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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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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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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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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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#Montessori: Flockmen

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Montessori | Posted on 09-03-2016

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Where better place to start my new series on Montessori Play than with the gorgeous Flockmen.

I first discovered Flockmen on Instagram. I think it was a regram from someone I follow, and I remember thinking how versatile they looked, and how gorgeous they were. I contacted them to see if they were interested in working together, and was thrilled when they said they would send me a set to review. With an almost 2 year old and a 5 and a half year old in the house I saw a wealth of play possibilities, and was interested to see how each child would play with them.
Flockmen-CollageWell we’ve been making shapes, building armies, doing basic counting and math, and they’ve even been on a bus trip. We’ve had towers of Flockmen, rows of Flockmen, and even Flockmen playing with Happyland and being attacked by dinosaurs. They’ve been rather busy.

For me Flockmen are what Montessori is all about. A basic tactile object that provides endless play and learning activities. At just a few inches tall these little wooden figures have been used in a huge number of ways in our house in the last few weeks, and I’m sure there’s a huge number of other ways yet to be discovered.

I spend a lot of time on Instagram and if you search for Flockmen on there you’ll find them being used to build gravity defying structures, climbing trees, getting used in art and crafts, and even helping themselves to some cake. I am hugely inspired by what I’ve seen, but I’m also keen to let my children decide how they want to play with them, and to see what they can come up with themselves.

Flockmen arrive in a lovely hessian bag, and come in a choice of two sets – 16 or 32. For me there is no contest – I’d go for the bigger set every time as the play options are just endless. Prices start at just £19.99 for the toy that will truly last a lifetime, but if you take a peek in my sidebar, and on my Instagram, you might just find a discount code…

There’ll be more from Flockmen and the team behind them soon, with a few guest posts planned. Keep your eyes peeled!

Time For A Bigger Bed

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Information | Posted on 08-07-2013

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Little Man is not so little anymore. He’ll be three in October – eek – and is currently still sleeping in his original cot bed. The cot bed was brilliant – a quick and easy transition from cot to toddler bed and, if we had space, a sofa too. Hopefully the cot bed will have a new resident in the next couple of years, and seeing as though Little Man is now rather tall, its time to start looking for a new bed for him.

We’ve been looking in lots of different places for a new single bed for him, but as yet we haven’t quite agreed on one. I like the fun cabin beds, with ladders and storage underneath, but I think Daddy wants him a little closer to the ground. We’ve seen some very cool car shaped beds which I’m sure he’d love, but that’s probably not a long term investment. Chances are we’re just going to get him a simple wooden bed, maybe a low cabin bed with a few drawers underneath, but probably nothing too fancy. We’ve been looking at nice cheap beds in a few locations, but I’m quite tempted to one I’ve seen in the children’s beds department at T J Hughes. Its perhaps a bit higher than Daddy would prefer, but I like the included desk and the hideaway den area underneath.

TJ Hughes Cabin Bed With DeskDefinitely one to add to the “Maybe” list. Hopefully we’ll get him one in time for his birthday or Christmas at the latest. One things for sure though; my Giant Little Man is growing up.

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.

Travel: Content & Calm Tray Kit

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Holiday | Posted on 28-05-2013

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Are you planning a trip away this summer with the children? May be a long car journey is involved or maybe you’ll be jetting off somewhere in a plane. How are you going to keep your children entertained? Whenever I go out in the car with Little Man alone he sits happily in the back, looking out the window, dancing in his seat to the radio and chattering away to himself. Put anyone in the front passenger seat and he seems to automatically start demanding their attention. Especially if its Daddy. There is nothing I find more distracting when I’m driving, especially if I’m going a long way, than the person in the seat next to me spinning around every few minutes and things being passed back and forth in an attempt to keep Little Man amused.

