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3 amazing podcast episodes about self-care and motherhood

I’ve been on a little bit of a podcast binge today and discovered some podcasts which really resonated with me, they’re ones I wish I had listened to earlier in motherhood.

I have a terrible habit of striving to be the best mum I can be and in that striving I find other mums on social media and blogs doing amazing things with their kids and adding those things to my list of things to do with my daughter. The problem I have found is that some of these things I just don’t enjoy, not one bit, and it takes every bit of effort and willpower to make myself do them, and at the very same time my daughter decides to drag her feet, complain and not brim with excitement at my good intentions.

In summary, it’s exhausting and there is zero joy and my daughter isn’t even appreciating my efforts.  Putting my needs aside to selflessly give all my energy to my daughter leaves me drained and I’m not the best mum I can be the rest of the day. And by best mum I don’t mean the mum doing all the insta-worthy activities, I mean the mum who is replenished enough to be present and not snappy, and happy to be with her daughter because being that kind of mum, the mum that comes easily and naturally is the only mum worth being and the best example I can give my daughter of a life lived to it’s fullest and truest potential.

I have decided to look inwards (rather than externally) to find an easier and more peaceful way of finding things for us to do. Things we can do together and both enjoy. After all the last thing I want to teach my daughter is that she needs to give all of herself and more to be worthy. She just needs to be herself and that is more than enough, I need to listen to that advice and be the same as her mother.

So as much as I love the idea of nature walks every single day, exploring and documenting nature – which I convinced myself was an absolute non negotiable necessity. I have come to terms with the fact that this is something I do not enjoy and I find it so exhausting that my energy is depleted for the rest of the day. I realise many people are energised my being outdoors but I genuinely only find joy if I’m outdoors by the sea, in which case the beach fills my soul and tops my energy right back up again. So I have vowed to get us both to the beach as often as is possible and my daughter can get her outdoor time twice a week at nursery and with her dad at the weekend. So if I only manage one outdoor trip in the week (even if that’s the garden) I think she’ll be ok and I’ll feel a whole lot lighter.  I am also considering “outsourcing” the outdoor nature stuff and signing her up to a morning a week of forest school in September. Instead, I want to fill our days with more reading and art. I love to draw and paint and it’s something that holds her attention for a long time too so along with baking which I also love we’re going to fill our days with the good stuff. The stuff that replenishes my soul as well as hers. 

If you’ve found yourself feeling totally run down and depleted of energy and are wondering how on earth raising a little person can be so hard when others seem to be making it look so easy, I would say

1. motherhood is hard sometimes and some people hide how hard it is better than others
2. copying those who seem to be doing it well might not feel natural, their natural hobbies/likes/dislikes/values/opinions and talents will be different to yours
3. I find looking outwards for answers of how to do it better just makes me more anxious and full of self doubt. The best and easiest way to mother is by doing what we naturally want to do and let our little ones follow and watch us enjoying life and making the most of it. They will learn how to be well rounded, well adjusted individuals from our example, rather than “doers of task lists” that never experience the full joy of life.
4. By protecting our own needs and holding on to what we enjoy in life we are teaching our children to do the same. Showing them how to have boundaries around the things that are important to them and showing them how to ask for the time they need to fill their own cup is such a massively important life lesson.
5. Mothering is a relationship between two (or more) individuals and like all relationships in life they have to be mutually beneficially with both parties getting what they need. Yes there may need to be compromises but showing our children how to both give and ask for what they need in a relationship is a really important skill they will take to all their future relationships in life.

So on this topic here are some amazing podcasts!

1. Courage & Spice – How to belong to yourself

http://courageandspice.com/episode-22-how-to-belong-to-yourself/

Courage & Spice is a popular podcast ALL about Self-doubt: rich conversations with folks who appear to be defying it, research-led approaches for navigating through it, and real-life stories to completely normalise your experience of it. Your host is Sas Petherick who’s Master’s dissertation was a qualitative study into Self-doubt. Sas is a Coach & Mentor who helps people navigate through Self-doubt.

In this episode they talk about the art and practice of how to belong to yourself. Especially if you feel so caught up in the opinions and ideas of your family, friends, colleagues or the culture at large, about who you are and what you are capable of. This is a rich and deep conversation about telling ourselves the ferocious truth, what self-compassion really looks like, and what unfolds when we are willing to trust ourselves. They also talk about the ingredients that makeup their shared, respectful and boundaried friendship for the last decade (where they have been disappointed by, felt envious of, loved and deeply supported each other).

2. Needy – Real Self Care & The Bigger Pitcher

Tune in to hear her explore…

  • Protecting your most vital resource – your energy
  • The cycle of rest and creation
  • What real self-care is… and what it definitely isn’t
  • How meeting your needs makes you feel more whole, capable, and resilient

Needy 01 :: Real Self-Care & The Bigger Pitcher

3. Needy – Motherhood & Self Care with Graeme Seabrook

Graeme Seabrooks website: https://www.theproblemwithmotherhood.com/

Graeme is dedicated to helping mothers reclaim their humanity. She does this work because she believes we are living in a global culture that treats mothers as if we are inhuman, and expects us to be superhuman. Graeme is the founder of The Mom Center, a social and coaching network for mothers, as well as a speaker and writer.

