Cartoon Kate

April 16, 2014
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cartoon kate

I love being a cartoonist. And I loved drawing cartoons about pregnancy and birth for my latest book Bump. I had so many ideas for cartoons back when I was pregnant, but had never got around to drawing any of them. I did no useful work at all when I was pregnant. It was...

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The Greatest Advice Ever Shared By Mum’s By Stylist Magazine

April 11, 2014
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The Greatest Advice Ever Shared By Mum’s By Stylist Magazine

We love this article from Stylist Magazine  and wanted to share it with you! What’s the best advice your mother has given you? To read the full article, click here

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Women love babies, men love football?

April 9, 2014
By
baby blue

Only a parent will understand the unconditional love we feel for our newborns. In my case, it was a pure emotion, almost raw and painful. But do both the sexes feel the same type of emotion? My first son was born at 9pm after...

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Retreat Yourself

April 8, 2014
By
Eliza Guerrini

Today’s blog post is written by Eliza Guerrini, the lady behind Retreat Yourself, which provides weekend breaks especially for pregnant women in the heart of the Cotswolds. Here, she tells us her story and how the idea for Retreat Yourself was born… Perhaps I...

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Jeynes Journeys: Jetlag, Jordan and Japan

April 4, 2014
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Our distributors in Japan - LyonLyon

That’s a lot of J’s. And a lot of topics for one post! I’ve just completed a quick trip to the other side of the world – and it really did feel like the other side of the world which actually I luckily love...

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Mother’s Day – should be about love and appreciation and not a commercial circus

March 28, 2014
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Me as a baby with my mother and siblings

Two weeks ago my over-tall teenager came downstairs mid-Sunday morning and gave me a bunch of flowers. “For you, mum. You’re the best mum in the world and I love you!” he mumbled as he thrust them into my hands.  I was gob smacked....

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Have you noticed anything different about your baby?

March 21, 2014
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photo 1

Today marks World Down Syndrome Day, which aims to raise awareness of this often misunderstood genetic condition and give those living with Down Syndrome a louder voice. Today’s blog post is written by Andrea Newsham, mum to beautiful Millie Elizabeth who was born with...

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Jeynes Journeys: London, Paris and New York (and 6 countries) in 12 weeks!

March 12, 2014
By
great layout!

It’s been a while since I’ve written for the blog and that’s more to do with lack of time than topics to share! The last few months have been incredibly busy as the growth of JoJo globally continues at a pace. The first few...

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News from Nema

March 7, 2014
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mozambique baby

Did you hear the BBC radio new report this morning? They quoted the statistics that in Africa over 1000 babies a day die within the first 24 hours of life. Many of these deaths are needless and could be prevented with the most basic...

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In Praise of the Staycation

March 3, 2014
By
Fowey-Hall-32

Today’s blog post has been kindly provided by Luxury Family Hotels, experts in child-friendly holidays across several stunning UK locations. As the Easter holidays loom ever larger, many parents will be taking to the internet or poring over holiday brochures in the hope of...

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JoJo Bristol on the move!

February 28, 2014
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jojo maman bebe bristol

Last Friday turned out to be a very busy day for the JoJo team, with our new and improved Northcote Road store re-opening its doors to our lovely Battersea customers at lunchtime, and our new Bristol store hot on its heels, opening that very...

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Guest Post: Very Intelligent Princess

February 24, 2014
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very intelligent princess logo

Today’s blog post is written by Rachel Collingwood, co-founder of Very Intelligent Princess, an online club that aims to inspire girls to reach their full potential without being constrained by the ‘norms’ of society. To find out more about this fantastic initiative, please visit...

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Choosing the right underwear for your pregnancy

February 18, 2014
By
underwear

People often complain that maternity and nursing bras are ugly and not sexy enough. However, the reality is that no matter how much non-pregnant designers may suggest you should stay sexy during your pregnancy, unless you are a real glutton for punishment your underwear...

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Guest Post by Robin Hanbury-Tenison: The devastating effect of ‘development’ on tribal people

February 12, 2014
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Robin Hanbury-Tenison

Today’s guest blogger is Laura Tenison’s uncle, the great explorer, Robin Hanbury-Tenison. He is also a co-founder of Survival International, an organisation that tirelessly champions tribal peoples around the world. Survival International works to protect the world’s tribes from exploitation by industrialised society through...

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Instagram photos reveal the UK’s happiest places

February 5, 2014
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belfast city hall

You might remember our blog post we wrote last year, naming Harrogate as the happiest place to live in the UK, according to research carried out by property website Rightmove. Well, a 21st century spin has been put on the quest to find the...

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Laura Tenison’s Tips on Choosing your Maternity Clothes

January 31, 2014
By
Blue stripe dress

It can be a little confusing knowing where to start with your maternity wardrobe, particularly if it’s your first pregnancy or you’re own a tight budget. But armed with a few basic principles, you should be able to save yourself a bit of time...

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Spring/Summer 2014 is Here!

January 24, 2014
By
maternity holiday clothes

We can’t quite believe a whole month has passed since Christmas – where does the time go? The last of the Quality Street has been eaten and we’ve reluctantly taken down the Christmas tree, so it’s no surprise January can be a bit of...

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Thinking about a ‘Power Maternity Leave’…are you mad?

January 3, 2014
By
juggling_mom

It’s totally incredible how many efficient, energetic and apparently sane women decide that maternity leave is exactly the right time to start a business, learn the cello, improve their Spanish or become a fitness fanatic. If you are one of these girls intent on...

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The Great JoJo Bake Off 2013: The Results are in!

December 20, 2013
By
Nicky

Christmas is looming and here at the JoJo London office, that can only mean one thing: the Great JoJo Christmas Bake-Off 2013. A two-week-long extravaganza of Christmas-themed home-made sweet treats, the Bake Off showcases the team’s baking talent, with each entry competing for the...

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Happy Christmas Jumper Day!

December 13, 2013
By
christmas jumper day

As you might know, today is Save the Children’s National Christmas Jumper Day, and not ones to shy away from any form of festive fun, the JoJo team have enthusiastically taken part. Scroll down to take a peek at the best (and downright ridiculous)...

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JoJo Opens in Bournemouth!

December 6, 2013
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jojo maman bebe bournemouth

Here at JoJo, we’ve been busy getting the latest store up and running, just in time for Christmas. Our Westbourne store in Bournemouth is our 58th store – another welcome addition to the JoJo Maman Bébé family. Our Bournemouth store is our 9th to open...

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Oh God, it’s nearly Christmas again…

November 28, 2013
By
keep-calm-christmas-is-coming-98

I absolutely LOVE Christmas; I always have and always will. In fact I enjoy it so much that it is no trouble at all having everyone to my house and I have been lucky enough to be the host for the last three years....

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National Christmas Jumper Day

November 22, 2013
By
cheeky christmas jumpers

Friday 13th may be unlucky for some but next month, it will mark an altogether more cheerful occasion. National Christmas Jumper Day is a mere three weeks away, and here at JoJo, we’re busy picking out our favourite festive knits. And with Christmas jumpers...

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Breastfeeding Vouchers…is this fair?

November 15, 2013
By
breastfeeding vouchers

We all have ‘breast is best’ drummed into us by the midwives, and most of us want to breastfeed and plan to during our pregnancy. However, as soon as we go into labour all hell breaks loose. THINGS JUST DON’T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN....

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Gorgeous Gifts for Christmas

November 8, 2013
By
Stockings and sacks

With Halloween and Bonfire Night behind us, it’s time to look forward to one of our favourite times of the year – Christmas! With so many fabulous gift ideas around, it might be difficult knowing what to choose for the little ones. That’s why...

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A Haunted Halloween Here At JoJo House

November 1, 2013
By
Pumpkins

Whilst we at JoJo know that Halloween is an American import and not traditionally British, being a creative lot we just love any and every opportunity to get stuck into the festivities. With Halloween upon us, the team donned their creepiest costumes for a...

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Children’s Christmas Jumpers – Got Yours?

October 25, 2013
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jojo maman bebe christmas jumpers

Christmas might seem like a long way off, but we’ve just launched our Christmas catalogue to help you get prepared for the festive season. You’ll find beautiful gifts and clothes for little ones and mums-to-be which will ensure they look the part on the...

