Could you save a child? Essential first aid for babies and children.

It’s such a scary thought isn’t it, your child getting sick or needing medical help whilst their in your care? Over 60% of parents admit to their biggest fear being their child choking. I attended a ‘mini first aid’ course in Norwich a couple of weeks ago, it was a 2 hour session that covered all the essentials in baby and child first aid.

This information shouldn’t be a secret as it could really save a child’s life. I thoroughly recommend going to the sessions as they are great value, they give the opportunity to practice first aid plus they’re short and run by a medical professional. Click here to find a course near you and be sure to check out their Facebook page for up to date information. Here a few crucial tips I’ve learnt.

CPR

Something no one wants to have to do but knowing what to do could literally save a child’s life. First…

Check breathing – in first aid always check airways and breathing first.

Unresponsive? If Yes shout for help.

Open airways – tilt head/chin lift

Breathing normally for longer than 10 seconds? …If not Then call 999.

5 initial breaths

30 x chest compressions in centre of the chest

2 rescue breaths

30 x chest compressions

Continue until help arrives.

Choking

Probably the main reason I wanted to do the course in the first place, weaning a baby can be initially scary but it’s important you’re calm and relaxed for them. If you think your baby is choking ask yourself…

Do they have an effective cough? (Loud)

YesEncourage cough and continue to check

Noare they conscious?

If Yes – 5 back blows (check after each one)

5 thrusts (chest for baby/abdominal for child)

If No – open airway 5 breaths and start CPR call 999….continue until help arrives.

I like to remember this saying if they start to cough or struggle

loud and red let them go ahead – silent and blue they need help from you’

Bumps to the head

When babies and toddlers are exploring their new surroundings accidents are bound to happen. When your baby bumps their heads you may see bruising or swelling.

– get them to rest

– apply a cold compress to injury for at least 10 minutes

– monitor them ….if showing any of the following signs go to A & E.

1. Dizziness

2. Nausea & Sickness

3. Desire to sleep or drowsy

4. Slurred words

5. Confusion

*Any suspected skull damage call 999

Burns

As a baby I was involved in an accident which left me badly burnt but the faster and longer the burn is cooled the less impact of the injury.

– check for breathing

– stop the burning process

– remove rings and constricted clothing (you may need to cut it off)

– keep under running cold water for at LEAST 10 minutes.

– take care not to cool the whole patient

– cover in cling film to protect from infection (the hospital can see the burn this way too)

– call 999 if necessary

Breaks

If a bone has broken you may see signs of pain, deformity, swelling, guarding, loss of use, tender, bruising, grafting.

– support the injury with cushions or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement

– call 999

– DO NOT press down on or push the bone

– DO NOT move the casualty unnecessarily

– DO NOT let the casualty eat or drink

Bleeding

– check if breathing

– sit casualty down

– quickly examine the wound

– apply direct pressure + elevate (use a clean nappy on wound if you have one)

– apply dressing

– if still bleeding call 999

Febrile, Convulsions, Seizures

Signs & Symptoms

– violent muscle twitching

– hot flushes skin

– twitching if the face

– breath holding

– loss of consciousness

TREATMENTS

– protect child with pillows and padding

– remove clothing

– ensure supply of fresh air

– sponge with tepid water head to toe

– check got breathing

– place baby in recovery position with head on side.

– call 999

I hope this has given you a little information and confidence on what to do in an emergency, please share ands we never know who or when we may need these valuable life skills.

also have look and see if Mini first aid run courses near you, it really could help you save a life.

Just Jasmine. Let’s stop grading our babies.

‘Oh he’s very advanced’ I watch a mum brag as her baby son put a square shape in a square hole…. ‘he’s a genius’ she continued……I wanted to laugh but realised she was being serious. Sure, I thought, he could go on to put ALL the square shapes in all the square holes, travel the world putting square shapes in square holes, save lives putting square shapes in square holes or maybe he’s just a baby and he has figured that out?!

Who are we comparing our babies to when we look at what they should/shouldn’t be doing at their age? It’s bad enough society put pressure on 11 year olds to do exams, but do you know what the exams prove? Nothing. It proves they are good in exams. The same with babies, why do we have these milestones? What they should be doing…. if I followed the milestones I’m sure it will say she ‘should be crawling’ but Jasmine wants to drag herself along the floor with one elbow whilst holding a coaster in the other, do you know what? That’s fine by me – because she’s just Jasmine.

