Should Parents Be Allowed To Spank Their Children?-Is Spanking Right or Wrong?

“Parents should not be allowed to spank their children” is a headline I often see in the UK newspapers. Other countries in Europe have banned parents spanking their children, should UK do the same ? Should parents be allowed to spank their children? In case the Government decides to make this a law, will this effect parental rights? Are all parents being punished because of the wrongdoings of a few violent/abusive parents?

 

 

 

 

Please read the following before you decide if spanking is right or wrong.

Parents are the Legal Guardians /well-wishers of their children

Ask any parent how many pains they have gone through just by giving birth and even raising their child. Do parents like spanking their children? Here, by parents, I mean normal, happy parents not mentally disturbed or alcoholic or drug addict parents. Normal parents have always got the best intentions and good wishes for their children .

We all know that the amount of hardships a parent goes through, in bringing their children up, fulfilling their duties as a parent is enormous. Not to forget the financial pressures of raising them.

Parents are responsible for shaping the life of another living being

Parents can make or break their child’s life. Parenting is like walking on a tight rope, they are responsible for creating the foundation of a happy life for their child. Any or every action will have a psychological impact on the child’s mind.

Physical Abuse is different from Spanking

Surely physical abuse is different from spanking ! A tap on the bum is different from breaking your child’s bones or punching them on the face!

Does spanking help?

In my opinion , when a parent raises their hand or gets angry with the child, it means that they have lost control over the situation and in order to take charge, this seems to be the easiest option. Spanking is the way for a parent to release their frustration.

Reasons for spanking

Why would a parent spank a child ? If you decide to spank your child,you should ask yourself this question why do you want to spank your child? Has he/she done something so terrible ? If the answer is yes, then read my suggestion below on the alternatives to spanking. Whenever, my children misbehave, I always try to find out why are they behaving like this ? Is it an attention issue or something else. If they haven’t done anything so terrible, then you shouldn’t be spanking them.

Effects of Spanking

Spanking might have negative effects on the child like he/she will learn to hit others or they might hit the parent! A slap for a slap! As per my previous posts, children always “copy” their parents. From a spiritual point of view, spanking is a negative behaviour and therefore you will have negative effects of it.

If you believe in spanking, imagine this scenario. You are very angry with your child for doing something very very terrible, and you would like to spank them. Because you are very angry (out of control), you spank your child harder than you intended to … and you cause serious physical injuries to them. Then there will be only be a feeling of regret and nothing else. It is  better never to consider spanking .

Alternatives to spanking

Disciplining the child, teaching them what is right and wrong is a must. But spanking is not the answer. If the situation is very heated and the parent is feeling very frustrated and angry it is best to “take time out “. Either you leave the room or tell(not ask) your child to go to their room . After an hour or so when things have calmed down, explain to your child why you were asking them to do what you did before the situation got heated.

The kids of today are very clever, they need a reason behind everything you ask them to do. If you explain and make them understand in a nice,calm, friendly way, it will be more effective than spanking.

Another way is to take all the “goodies”(favourite toys, chocolates, birthday parties, television,computer games, play dates etc.) away from them. Tell them you have to earn them back by good behaviour.

When my son does tantrums, I just ignore him. After 5 minutes he calms down because he knows it is not going to do much for him ! When he is calm, I ask him ‘why did you do this?’ If he is wrong I explain to him why he shouldn’t have done this. He listens to me a lot more than if I try to put my point across to him in the middle of a tantrum. By doing this, parents also get some peace of mind! Win the battle mentally not physically!

Also, if your child talks to you, listen and understand their point of view. If you do that, the chances of tantrums and arguments with your child will be much reduced !

Conclusion

I feel that spanking is not the way to take control of the situation. As a parent, we need to be patient with our child’s behaviour however bad it may be. However, I also believe that to spank or not to spank is a parent’s decision. This right shouldn’t be taken away from them just because of few violent/abusive parents.

Spanking can be a tempting option but in that heated moment it is mind over matter. Parents have to develop that mental strength to resist that temptation.

Parents have been given, a responsibility of continuing humanity by the Universe or God, which is a great honour. We have to make sure that we teach the right things to our children. Our children are the future, and we have to teach them non -violence so that their generation and generations after can have a peaceful and a happy life.

Would like to share your opinion ? Do you believe in spanking your child and why? If not, then why not? Share via comment box below.

Regards

 

 

 

 

Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller – Compatible With Maxi Cosi Car Seats Too!

After my previous post, Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews, on Maxi Cosi Car seats for babies up to 1 year of age, I would like to provide you with a review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller which is compatible with maxi Cosi car seats like Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix, Pebble and Pebble plus. This way you have got complete information and will help you decide if Maxi Cosi is the car seat for your child. You can also decide if Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller is something you would like to buy when you are out and about with your baby.

You would need some sort of travel system for your child especially when you are out and about or for your visits to the health visitor or to the nurse. It will be easier for you as a parent as the car seat will start getting heavier as your baby grows. Also, the baby can sleepy peacefully and without any disturbance if the ride is smooth !

Review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller

Product name: Maxi Cosi Quinny Buzz Xtra 3 Wheel Pushchair /Stroller

Price: £349.99

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Rocking Black ,Blue Base, Grey Gravel and Red Rumour

Item weight: 13 Kgs

My Rating: 4.5/5

Box Contains:

  • 1 X Pushchair
  • 1 X Maxi Cosi Seat or Quinny Cot Adapters
  • 1 X Raincover
  • 1 x Sun Canopy
  • 1 x Parasol Clip
  • 1 x Shopping Basket
  • 1 X Bumper Bar
  • 1 x Newborn insert
  • 1 x Manual

Other Features:

  • This 3 wheel pushchair is suitable from birth until 15 kg(3.5 years ).
  • Comfortable seat with newborn inserts.
  • It has 3 forward facing and 2 rearward facing recline positions which is handy for nap times.
  • Folds with seat attached in forward facing position at the click of a button !
  • Extra large canopy for different weather conditions.
  • Comes with large all terrain tyre, made of foam which will give a smooth ride on any terrain.Also it has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre the pushchair.
  • Includes a shopping basket at the bottom.

