“Lets give it away!” #1

A couple of days a go I got a wonderful Email from Tots100 regarding a chance to test some products. 😀

The products are through Ruta Ett DVD AB. Ruta Ett DVD AB is a leading edge Swedish children’s media company with an international market. The products in question are from a series called: Heroes of the City

About Heroes of The City:

Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everyone can be a hero! Follow the fantastically exciting adventures along with friends in town. Meet Paulie Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most unlucky bird in town. Emphasizing friendship, Heroes of the City contains a great deal of warmth and what may be accomplished by helping each other. The cartoon is primarily targeted at children age 3 – 7.

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I received a Heroes of the City -kit for my children. 😀 In it was one of the books, two cars and one of the DVDs. My children are 3 years old and 17 months old. And even though they say they cater for older children around 3 and up, my 17 month old LOVES this!!! 😀

Would YOU like to win one of these kits for your kids? Or maybe there is a birthday coming up?

Simply follow these small steps:

  • Like me on Facebook: <<LINK>>
  • Like Heroes of The City on Facebook: <<LINK>>
  • Leave a comment below (don’t forget to put your email so the sponsor can get in contact with you and send you your prize! 🙂 )

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Best of luck to everyone! I hope your children will have as much fun with this as mine are having! 😀

PS: If you are a blogger, feel free to use the image and share it on your blog. 🙂

This GiveAway closes: Feb 17th @ midnight. The winner will be chosen at random using random.org. 😀

Competition is sponsored by Ruta Ett DVD AB

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‘Jaws’…six?

The smallest member of the family is teething…oh yes…  remember those days?
Not always the most pleasant thing to witness, we don’t generally want to see our children in pain, and teething is sadly one of those things where the baby/child is either;

 

  1. Coping well
  2. Coping bad
  3. Coping really bad or the one we all prefer,
  4. Suddenly just appearing to have a mouth full of teeth. 🙂

 

My first two children was nr 4. Didn’t seem to phase them at all, teething that is. They just suddenly had teeth. More then one in a row. I remember my daughter got four at a time! 😮 And she only had a couple of bad nights bless her, not as unlucky as her dear smaller brother who had a difficult time teething.

I’ve always been a firm believer in using things natural, so when I heard of using ‘Amber stone’ as a natural pain relief, I knew I had to investigate. 😀

My search took me to the Baltic Ocean believe it or not!

I’m going to put a quote up here from The Amber Artisans.

It’s just easier for all parts if I do that, instead of repeating lots of things and trying to make it my own words, when things are described so perfectly on their website. 🙂

What I can and will say though, is that for us, Amber teething necklace was a saver. And Henry couldn’t agree more! 🙂

 

Amberteeth

From ancient cultures to modern society, Baltic Amber has been a mystery, a fascination, and an enviable possession all over the world. Some people treasure it for its natural beauty and the variations of color that emanate from deep within each bead. Others consider it an historical relic to be prized. In most cases, amber is purchased because it is truly a collectors item of significant value.

For many hundreds of year, scientists and scholars have dedicated their careers or a significant portion of the professional lives studying amber and detailing its many facets. If you’re an aspiring “amberologist” or simply a lover of fine things Amber, you’ll find yourself in good company in our Amber Education Room.  Learn, explore and enjoy pages that tell the story of amber myths, the history of Baltic amber, and other useful educational articles.

I buy our Amber teething necklaces from http://dinodaisy.co.uk/ She has lots of nice beautiful ones, she also sells nursing necklaces and so forth! Well worth a look!

 

 

Warning!

Currently, the marketplace is flooded with fake amber! Read this article on how to spot fake amber and recognize real amber.

It is important that you buy from real amber artisans (like the one I buy from) and not fake ones as you have no idea, with a fake one, how the product has been processed or if it’s been treated with something iffy.

 

 

 

 

//Q: Have you ever used an amber teething necklace/bracelet/anklet?

The Sun KILLS!

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Summer has reached us for full force all around parts of the world, and in this time of sunshine and happiness tragic things occur. Every year there is sadly at least one incident in the media of a parent leaving their child in the car.
Luckily this doesn’t always end in tragedy, but far too often it does.

In the US so far this year, 15 children have died as a result of heat stroke from being left in the car.

*So far in 2013 there have been at least fifteen deaths of children unattended in vehicles; seven which has been confirmed as heatstroke and eight which, based upon the known circumstances, are most likely heatstroke (2013 list).  Last year there were at least thirty-two deaths of children (see 2012 list) due to hyperthermia (heatstroke) after being left in or having gained access to hot cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s.  Since 1998 there have been at least 575 documented cases of heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.  This study shows that these incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (i.e., ~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very rapidly.* – http://www.ggweather.com/heat/

