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Tips For Opening Your Own Baby Boutique

If you are thinking about opening your own baby boutique the process of doing so can be a daunting task for a new entrepreneur. When starting this kind of a business you can sell items that you purchase at wholesale prices, you can make your own items to sell, you can have others make items and sell them on consignment or a combination of all of these things. People have babies and that's not going to stop so people are always going to have the need for baby stuff and baby gifts. If you want to be a success it's probably a good idea to make sure to carry unique and special types of gifts along with the typical items.

The first thing you need to take into consideration when starting up your own baby boutique is what the start up costs are going to be. Once you have an estimate on that you can then start planning your venture around your start up cost. You are going to need some capital for renting or leasing your space, buying merchandise and material to make merchandise you are going to sell, consider staff cots, taxes as well as any office equipment you might need. Also, if your baby boutique is also going to have some sort of Internet presence then you will also need to include the cost of creating a website, maintaining it as well as the cost of hosting it. If you don't have enough personal money to fund your business from the start you might want to consider getting loans from friends, family members, investors or a bank loan.

You are going to next need to write yourself a business plan, especially if you are getting a bank loan for your baby boutique. You can find a lot of information on how to write one up from books as well as different online resources. The business plan you come up with will need to outline all the needs for your funding, it will also discuss the boutique idea in complete detail and it should also include a good marketing plan, which is quite important because you will need effective advertising to get the word out about your boutique. This plan will be a solid strategic plan for the success of your business.

After you have the funding and your business plan in place you will need to find a location. The location of your new business is vital to your success. If the baby boutique is not located in a shopping mall then you will need to try and find the most visible spot with the most traffic that you can find. You also need to consider the kind of customers you are trying to attract as well. For example if you are offering more high end quality products then you are going to want to be in a more affluent area. If the items are more for those on a budget then you will want to be located where there customers looking for bargains.

Figure out what kind of merchandise you are going to sell and where you are going to get it from. You can offer just clothing but you also can offer unique kinds of toys, baby bedding along with furniture. You can decide to carry exclusive brand names or items that are hard to find and generally can't be found in a regular department store. You can have hand crafted by yourself or by others who have talent at making baby clothes or other baby items.

You need to be sure and hire just the right people to work for you. You need to hire those people who seem to be committed to the success of your boutique and who love kids. If you don't have enough money when you start to pay a good wage for reliable people you might want to start off asking friends and relatives to help you out until you become better established. One thing you really should consider seriously however, is to hire an experienced accountant to help manage your business finances.

Finally you will want to advertise your new business. You want to reach out to expectant parents as well as grandparents. These should be your target group. You also want to try and target those who are giving baby showers for the expectant mother or maybe even for those first birthdays. Put your ads in all the local papers and publications that are often read by women and if allowed put fliers up in gyms, yoga studios, cafes, coffee shops, child care and other places women are often seen visiting. Also make sure to send the local newspaper a press release about your grand opening.

Final Note: Whatever you do, never underestimate your starting costs, in fact, it is best that you overestimate the amount so you don't run into some unexpected expense.


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Make Your Own Gift Basket With Baby Gifts

Making your own basket with baby gifts is a great way in which you can give the mother to be or new mother a very personalized gift. This basket can include things for both the baby and the mom. When you go to make this kind of a basket you might want to consider to go with some sort of theme like bath time accessories or do a mix and match type of basket. You can make it for a boy or a girl as well. If you don't know what the sex of the baby is just go with a neutral color scheme.

Things you might need to complete the basket:
  • Any kind of basket and any size depending upon how many items you are putting in it
  • All the items you want to include in the basket
  • Cellophane to wrap the basket in
  • Ribbon
  • A rattle to include as part of the decoration

The first thing you need to do of course is pick the kind of basket that you want to use. Make sure that it is big enough to allow for all the things that you want to put in it. So it's wise to to buy the items for the basket prior to buying the actual basket. You could even use a new laundry basket if you are giving larger items, this way they can always reuse the laundry basket. Another idea instead of an actual basket would be a baby bathtub.

When you go to get the baby gifts for the basket make sure to buy things that are of different sizes and different kinds of packaging. This will give the gift basket a more appealing and interesting look to it. The bigger baby gifts that you get are more than likely going to be your focal point so make sure to pick them wisely. Some of the themes to consider would be a diaper themed basket where you would include diapers, rash cream, powder, lotion, wipes and a diaper bag. If it's a bath theme then you might include things like hooded towels, lotion, wash cloths, baby wash, books for the bath and rubber ducks or other baby bath toys. You might also want to combine it with a spa theme for mom and include things like candles, lotion, bath salts and so on.