Graeme’s unapologetic take on self-care is refreshing, tangible, and deeply restorative.

Tune into this conversation to hear more about

  • Putting yourself on the calendar and holding yourself to your commitment to your own care
  • Asking for exactly what you want and need
  • How your self-care might look different than everyone else’s (and that’s TOTALLY ok)
  • Committing yourself to truly manageable and fulfilling self-care

Needy 02 :: Motherhood & Self-Care with Graeme Seabrook

 

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Beautiful books to add a little language, music and poetry to your little ones day

I have been interested in various approaches to parenting and what I've come to conclude is that if we can expose our little ones to a rich enviroment of language, music and rhyme (amongst other things) they'l have a wonderful environment to thirve. It's also widely believed that the sooner we do this the better. The more they hear the more they'll take in and the richer their basis for language.

 

My interests and experiences lie in art and I feel much more comfortable showing my daughter art and illustrations and also crafting and drawing with her because it's something which comes naturally. But what I am starting to realise about motherhood is that we don't need to teach our little ones much. We just need to experience things with them and that is how they learn and we can learn at the same time too. So I set about finding some wonderful books which allow me to discover and learn alongside my daughter. Classical music and poerty are definitely not a natural fit for me so these books were a really lovely, quick and easy way to try and add a little of each to our daily lives. No research required or time spent working out what we need to know, it's all there in each book.

 

 

YEAR OF WONDER: Classical Music for Every Day

Year of wonder Classicaal music for every day

If you're like me and not very up on your classical music this is a really amazing way for both you and your little one to hear a little bit every day and read a little about each piece. There's also a

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Spotify Playlist

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Again this is something I'm not incredibly familiar with but like with the previous book, I thought this was a lovely way to add one poem to our day easily.

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A Poem for Every Night of the Year

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

And if you wanted to add a little more poetry each day, there's this lovely book providing a poem for every evening.

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A Year Full of Stories: 52 folk tales and legends from around the world

A  year full of stories

A year full of stories! I really love this one. My daughter loves stories and I love books that have many different ones. This one has 52 best-loved stories from around the world. It collects together folk tales from home and legends and myths from distant lands to commemorate the changing seasons, cultural events and international festivals throughout the year.

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The Gerda Muller Seasons Gift Collection: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

Seasons Gift Collection _ Gerda MullerSeasons Gift Collection _ Gerda Muller

These are a great collections of books! They don't have any words but gorgeous pages of illustrations so your little one can soak up the pictures and learn the words as you either point out and describe what you see or make your own stories.  This gift box includes four mini board books, one for each season. As spring arrives children play with lambs, sow seeds and paint Easter eggs. In summer they fish for tadpoles, play at the beach and eat ice-cream. By autumn the leaves have fallen and it's time to collect horse chestnuts, fly kites and make jam. In winter the snow has come and they have fun ice-skating, feeding the birds, and being cosy inside with the Christmas tree. This adorable collection would make an ideal baby gift or present for a young child, and will encourage their imagination and love of the natural world.

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summer holiday classes and playgroups in Epsom

Classes & Playgroups over the summer holidays in Epsom

I know, it's crazy to think about term time and summer holidays before your baby is even one but many of the regular classess run term time only. So many new mums can find themselves at a loss for things to do over the holidays.

Below are all the classes & groups that are running over the summer. If there are any classses in Epsom over the summer holidays that I've missed please do leave a comment below! Also let me know if anything is out of date or needs changing. The website links are all included so please do check if you need to book or if there are any cancellations.

 

 

 

MONDAYS

BusyLizzy

BusyLizzy Epsom & Leatherhead is a Family club which provides fitness and fun classes for mums and little ones, fully flexible you can book & cancel the same day via our handy app.

Classes run all year round

MONDAYS

Mondays: Buggy Fitness 11.15am, Mums-to-Bee Yoga 8pm

Baby Sensory

Bookings for Summer are now open!  There are two spaces left in the 2.30 class in Epsom and some spaces left in the 11.20 class in Cobham on Thursdays!!

Epsom Baby Sensory classes run in Epsom on a Monday , Stoneleigh on a Wednesday morning and Cobham on a Thursday morning.

Baby Sensory classes have been devised by Dr Lin Day to help with all aspects of your little ones' development.

They are suitable for babies from birth all the way to after their first birthdays. Our carefully researched activities are designed to stimulate all of the senses including touch, hearing, smell and sight. We also include exercise activities,  music and instruments, light shows, massage, bonding, baby signing and even baby mathematics!

Each sessions' activities are different from week to week. However the classes always last one hour and include 3 sections, 2 sensory activity sections and an exploratory play session in the middle.

