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Safety First – The Problem With Beaded Teething Jewellery

So you may have noticed over the last few years we have totally stopped developing anything that is a beaded line of jewellery and I wanted to explain why. It basically comes down to when we grew and got a presence in Australia, we discovered their standards are stricter than the UK and once we knew this, we felt it important to follow the most rigorous standards around. And that meant no beads and that all our items had to be large enough in their own right not to pass through a choke tube. This is currently not a UK
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2 years since we left the Den

Wow... that's 730 days since our episode shared.... 17,520 hours since we walked out with no investment... to be honest it feels FAR longer! In many ways it feels like a total out of body experience, like something we never did, but only dreamt. It only becomes real when I consider how MUCH has happened and how much we have learnt. And if I really focus I can still make my stomach churn the way it did during the process... a churning like no other. I remain incredibly proud of our performance, it was my maths that messed it up,
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The many uses of the Bath Bag

It is no wonder our bath bag is one of our most popular products... it is truly awesome! Why? I hear you cry... its just a bath toy... but oh no... it is so so much more! Let me tell you... - The bag comes with 4 brightly coloured toys - but what makes these different to other bath toys is they are solid. So they sink! This means baby learns about spatial awareness and depth and has to put their hands under the water to get them. - Babies LOVE putting things in and out of a bag... so
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Why I didn’t want a home birth

This is us I have 2 boys, and both were born by c section, scheduled c sections, due to severe SPD (a pregnancy related hip condition) and a couple of giant babies. With my first, my husband and I discussed home birth. Here’s how that conversation went… Me: What do you think of home birth? Steve: I’m not sure. What do you think? Me: Couldn’t want anything less. Steve: Okay, hospital birth it is. That was it. That was the whole conversation.   Our story  It was, at this point, nearly 4 years since we began trying to start a
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5 signs that your baby is teething

  There are lots of questions that will punctuate your early parenting years. Should I/Shouldn’t I? Will they/Won’t they? Are they/Are they not? Well, if the latest question on your lips is about whether or not your little one is teething, these signs might help you answer it…     Strong, toned arms So long, bingo wings. Hello, uppers arms that Michelle Obama herself would be proud of. If those arms of yours haven’t been empty for a while as your wiggling, no longer giggling, offspring has claimed squatters rights, you might just have…a teething baby.     Tired eyes
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The Nightmare of Teething

Teething; the word that drives horror into the heart of seasoned parents and trepidation to the minds of new. Usually teething starts to begin just after you have managed to survive the crazy newborn stage and just as your life is beginning to fall into the pattern of the new normal. For some lucky few it can begin even before this.  For most just as your chuckling cherub has overcome colic, your velcro baby has become a little less clingy, the teething begins. An abhorrent evil and/ or an ingenious excuse? Now the true magic of teething is that all
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Why I want a home birth this time….

So... I was one of those lucky ones I know you all hate... relatively quick first labour, no pain relief (I left it too late to get to hospital so even showing me how to use gas and air was taking too much time!) and only a winnie baby, at 6lb2, to pop out. Like most first timers, we diligently went to NCT classes. I found them a bit wishy washy for me but I did take a way a few pointers - mostly stay at home for as long as possible - you will be more comfortable if you're
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You Complete Mother-Fusser!

Sometimes it’s hard not to be a complete Mother-Fusser! Over stressing about things that pre-motherhood were an insignificant blip on your daily routine. Who knew you’d get so upset about not having the right teething toy to hand exactly when your baby demands it! When did this happen? It feels like there is an over saturation of 'good parenting' info thrust upon our already panicked minds. Instead of helping, this “Parenting Advice” seems to add layer upon layer of new worries!   The harsh truth is that all our kids really need is for us to remain cool, calm, collected, love
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10 Realistic New Years Goals

Don’t get too ambitious when making your NY resolution.  At least 40% will break theirs before January is through. Our downfall in this is that we make the wrong ones and that is why we can’t see them through. ·      Why do we make so many?? ·      Why do we copy our friends?? ·      Why are we so hard on ourselves when we give up or break them? Goals in every aspect of your life shouldn’t be quick fixes i.e. the dreaded diets?! But should reflect a positive life style change that is manageable and achievable. My goals will be: 1. Try and
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5 Top Tips for a Romantic Valentines

The day is almost upon us where half of the population show their affection for a loved one by sending cards, flowers or chocolates. Around £1.3 billion is spent yearly with an estimated 25 million cards being sent! Could Valentines day be exaggerated by the Card companies?? What really does this special day mean to many? Here are my 5 top tips that don’t cost the earth and more romantic than shop bought goods: 1.   Cook their favourite meal – when someone you love takes the time to prepare your favorite meal it means they are doing this solely for
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