Category: FLORENCE IVY

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

There comes a time when you’re a parent that you just have to put the rule book to one side and trust your instincts. Don’t get me wrong, that rule book comes in handy more often than we probably like to admit, but I also […]

Baptising Florence

Baptising Florence

We have had a wonderful weekend of celebration with our family & friends. Yesterday we had Florence baptised. Our friends & family gathered together in the very same church that I was Christened in almost twenty four years ago. The Christening was part of the […]

Florence is 3 months old!

Florence is 3 months old!

Little Florence,  it would seem you are longer a teeny tiny newborn. You’re growing at a rate of knots and this last month you have continued to surprise us with how quickly you are coming into your own. At 2 months old you are absolutely full of character and unbelievably cheeky! IMG_2486

You are almost ALWAYS smiling and you’re so so close to giggling!

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It’s been a month of meeting new friends.IMG_2150

And going on new adventures.

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We went to Northampton to the balloon festival with Nanny & Aunty Libby and this weekend we went to the Farm for the first time. Little Fant Farm 5

You have always been strong and determined to learn something new! You are absolutely aceing tummy time these days, getting more and more confident as the days go by and you’ve even shuffled towards a toy a couple of times. Supported by a cushion or one of our laps, you sit up for 10 seconds or so before you fall back down. I’m not sure that’s what you’re supposed to be doing at 3 months old just yet but we’re just going with it!

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You’ve mastered grasping small objects and happily sit watching them as you move them around. This also includes Mama’s hair! It seems you have taken quite a liking to holding on to handfuls of my hair and refusing to let go just in time for it to all start falling out. Thanks Poppet!

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You’re so much more into toys now and are happy to play for longer periods of times. Our sensory play classes have inspired me to set up different themes of play each week and you’re loving exploring new toys & textures. You love to play with foil and scrunch sensory scarves in your hand. Your Octopus is still a favourite along with miss butterfly and your rainmaker shaker thingy.

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You are still a fab sleeper, sleeping through from 10pm – 6/7am most nights. There really is nothing that warms my heart more than that huge smile you give me as I lean over your crib in the mornings. Lately you’ve been fighting sleep during the day and often only a Mummy cuddle will do. I sing to you and hold you close until you doze off.

You really are our little sunshine, our little wildflower.

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Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

It’s been a bit quiet on the Fashion posts front here lately. In truth, I’m really struggling to find flattering clothes this post baby body of mine and so haven’t much felt like showing it off! But this week, Mama & Baby Style returns after […]

You & Me in the Morning

You & Me in the Morning

I’ve always been an early bird, sleeping in ’til midday was never really my style. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pj day but I’m generally up and functioning by around 6.30, 7 at the latest, even at the weekend and it would seem […]

Florence’s Toy Box – Our Baby Play Essentials at Two Months Old

Florence’s Toy Box – Our Baby Play Essentials at Two Months Old

I mentioned in Florence’s last baby update that she is becoming more and more interested in toys and we incorporate play time into every single day – have done since she was just a couple of weeks old really. We’ve been taking some baby play tips from my friend Jennie as well as more or less winging it along the way and I thought I would share with you the contents of Florence’s toy box at two months old.

Fabric blocks

I picked up these fabric blocks from a bootfair just before Florence was born and we used them from around two weeks old for short amounts of time throughout the day. Each face is a different pattern or texture and the black and white contrast sides were perfect for early play. Florence was born with a lazy eye and we used these to help train it to move about. I tend to build towers of all different shapes for Florence to feel and knock down. They’re perfect for just popping in the changing bag for play on the go.Baby Play

Lamaze Activity Spiral

This bright & colourful activity spiral is perfect for play time at home or out and about. It simply loops around your pushchair bar or car seat handle or can be laid next to your baby on a play mat. There are so many different variations of Activity Spirals out there but we chose this one for its contrasting patterns and sensory offerings.

Manhattan Toy Wimmer-Ferguson Infant Travel Mobile

This has been attached to our pushchair from the moment it arrived. It’s a simple clip on mobile with high contrasting colours to attract a baby’s attention. Perfect for keeping Florence occupied on the go!IMG_0932

Octivity Time

We’ve only recently introduced Octivity Time to our play time as it’s age recommendation is actually six months +, however I’m quite happy for it to be something new for Florence to look at. The cuddly Octopus has a different feature and pattern on each leg including rings, flaps, crinkly fabric and her favourite – a mirror! We use this toy both at home on a blanket or on the play mat and on the go as it has a handy velcro loop which can be used to attache it to the pushchair or carseat. In months to come, Florence will be able to explore this toy even further, but for now taking in all of the colours and grabbing onto the plastic rings suits her just fine.BABY PLAY OCTIVITY TIME

Hot Air Balloon mobile

So, while not technically in her toy box I still wanted to mention her gorgeous hot air balloon mobile from Mini Maison. You might have seen it in our nursery tour already. Florence absolutely LOVES gazing up at this and we also have one hanging up above where she has her bath in the evenings. nursery tour 16

Books, books & more books! 

We read to Florence every single day. As well as introducing her to language and rythm, children’s books  are filled with bright and bold illustrations which she just loves to look at. Reading is a nice gentle way to start the day here and a really relaxed way to ease yourself into baby play time in those early days. The works tend to always have good deals on children’s fiction and you can often pick books up from just £1 so I always recommend there.BABY PLAY BOOKS

Finger Puppets

These animal finger puppets were a bargain at £3 per set in Primark. I stumbled upon them by chance but they have become a firm favourite in Florence’s toy box. They make the perfect story telling aid and these ones are even perfect for use in the bath too!BABY PLAY, FINGER PUPPETS, STORY TIME

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Bee Egg Rattle

Florence’s grip has really come on leaps and bounds over the last couple of weeks and she is forever in search of things to grasp with her hands. This Bee rattle from Mothercare is a lovely first rattle with lots of features which mean it will last well into the teething stages and has parts to help with fine motor skills when Florence is a little older too. An all round long lasting toy for just a fiver!MOTHERCARE BEE EGG RATTLE

Mothercare Rolling Balls

While, again, these are marked as suitable for six months +, we are using them slightly earlier. At the moment Florence just lookes at them and watches us play & shake them, but once she’s that bit older she’ll be able to do that herself. BABY PLAY rolling balls

Shleepy

Ah, Shleepy! This clever little comforter is jam packed with features for little ones to explore. Super soft and cuddly, his four hooves each have different textures including two sillicone ones perfect for use as a teether, as well as a dummy holding tail and being made from breathable fabric!Shleepy Baby comforter, baby play, baby sensory

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Play Mat

Your Safari play mat is probably the toy we get the most use out of as we use it several times a day. I tend to change your nappy and get you dressed after your bath on here and you often like to just chill and kick about during the day while watching the toys hang above you. It has raised petals around the outside which we use during Tummy Time.

We also have some other comforters and soft toys that we sometimes incorporate into our baby play, but those mentioned above are the toys we use the most. I’d love to know how you incorporate play into your baby’s daily routine and what’s inside your toy box!

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Florence’s Two Month Baby Update

Florence’s Two Month Baby Update

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last baby update and as the weeks are going by so so quickly these days, I’ve decided to move to monthly updates rather than weekly with other posts about our days out and such as we go […]

Florence’s 7 Week Baby Update

Florence’s 7 Week Baby Update

We’re now seven weeks into your little life and you are growing so much before our eyes. You’re officially now out of Newborn clothes and well into your 0-3m wardrobe and you now have those gorgeous little rolls on your legs everyone talks about. It […]