Thursday, 23 April 2015

Obaby's Top Facts: St. George

With St George’s day upon us, at Obaby HQ we had a bit of a realisation that we weren’t as clued up on England’s dragon-destroying patron saint as we probably should be, so we did a bit of research and found some interesting (and suprising!) facts and information:

Despite being the patron saint of England, St George never actually set foot in England at all, he was born in Turkey in the 3rd century, where he became a Roman soldier who bravely protested against Rome’s persecution of the Christians

Although many of us see St George as part of our English heritage, he is also the patron saint of a variety of other countries and places including Catalonia, Aragon, Russia, Bavaria, Beirut, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Lithuania, Hungary and Ethiopia

The country of Georgia is named after St George and has 365 Orthodox churches named after him too, one for each day of the year

St George’s emblem is a red cross on a white background, which has also become the English flag. The first King to adopt the design was Richard the Lion Heart in the 12th century, who had his army wear it in on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle

Before St George was given the title in the 1400’s, St Edmund the Martyr was regarded as England’s patron saint as well as the patron saint of kings!

Probably the most widely known story about St George is perhaps the most unlikely – that he bravely slayed a dragon in order to save a princess. It is believed that the English took to this story so strongly because it was extremely similar to an old Anglo-Saxon tale of the day, helping give the Saint the iconic and legendary status he has today

Whether or not George slayed a dragon, his bravery can’t be questioned. It is widely believed that after protesting to the Romans about their unfair treatment of the Christians he was imprisoned and tortured, with some saying he was even crushed between two spiked wheels and boiled in molten lead. He was eventually beheaded in Palestine, but is believed to have stuck to his beliefs throughout

St George is also the patron saint of scouting, soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and fieldworkers, riders and saddlers and even drinking (a perfect excuse for a St George’s day knees up).

Friday, 17 April 2015

Travel in Style: New Obaby Car Seat Collection

This brand new range of car seats, created to match some of our key design favourites, are stylish, fun and the perfect choice for keeping little ones comfortable and safe while on the move. Available in a selection of weight categories, the collection is suitable for children from birth up to 12 years! Each car seat has been created in a number of styles - Little Sailor, Little Cutie, Zigzag Navy, Zigzag Purple, Zigzag Orange and Zigzag Lime - to match our much loved Metis and Chase prints and motifs.
Striking an impeccable balance between high quality features and great design, this lightweight infant carrier has integrated an extremely well padded seat, crotch pad and shoulder pads, which provide expert comfort for little ones, and side impact protection to give parents extra reassurance on safety. The presence of a 3 point harness further ensures maximum security and well being for your child, while the addition of a matching removable hood means babies are protected from all elements. This car seat is suitable from birth up to 13kg (approximately 12-15 months)and is available now.

The Obaby 0-1 Combination incorporates two weight categories into one seat, creating a durable option which is great value for money. The product is suitable from birth in a rear facing position, then, as your child grows it cleverly converts to a forward facing 2 position option suitable up to 18kg (approximately 4 years).

Other key features include an extremely well padded seat, crotch pad and shoulder pads and side impact protection to give parents extra reassurance. The safety harness built into the seat ensures that baby can be secured with ease and equips parents with a safety alarm which will sound should the child open the harness.

The Obaby 1-2-3 Combination incorporates an impressive three weight categories into one seat, meaning longevity and great value. The car seat has a height adjustable head support and retractable arm rests, so the product grows with your child from 9kg (roughly 9 months) all the way up to 36kg (approximately 12 years)!

Other key features include a cosy and well padded seat, crotch and shoulder pads to provide optimal comfort and side impact protection for extra safety. The harness ensures that your child can be kept in place and provides parents with a safety alarm.

All seats are available in the UK now from a range of selected online retailers - Head over to our website to see a list of our online stockists.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New: Minnie Mouse Nursery Collection

A brand new addition to our comprehensive Disney licensed collection, this adorable Minnie Mouse Nursery Selection is ideal for those searching for cute and cosy finishing touches to their tot’s room. 
The stunning and stylish quilt and bumper set is suitable for children over 12 months and will easily fit cots and cot beds. The quilt features an exquisite design which incorporates delicate and charming patchwork and appliqué techniques to create a delightful Minnie Mouse image surrounded with a beautiful heart, while the bumper mixes a range of printed floral fabrics.

There is also the thoughtful option of a crib set available in the same design, suitable to fit almost all standard cribs. Like the cot and cot bed set, this delightful package combines a quilt and bumper to become the perfect pair, and there is even the addition of a matching fitted sheet for little one to lie on.

