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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Mummy Downtime: Online Gaming!

I don't know about you, but since having Chunk, I have found it really difficult to just switch my brain off...ever.

I have gone from being one of the laziest women known to man, to a girl that cannot cope with sitting still for five minutes without scrawling through a mental checklist of things that need to be done. 

I think it's because when Chunk was a tiny baby, I quickly got into the habit of using whatever five minute naps he would have to get things done, such as showering, prepping dinner etc, as otherwise he wouldn't allow me to get it done. As he's got older, and more lively, this has carried on, because he now rarely naps at all (sob) so every spare minute is used on doing things I can't do when he's around. 

It's turned me into an OCD freak that cannot just switch off, and after two years of this I've decided to try to find ways to get some mummy downtime. 

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.