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What to buy a teacher as an end of year gift

Seriously – how quick is this year going?  It’s nearly the end of the school year already!  Children and teachers across of the country rejoice, whilst, lets face it -us parents are slightly terrified about the thought of keeping these little ones entertained for the next six-to-eight weeks! So let’s hear it for those teachers…

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How to keep your little ones cool when the temperature is soaring!

Staying cool this summer How long have we been waiting for this – the sun has got his hat on and he is FINALLY coming out to play! After months of complaining about this long cold winter it’s now time for the real moaning to start, in the words of the early naughties rapper Nellie; “It’s…

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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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5 Ways to Stay Fit as a Family

Five ways to stay fit as a family When it comes to family fitness, we all know the headlines – obesity (child and adult) is on the up and activity levels are dropping lower and lower. In fact, only about 1 in 20 people in the UK get the amount of exercise they should, around…

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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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‘Tis the Season to be Pregnant! 🎅 So your baby bump might be rivalling Father’s Christmas’s belly but so what! Tis the season to be pregnant!   With just some minor alterations, Christmas + New Year + Bump can be extra special, just think next year they’ll be no more ‘silent nights’ for you (sorry….)…

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WIN a family ticket to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Romiley Forum!

Thanks to our lovely friends at JB Productions, we have a ticket for a family of 4,  to give away! The prize is for the 4:30pm showing on Sunday 17th December. All you have to do is send the name of just ONE of the seven dwarfs, using the contact form HERE  by 7 pm on Saturday…

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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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Top tips for booking your family holiday

Guest Blog by Travel Counsellor Barbara Sutton For many people planning a holiday is part of the post-Xmas tradition. Here in part one of my travel advice blog are just a few tips about booking your holiday that may help you along the way. Where and when to go? With school aged children, unless you…

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

Our Mumbler Agony Aunt is Rachael Alexander, better known as The Courage Queen. This month she advises on how to handle a partner who won’t sit down and discuss relationship difficulties. 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…

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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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Booking open for Toddler Sense Spring Term – with new classes added!

Due to popular demand, new classes have been added to the Toddler Sense Stockport timetable for the Spring Term, and booking is open now! Lots of these classes fill up quickly, so if you’d like a place for you and your little one, don’t delay in booking a place. The Spring Term will run from…

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Things I didn’t expect to happen when my baby arrived

Since my daughter arrived over 2 years ago now I’ve watched many friends and family plan for their new arrivals and welcome their bundles of joy into the world, and each time it has led me to cast my mind back to my experience of becoming a mother first time and ask myself: can you…

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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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Easter Weekend – What’s On Guide!

Find things to do with the kids this Easter weekend with Mumbler’s summary of what’s on below! You can see the full guide here for times and all the details of each event. All event information correct at time of writing, but Stockport Mumbler always recommend checking details directly with the organiser before you travel in…

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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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Can you help A Moment In Time to stay open this year?

Two years ago, local mums Lesley and Sam set up A Moment in Time to enable year 11 pupils to attend their school prom by providing them with outfits they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Since then, they have helped more than 150 families across the North West through their provision of dresses, suits…

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Booking open for Adventure Babies Easter Specials!

Its BRAND NEW ADVENTURE time! This Easter we’ll be off on our travels with two nutbrown hares who love each other very much. We’ll be bringing the book to life with our famous adventure bags and then diving right into the book experiencing a variety of messy, light-up and sensory stations. Combining interactive storytelling, sensory…

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

Our Mumbler Agony Aunt is Rachael Alexander, better known as The Courage Queen. This month she was sent in a question about a relationship that has deteriorated after having a baby (a very common situation!). Her answer and advice is below. If you have a question for next month’s column please send it to her directly…

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Review: Family fun at Smithills Open Farm

Last summer we had a lovely time at a 4th birthday party at Smithills Open Farm, so we decided to brave the cold (!) last Sunday and head back for a family day out. I wasn’t 100% sure if it would be open to the public in January but was surprised to learn it’s open…

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Introducing Mum Time Cheadle!

When we heard local mum Meg Bell was launching a campaign to encourage mums in Cheadle to have a little ‘me time’ as part of her Digital Mums training, Mumbler jumped at the chance to find out more… “Following the birth of my second daughter I had a serious think about how I was going…

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Thousands will hit the city streets in support of St Ann’s Hospice

St Ann’s Hospice’s flagship fundraising event, the Manchester Midnight Walk, is back following its success in 2016, where around 1500 participants raised just under £170,000 for the local hospice. The event has pulled in the crowds every year since it began in 2007, creating a unique late-night party atmosphere. Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive from St…

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Get your Will sorted this March!

A local charity is calling on people to get their affairs in order this March, and help raise vital funds to support patients across Greater Manchester. The St Ann’s Hospice Will Week is an annual campaign, which sees dozens of kind hearted solicitors giving their time for free to help people make their Will. Instead…

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Local Mums Bring Community Together With New Social Enterprise

A group of local parents has launched a new social enterprise to help families across Stockport and Cheshire. Cheshire Parenting Collective CIC is the vision of three local mums – Ellie Thouret, Alex Smith and Gemma Jones – and provides support and information throughout pregnancy, childbirth, infancy, and toddlerhood. Local parents and their children are…

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NCT Baby and Toddler First Aid Courses coming up on Saturday 1st April

Booking is now open for the next Stockport & District NCT Baby and Toddler First Aid Courses in partnership with the British Red Cross. There will be 2 courses on Saturday 1st April at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church – choose between the morning session (10am – 12.30pm) and the afternoon session (1.30 – 4pm). Please…

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Mother’s Day gift ideas from local retailers & crafty parents

With this fabulous selection of gift ideas ahead of Sunday 26th March, you’ll be spoiled for choice! What’s more, all these gifts are from Stockport-based businesses run by local ladies, so not only will you be getting the perfect gift, you’ll be supporting local businesses too! Brooklyn Pottery How about spending some quality time together,…

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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!

