2016 Baby Name Predictions

 

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Traditional Favourites

The well liked chart toppers will continue to popular including Amelia, Emily, Isabella and Lily for a those gorgeous girls born in 2016. Jack, Harry, Oscar and Noah for the newborn dudes.

Celebrity Baby Names

When celebrities choose cute unique names for their newborns many of new parents often follow suit. Honey (Fearne Cotton), Carter (Wayne Bridge), Silas (Justin Timberlake) and even the odd Maxima (Mark Zuckerberg) or Saint (Kayne West and Kim Kardashian-West)

Royal Babies

After the birth of the gorgeous royal babies in the past few years, Charlotte and George will continue to fly the flag.

Star Wars

Following on from the release of Star Wars – A Force Awakens in December 2015, we are sure that some characters names will pop up on the Birth registers in 2016. Some to choose from are Finn, Luke and Kylo for the boys or Leia or Rey for the girls.

On the rise

Lots of names have been creeping up the popularity lists over the last year or so, we predict Cooper and Theodore will make a few appearances for the little men. And all the A’s for the girls including Arabella, Aoife and Aurora.
All this talk of baby names is enough to make me broody! If you are expecting in 2016 have fun picking your Little Pickles name and let us know what you choose.

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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Toilet Training a 2 & a half year old

Toilet Training a 2 & a half year old

So, nearly 3 weeks ago my, not so, little boy decided to take off his nappy and asked to use the potty.  Well if that’s not a cue to start toilet training, I don’t know what is.  So I quickly armed myself with all the tools required: Potty, toilet training seat (purchased for 50p at one of our Little Pickles Markets?), pull ups & pants.  No-one told me I’d also need never ending patience, lots of stickers, reams of kitchen towel & tubs of bicarbonate of soda!  I’m often very guilty of expecting too much of my toddler.  He picks new things up very quickly on the whole so I tend to fall into the trap of thinking that he has a new task completely sussed & often forget to reassure him a few miles down the track.  So after 2 weeks of very few accidents, using a ‘grown up’ toilet with ease & pull ups only at night, I smugly thought we’d cracked it.  

How wrong I was.  

2 days into the third week and we seem to have taken a large backwards step.  After a completely dry weekend, we now seem to be experiencing several wee related accidents a day (poo is whole other story!); next to the potty, in the middle of the room and most upsettingly on the sofa, certainly anywhere but in the potty! Now, anyone who knows me, knows I’m not particularly house proud, it’s not horribly dirty or anything but I think the expression ‘lived in’ is the polite way of saying it’s not a show home. However, the faint smell of wee that now seems to permanently linger in my house is rather unpleasant. The sofa has taken the brunt of it today, hence the extensive use of kitchen roll to mop up and the bicarb to hopefully soak up the smell and work its magic (I’ll let you know if it works!).

I did remember not to get cross with him but did forget to say lots of encouraging words whilst wondering what it is that’s set him back from the amazing progress he’s made so far. Toilet training seems to be one of those major developmental milestones that we expect our children to master quickly and then be forever competent. Yet why would it be any different to learning to walk & talk? So with that in mind I reminded myself that tomorrow is another day & perhaps I will put up a reward chart even if it is only to remind myself to encourage, praise & reward my awesome little man who is undertaking this huge milestone in his toddler years.  

Emily G's Little Pickle trying out the potty
Emily G’s Little Pickle trying out the potty

My advice…be patient, sign up to anyone offering free pull up samples (they seem to be twice the price of normal nappies), don’t push it if it turns out they’re not quite ready, be prepared for accidents, take spares of everything everywhere you go & remember that this a big deal for them too!

Written by Emily G, Tidworth, Amesbury, Andover and Salisbury Market Organiser

emilyg@littlepicklesmarkets.co.uk

 

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Remember Remember the 5th of November

Remember Remember the 5th of November

So Halloween is over and Bonfire night is upon us. We love firework displays in our family so we always try and find a nice family friendly local display to go to (I get too nervous about home displays!).  A well run professional event is a great & safe way to introduce little pickles to fireworks and the hypnotic wonders of a bonfire. Most of us don’t know how they are going to react until you get there so best to be well prepared and follow a few simple guidelines to help make it an enjoyable experience for children & parents alike.

Firstly, wrap up warm! They can sometimes be a lot of standing around waiting for a display to begin, so lots of layers, waterproofs, wellies, hats & gloves. Don’t forget an extra thick pair of socks to keep little ones’ toes warm under wellies.

A warm cosy toes & rain cover if you have a pram or pushchair with you.

Earmuffs are a great way to protect your little pickles ears from those big bangs. It’s usually the noise rather than the pretty lights in the sky that can unnerve them and they will soon take them off if they’re happy to listen to the rockets zooming up into the sky.

Sparklers are a big no no until your children are at least 5 years old and even then should be well supervised by an adult, keeping them at arms length.

If you’re having a display at home, Fireman Sam has some great tips to follow to ensure everyone stays safe and enjoys the fireworks.

 

Bonfire Night Safety Tips

If you are looking for an event near you why not check out www.netmums.co.uk and www.mumsintheknow.co.uk. Both have lots of firework displays listed for the next few days. If you know of a good display near you that’s not listed then please do comment on the post.

