Let’s be real, here. The only reason we procreate is to ensure there’ll be a little entourage of minions to wait on us hand and foot – just as soon as motor coordination allows them to operate a Hoover and work a pepper grinder.
Seriously, though; kids really do dig responsibility – at least until they hit puberty – and the kitchen can be one of the most creative, exciting spaces for them to play grown-up. Playing chef also gives tykes an opportunity to learn that good food can be fun, too.
I have two daughters (nearly-two and nearly-four), and they are mad about bathing – they detest having their hair washed by I have never had a problem getting them into the bath.
And children aren’t the only ones who enjoy bath time. According to a new survey by Cussons mum & me, just over half of mums and dads (51 per cent) love kids’ bath time and a third (33 per cent) see it as an incredible bonding experience.
In fact, bath time ranks third on the list of most enjoyable activities for spending quality time with children.
Over half (51 per cent) of children always enjoy bath time with 42 per cent seeing it as one of the best times of the day.
BUT there are 31 per cent to parents resort to bribes in order to get their kids into the bath. And I reckon that fun bath products are as a good a bribe as any?
Cussons mum & me has rolled out a new bath range for kids, which is both dermatologist approved and hypoallergenic.
Each product in the Little Explorers range has its own little heart-shaped mascot – Blip, Squidge, Fizz and Splash; which is sure to appeal to kids.
My poor nearly-four-year-old looks like she has a third lip emerging under her bottom lip, and her top lip is dry and chapped and so sore-looking.
(And she had her first school photo the other day. – But beyond the superficial, it’s sore.)
She just can’t stop licking… I know it’s because the cold winter air that is making her poor lips feel dryer than dry.
But how can I help?
I have showed my child her third lip in the mirror so she has a visual concept of what she is doing when she repeatedly licks, and she didn’t like it but it seems to have made only a short-lasting impression. So, vanity’s out. I try to remind her (gently) not to lick her lips when I see her doing it but it has become a habit and it seems that the more I draw attention to it, the more she is reminded to do it.
There are however some practical things that you can do to help. Here’s what to do about kids’ chapped lips this winter:
When my children were young babies, I remember having terrible trouble finding a sun cream in any of my local chemist shops that I could use on them. I could find nothing for anyone younger than 18 months, but they were past the stage of keeping them in shade with a hat on long before that!
Eventually, I found a baby sun cream in a specialist shop, but it was so greasy and slippery that it was quite unpleasant to use and made trips to the beach a sticky, sandy mess!
Can babies wear sunscreen? These days, baby sunscreens are much better, with handy spray and mousse formulations that give light yet effective coverage and contain fewer colours, perfumes and preservatives, so it is now easier than ever before to protect delicate young skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.
Sudocrem’s Sunscreen Mousse is SPF50, hypoallergenic and specially formulated to protect delicate young skin. It is also free from colourants, perfumes and preservatives.
In the process of uncovering baby sun protection, I also learned that the general advice is to keep babies out of the sun completely until they are 6 months old, and to always dress them in protective clothing such as hats, tops and sunglasses so that their delicate skin and eyes are protected. Continue reading
Eczema is common in infants and children, and becomes less common as people grow out of the condition. It is believed to have a hereditary element, and can also be triggered or exacerbated by stress in some patients, making it difficult to treat or prevent.
In some cases, it can be triggered by coming into contact with certain substances or environmental triggers, or can occur alongside another illness.
Current treatments focus on minimizing the symptoms of eczema, and include emollients to provide much-needed moisture and steroid creams to reduce the inflammation of the skin. Other treatments such as antihistamines may help alleviate itching, and antibiotics may also be helpful if skin becomes infected. However, none of these are able to target the underlying cause of the condition.
Scientists have discovered a new target that could prove useful as a new treatment of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis.