As our baby grows and develops so has to our imagination to create great games. It’s natural to want to check that our precious baby develops “right”, does the “right” thing at the right time (I must stress in here that each child develops at its own pace and does things at its own time!!! ; Look at Chloe walking at 9 months but still only 2 teeth at 14 months😂)
When Chloe was around 6 months old I started looking for help/inspiration on how I should play with her. We had our games but there is just so much you can play the same repertoire over and over again! I wanted our games to be fun but also to support Chloe’s development.
I came across an App called Baby Sparks and I have been using it ever since! I love this app and would recommend it to everyone.
What I love about it?
– It has a month-by-month Baby development guide. This has helped me to understand baby development and what I should expect to happen in the near future.
– Daily program. This is full of activities for the day. Those change constantly so your play time is never boring. What is great is that all of the activities are divided in to groups :
* Gross motor skills
* Fine motor skills
* Self Care
You can choose what part of your child development you want to concentrate on and practise that day.
Main purpose is to help your child develop but it’s done in a very fun way! It keeps your days versatile and your play time interesting.
– Another great feature is the ability to brows the activities by: Category, Place, Milestone. You don’t have to stick to the daily plan you can just freestyle 😊
You can also mark activities as: Completed, Favorite and Archive.
The App is available for different ages. It’s not a free app but it’s not expensive; at £3.99 in my opinion it is worth every penny!
Photos of few examples of the exercises in the app. Each of the exercises also has a video showing how to do it.
I love this toy!!!!
Chloe has recieved it as a present for Christmas. I must say it’s a brilliant toy and both me and Chloe love it.
Chloe doesn’t like to get messy (I know its very unusual for a toddler; she obviously got OCD from her mum:-) ) and I don’t like mess.
This mat is amazing for big babies (yes I still cannot bring myself to call Chloe a toddler) who just start to learn what drawing is and how to do it. This matt has a pen which you fill with water, kids can draw on the mat with “water”( yes water ! This means no colourful marks on the floor, furniture and walls … for now anyway) and as the water dries up the drawing disappears.
I would highly recommend this !
Kids love bath time, and what’s better to make it more fun than a great toy. Unfortunately a lot of toys designe for a bath don’t work very well in the water. I was shopping for new bath toys for Chloe and decided to share my findings with you.
1. Ocean Explorers Sparkle Bay Fountain.
2.Little Tikes Sparkle Bay Water Spinners
3.Edushape Magic Fish Bath Mirror
4.Munchkin Turtle Shower Bath Toy
5. Nuby Kissy Fishy Bath Toy
6.Lamaze Bathtime dragon
7. Tomy Splashy The Penguin Bath Toy
8.Playgro Bath Sort n Stack Floating Hippo
9. Hamleys Water Fun Musical Blossoms
In principle it’s a great idea. You have something where you can put your baby when you want to use the toilet, tidy up, have a shower … In practice it’s a waste of money !
We bought nice wooden play pen quite quickly because Chloe started crawling at 6 months and also because her grandparents will be looking after her 3 days a week when I go back to work. It mean to be used whenever we need to leave the room and Chloe can’t go with us.
I have managed to have Chloe in it maybe twice without screaming. I have tried everything : putting all her favourite toys in it, leaving her there to cry so she understands that crying won’t change anything, going in to it with her to show how fun it is…. Nothing worked.
I have spend £200 pounds on something what is currently taking up a lot of space in my living room and is collecting dust!
Speaking to other mums I found out that most of them have been faced with exactly this same outcome ( I think that there are only 2 babies who I know of that don’t mind being in a play pen).
Based on that I would not recommend buying one ! Or just buy a travel for which then you can use for traveling / playpen.
What’s is your opinion parents ???
