How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

How to help a premature baby? Buy an Octopus!

Today I wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful project which is helping comfort premature babies whilst they are still in hospital. As the mum of a preemie I wish my son had one of these as I hated leaving him each night. 

Marta, a friend of mine set this up herself to help a friend who had a premature baby. The initiative is growing and needs a bit of assistance to keep offering this vital service to bambini! Have a read about why an Octopus is such a little life saver! 

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5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

5 of the Best Places to Visit as a Pregnant Traveller

It’s more difficult to plan a holiday when you’re pregnant. There are more restrictions than normal now you’re carrying a growing baby, plus your hormones will be all over the place.

However, there’s no need to worry if you want to take a holiday before your little one arrives. We’ve put together a list of five of the best places to visit as a pregnant traveller, so you can get some inspiration and start planning your trip today.

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What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

What to do in May Half Term?

Some of you will be looking forward to the May Half Term holidays. Others will be dreading them! What to do with little ones for a whole week. How to keep them occupied and not bored or bickering.

How to stop it costing a fortune?! It can be tempting to book holiday clubs, but they can be expensive and some children will not want to be out all day, every day of their holidays. Mine are tired already! And you might actually want to see them too!

So how do you find a balance?

I asked lots of experts! Yes that means mothers! What they are planning this May Half Term and what they can recommend.

Have a read, we have got you covered!

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Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Making Travel With Kids as Stress-Free as Possible

Travel with kids can be brilliant too! There’s nothing better than seeing your little one’s eyes widen with wonder as they take off on a plane for the first time, or the joy that brightens their faces as they splash about in pools, build sandcastles and search for pretty shells on beaches.

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Easy Ways To Get Kids To Love History

Easy Ways To Get Kids To Love History

Easy Ways To Get Kids To Love History

We all know that those of us who don’t learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. But while each and every one of us can benefit from a greater knowledge and understanding of history, it’s especially beneficial to our kids. The world seems so new to kids that it’s important to educate them in the ways of those who have come before. The study of history has a range of benefits for kids.

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Practical Spring Clothes for Kids

Practical Spring Clothes for Kids

Practical Spring Clothes for Kids 

As Spring has finally arrived most of us parents find ourselves looking for those great in between items of clothing for kids and toddlers. Things that are light and practical enough for a warm day but that can be quickly adapted for the unpredictable British weather.

You may have seen over on my Instagram feed that we have just returned from an Easter break in Cornwall. This was the perfect place to try out some Spring clothes but lets remember this season can throw anything at you from snow to sunshine so it's best to be prepared!

 

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Easter at the Eden Project

Easter at the Eden Project

Easter at the Eden Project

Are you in Cornwall this Easter and looking for something memorable to do with the children? Have they all had far too much chocolate and you want to find an activity that’s a little bit different?

This is how we’ve been feeling and as we are in Mevagissey for the school holidays we decided to try Easter at the Eden Project.

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5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language (Bilingual Week 11)

5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language (Bilingual Week 11)

5 Tips for Teaching your Child a Language

Interview with Will Collier of Little Linguists Library

1. Do it together and set a target

When was the last time you learned something with your child rather than simply helping them to learn something you already knew? Kids love it when the grown-ups are in the same position as them. 

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Week 37: Preparing For Your Final Month Of Pregnancy

Week 37: Preparing For Your Final Month Of Pregnancy

Week 37: Preparing For Your Final Month Of Pregnancy

When you read about the time it takes for a baby to be made, it can often sound like pregnancy is a very long journey. In reality, though, while nine months sounds like a big chunk of time, the next 37 weeks are going to go by very quickly. When you find yourself staring birth in the face, you will have more work to do than ever to prepare for the little one on the way. Through bodily changes and your schedule, to getting your home ready and enjoying it while you can, this post will be taking you through the last month of pregnancy and the work you’ll have to do.

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4 Tips You'll Need For a Perfect Family Road Trip

4 Tips You'll Need For a Perfect Family Road Trip

4 Tips You'll Need For a Perfect Family Road Trip - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

Organizing the whole family to go somewhere, even if it’s just a short trip, can be a real hassle, especially if the kids are still quite small. But if you are planning a road trip where you will be spending the majority of the time in your car, you need to prepare twice as much. Don’t be scared: being in your own vehicle all the time can be an advantage as well, and here’s how to make the most of it.

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Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child (Bilingual Week 10)

Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child (Bilingual Week 10)

Little Linguists Library – Learn a Language with your Child

Do you have children learning languages at school? Or do you have little ones who you would like to give a head start at a second language but you don't speak one yourself? 

This week I'm interviewing Will Collier, founder of Little Linguists Library. Will is creating a series of books which help parents learn or support their child to learn another language, even if they can't speak a second one themselves. 

This is a huge stumbling block for many parents and it seems Will has found the answer! 