Monday (Epsom)

EPSOM
Birth to 6 months | 10:00-11:00
7 to 13 months | 11:30-12:30
Birth to 6 months | 13:00-14:00
5 to 13 months | 14:30-15:30

BUMPS & BABIES | EPSOM SURESTART

This is a very supportive weekly 'drop-in' style group for both expectant parents & new parents with a baby. It's a great opportunity to meet other local parents and have the chance to share experiences with people who know exactly what life is like when you have a new baby! We actively encourage you to support your baby in their learning through sensory play. When your baby is over 6 months we can also offer 'snack time' during the session to help build both yours and your baby's confidence in starting solids.

Including Breastfeeding Support.

Epsom Surestart Centre, Pound Ln, Epsom KT19 8SD

MONDAYS

13:00-15:00

£1 per family

RHYMETIME | TATTENHAM LIBRARY

Tattenham Cres, Epsom KT18 5NU

MONDAYS

Monday 23rd July
Monday 6th August

Monday 13th August

Monday 20th August

Monday 27th August  - BANK HOLIDAY - Closed

TIME: 10:30-11:00
FREE

TUESDAYS

BusyLizzy

BusyLizzy Epsom & Leatherhead is a Family club which provides fitness and fun classes for mums and little ones, fully flexible you can book & cancel the same day via our handy app.

Classes run all year round

TUESDAYS

Mummy&Me Aerobics 11.15am,
Baby Signing 12.45pm

BABY BOOGIES | Epsom Downs children’s centre

Epsom Downs children’s centre - St Leonard’s Road, Epsom Downs, KT18 5RJ

Under 2's

TUESDAYS

Tuesday 24th July
Tuesday 31st July
Tuesday 7th August

Tuesday 14th August
Tuesday 21th August
Tuesday 28th August
TIME: 10:30-11:00
FREE

TAPPY TOES

Teeny Toes 3 months to walking
The Ebbisham Centre, Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG, United Kingdom

 

TUESDAYS

10am - 10.30am

Rockers & Rollers Baby Group | St Martin's Surestart Centre

St Martin's Surestart Centre  Worple Road, KT18 7AA
0-9 months

TUESDAYS

10:00 - 11.30

Miller's Ark Animals | Epsom Sure Start Centre

Epsom Sure Start Centre, Epsom, KT19 8SD
0-5 years

TUESDAY 24 JULY

10:00 - 12:00

Bug hunting, potting & planting | Epsom Sure Start Centre

The Old Moat Garden Centre, Horton Lane, Epsom, KT19 8PQ

TUESDAY 31st JULY

10:00 - 11:00
Please get in touch to check availability reception@epsom.surrey.sch.uk

Teddy Bears' Picnic | Epsom Sure Start Centre

Court Recreation Ground, Pound Lane.
Bring along a picnic, sunscreen & a teddy!
Please don't bring your dog along.

TUESDAY 21st AUG

11:00 - 13:00
Please let them know you're coming 01372749834 / reception@epsom.surrey.sch.uk

WEDNESDAYS

BusyLizzy

BusyLizzy Epsom & Leatherhead is a Family club which provides fitness and fun classes for mums and little ones, fully flexible you can book & cancel the same day via our handy app.

Classes run all year round

WEDNESDAYS

Baby Boogie 9.30am

Tinytalk Summer Classes

BABY CLASSES (0 - 18 months)

The classes will follow a similar structure to our weekday baby and toddler classes with some fun themes like Going to the seaside. Each session will have a different theme!

VENUE: Glyn Hall, 3a Cheam Road, Ewell Village, KT17 1SP.

There is a limited number of spaces available and spaces will be on a first come, first served basis.  So don't miss out!

 

1st, 2nd, 23rd, 24th and 30th August

11.15am - 12.15pm
£7 per family

 

Gymboree

SENSORY BABY PLAY – for pre-mobile babies from newborn, with sensory play and exploration to aid crucial early development
Level 1: 0-6 months

PLAY & LEARN – 6 months + growing young bodies and minds. Includes FAMILY CLASS for adults with 1 or more children
Level 2: 6-10 months
Level 3: 10-16 months
Level 4: 16-22 months
Level 5: 22-28 months
Level 6: 28 months +

FAMILY PLAY & LEARN This class is designed for families with more than one child that would like to attend a class together.  Suitable for newborns to 4 years.

FREE TRIAL Classes must be pre-booked so please call or email us to discuss!

MAKE UPS We offer ‘catch-up’ classes for any missed classes, make-ups must be pre-booked and are subject to availability – please email or call to book in.  Make-ups are only vaild for 1 month following your missed session.

Cheam Sports Club, Peaches Close, Cheam Village, Surrey, SM2 7BJ

JULY DATES

Newborn - 6 months | Wed 12:30pm & Thur 2:30pm
6-10 months | Mon 2:30pm & Wed 11:30am & Thur 1:30pm
10-16 months | Mon 1.30pm & Wed 1.30pm & Thur 10.30am & Fri 1.30pm & Sat 11.30am

STAY & PLAY | EPSOM SURESTART

Epsom Surestart Centre, Pound Ln, Epsom KT19 8SD

For families with children under 5.
Messy Play, Arts & Crafts, waterplay, indoor & outdoor play & refreshments.
Parenting advice available.

