Handpicked Christmas Gifts

There are so many options for buying Christmas gifts on the high street and online, that it’s great when you find one or two sites where you can buy something for just about everyone you want to buy for.

Reindeer Born GiftedBornGifted is one such site. Apart from the wide range of personalised gifts you can buy there are also some very distinctive products that you won’t find everywhere else.  This stripey crocheted reindeer is made by Dutch designer Anne-Claire Petit.  He stands at an impressive 45cm high and is made from 100% organic cotton.  This colourful, baby-safe toy has floppy arms and legs and makes the ideal luxury Christmas gift for any baby!  Not cheap, priced £54.99 from www.borngifted.co.uk but very special!

Savanna Leather ShopperHandpicked Collection.

This simple but chic leather shopper from handpickedcollection.com seems to suit every situation and every age range! We love its ethical credentials – handmade from leather dyed using extracts of bark and plants by a Fair Trade cooperative of 40 families in Rajasthan. The leather is not “corrected” to hide its natural marks so it’s full of character. It’s not a bad price at all for a leather bag and we can see it lasting for many, many years. Women of all ages would love this bag to bits, so it’s a brilliant gift!

Artisan du Chocolat's No 1 Sea Salted Caramels


Artisan du Chocolat’s No 1 Sea Salted Caramels are unbelievably good. They have just the right balance of flavours and textures sweet and salty, crunchy and liquid and velvety. These chocolates are very special and perfect gifts for any chocoholic. The Handpicked Collection also have the most delicious Charbonnel et Walker Strawberry White Thins and we’re big fans of ‘Montezuma’s Chocolates:The Discovery Library of Bars’ – to die for……

Long Olive Wood Chopping Board

This beautiful and brilliantly versatile board in gorgeous, satiny olivewood is perfect for serving all manner of festive foods.  Great for cheese, a whole side of salmon, cold meats or for canapés. We love the fact that each board looks individual and unique and that they can be personalised too. A lovely and original gift for men, women, young and old alike and at £26.99, a veritable steal!

Grace Deluxe Sleeve Grace Deluxe Sleeve
An awful lot of bags and sleeves for laptops and tablets aren’t very stylish at all but the Grace Deluxe Sleeve is quite the opposite. It’s very slim, very chic and has room for a few other essentials too. The main compartment has a super-soft protective lining and the magnetised front flap makes for easy access. The front zipped pocket is perfect for pens, your mobile, cards and more! The Deluxe Sleeve retails for £39.95 and is available in four different colour options: night sky, dark purple, coral/dove and teal dot/night sky. nutribullet

So, after Christmas most of us decide we want to go a healthy-eating regime of some kind. Faddy diets come and go as they rarely fit into our everyday lives but this revolutionary machine, The NUTRiBULLET  means you can stay healthy for good. We know plenty of people who’d love one of these Nutribullets for Christmas! There are colours to go with most kitchens – we like the aqua one best. The recipient of your gift will be able to blend up delicious healthy smoothies in a matter of seconds and will be forever in your debt for giving them such a useful present!Toad Diaries

You can’t go far wrong with a  Personalised Diary from TOAD® DIARIES  either. TOAD Diaries have an extensive range of covers to suit all ages so it’s dead easy to create a personalised gift to suit your mum, dad, husband, teenager or just about anyone. They’re flexible date diaries too so you don’t have to start on January 1st – you can create it to start and finish when you want so miles better than a high street diary.

The Weanagers

One of Britain's WeanagersTo celebrate the launch of Britain’s Weanagers – a new fly on the wall docu-series – we’re giving you the chance below to win one of five new weaning books ‘The First Foods Book’ & some Ella’s Kitchen snacks!

We’ve all heard about the terrible twos, not to mention the testing teenage years, but what about those weanage months? That’s right, weanagers!

