Why is teething so important?

It's easy to get distracted by all the gorgeous designs and new colours but do teething products really help? The teething stage is a very important part of babies physical development but also their emotional development. How they develop coping mechanisms and learn to comfort themselves. So what's going on... technically speaking babies can begin teething from 3 months to 36 months, technically speaking each tooth (or pair of teeth) should only cause trouble 5 days before 'eruption' and 3 days after. That's what the books tell us, but us mums who...

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Freshers Flu…

Let's start by remembering it's great the kids are back at school... but dang why are they all so snotty right now, haha. My two have only just recovered from 'freshers flu'. We're all back out in the world doing school drop offs, after school clubs, real food shopping. After 6 months of zero contact and no colds, plus a change in the weather and we have been bombarded by the usual germs and it's resulted in snot snot snot! Poor little ones are all bunged up as their older siblings...

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Why have teething products disappeared from Etsy?

Yesterday morning we received a surprise email from Etsy, the platform where we first launched our little business, they are no longer permitting the sale of handmade teething products or their component parts. This announcement comes following a court case in 2016 where a little one sadly died from an unsafe teething chain. Our industry is distraught at the loss of one of the platforms that for most of us enabled us to even get started. That having been said something needed to change. The teething industry has been inundated in recent years...

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The Truth About Weaning…

What a fun a frustrating time it is. My husband always considered this to be the worst phase, pre-chewed food was not something he could handle. For me I found it fun if a little frustrating at times, mostly because 6-18 month-olds have a friggin mind of their own and no two days are the same. Monday - I will quickly and cleanly demolish half a banana and a couple of toast soldiers. Tuesday - 'Are you trying to poison me' is the reaction to the toast and the banana is rolled,...

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Social and Mental Distancing?

I’m a people person, I touch everybody, all the time, I didn’t realise how much until COVID-19. But somehow not being able to be around other people made me feel claustrophobic, after months of feeling this way I finally got some mental distance in this weekend. A short trip to the coast with my mum and sisters, we drove down to Bournemouth, found a quiet spot on Boscombe beach and just sat, hung out, chatted and enjoyed some space from the day to day. (I also rented a paddle board, one of...

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Keeping the balance

It's been a tricky week, to keep the balance. I'm grateful for such a full and interesting life but sometimes it can get a bit out of whack. Having used this time to focus on reflection as a business we have lots of cool new projects and ideas, lots of opportunities and love for our work..... on the flipside of this the kids are struggling (read: becoming feral) and the continued uncertainty has me hoovering from must workout and get my diet back on track to 'sod it I'm only hanging out at home anyway'.

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Supporting Your NHS

Hey Fox's Felts Family! We are so proud to say that together in just a week we have raised over £140 for NHS Charities Together!! Unbelievable start to our fundraising effort and we can and will do more. We will continue to offer our NHS Charity Range throughout May and continue to add to our fundraising efforts. It is so important right now, in this moment, to do what we can to support each other and keep our community safe. If your part in that is to stay home and keep your...

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How has our vision changed in light of this crisis?

So I’ve had a little cry, felt relieved, thrown a tantrum about how to split myself in two to get everything done, and (at least today) have come full circle to see what a great opportunity this is for us at Fox's Felts. I've worked for Amy for 7 months, helping to develop the business strategy, marketing platforms and writing content. I love it, I love the beautiful thoughtful products she makes and our customers are amazing. Right now we all feel a bit ruffled by what’s happened and for the last week or so...

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Man? Mama? MAM Adaptors?

..... Ok what on earth? What are these things, why would you use them? And what are they actually called? We get asked often about MAM adapters, and sometimes we don’t until a customer realises after their purchase they needed one. If you’re a new parent, buying a gift or simply using a different kind of dummy this time around it can be a little confusing. MAM Adapters are small, often silicone, loops on the end of your dummy clip specially designed to be used with MAM dummies such as the BIBS...

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Fox's Felts on Tour

We absolutely loved meeting so many of our customers at The Shop Small Event this weekend! It is amazing to get out there and face to face with the people who matter to us, you! We drove up to Ipswich very, very early Sunday morning to set up our newly designed stand with a great selection of our products, teething necklaces, dummy clips, the full colour range of BIBS dummies that are always so popular. We took our Christmas tree Teethers which as you can imagine for a Christmas market went...

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