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The views expressed in this magazine are not always those of the publishers. Neither the publisher nor any other person associated with the production and publication of this magazine makes any guarantee, warranties or claims as to the accuracy of any of the contents of this magazine. We include and use products and services that we believe to be of a reputable standard but we advise readers to make their own judgements. The publishers and magazine will not be held accountable and or responsible for any loss caused by errors, loss or negligence resulting from Baby Buzz Magazine Limited. We do not accept responsibility for any unsolicited material or photographs published. Terms and Conditions for our competitions can be found on our website at the time of being published. No section of this magazine is authorised for use or reproduction in any form without the prior consent of the editor.

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Welcome to Summer!!

I hope you are all having a fabulous summer holiday and that you’ve planned lots of fun things to do with your children! We’ve had a fantastic few weeks with the recent launch of the new Baby Buzz Magazine website and of course we celebrated the birth of our future King Prince George.

We have some amazing features and articles again for you this month from the Underwear Rule and how to keep your children safe to our fantastic usual features from MojoMums, BestBear and Busy Bees Benefits, all helping to keep you informed of deals, savings and much needed advice! We also have some amazing competition prizes and two Joovy Buggies which we’ve reviewed and are now giving you the chance of winning! We have also got a new Child Sleep Expert, Maryanne Taylor, who will be answering any questions you have on sleep issues, so get your questions sent to us at info@babybuzzmagazine.com and visit www.babybuzzmagazine.com to see all the questions and answers submitted. Have a fabulous August and see you all in September when we get back to school.

Nickie, Editor and Mum

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Contents Page

Cover Photography by : Stacey Jade Armour www.sj-photography.co.uk

Cover Photography by: Stacey Jade Armour

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by : Stacey Jade Armour www.sj-photography.co.uk COVER STORIES Get Creative   8 Parents in
by : Stacey Jade Armour www.sj-photography.co.uk COVER STORIES Get Creative   8 Parents in

COVER STORIES

Get Creative

 

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Parents in Business - Inspirational stories

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The Underwear Rule - Make sure you understand!

65 Jo Jingles - Treat your children to some fantastic fun with

66 Creation Station - Colour in Time

34

Get Growing with Dawn Isaac

Ursula!

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Mummy-2-be - Trimester 3! Nearly there…

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Mr Mum - Trials and Tribulations

Family Focus

Food & Recipes

41 Little Dish - How it was founded and some delicious

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The Buggy Network - Mixing business with bottles!

recipes to try with your family

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Legal Focus - Setting up Home Together!

News & Reviews

 

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MojoMums - Francine Lewis - Announced as Official MojoMums

Ambassador!

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Womb with a View - Book Review with Jodie Newman

BabyMoos - Gorgeous, affordable fashion for children

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Bestbear - Au Pair - Is it for you?

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Bebe Jacobs - Resilience, Self Control

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Baby Must Haves

 

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BusyBeesBenefits - How to Choose a Childcare Provider

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Mummy and Mummy-to-Be Must Haves

Baby Buzz Focus Group Reviews

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Life with Pink Princesses by Jodie May-Smith

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What’s On?

Health & Wellbeing

Competitions - Page 7 -

Cuddle Dry

Luxury Towel Gift Set

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Good Looking Optics - The Importance of Getting your Children’s

Trunki

Gnappies

Pipsy Koala

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Paddlepaks

Eyes Tested

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2 x gPants gift sets

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Baby Buzz - Health & Wellbeing for your family with BabyCentre

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2 x stunning gift sets

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Rachel Burgon - How to avoid Colic Hell!

 
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Welcome to…

Welcome to… Name: George Alexander Louis D.O.B: 22.07.13 Weight: 8lb 6oz Parents: Duke & Duchess of
Welcome to… Name: George Alexander Louis D.O.B: 22.07.13 Weight: 8lb 6oz Parents: Duke & Duchess of
Welcome to… Name: George Alexander Louis D.O.B: 22.07.13 Weight: 8lb 6oz Parents: Duke & Duchess of

Name: George Alexander Louis D.O.B: 22.07.13 Weight: 8lb 6oz Parents: Duke & Duchess of Cambridge

Name: Albie Hendrix Worby D.O.B: 29.07.13 Weight: 8 lb 8oz Parents: Natasha & Alan Worby

29.07.13 Weight: 8 lb 8oz Parents: Natasha & Alan Worby Name: Harrison Sidney Lee Fortune D.O.B:

Name: Harrison Sidney Lee Fortune D.O.B: 20.07.13 Weight: 7lb 4oz Parents: Leanne Schmitt and Gareth Fortune

Weight: 7lb 4oz Parents: Leanne Schmitt and Gareth Fortune Name: Harry Harkins Keenan D.O.B: 20.04.2013 Weight

Name: Harry Harkins Keenan D.O.B: 20.04.2013 Weight 8lb 11oz Parents: Samantha Keenan andAdam Harkins

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Horoscopes

Leo July 23 - August 22 There are many personal changes for you this month. Think about your image and how others might see you. Avoid becoming over emotional.Leo

Virgo August 23 - September 23 Stop making everyone your enemy. Improving your self-confidence will help you. Avoid dreaming up troubles.Virgo

Aquarius January 21- February 19 Are you thinking of improving your health or diet. Maybe it’s time you joined that gym or leisure centre. Avoid being inconstant.Aquarius

Pisces February 20 - March 20 It’s looking really good on the work front. Make sure you team up with influential people. Avoid over analysing situations.Pisces

up with influential people. Avoid over analysing situations. Aries March 21 - April 20 Your personal
up with influential people. Avoid over analysing situations. Aries March 21 - April 20 Your personal

Aries March 21 - April 20 Your personal magnetism attracts new friends. Lots of parties and celebrations go to all the invites. Avoid feeling restless.

Taurus April 21 - May 21 Decorating or gardening can be therapeutic. How about some me time, chill out and have some fun. Avoid being so stubborn.

Gemini May 22 - June 21 Your relationships could do with a bit of an overall. Are you giving people the respect they deserve. Avoid being negative to family members.Gemini

Libra September 24 - October 23 Expand your social circle and make new friends. If you’re single it may even lead to a new relationship. Avoid idealism and discontent.Libra

Scorpio October 24 - November 22 Spend more time with family and loved ones. You will feel more secure and less emotional. Avoid becoming defensive.Scorpio

Sagittarius November 23 - December 21 Stay focused and things will move along smoothly. Plan ahead so you can put forward your new ideas. Avoid being judgemental of others.Sagittarius

Capricorn December 22 - January 20 A sudden attraction, with someone you hardly noticed. You know what they say about all work and no play. Avoid having your head in the clouds.Capricorn

Cancer June 22 - July 22 Your attention is needed on money matters. You may need to budget a bit more this month. Avoid over spending.Cancer

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Competitions

Competitions COMPETITIONS EMAIL ALL ANSWERS TO: INFO � BABYBUZZMAGAZINE.COM � INCLUDE: NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE

COMPETITIONS

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We have 3 fantastic Joolz stone changing bags to give away to three lucky winners.

For your chance to win, simply answer the following questions:

The Joolz Day recently won the Silver Award in which category?

your chance to win, simply answer the following questions: The Joolz Day recently won the Silver
your chance to win, simply answer the following questions: The Joolz Day recently won the Silver
your chance to win, simply answer the following questions: The Joolz Day recently won the Silver

The Nuna Leaf

We had the pleasure of reviewing the simply stunning Nuna Leaf last month and we’ve been given the go ahead to offer it as a fabulous prize! The Nuna Leaf swings in a gentle swing- ing motion, not electric and eases baby to sleep.

For your chance to win, simply answer the following questions: How much is the Nuna Leaf when purchased from John Lewis?

For your chance to win, simply answer the following questions: How much is the Nuna Leaf
For your chance to win, simply answer the following questions: How much is the Nuna Leaf
We have a gorgeous Joovy Caboose Ultralight Greenie, a new buggy system that has been

We have a gorgeous Joovy Caboose Ultralight Greenie, a new buggy system that has been launched in the UK. The prize comes with the extra seat which fits to the back of this, creating an instant double buggy! It also has the adapter should you wish to buy a car

buggy! It also has the adapter should you wish to buy a car For your chance

For your chance to win this amazing pushchair, simply answer the following question:

How much does the Caboose Ultralight weigh?

chance to win this amazing pushchair, simply answer the following question: How much does the Caboose
chance to win this amazing pushchair, simply answer the following question: How much does the Caboose
chance to win this amazing pushchair, simply answer the following question: How much does the Caboose
With the birth of the Royal Baby, it is time to announce our "Royal Baby

With the birth of the Royal Baby, it is time to announce our "Royal Baby Competition". This month Enchanted Interiors have launched two new Giant Fabric Nursery Wall Sticker Designs dedicated to the birth of Kate and Will's baby. Up for grabs is the Royal Fairy Princess and our Royal Knights and Dragon Wall Art Sticker Scenes, each worth £139.95… Simply "Peel & Stick" to transform the look and feel of your baby's room within hours! To be in with a chance to win please visit the following:

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Parents in Business

Parents in Business Are you in need of some inspiration or encouragement, is starting your own

Are you in need of some inspiration or encouragement, is starting your own business the right thing to do? Read what this months businesses have done and how and why it worked for them…

Who is behind the Product? Me and my very supportive husband.

How did the company get started? Joy and Joe limited started around august 2011 based on my inspiration from my two special children and the experiences that surrounded their birth. When I had my daughter Joy, she had to spend some weeks on the neonatal units for her health to stabilise. During that period of time, because that was a month after my graduation ,despite being in a very challenging situation, thoughts about finding a flexible work that will that will fit around our numerous therapy appointments and hospital checkups kept coming to me. I can remember just thinking that a typical 9-5 job will probably never suit me ever but more was to come. Two years after my son was born and he came unexpectedly premature, he had to be in the neonatal unit for 6 months and something remarkable happened to me like a light bulb moment during this period. The nurses had prepared me for the D-day when I was to give my son his first cuddle using the kangaroo care method (skin to skin), on that day the moment the nurses gave the piece of clothing that I was to use to carry my baby. I can remember asking the nurses more about this product and that’s where the inspiration for my business came from. Right in the middle of our challenging times!

What is the company about? Joy and Joe baby wrap is a soft, comfortable and safe baby wrap carrier/ sling made in UK. It is perfect for new born babies and can be used to 16 kg. It is very breathable and offers great support to the wearer’s back compared to overly structured baby carriers. It positions baby perfectly in an ergonomic and natural way that supports healthy hip development, all while looking chic and funky. Made of 100% natural cotton, our wraps

comes in a wide array of colours with an integrated pocket for storing the wrap on the go. In terms of sizing , it

is one size fits all meaning that couples/caregivers in different dress sizes can share one wrap. Our baby wraps

combine the ideas behind kangaroo care and Babywearing and we ‘re now expanding into woven wrap carriers for bigger babies and our new range of baby slings in the African Ankara textile.

What do you hope to achieve? My aspiration is to continually improve the Joy and Joe baby brand and to launch the consultancy arm of the brand as well. Also to set up an enterprise where more work at mums can be financially empowered through our ‘sling advisor’ scheme. Joy and Joe limited is already on that path, we are talking to our insurers and we’re hoping to set other mums up in business so that they can demonstrate our baby slings in their local or community based events and earn a decent income for themselves as well. The major reason why I’m personally passionate about this enterprise is because I believe that entrepreneurship is one of the major ways to build the recessing economy.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? There have been so many highlights really in my journey as an entrepreneur. Firstly, getting my products into a government accredited laboratory for safety testing is one of my highlights in business. I remember the day I was given a tour of the lab. and I saw lots of well known baby products brand for high chairs, buggies etc. This felt good to be able to afford such robust testing procedures for my baby carriers despite being a very small business. The respectful manner with which the technicians related with me, any one would feel so proud to be in business. Most importantly, the daily emails I get from my customers, mothers about how Joy and Joe baby wraps have helped their babies suffering from reflux or colic or sometime mums even commending my customer services. In particular, I felt so emotional the day I received a cute thank you card from a mum, she commended my efforts in helping her after her baby wrap got lost in the post. As a mum who juggles running a business with caring for the family, nearly every day can even feel like a highlight like that feeling that I own my time and I can’t be stopped from attending my children’s school assemblies or open days. In particular, on the day I was invited to St Mary’s hospital to demonstrate how my products can facilitate kangaroo care for premature babies. On the day, which was the world prematurity day celebration, we donated some of our baby slings. It felt really special for me to be able to give back to the hospital in my own little way for the fantastic care my own children were given when they were born.

What has been the downside of starting your own company?

Lack of sleep!! In my case, it is more challenging not getting enough sleep sometimes especially when my children are unwell due to their special needs. Juggling this with running a business can be tough. The consolation is the fact I absolutely love what I do and my passion for my business reminds me that things might be probably worse

if I’m trapped in a 9-5 sort of job. With my business, the flexibility is there and I’m able to spend more time with my children. Another downside is the paper work side of things, having to keep proper records after we became

a registered company in England

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Go for it with all your heart! My advice for parents wanting to start their own business is to really go for it because if you are overly looking, you might never take the leap. At the start of my own business, there was a hundred and one reasons why I shouldn’t take the risk but I just told myself then, that if I fail at least I would have benefited from doing something I really enjoy doing from my heart. So I will also advice that parents to build their businesses around their passions and things they love to do naturally. Finally, perseverance is a virtue you will need in a high dose when you start your business because I believe that quitters never win.

your business because I believe that quitters never win. For more information, please contact: Email:
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Parents in Business

Who Am I? My name is Lisa Hatch, my background is in Sports admin & swimming teaching. I came across Forever through a family member when I was on maternity leave just after having my daughter. My partner was in a minimum wage paid job & we were struggling. Forever has now given us security to be able too move house & treat Sophie too days out which we couldn't have done before. Amazing company, amazing opportunity!

Who is behind the Product? Brand leaders in the health & wellness industry Forever Living Products.

How did the company get started? Our founder Rex Maughan had a vision, so he got a group of very close family, friends & associates together to pitch the Idea of starting up a business based on the Aloe Vera plant! Once Rex explained the benefits of Aloe in full to the group they were on board & are still part of the business today, 35 years later!

What is the company about? It is about helping ‘normal’ people like you & me run very successful businesses from home, around our already busy lives! By helping people with their health & wealth Forever has managed to achieve this in 155 countries all over the world! Even I have managed to build a global team from the comfort of my lounge!

Who is behind the Product? As I mentioned the majority of our product range is based on the Aloe Vera Plant. Aloe has been used for thousands of years for things such as tummy related conditions, topically for skin repair but most famously for burns! Aloe has many names the burns plant, medicine plant but it really comes into it own when DRANK! Yes Drank! Aloe is an amazing cleanser & gets your body back into a natural balance.

How did the company get started? As I mentioned previously Rex wanted to start a company in the health & wellness industry & had heard of the benefits of Aloe Vera & multi level marketing. So he started the company in 1978 from his office in Scotchdale Arizona USA but 35 years later is now in over 155 countries all around the world.

What is the company about? I hope I’m not repeating my self but Forever is about helping people build successfully businesses from home around there busy lives but also helping people with health challenges.

What do you hope to achieve? Personally as a family we hope too achieve security &maintain a healthy lifestyle through the business and products. As a business we hope to help others achieve whatever it is that they want to achieve because Forever is changing lives all over the world & I am so excited to be able to help others achieve their dreams!

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? One of the highlights since working with Forever is meeting some amazing, inspiring people. We have been able to move from our 1 bedroom house in the city to a 3 bedroom house in an amazing village that we love with an amazing school that our daughter will go to. But the thing that Forever has given us so far is quality time with my daughter, she has just turned 3 so rather than put her in nursery I have been able to spend quality time with her & watched her grown up in to an amazing little girl. I couldn’t have done that in a ‘normal’ job!