She’ll create her own milestones and do amazing things. Maybe she’ll compete in the ‘coaster carrying Olympics’ one day, where you can only use one arm! She’ll be laughing at all the others she beats who probably crawled ‘properly’ as babies.

Let’s worry less about the milestones their not hitting and champion the things they do beautifully, for example Jasmine can find ANY wire in a room, no matter how well I think it hidden – it’s very impressive.

So will she win the baby milestone championships? Will she be equal to the intelligent of square shape baby? Probably not. But I will teach her that she can do anything she bloody well wants to in life, and for now, she’s Just Jasmine and she’s a pretty great version of who she is.

Child’s Farm product review

There are so many toiletries available for babies and children that sometimes it’s hard, especially as a first time mum, to know what to use. I was excited to try out the new range of ‘Childs Farm’ products they had kindly sent.

First of all – the bubble bath, Jasmine LOVES her baths, in a desperate bid to help her sleep I’ve added lashings of Lavender in to every bath for months. I’m almost starting to get fed up of the same smell so the Childs Farm ‘blueberry and organic mango’ was a welcome treat. It didn’t disappoint, it smelt amazing and was great at winding her down for the night. It was also nice to know that it’s made of 98% organic ingredients and not full of rubbish. The packaging is fun and bold too, for such a great product I was surprised they were available to pick up from high street stores for really affordable prices.

The body and hair wash is ‘watermelon and organic pineapple’ scent and it smells so fantastic I almost want to use it myself. Jasmine has in the past suffered with eczema so it was really nice to know that they are all for sensitive skin and would be be gentle on her. She was fresh and clean after her bath but I kept sniffing her hair for days as she smelt so good!

The moisturiser is unscented and light in consistency, it rubs in easily and glides on the skin nicely for her evening massage. I even found myself rubbing it on my hands after I’d washed them post nappy change as it’s so light and hydrating! I’d really recommend checking out Childs Farm products when you’re next in the shops. They are fun, affordable and great quality, which also gives you a piece of mind knowing your little ones skin is being looked after.

*Disclaimer – I was kindly send Child’s farm products in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So much more than just fish! Our trip to Bournemouth Oceanarium.

Having grown up in Bournemouth, the oceanarium has become part of the scenery on Bournemouth sea front, Open 364 days a year (closing only for Christmas Day) it’s welcomed approximately 4 million visitors since opening!

So, we decided to take Jasmine, although she’s only 8 months we try to do lots of stimulating activities to help her development. I expected fish but there was so much more than that! A very family friendly venue, lots of baby care facilities, wheelchair access and kids meals available. Once we had put our buggy in the ‘buggy zone’ we were ready to explore!

Greeted by Ziggy the green iguana we already felt we were miles away from the cold, British seafront we just walked in from. Each section has been carefully crafted in-keeping with the natural habitat of the fish and animals, from the Amazon to the Great Barrier Reef, from Africa to Asia, some were in dark caves very dimly lit, some were in hot zones with bright lights and some made you feel You were on a Caribbean island.

In total there are 12 naturally themed zones from around the world. There’s plenty to see visually, Jasmine was fascinated by all the fish and especially loved the turtles and stingrays. There’s also lots of interactive quizzes and facts around for older children to enjoy!

My favourite part was the walk way under the sea where the sharks and turtles majestically glide over your head. Jasmine really loved the penguins and the otters – especially Stan (the male otter). There’s the ‘Offshore Cafe’ where you can sit and have a drink or something to eat – this looks on to the penguins so it’s lovely to feel you’re still enjoying the marine experience.

It really was a fantastic sensory experience for her and I’d urge anyone with babies to take them to the oceanarium, it really gives them lots of stimulation and visually engages them.

I’d also highly recommend it to anyone with children for a brilliant balance of fun and education, the attraction holds special ‘meet-the-creature’ sessions – so be sure not to miss them!

*Disclaimer – I was given entry to Bournemouth oceanarium in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

A cake delivery through your letterbox – with bakerdays

Sometimes we want something a little bit different to send to friends and family and I think bakerdays have hit the nail on the head. When I was asked to try out their ‘letterbox’ cakes I wondered why they had a fancy name like letterbox cake, until I realised they fit through your letterbox.

