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All About Being an Auntie and Buying Gifts for Your Niece or Nephew

Being an auntie is so much fun! You don’t have to be the one that disciplines them or grounds them. You just get to be the fun auntie that they want to hang out with. When it comes to birthdays and Christmases, I can go a little overboard. I know it isn’t about the presents and more about presence. But it is so nice seeing their face light up with a gift that you have given them. There can be things that I see when I’m out and about, and it just makes me think of them. Their parents are going to get them the standard gifts and the things that they ask for. So getting them something fun and special is so nice for me. Not too annoying and noisy, though. You know you’ll get payback from that from their parents one day!

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When your sibling is expecting a baby, there might be quite a few things that you want to get them. Everyone is excited for a new baby, and it is nice to be able to help out. I think it is a good idea to check with the parents first, though. Going out and just buying something without checking might be a bit of a no-no. They will more than likely want to shop and browse for things like baby cots themselves. You could always contribute to it, though. Things like nappies, wipes, and burp cloths are always a winner. Noone is ever going to be mad at getting them as a gift!

A baby shower is always a good indicator of things that they might like. Some people register for gifts, so it is handy to be able to get things that they definitely want. It is also a nice idea to throw a baby shower as a gift before the baby arrives. It is such a special time, and a baby shower is a great memory to have; especially if it is their first baby.

When the baby is born, then the fun auntie duties can begin! Quite often the parents will have everything that they need by then. Some of the best things you could do for them is to offer to babysit. Sometimes it might even be that they are in at home, but you just take over while they have a nap. The tiredness can be overwhelming for first-time parents, and that type of ‘gift’ is worth its weight in gold. Other thoughtful gifts could include making a meal for them or just heading over with chocolate. A new mum would love a little pamper time. You could buy them some food shopping or just come over to clean the house a little for them. Gifts of time are a great idea and mean a lot to new parents.

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When it gets to the baby getting a little older, then it is time to get all of the fun gifts and trips out. For up to their first birthday, they are learning quite a lot all the time. There is still a physical limit of all that they can do. So getting something like a walker is a great idea. They can navigate their way around the house, and it will help them to learn to walk. Things like building blocks are a great idea too. It will help their fine motor skills and development. Pull along toys are a great idea as they will be learning to walk and can drag it along with them. They look so cute being able to pull a little toy along with them.

For preschool age, craft kits are a great idea for little ones. They love to get a little messy and creative. It is great for their development too. Painting is a great idea; pretty much anything that they can cut and stick. A sticker book or a little chalkboard easel is a great idea. If it encourages them to make an organised mess rather than making a mess on a wall, it is onto a winner with everyone!

When they get to school age, there is a whole world of things that they will need or be into. First of all, if you want there to be nice to your sibling and their other half, you could offer to help out with the cost of school things. For your niece or nephews birthday, you could get things that foster their interests and hobbies. Quite often they have an interest in dinosaurs or in space, so you could get things that go along with those themes. At school age, children may be interested in collecting things. It could be Star Wars figurines or anything Disney related. Adding to their collection pretty much makes you the most awesome auntie ever.

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Books are always a winner with school aged children. Start off with books that they will be able to read. Then they can build up and move on to different and trickier books. Rhyming books are a great way to help them learn words and sounds, so Dr. Seuss books could be a good place to start.

As they get even older, gifts that allow them to risk a little are a good idea. Now hear me out, I’m not talking about any super extreme. Things like a chemistry set are a good way to allow them to learn. But they can experience a little risk in the things that they are making. Though not real risk really.

Trips out are always a fun thing to do with your niece or nephew. It is something that you will both look forward to. Think about trips to the zoo, a day at the farm or even the beach. Having family members that they are close with is so important. Quite often there might be things that they don’t want to talk to their parents to. But if you build up a close relationship with them they should be able to share these types of things with you.

Little Party Parcels – Kids party bag fillers review

How hard is it every year to try and find things to fill kids party bags, that are unique and not cheap and tacky?

I know with my nephew when we have organised and planned his parties it has been so difficult to find things to fill up the party bags and even harder as he got older.

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When https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/ contacted me and asked if I wanted to review their party bag fillers I immediately said yes.  They do an incredible selection of lots of different items for all ages which is perfect if you’ve got young children/ babies in your family and you don’t want to leave them out.

There is something for everyone from this company, it’ll save you walking around the shops and there not been enough of one product in stock or over buying because there’s only a set amount in a pack and even better you can do it in the comfort of your home and it won’t break the bank.

