The Cost of Having a Baby – How to Budget For Your New Addition

Cost of Having A Baby

by Catherine Fowler - Nursery Collective Money Expert

The cost of having a baby is something all new and expecting parents need to consider - and the earlier you are prepared, the better! I am super excited to share our first blog from our Nursery Collective Money Expert, Cath Fowler,  with her top tips around the cost of having a baby, and the best ways to budget for the newest member of your family. 

The Cost of Having a Baby

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Five Ways to Make Bath Time Safe and Easy!

5 Ways to Make Bath Time Safe & Easy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

As parents, we all want ways to make bath time safe and easy – as well as fun and relaxing, right? Whether you’re a Mum of a newborn or toddler (or both!), bath time is a time Mums often dread - and look forward to in equal measure! It signals the end of the day and the impending peace of bed time (on good days when they actually go to sleep quickly, and stay asleep!), but can also coincide with the dreaded witching hour - resulting in crazy, hyper kids and a bathroom resembling a splash pad!

Both my kids loved bath time as newborns, and both also went through a phase of suddenly hating it – a very common occurrence most Mums can relate to. But like all things in early motherhood, phases pass and all we can do try our best to get through these times (sometimes with a glass of wine in hand!) and make our lives as easy as possible! So here are 5 ways to make bath time safe and easy – hopefully these tips will help you enjoy the bath time ritual with your little ones!

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Creating Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper

Create Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper | The Nursery Collective

Guest Post by Mandy Ferry from Party Remedy

If there's one tradition that everyone partakes in at Christmas time, it’s gift giving – and a great way to get the kids involved is by creating your own Christmas wrapping paper!
Creating your own Christmas Wrapping Paper is pretty simple, and if you’ve got young kids it’s a great craft you can complete together during the festive season.

Creating your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper

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Ditching the Dummy … why my 3-year-old still has one!

Ditching The Dummy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

My daughter turned 3 at the end of June, and ditching the dummy is a milestone we still haven't reached.

I was thinking about this recently and how different things are the second time around. As a first-time Mum, I was adamant about getting rid of the dummy and bottle early, as per the pediatrician’s instructions. Giving up the bottle was easy enough as my son was one of those kids that preferred solids to milk so he easily stopped using his bottle soon after he turned one. Ditching the dummy however was another matter!

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Five Ways to Make Childhood Memories Your Children Will Remember!

Top Ways to Make Childhood Memories | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

As a parent in an increasingly faster paced world, I often find myself struggling to find ways to make childhood memories with my kids that are truly meaningful.  I see a lot of other parents around me doing the same. Suddenly as parents, we find ourselves overdoing it to try and “make memories” - like trying to get the perfect family holiday photo so we can pop it on Facebook or Instagram (c’mon admit it, we all do this), and stressing out when our kids won’t co-operate. Or going a little crazy trying to fit in “memory making activities” by doing activities or visiting attractions we can’t even guarantee our kids will even remember.

See the thing is, memories don’t actually have to be made. Memories just ARE.

We can’t choose what our kids actually remember, just as our parents couldn’t choose what we remember from our own childhood. Most kids can’t remember much before the age of 3. If you think about your own childhood memories, you’ll probably remember feelings and moments, times you spent with your family, funny stories and events, right? 

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Personalised Height Chart: Growscroll Review by TNC Expert Mumma Morrison

Personalised Height Charts | Review by Fi Morrison

by Fi Morrison

I’ve always been a sentimental kind of person. The kind who keeps handwritten notes, dated photographs and small tokens of appreciation and love. To me, these things represent moments in time that I have cherished and want to hold onto for a lifetime. As a first-time mother, my sentimentality increased tenfold. I am always looking for ways to mark the moments of my son’s life so I can remember them for years to come (hence starting my own blog). Countless photographs have been taken; milestone cards, keepsakes and books have been used to document all the special occasions; even birthday cards have been kept as a reminder of these milestones. But it has only been recently that I’ve looked into personalised height charts as another token of my son’s childhood.

