• Back to School: How to have a Happy Return

    August 31, 2020Advice, Parenting, Real life

    Given that many children won’t have been in school for six months, going back this September will be a huge transition – for us parents too. Especially for those like my own daughter Jessie, who is starting school for the first time. 

    So with the return to school planned for 3rd September how can we best prepare for a happy, confident and calm return?

    Tip 1: Help children prepare emotionally for going back.

    A big transition can …

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  • How to introduce your toddler to their new baby sibling

    August 21, 2020Uncategorised

    A new baby is an exciting time for the whole family, but older siblings can have a tough time with the change. Your little one may be nervous about the baby or beginning to get excited for a new friend but there is no way to know exactly how they will react to a new arrival. To help you manage these important early moments, there are small steps you can take as a parent to …

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  • Printable activity: Can you solve the maze?

    August 13, 2020Things To Do

    As the summer holidays continue, are you running out of ways to keep your little one busy? If you need a quiet moment to yourself, try a classic maze activity to keep your kids busy for a bit. Take your little ones’ imaginations on a trip as they help Dolly and Teddy find their way to their destinations.

    All you need is a printer, a pen and a hard surface for your little one to lean …

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  • Make your own My 1st Years Sensory Box

    July 16, 2020How to, Things To Do

    Playtime is the best time to help your little one learn and grow. Make the most of this time for their development with some good old fashioned sensory play. You don’t need fancy toys to make this happen: all you need is a little creativity to put together a fun filled at-home activity that is budget friendly and easily adapted as your child learns and grows. 

    What is ‘Sensory Play’?

    Sensory Play is any playtime activity that …

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  • Here’s How to Build your Best Ever Blanket Fort

    July 2, 2020How to, Parenting, Things To Do

    As lockdown continues, we know how difficult it is to keep coming up with new ideas to avoid boredom at home. Enter the blanket fort, a childhood classic that will occupy and entertain your little ones for days. We know what you’re thinking: the mess, the faff…but what about the peace and quiet that giving your children a little space of their own could bring? Not only will the planning and building process keep your …

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  • Stay at Home with this Printable Bingo Sheet

    July 2, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Real life, Things To Do

    Welcome to week 1000 of lockdown, let’s liven it up with a game of Bingo. This week, we’ve designed this special sheet to make staying at home a little more fun. Whether you’re stuck for inspiration of what to do or looking for a moment’s peace for that first sip of coffee, play lockdown bingo to make this week more manageable.

    Download your Bingo Sheet hereDownload

    Keep reading to find out what we’ve included in our ‘Stay …

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  • Stay at Home with this Printable Wordsearch Activity

    June 24, 2020How to, Lifestyle, Parenting, Things To Do

    Every week, we’re bringing you a new printable activity to help entertain your kids during lockdown.This week, we’ve made a wonderful wordsearch, designed to distract your little ones and give yourself some peace – even if it’s only for 15 minutes. 

    All you need is a printer, a pen and a little concentration to find the words we’ve hidden in this fun printable. 

    Click to download the WordsearchDownload

    With love,

    My 1st Years x

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  • 4 Steps to turn a walk into an adventure

    June 15, 2020Lifestyle, Real life, Things To Do

    Transform your daily walk from simple outdoor exercise to a fun adventure for all the family. We know that life can feel a bit boring under lockdown so we’re always looking for more ways to help you stay sane and keep the kids entertained. Liven up your routine with one of these four straightforward ways to make walks more exciting for you and your little ones.

    1. Tell a story

    Take inspiration from your children’s favourite …

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