Be inspired:
moKee's love for Scandinavian design

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

When creating my son’s first nursery I opted for the Scandi look and that’s when I came across moKee! I loved their Stone Teal Mini Cot and this colour was used then throughout the rest of the nursery, against a white backdrop.

I used lots of fun graphics – including clouds and rain drops. I also included lots of animals – something that Scandi-style always harks back too – nature. I really loved bringing nature into Rupert’s bedroom – this included house plants. Not only do these help purify the air they really made the nursery feel like the great outdoors!

So how can you create a Scandinavian-inspired nursery for your baby?

THINK MINIMAL

Scandi loves minimal. Of course you will need a cot, a chair, wardrobes and chest of drawers but think minimal! moKee’s Mini Cot is mini in size – it’s small frame means it won’t dominate the room and it comes in muted tones – the perfect Scandi design!

THINK COSY

Scandi-living is all about how it feels. With Scandinavia being a part of the world where it can be very cold and dark during winter, it is important for the home to be a place for warmth and cosiness! Textures are important here – take moKee’s WoolNest. Made of the softest felt it’s made for touching and will keep baby snug in both winter and summer.

THINK WOOD

Wood is a strong feature in Scandi interiors and moKee have used beautiful beech wood for a lot of products, including the Mini Cots and Midi Cots. Natural materials such as beech will instantly make your home feel Scandi and chic.

THINK GRAPHICS

Scandi designs have some very cute graphic on textiles such as bed linen and curtains. Why not source some textiles that will really stand out against the miminal backdrop. You could also try mixing textiles up!

THINK NATURE

The reason why we love Scandi design is because it brings us back to nature. Their designs are rooted in the environment and here at moKee we love that so you can check out the Mini Mobile for a beautiful felt cloud or see the mountain-inspired baby gym.

Nature is also evident in moKee’s Seagrass range. Lovingly handmade and from natural seagrass they are truly scandi-inspired!

So why not take a look at moKee for inspiration and share with us your Scandinavian inspired nurseries on @wearemokee?

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

Blog 1 Be Inspired: Scandinavian Baby Nursery Guide
29 Mar 2020

Be Inspired: Scandinavian Baby Nursery Guide

Be inspired:
moKee's love for Scandinavian design

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

When creating my son’s first nursery I opted for the Scandi look and that’s when I came across moKee! I loved their Stone Teal Mini Cot and this colour was used then throughout the rest of the nursery, against a white backdrop.

I used lots of fun graphics – including clouds and rain drops. I also included lots of animals – something that Scandi-style always harks back too – nature. I really loved bringing nature into Rupert’s bedroom – this included house plants. Not only do these help purify the air they really made the nursery feel like the great outdoors!

So how can you create a Scandinavian-inspired nursery for your baby?

THINK MINIMAL

Scandi loves minimal. Of course you will need a cot, a chair, wardrobes and chest of drawers but think minimal! moKee’s Mini Cot is mini in size – it’s small frame means it won’t dominate the room and it comes in muted tones – the perfect Scandi design!

THINK COSY

Scandi-living is all about how it feels. With Scandinavia being a part of the world where it can be very cold and dark during winter, it is important for the home to be a place for warmth and cosiness! Textures are important here – take moKee’s WoolNest. Made of the softest felt it’s made for touching and will keep baby snug in both winter and summer.

THINK WOOD

Wood is a strong feature in Scandi interiors and moKee have used beautiful beech wood for a lot of products, including the Mini Cots and Midi Cots. Natural materials such as beech will instantly make your home feel Scandi and chic.

THINK GRAPHICS

Scandi designs have some very cute graphic on textiles such as bed linen and curtains. Why not source some textiles that will really stand out against the miminal backdrop. You could also try mixing textiles up!

THINK NATURE

The reason why we love Scandi design is because it brings us back to nature. Their designs are rooted in the environment and here at moKee we love that so you can check out the Mini Mobile for a beautiful felt cloud or see the mountain-inspired baby gym.

Nature is also evident in moKee’s Seagrass range. Lovingly handmade and from natural seagrass they are truly scandi-inspired!

So why not take a look at moKee for inspiration and share with us your Scandinavian inspired nurseries on @wearemokee?

moKee is a company that was born out of a love for Scandinavian design. moKee’s Mini Cots are a testament to this and show the minimal, Scandi aesthetic loved by so many interior designers and moKee parents too!

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Fun activities for you and the children

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery.

So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

I have a 4 year old and 1 year old. Both were at nursery but now at home and here are some fun activities to keep them stimulated and happy…

GET OUTDOORS (but at a safe distance from others)

There’s nothing like getting some fresh air and if you are well and healthy then make the most of your garden, if you have one. If not, go for a walk but of course adhering to Government policy to keep at least 2 metres away from people.

We are lucky to be in the countryside and have walks on our doorstep and we often don’t see a soul. If you can find a walk with a river and a bridge then you can play that fun game of Poohsticks!

This is a game first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne. It is a simple game which may be played on any bridge over running water; each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner. A great game which kids love!


FEED THE BIRDS!

At this time of year we should all be helping birds and feeding them and kids will love to do this. Simply by bringing bed or bird food to a park or in your own garden you could create your own bird feeders.

