Category Archives: Parenting News

Mr Bloom Alert! Ben Faulks takes to Bristol Hippodrome stage with panto preparations

Christmas pantomime at the Bristol Hippodrome, just got hot, with this years range of famous faces including Mr Bloom -Ben Faulks. Dick Whittington also features Ashleigh and Pudsey, and Andy Ford. This year’s run from Saturday 06 December 2014 until Sunday 04 January 2015, also features the Bristol theatre’s first Relaxed Performance on Tuesday 30 December at  2pm. For more

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Parents Want a Say call for reversal to term time holiday policy

Fed up parents wanting a reversal to the term time holiday policy, will find like-minded campaigners at ParentsWantASay.co.uk. The website was set up as part of the Parents Want A Say campaign, which believes the family holiday rules in The Education Regulations 2006, unfairly criminalise families. It’s not just about taking holiday in term time by choice, campaigners argue, but point out that

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Sixth Fingerspellathon runs this October

Children across the country will be taking part in the sixth Fingerspellathon this October. The event aims to raise money and awareness for the National Deaf Children’s Society, by encouraging youngsters to learn the BSL alphabet and spell simple words. Community and Events Executive at the National Deaf Children’s Society, Emma Watson said: “Fingerspellathon is fun and a great activity

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Bio-Kult Infantis

Bio-Kult Infantis, is a new probiotic formula designed for babies through to young children. The formula contains seven strains of live probiotic bacteria, prebiotic Preplex and Vitamin d. The box comes with 16 sachets priced £11.95 For more information, visit: www.bio-kult.com

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Top ten favourite brand characters

It’s all the characters and TV programmes parents love to hate, rolling into the UK top ten most popular children’s interest brands. Research by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) looked into what 1250 girls and boys gravitated to on lunch boxes, bags, pencil cases and other pound shop tat. Sadly, there are no surprises on either of the lists,

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Emergency champagne supplies delivered to Chopsy Baby – What the view from your Bristol garden looks like during the 36 Annual Balloon Fiesta

  The familiar sound of burners outside the bedroom window, has woken sleeping Bristolians for 36 years this 2014. Despite being rained out somewhat on the final day of the 36th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the city was still treated to the wonderful vision of hot air balloons drifting across its skyline with most of the Mass Ascents and two Night

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Specialist baby clothes for eczema availabe from George

  A new line of baby basics featuring specialist sensitive skin fabric, has just launched at a UK supermarket. Vests, babygrows, pyjamas, dribble bibs and mitts, are some of the clothing made with Dreamskin polymer technology available from George. The  fabric is a medically registered material approved and prescribed by the NHS for babies with sensitive skin. Now the new Dreamskin range

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Paddington starts hospital tour to raise funds for Action Medical Research

  Paddington Bear, is supporting UK charity, Action Medical Research, with an awareness tour around UK hospitals this summer. The famous bear will be visiting ill babies and children to help raise money to fund medical research. To help support the charity’s work, people are being urged to donate Bear Miles. For more information, visit: www.action.org.uk/BearMiles  

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Ladybird Audio launches range of children’s stories

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Ladybird Audio has just launched a selection of children’s stories on iTunes, in time for entertaining youngsters on long journeys. Stories from the Ladybird Classics, Ladybird Tales and Ladybird First Favourite Tales series are available to download, with tale enhanced with music and sound effects. The digital collection includes stories ranging from Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Gulliver’s Travels to Little Women.

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Stick your clutter to magnetised wall storage system with Urbio

  The Urbio wall storage system, is a great way of making your random clutter look attractively arranged, whilst providing a practical solution. You can physically stick your stuff to the wall by placing accompanying containers onto magnetised sections of a metal wall place. The storage system is made from lightweight polypropylene and strong neodymium magnets. Priced from £15 to £75 at

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New subscription Baby Book Club launches from Bristol based reading project

  A new subscription book service aimed at parents with children under three years has just launched. The Routes to Reading concept, was born from a Bristol based NCT group, who took part in a project filming themselves reading to their baby every month. The project which provided the families with expertly selected books was so popular, the book packs are now

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Perfect Family Day Formula = Butlins

Butlins have worked with 1000 UK families and a psychologist to create a formula for the perfect family day this summer. The formula, created by Dr David Holmes, shows that families want a beach, a hot day and a fairground as part of their ideal day. However, its calculations appear to lack the inevitability of at least one family row,

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Parents feeling the pressure when it comes to organising their child’s birthday party

Birthday party pressure is a universal problem once children start school. It can be stressing over nobody being bothered to RSVP, numbers for the local softplay, keeping warring mother-in-laws apart, feeling judged by performance parent parties or Mr Razzle Dazzle Clowning Act and Performing Monkey Troupe not bothering to answer his voicemail. So it’s really no surprise that Vertbaudet find

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Meet a mum website launches

A new free website to help mums make friends has been launched. Mum Amie, uses dating site technology, to help you find friends based on similar interests and personalities. It will also help parents with challenging issues including parenting children with disabilities and single parents. Co-director Aimee Foster says: “the idea came to me about 3 years ago when I

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Book competition seeks adventurous children

To celebrate Enid Blyton’s The Secret Seven, Hodder Children’s Books are running a competition, perfect for a bunch of thrill-seeking children. One winner can select six of their friends for a three-day camp at River Dart Country Park. To take part, visit: thesecretseven.co.uk/comp and submit a picture of you and your friends on an adventure, alongside 200 words why your summer adventures

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Bin the Booster campaign aims to get 4-7 year olds out of dangerous backless booster cushions

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Getting car seats right is a tricky business for families. There are different groups and weights and designs alongside the confusion of when to forward face. Children travelling in a car, by law, must have the appropriate seat until they are 135cm tall or around the age of 12 years. But Britax is going one step further than ‘appropriate’ hammering home new

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