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Music for All The Family… Some of the best music out there for children and grown ups alike

Guest Post by David Gibb

Teddy at the Disco by David Gibb

Teddy at the Disco by David Gibb

It’s quite likely that at some point you will have found yourself despairing at the music available for children and families. However, before you hurl your CD of ‘children’s favourites’ out of the car window, you might be interested to know that there’s a quiet revolution taking place in the world of family music. 

Particularly in the USA, but also in the UK, there is a burgeoning scene of songwriters and musicians turning their talents to making brilliant and engaging music for children. As someone lucky enough to be part of this trend, I’ve spent the last five years or so discovering what’s out there for families hungry for music that everyone can enjoy together. Here are a few of my favourites to get you started! Continue reading

Travelling Abroad with Toddlers: 10 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Do It

Ready to start our adventure, we travelled reasonably lightly

Ready to start our adventure, we travelled reasonably lightly

Guest Post by Aisling Gray from Mummy on the Run

 Travelling abroad with toddlers can be a daunting task for even the most relaxed parents.  The research and planning, the choice of destination, the duration of the break, not to mention the packing required, for normal daily life with a toddler as well as thinking about all the contingencies.  Once you get started on the mountainous task, it’s quite likely that you might consider packing it all in and opting for a staycation instead.

My advice is stick with your overseas adventures!  I’m sure you won’t regret it and I offer this advice with some experience: we have recently returned from a one-month adventure in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia with our four and a half year old and our, at the time, almost three year old.

The trip was full of once-in-a-lifetime experiences which were possible even with toddlers in tow.  Travelling with the kids was so much easier than I could ever have anticipated – they are quite a handful at home so I had low expectations for the trip.  The whole experience has given us a renewed thirst for travel and a fresh view that family travel doesn’t have to mean resort holidays every year if you don’t want it to.

In case you need some extra persuasion, here are my top reasons why you must travel abroad with toddlers: Continue reading

Review: Climb That Tree – The new album from the family music genius David Gibb

The new album, Climb That Tree, from David Gibb

The new album, Climb That Tree, from David Gibb

Imagine going on a long car journey with your children in the back. Imagine that on that car journey you had to listen to children’s music. All. The. Way.

You’ve probably had this experience already.

I certainly have. Maaaany times. And it definitely wasn’t much fun for the grown ups in the car – especially when we were playing the same children’s songs on repeat over and over again.

We tried introducing the children to more grown up songs and things did get a bit better. But there was a lot of music that we wanted to listen to that they just didn’t enjoy. Cue arguments in the car.

What we really needed was some music that we could all enjoy – something that appealed to the young and the old(er) – and something we could all sing along with together to make those long car journeys feel shorter.

Honestly, I didn’t know if that was possible. But then, a couple of years ago, Continue reading

TalkTalk Creates a TV Remote for Little Hands

Viewing hours can be set up for the Kids Zone which includes a bedtime setting.

Viewing hours can be set up for the Kids Zone which includes a bedtime setting.

It’s something many adults know too well, you quickly have to leave the room and when you return the kids have seized the TV remote and chaos follows. Suddenly Peppa Pig is no longer on the screen, favourite recordings have been deleted from the box or a setting you’ve never seen before has been activated. But now that can be a thing of the past, thanks to the revolutionary new TalkTalk TV Kids Remote.

A first-of-its-kind, the TalkTalk TV Kids Remote has been designed exactly to combat both parents’ and children’s frustrations with standard TV remotes. One press of the unique remote locks children instantly into a new Kids Zone, featuring on-demand episodes of popular kids shows such as Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam.

Once in the Kids Zone, little hands can easily navigate their favourite shows and are unable to leave without adult intervention. Continue reading

Wobbly New Walkers… How to spot if your baby has Clicky Hip

The x-ray showed Gemma's hip totally dislocated - I was in total shock!

The x-ray showed Gemma’s hip totally dislocated – I was in total shock!

Guest Post by Rachael Daniels.

On Monday 26th October 2015 our lives changed.  My daughter Gemma was diagnosed with ‘Clicky Hip’ – more formally known as Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH).

I had no idea about this condition until I was faced with it and I have learnt a lot about it since. Gemma was 19 months old when she was diagnosed, and I just wish I had known more about the symptoms and signs before diagnosis. Maybe then Gemma could have received treatment earlier.

That is why I am writing this post – to spread awareness of this condition so that other parents will hopefully spot it and recognise it sooner in their own children. Continue reading

The LittleFoot Festival in Northamptonshire – The One Day Family Fundraising Festival

Little Foot Festival

All the fun of the circus at The LittleFoot Festival

Saturday 2nd September sees the return of The LittleFoot Festival, a fundraising, fun packed event for kids young and old.

WHEN – Saturday 2rd September 2017 12-5pm 

WHERE – Stanwick Hall, Stanwick, Northants, NN9 6QE

The festival’s theme is ‘All the fun of the Circus’. Circus School, meet and greet with reptiles, Dad Dancing Competitions, a toddler disco, magicians, forest school skills, story telling, crafting workshops, football fun will all feature along side good food, fun music, children’s theatre and a few surprises! 

Once you purchase a ticket everything inside the festival is free (excluding food, drink and face painting!) This means fairground ride is free, the bouncy castle with adult slide is free, all the workshops are free and the Go Karts are… you guessed it FREE!!! Continue reading

How to set up a Creative Space for Your Child

Your child will always be grateful for support and encouragement in their creativity.

Your child will always be grateful for support and encouragement in their creativity.

Children are naturally creative creatures. There’s nothing like seeing the world with fresh eyes to get the creative juices flowing. As a parent you want to encourage creativity in your little ones. This has such potential for enjoyment – and maybe even a career – if properly cultivated in early life. One great way to do so is to set up a dedicated creative working space. Research suggests associating particular places with activities makes it easier to perform those activities. So if you want to help your child be creative, here are our top tips on putting together their very own creative space. Read on for a handy guide on how to set up a creative space for your child, including choosing the right place for your creative area and tips for keeping it clean – you may end up needing to remove chewing gum from clothes and other sticky stuff that have ended up on top of an experimental art project or get glitter out of carpets! Continue reading

REVIEW: The National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

Main entrance to the CentreWritten by Lorraine from the Toddle About Team.

We would like to thank The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham for the invitation to visit their centre, I went along with my family and had a really wonderful day and we had an added extra with the exclusive Octonauts Octo-Glow Explorers event that is currently running up until the 13th August, where children get to become an Octo-Glow Explorer and take part in a range of interactive activities to help discover how creatures from the deep use light to hide from predators, attract their prey and even talk to each other. You then get to share your findings in the Octo-Glow Lab during an Octo-Glow Explorer character meet and greet!

My son Joey had been asking me on a daily basis when was he going to see the fishes, so when the day finally came he was very excited and when we arrived his little face lit up, he really didn’t know where to look! Continue reading

REVIEW: Moccstars, Soft Leather Moccasins for Little Feet, £28

MoccstarsReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Stacey Leigh.

We requested to review the Moccstars Cinnamon Suede Chelsea boots for our daughter Sofia aged nine months, they looked absolutely stunning and great to pair with numerous outfits. There was so many too choose from it took us a while to decide!

They arrived in a beautiful little bag, I opened them up and they were just as beautiful as shown in the pictures, super soft with suede soles and a great fit for Sofia who has quite wide feet with a chunky bit on top, they look so comfortable too.

They’re ideal for pre-walkers as pram shoes (Sofia can’t walk yet) or for toddlers. They stay on the child’s foot and encourage movement and even help strengthen the muscles and ligaments needed for walking. Continue reading

REVIEW: ChewyMoon Snacks, £4.99 per box

ChewyMoonReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Emma Knight.

We were delighted to be asked to review the Chewy Moon Snack Box.

As a mum, I am always looking for new ways to introduce healthy snacks to my children who, like many others, are rather fussy and creatures of habit, especially when it comes to eating!

The box arrived and we were very excited to see what wonders it contained.

We firstly noted how bright the packaging was and the children both found the picture of a pug in a hoodie on the front highly amusing! Continue reading