But how do you identify a weanager? To help mums and dads recognise this important stage in their little one’s development, parenting expert, Sarah Ockwell-Smith has identified 10 sure-fire signs your child is a fully-fledged weanager:

  1. Your baby won’t let you leave them, ever
  2. Your baby ends up wearing more food than they eat
  3. Your baby loves to empty stuff
  4. Your baby puts EVERYTHING in their mouth
  5. Your baby does a great impression of you
  6. Your baby becomes a big fan of dropping things
  7. Your baby will have a favourite food one week, then go off it the next
  8. Your baby enjoys testing out their new pincer grip, even on you
  9. Your baby starts spontaneously waving hello or goodbye
  10. Your baby makes their mark on the house

Is your little one a weanager?Sarah comments: “The weanage months, from six to twelve months, are a constant series of firsts, exploration and wonder for both the baby and parent – from first foods and first teeth, to first steps and first words. Commonly glossed over in favour of the cute new-born phase and the challenges of ‘the terrible twos’, it’s time this period of development got the recognition it rightly deserves”.

Celebrating weanagers all over the country, Ella’s Kitchen is launching a NEW fly on the wall documentary series, ‘Britain’s Weanagers’. Exploring the exciting and, at times, hilarious weaning journeys of babies, the series stars four families who have all featured in the popular Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute.

Weanagers don't want to leaveMark Cuddigan, Head of Ella’s Kitchen, adds: “We are passionate about helping little ones develop healthy relationships with food and that really starts with the very first tastes. Weaning is a really exciting milestone for little ones and their parents. We created the ‘Britain’s Weanagers’ series to give mums and dads who are about to start weaning a fun insight into what to expect. It really brings to life our view that every baby is different and that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to weaning. We think the series perfectly captures the reality of weaning in a very charming, yet honest way and hope that we’re able to bring a smile to parents watching it.”

The docu-series is hosted on their YouTube Weaning Channel, which launched earlier this year. To view the episodes search ‘Ella’s Kitchen weaning’ on YouTube.


  1. Your baby won’t let you leave, ever

Separation anxiety is possibly the hardest developmental phase for a weanager, but it is a sign of great parenting and a good indicator that your baby will grow to be happy, confident and independent

  1. Your baby ends up wearing more food than they eat

Research shows it’s super important to let your baby play with their food, babies who do so may be less fussy eaters as they grow. Eating isn’t just about the food that goes into the baby’s mouth though, it’s about the touch and smell too.

  1. Your baby loves to empty stuff

Weanagers spend a lot of time working on their ‘filling and emptying’ skills, whether it’s the laundry basket, toy box or the kitchen cupboard. This habit of theirs actually helps your little one learn about the world, through repeated actions and experiences.

  1. Your baby puts EVERYTHING in their mouth

This is a sign that they are developing their hand/eye coordination, practicing their pincer grip and investigating objects via the most sensory part of their body – their mouth!

  1. Your baby does a great impression of you

You are your baby’s best teacher and babies learn best by imitation. Every minute of the day, they are looking to you to see how to behave…so be sure to set a good example!

  1. Your baby becomes a big fan of dropping things

The desire to drop and throw everything is a common stage in the weanage years. Don’t worry though, your weanager isn’t being naughty; far from it, they’re actually being incredibly clever experimenting with gravity.

  1. Your baby will have a favourite food one week, then go off it the next

We’re all entitled to change our minds, right? Especially if you’re a weanager. During this time, your baby has increasing ways to communicate their preferences, and you’ll soon become familiar with what these are.

  1. Your baby enjoys testing out their new pincer grip, even on youOh no! A Weanager!

Towards the end of the weanage months, your weanager will really start working on that pincer grip of theirs. All of the practice picking up raisins will now come to fruition – just keep an eye on your keys and phone!

  1. Your baby starts spontaneously waving hello or goodbye

Weanagers are social little beings and their communication skills increase by the day – prepare for lots of waving ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.

  1. Your baby makes their mark on the house

Your baby is becoming increasingly mobile and learns a lot about the world by touching everything. This exploration phase is likely to be marked by tiny sticky handprints collecting over your house, on everything from your TV screen to your light coloured linen.
The First Foods Book


To be in with a chance of winning 1 of these First Foods books & some Ella’s Kitchen goodies, just RETWEET THIS TWEET and Follow @TheBabyWebsite on Twitter and @EllasKitchenUK

The 5 winners will be announced on Twitter and on our Twitter/Blog Winners Page on November 23rd.


Buy Gifts For Christmas & Help A Charity At The Same Time

RNLI Teddy BearI love Christmas to bits and always have but I know there are an awful lot of people who rail at the over-commercialisation of the annual food-and-gift-fest. And yes, of course I understand where they’re coming from!

However there are ways to buy a little something for friends and family and ‘do good’ at the same time. I often buy my Christmas Cards from charity shops and this year I’ve already bought some presents from the RNLI Christmas Shop.  The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), is the charity that saves lives at sea and has some gorgeous, reasonably-priced and unusual gifts for all the family.

The cuddly teddy bear above is a snip at £4.95 and comes in pink too. I really like the Pop-Up Lifeboat Station too which makes a change from the usual Wendy Houses out there. Talk about playtime with a purpose.

Pop Up Lifeboat Station


This year instead of buying my Mum a tin of biscuits from M&S to go with her other gifts. I’m buying her this lovely Lifeboats Biscuits Tin and it’s only £7.95! Incredible value!

Lifeboats Biscuit Tin

I have also bought a Relax By The Sea Candle Set which at £14.95 is very competitively priced and has three different scented candles in an attractive gift box. A perfect gift for virtually any woman and many a man too no doubt!

Relax By The Sea Candle Set

Now I know I might be in a minority here but I ‘do stockings’ for everyone in the house and it’s much harder buying stocking fillers for a dad/husband than the girls in the family. I did pick up this Body Bar from the Gifts For Him section of the RNLI website. It’s a sort of woody, spicy scent and comes gift-boxed.

scottish fine soap body bar men

This is just a small selection of gifts you can buy from the RNLI Christmas Shop. Take a look yourself – you’ll be surprised.

Who are RNLI?

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea and provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations. The RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 200 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands and operates a specialist flood rescue team too.

The RNLI relies on public donations to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity!

  • The RNLI was founded in 1824.
  • The RNLI rescued 7,964 people in 2012 – an average of 22 people per day.
  • The RNLI charity also offers free safety advice to sea and beach users to help save lives at sea.
  • Most of the lifeboat crews are volunteers on-call while having other careers.
  • Lifeguards are paid a wage, as they have to be in place on the beaches to carry out their role. The local authorities make a contribution to the RNLI for the service provided by the charity to help fund their wages
  • The RNLI (Sales) Ltd company raises profit for the charity through catalogues, an online shop and high street shops.

Win Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?!

Nativit 3: Dude Where's My Donkey?

You can win NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY in our new Christmas competition below!

Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that the beloved Nativity franchise is back – with NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY?!

We are offering 5 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the film on Blu-ray – available to pre-order now from Amazon.

With loads of special features, including Sing-A-Longs and Bloopers, NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY? is the perfect Christmas film that all the family can enjoy.

Nativity 3This Christmas the pupils of St Bernadette’s and their madcap teacher Mr. Poppy (MARC WOOTTON) are back for their biggest adventure yet involving fantastic flashmobs, excitable elves, Christmas carols and of course Archie the donkey!

When their new teacher Mr. Shepherd (MARTIN CLUNES) loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, as well as his fiancée Sophie (CATHERINE TATE) and the whereabouts of the beloved Archie, it’s up to the pupils of St Bernadette’s to save the day. Led by the ever enthusiastic Mr. Poppy, they embark on a Christmas journey like never before – but time is against them if they are to help Mr. Shepherd get to New York in time for his magical yuletide wedding…! NATIVITY 3 introduces CELIA IMRIE as the new Headteacher, with ADAM GARCIA as the scheming Bradley Finch and RALF LITTLE as Sophie’s brother.Nativity 3

To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 Nativity 3 Blu-ray discs, just RETWEET THIS TWEET and Follow @TheBabyWebsite on Twitter.

NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY? will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, 3 Disc Triple Pack DVD and Download from 2nd November 2015. Pre-order now from Amazon.

The winners will be announced on Twitter and on our Twitter/Blog Winners Page on November 16th.

Dads Change Nappies Too

Every parent knows that shopping with a baby isn’t easy and when it comes to changing your baby’s nappy, it’s  particularly tricky for dads. Baby Changing Rooms Campaign

Not having access to the baby changing facilities because they are located in the ladies’ loo or they are simply not there is a common frustrating occurrence.

Ashton Kutcher took to social media this year to vent his angst about this issue and highlighted a very good point: dads change nappies too. Thousands of dads across the country agreed and championed Kutcher’s campaign to improve baby changing room facilities.

Sudocrem Care & Protect have been encouraging retailers to improve their baby changing rooms for a few years already and this September, Sudocrem Care & Protect will launch the third ‘Baby Changing Room Awards’ where the public can vote for who they believe provides the best baby changing room facilities. Last year saw Sainsbury’s in Wandsworth, London crowned the winner.

Sudocrem logo“It’s often simple things like good baby changing facilities that make life better for parents in the First 1,000 Days”, says father-of-three Nick Wilkie and CEO of NCT, “That’s why the Baby Changing Room Awards are such a great idea and why NCT is so pleased to be involved.”

And it’s not just shopping which creates nappy-changing challenges, many motorway services aren’t very baby friendly! That’s why this year’s awards include a new category – Best Service Station – along with Best Retailer and Best Independent Retailer.

Sudocrem Care & Protect has 5 Star Reviews on TheBabyWebsite and is a unique nappy rash ointment which acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin against the chemicals found in urine and poo. It conditions the skin with Vitamin E and pro Vitamin B5, which helps to protect your baby’s skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised. Finally a protective barrier guards against infection.

Not only does this changing bag essential provide triple protection against the cause of nappy rash but it’s also been developed with the practical considerations of parents in mind as it has a hinged flip-top lid which gives quick, mess-free access to the ointment using just one hand; a must when nappy changing demands speed and efficiency!

“Every year we get more and more entries for our award, which just goes to show that retailers recognise the importance of being baby friendly,” says Nick Lang, Senior Brand Manager for Sudocrem.Sudocrem Care and Protect

Baby Changing Rooms Awards

The Baby Changing Room Awards coincides with the launch of the Babychange app by NCT sponsored by Sudocrem Care & Protect.

If you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, then let us know which baby changing room, why you want to nominate them and preferably post a photo on Facebook, on the Sudocrem website or by emailing babychangingroomawards@satellitepr.com. Entries will be judged by Nick Wilkie and Sudocrem. The closing date for entries is 13th of December 2015 and the winners will be announced in the first week of January 2016.

The winning baby changing rooms will receive a special certificate and use of the Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room logo.  Everyone who nominates their favourite changing facilities will also be entered in to a prize draw for the chance to win one of several prizes, including a short break at Knoll House, Britain’s original family friendly hotel*.

*Terms & Conditions apply


….and here’s the usual ‘blurb’……

Sudocrem Care & Protect is a nappy rash ointment – designed specifically for babies – that offers TRIPLE PROTECTION against nappy rash at every nappy change:

  1. Creating a protective barrier that seals in the skin’s natural moisture and protects even the most delicate skin against external irritants.
  2. Conditioning the skin – Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 helps to protect the skin and keep it soft, healthy and moisturised.
  3. Guarding against infection – As well as sealing in the good stuff, Sudocrem Care & Protect acts as a barrier to protect delicate skin from the bad stuff, like the chemicals in urine and poo, and from chafing and rubbing.

