The rise of the Dad Bloggers, because men have babies too!

Every day more and more dads are taking to their keyboards to share with the world the trials and tribulations of modern day parenthood. Yes, there are mummy blogs all over the Internet, but in the past couple of years there has been the rise in the number of dads taking to the Internet to tell their side too has been phenomenal.

And getting dads’ side of the story has been great fun so far.

Dads share anything from personal stories and new gadgets, to lifestyle topics and cooking, so brands are keen to work with dads too as they value a dad’s opinion on their baby products. As Knuma was created by 3 hard-working fathers, we value what dads out there think about our products, just as much as mums. In fact, because we design not only for babies, but parents too, we care just as much about what dads think about our competitors in the same market, such as the Stokke Tripp Trapp or the Oxo Tot Sprout highchair.

Dad blogs are a great resource too, especially when you’re looking for the best high chairs around. That’s because, despite what organised mums might joke about, many dads love making lists as much as they love keeping things as simple as possible. So you’ll often come across posts such as ’10 of the best highchairs’, ‘the most popular highchairs’ or the ‘best selling co-sleeping cribs’ – where you’ll get straight to the point and get what you’re looking for, pretty much immediately.

Here are a few of our favourite Dad blogs that we think you should take a look at:The dad network, gold award 2015, huddle award, co-sleeping, cosleeping,-1024x1024

 

The Dad Network

Not only did we receive a gold award for our Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib from this dad blogger, but The Dad Network also offers an online hub and support network for dad’s like never before.

 

The Dad Venturer

A top 10 UK Dad Blog and top 200 UK Parenting Blog chronicling life as a stay at home dad, containing random thoughts, brutal honesty and plenty of laughs

 

Dad Blog UK

A stay at home dad with two young girls, blogging about fatherhood, parenting, equalities and lifestyle issues.

 

Man vs. Pink

Stay at home dad blogger chronicling the fun and games of a geek father, his fangirl daughter, and their ongoing struggle against pinkification

 

Daddacool

Britain’s premier parent blogger: according to the Sunday Times. Charts life as a married dad of 3 and the challenges of balancing home and work.

 

Check them out - they’e a great source of fun, fatherly insight and who knows, if you’re a dad, they may even inspire you to start bashing out a blog!

Eat, sit and be stress-free – a simple guide to better mealtimes with babies

 

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At Knuma we know how messy and frustrating weaning and mealtimes can be with your baby or toddler. You’re going to need a great highchair to give your little one their own little dining area. A well-designed highchair will not only help your baby through mealtimes, but also safe playtime.

That’s why we have created the Knuma Connect 4-in-1 highchair, a multifunctional highchair to help take you through from your baby’s first taste of solids when weaning your baby, all the way through to sitting at their own child’s table and chair to feed themselves. Knuma’s Connect is so versatile; it will see your child through the first six years. From weaning, as a full size highchair with a 5-point harness and adjustable tray, to a mid-height highchair for use at the dinner table, to a toddler or child’s desk and chair, helpful for independent eating and playing.

 

 

Here are some of our tips to make mealtimes with your little ones as stress free as possible:

 

  • Make sure your child feels like part of the family

Place your child’s highchair close to the table and include them as much as possible in your family mealtimes. Knuma’s Connect 4-in-1 highchair has been designed with this in mind, as the Connect can be transformed into a mid-height highchair so that your child can sit at the table with you and they’ll also be able to learn from watching you.

 

  • Give your little one their own bowls and cutlerybabies highchair, easy to use highchair, adaptable highchair, stylish highchair

Having their own special plates, bowls and cutlery will make your toddler excited about mealtimes when it comes to self-feeding. Having their favourite pictures or characters at the bottom of their bowl will mean they want to clear their plates. Buy bowls with suckers on to keep them in place when you child is learning to self-feed, this will give them a sense of control.

 

  • Offer your child options at mealtimes

As your child starts to eat more, offer them a choice: would you like chicken or fish? Peas or sweet corn? Or let them put their food on their plates from a main serving bowl on the dinner table. Then try to introduce new or less popular foods alongside old favourites. Encourage them to try, but avoid forcing them to eat it. Just keep offering it in the future.

