Childcare.

Hey guys, it’s been a while! Lolo has become a sassy mini me who constantly follows me everywhere at every given opportunity. Her favourite word is “NO” now, and we watch Sing and Trolls at least three times a week. Yes, I secretly know all the songs in both films and I absolutely love them!!

 

As a family, we have watched our princess grow, hit different milestones from sitting on her own, crawling, walking and dancing to any sort of music she hears and it’s been so good. Nothing prepared us with the issue of childcare and leaving her with somebody else apart from family.

The thought of leaving Lolo with anyone else apart from family scared me. I mean you hear crazy stories and read things online about people who do malicious things to children, but I was reassured by everyone that everything will be okay. Naturally I was anxious and didn’t know whether I wanted her to go to a nursery or find a childminder.

After careful deliberation, I decided to look for a childminder as some of the nursery fees, were ridiculously expensive. I was given a variety of recommendations by other mums of good nurseries and childminders but we carefully screened our own. Firstly, I found a list of Ofsted Registered childminders in my local area, and contacted the ones closest to our home and reasonable in price.

On meeting some childminders, I felt like Simon Cowell auditioning them for the role, of my daughters’ childminder. This was very necessary. I went to their homes, discussed routines, potty training, feeding and times to pick and drop Lolo off. As I visited their homes I observed their interaction with her and how she behaved around them. I met at least four different potential childminders until I found the one!

 

Lolo’s childminder is amazing!! She has this warm, caring and friendly nature which I noticed from the minute I met her. She shows a genuine interest in Lauren’s wellbeing, development and has become a huge part of Laurens’ life. Her last Ofsted inspection was rated highly, she holds a variety of certificates in childcare. Most importantly her passion for children is shown in the way she looks after Lauren.

We initially had a few days where I left Lauren with her for at least an hour to see how she’d cope. I felt this anxious niggling feeling in my stomach, because I was worried about how she’d cope without seeing myself, hubby or a family member. Every time I went back to the childminder Lauren was busy playing, smiling and very chatty and happy. This ultimately sold it for me, I just knew my daughter would always be in safe hands. The childminder sends me pictures daily of what she’s up to with Lauren and her son, she often takes them to baby groups, soft play, reads to them and gives her some yummy food. I’m so happy that I have found Lauren a home away from home during the week, when we work because I feel confident that she’s okay, although I call at least three times a day (or more) to check she’s doing okay.

For Mamas considering the childminding route here are a few tips:

  • Create a list of suitable minders in your area, consider price, times, availability and location.
  • Check that your childminder is registered and their DBS certificate is up to date.
  • When settling in with your little one/s check the environment, the minders interest in your child, and their ability to deal with your requests.
  • Check for other parents’ reviews.
  • Is the minder more interested in the financial side or the actual wellbeing of your child/ren?

We are slowly adjusting to the early mornings, and having our playtime shortened due to work, but seeing Lolo at the end of the day is always heart warming.


I hope this helps some Mama’s out there!

 

With Love,

 

Lolo’s Mummy.

 

🎀

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An End to our Weaning Journey.

Hey guys,

I never thought I’d be typing this, before Lauren’s second birthday but we have finally stopped Breastfeeding!! After 20 months and a few days I completely weaned Lolo off breastmilk. This was hard on us both emotionally, and me physically challenging however we overcame the obstacles and she no longer craves a comfort feed.

At 6 months I was convinced I would stop breastfeeding by the time Lauren was one years old, but I found myself delaying the process. I guess I enjoyed that unique bond that we shared, she cries we cuddle and she has milk for comfort. As much as I enjoyed breastfeeding I wanted my body back, I wanted her to gain some sort of independence from me. Lauren also started tugging at my top in public, and putting her hands under my tops, which was annoying especially when sitting in Nando’s with an audience.

Stopping wasn’t easy at all. Everybody has different methods on how to actually wean baby off, such as bottle feeding and gradually cutting down feeds. I just couldn’t seem to grasp that way. I started giving in to Lauren’s demands during the day, which made it harder to stop.

