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What’s inside The best bits 17 Beautiful Bedroom Interiors Release the inner designer in you.
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23 Is Breast Always Best
Our resident maternity expert Mary Ashton gives her opinions.
26 Winter Warmers Mini Rodini Showcase their adorable Winter range.
Christma s 55 - Toy Tow n 72 - Santa's
Grotto's 73 - It’s Pant o Time 74 - Get you r Skates on
More best bits 35 10 Castles Every Rascal should Visit Now who’s the King or Queen of the Castle.
41 Biting Back The best way to tackle your little biter.
49 Festive Favourites with Annabel Karmel Kitchen fun for the whole family.
78 Top 10 Winter Getaways Plan a family trip of a lifetime this Winter.
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From the Edito r
ith Christmas talk in full swing at Rascals HQ since early September, it’s felt like a very long countdown to Christmas this year, but I always know when it is finally here when my second home ‘Costa’ bring out their range of Christmassy coffees. Make mine a Gingerbread Latte! Our Christmas gift guide is packed full of all the latest gifts and gadgets so there is definitely something for everyone, don’t be a Scrooge and turn to page 55. I’ve asked for two things this Christmas (and I have been good, honestly) the first is a stunning YUYU Bottle from www.yuyubottle.com (page 70) I know its a luxury but surely a small price to pay to keep me cashmere warm this Winter, the second would usually be for kids but I just know if I had a Moulin Roty Les Pachats Minoucha Cat Doll from www.bijoulifestyle.co.uk, sitting beside my computer whilst I was working I would get lots more done, find him on page 58.
Natasha Hewett Editor-in-chief
Rebecca Harding Assistant Editor
Emma Pailing Copywriter
Emma Reily-James Sales Consultant
Paul Palmer Webmaster
Gavin Bridle Art Direction
When I was young I absolutely loved visiting Castles and old ruins, playing games and learning about the fascinating history they have to offer. Take a look at our ‘Top 10 Castles every rascal should visit’ on page 35 and start planning your adventure. Also in this edition we have a great article entitled; ‘What you’re 4 year old should know?’ written by www.mybaba.com, which we hope will put your mind at rest before your child starts school, a great review section on page 8, how to dress your bump so that you can still go to the ball over the festive period (page 30) and to release the interior designer in you we have a lovely section on Beautiful Bedroom Interiors (page 17). As always, Rascals of London is designed for parents by parents, so we are always delighted to hear from you. Whether you have an experience to share or you’d like to tell us your top parenting tips, we will always do our best to pass your tips on to our readers. Simply get in touch. Don’t forget, Rascals of London is also available online as an easy-to-read magazine. Download you’re copy at www.rascalsoflondon.co.uk. Alternatively, you can “Like” us on Facebook and “Tweet” with us on Twitter, or why not do all three? Happy reading and a very Merry Christmas to you all. See you in the New Year. Let’s make it a good one!
Natasha Hewett, Editor-in-chief
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With many thanks to our contributors: Mini Rodini, Mary Ashton, Natasha Wiening Photography, Gambado, Diddi Dance, Maria from Eddie Catz, Kathryn Mewes, Annabel Karmel, Sarah Rose, La Chouette School & all our advertisers.
No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, without the express permission of the editor. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions expressed within Rascals of London magazine are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers. Rascals of London is printed by Wyndeham Group.
Many thanks to little Reece from London for being the star of our Winter edition and to Natasha Wiening Photography for taking the most fantastic shots.
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Rascals Reviews All the latest product reviews.
Help I’m Having a Baby! Finding help that best suits you.
Baby Products Products every new mum should have.
A Mother’s Story
My baby has Plagiocephaly.
Be Beautifully Pregnant Bumpalicious Maternity show you how to look glam with bump in tow during the Christmas period.
Fitta Mamma Everything you need to know about staying fit during your pregnancy.
What a 4 Year Old Should Know Does your child know everything they should before starting school, and more importantly, does it really matter?
Adult Bookshelf New releases for Mum and Dad to enjoy.
Books for every child.
Cute Conversation Read our selection of cute and funny things kids say about love, sent to us by you.
Clubs & Classes Find a club or class near you.
What’s On When Our guide to keeping the whole family entertained
Gaming for All Ages Check out the best, most entertaining, and age-appropriate video games.
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Reviews Drool Monkey £19.99 www.cinnamonsue.co.uk
Editors Pick PacaPod Sequoia Changing Bag £140 - www.pacapod.com Waltz your way through a glamorous day with the jewel like Sequoia faithfully by your side, your secret weapon in style and decorum. Everything is perfectly in place just when you need it, leaving you feeling cool, calm and utterly capable.
Not only is Drool Monkey an effective teether, but also a fun companion, a rattle, and a soft and calming security blankie. Thanks to the 100% pure organic cotton it helps to prevent any dribble rash as well. Soft and absorbent, not only can little ones suck and chomp on monkey, you can tie ice in the fabric to create the ultimate soother for gums. What’s more this is great for mums too as a breastfeeding cover or simply as a handy blanket to have in replacement for a muslin.
Rascals Reviews Introducing Grace from Crown Chewels £65.00 - www.crownchewels.co.uk Crown Chewels, the recently launched brand that is taking baby-proof jewellery to a whole new level, is thrilled to unveil a new design to add to its stunning collection. Introducing Grace, a new necklace that is elegant, striking and promises to be a hit with baby!
The new necklace in the collection offers mums a truly unique piece of jewellery that will compliment any outfit. It comes in two different shades; one has a turquoise teether with amazonite semi-precious stones and the other style has an icy blue teether and fire agate semi-precious stones.
Mamas & Papas Armadillo £199 - www.mamasandpapas.com The Mamas & Papas Armadillo features an inward folding chassis for a speedy one handed fold.
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But while the buggy is compact, it also features a wide, spacious seat for extra wiggle room, full seat recline and adjustable leg rest to let baby stretch out.
An extra large hood gives total weather protection with a peek-a-boo window. The Armadillo also has a ‘flip-flop friendly brake’ for easy stop and go.
Babyzen YoYo £309.00 - www.whitestep.co.uk Yoyo is the first buggy in the world to fully comply with size recommendation for cabin baggage. Perfect for urban parents and fantastic for globetrotters! For the BABYZEN YOYO lightweight stroller, the sky is not the limit…It is truly packed with innovation: spectacular folding, best-in-class comfort, amazing smooth ride, sleek design… Perfect for city parents and fantastic for travelers: the YOYO stroller is the new name for mobility. This innovative buggy has already become a phenomenon in much of Europe and is about to hit the UK. Weighing just 5.8kg, this unique buggy is the most compact ever imagined when folded (52 x 44 x 18 cm). The featherweight buggy has a one of a kind folding mechanism which allows it to be opened and folded in seconds with just one hand and it can then be carried over your shoulder with the detachable shoulder strap. You have to see it to believe it.
Brother Max Scoop Highchair £339.99 www.mothercare.com The Brother Max Scoop Highchair and Liner is a stylish and multifunctional highchair. It makes meal times more sociable for your little one and more practical for parents!
New LIKEaBIKE Hardy £99.95 - www.likeabike.co.uk Hardy has a premium look which is afforded by a sleek lightweight aluminium frame and 12-inch alloy wheels with pneumatic tyres. The Hardy has small diameter handlebars with child friendly grips, which supply tiny hands with a secure hold. Hardy also features a dedicated low-scoop saddle coupled with an adjustable seat post, to provide comfort and easy adjustment for little riders.
Joie Brisk Stroller £119.99 - www.joiebaby.com
Joie launch the new Brisk stroller with a one-hand, single-touch fold. Affordable and functional, the new Brisk pushchair by Joie folds in a flash! Perfect for mums-on-go, this 3D lightweight buggy offers quick storage in three simple steps. Simply release the safety catch, pull the fold trigger and collapse. This clever from-birth design also provides superior comfort in the form of a fully enclosed head area and harness covers, front wheel suspension, spacious storage and a large expandable hood with window and retractable visor. A great choice for mums on the move, you can flip up the calf support, recline the seat and click in a Joie Group 0+ car seat for a super compact travel system.
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Maxi Buggy Board £65.00 - www.cheekyrascals.co.uk The BuggyBoard-Maxi is designed to easily be attached to the upright tubing of a stroller or to the frame of a pram. Providing security for your child in crowds and high traffic areas. When your child is too tired to walk, or when you are in a hurry, the BuggyBoard-Maxi™ makes it easy for both of you.
Petite Star Zia 4+ £89.99 - www.nurseryvalue.com Star Zia has everything you require in a stroller. The adjustable handles make it very convenient to store when not in use. Besides, the handles are shaped in way that it is easy to hang the diaper changing bag .The stroller has a foot muff which will keep your baby’s legs warm and cozy. The fact that it is suitable to carry a child right from birth adds brownie points to this stroller. To add to its practicality, it is fitted with a shopping basket to put some tit-bits in and also a rain cover to protect your baby from rain.
Nuna Highchair £190 - www.mamasandpapas.com The Nuna cleverly transforms from a highchair to a toddler chair for your growing child. And when your child grows out of the toddler chair, it becomes a junior chair suitable for up to 12 years old.
Playaway Case Children’s Portable Suitcase £99.99 - www.playawaycase.com
The Bag ® 4 Seasons £84.99 - www.puckababy.co.uk The ideal baby and toddler sleeping bag for years of safe, pleasurable sleeping. Unique “4 in 1” design with adjustable length. You can adapt to any season and it will last for years. The Bag is adjustable depending on the size of your child, from 7 months up to 2.5 years. With one sleeping bag you are prepared for all seasons over the year.
The Original ® Piep £34.99 - www.puckababy.co.uk The unique first month sleeping bag for a healthy rhythm in sleeping and feeding; proven effective against crying, restlessness and poor sleeping. Not too tight, beautiful, safe and easy to use.
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For most parents, going on trips with children can be hard work as they need to be entertained all the time. Say goodbye, to arduous journeys with the release of the Playaway Case. Designed to not only be a suitcase, but hand luggage and an entertainment centre for children - the case is sure to keep them busy and learning every time they use it. Designed originally for use on planes, it is also perfect
for the beach or long car journeys. The playpod sits in the front of the case until required and then it can easily be removed. Inside, keep your pencils and pens and colouring books or paper and anything else to keep them entertained inside. Innovative and unique, the design has already won the BTAA Award for 2012.
Any way you want it Wayfarer is the contemporary three-in-one lightweight travel system that’s designed for ultimate flexibility and all-out fun. It includes a carrycot, and adapts from lie flat pram to easyfold pushchair, with vibrant mix and match fabrics and ingenious accessories. Personalise it to suit you – whichever way you style it, it’s an instant classic.
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I’m Having a Baby By Mary Ashton, Our Resident Maternity Expert
re you expecting a baby and thinking about getting some help. Your friends all rave about whatever kind of help they had, Maternity Nurse, Night Nurse, Doula etc and you are so confused you don’t know what to do. Let me try and help break down the choices you have and how to find the perfect person for you. For help immediately after you have your baby you have some different options: Maternity Nurse - A maternity nurse will work 24 hours a day generally 5 or 6 days a week. They will take a break in the day for a couple of hours so they can catch up on some sleep as they will be up in the night with the baby regardless of how you are feeding. During the night if you are breast feeding the maternity nurse will be up in the night with you and help you to latch the baby on and make sure the feeding is going well. Then after the feed they will take the baby and resettle them
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allowing you to get back to bed quickly. If you are bottle feeding the maternity nurse will get up and feed the baby and resettle them enabling you to get a good nights sleep. A maternity nurse will be able to help you learn all the aspects of caring for your new baby, and give you much need reassurance and confidence when dealing with your new baby especially if it is your first. Maternity nurses are self employed and responsible for their own tax and national insurance so you will pay them a gross wage and not be liable to pay anything
else. Depending on the maternity nurse's experience (less experienced maternity nurses can be referred to as a maternity nanny) you can expect to pay between £130-180 for a single baby, £180-220 for twins and £200+ for triplets. You may be recommended a maternity nurse from a friend or you may need to either advertise your job online on a website such as www.childcare.co.uk or www. nannyjob.co.uk or go through an agency who should be able to provide you with several CV's of maternity nurses who may be right for you.
The thought of having someone living in your house and being around for such a huge amount of time can be an intimidating so I would advise you to interview more than one nurse even if you think you have found the right person for you - meeting the wrong person can help you to sort out in your mind exactly what it is you are looking for. My clients say that they knew very quickly after meeting me that I was the right maternity nurse for them.
after you have returned from hospital. They will provide you with support and help with light housework. They charge between £10-20 pr hour plus mileage costs and they may have a minimum number of hours required per visit. For more information or to find a Doula got to www.doula.org.uk Mother's Help - A mother's help is usually unqualified but with some experience of looking after children (with siblings or through babysitting). They will help, generally on a part-time basis, around the house with housework and may after time be able to take the children sole-charge. This kind of help may be beneficial if you are not having your first baby and just feel you need an extra pair of hands around the house. You can expect to pay around £150-300 net for 35+ hours a week. To find a mother's help use the website's above or contact a nanny agency. Au Pair - An au pair will help you to look after your older children but as a general rule should not be left in sole charge of children under the age of two unless she has specific experience of this. This could
be useful if you have older children and know what you are doing with your baby and just need some help with school runs and light housework. Au pairs live in your home and receive pocket money on average between £75 - 80 per week. They should be working no more than 30 hrs per week and this includes any babysitting. Whilst with you your au pair should be attending a language school to improve their english. There are several au pair websites that will tell you all you need to know about getting an au pair but a good place to start would be www.bapaa.org.uk the British Au Pair Agencies Association website. If you are looking for help with your impending arrival good luck and trust your instincts. By Mary Ashton, Our Resident Maternity Nurse www.mary-ashton.com www.facebook.com/maryashton maternitynurse?fref=ts witter.com/MatNurseMary
Night Nurse/Night Nanny - A night nurse will come to you from the beginning if you wish and can do between 1 and 6 nights a week depending on your needs. They will usually arrive between 9/10pm and leave around 7am this needs to be arranged with your specific night nurse and most will be flexible with their hours. Like maternity nurses, night nurses are also self employed so you will pay them a gross wage. Costs again depend of experience but you can expect to pay between £100-120 per night. The night nurse will look after the baby for you at night and help you to get the baby into a good and healthy sleeping/feeding routine at night. To find a night nurse use the same advice for finding a maternity nurse. Doula - You may have heard of the name before and thought what on earth is one of those. Well there are two kinds of Doula, a birth doula and a postnatal doula. Birth Doulas charge between £350-1000 and for this you get 2 ante-natal visits, phone and email support, 4 weeks on call 24/7 for the birth, Labour and birth no time limit and 1/2 post natal visits that are 1-2 hours long. Postnatal Doulas will come to your home
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Trimming tiny nails can be tricky. The Nipper Clipper helps in three ways: the safety spy hole lets you see exactly what you’re cutting, whilst our app Timmy Tickle Baby helps distract active babies. Finally, the curved S-file baby gently smoothes baby nails after clipping. Price: £9.99 www.amazon.co.uk
The MamaMoosh Milkscarf Breastfeed on-the-go in style! The MamaMoosh Milkscarf is a stylish scarf that quickly and easily converts into a breastfeeding cover. Made from beautifully soft jersey that’s light enough to ensure your baby doesn’t get too hot and large enough to ensure complete discretion during feeding, this is a stylish scarf one minute and a cover the next. Simply put the strap through the loop on the boning and secure by slipping the end through the hole to have instant and non-fussy privacy wherever you need it. Price: £29.99 www.mamamoosh.co.uk
Products Every New Mum Should Have Medela Swing Beaba Babycook The Original Baby Food Maker/Steamer/Blender Beaba Babycook’s Baby Food Maker is a great compact counter top food maker that will steam, blend, warm and defrost your baby’s food – helping you to prepare fresh, healthy meals quickly and easily
Express milk quietly and discreetly - The Swing electric Breast pump combines a multi-award-winning design with the latest technology. The electric breast pump is very quiet and therefore represents the ideal solution for regular and discreet breast pumping.