  • Circumstances
    • An examination of media reports about the 559 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for an thirteen year period (1998 through 2012) shows the following circumstances:
      • 52% – child “forgotten” by caregiver (288 Children)
      • 29% – child playing in unattended vehicle (163)
      • 18% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult  (100)
      • 2% – circumstances unknown (9)
  • Ages
    Children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-2012) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years.  More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age.  Below are the percentage of total deaths (and the number of deaths) sorted by age.
    • Less than 1 year old = 31% (171)
    • 1-year old = 22% (122)
    • 2-years old = 20% (109)
    • 3-years old = 14% (78)
    • 4-years old = 6% (33)
    • 5-years old = 3% (17)
    • 6-years old = 2% (9)
    • 7-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 8-years old = 1% (3)
    • 9-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 10-years old = 1% (3)
    • 11-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 12-years old = < 1% (1)
    • 13-years old = < 1% (1)
    •  14-years old = < 1% (2)
    • Unknown = < 1% (2)

– Info grabbed from http://www.ggweather.com/heat/

The European Safety Alliance writes this on their info fact sheet:

Did you know that:
• During warm weather, car temperatures can rise 10 to 15
degrees Celsius every 15 minutes! Opening windows does not significantly slow down
the rate of temperature change.1
• A child’s body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s due to lower water
reserves. 2
• Hyperthermia can occur in as little as 20 minutes, and fatalities within 2 hours.
Hyperthermia can occur on days as cool as just 22 degrees Celsius, when the inside of
a car can easily reach 47 degrees Celsius.3
• Most of the victims of hyperthermia incidents in cars are between 0 – 4 years of age.1

They also have some good presentational tips for  you:

Prevention Tips
• Dial 112 immediately if you see a child or children alone in a car.
• Place your personal items (purse, telephone, briefcase) on the floor of the backseat. That
way you are more likely to remember that the child is with you when you exit the car.
• Place the child’s personal items (diaper bag, bottle) in the front seat as a reminder to you.• Add a “reminder” to your computer calendar programme or telephone to ask if you dropped
your child/children off at day care/pre-school today.
• Whenever there is a change in drop off and pick up arrangements, confirm the plans with
your partner.
• Arrange that your day care provider or babysitter will call you if the child is not dropped off
when expected.
• Lock your car doors and trunk once everybody has exited the vehicle. Keep keys out of
reach of children.

Full fact sheet found <<HERE>>

All in all the most important thing we can do is make sure to always check the back seat before leaving the vehicle!
When I’m at a parking lot I always scan the cars around me just to make sure.
Just so far this year in Norway, there has been no less then two cases in the media of a small infant left alone in the car. Luckily for both they were discovered,saved and are today live and well. Both cases was where a parent left the child knowingly “for for a bit” to do the grocery shopping, or in the other case it was to go have lunch…sigh…
In both cases a person broke into the car to get the child out, as is the right thing to do in my honest opinion, if I saw a child in a car all alone on a hot day (doesn’t have to be sunny!) in obvious distress I don’t think I would think twice about breaking in to save the child! You can also ring the police before you break in and request permission, which is then given, this takes care of any problems that could occur with insurance.
That said, I would still break in if the child seamed to be ‘sleeping’.

So please! Check the back seat before you exit and PLEASE don’t EVER leave a child (or dog for that matter) in the car alone in these summery months!!

Useful links of info:

http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke
http://childcare.about.com/od/caregonewrong/a/leftincar.htm
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml
http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm
http://www.childsafetyeurope.org

BeSafe – Baby

Not too long ago I decided to try and switch the kids around in the car. 🙂
As a result, Caitlyn ended up in the ‘Joie’ , and Henry ended up in the ‘BeSafe’.

So this is now how they look in the car, all happy and jolly. 🙂

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The ‘BeSafe’ is higher up then the ‘Joie’, so Henry can see more as he’s still quite short and small.
It doesn’t recline as nice though, so I’m still unsure if this is a temporary thing, or if I’ll switch them back the way there were, but atm they are very happy with the change. hehe
And let’s face it, a change of scenery is often nice to have!

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And as always I can see him clear as day! 😉

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One of the reasons why I take a lot of pictures of the kids showing how good space they have and such, and that I can in fact see them, is because this is one of the main concerns people who are not custom to ERF will ask questions about.
By showing pictures like this, I can hopefully help you relax and understand that ERF children are in fact very happy, safe and have tons of space in their car seats. 🙂

By the way, Rear Facing Toddlers has put up a FB page! Run over and give them a “Like”! She deserves it!

Joie Stages – A Toddler’s Point of View!

So recently I decided to switch the little ones around, putting Henry (9 mo) in the ‘BeSafe’ and Caitlyn Anabelle (29 mo) in the ‘Joie’, and see how that would work out. 🙂

I wanted to see how much room she would have, just to give me a clue really, I’ve seen a lot of questions about having a toddler in the ‘Joie’ so I thought it was about time I could show you how it looks in our Citroen C5.

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 As you can see, she fits really well. 😀
Legs all over the place dangling off or on, she couldn’t make up her mind on where to have them. haha
Personally I think she likes the angle of the seat. It seams to be more reclined and far deeper then the ‘BeSafe’.

I previously posted Henry in the ‘Joie’, so you can see a comparison.

All in all I think it works very well!

//Q: Do you have any pictures of your toddler in the ‘Joie’? 🙂

I can’t make up my mind!