Night One.

So I carefully planned our weekend of weaning with my mum and I was in for a painful surprise. On day one Lauren constantly woke up at night, crying and pulling my top but I was so determined not to give in. I think I got at least three hours sleep as she woke up frequently and rocking her to sleep without breastmilk was a struggle. The night was much harder than during the day, at night there were no distractions such as the phone, Pom-Bears or Petits Filous to make her feel better.

 

Night Two.

The second night was by far the worst experience ever. During the day my breasts had tripled in size with milk, I got some sort of mild fever, headache and my breasts felt super sore. I could literally cry because of the pain. I stopped wearing a bra at this point, and my mum gave me some wrapper ( a piece of cloth) to tie around my breasts. My nipples felt painful and my breasts were extremely lumpy with milk. I took Paracetamol for the pain and headaches every four hours. During the second night I couldn’t sleep on my side because of the pain, so I slept on my back. Lauren of course woke up a lot and wanted to lie on my chest, and tried so hard to lift my top up and start feeding. I wore a thick tight jumper to prevent any mistakes!!! When she woke up at night we gave her water and milk which helped her calm down a lot.

Night Three.

By the third night I had mixed feelings, I felt as if I was being heartless by not breastfeeding her, and it broke my heart to see her cry constantly. My mum always reassured me that she’ll be fine, which was a bonus. The third night was much better. Lauren slept longer, and woke up less often. When she did wake up I gently rocked her to sleep (I’m sure she hates my singing voice) and gave her some milk in her cup.

Since we’ve stopped breastfeeding I have noticed that Lauren’s appetite has changed so much, but in a good way. At breakfast time, she eats a lot more cereal, and enjoys some whole milk which she struggled to drink before. Dinner and Lunchtimes are great she eats everything going, which is amazing compared to before when Lauren was heavily dependent on the breast and didn’t have a massive appetite.

My Essentials that helped me during such a challenging time were:

  • A piece of cloth wrapped around my boobs.
  • Cotton Breast Pads (Reusable) which I purchased from EBay when I first had Lauren. They are super durable, not as flimsy as the ones you stick on. They are washable and great for soaking up large quantities of milk.
  • HPA Lanolin by Lansinoh is for sore nipples and cracked skin. It was a great relief using this a few times during the day for pain relief and the cracked skin.
  • Paracetamol was great for the pain, headaches and fever type symptoms that I had by day 2/3


By the third night although I felt I had been bashed with a brick on my breasts, Lauren had forgotten about the ‘boobie’(that’s the name she calls them) she has adjusted to our new life without them and it feels strange for me. I no longer must wear a maternity bra, or wake up during the night for our usual night feed.

 

I really enjoyed breastfeeding Lolo because of that unbreakable bond that we had created, initially I was sceptical about breastfeeding but once I started I struggled to stop. I’m so proud of her because despite her attachment to breastfeeding and me of course, two weeks later and she has forgotten about her beloved ‘boobie!’

 

With Love,

 

Lauren’s Mummy.

🎀

 

 

 

Fun At The Beach.

Hey guys,

 

Hope you all enjoyed your summer? Our summer has been filled with park days, eating out, sleepless nights, ice creams and some bad weather. In the UK, the weather is unpredictable, and most of the good weather was in June and July.

On the last weekend of the school holidays we decided to take Lauren to the beach for some sand castle building, sticks of rock (some amazing candy in stick shape form) and possibly some fish and chips!

I packed her little backpack which we got from @littlesparrowshop. I packed a change of clothes, another cardigan, towel, wipes, plastic bag, (just in case we had wet clothes) nappies and nappy sacks.

The drive was a bit long and keeping Lauren entertained for an hour and a half was a task. She fussed initially but fell asleep after giving her a mix of Wotsits, and a few bad versions of her favourite nursery rhymes.

Once we arrived at the beach I had a feeling of nostalgia, the smell of fresh doughnuts, fish and chips and sea reminded me of my childhood visits to the beach with family and friends. I was so excited to share Lauren’s first experience at the beach together, and was eager to get to the beach.

