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Dexter will be sixteen months next week and has almost mastered the art of escape! He honestly could be the next Houdini. For a while now I have been worrying about his safety whilst in the high chair, pram, car seat and trike. There have been a number of stories in the news in recent months of children escaping from their car seats whilst parents have been driving - this frightens the hell out of me! Does this sound like your little ones? Are you worried about your little escape artists?
Belt Up Kidz is a retrofit strap buckle that helps prevent little arms escaping their buggies, high chairs, trikes etc.
My cheeky faced little monkey is 16 months old!
I know Dexter, hard to believe isn't it?
Another week flown by in an instant and we're almost at the end of April already! Here's our week in pictures, lots of smiles, giggles and fun at the zoo this week.
Day 109: Bath time fun before Mummy had to go to work
Day 110: The weather was absolutely beautiful so we had lots of playtime in the garden. Dexter loves being outside so this week we have really made use of the weather.
Day 111: Again more fun time outside on Tuesday, smelling lots of beautiful flowers....and weeds =/ I'm not the most educated person when it comes to flowers I'm afraid. My Grandma would be ashamed =( she was a fantastic gardener and knew a lot about her flowers/plants/trees etc.
Day 112: With a "To Do List" as long as my arm and a grumpy baby I was having a pretty stressful day so after dropping Dexter off with Grandma for a couple of hours I popped into Costa for a quick Chai Latte before venturing off to buy Daddy some Jeans.
Day 113: We went to the Zoo with one of my oldest friends who moved away recently but was back home for the week. Dexter had so much fun seeing all the animals. After the drive home we dropped Dexter off with Daddy and went out for dinner......and prosecco of course =)
Day 114: Oh aren't we cruel, we had a lovely Indian takeaway and this time they had put lots of lemons in with our food so we handed Dexter one. He has had lemons before and hasn't ever flinched but this time he didn't half pull some funny faces!
Day 115: Poorly baby took an age over breakfast and didn't really eat much. A day filled with lots of cuddles and films on the sofa.
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I wouldn't say we have the most child friendly garden, there is a lot of concrete, the back wall is missing and the front gate is missing but it is a garden. Dexter loves being outside, especially when the sun is shining and he's able to run around at his own pace. We don't have any toys out there for him just the rabbits and Smudge to keep him company but that doesn't matter. It's nature that keeps him busy, finding ants, flies, worms. Digging up bits of rock, playing with the dandelions and just being a little boy. I love watching him play in the garden and today was no different. We spent a good 30 mins just listening to nature, watching the birds and the bees flying around - it really is beautiful and I think sometimes we forget that.
You may remember I wrote a post about Breastfeeding a Toddler a few days ago and how I was saddened that I don't know many mothers that have breastfed past the age of around 6 months. Well I went to see the Nurse yesterday morning because my current contraception method is causing issues. We sat there and chatted for a while and she mentioned a few other methods that may be more effective and as always I asked whether it would effect my milk. She sat there for a few seconds and looked at me like I had two heads - she seemed incredibly shocked that I was still breastfeeding. She quickly said, and I quote: "Wow, well done you!, it's not very often I hear of a woman breastfeeding past 6 months". Now once I had gotten past the patronising "Well Done" I asked her if she was being serious. I was surprised at how shocked she was. Now for a Nurse to be congratulating me on something that is well 'human nature' that says something about society at the moment. She must see hundreds of mothers each week and I am one of the only mothers that are still feeding their children? It made me feel a bit weird, kind of like I was doing something wrong when I'm not, I am giving my little boy the best start in life! I have said this a number of times but it really does sadden me that Mothers who have successfully breastfed have given up so soon - I can imagine a lot of it is to do with pressures from, friends, family and society itself. When is nursing going to become the "norm" once again?
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I don't know about you but I am always looking for ways to keep Dexter entertained and engaged in something fun and as much as possible, educational too. Today an exciting package arrived containing four packs of Flash Cards. Now I have read lots of good things about these and heard lots from Mummy friends on how great they have been for their children so I decided it was time to introduce some easy learning. Dexter has learnt the odd word here and there and for a fourteen month old little boy I think he is doing really well but if I can help him on his way then I'll do anything within my power to do so.
Are you confused about when to turn your child forward facing in the car?
I know I was! I spent hours and hours trawling the internet looking for the safest car seat for my beautiful baby boy, the one person that means the most to me in the whole world. It goes without saying that I want him to be safe at all times and with thousands of car seats on the market I was a bit baffled to say the least. After reading several reports, reviews and research it was evident that rearward facing car seats were the way forward.
Different shops and websites give different advice and it can be hard to know what to do. Did you know that children younger than 4–5 years old are safer if they travel rear facing in the car? In Scandinavia, children are not turned forward until they have reached at least 4 years old and weigh more than 25kg(55lbs).
I absolutely adore looking at different crafts and art, in fact it is one of my favourite things to do but the sad thing is I am the least creative/arsty person I know! I really don't want Dexter to turn out like me, I really hope that he can draw something more creative than a stick man! haha So with this in mind I have taken it upon myself to ignite his creativity, imagination and hopefully I will succeed. I love home made arts and crafts, hand and footprints are one of my favourite keep sakes so this year I decided to make some Mother's Day cards for both Grandma's with Dexter. Ok, Ok I know they're not the most professional looking but who cares, we had fun making them and I think they turned out ok, see how we made them below.
First start by getting messy! Make sure you've got a mat down so you don't get paint everywhere and then get as many hand prints as possible. Dexter wasn't in the best of moods so this proved quite difficult. Whilst the prints are drying draw a leaf on some green paper, cut out the shape and also the shape of a stem. Glue these bits onto a folded A4 sheet of yellow card. Once your prints are dry cut around the shape and glue to the top of the stem to create a tulip shaped flower.
Once dry you're ready to write a lovely Mother's day message for your recipient.
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Hi, My name is Kelly and I'm the author of Life's Little Treasures. I'm a Restaurant Manager, Tea Drinker, Wife to my wonderful Husband and Mummy to Dexter. Here's our story........
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