Mum's The Word

A new mum in Devon descibes her experiences

Our little parrot – 19 months

Posted over 2 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

I’m beginning to wonder whether we have a parrot rather than a toddler – she copies everything we say! I really have to watch what I say in front of her and I am becoming quite creative with my alternatives to the usual curses! Even when she...

First visit to Santa’s grotto

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

Last weekend we took our eighteen-month-old daughter to see Father Christmas in his grotto for the first time. I must admit I was a bit worried about how she would react, as when she saw Santa giving out stickers in a city department store a few weeks...

Christmas is coming….

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

Its getting towards the end November and it seems that Christmas is already upon us! Every shop I go in is now covered in tinsel, fake snow and jolly snowmen and you can’t avoid the obligatory Christmas music! My little girl is fascinated by all...

Toddling

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

My little girl is finally toddling! She took her first steps unaided a couple of months ago, but only started confidently toddling around by herself last week (16 months). It’s amazing when they first start walking – they look so grown up...

Cooking with a toddler

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 2 comments

With the weather turning autumnal this week I found myself stuck indoors with a restless toddler, hell-bent on rearranging the entire flat! So, I had the bright idea to do some cooking with her… She still insists on putting everything in her mouth...

Should babies watch tv?

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

Recently I read some guidelines that suggested that children under the age of two should not watch the television at all, as it delays speech development and causes obesity (due to sitting still for long periods, I suppose). If anything I think TV has...

Little ones and weddings

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

A couple of weeks ago my little girl was a flower girl at a family wedding. It was really lovely to see her all dressed up in a pretty ivory dress and I think she enjoyed all the attention! Unfortunately, even though she took her first steps unaided a...

First steps

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

Proud Mummy moment: my little girl took her first steps this week! She has been cruising the furniture for a couple of months now and whizzes around the living room with her little pink wooden toddle truck. We have a game where she stands waiting with...

Devon staycation – local days out with a little one

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

This summer we can’t afford to go on holiday with our little one so, instead, we are having lots of days out locally. This is easier said than done as, although the under threes get in free to most attractions, you still have to pay hefty adult entrance fees. Therefore, we have been trying our best to find things to do for free!

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Cruising

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

My little one is now a confident cruiser and is keeping me on my toes! With a combination of speed crawling and walking around the furniture and walls she can now get everywhere in our flat – I have to have eyes in the back of my head!

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Teething

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

At 13 months our little girl finally has a tooth poking through at the bottom - I was beginning to wonder if she was going ot be a toothless toddler!

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First Birthday!

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

Last week it was our little girl’s birthday – I  can’t believe how fast the past year has gone. Looking at photos of her as a tiny baby in the hospital it still feels like yesterday! We decided to have a small family tea party to celebrate as she’s a little too young for a big do. However, it was unbelievable how much there was to organise!

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Childhood illness

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

Recently my little one seems to have caught one bug after the other. Lots of people have told me that its good for her to catch everything early, as it helps her to develop her immune system, but its always hard to see a child unwell. Last week I panicked...

Sleep….or lack of it!

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

One of the hardest things about becoming a parent is definitely the sleep deprivation! For the first three months our little one decided that she didn’t do sleeping, especially not in her beautiful new moses basket, so we took it in turns to walk...

A total knitwit!

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

I’ll admit it: I knit! I decided to teach myself a few years ago with grand ideas of creating some funky clothes and accessories. I’ve since given up this idea as I am an incredibly slow knitter and I get bored very easily with big projects...

Treasure baskets

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

You may have been told by your mum that when you were a baby you were quite happy playing with a couple of saucepans and a wooden spoon… and she was probably right! Toys are so expensive and parents are increasingly under pressure to buy this or...

Nursery rhymes - not just a lot of nonsense!

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

Have you ever thought about the origins of some of our nursery rhymes? A Japanese friend asked me the other day what Humpty Dumpty was about. I'd never really thought about it! Until now I'd always thought the rhyme was nonsense - why would an...

Baby Gaga!

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

A few weeks ago F said her first word: "Mama! "She now calls everyone "Mama", so she might not mean Mummy, but I can't help feeling slightly chuffed! Its amazing to hear how babies' speech develops. F has been vocallising for...

Where to go with a newborn baby?

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

After our first few walks with the buggy going out seemed a bit less daunting and I started to feel a bit more adventurous! But where can you go with a newborn baby? My local Children's Centre (run by the Children's Society) was a great place...

Baby's first trip to the library

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 0 comments

I’ve been a bookworm from an early age and I’m hoping that F will be too. The other day I discovered the baby books section of our local library in Honiton and I was very impressed! Although we have some baby books at home they can be quite...

First trip out with baby

Posted over 3 years ago by Web Editor with 1 comments

My first trip out alone with F felt like organising a military operation - it literally took a whole day to plan! By the time I had got her up, bathed, dressed and fed and worked out what to pack in the change bag (I packed way too much: around ten nappies...

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