Lots of ideas for a birthday party…

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When you become a parent one of the tricky things that starts appearing into your life planner once a year is the dilemma of your child’s birthday party.

You want them to have a great time to remember and celebrate something they like a lot as children, growing up (!), but at the same time you may feel overwhelmed to invite and entertain 20 kids in your tiny flat or be concerned they will destroy your house or garden!

Here are a few local ideas I used for my kids. They were born in the spring but weather is always a question mark in the UK so I used lots of indoor options as well 🙂

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Finding the right clothes for your baby

You have been waiting for this moment for the past 9 months! OK, so now you have your little bundle of joy in front of you, out of your bump, all naked and cold so how are you going to dress them?

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At the time I had to get my baby’s bag ready for their arrival to bring in hospital with me I had no idea if I would have a tiny baby or a big one (I did not even know the gender to help me!). Hence I chose 2 outfits size 1 months and 2 of size 0-3 months, just in case those did not fit. But when I first became mother, I found the baby clothes sizing in general a nightmare: way too big or soon too small, I had not bought enough of a particular type of baby grow or I had too many of very cute but non at all practical outfits.

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Planning to get pregnant? Plan it well :-)

Just a few things to think about before you plan to have a baby ❤

Medical conditions. Check that your vaccinations are up to date with a pre pregnancy blood test to see if you are immune to those disease that can cause unborn babies to have serious birth defects, such as Rubella or Toxoplasmosis (if you are the owner of a cat for instance), and make sure not to conceive until your immunity is confirmed once again by a new blood test after you vaccinate against them. Lately, you may be offered to also have a whooping cough vaccination during your pregnancy to protect your baby in their first few week’s life.You may want to have a screen for disorders such as Thalassaemia.

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Birthday and Christmas presents for boys and girls up to the age of 3

If you need a few ideas for some special occasions presents, such as a birthday or at Christmas time, for your first child or for a grandchild, a niece, or your best friend’s little boy, here are a few suggestions all between 0 and 3 years of age 🙂

Outdoor presents

I find it quite nice that both my kids were born at the end of the spring, which makes my preferred choice for a birthday present any outdoor related activity. Of course kids need fresh air even during winter, so I am sure those can just do the trick, even if your child was born in autumn or towards the end or the beginning of the year. The good thing is that the gender does not matter: boy or girl, they will have so much fun on those going to the park!

1. From 10 months onwards (£50+): the smart trike

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Looking for alternative educational systems…

If you want some ideas here are a few:

Montessori in early education (our chosen children’s nursery between 1 and 3 years old is a Montessori one);

Steiner system (we have been considering this option if our son does not get into a primary school of our preference);

Bilingual schools (such as French, German or Italian, though I am not sure about the existence of other languages… Usually private so you need to consider if affordable for your household).

For once, I have just thrown some suggestions out there, I will let you study your options more into details by yourselves 😉

Childcare vouchers – What they are and how to use them

If you are new to having a child you may not know why would you want to ask your employer for childcare vouchers.

Definition.

Childcare vouchers are a specific amount of money (up to £243 per salary at the moment) that every parent (mother, father or both separately) may ask to be deducted from their gross salary (before taxes are paid) to use to pay their kid’s childcare provider (child-minders, nurseries, school breakfast and afternoon clubs, leisure centers holiday clubs).

Benefits.

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