Colour Psychology – How Different Colours Affect Our Moods

colour psychology chartDo you feel more lively or anxious when you’re in a yellow room? This could be due to the fact that yellow is believed to stimulate nerves and speed up metabolism. It is, therefore, a brilliant colour to use to aid productivity in the workplace or paint your office canteen.

We live in a world full of colour and all have our favourites, but did you know colour has a much bigger impact on our lives than we may think. It can affect our mood, the way we think and even our creativity.

There is a reason why cancer wards in hospitals are often painted pale pink –  pink is considered to be calming and peaceful – and did you know green is a great colour to paint your bedroom, as it is associated with security and restfulness as well as health and harmony?

Colour Psychology:

  •       Warm colours link from comfort and warmth to hostility and anger (around 25% of people’s favourite colours)
  •       Cool colours are associated with peace and tranquility as well as sadness (around 60% of people’s favourite colours)
  •        Neutral colours are perfect for keeping things calm and simple (around 8% of people’s favourite colours)

The psychology behind colour is reallyfascinating, as this infographic below explains. From the ‘scary colours’ colours to ‘help you win friends’ and the ‘forgettable’ colours to the colours people love the most, we hope you can use it to inspire you when choosing which colour to decorate your child’s nursery or your living or working space.

Colour Psychology Chart

Pampers Wonder Week

After Pampers Wonder Week was so successful last year, Pampers have surpassed themselves this year with even more amazing savings for parents.

Pampers Wonder Week

From 31st March – 6th April, Pampers will be working with selected retailers across the UK to give parents a week of amazing deals, helping babies get the good night sleep they deserve!

Wonder Week is all about buying in bulk to save you lots of money, which bargain-loving blogger Miss Thrifty is passionate about. Miss Thrifty  is in The Times Top 50 Websites to Save You Money and below blogger Karyn shares her Top Tips to Bulk Buy Successfully:

  1. Always compare costs and check the price per unit.

In the UK, a product’s price label on the supermarket shelf will also specify the price per unit: if you are considering a bulk purchase of a product, then check this price-per-unit, compare it and make a judgement call as to whether you will be saving money in the long-term.

  1. “Stack” coupons and offers for additional savings.

To “stack” is to put multiple coupons towards the purchase of a single item. You can collect coupons from magazines and websites. If the supermarket with the best bulk-buy offers isn’t your closest, remember that you can obtain the savings anyway, if you take advantage of price match schemes.

  1. If you are buying baby products, think long-term.

Think ahead if you are bulk-buying baby items such as clothes and nappies – my little one has already outgrown his 0-3 month outfits, Babies grow so quickly, so it’s sensible to buy a size up, or mix and match your bulk buy products. Disposable baby wipes are something you’ll be buying for years, so your bulk buy will definitely get used!

  1. Be wary of bulk-buying a product or brand you haven’t bought previously.

Fortunately, many of the baby brands are available to try at no cost or low cost: Pampers, for example, will send you free samples (www.pampers.co.uk).

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All of the product offers & pricing in Pampers Wonder Week are at the sole discretion of the retailer but below are some highlights……

 

Amazon 30% off voucher* with Amazon’s ‘Family’ discount, meaning up to 50% off’ for Amazon Prime members*

Asda Baby Dry Giga Pack £12 (instore only)*

Boots 5x Baby Dry or New Baby or Active Fit Essential Packs for £25*

Morrisons 3x Baby Dry Essentials Pack for £15*

12x Sensitive Wipes for £8*

Baby Dry Jumbo Packs are 2 for £18*

New Baby Jumbo Pack are £6*

5x Pampers Mega Packs for £45*

12x Sensitive Wipes for £8*

3x Baby Dry Jumbo Pack for £25*

12x Sensitive Wipes for £8*

New Baby Essential Packs 2 for £13*

12x Sensitive Wipes for £8*

Ocado 5x Baby Dry or New Baby or Active Fit Essential Packs for £25*

Superdrug 5x Baby Dry or New Baby or Active Fit Essential Packs for £25*

Tesco 2x Baby Dry or New Baby Dry Pants Large Packs for £14*

Waitrose 5x Essential Packs for £25*

New Baby Jumbo Packs 2 for £14*

3x 5x Sensitive Wipes for £12*

Your Baby’s Vision

Click the image below to go to a new digital tool to help you learn about your baby’s vision.

