18 June 2015

Celebrating the Arrival of Princess Charlotte (PLUS Your Chance To Win)

 
It’s no big secret that children can become a little jealous when a new sibling arrives in to any family. Sharing toys, attention and parents is a new concept to little ones, and it can take some time getting used to.
 
To help embrace the birth of his new little sister and to prepare for her arrival home, Zapf creation gifted Prince George with his very own Baby Charlotte doll. Mimicking the weight of a real life baby, Baby Annabell is the UK’s number one nurturing doll and with a number of very realistic functions, it’s easy to see why.

 
 
Baby Annabell’s lifelike features include responding to touch and sounds, crying real
tears, giggling, sucking on her bottle or dummy and being gently rocked to sleep. Baby Annabell is the perfect doll to get Prince George up to speed on baby holding techniques and help have him ready to bottle feed Baby Charlotte in no time.
 


 
 
  We have teamed up with Zapf Creation to celebrate the birth of Princess Charlotte and you can win a doll of your own! The doll is great for your own children at home that may have siblings on the way, or for those that just like a good role play game of mums and dads.

 

 
For your chance to win a Baby Annabell doll you can enter via the Gleam entry form below.
The giveaway ends at 11.59pm GMT on 16th July 2015.
Leaving a comment is mandatory but there are additional entry methods available also.

 
Good luck!
 
 
 
 

 
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208 comments :

  1. When you're baby is having one of their longer naps try and have a bit of one on one with your oldest child

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  2. Fondest childhood memory was singing and cuddling with my mum

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  3. My fondest childhood memories are of playing out a lot in the fresh air and picnic at Slayley, by the rive r - playing pooh sticks over the bridge!

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  4. Family days out and picnics with my whole family!

    AShleigh

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  5. Going to Mauritius in the long summer holidays and spending time with family who live there as didn't get to see that often

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  6. My fondest memory is being able to play out in the fresh air and enjoy the freedom. We also went out often on picnics to the country. My Dad used to put a whole dish of his trifle in the car boot!

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  7. I used to love going blackberry picking with my mum then going home and making tarts together. I had so much fun with the left over pastry :)

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  8. I used to love caravan family holidays!

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  9. Spending time as a family,me specially all the summer's we went to visit my Grandparents x

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  10. My fondest memories as a child were spending time with my parents at the weekend, as my Dad used to work away. We always had plans made for weekends, whether it be going to.The beach, going for a long walk or off to the park xxx

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  11. Best tip: Do not over compensate your only going to create an atmosphere that the child feels this is a dramatic change, spend the first couple of weeks as a family with a solid routine, limit visitors where possible and try to retain as much of your normal day to day routine as poss, kids actually adjust really well, but if there is dramatic change in routine it can be scary for a kid and make them feel out of sorts which can cause resentment to what they perceive causes the change x

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  12. Family holidays visiting relatives in Ireland! So much fun playing in the hay barn and helping out with the animals

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  13. family road trips the best

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  14. My favourite memory is sitting under the table and banging a metal lid.

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  15. My fondest childhood memory is playing outside allday in the sunshine and riding my bike for hours.

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  16. My fondest memories was playing in the garden with my heman figures

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  17. i would say dont worry dont panic its all easier than the last time xxx

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  18. Catherine McAlinden18 June 2015 at 17:45

    My tip would be to make sure visitors don't fuss over the baby and ignore the toddler.

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  19. My tip for a 2nd child is - do not overspend! your first child you tend to, however with your second. Don't waste money you don't have to. Pass down clothes if you can. Buy second hand. Your child does not have to have new everything like you feel you have to with your first child. They are not babies for long! Save the money for when they are older !

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  20. Lynsey Buchanan18 June 2015 at 19:20

    Fondest childhood memory is learning to ride my bike. I was so proud of myself

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  21. I grew up in the countryside and we used to play outside all day long, I really cant remember us being indoors during the school holidays!

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  22. Don't expect them to be the same as your first one!

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  23. Get the older one involved in babycare, even if it's just bringing a nappy or item of clothing. They love to help and will create a bond between them

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  24. My fondest memories are of visiting Gran and being thoroughly spoiled!

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  25. Don't think its easier second time around. I found it much harder having two as you never have time off. So be prepared...