Have fun and stay safe from all at Little Pickles Markets x

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My #ParentOn Moments

Becoming  a mum at 17, I had never ever held a newborn, so I was pretty clueless to tell you the truth, so parenthood was slightly daunting to say the least..

Reading wasn’t my thing so I didn’t rush out to buy every parent manual I could find, but mind you there certainly wasn’t as many 14 years ago as there is now.

My thoughts were always how could a book teach you to bound and build a relationship with your baby when every parent and child is very different. So some might say I went into parenthood very naively with little knowledge but I think in some ways the more you know the more you could worry unnecessarily. But I embraced the steep learning curve that was ahead of me and it has certainly been fun, well most of the time!

From those precious first days, my maternal instinct kicked in and I made quick decisions on all kinds of things. The first was when T refused a bottle soon after birth and the midwife was keen to get some fluids into her as she was very sleepy, so she suggested I latch her on and she took straightaway hey presto ( I know this isn’t the case for everyone so please don’t all stone me now!) so that had to be my very first ParentOn Moment. She was a dream to feed and I never looked back, even though I hadn’t really thought about breastfeeding before, it worked well for us.

To the first bath with a slippy slidey teeny weeny scrunched up baby, I have fond memories of sharing this moment with my Mum even though we were both nervous. I survived and flourished through.

I continued to follow T’s lead and we survived the sleepless nights, weaning teething, the first sniffles and some more serious chest problems that resulted in a hospital stay, but by this point I knew my baby enough to know when she wasn’t right.

Me as a Teen Mum

My second bundle was born 5 years later and things weren’t as smooth as with my firstborn, L spent time in SCBU, meaning endless hours of sitting next to her crib longing to hold her, so never let anyone tell you you need to put your newborn down, those first days weeks are precious and cuddle them as much as you want. I once again found my feet as a new parent with the added element of having an older one too so having to be up and out of the house for a certain time meant L would have to wait to be fed sometimes, she survived!

Weaning was much later than when I had been advised with T a whole 3 months difference as T had her first at 12 weeks, L was 6 months. I have been given slightly different guidlines/literature nearly everytime my babies were old enough to try solids

By the time no.3 came along I should have had this, but J had other plans, she was tongue tied, which was missed until she was 8 weeks old, feeding was tough and she didn’t sleep a wink, she’s still not a keen sleeper 6 years on. So I have to admit exhaustion set in and my mood dipped quite majorly, but nothing some anti-depressants didn’t resolve (PND is not taboo anymore, so should be openly spoken about).

Social Post - Mother's Instinct

 

We got through and J has continued with a very strong character into childhood, bringing a lots of joy and some stressful times too.

My darling boy is a complete miracle, his entrance to the world was a nightmare starting with shoulder dystocia, being starved of oxygen and rush to SCBU very poorly, leaving me shocked and gutted I had missed that skin to skin contact I had previously cherished with the girls. Another major ParentOn Moment when I had to rethink my expectations. But my 10lb little fighter got through, I have to admit I would worry more and check up on him more and wasn’t sure of the longterm outcome, but thankfully all seems ok 4 years on.

The baby of the family, had a smoother entrance, but being baby to 4 older siblings and only having one parent in the house, she spent alot of time in a car seat ferrying them around, she was hungry alot and I used a dummy alot with her none of the others except L (who only had it for a few weeks and you won’t find any photographic evidence of this) had one. She pretty much skipped the sloppy weaning stage and jumped straight to the finger foods she grabbed out of her older siblings hands.

My Newborns

So 14 years into parenting I openly admit I have brought some parenting magazines, well I needed to know which was the latest seen to have pushchairs 😉 but have not been a regular subscriber.

The Pickles and I have made it through this far and I have share just a snippet of some of my #ParentOn moments, as I have thousands more than I could mention in one blog, I feel strongly about this campaign from Tommee Tippee that is encouraging parents to follow their gut instinct. As the Pickles grow I look forward to think on my feet many more times in the future too, that’s why parenting is so exciting

Follow the #ParentOn hashtag across social media to find out more about the Tommee Tippee campaign.

They Survived My Parenting Skills

Written by Jessamine Hislop-Newton, Mummy to 5 Pickles, Founder and Owner of Little Pickles Markets

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No First Day at School for My 4 Year Old This Year

No School for Me Just Yet!
No School for Me Just Yet!

In the past as soon as my eldest 3 girls reached 4 it was always the countdown to their first day at school the following September. With Faryl turning 4 in March there should have been no reason why it would have been any different. But after having many issues with my middle girls school, I made the decision to move the children as their school was no longer working with our family. As this decision was made after Faryl’s application for reception was submitted, this meant his new application was classed as a late application.
He therefore didn’t get a place at the girls new school of choice. I very quickly came to the decision that he would not go to a different school to his siblings.
Reading in the past I knew your child doesn’t have to legally go to school until the term after their 5th birthday (something I had never considered before), so I realised that this would be our plan.
So with Faryl’s name still on the waiting list he will remain at home and attending his current pre-school until Easter when he will be 5.
Hopefully he will get a place in the next 6 months, if not I be laying the foundations of his education, starting plenty of home education activities from September.
If a place doesn’t come available in the next year I will make the decision whether he will carry on being home educated.
So no shopping for first school shoes and oversized uniform and spamming facebook with first day at school pictures, just yet! But instead we will be adding to our ever increasing book collection and res

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