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What To Really Expect When Your Child Starts School

Ok, we have survived a term and school is now back after the Christmas break. So, after going through what we have found to be a very tricky transition (yep, both of us!) I decided to share with you lovely lot who are completing your application forms what to REALLY expect when your child starts school. Because let’s face it, there is plenty that the school will not tell you at the parent’s evenings, there will be areas that are quickly glossed over and there are things that just simply get missed or do not seem quite as important, but as I have found out, what isn’t a big deal to some may be a big deal to you. Continue reading “What To Really Expect When Your Child Starts School”

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How You Can Look After Your Baby By Looking After Yourself

When you have a baby your world changes forever, no longer is your life all about you but instead, this little person comes first. As parents, we would go to the ends of the earth for our children, and their happiness and health are our number one priority. However, it doesn’t mean we should give up on ourselves. Quite the opposite, to best take care of our children it makes sense that we need to care for ourselves. With good mental and physical life, we can enjoy the journey of parenthood to our best ability and be ready to handle whatever comes our way. Here is how you can look after yourself: Continue reading “How You Can Look After Your Baby By Looking After Yourself”

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Get Creative: Parents Need Hobbies Too

If you’re a parent then you probably spend a lot of time buying glitter, clay, paint, and other artistic tools for your kids. Not all of us can be Van Gogh, but every child loves to express themselves in some way. Of course, that isn’t necessarily something we outgrow. Sure, you might have adult responsibilities now. You might have to look after the kids and go to the office from 9 to 5 every day, but what do you do when you get home? Parents should have hobbies too. You should follow in the footsteps of your children and start expressing your creativity. Obviously, you can help your kids with arts and crafts, but you might want your own hobby too. These ideas for artistic ventures will definitely give you some inspiration Continue reading “Get Creative: Parents Need Hobbies Too”

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How I Solved my Baby’s Colic and Reflux Problem

If you have followed William’s journey, you will know that soon after coming home from the hospital he began to suffer from colic and reflux. Jake never had these problems so everything I was seeing and experiencing was all completely new to me. I had heard of parents pacing the floor all night but until I had William I honestly never had a clue how bad things could be. I was shattered. I felt defeated by the lack of sleep and the endless crying and being told by doctors that ‘it’s just colic’ wasn’t enough for me. I’m not one to sit back and wait for things to work themselves out, especially when it comes to health. I need to be actively finding a solution, looking for tips, doing anything to help my children and just waiting for him to grow out of it all was never an option.  Continue reading “How I Solved my Baby’s Colic and Reflux Problem”

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Managing Maternity Pay: Making Ends Meet on Less Money 

Your new baby is a fantastic new arrival in your life. When your youngster arrives, you can expect plenty of new experiences and love to come your way. Unfortunately, you might also notice a rapidly emptying bank account too. If you’re worried about coping with the dwindling income you’ll have during maternity leave, you’re not alone. Continue reading “Managing Maternity Pay: Making Ends Meet on Less Money “

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Perfect Gifts for New Mums

Becoming a new Mum is an exciting time, a tiring one, often overwhelming one but definitely tiring  (ahem) exciting! It is a time when it is perfectly ok to be showered with gifts, fussed over by family and friends and collect cute baby items to gush over. There are so many must-have items but sometimes you just need those pamper gifts to make this time extra special.

The Bump Company specialise in just such gifts. Continue reading “Perfect Gifts for New Mums”

The Baby Show

The Baby Show Experience

On Sunday I was invited along to The Baby Show at London Olympia. When I was pregnant with Jake we didn’t do any of the big baby things; we didn’t go to NCT, we didn’t go to baby shows or expectant parent evenings and my general attitude was to take things as they came and learn on the job. This is fine to an extent but when it comes to gadgets, new products, items that will make your life easier, I had no clue which is why I was so excited to be able to attend a massive show like this one. Continue reading “The Baby Show Experience”