We made a really simple bird feeder by using two orange halves, scooping out the fruit and mixing up bird seed with lard and sticking it into the orange halves. You can also hang them from trees. Children love this as you can watch from afar as birds dig in and always top up the orange halves with more food! Giving the birds a helping hand and teaching your children about birds and our environment all in one go!

GET CRAFTY!

If the weather isn’t the best then stay in doors and get crafty. Messy play is a great thing to try and do with your children as it help their imagination! Save up some cardboard boxes, egg boxes and anything you have free and see what they will build! A den, a plane or a pirate ship?! Let them cut out with scissors (with you present!) and give them some glue and colouring pencils. Hours of fun!

RAINBOWS

We’ve seen lots of children here in the UK start to draw rainbows and then putting them in their front windows of their home to help cheer everyone up – take a read here.

So why don’t you get your child to draw a rainbow too and send it over to us so we can share the joy? Find us at Instagram - @wearemokee - or tag your pictures with #wearemokee.

 

Stay safe!

 

If you would like to read more about moKee's current operation, please, click here.

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery. So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

Blog 1 Fun activities for you and the children
24 Mar 2020

Fun activities for you and the children

Fun activities for you and the children

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery.

So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

I have a 4 year old and 1 year old. Both were at nursery but now at home and here are some fun activities to keep them stimulated and happy…

GET OUTDOORS (but at a safe distance from others)

There’s nothing like getting some fresh air and if you are well and healthy then make the most of your garden, if you have one. If not, go for a walk but of course adhering to Government policy to keep at least 2 metres away from people.

We are lucky to be in the countryside and have walks on our doorstep and we often don’t see a soul. If you can find a walk with a river and a bridge then you can play that fun game of Poohsticks!

This is a game first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne. It is a simple game which may be played on any bridge over running water; each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner. A great game which kids love!


FEED THE BIRDS!

At this time of year we should all be helping birds and feeding them and kids will love to do this. Simply by bringing bed or bird food to a park or in your own garden you could create your own bird feeders.

We made a really simple bird feeder by using two orange halves, scooping out the fruit and mixing up bird seed with lard and sticking it into the orange halves. You can also hang them from trees. Children love this as you can watch from afar as birds dig in and always top up the orange halves with more food! Giving the birds a helping hand and teaching your children about birds and our environment all in one go!

GET CRAFTY!

If the weather isn’t the best then stay in doors and get crafty. Messy play is a great thing to try and do with your children as it help their imagination! Save up some cardboard boxes, egg boxes and anything you have free and see what they will build! A den, a plane or a pirate ship?! Let them cut out with scissors (with you present!) and give them some glue and colouring pencils. Hours of fun!

RAINBOWS

We’ve seen lots of children here in the UK start to draw rainbows and then putting them in their front windows of their home to help cheer everyone up – take a read here.

So why don’t you get your child to draw a rainbow too and send it over to us so we can share the joy? Find us at Instagram - @wearemokee - or tag your pictures with #wearemokee.

 

Stay safe!

 

If you would like to read more about moKee's current operation, please, click here.

In these uncertain times many parents are now adjusting to life with their children at home, off school or nursery. So here at moKee we thought we would give you some helpful tips on how to entertain young children at home.

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MOKEE’S PARENT GUIDES:
Mother's Day with moKee

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!) and because my sons are relatively young (4 and 1) it means it’s up to my husband to think of what to get me.

I have passed on big hints at what I’d like – perfume, jewellery, chocolates. The usual.

But there’s far more thoughtful gifts mother’s can receive and here are some to think about…

PERSONALISE

If you are going to give jewellery or a nice handbag then think about personalising it! I received a beautiful necklace with my son’s name on for my very first mother’s day and I cherish it. Monica Vinader does this so well.  

SOMETHING USEFUL

Now I am not suggesting you go out and buy something as boring as nappies or a new iron BUT there are plenty of useful gifts which I think new mum’s might like. A stylish baby bag which you could personalise. Indeed it doesn’t event have to be a baby bag - just a cute tote which could fit everything you need in would make for a thoughtful gift. Longchamp are great at this.

Anything that makes my day easier is a winner so why not take a look at moKee’s play accessories? Baby Play Gym is perfect for when baby is a little older and on the move and if it keeps baby entertained then mums will be happy!

MAKING MEMORIES

One job as a parent is documenting your child’s life- through photos or collecting and saving objects that reflect every milestone. It’s scary how fast the time goes and I’ve regularly felt that I am not documenting every first step, or first word. So a really thoughtful present is a memory box. Check out Baby Blooms here for a really cute box you can personalise.

You could also take a look at moKee’s Mini Milestone Cards. Perfect for documenting each exciting moment, they are great for taking photos with your baby and are fun too!

Similarly, I’d be super happy if my husband decided to create a photo album of my kid’s first year. In fact any photo album which has been put thought about carefully and put together shows a lot of love and would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. (Hint hint!)

With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

And whether it is your first or twentieth Mother’s Day, please share your experience with us @wearemokee! Also stay tuned for our Mother's Day promotion, starting on Friday, 20th of March, and ending on Sunday, 22nd of March. But that's not all - to each order placed from 20th to 22nd of March we will be adding sweet lollipops and lovely greeting cards customized by Zosia, daughter of moKee's director! Let's share the smile and love!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!). With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

Blog 1 Mother's Day </br> with </br>moKee!
19 Mar 2020

Mother's Day
with
moKee!

