Posted 04 December 2017
I don’t know what it is with Christmas desserts and children, but they just don’t seem to be popular with anyone under 4 feet tall. On the long list of Christmas treats that fall foul of the little folk are mince pies, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, figs, nuts (obviously) and brandy snaps.
All of these would go stale in the cupboard before my little one’s would consider sampling them. Maybe they get it from me, I can’t ever remember liking them when I was younger, in fact I’m sure I used to scoop all the filling out of the mince pies and just eat the pastry. They were definitely an acquired taste.
Posted 16 November 2017
When it comes to flying with your baby for the very first time, there are always so many questions that you need answering. When you’re used to only having to look after yourself on a flight it comes as quite a shock to realise that you’ve now got way, way more to think about than what to pack in your own hand luggage. Wave goodbye to your moisturising travel face mask, cashmere wrap and cooling face spray (not that I used those anyway, but I always thought I might do someday).
Flying successfully with a baby can seem like a minefield. With all of the security measures at airports, knowing how to fly with baby formula or baby food, if they need a passport or if they need their own seat booking on a plane, etc etc. remains a complete mystery to most of us before the moment we have to do it ourselves!
Posted 10 November 2017
Ahhh, those first lovely weeks and months of teething. What joy… said no parent ever!!! I remember anxiously waiting for my first baby to start teething, worried that it wouldn’t happen. Oh how innocent I was. When it inevitably did, I sure was in for a rude awakening.
Some children’s teeth develop more quickly than others so it’s really hard to predict when it’s going to happen. Most children exhibit only a few of the symptoms (sometimes just one) so what is a sign of teething for one child may be completely different for another.
Posted 30 October 2017
If you’re holding a baby shower, why not make it extra fun by incorporating a theme? If you’re anything like me, I’m not amazing at planning parties so if there’s a theme I find it a lot easier to get inspired! At Matchstick Monkey HQ, we talk about lots of baby related things - as you can imagine! This week we had a bit of a brainstorm session and came up with (what we think are) 4 of the best baby shower themes…
Throw your baby shower in the theme of the season the baby due date is. Right now it’s Autumn which is a great theme for inspiration!
Posted 17 October 2017
I don’t know how good your memory was when you were a toddler (I’m not one of those amazing people that can remember things from when they were two) and I sure can’t remember any of my birthday cakes! Most toddlers love cake though and if they’re old enough to be able to eat some, it’s something really cute to have at your child’s birthday. Even if they’re not old enough to have a slice yet, the grown ups can. It’s sometimes the highlight of attending kids birthdays as an adult, at least, it’s a great excuse to eat cake - not that I need one, personally! Although I much prefer natural sugars than processed ones for my little ones, a little bit now and again doesn’t stress me out.
I popped together a quick list of my favourite cake ideas. There’s a mix of traditional sugary confection, make your own, organic and also healthy options. They’re all so cute, I think I might like one for my birthday!