Unboxing Video of Apples and Pips New Baby Basket

It never ceases to amaze me how generous people can be. I gave birth to my gorgeous baby girl on 28th March and we received many cards and gifts.

One of those gifts came from my husband’s work colleagues. It was a basket, filled with goodies… and not just for the baby. This was a new baby gift with a difference. Yes there were items in there for the baby such as a cellular blanket, a bib and some cute leggings, but there was also a lavender scented candle and some parenting milestone cards “teething sucks” for the parents to enjoy amongst many other quality items.

Please note: It arrived with more love heart chocolates than seen below… omm nom nom


It was put together by a company quite local to me called Apples and Pips (www.applesandpips.co.uk). On the website you can also buy items individually which is great as the clothing in particular is great quality. 

Sorry about the poor editing- (my software kept crashing and life’s too short!) but here is my unboxing video

Thank you to my husbands colleagues and thank you Apples and Pips 

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Predicting Naptime in Children? 

I’m a mother of a 2 year old who has only one nap a day now I still find it difficult to predict when he will drop off. The only thing I know is that if he drops off to sleep at any point, even if it’s for 10 minutes, he will not go back to sleep if woken and I end up with a very cranky toddler until bedtime. 

I find myself planning my afternoons around his naptime. He falls asleep easily in the car so if it’s a 10 minutes journey I don’t want him to have that time as his only nap. Sometimes it is unavoidable… oh those joyful days. 

He has been accustomed to having naps at nursery but now I’m on second maternity leave, he sees the house as playtime and he suffers from FOMO (fear of missing out) so getting him to nap is a challenge. 

Here is a link for why naptime is important. 

Now I have an 8 week old who naps throughout the day, but this won’t last for long. Soon I’ll be juggling 2 children who will likely not want to nap at the same time.  

Shall I just prepare for cranky kids or is there a secret I don’t know about? If there was a secret I’m sure there would a post or forum thread somewhere. Oh well.

So to all those parents who have uncoordinated naptime and don’t even get your own sleep in the night… I’m with you! It’s all worth it… keep going… and put the kettle on. 

7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Summer

Summer is great! Long days, great weather, ice-cream and fun fun fun! Although, summer often comes and goes in a blink of any eye. If you aren’t careful you might miss it, especially if you live in sunny Britain (otherwise known as rainy Britain). Here are some tips to get you making the most of the outdoors this summer.

1. Pack a summer change bag


Be ready to go at the drop of a hat with a few extra summer essentials:

  • Sun cream: I reccommend SPF 50 for your little ones. 
  • A large muslin and a couple of pegs- this makes a great sun shade/tent at your picnic destination. Please don’t peg a muslin across a pram as this can cause overheating in children/babies.
  • Refillable water bottles- don’t get dehydrated!
  • Sun hats and long sleeved spare clothes for extra sun protection 
  • Swim nappy – many parks have outdoor swimming pools for summer splash fun

2. Check with your council for local events

Your local council will want you to use their facilities. Many produce promotional material to get parents to use their parks and fill up their parking meters. Subscribe to their newsletters or request their annual events programme so you don’t miss out on local events or opportunities.

3 Bubbles

Bubbles are great fun for all ages. Little ones love to watch them and they make excellent visual sensory fun. Older children love them just as much. In fact.. add bubbles to your summer change bag pronto!

4 Chalk- get creative 


If you are stuck in the house for some reason but want your children to enjoy the outdoors, arm them with a chunk of chalk. Here are some suggestions:

  • Draw pictures on your patio
  • Draw a large letter and ask the kids to find objects in the garden beginning with that letter
  • Draw a chalk mural.
  • Draw different coloured crosses around the garden. Whilst enjoying a sit down, should out colours and watch your children dash to the correctly coloured cross. Repeat until bedtime for a peaceful evening.

5 What about my newborn? 

Getting out of the house is important for the parent as much as it is the newborn. Here are some ideas to make going out more of a sensory activity. 

Plan a stroll in areas with different noises e.g. Walk along a road to a park where children are playing, then along a river/canal or near a lake where water can beard heard or water birds can be seen. 

Walk under tree canopies to allow the broken light onto your baby who is looking up. 

Don’t forget to talk to your baby the whole time to keep them stimulated and help with your bonding.

6 Using the environment to get creative


Children are wired up to learn and be creative so just getting them to a park, field or footpath might be enough to get them excited and playing with the environment. Here are some more ideas to help you along:

  • Make a musical instrument with a grass blade
  • Spot different birds
  • Look at leaves and try to identify the tree/plant – take care not to pic poisonous plants- this is a good way to teach your children about natural dangers 
  • Play pooh sticks
  • Blowing heads off dandelion clocks
  • Collect twigs and fallen leaves for a nature collage when you get home

Check out this link for my suggestions for walking with babies and toddlers.

