Cuddly Angels

Cuddly Angels is an on-line store dedicated to newborn babies aged 0 – 24 months, their mothers and their guests.

It is where the expecting mother can create her baby registry and organize her baby shower. Most important is that the expecting mother can benefit from a 50% cash back option when she creates the baby registry.

The store will also serve those that want to buy a gift for a newborn, whether or not this baby is registered on the site and the gift will be delivered to wherever they want.

A gift card option was created for those that cannot make up their mind in selecting a gift

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An exceptional variety of gift options such as baby essentials, baby clothes, furniture and accessories for a baby’s room, artwork for a baby’s room, souvenirs for the baby shower, souvenirs and clothes for the baby christening, jewellery for the mother and baby etc. are available in the various partner stores featured in Cuddly Angels.

This diversity guarantees to satisfy your taste.
Creating a baby registry and buying a gift for the baby has never been easier

Welcome to the one-stop-shop CUDDLY ANGELS!

Playtown Fun Summer Camp 2017

We have teamed up with Playtown, to give you the chance to win 1 summer camp free subscription this Summer!

Competition details:

  • Camp duration: 7 weeks, July 3rd till August 18, Monday to Friday, 8:00 A.M till 2:00 P.M
  • Ages:3 to 10yearsold
  • Your children are welcome to enjoy our facility after 2:00 P.M with no additional cost
  • Breakfast & a snack are included
  • Daily, Weekly & Full camp registration options are available
  •  Different classes are offered during our camp, taking into consideration the different development skills needed by each age group;- Transportation is available upon request

    – An optional outing will be available every Friday, starting the 2nd week

  • Languages:French&English
  • Enter via @MumsinBeirut Instagram account by following terms and conditions.
  • Competition opens 27th June 2017, and winner will be selected on 30th June 2017 and contacted via Instagram.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

What is dry drowning?

4-year-old dies 1 week after swimming in pool – all parents should read this warning

This tragic story hit me straight in the heart.

As a parent, I try to protect my kids from danger whenever I see it.

But what if the problem is triggered by something imperceptible and the symptoms don’t come until hours or days later? How would you know that the two are connected before tragedy struck?

All parents should read this.

Summer is finally here, and with it comes family trips to the beach, picnics at the lake, and swimming lessons at the town pool.

Perhaps no one enjoys the swimming season more than children. Their parents, on the other hand, have to balance the fun with making sure their children safe.

Whether children are playing in the ocean waves or taking a dip in a kiddie pool, their parents are usually on alert when their children are in the water. Because all you have to do is turn your head for a second and tragedy can strike.

But even if you have full control over your children, the unthinkable can still happen. On May 29, four-year-old Frankie, or Francisco Delgado III, went swimming at pool with his family. Everyone had a fun time. Frankie’s parents kept an eye on him the whole time and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

But over the following days, Frankie started experiencing flu-like symptoms, before feeling a bit better.

Then almost a week after Frankie went swimming, the four-year-old woke up in extreme pain and screamed out loud. Seconds later, he took his last breath.

Frankie’s dad was with him when it happened. He immediately called emergency services and an ambulance promptly showed up and rushed the boy’s lifeless body to the hospital.

The doctors and nurses did everything they could, remembers Tara, Frankie’s mom, who watched them try to save her son’s life.

After a while, two doctors came to Tara and told her that they were unable to save little Frankie.

The boy’s lungs were filled with water and he had fallen victim to so-called dry drowning.

Dry drowning has symptoms, and if they’re noticed soon enough and parents seek medical attention in time, the victim’s life can be saved. Doctors recommend that parents keep an eye on three symptoms in their children, each of which might indicate that the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.

Symptoms:
• Difficulty breathing after swimming
• Drowsiness or sleepiness
• Forgetfulness or a change in behavior

Frankie’s parents wish they’d known this earlier. If they had, their son would be alive today. Now, they hope that Frankie’s death can at least serve as a warning to others. Read more about dry drowning, or secondary drowning as it is also called, here.

Watch Frankie’s mother tell her son’s story on this news report:

Please share this article with all the parents you know. Together we can help spread this important message so that no more children die from dry drowning!

 

Article reproduced from Newsner.com

The Joy of Ramadan Giving

Thank you all for all those who supported us in our Ramadan Campaign. Social media is to connect people together and we want that to make a difference in people’s lives. Thanks to all of you, our active followers and readers we managed to distribute all the collections from the 5 drop off centres a few days ago, with some amazing volunteers and the team behind Ahla Fawda and the passionate work of Nimat Farhat from Social Support Society.

We had some amazing volunteers on the day to help us give away all the boxes away. They came from international countries  including Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, Wales, and Portugal just to name a few. It was amazing experience, emotional and full of love. Children, students, working mums and grand mothers came united for this great experience: a time to give.

 

 

Over the last few weeks we have received many donations of clothing and shoes, which were sorted and packed for delivery. Special thanks to Nimat Farhat for partnering with us for this distribution and huge thanks to all our supporters and to our drop off centres for collaborating with us Totally Kids, Learn and Play, Dent de Lait, Play Town and Fox and Frog. A big thanks goes to all parents, and children who donated their shoes, toys, books and clothes to give them a new home.

 

 

 

Pre-loved means giving them a new home.

All that we are doing is a drop in the ocean for those families and children in need, but what matters is that we do our best and we do it from the bottom of our heart thats.

A special thanks to Ziad Assaf for his editing of the video and music. We managed to put a few smiles on those innocent faces.

We want to wish you all a Blessed Eid with your family and loved ones. Here is a short video to showcase all the work we put into making sure all your donations received a warm home just in time for Eid.

Enjoy watching it, without your support none of this could have happened.

Thank you!

Make sure you are subscribed to our YouTube Channel, to stay in the loop with the local scoop.

 

Pictures and Video by: Dina Maktabi
Video Editing and Music: Ziad Assaf

What is really inside Nutella?

As kids and as adults, we all love Nutella and I speak for the majority of us. Recently, there has been a lot of information out there on what is really inside Nutella. We all know sugar is not good for us, so we wanted to take a closer look.

Nutella is often marketed as a nutritious hazelnut spread. In most countries, it’s marketed as a simple hazelnut cream, and ads highlight the fact that Nutella has no artificial colors or preservatives. However, Nutella is not exactly a healthy food. A breakdown of the ingredients shows that Nutella has very few hazelnuts, and is actually mostly made of sugar and palm oil.

This viral image uploaded to reddit, shows us exactly whats inside a jar Nutella. Source: Welt.

 

While Nutella only contains five ingredients (palm oil, cocoa, hazelnuts, skimmed milk powder, and sugar), a whopping half of the stuff is sugar.

We sometimes can’t help but take a spoon and dig into a jar of Nutella. A balanced diet is key to enjoy the yummy things in life.

Off course there are alternatives and a lot of mothers around have started doing their own version of homemade Nutella. We love Rania’s version, a Mums in Beirut member and a mother of two. Make sure you follow her on Instagram @supercalicooks as she shares her passion for healthy eating for the whole family.

 

 

 

 

Source: The Insider

 

Family Day Out at AUB Outdoors 2017

AUB Outdoors is an annual 2-day festival that takes place at the AUB upper campus during May. AUB clubs and societies participate with their games, food services, music concerts, and many other various performances!

Mums in Beirut attended the Alien Invasion this year despite the rain. It was fun packed family day out, with lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy. Make sure you get your face painted and get alienated.

Follow us more on Snapchat and Instagram to stay in the loop with the local scoop.

 

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Vote for our sister site Kensington Mums as London’s Top Mummy Blogger 2017

As some of you may know, Mums is Beirut is the sister site to Kensington Mums in London, UK. An online Blog / magazine supporting mums through their Motherhood Journey founded 6 years ago by Dina Maktabi.

The story behind Kensington Mums is one of a Mother who went through a traumatic time after the birth of her first child and found herself struggling with postnatal depression alone in a country with no family around.

As her second child was born, she turned that pain into a passion to make a change and encourage other mums to reach out during hard times and support each other. Kensington Mums has become a growing success thanks to the love of many mothers from all walks of live.


Kensington Mums is overjoyed to have been nominated as London’s Mummy Blogger 2017 by The Motherhood London. We are running alongside some incredible and inspiring fellow mums and bloggers who we admire and therefore just a nomination is overwhelming to be the least…. To win would be indescribable.

Voting is now open (it ends on 25th of March 2017) and therefore we would like to ask you to take a few moments of your time and get Kensington Mums to the top!

Vote for Kensington Mums as London’s Mummy Blogger 2017.

Beirut from up above

Mums in Beirut was delighted to spend a beautiful morning overlooking Beirut at Staybridge Suites Beirut.

In collaboration with Soul Spa – Yoga Center, Staybridge Suites Beirut kicked off the summer season with a relaxing Yoga session at the infinity rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful city of Beirut. This gathering was a great mingling opportunity between top media and bloggers in Lebanon.

