Category Archives: Messy Me Blog

Getting started with weaning – the different approaches explained

Like every aspect of raising a child, there are different ways to approach weaning.  With so much advice available, it can be difficult to work out what’s going to be best for you and your little one. I’ve used a mix of approaches with my 3 children over the years and feel there are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, so wanted to share my thoughts.  Hopefully they will help you choose which method is going to be best for Read More...

Ideas for Pancake Day fun

I love Pancake Day – I have very happy memories of it as a child and love it just as much as a mum.  Even now they are older, my children still look forward to Pancake Day.  They get involved in making the mixture and the older two, certainly, will have a go at flipping the pancakes. Flipping pancakes can be too much for little ones, particularly with hot pans involved, but they will love helping with the measuring, mixing and Read More...

Cooking with Toddlers – 10 Fun and EASY Ideas

Cooking with toddlers can be fun.  It can also be stressful, chaotic and very messy!  It’s a great opportunity for them to learn a number of really useful skills and have fun at the same time. As part of National Bake for Family Fun month, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite recipes to bake with little ones.  All of them have been chosen as being not only delicious, but fun for little ones and straightforward.  No-one wants Read More...

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Looking for some Valentine’s Day craft and baking inspiration for toddlers? Here’s our round up of some fun ideas to keep little ones busy…. Valentine’s Cookie Cutter Painting A super easy idea – kids will love it, but watch out, it’s likely to get messy!What you need:  A plate or baking tin, some red paint, heart shaped cookie cutters and paper (oh, and possibly a wipe clean tablecloth /old newspaper to protect the table, apron and wet wipes / cloth to hand to Read More...

High Chairs – our tips for choosing the right one for you

There are hundreds of different high chairs available for weaning nowadays – with so much choice, where do you start? Here are some of the key things to think about:How much space do you have? How safe / sturdy is the high chair – does it feel stable and unlikely to tip over if your little ones starts trying to escape… How secure in the harness? Little ones can be very wriggly at mealtimes – making sure they’re safe and can’t fall Read More...

Craft & Baking Ideas for Toddlers – January

January can be a difficult month with toddlers – the cold, short days make it harder to be out and about with little ones, which means more time at home, thinking of things to do to keep little ones happy. Inspired by the wintery weather forecast, here are a few ideas to help pass some time.. Robin Hand PrintsI love these little robins… not many details on the link on how to make them, but they look super easy.  You just Read More...

Weaning little ones over Christmas

Whether you’re at home or away visiting friends and family, here are a few tips to help with weaning and looking after little ones over Christmas: Try to stick to their routine (both eating and sleeping) as much as possible Christmas can be stressful and chaotic enough without adding a cranky baby to the mix!  It’s a fine balance – not being too strict / regimented so your baby takes over, but keeping to a routine so they are happy – Read More...

Autumn Messy Play Ideas

It’s a beautiful, crisp, sunny autumnal day here at Messy Me HQ, which has inspired me to pull together some ideas of fun activities to do with little ones at this time of year – most involving an element of mess… Out and aboutLeaf Hunting –  take your little ones to find as many different leaves as possible – see how many different shapes, sizes, colours and textures you can find.  Bring your favourites home to paint / make into Read More...

My highs and lows of running a business

There are many mums out there successfully running their own businesses around their families.  For those I know, the summer holidays are always a particularly challenging time. We’ve often set up our businesses so we can spend time with our families in the holidays – this was certainly a key factor for me when setting up Messy Me.  At the same time, most small businesses simply can’t survive 6-8 weeks with some of the key staff not around – so Read More...

9 ideas for summer fun with toddlers

We’ve had some gorgeous sunny days here at  Messy Me HQ, which has inspired us to put together a list of some of our favourite sunny day activities with little ones:Picnics Find a shady spot, unpack a few snacks and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.  Finger foods are generally best for picnics so little ones can graze and play, run around and have fun.  Our splashmats work really well for picnics – they’re very compact when folded so don’t Read More...