WEDNESDAYS

09:00-10:30am

£1 per family

Hartbeeps

Are you looking for something fun to do over the long summer holidays for you and your little one?

☀️ Hartbeeps South Surrey are running 2 award-winning music and multi sensory summer sessions at the LJA Academy in Stoneleigh, Epsom ☀️

⚓️ To book your space and join us on a magical adventure brimming with props, puppetry, unique music, movement, lighting effects, bubbles and lots of fun, just email Sarah.k@hartbeeps.com

 

 

WEDNESDAY 15 & 22 AUG

🍓Sessions are £7.50 per child, half price sibling discount applies.
15th and 22nd August
🦀 10am - Happy House (walkers up to 5 years)
🍦 11am - Baby Beeps (confidently sitting to toddling)
12pm - Baby Bells (newborn to sitting)

STAY & PLAY | ST MARTINS CHILDREN'S CENTRE

Stay & Play (Gardening club first Weds each month)

WEDNESDAYS

11:00-12:00

EPSOM DOWNS CHILDRENS CENTRE

Play and Learn for under 5’s £1

Little Explorers for under 2’s (£1)

 

WEDNESDAYS

Play and Learn for under 5’s  09:30 - 11:30

Little Explorers for under 2’s 13:30 - 15:00

THURSDAYS

BusyLizzy

BusyLizzy Epsom & Leatherhead is a Family club which provides fitness and fun classes for mums and little ones, fully flexible you can book & cancel the same day via our handy app.

Classes run all year round

THURSDAYS

Baby Massage 10am,
Mummy&Me Yoga 10.45am

Tinytalk Summer Classes

BABY CLASSES (0 - 18 months)

The classes will follow a similar structure to our weekday baby and toddler classes with some fun themes like Going to the seaside. Each session will have a different theme!

VENUE: Glyn Hall, 3a Cheam Road, Ewell Village, KT17 1SP.

There is a limited number of spaces available and spaces will be on a first come, first served basis.  So don't miss out!

 

1st, 2nd, 23rd, 24th and 30th August

11.15am - 12.15pm
£7 per family

 

Gymboree

SENSORY BABY PLAY – for pre-mobile babies from newborn, with sensory play and exploration to aid crucial early development
Level 1: 0-6 months

PLAY & LEARN – 6 months + growing young bodies and minds. Includes FAMILY CLASS for adults with 1 or more children
Level 2: 6-10 months
Level 3: 10-16 months
Level 4: 16-22 months
Level 5: 22-28 months
Level 6: 28 months +

FAMILY PLAY & LEARN This class is designed for families with more than one child that would like to attend a class together.  Suitable for newborns to 4 years.

FREE TRIAL Classes must be pre-booked so please call or email us to discuss!

MAKE UPS We offer ‘catch-up’ classes for any missed classes, make-ups must be pre-booked and are subject to availability – please email or call to book in.  Make-ups are only vaild for 1 month following your missed session.

Cheam Sports Club, Peaches Close, Cheam Village, Surrey, SM2 7BJ

JULY DATES

Newborn - 6 months | Wednesday 12:30pm & Thursday 2:30pm
6-10 months | Monday 2:30pm & Wednesday 11:30am & Thursday 1:30pm
10-16 months | Monday 1.30pm & Wednesday 1.30pm & Thursday 10.30am & Friday 1.30pm & Saturday 11.30am

Baby Sensory

Bookings for Summer are now open!  There are two spaces left in the 2.30 class in Epsom and some spaces left in the 11.20 class in Cobham on Thursdays!!

Epsom Baby Sensory classes run in Epsom on a Monday , Stoneleigh on a Wednesday morning and Cobham on a Thursday morning.

Baby Sensory classes have been devised by Dr Lin Day to help with all aspects of your little ones' development.

They are suitable for babies from birth all the way to after their first birthdays. Our carefully researched activities are designed to stimulate all of the senses including touch, hearing, smell and sight. We also include exercise activities,  music and instruments, light shows, massage, bonding, baby signing and even baby mathematics!

Each sessions' activities are different from week to week. However the classes always last one hour and include 3 sections, 2 sensory activity sections and an exploratory play session in the middle.

Thursday (Cobham)

EPSOM
Birth to 6 months | 10:00-11:00
7 to 13 months | 11:30-12:30
Birth to 6 months | 13:00-14:00
5 to 13 months | 14:30-15:30

STONELEIGH
7 to 13 months | 10:00-11:00
Birth to 6 months | 11:30-12:30

COBHAM
7 to 13 months | 10:00-11:00
Birth to 6 months | 11:20-12:20

TINY TODDLER | EPSOM SURESTART

Epsom Surestart Centre, Pound Ln, Epsom KT19 8SD

For families with children 10 months - 2 years.
Messy Play, singing, indoor & outdoor play & refreshments.