MOKEE’S PARENT GUIDES:
Mother's Day with moKee

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!) and because my sons are relatively young (4 and 1) it means it’s up to my husband to think of what to get me.

I have passed on big hints at what I’d like – perfume, jewellery, chocolates. The usual.

But there’s far more thoughtful gifts mother’s can receive and here are some to think about…

PERSONALISE

If you are going to give jewellery or a nice handbag then think about personalising it! I received a beautiful necklace with my son’s name on for my very first mother’s day and I cherish it. Monica Vinader does this so well.  

SOMETHING USEFUL

Now I am not suggesting you go out and buy something as boring as nappies or a new iron BUT there are plenty of useful gifts which I think new mum’s might like. A stylish baby bag which you could personalise. Indeed it doesn’t event have to be a baby bag - just a cute tote which could fit everything you need in would make for a thoughtful gift. Longchamp are great at this.

Anything that makes my day easier is a winner so why not take a look at moKee’s play accessories? Baby Play Gym is perfect for when baby is a little older and on the move and if it keeps baby entertained then mums will be happy!

MAKING MEMORIES

One job as a parent is documenting your child’s life- through photos or collecting and saving objects that reflect every milestone. It’s scary how fast the time goes and I’ve regularly felt that I am not documenting every first step, or first word. So a really thoughtful present is a memory box. Check out Baby Blooms here for a really cute box you can personalise.

You could also take a look at moKee’s Mini Milestone Cards. Perfect for documenting each exciting moment, they are great for taking photos with your baby and are fun too!

Similarly, I’d be super happy if my husband decided to create a photo album of my kid’s first year. In fact any photo album which has been put thought about carefully and put together shows a lot of love and would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift. (Hint hint!)

With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

And whether it is your first or twentieth Mother’s Day, please share your experience with us @wearemokee! Also stay tuned for our Mother's Day promotion, starting on Friday, 20th of March, and ending on Sunday, 22nd of March. But that's not all - to each order placed from 20th to 22nd of March we will be adding sweet lollipops and lovely greeting cards customized by Zosia, daughter of moKee's director! Let's share the smile and love!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I always relish Mother’s Day – a day when I can put my feet up and give thanks to being a mother to my two boys. I also enjoy getting presents (who doesn’t?!). With the right gift, it’s so lovely to be spoilt. Breakfast in bed or a massage booked for you. Along with homemade cards from your kids, it’s one of the best days of the year!

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Pregnant? All you need to know about coronavirus

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

As we prepare for a lockdown on life as know it for a while there is some important information you should know if you are pregnant.

At the time of writing pregnant women are being advised to minimise social contact for up to 12 weeks from this weekend (21st March). The UK government's chief medical adviser, Prof. Chris Whitty, said limited evidence suggested there were currently no known coronavirus-related complications in pregnancy.

But he added the UK was still "very early in what we know about this". Therefore, there are simple precautions you can take and top of that list is washing of hands. We all know now that we must regularly wash our hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. If you must visit the supermarket or attend a hospital appointment then use hand sanitizer.

The government have published specific advice for pregnant women, see below and for more information we recommend visiting the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

The government has issued five points that people in at-risk groups such as the over-70s, those with underlying conditions, and pregnant women should follow "as much as you can":

From all at moKee, stay safe and look after one another!

 

If you would like to read moKee's statement regarding the current situation and the operation of our shop, please, click here.

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

As we prepare for a lockdown on life as know it for a while there is some important information you should know if you are pregnant. The government has issued five points that people in at-risk groups such as the over-70s, those with underlying conditions, and pregnant women should follow "as much as you can".

Blog 1 Pregnant?  All you need to know about coronavirus
17 Mar 2020

Pregnant? All you need to know about coronavirus

Pregnant? All you need to know about coronavirus

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

As we prepare for a lockdown on life as know it for a while there is some important information you should know if you are pregnant.

At the time of writing pregnant women are being advised to minimise social contact for up to 12 weeks from this weekend (21st March). The UK government's chief medical adviser, Prof. Chris Whitty, said limited evidence suggested there were currently no known coronavirus-related complications in pregnancy.

But he added the UK was still "very early in what we know about this". Therefore, there are simple precautions you can take and top of that list is washing of hands. We all know now that we must regularly wash our hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. If you must visit the supermarket or attend a hospital appointment then use hand sanitizer.

The government have published specific advice for pregnant women, see below and for more information we recommend visiting the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.

The government has issued five points that people in at-risk groups such as the over-70s, those with underlying conditions, and pregnant women should follow "as much as you can":

From all at moKee, stay safe and look after one another!

 

If you would like to read moKee's statement regarding the current situation and the operation of our shop, please, click here.

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

As we prepare for a lockdown on life as know it for a while there is some important information you should know if you are pregnant. The government has issued five points that people in at-risk groups such as the over-70s, those with underlying conditions, and pregnant women should follow "as much as you can".

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Update on moKee's current operation

3 min read

by moKee

Dear Customers,

Over the past weeks, we have observed the spread of the Covid-19 virus around the world. Governments have reacted to the outbreak by introducing several measures. There is no doubt this situation affects many industries and our daily lives.