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  26. My best memories were playing in my Nan and Granchas garden and watching him grow his veg :) miss my Grancha

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  27. What is your fondest childhood memory. . . . . . . hot summer days and icy cold winter days - both perfect for playing in

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  28. I remember my parents bringing my baby sister home!

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  29. My fondest is memory is being out on a boat with my feet dangling over the edge and my dad holding me so sunny, reflections in the water and my mum telling my Dad to be careful!

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  30. I used to really enjoy day trips to the beach with my grandparents x

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  31. Bedtime stories loved this time :)

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  32. Skiing holidays with my dad and baking with my gran

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  33. Paula Readings19 June 2015 at 12:06

    Include the second child whenever possible.

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  34. always involve your first child, with helping with new baby

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  35. i had my 1st child get really involved with looking after the new arrival from feeding to cuddles and helping to change bottoms and i also got them a present from the baby x.

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  36. My fondest memories of childhood were living out in the countryside, staying out all day riding our bikes, it was great x

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  37. My fondest memories are of time spent with the family. It's really important to spend quality time.

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  38. My fondest memory is of my Dad taking me to the football. This is when it was all standing and I was so small I couldn't see, so he made me a box to stand on.

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  39. Elizabeth Hinds20 June 2015 at 16:12

    My fondest memory is of visiting the extended family in the Lake District and in Leicester - you can't beat quality family time! :)

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  40. playing on a three wheeler bike

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  41. My Grandma used to look after me and I always loved going out to the pen to feed the chucks the potato and veg peelings... happy days :)

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  42. used to love playing outside with skips and two balls, not like today when everyone is on computers and games consoles all of the time. we had to physically knock on friends doors to see if they were coming out to play

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  43. I remember a family holiday with not aonly my parents & brother, but my Nana & Papa too. happy days

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  44. Fondest childhood memory was eating outside with all the family during the warm summer days

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  45. My fondest childhood memory is a family holiday with my grandparents and cousins to Scarborough!

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  46. Fondest childhood memory is when we got our first injured baby sea animal to our wildlife sanctuary and nursed her back to health......Rosie the common seal pup.

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  47. Fondest childhood memory is when we got our first injured baby sea animal to our wildlife sanctuary and nursed her back to health......Rosie the common seal pup.

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  48. Going to the panto every year on xmas eve with my parents x

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  49. Always being outside children don't seem to do it anymore

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  50. My favourite childhood memory is playing all kinds of sports with my big brother outside; football, badmington, tag rugby.. etc

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  51. I remember lots of holidays at the family caravan. I seemed to spend most of school holidays there with my parents, grandparents or great grandparents.

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  52. Johan Ellermann20 June 2015 at 21:21

    My fondest memory was attending an indian Pow Wow in Canada, I was awestruck at how beautiful it was.

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  53. A week's holiday at Butlins when I was about 6 holds very fond memories.

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  54. Spending a summer with my mum and my brother when we had just moved house.

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  55. I remember being given my favourite cuddly toy, an elephant, as a "present" from my new baby sister.

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  56. My mum used to take us on loads of day trips, they've given me lots of fond memories.

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  57. Snuggling on my grans knee every Sunday for book time

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  58. I think my fondest memories are the summer holidays when we went down to Cornwall, we always had a fantastic time!

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  59. playing in the waves at the seaside with dad while mam sat guarding our belongings

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  60. collecting shells in Whitby and playing crazy golf

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  61. Going to my grandads every Sunday morning and then him taking me to feed the ducks. Loved it xx

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  62. Fondest memorys school holidays trips to stay by the sea visiting grandparents

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  63. Loved going on family holidays to a working farm...we used to get up early and go and milk the cows and watch calfs being born.. amazing holidays

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  64. Involve the older child as much as possible x

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  65. Get your little one to help with new baby so they feel included and getting a pressie from baby helps too x

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  66. Allow your child to get involved where possible, with the new baby - or they will feel left out and it may cause problems between the baby and your child.

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  67. Try and make some 121 time with your first child as they will feel left out!

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  68. I have so many wonderful memories. I suppose the most relevant is playing with my Tiny and Timmy Tears dolls. I loved them so much! My dad even made me a little wardrobe to keep their clothes and things in :)
    Advice for parents about to have baby number 2 is make sure you make plenty of time with your first born while the baby is little so they dont feel pushed out x

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  69. My fondest memories are of playing out elaborate storylines with my troll collection. They lived in a village of little shoeboxes under my bed...

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  70. My fondest memories are having teddy bears picnics in the front garden use my plastic tea set

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  71. christine shelley21 June 2015 at 22:11

    Spending weekends with my grandmother and her taking me for afternoon tea

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  72. Fondest memory (there are lots) but playing Barbies with my sister for hours was always my favourite time!

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  73. My fondest childhood memory was swimming in my grandparents pool.

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  74. Going strawberry picking with my dad and sister

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  75. reading the lion, witch and the wardrobe book in my own wardrobe with a torch hoping to find narnia

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  76. dad use to take us puddle splashing in the car :)

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  77. what to say when expecting a second child,well im a mum of 4 and what i did was make them both the same and let the eldest child be involved in the new babies routine like we did so there is no jealousy and bad feeling against a sibling.my fondest memory of when i was younger has to be when i was around 5 or 6 and i got a nurses outfit and finger puppets both at the same time as been born in the 70s times were hard x

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  78. my fondest memory is when after weeks of badgering, my mum got me a kitten for christmas. Penny the cat was with me for a lovely 10 years

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  79. my Dad taking me round to the local park and pushing me on the swings

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  80. Ask me again in a few months as I am currently expecting my second!!

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  81. my fondest memory is when my mum and i lived at my nan and grandads when they lived in a static caravan and my grandad made me a Wendy house like tots TV. it was really nice to have my own personalised playhouse :)

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  82. Get the younger child (if old enough) to help as much as they can with the new baby. Nappy changes, feeding time, reading stories and singing thgem to sleep. The second child will feel more included and less isolated this way.

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  83. we used to spend a lot of time on a family members farm when we were kids, cuddling poor kittens we would not leave alone

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  84. Housework will always be there. Children don't stay little for long so spend time with them not your home and make memories

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  85. let your older child help you with looking after the new baby. playing with them, while you nip to the loo and that

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  86. Getting a much wanted Silver Cross Doll's pram for Christmas x

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  87. family trip to mexico - brilliant weather and lots of fun

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  88. Make sure you make any changes before baby arrives - ie changing out of any cots you may need or changing your child care plans as you don't want to them to blame baby x

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  89. When my dad Built me a wendy house! i will love him forever for that! i played in that for Hours & hours!

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  90. My fondest memory is of a family holiday in Turkey, best 2 weeks ever!

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  91. my best memories were picnics at the beach and sand sandwiches x

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  92. Every Sunday was family day and we would go to a park and for long walks and have a picnic, loved these times.

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  93. Lots of hugs and hearing new words

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  94. Camping with my parents - such wonderful memories!

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  95. Fiona Henderson24 June 2015 at 22:52

    christmas eve all wrapped up on the sofa with a hot chocolate

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  96. my fondest childhood memories are long walks with my grandad and his dog

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  97. My fondest memories are playing out in the summer holidays, disappearing all day and only coming back for food or the toilet!

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  98. My fondest memories are of the long summers just going off with you pals all day and getting home in the evenings just in time for dinner

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  99. Going to the beach with my cousins

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  100. Going camping in wales with my mum dad and sisters

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  101. Building treehouses in my grandparent's garden :)

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  102. Family bikerides <3

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  103. Trips to the park and picnics in my back garden!

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  104. Trips to the park

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  105. Our annual camping trip to North Wales with our family of 6 (all crammed into 1 small car including the tent) and walking to the local farm shops for sweets in the evening.

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  106. Playing with my slinky - I loved that thing!

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  107. S Francis THE BEACH of course

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  108. doing jigsaw puzzles with my nan!

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  109. Michelle Phillips2 July 2015 at 20:15

    Colouring in the garden with my little sister in NZ. And pretending to water the garden

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  110. Fondest memory is playing with all our toy cars with my brother

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  111. fondest memory is baking with my grandma

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  112. I have four little ones, when I had my youngest, I made sure all the others knew how loved they all were, and I got them all to help me with the baby and now, they spoil her more than I do! The key when introducing a new sibling is to make the older child know just how wonderful they are and always will be to you... xxx

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  113. we are currently trying for our second, my little girl is almost 4 now, and ive been told, to make her feel really important, and 'big sister' involving her in feeding, changing and general care, passing wipes and so on, so she doesnt feel left out . this would be ideal for practice x

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  114. holidays with my nan and grandad x

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  115. When Father Christmas bought me a Cookie Monster toy AND he was in a cardboard homemade hutch!

