THE BIG KID BED TRANSITION TIPS!
HOW TO: Keep Your Kids safe around water.
I put the call out to my Instagram for tips on this transition and as so many Mummies wanted to hear everyone’s advice I decided to write this blog which worked in well with my partnership with Woolworths Little One’s nappies.
SO, here are the top tips I was given and some I think will help on both transitioning your toddler from cot to bed and stopping them thinking the middle of the night is “play time.”
TOILET TRAINING - Advice & Tips from Real Mums
Drowning is a silent killer and something that absolutely scares the life out of me as a parent of a little girl who is water obsessed. Having her in lessons since four months old has helped her confidence and water safety but it is never enough to make sure we are not 100% watching her at all times around water. In this article I am going to share with you tips on keeping your children safe and how you can stay vigilant to ensure your kids don’t become victim to the silent killer.
4 TODDLER SMOOTHIE IDEAS
When I put the call out on my Instagram to ask for advice on toilet training I couldn’t believe the response! Hundreds of replies with tips and so many excited to get some tips and tricks to use themselves. The absolute number one tip was to ensure that you’re child is ready and showing signs before attempting and to encourage but never force. Unfortunately I can’t fit them all in here so I am using the ones that seemed to be the most popular. Some of these may conflict with others so just like with everything in motherhood we must pick and choose what you would be comfortable with or what you think your child will respond to!
LET’S EMPOWER THE FUTURE: ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO BE HAPPY, HEALTHY AND ACTIVE.
Ahh toddlers .. the never ending eating, snacking yet fuss pots that are toddlers.
Some days I feel like Millie eats more than me and other days she seems to not want anything she loved the day before. In both cases we always have our back up SMOOOTHIEEEE to either fill her up when she won’t eat so I know she’s getting in all the nutrients she needs or to help try to fill her up when she’s non-stop eating ALL – DAY – LONG .
15 THINGS I WISH I KNEW AS A FIRST TIME MUM
Hands up who remembers “Healthy Harold” as a kid at school?
It was literally one of my most fond memories of school going and seeing Healthy Harold, talking about foods, exercise and learning about our bodies with this amazingly fun lady who I just thought had the coolest job in the world because she got to hang out with Harold the giraffe all day.
THE WORLD'S BEST TRAVEL STROLLER - ACCORDING TO ME!
Now that Millie is two and I feel like I got this #mumlife thing sorted in my own little way I see myself hoping and looking to the future for another baby. Until recently the thought of two kids actually scared the life out of me and don’t get me started on how I felt until recently at even the thought of another pregnancy.
WHY I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA (AND BEING AN INSTA-MUM)
I'm not going to lie - I am a big old pram snob. I have a slight addiction and my eyes are always on the hunt when I'm out and and about for the best prams and I'm forever pointing them out to my husband who just rolls his eyes at me. My child count is 1 and my pram count is 5. If I could I'd have a lot more but I think my husband may divorce me if he comes home to one more pram.
When Baby Jogger asked me to trial their travel stroller "City Tour" I jumped at the opportunity as I am a massive fan of them. I have a Running Baby Jogger (The Summit x3) and the City Mini GT which I was using for travel and I love both of them.
NUTRITION TIPS FOR NEW MUMS
I often get asked why I started my blog and what I love about it and social media.
There are a lot of things to love about blogging and sharing my life on socials (and of course there can be some negatives) but there are a few of things that really stand out to me and give me the passion and drive I have to keep doing what I do.
HOW TO PACK FOR A FLIGHT WITH A TODDLER
The first few weeks of being home with your baby was great, wasn’t it?
They would sleep a lot and you could sit back with a cup of tea, enjoying lunch in peace. But now you’re tired all the time and your hair is falling out. During those rare baby naps, you’re taking care of chores instead of taking care of yourself.
THE PRESSURE OF GETTING YOUR BABY TO SLEEP
It's pretty easy to see we travel a lot around Australia (and recently over seas) with Millie in tow. We have become some what experts on flying with her and she has also become very good at being on a plane. She now knows when we hop on she has to do up her seat belt and recently even learnt to buckle it herself.
One of the most common things I get asked about is packing for traveling with her and tips on flying with baby/toddler.
POST PARTUM RECOVERY & BEYOND – STOP THE JIGGLE AND REGAIN YOUR STABILITY!
Even before our babies are born we are bombarded with information regarding sleep for baby. I remember feeling so overwhelmed and scared of sleep deprivation (because I had suffered insomnia in the past I knew the effects it had on mental health) that I engaged the help of a baby sleep specialist who wrote me a program to follow once my daughter was born.
Dear Daughter - Our journey so far
When I was pregnant I couldn’t wait to get my old body back, not for the appearance but for the feeling of having my body back to myself. I wanted to feel comfortable, strong and stable again. In those last few months I felt like my tummy skin and muscles were stretched to their limits, my pelvis ached and I felt like I was constantly going to topple forward.
The below is a letter to my daughter of our journey so far. Today I needed reminding of just how far I and we have come on this journey together.
I felt it before I knew it. I was so sick, scared and unwell but I knew you were there.
It was 9 months of hell - tears, hospitals, panic, fear and sadness most of which I did my best to hide because I was embarrassed that I didn't feel the "joy" I was meant to feel, I wasn't "connecting" the way they said I should
Would You Speak to Others the Way You Speak to Yourself?
Motherhood can be stressful, in fact I believe life in general is stressful these days. There is always so much pressure on us to do more, give more, be more and achieve more that it leaves us highly strung because we feel like we can never keep up or do enough.
HOW TO GET A BIKINI BOD IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS
This post was inspired by some nasty comments written on this photo about my body by trolls. It got me thinking and I started speaking to myself in those nasty self hate voices.
Your Body, Your Mind, Your Birth Story - No One Else's.
You came here because you're wanting to know how to get a bikini bod quick? Here's the simplest, quickest and easiest way possible!
MORE THAN JUST "MUM"
Over and over again I see Mamas feeling guilty or being tried to made feel guilty that they didn't get to have a natural birth. I am a caesarean mama - I'm actually an elective caesarean mama. I was tried to be made feel guilty by midwives, Health care nurses, lactation consultants and even my own family.
WHAT POSITIVE PARENTING MEANS TO ME
About a month ago I realised something - I was having a bit of an identity crisis.
Since having Millie even though I have grown immensely as a person mentally I had lost myself in the nappy changes, topknots, active wear all day and #mumlife daily routine. I stopped caring about or forgot about my own personal goals, my career , I was caring less about things that I usually loved to do and even in a way I was so much less focused on my relationships with my husband and friends. My whole focus was on being "Mum."
WHEN THE HAPPIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE JUST ISN'T
Over the last couple of months I have been sharing with you my experience with “Triple P’s – Positive Parenting Program.” I can’t even begin to explain to you the difference this program has made to me when it comes to my parenting skills, parenting goals and the expectations I place on myself and my daughter. In this blog I want to give you a wrap up on what I have learnt and what “positive parenting” means to me.
There is a lot of information out there regarding PND (Post Natal Depression) which is fantastic as we create awareness, we can help the many mothers out there who suffer from this mental illness. But we do not hear much about depression or anxiety during pregnancy even though it is thought that up to 10% of pregnant women actually have antenatal depression. Is it because we are scared to admit that even though we are told its meant to be the happiest time in our lives, sometimes it's just not?
For me this was the case.