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Top tips for keeping baby cool this summer!

It can be a worry trying to keep little one cool if you're traveling to somewhere hot, or if the UK is struck with a heat wave (yeah right I hear you cry!) Staying cool in the day: 1. Babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight in the heat. 2. Fill the paddling pool and let them cool off having a splash about. 3. Avoid the sun at the hottest part of the day. 4. If you do go out and about, make sure you're equipped with a parasol or sunshade that can attach
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Teachers Tips for Starting Nursery

Starting nursery is an exciting time for children and apprehensive for parents. Three year olds are entitled to 15 hours free nursery sessions. Some 2 year old are entitled to free sessions depending on parents financial circumstances. NOT all nursery schools take 2 year olds. Most Nursery schools do a home visit in during the first week of school term.  Here the Nursery teacher will talk to your child, asking questions and asking your child to do some simple tasks. Usually the teaching assistant will come too and talk to the parent, filling in information about the child and giving
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Twinnies!

Finding out that I was expecting twins initially was exciting – waiting to see our parent’s reaction, then the following day panic set in and the thoughts of: ·      How are we going to finance this? ·      Can I manage 2 babies? ·      Am I going to be able to return to work? ·      Who’s going to look after them to allow me to work again? ·      Is my body going to cope carrying 2 babies? ·      Are they going to be ok? But once these thoughts and
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The First Tooth Cut is the Hardest

Something that pretty much every expectant parent dreads is teething. Admit it mums and dads, how many times have you been at a loss as to what’s wrong with your little one and asked them in despair – despite them often being too young to answer – “is it your teeth?!”. Yep, teething’s a real pain in the bum, whoops, I mean, gum! Pain in the gum!! I say it’s a pain in the gum, but Mr and Mrs Lighty can’t really speak from experience. Most babies gain their first milk teeth between 5 and 10 months, normally their lower
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Post Natal Depression & Psychosis – A Mothers Story

My first confession is that I have never written a blog before… …so please keep in mind that you are bearing witness to my first attempt. My second confession is that I hated my unborn baby. Well, that is not strictly true; I hated that he was there, not that I knew at the time he was a he. It’s hard to pinpoint when it all started to go wrong: I suffered from rather delayed onset post natal depression after our firstborn arrived and was taking antidepressants to help deal with it. We found out we were expecting again so
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Pregnant in the Circus

Morning sickness sucks. Anyone who has experienced it can attest to that. Whoever thought of the name anyway? It’s a lie, it should be called all day and night and any inconvenient time sickness! Unfortunately for me when I fell pregnant not only was it a whole new experience but I was hanging upside-down for a living. I was at the start of a 10 month contract working as an aerialist on a travelling circus. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job, but this was about to take morning sickness to a whole new level. Like most women I chose
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5 Truths About Father’s Day

1. No longer do we receive T-shirts that we would have worn and chosen pre-children. Now ALL T-shirt gifts involve your child’s favourite character. 2. Your Fashion rules are very much looser than pre-children and involve items you would never have considered before. For example I am currently sporting a bright neon rainbow belt with my jeans. 3. It is the one day of the year you can GUARRENTEE a morning lie in will NOT happen! In fact, how is that different to most days? Top Tip #dadnapsareok – NO – scrap that… #dadnapsareessential! 4. Perhaps it should really be
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5 Top Finds At The Babyshow

We can’t believe it’s been a week since The Baby Show finished! We had an amazing weekend.  It’s always refreshing to meet our customers in person especially those of you that we speak to regularly via email or social media.  We also love networking with other businesses and meeting other business owners and staff.  We won’t lie when we say the fact that we have 3 childfree nights in a hotel with good food, beer and company is also a big appeal! We get to meet celebs and we really get to showcase our products. Whilst walking around the show
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Tips for Visitors!

If someone see’s the baby before their predecessors then all hell may break loose. Inevitably when you get home from having your baby everyone wants to rush round to see her.  We stayed in hospital for a while and said we would only have our parents visit as V was ill so there were a whole list of people chomping at the bit to get their hands on her.  Balancing visitors is hard. There’s a pecking order and you have to get it right! It was fabulous having so many people wanting to meet Lady V.  The visitors, gifts, flowers, cards and
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My Hospital Bag

In 2012, I launched myHospitalBag.  It was an idea I had thought about for a few years.  I’d always had a secret desire to create my own business and knew once I started having kids life would become very different!  Here is my story…. When I was pregnant with my first child, I began to collect pregnancy magazines.  My maternity leave began & I excitedly laid out all the magazines and spent my first week putting together what was to become known as “my baby bible”. This “bible” contained everything I needed for the arrival of my baby – what
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