The pretty patchwork Minnie Mouse sleeping bags, available in sizes for 0-6 months and 6-18 months, feature a lovely floral design to co-ordinate with the rest of the collection and look fantastic within a wide variety of nursery settings and styles. These adorable sleeping bags are comfortable, snug and warm and are ideal for active little ones that kick off their covers while sleeping, while a thoughtful zip opening allows easy access to save you disturbing baby.

The stylish Minnie Mouse Mobile gently soothes your little one to slumber with the power of relaxing music, bringing sweet dreams and beautifully enhancing your child’s sleeping environment. The mobile incorporates a gorgeous patchwork canopy with tiny hearts and a full colour Minnie Mouse design to become a delightful addition to your baby’s bedtime.

This fun and adorable Minnie Mouse Moses Basket combines a maize basket of beautiful quality with a clever hood and bedding which incorporates sweet and elegant fabrics with full colour Minnie designs. There is also the lovable addition of a tiny stuffed heart hanging directly above your baby’s head, while the matching liner is fully removable, as is the embroidered patchwork blanket keeping your little one snug and warm. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Product Spotlight: ABC Design Takeoff Stroller

The ABC Design Takeoff Stroller has been released in the UK to a very warm welcome, in particular at Harrogate Nursery Fair, where the cute and creative stroller turned the heads of retailers and press and drew many to the ABC Design stand! To celebrate this we are dedicating today's product spotlight to focus on some of the Takeoff's key features!

1. The Takeoff is a breeze to steer with the useful of aid of a swivel and lock mechanism on the front wheels
2. The stroller is available in four bold colours from ABC Design's fashion forward 2015 range - Coral, Cranberry, Rio and Lime
3/4/5. The Takeoff is packed with style and looks great from every angle!

6. The eye catching handlebars enable easy pushing and incorporate a special switch to facilitate the cutting edge compact fold
7. The Takeoff features a bumper bar which is height adjustable and can even be fully removed from the stroller by using the simple buttons at each side
8. The Takeoff perfectly embodies ABC Design's unique engineering expertise and ability to think outside the box and has earned recognition from international design experts!
9. UPF 50+ sun protection has been cleverly incorporated into the hood to protect little one from potentially harmful rays

10. A high quality 5 point safety harness means baby is optimally secured from falling or slipping out of the seat
11. The Takeoff can be folded into it's tiny minimum size in just two simple steps, bringing a new sense of freedom to parents on the move
12. The strap adjustable back rest means healthy posture for little ones and ultimate comfort whether sitting or sound asleep
13. An inventive pocket in the hood offers parents a space saving storage solution that is convenient and easy to reach

Want to take home a Takeoff Stroller? We've teamed up with Emma's Diary to give parents the chance to win one of these innovative pushchairs - Just head over to the link for more information:

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Harrogate 2015: Review

With our biggest stand at Harrogate International Nursery Fair yet, the Obaby team was hugely excited to have the chance to exhibit our comprehensive range of furniture, strollers, car seats and licensed goods, as well as catch up with existing and potential retailers from around the globe.

The Obaby stand boldly led with our full selection of furniture room sets, each creatively showcased in lifestyle nursery displays. The products gained a lot of attention, with Harrogate visitors responding positively to the diversity, style and size of our collection. We received great feedback on our brand new Minnie Mouse nursery furniture, which features beautiful full colour illustrations of Minnie and has a matching selection of beautiful patchwork bedding, as well as our popular Lincoln room sets.

Harrogate also set the stage for previewing our licensed Disney Circles range, which includes Strollers and Twins, Highchairs, Travel Cots and Bath Changing Units. A first for Obaby, the inventive Bath Changing Unit sparked a lot of interest. A changing table with a bath tub that pulls out from underneath, Harrogate’s customer base seemed impressed with the product’s unique and practical parent solutions, as well as its lively designs featuring Minnie and Mickey Mouse.

Our stand buddies, ABC Design, made a colourful impression on this year’s Harrogate International Nursery Fair with their bright and fashion-forward 2015 collection.

The award-winning Zoom Tandem took pride of place at the company’s stand; displayed in two unique colour combinations it gained plenty of attention from Harrogate’s visitors, with many recognising the twin from press and marketing or even having first hand experience of its adaptability and wealth of features!

Alongside the Zoom were other customer favourites like the Cobra and Mamba, all showcased with a sublime splash of colour for 2015, as well as some new additions to ABC Design’s UK family – the Takeoff and Avito strollers. The Takeoff proved to be a show highlight, with many excitedly requesting demonstrations of the stroller’s impressive compact fold, which transforms the product in two simple steps.
An exclusive look at the brand’s Plus range also saw some existing ABC Design products, such as the Cobra, Mamba and 3Tec, further enhanced with unique vision, design and innovative features. This definitely created a buzz with visitors to the stand, with ABC Design’s friendly team members excitedly talking them through their key strengths and giving numerous hands on presentations.