Price: £89.99 www.mothercare.com
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Thrupenny Bits Breast Feeding Pillow The classic highly portable breast feeding cushion uses the same fabrics as its counterpart in the Ultimate range it is fully lined only it’s smaller and unlike the Ultimate range has no zipped inside pocket. I recommend this size for smaller babies or for those planning only to feed for 0 - 6 months. If you do have a baby scoring quite high on the centile I would recommend a larger cushion from my Ultimate range. Price: £45.00 www.thrupennybits.co.uk
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Starlite Swing Fantastic new folding travel baby swing with adjustable light canopy, twinkling lightshows and MP3 jack so you can plug in your MP3 player for baby and you to enjoy!
Price: £109.00 www.mamasandpapas.co.uk
JJ Cole System 180 Changing Bag
Kiddy Evolution Pro
This bag, complete with its striking lime green interior is well designed and compact with more useful features than most baby changing bags. The System 180 Changing Bag is exceptionally spacious inside and out with plenty of handy pockets for keeping your baby items organised and personal items safe. It’s the ideal bag for modern day parents complete with three small pockets shielded beneath the large front flap, a dedicated mobile phone pouch plus another large front zip area which has two large pockets for baby items.
The Kiddy Evolution Pro is an infant carrier that has significant and innovative design feature which offers the best ergonomic choice for a growing baby. Inspired by nature this infant carrier has been moulded to simulate the protective, simple, shape of an egg. Price: £149.99 www.kiddy.de
Price: £54.99 www.tomy.co.uk
Bumbo Floor Seat & Play Tray Combo Pack The Bumbo Floor Seat enables your baby to maintain a sitting position on the floor, allowing you to play with, read to and feed your baby. The Bumbo Floor Seat should not be used until your baby can support his or her head. Price: £39.99 www.tomy.co.uk
Shnuggle The Cosy Baby Bath A beautiful and soft baby bath that is kinder to baby and keeps the water warmer for longer! Designed and made in the UK, Shnuggle Bath mixes a beautiful contemporary design with some really useful features and is available in a choice of beautiful pastel colours. Made from a soft-touch foam that’s gentle against baby soft skin, it features the unique Bum BumpTM to prevent baby from slipping under the water and the amazing insulating properties keep the water warm for longer, making baths enjoyable for babies and parents. Price: £30.00 www.shnuggle.com
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Breast Cream Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin is an ultra purified grade of lanolin, refined using a unique process to make it the world’s safest, purest lanolin. Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin Nipple Cream has been specially developed to help soothe and protect sore, cracked nipples in breast feeding mothers. www.lansinoh.co.uk
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My baby has plagiocephaly…
a mother’s story
Here is a story of one of our STARband babies - Aaron, who was diagnosed with plagiocephaly (also known as ‘flat head syndrome’). His journey to regaining a more normal head shape starts from birth, to diagnosis, searching for answers and options, then going through the STARband™ treatment - and beyond!
Aaron Ronan Riseam was born on the 8th March 2011. It was a normal delivery, but he had been engaged for approximately one month before birth. Immediately after his birth I noticed his head was an odd shape... Initially, when I mentioned this to the nurses in hospital, I was told that this was normal and would rectify itself. As Aaron started to grow and progress, his head shape worsened. At every appointment with the midwife and health visitor, I asked them if they thought his head shape was correct. Each time, I was told that it was caused by the way he lies, and advised to reposition his head whilst sleeping and put his toys to the opposite side he favoured. I did this, but it made no difference at all and his head shape was getting worse. At Aaron’s 8-week check at the doctors surgery, he was diagnosed with positional plagiocephaly, with no further action required.
Researching plagio ... I googled the condition and looked for available treatment options. I came across the Steeper Clinic, who’s website was extremely informative, providing information on different types of deformity, and what the treatment entailed. It was interesting to read some of the case studies they have on their site. These were about people like us, whose children had the same problem. At the appointment - Aaron was 3 ½ months old. We arrived at the clinic and Kate examined Aarons head, discussed the different types of conditions and asked if it was ok to scan his head. We agreed immediately.
STARscanner™ results... The results proved what I had been saying all along – Aaron’s head shape was severe. Kate asked us if we wanted to go away and think about the treatment. I said no and asked her to go ahead and order the STARband™ immediately. We were pencilled in for a further appointment 2 weeks later to collect the STARband™ and discuss wearing and caring for it.
At the STARband™ fitting... Aaron was now 4 months old, and I remember being quite anxious, although I knew he needed the treatment! I had a few questions I needed to ask Kate. First, would this cause brain damage? Absolutely not was the reply. As Aaron was such a laid back and happy baby, I also wanted to know whether treatment could change his personality. Again, Kate reassured me it wouldn’t. Wearing the STARband™ helmet ... I was scared
at first, and wondered whether I was fitting it right in order to get the correct head shape. Was I hurting my child, and would this actually work? I needn’t have worried – you can’t fit it wrongly, it’s moulded to your baby’s head. It doesn’t hurt your child, and this treatment absolutely works!
“I am just an ordinary mum who noticed a problem with her baby’s head shape. These people listened when no-one else would.” It took about 5 - 7 days before Aaron was wearing the helmet for 23 hours a day. It didn’t bother him at all, he played, smiled and did everything any other little boy his age would do.
Head shape progress... After just 7 weeks of wearing the helmet, I couldn’t believe the difference in head shape from when we first went to the clinic. The results were amazing! Aaron still needed to wear the STARband™ for a further 12 weeks and then we eventually said goodbye to Kate and the clinic, as his head looked perfectly normal. From start to finish of the treatment, it took 19 weeks to rectify his head shape.
Results are better and quicker the younger the baby as they grow so quickly. It takes longer with older children and treatment is only available to babies up to 18 months old.
I am so pleased that we opted for this treatment, and strongly recommend anyone in the same position as ourselves to at least consider it. This has made a huge difference to Aaron’s facial appearance. I would also strongly recommend the Steeper Clinic after my experience with them, and the support and guidance these professionals give. They genuinely care about the babies and children they treat. I am just an ordinary mum who noticed a problem with her baby’s head shape. These people listened when no-one else would. Now the helmet has been removed, I can’t help but to keep stroking his head and looking at how round and perfect it is!
We hope Aaron’s story inspires other parents with babies diagnosed with plagiocephaly; you do have options and there is treatment available. Aaron’s full story, along with useful information about plagiocephaly, can be found on our new website:- www.steeperclinic.com Tel: 0113 2070432 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steeper Clinic specialises in the treatment of plagiocephaly in babies using the exclusive STARscanner™ and STARband™. To book your free consultation at our London clinic, please quote: “RASCALS-2013”
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Loft Bed Design Fun colorful kids room loft bed design with amazing green melting graphics, bright orange comfortable couches, and cool entertainment system underneath. Price: ÂŁ1,995 www.aldovega.com
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Mobile Library This easy to move bookshelf holds a large number of books or comic books arranged facing outwards so they’re easier to find.
Price: £55.20 www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Tempo Gruffalo Raised Bed A simple yet stylish raised bed with the ever popular Gruffalo playtent. Underneath the bed is an exciting place to hang out and will provide hours of fun for great adventures. Price: £349.00 www.roomtogrow.co.uk
Stompa Uno 3 - Cabin Bed The Uno 3 Cabin bed is sleek and stylish. The practical pull out desk provides an important study area and is a great space saving feature. The two cube storage units offer spacious storage, perfect for all a girl’s belongings. Price: £699.00 www.roomtogrow.co.uk
Cars Hanging Lampshade Vroom, vroom! A lampshade that’s perfect for a boy’s bedroom! Price: £29.00 www.vertbaudet.co.uk
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20 Butterfly Decorations
These different butterflies will look great in your little childs room! Price: £27.00 www.laredoute.co.uk
Thuka Trendy 15 Cabin Bed with Slide The Trendy 15 Cabin Bed is a fun midsleeper that will have you child sliding out of bed. With the optional play tent, tunnel and tower great adventures can be had, encouraging imaginative play. A sturdy, solid European pine bed available in a Natural pine or Whitewash finish with colour panel detailing around bed and a choice of fun tent, tunnel and tower fabrics. Price: £332.80 www.roomtogrow.co.uk
Joseph princess carriage Bed Anne-Claire Petit Mama Teddy
This charming series of crocheted soft-toys is designed by Anne-Claire Petit whose interest in handicrafts and love of traditional craftsmanship has grown over years. Most of the detailed work is handcrocheted by women living in countryside villages of Northern China..
Young girls will feel like a real Princess going to sleep in this delightful Princess Carriage Bed by Joseph. In pretty pastel pink and lilac with a beautiful carriage design. The large wheels raising the bed give you a more authentic design. Your daughter will feel like a Royalty climbing through the carriage door via the cute little ladder. Price: £410.00 www.sleepeazybeds.co.uk
Price: £160.00 www.conranshop.co.uk
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Butterfly Hanging Lampshade A lampshade covered in pretty butterflies to bring colour and light to the decor! Price: £29.00 www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Jaffy House Bunk Bed A truly unique bunk bed. Made from high quality woods, the Jaffy bunk bed will provide hours of play while creating fond childhood memories. The detail to attention cannot be missed in the play inspired bunk bed. Price: £2,200.00 www.punkinpatch.co.uk
Mural Bedside Table Space-saving and original, this child’s mural bedside table looks just like a giraffe! Price: £49.00 www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Sunny Safari Time Out Chair
JCB Junior Bed Frame
There will always be times that your child needs some ‘Time Out’. The fun and appealing designs are ideal to give your child a moment to become your little angel once more.
Lovely junior sized digger bed with a painted on friendly face and tractor detail, handy storage bucket and finished in yellow gloss.
Price: £52.00 www.roomtogrow.co.uk
Price: £169.99 www.bedroomworld.co.uk
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Dinosaur Toddler Bed An exciting dinosaur toddler bed that will encourage your child to stay in bed and have a good night’s sleep. Beautifully hand crafted furniture to inspire young adventurers. Price: £225.00 www.roomtogrow.co.uk
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Is Breast Always Best By Mary Ashton, Our Resident Maternity Expert
If you’ve just started breastfeeding, you’re doing the right thing for you and your baby. But if breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally at first, don’t worry. Plenty of new mums and babies have to practise and persevere until they get the hang of it.
Is it true that breast is best?
es, breast milk is the best food for your baby. It’s the healthiest way to feed her. Breast milk is a complete food. It contains at least 400 nutrients, as well as hormones and disease-fighting compounds, that aren’t present in formula milk. Its nutritional make-up even adjusts to your baby’s needs as she grows (Inch 2006). Feeding your baby only breast milk for up to six months (exclusive breastfeeding) is particularly good for her. It can improve your baby’s cognitive development (Iacovou and Sevilla-Sanz 2010, Kramer et al 2008). So being breastfed could even make her more intelligent.
Babies who are exclusively breastfed from birth are also much less likely to be ill in their first year of life (Kramer and Kakuma 2012, Ladomenou et al 2010). Being breastfed may help your baby to fend off illnesses such as: Gastroenteritis Pneumonia and bronchiolitis Ear infections (Ip et al 2007, Kramer and Kakuma 2012, Quigley et al 2007, Unicef and DH 2010)
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Family We can’t say that exclusive breastfeeding reduces the risk of children ever developing eczema (Flohr et al 2011, Kramer and Kakuma 2012, NHS Choices 2011). But babies who are breastfed for any period of time do tend to have lower rates of severe eczema than babies who were always formula-fed (Flohr et al 2011). It’s also possible that breast feeding delays when your child first develops eczema (Greer et al 2008).
Breastfeeding helps to build a special bond between you and your baby. And in the long-term, breastfeeding may help your baby to stay healthy. Studies have shown that adults who were breastfed as babies, when compared with those who were formula-fed: Had lower blood pressure, Had lower cholesterol levels, Were less likely to become obese, Were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes (Horta et al 2007, Robinson and Fall 2012). Breastfeeding is good for you, too, and may help you to lose weight (Unicef and DH 2010). In the long term, it also helps to: lower your risk of breast cancer, protect against ovarian cancer before the menopause, reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes (Ip et al 2007)
How long will I be breastfeeding for? The Department of Health recommends that your baby has only breastmilk for the first six months of her life. It also recommends that you carry on breastfeeding after your baby has started on solid foods, until the end of her first year and beyond, if you’d like to (WHO 2002, Unicef and DH 2010). Continuing to breastfeed while introducing solid foods to your baby may benefit her immune system. She may also be less likely to develop health conditions such as coeliac disease (Henriksson et al 2013) and type 1 diabetes (Agostoni et al 2008). Most mums aim to breastfeed for between three months and 12 months, and some choose to breastfeed beyond the first year (extended breastfeeding). A lot depends on your individual circumstances and how you feel about it.
How can I prepare for breastfeeding? Staying healthy is as much as you can do to prepare your body for breastfeeding. But learning as much as you can about breastfeeding before your baby is born will help you when the time comes. Read how to prepare for breastfeeding, and encourage your partner to learn about it too, so he’s ready to support you.
How do I start breastfeeding? Feeds can take anything from five minutes to 40 minutes, so find a comfortable place before you start. In the early days of breastfeeding, when you're still trying to get the hang of it, creating the right atmosphere is important. If you're easily distracted by noise, find somewhere quiet. If you tend to get bored, you may want to feed with the radio or television on, but only if breastfeeding is going well. Try different spots until you find what works for you. Hold your baby in a position that won't make your arms and back ache. Have cushions or pillows nearby to support you or your baby. Laid-back breastfeeding involves lying on your back, so that your baby can rest on your body, while your hands are free to support her. Or try the cradle hold, which means cradling your baby across your chest, raised up on a cushion or pillow. It depends on what's most comfortable for you. Get yourself and your baby in a relaxed position before you start feeding. Pay attention to how your breasts feel when your baby latches on. She should take in a big mouthful of breast tissue. If you have large breasts, you may find it more comfortable to lie on your side while feeding, or you may want to try holding your baby under your arm in a rugby ball position. If latching on hurts, break the suction by gently inserting your little finger between your baby's gums and your nipple, and try again. Once your baby latches on properly, she'll be able to do the rest.
How easy is breastfeeding? Though some women take to breastfeeding easily, many new mums find it hard to get going. So if you're feeling discouraged, you're not alone. Talk to your community midwife, or ask to be referred to a breastfeeding specialist, if you're having problems. She can watch you feed your
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baby, and suggest ways to make it easier. The National Childbirth Trust, La Leche League and The Breastfeeding Network can put you in touch with skilled supporters. Breastfeeding takes practise, and is a skill that you and your baby will be learning from scratch. Give yourself as much time as you need to get it down to a fine art. Take it a day, a week, or even just one feed, at a time. If you're having a bad feeding day, tell yourself that tomorrow will be better, and that any problems you are having are likely to pass. By the time of your postnatal check, you'll probably be breastfeeding without giving it a second thought. If not, ask for support.
Can I breastfeed in public? You may feel shy about breastfeeding in front of other people. But you have the right to breastfeed in public places in England, Scotland and Wales (MA 2012a). The rules differ slightly in Northern Ireland (NCT 2010), but you have some protection under the Sex Discrimination Act.
You may feel comfortable about breastfeeding in front of others. However if you feel self-conscious, there are tops that allow you to breastfeed discreetly. Shirts that you have to unbutton will make you feel exposed as you feed, and buttons are fiddly to deal with. Stretchy tops you can pull up work well. If it makes you feel more comfortable, drape a scarf, muslin or blanket over your shoulder and chest while you feed. This will give you and your baby privacy. Make sure your baby can breathe easily, though. Some larger shops have mum-and-baby rooms where you can sit comfortably and feed, and local councils also provide information about where you are welcome to breastfeed. Breastfeeding your baby when she’s hungry is your first priority, so try not to feel self-conscious about doing what’s best for her.