Once Lolo sighted the sand she started crying, and locking her tiny legs around my ankles. I was shocked, because at her baby groups she loves playing with sand and throwing it into her hair! She kept saying “dirty” so she assumed the ground was dirty because of the sand. Lauren hates anything being on her hands or feet, because she constantly screams “dirty” it was quite funny watching her trying to run away from sand. So, trying to get her on the sand was pointless. I carried her over to the water, and she didn’t want her feet to touch the water! I guess her little backpack of beach essentials was not needed on this occasion! Lauren loves a bath and it’s a daily battle trying to get her out of the bath, without tears and bubbles everywhere. Our trip to the beach wasn’t how I expected it to turn out at all!!


You can see the fear in her little eyes 😢



There was a theme park next to the beach with a variety of rides, for children and adults. It was heaving with so many children and families enjoying the last bit of sunshine on the weekend, before schools started. I took Lolo on her first theme park ride. It moved slowly and had water at the bottom. Lolo was more interested in the water than enjoying the ride. The ride lasted for about a minute and she started smiling just as the ride was about to finish. Typical.




All in all, we had a really good day at the beach, even though Lauren was scared of the beach and preferred to sit in her buggy for safety (I think she felt I was going to put her on the sand again lol) it will surely be one of the memories we will share and laugh at in the future.

 

With Love

Lauren’s Mummy

x

 

Lauren’s Jungle! | Baby Gund® Review.

Hey Guys,

 

As some of you may know keeping a toddler entertained daily sometimes is a difficult task because of their short attention spans. I was excited when approached by “Baby GUND®” to review their lovely products. My house already looks like a car boot sale with the variety of toys Lauren has, so adding animals to Lolo’s collection was great.

First of all, let me give you some information about GUND®. GUND® was founded in 1898 and it is America’s oldest and most prestigious toy company. They use super-soft materials (which is absolutely true! These are the softest toys I have felt.) Gund was also the first company to produce a licensed soft toy, which is shown by the “CE” mark on all labels.

In our Baby GUND® package we received a variety of plush toys which were called:

  • The Hippo Rattle
  • The Hippo Teddy
  • The Hippo Puppet
  • The Jungle Friends Stacker


I was so excited to see these lovely toys, as I had visited their website and was intrigued how they would look and feel. The GUND® range have extremely soft toys and are great for babies right through toddlers. Although Laurens’ cousin who is aged 7 came over for the weekend and was obsessed with the Hippo Puppet. The BabyGUND® Collection has a selection of toys such as teddies, dollies, keepsake blankets with teddies, and playsets. All toys are uniquely crafted to capture the attention of babies and toddlers with their neutral colours and bespoke fabric.

The Hippo Teddy is super soft and Lauren has started sleeping with him at night. On one occasion, we managed to catch her hugging and kissing her teddy which was so sweet.


Lauren is quite scared of puppets, from socks to animal type puppets she really dislikes them. Initially she was apprehensive when I showed her the Hippo Puppet but once I started talking in a silly voice and she touched the puppet she loved it. It has a soft feathery feel to it and looks like the Hippo Teddy. So, we always keep them together. This also has found its way into my car with Lauren often talking to the Hippo on a long journey.


The Jungle Friends Stacker is Lauren’s favourite toy in our GUND® goodies, which is from The Playful Range. In the stacker, there are a selection of four cute animals, each different in size. There is a Lion, Monkey, Hippo, Elephant and a Giraffe which sits at the top. The Giraffe can also be used as a rattle so Lauren often throws it around the room to hear some noise. She also uses the Hippo Rattle as well when trying to find out where the noise is coming from. She enjoys playing with the stacker a lot and puts the animals on her wrist like a bangle. (I think she watches me too much!) The Stacker has helped me encourage Lauren to count and has helped with her communication skills, because she tries to repeat the animal names after me. Hippo tends to be pronounced as ‘Apple.’




The Rattle Giraffe, pictured above.

Our Verdict.