THURSDAYS

11:00-12:00noon

£1 per family

PLAY & LEARN | RIVERVIEW CHILDRENS CENTRE

THURSDAYS

09:30-11:00

MESSY PLAY | ST MARTIN'S CHILDREN'S CENTE

St Martin's Surestart Centre, Worple Road, KT18 7AA

THURSDAYS

09:30-11:00

Sadly due to low numbers Messy Play will be discontinued. Last session will be on 23rd August 2018.
To replace it a new play and learn will run starting Thursday 13th September at the same time but a new venue (FocuBuilding, Depot Rd , Epsom (behind Epsom Cinema)

PLAY & LEARN DROP IN SESSION | EPSOM DOWNS CHILDREN'S CENTRE

Epsom Downs children’s centre - St Leonard’s Road, Epsom Downs, KT18 5RJ

THURSDAYS

09.30—11.30 for under 5’s

RHYMETIME | EPSOM LIBRARY

THURSDAYS

10.30-11:00

RHYMETIME | BOURNE HALL

Bourne Hall Library,
FREE but you need to book!
Limited spaces are opened up at 10:00 on a Tuesday

THURSDAYS

10.30-11:00

FRIDAYS

Yoga Bambinos

Summer Classes
Children’s Yoga, Mindfulness & Relaxation
Crafts
Visit from a special character
Introduction to reiki - Reiki available at an extra cost
12m - 5 years | Younger and older siblings welcome

Friday 3rd August

10-11.30am
£12 per child sibling discount available

Toddler Time Playgroup

All Saints ,Ewell, KT19 9QY

Toddler Time is for babies, young children and their carers.

This is an informal, friendly group, giving you an opportunity to meet and make friends.

Come along for coffee and a chat while your little ones play with our toys.

We also provide a simple craft activity each week and sing a few nursery songs.

We are open every Friday between 10 am and 12.30 pm in the Webber Hall and charge £1 per session for an adult and one toddler.

FRIDAYS

10:00-12:30

£1

BusyLizzy

BusyLizzy Epsom & Leatherhead is a Family club which provides fitness and fun classes for mums and little ones, fully flexible you can book & cancel the same day via our handy app.

Classes run all year round

FRIDAYS

Mummy&Me Bootcamp 12pm

Gymboree

SENSORY BABY PLAY – for pre-mobile babies from newborn, with sensory play and exploration to aid crucial early development
Level 1: 0-6 months

PLAY & LEARN – 6 months + growing young bodies and minds. Includes FAMILY CLASS for adults with 1 or more children
Level 2: 6-10 months
Level 3: 10-16 months
Level 4: 16-22 months
Level 5: 22-28 months
Level 6: 28 months +

FAMILY PLAY & LEARN This class is designed for families with more than one child that would like to attend a class together.  Suitable for newborns to 4 years.

FREE TRIAL Classes must be pre-booked so please call or email us to discuss!

MAKE UPS We offer ‘catch-up’ classes for any missed classes, make-ups must be pre-booked and are subject to availability – please email or call to book in.  Make-ups are only vaild for 1 month following your missed session.

Cheam Sports Club, Peaches Close, Cheam Village, Surrey, SM2 7BJ

JULY DATES

Newborn - 6 months | Wednesday 12:30pm & Thursday 2:30pm
6-10 months | Monday 2:30pm & Wednesday 11:30am & Thursday 1:30pm
10-16 months | Monday 1.30pm & Wednesday 1.30pm & Thursday 10.30am & Friday 1.30pm & Saturday 11.30am

Rhyme and Story Time

Tattenham Library, Tattenham Cres, Epsom KT18 5NU

FRIDAYS

10.30am – 11am
FREE

Play and Learn Drop in

Epsom Downs children’s centre - St Leonard’s Road, Epsom Downs, KT18 5RJ

FRIDAYS

13:00 – 15:00

Play session for under 5’s

£1 per family

Playgroup St Barnabas Church Hall

Temple Road, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8HA
New families are always welcome! No booking needed

FRIDAYS

09:30-11:30 Babies & Toddlers

Christ Church Ewell Parent and Toddler Group

Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1AD

£1.50 a session per family

FRIDAYS

09:30 - 11:15 todddles

temperature guide dressing babies

What to dress your baby in for bed – temperature guide

How many layers to dress them in at bedtime

What to dress Emilie in for bed and what the temperature of the room should be is a constant topic of conversation between me and my other half. He always feels hot and hates the heat, so prefers to keep Emilie cooler. I on the other hand love being warm and hate the idea of going to bed without something over me.

We have room thermometers but somehow that still doesn’t stop the disagreements. Until…..

We received this nifty temperature chart with one of our summer Grobags!

what to wear temperature guide

what to wear temperature guide

Isn’t this AMAZING! An actual guide based on room temperature.

Whenever we are in disagreement we refer to the chart and so far I’m sure it’s saved us many hours debating how much clothing to dress Emilie in at bedtime.

