Written by Emily Leary.
These delicious smoothie lollies contain only natural ingredients and can be whizzed up in minutes. Make sure the kids get involved in adding the spinach and watching the lolly mixture turn green. Remember, this isn’t about hiding veg, it’s about celebrating all the ways it can be used, and challenging our perceptions while enjoying our food.
PREP TIME: 10 MINS • FREEZE TIME: OVERNIGHT • MAKES 6 LOLLIES
- 4 tablespoons natural yogurt
- 2 bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- small handful of baby spinach
- 2 strawberries
- Granola, to serve
Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Hannah Nott.
Both my son, who’s two, and I suffer from dry skin with occasional outbreaks of eczema. I’ve tried many different products in the past to relieve it, including prescription items. I’ve used a couple of different Aveeno products with success in the past, but had never tried anything from the baby range. As my son had recently began to get dry skin again, particularly on his legs and face, this was a great opportunity to try out the Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream and Goodnight Emollient Balm and see if they made a difference to his skin.
We applied the emollient cream after his bath each night. The texture was nice and light, easy to apply and absorbed almost instantly. Even after one night I noticed how much softer his skin had become, and over the next couple of days the dryness had gone. I also noticed that it made my sore itchy hands very smooth and comfortable, so I began using it as a hand cream and it really has made a difference, I found it very soothing and the angry red patches have virtually disappeared!
I then used the goodnight balm on specific patches of eczema on both of us. It was thicker than the cream, so a little went a long way and it really seemed to calm down the redness on my son’s face. Continue reading
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:
Oyster Carapace I-Size Collection – £249
The latest addition to the award-winning Oyster range from BabyStyle, the Collection includes the Carapace Toddler i-Size Car Seat and the Duofix i-Size Base, which together offer comfort and safety up to around four years of age. The seat can be reclined in both rearward and forward facing positions and features easy harness and headrest adjustments, ensuring your child is safe and secure.
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Review 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
Guest post by Meera Watts, founder of Siddhi Yoga International.
There is no question, yoga comes with many incredible benefits for everyone. There are special breathing techniques that come along with yoga that can quickly diminish anxiety. Mothers are encouraged to do gentle yoga while they are pregnant. It helps to keep the body calm for the baby and raises awareness within the body. Once you’ve begun a family, the benefits are even more prevalent. Studies have shown the benefits for kids, mums, and dads alike. Here are some of the benefits that will positively affect your whole family.
Better Diet Choices
It seems that in the West, yoga is more popular for women. Traditionally, a mum makes the food choices in the household. When you do yoga, you get more into your body which prompts you to feel any toxicity. The body manifests the food we eat so if you notice yourself feeling inflamed or exhausted, you are more likely to make changes in the diet. There is a diet that goes along with yoga to enforce a healthy lifestyle. You are going to be more inclined to eat healthy foods when you have a yoga practice and you will want your family to get on board with it. Continue reading
Guest Post by Julia Merrill, founder of BefriendYourDoc.org
The repercussions of not getting enough sleep can be severe.
Do you ever have a night – or several of them – where no one in the family can sleep? Mum and Dad put the kids to bed, but they keep popping right back out because they can’t fall asleep. Then when they finally do drift off, Mum and Dad are tossing and turning all night long. If this sounds like your family, here are a few tips to help you all get a good night’s sleep.
Lack of Sleep
If you haven’t been sleeping well for just a couple of nights, you may be tired and irritable, but it’s not a huge health issue. If your lack of sleep has lingered on for a while, though, you will want to make sure you deal with it. Continue reading
Written 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
Written by Water Babies Bucks and Beds – fun baby swimming lessons that improve water confidence and brain development.
Reflux – when babies bring up milk during or shortly after feeding – is pretty common. It isn’t usually a cause for concern and you don’t normally need to get medical advice if your baby seems otherwise happy and healthy, and is gaining weight appropriately.
However, in some cases, babies suffer from extreme reflux – also known as GORD (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease). This is a long-term form of reflux where the stomach contents rise up and irritate the child’s throat. It can be painful and is often misdiagnosed as colic.
What causes GORD?
The muscle and valve that lead into the stomach are not working properly, which allows the feed, along with gastric acid, to be regurgitated causing the contents of the stomach to flow back up into the oesophagus. You can also have “silent reflux”, when the child is not actually sick. Continue reading
Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Emily Short.
We were recently invited to taste and review some of the new products in the Organix and Organix Goodies range and they didn’t disappoint. Organix’ is synopses with yummy and healthy snacks for babies and toddlers and are proud of their tagline ‘Great Taste No Junk’ and as a family comprising of a 3 year old girl and 16 month old boy/girl twins as you can imagine we love Organix products as a snack or to pop in our picnic or packed lunch box.
When the box arrived we couldn’t wait to rip into it and try the goodies, the main contents were the multi-packs of the new pea puffs and cheese and onion lentil hoops, the pea puffs are marketed at 6 months plus whilst the lentil hoops are for 12 months plus, the ingredients and nutritional advice is visible on all bags. Continue reading
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