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Review: Amawrap Baby Carrier/Sling, worth £39.99

AmawrapReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Zoe Calvey.

With not being a fan of dozens of clips and buckles, I love using wrap style slings and I am happy to say that the Amawrap did not disappoint.

Once you’ve had a bit of practice you soon get the hang of it and I can now tie it in under a minute! The Amwrap has a very helpful video to show you how it’s done as well as clear pictures in the instruction manual, it even shows you how to use the wrap in three carrying positions – hip, basic and newborn carry.

The sling is able to support newborns and children up to the weight of 15kg so I used this wrap with both my one year old son and my friend’s 3 month old baby.  The material is soft yet strong and it supported my 13kg son comfortably without causing me any discomfort.  It was really useful to have him in the hip carrying positions on days where he wanted to be held a lot – my hands were free to do other tasks! Continue reading

Review: AVEENO Baby Soothing Relief Cream and Wash, worth £17.00

AVEENO Baby Soothing Relief Cream and WashReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Sarah Pickering.

Having had 3 children with varying degrees of eczema I was keen to both try and review the Aveeno baby moisturiser and bath additive.

My 9 month old has dry skin on her face and arms, and through the winter it had become drier due to the weather.  I am sceptical when it comes to creams and like to use what I’m familiar with, however, I must say I was really pleased with the combination of both Aveeno products. The moisturiser worked well and over the period of a week I noticed an improvement in her skin. I used the cream 3-4 times a day on her face and twice on her arms and her cheeks have become less red and are no longer dry. Continue reading

Review: Johnson’s Shiny Drops Bundle, worth £10.47

Johnson's Shiny DropsReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Kerry Clayton.

We have loved using the Johnson Shiny Drops shampoo and spray in conditioner. My toddler isn’t keen on having her hair washed but she is intrigued by the shiny pink bottle. When we get it out at bath time she is much more receptive to having her hair washed given its eye catching colour. The shampoo smells lovely and lathers into a mass of bubbles. We have also used in on her baby sister even though it isn’t marketed as a baby shampoo, however none of it has ended up on her face yet so I don’t know if it is ‘tear free’ but it has been good on her scalp and hair, even with her cradle cap. Continue reading

Unique and Fun Products for Little Ones: Shop About for Winter 2019

There are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:

Familidoo Air StrollerFamilidoo Air Pushchair – £150

This lightweight, super-compact stroller has everything you could want. Suitable from birth, it weighs just over 6kg and can easily fold up with a simple to operate, one-handed action. It has a fully adjustable, multi-position seat recline that is perfect for naps on the go, front and rear wheel suspension for smooth rides on all terrains, and an integral 5-point harness and detachable T-Bar for added safety.

Buy from www.cheekyrascals.co.uk

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Review: Johnson’s No More Tangles Bundle, worth £8.17

Johnson's No More TanglesReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Suzanne Cooper.

I have used Johnson’s Baby Shampoo since my little one was born but I usually use the orange/yellow looking shampoo and so this is the first time we have used this ‘no tangle’ shampoo and conditioner. We’ve used various shampoos on our little girl and find several of them do sting when a little bit gets in her eyes which she really dislikes! So I was keen to see if this ‘no tangle’ version was also tear free. The good news is that it is! It leaves her hair feeling beautifully soft without any stinging in my little ones eyes.

So does it really help set angle fine curly locks? It does do exactly what it says on the bottle and yes it is perfect on my little ones delicate hair which often gets tangled and sticky with yoghurt and all kinds of food being liberally applied to it! It left my little girls hair very soft, tangle free, easy to comb and manageable. Her hair looked lovely and clean and shiny too. Continue reading

Review: Organic Cotton SnuggleBoo Sleepsuit, worth £40

BabyBoo SleepsuitReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Vanessa Holmes.

My son Nathan has always been a fussy sleeper. He hates being covered over and I would find him waking up in the night due to him pushing the duvet off and then being cold. In the past we tried using a Grobag but due to Nathan feeling closed in he was not impressed and took an instant dislike to this, so we just put up with the constant checking and pulling the duvet back over him throughout the night.