This is the Grobag we got for the summer and it also has a velcro flap that allows you to pass the car seatbelt through so they can wear it in the car. It’s literally as thin as a bedsheet and great at keeping Emilie cool whilst also having something over her 🙂

0.5 tog summer grobag

When the temperature has been crazy! Like 29+ we’ve resorted to keeping Emilie in just her nappy without anything at all over her.

If you’re struggling with the heat, here are some top tips for keeping your little one cool!

 

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keep babies cool this summer

KEEPING LITTLE ONES COOL IN THE HEAT

 

Pre-baby I used to LOVE the summer, and the hotter the better. Saying this I used to live in Scotland, so hotter was never really that hot 🙂

This is our third summer in the stifling heat with a small person to keep cool. It can feel like a constant battle to keep them happy in the heat sometimes. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve heard of that have really helped keep my little one cool while the heat is stifling.

Open the loft hatch & let the hot air escape!

Keep blinds & curtains closed

Use a fan and place a frozen bottle of cold water in front of it to help circulate some cooler air.

Hang cold wet towels around.

Remove waterproof sheets from cots as these can get very hot and sticky.

Place muslin cloths between your little one and the car seat/pram, car seats and prams can get very hot and the muslin will feel much cooler and less sweaty.

Wipe them down with a cool damp towel

Give them a cool midday shower/bath

Water play in the bath – collect plastic cups, bottles, measuring spoons & toys and have fun playing together in a paddling pool or the bath.

Pop teddy in the freezer for a little while to cool off.

Spray cot sheets with water and put them in the freezer.

Take an afternoon trip to the supermarket – it’s always lovely and fresh down the chilled isles!

If there’s a breeze, a shaded part of the garden or park can be cooler and fresher than staying indoors.

Keep an eye on your baby if they fall asleep in a pram or car seat – they can quickly overheat.

Keep them well hydrated with plenty of milk feeds/water. For little ones on solids, watermelon and fruit are a great way to keep them hydrated and cool.

What to dress your baby in for bed – temperature guide

Any other top tips to share with other mums? Please leave them in the comments section below!

 

And here are some things to look out for if you’re worried that your little one is not coping well with the heat….

keep babies cool this summer

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • rising body temperature – a temperature of 40 degrees or above is often a major sign of heatstroke
  • heavy sweating that suddenly stops – if the body is unable to produce any more sweat, it’s a major warning sign that it has become over-heated and dehydrated
  • increased thirst (but later, as the baby gets weaker, they may drink less)
  • pale, clammy skin
  • a rapid heartbeat
  • rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
  • the fontanelle (soft spot on the baby’s heat) is sunken
  • smaller amounts of urine passed than usual, and dark coloured urine
  • dry mouth and eyes
  • headache, muscle cramps
  • being sleepy or ‘floppy’
  • confusion, shortness of breath and vomiting
  • coma (not rousing when touched or called).

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NAPPIES

So we've tried a lot of different nappies and the ones we've kept going back to are pampers.

The Aldi ones were a close second and we sometime use these and Sainsbury's if we can't get the Pampers ones online.

Saying that everyone I know uses something different and swears some leak while others don't so it really is personal preference. The prices can vary massively so I tried to pull together a quick summary of how prices compared today.

We've used Amazon Prime since I was pregnant. The ease of shopping from the sofa and it arriving the next day (sometimes the same day!)is amazing. We figured it was well worth the annual fee as we get so many things delivered next day, plus we use the Amazon TV/Movies that comes with it.

Now the price on Amazon can vary A LOT but at times the per nappy price is super cheap and incredibly competitive compared to the supermarket brands, especially if you sign up for a subscription service. So do your research but don't forget to check Amazon out regularly because the prices change so much. I use www.camelcamelcamel.co.uk to check the price variations. Below each pampers picture I've tried to include the highest & lowest price per nappy for your reference where I can.

I should add we haven't used ASDA and TESCO or LIDL much because they're just not as local to where we live as Sainsbury's and ALDI.

Hope you find it useful as a starting point!

Sainsbury's Little Ones

SIZE 1: 40 for £2.00 (£0.05)
SIZE 2: 46 for £2.50 (£0.05)
SIZE 3: 56 for £3.35 (£0.06)
SIZE 4: 48 for £3.25 (£0.07)
SIZE 4: 84 for £5.00 (£0.06)
SIZE 4+: 44 for £3.25 (£0.07)
SIZE 4+: 78 for £5.00 (£0.06)
SIZE 5: 72 for £5.00 (£0.07)
SIZE 5: 40 for £3,25 (£0.08)

Tesco Loves Baby

SIZE 1: 25 for £1.00 (£0.04)
SIZE 1: 50 for £1.80 (£0.04)
SIZE 2: 33 for £1.65 (£0.05)
SIZE 2: 58 for £2.40 (£0.04)
SIZE 3 Ultradry: 56 for £3.25 (£0.06)
SIZE 3 Superfit: 50 for £3.50 (£0.07)
SIZE 4 Ultradry: 48 for £3.25 (£0.07)
SIZE 4 Superfit: 40 for £3:50 (£0.09)
SIZE 4+ Ultradry: 44 for £3.25 (£0.07)
SIZE 4+ Superfit: 38 for £3:50 (£0.09)
SIZE 5 Ultradry: 40 for £3,25 (£0.08)
SIZE 5 Superfit: 36 for £3.50 (£0.10)

