Epidemic of skin allergies – My Pure come to visit

In recent years the rise in skin allergies, especially in children, has been a worry. When it can’t be put down to hereditary causes you begin to wonder what they put in our daily soaps, shampoos and beauty creams.

Well don’t worry as we’ve got Simon Golding, founder of mypure.co.uk and biochemical engineer, in conjunction with Claphammums at The Babydrop on the 18th July to introduce some of the latest in organic baby care and high tech organic skin care products. Sign up for this event as places are limited so call or email The Babydrop 

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On the day you’ll get the chance to try out some products and ask any questions you may have. You’ll also learn which ingredients can aggravate skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis as highlighted in a recent Telegraph article.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10164452/Warning-over-epidemic-of-skin-allergies-from-chemical-in-cosmetics-and-household-products.html

Discover the latest news in anti-ageing with Mádara Time Miracle, an award winning skincare range that comes with an amazing promise. This is the first time that an organic manufacturer has confidently offered better skin or your money back.

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So, if you want a chance to somehow look like this gorgeous, no bags under the eyes model then come along on the 18th July. Meet up, chat, ask questions, see the award winning organic brands and try before you buy. Go away armed with answers, a packed goodie bag with samples, your 10% discount code (valid for 3 months) and the knowledge that natural and organic skincare is the best way forward, for you, and for your family.

Event Details

Date: Friday 18th July 2014

Time: 10:00 – 11:00

Venue: The Babydrop creche, London, SW11 6SF 02077380019

Details: It’s free and organic juices, tea or coffee are included for the morning. We expect you to bring your kids but buggy parking is tight so if you can come with out that would be much appreciated.

Booking: You need to RSVP for this event to reserve your space, please call or email The Babydrop

 

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Booty Barre Express

If you want a high energy, quick work out, then this is the class for you. I was truly exhausted by the end of the 40 minute class and my legs felt like jelly!

I am sure if I keep it up my legs, bum and tummy will be toned by the high energy ballet workout you do in class. I loved the dance music that the exercises were co-ordinated too, it kept you going and you felt full of energy afterward.

Here is a few photo’s of me doing some of the moves and if you want to join in then call The Babydrop to book you creche space and Eliza for the Booty Barre space.

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I will be doing the class every Thursday so come and join in and get fit.

 

Class:

Every Thursday from 1:15pm. Drop at ‘The Babydrop’ at 1pm

Class £15 and creche £10

www.thebabydrop.co.uk – 02077380019

www.elizadoalot.co.uk – 07779271655 

Tips For Toddler Behaviour

Here at The Babydrop we encourage and promote “positive parenting and positive discipline.” From our own experience with toddlers at home and at the crèche, we know that they can be extremely demanding and challenging to deal with at times! Experience shows that the implementation of a consistent approach to behaviour management at home and in the nursery setting results in a more positive outcome in terms of toddler behaviour.

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All children at home and in a day care environment test boundaries. This is a normal part of growing up, learning and becoming an independent person. Toddlers may seem to test these boundaries on a more regular basis, which can be both frustrating and challenging for parents and carers. This is not them being naughty or disobedient; it is the only way in which they can learn what the limits to their behaviour are.

The first thing to remember is that you are not alone! It is normal for toddlers to get frustrated about things and have temper tantrums. Whilst it may be embarrassing and stressful for you (especially when you are out and about in public) try to keep these positive discipline tips in mind:

  • You are the adult! Stay calm and compose yourself. Take a breath and mentally count to 5 before you respond.
  • Have clear simple rules and limits and consistently apply them.
  • Try to keep your use of “no” to a minimum – use expressions such as “later” or “soon” where possible instead.
  • Acknowledge how your toddler is feeling e.g. “I know that you are cross/angry/sad.”
  • Praise good behaviour which you want to encourage and try to turn a blind eye to minor misdemeanours.
  • Smacking is not promoted as a form of punishment and may make behaviour and tantrums worse and can also make your child afraid of you.

