Ever since our oldest daughter was a baby, she has loved her time in the bath. Over the years, we have collected numerous bath toys or sometimes various shampoo bottles that we cannot get rid of as they’ve all been given names and are dear to her heart (Yes, she does have a lively imagination :-)).

We have recently been sent a few bath toys from Vital Baby in order to put them to the test. These made an immediate positive impact with our daughter, The first evening she tried them out, we couldn’t get her out of the bathtub for a good hour as she was happily playing with these new toys. 

There really is a lot to love about these bath toys. First of all, they are extremely versatile. The Swim Rings can be used as single floats, be attached to form a ring or a long train. Our littlest daughter is completely fascinated by the vibrant colours of the bath toys. I know that when she is old enough for the big bath, she will also get hours of endless fun out ot these lovely toys. We also thought that the quality of these bathtub friends is excellent. We have had many squirty toys that were quite hard and therefore made it near enough impossible to get all the water out when taking them out of the tub and drying them. We had to throw many of these out as they started to mold on the inside. These Vital Baby Bath Toys, however, are a lot softer and so far we have not had any problems emptying them.

Our verdict: These toys have been a huge hit with our daughter and we would highly recommend them.

Disclaimer: We were sent the Swim Rings and the Stick and Slide Toy for review, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely our own. 

 

*Cough*, *Splutter*, *Sneeze* – yes, cold and flu season is in full swing. Don’t you just hate it when your child is poorly and you feel completely helpless? I always wish it was me instead of them. Our oldest one has been sniffing on and off for the last few weeks. No surprise really as there are so many colds making their rounds in school. We always try and distract her as much as possible when she is poorly. Here are a few things we normally do:

As a special treat, we let her sleep in our bed during the night. We find that being able to cuddle up to us, is definitely helping in making her feel better. I also love the fact that by her being close to us, I can keep an eye on her through the night (especially as she fevers quite quickly and quite high).

We let her choose the foods she’d like to eat for dinner. Yes, we do usually end up eating rather unhealthy choices and might eat pizza three times in a row, but I am certainly not complaining :-).

Or there is always the option of cuddling up on the sofa watching a film. Whatever we do, I make sure she gets plenty of attention and cuddles.

Vicks consumer reserarch showed that over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better. This was followed by medicine, which 40% of parents rely on and more than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC. According to Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.” 

We are huge fans of Vicks products. We are always well stocked up on Vicks VapoRub. This already goes back to my childhood. I still so vividly remember my mum going to her medicine cabinet to get a tub of Vicks VapoRub to relieve my cold symptoms such as congestion, sore throats and coughs. Just typing this, I can smell its distinctive scent. I loved it then and still do now. 

Vicks have created a range of magic trick videos to give parents some ideas of how to entertain their children when they are poorly. I love the sliced banana trick – so far, we have never used magic tricks to get our daughter to laugh when she was ill, but I’ll definitely be trying some of Vicks magic trick suggestions in the future.

How do you make your children feel better when they are ill?

This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign.

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Truth be told, I have never particularity given too much thought to “green issues”, especially not before we had our daughter. My husband and I lived busy lives (poor excuse, I know) and were generally out and about a lot. Yes, we did our bit by recycling, but that was pretty much it. However, when our daughter was born, I started to consider the future a lot more. All of a sudden there was just not my generation to think about, but also our daughter’s one.

Unilever recently created the #brightFuture initiative which focuses on small changes that can make  big differences and how we can build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably. Since the launch of the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever has helped 482 million people to improve their health and hygiene, including thorough hand washing, improving self-esteem and oral hygiene. As part of the initiative, BritMums and Unilever wanted to know what steps parents take to help in creating a #brightFuture for their children. We accepted the challenge. Here are our thoughts on this matter.

  • Recycling: I believe that this is one of the simplest steps to take – our district council offers a brilliant recycling programme and we are provided with all sorts of bins that are emptied regularly – all there is for us to do is separate our rubbish and sort it into these different bins
  • Walking: We are trying to walk wherever possible and try to avoid using the car too much (this is definitely a new development after we had our daughter – a few years ago, I would take the car even for a short, walkable distance), Not only do we see a drop in our petrol costs, but we are getting a lot more fresh air and doing our bit for the environment at the same time. Our daughter just started primary school a few weeks back. We try and walk to and from school frequently and only sometimes resort to taking the car (usually if we are running late or it is absolutely pouring it down with rain).
  • Saving paper: Our daughter loves to draw and is very much into her arts and crafts. From an early age though, we made sure that she knows not to waste paper. We do let her draw as much as she wants to, but she knows to not just draw one line on a piece of paper and then take a new one. I also keep certain scraps of paper such as bits of wrapping paper (that would have normally gone straight into the bin) for her craft box. Quite often, I will also keep hold of junk mail letters. I find that a lot of the time these include an empty page (usually on the back) and make for brilliant paper for a quick drawing.
  • Saving electricity: We try and make sure that all lights are switched off in rooms that we are not using at the time
  • Hybrid car: my husband recently returned to driving to work, so we needed to get another car. He chose a Honda Insight, as it gives excellent fuel economy and low emissions and encourages you to drive in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Support brands that focus on improving environmental issues such as Unilever. Not only do I like using Unilever products as they do a brilliant job (Persil has always been my preferred detergent), but they are constantly coming up with fantastic supporting campaigns  For example: Domestos is committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020. Persil has backed a global initiative “Learning for Tomorrow” partnering with UNICEF to help give children in some of the word’s toughest areas the opportunity of a quality education and Dove has developed The Dove Self-Esteem Project which worked closely with leading psychologists, academics and experts to create materials, making a postive impact on 19 million young lives.

Which steps are you taking to create a #brightFuture for your children?

This post is our entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever.