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Fun and Simple Arts & Crafts Projects for Little Ones

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By Moa Hoijer from Mavens of London.

It’s lovely to have toddlers around the house. Unlike their older siblings, there’s no rush to get them to school on time and lots of free hours during the day to try out fun projects. If you or your child find yourselves confined to the house (perhaps your child is at home with a cold, or it’s pouring outside) you might enjoy trying arts and craft activities. There are lots of different toddler-friendly ideas and these projects are often a great way to help develop motor skills as well as more general creativity. Here are three step-by-step guides to our favourite arts and craft projects plus hints and hints to keep you sane while doing so, like tips on removing ink from clothes and precautions to protect your house from the inevitable mess! Continue reading

Review: Zazu Sleeptrainer & Nightlight Pam The Penguin, £39.99

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Pam the penguin from Zazu made a very cute addition to our little girl’s room and she loved it.  It glows at night, acting as a nightlight and you can choose the colour of the light. It had a handy function that let us set the time that she was supposed to get up, and the colour changed to orange with 30 mins to go and green when she was allowed to come out and get mummy & daddy! I particularly liked the warning element which was simpler to explain to her than other similar clocks that we’ve used. We had quite a bit of success and most of the time she waits till it turns green before shouting – it’s get up time!

It also has a functionality that allows you to play music via wifi. It recommended using Spotify to play a dedicated Zazu playlist. Maybe it’s because I don’t normally use spotify, but I found it unhelpful having to listen to adverts whilst trying to settle my little girl. I’m sure that someone more technically aware could find a better way to stream music or stories.  That was the only negative that I found to this cute little penguin.

www.cheekyrascals.co.uk/zazu-sleeptrainer-nightlight-pam-the-penguin.html

 

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Are we there yet? Top tips for driving with kids

Guest post by Tracey McBain from Lookers

With a little planning and thought, nightmare family car trips can be a thing of the past

With a little planning and thought, nightmare family car trips can be a thing of the past

It’s every parent’s nightmare — there’s half of your journey left to go and the kids have reached the end of their tether. There’s already been three tantrums, and they’ve spent the last hour asking the dreaded question: “Are we there yet?”

However, what if I could tell you there was another way?

If you follow a few simple tips and tricks, you can take a lot of the stress out of car journeys with the kids. In this article, I’ve brought together three tips that will help you and your family enjoy hassle-free car journeys during staycations and days out for years to come.

So, read on to find out how to keep your kids entertained on your next car journey. Continue reading

Does your child suffer from Bedwetting? Then you need to read this

World Bedwetting Day – 30 May, 2017. Time to Take Action

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The World Bedwetting Day Steering Committee (WBD-SC) has launched simplified practical guidelines to help healthcare professionals understand how best to treat bedwetting.

About Bedwetting

Bedwetting affects 1 in 15 seven year olds1

Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is an uncontrollable leakage of urine while asleep[7]. In most cases it is caused by over-production of urine at night or reduced capacity of the bladder3. An inability to wake up can be another cause3. Bedwetting does not have a psychological cause3. Bedwetting is a common childhood medical condition, with approximately 5–10% of 7 year-olds regularly wetting their beds and the problem may persist into teenage and adulthood1. Continue reading

Managing your child’s eczema – top tips from the expert

Cetraben helps you manage problematic, dry and eczema-prone skin.

Cetraben helps you manage problematic, dry and eczema-prone skin.

By Behavioural Expert, Lorraine Thomas.

Infant eczema can be incredibly common and can be difficult to manage as your baby or toddler may struggle to express how they are feeling. Cetraben, the UK’s fastest growing emollient brand[1], have teamed up with Behavioural Expert, Lorraine Thomas who shares her tips on helping your infants deal with eczema.

Re-Frame Treatment Time

“Rather than the treatment time being a negative, re-frame it for them as a time when you can really be together.   Your child’s bedtime routine can be a great place for them to know that they have mum or dad’s full attention.  It will help them feel valued and secure and a time they look forward to rather than dread.  If you have a baby, enjoy the massage.  If your child is older, enjoy the 1-1 time with them.  Sometimes re-framing things that must happen, like mealtimes, bath times, medication – can totally change your perspective and become something you enjoy rather than a task you have to get through.   If she knows you are looking forward to it, she will too.” Continue reading

Everything You Need To Know About Flat Head Syndrome

A baby wearing a TiMband (a form of plagiocephaly helmet).

A baby wearing a TiMband (a form of plagiocephaly helmet).

Guest Post by Technology in Motion

Flat head syndrome is the umbrella term used to describe a cranial deformity where part of the head adopts a flattened shape. To differentiate between the different forms of flattening, clinicians use one of four names: plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, craniosynostosis or scaphocephaly. It is important to identify the correct form of flattening so that the most appropriate treatment can be selected.

Why does Flat Head Syndrome Occur?

In the UK, half of all babies under the age of 1 show signs of flat head syndrome to some degree. It can be difficult to pinpoint the root cause for this condition as there are several factors which can contribute to a skull flattening. These factors include:

Positioning

During the first few months of life, babies are not able to support themselves so they tend to lie on their backs and develop a positional preference (a position upon which they feel the most comfortable). When a child lies in the same position for prolonged periods of time, particular parts of the skull are put under pressure and begin to malform and flatten. Continue reading

REVIEW: Infantino BKids 3-in-1 Walker, £59.99

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Review written by Toddle About VIP Club Member, Sam Barrs.

I have an 8 month old little girl who is always full of beans and we were lucky enough to get to review the Infantino Bkids 3-in-1 Walker!

The walker is designed for babies 6-36 months and has 3 stages that suit different ages – at 6 months it’s designed to be stationary and the handle down so baby can play, at 9 months you can adjust the handle but keep it stationary so baby can stand and at 12 months you can unlock the wheels and baby can use it to walk.

My little girl has thoroughly enjoyed discovering the different functions on the walker. She even figured out that the eyes on front roll around and play noises before I did! There’s plenty of things for little hands to play with on the walker even before it’s used as a walker although on one side there is a small door that keeps a ball inside and I’ve found that my little girl can just pull this door straight off so I’ve had to keep it off.

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Review: smarTrike 5 in 1 Recliner Infinity

smarTrike 5 in 1 InfinityReview written by Toddle About VIP Club Member, Natalie Collingwood.

Our smarTrike 5 in 1 Recliner arrived in a compact box that was easy to carry and not at all as large as I expected, as it was just me at home at the time this was fab as I was able to carry it from the front door through to the dining room with no trouble at all.

I was impressed that it was wrapped in a black cellophane and had very little packaging inside the box which was easy to dispose of and meant little waste, my husband is very big on recycling so it meant he was a very happy chap! Continue reading