Small and thin enough to post in lots of packaging and a gorgeous tin, a really unique idea for someone’s birthday or any other reason. I chose to have one for Jasmines christening and opted for a gluten free cake to cater for those potential guests who need this. It arrived promptly through the post on Thursday, the packaging was lovely – a thick, shiny tin with a ‘just for you’ message on it and miniature card. I thought it was cute, quirky and couldn’t wait to get inside.

The cake didn’t disappoint, it was pink, bright and had a clear picture of Jasmine on the icing. I was impressed with how well the print came out. The christening wasn’t until the Sunday so I did wonder if it would dry out a bit in that time but bakerdays had assured me it was good for a fair few days.

When Sunday came the picture still looked great and I tasted the cake and it had a nice taste and wasn’t dry. I often expect gluten free products to be bland but this was nice and the perfect size for my two gluten free guests to enjoy, which they did.

I’d definitely recommend Letterbox cakes, especially for an occasion or just for a giggle. We’ve all got inside jokes or pictures which we find hilarious, pop them on a cake and send it through the post! They are perfect for one or two to enjoy so they can have their cake and eat it.

Send Mary Poppins…..and wine!

I’ve said it before, social media is a blessing and a curse.

On the one hand is lovely to connect with people and promote my blog. On the other hand I see them…everywhere….celebrity mums. As a first time mum I compare myself to them, with their beautifully immaculate hair, not a ‘mum bun’ in sight! I haven’t manage to wash mine in days. Not only do they have the luxury of wearing lovely make up and having it applied by personal make up artists – they then also have the time to try and flog it to me.

Me, who used to be physically unable to leave the house without liquid eye liner, now I never wear make up. Sometimes I’ll whack a bit of mascara on when I leave the house to look less like an unborn baby. It doesn’t help that I haven’t slept longer than 90 minutes at a time since December last year, the bags under my eyes are practically suitcases now. Plus I look like someone ten years older than me.

Always wearing the same clothes, for example today I wore the classic mum uniform of leggings and a stripy top, usually smeared with some kind of food Jasmine has kindly wiped on me.

I gaze in awe at the celebrity mums with their stylists, personal trainers, make up artists and hairdressers. They look incredible and I look like I’ve just crawled out from under a bridge.

I tend to avoid mirrors these days, I don’t want to look at the disaster staring back. Their nannies making their children incredible food offering the recipe, I definitely don’t have time to cook from a recipe, where’s my Mary Poppins?

Eva Longoria looks like a Greek goddess when breastfeeding. I spent each Feed encouraging Jasmine not to pull my hair, face or eyeball out of socket. I encourage her to feed and not bite whilst I encourage the dogs not to lick her head!

Oh and the nights out they have…at least twice a week I live vicariously through their social media, looking amazing, enjoying their nights out. Am I the only one who wonders where their baby is? I’ve been out twice for dinner in the last 8 months, So is celebrity parenting a helpful insight in to motherhood, or a dangerous comparison for those of us who simply manage to have a shower and keep the baby alive each day? I can’t help but compare myself and wonder why they are doing a much better job than me? Is it simply all the extra help?

I wonder how many others are tough on themselves when they see these accounts….it’s important to make time for self care… so long as Jasmine isn’t hungry, thirsty, bored…awake!!

She is worth it though, of course, that goes without saying. To all the other mums out there who feel like a toad, I see you. We got this. Ribbit.

Pleasurewood Hills review

If you have grown up in East Anglia chances are you would have been to Pleasurewood Hills. I was told about the new sensory room and play area for babies so I was keen to take Jasmine to see if she would enjoy it, at 7 months old it may have all gone over her head.

First stop was a parrot show. I felt ‘mum fear’ wash over me, will it be too long? Will Jasmine kick off? She absolutely loved it, she sat on my lap and was engaged in the show throughout, no wiggling or getting bored. She LOVED it.

We were surprised how much she enjoyed it, such a highlight. As well as the parrots she also enjoyed the Mayan themed high dive stunt show, which is very impressive and full of energy.

She enjoyed the Safari ride in little cars around the track, the train around the park, the carousel and the rootin’ tootin’ target trail, in which you go around in the dark in a mine cart shooting targets, she was mesmerised by all the colours.

We then went to Woody’s cub house which is for little children. There’s soft plays and a sensory room, which is a dark padded room with bright lights, shapes and pattern which Jasmine really loved. I’d really recommend taking a baby to Pleasurewood Hills as there is a lot for them to do and enjoy.

