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Baby Buzz Magazine Limited 75 Telford Road New Southgate London N11 2RL Company No: 8234631 Editor Nickie Evans nickie@babybuzzmagazine.com 0208 361 0727 07535 541 303 Assistant Editor Cindy Evans Website & Design Emily Hewett, I am Emily contact@iamemily.co.uk Baby Buzz Magazine is published monthly by: Warner Midland Limited
The views expressed in this magazine are not always those of the publishers. Neither the publisher nor any other person associated with the production and publication of this magazine makes any guarantee, warranties or claims as to the accuracy of any of the contents of this magazine. We include and use products and services that we believe to be of a reputable standard but we advise readers to make their own judgements. The publishers and magazine will not be held accountable and or responsible for any loss caused by errors, loss or negligence resulting from Baby Buzz Magazine Limited. We do not accept responsibility for any unsolicited material or photographs published. Terms and Conditions for our competitions can be found on our website at the time of being published. No section of this magazine is authorised for use or reproduction in any form without the prior consent of the editor.

COVER STORIES 8 Parents in Business - Inspirational stories 27 Domestic Violence - Dont wait do something now.. 32 Get Growing with Dawn Isaac 37 Exclusive with Sid Sloane from Cbeebies 68 Mummy-2-be - Trimester 3! 69 Mr Mum - Trials and Tribulations Family Focus 16 Toddlers & TV by Entertaining Babies 18 Bebe Jacobs - The differences between raising boys & girls 23 Yoomi - Feeding on the go 25 The Buggy Network - Mixing business with bottles! 38 BusyBeesBenefits - Mind the Gap - Raise the Cap 41 Bestbear - Choosing a nursery 50 Juliet Landau-Pope - Decluttering the Workspace 56 Everything you need for your little prince or princess 61 MojoMums - Feel good about your mum skills! 63 Legal Matters - Grandparents applications to see their grandchildren 72 Whats On? 78 Business Card Directory Health & Wellbeing 21 Your Nappy Rash questions answered 22 Group B Strep - Be in the know! 44 Naturechild - Three (or four) in a bed? Get Creative 65 Jo Jingles - Treat your children to some fantastic fun with Ursula! 66 Creation Station - Colour in Time Food & Recipes 43 Hatties Kitchen News & Reviews 39 Fantastically affordable fashion with Mummy Pigs Bargain Galore Store and Inerdiva! 40 Stylish Childrens wear with Michiko & me and BritChic 52 Baby Buzz Focus Group Reviews Competitions - Page 5 Cuddle Dry Trunki Gnappies Pipsy Koala Luxury Towel Gift Set Paddlepaks 2 x gPants gift sets 2 x stunning gift sets

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Editors Letter
Hi Everyone, OK, it looks like Summer really is on its way! What a glorious weekend weve just had. I spent it out and about with my two girls enjoying the start of the school fetes! What have you been doing? Ive had an incredible few months with trips all over Europe, but its time to hang up the travelling shoes and get focused on where Baby Buzz Magazine is going next. Ive had the most incredible amount of feedback from my readers with the April / May issue receiving almost 10,000 downloads and the June issue not too far behind that but my task now is to really ask all of you my readers to forward the online link or the hard copy on to your family and friends so that I can really push Baby Buzz Magazine into the baby world! This month we are hitting on a rather touchy subject of Domestic Violence and I know people will ask why on earth put this into a baby, child and parenting magazine. Quite simply the amount of women (and men) affected by domestic violence means that potentially some of my readers could be affected by it and wont know where to turn to. If the information enclosed in this months issue helps just one person, then Im doing my bit to raise awareness. Please note there is a link within the magazine to sign a petition in memory of Maria, who was brutally murdered in 2008, please, please do sign in and leave your details, it will take just 1 minute of your time! We also have fantastic recipes which are designed to encourage you to get your children involved! Give them a go and send in some pictures - wed love to put them on the new website. We have reviewed another buggy and car seat courtesy of Cybex and Joie which are both fantastic but so very differen. As with last month, we have great prize giveaways . Just check out page 7 and enter for your chance to win! Next month we are reviewing two pushchair / travel systems courtesy of Joovy, who are new to the UK market, these will also be given away to two lucky readers! If there is anything you would like to know or would like us to review, just drop us an email with your contact details and well get straight back to you. My email address is: nickie@babybuzzmagazine.com

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Are you in need of some inspiration or encouragement, is starting your own business the right thing to do? Read what this months businesses have done and how and why it worked for them Who is behind the Product? Just me . Nicola Norris. How did the company get started? It started as result of my own experiences during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Maternity clothes that I wanted to wear, just didn't really exist. High street stores didn't offer the quality, or cut, that I was looking for and designer brands were just not my style. I hated wrap-dresses and could never wear skinny jeans, or a body-con dress! I knew exactly what I wanted to wear, but I could never find it. I wanted a dress that skimmed my body and didn't cling to my lumps and bumps. Breast-feeding was even more frustrating. I don't think I bought one item that I liked. I saw some lovely clothes on-line, but they were usually made of silk and cut for slim figures. I certainly wasn't slim after having my daughter and never felt that milk and silk got on very well together. I still wanted my body skimming dress, but now realised it had to function for breast-feeding and be made from a washable fabric. The Bibee Dress was my perfect solution. What is the company about? The Bibee Dress is a mix and match wardrobe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. The unique design combines a flattering Bibee Dress, with easy to change dress fronts (Bibees), to create a complete capsule wardrobe. Breast-feeding in a Bibee Dress is easy and discreet - and milk-stained clothes are instantly removed with a simple Bibee change. What do you hope to achieve? I hope to make other mums feel a little bit better about themselves during pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding. Having nothing to wear was a real frustration for me and I told my husband I wasn't going to have number two until I had solved my wardrobe dilemmas. He has been very supportive of Bibee Dresses! What has been the highlight of starting your own company? Seeing my product for sale in shops gives me a real sense of achievement. The product has grown and evolved so much, in such a short space of time sometimes I have to sit back and take it all in. What has been the downside of starting your own company? It's been really stressful at times and a very steep learning curve. The website has been the most testing part and it took me a long time to get it right. Designing the product was a challenge, but also fun and I was totally clear on what I wanted, which made the process easier. What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Think about it first and be totally sure that your idea is a good one and that your life can support the up's and down's. Mixing setting up a business with having a family is not easy and there are times when it will push you to your limit. Be sure you are up for the emotional and financial challenge before giving it a go!

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Who is behind MyShowcase? Nancy Cruickshank is the Founder of MyShowcase. I launched Conde Nast online (Vogue, GQ etc.) in 1995/6. It was ground breaking at that time and I felt incredibly lucky to be steering this fascinating business. This experience fostered my addiction to digital & social media. This led to many other great opportunities to launch my own businesses and also to help large corporates to develop their own digital strategies. I have led businesses for BSkyB, Telegraph Media Group, Hearst & a JV between the UKs 3 largest mobile network operators (Vodafone, EE & Telefonica). It has been fascinating to witness the incredible transformation in consumers usage of digital media over the past 20 years. Technology as a conduit for innovative business ventures and as a direct connection with consumers is fascinating to me! As I conceived the idea for MyShowcase, I began to discuss it with my long-time industry friends, Rodrigo Dauster (exVisual DNA, Gekko, Imagini), Kate Shapland (Telegraph Beauty Editor) and Olivier Beau de Lomenie (who built the technology platform at Ocado). They loved the idea and joined me as co-Founder in MyShowcase. The make-up of our team is vital to enabling us to build a world-class technology platform and innovative retail concept to serve our customers, brand partners and Stylist network. How did the company get started? In 2000, I founded a business called Handbag.com. It became the no.1 Fashion & Beauty site in the UK in the noughties. 1.5m women visited the site every month and 400k of these chatted in our discussion areas about all sorts of things. I discovered that women between the ages of 25 and 55 talked regularly about a desire to launch their own business and find a flexible way to work whilst bringing up a family or fulfilling other life goals. Yet there seemed to be many barriers to making this possible and not enough great opportunities to succeed in a supported manner. At the same time, I sat on the Beauty industry trade board, Cosmetic Executive Women. I saw so much innovation, passion and great products from new beauty brands, yet they often found it challenging to build distribution in the traditional department stores up against larger global beauty players. These two fascinating conundrums brewed in my mind over the years and in 2011, I began to develop MyShowcase with my extraordinary business partners, including renowned Beauty journalist & expert, Kate Shapland (Telegraph). What is the company about? MyShowcase is a new concept in Beauty retail, with a passion for supporting female entrepreneurs in building or expanding their own Beauty businesses. MyShowcase sells 20+ different beauty brands via our network of female Stylists. These brands are not widely available on the UK high street but each has an amazing story to tell. Some of them are a little better known than
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others Balance Me, Blink, T Le Clerc, Neom and others are lesser known today Beatitude, Ruth Mastenbroek and Antonia Burrell to name just a few. Our Stylists are women (most of them have no background whatsoever in Beauty) who want to work, but flexibly. They organise showcases (largely in homes, but occasionally in offices too) where they showcase our brands. Customers can buy at our events and also via our website - www.myshowcase.com. What do you hope to achieve? We aim to make MyShowcase your first port of call to discover highly effective and gorgeous beauty products that are not widely available on the UK high street. This is largely done via showcases in our customers homes, creating very social shopping opportunities with your girlfriends. Whats better than happening upon a beauty gem and having a trusted friend on hand to ask her unbiased opinion? For repeat purchases, its easy to contact your local Stylist via phone or email or to shop via our website, MyShowcase.com. We have aspirations to take the business into every community in the UK and potentially beyond our shores too, creating hundreds of successful female-led businesses along the way. What has been the highlight of starting your own company? The best thing about starting MyShowcase is that I get to spend my days with a large number of fantastic entrepreneurial women. Customers who are keen to discover a new way of shopping for Beauty gems, Hosts who open their homes to us, Stylists who are entrepreneurial women wanting to start their own flexible business and Brand Founders who have enormous passion for their products and brands.

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Equally, the response to MyShowcase has been amazing. We are always thrilled to attend our events and to see and hear women enjoying a showcase. We are fortunate to receive lots of great testimonials about our concept, whether thats a delighted customer who has just taken delivery of one of our specially packaged orders or a guest at a showcase who is enjoying trying out a new product or brand and gaining candid feedback from her girlfriend about whether that item suits her! Women appear to have fun at our events and thats important to us. Our hosts regularly re-book a second or third showcase, as they tell us that they love our host rewards and sharing beauty discoveries with their group of friends in the comfort of their home. Finally, there are our Stylists. This is a vitally important group of women for MyShowcase. We place enormous emphasis on supporting them & responding to all of their fantastic feedback. Women become Stylists for a variety of reasons to earn some extra money, work towards a larger goal such as a fab family holiday, indulge their passion for Beauty and socialising & many other things too. We are so lucky to receive wonderful emails every day from our Stylists, this is one of the great pleasures of this job! What has been the downside of starting your own company? There is never enough time in any day to achieve all of the things that I want to do! And, of course, it is a juggling act every day fulfilling the needs of my family and my business. That said, I have two daughters (aged 10 and 8) who are very willing accomplices in setting up showcases and giving me their expert opinions on which nail polish colours we should stock! What would your advice be for any parent wanting to start up their own business? There is no substitute for passion, determination & giving something a go! I set myself a goal, however large or minor, and work hard to achieve this. Goals should be attainable, however ambitious, as I think about every goal achieved being a step towards reaching a more significant result. I also believe passionately in creating things, gaining as much customer feedback as is humanly possible and then adapting accordingly to make an even better product or experience. Customers are willing collaborators in my experience and I am always keen to listen carefully to what they have to say and to provide better solutions as a result. Launching a business as a parent can definitely be challenging. This is a fundamental part of what inspired me to launch MyShowcase. There are so many incredibly talented women who would like to launch their own business, but just cant make the juggling act work alongside family commitments. MyShowcase takes away the administrative part of setting-up a business away from women who want to launch their own MyShowcase business and allows them to focus on building the business and seeing it thrive. We also place enormous emphasis on training and mentoring with our Stylist community, providing our Stylists with the tools that they require to succeed, as well as being members of a thriving community of like-minded female entrepreneurs. How can people get involved? You can get involved in several ways! As a customer, you can shop via www.myshowcase.com. You can also get involved as a host and have one of our Stylists organise an event for you and your girlfriends at your home (or business). Our hosts receive a 40 credit to spend on any products in our range plus a further 20% discount on any personal purchases that they make at their event or within 7 days. Finally, you can sign up to become one of our Stylists. For just 199, you can get started with one of our basic kits, which includes 500+ of products at RRP from across our 20+ brands, training & business tools. Email me at nancy@myshowcase.com if you want to get involved! If you could sum up MyShowcase in one sentence, what would it be? MyShowcase is a new concept in Beauty retail, with a passion for supporting female entrepreneurs in building or expanding their own Beauty businesses. Or more simply.think Avon meets SpaceNK!

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How did the company get started? In 1996, I moved from my native Australia to the United States. In 2003, I received the news that I was expecting my first daughter, Anais. After scouring store after store in the US, I was shocked when I couldnt find the muslin swaddle blankets that I knew and loved from back home: not only could I not find them, no one had a clue what I was talking about. Every blanket that was on the market designed for swaddling was either too heavy or too small. Before I could stop myself, I was taking a page from Platos Republic inventing by way of necessity. So, in collaboration with my then partner, I decided to start manufacturing the blankets myself to sell into the US market. Today, we can be found in 35 countries around the world and in many thousands of stores. What is the company about? I based my business on two simple ideas: - swaddling makes babies and parents happy - muslin is the perfect swaddling material With everything I create, my aim is to offer products that are best for baby and simplify the lives of parents. I try to create beautiful, stylish products that parents really need and that are practical as well as useful on a daily basis rather than something that is just nice to have. What do you hope to achieve? We were a product before we were a brand. In the US, we are now told by retailers that people come in and ask for our brand specifically. Now, we are focusing on building the brand name and are just starting to focus on actively marketing our company in addition to our products, especially in the international markets where we have not been around as long as we have in the US. We are completely focused on remaining the market leader in the muslin space, in spite of the myriad of competitors that are now jumping on the muslin bandwagon and will do so by continuing to offer superior, innovative, stylish products at affordable prices. What has been the highlight of starting your own company? There have been many highlights, but one of the things that I still get the biggest thrill from is when I receive letters and emails from mums from all over the world telling me how much both them and their babies / children love our products. I am always particularly touched when mothers of sick children write to me to tell me that our products were a huge source of comfort to their babies through their treatment. I am humbled that they take the time to write to me to tell me that, especially given that they are clearly going through an extremely traumatic and challenging time with a sick baby. What has been the downside of starting your own company? The only downside is the toll it initially takes on you, in every way: emotionally, mentally and physically. It was harder in the early stages than I could have ever imagined. Now I am through the real start up stage of the business and I have a fantastic group of people that work with me at aden + anais all over the world, so things have gotten much easier. And sitting here today, I can tell you it was worth the struggle to get to where we are now. However, during the first few years, there were many times that I felt I had bitten off more than I could chew and regretted ever starting aden + anais at all. I am just really glad that I pushed through and never gave up. What would be your advice to any parent wanting to start up their own business? I am a big believer in leap and the net will appear, a quote by John Burrows that resonated with me for many years. My advice is, if you believe in your idea, then go for it. And make sure you have a really strong support base, especially if you are a parent. I could never have started and built this business without the unflinching support of my husband; he is my biggest champion and has stepped up many times to pick up the slack with our four daughters when I have been overwhelmed with all things aden + anais. Once you have actually dived in the deep end and started the business, my advice would be to know what you dont know and always be open to other peoples point of view and suggestions, especially if it is in an area that you are not at all versed in. That said, if you are a true entrepreneur you will have an opinion on EVERYTHING and it is also important to follow your initial instinct on something because in my experience, your gut is usually right, so trust in it. Finally, smart, talented, humble, motivated peopleyou cannot have a successful business without surrounding yourself with them, it is key.

