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World Mental Health Day is Wednesday 10th October, which means now is as good as time as any to encourage the conversation surrounding our mental health. Mental Health is becoming more widely accepted in conversation, but there is still work to be done — especially when it comes to our children. Introducing the topic and…

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Mumbler Gets Messy at Messy Monkeys

When Jo asked us to come and try out Messy Monkeys, we were so excited!  I’d already heard such fab things about the class and as my mini Mumbler has a reputation at nursery for being the king of messy play, I knew this would be right up his street! Before the class, Jo sent a…

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Time for New Shoes!

Did you know that looking after your child’s feet is as important as looking after their teeth? According to research, ill fitting shoes can cause problems for their feet in later life. Blisters, ingrowing toes nails, knee and posture problems can all be caused by shoes that don’t fit properly. Children’s feet tend to grow…

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The Mumbler Dads review Chill Factore in Manchester   It’s a tough Job but someone’s got to do it. Mumbler Dads David & Jo were invited to try a snowboarding lesson at the Chill Factore in Manchester, read about their experience here: “With us both being married to ‘Mumbler mums’ Jo and I are used…

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Enough Love to Go Around?

  As he runs into the kitchen with an oversized mixing bowl on his head and one of his enormous, mischievous smiles, my heart spills over with warmth and love. Who would have imagined that my once tiny, fussy, high needs little bundle of blotchy pink skin and tears would have turned into such a…

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Hi There!

Just a little note from me to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Vicky, I’m a Stockport mummy to two little people, aged 5 and 1. Like any other busy mum, I am always looking for ways to make life a little bit easier…… to find activities to take the kids to, to…

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15 Things To Do Indoors On A Rainy Day

With another round of wet and windy weather heading to Cheshire, Mumbler has some great ideas of fun indoor activity ideas to keep the little ones busy. 1. Make Shadow Puppets This website has STAR WARS shadow puppet ideas! But you can make anything you want really. The kids will have hours of fun making and…

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Travelling with Kids – Tips for a Happy Flight

Guest Blog by Julie Waite, Mum to 2 wonderful girls. Will they scream all the way? Will everyone glare at us disapprovingly? Will my nerves take it? These thoughts are perfectly natural and are shared by all parents, but here are some tips to help you prepare for most eventualities. Manage your expectations First of…

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I Couldn’t be a Face Painter, or Could I?

Ever stood in a queue at an event for what seems like a lifetime waiting to get your child’s face painted? You are not alone. The price often varies and can sometimes seem like a lot considering it’s going to be off in the bath later, but we all do it. The standard of painters…

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Is your child school ready? Guest Blog

This is Part 1 in a series of short articles about how you can support your child as September and the start of their Reception year approaches. This week – Positive Beginnings It’s likely that by now you will have had the opportunity to visit your child’s new school and for them to meet their…

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RAISING AWARENESS OF VASA PRAEVIA

If you are pregnant, or know someone who is, please read this.  This is Leo. He is a miracle.  Most people have never heard of Vasa Praevia, and due to its rarity, thankfully most people will never experience it. Yet knowing about it could save your baby’s life. My 20 week anomaly scan revealed that I…

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I suffer from anxiety, depression, psychosis and an eating disorder, Guest Blog by Sophie Mei Lan

“I suffer from anxiety, depression, psychosis and an eating disorder. I’m no academic but I’ve suffered from a variety of mental illnesses for almost 20 years – so I probably know more than most. Here are 10 ways you can help someone with a mental health problem (from my personal experience): 1) If you think/know someone…

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How to Understand your Maternity Notes- Guest Blog by Midwife, Lesley Gilchrist

For many, your maternity notes can seem as if they’re written in another language. To help with this I’ve put together a guide to understanding your maternity notes. Parity You’ll see this often written as a number, i.e., 1, 2, 3 etc. This relates to the number of times that you have given birth. Therefore,…

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20% discount for Mumblers at any Diggerland UK park.