Baby Sight

The new interactive tool from Vision Direct helps parents learn how their baby’s vision develops over the first year. Using the simple interface, parents can quickly shift from a newborn’s first view to the fully developed vision of a 12 month old child.

  • Developed by opticians, this digital tool features a simple sliding scale to show the developmental stages of a baby’s eyesight.
  • Input your child’s age and the tool will give you some idea of what your baby’s field of vision, depth perception and colour awareness might be like.
  • As you move the slider, you’ll notice colours and objects become sharper. For instance a newborn will see only black and white while a two-month old will see only bright primary shades.

Head Optician for Vision Direct Brendan O’Brien said:
“We hope this will help parents understand how their baby’s vision changes during this critical time for development. The tool features helpful tips on how to support your child as they learn to focus, track objects and see colours.”

Parents can refer to this tool as their baby grows and use this resource to encourage healthy development.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that at 10 months old, a baby’s eyes will be the colour that they’ll stay when she’s grown up; give or take a shade or two?

Mothercare Wins Baby Changing Room of the Year

Mothercare has claimed 1st place in the Best Retailer category in the annual Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room Awards. Baby Changing Room at MothercareThe CEO of the National Childbirth Trust, Nick Wilkie presented the award personally to the Edmonton branch in February.

Stacy Moore, Store Manager said: “We’re thrilled to have won the baby changing room award as voted for by our customers.  We have thousands of parents and children visiting our stores every day, so it’s great to hear we are providing a comfortable and award winning changing space.”

Mothercare won the award for its clean and spacious facilities, which offer a comfortable changing mat in a calm environment, disposable towels, and plenty of room to move around and stow a pram. The retailer faced competition from the likes of Asda, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, and Sainsbury’s.

The Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room Awards received nominations from parents across the UK in another impressive voter turn out.The Winning Mothercare Team

Sudocrem Care & Protect launched the Awards in 2014 to recognise the very best in baby changing facilities across the UK. The first campaign prompted almost 1,000 parents to nominate their favourite baby changing rooms.

“It’s often simple things like good baby changing facilities that make life better for parents in the First 1,000 Days”, says Nick Wilkie, father-of-three, “That’s why the Baby Changing Room Awards are such a great idea and why the NCT is so pleased to be involved.”

“This has been yet another wonderful opportunity to highlight fantastic baby changing facilities and remind everyone of the difference that good nappy changing facilities make to Mums’ lives. We hope it will encourage businesses everywhere to provide excellent facilities.” Says Senior Brand Manager Nick Lang.

Some members of TheBabyWebsite recently reviewed Sudocrem Care and Protect which comes with a hinged flip-top lid to give quick mess-free access to the ointment using one hand; a must when nappy changing requires speed and efficiency.

Sudocrem Care & Protect is a nappy rash ointment – designed specifically for babies – that offers TRIPLE PROTECTION against nappy rash at every nappy change:Sudocrem Care & Protect

  1. Creating a protective barrier that seals in the skin’s natural moisture and protects even the most delicate skin against external irritants.
  2. Conditioning the skin Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 helps to protect the skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised.
  3. Guarding against infection – As well as sealing in the good stuff, Sudocrem Care & Protect acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin from the bad stuff, like the chemicals in urine and poo, and from chafing and rubbing.

Because Sudocrem Care & Protect is just for your baby, it is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. It is also free from artificial colours and preservatives.

Visit www.sudocrem.co.uk for more information.

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Skating at Brighton Royal Pavillion

Skating at Brighton Royal PavillionLet’s start with the most obvious reasons why ice skating at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton is a fantastic activity to whisk you back to how people entertained themselves in Ye Olde Worlde Christmas-time. Skating at Brighton Royal PavillionThe marvellous backdrop of the Pavilion raises my spirits every day I pass it, the crumbly bits just adding to the crazy majesty of the domed masterpiece. Sticking the ice rink directly in front adds a huge attraction for those standing on the fringes and gives them some respite from throwing their arms in the air as their nearest and dearest crash unceremoniously to the floor in front of them.