Pros

  • This 3- in- 1 pushchair can be used from birth to 3.5 years. Therefore, it is an all-in-one pushchair. You won’t need any other stroller/pushchair/buggy or travel system. After this pushchair your child will be walking or scootering or cycling everywhere!
  • Quinny have thought of everything a parent would want in the pushchair. The stroller is made of water resistant fabric on which all spills can be easily wiped clean.
  • Tyres are a great feature of this 3 wheel pushchair . They are strong all terrain tyres , which will give a smooth ride on any terrain. It has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre especially in tight places. This will be a very handy feature when your child starts growing. The best part is the tyres are injected with foam which means you will never have a puncture !
  • Quinny provides a lifetime warranty (you have to register for it online within 3 months of purchase of the pushchair), which means that if you have any problems with the pushchair , Quinny will provide support and solve it for you!
  • You can transform your pushchair into a travel system for your Maxi Cosi car seat or with the fold able carry cot(has to be bought separately).
  • The Buzz Xtra folds and unfolds automatically at a click of a button within seconds. This feature will be useful for women who have given birth by C-section .
  • It is very light and easy to wheel about.
  • Easy to use brakes just by pressing the red lever and grey leaver to release it.

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Cons

  • Price is steep at £349.00.
  • Only one child can be placed in it at a time. Therefore, not suitable for twins .
  • Car seat will have to be purchased separately.
  • Carry cot will have to be purchased separately, although there is a carrycot /pushchair bundle available on Amazon at    £ 498.98.
  • The pushchair will occupy a lot of space even when it is folded down.
  • Shopping basket is small but you can buy shopping clips and hang your bags on it.
  • Buggy board can be fixed to the Buzz Extra but it will have to be purchased separately.

Conclusion

Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller is a quality stroller, there is no doubt about it. But you as a parent need to decide whether, after reading all the features of the stroller, does it satisfy all your needs? For example, if you are expecting twins this is not the stroller for you or if you have very little storage space, then this might not be the stroller for you. But if you live in a small town and do lots of walking then this stroller will be very handy due to its all terrain tyre or if you already have a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix or Pebble car seat and are looking for a travel system then this is the stroller for you!

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If you have any experiences or opinions to share please do so via comment box. I would love to hear from you !

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Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews – Your Baby’s First Car Seat

Car seats are very important for babies to keep them safe during travel. If you have just given birth, you would know that they don’t discharge mother and baby from the hospital until they have checked that the parents have got a car seat to put the baby in ! I have always used Maxi Cosi Car seat for my children when they were babies therefore I would like to provide you with Maxi Cosi Car seat reviews and  Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix base review. I do hope you find it useful.

Maxi -Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £98.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Cabrio Fix

1 x newborn car seat reducer

1 x removable soft head hugger

1 x manual

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • The car seat can be installed easily with a click and go isofix base or with the car seat belt.
  • This car seat is compatible with a Maxi-Cosi or a Quinny Travel system.
  • This car seat offers an optimum side protection system which offers high protection from a side impact.
  • Practical belt hooks.
  • Provides enhanced comfort to the baby due to heavy padding on the seat
  • Includes a seat size reducer.
  • Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix can be easily transferred to a Maxi – Cosi or a Quinny travel system.
  • Available in 12 different colours.

Pros

  • This is the best brand of car seats for babies up to 1 year of age.
  • You can secure this car seat either with the seat belt of the car or with an isofix base. Isofix base would keep the car very secure. It can be used with Easy Fix(isofix) base and a Family Fix(isofix) base.
  • Car seat comes with optimum side protection .
  • Light to carry and good value for money.
  • Available in lots of good colours.
  • Newborn insert is very soft.
  • Very easy to put the baby in. No fiddly bits.
  • Very comfortable for baby to sleep in. It is very strong as well. I used my car seat(brand new) for two kids and it was still intact when my second one grew out of it.
  • It has a built- in sunshade

Cons

  • Only Maxi Cosi or Quinny travel system are compatible with the car seat that is these are the only two travel systems which are safety tested by the manufacturer. The Cabrio Fix can be fitted with adapters on other travel buggies but they are not safety tested by the manufacturer.
  • You would have to purchase the isofix base separately as it doesn’t come with the car seat.
  • You would have to buy a rain cover separately.

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Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

 

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £99.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix car seat base

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • Easy and quick installation.It can be installed either with the isofix or with the seat belt of the car. This will give you the option to move the base from one car to another, in case you have one base but two cars.
  • Clear belt routing, belt tensioner and lock-off
  • Safe solution for cars with short belt length.
  • To be used in combination with Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat.
  • Adjustable support leg automatically snaps into correct vertical position
  • Colour indicators which show if the installation has been done correctly or not.

Pros

  • It is significantly easier to attach the car seat on the isofix base rather than put the seat belt on the Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix car seat. It literally has to be “clicked in”! It has the click-and-go system.
  • The isofix base provides more security. It attaches the car seat literally to the car!
  • Easy to install the base for both isofix installation or using the seat belt of the car .
  • The support leg always snaps to its correct vertical position. Colour indicators will also give you peace of mind that the base has been installed correctly.
  • The Easy fix base is very robust and strong .
  • The base is especially good for mothers with C- section, as you don’t have to bend to secure the belt. The car seats just needs to be dropped in the base and it clicks itself in .

