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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Category: The Toddler Years

  1. A child's room is so much more than a place to sleep

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    I love to sleep. As a mum to two girls, I never seem to get enough sleep, I never want to get out of my bed in the morning from the room that is my haven but a child’s room is so much more than a place to sleep. Far more than for most grown-ups, it’s a place they spend a lot of their waking hours, telling stories, creating adventures, building dens and having fun.

    So what do you do when you decide it needs redecorting? You have to think about the times they’re going to play, read, draw and colour in there and as they get older, it’s bound to be where they’ll do a lot of their homework too. (I am clearly living in hope that the challenge of physically getting them to do their homework is not too much of a mission)

    The secret interior designer (or just the sleepy mum) that is trapped inside me thinks that the key piece of furniture in a child’s bedroom is the bed, and that’s the best place to start when you’re planning out how to furnish and decorate your child’s room. Children’s beds today come in a massive range of styles and sizes and the one you’ll choose will depend on the size of the room and how old your child is. Great companies like GLTC have a fabulous range of children's beds and mattresses from GLTC and this is a good first stop resource for families like us. 

    I love the idea of a cabin bed, as it can be a great space-saver choice and the underneath can either be used as a desk, or as storage space for clothes. Some cabin beds have tent style play areas below them too, although I am not sure there would be much sleeping going on with my daughters in this kind of bed. 

    Children’s bedroom furniture can be expensive, so it may be worth considering choosing a timeless classic style for the furniture, and then giving the room a fresh look with new accessories every couple of years – when your child’s tastes change. It’s far easier and more economical to change curtains, bed linen and rugs than replacing all the furniture with a new set. It might not be the most exciting but I have always gone for neutral colours like cream or white and accessorised around them.

    GLTC

    Space and storage is always an issue for parents, for us, the litte one needs lots of floor space to play, and we have storage chests for her toys, whereas the older one prefer less floor space (to hopefully create less clutter) and has a wall unit with all her essentials in.

    i made the mistake of letting the eldest daughter choose her bedroom colour and she went for "sexy pink" (I kid you not) so guiding them towards a theme will help to give their bedroom a coordinated look and it could be inspired by any of their interests. There are some perennially popular themes, such as pirates, fairies or woodland creatures for younger kids, and bright, bold colours for older children. It really depends what your kids like – and what you like too, of course. Don’t feel that you have to achieve a new-look room all in one go – in fact, in a way, it’s nice for them to build on their room’s theme by asking for accessories for Christmas or birthday presents.

    So their bedroom maybe a design project for me but for the girls, it is so much more than that, it is a place that memories are created, tears will be shed, laughter will seep through the walls and friends will be made and lost. I always want everything to be perfect for them and you just live in hope that they’ll love the fact that it’s been done especially for them, and maybe they’ll keep it tidy as a way of saying thank you!

    Oh, well, we can all have dreams can't we?! 

     

  2. Changing Room Behaviour : The difference a few years make!

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    It is no secret that my girls love the water and approach it with enthusiasm but even though there are 6 years difference between my girls, how they approach the changing rooms are a totally different story.

     

    Toddler : Happy to run around naked for long periods of time in the changing room, avoiding getting dressed at all costs.

    Tween : Would rather put her clothes on over a wet swim suit, than actually get naked in front of anyone.

     

    Toddler : Thinks a towel is something you wear on your head and zoom around in.

    Tween : Cannot be seperated from said towel and sits in a cocoon until forced to get ready.

     

    Toddler : Will happily chat to anyone .... whilst naked.

    Tween : Avoids eye contact with anyone in the changing room.

     

    Toddler : Will contentedly ask to go to the toilet and walk over the wet floor to do so ..... whilst naked.

    Tween : Would not even consider walking on a wet floor in the toilet .... incase it was something other than water.

     

    Toddler : Will ask a stream of questions about anything, including other peoples boobs.

    Tween : Do not even mention the word boobs if you want any kind of conversation for the rest of the day.

     

    Toddler : Will try and help you fit everything into your swimming bag .... even if those things don't always belong to you.

    Tween : Will repeatedly leave goggles, swim hats and other items in the changing rooms.

     

    Toddler : Cannot wait to get out of the changing room and buy something from the vending machine.

    Tween : Cannot wait to get out of the changing room and buy something from the vending machine.

    Vending machine

     

    Oh .... maybe they are not so different after all.

    What are your children like in the changing room?

  3. The Morning Prayer : Wot so funee?

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    Having a toddler brings no end of entertainment, my toddler thinks she is Entertainments Manager in our house and loves nothing more than making us laugh.

    Since going to nursery, she has met a little boy called Lennon John. She insists every single day that his name is Lemon. There is no convincing her otherwise, especially as she now knows it makes us laugh.

    Peppa Pig has a parrot called Polly Parrot. According the the 2 year old, it's name is Polly Carrot. Again, there is no convincing her otherwise.

    Polly

    But my favourite thing at the moment is her morning prayer. Before snack time at my daughters' nursery and school, they say a prayer, according to the 2 year old, this is how is goes ......

    Bless us oh garden as we sit together,

    Bless the food we eat today,

    Bless us oh garden, Amy.

    Her big sister tries to teach her the correct prayer but as per usual, there is no convincing her otherwise.

    I think the Priest may have a struggle with this one at First Communion time!!

    Wot So Funee?

     

  4. Little Fun Fest - We have been chosen!

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    You may or may not have noticed that we have a shiny spangly new badge on the Lilypad and we are thrilled to say that we are a "Little Fun Fest Blogger Extraordinaire". *sounds fanfare*

    littlefunfest bloggers

    What is that baffled face? Do you mean you have no idea what I am talking about?

    I have to admit that I had not heard about Little Fun Fest until after the event last year but I knew that it was something we would want to get involved in. It is basically a festival for the under 10's (and having never actually been to a festival myself, I thought it was a great way to start by taking the whole family) , based around having fun. What is not to love?

    The website says that Little Fun Fest aims to provide funsters with their very own festival experience. Funsters can lose themselves in music, magic, rides, stories and dance. They can enjoy being a child and use their imaginations and energy in beautiful surroundings with other funsters. We want grown ups to join in the fun too, but we also want them to be able to sit back and watch their funsters enjoy a memorable day and take home a permanent smile.

    little fun fest

    It sounds like there is something for everyone, which is good especially when you have a big age gap between children but whenever I think about festivals, I am always thinking that I can't wear my heels, so I think I am finally going to have to admit defeat and purchase some wellies ..... just to make sure I look the part of course!

    So if you fancy joining us on our Little Fun Fest adventure, tickets for Little Fun Fest can be booked here

    All entertainments and rides are included in the entrance fee.

    Disclaimer : We have been awarded tickets for our family to go to Little Fun Fest but all opinions are our own, so we will let you know how we get on!