iPad Apps your little ones will love …

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Rosie was about 10 months old when she started enjoying and interacting with the iPad. It was amazing how quickly she got the hang of using it!

The iPad is still a favourite toy of Rosie’s (it used to be my iPad but Rosie insists it is now hers)

I’m always looking out for good app recommendations for Rosie to play and learn from.

I thought I’d share a list of Rosie’s favourite apps and I’m hoping you will share your favourite childrens apps with me too (please write them in the comments box below)

Rosie is two and a half now and here is a list of her favourite games. (The first five games on the list she loved from about 10 months old)

1) Animals & Tools for babies Free. – easy to use, click through everyday objects, animals etc and hear the noises they make

2) Giggle Gang – a cute giggly basic game for babies

3) All of the Wonderkind games are great – Rosie still loves them now.  We bought the: My Zoo animals, My little town, Animal circus, Tiny firefighters and Tiny Airport

4) Talking Paul. A panda that copies what you say and does some funny actions. Rosie was in hysterics playing with this from about 10 months.

5) Color Drops. – A simple and fun drawing, painting, colouring in game.

6) Faces iMake. –  Make fun faces out of food, toys and other bits and bobs.

7) Toca Boca games.  – These are firm favourites. Great games at reasonable prices. Rosie loves: Hairsalon me, Hair Salon 1 & 2, Pet Doctor, Toca monsters, Toca Mini, Toca Lab, Toca Cars, Toca Town, Robot Lab, Toca Band, Toca Tailor, Toca Train, Toca Store and Birthday Party.

8) Dr Panda games. – We’ve just discovered these. Dr Pandas Restaurant 2 is a favourite. We also bought Dr pandas Garden- also fab, and Dr Panda’s Hospital. Will definitely be buying more from this range.

9) My Little Cook : I Bake delicious cakes (kids mania) – Rosie’s favourite game at the moment. It’s kept her entertained for ages!

10) BeBop Blox. – a moving puzzle / building blog game, quite noisy! but Rosie likes it.

11) Lego IceCream – make lego ice creams for lego people. A fun, relatively simple game.  The Lego Food game is good too.

12) Kid’s Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles -educational … (Espace Pty Ltd) – Rosie has spent a lot of time on this game. Piecing together realistic dinosaur puzzles that are quite tricky to do really!

13) Tickle Finger 1 – This is an interactive cute story with a funny little monkey going through the jungle. You have to tickle all the animals as you go through the moving book.

14) Charley Bear – Short video clips and little puzzles. If your children like Charley bear they will love this little game.

15) Elmo games – All children seem to love Elmo!  Here are the three games we have for Rosie: Elmo Calls (where you can call and FaceTime Elmo) Elmo’s Monster Maker (create your own monster) and Elmo Stories (Elmo reads stories out loud).

16) Mega Photo: 100+ Free, Real-Time Camera Effects.  – A great app for capuring fun selfies. Rosie can often be found photographing herself on this app with all sorts of fun effects /backgrounds etc.

I think that’s enough for now! (if you need more ideas let me know! we have plenty more)

Please do share your favourite childrens apps here too.

Thanks for reading x

 

 

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We love Tado!

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Today I just want to share a bit of love for my friends at Tado.

 

I want to do a huge ‘thank you’ shout out for the fab Mathmos / Tado light that they sent as a brilliant gift for Rosie.  She absolutely loves it, and as you can see from the photos, she really enjoyed customising the light (so did her Daddy!)

Katie and Mike are friends of mine from University and they are now the creative genius’s that form Tado.  It was obvious to me that Mike and Katie would go on from Uni to do amazing things, they were super hard workers and they just ooze talent!  Not only are they both mega creative they are also lovely people and I’m really proud to know them.  Their portfolio is incredible, please do check it out.

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Thanks again to Mike and Katie for the brilliant gift. Rosie sends a high five and a squeeze to you both.  Here’s a series of photo’s showing Rosie and her daddy having fun with the new funky light.

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The Tado online shop is really cool too. Loads of ace bits and bobs – including cushions, prints, wall art and bags. I want to order it all!

If you have a minute please check out their blog and facebook page too.

