Let Toys be Toys at Babipur

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Here at Babi Pur we’re really pleased and proud to have been awarded the  ‘Let Toys be Toys’  toymark award for good practice.   This award recognises retailers who do not market toys in a gender specific way or apply gender stereotypes to toys.  At Babi Pur we have always considered it important not to limit children’s choices so we’re especially pleased to have received this award.

A friend of Babipur Jacqueline has written her thoughts on toys and toy marketing…

What were your favourite toys when you were a kid?

Mine were:

A remote control car.
A only-ever pink stuffed animal called “Pink Doggy”.
Baby dolls.
My Little Pony.
A chemistry set.
A computer.
I always wanted a train set, but never got one.

I am a woman, and I was a girl. I enjoyed spending hours writing games on my Radio Shack TRS-80 as much as I enjoyed dressing my dolls. These days, I work in the technology sector and I am a mother. Both of those things are fulfilling and important for me.

The fact that toys are marketed explicitly to boys or girls gets a lot of press these days. I think that’s good. Companies are free to market as they see fit, but it’s important we look at that marketing with a critical eye.

We know — we can tell from the earliest days — that playing is learning. When my daughter taps a bottle against her Sophie toy, she’s trying to see if they “work” together. If they don’t (they don’t), she moves on to tap the bottle on something else. A week later, she’s playing with a box of old bottles and trying to fit the teets on the top of bottles. She’s playing. She’s learning. There’s nothing feminine or masculine about her efforts.

I don’t want to limit her learning, or her yearning, in any way. I want her to feel free to learn the things she is drawn to, and to reach for the goals she wants. And I want her to feel free to choose from all the dreams there are.

I think that starts with playing.

It’s not nostalgia, I don’t think, that brings me back to wooden and fabric toys in bright colours. I’m a futurist. I love all the new gadgets. But science tells us that kids learn in ways we forget are important. They need to learn colours — all of them, not just the ones that we consider gender-appropriate. They need to learn textures, and let’s face it, they’ll get plenty of plastic. She needs sounds that aren’t autotuned. So while I can’t control which toys my daughter is given by others, I make sure that she gets different things from us.

I’ve been looking at the toys on the Babipur website, seeing if I can categorise them into boy or girl in my head. It’s laughable. Why am I putting “multistory car park” toys into “boy”? I can park a car. Why do I put kitchen into “girl” when some of the best cooks (at home and professionally) I know are men?

Where does the UFO toy go?

Preferably, into the hands of a kid whose imagination will be inspired by it.

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Boba Baby Wraps & Carriers

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Boba baby carriers were born out of one couples love for travel and adventure and a desire to carry their baby with them. One day Elizabeth Antunovic and her husband Robert packed up and travelled the world with nothing more than 2 suitcases and their two young children. During their inspirational journey they turned the idea for the Boba wrap into a reality.  This love for life and adventure shines through in the Boba product range.  Boba carriers allow you to carry baby comfortably and close giving you the freedom to have your own adventures.

Boba now have three baby carriers in their range: Boba wrap a fantastic stretchy wrap, Boba 4G a soft structured or buckle carrier and the Boba air a unique packable carrier.  This handy chart shows the suitable uses for each carrier.

Boba Wrap

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Many people start their babywearing journey with a Stretchy Wrap because they are lovely and comfortable for newborn babies and can even be used on premature babies too. Stretchy wraps are just one piece of material usually made from cotton. The Boba Wrap is made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex which is lovely and soft and provides good comfort and support for you and baby. Some people are put off stretchy wraps because they find them daunting but once you have tried one on a couple times they really are so easy and you’ll be a pro in no time! It can be difficult to get any little jobs done when your baby is little so stretchy wraps like the Boba wrap give you more freedom to move around whether indoors or out and about while your baby feels comfortable, happy and safe
The easy infant tying positions will suit the way you move. You can easily breastfeed your baby when at home or out and about without having to make too many adjustments and you certainly won’t have to take your baby out of the wrap.
The Boba wrap comes in a variety of colours and some beautiful patterns so you really can wear your baby in style.

Boba 4G soft structured carrier

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The Boba 4G and the Boba 4G organic are Soft Structured Carriers. Soft structured carriers resemble backpacks and fasten with straps and buckles around your waist and over your shoulders. They distribute the weight of your baby evenly and can be worn on your front or on your back while supporting your baby in the ergonomically correct ‘frog leg’ position. With all its fantastic features the Boba 4G is a very popular choice with Babi Pur customers…

  • A Snap-on sleeping hood adjusts to fit growing babies and stores easily in zipper pouch when not in use
  • shoulder straps comfortably fit heights 5’0″–6’3”
  • Waistband range reaches 25″–58
  • Additional adjustment straps on either side pull baby closer for quick and easy breastfeeding or extend to offer a little extra space
  • Removable foot straps snap to waist belt to support tired legs and promote a healthy, natural position for baby
  • Elastic bands keep excess strap length neat and tidy
  • Purse strap holder holds extra bags in place with a sturdy snap
  • Easily adjustable chest strap slides up and down so you can find the perfect fit for everybody (and everybody!)
  • Uniquely designed to carefully support your child close to your center of gravity
  • Integrated infant insert easily snaps into two positions (one for 7–10 pounds and one for 10–15 pounds) so it can grow with your child.
  • Body of carrier rises 2″–3″ higher than other brands to accommodate taller heights
  • Multiple pockets (one on the waist has a zipper) for on-the-go storage of credit cards, smart phones and other must-haves

There are three main ways to carry your baby with the Boba 4G – check out these videos which give you a better idea of how the boba carrier works and looks.