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10 Reasons Your Baby's Not Sleeping and How to Cope With It - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

10 Reasons Your Baby's Not Sleeping and How to Cope With It - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

10 Reasons Your Baby's Not Sleeping and How to Cope With It - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

You’ve been up several times already. Your body is pushed to the edge, exhausted, and you really feel like breaking down because your baby’s upset, and you can’t calm them down, and you feel like a bad parent for just wanting some peace and quiet, for not knowing how to make them stop crying. And then it keeps happening night after night and your tired body can barely function from all the stress and the weariness. It’s probably safe to say that you’re getting a little desperate, but don’t worry. We’re here for you, and the first thing you need to know is this: it’s going to be okay. You’re a good parent, and your baby is going to be okay. Now let’s see how we can get you both a good night’s sleep.

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A Simple Guide To Keeping Your Infant Happy And Healthy

A Simple Guide To Keeping Your Infant Happy And Healthy

A Simple Guide To Keeping Your Infant Happy And Healthy

Whether you’ve got a newborn baby or a little toddler, the early years of parenthood can be difficult to navigate. You’ve read all the books on being a good parent, but nothing can really prepare you for having a child. Obviously, that’s the most stereotypical thing in the world to say, but you know that it’s true now that you’re living through it. Still, it’s a wonderful thing. Every child is an individual, so the same rules don’t always apply to different babies. However, intuition will serve you well. You can trust yourself as a parent to know your child and what’s best for them. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain universal rules that will help you to keep your infant happy and healthy in their early years of life. Here’s a simple guide to help you out with the whole “parenting” thing.

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Family Issues You Can Never Start to Tackle Too Early

Family Issues You Can Never Start to Tackle Too Early

Family Issues You Can Never Start to Tackle Too Early

Keeping your family together might be your ultimate goal, but it is not always up to you how relationships develop. From ongoing arguments and disagreements, money issues, addiction, and stress , there are several problems that are best tackled with a “nip in the bud” attitude. If you are dealing with a relative’s mental illness or serious health issues, you have to come to a consensus and create a detailed plan to avoid more serious problems.

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Preparing For Pregnancy: It's A Man's World Too

Preparing For Pregnancy: It's A Man's World Too

Preparing For Pregnancy: It's A Man's World Too

It’s easy to see why the emphasis is all on mum when it comes to all things preparing for pregnancy and then carrying your little heartbeat for nine months, but it takes two to tango. It takes two to make a gorgeous bundle of joy and then become amazing parents. That’s right, future fathers have a super-important role to play when it comes to wanting a baby.

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Strengthening Your Child's Immune System the Natural Way - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

Strengthening Your Child's Immune System the Natural Way - Guest Post by Brigitte Evans

Strengthening Your Child's Immune System the Natural Way

When we were children, we all had that one friend who was very frail, sickly, and looked like a gust of wind could easily knock them over. Similarly, we also had a friend who’d be as fit as a fiddle even when all the rest of us got the seasonal flu, and who always looked strong, healthy, and cheerful. Now that we have kids of our own, it’s clear that we want them to be just like the second friend – unhindered by poor health and full of energy and joy. But how do we accomplish that? How do we help our child develop a good immune system that protects them from flues, colds, and serious diseases no matter what? Well, it all starts with making a few changes to your home and creating some good habits that will teach them how to take care. 

 

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Sometimes, Baby Just Has To Cry

Sometimes, Baby Just Has To Cry

Sometimes, Baby Just Has To Cry

Babies are a conundrum. I’m just going to open with that, because if you’re searching at 3am for the cure for a baby who just won’t stop crying, that’s the first thing that you need to know. Babies are not easy to figure out, despite all the years of amazing parenting that you did before you even had a baby. You’d assume that babies were simple creatures: feed, burp, sleep, repeat. Chuck in a few clean diapers and a warm blanket, and you’ve got a contented baby, right? Unfortunately, there is so much more to having a baby than just keeping them fed and warm. While those are the very basics, babies are complex. There are very few absolutes when it comes to babies, but there’s one thing that every baby all over the world has in common. All babies cry.

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New Mom: The First Months Are Always The Hardest

New Mom: The First Months Are Always The Hardest

New Mom: The First Months Are Always The Hardest

The anticipation when you know the baby is coming sets your anxiety and excitement levels soaring. You’ve dreamt of this day and waited so long to see your child face to face for the first time. When he or she arrives, you’re consumed with emotion and sometimes even confusion. The latter is going to be elevated even more once you get the all clear to take your newborn baby home. New mothers are right in being somewhat anxious; after all a delicate new life is in their arms.

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5 Steps to Cool Kids Bedrooms

5 Steps to Cool Kids Bedrooms

5 Steps to Cool Kids Bedrooms

We've recently redecorated our Son's bedroom. We last did this when he was a baby! At the time we used jungle wall murals but now he's nearly 6 years old it's time for a change.

We thought we would update his room to reflect the little man he's becoming. I wanted to get his input as to what he would like to see in his room but also choose things that can be adapted easily should he change his mind or outgrow any colours or theme quicker than expected. 

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