We got to the Brighton Royal Pavillion with a family ticket for the 10 o’clock showing and had time to sit in the cafe area and have a quick drink and a gingerbread man before the excitement started. We were advised to go to an early session as neither Harry or Caitlin had been before and it gets busier later, but I’d love to go back next year later in the day when the Pavilion is lit up as this turns an already beautiful setting into something quite magical. The history of the place adds to the feeling of nostalgia that goes towards making most Christmases what they are; a conscious embrace of every warm and generous feeling experienced and a temporary belief that this is what life is always like!

Skating at Brighton Royal PavillionThen we got onto the ice. Now I must admit that I’m not the most accomplished of skaters. I went three times in my twenties and each time ended up flat on my back more times than I care to remember. Bearing this in mind -and now 46 and 2/3rds- I made it clear to my partner Sarah that I would be very much cheering from the sidelines. However, like the last cocktail sausage in the fridge, the whole thing was very hard to resist once I was actually there.

I must admit I was somewhat reassured by the incredibly patient helpers who whizzed about, picking up young ’uns and giving impromptu lessons in how to move. Also, within the rink a small section is given over to particularly small and unstable patrons, with friendly upright, handled penguins to give them a bit of ballast.

Skating at Brighton Royal PavillionSo, daring myself manfully, all four of us hit the ice. I’m happy to announce that this was mostly a metaphor and that although at least three of us fell at various times none of us did so with great enough violence to force us off before our hour was up. Ok, so Harry ended up with a vari-coloured bump on his left elbow, my knee was twanging alarmingly this morning, Caitlin claimed her bum had frozen solid and Sarah’s hands were contorted into claws from clutching the side, but all in all it went swimmingly. Alright, so I doubt any scouts positioned behind their lattes in the cafe will be contacting any of us about our involvement in South Korea’s Winter Olympics for 2018 but overall it was a great experience.

Harry Skating at Brighton Royal PavillionA family ticket comes in at £36 so it’s not necessarily something you’ll do day after day but for a good old-fashioned Christmas activity the Brighton Royal Pavillion Ice Rink was pretty special. And you know what, I was better than I had been 20-odd years before. Maybe I’m more careful, maybe I’m wiser, maybe I’m just less often drunk, but I like to think it’s because I’m a late starter. Perhaps Korea in 2018 is out but as for China in 2022… well, you never know.

Buyagift.com Delivers Happiness across The UK

Buyagift.com launches ‘delivering happiness’ campaign to enable their customers to give something back to their heroes with the help of ITV’s Stephen Mulhern

Buyagift.com customers were asked to nominate someone who they thought deserved a special thank you, this could have been anything from charitable work, keeping a positive outlook through adversity or going the extra mile to help others. They were overwhelmed with the huge response they had from people wanting to surprise their Christmas hero, and after much deliberation three winners were chosen.

ITV presenter Stephen Mulhern personally went to surprise the winners with their special gift on their own doorstep alongside the person who nominated them, so they could personally tell them why they are a hero.

Stephen Mulhern was delighted to support the campaign and said, “It’s so important to take the time to truly appreciate those that have done fantastic and selfless things for others, and this is what the campaign with Buyagift.com is all about, just taking the time to say ‘thank you’. We have surprised some incredible people with a gift that will create special memories for them, to show them that they are truly appreciated. We travelled nearly 500 miles to surprise our heroes but it made it all worthwhile just to see the smiles on their faces! ”

Watch the video of the winners being surprised on their doorstep and the heart-warming reasons why they were nominated.


The BuyAGift Heroes:

Callum Wilson from Southampton was nominated by his sister Samantha Wilson to receive the Ariel Atom 300 Thrill for serving in Afghanistan for 8 years and overcoming a serious injury whilst still managing to be a huge support to her.

Stephen Mulhern and winner BuyAGift

Callum Wilson (left) with his sister Samantha Wilson (right)

 

Antonia Kingscott from Birmingham was nominated by her Mum Sonia Kingscott, to receive the Two Night Family Treehouse experience in Wales for being a huge support to her whilst she battled cancer, and still managed to carry on with everyday life and secure her dream of getting into the West Bromwich Albion football team.

Stephen Mulhern BuyAGift

Sonia Kingscott (left) nominated her daughter Antonia Kingscott (right)

 

Jean Hancox from Wolverhampton was nominated by her friend Sian Hallewell to receive a 5 Star London Hotel Break with Top Price Theatre Tickets for Two for all the volunteering she does to improve health services in Wolverhampton.

