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Travel Products for Summer 2019

We have found some of the latest and funkiest products for making your travels with little ones that bit easier:

Munchkin Inflatable Duck TubMunchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub – £9.95

Make sure bath time routines are not disrupted by taking the Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub on your trip. The padded inflatable bath in the shape of a duck makes bathing comfortable for kids and the Munchkin White-Hot Safety Disc reveals the word ‘HOT’ when the bath water is too hot for baby. This is the perfect weekend away accompaniment for little ones 6 – 24 months old.

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We’re All Going On A Family Holiday!

We're All Going On A Family HolidayWritten by Claire Zakks, aka Mama Zakss

Picture this – you’re lying on your pineapple printed beach towel, best Love Islander swimsuit, feeling the warm sand trickling between your toes, the sound of the sea swishing calmly in the distance, ice cold Fanta lemon, the ultimate summer drink, quenching your thirst… that’s what holidays are about right?!

Well that’s what they were about, until you throw a child or two into the equation and we have a very different scenario. Your towel is likely to be hotel issued to save on that essential packing space, you’ve gone for comfort over style on the one piece M&S swimsuit, grains of sand being kicked up all over you, on your towel and in your bag guaranteed to remain there forever, peace and tranquility has turned to ‘Mummy, Mummy’, tantrum, squeal, repeat and that Fanta lemon, well that has likely been kicked over, leaving a sticky mess attracting a line of the local Spanish ants. Continue reading

Tips to Make Travelling With Twins Easier

Tips to Make Travelling With Twins EasierTravel is a very enriching experience you can enjoy with your family. You create a lot of wonderful memories by jetting off and exploring new destinations together, which makes all of the fuss worth it. And trust us, there will definitely be a bit of fuss — travelling on its own can take a toll on you, so imagine doing it with both your tiny twins in tow.

Despite how difficult it can be, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Pretraveller notes that travelling can help your children grow in tremendous ways, from nurturing empathy to sparking their curiosity. Implementing some workarounds will lead to a great getaway for all, which means that you’ll have a bit more time to plan your next family holiday! Continue reading

Toddlers Take Flight: 5 Fab Family Holiday Tips

Toddler Takes FlightOnce you’ve finished peeling your kids from the ceiling after too much festive excitement, there’s often a collective comedown in the first weeks of the new year.

But booking your family holiday for 2019 is one wonderful way to motivate your mob on those cold winter mornings and stimulate their spirits until spring has sprung.

If you’re taking flight with toddlers this year, you’ll need to be on your toes — so here are five fab family holiday tips to organise an outstanding trip.

  1. Family-friendly airports

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Holiday at the Farm

North Hayne Farm CottagesWritten by Kym, Daniel and Sydnee – May 2018.

We have been visiting North Hayne Farm since our daughter was 18 months old and she is now 8½. We are on our 12th visit with 13 & 14 already booked for later this year and next year.

What can I say about this amazing place that makes it stand out from the rest.

The main thing is most definitely the team. Cheryl and Roger go above and beyond to make sure your stay is the best it can be. They are hardworking and dedicated and such lovely people. This showed from our very first visit and we knew that North Hayne Farm was somewhere very special that we would continue to visit for a very long time.

There hasn’t been a year gone by since we found the farm that we haven’t visited. We have done weekends, short breaks and full weeks and have visited at all different times of the year. Spring, Summer, Bonfire weekend, Christmas and all have been amazing. Continue reading

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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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.

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