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When Should I Encourage my Baby to Socialise?

Socialisation is an important part of life that has the power to open doors, allows us to make new friends and generally communicate with one and other, but do you remember when you first began to socialise? The chances are that you don’t because, believe it or not, babies begin to socialise from the very first month in this world.

Of course, newborns aren’t going to come out of the womb and ask “how’s it going, mum and dad?”, they socialise in their own unique way. Babies will experiment by making different faces at you, even attempting to mimic some of your gestures. This is part of what allows parents and baby to bond together.

 

When Should I Introduce Baby to Other Babies?

There isn’t really a definitive age where you should or shouldn’t as babies are social creatures from the very beginning. However, we would recommend bonding with the baby for a month or two before going on to actively socialise, whether that is by attending groups or nursery.

From two months old, the baby will have just managed this smiling lark, so you just know they are going to put on the charm offensive when they are out and about, and everyone is going to fall in love with them. It will serve you well, as a parent, to get baby used to interact with others their own age at such an early age, hopefully helping their social skills to develop and aiding them later on in life.

 

Socialising With Other Cultures

If you have the opportunity for baby to socialise with other cultures then 100% go for it. No one is born racist and much of the prejudice is fear of the unknown – by familiarising baby with other cultures at such a young age, they will develop a greater understanding that will serve them well through school and adult life.

Babies, children and adults all learn best through personal experiences. When it comes to learning about other cultures and faith, socialising and learning first-hand will always beat listening to a religious studies teacher giving a lecture on why Muslims give Zakat – of course, if you are interested in learning why you can find out more here.

 

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When Can I Take Baby to Nursery?

Many nurseries accept babies from the age of three months old, although some will also offer care from just after birth. Full-time care is generally available from 18-24 months of age when, at this point, your baby will have a range of autonomy skills – beginning to walk and talk, as well as playing with other children.

While many have the option of becoming a stay at home mum, therefore meaning they do not have to rely on childcare, many cannot – or simply do not want to – give up work from the moment they become a parent.  In the United Kingdom, nursery ratios mean that there must be at least one qualified practitioner per three babies in a room in order to give the child the required amount of attention.

Many parents, particularly of young babies, prefer one on one childcare, which is perfectly fine. When the baby, though, becomes a little older and more active, a nursery setting with other children is certainly the better choice to help develop social skills.

Of course, all children are different and no one knows them half as well as the parents. Some take a little longer to develop their social skills, while others could probably lead a conversation (if they could talk, of course).

 

 

*This is a collaborative post. For further information please refer to my disclosure page.

Taking our first steps with Dotty Fish, a review

Review: Taking Our First Steps With Dotty Fish

As an ex-shoe shop manager, I have a thing about shoes. For starters, I love them! I have always owned far too many (much to the husband’s dismay) and I have always been drawn to great quality over cheap, throwaway items and gorgeous designs will get me every time. So, when my first child, Jake, began to walk it was inevitable that I would want well-fitting shoes, which would protect his feet, allow for growth and last. I am an advocate of good foot health and ensuring that your child’s feet are well-looked after from day one which is why he has never been put in anything that may jeopardise this. Continue reading “Review: Taking Our First Steps With Dotty Fish”

Turtle Tots swimming lessons #bringonthesmiles

Our Turtle Tots Journey So Far #bringonthesmiles

I still cannot believe that we were lucky enough to be picked as this year’s Brand Ambassadors for Turtle Tots and I am very proud that we get to represent them. We have now completed three weeks of lessons so I thought I would let you have a peek at what we have been doing, what William is learning and our general thoughts of Turtle Tots swimming. Continue reading “Our Turtle Tots Journey So Far #bringonthesmiles”

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The Minefield that is Weaning!

Ahhh, weaning, that time of babyhood that you either love or hate. It’s funny when you see people who just simply cannot wait to start feeding their babies. I’m always over here like, reeeallly?! You do know that means much more mess, so much more planning, bigger poos and never leaving the house just with your boobs or bottle? Yeah, I’m not the biggest fan of this process.