Cons

  • It can only be used with a Maxi – Cosi Cabrio fix car seat.
  • It is heavy so you might need help to install.
  • It is expensive but it is good value for money.
  • In some cars it might be hard to adjust the support leg.

= = > Click here to buy Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base Isofix < = =

Conclusion

I had used both the Cabrio fix car seat and the easy fix base for my children and I found it very easy to put the car seat or take the car seat out from the base. Few times that I took the taxi, I found it harder to put the belt around the car seat. Therefore, I feel that if you would like to buy the Cabrio fix car seat, you should buy the Easy Fix base for more safety of your baby and your convenience .

Do you have any experiences of using the two? Would like to share your opinion ? Please do so via comment box, I would love to hear from you!

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Kids Positive Thinking – Why is it Important?

My daughter is forever saying things like “I am rubbish at maths”, “I am bad at times table”, Maths being the subject she dislikes the most! Teaching kids positive thinking at a young age is very important. If they are taught how to think positively at a young age, they will also learn to think positively throughout their adult life too. This will help them deal with difficult situations in their adult life positively. If you think about it, positive thinking is a life skill. But why is positive thinking so important? I can think of a few reasons

Positive energy is source energy

If you believe in God or source energy, then positive energy is the energy of God. If we think positively, we are going with the flow of the universe. If we go against it, it will bring a lot of unhappiness, stress and frustration in our lives. By teaching children to think positively, we are in essence teaching them how to deal or face difficult situations which might come in their adult life, in case we parents are not around to comfort them!

 

Positive thinking keeps your mind clear

You are at peace if you think positively. If you are always thinking the worst your mind will be a mess! If kids are taught to think positively, they will be able to do their homework, assignments, tests with a much clearer mind. They will also be able to eliminate stress before tests or exams or before results.

Positive thinking leads to happiness

If you think positively, you will be stress free, your mind will be clearer. There will be no clutter in your mind. This will automatically make you more happy !

Positive thinking leads to a healthy life

By thinking negative things and feeling negative emotions of anger, frustration, fear etc, we invite a lot of stress and physical illnesses ranging from acne, eczema to heart problems. This can be prevented by always being positive in our thinking.

Also, negative thoughts can lead to mental illnesses like depression, anxiety. Therefore, positive thinking gives you the strength to deal with difficult situations and thereby prevent mental and physical ailments.

Positive thinking improves all aspects of your life

If you have always got a positive out look, your vibes will be positive. This will improve the atmosphere around you, give you better relations at home(which leads to happy family life) and at work .

Positive thinking and Law of Attraction

Your thoughts create your reality. If you think positive and therefore think good of yourself, it will reflect in your life and vice versa.

For all the above reasons (and many more) , parents must teach their children to think positively. But how do you make them do it? I have got a few suggestions:

Parents should practice positive thinking

As per several of my previous posts, children always copy their parents. Whatever parents do, children do the same. If parents want to teach their children to think positively, they must first start practicing positive thinking themselves.

Positive affirmations

I make my daughter say positive things when she gets upset about maths. I make her say “I am very good at Maths”,” I am very good at times table”. This exercise has brought better maths results for her. If possible make your child say positive affirmations in front of a mirror. No harm in parents do the same every morning! It might sound silly but don’t knock till you try it !

Writing

Make your child write all positive experience she/he had during the day in her/his journal. This will help your child remember the positive feeling she/he had. For example, my son enjoyed a lot playing with his best friend at school today. The memory of that joyful time will bring a lot of positively in him.

Meditation

Meditation is an excellent way to bring positivity. If you would like some tips on how to make your child meditate please refer to my previous post, Meditation Benefits for Children .

Teach your child to be grateful

If you teach your child to be grateful for everything he/she has, this will automatically bring positive thinking in them. Please refer to my previous post , Teaching Children To Be Grateful.

Love and Attention

Giving your child a lot of love and attention will bring a lot of happiness and positively in your child. In case your child is doing something you do not like, always try to understand why they are doing so. Explain rather than shout. Do not lie to your children. Do what you say you will do.

Surround yourself with positive people

It is important for families to always be surrounded by positive people. Positivity is infectious and this will help your child become more positive in their thinking.

Have you got any positivity to share? Please do so via comment box below. I would be happy to hear from you!

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashionable Maternity Wear – Fashion ideas for Pregnancy and After Birth

During pregnancy every woman always feel, “I look so fat” or “none of the clothes fit me”, even though the pregnancy glow makes women look very beautiful! After birth too, it takes a little while for the weight to come off.So during the pregnancy, you have to make sure your clothes are big enough to accommodate the bump and if you would like to breastfeed your baby after birth, you need to have a nursing top/dress to accommodate breastfeeding! Here are some fashionable maternity wear tips which I hope you find useful.

Product name: Happy Mama Women’s Maternity Stretch Knit Jumper Dress

Price: £14.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Aqua,  Baby Pink, Black,Purple Red and Turquoise.

Description: A pretty jumper dress with long sleeves, V-neck and a stripe design. A comfortable dress made from soft stretch fabric. Just one size which fits normal sizes (pre- pregnancy size) 8,10 and 12. Dress is made of 95% Acrylic and 5 % Elastane. Machine Washable. It is incredibly warm so it is good for winter pregnancy. A trendy dress with ribbed cuffs on hem and neckline. I would like to add here that whenever you look for maternity clothes always buy the size you were before you fell pregnant. As a precaution always try the clothes straightway before you wash, in case the clothes don’t fit you!

