One Mam and her Squad: Baby Book Club Review by Stacey

IMG_2503I am a big reader myself so I really want to pass this onto my little boy. I’ve read to him since he was first born, although the first few months involved him sleeping and me reading aloud!

Now that he’s paying more of an interest I am keen to read to him as many different books as possible. I purchased the usual ones that most people have and any that I loved from my childhood, which I love reading to him. But I am always looking for new titles.

I saw the Baby Book Club on Facebook and it looked like such a good idea. Different books every month.

I was so excited when the box arrived in the post, it looked lovely. I wasn’t disappointed IMG_2504when I opened it, the books were individually wrapped and beautifully presented. And the theme was one of my favourites…Wishes and Dreams.

The three books were appealing, just from their front covers. Which, let’s be honest, is what most attracts me to books. I hadn’t heard of any of them before which got a big thumbs up from me. This is what I wanted from the book club. FullSizeRender

My little boy is 6 months old and I have read them all to him. The bright colours and pictures captured his interest, maybe a bit too much as he tried to eat one of them! I loved the stories and have now read them to him a few times. My favourite had to be Wishes for You, what a lovely book it is.

I would highly recommend the Baby Book Club for anyone who loves to read to their little ones. It’s such a great concept. Every month is a different theme so you will never get the same kind of books. And as your little ones get older they will be as excited as you to receive their monthly box.


Baby Book Club

Baby book club is pretty much as awesome as it sounds!

A monthly subscription service from which you receive three hand chosen books a month for you and your baby to enjoy.
Seeing as Bunny (as most of you will know) is a hardcore book worm, reviewing March’s box was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse!

Everything was beautifully packaged, the box itself demonstrating that we weren’t going to be disappointed. The book’s were wrapped in tissue paper and bubble wrap with a little notecard welcoming us and explaining this month’s theme.
Bunny loves getting involved in opening … well anything… and this was no different.

March’s theme was Under the Sea and the books were fantastically colourful- something that instantly draws me to a book.
Bunny enjoyed exploring the books independently to begin with before she prompted me to join her and for us to read them together!
The books have since been read repeatedly (especially the ‘flip flap’ board book) and as the two picture books were suitable for a varied age range, the Wildcat was able to sit and enjoy story time too.

I absolutely love this idea as it’s not always easy to know what books to choose for your little one. I’m pretty savvy after working in a Nursery for a number of years but if you’re not up on your children’s stories it’s a pure minefield!!
The other thing I have to mention is the thought that has gone into the boxes, from the smallest details through to the theme and the products themselves.
You can immediately tell the care that has gone into choosing the books and piecing everything together. This is a top quality product which at £30 for a three month subscription is an absolute bargain.
There is even the option to give a subscription as a gift! How fantastic is that!!

Within this service there are so many little tips, quotes and ideas that also appear, you can’t not be enthusiastic about encouraging your little one to get stuck into a world of stories and discovering their imagination.

Checking out the website and the Facebook page is a must.


Never miss a chance to dance…

Over dinner, the neighbours will probably often hear me singing (or wailing is probably more apt) “Dinertimeeee because Bunny is hungryyy. She needs to eat it all up so that she’ll grow.” (Sung to the tune of summertime.)
If they look through our window they’ll often see me swinging one of the girls round on my hip, doing some ballroom type moves, wiggling and dancing or the Wildcat showing off her street dance moves.
We’re a very lively house in terms of music and dancing.

I never pass up an opportunity to dance so when Abi invited me and Bunny along to her first Sling Swing class at Lancaster I definitely didn’t refuse.

If you’re not sure what a Sling Swing class is, I wasn’t entirely sure either! I knew they were along the lines of dancing with your baby in a sling but that was about it. I’d seen the recent flurry of Facebook activity about these classes and that some were starting locally but with having a few other things going on and not having a sling myself I didn’t really look into it further.

I’ve been slightly apprehensive all week, not really knowing what to expect and if I’d fit in as I don’t own a sling, but this morning I was really excited. I love trying new things, especially with the girls and especially when it’s supporting local mums. I couldn’t wait to head there and find out more.

Upon arrival Abi (who had said she had spare slings for people who didn’t have their own to borrow) sorted me out with a sling and I got Bunny into ‘position’. Having just woken up from a short nap in the car and not used to being in a sling (although we have used one before) I think it took her a while to adjust. She is used to going to different places however and going to sleep in one place and waking up in another so she never bothers.


Once everyone (it was a full class, there were loads of us!) was ready, Abi ran through the moves in the first song before leading us into it.

As soon as I heard Rhianna, I knew me and Bunny were going to LOVE it.

The moves are fairly straight forward- nothing too complicated- and Abi did a quick run through of them before starting each song… I don’t want to give too much away so I wont go into them but think of a gentle Zumba class with your baby in a sling.
There were a couple of different styles of dancing and a range of music (which I loved) and Abi was a great class leader.

We did a few different songs with a variety of moves before slowing it back down and finally stretching.
Bunny (as I knew she would) seemed to really enjoy it and by the end was reaching out to grab my face, shouting and (my favourite part) snuggling into me on the cool down.

At the end of the session, Abi explained that if we wanted to book you didn’t have to attend every week and that she would mark off how many of your sessions you’d attended (a fab idea I think). Also that you are able to attend the sessions in Lancaster or Kendal and are not restricted to one place.

I have to say, despite my initial nerves and apprehension, I absolutely loved it. Abi was lovely and welcoming. The other ladies (it was all females this week) were very friendly and I had a REALLY great time.
Bunny enjoyed it and anything that gets us out and about, socialising and experiencing new things is all great for her development.
It didn’t feel like I’d been exercising because we were dancing and although I felt warm afterwards it wasn’t too strenuous and it really didn’t matter if you got the moves wrong.

In fact I enjoyed it so much that I have just booked us a block of classes!

Like I said, I never miss a chance to dance… !!

If you want to find out more check out;
The Sling Swing website:
Local Ladies- Lancaster/South Lakes area: