Thursday, 17 May 2018

AD | Putting Clever Munchkin Products To The Toddler Test

My introduction to the brand Munchkin came a few months ago when my cousin popped round with her little boy, he was drinking from a frankly ingenious cup, the weighted straw meant that he could drink from it from any angle. I am not an impulsive person but I immediately went out to buy one (they were actually out of stock and my mum found one a few days later, but you get the gist). It's been a firm favourite, my sixteen month old has used it every day since, so I was frankly thrilled when an email dropped into my inbox asking if I'd like to collaborate with the brand. They sent over an enormous box of goodies and my number one employee put them all to the test. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Toddler & Me: 16 Months

These updates feel less necessary. I suppose I was using them as a kind of therapy. Yes, it was great to chart her progress and I think I'll be really glad that I took the time to write the highs and lows of the first year of motherhood but it was also really cathartic. Once we passed the eleven month mark, it's just slipped my mind. It's a good thing, I haven't needed to decompress, I'm just, well, getting on with it. I'm loving it. I've updated her status from to toddler because she's not a baby anymore. I'm not sad about it. I don't want to rewind, but I would like to press pause just about now.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Toddler Eats: Super Easy No-Measuring Banana Porridge Pancakes

G has never been a big eater, she rarely 'wolfs' anything down so mealtimes are often a battle. Tired of having her baby porridge splattered around the room, I looked at that red box and wondered if there was another way. It turned out there was. I'd heard about banana and oat pancakes but was a little worried after a 'baby friendly flapjack' incident at a birthday party during our early weaning adventures, so I wondered what would happen if I used Ready Brek instead. What happened, my friends was a taste sensation. I can't harp on about these moist (sorry) banana beauties any more, they're delicious and I often end up eating a whole one while checking that they're cool enough for her. She loves them and will happily feed herself at least two, I can't tell you how much this pleases me, because unknowingly she's wolfing (yes!) down a whole banana, a bowl's-worth of porridge and an egg. I had been making it up as I went along (and you totally can do that) but I've noted down rough volumes to give you a hand...

Monday, 23 April 2018

How To Pop Your Playgroup Cherry

I love a baby group. There, I said it. Do I enjoy endless renditions of twinkle twinkle little star? Of course not but the camaraderie and companionship of other mums who are in the trenches too is a lifesaver in that first year, not to mention that the baby goes wild for some singing and a broken toy. But it's not always easy to pop your baby group cherry, here are my top tips for a nervous first-timer. I think I should just add, I wrote this some time ago but never found the right time to post, so, without further ado:

Monday, 9 April 2018

Places To Go: Foxburrows Farm Zoo, Hainault Country Park

I'm always on the hunt for cheap or free places to take my fifteen month old, she's at an age where she would have equal levels of enthusiasm for the local park as a theme park so new places to entertain her that don't cost much-so I'm not full of resentment about my lightened wallet as soon as I'm through the gate- are the name of the game! I put an appeal out on Instagram and you lovely lot gave me lots of ideas. First up, on a bright spring morning we tried Foxburrows Farm Zoo at Hainault Country Park. It took about fifteen minutes from home and we arrived at just after 10am. 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

What Do You Do All Day, Woman? A Totally Average Day In Our Lives

A day in our lives. This was a Thursday but it doesn't matter much, they all follow a similar pattern. Reading this back I feel that I should caveat with the fact I'm really happy with my stay-at-home/work-at-home situation, I love that I get to hang out with her most days and she makes me laugh all day long but there's no joy in wiping food from the floor, no matter how cute the thing that put it there goes:

Friday, 9 March 2018

Baby & Me: 14 Months

I have a toddler. A toddler with a big voice and not so many words. She says 'duck', 'car', 'woof woof', 'sock' y'know, all the useful words. Mostly she talks in a language that she understands but she loves to get involved in the conversation. She started walking unaided just as she turned thirteen months and she's still getting the hang of it six weeks later, which means we've had a few extra tears and bumps to the head (and teeth. Worst day ever). A sign of things to come, I guess! 
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