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Amazing Book Facts (and vote for your favourite book)

October 16, 2013
By
eric carle

To mark this year’s Children’s Book Week, Booktrust are asking avid readers across the country to vote for their favourite children’s book. A shortlist of 100 books has been chosen, split into five age groups, so get voting for your favourite story (voting upon...

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Guest Post by Tracey Blake: Small Talk

October 11, 2013
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small talk group

Want to encourage your baby or toddler along the way to becoming a confident, chatty child? Speech therapist Nicola Lathey and journalist Tracey Blake have written a book called Small Talk: Simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language development from birth to...

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Look after the clothes you love (and the environment)

October 7, 2013
By
A+++ energy rating

Jago is now 2.5 years old and has developed a boundless supply of energy.  The respite of the afternoon naps has been replaced with a constant desire to head off to the dirtiest, dingiest places he can find from where he returns requiring yet...

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JoJo Design Trip: Around Europe in 7 Days

October 4, 2013
By
kanye west paris

Here at JoJo, the design department are busy working behind the scenes on new clothing ranges a whole year in advance. To help come up with fresh new ideas, twice a year we travel to cities in Europe to get inspiration, and we’re just...

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JEYNES JOURNEYS: Brilliantly British

October 1, 2013
By
us_uk_flag

I’ve just come to the end of a rather large amount of time spent in New York. I feel decidedly American! I’ve been to this amazing city 3 times in 4 weeks – it’s my favourite city, after London, so I’m not complaining. But...

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Guest Post by Ruth Everard: When Walking Isn’t To Be

September 25, 2013
By
Ruth Everard

Foreword by JoJo founder Laura Tenison: We all want our children to be independent don’t we? Last week  when I took my oldest son Ben off to Manchester University and dumped him there I cried on the long drive home. I’m told this is...

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Behind the scenes of a JoJo shoot

September 20, 2013
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Behind the scenes of a JoJo shoot

A couple of weeks ago we finished shooting for our Spring Summer 2014 catalogue! Where does the time go?! We’re going to be putting up our Christmas trees before we know it! Myself and the rest of Team JoJo headed down to beautiful Mullion,...

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How to Keep Bugs at Bay

September 19, 2013
By
keep bugs at bay

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and get out our hats and scarves. Winter is fast approaching and that means flu and snotty noses are on their way. Children are great carriers of bugs, and at this time of year GPs and hospitals...

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A Day Out at Goodwood Revival

September 16, 2013
By
goodwood revival

I don’t believe in the ‘free lunch’. Catholic guilt and a strong sense of morality means that as a business our teams as discouraged from accepting the inevitable invitations which come our way from suppliers. In the past they used to be lavish; centre...

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Living Like It’s 1986

September 11, 2013
By
blair mcmillan

For many of us, we can (just about) remember life before a world of mobiles, internet and iPods. We often look back and think, “How did we used to cope?” But for one Canadian family, they are doing just that – doing away with...

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Flying Nannies: The Real Life Mary Poppins?

September 6, 2013
By
flying nannies

With the new school year having just started, many of you will have recently returned from a summer holiday abroad. But, despite the excitement of arriving at a sunny destination for a week or two of fun and relaxation, most parents will agree that...

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Cake Decorating in Cardiff

September 3, 2013
By
Ifan - winner

There was plenty of fun and games in our Cardiff store recently, when the JoJo team held an in-store cake decorating competition. Lots of little customers were keen to get involved, creating yummy cupcakes that looked almost too good to eat! We had a...

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Bank Holiday Family Fun

August 23, 2013
By
tea party

August is National Family Fun Month, and with the new school term just around the corner, what better time than now to enjoy the long sunny days with the little ones? JoJo has lots of products to help you make the most of the...

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Ella’s Kitchen Teeny Weeny Fruit Muffins Recipe

August 19, 2013
By
ellas kitchen

These tiny fruit muffins are delicious – the fruit puree makes them really moist. They’re so easy to make and only need 20 minutes in the oven, so they’re a perfect afternoon baking activity for you and your little ones. Get them stuck in...

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Our Day with One Direction*

August 13, 2013
By
larkinthepark

This week we attended a local event “Lark in the Park” in West Bridgford. It was a chance for us to get the JoJo Maman Bébé name out there, with lots of young Nottingham families invited. We’d been planning it for a few weeks...

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Looking Good After Pregnancy

August 8, 2013
By
secret support

Although you might be keen to get back to your pre-baby shape after nine months of pregnancy, you might also be at a loss as to where to start! Feeling less than confident about your post-baby body is perfectly normal, particularly if your body...

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Ella’s Kitchen Bubble & Squeak Recipe

August 5, 2013
By
ellas kitchen

If you’re a fan of Ella’s Kitchen and fancy giving their recipes a go yourself, we’ve got their fantastic Bubble & Squeak recipe that is quick, easy and puts all those Sunday roast left overs to good use. Perfect for sneaking plenty of green...

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The Outer Hebrides: A perfect family holiday

July 29, 2013
By
sarah buchanan baby birth

I thought I’d veer away from childbirth to show you how splendid my girls look in their JoJo Maman Bebe wetsuits. We are playing on Harris in the Outer Hebrides, and for those people who may think Britain does not have good beaches, then you’d be...

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Political Correctness for Working Mums

July 24, 2013
By
i dont know why she bothers

This subject is a bit of a minefield and I’m happy to take comments from both sides of the school gate community…but the big question we all ask ourselves when we have our first baby is whether to ‘go back to work’ and if...

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JEYNES JOURNEYS: Come to us!

July 23, 2013
By
dinner at lauras house 5

Our plans to expand JoJo into the US of A started just over two years ago when I very first started discussions with Laura about me joining the team. I think one of the first things we ever shared was the desire and excitement...

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Putting Baby to Bed…when it’s Hot Hot Hot

July 18, 2013
By
tiger in the tree position

Phew!!!  As I write this the weather is, let’s face it, ‘HOT!’.  That said, I suspect by the time this goes live our brief spell of summer may have gone, but certainly the last few days has got me recalling how tough it is...

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The Annual JoJo Summer Party!

July 11, 2013
By
3rd Prize - the amazing creation of Gavin, Mags and Katie!

An encounter with a badger is not the usual start to a Wednesday morning at the JoJo office. Not wishing to mislead you, I must admit that it was not the stripy, short-legged mammal of Wind in the Willows fame which greeted us on...

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Introducing Lazy Daisy

July 3, 2013
By
lazy daisy

I am so chuffed that we have been asked to author a series of antenatal and baby blogs for the guys at JoJo, not least because as a mum of 5 I am a frequent visitor of their Bury St Edmunds store.  Our micro...

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Help Create and Curate the World’s Largest Art Show

June 28, 2013
By
Richard Reed

Brian Cox recently made the point that the inspiration and firing up of the imagination that art can trigger is universal: we all benefit from being exposed to art.  But less than 10% of the UK population visit an art gallery in an average...

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All About Autism: How Mark and Listening to “The Reason I Jump”, by Naoki Higashida (Radio 4 book of the week) Opened my Eyes

June 27, 2013
By
Little Boy with Ducks

As parents, we are always on tenterhooks. Nowadays I’m worrying about my sons disappearing into the London traffic on their push bikes, or heading off for a teenagers’ camping week. But when they are new-born we just want them to be OK, don’t we?...

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Is she, isn’t she? A Royal HypnoBirth

June 24, 2013
By
baby-birth

For months there have been rumblings within the birthing community, that the Duchess of Cambridge could be using Hypnobirthing to help her with her labour. Last week was the first time I’ve seen this being reported in the main stream press. The Times –...

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JEYNES JOURNEYS: JoJo in Canada…or is it France?

June 17, 2013
By
canada-flag

I’ve just finished a 4 day trip to Canada on the search for Reps to sell JoJo in this huge country! It’s my first proper trip here and I have to say, the Canadians are very lovely people. It’s immediately easy to assume it’s...

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JoJo Boys’ Clothes Review

June 12, 2013
By
boys breton top

So finally, someone took the lid off and let the sunshine in, marking the start of the summer and also the start of a string of ‘occasions’ in our household. First of all there was Auntie Jean’s 80th, a family gathering for a Sunday...

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Travelling with Babies and Young Children

June 5, 2013
By
summer babies

Travelling with children can be great fun if everything goes well, but can quickly degenerate into a stressful disaster if things don’t go according to plan. As long as you’re realistic, and spend a bit of time making plans, you should be on for a good...

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JoJo Press Day

May 31, 2013
By
laura tenison

Last week we held our press day for our Autumn Winter Collection. All in all it was a great success! Lots of lovely journalists came to view our new collection and seemed very excited by what they saw. The lovely Sarah Cawood also paid...

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JEYNES JOURNEYS: Wonderful Wales!

May 28, 2013
By
Lauren in the International department hard at work!

The last time I was out of the office was a few weeks ago and after being caught in a rather frightening bomb scare at LA Guardia airport in NY and then having to endure a 9hr flight cancellation by American Airlines, I have...

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JoJo Opens in Balham!

May 16, 2013
By
balham jojo

The JoJo team have been very busy getting the latest store up and running. We’re so excited to open the doors to our 55th store – in Balham – another welcome addition to the JoJo Maman Bébé family. Our lovely Balham store is our...

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Review: BabyBjorn Potty Chair

May 13, 2013
By
babybjorn potty chair

Dominic is now 2 and a half years old and to date has shown little interest in using a potty.  I think this is partly because I am pregnant and he wants to cling on to being a baby – he keeps referring to...

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When should we get cracking with cutlery?

May 9, 2013
By
rosie-wright

As with most things baby related, at some point it dawned on us that our son had got over the first few hurdles of being introduced to solid food and that he might be ready to start using cutlery. This came to the fore...

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Looking After Babies and Children in the Sun

May 7, 2013
By
sun baby

Finally it seems like the long cold winter is behind us and summer is on its way. Whether you’re staying in the UK this summer or venturing further afield, it’s important to make sure your baby is safe in the sun. The main risks...

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Stress-free Holidays with Little Ones

May 3, 2013
By
Brittany cottage

When you are desperate to get away but just can’t quite commit to the cost and effort of packing the family off to the airport, generally on a dawn flight with a long transfer on a sick-making coach at the other end, why not...

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It’s a Dog’s Life – at JoJo

April 29, 2013
By
Truffle and Ruby

You see the problem is I really liked being the ONE and ONLY office dog. I’m not complaining, but it’s a hard job, and on the whole I’d say I’m pretty good at it, so why the change? Of course I’ve been doing the...

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The JoJo Store Winner is…

April 25, 2013
By
marketharborough1

As you may know, the JoJo directors took part in a dash around the country to visit all our stores as part of our 20th birthday celebrations last week. The JoJo store teams were encouraged to go all out and really embrace the special...

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What is a Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)?

April 22, 2013
By
baby-birth

How was your experience of giving birth in the UK? I hope it was positive but for many women it isn’t. There are many advocates who work towards dramatic, coherent and permanent improvements in how the UK’s maternity services are managed and practiced but...

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Twenty Years and Still Going

April 17, 2013
By
JoJo Maman Bebe Newbury

It’s just a year like any other but reaching 20 years in business is quite a milestone. People often ask if I ever dreamed that we could get so big. But when you start a fashion company from your kitchen table your ambitions are...

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Jeynes Journeys: 5 Days 5 Cities

April 15, 2013
By
Dastardly and Muttley

I’m sat on a tiny, tiny plane with just space for one seat on each side of the cabin. It must have just 12 seats in total, there’s no space above for anything larger than a wash bag, we are having a decidedly hideous...

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Spring is coming: Why We’re glad to see the back of winter

April 11, 2013
By
jojo house

Here at JoJo Maman Bébé, we launched our spring/summer collection with high hopes of glorious sunshine and plans to dust off the barbeque, ready for the promise of hot, long days spent relaxing in the back garden. Perhaps we were a little too optimistic...

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Exercise During Pregnancy

April 8, 2013
By
exercise during pregnancy

Many people think that exercise during pregnancy is dangerous and that women should put their feet up and rest as much as possible. This may sound appealing (at least for a couple of days) but generally exercise during pregnancy, as long as it is...

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JoJo Opens in Guernsey!

April 3, 2013
By
jojo guernsey

We’ve been very busy here at JoJo Maman Bébé recently, and we’re pleased to announce that our Guernsey store is now open. Our latest addition, located in the capital – St Peter Port – is our 54th store, and our second outside of the...

