Spooky Storksak Halloween Competition

All Hallows’ Eve is nearly upon us. It’s time to get carving those pumpkins, get a spooky outfit for your kids at the ready and stock up on trick or treat sweeties!

Storksak Hallween competition graphic

The Storksak team would like you to share your clever and creative pumpkin designs, whether it’s a proud picture you have kept from years past or this October’s amazing effort. Share your inspiring pumpkin pictures on our Facebook page and you will be in with a chance of winning our impossibly chic Tote in Diamonds Black, RRP £70 if your photo is the spookiest.

The Diamonds Black changing bag is new to our Tote range for AW14. As one of our best-loved styles, we update the collection with an on trend design every year.
Made from water repellent nylon with a fashionable contrasting base, our latest tote is super-lightweight and roomy. With its additional, adjustable long shoulder strap, it is extremely versatile, comfortably worn as a shoulder or cross body bag.

The tote is equipped with essential features for new parents, including two inner elasticated storage pockets, one zipped pocket for valuables, one large velcro closure compartment for clothes or nappies, in-built thermo-insulated bottle holder to keep fluids warm/cool for up to four hours, additional long strap with built in stroller clips and padded changing mat.

Storksak Diamond Tote Black with woman and child

Wipe clean fabrics and linings throughout make this changing bag one of our most practical choices for stylish mums. Large enough to fit most laptops, it also doubles up perfectly as a weekend bag when off duty.

We love the striking monochrome design here in the office, and think it makes a great handbag whether you are a new parent or not!

Simply like the Storksak Facebook page, and post your proudest pumpkin caving pictures to us to be in with a chance of winning this stylish changing bag! The Storksak team’s favourite entry wins.

The competition is open to UK residents only, and will close for entries on Friday October 31st at 5pm. We will announce our chosen winner on Monday 3rd November.

 

 

 

Storksak’s Luxury Baby Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect baby shower gift, new baby or first birthday present, or a little something to make a new mum feel special? Here’s some of Storksak’s top picks for lovely luxury treats…

Nursery furniture from ‘Nature’s Purest’

If you are giving a gift for a baby shower and mum and dad haven’t chosen to find out their baby’s sex this is the company for you! Choose from a lovely selection of luxurious baby products in neutral creams and whites – we especially love the mobiles, teddies and bedding, perfect for a simple yet stylish nursery.

Knitted bear

‘Storksak’ changing bags

Finding your perfect changing bag makes everyday life with your baby that bit easier. Whilst it’s important to include all the function you need as a new mum, giving the gift of a Storksak changing bag will also feel like a lovely luxury treat for a lucky new mum! Our classic best-seller, the Elizabeth in tan, is a sure fire choice.

Elizabeth changing bag

‘Olivia Sticks with Layla’ personalised gifts

Honour a friend or family member’s new arrival in an extra special way, with a personalised card from small British brand ‘Olivia sticks with Layla’. Pretty and traditional, the quintessentially English brand also makes art prints, personalised placemats and coasters, thank you notes and invitations.

Olivia+Layla personalised invitation

‘Aden+Anais’ swaddle cloths

These beautiful swaddling cloths from Aden+Anais make a lovely gift for new parents, with a luxurious range of merino, organic and bamboo fabrics. The ‘New Beginning Gift Set’ is an ideal go-to gift from the brand, with muslin square, two swaddles, bib and ‘musy mate’, in Jungle or Twinkle theme.

Aden+Anais swaddling

‘Sophie the Giraffe’ teething aid

Teething toys are a baby essential, but this classic is sure to delight parents for its cute appearance as much as its ideal shape for babies to squeeze and chew. Sophie the Giraffe has been a classic new baby gift for French mums for the last fifty years and the rest of the world is fast catching on. The classic gift box is our choice for great baby gift.

Sophie the Giraffe teething toy

‘Hug and Hatch’ baby booties

Available in a lovely gift box, these beautiful little shoes make for wonderful presents for baby’s first birthday. The brand creates shoes for pre-walkers, first walkers and juniors. The soft suede designs are kind to delicate little feet, but they’re super stylish too – available in leopard print and polka dot patterns booties, sandals and shoes.

We hope you found our pick of lovely baby products useful. Are there any other great brands that we haven’t included here which are your go-to when buying gifts for new mums? Please share!

Storksak’s ‘Pretty Muddy Run’ for The Brain Tumour Charity

On Saturday 20th September the girls at Storksak got together and we prepared to get covered in mud as we ran the Race for Life Pretty Muddy Run in Finsbury park!

We were raising money for our amazing accountant Jo Naji’s brave little boy Zak, who has battled through a rare form of brain cancer, Medulloblastioma.