At moKee, we monitor the development of the situation on an ongoing basis and we have already taken the appropriate precautions. We are in contact with our suppliers and courier services, maintaining continuity of deliveries. We have decided that from Monday 16 March, all orders are sent via courier, so that delivery of parcels takes only 2 - 5 business days. Orders are shipped according to standard lead time.

Workshops, factories and our logistics center operate unchanged. Employees have been informed of new procedures and their working is controlled. Employees whose work allows them to remote work will perform their duties online.

A high level of customer service is one of moKee's top priorities. Our employees respond to emails and inquiries and are available every day, including weekends. We also encourage you to follow our social profiles, where we share all the information on a regular basis.

At the same time, we would like to draw your attention to taking all precautions, avoiding clusters of people and following the recommendations of the authorities and WHO. Everyone's safety is now the most important thing.

 

Best wishes,

moKee team

by moKee

At moKee, we monitor the development of the current situation in relation to the coronavirus and we have already taken the appropriate precautions. Also at the moment we do not expect any delays in the shipping time.

Blog 1 Update </br>on moKee's </br>current operation
17 Mar 2020

Update
on moKee's
current operation

Update on moKee's current operation

3 min read

by moKee

Dear Customers,

Over the past weeks, we have observed the spread of the Covid-19 virus around the world. Governments have reacted to the outbreak by introducing several measures. There is no doubt this situation affects many industries and our daily lives.

At moKee, we monitor the development of the situation on an ongoing basis and we have already taken the appropriate precautions. We are in contact with our suppliers and courier services, maintaining continuity of deliveries. We have decided that from Monday 16 March, all orders are sent via courier, so that delivery of parcels takes only 2 - 5 business days. Orders are shipped according to standard lead time.

Workshops, factories and our logistics center operate unchanged. Employees have been informed of new procedures and their working is controlled. Employees whose work allows them to remote work will perform their duties online.

A high level of customer service is one of moKee's top priorities. Our employees respond to emails and inquiries and are available every day, including weekends. We also encourage you to follow our social profiles, where we share all the information on a regular basis.

At the same time, we would like to draw your attention to taking all precautions, avoiding clusters of people and following the recommendations of the authorities and WHO. Everyone's safety is now the most important thing.

 

Best wishes,

moKee team

by moKee

At moKee, we monitor the development of the current situation in relation to the coronavirus and we have already taken the appropriate precautions. Also at the moment we do not expect any delays in the shipping time.

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How to organise the perfect baby shower?

4 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Baby Showers are becoming more and more common over here in the UK – adopted from our friends in the USA, the event for the mum-to-be is a rite of passage now. There’s so many different options to choose when planning a baby shower, so here’s the lowdown of the rights and wrongs of babyshowers….

DADS

My husband was very happy not to be invited to the shower but some men would love to feel included. So always ask the dad – he may want to bring some friends along too.

GIFTS

Every baby shower must have gifts. BUT, don’t go too OTT! Remember that you will be getting A LOT of gifts once baby is here. Try and hint to your friends, or to that special friend or family member who is organising it for you that you either want something specific or something that is theme-related.

BABY BOOKS

At my baby shower my sister organised everyone to buy the baby their favourite children’s book. This was SO lovely as it was a fun activity at the shower and everyone loved finding books they loved as children. My son had an immediate library which we continue to love and add to. I’d recommend this as it’s a relatively cheap way to do gifts – which guests will thank you for!

WISHLISTS

If you want to send over hints to your organiser then collate a wishlist. Here at moKee you can add all of the items you love and create a list of your favourite products. This stops you getting any unwanted items. You could include some of moKee’s fun accessories – the playmat is an ideal gift for any mum-to-be. You could also include larger items such as moKee’s Moses baskets – they’d be a great joint present from your friends and family.

GAMES

Games are essential at any baby shower but the main one to remember is guessing the birth weight! This is super fun and if you want to add some high stakes you could all put in some money and bet! You can also bet for the birthday and whether it’s a boy or a girl.

Another fun game is to guess how big the bump is! Grab a piece of string and make everyone take turns in wrapping it around your waist and they then have to guess the measurement. This can be really funny with people guessing crazy though some people can be spot on!

Why don’t you get your guests to bring a photo of them as a baby and you, as the mum-to-be, has to guess who is who – a great ice breaker for your guests as they might not all know each other.

A fun game to get people moving is the nappy change race! Split yourselves into teams and see which team wins – everyone must change a baby doll’s nappy. The fastest wins!

GET CREATIVE!

A fun game is to get your friends and family to design their own baby grows! Buy everyone a plain white baby grow and get paints and pens that can be used on material and that will won’t wash off. I did this at one of my friend’s baby showers and it was a lovely activity that got everyone talking and she went home with 20 baby grows- which are always useful!

WISHES FOR BABY

Once the games have stopped you can get your guests to focus on your impending arrival and get them to write down wishes for your baby. It’s lovely to read this out to your baby once they are here and to go back and read them.

If you are planning a baby shower, please share with us @wearemokee – we’d love to see the fun you have!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Baby showers became very popular in recent years and now they're a big part of the baby's arrival. There are so many options to choose when preparing a baby shower - take a look at the baby shower guide from moKee and organise the perfect event for mum-to-be!

Blog 1 How to organise the perfect baby shower?
19 Feb 2020

How to organise the perfect baby shower?

How to organise the perfect baby shower?

4 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Baby Showers are becoming more and more common over here in the UK – adopted from our friends in the USA, the event for the mum-to-be is a rite of passage now. There’s so many different options to choose when planning a baby shower, so here’s the lowdown of the rights and wrongs of babyshowers….

DADS

My husband was very happy not to be invited to the shower but some men would love to feel included. So always ask the dad – he may want to bring some friends along too.

GIFTS

Every baby shower must have gifts. BUT, don’t go too OTT! Remember that you will be getting A LOT of gifts once baby is here. Try and hint to your friends, or to that special friend or family member who is organising it for you that you either want something specific or something that is theme-related.

BABY BOOKS

At my baby shower my sister organised everyone to buy the baby their favourite children’s book. This was SO lovely as it was a fun activity at the shower and everyone loved finding books they loved as children. My son had an immediate library which we continue to love and add to. I’d recommend this as it’s a relatively cheap way to do gifts – which guests will thank you for!

WISHLISTS

If you want to send over hints to your organiser then collate a wishlist. Here at moKee you can add all of the items you love and create a list of your favourite products. This stops you getting any unwanted items. You could include some of moKee’s fun accessories – the playmat is an ideal gift for any mum-to-be. You could also include larger items such as moKee’s Moses baskets – they’d be a great joint present from your friends and family.

GAMES

Games are essential at any baby shower but the main one to remember is guessing the birth weight! This is super fun and if you want to add some high stakes you could all put in some money and bet! You can also bet for the birthday and whether it’s a boy or a girl.

Another fun game is to guess how big the bump is! Grab a piece of string and make everyone take turns in wrapping it around your waist and they then have to guess the measurement. This can be really funny with people guessing crazy though some people can be spot on!

Why don’t you get your guests to bring a photo of them as a baby and you, as the mum-to-be, has to guess who is who – a great ice breaker for your guests as they might not all know each other.

A fun game to get people moving is the nappy change race! Split yourselves into teams and see which team wins – everyone must change a baby doll’s nappy. The fastest wins!

GET CREATIVE!

A fun game is to get your friends and family to design their own baby grows! Buy everyone a plain white baby grow and get paints and pens that can be used on material and that will won’t wash off. I did this at one of my friend’s baby showers and it was a lovely activity that got everyone talking and she went home with 20 baby grows- which are always useful!

WISHES FOR BABY

Once the games have stopped you can get your guests to focus on your impending arrival and get them to write down wishes for your baby. It’s lovely to read this out to your baby once they are here and to go back and read them.

If you are planning a baby shower, please share with us @wearemokee – we’d love to see the fun you have!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Baby showers became very popular in recent years and now they're a big part of the baby's arrival. There are so many options to choose when preparing a baby shower - take a look at the baby shower guide from moKee and organise the perfect event for mum-to-be!

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How to celebrate Valentine's Day with your baby?

2 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I remember when I had my first son we were quickly desperate to keep up our regular ‘date nights’-
this proved challenging what with being extremely sleep deprived we would rather chill out on the
sofa and watch TV than go out for a nice meal.

But, there is one day in the year when you simply must try to make an effort and that is Valentine's
Day. Whether you love it or loathe it (I personally think it is one big commercial day designed to
make people spend money!), it is important to make an effort and this day gives you the ideal
opportunity!

So, what tips can I give to creating the perfect Valentine's Day?

INCLUDE BABY

Don’t forget about your little one! I always feel guilty if I leave my children and go out and have
some fun, so take the pressure off and why don’t you plan a fun day with your baby and save the
evening for just the two of you? If you have a fun-filled day with your cherub then it’ll make going
out in the evening easier!

BABYSITTER

If you have no willing family / friends to babysit for you then ask some of your friends if they have
any babysitters they would recommend? Or, if your baby is at nursery why don’t you see if any of
the nursery staff are free? It’s always nice to know that your little one is with someone who you
trust. I’ve also known friends to use babysitters who have been fully vetted and checked online –
they’ve met some brilliant people who they have trusted and used over and over again.

MAKE YOUR BABY SLEEP!

If you’re going out, you definitely want to make sure your baby sleeps well. It’s no fun waking up in
the middle of the night after having a late night yourself. A few days before the big night try and get
your baby into a routine and continue this – a warm, dimly lit bath, a story with milk and then night
night. Sometimes a routine is impossible but it’s worth trying a few days before to stick to the
routine and you might get a full night’s sleep!

WHERE TO GO?

Ideally go somewhere close by so if there are any emergencies, you can quickly make it home. It’ll
make your evening calmer and more relaxed too! Or, you could stay in and cook a really special
meal.

Whatever you do, enjoy it! Share your ideas at @wearemokee!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Whether you love or loathe Valentine's Day, it is a great opportunity, to make an effort and spend a pleasant evening with your loved one! Check moKee's tips on how to celebrate Valentine's Day with your baby!

Blog 1 How to celebrate Valentine's Day with your baby?
12 Feb 2020

How to celebrate Valentine's Day with your baby?

How to celebrate Valentine's Day with your baby?

2 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

I remember when I had my first son we were quickly desperate to keep up our regular ‘date nights’-
this proved challenging what with being extremely sleep deprived we would rather chill out on the
sofa and watch TV than go out for a nice meal.

