Monthly Archives: October 2013

One Small Step

For a small town, Buxton is a peachy spot for new parents looking for trustworthy, local outlets to buy clothes, shoes and toys for their little ones. I feel very lucky to have a bespoke children’s shoe shop almost on my door step, or should I say One Small Step away 😉

One Small Step

One Small Step is run by the lovely Nichola and since we’ve been here we’ve popped in just to say hello and also to pick up some first stage shoes for baby E.

Our first excuse reason was to get some shoes to wear to her aunty’s wedding. With a dress picked up from Mini Bugs (another post coming soon about another fabulous shop!) she needed some shoes to top off her outfit.

One Small Step stocks the lovely Inch Blue range which come in tempting designs such as bears, ice creams and even trains. I’m a bit of a train nut and the colours of the train shoes matched E’s dress so we had to buy them. I personally believe she had the best shoes at the wedding!

When friends with a baby visited recently, One Small Step was on the must visit list and when I spotted dinosaur shoes for size 6-12 months we had to get them (E insisted, honest).

Today we ventured there again with another purpose – some cozy sock type shoes that would keep her feet toasty and also let her crawl about. With the weather getting colder I wanted something to keep her feet warm but also have grip for her adventures in cruising and crawling. I contacted Nichola via One Small Step’s Facebook page and she advised they stocked lovely moccasins – the Mocc Ons brand. When we arrived the most difficult part was choosing the design, we went for the subtle rainbow colour.

shoes!

I’m looking forward to baby E needing shoes for her first steps, there’s such a lovely range to choose from – more importantly from a trustworthy shop (no concerns about being told they need shoes when they don’t, like my sisters have had at other shops). They offer a professional measuring service by fully trained staff. But it’s not just shoes stocked, they also have a fabulous range of raincoats (hubby has his eye on a dinosaur design for E), umbrellas, hats, socks… you get the idea.

Oh and even if you just pop in to say hello to Nichola please do, she’s lovely! And the window display is always fab 🙂

In summary; a lovely local, child friendly shop with a fab range of goods.

We loved:
* window display – scary Halloween pumpkins!
* service, lots of questions answered
* wide range of items for all children’s ages
* toys to keep children entertained

Would be even better if:
* Nichola had heating to keep warm 🙂

Visit the website to browse and buy: One Small Step.

Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!

Get talking with baby sign language

It’s been a good few months since I posted onto the blog, shocking! It’s been a frantic few months getting to grips with a new full time job, a commute and a daughter who still doesn’t sleep through.

But I’m determined to continue with this as a reminder of all the wonderful things we do together over weekend and holidays – especially now E is in nursery during the week and I miss her so much.

Here’s some reflection on a wonderful activity we did back in May. I’ve only just got around to writing this up!

We moved to Buxton a month before I started my new job so that we could take part in some of the local baby activities on offer. Top of my list was baby sign language and I was pleased to discover it was run at the welcoming Alison Park Hotel (place of many a NCT meet up) by Julie Parker as part of the Tiny Talk franchise.

I’m the lucky aunty of four five (congrats sis!) nieces and nephews and I was always impressed by how they could communicate using sign language, before they could even talk, so I really wanted to try it out with baby E. It must be really frustrating for babies when they want to ask or tell you something and they can’t, so I was willing to give it a try.

Julie was incredibly welcoming to us as newbies and let us come for just a few sessions (she even let my mum join in on one). The session takes place in the hotel’s lounge so there are nice comfy sofas to sit on in a relaxing setting.

Julie structures each session really well, there’s a clear introduction to the signs that are covered and of course lots of songs! Signs are always repeated so its easy to pick them up and when sung to a catchy tune, such as The Sun Has Got His Hat on, they stick in your head.

Julie and her signing helper

I was able to ask about more useful signs too, such as ‘more’, ‘all gone’, ‘nappy’ and ‘milk’ – now I just need to remember to use them.

I particularly enjoyed that we were signing with the baby and including them in songs. Too many times I’ve seen people signing frantically to heir babies who just look bored or are looking somewhere else! With Julie’s approach the children are always involved.

After signing and songs the children get to play with some toys and the parents get a cuppa and biscuits – and there were dairy free options!

Elizabeth enjoying the toys

I really enjoyed the Tiny Talk sessions we were able to attend and will miss them. It’s a way to get to know other parents, relax in a welcoming atmosphere and learn to communicate with your baby.

In summary, we liked:

* Alison Park Hotel – relaxing atmosphere
* Julie – thanks for being so welcoming 🙂
* Toys for baby E and a cuppa with dairy free biscuit for me!
* The way the session was for parents and babies, I didn’t feel like I was signing at baby E, but with her
* Boobing friendly – comfy sofas, relaxed atmosphere

Would be even better if:
* It was easy to get Tiny Talk books, the local library just has American baby sign language books which are different

Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!