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Breakfast train

Breakfast train

Rosie loved her breakfast train. She ate it all super quick!

Made with:

Scotch pancakes, raisins, chopped apricots, pine nuts, banana, sesame seeds and Rosie’s favourite bit .. The white chocolate star.

 

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20 Newborn Baby Gift ideas

I’ve been asked a few times recently: What is a good gift idea for a new baby or new parent?

As my baby Ruby is 15 weeks old now I feel this is a good time for me to be able to compile a little list of things I think are brilliant and thoughtful gifts.

1- Food
Do not underestimate how much new parents would appreciate receiving a healthy home cooked meal (ready to pop in the oven) or a homemade cake! We received a few meals and cakes from wonderful friends with both our newborn baby experiences and it was so needed at that time.
Finding time and energy to cook in the early days with a newborn is so hard.
Rosie was a Christmas baby (born at home) and a special friend of ours left us a full christmas dinner with all the trimmings on our doorstep and texted us to let us know it was there. This was amazing and I’ll never forget it.

2- A Helping hand
If you truly want to bring a wonderful gift – the gift of physical help is a great idea. Parents to newborns are usually absolutely worn out and being a perfect host to guests really is the last thing they want to do at this time.
Simple daily tasks become hard when a new baby arrives.
A great gift would be to make the new parents drinks, tell them to sit down or even take a nap – while you watch baby (this actually would be the best gift!) take the bins out, fill the dishwasher, Hoover, do some laundry! Trust me, this will be a special gift that won’t be forgotten.
I’m forever grateful to my mum who did a lot of this stuff for us when both our babies were born.

3. Pamper treats
One of the best presents I received when Rosie was born was a mummy and baby bath set of gorgeous goodies from Neals yard. I had so many baths when recovering from both my births.
As I often bathed with baby too it was great to use these beautiful products and know they were made from natural and gentle ingredients.

4- A baby carrier.
My Hana baby wraps are probably my most favourite baby product! Popping your baby in a well fitting carrier/sling can be an amazing help to any new parent. They suddenly get their hands back and baby is usually a lot happier to be carried so close to their parents.
There are so many different wraps and carriers available.
Perhaps a voucher for a sling library session would be a good idea too (I know Nicola at the West Yorkshire Sling library sells vouchers) I can also vouch for her service. I’m testing out a few different slings from there at the moment. Click here to see my review about the service.
There are sling library’s all over the place. Try UK Sling Libraries website to find your nearest one.

5- Hana swaddle
Another of my favourite baby products is the Hana swaddle.
I discovered this fab swaddle pod when sent one to review on my blog. (See post here).
This swaddle really works in a gentle, non restrictive way. It’s soft, light, stretchy and breathable and baby Ruby seemed to love it.
I have just stopped using them now (at 15 weeks) as she has started to sleep longer without waking herself up with the startle reflex.

6- Raw organic Coconut oil
This would make a great gift as it has so many wonderful uses! See a list of uses here on the Wellness Mama blog.
I use coconut oil as a baby massage oil,on cradle cap, sore patches, in hand made creams, in cooking healthy cakes. The list is endless.I’m currently loving the Biona one.

7- Naty babycare nappies
Nappies are expensive but essential so I’m sure receiving some good quality nappies would be appreciated.
There are so many different brands of nappies out there but I’ve discovered there are not many gentle, Eco friendly disposable ones! My favourites are the Naty babycare ones.
Whenever I use a different brand I notice baby bottoms soon get sore and irritated (by all the nasty chemicals, glues and plastic bits used in other brands).
I am trying to use cloth nappies on some days – these are really lovely to use but I’m not sure they’d be every new parents cup of tea- as I find the added washing and sorting them out increases the chore list a bit – not ideal at times when it’s hard to keep on top of daily tasks.

8- Cheeky wipe kit
The cheeky wipes baby bottom kit would make a great gift. Saves buying endless supplies of baby wipes! See my review here.

9- Homeopathy kit / rescue remedy
I know homeopathy isn’t something that everyone is interested in but personally I love it! I know very little about it really but I’ve experienced homeopathy work it’s magic a few times on myself, my friends and my children.
I think the Helios basic kit would be a great gift. It comes in useful for so many things.
I’ve used my kit to help with morning sickness, Rosie’s teething, colds, injuries, hangovers (not mine!) and many more things.
I’d love to learn more about homeopathy and plan to do so in the future.

