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Copying with fireworks nights

It is that time of year when in the evenings, certainly where I live you can hear fireworks going off most evenings during fireworks night.

We even took our son to see some fireworks at my Step Dads school. I thought he would like them but he didn’t and soon went back indoors with my mum.

They can make young children jump and my niece had to back indoors too as she really got upset. Some children don’t like fireworks, not saying that fireworks night should stop, just think about and be prepared for when they don’t like them.

As a young child I didn’t like big bangs and would often cry because of how much they made me jump. Children can become used to fireworks, over time but can be a shock to them at first.

Don’t put them too near, we made that mistake. He wasn’t so so close that he could touch them in anyway as they had fences blocking the way to the fireworks, but try not to get them too close, the further away the less of the shock it can be.

If they become hysterical take them away until they have calmed down.

Be careful of sparklers, many a kid I remember as a child seeing adverts about kids touching sparklers and burning their hands, try and use glow sticks as a alternative instead or use glow up toys.

So if you are going to fireworks evening keep safe and never beat yourself up over it because they didn’t like it.

Never show them your fear the best you can, as this can rub off on them. Try and make them excited about fireworks, but keeping their safety in mind aswell.

If there is a bonfire, keep at a good distance so they can still see it, but they don’t get too hot.

Bring refreshments for the evening if there aren’t any there or give them their dinner beforehand if possible.

Wrap them up as it can be quite cold in the evenings. With Henry I put on two layers, a long sleeved t-shirt, jeans and a padded jacket, with some comfy shoes and woolly socks on.

So where are you going to fireworks or have you already been and you have some tips and advice to share I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

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Breastfeeding support

When it came to breastfeeding I found it really tough and not easy at all. I did get quite stressed over it, making sure I expressed every 8 to 12 times a day when my son was first born, and kept trying to breastfeed my son directly, but he never latched on.

For me when it comes to breastfeeding I think it should come down to personal choice, and what works for you and your baby.

Check these videos talking about breastfeeding, and some tips and advice.

Check out Emily Morris channel as she does loads of parenting videos, aswell as other subjects, I found her videos really helpful.

This is Lulastic Hippyshake, this Youtuber does videos about living in a Yurt in New Zealand, she talks about why she has continued on to breastfeed her child.

The advice I got from my Health Advisor was not to stress over breastfeeding but it is important that I enjoyed my baby and if I wanted to stop it was my choice.

I continued for a whole month to express milk and breastfeed but then stopped. I know some will frown upon that, but it was my choice, and as long my son was getting the nutrients he needed that was important.

If I had known then what I know now, I would have gotten counselling and further support when it came to breastfeeding to help me as I took it for grunted before my son was born of how difficult it would be and would have prepared myself better.

I would love to hear other people’s stories and how hard it was for you, did you find it easy or hard? What did you do to get help? I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

 

 

 

Toilet Training videos

Check out these videos I discovered and found really interesting if you to are toilet training your child.

It can be a frustrating time for you and your little on, so getting tips and advice can work a treat, and knowing you aren’t alone can be comforting too.

The video above is worth watching as it talks about Elimination Communication, which some may call potty training from birth, but there is more to it than that. Watch the video above to find out if this is for you.

I found another video by Mom’s a mess, about how she potty trained her two year old son.

We are still going through the process but we keep trying and I think by continuing to keep changing him even when he has an accident in the bathroom is getting the message, that the toilet is where you go now if you need a wee or a pooh.

I did worry constantly about him having accidents but I have come to realise it is all part of the process and I just need to be patient and allow my son to learn in his own time.

I hope you find these helpful. I also found some videos on Potty Training on Channel mum website.

https://www.channelmum.com/

Please if you have some tips and advice on Toilet Training then all information will be truly welcoming,

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Avoiding bugs for kids

With the weather being as it is, it is very easy to catch those nasty bugs, but they are avoidable by regularly sanitizing yourself ( washing your hands and body thoroughly) and your home.

It is tricky to fit in cleaning all the time, but doing a quick clean can make all the difference too just little bits can help keeps bugs at bay.

Keep wipes in each room so you can wipe any dirty mark away and keep polish upstairs as well as downstairs, keeping them away from the reach of children.

