Out & about with your toddler

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I am just finishing off the Birth & Baby Network toddler pages. Today I have been working on where to go with your growing baby and toddler.

Thanks to everyone who shared with me where you go with your baby and/or toddler. It got me thinking about where I took my girls when they were little because we were never in.

Some big favourites for us when the girls were little were:

Seven Stories – many a rainy wintery day was spent here either just us or with friends listening to stories, making, sticking, dressing up, playing and exploring.

Whitehouse Farm – it has animals, soft play and tractors, so what’s not to love?


The Discovery Museum and The Hancock (now The Great North Museum)


We loved a range of parks – Ridley Park and South Beach in Blyth, Northumberland Park in North Shields, South Marine Park in South Shields, Saltwell Park in Gateshead

and the beach was a big hit too – from Longsands, Cullercoats and South Shields to Seaton Sluice and Blyth.

Whether it was brilliant sunshine or a splodge through puddles it was always worth getting the kids out, even if it was just for an hour or so. I remember very fondly the days of packing up the car with suitable clothes for all weather – we had everything from sun hats, suncream, buckets and spades to wellies and waterproof suits so we were ready for a quick trip or a day out with friends.


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I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.

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