Once you are ready to put the basket together you will need to line the basket. You might want to use something that is really soft like a baby pillow or baby blanket. Once you have done that you will want to arrange your baby gifts in the basket. Put the bigger gifts toward the back, medium items in the middle and then the smaller ones in the front. Make sure the items are packed in tight so they will stay in place.

Take the cellophane you have to protect all the baby gifts. Tie it closed around the basket with some nice colorful ribbon. Trim off any excess cellophane off of the top. You can add a rattle or some other cute little baby toy to the front of the gift basket with some more ribbon to give it a little more of a decorative look.

Tip: If you know that the mother to be is registered at a particular store then make sure to check the registry out to help you figure out what baby gifts to buy.


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Different Ways You Can Get Free Baby Stuff

No matter whether you are a first time parent or it's your 10th child any time that you can get a hold of some free baby stuff it can be a lifesaver. This is especially true if you are on a tight budget or sometimes it's also a great way for you to be able to try out new products from companies that offer ways to get a hold of their products.

Even if you aren't having a baby you can use these ideas to perhaps get some gifts for someone who is expecting or tell them about the different ways in which they can receive some free baby stuff.

You can get yourself some free diapers, which is extremely important and it is easier to get them than you might think. You can request to get free samples of different diapers by joining a diaper reward programs as well as signing up to be on different diaper company mailing lists. Just remember though when receiving free samples by mail not to be too choosy.

You can also get free baby stuff like free baby formula. You can get not only samples but sometimes you can even get full sized containers of it from places such as Walmart and from companies such as Enfamil. Not only will this save you money but it will also give you an idea of which formulas your baby actually prefers for free.

You can also get free baby magazine subscriptions from Babytalk to American Baby and a lot of other parenting magazines which can all be quite helpful.

You can also receive free samples such as the ones listed below:
  • Free Pea to Pumpkin Pregnancy Journal
  • Bag Filled Free Baby Samples from Similac
  • Gerber Baby Nutrition Kit with Free Samples
  • Coupon for Free Baby's Only Organic or PediaSmart Formula
  • Free Books for Baby from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
  • Free Circus Tickets from Ringling Bros.
  • Free Gymboree Class Pass for Babies
  • Free Kinder Musik Class for Babies
  • Seven Free Issues of Parents Magazine
  • Free Baby Photo Session at Olan Mills

Huggies also offers free baby stuff through their Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards program by collecting points off different Huggies diapers and other products. These points will actually add up pretty fast and you can redeem quickly for different baby coupons, gift certificates, books as well as toys.

Pampers also offers a program called Pampers Gifts to Grow program. It's a program that pays to collect the codes off the Pampers diaper boxes. The codes can then be redeemed for free baby stuff such as toys, food, gift cards, baby books, baby food and even baby gear.

There are also online baby stores that often offer different coupon codes that will help you to get free baby stuff. Often it might be a free gift when you buy something but sometimes they will offer great coupon codes that simply let you get some free stuff.

One final thing you might want to consider is look on Craigslist. Sometimes you might be surprised at just how much free stuff there is listed there and that includes free baby cloths, toys, books and the like. Most of it of course isn't free but if you look close enough you more than likely will run into listings with free items.


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An Overview of Baby Gender Planning

For as long as there has been humans there has been the desire to predict, plan or otherwise determine the sex of children. Parents, for a whole variety of reasons, sometimes prefer their children to be of a particular gender. Social sex selection or human sex selection is the attempt to control the gender of child through a variety of means. It can actually be accomplished medically in several ways, both pre- and post-implantation of an embryo (as well as at birth!).

Gender Planning occurs for a wide variety of reasons. In some cultures, male offspring are desired as they will to inherit property or carry on a family name. Girls often cost a family money in dowries etc. Some western parents desire to have a child of each sex and some fertility clinics that specialise in gender planning will often only assist parents with a pre-existing child of the opposite sex to that now being sought.

There are Direct Medical intervention techniques. Pre-implantation of which there are two types - Sperm sorting (the separation of X Chromosome sperm from Y Chromosome sperm by flow cytometry. The resulting sorted sperm are used in either artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures) and Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) (Embryos resulting from IVF procedures are genetically tested for X or Y Chromosomes. The embryos of the desired sex are then implanted). Post-implantation which covers Prenatal diagnosis (Amniocentesis and/or ultrasound is used to determine sex of an offspring, leading to subsequent sex-selective abortion of any offspring of the unwanted sex).

There are also Natural Personal planning techniques. These cover both male and female preparations from intercourse timing and diet changes to intercourse positions and vaginal testing. There are many 'old wives tales' covering the planning of children of specific genders but there are also a number of highly successful natural techniques with greater than 80% success rates.
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