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Women Helping Women: Selfless Compassion Through Egg Donation

As women, we are taught that our bodies are biologically made to create, carry, and deliver babies.

We move throughout life achieving goals and hitting milestones that we’ve set for ourselves, yet we often don’t consider that our own body, or our own eggs, may not be able to provide us with the baby we’ve been dreaming of.

So many women are reliant on the selflessness of another woman’s egg donation – but is becoming an egg donor right for you?

Understanding the egg donor requirements involved in this process is the first step in determining whether this choice is the one you’ve been looking for.

Top tips for taking young children and babies to Disney World

If you’re planning your family’s first trip to Disney World this year, you might feel completely overwhelmed with questions about how you’re going to manage nappy changes, nap times and meal times in a busy theme park. Fear not, we’ve compiled this list of parenting hacks so that the whole family can enjoy the magic of Disney.

Rent a private villa

While a lot of hotels will cater to young families, you’re probably better off renting your own private villa so that you can stick to your normal routine (albeit the expected 24 hours of jet lag!) This is also a great option if you’re visiting Florida with your extended family or friends as you’ll be able to split the cost. Plus, depending on what you go for, you might also benefit from your own private pool which will be ideal for those days that you’re not exploring the parks. Florida villa holidays 2018 are bound to be a popular option, so make sure you book up quickly to find something that will fulfil all of your requirements.

Invest in a theme park FastPass+

No one wants to wait in long queues, especially youngsters so make sure you make good use of the FastPass+ tickets that are available for many of the Disney parks. You can make these reservations 60 days before your visit which will make planning your days a lot easier and give everyone a good chance of getting on their favourite rides.

Make use of the Baby Care Centre

In each of the four main theme parks, there is a Baby Care Centre where you can get away from the hustle and bustle to change and feed your little ones. These areas are fully staffed and have plenty of amenities like a kitchen with a sink and a microwave, a shop where you can buy everything from nappies to over the counter medication and even a comfortable room with a sofa and a TV if you just need some time to relax. It’s worth finding out where the baby centre is in each park as soon as you get there – just in case.

Pack a cooler for snacks

Whether you’re bringing your own snacks into the parks or you’ve bought them on-site, bringing a soft-sided cooler that’s chilled with an ice pack will let you carry food around for some time. This way, you’ll be sure to save a little bit of money and avoid any temper tantrums caused by hunger. Remember that there are some restrictions on what you can bring to the park, so it’s worth taking a look at this list before you pack for the day.

Plan your days well

Although it’s unlikely that absolutely everything will go to plan, we can’t stress enough how important it is to organise your days. Crowds are the lightest early in the morning so if you can, make use of this and head to the parks in good time. If you’re travelling with babies or very small infants, know which places are the most baby-friendly (Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, for example) and don’t rush to jump on a ride if the kids are happy enough wandering around. Having a chilled afternoon indoors will allow you to avoid the hottest time of the day and you can head back out in the early evening for dinner and a parade.

Make mealtimes fast

With little kids, it’s best to make two out of the three meals per day quick ones, but this doesn’t mean that it needs to be unhealthy. There’s plenty of quick-service restaurants offer meals for kids that have plenty of fruit and veg and a choice of fruit juice or water. Places like Pinocchio Village Haus in Fantasyland and Cosmic Ray’s Starlight CafĂ© in Tomorrowland are two quick options for toddlers who need a quick feed. Sit-down meals can be fun if you opt for a buffet option that gives you the chance to meet some much-loved characters. However, be aware that little kids might be somewhat fearful of the characters if they’ve never met them before.

Choose a designated meeting spot

It’s understandable that children will become excited about the prospect of exploring Disney World which is why it’s important that you choose a meeting point in case they get lost. Choose something that is central and recognisable and make sure that your kids are completely aware of how to get there. There’s plenty of staff in the parks which are trained in dealing with lost children, so if the worst happens, try and keep your cool and speak to someone.

Ask about Rider Switch

Much like FastPass+, Rider Switch is a handy option for those who want to enjoy rides with kids. It allows you to leave non-riders with a chaperone while you enjoy the ride and then conveniently switch with the other person without having to wait in line again. Again, this is a good idea for avoiding long, sweaty queues with tetchy children.

Have a night to yourself

Just because you’re travelling with the kids doesn’t mean you can’t have a night to yourself. If you’re staying in the Orlando area, you can make use of the babysitting service Kid’s Nite Out that can cater to children of all ages. This will give you a chance to book a table in one of the area’s fanciest restaurants or catch a show that you wouldn’t otherwise take the kids too. Your family’s first trip to Disney can be exhausting, so it’s important that you take some time out for yourself to recuperate from the long days.

Do you have any tips for taking little ones to Disney World? 

Why we should be making our children's relationship with food a priority

Despite a movement towards healthier eating at schools, recent statistics released by the NHS showed that 1 in 5 children in England are starting primary school overweight or obese. Alongside ensuring that those in education undertake a sufficient amount of exercise, it is more important than ever that we make children’s relationships with food a priority. This can then set them up with healthy eating habits for life. There are a number of key ways that this can be achieved.

How to Travel Around London on a Budget

London might be viewed as an expensive international destination, but the truth is that it can be very easy to travel around the city as much as you want and save plenty of money while you’re doing it. Use all of these money-saving tips for traveling London on a budget or try just a few – either way, your pocketbook will thank you.