Tommee Tippee Digital Sensor Pad Monitor

In a Nutshell
Comes with an optional sensor pad that slips under baby’s mattress and connects to the child unit, triggering an alert
if no movement is detected in any 20-second period. Other than that, this is quite standard fare.

Features Don’t be fooled by Tommee Tippee’s dated design, it still has most modern monitor features, other than the complete lack of lullabies.

Practicality
Everything works, but the rubberised buttons are fiddly and the LCD is small. Reception was acceptable and range good, at 45m.

Wow Factor
The motion-sensor pad will help to prevent new parents standing guard over the cot all night.

Nit-picking
Parent unit is clunky and the six lights that constitute the sound-meter aren’t overly prominent.

 

Reviewed by Alex Pell

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BEST FOR...  NEW PARENTS 

Tommee Tippee Digital Sensor Pad Monitor
£100, tommeetippee.co.uk


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Win 1 of 50 2 pack NUK Classic Union Jack Soothers Size 1 (0-6 months) up for grabs!

We all like the peace of mind a happy, calm baby provides and with all eyes on the latest addition to the royal family, the royal mum and dad will be no different.


To celebrate the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, babycare brand NUK, has launched a limited edition Classic Soother with a patriotic Union Jack design to help your little one welcome the newest member of the royal family!

Unlike traditional soothers, the NUK Classic soother has an orthodontic asymmetric shape which mimics a mother's nipple during breastfeeding so parents choosing a NUK soother can be reassured that they are giving their little one the next best thing to mother's breast.

NUK experts understand the importance of a child's development in the early years, which is why the soft and flexible teat of the soother has been designed to reduce pressure on baby's jaw and teeth, reducing the risk of teeth misalignment, which can cause problems in later life.

The NUK soother's carefully flattened teat design also allows optimum space for the tongue to promote a natural sucking action. Packed in a handy reusable pouch featuring two soothers, the NUK Classic soother is sure to stay clean, dry and safe, perfect for parents on the go.

It's available in sizes 1 (0-6 months) and 2 (6-18 months) in silicone and retails for just £4.49 through www.nuk.co.uk 

Competition now closed. For more competitions visit our competition page

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Gurgle magazine is offering 1 lucky reader the chance to win:

• An IL Tutto changing bag worth £259

Bare Minerals treatment worth £45 - Pure Transformation Night Treatment, is a concentrated powder which replenishes skin while you sleep, leaving you glowing

Nikon Coolpix digital camera and photo book worth £154.95 - Capture instant pics of your newborn on a swish Nikon Coolpix digital camera, £99.95, plus a photo book, £55, to display them in.

Steiff Owl worth £42 - Cute, cuddly and a gorgeous addition to the nursery

Neom Scented set worth £52 - This luxurious set of Neom's 'Feel amazing treats', is specially formulated for new or soon-to-be mums

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rohanmainWe've teamed up with Rohan and RSPB to give you the chance to win a £500 voucher for outdoor and travel clothing

This summer, thousands of wildlife lovers will to go back to basics and spend a night in nature’s home under the stars for the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout.

The event will take place over the weekend 7 – 9 August and the RSPB is encouraging people to sleep out in their own gardens or outdoor space to get close to nature and discover which creatures they share their home with.
Happy campers of all ages are encouraged to take part in this fun and memorable activity. From the adventurous who will be building and sleeping in dens and shelters, the traditionalists who will stick to tents and caravans, to those who will venture outdoors and just sleep under the stars – all are welcome to take part!

Sleepout events will be taking place at RSPB nature reserves across the country, as well as at partner sites for those that would prefer some organised but wild activities. Special night-time ventures will vary for each event, but a few of these include outdoor cooking, fireside fun with stories round the campfire and night time strolls. A full list, together with a range of activities for all taking part including den building, torchlight safaris and bug hunting is available on the RSPB website rspb.org.uk/sleepout
Rohan, designer and supplier of outdoor clothing and footwear, has leant its support to this year’s Big Wild Sleepout.

A spokesperson for Rohan, said: “We pride ourselves on gear to keep you protected in the world's wildest places and for many people a love of adventure starts close to home. The RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout is inspiring, accessible and encourages people to get outdoors, discover local wildlife and help preserve it for future generations which is something we at Rohan fully support. Whether it's wrapping up warm with base layers or waterproofs to keep the rain out, the RSPB's budding naturalists can kit themselves out for a night in the wild at Rohan!”

Sarah Houghton, Big Wild Sleepout organiser said: “Whether you’re camping in a back garden or attending your local RSPB reserve event, we hope that thousands will be getting closer to nature and be inspired to help save it. Some of our best loved garden favourites are among the creatures shown to be in serious trouble and by taking part in this fun outdoor activity; we’re making the nation aware that nature needs our help.”
The Big Wild Sleepout is part of the RSPB’s ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign, which is aimed at inspiring everyone to do their bit for nature, wherever they live and however big their outside space.

To get people started on their Big Wild Sleepout adventure, we have a £500 Rohan voucher to be won!

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We've teamed up with Dirty Fingers Baby and Children's Clothing and some of their partner brands to offer one lucky winner the choice of a blue or pink bundle of baby and children's clothes, toys and accessories worth £135! Clothing is sized from 3 months up to 5 years.
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1. Original designs by Dirty Fingers in our trademark fun and cute style, guaranteed to raise a smile. Pressed on to a 100% cotton short sleeve bodysuit and short sleeve t-shirts. Bodysuits feature envelope necks and leg poppers, and t-shirts have neck poppers, for ease of dressing


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 2. Original designs by Dirty Fingers. Our 100% cotton double-layer baby bib with velcro fastening at back of neck features our Squarey Animal range of cute wild animals (just like your little one). Our 100% cotton sleepsuit features front poppers from neck to knee for ease of dressing. We've also included a pair of booties and scratch mittens.

 

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3. Pastel striped pram coat by Powell Craft, beautifully knitted and finished with scalloped trim – a gorgeous cardigan for your baby. Helen Gordon 'Hansel and Gretel' romper suit and traditional pyjamas, featuring a delightful classic print.

 

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 4. Snuggly terry towelling dressing gown with pockets and waist tie, perfect to cuddle up in for post-bath story time!

 

 

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5. My First Mug, original designs by Dirty Fingers. Ideal for your little one's first cup of hot chocolate, it's a keepsake you'll treasure. These sturdy 6oz ceramic mugs are dishwasher safe, and just the right size for little hands.

 

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6. Our huggable Honey Bear is a super-soft teddy bear with matching nose / paw detailing, dressed in a plush cream velour t-shirt. Standing 34cm high, he provides safe cuddles to babies and children of all ages.

 

 

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Phil & Teds Promenade Buggy

In a Nutshell
Whisk siblings about in style with the deluxe Promenade, which enables two babies to each face either direction in cool chairs, with adjustable footrests that convert into lie-flat bassinets.

Features
Once child number two arrives, many parents splurge on an inline tandem-style pushchair. The Promenade ups the ante on most with its innovative flat-bed seats and huge zip-up hood.

Practicality
Unusually for a Phil & Teds model, this has four wheels and non-inflatable tyres. Even so, it is still highly manoeuvrable on flatter surfaces, while the basket and telescopic handle are great.

Wow Factor
Like the Quinny Moodd model, the Promenade boasts a stunning semi-automated fold mechanism. You do need to remove the second chair unit (£139) or clip-on car seat to collapse it, though.

Nit-picking
In single mode, the pushchair weighs a chunky 13kg, rising to 16kg as a double. Consider the cost of add-ons, such as a raincover (£18) or adaptors (£35) for a Maxi-Cosi or Phil & Teds car seat.

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BEST FOR...  VERSATILITY 

Phil & Teds Promenade buggy
£659, philandteds.com 


Mothercare Movix

In a Nutshell
Fashionistas looking for a stylish splash of colour will love the 50 mix ‘n’ match combos on offer. The seat or carrycot face either direction, which is a plus.

Features
The full Movix package contains a moulded seat (suitable from six months), plus a carrycot that can be slept in overnight, as well as extras such as two raincovers and a cosytoes as standard.

Practicality
The elements all click together easily and the handle extends telescopically. The two air-filled wheels at the back help provide a smooth ride over bumpy terrain, albeit that the wide rear axle is slightly unwieldy around tight shop aisles.

Wow Factor
While baby is snuggled up inside and other parents gush over the designer style of the Movix, it’s a good feeling knowing you haven’t had to sell the family silver to be able to afford it.

Nit-picking
The fold action is simple, yet it does force you to remove the seat or carrycot first. At 13.5kg, in pram mode, this is heavy for
a single pushchair and it lacks the robust feel of some rivals. The compatible Maxi-Cosi car seat will cost an extra £130.

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BEST FOR...  COLOUR OPTION

Mothercare Movix
£570, mothercare.com


phil-and-ted-mainWe’ve teamed up with phil&teds® to give you the chance to win the new poppy™ worth £84.99!

phil&teds® are about helping parents adapt & survive via ultra-adaptable products and their latest high chair is set to do just that! Poppy™ a super cute, great value high chair packed with all the essentials you’d expect and even more. With a fresh and modern design to perfectly compliment your decor, it’s also light & compact to be a stylish yet practical addition to any living space in your home. 

Super safe, super comfy and super easy with the mega-large food tray to wipe clean, poppy™ makes choosing a high chair easy when there is so much to choose from! The innovative Aerocore seat delivers spongy soft comfort and dishwasher cleanability, while crumbs have nowhere to hide due to the smooth & seamless construction. Best yet, the poppy high chair converts to ‘my chair’ for later adventures, creating a fantastically fun space for toddlers to confidently eat & play. To lighten your life from cleaning and delight the eye, the poppy is your ideal choice and theirs too.

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Love you mummy key fob
£14

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Carnival dress
£109

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Ascaso retro dream coffee maker
£465

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Teapigs licorice and mint tea
£5.61

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Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
£139

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 L'Occitane mum and baby Hydrating Lotion
£22 (300ml)

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Therapy Harriet Pouchette bag
£39

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Rimmel Wake Me Up shimmer touch
£4.99

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Steve Madden sandals
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Sublime de Chanel waterproof mascara
£23

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North West for Kim and Kanye... what are your thoughts on the name? 

Congratulations to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the birth of their daughter North West on Saturday.

Whatever name you choose for your child, let’s face it, it’s probably going to say as much about you as them for the foreseeable. As parents, we pick names that resonate with us and we keep our fingers crossed that our little treasures will not only grow into them, but also learn to love our choices. Our parents mostly opted for the familiar and the unexceptional, but in today’s global village many of us are looking for something with a bit more ‘stand-out’. And as the number of baby-naming books illustrates, the possibilities are thrillingly endless. But remember, while picking names is fun, your offspring will often ask you to justify your choice, so you might like to consider the following before making a final decision.