But, there is one day in the year when you simply must try to make an effort and that is Valentine's
Day. Whether you love it or loathe it (I personally think it is one big commercial day designed to
make people spend money!), it is important to make an effort and this day gives you the ideal
opportunity!

So, what tips can I give to creating the perfect Valentine's Day?

INCLUDE BABY

Don’t forget about your little one! I always feel guilty if I leave my children and go out and have
some fun, so take the pressure off and why don’t you plan a fun day with your baby and save the
evening for just the two of you? If you have a fun-filled day with your cherub then it’ll make going
out in the evening easier!

BABYSITTER

If you have no willing family / friends to babysit for you then ask some of your friends if they have
any babysitters they would recommend? Or, if your baby is at nursery why don’t you see if any of
the nursery staff are free? It’s always nice to know that your little one is with someone who you
trust. I’ve also known friends to use babysitters who have been fully vetted and checked online –
they’ve met some brilliant people who they have trusted and used over and over again.

MAKE YOUR BABY SLEEP!

If you’re going out, you definitely want to make sure your baby sleeps well. It’s no fun waking up in
the middle of the night after having a late night yourself. A few days before the big night try and get
your baby into a routine and continue this – a warm, dimly lit bath, a story with milk and then night
night. Sometimes a routine is impossible but it’s worth trying a few days before to stick to the
routine and you might get a full night’s sleep!

WHERE TO GO?

Ideally go somewhere close by so if there are any emergencies, you can quickly make it home. It’ll
make your evening calmer and more relaxed too! Or, you could stay in and cook a really special
meal.

Whatever you do, enjoy it! Share your ideas at @wearemokee!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Whether you love or loathe Valentine's Day, it is a great opportunity, to make an effort and spend a pleasant evening with your loved one! Check moKee's tips on how to celebrate Valentine's Day with your baby!

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How to choose the right mattress for a newborn?

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When preparing for a newborn’s arrival you can get caught up in the décor of the nursery. But what is probably the most important thing to think about is the safety and comfort of your newborn and this is where some investigations into mattresses is important.

Government guidelines tell parents to use a firm, flat and waterproof mattress in good condition. They also say that you should avoid using soft or bulky bedding, avoid pillows which can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. (SIDS)

I bought a new mattress for our second baby because after 3 years of use it was probably best to get another one! For second-hand mattresses, guidelines advise that there is some research that found an increased chance of SIDS when using a second-hand mattress brought in from outside of the family home, although the link is not yet proven.

To help reduce this risk, if you are using a second-hand mattress make sure the mattress you choose was previously completely protected by a waterproof cover, with no rips or tears and is in good condition. The mattress should also still be firm and flat to keep your baby sleeping safely.

At moKee provide three types of mattresses to go with the cots of sizes 120x60 or 140x70. The Seriously Natural Mattress is made from chemical-free materials and has a two-sided wool layer to ensure a healthy night's sleep. With a coco-latex core layer made from organically-sourced coconut husk fibres, this resilient mattress is designed to support baby all through the night. A cooling cotton layer helps to regulate body temperature, while hypoallergenic wool padding makes this mattress ideal for babies who suffer with allergies. It is 100% renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.

moKee’s Aloe Vera Mattress is made of foam with an aloe vera infused quilted cover and reflex foam filling, It is breathable and safety regulated and ideal for newborns. Its cover is also machine washable – which has been a lifesaver!

Thirdly there’s the Ramen mattresses this is top of the range and is made from a high-tech food grade Japanese polymer, that resembles, oddly, in some small way, Ramen noodles (!) A woven network of firm "noodles" makes up this groundbreaking and 100% breathable mattress.

Practical, comfort and above all safety are key to mattresses for newborns so choose wisely and do your research!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When preparing for a newborn’s arrival you can get caught up in the décor of the nursery. But what is probably the most important thing is the safety and comfort. Choosing the right mattress is essential for your baby. Check the mattress guide by moKee and make a right choice!

Blog 1 How to choose the right mattress for a newborn?
11 Feb 2020

How to choose the right mattress for a newborn?

How to choose the right mattress for a newborn?

3 min read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When preparing for a newborn’s arrival you can get caught up in the décor of the nursery. But what is probably the most important thing to think about is the safety and comfort of your newborn and this is where some investigations into mattresses is important.

Government guidelines tell parents to use a firm, flat and waterproof mattress in good condition. They also say that you should avoid using soft or bulky bedding, avoid pillows which can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. (SIDS)

I bought a new mattress for our second baby because after 3 years of use it was probably best to get another one! For second-hand mattresses, guidelines advise that there is some research that found an increased chance of SIDS when using a second-hand mattress brought in from outside of the family home, although the link is not yet proven.

To help reduce this risk, if you are using a second-hand mattress make sure the mattress you choose was previously completely protected by a waterproof cover, with no rips or tears and is in good condition. The mattress should also still be firm and flat to keep your baby sleeping safely.

