Explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling and how to prepare

Before the baby arrived we decided that we were going to get her some presents from her baby sister. She’s not a girly girl so not into dolls, but loves music so we got her a toy keyboard to play on. I wondered at the start how hard it was going to be explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling.
We have been telling her for months that she’s going to be a big sister as a new baby is arriving from mummy’s tummy. She doesn’t quite grasp the idea but goes around saying “baby” quite often.
I suppose for me the hardest part was leaving her to go into hospital. I’ve never spent a night away from her. Plus being at home with her all the time when I started maternity leave leading up to the birth made her very clingy to me.
Explaining to a 2 year old they are getting a sibling

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Can A Woman Have It All?

*This is a guest post from Liberty over at Liberty on the Lighter Side

Can a woman have it all?

I don’t believe so. Assuming that is, that HAVING IT ALL means to have a successful career while simultaneously raising your children, with no other child care (no crèche, no nanny, no au pair, no granny). There simply isn’t enough time in the day! You can ask any new mum and they will not remember when the last time was that they shaved their legs or had a shower or drank a cup of tea while it was hot. There’s just no time for little luxuries like those. Let alone a booming successful business!

Liberty on the lighter side - can a woman have it all?

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Do You Know Your Rights As A Working Parent?

I remember heading back to work after maternity leave the first time around and not knowing what my rights were as a working parent. This time when I head back in 2019 I will be more clued up.

The end of maternity or paternity leave is a daunting enough time without the stress and uncertainty of worrying about your entitlements.

Do you know your rights as a working parent?

Working with Babythingz, a leading supplier of cosytoes and footmuffs, we are here to map out your rights as a parent heading back to the workplace. To make this transitional time as easy as possible.

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Potty Training with Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie

Baby girl is now 26 months old. She is very switched on and has shown that she is nearly ready for toilet training. A few weeks back we reviewed the Step’n’ Potty from Bumbo, but she wasn’t quite ready for potty training then. When we saw the health visitor for her 2 year check up, she gave us some advice on potty training, but said to leave it for a couple of months due the change in her life of having a little sister next week. She said that with having a newborn in the house would be a big adjustment without having potty training as well in her life. So we will be back on the potty training in the Summer. Taking small steps as we go along.

For now though we have been reading this great little book called Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie by Simon Harris. It’s all about a little bird taking his first steps out of a nappy onto the potty.

Little Budgie's Done A Fudgie

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6 Easter Activities For Dads

*This is a guest post from DaddiLife on Easter Activities for Dads.

Holidays like Easter are the perfect opportunity for dads to further the bond with their children. Regardless of whether you have an infant on a weaning schedule or a couple of toddlers who need something to keep them occupied and engaged, these activities will create Easter moments that your children can remember fondly for the rest of their lives.

DaddiLife - Easter Activities for Dads

1. Colouring Easter Eggs

Colouring Easter Eggs is probably one of the first activities that comes to mind when you think of Easter, and there’s a good reason for it! Not only is it a fun way for your kids to stimulate their creativity and help with brain development, but it’s cheap and easy too. 

Premade egg decorating kits are available for low prices in many stores and include stickers, egg stands, non-toxic dye tablets, egg dippers and drying trays — everything you need to create some beautiful eggs! Alternatively if you have the spare ingredients at home, why not embrace your own crafts with the kids to make your very own eggs! Just make sure to lay out some newspaper or a disposable tablecloth to avoid staining tables and countertops. 

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Product Review: Step ‘n’ Potty From Bumbo

Potty training – yes it’s nearly that time. For weeks baby girl has been showing the signs that she’s ready. Examples being taking her clothes off, saying wee wee, hiding behind the sofa to have a pooh and having a dry nappy for periods of time. In fact when she had a horrible virus last year, my GP wanted a wee sample from her and I actually got her to have a wee in the potty, so I know she could probably do it!

To get us ready for potty training, we have been very lucky to receive the Bumbo Step ‘n’ Potty to review and help us on the journey. The Step ‘n’ Potty is 3 products in one. Firstly you have the potty, but that also converts to a toilet training seat. In fact the seat fits most adult toilets. Then you have the base of the potty that is also a step stool, that can be used to reach the toilet. Having a step stool is most useful in the kitchen or in the bathroom for little ones to reach the sink to wash their hands. So when potty training is done, you can still make use of the Step ‘n’ Potty for many years.

Bumbo Step 'n' Potty

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