What should I buy for breastfeeding? Buy at least two or three comfortable breastfeeding or nursing bras so your breasts are properly supported. These have hooks or zips that you can easily undo when your baby needs to feed. Make sure that your bras fit properly, and that any flaps open completely. If only a small part of your breast is exposed, the bra may press on breast tissue and lead to blocked ducts or mastitis (Mohrbacher and Stock 2003). You may prefer to wait to buy bras until after your baby is born, to make sure that they will fit you perfectly. But bear in mind that getting out of the house with a newborn isn’t easy, so think about going in late pregnancy. Many
department stores have staff who are trained to fit nursing bras after 36 weeks of pregnancy. You may find that your breasts have a tendency to leak, as even another baby’s cry or the sight of a baby can stimulate milk flow. Keep a supply of washable or disposable breast pads handy, and consider buying a light-weight nursing bra for night time, so you can wear breast pads while you sleep. If you’re planning to express your breast milk, you may want to consider buying a breast pump.
Can I breastfeed after I go back to work? If you’re going back to work, it doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding. If your workplace has a nursery, you may be able to visit your baby during the working day, and
breastfeed her as usual (MA 2012b). If you can’t visit your baby during the day, you may want to express milk. Or you may choose to breastfeed only when you are with your baby, and give her formula milk during the day (MA 2012b) (mixed feeding). Let your employer know in writing if you want to breastfeed after you return to work, so a risk assessment can be carried out. This is to make sure that your workplace is safe for a breastfeeding mum. It’s good news for employers, too. Mums who are supported to carry on breastfeeding after they return to work take less time off (Click 2006). And some research suggests that exclusively breastfed babies are less likely to be ill than babies who are formula-fed (Click 2006, Kramer and Kakuma 2012, Ladomenou et al 2010).
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Maternity clothes for a healthy, active pregnancy
s your body changes, so does your wardrobe – but it’s not just about wearing clothes to accommodate your burgeoning bump and blooming boobs!
If you’re planning to keep fit during your pregnancy you’ll want clothes that make you feel good about exercising – there’s nothing more likely to keep you out of the gym or the yoga studio than drawstring trousers that fall down when you bend down or a baggy t-shirt that rides up when you stretch up! And if you’re hoping to keep on running, choose clothes that stop your bump from jiggling when you jog.
Fitness of a slouch your pelvis can tilt back too far – resulting in your baby lying towards your back and putting pressure on your lower back.
It’s hardly surprising that so many pregnant women tend to hold their backs, or their bump – or both! Whilst exercise, flat shoes and getting someone else to carry the shopping will help, if you’d like to ease the strain on a day to day basis,wearing a supportive top that cradles your bump and gently takes some of the weight onto your back without putting strain on your spine is a real boon.
For maximum mamma-to-be comfort and support, clothes that not only look good but make you feel good as well will encourage you to enjoy your pregnancy and stay active too. The FittaMamma range has been designed for exercise but the level of support they provide for your bump makes the clothes a ‘wardrobe essential’ for all expectant mums, regardless of how active they are!
Need some good reasons to keep on keeping fit? Regular exercise can help ease many of those pregnancy niggles such as backache and tiredness as well as building up your strength in preparation for labour and helping you recover more speedily afterwards. Pregnant mammas who exercise regularly are likely to sleep better whilst the natural endorphins will raise your mood levels, helping to combat the baby blues as well. The latest NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommends at least 30 minutes per day of moderate intensity activity for all pregnant women, stating that women who exercised before pregnancy should be able to continue with no adverse effects. And the governments Change4Life campaign encourages pregnant women to exercise too – suggesting mums-to-be should aim to walk for at least 30 minutes every day. And of course, mammas-to-be who exercise regularly find it easier to maintain a healthy weight gain, recover faster after the birth and shed any extra baby pounds more quickly.
How’s your back? Lots of women suffer from niggling back ache during pregnancy, often combined with pain around your hips and pelvis as your joints soften. Lower back pain is often caused by the pelvis tilting forward as the weight of the baby increases, straining the abdominal muscles as well as compressing the lumbar spine. If your upper back curves over in a bit
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The FittaMamma ‘High Support’ top works like a sports bra for the bump, perfect for women who want to continue with high impact exercise (such as running or gym workouts) during pregnancy and but also ideal to ease the strain if you’re suffering from back ache or SPD. Constructed to hold your bump securely the top has high elastane content with a firm, stretchy back panel designed to help with body posture and to lift the extra baby weight onto your upper back and shoulders where you’re naturally stronger. The wide waistband sits under your bump and around your hips and pelvis, providing extra comfort as your joints loosen. Best of all, the top looks good too! Available in flattering jet black, raspberry pink or dove grey it smoothes your curves and will look fantastic throughout your pregnancy, regaining its shape to help support the inevitable ‘mummy tummy’ after the birth.
Tired legs? For extra support and everyday comfort FittaMamma leggings have a unique waist panel that can either be rolled under your bump or pulled up snug right over the top to hold where you need it most. Whilst the leggings are perfect for exercise and give you a stylish look for the gym they look just as good under a jumper and tucked into boots – you can even wear them under skirts or dresses to get the benefit of the support whatever your day to day style.
But there’s nothing worse than your bottoms falling down when you do your downward facing dog or your top riding up when you do tree pose! The FittaMamma Gentle Support top has a longer length to accommodate your bump and will stretch when you stretch out. Available in lovely soft colours it looks good with jeans too! ‘We want women to look and feel good during their pregnancy,’ say FittaMamma. ‘Wearing clothes that support the bump encourages a feeling of security to make any activity more comfortable. Looking good helps you to feel positive about your body - and the extra support really helps with so many pregnancy niggles such as backache and tired legs.
Described by a national newspaper testing panel as ‘the most comfortable maternity leggings ever’ they look just as good after your baby is born!
Stretch out! Yoga and Pilates are recommended during pregnancy as an ideal way to exercise. You’ll enjoy a gentle workout, help alleviate stress and stretch out your body in preparation for the birth of your baby.
Check out www.fittamamma.com - in addition to their full range of FittaMamma supportive exercise and leisurewear, the website is full of useful information about safe exercise in pregnancy, easy workouts, yoga poses and postpregnancy exercises too. Or call them on 01444 876900.
Try these ‘FittaMamma recommended’ exercises to help with back ache Keeping your core muscles strong will do much to ease back ache during pregnancy. These simple exercise will work your core, strengthen your back and are good for your pelvic floor too.
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Pregnancy yoga to help back pain
On your hands and knees, using a mat, make sure your hands are beneath your shoulders, your knees are hip-width apart and your back and neck are straight.
You should avoid exercises that involve you lying on your back after 12 weeks but there’s no reason not to continue with a standing ab-squeezes as your pregnancy progresses – don’t worry squeezing your abs won’t affect your baby! Keeping your core strong will help will help alleviate back ache and lessen the risk of diastasis too.
The child’s pose is one of our favourites as it takes the weight of the baby off your spine completely, releasing your spinal muscles and increasing the mobility of your pelvic joints. At the same time it releases tension in the hip joints and groin and can help circulation to the pelvic area. It’s also very comfortable and relaxing!
Breathe in deeply and let your chest expand. As you exhale, draw your belly button in, sucking in your abs all the way around your middle, pulling up your pelvic floor and raising your back towards the ceiling. Allow your head to relax gently forward. Hold for a couple of seconds, then release. Make sure you don’t hollow your back as you return to the original position, it should remain in straight and firm. Repeat 15–20 times and do two sets.
Stand upright with your shoulders back. Breathe in deeply and let your chest expand, then as you exhale draw your belly button in. Have your hands by your sides or resting on your belly. The rest of your body should be still. Hold for a couple of seconds, then breathe in as you release. Repeat 15–20 times and do two sets.
When doing any activity when pregnant make sure you listen to your body and stop if you feel uncomfortable. Always consult your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns.
Start by kneeling on a folded blanket with your knees as wide apart as possible, feet turned inwards and following the curves of your buttocks. Circle your shoulders loosely, relax your arms and let your chin drop down slightly to relax your neck. Come forward slowly, moving from the hips, lengthening your back without bending your spine. Place your palms on the floor with your arms straight and focus on lengthening your spine from the back of your neck towards your coccyx. Go as far forward as you feel comfortable, stretching your arms out in front of you and, if you can do so without any strain, place your forehead on the floor. If you don’t feel comfortable going right to the floor, lean over a cushion or a bean bag. For more exercises in pregnancy, yoga poses to help aches and pain and recipes and nutrition guidance as well visit www.fittamamma.com or email Deborah Hazeldean at: Deborah@fittamamma.com
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The hottest trend to hit the UK is barre workouts. The latest, Bootybarre, has just arrived from LA.
Eliza Stuart trained with Tracey Mallett, the founder of Bootybarre, and was hooked ever since. “I started ballet when I was 3 years old and always knew I would be a dancer, so I was excited to discover a workout where I could incorporate and share those skills. “Eliza has performed at the Royal Opera House and in the West End, and has always had a keen interest in fitness, also enjoying a career as a personal trainer. “After having 2 children I have a great sentimental touch when placing my hand back on that barre. My body was ok but I have a high expectation and I wanted the best! Bootybarre has toned, sculpted and lifted parts I never knew I had. I have seen improvements in all my clients too, and It thrills me so much when I see their flexibility and posture improve and the definition in their upper and lower body. What I love is that Bootybarre brings all the excitement of dance, ballet and uplifting music and takes away the boredom of your regular Pilates/ yoga workouts. It moves through the body targeting on one area at a time with a variety of exercises interspersed with highs of dynamic cardio burst. Posture and core all blend to carry me through the class with that dancers deportment. The fluidity moves the class and time flies. Feeling sexy and strong this workout works for all ages and walks of life. You can’t help but leave the class with your head held high!
Testimonial - I especially loved Bootybarre because I generally hate exercise, especially cardio, and see it as a boring chore. This class is a lot of fun because of the dance element, you get into the rhythm and in no time the hour is up. Because I’ve never been a dancer the movements were quite foreign to my body, but in no time I could feel my muscles strengthening and adjusting in a different way. It creates the exact type of body that every girl wants: strong, toned muscles with no bulk and lots of flexibility.
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Let your new addition join in with as much of your life as possible with the action-packed iCandy Peach Jogger. With sporty action, air-filled tyres for unbelievable terrain versatility, this is the pushchair for parents who want to show their child how to enjoy life to the maximum.
And that goes for style too. With its modern sleek curves combined with soft touch fabrics and simplistic styling, the Peach Jogger is one of the smallest folded joggers on the market and is available in six stunning flavours – Loganberry, Avocado, Gumdrop, Blackberry, Cranberry and Glacier. The Peach Jogger travel system offers functionality beyond measure: from it’s compact one-hand folding and the quick release front wheel, to the
modern, easy-lift, lie-flat carrycot (sold separately) and one-touch folding chassis, this pushchair system has all the manoeuvrability, functionality and style any new parent could wish for. Parent or world-facing options are available with a three-position recline and can be converted into a travel system with car seat adaptors. The Peach Jogger is compatible with the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio and Pebble, and BeSafe iZiGo infant carrier car seats.
Out & About
Castles Every Rascal Should Visit
Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and is a beautiful place to spend the day. Some of the attractions include Queen Marys Dolls House, St Georges Chapel and the State Apartments. The gorgeous grounds are also open to visitors and are perfect to go for a stroll in. Windsor Castle is a lovely place for the family to spend the day, and remember to visit Eton as well â€“ just over the bridge from the castle.
Where: Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead SL4 1NJ. Tel: 020 7766 7304 www.royalcollection.org.uk
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Bodiam Castle This fairytale castle is one of Britainâ€™s most romantic and picturesque, set in the heart of 1066 country. With spiral staircases, battlements and a portcullis, 14th-century Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Windows where arrows were once fired, a tower that was once a look-out and ruins that were once walked upon by knights; this is a place where you can relive your childhood memories and let your imagination run riot. Where: Bodiam, near Robertsbridge, TN32 5UA. Tel: 01580 830 196 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Warwick Castle At Warwick Castle there are many things to do that the whole family will enjoy. You can visit the Princess Tower, take a walk through the Peacock Garden or for those brave ones you could even venture into the Castle Dungeons. Warwick Castle is an exciting place for the whole family to visit. Where: 6 Warwick Pl, London, Greater London W9 2PX. Tel: 020 7266 0921 www.warwick-castle.co.uk
Leeds Castle The Leeds Castle offers so much for the family to do ranging from visiting the Dog Collar Museum to taking a tour of the gardens on Segways. It is a very family friendly place with so much to entertain everyone. It is the perfect place to enjoy a day out with all the family. Where: Leeds Castle Maidstone Kent ME17 1PL. Tel: 01622 765 400 www.leeds-castle.com
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Dover Castle Enjoy great family days out in the South East with a visit to Dover Castle! Spectacularly situated above the White Cliffs on the Kent coastline this magnificent castle boasts a fascinating history. Journey through the castle chambers with the virtual tour, play interactive games, discover fascinating facts about medieval Dover and even be welcomed by King Henry II himself! Then re-live the turbulent war years as you venture underground into the Secret Wartime Tunnels, set deep within the cliffs. Finish off your day with a walk round the extensive battlements, the Medieval Tunnels and Roman Lighthouse. Where: Castle Hill Rd, Dover, Kent CT16 1HU. Tel: 0870 333 1181 www.english-heritage.org.uk
Tower of London The White Tower is one of the most important historic buildings in the world. An iconic symbol of London and Britain, it is currently housing ‘Power House’, a fascinating exhibition about the national institutions founded at the Tower of London. Where: The Tower of London, EC3N 4AB. Tel: 0844 482 7777 www.hrp.org.uk
Hever Castle Hever Castle is every child’s imaginary castle complete with a moat. Discover 700 years of history at the romantic moated 13th Century castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. The castle houses a fine collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries and artefacts. Explore the magnificent award winning gardens including Italian and Rose gardens, lake nature walk, grottoes, fountains, boating lake, yew and water mazes. Discover the Miniature Model Houses exhibition and adventure playground. Attend special events including Jousting Tournaments and gardening events. Hever Castle is a very interesting and historic castle and is a great place to visit for everyone. Where: Hever Castle, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG. Tel: 01732 865 224 www.hevercastle.co.uk
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Beeston Castle Alnwick Castle Beeston Castle is one of the best-loved visitor attractions in Cheshire, with wildlife trails for the children to follow, and even the chance to find the lost treasure of Richard II.
Alnwick Castle is a lived in Castle in Northumberland and has been the set of Harry Potter, Blackadder and many more. The castle offers a wide range of things for the family including visiting the Alnwick gardens, taking a tour of the castle or taking part in the dragon’s quest. Alnwick is a very beautiful place and perfect for a family day out.
Where: Beeston Castle, Beeston, Cheshire CW6 9TX. Tel: 0870 333 1181 www.english-heritage.org.uk
Where: Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NQ. Tel: 01665 511 100 www.alnwickcastle.com
Arundel Castle Arundel Castle is a medieval castle, which was extended and restored in the 18th & 19th Century after damage in the Civil War. You’ll be treated to fantastic views and wonderful collections of sixteenth century furniture, portraits, tapestries and the personal possessions of Mary, Queen of Scots. Take a stroll around the gardens including the magnificent Collector Earl’s Garden. Where: Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB. Tel: 01903 882 173 www.arundelcastle.org
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t can be shocking to hear that your two year old has bitten another child – or to feel her teeth sinking into you. But the behaviour isn’t at all unusual. Most children have bitten someone at least once, as well as been on the receiving end of an unfriendly chomp. Sometimes small children bite when they can’t cope with a situation – when they’re overcome by fear, anger or frustration. They may bite because someone bit them. Or they may bite simply because they’re still teething (in which case you should give them something suitable to bite down on, such as a soother).
