Blooming Bath Baby Bath Blog

  • New Giveaway But Don't Delay!

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    For all of our loyal blog readers who come to our site week after week, we have a special giveaway announcement just for you. But the giveaway window on this one is faster than you can say "Bloom" so we won't waste any time before telling you how to enter.

    We've teamed up with Ju-Ju-Be, the creators of smart bags for smart people, for an adorable prize package.

    All you have to do is head over to http://www.ju-ju-be.com/dancing-dahlias-blooming-bath-giveaway/ for your chance to win. The contest closes at midnight (PST) on Thursday, August 13, so don't waste any time. Enter now and get a jump on your competition.

    Did you enter yet? Great, now we'll tell you about what you can win!

    Prizes:
    A Ju-Ju-Be BFF - Dancing Dahlias  diaper bag
    A Be Quick pouch
    Blooming Bath bathing kit – which includes Blooming Bath (color of your choice), a 3-pack of Petals Washcloths and Burt’s Bees Getting Started Kit!

    We'll choose a winner on Friday, August 14 so enter now! The contest is eligible to US residents, 18+ only. Be sure to share with your friends!

  • How Much Maternity Leave Do You Get?

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    How much maternity leave does your workplace offer? If you’re lucky enough to work at Netflix, you’re now eligible to take up to 12 months of (paid) leave the first year after your child is born.

    That’s according to a new policy announced by the company earlier this week.

    The move is fairly groundbreaking for a US company, considering United States’ Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees women who work at least 25 hours a week and who’ve been at their jobs at least a year just 12 weeks of (unpaid) maternity leave.

    Another highly regarded tech company, Google, gives its employees 18 weeks of paid maternity leave in addition to another 12 weeks of paid “baby bonding” time.

    The news got us wondering about how other countries stack up to the US when it comes to maternity leave policies.

    This article and corresponding infographic gave us a look into other countries maternity leave policies. Here are some of the highlights:

    Canada
    One of the most generous countries when it comes to paid maternity leave, offers new moms 50 weeks of paid time off with baby.

    Norway
    Parents in Norway get 44 weeks of paid leave.

    France
    French women get full pay for 16 weeks of their maternity leave, which is broken up by 6 weeks prior to the birth and 10 weeks post birth.

    Australia
    Australia has paternal leave rather than maternity leave which allows either parent to take a paid 18-week leave. Parents Down Under are also allowed to share the leave.

    United Kingdom
    The UK provides 20 hours of guaranteed paid maternity leave for new moms.

    How does your employer's maternity leave policy stack up?

  • Keep Baby Cool On Hot Days

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    The summer heat has arrived. Millions of people across the US are feeling the heat this week as high temperatures and sticky humidity hit many areas of the country, including the Northeast, Northwest and Southern states.

    If this is your baby’s first summer, be sure you follow these simple steps to keep your baby cool in the sweltering summer heat.

    Dress for coolness
    When it comes to keeping your baby cool in the heat, it can come down to their outfit choice. Keeping baby dressed in natural cotton materials will help keep them cooler and minimize the possibility of rashes and skin irritations that can come from wearing clothes made of synthetics.

    Keep a sun hat on your little one if you’re going to be outside to avoid extra sun exposure and dressing in white or light colors can also keep them cool.

    Stay Indoors
    On the really hot days, it’s best to keep your baby indoors rather than risk the extra sun exposure and heat that can be found on playgrounds and play areas.

    If you do decide to go out for a walk in the stroller, limit your trips outside to the early morning or later evening hours when the sun is less intense.

    Hydrate
    Just like adults, when the mercury rises, it’s important to keep your baby hydrated. If your baby is breastfeeding, you most likely won’t need to give him or her additional water, but know that they may want to feed more often for shorter amounts of time. Babies who breastfeed often during hot weather will stay hydrated just by doing so.

    For babies who are older and are eating solid foods, water and fresh fruit juices can also help them stay hydrated in the heat.

    Get Wet
    On hot days, babies will love to splash around and cool off in the water. Fill up the bathtub or a wading pool, grab your Blooming Bath for babies bathtub and soon they'll forget being fussy because of the heat and be happily splashing away. Be sure to supervise your baby anytime they are in water.

  • Want 2 Blooming Baths?

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    Who doesn't love a deal? In celebration of the launch of our brand new website, bloomingbath.com, for a limited time, we are giving away a half-price Blooming Bath for babies bathtub with the purchase of a Blooming Bath for babies bathtub! That's right, buy one, get one half off!

    All you have to do to take advantage of this blooming good deal is visit our website. While you're there, take a moment to see all the cool changes we've made. You find lots of adorable new photos, videos and a shopping basket full of new products for mom and baby available next month!

    Once you've toured the site, you'll have the tough decision of choosing two of your favorite Blooming Bath for babies bathtub colors - Canary Yellow, Turquoise, Hot Pink, Green or Ivory. Once you've picked your favorites, add them to the shopping cart and on the checkout page enter "summersanta" in the discount code box.

    It doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice, because Blooming Bath is playing Santa's helper with this great promotion. Wether you have a baby on the way, friends or family members who are expecting, or you just want to keep a Blooming Bath tucked away in the closet for an upcoming baby shower, now is the time to buy!

    This deal will probably only last about as long as a snowman in July, so get to our new website now and take advantage of free while it lasts!

  • The Blooming Bath "Summer Favorites" Giveaway Is Here!

    Awesome baby gear up for grabs:

    Blooming Bath baby bath – Nothing says summer like the cheery Blooming Bath for babies bathtub in cheery yellow. Why would anyone want to bathe their baby in a hard plastic tub, when they could wrap their baby in the comforting petals of a plush flower. Voted #1 baby bath 2 years in a row!

    Ergobaby Nursing Pillow – The Natural Curve Nursing pillow is made from solid foam with a unique contour to help properly position baby tummy-to-tummy at a good height that saves you from slouching. Firm and ergonomically structured, it maintains its shape over time for lasting support. The Ergobaby Natural Curve™ Nursing Pillow gives you the enduring support you need to relax, nurse comfortably and bond with baby.

    Ergobaby Indigo Mint Dots Carrier – Voted a fan favorite, the mom-designed Indigo Mint Dots baby carrier is as stylish as it is comfortable. Pastel mint green lining and allover polka dot print give this classic indigo carrier a playful twist, the perfect accessory for all your everyday adventures. Features: 3 carry positions: front-inward, hip and back. Adjustable hood to support baby’s head while sleeping, protect baby from sun and offer mom privacy while nursing. Large zippered storage pocket. Supports babies from 12-45 lbs (5.5-20 kg), and infants 7-12 lbs (3.2-5.5 kg) with the use of the Infant Insert (sold separately).

    Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper -  The maker of the HALO SleepSack® Wearable Blanket offers the BassinestTM Swivel Sleeper, a revolutionary baby bassinet that makes sleeping close safer for baby and easier for mom. The Bassinest’s unique dual-swivel design allows baby to sleep as close as Mom wants - even right next to her in bed. The Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is the only bassinet that moves to bring baby to Mom. It allows baby to sleep in his own separate sleep area, reducing the risks associated with bed-sharing. Not only does the Bassinest move easily to allow mom to get out of bed (especially important for those who have delivered via c-section), but it also supports nursing mothers. With its patented retractable wall, baby can be brought to breast without getting out of bed, and a unique nursing timer alerts mom when it's time to change sides or return baby to his own sleeping space.

    Halo SleepSack Swaddle - The Halo® SleepSack® Swaddle replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. In addition to helping your baby sleep safer, it helps him sleep better, too. Its adjustable swaddle wrap immobilizes your baby's arms to prevent the "Moro" or startle reflex. And, it is the only 2-in-1 adjustable swaddle that allows for swaddling arms in or arms out for baby’s comfort and to ensure an easy and gentle transition to the SleepSack wearable blanket when it is time to stop swaddling.

    Comfort Cam - Monitor baby easily with the ComfortCam. It has all the features in a baby monitor that  parents want. ComfortCam brings your child directly to you no matter where you are – in your home, at work, traveling, or even while you are on date night. Features: Pan/tilt/zoom, video recording, photo capture, two-way audio, motion detection alerts, night vision, shared viewing, split screen, and digital clock. Use ComfortCam™ in your home via WiFi, or enroll in ComfortCam™ Plus to see your baby anytime, anywhere in the world. **Included 3 months free of monitoring.

    Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Towel - Wrap your little one in the signature Luxe™ Giraffe bath towel - the world's best baby towel made of the softest faux fur imaginable. This cuddly, snuggly baby towel has an embossed giraffe design sure to make naptime cozy. 100% polymicrofiber.

    Freshly Picked Mocassins - Freshly Picked moccasins feature a unique design with elastic at the opening. These comfy shoes are easy to put on, easy to take off, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot. These adorable soft-soled shoes are made with durable leather and are suitable for infants and toddlers alike.

    Good luck and happy summer!

  • Summer Is Nearly Here Baby!

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    This Sunday, June 21 marks the first day of summer! Do you know what that means? For many, the answer is sun and fun. For a large number of families, summer may also mean that a new baby will be arriving.

    According to monthly birth trends compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the largest number of births takes place in the summer months, the most of any of the four seasons.

    While new moms may be relieved to be at the end of their pregnancies or even have delivered their babies before the hottest months of the year, it turns out that there are a number of positive characteristics that may also be innate to babies born in the summer months.

    Here are just a few of the most interesting ones we’ve found.

    A Sunnier Outlook – In a European survey given to residents of Britain and Sweden, those respondents that were born in the summer months answered questions more optimistically than their counterparts born in the winter months. The survey questions focused on topics involving luck and life outlook. Compared to winter babies, those born in the summer recorded more optimistic answers.

    More Spirited – Well, spirited may be a bit too positive of a word to describe what researchers in Australia found when they surveyed four and five year-olds using a specialized screening to test their behavior. Researchers found that children born in the summer months were more distracted, fidgety and had more energy overall compared with children their own age born in winter months. Researchers attributed the behavioral differences to a lack of Vitamin C in winter babies.

    Happier - Despite all that added energy, however, babies who are born during the summer months were characterized as more happy according to a Nature Neuroscience study that credited light cycles in the summer months as being responsible for lower instances of disorders like seasonal affective disorder, bipolar depression and schizophrenia, than those born in the winter.

    Smarter – If you're having a girl in the summer that is. A study from Columbia University Medical Center found that the girls born in the summer months had more gray matter in their brains while boys born in winter months had greater amounts of gray matter in their brains. Higher instances of gray matter in the brain has been linked to higher levels of intelligence.

    So happy soon to-be summer and welcome to a whole lot of smart, happy babies.

  • Surprise! It's a ...

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    Brand new website!

    Blooming Bath is excited to announce the delivery of a brand new shopping experience for customers.

    Next time you visit bloomingbath.com you’ll notice a new and delightful way to shop for your favorite baby bath products.

    We took a page from some of our favorite social media sites by showcasing the adorableness and usefulness of our baby bath products visually with even more amazing photos.

    And speaking of social media, you can now join the other 88k+ fans and “like” Blooming Bath on Facebook right from the homepage. It's one of the best way to stay up-to-date on all of our latest giveaways and promotions.

    When you visit our newly refreshed website you’ll see all of your Blooming Bath favorites, like the Blooming Bath for babies in hot pink, canary, turquoise, ivory and green as well as our Mini Bloom Scrubbie and super soft Petal Baby Washcloths.

    You’re also likely to spot a few newcomers to the Blooming Bath product mix. Our Hooded Towel, Baby Carrier and Blooming Baby Bag. While they won't be available to purchase until August, you can go online right now to see what all of the fuss is about.

    Drop by our site today and take a spin through all of the Blooming Bath products. They make great baby shower gifts!

  • Your Name Throughout The Decades

    When you’re knee deep (or in our case, sink deep) in baby products, you can’t help but keep a close eye on baby naming trends. It just comes with the territory when you constantly see that adorable Hudson splashing around in his Blooming Bath for babies, or cutie Hadley against the backdrop of the hot pink Blooming Bath petals.

    And don’t even get us started on the happy-go-lucky shots of newborns Bracken or Oliver.

    You see what we mean? Great names are everywhere.

    And while there are tons of baby naming resources for new parents out there like Nameberry or Belly Ballot, which help parents sort out the trendiest new names, we also enjoy seeing tools that show how the popularity of names has changed throughout the decades.

    That’s why we are so excited to share this new tool that TIME created using name data from the Social Security Administration showing what your name would be if you were born today.

    Plug in your name, the year you were born and your sex and the tool not only tells you how your name ranked in popularity the year you were born, it also tells you what your name would be if you were born in today as well as if you were born in the year 2000, 1990, 1980 and all the way back through the decades to 1890.

    Say you were born in 1980 and your name is Heather (the 6th most popular name that year), today, you’re name would be Mia. If you were born in 1890, your name would be Minnie.

    If you were born in 1978 and your name is Adam, today your parent’s would have likely named you Christopher. If you were born in 2000 your name would be Luis.

    Click here to find out what your name equivalent is throughout the decades!

  • Australian Mom Blog Names Blooming Bath Best Baby Product

    Baby shower season is here and if you have been trying to find the perfect gift that will stand out from the crowd at your next baby shower, than you are in luck!

    The blog Baby Hints and Tips has compiled a list of the Best Baby Products for May 2015.

    Baby Hints and Tips was founded by Australian-based mum of three Tanya.

    We’re excited to report that the Blooming Bath for babies was included on her list of Best Baby Products list from Down Under! The site called the Blooming Bath “gorgeous and soft” and said that “mums will love the convenience of the Blooming Bath and your parents will love the soft, plush fabric and vibrant colours.”

    If you live in Australia and are looking to order a Blooming Bath for babies for your new baby, or for a baby shower gift, you can find them in shops across Australia. Just click here to visit our store locator to find a shop near you.

    Also on the list were Burp Cloths from Cheeky Monkey. These essential items for newborns are not only useful; they come in adorable patterns like zebra, cow and cheetah print. Buyers get a two-pack, one pattern and one coordinating color. They make a great gift for both new moms and dads.

    Baby Hints and Tips also loved the personalized pacifiers from Name My Stuff. Parents will never have to worry about grabbing the wrong pacifier again because their little ones name is printed right  on it. Best of all, the products are made using BPA safe plastics so you know your baby will be safe. Gift givers can choose their colors and customize with the baby name of their choice, making it the perfect baby shower gift.

    Check out Baby Hints and Tips' full list of must-have baby products for May here.

  • Most Popular Baby Names of 2014

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    Well, it’s official, Noah and Emma ruled in 2014. That’s according to The Social Security Administration, which puts out an annual list of the most popular baby names for the previous year.

    While many of the names gracing the top ten list (however, Grace was not one of them) have appeared before, James, which had been absent from the list for a number of years made a cameo for 2014. And, just in time to receive a royal reception, Charlotte (the name given to the new princess) also snuck onto the list in the top 10 spot for the first time ever.

    Here’s how the rest of the names stacked up.

    10 Baby Boy Names for 2014

    1) Noah
    2) Liam
    3) Mason
    4) Jacob
    5) William
    6) Ethan
    7) Michael
    8) Alexander
    9) James
    10) Daniel

    10 Baby Girl Names for 2014

    1) Emma
    2) Olivia
    3) Sophia
    4) Isabella
    5) Ava
    6) Mia
    7) Emily
    8) Abigail
    9) Madison
    10) Charlotte

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