Happity, Author at Happity Blog



A couple of months ago we heard from the lovely Carley from Y’earn. She is on a mission to help save the planet as well as the pockets of new parents! We are glad to be supporting her on her mission as we love these two aims too!

Y’earn is the parent-to-parent marketplace to rent Baby & Kids items from people and small businesses in your community or make some cash if you have items you don’t need right now.

Every parent wants to provide their child with everything they need to be happy and healthy.  It starts with a car seat to bring your baby home and the beautiful nursery to care for them. Within a blink of an eye you’re buying bouncers and stair gates to keep your toddler safe. Then it’s time for a ‘big boy’ or ‘big girl’ bedroom and most things you bought have no use, even though they’re hardly worn.

Almost every mum knows the pain of spending a small fortune and within a short period of time they’re dealing with the hassle of getting rid of each item to make room for the next set of ‘must haves’. It’s an expensive process which doesn’t just hit the bank account, it also costs the environment.

Y’earn was created to fix this and help make life easier. Easier to find and afford what your child needs at each stage. Easier to make money from items your child has outgrown. Easier to help local families, charities and the environment.

Our community

  • EARNERS (people that make money from items) Whether they need the money, space or want to help others less fortunate, they can rent items for as long as they like, and then decide to sell, donate to charity, or have them returned before their next child needs them.
  • YEARNERS (people that want items) can focus on creating important memories with their children without spending endless hours researching and shopping for everything that they need. Whether they rent short-term or long-term they can save cash and help Mother Nature.

How it works

Earners take items that they’ve outgrown for the moment, and list them grouped together in one of our Bundle categories:

  • Bedroom & nursery – furniture, decorative items, soft furnishings and electronics.
  • Feeding – highchairs, dining chairs and tables, to breast pumps.
  • Around the home – bouncers, stair gates and playmats etc.
  • Out & About – from the obvious prams and car seats to bike attachment seats & trailers.
  • Musical instruments and toys – these can be rented from stores only at the moment.
    • Some items like bedding and books can be sold alongside a rental

We suggest a price based on a few factors including brand, but it’s up to the Earner to pick how long they rent for and the price. When a Yearner finds a Bundle they love they send a reservation request, they can request to remove some items. Within a few clicks we take over and handle the pick up and drop off, we even provide a guarantee so everyone has peace-of-mind.

At the end of the rental period, we ask what you’d like to do; renew or sell the Bundle, have the items returned or donate them. You can rest easy knowing that once you’re finished with a rental we collect everything and you’ll never have to haggle on FB marketplace, have strangers coming to your house to collect items or wait hours in line at the Post Office!

Read more about how Y’earn works here. Learn about how we support charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital, Baby Basics Baby Bank and the Child Rescue Coalition here

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It’s officially the New Year (we made it!) and whilst everyone will be excited to reach the other side of 2020, we thought we’d kick off this year’s blog posts with something for all the new Mums to be that are getting ready for their 2021 arrivals. So, we asked our community of parents for their top tips on what to pack in your hospital bag.

Spoiler Alert! Big knickers and snacks were a firm favourite…

For Mum 

Comfy clothes are a must! Here are some essentials our Mums suggest bringing along:

  • Dressing gown
  • Pyjamas
  • Slippers
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • Big comfy knickers!
  • Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Warm socks
  • Going home outfit 

Toiletries are also vital but perhaps consider packing a few pamper treats for yourself as well! 

  • Vanity bag
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Flannel
  • Deodorant 
  • Moisturiser 
  • Lip balm
  • Nipple cream
  • Towel
  • Maternity pads

Next up – food fuel to keep your energy levels up and drinks to keep you hydrated. Lucozade seemed to be a popular suggestion from our Mums. We’ve included some more ideas below…

  • Water Bottle
  • Squash
  • Flapjack
  • Energy Bars
  • Fruit
  • Nuts

Finally, some important bits and pieces to keep you comfortable and relaxed…

  • Your birth plan and hospital notes
  • Downloaded podcasts
  • Books
  • Phone charger
  • Earphones
  • Fan 
  • Own pillow & blanket
  • Eye mask

For Baby

Time to pack for your little one now. The perfect chance to pull out that going home outfit you were given for Christmas from friends or the woolly hat knitted especially for your arrival! Here are the baby essentials our Mums recommend…

  • Blanket
  • Muslin squares
  • Nappies & changing equipment 
  • Bodysuits, vests & sleep suits
  • Going home outfit
  • Socks
  • Cotton hat & scratch mittens
  • Dummies 
  • Comforter
  • Car seat

This is not a paid ad, but we found some great products we thought you might like to check out for inspiration!