At moKee provide three types of mattresses to go with the cots of sizes 120x60 or 140x70. The Seriously Natural Mattress is made from chemical-free materials and has a two-sided wool layer to ensure a healthy night's sleep. With a coco-latex core layer made from organically-sourced coconut husk fibres, this resilient mattress is designed to support baby all through the night. A cooling cotton layer helps to regulate body temperature, while hypoallergenic wool padding makes this mattress ideal for babies who suffer with allergies. It is 100% renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.

moKee’s Aloe Vera Mattress is made of foam with an aloe vera infused quilted cover and reflex foam filling, It is breathable and safety regulated and ideal for newborns. Its cover is also machine washable – which has been a lifesaver!

Thirdly there’s the Ramen mattresses this is top of the range and is made from a high-tech food grade Japanese polymer, that resembles, oddly, in some small way, Ramen noodles (!) A woven network of firm "noodles" makes up this groundbreaking and 100% breathable mattress.

Practical, comfort and above all safety are key to mattresses for newborns so choose wisely and do your research!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

When preparing for a newborn’s arrival you can get caught up in the décor of the nursery. But what is probably the most important thing is the safety and comfort. Choosing the right mattress is essential for your baby. Check the mattress guide by moKee and make a right choice!

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How to be a sustainable parent?

4 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Having a baby has been compared to creating a carbon bomb. This tiny little baby comes with lots of things and stuff – so it’s not surprising to find parents feeling guilty over the waste accumulated when raising children. I have been trying to reduce our waste at home and with a young baby and four-year-old it’s incredibly hard.

But there are things that you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint when having a baby.

WIPES

Try to ditch baby wipes. They aren’t great for the environment – the majority of wipes contain plastic and we all know how bad that is for the environment. You can get lulled into using baby wipes for everything – cleaning faces at mealtimes, wiping dirt on the buggy / high chair, cleaning a table - as they are so easy and handy. But what I have tried to do is to only use baby wipes when absolutely needed and that is when I am out of the house and only for when I am changing a nappy.

Don’t use wipes to clean up a baby’s face after a meal. If you are at home, use a flannel. If you are out of the house bring a flannel or clean dishcloth and soak it in water and then put it in a zip lock bag. Yes the bag is plastic but you can re-use it forever. I started to do this when I went on holiday and it’s actually a lot easier than using wipes – and your using water rather than nasty chemicals from the wipes. Go to the toilets in a restaurant and rinse it out and pop it back in the bag for later. Try it.

If you do need wipes, why don’t you check out these sustainable brands, e. g. Natracare, Mum & You, Cheeky Wipes.

NAPPIES

Now I am not going to tell you to use cloth, re-useable nappies. I don’t because quite frankly I can’t face anymore washing – I am a working mum and I simply don’t have time for it. But, I am in awe of any parent who commits to not using single-use nappies. I am, however, endeavouring to use less nappies. I won’t change my one year old unless he really needs his nappy changing. A poo? Yes. But if he’s done a little wee I’ll leave it until it’s absolutely necessary. I also give my son a lot of ‘nappy-free time’! It’s good to give their squidgy bottoms a good airing – they love it and it is great in stopping nappy rash. Both of my sons have never had nappy rash and I swear it’s because I let them air their cute bottoms. Of course, there are accidents. But baby wee isn’t really wee, right?! Try it, after bath, before bed and especially in the summer when you can play outside in the garden with nothing on – why not!?

There are some great sustainable nappy brands out there. Check out The Nappy Lady or Fill your pants!

TOYS

My four-year-old son has 74 plastic dinosaurs and I have had enough! We counted them the other day and quite frankly I was a bit ashamed. After 4 years with kids, the toys have accumulated and I am not happy about it. Not only are they taking over our home but they sit there, unused most of the time and I am sure there are many other boys and girls who aren’t as lucky as my kids who would appreciate these unloved toys. So I am doing a ‘toy amnesty’! And you can too!

I’ve asked my son to choose some toys he wants to give away to other boys and girls. There are many charities that accept second-hand toys- but they must be good quality. Check out: Teddy Trust, The Toy Project or Rotary Shoe Box. 

This is a great way to teach children about how lucky they are and that other boys and girls aren’t as lucky as them.

I have also asked family to reduce the amount of toys bought for my children at birthdays, Christmas etc. Other things such as clothing, arts and crafts can be much more useful.

SECOND HAND

I think everyone today accepts that buying second-hand, from charity shops or vintage shops is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and give something a second-life. And the same can be said for kids clothing and toys. Charity shops have upped their game in the last few years and you can get some quality clothing and toys for a bargain – whilst supporting a charity! Fara kids is brilliant- with my first baby I went weekly to find bargains and I am pleased to say over half of his wardrobe was second-hand. With my second son, I’ve hardly bought anything as he is using his hand-me-downs from his brother. A small but great way to re-use and help reduce your carbon footprint.  

GIVE AWAY

Food waste for me is unspeakable. There’s nothing worse than throwing food in the bin. Unfortunately having kids mean you do this way more than you want to. But, why not give it away? If you cook something your little cherub refuses to eat then wrap it up and drop it around a friend’s house whose kids may eat it! I’ve done this a few times. I once cooked a large chicken stew and pureed it for my one year old but he hated it. For no good reason! So I gave it away to friends with babies who would appreciate my hard work! You’ll be surprised how many mums are doing this more and more. Did you buy a pack of biscuits but your kids hate them? Don’t bin them- give them to a friend at your next playdate.