ALDI MAMIA

SIZE 1: 24 for £0.89 (£0.04)
SIZE 3: 56 for £2.89 (£0.05)
SIZE 4: 48 for £2.89 (£0.06)
SIZE 4+: 44 for £2.89 (£0.07)
SIZE 5: 40 for £2.89 (£0.07)

ASDA Little Angels

SIZE 0: 24 for £0.89 (£0.04)
SIZE 1: 24 for £0.89 (£0.04)
SIZE 1: 70 for £2.50 (£0.04)
SIZE 2: 44 for £2.00 (£0.05)
SIZE 2: 60 for £2.50 (£0.04)
SIZE 3: 50 for £2.50 (£0.05)
SIZE 3: 56 for £2.99 (£0.05)
SIZE 3: 98 for £4.49(£0.05)
SIZE 4: 44 for £2.99 (£0.07)
SIZE 4: 48 for £2.99 (£0.06)
SIZE 4: 78 for £4.49 (£0.06)
SIZE 4: 84 for £4.49 (£0.05)
SIZE 5: 36 for £2.99 (£0.08)
SIZE 4: 40 for £2.99 (£0.08)
SIZE 4: 64 for £4.49 (£0.07)
SIZE 4: 72 for £4.49 (£0.06)

LIDL LUPILU

SIZE 1: 24 for £0.89 (£0.04)
SIZE 2: 14 for £1.79 (£0.04)
SIZE 3: 56 for £2.89 (£0.05)
SIZE 3: 98 for £4.39 (£0.05)
SIZE 4+: 44 for £2.89 (£0.07)
SIZE 4+: 78 for £4.39 (£0.06)
SIZE 5: 72 for £4.39 (£0.06)

SIZE 0 (1.5-2.5kg) (3-6lbs)

Pampers New Baby Micro, 144

Pampers New Baby (Micro) 48

Carry Pack
24 x 2 Total 48 Nappies
at £10.74 (£0.22 per nappy)
at £15.37 (£0.32 per nappy)

Pampers New Baby Nappies 24

At £7.99 (£0.33 per nappy)
At £2.96 (£0.12 per nappy)
At 6.99 (£0.29 per nappy)

Pampers New Baby Nappies 24

At £7.99 (£0.33 per nappy)
At £2.96 (£0.12 per nappy)
At 6.99 (£0.29 per nappy)

SIZE 1 (2-5kg) (4-11lbs)

Pampers New Baby 144


Pampers New Baby Nappies Size 1 Jumbo Pack 72 Case of 2 Total 144 Nappies_Sapphire Fashions

At £27.99 (£0.19 per nappy)
At £16.93 (£0.12 per nappy)

Pampers New Baby 96, Size 1

At £10.00 (£0.10 per nappy)
At £7.00 (£0.07 per nappy)
At £10.99 (£0.11 per nappy)

Pampers New Baby 96

Pampers New Baby Size 1 Nappies 74

At £18.90 (£0.26 each)

SIZE 2 (4-8kg) (9-18lbs)

Premium Protection 240

Pampers Premium Protection New Baby Size 2, 240 Nappies, (4-8 kg)/(3-6kg), Monthly Pack
At £27.91 (£0.12 per nappy)
At £17.78 (£0.07 per nappy)

Pampers 86

Pampers New Baby Size 2, 86 Nappies Jumbo+ Pack
At £14.98 (£0.17 per nappy)

SIZE 3 (6-10kg) (13-22lbs)

Premium Protection 80

Pampers New Baby Size 3 Midi Nappies
At £14.20 (£0.18 per nappy)

Premium Protect 80

SIZE 4 (9-14kg) (20-31lbs) & SIZE 5 (11-16kg) (24-35lbs)

Premium Protection 136

£27.20 (£0.20) per nappy
Subscribe & Save Price £25.84 (£0.19 per nappy)

Does my baby have a tongue tie?

 

What is a tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie is a common condition where a thin membrane under the tongue, joins the tongue to the floor of the mouth more than it should do.

Signs which may indicate a tongue-tie:

Mother
  Sore, damaged or bruised nipples
  Painful feeding
  Misshapen nipples after feeding
  Mastitis
  Frequent feeding or very long feeds
  Reduction in milk supply

Baby
  Restricted tongue movement
  Small gape/ clicking noises while feeding
  Difficulty staying attached to breast or bottle
  Windy and unsettled
  Weight loss/ failure to thrive
  Never contented after feed/ always hungry

Treatment

If you suspect that your baby has a tongue-tie you can then decide on the course of treatment you wish to follow.

You may wish to consider having a tongue-tie procedure performed (frenulotomy).

