Thursday, 17 July 2014

Staying Safe In the Sun with Organic Children Sun Lotion REVIEW

The temperature is set to soar over the next couple of days (it's pretty darn hot already!) and one thing for sure is that we need to keep the whole family safe outside!
Last week I made the mistake of not putting on any sun cream whilst on a school trip to the seaside. It was overcast when we arrived and it was fairly breezy down on the beach. My job was to stand in the water with a fellow teacher to ensure the groups of children that came in for a paddle did not stray beyond us. Later on when we had lunch up on the grass, was when the sun seemed to come out and it did begin to feel quite hot.
 On the coach journey back my arms and face began to feel a bit tender. But boy my calves had massively paid the price for me foolishly not applying any sun cream. That evening they were bright red and very sore indeed!
I would never even contemplate not putting any sun cream on Eliot, so this was a reminder that my skin is not invincible and I should not be na├»ve about overcast breezy conditions! Of course standing in the water reflected the sun on my poor calves even more.  As well as the kids we need to ensure we protect our own skin too!

As we all know the sun is at it's hottest from around 11am-3pm, if it's possible you should avoid being in the direct sun for lengthy periods at these times. Obviously most people will be out at some point between these times, so what can we do to maximise protection from the heat and sun?

  • Wear cool comfortable clothing. Pure cotton is the best
  • Wear a hat to keep those rays off heads, faces and backs of necks
  • Drink plenty of water and cool drinks to stay hydrated
  • Treat yourself to ice lollies/ice creams to help stay cool
  • Stay in the shade when possible or avoid the sun altogether between 11am-3am
  • Water play is a great way for little ones to have fun and help stay cool, whether it's in the paddling pool or simply a washing up bowl with water and toys.
  • Dress the kids in clothes that offer sun protection
  • And of course apply sun cream to those areas that are exposed to the sun
Eliot staying safe in the sun

We were recently sent some Green People Organic Children Sun Lotion to try out and review. In SPF 25, it is scent free and offers medium protection from UVA and UVB. It is perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin as it is free from nasties such as, parabens, alcohol and colourants. 81% of the ingredients are organic and the lotion is approved by the vegetarian society. Definitely a product I feel comfortable about applying to Eliot's skin.
Something that I have particularly liked about the Organic Children's sun lotion is that it is scent free, some sun creams have a very strong smell making you wonder about what ingredients they contain. It is not greasy at all and rubs in very easily to the skin, which is very beneficial when you have a wriggling toddler! I have found this perfect for Eliot's skin.

I also made a surprising discovery! Did you know that there is only a 2% difference in protection between SPF 25 and SPF 50? Nope? Neither did I, I thought you were getting double the protection when using SPF 50! Therefore there is a very small difference in the amount of protection.

Enjoy the sunny weather over the next few days but remember to stay sun safe!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Infacare Baby Bath REVIEW

A while back we were sent a lovely big bottle of Infacare ultra mild baby bath. On the bottle it says 'Infacare Ultra Mild Baby Bath does more than just clean gently, it helps care for your baby's skin too'.
It also states to be suitable for babies and children who may have sensitive and/or dry skin. This appealed to me as Eliot has suffered from baby eczema particularly on his legs. Therefore I am wary about what I use at bath times. However, we have had no problems with the Infacare baby bath, Eliot's skin has agreed with it and there hasn't been a bit of eczema in sight. It has been very gentle on his squishy baby skin and it smells lovely too, fresh but delicate! It creates lots bubbles for bath time and sensory fun.
Eliot has loved his bath time from the early days and it has been a wonderful way for him to relax and stimulate his senses. We have recently started using the main bath and he loves nothing more but to lay back and kick and splash in the bubbles.
Linda Blair, who is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council says...
"Bath time provides an ideal opportunity to tune in to your baby, a time
to reflect on what your baby might be thinking.  All that fun playing with
bubbles can help them to learn through touch and play, and parents can
learn to recognise what their baby is trying to tell them."
So bath time for little ones is not only about getting clean but also learning through their senses.
Infacare baby bath ultra mild is suitable to use with babies 1 month old and over. It is available in 400ml and 750ml bottles. You can pick it up at several major retailers, such as Asda, Boots and Wilkinsons. It is also available to buy online from Amazon and other online sites.
Eliot enjoying a bath with Infacare.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

'It's all a trick' #HeinzPastaQuotes

Hands down, Julia Donaldson is one of the best children's authors ever! I became familiar with her wonderful books as a trainee teacher and my love continues to grow. Her stories grip a group of thirty children, make them laugh, make them shout "it rhymes!', and enhance their reading enjoyment.
 So when my little guy came into the world last year, there were no doubts he was going to be introduced to Julia Donaldson books early on. The first book I read to him by Julia Donaldson was 'The Gruffalo', He smiled and giggled when I changed my voice to represent the various characters.
So when the opportunity arose to enter the #HeinzPastaQuotes with Tots 100 there was no question that our quote would come from a Julia Donaldson book. But which one would we choose as we genuinely adore all of the ones we have in our collection. It was going to be a tricky decision but we read them and I based our decision on Eliot's reaction to the different stories. At the moment the clear winner is 'The Gruffalo's Child' and our favourite quote from the book is...

'Its all a trick
I don't believe in the big bad mouse'

This post is my entry to the Tots 100 and Heinz competition to support book week.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

One Minute

On Monday morning at work, I received a voicemail from my dad. He was calling to tell me my mum was in hospital.
A few years ago I received a similar voicemail from him, that time my mum was in intensive care after having a heart attack when coming round from a general anaesthetic.

So obviously I was very worried and upset having received the voicemail on Monday. I left work and headed to my parents place to pick up some bits for my mum. Once I'd got them I drove to the hospital. It took me a few minutes to find where her ward was. When I did, I walked in to a sea of of blue curtains and a lot of staff around one of the beds. A nurse came over, I told her my mums name and she asked me to wait outside for a few minutes as they were working on a patient. I then realised there was something serious happening, I saw a man pacing the corridor visibly upset.
I waited quite a while before I was able to go into the ward and see my mum. She was surprised and relieved to see me. She explained that the woman in the next bed had arrived in hospital just after my mum. They'd said 'hello' to each other and shortly after her family arrived. Then at some point all of a sudden the next thing my mum noticed was doctors and nurses rushing around the lady before all the curtains around the other beds were closed. Very sadly the lady passed away. We weren't aware of this until later on though.
Whilst keeping my mum company I thought and reflected. I thought about how day to day life is taken for granted by myself, by others. I saw the amazing jobs the nurses were doing of taking care of the patients.
In moments like those you really see how life is so precious. One minute we can be here and the next minute, be gone. Situations such as this put things in perspective.
Thankfully my mum is now at home and doctors couldn't see a problem with her heart. I need to remember not to take things for granted.

What has made you reflect?
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