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Let’s Get Physical

Let's Get PhysicalBy Mrs Masnica, Teacher of Early Years PE, Quinton House School

How to promote physical activity at home and aid your child’s development

The benefits of physical activity in the early years are well documented; from bone and muscle development to the development of the brain, cognitive skills and emotional wellbeing. In more recent years, sport has been at the frontline in combating childhood obesity throughout a child’s lifetime.

So how can parents help develop the right habits early on? 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 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

Let’s Talk About Death

Talking About DeathBy Stephanie Nimmo, author of Was this in the Plan?

Losing your spouse and your child within the space of 13 months would break most of us. Stephanie Nimmo shares how open conversations about death helped her family to cope and really live life to the full.

We really are not good at talking about death in this country, are we? It’s almost a taboo subject, to be whispered about in hushed tones. Yet the only guarantee we have in life is that one day we will die. As soon as we get our heads around that fact we can get on with living and enjoying our lives.

Sadly, I know all too well how precious and unpredictable life really is. In the course of 13 months I lost my husband to cancer and my 12-year-old daughter to the effects of a rare genetic syndrome. It’s unimaginable. What my experience has taught me however is that it’s really important to have open and honest conversations about death and dying with your close family.

I have three older children and they knew from day one that their little sister was not going to live to become an adult. They knew that the time we had with her was precious and that we had to enjoy every moment. 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

Outdoor Play: Using the Principles of Play Therapy

Play TherapyBy Jeff Thomas – Registrar, Play Therapy UK

Play is a natural process that is essential for the development of a child’s brain and mind. Without the stimulus of play, the physical size of the brain will be much smaller, as shown in research undertaken with Romanian orphans.

20% of children in the UK suffer from emotional, behaviour or mental health problems.  Play Therapy has been shown to have a success rate of between 77% and 84% when delivered by Play Therapy UK’s registrants.

But play is good for ALL children, and parents can follow the principles of non-directive play to maintain the good mental health of children who do not have any mental health problems.

Neurobiology tells us that beneficial chemicals such as opioids and oxitocin are released naturally as a result of play. The amygdala is calmed and the hippocampus, which enables us to learn and recall memories, is repaired.  Continue reading

Pregnancy Myths – Busted

Pregnancy Myths - Busted

Article written by Emma’s Diary for Toddle About.

When you discover you’re pregnant, the list of things you can no longer do just seems to grow. While each pregnancy, expectant mother and unborn child is different, the experts at Emma’s Diary have busted ten of the most frequently asked – and some unusual – pregnancy myths.

  1. Can I fly?

It’s usually safe to fly while you’re pregnant. However, some airlines won’t let you fly after week 28 of your pregnancy, so it’s always best to check what your airline’s policy is. If you’re travelling for more than five hours, there’s a higher risk of thrombosis, but it’s not clear if this increases if you’re pregnant.

  1. Can I have a hot bath?

It’s best to avoid very hot baths due to the risks of overheating and fainting. Becoming too hot can harm your unborn baby, particularly in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Always make sure you drink plenty of fluids.

It’s best to avoid very hot baths due to the risks of overheating and fainting Continue reading

Does your child suffer from Bedwetting? Then you need to read this

World Bedwetting Day – 30 May, 2017. Time to Take Action


The World Bedwetting Day Steering Committee (WBD-SC) has launched simplified practical guidelines to help healthcare professionals understand how best to treat bedwetting.

About Bedwetting

Bedwetting affects 1 in 15 seven year olds1

Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is an uncontrollable leakage of urine while asleep[7]. In most cases it is caused by over-production of urine at night or reduced capacity of the bladder3. An inability to wake up can be another cause3. Bedwetting does not have a psychological cause3. Bedwetting is a common childhood medical condition, with approximately 5–10% of 7 year-olds regularly wetting their beds and the problem may persist into teenage and adulthood1. Continue reading