What has been the downside of starting your own company? As with every business you have too invest 2 fold, time & money. However, with the money invested in your business Forever are very generous & recognise your commitment & hard work!! The time invested is time that would be spent wasted in front of the TV so it is time I can afford too give up & this business is not like work is too much FUN to be work! If your not having fun in this business your not doing it right!!

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Do it! Take control of your own destiny, we can not rely on others to achieve our hopes & dreams. It is said that most people spend more time planning their 2 week holiday each year than planning their future. Forever is a vehicle & if what you are doing right now is going to get you too where you want to be than fantastic enjoy the journey. If not, then you need to find a vehicle & Forever is our vehicle. I always thought if I carried on doing what I was doing I would end up a millionaire (that was never going too happen working in local authority). So if you carry on doing what your doing you’ll continue to get what your getting. Change your thinking – change your life!

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Who is behind the Product? Hi, I am Wendy Stead and I am the proud

Who is behind the Product? Hi, I am Wendy Stead and I am the proud Owner of the on-line Children’s Exclusive Luxury Nursery Room Décor Shop, Enchanted Interiors. As well as running my own business I am a happily married wife to Tony and a proud Mum to two fun loving girls, 5 year old Amber and 18 month old Amelia.

So how did I end up running my own business? Well it wasn’t until I’d had my second child. It wasn’t until this time I was ready to give up my 10 year career as an International Business Development Manager. With a 5 year old just starting “big” school and a new born baby I had accepted that my career in travelling the world was no longer a priority and supporting my family was. However this didn’t mean that I wanted to give up working completely. There has always been a strong desire in me to succeed in business and what I needed was the flexibility to do both and so the only answer was to work for myself… This was a very easy decision to make, I had learnt a good foundation of skills in business throughout my career and so this experience provided me with the fundamental tools which gave me the aspirations to go it alone and led me on to starting my own business.

How did the company get started? My initial interest in children’s décor started out when we decided to move our then 3 1/2 year old daughter out of the nursery and into her new “big girls” bedroom in time for the arrival of her baby sister. We recognised as parents that this would be a big step for her and with her little sister on the way wanted to make the move special giving her a room which was magical and a space she would enjoy spending time. Although we managed to achieve this it was quite a struggle to find everything we wanted and so in the back of my mind I had already started to think about developing a business that would source fun themed accessories perfect for decorating a child’s bedroom, playroom or nursery all from under one roof.

As a result Enchanted Interiors was established back in April 2012. 1 month after giving birth to Amelia I started to research drop shipping. I saw drop shipping as a way of getting the business off the ground. It meant that I could list a wide variety of accessories on my website without having to commit to buying minimum order quantities and finding a place to stock it. Right from the outset my idea for a one stop shop for supplying beautiful children’s themed decor seemed to go down quite well. However I quickly realised that with such low margins on the drop ship products I would have to sell thousands if I was going to get anywhere near making a reasonable living out of my business. It was at this point I knew I needed to re-think my business model and come up with something of my own.

I had come across Fabric Nursery Wall Decals in the USA which I thought was a fantastic way to decorate a

child’s room. The designs looked stunning and the simplicity of transforming a room in this way was a fantastic idea. I started to look into how to import them to sell here into the UK however it occurred to me that there

were challenges with delivery time scales, shipping costs and import duties. I started to entertain the possibility of designing and printing my own designs here in the UK. After doing a lot of research and learning about what

it entailed I had made my mind up and as a result Enchanted Interiors now design and print their own Exclusive Luxury Giant Fabric Nursery Wall Stickers here in the UK.

What is the company about? Based in Dorset, I work very closely with talented artists designing exclusive quality self-adhesive Giant Fabric Nursery Wall Art Scenes. Designed to captivate a child’s imagination our fun themed designs are not only made from the best materials they are cute and adorable too. Requiring minimal time, effort and artistic know-how our stickers will create an engaging and inspirational setting within hours. Simply “peel & stick” our beautiful designs to create an endearing and unique wall art scene that’s fun, special and safe for both parents and children to enjoy. All our Fabric Wall Stickers are printed in house; this enables me to work closely with my customers allowing the flexibility to alter or create custom designs on request too.

What do you hope to achieve? Bringing a child into this world is probably one of the most exciting life experiences a couple will go through. There is nothing more pleasurable than providing a service and product which is linked to this special occasion in a person’s life. Knowing the gratification our customers get after discovering our simple solution to Nursery Room Décor it is my desire to continue growing my range of inspirational and engaging designs and using only the best materials to ensure the transformation remains effortless yet still delivers that luxurious look and feel to a child’s room within hours.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? It has always been a goal of mine to achieve starting and running my own successful business. Although it is hard work and has been a steep learning curve the feeling of what I am achieving is amazing. I must say after months of discussions the highlight of starting my own business was receiving and printing my first Giant Fabric Nursery Wall Art Scene. This particular scene, the Woodland Animal Design, still continues to be one of my most popular designs.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? I guess as with most working mums the difficulty

is dividing your work and family commitments. The demands of raising children is a job in itself, to add building

If you enjoy what you do this energy comes

naturally however the downside is that you tend to snatch time around your family commitments which usually results in working longer hours, 7 days a week.

a business on top means finding energy you never knew you had.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Make sure the business you

decide to develop is something you are passionate about and will enjoy. I say this because as a working parent

Be prepared for the highs and

lows of starting your own business as success doesn’t happen over night. The good news is that there is plenty of help and support out there from those embarking on the same journey as you, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.

it becomes your “other” life quite often leaving you with very little “me time”.

life quite often leaving you with very little “me time”. Contact Details: Wendy Stead Telephone: 01258
life quite often leaving you with very little “me time”. Contact Details: Wendy Stead Telephone: 01258
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Who is behind the Product? Just little old me! I’m Morgane and with my personal experience as mummy to my 3 year old son, 2 step sons (aged 4 & 2) and a background as a childminder, I feel I have a realistic view on life with boys, children and parenting essentials. And in the background, I have a loving partner who provides lots of moral support and childcare!

Not only do I run NuVoBebe.com, but am I a full time mum and I work as a part time PA within a large bank. Prior to children, I was in Human Resources and Headhunting, which I’m more than happy to have left behind.

How did the company get started? Since having my baby 3 years ago, I’ve found that my mummy friends often asked me for advice on parenting and baby items, and I often find myself comparing stores and sites, so I thought it would be good to put everything together in one place…NuVoBebe.com. Now I have a great way of introducing companies and products that I would personally recommend through a directory style site, with up to date reviews. I’d seen many of these as a regular internet shopper, but I wanted something different. I hope that is what I’ve created in NuVoBebe.com

What is the company about? NuVoBebe.com aims to provide parents with tried and tested, products and services from conception to birth, newborn to school, and much, much more. Basically, NuVoBebe.com is an online directory site for all things parenting, however it offers a lot more, with regular product reviews, write ups, and personal opinions. You will find clothing, gifts, books, toys and furniture to name but a few. NuVoBebe.com doesn’t just list companies; it recommends them for what they are. I look to promote companies that I love and would recommend personally to close friends, so can feel 100% confident in what I am offering.

What do you hope to achieve? My aim for NuVoBebe.com is to enable all parents (& grandparents) to have a one stop shop of everything needed from conception to school age children. Along with reviews, write ups and personal recommendations. The next step is to open a direct shop with key items that I have personally sourced and reviewed along side the directory function.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? In all honesty, I’ve had so much joy from seeing people like and recommend NuVoBebe.com. It’s such a great feeling when you see someone like your review or recommendation. I’m now looking forward to seeing it grow and gain more followers.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? The only thing I could say as a negative is the amount of time I’ve spent to set everything up. I’m a full time mum, part time PA and now a ‘mumentrepreneur’ and my baby has recently started to ask me if I’ve stopped working yet – so definitely need to watch the time spent at the computer! But overall the benefits are so worth it.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Go for it! If you feel strongly about something and your heart is in it, why not try! I’ve not had a lot of money to start up or invest into NuVoBebe.com but I’ve given it everything I’ve got and it’s paying off.

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Parents in Business Who is behind the Product? The Baby and Children's markets were established by

Who is behind the Product? The Baby and Children's markets were established by husband and wife team, Leanne & Steve Taylor. Having worked in the Rat race for over 10 years and then moving to the UK from Australia it was time to establish there own business which would work around there young son.

How did the company get started? The idea came from Australia where Leanne & Steve were living. When there son was born in 2008 they discovered these amazing markets that were set up to support the local parental community. The bargains were amazing and the quality of the goods very high. The queues to get in were the only downside, but it was quite obvious that this was a brilliant business opportunity.

As they were already in the process of moving to the UK they decided to do some research and although there were similar sales run by the National Childbirth Trust there was an obvious gap in the market. They arrived in the UK in January 2010 and ran their first market in Reading, Berkshire in April 2010. They quickly established a number of markets across Berkshire before reaching capacity. That's when they decided to Franchise the business and provide parents across the country the chance to set up their own events in the their town under the Baby and Children's Markets branding.

What is the company about? Baby & Children's Market is about providing a service to the local parental community. We provide the opportunity for new mums and dads to save a fortune by shopping a for "great brands at bargain prices". It also provides the opportunity for parents to recycle their outgrown baby & children's products and put some money back in their pockets. Most of the time the money that is generated is then re spent at the markets buying the next stage of baby clothes, toys and equipment.

Our events also help support other mumpreneurs that are looking to gain exposure for their products or services into the local community.

We offer a small number of stalls at each event to small businesses and also provide other avenues of advertising to help then gain exposure to the local parental community. The company is now also supporting mums and dads in running their own events in their own town. It has successfully grown to 30 Franchisees over a two year period. Spanning from the North East of England right down to the Isle of Wight in the South and of course more recently in London.

What do you hope to achieve? The aim of our business is to be able to provide our markets to local parental communities across the whole country. We hope to have 50 Franchisees on board in the next year. We want to provide successful events that allow parents to save money.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? The highlight of starting the company has been the flexibility that it provides to earn an income while bringing up a family. It is also a great feeling just to have started something from scratch and not to have a boss to answer to! The highlight for the company now is watching our Franchisees grow their own businesses whilst helping to expand ours.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? The downside to running your company is that the buck really stops with you. There is no one else to turn to when the going gets tough, the final decisions are left to you. This has taken a bit of getting used to and of course mistakes have been made, but learning from these mistakes only helps the business get stronger.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? We would encourage anyone to start their own business as it can be very rewarding, but we would also advise them that it is very hard work. Although we have flexibility and in essence can choose the hours we work, we do work incredibly long hours and the struggle is knowing when to switch off.

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The other piece of advice when someone is starting a business is to seek out a great team of people that can hep you get started. We have wonderful people that help us grow our business from our accountant, graphic designer, web support and now our Franchisees. Getting the right people on board really can make or break a business.

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A FRANCHISEE!

Tell us about yourself My name is Ingrid and I am from Colombia, mother of three lovely children (two girls and a boy), and I have lived in this country for almost 17 years. After teaching in a secondary school (ICT) for almost 9 years and now during my maternity leave of my last child I decided to start up a business. It is something I have always wanted to do since I was at University. Now I work as a teacher part time and I am running my business mainly from home, which is great! It also gives me the opportunity to share all these wonderful moments with my family.

What inspired you to become a part of Baby and Children's Market in London? Well, being a mother of three I know how expensive children’s items can be and most of my children’s items over the years have been given away to family or friends in great condition. One day when I was looking for a business opportunity that allowed me to work from home, work flexible hours that worked well around my busy family life and didn’t cost me a fortune to start up.

That’s when I came across a great franchise opportunity that was a fantastic idea, had great potential and had a great community feel to it. I soon discovered there were no markets set up in the North West London. So I contacted the owners Leanne & Steve Taylor who I have found to be very passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic individuals keen to see their community minded business concept succeed. They gave me all the information I needed to set up my own ready-made business in running children’s events for the local community. So, with my children I have preferred to pay for something a little more expensive but I know that it will last for a long time and the quality is brilliant! I have found full retail priced toys and accessories are expensive and often find the children get bored after playing them a few times. So the nearly new alternative is much more enticing for me and other like minded money savvy parents who are keen to save but also provide for their growing family. At the events we have found the quality of items on sale have been very high and often items are still in their original packaging with the label still attached. The best part about our markets is parents can come along and sell on their pre-loved items to like minded parents keen to save and provide for their children who will gain a lot of enjoyment out of another child’s loved item. So, why pay more when you can gain so many great brand kids items at bargain prices. Truly great value for money!

There are other areas available in London if you are interested in becoming a franchisee. Each franchisee has its own exclusive territory and once someone takes it, it’s gone! So, why not check out our small business opportunity and set up your own local markets in and around your hometown. Not only will you gain your own home based business that works well around your family life but helps the parental community make some extra cash but more importantly to save money and help the environment by encouraging recycling at the same time.

What makes Baby and Children's Market unique? The original Baby & Children's Market UK was founded and established in January 2010, by Leanne and Steve Taylor (Mum & Dad team) who wanted to provide parents with the perfect opportunity to buy and sell excellent quality nearly new AND new baby and kids items from birth to 8 years all under one roof! For the SELLER it's the perfect excuse to clean out those cupboards, earn some extra cash and gain 100% profit on the day!

For the BUYER a great way to save a fortune, gain more for your money and recycle at the same time! it's the perfect place to stock up on excellent quality nearly new TOYS, clothes, books, nursery furniture, cloth nappies, nursery accessories/linen, buggies, cots, car seats, strollers, high chairs, bumbo's, bikes, scooters, maternity wear, nursing mothers items, outdoor activity toys, DVD's, computer games and just about anything imaginable for baby and child without spending a fortune! GREAT BRANDS SELLING AT BARGAIN PRICES! The markets

provide a great service to the community by offering a one stop shop alternative to high street shopping for the budget conscious shopper as well as helping the environment by reducing waste! Our markets offer parents a relaxed, stress free environment for both sellers and buyers by providing plenty of open space to move around plus sellers take home 100% PROFIT ON THE DAY. We welcome parents, children and buggy’s to all events. You buy direct from the seller (Mums & Dads) and have the opportunity to negotiate the price on the day. Our markets also offer local and national businesses in the baby and children's industry several opportunities to promote their products and services at each event.

How often do you hold the events? I am the franchisee for Brent and Ealing boroughs. At every venue the events are run approximately every 5 or 6 weeks. My next event is on the 8th of September at Salusbury Primary school from 11am to 1pm, Salusbury Road, NW6 6RG where the award winning Queen’s Park Farmers Market runs. We will be holding our future events at the same location as the Queen’s Park Farmers Markets but indoors so we can run them all year round. Our event will be held in the Salusbury Rooms every six weeks, except during the winter time. In Ealing our first event is going to be in Coston Crescent Primary School at the beginning of October.

Do you plan on holding them in various locations? Yes, I am always on the look out for new venues in the Brent and Ealing area that suit our event type. Our markets have prove popular amongst the parental community either as a seller or buyer. Know of a great venue that we could run our markets in. If so, please do get in touch.

we could run our markets in. If so, please do get in touch. For more information,

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Who is behind the Product? Heidi, together with her two little girls, are behind this cute children's boutique.

How did the company get started? Have you ever wanted to find that stand out outfit for your ‘lil’ princess or budding trendsetter?

Heidi (Me) started BEBE Couture in 2010, when she found this task impossible! The majority of shops just don’t carry anything eye catching and truly unique. Her obsession for finding unique, beautiful and couture items to put on her baby daughter Sienna ended.

The big push came, when I had to relocate as we where a newly formed army family and had to give up my high flying job, and moved down south. Army wives, find it very difficult to find good jobs in the market in any industry due to the instability they encounter from moving from one place to another every 2 years.

Thanks to this and my newborn (then) baby Sienna, I brought my passion for trendy kids clothes alive, personally testing each item and giving it the thumbs up!

What is the Company about? We decided to create a fantastic online shopping experience, that is why, we will only hand pick and stock items that will “WOW” us from the children's clothing designers Most of our items come directly from America, some of our favourite designer labels include: Jelly The Pug, Rare Editions, Bonnie Jean, and many more.

