Category Archives: Parenting tips


What to Do With Your Baby Before They Start Walking and Talking

I’m delighted to have an article published on Red Tricycle this week. You can read the first section below, but if you want to read the whole article, why not jump over to Red Tricycle and take a look? 

Did you know that babies learn faster during their first year of life than at almost any other time? Helping your baby make the most of this wonderful learning period gives them a good foundation for their later development.

So here are 10 important things you can do with your baby before they can walk or talk, to help set them up positively for later learning.

1. Make eye contact

Even the very youngest baby instinctively responds to eye contact – when a baby is seven hours old he’s already interested in his mother’s face and may even mimic facial expressions! Looking into your baby’s eyes is a beautiful way to develop a strong emotional bond between you both.

As your baby gets older, you can begin to play games such as ‘Peep-Bo’, which helps him begin to understand the concept of hiding things, and will also produce a storm of delighted giggles.

If you’d like to know about nine more things you can do with your young baby, carry on reading at Red Tricycle.


Fabulous families child's packed lunch

How to Make Irresistible Packed Lunches for Children

There’s nothing more frustrating than opening your child’s packed lunch box at the end of the day, only to discover that most of their packed lunch is still inside it! How can you create healthy lunches that your child will love and avoid having a box full of left-overs?

Don’t overestimate what your child can eat

Research has shown that a child’s stomach is roughly the size of their fist. Take a moment to think about their fist and you’ll see it takes up less space than you think. So make sure the lunch you prepare doesn’t look too overwhelming for a small child. Lots of smaller items look more attractive than a couple of large sandwiches and a huge apple.


Fabulous Families Child cooking

Healthy Packed Lunches for Children: How to Involve Your Child

We all know that children can be notoriously fussy eaters and there’s nothing more depressing than having their lunchbox come home almost as full as it was in the morning. So how can you get your children to eat more of their packed lunch? Of course, there are no magic solutions, but involving children in making decisions about their packed lunches will help them to feel more positive about them. These tips will show you how.


Fabulous families taking great photos of your child

5 Tips for Getting Great Photos of Your Child

From the moment your child is born, you’ll want to take photos, as a memento or maybe to share with others. No doubt you will take dozens, recording all the important (and less important) moments of their lives. But sometimes you may want to take photos that are a little bit special, rather than everyday shots. So how can you make your photos different from the run-of-the-mill snaps you so often see? These tips may help you to take some extra-special photos of your child.

1. Preparation is essential

The most important step in getting great photos is to get your child used to the camera. Naturally, there will be times when you want them to pose for a photo, but if you photograph them often when they are playing or involved in an activity, they will soon get used to the camera, and not feel self-conscious being photographed. This can help you get get a really natural feel if you are aiming for some informal photos.