And of course, with weaning comes the next battlefield for a debate… sigh. Continue reading “The Minefield that is Weaning!”

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Mummy Can We Pleeeeeease Get A Dog? (Considerations Before You Say Yes)

It’s a request that most mum, dads, and caregivers have heard at some point. Yes, it’s when the kids realise that dogs aren’t just pets that other people have, but that they could get one in there very own home too. Of course, it’s a tough question to answer from the parents’ side of things, because it’s not only about giving your child a cute new canine best friend. Luckily, I have outlined some of the primary considerations that you need to think about before you decide. Read on to find out more.

 

Are the kids old enough?

Many families have a dog when the kids are young and experience no problems at all. However, some younger children can find it hard to understand that the family pup is a living, breathing animal and not just a super smart stuffed toy. Sadly, this can lead them to chase your pooch around, pull at its coat, and generally make the poor dog’s life pretty tough, something you can read more about at sites like https://www.cuteness.com.

Of course, the problem only gets worse if you have a dog that has been rescued from a dangerous situation, or has a bad temper because then they can retaliate when annoyed and bite the child. Something that no dog owner will want to go through. Therefore it is vital that you ask whether your kids are old enough to understand exactly how to treat a dog well before you agree to have one in the house.

 

Have you got the time, money, information, and energy for a pup?

Next, before you consent to your child’s request to get a puppy, you need to ask yourself whether you are set up to offer them a healthy and happy home. To do this you need to consider whether you have the money to pay for their upkeep, and the time and energy to walk them at least twice a day.

 

 

Also, you need to ask yourself whether you know enough about dogs, and the particular breed you will be bringing into the home.  Although, if you are struggling here, you can get some detailed information from sites like DogsByNina.com that specialise in canine care. After all, the more info you have, the better your dog’s life will be, and that is something that should be a top priority if you are going to make a pup a successful part of the family.

 

Are you willing to groom the dog regularly?

Lastly, don’t forget that caring for your hound isn’t just about feeding and walking them, in fact, you have to groom them on a regular basis as well.

 

 

In particular, remember to pay attention to the smaller issues that can cause your dog to be uncomfortable such as eye crust that needs gently cleaning away, and excessive hair growth in the ears that need to be trimmed.

Although, if you don’t want to deal with these sorts of tasks yourself you can always employ the help of professional dog groomer to assist you. Something that it is worth considering if this is the only thing standing in the way of you agreeing to get a dog!

 

 

*This is a collaborative post. For further information please refer to my disclosure page.

 

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Giveaway!! Raising Colic Awareness with Infacol and The White Company

Infant Colic, well what can I say? After months of our baby struggling with pain, not being able to sleep and with us trying every trick in the book it is safe to say that I have blocked as much as I can from my memory already. I think one of the most frustrating parts of Colic is the fact that there isn’t one simple answer to curing it. The doctors look at you and say ‘yeah it’s Colic’ like it is the most ordinary thing in the world and make you feel as though you are wasting their time but the thing is, Colic isn’t just one symptom it is many categorised under one name.

Continue reading “Giveaway!! Raising Colic Awareness with Infacol and The White Company”

messy me splash mat and bib review

Messy Me Splash Mat and Bib Review

Weaning has begun in our household and it’s messy! My first child, Jake, was a fusspot from day one. He only liked pureed food, he would even turn his nose up at some of those flavours and he was a choker… sigh, how does a baby choke on puree?! William, however, has proved he is the complete opposite from day one. He showed us he wanted food and he has certainly made it clear that pureed is ok but proper food is brilliant! He chomps away on anything and so far hasn’t shown any dislike for tastes or textures. The only downside is the extra mess I’ve been experiencing all over the floor, highchair and on him! So, when Messy Me asked me to review a splash mat and bib, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Continue reading “Messy Me Splash Mat and Bib Review”