I remember so vividly giving Sam his first bath...well actually his daddy did most of the hard work as I was afraid I’d drop him!! But I loitered around the periphery of the bath waiting patiently with lotions and potions in hand, ready to soften and moisturise the child to within an inch of his life! Little did I know the battle that lay ahead with the little man’s ever-so-sensitive skin. Read More
Changing bags might not seem like an immediately obvious priority, but for the foreseeable future you’re going to need to be prepared for all baby eventualities every time you leave the house, as well as regular, grown-up eventualities, so this really needs to be a bag that has space for you too. Read More
One of the treasures of children’s literature is Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in The Hat. His slightly off kilter, child-like use of language is one of the many things that makes it so attractive to young readers. Read More
Like many millions of women and men on the planet, when my toddling little angel/demon was a baby, I went through moments of despair when I wondered if I would ever enjoy a decent night’s sleep again. From day one, Artie woke every couple of hours to hang out at the bar and enjoy the cosy warmth of his exhausted mother’s breast – mostly because he was hungry, but also, I suspect, quite often, just for the craic. Read More
When you have little children, you really need to love the books that they love, since they like to read them over, and over, and over again. And again. You will end up knowing the words off by heart, and they will correct you if you try to cut any corners by skipping a few sentences here and there! Read More
Being a dad - or becoming a dad - in 2020 throws up all sorts of challenges, but for some who have been able to work from home for the first time, spending a lot of time with their kids has been eye opening and transformative (in a good way!). Read More
Ok - to state the obvious, we are all aware that once you have a baby living in your house full time, everything changes. Everything! Maybe you have a baby that won’t be put down, or has colic, or won’t sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time, or will only sleep beside you, or in the car, or while a particularly obnoxious song is playing on the radio.
Costa Rica – a perfect introduction to Central America. Everything about this country is beautiful; the mountains, the beaches, the people, the food. We squeezed as much as we could into a week but could easily have stayed longer. Read More
Congratulations! You’ve managed to bake a tiny human to perfection, give birth to said human AND keep her safe for those first precious months.
NOW comes the fun part - entertaining your little treasure! Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Ben and Holly (to name but a few!) do a wonderful job of keeping small people engaged and occupied for a while you try and juggle a million and one things, but, aside from the fact too much telly is probably not ideal for their developing little brains, there is a limit to the number of times you can listen to a certain little pink madam jumping up and down in muddy puddles!
Finding the best possible childcare for your most treasured possession can be a daunting and, often, quite stressful task, particularly when you have to return to work before you feel ready. Below, Bubble & Pop childcare expert, Hope Swail, gives us some top tips on what to look for when you’re viewing potential settings for your baby. Read More
Breast is best. As women, we are bombarded with this mantra from so many sources long before we even plan on having offspring! And of course, there is no denying that breast milk is amazing with massive benefits for both baby and mama alike. “Liquid gold” is what the lactation nurses at my local hospital CONSTANTLY called it. Read More
After an amazing grown-ups only trip to New York earlier this year, we decided to go back with Ella for mid-term break. It was the perfect time to visit, not too cold (even by Ella’s standards!) and not too busy with holiday crowds yet. While New York doesn’t initially strike you as a place to bring a small person, we found loads of amazing activities to fill our days. Read More