For older children there’s a handful of thrill rides too. Wipeout, The Jolly Roger, Fireball and Timber Falls. So there really is plenty of fun to be had for everyone!

*Disclaimer – we received entry to Pleasurewood Hills in exchange for an honest review.

Jasmines first week with MyHummy. Do they really work?

It’s been no secret that Jasmine isn’t a great sleeper. At 7 months old she has never slept for any sort of duration, currently up every 20/30 minutes each night, struggling to go back to sleep once awake. My record of rocking her is 5 hours. Each time I’d put her down her eyes would ping open and she’d be awake. I’ve been dreading putting her in her own room but with her outgrowing her snuz pod I knew I had to.

MyHummy kindly sent me a ‘snoozy’ for Jasmine to try and one of their new gorgeous matching blankets to make this transition easier. There’s a lots of ‘white noise products on the market, I’ve tried most of them and seen little improvement so I was keen to try MyHummy.

MyHummy makes unique toys which emit white noise, this has been shown to improve babies’ sleep. In case of newborns the likelihood of a baby falling asleep is increased three fold in response to white noise, it’s also soothing for toddler and children of all ages. Not only are they cute, you can attach them to a cot, car seat (to avoid car meltdowns) or a buggy .

Jasmine loves sucking on his arms and rub his soft fabric on her face!  Snoozy comes in five lovely colours: pink, blue, green, grey and ecru. MyHummy Snoozy emits 5 types of white noise resembling: a hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, ocean waves, rainfall and amniotic fluid with heartbeat. with snoozy you can also connect to Blue tooth via the app so you can:.

  • Use your phone as a remote control for myHummy
  • Adjust the volume
  • Control the duration of sound
  • Switch the Sleep Sensor on and off
  • Use Alarm Mode to send notifications to a phone when baby starts to whimper or cry (within Bluetooth range

So I was excited to try it. On the first night I bathed Jasmine as normal and played our ‘bedtime songs’, I gave her a feed and she fell asleep, I then continued to rock her whist I used my phone to turn on the snoozy in her bedroom, I changed the sound and the volume ready to put her down – I love the Bluetooth part so nice to control what she’s hearing without disturbing her. When I put her in her cot, her eyes opened. Then, something strange happened she slowly shut them again – and went to sleep!

This has not happened before, once the eyes are open, I would normally feed her back to sleep and rock her again for another 30 minutes. Instead I went downstairs and something alien happened, for the first time in 7 months, she slept in her cot for over 2 hours I had an evening back. I could do whatever I wished, so what did I do? Watched her on the monitor of course!

When she woke I fed her and soothed her, instead of fighting it she went back in to her cot nicely and went back in to her bed. Although she woke through out the night I was getting far more substantial chunks of sleep. She felt relaxed, she even moved in her sleep getting in to much comfier positions.

Each night I got a little longer downstairs, and the chunks of sleep got longer. I was so impressed especially in this warm weather we have been having. She stopped the panic crying when she woke after a couple of nights, she was soothed by her snoozy and I was so grateful for that. I don’t ever want her to feel scared. Her afternoon naps have actually become too long if that’s possible! I have to turn off the myhummy when I want her to naturally wake, which she does.

Her blanket is equally gorgeous, matching her snoozy it’s soft and very thick. Almost like a baby duvet. I put her on top to lay on which she enjoys and look forward to snuggling under it when the weather gets colder.

Like I say, I’ve tried a lot of white noise products on the market and MyHummy is the best by far. Its a must have for parents and parents to be especially those who want their evenings back like I did and help transition them in to their new rooms.

I definitely recommend the MyHummy toys, If you’d like to have a look at the awesome products then click here. Whether you’re a new parent, a parent to be or looking for a gift for someone.

  • Disclaimer – I was sent MyHummy products in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

8 Annoying things people say to you when you have just had a baby (including total strangers)

Will you have anymore?

My stitches hadn’t even dissolved yet after my episiotomy! I’d rather cut my head off and feed it to a dragon than go through that again?! Why do people feel the need to ask this question? They just can’t help themselves. My baby is four days old, calm down. Let me enjoy her, without discussing more hypothetical off spring.

Sleep when she sleeps.