The Courage Queen – Mumbler’s Agony Aunt’s First Question!

I’m delighted to introduce our Mumbler Agony Aunt, Rachael Alexander, better known as The Courage Queen. For her first monthly Mumbler column, she was sent a great question, see her answer below (I have learned loads from this myself!). If you have a question for next month’s column please send it to her directly on rach@couragequeen.com…

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A career change for a busy dad – guest blog

If someone had given me £1 for each time I was asked ‘are you going back to work?’/’have you sorted childcare?’/’are you going back full-time?’/’will you go back to the same job?’ when I was pregnant and on maternity leave, I would be a very rich woman! It didn’t bother me (I love to chat!)…

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WIN a TERM at Messy Monkeys!

You splat paint, squelch gloop and splash water and they do the tidying up! The fab messy play sessions are suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 6 months-4 years, with new gloops and goos to explore each week. Every week there’s a different theme and they will help you create something special to take home…

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Review – Messy Monkeys

My daughter and I went to Jo’s Messy Monkeys class whilst I was on maternity leave and we both loved it, so I was sad when the time came to return to work and we could no longer go every week. Although attending the classes gave us lots of inspiration for activities to do at…

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20% off Our Kids Social Safari family event this February!

Our Kids Social are offering 20% off tickets for their Social Safari Event this February when you use the code OKSROCKOUT at the check out! The code is valid until Wednesday 1st February! Book your tickets here. Read more about the event below. “Our Kids Social came about as we couldn’t find anywhere for us to…

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The Benefits of Yoga for Children

Yoga has become a popular choice of exercise for adults over the past few years, with adults experiencing the many benefits to the mind and body. Yoga isn’t perhaps the first choice of exercise class that parents pick for their children, many opting for more mainstream classes, such as dance, ballet, gymnastics, football etc. When…

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Spotlight on Toddler Sense

It’s been a year since Toddler Sense arrived in Stockport with class leader Jill Toogood. My little one and I have been there since the start, and I can honestly say it’s one of the highlights of our week. Not only is it a great concept for a toddler class, but the enthusiasm and energy…

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Mumbler in the local news!

We would like to thank the Stockport Express for their article about Stockport Mumbler in this week’s edition (7th December 2017) of the paper. The article reads: ‘Mum’s family friendly guide to town is a hit Kirsty Day A ‘MUMPRENEUR’ has launched a new online guide to help Stockport parents easily find family friendly services….

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Worried your child might see something inappropriate online?

Find out how to help your child navigate the web safely with this advice from Thinkuknow. There’s no watershed, ‘top shelf’ or ID required online but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect your child from adult content. Find out how to help them navigate the web safely. Things they might see The internet is a…

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Have your Christmas tree collected & support a great cause!

The Christmas Tree collection will take place on Saturday, 7th January and Sunday, 8th January from 8am until 4pm. The aim of the collection is to raise as much money as possible for Cauldwell Children, which transforms the lives of disabled children by acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain…

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5 tips to get organised this side of Christmas

Guest blog by Amanda Manson from Orderly Office and Home. There’s not long left before the man in red makes an appearance, and if you’re panicking at the thought of your home being inundated with more paraphernalia than you can imagine, then it’s time to get yourself organised. Do a quick spot of decluttering and…

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Family Films on TV over the Christmas Break

A selection of films to choose from between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day… Christmas Eve Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (U) – 9.50am on ITV3 Miracle on 34th Street (U) – 11am on Film4 Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave (U) – 11am on BBC Two Despicable Me (U) – 11.20am on ITV1…

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New music class suitable from birth to 4 years

Book your FREE TRIAL with Hartbeeps’ award-winning magical, musical, multi-sensory classes starting on 9th January! Hello, my name is Vanessa and I am super excited to be bringing the award-winning Hartbeeps classes to Stockport and Cheshire. I have been a primary school teacher for over 13 years and have thoroughly enjoyed working with children across…

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Top tips for choosing a primary school

  In this guest blog, Tabitha Smith, Head Teacher at Moss Hey Primary School in Bramhall offers her top tips for choosing a primary school. It is ‘that time of year’ when decisions have to be made about which primary school to send your child to. It’s a big decision; with just one child, it…

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NCT Baby & Toddler First Aid December Courses

Tuesday 20th December 2016 The 2.5 hours courses will be delivered by an expert British Red Cross trainer and will cover topics that typically concern parents such as delivering CPR, choking and burns, and Meningitis. Every parent has worries about facing an emergency situation involving their child. These courses will address your fears giving you…

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Sleep Deprivation

In my recent blog, ‘things I didn’t expect to happen when my baby arrived’, I touched on the issue of tiredness (as in a whole new breed of tiredness!) so when I read this blog by Sally Haslewood, who runs one of our sister sites, Harrogate Mumbler, I could completely relate… Sleep is a peculiar…

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