Tantrums are exacerbated when children are tired and/or hungry. Try to have a routine in place, which everyone understands and follows. Make sure that you plan ahead for emergencies by having some snacks and drinks with you when you are out and about in case mealtimes become delayed.   Whilst difficult, ignoring a toddler tantrum can be very effective as it gives them less incentive for it to be repeated.  

If you are finding your toddler’s behaviour too hard to cope with, then don’t be afraid to get some help. We are always here to support parents and carers and our staff are always happy to answer any behaviour-related questions. For some third party advice, the Wandsworth Family Information Service has some good resources including parenting workshops:

www.wandsworth.childrensservicedirectory.org.uk.

Summer Holiday Experiences

Here at the Babydrop we have loved hearing about all the exciting holidays that our families have been taking over the summer period.  Holidays are never the same once you have children; each trip involves military planning and often requires booking months in advance. Gone are the days of a last-minute, bargain getaway!

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Given the wealth of information that we have gathered, we thought that it would only be fair to share a couple of the positive experiences that we have heard about from our parents. Please note, feedback was focused on the under-5 age group!

We received a glowing report about Hotel Migjorn in Mallorca (http://www.hotel-migjorn.com/).  The hotel is located in a less touristy, quieter part of the island, but within a short driving distance of lovely sandy beaches, pretty towns and villages and good restaurants. The rooms are spacious and the living area incorporates a small kitchen with fridge and microwave; great for feeding fussy toddlers and babies. A huge plus is that loads of baby and toddler equipment is available and there is even a play area by the pool, as well as a bar area so that you can enjoy a drink whilst the little ones play. Perfect! The restaurant serves food all day so you can either eat early with the kids or have your meal served later in the evening, on your terrace, once they have gone to bed.

One of our regular clients has recommended the Forte Village in Sardinia (http://www.fortevillageresort.com). Apart from the fact that the pool boys are extremely attractive (!), the hotel has a lovely children’s crèche where the little ones are looked after by wonderful, Italian nannies. There is even a kids’ restaurant where the emphasis is on fun (parents and grandparents are banned!). It is all set on a children’s scale and serves lovely, child-friendly dishes.

Ellen and Charlotte opted for European villa holidays this year. There are plenty of benefits, especially with very young children, including the children having their own bedrooms, grandparents being able to stay and being able to relax on the terraces or pool whilst the little ones sleep. The only real downside is still having to cook and clear up (friends down the road did the right thing and hired a chef). If you love Greece, and fancy a trip to Corfu, then Villa Sfakoi is close to Kassiopi and comes highly recommended by Ellen who returned this summer for the 4th year in a row (http://www.villa-sfakoi.co.uk). The villa is wonderfully equipped for babies and young children. There is a cot, a travel cot, potties, monitors, changing mats, boxes full of toys …. the list goes on! A massive benefit is that the pool is completely gated and set to the side of the villa and its terraces, meaning that once the gates are secured, the little ones can’t wander into the pool area alone. The lovely cleaner speaks excellent English and is available for babysitting in the evenings at an extra charge. 

For villa rental in Europe and elsewhere, CV Travel (www.cvtravel.com.uk) also comes highly recommended. They will also organise childcare, car hire and a chef if required.

Ocado orders in June included a free copy of Family Traveller magazine. For those who haven’t seen it, it is a new publication featuring articles from writers such as Tom Parker Bowles and Francesca Syz. Having read the first edition, we were hooked and subsequently subscribed. It covers all age ranges and different budgets/ types of holidays – definitely worth a look for ideas and inspiration whatever the age of your little ones.  

Other recommended websites / tour operators include:

Baby Friendly Boltholes (http://www.babyfriendlyboltholes.co.uk)

Quo Vadis (http://www.quovadistravel.co.uk)

Baby Goes 2 (http://www.babygoes2.com/index2.asp)

Happy holiday planning!!

Toddlerhood, a crucial time in a person’s life

Parenting a toddler can be immensely tiring

As toddlers approach their second birthday, they can become a little more challenging. Add another year and many parents face themselves dealing with either bossiness, whining, protesting or full blown tantrums.

