2011 Issue 4
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The lifestyle magazine for parents of babies, toddlers & young children
Editor Jane Bamby email@example.com
pring is here! the mornings are getting lighter and now is a time of rebirth, renewal, regrowth and of course, your new feature-packed edition of Bambinos Magazine...
Art Director Richard Cook firstname.lastname@example.org Sales & Marketing Director Carlos Martins email@example.com Contributors Liz Attenborough, Louise Barnard, Vicky Birch, Ailee Breakspear, Bryony Johnstone, Jayne Martins, Becky Milnor, Camilla Rabey, Shawna Spoor
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Our summer issue is out in June; so until then, happy reading!
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The small print. All information contained in this magazine is meant for informational purposes only and is, to the best of our knowledge correct at time of going to press. Bambinos Magazine cannot accept any responsibility for errors or inaccuracies that occur. Readers are advised to speak to the manufacturer direct with regard to pricing or specific technical queries on products. Readers are advised to contact a doctor or health visitor with queries that may arise from dietary or health information if the child(ren) have any specific medical conditions, circumstances etc that may be present and could be effected. All submissions to Bambinos Magazine are made on the basis of a licence to publish in Bambinos Magazine, its associated websites and publications. Any material submitted is sent at the owners risk and, although every care is taken, neither Bambinos Magazine or its agents shall be liable for loss or damage. Bambinos Magazine may, from time to time, use material which it considers is freely available within the public domain; if copyrighted material was ever accidentally used, Bambinos Magazine would identify and credit the copyright holder in its next publication. Competitions. Terms & Conditions. In addition to any specifically stated terms and conditions, the following applies to all competitions. All information forms part of the rules. All entrants are deemed to have accepted the rules and agree to be bound by them. The winner will be the first entry drawn at random from all the entries sent back after the closing date and will be notified by either post, email or telephone. The prizes are as stated; they are non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. All entrants must be at least 18 years old. Competitions are open to UK residents only. One entry per person. Proof of postage is not proof of entry. Bambinos Magazine accepts no responsibility for entries lost or damaged in the post. Entrants agree to take part in any publicity material relating to the competition. The name of the winner will be published in the next edition. The judgeâ€™s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes do not include unspecified extras (such as travel). All prizes are subject to availability. Please state if you do not wish to receive any further correspondence from Bambinos Magazine or competition organisers. You may be required to collect your prize.
Donâ€™t forget to come and say hello to us at the Little Monster Baby Show on Sunday 6th March, at Ashton Gate Stadium, where we will have a stand.
PS. As always, I would love to hear your feedback and any ideas about what you would like to see in the future. Please email the editor; email@example.com
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smiles Here are more of our little onesâ€™ smashing smiles...
Elliott - 11 mont hs Lily - 20 m onth
Ronnie - 2 years
Aarav - 18 Months
Ta ra - 2 years
Alfie - 3 month s
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George - 5 months
For a chance to see your smiling Bambino featured in our Summer issue, please email your details and photo to us at; firstname.lastname@example.org
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QUIRKY & COOL!
hoose something different! - Binky Bristol offers quirky and individual designs hand-printed on to 100% organic tees.
A local company based in Bishopston, Binky works hard to produce original tees that are perfect for the little ones. They are committed to using organic cotton, environmentally friendly water-based inks and recycled card to ensure as minimal impact on the environment as possible, this doesn't mean theres any compromise on style though! Each tee is treated as an individual work of art, unique and original in its own right... handprinting means that no tee is ever exactly the same... quite a difference from mass produced factory wear. Labels are hand-sewn onto the outside of the tee to ensure that baby's delicate skin doesn't get scratched. One of the benefits of using 100% organic cotton is that the tees wash extremely well, getting softer and softer with each wash and the print doesn't fade. Binky produces tees for littlies, middlies and grown ups too and can produce designs to order. Visit the website for more information and Binky tees are also stocked at Jack and Rosie, Emersons Green and I Love Crafty in Clifton Arcade.
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facts Hit the highnote!
Babies like high-pitched singing voices
The average length of a pregnancy
Every 3 Seconds... ...a baby is born!
From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
The number of nerve cells that are present in a babies brain
Pictured here is the new range of camper van tees. If you have a camper van and would like the tee to be in the same colour, then just let us know and we will print it!!
Jack & Olivia
The most popular baby names in Britain in 2010
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Jane & Jayne to skydive for charity!
ur editor, Jane and legal advisor, Jayne are to jump out of a perfectly good plane at 13,000 feet and plummet to the ground at 130mph all in the name of charity! The jump is to raise money for The Grand Appeal and it will take place on April 10th 2011. If you would like to sponsor Jane and Jayne, please visit: www.justgiving.com/jane-jayne
The Creation Station; Hassle free & affordable children's Art & Craft Parties Are you looking for a birthday party for your child that’s a bit different? Does your child really enjoy art and craft? If the answer is yes, then a Creation Station Arty Party could be the answer. With music, dancing, games and a little bit of magic, they give your child free rein to create a masterpiece that uses their imagination and creativity. All the children at an Arty Party are inspired to create at least two original art pieces to take home. For more information about The Creation Station Arty Parties telephone Sam on 0845 303 9446 or visit the website.
Mum’s the word! A new fundraising appeal is being launched in Bristol this spring to help new mums at Southmead hospital. The ‘Mum’s the word’ appeal will raise funds to refurbish the hospital’s maternity unit, antenatal clinic and birth suite. Appeal spokesman Trevor Reid said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to really enhance the maternity unit and make the care our mums receive something extra special.” The appeal aims to raise over £1.5million in the next three years and will see the creation of new clinic rooms, a family room and new en-suite facilities throughout the unit. Appeal organisers want to hear from Southmead mums and babies who would like to help with fundraising. To find out more about the appeal visit the website or telephone 0117 323 6462. www.shinetogether.org.uk/mumstheword
Thanks to Debbie McKenzie for sending this delightful ditty about our wonderful magazine! If lifestyle is important, then this one is for you, ‘Bambinos’ is the way to go, advice to help you through. Adverts crafts and clothing, eco-friendly too, Organic foods for little ones, discussions just for you! Competitions, cookery & charity appeals, Swimming classes and the gym, good for all, we feel. Development and babys health are all important matters, But Mums and Dads need their own space to meet and have a natter!! So, read the mag thats well informed, theres so much there for you, Your little ones will benefit, BAMBINOS, great for you!!!
Walk this way! Well done to Petites Voix who raised £190 at Christmas-themed French classes for the Children’s Hospice!
Personal trainer Vicky Welsh has an interesting new way to get fit with your baby and enjoy the company of other mums; its called Nordic Walking and you can find out more on page 44...
At-Bristol’s Toddler Takeover Super Senses! Final preparations are being made for the Bristol Baby & Toddler Show, at Ashton Gate Stadium on Sunday 6th March. The show, which celebrates its 5th birthday this year attracts parents-to-be and parents of young children from across the region. There’s an exciting range of exhibitors including Flying Saucers Pottery Painting Café, Happy Hopperz, Baby Bites, Precious Prints, plus local nurseries, photographers and more! Throughout the day there’s a packed schedule of free demonstrations from local activity classes including Jolly Babies, Rugby Tots, Gymboree, MmmBopp Music & Movement, Debutots and Baby Sensory. It’s a great opportunity for parents and kids to try out the classes and have some fun! Entry is just £3.00 for adults and kids go free. Visitors arriving at 10.00am and 2.00pm will also receive a goody bag full of useful information and product samples. For further details, please visit: www.little-monster.co.uk
Happy Birthday! Sophie la Girafe is 50 years old... It is an exciting time for Sophie the famous giraffe toy, as she launches her National Birthday Card competition. Keen to get the nation involved in celebrating her birthday in May, Sophie is calling those of all ages to get creative and enter this unique art contest for a chance to feature in her month-long exhibition at London based attraction, Battersea Park Zoo. Sophie la Girafe has fast become one of the the nation’s favourite baby toy’s and having been crowned with countless awards and used by many a celebrity’s baby, Sophie really does deserve an extra special celebration... The card design can be a painting, drawing, collage of different Sophies, a Sophie created from tin foil and sequins, a simple drawing or maybe even a special photo of your and their Sophie - it is totally up to you! For all the competition details, please visit: www.sophielagirafe.co.uk Entries can be posted to: Happy Birthday Sophie la Girafe, 1 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GA
At-Bristol has a marvellous March planned, as well as opening a brand new £1.5 million exhibition ‘All About Us’ on the 11th, the 25th sees the forth Toddler Takeover ‘Super Senses’! These special days, which are exclusively for under fives and their parents and carers, are jam packed with themed activities and super shows. This month’s theme, in honour of the launch of ‘All About Us’, is ‘Super Senses’ and is a celebration of all things human! Get stuck-in and hands-on; feel, hear and sniff your way around At-Bristol’s 300 exhibits and the special activities areas. Explore the way our bodies experience the world around us with the ‘make and take’ activities and then settle in and listen to a story with Storytelling. Filled with actions and sounds this sensory storytelling adventure is perfect for engaging little ears. Take a trip to see sparkly stars in the Planetarium with Little Stars then enjoy the special under eights areas which are filled with fancy dress and imaginative play. Travel the world in ‘Jet, set go!’ where you can become a passenger, cabin crew, pilot or all three in one day! Then explore ‘In the jungle’ with its sticky spiders web and exotic animal trails. All this is included in the reduced entry price and there are lots of toddler-friendly facilities, including: High chairs, a picnic area, buggy parks and nappy changing facilities. It is a great opportunity to meet other parents and carers and with special offers in the café, which has a selection of child friendly meals, hot food, and delicious cakes, why not bond over a cuppa! Toddler Takeover days for 2011: 25 March ‘Super Senses’, 6 May ‘Come rain or shine’. Simply visit www.at-bristol.org.uk for more information Bambinos Spring 7
ollowing on from the previous editions of Bambinos, Becky Milnor from Gymboree - Play & Learn in Bristol now describes the stage of child development in children aged 2-3 years. Becky is a qualified Paediatric Physiotherapist and worked in the NHS for 10 years before becoming the owner of Gymboree Play & Learn in Bristol in January 2010. Becky also is a mother to two very active toddlers, Felix age 3½ and Sophia age 2.
During the period from 2-3 years a child learns to be more sociable and also to be more independent. They acquire motor abilities and skills necessary to perform daily functional activities such as getting washed and dressed. During this time a toddler’s gross motor skills mature as they learn to run in a controlled manner, jump, climb independently and throw a ball.
Play and self-care: 24-30 months The 2 year old child is energetic and self-focused. They understand a range of words and the use of speech for communication is developing. At this age a child starts engaging in simple role play and imaginative play and plays alongside their peers. A child is aware of their own body and is able to indicate and name their hands, feet, nose, eyes and mouth. They are able to start getting dressed and undressed, pulling up/down trousers, skirts and pants and are able to put a shoe on either foot.
30-36 months Children start to understand sharing and turn-taking at this age and as their social skills develop they learn to truly play with their peers (co-operative play). Children learn to count and as their fine motor skills mature they are able to draw a circle. Ways of helping your child with play and self-care • Encourage your child to be independent in dressing/undressing by pulling up/down trousers etc. Provide lots of praise for participation. Try singing songs during the task to engage your child • Attend toddler groups/activity classes that help develop your child’s social, emotional and physical skills • Encourage pretend play and get involved. It will encourage creativity. Plan to spend time with other children, to provide opportunities for your child to make friends
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Gross Motor Development: 24-36 months A toddler has high energy levels and they are very active at this age. Their running pattern matures as they learn to run without tripping over too much, change direction and stop in a controlled manner. Children also love the fun challenge of climbing stairs, initially going up stairs with 2 feet on each step, but as their balance and muscle strength improves they can go up stairs with alternate feet. This is normally achieved by 30-36 months and coming down stairs in the next 6 months. At this age a child also enjoys climbing on play apparatus and as their balance and co-ordination develops they can climb with agility. A child first attempts to jump with one foot off the ground, at 2 years children start to lift both feet together and by 3 years children learn to jump forwards with two feet together. At the same time a child is able to balance momentarily on one foot and as their balance and leg strength improves they may also be able to hop on one foot. Between the ages of 2-3 years a child is usually able to catch a large ball with two hands. Children tend to hold their arms straight out with palms facing upwards in order to catch a ball thrown to their arms. Gradually a more relaxed posture and improved sense of timing allows the child to drop their elbows, catching the ball closer to their body. Ball skills require development of eye-hand co-ordination as well as concentration.
Activities to promote gross motor development • Go to the park/playground/soft play, providing space and opportunities for your child to run, climb and jump • Encourage the use of trikes/bikes. This will strengthen muscles, aid balance and co-ordination • Play ball games with your child. Encourage throwing and catching. Start with a large light ball, such as a beach ball. Progress to smaller balls that move faster • Attend groups/classes that encourage physical activity e.g. Gymboree, sports classes, dance classes or swimming. By 3 years of age most children are active and energetic. They are able to run forwards, backwards and sideways with even steps. They can climb on and off an adult chair and may even be able to hop. A 3 year old, has usually developed the skills to be more independent in self-care tasks such as eating and washing and dressing. Their social skills are maturing and children play with their peers and enjoy imaginative play.
To find out how Gymboree can aid your child’s development and to book a free trial, please visit our website www.gymboree-uk.com, email us at email@example.com or phone 07865 420692.
