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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

Naturally Nice: 10 Eco-conscious Childcare Products

Naturally NiceIf one of your New Year’s resolutions is being kinder to the planet by purchasing more eco-friendly products, you’ll need to work out how to include your kids in your quest.

To get you started, here are ten eco-conscious childcare products that perform perfectly and don’t cost the Earth.

1. Teddy bear

Named after US president Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, the teddy bear has been comforting children for over a century — bag an organic bear from kids’ store Childrensalon. But be warned — it’s so soft and sumptuous that you might kidnap it for yourself!

2. Baby gym

With their hoops, mirrors and musical features, baby gyms keep rug rats entertained for hours on end — ethical site Babipur has a wide choice of natural wooden models that are built to last and look lovely. Plus, they’re so durable that they can be passed on from sibling to sibling. Continue reading

4 tips for busy mums who want to get an Education

Image credit: georgerudy / Adobe Stock

Image credit: georgerudy / Adobe Stock

You can have it all – romance, children, an education, a fantastic career and world travel. The catch? You can’t necessarily have it all at once – so you have to prioritise what’s most important in your life at any given time. There is no wrong answer to which of these wonderful things should come first and which can wait until later. If you’ve already made the choice to put your children ahead of a career and education, be aware that you’ve made a choice that works out well for many women.

But perhaps there’s a nagging little voice in your head telling you that you made a mistake – that you should have completed your education before you had children. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of returning to university to complete your education. Maybe you’re yearning for a career that will better provide for your children’s needs than your current situation allows.

Here’s the good news: You can make it happen! It will not be easy, but it’s rare for anything worthwhile to ever be easy. Countless other mums have returned to school to earn their degrees – and you can, too. Consider these 4 tips for busy mums who want to return to university: Continue reading

How to prepare your child for preschool

Wandsworth PreschoolGuest Post by Wandsworth Preschool.

It’s hard to think about your baby spreading their wings at such a young age and experiencing a world outside of the home, and it can be hard for a child to adjust to the change. There are a few steps you can take as a parent/carer that can make the transition less traumatic.

It’s important to make the preparation of preschool as fun as possible! Children shouldn’t feel that going to preschool is a chore, learning is enjoyable and its essential your child doesn’t feel that every trip is going to be educational.

Set some expectations of what your child can expect

The majority of children will feel anxious at the thought of starting preschool. You may feel tempted to address this by telling your child “school is always going to be fun, and you will enjoy every moment you are there” or “you don’t need to be scared everything will be fine,” try not to undermine your child’s anxiety and fears, instead give them information to of what they can expect, what they may be doing in class and who they might meet. 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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Getting your Toddler to Listen and Cooperate

Getting your Toddler to Listen and CooperateEncouraging your toddler to listen and cooperate can sometimes be a challenge. So many parents tell me that their little ones have suddenly started saying “no” to everything, have difficulty sharing, have become picky eaters and throw tantrums when they don’t get their own way. It can be a tough time for parents, but these behaviours are developmentally normal and healthy. Toddlers begin to independently explore their own identities, separate from their parents. Pushing boundaries is their way of exploring how the world works.

It’s also worth remembering that children of this age are going through a critical period of brain development, with 90 per cent of the brain developing in the first three years of life and more than a million neural connections being produced each second. Additionally, toddlers won’t have developed attention skills yet, so they have difficulty maintaining focus for very long. Their language skills are generally limited and their thinking is very literal, making it hard for them to understand and process everything you say to them. Continue reading

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play in

Creating a Safe Space for Kids to Play InGuest post by Ella Hendrix, a freelance writer.

Kids love to hide away in their rooms and play computer games with their friends online. If they are not doing this, there is a good chance they are traipsing around the house, only paying attention to the tablet they are carrying. It’s fine for kids to enjoy this type of fun some of the time, but they also need to spend some time outside.

Running around outside helps kids to keep fit and healthy. At a time when childhood obesity is a major concern this is important. However, if your kids do play outside, you need to make sure that they are safe. Play areas that are not well-planned and that are not created using safe materials, are a risk to any child.

Why is it so important to consider safety?

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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

Ear Piercing For Babies and Toddlers…Should It Be Banned?

Ear PiercingWritten by Laura Chesmer from www.autumnsmummyblog.com

Whether you pierce your baby or toddler’s ears is a personal choice that most parents have strong opinions about. The argument for banning it ignites online and in the media every once in a while, and petitions for making it illegal it garner thousands of signatures. Some people even claim it’s a form of child abuse.

Why do people pierce their baby’s ears?

Cultural Expectations and Gender Reinforcement

In many parts of the world, it is a cultural expectation that a baby girl should have her ears pierced. In fact, to this day some hospitals in Spain carry out ear piercing within hours of a girl being born.

In such places, even if a girl is dressed in obviously feminine clothing, she may be continually mistaken for a boy due to her unpierced ear lobes. There is also the possibility that this may trigger bullying when the child reaches school age as they are likely to be the odd one out. Continue reading

Making Your Blinds Child Safe

Blinds By PostGuest post by Stephanie Hudson from Blinds By Post.

It is important that everyone is aware of the dangers within our homes, especially when it comes to ensuring our children’s safety. Window cords are often a dangerous hazard for children in your home, as they are either long or end in a loop. This meaning, that within just a few seconds, your baby or toddler could end up wrapping themselves in it and causing them self some severe harm.

Quick Ideas To Make Your Blinds Safer:

  • Install Safety Devices
  • Decrease The Chance Of Temptation
  • Cut The Loop Out Of The Cord
  • Tuck Cords Out Of Sight & Reach (Temporary Fix)

Ensuring Your Blinds Are Significantly Safer

Rest assured there are a huge number of ways to improve the safety of all the blinds within your home. Not only this but, wherever your child may go too, such as their grandparents or any holiday homes you may have.

Something can is simple and easy, as well as being able to be completed straight away is tucking up the cords in a high place. This removing the ability for your child to reach it, even if they were to stand on something to raise their height.With a loop cord acting almost like a noose if your child was to end up falling with it wrapped around their neck. Continue reading