Childrens TV – I have a serious love/hate relationship with it. I love it because it gives me 5 minutes (OK, half an hour) break to either sit and have a cup of tea or get some much needed house chores done and for that, I am forever grateful for but I also hate it because there are some programmes which K loves that literally drive me up the wall. I’ll be honest, I’ve labelled this my top 5 most annoying programmes but I could easily label it my top 20 most annoying programmes but lets not be too harsh! In no particular order…
Jesus that pig is bossy! And mardy! (northern term) and lets not forget a little bit cheeky. The bing bong song gets stuck in your child’s head and they end up singing it for the rest of eternity! Also, Daddy Pig is a useless baffoon. Hats off to Miss Rabbit though, that woman is a grafter!
Two words: Justin Fletcher. Is it just me that thinks he’s creepy!? Especially when Mr Tumble appears. *shudders*
In the night garden
Why does no one speak properly in it? What is Macca Pacca? and why he is so obsessed with cleaning? Also, why do the tomblyboos kiss each other and pull their trousers down?? Strange, strange programme.
Topsy and Tim
Not a programme I completely despise except for one minor thing – Topsy and Tims mum and all of her perfectly twintastic smugness. Patience of a saint and not at all realistic.
What’s the story in Balamory? No one cares. The singing and dancing is cringe worthy. Thankfully there are no new episodes anymore but the downside is that they just repeat the old ones meaning that we have to endure the weird lad in a kilt awkwardly dance in front of his pink castle.
Are there any childrens TV programmes that really annoy you? Can you relate to this? I’d love to hear from you!!
Today is Plagiocephaly Awareness Day. Plagiocephaly (or flat head syndrome as it is more commonly known) is where a baby’s head is flattened at the back or side caused by pressure on the soft skull bones which have not yet fused together and therefore mould into a different shape. This can occur when a baby spends an excessive amount of time lying or resting in the same position on their backs.
Plagiocephaly affects as many as 47% of babies between the ages of 7 and 12 weeks old. You can help prevent plagiocephaly by repositioning a baby’s head as much as possible to vary the pressure across the skull. It is sometimes diagnosed early so parents can act on it but usually the diagnosis is too late and therefore requires parents to seek out other alternative treatments which can be costly.
As I’ve mentioned before, D was diagnosed with acute liver failure at 2 weeks old and spent a lot of time in the first 6 weeks of his life laid in a hospital bed. We weren’t allowed to move him or hold him for long periods due to him being hooked up to machines and monitors therefore he unfortunately spent a large majority of his day in the same position. This in turn had an effect on his head and he developed plagiocephaly.
When I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing a pillow designed by Babymoov that helped babies with plagiocephaly for this awareness day I jumped at the opportunity. Committing to help prevent flat head syndrome, Babymoov have worked alongside a French paediatrician called Dr Maidenberg and created a pillow called the Lovenest. The Lovenest is a simple solution to help prevent babies from getting flat head syndrome by ensuring that pressure is evenly distributed across the infants head by providing a slight incline. At £14.99 (RRP) it is an affordable way to prevent or treat plagiocephaly.
When the product came I was really surprised on how soft it was. I chose the pillow in blue and it was lovely and complimented D’s nursery well. The age range stated that it was suitable from birth to 4 months and although D is slightly older than this his head fitted in it quite nicely. He appeared really comfortable sleeping on it and the lightweight small design meant that I could transfer it from cot to pram really easily. D has been using this pillow for around 3 weeks now and although I haven’t noticed much improvement in his head (his plagiocephaly is quite severe due to his previous illness) I feel better knowing that because of this pillow it isn’t going to get any worse. As far as products go, it would definitely be on my “must have” list for my baby as a new mum. If I had been aware of this product when D was born or when he was ill in hospital I would have definitely purchased it.