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Supporting Wallace & Gromit’s The ‘Cots for Tots’
Dear Readers In the last issue we told you all about our latest fundraising campaign, the ‘Cots for Tots’ Appeal. We are delighted to say that since its September launch, ‘Cots for Tots’ has raised over £250,000. That’s more than a quarter of the way towards our target to raise £1million to help save the lives of premature and critically ill babies at the region’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. We couldn’t have done this without you and want to thank everyone who made a donation, took part in our Christmas fundraiser ‘Tinsel for Tots’ or organised a fundraising event. Your support so far has been fantastic and we look forward to continuing the fundraising drive throughout 2011 with an action-packed programme of events. Here, are just some of the ways you can join us and help make a critical difference to special care babies and children in Bristol and the South West. Very best wishes
The Grand Appeal team
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The 2011 Bristol 10k, 15 May Spring into action for this year’s Bristol 10k and raise money for charity. The Grand Appeal has 100 Gold Bond places up for grabs. They are filling up fast and so you’ll need to get your running shoes on and sign up today by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 0117 927 3888. The Bristol 10k covers 6.2miles around Bristol’s historic Harbourside making it one of the UK’s most scenic road races. Since it was first launched in 2008, the event has become really popular, last year attracting over 10,000 runners.
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A Grand Appeal fundraiser abseils from the top of Bristol Children’s Hospital
The Grand Descent Abseil, 18/19 June Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children by going over the top for charity – literally! We are calling on adrenalin-seekers to take part in a mass fundraising abseil taking place at the Children’s Hospital over the Father’s Day weekend. Hundreds of people are expected to join in the ‘Grand Descent’ to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. For more information and to register your interest today contact email@example.com or 0117 927 3888.
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Be an Angel!
e are seeking Angels to help us look after Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit. The Grand Appeal’s ‘Guardian Angels’ scheme is a chance to make regular donations to the Appeal which will allow us to fund projects which save lives and improve childhood health for our children and our children’s children. As little as £2 each week can go a long way in supporting the life-saving work of the hospital – that’s just the price of a cup of coffee! ‘Guardian Angel’, Zoe Wilshire, joined the fundraising scheme, having spent her teenage years being treated at the Children’s Hospital with ‘Crohns Disease’, including major surgery at 16, to remove the large intestine.
Zoe Wilshire, dressed as ‘Super Girl’ with friends on fancy dress fundraising walk. Encouraging others to become a ‘Guardian Angel’, she said: “I wanted to make a more continuous commitment to the charity through agreed regular donations. Becoming a ‘Guardian Angel’ is a great way to do this as it allows you to donate an agreed amount, based on what you can manage to give.” “After all the care I have received at the Children’s Hospital, it also provides the chance for me to give something back and show my care for other children being treated there.” Zoe has also organised fundraising events for the Grand Appeal, raising hundreds of pounds in sponsored fancy dress walks. For more information about the Grand Appeal, to register to take part in an event or to sign up to be a Guardian Angel, please visit www.grandappeal.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 0800 919 649
For a free ‘Cots for Tots’ fundraising pack Tel: 0800 919649, email: email@example.com or visit: www.cotsfortots.org.uk
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BUYS The Wean Machine
An Egg-cellent idea! This non-slip TumTum trainee egg set will help you little one with what can sometimes be a frustrating thing to learn; Successfully eating a boiled egg and soldiers!
The Rocket Man!
Simply fill, squeeze and feed! A compact, dishwasher safe, sterilisable device that allows you to feed your baby your way, wherever you are. Perfect for use with a range of foods including fruit, cooked vegetables and pasta dishes. Simple to use - just fill the bowl with as much as you need and squeeze the handles to puree the food. Your baby can now be spoon fed straight from The Wean Machine™ avoiding the need for an additional bowl altogether.Great for use at home and a real lifesaver when out and about.
The Magnetic Rocket is the Lust-Have toy for 2011. The quality wooden rocket is made up of 6 brightly coloured pieces that stack up and connect together by magnets. It has a moving propeller and space man inside, little ones can slot together the tactile wooden pieces of this beautiful flying machine and zoom off in to outer space! Elton John was recently presented with one for his newborn son on daytime TV.
Priced at £19.99. For stockists visit the website.
Available for £16 from
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an innovative new product designed to support new and experienced parents through the first months of baby’s life
a day in the life...
A Miracle from Dr Bronner’s... Word is spreading in the UK about Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, currently the USA’s No. 1 selling natural soap brand and the leader in organic and Fair Trade skin care. With famous fans including Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Eminem and Bobbi Brown, this soap is lathering its way into British homes and hearts with its philosophical labels, certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients and uncommon quality. The magic of Dr. Bronner’s is its affordability and versatility, with 18 uses from 1 bottle of liquid soap at £4.99 per 236ml bottle. Best used with a cloth, towel, loofah or sponge you can use it to clean your body, your mouth & teeth, your fruit & vegetables, your bathroom and kitchen, your clothes and even your pets! It comes in 8 main varieties, the original being the famous tingly peppermint - “nature's own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!” - followed by Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Rose, unscented Baby Mild and Tea Tree which can even be used to treat minor cuts.
The Baby's Day journal allows daily events to be recorded quickly and easily, which then acts as a great reference i.e. when baby last fed, last had 12 a wet nappy - which are so important when caring for a new baby.
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For more information and testimonials visit: www.babysday.co.uk Find us on facebook!
Comfortable Bump! If you are pregnant the Pregna-Pillo pregnancy pillow can help to avoid back pain, pelvic pain and twisting your spine. Pregna-Pillo is the most advanced pregnancy pillow available. It cups and cradles your baby bump as it rests smugly on its unique concave shape. If you suffer from back pain and pelvic pain, the Pregna-Pillo provides you with critical support enabling your back and spine to remain supported in a straighter, less stressed position. As the first medically approved pregnancy pillow, mums can be confident this works. (Dimensions: Width 35cm x Length 20cm x Depth 10cm) RRP £24.99 - See Website for more information:
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This picture of Izak from the main article, courtesy of Water Babies by Kate Westaway. All other photos courtesy of Water Babies
Therapy Being in water is incredibly therapeutic, and swimming in warm water (hydrotherapy) pools even more so. There is so much to be gained from swimming, both physically and emotionally, and at Water Babies everyone, from newborns to toddlers, can take part.
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Two water babies who have greatly benefited from their weekly swimming sessions are Izak, one (main picture far left) and Mary who is two. Izak’s mum Laura has written this account of their first year with Water Babies.
Article by Vicky Birch who has taught for Water Babies for four years.
n our weekly classes we teach babies and children with a range of special needs who benefit from the water in a number of different ways. Physically, swimming is a fabulous workout for the heart, muscles and lungs and enables a freedom of movement and independence that may not exist on dry land. The calming effect of water, and the structure and repetition of class activities, can also be invaluable for many children with particular behavioural or emotional needs. The confidence a baby or child will gain from the skills they learn in the pool is vast, and it’s not just them who will benefit. Attending classes provides, as one mum put it, a ‘swimming social life’, enabling parents or carers, and their children, to meet others and have fun together. At Water Babies all children swim in classes with others their own age, and we do not run special needs sessions as such. We will always take into account any individual requirements but do stress that although we have a number of years of teaching experience, we certainly aren’t medical experts. We would always ask that you first check with your health professionals that they are happy for your baby to swim - from experience they will most likely recommend it whole heartedly! Once you've done that, have a good chat with us - we can answer any queries you might have about the course and discuss any additional support we can offer. We are also very lucky to work with two health professionals – an emergency physician and a GP – who we regularly seek advice from.
‘When Izak was born everything seemed fine, but at his first day check the paediatrician heard a heart murmur and cardiac echo scans showed that he had "pulmonary valve stenosis" and several holes in his heart. The pulmonary valve between the chambers of the right side of his heart was too narrow and so blood was not flowing fast enough through his heart. It meant that Izak got tired very quickly, and even a feed would tire him out. Over the next few weeks feeds took longer and longer and Izak would go blue with any exertion. An operation at two months old to open the valve was a great success and as soon as Izak came round from the anaesthetic he yelled - we had never heard him with the volume turned up as he hadn't had that much "puff" before! We were now allowed out with our newly pink baby. We joined several baby groups and found out about Water Babies - the hospital had recommended swimming as great exercise to get Izak moving and to help him develop. We wanted a class that would give Izak (and mummy!) some exercise in a fun and supportive way and it was really important that we could join in too. We needed a class that felt comfortable with Izak's heart problems and decided that we wanted to follow a curriculum rather than just taking him to the pool ourselves. We felt that this would help Izak develop water-skills and also help him to develop his fitness after weeks of being a "blue baby".
Izak had a bit of a bumpy start and may need further surgery but he is fit and happy... and he loves the water!’ We really love our Water Babies lessons - Izak has just graduated from the baby classes and is now a wriggly toddler! He loves the familiar pattern of the lessons and recognises each element. We like the structure of the lessons as they build Izak's skills: if he should fall into water we suspect that he would not panic and would try to "hold on" to the side. It is important to mention that water babies are never pushed into doing something that they don't want to do, and you work at the pace of your baby which is incredibly reassuring if your tot has "special needs". Lessons in warm water pools really helped Izak, especially when he was tiny. Water Babies also comes with a swimming social life. Having a sick baby is a very lonely place and going to a group lesson enabled us all to meet people and enjoy things together. Izak really likes to see his instructor Jane and has 4 friends in his class - they are all excited to see each other and parents can chat and compare notes. Izak had a bit of a bumpy start and may need further surgery but he is fit and happy... and he loves the water!’ Bambinos Spring 15
Mary’s Story Two year old Mary was already swimming with Water Babies when she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at just a few months old. Mary’s mum Katharine believes that the lessons have really benefited Mary physically. ‘The tightness in her muscles and limbs is reduced when she is in the water and allows her body to be much freer’ says Katharine. ‘With limited availability on the NHS for hydrotherapy for children with cerebral palsy, it has been a great benefit for Mary to be able to swim every week, or twice a week, at Water Babies.
The tightness in her muscles and limbs is reduced when she is in the water and allows her body to be much freer Mary has more stiffness in her arms than her legs, so encouraging her to use these more is always a challenge! The 'monkey monkey' along the wall has been really useful to help her in this, and she is now really confident and knows exactly what she has to do. Sitting on the wall kicking her legs has been really good to help her balance, her saving reflexes and to loosen her legs. The structure of the classes is also excellent for Mary as routine is something that she likes, and this allows her to predict and anticipate activities. The repetition of these activities has allowed her to practice the skills fully, especially because it takes her longer to 'pick up' the activities than the other children. Mary adores being part of the group socially and has made some wonderful relationships with the other children and the teachers. Mary has a lot of confidence in the water now and although there are some activities that are a little too hard, I am able to adapt them to suit her ability. This has been crucial for her self esteem and has allowed her to feel that she can achieve along with her peers in all situations, not just swimming.’ Water Babies teach more than 1,200 babies and toddlers every week across Bristol, Bath and Weston super Mare. If you have any questions, or to find out about booking a course contact us on 0117 946 6919 or visit our website www.waterbabies.co.uk. 16 Bambinos Spring
Some facts... • The water’s buoyancy virtually eliminates the effects of gravity, and in the pool up to 80-90% of the body's weight is supported. This allows far greater flexibility than on land and reduces pressure on the spine and joints • The increased resistance in water exercises muscles to a much greater degree than most land based exercise • A half hour swimming class is an excellent workout for little swimmers, exercising the heart and lungs and improving circulation • Activities in classes, such as chasing a toy or a ‘high five’ with a toddler, improve coordination and motor control. Weekly repetition provides the opportunity to learn at the individual child’s own pace, and to master new skills • Swimming is a fantastic leveler and confidence in the pool translates to confidence in other aspects of life
Good food for your children Mouthwatering children's food delivery service • Homemade food for your children lovingly made by us for you • Delicious, healthy and convenient without compromise
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BabyBites are committed to using local, organic and seasonal produce Contact us for more information, we would love to hear from you...
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GETS Odd socks breed like rabbits, so round them up and put them to use with this simple craft project.
You will need: • An odd or outgrown little sock • 2 small buttons for the eyes • Needle and thread • Pink yarn for the nose, and a chunky needle to sew it on with • 2 pipe cleaners for the ears • A handful of toy stuffing or wadding
ilee Breakspear is a work-at-home mum who lives in Bristol with her partner, 2-year old son and 4-month old daughter. She is inspired by beautiful materials and loves to sew, cut original patterns, knit, crochet and make felted and beaded jewellery. Ailee is passionate about finding crafty ways of using what’s at hand to make fabulous and fun pieces.
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Sock Bunny 2 1 3 Turn your sock inside out and flatten it with the heel facing up.
Cut from the toe end down to just before where the heel starts.
Sew the cut edges into two ears with the needle and thread.
4 Turn the sock the right way out again. Bend the pipe cleaners as in the picture and insert them into the ears.
RAFTY Beautiful handmade quilts for babies and children. A gift that can be cherished over generations
Sew on the button eyes, and stitch a little cross for a nose with the pink yarn. Adjust the bendy ears for maximum cuteness.
5 6 Stuff the bunnyâ€™s body with a handful of stuffing, and sew up the base of the bunny (i.e. the top of the sock). To give it a flat bottom, hold the opening flat and sew up the middle third, then pull in the two open sides and sew them together.
Note: If you are making the bunny for a baby, use dark yarn for the eyes instead of buttons, and leave out the pipe cleaners.
For more information, please contact:
email@example.com Or visit the website:
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Octopus Rock aims to complete your search for stylish beachwear, whatever the season. 8 fabulous designers including the new season Kate Mack, Vilebrequin and Elizabeth Hurley Beach. Octopus Rock for children aged 0-10 years. Selected items on sale now.
A subtly perplexing way to disorientate grandparents or amuse mates during weekend breaks. A set of three, 100% organic cotton, sequential t-shirts packed inside their own canvas travel bag.
