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Plans for Florence’s First Birthday

Plans for Florence’s First Birthday

So here we are in May. Where on earth has the last year gone? I remember this time last year so clearly – I had just begun maternity leave and we were making the final preparations for Florence’s arrival. Now, in just 3 weeks, our […]

5 More Simple Baby Play Ideas

5 More Simple Baby Play Ideas

I’ve had so many lovely messages about my last baby play post that I thought I’d share another five simple baby play ideas with you guys. What’s in the bag? Whenever my Mum comes to visit, the first thing Florence does is empty her handbag […]

5 Simple Baby Play Activities

5 Simple Baby Play Activities

Since having Florence, I have become passionate about play. I have loved seeing how, even from an early age, Florence has learned new skills and understandings through playing and today I wanted to share with you 5 simple baby play activities that you can do with your little one without needing anything you don’t probably already have at home.

Ball Baskets

Florence loves balls! We have a basket of balls of all different types and sizes and it’s the first thing I grab when we need a quick play activity. We practice rolling them, throwing them, bouncing them, putting them in and out of the basket and sometimes even the dog joins in for a little game of fetch! Ball games are a brilliant introduction to physical play and a great way to develop hand eye coordination and gross motor skills.

Pots & Pans Band

Babies love making noise and this super simple baby play is always a winner in our house. Plus it’s free as everyone has at least one saucepan and a wooden spoon in their kitchen and honestly, that is all you need! You can add a few more pots or pans or musical instruments in to the mix  if you want to.  

Helping with the laundry

This is hands down one of the best buyers of time for when you just need to get stuff done – ie laundry! I actually happened upon it by accident, I popped Florence down in the laundry basket for a quick second and she busied herself with the pegs for ages! Taking them in and out of the beg basket, clipping them on to the side, putting them all back in.

Colander Hedgehog

All you need for this is a colander and a pack of pipe cleaners or straws. Poke the pipe cleaners through the holes of the upside down colander and encourage your baby to pull them out and poke them back in again. Simple as that and it keeps Florrie’s little fingers busy for a while. I often name the colors of the pipe cleaners as she picks one up.

Explore the Garden

Now that the weather is showing signs of improving we are getting out into the garden a lot more. Florence loves being outside and we are currently in the middle of making our garden a lovely little toddler friendly play space. Simply having free roam to explore and take in everything the great outdoors has to offer is perhaps the simplest sensory play a little one could need. Florence likes tickling the flowers and picking up the stones & sticks to examine.

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A First Birthday Wishlist

A First Birthday Wishlist

Today, Florence turned 11 months and I am finding it quite hard to believe just how close we are to Florence turning one! We are busy making plans to celebrate a year of Florence Ivy in style and today has been all about searching out […]

Bibetta x Annabel Karmel UltraBib Review

Bibetta x Annabel Karmel UltraBib Review

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about meal times with a little one it’s that there is no chance any of you are getting out clean! I cannot tell you how many of her outfits now don a lovely orange stain so we now often […]

Florence’s First Shoes – We’re Dotty for Dotty Fish

Florence’s First Shoes – We’re Dotty for Dotty Fish

Choosing the first pair of shoes for Florence is a milestone I have been so excited about. We all have that photo of our first shoe shopping trip as a little one up against the Clarkes shop wall wearing our first ever shoes don’t we? I think my Mum still has my first pair of little hard soled patent black Mary Jane’s in which I took my first steps. Florence seemingly getting more and more confident on her feet as the days go by. She is an absolute whizz on her walker, zooming around like a woman on a mission and when she’s reached her destination, just lets go and stands alone to clap / eat / wave before zooming off again. She’s been ‘Spider-Man’ crawling around with her feet on the ground rather than her knees and she’s starting to attempt to stand up from sitting. Something tells me it is not going to be long before she is running around at speed! And so, of course, with my visions of summer now including a toddling toddler roaming free while out and about, it’s time she had her very own first pair of shoes. I have taken a different approach to choosing her first shoes than many and instead,  have opted for a beautiful pair of soft soled slip ons designed with what babies really need in mind when it comes to keeping their feet as healthy and can be, from Dotty Fish.

Dotty Fish Baby Shoes

Research from most recent years has turned the idea that hard & sturdy soled shoes are best for new walkers on it’s head, and instead suggest that it is more beneficial for baby’s to be barefoot for as much and as long as possible. Obviously, once these little ones of ours are on the move in full force, it’s not always practical to keep them barefoot 24/7, and so Dotty Fish have designed a range of beautiful soft soled baby shoes jam packed with all of the features to help keep little feet as healthy as possible.
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They’re available in a variety of colourful and adorable designs (we chose these gorgeous daisy ones!) that not only compliment any outfit but are eye catching for little ones. They are made from a breathable buttery soft leather with a super soft tan sole making them lightweight and flexible to help promote healthy and natural movement as well as an elasticated trim to stop them falling off – always a bonus! The wide front area and thin soles help little ones grip the floor in the same way they would when barefoot.

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We adore these little Dotty Fish shoes so much that I have since ordered another two pairs. They seem incredibly comfortable, are hard wearing (Florence has worn this pair every day since they arrived and they’re still in a beautiful condition) and at only £8.99 +p&p, I think they are an absolute bargain!

 

*We were sent a pair of Dotty Fish baby shoes in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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BabyBjorn One Baby Carrier Review

BabyBjorn One Baby Carrier Review

Before I had Florence, I never really saw myself as a baby wearer. If I am honest, it scared me a little. I was terrified of the idea that I might fall while wearing her or that somehow she would fall out. That was until […]

Florence is 10 months old

Florence is 10 months old

It’s bee a while since I wrote your last update and my goodness, as I look back we’ve had quite a few months! You have come on leaps and bounds over the last twelve weeks and are becoming more toddler and less baby by the […]