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Starting School

Starting school? How did they get so big? What happened to my baby? School just seems so big and so scary! How will they possibly survive their first term? And's what more how will you survive it?...

Free Baby Knitting Patterns

Have you been cooing over the photos of the new little royal princess this weekend. I so have, she's such a cutie isn't she? And how gorgeous was that little baby bonnet and receiving blanket when Kate brought her out of the hospital?...

How to rock pregnancy

In association with Notonthehighstreet.com the first stop for mums to be! Finding out you are pregnant is such a magical moment... But then what? You've never been pregnant before... You've heard a bunch of stuff from mums who have been.... You've read up on it loads... But now it's your turn... It's all a bit out of the ordinary and you're feeling a little overwhelmed... not to mention nauseous... So Mums Make Lists has teamed up with Notonthehighstreet.com - the online store started by a mum - to bring you a guide to pregnancy. ...

Looking after kids with Chicken Pox

Chicken pox struck M three weeks back. The first two red spots appeared on a Sunday morning and by the evening they were popping up all over. Chicken Pox first appear as little red spots, but become blisters around 12 hours later. Having now Googled Chicken Pox I realised that the pesky virus could well have been the reason for M's uncharacteristic grouchiness earlier in the week. My biggest fear about the Chicken Pox virus had been dealing with the itching, something I thought was inevitable. BUT M barely felt the need to itch for the entire duration of the episode... ...

WIN! My Own Fairy Door

The Tooth Fairy is one of a trio of magical, mythical, characters who enchant little children... but until recently it's been really tough for the poor little Tooth Fairy  to sneak into kids rooms.... That was until My Own Fairy created a Fairy Door, complete with its own magic key, fairy dust and fairy club membership. Mums Make Lists has teamed up with the lovely people at My Own Fairy to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a My Own Fairy Door set to put a little fairy magic into their kiddo's life. ...

Losing Baby Teeth – The Lowdown!

My daughter, M, lost her bottom front baby teeth just before she turned five. Way early! To add to the craziness of how early it was... she also had what's known as paediatric shark teeth for a couple of weeks... Yip shark teeth... baby teeth still in place, but new adult teeth visible behind....

Motherhood 101: What You Need to Know

I did read the baby books. Honest. But stumbling through those first years of parenting I felt permanently stuck in motherhood 101. Every new milestone sent me spiralling into whole new degrees of ineptitude. How could an apparently intelligent human being get everything so horribly wrong? Know the feeling?...

Tooth Fairy Inspiration and Free Printables

Ahhh the Tooth Fairy. Along with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy is one of the most important characters in a kiddo's childhood. M was SO excited when the Tooth Fairy visited to check on her carefully wrapped up baby tooth, which she'd secreted under her pillow in a little jewellery box, complete with a note. On the advice of a friend's mum, M had asked in her note, that the Tooth Fairy simply inspect the tooth and leave it behind as a memento. The Tooth Fairy obliged and left her a hand-written note in fairy pink handwriting... and two shiny £1 coins. That's how things went with our first visit from the Tooth Fairy, but how do you go about, ahem, liaising with the Tooth Fairy, to make your kiddo's experience of her really special? We've put together some lovely Tooth Fairy inspiration and ideas, including some super free printables. ...

Breastfeeding Advice from Real Mums

Breastfeeding is wonderful. Or at least it can be wonderful! I breastfeed for 15 months and value that time so much. At its best it was the most beautiful time to be with my daughter. But first off I didn't find it easy. Anything but....

Beautiful Baby Blankets & Swaddle Cloths

Baby blankets are special. My 5 year old still takes hers to bed every night and I wore my own into pieces I loved it so much! So it is worth taking the time to find something gorgeous you'll be happy to have as a permanent member of your household :-) Luckily there are loads of beautiful baby blankets now available in contemporary colour ways rather than just the same old pink and blue. Hurrah!...

How to Help Unhappy Kids

Early this year, my 4 year old got unhappy about having to go to nursery. She was super clingy each morning and I found myself at a loss at what to "do" to help. She had good friends there and it was a lovely, warm environment which she knew well, so what was making her so unhappy ... ...

How To Get Out in the Morning

Hurry scurry. Panic. Panic. Me screeching "Commme onnn!" on loop ... Oh, I hate mornings!!! And the chaos as we struggle to get out of the door on time ... with everything we need ... ... and without tears ... or a humdinger row. More than anything, I hate my screeching. It's not just an angry demand to hurry up. It's the wail of an overwhelmed mum spinning out of control before the day's even started. ...