Are we nearly there yet?

Smiling Louis

All smiles now ... but it was not always so

Any parent knows the importance of delivering on a promise. A young child would sooner forget a sibling on the roadside than the fact that Mum promised a chocolate for staying in bed until the sun came up.

Any parent also knows how unpredictable our beloved little ones can be – and how demanding. Preparing for motherhood mark #2, I was confident I’d have plenty of spare time on my hands during maternity leave. The big sister would be in preschool, the baby would sleep all the time, and I (the expert baby handler by now) would have months at my disposal to uncover London’s best baby and child-friendly destinations.

Well, I didn’t factor in the R word. If any of you have experience of acid reflux, you will understand instantly. For the rest of you, let’s just say the last seven months have been noisy, fraught and challenging beyond belief. Unable to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time, or leave the house without hours of screaming, reviewing sorties were pretty much put on hold in favour of physical survival. Occasionally I made it to Victoria train station for a “Zone 1 fix”, but mostly I didn’t stray more than a mile from home – an experience shared by too many new parents, I’m sure.

This isolated phase has highlighted the glaring need for this guide, and hardened my resolve provide it now that life is beginning to return to normal. It’s time to reclaim the city!

So a big “Sorry” to all of you waiting for the guide to launch – we will be getting our skates on now, we promise.

What’s happening next?

  • Our team of reviewers, young and old, is road-testing the best Zone 1 meeting spots
  • Look out for them appearing on the site with maps and transport info as we build up the guide
  • We are working on the technical and design side of the site
  • We’d love to hear your ideas on places to include and the information you need in reviews!
  • Join our focus group and help shape the guide you need
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Baby Rendez-vous: a new blog to help you get out and about in London with your under 5s

From ideas about where to go, to info on how to get there (with buggies and bags in tow), Baby Rendez-vous will be your indispensable guide to hanging out in London with the little ones.

We’re currently busy reviewing lots of places – please leave your email address below if you’d like to know when we’re up and running, or get in touch via twitter to suggest a place for us to feature. Find out more

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