Additionally, we carry our own line of BEBE Couture glitzy vests, blankets, bibs, tops, maternity t-shirts, travel wipe cases and other items that are guaranteed to put the sparkle on your baby or toddler’s wardrobe!

What do you hope to achieve? Our short term goal is to be known for our speciality, to be the best providers of unique American Children’s Designer Clothing in the South West, with a boutique shop on our local high street. In the mean time, we are very happy to keep striving for customer satisfaction at all times.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? It's hard to believe that just a little over two years ago we opened the doors to our online shop! In October, we will be ready to celebrate BEBE Couture Birthday . It has been a crazy two years. Ones that I will never forget! Been an army wife its hard out there to be able to have a stable full time job, I have been overwhelmed with love and support from our family, the community and our online friends, all that have supported me and helped me run my own business from home and take care of my two little princesses in the process.

What has been the downside of starting your own company? Nothing comes easy. Working long hours and having to manage all aspects of the business: from marketing, resourcing, inventory, accounts all by myself has been one of the key challenges I have encountered so far. But I love every second. Being so passionate about children’s fashion has been key to my success.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Yes! DO IT! Have you got a desire and burning passion for it? Have you sat many nights thinking about this? Then don’t think more. Its not going to be easy, but the satisfaction you reap on something you have grown and can call your own, is priceless.

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Who is behind the Product? Just me. I have always been arty and loved design. I'm everything from pot washer to delivery lady and chief taster! I call on my hubby to taste test new ideas though!

How did the company get started? In the past I have enjoyed making crafts, cards, vases, candles as I hobby. I would make them for friends and family as gifts and for them to also give as gifts. It was therapeutic to be able to just lose myself in designing and making in my free time in contrast to my stressful teaching career as head of English in a large school I would attend craft fairs and summer fairs. In 2008 I met my husband and became a step mum to 2 beautiful children In 2009 I was diagnosed with endometriosis, this took its toll on me and meant that I had no energy to do anything other than my job then as head of art in a special school for Autistic children, as I had to rest when I could. I began to make cakes and cupcakes building up a client base, but so was everyone! So I started experimenting with fudge and then chocolate to try and be different making my first bar in November 2012. I became a bespoke chocolate designer mainly for brides who wanted a different kind of favour.

After 2 car accidents and with my condition not responding well to treatment, in April 2013

I had to say goodbye to my teaching career, but as this door closed another opened. I was

fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of a local deli owner, supplying her with hand made chocolates developing ideas such as afternoon tea as mini chocolates and thin colourful discs in over 30 flavours.

What is the company about? The company is about being innovative with design as well as with flavour. I want my chocolates to look amazing, and then when bitten into, taste amazing. I love to see people's reactions to them, both visually and the taste sensation they experience. It's about taking opportunities when they present themselves taking me in all different directions, enjoying the ride along the way.

What do you hope to achieve?

I would love to have my products on the shelves in high end stores such as Selfridges or

Waitrose. My main goal though is to have my business grow and grow, to have my own cafe that serves amazing chocolates, sundaes, cakes, desserts and snacks with service and atmosphere to match.

What has been the highlight of starting your own company? From here I have gained confidence in my skills and my highlights have been when catered for Kym Marsh, Jamie Lomas and was invited to their business launch and Simon Gregson from Coronation St, who I made chocolate burger and fries for, and again was invited to their charity ball which was like another world with all of the famous faces. I am currently in talks with Selfridges and have interest from Tesco and Asda in my food replica chocolates. I have a section in the deli as a mini chocolate shop, and I am hoping to open my own chocolate cafe before Christmas. The best thing about having my own business is definitely that the decision making as right or wrong as they may be, it's mine. I love the fact that when I'm fit, I can do and when I need rest, I can rest. Being a weekend step mum, and my husband a weekend dad, it's also meant that we can have the children an extra night as I can take them into school the next day, as one schools in Manchester and the other in Bolton!

What has been the downside of starting your own company? The biggest downfall I've found to starting my own company has been the fact that you're never really "off". Even when I'm resting I'm still sourcing new materials, sketching or answering emails and updating Facebook, although at the moment I actually love it, and I hope I continue to do so. The other thing would be the money side, it goes against my nature to be spending rather than saving! I do understand that you have to spend money

to make money, but I'm so used to saving, and its been a very scary time coming away from

a very well paid permanent job to going to 1 wage. Made even more scary with my husband being made redundant at the same time! Fortunately things are now looking up.

What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? My advice for any parent OR step parent starting up their own business is to include your family in as many areas as you can. It takes a lot of your time which could take you away from the special quality time you spend with them. I make chocolates with my stepchildren, have my husband and sister as taste testers and generally, where possible try to include them in the journey so it becomes a family venture as much as an individual quest. My stepson even came up with names for the chocolates. I constantly make sure they know how much I appreciate their patience, time and support and that I couldn't do it without them. I also make sure that when I do have my step children that I'm not too tied up with work.

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Feature Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition Two weeks ago, a group of mums met at the lovely

Two weeks ago, a group of mums met at the lovely Beaufort House in the heart of Chelsea for the Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition.

Founder Dina wanted to say a big thank you to all the Kensington Mums who participated. The night was buzzing and filled with inspiring stories on each mum’s unique motherhood journey. Mums who took part in the Story of Mum project by completing the sentence ‘I am a mum and (a)…’ had their portraits displayed alongside their personal word which best describes them. The feedback from the attendees and Mums alike was just amazing and justified all the efforts made and portrayed what Kensington Mums is all about.

So what is Kensington Mums you may ask?

Kensington Mums is the creation of Dina Maktabi, who best describes herself as a contented Mummy of two healthy and vivacious kids and a Kensington lover. Dina explains “It all started when I had my first baby. It occurred to me that I was not the only one struggling with interrupted sleep, being on call 24/7 with no time off.

The group was created with the aim of sharing knowledge and experiences and helping my yummy Kensington Mums learn from one another. After having my second baby, the idea of having a bigger network support came to mind and in a sense created a passion in me to help mums outside my group of friends.

The thought began in a baby massage class with a bunch of lovely mummies and babies. At the end of the four week course, all the Mums were sharing information on the best activities they have done with their babies and organising meet ups in the park.

It occurred to me that mums really need a network support so that they won’t feel alone in a haze of milky delight during the first few months of being a Mum.

for more information, join the Facebook group where you can discuss anything from bump to baby and beyond… No doubt that motherhood is the toughest job in the world but parenting should not be about surviving tantrums or even struggling with sleep or potty training. You can also like the New Facebook Page to be kept in the loop with the local scoop!

Parenting is about enjoying time with your kids because they are only little for a short while. Enjoy being a Kensington Mum and let’s all put the Mmmmmm into motherhood.

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Bringing baby bottles and business together!

THE BIG BUGGY CONFERENCE

THE BIG BUGGY CONFERENCE

This month is all about The Buggy Conference!

The time has come for me to show you what I can do and what I can help you with! I really want to help people to grow their business and themselves in business and that's why I started doing Facebook and twitter workshops. But that's not enough!!! I've decided to design and organise a conference.

I'm asking for a day whilst your kids are at school or at least during school hours for you to relax and really learn. Ill have a crèche available for you to drop your child in the room next door and you can sit and absorb a series of lectures on varying subjects to help you extend your business knowledge. To help you market and position yourself in the correct place for your business. To help you boost your business and your income, and to help you be a better business by helping you with structure and clarity of your valuable time. And not forgetting helping you not forget how much you love what you do and what you are doing it for!!

We go into business for so many reasons. Sometimes it's just for the money, or because we can't afford to work for someone else as you can't afford child care.

So what is The Buggy Network and how can it help you?

I'm meeting lots of amazing women and some men (although I know there

are more of you out there!) and I'm finding that people aren't all as bad as you might first think(!) That's a funny thing to say, no? Being a Londoner,

it seems we're surrounded by people that don't care and only think about

themselves. Well that seems to be a true stereotype that I certainly found to be the case when I used to Tube commute into town every day; when I was pregnant with my first child I nearly fainted on the train and had to

get off and sit on the platform alone till I felt better with not a friendly face in sight. Compare that to my current work and and if a similar thing happened now I know I would be surrounded by amazing people making sure that I was okay with a slice of cake and a cup of tea ready at hand. I'm not pregnant but some of my members are and are having a difficult time

- it's very difficult when you are a working mum and working for yourself as well!

Some people come along and aren't sure about what they want to do, or they have a vision but no idea of how to go about it. They ask me if they should come along as they don't feel they have a 'proper business' or business cards etc to pass out. I say "OF COURSE!" - The Buggy Network is about meeting people!

Firstly, you can always make a recommendation with someone else's business in your brain bank, and secondly someone always has a helpful suggestion for your own business! We are mostly women after all, but even the men that come along get stuck in! We seem to thrive on helping each other, we are truly amazing!

People often ask about the format of the meetings and I say that there is

a small part where you introduce yourself to the people in the room and

tell us a bit about yourself. "Oh, really?! I'm not really. I'm not good at

that! Do I have to?" YES YOU DO ;-) And further more, you're going to love it! Hee, hee!

The funny thing is that we all love it in the end, because we start the meeting getting coffee, chatting about what we have in common (usually the kids!) but that's probably the last we talk about them since once the meeting starts it's all about you (as it should be - this is work after all!). No-one leaves the meeting feeling like they have wasted their time. We leave having met like-minded people that can help us with our jobs and dreams and therefore get inspiration or how to get it done or how to get on our way. We make friends and we get a kick up the bum that we maybe needed, to do SOMETHING not sit at home and think about it!

The Buggy Network is about uniting with other parents in our master plans to take over the world, and we can do it! I certainly know that you can, and I know that I want to help you get there!

I've started up workshops to help members with their social media, and they are going really well! Currently they are just for beginners but you would be surprised what you don't know or may have missed! If you become a Member you will also receive help too in the form of online tutorials to watch when the kids are asleep or when you get 10 minutes to yourself, so there's sure to be something to cover everything and everyone.

I hope you can come to a meeting, I hand-pick the best places, and if the coffee and cake isn't up to standard it's a definite no-go! Of course we also need the kids to be happy too and usually a carton of juice, a biscuit, some great toys or somewhere where mayhem can be conducted means they get to have a fun time too. The Buggy Network, is where business cards and babies can have fun together whilst we help you build the dreams for your business.

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Feature There has been a lot of publicity recently about The Underwear Rule. When I first

There has been a lot of publicity recently about The Underwear Rule. When I first heard about it on the radio my first thought was ‘crumbs, has it really come to that?’ If you think about all the reports you’ve seen on TV or the articles you’ve read in the paper, or all the past horrific cases that we’ve all heard about, it was only a matter of time until we were given the information to try and protect our own.

I hope to god I never have to experience anything like this and I’m sure all my readers hope it never happens to them either but like the good adage says “it’s better to be safe than sorry!”

We’ve done a lot of research into this and decided to create another platform for you all to access the relevant information designed to protect your children and keep them safe.

Talk PANTS and help keep your child safe from abuse!

The Underwear Rule is a simple guide to help parents explain to children where others should not try to touch them, how to react and where to seek help.

What is The Underwear Rule? It’s simple: a child should not be touched by others on parts of the body usually covered by their underwear. And they should not touch others in those areas. It also helps explain to children that their body belongs to them, that there are good and bad secrets and good and bad touches.

The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse. We know talking with your child about private parts can seem difficult, but you can have simple conversations about keeping safe without using scary words or mentioning sex. Learn the Underwear Rule and you've got it covered

Don’t feel you have to go through all of these point by point – it’s much better to have little conversations, as and when the subject comes up. Following is the advice given under the “PANTS” title:

Following is the advice given under the “PANTS” title: Anything covered by underwear is private. No

Anything covered by underwear is private. No one should ask to see or touch parts of the body covered by underwear. No one should ask your child to touch or look at parts of their body covered by underwear. If anyone tries, your child should say no. In some situations, people – such as family members at bath time, doctors or nurses – may need to touch your child’s private parts. Explain to your child that this is OK, but that those people should always explain why, and ask if it’s OK first

people should always explain why, and ask if it’s OK first Your child should know their

Your child should know their body belongs to them, and no one else. No one has the right to make your child do anything with their body that makes them feel uncomfortable. And if anyone tries, your child should tell a trusted adult.

And if anyone tries, your child should tell a trusted adult. Your child has the right

Your child has the right to say ‘no’ – even to a family member or someone they love. This shows your child they’re in control of their body and their feelings are respected.

in control of their body and their feelings are respected. Help your child feel confident that

Help your child feel confident that speaking up about a secret that’s worrying them won’t get them into trouble. Explain the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ secrets. Some secrets, like surprise parties, can be good. But adults should never make a child keep a secret that makes them feel worried, sad or frightened. Secrets are often an abuser’s greatest weapon. Phrases like “it’s our little secret” are their way of making a child feel worried, or scared to tell. Help your child to feel clear and confident about what to share and when. Secrets shouldn’t be kept in exchange for something, and should never make your child feel uneasy. A secret should always be shared in the end.

feel uneasy. A secret should always be shared in the end. If your child feels sad,

If your child feels sad, anxious or frightened they can talk to an adult they trust. This person will listen, and can help stop whatever’s making them upset. Remind your child that whatever the problem, it’s not their fault and they won’t get into trouble. A trusted adult doesn’t have to be a family member. It can be a teacher, an older brother or sister or a friend’s parent. It can even be ChildLine.

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Feature If your child has learned about relationships or personal safety, ask what they remember -
Feature If your child has learned about relationships or personal safety, ask what they remember -
Feature If your child has learned about relationships or personal safety, ask what they remember -

If your child has learned about relationships or personal safety, ask what they remember - it will give you a starting point from which to begin more detailed conversations.

point from which to begin more detailed conversations. TV can be a great way of opening
point from which to begin more detailed conversations. TV can be a great way of opening

TV can be a great way of opening up tricky topics. Though we might sometimes wish our children hadn’t heard something in the news or on a soap, it’s best to address the point head on rather than dismiss it, or pretend it hasn’t happened.

on rather than dismiss it, or pretend it hasn’t happened. When you’re getting your child ready
on rather than dismiss it, or pretend it hasn’t happened. When you’re getting your child ready

When you’re getting your child ready for bed - or helping them tie their shoelaces or get dressed - you could talk about times when a trusted adult might need to touch them.

Being open and honest will help your child stay safe!

If you speak honestly and in a way that makes the

subject feel less shocking, your child will be more confident and comfortable in talking to you about difficult subjects.

In their own language Use words and phrases your child will understand - don't be afraid to use the correct name for body parts.

Give straight answers to tricky questions Don't shy away from awkward questions - answer them as best you can, in a way that's right for your child.

Speak openly and honestly The more open and relaxed you are, the more your child will feel able to talk about anything that's worrying them.

Ask your child what they think Conversations about right and wrong aren't easy.

Even when we talk to children about not letting people touch their private parts, we have to make exceptions such as visits to the doctor.

A great way to help children understand the grey areas is to encourage them to express their opinions and

develop their own judgment.

Actively listen Lean in, nod, smile and ask questions that show you're interested.

Showing your child you care about what they think and how they feel means they'll be more likely to come to you if something's really troubling them.

Don't force the issue

If your child isn't interested in talking, don't force the

issue. The last thing you want is for your child to feel it's

a big deal, so wait for another opportunity at a different time.

Use books and stories

Reading a story can help you talk about difficult subjects

in a way that is suitable for your child’s age and can help

teach them to stay safe in terms they understand.

can help teach them to stay safe in terms they understand. Car journeys are a great

Car journeys are a great time to talk to your child. They’re in a comfortable setting with limited distractions. If you’re on your way to school, you could ask about who they would tell at school if something was upsetting them.

they would tell at school if something was upsetting them. Don’t shy away from your child’s
they would tell at school if something was upsetting them. Don’t shy away from your child’s

Don’t shy away from your child’s difficult questions. Beware their curiosity by speaking to your child honestly. Talking frankly will make the subject less shocking, and you’ll show yourself to be someone they can confide in.

