There are great 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:
Keepsake Memory Bears & Blankets – From £40
These one of a kind memory bears and blankets are handmade with love from Keepsakes by Laura. If you’re looking for a special gift, or a way to treasure your baby’s old clothing, then Laura will provide personalised items stitched with love. Toy animals £40; Standard sized blanket £70.
Order at www.keepsakesbylaura.co.uk or withlovelaura and quote ‘Toddle’ for 10% off.
Guest post by Jenn Sanders, Baltic Wonder.
Parents the world over are using amber necklaces to help their babies and toddlers with teething. Plenty of people consider it complete hokum, and yet lots of others absolutely swear by them.
But what are they? How are they supposed to work? We’ve never used them here at Toddle About, so we invited Baltic Wonder, a leading retailer of amber necklaces made from Baltic Amber, to tell us more.
What Is Baltic Amber?
Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin from prehistoric pine trees millions of years ago and it is a homeopathic bio product that is helpful to the human body.
Its bio essence transcends the resin once warmed against a body. Thereby emitting a powerful succinic acid which acts as an analgesic and a pain reliever. All in all, this timeless ancient resin powerfully assists all ages acting as an all-natural healer and cleanser. Continue reading
Annual 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. 
- 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
- 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. 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
By Dr Runa Mowla-Copley
It’s important to brush your child’s teeth yourself until they are 8 years old.
For many parents (and indeed toddlers!) the tooth brushing routine elicits dread and tantrums. Some tots descend into complete meltdown at the mere mention of tooth brushing! Making the routine fun and interactive are key to turning the brushing experience into a relaxed affair.
As young children are not able to clean their own teeth, parents must do it for them when they are very young and do it with them as they get older. A really good rule of thumb to go by is: when your child can write his own name, he is ready to brush on his own.
A recent survey published by Public Health England found a staggering 12% of three year olds have tooth decay so setting good brushing habits early on in life can mean a lifetime of healthy happy teeth. Most children should be brushing their own teeth with parental supervision from eight years of age. By age 10, children should be able to brush their own teeth without the need for ongoing supervision.
Brush teeth from when the first tooth appears (between the age of 6 months to 1 year). Even at this age teeth can get covered with plaque.
Useful tips to help clean your toddler’s teeth:
By Dr Runa Mowla-Copley
75% of babies suck their thumbs – should parents be worried about the long term effects on their teeth?
If you’re worried about your baby sucking his thumb, or you’ve decided you want to stop your toddler doing it – or you want to know more about how thumb sucking might affect your child’s teeth, then this post is for you.
Dr Runa Mowla-Copley is an expert in thumb sucking. In 2010 she co-founded of one of London’s first Thumb Sucking Clinics and has been interviewed on BBC Radio, national press and appeared on American television discussing the effects of prolonged thumb sucking. Here are her thoughts and advice for you: Continue reading
Personally I would not recommend Amber teething necklaces due to the possibility of your baby choking on the beads
There is a lot of advice out there when it comes to teething and how best to help your baby through this potentially difficult time, but sorting out the medical advice from the old wive’s tales can be tricky! We asked our resident Health Visitor, Naresh Lane, to dispel the myths and provide some clarity on the subject:
Babies are born with milk buds under their gums: 10 at the top, and 10 at the bottom. Most babies start teething at around 6 months, although some babies can be born with a tooth (or teeth). A child usually has a full set of teeth (20), by the age of about 3 years.
Signs your baby is teething
Some babies show little or no sign of teething, whilst others can become irritable, more clingy than usual, or bite or gnaw on toys, teats, or your breast.
Babies are not unwell when they are teething, and do not develop a temperature. Excessive dribbling is common, Continue reading