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Product name: Krisp Maternity Dress

Price: £7.50- £15.99 ( as per the size)

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Black/Nude, Black Purple, Mocha

Description: This good size dress is very comfortable during pregnancy . It is made of soft stretch jersey fabric and is 95% viscose and 5% Elastane. It has a banded long bat wing sleeve and a V -neck. This is good for winter pregnancy too. It is a good size top and covers the bump very well. Prices are as per the size, small (£7.89),medium (£15.49) amd large (£15.49).

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Product name: H Hiamigos Casual Maternity Top

Price: £15.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Pink,Black,Green,Grey,Navy Blue, Wine red

Description: This maternity top has a soft stretchy fabric and is 65% polyester 30% cotton and 5% Spandex. It has round neck and is perfect for pairing with skinny jeans. It has got long sleeves so can be worn in the winter. Handwash is recommended for this top. A perfect casual wear during pregnancy!

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Product name: Happy Mamma Women’s Maternity Pants

Price: £17.79

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Graphite,Graphite Melange and Black

Description: These comfortable trousers are for casual wear and are made of 95% cotton and 5 % Elastane. It is machine washable. It has a low waist so it has to be worn under the bump. When I was expecting, I preferred trousers with a low waist. These trousers are available in short length( 108-112 cm) ,medium length (116 – 121 cm) and long length (123 cm).

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Product name: Futuro Fashion Maternity Leggings- full length leggings

Price: £3.49-£6.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Ashen,Black,Brown,Denim,Graphite,navy,plum,red,royal blue, voilet and white

Description: This full length maternity leggings are a great price and good quality. Leggings are available in a variety of colours. Leggings have to be worn over the bump.

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Product name: Zeta Ville Maternity Summer Dress with Short Sleeves

Price: £13.70

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Blue/Grey,Cappuccino,Crimson,Cyan,Fuschia,Navy,Purple,Red,Royal Blue and Teal

Description: This beautiful Maternity summer dress with short sleeves is comfortable but stylish. This flare dress is machine washable and made of 95% viscose and 5% Elastane. It fits nicely in all the right places! It is available in lots of beautiful colours. All the colours will go perfectly with your pregnancy glow!

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Product name: Zeta Ville Maternity T-shirt with Short Sleeves

Price: £9.95- £15.30(depending on colour and size)

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Black,Coral,Crimson,Fuschia,Graphite Melange, Khakhi,Light Grey Melange, Navy,Royal Blue, Teal.

Description: Maternity T- Shirt with short sleeves. A print of a funny baby in a pocket in the front. T-shirt made of 95%Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable and available in lots of colours!

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Product name: Neu Fawshion Maternity Hoodie Jacket/Fleece Top with a Baby Carrier

Price: £29.99

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Description: This is a maternity fleece top. It can also be worn after birth and you can also used to cover your baby. It is ideal solution to keep yourself and your baby warm during autumn/winter. Please note you need a separate sling or baby carrier to keep your baby secure. This fleece top is only to keep warm, it doesn’t hold the baby secure!

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Product name: Happy Mama Pregnancy and Nursing Top, Sleeveless

Price: £10.89-16.79

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours:Grey Melange and Graphite Melange, Aqua and Light Blue, Beige and Cappuccino, Grey Melange and Cyan, Khaki and Graphite, Navy and Raspberry, Off White and Grey Melange.

Description: This beautiful sleeveless top is a pregnancy as well as a nursing top. It’s layered design allows you to breastfeed in privacy. It has got a feminine round neckline. Available in lots of pretty colour combinations. This top is simple yet stylish. This top is 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable.

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Product name: Happy Mama Pregnancy and Nursing Top, with turn up sleeves

Price: £11.79 – 15.69

Available on: Amazon.co.uk

Colours:Black and White, Cappucinno and Beige, Coral and Ecru, Graphite and Gray, Navy and Fuschia

Description: This beautiful top with turn up sleeves is a pregnancy as well as a nursing top. It’s layered design allows you to breastfeed in privacy. It has got a feminine round neckline. Available in lots of pretty colour combinations. This top is simple yet stylish ideal for colder months. This top is 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane. Machine washable.

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Always make sure you get the right sizes. Try them before you wash them! When I was pregnant I used to wear flat comfortable shoes and trainers only as heeled shoes would be not only be bad for my back (which has to take the weight of pregnancy as well ) but also it would be dangerous if I would lose my balance.

If you would like to share your opinions or experiences on any of the above please do so via comment box below. I would love to hear from you !

Regards

 

Nintendo DS Console Reviews – 2DS or 2DS XL

It is September and I am sure many of us are already wondering what Xmas gift are we going to give our children. For those who would want to buy a Nintendo DS but have no clue which want to choose, here are Nintendo Console Reviews for 2DS and 2DS XL.

Nintendo 2DS

Product Name: Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS with pre installed Mario Kart – 7

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £96.76

Ages:3 years and over

Colour:Black/Blue

Warranty:12 months Nintendo Warranty

My Rating:4/5

Box includes: 1 x 2DS Console and charger

Other features:

  • Top Screen size 3.53 inches. Slate designed and gives sharp 2D visuals.
  • The 2 DS is useful especially for young users due to the size and the shape of the console.
  • This particular console comes with a pre-installed game of Mario Kart-7 and charging power adapter.
  • It comes with a SD memory card (2GB).
  • Nintendo 2DS is backward compatible which means you can also pay DS games on it. You can also play 3DS games on this. It plays 3D games in 2D only.
  • You can download games and applications from Nintendo e-shop with WIFI connection .
  • Keeps you always connected with features like Street Pass(you can swap your game data as you pass other users on the street as long as you want to) and Spot Pass(you can receive new game content, trailers and news automatically and play games online with others in a WIFI connection).
  • It comes with parental control through which parents can restrict content by game’s rating or regulate use of WiFi connectivity.
  • The device comes with a sleek stylus which for using touch- screen controls.
  • The 2 DS is available with a pre-installed game. You can choose the device which comes with the game you want. For example Mario Kart – 7 or new super Mario bros.2 .

