What’s not to love about Pregnancy Pilates?

pregnancy pilates fittamammmaPregnancy fitness experts Fitta Mamma are keen to share the many benefits of Pilates for expectant Mammas.  They say:  ‘Even if your usual exercise routine is more about cardio fitness or gym-based workouts it’s worth including Pilates during pregnancy as the more precise, controlled movements are ideal to help you adapt to the changes in your body, the birth process and your postnatal recovery.

Pregnancy Pilates

‘Pilates has so many benefits, strengthening your deep abdominals, back and pelvic floor muscles without placing undue strain on your other joints.  It’s an ideal way to prepare your body for labour and will encourage a speedier recovery afterwards.  There’s no reason not to enjoy Pilates throughout your pregnancy, adapting your exercise routines as your body changes – indeed Pregnancy Pilatessome women continue right up until their baby is born!’

Joining a class with a certified pregnancy Pilates instructor is a good idea, as well as being a great way to meet other Mammas-to-be too – but if you’re not able to find a suitable class you can practise Pilates exercises at home with minimal equipment.

Why is Pilates so good for pregnant women? Experts agree that all healthy pregnant women should aim for 30 minutes exercise on a least five days a week – FittaMamma share their top ten reasons for adding pregnancy Pilates to your exercise routine.

  1. Pilates is a strong but low impact workout for your entire body
  2. Controlled movements improve your strength, posture and circulation
  3. Strengthening your core tummy muscles reduces the effects of diastasis rectis (abdominal separation)
  4. Pilates encourages you to work your pelvic floor muscles helping to avoid stress incontinence
  5. Keeping your core and pelvic floor muscles strong is hugely beneficial during labour
  6. The hormone relaxin, released during pregnancy makes it easy to over-stretch. The controlled movements of Pilates  improve your flexibility without damage to your ligaments
  7. Learning controlled breathing and relaxation techniques are a great benefit during the birth of your baby
  8. Exercises on your hands and knees take the strain off your back and pelvis and can encourage your baby into the correct birthing position
  9. Strengthening your deep abs will stabilise your back and pelvis, easing niggling backache and joint pain
  10. You can easily adapt your Pilates routine to carry on exercising right up until baby arrives

pregnancy pilates wall slidesIf you’re not sure where to start, then Fitta Mamma has a wealth of information about pregnancy Pilates as well as easy to follow Pilates exercises. And if you’re not sure what to wear, FiittaMamma offer a unique range of supportive maternity fitnesswear that is ideal to wear for Pilates and any other maternity exercise activity.   Their supportive leggings are designed to stretch when you stretch and their tops support your baby bump without riding up when you reach up!

Article supplied by FittaMamma.com

Free Outdoor Fun For The Family with ParkLives

Family Fun in the ParkTop tips for having fun outside with your family this summer – FOR FREE!

The summer holidays are here so take advantage of the warm weather and get your family down to your local park. The majority of parents (61%) say they struggle to find something the whole family likes doing and nine out of ten wish they had the opportunity to play outdoors together more according to research from ParkLives

Take a look at these top tips from Anna Yusuf a ParkLives coach and Nostalgia Games, Drama and Play instructor on what you can do for free this summer.

  1. Make a to-do list:
    Get everyone in the family to make a list of activities they’d like to do over the summer holidays and then share those lists with one another. Work out what will be possible to do together as family and vote for your favourite suggestions. A great way to find something that everyone wants to do.
  2. Visit the great outdoors:
    Whether it’s your back garden or the local park, getting everyone outside is a sure fire winner. Getting active outdoors is proven to be good for body and mind alike[1], helping to reduce stress and improve wellbeing.
  3. Try something new:
    Trying a new activity for the first time helps to get the whole family interested, especially as you’ll all be learning together. There are lots of family-friendly sessions being run over the summer to try new sports or activities. For inspiration visit National Trust, ParkLives, National Parks and Love Parks, which all offer suggestions for free and fun activities to do.Park Games
  4. Share your favourite game:
    We all had favourite games growing up but some of these games are being lost over time. In fact, our research showed that just a third (31%) of children play hopscotch today compared to three quarters (71%) of adults who played growing up. Similarly less than a third (32%) of children play rounders and only a quarter (24%) play ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ So try teaching your children one of your favourite games growing up.
  5. Travel from A to B:
    Think about the journeys you’re due to make as a family and see if they can be made on foot, roller-skates, bikes or scooters! It could be as simple as a walk to the local shop or taking a bike ride to a friend’s house, but thinking of new ways to get from A to B is a good way to be more active, without even noticing!
  6. Explore what’s on your doorstep:
    There can be a lot of pressure on parents over the holidays to pack each day full of exciting trips and excursions, many of which take time to organised and aren’t cheap.  Find out what’s on in your local area instead. Local Authority websites are a great source of information and list lots of free and fun activities taking place in the local area. If you’ve got local green spaces nearby, then taking the family out to look for insects or on a treasure hunt to spot interesting items and landmarks can be a great way to get everyone out on a walk. ParkLives runs a number of sessions developed especially for families, with a range of activities on offer including hula hoops, skipping, nature trails and lots more.Skipping in the Park
  7. Love your park:
    Nearly three quarters (72%) of parents told us being more active in their local park would make them happier. So what are you waiting for? Check out what events are happening in your area you can go along to.
  8. Get everyone involved:
    Get a big group together at the park and have a game of football or rounders. Use it as an opportunity to bring together family, friends and neighbours and invite them down for some friendly competition. Share the load of the organising by asking everyone to bring a picnic item and make a day of it. You could even set up a family Olympics, with each family member competing in events like hula hooping and skipping.

Anna Yusuf is a ParkLives coach from London. ParkLives from Coca-Cola Great Britain is run in partnership with local authorities and delivers daily free activity sessions throughout the UK. A huge range of activities are on offer from favourites such as tennis, football and rounders alongside more unusual activities including family yoga and Ultimate Frisbee.

Peppa Pig Golden Boots App Competition

Peppa Pig Golden Boots CompetitionTo celebrate the launch of the brand new Peppa Pig Golden Boots app, we’re giving away a free app download, egg and solider set and a key chain.

The new app features much-loved characters and all the fun from eOne and Astley Baker Davies’ award-winning pre-school TV show.

Inspired by the recent 15 minute Peppa Pig special episode Peppa Pig Golden Bootsentitled ‘The Golden Boots’ , this app lets young players join Peppa on a day of adventures across land and into space to find her missing golden boots!”


If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this Fab Peppa Pig Prize of a free app download, egg and solider set and a key chain, then….


Comment on the blog and tell us your little one’s favourite TV show or DVD for an additional entry.

Competition closes on August 3rd.

The Evolution of the Disney Princess – from love-struck girl to brave warrior

Those feisty Frozen sisters have done a lot for turning the traditional Disney princess ideal on its head.

Frozen - Anna and ElsaMums and Dads everywhere know that Disney is no longer making films for our youngsters that portray weak, passive women waiting to be rescued by a handsome prince – once considered the only way to live ‘happily ever after’.

Now Disney is presenting us with the likes of Merida from Brave and Anna from Frozen, who have no time to sit around and wait for happiness to come along in the form of a handsome prince – they have curses to undo and families to protect!

It is increasingly important that young people are exposed to both strong male and female role models in their formative years. Disney characters are for our toddlers and preteens, the celebs Meriva from Braveand movie stars that their older teenage counterparts similarly look up to and try to emulate. Role models children are exposed to before their teenage years are important in helping them understand that both sexes are capable of being heroic and having the strength to overcome obstacles that are placed in their way.

Kid’s online fashion store, Lamaloli has pulled together a great infographic that charts the evolution of the Disney princess – from Snow White in 1939 to Anna (Frozen) in 2013 – and shows how the roles and personalities of female characters have undertaken a massive shift over the decades.

