How to Pick a Nursery

This is a sensitive topic for me, but one I can no longer keep on avoiding. I’ve kept my head buried in the sand for long enough, ducked all the questions, and ignored every warning about ‘looking early’ to avoid disappointment. The first nursery we went to see, I didn’t take seriously at all and just went through the motions. There was still so much time left of my maternity leave and as much as I missed having adult conversation, exercising my brain, and making an effort to look presentable when leaving the house, the thought of going back to work and leaving my precious little baby in the hands of complete strangers was gut wrenching.

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Moses Basket

When considering which sleeping arrangement would work best for us, I did a lot of research and looked at The Lullaby Trust safer sleep guidelines. I wanted to ensure I was following the correct advice from trusted experts, as the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was all too prevalent in my mind being a first time mum.

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Baby Gifts

Once upon a time, a baby shower used to be an intimate event where close friends and family would gather together to eat cake and homemade nibbles, play a few games and give the mummy-to-be some thoughtfully handpicked gifts. Now, it seems to have evolved into an elaborate stately affair, a month prior to which, mumzilla herself sends you an online gift registry that totals up to the amount of a small house deposit. It may have started off as an American tradition, but it has become as much of a custom here in the UK as anywhere else.

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Organic Baby Clothes

I’m a huge fan of organic cotton baby clothes. They feel softer than ordinary cotton and it’s nice to know there were no pesticides, harmful chemicals or nasty toxins used in the manufacturing process. Organic cotton is therefore kinder to my baby’s skin, longer lasting and more environmentally friendly. That’s why I always try to buy organic clothes for my little one, especially when it comes to things like his vests and night wear.

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Books for Babies

Studies have shown that boys lag behind girls when it comes to literacy. I remember hearing this when I was at school, and whilst the gap appears to be narrowing, it looks like girls are still outperforming their male classmates when it comes to reading. I love reading and I wanted to introduce books to my son at an early age.

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Baby Monitor

With so many types of baby monitors out there, each one boasting different features – audio, video, movement sensor, wifi enabled, and the ability to connect to a smart device (to name just a few), it can leave you feeling quite baffled, especially, if you’re a technophobe like me. So it took quite a bit of time to familiarise myself with the pros and cons of all the various features, before I could make a final decision.

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Books for Parents

We purchased LOTS of books before having our baby because we wanted to be as prepared as possible. Many of them were recommended to us by friends, family and baby groups. The reality is that nothing can really prepare you for the colossal change that’s about to occur. Becoming a parent is a completely life-changing, roller-coaster experience and you really just learn as you go along.

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Weaning (Part II)

So now that it had been decided when and how I was going to wean my baby (see my previous blog post Weaning (Part I)), it was time to buy all of the essential weaning items! With so much choice out there, I’ve listed below my favourite tried and tested weaning gear:

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Weaning (Part I)

Navigating the world of weaning for the first time is like trying to work your way through a labyrinth. There are so many books, recipes, thoughts and opinions on this topic, it’s really hard to know where to begin. I decided to introduce solids to my baby at around 6 months, in line with the NHS guidelines and when I felt he was ready.

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Car Seat

When it comes to car seats, safety is of course the number one thing to consider. So I looked into car seats that complied with the latest EU standards and car seat safety regulations. At the time of my research (January 2018), rear-facing i-Size seats were the safest option. i-Size seats are based on a child’s height rather than weight, and allows them to travel in the recommended rear-facing position for longer.

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