10 tips on how to survive solo parenting

Before anything else, I’m going to label this with a chuffing big caveat THIS IS NOT ABOUT SINGLE PARENTING, this is about parenting on your own when there’s usually two of you. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to raise a child on your own so I’m not going to do anyone the disservice of pretending to know how you do it. What I’m going to be wittering on about here, is when you have a young baby or toddler and you are left on your own with the kids. Like most couples that are duos, we rely on each other to share the burden. In doing so you often fall into a routine. You may find you…

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10 things to do in a car while your child sleeps

We’re in a weird place at the moment with Small Boy’s sleeping. I can’t get him to nap in the afternoon with me at all, despite him grudgingly napping in his bed for his dad or with his friends at nursery. The only way I can get him to sleep is popping him in the car seat and going for a drive. I was reluctant to do this at first as I didn’t want to gloss over the “I won’t go to sleep for mummy as she’s too much fun” issue, but after several days of us switching between exhaustion and “angry tired” I decide to give it ago. We’ve done it quite a few times now and it turns…

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Our Review of the Chicco Snack Booster Seat

Are you looking for an alternative to a high chair, perhaps because your toddler is ready to sit at the table or you want something you can take out to restaurants or family? I decided to stash the big high chair and get  Chicco Snack Booster Seat  – a space saving alternative that you strap to your dining chair. We already have a Polar Gear travel booster, which has a foam seat, which we love, but with everyday use it was beginning to get a bit squishy. The Chicco Snack Booster promises a lot and has rave reviews on numerous sites. But what did I think? First of all, it’s well packaged without being swamped in cardboard or wrapping. Everything was…

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3 Alternatives to “Date Night” when you don’t have childcare

I see so many posts on blogs talking about the importance of having a social life and quality time with your partner. I’ve read a lot recently about how to make the most of your time together and why it’s essential you make an effort to spend quality time alone. I get it. I really do. But we don’t all have access to babysitters. For me, I’m an older mum with a family that I could count on one hand – well actually two fingers as I don’t think I can count my great granny with dementia in my “potential child-minders” count. I am the youngest one in my family bar my two year old. There are various limitations on…

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Several trips to the doctor and a mum is always right story…croup, scarlet fever and ear infections

I am not a rampant Googler of health information. I do not look at blogs and websites and try and self diagnose myself or my family.  I trust professionals and official sources on the whole. That doesn’t mean I don’t question them, but let’s be honest if you Google half a dozen symptoms you’ll find half the time you have a tropical disease – you don’t, you have a cold. I  believe in the brilliance of the NHS Direct website and an occasional trip to the doctor if I’m very concerned. That’s not to say that there isn’t something to be gained from chatting things through with other people, friends with kids the same age or your nursery assistant – after all,…

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