• All about the milestones that matter when your baby is in the NICU

    June 22, 2021Celebrate with us, Celebrations, Information, Real life

    If your baby is born early or unwell it can make all the difference to celebrate every milestone reached. Families often tell Bliss, our charity partner for babies born premature or sick, that marking these milestones through memory boxes, journals and baby cards had a positive impact at a worrying time. Here’s two parents’ experiences of this time, using Bliss’ milestone cards.

    Our baby boy Alisdair made a very early entrance into the world at 27 …

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  • Expert parenting advice: for newborn to 4 months

    June 18, 2021Advice, How to, Information, Parenting, Real life

    For the first 4 months a routine is more about laying some good foundations, you are still getting to know your baby and understand their individual needs. We advocate that any routine should work for you and your family and that you shouldn’t feel pressure to conform to other people’s ideals. 

    There are, however, a few things that you can look out for that will help you determine what sort of routine will work for your …

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  • Great nickname choices for grandparents

    June 5, 2021Advice, Lifestyle, Parenting, Real life

    Deciding which nickname you want your grandchildren to call you can be tough, especially if you don’t yet feel old enough to really be a grandparent. Whatever you choose, will become your name for the rest of your life but this process doesn’t need to be stressful – it can actually be fun! Some families have traditional nicknames for their grandparents that have been passed down through the generations. Others use modern and trendy nicknames …

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  • Good News in the World of Parenting #1

    May 29, 2021Information, Parenting, Real life

    Last week was a big week for the UK as many things finally started to open up and change for the better. For many, family life has more or less returned to normal. Every week we’ll be bringing you a roundup of the top news stories from the world of parenting to bring a smile to you and your family’s faces!

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for: we can finally hug our loved ones again! …

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  • 4 ways to enjoy a cosy family weekend at home

    January 27, 2021Lifestyle, Things To Do

    January is never an easy month: it’s still dark, it’s getting colder and this year we are spending even more time at home indoors. While there is a lot of pressure on us to be more active and make big lifestyle changes, this year a little self care can go a long way. Stress levels are high and moods are low, we could all do with a duvet day (or week…) So, round up your …

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  • Parental Self-care: Why It’s Important For You And Your Children And How To Fit It In Whilst Parenting In A Pandemic

    January 18, 2021Advice, How to, Information, Parenting

    When my three-year-old told me that he needed a poo yesterday I gave a little cheer. Not because potty training has been difficult, but because it would give me 5 minutes much needed break from his incessant chatter! My jubilation made me realise that I spend so much time attending to my children that I barely notice my own needs.  

    Being with our little ones brings great joy, but parenting can be relentless and exhausting.  We …

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  • The best keepsake gifts for new parents (and babies!)

    January 12, 2021Celebrate with us, Gift Guides, Gift Inspiration, Gifts

    If you’re looking for something to celebrate the arrival of a new baby in your life, we have rounded up the very best gifts that their parents are sure to love. For new parents, these first few months with their baby are a dizzying time, filled with sleepless nights and strange schedules. Help them to remember this precious period of life with a special keepsake gift to commemorate their new arrival. At My 1st Years, …

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  • What to name your new year baby

    January 4, 2021Celebrate with us, Parenting

    Congratulations, you made it to 2021! But what’s that, you have just or are about to give birth? Double congratulations! With more and more pandemic babies entering the world every day, it’s time to give them a warm welcome with a name as special as they are. For those born in the first half of the month, their star sign will be Capricorn: the sign of hard-workers and practical thinkers who make excellent leaders; however …

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