August 10, 2014

Pish Posh Baby Is Doing A Hushamok Giveaway


 

Until the 20th of August you can enter a competition to with a Hushamok with Pish Posh Baby.

Promotion ends 20th of August so hurry :).

Also, while you're checking it out on Facebook, head over to our own Facebook page and give us a like.

August 07, 2014

How To Theme Your Baby's Nursery

So you’ve made it this far, you’re finally in your 3rd trimester and reality has set in, with that your instinct to nest.  It’s an exciting time and of course you want to ensure your baby’s nursery is ready.  But you may want to ask yourself a few questions before you dive head first into what may become a major project.

Here are few things to think as you get ready for the big day:

  • What will the nursery be used for?
  • Is the hope that your baby will be doing the majority or sleeping and napping in the his or her nursery?
  • Do you plan to take the approach of attachment parenting and have your baby close by as much as possible?
  • What sort of theme do you want for the nursery, if any?
  • Will you purchase all brand new items or do you plan to use the same glider your own mother rocked you to sleep in? 

It’s a lot to take on, and sites like Project Nursery really do help as you navigate your way through this daunting and overwhelming process.  A babies room is a special space and it we think it should reflect your families values; the love for you have for your child and your own sense of style and design.

How to approach your nursery and theme

Don’t forget babies sleep upwards of 20 hours in those first few months. So being in a space where both of your are comfortable is essential. We believe in following these simple steps to know you've done what's right by you and your baby.

  1. Start with the essentials - this may seem like a no-brainer, but quite often people can get carried away with projects like these. Make a list of the essentials you need before you go into designing and planning.
  2. Pick a baby safe colour and topic scheme you're personally comfortable in - colours mean all sorts of things, and topics from cars to clouds come in many shapes and sizes. What's important at this step in the process is to focus your designs for your nursery around baby safe things you are personally comfortable with. Again, you'll be in this space quite a lot and if you're uncomfortable with it, that sense of unease could rub off on your baby.
  3. Consider your options for extra stuff - many themed baby rooms we've seen come with a lot of useless and uneconomical items that you simple don't need, like elaborate spectral sticker on the wall. Beautiful and extravagant are two different things, so don't feel obliged to break your time-frame, heart, or wallet. Chances are this room will develop with who your child grows into so going with a minimalist approach gives a chance for you to build the creativity of your child. You can save this project for the days when your baby starts developing likes and dislikes or a creative nature, so that they can make their mark in your home while flexing their creative muscles.
  4. Create your masterpiece! - now go out there, find the safest and most loving of items, and fill your nursery with them. We have a simple idea below that might be just what you're looking for...

The family themed nursery

Here at Hushamok, family is our passion. So instead, we think you should fill your baby's nursery with the items that have defined your family. Keep the creative parts with a white/ clean and blank feel for your child to grown into them creatively, but on shelves and such you can place family trinkets and heirlooms. This helps you stay in touch with your heritage and provide your child with an understand of where they came from as they grow up. It also can help for great storytelling if the items in your family themed nursery come rich with history.

 

Happy decorating out there and most importantly have fun and enjoy.

July 20, 2014

The Hushamok Way - Putting Family First

We have just finished our latest project, a Hushamok video narrative which was an opportunity to share the culture of Hushamok with families.  

It was also a time for us to reflect on who we are and why we do what we do.  

The Hushamok Way

Making Of The Hushamok Way

In the making of the video we connected with our Hushamok community and we asked families that have used Hushamok products to take part in its making.  It was such a wonderful experience to capture a mother's bond her children behind the video camera.  

It was also special to see that babies that slept in our Hammock as newborns are now running around and enjoying the sanctuary of MySeat. Being around Hushamok children is always a proud moment for us and it's the reason we are so committed to giving families that time to connect with each other.

Our wonderful photographer, Tag, who has been dedicated to Hushamok for many years, is equally passionate about creating beautiful and unique experiences with the sole intention that our Hushamok community can connect with us.  We know you already enjoy Tag's images on our product pages.

 

We hope you enjoy watching the videos as much as we loved making them.

July 15, 2014

Baby Myth: "I Don't Need Advice. I Have Mother's Intuition!"

Mother's intuition is the ability to know things about caring for your children without knowing HOW you know them. It's a powerful thing mothers have but it's not all powerful. It lets you be that extra special mother your children know and love.

What Mother's Intuition Can Do For You

The connection that mothers have with their children is a special thing indeed. As that connection grows, mothers tend to know things about their children without knowing HOW they know those things. Things like if their child is upset or whether or not they forgot something for school, perhaps even when your newborn baby is hungry or just needs to be held. What it gives mothers the power to do is the ability to be an extra special person in their children's lives. When a mother's intuition senses are tingling it's up to them to act on those tinglings.

