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September 26th, 2012. All the latest news, views, and reviews

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Light Fantastic

They might have the look of a futuristic teether about them but these oddly shaped things are actually the latest thing in night lights for tots. They're stable enough to stand on a shelf or, because of the ring shaped handle, you can hang them on a door, within easy reach of your little ones trying to find their way to your room in the middle of the night (it's always good when that happens, no?) They don't get hot but they do morph through a range of delightful colours (or if you think your baby might find that too distracting, you can set them to stay just one colour). Fully charged they'll stay lit for a full 12 hours.

Brother Max Bear or Bunny nightlight, £29.99, mothercare.com

 

 

 

 

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Love Bombing

Clinical child psychologist Oliver James has brought out a new book to accompany his previous titles, the acclaimed Affluenza and They F*** You Up. Released on Friday 28th September, ‘Love Bombing – Reset Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat’  offers a new method for parents to help their children, whether the problem be big or small. Written for parents of children aged from 3 to puberty, Love Bombing puts the child in charge and enables it to feel loved.

It helps parents understand what the child needs even if the problem is mild, like shyness or underperformance at school, or whether extreme, like temper tantrums, hyperactivity or even Asperger’s Syndrome, Love Bombing can make a huge difference. And the best thing is, there is no naughty step. 


Love Bombing-Reset Your Child's Emotional Thermostat, by Oliver James £8.97, karnacbooks.com

 

 

 

 

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What a sweetie

It’s a miracle – a box of sweets you can give to your little one without feeling guilty or worrying about the dentist. Alright, they’re not real, just pictures, but this matching pairs game will keep will keep little ones entertained for ages. And you can have fun trying to name them all – there are 30, from chocolate coins to liquorice wheels. Just make sure it doesn’t encourage you to crack open a real pack of treats. Naughty!

 

£16.98, toyella.com

 

 

 

 

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Monkeydoodles workshop (10 months-4 years) at Hackney City Farm

If you are in the area, this workshop is a must for babies and toddlers (and mums too). This small petting zoo in the heart of the city, houses calves, sheep, pigs, Amber the goat and Larry the donkey to name but a few. The workshop includes badge making, mask making, jewellery making, and for the little ones, pasta art.

Workshops are running from 5-6.30pm, on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st October 2012. £10 a child.

hackneycityfarm.co.uk

 

 

 

 

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Water Babies

Baby swimming has never been quite so popular, as new mums are taking to the pool with their tots in tow. As your little one gets more confident in the water, how best to capture that special moment with an underwater photography shoot. Taking place in November and December (in time for underwater prints for Christmas). Zena Holloway, the UK's leading proffesional in underwater photography, spends just half an hour in the pool with you and your baby, with beautiful results. There are pools all over the UK and the sessions costs around £40.

For session times and to book an underwater photography shoot for your baby, look at urchinrock.com

 

 

 

 

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Helping to save children's lives

ICE (In Case of Emergency) gems have produced new durable wristbands and bracelets engraved with lifesaving information for children. Essential for any child with an important medical condition, they display vital medical information alongside (engraved on) the highly recognisable Start of Life, as well as being fun and eyecatching for children. If an emergency occurs, paramedics and first aiders are alerted to what treatment action the child may need straight away. Starting from around £15, they come in many different designs so your child can even choose their favourite.

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