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Feature Is the Underwear Rule really something I need to talk to my child about? The

Is the Underwear Rule really something I need to talk to my child about? The Underwear Rule is a simple tool used with primary school children to explain which parts of the body are private and that their body belongs to them. In the same way that 'Stop, Look and Listen' helps children remember to cross the road safely, parents and carers can help keep children safe from abuse by having these simple conversations about protecting themselves.

Sexual abuse is something no parent wants to think about affecting their child, but it is more common than people think. 1 in 3 children who were sexually abused by an adult didn't tell anyone at the time. Parents have a important role to play in helping children understand their body is theirs alone and encouraging them to speak up about anything that makes them feel upset or worried.

When is the right age to talk to my child about the Underwear Rule? One of the most important jobs for a parent is teaching your child how to keep themselves safe, from crossing the road to knowing what to do if they're approached by a stranger. Although it might feel daunting, talking to children about keeping safe from sexual abuse is no different.

It's never too early to start talking to your child about keeping safe, particularly that their body belongs to them, and no one should ask them to keep a secret that makes them sad or scared. Every child is different and as the parent, you're in the best position to know what is right for your child and when. You can make a judgment call on when is the right time to introduce other topics, such as what to do if someone hurts them or touches them in a way that makes them upset.

How do I know if I'm saying the right thing? The best way is to choose words and language that your child understands. If they ask you a question, take the opportunity to talk. Don't shy away from awkward questions and answer as honestly as you can. It'll send a powerful message to your child that it's OK to talk about anything that's on their mind.

How does the Underwear Rule explain other forms of abuse, like being shown pornography or grooming? The Underwear Rule is a good starting point for ongoing conversations and can be used as a reference in teaching your child to keep themselves safe. Using 'PANTS' can help introduce things like secrets and being made to do things you don't like that are commonly used when grooming children. You can also use the Underwear Rule to start talking about other types of abuse such as sexting. As an example of a "bad secret", a text or something they see online may make them feel upset or uncomfortable, and they should be encouraged to talk to a trusted adult when that happens.

Having regular, simple conversations with your child can send a powerful message that you will always listen if they want to talk.

Isn't it enough that I've already talked about 'stranger danger' with my child? It's very important that your child knows what to do if a stranger approaches them, but in 90 per cent of cases, children were sexually abused by someone they know. Your child must understand that no one has the right to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable - even if it's someone they know and love.

It wouldn't be right to make families feel that they couldn't trust anyone. But making sure your child knows their body is their own, and that they always have the right to say no to any unwanted touch, puts them in control.

Is it really that easy to talk about such an upsetting subject? We understand how it can seem difficult to talk about this subject in a way that doesn't upset or frighten your child.

That's why we've developed 'PANTS' in consultation with other parents to help you talk about the Underwear Rule in a child-friendly way. Am I going to scare my child by talking about the Underwear Rule? We believe in safe, secure childhoods, which is why we've tried hard to make sure our advice is practical and reassuring. We don't want to upset or scare

and reassuring. We don't want to upset or scare families, or make children feel they can't

families, or make children feel they can't accept a hug or a kiss from an adult. We are encouraging parents to listen to their children and to talk to them, rather than lecture. Conversations can be kept simple, and you don't have to mention 'sexual abuse'.

How do I explain the difference between good touch and bad touch without scaring my child from normal signs of affection? We don't want to discourage affection and comfort such as hugs and kisses that show your child that they're cared for and loved. But it's also really important that children know their bodies belong to them. The Underwear Rule can help explain the difference between good touch that is comforting and bad touch that makes them feel uncomfortable. If they know they can say no to a kiss if they don't feel like it, they will feel more confident about refusing unwanted touches in any situation.

How should I react if my child tells me about an incident? Your initial response is important. If your child tells you something about them or a friend, it's probably a huge relief for them to be able to tell you. Whatever you think and feel, do not be frightened and react with love, support, openness and reassurance. If you are unsure of what to do or how to move forward, contact our helpline on 0808 800 5000.

We would like to thank the NSPCC for providing the in depth information for this feature. Please note there is extensive information which can be obtained by visiting the following website:

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents/keeping-your-child-

safe/the-underwear-rule/the-underwear-rule

Helpline: 0800 1111 Website: www.childline.org.uk

Helpline: 08451 205 204 (Mon–Thur 10am–4pm) Website: www.kidscape.org.uk

(There are many more helpline and contact details on the NSPCC website, please visit www.nspcc.org.uk for a full listing)

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Feature By Garry Kousoulou & Kishan Gadhia Did you know tested! children get their feet measured

By Garry Kousoulou & Kishan Gadhia

Did you know tested!

children get their feet measured more than there eyes

"Scheduling your child’s eye exam is just as important as wellness exams" Often when considering your children's health, dentists, or doctors take priority, but why not the opticians? The significance and value of an eye test is underestimated by many, mostly because it is not known. Awareness of children's eye care and its role isn't high enough.

Around 80% of learning is done visually, and research has shown that as many as one in five children could have poor sight. Just imagine having to squint at the board all day from the back of the classroom. The amount of strain it causes is tiring enough, never mind having to take in and understand all that information! It is hard to see why children don't have their eyes tested regularly because all children under 16 years receive FREE NHS eye tests. Two vital aspects of life affected by poor vision are education and everyday activities. As a result, personal development is limited. Not only do the NHS cover the eye test but if glasses are needed, they even put some money towards the cost, over a wide range of frame styles and

towards the cost, over a wide range of frame styles and colours! Garry says“I am amazed

colours! Garry says“I am amazed every day at the difference a pair of glasses make to a young persons life and there social, academic and personal life”.

life and there social, academic and personal life”. studies have shown that many pupils are struggling

studies have shown that many pupils are struggling with poor eyesight because eye tests are no longer routinely carried out in schools and many parents who may not be aware of this are not making use of free NHS sight tests, which are available for all children under 162. Remember that all children’s eye examinations are paid for by the NHS and all of our optometrists will be delighted to look at your child’s eyes, no matter how young the child is. For more information, see the section headed “Free NHS Eye Examinations for children™”. If the optician has less than 25 children frames go to somewhere that has a good choice. Did you know that its is against the law for children to have their measurements taken buy somebody who is not qualified?

Things to look out for when choosing your child frame:

1. Get the child involved in the choosing process

2. Do You have the correct size (see video)

3. Insist that you check that the glasses are made correctly. The middle if the lenses are in the middle of the child eyes. This is very easy to check the lenses have a optical center. You ask if this can be marked . This is traditionally marked with a small ink mark then put the specs on and make sure the “dot” is in front of the eyes.

A good optician will not mind showing you that the the specs have been made correctly. This is the most important part and can cause the most problems if done incorrectly.

Book a sight test and make a day of it this summer!

Young eyes are growing and developing all the time, and if a problem is ignored from a young age, could soon become a permanent disability. Even simple symptoms like occasional squinting could be a symptom or development of lazy eye. Regular checks should be booked with the optician but if you have a suspicion that something is wrong, don't be afraid to book an appointment!

Very young children won't report bad vision because they have nothing to compare it to and don't know what normal vision is like. Even if they can't read and detect letters, many aspects of vision can still be measured. There are a variety of methods which are simple to carry out and could change a child's life. Like any other treatment, if an abnormality is spotted earlier it will be easy to resolve.

The fact that a sight examination takes approximately 20 minutes and can improve a child's life massively is great. We just need to get awareness out there so that having an eye test is on the "to do list" of healthcare checkups for children.

“One in five school children could have undetected poor sight”

As many as one in five school children could have undetected poor sight according to the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). Recent

For more information or to book your child a sight test, simply contact us at:

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Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga

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Feature Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Pregnancy Yoga by I am a mother of two (wonderful)

I am a mother of two (wonderful) children, both of which I did baby massage and yoga with.

I found it very beneficial indeed, meeting new ‘like -minded’ mums, and spending indulgent, special time with my new baby. I’ve worked as a nanny, teacher and nursery manager for over 20 years and after having my family, wanted to pursue

a new role that combined my loves of teaching, being with

children, yoga and massage. I also wanted to give mums to be and new mums, the same invaluable experience I had enjoyed with my babies.

The leafy and calm surroundings of my home studio provide an ideal environment for our relaxed and nurturing classes,which include baby massage, baby yoga and preg- nancy yoga and relaxation.

There is no greater comfort than a hug!

Touch is a powerful therapeutic tool that we all have literally

at our fingertips. At Mama Baby Bliss we are passionate about

nurturing mothers, fathers and babies alike.

Massaging your baby from an early age has a number of long-

term physiological and emotional benefits, including building

a baby’s immune system, boosting the respiratory system,

stimulating the circulatory system and balancing the baby’s nervous system

When we massage our babies, we also help to stimulate the release of the hormone oxytocin in the baby, which regulates the cortisol or stress levels. In other words baby massage can help relax a tiny one, reducing periods of crying and aiding sleep. Another advantage of baby massage is that it helps strengthen the digestive system, relieving common new-born ailments and discomfort such as wind or constipation.

Baby Yoga compliments baby massage beautifully in that it builds on your baby’s physical and mental milestones. It will aid your baby’s brain development, including their sense of coordination, balance, sensory and motor skills. Both Baby Massage and Baby Yoga are a fun way to meet other new mums and learn new skills!

Pregnancy Yoga is highly beneficial as it gives mums- to -be a special bonding time with their unborn child. Exercise and relaxation are vital in helping ladies during this time and are great preparation for labour too.

Couples Workshops are also available, yoga, massage, birthing positions and other natural childbirth techniques are incorporated to help couples together on this journey.

Dads Workshops are a great way for new dads to meet other dads and learn some massage and yoga techniques, and have some quality bonding time alone with baby too!

Our classes will help:

Help develop your baby's digestive, immune, circulatory and nervous systems from birth

Relax your baby and encourage good sleep

Reduce wind and settle colic

Strengthen your baby's neural and brain development

Develop coordination, balance and sensory-motor skills

Plus our courses offer gentle postnatal stretches and relaxation for parents too!

Rachel Allen is the MamaBabyBliss Associate Teacher for Welwyn Garden City and surrounding areas.

For further information about courses, please contact Rachel on 07956 917188 or visit:

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Setting Up Home Together

Feature Setting Up Home Together If you are planning to live with your partner, then it

If you are planning to live with your partner, then it pays to seek legal advice from our experienced family solicitors to understand your legal position. The law relating to unmarried families is greatly misunderstood. The concept of being treated as a common law husband and wife because of a significant period of living together is

a myth.

Although more couples are choosing to cohabit rather than marry, the law is yet to catch up. When it comes to property, the law treats unmarried couples more like flatmates without addressing the unique nature of their family relationship.

We often find that when an unmarried couple separate, one of the parties is shocked to find for example, that despite making the major financial contribution to the purchase of a property, they have unwittingly purchased the home on the basis that they own the property in equal shares with their former partner, or that the legal title is in the name of one party alone and the other has no beneficial interest, despite having lived in the property for a number of years. There are different ways that property can be co-owned at the outset, which affect a person’s entitlement to share in the property in the event of a separation. There are also a variety of ways that an interest can be acquired in property, if it is in the name of one person alone. The way that a property is purchased can also have dramatically different results in the event of one partner pre- deceasing the other.

The law in this area is complex and if a dispute does end up in court and the intentions of the parties have not been expressly worked out, the court is often left in the undesirable position of trawling through the parties’ financial records and paperwork to decide what the couple intended by reference to their conduct in relation to each other and the property. This can lead to an unsatisfactory and uncertain outcome.

Cohabitation Agreements - What is involved?

It is for this reason that it is essential to sort out who owns what and

what each person is responsible for from the outset. We can help you do this by providing you with clear advice about the different ways of owning property together and also by entering into a Cohabitation Agreement (sometimes called a Living Together Agreement), which states clearly who owns what and what financial interest each partner is intended to have in property.

A cohabitation agreement can also cover other assets including who

owns cars, furniture, savings and investments. Additionally it can set out each partner’s responsibility for mortgage and bills, living expenses and home maintenance.

Please check out our website at www.cpfamilylaw.co.uk where we have put together a useful guide 18 Tips To Consider When Setting Up Home With Your Partner a jargon free practical guide setting out some of the key issues to consider with your partner before living together, which can be downloaded free of charge.

Provided they have been entered into freely and fairly, cohabitation agreements are legally binding. There are many internet based companies offering DIY agreements but such agreements may fall foul of the duress argument i.e. “he/she made me sign it”. It is sensible and relatively inexpensive to have a cohabitation agreement drawn up by a solicitor, particularly when compared with the cost of going to court. The other party will need to have the opportunity to seek independent legal advice before entering into the agreement.

It can be awkward to suggest the possibility of a cohabitation agreement to your partner. However, having discussions before moving in together to clarify your intentions regarding money and property will provide you with a good grounding from the outset and help to clear up any differences of opinion before you move in together.

Why we are different Contact us to arrange a consultation with one of our family solicitors for straightforward, clear and practical advice to understand your legal position and decide whether a cohabitation agreement is right for you.

If you require advice on any aspect of family law such as children’s

matters, divorce, dispute about the finances of a marriage upon divorce, pre or post nuptial agreements or any other family law matter please do not hesitate to contact us at Chapman Pieri Solicitors on Tel. 0208 882-9850; Email. info@cpfamilylaw.co.uk or check us out on www.cpfamilylaw.co.uk or on Facebook Page. We offer a fixed fee Consultation at £75 plus VAT so please call to book an appointment with one of our Resolution Accredited Family Law Specialist Solicitors.

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Feature Mojomums are delighted to announce that Francine Lewis has become one of our official ambassadors.
Feature Mojomums are delighted to announce that Francine Lewis has become one of our official ambassadors.

Mojomums are delighted to announce that Francine Lewis has become one of our official ambassadors. The Britain’s Got Talent finalist has already been interviewed by the social enterprise Mojomums and told of her loves, hates, her children and childcare arrangements.

“I don’t take myself too seriously, I have to juggle like every mother does childcare arrangements or the job versus the parents evening or sports day, being in the public eye doesn’t change the things us mums go through. I want to be part of helping to inspire women rather than being judgemental! The amount of people who ask whether they go to private school and if I have a nanny… I am a real mum in the real world. My mother in law is fantastic and a great help with the children so no, I don’t have a nanny as I want to spend as much time as I can with my children but I still want to do the job I love and I want my kids to be around the family they love and who adore them. But I want them to be proud of me too, Francine Lewis who is also their mum.”

‘We are determined, multi-tasking creatures and if I can help to inspire just one of you then I am proud to help!”

Sally Overhead founder of Mojomums said: “Francine is a great ambassador for our brand, light hearted, honest, strong, determined and opinionated, She has certainly got her Mojo back and we feel her personality fits perfectly with Mojomums and what we stand for. ‘

Mojomums at a glance:

∙ A recruitment service placing mums back into jobs to fit around their families

∙ Experts offering advice on a wide range of issues, from separation anxiety to feelings of guilt

∙ Panel of working mums revealing their tried and tested tips to help make being a working mum a little bit easier.

∙ Hot Topics –Mojomums aims to raise awareness to relevant and real life issues effecting mums

∙ Agony Aunt for all your unanswered questions on anything from emotional to financial concerns

∙ Real life features including inspirational stories from mums and lively guest bloggers.

The future! Set to be the bible for working mums, Mojomums aims to be the busiest community of working women in the UK. Plans are afoot for Mojonannies, Mojotots and Mojobuyandsell. It is set to be a busy year for Mojomums and exciting times for mums who want their MOJO back!

Get in touch with Mojomums by visiting www.mojomums.co.uk, emailing info@mojomums.co.uk or tweeting at:

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Would an AU PAIR work for you?