For Mum Water Bottle £10.00 John Lewis | 100% Natural Vegan, Organic, Cruelty and Fragrance Free Nipple SOS £19.00 Nessa | Lip Balm £10.00 Glossier | Oliver Bonas New Mums Notebook Maternity Lounge Knit Set Hoodie £26.00 Dorothy Perkins | Maternity Lounge Knit Set Joggers £28.00 Dorothy Perkins | Reusable Maternity Pads £16.95 Eco Bravo | Cashmere Bed Socks £36.00 The White Company Trek Energy Flapjack Bar £1.19 Holland & Barrett |  Where the Crawdads Sing £7.49 Waterstones | Water Wipes £2.70 BootsMini Portable Fan £24.95 Selfridges | Bee Dusty Pink Velvet Eye Mask £25.00 Elizabeth Scarlett 

For Baby 
Bamboo Baby Swaddle Blanket £12.00 Banks-Lyon | Gold Star Muslin Swaddle £9.00 The Modern Nursery | Liewood Robbie Muslin Cloth £17.00 The Modern Nursery | Skip Hop Main Frame Changing Bag £49.99 John Lewis | Cam Cam Quilted Changing Mat in Grey Wave £30.95 Scandiborn | 3-pack cotton pyjamas £15.99 H&M | Hello Baby Set (Including Mitts, Bodysuit, Leggings, Hat & Jacket) £50.00 The White Company | Fox Comforter £11.00 Jojo Mamam Bebe | Hevea Dummy £7.50 Jojo Mamam Bebe | Warm cashmere mix booties £20.00 Trotters 

A sneak peak in Santa’s stocking at what’s on over the coming weeks…

With just two weeks to go and the official countdown on we’re fully in the festive swing here at Happity HQ. This Christmas may be a little different but it’s not stopping our happity community from enjoying the build up to the most magical day of the year. Thanks to our wonderful providers, there’s still plenty of covid safe Christmassy classes happening around the country so that you and your little ones can still experience the enchantment of this very special time.

So if you’ve found yourself asking “what’s on this christmas for kids”, or “can I find an online christmas party for the kids”, you’re in the right place!

In Person Classes 

From rocking around the Christmas tree at a mini disco to becoming your favourite Frozen Disney character here’s just a handful of brilliant socially distanced in person classes some of our providers have on over the coming weeks… 

  • Christmas Crafts Tree Babies | Wednesday 16th December 10am – 11.30am

Make a simple Christmas tree decoration keepsake at Tree Babies!

Where? Capstone Farm Country Park, Medway

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  • Snow Time! Boss Acting School | Saturday 19th December 1.30pm – 4.30pm & Sunday 20th December 10am – 12pm 

Musical moments inspired by Greatest Showman, The Princess & The Frog, Frozen and Toy Story. Christmas competitions, a visit to Lapland and many more!
Where? Wimbledon & Earlsfield https://www.happity.co.uk/schedules/boss-acting-school-london-saint-luke-s-church-snowtime-christmas-workshop

  • My Gym Christmas Camp | Sunday 20th December & Monday 21st December 1pm – 3.30pm 

Christmas party with a special visit from Santa and a short festive movie! 

  • My Gym Little Elf meet Santa Party | Monday 21st December 9:15am, 10:20am, 11:25am

Meet Santa from a safe distance in their Christmas grotto. Also featuring games, rides, swings and gymnastics! 

Where? Batterseahttps://www.happity.co.uk/venues/baby-groups-battersea-my-gym-battersea 

  • BilinguasingChristmas Themed We Sing Spanish | Monday 21st December 10.30am – 11.15am & 1.30pm – 2.15pm 

Festive fun-filled, highly interactive music classes for babies (from 4 weeks!), crawlers, toddlers, preschoolers and their little siblings.

Where? Coventry & Kenilworth https://www.happity.co.uk/bilinguasing/coventry-and-kenilworth

  • Kidz Live Christmas Special | Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th December 9.45am and 10.45am 

Join Kidz Live for an unforgettable musical Christmas at our Kidz Live Christmas Special!
We will have a magical time exploring percussion and instruments galore as well as singing along to your favourite Christmas songs.

Where? Barnes Wetland Centre

Online Classes 

If you’re looking to stay warm and cosy indoors but still want to join in with the festivities from home then why not check out our selection of online classes below so that you can be transported to the North Pole from your very own living room! 

  • The Humpty Dumpty Christmas Singalong | Tuesday 15th December 11:00am –11:45am & Friday 18th December 10:30am –11:15am

Join Debs and Humpty for a Christmas singalong session for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers! With traditional and not-so-traditional nursery rhymes, action songs and other fabulous tunes, they make live music together with ukulele, shakers and other instruments and delight the children with puppets, bubbles and more!