We recently went on holiday to Pembrokeshire with my parents. I live in West Sussex, so Pembrokeshire is a VERY long drive. We had an overnight stay in Cardiff, but with stops on the way we were going to be looking at four hours to Cardiff, and three hours from there to where we were staying. I was not looking forward to seven hours of a toddler complaining in the back and Daddy endlessly passing him things to do, so I went in search of a solution. I wanted Little Man to have a selection of things to hand, from books to crayons, some small toys and a few snacks. I didn’t want half the contents of his bedroom balanced around him, but I wanted a manageable amount of items within reach that he could play with easily and without causing too much havoc. Luckily for me, I discovered this.

This handy little “suitcase” is actually a Content & Calm TrayKit. As you can see it has a handle which Little Man could use to carry it around – not that he ever carries anything of his own around apart from Teddy and food – and it also comes with straps so it can be worn like a rucksack. Sadly Little Man won’t do this either, having only ever worn one rucksack for longer than three minutes. To be honest these are the least exciting features, as when you open the “suitcase” you have a great travel companion for your little ones.

Now of course they come empty, but this is what we did to ours. In the big pocket at the back we put a colouring book and a copy of Zoe & Beans: How many pets? for Little Man to look at on the journey. He really enjoys pointing at all the animals in this book, and he especially likes the fact that it features a tortoise as we recently got one as a pet too. In one flap pocket we put a few crayons to use with the colouring book – and hoped he wouldn’t colour the Zoe & Beans book instead. In the other flap pocket we put a couple of packets of fruit snacks. We also popped two of his Hawkins Bazaar Wooden Robots to play with. These are ideal toys for in the car as they can’t break and there’ll be no bits bouncing around the back seat mid journey. Whilst we had a back up stash of things for him to play with when he got bored of this – he’s two and has an attention span of about ten minutes unless its Toy Story or Finding Nemo – these were the items we were happiest for him to play with unsupervised.

The bag is designed to fasten to the back of a car seat, and when its opened it creates a play tray for your little one to use like a desk. Because Little Man’s car seat is quite large, and he’s also a giant, we couldn’t attach the TrayKit as its designed as Little Man’s legs were in the way. Instead we used the rucksack straps to fasten it to the headrest and it was pretty secure. The tray balanced neatly on his knee and he could reach everything he wanted unaided. It would probably work correctly for Little Man on a plane where his seat would be lower. He loved rummaging in each pocket to see what we’d put in there, and within ten minutes everything was out but confined to the tray, and he was eating his way through his snack pile. One of his favourite features was the small mirror you can see just above the wooden robots in the photo above. That was at the perfect height and angle for him to pull faces at himself and it kept him amused for ages.

The TrayKit is brilliant. No, it didn’t keep his amusement for the entire journey, but I wasn’t expecting it to. I love how it holds a good quantity of items and I think it will get a lot of use for many years to come. It did precisely what I wanted it to, and in turn saved Daddy from spending his whole journey turning awkwardly in his chair. Next time we go out and use it I’ll make sure to put different things in there so its always a new experience for Little Man. There are plenty more long car journeys planned for this year, not least a trip to Cumbria in September, where this will get used a lot.

The TrayKit is available in a range of colours and you can also get additional accessories to match. I think I’ll be getting Little Man a couple of Travel Bugs before our next trip.

Travel: Cuties And Pals Luggage

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Holiday, Information, Product Reviews, Summer Holiday Essentials | Posted on 15-04-2013

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After a lovely burst of sun and warm weather this weekend summer is definitely on our minds, and we’re looking forward to a week away in May with my parents. We’re off to West Wales and we’re starting to think about what to take and how we’re going to fit it all in the car. The first thing we’ve been thinking about is luggage. We’re going to try not to take too much with us, but Little Man invariably needs all the clothes that fit him just in case. This year he’ll be using this luggage set from Cuties and Pals.