What It CAN'T Do

However a mother's intuition can only go so far. While it can help you figure out when your baby is hungry, it doesn't help you with what they need to be fed or whether or not your newborn can take solids now. That comes from planning, research and attention.

Moral Of The Story? Be Proactive!

Rely on mother's intuition to help you become that special mom that your kids love, but rely on asking for help, research and planning when it comes to knowing what is right for them!

July 09, 2014

The Only 3 Things Your Newborn Baby Needs

Hushamok was created by real parents with real experience and real love for their children. Over the years our founders have spent parenting, they've noticed a simple truth:


You don't need to buy a whole lot of junk to truly care for your newborn. Instead you have to focus on these 3 key things...


Sleep

Your newborn baby is just getting used to the world and the fact that they just experienced the biggest event in life - birth. As your child develops they'll want lots of sleep, and they need you to help that happen.


Food

Nutrients are vital to proper development of a newborn and nothing beats mum's breast milk. This is sometimes difficult but shouldn't let mothers down if it is. There are alternatives and not being able to breast feed your baby does not affect your ability to mother that baby.


You

Yes, you! You're going to be a parent (or you're ready to dive back into it) and the one thing your baby needs most of all is YOU! Nurturing to help them to grow and understand their own needs and teach them and yourself how to meet those needs. It's something deeper than Sleep and Food. It's a sense of caring and protection and endless love as you help guide them into the great big world.

July 01, 2014

The Values Of Hushamok

Uniqueness & The Importance Of Culture

We at Hushamok are unique because we believe in individuality. Our designs are unlike anything else and instantly recognizable. Hushamok also believes in the importance of honouring culture which is why we took a very old and global concept and used it as a roadmap for our designs.

 

Passion & Embracing Nature In Our Designs

We are a passionate lot and believe in our vision which is to make safe baby and children’s furniture, sourcing natural materials wherever possible and using natural elements such as motion to help families to both sleep better and relax.

 

Family & Connections

We're also a connected group that puts great emphasis on family.  Founders, Julie (from Boston, USA) and her husband Mark (from Capetown SA), started Hushamok out of the care and affection they placed on their family. They're two little Kiwi boys are the inspiration behind Hushamok.  Read Our Story.

 

A Company With A Conscience

Our company has a conscience because it chooses to. We love our customers and community because we want to live in a world that cares. We’re always excited when our Hushamok families share things with us and get involved, so we hope you can become part of the dream too. Good communication and partnerships hold great value in everything we do.


So in short, we're ready to welcome you into the Hushamok family. We've started a blog to bring you baby care tips and will always answer you questions through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 
June 25, 2014

A video of your Hushamok competition entries

As a thank you for all who sent in photos for our recent competition to win a Hushamok, we made a video compilation.
 

We appreciate each and every photo, while cherishing the moments you've shared.

Keep up to date with our competitions and activities...

If you missed out on this competition or just want to keep updated with what we do, then follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We'll see you there!

June 19, 2014

Top 10 Useless Baby Items

There are loads of incidental items, add-ons, gadgets and knick knacks that baby stores tell you should buy. Some of them even go so far as to have a horrendously long list of items you MUST HAVE to take care of a newborn. The truth is though, you barely even need half of 'em.
We went and took a look at these lists and broke them down into our top 10 most useless baby items. The stuff you're encouraged to pick up but don't need. Enjoy saving money!

Top 10 most useless items for newborn babies:

  1. Crib Bedding Sets or Bumper Pads = These can actually contribute to the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) through accidental suffocation during sleep. Instead, swaddle your baby and don't make the room too hot or use heavy blankets. You can also cradle them to sleep, warming them with your own body heat.

  2. Baby Wipe Warmer = There are a whole host of issues related to warm wipes. Most notable is that damp, warm places are incubating habitats for bacteria and you don't want to be wiping your baby with something like that. They also frequently dry out your wipes rendering them near useless. Instead, hold each wipe in your clean hand for a moment to get rid of the cold sensation before use.
    Another point to mention is that some baby wipe warmers have been recalled due to being potential fire hazards. Taking the situation into your own hands (both figuratively and literally) is the best course of action!

  3. Baby Shoes = We don't want to say this twice - babies don't need shoes until they can walk! When they come into the world their muscles haven't developed enough for their legs to hold them up and it will be a while before they're up on their own two feet. You're also constraining their body's ability to breathe and develop.

  4. Baby Food Maker = These are glorified food processors. If you have one at home, or even a good milk shake blender, you're already set. Don't forget to take care of lumps though by forking through every spoonful. That's basic safety and should event be done if using a baby food maker. Don't forget to introduce lumps later though to help them eat more solid foods. This is a gradual process.