7 Make the most of those evenings 


If you are stuck at work all day or if the days are just too hot to handle, an evening outing could be just the trick. The temperature might be more favourable and it really means you are making the most of your time. Plan an evening picnic along with a short stroll. An evening away from the TV is great for family bonding time and it’s easily achieved. You don’t have to go far, it could even just be a quick trip to the local park. It’s free and your kids will love it!

I hope you like my suggestions and take the opportunities as they arise. 

If the weather never comes though you can always get away – here are some flying tips 

Leave a comment with your suggestions for outdoor fun. 

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Have a great time enjoying some fresh air

Listening and Developing


It’s so nice to connect.

I was playing with my beautiful Olivia this morning on her playmat. She is still young so doesn’t like to be there for too long but I like her to get different stimuli during the day.

Later I checked Twitter for babynews and came across @babymusic_aes. They produce music for Congitive development in babies. I thought I’d give it a shot. They are on Spotify so I put it on as I was giving Olivia a feed. It was very relaxing for me and Olivia fell asleep so I could enjoy a cuddle. She had the odd smile during her sleep. She must have been dreaming about me as it couldn’t have possibly been wind. I hope the music helped her.


I’m going to save this album to my playlist.

I’m not affiliated with them so I’m not getting a fee for promoting them, I just really liked the music and I’ll be using in future as I play with my kiddie winks. It will make a nice alternative to nursery rhymes.

If you are interested in listening here are some links to follow:

Spotify link

iTunes link

GooglePlay link
Don’t forget to follow them on twitter (and me)

A Little Helping Hand


I’m glad George is starting young with his desire to help clean.

Shortly after this photo was taken however, he took the broom through to the living room. Maybe he needs a toy one??!

Jealousy Worries After Having a New Baby

I had always wanted more than one child. It boils down to my own experiences as a child. I grew up with an older brother and we are so close and have been from since before I can remember. We may have had a few sibling arguments but on the grand scale of things I love him to bits and I loved having a big brother growing up. I wanted to have children and my children to have a similar experience. However, all children are different and I know plenty of people who have children that don’t get along. What if my children do nothing but fight and bicker? 

What if my children don’t get along?

Throughout the pregnancy people would ask if I was worried about my eldest George being jealous of the new baby. I would say that I wasn’t overly concerned. George is quite independent for a baby in a sense that he’s not too clingy and will happily play with other people and children. As he is so sociable I thought all would be well when the new baby came home.

Olivia came home 6 weeks ago and there was a new look that George cast which I had not seen before. It was a look of suspicion. It didn’t appear at first but when he noticed that this tiny person was demanding a lot of my love and attention he just couldn’t figure out why. I did my best to play with George where I could and I would talk to him even if I was holding Olivia to let him know I loved him still. 

Will his suspicions grow into more sinister feelings?


After a week George started to do a fake cry or throw tantrums for no reason. He would also bring me things such as his toys or food when I was feeding Olivia. I know he was just resting whether I still cared about him. Eventually, he started to look less suspiciously of Olivia. 

I suppose it is hard for him as most of the day she was sleeping in her Moses basket and so out of sight, or in my arms so out of reach. A newborn is not a play thing and they don’t do very much that would interest a 23 month old. 

He’s not mean to her but he just doesn’t know what to do around her


After 3 weeks George started to come around. I was cuddling Olivia on the sofa and he climbed up for a cuddle too. I was able to get my other arm around him. He had his suspicious look about him as he reached over to Olivia. Then he smiled and said “baby” before gently stroking her head.   I gave him the biggest smile and agreed “yes, Olivia is your baby sister”. He smiled back and then settled in for a cuddle. I think it was at that point he accepted that I could be shared and that I still loved him. 


Those beautiful moments have started to come more frequently. He will rock the moses basket and if he’s running he will slow down to carefully step around her if I’m playing on the floor with her. I can see he enjoys getting the positive smiles and attention from being kind and this is making for many a cute moment between the pair. 

I think he loves her


I hope they love each other as much as I love my big brother. 

Getting Support For Breastfeeding

This is just a short post to raise awareness of a new resource that has started up in the UK to map all the breastfeeding support groups.

It had been started by a mother of two beautiful children who champions all mothers and seeks to support mothers who want to breastfeed. She promotes breastfeeding and baby wearing in a supportive and non-judgemental way. 

