An honest guide to changing a toddlers nappy.

By 8/08/2016 , ,
Oh the days when Isla was a sweet tiny baby who simply cooed at me and laid gently on her changing table during nappy changes.

This post is an ode to our brand new carpet, clean hands and happy baby during bum changes.

Times change when your toddler decides they would much rather be free as the day they were born. 

No mummy, a nappy is not necessary anymore.

1. Inform toddler that you think they need that botty changing. Hear a "No" in return as they suddenly realise how desperate they are to play with anything on the opposite side of the room. Escape number one.

2. Ask toddler nicely to come and lie down and collect your supplies.

3. Ask again.

4. TELL them to come and lie down.

5. Wrestle the toddler down to the ground and politely ask them if they'd like to help by holding something.

6. Duck, as that something is thrown right back at you.

7. Unbutton, unfasten and rip their way too complicated to be counted as cute bottoms off of them.

8. Toddler rolls over and stands up- escape number two.

9. Once re-positioned, get that nappy off as quickly as possible while ensuring their hands are occupied- why are they so desperate to grab that poopy nappy from underneath themselves?!

10. Reach for wet wipes. Fumble with awkward stick down lid. Toddler rolls over and attempts to crawl away. Escape number three.

11. Frantically wipe while they wiggle. Forget that gentle pat down you once gave your newborn- your new carpet/changing mat are at stake here!

12. Open Sudocrem pot. Toddler sticks hand in Sudoecrem pot. Sorry carpet. 

(We've made the switch to the Sudeocrem Care & Protect tubes! They're cleaner and easier to use, and offer the same protection as a protective barrier cream.)

13. Attempt to wrestle toddler into a new nappy while they do their best impression of a kangaroo with their legs. Loose straps?! Good enough!

14. Forget the trousers. The trousers are not important anymore. 

15. Toddler will probably choose to poop as soon as they are clean. Repeat step one.

Seriously though, the point of this post is to say that their are a few ways you can keep both your floors and sanity the way they should be- clean and happy!

We recently switched to Asda Little Angles- First Pants. At first I was reluctant, as I thought they were only really suited for toddlers moving into potty training and I didn't think they would hold as much overnight as a normal nappy. 

Since trying them, our nappy dance has greatly improved. Isla can stay standing up (as long as it isn't a huge cleanup) and occupied with a toy or book, and then we simply pull another one up and let her waddle off to whatever she was doing before. They have even held out overnight and we've made a permanent switch to them.

We've also found ourselves saved when changing somewhere challenging- I've been to venues without baby changing facilities and had to lay her on a jacket on the floor, so not clean! Now she can just stand up and we're done in seconds.

For older kids the fun comes in with the cartoon logos (who doesn't love a bit more Peppa Pig in their lives?).

Disclaimer: We received samples of Asda Little Angels: First Pants and Sudeocrem Care & Protect in exchange for this post. We honestly love using them both. All words and opinions are my own, as well as photos. 

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By 8/07/2016 , , , ,
Summer is here! At last! Woo!

Although I've still got an umbrella and a raincoat for Isla shoved in the bottom of my changing bag...this is England after all!

Summer being here means lots of trips to the beautiful local park, family BBQs in the sun and one very exciting trip to Wicksteed Park for us this weekend.

It means ice creams, lots of refreshing drinks, flip flops and of course- picnics!

Isla was born in the heatwave last May and with her being a newborn with that super sensitive newborn skin, we didn't spend a lot of time outside in the heat. Then winter hit and that seemed to last forever. Now it's summer again we're loving spending as much time outdoors as we can and she's loving it!

Here are some of our #summermoments so far!

Getting messy with jelly at Nanny & Grandads BBQ!

Refreshing herself after a busy day at Bedford River Festival!

Family picnic at Wicksteed Park! Win the blanket and cooler below!

Looks fun right? Nothing beats an impromptu picnic- and even if there isn't much food your little one will enjoy, you can always grab something in the baby aisle to pop in the bottom of a cooler.

We've been working with HiPP Organic for the better part of the year now, and they know mums and dad are always super busy (so it isn't always easy to get up and outdoors for something like a picnic!) so it’s good to know that HiPP Organic has a wide range of organic-tray meals for little one's aged 12 months plus.

Plus, HiPP work hand in hand with nature, encouraging wildlife onto their farmland to act as natural pest control, allowing their produce to grow as naturally as possible without harmful pesticides. Isla can enjoy nature while ensuring she's doing her bit to look after it.

If you'd like the chance to win some fun summer goodies including a selection from the HiPP Organic range, a picnic blanket and a fab cooler just fill in the form below!

Be sure to use the hashtag #summermoments when sharing photos!

HiPP #Summermoments Giveaway!

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Review: Shrek's Adventure! London

By 7/10/2016 , , ,

I'm 23, I am a mum and on paper I'm definitely supposed to be classed as an adult... and I have to confess- I absolutely love Shrek.


Really really.

With that confession out there- phew, off my chest- I am sure you can understand how excited I was when the lovely people over at Merlin Entertainments offered me, Jack and Isla the chance to head down to London to experience the attraction for ourselves!

Before I get into the tour itself, I have to commend that staff that man the doors and ticket office. Our first train was cancelled. Now thankfully we had planned for this and with another train we still should have arrived with a good 30 minutes to spare for a cheeky sausage and egg muffin.,, But then we found out all the trains on the exact underground line we needed were being cancelled or delayed due to lack of drivers!

Being stuck underground- sweaty, bored, and annoyed, there was of course no phone signal or wifi. We couldn't call to confirm we'd still be able to get in despite missing our booked time slot. We arrived around 20 minutes late and scampered up to the desk sheepishly, praying we'd be allowed in.

The staff were so polite and understanding and reassured us that we'd get to go in- they allow for this. Now as a parent I know- and you may well know if you have children or dogs or husbands who take extra long to do up their shoes (sorry Jack) that booking in a timed slot for something that needs travelling to is risky. Rest assured that with this type of attraction, at worst they said you would have to wait for a different slot and maybe queue if it is busier.

Once inside, you are immersed in the story straight away. Donkey and Fiona have invited you on a bus ride to Far Far Away! After travelling through the departures section, and having a proper pep talk from the hostess you're whisked in to meet Princess Fiona herself who, with a little karaoke help from the group, gets your magical bus ready and then it's all aboard!

Now obviously, this sort of 4D attraction will involve flashing lights, smells, smoke and water effects- we were apprehensive about how Isla would react as at times she can be quite delicate. The recommended audience is between 6-12 year olds.

She loved it.

I managed to get her to wear the glasses for 70% of the ride and with each splash and crash and burst of air she was giggling and bouncing. We were supposed to be frightened when the witches attempted to hijack our bus but she was waving manically at them, cackling along with them and clapping with glee as more water sprayed our faces.

After the bus ride, you are taken on a walk-through live action story where you are considered just as much a character as the actors and actresses. Think London Dungeons style but perfect for families and children!

There are witches, princesses, forests and mazes- and of course one very smelly toilet owned by the protagonist of our story- Shrek!

They did ask that no-one take photos during the story tour itself, so you'll have to believe me when I say how much effort they put into the costumes and sets! It also means no spoilers- if you want to see it you'll have to head down there yourselves!

At the end of your tour, there is a huge section for you to see other featured Dreamworks characters and take your photos with all your favourites.

 Having a go at some Kung-Fu in the Jade Palace!

Isla stealing Po's noodles! (Kung Fu Panda)

Of course, to sum up- the gift shop. I never knew their was so much amazing merchandise! I've got a few photos to wet your appetites if you or your children are as big a fan as me.

I'll say again that I cannot praise all of the staff in this attraction enough. There are so many little touches that make it the perfect family activity for children of all ages (if they're as brave as my little Isla was!). There is a buggy park where they'll happily store your pram for you free of charge, spotless toilets, and chances for each and every person in the group to get involved and interact with the story.

You should definitely try it out. I'm sure you'll have a Shrek-cellent day!

Disclaimer: We received two tickets for the attraction in exchange for this honest review. All of the photos are my own, and all words and opinions are my own.

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Kidloland Nursery Rhyme App- Review & Giveaway

By 7/08/2016 , ,

There comes a point in every parents life when their child becomes infatuated with singing, dancing and nursery rhymes. Isla has had a "Wheels on the bus" noisy musical nightmare book for the past 4 months and she's really started to master the actions- wipers, crying baby, and bye bye! 

Why can't she master mummy says shush shush shush for once....

Now I'll be honest- we have never been keen on letting Isla play with our phones. There are far too many children glued ot their technology these days and it's painful to see a 4 year old working an iPad with more mastery than Steve Jobs himself.

But then there are the days when mummy really needs to do laundry, or drink tea, or take a shower without a needy bored toddler hanging onto her ankles. We usually resort to cbeebies at these moments- but what if we're out? Or in the car? 

I've been using the Kidloland nursery rhyme app for around 2 weeks now and I really do recommend it to any parent whose child loves songs, actions and cheery music. For the older kiddies it also has ABC and phonic learning sections, numbers, colours... it's educational! 

Almost all the games and songs are interactive with lots of things to press- it's been two weeks and I still don't think I've got the whole way through exploring the app!

Like I said, we've never been keen on phones or TV raising our child but with moderated use I do believe that for a child less interested in practical play and learning, this could boost their knowledge and interest in different topics. They do use tablets and computers a lot more in schools- so if you're going to let your child use technology keep it fun and educational with an app like Kidloland.

Isla has learnt so many sweet actions and now with or without the app, she can "twinkle twinkle" her hands, and when she rows her boat and see's a crocodile she screams!

The Kidloland app can be found at the following stores;

Apple App Store: KidloLand

Google Play Store: Nursery Rhymes For Kids

Amazon Appstore: KidloLand

I do have a giveaway for your lovely readers!

Enter below for a chance of winning one of FIVE 3-month subscriptions to the Kidloland app.

Disclaimer: I received a free subscription to Kidloand in exchange for a review. All photos are my own and all screenshots were taken by myself. All opinions are honest and written by myself. 

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