We loved this GUND® range from the array of colours to the softly carefully designed animals. Lauren enjoys playing in the sitting room which we have renamed ‘The Jungle’ as our GUND® Jungle friends can be found in each corner of the room. One of the best features of the brand is that we can wash the animals on a cold wash, as some of them get quite grubby in the hands of a toddler. These are priced affordably for parents’ and are great for presents for new-borns, especially the rattles and the puppets.

To purchase your Baby GUND® goodies head over to their website which is https://www.gund.co.uk/collections/babygund 

 

 

Follow them on their social media platforms:

Instagram: gund_uk

Twitter: @GUND_UK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKGUND/

Gund are currently holding a giveaway to win one of their amazing toys from the Jungle Friends’ range so head over to their website to enter!

Thank you Gund® for the lovely toys to add to our collection, Lauren has thoroughly enjoyed playing with her animal friends!

 

With Love

Lauren’s Mummy.

x

 

Baby Bargains.

Hey Guys,

Before becoming a mother, my mum always used to rant on about shopping deals and bargains. I never understood why she would rather buy something half the price in Lidl that in Asda. My Mums’ bargain hunting skills is something that I have gained from her, which is honestly so useful; especially since having Lauren I’m always on the hunt for good deals for my family.

Some shops in the UK have Baby Events which offer discounted products such as baby clothes, food and essentials. Tesco’s are currently hosting one of these great events, so I purchased a few bits for my Lolo.

Tesco’s always have good deals on nappies ranging from their own brand and Pampers. I purchased Pampers Premium Active Fit in a size four, which was 2 boxes for £18 or one box for £12. Of course, I opted for two boxes. We absolutely love how easy it is for us to put on and take off these nappy pants. Recently Lolo has started taking them off when I mention “Bath Time.” They are extremely soft, and fit perfectly. Your baby can also wear these up to 12 hours which is a pretty long time, but Lauren has never worn her nappy for that long. They usually have a jumbo pack which contains 72 pairs, but these contained 60 each.


I got some pleated cotton wool for a £1, this is handy when cleaning her nappy especially when she does those massive poos and baby wipes just can’t handle the problem. Johnson’s always have great deals in store and I love using their baby wipes when we are out and about. The Johnson’s Gentle All Over Wipes were originally £1.30 but reduced to 65p. Absolute Bargain!


I also got the Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath. Its original price was £3.00 but was available for half the price. This bath essential works, in helping Lauren sleep at night and smells a bit like Lavender which is very soothing and calming. After a bath, we clean Lolo’s ears with Johnsons Cotton Buds, with a dab of Vaseline on them. The cotton Buds were on offer as well for £1.


I’m trying very hard to limit the number of sugary snacks Lauren eats, because of her teeth and she behaves hyper when she’s had a sip of Fruit Shoot or a piece of chocolate. So, on this shop I avoided the snacks aisle all together. Lauren loves Petits Filous which really eases the teething pain, two packets were available for £2. Lolo has become more independent and loves feeding herself yoghurt whilst making a huge mess.


Whenever there is a baby event I try my best to stock up on bits for a rainy day. This baby event is on until the 30th August, with plenty of different baby brands on offer for all the family; so if you are in the UK head down to Tesco’s for a bargain!

 

With Love,

Lolo’s Mummy.

x

Sharenting.

Hi guys,

In the UK, there was a documentary aired recently about “Sharenting.” For those of you who don’t know Sharenting means ‘parents who share pictures, and videos on Social media of their children.’ This documentary ruffled a few feathers on my Twitter feed this week with a few judgemental tweets here and there, and people like me who dislikes labels and peoples overbearing opinions.

I dislike the term ‘Sharenting’ because it’s just plain silly and super judgemental. I’m a proud parent and if I decide to post pictures or posts about my daughter that doesn’t mean I am no longer in control of her safety, neither should this give the right for other people to judge my parenting skills.