  • Baby Broadway I’m Streaming of a White Christmas Family Singalong | Friday 18th December 11am 

A virtual Christmas family concert, with West End singers


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  • Kiddibops Christmas Music Play | Friday 18th December 09:45am – 10:15am

Dress up your little one in their First Christmas outfit, and share some rhymes, songs and music play together, all with a Christmas theme.


  • Boogie Monsters Family Christmas Zoom! | Saturday 19th December at 4pm

Live, fun and interactive acoustic Christmas hits and action songs, to get the whole family rocking around the living room!


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  • Baby College at Home Christmas Specials | Multiple classes all week long! 

A week full of festive fun for all ages! Multi-sensory and cognitive games and more.


  • Foxtots Christmas Special | Pre recorded online classes available 

Musical instruments, props, original tunes (plus some old favourites!), puppets, bubbles, percussion for the kids, story telling & more!


  • Miniature music| Online Subscription 

We have a special guest this month. Father Christmas is singing and playing his ukulele! We also have a Julia Donaldson songs singalong Xmas week 
It’s £5.99 a month to subscribe via the Miniature Music website.

It’s been a bumpy sleigh ride for our providers and parents this year and at a time that’s all about love and cheer it’s important that we all look out for each other. We’re thrilled that child and toddler classes have been allowed to safely continue this Christmas and with options both in person and online we can all support this special community that is so important to so many. 

The classes above are only a small number of the many wonderful classes happening around the UK this month so be sure to check out what’s on in your area by heading to https://www.happity.co.uk/

Wishing you all a happity Christmas!

Team Happity x

You’re just sitting down having got the kids to bed – finally – it’s only 8:34pm, and you remember – I left the washing in, oh and those dishes need doing, and gosh I don’t know when I last cleaned the loo!

We’ve all been there – more than once. And let’s be honest, even when we do have the time and energy to clean and tidy the house, we would all (well most of us…!) prefer to be sipping a white wine, watching a movie or working up a sweat on the yoga mat. 

That’s where Helpling, the cleaner finding service, comes in! 

Read on to hear Alex from Helpling and get £10 off your first clean!

Helpling logo

We’re extremely excited to be partnering with Happity, not only because we think their service rocks, but – and more importantly – because we share and understand a fundamental issue: 

We know how hard being a parent is and want to make the parenting journey easier by reducing the build up of stress that comes with the pressure of having to complete daily cleaning chores.

Helpling has already helped thousands of hard working parents in the UK and across Europe to ditch the chores and embrace more of the fun that comes with being a parent.

And we are giving you the chance to get £10 off your first clean! Sound good?

So who are Helpling?

We’re the leading marketplace for cleaning services in the UK and the biggest in Europe.  We also have operations in 9 countries globally. We’re not a cleaning agency or cleaning company. We’re an intermediary platform that matches customers with self-employed liability insured cleaners.  We’re striving to simplify the process of finding trusted, reliable cleaners that work around you, your schedule and your budget.

Top fact: through our platform you can book a cleaner in only 60 seconds!

How does it work?

If you’ve never hired a cleaner before, you might wonder how does it work?  What’s the actual process? We’ve made it super easy – in fact, you can do it all 3 steps either on our website or mobile app:

  1. Enter your postcode
  2. Choose your date and price range
  3. Send your request

That’s really all it takes!  Plus we have a dedicated customer support team available to you should you ever need any assistance!

I have been using Helpling UK for a couple of years now. Always found them very helpful when I have called or emailed their support team. They have been great in finding stand in cleaners when ours was on holiday.”

Helping Customer

What does it cost?

Fair pricing is very important to us and as such, all of the cleaners on our platform set their own price.  That means you, as a customer, decide how much you want to pay for your clean as you have different prices to choose from. During the booking process you can set your price per hour budget and we’ll find the best match for you.  Importantly, we will only match you with cleaners that fit your desired price range.

Top Tips for the first time your cleaner comes

  • Ideally, write down a list of cleaning priorities for your cleaner (focusing on a specific room, for example). This will help them to tailor their work to you. 
  • When the cleaner arrives, show them around your home, highlighting your priorities or fragile areas. 
  • Make sure to also show the cleaner where to find the cleaning products to use – if you have any preferences or surfaces that need special care, discuss these with your assigned cleaner. 
  •  In general, we recommend you provide your cleaner with the following items:
  1. Vacuum cleaner and a mop
  2. Cleaning cloths x 4
  3. Feather duster
  4. Scratch-free sponge
  5. Toilet Cleaner
  6. Limescale remover
  7. All-Purpose cleaner
  8. Fat solvent
  9. Glass cleaner

I am very glad to have employed Daniele and Helpling UK. I was not looking for a cleaner at first but their promotional offer and reccomendations made me have a look and book a trial. Dedicated – reliable – polite and efficient. My flat looks like new! Thank you Daniele and Helpling UK.

Helpling Customer

Make your life easier today!