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Who is behind the Product? Hi, I am Tanika a 27 year old mum to one infectiously charming little boy named Harley Niall, (I just call him Harley) aged two. I am the founder and owner of web based shop Made with Love Kids, where I stock some of the coolest brands in childrens fashion. I also work full time as a HR Manager for a Design and Innovation Strategy consultancy. How did the company get started? What started out as a mother sourcing new brands to buy for her little boy out of dissatisfaction with high street offerings launched into web shop (catering for both boys and girls) stocking emerging and established style conscious concept brands. I take my personal style quite seriously and have always felt that your partner should complement your style, your home should complement your style and the same I believe should be true for your kids. (Shallow I know!) My personal style is quite is easy to satisfy with high-end high street brands but to find a childrens brand to complement my style for my son was very difficult. I like childrens fashion brands that are led by adult fashion, almost creating a mini me; but keeping the fun and innocence of childhood, with personality, print and splashes of colour. The criteria were quite specific because I knew exactly what I wanted and was determined to find a brand that suited my taste. And I did, in fact I found many. Out of this shallow need for something different came a shop that caters for those with similar taste. What is the company about? Made with Love Kids is a web based shop stocking cool childrens fashion brands like Mini Rodini, Pale Cloud, Livly, Gro, Loud Apparel, Finger in the Nose, Hucklebones, Mini and Maximus and more. Made with Love Kids ethos is to introduce style conscious parents to style conscious brands. What do you hope to achieve? I hope to continue to grow the Made with Love Kids brand and expand the product range. Maintaining the Made with Love Kids ethos and values is imperative and I hope to build upon them by continuing to source the very best childrens fashion brands. Perhaps one day, in the not too distant future, I will open a physical store in London. I have really enjoyed the blogging and feature writing element of the business too and hope to explore this side a little more, but thats more of a personal goal I think. What has been the highlight of starting your own company? There has not been a particular event or feature that I would call a highlight perhaps that will come in time; but the whole experience of starting and running my own business is a highlight for me. Owning a business is something I had wanted to do since the age of 21 when a friend and I embarked on opening an art gallery to showcase emerging designers and artists. Needless to say that didnt work! The fact that I have achieved something I have been longing to do for years is a highlight in itself. I hope to give up my full time work within the next 12-18 months, so of course working flexible hours and spending more time with my son and less time commuting will be the highlight of starting Made with Love Kids. What has been the downside of starting your own company? The downside, if there is one, has got to be the long hours, especially as I still have full time job, and having no money! I rarely find time for myself nowadays and its starting to show. I plough a lot of my personal income as well as profit into the business as it is still new, so I have sacrificed many of the luxuries I am used to. Made with Love Kids has been trading for less than a year but the sacrifice I have made for the business has already flourished into many other avenues for me; contributing blogger, styling and photography. So I guess there is no downside really! What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? There is so much advice I could and would give anyone starting a new business but I think that experiences are so unique and what works for me might not work for another person and vice versa. In my experience I would say as a rule of thumb dont think about starting a business to make money; dont think itll be your ticket out of your current job. Start your business in something you enjoy, turning you hobby into a business is great idea. That way you forget that its a business and you forget that it is work. Staying focused is the key and remembering the reasons why you are/have started your own business. Accept help and be prepared to adapt to anything that comes your way (good or bad). Without the help and support of my parents, especially my mum who has made a significant financial contribution to my business; I really wouldnt have been able to get the business off the ground. I am lucky to not have had to go down the loan or investment route, but if you have to do it, nothing ventured, nothing gained. It is important to be open-minded and realistic. Nothing is going to happen overnight; and to be fair its better that it doesnt happen that way. Be true to yourself and know your limits. Anything after that is just a blessing. Get an accountant, that way you will keep your hair.
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Who is behind the product? Cocobaci was founded by Linda Alexander, Antonella Bettley & Sarah Edwards. Linda & Antonella have both had successful careers in fashion buying. They have worked at senior levels for large corporate businesses and first met over 20 years ago whilst working as young buyers. Their career paths and personal lives have run parallel over the years and the two are close friends. Sarahs background is merchandising and she first met Antonella when they started working together in March 2011. They hit it off instantly!! How did the company get started? By a twist of fate they were all made redundant in early 2012. Having young daughters Linda & Antonella decided they wanted to spend more time with their little girls and wanted to do something for themselves that they felt hugely passionate about. Following the birth of their girls they both found a new love, gorgeous baby things!! However, their experience was that finding what we wanted was incredibly frustrating & time consuming!! So the idea of a beautiful website for luxury baby clothing & gifts was born.... With both their backgrounds being similar they really wanted another partner someone who would compliment their skill set. With Sarah's background in merchandising she was the perfect partner. Sarah had often talked of setting up her own business & she was the natural choice for us to approach. Thankfully she loved the idea... Following the initial shock of being made redundant it was time to take this opportunity to turn a negative into a positive and their dream into a reality. By March 2012 they were busy working on their gifting concept. By the summer they had created the vision, started building the site and begun finding the perfect partners to help them deliver the brand. After much hard work and many long nights www.cocobaci.com was born on 10th April 2013 What is the company about? Baby & gift shopping made easy!! From our own experience we knew that finding the perfect collection under one roof was near on impossible. So we decided to create our own personal edit of the most beautiful clothing brands & unique & gorgeous hand made gifts. In addition we have created a range of fabulous newborn gift bundles, each one handpicked from our range of gorgeous brands. We have also collaborated on beautiful exclusive jewellery & furniture collections. We believe we have created a simple but exquisite boutique where shopping is made effortlessly easy and enjoyable. What do you hope to achieve? We want to provide our customers with a great shopping experience from the range of fantastic products on offer - to the customer service - to the delivery that arrives beautifully wrapped. Having just launched our priority is to ensure we understand our customer fully and offer her what she wants. We hope to be the number one destination for beautiful gifts for babies!! What has been the highlight of starting your own company? The freedom to make your own decisions and create something that we are very proud of. We are certainly kept busy but the beauty of having your own business is that you can be flexible with the hours you work and fit it in around your children and family life. All 3 of us bring a different skill set and approach to running the business. We do everything in the business ourselves and are all incredibly passionate about making a success of Cocobaci. What has been the downside of starting your own company? There hasnt really been a downside as such. Sleepless nights worrying about getting everything right is possibly one. Having to do everything yourself has also been a little scary. None of us were proficient in technology but we have been quick to ask questions and learn not to mention getting to grips with social media!! What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? Go for it!! It gives you a wonderful sense of freedom. However, ensure you have a focused strategy & vision for the business. Also discipline yourself to balance work with spending quality time with your family working from home the temptation is always there to carry on for a few more hours!!

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How did the company get started? Katies Kastles was started quite by fluke, I was on a buying and selling group ( Facebook ) and someone wanted to hire a cheap bouncy castle and we had brought a commercial one for our daughters 1st birthday so I offered to lend that. We had got such a huge response we thought wed look into it as a part time extra income and so we ordered 2 brand new bouncy castles and decided on a name that would be easily remembered and quite catchy and KATIES KASTLES was born. What is the company about? The company is about an affordable product, great prices, excellent customer service and reliability. We are a small family run business and realise how important as a parent it is to get the best service for their money. We make sure our inflatables are RPII checked every year ( inflatable mot ), cleaned after every hire and all electrical products PAT tested as standard. What do you hope to achieve? In the last few months we have achieved so much and feel we are going from strength to strength as our 2 bouncy castles have gone to 6 castles, slide and soft play and we run a weekly play group in Enfield, Katies Kingdom, which was just voted Net mums gold star award. Id like to think that we will, by the end of 2015, have a fleet of 20 inflatables and a permanent soft play centre as well as event organising and best party planners and supplier. What has been the highlight of starting your own company? There are so many highlights of starting both Katies Kastles and Katies kingdom but the 3 top are knowing that children are having fun with our products, being able to choose which direction we want our business to go and that both my husband and I have a job that we both love and really does include the children! What has been the downside of starting your own company? The only downside to starting is that my phone is my new best friend, Im constantly on the phone, email or facebook. Plus my children like many other think its the best time to talk to you when youre on the phone. What would your advice be to any parent wanting to start up their own business? My advice is if you truly believe you can sell your product or service then go for it believe in your product and network! Everyday I get overwhelmed with how many people recommend us and text to say how great everything went and will us as theyre next party supplier.

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It has loads of ideas to keep little ones of all ages entertained with out resorting to television that said I still use Iggle Piggle in the evening to keep the boys out of mischief whilst I am bathing them! For example when making dinner or washing up I sit the boys on the floor with saucepans and wooden spoons (this is great from 6 months on when they can sit up). They have recently taken to posting various toys out the cat flap but it keeps them quiet for a valuable 20 minutes while I get dinner on. For older kids, just sit them at the kitchen table with a couple of bowls, a packet of raisins and chopsticks and get them to move the raisins into one bowl then between the bowls using the chopsticks this works on so many levels. If they start getting really hungry they snack on raisins a healthy option! It improves their hand eye coordination it also helps develop their fine motor skills. If the weather is really bad and you cant possible venture out the house for danger of being washed away, then set up a cushion assault course in your living room be sure to move breakables out the way. You can let your little ones go charging around over cushions, practice their balance by getting them to tightrope walk over a piece of string on the carpet use their imagination: the carpet is a fearsome ocean and the string is a magic bridge which they have to walk over if they miss the string then lot of hungry fish (your fingers) will come and gobble up their toes (an excuse for grabbing the toes and making chomping noises whilst you tickle their feet!). For younger children from 9 months old, posting objects is great fun just cut a hole in the lid of a shoebox and let them play with it. If you have an older child they can decorate the box with paints / glitter or you could wrap it up in shiny paper to make it more interesting but you really dont need to.

It is so easy to use the television when you are desperate for a few minutes to prepare the dinner / do the washing up, or even for those like me who are blessed with twins; the lure of In the Night Garden so Iggle Piggle can keep one toddler entertained whilst you bath the other. (I have two very boisterous boys and have not perfected the art of bathing both at the same time with any semblance of safety!).

I thought that I would use my back ground in medicine to have a look at the research and see is it really that terrible to let your children watch the television for a short time each day? I mean honestly how bad can it be. If you put T.V and children or kids into Google all you come up with is pages and pages of television programs for kids, so I turned to the scientific literatureI know that this is the part where most people switch off so I will keep it short and try to make it interesting. Essentially it is really bad for children under the age of 2 to watch any TV at all. Not good for Iggle Piggle! I read about the reasoning and development of childrens brain and here goes Essentially babies and toddlers have brains that are designed to process information by using all heir senses, not just sight. They need to see, hear, feel and mouth / bite things for their brain to make the appropriate connections to learn. Furthermore they are programmed to respond to a huge variety of complex facial and vocal nuances from adults, especially their parents. All of these are missing on the television. An example that illustrates this used by the American Academy of Pediatricians is watching a ball roll on the screen. On the television it appears as a sphere, the toddler can not get a sense for how heavy or light it is, how fast or slow it is moving, what it feels or tastes like, then it just disappears to be replaced by something else. Your baby / toddler cannot process this visual stimulus; it makes no sense to them. If they roll a ball on the floor whilst you are in the kitchen with them they get a mountain of sensory feedback information on how the ball feels, how heavy it is, how to roll it softly so it goes a small way and hard so it goes out the door. They can crawl after it and see it outside the door to reinforce the idea of object permanence. Further more they can watch you.

Other studies have shown that babies and toddlers need interaction with adult humans usually their mothers but it can be any care giver - to process information and optimize their development. Even if only for a short time if they look up at you and you smile / say something encouraging / frown / they respond and learn. None of this is possible with television. In conclusion the AAP recommends that no child under 2 years old should watch television, and after that whatever there age it should be limited to 2 hours per day. They go For babies you dont have to buy expensive toys, the on the website on to say that the children benefit most if you sit down and watch it how to make simple mobiles, or get an old pillow case and sew some large brightly coloured buttons onto it they will love the different with them and chat about what is going on. textures and taste of them. They will also love fiddling with them and SO its all very well saying that but how does that help busy mothers it is such an easy toy for car journeys, when out in the pram or if they who have a myriad of chores to juggle at home along with childcare? are sitting in their bouncer. Well that is why I have set up this website: www.enterainingbabies.com
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whole boys seem more fascinated than girls about how things work and how they can pull something apart and put it back together again. And some of them spend hours figuring all this out. 4. Academically boys often lag behind girls especially in the primary school years, mainly in language and written skills. Boys are often noisier than girls and enjoy making sounds when they play such as whooshing, chugging, or imitating police sirens. Girls may rush around making sounds and screaming, but rarely imitate the sounds of articulated lorries or trains as boys do. One activity which bothers most parents and especially parents with boys, is gun play. Boys will turn anything into a gun or a weapon even their fingers if nothing else is available. Ive rarely seen girls do this. So if your boy is obsessed with gun play, what do you do? Here are my suggestions: Are Will and Kate expecting a boy or a girl? We will have to wait until some time in July to find out. But does it make a difference to the way their child will be raised? And does gender make a difference to any parent? Even when parents intend to raise boys and girls in the same way, are there natural, inherent gender differences which parents can expect between raising boys to raising girls? These days we avoid gender stereotyping and are careful to ensure that both sexes have equal opportunities. Weve had women astronauts, engineers and prime ministers and men crying during Bambi type films and staying at home looking after babies. Im all for equal opportunities so in suggesting there are differences between boys and girls, I hope Im not falling into the danger of stereotyping, and Im certainly not suggesting that we go back to giving only girls the dolls and telling them to play house, and boys the toy trucks, while telling them that real men dont cry. But Ive spoken to enough parents to know that raising boys just IS different to raising girls . If you disagree, and feel theres no differences at all, stop reading but do email me as Id be interested in having a conversation! I also dont want parents to label your children. Once labelled you might have certain expectations and raise your children to fall into those expectations. Yet most parents that Ive spoken to professionally, admit that there are differences so what are they? 1. A) teach your child the difference between pretend and real by talking to them as often as possible about it. b) Teach them to respect the weapons even when they are not real. c) You tell them that if they are going to play with guns, there are strict rules. One of these rules will be the amount of time they can play with them in the same way that I hope you limit screen times (computers and TVs). Another rule will be that they should never point the weapon at anyone whos not participating in their game. d) Talk to them about it being OK if people opt out. Not all their friends will want to join in with gun play and they have to respect that. e) If your child loves guns or weapon play, make sure an adult they respect role models solving disputes by talking so they dont think that all disputes should be solved with weapons. Also get an adult to talk to them about the proper use of guns in society so your child learns to respect them. f) If they are very young, try to get them to focus on shooting monsters or other fictitious characters rather than people. g) Talk as much as possible about peoples feelings and how people get hurt physically and emotionally so they can develop empathy towards people. h) Teach them in general not to be impulsive. In most challenging situations its best to count to 10 before reacting. i) Talk to them about consequences of behaviour so they can understand that again we cant just react but we have to think ahead to possible consequences.

