Twickenham nursery schools….

The search was crazy. So I put my little girl in at 18months. 

But it was so difficult at first to select a nursery there’s so many out there. 

I looked at the ones closest to home ofcourse. But nothing quite tickled our fancy.

My brothers boys attend an Asquith Hounslow, the staff were great nice room. Well equipt. Great child friendly furniture. Balanced diet menus. But the garden was tiny. And when I say tiny I mean tiny!

The rooms didn’t have enough natural light and the mangers all seemed grumpy. 

Only upside was great room staff and good food and furniture. 

All in all it didn’t feel like my daughters place.

Then we went to all the other Asquith branches, including Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington. I was impressed by the food except that some branches didn’t have on site kitchens (which put me off) so food was deliver in. Some staff were nice, including managers. But it just seemed like they were churning out children and the staff were pressured to fill in loads of paper work.

I then popped in to a rather unusual nursery.

Annie’s Nest

It was the one…

A home from home…

Well rather a long waiting list, but do still enquire places do pop up.

When I called to visit it wasn’t easy to go and see them because they are just such a busy nursery and restrict visits to Friday mornings early so it doesn’t distrust the children routines. And rightly so I was impressed by this.

As I drove pass to park on my visit my first thought was ‘what an unusual building!’

So I walk up and there’s a gate with PIN number access. Good security! 

Then the front doors opened by the owner a parent himself of two boys ‘Kenny’; a uplifting smell of lemon grass oil hits me wow that’s a very fresh smell for a building full of babies. Nice! 

The three floor building is filled with natural light, you have to see it to feel the difference between this and a standard nursery.

The rooms are large, long and have plenty of open space. They are not cluttered with toys, unlike other nurseries I’ve visited. They have a nice sandpit space as you enter.

I knew it immediately this is our chosen nursery. They have no garden. Thats right but it the best bit about it… Why? you ask, 

Because the children are taken to one of the seven different parks that surround the nursery!

They leave the building to go for a walk in the fresh air and play in a different park daily. I think that’s much better than having an outdoor play area.

They are the by far the cheapest nursery in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. They have great staff that are well paid and only work four days a week and have three days off, so they have plenty of rest so that they are fresh and full of energy when they return to work.

I have to make my daughter a packed lunch. I don’t mind because I know what she’s eating. They provide breakfast, milk and water. 

I highly recommend it. 

The children learn Spanish. The staff are loving, effectionate and give plenty if cuddles.

You get a diary of what your child did that day, pictures and what they ate, when they slept, how many nappies they changed etc. This is sent to you before you collect your child.

When my daughter went for her first settling in session she was there for about two hours. When it was time to go home, I had to carry her out and she was screaming…. 

Because she didn’t want to go home! Now that’s how you know your child’s in the right place and you’ve made the right choice.

She still at Annie’s nest and still loves it at three years old.

*please note I have not been paid or given free childcare to write the above by any parties.





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Potty training! About time…..

I thought I would have my girl out of nappies by the time she’s 18months! Sounds crazy right? 

It’s not really I was at a gymnastics session and noticed a little girl who looked like she was just 14months with leggings on and there was no bulging nappy or pull-up…
So I asked her mother is she potty trained ? And to my shock she was. Her mother told me she was 18months and she trained herself!

Really? Are you serious I thought. She said that she had an older sister who’s 4 and she would just follow her to the toilet and copy her. 

This little girl refused to wear nappies even at night, so her mother told me she had to wait till she fell asleep to put one on. Funny girl. So it’s possible to have them dry at 18months. 

But here I was with my  2.5 yr old still in nappies! 

I sat her on a potty every morning from the time she sat upright… Seriously! So in actual fact you could say I started or semi started potty training at 7months. But she wasn’t dry till 30months!

There was an advantage to this as she sat on the potty in the morning I would give her a book and get on with my morning routine, brushing my teeth etc.

And before I knew it she was weeping & pooing in the potty every morning. So this was an introduction to the potty. And we didn’t really get any further than this introduction for a very long time. I only realised the advantage of what I had done when my Brothers son was being trained and he was dry at 2 but he had an absolute fright when it came to pooing on a potty or toilet! Crazy, then I heard so many parents face this problem. So I gave my self a pat on the back for doing something right.

Potty train in India!

August 2015 

 We were going to Kerala for a month to an ayrevedic resort and I would be totally free to just eat, sleep, be massaged and potty train ofcourse.

At this time my girl was 18months and I was convinced she could do it. I hadn’t read any books I just took my potty and pull-ups with me. This was my mistake taking pull ups don’t do it!

When you potty train they remove a nappy and wear a under pant there is no in between. They just exchange a nappy for a pant. So anyhow I tried to train her for the full month! And failed ofcourse. 

So I came back to London and read some books and articles and learnt a few important points:

1. If you try and fail stop and give it a break and try after a while maybe a month or so.

2. Each child’s different some are dry at 18months others at 3 yrs old. It’s when there ready.

3. Don’t stress it works when you and the child are both relaxed, so have time for it put everything down when you plan to train and just dedicate your one whole wk to potty training. They will be dry in 7 days I’ve tried it after failing.

