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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Keep Safe In The Sun This Bank Holiday

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 23-08-2013

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Unusually this Bank Holiday weekend is shaping up to be quite nice. The sun looks set to shine for the duration, so no doubt we’ll all be heading outdoors. Whether its down to the beach, out to the park or off to a theme park I’m sure everyone’s first priority will be making sure the children are protected from the sun. I always make sure Little Man has suncream on if we’re out somewhere and he’s in direct sunlight and that we have cream with us to top up when needed. I also attempt to make him wear a hat, but to be honest the only hats he’s interested in wearing are cowboy or pirate ones. Me? Well I – like an alarming 40% of all parents – tend to forget to protect myself. I’m too busy making sure he’s safe that I often forget to put suncream on me. Like everyone I’m fully aware of the dangers of sun exposure but rarely remember those dangers apply to me, not just Little Man.

Cancer Research UK recently teamed up with Nivea Sun – the team behind the aforementioned statistic – to make sure that EVERYONE remembers to keep safe in the sun this summer, and as a sunny weekend approaches, now’s the best time to take note.

· Spend time in the shade if your shadow is shorter than you. If your shadow is shorter than you are, then the sun is strong.  During the UK summer, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm

· Wear a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses when the sun’s strong. Wide brimmed hats or foreign legion style caps are best

· Cancer Research UK recommends you use at least factor 15 sunscreen with a high star rating. Sunscreen rubs off easily if you sweat, swim or change clothes. So whether you’re in the UK or abroad, when the sun is strong remember to apply generously and reapply regularly

Make sure you stay safe and sun smart this weekend whilst you’re out enjoying yourself. More handy tips and information can be found online.

 

Guest Post: Keep Your Family Home Safe

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 03-06-2013

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Everyone wants to make sure they feel safe and secure within their own homes. So to help you with doing so, we’ve come up with five simple ways you can improve the safety of your home, your belongings and your family all at the same time:

Fire Escape Plan

If a fire was to start in your home, what would you do? Stay calm and evacuate? Or panic? Every home should have a plan of action in case of such an emergency, to make sure that they are prepared and ready. Below are the different stages that need to be considered and steps that need to be taken to prepare:

  1. Drawing a floor plan so that everyone knows where the exits are, and the best escape routes,
  2. Choosing a meeting place outside of the home away from the fire,
  3. Identifying if anyone will need help or assistance out of an emergency, i.e. a small child,
  4. Calling the fire department- always wait until outside of the fire to call,
  5. And lastly practice! Hold a fire drill once or twice a year so that everyone knows what to do.

Locking & Securing Doors and Windows

It may sound like such a simple thing, but for many people it is something they simply forget! For example by locking doors and windows to keep your family in, and anyone else out. It is important however that keys are used for widows, as children may be able to open widows with no locks or with turning latches. If you are to keep windows open, try to discourage your children from playing near windows and patio doors as they could fall through.

Child Proofing your Garden

People always talk about child proofing your home, for example kitchens, hallways, stairs, etc. but don’t usually talk about proofing your garden – which is especially important as the warmer summer time approaches. Simple things can be done to make your home a safer place to be, for example: By clearing away gardening tools and game equipment after they have been used, keeping sidewalks in good condition, turning off outdoor electrical items such as lawn mowers, ensuring clotheslines are above head level, and ensuring that the garden has a high-level fence, with a self-closing self-latching gate.

Alarms

In order to keep yourself and your family safe, burglar & fire alarms should be fitted. Burglar alarms will alert you and your family of any break-ins or possible thieves in your home – this is a must for families as without it, you are putting yourself at risk. Fire alarms are also important and should be in all homes. It is also advised that they are fitted on each floor in the home, and sometimes in specific rooms, i.e. the kitchen where the risk of fire is increased. Many alarms will also notify emergency services of the incident automatically, so ensure yours does do!

Install A Safe

We all have those valuable and sentimental items that we want to keep safe from the risk of getting damaged or from prying eyes should an unwanted guest enter your home. And one of the best ways to do this is to install a safe within your home. As well as giving you peace of mind knowing that your valuable are safe, home safes may also help to show your insurer that you are doing the upmost to protect your home – which in turn, could reduce your home insurance premiums!

Kathryn Thompson, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Kathryn specialises in providing useful advice on how families can protect their homes with safety products such as those available from www.totalsafes.co.uk.

Do We Do Too Much?

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 06-09-2012

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We’re all busy aren’t we? Whether you’re a Stay At Home Parent or a Working Mum or Dad, you are busy. You have a child, and that is the most time consuming and demanding job in the world, and if you’re juggling full or part time work alongside that, you probably don’t sleep! Modern lifestyles are so much busier than every before, and research from Lindam has found that our children’s safety might be suffering as a result of that.