Beware celebrity fads

Be wary of celebrity names with their inbuilt shelf life. If you must emulate a celeb, at least try and pick one who isn’t likely to end up as tabloid fodder of the year. Seriously, who wants to be a Ryan, a Cameron or a Jordan in 2011? For the hero-obsessed it’s a much safer bet to opt for a dead, or better still, a fictional one instead. Popular choices include Benjamin or Jessica (as in Rabbit), Holly (Golightly) or Angelina (Ballerina). You may be Dizzee or Beyoncé’s number one fan, but chances are 20 years down the line, your child won’t be, so it’s a ‘not really’ to those. Celebrities influence us all, but needless to say, they don’t always get it right (yes, Nicole Richie, mum to Sparrow, we mean you). But who’s laughing at Lourdes, Rocco, Shiloh or Knox now? Indeed names that once sounded pretty wacky are potential playground favourites of the future.

Of course the rich and famous have always had a tendency to give their babies unconventional names. The fruit brigade, headed by one Peaches Geldof, is a case in point. Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to an Apple – apparently because the fruit is sweet and wholesome, plus the actress liked its biblical connotations. Geri Halliwell also took inspiration from the orchard and named her daughter Bluebell after admiring the spring flowers during her pregnancy. ‘But what really clinched it was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare, so it’s a precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter,’ said the singer. Others name their children in their own image. Coco Arquette’s moniker comes rom the first two letters of mum Courteney Cox’s first name and surname. So, no, nothing to do with Coco Chanel – or a hot beverage.

Baby's first calling card

One compelling reason to get your child’s name right is because it’s destined to appear on their business card. Are all the Buddy Bears out there going to feel comfy at reception or in the boardroom, and are the next generation of Harper Sevens going to be happy anywhere other than a space station? Fast forward a couple of decades and imagine their name through the eyes of a prospective employer. How many Fifi Trixibelle’s or Heavenly Hiraani’s do you know where you work? Consider their school days, too: will a Lark Song (Mia Farrow’s daughter) be taken as seriously as a Lara? And are you risking playground bullying with a Satchel – Spike Lee, what were you thinking?

Established choices

For every flamboyant name designed to jump the queue at an X Factor audition, there’s an equal amount guaranteed to open more gentrified doors. When the Middletons chose to name their first-born Catherine Elizabeth could they have picked anything more appealing to the British establishment? Can’t imagine William having had much luck introducing a Chantelle or a Chardonnay at the Palace can you? And as for Chelsy – well, even Harry couldn’t pull that one off. Time-honoured names (like George, Thomas, Emily or Sophie) can always be reworked for a new generation. Think Lulu for Louise, Alfie for Alfred, Trix for Beatrice or Ace for Alastair. There is a good reason why traditional names have stood the test of time: solid and serious, they are the exact opposite of fashionable and frivolous. We know one mum who fell in love with Matilda and Charlotte, but neither name appeared on her husband’s top ten. The result? She got her way on the birth certificates, but her twin girls are known as Tilly and Lottie because that was the only way to win over dad’s objections. Now there’s a happy compromise. That said, don’t go crazy with the spelling. You might think Sharlot looks dynamic on the page, but you are sentencing her to a lifetime of: ‘that’s spelt s-h-a..’. For which Sharlot will not thank you one bit. Take it from Caryn and Karren.

Do spell it out

While we’re on the subject of spelling, always write out the initials of your child’s full name to make sure they don’t spell something unfortunate. You may, for example, have fallen deeply in love with the names Benedict and Oliver, but if your surname is Gardner you’ll have to go back to the drawing board: no one wants the nickname ‘BOG’. We know a mum who didn’t take this crucial spelling test and whose daughter’s initials spell ‘OMG’. Quite.

Claire who?

Beware of some naming trends. If your name is Melanie, Susan or Tracy, you’ll have met your namesake hundreds of times over: they were Britain’s most popular baby names back in the Seventies. Today’s on-trend equivalents include Olivia, Ruby and Lily for her, and Jack, James and Thomas for him. But however much you like the sound of the name, will your daughter thank you for being one of the eight Chloes in her class? Check with yesterday’s Claire first.

Final thought

For a truly personalised name that resonates with you and your partner you could do a lot worse than start a game of word association inspired by your favourite things: colour? Grey, Blue, Violet; word? Love, Hope, True; Tree? Willow, Blossom, Oak; Heroine? Brontë, Guinevere, Bonnie…  you can see where we’re going with this. Good luck!

Written by Scarlett Brady and Karen Glaser

 

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The Penguin Dictionary of First Names (Penguin) by David Pickering

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Coming to a playground near you?

✦Lola, Lyra, Landon, Lenore, Lennon and Logan – the most fashionable consonant right now is ‘L’. And as for vowels, nothing beats ‘O’ – just ask Oliver, Olivia, Otto, Oscar, Ophelia, and the little Irish lad, Oisin (pronounced Oo-sheen).

✦ There are lots of name trends afoot. One of the biggest is the descent of so-called ‘Twilight’ names such as Cullen, Carlisle, Carmen, Dante, Emmett,Edward, Garrett and Luna – inspired by the plethora of vampire books currently enjoying huge popularity.

✦ Equally hot is the unisex surname-turned-first-name phenomenon: Bailey, Fraser, Lennox, Mackenzie and Peyton. Using surnames as Christian names is big in many cultures, but it’s a relatively new trend inthe UK. It’s easy to see the appeal: back in the day all the coolest boys in classwent by their surnames and what’s not to love about a little Smith or Riley? And it’s not just boys who are getting in on the act: trendy surnames for girls include Ripley, Blake,
Hayden and Madison.

✦ Noticed how many little boys called Arthur, Harvey and Stanley are suddenly running around? With sisters called Edith, Florence and Martha? Their parents are part of the retro name-trend.

Novel thoughts

Be careful about ascribing either physical or personal attributes to your children before you know whether they possess them. Grace and Bella are increasingly popular names, but their owners have a lot to live up to. As do Angel, Dolly and Princess.

Knowing how awful this can be for youngsters, the brilliant children’s novelist Jacqueline Wilson writes about the phenomenon in her book Cookie: Beauty Cookson is plain and timid and all the super-confident girls at school think her name is ridiculous and tease her horribly…

 

For a little help naming your baby

✦Researching the meaning of your chosen name can save lots of recrimination and embarrassment
in years to come. 

✦ Think carefully before opting for the truly original. You may not want a common-or-garden name for your little one, but that doesn’t mean
you need give one that is totally ‘out there’ either.

✦ For the hottest baby-names, head to our baby names and meanings section. It’s a wonder of inspiring possibilities and names you may not have even thought of. 

 

 

First Aid Kits

mums love first aid

When your little one suffers a cut, bruise, scrape or other minor injury, there’s nothing worse than desperately ransacking the bathroom cabinet for the appropriate fix, muttering, ‘I know it’s in here somewhere.’ That’s why a good first aid box is an essential piece of kit for anyone’s home. There are plenty out there but we particularly love the old school charm of this tin.

Fill it with your own stash of essentials from plasters and antiseptic spray to scissors and Steri Strips, and you’ll be good to go next time you hear, ‘Ouch, Mum!’

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Silver Cross 3D

In a Nutshell
The UK’s best-selling model for the last four years, this luxurious pram-cum-pushchair doesn’t require a separate carrycot to keep baby snuggly. Add a Silver Cross Ventura car seat (£115) and you have a top travel system.  

Features
This is, essentially, an aluminium chassis with the remainder comprised of fabric-based parts available in four colours. The bundled cosytoes, changing bag and raincover add real value.

Practicality
The Silver Cross can be used from birth. It converts from pram to chair without fuss – this takes two hands – and it folds easily. The 3D handles well on smoother terrain and, at 10kg, is lighter than it looks.

Wow Factor
Adjustable handles and a giant shopping basket complete an impressive package. Even so, it’s the overall feeling of quality this exudes which makes it such a smart value and popular choice.

Nit-picking
The basket is a bit fiddly to access and the wheels may struggle on  off-road adventures. Once folded, it’s bulkier than some.

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BEST FOR...  COMFORT 

Silver Cross 3D
£299, silvercross.co.uk  


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Take a trip down memory lane

Fill your home with cool vintage finds and retro inspired must-haves. Remember the old school toys we lusted after when we were small? Well, we've managed to track down some of the best retro inspired treasures... watch out, you might feel nostalgic

Retro TV and Record Player

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Silver ride-on car

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Pinball machine

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Metal Spinning Top

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Tin Music Box

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Biba Elephant Cushion
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Valley of the Dolls
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Tunnocks teacake babygro
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Everlasting French manicure
£8.20

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Cityscape toiletries bag
£17.50

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Becca cheek stain in freesia
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Book bag
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Cotton ball light garland
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White wooden letters
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Cashmere oversized scarf
£99

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American vintage Pepsi crate
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Your child's drawing on a mug
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New Wellies

mums love wellies

We don't need an excuse to jump in muddy puddles, but we do need a nice smart new pair of wellies so we can do it in style. If you want to wow the kids you can’t go wrong with a pair from Hunter. Regularly put through their paces by fashionistas at Glastonbury their style cred is hard to beat. It’s the way they grab your calf and rise up to your knee that does it – a bit like a sexy leather boot except cheaper because they’re plastic. There are a tonne of colours and styles to choose from, but we’re loving this Original Gloss pair in Royal Purple.

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Enter our competition for your chance to win one of five stunning Moover Dump Truck's from Hippychick's renowned range of quality toys

We think Prince George – and pretty well any other little explorer out there - would love one of these!

The Moover Dump Truck is the flagship vehicle from the stunning Danish designed Moover range, available at Hippychick. The beautifully crafted wooden toy range takes the best loved classic toys from Rocking Horses through to Baby Walkers and Dolls Prams and gives each a unique contemporary twist to create the toy heirlooms of the future.

The sturdy wooden components of the truck arrive flat packed so your little one gets the excitement of building their very own truck. Thanks to Moover's unique 'Click Key' system, the Dump Truck can be built in minutes without the need for any tools – parent heaven too!

Once built, the Moover Dump Truck guarantees hours of fun. Sturdy enough to carry a little rider, its trailer is linked to the carriage on a pivot to ensure easy manoeuvrability and there's even a hidden and roomy compartment for transporting treasured toys in.

Lovingly crafted from wood chosen from sustainable sources, attention to detail is a real hallmark of the Moover range which features rubber shock absorbing tyres on all of its ride-on toys. These ingenious wheels not only help cushion little one's speeds, they also help protect floors and furniture from kamikaze drivers!

There are five other gorgeous toys in the Moover range:

  • The Baby Walker
  • Baby Truck
  • Dolls Pram
  • Rocking Horse
  • Prairie Wagon

To find out more about this unique range visit www.hippychick.com

To win one of five Moover Dump Truck's, simply answer the following question:

Entry implies acceptance of our terms and conditions. Closing date: 9am 6 September 2013

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  5. Prize must be accepted as offered. No cash alternative. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
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August 20th, 2012. All the latest news, views, and reviews

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Rainbow pj's by Little Bird, Jools Oliver

Jools has brought out a new collection of vintage baby and toddler clothes inspired by her childhood. We love these rainbow pyjama's. Exclusive to Mothercare.

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Check out Jools Olivers latest blog at gurgle

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Bugs & Butterflies

Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Discover more about the wildlife around you. Family activities everyday throughout the summer holidays. Bug hunts, butterfly rounders and lots of other craft and hands on activities.

Telephone 01691 777701

[email protected]
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Lord Sefton's TEDDLYMPICS Teddy Bear Hunt 2012

Croxteth Hall, Liverpool
Sponsored by Liverpool School Sports Partnership 10.30am - 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Family fun for younger children and parents. Count the Teddies you find in each room, add up the total number and enter the prize draw donated by Build-a-bear in Liverpool One. The Teddies will be playing their favourite Teddylmpic Sports and there is a special bonus prize of a “London 2012 Olympic Games Commemorative Teddy Bear"
Until the 2nd September, no Pre-booking required but normal hall admission prices apply.

Telephone 0151 233 6910
www.croxteth.co.uk

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Elvis Presley was a mummy's boy

He slept in the same bed with his mother, Gladys, until he reached puberty. Up until Elvis entered high school, she walked him back and forth to the school gates every day and made him take along his own knives and forks so that he wouldn't catch germs from the other kids. Gladys never let young Elvis go swimming or do anything that might put him in danger. The two of them also conversed in a strange baby talk that only they could understand.

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Broccoli that tastes like sugar

Tesco's are stocking a new supersweet broccoli grown by a Scottish farmer (we mums love him already) - aimed at children who won’t touch the green stuff. The broccoli actually tastes like sugar and is said to be tender and less bitter than normal broccoli, with a sweet stalk. Teatime may be less of a battle with these new florets.

tesco.com

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Little Gems


This sew-your-own Russian doll kit is perfect for beginners. The pieces are already cut, so little hands just need to push the plastic, child-friendly needle through the pre-cut holes. They’ll be amazed by how quickly they produce a doll to play with

elc.co.uk

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Looking for some drama? This cool kit from Mister Maker has everything your little one needs to create their very own alien inspired theatre (with your help of course). 

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Little Gems

Little girls love playing with their mummy’s jewellery. So what better way to help yours fill her own jewellery box than by letting her make pretty pieces of her own? These chunky wooden beads are gorgeous and so easy to use – just thread on to wool and string to create a necklace fit for princess.

Fairy tale lacing beads, amazon.co.uk

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What a Knight

Help your children bring history to life with this superb puppet kit that comes with everything they need to make, decorate and then play with their very own medieval knight and help him slay the dragon. Or, perhaps they could befriend the dragon instead. 

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Who says monsters are scary?

With this Make a Monster book you can create cute creatures guaranteed to leave your children delighted. And the best news is that you only need basic sewing skills to make each character come to life because all the creations are aimed at beginners. Why not give it a go?

We promise they won’t bite!

New Holland Publishers, amazon.co.uk

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Win beautiful Guess How Much I Love You bedding for your nursery worth £145

This beautiful nursery range has been created around the global phenomenon 'Guess How Much I love you'. Sam McBratney's children's books have sold over 25 million copies since their release in 1994 and they are published in 50 languages worldwide.


Anita Jeram's adorable illustrations translate beautifully into a gorgeous cuddly range of nursery bedding, moses basket, sleeping bags, cuddle robes and more.

You'll love the appliquéd characters, and the attention to detail in every part of the range. The soft cuddle robes are just right for a soothing bath time and the cosy sleeping bags have soft jersey cotton lining that are perfect for wriggly sleepers!

To buy or for more information go to www.donttelltales.com or www.facebook.com/DontTellTales

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August 14th 2012. All the latest news, views, and reviews

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The Three Little Pigs storytelling workshop and The AJ show!

The Queen's Theatre presents a morning of fun on the last saturday before school starts again with two vibrant children's events for just a fiver each! The Three Litle Pigs storytelling workshop starts at 10am for 5-7 yr olds, and The AJ Show! complete with  bubbles, balloons, snow, magic and dancing starts at 11am for 4-7 yr olds.

The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT
Tube: Hornchurch  
Box Office: 01708 443333
www.queens-theatre.co.uk 

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Motherland

With her trademark blend of “social satire, interpersonal drama, and urban glamour” (The New York Times), Amy Sohn's new book delivers an unsentimental look at modern marriage and kids, whilst living and breathing New York City. amazon.co.uk

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Going for gold

Stuck for things to do with the kids in the holidays? How about finding all the newly painted Olympic gold post boxes in and around London

Sophie Hoskins, Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls; Worple Road, Spencer Road, Wimbledon, London SW20

Andy Murray, Tennis; gold post box: Corner of Church Road and Somerset Road, Wimbledon, London SW19

Mo Farah, Men’s Athletics 10,000m; gold post box: 477 London Road, Isleworth TW7 4BX

Mo Farah, Men's Athletics 5,000m; gold post box: Broad Street (on the corner of North Lane), Teddington TW11 8RF

Joanna Rowsell, Women's Team Pursuit Cycling; gold post box: Carshalton Road/Cambridge Road, Carshalton SM5 3PZ

Pete Reed, Men's Fours Rowing; gold post box: Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 4JE

Anthony Joshua: Men's Boxing Super Heavy Weight; gold post box: Watford High Street post office, London WD17 2DN

Charlotte Dujardin, Equeestrian Team Dressage; gold post box: 5 Colman Parade, Southbury Rd, Enfield, EN1 1YY

Secret gold To launch the campaign, Royal Mail painted a post box by Westminster Abbey gold. We won't tell you where...you'll just have to find it

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The Midwives

Wirral midwives are playing a leading role in a documentary which shares the joys and challenges of working with mums and babies. If you loved the gritty reality of One Born Every minute, you'll find this just as fascinating. The Midwives BBC2, Tuesday, 9pm.

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Brainy babies

Vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers, who also found that this protein expression is impaired in the brains of offspring delivered by caesarean section. ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2012)

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Why why why... do people give silly names to their children?

Totally and utterly ridiculous, there's no wonder some of these were disallowed by the registry office.

Urban Shocker
An MLB pitcher in the early 1900s.

Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster
I'm already scared

Jellyfish McSaveloy
Why?

Moxie CrimeFighter Jillette
Daughter of magician Penn Jillette.

Wonderful Terrific Monds III
Minor league baseball player in the 1990s.

Number 16 Bus Shelter
Honestly- this belongs to a poor child in new Zealand

Minty Clinch
Film publicist and journalist

Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116
Apparently pronounced Albin. The name a Swedish family tried to give their kid in 1996. It was rejected, so they changed the name to simply ‘A’ (also pronounced Albin)

Breece D’J Pancake
Fiction writer.

Moon Unit Zappa
Musician Frank Zappa gave all his kids unusual names, including Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan Zappa, and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa.

Legal Tender Coxey
Son of Jacob Coxey, leader of Coxey’s Army, and king of trading his kids for cigarettes.

@
Son of a Chinese couple. In Chinese, the symbol @ is pronounced “ai ta” which in Chinese means “love him”.

Nicholas Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon.
Son of Praise-God Barbon.

4real
A New Zealand couple tried to name their son this, but were told by authorities that numbers weren’t allowed.

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La La La la I'm not listening to the silly name you have given me

Cuddly Cashmere

mums love cashmere

There’s really nothing softer than cashmere to put next to your baby’s skin. It might be pricey, but in terms of cuddle value, it’s worth every penny. One cashmere piece, whether it’s a first hat, 
a shawl or a pair of booties, is worth five of anything else, simply because you’ll love it so much you won’t be able to resist dressing your baby in it, day in, day out. These little woolly wonders (even the ones you’ve mangled in the wash) are 
the sort of treasures you’ll find yourself cooing over in years to come – a touchy-feely reminder of the precious early years. And if you’ve maxed out on baby’s arrival, there’s always a relative or a girlfriend who wants to go the extra mile for the perfect gift. So why not let them?

 

Kid Friendly Restaurants

mums love restaurantsIt’s amazing how many restaurants don’t seem to realise that babies need feeding, 
or that toddlers might be happier if there’s a bowl of funky crayons to hand. So for every mum who’s fed up with explaining 
to a blank-faced waiter that the milk is 
too cold or the plate is too hot, here’s a great new book, Harden’s Eating Out 
with Babies & Toddlers. Compiled by gurgle.com, it’s jam-packed with cafés, restaurants and pubs that will welcome you and your offspring with open arms. What’s more, it thoughtfully bullet-points the nitty-gritty stuff, too – such as children’s meals, breastfeeding areas, 
play facilities and parking. Brilliant!

Harden’s Eating Out with Babies & Toddlers, £6.99, available at Mothercare stores nationwide mothercare.com

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Watering Can and Gloves

£7, elc.co.uk

Now is the perfect time to introduce little ones to the joy of gardening, especially if you are planning a child-freindly outdoor space. A good tip is to include plants that children find exhilarating such as large leaved exotics like banana plants (which make fantastic places to hide) or tactile grasses that become child magnets that just have to be touched whenever they head outdoors. Don't forget, your little green fingered gardner needs all the right super tiny tools and clothes to inspire fun outside.

i spy tool set

Very Hungry Caterpillar Tool Set

£22, househeavenshop.com

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Wellies

From £6, mothercare.com

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Chameleon Watering Can

Melissa & Doug
£7, brandalley.co.uk

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Seed Kit

£6, elc.co.uk

Bugaboo + Pendleton

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Bugaboo has teamed up with Pendleton, who operate and run two of America's remaining woollen mills. With focus on Native American style patterns and also a very much on-trend bold tartan, Bugaboo have created something quite unique and eye-catching. Gurgle mums love!

The Pendleton accessory set for the Bugaboo Bee retails at £109.95. For the Bugaboo Cameleon3 and the Bugaboo Donkey the Pendleton tailored fabric sets retail at £189. The Pendleton Sun Canopy for the Bugaboo Donkey retails at £109.95. The entire collection will be available in selected stores around the globe from September 2013.

For a retailer near you, please visit bugaboo.com/retail-locator.

Gurgle mums love jelly

mums love jelly

It’s been a staple of children’s parties forever, it’s easy to make, colourful and oh-so cheap. With the right mould you can make pretty much anything you fancy – from rockets and cars to rabbits and cakes – so what’s not to like about everyone’s favourite dessert? One good tip though: make it the evening before you want it (once the children are asleep), that way you’ll avoid half the little cubes getting gobbled up before you get the chance to melt them, plus you won’t have to listen to endless whines of ‘Is it set yet?’.

Moulds from kitchencraft.co.uk

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Cake Pops

If ever there was a patisserie trend that had ‘children’ written all over it, then cake pops is it. These bite-sized delights are made by crumbling cake, mixing in frosting, forming into balls, dipping in chocolate (or candy melts) and popping on a stick – all perfect tasks for little fingers. For inspiration, take a look at Molly Bakes’ book Cake Pops – we particularly love these retro love-heart ones, but your kids might prefer them decorated as bunnies or giraffes. And for Halloween there are even some pumpkin pops. Yum!

