Month: May 2013

Financial Help with Childcare

I’m a mum who needed and wanted to return to work, so my little boy now goes to nursery two days a week. For anyone who is looking for childcare for the first time, it can be a worrying time – choosing the right type of care, dealing with some inevitable feelings of guilt and hoping your little one will settle in OK. Before you deal with all of those issues, you have to deal with realising how much it costs! Childcare bills are notoriously high in the UK and many mums decide not to go back to work...

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My Fantastic Birth Doula

It was my to be my fourth birth. My previous three births had all been in hospital, all induced due to being ‘late’ which started a cascade of interventions and pretty much, I felt, mental torture. In all three births I handed myself over to the idea that drugs would make it better, when in fact all they did was made me lose even more control of my body and most importantly, the birth. When I fell pregnant again I went into panic mode and decided the only way I would get through another birth was to make it...

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Mothercare – Baby and Me Events

Mothercare are holding their Baby & Me Club expectant parent events this week. These events will give you a great opportunity to hear invaluable advice from their in store experts and learn more about key parenting topics to prepare you for your baby’s arrival. You can bring a guest with you so please bring along your partner, mum or friend. Mothercare will be giving advice on: Car safety and car seat fitting Pushchair and pram choices Essential nursery furniture, cot mattresses and the latest sleep safety advice Toys, play and baby development during the first 12 months A gift bag will be given to all mums-to-be that attend Basildon Where: Unit 5 Mayflower Retail Park,Gardiners Link,Basildon SS14 3HZ Tel: 01268 271471 When: Tue 21st May, 18:30 – 21:00 Chelmsford Where: Unit 3, Meadows SC Chelmsford CM2 6JX  01245 267480 When: Wed 22nd May, 18:00 – 20:00 Chelmsford Where: Riverside Retail Park, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford,Essex CM1 1AN Tel: 01245 268425 When: Thu 23rd May, 18:30 – 20:30 Harlow Where:  Unit 12 Queensgate Centre, Edinburgh Way, Harlow CM20 2DA Tel: 01279 443944 When: Tues 21st May, 18:30 – 21:00 Romford Where: Rom Valley Way,Romford,Essex RM7 0AF Tel: 01708 730130 When:Wed 22nd May, 18:30 – 20:00 Thurrock Where: Unit B3ab Lakeside Retail Park, West Thurrock, Essex RM20 1WN Tel: 01708 892980 When: Thu 23rd May, 18:30 – 20:30 These are ticket only events, so please call the store today to add your name to book your...

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Reading with Babies and Toddlers

We all know that reading with our children is a good thing, it leads to better vocabulary, imagination, social skills and concentration. What’s really important is for children to grow up loving books because children who read for pleasure tend to achieve better at school. Starting young can make a big difference and there are two things you need to help babies and toddlers love books, the right books and to share them in the right way. Even the youngest baby can enjoy snuggling up on the sofa with a book that contains high contrast images, black and white works well but you can also try yellow or red with black, they will also particularly like looking at faces. For an older baby, books with moving parts help them to develop their fine motor skills and experiment with cause and effect. For toddlers who have recently learnt to walk, it can be difficult to get them to sit still long enough to read a book so stick to fairly short ones and try to find things they’re interested in. If they love trains then there are some great Thomas the Tank Engine books that aren’t too long, these can also help with social skills as you can help them to identify what the engine is feeling by the expression on their face. If there is an animal they like...

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