A major change, such as a new baby in the family or a new home, can also cause emotional upset that results in aggressive behaviour. And sometimes two year olds bite simply to gauge the effect it will have, because they’re excited or overstimulated, or as a misplaced expression of love.
Still, knowing that biting is common doesn't make it any easier when your two year old has bitten another child, or when your child has been bitten. Not only may you be upset to find out that she's been biting, but other parents may be up in arms about the incident, and your child may no longer be welcome at nursery school or playgroup. The most important thing to keep in mind is that children don't want to attack others – they'd much rather play, explore and enjoy their friends. Understanding what's behind biting is the first step to getting your child to stop.
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What to do when your two year old bites another child
Never bite your child back
Some parents think this drives home the point that biting is painful. But what it really does is show your child the wrong way to deal with aggression – that is, by becoming aggressive in return. Even a gentle bite from you can contribute to your child’s biting – so never bite your child, even in fun.
Make sure both children are safe First, separate the children and make sure they’re out of biting distance of each other.
Stay calm, and don’t blame or punish Though you may be tempted to impress upon your child the seriousness of her actions, harsh punishment can actually make young children more likely to lash out. Let her know the consequences of her actions: “Look, William’s crying because he’s hurt”.
Help the victim The child who’s been bitten needs your help. First you’ll need to check the damage, and maybe provide some medical attention along with plenty of warmth and caring.
Talk about what happened Once you’ve both calmed down, pick a quiet moment to ask your child, “What do you do when you want to play with Sophie’s doll?”, for example. Suggest an acceptable way to get what she wants, like asking an adult for help. Many two year olds bite once, get help with it, and never do it again.
Demystify biting Talk about biting – but don't preach – or play a simple game. Ask your child to tell you some foods she likes to bite. Or name everyday objects (a cake, a table, a dog, a banana) and ask her whether they're OK to bite. You can get progressively sillier (a car, the vacuum cleaner, Daddy's shoes) and both of you can laugh about it.
How to prevent further biting Think about when and why your child bites Is it at nursery school, when another child snatches away something she wants to play with? When other children are crowding her? Does she try to bite you when you've been feeding the new baby? Your child's nursery school teacher may also have clues about what sets her off. After a while you'll probably be able to predict when your child's likely to lash out, and be ready to intervene.
Watch your child closely Warning signs such as crying, yelling, footstamping, and lunging often precede biting. If she's been biting, watch her closely and step in before she does it again.
Stop her before she bites again If signs are pointing to a new round of biting, get physically close to your child and quickly and calmly stop her from sinking her teeth into her target. You might say something like, "I can't let you hurt Lewis," or "No, I don't think I want those teeth any closer," while you gently but firmly hold her forehead a few inches from your shoulder.
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Encourage your child to come to you when she's upset You may not always be able to be with her during her hardest times – when she’s at nursery school for example – but she needs to learn that she can ask you or another adult for help. Suggest that she come to you when she's unhappy about something, and then give her your full attention when she does.
Talk to your child's teacher or childcare provider First, try to find out more about the environment you're leaving your child in. Does the teacher make an effort to intervene in aggressive behaviour, whether it's biting, punching or constant teasing? You want to make sure you're not leaving your child in the middle of a free-for-all where children must fend for themselves. If you're satisfied that the teacher has the situation under control, ask how she deals with biting – veteran teachers and childcare providers often have a bag of inventive tricks for dealing with common behaviour problems that are worth trying out at home, too. This is also a chance to find out whether their responses to biting incidents are doing more harm than good.
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Year Old Should Know By Alicia Bayer
t’s back to school time and children all over are starting preschool. Many parents are frantically searching the internet to find out if their little ones are “on track” and know everything they should.
I wrote this article about what a four-year-old should know many years ago but it continues to be the most popular page on the site. I don’t think a week has passed in the past eight or so years when I have not received a letter from a parent, grandparent or teacher about it. Parents and principals especially have said they wish more parents realised these things.
What should a 4 year old know? I was on a parenting bulletin board recently and read a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 1/2 year old did not know enough.
“What should a 4 year old know?” she asked. Most of the answers left me not only sad dened but pretty soundly annoyed. One mother posted a laundry list of all of the things her son knew. Counting to 100, planets, how to write his first and last name, and on and on. Others chimed in with how
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much more their children already knew, some who were only three. A few posted URL’s to lists of what each age should know. The fewest yet said that each child develops at his own pace and not to worry.
It bothered me greatly to see these mothers responding to a worried mum by adding to her concern, with lists of all the things their children could do that hers couldn’t. We are such a competitive culture that even our preschoolers have become trophies and bragging rights. Childhood shouldn’t be a race.
So here, I offer my list of what a 4 year old should know. 1. She should know that she is
loved wholly and unconditionally, all of the time. 2. He should know that he is safe and he should know how to keep himself safe in public, with others, and in varied situations. He should know that he can trust his instincts about people and that he never has to do something that doesn’t feel right, no matter who is asking. He should know his personal rights and that his family will back them up.
3. She should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use her imagination. She should know that it is always okay to paint the sky orange and give cats 6 legs.
4. He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he couldn’t care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realize he’ll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud.
5. She should know that the world is magical and that so is she. She should know that she’s wonderful, brilliant, creative, compassionate and marvelous. She should know that it’s just as worthy to spend the day outside making daisy chains, mud pies and fairy houses as it is to practice phonics. Scratch that– way more worthy.
But more important, here’s what parents need to know. 1. That every child learns to
walk, talk, read and do algebra at his own pace and that it will have no bearing on how well he walks, talks, reads or does algebra. 2. That the single biggest predictor of high academic achievement and high ACT scores is reading to children. Not flash cards, not workbooks, not fancy preschools, not blinking toys or computers, but mum or dad taking the
time every day or night (or both!) to sit and read them wonderful books.
And now back to those 4 year old skills lists...
3. That being the smartest or most accomplished kid in class has never had any bearing on being the happiest. We are so caught up in trying to give our children “advantages” that we’re giving them lives as multi-tasked and stressful as ours. One of the biggest advantages we can give our children is a simple, carefree childhood.
4. That our children deserve to be surrounded by books, nature, art supplies and the freedom to explore them. Most of us could get rid of 90% of our children’s toys and they wouldn’t be missed, but some things are important – building toys like legos and blocks, creative toys like all types of art materials (good stuff), musical instruments (real ones and multicultural ones), dress up clothes and books, books, books. (Incidentally, much of this can be picked up quite cheaply at thrift shops.) They need to have the freedom to explore with these things too – to play with scoops of dried beans in the high chair (supervised, of course), to knead bread and make messes, to use paint and play dough and glitter at the kitchen table while we make supper even though it gets everywhere, to have a spot in the yard where it’s absolutely fine to dig up all the grass and make a mud pit. 5. That our children need more of us. We have become so good at saying that we need to take care of ourselves that some of us have used it as an excuse to have the rest of the world take care of our kids. Yes, we all need undisturbed baths, time with friends, sanity breaks and an occasional life outside of parenthood. But we live in a time when parenting magazines recommend trying to commit to 10 minutes a day with each child and scheduling one Saturday a month as family day. That’s not okay! Our children don’t need Nintendos, computers, after school activities, ballet lessons, play groups and soccer practice nearly as much as they need US. They need fathers who sit and listen to their days, mothers who join in and make crafts with them, parents who take the time to read them stories and act like idiots with them. They need us to take walks with them and not mind the .1 MPH pace of a toddler on a spring night. They deserve to help us make supper even though it takes twice as long and makes it twice as much work. They deserve to know that they’re a priority for us and that we truly love to be with them.
I know it’s human nature to want to know how our children compare to others and to want to make sure we’re doing all we can for them. Here is a list of what children are typically taught or should know by the end of each year of school, starting with preschool. Since we homeschool, I occasionally print out the lists and check to see if there’s anything glaringly absent in what my kids know. So far there hasn’t been, but I get ideas sometimes for subjects to think up games about or books to check out from the library. Whether you homeschool or not, the lists can be useful to see what kids typically learn each year and can be reassuring that they really are doing fine. If there are areas where it seems your child is lacking, realise that it’s not an indication of failure for either you or your child. You just haven’t happened to cover that. Kids will learn whatever they’re exposed to, and the idea that they all need to know these 15 things at this precise age is rather silly. Still, if you want him to have those subjects covered then just work it into life and play with the subject and he’ll naturally pick it up. Count to 60 when you’re mixing a cake and he’ll pick up his numbers. Get fun books from the library about space or the alphabet. Experiment with everything from garden snow to celery stalks in food coloring. It’ll all happen naturally, with much more fun and much less pressure.
What does a 4 year old need?
Much less than we realise, and much more.
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Stained Glass Window Cookies
These novelty Christmas cookies shaped like Christmas Trees, Stars, Bells and Reindeer etc.. are fun to make together with children.
Method: Sift the flour, salt, ginger and baking powder into a large bowl. Put the butter, sugar and syrup into a pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Beat the egg and milk together and stir in the cooled butter and sugar, then pour the contents of the pan into the dry ingredients and stir to form a soft dough. Transfer onto a piece of clingfilm and wrap tightly, then refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until firm. Preheat the oven to 180c / 350f / gas 4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to around 3 mm thick. Cut out 4 cookies with the largest cutter, then 4 with the next largest and so on. Transfer the cookies to baking sheets, spacing them about 2 Â˝ cm apart and grouping the larger cookies and smaller cookies together on separate sheets. Re-roll the trimmings and cut more cookies as needed.
Ingredients 225g plain flour plus extra for dusting Quarter tsp salt 2 tsp ground ginger Half tsp baking powder 50g butter 100g soft dark brown sugar 100g golden syrup 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp milk Approx 170g royal icing
Chill the cookies for 10 minutes in the freezer, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes for the small cookies and 11 to 12 minutes for the larger ones, until turning darker around the edges. Cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.
To assemble the trees make up the royal icing according to the packet instructions. Take 2 of the largest cookies and sandwich them together with a little of the icing, making sure the tips of the stars are slightly askew. Carefully stack the remaining cookies, in descending size, on top of the base, securing in place with icing. Do the same for the second tree. Reserve the smallest stars for the tops of the trees, but leave to dry for one hour before adding the top stars. Stick them together with more icing and drizzle over any remaining icing as decoration. Leave to dry for 5 to 6 hours before serving.
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Rudolph Cupcakes Budding little chefs will enjoy making these delicious cute chocolate cakes!
Makes 12 Cupcakes Method: Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4. Line a deep muffin tin with 12 paper cases. Measure the eggs. Caster sugar, butter, flour, baking powder, milk and zest into a mixing bowl. Beat together using an electric hand whisk. Stir in the cranberries and spoon into the cases. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until well risen and lightly golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack. To make the icing, sieve the icing sugar into the soft butter, beat together until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and mix until smooth. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up a little. Pipe or spread the icing over the cold cupcakes. Slice each Curly Wurly into three widthways, then in half lengthways to make 6 antlers. Repeat with the remaining bars. Push the antlers into the cupcakes. Place a cherry on each cake to make a nose. Put 2 sultanas on each cake to make the eyes. Chill until firm.
Ingredients 1 tbsp milk. 2 eggs. 150g butter at room temperature. 150g caster sugar. 150g self raising flour. Half tsp baking powder. Zest of half a small orange. 45g dried cranberries, chopped.
Icing 100g softened butter. 150g icing sugar. 2 tbsp cocoa powder.
Decoration 4 x Curly Wurly Chocolate Bars. 12 glace cherries Sultanas.
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Christmas Pudding Truffles Truffles always make a nice present and these ones can be dressed up to look like mini Christmas Puddings. If you don’t have time to decorate them then just dust the truffles with cocoa. Put each truffle in a mini muffin case and sit in a small box, tied with a ribbon.
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Put the butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and melt together over a saucepan of warm water (make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water), stirring occasionally. You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave using 15 second bursts and stirring between each burst (it will probably take 3-4 bursts). Set aside to cool slightly. Put the Madeira cake in a food processor and whiz to crumbs. Add the cherries, raisins and pecans and pulse 5-6 times until roughly chopped (if you like larger pieces then chop the fruit and nuts by hand). Tip the crumb mixture into the bowl of chocolate and add the vanilla and icing sugar. Stir until thoroughly combined. Put the truffle mixture into the fridge for around 1 hour, to firm up. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment or Clingfilm. Take tablespoonful’s of the truffle mixture and roll them into balls, using the palms of your hands. Sit the rolled truffles on the prepared baking sheet. When you have finished rolling the truffles put the baking sheet in the fridge for another hour, or overnight, to allow the mixture to firm up again.
Ingredients Truffles 75g (2 1/2 oz) unsalted butter. 125g (4 1/2 oz) dark chocolate. 200g (7oz) Madeira cake (or loaf cake). 50g (2oz) glace cherries, halved. 50g (2oz) raisins. 25g (1oz) pecans. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. 2 tbsp icing sugar
Decoration Red and green food colour. 50g (2oz) ready to use fondant icing. 110g (4oz) icing sugar or Tate & Lyle. Royal icing sugar. 1/2 tsp meringue powder or dried.
Makes 18 large truffles
To decorate the truffles first make the “holly”. Colour 1/4 of the fondant icing red and then roll out 36 small balls. Colour the remaining fondant green and roll out thinly (you can do this between two pieces of Clingfilm if it gets too sticky. Cut out 36 holly leaves. Sit the decorations on a plate lined with Clingfilm. Put the icing sugar in a bowl (and stir in the egg white powder, if using). Add half of the water and stir in, then add extra water, a couple of drops at a time, to make a stiff icing. Drop 1/2 teaspoon icing on the top of a truffle and use a cocktail stick or the tip of a knife to spread the icing out a little. Allow to dry slightly, then sit two holly berries and leaves on the top of the truffle. Repeat with remaining truffles then return the truffles to the fridge and leave for 3-4 hours, or overnight, to allow the icing to set. If any of the decorations drop off then they can be fixed back with a little extra icing.
