At the end of last year we were asked ifwe would like to review the Toddlebike2 before it’s launch in November. I have to be honest in that I had never heard of the Toddlebike before but when I looked into it I found that the original version had some fantastic reviews so I jumped at the chance to be able to try the new and updated one out for ourselves!
Another day closer to Christmas another gift guide, this time with gifts for younger children, aged from toddler up to about five. This has to be one of the easiest ages to buy for, as long as the only thing on their Christmas list isn’t this years ‘in toy’ that can’t be found for love nor money after September 31st!
You can really let your imagination run wild for the little ones, and even get them some of the more practical objects that they ‘need’ because they will likely be ripping through all the wrapping paper without really looking what’s inside anyway!
Sometimes (most of the time) kids wake up at silly o’clock in the morning and expect it to be play time. There is only so often that you can put them back to bed before giving up, only to find you are awake before the kids TV channels have even started! This lovely clock, which also doubles as a night light, counts down stars through the night so children know its time to be in bed, until the screen changes showing a sun. The accompanying story book helps children to understand what you mean by ‘stay in bed until you see the sun’ and hopefully everyone will be getting much better nights sleep!
Giant Magnifying Glass
Little kids love exploring the world around them so why not let them look that little bit closer with one of these colourful little magnifying glasses? The chunky plastic handles make it an ideal christmas gift for small children and the flip out stand makes it hands free.
Colour in Cardboard Racing Reindeer
This colour in Reindeer would be great fun on it’s own, but if you have more than one small child they can have a great time racing each other! They are a great way to fill in some time during the day as the kids can spend plnty of time colouring them in exactly how they want before popping them over their heads and galloping about the place.
Irish Fairy Door
In a world where kids live with their noses in a screen, it it lovely to see a product that is designed to keep magic alive in the world. These tiny, handcrafted little doors help fairies relocate to your house, school, garden or anywhere, but always have a way to go back to fairyland. They are very well made and are great by themselves, with their three tint stepping stones, but the website also has plenty of products you can buy to help you fairy really settle in well!
Personalised Bean Bag
These bean bags come in a variety of colours and characters so you can choose your child’s favourite animal or colour and have their name added right across the front! These are quite firm bean bags which come in three sizes, so not only are they ideal to perch on to watch a favourite film but they are great to lean against or even used as a footstool. The covers are also machine washable which is very useful when it comes to small children and fabric.
Kids just love role playing and having a small kitchen for them to cook up a storm really is a great way to encourage this type of imaginative play. Throw in some tiny pots and pans and a basket of plastic food and you will be the best fed parent in town!
So there you have it, six fantastic Christmas gifts for younger children, without a certain pink pig or little blue train in sight!
Disclaimer, I was given some of these items to review, but they were products I chose to review and thought good enough to add them into this gift guide.
Drastically changing your child’s diet without the advice of a health professional isn’t really recommended, especially when you are excluding something major like wheat/Gluten. But more and more I am hearing of parents, like us, who are struggling with waiting lists to get seen by dieticians or paediatricians and are taking things into their own hands. Here is our story so far.
Last November I posted about hoping O had an infection in his tummy, because if he didn’t there was a possibility he could be suffering from Coeliac disease.READ MORE »
Have you ever been to the supermarket and had to wipe down the trolley seat because it is either wet or dirty? Or even worse, have you been distracted, popped your uncooperative toddler into the seat and THEN realised it’s wet? In my 14 years of parenting, I have lost count how may times I have had to carry the little one to go and find some of that blue roll they keep by the front door, before being able to actually use the seat!
You can imagine then, how happy I was to notice a tweet looking for reviewers, from two lovely ladies who have set up their own business creating something I kinda wish I’d thought of myself years ago!READ MORE »
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For the last few weeks we have been using kinesiology tape to help LM’s Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hypermobility type). This condition makes her joints very loose and also screws with her proprioception (knowing where her arms and legs are without looking). Apart from looking funky it does actually stop her shoulders from dropping out of the socket.
This is about the fourth time we have applied it now and this time O decided he needed ‘yip’ on his arms too and wasn’t happy until he had some, just like his big sister!
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Two weeks ago we bought a bunk bed.
It’s amazing how buying this one simple item of furniture has changed our lives so much.
O is now two and has spent all of his life sleeping in our bed, bar a couple of naps and the few months where he went down in his cot but came in with us a few hours later. His cot has simply been an extra storage space in our room for months!
LV was still sleeping up in the attic with the girls even though the boys room was almost finished. Apart from a little tidy up all that was really needed was some curtains and some bedroom furniture. Everything else will come soon enough, but the bed was an immediate necessity.
Now, LV finally has a real room of his own instead of squatting with his sisters and O? Well he is in his own bed too!
Last week I promised you a summer themed paper plate craft and I have delivered!
I really love a paper plate craft,I have no idea why, but there’s just something so pleasing about turning a circle of flimsy card into something funky and creative. This particular craft also takes my nemesis that is sticky back book covering and turns it into something beautiful and summery. This fresh flower window frame will only last a few days before the flowers wilt but it is pretty while it lasts.
Do you remember the Sunflower and Bean seeds O planted back at the beginning of June? The are now safely planted in Taid’s garden (Taid-Welsh for grandad-is my dad) and are growing strong.
The sunflowers are getting really tall now.