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Tips for Water Safety – Child Safety Week 2018

Written by Jo Wilson from Swim Works

Baby in the bath

Shockingly, most babies that drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden

Did you know babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water? It’s hard to believe when you think just how shallow that is, but this National Child Safety Week is the perfect time to think about how we can keep our little ones safe in and around water.

Most babies and small children who drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden so not leaving babies alone in or near water, even for a moment, is best. Scarily, babies drown silently so you might not even hear any noise or struggle. It’s such a horrible thing to even think about, but having it at the front of your mind will keep you more mindful of the dangers.

Here’s a few quick tips from the Child Accident Prevention Trust, especially with summer coming up:

  • Always empty your paddling pool after use
  • If you’re visiting friends, ask about ponds or water nearby and be alert
  • Explain to older children why they should never swim in rivers or canals
  • At the beach, teach older children to swim between the two-coloured red and yellow flags that mark the areas with lifeguards
  • And keep children off inflatables when an orange windsock’s flying – the water might look calm but a wind blowing off the land can quickly sweep inflatables out to sea.

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Early Signs of Autism Every Parent Should Know

You can start noticing signs of autism in your child as early as 6 months old.

You can start noticing signs of autism in your child as early as 6 months old.

Guest post by writer, Annabelle Short.

Worrying that your child is developing differently to their peers can be very frightening, however it’s important to take action early to ensure your child maximises their potential and gets help with anything they find challenging.

Learning your child may have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may sound like bad news, yet many people on the Autistic Spectrum live full and happy lives, with successful jobs, hobbies, partners and families of their own. ASD is a developmental disorder that comes in varying degrees and manifests itself in early brain development. Outcomes can be very different when parents take the initiative to get a diagnosis and apply strategies to assist their child, removing invisible barriers and obstacles that neurotypical children don’t encounter. Continue reading

Giving the Gift of Parenthood

Surrogacy is fast becoming an accepted pathway to parenthood for many people in the UK

Surrogacy is fast becoming an accepted pathway to parenthood for many people in the UK

By Sarah Jones, Chair of Surrogacy UK.

There has been a lot of talk about surrogacy in the news in recent weeks. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced the arrival of their third child who was born thanks to a surrogate. More recently, Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black announced that they are expecting a child through surrogacy.

These high-profile cases bring surrogacy into the spotlight, but they often bring up more questions than  they answer. So what is surrogacy really all about? How does it work, who uses a surrogate and why would a woman carry a baby for another couple?

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a way for a childless person to become a parent, with a surrogate carrying their child. People who want to have a child in this way are referred to as intended parents, or IPs. It is an amazing gift from a surrogate and her family to a person who, for many reasons, is not able to conceive a child themselves. It can be a wonderfully rewarding experience for everyone involved.  For surrogates, it is a chance to do something truly extraordinary and create a family for someone else. For those who are unable to have children by any other means, surrogacy can be a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Continue reading

Amber Necklaces: What are they and how can they help with teething?

Baltic Wonder Amber Teething NecklacesGuest post by Jenn Sanders, Baltic Wonder.

Parents the world over are using amber necklaces to help their babies and toddlers with teething. Plenty of people consider it complete hokum, and yet lots of others absolutely swear by them.

But what are they? How are they supposed to work? We’ve never used them here at Toddle About, so we invited Baltic Wonder, a leading retailer of amber necklaces made from Baltic Amber, to tell us more.

What Is Baltic Amber?

Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin from prehistoric pine trees millions of years ago and it is a homeopathic bio product that is helpful to the human body.

Its bio essence transcends the resin once warmed against a body. Thereby emitting a powerful succinic acid which acts as an analgesic and a pain reliever. All in all, this timeless ancient resin powerfully assists all ages acting as an all-natural healer and cleanser. Continue reading

Parenting with a Disability: How to Prepare Your Life and Home

People of all backgrounds, abilities, and health conditions are raising happy children each and every day.

People of all backgrounds, abilities, and health conditions are raising happy children each and every day.

Guest Post by Ashley Taylor

Hi there! I’m Ashley and am the mother of two children with my husband Tom. Tom isn’t like other dads — he’s been in a wheelchair since we met. Together, we have found many ways to overcome what others think of as a disability. Please keep reading for some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

But first, I would like to offer a heartfelt congratulations on your upcoming journey into parenthood! Children are one of life’s most precious blessings. You are about to develop a closer connection not only with your unborn baby but also with yourself and your partner.

