John Hibbs

Blogger at View From A Daddy

I write a Daddy led blog post, with two little ladies, a puppy labrador and a mommy who works full time. I love family time at the weekend and the school holidays when we are all together.

My blog gives a Daddy’s perspective as we learn about being a toddler together.

Top Tips For Keeping Toddlers, Babies And Dogs Cool

In case you hadn't noticed, it's hot! We're in Staffordshire - land locked and uncomfortable for two children (one three-year-old and one four months). I've taken some measures to try to keep the house and everyone in it cool - even the dog! Here's our top five for keeping you cool or at least slightly less clammy...
28/05/2017 20:17 BST

What Makes Us Swim Happy

But above all of this, the swim happy for us all comes from being active and staying fit. Swim happy means getting out of the house and away from screen time to face challenges like jumping into a pool for the first time or treading water away from the reassurance of the pool side - it means being brave and being strong both physically and spiritually.
23/05/2017 14:17 BST

Reflections On International Women's Day

<img alt="all women everywhere" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/5135874/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> It's incredible to consider by 2016, that less than half of the countries in the world had achieved gender parity for girls in primary and secondary education. Staggeringly, only 29% of the world's researchers are women - under represented in fields of science and technology - the world's growing industries and arguably our future
08/03/2017 14:49 GMT

I Thought I Had It Nailed

I thought I had it nailed but it turns out adding another human to the mix of daddy day care brings new challenges. Where I once had dinner time sorted and meals ready for us all to eat together; I now have one demanding some time to play and another pawing at the child gate that keeps them out and me in the kitchen.
15/02/2017 14:03 GMT

Boob To Bottle... The Challenge

For the first 6 months or so I was pretty much redundant when it came to feeding Littlest View From a Daddy. With Mrs VFAD nursing our newest addition, it meant that I needed to take on other key roles that are essential when a little human arrives in the house: changing nappies, getting the washing sorted, taking charge of the family meals etc.
06/12/2016 17:42 GMT

Joining The Organ Donation Register

We've been fortunate enough to have two healthy babies who are growing into strong girls. Neither has had anything more than a runny nose or high temperature so far. But what if this wasn't the case and we were reliant upon healthcare beyond the usual measure of calpol or the odd appointment with the GP? How would we deal with that?
27/10/2016 15:13 BST

Bonding With Dad

As a new dad, with no experience of a baby before apart from whanging my sister's dolls out of the way by their arms when we were much much younger, knowing that a baby was arriving imminently was quite scary and no amount of antenatal classes, even with life like dolls, could really offer the reassurance that I was looking for.
20/06/2016 10:15 BST

Eight Whole Weeks Since Three Became Four

We arrived at the hospital to a deserted car park as a contraction struck whilst I sprang out of the car and gathered the necessary kit. Between the car door and the ward entrance, four more contractions came so if you are versed in this malarky, you'll know things were definitely moving.
27/05/2016 11:01 BST

Pondering the 'Before'

There are days of mania and whirlwinds in the house where a two-year-old lives when you don't know how it was possibly 5.59am the last time you caught a glimpse of your watch and then there are days when silence descends upon that very same house and you wonder what on earth you spent your time doing when there was no little person around filling your every minute.
23/03/2016 10:42 GMT

Having a Growth Spurt? Again?

So, the wardrobe clearance begins. The endless folding and lamenting 'ah but she looks so cute in that - maybe I could squeeze another wear out of it'. Again, I should know better, there is no point in this.
21/03/2016 12:53 GMT

The Fun of Fiction

In our house, we decided to opt for one of our favourite reads 'Little Red Riding Hood'. I'm not usually one for dressing up but I couldn't resist being the Little Lady's partner in my wolf mask too.
07/03/2016 10:09 GMT

Vanilla Cupcakes With Chocolate Topping

These easy vanilla cupcakes are so simple to make. Decorate with a swirl of delicious buttercream frosting or as we did today, CHOCOLATE and SPRINKLES!
07/03/2016 09:46 GMT

Satiating the Ever Inquisitive Mind of a Two-Year-Old...

What never ceases to amaze me is how she acquires words. I've heard her repeating words I didn't even realise I used myself but I must and she absorbs them, digests them and uses them to melt my heart, stop me in my tracks and make me down right laugh out loud.
29/12/2015 10:10 GMT

20 Week Scan - Why I Was Forced to Miss It!

Today was our 20 week scan, a day which should have been a wonderful occasion for our growing family, but, due to a rule at The Royal Wolverhampton Trust, not previously stated or explained in any form, I was forced to miss the opportunity to see my baby and was left sitting outside the consultation room as my wife went in alone.
05/11/2015 10:30 GMT

Bellissimo Pizza Recipe

Cooking helps your little one to learn about following instructions, sequencing and develops their patience. Today we used our motor skills to mix together and roll out our ingredients. We were all impressed with the final product!
05/11/2015 10:26 GMT

Toilet Training Emergency

After whipping her swiftly off the loo and wrapping her back up in her towel, I managed to clamber to the door in enough time to calm the stampeding crusaders who all had first aid kits at the ready and informed them that it, in fact, was a false alarm - 'no code red here!'.
21/09/2015 16:12 BST

Parent and Child Parking

For those of you who are adept at exiting your car through the sunroof and magically removing your off-spring and perhaps even the car seat in the same manner, this post is not for you. However, for everyone else, I imagine you will feel my pain.
03/06/2015 15:32 BST

Soft Play - Fun or Frenzy?

Soft Play; time for joyous play for minors and an opportunity for you to see your little one engage in safe learning or an example of 'top-dog boy-child triumphs over all and self indulgent parent slurps coffee' time? #controversial
01/06/2015 11:16 BST