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Boys are rougher and more physical than girls. Just yesterday on the radio, I heard some-one from a bullying charity saying that in his 6. Stereotypically but still confirmed by many parents Ive spoken to, opinion, theres a difference in the way girls and boys bully. He was boys arent usually as articulate about their emotions or as detailed in also careful to explain that there were exceptions, but boys bullying describing situations as girls. Its usually harder to know what theyre usually takes the form of physical fights whereas girls bullying is feeling as they brush it off. Many girls often recite full conversations about being mean and gossiping behind their victims back. Girls, which they heard or experienced whereas boys will use simpler according to this expert, bully more using texts and emails than language to describe a situation saying only that a person was mad boys. Boys seem to get into physical squabbles rather than verbal or angry. spats, and parents of boys talk about the amount of physical fighting which goes on at home, far more than parents of girls complain In summary, I think, as parents, we have a more complex job than parents about this. in the past. We want equality and to teach our children that boys and girls are equally capable of doing whatever they want to do. Yet as parents most There are physiological differences as boys have 30% more muscle of us realize that boys and girls are NOT the same, and do not react in the than girls. So watching them play, they generally seem more same way to situations. So we have to recognize the differences but raise physically active and literally seem to throw their weight around. In them in the same way. How complicated is this for parents? Well its doing so, boys seem to take more scary physical risks than girls, and certainly not easy and we cant turn to our own parents for the answers as seem according to most parents , to be far more physically active the world has moved on so much from when they were bringing us up. than girls. Bebe Jacobs Yet boys, while often being told to sit still and concentrate as they www.parentingcoachingnow.com seem to fidget a lot, can however, really concentrate hard when info@parentingcoachingnow.com something fascinates them. I know there are girls who become www.facebook.com/bebeparentcoach engineers and plumbers, and who are brilliant at DIY, but on the M: 07939 880 856
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YOUR NAPPY RASH QUESTIONS ANSWERED..


By Midwife Heather Morris
change to protect the skin. Zinc ointment BP, Zinc and Castor Oil or Metanium ointment are recommended. My sons back teeth are coming through and now hes developed a bad bout of nappy rash. Is there a link? There is evidence that teething is linked to nappy rash due to the excess saliva produced. A recent survey found that 56% of parents reported a link between nappy rash and teething. My 14 month old daughter has recently started nursery and came home with nappy rash. Any advice? Check that the nursery staff are changing your daughters nappy when it is soiled and are following a good skincare routine. Its worth sending in a nappy rash barrier cream to the Most babies are likely to get nappy rash at some time. Its usually nursery and asking the staff to use it at each nappy change. a mild condition which can easily be managed with good skincare and products from the pharmacy. Following on from the Baby Buzz I thought wed escaped nappy rash but my 11 month old son has nappy rash article written by midwife Heather Morris, Heather just started getting a pink rash in the nappy area. Any answers some of the most frequently asked questions about nappy suggestions? rash. Nappy rash will usually clear in two or three days if you use a nappy rash ointment. Your pharmacist will be able to recommend a Why do babies get nappy rash? suitable one, but make sure you ask for a treatment rather than The main cause of nappy rash is wetness from contact with urine just a barrier cream. Once the rash has cleared, then use a barrier and stools in a nappy. Even the most absorbent nappy leaves some cream to prevent further outbreaks. moisture on a baby's delicate skin which makes it harder for your baby's skin to work as a barrier, meaning it is more likely the skin Is there any way to prevent nappy rash? will become irritated. Some babies have particularly sensitive skin A good skincare routine will give your baby the best chance of and can get nappy rash even if the nappy is changed frequently. It avoiding it. The NHS recommends: can also be caused by rubbing or chafing, soap, detergent or Change wet or soiled nappies as soon as possible. bubble bath, diarrhoea and other illnesses. Clean the whole nappy area thoroughly, wiping from front to back. Are girls or boys most likely to get nappy rash? Lie your baby on a towel and leave the nappy off for as It equally affects boys and girls and infants of all racial groups. long and as often as you can to let fresh air get to the skin. Some babies only have it once in a while, whereas others Use a barrier cream. experience it time and again. My newborn daughter just 11 days old has started showing How often should I use a barrier cream to prevent nappy rash? signs of nappy rash. Is she too young for a nappy rash ointment? The NHS recommends using a barrier cream to help prevent nappy Most nappy rash creams and ointments are designed to be gentle rash. This can be used as frequently as at each nappy change or a enough to use on new born skin. Ask your pharmacist to couple of times a day depending on how prone your baby is to recommend one that will be most suitable for your daughter. getting nappy rash. Your pharmacist or Health Visitor will be able to give you more specific advice if you need it. My sons nappy rash just wont clear up and now hes got a bright red, moist rash with red pimples, and its spreading into the folds Once Ive found the right treatment for nappy rash, how long will of his skin. it take to clear up? It sounds likely that your son has developed a thrush infection and Most cases of nappy rash are mild and clear up within a couple of needs treatment with an anti-fungal cream, which you can buy days, using a nappy rash ointment and a good skincare routine. from your pharmacist or get on prescription from your GP. What treatment is recommended for nappy rash? It may be worthwhile asking your health visitor for advice. For mild nappy rash that is not causing discomfort, follow a good skincare routine and use a nappy rash ointment at each nappy

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July is GBS Awareness Month A Simple Test to Save a Life! Get Informed and Get Tested
Do you know about group B Strep? Expecting a baby can be one charity focussed on GBS infection in newborn babies - promoting of the best times of your life. Its a time when its important to know greater awareness and improving prevention of these usually about group B Streptococcus (group B Strep/GBS) as it is the most avoidable but potentially life-threatening infections. common cause of severe infection in newborn babies. Group B Strep Support wants: Every pregnant woman to be given information on GBS as What is GBS? GBS is a common bacterium which is present in the a routine part of antenatal care. intestines of up to one in every three adults and in the vagina of Every pregnant woman whose baby is at lowrisk of approximately one in every four women. Carrying it has no developing GBS infection to be offered an ECM test for GBS symptoms and usually causes no harm. Carrying GBS around the time carriage at 35-7 weeks of pregnancy (and where these are of giving birth is recognised as an important risk factor for severe not available from the hospital, the women should be told infection in newborn babies, yet women in the UK are rarely told how to access them privately) about it by their health professionals and even more rarely offered Every pregnant woman whose baby is at higher risk of testing. developing GBS infection (where one or more of the risk factors listed above are present) to be offered intravenous Many babies are exposed to GBS without any ill effects but some are antibiotics from the start of labour until birth and, where susceptible to the bacteria and develop infection. When GBS gets the babies are at highest risk, for these antibiotics to be into the bloodstream or lungs of a newborn baby, it can cause recommended. infections such as sepsis and pneumonia. Most GBS infections in babies develop within the first few hours of life (called early onset GBS infection) and, less commonly, it can develop up to the age of Jane Plumb MBE, Group B Strep Supports Chief Executive, says, We three months (late onset GBS infection). Late onset GBS infections believe this is the best approach for preventing GBS infection in are more likely to include meningitis, with many of the survivors newborn babies in the UK. It is so important that pregnant women are informed about GBS and consider testing. suffering life-long disabilities.
Most GBS infection in newborn babies can be prevented by Group B Strep Support campaigns for greater awareness and better identifying which babies are at higher risk and giving the mums-to-be prevention of GBS infection in newborn babies, including offering the simple and safe Gold Standard ECM test to every pregnant mum. intravenous antibiotics during labour.

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If GBS is found in the urine during pregnancy, Mum will be given oral antibiotics to clear the infection. She will also be offered intravenous antibiotics in labour against GBS infection developing in her baby. If GBS has only been found from a vaginal or rectal swab, antibiotics arent given as theyre not beneficial during pregnancy until labour starts, when they should be offered intravenously to minimise the risk of GBS infection in the newborn baby. Unlike other western countries, testing for GBS is not routinely offered in the UK and many NHS hospitals dont have access to the sensitive gold standard ECM (Enriched Culture Medium) tests for GBS carriage. ECM tests are available from a number of NHS Trusts, plus privately at clinics and through home-testing packs which cost around 35 each. For availability, see www.gbss.org.uk/test.

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FEEDING ON THE GO
Whilst nothing can quite prepare you for that first trip away with your new arrival, yoomi, the creators of the award winning self-warming baby bottle, have come up with the solution to one challenge in particular: feeding on the go. At the touch of a button, this ingenious bottle and warmer in one, warms your babys feed to the perfect temperature of breast milk in just 60 seconds! Quick, safe, portable and compact, this bottle is designed to take the stress out of feeding, making life just that little bit easier! So what makes yoomi the latest travel feeding essential? Well yoomi is quick! Taking just 60 seconds to warm your babys feed, yoomi is just what you need when you have a hungry baby on board. Its portable! No plugs, no batteries and no more carrying around flasks of boiling water, yoomi is the most practical solution to feeding on the go allowing parents the freedom to feed anywhere, anytime, anyplace The temperature is safe! Unlike other warmers, theres no second guessing whether the temperature is correct yoomi warms babys feed to the perfect temperature of breast milk EVERY time. And its compact! A bottle and warmer in one, yoomi fits into even the smallest of bags. Voted one of the top 15 British inventions of the last decade, and winning Gold awards in the Loved By Parents awards for Best Bottle and Best Travel Invention, its not difficult to see why yoomi is fast becoming the busy mums bottle of choice!

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Bringing baby bottles and business together!

And in one way it is, in another way its for me. Maybe thats why Ive got the GUILT. I try to remember that this is who I am and it doesnt make me love my babies any less, I love them so much the words dont exist for me to explain. But if I wasnt me I wouldnt be able to be a good mum I dont think, in any way. Catch 22 as they say. I hope that my adventure for business teaches my children to be strong-minded individuals and to be their own boss one day too! But its so hard sometimes when you work for yourself to be able to Fingers Crossed!! afford child care even thought it comes in so may shapes and affordable sizes. I was talking to one of the my regular networking mothers last The Buggy Network Bring Bottles and Business together, even at a party! week who told me how hard it was to work when you have no child care at all. I can sympathies as I have a little childcare, but I still find myself working every night after my children are in bed, and sometimes I am For more information and details of next that mother that put the telly on so that I can work. (Shocking I know!!) events, please visit: I chatted to a friend about it and how obviously I wasnt the only one with a problem, and others have it much worse. But what can I do??? I started up The Buggy Network, as I knew that I could run this business with my babies with me. Its our business together. But to think of a way to almost get rid of them wasnt an option really. So I was troubled. As my children get older they can do more by themselves but my youngest is still a baby. I took my children to a lovely tearoom that I know that has a contained playroom (you know that I know all these places!!!) One of the ladies that come to the network were there, working in one room, whilst her partner was in another room doing a class with their child. She was a little agitated of course but when I asked her if she got some work done, she happily said yes and I got my tea and lunch here too! She was quite happy which gave me an idea. What if we took away daddy (or whoever was looking after munchkins), and all got into one room together. Some venues have party rooms, which they rent out for events and classes. What if I had a party? But instead of the parents all standing around chatting, they all took their laptops with them and did some work whilst the kids played. We could take it in turns watching the kids whilst the rest of us actually worked. It would be a bit like working at home, without the TV and with children that the kids knew (or at least all the parents do), they would have a great time and we would get some emails done or whatever we needed for a couple of hours. It would be a Working Party! A wonderful way for us to actually get something done whilst you had 1) taken the kids out and 2) brought them somewhere nice and 3) they played with children that they would have been making friends with at meeting anyway! I am a little worried that we would all end up chatting or gossiping, but at least if you have the opportunity to work you can actually get something done, and really once weve had a good coffee and catch up, I think we will start working at some point! I hope! Im thinking the new Working Party could be something for those of us that suffer from THE GUILT. I dont know about most women but I know some of us suffer from guilty feelings from working and not being with our children. Ive been told, by an amazing working mum that we do it for the children. All the work we do, its for them at the end of the day.
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There seems to be an ever increasing level of cases being brought to light regarding domestic violence and the devastating effects it has had on those closest to the individuals involved, the most recent being the tragic case of Maria Stubbings, in which the police admit they drastically failed to protect her from a recognised abuser, who subsequently savagely murdered her in 2008.

makes when someone takes the time to just relationship where there is an expectation of listen. trust. It can happen at home or within a care setting or hospital. So what is Domestic Violence? OK, so many people will think thats a bit Understanding domestic violence and abuse obvious - why ask such a stupid question. Domestic abuse occurs when one person Domestic violence is commonly known to be whether it be in an intimate relationship or where one person harms another person marriage tries to dominate and control the with whom they have (or have had) some other person. Domestic abuse that includes sort of relationship. They do not need to be physical violence is called domestic violence. Even though Baby Buzz Magazine is a baby, heterosexual partners and they do not need Domestic violence and abuse are used for child and parenting magazine we still felt it to live in the same property. Both women one purpose and one purpose only: to gain prevalent to give you as much information on and men can experience domestic violence and maintain total control over you. An the subject which sadly affects so many but many more women experience domestic abuser doesnt play fair. Abusers use fear, people, most of whom dont know which way violence and the violence they experience is guilt, shame, and intimidation to wear you to turn or what help is available and feel to more frequent and serious in nature. down and keep you under his or her thumb. embarrassed to open up about what is Domestic violence also strikes many different Your abuser may also threaten you, hurt you, happening to them. forms and can be where one person or hurt those around you. physically attacks the other or it may be Domestic violence and abuse can happen to another form of abuse such as emotional, Domestic violence and abuse does not anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, sexual or financial abuse. discriminate. It happens among heterosexual excused, or denied. This is especially true couples and in same-sex partnerships. It when the abuse is psychological, rather than Domestic violence can include elder abuse. occurs within all age ranges, ethnic physical. Noticing and acknowledging the This is where harm is done, or distress backgrounds, and economic levels. And while signs of an abusive partner is the first step to caused, to an older person within a women are more commonly victimized, men ending it. No one should live in are also abused especially fear of the person they love. If and emotionally, Baby Buzz Magazine is urging everyone to do more against the verbally you recognise yourself or sometimes even fight against domestic violence and even more so to sign the although someone you know experiencing physically as well. The bottom petition started by Marias family to petition for a public any of the warning signs and line is that abusive behaviour is inquiry: descriptions of abuse we will never acceptable, whether its highlight further on in this feature coming from a man, a woman, a http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/public-inquiry-intothen reach out, you would be teenager, or an older adult. You police-and-state-agency-response-to-domestic-violence amazed at what difference it deserve to feel valued, respected, and safe.
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Recognizing abuse is the first step to getting help Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive partners can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel helpless and alone. No one should have to endure this kind of painand your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need. Signs of an abusive Partner There are many signs of an abusive partner. The most telling sign is fear of your partner. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partnerconstantly watching what you say and do in order to avoid a blow-upchances are your relationship is unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive partner include a partner who belittles you or tries to control you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.