Stephen Mulhern and BuyAGift Hero

Jean Hancox (left) was nominated by her friend Sian Hallewell (right)

 

To help you say thank you and deliver some happiness to your loved ones this Christmas, Buyagift.com are giving you 25% off purchases made on the website.  Just use the code HAPPINESS25 at the checkout.

Buyagift.com is the UK’s leading online provider of gifts and experiences, and offers over 5,000 unique and exciting gift ideas for all occasions. For more information, visit www.buyagift.com.

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WowWee – Toys for Boys at Christmas

I know I’m going to get it in the neck but I have got two gifts for Christmas that screams ‘BOYS’. Adding insult to injury I am also planning to give them to my two sons. Miposaur WowWeeNow I know that there are certain sections of the media that scream ‘SEXIST’ the moment you let it slip that your daughter likes wearing pink, but at least I have the recommended age group on my side in these two cases.

The WowWee toys I’m talking about are the R.E.V. Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (aka a remote controlled car) and the Miposaur which is a remote controlled dinosaur. The toys themselves look fantastic and although they are quite pricey they operate with the latest interactive technology and I know that my boys will spend all of Christmas morning chasing them around the floor.

The Miposaur comes with a trackball and the reactions it shows differ according to the mood of the toy, sometimes angry, sometimes curious, a bit like our current pet cat Slinky, but WowWee Miposaurhopefully without the dribble. Similarly, it responds to hand gestures -often a dangerous ploy in Brighton but something that I know Harry will absolutely love. He’s already got the ‘I’m listening to you but I’ve heard it all before’ stance down pat -which is impressive in a 7 year old- so I’m hoping the Miposaur sometimes puts him in his place by implying that it doesn’t really care if it watches Strictly Come Dancing and then slams the door on its’ way out!

Aside from the trackball and hand gestures there is also an app you can download and with which you can control your dinosaur pet. We’ve not shown this to Harry yet, clearly, but my partner and I have played with it loads. My favourite is when you put the trackball on leash mode and the little dear follows you around. It’s like having kids, but ones who do as they’re told! Other trackball settings include dancing, feed or chase so the aforementioned Slinky is probably going to have a rough few hours on the 25th.

What I love about this is the deliberately robotic style of the Miposaur with his black and silver casing and blue l.e.d eyes. Harry loves a robot and loves dinosaurs so…hmm, a robot dinosaur for Christmas? Yeah baby.

R.E.V Robotic Enhanced VehiclesThe R.E.V. stands for Robotic Enhanced Vehicles and is a car that not only drives but thinks and (in a mode where you meet other people with similar vehicles) battles other cars. This is controlled again by an app and the first things that struck me is the speed these go at, especially in the turn when they spin on the proverbial sixpence (or 10 euros if you’re feeling modern). I must admit I was already looking for a remote controlled car for Tom but the first thing that swung this for me was the app control which is sleek, easy to use and at the same time rather fancy. Tom, my 10 year, is no fool but he’s a 10 year old boy and works on the principle that if it looks cool, sounds cool and it’s got an app, then it’s probably cool. In this case, he would be 100% correct.

All of which leads me to my second point and that is these cars remind me hugely of the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me. I’m not a car person really but I loved this car and I can still WowWee carsremember drawing various versions of it as a kid. Badly, it has to be said, but it clearly hit a nerve with its streamlined front and low-slung seats. I know the R.E.V. will have exactly the same effect on Tom and I’ll be getting ready to catch his eyes when he opens the box.

Christmas is always pricey but with these ‘toys’ from WowWee, at least I’ve ticked the first and most important box when it comes to deciding pressies for the kids: can the parents play with them as well and have a laugh? As far as I can see both of these answer in the affirmative here. And yes, before people start huffing into their muesli, I’m sure Caitlin will get a chance to play with them too, but I tell you this: she’ll have to join the queue

I’m Dreaming of a Sleepy Christmas

To become a parent is an amazing, life-changing experience but sleepless nights with a crying baby can be exhausting particularly when there’s Christmas shopping and gift wrapping to cope with too.

InfacolHowever, parents need not feel alone. The truth is that sleepless nights, which can be exacerbated by colic, which affects one in five babies , touches parents across the globe and the only difference is how the parents choose to soothe their little ones! Infacol, Britain’s Number One Infant Colic remedy, decided to research snooze views from around the world to provide parents with a global perspective.

