Lost Cities

Players: 2 Playing time: 20 minutes Cost: £20 (ish) Lost Cities is a game for two players. You are explorers setting out on epic journeys to five different lost cities in remote locations – the middle of a volcano, the jungle, the bottom of the sea, the desert, the snowy caps of a mountain. The game has…

Wearing a sling

Slings are fantastic. Sure, babies can be held on laps, or put over shoulders, or even put down (if you are fortunate enough to have one who is happy with this), but occasionally you need both hands. Playing a game with baby in a sling leaves you with one hand for the cards and the…

Alhambra

Players: 2-4 Playing time: 45 minutes Cost: £25 (ish) Alhambra is a game in which you collect money (in cards of four different colours), buy tiles showing garden buildings, and then use these to create your own Alhambra garden. You score points for having the most of particular types of buildings, added up at three…

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is hard. Apparently some babies are naturals (my mum says my sister came out, took a deep breath, and immediately latched on), but ours wouldn’t open her mouth properly for the first week. Much lanolin cream later, we’ve worked it out, but for those first weeks I was practically feeding non-stop. Wherever I sat…

Forbidden Island

Players: 2-4 (although it would work as a one player) Playing time: half an hour Cost: £15 (ish) Forbidden Island is a co-operative game, so you’re all working together to beat the game. You’re explorers who have crash-landed on the mysterious island, and, in an Indiana Jones sort of way, decided to steal its four…

Why play board games?

So, you’ve just had a baby. Sleep is precious and leaving the house is a big deal. The local library runs rhyme time twice a week and the new parents meet-up is only once a week, so you’ve got a lot of time to fill. You feel like your mind is fading away from lack…