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  116. staying at my nan and grandads house and my nan making us ice cream with rice crispies on top and home made butterscotch sauce.

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  117. Playing outdoors, we were lucky to have been brought up on a farm and I have many fond memories of being outdoors a lot when I was young :)

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  118. baking with my mum. can still smell them cakes now if i think of it!

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  119. always remember the day trips to the Yorkshire coast line Whitby and scarborough, with sandcastles and yummy food

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  120. Spending lots of time with my Grandparents enjoying the outdoors.

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  121. get the older child involved in setting up for the new baby so that way there more likely to form a bond

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  122. Camping with my Mum and little brothers

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  123. Make a routine so you always have time to spend with each child individually this ensures they never feel left out.

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  124. My fondest memory is living in the Shetland Isles amongst lots and lots of Shetland Ponies.

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  125. Anyone expecting a second child, I would say make sure you involve your other child in everything because they may feel left out :) x

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  126. Time spent with my grandparents on their farm are memories I cherish

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  127. One of my fondest memories is spending time at my grans house, watching the little mermaid over and over, and having picnics in the garden.

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  128. Bouncing along on my space hopper without a care in the world!

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  129. Making a den under the dining table

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  130. carpet picnics with my nana =) x

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  131. spending summers with my family

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  132. to not tiptoe around the new baby when sleeping, if you do this from the start then the baby will sleep through most noise

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  133. fondest memory is horseriding in scarborough with my grandparents

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  134. My memory is the first time I used my roller boots (I'm far older than roller blades lol) without falling over.. I was soooo happy :)

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  135. My fondest memory was playing out with friends in the long summer holidays.We used to love making dens,having picnics and having water fights.We made our own fun in the 70's and 80's.

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  136. Playing in my Nana's huge front garden with my cousins. Very happy days xx

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  137. My fondest childhood memories of the holidays to Skegness/Ingoldmells as a child, recalling all the hours we spent on the beach with a picnic and then going back to the caravan for a night of card and board games - going to the "slots" was a real treat and only happened once or twice during the holiday

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  138. My fondest memories were simply from playing in the garden in the summer, with the paddling pool. I remember my mum throwing me in and also it was the summer she taught me how to do a hand stand and roly poly. Simple memories are the best.

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  139. Involve your first child as much as possible like help mummy in baby's bedroom, help mummy get baby's nappy

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  140. My fondest childhood memory is of the day my little sister was born!

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  141. Pam Francis Gregory14 July 2015 at 20:37

    Playing in my nan's garden

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  142. Let your eldest get involved with the new baby as much as possible and encourage them to help and do similar things with their own babies (dolls)

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  143. Remember to fit in 'Mummy Time' even if its just having a hot cup of tea!

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  144. when i was 7 i was bouncing on a trampoline which my parents placed my 6 month brother on as well (they were holding him just letting him bounce gentle as I did) and he found it so funny and couldn't stop laughing.

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  145. Try to have one on one time with the elder sibling once baby has arrived.

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  146. My fondest childhood memory is long days at the beach on summer weekends.

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  147. My childhood memory is my big brother taking me out shopping when I was very little!

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  148. My fondest memory is going for walks with my grandad

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  149. Christmas as the whole extended family came together for the day.

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  150. when you are on your second child you tend to be more relaxed with routines and schedules. By the time you get to a forth they don't exist. For us it worked better by just going with the flow on things such as feeding times etc.

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  151. Victoria Cunniff15 July 2015 at 12:37

    Fondest childhood memory is spending each summer with the whole family on holiday. We always went to the same hotel in sunny Blackpool and I remember eating marmalade from those tiny pots - I still associate those pots with holidays and Blackpool

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  152. going to the caravan with gran and granddad x

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  153. Forest exploration days :) x

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  154. being the youngest...
    I got away with EVERYTHING!

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  155. Fondest childhood memory has to be summer holidays spent with all of my cousins, playing hide and seek and making dens in the woods. I wish it was socially acceptable to do those things as adults!

