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They Grow Up So Fast! How To Upgrade Your Little One From A Cot To A Bed

For many parents, it seems that one day you’re holding your new bundle of joy in your arms, and then just a few days later they are ready to upgrade to a big girl or boy bed. It all happens just too soon. It can be a big adjustment for both you and your little one, so it is important to take things slowly and involve your child in the process as much as possible. Here are a few tips on how to make the process smooth and less stressful for both of you. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Your Quirky Home Baby-Proof

Years ago, when you first set eyes on that fixer-upper in the nice street you’ve always admired, you probably didn’t think about the future too much. The house that you bought needed a lot of work and overtime – with a lot of savings – you have made your fixer-upper into the most beautifully modern home while still retaining a lot of the original features. The thing is, that old, eighteenth century home that you fell in love with at the start still has the original odd-sized doors. It still has the sweeping staircase that is wooden from top to bottom. It still has tall floor lamps to accommodate for the high ceilings and even taller windows. These original features that you spent time carefully looking after during renovations suddenly look like death traps the moment that you find out you are pregnant.

Having a baby is like lobbing a small, squishy pink hand grenade into your life. One minute you’re happy and comfortable with your newly renovated house and the next you are seeing danger at every hallway and disaster in every room. You don’t have to panic though. The whole baby-proofing thing is one of the biggest milestones for parents and the freak-out you are feeling about your house being a death trap is a common one! Generally, the advice is to get yourself down to the level of a baby and see from their point of view where the dangers are. The problem with that is there is every chance you’re going to get more than you bargained for, finding issues with the house you thought was perfect from structural issues to insulation issues. If you do find issues with the house during your hunt for dangers, you should look here for details on how you can fix it up again and make it right before you get down to the proper business of baby-proofing. The problem with the earlier advice we mentioned about getting down to the level of your toddler is that seeing things from the perspective of a small person can make you panic even further. Stairs look scary through the eyes of a toddler; they’re a mountain to be conquered, not a giant death trap that could cause hospital visits. Sockets in the house look like handy places to store toys and you see the corners of the cabinets as eye-pokers that can cause serious damage.

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Holiday Activities The Kids Will Love

The time is coming for the schools to let out for the holiday period, and that means time spent with the kids in a way that can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Exciting, because spending time with the kids in a more relaxed way is just wonderful when usually time is taken by school and homework. Terrifying, because now you are tasked with ways to keep them occupied and busy for a couple of weeks!

Firstly, don’t panic. The holiday season means there are hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas out there that you can draw from. You can decide whether the activities that you plan are outdoor in the snow, or inside in the warm and there literally is no limit to the number of things that you can get busy doing! We’ve put together some of the best ideas around to make your festive period busy, fun and full of activities – keeping the kids occupied has never been easier.

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