Music for Children and Babies – “Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together”

il_570xN.599124787_eee7

*Image taken from WalterMartinMusic Etsy Shop

We’ve all heard the classics….

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands….

Row row row your boat….

Five little ducks went swimming one day….

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Lets be honest. These are 99.99% for baby’s enjoyment and we are more than tired of singing them over and over! It’s definitely time for something different. For the sake of your sanity.

Though not specifically a children’s’ album Walter Martin’s ‘We’re all young together’ is playful, mischievous and full of fun (read a full description here). It’s now a firm favourite of ours (we even had our first dance at our wedding to ‘Sing to me’!).

Give it a listen on Spotify and let us know what you think!

What’s your favourite music to share with your little one?

F x

Advertisements

Liebster Award!

liebster-award1-300x300

Thank you so much to What Happened to my body for nominating me for the Liebster award! I’m so excited to be able to get to know more about my fellow bloggers. (I’m super new to this game!)

Now part of the nominees responsibilities is to do the following:

Liebster Award Rules

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you (check!)But thanks again to What happened to my body!
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 300ish followers and link them.
  • Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

Now to answer the questions 

1. What are you really really good at?

Being semi good at lots of things. I have a good ability to learn new things, so i can do a lot. but I rarely have the patience to master them! I guess crocheting and playing the trumpet are my real strengths.

2 .What did you want to be when you grow up?

In chronological order; an air hostess, a teacher, a policewoman, a nurse, a professional musician, a music therapist… now, i just want to be a good mum and I’ll figure the rest out in a few years!

3. What’s your favourite procrastination tool?

Crochet and Knitting! “Ok, hang on, let me just finish this line and ill stop….” Yeah right!

4. 1 Ply, 2 Ply or 3 Ply?

No real preference here! I like to experiment with a variety!

5. What’s your biggest blogging achievement?

Setting one up. And posting on it! (Baby steps,eh?)

6. What’s your biggest blogging challenge?

To continue to post worthwhile content and to get to know my followers!

7. What does a normal day in your life look like?

Baby, feed, play, nap, lather rinse repeat! And i wouldn’t change it for the world!

8. What makes you unique?

I have webbed toes. Its not as weird as it sounds. And no, my mother is not my auntie.

9. What is your favourite way to recover from a long and bad day?

Always, always a long bath and an early night. Not that i get much of a chance nowadays.

10. How do you shut off the world around you to concentrate on your blog?

I don’t, who knows maybe I should? I’m a multitasker (i hope!) but i do update drafts as and when i can so i don’t forget any ideas i have. Thank god for smartphones!

11. What 2 words best describe you?

I would like to nominate…

Like Dreamers Doo

Slender Threads

Inspiring Kids

Slow mum in Cambridge

Nathalie Hunter

Preggo My Eggo

Worthington Ave

To answer to following 11 questions.

1. Where about’s in the world are you living?

2. What are you most proud of?

3. Tell us something embarrassing about yourself..

4. How long have you been blogging?

5. What made you start a blog?

6. Who is your idol?

7. How is your life now compared to what you expected it to be as a child?

8. Whats your biggest passion?

9. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

10. Rich and lonely, or surrounded by love but poor?

11. Red wellie or yellow wellie?Is it welly or wellie?

liebster-award4-e1361373936960

Sleep Secrets – Ewan the Dream Sheep

231141258

Ewan the Dream Sheep (Can be purchased here for £29.95)

Ewan the Dream Sheep is a cuddly sheep that emits pink noise (Around 125Hz) and a lullaby to your baby to help them sleep. Choose from three different pink noise settings, or a lullaby by pressing each of Ewan’s feet. The pink noise, alongs with Ewan’s soft pink glow aims to replicate the conditions that your little one would be used to in the womb – therefore settling your baby to sleep.

I have to say that Ewan has been a lifesaver in our household, at 5 months old Alice is still using it every bed time and nap time, and i would say it is well worth the £29.95 that we paid for it. The only downside i can really find is that the pink noise is emitted for 20 minutes, so i sometime find myself sneaking into Alice’s room to put Ewan back on – this can get a little tedious! A little warning though, three batteries are used and they tend to only last about three weeks!

Now I know that not everyone can justify spending this money (If it wasn’t for money given to Alice when she was born then we might not have invested!) I really recommend this free app:

aHR0cDovL2EyLm16c3RhdGljLmNvbS91cy9yMzAvUHVycGxlNS92NC8yMS82OC85Yy8yMTY4OWNmMi0xNzVjLTlhOTItODllMC0zMTc4ZWMyNmIwNTMvbXpsLmxjZ2ZpdXh0LjE3NXgxNzUtNzUuanBn

Sleepy Sounds

screen1136x1136screen1136x1136 (1)

Choose from various sounds and a soft glow to help your little one off to sleep.

I have to be honest, we’ve been using this app more than Ewan lately; just don’t forget to put your phone on airplane mode or a phone call might wake your little one up and your plan would have backfired!

What tricks do you have to get your little one off to sleep?

F x

Our Favourite Books

I don’t think a child is ever too young to be read to. your little one might not understand what you are saying, or the story; but they will enjoy listening to the sound of your voice and looking at the pictures whilst being close to you. There is nothing better than holding a real book, and although i own an eReader I plan on helping Alice to continue to grow her collection of books!

I try to read to A every day, but at her age not all books keep her interested. She likes (who am i kidding) i like books that are written in rhyme. It feels more enjoyable for me to read and A likes to listen to different rhythms and pitches I read with.

Here are a few of our favourites.

download

“The Gruffalo” – Julia Donaldson

This book has become hugely popular in the past few years and we can definitely see why! A lovely little story that reads like a song. And the great thing is there are many more books in the series for when you get hooked! We have this in a “board book” and A finds it fun to help turn the pages.

download (1)

“Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae”

This was bought for A by her surrogate Aunty (who incidentally has great taste in books!) Another book written in rhyme; a favourite to read most days!

download (2)

“Catch That Rat – Caryl Hart” 

You’re probably starting to notice the reoccurring theme now… we love books that rhyme!

Books can be really expensive, most seem to start around the £6.99 mark and that can soon start to mount up! Keep an eye out on Amazon; they often have popular children’s books for half price or less (with free delivery for orders over £10). Or if you prefer to shop in a ‘real’ shop then try your local Foyles bookshop. I could spend hours in that shop!

What books do you and your little one like to read?

F x