#DiscoverYourWay with Fisher-Price

Two weeks ago Athena and I were invited up to London to Prima Baby magazine HQ for a talk on the importance of play by Fisher-Price to launch the new #DiscoverYourWay campaign. We had an intro from Susie Boone from MadeforMums to explain why the research had been undertaken and then Dr David Whitebread from the University of Cambridge went into more depth about how children play, including types of play (Physical, objects, symbolic, pretence, games with rules) and why child initiated play is so vital to a happy and healthy child! I know I certainly used to feel guilty about not doing enough ‘organised activity’ with Athena when she was smaller, although I am a lot more relaxed about things these days as I quickly realised she does things…

Craft: DIY baby book caddy

   You need: a wooden magazine rack, paint & paintbrushes and some old newspaper and some kitchen roll to rest your paint brush on whilst you sip your tea.  Total cost: £5.20 for two! The racks were a pound each at a boot sale, brushes were a pound for a pack of 5 at Poundland and are so plasticy I just ran them under the hot tap to clean them after! Tester pots of emulsion were £1.10 each in Wilkinsons.  I chose emulsion because I like the matt effect and because gloss is messy and harder to get a good finish with and I wanted quick and easy! I thought about varnishing them but again, it’s effort and i’m all about ease! Method: Paint the racks… that’s all there is…

Preparing for Nursery

  Athena is starting at Nursery on the 8th July, with three settling in sessions this week. It’s a nice small nursery with a very homely feel. I’m not too worried about leaving her there as I know she adores other people, especially children (as long as they are okay with her poking their eyes and pulling at their hair) but I know it will be odd for until we’ve both got used to it. I’ve also bought a new mei tai carrier so I don’t have to leave the pram at the nursery although there is a locked shed… but this way I get to have cuddles on the way to and from nursery with ease. I didn’t need a new carrier but this folds up smaller than my…

My Breastfeeding story

Hopefully you’ll have read my post on Top 10 breastfeeding tips and Breastfeeding past a year already, but I also wanted to write about my story from the start, so that when it is over I can look back and remind myself of how it worked for us. The first few weeks: In hospital Athena latched on (albeit painfully!) right away, and started getting the colostrum that about 4 different Midwives called ‘liquid gold’ (as if trying to persuade me, I’d already made it clear I wanted to breastfeed!) and throughout the first night she either slept on my chest or fed from it! At this stage each time she latched on was pretty painful, and I distinctly remember looking away from her when I winced in case she could…

Breastfeeding past a year

I never really thought about when we would stop breastfeeding. We got to six months, all was fine and dandy so we carried on (hey, saves money on formula!) and then we got to twelve months and we’re still going… with no plans to stop just yet. We still feed in public when needed although these times are few and far between now as we’ve dropped down to one or two feeds a day normally. I am also happy knowing that I am lowering my risk of ovarian and breast cancer, and managed to delay the return of my periods until Athena was 11 months old!  Pros: It’s an easy ‘fix’ for an upset or hurt baby and will help them feel reassured and can be used to avoid a…

My top tips for keeping kids safe in the sun

I’m hoping that by now the majority of the UK has had some proper sunshine, we definitely have down here and all my buggy-pushing in the sun has paid off as I have nicely tanned hands and feet (sadly I still have white legs though!) But this summer my priority is keeping Athena cool and protecting her delicate skin. Last summer she had only just arrived and when we were out she was in her carrycot carefully shaded and normally asleep! This year it’s a bit different, she’s on the move and hates to be restricted as to where she can go and because I think spending time outside is important for little people when House of Fraser asked me to write up some advice for enjoying the sun with…

My top 10 Breastfeeding tips

 As part of the ‘Keep Britain Breastfeeding’ campaign i’m sharing my top ten tips for a successful breastfeeding journey. I know i’m lucky in that my breastfeeding journey has been a relatively smooth one, but I know that it is not so for many people, so hopefully these tips will help anyone wanting to breastfeed, or in the early stages… Do some research before your baby arrives! We only attended the Ante-natal classes through the hospital but one of the sessions covered breastfeeding and I wish I had bothered to do a bit more research online before she arrived as I spent a lot of time googling things on my phone during night feeds. I found the KellyMom website brilliantly helpful! I was lucky that Sam had paid attention in…