22 August 2016

Be School Ready | Everything Your Child Might Need

It's getting to that time of year where we need to be prepared for the September start at school. Each year a new term of children take on the challenge of education in Reception which starts them on the ladder at school. 

Remembering what your child will need can be confusing as there is so much out there and every child has different needs. Today I'm featuring my top products and items that I will be using for C as he starts on his journey at school.

19 August 2016

Encouraging Baby’s Independence with SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk

There comes a time in baby’s lives that they want to explore the world on their own. To get a feel for things and be more independent as they take on the world and grow in to little people. As parents, we are in a bit of a quandary, getting excited as your baby learns something new but then having this sadness that your baby is also growing up and becoming more independent every day.

From around 6 months old, independence will start to develop. Their goal is to move about, any which way possible. Starting to roll over, sit up, bum shuffle, crawl and then walk on their own. Moving and grooving, trying to escape to new places.

Escaping at nappy changes now they've decided that they want to be free and wiggling like mad whenever a nappy does come near. And one of the best ones, starting to settle in to a routine where they sleep through and no longer need mum/dad during the night. I love this stage, although I do miss the nighttime cuddles that we used to have!

18 August 2016

A Day at Mattel Play! Liverpool

A couple of weeks ago we had a nice little break in Liverpool. Whilst researching for what to do on our trip, I came across Mattel Play! Liverpool which is a themed play area in the heart of Liverpool, The Albert Dock. 

With three different zones, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam, there is so much to see and do at Mattel Play! So, we decided to book in for midday on the Monday of our trip and therefore got a 2 hour slot so that we could go an explore the themed areas. 

Joseph was asleep when we initially arrived so they allowed us to take the pram upstairs into the first area. Normally they request that prams be left in the buggy park but luckily there is a lift so there is access available if needed. 

15 August 2016

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I do love a good videogame and usually, as soon as a new one comes out, we'll purchase it and see what it's like. It's the same for the boys, they pick out new games and then work their way through until completed. 

At the moment, for the likes of the Playstation 4, there doesn't seem to be all that many games that are suitable for children and so with the LEGO franchise in full flow, it's great to see them bringing out loads of new games that the boys can play. So far, they have played, and completed, all the LEGO games that have come out, so it's safe to say that as soon as LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, they wanted to give it a go.

14 August 2016

Write Size | The Perfect Size Pencils for Children

I don't write about Charlie's diagnosis that often because I believe that it shouldn't matter whether he suffers with anxiety and speech delay. He is capable of doing everyone else does, but just struggles and I don't want to make out like he is behind or anything because of these reasons. He'll get there eventually, he just needs a little more help to do so. 

In the past year his speaking has come on loads and, although he does still struggle and gets infuriated when people don't understand him, he is flourishing and showing just how capable he is. So, now he's just about to start reception, we've started thinking about learning to write. Now I know that some children will have already learned the basics at his age, but as a parent, I knew that he wasn't ready previous to now, and didn't want to push him.