If you are stuck for ideas for your little ones birthday, have a look at our article Perfect parties

How to make Cake pops

Preparation method

-Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. (Do not let the base of the bowl touch the water.)
-Crumble the fruit cake and Madeira cake into a bowl, then stir in the melted chocolate, desiccated coconut and hazelnuts until well combined.
-Roll golf ball sized pieces of the mixture into balls. Stick a lollipop stick into each ball and set aside in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, or until firm.
-Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the food colouring.
-Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Sprinkle the sugar sprinkles onto a plate.
-Remove the balls from the fridge, dip them into the chocolate, then coat in the sugar sprinkles and place onto the baking tray. Set aside in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.

Remember-you can decorate these however you (or the kids) like. You can use icing pens to write words (above) or get the children to draw ghostly pictures for Halloween.

 

 

 

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Ingredients

•    100g/3½oz dark chocolate
•    125g/4½oz fruit cake
•    125g/4½oz Madeira cake
•    2 tbsp desiccated coconut
•    2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
•  a packet of wooden lollipop sticks

To decorate

•    300g/10½oz white chocolate
•    few drops of food colouring
•    multi-coloured sugar ball sprinkles

 

 

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August 30th, 2012. All the latest news, views, and reviews

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New kids boutique opens at The Conran Shop, Chelsea

Responding to a huge demand from it's design savvy customers, a new 'kids shop' has opened it's doors on the 20 September at The Conran Shop, Chelsea. Imaginatively designed and displayed to encourage play, touch and creativity (thankgoodness, because we love it when kids are actually allowed to 'play' with the toys) the new kids shop will appeal to parents as much as the children. conranshop.co.uk

 

 

 

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Beautiful hair with Placenta shampoo?

Apparently Victoria Beckham is a fan, and even though we weren't sure about the sound of Placenta shampoo at first, it claims to rejuvinate body cells and ward off signs of ageing. Brilliant, but we'll let you try and test perhaps...

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We loved all the 'Mog' series and especially 'The Tiger who came for Tea' so we are very excited to hear Judith Kerr has a new children's book out called The Great Granny Gang. Harper Collins have brought out a trailer featuring Judith Kerr talking about her new book- click here to hear a bit about the book. We'll post our review up soon. harpercollins.co.uk

 

 

 

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Family day at The Tate, London

Get your little ones interested in all things arty with this family participatory day at the Tate Modern. All ages are welcome to explore, collaborate and create, in an experiential day of sound and performance. Led by artists collaborative ATOI, Louisa Martin and Dan Scott in partnership with Tate. Admission free. Sunday 2nd September 11.00-17.00. Tate Modern, Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG. tate.org.uk

 

 

 

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It's Olympic time again

The Paralympics started last night with an amazing opening ceremony, and we expect to be glued to the screens again as we see athletes from all over the world competing for gold, silver or bronze. Events start tonight at 7.30pm, hosted by Claire Balding starting with the swimming finals, wheelchair basketball and table tennis. Click here for the Paralympic schedule.

 

 

 

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Rain rain go away... and please bring us an Indian summer

This is getting silly. But there is light at the end of the... rain clouds. Just look at the weekend ahead. You might not want pack away your raincoat just yet but at least you can get those summer sandals out at last.  

 

 

 

 

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Which is the best car seat for toddlers?

Kiddy Energy Pro


In a Nutshell
Toddlers love to wrangle their arms free of a seat’s harness straps, instantly making it unsafe. Fortunately, this innovative Kiddy model has no harness, and instead uses a cushioned barrier.

Practicality
With an Energy Pro, in the event of a crash, the child is held by an ‘impact shield’ around the tummy. It’s seatbelt-fix only, but has a fine safety record.

Comfort
It’s made of classy fabrics. The ‘shield’ isn’t uncomfortable and even acts as a handy play table. Kiddy’s Guardian Pro model adapts to fit a child aged 4-11yrs.    

Wow Factor
As well as its eye-catching and novel appearance, the Energy Pro is extremely light to hoist from one car to another.

Nit-picking
Larger toddlers can feel a little confined by the impact shield, particularly in hotter weather.

Also Consider
Mamas & Papas Cybex Pallas-Fix £195, mamasandpapas.com
The Cybex Pallas-Fix relies on a similar no-harness design principle to the Kiddy, but adds ISOFix mounting points into the mix. Even so, the Energy Pro is the more established choice.

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BEST FOR...  TRICKY TODDLERS 

Kiddy Energy Pro
£169, kiddy.de
Weight range 9–18kg (Group 1)
9mths–4yrs


Converse

mums love converse

Whether you’re a fan of high-tops, low-tops, special editions or classic whites, Cons make it on to every stylish person’s must-have list. So why not keep your baby one cool step ahead of the crowd with their very own pair. After seeing Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro sporting a pink pair at Glastonbury, we can’t help but think that pink is the way to go – even if you’re a boy. Ok, ok, maybe pink isn’t for everyone, but there are plenty of colours to choose from. And if you want to splash the cash even more, visit their website and design your own pair.

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Which is the most comfortable car seat for babies?

Jané Strata


In a Nutshell
This is a super comfy seat for newborns that offers remarkable plushness and fancy fabric options, along with some genuinely useful design ideas.

Practicality
The Strata is a safe option in every sense. Unusually for babies, there is a five-point harness and it can be secured with a seatbelt or ISOFix base (£157 extra). It’ll clip on to several Jané prams, too.

Comfort
This is a deluxe option, much like plumping junior on a comfy sofa (without juice or biscuits). And the height of the harness automatically adjusts as you raise or lower the backrest.

Wow factor
The back can easily be adjusted from a flatter angle of 125 degrees – which is ideal for newborns – to a more conventional position of 110 degrees once junior is four months old.

Nit-picking
The Strata is a touch heavy, and fitting it in a car using just a seatbelt is fiddly to get to grips with. Jané’s pricey ISOFix base makes this much simpler and will help save mummy’s back, too.

Also consider
Concord Intense £379,
Concord.de Babies will come to love this Group 0+ seat that offers six recline-positions. The price does at least include an ISOFix base.

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BEST FOR...  COMFORT 

Jané Strata
£135, jane.es
Weight 0–13kg (Group 0+)
Birth–18mths


BeSafe iZi Combi X3 ISOFix


In a Nutshell
Medical evidence suggests it is safer for children to sit facing the rear of the car for as long as possible. This seat lets them do so until aged four – or face forwards from nine months.

Practicality
The iZi Combi X3 can be fixed to the car with ISOFix mountings or a seatbelt and comes with a support leg as well as a seat-brace attachment. However, it is heavier than many rivals.

Comfort
The BeSafe is sturdy, yet plush, and boasts cool design ideas, such as a harness that moves up or down as you adjust the headrest. Its sheer height helps little ones to see out of the car.

Wow Factor
Hidden magnets helpfully keep those arm straps at bay as you load your cherub into the car and this, frankly, can be a godsend when tangling with a toddler.

Nit-picking
This seat cannot be used with a travel system and it’s heavy to hoist from car to car. It’s pricey, too, albeit that the seatbelt-only version of the same model is a little cheaper.

Also consider
Maxi-Cosi Pebble £150, maxi-cosi.com
The Pebble is for newborns with an optional ISOFix base (£150 extra) that will also work with the firm’s toddler-sized Pearl model.

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BEST FOR...  SAFETY 

BeSafe iZi Combi X3 ISOFix
£339, hts.no/uk
Weight 0–18kg (Groups 0+ and 1)
Birth–4yrs


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August 16th, 2012. All the latest news, views, and reviews

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Nature Games Day at The Natural History Museum

You'll get the chance to join the Insects Sports Day, grow caterpillars, battle with ants, hunt for clues in the Museum trail, or just sit back and cheer on the players from the sidelines.

25th and 26th August, 2012
12.00-16.00 Darwin Centre Atrium

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The Luna Cinema

Various locations
Popping up all over the place this summer is The Luna Cinema. With amazing open-air locations in and around London, you could take the family to see Shrek at Lulworth Castle, or enjoy a date night away from the kids watching the King’s Speech in Kensington Palace Gardens or perhaps a girly Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Kew Gardens. Food and drink are welcome, and be sure to bring a warm blanket to snuggle under.

20 July – 22 September / Tickets from £12.50 Visit www.thelunacinema.com for more information.

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Tuesday, that's when

Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, with an average of more than 12,000 births taking place on Tuesdays during 2011.

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Shortest interval recorded between babies

New mum Jayne Bleackley holds the record for the shortest interval between two children born in separate confinements. She gave birth to Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999, and Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000. The babies were born 5 months apart. 

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Snoring children linked to behaviour problems

A new study has found that toddlers who snore loudly two or more times a week are more likely to have behavior issues when they reach three years old, compared to children who don't snore at all. The study was compiled in the US by Dr. Dean Beebe, director of the neuropsychology program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and was published online in Pediatrics on August 13, 2012. Interestingly, the study showed that breastfeeding during infancy could help protect children from snoring and even possibly its negative impact on behavior.
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Plastic for Kids

mums love plastic

It doesn’t break when you drop it on the floor, hurl it against the wall or put it on your head – all things that frequenly happen when your tiny tot is getting to grips with his or her table manners. But with all sorts of cool and cutesy new designs hitting the shops, practicality isn’t the only reason to love plastic. So whether you’re planning a fun picnic (real or pretend), having 
a marathon baking session, or simply want to brighten up meal times, plastic pieces such as the pop-coloured pastry cutters and designer cutlery sets (above) are 
a mum’s new best friend. 

Clockwise from top left: 
toothpick holder, 
Alessi; cookie cutters, Colourworks; egg cup 
and spoon, Alessi; 
cutlery (part of a set), Alessi; magnetic 
clip, Kitsch ’n’ fun; 
bakers’ sheet, Zeal. alessi.co.uk

OBaby Monty

In a Nutshell
This recession-busting choice is a stroller with a ‘full lie-back’ seat, which makes this suitable from birth. It also includes a group 0+ car seat that clips on to form a basic travel system.

Features
Aside from cost, the Monty’s main virtues are pleasant, wipe-clean fabrics and a decent chassis.
The hood is large, with a window – handy as the seat doesn’t alter for baby to face rearwards.

Practicality
The pram weighs a mere 8.45kg and attaching the car seat doesn’t require any complex adjustments – but it is quite fiddly to do. The small plastic wheels are more suited to urban living.

Wow Factor
The shopping basket is as generous as a kindly grandparent and the Monty is offered in cool Olive or Berry colours (as well as sedate Midnight), with a few high-visibility reflective panels.

Nit-picking
Like any pushchair that reclines to a near-flat position, the Monty isn’t as comfy for a newborn as a proper carrycot option. It is also mildly bulky
once folded up. 

