* This post is an entry for BritMums Confessions of a Summer Parent Challenge, sponsored by Anchor.
A lot of parents complain about their kids being fussy eaters, they may be right, their kids might be fussy but then there might also be a different explanation – a lack of the right type of food…
A few months ago Leo started to show a lot more independence when it came to food. He will no longer blindly eat whatever is in front of him, his taste is now much more refined and he is communicating his wants and needs quite clearly. It took us a while to find a good combo which makes feeding and snacking time pleasurable for all of the family.
A combo of good quality, kids friendly feeding “tools” from Oxo Tot and a great selection of healthy, tasty snacks from Kiddylicious seems to have worked wonders for us. We no longer have to worry if Leo will or will not eat his food.
Oxo Tot offers a wide selection of baby and toddler feeding cups, plates and dishes. Lately our favourite is the flippy snack cup. The Flippy Snack Cup’s soft, flexible opening gives kids easy access to goodies, yet keeps even small snacks off the floor. The twist-on lid stays secure when the Flippy Snack Cup is dropped, and the non-slip handle is shaped for tots. Includes a solid snap-on cover to keep snacks fresh and secure. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? But it isn’t only about keeping food fresh and off the floor, it also gives the feeling of achievement, it’s like a mini game… if I want a snack, I have to “hunt” for it, inside my cup… Leo enjoys it, which really does make a difference when it comes to the whole eating process. I only wished that Oxo Tot made this cup in a bigger size as well. Our flippy cup is good now but very soon it will simply be too small 🙁
We first were introduced to Kiddylicious almost a year ago when Leo received a giant goodie box filled with their delicious snacks to help him celebrate his first birthday. Since that moment Leo was hooked, and in turn so were we 🙂 Now this year it is even better as the Kiddylicious range has expanded. Currently flavour of the month award goes to Smoothie Melts, no matter which flavour as he loves them all.
Do you have your own perfect combo when it comes to snacking time?
Winter, at least on this part of the globe, means low temperatures, which leads to the heating blasting most of the time in our houses, which invariably dries out the air in the room. Dry, stuffy rooms aren’t sleep friendly, especially for fussy kids, who struggle with bed time anyways. But, there is a solution – a humidifier, a device which will keep the atmosphere in a room moist and thus in turn sleep friendly.
We were sent a SweetDreams cool mist humidifier with projector by Vicks so we can test and see if it will makes a difference.
Well, it did!
Leo’s room isn’t the biggest in the world and there is a radiator close to his cot. Despite turning the heating down during the evenings and night hours, the room still gets hot and stuffy. A humidifier really helps to clear the air and make it breathable again, providing a much better sleeping environment.
But this isn’t all.
The humidifier comes with a projector, which projects 3 different themes of three slides each. It might not sounds like a lot but trust me for a toddler this is plenty… he simply gets fixated on the pictures and just dozes off to sleep. And to make things even better each theme has its own bedtime story 🙂
So, how to get a good night’s sleep in winter?
- Stick to a bedtime routine.
- Air the room well before bedtime but do not make it too cold.
- Turn the heating down or at least turn the radiator in the room down a bit.
- Turn on the humidifier and let it work its magic.
- If you have a wonderful projector like us, turn it on.
- Read a bedtime story and watch your toddler falling to sleep blissfully.
- Enjoy your evening 😉
Any tips to add?
Do you find that winter times are harder when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep?
Fever phobia as in the treating of a fever as illness in itself and the inappropriate over response to childhood fever isn’t as rare as one might think. According to the survey commissioned by Braun over 50% of parents lower their child’s temperature before it reaches a reading of 38.5°C.
So why are we so afraid of a fever?
Well, there is only one answer which comes to mind… lack of knowledge.
It looks like many among us worry too much about a fever causing serious health problems without actually understanding it.
Fever is usually the manifestation of some sort of infection… yes, it might be uncomfortable for a little one but a fever is a sign of a healthy immune system fighting off the infection. Bringing it down prematurely can actually lengthen a child’s illness by stopping the body’s natural defence against the infection.
This is why it’s extremely important to know how high a temperature is actually a fever… to make it more complicated this changes with age… what is an acceptable temperature for a three year old can be classed as a high fever for a newborn.