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Pumpkinpatch Get ready for another irresistible spring collection from the Patch. Little girls can set sail in the sweetest red, white and navy nautical styles with a French twist, through to a country garden tea party where floral prints steal the scene. Boys strike a pose in modern nautical combined with the coolest city wear styling. Stripes dominate once again - bold or thin on tees, sweats and shirts. Mock styling on polos, hooded tees and vests continue to stamp its mark - so easy to wear, instant pulled together outfitting. Canvas or cotton drill cargos and sturdy denim are designed to last early little man’s adventure filled day. So get into your Pumpkin Patch Bristol store at Cabot Circus now to stock up for the warmer season - we’ve got everything you need and more to make sure your kids are kept cool in the latest Patch style, all season long. www.pumpkinpatchkids.com
Pictured Right: Mock tee chambray button dress, chambray - £20.00 Ruffle trim leggings, riveria - £6.50, Frill sleeve dress with pleated skirt, snow white - £20.00, Long sleeve crop smocked cardigan, snow white - £18.00, Fine polka dot boat shoes, navy - £11.00 Pictured Below Left: All over print all in one, blossom - £12.00 Pictured Below Introducing baby patch boutique collection Baby styles from £8.50
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What is Family Mediation and how does it benefit families? By Bambinos Family Law solicitor; Jayne Martins
hen a relationship breaks down it is clearly a difficult time, particularly when there are children. Communication between separating couples can often be very difficult and strained. This can lead to difficulties in sorting out the practical matters that arise from a relationship breakdown including sorting out financial matters and arrangements for the children.
Family Mediation offers an alternative way forward for separating couples where couples are encouraged to find their own solutions. Mediation offers people the opportunity to communicate with one another during what is often very difficult times in relation to family separation and to reduce the scope of animosity and dispute within the family. Family Mediation can cover many aspects associated with the breakdown of a family relationship. This often involves exploring options in relation to ending a marital relationship, children matters and financial arrangements including what is to happen to the family home or any other property or assets that the clients own within their relationship. There are four main principles in respect of mediation which will be considered in detail below which allow
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people the opportunity to communicate with each other in a neutral environment. The main principles of mediation are: 1. Participation in Family Mediation is voluntary. It is important for anybody who is considering mediation to understand that participation in any mediation is voluntary. Anyone or in fact mediator is free to withdraw from the mediation process at any time. This is of huge benefit to people who may feel that where there could be a power imbalance, either they or the mediator would be able to suspend mediation. It is also of great benefit to understand that mediation is voluntary as it demonstrates that both parties are showing that they want to try to reach resolution of any issues in dispute arising from the separation and shows a willing intention to start dealing with these issues. This often provides a good message to whoever may enter into the mediation process. It is important to note that the process is also voluntary for a mediator and should a mediator consider that the mediation would be inappropriate for particular people, or if people are not fully engaged or committed to the process a mediator can terminate mediation. It also allows the mediator to protect any vulnerable person who is unwilling or unable to
family law participate freely and fully in the process of mediation, maybe due to fear of violence or undue influence from the other party. Ultimately, with mediation being voluntary, both parties must have a want to resolve matters if they are to enter the mediation process. Neither person needs to attend if they do not wish to do so. 2. Impartiality. Mediators are seen as facilitators of communication between separating couples. It is key to mediation that mediators are seen to be impartial and seek to help both people equally. Mediators must at all times remain impartial and must conduct the mediation process in a fair and even handed way. Mediators do not make judgements or express opinions in relation to individual circumstances. This allows people in the mediation process to have full and frank discussions in relation to all issues arising from their separation without fear of judgement from the mediator. This would hopefully lead to there being resolution between the parties if they are allowed a forum to be open and honest with each other throughout the process, without fear of being judged or dealt with unfairly.
are not bound by any proposals reached in mediation and either party is able to change their mind. 4. The decision making rests solely with the parties in mediation. One of the main benefits of the whole mediation process is that the decision making lies entirely with the participants and they are able to find their own outcomes in relation to their own issues. People who are going through a separation and family breakdown are going through an incredibly personal and difficult time for them. People deal with separation in different ways and each circumstance is individual to that person. Therefore mediation is ideally placed to allow people to discuss their own issues on a voluntary basis with an independent, impartial mediator within a safe, confidential environment to find their own solutions to their own problems. Couples often have very specific problems and therefore mediation allows them to fully explore these problems and what options are available to them, and decide the
option which they feel best suits their circumstances. Ultimately where parties are able to reach proposals within mediation, these proposals will often be far longer standing to the parties as they have reached that decision themselves and have reality tested such proposals so that it will work for them in the future. It also gives the parties a feeling of ownership over their own problems and can improve relations for the family as a whole into the future. People going through family separation often have children to consider and therefore it is far better for them to reach their own proposals and arrangements rather than having any arrangements thrust upon them by, for example, a Court. This can benefit the family when they exit the mediation process and have to deal with the proposals and arrangements reached within mediation on their own.
3. Confidentiality. Subject to some exceptions as described below, all matters discussed in mediation are confidential between the couple. Mediators must not disclose any information obtained during the course of the mediation to anybody without express consent of each participant. This is a benefit as it enables people to feel that they are in a safe environment when they are discussing matters personal to them, including details of their children and finances. Only when all the information is available to both parties will they be able to make informed decisions about their future. It also means that all proposals, where they are reached in mediation, are confidential between them and they
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Osteopathy and Complementary therapies for the whole family... At Belmont House Osteopaths, we are a friendly practice dedicated to offering the highest standards of care, catering to the needs of the individual, from the newborn to the elderly. We can help with a wide range of conditions, from everyday low back pain, sciatica and sports injuries to migraines, frozen shoulder and tennis elbow. As well as providing safe and complete care from pregnancy through to childbirth, we offer specialist paediatric Osteopathy for common We now offer individua childhood complaints including colic type symptoms, mis-shapen head, l and sm all group Pila tes tuitio glue ear, feeding and sleeping difficulties. n with our instru ctor For more information and to see how we can help, please contact our registered osteopaths, Nina Leadbeater or Laura Humphries on 0117 3770518. Belmont House - Gloucester Rd - Bristol - BS34 5BQ
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Q&A Breastfeeding Sioned Hilton, Lactation expert from Medela has been working with breastfeeding mums for more than 20 years. Here she answers some questions often asked by mothers in preparation for pregnancy and birth...
Why are my breasts very sensitive and sore?
Breasts start to change from the moment of conception; this is to develop breast tissue in order for you to make milk for your baby as soon as he is born. It is common in the early trimester to find the nipples very sensitive and your breasts become fuller. It may be helpful to wear a good supporting bra, that is not underwired or with seams. A sleep bra may be used during the day if mums find that these are more comfortable. Hydrogel pads and nipple shells may relieve contact from clothing allowing air to circulate.
Throughout your pregnancy you have provided all the nutrition your baby needs for growth and development. Breastfeeding is essentially the fourth trimester of pregnancy. At birth your baby will be delivered and offered to you for skin to skin nursing. Your midwife will deliver your placenta. Removing the placenta after birth triggers the hormones for making milk but in the meantime your breasts will have small amounts of colostrum available to feed your baby instantly. At birth your babyâ€™s tummy will only hold about 5-7mls of milk â€“ this is why babies feed frequently in the early days. This milk is full of calories, antibodies and growth hormones to protect your baby to the outside world and supports your babyâ€™s immature digestive system to absorb and digest milk and to expel the sticky tar meconium stool. Around day 2-3 more milk will be made and it will become more white and watery. Your baby will still be feeding frequently. Your breasts will be fuller and a little tender. Around day 3-5 your milk will have come in.
Will the milk be ready as soon as I need it?
