Babies vrs The Common Cold.

When they are so little, there is so very little we can do to alleviate the symptoms of illness for them. We have calpol and baby ibuprofen, but that really only helps pain and fevers, when your little one is so choked with the cold they can barely breathe let alone feed or sleep, what do you do to make them more comfortable? The only things I can think of that have been of limited effectiveness is bath/shower room or Snufflebabe rubbed on the inside of the vest/t-shirt/gro…

Does anyone have any suggestions for a 6 month old?


Still fighting…

Yip, you guessed it, I’m still sick, worst thing is how it’s now affecting Lizzie. She doesn’t sleep well and feeding is a struggle, it’s all a bit poop! It’s been a crazy wet, wild and mixed weekend, but we did have some sun on and off today, which was pleasant and prompted me to get out and do that Photoshoot of Lizzie I’ve been dying to do! It was lovely. We took some props, popped on a lovely, warm, girly outfit and headed off to the local, quiet, park where we’d be pretty much undisturbed 🙂


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Exploring a ball pit.


This cold is really starting to take hold now and Lizzie is going through a period of extreme sleep regression. She wakes up between 12-2am and wide awake and wanting to play, takes a good hour to get her back to sleep. James and I are beat and I’m struggling with this virus – not cool. Anyhoo, it’s been quiet and slow here as I really have no energy to do much of anything short of getting through the day, but I still try to keep Lizzie entertained as much as I can. The other day we did Jelly, then there was goopy yoghurt and rice and today we stayed away from mess and I bust out the Little Tikes Sand Pit we won and filled it with her ball pool balls and made a ball pit!

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October Competition!

Don’t forget our awesome October Competition for the Kiddies! Send your kid’s creative entries to lilnibbletsnook@gmail.com and they could be in with winning one of the fab prizes below! Check out some of the submissions over at The Nook’s FB page for inspiration!

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Imagine and Explore the endless possibilities of creativity this October. Just in time for Halloween, we’re giving away a 1st Prize and a Runner Up Prize to the two most creative pieces submitted by 24th October 2014 to be drawn on the 25th of October 2014. This will allow enough time (hopefully!) for the prizes to be posted and arrive in time for Halloween!

Your child can create whatever they like:

  • Painting
  • Baking
  • Craft
  • Poster
  • Short Story
  • Poem
  • Cross-Stitch
  • Knit/Crochet
  • Card
  • Short Play Performed

As long as it is creative! Entry photos or videos must be emailed to lilnibbletsnook@gmail.com no later than 24th October 2014 with Full name, Age of child & Address. Entries after this date will be discounted. Open to UK residents ONLY unless Worldwide entrants wish to pay postage. All images will be submitted to an album view-able by the public on our facebook page but winners will…

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Out and about.


We had a scheduled appointment with our Health Visitor today at the clinic – regular weigh in, check up, make sure mum and baby are doing well, that kind of thing – I actually really like the health visitors at our GP, they aren’t bossy, pushy or mean, they allow mum’s to figure things out for themselves with gentle guidance and plenty of reassurance and you can message or call anytime if you need them. They don’t force their opinions on you either, which I was all ready to defend myself continuously after hearing a LOT of bad press about HV’s but we co-sleep, started weaning at 4 months, breastfeed and formula feed, no judgement on how and what I feed as long as salt and sugars are kept an eye on. It’s refreshing and I can’t fault them and certainly can’t thank them enough as they’ve been superb with us – So thank you Team HV at Bilborough Medical Centre!

I have mixed opinions however about Social Services, which is a whole other story!

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Sensory Messy Play: Jelly!


Lizzie and I were trying to work out what food and snacks she wanted to consume the other day and she has a good taste of various things from Cauliflower and Cheese to Yogurt and Fruit Cocktail, we also added some strawberry jelly to the party and it was a whole new sensation in her mouth and not well received, so rather than binning it and being truly wasteful, we decided it would be fun to tip it up into her walker tray and see what she made of exploring it with her hands – THIS was way more fun!

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Photoshoot Fun!


It’s been a busy few days here at The Nook, I finally got called to do the Autumn Themed Photoshoot outdoors with a family of 7 (plus 1 dog!) It was a lot of fun, a long day though, and the kids were fantastic. The shoot was very relaxed, a lot of the shots were taken candidly rather than deliberately posed for and the kids were keen to set up their own ides of things as well, which was just lovely.

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Funtime Friday is a little less fun :(

Today, as you know, is Creation Station day, however, we weren’t able to attend this morning because I’m feeling somewhat rough. I’ve had another flare of my Arthritis and my knees, hands and elbow are hot, swollen and very painful. Not only that, I took my Humira Injection last night (usually on a Tuesday, but can’t be taken when you’re unwell) it was delayed and I didn’t even think about what day today was. Basically Humira knocks me flat on my ass for at least a day, the day after the injection – headaches, nausea, extreme lethargy, the upside is it usually knocks the inflammation on the head, but not this week 😦


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Sensory Play – Flour

This was like MAGIC today, so much quiet time and easy to clean up afterwards too. Lizzie was absolutely enamored by the feel of the flour between her fingers and a reasonable amount of it ended up in her mouth…as usual!

All you need is flour and if you want to change the texture, add some water. Lizzie has had a lot of experience with wet and cold textures, fluids, cornflour and water goo, paint…so figured it was time for some dry material to get stuck into.


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