The last couple of weeks have been very interesting in our household! I have had a few #MummyFails – the biggest one in the picture above (silly me!) and Thomas and Daniel have been very entertaining too!
Apparently it is funny to throw crisps on the living floor and watch your little brother crawl over, pick them up, eat them and congratulate him for doing so!
Someone has taught Thomas the classic panto lines ‘Oh No You Haven’t’ and Oh Yes You Have!’ – it is very annoying when he repeats it 20,000 times a day!
Thomas is now nicknamed ‘Polly Parrot’ as he is repeating everything you say two seconds after you say it!
Thomas demands you drive faster even if you are stuck in a large queue with lots of brake lights in front of you!
Daniel was playing with our TV cabinet doors and shut Thomas’ finger in them…
…Thomas did get his own back later though by hitting his brother on the head!
What #MummyFails and toddler tantrums have you dealt with over the last couple of weeks?
New animated St John Ambulance advert – featuring characters voiced by David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas, and Sir John Hurt – demonstrates how to save a choking baby
St John Ambulance has revealed today that four-fifths of parents (79%) wouldn’t know the correct technique for saving their baby from choking despite it being a major fear (58%) and 40% having witnessed it.
Responding to these concerns, the nation’s leading first aid charity has launched its new campaign, which includes a star-studded animated advert that teaches everyone what to do if a baby starts to choke. The film features the voices of David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas, and Sir John Hurt, who play several choking hazards who are fed up with babies choking on them.
The advert will be shown on television over the next three months and St John Ambulance is asking people to share the film online widely with their friends and family so that as many people as possible can learn to save a life.
The research also showed that:
• 53% of parents said knowing first aid would help them feel better prepared and less scared
• Of those who said they knew how to save a choking baby, only 29% knew the correct, recommended technique. Nearly three quarters of parents (71%) selected the wrong answer when given multiple choice options.
• 39% of parents think choking is the most important first aid skill to have as a parent
• Of the parents who’d witnessed their baby choke, 77% said their baby choked on food, 14% on vomit, and 9% on toys. Other causes included coins, mucus/phlegm, marbles, and pen lids
St John Ambulance CEO, Sue Killen, said:
‘Knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death, especially with something like choking. We all know how time pressed parents are so this film makes it as easy as possible to learn first aid – in less than 40 seconds we can all know a skill that could save a life. We hope people watch and share the video with their friends and family so more people have the confidence to act in an emergency.’
In addition to the film, St John Ambulance has released new resources on its website to teach people life saving first aid skills.
In the advert, David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and Sir John Hurt take on the character of objects that could potentially choke babies – a small Princess toy, a pen lid, a jelly baby and a peanut. They’ve joined together because they’ve had enough and want to show how easy it is to save a choking baby’s life.
The film starts with David Mitchell, as a chewed up pen lid, asking for the audience’s attention. A jelly baby – Johnny Vegas – then explains that they’re all fed up of babies choking on innocent objects like them.
Walliams’ lofty Princess character demonstrates the correct technique – up to five back blows, followed by up to five chest thrusts – on the jelly baby, now turning blue, who quickly coughs out a peanut (Sir John Hurt), before returning to his normal shade.
Over the past few months, we have been testing the Britax B – Dual. I will be honest from the start and say this pushchair has not had as much as use as my Britax B – Motion 3 has. Thomas is 3 years old and is able to walk short distances or he uses his balance bike or scooter when we go out and about. However, he does still get tired if we walk long distances or go shopping so a double is still very useful then.
The pushchair arrived and I could not believe how big the boxes were that it came in. This was slightly off-putting as I thought it was massive but its just well packed. Stuart was able to set the pushchair up with relative ease and within an hour or so, of us first opening the boxes, we went out for our first walk.
Our first walk was around the streets near our home. We both impressed with how solid and study it feels but it was very hard to push up the hills.
The Shopping Test
The B – Dual has been most useful to me when I have been shopping with Thomas and Daniel on my own. In a shopping centre, the B – Dual is a breeze to push and manoeuvre around. The large shopping basket with zips on all three sides means that it is easy to get things in and out of without disturbing your hopefully sleeping children! The only problem with the basket is that, if you have the larger child on the bottom seat, like in the picture below, their feet basically fill up the basket so you are a bit limited as to what you can put in it without it being kicked by a toddler. Therefore we normally just put Daniel underneath but his feet do go slightly into the basket too. We took it into Birmingham City Centre, just before Christmas and it dealt with everything the city could throw at it and many people moved out of our way as it does have a large presence compared to other double pushchairs.
The Car Boot Test
I have a 62 plate Ford Focus and I can just get the B – Dual into my boot as long as the top seat is unattached from the base unit and placed on top. It is heavy to get in and out of the boot but as it can carry up to two four year olds in it, you need it to be stable and study so I can forgive its heaviness. You can easily detach the wheels to make it easier to get into your car if you like too.
The Waterproof Test
The B – Dual comes with waterproof which is big enough to cover both seats. I will be honest and say that I have not really tried this out as I have only used it indoors or on a dry day.
The Sleeping Test
Both Daniel and Thomas can get comfortable enough to go to sleep in the B – Dual. Daniel can get to sleep in both the top and bottom seats but Thomas looked most comfortable in the top seat.
The Single Seat Test
If like me, you have an older child and a younger child there may come a day when you no longer have the need for both seats. I have used the B – Dual with only the top seat on and it makes the B – Dual even better for shopping and carrying general ‘Mum’ stuff around as there is nothing restricting access to the rear of the basket. You can also use the B – Dual with a Britax car seat on either the top or bottom levels (with adapters, not supplied) and a pushchair seat or you can have two car seats on at the same time as well. The choice is yours!
Overall, we have been very impressed by the B – Dual and I would not hesitate to recommend one to any of my friends who will have a newborn and a toddler or are having twins. My only minor issue is that, if the bigger child is at the bottom, you lose some valuable shopping/ ‘mum’ stuff storage space due to their legs, however this is a small price to pay for a strong and stable pushchair that will last two children from birth to 4 years old.
I received a Britax B – Dual for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.