The Maria Stubbings Story


The family of a woman strangled by her former boyfriend and Refuge, the national domestic violence charity, are calling on the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to set up a Stephen Lawrence-style public inquiry to examine why victims of domestic violence, are still not getting sufficient protection from the police and other government agencies. A highly critical report by the police watchdog was published recently, with the family of Maria telling the Guardian, that nothing short of a formal inquiry would prevent another family having to experience the failures by Essex police, that contributed to her death. Maria was strangled to death and left in the downstairs toilet of her home in Chelmsford, Essex, in December 2008 by her former boyfriend, Marc Chivers. The police knew he had killed before, and that he had served time in prison for assaulting Maria. Yet, by the time that Chivers left prison, Essex police had disabled a panic alarm they had installed in her house, and failed to carry out any risk assessment when they did so one of a number of failings highlighted by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Manuel Fernandez, Marias brother, said his sister's death must be a "catalyst for change" and an inquiry was needed to make sure that it takes place. "If there was ever a case that is an example of the state failing to protect a woman, then this is the case," he said. "Since Marias death, there has been a degree of rhetoric about how things have changed, and yet, there is a long list of cases like Maria's that continues to grow. How can this continue?" On another occasion, when Maria called for help after Chivers turned up at her home and stole her medication, the report of the incident was downgraded from domestic violence involving a "very high-risk victim" to a "burglary". In the intervening days, police made several ineffectual attempts to contact Maria, including one visit where they turned up at her home to find Chivers in the house, and passed him a note asking for her to call them. When police finally realised the danger Maria was in eight days later they arrived at her home to discover her body hidden under a pile of coats in the downstairs toilet. Chivers was still in the house with Marias 15-year-old son, Bengi, whom he was closely watching in case the boy found his mother's body. Bengi now 19, said: "It is horrific to discover the extent of the police failings and hard to understand how they got it so wrong. The risk to my mum was clear. I don't want other women and other children to go through an experience like that. We all deserve help and protection when we're in danger and they knew the danger."

1 woman in 4 (25%) is physically abused by a partner during her life-time (Council of Europe, 2002) 2 women are killed each week by a current or former partner (Homicide Statistics, 1998 - 2012) On average, a woman is assaulted 35 times before her first call to the police (Jaffe, 1982) Nearly 30 women attempt suicide every day to escape domestic violence (Walby, 2004) In family households where domestic violence occurs, in 90% of incidents, children were in the same or the next room (Hughes, 1992) In over 50% of known domestic violence cases, children were also directly abused (NSPCC, 1997; Farmer & Owen, 1995) Only 16% of victims of partner abuse in 2008-09 had reported the abuse to the police (BCS, 2008-2009) Every minute police in the UK receive a domestic assistance call (Stanko, 2000; Home Office, 2002) Domestic violence accounts for 16-25% of all violent crime (Home Office, 2005) Domestic violence has the highest rate of repeat victimisation of any crime (Home Office, 2002) One in seven children and young people under the age of 18 will have lived with domestic violence at some point in their childhood (Radford et al, 2011)

In Memory of Maria Lets put a stop to domestic violence now!

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Physical abuse and domestic violence When people talk about domestic violence, they are often referring to the physical abuse of a spouse or intimate partner. Physical abuse is the use of physical force against someone in a way that injures or endangers that person. Physical assault or battering is a crime, whether it occurs inside or outside of the family. Sexual abuse is a form of physical abuse Any situation in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner with whom you also have consensual sex, is an act of aggression and violence. Furthermore, people whose partners abuse them physically and sexually are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed.

Emotional abuse: Its a bigger problem than you think


Emotional abuse: When people think of domestic abuse, they often picture battered women (and men) who have been physically assaulted. But not all abusive relationships involve violence. Just because youre not battered and bruised doesnt mean youre not being abused. Many men and women suffer from emotional abuse, which is no less destructive. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often minimized or overlookedeven by the person being abused.

abusesometimes even more so. Violent and abusive behaviour is the abusers choice

Despite what many people believe, domestic violence and abuse is not due to the abusers loss of control over his or her behaviour. In fact, abusive behaviour and violence is a deliberate choice made by the abuser in order to control you. Your abusers apologies and loving gestures in between the episodes of abuse can make it difficult to leave. He or she may make you believe that you are the only person who can Understanding emotional abuse help them, that things will be different this time, and that they truly love The aim of emotional abuse is to chip away at your feelings of self-worth you. However, the dangers of staying are very real. and independence. If youre the victim of emotional abuse, you may feel that there is no way out of the relationship or that without your abusive Recognising the warning signs of domestic violence and abuse partner you have nothing. Emotional abuse includes verbal abuse such It's impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors, as yelling, name-calling, blaming, and shaming. Isolation, intimidation, but there are some telltale signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and and controlling behaviour also fall under emotional abuse. Additionally, domestic violence. If you witness any warning signs of abuse in a friend, abusers who use emotional or psychological abuse often throw in family member, or co-worker, take them very seriously. threats of physical violence or other repercussions if you dont do what General warning signs of domestic abuse they want. People who are being abused may: Talk about their partners temper, jealousy, or possessiveness You may think that physical abuse is far worse than emotional abuse, M since physical violence can send you to the hospital and leave you with M Seem afraid of their partner scars. But, the scars of emotional abuse are very real, and they run M Go along with everything their partner says and does deep. In fact, emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical M Check in often with their partner to report where they are and what theyre doing M Receive frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner It Is Still Abuse If . . .
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The incidents of physical abuse seem minor when compared to those you have read about, seen on television or heard other women talk about. There isnt a better or worse form of physical abuse; you can be severely injured as a result of being pushed, for example. The incidents of physical abuse have only occurred one or two times in the relationship. Studies indicate that if your spouse/partner has injured you once, it is likely he will continue to physically assault you. The physical assaults stopped when you became passive and gave up your right to express yourself as you desire, to move about freely and see others, and to make decisions. It is not a victory if you have to give up your rights as a person and a partner in exchange for not being assaulted! There has not been any physical violence. Many women are emotionally and verbally assaulted. This can be as equally frightening and is often more confusing to try to understand.

Warning signs of physical violence People who are being physically abused may: M Have frequent injuries, with the excuse of accidents M Frequently miss work, school, or social occasions, without explanation M Dress in clothing designed to hide bruises or scars (e.g. wearing long sleeves in the summer or sunglasses indoors) Warning signs of isolation People who are being isolated by their abuser may: M Be restricted from seeing family and friends M Rarely go out in public without their partner M Have limited access to money, credit cards, or the car The psychological warning signs of abuse People who are being abused may: M Have very low self-esteem, even if they used to be confident M Show major personality changes (e.g. an outgoing person becomes withdrawn) M Be depressed, anxious, or suicidal
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SPEAK UP if you suspect domestic violence or abuse..


If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If youre hesitating telling yourself that its none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life. Talk to the person in private and let him or her know that youre concerned. Point out the things youve noticed that make you worried. Tell the person that youre there, whenever he or she feels ready to talk. Reassure the person that youll keep whatever is said between the two of you, and let him or her know that youll help in any way you can.

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Remember, abusers are very good at controlling and manipulating their victims. People who have been emotionally abused or battered are depressed, drained, scared, ashamed, and confused. They need help to get out, yet theyve often been isolated from their family and friends. By picking up on the warning signs and offering support, you can help them escape an abusive situation and begin healing. Help For Abused Men If you're a man in an abusive relationship, it's important to know that you're not alone. It happens to men from all cultures and all walks of life. Figures suggest that as many as one in three victims of domestic violence are male. However, men are often reluctant to report abuse by women because they feel embarrassed, or they fear they won't be believed, or worse, that police will assume that since they're male they are the perpetrator of the violence and not the victim. An abusive wife or partner may hit, kick, bite, punch, spit, throw things, or destroy your possessions. To make up for any difference in strength, she may attack you while you're asleep or otherwise catch you by surprise. She may also use a weapon, such as a gun or knife, or strike you with an object, abuse or threaten your children, or harm your pets. Of course, domestic abuse is not limited to violence. Your spouse or partner may also: M Verbally abuse you, belittle you, or humiliate you in front of friends, colleagues, or family, or on social media sites. M Be possessive, act jealous, or harass you with accusations of being unfaithful. M Take away your car keys or medications, try to control where you go and who you see. M Try to control how you spend money or deliberately default on joint financial obligations. M Make false allegations about you to your friends, employer, or the police, or find other ways to manipulate and isolate you. M Threaten to leave you and prevent you from seeing your kids if you report the abuse. Resources - I would like to thank the following for their information and support: Marias family, HelpGuide.Org and Refuge
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Getting out of an abusive relationship. Do you want to leave an abusive situation, but stay out of fear of what your partner might do? While leaving isnt easy, there are things you can do to protect yourself. Youre not alone, and help is available. Below you will find a range of websites, phone numbers, email addresses all of which can provide you with substantial amounts of information to help you and give you advice:
HelpGuide www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_types_signs_ causes_effects Refuge http://refuge.org.uk/your-questions 1 in 4 Women www.1in4women.com Womans Aid 0808 2000 247 www.womensaid.org.uk Mankind Intiative 01823 334 244 www.mankind.org.uk

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Get Growing - Monthly Exclusive with Dawn Isaac By Dawn Isaac, garden designer and writer specialising in children's gardening -

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This month I'm going to look at ways you can sow and grow more effectively. Make some room With small seeds it's difficult to space them correctly when you sow especially if you've had little gardeners helping out. When the seedlings are big enough to handle it's a good idea to do some 'thinning'. This means pulling out a few of the seedlings so you have the correct gap between the plants giving them enough space to grow. If you wait until they're a reasonable size, you can actually eat your 'thinnings' - for example most tender veg leaves will taste delicious in salad and this also let's you sample your produce without having to wait so long. Just make sure you or the children press down on the soil either side as you remove the seedling - this will stop you accidentally removing other seedlings as the roots dislodge more soil. Little and often It can be very tempting to sow lots of seeds in one go, but it makes a lot more sense to sow a few every week or two so that you don't find all your crops are ready to eat at the same time. It's a good idea to decide with the children on a day each week to sow a few more seeds - declaring 'Sowing Sunday' for example - and this will also mean they will be able to harvest vegetables from the garden for longer too.

You can also teach children the best way to water: Water first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon/evening as less water will be lost by evaporation BUT if you see a plant wilting, water straightaway Plants drink in through their roots so water the ground, not the leaves It is better to soak the ground thoroughly once a week rather than just wet the surface every day - this encourages the plants to grow deep roots Pots dry out quite quickly so need to be watered more often than crops in the ground and daily in hot sunny weather

Good companions Some plants are good to have around your vegetable crops. For example if you plant Pot Marigolds, they not only look colourful, their smell puts off aphids which might feed on your crops. They also attract hoverflies, which then feed on aphids so further help keep NEXT MONTH: Herbs and Edible Flowers these pests under control. Hoverflies have similar colouring to wasps so it's worth explaining the difference to children to make sure they're not frightened. Another trick is to plant very smelly plants near to your carrots. The scent disguises the smell of the carrots which outfoxes the carrot fly who might otherwise lay their eggs in your crop. Onions, Spring Onions or chives work brilliantly for this. You could let the children sniff the plants and decide which they think is the strongest smell and therefore the most effective. Other companions you can try: Borage near squash plants are supposed to improve their growth and flavour Basil is a good companion to tomatoes as they apparently improve flavour and deter pests. They also taste wonderful together when eaten Nasturtiums attract aphids away from other plants Being water wise It's good to teach children early on about the need to conserve water. If you can set up a water butt at home to harvest rainwater that's a great start. Just make sure that the butt is high enough off the ground that the children can easily fit their watering cans underneath.
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What to plant this month Courgettes - sow outdoors Pumpkins and squash - sow outdoors Runner beans and French beans - sow outdoors Sow more lettuce, radishes and salad leaves so you have crops ready at different times

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This project is from Dawn's book - Garden Crafts for Children (CICO RRP 14.99)

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July project: Climbing Bean Archway

With a few magic beans you can rival Jack and his beanstalk by creating this spectacular archway. You can watch as the bean seeds sprout and then race up to the top of the bamboo canes in just a few short weeks. Not only will your bean plants give you pretty flowers and delicious beans but you can also use the archway to create an impressive entrance to a vegetable garden or play area.

You will need: Pen and card Scissors 2 tall terracotta pots at least 25cm in diameter Old newspaper Masking tape Green emulsion paint Large and small paintbrush White acrylic paint pen Gravel or small stones Potting compost Watering can 4 bamboo canes Garden twine or string Runner or green bean seeds (we used Phaseolus coccineus 'Celebration')
1. 2. Draw a bean pod and leaf shapes on two pieces of card and carefully cut them out to form your stencils. With your pot placed on some old newspaper, use the masking tape to position the stencil on the pot and paint over the pattern with the green emulsion paint using the large paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry and then continue to paint pods and leaves over the whole pot. Use the green paint and the small paintbrush to add the stems and tendrils that link the bean leaves and pods. Add veins and other finer details with the white acrylic paint pen. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the second pot. When there is no danger of frost you can plant your beans outside. Place your pots where you want the archway to be (this needs to be somewhere quite sunny) and then put some gravel or stones in the bottom of each before filling with compost, firming it down as you go. Water in well with the watering can. Push two bamboo canes into each pot on opposite sides of each other. Tie the first pair of bamboo canes together tightly at the top using twine or string and then do the same with the other pair. Tie the two pairs of canes together to form the central point of the archway. With your finger, make a hole in the compost next to one of the canes. The holes should be three times deeper than the beans are wide. Drop the bean in the hole, cover over and firm down. Do this again on the other side of the cane, so that you will have two bean plants for each cane. Repeat for the other three uprights. To help the plants start climbing, gently tie in the stems to the canes using twine or string in a figure-of-eight knot. This will stop the stems rubbing on the cane and damaging the plant. As the bean plants grow they will climb the canes until they reach the top, creating a leafy archway.
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Celebrity Feature

Fun, Fun, Fun! With Cbeebies Presenter Sid Sloane


What have been your funniest moments on screen and on stage? I have had quite a few. They are usually to do with corpsing - losing all sense of reality and finding the most benign thing funny, to such an extent of being completely unable to carry on performing the scene or link. In more recent months, I was in the CBeebies studio with Andy Day and Cerrie Burnell, Andy had to lie on the floor and wriggle like a worm saying wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. Another time, all presenters were in filming for Christmas and the giggles kicked in. The director was taking it far too seriously which just made it ten times worse. I guess you had to be there. One occasion, for the first time since I started my career with CBeebies, I had to leave the studio and someone else had to film the link.

