Are you suffering from toddler turmoil?

30 Jul 2014

Think your lovely, angelic newborn will be the same forever? Think again. For toddler month, here’s Marissa from Little Rascal Reviews on the more interesting activities her boys get up to now they are older…

Are you suffering from toddler turmoil?Much as I adore my boys, sometimes very often they do things that have me wondering what on earth hubby and I were thinking five years ago before we embarked upon our journey into family life. The days we sat around daydreaming about little (slightly more perfect) versions of ourselves running around squealing with delight, happy Sunday afternoons spent watching family movies snuggled up on the sofa, etc, etc ad nauseam.

Now babies are one thing but toddlers are, well…something else altogether. I’m going to share with you some typical toddler ‘crimes’ committed by my boys. However, I also realise that “what goes online, stays online” and as such I’ve spared them anything too embarrassing should they get a job running the country in a few years time!

Body modifications – Yes, there’s clearly nothing as exciting as decorating yourself with whatever you happen to have to hand; pen, paint or stickers are all tried and tested methods among the toddling crew.

Home decorating – Toddlers can be incredibly helpful. Take R for instance, he painstakingly went around the playroom ensuring he covered each and every one of his hundreds of toys with a generous sticky blob of green paint. He was clearly unimpressed with my lack of gratitude for his efforts.

Oh, and let’s not forget the obligatory drawing on the walls movement, surely a right of passage for every tot?! To the untrained eye, this might just look like a streak of red felt tip down my wall, to a toddler this was “measuring up” in preparation for further work…

Tissues – Are absolutely deserving of their own section. Contrary to popular belief, tissues are not in fact for blowing your nose. They are for removing from the box, munching and tearing and woe betide anyone who tries to tell them otherwise.

Food – Linked to and often confused with ‘Body Modification’, although the subtle difference here is that the decoration is purely accidental.

Does this sound familiar? Are there toys all over your house, paint on the walls and tissues everywhere? Let us know if you’re suffering from toddler turmoil!

You can also read a tip on dealing with toddler tantrums, and a guide to lots of activities for children to keep you all busy.

Having quit the City to spend days knee-deep in nappies & Weetabix, Marissa is mum to R and baby No 2, born in April 2013. Living in Surrey, she blogs at Little Rascal Reviews on products, life & toddlers!



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Fun activities to entertain your toddler this summer

28 Jul 2014

Looking for some original, different and fun ways to entertain your toddler, especially during the holidays? Here’s Fran from The Parent Social with a guide to toddler-focused activities…both at home and out of the house

Fun ways to keep your toddlers entertainedI always did a wide range of activities with my eldest daughter from rainy day arts and crafts to cooking and nature trails and I’ve continued this with my twins, who are two-and-a-half years old. I’ve found that they (and I for that matter) need a focus for each day, even if it’s just painting or making collages.

At home activities

I recently discovered that big Sainsbury’s stores stock loads of really affordable arts and crafts items and sets. Stickers, sticky shapes for collages, paintbrushes, foam paint brushes and fancy pipe cleaners are all perfect for toddlers. You can also pick up a pack of 500 sheets of A4 printer paper for a very modest £2.50. Just supplement with odds and ends of ribbons, foil, lolly sticks, corks (though obviously we never have those knocking about)… and you’ve got a great art box.

A few ideas that have proved popular: Read more

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A guide to children’s car seats – from toddler to beyond

28 Jul 2014

What’s the law on car seats for toddlers, and beyond? Read our guide and top tips to make sure your car seat is a perfect fit for your child

What's the law on chjildren's car seats?With many families setting off on journeys in the car this summer, it’s important to run a health check on your car seat to make sure it’s still the perfect fit for your child. This will ensure they are comfortable – and happy! – on the journey and you can set off with the knowledge that they are safe and secure while you are travelling.

It may feel that only yesterday you were buying your first car seat for your newborn and then just when you were getting to grips with Group 1, the next stage car seat will sneak up on you. While your little one may seem very big as they reach the age of four, keeping them safe whilst travelling is still top priority.

Mark Bennett from BRITAX explains, ‘Many parents are still unaware that it is required by law for children to travel in a car seat until they are 135cm tall or 12 years old – whichever comes first – so the final Group 2-3 stage car seats will see your child from the age of four all the way until they are 12 years of age.

At the age of four or 15 kg, children are old enough to move to a Group 2-3 seat with adult seat belt but this doesn’t mean they don’t need the same level of protection.  Many parents believe children will be safe on a booster cushion, a small platform that lifts them up on the seat, however these are not safe as they do not have the all important side impact protection of deep side wings and a protective headrest.

Here’s a guide from BRITAX to help parents understand the final Group 2-3 car seat stage and how to choose the seat that’s just right for the whole family: Read more

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Dealing with toddler meltdowns: a life-changing idea

24 Jul 2014

Toddler tantrums – what’s the best strategy for dealing with them, with as few tears as possible from them…and you? Here’s Rachel from Make a Long Story Short:

Rachel JeffcoatWhen you think about it, there are lots of ways toddlers are like drunk people. No spatial awareness, a tendency to pee in the laundry pile, and a serious hankering for midnight Cheerios. And then there’s the emotions spilling out every which way you look. Lots and lots of emotions.

