A London (baby) round-up – things to do in October and November

October 29, 2013

On the Tube

Last weekend was the London Baby Show; Eliza and I headed over for the Fisher Price bloggers lunch where she had a brilliant time playing with all the toys (more on this to follow soon). We were also taking part in a top secret pram testing mission for Quinny, and got to say hi to my clients at Pregnacare who were at the show. Bizarrely, the only year I’ve not been to The Baby Show over the past four is the one I was actually pregnant, as this was happening instead. Did you go? Let me know what you thought. Oh, and it’s currently conception month on TalkMum and there are some brilliant posts, so make sure you check it out.

Two upcoming London events 1) The Mumsnet Blogfest in London, which I’m going to courtesy of the lovely team at House of Fraser. The line-up looks great, especially the session on mummy blogging and feminism (we’ll be cheering on panelist Alison from the audience). And 2) Eliza and I are off to the Google HQ for a parent blogger event next week. Fingers crossed someone might help unlock the dark secrets of Google+ for me…

Did you know London has the lowest rate of child vaccination uptake in the whole of the UK? Everyone’s favourite celebrity doctor, Dr Ranj from CBeebies, is fronting an NHS campaign funded by Pfizer make parents aware of the facts about vaccinations for their children. The campaign includes a roadshow taking place in hospitals in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster. It will also be at Westfield Shopping Centre (the Shepherd’s Bush one) all of this week, and on Thursday Dr Ranj will be on the stand from 10am to 4pm. Whatever you think about vaccinations, it’s crucial to make an informed and educated choice for your child based on science and facts, not hearsay, Twitter or The Daily Mail. So definitely go along if you need to, and find out more information on the London immunisation pilot here.

And it’s Halloween on Thursday. Eliza’s nursery is having a dress-up day, so she’s going in a slightly improvised witch outfit (witches totally wear tutus and stripy tights, right?). If you’re looking for some Halloween inspiration and ideas for the family in the capital, I wrote an article for HomeAway about spooky ways to spend the day in London with your family. Have fun!

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