What are the risks involved?

Bleeding – The risk of bleeding is minimal. If your baby does bleed it normally settles down on its own with no further treatment or long term effects on your baby.

Infection – The risk of infection is very rare.

Reformation – In some babies the tongue-tie may reform which may require a further procedure.

What is the next step?

Take a look at the lactation consultants here or ask around your mum friends for their recommendations. I’m often suprised at how many little ones require their tongue tie to be cut so there are lots of mums out there who can offer recommendations.

 

hello

A little introduction

Hello!

Welcome to the website. I really hope that lots of local mums find it useful.

I’m Adele and I’m a mum to Emilie who was born back in 2016. We moved to Epsom from London when I was pregnant and it’s such a wonderful area to raise a child. The only downside to the move was that we had no friends, family or support network here. So we signed up for NCT classes and found 7 other couples in exactly the same boat. Becoming a mum for the first time is so daunting but even more so when you don’t know where to go for help and support or just to get out of the house for a change fo scene. I used to try and google baby classes in Epsom and the results were suprisinly sparse. It turns out though that there are a lot of classes and services out there they just don’t get found by the google search engine.

As a business owner I know how hard it is to be found online, getting on to the first page of google is tough and a lot of the local baby classes and businesses run locally are run by other mums, and I am guessing if they’re anything like me, running their classes and courses takes up all their time with little time left ot think about getting up there on the google search results. So I decided the most useful thing would be to have a place where all mums-to-be and new mums could come and find everything they need. I do not charge businesses to be listed, this is to make sure that mums can see everything that is available to them, it doens’t even need to be the business owners who create the listing, mums can let other mums know of great classes & services and places to go by filling in the simple form at the bottom of each page of the website.

So please use the site and send me feedback if you’d like to see anything added or changed. Share it with your friends and share as much local information on here as you can to make this an amazing place for local mums to come. We may not have a village around us for support but we can create a virtual haven for mums to come and find what they need quickly and easily.

I think I would have found a site like this so invaluable when I was pregnant and I hope that lots of other lovely ladies in the area do too.

Much love to you all

Adele

Meet Emma & Tina

Local Baby Business Spotlight

Monkey Music, Emma & Tina

We are Emma and Tina and along with our brilliant teachers run Monkey Music pre-school classes in the South Epsom, Leatherhead and Dorking areas. With our backgrounds in music and child development, we love delivering vibrant, educational and engaging classes to children in our local area!

Award Winning Music classes for babies and young children – Child development through music, live singing, real instruments (not toys) and engaging and stimulating props. Lots of fun for carer and child. Classes are age appropriate to ensure they are entirely suited for developmental need
 

How can people get in touch? Please leave your social media/website/contact details.

T: 02084320811

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Meet Ella & Jo | Messaroos

Messaroos | Messy Play in Epsom.

 

Messy Play Epsom

I love the idea of all the benefits which messy play can offer to little ones and I’ve even tried odd bits at home, but it does create soooo much mess and if they’re not in the mood for that particular goo on that particular day then it can be a little deflating. This class is the perfect way to offer loads of different messy sensory activities to your little one without the worry of a slime covered living room 🙂

Here’s a little more from the lovely ladies who run the class…

Hello, We are Ella and Jo the co-creators of Messaroos – messy play classes running in Epsom, Ashtead and Cobham, with more sites opening soon.

We are both mummies to two children – we actually met doing baby classes with our oldest two and hit it off really well, straight away.

We started Messaroos as we are both guilty of shying away from messy activities at home because by the times it’s set up the kids are bored and the cleaning up is horrendous. We wanted to work for ourselves and after a cheeky mojito (or two!) we developed Messaroos to compliment the other classes and activities available in Surrey.

We offer between four and six activities per class, some wet, some dry, with a variety of materials and different themes each week. All our activities are specially created to encourage your child’s creativity and stimulate their senses, so your little ones will have plenty to choose from and explore at their own pace. We make most of our class content, and guarantee edible stations each week!

We have only been running six weeks and we have had some great reviews

“Your classes are very unique nothing like I’ve been to before, both my girls loved it.”


“We really enjoyed the class today and will absolutely be booking for the term.”

We want to make the process of joining a Messaroos class as easy as possible so you can book everything through our website, We both know how busy you can be so we want the process to be hassle-free.

Jo and I are now incredibly passionate about messy play, we could spend ages talking to you about all the benefits physical, cognitive, emotional, social and communication development but really as there is no right way to do it, it’s all about the individual experience, we believe everyone should give messy play a go (but of course we are a bit biased) 😉

Messy play is great for children of any age and our classes start from approx 6 months as we recommend they can sit comfortably and have their hands free to explore. We’d love to see you at a session soon, but we’re also always online to help with any questions you have hello@messaroos.co.uk

Embrace the Goo!

www.messaroos.co.uk
www.facebook.com/messaroos
www.instagram.com/messaroos

Class Timetable

 

Here’s a little video to give you a taster!

 

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