THREE HALLOWEEN SENSORY PLAY IDEAS FOR BABIES

Halloween is just around the corner and now that Freddie is a little bit older I have been looking for new sensory play ideas. As he loves his Baby Sensory Class, I decided to set up some sensory fun and share it with you too! Nearly all of the materials were from Poundland and the total cost was under seven pounds. I hope your baby enjoys exploring everything as much as mine did!  Read more

FIVE THINGS NOT TO SAY TO A NEW MUM

Having had a much more settled last few months where I have felt more confident in my parenting choices and that I really do know my baby best, I have been reflecting on some of the things that were said to me as a new mum. The majority of family, friends and complete strangers were overwhelmingly supportive but I did have a few experiences that were completely rude, unnecessary or thoughtless and from talking to other new mums (and reading other blogs/social media!) I know I am not alone. Here are then things not to say to a new mum- I would love to hear if you can relate to any of these!

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FREDDIE’S EIGHT MONTH UPDATE | SLEEPING, WEANING & MILESTONES

I know I said this in last months update, but I really, really can not believe I have an eight month old. That just seems far too grown up and far too close to his first birthday. Every milestone that Freddie reaches is just so bittersweet. I felt such an overwhelming sense of pride when Freddie began to crawl this month (more about this later!) but then a couple of moments later found myself having a little cry because watching him move around the room on his own just looked too grown up. At the same time though, this age has been my favourite so far. Freddie is expressive and is starting to show me what he wants and express likes and dislikes too. He has his own sense of humour and can be very headstrong when he doesn’t get what he wants. Freddie is very easy going generally and taking him out and about is so much easier now. We recently had a little family holiday at Center Parcs and he was such a dream to take away (besides having to share a room again which did not go well!). I am both apprehensive and excited to see what the next month will bring!

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WOODLAND RETREAT | OUR FAMILY WEEKEND AT CENTER PARCS

As you will probably know if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, come on over and say hello!), we recently went on a family weekend away to Center Parcs, Longleat Forest. We have visited Center Parcs quite a few times over the years and it is one of our favourite places (besides St Ives) for a UK based getaway. Of course these days it is a bit different and we have different priorities and preferences. As well as being great to look back on, I thought this post might be useful if you have never been before and are considering going. Before we took Freddie I found myself frantically googling ‘Center Parcs with baby’ so I hope this post helps you if you are in a similar situation. I know Center Parcs can get some mixed reviews, most notably that is is expensive but we have found that it is very much what you make of it and it is incredibly family friendly which is the main reason why we booked another weekend so soon after the previous one!  Read more

MAMA/BABY MUST HAVES | SIX MONTHS+

I haven’t done a round up of our current favourite products for a couple of months and there have been some products lately that we literally use every day! If you have a baby of a similar age or who is coming up to six months hopefully you might discover some new favourites too!

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