Category Archives: Messy Me Blog

Messy Mealtimes – Eating Outdoors in the Summer

Summer is a great time to let little ones get a little bit messier – both at meal and playtimes.  When the sun is shining, much of the mess making can take place outside, making clearing up easier and saving your home from the mess making!  This week we’re covering Mealtimes: Summer Mealtimes Alfresco EatingMove the highchair out into the garden or have a picnic on the grass or in the park – little ones will love the change of scenery. Read More...

5 Fun Father’s Day Craft Ideas

Father’s Day is coming up soon – on June 16th this year.  Here are some lovely ideas for hand made cards and presents for little ones to make: Daddy RocksThis is Florence’s variation on a couple of Father’s Day craft ideas she found online.  It’s pretty easy, involves different skills and is fun to do: What you need:White paper plate, paints, paintbrushWhat to do:Fold the paper plate in half so the shinier/ coated surface is facing inwards.  Paint different colour stripes Read More...

10 Tips For Happy Weaning

There is sooo much information available now for weaning little ones – it can all feel pretty daunting and overwhelming… With Weaning Week 2019 underway this week, we thoughts we’d share our 10 top tips for happy weaning:Try to stay relaxed and don’t put yourself under too much pressure. Some days your little one will eat whatever you serve, some days they may eat very little.  In the early days, babies continue to get most of the nutrients from milk so don’t Read More...

Easter Craft Ideas for Little Ones

Hot on the heels of Mother’s Day, comes Easter – another great opportunity for crafting with little ones.  With schools and some pre-schools shut for the holidays, there’s often more time for crafting and messy play. Here are 5 ideas we love: Easter Bunny HandprintsMost children love painting their hands, so we had to include a hand print Easter card idea.  Depending on the age of your children, you made need to help them with painting and pressing their hands on Read More...

Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (next weekend Dads!)… One thing that always goes down really well on Mother’s Day, in my opinion anyway, are homemade presents and cards – plus it’s a great way of entertaining the kids for a few hours too! Here are five Mother’s Day crafting ideas we love: Fingerprint Cards A fun, very easy craft idea which children will love doing and mum will love receiving.  Inspired by ideas from Messy Little Monster and Serving Pink Lemonade, here Read More...

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...