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Tidy Friday!

Behind-The-Scenes-Tidy-FridayAt Hello Baby we have several traditions. As a British company, making tea is one of them. The day is not successful if the tea has been forgotten. But tea is not the only tradition we like to follow in addition to that we also have a different tradition: We call it Tidy Friday. As you can imagine, packing and picking the products makes the warehouse a mess. During the week new products arrive and there are products taken from the warehouse.

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Hape: “The future begins with and belongs to our children!”

Brands-We-Sell-HapeEducation is always deemed as something very important, and it is, but for children education also needs to be fun. Hape believes that the future begins with and belongs to our children. Hape is one of the leading brands in the range of creating products that are fun and educational!

Hape is founded by Peter Handstein from Germany. In 1986 Hape Kindergarten Supply was born. Peter got his inspiration from visiting schools for years. He learned that toys can be educational and fun at the same time. This formula has been very popular and successful. The ethos of Hape is very clear:

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Preparing for potty training again

Preparing for potty training again

Max isn’t yet two years old but he is already showing signs of an interest in potty training.  I wasn’t expecting it to happen quite so soon; with Oliver I didn’t start until he was 2 and a half, but Max has been sitting on the potty at nursery and telling me when he has, erm, filled his nappy.

So I’ve been trying to refresh my memory about how to best approach potty training and I thought I’d share my thoughts with a wider audience!

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Our Brio Music Collection

Products-We-Love-Brio-Music“Creating happy childhood memories” is Brio’s mission. Considering that, I realised that when I was a child, nearly every friend of mine either had a Brio railway or Brio kitchen utensils in their room. Why is this Swedish company so successful? Their crucial secret is watching children using their toys. Brio’s employees are trying to find out how kids think and play. Based on their findings, they create toys that are easy to use for your little one. Amongst many other things Brio therefore introduced musical instruments, because they found out that kids love to create different sounds and that they want to discover where these sounds come from. So let us introduce you to two great products of the range:

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My first week as a Hello Baby intern

Lovely Interns Marit

My first experience with the Hello Baby crew was a very busy one. My first day was the day after Easter, so there was a lot of work to catch up. The orders had pilled up for four days, so what I did was follow Trevor around with a cart, to get the products for the orders. It actually was a good way to meet the crew, because everyone was very busy but still nice and friendly.

As the first dutch intern, I have noticed one very important thing. Biking is not as normal as in the Netherlands. However, during the 4.5 miles ride to work every morning I encounter at least 5 people on a bike. The big difference between me and the other bikers is that I bike in my jeans, and they bike in the best bike gear there is. They also have better bikes and bike faster than I do. But still, there are people that bike here which was a surprise for me. Also a surprise, there are bike lanes here. (more…)