Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Magic Of Christmas #ManOnTheMoon

Many moons ago, when Skibz first started out, John Lewis were the biggest retailer of our bibs. If you haven't yet seen their latest Christmas ad, then where have you been since Friday? You can watch it here:

I've read numerous interpretations of the advert. One article from The Guardian speaks of how the ad has a charitable spin and is raising awareness for Age UK. The piece reads:

The ad’s strapline is: “Show someone they’re loved this Christmas”, which echoes Age UK’s own campaign: “No one should have no one at Christmas”

A slightly more gloomy interpretation is outlined in a piece in the Independent. It focuses on the irony of how the man on the moon is more alone than ever at the close of the advert, and reads, 

'As we are left reeling from the emotional piece, cut to tagline; “show somebody they’re loved at Christmas”.  But this is not by inviting them into your home, but by giving them some sort of material gift that still, ironically, keeps them at the same distance they always were…half the world away.'

I must’ve completely missed the point of John Lewis’ campaign, since my own interpretation was not anywhere near thinking of the company’s intention to raise awareness of charity and the elderly who will be alone at Christmas.

Yes, the man on the moon is elderly, but I didn’t for a moment consider that this was a symbol of an elderly generation left alone this Christmas, but rather the  representation of the mythological man in the moon, who must by now be hundreds of years old. I remember, as a child, I was fascinated by the idea of a man living on the moon, looking down on me and keeping me safe. Memories of gazing out of my bedroom window at night into the starlit sky in hope of catching sight of him are some of my most treasured and magical. To me, this is what Christmas is about; creating enchanting childhood memories, and preserving innocence by leading little ones to believe in a magical man who doesn’t really exist. Much like Father Christmas, no?

Six-year-old Lily is a little girl with an imagination. The days are shorter, and at this time of year Lily will be seeing much more of the moon before it is her bedtime. Throughout the summer, she was probably in bed before it was even visible, so now, with winter drawing in and the nights longer, Lily is seeing the moon in all its glory for longer. She’s developed a fascination with it. She’s encapsulated by its beauty and enchantment and feels secure in the idea that there is a wise old man looking out for her from afar. She loves him, like any child could feel a bond with an imaginary friend, and while he exists in her mind her purity is protected.

The man on the moon is in her imagination. The man on the moon is her imagination, her innocence and her naivety. By gifting him with a telescope, she is indulging her innocence and allowing it to stay in contact with her just a little longer, before many more years pass and Christmas becomes less about the excitement and joy of the hustle and bustle, about licking the Christmas cake mix spoon and hanging up decorations and cuddling up to relatives after an exhausting day celebrating, and far more about iPads and designer handbags and materialism.

That’s how I saw it, anyway. I was overwhelmed with emotion, because in Lily I saw a little bit of little me, and realised that I’d forgotten about the magic of Christmas. By the end of the advert my eyes were streaming. (To be fair, I produced one lone tear, but went to wipe it away with a finger that still had chilli on it from preparing dinner. Note to self: Wash hands after cooking with chillis. Chillis burn your eyes.)

'Show someone they’re loved this Christmas' with a simple, childlike gesture. Reignite the magic in your mind. Remember how Christmas felt when you were small.

Thank you for making Christmas magical for me again, John Lewis.

Jem x

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Oh So Organic, Baby!

We're teaming up with Kokoso to offer you an opportunity to win a wonderfully soft and organic prize for baby.

For your chance to win a Vanilla Organic Skibz dribble bib, made from bamboo making it super soft and suitable from birth AND a pot of Kokoso, the 100% natural and organic coconut oil to nourish and moisturise babies' skin, join us on Twitter and Facebook.  

The competition will start from Monday 19th of October, and winner will be announced on Monday the 26th of October. 

Follow Skibz & Kokoso on social media:

Best of luck!!

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Halloween Inspiration For Babies

Halloween Skibz bibs

The launch of our brand new, limited edition Halloween Skibz dribble bibs led me to wonder... What else is out there on the market for babies this Halloween? 

Here is a collection of some of the best things I came across!
Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Baby Vest
Who doesn't love The Nightmare Before Christmas? This awesome Jack Skellington baby bib is available from for £13. 

Halloween fancy dress for babies have a range of Halloween inspired fancy dress outfits (as well as many others... including a peacock costume that was so cute I that I actually squealed) starting from £20

Baby Frankenstein costume

George at Asda  have this very cute 'Halloween Frankie & Hat' set for just £6. Wouldn't Frankie look cute with a Halloween Skibz on?

Halloween baby outfit accessoryHalloween baby accessories

Our 'Halloween' and 'Spooky Spider' are the two latest designs in our bib range. Both of them are reversible and Pop-itz compatible, and priced at £10 from 

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Guessing Baby's Gender: Reasons To Stay Team Yellow!