 

Pros

  • If you are a Nintendo fan, then there is not much to say except that this is simply brilliant.
  • 2DS is a good for young children as some children experience motion sickness due to the 3D effect on 3DS.
  • The 2DS runs on the latest 3DS software.
  • This is a great way to keep children busy while traveling or during school holidays or when you need your child to be absolutely quiet!
  • Parental control features helps parents to be control of how much time they want their child to play on the 2DS or which game they want their child to play as per the age rating of the game or even regulate the WIFI connection.
  • The pre- installed game can be uninstalled to make space on the memory card. If you change your mind you can re-install it from the e-shop free!
  • Good fun for kids and adults!

Cons

  • 2 GB SD memory card might not be enough if you want lots of games downloaded.
  • If you are buying for a child, you would need a screen protection as 2DS doesn’t fold up, so screen is always exposed and could be damaged by the child if he/she drops it. Also,you might need to buy an extra stylus in case the child loses the one which comes in the box or chews it up while playing on the DS2!
  • If you are buying for an adult, they might get cramps within few minutes due to the small size of the console.
  • You can only play single player games without WiFi.

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Nintendo 2DS XL

Product Name: Nintendo Handheld Console 2DS XL with pre installed Mario Kart – 7

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £134.99

Ages:3 years and over

Colour:Black/Blue

Warranty: 12 months Nintendo Warranty

My Rating:4/5

Box includes: 1 x  2DS XL Console and charger

 

Other features/Pros

  • Screen size is 82% larger than 2DS. Screen size for 2DS XL is 4.88 inches which is same as a new Nintendo 3DS XL system.
  • A built in near -field- communication(NFC) makes it easy to use amiibo(sold separately). So if you want to buy amiibo cards and figures, it is better to buy 2DS XL rather than 2DS.
  • Stylus provided for touch -screen
  • Nintendo 2DS XL has a Clamshell design which makes it possible to stow it away when playing on the go.
  • SD Memory card is 4GB which means more memory than the one provided with 2DS.
  • Plays all Nintendo 3DS games, new 3DS and DS games in 2D.
  • 2 sets of should button which provides more control.
  • The system is lighter but is as powerful as the new Nintendo 3DS XL.
  • If you like everything on 3DS except the 3D effect then 2DS XL is what you need. 3D effect causes motion sickness for some children.
  • It reminds every 30 minutes to take a break which actually helps limiting screen time for children .
  • 2DS XL is a lot faster than 2DS in terms of loading and running the games.

Cons

  • Visuals will be still displayed in 2D only.
  • Not all 2DS XL except this one(available on Amazon) would come with a pre-installed game.
  • 2DS is cheaper than 2DS XL.
  • Screen resolution(400 x 240) is the same as 2 DS which is a bit disappointing.

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Conclusion

Nintendo 2DS XL seems to be a better buy overall than Nintendo 2DS due to it bigger screen size as well as speed, NFC support for amiibo , more memory on SD card etc. Also if you do not want the 3D feature of 3DS and 3DS XL, then it is better to buy 2DS XL. Nintendo 2DS XL is considered a lighter version of Nintendo 3DS minus the 3D effect. 2DS XL is also much cheaper than 3DS(around £70 cheaper).

Therefore I would buy Nintendo 2DS XL out of the two.

Do you have any experience of buying or playing with either of the two consoles? What is your opinion ? Which one is better? Share via comment box! I would love to hear from you !

Regards

 

 

Birthday Party Bag Ideas – How Do You Make Them Inexpensive?

Birthday parties can be very hard to organise and it’s even harder to fill up a party bag! If you are not watching the cost, party bags can become more expensive than the birthday cake especially if you have got 30 kids attending the party! Most of the parties that my kids have been invited to, the party bags have just been filled up with sweets and if they had eaten all the sweets then they would have lost all their teeth by now ! So I would like to suggest some birthday party bag ideas which are not only inexpensive but also sugar free!

To put sweets or not

All children like sweets. If children eat sweets in moderation, then it is fine. They should be allowed to enjoy their childhood as well. But parents shouldn’t fill the whole party bag with sweets just to make the party bag cost effective !

It’s not a competition

While organising their child’s birthday parties and party bags, parents should keep in mind that birthday parties or party bags are not a competition. They don’t need to compete with other parents or try to outdo other parents. Parents should only do what they can afford or what is appropriate according to them .

Party bags offered by the party entertainers/venue

Some party entertainers/venues provide birthday party bags at an additional cost to the parents which can be added to the party package. There are different party bag fillers available at different prices. So depending on your budget, you can choose the party bag package. Sometimes these party bag packages are cheaper than parents buying party bags and party bag fillers !

So if you are planning a party for your child, always ask the entertainer or the venue about the price of their party bag package !

Books

All parents are aware that books are very important part in the education and upbringing of a child. This applies to all ages (even babies). So including a book in the party bag instead of sweets would not be a bad idea at all ! Also, if you look around, you might be able find good deals on books. I am sure the parents of the children receiving the party bags will be pleased with this too !