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BEST FOR...  VALUE 

OBaby Monty
£169, obaby.co.uk


Travel Books

mums love travel books

As much as we love flying off on holiday, it does mean having to spend time at the airport. And if you think how noisy, busy and huge they can seem to you as a grown-up, imagine how scary they can appear to your little ones. Our suggestion? Invest in a fun lift-the-flap ‘airport book’ before you set off. It will prepare them for all sorts of situations they’ll encounter – from check-in and passport control to delays at baggage reclaim. Suddenly the airport is an adventure in itself.

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bag-mainGurgle magazine is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a cool buggy by X-lander X-move Terra worth £405,50 plus loads of other great things for you and your baby.

Here's what's included:

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Little Hearts

mums love hearts

If someone you love has a birthday coming up, or you want to buy a special present from your tot to his or her mummy, it’s definitely a time for sharing the love. For girlfriends looking for an adorable newborn gift a baby blanket is always a winner – and who could resist one featuring little pink hearts? And for mums in need of a pick-me-up, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a sweetheart bracelet.

Knitted baby blanket, bombayduck.co.uk; Misanga bracelets, dowerandhall.com; friendship bracelet (on red
cord) estellabartlett.co.uk

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It's Breastfeeding Week 1-7th August and we wanted to celebrate by giving you a pick of our top breastfeeding products. Happy feeding Gurgle mums.

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Mela Bamboo swaddle
£38.95

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breastfeeding mamamio cream

Boob tube cream
£29

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Innosense breastfeeding shawl
£16.99

mothercare.com

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Ameda Lactaline double
breastpump
£129

mothercare.com

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Lace comfy bra
£18

mamaway.co.uk

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MAM Milk storage X 5
£8.99

mamonlineshop.com

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Boat neck breastfeeding top
£22

milkywayfamily.co.uk

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Chloe breastfeeding scarf
£59

isabellaoliver.com

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Ameda Comfortgel Hydrogel
£19.99

ameda.com

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Breastfeeding Made Simple
Nancy Mohrbacher
£15.29

breastfeedingmadesimple.com

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Bebe Au Lait nursing cover
£27.50

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Disposable breast pads
£3.99

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joie-333Gurgle is offering one lucky person the chance to win the i-AnchorFIX® base, i-Anchor® child seat and Gemm™ worth £370.

Joie™ is proud to introduce the brand new i-AnchorSafe™ System with i-Size - certified as the first UK-certified i-Size seat, and the only i-Size seat truly suitable from birth.

Suited for children from birth to approximately four years, it includes the i-AnchorFIX® base which accepts the Joie Gemm infant carrier and the i-Anchor® rearward and forward facing child seat.

i-Size (or ECE R129) is the name of the latest child seat safety regulation. It came into effect in July 2013 and provides extra protection in several ways, most notably by requiring mandatory rearward facing travel for children up to 15 months instead of the minimum of weight of 9kg. It has the first ever side impact standardised testing requirements which provides better all-over protection in a collision.

This sits alongside safety campaigns which reveal tests showing children are significantly safer when travelling rearward facing for as long as possible, and supports Joie's other child seats in the market, which promote rearward facing usage up to 18kg.

For more information visit www.askforisize.com and find out more about Joie here.

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Summery Scents

mums love scents

A recent study shows that working mums have just 90 minutes of ‘me-time’ per day. So, why not use that time to get back in touch with the woman you once were by hitting the perfume counters and treating yourself to a new scent? Pregnancy can play havoc with your sense of smell, rendering your old favourites redundant. Evoke summer with something fresher and lighter such as Crabtree & Evelyn’s delicate new range of floral-inspired 
Eau de Toilettes. Boasting lavender, lily, rosewater or iris, they hit all the right notes.

£28 for 100ml, crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Stokke Sleepi

In a Nutshell
Innovative sleep system that begins life as an oval crib; it can then be elongated in several stages, eventually evolving into a bed or even two chairs.

Features
The Sleepi is born as the Mini, just 82cm long, on handy lockable castors and narrow enough to wheel through doorways. Once your nipper is ready, you can add the two supplied sides to create an oval cot that’s 127cm long. As they get older you can adjust the height, remove the wheels and buy extra sections to create an open-sided bed for children up to about ten years old.

Practicality
With a round cot, nobody puts baby in the corner! The Sleepi is sturdy, practical, and has four height positions.

Wow Factor
Beautiful beechwood and elegant lines make this the most recognisable designer nursery kit. Even better is that the love lasts if you keep adapting the Sleepi as your child grows.  

Nit-picking
You have to sign up for bespoke mattresses and bedding, or the Junior Kit (£189) to convert it into a sofa, two chairs, or a bed that’s both long and thin.

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BEST FOR...  LONGEVITY 

Stokke Sleepi
£540, stokke.com


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A little look at those things mums really want

lust bluewhale

Blue whale stuffie
£10 

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Classic Q Fran leather bag
£380

net-a-porter.com

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Jo Malone Pomegranite Noir candle
£38

jomalone.com

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Designer dish clothes
£3.75

hunkydoryhome.co.uk

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Pizza boards
£25.95

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 Bach rescue remedy (uplifting)
£5.95

nelsonshomeopathy.co.uk

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Talullah embellished top
£45

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Halloween cake toppers
£9.99

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£250

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Orla Kiely storage box
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In-Store Crèches

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In-Store Crèches

We can all cope with one child in tow on a trip to the shops (even if he does have a habit of toying with the displays), but you need eyes in the back of your head to keep track of two or more. So, if ‘Mummy, can we go now?’ is an all-too-familiar heckle, then a shopping centre crèche could be the answer to your prayers. And you don’t need to feel guilty about it either, because the kids will have a ball. With a huge soft play area, ball pool, slide, arts and crafts activities and plenty more, we love the one at Manchester’s Trafford Centre. Qualified staff will happily supervise young children aged 2–7, and with prices from around £2 per half-hour, now you can afford to shop till you drop.

For more details see traffordcentre.co.uk

Tomy Digital TD300 Monitor

In a Nutshell
It’s easy to be seduced by the exotic features of some models, but this Tomy offers most of the genuinely useful ones – other than video
– and it’s well priced.

Features
You get pretty much all the good monitor features, including sound-activation that allows you to adjust the level at which an alarm is triggered. Handy for a noisy room.

Practicality
The parent unit’s built-in battery is said to last seven hours, yet there is no charging dock, just a mains cable. It offers a clear, graphical sound-meter but lacks a display. Reception and range are par for the course.

Wow Factor
The parent unit is surprisingly small, which makes it nice and portable for, say, a weekend away but it is also much more likely to slip down the back of the sofa.

Nit-picking
This Tomy monitor has no visual battery-level indicator (you’d get this if you upgrade to the slightly pricier TD350 model). Nor does it offer any lullabies to help sooth tots to sleep.

 

Reviewed by Alex Pell

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BEST FOR...  VALUE 

Tomy Digital TD300 Monitor
£59, tomy.co.uk


Quinny Moodd

In a Nutshell
This swish update to Quinny’s popular Buzz 3 model has a similarly tubular chassis, yet looks even more futuristic and adds some new tricks that make this a very tempting proposition.

Features
The seat has three recline positions, the lowest being almost flat. This can face either direction and you can add a carrycot (£160) or car seats by Maxi-Cosi or Bébé Confort.

Practicality
The air-filled rear wheels gobble rough terrain and the front one is swappable for a two-wheel axis (£45). Everything slots elegantly together and the
foot brakes are flip-flop-friendly.

Wow Factor
With its white (or black) chassis and six bold fabric colours, the Moodd is seriously sci-fi and its newly revamped, semi-automated folding mechanism outshines that of its predecessor.

Nit-picking
The hood is small and the pram weighs a hefty 15kg. The seat sides lack protection, so you’ll want the carrycot, and the cost of add-ons may well darken your mood.

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BEST FOR...  FUNKY STYLE 

Quinny Moodd
£569, quinny.com


Britax B-Agile

In a Nutshell
A featherweight, four-wheeled buggy that is both highly manoeuvrable and compact, albeit still surprisingly spacious for a large toddler. Britax offers optional matching carrycots or car seats.

Features
The infinitely adjustable seat reclines easily to a near-flat position and its harness height can be swiftly adjusted. The huge hood has a zip-out extension, plus a handy rear storage pocket.   

Practicality
At 8kg, it is easy to hoik up stairs and is far from Spartan for your little soldier, due to plush red or black fabrics and clever ventilation. Large rear
wheels help on gravel, but it’s no off-roader.
 

Wow factor  
The cool, one-handed fold mechanism also automatically locks the chassis, ready to fling the whole thing into a car. Equally impressive is how easily it unfolds – ideal for the urban jungle.

Nit-picking
To have baby facing the rear, you must buy the Click and Go carrycot (£130) which adds to the price, as do various Britax accessories including a bumper bar (£15) or cosytoes (£40).

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BEST FOR...  CITY LIVING 

Britax B-Agile
£230, britax.co.uk  


Concord Spin


In a Nutshell
This ultra-compact folding model would complement the swankiest of modern kitchens and makes a fine compromise between great design and everyday practicality.

Features
The predominantly aluminium Spin has telescopic legs that enable it to be set to one of four height positions, and the tray that comes with it can be stored on the back of the chair when it’s not being used.
 

Practicality
No matter how much glass and chrome your kitchen boasts, the Spin won’t look out of place. The cushions are easy to wipe down, but the seat does have hard-to-reach cracks, and it doesn’t recline.  

Wow Factor
This can be folded normally or, thanks to the central hinge, the seat can be folded down first, to form a tiny package ready to be slung into a car boot (a carry bag is included), and as it weighs a mere 5.6kg, it is truly portable.   

Nit-picking
The main trade-off is comfort. This can mostly be resolved with a seat insert, which spoils the look. Less easily sorted out is a slight lack of adjustability and having just a three-point harness.

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BEST FOR...  SPACE SAVING 

Concord Spin
£130, concord.de/en


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Mountain Buggy +One

In a Nutshell
If you ever need to navigate a pushchair on a muddy towpath you’ll instantly appreciate why a Mountain Buggy is the ultimate off-roader.

Features
Both child seats are supplied as standard, as is a small sleeping bag for newborns. The carrycot (£169) and car seat adaptors (£29) are both additional options. The rear seat can face two ways.

Practicality
The huge hood has two zip-out extensions and the basket is massive, too. This does, however, reduce in size once the pram converts to double mode, which is a faff to do.

Wow Factor
The three pneumatic wheels and posh suspension of this sophisticated pushchair help it to glide over shingle beaches, and prove surprisingly nippy in town, too.

Nit-picking
The +One’s only colour option is black. It’s no featherweight, yet, at 13.5kg, no back-breaker either. The seats don’t recline all that much and the rear one has just two positions including flat.

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BEST FOR... OFF ROAD 

Mountain Buggy +One
£650, mountainbuggy.com


Movie review: Disney's Planes

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Review by Rachel Price

In cinemas now

Stars: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Garrett
Dir: Klay Hall

Essentially a David and Goliath story, you can’t fail to love Planes if you and your little ones have any time for Pixar’s motor masterpiece Cars.

