Aug 17th

Remember this next time your child is crying

By georgies mummy

Hey mamas.

It's lazy night over here so I've just prepped a pot of pasta and realised that I completely forgot to tell you about this amazing -albeit not newsworthy- article I recently read on helping children deal with difficult emotions.

It's so simple and beautiful and one of the best pieces of advice I have come across. I had to write about it. 

Let me know what you think about the train analogy.

Peace and love

eleni x

Aug 14th

MiC’s Weekly Roundup #309!

By Cyprus Mum

NEWS

We hope you’re all winding down for the biggest bank holiday of the year this week on Tuesday 15th August. We’ll be beavering away on our new website that, fingers crossed, will be coming to a screen near you soon!

NEW VLOG SERIES

As promised, we have the first Video Blog - “You Matter!” - from the inspirational Penelope Magoulianiti (you’ll remember we did a Spotlight Interview on her back in June: http://bit.ly/2snfNyL and published the first of her blogs in both Greek and English in July here: http://bit.ly/2uwYRrt). This week’s Vlog is in English, next week’s will be in Greek and the week after, we’ll have the first in her series of “Juggler’s Tips” for busy Mums, so stay tuned! http://bit.ly/2wV5dOC

Penelope

Aug 14th

The Juggler's Task List: YOU MATTER!

By Cyprus Mum

Juggler's Task List

  

Many times, we think that we have no time to rest and that if we just keep working and keep pushing ourselves we will manage eventually to finish with our To-Do Lists. 

Watch this video and learn why it is extremely important to take some time to relax and why by doing so you will have more chances to be successful in anything that you work on.

View Penelope's Vlog (Video Blog) here: http://bit.ly/2w3r60Q 

Aug 11th

A family of five goes vegan

By georgies mummy

Hey mamas!

I'm back from a five-day holiday with the family hence the radio silence on the blog.

But I am knuckling down already! On the blog one of my most favourite posts: a family I know decided to go vegan and seeing as how obsessed I am with food and attempting to be healthy I wanted to know more.

I asked them everything from worrying about vitamin deficiency to their favourite recipes so expect tons!

Peace and love mamas

eleni x 

Aug 7th

MiC’s Weekly Roundup #308!

By Cyprus Mum

NEWS

We had a fantastic time at Masterland, the Children’s City of Craftsmen’s opening last week! It was great to get a first look at this innovative new edutainment centre in Limassol… We’re going to publish an MiC HQ Review soon but, in the meantime, you can check out some pictures we snapped at the Grand Opening over on our FB page: @mumsincyprus

Masterland

Masterland

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK – in honour of World Breastfeeding Week

MAΜ Breast Pads & Nipple Shields – helping breastfeeding mums!

MAM supports mums while they are breastfeeding because mum's milk is best for baby. Together with medical experts, midwifes and experienced parents MAM has developed a range of products for breastfeeding. The MAΜ Breast Pads are extra thin with a super absorbent core and a breathable soft surface which makes them invisible beneath clothing. They feel comfortable and let your skin

Aug 7th

Product of the Week - MAΜ Breast Pads & Nipple Shields!

By Cyprus Mum

MAM WednesdayWin

MAΜ Breast Pads & Nipple Shields – helping breastfeeding mums!

MAM supports mums while they are breastfeeding because mum's milk is best for baby. Together with medical experts, midwifes and experienced parents MAM has developed a range of products for breastfeeding. The MAΜ Breast Pads are extra thin with a super absorbent core and a breathable soft surface which makes them invisible beneath clothing. They feel comfortable and let your skin breathe and come with an adhesive strip that allows easy fixing on clothes and ensures an optimal hold. The MAM Nipple Shields offer short-term support during breastfeeding. They make the switch between Mum and MAM particularly easy for babies because of the very thin SKINSOFTTM silicone for maximum skin contact. Their natural shape allows baby to feel and smell mum’s skin and the textured surface lets air between baby and nipple shield which means they are especially gentle on baby’s skin. They come in a pack of 2 supplied in a sterilisable storage box. You're advised to consult a midwife or nursing consultant before you first use them.

In honour of World Breastfeeding Week, MAM Cyprus have donated three sets of the MAM Breast Pads and Nipple Shields to give away! Simply email:

Aug 2nd

Breastfeeding – a unique experience

By Cyprus Mum

MiC Exclusive

Dear Parents,

It is World Breastfeeding Week in the first week of August and so we are dedicating this month’s article to this important topic for mothers and babies.

Breastfeeding is a unique experience for mothers and their babies. So much intimacy. So much affection. So much love. And so many uncertainties. Will it work straight away? How long and how often should you breastfeed? And what if difficulties arise?

