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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Kids Summer Activities On A Budget: For Hot & Cold Weather!

Summer's fast approaching, so I wanted to try and be a bit more organised this year, especially as Chunk's now a year older and more hyper!

I found the summer holidays quite challenging last year, due to the sheer heat and because I cannot stand the huge crowds and swarms of older children at all the places I like to take Chunk. I know I need to start getting used to it before he goes to school, but whilst he's still a toddler, I'll take the quieter/cheaper options while I still can!

Last year I failed to plan ahead, so would panic about finding ways to entertain Chunk, and now he is even more mobile and interested in lots of things, I thought I better think of some activities for both the hot parts of summer, and our notoriously colder parts of the summer months.

Warm Days

Chunk's Eczema-Friendly Sun Lotion
Sun factor's the most important thing to plan, especially as Chunk has sensitive skin due to his eczema. I also don't like using products with harmful additives in them since learning more about what they can do which I wrote about not too long ago. I managed to find additive-free shampoo, and the same people (Green People) have now made a sun lotion.

The Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion is SPF 25 and is designed specifically for sensitive skin, and when Chunk tried it there was no eczema flare up. What I love most is that there is no nasty smell to it, which I find most sun lotions have, and it strangely doesn't smell of anything at all.

Due to my light brown skin, I hate wearing sun lotion as it's very obvious when I wear it- all you see is a white tinge to my skin, but when I tried this out I noticed it doesn't leave any marks or tinges. So it won't just be Chunk using this cream this summer!

So with the lotion sorted, my plan is to spend lots of time outside doing what Chunk loves the most: Bug hunting and playing with water.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Moving Your Toddler From Cot To Bed

Ever since Chunk moved to his cot at 4 months old, he has been a sleep mover. Most nights I heard huge thumping noises, and go into his room to find he has headbutted the cot ends and sidebars and managed to go from one end of the cot to the other. Strangely it would never wake him up, and the only thing that would was when he started to get cold, as he always lost his covers through his journey to the other end of the cot!

So as it approached his second birthday recently, my sister didn't understand why I hadn't moved him from his cotbed to a toddler bed- I didn't trust him not to fall out every night during his travels around the bed, and I didn't want to be up every half hour when he woke up freezing ans cover-less.

Chunk's new Gro to Bed set
But after my sister continued to go on about it, I gave in and gave it a try a few weeks ago. I took the cotbed sides down and reduced the height of the bed.

I put a bed guard on one side, and the other side of the bed was against the wall. He loved having a big boy bed and slept quite well. I put him in a grobag to avoid him losing any covers, but having the guard and a sleeping bag was no different to being in a cot.

And that's when I came across the Gro to bed range by The Gro Company. It's bedding designed specifically for toddlers making the transition from cot to bed, and from sleeping bags to duvets.

Competition: Win Bedding To Help The Move From Cot To Bed!

Moving your toddler from their cot to a bed and don't want them to kick off their covers or fall out?

Then enter my giveaway to win a Gro to Bed sets by The Gro Company that I recently tried with my own son, and it worked wonders!

The winner will be able to choose from four different sets, suited for girls and boys, and it can be for a cotbed or single bed.

Enter below and bear in mind that I will be checking that each entry is true, so don't pretend to follow me on Twitter and think you can still have a chance of winning for example!

The winner is chosen at random, but when the name is selected, I will double check they have completed all entries truthfully, and if not, I will reselect a winner.

Good luck my lovelies, and follow me on TwitterPinterest or Facebook to keep up to date with upcoming competitions!