Au Pairs offer an affordable childcare solution, but they are not suitable for everyone, different rules apply depending on where your au pair is travelling from, and as a host family you have certain obligations to help your au pair learn English and experience the local culture. Read on for more information to help you decide whether this could work for you and your family.

Au pairs are aged between 17-27 and their chief purpose for being in the country is to learn the language and assimilate the culture.

An au pair lives with you and should be treated as part of the family. Au pairs earn board and lodging and a small amount of money each week in return for childcare and light housework.

Many people tend to lump nannies and au pairs into the same category but they are totally different. Au pairs are NOT nanny- substitutes, and usually have no formal childcare training. R.E.C (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) stipulates that au pairs should never have sole charge of children under the age of two.

Au pairs are often seen as the 'Cinderellas' of the childcare industry. Agencies are often faced with problems of au pairs being treated as cheap labour by people who should be employing qualified nannies. Frequently they are left alone with young children for long hours and given heavy housework duties far in excess of what they should be asked to do.

An au pair should have their own bedroom and be allowed proper time to study English.

Visit The British Au Pair Agencies Association for more information

Duties:

Assist with light housework, help in the kitchen and care for school age children. They should also be available for babysitting one or two evenings per week.

Qualifications:

Au pairs have no formal training in caring for children and may have little or no experience.

Legal Requirements and Visas:

Legal Requirements:

An

countries:

au pair

must

be a national from

one of the following EU

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Nationals of Romania and Bulgaria will need an accession worker card from the UK Border Agency before taking up an au pair placement.

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Monaco are able to come to the UK under the Youth Mobility Scheme within Tier 5 of the points-based system for immigration to the UK.

Tier 5 of the points-based system for immigration to the UK. This visa replaces the Working

This visa replaces the Working Holidaymaker Visa. The scheme is for those aged between 18 – 30 years and permits applicants to live and work in the UK for a maximum time of 24 months.

Please view:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-

immigration/working/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/

Cost:

Au Pair Pocket money must be minimum £65 per week for 25 hours, regardless of whether the minimum hours are worked. Many agencies recommend slightly higher pocket money. For 30 hours the minimum is £80. Where applicants work longer hours for extra payment, it must be noted that such persons will be classed as “Employees” and UK tax and National Insurance will apply

Hours:

Au pairs can be on duty from 25 – 35 hours per week if they are from an EU country. This is limited to 25 hours per week if the au pair is from Bulgaria or Romania. These hours can be spread out over 5 days per week. The au pair’s schedule must provide sufficient time to attend language school, and the au pair shall receive two free days each week and should be offered one full weekend off per month

Please view www.bapaa.org.uk for information relating to guidelines on au pair hours, pocket money, babysitting, leisure time and holidays.

Your duties as a host family:

When you employ an au pair you have a duty as a host family to make their stay as happy as possible. You are required to:

Facilitate au pairs to attend courses.

Provide a comfortable, private room and meals.

Agree on free time and days off and stick to it.

Help your au pair settle in and find their bearings - don't just leave them to get on with it.

Try and treat your au pair as part of the family.

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you be around all the time, to make sure what you have said has been understood? If you are at home with the children and will be

Most au pairs find work through agencies. Please visit there to supervise, then taking on an au pair with less advanced

English skills is probably fine, but, if she will be on her own then you need to think about worst-case scenarios and engage someone who will understand if the school telephones to say that the child has been sick and needs to come home, whose English is good enough to make an emergency call if necessary.

Finding an Au Pair:

Bestbear.co.uk's childcare search option to find a recommended agency in your area:

http://www.bestbear.co.uk/find-childcare/childcare-

search.php

Agencies will take your details and try and match you up with a suitable candidate. Unfortunately you don't have the opportunity to interview the au pair in person first and, other than a phone call, you have to hope for the best when your au pair arrives.

Points to help you decide if an au pair is for you:

An au pair can be a real boon if children are of school age. They can prepare the children for school and look after them afterwards.

Au pairs are an economical and, for many mothers with older children, very convenient way of lightening the load.

Some families take au pairs from the same country for several years in a bid to make their children bi-lingual. One doctor who lives in North London has had au pairs from France for the past 10 years. As a result her five children are all fluent in French (but remember au pairs are here to learn English, not to teach young children their native tongue).

Many families take on summer au pairs to help out during the long school holidays - agencies generally have good supplies.

Au pairs only stay for about 6 months so you have to keep chopping and changing which can be disruptive to the household.

Au pairs often speak basic English and for many it is their first time away from home - so problems such as homesickness and loneliness have to be confronted.

If you have very young children an au pair isn't for you.

Best bear mums own tips on au pairs:

"If you have an au pair you have to treat them as part of the family otherwise they really do get lonely and depressed and then they are no use to anyone. I decided to make two evening meals and Sunday lunch special times for us to get to know our au pair. It gave her social occasions in the week to look forward to and also meant that we had time alone on the other nights without making her feel unwanted." Sophie Leithson, Banbury.

"If you want the advantage of live-in childcare and help around the house, at a very reasonable price, then you need to accept that your family has increased by one. Our au pair eats with us every evening:

she is here as part of the family, so she eats with my husband and me - that's what being 'part of the family' means and when else are they going to learn English properly, if not during the conversation at dinner?

I make the effort to introduce them to other young people (not just

au pairs) in the area, so that they can build a network of friends.

I find that printing out a day-by-day rota for the children, with notes

on games kit/piano lessons/collection times from school is very useful in their first weeks. Spend as long as possible talking to them on the phone before agreeing to have them live with you: if their English isn't great, will

If she is going to drive your children, where did she learn to drive? How rigorous is the test in her country, and how long has she been driving? I always choose German au pairs, as the German driving test is the toughest in Europe, but not all countries have the same standards as the UK.

I had a male au pair for a fortnight - the boyfriend of one of my former au pairs, covering a two-week gap between one au pair and the next - who was absolutely brilliant with my sons; they had the best half-term holiday ever, but my house was a disaster area! " Carolyn Mackay, Colchester

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THE BABY BUZZ HEALTH AND WELL BEING GUIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY

BABIES AND TODDLERS

AND WELL BEING GUIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY BABIES AND TODDLERS Croup is a common childhood virus.

Croup is a common childhood virus. It causes the voice box (larynx) and airway to the lungs (trachea) to swell, making it difficult to breathe. The result is a distinctive, bark-like cough. In adults, it’s called laryngitis.

Croup usually affects children aged between six months and three years, although it can occur in older children. It’s normally caused by a virus, so your baby could get it a couple of times or more during childhood.

How will I know if my baby has croup? If your baby has croup, you'll know. The barking cough is easy to recognise. Although it's frightening to hear your baby cough like this, in most cases, it sounds worse than it is.

Other symptoms can include:

runny nose, sore throat, fever, a loud, high-pitched rasping sound when breathing (this is called stridor)

Croup usually comes on in the middle of the night. You may discover that the slight cold your baby went to sleep with has turned into the unmistakable bark. Don't hesitate to respond: you'll probably find your baby awake, sitting up, coughing, and frightened.

How can I treat croup? It’s best to take your baby to the doctor as soon as you can, even if your baby has had it before. The doctor may give your baby a single dose of a steroid, which works by reducing the swelling in her airways. This is perfectly safe for your baby if given in the correct dose. Your doctor will also advise you to try some treatments at home to relieve your baby’s symptoms and help her to feel more comfortable. Encourage your baby to take extra milk or water to keep her hydrated. For babies who have started solids and children, juice and warm soup may taste especially good if they have lost their appetite.

Liquid infant paracetamol or ibuprofen can help make your baby more comfortable if she has a fever or seems in pain. Your baby can have infant paracetamol if she is two months or older. She can have infant ibuprofen if she is three months or older and weighs at least 5kg (11Ibs). Read the dosage information on the packet, or check with your doctor if you’re unsure how much to give your baby.

If your baby is crying and upset, her cough could become worse. So comfort and reassure her with lots of hugs and kisses. Sitting her upright on your lap, or holding her upright over your shoulder may help her to relax, and therefore breathe more easily. There is little scientific evidence to support the use of steam inhalation to relieve the symptoms of croup. However, some parents have found that allowing their baby to breathe in steam from a hot bath or shower in a closed room has eased symptoms. Steam treatment should only be used under careful supervision as there is a risk of scalding your baby.

Don’t give your baby cough medicines or decongestants, as these won’t help in treating croup.

Can croup cause any complications? Very rarely, a severe bout of croup can cause serious breathing difficulties. Phone for an ambulance or take your baby straight to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital if she:

is struggling to breathe suddenly seems very sleepy or lethargic has a blue tinge to her lips and face appears to have a drawn-in neck and ribcage

Once in hospital, your baby will be given oxygen to help her breathe. She will also be given oral or inhaled steroids to reduce the swelling in her airways.

How long does croup last? Your baby may have croup for about three days to seven days, but it can last for as long as two weeks. During this time, continue the home treatments to relieve your baby’s symptoms. Once you both get over the surprise of this nasty cough, it will usually run its course and leave you all a little tired, but well.

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Colic-SOS: Answering a ‘call for help’ from parents of colicky babies

a ‘call for help’ from parents of colicky babies Most new parents are sleep-deprived but happy

Most new parents are sleep-deprived but happy creatures. These parents have never been happier, and the source of this happiness is more often than not found sleeping peacefully in a cot or gurgling with delight at the faces of its doting parents.

For parents of a colicky baby, however, it’s an altogether different story. For them the ‘baby days’ can be the most stressful days of their life. Simply put, dealing with colic is hell. Sleep-deprivation, accompanied by the sound of non-stop screaming is a form of torture. Indeed, I’ve heard

it is often used as a torture method and has the capacity to break even the most hardened of men!

Most parents feel helpless in this situation. Surely as a mum or dad they should have the ability to soothe their baby. If they can’t, they may feel they are letting their baby down. So they try everything and yet nothing they do seems to help. Worse still, baby and his or her parents are not the only ones affected. Colic impacts on the whole family, including the baby’s siblings. I clearly recall the effect on my three year old who, after enduring hours of non-stop screaming day after day from his baby sister, finally threw himself on the kitchen floor and started wailing at the top of his voice, his arms and legs kicking wildly in every direction. I couldn’t blame him either; it was all I could do to stop joining in myself!

Most parents seek advice, of course, but they are unsure where to turn.

A number of parents I’ve spoken to say they’ve asked for advice from

their health visitor and simply been told that ‘some babies just cry more than others, it won’t last for long and they should simply grin and bear it.’

Others seek to medicate with off-the-shelf colic drops which often don’t help because they don’t necessarily address the root cause. You see the problem is that colic in itself is not a ‘medical condition’. Rather it is a ‘catch-all’ term used to describe a baby who cries frequently and for extended periods, without any apparent reason. Dig deeper and you find it is actually an extremely complex and often misunderstood issue. The causes of colic are varied. Colic expert and osteopath Christian Bates identifies at least ten major physical causes of colic and admits that there are probably more. But as babies obviously can’t talk, they can’t describe their symptoms so it’s hard to get to the bottom of the why they are crying. If we can’t work out why they are crying we can’t address the underlying cause and so we can’t relieve them and the crying goes on.

So after enduring extreme colic with my first two babies I slowly began to identify the different reasons behind their colic cries. I pieced together information and techniques from different sources through speaking to various experts in the field, including sleep experts, osteopaths, and nutritional therapists. My son, for example, had experienced a traumatic birth and benefited tremendously from cranial massage. He also had trouble sleeping; he wouldn’t nod off in a buggy or a car when he was tired like many babies do. But I realized, after reading the work of Dr Marc Weissbluth, that small babies simply cannot cope with being awake for more than two hours at a time, and over-tired babies begin to cry uncontrollably. The answer in this case was to develop a good sleep routine. It took some time but it worked and gave us all some much needed peace.

All these techniques flew out of the window, however, when I had my second colicky baby. It turned out that little Ava experienced colic for an altogether different set of reasons. In her case it was digestive problems that caused her to cry incessantly. It took some time to work out what to do but once we’d ascertained that mild lactose intolerance and a gut bacterial imbalance were to blame we were able to ‘treat’ her colic symptoms with lactose free formula and a probiotic supplement.

I’m happy to report that, at seven and three years old, both ‘babies’ are now well beyond the colic-stage and having finally escaped colic hell I was sorely tempted to banish the whole traumatic memory from my weary brain. But instead I decided to bring all the information I’d learned along with advice from a range of colic experts together in one place in order to help other parents of colicky babies.

This spring I finally launched www.colic-sos.com. Colic-SOS not only provides tips and advice on issues such as diet and feeding, sleep and routine, and massage and osteopathy, it also provides a forum for parents to connect with others in the same boat. With a growing number of Facebook followers we have developed a community of colic survivors who share their own stories and tips or simply to the opportunity to ‘rant’ to people who actually understand the meaning of the expression ‘colic hell’!

understand the meaning of the expression ‘colic hell’! Rachel Burgon: an average mum from Buckinghamshire who

Rachel Burgon: an average mum from Buckinghamshire who has been to colic hell twice and survived to tell the tale. In between helping parents cope with colic, and looking after her growing family, she develops fun, family apps for the iPhone through her company Appy Families Ltd: www.appy-families.com

She is the Founder of: Colic-SOS a survival tool for parents of colicky babies. For more information, please visit:

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Get Growing with Dawn Isaac

SMART GROWING WITH YOUR CHILDREN

By Dawn Isaac, garden designer and writer specialising in children's gardening - www.dawn-isaac.com

in children's gardening - www.dawn-isaac.com Herbs and Edible Flowers Taste is obviously important in

Herbs and Edible Flowers

Taste is obviously important in your edible garden, but there's no reason you can't make it a wider sensory experience. Adding scented herbs and beautiful edible flowers brings even more interest for children.

Planting herbs Most herbs need a sunny spot with good drainage. If you soil if very heavy with lots of clay, you can dig in some horticultural grit or sharp sand to make it more herb-friendly. Alternatively, most herbs are relatively drought-tolerant which make them ideal for planting in pots - even if you forget to water them for a short time, they will often survive quite happily. You could also try a group of herbs in a larger pot as the soil in this won't dry out as quickly as their smaller counterparts.

Also, it's a good plan to site your herbs quite near to the kitchen so it's easy to snip or pull a few leaves as you need them. If you use a glazed pot, you can write the names of the herbs on each one to help older children identify the different ones when they can be sent to gather them.

Although it's possible to sow herbs from seed, you probably only want one or two of each type so it's easier to buy them as small potted plants. Some good ones to try are chives, thyme, marjoram, sage, parsley and rosemary - perhaps even a small bay tree.

Mint is also good - it's great added to summery drinks or even as a herbal tea - but make sure you keep it in its own pot as it is fast to spread and will soon swamp over planting if you give it half a chance.

As well as picking fresh herbs, you could help the children snip stems of herbs to hang up and dry. You'll need somewhere dry and airy, out of direct sunlight. Cut stems in the morning when the dew has evaporated and bunch them into groups of five or six so they're not too congested. When dry you can strip the leaves and keep them in glass or plastic jars which the children could even decorate with acrylic pens to give away as gifts.

Edible flowers are a beautiful addition to salads or sandwiches. Some good ones to try are nasturtiums, pot marigold and cornflower petals, violets, and borage.

You can also eat the flowers of herbs such as chives, rosemary and basil - they will taste similar to the herb itself - often a slightly milder version.

It is important to explain to children that they can only eat flowers which you tell them are safe - eating some flowers can be very dangerous. Also, if you are planning to consume edible flowers make sure they are plants you have grown from seed as some plants may have been sprayed with pesticides if they were raised in a nursery.

sprayed with pesticides if they were raised in a nursery. NEXT MONTH: Reaping the harvest What

NEXT MONTH: Reaping the harvest

What to harvest this month

Salads Tomatoes, cucumbers and courgette’s Potatoes and sweetcorn French and runner beans Onions, garlic’s and shallots Strawberries Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and gooseberries Plums and damsons Early apples and pears

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Get Garden Creative

This project is from Dawn's book - Garden Crafts for Children (CICO RRP £14.99)

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August Project: Edible Flower Colander

Surprise people twice over by using a kitchen colander as a planter and then filling

it with flowers that you can eat!

