Taking care of your child is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs in the world. Part of raising children means teaching them right from wrong. Being a parent can also mean countless sleepless nights and a lot of nappies. But most of all, parenting involves raising a happy and healthy child.
Children begin getting their first teeth around 7 to 11 months of age. It is a painful process where your little one might cry uncontrollably at night and may even stop eating. While some parents turn to metaphysical elements, such as the healing properties of amber gemstones, others may opt for over-the-counter medications for assistance with pain management.
Whatever way you choose to handle the situation, it is important for you to know the right foods to feed your kids during this ordeal, as to avoid causing them further distress while maintaining their health and well-being. Listed below are some food items that have been reported to be both nutritious and comforting for your baby during the teething process. Read more
You may be aware that over the last few months I have been sharing our bedwetting journey with you. Bedwetting affects 1 in 4 of four year olds and it is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. DryNites have produced the ConfidentNites Guide to help you along in your journey.
In the middle of our journey, along with some of the other ambassadors, I went on a sleep retreat and gained some valuable advice from the three experts we met; Yvonne Wake (nutritionist), Selina Sasse (mindfulness expert), and Helen Packham (sleep expert).
The advice, tips and knowledge I gained from the sleep retreat has helped immensely and we introduced a new bedtime routine, which in turn helped with the bedwetting and confidence in both of us. Spiderman helped too!
It’s now time for my final bedwetting update, and this time Jacob makes an appearance!
I hope you have also gained some valuable tips and advice via my series of vlogs.
Visit DryNites to find out more about the ConfidentNites® Guide for helpful advice on bedwetting from DryNites®.
*This post forms part of my ambassador role for DryNites ConfidentNites.
I mentioned in my last DryNites ConfidentNites post that some of my fellow ambassadors and I were very lucky to be invited along to a sleep retreat at the amazing Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa. We were welcomed with a beautiful lunch and then sat down to listen to the three ConfidentNites experts give us some top tips to help on our child’s bedwetting journey.
The experts were nutritionist Yvonne Wake; mindfulness expert, Selina Sasse; and sleep expert, Helen Packham. A few of these tips are included in my second vlog below, but of course to get more help personalised to you & your child you can also view the ConfidentNites guide on the DryNites website. Read more
It seems like we have been potty or toilet training on & off for the last couple of years now. It felt like we started quite early with Jacob and it was only a few months ago that he decided to just go for it himself and get rid of his nappies during the day. He does still have the odd accident though and although he goes to the toilet right before bed, he will occasionally have an accident through the night too. This is completely normal though as at the age of four, 1 in 4 children do still wet the bed so he is not alone. In fact, bedwetting affects more than 900,000 children and young people in the UK.
I am delighted to announce that I have teamed up with Huggies to become a DryNites® ambassador! Throughout my ambassador role I will be taking you on a journey of ways to improve your child’s confidence at nighttime by using DryNites® pyjama pants, which will in turn hopefully improve your confidence too and help you lead your child to eventually have a dry nights sleep. Read more
Jacob is at that age now where it feels like he asks 500 questions a day, about anything and everything. He is such a curious little person, and with his brother wanting to do everything he does, he is closely following in his footsteps. We do a lot of learning activities and crafts at home but one thing we don’t really focus on is science.
Of course, we encounter science absolutely everywhere in our everyday lives and unless we start teaching our children about it from a young age, they just think things “work”. Obviously there is science behind how everything works but I must admit, science wasn’t my favourite subject at school and I have limited knowledge so I’m not the best equipped to teach my children about it. Read more
Do you have a Paw Patrol fan in your house? We do, both boys are obsessed with it and must watch it at least once a day; if it’s not watching it, then it’s playing with their Paw Patrol toys. They also love biscuits. And they also love
making a mess helping in the kitchen, so the other day we quickly made these Paw Patrol biscuits (animal footprint biscuits really, disguised as Paw Patrol, because that makes it more fun!).
There are only 3 ingredients and you don’t really need to do much, though an adult should melt the chocolate of course. For those that have a fear of mess in the kitchen (ahem), this is pretty mess free too (unless your 2 year old decides to dip his fingers in the chocolate and smear it on his face). We made 8 biscuits, but you can make as many as you like of course – they would be great for a Paw Patrol themed party! Read more
As you can probably tell by now, we really love books in this house! Jacob is already familiar with his colours, whereas Noah is still learning about colours and objects so a book we were recently sent to review – Colours Colours Everywhere – fits the bill for both of these.
The Colours Colours Everywhere book itself is hardback, which I do prefer for my children as Noah especially, is a bit of a book ninja (I may have mentioned that before?). The book contains all of the primary colours and those in between, including black & white. Some of the pictures on the pages are also 3D and can be seen through almost every page of the book, making it good for sensory learning too as the child can feel the pictures as well as looking and learning. Read more
If you have been reading my blog recently you may have noticed that I have two little boys who are quite into dinosaurs at the moment. Add to that our love of books, and the fact that Jacob is currently loving learning about the outdoors, and The Cloudosaurus Rex is a book that we are finding great right now!
A fun rhyming action book, perfect for children aged 3 – 6 years who love to join in with the actions and the rhyming verse as they learn about other people’s feelings, the days of the week and the weather. Blurb: May, Adelle and Eddie go outside to play, but the weather keeps changing every day. They see a Cloudosaurus Rex, king of the sky: it’s he who decides if it’s wet or dry. You can learn the days of the week together, as the Cloudosaurus Rex changes the weather. Read more
Recently we were asked if the boys would like to try some Kiddyum frozen ready meals. Both boys eat quite a varied diet, but Jacob has previously been a very fussy eater so I have found it incredibly difficult to cook for him. It has got better now and he eats more and tries more, but he is still fussy in some areas. Noah has always been a really good eater and tries anything you put in front of him (he’s such a little piglet) but he is just starting to go through that toddler refusing food stage.
I will almost always cook meals from scratch for us and the boys, but on the days we are rushing around and hubby & I don’t eat until later in the evening (like on weigh in days) a quick & easy but healthy meal is a great help. Usually it will end up being scrambled egg & beans on toast (Jacob’s favourite!) but I do prefer to give them a ‘proper’ meal with plenty of goodness. Read more
I have mentioned recently that we have had sleep issues with both boys; we made some changes to Noah’s routine so it was different to Jacob’s (where we had the most issues) and he does seem to be better at bed time, though sometimes he can be a proper little monkey (like a few nights ago when he headbutted me in the mouth – ouch). In order to try and improve this some more, a few weeks ago we added a new bedtime story to his routine – The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep.