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Organise Your Kid’s Paperwork (You NEED This in Spain)

Yes, a document organiser for a baby. Sounds ludicrous, but trust me, we live in Spain. You need this. Here’s why we bought one… J and I hadn’t slept much after baby Felix arrived on the scene, as you do when you’re a new parent.  The third morning after we got home with the baby, we had to trek to the health center for Felix’s heel-prick test. When we got to the clinic, we realised we’d forgotten Felix’s vaccination booklet (the green one called ‘El Libro de Niño Sano’). “Did you remember to bring the baby?” The pediatrician asked. He was so deadpan it took us a bit to realise he was joking. He did everything he needed to do anyway, including the heel-prick, but after that we decided it was time to get little folder for all of Felix’s documents. He was so small, but already had so much paperwork! I’m not quite sure whether other countries have as much bureaucracy as Spain does, especially if you’re an ex-pat, but I suspect that most kids will accumulate at least some of the following bits and pieces just in their first …

Top 11 Baby Accessories We Found Useful (and where to buy in Fuengirola area)

When I got pregnant, we were dumbstruck by the amount of stuff we apparently needed for a new baby. Baby snot aspirator? Diaper disposal bags? Do you really need those? Then Felix arrived and suddenly all these bizarre items turned out to be essential – here’s our Top 10 list and where to buy in the Fuengirola area. 1. Rubber ice cube trays. Who knew? For those first tiny bits of solid food a baby eats, rubber ice cube trays are so handy for freezing small portions of apple pure or mashed potato. As baby grows and his or her appetite changes, you can pop out as few or as many cubes as you need to defrost. If you freeze several trays with different ingredients, you can mix and match flavours for interesting dinners. Where to buy? We bought ours from Eroski in the Miramar Shopping Centre in Fuengirola, but I’m pretty sure you can find these in any big supermarket or Chinese shop. 2. Wearable sleeping bag. Especially older babies move around a lot when they sleep and blankets usually end up …

Sewing: Inflatable Play Donut for Baby

IMPORTANT: This toy is intended for adult supervised play ONLY. Never leave your child to play unattended in it. A friend of mine has one of these “sit me up” inflatable play donuts for her baby. They provide support and allow your baby to sit independently for a little while.  I loved the idea and I decided to have a go at making one myself. Baby Felix adores it! (And it gives me a chance to relax and have a cup of tea while I watch him from the sofa.)    Materials An inflatable swimming ring, roughly 120cm in diameter, with an approx. 40cm diameter hole in the middle About 4 meters of cloth to cover the ring About 65 x 65cm cloth and 60x60cm soft padding material to sew onto bottom “pillow” where baby will sit Coloured bits of cloth for decorations (old t-shirts, etc.) 8 x 15 cm pieces of ribbon to sew onto the sides – to hold the cover in place 4 x plastic bags / pieces of plastic gift wrap  …