You will need:

Scissors Thick plastic bag such as an old potting-mix bag Colander (larger sixes work best) Potting compost 1 pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) 2-3 nasturtiums (depending on the size of the colander) watering can

1. Cut out a circle from the plastic bag, which is a little larger in

diameter than the colander, and then carefully snip a few holes with the pair of scissors.

2. Put the plastic circle inside the colander so that it is sitting

centrally and then half-fill the colander with potting compost. Carefully trim away the excess plastic liner all around the top of the colander but make sure that the liner covers the sides nicely all the way around.

3. Gently remove the pot marigold from its container. You can do

this by turning the pot upside down, while sill supporting the plant with your fingers, and tapping the bottom of the pot until the plant comes out. Put the marigold in the centre of the colander.

4. Remove the nasturtiums from their pots using the same technique

as you did for the pot marigold, and then space them evenly around the edge of the colander.

5. Use some more of the compost to fill in the spaces between the

pot marigold and the nasturtiums, firming down well as you go.

6. Water the plants in well. Place the colander somewhere relatively

sunny and make sure that the potting compost doesn’t dry out, especially in very hot weather. Remember that the best time to water your plants is either early in the morning or in the evening.

7. If you want to turn your colander into a hanging basket, simply tie

a double length of garden twine or string around the neck of the

colander and thread three evenly spaced pieces of twine under this to form the central hanger. Remember the twine will snap if it is not replaced every few weeks. Also, to be safe, only hang the colander below head height.

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Help Your Child Develop Self Control

Feature Help Your Child Develop Self Control Why is teaching your children self control the best

Why is teaching your children self control the best gift you can give them?

We want a lot for our children. We want them to have, amongst other qualities, intelligence, good behaviour, co-operation and confidence. All of these are of course important but neuro scientist Sandra Aamodt says, “Parents would get a better return on their investment by concentrating on building self control in their children.” A psychologist, Terrie Moffit at King’s College led a study of 1000 children from birth until aged 32 and found that those with higher levels of self control in childhood were healthier and wealthier adults and were less likely to commit crimes and do drugs. She says the study revealed that self control is a vital part of forming a variety of skills, including preparing for the future, controlling temper and getting along well with people.

I agree, that amongst all the qualities we want our children to have, self control is one of the most important. And it seems, the good news is that it is teachable. Teaching children to delay gratification actually starts at the temper tantrum phase. If you give them instant gratification at this stage, they aren’t going to have self control later on. Children are very focused in the here and now and simply want their needs met immediately. Even if they know this might not happen they will try to persuade you otherwise. I believe sometimes children tantrums because it’s become a habit and they have not been taught alternative ways of asking, or letting you know what they want. Show them alternatives. You can wait until your child calms down, as they can’t listen when they are upset, and you can show them alternatives so that they learn that being articulate is a better way to let you know how they feel and what they want rather than screaming and crying and having a tantrum.” I recommend once they’ve calmed down, mentally taking them back into the situation where they had the tantrum and explaining how they could have performed differently.

It’s a technique called Action Replay. After a child has misbehaved, when he or she is calm, take them back in a role play into that situation asking them what they could have done differently. You are not telling them, you are asking them so they can figure it out and see for themselves that there could have been an alternative and that there will be one in a similar situation in the future.

Similarly, teach your child problem solving techniques, so they can see alternative ways of dealing with situations rather than just reacting. Help them to understand clear consequences so if they do act impulsively they know what the consequences will be.

do act impulsively they know what the consequences will be. I think most parents want their

I think most parents want their children to have self control, BUT when their child cries they can’t bear to hear the sound and think their child is in pain and so (often understandably) they give in. And gradually the child learns to manipulate the parent more and more. So how do you stop yourself giving in? I suggest you think long term not short term and stop yourself from thinking “Anything for an easy life” because it won’t be an easy life when your son/daughter is a demanding 16 year old. Teach children to articulate their emotional experiences. This means that if they are not getting their own way or are upset with another child, they will not impulsively react and maybe hit out, but can reason and express how they are feeling –to that child or to an adult nearby, which reduces their need to behave impulsively.

Self control can also be about sharing and putting others first and not just grabbing everything for yourself so catch your children being kind and considerate and praise them for it.

Acknowledge that sometimes self control is hard for children and reflectively listen by saying things like “I know it’s been hard for you to wait for grandma to sit down before we can all eat and you’ve been very patient,” or “I know it’s taking a long time for your turn but you’re waiting so nicely. “

One of my clients has an impulsive child which is why they needed support and one of the things we have been working on together is getting her to be considerate of and more aware of others. And team sports can do just that, and it just happens that they chose abseiling and it has really helped her to recognize that she has to function as a member of a team and that each member of the team including her has a vital role –(in an adult abseiling situation it could even be the difference between life and death) She’s learnt in this situation the importance of doing exactly what’s required, listening to the leader and playing her part within the team at the precise moments it’s requested not when she fancies. So it really has been a good sport for her to stop her impulsivity.

So self control is an important part of parenting, a vital part of teaching our children to have a more mature response to challenging situations and one of life’s golden lessons –that things that are worth having don’t come along immediately but take work and determination to achieve. After all Andy Murray didn’t win Wimbledon (I’m writing this a week after his success!) by being impulsive and expecting instant success. In fact if most parents look at successful role models they are usually people who have taken lots of knocks and failures along the way and basically who learnt that having self control is one of the keys to their success.

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HELPING YOUR CHILD SLEEP WITH EASE

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I now live in North London with my husband and three young children. Having had a baby with severe reflux which caused significant sleep problems for some time, I understand first-hand how a lack of sleep can impact on the whole family! From this point, I started to develop a keen interest in sleep issues in children, and eventually decided my career path definitely lay in helping other tired families get the sleep they need.

I became a Gentle Sleep Coach, training under Kim West (The Sleep

Lady®) in the US. This programme involves over 50 hours of training, an exam and participation in on-going advanced training. I chose this training programme as I found it was the most extensive, and the ethos of gentle sleep techniques appealed to me. I have also completed advanced training with the International Maternity Institute to become a Certified Maternity & Child Sleep Consultant.

I am a member of the British Sleep Society and the International Association for Sleep Consultants.

As well as seeing client, I also deliver many sleep workshops and talks; write articles about children’s sleep, and am a regular contributor on various social media sites.

I believe that encouraging a child to learn the skill of falling asleep independently and the ability to resettle themselves to sleep is one

of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child (and themselves!). Each family’s requirements are different when it comes to sleep coaching, not least because all children are different and sleep problems can be caused by any number of issues at any stage of childhood. Through care, love and gentle methods, I work with parents to help their child – and indeed themselves – get the sleep they need.

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Choosing a childcare provider for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Before choosing a childcare provider there are three questions to ask:

1. Should I go back to work or be a stay-at-home mum?

2. Should I return to my old job or type of work?

3. Should I move on to something different?

When and if you decide to return to work the first thing you should do is collect information about childcare options in your area. There are a variety of options to choose from including; nurseries, child minders, nannies, au pairs, crèches, before and after school clubs, play groups, pre-schools, grandparents, the list is endless.

Where to get information:

Internet – there are a number of websites which supply information about childcare providers in your area, where they are based, how long they have been trading and even reviews from other parents.

Talk to other parents – talking to friends who already use childcare or know of providers is a good way to get first hand feedback from people already using the service. Ask other parents about childcare providers in your area on parenting forums and chat rooms.

FIS - Your local Family Information Service (FIS) will be able to provide you with information about registered childcare providers in your area.

Magazines, newspapers and newsletters – some childcare providers will advertise in local school newsletters, village magazines, local newspapers and parenting magazines. This is a

great way to find those proactive providers who are seeking for new parents to use their services.

Noticeboards – many villages, communities and shops have noticeboards located in public areas to display local information. Childcare providers may choose to display their details on here.

Choosing a childcare provider:

Once you have information about the childcare providers you are interested in, make a shortlist and contact each provider to find out what times they operate and their prices to determine who provides childcare during the times you need it and at a price that you can afford.

Make an appointment to visit the childcare provider’s settings. Ask questions when you visit about the activities your child will be participating in, the daily routine, is food included in the price, what are the menus, what security do they have, will you get a daily report about what your child has done, do they supply nappies, what are their policies on sickness, will your child have a key worker, what rating did they have in their latest Ofsted inspection, how flexible are they with drop off and collection times, do they supply sun cream and hats, is there a mixture of different aged and sexes of staff, what qualifications do staff have and how often do you have to pay your bill – don’t be afraid of asking ‘silly’ questions.

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Take time to reflect on what you have seen at each setting, make a list of what you liked and if there was anything you didn’t like; were the staff engaging with the children, what did the atmosphere feel like, was the setting clean and safe, did other children seem happy and relaxed and how did you feel about each provider.

Make the decision about which provider(s) you would like to use and visit them a second time to see if you still feel the same as you did on your first visit. Remember to consider what type of childcare your child will be more comfortable with; do they respond well in groups or would they prefer more of a one-to-one basis? Think about what your child needs to develop their skills.

Ask for references from other parents who have used your chosen provider’s services.

Book your child in for a taster session to see if they like it and how they get on. Allow them time to adjust to the setting with you there and make sure you leave them on their own for a time just as you would on a normal working day.

own for a time just as you would on a normal working day. savings to more

savings to more than £1,800* per year. For more information about Childcare Vouchers visit www.busybeesbenefits.com.

When you are happy with your childcare provider book a place for your child. You might be required to pay a joining fee to hold your place.

Choosing a childcare provider is a long process, however you will feel happier about returning to work knowing you have chosen the perfect provider for your child. Remember to ask to see Ofsted reports and to consider your general feelings about a setting and it’s staff before making any decisions.

Childcare affordability:

Many parents will have childcare providers they would want to use

The price of childcare

varies considerably depending on location, type of childcare and the quality of the services provided. However, there are ways of bringing these costs down and making your desired childcare more affordable.

and those which they can actually afford.

Childcare Vouchers – these are available from your employer as salary sacrifice. Exchange up to £243* per month from your wages in return for the same amount of Childcare Vouchers and save up to £933* per year. These can be used to pay for any registered childcare for children up to the age of 16. Both parents can join their employers Childcare Voucher scheme, potentially doubling

Tax Credits – these are available to help working parents cover some of the cost of their childcare to ensure they are still able to work. You can currently get help for up to 70% of childcare costs. The weekly limit is £175 for one child or £300 for two or more. You can get up to 70% of this cost*.

Free childcare – children aged 3 and 4 are entitled to 15 free hours of childcare at a nursery or pre-school starting from the term they turn 3. This entitlement is applied to term time only (38 weeks of the year).

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Food & Recipes It’s not easy making good nutritious meals for your little ones day in
Food & Recipes It’s not easy making good nutritious meals for your little ones day in

It’s not easy making good nutritious meals for your little ones day in and day out. So that’s what Little Dish do for you.

Hillary and her business partner John created Little Dish in 2006. Expecting her first child, Hillary noticed that no one was making fresh, healthy meals for toddlers and children which parents could buy in the supermarket. She then set out on her vision to provide a range of food much like the meals you cook at home, only using ingredients that you would find in your kitchen. And thus, Little Dish was born.

Starting in 2006, Little Dish was sold through a handful of stores, whilst now over 100,000 Little Dishes are served every week across the UK. Little Dish meals contain 100% natural ingredients and no added salt. Every recipe is created in partnership with a nutritionist, and each Little Dish is taste tested by a team of tiny tasters before being let out of the kitchen.

We decided to feature some of the gorgeous recipes available from the Little Dish website for all our readers to try for themselves. Fun, simple and extremely tasty, why not get your children involved too?

We have also included a few frequently asked questions and answers some parents have had on eating problems, likes and dislikes. If you would like any further information, please contact Little Dish at the following:

www.littledish.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/littledish Twitter: @Little_Dish

I want my toddler to eat different types of foods but every time

I try she simply won’t have it. What should I do?

For your peace of mind it’s reassuring to know that your toddler refusing food is absolutely normal and that it’s well known that children refuse foods in their second year of life. This refusal seems to peak at about 18 months of age. You may have to try your toddler with a new food more than 10 times before they accept it. Drinking too much milk or squash can reduce appetite so check that they are drinking the right amount. The important thing to remember is that most faddy eating and refusal of food stops with time.

How do I make sure my toddler gets enough iron?

Iron is important to make the red blood cells which carry oxygen round the body. If your toddler doesn’t get enough iron they can develop anaemia which can make them tired and sluggish and not able to concentrate.

There are 2 types of iron that you can get from the food your child eats:

iron from meat and oily fish which is well absorbed

iron found in leafy green vegetables, grains, pulses and beans which is less well absorbed by the body

Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron and if your toddler is vegetarian eating their meal with a glass of orange juice or followed by a vitamin C rich fruit like strawberries is a great way to help them increase iron intake. Fibre, calcium and the tannins in tea actually prevents iron absorption.

Try and give your toddler 1-2 servings of meat or fish a day, or 2-3 servings of egg, pulses and beans with a high vitamin C food if your child is vegetarian. Fortified breakfast cereals also contain iron but watch the amounts of added salt and sugar.

Please enjoy the following recipes and send us some images of your finished dishes which will be shown on the Baby Buzz Magazine website.

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Food & Recipes Apricots give this chicken casserole a subtle sweet flavour kids love. This dish
Food & Recipes Apricots give this chicken casserole a subtle sweet flavour kids love. This dish

Apricots give this chicken casserole a subtle sweet flavour kids love. This dish is great on its own or served with lightly steamed mange tout or French beans.

Note: organic dried apricots do not contain sulphur dioxide (a chem- ical that preserves colour) so the fruits are naturally darker and have notes of caramel and molasses. In addition to being rich in vitamin A, dried apricots are a valuable source of iron and fibre.

Ingredients:

150g chicken breast 100g carrot 100g sweet potato 50g white potato (such as Desireé) 30g organic dried apricots (such as Crazy Jacks) 12g onion 1 small garlic clove 1/4 tsp (1.25ml) flat leaf parsley 250ml fresh unsalted vegetable stock (click here for recipe) 5ml extra virgin olive oil (or rapeseed oil)

Here’s what you do:

Peel and finely chop onion and garlic. Heat oil in pan and add onion and finely chopped garlic; sauté onion and garlic on low heat until onion begins to soften and brown slightly. Chop chicken breast into bite size pieces and add to garlic and onion in pan. Stir thoroughly and cook for 5 minutes until chicken starts to brown. Peel and chop sweet potato, white potato and carrot into small cubes and add to pan. Stir thoroughly. Finely chop apricots. Add fresh unsalted vegetable stock and apricots to pan and bring to the boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add finely chopped flat leaf parsley and continue to cook at low heat for further 5 minutes or until vegetables and chicken are tender and cooked through.

Makes 2 meals

Tips If you prefer a thicker sauce, after finely chopping apricots, cover with 100ml of boiling water. Leave to stand a few minutes and then pour mixture into a blender (or use hand blender) and puree until you have a thick, smooth sauce. Then add this mixture to the pan and continue with recipe above.

Ingredients:
Ingredients:

1 tin of Tuna

1

Pot of Little Dish Fresh Tomato and Veg sauce

3

Potatoes

4 stems of Broccoli Handful of fresh Spinach

½ Pepper

½ Onion

Handful of Fresh Basil Crushed Black Pepper

(Total Cost of Ingredients: £4.89)

Here’s what you do:

Preheat the oven to 180’C Wash and peel the potatoes. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Chop the potatoes into cubes and place into the boiling water, power boil for 8 - 10 minutes. Bring another pan of water to the boil and cook broccoli for 3 minutes. Drain both the potatoes and the broccoli. Chop and dice the onion, pepper, spinach and basil. Place the chopped onions, peppers, spinach and basil into a deep casserole dish along with the broccoli and potatoes. Open the tin of tuna drain, empty the tuna into the casserole dish. Pour in 1 pot of Little Dish fresh Tomato & Veg sauce and mix through. Sprinkle some crushed black pepper over and stir through again. Place the casserole dish into the over and cook for 20 minutes. Enjoy!.