For us adults, difficult toddler behaviour can be incredibly tiring. We struggle to comprehend why our young children act like they do – why is not getting a biscuit such a big deal? Are they really THAT upset or are they just playing up in order to manipulate us to have it their way? Or, if they’re hitting another child even though we have told them time and time again that this isn’t acceptable behaviour, we adults struggle to understand why they would still do it again. They must know by now that it’s not right, no? And, what should our appropriate answer to unacceptable behaviour be? Should we ignore our toddlers, punish them or stay calm and explain it once again? Yes, parenting a toddler is a huge task. And a confusing one at that – there’s so much contradicting advice out there, so what is the right approach? Like with so many things, in the case of managing toddlers, knowledge is the key. When we actually know what’s going on in a toddler’s brain, we can choose the appropriate reaction to their difficult behaviour. 

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Scientific knowledge is the key

Providing scientific knowledge is exactly what the ToddlerCalm classes and workshops aim to do. We provide parents with the latest neurological and psychological knowledge so parents are empowered to choose their own strategies. We want help parents to be their own experts, instead of having to rely on the self-proclaimed parenting experts. So, exactly what is going on in a toddler’s mind? Let me give you a brief introduction.

An introduction to toddler brains

A toddler’s brain is very immature. When a baby is born, the brain is only very small and is lacking certain parts. While most of the brain cells are already there at birth, almost no connections exist – these are built in the first 10 years of life. And the probably most crucial thing to understand toddler behaviour is that the Neocortex, the part of the brain where reasoning, logic and the ability to manipulate lies and which is unique to us human beings, doesn’t exist until the age 1 and takes another two years, until the age of three, to mature enough so toddlers can start to use it (and it takes several more years until it works properly! The age of reasoning, which is the time when children become reasonable and are finally able to understand logic, is defined at 7 years of age). Due to the lack of the Neocortex, toddlers simply don’t understand why it’s not acceptable to empty a glass of water into their porridge bowl – this doesn’t mean we can’t teach them not to do it, but it takes many years beyond toddlerdom until they fully understand the reasons behind unacceptable behaviour. The other important scientific knowledge is that toddlers are able to have huge feelings, such as anger, disappointment, fear and sadness. The neurological ability to regulate those feelings, however, doesn’t exist yet in a toddler’s brain . This means that they need an adult to regulate their feelings, i.e. to properly calm down again. So, if we punish a toddler when they’re being difficult, it means that we unfairly punish their immature brain as they simply can’t express their fear, anger and sadness in a more elaborate way, and neither are our toddlers able to properly calm themselves down again after a major upheaval.

The long term effects of how we deal with difficult behaviour

The question about how to manage difficult toddler behaviour doesn’t only apply for the short term. Neuroscientists have found out that the way children are treated in the first five years or so will determine how they react in difficult situations as adults – will they be able to stay calm when facing difficult situations such as a job loss or a separation from their partner, or will they become depressed, anxious or aggressive? How we treat our children today determines what connections will be built in their brains to manage their own difficult feelings in adulthood.

One of the key learning elements in childhood is to learn how to manage our own feelings. When we’re born, our brain isn’t equipped yet with this knowledge, and the way we learn to manage difficult feelings is being taught by the adults who raise us – which isn’t through punishment but through love, compassion and patience. Tantrums and other difficult toddler behaviour can be great and safe experiences for learning how to deal with emotions. The world is a tough place, so we better prepare them for it while they’re still able to learn.

ToddlerCalm have developed helpful tools for managing difficult toddler behaviour in a way that helps children grow into secure, compassionate and happy adults. If you’d like to learn more about these tools and about what’s going on in your toddler’s mind, why not join us for a 3 hour workshop or 8 hour parenting course. You’ll be guaranteed to go home more enlightened, which leads to calmer toddlers, happier parents and a more relaxed family life.

Fran Wick, ToddlerCalm teacher 

Fran is teaching the workshops and classes at the Baby Drop crèche (SW11), at It’s A Kids Thing in Earlsfield (SW18) and various other locations around SW London.