Because Sudocrem Care & Protect is just for your baby, it is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. It is also free from artificial colours and preservatives.

RRP for 30g tube – £3.99, 40g tube – £4.99, 50g tube – £5.99, 100g tube – £9,99. Available in Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Savers, Asda, Morrisons and Independent Pharmacies.

Pampers Wonder Week of Bargains!

Mums and Dads all love a good bargain so we just wanted to let you know between the 1st-7th October, Pampers will be running its first ever online-only Wonder Week of amazing deals.
Pampers Wonder Week
Looking for the best offers is terribly time-consuming and we’d all much rather spend time having fun with our little ones – so Pampers have teamed up with key UK online retailers to host a full week of fantastic deals on the Pampers range, including brand New Pampers Baby-Dry Pants! Stocking up on nappies rather than buying as and when saves time and money, especially when home delivery is included. Hassle-free shopping!
Pampers Wonder Week
Whether its teething, wind, or just excitement that’s disrupting those 12 golden hours of sleep, every parent has their own tried and tested tricks to help encourage a good sleep, but something that might get overlooked is a reliable, comfortable and absorbent nappy. Pampers Wonder Week will see amazing offers on the Pampers Premium Protection Active Fit Nappies, Pampers Baby-Dry Nappies, Pampers New Baby Nappies, Pampers Sensitive Wipes and NEW Pampers Baby Dry Pants, so your little one will have all they need to sleep through the night.

Wonder Week is all about buying in bulk to save money, which our favourite money-saving expert Jasmine Birtles is passionate about as a simple way to save pounds. Jasmine is an internationally recognised finance expert, financial and business commentator, journalist and TV and radio presenter. Jasmine is an expert in all money matters and her mission is de-mystify money by giving practical advice and money saving ideas to help people spend less.

Here, Jasmine shares her top tips to bulk buy successfully:

1. Buying in bulk might seem like a big investment up front, but making a larger one-off payment can reap big rewards over time
2. The best bulk deals can often be found onJasmine Birtlesline & can make shopping much easier! Spend time finding the best online deals and then relax whilst your order gets delivered direct to your door
3. Did you know you can get big discounts bulk-buying nappies and wipes? Several supermarkets have offers on Pampers nappies and wipes if you bulk-buy right now. Find out more at Pampers Wonder Week.
4. When it’s gone it’s gone with most special offers in supermarkets, so keep an eye out for these deals – purchase things like extra bedding for a cot gifts for friends little ones, or anything else and store them for later
5. Try and avoid buying products in bulk you haven’t used before; stick to tried and tested products for your family like Pampers and Fairy!
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Pampers Wonder Week has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible; simply do your weekly shop online and enjoy the convenience of having all your favourite nappies and wipes delivered to your door – freeing up as much time as possible for you and baby. Simply visit the Wonder Week website at www.pamperswonderweek.co.uk, choose your preferred retailer from the list available, pick your product deal and click through to their site to purchase.

Wonder Week’s amazing savings also include Fairy Non Bio! Dermatologically tested and voted #1 laundry brand for sensitive skin, you can trust that Fairy won’t irritate your little ones. Buying larger packs when these great deals are available will save money in the long run too!

Amazon Up to 50% off your first pack when you subscribe and save*
Asda Pampers Baby Dry giga packs are 3 for £39Fairy Non Bio
New Pampers Baby-Dry Pants jumbo packs are 2 for £18
Boots Buy 5 essential packs of Baby Dry or Active Fit for £30
Pampers New Baby jumbo packs are 2 for £14.50
• Ocado Buy 6 essential packs of Active Fit or Baby Dry and get 3 free
Pampers New Baby jumbo packs are 2 for £14
• Morrisons Buy 10 Baby Dry essential packs & save £25
Buy 8 Active Fit large packs and save £30
Buy 2 essential packs of New Baby-Dry Pants for £12
• Tesco Spend £50 on Pampers nappies & wipes & get £10 off your next shop
New Pampers Baby-Dry Pants essential packs are £6
• Waitrose Buy 5 carry packs of Active Fit or Baby Dry for £15 and save £10
Half Price Fairy Non Bio

Information courtesy of Pampers

Seven Messy Play Recipes To Make Playtime Fun

messy play recipesAs any parent will know, keeping young children occupied can be a struggle. Their minds are constantly expanding, forever striving to learn and experience more and more.