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1. Wondercube - £17.99 www.mywondercube.com 2. Funky Giraffe Bandana Bibs - £1.98 funkygiraffebibs.co.uk 3. Lamaze Dee Dee the Dragon - £7.49 www.toysrus.co.uk 4. Little Grippers Baby Socks Gift Box - £10.00 www.littlegrippers.co.uk 5. Sophie the Giraffe - Classic Gift Box - £12.99 www.sophielagirafe.co.uk 6. Mothercare Spotty Pig Money Box - £18.00 www.mothercare.com 7. Moulin Roty Les Pachats Minoucha Cat Doll - £46.95 www.bijoulifestyle.co.uk 8. Leapfrog Scout Baby Walker - £29.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 9. Bentham Bedtime Bear - £24.00 www.silvercrossbaby.com
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Up to 2 Years
1. Play to learn- Neil the Seal - £19.99 www.tomy.
2. Vilac Basile the Dog Pull Toy - £24.00 www.johnlewis. com
3. Steiff Pull-Along Issy Donkey - £45.00 www.hamleys.com 4. Lamaze - Push along peanut - £13.99 www.tomy. co.uk 5. Darcey Ballerina Rag Doll - £35.00 www.silvercrossbaby.com 6. Winnie the pooh- Dancing pooh - £34.99 www.tomy.
co.uk 7. SmarTrike - £99.99 www.toysrus.co.uk
8. Red Blackberry JimJamz in a Jar - £20.00 www.jimjamz-gifts.co.uk 9. Uncle Goose nursery rhyme blocks - £12.95 www.kindtoys.co.uk
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2 to 4 Years
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2 to 4 Years
1. Scootaheadz Timmy T-Rex £14.99 www.scootaheadz.com 2. Reindeer Happy Hopper - £21.99 www.happyhopperz. co.uk 3. Wooden Toy
Chocolate Birthday Cake / Gingerbread Man - £19.49 www. kidsonestopshop. co.uk
4. First Bike - £97.75 www. firstbike.com 5. Robo Fish - £9.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 6. Truly Scrumptious Cake Set £24.00 www.silvercrossbaby.com
9. Aquadoodle - Jungle sounds - £24.99 www. Tomy.co.uk 10. Mini Micro 3 in 1 Scooter - £79.95 www.micro-scooters. co.uk 11. ELC Wooden Train Table - £80.00 www.mothercare.com 12. Princess Dolls Pram + Doll & Bag £400.00 www.silvercrossbaby.com 13. Bosch Junior Work Bench - £25.00 www.mothercare.com 14. Read With Me Scout. Leapfrog £29.99 www.toysrus. co.uk
7. Wow Toys
15. Baby Annabell Interactive Doll £44.99 www.toysrus. co.uk
16. VTech Gadget the Robot - £39.99
Sunshine Explorers - £19.78 8. Dinosaur Train -
Interaction Ned -
£19.99 www.Tomy. co.uk
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4 to 6 Years
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4 to 6 Years
1. Creativity Camera leapfrog - £14.93 www. leapfrogstore.co.uk
10. Doc Medicine Bag Game - £9.99
2. Teksta the Robotic Puppy - £59.99 www.
11. WWE Basic 6 Figure Gift Pack -
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3. VTech InnoTab 3S £99.99 www.vtechuk. com
12. LeapFrog Learn To Write With Mr Pencil -
4. Turtles Shell Raiser Vehicle - £29.99 www. smythstoys.com
13. Novi Stars Curl n Coil - £25.00 www. thetoyshop.com
5. Mini Lalaloopsy
Loopy Hair Doll Mittens Fluff ‘N’ Stuff
14. Secret Safe Dairy - £24.99 www.vtechuk. com
- £9.00 www.thetoyshop.com
15. Skribbies Shoes £35.95 www.skribbies. Swim Dolphin Doll So- com phina - £24.99 www. 16. Maxi Micro Scooter smythstoys.com £109.95 www.micro7. Seedling ‘Design scooters.co.uk 6. Moxie Girlz Magic
your own Snow Globe’
- £14.99 www.kindtoys. co.uk 8. Leapfrog LeapPad Ultra - £119.99 www. leapfrogstore.co.uk
9. Zoomer Dalmatian - £74.99 www.smythstoys.com
17. Turtles Ooze Cruiser - £14.99 www.flairplc. co.uk 18. Turtles Drop Copter - £14.99 www.flairplc.co.uk
19. Seedling ‘Design your own magic wand’ £24.99 www.kindtoys.co.uk
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From 6 Years
1. Hue Animation Studio £59.95 www.huehd.com 2. Harry Potter Final Challenge Chess Set £300.00 www.hamleys.com 3. The Bear Grylls Dangerous Den Kit - £98.00 www.battleboxcompany.co.uk
4. Pink Karaoke Screen Party - £84.99 www.toysrus. co.uk
5. Furby Boom Interactive Toy - £59.99 www.argos.co.uk 6. Scalextric Start Battle of Endor Star Wars Set £99.99 www.scalextric.com 7. Skylanders Swap Force Pack - £24.99 www.skylanders.com/uk 8. Aquarelle Beach Paradise - £14.99 www.amazon.co.uk 9. Lego Chima Lion Chi Temple - £69.99 www. toysrus.co.uk
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The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen £12.99 www.templarco.co.uk
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt Harper £12.99 www.harpercollins.co.uk
10. Fashion Angels Velvet Poster Collection - £12.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 11. De Van Bed - Blue - £599.99 www.mothercare.com 12. Professor Dumbledore’s Elder Illuminating Wand - £34.99 www.gamesquest.co.uk
The Pirates Next Door Sound Book £12.99 www.templarco.co.uk
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1. Monsters University MONOPOLY Junior £19.99 www.winningmoves.co.uk 2. Appletters £15.99 www.winningmoves.co.uk 3. BANANAGRAMS £14.99 www.winningmoves.co.uk 4. ZIP-IT £14.99 www.winningmoves.co.uk 5. Giant Pass The Pigs £14.99 www.winningmoves.co.uk 6. Just In Time - £19.99 www.ravensburger.com 7. Linkee £19.99 www.playlinkee.com 8. Dice + £29.99 www.dicepl.us 9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Connect 4 £15.99 www.winningmoves.co.uk
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1. ASICS GEL-KAYANO 19 Running Shoes £89.95 www.sportsshoes.com 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Camera £629.00 www.amazon. co.uk 3.Walkie Talkie Watches £39.99 www.paramountzone.com 4. Keyfinder Keyring With Light £2.99 www.paramountzone.com 5. ADATA Blue 1TB Drop & Waterproof Portable USB Hard Drive £71.94 www.ijtdirect.co.uk 6. Silver Dial Rectangle Face Armani Watch £199.00 www.psyche.co.uk 7. Polar RC3 GPS Watch £199.94 www.halfords.com 8. Giant Anthem X3 £999.00 www.pedalon.co.uk
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LEARNING Products TOY TOWN Gifts for Mum
1. Memory Locket Necklace - £25.00 www.notonthehigh street.com 2. Bola Pregnancy Chimes - £19.99 www.babylonia.be 3. Long Grey Alpaca Wrist Warmers with Silver Grey Rabbit Fur Bow - £49.00 www.black.co.uk 4. YUYU Hot Water Bottle - £159.00 www.yuyubottle.com 5. Tiffany Heart Tag Bracelet - £139.00 www.londonagentinternational.co.uk 6. Lauren - Button-down Nightie & Robe - £129.00 www.babeswithbabies.com 7. Love Boo Luxury Mummy Spa Gift Set - £39.95 www.johnlewis.com
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Bookshelf Cook Books
Inferno - Dan Brown Seek and ye shall find.’ With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.
How to fall in love - Cecelia Ahern A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author.
Madhouse Cookbook Jo Pratt The recipes are simple, easy to shop for and quick to make, with shortcuts and prepare-ahead tips. But there’s much more to the book than this - there are also Lifesaver mini-recipes that give you staples for your freezer and store cupboard, and Leftovers minirecipes too.
Family Kitchen Cookbook Caroline Bretherton
Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes Annabel Karmel
Includes recipes, tips and tricks to feed the whole family. Featuring 700 recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and a photograph of each finished dish, this title covers from toddlers to teens and everything from batching, freezing and nutritional breakdown to ideas for kids’ parties.
In this new Quick and Easy book she offers 130 recipes that can be rustled up in minutes. With an eye on nutritional content and appeal for children, as well as speediness for hassled mums and dads, she solves mealtimes in an instant.
Sense and Sensibility - Joanna Trollope Joanna Trollope’s much-anticipated contemporary reworking of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility launches The Austen Project and is already one of the most talked about books of the year. Two sisters could hardly be more different. Elinor Dashwood, an architecture student, values discretion above all. Her impulsive sister Marianne displays her creativity everywhere as she dreams of going to art school. But when the family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home for twenty years, their values are severely put to the test.
She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life. Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him that before then she can show him life is worth living . Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she's made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely latenight outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life. But is that all that's happening… ? A novel to make you laugh, cry and appreciate life, this is Cecelia Ahern at her thoughtful and surprising best.
Bridget Jones Mad about the Boy With her hotly anticipated third installment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on.
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1. London Wetland Centre Get into the festive mood at WWT London Wetland Centre’s wonderful winter weekend! Children will be thrilled to hop aboard for a husky sleigh ride, visit Santa in his magical grotto and enjoy a unique Wetlands Winter Show. When: 7th Dec - 8th Dec Tel: 01453 891900 www.wwt.org.uk
2. Greenwich Market Kids can meet Father Christmas at his very own Santas Grotto at Greenwich Market and enjoy magic and balloon modelling over the festive season. When: 27th Nov - 22nd Dec www.viewlondon.co.uk
3. Harrods With plenty of festive cheer and fun for all the family, the Santas Grotto at Harrods returns this year to get the season off to a magical start.
Take a magical adventure to visit Father Christmas and his elves in a brand-new walkthrough attraction “The Night before Christmas - A Magical Adventure”. When you enter the home of Father Christmas, you’ll find yourself in a world of wonder and excitement!. When: 7th - 9th, 14th - 16th & from 19th Dec - 5th Jan Tel: 0871 663 4477 www.chessington.com
5. Ham House Follow the Christmas trail in the 17th-century gardens to Santa’s grotto where every child will receive a Christmas gift. When: Weekends of 7th - 8th, 14th - 15th, 21st - 22nd Dec Tel: 0208 940 1950 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
9. Winter Wonderland
Grotto’s Where you can find the Big Man this Christmas 6. Enchanted Christmas House Taking place at the spectacular London Art House, this annual event is hosted by Santa Claus and his elves who will welcome you and your family into a treasure trove of activities that will keep them entertained for hours. Not forgetting the mince pies and mulled wine served for the adults.. When: 30th Nov - 24th Dec Tel: 0203 227 3200. www.enchantedhouse.net
When: 2nd Nov - 24th Dec www.harrods.com
4. Chessington World of Adventures
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The festive fun begins with a seasonal walk through the 18th century gardens to Grotto Island. Here you will enter the Christmas Wishing Tent where children will receive an activity pack and refreshments can be purchased. Elves will then guide you into the fairylike crystal Grotto where children share their wish with Father Christmas and receive a gift.
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When: 22nd Nov - 5th Jan Tel: 0208 241 9818 www.hydeparkwinter wonderland.com
10. Kew Gardens Father Christmas returns to the Princess of Wales Conservatory - free story-telling for little people during a day visit to Kew this December. Or give the children a ride on our festive fairground, complete with helter skelter, carousel and vintage car ride - this year opposite Victoria Gate and open every daytime. When: 7th Dec -5th Jan Tel: 0208 332 5655 www.kew.org
11. Chessington Garden Centre Includes a short animated festive film and then a magical journey through a wonderland of stunning fairy tale inspired scenes before meeting Santa in his enchanting ice palace. When: 30th Nov - 5th Dec Tel: 01372 725 638 www.chessington gardencentre.co.uk
7. Painshill Park
When: 7th - 24th Dec Tel: 01932 584 284 www.painshill.co.uk
Meet Father Christmas at the free Santas Grotto, when Hyde Park is transformed into a breathtaking festive landscape complete with ice rink, Christmas market and circus.
8. London Zoo Christmas begins at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo where visitors will be able to see reindeer up close in their paddock before visiting Father Christmas himself in his magical indoor grotto, which is sure to be a Chritsmas visit with a difference. When: 23rd - 24th Nov, 30th Nov - 1st Dec, 7th - 8th Dec, 14th 15th Dec & 18th - 24th Dec Tel: 0844 225 1826 www.zsl.org
Join in the magic this Christmas at Hamleys Regent Street, this December by having Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, High Tea, Tea and Dinner with Father Christmas. When: 23rd Nov - 24th Dec Tel: 0871 704 1977 www.hamleys.com
christmas 1. Sleeping Beauty
5. Peter Pan
The classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty will be packed with comic calamities, slap stick humour and a host of creative characters to entertain everyone.
Richmond Theatre are pleased to announce that legendary TV and film actor Henry Winkler (OBE), best known for his role as The Fonz in US TV series Happy Days, will be the bad guy everyone loves to hate as he takes on the role of the dastardly Captain Hook in this year’s swashbuckling spectacular of a pantomime.
When: 13th Dec - 31st Dec. www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk
When: 6th Dec - 12th Jan. www.atgtickets.com
2. Jack & the Beanstalk
Jack & the Beanstalk will entertain you royally with everything you would expect from a traditional festive treat and a whole lot more.
When: 30th Nov - 4th Jan. www.thebroadwaybarking.com
When: 29th Nov - 5th Jan. www.uktw.co.uk
In true Hackney style expect all of the usual show-stopping songs, dazzling dance routines, knockabout comedy and bags of audience participation. This is guaranteed to be yet another Hackney hit and the perfect treat for all the family. When: 23rd - 5th Jan. www.hackneyempire.co.uk
7. Dick Whittingham
Millfield pantomime is a show for all the family, Dick Whittington tells the true rags-to-riches tale of a young man and his loyal cat, on their exciting quest to find fame and fortune. When: 28th Nov - 4th Jan. www.childrenandarts.org.uk
8. Dick Whittingham
Theatre Royal Stratford East
New Wimbledon Theatre Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East in this year’s panto spectacular. Rub the magic lamp, enter the cave of wonders and be transported to this fun fairytale world. BAFTA-winning comedienne, writer and actress Jo Brand makes her pantomime debut as Genie of the Ring. She is joined by street dancers Flawless as the Peking Police Force, and Olivier award winning actor and television presenter Matthew Kelly as Widow Twanky. When: 6th Dec - 12th Jan. www.ents24.com
North 7 London
Churchill Theatre The beautiful Cinderella has escaped from her vicious stepmother and ugly sisters to Bromley in a pumpkin carriage with her mice friends. Do you think you can help Prince Charming find Cinderella?
6. Puss in Boots
Expect lots of laughter, silly songs and a sack full of festive fun in this raucous new version of the classic tale from London’s Olivier Award nominated team. When: 23rd Nov - 11th Jan. Web: www.stratfordeast.com
Shaw Theatre With a top-quality West End cast, live band, stunning sets, glittering costumes, and plenty of audience participation, Cinderella promises to be the most spectacular pantomime ever. When: 13th - 31st Dec. www.shaw-theatre.com
10. Jack and the Beanstalk
Magic beans, a journey to an enchanted kingdom in the clouds, an evil giant, and some zumba, Jack and the Beanstalk has all the ingredients of a classic panto. When: 23rd Nov - 4th Jan. www.lyric.co.uk
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Get your skates on in London Somerset House Skate at Somerset House is one of London’s most glamorous ice rinks. After dark, music turns up the tempo as the rink transforms into an ice dance floor as part of the Club Nights sessions. Top live DJs from Europe and the UK’s leading clubs spin the latest soundtracks while you skate. Glad Tidings Tuesdays brings the spirit of Christmas to Skate at Somerset House on Tuesday evenings with festive music, a special late night shopping experience at The Christmas Arcade, and traditional yuletide treats including mince pies, toffee apples and mulled wine. When: November 14th - January 5th www.somersethouse.org.uk
Natural History Museum The spectacular rink is set within the beautiful surroundings of the iconic South Kensington Museum beneath 76,000 twinkling fairy lights. There are also plenty of stalls to buy gifts and food from. Enjoy a beautiful fairground carousel, a sumptuous food, warming drinks and creative cocktails. Families can feast on delicious treats, colleagues can mingle over mulled wine and music, and couples can cosy up with a hot chocolate on the open-air balcony overlooking the ice rink. The rink caters for both beginner and advanced skaters with a junior rink for younger skaters. When: October 31st - January 5th www.nhmskating.com
Hampton Court Palace The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink returns this festive period for another skating season. Put on your ear muffs, gloves and skates, grab someone’s hand and have some fun this Christmas. The outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court offers spectacular views of the magnificent Palace that Henry VIII once lived in. Book an evening session to see the palace lit up after dark while you skate under the evening stars! The Ice Bar & Café provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks. When: November 30th - January 12th www.hamptoncourticerink.com
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Tower of London What better way to celebrate the festive season than ice skating in the 1000 year old Tower Moat. Back by popular demand for yet another year. Feel the cold tingle of London’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around the rink in the moat of one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Whether you pop along with friends during your lunchtime, plan a romantic date or decide to make a day of it at this world-famous fortification, the Tower of London ice rink is one of the coolest locations for winter fun with a group of friends or a festive family gathering. When: November 16th - January 5th www.toweroflondonicerink.com
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Festive family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park with big top shows, the observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. Winter Wonderland provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. As well as the stunning ice rink, Winter Wonderland includes gentle rides for younger children. Children can meet Santa in his grotto every day from 10am to 6pm. Entry is free but the queue will close at 4pm on busy days. When: November 23rd - January 5th www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
Eyeskate London Eye Eyeskate returns to the EDF Energy London Eye this winter, welcoming everybody from experts to beginners to indulge their playful side and soar across the open-air ice rink - overlooked by London’s most iconic landmark.. When: November 27th - January 5th www.londoneye.com
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Gaming for all ages
christmas Entertainment Fun Entertainment
Check out the best, most entertaining, and age appropriate video games for your kids, all recommended by our readers.