Staybridge Suites Beirut, in the heart of Verdun, is a 5 star hotel part of Intercontinental Hotels Group. It consists of 121 suites including Studio Suites, One-Bedroom Suites, Two-Bedroom Suites and one Panoramic Suite. The hotel’s facilities include complimentary buffet breakfast, free WiFi, a rooftop pool, a fitness room, laundry, service as well as a meeting room to host any of your work-shops and conferences. 

It is important for us mums to make the time for ourselves, to reconnect and enjoy the little things we enjoy best in life. After all, you need to nurture yourself to be able to take care of your little ones.

Check out the pictures of our morning retreat with the stunning views!

 

 

Opening of LakayCreation

Mums in Beirut was proud of the opening of LakayCreation located in Downtown Beirut last week. For those who followed Mums in Beirut on Snapchat and Instagram would have seen the amazing atmosphere, the attention to detail and the lovely photobooth that was an unusual one, one just like a bed….And who doesn’t love their beds?

You can check it below for yourself. How cool is the concept?

About LakayCreation

Did you know that “lakay” means home in Haitian? During the 19th century, Haitian architects were inspired by Parisian architectural movement and adapted existing designs to fit their needs and the Caribbean living conditions. Houses were usually build out of wood and natural products.

This philosophy inspired the concept behind LakayCreation: Seek out inspiration in your home design and put your own spirit so that it becomes uniquely you…

LakayCreation is specialized in the design, manufacturing and installation of home furniture individually tailored to your needs and space. Bespoke spaces are created with the most environmentally friendly wood products and a wide offer of anti-bacterial accessories and equipment.

Prominently located in Downtown Beirut, this upscale showroom spreads over two floors, and features custom-made kitchens, bedrooms, TV units, bathrooms, wardrobes and cabinetry.

Enjoy browsing through the picture of the opening event.

 

Kids Behavioural Problems

Today’s article is by Noha Ladki Halawani, who is a member of Mums in Beirut, a mother of one and a social worker

One of the biggest challenges parents face, is managing difficult behavior on the part of children. Whether they are refusing to put on their shoes, invading by the daily life responsibilities, or adopting a parenting style which is inconsistent or contradictory so you can find yourself at a loss for an effective way to respond.

In stressful situations, young children will tend to react with impaired physiological functions such as feeding and sleeping disturbances. Older children may exhibit relationship disturbances with friends and family, poor school performance, behavioral regression to an earlier developmental stage and maybe development of specific behaviors associated with the individual habit. Common stereotypies/habits include the following:

  • Thumb or hand sucking
  • Body Rocking
  • Head Banging
  • Nail biting
  • Hair Twirling
  • Bruxism (chronic dental pain)

These habits may develop as entertainment for a bored child or, more commonly, as a coping mechanism to soothe an anxious one. The next time you see for example a nail biting or hair twirling, try to recall if your child has recently had a stressful experience. On the other hand, some kids engage in habits when they are relaxed, such as before falling to sleep or listening to music.

In general bad habits can be difficult assessed. Whether the behavior is normal or not; judgement will need to take into consideration the frequency, range and intensity of symptoms.

For parents, behavioral techniques and/or hints can provide a roadmap to calmer, more consistent ways to manage their reactions and offers a chance to help the children to rebuild the trust toward the family. It’s about guiding your child’s behavior so that they learn the appropriate way to behave.

Understanding the causes of your child’s behavior is the first step in meeting this challenge. Consider whether there have been any changes in your family life that might affect your child’s behavior.

A positive and constructive approach is often the best way to guide your child’s behavior. Building a relationship, spending time and giving your child the attention when he behaves well rather than just punishing him when he does something you don’t like.

Involve your child in the process of breaking the habit. Let him be involved in choosing the appropriate habit. Come up with some ways to work on breaking the unwanted habit together and develop little routines especially at bedtimes and/ or mealtimes.

Suggest alternative behaviors. To occupy your child’s attention, try providing a distraction, like helping you in the kitchen or working on a craft. As children get older, they may enjoy becoming involved in the house rules.

Reward and praise self-control. For example allow your little girl to use nail polish if she lets her nail grow.

Be consistent in rewarding good behavior. If you fail notice good behavior, it will disappear over time. The new, positive habit must be firmly established before the old one will disappear.

 

It’s very important not to use a physical punishment because it stops the bad behavior for a while and doesn’t teach your child to change his or her behavior. If we are not teaching them to choose a good behavior, the child is likely to return to the bad behavior. Physical punishment becomes less effective with time and can cause the child to behave aggressively.

 

Last but not least, take care of yourself. Managing children’s challenging is not always easy. When you look after yourself with healthy food, rest and exercise, you will feel better and find it easier to stay calm and respond to your child’s behavior.