Posted 08 December 2018
Often the magic of Christmas can start to wear off for adults, but you can awaken that feeling of wonder by celebrating alongside your kids. Although Christmas isn’t all about presents, we like to treat the people we love to something special. This year, we’re really focusing on sustainability and quality instead of gifts that won’t pass the test of time.
Keeping this in mind, we’ve put together a gift guide for babies and toddlers packed with some of our favorite ideas to give you a bit of inspiration.
Posted 26 November 2018
Are Christmas calendars for toddlers acceptable? Sure they are! Just probably not the ones full of chocolate. Although one of my guilty pleasures is to scoff chocolate from my Christmas calendar every year, (I say this like I still get one, woe is me) I much prefer the healthier option for my little ones.
In this article, I take a look at why chocolate isn’t great for toddlers and check out some healthier (but still fun) advent calendar options for kids.
Posted 17 November 2018
The best winter activities for babies and toddlers are (for me) based inside! I love the cosiness of being indoors when winter arrives, but it’s easy to find myself getting cabin fever if I don’t get out now and again.
So, what do you do with your toddler on a cold day? To give you some inspiration, here are my favourite things to pull out of the bag when everyone’s getting cabin fever.
Posted 10 November 2018
Any time that I do remember to pack the teethers for the little ones when I’m on the move, they inevitably get dropped and mistreated in every way possible. Unable to really clean them properly on the go, the fact they’d been licked by my friend's dog/fell on the floor/rolled in someone else’s crumbs/stood on, kind of niggled at me.
This is when I realised...
Posted 03 November 2018
Enjoying a rare childfree moment at a wedding I attended recently, I sat having a drink with one of my baby wielding friends (who was dutifully sipping on an orange juice). The amazing thing was, as we chatted over the band who were swinging into their final set, her baby was sleeping soundly right beside us in his stroller. How was this possible? I could only assume it was because he was wearing ear defenders - and this was confirmed by my friend.
“It’s amazing!” she enthused “once she’s got the ear defenders on she sleeps, no problem. She gets disturbed by loud noises, so these have been perfect”. I remembered the times that either my husband or I have had to leave a wedding or evening early because there was no way our little one was going to get to sleep with all that noise distraction. Why hadn’t I thought of trying this?
Posted 27 October 2018
Becoming a grandparent can be a wonderful thing. No matter if you’re prepared or not, being a grandparent comes with its own unique challenges and rewards. It’s not the same as having your own children, it’s a whole different experience that can be enjoyed in its own right.
It can also be daunting. Lots of things have changed since we brought up children of our own. The world is a different place, technology has moved on and our children may want to make different choices as parents to the ones we did. Even though they’re parents themselves, our children will probably still seek advice and need help and support from us as grandparents.
Posted 20 October 2018
As I’m giving the baby her lunch, I feel a familiar and insistent tug on my jeans. Looking down I see my cute toddler gesture to be picked up. At the same time, a shrill voice shouts “Muuuuuuuuuuuuuum!” down the staircase. Hmmm, welcome to the world of having more than one child!
It’s not just family time that’s important for children. Each of them wants and need time with both my partner and me, individually. Even we might love them all equally, their needs aren’t the same as they’re all at different stages of development. This is why I wanted to write down a few tips on how we try to spend individual quality time with all our children. If you have any of your own, please pass them on because I could always use a little help!
Posted 13 October 2018
Do you remember your favourite books as a child? From Spot the Dog to The Little Caterpillar and the Velveteen Rabbit, I had a very well thumbed (and chewed) collection of kids books, most of which are still in print now.
Books are so important for children. They’re a tool for learning speech, learning to recognise a range of objects or animals, developing motor skills, learning about the world around them and eventually to read themselves.