I love swimming, but the pool at the Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich, is close to my idea of hell – it’s noisy, a bit rundown and, most importantly, it’s not really a swimming pool (although there is a bit that allows for lane swimming).
It’s a ‘leisure pool’. We went because I thought my toddler would like it.
I miscalculated – she absolutely loved it. And seeing her excitement and delight kind of got me over my own instinctive dislike of the whole experience.
So – yes – we’ll be going again soon (or more likely trying the one in Leytonstone to see how it compares).
In the last few weeks, I’ve written a few posts about some of the lovely theatre performances we’ve been lucky enough to see locally but, each time, I’ve been conscious that tickets cost a few quid and, if you’ve got several kids, it soon adds up.
A few months ago, a lovely mum friend sent me a text with a couple of things she’d booked to go to at Stratford Circus with her toddler. Being a bit of a sheep, I got some tickets for me and mine, without really reading what either event was all about – until the night before…
My little girl, like most toddlers, likes painting, but there are days when I can’t quite face removing it from the inside of her ears and rooms we haven’t even been in. So we’ve built up a collection of not-so-messy alternatives.
A few weeks ago, I blogged about a few trips we were hoping to make now Spring is here (although it’s apparently set to disappear again this weekend). Anyway, since then, we’ve met the Gruffalo in the woods and played in the Stickman playground, so it’s time to report back…
Yes, there really is a Real Nappy Week. And it’s this week, 18th-24th April. I’ll be at Idea Store Bow on Saturday 23rd with information for anyone interested – details below.
Like nearly everything in parenting, the kind of nappies you use are something everyone seems to have an opinion on… so I’m going to start by saying that SHOCK! HORROR! I’m a big fan of ‘real’ (cloth) nappies who still uses disposables some of the time.
But I volunteer to help other parents find out about real nappies, because I found it hard to get any actual information on real nappies when I had my first baby. Once we tried them, we found that they worked really well for us as a family – and not just because they’re better for the environment (way less waste, less or no plastics used, no chemicals next to baby’s skin and a reduced carbon footprint*).
So, I find that disposables are smaller to pack for a weekend away (where there may not be a washing machine on hand), and they do require a bit less thought (so I used them both times for the first few weeks of life a newborn, when frankly there is enough else to think about).
Mudlarks is the Museum in Dockland’s permanent ‘gallery’ for children. I’m not sure why this is called a gallery (key exhibits are soft play and giant lego) but it definitely entertains a toddler on a rainy day.
It’s also a fun, contained and not-too-big space, for children and their carers only, so is high up my new list of good places to go with one marauding toddler and one breastfeeding baby.