Tell us a little about yourself? Most will probably know me from my long-standing role as presenter on On stage, I really enjoyed touring with 'The Twits' (my first big theatre job CBeebies and the childrens programme Lets Play. in my first year), we were in the middle of our 255th performance when someone suggested we play 'pass the pinch' whereby you could get pinched You had a career in stockbroking, what made you decide to give all that by one of the performers on stage during the show and the game was to not up and study to be an actor? be left with the pinch by the end of the performance, otherwise there would My dad had all the Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood and Charles be a forfeit. Something to keep the humour up and... erm great for focus Bronson films which I'd love watching. After a while I'd look at De Niro and and concentration.. Pacino and think...I get it...I can do that! Who or what was an influence in your childhood? What is your background training? I loved running, playing outside, and family days out visiting other families. I trained at the academy of creative training in Brighton. During my time We attended church on Sunday's and mum was a community woman. there I acquired my equity card and produced my very first theatre show on Mostly, I loved playing football, we would play anytime, anyplace, indoors graduation to help promote myself. or outdoors. Having three brothers and one sister all close in age meant we could find things to do together. I loved acting out scenes from Puss in What was it like helping to launch the CBeebies channel and what do you Boots and The Three Little Pigs which I listened to on vinyl. remember of your first appearance? To begin with, it was just a job to get my face known on telly, I hadn't What advice would you give to anyone wanting to follow in your planned on staying too long. Early career opportunity and all that. There footsteps? was a lot to get used to technically with a two camera shoot, a producer Be committed, commitment is everything! listening to diction and how we annunciate. Not to mention having to develop a rapid quick short-term memory for scripts as you go, working What are you doing next? directly with the camera, sing nursery rhymes, make model toys, etc. It was Next I am going into rehearsal for Andy & Sid's Party - a fun show that tricky! But with the new channel launch we had all embarked on a new Andy Day (CBeebies) and me will perform throughout the summer (I use the journey and I think that bought me time to settle in because everyone was term summer loosely) months. Through the autumn/winter months I will trying to work it out what was to happen. When we went straight to be touring in Sids Show once again - an exciting, energetic 55mins show number one children's channel it certainly helped. for families with 3-7 yr olds containing new music, songs, interactivity, magic and bundles of fun. Find out where and when at www.sidsloane.org. You can also join me for some jibber jabber with photos on twitter (there's What have been your personal highlights so far? Realising I could do the job well. Playing all sorts of characters in all manner a picture of my feet on there.. .no?) and please like my Facebook page of disguises. Getting to go and see the Jules Holland Hootenanny (facebook.com/sidsloane), you might even win something! live. Meeting the likes of icon Dailey Thompson, brilliant actor David Harewood, and great musician David Grant all black British stars - and to find that they knew who I was and were fans of what I do has been special. Keepy-uppy headers with legend John Barnes was like a dream come true. Meeting Cherie Blair at No.10 and her accepting my invitation to bring Leo to the CBeebies studio. Filming in the Masai Mara. Becoming the presenter and face of CBeebies in Africa. Running the London marathon on the channel. Never being nominated for a BAFTA. The number raps with Andy. Shaking hands with the Queen. Meeting and filming in the pool with Rebecca Adlington have all been great highlights. What are your future aspirations? I have established a company to promote and manage Sid's Show and other children's theatre productions and we, that is I am looking for partners to set-up and roll out an empowerment programme for children using poetry and performance as a means to inspire oneself.
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BUSY BEES BENEFITS CAMPAIGNS TO MIND THE GAP - RAISE THE CAP
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launched as the 6,000 cap is already below the average cost Busy Bees Benefits is launching a new Mind the Gap Raise the Cap of childcare. campaign in response to the Governments announcement that it is to introduce a Tax-free Childcare scheme in Autumn 2015. 2. the Government commits to reviewing and raising the cap Last year, the Mind the Gap Raise the Cap campaign focused on each year so that the maximum childcare cost covered by the widening gap between the value of Childcare Vouchers, which the scheme remains in line with average childcare costs. have remained static since 2006, and the actual cost of childcare. The message of the new Mind the Gap Raise the Cap campaign aims to help working parents meet childcare costs in the future using The Mind the Gap Raise the Cap campaign is centred around an e-petition set up by Busy Bees Benefits MD, John Woodward. the proposed Tax-free Childcare scheme. Busy Bees Benefits welcomes the Tax-free Childcare scheme in principle. Households where a lone parent or both parents work and are not in receipt of Tax Credits or Universal Credits will get financial help with childcare. Under the new Tax-free Childcare scheme, parents will pay 80% of their childcare fees and the Government will contribute the remaining 20%. This contribution of 20% only applies to childcare costs up to 6,000 per child, per year. By the time the new scheme is implemented, childcare costs will have risen and the gap between the savings available and childcare costs will have increased. The current average cost of childcare is circa 7,500 per year*. Busy Bees Benefits believes the new scheme should relate to average childcare costs, therefore the 6,000 capped limit is already out of date. It will take over two years to implement the new scheme and by this time the gap between the 6,000 capped amount and the average cost of childcare will have widened further. The principle reason childcare costs rise each year is the increase in staff costs. Therefore, in order to preserve the value of the Tax-free Childcare scheme, there should be a commitment from Government to review and increase the cap in line with the annual increases to minimum wage. Busy Bees Benefits is asking that: 1. the Government increases the current cap in line with childcare costs before the Tax-free Childcare scheme is
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The e-petition can be signed at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48405 John Woodward said: Whilst we welcome the principle of the proposed Tax-free Childcare scheme, as the UKs largest provider of childcare, looking after more than 19,500 children every week, we understand the financial pressures on working parents. We want to ensure that the Tax-free Childcare scheme is fit for purpose from the outset and that the support provided remains at an appropriate level to meet the needs of working families. Parents and indeed parents to-be are invited to support the campaign to ensure the financial support from Government relates to the true cost of childcare. Help to raise the cap on funding provided by the Tax-free Childcare scheme: Signing the e-petition is quick and easy. You can also follow the campaign activity and progress on the Busy Bees Benefits Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information visit www.busybeesbenefits.com.

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Fashion Focus

Fantastically affordable fashion


As most mums-to-be, new mums or experienced mums will tell you, any amount of spare money that comes your way will be spent on your child or children or home! You will have people tell you that you should spoil yourself or treat yourself every once in a while. I know, I know this is easier said than done but over the last few months Ive been introduced to a few amazing individuals and their businesses who do things a little differently. Andrea and Katy otherwise known as Inerdiva and Mummy Pigs Bargain Galore Store sell amazing fashion, fashion accessories and bags but they do this whilst providing advice as to what will suit you and your body type as well as matching styles and colours. Below are the top five favourites from each business, but I have also provided full details where you can contact and purchase items from their full collection. Happy Shopping!

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Despite so much evidence highlighting the benefits of exercise a lot of women still believe they should take it easy whilst theyre expecting. But many experts agree that pregnancy is great time for making a healthier lifestyle change. FittaMamma share their guidelines for safe exercise in pregnancy: Its not just about giving up alcohol but also about making positive lifestyle decisions that will benefit you and your baby. You might be Stay active but stay safe! surprised about how good it makes you feel to get up off the couch and get moving! Listen to your body if your workout feels too intense slow down or stop. Maternity fitnesswear specialists FittaMamma say, Exercise can help Dont overdo it if youre not used to exercising regularly with all sorts of pregnancy niggles such as tiredness, varicose veins, start with 15-20 minutes a day and build up your strength. lower back pain, heartburn or swollen ankles. Keeping active and Aim for half an hour a day. raising your heartbeat will release those feel good endorphins, lift If you exercise regularly dont stop! Just adapt your your mood and make it easier to sleep. workouts as your pregnancy progresses Thinking about starting something new? Try swimming, Increasing your fitness levels can make a really positive difference walking or join a pregnancy Pilates or yoga class when it comes to labour and help speed up your recovery period as Stay hydrated! Keep a water bottle handy and take regular well. Mums-to-be who exercise are less likely to pile on the pounds sips and regain their pre-baby shape more quickly after the birth. Stay cool! Expectant mums can overheat quite easily so exercise outdoors if possible and wear moisture-wicking Keeping fit is good for your family too! If youre feeling positive clothes about yourself, youll have more energy for your baby its win win Carry on chatting! Dont exercise beyond the level where all round! youre too tired to speak. Dress comfortably. Stretchy wellfitting exercise clothes The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that support your bump and breasts - such as the that healthy pregnant women should engage in at least 30 minutes FittaMamma range - are ideal of moderate exercise on most, if not all days of the week, aiming for Avoid lying on your front after the first trimester and avoid at least 150 minutes weekly. The NHS Change4Life campaign lying on your back after 12 weeks agrees, stating: being active during pregnancy means you're likely to Stay fuelled dont exercise on an empty stomach and keep maintain a healthier weight and be able to cope better with the a few energy snacks handy - a banana, dried fruit or nuts physical demands of pregnancy and labour. It also reduces the risk of are ideal miscarriage, stillbirth, birth defects and diabetes. Warm up before you start and cool down afterwards Check with your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns You dont need to invest in expensive gym membership, or commit about exercise and whats best for you to regular classes, it can be easy to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Even walking for half an hour a day will help to raise your heart beat. Theres no reason why pregnant women shouldnt enjoy a whole range of activities such as running, cycling, swimming, yoga and Pilates or working out at home or in the gym - just remember to listen to your body and make sure you know what is safe and sensible. The FittaMamma website is full of good advice about exercising during pregnancy. And if you need some extra motivation to exercise the stylish new FittaMamma fitnesswear range provides extra support for your bump making any exercise more comfortable and is really flattering too. Treat yourself to some kit that will make you feel good as well as look good!

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Three (or 4) in the Bed?


But as ever, I wish to be here to offer completely clear impartial advice that can help direct you towards making your own choices and decisions about the things that work for you. I guess my willingness and enthusiasm to tell you something of my own experience comes of wanting to I feel very moved to write this particular article, as there was a tremendous offer you the encouragement and confidence to follow your own intuitions. prejudice against co-sleeping 23 years ago when my husband and I decided There is plenty of advice about co-sleeping on the net. that we believed the right place for our child to sleep was in the embrace of our loving bed. Whilst I was pregnant I had a sure intuition that I wanted to The NICE guidelines are: have my baby as close to me as possible, but the midwives, my GP and the health visitors all counselled against this, actively discouraging my choices, If parents choose to share a bed with their baby, they should be advised that telling me that it was unsafe, and that I would be creating a dependency in the there is an increased risk of SIDS, especially when the baby is less than 11 baby that would lead to all kinds of issues later on as he developed into weeks old, if either parent: childhood. Rod for my own back was bandied about more than once!. is a smoker has recently drunk any alcohol Well imagine my delight when I recently googled this subject and found all has taken medication or drugs that make them sleep more heavily kinds of very positive comments throughout the advice and support networks is very tired that most mums refer to now for their child rearing guidance. Things have really changed! And I am also very delighted to say that the two books that The Royal College of Midwives advise to Think through co-sleeping as they gave me the confidence to approach this style of parenting are both still the recognise that: the situation around co-sleeping is complex, and blanket leading books on the subject, and that all these years later they are just as advice to avoid it is perhaps unhelpful to parents who may want to do it. A relevant and just as supportive as I found them to be when I was a young number of factors need to be considered by parents before and if they do this, mother who was totally bucking the trend. and they need to discuss this with their midwife to make an individual and informed decision. This statement encompasses your absolute right to make Three in a Bed, by Deborah Jackson offers a delightful straightforward the choice that works for you, and that your midwife is there to advise you approach to the reasoning and practicalities of co-sleeping. Reading this book towards making an informed choice. One must always look at these guideline all those years ago certainly gave me a significant confidence about my statements in the context of our health and safety culture, whereby NHS staff choices, and even though I was being so actively discouraged, its thanks to have a duty of care to inform you of any possible risks, however large or small. Deborahs book that we went on to have a family bed for fully 3 years (our boys are 16 months apart). The Continuum Concept is still the seminal text So - is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome also known as cot death) a on this subject, its very common sense approach to understanding how love concern? Well yes, there is always going to be an overall percentage of and comfort are our core need as humans is beautifully discussed, and shows children who will be subject to SIDS, in the UK that amounts to around 300 clearly and sensibly that for our babies there is nothing they need so much as deaths per year (NHS statistics). For the last several decades the advice has to just be with their parents. I highly recommend you have a look at this book, been that co-sleeping will increase the risk of SIDS, but recently, as we see in for even if you do not feel that you wish to share your bed with your baby, the the NICE guideline, that advice has changed to say only if there is smoking, ideas in this gem of a book may help to influence how you might wish to think drinking, medication or extreme tiredness involved. There is growing about rearing your children. It is not an advice manual, rather it is an controversy over the statistics that relate to infant deaths in adult beds as anthropological look at the nature of humans, and how our human needs are correlated to SIDS, and, in review of the studies done in America, it seems that met. the evidence shows that overall there is actually only 1.5% of SIDS deaths that were related to accidental death in an adult bed. We have absolutely never regretted our choices, and when we look at our fine sons, both my Wasband and I (happily and amicably divorced) feel that they This American site has some interesting statistics and study references: are a testament to the power of the family bed. Contrary to the advice we http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/sleep-problems/scientific-benefits-cowere given about all the issues that we were going to engender, we found sleeping that our children stepped forward into each new stage of their development I like the Dr Sears site, it offers sensible balanced information. He points out with confidence, with an ability to express to us when they were ready for that in a 2002 issue of Mothering Magazine in America they dedicated a whole each new phase in their growing up. Weaning and potty training were very issue to the subject of safe sleeping, and their conclusion was, given all the straightforward, and it was they who asked to move into their own room evidence that they correlated, co-sleeping with your baby was in fact together when the eldest was 3 . Throughout all our years of raising our boys statistically safer than having baby in a cot. the single most often repeated comment about them has always been Wow, Should you intuitively feel you would like to have your baby in your bed, do your boys are so Confident. please feel very happy to research this and find your way towards the answer Both Wasband and I absolutely credit the family bed approach for this, for we that suits you. Use your google and scope the net, there is a tonne of know in our hearts that our childrens confidence comes fully from their deep information which points to the benefits and the safety of sleeping with your sense of KNOWING how utterly they belong with us. Our bedroom was a king baby. There are any number of SIDS sites, so do please have a read and ensure size bed with a dropside cot on one side and a single bed on the other, so there that you are making well informed choices. http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk was a whole wall of just bed, and the nursery became the dressing room. We all had plenty of space, Wasband and I had a great sex life (the couch and the Do check out the Arms Reach Co-Sleeper bedside cot, or similar products. kitchen table saw a lot of action!) and mornings were a pure bliss of waking to And, you could always just ask my boys, seems they turned out just fine delicious cuddles. Breastfeeding was a breeze, and many nights I never had to stand up at all (once past that very early newborn stage). And Wasband will tell you that he actually slept through the majority of the early years, as the babies would be on the breast before they had even begun to whimper sleeping with your baby develops an attunement that allows you to wake together. Rave rave rave, I declare myself a big fan of this method of parenting we actually slept!
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Is co-sleeping safe? Its funny how, in this uber-liberal internet age of anything goes, the subject of sharing the bed with baby still has the power to draw up very conservative responses in people, and that there is still an over-riding cultural attitude here in the UK that baby should be in a separate bed in a separate room.

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Caterpillar Music classes for babies and young children offer a unique introduction to music with exciting weekly themes, colourful instruments and amazing puppets. Since 2001, we have provided a fun and creative learning experience enjoyed by thousands of families every week, and we are now opening in the Cheshunt area!

Every class is different, according to the ages of children there please ask for advice when choosing a class for your child if you are unsure whether to choose Butterflies or Caterpillars. In each weekly class, parents or carers actively join in - and for good reason. It has been shown that children benefit greatly from activities in which their parents or carers interact with them. Classes run on Mondays at St Andrews Church Undercroft (Cuffley) at 09:40 and on Wednesdays at Burgess Hall (Cheshunt) at 09:30. Classes open week beginning 8th July and there will be special Summer Holiday classes available.