The plot centres around Dusty Crophopper (yes he’s as glamorous as his name suggests), a small farm plane from Hicksville who dreams of competing in the renowned race ‘Wings Around the Globe’.

There are just a few problems – he’s not built for this kind of race and is likely to fall apart if he tries to compete, he has to overcome the prejudice of the judges not to mention all the other competitors and, most importantly, he’s scared of heights. Can Dusty overcome all these obstacles and prove he can be a world beater? Well, we’re not going to spoil the ending for you – that’s why you have to go see the movie (and you’ll find out while eating popcorn).

Watch a clip of Planes now!

We love the global cast of characters (keep an ear out for John Cleese, Stacy Keach and Anthony Edwards) but we have a special soft spots for both ‘good guy’ Dottie (Teri Hatcher) who plays his plucky mechanic, and ‘bad guy’ Ripslinger, a dastardly dude who’s determined put an end to poor Dusty’s ambitions at all costs.

It may not be a Pixar movie as such but, because the production was overseen by John Lassiter, it does have a lot of their trademarks including an appearance by John Ratzenberger. We say take to the skies (but not too high) and have a great trip.

Read our interview with Disney's Planes star Teri Hatcher

 

Stuck with new baby present ideas?

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It's hard to know what to buy for a friend or family member with a new baby- especially as the liklihood is, they will return half the things they get anyway (oops, sorry mother-in-law). So we Gurgle Mums are very excited about the launch of the Nonabox. Nonabox is a new subscription service that tailor picks gorgeous products and hand delivers to the door. You can choose anything from pregnancy, to the first two years. Nonabox will be filled with 7-10 products from a selection of the best brands.

The monthly subscription package is only £25, and postage and packing is free.

We think it's perfect for that friend or family member that you really don't know what to buy for.

For more information, have a look at nonabox.co.uk

Which car seat do I buy for long-term value?

Maxi-Cosi Opal


In a Nutshell
This car seat is suitable from birth until the age of four. Your
child can remain in the safer rear-facing position until he reaches 13kg (15mths), after which it swivels to point forwards.

Practicality
The Opal is surprisingly compact given the age range it spans.
The seatbelt-only fitting process isn’t too hellish and the cover handily comes off without having to remove the seat’s harness.

Comfort
Maxi-Cosi has a solid reputation for comfy seats, and this model
is certainly no exception. That said, many parents will probably prefer a dedicated seat for their newborns, that clicks into place in the car with less fuss.

Wow Factor
Twist a prominent knob and the seat widens like a clam to help a growing child fit. You won’t be spinning an Opal back and forth to show off, though, as this can’t be done while in a car.

Nit-picking
It won’t fit on a travel system – ironic given this is the USP of most Maxi-Cosi seats – and a child can only face rearwards in it for up to 15mths. Its plastic harness-clips seem fragile, too.

Also consider
Britax First Class plus, britax.co.uk
This model can also seat a baby rear-facing until 13kg and then face forwards. It’s lighter, yet trickier to install, and can’t be used in a travel system either.

 

BEST FOR...  LONG-TERM VALUE 

Maxi-Cosi Opal
£198, maxi-cosi.com
Weight range 0–18kg (Groups 0+ and 1)
Birth–4yrs


Oxo Tot Sprout


In a Nutshell
An elegant and practical new design, from the company behind the clever range of Good Grips kitchen utensils. It delivers genuine longevity along with a big dollop of seriously fresh styling.

Features
It begins life as a highchair with a five-point harness and a leg post. As your baby grows, the seat and footrest can be lowered, and finally it converts into a junior seat without the tray or post.

Practicality
The wooden and moulded plastic parts feel robust and are easily adjustable compared to rival models. Each Sprout comes with a smaller cushion for an older child, and best of all it can be cleaned quickly.

Wow Factor
Aside from the chic design, you will enjoy showing off the chair’s versatility, such as the way that its tray can be whipped off with one hand or the footrest lowered without messing about with screws.  

Nit-picking
The seat itself has just three height positions and the harness clip is fiddly as it’s behind the leg post. As with most wooden seats, the Sprout won’t fold up or recline. At 14kg, it’s also chunky to move.

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BEST FOR...  INNOVATION 

Oxo Tot Sprout
£195, oxouk.com


Hollywood star Teri Hatcher chats about her latest role

Hollywood star Teri Hatcher chats about her latest role

Rachel Price caught up with Teri Hatcher at the premiere of Disney's Planes for a quick chat

So, this was the first time you’d seen the movie with a crowd, was that different?

"It was, and what a big crowd and a beautiful theatre that was, so that was pretty special. And you know, you never really know with toddlers which way it’s going to go but they all seemed to stay really engaged. We had a cute little girl who looked as though she was about four sitting next to me on her dad’s lap and she kept saying to him, ‘daddy are the planes going to crash?’ and her dad would be saying, ‘well I don’t know,’ it was just so very cute."

Which bit did you think the audience liked best?


"I don’t know whether it was just because we were in London or whether it will be the same all over the world but everyone laughed when John Cleese’s character (Bulldog) said “I don’t cry, I’m British.’"

I felt the film overturned stereotypes, especially your character Dottie who is a girl mechanic. Do you agree?


"I love that you see it that way and I think it would be great if that happened. I wanted to put in her voice, to feel in her voice that she was earnest, smart, capable, caring but you know also a little bit funny. I like the message that you can be caring and strong at the same time."

This isn’t your first voice over role, what do you like about them?


"I enjoy putting myself in situations where creatively you’re experiencing something new and it’s just a new challenge, it’s very exciting. When I did Coraline I did three different voices and some of them were very intense and gravelly which is kind of hard on your vocal chords. But it’s great to be able to inject some humanity into an inanimate object with just your voice. So I guess it’s not that it’s that much easier than doing a traditional picture but it is convenient not to have to do hair and make-up. It’s just fun in a different way – it’s like apples and oranges. And I like that I’ve been lucky enough to be cast in different things where I can feel I can mix it up."

Did you work together with other voice artists or did you all work separately?


"We all recorded individually, and actually all voice work I’ve done, whether it was for Disney or not has been done individually too. I know there are some movies where they do things as a group but for the most part I think, if the animation is done and there’s a certain window or frame of action and they need something very specific for it, it’s easier if you’re there by yourself because you can do a line over and over until it has the exact right inflection, the exact right speed. So I wonder if, when they get actors to work together they do the animation after, I’m not sure."
 

Read Rachel Price's review of Disney's Planes

Samsung SEW-3030

In a Nutshell
Tune into your own Baby TV channel with this fancy monitor that’s like CCTV for the nursery.

Features  
Offers everything you’d expect from a high-end model apart from a graphical sound-meter. Video is the attention-grabber.
It can be viewed on the 3.5in parent unit screen, or be connected to a TV (sets with picture-in-picture work the best).

Practicality
Set-up is no more difficult than an audio monitor, but positioning the camera is tricky. Switches to infrared in low light automatically.

Wow Factor
The live video-feed can be relayed to grandparents via Skype if hooked up to a computer.

Nit-picking
Battery life of parent unit is shorter than audio models.

 

Reviewed by Alex Pell

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BEST FOR...  SHARING VIDEO 

Samsung SEW-3030
£150, samsunghomesecurity.co.uk


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August 31st, 2012. All the latest news, views, and reviews

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Green babies at the Science Museum

Your baby may have tiny feet but it leaves a large carbon footprint. Enviromental experts have come together at The Science Museum to give parents the opportunity to talk about the complex issues surrounding 'green' parenting. There are activities going on all day so you can bring your tiny tot and they will be amused whilst you listen to a wealth of eco knowledge.

The Science Museum's Dana Centre, South Kensington, SW7 5HD

27th September, 2012, 11:00-13:00

To book: call 0207 942 4040 or email [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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Legoland discovery centre goes Star Wars-tastic

With Star Wars, spooky Halloween and a return of the giant advent calender, Legoland is the place to be! Pumpkins, ghastly ghouls and spooky builds in the Model Builder's Workshop all make this super (scarily) brilliant.

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Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester, Barton Square  The Trafford Centre, Manchester M17 8AS

 

 

 

 

 

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Dinner's on the house

Small children have the attention span of a gnat, so getting them to down and focus on dinner can be a trial at the best of times. But this charming dinner set is sure to grab there atention, and doubles up as a jigsaw after they've eaten their tea. Genius! £19.99, firebox.com

 

 

 

 

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NHS trying to talk woman out of Caesareans and opt for 'cheaper' epidural option

Mother's are supposed to be given the right to choose their type of pain relief when delivering a baby, but new guidelines drawn up for GP's suggest they should have natural labours with little or no pain relief because it is costing the NHS too much money. A Caesarean section costs around £1,200 as opposed to a £200 epidural, or to no pain relief at all. Up in arms you may be. Read more at nhs.uk/news

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Millicent Roberts is...

Barbie's full name. Blond Barbara, nicknamed 'Barbie' came along in 1959 manufactured by American toy company, Mattel. Ruth Handler came up with the concept of Barbie and named her after her daughter Barbara. Interestingly, Ruth's son was called Kenneth. 

 

 

 

 

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Most babies are likely to get nappy rash at some time. The best way to deal with nappy rash is to try to your baby getting it in the first place.

The NHS recommends these simple steps:

-Change wet or soiled nappies as soon as possible.

-Clean the whole nappy area thoroughly. Use plain water and fragrance free and alcohol free baby wipes.

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    Baby K's range extended to 8 years old

    Mothercare's clothing collaboration with pop star turned kids fashion designer, Myleene Klass continues as she launches her autumn/winter collection, and is also increasing the age of the clothing to 8 year olds.

    Watch a video of Myleene talking about motherhood at Gurgle TV.

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    See the full collection here!

    Why not take a look at the new autumn/winter range of Little Bird by Jools Oliver also available at Mothercare.

    Shocking pregnancy changes?

    We all know pregnancy means weight gain and a fairly good chance of some form of morning sickness, but what body changes weren't you aware of and took you by surprise?

    A new survey, to support the launch of new book You Pee When You Sneeze...And Other Things They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy, a real-life first time mum's diary, finds out what mums-to-be really find shocking about pregnancy.

    Out of 100 mums surveyed, 31% said feeling their baby hiccup was the most unexpected pregnancy side effect. This was closely followed by suffering acid reflux and developing a weak bladder, which came in joint second place with 20% each. Itchy pregnancy skin also came as a surprise to 15% of the women, while 14% had not expected to suffer from piles during pregnancy.

    After the birth, the body change which came as the biggest surprise was postpartum hair loss, according to 51% of women asked. Meanwhile, 31% of mums were shocked by the strength of their milk flow and subsequent 'squirty nipples'. Constipation and bladder weakness were also unexpected conditions, both scoring 9%.

     What surprised you about pregnancy? Did you get a side effect or body change that you really weren't expecting? Share your views in our forum, or via Facebook or Twitter.