I had never heard of a sleep suit before and due to past experiences I was very sceptical of Nathan being comfortable with it being on him. Due to the suit basically being exactly like a baby grow but with a tog rating he was fine and so far he has slept throughout the night without waking.

The sleep suit is organically made so that was a big bonus and it is very soft. I’m glad we got the opportunity to try out this product as it has made a big impact on our sons sleep pattern. The design we received wasn’t quite the style that I would choose personally but from looking at the website they offer all different designs depending on your child’s likes/dislikes.

Purchase from: www.babyboo.ie

3 Decoration Tips for your Baby’s Nursery

Baby nursery decoration

Framed prints and photographs are a great way to align the baby nursery with the rest of your interior style.

If you’re about to welcome a new member of your family, you’re probably in the process of setting up the baby’s nursery room. Depending on the size of your nursery, it might take a lot of creativity to decorate it. But even if you’re dealing with a baby nursery which is the size of a suburban closet, it doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make it cosy and pleasant. Here are 3 decoration tips for a baby nursery:

  1. Make it artsy

Framed prints and photographs are one of the best ways to align the baby nursery with the rest of your interior style. And if you choose styles that aren’t particularly babyish, you will be able to rotate your artwork or framed photographs around the house, exchanging it with visual delights from your bedroom and living room. Artwork will add a sense of style to space and ensure that your nursery feels personal. Continue reading

I Want To Return To Work – Where Do I Start?

Returning to WorkWritten by Caroline Cotterell, Managing Director at HR Solutions Team Ltd.

If you’ve taken a break from your career and are looking to get back to work, it can be hard to know what you need to do, what you might have missed and even where to look.

There are many reasons why people choose to take some time away from their careers. Looking after children is perhaps the most obvious or caring for ageing parents is something that’s on the increase.

The good news is, none of these should hold you back; with a bit of planning and preparation, you’ll be workplace ready before you know it. Here are some of the key things you should think about. Continue reading

5 Top Tips for Successful Dog & Baby/Toddler Interactions

Dog and BabyBy Gemma Abbott, Expert & Educator in Dog & Baby and Dog & Toddler Dynamics.

We would all love for our little ones and canine family members to have a great bond and relationship but the reality is sometimes miscommunications can happen between even the best dogs and little ones. Here are some top tips to set all family members (human and canine) up for success!

1. Learn About Canine Communication
Becoming familiar with and understanding how dogs communicate via body language will enable you to read, recognise and respond to them to help keep them comfortable. Subtle signs of stress that dogs display include lip-licking, yawning, turning away, sudden sniffing or scratching, showing the whites of the eyes (whale eye/half moon eye) amongst others.

2. Active Supervision
We all know to Supervise right?! But do we know exactly how we should be supervising effectively to keep everyone safe and any interactions within comfort levels of both the dog and baby/ toddler. Family Paws Parent Education offer a great description of the ‘5 Types of Supervision’. ‘Active Supervision’ is full awake present supervision focusing on your little one and dog and any interactions that may take place between them, as an adult try to remain in between your dog and little one and keep excitement levels low. Continue reading

Seriously…Why Would You Take A Baby To A Chiropractor?

Active Family ChiropracticWritten by Melanie Rogers DC, Active Family Chiropractic

One of the most common questions I get asked by people when they see my leaflets on Chiropractic care for babies in my treatment room is, “Why would you take your baby to a Chiropractor? They don’t get back pain!” Well, allow me to explain…

Firstly, it’s a common misconception that Chiropractic care is all about back pain – it’s actually about helping the body to move its best, optimising health and the body’s ability to express life. And it’s not just adult bodies that need help sometimes… even newborn babies can often benefit from a helping hand.

The human body is governed by the nervous system – your brain, spinal cord and nerve network control every single movement and action your body makes, from blinking and digesting to crying and temperature regulation. Babies’ nervous systems aren’t as well developed as grown-ups yet – they rely on us to protect them and supply all their needs, and they usually have a very vocal way of letting us know when their needs aren’t being met!  Those first few months are spent with their brains in primitive function – it’s all about survival. Continue reading