What about a note pad and a pen

A personalised note pad and a pencil is also a very good party bag filler. It is very useful thing to have whenever you take your children to a restaurant or on a holiday. They can doodle or draw or write a few words or sentences! I am sure if this were given as a party bag filler it would be appreciated by both the parents and the child!

Party blowers, whistles, glow sticks, balloons etc

The ‘usual’ party bag fillers like party blowers, whistles,  glow sticks, balloons can be obtained at a low cost. Make sure you look around for a good price per piece. If you are buying online, you can check the reviews too !

Cupcakes

If you are good at baking, you can bake cupcakes and put them in the party bags! Kids love cupcakes! You can also ask your child to help you bake them. This will provide some good bonding time also! Your child also feel involved in his/her party preparations.

Theme parties

My daughter was invited to a craft party and instead of a party bag, she received a piggy bank which she had painted in the party! Another time she was invited to a salon party and she received a manicure/pedicure kit in her party bag! If you decide to have a theme party and party bag, make sure everything is child friendly and age appropriate.

I do know that some mothers feel that the party bags are waste of money as they are filled with cheap things. But children love party bags! They don’t care about the price of each item ! Party bags are just little bags of goodies that each child looks forward to receiving at the end of a party. But it all depends on the parents whether to spend unnecessarily on it or not. Also, it is not mandatory to fill the party bags with sweets. It is better to give a fewer things of value like books or a note pad and a pen then to fill party bags with cheap toys and sugary sweets.

After all, it is the thought that counts !

If the cost of party bags still comes higher than your budget, then maybe you could consider :

  • inviting fewer children
  • Getting a less expensive cake or
  • Getting a cheaper entertainer!

If you would like to share your experiences or ideas about birthday party bags, do so via the comment box. I would love to hear from you!

Regards

 

 

 

 

Lansinoh Breast Pump Reviews – Manual or Electric?

In my previous post, parenting tips for babies, I have suggested breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is beneficial to both, mother and baby. Breast pump is used to express milk from the breast and stored in a bottle to be consumed by baby at a later time. It can be used to express out excess milk . It can also be used to increase the milk flow if you are having problems with the flow. Therefore, I would like to share my opinion of the Lansinoh breast pump through Lansinoh breast pump reviews. There are two types of pumps, manual and electric. I have outlined the pros and cons of both types so that you can decide which one is more suitable for you . 

 

 

 

 

 

Product Name:Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump

Price: £24.49

Warranty: 1 Year

My rating:4.5/5

Includes:

1 x manual breast pump body

1 x comfort fit breast cushion(standard size)

1 x silicone diaphragm

1 x stem

1 x handle

1 x container ring

1 x sealing disk

2 x white valve

1 x 160 ml container

1 x bottle stand

1 x natural wave slow flow teat and cap

1 x instruction manual

Other features:

  • Lansinoh is a trusted brand of over 30 years which has been founded by a breastfeeding mum of 2 children.
  • As Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump is a manual pump, it doesn’t make any noise .
  • It is comfortable for the mother. It includes comfort fit breast cushion for ideal suction and fit.
  • Ergonomic easy- express handle which reduces hand fatigue.
  • Due to size it is easy to carry around and therefore can be used to on the go.
  • Manual pumps are for mums who would like to express milk occasionally or are not sure how frequently they may want to express milk.
  • Bottle has a slow flow teat.
  • The manual pump has a two phase technology . It is easy to switch between the two phases of stimulation(rapid suction- similar to baby’s natural sucking style) and expression (slower cycles- similar to the longer, slower draw a baby makes during breast feeding).

Pros

  • Easy to clean and assemble.
  • Stores milk safely. You can pump directly into the Lansinoh bottles or storage bags.
  • Trusted brand. All products are safe and effective. BPA and BPS free.
  • Efficient pumping at an affordable price .
  • It is compact and lightweight and does not need any electric power, the pump can be used on the go and discreetly.
  • Ideal as backup pump to an electric pump .
  • Lansinoh is a leader of breastfeeding products. You won’t be disappointed with the quality.
  • You can request for a larger sized breast cushion to the customer service in case the standard size doesn’t fit you.
  • If you are having problems with the milk flow, you can use this pump to increase the flow.
  • Suction isn’t painful.

Cons

  • Only Lansinoh bottles or storage bags fit with the pump.
  • It is manual so you will get tired of pumping if you are planning to use it few times a day.

If you are planning to express milk few times a day, electric pumps would be more suitable, with the manual pump as a backup .

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Product NameLansinoh 2-in-1 Double Electric Breast Pump

Price: £125.97

Warranty: 1 Year

My rating:4/5

Other features:

  • It has got 3 pumping styles and 8 suction levels.
  • Lansinoh 2-in-1 Electric breast pump can be used either as a single pump or a double pump. It can either be plugged to the electrical mains or used with batteries.
  • The pump has got a hygienic design which means that no milk can enter the tubing or motor and therefore prevent mold and bacteria buildup. This reduces the breast pump cleaning time.
  • The pump comes with 2 pairs of comfort fit soft silicone breast cushions, standard and large size.
  • You can pump the milk directly into the BPA free Lansinoh milk bottles or storage bags for safe storing of the breast milk.
  • It has LED features which allows you to express milk even in low light.
  • Lansinoh is a trusted brand of over 30 years which has been founded by a breastfeeding mum of 2 children.

Pros

  • Electric pump is faster and easier to use than a manual pump.
  • You can either use a single pump or a double pump. You can also breastfeed on one side and express milk on the other breast at the same time.
  • A must if you are having issues with the milk flow.
  • If you are looking to express milk exclusively, this is the pump for you.
  • Easy to clean due to hygienic design.
  • Lansinoh is a leader of breastfeeding products.