You will always receive a warm welcome at Caterpillar Music. There is Classes will also be coming soon to Brookmans Park and St Albans please a lovely, relaxed atmosphere at our contact me for further details! classes and we encourage your child to join in as much or as little as they What Caterpillar Music Customers Say: wish. We really enjoyed every week and the different topics, each class was full of laughter and fun and relaxed What are the benefits of Caterpillar Music sessions? It's a great class for learning through music and play and Experts agree that music enhances the learning experience and helps has been an excellent environment for early socialising. babies and parents communicate. Interaction with other children develops Evie has learnt to share and communicate with the other social skills and confidence, as well as helping children (and parents) make children new friends! Nursery rhymes and songs help develop vocabulary and It's easy to tell she loves the class by the big grin and playing percussion instruments fosters dexterity and provides an early twinkle in her eyes as soon as the music starts introduction to music for young babies and children. Why not invite us along on your little one's special day? Ages: 0 to 36 months We will bring magic, music and songs to entertain everyone from the The Caterpillar class is a fun class with mixed age groups for young babies tiniest baby, to big brothers and sisters, mums, dads and grandparents too and toddlers to enjoy together. Each childs party is full of fun activities and surprises. A combination of Babies love music simple birthday party games, action songs, instruments and amazing Babies are never too young to enjoy Caterpillar Music and they enjoy puppets provide a special party where young children can join in as much watching other babies and older children- it encourages them to crawl, as they want to. If your party has a specific theme, we will tailor the songs stand up and eventually start taking a few steps in order to follow the fun used to fit or if your little one just has favourite songs, well make sure to with the older children. Babies love music and are captivated by the include those! Regular class customers will receive a special discount for puppets and fun activities at every session - they soon recognise favourite party bookings. songs, rhymes and music. And theres more! Caterpillar Music can also provide Nursery Sessions Ages: 18 months to 4 years - Classes for Toddlers linked to the Early Years curriculum. Which part of the class do our toddlers most enjoy? It's hard to choose, but We have provided regular weekly sessions for nurseries, childrens centres the action songs are certainly a favourite. With jumping songs and animal and schools, in addition to sessions provided for the Government funded sounds, parents comment on how the children love to sing and do all the Sure Start projects since 2003. Caterpillar Music can provide educational actions at home too. sessions linked to the Early Years curriculum through a unique musical journey, in both a progressive and creative way. Toddlers enjoy our weekly themes Children enjoy searching for something "red" to wear or looking through We adapt our sessions offered in Early Years settings, to suit many different their books for a picture of a sea animal, or bringing in a favourite teddy ages and abilities and our fantastic new programmes are inclusive, fun and bear to show everyone. During the class, by watching and following each interesting. By using visual impact, pictures, words and sounds, movement, other, social skills and confidence grow every week. Toddlers at the timing, co-ordination and rhythm we deliver sessions with enthusiasm and Butterfly class join in with lots of actions and music and movement. originality. The classes are very relaxed and children can choose to join in as much as they want to learning and developing at their own pace- some may enjoy watching others before they are ready to join in. For more information, please contact: Sonia George sonia.george@caterpillarmusic.com / www.caterpillarmusic.com

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Baby Buzz Magazine came across Hatties Kitchen purely by chance. Hatties Kitchen is a fantastic company that shows just how we can cook simple, wholesome family food from scratch. Hatties Kitchen cook a wide range of dishes because they believe that children are every bit as capable of making a main meal as a jam tart. We wholeheartedly agree with owner of Hatties Kitchen Amy, that parents, carers and grandparents can get cooking not just for but with their children. Hatties Kitchen have a fantastic website which provides step-by-step, tried and tested recipes. Amy, Hatties mum says Hattie has always been interested in food: not surprising, given that she is surrounded by a family which loves cooking and eating. As soon as she was old enough to make her will known, she wanted to get involved. She hasnt looked back and shes even started suggesting what we should have for tea. Now her curious younger brother Peter has joined the kitchen. Amy says We dont believe in perfection, and we know things get a little messy, but the end result is always tasty, home-cooked food for everyone to share: so tuck in and enjoy cooking and eating as a family. Why cook with children? Nutrition Children are more likely to try food if they know its origins. Whether its a single vegetable theyve grown or the meal theyve just made. In Hatties Kitchen, we cook a range of dishes because it encourages trial and enjoyment of healthy food. Money Many families must now think carefully about budgets. We believe we can help save you money because cooking from scratch is far cheaper than buying ready-made. We also give you tips to help you re-use ingredients and cook economically. Education Cooking from a young age is of great educational benefit. It develops your childs pre-writing skills. This is because it strengthens fine and gross motor skills, helping them to form clear letters later on in life. Quality time Life is hectic: parents are constantly pressurised to do more with their children. Cooking allows you to give your children much needed time, feeding them literally and metaphorically and, crucially, developing their emotional intelligence Weve selected 3 wonderful recipes from the Hatties Kitchen website for you to try at home with your children, let us know how you get on and send us your pictures, which if selected will be uploaded to our new website.

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Support your childs learning through cooking: here are three simple ideas to get you started. At age 3 Use every opportunity to help your child count out an item one by one. So count out the slices of aubergine onto the pastry when making Open Puff Pastry Delight; count the cake papers into the trays when making No-Egg Chocolate Fairy Cakes; check how many of Mummys Meatballs youve rolled. You get the picture. At age 6 Help your child get to grips with basic addition and subtraction when measuring and weighing: weve got 6 potatoes and we only need 3 how many will we have left? Weve cracked 2 eggs into the bowl and we are using 5 how many more eggs do we need? Weve measured out 4 oz of flour and we are using 8 oz how many ounces more do we need? At age 10 Ask your child to plan a dish to feed the family. Give them a budget and get them to work out how much it will cost to cook. They can find out the price of ingredients from old receipts or from the internet if you dont have time to shop together. If they are cooking something like Smoked Haddock with Butterbeans which is a recipe for 2 people, get them to calculate how much of each ingredient will be needed to serve everyone in the family.

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Hattie says, No, not marbles, Mummy - meatballs


Weve only ever had a tiny freezer: I aspire to the space to house a chest freezer or, even better, my dream kitchen would boast, pride of place, an American style fridge freezer. Hattie is a big fan of pushing her cup up to collect the ice. I love buying up good quality minced beef or lamb when its on offer so I have it to hand for anything from everyday bolognaise to something a bit more jazzy, like these meatballs, which go down a treat with most little people to whom theyre offered. Little hands enjoy trying to roll the raw meat into balls. Messy, but unquestionably good fun. In a large bowl, mix together 1 lb minced beef its actually better to use 20% fat minced meat for meatballs, save your lean stuff for other occasions, the meatballs are too dry otherwise with half a large/1 small onion, chopped as finely as you can. Stir in a few tablespoons chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, half teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, salt and pepper. Mix it all up and knead to a paste.

Roll it into balls about the size of large marbles this is the bit Hattie enjoys, which is great as I dont: as she gets better at it, Ill leave her to it! Heat a glug of vegetable oil in the bottom of a large saucepan and fry the meatballs until they are browned; remove. In the same large saucepan, heat a glug more vegetable oil and fry the other half of the onion/another small onion (chopped); add 2 cloves chopped garlic; fry until soft. Add two tins of chopped tomatoes, a tablespoon or two of tomato paste; a teaspoon of sugar.

A great addition is a good glug of pomegranate sauce this is fabulous in all tomato based sauces. You can buy it from the international food sections of large supermarkets, or from middle eastern food shops, alone it has a sharp, lemony edge to it and it gives a lovely rich flavour to sauces: in our house, we call it magic sauce. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer this lot up for about half an hour. At the end of the cooking time, return the meatballs to the sauce and cook for a good 5 to 10 minutes until they are cooked through (the cooking time will depend on how big your marbles are!) If you have a herb garden, throw in a handful or so of chopped parsley and/ or mint at the end.

Buy parsley in bunches from international food shops if and when you can: herbs will keep for about two weeks in the fridge if you wash and dry them and store them in a tupperware box so they can be used for the meatballs. When you are adding fresh herbs to a sauce which will be heated, you can use them from frozen: wash your herbs and chop them up, then freeze them in freezer bags and just take a handful to throw into things like this sauce at the end of cooking.

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Hattie says, Apples mean apple crumble with custard!; Peter says: Oh-oh-oh! Hatties Kitchen is back! We will soon be moving into August blackberries shortly followed by apple season - that has to mean crumbles. Once the juicy blackberries appear, this is the pudding to make. Add apples when they start to appear in early autumn - cookers and coxes work just as well. This is definitely the perfect time of year to make a feast from nature's bounty, with just a few store cupboard ingredients thrown in. You can use this crumble topping with pretty much any fruit that takes your fancy underneath it

What could be better or quicker to rustle up than apple crumble? Apparently the only thing that beats hot crumble with hot custard is leftover cold crumble with cold custard. I beg to differ: give it to me steaming hot with lashings of cream. You choose and let us know how you get along. Use whatever you have, just remember that cookers will need a bit of extra sugar sprinkled over them to off set their tart flavour. This quantity will serve about 6 8. We used a mixture of cooking and eating apples. I peeled and cored 700 gr / 1.5 lb apples and Hattie set to work chopping them up with her special knife. We all threw these into the crumble dish (use a similar size dish as you would use for making a lasagne for 4 6 people) and Hattie added about 225 gr / half a pound blackberries. As we were using some eating apples and blackberries, we definitely didnt need any extra sugar the addition of blackberries to your apple crumble obviously makes it much sweeter. Hattie sprinkled a little cinnamon over the top. As you will see from the pictures, weve started to use our old fashioned scales which are perfect for getting pre-schoolers to start to understand a bit about weights and measures. So, we weighed out the ingredients for the crumble topping: 250 gr / 9 oz self raising flour, 125 gr / 4.5 oz butter cold from the fridge and 110 gr / 4 oz caster sugar. We decided to use the whizzy thing, (mixer to you and me) to make the topping, though feel free to get stuck in and rub the fat into the flour with your fingertips which is clearly going to be much more fun! To make it in the mixer, simple put all three ingredients in and blitz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Hattie then spooned the crumble topping onto the top of the fruit and smoothed it all down. Hey presto, one crumble ready to go into a hot oven it will need about 30 40 minutes at 200 degree centigrade. You will know its ready when the top is crispy and golden coloured and the juices from the fruits will probably be bubbling a little in places ahh, autumn at its best.

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Hattie (looking at the cooking hob) says: And the red light says its hot, hot now so you dont touch it! Minced meat is great, but we get stuck in a rut and I turn to the old stalwarts, spaghetti bolognese or chilli con carne, when we need to rustle up a quick and tasty meal in the week. So this week I decided to revive my childhood again and make some of my grandfathers Egyptian family favourites. The beauty of Arab food is that the family recipes really are so easy so much so that I hardly dare call this a recipe it literally took Hattie and me 10 minutes to put together, and most of that was spent stirring! We made it in the morning and just made the rice to accompany it at teatime perfect for weekday meals if you are rushing about after school but need something on the table for hungry tummies when you all arrive back home. This was a really good meal to make with Hattie to introduce her to using the hobs I explained how hot they get before we started and made sure that she knew what she was and wasnt allowed to touch. Because this is such a fool proof recipe, I was able to watch her the whole time to make sure that little hands stayed away from hot rings.

You need lean minced beef for this it is such a simple meal with only three real ingredients that you dont want the mince to be gristly. Heat a scant tablespoon of oil in a large casserole or saucepan. Add 1 lb minced beef when the oil is hot. Hattie stirred this with my guidance until the mince was brown. Sprinkle with a little salt (you do need to use salt because of the spinach). Now Hattie counted out 10 balls of frozen spinach see TIPS below and added these one by one to the saucepan. She stirred it all again, gently, until the spinach had cooked. You can add a tablespoon of water at this point if it looks like it is too dry. I squeezed the juice of one large lemon and Hattie poured it over the spinach and minced meat you do need the sharp lemon flavour in this meal it works so well with the spinach. Serve with white rice and plain yoghurt, and have another lemon ready in case it needs a little more.

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This served three hungry adults and one smaller tummy. I think this quantity would be perfect for two adults and two children. Hatties great grandfather would probably have served it with some piping hot pitta breads on the side, which would always make it go further. I have made this with fresh spinach before, but it actually works better with frozen spinach partly because it is so finely chopped. Its good when a meal actually works better with the easy option!

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Rather than harping on about tidiness, emphasize the desire to provide more space to play. Dont just talk, show them what theyll gain from decluttering. Put on some music, for example and talk about making room to dance. In other words, help children to visualise direct and immediate benefits. 2. Be PARTICULAR Its easy to become distracted so try to be systematic, focusing on one specific task at a time. Take everything off one shelf, for example and agree not to play with anything else in the room until youve sorted out the books into piles of what to keep and what to give away. Take it step-by-step and remind the children of particular goals. Their concentration (and yours) is likely to be limited so define bite-sized projects and dont try to do too much at a time. Even if you only manage to declutter one shelf per session, it will be a step in the right direction. Be PURPOSEFUL Decluttering can be daunting at the best of times; it can also seem threatening if the focus is on separation. Children (and adults) can often be encouraged to declutter by finding purposeful ways to part from things that they dont use. Its vital to show respect for their personal belongings - dont talk about chucking out or getting rid of anything. It can also help if family members together choose a specific charity to support through donating things to a charity shop or by doing a car boot sale. Another option is to sell things online, perhaps with a view to saving up for special outing (preferably NOT to buy more stuff!) Find PLACES Clutter often piles up because of indecision you may not have decided where to put dressing-up clothes, for example, or how to organise piles or board games. Ask the children to help you allocate a storage space. Then sort things and encourage them to be selective, limiting the number of toys to what will actually fit into specific spaces. If you have too many board games to squeeze into cupboard, consider picking out a few favourites and donating the rest. Aim for PROGRESS rather than PERFECT It can take time to sort and to decide what to reduce, reuse, recycle, donate or discard. Be realistic about what you can achieve in each session. Rather than aiming for perfection, make an effort to notice and celebrate the progress youre making. And remember to stick to positive expressions; point out how much space youve created rather than what youve managed to throw out.

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Juliet Landau-Pope is a certified coach and professional organiser, working with busy parents to clear the clutter in their homes and in their heads. A member of the UK Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO), she provides on-site decluttering and runs coaching workshops on issues relating to motivation. Here she shares tops tips on dealing with clutter in your childrens playspace: Are you overwhelmed by the number of toys and teddies that your children accumulate? Frustrated by insufficient storage or overladen shelves? Or simply eager to reduce disorder in your home or in your life? Whether or not your kids have a dedicated playroom, they probably have too much stuff and with every birthday and seasonal celebration, the amount likely grows, If your children are old enough to walk and talk, theyre probably ready to start learning another set of basic life skills: decluttering! This involves not only decreasing quantities of stuff in your home but also thinking about shopping habits and family traditions that can lead to a never-ending stream of clutter. To be blunt, theres not much point embarking on a radical make-over unless youre also prepared to rethink routines that involve you and all the family. And in order to create effective changes, its obviously essential to not only engage the youngsters but also to enthuse them. So here are my top five tips for motivating and mobilising youngsters to get involved in the process. While this advice is aimed primarily at pre-schoolers, it can be adapted quite successfully with older children, too. 1. Be POSITIVE Its more than likely that youve tried to enlist your children to put their toys away and its possible that youve already used carrots (bribes and rewards) or sticks (threats of penalties). Like the proverbial donkey, children are only likely to shift stubborn habits when they are motivated to do so! A vital first step is to generate enthusiasm by focusing on positive goals what do you want to achieve and how will they benefit?
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Focus Group

Each month we review an amazing selection of new and innovative products and clothing and this month is no different! From underwear and childrens socks to eco friendly detergentsRead what our parents thought below: Would you like to join our Focus Group? info@babybuzzmagazine.com. Sign up now at

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Very rarely do you come across gorgeous sexy, yet practical underwear specifically designed for pregnancy and breastfeeding, but we found out about a company called Cake Lingerie, who generously sent us two sets of stunning underwear for our, at the time, expecting mummy to try. I am also happy to say, mummy Frances has now had her gorgeous little boy and we will hopefully be featuring him in the August issue of Welcome To The World. Read what Frances has to say below:

Frances:

Luxury Seamless Maternity Nursing Bra and Briefs:


What did you think of the style? The style is very simple, and therefore perfect for wearing under a variety of outfits. I've worn the set both at home lounging around, and to a fancy event under a posh dress. What did you think of the material? They're made of lovely soft material and mould to the body really well - that, coupled with the neutral colour, meant I wore them anywhere and everywhere. Were they comfortable and did they make you feel well supported? The bra is very supportive and easy to use for feeding. Incredibly comfortable to wear, particularly the briefs. I just loved wearing the set - highly recommend. Was there anything you didnt like about the products? I can honestly say no, there was nothing I didn't like. Would you buy this product? I would absolutely buy this product - it's good quality. Would you recommend it to a friend? I've already been recommending the set to all my pregnant friends.