When my son was born he had a severe tongue tie causing him to have difficulty latching. He swallowed more gas leading to trapped wind and possetting. It also lead to breast and nipple damage with me. Despite being highlighted at birth,  it took 23 days to resolve as “due process” had to be followed. During this time I could have given up breastfeeding but I received support from my local breastfeeding group and friends which helped me to persevere. Their advice also helped me to get the procedure to resolve my sons tongue tie done as quickly as possible… although 23 days seems like a ridiculous amount of time. 
Please share, especially if you think there aren’t many groups in your area. There may be groups that need adding to the list and just haven’t got the word out yet. It may also inspire someone to start up their own group.

Facebook-  @thebreastfeedingmap 

Every Pebble an Adventure

There’s no doubt about it, the world is an incredible place. Our problem as adults is that we are so habituated to seeing the world around us we often forget it’s wonder. However, a child doesn’t look at the world this way. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this viewpoint again?!

I was visiting a relative this weekend with my 2 week old baby and 2 year old son. My newborn was receiving lots of cuddles and this gave me a chance to play with my son and watch him explore his surroundings. Although there is repetition to what he liked: hiding behind a door or cabinet; running away when you say “ready, steady…go” or never ceasing to grow tired of walking up and down steps, I loved watching him explore and make periodic stops to take in the world. He would stop every now and then to look at something, jog on the spot and laugh. He would look at me as if he wanted me to share in his excitement. Although I didn’t quite know what tickled him I would smile and be excited as it was so wonderful to see his joy.

We explored the garden and it occurred to me that everything in the garden was new to him: new plants; different paths which were effectively a maze,and an intriguing glass house with the most wonderful sliding door. He pottered around for such a long time re-running the same route and babbling to himself. He absolutely loved it and I was there sharing it with him. It got me thinking how amazing the garden must be for him and what he might be thinking as he re-ran his route… would he be thinking up a story in his head? Would he be looking for objects to associate words to?  Would he be looking for a means of escape from my gaze to go independently exploring? Who will know? 

I’ve rambled on but other than thoroughly enjoying spending time with my family today, I want to start looking at my world with fresh young eyes. I am so accustomed to being busy and this allows stress in. I need to start looking at the world as if it’s the first time I’ve seen the colour green, the sky or just the pavement I walk along. If I can appreciate the world likes child does even for a moment during each day then maybe it will slow me down enough to stop me stressing and keep me topped up with a feeling of contentment and happiness. Be careful you might just spot me stopping when I’m out and about and just laughing… would that be such a bad thing? 

What would ou look at with h fresh eyes today? 

Thanks for reading

5 Top Soft Plays – Near Matlock Derbyshire

Looking for something to do on those rainy days? Soft play can be the answer if you need your children to burn off a little steam. This article from my travelling with children blog looks into 5 great soft plays in the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire area to give you an idea of which might be best suited for your age of children.

5 Soft Plays Near Matlock

Have fun at the weekend peeps!

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Now I’m a Mother

Mother’s day has always been a very special day for me. I knew my mother would get some love and appreciation for being the wonderful person that she is and that was something to look forward to. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to think that my mother feels loved and appreciated all year round, but mother’s day is when we can actually stop and enjoy the moment.

I became a mother in April 2015 so I have enjoyed one mother’s day with my amazing Son. It felt strange having the limelight of the day shifting onto me. I’m now heavily pregnant and it is entirely possible that I may end up having the gift of another child this year.

What is important to me is that my mother and mother-in-law both feel love and affection as well. I simply could not enjoy the day if I felt like they didn’t get their appreciation. I am looking forward to a special day with my son though, after all next year he will be sharing the day with his sibling… possibly this year too.

The best way to get around this feeling of having to split the time between all of us amazing females is to get thoughtful gifts. Some of the most thoughtful gifts need not be the most expensive either. I often find that I spend less when being thoughtful. I don’t do it to be a penny pincher but it benefits both the recipient and my pocket so win-win. Also, I don’t mind going over budget on people when I think I’ve found a gift that’s right for them.

One year I bought my mother some silicone kitchen utensils. She was absolutely made up with them as she didn’t know you could get a mixing spoon in silicone. My mother hates touching wet wood and so her wooden mixing spoon was something she hated using in the kitchen. I gave her a wood free cooking experience that year and she was positively made up with happiness, even though it might seem strange as a gift idea.

My mother may read this post so I don’t want her to get an idea of what I’ve got her this year, but I’d like to think that she will see I’ve been thoughtful and that I love her very much.

I’m grateful for the time I get to spend with my mother all year round. I have friends who don’t have that privilege so it is important to me that I make the most of what I have and be grateful.

Happy Mother’s day 2017