Boba Air Soft structured ‘packable’ carrier

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The Boba Air is a lightweight un-padded portable baby carrier that folds up really small. It’s perfect for occasional use and for taking on holiday with you or for going out on adventures, city days out, trips in the country and long walks. It is small enough to fit in your handbag so very handy for when your little one get tired legs.  The weight range for this carrier is 15-45lbs and can be used as a front and back carrier.

This handy chart shows the suitable uses for each of the Boba carriers in the range.

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We love Boba at Babi Pur

Here at Babi Pur we love the Boba range of carriers and the company ethos. Safely carry your baby in comfort and style.  Babi Pur is an official Boba UK retailer, shop the entire Boba range of carriers and accessories here .   Brighton mum Chelle wrote a good review of the 4g carrier which you can read on her blog here.  For even more information about the Boba range of carriers and carrying positions the US Boba website is helpful too - Boba website

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Ethical Stocking Filler ideas for young children

Christmas is almost upon us, yes the the count-down  has well and truly  started! Here at Babi Pur Towers we’ve been busy sending toys and gifts to parents, grandparents and family friends all over the country and beyond! Kids love to hang out a stocking for Santa so we’ve put together a few ethical Christmas stocking fillers for kids.

The origins of hanging out a stocking at Christmas aren’t really known, but it is now so firmly associated with Christmas Eve and the magical legend of Santa Claus that there will be countless little (and large) stockings strewn across beds, fireplaces and arm chairs this year, eagerly awaiting their precious presents.

So, look no further for Christmas stocking filler gift ideas; here’s our wish list – a selection of ten of the best brilliant, and ethical stocking fillers from Babi Pur.

1. Fair Trade Skipping Ropes

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Skipping ropes are fun for all ages and get kids active. With several lovely designs to choose from, these eco friendly Lanka Kade skipping ropes are perfect. Choose from flowers, fairies, frogs, pirates and many more!

2. Haba Tinned Play Foods

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Our play kitchens have been flying out the door this year so why not add some of these tasty tinned food to go with them? How about some tea and biscuits for tea time? Some pineapple to go on that pizza?

3. Namaste Fair Trade Purses

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We just love these purses at Babi Pur. The felt purses have a removable brooch on the front which can be worn separately and the elephant purses are of course going to be a favourite of ours. Perfect for children to hold their pocket money.

4. Snuggly hats and scarfs

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What better to keep away the winter chill than these Piccalilly stripy hats and sausage dog scarfs.

5. Fair Trade Wooden Jigsaws

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Kids will never tire of these fun and colourful jigsaw puzzles. They’re great for problem solving too.

6. Fair Trade Rag Dolls

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Kids will love these fair trade Imajo fair trade rag dolls, they’re sure to become friends for life.

7. Mini Wooden games

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These Snake Charmer Top, Wooden Yoyo and Flying Bird Cup and Ball are sure to keep your little ones entertained for hours and we love playing with them here at Babi Pur towers too! All part of our Pocket Money and Party Bag section on our website where we have lots of other fun games to choose from.

8. Mini Musical Instruments

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All kids love to be musical and create some noise so these musical instruments are perfect stocking fillers – We have the Rainbow Pan Flute, Fish Castanets and Plan Toys Bird Clacker.

9. Mini Vehicles

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Kids will love zooming around with these cute mini vehicles. Beautifully painted with non-toxic paint and glue and will make a great addition to Plan Toys Parking Garages.

10. Natural Pencils and Crayons

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These are great for any budding artists. The Crayon Rocks are made from soy wax and and are coloured with mineral pigments and come in small bags of 8 or 16. The funky vibrant colouring pencils are crafter from the Tamarind tree and come in packs of 10.

And where is Santa to put all these wonderful toys come Christmas Eve? Well in the Frugi Christmas stocking of course!

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Christmas Gift Guides 2014 – Toys by age

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This handy toy guide will help you find the perfect gift that will be age-appropriate for your child.  Our selection of beautiful, ethically sourced toys for toddlers and young children is bound to bring lots of fun as well as supporting their developmental stages through play.  We’ve hand picked some of our favourite toys that are designed to grow with your children and provide them with months if not years of play.. they’re also great quality and can withstand a bit of bashing and dropping! Read on for great ideas on which toys to buy for your 1 year old, 2 year old, 3 year old and four year old child!  And check out our Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide for ideas of what to get a baby from birth to 12 months. Continue reading

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Hape ladybird sorter review

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Toys, tried and tested! Hape Ladybird sorter review

The Hape Ladybird Shape Sorter is one of the prettiest shape sorters I’ve ever seen. It consists of 4 shapes: star, square, triangle and hexagon. The shapes are pegs that stand in the ladybird base and there are coloured stacking circles you stack around the correct shape. The matching shapes circles are in different shades of the same colours and that gives an extra hint to a child looking for the right match while teaching them about colours at the same time.
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