Smart for School-Age
Perfect for Preschool Moshlings Theme Park
Fifa 14 Fifa 14 is the latest in the longest-running football video game series in the world.
The Moshlings return with more fun mini-games as you collect the lost monsters and ride the attractions.
3 to look out for Khumba Release date: 6th December
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Bringing all new moves with breakthrough features for every motion control platform and over 40 of the hottest tracks and dances.
This is a brilliant update in the Animal Crossing series and well worth the long wait from announcement to release.
Planes Disney Infinity
Take to the skies and continue the storyline beyond the film with Dusty and other characters
Welcome to Disney Infinity! A new game that unlocks the freedom to play with Disney and Disney/Pixar worlds.
Super Mario Bros The Super Mario Brothers make their HD debut as traditional Mario side-scrolling gameplay get a massive visual boost.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Release date: 13th December
LEGO Batman 2 This is the Superman game every Superman fan has wanted to play since they started making Superman games.
Awsome for Older Kids The Lego Movie Release date: 7th February
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Making its glorious return on the Wii U console with gorgeous HD graphics and enhanced game features.
Star Wars 1313
Race for and manage a touring car team. A boisterous and deep racing simulation game worth a look for any petrolhead.
This is a new SimCity that delivers unprecedented depth of simulation. The model-like world and detail of the simulation make this the most responsive and personal SimCity ever.
A gritty spin on the Star Wars universe that cast you as a bounty hunter exploring the depths of Coruscant, 1313 is most notable for its extraordinary visual prowess and animation.
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Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo! By Emma Chichester Clark
The eighth title in this hugely popular series featuring Lily and her loveable soft toy sees the inseparable duo starting at a new school with surprising results. T he Bippolo Seed and
Mabel and Me -
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories is a collection of seven illustrated stories by children’s author Dr. Seuss. Described by the publisher as the literary equivalent of buried treasure.
Mabel and Me are strolling down a strolly street, when Mabel asks a Hugely Harrowing and Diabolically Difficult question about why Me thinks they are best friends.
Judith’s career as a children’s book writer and illustrator began after she had children, and over forty years on she is still producing classic picture books. She is a rare and wonderful talent and this is a fascinating insight into the person behind the books. We see her early attempts at drawing and writing; her sketches and work from art school.
Best of Friends By Mark Sperring
Other Lost Stories By Dr. Seuss
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Creatures By Judith Kerr
Lunchtime By Rebecca Cobb It's lunchtime for one little girl, but she's just not hungry. A visiting crocodile, bear and wolf, however, are starving. It's just as well that children taste revolting! A beautifully illustrated tale of food, friendship and fun.
T he Worst Princess By Anna Kemp Once upon a time, in a tower near you, Lived a sad princess; the Princess Sue. “Some day,” she sighed, “my prince will come, But I wish he’d move his royal bum.” But when Princess Sue’s prince finally does arrive, he’s not quite what she had in mind.
Splat the Cat: F ishy Tales By Annie Auerbach
Splat the Cat and his class go on a field trip to the aquarium! Splat tries to impress Kitten with his excellent sea creature facts, but he might not know as much about underwater creatures as he first thought.
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Top 10 Winter Getaways
Northern Finland Lapland covers parts of Northern Sweden and Finland and is grouped together as one of the quintessentially Christmas areas on offer in the world. Lapland is the marketed Christmas land and it more than lives up to its reputation. There are scores of fun filled santalands, reindeer, sleigh rides, husky dogs, snow mobiles, ice fishing lakes, beautiful snow filled landscapes and plenty of cross country skiing on offer. For younger families Lapland really is a paradise of Christmas charm and beauty and there’s a huge amount on offer. Rustic log cabins and more modern villas in the countryside give you a fantastic winter escape and a true opportunity for a white Christmas. Tel: 0845 092 0363 Web: www.laplandholidays.com
Pontins Pakefield Holiday Park, Lowestoft, Suffolk All of their venues will be lovingly decorated to get everyone in the festive spirit and there will be an amazing tree for everyone to enjoy. They have so many fun activities planned for the kids including, The Croc Crew Christmas Party which will include a fancy dress parade. Most importantly though there will be a very important visit from Father Christmas who will be giving presents to every child. Tel: 08714 742 741
Leaving from Southampton
Avoid the airports and pack as much as you want on P&O Cruises’ Oceana which sets sail from Southampton on 15th December for 12 nights. Calling in at winter sunspots such as Tenerife, Madeira, Gran Canaria, La Palma and Lisbon, there’s Santa’s Grotto, a pantomime, parties for all ages, a gift and traditional Christmas Lunch on board. Tel: 0808 115 5793 Web: www.the-cruise-specialists.co.uk
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Home & Away
Come and experience the magic from Friday 8th November 2013, when each village falls under a captivating spell and transforms into an enchanting Winter Wonderland. With twinkling lights, glittering decorations and Santa’s Woodland Workshop, the forest comes alive with the anticipation of Christmas.
There are a range of festive activities to delight the whole family and no break is complete without booing at the baddie and cheering the hapless hero in the traditional pantomime. As a magnificent high point, each break also features a spectacular firework extravaganza. Tel: 0844 8267 723 Web: www.centerparcs.co.uk
Finnish Winter Adventure Oulanka National Park
This is definitely a winter trip with a difference. The whole family can enjoy lots of new exciting activities and wholesome home-cooked food rustled up by the small team of expert staff. The wilderness base is located at the edge of Oulanka National Park in a truly spectacular setting, perfect for this fun-filled winter holiday. Discover the beautiful wilderness of Finnish Lapland on snowshoes, cross-country skis, dogsled and snowmobiles. A highlight will certainly be time on the husky farm, before heading out on a dogsled ride through forests and across frozen lakes. If you’re lucky, and the night sky is clear, you might even catch a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. Tel: 0845 287 7531 Web: www.exodus.co.uk
Even if you’ve never skied or snowboarded and never want to the French Alps are a beautiful winter wonderland and there’s plenty to do there. For children the French Alps are probably the ultimate winter paradise with snow, mountains, sledding, skiing and snowboarding to keep them entertained all day long. You can spend your time skiing, hiking or just relaxing in the beautiful mountains. While all of the Alps are exceptionally beautiful, France has some of the best ski schools and a fantastic infrastructure in terms of slopes and family care. This means you can relax or spend your time on the slopes without having to worry and you’ll have an incredible Christmas as well! Web: www.homeaway.co.uk
New York is one of the most popular Christmas destinations in the world and with good reason. No city on earth puts as much effort into Christmas as New York and it really shows. The climate means that you can almost guarantee the city will be blanketed in snow and every shop, group and person seems to really get behind the Christmas spirit. There’s the gigantic tree and ice skating in the Rockefeller Plaza, ice skating in Central Park, the incredible window displays and toy stores such as FAO Schwartz, Macy’s Santaland and the best Christmas lights in the world. If that wasn’t enough you also have everything New York can offer from the Statue of Liberty and Time
Square to the shows of Broadway and the Skyscrapers. Christmas in New York is a fantastic family experience and will give you and your family fantastic memories! Web: www.nyctourist.com
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Safari in South Africa,
Madikwe, South Africa Fancy waking up to see an elephant on Christmas morning? The Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa is perfect for a family safari, not least as it’s in a malaria-free zone and there’s zero jetlag Tel: +39 0763 86684 Web: www.lacasella.it
Home & Away
Florida has so many great reasons to be high on your list of potential family Christmas holiday destinations. The weather is beautiful at this time of year and it isn’t too humid, there are beautiful beaches and cities along the coast, the scenery is spectacular with the Everglades national park being a highlight and the sea life around the coast offers an incredible opportunity to see Whales, Dolphins and beautiful wildlife.
If that wasn’t enough for a family Christmas there are also the theme parks and for most families this is ultimately the biggest draw. Disney is the highlight and they really go all out for Christmas with parades and events daily. The other parks will keep your older children amused for days on end. Tel: 01934 319 851 Web: www.floridaholidayplanner.com
Disneyland by Eurostar Paris, France
Christmas at Disneyland Paris. What better way is there to enjoy all the magic of Disney than at Christmas with all your favourite characters and Santa Claus!
Wave and smile back at Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy, there to greet you in their most festive outfits, spreading their own special kind of Christmas cheer. Even Father Christmas himself will be there in person so make sure you’ve made your list and have been extra good this year! Tel: 0844 800 8898 Web: www.disneylandparis.co.uk
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You’ve got to love’em
Cute & Funny things Kids say about
Time “If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long.” (My 7 year olds outlook on love) Lizzy, Islington
Listening to Dad
Happy Valen tines on the 14th Febru ary
“Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” (Roger, 9)
Thinking Ahead Clinton (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried when his mum asked what was troubling him, he replied, ‘I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?’
Forgetfulness “Don’t forget your wife’s name. That will mess up the love.” - Freddie, age 8
Truthful Love is when mummy sees daddy on the toilet and doesn’t think its gross.
“Once I’m done with Playschool, I’m going to find me a wife.” Tom, age 5. Gemma, Croydon
Whisper Whisper Marc my 4 year old was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: ‘Why is he whispering in her mouth?’
Rob, Covent Garden
Only God Knows
Match.com I asked my 5 year old son how he was going to find himself a wife when he was older? Answer: “You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the crisps and dip coming. Frankie, Barnet
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. Kirsten, age 9. Sarah, Elephant & Castle
The Birds and the Bees We have twin boys [who] wouldn’t stop asking EXACTLY how the Labrador dad got the lab in our ‘Labradoodle.’ This was the moment we were waiting for to explain the birds and the bees. I didn’t expect to be alone with them in a drive through. After I had finished, they sat open mouthed and silent. There were head tilts and scrunched noses and finally one of the boys said, ‘Aren’t you glad you only had to do THAT once to get two babies?
Sarah, Elephant & Castle
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Clubs & Classes Maggie & Rose
The members club for families classes for your mini Mozart, juvenile Jamie Oliver or pint-sized Picasso. From 6 months to 9 years, Maggie & Rose classes are lovingly designed by brilliant teachers to recognise talent and cultivate creativity. Vibrant entertainers, exciting activities and yummy, fresh organic food: all the ingredients your child could wish for but without the mess or bother of doing it yourself. Where: 58 Pembroke Road, Kensington. Tel: 0207 371 2200 www.maggieandrose.com
Totstars have developed a unique and innovative method of enhancing children’s cognitive, social and physical development through sport. They use fun and action packed games to challenge and keep children enthused as they learn. They focus on awareness, numeracy, teamwork & sharing. Providing young children an opportunity through the use of fun, action packed games and drills to engage in football and to teach them basic early learning. Where: Saturday Sessions - Streatham, Wallington/Hackbridge, Croydon. Tel: 07540 932 356 www.totstarsuk.com
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The Creation Station
Creation Station aims to inspire creative thinking at an early age in a safe and nurturing environment; to stimulate children’s development in thinking and problem solving using art, craft, music and movement. Where: Harrow, Finchley, Dulwich and Wimbledon. Tel: 08448 549 096 www.thecreationstation.co.uk
An award-winning baby ballet Song and Dance Academy with an exciting educational movement to music programme.
Apples & Pears
Get going with Apples & Pears! Apples & Pears, operated by Mytime Active, is Camden’s free service for all the family to get you on your way to a healthier weight. We’ve got loads of classes to suit your lifestyle and interests, to help get you active and eating right. Apples & Pears is all about making exercise and good eating a fun part of your everyday routine, with like-minded people and friendly staff. There’s something to suit everyone at Apples & Pears. Whatever your age or shape, we’ll get you fitter – for free! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 3688 1710 www.applesandpearscamden.co.uk www.mytimeactive.co.uk
Theatrebugs Theatrebugs carefully designs each adventure to ignite your child’s imagination and allow their confidence to bloom! They offer exciting new extracurricular activities in nurseries, schools, parties or shows. Helping your child with improved concentration, enriched vocabulary, increased selfconfidence and much, much more! But most of all, they will have so much fun!
Designed to encourage babies and young children to enjoy the joys of song and dance, baby ballet has built up a fantastic reputation for providing children with the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment. Where: Wimbledon, Putney, Hamstead, Highgate, Greenwich, Bromley, Dartford and Bexley. Tel: 01422 329 471 www.babyballet.co.uk
Where: All areas across London. Tel: 0800 975 5290 www.theatrebugs.co.uk
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Pineapple Performing Arts School
Pineapple offers a warm and friendly environment for students to learn a variety of professional, disciplined performing arts subjects such as singing (musical theatre) dancing (street dance) and drama, and is a great place to meet new people and build confidence, whilst developing performing arts skills.
Baby Sensory Sensory Play, Baby and Child Development. Baby Sensory classes offer a musical world full of exciting sensory experiences for parents and babies from light shows to bubbles, bells, rainbows, puppets, signing, games, baby whispering & bonding activities.
Art at Kite Studio
Mozo Island After School
Sing pop songs and jam in a band! Big Kid’s Band Intermediate/ Advanced Group. Ukulele, Guitar, Keyboard and Recorder with Singing. Age 8 - 10, Every Monday 4.45 - 5.35 Beginner’s Club Introduction to - Recorder, Ukulele, Guitar, Singing, Drumming and Art (inc. free recorder) Age 5-10, Every Monday 3.45 - 4.35 Both Clubs £9. Per session. Book Now for Jan 2014, Quote: Rascals, to get first session FREE!!
All of their tutors are widely recognised industry professionals, and have lots of teaching experience. Where: 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden Tel: 020 8351 8839 www.pineapplearts.com
Clubs & Classes
Where: All London areas Tel: 07545 247 963 www.babysensory.com
Where: Ritz Music Shop, Sheen Rd, Richmond. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org mozoislandmusicschool.blogspot.co.uk Tel: 01582 766 464 www.monkeymusic.co.uk
Twisters Gym and Dance Twisters welcome children of all abilities and offer stimulating and fun classes for 6 months to young teens. Classes include: Twisters 1 & 2, Gymkids, Gymnastics, Ballet, Street Jazz, Tap, Dance, Drama and Art.
A creative oasis in Shepherds Bush. Founded more than six years ago to provide quality art education for children. Their aim is to make art accessible to everyone, irrespective of income, ability or age, including the early years and children with additional needs, and to involve parents in the creative learning process. They also offer bespoke workshops at beautiful premises in Kemerton, Gloucestershire, where you can book self-catering cottages or come for a day trip. Where: 2b Bassein Park, Road, Shepherds Bush. Tel: 020 8576 6278 www.kitestudios.org
At Diddi Dance they realise and encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class. Using various dancing games and exercises, bells, hoops and dance ribbons to their own funky pop songs so your little one not only improves their rhythm and co-ordination but also their social and gross motor skills. Classes are ideally suited for both boys and girls between 2-4 years old, however they have had children as young as 16 months. Where: All areas across London. Tel: 07973 982 790 www.diddidance.com
Where: Ealing: St.John’s Church, Mattock Lane, Elthorne Sports Centre, Westlea Road, St.Thomas’s Church Hall, Boston Road. Chiswick: St Peter’s Church, Southfield Road. Tel: 020 8933 9997 www.twisters.org.uk
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Clubs & Classes Water Babies
Play Yoga Baby Yoga Classes, Baby Massage & Baby Weaning Classes in North London. Eat Play Grow aims to inspire positive development in the early years that will build the foundations which last a lifetime.
Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swim school, teaching a core skill to hundreds of babies & children every week. The courses are very different to traditional swimming lessons. For a start, because they only use warm water pools, babies can join them from birth. And while the emphasis is on having fun, their course is carefully structured, with progressive lesson plans for each week.
Where: North London. Tel: 07831 941 419 www.eatplay grow.co.uk
Providing a variety of different activities with the essential stimulation that babies to five year olds need. It is well structured in a nursery-like setting where the children can explore, dress up, build, and create with art and craft materials. They finish the class with ‘music time’ where they use the puppet theatre to help with letter, number, shape and colour recognition. Where: Harrow & Pinner, Ruislip & Chiswick. Tel: 0845 519 7882 www.creativefunfactory.co.uk
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Join Pippa Panda and get musical with these action-packed 40 minute classes! With songs and teaching curriculum written by award-winning composer Pippa Cleary, this unique programme brings parents, carers and children together through fun and interactive learning. Where: St Columba’s Church vestry, 30 Warwick Square, Pimlico. Beaufort House, 354 Kings Road, Chelsea. St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, Knightsbridge. Tel: 020 7193 3920 www.pippaspoppets.co.uk
Where: All London areas. Tel: 01404 548 348 www.waterbabies.co.uk
Creative Fun Factory
Pippa’s Poppets Music & Movement Classes
The Spanish Machine
TinyTalk Half an hour of lively, interactive singing with signing. They teach about six core signs each week, with lots more signs being used in the songs. Every third week is a revision week, with a signed story book too! The second half hour is playtime for the babies and social time for the adults.
Spanish tuition for children of all ages throughout London from those as young as 3 years old right through to GCSE and AS/A level. We can arrange for a qualified tutor to teach your children at your home either individually or in a group with friends which makes the lesson even more fun and interactive. Tutors will use a range of materials including games and music to make the learning experience as enjoyable as possible. Where: Various locations. Tel: 0845 094 1866 www.thespanishmachine.co.uk
Where: St Augustine’s Avenue, South Croydon & Woodside, Baptist Church, Spring Lane, South Norwood. Tel: 07594 557 846 www.tinytalk.co.uk
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Central London Fencing Club
Karoon Taekwondo Academy
Clubs & Classes Technokids At our computer clubs children improve their skills, develop confidence and engage in interactive learning - all in a social context.
Children learn how to hold a weapon, footwork, bladework, how to attack, how to defend, fencing tactics and international rules. All children take part in ‘electric’ fencing as soon as possible.
We bring a suite of the latest laptops or iPads into school and teach a variety of courses using the best educational software and Apps available. We aim to expand upon the ICT units that children learn in school - but it’s got to be fun!
All of our coaches working with children have DBS clearance, and the children are supervised at all times. We have dedicated coaches who supervise the children and offer individual advice on how to improve their performance.
Karoon Taekwondo Academy’s programs for kids teaches your children the skills they need to be successful! In our martial arts programs, your children learn valuable lessons in self-defence and self-discipline, giving them the confidence that helps keep them safe and excel in school in a safe, fun environment in which children can develop good quality skills.
Where: Flat 2, 7 Hide Place, London SW1P 4HD. Tel: 0776 662 3507 www.centrallondonfencingclub.com
Where: 262 Holloway Road, London, Islington N7 6NE. Tel: 020 7700 3680 www.karoontaekwondo.com
Where: Various locations. Tel: 020 8977 6768 www.technokids.co.uk
Club Petit Pierrot
London Academy of Gymnastics & Dance
Richard Weekes Chess Academy
Fun French For Children. Established in 1993, Club Petit Pierrot is London’s Premier French club and offers many fun and stimulating classes across London. There are Parent & Toddler groups from 8 months old (learning together) and drop-off classes for older children. These lessons will give your child a wonderful headstart in French. They also offer private tuition at your home, whether for a single child or a mini-group, and they teach their innovative programme in many prestigious schools across London. Small groups, excellent results, dynamic native French teachers (all CRB checked), all levels. Highly recommended by BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express & Time Out. FREE trial lesson for all new children.
Whilst working on strength, flexibility and endurance. Our little ones have a lot of fun and our approach is imaginative, playful and has clear developmental goals.
Where: Many venues across London. Tel: 020 7385 5565 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.clubpetitpierrot.co.uk
Where: Muswell Hill Centre, Hillfield Park, London N10 3QJ. Tel: 07881 848 884 www.lagad.co.uk
The Richard Weekes Chess Academy provides chess lessons in schools and junior clubs for children and young people who are interested in learning how to play chess. Evidence shows how children who learn chess perform better in school, have improved calculating ability, are more imaginative, creative, and self-motivated. Chess challenges the minds of both girls & boys and it’s a fun game that all children can play. Where: Various locations in South East London. Tel: 07538 035896 www.chessforchildren.influencer.biz
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ON Keeping the whole family entertained this Winter
Camden, Islington, City of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, City of London
Gruffalo Live on Stage
Until January 12th
Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a party-mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined…? Where: Lyric Theatre.
Wallace and Gromit’s Music Marvels
December 22nd - 23rd
Everyone’s favourite hapless inventor and his faithful dog have turned their hands (and paws) to the music business to create this brand new Wallace and Gromit mini-adventure. Musical Marvels features some cracking brand new animation plus timeless Wallace and Gromit moments, all set to a live orchestral performance of classical favourites by Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky and played by the Aurora Orchestra and conducted by Nicholas Collon. Where: Barbican Centre Silk Street EC2Y 8DS. www.barbican,org,uk
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Cirque de Soleli: Quidam
January 4th - February 2nd
Cirque du Soleil returns with Quidam, which last came to the Hall in 2009. Quidam is a dazzling show seen by millions of people worldwide that contains all the elements Cirque du Soleil is famous for: astonishing acrobatics, awe-inspiring aerial acts, unique lighting and an elaborate set design. Where: Royal Albert Hall Kensington London SW7 2AP. www.royalalberthall.com
Meet Father Christmas at Lego Land
December 7th and 8th then, 14th-24th
This December holiday, Father Christmas will be spreading his Christmas magic here in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead! The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with a Santa’s Grotto, elves and a stunning LEGO Christmas tree. Embark on a polar adventure aboard the Hill Train to a charming Christmas land filled with a thousand twinkling lights, decorated log cabins, sleigh-bells, and carols. At the heart of the park, you can meet Father Christmas in his very own home and kids will get their very own LEGO® gift! Your fun day out with the kids continues with elf meet and greets, cookie decorating, LEGO Christmas decoration building, and festive food and drink - with a free hot drink for the big kids (that includes Mum and Dad!). That’s not all! You’ll also enjoy a selection of LEGOLAND rides. Where: Legoland Windsor Winkfield road Windsor SL4 4AY. Tel: 0871 2222 001 www.legoland.co.uk
Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
October 26th - November 3rd
Until January 5th Audiences will begin their journey in New Orleans with Tiana as she strives to open a restaurant and then travels with her to the bayou as she and Prince Naveen try to break their frog spell. The trip continues to Cinderella’s kingdom as she searches for Love and follows Rapunzel who’s discovering the world beyond her tower. All of the Disney Princesses come together for the first time on ice for the finale. Where: The O2. www.theo2.co.uk
BIG Hairy Bug draw!
The Big Hairy Bug Draw is back at ZSL London Zoo for Halloween half term! Big hairy bug draw 2011. The Big Draw at ZSL London Zoo is a drawing competition for children of all ages and is run in collaboration with Cool it Schools and Great Art. The competition itself is free to enter and takes place in our BUGS! House. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org
October 26th - November 3rd Boo at the Zoo
There will be some very spooky goings on at London Zoo this Halloween. During half term the zoo will come creeping to life with Halloween themed events, animal demonstrations and hands on activities led by UK their Grim Keepers.
Where: 24th ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Until December
Tel: 020 7722 3333 Children and theirwww.zsl.org families can expect an enchanting tailor-made visit. Starting with a personalised invitation from Father Christmas. Having travelled along the Elve’s magical forest pathways with their Lapland UK passports freshly stamped. Where: Whitmoor Forest SL5 8BD. www.laplanduk.co.uk
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Camden, Islington, City of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, City of London
Gruffalo Live on Stage
Until January 12th
One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Where: Lyric Theatre.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Until January 15th When Alice falls down a mysterious rabbit hole she stumbles upon a magical fantasy world where anything can happen... Lewis Carroll’s classic characters spring to life in an enchanting show for the whole family, bursting with music, madness and mystery.
The Enchanted Christmas
Until December 24th
Take tea with the Mad Hatter, meet the White Rabbit, grin with the Cheshire Cat and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, but whatever you do... don’t lose your head! Join us in Wonderland this winter for a gloriously funny tale full of laughter, imagination, original songs and stunning staging.. Where: Polka Theatre, Wimbledon SW19 1SB. www.polkatheatre.com
This Christmas, join Mrs Claus on a truly memorable adventure. The Elves will take you and your children on an exciting tour around the House to meet Santa’s magical friends... Take part in an array of different Christmas activities that will keep the family busy for hours. Where: London Art House, 2-18 Britannia Row. Islington N1 8PA www.enchantedhouse.net
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The Winter Festival
November 15th January 10th
The Winter Festival is back for 2013 and we are transforming Southbank Centre for the season. Experience the breathtaking Slava’s Snowshow or watch the incredible acrobats of Folds tumble through an extraordinary set made entirely of cardboard and paper. Where: Southbank Centre. www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Emil and the Detectives
Growing up is the most exciting adventure of all. Join young Emil as he says goodbye to his mother, leaves his small town and sets off on a journey that will change his life. When his money is stolen on the train by a mysterious stranger, Emil thinks he’s lost everything. But as he starts tracking down the thief, he soon discovers that he’s not alone in the big city after all.
Mr and Mrs Moon
December 7th January 5th
For this classic tale of a boy learning to rely on himself – and on his new friends – the Olivier stage transforms into 1920s Berlin: a place full of surprises and danger, where everything moves at the speed of your imagination. Make sure you’re among the first to experience the National Theatre’s new family show, the latest in the exciting tradition of War Horse and His Dark Materials.
When the Woman who lives in the Moon comes down from the sky to play with the children on a beautiful beach, she likes it so much she doesn’t want to go home. A Sparkling new show written and directed by Tim Webb and bought to life by Oily Cart.
Suitable for everyone aged 7 and over.
Where: Stratford Circus Theatre Square E15 1BX. www.stratford-circus.com
Where: Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
Peppa Pig’s Big Splash
December 5th - January 5th Come and join Peppa and her friends for another all - singing, all dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! Peppa Pig returns live on stage with super cute puppets and brilliant sing-a-long songs in this brand new show that will brighten up your day. Where: Criterion Theatre Piccadilly Circus. SW1Y 4XA. www.peppapiglive.com
October 26th - November 3rd BIG Hairy Bug draw!
The Big Hairy Bug Draw is back at ZSL London Zoo for Halloween half term! Big hairy bug draw 2011. The Big Draw at ZSL London Zoo is a drawing competition for children of all ages and is run in collaboration with Cool it Schools and Great Art. The competition itself is free to enter and takes place in our BUGS! House. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org
October 26th - November 3rd Boo at the Zoo
There will be some very spooky goings on at London
New Year’s Day Parade Zoo this Halloween. During half term the zoo will
come creeping to life with Halloween themed events, January 1st animal demonstrations and hands on activities led by Every Year each London’s Boroughs, along with the city of Westminster their of Grim Keepers. are invited Where: to enter ZSL the London parade with an act. Float Zoo, Regents park.or other exhibit that demonstrates facet of the borough. The Parade runs down Piccadilly Tel:a020 7722 3333 and up to parliament. www.zsl.org Where: Central London Green Park to Westminster. www.londonparade.co.uk
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Rascals Emporium Indoor Activity Playground & Family CafĂŠ
We sell original, beautifully crafted toys and amazing prints for babies and children from ethical and sustainable sources, that you will not typically find on the high street. Take a peek and shop with confidence on our secure website
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Classes held all over London! For classes in SE London:
020 8960 1515
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Plant a seed... Watch it grow... At dramabuds they specialise in early years drama exclusively for children aged 2 â€“ 7 years. Their carefully crafted story adventures are planned to excite, engage and enthral your child.
your child to bloom as a creative thinker, to problem solve and write creatively at school.