Cons

  • It is a little loud but not that loud that you can’t hear other sounds for example television sounds.
  • Suction might be painful if you use high intensity.
  • It can be used only with Lansinoh bottles or storage bags.
  • Pump starts with medium intensity rather than at low intensity .
  • Button markings on the pump fade very fast.
  • It might be hard to hold 2 bottles and pump on both breasts together.
  • Sometimes the suction doesn’t work on both the pumps

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Conclusion

Mums have to choose whether they want an electric or a manual pump. If they intend to express regularly, electric pump would be more suitable. If they intend to express milk occasionally then they should buy a manual pump. If you have issues with the milk flow, using a pump may help increase the flow. However, you should always try increasing your flow by putting your baby on the breast more often as your baby is the best pump !

Sterilise the pump and the bottle before every use.

If you have used either of the pumps, please share your experiences via the comment box. I would be happy to hear from you!

Regards

 

 

 

Limiting Screen Time For Children – How Much Screen Time Do you Give?

It is very easy as a parent to let our children watch television so that we can get a break from entertaining our children or let them play games on the phones or tablets. There are so many screens around us that we forget that children shouldn’t be given too much screen time. Limiting screen time for children is important so that it gives them time to play. Watching excessive television has an impact on their health and well-being too.

NHS Recommendation

The NHS (UK) recommends a screen time of 2 hours a day. According to the NHS website , if children over 2 years of age are allowed screen time of more than 2 hours, it affects their blood pressure which can affect their heart in later life. Children under 2 years of age should not be given any screen time at all.

Summer holidays and other holidays

Summer holidays are the most trying times for parents especially stay- at- home parents. It is very difficult to keep children entertained all the time. There will come a time when you literally “run out” of board games to play or parks to go to (if the weather holds up!) or have already overdone soft play areas. If you have got more than one child then you have to deal with non-stop sibling fights too.

Television and Computer games are a habit now

In the olden days when there were no televisions or computers, children used to entertain themselves by playing on the streets. Children were more creative at that time as they had more time on their hands. Children used to make their own kites and fly them! Now, every household has got a television, a desktop or a laptop and probably i pads and tablets and smart phones. If all the adults are using devices all the time, how do you keep children away from it?

Screen time for completing homework

Children might be required to use computer to complete their homework. For example, my daughter is required to do maths homework online, once every two weeks. Since she doesn’t ‘like’ maths much, I let her play ‘maths games’ on the computer to make her maths foundation stronger. Would this be included in the 2 hours screen time per day? I would think not as homework and maths provide her with mental stimulation.

So why do children have so much screen time?

There are a few reasons why children have so much screen time as compared to children in olden days:

  • Children in olden days used to be allowed to move around freely in their locality without any fears. Parents didn’t fear anything untoward happening to their child on the streets unlike now. So in order to keep our children busy especially when the weather is not good, television/computer games seems to be the best option after all board games have been played countless number of times!
  • There are so many devices per household. Parents are using devices all the time. Children always do what parents do. When they see parents using their phones or laptops, they are tempted to use them too.
  • Easy availability of children’s tablets like Amazon’s Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet and unlimited games which come with it!
  • Unlimited children’s programs and channels on television. When I was child we just had 1-2 cartoon programs coming on television once or twice a week of 20 minutes each. But now we have got 20 different channels for kids. Kids have got so much variety and choice!
  • Families are getting smaller- nuclear families live under one roof rather than extended families. So the responsibility of looking after children solely falls on parents. When parents need time cook or need break from entertaining their children, television or computer games is the only option whereby the kids can entertain themselves.

You cannot avoid screen time but you can reduce it

  • Try not to give any screen time if your child is under 2 years. They will not know any better at that age.
  • Some experts are of the opinion that touch screen devices are not good for a child’s motor skills. But some believe that there is no correlation between touchscreens and a child’s motor skills. Finally, it is the decision of the parent whether to give a tablet to the child or not and at what age. Even if you do let them use, you can always control the usage time .
  • Let children watch television or use devices only at certain times of the day. Do not give them devices just before bedtime as it will affect their sleep. Do not leave any devices in their bedroom. Let children have a goodnight’s sleep without any phones beeping or lights flashing.
  • If I feel the screen time of my kids on a particular day is going to exceed two hours, I try to space it out so that they do some physical activity in between these “screen sessions”.
  • I do not allow kids to watch all the programs. If I feel that certain programs are not ‘good’ that is they use words I don’t like or they don’t “teach” the right things to kids then those programs are not allowed. It’s better they watch quality stuff .

Finally, it all depends on what the parents’ own belief is on screen time. However, I do notice that when I restrict the screen time for my kids, their “pretend play” gets more imaginative. Devices do not encourage imaginative or creative play. I am not in the favour of watching my children becoming zombies in front of the television. But is necessary for children to have a little exposure to tablets and limited television time for their relaxation as well as for some educational cartoons at an appropriate age.

Do you feel that children should not be given a screen time of more than 2 hours? or do you believe that in this digital age, children should be exposed to devices so that they can move with the times?

Share your opinion via the comment box below. I would be happy to hear from you!

Regards

 

 

 

 

Essential Items for Breastfeeding Moms – Prepare yourself Before Birth

If you are pregnant, you would be wondering if you should breastfeed or bottle-feed your child. It is definitely a mothers decision which way to go. In case, you would want to breastfeed, there are few essential items which you should have with you when your baby is born.

