Popular changing bag designer Pink Lining is moving into new territory as it prepares to launch its first ever range of nursery bedding in conjunction with Suncrest Trading Ltd.

The range for PL Child will include a cot quilt and bumper set with soft toy, moses basket, musical cot mobile, sheets, sleeping bag, cuddle robes, nappy stacker, comforter and wall stickers.

Two new prints have been designed - Hop, Skip and Jump to Bed features a pink blossom tree, an owl, a bunny, toadstool and butterflies for girls, while One Starry Night has green dragons on blue clouds, multi-coloured stars and red trims for boys. These will join the “ever-popular” prints Little Lady ladybirds and Robbie the Robot for toddlers.

The range will be available from the end of May.

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Yorkshire baby goods retailer Direct2Mum Ltd has acquired Huddersfield’s Bambino Direct for an undisclosed six-figure sum.

Direct2Mum’s online retail business offers premium baby and toddler products and since its launch in 2010, the brand says it has doubled its turnover year-on-year.

Bambino Direct, part of the Buy It Direct group, is a multi-channel nursery stockist that sells big brand names. The acquisition means that Direct2Mum will benefit from the addition of more than 5000 products and 80 key brands to its current offering.

The next few months will also see Direct2Mum move into new 105,000 sq ft premises situated off the M1 at junction 37 and there are plans to open a showroom in the Spring.

Managing director of Direct2Mum, Alex Leslie, said: “We are dedicated to giving our customers access to high quality products as well as providing an excellent level of service. This deal has strengthened our commitment and allows us to continue to deliver our vision by offering a more extensive product range from renowned leading nursery brands, enabling customers to purchase everything they need from one easily accessible site. 

“It also reinforces our business strategy to build the D2M brand in the retail sector and has put us in a strong position for continued growth over the next few years.”

Nick Glynne, managing director of Buy It Direct, added: “I am delighted that Bambino Direct has found the right home. It's a cracking business with huge potential and Direct2Mum can give it the focus it deserves.”

As well as its retail arm, Direct2Mum also provides a virtual community for mums-to-be and parents seeking advice on pregnancy and parenting, from discussion forums, blogs, practical guides, the latest parenting trends and news, as well as pregnancy tools such as a Chinese gender predictor, due date calendar and baby name finder.

www.direct2mum.co.uk

Scooter accessories brand Scootaheadz has announced a new partnership with quirky online retailer notonthehighstreet.com and says it has already witnessed a huge surge in interest since the accessories were made available through the website, which attracts around two million unique visitors a month.

Medical innovation company JRBiomedical Ltd has appointed bébélephant as UK distributor of the Arc Meningitis Early Alert Pack. Originating from an idea that family doctors had to help parents quickly identify the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, the reusable Arc Meningitis Early Alert Pack was designed in 2012 to provide parents with a simple way to replicate the 'tumbler test' in confidence together with a forehead thermometer and simple chart to monitor fever and medication.  A Chester-based paediatrician is reported to have said of the product: “The Meningitis Arc is a very useful tool for anyone concerned about the onset of meningitis and particularly for parents of unwell children.  "In meningitis, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial and I welcome anything that encourages recognition of all the many other signs and symptoms. The Arc has the potential to be a simple but effective aid for prompt recognition of the condition.” Elliot Bishop, CEO of bébélephant, is delighted with the new addition to his product range. He commented: “This is an important product for the UK nursery and pharmaceutical industry and we are proud to be able to associate ourselves with it, especially if it means the saving of young lives.”


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