The most important thing to remember is that breastmilk is best for babies. Nevertheless, breastfeeding is a very personal affair. The need alone – of mother and baby – determines whether baby is fully or partly breastfed and how long breastfeeding continues, if at all.

Size doesn’t matter

Nature really has thought of everything: no matter how big or small breasts are or what shape they are – the milk produced will always be enough. Breasts are not ‘warehouses’ in which provisions are stored. Baby’s regular sucking stimulates production and flow. And as long as baby is sucking, there is enough to drink. Conclusion: Forget worrying. Build up some self-confidence instead – because this combined with joyful anticipation is the very best training for breast-feeding.

Birth & first breastfeeding

Love at first sight

Newborns are incredibly attentive. Shortly after birth, when they are snuggled in their mother’s (or father’s) arms, they search with all their senses – for the smell, the voice, the eye contact, the touch. This initial bonding is the basis for the relationship that develops between parents and babies. If, for medical reasons (for example

Jul 31st

MiC’s Weekly Roundup #307!

By Cyprus Mum

NEWS

Wow! Our Masterland Sneak Preview has gone viral and judging by the amount of entries we’re getting to our #WednesdayWin, it looks like they’re going to be busy all summer long! To read our blogpost on Masterland, The Children’s City of Craftsmen, click here: http://bit.ly/2u7kATF and to be in with a chance of winning tickets to their Grand Opening on Thursday 3rd, click here: http://bit.ly/2tp9CMo.

The winning families will be announced on Wednesday 2nd August and their names will be on a Guest List at the door!

Masterland

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Babycup First Cups!

Healthy sipping for weaning and beyond! Babycup First Cups are mini open cups, designed to encourage proper sipping – which oral healthcare professionals recommend should be encouraged as early as possible.  Created following extensive research with little ones and with the health professionals who advise families

Jul 31st

Product of the Week - Babycup First Cups!

By Cyprus Mum

Babycup WednesdayWin

Healthy sipping for weaning and beyond! Babycup First Cups are mini open cups, designed to encourage proper sipping – which oral healthcare professionals recommend should be encouraged as early as possible.  Created following extensive research with little ones and with the health professionals who advise families on what cup to use, Babycup First Cups are perfectly proportioned for little hands and mouths.  Endorsed by dentists, orthodontists, health visitors and oral health promoters as the healthy cup choice for babies and young children. Great for supporting oral health, fine motor skills and independent feeding.  Also suitable for cup-feeding infants in times of feeding challenges such as latch issues, bottle-refusal, cleft or tongue-tie. Non-toxic, BPA-free, phthalates-free, durable, dishwasher-safe and steriliser-safe, they are multi award-winning in the UK and the USA and highly recommended on social media and parenting forums. 

Made in the UK and now available in all Mothercare stores in Cyprus.

P.S. Also very easy to clean!

Babycup Multipack MulticolourBabycup Blue PackBabycup Pink pack

 

We’ve got three of the Babycup multipacks to give away! 

Simply email kat@mumsincyprus.com with "Babycup" in the subject line.

We will be drawing winners throughout the whole month: the Pink pack on the 9th; the Blue pack on the 16th and Multi-colour pack on the 23rd August!

To read more about Babycups and why they are so good for your babies and toddlers, click here to read our MiC Exclusive. 

MiC Exclusive

And if you haven’t done so already, read more about the Babycup founder, Sarah Keel in our Spotlight Interview and how she started her home-based business from scratch.

Spotlight on Sara Keel

Babycup UK

Jul 28th

Fun Fitness Activities for Kids

By IslaWright

In 2016, approximately one-third of children and adolescents were considered obese. If this trend remains steady, scientists assume that there will be more than 70 million obese children by 2025. This means that children need to develop healthy habits more than ever! Healthy eating and regular physical activity is the key to fighting these devastating stats. Physical activity is not only integral to children’s physical health and development, but it’s also critical for their mental and social development. Physical activity improves blood circulation and makes children feel more energized. If you want your kid to be more active, here are some fun fitness activities your child (and you) can try.

Bike Riding

Bike riding has always been such a fun activity for the whole family. You can easily make a circle around the block or organize a fun day out and cycle to a nice picnic location. Children are quite fast at figuring out how to ride a bike, so don’t worry if your kid hasn’t learned yet. All it takes is 30 minutes to an hour to teach your kid all bike-riding secrets. Even if your kid’s a good cyclist, until they’re at least 10 years old, they should ride on sidewalks and paths. And of course, safety first, so helmets are a necessity both for your kid and you.

Swimming

Swimming is by far the best cardio activity on this list. It activates almost every muscle in your body, tones muscles and builds strength. Additionally, swimming improves coordination, balance, posture, flexibility and alleviates stress. It’s a complete fitness package great for all ages, and it’s

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