Parenthood changes our lives in many ways… and for the good. If you or your spouse are living with a disability, you might be worried about how you will balance your own self-care with caring for a child. Fear not; people of all backgrounds, abilities, and health conditions are raising happy children each and every day.

Here’s some advice for people with disabilities on how they can prepare their lives and their homes for parenthood: Continue reading

Brits’ dental health in jeopardy as 1 in 20 admit they NEVER visit the dentist

Children's Dental HealthAnnual Oral Health Survey shows up to three million could be putting their dental health in danger as fear of the dentist and money worries lead to dental avoidance.

  • Almost one in 20 (4%) parents of children aged 18 or under say their child never brushes their teeth and 7% admit they never take their child to the dentist. [1]
  • Shockingly, 43% of parents of children with a filling said their child had their first one aged seven younger.
  • This corresponds with a report by the Royal College of Surgeons which showed record numbers of under-fives having rotten teeth removed
  • Extractions among pre-school children have soared by 24 per cent in just ten years[2]
  • Shockingly, even babies are affected — last year alone, 47 children under the age of one had newly grown milk teeth taken out.

Britain could be reclaiming its reputation as the nation of bad teeth as a new survey from dental payment plan specialists Denplan by Simplyhealth Professionals reveals over one in 20 admit to never visiting the dentist[3]. Even more shockingly, 1% even admit they NEVER brush their teeth, which could represent over 500,000* of us!

For those who avoided the dental chair and visit the dentist less often than once every 2 years, 39% said they were too scared of the dentist or pain, and the same number claimed they couldn’t afford check-ups.

In a worrying socio-economic trend, over half of UK adults (52%) said they’d cancel a routine dental appointment if they had financial worries, despite check-ups costing as little as £20. Young people aged 18-24 were the age group most likely to cancel. Continue reading

How to exercise through each of your trimesters

Always listen to your body first and foremost when exercising

Always listen to your body first and foremost when exercising

By Andrea Rennie at Powerhouse Fitness, a specialist retailer in gym and fitness supplies. In this article, she shares their top tips for exercising through each of your trimesters during pregnancy. Read on to find out more.*

If you’re an expecting mother, you may be under the impression that your pregnancy is a time when you should be taking things easy. However, while that’s true to a certain extent, you can still achieve a healthy level of exercise that can be very beneficial, and make life easier down the line.

The NHS recommends that you keep fit during pregnancy, as it helps you adapt to your changing body shape and weight gain, can make labour easier, and give you a healthy head start to getting back into shape. With these benefits in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of my top tips for exercising through each of your trimesters. Continue reading

How to Look After Young Children’s Skin in Winter

Wrap up well, moisturise a lot, avoid any winter sunburn and seek help if you are worried.

Wrap up well, moisturise a lot, avoid any winter sunburn and seek help if you are worried.

If you have kids, it can sometimes be tempting to keep them indoors during the cold, dark winter months. It feels like such an effort to get them out and about considering the multiple layers of clothing your little ones need to be coaxed into and the real motivating push you have to give older kids who might not want to brave the cold. It’s important to get some fresh air regularly even in winter, however, and the trick to doing so is to make sure you are fully prepared to fend off the natural elements.

One important part of this is protecting your children’s skin. The harsh, cold and blustery winds can be a real exacerbating factor when it comes to dry or chapped skin. Never fear, however! There’s always something you can do to protect their skin and make sure they can still enjoy the outside world, whatever the weather. Here are our top tips for looking after young children’s skin in winter.

  1. Wrap Up Well

Firstly, it’s important to make sure not too much of a baby or toddler’s skin is exposed to the cold. Not only will this keep them nice and toasty while outside, but it will also protect their skin. Wrap them up in lots of layers so you can take off one thing at a time, matching their clothing to whatever the temperature happens to be. Make sure you buy breathable fabrics so that skin doesn’t get clammy and when washing newborn baby clothes or those for older children, always use a skin sensitive detergent to prevent any reactions. For more useful information on washing newborn baby clothes, have a look at these tips. 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

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