Category Archives: At home

Fencing for safety…and sanity…

As BabyBoy and BabyGirl hurtle closer to their third birthday I’ve been wondering…it is time to stop the childproofing?

Our house is a mass of fences and gates. Gates to keep them out of certain rooms. Fences to keep breakables out of reach and to discourage indoor parkour. Continue reading

Guest Post: Multiple Mama in Hong Kong

Today afterninemonths hosts a guest post from Multiple Mama with ‘A Day in the Life of a Expat Twin Mum in Hong Kong’.

It’s 6.30am and squeals of laughter are coming through the baby monitor that’s on the nightstand.  Not that the monitor is totally necessary given the lack of sound insulation in Hong Kong apartments. Multiple Mama’s boy/girl twins are awake and playing peekaboo with each other through the bars of their cots.  Another day in the life of a multiple mummy in Hong Kong begins. Continue reading

The Grandparent Files – The Hot Tea Debacle

A teacup on a saucer.

A teacup on a saucer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, seriously, you’ve brought up a child. You’ve ‘been there, done that’ in terms of toddlerhood (supposedly). So why why why do you continue to do things which are, lets face it, downright dangerous when you’ve got little people in the house?

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Another simple, but great, toy

Week 45 - An Old English Post Box

Week 45 – An Old English Post Box (Photo credit: letscommunicate)

A while ago I wrote about how sometimes the simplest toys are the best ones.  One of BabyBoy and BabyGirl’s christmas presents makes this point again.

They received an ELC Wooden Post Box (I’ve attached a link to the ELC webpage as I couldn’t find an exact picture of it, but for those who don’t want to click away, it’s basically a toy version of the picture on the right). This is a very simple toy. A square box, with a slot to post five wooden letters into, and a hinged door at the front that can be opened to retrieve the letters. There is also a hole at the back through which letters can be retrieved too.

I love this toy because I had a similar one when I was a child, but I didn’t seriously think it would entertain BabyBoy and BabyGirl for very long. After all, it has no buttons to press, no flashing lights, no sing-a-long music.

But every day, without fail, they pull it out and play with it. Continue reading

Wind-up toys, the bane of my existence

A lovely person gave BabyBoy and BabyGirl a wind-up TV, the kind that you wind up and then a picture moves across the ‘screen’. They’ve have been around for years and years. I was thrilled when I saw it as I had one as a child and loved it.

BabyBoy and BabyGirl also love it. There is a problem however – they are not yet able to wind it up themselves, so they call for Multimummy to do it again and again and again and again… Each winding only lasts about a minute. This is not conducive to getting dinner on the table.

So as Christmas approaches a note to all toy-shoppers out there: I don’t recommend buying such a toy for any child who can’t wind it themselves. Mummy will not thank you.

Deck the Walls

Here’s an idea – put this high enough on your wall and no need to worry about a toddler or two attempting to pull a tree over…

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Love Christmas trees but don’t have the space or time to take care of a real one? Deck your walls instead! Below are some unique and neat ideas. There’s still time…

Images roundup from my Pinterest board, Holiday.

Click on image for source. 

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I may consider doing this next yr. Would you?

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Nursing Nightwear

I’ve had many different nightdresses throughout my pregnancy and breastfeeding days. But the ones with the most longevity have to be Mothercare’s Blooming Marvellous Maternity Nightshirts.

These are not the most flattering, but they’re 100% cotton so they’re cool and easy to wash. They have front poppers to allow you to feed (no fiddly clips to try and maneuver with one hand while holding on to a newborn). They are airy so they won’t rub against a healing c-section scar. And they cover you up (unlike strappy ones) , so you can get out of bed and lounge around the house knowing that should the doorbell ring unexpectedly or your father-in-law happen to traipse past you don’t have to struggle into your dressing gown with a wriggly baby screaming the place down.
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