Sunday, 25 June 2017

You Don’t Need To Wrap Kids In Cotton Wool To Keep Them Safe

If there’s one thing mums fear the most, it’s something bad happening to their little ones. Whether it’s an accident or illness or a bully or home intrusion that you worry about causing your child harm, you can’t wrap your little ones in cotton wool forever. Your children need to have the space to grow and explore the world around them; they have the right not to be mollycoddled.
As a parent, it’s completely normal to worry about your little ones, but what you don’t want to do is let your fears stop them from having a happy childhood. The good news is that to keep your little ones safe you don’t need to wrap them in cotton wool, you just need to take some precautions to safeguard them, that’s all.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Transform Your Bedroom Into A Snooze

No matter what your taste in decor, a bedroom must serve one sole function; it has to be conducive to a good night’s sleep. This will always be the main purpose of a bedroom, whether you’ve decorated it in neutral colours like a hotel room, or in bright patterns. If you find that you’re not getting a restful sleep several nights in a row, and you’ve ruled out your lifestyle habits, then it’s time to give your bedroom a sleepy makeover. Here are a few changes that are guaranteed to help you doze off.
Cool and dark
Sleep experts agree that your bedroom needs to be a cool, dark place to ensure optimal sleep conditions; the recommended temperature is between 18 and 21 degrees. The best way to control the temperature in your room is by installing a ceiling fan; it’s cheaper to run than an electric fan, and it creates a white noise that helps send you off to sleep. As for creating darkness, all you need are some bespoke curtains to block out any residual light from the street. A completely dark room sends signals to your brain that it’s time to be asleep, whereas the constant stream of street lights would play a big part in keeping you awake.
Make your bed comfortable
You don’t need to be an expert to know that a comfortable bed is one of the first things you need for a good night’s sleep. The wrong mattress - or a mattress that’s simply too old - can be the cause of more than that crick in your neck or your low back pain. It also has a higher chance of being home to dust mites, which can irritate your throat and lungs, and aggravate allergies. If excessive tossing and turning is becoming a regular occurrence, it might be time for a new mattress.
Eliminate noise
You don’t want to be hearing cars rushing by, clocks chiming every fifteen minutes in big cities, or the fights between your noisy neighbours while you’re trying to fall asleep. The only thing that should be interrupting your sleep is suspicious noises from a baby monitor, or your children seeking protection from a nightmare. Muffle the noises of the outside world by putting in a thick, plush rug and throwing some cushions around. You also shouldn’t be using a noisy alarm to shake you awake every morning. Instead, sleep experts recommend trying a Progression Clock to gently wake you up every morning.
Hidden storage
Ideally, your room needs to be free of clutter so that you can completely relax, instead of being reminded of your To Do list. It’s best not to have a desk in your room, but if you have no space for a study in your house, then at least make it a fold-down desk so you can separate your work from your rest time. Some beds even come with drawers and storage space in the headboard so you can keep your various trinkets out of sight.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Making Your Bathroom Baby Safe

Having a baby is hard work on poor Mum. If you’ve recently given birth then just moving around your home can be quite uncomfortable! And if you’re determined to keep in physical contact with your newborn at all times, then your body is in for an even bigger challenge. Safety is essential for both you and your little one. No room can be more dangerous, or more difficult to manage than your bathroom. Here are just a few of the ways you can keep everyone safe and happy:
Not A Spa
When you have babies and toddlers around the house, it’s probably best to shut your spa down for a little while. This means no potpourri, candles or scented sticks, I’m afraid! Anything that can be grabbed will be grabbed, and if these things end up in their mouths, it can be very dangerous.
Our bathrooms are also home to our most prized bottles of foam bath, essential oils, and shampoos. None of these have safety caps, but all could poison your child. If you have bathroom cabinet or cupboard, it’s best to make sure all these items are shut away. You can use child locks to make sure the doors stay shut. Don’t forget to take everything down off shelves if you’re holding your baby at all times. They can reach where you can.

Hot!
Most of us use a thermometer to double check the temperature of the water. There’s a handy guide on bathing at websites like http://www.nhs.uk/ that can help you practically. It’s worth changing your taps too if you have the paddle style. Kids can easily lever these to run the hot water. If this isn’t practical, simply turn down the hot water at your boiler or tank to a safer temperature. Bear in mind there is a minimum temperature recommended for hygiene purposes that would still be too hot for a little one.

Your bathroom radiator is also a source of heat that can be quite nasty for your little one to be near. It could be a good time to invest in a towel radiator with a thermostat from somewhere like https://warmehaus.co.uk/ that could be turned right down. Towels on here can also reduce the intensity of the heat should you not be able to turn your radiator down.
Ew!
Mould can form anywhere in your bathroom but tends to especially like the grout in your tiles and the seals along the top of your tub or shower tray. Bleach will probably get rid of all these nasties. After all, some of the spores from this kind of mould can be harmful to vulnerable babies. The trouble is, bleach can be dangerous too.
To avoid mould forming in the first place, air out your bathroom daily with an open window or efficient extractor fan. Disinfectant wipes used regularly could be a safer alternative to harsher chemicals and bleach. You could always try using steam cleaners when the baby is out of the room. Keep your toilet lid locked when little ones are about to be sure they cannot access the bowl, especially after bleaching. Stay safe.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer Fun And Sun Safety For Kids

We all want to enjoy the sunshine, and watch the pure delight on our kids’ faces as they run on the beach, but you can’t stop hearing those pesky warnings about the dangers of sunburn and skin cancer. The truth is, the sun is an essential source of Vitamin D, which is crucial for developing healthy bones, and it can help fight depression; in short, it’s not evil. However, too much sun can cause damage to skin, and no parent wants to see their child suffer through sunburn. The only solution, therefore, is compromise. Here are a few ways you can let your children enjoy the sunshine, without risking UV damage.

Monday, 12 June 2017

How to Throw a Garden Tea Party for Kids

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If your baby has a birthday coming up this summer or you’re simply looking for a fun way to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays, you really can’t beat a good garden tea party, especially if you’re on a budget.

How To Throw Your Kids A Sports Day Birthday Party

If your little one(s) were born during the summer months; the great thing is that you’ll have the opportunity to throw them a birthday party that's located outside the house (so no cleaning Ribena off the carpet). A sports day themed event is a great way for the kids to run off all the birthday cake and sandwiches, so they won’t be bouncing off the walls by the time the party ends, and they’re on the way home (the other parents will love you forever). The following are some things to consider when it comes to planning the big day.

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

How To Keep Your Home Pest Free


Our homes are a great place to spend time with our families. However, sometimes we can attract unwelcome visitors, not only of the human kind. Unfortunately, we are outnumbered by the insect and rodent population, and like it or not; they can take up residence in our home without our invitation.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Build An Extension Or Move Home? What You Need To Consider

I don’t know about you but the thought of moving home when we have a young child fills me with dread. I know a lot of people do it very successfully and some have no choice because they have to relocate for work or family-related reasons but there are also many good reasons for staying put.
It is true that you can simply outgrow a house. The space that was perfectly adequate when it was just the two of you now seems cramped and small. To solve this problem, you have two options. You can either extend your current home or you can move. The choice is yours!
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Staying in your own home is certainly the cheaper option and if you are struggling for money and trying to live on a budget it may be the only option that you have. It is also less disruptive. You could try to do some of the work yourself and build it a stage at a time so that you do not have to deal with all of the costs at once. The downside is that you only gain a room or two and may have to give up some of your garden to do so. Here are a few issues that you should bear in mind.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Your Home's Air Could Be Polluted - Fix It!


The EPA have estimated that indoor air can be much more polluted than the air outside your home. This will probably be quite alarming to many, especially those with families in their homes! Many people imagine that the air outside must be more polluted; after all, when we picture pollution, we tend to picture the emissions from cars and factories creating smog in the air that makes the silhouettes of cities look like they’re lost in some kind of mist.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Mischief of A One Year Old

Here's a few photos of some of the antics my 1 year old has got up to lately! He's certainly starting to find his personality and loves getting up to mischief.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen some of these photos already, so sorry about that.

Warning!!! This is going to be an overload of photos of my boy 😀

He loves the TV remotes and whenever is senses them unattended he runs to grab them. He also loves the duplo cart we got him for this birthday. He screams at me when I put him in his pushchair, but will happily sit in his cart.



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