In September last year, when Zak had a lot of headaches, Jo took him to A&E. It was discovered after undergoing a CT scan that Zak had a brain tumour.  After undergoing his first surgery, tragically it was discovered that Zak’s cancer had spread to his spine, and he had to endure more surgery to help the fluid in his brain.

After three lots of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, it’s wonderful that Zak is now free of his cancer.

We are so pleased that Zak is now in remission, but there are around 500 children that are diagnosed with brain cancer every year. The lack of funding in place for paediatric cancers means that if Zak relapses there is no further treatment available to him in the UK.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours, to help more children and adults like Zak. Currently only 2% of Cancer Research in the UK is dedicated to brain tumours, so it’s time for us to do what we can to help!

We had an amazing day, made extra special by having Zak himself there to cheer us on, and his two sisters joining us all for the race!

So far we have raised an amazing £1,330, thanks to the generosity of friends and family. Our Just Giving page is still open so please donate to this amazing cause if you can.

Storksak shining in the press

It’s always great to see our lovely changing bags in the pages of glossy magazines, and so here we are sharing our proud moments with you!

Storksak has had a very busy few months of press coverage, and we’re delighted to see how much journalists and loyal customers love our changing bags.

Our bags have been seen everywhere recently, from big fashion and lifestyle magazines like Grazia and Irish Tatler, to top baby publications like Gurgle baby magazine and Baby & Me. Lots of our styles including the Tania Bee, Bailey, Ellena, Aubrey, Ashley, Sofia and Kate Patent have all been featured.

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite press bits, as featured in parenting magazines over the past year…

 
Gurgle Magazine, May 2014
Gurgle is championing our Ellena as the perfect subtle and understated changing bag for new mums.

 

Storksak changing bags as featured in Gurgle magazine

 

Baby and Me, May 2014
We were delighted to see Baby and Me include our Kate Patent in their ‘Changing bags we love’ selection.

 

Storksak changing bags in Baby and Me magazine

 

Baby and Me, November 2013
Our Ashley Blue is included in the top pick of changing bags for new dads.

 

Storksak's Bailey in Baby&Me magazine

 

Parenting Magazine, April 2013
The Elizabeth is included in the ‘Hot Mama’ list, as a stylish and functional choice for Moms on the go.

 

Storksak's Elizabeth in Parentign magazine

 

Angels and Urchins, March 2014
The Bailey weekend bag is featured in Angels and Urchins in ‘Pregnancy and Baby News’ as a good choice for a weekend or hospital bag.

 

Storksak changing bags in 'Angels and Urchins' magazine

 

Choosing your Storksak Changing Bag

Storksak changing bags are great for keeping organised and carrying your baby’s essentials, including nappies, wipes, bottles and dummies, alongside your own belongings.

There are so many different sizes, shapes and colours of changing bag available in every fabric and at every price point however, choosing the one that’s right for you might seem overwhelming.

It’s worth taking your time when choosing your Storksak, as having the right changing bag by your side can make life so much easier as a new mum. To help you out we’ve covered a few main points for you to consider, to help you start thinking about what you actually want and need in a changing bag:

Fabric

A sumptuous leather changing bag is the ultimate luxury choice, but if you want something a little more casual looking, are keeping to a budget, or perhaps won’t buy leather for ethical reasons, Storksak offers a variety of alternatives.

The Bobby and Poppy bags are made in a high quality quilted nylon, which is designed to be hard wearing and withstand every day use. A few of our bags are also cotton canvas, which works particularly well for unisex styles such as the Ashley and Bailey.

If you are looking for a classic leather design the Elizabeth, Sofia or new Lucinda bag are some of our loveliest leather choices, and will double up as handbags or work bags when baby is out of nappies, and you need to carry a laptop rather than a changing mat.

Size

Size is a tricky issue when it comes to changing bags. As a new mother you have a lot to carry so will probably look for a bag larger than the handbag you previously carried. However, choose a bag that’s too big and it becomes heavy and tempting to over-fill.

If you have twins or need to carry a lot about with you one of our larger bags, such as the Bailey or Tote might be your best choice.

If you breast feed and dont need to carry bottles, formulas etc a smaller bag might be more suitable. Some of our slightly smaller styles include the Elizabeth, which is quite a slim design, and the Helena.

Ease of Cleaning

Your new bag needs to be practical and easy to clean. All Storksak bags have wipe clean linings, but if you choose a synthetic style many are also wipe clean on the outside too.

It is possible to clean leather bags as well, and a variety of products can be used to do so. It is best to test on a less visible area first however, as some leather cleaners could discolour your bag. Read our care instructions for more detailed information.

Carrying a bottle

An important component of the baby-changing bag is a holder or section to keep your baby’s bottle out of the way, clean and temperature regulated. Storksak integrate an insulated bottle holder into each bag in a variety of ways, either with a removable bottle holder bag, or a zipped, concealed bottle pocket.