“It’s reassuring to discover there are different ways to help babies to sleep, and ideas you may not have heard of in your parenting circle,” said Midwife Nikki Khan. “Many mums will have heard of baby massage, but in Sweden they instead practice ‘buffing’. After laying their barn on its belly, Swedish mammas and pappas pat the baby’s bottom in a circular motion until it drifts into peaceful slumber. “

In Japan, mothers let their akachan know it’s time to make them sleepy and head to the land of nod by rhythmically tapping them on the belly. Known as ‘ton-ton’, this method is thought to be particularly effective straight after a feed.

On the other side of the Sea of Japan, they have an alternative solution. Korean mothers are encouraged to stick to a strict post-partum diet of miyuk gook – that’s seaweed soup! Rich in calcium, iron and protein, it’s believed to be an essential part of post-birth recovery for both mother and baby.

Meanwhile, in a practice strongly encouraged by the Danish Health Authority, parents in Denmark are in the habit of leaving their babies outside for a bracing outdoor snooze. The theory is that the brisk Danish air encourages sound sleep, a hearty appetite and general wellbeing.

“With so many different ideas and traditions across the world, the only trend we can see is that there is no one right way to get your baby to sleep,” said Midwife Nikki Khan. “Every baby is unique, so it’s all about finding what works for you and your little one.”

“This also applies to treating colic. Your baby may have colic if she seems otherwise healthy but cries continuously,” said Nikki. “No one is certain what causes colic but a likely explanation may be the build up of trapped wind in your baby’s bowel, causing discomfort. Baby massage can help, as can anti-colic drops with simeticone.”

Of course, Christmas with a baby is magical even if a good night’s sleep is a distant memory and the fun part is watching their faces light up when you’re decorating the tree. Don’t you wish you knew what’s going on inside their heads? We’re inviting you to imagine exactly that. All you have to do is Go to our special Infacol competition and fill in the baby thought bubble for a chance to win a £50 Mothercare voucher. It’s as easy as falling asleep, before they were born!Infacol Christmas Baby

 

Infacol, Britain’s Number One Infant Colic remedy, is licensed for the treatment of infant colic, wind and griping pain. It can be used from birth onwards and comes with a handy dropper, making it easy to give your baby.

For the treatment of colic. Contains Simeticone. Always read the label.

Visit www.infacol.co.uk for more information.

Win a £50 Mothercare Voucher from Infacol

That first Christmas with a new baby is such a special time. From tinsel and trees to gifts and mistletoe, there are so many new experiences for your tot – but don’t you just wish you knew what your little one was thinking about all the festivities?

 

Infacol Christmas Baby

 

Infacol*, Britain’s Number One Colic Remedy, is giving you the chance to Win a £50 Mothercare voucher by putting the wordsInfacol in this little one’s mouth.

To be in with a chance of winning the £50 Mothercare Voucher, just comment on the blog and tell us what you think our Christmas Baby is saying.

Also Retweet This Tweet & Follow @theBabyWebsite & @Infacol on Twitter.

The winner will be announced on our Twitter/Blog Winners Page on December 18th.

*Infacol is for the treatment of colic. Contains Simeticone. Always read the label.

Win a KORRES Party Survival Kit

There’s a chance below. for you to Win 1 of 3 KORRES Party Survival Kits!KORRES Party Survival Kit

KORRES best-selling set for those with an active social life has had a makeover! The new look kit now features a window on the front so that you can see the miniature bits and bobs inside. KORRES Party Survival Kit contains everything you need to take care of your face, body and hair after a big night out…wherever the night takes you!

KORRES Party Survival Kit

The KORRES Party Survival Kit is available to buy  from www.Debenhams.com and contains:

  • White Tea Gel Cleanser 16ml
  • Wild Rose Cream 16ml
  • Aloe & Dittany Shampoo 40ml
  • Guava Shower gel 40ml
  • Basil Lemon Body Milk 40ml

To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 3 KORRES Party Survival Kits just RETWEET THIS TWEET and Follow @TheBabyWebsite on Twitterand @KORRESuk

The winners will be announced on Twitter and on our Twitter/Blog Winners Page on December 15th.