April 2011

Don’t say ssshhhush!

added 20th April 2011

Looking for something fun, yet culturally satisfying to do with the kiddies over the Easter weekend? How about a trip to the local museum?

Before you shudder in horror at the thought of traipsing your poor little ones around a stuffy old building full of adults, giving you the evil eye – read on!

‘Kids in Museums’ have recently led a series of undercover visits by ‘actual kids’ and their parents in local museums. The results are a list of this year's most family-friendly museums. No more telling the kids to keep it down! These museums are offering a host of interactivity. We’re talking about signing, make your own stone carvings, grinding wheat, colouring in every room, aquariums, dressing up and more.

For the winner and shortlist see their results below:

•    Mansfield Museum in Nottinghamshire (WINNER)
•    Corinium Museum, Cirencester
•    The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent
•    Kilmartin House Museum, Argyll
•    Horniman Museum, London
•    Abbey House Museum, Leeds

To find out more about Kids in Museums or their awards check out their website here.

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To buy or NOT to buy

added 7th April 2011

I am a first time mum, expecting a little one to grace us soon with the joys and challenges of parent hood! And like many other first time parents I have spoken to out there, I am some what ‘befuzzled’ by the mind boggling amount of baby gadgets that are available to purchase for a new born.

As the due date steadily approaches the inevitable question of WHAT to buy rears its head and whilst I am excited at the thought of kitting out my nursery with the most beautiful, funky and latest gear for my baby,  I am even more conscious of space and money (and the lack there of !).

Therefore I was very interested to read the latest survey by consumer group Which? That asked 1000 parents what their most useful and indeed their most useless baby purchases were. I am a huge fan of benefiting from the experience of hardworking parents that have been there and done that before me. So if you’re in need of a little advice before your baby shopping spree take a look at the results below. For full details of the survey check out  the Which? consumer website here.

10 Least Useful Baby Products bought by parents

1. Fabric sling
2. Nappy stacker
3. Baby washing (top and tail) bowls
4. Nappy disposal bin
5. Bumbo seat (plastic seat which helps your baby to sit upright – if you didn’t know like me!)
6. Door baby bouncer
7. Baby carrier
8. Ride-on toddler board for buggy/pushchair
9. Night light
10. Baby reins


10 Most Useful Baby Products bought by parents.

1. Stair gate
2. Baby sleeping bag
3. Baby monitor
4. Changing mat
5. Baby change bag
6. Dummy/pacifier
7. Electric steam steriliser kit
8. Travel cot
9. Microwave steam steriliser kit
10. Digital ear thermometer

One last useful purchase you may be on the search for that we can help with: bright, beautiful and original ways to decorate your little one’s nursery walls? If so - look no further than our online gallery at happyspaces.co.uk which has over 180 designs by acclaimed artists for discerning parents (such as yourself) to choose from, order and deliver. All from the comfort of your home.

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