And should I cook when she cooks? shower when she showers and clean when she cleans? The thing is a baby may nap for 30 minutes or may nap for 3 minutes, nothing feels worse than just drifting off for a few seconds and being woken up by a baby crying.

Is she good?

Not really, she is failing all her exams and keeps being caught smoking behind the bike sheds!! SHES A BABY. They are all innocent and have their own individual personalities, that isn’t ‘naughtiness’ they are just learning. They aren’t trying to manipulate you or test you, they just love you and are exploring this scary new world.

Are you going back to work?

No. Are you going to fund my lifestyle? Oh you’re not? Then probably yeah.

When do you go back to work?

In a YEARS time let’s not talk about that, I have a new job – meet Jasmine, she’s my boss!

Are you feeding her?

I have to FEED her?????? No one told me this at the hospital! Oh you mean breastfeeding? Well say that then. And yes I am breastfeeding. I’d love to hear your views on feeding my baby – said no mum ever.

How often do you feed her?

When ever she wants, next question.

Is she in a routine?

Yes it’s called the Routine-la-Jasmine ….. Jasmine does what she wants when she wants I can’t change that, nor do I want to. My life is baby led now, at least for the moment and if she wants to be held a little longer then I always will, I’m raising a child not applying for the army.

‘I’m bored!’ 35 low budget/free activities to do with your little ones during the summer holidays.

It’s only just a few days into the school holidays and the ‘I’m bored’ moans have probably started! There are many expensive days out for children, but what about the inexpensive days of fun. Below is a list of things I have done below as a child or with the children I’ve taught over the last 14 years.

1. Crabbing – crab lines are so cheap now, pop a bit of bacon on the end and off you go! Lots of fun, could spend hours doing it. (Obviously put the crabs back after)

2. Beach – build sandcastles, peruse arcades, walk along the pier, play games.

3. Teddy bears picnic – pick a favourite teddy, a blanket and packed lunch and go to a park for a teddy bears picnic. (Or in the garden)

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4. Collecting shells or stones wash and paint them.

5. Save some old boxes, get cushions, throws, spare sheets, build a fort! Eat, drink, watch tv, nap in fort.

6. Turn living room in to cinema, have popcorn – they can even be crafty and make tickets.

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7. Go on a bear hunt! Read the story first to get excited. Then go to the woods, find things beginning with a letter.

8. Create a super hero, using crafts and binliners for capes!

9. Blackberry picking, bake them in muffins or a pie! In fact bake anything.

10. Talent show, make sure they practise their acts!

11. Pick and Clean up old toys and sell them at a carboot or garage sale outside.

12. Make a garden in an old shoe box, use soil, little tubs for ponds and little flowers all from the garden.

13. Go pond dipping

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14. Make a vegetable patch

15. Walk dogs offer to walk neighbours dogs.

16. Make a scrapbook stick in things.

17. Do a treasure hunt/scavenger hunt.

18. Water fight, water balloons, water pistols.

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19. Tidy rooms, cleanest room wins a prize!

20. Go to a museum before they shut last hour is normally a pound or two.

21. Tie dye some plain t shirts that are no longer worn.

22. Pitch a tent or make a tent in the garden and read, play, draw in it.

23. Have a bonfire, toast marshmallows and make toasties

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24. Make your own pizzas

25. Go on a pretend plane journey, they pick destination, use airplane sounds on you tube and serve snacks drinks for the flight ask them what they can see out the window, they can watch inflight entertainment and USE THEIR IMAGINATIONS.

26. Go golf ball hunting in the evening, golf courses that are near woods open to the public and parks when balls go astray, go and find them!

27. Keep a diary about their summer.

28. Go for a bike ride

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29. Make a radio show

30. Make puppets, can put on a show if they like!

31. Geo cashing – this you need the geo cashing app. There’s secret things hidden in trees, buses everywhere, only using the app will you find them. Then there’s an object in there, swap with an object you take with you, sign the list and off you go!

32. Hold a sports day

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33. Christmas in summer! Play Christmas songs, have a roast dinner, make Christmas cards and make each other presents!

34. Do a keep fit class in the mornings take turns at running it!

35. Make a magazine (can use cut outs from newspapers and magazines)

****In any messy situation play a game of who tidies up quickest wins a prize could be just a chocolate bar or an extra half hour to stay up before bed! ****

What do you do in the school holidays?