Netflix Birthday on demand

Birthdays on Demand from Netflix!

According to The Office for National Statistics, the most popular birthday in the UK over the last 20 years falls on 26th September. To rejoice this celebration of love and festivities, Netflix have released their brand-new Birthday’s On-Demand feature. Netflix can reveal that two thirds (64%) of children’s parties are themed after their favourite TV shows and movies, so have decided to take matters one step further by creating a feature, where parents can simply press play anytime and anywhere, and their little one’s favourite cartoon characters will sing them a special birthday greeting. With 70% of parents recently admitting to finding …

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Playroom

Creating a playroom for the children

Making a space that is just for your children can give them an area that allows them to explore their creativity and help keep kid-friendly items in a place separate from the main living areas. A playroom can provide a flexible space that is dedicated to your kids as their interests change over time. It is also a place that does not have to be perfectly clean and tidy to serve as a room for adult guests. As a parent, your interior design choices in relation to your family can keep your home stylish and tidy. Here are a few …

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Sebastian car seat

Shopping Tips for Expectant Parents: What to Look for When Buying Your Baby’s Car Seat

With almost 1.3 million people dying in road accidents every year, it’s no secret that car seats are seen as an essential component of any parent’s car. However, some may see car seats as an inconvenience and don’t take them seriously enough, simply by underestimating how important they actually are to a child’s safety when on the road. Buying the right car seat for both your child and the type of vehicle you have is vital, and is likely to determine how safe and comfortable your child will be. If you’re struggling to decide which car seat to go for, …

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Swimming

Swimming, swimming in the swimming pool!

Our children have all swam since they were babies as it is a life skill I think every child should have.

We are now at the stage where they are all confident in the water and it is just Sebby that needs a water aid to swim, although I don’t think it will be long until he can swim completely unaided too.

Before Christmas Isaac had a trial with Bournemouth Swimming Club who are a competitive swimming team associated with the ASA and I am very proud to say that he was accepted and we have now entered the world of competitive swimming training.

He started this week and we have gone from swimming half an hour a week, to two or three hours a week. We were advised to start at two, but he wants to do three so we are seeing how it goes.

Swimming

So far they are impressed with his technique, in particular his butterfly, however he needs to work on his breaststroke and get the confidence to dive in the pool off the podium – to be fair, I would be nervous of doing that too.

Eliza is back to do doing her mermaid impression and spends most of her time underwater, however she is also progressing well with Individuality Swimming and her target for this term is to achieve her 100m badge.

She was sent a gorgeous Zoggs swimsuit to review over Christmas and she was keen to try it out.

Zoggs Swimsuit

The Junior Girls Rascals Bella Crossback swimsuit is for girls aged 6-15 years and features a fantastic all-over digital print of ‘Rascals’ cartoon characters for a bright and bold swimsuit.

The open back and crossover straps allow for excellent flexibility and freedom of movement in the back and shoulders, making this swimsuit ideal for regular and competitive swimmers and as it is made from Zoggs 100% chlorine proof Aqualast™ fabric with a lifetime guarantee, it is durable, resistant to snagging and offers excellent shape retention.

We also received some pool toys for when we go swimming as a family and I cannot wait to try them out.

Zoggs

Isaac did water polo for a time, but sadly the classes stopped as they were not popular enough, however, now we can practice some of the skills he learned with the Zoggs neoprene pool ball.

Both Isaac and Eliza love diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve sinkers, so we were also sent some dive balls, which you can throw as far as you can and then dive down ro retrieve and some Clam hunt shells, which we can see who can find first.

As for Sebby, well he went back to Turtle Tots this week and we found our class had grown by one, so the old “baby swimming crew” were back together. Because they all know each other they bounce off each other really well and it made each toddler swim better as they wanted to keep up with their friends which was lovely to watch.

Turtle Tots

I have bought Isaac a lovely pair of Jammers in the Zoggs sale for his swimming sessions and this afternoon I am taking him to our local swim shop to buy the rest of the equipment he needs. I think this may be an expensive hobby!!

Does your child enjoy swimming?

Swimming

Top Water Safety Tips for Parents

Living by the coast means water safety is something we have taught the kids from an early age. The STA, a leading UK charity that is dedicated to the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques, has launched its annual national water safety week on 6th June, with a host of events and activities taking place all over the country designed to raise awareness about the importance of water safety. Richard Timms, STA’s President, said the campaign, which runs from 6th-10th June, is very important, especially when you consider that more people drowned in the UK last year than died in …

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