Munchkin and Bear news & tips

Let’s talk maternal mental health

4th trimester New baby Parenting support or tips

Let’s talk maternal mental health

While we’re all about playing and having fun with our babies here at Munchkin and Bear, we appreciate that this is only a small part of parenting.  As soon as you find out you’re having a baby, life as you know it changes and this can be overwhelming. Nothing can prepare you for the physical and emotional rollercoaster of parenthood and for many of us, it can be a struggle to adapt to this new life. A mixture of sleep deprivation, hormones and a tiny human to nurture can make for some really tough times.  Frankly, it is totally normal...

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Making floor play fun!

Imaginative play New baby Playtime

Making floor play fun!

As you have probably guessed, our beautiful play mats aren’t purely in your homes for decoration - although we wouldn’t blame you if they were! They are a safe and comfy space for your baby to play, grow and develop skills such as crawling and rolling.  Time spent on the floor allows your little one to have a good stretch out and to wriggle and strengthen their arms, legs, back and core. This is especially important if they’ve been sitting in a buggy or bouncer during the day. It also gives them an opportunity to practice tummy time which is...

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Tips for throwing your own baby shower at home

New baby Parenting support or tips Pregnancy

Tips for throwing your own baby shower at home

If you’re having a baby it’s safe to assume the people who love you will want to spoil you a bit before life becomes all about your little one. And you definitely deserve to be spoilt! A baby shower might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a lovely excuse to get your friends and family together and to eat some cake! Social media and baby websites are great places to get inspiration for your baby shower. You could set up a Pinterest board of ideas or ask friends who’ve already had babies what they liked most. Obviously, there...

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The benefits of bath time for your baby

New baby Routine Sleep

The benefits of bath time for your baby

Bath time doesn’t just get your baby squeaky clean, it’s also hugely beneficial for bonding and development – and it can end up being a really special part of your day.  So let us tell you why we love bath time - and it’s not just because it comes right before bed time!!  It creates a routine  There’s no reason why a bath time routine can’t be established from quite early on in your baby’s life. Our babies spent nine months growing and developing in water and having a bath can have a very calming effect on them. (Remember, always...

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Food diaries can be really useful when weaning

Allergies Parenting support or tips Weaning

Food diaries can be really useful when weaning

An estimated 40% of children in the UK have an allergy and we’re sure most of you have friends or family affected by this. The last week (20-25th April) has been Allergy Awareness Week so we thought it might be useful if we shared some information on allergies, especially if you’re just starting to wean your baby. While weaning can be a really fun phase - watching your baby grimace and delight at new textures and flavours - we know it can also be a bit of a nerve-wracking time. Plus, it requires being a bit organised, and a lot...

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