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Harrogate named happiest place to live in the UK: Did your town make it into the top 10?

March 27, 2013
By
montpellier harrogate

Research carried out by property website Rightmove as shown that the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate is the happiest place to live in the UK. The ‘happy at home’ index measured inhabitants’ satisfaction of their area, based on factors like safety, neighbourliness and amenities....

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JoJo Opens in Norwich!

March 26, 2013
By
JoJo Norwich

We are delighted to announce that JoJo Maman Bébé officially opened its doors to the people of Norwich today! We’re so excited about our 53rd store, and with it being JoJo’s 20th birthday in a few weeks, it is all the more special.  ...

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Top Tips For Pregnancy, Labour and Birth

March 19, 2013
By
baby-birth

Giving Birth Should & Can Be An Amazing Experience When you feel in control you are better able to mentally manage the stages of labour. Even if special circumstances mean you need medical assistance, by being a part of the decision making process, you...

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And the Winner is…

March 15, 2013
By
4-in-1 polarfleece jacket

Awards ceremonies appear to continue to be all the rage; in fact there was a time when we could have spent a day a week entering competitions. Since we are now a ‘mature’ company – this being our 20th year – we don’t really...

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Behind the Scenes at a JoJo Catalogue Shoot – in Pictures

March 13, 2013
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Behind the Scenes at a JoJo Catalogue Shoot – in Pictures

We may have just arrived back from shooting most of our AW13 catalogue, but there was some more work to do back in London! Our lovely model babies came to the set at the JoJo offices to pose for more photos, and after a...

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Parenting Traditions from Around the World

March 11, 2013
By
Sweden babies outside

The BBC recently reported about Swedish practises when it comes to putting babies down for a nap. Apparently, it’s common to see prams containing snuggly, sleeping babies lined up outside cafes in temperatures of up to -10°C, while their mums are inside having a...

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Happy International Women’s Day, 2013

March 8, 2013
By
centredinternationalwomensday

International Women’s Day was created more than 100 years ago at a time when sexual inequality was rife and the dissatisfaction of  ‘the fairer sex’ started to gather momentum alongside the birth of some (for the age) radical ideologies. The social networks of the...

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Barmy Baby Products

March 5, 2013
By
Aston Martin pram

We heard last week that Aston Martin has teamed up with pram maker Silver Cross to unveil the new luxury version of the popular Surf Travel System. With its alloy wheels, Italian suede seat and the same leather used in the legendary cars, the...

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JoJo Shoots the AW13 Catalogue!

March 1, 2013
By
GR1_22107

I and the rest of the JoJo shoot team have just returned from 2 weeks in Dorset, having shot the majority of our AW13 kids’ collection and our whole maternity collection. Despite the snow, rain, wind, freeeezing cold and blinding sun we managed to...

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Healthy Eating: Getting It Right from the Start?

February 28, 2013
By
children healthy eating

Some children are being sent to school with just cold chips or a packet of biscuits for lunch, a survey published this week has revealed. The Children’s Food Trust, which carried out the poll, revealed some unsettling insights into children’s diets. The results showed...

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JEYNES JOURNEYS: JoJo in Japan

February 26, 2013
By
Playtime Tokyo

They’ve done a brilliant job of inviting a superb mix of retailers to meet me at our stand, which yet again, is one of the most creative at the show. No mean feat considering they are attempting to show Spring and Winter collections but...

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Back To Work or, Learning Not to Keep Pressing Snooze

February 19, 2013
By
Snooze

Rewind 6 years and work day mornings consisted of hitting the snooze button several times followed by a total panic getting showered, dressed and a blatant disregard for any sort of sensible breakfast. Four years ago and mornings were spent in a haze of...

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I’ll have a side of charcoal please: Strange pregnancy cravings and why they might not actually be that strange

February 14, 2013
By
pregnant_cravings

Unsurprisingly, here at the JoJo Maman Bébé office, we always have babies on the brain. With not one, but two JoJo babies born last month, and the imminent arrival of the royal baby, the baby-o-meter has gone into overdrive. Talking of the royal baby,...