Do I need to change my diet in preparation for breastfeeding?
A normal and healthy balanced diet is encouraged throughout your pregnancy. A balance of oily fish will support the transfer of fatty acids such as the omega 3, AAA, DHA essential for brain development. A healthy intake of calcium enriched foods supports mums bone density. Fruit and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, cereals support mums digestion. Further dietary advice can be sought from your midwife
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SAY HELLO TO COMMUNICATION
2011 is the National Year of Speech, Language and Communication
ebruary and March are the early chatter matters months with emphasis being on babies from birth to three. Talk To Your Baby and The Communication Trust are working together to spread the message about the importance of talking and communicating with your baby from day one. Talk To Your Baby has launched a brand new website with great new content, practical tips, videos, podcasts and competitions to help parents talk, listen and respond to their babies.
Talk To Your Baby is encouraging small changes to make big differences. Having a baby is far from easy and the thought of integrating more communication and talk time into your daily routine can seem daunting. But we believe that making a small change, something we call TLR, can make a big difference. TLR stands for Talk, Listen, Respond, it makes talk time with your baby much more beneficial for them and it is easy to do. TLR, much like TLC, is about making the most of the little interactions which happen throughout the day. From the day your baby is born they are ready and eager to communicate. From birth your baby will make eye contact and copy your expressions. This is one of the first ways in which they learn to communicate and a great way way to put TLR into action: hold your newborn about 12 inches away from you. Now, stick out your tongue. Did they try to copy you? Try different mouth movements and expressions. Sticking our your tongue is like the opening in a conversation, waiting for them to copy is the listening and responding with the same or different expression is your response. The rate at which your baby’s brain will develop is truly awe-inspiring; by the age of three 80% of their brain will have developed. So keep talking, listening and responding to baby from birth right up until they start school. Around the age of 18 months you might notice your baby’s vocabulary expanding significantly with most babies having an average vocabulary of around 50 words by this age.
And between 18 and 24 months your baby may put together their first sentence. It may not be grammatically correct or easy to understand but its a very important part of their language development. Remember, when you’re child incorrectly pronounces words or uses incorrect grammar gently correct them while staying positive, something along these lines, “Goggy bited it.” “Yes, the dog bit it, didn’t he?” Talk To Your Baby is asking parents to pledge to make communication a bigger part of their daily routine. Making a pledge to spend an extra five minutes a day reading to your child can have a real impact. There are lots of different ways you can increase time spent communicating with your child. If you’re on the move you can make an effort to engage them while they are in the buggy by pointing out dogs, people, buses or colours. If you make a pledge you will have a chance of winning one of 150 free books. We will be selecting winners based on how fun and practical their pledges are.
From the day your baby is born, they are ready and eager to communicate... As part of the National Year Talk To Your Baby will also be launching the new Talk To Your Baby party pack. The party is about enhancing communication by becoming better acquainted with a few simple and easy activities. Plus its a great opportunity to get together with friends and spend time playing, talking and laughing with your baby. The pack will include a simple party plan that includes a bit of music, rhyming and reading that you can customise to suit. Excitingly the first 300 people who let us know they will be holding a party will receive a free copy of Barefoot Books: Driving My Tractor book with music CD included. If you think you might like to have a Talk To Your Baby party or would like some top tips on making the most of your communication time with your baby please see our website.
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LUXURIOUS FOR MUM TO BE... Pamper your loved ones and create a lasting memory with a Maison Boo Gift. We have everyday essentials and pampering treats to choose from. Preparation is key whilst pregnant and what other better way to prepare than to have our Body Bootique Mum to Be Gift Set. This gift set includes: Body Bootique Foaming Bath Aches and Pains, Body Bootique Stretch mark Oil, Body Bootique Nipple Balm Body Bootique Massage Oil. The perfect gift for mums or mums to be. Our Body Bootique Stretch Mark Oil contains Rosehip, Sea buckthorn and Calendula to reduce fine lines and stretch marks whilst our Nipple Balm aids the recovery and reduces the soreness of sore nipples. Our Body Bootique Aches and Pains Foaming Bath relaxes the muscles and our Body Bootique Organic Massage Oil contain Pomegranate, Lemongrass and Lime Peel aid relaxation. www.maisonboo.co.uk
THE ULTIMATE GIFT When Grace paints and draws, she uses delicate pencilwork or rich colours to capture the warmth of expression, the personality of children and the wonderful qualities of people. She paints and sketches from life and photos and works from her studio upstairs in Woolies on Blackboy Hill. Prices start from as little £30 www.artwanted.com/engel Round Table Studio 1st Floor, Woolies Indoor Market, Blackboy Hil, Clifton, Bristol.
TO KEEP FOREVER... Flying Saucers is a favourite of Bambinos; The paint-your-own pottery cafe in central Bristol offers a wide range of mug’s, plates, ornaments and even clocks which can be personalised with handprints, footprints or those precious first painted masterpieces. Well worth a visit to see for yourself and they also cater for kids parties! 9 Byron Place, Bristol, BS8 1JT 0117 927 3666 www.flyingsaucers.co.uk
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gift feature CHARMED I’M SURE! A flash of colour mixed with personalised Chambers & Beau sterling silver charms make for the perfect cocktail. Love Knot Friendship bracelets are their latest offering and are a pretty addition to any outfit. Gorgeous sterling silver handcrafted motifs and charms are hand-stamped with names, dates and messages and strung together on a choice of colourful cotton cord. Tel: 07979 800441 www.chambersandbeau.com
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THOUGHTFULLY UNIQUE! A Bambino’s favourite; ACS offer something unique and very original. An engraving specialist, they are able to take a handwritten message from your little one and transfer it to a metal frame exactly replicating the handwriting. A truly special gift that will last forever... www.acs-engraving.co.uk
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Perfect & Pure The Organic Toy Company offers the UK's widest range of organic cotton toys - the purest choice for newborns (even premature babies) and children with eczema or allergies. Now also stockists of certified organic and unscented baby and child skincare! Kind to the most delicate skin - and the planet too! Visit: www.otoys.co.uk
A World-first Organic Bra... The world’s only seamless organic cotton nursing bra is here; It’s 100% natural and more comfortable for mum and baby. It’s perfect for tender and sensitive breasts and gentle on babies’ skin. The breathable organic cotton maximises support and comfort with shape, lift and control without underwire. Also available is the Seamless Organic Cotton Comfort Panty which is perfect for delicate and sensitve areas. For more information visit: www.carriwell.com Available at: www.nctshop.co.uk
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Here are a selection of eco-products that have recently caught our eye...
100% Organic Goodness
This ultimate baby starter kit gives you the benefits of the entire baby range from Gaia. You can keep the products in your nappy bag and take them whereever you go. The featured kit comes in a re-usable zip lock ‘wet pack’ and makes a great gift for new mums and babies. The kit includes: bath and body wash, baby shampoo, baby moisturiser, skin soothing lotion and baby massage oil. Visit: www.nct.org.uk/shop
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Get a total body workout just by going for a walk - and take your baby too! o you want to get fit again after having your baby, but want something outside and sociable too? Nordic Walking instructor Vicky Welsh may have the answer.
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Nordic Walking is just like normal walking except you use two poles to propel you forward. “Using poles is key” says Vicky. “They help mobilize your upper body which gives you a total body workout and is great for your back. The poles also make you walk faster than usual, but make it feel easier because they support you. So you burn more calories than ordinary walking”. Bringing your little one along and carrying them with you adds to the lovely sociable atmosphere Nordic walking provides. The fresh air is perfect for de-stressing and for creating a general feeling of wellbeing for both you and your baby.
The groups meet on Clifton Downs and in Ashton Court. The sessions last an hour and the poles are provided. Taster sessions are also available to give you an idea of what Nordic Walking’s all about. Vicky is a qualified personal trainer and uses her extensive fitness knowledge to help you achieve good posture, use correct technique and benefit from effective stretching at the end. She is also a mum with three children of her own.
When my children were babies they loved being in a baby sling or back pack on walks. I wish I had known about Nordic Walking then, it’s such a natural way to get fit with your baby and you can exercise and talk at the same time. Perfect!
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07958 581398 or visit the website: www.springhousefitness.co.uk/Nordic_Walking
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Louise Barnard, Founder of Baby Bites www.babybites.co.uk is a Cordon Bleu trained chef and founder of Baby Bites. She is passionate about the importance of good food for children. All recipes are suitable for children 6 months plus just blend, chop or mash as necessary.
his issue, Louise invites you to make the most of the seasons abundance and to treat your whole family to a seasonal, delicious and nutritious meal.
The following recipes are quick to make and suitable for all the family from 6 months onwards, just blend, chop or mash as necessary. There’s been a flurry of activity in the news recently from some of Britain’s best loved chefs trying to encourage us away from the over fished, stalwarts of the fish counter: salmon, tuna and cod and to give some of our hardier, more readily available, local species a try. The mackerel with its sparkling, silver belly and iridescent blue-grey stripes is an eye-catching fish but it’s more than just good-looking. Fresh mackerel is packed with flavour and those all important omega 3 oils. It has fantastically moist, rich flesh that lends itself perfectly to punchy aromatic flavours such as the lemongrass and ginger in this fishcakes recipe.
When choosing fish to buy look for the following signs that it is fresh: • Flesh that is firm • Clear shiny eyes • Bright red gills • Follow your nose: Fresh fish doesn’t smell • Oily fish deteriorates quickly, so either buy it on the day you plan to eat it or freeze it until needed
According to recent studies and the Food Standards Agency recommendations, it is important for children to eat 2 portions of fish a week. At least one of those should be an ‘oily’ fish such as mackerel. Oily fish are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s).
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EFA's can't be manufactured in our bodies so they need to be consumed as part of a balanced diet. EFA’s are used by the body for brain function and cell repair, which in turn helps to maintain healthy reproductive, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Oily, sustainable fish you could try are: Mackerel, sardines and herring. Fresh, frozen, canned fish, fish fingers and fishcakes can all count towards your child’s weekly servings of fish.
Sweet Potato and Lemongrass Fishcakes This fish cakes recipe can be made with any kind of fish, tinned, smoked or fresh but I urge you to try it with fresh mackerel. If you think you don’t like mackerel, you may just be pleasantly surprised. Makes: 12-16 fishcakes Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
Ingredients • 350gm of tinned, smoked or fresh fish • 350gm sweet potato, peeled and chopped
into chunks • ½ a red pepper, finely diced • 2-3 tbsp cooking oil • lemongrass; ½3 of a stick of fresh
or 1tsp of ready prepared • black pepper to taste • ½ tsp of dried ginger • juice of half a lemon • juice of half a lime
For the crispy coating: • 2 eggs, beaten • 100gm flour • 100gm breadcrumbs
Method 1 Put the sweet potato into a pan, cover with
water and bring to the boil. Simmer until cooked through. The tip of a knife should pass through easily. Drain and transfer to a mixing bowl. Mash roughly with a fork. 2 Whilst the potatoes are cooking prepare
the fish. If you are using fresh fish, you will need to cook it. Mackerel is best fried. Place skin side down in a hot frying pan with a little oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the flesh is opaque and the skin golden and crispy. Other fresh fish can be steamed or fried. Leave to cool then remove the skin and flake the flesh into a mixing bowl with the sweet potato. Look out for and remove any stray bones. If using tinned or smoked fish there is no need to pre-cook it, just flake and add directly to the potatoes. 3 Add all the other ingredients, mix well then
shape into small rounds. Tip 1: These fish cakes will cook fine with out the crispy coating if you are pushed for time. Tip 2: Try drizzling with a little olive oil and baking them in the oven at 200°C for 15-20 minutes instead or cook on the barbeque on a piece of foil. Tip 3: For a super fast supper use leftover mashed potato instead of sweet potato.
4 If using the crispy coating, dredge each
fishcake in flour, dip into beaten egg to completely coat then dip into the breadcrumbs to completely cover. 5 Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot but not
smoking and shallow fry the fishcakes for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown all over and piping hot in the middle. Serve with rice and salad and more fresh limejuice.
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Cook with mummy (or daddy!)
pring has sprung and summer is snapping at its heels. Which means picnic time is finally here. Give these scones a go as a quick, healthy fix for rumbling tummies, eat them with a smear of butter or fill them with cheese, tomatoes, cucumber.
These scones are very versatile and could be made with lots of different savoury ingredients. Research suggests children are more likely to try new foods if they help to prepare them. Let your little one choose what they’d like to add to their savoury scone mix.
Savoury Tricolore Mini Scones Makes: 16 approx Storage: Suitable for freezing or store in an airtight container
Ingredients • 225g self raising flour • 50g butter or margarine • 75gm cheese, grated • 50gm tinned sweetcorn • 25gm roasted red pepper, diced • 25gm courgette, grated • 1 tsp pesto • 100ml milk, approximately
Method 1 Pre-heat the oven to 220ºc. 2 Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Add the
butter or margarine and rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. 3 Add the peppers, sweetcorn, pesto,
cheese and courgette, Mix. 4 Stir in the milk and press together to form
the dough. It shouldn’t be sticky, add a little more flour if it is or a little more milk if it’s crumbly. 5 Put the dough onto a floured surface and
pat out to 1.5-2cm thickness.
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What they can do to help: • Help to weigh out the ingredients • Choose what ingredients they’d like to add • Rub the butter into the flour • Grate the cheese • Cut out the scones
6 Cut into small rounds with the smallest
Tip: If you don’t have a small cookie cutter try using a small glass or cut one out of a mini fromage frais yoghurt pot.
Other fillings you might like to try: • Cheese and smokey bacon, • Feta, roast pepper and black olive • Sundried tomato and basil • Cheese and spring onion • Poppyseed, orange and rosemary
cookie cutter you have and place on a baking sheet. 7 Bake in pre-heated oven for 10-15
minutes until golden. 8 Cool on a wire tray.
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The positive experience of nurturing touch allows your baby to feel a deep sense of love and security
hether you’re looking forward to an upcoming ski trip or you’re planning the family summer holiday everyone knows there is a lot to think about, especially with a new baby in tow. There is a wealth of information available to help you organise a stress free break with an infant, but below are a few tips from mums, for mums!
Think about: When booking your holiday find out what your service providers will offer; will they provide a travel cot for example, and ensure your desired resort is child friendly. Don’t forget: To keep your child entertained during the journey. Pack her favourite toy as well as some new ones to keep her amused.. On the move: Delays have become a common feature of any getaway so be prepared! Pack all the essentials such as food, nappies, medicine in your carry on, and enough of them!
• relaxation for baby and parent • improved sleep patterns • helps relieve wind/colic • aids babies’ digestion • Strengthens babies’ immune system • Develops babies’ muscle tone & co-ordination • Enhances parent/baby communication • great opportunity to meet other new parents • Courses run for 5 weeks • Private group home-tuition available
Rebecca Abrey tel: 07739 584 393 • email@example.com
Rebecca is a qualified Neonatal Nurse (RSCN) and certified infant massage instructor with the International Association of Infant Massage (www.iaim.org.uk)
Feeding: If you’re breastfeeding you obviously have this covered, but if you’re bottle feeding think about the logistics, especially during the travel. Whether you’re going by plane or train having a plan for feeding preparation is crucial. If you’re unsure, an ideal solution is yoomi, the self warming baby bottle which warms babies feed to breastmilk temperature in just 60 seconds. During your stay: Be aware that the change of scenery and the loss of the everyday family routine may affect your children’s sleep when away. It is a good idea to bring your child's pillow, a familiar teddy and a favourite night time book to help settle them and ensure you get a restful break too. www.yoomi.com
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Little Monster Club Membership
For your chance to win one of 10 free Little Monster club memberships, email your name and address to: email@example.com Please title email ‘Little Monster comp’
Giveaways Two Great giveaways this month from Dr. Bronners and Little Monster Club!
U J O B NOR Fun French for Little Voices! Young children have a natural gift for languages, so why not introduce your little one to French today? • Language learning through songs, rhymes, stories & craft activities... • Small, friendly groups
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• For children 10 months to 4 years • Fun for grown-ups too! • Classes 4 days a week in Bristol My daughter and I love this class! It is such a fun way to learn French, sing, make crafts and play. Melanie makes all the children feel very welcome and group sizes are great. Kate, mum to Aimee (2)
For your chance to win some of the amazing Dr Bronners Soap email your name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please title email ‘Dr Bronner’s soap comp’
For more information call Melanie on 07982 125361 or go to www.petitesvoix.co.uk
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The Little Monster Club is an innovative discount and savings club brought to you from the organisers of the Bristol Baby & Toddler Show. Members have access to offers, products and services that aren’t always available elsewhere; Companies involved already include Dinky Inc, Baby Sensory, Petites Voix, Baby Bites, Flying Saucers Pottery Painting Café etc etc - Its true to say the list is growing daily!
is donated with each new membership
The Little Monster Club’s website also helps you earn money, the Refer-a-friend scheme pays members £5 for each recommended friend that joins. The website also has a fantastic market place that enables you to buy and sell pre-loved baby and children’s equipment and toys - all free of charge... Sign up to the club for just £25.00 a year to start making significant savings on the essentials and luxuries you need. Each new member receives a goody pack with membership card and free entry for two adults to the Baby & Toddler Shows. To find out more and join, simply visit the website: www.little-monster-club.co.uk
Taste of paradise... Beautifully presented, delicious cakes delivered direct to your door, made lovingly in Bristol using the finest ingredients. Perfect for parties! Wide range available, including traybakes, whole cakes and gluten-free options. For more information or to place your order contact Patsy. Tel 07789 146751 email: email@example.com
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Luxurious Layers These beautiful and stunning swaddling shawls are made of soft grey silk and high quality brushed white cotton; they are also reversible. Imagine taking your little one to parties, weddings or any celebration in the ultimate combination of style and comfort! See the website for this and many other wonderful child and baby products. www.sarahsherrington.co.uk
For ladies with babies...
Sewing made simple Make your own funky baby clothes at a fraction of shop prices in our creative workshop. By using the simple ITSY TATA patterns it means the garments are quick and easy to make. No previous sewing experience is required and all levels of ability are catered for; even baby can come along! A one-stop-shop is provided for fabulous fabrics and detailing or, if recycling is your style, you can take Grandpa’s old shirt or Aunty’s bloomers and make them into trendy clothes for your little one. ITSY TATA can also run workshops in your home with groups of like-minded friends, all you need is a dining table for everyone to sit at and Hanna brings the rest! Ready-made ITSY TATA dresses, trousers and changemats are available from Born in Gloucester Road, Bristol for anyone who falls in love with the clothes but can’t make a workshop... www.itsytata.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 07804 592349
Ladies-with-Babies.com is a new social website for parents, featuring video chatshows where Mums discuss everything baby/toddler related. Founder Emma-Jane Portch says, “In those first weeks with a baby, you can feel isolated - rooted to the sofa feeding!… so I decided to create a website where you can see other mums like you and relate to things they’re talking about, gain tips & advice and share a laugh - without the palava of leaving the house to meet for coffee!” Membership is free and allows unlimited access to the videos, the forum and blogs. Free Sweetbird smoothies delivered to every new member. www.ladies-with-babies.com
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Bristol's largest and only dedicated paint-your-own-pottery!
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We love these clever products all designed by ‘mum-preneurs’...
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& innovations... For sleeping on the go...
Splashnbump happy bathtime Designed by a Mum, this clever idea comprises a set of shock-absorbing, interconnecting rubber sections that fit any bath and provide a safe slip-free environment. The great thing is that the sytem fits any bath and as any parent knows, a little one slipping in the bath is always a worry ...but not any more with Splashnbump!
SnoozeShade® is a unique blackout blind for prams, carrycots, pushchairs and buggies and is a simpler and safer alternative to a draped coat or blankets. This innovative baby sleep product was created by a British mother specifically to help babies and toddlers sleep for as long as needed in a pram or pushchair. With UPF50+ sun protection, SnoozeShade can be used all year round, it’s simple and easy to check on your sleeping baby using the ‘sneak-a-peek’ zip at the front. Denise van Outen is a huge fan!
Big hugs for little hands! Sometimes the simplest ideas work the best, these beautiful Italian Merino rich-wool mitts are long and fit the length of your little ones arm underneath their coat thus ensuring they dont come off and keep them snug!
Only one sheep you need to count on for sleep! Ewan™, the dream sheep, is very special when it comes to helping your little one sleep. Developed to give a womblike experience, his tummy glows a warm comforting red and he emits ‘pink noise’ this is the type of sound baby hears in the womb which of course, makes him or her comforted, happy and relaxed. An award winning product, visit the website for more information...
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Camilla Rabey, has 14 years of experience of working as a nanny, maternity nurse and night nanny and is mother to 10 month old Ralph. She owns Night Nannies, who provide families with expert advice on feeding and sleeping patterns for babies and young children. Here, Camilla revisits a family she has previously worked with...
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