Nursing Cover

When I had a baby, I didn’t have a nursing cover. Therefore, I couldn’t see my baby properly. I used a shawl and I had to make sure that the shawl didn’t fall off my shoulders. It easier to have something like the product below :

Product name: BebeChic.UK Breastfeeding Cover

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £14.99

My rating:4.5/5

Other features:

  • Made in UK.
  • Made of Oeko-Tex certified cotton fabric.
  • The top quality cotton poplin fabric makes the cover light, loose,cool and comfortable which minimises possibility of overheating.
  • Very generous size of “42 x 27” which give a generous coverage.
  • 16″ rigid boned neckline, which allows eye contact with the baby.
  • Secure neck strap 18″ long.
  • Available in different colours and patterns.
  • Includes a cotton storage bag 14″ x 7″.

Pros

  • You can breastfeed in public without feeling embarrassed. I had go to public toilet to feed my baby or sit in the car and make my husband stand in front of the car to prevent people looking as I didn’t have this cover.
  • Made of top quality cotton fabric which minimises the chances of baby getting overheated.
  • Rigid boned neckline makes it possible for you to have an eye contact with the baby. This is not possible if you use a shawl or a cloth to wrap yourself.
  • The shape of the cover is like an apron so there are less chance of it falling of your shoulders like a shawl or a cloth would.
  • The cover can be neatly stored inside the storage bag with room for pads, wipes or tissues.
  • The BebeChic.UK breastfeeding cover is very attractively wrapped so it can also be given as gift to a new mother.

Cons

  • If you are petite the cover might be too big as it is a very generous size.
  • The straps are not adjustable .
  • Overpriced for what it is.
  • Baby might get overheated in it. Always make sure your baby is comfortable while you are nursing your baby.

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Breast Pads

If you are breastfeeding, at times your breast might secrete milk if it’s full of milk or you haven’t fed your baby for few hours, in case she is asleep. You will have to use breast pads to prevent the milk from dripping on to the floor as well as soaking all your clothes!

Product name: Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Breast Pads

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £21.00

My rating:5/5

Other features:

  • 2 non slip adhesive tapes to keep the pads in place.
  • Each pad absorbs 20 times its weight.
  • Naturally shaped so it is discreet and doesn’t show through the clothing.
  • Pads are hygienically wrapped for cleanliness and convenience.

Pros

  • Lansinoh breast pads are very soft and comfortable.
  • Each pad is individually wrapped so they are good if you are on the go.
  • Pads are very absorbent. Pads start becoming heavy as it absorbs milk.
  • The pads are thin and discreet.
  • Pads have got 2 tapes which means they will stay in place.
  • They are larger and more absorbent than other brands.
  • Lansinoh is a known and a trusted brand for top quality breastfeeding products.

Cons

  • Some say the quality of these pads have deteriorated in the last few years.
  • Each pad is individually wrapped which creates a lot of rubbish and might be dangerous for babies and very young children.

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Nipple Cream

A nipple cream is an absolute must for any breast feeding mom. In the beginning while you are trying to get your baby latched on to your breast, your nipples might get sore. Even later on in breastfeeding, your baby might rub his gums on your nipples. I would only recommend Lansinoh Nipple cream as you do not need to remove it before you breast feed, It is an expensive cream but without this you would find it very hard to continue breast feeding if your nipples are sore.

Product name: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £8.39

Quantity: 40 ml

My rating:5/5

Other features/Pros

  • Lansinoh provides effective relief against nipple soreness.
  • You do not need to remove the gel before nursing the baby as it is hypoallergenic.
  • No taste colour or smell.
  • It doesn’t stain your clothes either.
  • It can be used to treat nappy rash,dry skin and as a lip balm too! Women use this cream even they aren’t breastfeeding for dry heels!
  • Lansinoh is an award-winning brand recommended by healthcare professionals.

Cons

  • It is expensive but it also lasts for a long time.

I wouldn’t have been able to continue breastfeeding had it not been for Lansinoh Nipple cream. It gave relief and enabled me to continue breastfeeding. It was recommended to me by the health visitor as there is no need to remove the gel before nursing your baby.

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Nursing Bra

A Nursing bra is a must for every breastfeeding mother. It is necessary not only for convenience but also for keeping most of your breasts covered while feeding your baby. Make sure you get the fitting right as your breast size will keep changing till the breastfeeding is established .

Product name: FeelinGirl Womens 2/3 pack Maternity Nursing Bra

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £12.99 for 2 pack £17.99 for 3 pack

My rating:4/5

Other features:

  • Material: 90% Nylon 10% Spandex .
  • Comes in 2 pack or 3 pack with different colour combinations.
  • It can be used as a nursing bra or a sports bra.
  • Strong but easy to remove clasp with one hand (when you want to nurse your baby).

I feel that the pro or con of a nursing bra  (or with any bra) is the fitting. If you can get the right fit than this is the bra for you. However, there is one thing that I would like to mention is that the Amazon prices are very reasonable for nursing bras. The nursing bras here are much cheaper than those in Debenhams and Marks and Spencers. So if you can get the fitting right then you will save a lot of money!

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These are the essential items for breastfeeding. Other items like breast pumps are not essential and depends from woman to woman what their requirements are.

If you decide to breastfeed, it is very important for the mother to eat well, have regular meals. Keep yourself hydrated(with water not juices). You will feel very thirsty after every feed. When I was breastfeeding I used to have the Pregnacare Multivitamins for breastfeeding to ensure that I got all the vitamins especially omega-3.

If you would like to share any of your experiences about breastfeeding put them in the comment box below. I would be happy to hear from you!

Good luck!