The Shortbread' Bra and Knicker set:


What did you think of the style? Elegant and chic and something a bit different. Was really lovely to wear something with a pretty pattern and so beautifully designed. What did you think of the material? Really lovely to wear something so luxurious and silky soft during pregnancy - brought some much needed glamour to my maternity underwear collection! Were they comfortable and did they make you feel well supported? This set fitted well but in terms of comfort I'd recommend them only for special occasions, not everyday wear. Was there anything you didnt like about the products? It's a lovely set but late on in pregnancy, comfort wins over beauty - so I would have liked it to be a tad more comfortable. So really the only thing I didn't like is that I didn't have it earlier on in pregnancy when I would have got more use out of a fancy lingerie set! Would you buy this product? I would potentially buy this, if I was feeling flush. Would you recommend it to a friend? I'd certainly recommend it for its quality - it's a great brand which is now firmly on my favourites list.

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I absolutely love smellies! Anyone who knows me, knows I love anything fruity smelling or lavender. Hmmmmm It was fabulous then that we were sent a selection of the new range of shower gels and hand lotions by Woods of Windsor to try. Originating from an 18th century apothecary, situated behind Windsor Castle, Woods of Windsor is an aspirational range of high quality, natural beauty products inspired by the nostalgic romanticism, charm and wildness of an English country garden. The scents are truly beautiful and whilst having a steaming hot shower with the shower gel it seemed to fill the whole bathroom with a deep fragrance that lingered both in the air but also on the skin. Definitely something lovely for mum to enjoy and I imagine that filling a hot bath with this would be just amazing, something to give mum a little bit of luxury time and pampering, well for the 5 minutes she has free. The hand lotion is just as pleasant but doesnt seem to leave as strong a smell after use.
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Eve: I like the socks, they were nice and soft and the boy couldnt' take them off!! I was worried they might be uncomfortable but he didn't seem to think so and put them up just like any other sock. They also didn't bother his skin as its really sensitive which was great too! I put the socks on Brody at 1pm - they stayed on through a baby rhyme time session then a stay and play (all very active). The socks remained untouched up to 6pm. I thought I'd add that there were no more marks than normal sock elastic causes so I think they're pretty good =)

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Emily: Little grippers are like hold-ups but for kids. I tried the socks on both my 2 year old and my 3 month old girls and thought they were great! Even with repeated wiggling from my 3 month old, they stated on all day and my 2 year old who always has to have her socks pulled right up loved them, the ladies at her nursery thought they were fantastic too. They did leave a little mark where they'd been but I think that's to be expected with anything that's stayed put all day! All in all, they are a great invention and well worth their reasonable price tag.

Tommee Tippee, Explora Aeroplane Spoons a great way to make mealtimes fun and encourage your little one to finish every meal.
Eve: We loved the spoon, but not as a spoon as a toy! WOOPS!!! Think it might be better for younger children. As an almost 2 yr old we didn't want to actually use it ourselves and I'm not allowed to help in the feeding process, but as a toy its great!! She liked the spoon too lol, one good thing about it past the fact that it's a fun shape is that the shape of it means that young babies can't grab the spoon and ram the whole thing down their throats so it's a good idea for first self feeds too - brody tries to shove everything down her throat but she was fine playing with the aeroplane =) My little one is obsessed with aeroplanes and in the midst of a mini tantrum I suddenly remembered I had these still in my bag fro the focus group. Instantly the tantrum stopped and she happily played until we got home. Once I had dinner ready, she questioned non stop whether she could use the spoon, which of course she did, and absolutely loved it! A massive thumbs up from us and for 3.79 for a pack of two -great value for money!

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ASDA 3.79

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The Nuna Leaf

Inspired by the carefree float of a leaf on a breeze, the LEAF baby seat treats baby to a similarly mesmerizing ride. Our distinctive design the only of its kind was invented from babys point of view and works at playtime, lunchtime and mamas chore time.
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Having a 2 year old and a baby means that a bouncer is a must have so when I got asked to try out the Nuna leaf I wondered whether my 3 month old would like it as much with the swing motion rather than the bounce but she loves it. It is best for putting her in to go to sleep rather than just to sit in, however, it is a comfy little chair to put her in and she gurgles away just taking things in. The swing/sway motion is not electronic which means there's no faffing around with batteries, you just give the swing a gentle push and it sways, soothing your baby to sleep.

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The leaf is very good in design, the base is sturdy and it can be used to swing or just to sit, the straps are very secure, the only negative point to that is because they are Velcro, if you put your baby in asleep and have to undo the Velcro it can make quite a noise undoing it but is a very minor point. The fabric is soft, organic cotton and is ideal for sleep time as it doesn't get too warm, it seems breathable and the leaf fabric part can be taken out and washed easily. The look of the swing is modern and blends in well with furniture around it creating a stylish addition to the house rather than some of the bouncers and swings you can get. I like the fact that the swing will last from birth right up to 60kg and can see her enjoying the motion of the swing for a long time. You can take the base away from the seat for storage or travelling but personally I think it's a little bulky for travelling I would get a specific travel bouncer if I was going to be travelling around with it often. Overall the Nuna Leaf is a great addition to the home, it makes getting our baby to sleep easier and she seems to like the motion, it is well made and looks great, we've had a lot of comments on it when people come round. The price point is expensive but for the craftsmanship and quality of the swing I think it sits well with other bouncers and swings on the market. I would spend the extra money to get something that looks like it will withstand the test of time and is more versatile than some other bouncers and swings. I just wish they made an adult version, I could just see me relaxing in one of those, being soothed to sleep!

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Is it easy to handle / use? The instructions werent the easiest to understand, but a quick Youtube search had us watching a two minute how to guide (in French I think). The simple demonstration steps enabled us to install this within 5 minutes if that! Is it cost effective? The car seat is 400, and before anyone says oh my gosh thats expensive this does last from birth to approximately 4 years old, REARWARD facing! The technology in this car seat make every penny worth it and everyone Ive shown it to, LOVES IT! How easy was it to put together? Completely straight forward. As I was reviewing it for my 2 year old, we simply had to remove the inner liner and tuck away the harness in the specially hidden compartment. How practical is it? The Sirona exudes practicality! With an amazing 360 swivel technology that allows you to turn the car seat to face you whilst putting your child in and then being able to tilt her either which way, it was amazing. As she didnt use the harness straps, she had the bumper bar go across her. This was the easiest to adjust and fasten that I have seen to date. With seat-belt fastenings on either side it was a simple case of putting her in and clicking the bumper bar in place. We have reviewed other car seats with bumper bars which she hated vehemently and would cry in frustration, but with this one, there wasnt even a whimper! I think this as been the most comfortable car seat she has experienced. Anything Else? Cybex are renowned for their safety features and the Sirona is no exception! Seat to chassis technology creates a direct link between the car and the seat and on impact activates at the earliest stage of the impact absorption process. You can also purchase this is many colours! What age is it suitable from? Birth to approximately 4 years old. Any negatives? I know that some people will see the cost as being expensive but if you spread the cost over the first four years of your childs life then 100 per year really isnt bad at all. The only negative was having to give it back at the end of review.

Is it easy to handle / use? Very! The easywalker is a sleek pushchair that handles very well. Very easy to manoeuvre. It is a stylish, compact, off road pushchair with innovative design features such as a slide away hood. What car seat is the Easywalker compatible with? The Easywalker is compatible with the Maxi-Cosi carseats, you just need to purchase the adapters. Is it cost effective? The pushchair is expensive at around 609.99 but you can adapt this with all the relevant attachments to make it into a travel system (additional costs will apply). It is a stunning pushchair though and a true Brit will love the new collaboration with Mini and their patriotic designs! Definitely one for the new royal baby !! How practical is it? Nice, lightweight and easy to use, folds compactly too, so great for most boot spaces. Will the system fit into the boot of a standard family car? Yes, it actually fits into any boot - even a mini! Definitely a huge plus for space limited families (which is most)! What age is it suitable from? If you purchase the maxi-cosi car seat and adapters etc then this becomes suitable from birth. Anything Else? There are many different colours and accessories available with the Easywalker including carrycot. Any negatives? Apart from perhaps the cost their arent really any negatives on the Easywalker.

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The Colt System

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Is it easy to handle / use? Fantastic! Ive always been a huge fan of the Hauck brand and it is one of the few buggies that I can put together without having to look at instructions! What car seat is the Colt system compatible with? The unit comes as a complete set so no need to purchase the car seat separately. Is it cost effective? Hauck for me have always been fantastically priced and the Colt Travel System is no exception. You get the complete package, car seat, rain covers, foot muff and a generously sized shopping basket! How easy was it to put the Colt together? Like I mentioned earlier, I didnt even need to read the instructions on this, it is so straight forward to put together and to open and close. I had it ready to go in less than 5 minutes from opening the box. How practical is it? Ideal for almost every family. It collapses to a good size and easily fits into the boot of our Corsa, which at best is pushed for storage! The colt is very easy to push and handle and for me it sits at a nice height. Will the system fit into the boot of a standard family car? No problem at all! We had ample space still remaining for shopping. What age is it suitable from? Birth and upwards thanks to being bought as a complete travel system. Any negatives? My daughter is extremely tall for her age and again we found that she was a little bit too tall for this pushchair footrest. As long as this was pushed all the way down she was extremely happy and very comfortable.

Is it easy to handle / use? Yes. Very sturdy. This really took me by surprise for a stroller, I hadnt expected it to be so good. I guess by the brand name I should have known better! What car seat is the Onyx pushchair compatible with? The pushchair is compatible with the Aton infant carrier range, including the newest edition the Aton 3, 165 Is it cost effective? The pushchair is only 190! This pushchair has an amazing folding canopy which almost covers the entire seat area really protecting your child from the elements. How easy was it to put the Onyx together? Couldnt have been easier, straight out of the box! We like simplicity very much! How practical is it? Great for grabbing a lightweight option to the more typical travel system. My niece was the little one trialling this one and being very active she loved to climb in and out of it a lot! Will the stroller fit into the boot of a standard family car? As a stroller this is fantastic for fitting into small spaces - definitely an advantage! What age is it suitable from? Birth and upwards if you buy the compatible car seat and attachments. Any negatives? We found that my niece would fall off the edge of the front if she climbed to quickly into it, the adjustable footrest would drop and not stay clicked into place.

Is it easy to handle / use? Very. - Extremely straight forward! This took less than a minute to install and was easy to take out and install in a friends car for a day trip! Is it cost effective? Anybody not familiar with the Joie brand should be! They are another firm favourite of Baby Buzz Magazine for their cost effectiveness and style. The car seat is no exception and is more than competitive with the big name brands currently available! How easy was it to put together? Again we are trialling it with my little girl so all we had to do was take the newborn liner out. How practical is it? Ideal for every family. Cost effective, safety concerns taken into account and comfortable. This car seat is incredible in that it is suitable from birth to approximately 7 years of age! Steel enhanced frame for structural integrity during impact and to keep centre of gravity low and stable. It also features a hideaway compartment for the harness when the child is old enough to use the car seat belts across the unit. What age is it suitable from? Birth and upwards thanks to the inner liner that comes with car seat. This seat has 4 recline positions so newborns will be super, super comfortable. Any negatives? The only small comment we would say is that the headrest on the car seat and a little too close and so little one looks a little crammed in. She doesnt appear to mind it all and she falls asleep very comfortably. Perhaps it is just my perception of the headrest.

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What with the impending royal birth this month, weve decided to have a look for some of the latest products on the market perfect for your little prince or princess. We have worked closely with Bozena from Blossom Mother & Child who have given us their top selection of products ranging from clothing to bathing essentials. For more information and to see many more wonderful products, highly recommended by Blossom Mother & Child please visit: www.blossommotherandchild.com. We have five main features including nursery & furniture, fashion, accessories, toys & games and gifts. We have been searching for products to suit all price ranges and as such you will see the following pricing breakdown to determine how expensive or affordable the item is: - cash - credit card - bank loan Should you require any further information, please visit our website where more details will be available. If you do contact any of the companies, please do mention that you saw the feature in Baby Buzz Magazine.

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myHospitalBag is a stylish pre-packed hospital bag which aims to make the 48 hour stay in hospital more comfortable for mum and baby during the labour and post labour stage. It contains 35 essential items, packed in a large stylish bag that you will enjoy using long after your baby is born. myHospitalBag is available in 9 different colours and we also offer twins bag. myHospitalBag is the perfect gift for any pregnant friend, wife, family member or yourself. At 85 including delivery, it is cheaper and more convenient than buying the items separately. myHospitalBag.co.uk - created by a mum for a mum!

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This is a great skill and one which even the meekest of mums strengthen without realising it. In any job a certain degree of negotiation is required whether it is for a pay rise or in a more obvious way in a sales role. Your negotiation skills will not have lapsed during your time off in fact quite the opposite! Social skills After a period away from (paid!) work its Even the shyest of mums are forced to make new friends and communicate completely normal to be worried about with people from a multitude of different backgrounds. As we know only too your skills and if you havent used them well, past experiences, qualifications and achievements are stripped away for a while you might even doubt that when you are thrust into a toddler group. Singing The Wheels on the Bus and they still exist. But becoming a mother is comparing feeding routines are conversations that unite mums from all walks no mean feat and youve gained so many of life. When your child befriends another child you strike up conversation skills which will come in useful back in the with that childs mum and hence relationships are forged with often the most workplace. Dont believe me? Here are a unlikely of people. Were all the same in some respects. Perseverance few: You cannot give up and send your baby back, even if at times you wish you could. You have to keep at it and keep trying even when you are exhausted, Multi-tasking This is taken to a whole new level during the early stages of motherhood and weak and everything seems to be going wrong. This perseverance is its a great skill to have at work and at home. One could argue that if you are admirable and the determination and relentless effort that is shown during doing so many tasks at once, they will not be done to their full potential, but maternity leave is definitely a transferrable skill. when you have sole responsibility for one or more toddler, you become on a Patience state of high alert and it is imperative that things run smoothly. Breastfeeding Weve all worked with people who quite literally like to throw their toys out while making sure that the toddler isnt putting their fingers into the plug of the pram and youll have had plenty of experience of counting to ten in the last few years! Whether the prima donna is 2 or 32 the same applies and you socket are tasks that cannot be done half-heartedly! can use your calmest most understanding voice to great effect at work and at home! Attention to detail For a new mum, your baby is your whole world and their development For more information on returning to work or CV consumes you. You will have picked up on the slightest of changes whether advice please contact: its a different cry or a rash on their skin. Every little change is noted and you jobs@mojomums.co.uk or will never have experienced attention to detail to this extreme. This skill can 0845 519 2836 certainly be transferred to the work place and hopefully nothing will slip by you now this skill is ingrained in you. Negotiation If youve been at home for a while with your kids but are now thinking of going back to work, you might feel the need for a long sit down at the very thought of interacting with adults in an office!