     

    lanisoh-mainLansinoh are offering one lucky reader the chance to win £200 worth of Lansinoh products to celebrate the launch of their new Pump-Store-Feed & Care range (available exclusively at Mothercare).

    Lansinoh, who are famous for the miracle cream in the purple tube, called 'HPA Lanolin' and are used by millions of mums all around the world to relieve nipple soreness. The new range of products helps mothers to express, store and feed breastmilk.

    One lucky winner will receive:

    • Manual and single electric breast pump
    • Breastmilk feeding bottles in varying sizes
    • Replacement teats
    • Milk storage bags
    • 3 in 1 therapearl
    • HPA Lanolin
    • Nursing Pads

    Everything you need to set you up for your breastfeeding journey. Head over to Lansinoh.co.uk and watch out for news on how to join their new Happy Tummy Club to receive hints & tips for breastfeeding. Plus don't miss out on exclusive offers on Lansinoh products.

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    Bob the Builder

    Bob's back!

    Bob the Builder is back on telly with a whole new look.

    The new series launches on Channel 5's Milkshake from 1 September at 7.30am with a whole new CGI-animated look and cast.

    Lee Ingleby from Harry Potter takes on the voice of Bob, Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey voices Bob's business partner Wendy and Blake Harrison from The Inbetweeners is the voice of Scoop.

    But despite Bob's makeover, his hi-vis jacket replacing his dungarees, and the new cast, it's still the same Bob. As well as new faces like apprentice builder Leo, Mayor Maria Madison, heavy-lifting low-loader Two-Tonne and Tiny the tower crane, old faces Muck and Lofty aren't going anywhere.

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    Take That's Howard and wife Katie expecting

    Take That singer Howard Donald has announced on Twitter he's going to be a dad for the third time.

    The pair married in January this year, with the baby due early January 2016.

    47-year old Howard is already father to Grace, 16, and Lola, 10, from two previous relationships.

    "Katie and I are having a baby!" he announced on Twitter. "So proud of my beautiful wife and can't wait for the member of our family to arrive."

    10 wellies for a wet bank holiday weekend

    It's the August bank holiday weekend so, let's face it, it's going to rain. Keep your little ones dry and stylish with our top ten picks.

    • Petit Bateau Wellies, £32, petit-bateau.co.uk
      Petit Bateau Wellies, £32, petit-bateau.co.uk
    • Little Bird striped wellies, £14, mothercare.com
      Little Bird striped wellies, £14, mothercare.com
    • Burberry Unisex Beige Classic Check Wellies, £97, childrensalon.com
      Burberry Unisex Beige Classic Check Wellies, £97, childrensalon.com
    • CeLaVi Unisex Navy Blue Striped Wellies, £28, childrensalon.com
      CeLaVi Unisex Navy Blue Striped Wellies, £28, childrensalon.com
    • Igor Jellies Pipo Leopard Heart Wellie Black, £23.95, panachekids.co.uk
      Igor Jellies Pipo Leopard Heart Wellie Black, £23.95, panachekids.co.uk
    • Hunter First Classic Black Wellies, £28, jotoha.co.uk
      Hunter First Classic Black Wellies, £28, jotoha.co.uk
    • Aigle Children's Lollypop Wellington Boots, £29, johnlewis.com
      Aigle Children's Lollypop Wellington Boots, £29, johnlewis.com
    • Hatley Blue 'Polar Bear' Wellies, £22, childrensalon.com
      Hatley Blue 'Polar Bear' Wellies, £22, childrensalon.com
    • Floating Clouds Wellington Boots, £12-14, johnlewis.com
      Floating Clouds Wellington Boots, £12-14, johnlewis.com
    • Boys printed welly, £15, joules.com
      Boys printed welly, £15, joules.com

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    Mums and children should be taking vitamin D

    The grey months ahead could be affecting more than just our moods – the government has said mums to be and children from the age of one should be taking vitamin D supplements.

    The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition has suggested that from the age of one, 10 microgram pills should be taken to ensure we get enough - especially vulnerable individuals like pregnant women and children under five.

    The risks of overdosing are extremely low, while it's estimated that one in five adults and one in six children in England aren't getting enough vitamin D. Deficiency can lead to rickets and brittle bones.

    We get most of our vitamin D from our skin being exposed to sunlight, rather than food, so naturally in the UK we're missing out and need a little boost!

    Expert nutritionist Judy More from Colief gave us her top tips for ensuring your little one gets the vitamin D they need:

    Sunscreen is important to prevent sunburn but it also stops the skin making vitamin D. Children should spend some time outside without sunscreen and only use sunscreen to prevent sunburn. The amount of time your child can spend in the sunshine without burning depends on their skin type, the time of day and the intensity of the sunshine.

    To ensure you and your baby get the vitamin D you should:

    • Spend time outside every day in the summer months and only use sunscreen to prevent burning
    • Have one or two portions of oily fish each week
    • Eat eggs often - there is no need to limit them
    • Take a daily supplement of vitamin D such as Colief Vitamin D3 supplements, which are specially designed to provide the right amount of vitamin D for you or your child

    Look out for vitamin D3 over vitamin D2 in supplements. Vitamin D3 is the form that is produced in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight and experts say it is better than Vitamin D2 at maintaining good vitamin levels in the blood to ensure the health benefits. Vitamin D2 is made in very small amounts in a few plants.

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    Do the Dad dance for charity

    The Dad Network is launching an online video campaign today to raise money for UNICEF.

    The #DOTHEDADDANCE campaign is asking Dads to film themselves dancing to their favourite song – with or sans tots – and then upload it to social media with the hashtag. And of course they nominate their friends to do it! After this, they donate £2 to UNICEF by text.

    The campaign is hoping to show dads having fun and letting their hair down while raising money for less privileged children.

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    Highlights in this issue:

    • Have fun in the garden
    • Potty training tips
    • 101 top travel tips

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    Free child tickets available for the West End's Kids Week 2014

    Kids Week has just launched with a day of free family activities at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and free children's tickets for West End shows are still available for the whole of August.

    More than 40,000 tickets are still available and include shows such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain 2, I Believe in Unicorns, The Elephantom, The Pajama Game, The Commitments, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Stomp, Let it Be, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Shakespeare in Love.

    There are 39 shows offering free tickets for children between 1 and 31 August 2014.

    For a full list of participating shows and age suitability guidance visit the Kids Week website.

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    Paddington Bear is on a new mission for charity

    Lovable character Paddington Bear is packing up his famous suitcase and setting off for a summer adventure in support of UK charity, Action Medical Research. The charity's mascot, who is set to hit the big screen later in the year, will begin a tour around UK hospitals this August to visit sick children and babies in a bid to raise vital funds for breakthrough medical research.

    Paddington is appealing for the public to support him on his travels by donating 'Bear Miles' through the charity website.

    To mark the launch of the appeal, the marmalade-loving bear was waved off at Paddington Station, the very spot where he was found almost 56 years ago.

    Paddington will visit the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle on August 19, Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on August 27 and finally the John Radcliffe Children's Hospital in Oxford on September 10.

    Action Medical Research has helped fund some of the most vital medical breakthroughs for babies and children over the last half a century. You can find out more about the charity here.

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    Top 10 baby names 2014

    Oliver and Amelia were last year's most popular baby names in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Today the numbers were revealed, showing that Lily replaced Mia in the top 10 most popular girls' names, even though princess Zara Phillips named her daughter Mia Grace this year. Charlotte and George are still up in the charts - although Charlotte has gone down two places. Harper (Harper Beckham setting trends already, of course) was a new entry into the top 100.

    The ten most popular girls' names were:

    1. Amelia
    2. Olivia
    3. Isla
    4. Emily
    5. Poppy
    6. Ava
    7. Isabella
    8. Jessica
    9. Lily
    10. Sophie

    And the most popular boys' names:

    1. Oliver
    2. Jack
    3. Harry
    4. Jacob
    5. Charlie
    6. Thomas
    7. George
    8. Oscar
    9. James
    10. William

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    The ever-expanding range includes items for bed, bath and playtime, as well as clothing, home accessories and keepsakes – and Beyoncé, Elton John and Kate Winslet are among the celebrity followers. For your exclusive discount code, buy the October issue of Gurgle, on sale now. Click here to find your nearest stockist.

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    That’s why a good first aid box is an essential piece of kit for anyone’s home.

    There are plenty out there but we particularly love the old school charm of
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    Win a day out at Pleasurewood Hills for a family of four!

    Celebrating 30 years of family fun at Pleasurewood Hills

    This year Pleasurewood Hills will be celebrating 30 years of family fun with impromptu party's and celebration throughout the year. The Pleasurewood Hills experience provides hair raising, heart pumping rides for the bravest adventurers! Fun rides for all the family including the little ones too!

    We are continually investing in new rides and facilities and have 4 new attractions this year which include: WOODY'S TEA CUPS: A traditional family favourite. We have MOBY DICK; a great nautical themed ride for all the family, The PLEASUREWOOD PADDLERS - The pedelo's return to the lake! And then there's HOBS PIT. Opening Whitsun 2013 – Will YOU escape?

    Our ride 'Wipeout', is the tallest, fastest and most extreme rollercoaster in the East of England! Get soaked on the 'Timber Falls' log flume. Let the Sea Lion and Parrot shows entertain you. Relax in the Terrace Café whilst the children have fun on the adventure playground. There are lot's more rides and attractions to explore and enjoy across the park.

    So, whether you're an adrenaline thrill ride junkie or looking for an exciting fun packed day out, a visit to Pleasurewood Hills is an ideal way to spend a day with your family and friends in East Anglia's most exhilarating family theme park.

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    How your height affects your pregnancy

    It makes sense that your height and genes are going to influence how big your baby is – but did you know your height could determine the length of your pregnancy?

    A report has found shorter women have shorter pregnancies, smaller babies and also a higher risk of giving birth prematurely.

    The report, published in the Public Library of Science Medicine, has shown that as well as your genes affecting your baby's birth weight and length, your height is also an important factor in influencing the womb environment, regardless of which genes you're passing on. The womb environment is influenced by how tall mum is, and that is what directly affects how long your pregnancy will be.

    The study of 3,485 Nordic women and children found that every centimetre of extra height increased the length, weight and gestational age of their newborns.

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    ‘I’m  ten months into this grand experiment they call motherhood.  I’ve learned a lot,’ says Lucy Mangan. ‘But there are some things I wish I’d been told beforehand. so, to prevent you being as blindsided as I was – or
    having to reinvent the wheel – I thought I’d pass some of the key points on…’

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    Washing yourself every day will become a risible goal I don’t know how keeping yourself clean comes to seem so low a priority that it slips off the to-do list at least four days out of every seven, but it does. ‘I only need ten minutes,’ you think. ‘I’ll just wait until there’s a natural lull in proceedings.’ It has taken me nine and a half months to realise that from now until the grave there will be no natural lull in proceedings. Before you know it, the day will have disappeared and you have doomed yourself to sitting through another feed while experiencing untimely itches in unreachable places. You must stick the baby in his father’s arms, the cot or a bouncy chair in front of the shower, and then just start sluicing before people start backing away from you in the street with their handbags in front of their noses.

     

     

     


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    With very little sleep you can still do a passable imitation of being on the ball – or at least sufficient to fool passing strangers. However your family, who will routinely see you standing in the middle of the kitchen muttering, ‘What did I come in here for? An oven? Do I need an oven – or was it a sink?’ will be harder to fool.

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    You will be permanently outraged that although this world is full of people with children, full of people who even if they don’t have children WERE once children themselves, it is so goddamn useless at catering for them. But you will also be too tired to do anything about it. You will weep with gratitude for the people who campaigned for anti-disability legislation that brought about all the ramps, wide access points and automatic doors on which you now depend, and vow to repay the favour one day, just as soon as you’ve had some sleep.

     

     


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    It can be easier not to have a routine. This is especially true in the early days. As the baby gets older, a routine becomes more necessary and also easier to devise and maintain. But the early days are something between war and penal servitude. Your only goal is to get through them. Some people need a routine from the off and this does them a power of good. But for others, this is not the case. Unfortunately, routine-lovers tend to be more vocal and extrovert personalities, so they will harp on about the need for order. Simply ignore them if you’re happier just letting the day dictate itself and having a pattern that suits you, your baby and your (new) lifestyle. My moment of liberation came when my husband picked up the Gina Ford book, now heavily stained with tears of failure and frustration, that my schedule-loving friend had given me. ‘Hmm,’ he said, after skimming a few pages, ‘I imagine it reads better in the original German.’ We tossed it in the bin and moved on. Chaotically.


     

     

     


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    Strange things happen to your body. I mean, aside from the obvious. (Oh, and by the way, that perfect bladder control you took for granted all those years isn’t coming back. Ever. You’re never going to be a champion trampolinist now. That dream is over. Let it go. Also, doing a poo will trigger mini-flashbacks to labour for months. Just so you know.) Among just the five of us in my NCT group we can field:

    ✦ Haywire body temperature. I used to be warm for about three days of the year, in mid-August. Now I don’t even need a fleece in winter. You can fry eggs on me even at night.
    ✦ Flare-ups of old sporting/dancing/drinking injuries. On a bad day, anyone watching me try to get up from sitting on the floor must wonder what an 85-year-old is doing at Gymboree.
    ✦ A ‘mouth thing’. She can’t describe it. It just feels different. No, not a tingling, not a numbness, not anything. It’s just different.
    ✦Smelling strange smells where none actually exist.
    ✦ Ear piercings closing up. God knows what happens to more bohemian types that have piercings elsewhere.
    ✦ Eczema.
    ✦ A total lack of balance – physical, rather than metaphorical. We lurch down stairs, bang into walls and fall sideways on sofas. But it’s getting better. Sometimes we make it all the way to playgroup without falling over.

     

     

     

     


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    They don’t love you until 18 months. That’s right. You think it’s going to be all gazing into each others’ adoring eyes from the get-go, but no. You’ve got to wait a year and a half before they show the slightest flicker of enthusiasm for you. Nice, eh? Nice way to recognise and reward the ceaseless blood, sweat and tears that went into delivering and maintaining you thereafter, kid. Cheers, thanks a lot. Oh, they’ll gurgle with anticipation and delight when your boobs heave into view, but this only makes it clear that you’re just an ambulant piece of meat and dairy to them, not an actual person with a brain and needs and feelings. I ask Buggerlugs every day, ‘Do you love me yet?’ but answer comes there none. Little tyke.

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

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    Unless by some miracle your baby sleeps through the night,  you will sell your soul for a bigger bed. Your soul.

     

     

     


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    The greatest, most reliable, accessible, free and pleasurable activity will be ruined for you for months if not years. I’m talking, of course, about television. Almost everything is now off limits because almost everything, you discover, is based on some kind of human suffering that is, even in its most fictional, far-fetched or ridiculous form, unbearable now that you have a tiny, tiny baby out in this dreadful, dreadful world of ours.

    Crime dramas use dead mothers and missing babies as mere side plots while you stare, frozen, devastated at the screen. Preposterous scenes in preposterous hokum like Touch or Desperate Housewives will mention something even slightly nasty happening within the vicinity of someone under 18 and you will be wailing face down in the sofa for hours. The humiliations and inherent cruelty of anything Simon Cowell-based will similarly prostrate you with grief. Downton Abbey has the war. Nothing is safe. Nothing. And neither are books. Just sit quietly facing a wall at least until your child goes to university. It’s all you can do.


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    Feminism may as well never have happened. Whatever your plans, however willing and able your partner, somehow the bulk of the childcare and anticipation of the child’s needs will fall to you. You will worry ten, 20, a million times more about everything than he does. You will understand why women don’t rule the world. It’s because we can’t take any more pressure (other than the responsibility for an entire human life!). This will change as they get older, but until that time, just put the Mad Men box set on repeat and pretend you have not yet been vouchsafed a glimpse of a better world than this.

     

     

     


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    You will become a much worse friend, daughter, sister, neighbour and member of society in general. But people will be so kind to you, giving you stuff, cooking, cooing over your baby, helping your buggy up steps and off buses, letting you pass first through doors, picking up the things you drop as you weave madly down the street and telling you when you’ve come out without doing up your trousers/shirt/both that you promise, one day, to give it back in spades.


     

     

     


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    You will not like your baby all the time. You will like your partner EVEN less of the time. This too shall pass.

     

     

     


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    If you’re worrying about giving baby the non-organic purée or food from a jar and ruining him for life, just calculate how many meals he is going to have in his life and what kind of state we would all be in if just one of them
    – or ten, or 20 or 100 – had any kind of deleterious effect at all. We’d be a nation of helpless, wizened fools. And we’re not. So don’t worry about giving him an occasional bottlefeed (because your nipples are about to drop off). Forget to put the nappy cream on, forget to change the nappy at all (I can’t tell you the number of times Buggerlugs has gone all day in the same one because, amid the endless feeding, soothing and carting him from one location to the other – supermarket, health clinic, grandmother, whatever – to keep us all semi-sane and fed, the idea of changing him has completely left my head). It’s okay. Don’t panic.

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

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    We all like the peace of mind a happy, calm baby provides and with all eyes on the latest addition to the royal family, the royal mum and dad will be no different.

    To celebrate the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge baby care brand, NUK, has launched a limited edition Classic Soother with a patriotic Union Jack design to help your little one welcome the newest member of the royal family!

    Any new birth is a cause for celebration, especially a new royal and the new Union Jack soother will enable families to join in the celebrations that are taking place up and down the country.

    Unlike traditional soothers, the NUK Classic soother has an orthodontic asymmetric shape which mimics a mother's nipple during breastfeeding so parents choosing a NUK soother can be reassured that they are giving their little one the next best thing to mother's breast.

    NUK experts understand the importance of a child's development in the early years, which is why the soft and flexible teat of the Soother has been designed to reduce pressure on baby's jaw and teeth, reducing the risk of teeth misalignment, which can cause problems in later life.

    The NUK soother's carefully flattened teat design also allows optimum space for the tongue to promote a natural sucking action. Packed in a handy reusable pouch featuring two soothers, the NUK Classic soother is sure to stay clean, dry and safe, perfect for parents on the go.

    It's available in sizes 1 (0-6 months) and 2 (6-18 months) in silicone and retails for just £4.49 through www.nuk.co.uk or why not enter and you could win 1 of 50 soother packs by correctly answering this question:

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrates 50 years in print

    This year's Roald Dahl Day celebrations – which kick off on Saturday September 13th, pays tribute to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is celebrating its 50th Whipple-Scrumptious year in print.

    Whether you fancy dressing up as an Oompa-Loompa and/or skydiving from 10,000 feet, rustling up a tasty treat inspired by the story, seeing the hit stage musical currently playing at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane OR taking an insider's tour at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, we have no end of ideas to help you celebrate Roald Dahl Day in style this September.

    September 2014 marks the NINTH annual celebration of Roald Dahl's amazing stories, legendary life and diverse legacy.

     

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a truly iconic book. The story of Charlie Bucket, the five Golden Tickets, the devilish Oompa-Loompas and the amazing Mr Willy Wonka has become firmly embedded in our culture, having (twice) been reimagined for the cinema, as an opera and, since 2013, a hit West End musical. Conservative estimates suggest the original book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide - it is currently available in 55 languages

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    As he assesses the impact his family will have on the future of our planet Tom Dunmore also reflects on his 'green teen' hopes

    When I was a small child, my father taught me to swim in what seemed the cruellest way possible. He stood in the pool in front of me and reached out his hands so they almost touched mine. I only had to swim a few inches to get to him. But with every fledgling stroke I managed, Dad took a step backwards – so no matter how far I swam, he was always just out of reach. It left me with a desperate, splashy swimming style and deep psychological scars.

    But here I stand, knee-deep in a Norwegian fjord, inflicting the same torment upon my three-year-old. It's just another example of how parenting forces you to do things you once considered abhorrent - from wiping up another person's poo to spending a week in Center Parcs.

    I've quickly learned to ignore the angry stares of those childless pleasure-seekers whose calm is disturbed by Ava's hysterical explosion in the supermarket or those repeated seat kicks on planes and trains.

    But it's harder to quiet the voice inside – I can picture the teenage me snarling in disgust at what I've become now I'm a family man. And what Teen Tom disdains most is the slow erosion of my green credentials.

    Years ago, I considered myself something of an eco-warrior. I cycled furiously, recycled religiously and shopped ethically. Then I had a child and, although I have more invested in the future, I find myself with less time to worry about it.

    Dad-photo-cut-out-smallI still cycle, but with the baby on board it's not possible to go far – so we use taxis and rental cars too.
    We quickly decided our small, gardenless flat and impatient demeanours weren't suited to cloth nappies, so we buy biodegradable disposables instead. We're poorer, but the planet doesn't seem much richer.

    To my car-loving, jet-setting contemporaries, the simple act of composting marks me out as some sort of tree-hugging radical. But had I been truly green, I would have stopped producing children. Any environmentalist worth his sustainably produced salt will tell you that the biggest challenge facing the planet is over-population. But that didn't stop us having another one – and this time we're not bothering with the bulky, ill-fitting, 'green' nappies.

    Still, I'm not ready to give up hope for humanity. When you're one in eight billion, it's hard to believe that your individual actions will make a difference. But now we're a family unit, we've quadrupled our impact. We're still only half a billionth of the solution, admittedly - but we're not the only family that cares about the planet's future.

    So for now, we're sticking at two kids, four bicycles and a bucketload of optimism. And I have a backup plan – while we're holidaying in the Norwegian mountains and living off freshly caught fish and berries, we're secretly in training for the moment that the seas overwhelm us and society finally breaks down. I have no hope for myself – I've been so ruined by consumer technology that my heart goes into palpitations if I can't get a mobile signal.

    But if I can't save myself or the planet, I'm at least going to teach my children how to swim – I may need to call my dad for help.

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