How To Throw A Dinosaur Themed Party: J’s First Birthday

As many of you will know, J turned 1 last week! We spent a long time deciding how to celebrate his birthday, and settled on 2 family parties. We live in Solihull, but my family live in London, and Luke’s family live in Stockton. Therefore, we decided to host a party at each of our parent’s homes, so that we could invite lots of family and family friends without the need for them to travel. As J is too young to tell us what sort of party he would like, we chose a theme ourselves – dinosaurs! Here’s how to throw your own dinosaur themed party:  Continue reading “How To Throw A Dinosaur Themed Party: J’s First Birthday”

BAM: Babies’ Academy of Music presents…Summer Sounds

Babies’ Academy of Music is a wonderful new group in the Midlands, presenting workshops and performances to babies and young children. Concerts that are aimed at early years are a fantastic idea, allowing little ones the opportunity to learn about and love music. BAM kindly invited us along to watch their ‘Summer Sounds’ at the MAC in Birmingham yesterday – this is what happened… Continue reading “BAM: Babies’ Academy of Music presents…Summer Sounds”

Classical Music for Children – An Introduction

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Classical music is a genre that is sometimes deemed inaccesible. It has an outdated reputation for being ‘stuffy’ and ‘boring’ and ‘old-fashioned’. This couldn’t be further from the truth! It is a genre that is rich with beautiful music, expressing every imaginable emotion, and telling so many brilliant stories throughout history. Playing classical music to young children has been proven to help with their cognitive development, to develop their imaginations, and also to produce a calming effect.  Continue reading “Classical Music for Children – An Introduction”

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Unicorn Theatre: The Baby Show

I have heard excellent things about the Unicorn Theatre in Southwark, and so was very excited to be invited along to watch The Baby Show. Many children’s shows welcome babies, but it is unusual to come across a production that has been written specifically for children so young. The Baby Show is aimed at little ones aged 6 – 18 months, and I was very curious to see how it would manage to hold the attention of so many babies! Continue reading “Unicorn Theatre: The Baby Show”

Music Activities at 12 Months Old

This is it – we’ve reached J’s first birthday! It makes me emotional just thinking about it. Someone once told me that the days are long and the months are short when you have young children, and I think this is definitely true. It feels as though this year has flown by, but equally it feels like a lifetime ago that J was newborn. I look at tiny babies now and can’t believe that he was ever so small. This month has been all about getting ready for his first birthday party, and reflecting on his first year! Continue reading “Music Activities at 12 Months Old”