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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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Spring Summer Range From me&i

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion, Information | Posted on 11-03-2013

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The brand new Spring Summer range is out now for Swedish retailer me&i. Here are my favourite pieces, including a couple of things for Mum as well. You’ll find all these pieces and more on their website now.

This medallion dress is perfect for summer. Brightly coloured and made from a quality jersey material its sure to provide a comfortable fit. The tie string at the back allows for a defined waist and despite being sleeveless the wide straps provide good coverage.

The military style jacket is great for mums on the go. Its very on trend and although military in styling has a feminine cut to it. It is double breasted and a nice fitted feel to it, but looks just as good open as fastened.

This A-line tunic is a cute one for any little girl. It has elasticated edging at the neck and sleeves to make getting dressed and undressed easy, and the contrasting piping detail on the pockets really makes them stand out. The adorable velour panda peeping out of one pocket is a lovely feature and one I’m sure children will love.

Little Man is definitely going through a dinosaur loving faze at the moment so he would adore this t shirt. Brightly coloured and comfortable to wear its a lovely unisex t shirt for the summer. I love the way the orange dinosaurs stand out against the turquiose background.

We own the long sleeved t shirt version of this cute bodysuit which was a hugely popular part of the Autumn Winter range last year. I’m sure this bodysuit will be just as popular. Multi-coloured vehicles facing in all directions make this a great bright item, and the green trim frames the whole thing nicely.

If your little one is a fan of “helping” with DIY tasks around the house – Little Man certainly is – then this is the t shirt for them. A solid black background with bright outlines of an array of tools makes this the ideal outfit for helping out in. Again a bright contrast trim on the collar and cuffs sets of the t shirt beautifully.

Guest Post: Toddlers & Tablets – What You Need To Consider

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 07-02-2013

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Bringing up children before the digital age was far more basic. There has always been plenty to do using pens, paper, toys and a little imagination, but now it can be hard to narrow down exactly what you need. As a modern parent you are probably keen to use tablets in your parenting – and here is how you can:

Tablets for drawing

One of the things children love to do more than anything else is draw. Obviously, you could just give them some paper and some crayons but there are tablets available that can bring this activity into the modern age and
many parents already are already doing this.

Take your pick from standalone tablets for colouring, drawing or attachments to games consoles. The latter of which can save you a lot of money by using a console you already own, such as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii.

Parenting apps

A new tablet, of course, doesn’t only have to be for your toddler. As a parent, these handy devices can also help you by offering tips and advice when needed. There are apps available on the Android store that help you to cook the right food and respond correctly to your child’s concerns so you can get even more use out of your tablet.

Always supervise

It goes without saying that your child’s tablet use should be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian. Tablets aimed at the child market have been designed to be perfectly safe but as with any toy, youngsters should not be left to their own devices. By interacting with them whilst they use the tablet you could also enhance the benefits which they gain from it too.

Limit their time on tablets

A tablet can be a fantastic learning aid for small children, with apps available to help them spell, learn and talk. However, it should be used sparingly as a supplement to your child’s learning and development rather than a straight substitute for other methods.

Summer Holiday Essentials: Travel Cutlery from Tum Tum Tots

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Holiday, Product Reviews, Summer Holiday Essentials | Posted on 14-06-2012

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When you’re out and about this summer – either on holiday or day trips – you would be advised to slip a set of Tum Tum Tots Travel Cutlery into your bag. Designed to make eating easier for little ones the cutlery is shaped to allow maximum food on them, and less falling off – even pesky peas! The knife is also a safe sharpness to make sure they don’t cut themselves but can still chop soft foods. Each set comes with a case to carry them around in so they don’t get lost, and also so you can transport them after use without messing up other things in your bag. Two designs are available – Ponies and Sheep – and each contains characters which can be mixed and matched by turning over the double-sided handles. You’ll also be pleased to hear that they are dishwasher safe!

Little Man loved using these when we were on holiday recently and they are perfectly sized for him. He enjoys independent eating and no longer wants any help at meal times – despite the mess! I keep a set of these in our changing bag now at all times so they are ready to use when we’re out in restaurants or at friends houses.

Tum Tum Tots Travel Sets are available now from their online store.

What’s New At Asda?

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 22-03-2012

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My love of Asda won’t come as news to any of you. I get my food delivered by them every week, and I spend my time drooling over the beautiful clothes in George for me, and then inevitably go off and buy something for Little Man instead. I love keeping an eye out for new products for Little Man, and I have three here to show you.

Annabel Karmel Porridge & Apple Biscuit Bakes
When these appeared on my doormat I was a little sceptical. The idea of biscuits that taste of porridge was a bit “out there” for me – surely the only thing tasting of porridge should be porridge in a bowl? Apparently not. I nervously handed one over to Little Man, half expecting it to be spat back out at me, and watched in amazement as he finished it off, and promptly requested “More?”.
Being Annabel Karmel endorsed you know these biscuits will be perfect for little children. They can be eaten as they are from 12 month, but can be mixed with their usual milk earlier than that for breakfast. They come in a box of 5 handy 3 portion packs, so can be slipped into a bag or a coat pocket for outings and walks.

Annabel Karmel Carrot & Sweetcorn Rice & Corn Snacks
My Little Man hates rice cakes. He always has. He chews them for a while, then spits it out, usually whilst moving around the room. In fact the only rice cake I have ever seen him finish is one belonging to his girlfriend – but other peoples food always is nicer isn’t it? Due to this I wasn’t really expecting him to appreciate these, and to be honest I was planning on handing them over to his rice cake loving girlfriend when we next saw her.
One evening dinner was unusually rejected – one of those days all round – so instead of giving him some fruit instead I thought I’d stick to the savoury idea and opened these Rice & Corn Snacks. Half a pack later it turns out that he now DOES like rice cakes! Another snack time winner for us!

Little Angels Baby Wipes with Built-In Pot Of Nappy Cream
Nappy rash is a bit of a nightmare in our house. Little Man doesn’t get it very often, but when he does it tends to flare up out of nowhere. It often goes from none existent to intensely painful within half an hour. When I’m at home that’s no problem – Sudocrem at the ready – but when I’m out its a nightmare as I have invariably forgotten our spare pot. Asda have come up with a brilliant solution.
Their new design baby wipes now come with a small pot of nappy cream built it. It’s not impregnated on every wipe, it is simply a small pot built into the packet which sits alongside the opening for the wipes. You can’t open the nappy cream pot without opening the wipes so there is no danger of spillage within your bag. Both lids are very securely fastened. Whilst I did think this might be a gimmick I was proved wrong just earlier today when I changed my Little Man’s nappy at our local supermarket and lo and behold one red bottom, and no pot of nappy cream. I then remembered that I’d popped the new Little Angels wipes in my changing bag and there was my nappy cream. Result! Not only is it convenient it also works, which to be honest is the most important thing. A layer was applied to Little Man’s bottom and at the next change the redness has gone down already. Genius product.