Their classes create a positive fun environment for your child to naturally grow and blossom in confidence. Whilst their stories ignite young imaginations helping
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Directory & Services Camps Active Sport
Kids Summer camps, sports camps, activity camps & adventure camps for children aged 5-12 Tel: 0115 973 1676 www.activesport.co.uk
Photography Jonathan Markson Tennis
Time 4 Mums
Tel: 020 7603 2422 www.marksontennis.com
Tel: 07753 533 577 www.timeformums.com
Tel: 020 8354 1583 www.beez-kneez.co.uk
Kids Theatre Week
Tel: 020 7557 6799 www.solt.co.uk
Tel: 020 7287 7811 www.bravopost.co.uk
Little Actors Summer School
Tel: 01263 823 000 www.campbeaumont.co.uk
Tel: 020 8969 3249 www.allsortsdrama.com
Crazee Kids runs regular termtime courses and themed summer workshops for children aged from 3 to 10, in London. Tel: 020 8444 5333 www.crazeekids.co.uk
Creative Wiz Kids Tel: 020 7794 6797 www.creativewizkids.com
Cross Keys Tel: 020 8371 9686 www.xkeys.co.uk
Fit For Sport Ltd
We pride ourselves on our 20 year reputation for ENGAGING and EDUCATING children through activity! Your child’s experience at camp will be one they will always remember!! Tel: 0845 456 3233 www.fitforsport.co.uk
FZY Tel: 020 8201 6661 www.fzy.org.uk
Let Me Play Tel: 020 8735 5379 www.letmeplay.co.uk
Jewellery Summer School Tel: 020 3176 0546 www.londonjewellery school.co.uk
Mill on the Brue Tel: 01749 812 307 www.millonthebrue.co.uk
Little Actors Theatre Company specialises in performing arts activities for children and young people. Tel: 0800 389 6184 www.littleactorstheatre.com
Tel: 01932 429 602 www.littlekickers.co.uk
London Childrens Ballet Tel: 020 8969 1555 www.londonchildrens ballet.com
Music Makers Tel: 01425 654 819 www.musicmakers.co.uk
At Stagecoach we teach children and teenagers how to sing, dance and act, not only to perform on stage and beyond, but more importantly to perform better in life. Tel: 01932 254 333 www.stagecoach.co.uk
London photographer of maternity photography, baby photography, child photography, family photography, wedding photography and boudoir photography. Tel: 07973 753 636 www.clarebreheny photography.com
Garnham Photography Tel: 07711 941 208 www.garnham photography.co.uk
Little Lookers Photography is a relaxed and contemporary company specialising in bumps, baby, children and family photography. Our mobile studio can easily be brought to you, so you can enjoy your photo shoot in the comfort of your own home. We also do nursery and pre-school photography, taking a range of natural poses of your children. Tel: 07793 953 610
Tel: 01235 832 222 www.supercamps.co.uk
Tel: 020 7434 1466
Providing after School Clubs and Holiday Clubs for 3- 13 years old children. Our customers are predominantly working parents. Tel: 020 8201 7072 www.daysmadeeasier.com
Allsorts Drama Tel: 020 8969 3249 www.allsortsdrama.com
All4kids Tel: 07876 254 691 www.all4kidslondon.co.uk
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Egoist Body Studios is a boutique fitness studio offering a wide range of small group yoga & pilates classes. Tel: 07850 927 523 www.egoistbody.com
Good Vibes Tel: 020 7240 6111 www.goodvibesfitness.co.uk
Light Centre Belgravia
The Light Centre is London’s leading natural health centre, offering everything you need to create excellent health. Tel: 020 7881 0728 www.lightcentre belgravia.co.uk
Days Made Easier
Egoist Body Studios
Beautiful Newborn , Baby and Family Photography in London. Personalised boutique photography experience. Tel: 07946 380 581 www.magicrainbow photography.com
Murphy James Tel: 020 7278 4770 www.jamesmurphyphoto.com
Silverprint Tel: 020 7620 0844 www.silverprint.co.uk
Mama Sambo Tel: 020 354 1583
Me and My Baby Clinic Tel: 020 7751 4170 www.lisabarnwell.co.uk
The Life Centre Tel: 020 7221 4602 www.thelifecentre.com
Triyoga Tel: 020 483 3344 www.triyoga.co.uk
Yoga & Pilates London Tel: 020 7735 2177 www.nordicbalance.co.uk
Baby Massage and Yoga Tel: 07582 069 378 www.babymassageandyoga.co.uk
Welcome to Yoga4Birth, the one-stop place for classes, workshops and therapies to support pregnancy, birth & beyond in a conscious and inspiring way! Tel: 020 8923 6452 yoga4birth.co.uk
Mum-me-time Tel: 07981 456 470 www.mum-me-time.co.uk
Directory & Services Health Centres
Waterloo Health Center
Tel: 020 7928 4049 www.waterloohealthcentre. gpsurgery.net
Tel: 07747 075 340 www.birthhypnosis.net
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7731 4706 www.bloomingbump.com www.mimmo.co.uk
Birdhurst Medical Practice
Tel: 020 8875 1065 www.new.cupcakemum.com
Tel: 020 8686 2070 www.birdhurstmedicalpractice.co.uk
Bloomsbury Street Surgery
Gas & Air
Tel: 020 7837 8559 www.bloomsburysurgery.nhs.uk
Victoria Medical Center
It is the largest and oldest General Practice Surgery in the area and offers a wide range of services from a purpose built, state-of-the art premises conveniently situated in the heart of Pimlico. Tel: 020 7834 2298 www.victoriamedicalcentre.com
St James Medical Center Tel: 020 8684 5353 www.stjamesmedicalcentre.co.uk
Killick Street Health Centre Tel: 020 7833 9939 www.killickstreet.co.uk
Mitchison Road Surgery Tel: 020 7226 6016 www.mitchisonroadsurgery.nhs.uk
The London General Practice
Based in the Harley Street area of London providing patients with a comprehensive range of excellent private health care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Tel: 020 7935 1000 www.thelondongeneral practice.com
Our aim is to host sessions that do not feel like traditional antenatal classes but are women-led, enabling them to learn about their pregnancies, allay their fears, grow in confidence towards the birth and enjoy the magical journey to parenthood. Tel: 07974 253 461 www.gasandair.net
Gilly Keith Antenatal Classes
The classes are unashamedly different. They are held in my home, sitting on comfy sofas with refreshments to hand – and there’s no bias or jargon or role play. Tel: 07968 566 396 www.antenatalclassl ondon.co.uk
Inspiring Births Tel: 07775 425 301 www.inspiringbirths.com
Mybabyclass Tel: 07812 604 405 www.mybabyclass.com
Portland Hospital Tel: 020 7580 4400 www.theportlandhospital.com
Babyconfidence CityDoc Tel: 020 7256 8668 www.moorgatemd.co.uk
Dover House Surgery Tel: 020 8807 1888 www.nhs.uk
The James Wigg Practice Tel: 020 3317 2000 www.jameswigg.co.uk
Clein Dr Lewis Tel: 020 7580 8356 www.thomsonlocal.com
New Baby Company is run by midwife Vicki Scott and offers comprehensive antenatal courses to help prepare mothers to be and their partners for the exciting weeks and months ahead. Tel: 020 8785 3528 www.newbabycompany.com
Birth & Baby - Sofie Jacobs Tel: 07960 606 863 www.sofiejacobs.com
Biff is a family run business established in 1993. We aim to dress children from head to toe, offering an incredible variety. You name it, we might well stock it. Tel: 020 82 99 0911 www.biffkids.com
Blue Daisy Tel: 020 7681 4144 www.blue-daisy.com
Tel: 020 7581 5764 www.mothercare.com
Mummy & Little Me
A gorgeous collection of maternity wear, maternity lingerie & nursing underwear, baby changing bags, baby clothes, maternity nightwear and Bugaboo Prams as well as beautiful gifts for mum and baby. Tel: 01522 548 811 www.mummyandlittleme.co.uk
Oh Baby London
Tel: 020 7409 2982 www.boots.com
Tel: 020 7247 4949 www.ohbabylondon.com
Bonpoint Tel: 020 7792 2515 www.bonpoint.com
Pom D Api
Tel: 020 7486 1380 www.please-mum.co.uk
Tel: 020 7243 0535 www.pomdapi.fr
Shop caramel’s unique looks styled by designers, complete with fine knits, exclusive print dresses and playful toys and accessories. Tel: 020 7589 7001 www.caramel-shop.co.uk
Early Learning Centre Tel: 020 7581 5764 www.elc.co.uk
Tel: 020 7590 7990 www.ralphlauren.co.uk
Roobub & Custard Tel: 07796 451 513 www.roobubandcustard.co.uk
Hamleys Tel: 0871 704 1977 www.hamleys.com
Easy 2 Name Tel: 01635 298 326 www.easy2name.com
Just Williams Toys Tel: 020 3538 6798 www.justwilliamstoys.com
Offering fun, fresh and modern designer clothing for babies and children up to age 12. Tel: 020 7838 1111 www.mariechantal.co.uk
Mush Kids Tel: 020 8653 6635 www.mushkids.co.uk
Parés Footwear is an independent footwear retailer in the UK. We have been established for 25 years and currently operate four stores in Blackheath Village in London, Sidcup in Kent and newly opened Cockfosters in Barnet. Tel: 020 8297 0785 www.paresfootwear.co.uk
The original fingerprint jewellery keepsake company captures your child’s fingerprints, hand and footprints, writing and drawings in unique silver keepsakes. Tel: 020 8567 7871 www.smallprint.com
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Directory & Services Private schools
Bassett House Club Petit Pierrot
Where: Various locations Tel: 020 7385 5565 www.clubpetitpierrot.uk.com
SYC Yoga Tel: 020 8968 1900 www.specialyoga.org.uk
Baby Sensory Tel: 07834 170 485
Boogie Babies is a weekly interactive music group where mothers, grandparents and nannies enjoy listening and participating in familiar nursery rhymes and songs with their little ones. Tel: 07960 498 208 www.boogiebabies.co.uk
Bright Sparks Tel: 020 3194 3178
Buzy Beez Tel: 07903 813 618 www.buzybeez.co.uk
Catch a Ball
Catch-a-balls provides the framework to learn a fundamental life skill; ball skills, oh and we have lots of fun doing it! Tel: 020 8398 3034 www.catch-a-balls.co.uk
Lucy Sparkles Tel: 07903 913 429 www.lucysparkles.com
Chatterbabies Tel: 07801 151 968
Messy play, Sensory play, music, cooking and art classes with a difference, throughout London, for babies, toddlers and children. From 4 weeks to 6 years. Tel: 07818 440 771 www.culture-kids.com
Dance Stars Tel: 07753 748 819 www.dance-stars.com
Discover - Story Making Centre
Discover Children’s Story Centre, London’s only children’s museum is a place where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. Tel: 020 8536 5555 www.discover.org.uk
Jo Jingles Tel: 01494 778 989 www.jojingles.com
Tel: 020 8969 0313 www.bassetths.org.uk
Channing Junior School Tel: 020 8342 9862 www.channing.co.uk
In a happy and purposeful family environment, where every member of the school community is important and all are valued as individuals, Chepstow House aims to discover the best in every child and challenge them to go beyond their expectations. Tel: 020 7243 0243 www.chepstowhouse school.co.uk
Devonshire House Prep School Tel: 020 7435 1916 www.devonshirehouse school.co.uk
Dallington School Tel: 020 7251 2284 www.dallingtonschool.co.uk
Eaton House School
Eaton Square School
Tel: 020 7931 9469 www.eatonsquareschool.com
Childrens play room
Tel: 020 7924 6000 www.eatonhouseschools.com
Falkner House Tel: 020 7373 4501 www.falknerhouse.co.uk
Francis Holland School Tel: 020 7730 2971 www.fhs-sw1.org.uk
Garden House School Tel: 020 7730 1652 www.gardenhouseschool.co.uk
Tel: 020 7639 1812
Crafty Tales Tel: 07810 596 342 www.craftytales.co.uk
Toy Library Tel: 020 7231 3755 www.lewisham.gov.uk
Footprints Playgroup Tel: 020 8305 0520
West London Tots Tel: 07939 070 773
At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child’s development. Tel: 020 8438 0189 www.monkeymusic.co.uk
Tumble Tots Tel: 01215 857 003 www.tumbletots.co.uk
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Tel: 020 8868 2346 www.heathfield.gdst.net
Highgate Pre-Preparatory Tel: 020 8340 9196 www.highgateschool.org.uk
Knightsbridge School Chepstow House
Tel: 020 8445 8889 www.gokidsn20.com
Exercise, Keep fit, have fun and bond with your baby whilst dancing to Latin rhythms. Your baby stays right there with you, snuggled in a baby carrier, whilst you get some healthy exercise that has been devised to be safe and gentle for both you and your little one. Tel: 07961 838 349 www.latinobambino.co.uk
Heathfield School GDST, Pinner
Ashton House School
Ashton House is a small and caring school using its specialist skills to encourage children to develop, at their own pace, to their full potential. Tel: 020 8560 3902 www.ashtonhouse.com
Tel: 020 7590 9000 www.knightsbridgeschool.com
La Chouette School Tel: 07557 029 255 www.lachouetteschool.co.uk
L’Ecole Des Petits Tel: 020 7371 8350 www.lecoledespetits.co.uk
London Christian School Tel: 020 3130 6430 www.londonchristianschool.com
Lloyd Williamson Schools - Telford Road
Providing independent and progressive education in the vibrant, urban setting that is Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate. We offer a stimulating, supportive learning environment for a diverse community of happy, confident children who are eager to learn. Tel: 020 8962 0345 www.lws.org.uk
Notting Hill Prep Tel: 020 7221 0727 www.nottinghillprep.com
The King Alfred Lower School Tel: 020 8457 5200 www.kingalfred.org.uk
The Hall is one of London’s leading independent IAPS day prep schools for boys aged 4 to 13. Established in 1889 in the Belsize Park area. Tel: 020 7722 1700 www.hallschool.co.uk
Wetherby School Tel: 020 7727 9581 www.wetherbyschool.co.uk
Yesodey Hatorah School Tel: 020 8800 8612 www.learningtrust.co.uk
Directory & Services Day Nurseries
Dicky Birds - Surbiton
Tel: 020 8642 8866 www.tinies.com
Tel: 020 8942 5779 www.dickybirds.co.uk
Tel: 020 8539 8343
Tel: 020 8767 1125 www.rockstarparties.co.uk
St Mary Magdalen Montessori Nursery School
Dreammaker Day Nursery
Tel: 020 8878 0756
St Mary’s Summerstown Montessori Nursery School Tel: 020 8947 7359 www.stmaryssummerstown montessori.co.uk
Matilda Day Nursery Tel: 020 7480 6396 www.matildanursery.com
Asquith Battersea Day Nursery
Bright and stimulating, Battersea Day Nursery is situated in the heart of London, with the added benefits of being within walking distance of both Battersea Park and Clapham Junction Station. Tel: 01753 201 122 www.asquithnurseries.co.uk
Blooming Kidz Tel: 020 8695 9959 www.daynurseries.co.uk
Blossoms Day Nursery
A caring place for your child to learn and develop, grow their confidence and take part in age appropriate activities. Tel: 020 8760 0540 www.blossoms-day-nurserycroydon.co.uk
Blue House Day Nursery and Preschool
Over 20 years of outstanding childcare services in London. A family run children’s day Nursery, Pre School and Out of School Club that’s based just 5 minutes’ walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations and 15 minutes from Liverpool Street. Tel: 020 7480 7166 www.mydreammaker.co.uk
Giggles & Wiggles Tel: 020 8566 4774 www.giggleswiggles.co.uk
Goldstar Montessori Nursery
At Goldstar we provide a carefully prepared program of education, in a happy, relaxed and caring environment, where your child can grow and gain knowledge in every area of their development, there fore, ensuring we are laying the foundations for your child’s future learning, Tel: 020 8364 6876 www.goldstarnursery.co.uk
Green Gables Tel: 020 7488 2374 www.greengablesschool.com
Hillyfields Day Nursery Tel: 020 8694 1069 www.hillyfieldsday nursery.co.uk
Tel: 020 8681 7579 www.bluehousedaynursery.com
Tel: 07849 171 524 www.jackanorynurseries.com
Carlton Hill Community Nursery
Keiki Day Care Nursery
Tel: 020 7624 3814 www.leyf.org.uk
Tel: 020 8340 3841 www.keikidaycare.co.uk
Kiddi Caru Day Nursery
Little Elves Montessori Nursery School
Tel: 020 8679 4009 www.kiddicaru.com
Tel: 07921 761 835 www.littleelvesmontessori.com
Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery
Mary Poppins Day Nursery
Tel: 020 8538 3999 www.monkeypuzzleday nurseries.com
Tel: 01708 722 800 www.marypoppinsday nursery.org.uk
Eddie Catz Tel: 0845 201 1268 www.eddiecatz.com
Gambado Tel: 020 7384 1635 www.gambado.com
Bramley’s Big Adventure is an indoor adventure playground for children up to 11 years old. A large building under the Westway flyover. Tel: 020 8960 1515 www.bramleysbig.co.uk
Tel: 07913 168 323 www.partymagicbox.co.uk
The Creation Station Wimbledon
Our art parties include painting, modelling, making, sculpting, crafting and of course, music, dancing and games are provided too! Tel: 0844 854 9096 www.thecreation station.co.uk
It’s a Kid’s Thing Tel: 020 8739 0909 www.itsakidsthing.co.uk
Party Magic Box
Little Dinosaurs indoor play centre, along with the our outdoor parkland enclosure and activities makes us a great place to bring the kids all year round. Tel: 020 8444 1338 www.littledinosaurs.co.uk
Tumble in the Jungle Tel: 0870 626 0710 www.tumbleinthejungle.co.uk
Tel: 0788 405 0954 www.nuttyschildrens parties.co.uk
The Action Station Tel: 0870 770 2705 www.theactionstation.co.uk
Boo! Tel: 020 7287 9090
Creative Biscuit is a paint your own ceramics café where you can customise your own pottery to make your home an even prettier place. Tel: 020 8532 2824 www.creativebiscuit.co.uk
Snakes and Ladders
Jam packed with fun, there’s something for the whole family at Snakes and Ladders. Added to the huge threetiered climbing frame, there’s slides, ball ponds, tunnels and rope climbs. Plus discover soft play areas for little ones, dedicated zones for under 5s and more. Tel: 020 8847 0946 www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk
Inspiring imaginations is at the heart of everything we do. So whether you are looking for an award winning children’s creative classes or an original Arty Birthday Party Entertainer, or Event entertainment you have come to the right place. Tel: 0844 854 9085 www.thecreation station.co.uk
Kidspace Tel: 020 8686 0040 www.kidspaceadventures.com
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