#PassTheStoryOn with Tesco: The Everywhere Bear & The Highway Rat

Lily and I love reading together. It’s fantastic for children’s learning in so many ways: it stimulates their imagination; helps with their language skills; their concentration; and their listening. Not to mention the benefits of spending that quality time one on one with your child. A love of reading is definitely something I want to instil in Lily, as all too often books are forgotten about once children get into games consoles and TV. #PassTheStoryOn Recently Tesco gave myself, Sarah at Whimsical Mumblings, and Nicola At A Blog’s Life the opportunity to take part in a fantastic book share. They […]

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3 In The Bed And The Little One Said… Part Three

You may remember a couple of my previous posts: 3 In The Bed… Part 1 and Part 2. Well the issue of nighttime has come back to light lately. Yet again we are trying to get Lily to sleep through in her own bed. Background The sleeping issue: When Lily reached a year old I decided to stop all night feeds, however the knock on effect of this was that she stopped settling at night when she woke up. Whereas before I would feed her at midnight and it would get her sleeping through until morning, since cutting that feed she would wake up and […]

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A Story At Bedtime: The Benefits Of Ending The Day With A Good Book

As Christmas approached at the end of last year I decided I was going to do Lily a book calendar. I wasn’t sure exactly how, whether to wrap each book or give them to her each morning. In the end I decided it would be a bedtime story each night. Whilst Joe bathed Lily I would get the next book and put it on her bed, ready for her to find once she got out the bath (it worked well as an incentive to get her out the bath as well!) Each night she would run and find the book that […]

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The Bedtime Tag Quiz

I am very excited to have been nominated by Natalie over at Hello Cuppies to answer a few questions in the Bedtime Tag! Let’s start… Describe Your Usual Bedtime Routine Lily is usually in bed by 7pm, it’s always me who gets her in to bed as she’s used to that and it works. Joe doesn’t get away with doing nothing though, meanwhile he will be preparing dinner for us. Once I’m downstairs we eat and then usually watch a few episodes of something. At the moment we are addicted to The Blacklist. I love the character of Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader […]

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3 in the bed and the little one said…Part Two

It has been just over a week since my post “3 in the bed and the little one said…I’m going to stretch out and boot you in the face”. As promised I’m doing an update on how it’s all going with attempting to get Lily to sleep in her own bed all night. So without further ado, here’s how the week went: Night One: The first thing we needed to do was convert Lily’s cot bed to its bed form. Easier said than done!! A lost instruction manual that was eventually found, and many swear words later the bed was […]

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Best Buys: The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep

I think I just hypnotised my child. Seriously. What I bought: The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep. A new way of getting children to sleep. By Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. How much it cost: £4 from Amazon. Lily has always been a pretty average sleeper. She’s never been one to keep me up the entire night even when she was a tiny baby so we do count ourselves lucky. However she’s also not been one of these magical children who sleep through the night from day dot. The struggle often occurs when it comes to settling Lily to sleep, once […]

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