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Top 3 Tips for Surviving Christmas with a Toddler

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Is this your little one’s first Christmas or the first Christmas that they will remember or (partially) understand?  You’ve made lists, you bought everything and it’s wrapped and ready for Santa to deliver on Christmas Eve … what could possibly go wrong? With these 3 tips hopefully nothing! 1. Building presents Before you wrap the present see what building may be involved first, there is nothing worse than your little one opening a present and then it taking 3 hours to build!! They can’t
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Ramblings from the day after Dragons’ Den…

It is the day after we entered Dragons Den. Written – 12th May 2015. Show aired 30th August 2015 It is the day after we entered Dragons Den. When anyone reads this it will probably be the night it has aired and family, friends and customers discover what we did and how it went. I dropped Lorraine in Penrith yesterday on my way home and have been mulling ever since.  So I decided to sit down and write this now, as it could be 8 months to a year before the episode is aired… if at all and I wanted
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Breastfeeding: What I Wish I’d known the First Time

As a nursing Mum of a 22 month old…… As a nursing Mum of a 22 month old, who has well and truly become an advocate for breastfeeding, I’ve been reflecting a lot on how it felt to be a first time Mum with plans to breastfeed, and what I wish I’d known back then. I was one of the first of my friends to have children. Five years ago, the list of things I knew about babies and breastfeeding was short…very short (so embarrassingly short, I can’t even produce one). I was 27 years old, and had seen a grand
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Is my Baby Teething?

Babies can teethe from the age of three months, though it’s likely that you’ll probably see teeth from 12 months of age   Babies can teethe from the age of three months, though it’s likely that you’ll probably see teeth from 12 months of age.  All babies go through the teething stage differently but here are the main signs to look out for. Symptoms can normally develop a few days or even weeks before a tooth is actually cut.  Some may not show many signs of teething at all but most will demonstrate either one or more of the following. * Being irritable or cranky
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5 Ways to help your baby during teething

Babies can begin teething from anywhere between three and twelve months of age.  Although some babies are born with teeth so this is just a guide. Teething can cause your baby to drool more and bite their fingers and toys as their gums become sore.  If you want to aid your baby through the teething process then follow these top tips. 1. Rub your baby’s gums With a clean finger, rub your baby’s gums gently to help soothe them. You should find that this helps to comfort your child and ease the soreness for them. 2. Give your child safe objects to chew
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Going on Holiday with your Little One

Some of you may dread the thought of the sheer logistics of taking your baby or toddler on holiday and all the items you would need to pack for a week or two away! It doesn't need to be stressful though. Holidays can still be fun with little ones in tow-in fact I think my husband and I enjoy our family holidays more now we do have children, as we make more of an effort to have fun, rather than just relax and sunbathe! Children love to experience new things and holidays are a great time to do that. Here
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This is my Story

No one can prepare you for that sheer delight of welcoming a newborn into your life. No one can prepare you for that sheer delight of welcoming a newborn into your life.  The one thing that makes your family complete.  Ours started early.  3 weeks in fact.  I had just started my maternity leave from work I was literally 2 days into it.  We, my husband and I, were to take his elderly parents out for lunch.  We decided on a garden centre that we frequent about an hour away from us. Almost there I had that urge to go
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Overcoming Teething

Overcoming Teething… Katie Hilton – Bsc Hons Midwifery, Msc SCPHN Health Visitor So now you know your baby is definitely teething, how are you going to help them? Here are some tops tips to keep in mind when your baby is teething: Wipe your baby’s face often with a clean facecloth to remove any drool and try to prevent rashes from developing around the chin and neck. Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger, but be gentle as they may be sore. Give your little one something to chew on, but make sure it is big enough not
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Gumigem – a babies view

I was very excited to receive a parcel… Mummy helped me open it, and to my delight, it was from the lovely people at Gumigem, and was full of things for me to chew!! My teeth have been ouchy lately, and I have been telling Mummy and Daddy at all hours of the night that I need extra cuddles to make it better.  I like to chew on anything of Mummy’s or Daddy’s …. their phone, keys, purse, jewellery, but they really don’t like me doing that, so I was extra pleased to find that my parcel contained a lovely
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Preschoolers don’t bully

Worry…. That second you see the blue line on the pregnancy test you start, you worry, and it never stops. However there are some worries you think you can put off for at least 12 or 13 years, such as bullying. Almost all of us have experienced some sort of bullying, usually in high school and bullying has contributed to many mental health issues in adults. As a parent, you worry that the sweet perfect child in your arms could become a victim of bullying, but not yet, no, they are tiny, and you think you won’t need to worry
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