Coming up with new ideas can be a struggle, especially during playtime. Luckily help is at hand! The team over at Hope Education have come up with seven messy play recipes, which are designed to give your child some new fun concoctions to play with.

From “moon sand” to the simply named “gloop”, these recipes will keep playtime interesting for months to come. Getting ‘hands-on’ in a messy playtime session can be very beneficial to a child in three key areas…

Social and emotional development – During play, children increase their social competence and emotional maturity. Interaction with other children in different environments also helps them to build confidence.

Physical development – Playtime contributes to a child’s motor development as well as improving their body awareness. Incorporating messy substances helps refine a child’s sense of touch, and introduces them to a plethora of textural experiences, which can help inform their cognitive development.

Creative development – The philosopher Sigmund Freud suggested that every child at play “behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases them”. Who are we to argue with Mr Freud?

You can take a look at the messy play recipes below…

Messy Play Recipes for Children
Provided by Hope Education

Kindle For Kids – Fire HD 6 Kids Edition

child KindleI love my Kindle. I fought it for a while, being one of those readers who loves the feel of a book in their hands, but as a multi-reader* it finally made sense for me to try Kindle and I have been a firm adherent ever since. So much so that I bought my mum one. Then my dad. Then my partner. They all love them too. Ergo, it was a bit of a no-brainer when my son’s seventh birthday came around and we had the chance to get one for him.

Now Harry is a great reader; ahead in his year when it comes to reading, genuinely interested in books and keen to show off his ‘big-boy’ style when it comes to his little sister. So a Kindle ‘just like dad’s book’ ticked a lot of boxes. However, when push comes to shove Harry is just seven, and more intent on turning anything over 8 inches long into a lightsabre than anything else. I have a sister who likes to claim that she was reading Pride and Prejudice by the time she was three, annotating Ulysses in Year 1 and translating Proust from the original into Urdu by the time she hit Secondary school. This isn’t Harry. He has dog-eared copies of George’s Marvellous Medicine and faithfully carried The Grunts In Trouble across five different counties during the summer holidays; but he isn’t a sit-in-the-corner-sniggering-at-Austin-type. Yet.

Fire HD 6 KidsAnd this is where Amazon’s Kindle for Kids comes in; more specifically the Kindle Fire HD 6 Kids Edition with 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB and Kid-Proof Case. Like all other kindles it doesn’t come cheap but it rolls in at around £119.00 and comes with 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited. This gives your young reader access to thousands of books but also movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games – at no additional cost. As a device to encourage kids to carry their books around with them at all times it really couldn’t be much better. Harry loved it from the moment he opened the box, even though it was not lightsabre shaped.

Effectively what we have is a Kindle e-reader, with all the great storage, connectivity and ease that Kindle offers, but also with a tablet that is safe and controlled. Therefore Harry can ‘surf’ for Ben and Holly, Teenage Mutants, Paddington or games whilst we can be safe in the knowledge that everything he finds has been vetted by Amazon who have hand-picked content that they feel engages, interests and teaches 3-10 year olds. There are none ofthe dangers that can come bubbling to the surface when you let your kids fiddle with your iPad, such as on-line shopping or in-app payments, and the child’s profile does not have access to the web browser or social media features. On top of this there are parental controls that allow us to decide how long Harry can use it as the tablet rather than the Kindle e-reader. We can limit him in terms of time, or even set goals whereby reading time is rewarded with tablet time. In the same vein we can even set the Kindle to turn off at a certain time, content in the knowledge that if he is using it in bed it will shut down for the night at a pre-set time.children playing with Amazon Fire Kids