Before having Lauren, I would occasionally tweet, post the odd Instagram picture and Snapchat, I wasn’t addicted to any social platform but I enjoyed reading peoples’ tweets and looking at beautiful pictures online. I mean who doesn’t use social media these days? During my pregnancy, I didn’t post any pictures of my bump as I was more focused on enjoying my pregnancy, getting ready for my baby, I was quite anxious and nervous about what people would say about me being pregnant.

I started my blogging journey the month I had Lauren as it was an outlet for me to document my motherhood journey. My camera roll now is filled with pictures, videos, and selfies of Lauren. Initially I was a bit apprehensive about posting pictures, because people can be judgemental, especially other parents who question your parenting methods. After some time on my blog and Instagram I decided to share some pictures of Lolo because she’s a big part of this new chapter in my life. I carefully choose what pictures to post, how much information I give out and the sorts of ‘friends’ I have online. I’m in control of my social media, and I’m very wary about the things I do post. I don’t post pictures that I will later regret, or Lauren would be upset about.

All my friends and family ask before taking pictures of Lauren, or if they want to post it on Snapchat, and I don’t take pictures of other peoples’ children without their parents consent.

Every parent has a right to post images of their children and not feel bullied, or targeted by other mummies who feel the way they decide to share these images are wrong. I support mums who decide not to post their children, because it’s their choice and their child.

I feel that as mothers we should be supporting one another, not bash each other about our parenting choices. Everything these days comes with risks including picture taking but how we overcome the risks, and ultimately put our children first that’s what makes good parents.

 

*What do you think about Sharenting? Do you share images of your children? *

 

With Love,

 

Laurens’ Mummy.

x

Can we shop in peace? Please Lolo?!

Hey guys,

Recently on Twitter I saw another mummy tweeting about how annoying it is when people stare at her baby, anytime she makes a sound. I related with this tweet so much!

I remember before I had my own family, my mum will drag myself and my siblings shopping every Saturday. I literally hated carrying bags of meat and tinned tomatoes to her car. Most times I wanted to sit in my room and snack, but shopping on a Saturday was a must.

Lolo is such a character whenever we go out for walks to the park, doing a big shop in my local Tesco’s or rushing to the corner shop for some milk. Everybody around me will know that Lolo is there, if she’s not sleeping. Once I tell her to get her coat and she sees her pushchair it’s like her noise switch in her head gets suddenly activated!

During the week we went to the bank and she was fine for the first minute, but as soon as the bank got busier she started laughing, and talking to herself pretty loudly. Anytime she shouts you get the odd person staring at you like, ‘control your child!’ I understand you don’t want to hear a baby laughing and cooing at the things she sees because you’re miserable but I can’t stop my child from making a sound especially at her age. Once she starts talking to herself there’s literally no going back! I rush into my handbag for some Organix Goodies Stars, which entertain her for about two minutes, then the IPhone comes out, blaring out the ‘Go Jetters’ theme tune and everything is right in the world again.


When I’m doing a big shop in Tesco’s or Lidl Lolo has started sitting in the trolley, which is great because I’ve started pointing out different foods and fruits to her which sometimes is a bad idea. Once she sees a packet of Blueberries she starts wailing to have them.

In Tesco’s’ the baby section feels like home to her! I quickly rush down this aisle picking up the essentials behind her back because once she sees anything she likes the game will be officially over! On one occasion Lolo spotted the Goodies section and decided to start whinging for it, luckily, I had packed some chicken in our bag to calm her down. (She absolutely loves Chicken!!)

Once we get to the checkout she makes a few friends, with other shoppers and the staff at the till. I’m happy Lolo is such a friendly, bubbly baby it livens up our weekly shop.

When Lauren first became more vocal in public it sometimes made me anxious thinking ‘everybody is staring’ ‘OMG Lauren please me quiet’ but looking back at those thoughts I sit back and chuckle. I’m happy that my baby interacts with me and her surroundings, it shows how fast she’s developing! To the people that stare, and mutter rubbish under their breaths. I literally just roll my eyes, and encourage my toddler to talk more. Besides we were all chatty toddlers once!


( This was one of our earlier shopping trips, where Lolo hardly made a noise hehe)

 

With Love,

Lolo’s Mummy.