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Family mediation may also be an option. If all attempts to establish contact have failed then a more robust approach may be necessary. What is involved? Currently grandparents do not have an automatic right to apply for contact with their grandchildren. They must first make an application to court for permission to bring proceedings, during which the court will consider a range of factors including the connection the grandparents have with a child and whether the application would be harmful and disruptive, the court will also review the contact application and its likelihood of success before deciding whether to grant permission. If the application for permission is successful then the contact order application will be considered. Each case is looked at on its own merits by considering a range of factors with the childs welfare being the paramount consideration. For more information about the type of Orders the Court can make, please see our previous article in your Baby Buzz Magazine. Why are Chapman Pieri Solicitors different? We are specialist and experienced child care solicitors who have dealt with hundreds of applications involving children, including representing both parents and grandparents on applications for contact. Our aim is to try and resolve disputes pragmatically without court intervention if at all possible but if a court application is necessary, we will handle your When parents separate there is often a risk is of hostility between the case with judgment and care in a way that best supports your family and mother and the father extending to the grandparents. Generally, the the children concerned. best role for grandparents to assume is one of support for their grandchildren, without identifying too strongly with the rights and If you require advice on any aspect of family law such as childrens wrongs of the marriage breakdown. Grandparents can be a point of matters, divorce, dispute about the finances of a marriage upon divorce, refuge for children. Despite this statistically following relationship pre or post nuptial agreements or any other family law matter please do breakdown a high percentage of grandparents are prevented from not hesitate to contact us at Chapman Pieri Solicitors on Tel. 0208 providing childcare or taking their grandchildren out, even if they have 882-9850; Email. info@cpfamilylaw.co.uk or check us out on done so in the past and a significant percentage lose all contact. Where www.cpfamilylaw.co.uk or on Facebook Page. We offer a fixed fee parents are struggling with their own contact arrangements it can be Consultation at 75 plus VAT so please call to book an appointment with best for grandparents to keep open lines of communication and be one of our Resolution Accredited Family Law Specialist Solicitors. patient without being seen as too subversive by either of the parents. The relationship a child has with grandparents can often be an integral part of his or her development. Many families rely upon grandparents for assistance with childcare and grandparents often provide emotional and financial support for their grandchildren.

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For the July issue we are pleased to re-visit Jo Jingles and also to introduce our new regular creative page provider, generously provided by Creation Station. We aim to give you access to a range of fabulous babies & toddlers classes, arty days out and just plain fun groups to keep you occupied during school holidays. For Jo Jingles and Creation Station there are classes available Nationwide and should you be interested in attending one not within the area we have visited, please visit the respective websites for location details.

Before a few weeks ago, Id never heard of Jo Jingles. Within the space of a few weeks, Ive attended a class and seen it publicised everywhere. So what is Jo Jingles all about you might ask? Well quite simply it introduces music, singing and movement to our pre-schoolers. This isnt anything like what you would imagine, nothing is regimented or made to feel like our little ones are being bamboozled into doing something they simply dont want to do. I was introduced to Ursula, who runs the classes in Cheshunt, Ware, Hertford, Hoddesdon and surrounding areas and decided to take my little one along to see what it was all about. I was amazed to see 17 children present. The atmosphere in the room was very much alive and the children were all very keento get started. With many years experience working as a nursery nurse and teacher in Rome, Ursula is thrilled to be running the Jo Jingles classes and brings a huge amount of exhuberance to the class. With a strong voice and commanding presence the children all warmed very much to her, and whilst my little girl was quite shy at first, within no time at all she was happy to be jumping about and participating in everything going on. The group consists of various activities involving many accessories and props and the music is loud whilst not unbearable and Ursula continues to make herself heard aiming clear instructions to the children. Whilst this all just sounds like the children are having fun, the children also learn various coordination skills through interactive play and repeating the movements as shown by Ursula. Definitely something I would recommend taking your toddler to. There are now over 100 Jo Jingles franchisees running classes in more than 600 centres throughout the UK, Ireland and the company launched in Australia in October 2010 in Perth and Sydney. Jo Jingles classes are fun & educational, structured according to age and introduce different educational themes each week. The aim is to give babies and toddlers from 3 months to school-age a fun introduction to music through the use of songs, nursery rhymes, percussion instruments, movement and dance, sound games & stories.

Come Along and Have Some Fun !

E-mail: ursulajojingles@yahoo.com

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my stash so far I headed to Primark who, I discovered, do not have a maternity line. Undeterred, I decided to have a poke around some of the larger-sized clothes to see if I could adapt any to accommodate my growing bump. I bought a lovely dark blue and cream spotty dress a couple of sizes larger than usual, but as it came with a cute belt I knew Id be able to get quite a bit of use out of it by adjusting it as my waistline changed. I also bought a pretty cream silky blouse that looked good while baggy, but could accommodate a few months worth of expansion. I nipped into TopShop and stocked up on leggings as I find theyre good to wear under some of my billowy pre-pregnancy dresses that have started doubling up as tops. Now that I was more aware of my size, I felt confident enough to continue my shopping online. I had a forage on the New Look website and found a couple of lovely dresses in the sale both under 15, and I also discovered the Sraphine website. Theyre a little pricier than New Look and H&M, but they had plenty of gorgeous clothes in the sale so I treated myself to a dress and a cardigan. There are also bargains to be had on the Isabella Oliver and ASOS websites. Phew! I was expecting lots of elasticated horrors, but Im pretty pleased with my maternity stash - lets hope I get lots of use out of them. Whatever happens, I know now that Ill be ebaying them afterwards! Ive had plenty of use out of the Primark dress so far, including wearing it to a wedding...14 well spent! Our next challenge was to buy a buggy. Once again, I was determined not to spend an absolute fortune. I wanted a decent-quality travel system that would be good for getting on and off public transport in London, but that would be sturdy enough to last.

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Well, here we are, well past the half way mark and baby is progressing nicely. She seems to have taken growing extremely seriously and Im getting bigger by the day. At our latest appointment with the midwives we discovered that baby has managed to turn herself the wrong way up and is now comfortably sitting in the breech position. She has plenty of time to turn, thankfully, and Ill be asking bump nicely to cooperate. Were at about 28 weeks now and have started to panic about what to buy. As well as needing the obvious things like a buggy, a cot and lots of baby outfits with ears on, Ive also been bursting out of my pre-pregnancy clothes like the Incredible Hulk with PMT. New outfits were needed, but being notoriously tight-fisted, I couldnt bear the thought of spending a fortune on clothes that Id only be wearing for a few months. Initially I looked on ebay, but Im never quite sure of my size at the best of times, so trying to guage what size I might be with a growing bump and possible additional weight gain proved too much like hard work. Most of the clothes had lots of bids on them, and were going for relatively near the face value, so I figured itd be better to head to the shops and try a few bits on. My first port of call was H&M. Id seen a few nice pieces on their website, and with lots of their clothes being under 20 I was keen to investigate. I wasnt disappointed; they had plenty of good staples like shirts and black trousers great for work. They also had some nice dresses, including a very sweet stripey cap-sleeved number for 9.99 which I snapped up. I waddled into New Look next, keen to pick up some plain tops and jeans. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised. They had lots of dresses, tops and trousers and all were very reasonably priced. I picked up a pair of under-bump jeans in the sale for 10, and some cotton vests and tops which were all 3 for 2. Delighted with
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My boyfriend and I merrily set off for a sortie around Mothercare and Mamas and Papas. We didnt stay merry for long... The choice! The options! The specifications! We didnt know where to start. As my chap and I work different schedules, we dont often have time off together so we had a relatively small window of time to come to a decision. Three wheels or four? How heavy should the chassis be? What colour to choose (bearing in mind our baby is likely to have bright red hair)? I decided to have a nosey at the Which? website (thank God for smartphones) and look at own-brand systems with good safety records. This still didnt stop us from spending four hours (with boyfriend nursing a hangover) pushing a variety of Urbos,Bugaboos, Stokkes, Solas, Silver Crosses and Maclarens (amongst others) around various shop floors while being chased by exhausted-looking shop assistants. My boyfriend, being a car-obsessed architect wanted to buy a Stokke, but lovely as they are, I couldnt bring myself to spend more than the price of a secondhand car on baby transport. Finally, beaten, we opted for a Mamas and Papas own-brand travel system. It wasnt the cheapest, but it was one of the lightest and the pram attachment was in the sale (I cant seem to stop being thrifty). It also had excellent feedback on Which? and Im a sucker for a decent safety review. After spending a further forty-five minutes fighting with the boot and the back seat of the car (huge boxes!), as well as each other, we finally set off home. I felt a real sense of achievement, but I wouldnt recommend a going buggy shopping with an angry ginger man with a hangover to anyone. He has since cheered up, opened all the boxes and put the system together. This is great, but now we have to spend the next twelve weeks until baby appears stepping over it. Fun! So, now Ive got some clothes that fit and baby has a car seat for when she arrives, all that remains for us to buy is...everything else! Oh dear. Thank God my mum has gone into new-baby overdrive and started shopping like shes single-handedly trying to get the UK out of recession. I wonder how many pairs of furry rabbit bootees will fit into a tiny one-bed flat. Well soon find out!

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For me the important thing is that whatever school The Queen of Sheba gets into it has to have at least not been written off by the all knowing Ofsted and have some positive anecdotal support from other parents. After all I want what every body else wants for their kids: the chance to equip them with the best tools for dealing with life, but if I am honest I dont think I need to worry This is probably the only moment in my life where I feel the same way I did too much because I am fairly certain that by the time The Queen of Sheba when faced with my options in secondary school. Make the wrong choice has been in, where ever she gets in, for a term she will be pretty much and I would end up unemployable going from temp job to temp job with no running the place anyway, the clue is in the nickname. real market place skills. As it was I chose Drama, what with the thespian urges burning brightly within me and then ended up unemployable going from temp job to etc etc. So this time I was determined to get it right as a mistake here would leave my 2 year old, or The Queen of Sheba as she is known at home, with no possible chance of securing the Prime Ministers job in 2025, the youngest female Prime Minister I might add. I should say that with my 6 year old son we had something of golden ticket as due to his being on the autistic spectrum he had/has a Statement of Special Educational Needs. For those not in the know an SEN Statement means that any school you approach must accept your child unless they can show good reason as to why they can not give you a place. This of course is not actually a golden ticket as given the choice between having an SEN Statement for any school and having a child that could actually attend said school unassisted there is no choice. So our Statement merely insures our boy goes somewhere that he will actually benefit. This Statement is also not something that just falls fully formed into your lap from the powers that be. In our case, and unfortunately a large number of others that I have spoken to, the only way to insure that the Statement had the correct educational requirements for our son was to go with legal representation for meetings with the local council. This may seem a little strong but actually the Statement is a legal document of what is required by the named child to meet all their educational needs and of course the council foots the bill for this education so sometimes they try to skimp a little, its hard to believe but councils do in fact cut corners every now and then, some of you will be stunned by this. Our son ended up with a great placement in a specialist autism unit within a mainstream primary school which means he gets all of his educational needs met and also gets social interaction with kids his own age who have no additional needs. For The Queen of Sheba it has been different, we have had to do the whole school visit thing. The regular evening game of Ofsted Top Trumps. I have subtly probed other parents as to their choices and attempted to gauge what sort of demand there will be for any of the possibles in our area but of course demand often outstrips supply and the first choice we have is a school that only takes 27 kids, a single form entry as we call it on the street. Ironically, Alanis Morissette ironically, the school in the next street to where we live is a four form entry and we would in all
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Strange things are afoot, small groups huddle together and hurriedly exchange hushed words, occasionally a finger will be pointed. There is talk of bribery and corruption, appeals and complaints. Some excitedly show off official letters while others look on despondently and with some small envy in their eyes. It is not a political scandal or appointment to high office. It is not even a secret lottery syndicate win. It is something far more important than that, it is that time when you find out if your children are going to the educational establishment you hoped for. Not University, not Secondary school not even Primary but Nursery selection time. Nursery selection time being where the nursery selects whom they would like rather than the other way round.

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likelihood have no trouble getting her in there. We have been able to play our ace in hole, The Faith School, so we have widened our choices ever so slightly but of course this means that we may have to enter some Faith Offs with other parents to prove that our Faith is better than theirs thus making us more deserving of a place at the, literally, hallowed ground of such a school.

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What Will and Kate Can Teach Us about Protecting Your that can be used by the press and even have a public Flickr Familys Online Privacy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ It seems the whole country britishmonarchy/) account to has come down with baby show them off. brain thanks to the imminent arrival of the Duke Make sure you have some and Duchess of Cambridges photos you are happy viewed by royal baby. The notoriously a larger audience. Post these tight-lipped Royal Family kept snaps on your public profiles or give them to grandparents, many of the details of Kates aunts and uncles and family friends that want to show off and pregnancy quiet and you can share their love for your children and family. be sure that focus on privacy will continue after the baby is Select the Right Private Network When privacy is important, its all about choosing the right born. place to save and securely share your special moments with But these days, its not just the the people who matter most. Just because Will and Kate arent Royals who are concerned posting every baby photo to Instagram doesnt mean they about the privacy of their wont want to keep the rest of the Royal Family in the loop as children. More and more their baby grows. parents are holding back from Services like 23snaps (http://www.23snaps.com), the free posting photos and updates of private app and website that lets parents securely save and their new baby online, share photos, videos and updates of their children with family particularly on sites like and close friends, help privacy-conscious families capture precious memories without publicising them to the world. Facebook. With the rise of massive social networks and powerful search tools, privacy has become something every family thinks about, even when not followed by paparazzi. The Royal Family controls their online presence with carefully chosen press images and uses the right social networks for the right occasions and this online consciousness can inspire every family. Limit Social Media Not every moment should be shared with everyone in the world. Kate doesnt have a Facebook profile at all, while Will has a completely private account under a pseudonym and never posts pictures. While most people dont need to make up a fake name to use Facebook, looking carefully at the security settings and limiting who can see your profile ensures only the people you trust see your updates. Enlist Friends and Family A trusted circle of close friends surround the Royal Family. Those friends show their respect through discretion, both online and offline. Who is in your circle of trust? Your nearest and dearest will usually be only too happy to oblige any particular preferences when it comes to posting photos and updates (or not!) as long as you let them know in advance. Have a Press Shot You and your family may not make the cover of a newspaper, but your baby is big news for many family and friends. The Royal Family ensures there are plenty of official photographs
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Theres nothing wrong with sharing special family moments with a wider audience, or posting your favourite snaps online. But its worth taking inspiration from the Royal Family and spending some time thinking about what photos, videos and updates you want to make public, and what should stay private.

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