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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 sustainable living, saving money, lifestyle and travel. It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. How to Baby and Toddler-Proof a Caravan: Making Your Home on Wheels Child-Friendly

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    Caravanning is a fantastic way to explore the world with your family, especially when you have little ones. However, ensuring the safety and comfort of your baby or toddler in a caravan requires some careful planning and modifications. In our latest blog post, we'll discuss how to baby and toddler-proof a caravan and share some tips on making it child-friendly. By taking these steps, you can embark on unforgettable family adventures while keeping your little explorers safe and happy.

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    Secure the Furniture

    Caravans often come with various pieces of furniture that can pose safety hazards to babies and toddlers. Start by securing any freestanding items such as tables and chairs. You can use furniture straps or brackets to anchor them to the floor or walls, preventing them from tipping over.

    Additionally, consider adding corner protectors to sharp edges and corners of furniture to reduce the risk of injuries. Babies and toddlers are prone to bumps and falls, so taking these precautions is essential.

    Install Safety Gates

    Safety gates are a must when traveling with young children in a caravan. Use them to block off staircases or entryways to areas that are not baby-proofed. It's crucial to select gates that are adjustable and designed for the specific width of your caravan's doorways or openings.

    Childproof the Kitchen

    The kitchen in your caravan can be a potential danger zone for curious toddlers. Here's how to childproof it:

    a. Cabinet Locks: Install cabinet locks or latches to prevent little hands from accessing sharp objects, chemicals, or breakable items.

    b. Oven and Stove Guards: Consider using oven and stove guards to keep your child from accidentally turning on the burners or touching hot surfaces.

    c. Fridge Locks: Use fridge locks to secure the refrigerator door. This prevents your child from opening it and accessing potentially harmful items.

    Secure Windows and Doors

    Caravan windows and doors should be secured to prevent accidents. Ensure that windows have locks or restrictors to prevent them from opening too wide. You can also install door handle covers or locks to keep little ones from wandering outside unsupervised.

    Childproof the Bathroom

    The bathroom is another area that requires special attention. Here's how to make it safer:

    a. Toilet Locks: Install toilet locks to prevent your toddler from playing in the toilet bowl or potentially falling in.

    b. Bathing Safety: Use non-slip bath mats and never leave your child unattended in the bathtub. Keep hot water at a safe temperature using a thermostat.

    c. Medicine Cabinet Locks: If your caravan has a medicine cabinet, secure it with locks or latches to keep medications out of reach.

    Electrical Safety

    Caravans are equipped with electrical outlets, appliances, and cords that can be enticing to curious little ones. Here's how to ensure electrical safety:

    a. Outlet Covers: Cover all electrical outlets with childproof outlet covers.

    b. Cord Management: Use cord organizers or clips to secure cords out of your child's reach, preventing them from pulling on appliances or tripping over cords.

    c. Unplug Appliances: When not in use, unplug small appliances and stow them safely away.

    Sleep Arrangements

    Creating a safe sleeping environment is crucial for your baby or toddler. If your caravan has a crib or bassinet attachment, ensure it meets safety standards and is properly secured. If not, consider using a portable travel crib or pack 'n play. Make sure the sleeping area is free from hazards, including loose bedding and toys.

    Invest in Child-Friendly Gear

    To make your caravan more child-friendly, consider investing in child-specific gear:

    a. High Chair: A portable high chair is a convenient addition to your caravan. It provides a safe and comfortable spot for meals.

    b. Travel Booster Seat: For older toddlers, a travel booster seat can be a great way to keep them secure during mealtime.

    c. Portable Playpen: A portable playpen gives your child a safe space to play indoors or outdoors while you set up or pack up the caravan.

    d. Baby Monitor: A baby monitor allows you to keep an eye on your child while they nap or sleep in the caravan.

    Emergency and First Aid Kit

    Always keep a well-stocked first aid kit in your caravan, including essential items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and medications for common ailments. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the nearest medical facilities and emergency numbers at your destination.

    Child-Friendly Entertainment

    Long journeys in a caravan can be challenging for kids. Pack plenty of entertainment options to keep them occupied, such as books, toys, games, and electronic devices. Consider setting up a designated play area in the caravan to encourage creative play and keep them engaged during rest stops.

    Caravan Insurance: Protecting Your Family and Investment

    One often overlooked aspect of caravanning with children is having appropriate caravan insurance. Caravan insurance is crucial for safeguarding your family and your investment in the event of accidents, theft, or damage. Here are some key considerations:

    a. Comprehensive Cover: Ensure your caravan insurance policy offers comprehensive coverage, including protection against accidents, theft, fire, and damage.

    b. Liability Coverage: Liability coverage is essential, as it protects you in case of accidents that cause injury or property damage to others while you're on the road.

    c. Contents Insurance: If you carry valuable items or personal belongings in your caravan, consider contents insurance to protect them in case of theft or damage.

    d. Emergency Assistance: Look for a policy that includes emergency assistance coverage, which can be a lifesaver in case of breakdowns or accidents, especially when traveling with young children.

    e. Review the Policy: Carefully review your insurance policy to understand its terms, coverage limits, deductibles, and any exclusions. Ensure it aligns with your specific needs as a family caravanner.

