Things to do with Your Baby in the First 6 Months – Part 2

Things To Do With Your Baby Part 2

Kathy Stirrup, our resident Mental Health and Parenting Expert, shares some great ideas of things to do with your baby in the first 6 months, in this 2 part blog series. READ PART 1 HERE

8. Things to do with your baby: Roly Poly

Babies often enjoy the sensation of rolling even before they can do so by themselves. Help your baby to develop this skill by gently rolling them over on to their tummies and then back again to their backs. Make sure that the surface that you have placed your little one on is a soft surface such as a rug or blanket. Keep going as long as your baby seems to be enjoying the activity. When your baby starts to make attempts at rolling themselves then you can encourage them to do so by putting toys just out of their reach so that they have to move to reach it.Continue Reading →

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Things to do with Your Baby in the First 6 Months – Part 1

Things To Do With Your Baby Part 1

Kathy Stirrup, our resident Mental Health and Parenting Expert, shares some great ideas of things to do with your baby in the first 6 months, in this 2 part blog series.

Nine months of pregnancy ✓
Spent a small fortune on all the equipment required for a small person: clothing, nappies and changing stuff, pram, bath, cot, bassinet, etc. ✓
Birthed a baby ✓
Ran the rampart of conflicting advice on baby care and feeding from the hospital, assorted relatives and friends ✓
Survived those first days, or weeks, at home in a haze of birth recovery, sleep deprivation, new routines, and endless feeding ✓
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Why Self Care isn’t Selfish: How to take time for yourself without feeling guilty

Take Time For Yourself

As a mum, you’re always feeling guilty about something. You’re constantly questioning yourself, wondering if you are doing it right. You’re probably always feeling like you could be doing something better. While you run around taking care of everyone else, who is there to take care of you? While it would be nice to have a designated carer, most of the time it comes down to you needing to take care of yourself. But I’ll bet that as a Mum you don’t quite know HOW to take time for yourself (away from the kids) without feeling guilty, am I right?

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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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