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Food & Recipes Simplicity : Simple Serves : 6-8 children or a family of 4 Prep
Food & Recipes Simplicity : Simple Serves : 6-8 children or a family of 4 Prep

Simplicity:

Simple

Serves:

6-8 children or a family of 4

Prep Time:

5 minutes

Cooking time:

15 minutes

Ingredients:

4 x 125g (4 1/2 oz) salmon fillets 145g (5 oz) fresh basil pesto 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste 40g (1 1/2 oz) fresh breadcrumbs (1 slice brown bread)

Method:

1.

Preheat the oven to 200’C/400’F/Gas 6.

2.

Check the salmon carefully for bones, using your fingers to feel for them. Give the salmon a quick rinse under cold water, pat dry, then lay the fillets side by side in a lightly oiled baking dish, skin-side down.

3.

Combine the pesto, lemon juice and breadcrumbs in a small bowl, then spread over the salmon. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through. Test by inserting the tip of a knife into the flesh. When done, it will have lost its transparency and look opaque all through.

Tip 1:

Serve with rice, couscous or pasta and a green vegetable.

Tip 2:

Fresh breadcrumbs are easily made with a grater or hand blender.

breadcrumbs are easily made with a grater or hand blender. Simplicity : Straightforward Serves : 6
breadcrumbs are easily made with a grater or hand blender. Simplicity : Straightforward Serves : 6

Simplicity: Straightforward

Serves:

6 children or a family of 4

Prep Time:

25 minutes

Cooking time:

15 minutes

Prep Time : 25 minutes Cooking time : 15 minutes Ingredients : 2 x 150g (5

Ingredients:

2 x 150g (5 oz) cooked skinless chicken breasts 200g (7 oz) broccoli, chopped into florets

200g (7 oz) short pasta, such as penne or fusilli Knob unsalted butter 100g (3 1/2 oz) mushrooms, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

1-2 teaspoons dried herbs 25g (1 oz) plain flour 360ml (12 fl. oz) chicken stock with no added salt 120ml (4 fl. oz) whole milk 60g (2 oz) Gruyere cheese, grated Freshly ground black pepper

40g (1 1/2 oz) fresh breadcrumbs (1 slice of brown bread)

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 220’C/425’F/Gas 7.

2. Dice the cooked chicken breasts and set aside.

3. Cook the broccoli in boiling water for 5 minutes; remove the broccoli using a slotted spoon and set aside. Return the water to the boil and cook the pasta for 10-12 minutes or according to the directions on the packet. Drain and set aside.

4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat; add the mushrooms, garlic, herbs and saute for 4 minutes. Add the flour before gradually adding the chicken stock and milk; give it a good stir with a whisk. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes, until thick, stirring from time to time. Add the Gruyere, a pinch of pepper and stir well. Take the pan of the heat and stir in the cooked diced chicken.

5. Grease a casserole dish and put a layer of pasta on the bottom, roughly half. Put half the broccoli on top, followed by half the chicken mixture, then repeat with a second layer of each. Sprinkle the top with the breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan an bake for 15 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown.

Tip 1:

Spaghetti or tagliatelle works well in this dish if you are making it for older children or adults. Simply substitute 200g of long pasta for the short pasta. Leftovers freeze well for up to 30 days.

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Food & Recipes Simplicity: Straightforward Makes: 12 muffins Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
Simplicity: Straightforward Makes: 12 muffins Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
Simplicity:
Straightforward
Makes:
12 muffins
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cooking time:
20 minutes
muffins Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients : 125g (4 1/2 oz) plain

Ingredients:

125g (4 1/2 oz) plain flour 60g (2 1/4 oz) wholemeal flour 60g (2 1/4 oz) rolled oats 60g (2 1/4 oz) brown sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 60g (2 1/4 oz) blueberries 60g (2 1/4 oz) peeled and chopped apple 2 medium eggs 180ml (6 fl. oz) milk, plus a little extra if needed 40g (1 1/2 oz) unsalted butter, melted

Method:

1.

Preheat the oven to 190’C/375’F/Gas 5. Grease a 12- hole muffin tin or line with paper cases.

2.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the fresh fruit and toss briefly so it gets a little coating of flour.

3.

Beat the eggs, milk and melted butter together, then pour over the dry ingredients. Fold lightly together, adding a touch more milk if the mixture feels a little dry. Don’t overbeat: the batter should be lumpy and moist, not smooth.

4.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling each hole/paper case about two-thirds full, and bake until cooked in the middle, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before taking the muf- fins out of the tin.

Tip:

Also very good with raspberries and pears substituted for the blueberries and apple

and pears substituted for the blueberries and apple Simplicity : Straightforward Serves : 8-10

Simplicity:

Straightforward

Serves:

8-10 children

Prep Time:

15 minutes

Cooking time:

45-50 minutes

Time : 15 minutes Cooking time : 45-50 minutes Ingredients : Butter, for greasing 100g (3

Ingredients:

Butter, for greasing

100g (3 1/2 oz) light muscovado sugar 150ml (5 fl. oz) sunflower oil

2 large eggs

125g (4 1/2 oz) wholemeal plain flour 125g (4 1/2 oz) plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon mixed spice

Juice of 1 orange, or 100 ml (3 fl. oz) orange juice

2 ripe bananas, mashed

125g (4 1/2 oz) carrots, grated 60g (generous 2 oz) raisins or sultanas

Method:

1.

Preheat the oven to 180’C/350’F/Gas 4. Lightly grease an 18-cm (7-inch) cake tin with butter.

2.

In a bowl, beat the sugar and oil together with a wooden spoon until smooth, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift the flour, then add baking powder, mixed spice, orange juice and stir in well. Fold in the banana, carrots and sultanas or raisins.

3.

Pour the mixture in the cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the cake is well risen and firm to the touch. Let the cake cool for a few minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tip:

If you fancy icing the cake - mix 200g of cold cream cheese with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat in 80g of sifted icing sugar. Use a knife to ice the cake.

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The Mummy-to-Be… (really, really soon!)

Feature The Mummy-to-Be… (really, really soon!) Welcome to week 32 in the Jenkinson tummy. Baby girl

Welcome to week 32 in the Jenkinson tummy. Baby girl is

still growing well and

is wriggling around a

lot – I feel like I’m carting a very active bag of spuds around with me most of the time! Getting to and from work is proving interesting, and it’s

not just the quest for

a seat in rush hour

that’s been the biggest eye-opener . people talk to you all the time when you’re pregnant. Honestly, they do!

I’m shocked – having lived in London all my life, where nobody makes eye contact with you, never mind engage you in actual conversation, I was totally unprepared for the attention that being pregnant has caused. A work colleague bought me a ‘Baby on Board’ badge when I announced that I was expecting, but I’ve been a little reluctant to wear it as I’m not mad keen on drawing attention to myself. My very sticky-out-the-front bump is advertisement enough to be honest. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of people who have offered me a seat on the bus or the train, and even more surprised by the amount of people who’ve made a beeline to ask when the baby’s due or to tell me their own baby stories. It’s lovely! Mind you, I’ve had to start leaving for work a little earlier than usual, as all the nattering was making me late. Two very kind Covent Garden market traders have offered to babysit once baby’s out, so I’ve told them I’ll bear them in mind – every little helps!

As well as negotiating the commute around The Smoke, my chap and I have had other travel plans to organise this month in the form of a little trip-ette to Greece. A friend of mine was getting married in Santorini, but I wasn’t sure whether it was a good idea to go. The wedding was planned over a year ago, and we were all set to book before I found out I was expecting. I wasn’t sure how late into pregnancy it was possible to travel, but I discovered that Thomson Holidays let you travel up to 36 weeks (though a doctor’s note is required for travel post 28 weeks). As I’d be travelling at 30 weeks and was feeling well in myself we decided to go for it and book a week’s stay. I’m glad we did. For a start, it gave me an excuse to flaunt one of the New Look maternity frocks that I bought last month, as well as an excuse to book somewhere slightly more lavish than usual… you can’t rough it when you’re pregnant, it’s simply not allowed. We stayed in a little four-star B&B by the beach and were treated like royalty by everybody – Greek people love pregnant ladies – indeed, wherever we went I was presented with portions of ice-cream, fruit and drinks. Fantastic! I will be expecting gifts to be thrust upon me for the remainder of my pregnancy, though whether the driver of the 24 bus will see fit to lavish me with grapes and Soleros remains to be seen

We had a fab holiday (our last as a twosome of course), and the wedding was a real treat. My New Look dress went down a storm. Unfortunately this was mainly due to the fact that a mini hurricane started on the beach at the same time as the nuptials, which meant I

spent the duration of the ceremony frantically waving my arms about trying to stop the dress from billowing upwards and attacking my face. I looked like a lunatic. Good job I had clean pants on! As the wind refused to let up, I was forced to tie a pashmina under my bump for the remainder of the wedding, but as the bride and groom were busy trying to stop the chairs blowing into the sea I think I got away with it!

One thing I was a bit shocked and disappointed about was Thomson’s refusal to let me pre-book an aisle seat next to my boyfriend

on the plane. It is a well-known fact that the average expectant mum spends about two-thirds of the day piddling (slight exaggeration?), so I wanted to make sure I had easy access to the loo for the duration of the four-hour flight. I also didn’t want to be constantly disturbing some other poor holidaymaker in my quest for a pee. I was fully prepared to pay for this privilege, but Thomson have a policy of not letting anyone pre-book a pair of seats on an aisle under any circumstances. They will let you book a window seat and the one next to it, but no aisles, unless you’re prepared to sit totally separately. I spoke to their customer service team, and the special assistance team but nobody could override this ridiculous rule. The same policy apparently applies for disabled people, or anyone who may need aisle access. I totally understand that if everybody booked the aisle seats up then there would be a strip of empty window seats with nobody wanting to take them, but surely if there are disabled or pregnant people on the flight it makes sense to hold a couple of rows off sale to accommodate them as long as they’re booked in advance? I got over it and sat next to the window, but it just seemed like a very family-unfriendly policy to me.

Once back from holiday we had our final scan to look forward to. I believe that most hospitals have two scans, but we are having our little’un at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill, and as they’re a teaching hospital they offer a third scan at 32 weeks. We discovered that our baby is still lying in the breech position (yikes) and that she’s also facing the wrong way (posterior). Great! We weren’t able to get a picture due to the totally awkward way she was laying, but the doctors assured me that she still has plenty of time to turn. I hope so! I know there are some techniques and exercises that you can do to get the baby to turn naturally, so I’ll give them a whirl and let you know next month whether anything’s worked. Whatever happens, I think it’s safe to say we already have a stubborn little monkey on our hands!

I’m so sad to say that this will be the last instalment by the wonderful Lindsey, who has let me follow her through almost all of her pregnancy. By the time this goes live, I’m sure Lindsey will have had her beautiful little girl and that we will be able to feature her in the next issue.

We are hoping to create a new follow-up feature starting from September where we can see how some the little ones we have featured have been getting on and how much they’ve changed. I will be in contact with all the mums and dads who have put their children forward to see if they would like to be a part of this.

Thank you Lindsey, so, so much and we can’t wait to meet your little girl, Nickie xx

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Mr Ma!

The last time we had a holiday together as a family it was a disaster. Admittedly choosing to spend a week in a tiny tin box on wheels may have contributed to it being somewhat less than ideal but when I was a child the mere mention of Bognor Regis would have me sprinting up the stairs to pack my swimming trunks into my mini suitcase with an enormous grin on my face. As with most parents I was hoping this would be replicated with my my kids. It wasn’t. Suffice to say we came home two days into our week long stay.

Some of the factors that led to the early finish were unavoidable everyday things like illness and the kids not doing well in the same cupboard/bedroom and others were more specific to my eldest child and his being on the autistic spectrum. We are very fortunate in that he doesn’t react to change as dramatically as some children on the spectrum do, in fact as long as certain things are in place he doesn’t really mind where he is. Chief among those sources of comfort and reassurance are his portable DVD player and his video game. On this particular occasion I specifically booked a DVD player in the caravan so we could reduce our luggage requirements. Needless to say arriving at our tin box tired and grumpy the first thing he wanted to do was watch one of the many DVDs he’d brought with him, not being able to did not help his mood.

So with this holiday fun still fresh in my mind the suggestion of my wife that we go on holiday again was met with a hearty laugh until I realised she was serious. The holiday she had in mind was camping. Now to me camping is not a way to have fun. The last time I camped I was sixteen and on a school trip to America, camping right next to the Grand Canyon. Even this could not stir in me a love of the great outdoors, plus having a bricklayer for a dad I always thought it a little traitorous to promote living under canvas. I have held out against the festival fun of a three day no shower or toilet holiday and not been tempted by the cheap and cheerful “holiday in the UK for less” message, yeah right less walls, less roof, less showers and less toilets. You may notice a showers and toilets theme here and I am not ashamed to admit that for me these two items are basics and not luxuries.

Camping has often reared it’s ugly head in conversations with my wife, her quoting early morning fry ups over a camping stove me replying no showers no toilets. So it is not as if we were unaware of each other’s position vis a vis tent life. Therefore when on this occasion my wife suggested camping as a family holiday I was intrigued, thinking I had successfully extinguished this particular flame of interest some time ago. But, this was to be no ordinary camping holiday, this was to be Camp Amazing. And what exactly marked this particular tented experience out as Amazing? Toilets? Showers? No, special needs! This was to be a four day weekend of camping specifically for families of children with special needs. A holiday where everyone would be in the same boat (or tent) so to speak, with their kids not being the subject of stares and comments. And believe me when I tell you, stares and comments can really bring the holiday mood down.

So with a heavy heart I agreed and we set about borrowing everything we would need. It turned out that everything we would need was actually everything. We also needed to borrow something to carry everything we borrowed. So a trip round to my cousin Doug and we had a roof box stuck to the top of the car. A roof box so big I can no longer actually open the boot properly. Nip round to my mum’s and we have a cool box, pop over to my brother Dan (the festival king in his younger pre kids days) and we have camping chairs, camping pans, and a trolley to carry it all. Lastly the dreaded tent itself, borrowed from our friend Lucy. It comes in a suitcase sized holdall so I don’t expect it will be all that spacious. Turns out I was

wrong. The thing is so big when we do a practice run of putting it up we don’t quite have enough garden. We shoe horn the tent back into it’s holdall and we pack the car (and roof box) for our adventure.

and we pack the car (and roof box) for our adventure. Sometimes things can go wrong

Sometimes things can go wrong and you just have to shrug it off and carry on but if I were to shrug every time something went wrong for us I’d have R.S.I. of the shoulders. Our first hitch was the two hour drive which actually took four hours, this was followed by the snapping of a main tent pole while pitching the beast, this was trumped by our son who has been dry at night for a long time successfully wetting his sleeping bag even though he was wearing a pull up for safety! In fact our new neighbour Rhiannon correctly nominated us as having the worst luck in camp. Although her luck wasn’t looking so great having us pitch up next door.

No sooner had we arrived than the kids were off to run riot on the two bouncy castles. The site was in Dorset and the weather was scorching so sunburn was going to be the order of the day. We got the tent up, or as I like to refer to it the canvas St Paul’s, the only thing bigger on site was the Marquee. Everyone was very friendly and extremely helpful, including helping newbies like us to pitch our tent. There were lots of activities and things to do and for the older kids it was a chance to bond with others in their shoes either as children with additional needs themselves or as siblings of those children. And also it was a chance for us the parents (and grand parents) to bond, exchange war stories and share strategies. I can’t praise enough the way the volunteers and helpers went out of their way to ensure everyone was able to do whatever they needed to do to have a good time and not worry about the kids and the things that would normally draw attention in a mainstream environment. When you have a child with complex medical needs or even physical needs it can be easier not to go out than to put up with the attention, and from talking to some families a holiday from that was very welcome.

