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Natural Teething Remedies

With the recent news about teething gels being withdrawn from supermarket shelves and the potential for ill effects we thought it would be useful to give you all a few of our favourite  natural, chemical fee suggestions to help your baby through teething. Keep sticks of cucumber in the fridge for your baby to chomp on. They're cool to chew on and as they consist mostly of water they're generally-considered ok before weaning. If your baby is weaning they may love harder foods such as pineapple, apples, carrots, crusts of bread. Try massaging your baby’s gum with your finger (watch our if they already have teeth though and of course wah your hands before and after). If your partially-weaned baby...

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Our favourite Bricks & Mortar Baby Shops in Edinburgh and East Lothian

We seems to be in period where more and more small shops are appearing and thriving, despite gloomy outlooks for the bigger high street stores. At Yummikeys we love to buy and support local. Here are our favourite local bricks and mortar shops - we hope you enjoy them too. We'll be giving you our favourite online businesses very soon too and of course our top experience gifts. Edinburgh Wooden Toys  Newly opened and based in the beautiful New Town, this is Edinburgh’s first seller of solely plastic free toys - combining a wonderfully unusual range of toys and gifts, often local, a play area and a even a wooden toys playgroup across the city.    Independent Zebra  Independent Zebra is a curated marketplace in Stockbridge...

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Baby Massage isn’t just about babies…

Motherhood second time round comes with a whole load of challenges you perhaps didn’t quite expect.  Top of the list is the constant feeling that you are never quite managing to devote your entire attention to anything or anyone.  The mum-guilt of neglecting one sibling whilst you tend to the other can be pretty overwhelming to begin with – until you learn to juggle, and then it eases a tiny bit.  I took me quite a while to develop my strategies of dividing my time and ensuring one-on-one moments with each child were quality.  My answer is Baby Massage.  As an International Association of Infant Massage Certified Instructor, Massage in Schools Programme Instructor and mum to three children aged 6,...

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Play schemas: Enclosers/containers

Children with this schema will make elaborate farms with animals in fields, gather objects into boxes and other containers and put outlines and borders round their drawings. The railways track will be constructed as a loop, never just a straight line and the duple bricks will be arranged as a wall around the edge of the board. Children with this dominant schema may enjoy emptying spaces/containers as much as creating and filling them.  Play ideas:  A good selection of farm animals with plenty of fences and gates.  Railway and road tracks that can be made as loop, with vehicles of course.  Construction toys like lego/duplo, stickle bricks and wooden blocks for making enclosures.  At bath time or in a water...

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