  5. Electric Baby Bottle/Food Warmer = These are just hot plates. Save yourself some money and heat your food or bottles in your oven or in a pot. Be careful about using a microwave as they are proven health risks, while also sapping the nutrients out of food they heat. Don't re-heat food more than once and be sure to sir it around to mix in hot spots to minimise the danger of burns.

  6. Baby Sterilising System = Sterilising your baby's milk bottles and other equipment is very important. But to be honest, baby sterilisers are just pots of boiled water that use steam and heat to sterilise. Real solution? Boil some water in a saucepan! This is just as good a sterilizing system as any and won't cost you an arm and a leg.

  7. Bumbo Baby Seat = Not only does it take 3-5 months before a baby can support their own head (a requirement for use of these seats), it has also be analysed by pediatricians and debunked. They restrict movement without adding anything to posture. More often than not these seats are just used as trapping devices to make sure your baby doesn't go anywhere while you're away. Instead, let your baby move freely in their environment and encourage movement of any kind.

  8. Diaper Pails (Diaper Dekor or Diaper Genie) = These do NOT control odors! Plus you have to keep buying expensive refill bags for them. Instead, simple throw the diapers into your outside garbage container for each use, or designate a bin for diapers which you sterilise and deodorise separately. If you get a system going it won't disrupt your day to day life at all and again, will remove potential smells from your home.

  9. Polyester Sleep Sacks = Swaddling is great but we have issue with trapping baby in non-breathable and artificial material.  They're  also highly flammable and often applied with toxic flame retardant chemicals. Cotton and wool sacks are a better option during those cold winter months.

  10. Baby Lotions & Powders =  Babylotions and powders are not necessities. Yes, they smell great but they is nothing like the natural smell of a baby.  And be careful of talcum powdersas they can be harmful to your baby by causing respiratory problems. Pediatricians are now skeptical of the use of both these products and recommend the use of corn starch based powders if anything. Instead, try to employ natural and safe ways to protect and nurture your baby's skin such as regular light bathing and vegetable or a plant based oil.  Don't forget babies put everything in their mouths!

Moral of the story? Look out for the stuff you need rather than the stuff you don't. If you're looking to buy baby items always research what each item does and, ways in which they could be replaced. Your baby is sure to be the light in your life, and you don't want to waste a cent on something isn't a true benefit for them.

June 12, 2014

Places for Baby Hammocks

We're just wrapped with our Hushamok photo event, it's been a sort of roller coast ride with all those dreams, stories and beautiful families. We thought we would get lots of lovely nurseries (and we did) and stunning gardens (which we also did).


What we didn't expect was an open invitation to your special hideaways and the stories behind the love for your children both here and on their way.  We love our Hushamok community and how many special people have stories that are just like our own.

 

We wanted to share a few before it all goes into the Hushamok archives...


 
I love this picture of the family who is planning to take their baby (and Hushamok!) to the place they honeymooned in Norway. 
 
Or poolside in Chiapas, Mexico with the other hammocks ❤
  

But it was Vanessa from Miami that stole our hearts and we can't wait for her sweet Paz, (means peace in Spanish) to sleep in her Hushamok.

Thanks to everyone that entered, I hope you enjoyed our fun event xxx
Julie from Hushamok
June 03, 2014

Remember when....

You've just spent 9 months, give or take, bouncing around in the safety of your mothers womb. You didn't know who you were, but you didn't want for anything, food, warmth, comfort, sleep. Now you're out, everything is bright, scary and loud. You're content in your mothers arms, and when she feeds you you feel connected, happy, and maybe... no definitely more than a little sleepy. You start to drift to sleep but are jolted awake when you feel yourself placed against a cold hard surface.

Do you:

A) immediately fall back to sleep, you don't care where it is you can sleep anywhere or

B) scream until the giant hands pick you up and rock you back to sleep 

We've all heard stories about the baby who slept through the night from birth, who never cried, who learned to talk at 6 months, who published a novel by 12 months... Maybe your mother said you were that child, perhaps it was your younger brother (because you never slept apparently).  We're all shocked when our perfect child won't allow us the luxury of sleep, when eating with two hands becomes a distant memory because there is always a baby in the other, when showering is a novelty only afforded when someone else is home to hold baby.

Let's be real, your baby is probably going to cry every time you try to let go, because that is what babies are programmed to do. Instead of trying to train them into switching their natural instincts off we'd like to suggest a much more pleasant alternative and introduce you to Hushamok.

 

Transitioning from the womb to the real world can be hard for babies so why not make it a whole lot easier with Hushamok. Our hammocks are a natural alternative to a baby bassinet or crib. With its natural swinging and rocking motion our hammock induces sleep in babies and keep them asleep longer.