Cinemas for parents

If you think this is an odd blog-post title, it’s been a while since you had a baby or toddler 🙂 . Catching a movie was something I missed as a new parent, until I discovered the brilliant thing called baby cinema.

Lots of cinemas show day-time screenings of grown-up films that parents and carers can take their under ones to. But The Clapham Picture House has gone one further, three further in fact, by supplementing their Big Scream parent and baby screenings with parent and toddler, kids’ club, and ‘school gate’ screenings.

For parents with under-ones they have the twice-weekly BIG SCREAM. Details can be found here

This year they have started a twice-weekly club for parents with toddlers called TODDLER TIME. Details can be found here

Then as the kids get a little older they have the weekly KIDS’ CLUB. Details can be found here

They have also recently started scheduling one show every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at a specific time so parents can watch a film in time to pick up their kids from school (The finish time will always be 14.45). These are known as their ‘School Gate‘ shows. Details can be found here

The Ritzy in Brixton also has the Big Scream and Toddler Time and the Peckhamplex has Watch with Baby.

Let us know of other family-friendly film screenings and we’ll add it to this post.

Zombie disco!

Friday 25th October 3.30pm at Rye Books, 45 Upland Road, East Dulwich

This Friday afternoon (25th Oct) from 3.30 pm – Rye Books has teamed up once again with the Clock House pub to create some very scary goings on…so if you want to make some spooky things, have your face painted spooky fashion, hear some Ghostly tales or dance your bones off at our Zombie Disco! This is where you should be!

And here’s what you need to do (if you think you’re brave enough):

Go along to Rye Books in East Dulwich for 3.30 pm and have your face painted…maybe like a witch, maybe a Vampire, or a Ghoul, or anything real scary!…And then do your best Zombie walk (remember to be very scary) around the corner to the Clock House pub (on Barry Rd) for 4.30pm where the real fun begins!

This is a free event for ages 3 and up… but everyone is welcome!

Does colic exist? I don’t know, but the crying certainly does

Having experienced my second baby’s crying, I’m pretty sure my first born had colic. When he was about three weeks old, he would cry for hours, especially in the early evening and after feeds in the night. Whereas with our first baby, we were bouncing on the exercise ball, using the hairdryer and other white noise, singing, shushing, swaying, swaddling and whatever else we could come up with to get any respite and sleep, our second baby gets very slightly grumbly. Sometimes. I know, they’re all different, but I also wonder if it’s just us parents who are different second-time round?
I read an interesting article about how colic was just the baby saying “get out of my face!” And what a ‘colicky’ baby needs is to be held close by their mother, in a dark, quiet room, and not to be passed between friendly visitor after friendly visitor. I think there’s some truth in that in terms of second babies being more chilled, but I’m also pretty sure we tried the ‘peace and quiet’ approach to no avail.
If you’re in the midst of colic or just want to learn more, there’s a free workshop on next week in Battersea, which you might want to check out:
“Infacol have teamed up with expert midwife Nikki Khan to bring mums some help and advice on colic. The workshops will explain what colic is, how to treat and prevent it, the benefits of baby massage and the chance to ask Nikki any colic related questions on a one-to-one basis. Each mum who attends will receive a goody bag (approx worth is £40), full of products for mum and baby such as baby massage oil, skincare products and an Annabell Karmel cookery book. The workshop is free of charge and will be held on Tuesday 29th October, from 10am – 2pm. The workshop will take place at the Katherine Low Settlement, 108 Battersea High Street, London, SW11 3HP.  Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.”
Places are limited and it’s first-come-first-served, so to reserve a space email

Hello world!

Only two years late, we’ve finally got round to using our WordPress account – hurray!

We want this to become a useful and inspirational source of information for anything family related south of the river, as well as a way to support local businesses, especially mumpreneurs.

We’ll be developing the website over the next few months, but feel free to send comments, ideas, requests as and when you have them.

We believe mums share more commonalities than differences, so we’re like Switzerland when it comes to the ‘mummy wars’ and trolls can go hide back under the bridge where they belong. Parenthood can be tough enough, so if you’re looking for a fight, take it outside thank-you-very-much.

That said, we know mums are real (smart, funny, practical, *insert any other awesome adjective here*) people, too, with interests and lives beyond our kids, so we’ll try to make sure the website reflects that.

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