As already mentioned, the Lovenest retails at £14.99 and is available in blue, smokey and white. If you would like to purchase one or view other baby products that Babymoov offer then you can visit their website here
D sleeping soundly in his cot on his Lovenest
I thought I would do a post this week on the Easter basket we made up for K in the run up to Easter as it may give you some inspiration on what to put in your own basket if you choose to do one. This is the first year that I have made up a basket for K as I feel she is now old enough to appreciate it and make the most out of it and she has absolutely loved it. It will definitely become part of our Easter tradition from now on. I have made sure that I put craft items in it that we could do together in the afternoons whilst her baby brother sleeps as I sometimes find this the hardest time of the day to keep her entertained. I have made sure that there has been something to do/make/bake every day for the whole of the week running up to Easter. So let’s jump in and see what’s in there..
We’re going on an egg hunt book
I picked this book up whilst I was shopping in Asda for £3.99 and K absolutely loves it. You have to find the Easter Eggs under the lift up flaps. The story is a sing-song type rhyme and it’s a nice book that keeps her attention well.
Easter bonnet decorating kit
I included an Easter bonnet and a decorating kit for K to make her own bonnet with as she loves craft activities. I also let her glue the shredded ribbon which was in the basket on the bonnet too but this isn’t shown in the picture. You can pick bonnets and decorating kits up from most supermarkets and pound shops. They are super cheap but really effective.
This is self explanatory. No Easter basket would be complete without an actual Easter egg and chocolate!! Although I’ve had to hide the chocolate in the cupboard until Sunday to stop both me and her from eating it too soon!!
Egg decorating kit
This is another really good craft activity. I bought polystyrene eggs to decorate but you could also just hard boil a couple of real eggs and decorate them that way. I also bought a simple stencil kit to use on the eggs but you could use different paints/glitter/glue/feathers etc and really go to town with it!!
Lamb shaped mini basket
I picked this up because I thought it was really cute and I knew K would love it. We are going to an organised Easter egg hunt at a local farm over the Easter weekend so I thought this would come in handy to bring with us to put her eggs in that we find. It is made from felt so can be reused for dressing up props etc after Easter.
This is everything in K’s Easter basket. She’s had so much fun this last week doing all the crafts. We have also been making Easter Rise Krispy buns which is basically melted chocolate and Rice Krispy cereal mixed together and left to set in the fridge. Very simple to do but really exciting for toddlers to make. Especially when they get to lick the bowl afterwards!
Are you doing an Easter basket this year? What is in yours? I’d love to hear from you!
As most of you know, K started nursery at the start of February and is absolutely loving it. I thought I would be one of those mummy’s who would drop their child off for their first day and be a snivelling, snotting mess. I did leave her with a slightly heavy heart but I was more proud of her than anything and I was happy that she was starting her new adventure as I think it is something she has been craving for a while now. It made it easier to leave her knowing that she was in the right nursery for her and that she was in safe hands. We had viewed a few nurseries in the run up to K starting the one she is at now and I think it’s important to make sure you chose the most perfect one you can find to fit your child’s needs. I have outlined below what helped us choose the right nursery for K and some tips on what to look out for when making your decision.
- Make sure you visit the nursery before you send your child to it and try to view it when it’s busy. When my husband and I were looking for a nursery we both went together but found that because it was towards the end of the day (the only time my hubby could get away from work) it was really quiet, there wasn’t many staff or children around so we couldn’t get a good idea of how the nursery worked. Therefore if we found a nursery we liked the look of and it matched our criteria that we needed then I would rearrange another viewing on my own during the day when it was busier so I could get a feel of how well the nursery ran. You can visit a nursery as many times as you like until you feel satisfied that it is the right one for you.
- If it is a private nursery then how much does it cost to send your child there and does this fit in with your budget? Lets face it, childcare is EXPENSIVE and different nurseries charge different prices. Also ask what is included in the price of your childcare as some provide snacks, lunch and juice plus nappies and formula if needed and some nurseries ask you to bring nappies/formula and pay extra for the child’s lunch. Make sure you are aware of what’s included before hand.
- How many children does the nursery take and what ratio is it teacher to child. Most nurseries we visited worked on 4 children per adult which I think is more than enough. Make sure that the nursery isn’t over capacitating so your child has the right amount of attention and care that is needed.
- Does the nursery have an Ofsted report? How well are they performing? Not all nurseries provide an Ofsted report but if they do, it’s worth looking at it as it gives you a good idea on how well the nursery is performing.
