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Review: GotchaKnot

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 02-07-2013

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Little Man is at the (mildly irritating) age where he no longer really wants to sit in his pushchair, but if you’re going to be out walking a long distance his little legs can’t really keep up. He’ll be in his pushchair, being carried, walking a bit, and then invariably wandering a little further away from the pushchair than I’d like. He’s pretty good most of the time but sometimes he gets a bit too confident and wanders ahead, or invariably gets distracted by something and ambles off. More often than not I don’t really use the pushchair anymore. He walks a good distance and I don’t mind carrying him a bit as he at least does hold on now. Saying that when I am out on my with him in the pushchair and he wants to walk I want him to stay close. He seems reluctant to hold the pushchair, and I cant push that and hold his hand, so I was very interested in testing out a GotchaKnot.

GotchaKnot Toddler Strap

The GotchaKnot is a soft knotted fabric strap which attaches to your pushchair frame. The other end has a toddler sized handle for them to hold on to, ensuring they are close to the pushchair whilst still feeling a degree of independence. I’ve used it a couple of times with Little Man and he’s fairly happy to hold this colourful strap more than the pushchair which is great. I think it would be really handy if you have a little baby in a pram and a toddler to take out somewhere and you want to keep control of them both. I also managed to attach it to the pushchair whilst Little Man was in it and put the toddler handle round one of his favourite toys arm so that they were securely attached. Losing Jessie Cat would be more than my life is worth, but her paw fit snuggly into the handle and made sure we didn’t lose her. The toddler handle isn’t adjustable, so using it to secure toys would only work with some.

I am generally very impressed with the GotchaKnot. I love the bright colours which instantly attracted Little Man’s attention, and the design makes it really strong  and more than capable of withstanding a toddler tugging on it. The handle is nice to grip and hold and Little Man seems comfortable. Mostly it gives me piece of mind that I know where he is at all times, and I like that it makes him feel independent and in control whilst keeping him safely next to me. I am also thrilled that it is machine washable – essential with sticky fingered toddlers!

The GotchaKnot is priced at £8.99 and comes in a range of colours and patterns from their online store.

Guest Post: Children & Disabilities

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 19-11-2012

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Dealing with a disability is never easy; this is arguably even more difficult when dealing with children unfortunate enough to be in such a situation. As a parent, this can often be a difficult time.

To this end, here is some information and advice that might help you. Dealing with a disabled child can often make family life difficult, but with a bit of preparation, planning and the right knowledge, it might just be a little easier.

Part of the Family

The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t treat your child differently. Besides the physical mobility differences, it’s important to include a disabled child in all possible aspects of family life. This draws attention away from the disability, allowing the child to live a normal life along with any brothers and sisters.

Additionally, it allows you as a parent to get on with life and enjoy your family. If you constantly focus on the disability, you will find yourself constantly being distracted instead of enjoying your child for who they are.

Adapting the Home

That being said, there are obvious physical and mobility needs that need to be addressed. The home, for instance, is where your child will spend a lot of time, and they therefore need to be happy and comfortable moving around. They should also be able to do this unassisted. Not only are mobility and freedom important in gaining a sense of independence, you as a parent can’t always focus on their needs, especially in larger families.

As such, the most obvious addition would be a stairlift. Most disabilities make using the stairs difficult, as walking up or down is a surprisingly complex action, Not only do you need hands to grip and support the rail, the constant bending and strain on the legs and knees makes even minor disabilities a problem when the stairs involved.

A staircase, of course, circumvents most of this. By using a moving chair, it’s easier to sit in relative comfort and move up and down. In terms of practicality, this is an easy addition to the home, as the process of assembling a stairlift doesn’t disturb the house or require any alterations. This, in turn, also makes it easier and cheaper to install and keep, allowing you an easy and effective solution to the stairs.

Outdoor Life

Once the home is sorted, it’s also crucial to for your child to be confident outside. When they’re younger, you might not want to let them do this unassisted, but the time will come when they will want to move around outside by themselves; this is true of any child and is an important part of growing up. Parents can’t be there forever, so it’s crucial you take your children outside so they can grow confidence when outside in public.

This is true regardless, but it can often be tempting to keep a disabled child inside, which is only a deterrent in the long run.