Friday, 26 August 2016

Mothercare identifies parents’ bear-necessities for holiday packing

As some of us are yet to go on a holiday abroad or local Mothercare suggested few things to bear in mind when travelling with little ones.

"With new research from Mothercare finding that 69%* of parents say their kid’s favourite cuddly toy is a must-pack holiday item, a parenting expert from Mothercare offers advice on how to ensure your beloved bear comes home with you safe and sound.

Liz Day, Parenting Consultant for Mothercare, comments: “As well as keeping children calm and entertained during the journey, home comforts such as a favourite cuddly toy can often help little ones settle better into new locations as parents unpack and start to relax. Here’s my advice on how to keep their favourite friend safe and make sure the bear makes the return journey home with you”.

1. Tag your cuddly toy using the same safety ID bracelet or wristband as you use to keep your child safe – matching their favourite bear will encourage your little one to keep the tag on at all times. Include a return address and your phone number so your invaluable bear finds its way back to its little owner if it gets lost

2. Buy two of your child’s favourite cuddly toy and secretly pack one in your suitcase when you go away. If your tot’s toy does manage to escape, it’s really useful if it can miraculously reappear when you get back to your holiday accommodation

3. When on the beach, tie a brightly coloured ribbon to your tot’s favourite fluffy friend so they don’t go missing in the sand

4. When travelling, keep bear safely in your hand luggage or pop them in an easily accessible bag so they are within reach to soothe and calm your tot if there are any upsets during the journey

As well as your child’s favourite cuddly toy, the other top four items parents say are essential to pack for family holidays are*:

o Sunhat (84%)

o Sunshade (66%)

o Armbands/ pool floats (55%)

o Travel cot (53%)

*A survey of 1,670 parents with children under the age of 3 from the Mothercare CRM database, June/July".

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

From Baddesley Clinton to Packwood House

Last weekend we decided to spend some family time on a fresh air for that we picked to beautiful and local places- Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House.

Our first stop was National Trust's Baddesley Clinton (a moated manor house, located near the historic town of Warwick, Warwickshire). We were absolutely mesmerised by domesticated ducks and ducklings, one very kind gentleman gave me his bag of seeds for ducks and me and L had so much fun feeding and even stroking ducks. 

                          




We have also visited the manor house, gardens and enjoyed fantastic vegetable patch with quirky scarecrows. 

As we wanted to visit 2nd venue before L's nap we rushed to Packwood House ( Tudor manor house, park and garden located near Lapworth, Warwickshire), thankfully it is situated just few minutes away from Baddesley Clinton. 





Absolutely stunning garden with lake and enormous hedges of different shapes, just perfect! We have managed to visit the house and the garden briefly but it is definitely one of those places where you want to spend at least half a day.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Review: Wicked Uncle Pegboard Mosaics

As L is getting older I try to introduce more educational toys which will help her learn colours, numbers, new words. When I came across Pegboard mosaics sold at Wicked Uncle (£22.95), I knew it's just what L needs. 
"We are a really cool online toy & gift shop who aim to look after the uncles, aunts, godparents and grandparents of the world who need to send cool presents to kids". 
Fantacolor Junior pegboard mosaics toy consists of a transparent pegboard board with large sections for coloured plastic pegs, a plastic case with handle which works as a stand for the pegboard, storage for pegs and 8 patterns for the pegboard. 


The toy arrived within a week (standard delivery, but you can choose express delivery or collection on person) of me ordering it from the website in a nicely presented wrapping paper (£2.95 extra) with my daughter's favourite ponies and a little message in the corner (free, you can also add a greeting card for £1.95).

As L is so excited about her new toy she had a chance to show it off to her aunties and cousin, and it seems to be entertaining for both adults and child. One of the aunties mentioned that she always notes what toys I buy and where I buy them as this gives her an idea what L likes. 
Wicked Uncle website also divides toys into categories for girls, boys or all and by age preference which helps adults like L's aunty or even us parents to find the best age appropriate toy.

                   
                 

I personally like this pegboard mosaics for few reasons: it looks durable, educational, due to the the size it cannot be a choking hazard and can be easily found in L 's toy box, can be carried as a case storing all patterns and pegs, repetitiveness of basic colours on each pattern provided helps to learn colours quicker.
Having mentioned all these positives there is just one minor flaw- the back of the pegboard which stores the patters is not protected enough from clumsy little hands. Within first few minutes of using the toy L worked out where the patterns are and how to take them out. Knowing how clever L is and what she can do with paper I would recommend taking all the patterns out leaving just one to use, that way you can leave little one to play knowing that the toy and a child will be safe. 

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.