The Evolution of Disney Princesses

An infographic brought to you by LamaLoLi

Reduce Food Waste AND Save Money

The food waste debate has been a long time coming. With almost 15 million tonnes of edible food discarded from our homes every year, the team at AO.com have come up with a guide to help you preserve your leftovers so they don’t go to waste!

Around the country, food waste is costing households up to £700 a year… Have you ever considered what you could alternatively spend that money on? 

A simple shift in the way you think about your food can be all it takes to save you pennies; from mushrooms to mashed potato, you can actually freeze most of the excess food you don’t eat and you would otherwise throw away, to use in another meal.

Here’s an infographic brought to you by AO.COM.

The helpful infographic ABOVE includes some helpful tips on what can be stored in your freezer and for how long. For example,

-Soups are OK to freeze for 2-3 months
-Raw chicken can be frozen for 9-12 months
-Grated cheese can be frozen for up to 3 months and used straight from frozen

You can take a look at the guide here – http://ao.com/life/wp-content/themes/ao-blog/wasteless/download/AO-Can-You-Freeze.pdf

Sources: EatingWell.com,
BBC Good Food

Win a Peppa Pig Holiday Bundle

Peppa Pig Holiday bundleWant to win a Peppa Pig Holiday Goody Bag? We have 3 up for grabs!

The holidays are here and this Peppa Pig Holiday bundle contains fantastic Peppa Pig products to help you enjoy them!

The Peppa Pig Holiday prize bundle includes a Peppa Pig Easter Egg and Ceramic Mug, Peppa Pig The Holiday DVD, Peppa Pig International Day DVD, a Peppa Pig Sticker Activity Book and a Peppa Pig Mini Activity Set

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning 1 of these lovely Easter prize bundles, then

RETWEET THIS and Follow @TheBabyWebsite & @PeppaPigUK


The competition closes on Wednesday April 8th and the winner’s name will be announced on Twitter and on our Twitter Winners’ Page.

We have plenty more Competitions here!

Win a Trio of WELEDA Baby Products

We have a trio of new Baby Derma products from the original natural baby range, WELEDA, up for grabs in our latest competition.White mallow WELEDA

The WELEDA Baby products are specially formulated for babies with hypersensitive and dry skin prone to irritation and eczema. The range, which includes a protective nappy cream, nourishing body lotion and hydrating facial cream, is 100% natural (NATRUE certified), free from synthetic preservatives, mineral oils, colourants or artificial additives of any kind and entirely fragrance free.  The lead plant is organic White Mallow which is known for its skin-smoothing and calming, together with organic coconut oil and wild pansy extract to soothe and relieve itching.

WELEDA Baby Products

The White Mallow Body Lotion is a hydrating, Weleda logocooling lotion for dry, hyper-sensitive skin and it nourishes, soothes and relieves itching.  Coconut and sesame oil provide intensive moisturising to leave skin velvety soft. The certified-organic White Mallow Face Cream is a nourishing cream providing intensive care for dry, hyper-sensitive skin, strengthening the skin’s protective function. The cream soothes irritation, relieves itching and protects against the elements.  White Mallow Nappy Change Cream is also NATRUE-certified genuinely natural and is 88% organic (but contains fewer organic ingredients because mineral ingredients cannot be ‘grown’). White mallow extract calms hyper-sensitive skin and relieves itching, organic coconut and sesame oils nourish and replenish, and tried-and-trusted zinc oxide protects against dampness and helps prevent soreness in the nappy area.

All you have to do is Follow @TheBabyWebsite on Twitter & @WeledaUK


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The winners’ names will be on The Winners’ List once the competition closes on Monday March 16th.


Dolphin Tale 2 Review

Dolphin Tale 2On the face of it, and at the start of this gentle tale, this film has a great deal to commend it to a family audience. The first film is based on the true story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin who was rescued off the coast of Florida in 2005 after losing her tail to a crab trap. So far, all so heart-wringing. This sequel picks up where Dolphin Tale ends and focuses on the need to provide Winter with company. The death of her older dolphin friend, Panama, flings poor Winter into a bout of dangerous behaviour and so remedies are needed and needed fast. This relief comes in the very sweet shape of a young dolphin, renamed Hope, who was rescued at such a young age that she cannot be released to the wild and who would therefore provide the perfect companion for Winter.