This is Peko The Penguin. Peko is one of the original members of the Cuties and Pals suitcase range. On the left you have a two wheel suitcase with an extendable handle so you, or your little one, can easily wheel it along after yourself. The suitcase has a 26.5 litre capacity making it plenty big enough for all your little ones things, and inside you’ll find one side has elasticated straps to hold things down, whilst the other has a large zip up section. This will be perfect for keeping clean and dirty items separate for the journey home again. The case is made from an ABS / Polycarbonated mix which gives them a hard glossy shell to protect your things but also to look pretty stylish too. On the right you have a small rucksack.  This is made from the same hard shell, but has a soft back so its comfortable for your little one to wear. It also has a grab handle for quick picking up, or for gentle steering from parents! Inside there are a selection of pockets and pouches to keep bits and pieces in.

Little Man was fascinated by Peko when this set came to our door. I’d barely got them out of the box when he was waving and saying “Hi” to them both, and proceeded to give them each a cuddle. We’ve tried to get him to wear numerous rucksacks before but he’s always resisted or taken it off within moments. He actually requested that Peko be put on his back and spent ages wandering about the house wearing it, as if he were giving it a guided tour.

I love the bags. They are compact in size yet have a great capacity, and the hard shell means there’s no danger of anything inside getting damaged. The suitcase is easy to wheel around, so easy in fact that Little Man has taken that too on several laps of the house. Mostly I love the design. There are a range of Cuties and Pals available – Dogs, Chicks, Ladybirds, Dinosaurs to name but a few –  but I think Peko is one of the cutest. The bags are just the right shape for a penguin, and despite the design being fairly simple its obvious what it is. I like how bold it looks too.

Of course if you can’t choose which little friend to get for your child you could always pre-order a London Sticker Bus. Due out later this year the bus has four wheels and is a more traditional square shaped case. It comes with stickers of all the characters making this a case which can be completely customised. The case also has an optional shoulder strap if you want to carry it, and it is hand luggage sized so is just the thing for a plane journey.

Make your way over to the Cuties and Pals website to find your little ones new friend and follow them on Twitter @CutiesAndPals for all the latest information.

Bigjigs Play Patrol Finalist: Farm House Sorter Review

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Bigjigs Play Patrol, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 21-03-2013

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I was very excited and proud to reach the final stages of Bigjigs‘ search for members of their new Play Patrol. As one of the final 12 battling for one of just 5 spots we were sent a product to review as our final task. We received the brand new Farm House Sorter.
Shape sorters are something of a classic toy, one that I’m sure in some form or other every child owns. I know Little Man has owned more than a few in his life and they are a toy I’m generally a fan of. The premise is simple enough – you get a selection of shapes and a base unit with cut out holes in. You match the shapes to the holes and the shapes store inside. One of the reasons I like shape sorters is the fact that they are compact and the objective of them is basically to tidy up!

The Farm House Sorter from Bigjigs is pretty much what it says on the box. The ‘base unit’ is a wooden farm house. The ends are designed to look like the walls of a house and the top has a slate roof design, typical of traditional farm houses. Along each side you will find cut out holes in the shapes of things you’d expect to find on the farm – eight animals and a tree – and the shapes themselves feature the item on one side and then the name of the item written on the reverse. It all stows away nicely, with the “roof” removable for easy access and a carry handle so little ones can take it wherever they go.

From a parents point of view I think this is a great toy. Wooden toys are something I am very keen on. Yes we have plastic ones too, but only of the best quality. Wooden toys are long lasting and I can see this toy being used for many years to come. At the end of the day its not just a shape sorter. As well as improving hand-eye co-ordination and dexterity, it teaches animal recognition – Little Man is already pointing at and signing the names of animals he recognises – and can help with speech. If you clearly say the name of the animal as your child picks it up or puts it into the sorter they will eventually mimic you. It will be a great spelling aid in the future, with each word being written clearly on the reverse of the shape. Start simple with “Cat” or “Pig” and work up to the longer words such as “Horse” or “Chicken”. There’s a good range of animals featured, all of which you can point out on trips to a real farm, but I must admit I find the addition of a “Tree” a little weird. Trees are hardly farm specific. Surely another animal could have been thought of, or this strange ninth piece just eliminated all together.

