Children’s play centre

On Monday we attended a relatives birthday party at a local children’s play centre, all was well until we took Willow to play in the baby and toddler area.

I don’t begrudge any parents having five minutes peace with a cuppa, but please, supervise your children. Don’t use a play centre as child care and don’t let them run riot whilst you use the time to gossip with friends. It spoils the experience for others and I very much doubt we will be returning any time soon.

Every play centre we have visited, have designated areas for certain ages and activities. These areas need to be enforced by the staff to avoid little ones getting injured. Boys kicking a ball about next to the baby and toddler is dangerous, what annoys me more, is that there’s a special enclosed area for ball games, that they chose to ignore. The ball got kicked at my head and narrowly missed Willow.

The baby and toddler area is for 0-3 year olds, I’d imaging it’s more or less the same age limit for most play centres. One little boy, older than three (he was wearing a school uniform) was in the baby and toddler area and was throwing the soft play blocks about, he held one above Willow head, ready to drop it, Simon gave him the death stare, he soon moved. Another child shoved Willow out of his way.

I’m shocked that parents allow their children to ‘play’ like this and even more shocked that the staff don’t enforce the designated areas.

Children’s play centres aren’t the cheapest places to visit, for the amount they charge, I’d at least want a safe environment for my child to play in.
This afternoon we will be visiting a new play centre that has recently opened, it’s about 15 minutes drive away but I’ve heard some good reviews, watch this space!


Coughs and sneezes – Olbas and Jakemans giveaway!

So, it’s that time of year and we are already on cold number two. It’s awful when your little one is ill but there are a few things you can do to ease their symptoms. Baby paracetamol, ibuprofen and Olbas oil for children are the three things we couldn’t do without and they are getting used on a regular basis.

Olbas oil for children is so simple to use, just put a few drops on a tissue and place near baby but out of reach. A bottle lasts a very long time, I only need to use it twice a day, once in the morning and before bed, it’s cost effective because a little goes a very long way.

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Did you know that parents lose up to a week’s worth of sleep a year due to their child having a cold?! I feel like I’ve lost that amount during the last month, let alone a year!

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I was quite surprised by some of those figures, those sleepless nights add up quickly but the percentages have hardly changed on how to sooth a child between 3 months – 3 years and 3 years – 7 years.

If you are feeling a bit under the wether or suffering from the winter blues, enter my Olbas and Jakemans giveaway, you could win yourself, 2 bottles of Olbas Bath, 2 bags of Jakemans Mini’s Throat & Chest and 2 bags of Jakemans Minis Honey & Lemon.
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