The founder and originator of Camp Amazing a wonderful woman called Claire has started something which deserves to grow and grow, and I think it was amazing for a number of reasons not least of which was the fact that my wife and I are already talking about going back next year. The kids both loved it and there were even toilets and showers!

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BABY BUZZ - MUST READ

WOMB WITH A VIEW BY JODIE NEWMAN

In the last eight months since I started Baby Buzz Magazine I’ve read one book (Angus

Kennedy, The Kitchen Baby as featured in the April issue). It’s not that I don’t like reading,

I just don’t have the time. It was a surprise , to me probably more than anyone, that when

I received Womb with a View, once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down! Fortunately I’m

a fast reader and bedtimes were spent with me laughing to the point of almost waking up the littlest one.

Without even turning the pages, simply looking at the picture on the back makes you laugh out loud. You know that moment you can’t help but laugh at something and everyone thinks you’ve gone a little mad, laughing at yourself?… It doesn’t stop there! As soon as you open the book you instantly are hooked with the realisation of ‘oh my god, that was me!’

Don’t for a moment think this book is one of your typical biography style books that offers medical advice, tips and hints and all the usual regimented books that tells you how you should or shouldn’t be doing something, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Jodie is absolutely brilliant in the way she puts across her feelings and views and experiences on her pregnancy right through the first six months of parenthood! She writes every point in a way that you just know any parent who reads this book will instantly recognise what she’s gone through. It is also a fantastic way to introduce your friends and family, who may be expecting a new addition to their household, to a touch of reality!

So who is Jodie Newman?

Well, there’s no one better to tell you than Jodie herself:

“I write, I work and I mother. These are not listed in priority order, although it is probably fair to say it is a list compiled in competence order. It's an interesting juggling act, and means I have almost perfected the art of multi-tasking (otherwise known as not doing anything perfectly). Typing whilst holding the baby. Blogging whilst cooking the tea. Eavesdropping on other mothers' conversations to see how they do it whilst drinking a coffee. I don't proofread in the shower though, as my highlighter pen is not waterproof.

This book is a must read for any parent-to-be and in fact any new parent, experienced parent, hell even a grandparent. With the experience of having ‘gone through it’ you will see the head shakes and the murmurs and comments ‘ah yes, I remember that well’!

the murmurs and comments ‘ah yes, I remember that well’! Order Womb With a View now

Order Womb With a View now

Jodie's latest book is available for purchase right now. You can pay via paypal or with your credit/debit card and is only £6.99 plus delivery! Please note if you prefer your books with a little less paper, then the Kindle version is just perfect for you. Head on over to Amazon, in the Kindle section

(http://amzn.to/16PUVvJ)

To order your copy, simply visit:

http://www.jodienewman.co.uk/the-book

I am based in Essex, but would just like to clarify at this juncture that I do not own a pair of Ugg boots and whilst my complexion can be a little orange at times, that is solely down to my six month old coughing masticated sweet potato into my face.

In my spare time

remember now, I don't have any.

oh, that's right, I

Please turn overleaf to read the first three excerpts which I am sure will entice you to buy the book and read the full story. It will have you laughing from front to back!

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Feature Extract Three: You do the maths Extract One: The first scan Days plod by, the

Extract Three: You do the maths

Extract One: The first scan Days plod by, the date of that nuchal fold scan creeping ever closer. Our local health authority doesn’t offer a nuchal fold scan as part of the deal – but they are very generous with the leaflets from out local private clinics that will provide the service for a fee. I still don’t actually know what a nuchal fold is, so I have decided that it is probably an advanced way of folding napkins into wine glasses for pretentious dinner parties. “For God’s sake, Manuella, swans are so last decade. Do the nuchal fold, and make sure the label isn’t showing.” The midwife convinced me that there was no point having a dating scan (the free one) as well as the nuchal fold scan (the one that costs about the same as a weekend break), as they may throw up conflicting answers about the due date. It is slightly unnerving to know that something that seemed so medically precise and technologically advanced as a scan does, in fact, boil down to a bit of finger-in-the-air (well, I suppose it could be put somewhere a lot worse) guess work.

Extract Two: The world of prams (sorry, baby travel systems)

The time comes that we must buy a pram for our impending offspring. Being novice parents-to-be, we thought this would be a fairly simple task. Hah. How wrong can two people be? We canvas opinions from friends. Top of the list is the Bugaboo, the pram of choice for Yummy Mummies. Except they are not called prams anymore. They are travel systems. Which, as far as I can tell, means that for the several hundred pounds for which it is adver- tised, you get four wheels and a frame, with everything else as an optional, expensive extra.

“Oh, you want handles, madam? That will be another £150. But you really don’t want the basic handles. These are the latest handles, with ergo-grip technology and tri-positionable wrist sup- ports. It’s not worth not spending the extra £60 to have these.” Friends bemoan the fact that theirs did not come with a cup holder, and that they had to fork out another chunk of cash for this essential piece of pram ware. No cup holder? Good god, that’s practically child abuse.

I have no idea why it is de rigeur to state the length of your pregnancy in weeks. There is a very handy unit of time that is much easier to work with, called a month, but no one in the medical profession has cottoned on to this yet. It used to irritate me when I enquired of pregnant women how far gone they were, to have a meaningless number of weeks thrown back at me. Twenty-two weeks? How the f*&k long is that? Have the hormones affected your brain, love? Tell me in months, like any normal bloody person would. I can’t be doing with trying to work out what that is in months. I am s”*t at maths. I knew maths and me were never really going to rub along the day that Mr. MacGregor told us we were going to be having a ‘bit of fun’ in the lesson and, taking his position at the blackboard, began to explain that in maths, it is theoretically impossible for one car to actually overtake another. There were thirty-three people in that classroom. And thirty-two of them were looking at the other one, with his beard, tweed and elbow patches (yes, Mr MacGregor was an uber-cliche when it came to being a teacher, from his slightly balding crown to his need-a-polish brogues) and thinking: what the bloody hell are you talking about man? This episode was closely followed by my maths exam paper being returned to me in class. Mr MacGregor slid it onto my desk. “Very…neat handwriting,” he said with a weak smile. You know you are in trouble when your artistry as a calligrapher is the most notable thing about your maths prowess.

And yet. Here I am, sitting with a friend, saying, “Oh, I am thirty-two weeks.” She looks at me blankly and I realise that I have been lured over to the dark side. I roll my eyes. “Divide by four, that will tell you roughly,” I suggest, not attempting something so complicated myself in public, of course.

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our Focus Group? info@babybuzzmagazine.com. Sign up now at petit banan: Nickie: Have you ever noticed how
petit banan: Nickie: Have you ever noticed how there are very few complete matching sets
petit banan:
Nickie: Have you ever noticed how there are very few complete matching sets for your buggy and if there
are, they cost an absolute fortune? We came across a new company called petit banan on
Facebook who have created a range of brightly coloured complete sets and very kindly sent us on
to have a look at. The full set comprises pram liner, foot muff, changing bag, bottle pod, changing
mat and padded harness covers and all for just £45.99! There are numerous colours to choose
from so should you wish to change your buggy style to accommodate your mood then you have a
very affordable way of doing it.
The product all comes delivered within the changing bag, so storage issues are solved straight
away (should you decide to buy more than one!). The footmuff and liner are super soft and
brightly coloured. Would we recommend it - 100%. If you have a buggy that is a little plain or
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products available, please visit: www.petitbanan.co.uk Mumlin: Nickie: One of the most products you will buy

Mumlin:

Nickie:

One of the most products you will buy as an expectant mum, a new mum or even an experienced mum is a muslin cloth, you will buy them in the bundle, the bumper pack and then the bucket load. The reason being that they help to clear up mess inevitably made by baby and also to protect your clothing! The only thing with a muslin cloth is that they get extremely dirty, stained and tatty in a very short space of time and they aren’t that cheap!

I attended the Bubble Show in Islington recently and had the opportunity of meeting the lovely Katy, founder of the Mumlin, Katy sent me a few of these to trial out and they are brilliant, a dignified and tidy way of protecting your shoulders and knees and in fact any where you wish to cover! The Mumlin is a u-shaped piece of soft, absorbent cotton in a range of signature prints that sits over both shoulders to protect your clothes while burping baby. It is extremely comfortable and sits in place!

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Nickie: With the recent spell of amazing weather we’ve had, it’s no wonder that protective swimwear and outerwear is at the forefront of parents minds. We were introduced to a fantastic company, quite new to the UK called Sunuva. Sunuva produce gorgeous UVA proctected beachwear for babies, toddlers and children up to approximately 12 years old. They have over 180 stockists around the world with the collection being really affordable and many great designs. I was given the lovely benefit of choosing two items to see for my girls and they are absolutely stunning. Considering I have two girls in very different age groups, I really thought I would struggle finding something suitable for both of them but it was an easy task and both swimming costume for the littlest one and bikini for the oldest were simply gorgeous. A definite must have for my readers! For more information and to see the full range of outfits they have on offer, please visit: www.sunuva.com

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News & Reviews Is it easy to handle / use? Up until six months ago I
News & Reviews Is it easy to handle / use? Up until six months ago I

Is it easy to handle / use? Up until six months ago I hadn’t heard of the Joovy brand but since meeting the brand at a Baby Show, I’ve seen the different models everywhere! The

latest model to be reviewed, the Ultralight Caboose,

is fabulously light, as the name suggests and can

accommodate two children both in comfort! We also managed to put the system together with minimal use of instructions.

What car seat is the Ultralight Caboose system compatible with? The unit comes with a car seat frame that clicks easily into place. This is then compatible with many different car seats i.e. Britax, Chicco, Cybex Aton, Graco and Maxi-Cosi to name but a few.

Is it cost effective? Joovy are a very competitive brand and offer an affordable way of getting a quality travel system or pushchair for your child.

How easy was it to put the Joovy together? Like I mentioned earlier, I barely had to read the

instructions, it is so straight forward to put together and to open and close. I had it up and ready in just

a few minutes from opening the box.

How practical is it? Ideal for almost every family. It collapses to a good

size and easily fits into the boot of our Corsa, which

at

best is pushed for storage! The Ultralight Caboose

is

very easy to push and handle.

Will the system fit into the boot of a standard family car? No problem at all! We had ample space still remaining for shopping.

What age is it suitable from? Birth and upwards thanks to the additional parts to install a car seat.

Anything else?

A very cost effective and fun pushchair. My

daughter spent most of the evening sitting in it and not wanting to come out unless to put her baby doll into it and pushing it around. We loved this one.

Price: £274.00

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We loved this one. Price: £274.00 Baby Buzz Rating: 5/5 What is it? This is the
We loved this one. Price: £274.00 Baby Buzz Rating: 5/5 What is it? This is the

What is it? This is the new Samsung Safeview Monitor released towards the end of last year

Specifications:

3.5" Color Video Pan, Tilt & Zoom Interference-free (900ft*) Two way talk feature Remote NIght Light Night Vision

How easy is it to set up? Extremely easy! You simply attach the power cables, plug in and away you go. Both units are paired up already so the hardest thing is taking it out of the box!

Is it really as good as it says? Absolutely, the clarity on the screen is brilliant and the two-way talk feature is crystal clear. My little one stopped in her tracks thinking mummy was in the room talking to her. For me, this was a much easier way of settling her without having to go up and down the stairs constantly and getting her more distressed each time I left the room.

Technical:

The unit charges extremely quickly which is a god send as the unit is wireless and gives you the freedom to move around. The base unit has a long range trans- mission of 800ft which is great too! The unit is also remote con- trolled so you can move the cam- era to where it sees best.

Is it value for money? Prices start from £159.99 so for the equipment you get, absolute- ly, great value for money.

Buzz Rating: 5/5

YERADESSA

ly, great value for money. Buzz Rating: 5/5 YERADESSA What is it? A gorgeous dinner set

What is it?

A gorgeous dinner set for any

toddlers! The set comprises of a side cloud shaped dish, cup, house shaped plate and a knife, fork and spoon shaped as trees.

Is it really as good as it says? We found that this was a great

way of getting my daughter to eat

a more structured meal. She was more interested in eating

different things if we put them in both dishes and she loved the

She found it a little

difficult to use the spoon as it had

a fat lip and so she couldn’t scoop

up the food very well. Otherwise

she loved it and is still very happy

to see it come out for meal times.

cutlery.

Any negatives? My little one in her urgency to grab the tray off the side of the counter pulled it down a little too quickly and caused the little side dish to fall on the floor and sadly smash.

Price:

The full set can be purchased online at a few retailers with prices starting from £19.99.

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Allergies

Not something to sneeze at!

Most food allergies occur during early infancy and cows’ milk protein allergy is one of the most common. Thankfully, many children grow out of this allergy as they get older. It can be a very worrying time for parents, so we hope this gives you an insight as to what to look out for and what to expect.

an insight as to what to look out for and what to expect. Symptoms can be

Symptoms can be immediate or delayed. Immediate reactions occur very quickly after the infant has consumed cows’ milk, so are relatively easy to pick up. Reactions are common when weaning or if changing from breast feeding to formula. If you notice a red itchy rash around baby’s mouth, facial swelling, hives (red itchy lumps) on the body, streaming nose, sickness and vomiting, or diarrhoea, this may be because your child is having an immediate allergic reaction. In more severe reactions, there may be breathing difficulties, and if this is the case you should call an ambulance immediately. Thankfully this is quite rare in infants.

Some symptoms come on much more slowly and are more difficult to spot. These are known and may cause chronic symptoms such as eczema, reflux, colic, poor growth, diarrhoea or even constipation. It is difficult to identify whether these symptoms are caused by cows’ milk protein allergy, as they may in fact be down to other conditions. So it is important to seek the help of your GP as they will want to rule

as

to seek the help of your GP as they will want to rule as out any

out any other causes, and will also be able to refer you to the appropriate paediatric allergy specialist if they feel this is necessary.

started weaning and have introduced other foods, then it may be helpful to keep a food/symptoms' diary (this can also be a diary of the foods you

an immediate reaction to milk, testing will usually be done either by blood test or by a ‘skin prick’ test. A small drop of liquid containing the cows’ milk protein is placed on the skin of the inside of the lower arm or on the inside of the leg and the skin is gently pricked. This is nothing to be concerned about and isn’t painful for baby. You will then be asked to wait for about 15-20 minutes to see if a red weal appears. The results of these tests will help to confirm if your baby is allergic to cows’ milk.

help to confirm if your baby is allergic to cows’ milk. Once an allergy has been

Once an allergy has been confirmed either by your GP or specialist, you should be offered advice on how to manage your baby’s allergy to cows’ milk protein. This may include advice from a dietitian on alternatives to cows’ milk formulas, how to avoid cows’ milk in processed foods, and advice on avoiding foods that contain cows’ milk in your own diet if you are breastfeeding.

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Symptoms can be immediate or delayed and appear after your baby is exposed to cows’ milk. This can occasionally happen through breastfeeding in very sensitive babies who react to traces of cows’ milk protein in breastmilk or, more commonly,

when cows’ milk is introduced in

a formula or weaning food. If you think your baby is reacting to cows’ milk, make an appointment as soon as you can to see your GP. Your GP will be able to assess whether your baby’s symptoms may be down to an

allergy to cows’ milk protein or

if there may be another cause.

They will also be able to refer you to an allergy specialist if necessary. If you suspect your baby may have a delayed allergy, or if you have already

solely

An appointment at an allergy clinic can take longer than a normal hospital appointment, especially as they may want to do allergy tests as well as seeing the specialist and a dietitian, so be prepared to take some toys and

maybe a drink with you to keep your baby happy while you wait. Your specialist will ask many questions to get a clear history and may then decide to do some allergy tests. If your baby has had