 

 

 

18 Months!

Hey guys,

 

My little princess is 18 months old (In parenting language, and clothing labels) which means she’s a year and a half, to everyone else apart from parents. I cannot believe how fast time has flown. I know I say this in every other post but it’s amazing watching a little human grow up, and it seems surreal watching Lolo hit all her milestones.


Before my baby started walking, I was quite anxious wondering when she will start. Now she’s walking I wish I wasn’t as anxious as I was beforehand. Lolo walks super-fast, chases boys and hides in weird places at home. I love the fact that she explores her surroundings, and can quickly adapt to new places and faces.

As Lolo, has grown she has become a chatterbox, first thing in the morning after a kick, I get a mini monologue about how slept. (Well that’s what I think it is) and pretends to have a conversation with her favourite toy Moana. Lolo has become attached to my phone, I feel like she watches my every move so she knows how to swipe snap and lock my phone. She is also obsessed with Siri and going on Youtube to listen to all the hits from “Sing!” I’ve learnt every single word to each song because she constantly plays them, in the same order daily.


At 18 months Teething has become an issue again, and her non-existent sleeping pattern. As well as using her Nibbling products, I use Calpol Infant Suspension, on days when she is in really bad pain. I’ve found the older Lolo has got the more frustrated she gets with the pain. She tends to sleep later and is up by the crack of dawn, ready to play and watch Ceebeebies.


Most recently Lolo has learnt how to call me mummy, but because she doesn’t know how to say it properly she calls me “Mimi!” The first time I heard her call me “Mimi” I was grinning like I’d just won the lottery. Hearing her little voice, and watching her face light up when she calls my name, makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world!


As a first time mummy I’m constantly learning things daily about myself and my daughter, and it has been an amazing journey thus far. 18 months has gone so fast and it makes me want to savour every minute with my daughter, I don’t want to blink and she’s off to her first day in school.

 

With Love

Lolo’s Mummy

x

 

 

SMA® Pro Toddler Milk Review.

Hey guys,

Lolo is 17 months old and still breastfeeding! Yes, I know I said I will stop a couple of months ago, but the truth is it’s so hard. She refuses to sleep in her cot so she literally smells the boob at night and uses it for comfort. I’m ready to stop night feeds, and wear a normal bra.

Recently I was sent some goodies from SMA® in the hope that Lauren may try a different brand of milk and adapt to it. I used to give her Aptamil® with Pro-Nutra (Follow on Milk 3 for 1-2 year olds) and was advised against formula, by the health visitor and encouraged to give her whole Milk. Lauren initially took whole milk but has started spitting out and prefers to drink water.

This honestly worried me for some time because we all know babies need milk, and I think my breast milk will not help Lolo put on masses amount of weight. She loves eating chicken, vegetables and practically everything off my plate. I just felt that she wasn’t getting enough nutrients from my breast milk so I was open to trying formula again.

The bond you get from breastfeeding is unbreakable, and that’s probably one of the biggest factors slowing me down from, completely weaning Lolo off!


What encouraged me about this brand was their encouragement for prolonged breastfeeding. It clearly states on the packaging that mums should breastfeed for as long as possible. Which is great for parents, who are a bit worried about weaning off. I love that the Nutri-steps in the SMA® milk means that it contains; Vitamin D and Calcium, Iron, Iodine and Omega 3 and 6. SMA® provides a great deal of nutritional benefits, which stimulates toddlers’ growth.

What was in my Review Pack.

1X 400g tin of SMA Pro Toddler Milk Stage 3 ( 1-3 Years)

1x 1L Carton of SMA Pro Toddler Milk Stage 3 (1-3 Years)

SMA Bib

Toddler Diet Diary with information about the types of foods to give toddlers.

 

How did our milk trial go?

The powdered version of the milk, was easy to prepare and in a compatible tin. Not like the usual milk tins which are huge. It was a great size for a weekend away. On our first try Lauren hated the powder. I made it over the course of three days, and every day she tried it she hated it. I think because she was teething at the time, so she prepared cold cooling things for her gums.

