You must wear wellies when you are potty training!
On Sunday, Daniel had his first yoghurt
On Monday, Thomas helped his great – nan blow out the candles on her birthday cake
On Tuesday, we went it a local garden centre and Thomas played in the playground
On Wednesday, I was so tired, I went it bed at 8.36pm!
On Monday, Daniel had fun in the Stokke Steps at our local Kiddicare
On Tuesday, Thomas got hold of my phone camera and there were interesting results!
On Wednesday, Thomas made a potty training chart at nursery as we started him off at home on Tuesday
On Thursday, we received an exciting delivery from Mumchkin UK as I am a #LatchBlogger trying out their new range of bottles
On Saturday, I headed to London for my cousin's hen weekend. We saw a blue cock(eral!) in Trafalgar Square, which part of a modern art installation they have there, which changes every year or so
On Sunday, I did a 10k Race For Life raising funds for Cancer Research UK. I did the race at Cofton Park in Longbridge, Birmingham. This was the first real exercise I have done since Daniel was born and to make matters worse, a few days before, I pulled a muscle in my back. I also pushed Daniel round in his Britax B – Motion 3 which we have been kindly sent to review for the duration of the 10k too. I will be doing a full review of the B – Motion 3 soon but it was really light and easy to push and dealt with the terrain very easily.
I did the Race For Life in 1 hour 39 minutes and was still smiling at the end! Daniel was brilliant and only started getting a bit bored in the pushchair during the last 1k. The B – Motion 3 must be very comfortable as the terrain was very bumpy and he slept most of the way.
If you would like to, you can still donate to Cancer Research UK and our efforts here (My Mom and Sister did the Race For Life too)
Thank you for donating. Your support is greatly appreciated. Every pound goes one more step towards us beating cancer. I unfortunately know a few family and friends who have suffered or are suffering with cancer and I am sure you do to, so why not help them today?
Yesterday, Thomas got hold of my phone and started taking photos. There were some interesting results as you can see below!
As a Britax Mumbassador, I’ve been given a brilliant BABY-SAFE plus SHR II to giveaway on my blog, to celebrate Prince George’s 1st birthday on 22nd July!
Last year, the Royal couple used a Britax car seat when leaving the hospital with Prince George, so to celebrate this year, I’m giving you the opportunity get hold of your very own seat.
The BABY-SAFE plus SHR II is suitable from birth to 13kg (approx. birth-12- 15 months) provides superior side impact protection, has a 5-point safety harness and integrated adaptors also allow the seat to be used with any Britax pushchair that has CLICK & GO® adapters.
The winner will be announced on 22nd July and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
On Sunday, Thomas found Nanny's dominio cup and declared himself the winner!
On Monday, Thomas fell in love with a balance bike at Kiddicare but unfortunately, they had none left in store so….
On Wednesday, we took it for the first bike ride on our way home from nursery
On Thursday, I had a small ice cream sundae!
This week, leading child safety brand, BRITAX, has launched a nationwide initiative designed to educate parents about car seat safety in Group 2-3 and to highlight the dangers of using booster cushions with older children. The ‘Bin the Booster’ campaign urges parents to opt for high-backed boosters with side impact protection to ensure little ones are safe and secure on their travels in the lead up to summer and beyond.
The current law says that children must travel in a car seat until they are 135cm tall or approximately 12 years old, whichever comes first. With this in mind, many parents opt for a simple booster cushion to help lift their child and ensure the car seat belt sits across them at the right angle. However, BRITAX found that approximately half (49%) of seat belts used to secure child seats may be fitted incorrectly*. They are often twisted, too high, or fitted around the seat and not the child.
Booster cushions also do not offer children any side impact or head protection, which is why BRITAX now only sells high-back boosters, which offer deep protective side wings and head support. Despite this, booster cushions are still sold because it is not required by current EU safety standards to conduct tests for side collisions, even though around 1 in 4 (25%) car accidents are from a side impact crash**. However, if the regulations change to include side impact testing, BRITAX experts do not believe that any new booster cushion would pass.
Recent research from consumer champions, Which?, reveals that 55% of 4-12 year olds are using a backless booster seat when travelling in a car and that 22%*** believe they offer the same protection as a high-backed booster seat. Like BRITAX, Which? experts recognise that this simply isn’t the case and so have also urged parents to switch their booster cushions for a high-backed option in a bid to keep children as safe as they can be whilst on the road.
Product developers at BRITAX design their products to provide protection during traffic collisions from every angle of impact. This protection includes deep side wings, head support and a v-shaped backrest which grows with the child to ensure comfort and security at all times. These are all safety features evident on BRITAX’s latest KIDFIX XP SICT car seat, which has set new safety standards within the industry with its energy absorbing seat belt pad, the XP PAD, and new adjustable side impact cushion technology (SICT) for superior side impact protection. Also, to ensure the seat is perfectly in place every time, the XP range also uses ISOFIT technology to connect directly and rigidly to the ISOFIX fittings in the car.
BRITAX products surpass legal safety requirements and set high safety standards in the international market – and the company is not alone in its belief that booster cushions are not the safest option for children.
To help further educate parents about safety in Group 2-3, BRITAX has teamed up with leading parenting advice programme, Emma’s Diary, to run a week long campaign dedicated to getting out and about with children safely this summer. The week will include tips on giving your car seat a health check and what to look out for when purchasing a new Group 2-3 seat. The campaign, which will run from Monday 7th July, will also include a live Q&A on the Emma’s Diary Facebook Page with BRITAX safety expert, Mark Bennett, who will be on hand to answer any questions parents may have on the topic.
For more information on BRITAX’s range of Group 2-3 seats, visit http://www.BRITAX.co.uk/car-seats/award-winning-highback-boosters/award-winning-highback-boosters-home
* Based on internal BRITAX testing 2013
**Loughborough University, 21st International Tech Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles, 2009 Stuttgart
*** Which? research of 1,000 parents conducted in April 2014:http://www.which.co.uk/news/2014/04/which-warning-ditch-unsafe-backless-booster-seats-363271/
On Sunday, we went to a farm and Thomas gave a lamb a bottle of milk
On Monday, I attempted to get Thomas to eat more vegetables by making green dinosaur toast with peas and broad beans. It failed as Thomas just ate the toast and left the ‘green stuff!’
On Tuesday, we went to the park and fed the ducks
Over the last few months, Thomas and Daniel (mostly Daniel!) have been testing out a range of Fisher Price newborn to toddler products. We received the Sit Me Up Seat (pictured above), the Kick N Play Piano Gym and the Rainforest Friends Newborn to Toddler Rocker. Our first impressions were that the range was brightly coloured, easy to set up and seemed to have both children interested as soon we put them up. Here are more detailed reviews relating to each product.
Sit Me Up Seat
We were very impressed with this seat. It folds fold for easy storage and transportation to grandparents for example. There are two toys attached tv at are interchangeable with other Fisher Products (the Piano Play Gym is one example). Daniel loves sitting in this seat and quite enjoys playing with the toys. Thomas likes this seat too and keeps asking to sit in it despite being too big for it!