Whenever I complete one of these reviews I generally try to look at the downside of the product, but in this case I can’t honestly see one. I want to encourage my children to do what I do, which is to have a book (now a Kindle) with me at all times. This is what the Kindle For Kids does. On the day he opened it he found the first two Harry Potter books, Temple Run 2 and Wallace and Gromit, all free from the Amazon content. I’d be lying if I said he spent equal time on all three, but learning to enjoy (and, yes, rely on) books is a gradual awakening, a burgeoning desire to explore new worlds by using your imagination and a recognition that good literature teaches you things you never knew about yourself and the world you inhabit. The fact that he is now inseparable from his Kindle is a firm step in that direction.

The Kindle Fire 6 HD Kids Edition isn’t going to suddenly make your child love books, but it’s the best product I’ve seen to help them gently along the path that will eventually -hopefully- make them life-long readers. Well done Amazon.

*A term I might have just made up but which means I like to have three or four books on the go at any given time.

Are We Doing Enough To Keep Our Children Safe Online?

With health and safety concerns increasing for children who have easy access to the Internet, and with Whatsapp facing a UK ban in a matter of weeks, questions are being raised about the way in which online content is reached which a click of a mouse, or even a tap on your phone. 

Although Internet addiction isn’t considered a clinical diagnosis as of yet, many are wondering if this will come into play soon. Reports state that 71% of 9-17 year olds will visit a social media site at least once a week, whilst over 50% of children will have access to some sort of social network by the age of 10. This poses the question – do you know if your child is safe online? There are a couple of things you can do, as a parent, to put your mind at rest:

Ensure their phone has blocked 18+ sites: You’re able to go through your settings to specifically block certain sites that you believe could be harmful to your child. This could be anything from pornography to desktop versions of social media.

Place the desktop computer in an open area: This could be the kitchen or even the front room, just to put your mind at ease.

Stress that phones are just for emergencies: This is particularly for younger children as handing it over after the school day is a sure fire way to ensure you know they won’t be spending their evening on a harmful platform.

 Edustaff has recently developed an insightful interactive infographic, detailing parents’ concerns over their children’s use of the Internet, covering topics such as Internet bullying, cyber safety and offering specifics on the UK’s top 5 social platforms used by young children and teenagers today.

You can see the graphic here: http://www.edustaff.co.uk/parents-guide-to-social-media/


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Win AA Skincare Essentials Natural Skincare Bundle

New natural skincare brand, AA Skincare, has launched AA Skincare Essentials – a new, competitively priced, range of aromatherapy creams, gels, cleansers, moisturising lotions and skincare products formulated using pure essential oils and natural ingredients.
AA Skincare Essentials

From anti-ageing Frankincense and Rose face cream to hydrating Sandalwood & Palmarosa cleansing gel and refreshing Bergamot & Chamomile face lotion, the AA Skincare Essentials range is packed with antioxidants and vitamins and is a must for anyone who prefers naturally effective beauty products. A delicious mix of essential oils, natural extracts and traditional formulations, the AA Skincare Essentials range of carefully created blends is suitable for a host of skincare problems or simply to give your skin a daily treat – ideal for mature or sensitive complexions as well as young, teenage skin.  All products are free of parabens and artificial fragrances and subtly coloured packaging is fully recyclable.

Win AA Skincare Essentials Natural Skincare Bundle


If you’d like to Win the AA Skincare Essentials Natural Skincare Bundle worth over £57, simply:

Follow @TheBabyWebsite & @AASkincareUK on Twitter


The AA Skincare brand was created by Amphora Aromatics – one of the UK’s largest suppliers of pure essential oils and aromatherapy products.  The AA Skincare Essentials range is made from the best quality ingredients and prices start from just £4.95.  Visit www.aaskincare for more information.

The winner will be announced and notified on September 7th

The winner is @JennaKateKelly