We also tried the 1L SMA® Toddler Milk in liquid form. Surprise, surprise Lauren loved it. Which was shocking I mean the powder was the same thing, just a different texture. Lauren as you know has her days when it comes to any milk apart from breast milk, but I was shocked at how much she loved the taste. This milk could only be used within 48 hours, as milk tends to go sour. Another great advantage of the product, however it means you spend more money, but it’s worth it.

 

I love that SMA® offers mini cartons of their lovely milk, with a straw included which is great for babies on the go, instead of carrying about a big carton. SMA® also provided extensive information about their ingredients which was reassuring to me. As a first time mum I try to research as much as I can about different products, and how they benefit my daughter but sometimes the internet has so many different methods or products, so I usually go by word of mouth and friends’ reviews.


Final Verdict.

Lauren still struggles to drink at least a cup of milk a day, but I’m constantly trying every day. SMA® was a great brand to give to Lolo I love all the nutritional benefits which the milk has. The SMA® slogan is “Helping to build a nutritional foundation for life.” I believe SMA® does this with its unique taste and the benefits of the milk. It’s innovate packaging and fairly priced products have encouraged me to discuss this product with other mummies, and hopefully finally wean my daughter off breastmilk completely!


 

*FYI All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! *

*What milk brands do other mummies use? Are you open to trying formula or continue breastfeeding? Share and comment below. *

 

With Love,

 

Lolo’s Mummy

🎀

My Creative Lolo 💕

Hey dolls,

Lolo is 17 months old, walking everywhere, trying to break things and learning how to say a few words. This year is going super quick which means, my baby is no longer considered “newborn” but a “toddler!” Where did all that time go?! 😭

I usually take Lolo to baby groups twice a week, which allows her to interact with other children. 

During the warmer months the group tends to be busier, more babies to play with. I noticed that Lauren would rather sit at the painting table, scribble all over paper and make a mess in paint. 

Initially I was worried thinking I hope my baby isn’t shy, does she not like meeting new people? My baby is a bit like me to be honest, I don’t actively start conversations with people I don’t know but I’m getting better!


I know it’s a few dots of paint, but I treasure everything my daughter does. I’ve placed this on my fridge so I’m reminded of my creative Lolo’s work everyday.

Lolo has also made a handprint which I helped paint and add a splash of glitter to.


Look at her tiny hand 😭

Sometimes I’m unable to get to the baby groups, so I purchased some baby friendly paint on Amazon to use at home. All you need really is 

  • Old Newspapers.
  • An Apron.
  • Old clothes that you don’t mind getting splashed with paint
  • Paintbrushes.
  • A bag full of energy!


Painting is very messy business!

I’ve also noticed that Lolo loves going to the book corner, and flicking through some books. Obviously she’s too young to understand them but I think it’s really good how she enjoys a good book. ( Just like her mama.)

I recently purchased a few new titles from my local The Works bookshop and toyshop. They always have amazing deals on books, the latest one being 3 books for £5. You can also visit your local library, and get a few there to keep baby entertained for a while.


These books are great because they have colourful big images, and bigger pages so Lauren tends to turn them for me eagerly.


Esme The Emerald Fairy has a touchy feely book element to it. The front page is glittery and Lauren enjoys touching the sparkles.


Inside the short story the gems are brightly coloured, this encourages Lauren to touch the pages and hear the rest of the story. This is a really good book which keeps Lauren very interested.


The Lullabies book has a selection of different songs to help baby sleep. I use this book when I’m encouraging Lo to wind down for nap time or bed time!


Her favourite is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but it also has a collection of other lullabies I have never heard of before.


This book can be used for older children as well, which talks about sharing toys with friends. This book has more text than the others mentioned before.


My Mum is Fantastic” is another great title for older children, with good images and a lot more text. Again I loved the title for obvious reasons, which I will read to Lauren more when she’s older!

I have also done a previous post about reading with Lauren, which you can check out Here!

With Love,

Lauren’s Mummy.

🎀