Dolphin Tale 2As is the case with a film of this kind we see two distinct stories playing out: the animal and the human. On the human side we have a number of big hitters in Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr. These are joined by a couple of younger actors who play their roles with admirable seriousness and emotional punch. It’s all very believable and you do find yourself rooting for these characters as they struggle to find the best solution for Winter and juggle this with other commitments.

Then there are the dolphins. These are very cute giving a guaranteed anthropomorphic pull for young kids and yet the film somehow fails to hit the mark. The first problem is with the subject matter. Although you have a character in Winter who is engaging and sweet there is really not a great deal that you can Dolphin Tale 2do with him. The film suffers from a lack of any sense of danger, something shown by the fact that the biggest threat comes from the prospect of Winter having to move to a different aquarium. Also, the setting limits the action. Whenever we see the dolphins -other than one moving moment when one is released back into the ocean- they are firmly stuck inside the aquarium which means that any action and/or excitement is limited to very small sphere.

On the face of it this film appears to have all the ingredients for an engaging and interesting movie. However, it is just a little too serious and a little too limited to be anything other than a valiant effort at telling a true story and making it dramatic.

by Dave Fouracre aka Dave the Dad who watched the film with children Tom 9, Harry 6 and Caitlin 4.

Read Dave’s review of The Nut Job DVD

Win 1 of 3 Dennis The Menace Book Bundles

World Book Day this year is on March 5th and we have 3 Dennis the Menace book bundles to give away!

Dennis the Menace books

To celebrate the new Dennis the Menace World Book Day book, we’re giving you the chance to win a selection of fab Dennis the Menace books – two books from the The Diary of Dennis the Menace series plus the new World Book Title too!

3 Winners will each get:

· The Diary of Dennis the Menace

· The Diary of Dennis the Menace: Bash Street Bandit (Launched in February)

· The Diary of Dennis the Menace: World Menace Day

Win Dennis the Menace Book Bundles

All you have to do is Follow @TheBabyWebsite on Twitter



The winners’ names will be on The Winners’ List once the competition closes on World Book Day March 5th!


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Crabtree and Evelyn Gift SetWith Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, Laura Mason aka Laura Loves, has come up with some great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for us and you…….

Mother’s Day is an opportune time to show just how much you appreciate the mother figures in your life.  While recognition doesn’t just need to be limited to the one special day, I personally take the occasion to make my mum feel special.  Take a look at some of the following gifts that I think would be lovely presents for mummies-to-be, mothers or girlfriends….

Mum's NotesThe Mum’s Notes journal is a stunning book available in a blackberry, raspberry, silver or peppermint shade with reptile-effect hardback cover.  This striking journal is carefully designed to record thoughts, daydreams, inspirations, words to remember, you name it.  A great keepsake for treasured memories.  Priced £12.95 from www.mumsoffice.co.uk

Because mothers are the often the queen of hearts, the sentiment of Whittard’s Queen of Hearts biscuits is a genuinely adorable gift from one to another.  At just a fiver it’s a great gift for children to spend their pocket money.  Priced £5 from Whittards.

Protecting your phone is a key necessity whatever your kids or your age.  Proporta recently released the Ted Baker Audio SS15 Ted Baker iPhone Covercollection, meaning an iPad and iPhone can look stylish in a funky new case wile having the practicality of leaving it safe and protected from little hands.  Prices start from £24.95 from www.proporta.co.uk

Photobox has so many customisable gifts featuring images of your choice.  The personalised ‘Mum Book’ is an amazing gift that can bring to life the thanks for all the wonderful things they do.  It’s simple to do and can be treasured forever.  The books start from £16.99 with a range of finishes from www.photobox.co.uk

Foot SpaGive mum’s feet a break with the Elle Macpherson Aromatherapy Foot Spa.  Mood boosting LED lighting along with aromatherapy mist and oils make this the ultimate luxury when it comes to foot therapy. The innovative design allows for both integrated hydro and vibration massagers and acu-pressure nodes that stimulate reflexology points.  Priced £74.99 from Amazon.co.uk