10- Myroo Babybalm
Myroo sell some beautiful products for babies. All natural, gentle and smell amazing! Check out a review of the products here.

11- Muslins cloths
You can never have too many of these! I get through loads. They have tonnes of uses, but I mainly use them to catch baby drool and sick! Nice.

12- Pamper voucher –
New parents need pampering. They are going through an overwhelming and life changing experience and I think pamper gifts would be a great idea. For example a voucher for a reflexology session at home (see the fabulous Lindsay’s service).
Or perhaps a massage, a manicure or a pedicure – I’m sure it would be a lovely idea to offer to help look after baby or siblings when the gift recipients choose to use their vouchers.

13 – Baby sleeping bags
These are great to use from about 6 months plus. I’m still using them with Rosie (now 2.5yrs).
Rosie is an extremely wriggly,  gymnastic type child – and I find her in all sorts of strange positions in her cot. But knowing she stays warm and isn’t kicking her covers off (or covering her head in them!) is something off the ‘worry list’.

14- Chocolate
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Stashes of delicious chocolate is an amazing treat to have when new babies arrive. I know I munched through loads of it whilst doing the endless night feeds. It kept my energy up and a smile on my face. (Any excuse to eat it)

15- Home made gifts
I personally love receiving home made gifts. It’s always lovely to think someone has put time and thought in to a personal gift.  We have been lucky enough to receive some beautiful knitted gifts for both our babies, that will be kept in their keepsake boxes forever. We also received a beautiful homemade flower arrangement when Ruby was born which I thought was a lovely idea.  Perhaps you could check out the Newborn gift ideas on Pinterest for some inspiration. (I’m addicted to Pinterest! Here’s my page.)

16- Champagne
Perfect for celebrating all the little milestones in a new baby’s journey.

17- A snuggly dressing gown
New parents often spend weeks in pjs. I found that having a lovely cosy dressing gown to pop on (in the middle of the night especially) felt really wonderful!

18- Food hamper
A great gift for anyone.
There are loads of different companies that sell food hampers or you could make your own for an extra special personal touch.

19- Time and Space
It’s overwhelming becoming a parent and the worst thing you can do is add stress to the situation by pressuring new parents to speak to them or visit them too soon.
We were really lucky with our friends and family, no one turned up without booking in a date and time with us first and they were all super understanding when we decided we didn’t want to see anyone else for a week after the birth.
When we did start having visitors we kept it to one a day and for short stints. I know this seems a little regimental but trust me, it helped a lot.
I met a lady recently who said she was inundated with people turning up to visit without prebooking, she found this really distressing and upsetting.
Being expected to talk and function as a human can be a tricky task sometimes in the early days.
Time, Space and no pressure to reply to calls, texts, emails etc is in my opinion a super thoughtful gift.

20- Help with siblings
If the new baby has siblings a wonderful gift would be you offering to help entertain them, play with them, take them to the park etc.
Helping to give space for new baby to have some one to one time with parents is a kind and generous gift.

Could you add to this list? I’d love to hear your ideas too.

Thanks for reading xx

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The fabulous cheeky wipes – face and hand kit review

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In June I received a cheeky wipes face and hand kit to review.  As you can see I’m a little late in getting a review up about it, but perhaps that’s a good thing as it’s given me plenty of time to use the product in every day life!

Over the last two months I have used the wipes every day and I think they are brilliant.  Rosie loves them and finds all kinds of excuses to get her hands on them.  She seems to enjoy the feel of them on her skin, and I often find her wanting to clean me and her baby sister with them too!

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Rosie also loves to help me refill the box with the water, drops of oil and fresh wipes.

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They are so simple to make and use.  Pop water in the tub (up to the fill line) Add 5 or 6 drops of the essential oil that comes with the kit, then pop the super soft colourful wipes in to the tub and give them a good squish and squeeze and voila! Beautiful, soft and ready to use.

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I store the dirty wipes in the ‘dirty’ bag provided and then wash all the wipes every few days with a normal load of laundry. Popping them straight out of the washing machine in to the fresh tub again. Easy peesy!