I love that the roof comes off to allow instant access to the shapes but also the effort which has gone into designing the lid so it looks like a roof and the way it attaches to the house. This toy has a great aesthetic appeal to parents and children alike. The farm house will look great on a shelf in a child’s bedroom or playroom. It looks like a quality toy because it is a quality toy. The design team have obviously put a lot of thought into how it looks and that is abundantly clear. Each shape is a different bright colour so this toy could also be used to teach those. I love the handle. Its nice and sturdy perfect for toddlers to use. Little Man has already wandered around the lounge proudly carrying his new farm house. The handle ensures its carried upright too, so there’ll be no pieces scattered all around the house.

The Farm House Sorter is suitable from 1 year plus and is available now from the Bigjigs website.

 

 

Fairtrade Fortnight: Boys & Girls Tshirt

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion, Product Reviews | Posted on 08-03-2013

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Fairtrade fortnight is just coming to an end but I have one brand great brand to share with you before it does. Boys & Girls create high quality bright and fun unisex clothing for toddlers and children. Designed to look and feel good their range certainly stands out from the crowd. They want children to be able to have fun in their clothes and for them to last, so quality and design is very important to them. Boys & Girls also has a line of fun Fairtrade Tshirts which will make your child look great and you feel great when they wear them.  Here’s my favourite design:

Made from 100% organic Fairtrade cotton this tshirt features the Fairtrade Certification Mark so you know its the genuine article. Its bright and colourful print makes is ideal for summer and its totally unisex.

The quality is great and it feels nice and soft so won’t irritate even the most sensitive of skins. My Little Man will look great out and about this summer in this tshirt, but it would look equally good on a little girl. A nice pair of shorts, some sandals and a hat and your little one is ready for anything.

All of Boys & Girls clothes are equally bright and stylish, so why not head over there now to grab your little one a quality Fairtrade tshirt and a few other bits for their summer wardrobe.

Product Review: Cosyplay Luxury Play Mat

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 10-12-2012

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When you have a newborn you invariably spend a lot of time cuddling them, especially as when they are awake they are pretty much always feeding. Sometimes however you do need to pop them down, and as they get older and you begin introducing “Tummy Time” you want to ensure that where you put them is safe and comfortable. I thoroughly recommend you investing in a Play Mat from Cosyplay.

The Cosyplay Play Mat was developed by Dr Kerstin Castle when she was on maternity leave with her third son. As with a lot of babies Luca was not a fan of “Tummy Time” and Kerstin was in need of a solution. “Tummy Time” is something of an alien concept to babies, especially when from day 1 we have them led on their backs all the time. I remember the first time we tried “Tummy Time” with Little Man and he just led there face down on the floor and not moving. In order to encourage a bit of enjoyment making sure our children are comfortable is crucial, and this is where the Cosyplay Play Mat comes in.

The Play Mat is made from Memory Foam which as many of you will know is hugely comfortable. As well as providing a soft surface for your child to lie on, it also supports them ensuring their are comfortable and feel safe. This memory foam is protected by a PU waterproof cover which is warm, soft and BPA free. One of the things I love about the PU cover is its anti-microbial properties. Basically this means that no bacteria, fungi or dust mites will collect and spread in the mat. This makes it very hygienic, but also helps if your baby has a skin condition such as eczema. The whole mat is covered with a zipped on cover made from either minky or fleece. Both are machine washable, tumble drier proof, and also non-pill so no little bits will find their ways into your babies mouth.

Now as you all know Little Man is well past the “Tummy Time” stage at 2 years old, but believe me, that doesn’t stop him from enjoying the Cosyplay Plat Mat. Whether he’s lying on it whilst watching a movie or TV show, using it to “carpet” his tent, or making a den, he spends much of his day on or under it. Its also a comfy place for nappy changing or just sitting on to read a book. Apart from comfort I think Little Man’s other major reason for loving the mat is the spotty design – very in keeping with his favourite TV star, Mr Tumble. I’ve led down on the mat myself and I must say its VERY comfortable. If I could get 5 minutes peace I’d probably take a nap on it!