 

  • Praise and reward your child when they eat well

Smile and use lots of praise throughout your baby’s mealtimes, they will pick up on your positive energy. As your child grows, reward your child for eating well, don’t use sweets or puddings but stickers or reward charts or simply clapping hands or letting them help clear the table.

 

  • Make your child’s meal look fun and exciting

You can make a simple meal look appealing to children by using lots of colour, cutting their food into shapes or by simply arranging it into a smiley face. Give your child small portions so that they are not overwhelmed at mealtimes, giving them small amounts means they will feel a sense of accomplishment at having eaten everything on their plates.

 

  • stylish highchair, babies highchair, multifunctional highchair, adaptable highchairLet your little ones help prepare their meal

Involve your toddler in the kitchen by letting them help you with the preparations. This could be something as simple as passing you the vegetables to wash or chop or helping to stir the cake mix. They will then be excited about eating what they have helped to create, it will also set them up with skills for when they can prepare certain dishes themselves, plus gives you that special bonding time.

 

  • Expect mealtimes to be messy

As your baby starts out on solid foods, and even with toddlers, you can expect a lot of mess. Prepare for this in advance with a plastic sheet under their highchair, bibs and wipes at the ready. Ignore the mess during mealtime and clean up afterwards. With the Knuma Connect, cleaning up is easy with our easy to clean hardwearing surfaces, making your life easier.

So there you have it: embrace the mess and you’ll have less stress. And invest in an easy-clean children’s highchair, such as Knuma’s Connect and you can make life even easier for yourself.

From popular co-sleeping cribs to the best children’s high chairs, Knuma shows off at ExCel, London

The Baby Show at ExCel London, held from 19th - 21st February this year was yet another chance for the Knuma team to meet lots of lovely new parents and mums and dads to be. The Baby Show is the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event and attracts more than 23,000 visitors across the three days. It has everything needed for bump, baby and beyond.

The show had a huge array of essential baby products and was a great chance to rub shoulders with other trusted brands such as Snuzpod, Tommee Tippee, Stokke and Chicco, to name just a few. As creators of innovative children’s furniture ourselves, we appreciated the many great designs that were on show. Parents could make some excellent savings too, with thousands walking away with great value products, which always gets the Knuma thumbs up. Expert advice was also available from leading baby experts covering hot topics including, weaning, breastfeeding and co-sleeping.

It was at last year’s ExCelKnuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib in its different modes London Baby Show that we launched our Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib and this year we were there to showcase our crib again. With the market for co-sleeping cribs steadily growing, we were there to introduce and demonstrate the Huddle to the many visitors that passed through our stall. And with 20% off for Baby Show visitors, many of them snapped up a Huddle crib for themselves.

Our director Christian was at the show and had this to say:

“We launched the Huddle at last year’s Excel show and were really pleased to see some of our customers from that show come back to see us at our stand this year, complete with their newest family members.They gave us some great positive feedback on the Huddle and told us how using it had made bedtime much easier for them.They were even happy to recommend the Huddle to the new parents at the show which made for quite a buzz on our stand.”

 

 

 

Knuma named ‘number one’ in must-have baby products

We even received a wonderful mention from bunintheovernbirthing, who snapped up a Huddle after a visit to the Knuma stand and listed us as number one in their ‘must have’ baby products from the show. You can read their blog here.knuma-connect

Like last year, our Connect 4-in-1 highchair went down a storm again.Thousands of mums and dads are already familiar with its range of benefits; transforming easily from a full-size highchair with a 5-point harness and adjustable tray into a mid-height highchair for use at the dinner table – and then to a toddler or child’s desk and chair. Just as great for the very early stages as it is for independent eating and when they start to bring their homework home,  it’s easy to see why it was proving so popular again.

If you missed The Baby Show at Excel London, don’t panic! There are two more where you can pick up our lovely Knuma products:

NEC Birmingham 13th -15th May 2016

Olympia London 21st – 23rd October 2016

Look out for the special offers we will be offering at the events by following us on Facebook and Twitter @knumafurniture and a big thanks to all parents who’ve already liked, shared and loved our Knuma range.