- Most nurseries provide the child with a “settling in period” where they will let your child come to the nursery for a few hours (usually 3-4) for free to see if they like it. Usually a parent or guardian can stay with them to make them comfortable. If the nursery offers you a settling in period then take it. Just because you like the nursery doesn’t mean your child will. This helps them decide whether the nursery is right for them or not. If it isn’t, do not feel obligated to send your child there just because they have given you free childcare.
- Ensure that the nursery has a good security system. Lots of people come and go in nurseries to collect and drop off children so make sure that the nursery has a good code of practice when letting people within the building. Some nurseries require an access code or finger print system before you can enter and others provide a password for your child. Whatever it is, make sure it is safe, secure and you feel comfortable with it.
- Do they have a routine? Not always on peoples “must have” list but it was definitely on mine. I have a daughter who thrives on routine and gets worked up when she does something out of the norm so having a nursery with a structure and routine was vital for us. I quite like the idea of snack time = 9am, reading – 10am, play time – 11am, lunch – 12pm etc. It means that K knew exactly what was going to happen and felt secure rather than it being a mixed bag of stuff to do where she would come home upset and out of sorts. Like I say, it’s not on everyone’s list but worth baring in mind if you have a child like mine.
- Do they have a good, secure out side space? Every child needs fresh air and a chance to explore the outdoors. Is the outside space large enough? Does it have outdoor equipment? Is it safe and secure? It’s also worth asking the nursery how often they go outside and how long for. If your child is there for 8 hours, and they only go outside once in the morning for 10-15mins it may not be enough for your child.
All these points are very individual based and every parent requires different needs for their child but I hope it has given you some ideas on what to look out for when choosing a nursery as it is such an important decision. It is your childs first adventure and I do believe that nurseries shape our children so it is vital to choose the right one. It is such an intimidating procedure. It has to be somewhere that you feel comfortable leaving your child, knowing that they are going to get the correct attention and care for them. It will also probably be the first experience of someone other than yourself or close relatives looking after your precious cargo. Take the time out to make sure you make the right decision.
I hope this helped!
I’d love to hear what was on your nursery “wish list”
So, I’m a day late in posting this but the picture was took yesterday. On a leap year! Happy leap year for yesterday everyone! February has been a busy month for us with K starting nursery and trying to adjust in to a routine on a Wednesday with that and illness has hit this household more than once for some of us plus having the joys of a teething baby. It’s a month that has really kept us on our toes. I’m hoping March brings us a quieter, less busy time where we can have time to relax – Something I doubt as Easter is just around the corner. I do love when February and March come, it’s a sign that Spring is well on its way. Everything seems more cheery, the weather seems to be improving slightly and everything around us seems to be “waking up” from its winter sleep. I am loving that the Daffodils are in bloom they are by far my favourite flower, they are so sunny and bright. They instantly cheer me up when I see them.
February has seen us do quite a few fun family things. I took K to her first ever cinema showing – Hotel Transylvania 2 which was on a Saturday morning as part of the kids club. I was a bit nervous on how she was going to react as she hates dark spaces, she hates loud noises and she can’t sit still for longer than 10 minutes…but she absolutely loved it!! She was so good and sat on my knee the whole length of the film (which is quite a task for a 2 year old). It was lovely to see her giggling along to the funny bits in the film whilst she munched on her popcorn and sweets (at 10:30am!!). I was so pleased that she had so much fun and I can’t wait to take her again. We’ve also took both K and D swimming a couple of times and this weekend (that has just gone) we visited The Deep in Hull. A large aquarium. We’ve been before a few times but K was a lot younger. She really enjoyed it this time and could really appreciate it for what it was. We had an absolute blast.
The photos this month really do make me giggle. I was supposed to take them at the weekend but we had such a busy time that we just didn’t get chance to do them. So last night saw us frantically setting the camera up in our house to take some pictures before February was over. Notice that both my children are in their PJs ready for bed! It had been an eventful teatime as it usually is, so we had to quickly clean the pair of them up and make them look semi presentable! Ah the joys of parenthood, hey!?
This month we are loving…
The lighter nights
Penguins – K’s favourite animal of the month
Spring coming in
Hearing D use his voice more
That’s it for me this month. I’m really looking forward to March and I’m excited to see what the next month brings us.