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Top Tips to Convert a Nursery Into a Toddler Room

How to Convert a Nursery Into a Toddler Room

with Yvonne K from The Styled Spot

How to convert a nursery into a toddler room - it’s an exciting milestone to reach and yet at the same time it can be a little nerve-wracking! I recently went through this process with my youngest – at 3 years of age it was high time she moved into a big bed. But the thought of my super active daughter not having the safety net of a cot, and being able to just get out of bed when she pleased was enough to make me wish I could hold out a little longer! In the end, the process went very smoothly and now she loves her big girls room!

Today we have the lovely Yvonne from The Styled Spot giving us her top styling tips to convert a nursery into a toddler room, and I think you’ll all agree her daughter Zoe’s room is absolutely exquisite!
I’ll then be sharing my own top tips for helping your little one adjust to their new toddler space.

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Quick and easy Halloween ideas!

Quick and easy Halloween ideas for babies and toddlers

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

If you’re anything like me, Halloween will have crept up on you this year, leaving you a little unprepared! After scouring Pinterest (because my daughter has not one but TWO dress up days at nursery and I also need to prepare some spooky yet healthy treats for the class!), I thought it might be helpful to put together a little mini guide of some quick and easy Halloween ideas for your little ones!

Here are my favourite quick and easy Halloween ideas for recipes, crafts, games and last minute DIY outfits!

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What clothes do I really need for my new baby?

Clothes I really need for my new baby

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

It’s a question most new mums want to know the answer to – what clothes do I really need for my new baby? I mean, is there anything more adorable than tiny little newborn baby clothes? But the sheer amount of options on offer can be a tad overwhelming! I loved shopping for new baby clothes when I was pregnant with my first, but I have to admit that I did end up with lots of items that were barely used. So, what are the most essential newborn clothing items, and how do you stop yourself from going a little crazy shopping during that wonderful nesting phase?

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The Benefits of Amber for Teething

The Benefits of Amber for Teething

With Kirsten from Amberocks

In today's blog post we are exploring the many benefits of Amber and how it can assist not only with teething but many other conditions for babies, children and adults. Back when I was pregnant with my son, a close friend sent me a baltic amber necklace as a gift. Maxi wore it on and off from the time he started teething until all his teeth came in, and I definitely noticed a difference in his temperament when he wasn't wearing it!

Benefits of Amber for Teething

Being a nervous first time mum, I used to take it off at night and tie it around his ankle instead, just to be safe. My daughter on the other hand wore hers around her neck 24/7 until well after all her teeth came in! I'm a big believe in natural therapies and loved using amber for both my kids - I truly felt it made a difference to their teething journeys! And how gorgeous did they look wearing them? (biased mum I know!)

Toddler boy wearing amber
Maxi 13mths

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Halle 10mths

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Halle 2yrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So today I've invited the lovely Kirsten from AMBEROCKS to join us on the blog - read below as we quiz her all about amber, her business and the often discussed safety issues that arise around amber jewellery and babies.

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How to help your child adjust to the new baby

How to help your child adjust to the new baby

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

Helping your child adjust to the new baby is an issue a lot of Mums worry about – I know I certainly spent a lot of time worrying about this during my second pregnancy. After all, my toddler had enjoyed my undivided attention for 3 whole years and had never had to worry about sharing me with another child!

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Introducing solids to your baby as a new mum

Introducing Solids to Your New Baby As New Mum

My journey through Baby Led Weaning and Solids - By Fi Morrison

A big thank you to Fi Morrison for sharing her experience with introducing solids to her baby as a new Mum x

Our "introduction to solids" journey began over 7 months ago, when my son was 4 months old. I was eager to start him on solids, because it seemed to be another “milestone” he could meet. Another step in his development, signaling that he was growing more and more with each passing day (how I could wish those younger days back!). I eagerly did the “mum thing” by creating purees from scratch – chopping, steaming and blending countless vegetables and fruits. I did this consistently for a couple of months, but not because I enjoyed it. No, it lost its novelty factor within a week. I continued on blending fruits and veg because I thought I was giving my son the best chance for a nutritious, healthy diet. And because the thought of baby-led weaning frightened me.

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