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Blog Posts by Andy


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Andy set up childrenarewelcome in 2014 after getting a bit bored of the other sites out there. He wanted a place where parents could go for impartial advice and reviews from people with local knowledge. And then he persuaded other bloggers that they needed that kind of site too!

Andy lives in Chiswick with his wife, a toddler and one on the way. He used to be an investment banker but got bored of it.

Andy blogs about Chiswick, Greater London, Hampstead, Greater London, Bath,_Bath_and_North_East_Somerset, Garstang, Lancashire.


A review of Centerparcs Woburn - by Andy

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There's something that bothers me about paying a lot of money to have a holiday in the UK, but Centerparcs have perfected UK holidays for families with small children...
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Your capital may be at risk but can investing in aircraft improve your finances? - by Andy

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When I am not running childrenarewelcome I work for a Peer-to-Business lender which allows people like you and me to invest anything from £100 in aircraft and earn rates of 10% plus. Obviously this is not something for e...
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Peppa Pig Pancakes - essential for this Tuesday! - by Andy

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No Shrove Tuesday would be complete without being able to make your kids face light up with one of these bad boys...
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A plea from a generation of small boys - DON'T TAKE AWAY DIPPY! - by Andy

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Statistically speaking around 50% of us were small boys once. Many of us still act like one. And you know what all small boys love? Dinosaurs dinosaurs dinosaurs....
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How to be the best dad ever - by Andy

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I doubt that many of us could beat this idea of how to keep the kids amused whilst the wife is at work....
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Our favourite animal rucksack for kids - by Andy

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I like Kickstarter as a concept. It's a great shop window for new businesses to showcase their ideas. Sometimes it is worth a browse just for some shopping ideas. We got asked to take a look at a new rucksack for kids...
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Win a personalised canvas print worth £85 for a friend or their child - by Andy

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Ever wondered where the name RedBlueYou comes from? Think of a rhyme with roses and violets and you'll get there pretty quickly... Here at RedBlueYou we love pretty things, be they roses, violets, pretty bespoke canvas a...
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The Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden - by Andy

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We managed to wangle a table at the soft opening of the brand new Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden. Great restaurant, great location.... this place is at the top of my list of London restaurants now....
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Some tips for roadtripping the USA with two under two - by Andy

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Is a roadtrip with two under two an utterly stupid idea? Many people like to keep things as simple as possible but here are some tips for enjoying a holiday across the USA....
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Finally... a chance to invest in pushchairs! - by Andy

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One thing that all parents know is just how expensive and unwieldy buggies can be. One lady realised that this was a chance for her to start her own business and now she is giving you a sneak preview of a brand new buggy...
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Nattymat Review - Essential swimming equipment?! - by Andy

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Armbands, floatpacks, noodles etc are all designed to promote safety in the pool. I bet more people injure themselves on wet changing room floors than in the pool though....
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Can you help out on some mother and baby research? - by Andy

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A rare request from us... but we were tweeted by someone with a really interesting PhD project regarding mothers with depression and hoped that some of our readers could help out!...
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Five classic toys re-worked for 2014 - by Andy

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Remember those great games for kids that you had when you were younger? Remember how inappropriate they seem for the current generation? We've re-worked some classics and they are now available for the public! Be the fir...
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Would this help your child to wait for the green man - by Andy

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Heck, waiting for the red man to disappear and be replaced by the green man can be boring for any of us, let alone a toddler......
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Colourscape at Clapham Common until Friday 19th September - by Andy

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If you have a toddler and can get to Clapham in the next few days, we would highly recommend Colourscape. It's a temporary exhibit which travels around the country hosting mini-music festivals. But that is not what we we...
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Fridge magnet footprints - by Andy

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Cheap and easy to do, this afternoon's project was making fridge magnet footprints for the grandparents. Cheap and surprisingly easy to do....
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W4 Arts Club and KidSorted - by Andy

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Well it is the end of the summer holidays and it is definitely time to start looking for new things to do for Doofy. As most of you will know, we are big fans of messy play, so we were excited to see that KidSorted had a...
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Would you take your baby to a spa? - by Andy

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We took James to the Baby Spa in Kensington from when he was a few weeks old and have started the same thing with Isabella who had her first trip at only two weeks old and loved it! Can babies really relax?!...
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Maternity bras from Marks and Spencer - It's not just a bra. It's an unreturnable M&S bra - by Andy

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Everyone knows that customer service is key to retaining business, especially in the retail sector. Even more so when you are dealing with a new mum who will spend thousands of pounds over the next few years buying cloth...
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Hotel chain announces new Ambassador role and asks what makes a hotel child-friendly? - by Andy

Have you got what it takes to be a brand ambassador for a hotel chain? What made your summer hotel choice good or bad? Q Hotels are looking for a new brand ambassador to test out their hotels across the UK and commission...
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Addicted to fizzy drinks? I cut back and feel so much healthier! - by Andy

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I have drunk way too much coke for years so I decided to wean myself off. How's it going?...
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What's in my Bounty Pack? - by Andy