Clean as you go, just a quick tidy as you move around the house can help keep up to date with chores and put bleach down the toilet everyday, again keeping out of reach from children.

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Regularly change your sponges and cloths because these can have bacteria build up on them if continuously used and not replaced, and ring them out to dry.

Wash hands all the time when touching raw meats, chemical cleaning products and after you have been to the toilet. You’ll be surprised how many people you know and see that don’t do that, and I find it shocking that adults I know who don’t and they seem to be oblivious to the fact that they haven’t washed their hands. It takes two seconds and should be a natural thing to do, like breathing.

Put clothes straight into the washing machine instead in laundry basket as they can build with bacteria and wash clothes separately to towels and tea towels.

Use (this not an ad but a brilliant product) Detol all in one spray brilliant and kills bacteria.  Don’t forget to spray this on surfaces continuously used, on sofas, potty’s and door handles, bathroom, wherever you come into constant contact with.

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So if you have any more tips that I have missed then please share I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Gift guide for babies and toddlers

There are so much choice when it comes to buying gifts for babies and toddlers that you can easily become overwhelmed and just want to hide underneath the duvet, and say “NOOOO CHRISTMAS COMING TOO SOON”.

However do not be scared you can get through it she says, having two more people to buy for. Already started Christmas shopping, but I have to because if I don’t I fear I will forget, and end up with nothing.

Also I don’t like that panic feeling so I start planning my Christmas gifts from January onwards I know I am crazy I hold my hands up.

So what do you buy?

This year I have gone for books and jewellery not giving too much away.

Why not buy a pop-up book, where they can open up some pages in the book for example my son loves the book called “I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet”

He loves this book and really helps them to engage in the book as there are some hidden animals inside and encourages to use their communication skills, by helping them to say the words of each animal.

I found this lovely Paddington bear book from Whsmiths, it is Paddington Bear goes to London, price £25.00, and it is a popup book too and bought this for my son and my niece for Christmas, one they can keep for when they have children on their own too. These gifts are great for passing down to each generation.

Paddington Pop-Up London: Movie tie-in: Collector'S Edition

The other thing is find a lovely children’s jewellery box and put little treats inside, and create a little hamper for them so they have some little gifts inside and it doesn’t have to be jewellery.

These just suggestions and a great way to personalise  your gifts.

So let me know what gifts you are buying for the children in your life this year it will be great to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

 

Looking for schools

This last couple of months I have been checking out Primary schools, due to my son being 4 years old, and will start school next year in September. If you are a new mum like me, and your son or daughter is going to begin in next September too, then this is the times to be looking around.

Some schools will have like an open day, where they will give a little brief presentation of the school and then you are shown around.

What I am looking for is,

  • How big is the school
  • How many kids per class
  • What activities and learning strategies do they follow
  • Will what their goals are help my son in anyway
  • How they have presented the school
  • Will Henry (my son) be given the learning and education he needs

I am no expert here, this is all new to me too, so I am giving tips from what I have been looking for which hand in hand, I hope will help you find a good school for your child too.

My next step now, now I have seen all the schools I have wanted, to now decide on the choices of schools I want my son to hopefully go to next September.

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Don’t just pick one school, choose the ones that suit your criteria, and check out the children ready attending the school their body language, do they look as though they enjoy school, and what have they gained from going to that particular school.

Going on the schools I have visited, it is the children that are attending the school that will show you round, so do ask them questions, and what they like about the school they go to.

Here is some more information I found on the website below, which has further information to help you:

http://www.gettherightschool.co.uk/howtochoosetherightschoolforyourchild.html

It is good to have a few listed as your chosen schools, so you aren’t too disappointed should your child not get into that particular school.

If you are looking for nursery schools, should your child be 5 years and under the time to apply in Epsom and Ewell is by January of the new year, ready for your child to begin nursery school in September.

Check out your local authority to find out when you should apply, how and when by.

I will write more about this as I go and what is the next step.

If you live in surrey then please see link of the admissions process below, for those starting Nurery, Reception and Infants:

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions/primary-junior-and-infant-applications

Many thanks for reading,

Carrie X