Self-soothing as a means of settling down: what’s your opinion?

With our first baby, I never let her even let out a whimper. The moment she showed signs of her mouth turning down, I was there by her side. We also had a lot of help with my parents being around and she always had someone around her.

With my second child, I probably was more laid back but I still had my parents around for the first year so I didn’t really worry about the crying. To be honest, he was also a very good baby and we had minimal crying. He also managed to sleep well. I was working and I needed all the sleep I could get so I made some allowances and he slept on me for a good part of the night. He loved snuggling.

By the time we had my youngest, I was older. Night wakings were hard. It had been a very difficult delivery with me being in ITU for 9 days following and I didn’t have the energy to do the rocking all night. So, we let her self-soothe. She was in our room and I didn’t exactly let her cry for hours on end. But, she certainly was allowed to cry a little more than the others. It seemed to work, until I would spoil it and pick her up. I found self-soothing really quite difficult personally because I couldn’t see or hear her cry for long periods so I never really adopted it fully.

Self-soothing - baby sleep habits

Did you ever use the self-soothe method with your children? Did it work? What are your views on the method of getting children to settle?

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#RealRapunzel with Little Princess Trust and Shrek’s Adventure London

Next Saturday, we’re headed to a rather unique event. My two girls are going to be donating their hair for the Little Princess Trust. So this –

is going to take a good cut.

The girls are thrilled at being able to do something like this and can’t stop talking about it.

I wish I had not cut my hair so recently so I could have also contributed. But alas!

If you want to know more about the event and register for it, here’s some more information –


Shrek’s Adventure! London are looking for kind, generous people willing to have at least 7”/17cm of their hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust at a fabulous, fun-filled day on the afternoon of 29th April. While the minimum length of hair for donation is 7”/17cm longer hair donations are especially welcome, so real-life Rapunzels looking for a style change are particularly sought-after!

The Little Princess Trust is a charity which provides free real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK & Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Donors should register for a time slot at, when they can donate their hair and then enjoy a complimentary haircut and styling courtesy of students and staff from South Thames College Hair Salon, a glitter makeover and plenty of fun activities too. Each donor can bring one non-donating guest – although the more donors the better!

The event will be attended by The Only Way is Essex star Mario Falcone, who recently donated his hair to the charity. Mario will be meeting guests and crowning the donor of the longest hair as a ‘Real Life Rapunzel’.

Charity Manager, Monica Glass, said “We are absolutely thrilled that Shrek’s Adventure! London has offered to host this wonderful event on behalf of the Little Princess Trust. We arereally looking forward to meeting so many of our amazing donors and we feel this is a great opportunity to offer everyone who supports our charity that day a fun-filled afternoon!’

Steve Blackburn, General Manager of Shrek’s Adventure! added, “Shrek’s Adventure! London is home to lots of princesses and we are really proud to be working with the Little Princess Trust, spreading awareness of the incredible work they do and encouraging those with long hair to donate it for the benefit of children suffering from hair loss.”

Molly Monster Film Review and Giveaway

Molly Monster was always the smallest in her family – until now.


Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as Molly Monster, the latest film from Enchanted Animation, premieres in UK cinemas on the 21st of April. Delightfully heart-warming and beautifully animated, get your family together this Spring for a story all about new beginnings.

In Monsterland, when the mothers lay their eggs it is the father’s job to keep them warm until it is time for the eggs to hatch. Baby monsters only hatch on Egg Island, so when Molly finds out she is going to be having a new brother or sister, she knows her family are off on a trip.

However, Molly Monster is too young to join her parents on the journey to Egg Island which leaves her feeling upset and disappointed. A determined Molly sets out on a journey to be reunited with her family – and it is longer and far more difficult than anything she could have ever imagined.

Accompanied by Edison, her best friend and toy, Molly learns what it means to be a family and most importantly what it means to become a big sister!

Molly Monster is a charming piece of storytelling for pre-school children which teaches them about family bonding and friendship. Ted Sieger‘s MOLLY MONSTER, is an international coproduction of Sieger, Little Monster GmbH,Trickstudio Lutterbeck GmbH, Alexandra Schatzfilmproduktion UG, Sluggerfilm AB, Senator Film Munchen GmbH and Peacock Film and will be distributed in the UK and Ireland by Enchanted Animation.

We loved the film. It’s endearing and deals with familial love and all the emotions that a sibling encounters when there is a new baby on the way.

Molly Monster is released in cinemas across the UK today – 21st April 2017 and was released in Ireland on 14th April 2017

Run time: 72 minutes

To celebrate the release of the film, I’m running a giveaway where you can win 1 of 2 chocolate eggs. You can never have enough chocolate, can you? All you need do is enter the giveaway below –


Molly Monster

J’aime Paris

The news of the Paris shooting yesterday was too close to home and deeply saddened us. Only last week, we were on the Champs-Élysée taking in the sights. We were posing in front of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. It is an amazing city and our first visit left us wanting for more. Too short a time – 2 days in Paris.

I will be writing more about our tour of the city but for now I leave you with a few images of the beautiful city of Paris.

Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower


Roue de Paris
Roue de Paris


Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre-Dame Cathedral


Summit View - Eiffel Tower, Paris
The view from the summit of the Eiffel Tower


Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Arc de Triomphe


The Pyramid at the Louvre
The Louvre, Paris