From cot to bed

We have always let our children take the lead a bit when it comes to the transition from cot to bed. When they have got to the stage where they have been able to climb up and out of the cot, then we have moved them to a bed, more for their own safety than anything else. Gemma was about 20 months when she made the move, and Jacob a bit earlier at 18 months. At 17 months, Max has been the earliest of all, and this week he made the leap from the baby safe zone of the cot to the very grown up bottom bunk. 

It was not a decision we took lightly. We know he is very young, and that a lot of people probably think he is too small to be in a bed. But when you have a child who can get their leg over the top rail of the cot, safety becomes an issue, and I would rather he fell from the low bottom bunk than the height of the cot rail. We set the bed up with new sheets and a bed guard, and popped his zebra comforter and Grobag in place ready for bedtime. We made sure he was nicely tired and ready for sleep, in order to make the transition more likely to work.

Cot to bed

Max was fascinated. He has shared a room with Jacob for months now, but the bottom bunk has never been made up before – it has always just been a mattress, often covered in Jacob’s random collection of Skylanders, books and odd socks. The fact that it was now a bed definitely called for some exploration, and Max knew just what to do.

Cot to bed

Cot to bed

Cot to bed

The fact that his zebra comforter was already in there obviously made Max associate it with sleep time, and he lay down and said ‘night night’ to us all. A positive start! 

We popped him into his Grobag, read a story and did goodnight kisses and cuddles, before placing Max into bed and leaving the room as usual. There was a confused silence, followed by a few whimpers and bumps as he moved around. I was fully expecting him to get out, but after a few minutes it went very quiet, so I popped my head around the door to see this:

Cot to bed

The little dude was fast asleep! 

Again, I expected him to be up a few times in the night, but after checking in on him before I went to bed, I didn’t hear him again until 6.50am when there was a shout of ‘Mummeeeee’ from next door. He spent the whole night in bed. I wondered if nap times would be the time that he struggled, but again I have just been popping him into bed and leaving the room and within minutes he is asleep. We are now on night 3, and Max is again fast asleep in his big boy bed. While I am super proud of him and astounded at how well he has taken to it, I am also so, so sad. He really isn’t a baby any more, is he?

Tried & Tested Tuesday

Welcome to Tried & Tested Tuesday! It’s so lovely to see so many familiar faces and new ones linking up each week – we really enjoy seeing the range of products you have been trying out. We do our best to visit you all each week, but do bear with us – we are both busy mums!

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Each week, as you know, we like to feature two of our favourite reviews from the previous week.

This week we have loved:

 

Butlins Minehead – Dining review from Daddy Space – A super thorough review that really does cover all the options (and we have to admit it made us a bit hungry too!)

 

 

A TMNT RuckJack review from Super Busy Mum – It’s just a super cool product and Debs’ love of it shines through her writing!

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Fish Finger Pizza recipe

Fish finger pizza recipe

We love a fish finger or 2 in this house – fish finger sandwiches are a favourite with everyone, and they are perfect for a quick and easy dinner on the day where we have countless clubs to run back and forth to. So fish fingers are a staple in the freezer, and a new way to use them is by making fish finger pizza.

Ingredients

  • Birds Eye fish fingers ( we use 2 per person)
  • Birds Eye frozen peas and sweetcorn
  • Tomato passata
  • Naan bread, pitta bread or pizza dough
  • Grated cheese

Make it

  • Cook the fish fingers and frozen veg as usual (we oven cook the fish fingers at 230 degrees for about 15 minutes, and boil the veg for approx 5-6 minutes on the hob)
  • Spread the passata onto the bread or dough – this is a great bit for the kids to get involved with!
  • Chop the fish fingers and scatter over the pizza base, along with the peas and sweetcorn, and any other toppings you fancy
  • Top with grated cheese
  • Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 200 degrees

The result is delicious – warming, doughy bread topped with crunchy fish fingers and oozing cheese. Perfect winter warmer food, and just the thing after a busy, wet school run!

Do you have a family favourite recipe?