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Getting Crafty with Red Ted Art

February 7, 2013
By
red ted art book

It is wonderful to be guest writing today for JoJo Maman Bebe! I am Maggy, mum of two – a boy (5) and girl (3) and I write a craft blog, Red Ted Art. I remember having my first child Red Ted almost 5...

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My Famous Uncle

January 28, 2013
By
jakes-escape

I’d like you to meet my brilliant uncle … There’s nothing like having a famous uncle. As a small child, growing up in the relatively sheltered city of Brussels (where my father was working) and then near Abergavenny in the Welsh countryside, my imagination...

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What Is HypnoBirthing?

January 23, 2013
By
baby-birth

‘When your mind is free of fear and tension, your body can be free of pain and will function as it was created to do so.’   This sentence was said by Marie Mongan, founder of the HypnoBirthing Institute and HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan...

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JEYNES JOURNEYS: so is it Christmas or not?

January 3, 2013
By
Russia

Its the day after Boxing Day and I’m sat on an Aeroflot plane to Moscow. I’ve just been offered something completely unrecognisable as supper and have already grown bored of trying to feign interest in the all-Russian in-flight magazine. Nice photos but haven’t got...

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Christmas Conundrum

December 23, 2012
By
Christmas Conundrum

My son Jago will be almost two this Christmas.  He has already been delighted by our mini-Christmas tree and I can’t wait to see his face when he is confronted by the inevitable parcel mountain at his grandparents on Christmas Day.  As we all...

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Laura Tenison’s Christmas Survival

December 21, 2012
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Laura Tenison’s Christmas Survival

I love Christmas and the frenzy of excitement during build-up, but the reality is that between September and December we are frantic at JoJo, plus there’s always a lot more parties and school events to fit in. I have to be clever to make...

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How my business was created – mementobox

December 20, 2012
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I am a mum to two boys (and a dog!) and writing to share news of the new app I have just launched; mementobox, a ‘virtual’ baby journal. I have worked on the app with my husband (a consultant IT Project Manager), and whilst...

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Toy Review!

December 19, 2012
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Toy Review!

Ever Earth Ramp Racer – Instant hit! This toy was beautifully packaged in recycled board and I loved that there wasn’t tonnes of excess packaging or plastic ties to work through to get the product out, especially with two expectant boys eagerly waiting to see it....

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Breastfeeding Doll – inappropriate or an important educational toy?

December 17, 2012
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There are some topics which will always cause opinions to fly and so last week it happened again with the launch of this product – The Breast Milk Baby. Designed for young girls, this toy has predictably caused a storm. Girls wear an apron...

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JoJo goes to Brittany

December 11, 2012
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JoJo goes to Brittany

As Christmas is approaching so is the deadline for our new season catalogue!  As some of you may know we were looking for little models to join us on our trip to Brittany for our Spring Summer 2013 catalogue shoot. We recruited some lovely...

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Congratulations your Royal Highnesses!

December 6, 2012
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Congratulations your Royal Highnesses!

A new baby is always a joy. As parents we will cut back on ourselves in hard times but still do our very best for the children. The past few years have been hard to trade through but good nursery retailers continue to flourish as...

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JEYNES JOURNEYS: Kentucky Fried JoJo

December 6, 2012
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I am in a lull – what is known as a lunch-time lull. We are exhibiting at the world’s biggest ‘everything a mother and baby might need’ Trade Show called ABC Kids Expo which this year is in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It certainly is...

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Do We Believe In Child Labour

December 4, 2012
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Of course I can’t condone using children as labour in any way and abhor the idea that any child misses out growing up in the security of a loving environment where they can learn through play and creativity. But what about getting them to...

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Cot to Bed

November 30, 2012
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With tall parents it wasn’t going to be long before Ethan outgrew his cot, so with his second birthday looming (on Christmas Day!) we decided to try moving him from his cot to a bed. My sister very kindly passed on my nephew’s first...

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Did you receive one of these last Friday?

November 24, 2012
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Did you receive one of these last Friday?

Well if you did and if you, like I, tried to be efficient and contact the Child Benefit Charge call centre to register the fact that you no longer qualified, you may just be a tiny bit irritated? Or maybe, as in my case,...

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