The same goes with baby stuff. I’ve given away a tonne of baby products that I know I won’t use again – a baby bath, travel cot, breast pump, play mat. You could also sell these online but I really liked the idea of giving them away to someone I know and who would appreciate them.

Tell us your tips to lead a more sustainable life with kids @wearemokee or in comments!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

There are things that you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint when having a baby. This tiny little baby comes with lots of things and stuff – so it’s not surprising to find parents feeling guilty over the waste accumulated when raising children.

Blog 1 How to be a sustainable parent?
17 Jan 2020

How to be a sustainable parent?

How to be a sustainable parent?

4 mins read

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

Having a baby has been compared to creating a carbon bomb. This tiny little baby comes with lots of things and stuff – so it’s not surprising to find parents feeling guilty over the waste accumulated when raising children. I have been trying to reduce our waste at home and with a young baby and four-year-old it’s incredibly hard.

But there are things that you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint when having a baby.

WIPES

Try to ditch baby wipes. They aren’t great for the environment – the majority of wipes contain plastic and we all know how bad that is for the environment. You can get lulled into using baby wipes for everything – cleaning faces at mealtimes, wiping dirt on the buggy / high chair, cleaning a table - as they are so easy and handy. But what I have tried to do is to only use baby wipes when absolutely needed and that is when I am out of the house and only for when I am changing a nappy.

Don’t use wipes to clean up a baby’s face after a meal. If you are at home, use a flannel. If you are out of the house bring a flannel or clean dishcloth and soak it in water and then put it in a zip lock bag. Yes the bag is plastic but you can re-use it forever. I started to do this when I went on holiday and it’s actually a lot easier than using wipes – and your using water rather than nasty chemicals from the wipes. Go to the toilets in a restaurant and rinse it out and pop it back in the bag for later. Try it.

If you do need wipes, why don’t you check out these sustainable brands, e. g. Natracare, Mum & You, Cheeky Wipes.

NAPPIES

Now I am not going to tell you to use cloth, re-useable nappies. I don’t because quite frankly I can’t face anymore washing – I am a working mum and I simply don’t have time for it. But, I am in awe of any parent who commits to not using single-use nappies. I am, however, endeavouring to use less nappies. I won’t change my one year old unless he really needs his nappy changing. A poo? Yes. But if he’s done a little wee I’ll leave it until it’s absolutely necessary. I also give my son a lot of ‘nappy-free time’! It’s good to give their squidgy bottoms a good airing – they love it and it is great in stopping nappy rash. Both of my sons have never had nappy rash and I swear it’s because I let them air their cute bottoms. Of course, there are accidents. But baby wee isn’t really wee, right?! Try it, after bath, before bed and especially in the summer when you can play outside in the garden with nothing on – why not!?

There are some great sustainable nappy brands out there. Check out The Nappy Lady or Fill your pants!

TOYS

My four-year-old son has 74 plastic dinosaurs and I have had enough! We counted them the other day and quite frankly I was a bit ashamed. After 4 years with kids, the toys have accumulated and I am not happy about it. Not only are they taking over our home but they sit there, unused most of the time and I am sure there are many other boys and girls who aren’t as lucky as my kids who would appreciate these unloved toys. So I am doing a ‘toy amnesty’! And you can too!

I’ve asked my son to choose some toys he wants to give away to other boys and girls. There are many charities that accept second-hand toys- but they must be good quality. Check out: Teddy Trust, The Toy Project or Rotary Shoe Box. 

This is a great way to teach children about how lucky they are and that other boys and girls aren’t as lucky as them.

I have also asked family to reduce the amount of toys bought for my children at birthdays, Christmas etc. Other things such as clothing, arts and crafts can be much more useful.

SECOND HAND

I think everyone today accepts that buying second-hand, from charity shops or vintage shops is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and give something a second-life. And the same can be said for kids clothing and toys. Charity shops have upped their game in the last few years and you can get some quality clothing and toys for a bargain – whilst supporting a charity! Fara kids is brilliant- with my first baby I went weekly to find bargains and I am pleased to say over half of his wardrobe was second-hand. With my second son, I’ve hardly bought anything as he is using his hand-me-downs from his brother. A small but great way to re-use and help reduce your carbon footprint.  

GIVE AWAY

Food waste for me is unspeakable. There’s nothing worse than throwing food in the bin. Unfortunately having kids mean you do this way more than you want to. But, why not give it away? If you cook something your little cherub refuses to eat then wrap it up and drop it around a friend’s house whose kids may eat it! I’ve done this a few times. I once cooked a large chicken stew and pureed it for my one year old but he hated it. For no good reason! So I gave it away to friends with babies who would appreciate my hard work! You’ll be surprised how many mums are doing this more and more. Did you buy a pack of biscuits but your kids hate them? Don’t bin them- give them to a friend at your next playdate.

The same goes with baby stuff. I’ve given away a tonne of baby products that I know I won’t use again – a baby bath, travel cot, breast pump, play mat. You could also sell these online but I really liked the idea of giving them away to someone I know and who would appreciate them.

Tell us your tips to lead a more sustainable life with kids @wearemokee or in comments!

by Becca Smith @beccasmith_tomlins

There are things that you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint when having a baby. This tiny little baby comes with lots of things and stuff – so it’s not surprising to find parents feeling guilty over the waste accumulated when raising children.

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