There are an endless amount of products for babies on the market. After having two of them I’ve done a lot of research and product testing at home!
Here are my top ten baby products which I’ve found to be essential during that precious first year:
  1. Moses basket/bed side crib – a safe place baby can sleep in your bedroom
  2. Baby wipes – you will never not need a packet of these with a baby around
  3. Pram – the best option is to find a pram that has the longest use for your needs as they are one of the more expensive investments
  4. Car seat – buy the best option for your car and budget, this could be a life saver so worth doing some research
  5. High chair – you will absolutely need some sort of chair when they start weaning, look for one that’s easy to clean
  6. Bouncer – look for one where it’s safe for baby to fall asleep in for daytime naps
  7. Playmat – essential if you have hard wood floors like us so babies can play safely
  8. Babygrows- nothing beats a baby dressed in a baby grow for comfort
  9. Thermometer – a decent one to check babies, if you notice they are too hot or cold
  10. Nappy bin – not on everyone’s top 10 but I think there is nothing worse than the smell of nappies in a normal bin

 

    1. They have folds everywhere, under arms and necks, so you have check everywhere when washing
    2. When wet in the bath they are the hardest thing in the world to hold
    3. Their first few poo are black, with meconium, which is really hard to clean
    4. Once the meconium clears, they can then projectile poo as well as vomit
    5. They can get acne and white spots, called milia
    6. They sleep pretty much all day apart from waking for feeds
    7. They don’t automatically know how to breastfeed or take a bottle
    8. They start the vaccination program straight away, the injection is worse for you than it is them
    9. They can curl themselves up to the smallest bundle, like they are still in the womb and give the best snuggles
    10. They have the cutest gurgling faces, which you could sit and stare at for hours, if you weren’t so tired!

 

My daughter Beth and I have just completed a full term of Baby Sensory.
They are a nation wide franchise of classes specifically developed to encourage sensory interactions for babies and toddlers.

Each class focuses on a theme, and activities are created around the theme to engage the children. Classes aim to utilise all the senses with lights, fabrics, toys, musical instruments and sounds/songs.

The changing nature of the class week by week means that the class not only is highly engaging for the child but also keeps the adults happy.

A few of the theme highlights we enjoyed this term were On The Farm and Space.

The class always starts with the welcome song, followed by some activities, a break and then ends with further activities and the goodbye song. The babies enjoy the structure of the class as they begin to learn the order. During the break the babies are given freedom to enjoy soft play which they love.

Our experience of Baby Sensory

I didn’t have many expectations for the class apart from enjoying the one on one time with my daughter. So I was pleasantly surprised to actually see Beth get involved in all the activities and enjoy the hour we spent there each week.

She particular enjoyed activities that included lights, balloons or musical instruments. The soft play also seemed to engage her, as it was different each week and matched the overall theme.

Overall

Sadly today was our last class as I will be returning to work in a few weeks. I am so happy we decided to do the term though, as I think it has made her more sociable with other babies which will help her transition to nursery.

If you are interested in attending other baby classes with your child, consider looking at your nearest Rhyme Time class. These are sessions run by libraries across the country.

Christmas is one of those wonderful family times where you can really indulge in creating Christmas traditions, These can be repeated year after year and will help make magical moments for you and your family.

Christmas Traditions

Here are a few favourites you could try in the run up to the big day;

Handmade Christmas Cards
A fun way to get into the Christmas spirit is making your own cards for family and friends. Even the youngest babies can join in with hand or foot painted print ideas.

Making Decorations
From collecting pine cones on walks, then painting them, to sewing new decorations, children of all ages can join in with this activity.

Decorating The Tree
A tradition for the whole family to enjoy, discovering old and new decorations to place on the tree together.

Writing To Santa
One for the older children, penning a wish list letter to Santa is a great way to get them excited.

Elf On A Shelf
A creative fun activity for adults and children however you choose to use these cheeky Elves. See my post here on Easy Elf on a Shelf ideas.

Advent Calendars
Handmade or shop bought, nothing builds the excitement more everyday than opening that days door.

St Nicholas Shoes
On the night of the 5th of December it is tradition for children to leave a shoe outside their door. If they have been good St Nicholas will fill it with sweets or a small gift.

Attending A Carol Concert
A wonderful way to get into the spirit of Christmas by listening to old and new classics as a family.

Visiting Santa
A treat for both the old and young going to visit Santa.

Giving Unto Others
Christmas is the perfect time to teach children to be thoughtful and generous to others. Donating presents, gifting to charities or volunteering can bring the true meaning of Christmas into your family traditions.

Festive Bakes
Christmas baking is a great traditional activity for all ages. Making your own Christmas cakes, gingerbread men and houses, mince pies and/or chocolate logs. You could even make gifts for your childrens teachers, see my post here.

Christmas Pantomime
Oh no you didn’t….one of the most traditional things to do during the festive season and something adults will enjoy as much as children.

Christmas Eve Boxes
A charming tradition for Christmas Eve. Ideas to put in the boxes include anything from new PJs, a festive film, hot chocolate packets, a new tree decoration, a new family board game and bath bombs, see my post here.

Crib/Chris-tingle Service
Usually held on Christmas Eve, a family friendly service at your local church will most definitely be an occasion to reflect and remember the origins of Christmas.

Santa And His Reindeer
Leaving food out for your hungry guests. Seeing that they have disappeared on Christmas morning adds that extra bit of magic.

Snowy Footprints
To add that extra bit of magic to your Christmas morning, use flour or ice sugar to make snowy footprints leading up to the tree.

Overview

Creating your own bespoke family traditions is half the fun. They will become the things that are remembered and treasured by your family forever.

Well this is me, Jen. I live in North West London and I’m a mum of two daughters, Rose and Beth.

Currently I’m on maternity (from working in advertising), so am using the opportunity to set up this blog and start writing about my life. This is just the start of my blogging adventure so I would love to get your feedback on whats good/bad working/not working.

We are always looking for new places to visit or suggestions of things to do as a family so please share. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our recounts of any adventures we find ourselves on.