More information about Fran’s courses: http://www.duckpondaffairs.co.uk/toddlercalm/

Times and dates for upcoming courses: http://www.toddlercalm.co.uk/teacher/franziska-wick/classes.html

Benefits of Swimming

I’m sure like most first time mums we all start off with good intensions and get our babies signed up to baby swimming lessons when we are on maternity leave.

But, why is it so important to make sure you carry on this activity after you go back to work and really for the rest of your child’s early years?

I think the most important reason is to save their lives. Swimming is one skill you can give to your child as a parent knowing that it would save their life if they got into danger. Even at a very small age like this you tube video below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0mUPr68x2U

Swimming is also a great activity to do with your children at weekends that gives them the self-confidence to try new things. The holidays I remember when I was a child were based around swimming activities, whether that was a villa with a pool, going snorkelling or making my dad go on every ride there was at a water park! Each spark brilliant memories for myself as well as my parents and all of these wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t able to swim.

Swimming promotes a fun and healthy life for the whole family as well as giving a child confidence about learning a new skill. Once they get slightly older they can start competitions in club gala’s from about 5 years old, giving them skills about winning and losing and realising that hard work is the key to success.

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, most leisure centres run affordable lessons throughout the year but even just taking your child once a week and teaching them some of the skills you have, will increase their confidence in water.

If you do one thing this summer while enjoying this amazing weather, teach your child to swim.

 

 

Pregnancy Massage

Most people assume that you need to stay clear of massages during the first trimester of pregnancy, however so long as it is carried out by a qualified specialist, it can have huge benefits. Lindsey Seabrook from The Touch massage therapy explains more below. Lindsey operates locally from Feel Good Balham and comes highly recommended for her pregnancy massages.

During pregnancy, the body undergoes some significant physical changes to adapt to the life growing inside it. It is an exciting time planning for a new addition to the World. It may also be a time of stress and worry, as the mother has to adapt to carrying a new life as well as starting a new life herself with her newborn. Pregnancy massage can support expectant mothers on a physical and mental level throughout their pregnancy and help maintain a healthy body and healthy mind from conception through to the post natal period.

Pregnancy massage, like any other massage treatment, will be tailor made to the exact requirements of the client. The client may well have some of the exact same muscular tension as they had before they became pregnant which can be treated as normal. For example, there may be neck and shoulder tension from using a computer for long periods of time or lower back pain from sitting at a desk all day. However, the client should now be treated with their changing body and growing baby in mind.

Pregnancy massage is particularly good for:

  • Relieving muscle pain especially in the lower back where the muscles take the extra strain of your baby weight.
  • Encouraging circulation and reducing the risk of oedema (common swelling in pregnancy especially in the wrists and ankles from additional fluid retention)
  • Stimulating the part of the nervous system that allows us to relax and de-stress – very important in conception or when carrying a baby.
  • Abdominal massage (if required by the client) which massages the baby as well as helping to support the abdominal muscles that are being stretched. This also helps the digestive system and can decrease indigestion and constipation.
  • Allowing time and space to connect with the baby mentally and really focus on its presence.
  • Reduced risk of postnatal depression
  • Naturally decreasing heartburn through effective stretches

A fully qualified pregnancy massage therapist will likely massage from conception, through the first trimester and right the way to the post natal period. Often the first trimester is a time when muscles can really benefit from tension relief, especially from pre-existing conditions. It can also help with early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and fatigue as well as being an excellent way to relax and have some time to yourself. The therapist will know which massage strokes can be used at what stages of the pregnancy and will always have your comfort and individual circumstances in mind.

Women should expect to be treated with the care and attention they deserve being an expectant mother. Therapists should ensure that both client and baby are well supported on the massage table and that they are comfortable with the relevant pillows. If they need to move about during the treatment then they should be able to adapt to your needs. Comfort is key to maximising the benefits of the treatment.

If you want to book a treatment please get in contact with Lindsay below:

Lindsey Seabrook  
www.thetouch.uk.com
info@thetouch.uk.com
07899 900608