Mumbler has secured a 20% discount for Mumblers at any Diggerland UK park. Just print off the voucher and take it with you! To find out more about our trip to Diggerland Yorkshire and our top tips to prepare for your visit read Wakefield Mumbler’ review blog.         Diggerland is the UK’s most…

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Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week – 1 – 7 May 2017

Jennie who runs Snowdrops (formerly Stockport PND Support) shares her story & explains where you can get support. In the past few weeks, you may well have heard a fair amount about mental health. The ‘mental health’ marathon, the royals talking about their own experiences of it and the heads together campaign has been prominently…

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Book now for the Stockport Baby Sensory Summer Term!

Baby Sensory’s award winning classes for babies aged 0-13 months are designed to enhance learning and development through a range of sensory experiences and fun activities. Our classes are friendly, relaxed and fun and provide a great addition to your weekly diary providing lots of lasting memories between you and your baby. The Summer Term…

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Tax Free childcare – will your family be better off?

With the average cost of full time childcare just over £10,200 help may be at hand for the vast majority of working parents – including self employed for the first time. From 21st April 2017, parents can apply for tax-free childcare. But what does it mean for you and your family? Mumbler mum of two…

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Things you’ll know when taking kids to a hotel

Guest blogger, Gill Bruce, writes about the pitfalls of staying in hotels with children, and what you can do to make life easier whilst away. I adore hotels. If anybody asks me what I’d like to do for a milestone birthday treat, invariably I’ll say that I want to check in somewhere swanky and make…

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The Courage Queen – Mumbler’s Agony Aunt’s April Q&A

Our Mumbler Agony Aunt is Rachael Alexander, better known as The Courage Queen. This month she advises on staying positive, the question and her answer and advice is below. If you have a question for next months column please send it to her directly on rach@couragequeen.com and your question may be picked for next months blog! Dear…

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What should I pack in my hospital bag?

Guest Blog by Lesley Gilchrist, Mumbler Mum of 2, Midwife and co-creator of “My Expert Midwife” You will find many examples on-line of what to take with you to hospital with you for labour; and some features encouraging you to pack for a six month expedition! But what you may not find is help on…

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Introducing “My Expert Midwife”, a new product range helping you soothe & heal post birth

Mums Lesley and Claire launch new pre-and-post natal product range helping you to feel like YOU again! Midwife Developed, Mum Approved: Midwife and mum duo, Lesley Gilchrist and Claire Charlton, have recently launched My Expert Midwife – the most honest, straight-talking pre-and-post-natal product range for mums to be and new mums. The four launch products –…

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Local mum launches Online Yoga Studio

Struggling to find time to go to a yoga class? Raven Flow Yoga have come up with the perfect solution! Local mum Suzanne tells us more… “This time last year I was attending around 4-5 yoga classes a week, all of which were in gyms or yoga studios, most were between a 20-60 minute drive…

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How to handle a disappointing Parents Evening

No one wants to hear bad news at a Parents Evening, but knowing where to turn to for help can change the situation for the better. It is bound to be extremely upsetting to hear anything negative about your child, especially if this is the first time you are hearing of a particular issue. While…

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Is postnatal exercise just for YOU?

Guest Blog by Sarah Parker Fitness I saw an advert for a postnatal exercise class the other day that had a line about how mums were deciding to be selfish and take time for themselves.  Now I’m all for me-time as an essential part of a mums postnatal recovery and don’t see that as being selfish…

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February newsletter out now!

Mumbler’s February Newsletter is out now and is the ultimate guide to local events and activities happening in Stockport and the surrounding area during the half-term week. You can read it here. Fill out this form to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, the next one, coming out in March, will be an Easter holidays special!

A trip to the supermarket (part two!)

Guest blogger Stuart Smith talks about the highs and lows of a visit to the supermarket with his toddler. Read PART ONE of the blog here. The trolley comes to a silent and smooth halt between the security barriers that were invented to embarrass those whose child has silently thrown a tagged item into the…

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