The products are of good quality and will make great party bag fillers.  The fact you can make up your own party bag as well as ordering a pre – filled one is just perfect too.

For my nephew’s birthday we will certainly be using this company again and when I have a family of my own I will carry on using them and also I will spread the word to everyone I know with kids to start looking here for party bag goodies to save time and money.

For more information don’t forget to visit their website https://littlepartyparcels.co.uk/

* I received these products for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Baby Show NEC Birmingham Review

I was given the opportunity to go to the Baby show at the NEC Birmingham which ran from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May.  I went last year as well with my sister in Law.

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I decided to take my friend with me and we headed out  to the show on the Saturday, we arrived around 10am and it was already starting to fill up.  When we first walked in you could see how many different brands had come from all over to be there for the weekend. Some of the larger well known brands that I saw were, and many more.

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There were a lot more brands some I had heard of some I hadn’t. Plus some smaller brands.  I had a chat with some of the lovely people who were exhibiting to get more background on their businesses and what they had to offer.

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There was so much going on throughout the day, talks, cat walk shows, freebies and even the odd celebrity, but sadly I never met any of them.

Because I was press I was given the opportunity to meet and chat to the lovely people at Nuby and My little Duckling to find out more about their products.

Nuby have recently released a new bottle for newborns called the Nuby Natural Touch 360˚.

COMING SOON! NEW 360 Anti Relfux and Colic Bottles - Boy

NEW Nûby Natural Touch 360˚, is a revolutionary bottle designed for babies with reflux and colic symptoms.

  1. Reduces Reflux – as the weighted straw allows baby to feed in the upright position until the last drops of the feed.
  2. Combats Colic – with three advanced anti-colic valves which help prevent vacuum build up inside the bottle and avoids baby swallowing air.
  3. Allows 360˚ Any Angle Feeding – baby can latch-on at any angle around the teat and parents can feed in any position or hold that feels right.
  4. 9/10 Baby Accepted Teat – compatible with the baby-accepted multi-award winning* Natural Touch breast-like teats (2 pack at just £3.99).

Priced at just £12.99 – I think this is really good value.  * I was gifted a set of these bottles.

I was also gifted this gorgeous unisex set of 6 bottles – Aren’t they just gorgeous.

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Later on it was time to meet the lovely people at My Little Duckling, they are a company that bring beautiful, fun and imaginative sets dedicated for babies and toddlers. Their products were an adorable array of all different styles, designs and colours.  I was asked if I wanted a set to review, It was hard to choice just one as they were all just wonderful but eventually with some help chose this one.

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Here it is modelled by my little assistant

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We then decided to stop for some lunch and have a little rest.  After lunch we then walked back round to make sure we hadn’t missed any stores.My friend was looking for a baby carrier.

Finally Tommee Tippee was the last largest store I visited with my friend as she wanted to look round.  I spoke to a lovely lady there who spotted my press wrist band so I handed my business card to them and out of the blue she gave me one of their new “Ultra” Bottles and some milestone cards.

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RRP is £8.99

Facts about the Ultra

  • The revolutionary new Ultra bottle has an extra-wide silicone teat, shaped like a breast offering baby a natural latch, making it easy to switch between breast and bottle feeding.
  • The Ultra teat has a contour zone at the base of the teat which forms a perfect seal with baby’s mouth, reducing the risk of air intake and preventing messy dribbles.
  • A unique, angled teat allows the milk to flow smoothly from the bottle whilst you baby remains in a comfortable upright position, no more tipping baby to reach the last part of the feed.
  • The Ultra bottle delivers you a natural breast-like latch, a perfectly secure seal and angled position for a continuous milk flow resulting in a perfect feeding experience
  • Ultra, the only baby bottle you will ever need. For the ultimate latch, seal and flow!

Key Features

* Breast-like shape for a natural latch and easy switching between breast and bottle

* Contour zone on teat allows for a secure seal reducing air intake and dribbles

* Revolutionary, offset teat angles the bottle for a smooth milk flow

* Unique, ergonomic bottle shape for greater comfort and bottle control

* Super-sensitive teat eliminates excessive air flow

* BPA-free for your ultimate reassurance

* Suitable from birth

* Ultra teats are compatible with the Ultra bottle base only

To find out more about their products visit their website on http://www.tommeetippee.co.uk/

There was so many different companies, We could have stayed there all day.

We finally left after spending 5 hours there, but what a lovely day me and my friend had, will defiantly go again.

*I was given complimentary Tickets to the show, all thoughts and opinions are my own.