Docklands Baby is a community-based social enterprise set up by a group of parents in April 2014 to improve the lives of children and families in Tower Hamlets borough, London UK.
Docklands Baby trades for a social purpose, so its events calendar, parenting blog and family information website are monetised to generate profit which is then reinvested back into our local community to tackle social problems affecting all families in London Docklands.
To find out more about social enterprises, you can read this short SEUK guide - Social Enterprise Explained
For more information about the social problems in and around Tower Hamlets, you can visit this website for independent reports and official data – London’s Poverty Profile.
For a summary of the issues affecting all families in London Docklands, please click here.
On Saturday 12th April, we went to Cake International, the sugar craft, cake decorating and baking show at ExCel London.
I received two free tickets from Mumsnet at last minute, and invited my friend and mother-in-law who are both avid cake bakers. Sadly they were both unable to attend, so I decided to take my husband who at least enjoys eating cake. I don’t bake or eat cake, so was not sure what to expect but hoped that it may inspire me to bring my mixing bowl out from the back of my kitchen cupboard.
When we arrived, we took a look at the wares of the sugarcraft traders, and took details from schools promoting their decoration courses. We eventually came to the competition exhibition, and I could not believe my eyes! I had no idea that such wonderful, intricate, perfect things could be made with icing! I took a few photos of my favourite cakes to share here, and plan to visit the exhibition again next year with my 16 year old brother who loves baking and decorating cupcakes. I may even enrol on a course with him before the next show! Perhaps little Harry will have homemade birthday cakes for his parties when he grows older!
There doesn’t seem to be many shops that cater for babies in or around Canary Wharf, so on my recent visit to Greenwich I was delighted to come across Greenwich Baby. The shop’s ethos is ‘Respecting the Earth, beginning from birth’, and they specialise in supplying organic and fair trade products for babies and children. We can follow Greenwich Baby via the shop’s Facebook page.
I enquired about the bio-degradable nappies they sell, as a friend of mine has been raving about eco-friendly Naty nappies. They shared with me information about my nappy options, and provided a leaflet for Real Nappies for London so that I could find out more about the Tower Hamlets nappy voucher scheme. As my baby grows, I’ve been told he will require fewer nappy changes, making washable nappies more viable.
I’ve since found out about local ‘Nappuccinos’ taking place at the Whitechapel Idea Store (321 Whitechapel Road London, E1 1BU):
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes…. the ones who see things differently – they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” (Steve Jobs)
On Thursday 22nd May, we can vote in the following elections: Continue reading
There have been a few tears on our journey so far!
To date, Harry cries for the following reasons:
- Impatience. Sometimes I can’t do what he wants quickly enough! Happens quite a lot when he wants for two things at once, or when driving with him in the car.
- Examinations. Whenever he is examined by a medical professional, in the hospital at birth and at his weigh ins with the health visitor.
- Hats. He hates wearing hats.
- Nappy and clothes changing. This is inconsistent, but most changes involve lots of crying.
To date, I’ve cried for the following reasons: Continue reading
Many mothers have recently expressed genuine surprise about how soon I’m out and about following Harry’s birth. I think this is thanks to effective team work with my husband, as his support and enthusiasm for fatherhood has been invaluable.
A few days after Harry’s birth, we agreed that we would use his paternity leave to coach each other to be independent in caring for our newborn son and have an effective routine established in preparation for my husband’s return to work.