Category Archives: Retailers

Returns!

Picture of Baby SnowsuitPicture of Baby Wadded Pinny DressI decided to return some of the original Mothercare products that we purchased and found were made in China.

Back went the Travel Changing Mat, Snowsuit and Wadded Pinny Dress!

So now I have £26 on a Mothercare gift card and can’t find anything in their store that we need and is made in the UK!!!

Mattress Update!

Little Green Sheep LogoWe visited the Little Green Sheep showroom yesterday and were very impressed with their mattresses.

Picture of Organic Cot Bed MattressI was very surprised and delighted at the firmness of their Organic Wool mattress (£175 cot bed size) which I understand is because they have 3 layers of wool surrounding the coir inner. I was expecting it to be as squashy as a foam mattress but it was nice and firm.

This mattress is certified organic by the Soil Association and handmade in Wales. So we bought one!

Then we spent ages discussing the dilemma over bedding! It seemed mad to compromise the benefits of having an organic mattress with non-organic cot bed sheets that would use cotton treated with chemicals (pesticides etc). However, the Little Green Sheep organic bedding is made in Germany! I have managed to source an organic fitted bottom sheet made in the UK but cannot find any UK made organic flat top sheets. So I’m not sure what we are going to do about it!

Also we hadn’t really thought about the fact we’d need mattress protectors. Interestingly most mattress protectors cover most of the mattress but the ones designed by the Little Green Sheep company just cover the mattress top to allow more breathability. They also have a very clever polyurethane waterproof inner layer which stops the protector from making a crinkling noise!

So in the end we decided to just buy 2 Little Green Sheep organic mattress protectors (£58.95 twin pack) as it seemed to make sense! At least they are not made in China or India!

What Would I Do Without the “Not On The High Street” Website?!

Picture of Not On The High Street WebsiteI felt I must write about the website I use the most to find UK made baby items – www.notonthehighstreet.com

What is fantastic about this website is that you can filter products by “made in Britain“. This means I can enter “baby” into the search box and then select under Special Features (bottom of left side column) the  “made in Britain” checkbox and only view UK made products.

Picture of Baby Love Hanging Wall BlocksAdmittedly there are 1000 baby products made in Britain listed on their website which is a lot to go through. So I normally narrow my search to a specific baby product like “baby romper” which gives 33 items made in Britain.

Alternatively I just use the menu system under “baby & child” and selected a category and use the “made in Britian” filter once the products have loaded.

Picture of Personalised Bunting Wooden Sailing BoatsThis is how I found these gorgeous Baby Love hanging wall blocks! They are made in Suffolk by Ditto and you can customise the colours, choose to add a mini star or heart block above and change the wording to “baby girl/boy”.

I also found these lovely personalised bunting sailboats made by Rachel Pettitt. She also makes wonderful chunky wooden beach huts, personalised hanging wooden stars and butterflies and personalised fishing boats.

Mattress Madness!

Picture of Mothercare MattressAs you will know from my previous post on cot bed mattresses on 15th July (A Good Night’s Sleep!) we were thinking of buying the Mothercare Luxury Pocket Sprung Mattress. We really didn’t know what to look for in a cot bed mattress and this one we found at Mothercare is also made in the UK which is quite unusual and difficult to find in this shop!

Since then we have realised that this mattress will be full of man-made materials and chemicals. We have asthma and eczema running in both families so we need to make sure everything is as natural as possible to try to prevent our daughter from developing these health issues.

Little Green Sheep LogoNaturalmat LogoSo I started to look for cot bed mattresses made of natural materials and found 2 companies; Naturalmat and the Little Green Sheep.

Picture of Organic Cot Bed MattressPicture of Coco Organic Cot Bed MattressThey both sell natural and organic cot bed mattresses made in the UK and manufactured from coconut coir and wool. The mattresses are 100% chemical-free, naturally fire retardant, non-allergenic, breathable and anti-dust mite. Both come with a 5 year guarantee and conform to the British Standards for cot bed mattresses.

I found that the Little Green Sheep company is based only 27 miles away near Alcester in Warwickshire, so we have arranged to visit their showroom on Saturday to see the mattresses. I’ll update the blog if we decide to buy one!

A Shady Problem!

Picture of Next Butterfly Cut Out Light ShadeI was so annoyed! We had ordered a gorgeous lampshade for the nursery from Next with butterflies, hearts and flowers cut out of a pink fabric.

But until we picked it up from the store we didn’t know where it was made. Surprise, surprise there was “Made in China” on the label!

I must admit I liked the shade so much I thought we’d let this one go and keep it!

Picture of Heart Pendant LampshadeBut thankfully Robert suggested I looked to see whether I could find one made in the UK.

Google served up very little results but I did find Imperial Lighting, a family run manufacturing company in Devon. They have a number of children’s lampshades and the one that caught my eye was the Heart Pendant shade (£18). The only disappointing thing was the delivery charge of £8.50 taking the total for the lampshade to £26.50!

Picture of Shapes and Things  LampshadeI then decided to search the UK makers directory on the From Britain with Love website and found quite a few British lighting specialists.

Helen Rawlinson designs, prints and makes lampshades in London. This lovely Shapes and Things lampshade (£45) in powder pink or white is ideal for a nursery. She has also designed ABC lampshades too in many different colours – check out the Children’s Lampshades range here!

Picture of Daisy Pink Lampshade

Bay Design in Hertfordshire has a collection of handmade lampshades including fabulous hand painted and ribbon wrapped lampshades. I liked the Daisy Pink lampshade for £34.

Picture of Cow Parsley LampshadeHannah Nunn is based in Yorkshire and makes beautiful paper cut lighting inspired by nature and I love this Cow Parsley lampshade (£57).

So back goes the Next lampshade and then the only problem is trying to choose one from the UK made ones I’ve found here!

We’ve Bought More UK Made Baby Stuff!

Picture of Avent Breast Milk and Food ContainersI was a little over excited today when I was in Mothercare! I wasn’t intending on buying anything but they had a 3 for 2 offer.

I had been to Next to pick up a nursery light shade we had ordered but it had not arrived at the store, which was annoying as I’d made the trip into Coventry just to pick it up! So feeling cheated out of a purchase, I was keen to find something in Mothercare that was made in the UK that I could buy!

Picture of Avent Newborn Starter Bottle SetI remembered Avent have a large manufacturing factory in Suffolk, England and I had seen a box of Avent Breast Milk Containers that I thought we probably needed. Then I found they had the Avent Newborn Starter Bottle Set (£25.54) and Electric Bottle Warmer (£39.99) we had on our list to buy. I realised I could get the Breast Milk Containers (£8.49) for free on their 3 for 2 offer. I checked the boxes and found a lovely “Made in the UK” label on them all.

Picture of Avent Bottle WarmerHowever, I thought I would check with Robert the price I had put in our Baby List for these items, so I phoned him. He found that we were going to buy the Newborn Starter Bottle Set for only £12.99 and the Electric Bottle Warmer for only £15.65 from a local, independent retailer, Kiddisave. So even with Mothercare’s 3 for 2 offer we would be massively over paying for these items, so back on the shelf they went!

Picture of Precious Bear Baby BathPicture of Precious Bear Top 'n' Tail BowlI was very pleased when I found Mothercare had some baby baths made in the UK so I selected the “Precious Bear” range. I bought the Baby Bath (14.99) and the Top ‘n’ Tail Bowl (£6.99) with the Breast Milk Containers (£8.49). So I got the Top ‘n’ Tail Bowl free on their 3 for 2 offer.

Picture of Stokke Xplory Adaptor for Maxi Cosi Car SeatRobert decided while he was online, looking at the other items on the Kiddisave website, to order them along with the Maxi Cosi Car Seat Adaptors for our Stokke stroller (£29.95).

So we bought 5 items today that are made in the UK and 1 item made in the Netherlands. Quite an achievement I think!

Lovely Baby Gifts Made in the UK

Picture of Personalised Heart Door NameI’ve found some lovely, handmade and UK made baby gifts to tempt us!

This personalised door name from Katy Kirkham is machined embroidered on calico (£8). Katy handmakes all her beautifully quirky pieces in Lancashire, England.

Visit her website to view loads of fabulous handmade baby gifts www.katykirkham.co.uk

She also makes these beautiful machine embroidered cards (£4) and cushions (£16) for new baby arrivals!

Picture of Machine Embroidered Twinkle Toes CardPicture of Machine Embroidered Pink Pram CardPicture of Cupcake Cushion

Picture of My Baboo Baby Bottle BagI also found these lovely knitted Baby Bottle Bags made in Scotland from Scottish Wool (£20). They fit neatly onto the handle of a buggy and hold an 8oz baby bottle!

You can buy them from the maker My Baboo at www.my-baboo.co.uk

Picture of My Baboo BunniesPicture of Baby Girl Paper KeepsakeThey also make these gorgeous collectable Wool Bunnies too (£28)!

Olive and Belle are based in my home county of Warwickshire and handcraft beautiful paper baby keepsakes (£38).

Sweet Dimple make these gorgeous personalised baby 3D pictures (£55 – £60). All made in the UK, there are loads of lovely designs that would make a great addition to a nursery! Visit their website for many more designs www.sweetdimple.co.uk.

Picture of Girls Hearts 3D PicturePicture of Girly Collection 3D Picture