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The wipes are super refreshing at the moment in this humid sticky weather. They can remove the most stubborn gunk from Rosie’s face and fingers and are especially great at getting lolly pop sticky goo off too.

I am a massive fan of the fabulous Cheeky wipes and have used the bottom wipe kits for both of my daughters. I can honestly say I am now addicted to the face and hand kit too!

Now … I may even give the sanitary pad kits a go too!

If you have children you will love these wipes.  Check out the great special offers on the website at the moment too.

Thanks for reading … wishing you all some happy wiping!

 

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Danny the Lion

Danny the LionRosie loves running around roaring like a lion and today I decided to create a lunch plate lion for her.

He took about 10 minutes to make. Rosie loved him and decided to call him Danny.

Made with: wholemeal bread, emmental cheese, carrot, pumpkin seeds, cucumber, red pepper, celery and a tomato.

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The West Yorkshire Sling Library

I love carrying my babies but until this morning I really didn’t have much knowledge about any of the different slings, wraps and carriers available.

With Rosie I just stuck with my Hana sling (which I still use and love using with Ruby) but I decided I’d like to see what other options would suit our needs too.

This morning I visited Nicola at The West Yorkshire Sling Library for a private consultation.

Nicola was fantastic, she was welcoming, informative and super helpful.

To start with Nicola showed me how to get more out of my current sling – teaching me quite a few tips that I’ve already used whilst wearing my sling since our appointment!

Nicola really listened to my needs and requirements and demonstrated several carriers that she thought could work for me. She helped me try on different ones with Ruby and made sure I knew how to use them correctly.

I came away with two rental carriers to try for two weeks – one for Ruby and one for Rosie. I’ve really wanted to carry Rosie on many occasions and I feel quite excited to try this new way of carrying her around. Since having Ruby, Rosie has wanted me to carry her more too ( I did expect this would happen) and hopefully she’ll like it in a carrier and I’ll save putting unnecessary strains on my back.

Hopefully my husband will also like using the rental carriers on our first little holiday adventure as a family of four next week.

If you are thinking about trying carriers for your children I would highly recommend visiting The West Yorkshire Sling Library. Nicola is a real fountain of knowledge and I wish I’d been to see her sooner!

Nicola has hundreds of slings, wraps and carriers to hire out and her service is really affordable. She also runs a drop in centre and offers different services to meet different needs and budgets.

I also need to mention that baby Ruby was being quite demanding throughout the 1.5hr session (she needed 3 nappy changes and two feeds!) but this didn’t matter at all to Nicola’s service, she worked around us and even helped with an emergency nappy requirement ( and I learnt a few tips about cloth nappies from her in the process too!)

So to sum this up … The West Yorkshire Sling Library gets a massive thumbs up from me and I’ll be back to visit again soon.

Ooooh one more thing! Nicola also sells consultation gift vouchers which I think would be a great gift for any new parent or as a baby shower gift. I’ve often thought of buying a sling as a gift but as there are so many types available and also different people prefer different styles then I feel a consultation gift voucher would be much better idea as a gift.

Thanks for reading.

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‘Yummy’ the robot

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Rosie has been asking for a robot food plate for a few days and I finally got round to making her one!

Rosie’s daddy was keen to help today, I think he has secretly wanted to make a food picture for a while! He liked the robot idea too. 😁

Rosie loved her robot. She wanted to name him ‘Yummy’.

Made with:

Mini ready made pancakes, shreddies, Cheerios, fruit ‘wiggles’, emmental cheese and a white chocolate star.

 

 

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Gruffalo for lunch

Gruffalo for lunch

Rosie’s favourite story at the moment is the Gruffalo.
This snack plate was made in a bit of a rush so the Gruffalo a bit scruffy!
Made with:
Bagel
Pomegranates
Emmental cheese
Carrot
Blueberries
Raisins

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Mr Big Eyes

Mr Big Eyes

Rosie loved this one! She’s particularly fond of owls at the moment.
Made with:
One apple
Blueberries
Wholemeal bread
Emmental cheese (Rosie prefers to call this holey cheese)

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