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Splish, Splosh, Sundays

– Relaxed and enjoyable swimming classes for babies from 6 weeks (N11)

metm9.gifButterfly, breast-stroke or doggy paddle. What’s your favourite style? Give your tot a head-start in the swimming stakes – and get ready for your break in the Winter Sun – with Ann’s Swimming Club.

Tots from 6 weeks old enjoy being in the water – and you (or your partner) will too. The weekly 30 minutes classes go by in a flash as you dance and swim to different nursery rhymes all the while learning important lessons for the water-borne. You’ll love watching your tot learn to hold on to the bar. Or thrill to see your little one under water. (Babies are excellent swimmers due to their diving reflexes.) The relaxed atmosphere and Ann’s wise and caring manner make this an excellent place to learn (and to have fun!).

The new term has started so contact Ann on  07885 027 489  to arrange for your little butterfly to get some wings.

Classes are on Sunday mornings at St John’s Primary School, Crescent Road, Friern Barnet N11 3LB (where the North Circular makes for easy access) and cost £56 for a term (exact price may vary depending on the length of the term) or £10 for an individual session. Times depend on your tot’s age.

What Mini says:
I’m a natural, darling, a real water baby.

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Boo Hoo!

London-Mums_Halloween-Babies– Halloween and Half-Term

Boo Hoo! No doubt a familiar nocturnal sound in your home of late as your little night owl calls you to welcome the witching hour.

And while the sleep exhaustion may have you seeing double, you’ve yet to come across a supernatural sightings. Or so you think …

Are you so sure those Boo Hoos are not the call of ghosts and ghouls? Think eerie nights and big frights.

Find the perfect place for your little Pumpkin this Halloween. Saturday 31st October is the ideal night for some frightful(ly cheesy) family fun.

Use’s Directory of Halloween Events to decide where you’ll be. And, let the trick or treating begin …

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Month of Sundays

– What to do this October

London-LeavesYou’re so busy tracking Junior’s development month by month, you haven’t pencilled in any plans for your own social calendar. Don’t let the month of October roll on without taking note of some of the fabulous family-friendly affairs we’ve found for you.

Take note

Start tomorrow off on a good footing, with the fantastic Children’s Party at soft-play Gambado, all in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. With s special pre-schooler’s party in the morning, and an afternoon tea from 4pm, this is one time you really can have your cake and eat it. 

Someone of Note

For an utterly amazing time, join Clarice Bean and Lauren Child at the V & A this Sunday for an awesome adventure through the V&A.

Make a Mental Note

On 10 and 11 October, take the tot to the family open weekend at the Museum of Transport’s Depot in Acton for action-packed transport tales and railway rhymes.

Swap Notes

With One Little Word, thespians can head to the Lyric in W6 or the Arts Depot in N12 to enjoy this tale of two friends who both want to be captain of the ship. Sounds familiar.

With choices like this, you may be wishing for a month of Sundays. 

What Mini says:

There’s no question that my mummy’s my flavour of the month, month after month.

Click here to see our listing of Family Fun for Londoners this October.

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Games on the Green

MumstheBlog have put together this lovely list of games to play outdoors. We’re sure you don’t need any inspiration to be outside! But it would be nice to involve Junior in a little game or two so you can get on with that all-important day-dreaming!

Click here to decide which games you’d like to be playing …

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Summer Break

We’ll be back on 9 September 2009 when we’ll be bringing you even more fabulous things, reviews of the best classes and terrific ideas of places to go and things to do with you tot.

Have a happy and sunny Summer!

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London-Mums_Baby-Bib– Ideas for a Summer’s day in London  

Summertime. And the livin’, they say, is easy. Well, maybe not that easy in a post-Crunch, pre-green shoot London.

In an economy like this, the fish aren’t the only things that are jumpin’. My mummy’s nerves are all over the place …

It’s all good and well if your daddy’s rich (now that would be telling …), but unless he’s a Goldman’s man, you may want to check out some of the free events listed in our August Calendar. Like meeting the Little Princess this Tuesday, or heading to the V&A Museum of Childhood on a Friday afternoon for a fabulous line-up of activities: from Circus, Circus to Smoke & Mirrors, it seems they’ve got the City worked out. (Click here to see our August listing.)

And the cotton (well, maize actually) is high at Willows Farm. (But if that’s too far for you, try one of the city farms closer to your square mile.)

Sounds perfect for you and your good lookin’ mamma.

What Moi says:

And if it continues to be rainy, we can always spend the morning at a soft play area. So hush little baby, don’t you cry.

Click here to see our listing of family-friendly events and fun this August.

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Travels with Your Tot

– Our Guide to Travelling with Your Tot

metm9With Mini in tow, the days of a starting a holiday with a leisurely shop in duty free and a G&T (or two) on the flight are well and truly over but, with just a little bit of preparation, holidays with your little travel companion can still be enjoyable and relaxing!

Have Bag, Will Travel!

Be the leader of the pack with a super-organized travel bag.  Make things easier to find by packing these 4 smaller bags to put into your main bag:

  • A ‘Goodie Bag’ with a selection of toys, books and a favourite teddy.
  • A ‘Nappy Bag’ with nappies, wipes, cream, tissues and a change mat.  Always pack at least 2 more nappies than you think you’ll need.
  • A ‘Snack Bag’ with water, milk and meals for your tot, along with healthy treats packed in small sandwich bags, perfect for tot-sized hands.
  • A ‘Clothes Bag’ with a change of clothes and spare bibs for Mini and a spare top for you.  Pack a favourite blanket so Mini can snuggle up if cold or stretch out in the airport lounge. 

Don’t forget a few sealable plastic bags to tie up used nappies and wet clothes. 

Super Suitcase

To ensure Mini’s holiday luggage packs a punch, factor on two outfits per day. Here are some top tips:

  • Layering clothes is the best way to manage changing temperatures. 
  • Swimsuits with SPF protection are a must for hot holidays, and sunscreen and hats are necessary regardless of the destination.
  • Stock up on washable bibs and pack a portable high chair.  
  • To stop the new time zone getting the better of Mini’s bedtime routine, take small bottles of her favourite baby wash and lotion before tucking her up in a travel cot (which will double up as a safe play area in the daytime). (Also, stock up on your favourite jet lag remedy.) 
  • Most hotel rooms or villas will need childproofing.  The usual culprits of plug sockets, long curtains and electrical cords will need attention.  Masking tape and pipe cleaners offer a quick fix for most danger zones.
  • Finally, don’t forget a first aid kit in case of bumps, scrapes and pesky mosquito bites.

Flying High with Mini

A happy Mini means a happy Moi (and fellow passengers!).  Take a team trip to the loo just before you board the plane then, with your super organized travel bag, you can both look forward to a top flight.   If Mini is traveling on your lap, a baby carrier or sling is a great way for you both to relax and sleep safely. 

Smart Mums board the plane last to minimize the time your bundle of energy is cooped up on the plane.  On boarding, put a pack of baby wipes in the seat pocket, grab a bottle and/or dummy to relieve ear pressure at take off and landing, then sit back with Mini and her favourite toy and relax.

And Finally……

Don’t forget your camera to capture the magical moments holidaying with your tot (see our Mini Manual on how to take fabulous photos!)  

What Mini says:

Sounds like our holiday will be ‘plane’ sailing! 

If you enjoyed this article, see’s Mini Manuals for Practical Tips of Life with a Baby:

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