Saturday, 26 July 2014

Top Tips To Keep Your Children Cool In The Sun

Maxwell has been a little fussy since this hot weather settled in so as a parent I have been trying my hardest to keep him happy and cool at the same time. Here are some of my top tips to keep children cool this summer.

Keep the curtains drawn - In the summer we like to keep the curtains closed. We do this so the sun does not shine into the house and create heat. Simply by shutting the curtains and leaving the windows closed in the day can keep the house a lot cooler. At night keeping the curtains closed but leaving the windows open will make the house a lot cooler. We have recently purchased Maxwell some blackout curtains, they are great in the summer months as not only do they keep the light out when it is time for bed but they are also great at keeping the heat out.

Always make sure your child is wearing loose fitted clothing - I always make sure Maxwell is in loose fitted clothes in the summer months. I believe this keeps Maxwell cooler in the day time. At night I put Maxwell in a simple vest and he sometimes has the option to wear shorts. I normally give Maxwell a cotton blanket to go over at him at night. I have found that if he did not wear any clothing he would actually get hotter and this would leave him hot and bothered in the day time and unable to sleep at night. 

Wet play is fun! - Maxwell has been enjoying lots of water themed activities in this hot weather. From having fun in his paddling pool, to sensory themed water activities, to cool baths, Maxwell is a huge fan of keeping cool in the summer. When having fun in water please make sure your child is covered up. We have recently purchased Maxwell a fantastic swimsuit which keeps him covered from the sun. Maxwell also has a lot of sun cream put on him before enjoying any outside water activities. The last thing you want is for your child to be burnt. 

Keep things calm - In this weather I find that Maxwell can get hot and irritated and a 10 mile hike is not going to keep him happy and cool instead I am a big fan of relaxing however relaxing does not mean that your child can not have fun. In this hot weather I have found card games, magazines, coloring books and reading books have been my best friend. Not only are these activities learning activities but they are also activities which involve sitting down and keeping cool. 

Let your child have food choices - Maxwell has been off his food recently so I have been allowing Maxwell to choose what he would like to eat. Maxwell's favorite food at the present moment is salad, pizza and fruit. Maxwell has also enjoyed snacking on sandwiches, crackers and cheese and of course ice lollies. I have found giving Maxwell a choice makes meal times much easier. If Maxwell does not want to eat a meal I will encourage him to at least have a snack. I also encourage Maxwell to keep well hydrated in this weather and I like to keep his juice/water cooled in the fridge. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Week Of Learning And New Experiences

  1. Maxwell had his last day of term at preschool
  2. Maxwell and I are preparing for our 31 days of fun
  3. Maxwell has been having lots of cool baths and ice lollies
  4. Maxwell more interested in the toilet than the potty
  5. Maxwell enjoyed seeing A.Rachel 
This week Maxwell had his last day of preschool. Maxwell has made a great start to his first term and he is looking forward to going back in September. In September Maxwell will be attending preschool 2 mornings a week instead of just the one. Maxwell seems to be more confident since attending and I think his speech has slightly improved. On the last day of term Maxwell enjoyed meeting a clown which I thought he may be scared of and loved eating lots of cake. Maxwell was very happy due to the clown making him a balloon dog.

In August Maxwell and I are going to carry out 31 days of fun. Essentially it is a small bucket list of things that we wanted to do together. We have come up with some exciting ideas and we are really looking forward to sharing them with everyone. Our 31 days of fun has cost us pence to do so we are hoping to show our readers you can have fun on all sorts of budgets.

With the weather being so hot, Maxwell has ended up getting hot and sticky. This has resulted in me giving Maxwell a lot of baths. Maxwell seems to love having baths in this weather and is having up to 2 a day. I am hoping to get the paddling pool out for Maxwell over the weekend so he can enjoy the pool through out the day and then enjoy a bath at night. Maxwell is also enjoying lots of ice lollies and is eating his way through a load of boxes which I won earlier on this month. We have 8 boxes left so I am hoping they will last us all summer.

As many of my readers know, we have tried to start Maxwell off with using a potty however Maxwell is more interested in the toilet. Maxwell likes to slide up and down the room on his potty and then pee on the floor however if we take him to the toilet he shows much more of a interest. We are hoping to buy him a toilet step this week and we are looking forward to seeing how he gets on.

Yesterday A.Rachel visited us as she is going away for a few days, much to Maxwell's horror. A.Rachel was in a rush so she could not stay long which Maxwell fussed over. As soon as it was time for her to leave Maxwell decided he would ignore her and slam the door in her face as she left. Maxwell then decided he would slam the window on her as she decided that she would try and talk to him through it. Luckily Maxwell said goodbye in the end however it was funny to see him in a little strop about his favorite aunt leaving.   

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Christmas Stocking Haul

Did you know it is only 155 days until Christmas? Since January I have been busy buying presents and I have to admit that I have nearly completed my Christmas shopping for Maxwell. Maxwell will be 3 years old this Christmas and will be celebrating his 3rd birthday 13 days before Christmas. Last year Ben and I managed to buy Maxwell so much, he still has 2 toy boxfuls of new toys to use. This year we will not be going so mad and we will be spending more money on bigger presents instead of lots of smaller things. This month I have bought plenty of bargains to fill Maxwell's stocking up.

At the present moment Maxwell and I do not really play games however I am keen to encourage him to play games more. Priced at just £2.50 I thought this game would be perfect to get Maxwell's game collection started. The game looks fairly simple and I hope he enjoys it.
We are huge fans of Orchard Toy games. We always find that Maxwell understands them well and they create hours of fun. We managed to bag this game for just £4.50 and we then managed to get a extra 30% off. I am looking forward to see Maxwell learn shopping lists as well as names of foods.
Maxwell has always been keen to dress up so I thought this mask would be perfect. I paid just £4.50 for this and I thought it would keep him not only entertained but would be cool for his dressing up box. I am looking forward to playing with it at Christmas. Hopefully it doesn't scare Maxwell.
Maxwell and I have started to do a lot more crafts so I thought these would be perfect for Maxwell's stocking. I paid just £1 for this set so I figured if they are not great to make then I have not lost much.
I bought these for Maxwell as I thought they would be perfect to help him to learn and spell. I also thought they would be perfect to teach him new words. Priced at just £3 I thought they were a real bargain and since receiving them it is clear to see that they are good quality.
As a child I adored my marble run and I thought Maxwell would also enjoy one. This marble run is fairly small which I thought would be perfect to set Maxwell off. I paid just £4 for this and I am looking forward to seeing Maxwell's face when he opens it this Christmas.
Although I am unsure if this will really be suitable for Maxwell to play with at Christmas, I figured not only is it a fun game but also a learning tool. If Maxwell does not understand how to play the game, he could easily sit and count the wooden blocks and also balance them. I paid just £4 for this.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at what I have bought Maxwell so far for Christmas. At the present moment I am looking for a main present for him.  I have had ideas of a wooden kitchen, scooter or perhaps a doll house. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet and what will your children be getting this Christmas?