BNF Healthy Eating Week: feeding your toddler

Many parents worry if they are feeding their toddlers the right things and in the right volume. We are no different in this house, particularly with a two year old who will change his mind about what he likes and doesn’t like at the drop of a hat. Children of this age often don’t eat the same amount every day, and it can be a concern. Are they eating enough today? Are they eating the right things? I think I’m reasonably well informed when it comes to nutrition but even I worry. The British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week runs from 11th – 15th June. Their website is packed full of information on diet and healthy living for the whole family. That…

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Tips for potty training boys

Potty training is a milestone that all parents seem to dread. Personally, while I look forward to not having to faff about with nappies, it is daunting. We’ve been introducing a potty to Small Boy for the past few weeks. He will happily sit on it and sometimes use it, but we are definitely not “there” yet.  We’re hoping to have the whole potty training thing licked within the next month of two, not rushing it because Small Boy has his very distinct views on things at the best of time. I’ve read a few books, but like all these things I wanted to get tips from real parents. In particular I wanted to hear advice and techniques for boys.…

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Why do we expect so much from toddlers?

Why do we expect toddlers to deal with their emotions and challenges in the same way adults do? Is it fair to expect them to understand how they feel and concepts that even we as adults struggle with sometimes, like disappointment or anger? It’s easy to dismiss a “tantrum” or to get frustrated by your toddler throwing themselves on the floor because you’ve asked them to do something or you say no to them. I’ve had to go and have a few seconds in another room while I’ve calmed down on more than one occasion. I’ve likewise got annoyed with others who’ve given their unsolicited parenting advice or judgement about what I think is perfectly normal behaviour for a two…

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Action Tots – a development and balance bike activity for toddlers

As you know we’ve been a fan of Tots Play from the day we signed up for the local Baby Development Course. We loved the local leader who was incredibly supportive and has nurtured a fantastic local Facebook group for local mothers who have met on her courses. We went from Baby Development classes, to Discovery Tots and then briefly Social Tots before my maternity leave ended. Now that I’ve returned to work it’s been difficult to commit to regular classes so we’ve been experimenting with a few organised activities in our local area, the new offering from Tots Play being the latest. Action Tots is designed for 2 – 4 year olds and aims to teach balance, coordination, gross…

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10 Things About Toddler Birthday Parties

1.       You went from not having a first birthday party (“it’s not like he’ll remember it”) to organising something that would rival a Queen’s garden party. 2.       You had forgotten how fun doing the Okey-Cokey is but now you’re one of the first up at a kids’ party. 3.       You will instinctively know the hand movements to kids songs that you’ve never even heard before – and display them enthusiastically 4.       You will carry your small toddler for at least 50% of a party, even if it’s theirs. They will only want to participate until halfway through one of the final tunes. 5.       If games are involved, your child will not return or share the toys on at least one…

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My son is two and he’s being a two year old, back off lady!

(aka unwanted advice in a shopping centre) I’m going to share with you an incident that happened to us in Cribbs Causeway a few weeks ago. I want to share it as I feel I can now – the red mist of anger has dissipated and I’m now comfortable in the air of “really? I mean… really?” which is frankly where I seem to spend much of my time. It’s the place where I look at people from, mildly confused as to why they are offering me unsolicited advice on just about anything. It’s been a while since it happened to me, or maybe I’m so sleep deprived most of the time I’m not really registering what people are saying…

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10 Things About Shopping with a Tot

Within 6 months of going out with your baby/ tot, you will have identified at least two preferred baby changing facilities. Your entire outing and meal options will be based around these. You will put of potty training because you’ve just got used to going out without having to take multiple changes of clothes for your tot. You’ve got the exploding bottom stage over with now. All outputs are contained in the nappy. Let’s just enjoy that for a bit longer You’ve eaten the kid’s finger sandwiches out of the John Lewis café because apparently you’re not allowed to eat the chocolate orange sponge cake but your toddler can (Toast rule also applies to cake… and cocktail sausages) You can’t…

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A Toddler Has Turned me into a Liar

My child has turned me into a liar on three occasions in the last two weeks. I know it’s happened to you too. You are holding that little bundle of joy in your arms, bouncing them up and down, while they scream, and snot runs down your face because you don’t have a spare hand for a tissue. You’re now at the heaving, dribbling end of a weeping episode. You’re telling your mother/ friend/ random passer by that little Johnny darling never sleeps and he doesn’t stop crying, it must be colic, or he hates people, or there’s something wrong with him, or you’re a faulty mother, and then mother/ friend/ random passer by picks them up and they stop crying and they’re suddenly…

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10 Things About Feeding a Young Toddler

1.       You will never get to finish your toast. A sticky hand will grab it from you as soon as you avert your gaze to look for the TV remote 2.       Your child will fill you with hope when they eat one of your lovingly made Annabel Karmel meals. They will never eat it again 3.       Trying everything on your child’s plate whilst going “yum” will not incentivise them to eat in any way 4.       Plastic cutlery and plates from Ikea will become the new tea lights – you will buy something from the range on every visit (I’m also slightly obsessed with buying all types of beakers and cups available) 5.       You are likely to swap your all whistles…

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