• How to pay it forward during lockdown

    April 27, 2020Advice, How to, Information, Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life, Things To Do

    These days it’s more important than ever to be kind but it can feel harder than ever to pay this kindness forward. Whereas a couple of months ago you could have bought a friend a coffee or perhaps a slice of cake for someone behind you in a cafe queue, as we stay home our opportunities to be generous feel ever more limited. 

    What does it mean to pay it forward? 

    To put it simply, paying it …

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  • How to raise your children to be kind

    April 23, 2020Advice, How to, Information, Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life

    Now more than ever we need to practice kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others. Children are born with a gentle nature and as they develop they learn what it means to be kind. As a parent, there are lots of ways that you can nurture your child’s gentle spirit and support their development into a kind-hearted adult. To help you through this process, we’ve put together some tips on raising children to learn how …

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    5 ways to stay grounded in times of uncertainty with Anna Mathur

    April 8, 2020Advice, Information, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do

    Hi there. I’m Anna Mathur, mum of three (ages 1, 3, 5), Psychotherapist and author of Mind over Mother – Every Mum’s guide to worry and anxiety in the first year.

    Well, hasn’t life changed so quickly? One week we’re getting our heads around social distancing, and the next it seems like a lot of the world has shut down altogether. I don’t know about you, but here, emotions are running high, and there is little …

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  • Keep up your kids’ routine during the quarantine

    April 6, 2020Advice, How to, Information, Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life, Things To Do

    Now that nurseries and schools have closed, you’ve got the kids to look after and most of us are working from home, ‘normal life’ can feel very far away. As hard as it may seem, developing and maintaining a routine for your family is more important than ever. Children thrive in a routine and guidance from UNICEF recommends that parents and children find the middle ground with a flexible but consistent daily routine to keep …

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    How to Swaddle your Baby (VIDEO)

    September 5, 2018Events, How to, Lifestyle, Parenting

    Swaddling seems to be a buzzword at the moment, but it isn’t a new tradition in fact it’s centuries old. The reason we tend to wrap babies in this way is to ensure they stay warm, secure and comfortable, replicating the pressure of the womb. The act of swaddling doesn’t come without controversy, but with many industry experts showing the link between swaddling and a good night’s sleep it is no wonder that many of us …

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    Top Tips for Flying with Children

    July 25, 2018Advice, Lifestyle, Parenting, Uncategorised

    So, you’ve had your first holiday abroad as a family booked for some time, but as it gets closer to your first time flying with children the fear has crept in. As the weeks progress you remember that flight you had pre-children where a baby cried the entire way, or the time your friend told you about her son peeing himself in his seat and you’re suddenly regretting not booking a nice weekend in Brighton. …

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    6 Tips for Taking Beautiful Holiday Photos of Your Children

    July 23, 2018Advice, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do

    Words and Images by Suzi Mitchell of Little White Photography

    Holiday photos are so important, they’re an opportunity to capture some of our most precious memories for our children to look back on. Whether you’re going abroad or having a staycation in the UK, that time together as a family is priceless.  Plus the photos you capture will always be there to remind you and your children of the time you spent together. The games you’d play …

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    Meet our Woodland Family

    July 11, 2018Gift Inspiration, New Collections, Uncategorised

    When you think back to childhood there is always that special soft toy that played a big part and was incredibly special during those first years. That soft that toy sat at the end of your bed waiting to hear about school, cuddled you when you were sad and let you dress him up in all sorts of ridiculous outfits just for a make-believe tea party or show. Here at My 1st Years we understand …

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