Guessing Baby's Gender Blog

Speculating the unknown gender of an unborn baby is one of the most exciting things about pregnancy. There are many old wives' tales that claim to determine whether your baby will be wearing pink or blue.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Not Top Baby Names: Unusual Boys' Names

Boys names

Choosing the right name for your baby is one of the most important and difficult decisions you'll ever have to make. It will carry them through life, be subjected to judgement, be a part of who they become and it will be theirs to keep forever.

We often see lists of popular and favourite baby names, but here at Skibz, we've composed a list of uncommon baby names; the slightly more unusual, perhaps a little quirky, but equally beautiful baby names for your beautiful baby boy.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


free gift from Skibz

NEW TO THE SKIBZ RANGE THIS WEEK are 5 brand new, reversible Doublez bib designs and a brand new product, Pop-itz.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Not Top Baby Names: Unusual Girls' Names

Girls names

Choosing the right name for your baby is one of the most important and difficult decisions you'll ever have to make. It will carry them through life, be subjected to judgement, be a part of who they become and it will be theirs to keep forever.

We often see lists of popular and favourite baby names, but here at Skibz, we've composed a list of less common, more unusual, perhaps a little quirky, but equally beautiful baby names for your beautiful baby girl.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Royal birth announcement

The Skibz team had only just been discussing potential names for the new prince or princess when Lucy happened to glance out of the office window to see that we'd just had a new arrival of our own.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

5 Day #OfficePhotoChallenge

Last week the ladies in the Skibz HQ office decided that, just for a bit of extra fun in among the "fun" day-to-day office tasks, they'd do a 5 day #officephotochallenge - and to spread the fun further, they decided to nominate fellow office employees!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

How To Achieve A Bikini Body After Baby In Two Easy Steps!

After baby bikini body

With summertime just around the corner, the pressure is on to get that media-perfect, beach-perfect body; but only the minority of mothers escape pregnancy without a single stretch mark, scar or saggy bit. With tiger-striped tummies, more-than-just-a-muffin-tops (Cake shelves, perhaps, as fantastically described by comedian Sarah Millican), and south-swinging C-cups, it's not a shock that the majority of us are left feeling swimsuit shy over the summer season. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

I Packed My (Hospital) Bag, And In It I Put...

Hospital bag

Towards the end of your pregnancy, your midwife will probably encourage you to pack a hospital bag in preparation for when your time comes. It sounds like a pretty easy task, because you'll probably only be in for a night or two, but somehow the contents of this bag seem to be more organised and better planned out than all of the luggage for a family of five's fortnight away on a desert island.

Here are just a few ideas of what to include:

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Baby Led Weaning: Inspiration

Baby led weaning inspiration

Baby led weaning is precisely what the name implies - weaning led by your baby. Rather than spooning soggy purees into their chops when you as a parent think that your baby must be ready to introduce solids into their diet, you wait. You wait for their instinct, and until your baby shows signs that they are ready to eat solid food.

Some believe that a baby will instinctively know that their gut has matured enough to handle more than milk, and so at this stage they will start to reach out at your plate, and take much more interest in your meals.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Weaning: A Messy Business!


Weaning is one of the most fun times of your baby's development; watching them cringe at different tastes, and end up with broccoli in their eyebrows, and fall for that 'here comes the aeroplane' trick. But as well as being fun, it can be an immensely frustrating, messy business!

Here are some ideas to get you through the stage of introducing solids, as cleanly as possible!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Becoming A Parent. For The Second Time...

Second time parent

From the moment that you start considering (or find out that you're unexpectedly expecting) baby number two, your head starts brimming with questions. 

Will I cope? Will I love this second baby as much as my first? Is that even possible? Will I know what to do? Will I actually manage?

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Baby Blues, PND And Mental Illness During Parenthood

Baby blues & PND

Some statistics suggest that as many as 1 in 5 women suffer with post-natal depression (PND) at some point, although it's not exclusive to the mothers of newborns. Dads can get PND too. Depression can strike at any point during parenthood to any one of us. Anyone who believes that it shows weakness is not stronger than one who suffers, merely fortunate that they haven't themselves suffered before.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Why Mums Need Big Bags.

Pre-children, I would empty my little handbag and find a couple of crumpled receipts, a lip gloss or two, a lighter, a purse, and a phone.

The findings during the clearing out of my mahoosive mum bag never cease to astonish me.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Dear Babysitter: Precious Firstborn Syndrome

Dear babysitter,

Thank you so much for this. I feel awfully guilty for leaving her!

My little fluffy-wuffy is probably going to cry when I leave. Please don't let her get too distressed. If she cries for more than three minutes, call me. I'll come straight home, right away. 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Baby On A Budget

Baby on a budget

With Christmas out of the way, for a lot of us, it's time to tighten our belts (or loosen them perhaps, depending on how much you indulged in festive feasting. We shan't judge!). That's not to say that you can't still give your baby the best on a budget.