In a recent poll of 2000 parents a staggering 70% said they regularly left their child playing unsupervised whilst they carried out domestic chores, and 40% of parents admitted that their child had been injured as a result of this. The Top 10 most common accidents for a child to suffer whilst in their home are:

  1. Tripping in garden
  2. Falling from sofa
  3. Falling from bed
  4. Slipping on the floor
  5. Banging head on a sharp corner
  6. Shutting fingers in a door
  7. Being hurt fighting with a sibling
  8. Falling down the stairs
  9. Hurting themselves on broken glass
  10. Suffering a burn from the cooker
The research discovered that the most common time for these injuries to be sustained is whilst the parent is in the kitchen cooking the evening meal. The lounge, garden and bedroom were the most likely places for injuries to happen during this time. Parents have a lot on their plate whilst looking after their child and running the home. There is so much other stuff that needs doing that often distracts attention away from a child. The most common distractions for Mum’s in the home are:
  1. Cooking
  2. Being on the phone
  3. Another child requiring their attention
  4. Working from home
  5. Cleaning the house
  6. Doing the hoovering
  7. Doing the ironing
  8. Being in the shower
  9. Hanging out the washing
  10. Getting dressed
Parents are often looking for ways to distract their child whilst they get on with these tasks, and 80% of parents admitted to using the TV for this purpose regularly.
Claire Rayner, a spokeswoman for Lindam, says “Many accidents experienced by young children in the home come about because mum is understandably not able to keep a constant watch. She can’t be in several places at once and the results show that, it only take a minute for an accident to happen. It’s therefore about using safety products to make the home as accident-proof as possible and allow Mums at least some peace of mind. It’s so easy and quick to put in place some very simple safety equipment such as stair gates, corner cushions and cupboard locks to ensure that parents can rest a little easier knowing that their children are protected.

We have launched our first Safety Day as we are committed to reducing childhood accidents in the home and we feel it’s these small but important steps that can go a long way to reducing the amount of childhood accidents in the home.”

To learn more about Lindam’s Safety Day, and find ways to ensure your home is as safe as possible for you child visit the Lindam website.

 

Summer Holiday Essentials: Protection

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews, Summer Holiday Essentials | Posted on 06-06-2012

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Good quality sun cream that is quick and easy to apply to wriggling children is what we all dream of isn’t it? When the sun is out protecting our children’s delicate skin is essential, but getting it on them is often tricky and they are generally left covered in a sticky cream which rubs off on clothes and furniture. I was looking for something easy to apply which dried quickly and provided great protection for my Little Man. Getting sun cream on him has become increasingly difficult as he’s gotten older, but I have found a great product that does the trick – Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse.
Being a mousse its really easy to apply and it dries almost instantly. As well as providing SPF 50 sun protection it is also water proof and resistant to towel drying, and offers protection from irritation caused by salt, chlorine and wind burn, making it perfect for use on the beach or by the pool. Being Sudocrem you can also rely on it leaving your child’s skin in the best possible condition – soft and smooth, and able to breath as the mousse doesn’t block pores like cream.

We took this with us on holiday to Devon recently and it was great. I kept it in my bag when we went out and I was able to apply it really quickly. Little Man thought the mousse squirting out the pump was fascinating so was happy for me to cover him in it. We also used it at home during the recent heat wave and sunny fortnight. My Little Man’s skin has remained safe in the sun and has never had that greasy feel you tend to get with creams.

Sudocrem Sunscreen Mousse is available from all good Pharmacies.

Sun Awareness Week – 30th April to May 6th

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 30-04-2012

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I know, its a little ironic what with the deluge of rain that’s fallen in recent weeks, but this week is in fact Sun Awareness Week. Staying safe in the sun is important for everyone, but for young children with delicate skin its essential. Taking good precautions from an early age is vital in ensuring a lifetime of healthy skin. Young children are amazing at picking up phrases or mimicking actions, so why not take the time to ensure they learn the importance of protecting themselves from the sun this Sun Awareness Week… or next time its stops raining!


A recent survey by Cuddledry highlighted major concerns about parents awareness of the danger of the sun, and what counts as appropriate protection. 85% of respondents believed that just keeping your child covered up in clothing provided BETTER protection than an SPF 30 sun cream. In reality most children’s clothing provided a meagre SPF 15 protection, meaning your child’s skin can still get damaged through what they are wearing.

For safety in the sun SPF 30 should be worn along with sun protection clothing, so the team at Cuddledry have designed a new Sun Protection Poncho Towel which is perfect for use by the pool, on the beach and during the holidays. The fabric uses a patented Rayosan(TM) technology that coats the towel and acts like a mirror, reflecting the harmful rays away from your child and provides a protection factor of up to 50+. They also incorporate the familiar Cuddledry signature cotton and bamboo fibre, which means its super absorbent and soft next to your child’s skin. The ponchos also have poppers under the arms so you can make it have sleeves so its more likely to stay on, making it a great outfit to throw on throughout the holiday season.

The SPF 50+ Ponchos are available now direct from the Cuddledry website in a choice of two colours – Lilac & Cherry or Aqua & Turquoise.