Stereotypes, manners and division of labour

So here’s the thing. I’ve always considered myself a feminist. I have never thought of myself as less, or more deserving, than anyone because of what’s in my knickers or a  few genes. My husband is very similar. He was horrified at being called a sexist pig by a very well known feminist writer when he opened a door for her when she spoke at his college. Truth is, he’d open the door for anyone as would I. It’s good…

Why all new mums need Amazon Prime

  Amazon Prime is probably one of the best gifts you can buy a new mum. As a new mum you can often feel isolated. You are exhausted from being up through the night with a baby. Your mobility might be restricted too, particularly if you’ve had a cesarean section. Amazon Prime makes your life easier and as a new mum I found it invaluable.  I recommend it to everyone now. It’s the best £7.99 you can spend every month…

10 Tips for flying with a baby or toddler

Flying with an infant, whether that is a baby or a toddler, can be stressful. We have done quite a few short haul flights with our son now, so thought I’d share some of my top tips for travelling with a baby or a young toddler. These tips will keep you sane and less stressed, but please add any others in the comments if you have any others you can add.   Take a buggy   Airports are boring, big,…

A review of the Fisher Price Custom Comfort Potty Chair

Part of potty training your toddler is getting the right potty. But which one should you choose? We’ve bought several as it’s useful when potty training to have a few dotted around the house. As we have three floors to our house we need one on every floor. That’s a lot of potties. So to supplement our regular potty style, I wanted to get one that was chair style. I decided to buy the Fisher Price Custom Comfort Potty Chair.…

Childcare offer for Wales: what it means for parents

It was confirmed today that the childcare offer for wales will be extended to seven more local authorities. It’s fanastic news, any help with childcare costs is welcomed,  but parents are still sharing their concerns with me that they aren’t sure how it is going to work. Many parents have told me they weren’t aware that more funded childcare was coming in and only knew about the existing 10 hour minimum foundation phase that all three and four year olds…

Teaching our toddler to swim : classes, tips and taking our time

We have tried teaching our toddler to swim and assumed an organised class would be the answer. My husband is a confident swimmer but works full time so there are limited opportunities for him to take out toddler swimming. I work flexibly so have two weekdays when I can take our son, but I’m not a confident swimmer. I also feel like I need the structure of going to a class or it’s too easy for me to skip it…

Are you a working mum based in Wales?

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I’m a working mum so childcare provision is a real hot topic for me. I’ve been blogging about the new childcare offer in Wales a lot recently, but I’m aware that not all my readers are from Wales, and the ones that are need more detailed information that I can provide. For example, I’m being asked a lot via my Facebook page which nurseries will participate in the…

BNF Healthy Eating Week: feeding your toddler

Many parents worry if they are feeding their toddlers the right things and in the right volume. We are no different in this house, particularly with a two year old who will change his mind about what he likes and doesn’t like at the drop of a hat. Children of this age often don’t eat the same amount every day, and it can be a concern. Are they eating enough today? Are they eating the right things? I think I’m…

Tips for potty training boys

Potty training is a milestone that all parents seem to dread. Personally, while I look forward to not having to faff about with nappies, it is daunting. We’ve been introducing a potty to Small Boy for the past few weeks. He will happily sit on it and sometimes use it, but we are definitely not “there” yet.  We’re hoping to have the whole potty training thing licked within the next month of two, not rushing it because Small Boy has…