For a Mother’s Day gift with a difference the Lumie Bodyclock Starter could be the best gift a mum will ever receive!  It is a clever clock that helps sleep deprived mums to get back into a regular sleeping routine with the introduction to waking with light.  It’s a medical device clinically proven to promote a better sleep Photobox Photobookso once baby is in a routine it should improve mum’s sleep quality allowing her to wake brighter and feel more energised and productive throughout the day.  Priced £59.95 from www.lumie.com

For time out for a new mum at home, the MamaBabyBliss Pamperng Gift Bag contains a few small essentials to help restore some inner peace.  The set comes with ‘Ooh…’ – a lush healing bath soak, ‘Bliss Stick…Uplifting Oil’ designed to give mums an instant boost, ‘Aaah…Soothing Mummy Baby Balm’, a natural rescue balm for mum and baby and a little book of hints and tips to help relax.  Priced £22.50 from www.mamababybliss.com

Many parents will be able to relate to the ever so popular Peppa Pig TV programme.   The good news is the merchandise doesn’t stop at little ones and with a wide range of Mummy Pig gifts you Best Mum Hamperare spoilt for choice.  The Mummy Pig ‘Mum in a Million’ Socks are a nice discreet nod to the pig family!  Priced a great value £2.50 from Asda.

For a thoughtful gift of the chocolate variety the Best Mum Chocolate Hamper from Bath chocolatiers, Choc on Choc, is a must. This decadent hamper features a selection of finest Belgium boxes of chocolate including a ‘Best Mum’ pack as well as a selection of strawberry champagne truffles and the brand’s best-selling flower, cupcake and vintage teacup designs.  Priced £24 from www.choconchoc.co.uk

The Rose Tree Organic Relaxing Gift Set is a beautifully presented gift in a stunning box containing an organic hand poured candle and a bath treatment oil.  The brand specialises in luxurious all natural skincare products jam-packed with nurturing vitamins.   The luxury candles are made from 100% pure vegetable Rose Tree Organic Gift Setwax and are scented with pure essential oils and the uber indulgent bath treatment oil leaves skin subtly scented and silky soft, made with 98% organic ingredients.   The set is priced £50 from www.therosetree.co.uk

There’s something special about personalising a gift so for a wide range of jewellery Love Silver has a choice of silver and gold items including pendants, key rings, initials, bracelets that can be adapted by their tem of craftsmen with a name or special message.  Prices start from £9.99 from www.lovesilver.com

For anyone that craves some organisation within their crazy lives, British designer Victoria Green has some fabulous bags bursting with compartments and practical features.  The Love Hearts Traveller bag features vibrant red hearts for mums to wear with pride and comes with two roomy compartments, one for mum’s stuff and another for their child’s.  Priced £14.99 from Debenhams.

Being a mother is a celebration every day so share a toast with a glass of the finest Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne.  This delicious rosé is produced under a meticulous process called maceration, whereby it is aged for at least four years in the LaLaurent Perrier Cuvee Roseurent-Perrier cellars, creating a mature and fine Champagne.  Priced £42 from www.31DOVER.com

Sometime as a mum you struggle to get out the house for your weekly shop let alone your nails so a nice DIY pick me up is the Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit.  The gel manicure kit provides a salon quality without the effort with a one step process to ensure shiny nails that last up to 14 days.  Priced £99.99 from Debenhams.

A really lovely gift is the new Crabtree and Evelyn Pear & Pink Magnolia Luxury Fragrance Gift Set.  This indulgent gift offers a selection of travel-sized fruity and floral fragrance Pear & Pink Magnolia treats, perfect for a pampering.  Priced 25 from Crabtree & Evelyn.

Mum to 2 Under 3 and just finished maternity leave, Laura is a journalist and Mum. She enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends and more importantly, life as a mummy. ‘Continuously trying to get a ‘grip’ of motherhood and back to a size 10!’