You may prefer the pocket as a part of your bag as a neat option for keeping your baby’s bottle in place. Bags with an insulated pocket include the Lucinda, Tote and Jamie. If you plan to use your bag for work also, you might prefer a design with a removal bottle holder, such as the Caroline or Nina.

To go girly or keep it sensible and unisex…?

If you’re a girly girl and you are going to be the only one carrying your changing bag, you can go all out – the bright Bobby Magenta, Tote in Diamonds Black or Bailey in Coral are all pretty, feminine fashion choices which are sure to get you noticed.

However, if your partner is also going to be using your changing bag, making him carry around your bright pink Storksak might not be a popular decision! Luckily we offer a range of stylish unisex designs, including the Ashley in black or blue, Bailey in black or navy, or the celebrity dad’s favourite, Jamie in espresso or black.

View our full range of Storksak changing bags and choose the right one for you here.

Amoralia offers Storksak’s customers an exclusive discount…

Storksak has teamed up with beautiful underwear brand Amoralia for a discount on their products – now you can enjoy an impressive 20% off Amoralia’s full price items until August 15th 2014 with product code P15SSK.

The lovely brand makes a range of pretty yet practical underwear, swimwear and nightwear for women during every stage of pregnancy, as well as for nursing mothers.

There is nothing more important than feeling comfortable and supported during the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and early motherhood, so luckily Amoralia has the products you need as well as plenty of practical advice for choosing the right items.

Amoralia was born seven years ago after its creator Jules noticed a gap in the market for beautiful yet functional underwear for pregnant women and new mothers – much as Storksak was created when our founders Mel and Suzi realized the need for a stylish yet functional baby changing bag. For this reason our two brands are perfect partners!

Amoralia is constantly striving to further their expertise through research, feedback from Mums, testing and tweaking, so it’s not surprising they have won the UK Fashion & Export award for lingerie and beach fashion, as well as coming runner up in the Blueprint business planning awards back in 2005.

Take a look at Amoralia’s lovely range here to choose your perfect products at a brilliant 20% off full price items.

 

Summer with Storksak: our fans share their favourite family days out!

Our summer day out competition has officially ended and we are so pleased with all the great suggestions from Storksak fans for family days out in the UK this summer!

Congratulations to Katy Stanley, who sent us an adorable collage of her baby daughter Sophie’s first summer, enjoying her family’s favourite day out activity – a picnic.

If you are looking for some inspiration for special family days during the warm months, take a look at some of our competition entrant’s top tips…

Katy Stanley

My family loves picnics in the summer. This year is our little Sophie’s first summer, and on Sunday she had her first ever picnic at the fun fair, with tractor rides and arts and crafts for her big sister Amy!

Lori Anderson

York! We were there last month with our 7-month-old son for a few days. It was wonderful and full of such friendly people! We live in Glasgow and are lucky enough to have the commonwealth games coming up this summer, so there will be plenty of free events happening to keep kids entertained too.

Becky Smith

I love Camber Sands – it’s close enough to big towns for there be plenty to do, but secluded enough to be able to really relax. There is a gorgeous beach and nice open spaces.

Nina Merry

Funfair rides. As much I love taking my little girl to the zoo I don’t have the money to keep going! So we always take her on walks somewhere different instead and she loves exploring, plus it’s a great day out with the family and some quality bonding time.

Sharon Jones

Snow tubing is great fun! Playing football in the garden as a family is also one of our favourite summer day games.

Emma Ann Hunt

You can’t beat a day out at the seaside. Buckets and spades, sand in your toes, chips in a cone and ice cream make our perfect family day out!

Leah Sullivan

We just adore going on a family trip to the beach. It can cost as much or as little as you choose. We often visit Joss Bay, near Broadstairs, as the water quality is great and it’s a nice safe and enclosed bay for little ones.

We always take a big picnic (watch out for the pesky seagulls though!), sports equipment like bats and balls, a blow up paddling pool (so the children can still splash about when not in the sea), kites, inflatables, buckets and spades and some nets to go to the rock pools when the tide is out.

With all this, you can really arrive early in the morning and not leave until around 6pm, but have had a really lovely, fun and varied day out. There’s nothing like the sea air and a bit of sunshine to make for the perfect day, wherever you are along the coast.

 

Thanks to everyone who entered for sharing your great ideas! If you didn’t win this time keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the great competitions we have coming up…

 

 

Storksak launches into Autumn/Winter 2014: Sleek lines, new colours and practical luxury

 

It’s time to look forward to crisp leaves under foot and cold, frosty mornings; the Autumn/Winter Storksak collection has landed!

The lovely Storksak range has been updated with a luxurious new tote style, the Lucinda, and on-trend updates to many of our existing popular lines. All are now available for pre-order.

The Lucinda Tote is perhaps our most modern and sleek style yet. Created to withstand regular use, the minimal hardware and contemporary lines make for a wonderfully versatile design. The bag will be available at an accessible price point and in a choice of three beautiful colours.

Storksak’s Senior Designer Sherina has said: “We wanted to create a leather tote with a difference – filling a gap in the market for a baby bag which can also be used as a tote. By being adventurous with pattern we have made use of the bag’s asymmetrical style to create a large external pocket. The Lucinda is a modern, minimalist design. Crafted in lightweight, hard-wearing leather, it’s perfect for everyday use.”

The Lucinda offers all of the features you will need as a new parent; side zip with thermo-insulated bottle pocket, comfortable leather shoulder strap with padded shoulder section, secure top zip, a number of elasticated inside pockets and padded changing mat. You can choose from classic Black, a lovely neutral Taupe, or add a pop of colour to your wardrobe with Sunset Orange.

Storksak favourites such as our Poppy, Bobby, Tote, Ashley and Bailey bag are also available in new colour and pattern options for the Autumn/Winter season.

The Poppy and Bobby now come in a sophisticated charcoal colour. Premium-looking and neutral enough to go with most colours, charcoal has been chosen as a more interesting alternative to grey and softer option than classic black. The Bobby in Magenta is perfect for the colour-lovers amongst you; the beautiful bright shade will warm up your winter look and complement most neutrals.

Our classic tote design has been updated with a monochrome theme for the winter. On trend for the season, the interesting, versatile print is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.

Finally, the Ashley and Bailey bags are now available in black with tan detail; a great unisex options suitable for dads as well as mums. Stylish as well as practical, they feature a water resistant finish.

 

View our nine beautiful new Autumn/Winter bags on our website now – available to order immediately for late August delivery.

 

Summer holiday day out competition

The summer holidays are coming up and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep your little ones amused for a whole six weeks home from school or nursery!

This is where Storksak comes in; we want everyone to share their best British family days out, whether it’s building sandcastles on a Cornish beach, visiting your favourite London museum, a day at the zoo or a picnic in the grounds of a stately home. Ideas to inspire us all for great summer holiday.

Enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning yourself the essential accompaniment to a busy family day out; our vibrant and chic Storksak orange and fuchsia tote.

This stylish yet amazingly practical bag features a number of pockets to keep your valuables safe and organised, a padded changing mat and thermo-insulated bottle holder – perfect for carrying all of your day out essentials.

To enter, please send us your day out idea, any photos you have of your family enjoying the day and your email address* via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StorksakBags by deadline 21ar July 2014. We are looking out for the loveliest imagery and most inspiring ideas when choosing our winning entry. Good luck!

*When you provide us with your email address you will be automatically added to our mailing list.

 

Help Save a Life this Christmas

Many of our employees at Storksak are parents themselves who agree that nothing can be more natural and enjoyable than having a baby.  But the reality can be very different in some less fortunate regions of the world, such as Africa and Asia.



Here in the UK the news that a baby is due is something to celebrate, bringing family and friends closer. Unfortunately, in Africa this is not always the case. One young woman in Malawi described her impending birth as, “like having one foot in the grave”. This is heartbreaking for us to hear. 

Women and Children First (UK) is a charity that believes empowering women with knowledge about their pregnancy and wellbeing can save lives- a value in which Storksak believe is of great importance.

Women and Children First train community leaders in Asian and African villages to establish women’s groups – think of the NCT here in the UK – so that vital knowledge can be passed on to pregnant women, helping them to identify their most important problems and plan how to address them with their own resources.

For every woman who dies, at least twenty more suffer complications, leaving them with lifelong disability and pain.

The work of Women and Children First (UK) is supported entirely by donations.  Every penny counts toward helping to improve the lives of women and children.

So far, the charity has achieved up to 45 per cent reduction in newborn mortality in two years.

On December 8th this year, WCF presented their new campaign which aims to help raise awareness of the plight of women and children and to encourage listeners to dig into their pockets and donate this Christmas.

£30 will fund six women to attend a group for a year. 

For further information on Women and Children First (UK) and how to donate, please visit it’s website:  www.womenandchildrenfirst.org.uk.

We at Storksak have supported Women and Children First for over two years, and on Mothers Day 2012 we began a partnership with the charity and announced our popular Tania Bee Changing Bag as Storksak’s way of contributing to the cause. For every Tania Bee sold on our website, we will donate £5 to WCF. We hope you can support us in our partnership with this fantastic charity, educating and helping mothers in places less fortunate take care of their new born babies.