Exercise ideas to fit around childcare

Exercise makes me feel SO much better, especially when I’m stiff and achey from carrying small children all day – but it’s hard to find time to do any… Even if you can hand the kids to someone else for a while, it’s rarely long enough or often enough to travel to and work out at a gym or exercise class, especially in the early months with a new baby.
So I’ve been looking for ways to work out at home in whatever snatches of time I can get when the kids are asleep. Here are my two favourites. Any suggestions, please share in the comments!

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Valentines Park

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Valentines Mansion (photo: valentines mansion.com)

If you fancy a change of scene, I can recommend Valentines Park, which includes Valentines Mansion and Gardens. I admit I’d never heard of it myself until it was recommended to me and we’ve been a couple of times recently.

I feel like I should have known about it already though – not least because it was the third placed London park in the People’s Choice Awards 2015 (our very own Vicky park has been the winner for the last two years).

It’s actually a huge park and two visits haven’t been enough to see the whole thing, but here are some highlights.

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The Museum of London

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The Museum of London, Barbican. Photo: urban75.org

Unlike its sister museum, the Docklands Museum, the Museum of London doesn’t have a dedicated area for toddlers, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit. It’s one of the places that’s on our list when a rainy weekend comes.

Why?

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Two more soft plays

I’m sure we should be basking in the sunshine, but it hasn’t really worked out that way. Rachel’s posted about some lovely things to do and places to visit on rainy days. And  I thought I’d mention a couple of soft play centres that we’ve visited recently that might make a rainy day with a toddler bearable.

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Why I’m looking forward to yet more rain

June has been a bit of a washout so far, and the rain looks set to continue next week. Much as I love the ease of looking after kids in sunny weather, when just going to the park with a picnic can keep everyone happy, I’m actually looking forward to some of the activities I’ve been saving for a rainy day. So here are four of them:

Space-themed playdough

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Image from theimaginationtree.com

 

A while ago I read about this brilliant space-themed playdough idea at the learning-through-play blog The Imagination Tree. Continue reading “Why I’m looking forward to yet more rain”

Tower Hamlets Breastfeeding Support Service under threat

I should have already written a post to let you know how good this service is. If you live in Tower Hamlets, you currently have access to one of the best breastfeeding support services in the country, provided by Tower Hamlets Babies are Born to Breastfeed. Drop-in support groups are available all week at different Children’s Centres; you can get one-to-one support from a breastfeeding expert in hospital and at home; and there is a specialist tongue-tie clinic and tongue-tie breastfeeding support group at the Royal London. See below for how you can keep it this way… Continue reading “Tower Hamlets Breastfeeding Support Service under threat”

What to do with two?

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This was the biggest question in my head before Little B was born, and now I’ve had 3 months of being outnumbered by small people, I’ve built a bit of a list.

But first of all: if you’re expecting baby number 2 and terrified at the idea of your first outnumbered day, be reassured. Getting out of the house with a newborn and a toddler is surprisingly okay if you pick the right place to go, and I found it a lot easier than staying home in the early days.

The basic principles for a trip out with two are always the same. You want somewhere your toddler can have (energetic) fun safely, even if you have to stop to breastfeed or change baby. This means, ideally, an enclosed space with lots of toddler entertainment.

Ideally you also want something to fascinate baby, especially as he gets older and wants to do more than stare into your eyes in between all the feeds, naps and nappies…

So, here are my top 5 things to do out and about when you’ve a baby and toddler to entertain solo. (More soon on stay-at-home play for two.)

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