• The benefits of play (and the best toys to use!)

    February 17, 2021Parenting, Things To Do

    With schools, nurseries and workplaces mostly closed, parents may be feeling a lot of pressure to keep their children entertained at home. For most of us, home-schooling our children is a challenge, one that feels especially intimidating at the moment. Luckily for little ones, playtime at home can provide a lot of the same educational fun as your toddler’s most-missed nursery activities – all you need is a few of their favourite toys. So, if …

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  • The personalised Christmas gifts to shop now, according to My 1st Years staff

    December 9, 2020Celebrate with us, Gift Inspiration, Gifts, Meet The Team

    ‘Tis the season for giving, but how do you find the perfect gift? This year, it really is the thought that counts and at My 1st Years, we know just how much a personalised gift can mean. Our team members are here to share what they’re shopping for their own little ones and hopefully inspire you to find the right present for yours this Christmas. 

    Chris, Videographer & Photographer. 

    AKA, Dad to Holly. 

    “Holly has already begun …

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  • What is a Worry Monster? …And why does your child need one?

    October 1, 2020Advice, Gift Inspiration, Gifts, How to, Information, Parenting, Real life

    As we live in an unusually uncertain world, your child is likely feeling out of sorts and unsettled. With changes at school and limited social contact on top of everyday challenges like new terms, making friends or even trying a new food, our little ones have a lot on their minds. 

    Childhood Anxiety

    Anxiety is a normal feeling that all humans experience, think of it as our brain’s alarm system. When something feels wrong or …

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  • What your little one needs for a successful sleep away from home

    September 25, 2020Uncategorised

    Whether your family is planning a sweet staycation for October half term or a simple sleepover at Granny’s, what you pack in your little one’s bag can be make or break. However tiny your tot may be, their needs (and demands) are big. 

    With lockdowns and travel limits, time at home has become more monotonous than ever and taking some time out of the house feels increasingly important. Routines have become the rules we …

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  • Our Top Toys for Imaginative Play

    September 24, 2020Gift Inspiration, Lifestyle

    When it comes to playtime, your little one knows that their imagination is where it’s at. Imaginative play is a fun-filled way for children to find the magic in every day as they role play, act out different experiences and explore their own memories and dreams. 

    The best part? It’s also secretly educational! Imaginative play is essential for healthy development: little ones will giggle and grin while they practice decision making, work out the …

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  • Let’s get organised with Organised by Charlotte

    September 16, 2020Advice, How to, Lifestyle

    With all of the excitement of the new school year, September is a good time to really get organised. No matter how old we get, we can never quite shake that ‘1st day of school’ feeling, and we are certainly never too old to stop learning. Professional organiser and interior stylist Charlotte Sitton (@organisedbycharlotte) is here to share her expert tips for a tidier home (no matter how many toys they leave around the house!) 

    I …

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  • Why your newborn needs monochrome

    September 8, 2020Uncategorised

    Ask any expectant parent what the best part of preparing for a new baby is and they are sure to mention the nursery. This is where your instinctive need to nest really comes into its own. You want to create a cosy environment where your new arrival will feel safe and soothed and with so many magazines, blogs and Pinterest boards dedicated to decor, the choices can be overwhelming. While it can be tempting to …

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  • Back to School: What to expect in September

    August 27, 2020Information, Parenting, Real life

    September is coming and schools are reopening, but what will that look like this year?

    We know that this is a stressful time for everyone, especially for parents and your little ones.

    To make things easier, we are breaking down some of these new measures with some straightforward advice to help you to make sense of this ‘new normal’.

    For general information, the government has released guidelines for getting everyone back to school …

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