4. Swap nappies for underpants not a pull up

5. Let them see you go to the toilet and encourage them to use the potty at the same time.

6. You don’t need to buy a potty training toolkit. All I used was a potty and under pant the towel ones are good they soak up accidents and prevent there’s being puddles on the floor. I would put her two underpants in order to absorb any accidents.

I bought a pourty potty from Johnlewis for 9.95 gap a little expensive I thought but great pouring feature well worth it.


And I used bambino Mia training pants, I bought 5. And the underwear I liked was from gaps toddler range the fabrics thicker than the standard ones you get from any other brand.

* please note that I have not been paid to mention these products nor was I given them for free to write about them.


Her diary of potty trading went a bit like this she started training at 2.5 after I witnessed an 18months old with out nappies.

Day one 7 accidents

Day two 5 accidents

Day three 2 accidents

Day four 1 accident

Day five 1 accidents

Day six & seven she was dry no accidents.

7. You need a potty, underpants and pleanty, a bucket which I filled with water and soap and put all her soiled or wet clothes in when she had accidents. A treat to bribe them with I used dry fruit you should know what your toddler likes. I tried the reward chart but it didn’t work for my daughter, it might work for your toddler.

8. Once accomplished don’t get upset if they have the odd accident because it’s natural. When my daughter gets very tired or gets carried away with playing she can sometimes wet herself.

9. Its simple don’t complicate it. Keep a paper to jot down how often they wee, poo etc and this will give you an idea of how often to remind them to go to the toilet and eventually they will start telling you themselves.
Feel free to ask me any questions I would be very happy to advise. 

All the best.

BMW X5…. ‘no’ I candy peach 3!

Try it to believe it…

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Feels unusually light. Clean attractive appearance. Was simple to remove from packaging when it arrived easy to put together and get started.

It glides on the pavement.

 My daughter sits init like she’s on a throne!

A princess is how she makes out to be ( not sure if that’s just her personality or the way she feels when in the peach 3).

She rode init to the baby show and we tried it out on the bus, underground, overground and British rail all for the very first time. It was exceptionally easy to get on and of trains despite the large gap on the British rail at some stations I managed as the large wheels assist with this. Richmond park was fine on the paths but we could have done with all terrain wheels.

Whats important to us all when we buy our babies wheels is how easy is it to fold and opens? Easy, if my mum can do it so can you check out the demo video. It fits in my A class boot fine only have to remove one wheel; that’s easy too just the press of a button. The seat recline positions are great and the adjustable handles easy to adjust with a push of one button.

What would I change if anything? If only the seat lay flat I wouldn’t need to buy a separate carry cot. This ones for you Icandy, can you create the next version without the fixed angle so it lies completely flat and folds flat when stored? Also can you sell a set of all terrain wheels?

My daughter sleeps well init at 8 months even without the complete flat seat. It’s almost impossible to find a pushchair in this range on the market that does a lie flat position.

Forgot to mention rain covers great easy to put on too.

My mother the Gran gives it the thumbs up and that’s all  that matters in my family… Lol.  One last note the shopping basket is easily accessible and carries loads!

Any one got a pair of theses wheels?

what are your views on the peach 3?

 

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Kew gardens

 

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my nephew wanted to jump in the basket for a picture

 

Little Bu …..

Just when I made a rule that I won’t let my little girl wear nail varnish as a child I had to break it.

Rules are to be broken right?

So I was at the baby show this year and came across “Little Bu” and for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, it is a safe, odorless, non-toxic formula nail polish that washes off or peels off making it safe for kids. They are not tested on animals and are vegan (I had no idea you get vegan nail varnish!)

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How can I possibly say no to my daughter if she asks to paint her nails after all it washes off!

They are available in a wide range of colours & make great gifts all year round for the “Sweetly sophisticated girls.”

You can buy them online at Harrods or directly from Little Bu

Selecting a Buggy?

So for my first baby “Amaa” I was so confused I had no real budget set in mind. The buggy search was a bit like buying a car. I visited mothercare, kiddicare and John Lewis all in search for the perfect set of wheels for my girl. And even spent hours online….

Honestly there is far too much choice in the market and that’s what drove me crazy.

So to narrow it down I set myself a budget, what functionality I want, then  looked at a few brands that matched what I was looking for and this narrowed it right down to Bugaboo and Icandy. I had my mind set on buying the Raspberry or the Bee3.

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So I set out to John Lewis with my mother and Amaa only to come back empty handed! All because my dear mother didn’t quiet like either of them she was not happy as they were to low, and she described them a flimsy looking, small framed and uncomfortable. All of which I didn’t agree with of course…

So we were back on the drawing board with me still trying to convince her that the Icandy raspberry’s the one. Any how in short I ended up with the peach3  and my mother loves it being the main user. My review of it will follow.