During the first few month’s of your baby’s life you will spend an awful lot of time feeding your child. Now whilst it’s lovely to sit and stare at your baby for a while and take in the moment, eventually you will want and need something else to keep you occupied. This is when Netflix can become your best friend.

Netflix is brilliant for this as you can dip in and out when you can. There is a lot of choice on there for mum’s.

 

My Mum Netflix Top 10

  1. Orange Is The New Black – A comedy, drama series about a women minimum security prison in Danbury, United States. The plot follows the life of the women whilst in prison, and reflects back on how they got there. One to watch when your child is still young enough to not understand the plot (if they are in the room) as contains a fair bit of nudity and bad language.
  2. Mad Men – An american drama about an advertising agency mainly set in the 60s. The plot concentrates on one main character Don Draper, but also follows a number of other employes of the agency. Slick and fun, a great one to watch but a commitment as there are seven seasons to get through.
  3. Gilmore Girls – The story of a single mum and her daughter. The pair is both witty and smart, and very ambitious. As it’s a mix of comedy and drama, this is an easy watch.
  4. The Crown – A biographical story of Queen Elizabeth II. Excellent acting and amazing costumes, this one will take you right back to the 50s and 60s when our Queen married Philip.
  5. The OA – An American mystery drama series, which has an element of supernatural. The series is based on the story of a woman called Prairie, who reappears after going missing for seven years. Strange at times but actually quiet compelling viewing. An easy one to get into as there is only eight episodes to get through.
  6.  Chewing Gum – A British sitcom about a 24-year-old girl named Tracey who lives in London. She works at a small newsagent, and lives with her mum and sister. Silly at times but very funny, another easy watch.
  7. The Good Wife – This series focuses on the life of a woman called Alicia. She returns to law after being a stay at home mum, when her husband is involved in a scandal. Another one which requires some commitment as it ran for seven seasons, but worth it as its witty and has plenty of twists.
  8. Making A Murder – A documentary set in the states, which has become a cult hit. Filmed over ten years, the documentary follows the life of Steven Avery. He served time in prison for a crime he may or may not have committed, which the documentary explores.
  9. Black Mirror – Black Mirror is an interesting one, as it’s a British science fiction show. Each episode stands alone and explores issues in modern life. Strangely compelling.
  10. Glow – Based in the 1980s it looks at a women’s syndicate wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wresting. Episodes are only 30 minutes so easier to squeeze in. Funny, smart and topped with glitter.

Christmas Eve boxes have been increasing in popularity each year.  A Christmas Eve box is a festive tradition where you take a box and fill it with goodies to enjoy on Christmas Eve. The trend started in the states and has been picked up around the world.

Now my eldest daughter is almost three we are going to start this tradition in our house. I got our boxes this year from Sue Ryder charity shop, £2.99 for two small boxes, perfect size for some pjs, treats and new Christmas books.

If you are looking for ideas to what you should put in your box this year see below my recommendations.

Christmas Eve Boxes

What should I include in my Christmas Eve Boxes?

There are so many creative ideas for what you can fill them with.
These are some favourites I’ve found;

  • Christmas PJs and socks – perfect for snuggling in together as a family.
  • Christmas book/story or film – something to watch together on Christmas Eve.
  • A family board game – perfect to share as a family across the holidays.
  • Snow globe or tree decoration – start a tradition to add a new one each year.
  • Sweet treats for the kids – most children love sweets or chocolate.
  • Hot chocolate powder – warm drinks to have while watching Christmas TV
  • Treats for Santa and his reindeer – a tipple for Santa and food to leave out for his helpers.
  • A plate for Santa’s treats – children will love leaving out the treats.
  • Bath bomb – encourage the children to have a bath before Christmas Day.
  • Letter from Santa – if they haven’t recieved one already.

Whatever you choose to fill them with, the children will enjoy the anticipation and process of opening them.
Christmas Eve boxes can also be sourced in places such as Home Bargains and Not On The High Street.

If you are looking for other traditons to enjoy over the Christmas season see my post on festive traditions.

I am always looking for new craft ideas to do with my toddler, so was pleased to find Aldi are selling small craft kits for Christmas.

All profits go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and at £1.99 per box you can’t complain.

We completed ours over two days with the painting and decoration. This is a fun low cost crafting activity for any age 2+.

There is nothing better than seeing your child’s face on Christmas morning. However as each year passes our houses slowly start filling up with more toys. This made me think of the presents I like to call Christmas crap.

Christmas Crap

Oh please don’t give her that,
Our house is already full of crap.
We already have a gigantic bear,
He’s so big he needs a chair.

A trampoline takes up so much room,
A box that big fills us with doom.
Plastic bits all over my floor,
Makes cleaning up such a chore.

One small gift is enough,
We don’t mean to be so tough.
But we are running out of space,
Money as a gift would be ace.

The Mummy Bubble

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