• Clean and Tidy: Bath Toy Storage Ideas

    November 10, 2022Advice, How to, Parenting

    Rubber duckies, sailing boats and bath books — your bathroom is full to bursting with adorable bath toys! But what are you meant to do with them once bathtime is over?

    While it can be tempting to leave their toys in the bath (and, if we’re honest, there are times when we give into that temptation), tidying them away once they’re done having a splash gives you your bathroom back and allows the toys to dry …

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  • The best type of scooters for toddlers and bigger kids

    November 10, 2022Gift Guides, Information, Parenting

    As little ones head off to nursery or school, they’ll be excited to start exploring their independence. Scooters are fantastic for helping get them comfortable exploring the world in a safe and fun way.

    What’s more, these stylish rides help tots develop their balance and coordination whilst incorporating more exercise into their daily routine. And let’s be honest, what’s one easy way to make a trip to the park even more enjoyable? A scooter!

    To help you …

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  • When can a baby start sleeping with a blanket?

    November 8, 2022Advice, Information, Parenting, Parents-to-be

    To answer any queries regarding when babies can start sleeping with a blanket, we asked motherhood mentor and baby care expert Millie Poppins to collaborate on this blog post with us.  

    When can a baby start sleeping with a blanket? It might seem a silly question — after all, what harm could such a soft, adorable object do? Just as babies are weaned onto solids and move from nappies to using the potty, they need to …

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  • The World’s Most Beautiful Sounding Names, According To Science

    October 26, 2022Inspiration, Parenting, Parents-to-be

    There are a number of different ways we can name our newborns, from generations of passed down monikers, to celebrity-inspired trending names. However, the names which sound best to our ears (and minds) are often the ones which get picked as the chosen name for our new arrivals. Here at My 1st Years, we think every name is beautiful – but what does the science say?

    Principles of linguistics such as iconicity (or ‘sound symbolism’) and …

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  • Gifts for new mums that aren’t for the baby

    October 11, 2022Gift Inspiration, Real life

    So, a close friend or family member has recently become a new mum. Hurray! Having a baby is incredibly exciting, but new mums often find themselves overlooked in favour of their bundle of joy.

    While you should shower newborns with gifts, new mums deserve a treat after going through 40 weeks of pregnancy, labour and childbirth. That’s why it’s important to surprise new parents with a thoughtful present for their tot and a gift for mum. …

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  • What to do if your baby hates the car seat

    October 11, 2022Advice, Parenting

    Some tots love feeling comfortable and secure in their car seats. For others, getting settled in for a car journey will be a constant battle.

    As a parent, listening to your child cry or squirm around in their seat can be heartbreaking, not to mention super distracting when you’re trying to concentrate on the road. Sadly, supermarket runs and trips to see grandparents can’t always be avoided.

    So, what can you do when your baby hates the …

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  • How to clean wooden toys

    October 7, 2022Advice, How to, Information, Parenting

    There are few things tots love more than toys. They’re not only fun to play with but are an important part of their development! But as little ones explore through taste and texture, your child’s favourite toys will likely end up in their mouth.

    Toys have a habit of finding their way onto the floor, under sofas and into the garden. Putting two and two together, it’s clear why their toys must be kept clean.

    Plastic toys …

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