One of the things I love about life with toddlers is the fact that they run through a world in vivid technicolour. My two boys are always excited, or furious, or heartbreakingly sad, and there seems to be very little in between. WHAT IS THIS, I can see them thinking. THIS BOOKCASE IS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE BOOKCASES. OH LOOK, AN AMAZING PIECE OF FLUFF. There’s a dark side to all of this feeling, though, and Yoda can explain it best: Read more

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Five ways to keep toddlers cool in hot weather

24 Jul 2014

With the recent heatwave, how do you make sure your super-active toddler keeps cool when the temperature rises?

5 ways to keep toddlers cool in hot weatherThis month we’re looking at the world of toddlers. Here are some top tips for keeping the temperature down for your little ones when the sun’s out, from Suze and Kathleen of The Neo Practice.

Everyone knows about the joys of paddling pools, but what other simple and easy ways can keep young children cool in the hot weather, especially when you are out and about?

Here’s our five easy tips for keeping toddlers, babies and children cool while on the go.

Hint; it’s all about water! Read more

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Five facts about Vitamin D for mums and children

23 Jul 2014

What’s the low-down on Vitamin D consumption, and how does it apply to pregnant women, new mothers and small children?

Facts about vitamin D for mums and babiesIt’s estimated that up to a quarter of people in the UK have low levels of Vitamin D in their body, which means they are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency. This deficiency impairs the way calcium is absorbed into bones, and may lead to childhood rickets, and bone pain or tenderness in adults.

Although Vitamin D does occur naturally in some food, the Department of Health recommends that certain ‘at risk’ groups – which include pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and children under five – take additional Vitamin D supplements.

So here’s our top five facts on Vitamin D for you and your little ones; make sure you’re aware of the guidelines. Read more

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A very royal first birthday

22 Jul 2014

It’s a very special birthday today for one of the youngest members of the Royal Family…

Prince George is 1Happy birthday to Prince George of Cambridge, who turns one today. Best wishes from everyone at TalkMum, Pregnacare and Vitabiotics.

If, like Kate and William, you’re the parent of a one-year-old you might be interested to read some of our upcoming posts on toddler month, where we’ll be discussing everything about what happens next, including potty training tantrums, and the best things about having a child of this age. Read more

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This month on TalkMum: toddlers

17 Jul 2014

Introducing our new monthly theme on TalkMum…the crazy and amazing world of the toddler

toddlers“Silence is golden. Unless you have a toddler. In that case, silence is very, very suspicious” – Anon

Having taken a recent look at pregnancy and babies, it’s time to think about what happens next. In the month that Prince George – who’s already toddling about all over the place – turns one, we’ll be taking a look at toddlers.

We’ll be looking at the big milestones that come with this age, such as potty training, with tips to make it slightly more bearable. We’ll also be addressing such questions as the right time to move from a cot to a bed.

Do toddlers get a bad press? Is there such thing as the terrible twos, or should we rethink the labels we give then? Read more

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Can hypnobirthing help you have a pain-free labour?

16 Jul 2014

What is hypnobirthing…and how can it help with labour?

IWhat is hypnobirthing?‘m currently pregnant with my second child, and as I near the third trimester my thoughts are turning to the big event that’s coming soon. Yes, I’m talking about labour.

Despite having, on paper, a relatively quick and easy first birth as a result of a planned induction, due to the circumstances that surrounded it – busy hospital, no delivery rooms, back-to-back contractions and a lot of pain – It’s fair to say I’m not looking forward to it again.

However, this time, I’m determined to investigate other options that may help me feel more in control and potentially reduce the amount of pain I’m in, no matter what the circumstances are. One suggestion that keeps coming up is hypnobirthing, or hypnotherapy for childbirth.

So what is hypnobirthing? Read more

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Blog post round-up – June

10 Jul 2014

What have our TalkMum bloggers been writing about over the past month? Here’s a selection of our favourite posts from June

Brilliant blog postsLet’s face it, it’s damp and miserable outside (where has summer gone?) so settle down for a read.

Have you heard of Roseola? You may not have, but the four day high fever followed by a rash is something almost all small children will suffer from by the time they are three. Eleanor has written about her and her daughter’s experience, with some tips for other parents.

Laura welcomed a new family member, in an exciting announcement.

What happens when your tastes collide…with those of your five-year-old? Fran has been decorating her daughter’s room, and managed to come to a very tasteful middle ground (we love the small touches like the light switch)

Looking for something to do in London with a toddler? Try the Horniman Museum in south London, home to an aquarium, mini farm, and the legendary giant walrus. Read all about it over on Chloe’s blog. Read more

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