Now that Chloe is becoming a little person, she starts eating like one as well:-) She loves her snacks and she loves to have a nice verity of them. I was on a mission to find a nice way to store those snacks. This is what I found :
1.BOON TRUNK SNACK BOX
2.HAPPY JACKSON LUNCH BOXES
3.LEGO LUNCH BOX
4. JUMBOX CLASSIC SNACK BOX
5. MONSTER MASH UP SNACKS BOXES
6. ALL CHANGE SNACK BOX
7. CATERPILLARS STACK SNACK BOX
Our babies love to play with toys while having a nice wet splash in the bath ! Those toys keep taking up more space as the baby grows… You start with two tiny yellow ducks ….. By 1 year old those toys are everywhere !
I love my bathroom and I love when it looks a little bit like a grow up bathroom, so I got on a mission to find nice and stylish bath toys storage. There is a selection of quite a cool solution to the toys problem😁
1. MEBBY BATH TOYS STORAGE
2.SPROUTS TOY STORAGE BAG
3. BOON FROG POD
4. KIDS KIT PELICAN
5. BKIDS DEDEE’S BATH ORGANISER
6. MUNCHKIN SQUIRT & STORR BATH SET
- DONE BY DEER
A very unusual , fun and stylish dinnerware, all come with anti-slip rubber. Here is a sample of the cool plates and bowls available (www.donebydeer.com)
2. BABY BJORN
What a cute set this is! It has a rubber anti-slip base and the outer rim design makes it harder for baby to pick up the plate and throw it 😊 (www.babybjorn.com)
3. SKIP HOP
This is a stay in place mat with a plate and cutlery.
4. SKIP HOP ANIMAL PLATES
Skip Hop has every animal plate you can think of (www.skiphop.com).
5. PRODIGI KIDS
Adi is a very cool plate which comes in 4 different colours. Its a stay-put plate, which should mean a little bit less mess at dinner time :-). It also comes with a lid! (www.prodigikids.com)
This is a Landscape dinner set. How cool is it?! Such a fun way to have a dinner!
Disney does lots of different dinner sets… You can get one in every Disney character … But nothing can beat these Mickey and Minnie Mouse plate sets.
I came across this on the website while looking at different baby stuff (I am addicted to shopping for things for Chloe) and couldn’t believe that someone has came up with such an invention.
Why cry mini -baby cry analyzer. Apparently this machine will tell you why your baby is crying : is it because they are hungry? bored ? sleepy? unwell? … Really??
I love gadgets and everything what makes life easier but this one is a step to far in my opinion. Do we really need something to tell us why our baby is crying? Are we really that lazy and in such a rush to get answers that we don’t have the time or patience to learn about our baby? To learn what they sound like when they are hungry or bored? The first few weeks when you get to know your baby and his/her needs are special and precious …. Isn’t this one of the reasons why we become parent …
Also is this not dangerous ? Relaying on the machine to tell you what your baby needs ? What if the mashine is wrong ? What if your baby is unwell but the machine tells you that your baby is bored? …
What is your opinion about it?
Do you have one of those and think that I am wrong ?
Please share you opinion.
Have a fab day !
I haven’t even thought about a car mirror while pregnant, or when Chloe was born. I always seen it as a pointless gadget and one used by paranoid parents….
I have changed my mind when Chloe stopped going to sleep as soon as she heard the car engine (miss those times). When she started being awake in the car and moaning or crying and I couldn’t see what was going on. I had to use my phone camera (the selfie setting) while turned round 90 degreesin my seat (don’t worry my husband was driving not me) to check what was going in 😊. We now had purchased one and I must say it had made the car journeys much more easy. I would recommend to get one.
Have a fabulous day x
It’s challenging and emotions when your baby have outgrown the baby bath and you need to move to this big, scary bath. Once you think that you got a hang of bathing in the big bath, get confident and start thinking that this is easy … Your baby learns how to sit …. And doesn’t want to lay … But can’t sit that well yet or crawl …. This is quite difficult isn’t it ?
That’s when one of my mum friends told me abut bath seat …. What a brilliant invetion ! It’s great we have used it for around 3 months and it made bath time stress free and so much more fun because we could play in the bath instead of me just holding Chloe all the time.
I would definitely recommend getting one!