Fish finger pizza recipe

Fish finger pizza
Family favourite, perfect for #backtoschool
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Ingredients
  1. Fish fingers
  2. Frozen veg
  3. Pitta or Naan bread
  4. Cheese
  5. Tomata Passata
Instructions
  1. Cook the fish fingers and frozen veg as usual (we oven cook the fish fingers at 230 degrees for about 15 minutes, and boil the veg for approx 5-6 minutes on the hob)
  2. Spread the passata onto the bread or dough – this is a great bit for the kids to get involved with!
  3. Chop the fish fingers and scatter over the pizza base, along with the peas and sweetcorn, and any other toppings you fancy
  4. Top with grated cheese
  5. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 200 degrees
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Baby versus career

Career in one corner, loving family in the other. This can sometimes seem like the dilemma faced by women in today’s world. I’m here to say that it shouldn’t be. Women should be able to have a successful career and a healthy, happy family. All you need to do is balance and compromise. To help with this, I’ve posted this infographic that should prove very useful!

Gumtree infographic baby versus careerGumtree infographic baby versus career is an infographic that was produced by Gumtree 

Fisher Price Octonauts GUP-S playset review

I have 3 Octonauts fans in this house – one of our most used toys is the Octonauts Gup-R set – so when we were offered the chance to take a look at the all new GUP-S Polar exploration vehicle, we jumped at the chance!

Octonauts GUP-S toy review

The Octonauts GUP-S Polar Exploration Vehicle comes with 3 AAA batteries, so it’s ready to play – huge thumbs up for this, as there is nothing worse than opening a new toy to find you don’t have the right batteries – cue disappointed children. As well as the GUP-S vehicle itself, you also get 2 mini skis, Captain Barnacles, an iceberg and a Narwhal. Captain Barnacles can drive the GUP-S, hop onto the mini skis for arctic explorations and rescue those in need. If he finds a cold Narwhal, he can take him back to the warming tank to heat up!

Octonauts GUP-S toy review

Octonauts GUP-S toy review

Octonauts GUP-S toy review

Octonauts GUP-S toy review

To activate the lights and sounds, you can either press the red button (which also pops up the retractable treads) or you can attach the front section of the GUP-S onto the main body – this works well if the children have been playing with the front section (Octo Sled), exploring the seas, and then return to the main Octo-Shuttle to reattach and warm up a frozen Narwhal! The play possibilities are endless – the fact you can split the main GUP-S into 2 sections and the mini skis and interchangeable tools help imaginations to run wild.

I love how easy it is to use, even for very small hands. There is no windscreen at the front of the GUP-S, which not only means there is one less part to attach and potentially lose, but it also means that it is easy for children to reach inside the vehicle to add and remove the driver. The roof of the shuttle lifts easily by simply pressing down on the tail at the back – again, making it easy for children to operate themselves. 

Octonauts GUP-S toy review

The Octonauts GUP-S is recommended for children aged 3 and over due to the smaller parts, but Max loves the large Polar Exploration Vehicle too – it’s big, chunky and has light and sound functions – what’s not to like?! I think this toy will feature highly on the Christmas lists of all Octonauts fans this year, and I can see why. It’s great value, well made and opens the doors for endless play opportunities. 

Project 365, days 264 – 270

The year is flying by, and there are now less than 100 days left of Project 365. Taking a daily photo has become such a part of life now.

Project 365 days 264 - 270

Day 264 – A quick and easy sunflower lunch for Max – cheese on toast, cucumber and cherry tomatoes

Day 265 – We made sensory dough – a really simple, 2 ingredient dough that can be changed with the seasons

Day 266 – Opened this months Mother and Baby magazine to find that we are the ‘face of Medela’ – how exciting!

Day 267 – Our first batch of conkers, and Max loved them!

Day 268 – A treat from the ice cream van – he didn’t share!

Day 269 – Our first organic vegetable box was delivered today – it’s full of gorgeous, colourful goodies.

Day 270 – Autumn has definitely arrived and the wooly cardigans are out!

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