One website in particular has it in for Bounty, but personally I love them because they give us free stuff. Here's what was in Isabella's Bounty pack...
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Dora The Explorer movie preview.... - by Andy

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I could scarcely believe my eyes when I saw that there was a Dora the Explorer movie coming out. Then I saw the trailer...!...
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Five great things about having a toddler - by Andy

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We all moan about having kids, but here's my top five reasons why having a toddler around is great...
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Surviving a fly-drive holiday to the USA - by Andy

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Here's some great ideas for getting through a fly-drive holiday...
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Getting your child to the top of the class - by Andy

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If your child is 7-10 years old, you're probably already wondering about which school they will go to next and whether they will flourish. We explore a tool that can help....
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Guess the date and weight of our baby to win a waterslide - by Andy

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Baby is due on August 5th and we thought that we would celebrate with a competition! Guess the date and weight of the new arrival to win...
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Keeping up your child's education over summer - by Andy

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We are trialling Reading Eggs, a great way to keep your kids learning during the school holidays!...
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Farewell to the Kiddicare stores? - by Andy

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The Twitterverse is alive with rumours of the demise of Kiddicare's stores following its sale by Morrisons to a private equity fund....
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Off-the-beaten track museums in London - by Andy

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Fed up with the crazy queues at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum? Time to get the book out and find other museums! We tried the Grant Museum of Zoology and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology...
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Keeping your child safe in the sun - by Andy

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Are you making sure that your child is staying safe in the sun? Here's some top tips for you to prevent sunburn or dehydration....
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IPhone camera fun - by Andy

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Just found a cool new app that is great fun with kids and makes video filming on your smartphone fun again!...
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More bathtime fun - by Andy

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Awesome colour tablets from Crayola make bathtime a rainbow spectacular!...
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Make this the summer you make something! - by Andy

Don’t spend the summer doing nothing in particular - Get sticking, clipping, crafting, tweaking, creating, shaping and making at Eureka! in Halifax...
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Metro Bank’s Revolutionary Money Zones - by Andy

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There's lots of kids round us with Metro Bank rucksacks. We wondered why that was and so we called them to ask for a bit more detail! The answer - kids are customers too!...
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Saving for your children - what are the options? - by Andy

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If you saved £10 per week at 6pc you would have £16,564 absolutely guaranteed for your child's 18th birthday...
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And our Summer giveaway competition winner is.... - by Andy

The winner of our trampoline, water slide and soccer kit is certainly set for summer now! Was it you?...
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Make your own physics-defying slime for kids - by Andy

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Most people hated Physics lessons at school, but that’s because they didn’t teach you the cool stuff. In this complete abuse of the laws of physics, we show you how to produce something that will seem disgusting but be e...
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The childrenarewelcome Summer Fun Pack giveaway! - by Andy

Yes it's here! All people that have liked our Facebook page will be entered into a draw for an amazing prize package!...
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Some bath toy ideas for you - by Andy

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Not everyone wants glow in the dark baths so here are some other ideas for fun toys that you might like!...
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This waterslide should be in every garden - by Andy

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We love this! Bought for a bargain from Kiddicare and currently on sale for under a tenner....
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So you're at BritMumsLive and want to go for a drink? - by Andy

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Maybe it's not as exciting as you thought or maybe your day is over and you need a drink? Relax with some friends in a nice bar. Here's some tips :)...
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The childrenarewelcome sponsored bloggers at Britmums Live - by Andy

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We're just getting off the ground so what better way to reach out to the blogging world at large than to sponsor some bloggers at Britmums Live, the country's top event for parent bloggers?...
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Glow-in-the-dark bathtime fun Part Two - by Andy

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Given the great response to the original post, it was time to raise our game. So here it is!...
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Glow-in-the-dark and crayon bathtime fun - by Andy

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Everyone loves bathtime with the kids but how do you make it a little different? With glowsticks or bath crayons....
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The childrenarewelcome Father's Day Competition! - by Andy

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Not got round to buying a Father's Day Present yet? We've narrowed it down to our favourite 40 from IWOOT. Now all you have to do is tell us which one you would like for the man in your life AND WE'LL PAY FOR IT AND POST...
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Our Red Letter Days trip up The Shard plus Lunch - by Andy

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(Not sponsored!) We took Doofy for a trip up The Shard followed by lunch at Strada at More London. Great views, good food. A fun afternoon despite the fog....
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Waterbirths - a safe option? Doctors wade in... - by Andy

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A new report from the American Academy of Pediatricians casts doubt on the safety and benefits of waterbirths. Had a waterbirth or planning one? Have your say....
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Making cakes with a toddler - by Andy

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Nothing is yummier than cakes. Nothing. We decided to let Doofy loose to make some cakes. He's 18 months old and not amazingly co-ordinated but he loved it :)...
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The Legendary Couscous Sandpit - by Andy

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Wet outside? Want all of the fun of a sandpit but without the mess? Welcome to the couscous sandpit!...
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