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  156. my fondest childhood memory is me, my sister and my 3 cousins putting on a play for a family BBQ my Cousin had to say get off your horse and drink ya milk and my sister had to drink a whole glass of milk was a very strange play but our family's loved it

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  157. Going camping with my family and our godparents' family every Summer - we had some great times

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  158. My fondest childhood memories are of our long summer holidays in our caravan.

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  159. Early morning walks with my dad on holiday

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  160. You don't have to travel far or spend a fortune to have fun.

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  161. Having my first bicycle. A lovely red Raleigh bike.

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  162. keep the 1st child in the loop ! a prezzie from baby helps to make big bro/sis feel wanted :)

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  163. Long walks and blackberry picking up its my grandad he was just the best

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  164. My grandad pretending to pinch my nose.

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  165. our first visit to Disney World in Orlando I was 5 and really thought the characters were for real :)

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  166. My fondest memory is when I was about five, my Nan and I side buy side at the sink handwashing clothes, her washing the delicates, me washing my dollys clothes, then side by side we would ring them out and hang them on the line to air dry.

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  167. Twirling around to show my granddad my pretty dress. I was very young and that's the only memory I have of him. @jaizduck

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  168. Holidays in Cornwall

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  169. going holidays with all my cousins

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  170. carrying my life size rupart the bear teddy EVERYWHERE with me.

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  171. Family holidays at Skegness in the 70s

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  172. Having the freedom to play out on my bike, build dens etc. without being constantly being worried by stranger danger.

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  173. Your second child is much easier as you know what to expect. Involve your first child by getting them to help with the baby followed by lots of praise and cuddles.

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  174. My fondest memory is Christmas.I know it's cliched but it's true. New pyjamas on Christmas Eve and a movie and lots of food and the excitement that Father Christmas was coming. Getting up on Christmas Day when it was still dark and seeing Father Christmas had left a huge pile of presents next to my bed. Seeing my stocking hung at the end of my bed. Yummy breakfast, actually a never ending supply of yummy food throughout the day. Relatives, neighbours and friends dropping in throughout the day. Huge fireplace that was bigger than me lit with a roaring fire. Playing with our toys (I have a Brother & Sister, they're twins and two years younger than me) together. Going to church (it was a social thing/tradition, we weren't particularly religious). Having a Boxing Day brunch for lots of people with cold cuts of meat and pickles and bubble and squeak made from yesterdays leftovers.....I could go on. If I can give my kids half as magical a Christmas as my Mother & Father gave us I will be more than happy! :)

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  175. My fondest memory as a child is being at the beach all day with the family having loads of fun :) x

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  176. I loved when I was little and something was upsetting me my mum was giving a long cuddle and telling me that everything will be okay.. Oh, was so lovely.

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  177. caravan holidays to wales

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  178. Going to Blackpool with a large group of family for the weekend every September, the Friday after school started :)

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  179. My fondest memories are of magical Christmas times

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  180. My fondest memories are that every year we stayed with an old aunt who had a 3 bed house for guests in the grounds of where she lived and we used to stay there for 2 weeks every Summer. It was in Sussex and we used to go to Brighton, Hove and Saltdean to the seaside for picnics most days with walks at Beachy Head or go shopping on other days. It just was something I looked forward to each year as we had a lot of fun.

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  181. Summer holidays at my nan's house. We would spend the entire day in the garden and she'd constantly be popping out with drinks and snacks for us :)

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  182. Try to do all the things you done with your 1st baby, its easy to be so wrapped up with your toddler that you forget to enjoy all their special moments

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  183. Coming home from school to my nannas blue custard and banana sandwiches,she was my mum as my mum didn't want me but dies when I was 9 ,I still miss her terribly, i still remember sitting with her on a Saturday afternoon watching giuant haystacks,she would jump up and down willing him to win

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  184. I loved spending summers at my cousin's house

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  185. We recently had our second child (now 3 months) & my tip would be to lavish even more attention on your first (4) than usual - they are used to being the only one & can get very naughty if the baby gets more attention.

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  186. Mine is playing outside for hours with my siblings, we used to love playing hide and seek or going on long bike rides.

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  187. When your second child is born,get you older child to help out with things like getting nappies and wipes for you and rubbing the babies head when getting a nappy change, this made my children feel more involved and helpful with the new addition and not left out.

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