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18-24 Months

  • Getting a little bit messy with DoddleArt box supplies from Doddlebags

    Painting with the DoddleArt Box

    Initially, I was nervous about sending Pickle to Nursery. I was worried he’d be confused by it all. I was worried they wouldn’t care for him in the same way I would. And I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the money. But I needn’t have worried – Pickle absolutely loves it there. In fact, most nights he doesn’t want to come home. He gets to play all day long with his friends, he loves eating with them all at the little table and they spend lots of time outside – which is always his favourite way to spend time. And they also do lots of crafts.

    Crafting with Toddlers

    Pickle loves it: he paints, he glues, he sticks, he draws, he bakes, he decorates… they make super cute cards that have handprints or footprints on and it means I have those lovely little toes imprinted forever without having to contend with the mess myself. I know these are the things I should be doing more with him. But we all know what it’s like, don’t we? The thought of the post-activity clean up operation is enough to make you think twice! The risk of adding further to the stains on the carpet is too high. What I initially think is going to be a lovely, cute little bonding activity just turns out to be a right stress fest. read more

    18-24 Months, Crafts, Parenting, Reviews
    / July 1, 2018
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    Inspiration From the Teletubbies Playdate Pack

    I’ve surprised myself with how much I’ve enjoyed being back at work, but if there’s one thing I miss from my extended maternity leave – it’s midweek playdates with the NCT girls. Not only are they a good chance to catch up with the women who have become such treasured friends and been the most incredible support network, but seeing our toddlers playing together, learning from each other and having a blast is the most heart-warming thing to see – even if it is hard work at times! I want to make the most of it before they start arguing and whining about each other (because, that’s inevitable, right?).

    As they get older, it’s harder work to keep them amused. In order to avoid tantrums, arguments and escape attempts, the toys available need to be increasingly exciting and the activities on offer have to be more and more engaging. It’s also a difficult age to plan for: as I talked about in my First Parents’ Evening post, Pickle and his friends are all very different, and excelling in different areas. They’re starting to show their individual interests and preferences, and they’re not afraid to show their distaste if something isn’t to their liking! Finding the common ground is essential… and this week? That common ground was Teletubbies. read more

    18-24 Months, Parenting, Reviews
    / May 25, 2018
  • The colours of the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham

    Taking a Toddler to the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

    I don’t take advantage of living on the outskirts of Birmingham half as much as I should. Every time I venture into the city, I’m amazed at what it has to offer and try to remind myself to take the short train ride more often. The city centre has so much for families, and this weekend we braved the school-holiday crowds and ventured down to the National Sea Life Centre.

    I’ve been meaning to take Pickle to the Sea Life Centre for ages, and as I’d offered to take my foster brothers out for the day, it seemed the perfect place to entertain adults, two older children (not yet teenagers!) and a toddler. That feels like no mean feat – I can’t think of many places that would be appropriate for such a wide age range. I had quite high hopes for this day out and I think the reality managed to even exceed my expectations. Despite a few stressy moments where I thought I’d completely lost LPD and Pickle, we had a really brilliant day. read more

    18-24 Months, Culture, Days Out, Parenting, Reviews
    / April 8, 2018
  • Happy Pickle checking out his Easter Egg biscuit

    Afternoon Tea with the Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centres

    Oh Sunday. What a glorious day it was for the clocks to have gone back. Not only were we treated to some absolutely gorgeous sunshine (very welcome after all this Beast from the East chilliness), but the beginning of British Summer Time meant we got to enjoy the glorious light for longer into the evening – meaning we had time for a stroll down to the lake and a play on the park before bed even after we’d gotten home from a very cute afternoon having tea with the Easter Bunny at a Wyevale Garden Centre.

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    18-24 Months, Days Out, Parenting, Reviews
    / March 26, 2018
  • My Mother’s Day at Charlecote Park

    I didn’t need asking twice about what I wanted to do this Mothering Sunday: I wanted a family trip out to a National Trust property. And it was pretty much a no brainer for us which one to choose – Charlecote Park is located just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon and we literally have to drive past LPD’s Mum’s house en route so it was easy to pop by and see her too. Two birds, one drive.

    Our Last Visit to Charlecote Park

    We’d not been to Charlecote Park since our Halloween trip when Pickle was only about five months old. Back then, we’d only just started using our Beco Gemini baby carrier and we went on a long walk around the fields with both the pushchair and me using the carrier. It’s so weird to look back – I’d only just starting using a DSLR camera (I think I was borrowing my Dad’s at this point), and I took what is still one of my favourite photos of Pickle. read more

    18-24 Months, Countryside, Days Out, Parenting
    / March 14, 2018
  • It’s a Sling Thing – Postal Carrier Hire Service

    I have absolutely loved using our Beco Gemini baby carrier – it’s easy to use, comfortable and has enabled us to enjoy some real family adventures. But sadly, all good things must come to an end, and because it has a fairly narrow base, Pickle has outgrown it, leaving me on the hunt for something to upgrade to. He’s at a funny size: he’s not quite big enough for a lot of the especially designed toddler carriers but it doesn’t make much sense to invest in another baby carrier when we already have one. Thankfully, It’s a Sling Thing, came to my rescue, offering us a four-week carrier hire to help tide us over.

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    18-24 Months, Countryside, Parenting, Reviews
    / January 15, 2018