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Category: Toddlers

Tips for Toddler Night Waking

I am often asked about night waking in toddlers over on Instagram and so I wanted to share my top tips for helping toddlers of 12-24 months to sleep well throughout the night with you here. What we would consider to be ‘normal’ night waking behaviour for a toddler of 12 months and above The…
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Put Play in Your Day with Play Coach Claire Russell

Wonderful Claire Russell, creator of playHOORAY! is the Play Coach for parents. I interviewed her on my podcast in season 2 and wanted to share some of the brilliant ideas, tips and advice that she shared with us. She’s a Mummy of two young boys, an ex-teacher and all-round superwoman! If you don’t already, do…
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Is fear of the dark stopping your toddler from settling to sleep?

Is fear of the dark stopping your toddler from settling to sleep?

A lot of parents find that at some stage, their toddler may start to feel afraid of the dark, perhaps ask for a light to be kept on overnight or even mention nightmares. This can be a tricky time for parents to navigate as you want to support your toddler emotionally without any negative impact…
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All About Toddler Tantrums

I want to share my knowledge around toddler tantrums in this blog post to help you to feel more empowered as parents, for when the tantrums naturally arise – because they are a really normal part of a toddler’s development. Why tantrums happen I am a true believer that there is always a reason for…
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Top Tips on Toddler Eating

Toddler eating is a topic that I am often asked about on Instagram and from my 1-1 clients. I know that it is something that can have ups and downs: sometimes over holidays toddlers’ eating can take a turn, so I wanted to discuss how we can help our toddlers to get into a healthy…
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All About Play (At Home)

Laura House is the education lead at ‘Tiny’, an organisation that recruits and leads childminders. She focuses on all things play for children from 0-5. She’s also a Mum and is perfectly placed to provide us with lots of tips and ideas to encourage our children to learn through play. Heidi asked her some questions…
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The Toddler Cot to Bed Transition

Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you’ve got a beautifully sleeping baby or toddler who is in a cot and whether you worked on sleep at 3, 5, 10 months or a year you’ve got to a stage where – fingers crossed – they’re sleeping beautifully. If that is not the case then don’t be worrying…
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Toddler Tantrums

Toddler Tantrums are one of the biggest topics that I am asked about in my 1-1 and workshop work. To help you – and your toddlers – remain cool and calm during a tantrum episode, I hope some of these tips will be helpful. The first thing to be mindful of when we talk about…
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Toddler Sleep Phases

One of the first thing we start to realise about toddlers is that they are much more demanding and they want to be in control compared to when they were bundles of baby joy! This means that sleep is a completely different thing – a lot of it is very emotionally driven. Do not underestimate…
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Top Fussy Eating Tips

Having spent so much time looking after children since I was 16 years old, I have had so much experience of toddlers who are fussy eaters. What I’ve learned is what works and what doesn’t work so well with regards to encouraging little people to eat healthily. During this time I tested out various strategies…
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Encouraging Toddlers To Listen

It is really normal for toddlers not to listen. I firmly believe that reassurance is key because a lot of parents come to me and feel that their toddler is the only one who isn’t listening. I promise you that this is not the case: it’s very normal for toddlers not to listen at times.…
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Preparing for Isolation with Small Children

Preparing for Isolation with Small Children

Although the schools and nurseries are currently still open, many of you with younger children will have noticed the quick closure of many local Mum and Baby groups, baby classes and playgroups. We are being advised to stay at home unless it is necessary to go out and get food supplies. Lots with symptoms will…
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Weaning

Eating as a Family

One of the challenges I am asked about the most (sleep aside!) is fussy eating. Fussy eating is at an all-time high, with ever increasing numbers of children only eating a handful of limited foods, and it is, understandably, something which parents really worry about. The good news is that there are things you can…
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Balancing bath and beditme with a baby and toddler

Balancing bath and bedtime with a baby and toddler

Bringing a new baby into your little family bubble can be a daunting, yet exciting, experience for second time parents. The fear of how to deal with two children, when you have one child who holds your attention, starts to become real and you begin to try and work out how things will work logistically.…
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Flying with a Toddler

This week I put a post out on Instagram asking all parents who have flown with toddlers for their tips, as Rupert, the hubby and I are soon to be taking our first long haul flight together as a family (other than when we flew long haul at 4 months and he slept the entire…
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Long car journeys with babies and toddlers: tips and tricks for festive travel!

Lots of us will be facing long car journeys with babies and toddlers this Christmas and there might be that nagging feeling at the back of your mind that it’s not going to be easy. Once you’ve ticked off the Christmas shopping list, wrapped the presents, packed your bag, packed your little ones’ bags (and…
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Toddler Eating – Why Exposure is Key when Creating Good Eating Habits…

One of the most common topics I come across in my consulting work is toddlers who refuse to eat certain food types, the most common of those being vegetables or anything really that is “good” for them. Whilst refusing vegetables is a very normal stage in Toddler eating, and often occurs around 12-24 months, it…
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The Art of Fussy Eating – Toddlers at The Table

For many parents, the start of the second year means the end of night feeds, sleep regressions and the beginning of new exciting physical development stages for your toddler. However, it also marks the onset of eating problems and fussiness over food groups. Whilst it is totally normal for your child to start testing boundaries,…
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Exhausted Mummies and Tantruming Toddlers….A Survival Guide…

Exhausted Mummies and Tantruming Toddlers…A Survival Guide to your child’s second year… For the first year of your little ones life, you were totally and utterly in awe of your cute little baby – who smiled and giggled on request and slept soundly during their lunch nap which meant you had time to catch up…
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