I love a good catch-up with the girls, but these days, my baby comes too.

With wide-open spaces, lots of light and a toy basket, the Lime Tree Café on Shaikh Zayed Road is a mummy haven; it’s often jam-packed with strollers and other mums running around like headless chickens, so it’s always a relief that I don’t have to apologise every time my little one lets out a deafening scream. Plus, have you tried the carrot cake…

I quickly fell in love with Kidz Venture at the Double Tree Hilton in JBR, as it’s so affordable.

The atmosphere’s wonderful, everything is clean and colourful and most of the toys are actually suitable for my son. It also has a great variety of classes, including a few entertaining language classes you can do with your little one.

I have a few go-to places for my baby essentials.

To bag a bargain, though, Babyshop offers the most cost-effective deals, especially with its online Mommy’s Mondays.

It’s always harder to shop with the munchkin in tow, so I’m a recent convert to UAE-based online shopping.

My favourite sites are Mumzworld, Baby Souk and Baby Boutique. Make sure to watch out for first-time purchase discounts, as these can help you save a bundle. If I do need to brave the mall with my little one, I’ll head to The Dubai Mall – so I can fit in some exercise getting between stores! – or Mall of the Emirates, as the new extension has the nicest mother-and-baby rooms in town.

One of our favourite things to do as a family is a trip to Ripe Market at Zabeel Park on a Friday.

It’s full of families, there are play areas for the little ones and, best of all, it’s full of treats you don’t actually mind giving your little ones! We also love Kite Beach, as there are tons of food outlets to choose from, conveniently located bathrooms and showers and a boardwalk for a stroll with the buggy. Plus, if you need a little extra entertainment, you can always pop over to The Journey and enjoy a few activities in lush surroundings.

Summer days can be challenging to get through with children.

Do some research and find more creative ways to keep them entertained – whether it’s trampolining at Bounce, Ski Dubai’s Snow Park, miniature golf at Wafi, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo or getting a little artsy at the JamJar.

Catch Dina and her new Kids and Parenting show on Dubai’s only online TV channel, Dubai on Demand. You can follow it on https://www.facebook.com/DubaiOnDemand

For more inspiration on things to do with little ones in Dubai, read mummy blogger Solange Dyro's tips on finding low-cost fun in Dubai