tame, although there is the occasional Haven (Jessica Alba’s daughter) and Bluebell (Ginger Spice’s daughter) thrown in the mix to make it interesting.

    Click here to read BabyCenter’s list of 100 Top Baby Names for 2012.

  • The Perfect Blooming Christmas Gift

    The holidays are just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about shopping for gifts. If you have an expecting mom or dad on your holiday shopping list, then why not surprise them with the most adorable baby bathtub on the market? The Blooming Bath is the perfect gift to put under the tree for the new parent. Not only is it a cute way to  welcome home a new baby, it will also keep the new baby safe and comfortable from their very first bath, up until they transition to a bigger tub.

    Blooming Bath's soft petals conform to any sink or plastic bathtub cradling slippery, wet babies and keeping them in place and happy. After bath time, the Blooming Bath can easily be wrung out and thrown in the dryer for 10-15 minutes, then it's ready for its next use.

    The Blooming Bath has won praise from parents all over the world for creating a more enjoyable and relaxed baby bathing experience. Using the Blooming Bath, parents no longer have to endure back pain from holding their babies at awkward angles in the sink or tub.

    Parents have been so impressed with the Blooming Bath, they’ve voted it number one in the Bathing Category for the 2012 SheKnows Parenting Awards.

    Give new parents on your list months and months of happy baby bath times with their little one. We've partnered with Baby Loving Mama so right now, you can win a Blooming Bath for free as part of their New Mama Giveaway package. The New Mama Package includes a $150 Seraphine gift certificate, a City Carryall diaper bag from Petunia Pickle Bottom and your choice of color Blooming Bath and 4-piece washcloth set. Enter today – there are only seven days left!

    Do your loved ones live far away? You can also order your Blooming Bath gift online and have it shipped to them with a personalized gift message for free. See details on our order page.

  • Say Cheese for Blooming Bath’s Latest Giveaway

    Do you use Instagram? With an estimated 7+ million people taking their pictures through the app each day, we’re guessing you just might. If you use Instagram and you’re in the market for a new Blooming Bath, you’re in luck. We’re in the midst of a Blooming Bath giveaway using Instagram!

    Here’s how it works. First you need to follow us on Instagram @bloomingbath. Then you’re going to have to snap some cute/clever/convincing pictures, upload them to Instagram and tag them @bloomingbath and #bloomingath.

    So, what do we want you to take a picture of? Good question. If you don’t already have a Blooming Bath, but really, really want one then we’d like you to upload a photo captioned – “This is why I need a Blooming Bath”. Try to make your photo as creative and compelling as possible to convince us why we should send you a Blooming Bath ASAP (free of charge).

    For those of you who have a Blooming Bath and would like to win another for yourself or a friend, you can enter our contest too. Just upload a picture on Instagram of your baby in their Blooming Bath. The cuter the better!

    Don’t forget to tag your photos @bloomingbath and #bloomingbath.

    We will pick two winners. The last day to enter is Friday, November 16th, so start taking those pics now. You can upload as many pictures as you like!

  • You Did It! You Made The Blooming Bath #1


    Blooming Bath is ecstatic to announce that the Blooming Bath for babies has been selected as The Best Bathtub in the 2012 SheKnows Parenting Awards! We are honored to have received this recognition, especially since all of the voting was done by parents like you. Thank you for taking the time to vote and show how much you love your Blooming Bath baby bathtubs.

    SheKnows readers and parents chose the Blooming Bath as the best in its category by taking into account a number of different factors. Products were judged on their functionality, quality, safety, convenience and for providing the best bang for the consumer’s buck.

    We are thrilled by your support and we will continue to be shipping Blooming Baths around the globe so parents and their babies can experience the most comfortable and adorable way to bathe their babies!

    Read about all of the SheKnows 2012 Parenting Award Winners here. And don't forget to let other parents know about the benefits of The Blooming Bath!

  • Keeping Our Little Pumpkins Safe

    It’s Halloween and Halloween wouldn't be complete without a scary story. This Halloween we wanted to share a scary story we came across that would spook any new parent. It's about dangerous baby products. While some of the information is shocking, we thought it was an important lesson for every new parent about researching the baby products you choose before buying them.

    NBC News recently reported on findings from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, the organization tasked with tracking injuries and working with manufacturers to recall and redesign faulty products.

    The Commission mentioned a number of scary statistics that parents should be aware of, particularly where baby cribs and bedding are concerned.

    For instance, officials with the commission said eleven million cribs with drop sides have been recalled. Certain cribs with detachable sides pose a threat because babies risk getting their heads or necks caught in the sides. Such cribs have been responsible for 32 babies deaths.

    Bedding is also a worry. Commission officials say never to put pillows, bumpers or other blankets in baby’s crib because it can lead to suffocation. At least 12 baby deaths have been attributed to soft bedding being present in the crib.

    If you carry your baby in a baby sling, be sure to keep baby’s head exposed at all times so they can breathe. A total of 14 baby deaths have resulted from the babies being suffocated by the fabric of a sling covering baby's nose and mouth.

    We would be remiss if we didn’t also remind new parents to exercise extreme caution whenever bathing baby. Never, ever under any circumstances leave your baby unattended in the bath.

    Getting your home ready for a new baby is a big responsibility, be sure to do your homework and read up on baby product safety and any baby product recalls taking place by going to: http://www.cpsc.gov/. In doing so, we hope to keep all our little pumpkins safe this Halloween and every Halloween to come.

  • Putting The Fun Back in Bath Time

    When you’re pregnant, bath time with your new baby often conjures up thoughts of a cute rubber ducky floating by, splishing and splashing, laughing and an overall relaxing time to connect with your little one. In reality though, bath time with baby can be more stressful than anticipated, especially when they are in their first few months.

    The logistics of keeping a slippery, wet baby safe, warm and comfortable can all quickly take the fun out of the moment. That’s one of the main reasons we created the Blooming Bath. We wanted to make a comfortable, safe bath for babies while also empowering their parents. In addition, the Blooming Bath has the added benefit of being absolutely adorable.

    We are excited to report that our customers think so too. In a little over one year in business Blooming Bath has been named a finalist in the 2012 SheKnows Parenting Awards Bathtubs category. We are one of four baby bathtubs that are “Making bathing your baby fun!”

    Check out the SheKnows article and read all about the baby bathtubs that are putting the fun back in bath time with baby – and don’t forget to vote for your favorite. Cast your vote for the Blooming Bath baby tub before October 31 and let everyone know how much you love the Blooming Bath!

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