You can learn more about the CosyPlay Play Mats, view their range or even order a spare cover for your Play Mat on their website. You can also find them on Twitter @CosyPlay, where you’ll find lots of great “Tummy Time” tips, and ‘Like’ them on Facebook.

Moving To A “Big Boy Bed”

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 12-10-2012

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If you follow me on Twitter (@SussexMummy) you’ll know that last Friday we took the sides of Little Man’s cot bed. We were a little nervous about doing this in case he woke up at 2am and came running down the hall to play with Daddy, or got out of bed at 6am and sobbed as he watched Daddy go to work. There was also the chance that he’d spend the entire night dropping out of bed and nobody would get any sleep.

Little Man went down at 7.30pm as usual, but spent the first 30 minutes sobbing. The world must look a lot different now he’s closer to the ground and there are no side panels on his cot. We don’t think there was anything more wrong with him than a bit of nervousness at his new outlook. There was also the addition of a Gro Clock to his bedroom which was illuminated and he wanted to cuddle it, and didn’t understand that it wasn’t a toy. By 8pm all was silent and he’d finally gone to sleep.

At 9pm we heard an almighty “THUD” followed by a bit of a whimper so I went upstairs to find him curled up on the floor sleeping. He’d obviously rolled too far and dropped off the side of the bed. We had a Lindam Bed Rail to fit to the side of the bed but unfortunately we hadn’t read the instructions before getting it or we would have found it was too big for out cot – the mattress needed to be 76cm or more wide and ours is only 70cm! This therefore wasn’t fitted so dropping out was inevitable. Unfortunately Little Man landed head first on his music box which used to hang from the sides of the cot and was now led on the floor beside him, but he didn’t seem all that bothered and was back asleep.  I lifted him back onto his bed and he stirred briefly but mostly to check the whereabouts of his beloved Teddy.

Remarkably that was it for the entire night. No more thuds, no wandering around, no wanting to play at 3am. In fact not only did he sleep through he also slept longer. Little Man usually gets up at 7am, give or take 15 minutes. On Saturday he got up at 7.45am.

Nap time on Saturday went just as well – he was down for his usual 2 hours without falling out.

Every bed time since has been amazing. He’s gone down at 7.30pm with no sobbing or whimpering, and not been up before 8am since. He hasn’t fallen out again, and every day time nap has been just as easy. I’m sure this remarkableness won’t last, but I’m enjoying it for now.

Before taking the sides off his cot we arranged for 3 products to arrive which we felt would help this transition.

Firstly the Gro Clock. This is a genius piece of equipment. You set what time you want your child to get up at and when you put them to bed you change the face of the clock from a sun to a star. When the time reaches what you class as a good wake up time – not 5.30am then! – the star changes back to a sun. This tells children that they are allowed to get up. If the star is still visible they have to stay in bed. Whilst we haven’t explained this to Little Man because he’s always been great at getting up at a reasonable hour, he does love the clock. We go through the motions of saying “Night Night” to the sun when he goes to bed and “Hello” to the star. He gives it a little wave before settling down to sleep. We set the wake up time for 7am but as yet he’s sleeping well past that. Should his wake up get too early at any point we have the clock as a great back up to explain that its not time to get up yet, and there is also an accompanying book you can read to your child each night if they are reluctant to go to bed.

Secondly we got a Lindam Bed Rail. As I said before we didn’t read the instructions and sizing correctly so this hasn’t fitted on the bed, but the concept is great, and I am hoping to pass it on to a friend for her to test out for me, so there will be more on this soon I hope. I love how it works and easy fold down mechanism, its just a shame that on this occasion my reading of important details went a little amiss. If my friend can’t use it we may well keep it to use when we go on holiday or to visit relations – it will fit a single bed perfectly.