In general, fever is defined as a central temperature higher than 37.5°C but slightly elevated temperature really isn’t a reason to worry about, just keep your eye on it.
How to deal with fever phobia?
- Well, you might want to start with updating your knowledge about fever itself.
- Secondly, buy a proper thermometer.
- Third, stay calm and try to understand your child’s temperature before turning to medication such as paracetemol or ibuprofen or rushing to the Emergency Room.
Braun has tackles fever phobia by developing a range of thermometers that help you to measure your child’s temperature and are comfortable and accurate. Some of the new models include an Age Precision feature, which allows you to set your child age and the thermometer will alert you when the readings are elevated and how much elevated.
We were offered to test one of the Braun’s new thermometers. We received the Braun NTF3000 no touch + forehead thermometer and OMG it’s a brilliant piece of kit. After using in-ear thermometer for years, I have to admit, I totally love the no touch technology! It’s so much easier, quicker and most of all with no discomfort to the child at all as you don’t even have to touch them they won’t even know what you’re doing.
The Braun NTF3000 is small, light and stylish, it’s extremely ergonomic and it fits in the hand perfectly; it’s safe, hygienic and practical… I could go on and on and on…
The proximity sensor (up to 5cm) works brilliantly and the readings are super-fast.
The Braun NTF3000 features colour coding, which are in addition to the number reading, plus you can turn on a sound alarm if you wish to do so (just remember to turn it off for night time temperature checks or run the risk of waking someone up).
Once the thermometer arrived we must have use it 100+ times checking the temperatures of all household members and anyone else who would let us just to see how accurate it would be… well I would say it was super accurate with temperature changes of only 0.1°C.
The Braun NTF3000 has a RRP of £52.99 but a quick Google search brought up a few shops having it on offer below £40… frankly I think this is a steal.
It’s a brilliant thermometer and a definitely must have for any family with kids. From now on there will be no more struggles and pleads to hold your head still when it comes to checking temperatures as this simple task is now totally non-invasive.
Thank you Braun for this great gift! It really made life easier especially at times when there is enough concern and worry in a parent.
Do you suffer from fever phobia?
Have you ever used no touch thermometer before?
As much as the kids are excitedly anticipating their six weeks of freedom, away from school and homework, you are probably dreading it! Not that you don’t want to spend time with your children, but several long weeks of trying to find something to keep them constantly entertained can not only be stressful but also extremely costly.
But what if you could keep them entertained without breaking the bank? Worry not, for here are five free activities that both you and the kids can enjoy over the summer holidays:
Arts and crafts
The ideal summer holiday would be day after day of sunshine and warm temperatures! Unfortunately the reality is that we often end up with several grey and rainy days. These days it becomes even harder to entertain the kids; you can’t just stick them in front of the TV all day everyday. But what do you do?
In preparation for such days, stock up on craft supplies from Craft Superstore, then the kids can cut, glue, stick, paint and colour, with endless possibilities of what they could create! Why not help them make something that they can continue to play with; a rocketship or superhero outfit perhaps?
Enjoy your garden
With a second heatwave expected this summer, and temperatures set to rival those of the Mediterranean, be prepared to make the most of it! These days, when the sun is shining fill up the paddling pool, turn on the sprinklers and dig out the beach ball. Then sit back and relax, top up your tan, read a good book, all whilst the kids have fun and keep cool. Who needs to be on a beach in Spain when you can do this in your own back garden?
Make the most of the attractions across the country that both you and the kids can enjoy without spending a penny! From museums where the kids will have so much fun they won’t even realise they are doing something educational during their break from school, to festivals, farms and parks! There are a variety of different things to explore, that we often don’t think to do because they are on our doorsteps, that won’t cost any money!
Cycle to the park
Dust off the bikes, pack up ham sandwiches and sausage rolls, and gather together some activities. Then cycle to the park and spend the day flying kites, kicking a football and feeding the ducks!
Document the holidays
Keep the kids entertained across the entire break by having them document their summer. This could be in the form of a scrapbook or diary. Take photos on days out, then get them to write, draw and stick in memorabilia they have collected on their break. This will not only be a fun way to keep them busy during part of each day, but also something they can look back on for years to come.
With so many free activities to choose from, there is no need to let the summer holidays rinse your bank account this year!
What do you like to do with your kids over the summer break?
*Post in collaboration with Craft Superstore