Now that you know how it works, and how good we are, why not make your life that little less stressful today and head over to Helpling to take advantage of our limited time £10 off your first clean!  

In no time at all you’ll have your cleaner booked and you’ll be able to concentrate on more of the things that matter in life: enjoying being a parent!

Visit Helpling for £10 off your first clean

Two apps, two female founders and one united mission – joining together to address maternal mental health

2nd September 2019 marks the start of pre and postnatal depression awareness week. It also marks the start of new beginnings for Happity!

Happity is merging with the hugely supportive community of MummyLinks app – and the founder Emily Tredget, is coming on board to join Sara Tateno officially as co-founder of Happity.

As mums, we’ve each experienced struggles with new parenthood – Emily suffered postnatal depression and anxiety, and Sara had a traumatic birth.

We both realised that getting out of the house day by day, forming new friendships and having ongoing support in our local communities, was critical in helping us get through that period. And we were each driven to find a way to make life less lonely for the new parents following us, supporting maternal mental health by doing so.

About Us

Sara with her family in the park
Sara Tateno,
Founder of Happity

Sara created Happity to make it quick and easy to find local baby playgroups and classes. It aims to help parents escape from the house – whether booking in advance, or at the last minute. It was a problem she’d been so frustrated with, that she re-trained as a web developer to build the site. Read more about Sara’s story.

Emily Tredget
founder of MummyLinks

Emily created MummyLinks as a safe space for mums to meet. It allows approved mums to create local playdates and meet up in real life. She has campaigned tirelessly over the past 3 years to raise awareness of maternal mental health issues, appearing on national news and running the hugely successful #ShoutieSelfie social media campaign each year. Read more about Emily’s story.

Why are we merging?

Bringing MummyLinks and Happity together marks a momentous step in our two parallel journeys. We have a strong shared vision and mission. We share the same values and care passionately about the type of organisation we’re building.

As mums, we’re striving to create a truly flexible workplace that employs talented people. We operate ethically and put people first in a world where tech startups are often encouraged to pursue profit above all else.

Together we will enable you to meet other parents and build your local community through both playdates and playgroups – something that sadly didn’t exist when we became new mums ourselves.

What happens next?

For now, you’ll continue to have access to all the brilliant resources from both Happity and MummyLinks, but you can expect to see new content and updates to the Happity website shortly! We’ll be moving over a lot of the mental health support content from MummyLinks to here.

We’re also launching a new Happity mobile app, and over time incorporate all the great features of MummyLinks too.

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported each of us on our journey to date and hope you’ll continue to join us along this mission!

We’re excited for what the future holds. 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Sara & Emily x

To find and book a class or activity near you: www.happity.co.uk

For PND support and info, visit MummyLinks: www.mummylinksapp.com

Watch these videos to hear more about why we are joining forces…

Sara, Co-Founder of Happity

Top tips to leave the house with twins

In celebration of National Twins Day we wanted to share some top tips for leaving the house with more than one baby!

As a new mum, life is an adjustment anyway but the thought of leaving the house can be quite overwhelming.

We recently asked the mums of twins in our audience to share their Top Tips when heading out.

From twin mums to other twin mums…here’s what they said:

“Remember, this too shall pass, it’s ok to not feel ok but on those days where it feels impossible, if your babies are fed that’s enough. Don’t try to do too much but record all the memories, take pictures, get as much help as you can. You won’t remember much of the first year – it will fly by in a blur of tiredness”

“Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, try not to worry too much about timings for things in the early days, people understand if you’re late, and when your ready get to your local twin club. No one cares if you’re late, they’ll always be a cup of tea and other mum’s to chat to who know what it’s like.
Once they’re toddlers just add half an hour on to however long you think its going to take to get out the house”

“Organisation is key and take a bumbo seat to classes before they can sit themselves so you can put one in the seat whilst the other sits with you – can always switch them round half way”

top tips for leaving the house with twins
Have a plan!

“you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help – I used to get people to pack my shopping at the check out etc”

“plan in advance, work around their routine and most of all, don’t be afraid!”

“don’t take to heart what people say to you when you’re out. I find it so odd, the amount of people that are so negative about twins, how hard my life is, rather you than me, you’ve got your hands full, double trouble etc. If I’m feeling polite I just say “and double the love” or “hard work but good fun / so rewarding” (or just ignore them if not).
People will also be lovely about them but it blows my mind how strangers can be so negative, and if you’re having a bad day or it’s taken ages to get out, that’s the last thing you need. Just remind yourself you’ve done a great job getting where you are and ignore them”

Top tips for leaving the house with twins
What are your twin tips?

If you have any other tips for leaving the house with twins, please share them in the comments below.

And, if you need some ideas of classes or activities where you can take your twins, click here to see what’s happening near you.