Finally we got a Night Light from Brother Max. We got one of these to plug in on the landing upstairs so that if Little Man did get out of bed during the night and go wandering he’d be able to see. We have a gate across the top of the stairs so he’s safe, and we close the bathroom and office doors so he’d only be able to go into our bedroom – lucky us! – but there are a few things he could walk into in the dark so this night light was a great help. The Night Light plugs straight into a power socket but the light only glows when its dark. There is a sensor on the bottom which detects light, and as soon as you put the landing light on or open the doors and let the daylight through, it turns off. My favourite feature of this night light is that its dual purpose. When you plug it in to an available socket you don’t lose the use of that socket as the night light comes with one. It also has a socket cover so its safe from prodding fingers. It also has a low power consumption so you won’t see your bills rocket, and the light part stays cool to the touch in case little hands make a grab for it.

One week on and we are still enjoying Little Man sleeping till at least 8am and not getting out of bed and wandering about. I’m confident this won’t last – I’m not going to be THAT lucky am I? – but we will enjoy it whilst it does. We are also happy in the knowledge that we have the tools available to get back to this stage should things go awry.

Gro Clocks are available direct from Gro on their website.
More information about the Bed Rails from Lindam can be found here.
Dual Purpose Night Lights from Brother Max can be bought from these stockists.

 

Product Review: Lindam Safety

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 05-09-2012

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Keeping our children safe is the ultimate priority for any parent. When they reach the toddler years keeping them safe can prove a little tricky to say the least, especially when they start exploring the world around them. Our house is equipped with gates at the top and bottom of our stairs as well as one in the kitchen doorway to stop Little Man wandering in, but there are other hazards around the house and when we’re out in the car. Lindam sent us a selection of safety products to make our home and car that little bit safer to help celebrate the Lindam Safety Day on September 6th.

Firstly, and most importantly for me, was the Multi-Purpose Latch which I fitted to the cupboard in the kitchen where we keep our cleaning products. We are giving Little Man slightly more freedom as he gets older and the gate on the kitchen door isn’t permanently closed as it used to be. Plus he follows us in when we’re in their cooking or doing other jobs. He is drawn to this cupboard like all children seem to seek out the most dangerous places. This latch means that the door won’t open unless you undo it, and Little Man can’t do that. This is a brilliant product which has made my kitchen infinitely safer.

When we’re out in the car keeping the sun off Little Man is very important. I don’t want him overheating, especially when he’s asleep in his seat. Lindam sent us their new White Hot Safety Sunblock Shade to try. It fastens to the window with two suckers and then the blind itself rollers down. A simple release button retracts the blind when its not needed. What makes this blind special is the White Hot sensor on the base of the blind which turns white when the temperature in the car is too hot. My only fault with this blind is that it could do to be slightly wider, but that might just be because my back windows are fairly large.

The danger of plug sockets seems something that’s still up for debate. Due to the design of UK sockets it would take a very creative child to push something into all three pin holes at the same time sufficiently to electrocute themselves, but who wants to take that risk? I use Plug Socket Covers to prevent anything untoward being pushed in them – crayons, food, paper, etc – as well as ensuring there is absolutely no chance of my Little Man getting seriously hurt. These covers from Lindam are neat and easy to fit, but tricky to remove which is ideal when there are little fingers poking them all the time.

Finally I made use of the Door Stopper. Doors closing on little fingers isn’t fun, neither is a door swinging closed leaving your little one trapped in a room that perhaps they shouldn’t be in anyway! This stopper fits quickly and easily to any door. We currently have it on the kitchen door, but I can see it moving to the main bathroom door upstairs once Little Man is in his big boy bed and can wander around more freely. I’d rather not be woken at 2am by a toddler stuck in the bathroom!!

Lindam’s Safety Day in September 6th 2012. You can read Lindam’s advice for keeping your children safe here.