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20/12/2018
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Baby’s First Christmas – How to Survive

This year we’ll be celebrating Baby’s First Christmas with our second son, Freddie who has just turned 11 months old. Having enjoyed a first Christmas with our first son, Olly back in 2013 I have a little experience on my side and this year things will be a little different. Sometimes, the most pressure we feel is the one we put upon ourselves so this year here’s four things I’ll be doing this year… Don’t set your expectations too high Babies under the age of one don’t know what day... Read More

07/12/2018
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Top 5 Essentials for Weaning

When it comes to weaning your baby, it can be really exciting with all the new flavours and textures they’re about to try and in all honesty, it can be rather daunting too. It’s a huge milestone so you’ll want to do what is right for both you and your baby. My youngest little boy Freddie is currently being weaned and at the age of 9 months, he’s now 3 months into his exploration with food. Here’s my top five essentials that I recommend you’ll need when it comes to... Read More

25/10/2018
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Reasons You Might Want to Find Out the Gender of Your Baby

Finding out the gender of your baby in advance seems to have become quite a divisive topic in recent years. Some people have strong feelings about whether it is right to find out the sex of a baby in advance, and some just feel it’s nicer to keep it a surprise. Having the option to be informed whether the baby is a boy or a girl at your 20 week scan is actually a relatively recent occurrence, with women from my mum’s generation not being given the choice. As with... Read More

11/10/2018
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How to Cope when you have a Super Clingy Child

I’ve experienced both fierce independence and intense clinginess in my children; and, rather oddly,  in the same child. I recently wrote about how I’d felt completely defeated by my infant daughter being entirely uninterested in me, always choosing her daddy over mummy – despite the fact she’s breastfed: I was only good for milk, nothing more. It hurt like hell, although I felt silly for allowing it to upset me so much. And then one day everything changed. Literally overnight, my youngest, Elfin, became as high-needs as her big sister.... Read More

24/09/2018
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Easing the Transition to Preschool or Reception

I wasn’t really expecting to be writing this post so far into our daughter, Pixie’s, preschool career. She’s just turned four and now been attending for a year. However it transpires that just because a child has previously been settled, it doesn’t necessarily follow that they’ll remain so. Unfortunately we currently find ourselves back in a situation where our daughter is not very happy at drop off, and doesn’t want to be in preschool. There’s nothing worse than taking your child somewhere that’s supposed to be both safe and fun,... Read More

10/09/2018
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Getting Your Newborn into a Routine

 Are you a first time parent? Did you bring your newborn baby home in the excitement of becoming a family and asked yourself now what? I will admit, I did this all three times I brought one of my children home for the first time. It took a few days to get into the baby routine of feeding, napping and sleeping. I have always been a firm believer in having a routine to follow. Not just because babies thrive on routines but also because I knew what came next. I... Read More

13/08/2018
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5 Top Tips to Survive the Summer Holiday

I’ve written several times about my lack of love for the six weeks holidays, but the truth is that it’s not the summer break I despise at all – it’s noise and crowds. Enforced time with my girls which I’d otherwise spend working is actually a blessing – it’s the reason I chose a flexible career. I’m very fortunate to be in a position where I can opt to work a little less over the summer and enjoy a little more ‘girl-time’ with my babies. Of course whether by necessity or... Read More

30/07/2018
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Top 5 Tips for Flying with your Child

I’m not a nervous flyer, I’m usually very organised. I’ll ensure I have a power bank or some form of charger for my devices, I’ll download movies to my phone or iPad to keep me amused, and I make sure I have snacks and a drink, so it’s basically like my commute into work, only my ears won’t pop and I don’t get the option of cool aircon above me. When you have a child, it’s a different ball game, but it’s about knowing your child and planning ahead and... Read More

23/07/2018
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Top 5 Tips for Introducing Older Siblings to a New Baby

Telling your children their going to be a brother or sister is both exciting and nerve wracking. How will they take the news? Will they accept the news and look forward to it or will they worry about the threat of a new sibling stealing their parents attention? What will happen when the baby is here? When we told Olly he was going to be a big brother in July last year, I was really looking forward to seeing how he would take the news. He doesn’t like change but... Read More

14/07/2018
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Top Tips for a Day at the Beach with the Kids

Living in Bournemouth, we are very fortunate to have some brilliant beaches right here on our doorstep. The children love heading down with their buckets and spades and wiling the time away in the sand. Whether you live near the sea or planning a summer trip, here are my top tips for a beach day. Head Down Early… When summer hits, the beaches get absolutely packed. To ensure you get a parking space and make the most of the day, head down as early as possible. As tempting as it... Read More