    Traveling in a caravan with a baby or toddler can be a rewarding experience, allowing your family to bond and explore new places together. By taking the time to baby and toddler-proof your caravan and making it kid-friendly, you'll ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure for everyone. Remember that the key to successful caravanning with young children is preparation, vigilance, and flexibility, so you can relax and savor the moments spent on the road with your little ones.

  2. Balancing Comfort And Practicality In Your Toddler's Space: Our Top Tips

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    Creating a comfortable and practical space for toddlers requires thoughtful consideration and planning. This space is not just where they sleep, but also where they play, learn, and experience the world on their own terms. It's crucial to establish a room that is cosy, stimulates their curiosity, and is equipped with the right elements to support their growth and development. Balancing comfort and practicality ensures that toddlers have the right environment to explore and parents have peace of mind knowing their children are safe and content. A well-designed toddler space should consider safety, stimulation, independence, and of course, fun, creating a harmonious balance between a practical living space and a nurturing learning environment. Below you will find some tips to help you achieve a balanced, inviting, and functional space for your little ones. 

    Consider Functional Furniture 

    Choosing the right furniture is key to balancing comfort and practicality in your toddler’s space. Opt for versatile pieces that serve multiple purposes, like convertible beds that can adapt as your child grows, and consider furniture with built-in storage to help keep the room organised and clutter-free. Tables and chairs should be sturdy and of the appropriate size for your toddler, promoting comfort and independence as they play and learn. And remember, practical doesn’t have to mean boring, so make sure you choose furniture in fun, vibrant colours or with playful designs to keep the space lively and engaging. 

    Optimise Space 

    When balancing comfort and practicality in a toddler’s room, optimising space is crucial. Utilising multi-functional furniture can save space and provideadditional storage solutions. Children's Bed Shop offers a range of versatile and stylish options to maximise room utility. By opting for smart solutions like Children's Bed Shop’s options, parents can create a room that is spacious, organised, and adaptable to their child’s growing needs. This way, the room remains clutter-free, leaving more room for play and exploration, while also ensuring that everything has its place, promoting a sense of order and structure in your toddler's space. 

    Create A Comfortable Sleeping Area 

    A cosy and inviting sleeping area is key, if you want to ensure your toddler gets the rest they need. Choose a comfortable, supportive mattress and soft, breathable bedding to create an inviting sleep environment. Consider adding a canopy or a tent over the bed for a touch of whimsy and to give your toddler a sense of privacy and security. Keep the sleeping area free of distractions like toys and electronics to promote better sleep, and use blackout curtains to keep the room dark and conducive to rest. 

    Select Stimulating And Educational Toys 

    Toys play a vital role in a toddler’s development, aiding in the learning of crucial skills. When balancing comfort and practicality in your toddler’s space, select toys that are not only fun but also educational. Make sure you gettoys that encourage creativity, as well as the development of other key skills. Keep in mind the available space and opt for toys that can be easily stored away when not in use to maintain a tidy and organised room. A well-thought-out selection of toys can turn your toddler’s space into a hub of learning and development. 

     Use Soft Furnishings And Warm Colours 


    Another key thing that you can do is add soft furnishings like rugs, cushions, and curtains. They can add a layer of comfort to your toddler’s space, making it feel cosy and welcoming. Be sure to opt for fabrics that are soft to the touch and in warm, calming colours to create a relaxing atmosphere. These elements can also serve as practical solutions, providing cushioning and reducing noise in the room. However, while choosing soft furnishings, it’s important to prioritise ease of cleaning and maintenance, selecting materials that are machine washable and durable to withstand the rigours of toddler life. 

    Ensure Safety Is A Priority 

    When creating a space for toddlers, safety must be at the forefront of every decision. From the furniture you select to the toys you provide, every item should be evaluated for potential hazards. It’s vital to avoid sharp corners on furnishings where little ones might bump their heads. Additionally, ensure that small objects, which could pose a choking hazard, are out of reach. Safety gates can be used to confine toddlers to safe areas and keep them away from stairs or kitchens.  

    Encourage Independence And Exploration  

    Promoting a sense of independence and a love for exploration is essential when designing your toddler's space. Arrange furniture and storage at a height accessible to them, allowing them to reach their toys and belongings independently. Create various zones in the room for different activities like reading, playing, and crafting, encouraging them to explore their interests. Providing an environment where your toddler feels secure and confident to explore and learn independently is crucial in fostering their development and self-reliance. 

    When balancing comfort and practicality in your toddler's space, consider their safety, space optimisation, and a harmonious balance between functionality and cosiness. This way, you will ensure your children have a space that suits their needs while also being a cosy, welcoming place where they can thrive and grow. 

  3. Finding the perfect baby gift with Baby to Love this Christmas

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    I love buying for new babies. I have a tendancy to get carried away with all of the cuteness, however finding the perfect gift for a baby especially at Christmas time can be a challenge.

    Most parents will be inundated with cute and cuddly Christmas toys or gorgeous outfits but new mums are eternally grateful for the practical and useful gifts that they can use long after Santa has left the building.

    This year, we have teamed up with BabytoLove to bring you a baby bundle of delights this Christmas time. This bundle doesn't include cuddly or plastic toys but gifts that mums will love all year round,


    What is better than a multi purpose product? This clip is perfect for meal time, painting, playing with clay, and other messy activities. 100% Waterproof food-grade rubber, easy to wash and stays clean. The bclip transforms any fabric or paper napkin to a bib thanks to its two clips - what is not to love?

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    A smock needs no introduction, other than this one is totally adorable and perfectly practical for messy little ones.

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    We have saved our favourite till last. This small meal set is ideal for weaning little ones. It is cute, practical and a great price. It would make a brilliant baby shower or new baby gift and at £14.95 it won't break the bank either! 

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    So whilst we adore all of these gift ideas, we are even more excited to be able to give our readers the opportunity to win the set of three just in time for Christmas. All you need to do is enter below! 

     Baby to Love Festive Gift Bundle

    Good luck! 

    For more gift inspiration, take a look at the 2019 Christmas Gift Guide round up from Family Budgeting.



    Terms & Conditions
    The Prize: Baby to Love Prize bundle
    The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Gleam and notified within 7 working days by email
    There is no monetary equivalent.
    Little Lilypad Co take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
    If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner.
    UK Entrants Only
    End Date 08/12/2019 at 12am 
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  4. Green People Organic Babies Newborn Collection Giveaway

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    Before I met my husband and had our daughter, I have to admit I was a little ignorant to allergies, eczema and asthma. I had never really been around anyone that suffered with allergies but amazingly, one in every five children in the UK is affected by eczema at some stage, and although Allergy  Awareness Week (29 April – 3 May 2019) is this week, we all know that skin allergies can cause all-year-round problems.  Finding the right products to soothe babies suffering from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and cradle cap is key to protecting and healing dry, sore and irritated skin.

    We have collaborated with Organic Babies to help raise awareness and what makes their products so special is that all the ingredients are carefully selected to protect, soothe, nourish and calm even the most sensitive skin.  Using ingredients that are certified organic means they cannot contain any harsh synthetic chemicals, which is why they are especially suited to allergy prone skin. The calendula, chamomile, rosehip oil and shea butter found in Organic Babies products have been specifically sourced and help ease the symptoms of skin allergies in babies and toddlers. 


    They have a range of products such as:

    Soothing Baby Salve - RRP £11.50

    Nourishing shea butter is rich in vitamins A & E and essential fatty acids to provide protective, healing properties for use on dry, sore skin affected by eczema or psoriasis.  

    Baby Wash & Shampoo - RRP £8.50

    This wash and shampoo product is SLS-free and contains natural key plant actives aloe vera, chamomile and yucca to heal, soothe and moisturise.  


    Calming Nappy Cream - £11.00

    Containing 95% certified organic plant ingredients including hemp, calendula, and chamomile to soothe skin, the cream, rich in zinc oxide and Omega-3 & 6 fatty acids, aids healing.  

    Softening Baby Lotion – RRP £11.50

    This lovely light scent free lotion nourishes and moisturises your baby’s skin and helps protect against dryness and irritation. 

    Mum & Baby Rescue Balm £11.50

    Perfect for soothing eczema, nappy rash and inflamed skin, the Mum & Baby Rescue Balm provides all the nourishment and care your baby needs for their skin 

    Nurturing Baby Oil - RRP 12.00

    This silky soft oil is ideal for baby massage while the extract of pomegranate oil soothes and calms due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

    Baby Massage

    We (and some eczema prone friends) have been testing out the range and it has got a big thumbs up. The products are easy to apply, feel great on your skin and mess free. The bonus is that my hands feel less dry too!

    So we are delighted to be able to give our readers the chance to win the Organic Babies Newborn Collection from Green People. All you need to do is enter below. 

     Organic Babies Newborn Gift Set

    The Prize: Organic Babies Newborn Collection Set
    The winners will be chosen at random by the random winner generator on Gleam and notified within 7 working days by email
    There is no monetary equivalent.
    Little Lilypad Co take no /responsibility for loss or damage in the despatch of prizes
    If the prize is unclaimed within 7 days we reserve the right to redraw the winner.
    UK Entrants Only
    End Date 05/05/2019 at 12am
    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.