First off I want to say that I’m trying to get more readers by testing out this “Linky Tools” thing.

Apparently it’s a bloghop thing that helps you get more readers. This blog is so new and it takes time, but I would really appreciated the help! So if you like my blog (it’s not even done yet! haha) so far, please do follow me on twitter and facebook, maybe even subscribe to me if you are a wordpresser your self! I’m new to this platform, so things are moving slowly. 🙂

Powered by Linky Tools Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…  

Now that we have that covered let’s move on! 🙂 I can’t for the life of me make up my mind!
Henry is currently in a Britax First Class Plus. It’s a very good fit, I like the seat, but it’s RF to 13kg only seat, so I’ve been thinking about getting him a new one at some point, when he grows out of it obviously. He’s still got lots of room left, but I just like to have things ready, I’m good like that. hehe

I’m so torn between the “Joie” and the TWE. If I go for the Joie, it has a max RF limit of 18kg, the TWE has a max RF limit of 25kg, it’s also the tallest seat on the market, meaning it will last. Now the Joie is also tall, but gaaah…I don’t know what to do! I still have a few months on me at least before I would have to decide since Henry is in a seat that is Group 0+/1, meaning it’s the same build as a group 1 seat. That means SPACE! hehe He’s currently approx. 10,5kg, and the seat’s not going to be outgrown RF until he’s 13kg and that could take ages. My 2,5 year old just hit 13kg and a bit. :p
But the BFCP is not an extended rear facing car seat, making it smaller RF then an actual RF car seat. I think I need some help from you guys!

//Q: What RF car seat would you recommend me? What RF car seat has your fancy?

Let me know in the comment section!

Carsickness – NOT a reason to Forward Face!

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Carsick…most of us has been there, and at some point most parents will have a child who suffers from it. Maybe not on a regular basis, but sometimes it happens.

So what do you do about it?
Too often I hear (or read..) that a parent chose to turn their child around FF (forward facing) too soon, because they claim carsickness, and it is then the parent’s belief that FF will cure the problem. You’ll even come across the claim that FF did cure the problem and the child is no longer carsick. The fact that the child is no longer carsick is of course a positive thing, no one likes to be ill, it’s neither fun or enjoyable, but FF is simply not the reason why the child is now “cured”.

– The FACTS:

80% OF ALL PEOPLE
WILL SUFFER FROM MOTION SICKNESS
AT 
ONE TIME OR ANOTHER
(http://www.motionsickness.org.za)

It is also a known fact (or maybe less known, but it’s still there) that women are more prone to travel sickness then men (especially during our cycle)  and children between 3 and 12 years of age are disproportionally prone to motion sickness.  But motion sickness is rare in children under 2 years! 😀

– The Cause?

Motion sickness is a conflict between your senses.  The brain relies on messages from your inner ear, muscles, and eyes to tell it how your body is moving. When any of these systems send different messages, you can get queasy.

This is often prone to happen if you ;

  • Read in the car – your inner ear knows you’re moving, but your muscles think that you are sitting still and your eyes don’t see anything moving because they’re looking at the page. Ergo – conflicting messages.
  • Think about being car sick – believe it or not, you can actually create it by worrying about it! Pretty cool…in an..not so cool way.
  • Ate a big meal before travelling, if the air is stuffy or filled with fumes. Oh and looking at a meal is going to make it worse, so I would advice not to.
  • Travel by boat. “Sea sickness” happens to pretty much all of us. It’s estimated that 100% of travellers experience it. Well, at least until you get used to the motion!

–  Signs and Symptoms:

The most common signs and symptoms of motion sickness include:

  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Cold sweats
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Increased salivation
  • Fatigue

So what’s the CURE?

Believe it or not, doing more of the thing that made you car sick is going to help. Let me explain:
-You get carsick because you read in a book, or you read the map. Ergo, the more you read in the car/bus/train/plane, the less and less sick you will become, until your body has adapted. 😀

If travel sickness occurs, keeping the window open might help. Stopping the car and getting out for some fresh air is also helpful. If you are the driver and passenger(s) is feeling queasy  you should try and go easy on the turns in the road as that motion is not helping. Also putting on the Air-con or open windows.
For small children who are prone to travel sickness I would recommend “Sea bands”. You can get this at your local Boots or any other pharmacy  I used them for many many months every time I went into a car, even outside the car, while I was pregnant with my daughter. I was especially car sick then and had great help from those Sea Bands. 🙂
There is ofc always medication that can be taken to prevent travel sickness, but I’m not that sort of person who uses that, but if you ask your local pharmacist they would be able to help you there. 🙂

As a closing point, lets not forget that pretty much all children at one point or another will go through a phase where they do not want to go in the car. Not want to buckle in and so forth.
The important thing is: Never let your child dictate in car safety that would put them at risk! 🙂

Sources:  Motion sickness http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/motion-sickness-000110.htm#ixzz2UGCd1SRj
University of Maryland Medical Center
http://www.motionsickness.org.za/motion_sickness_003.htm
http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/channel_condition_info_details.asp?disease_id=183&channel_id=9&relation_id=10860