July 01, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.