Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Wales

Searching for some summer inspiration? Then look no further! We’ve created a list full of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy! And the best part? They’re all here in wonderful Wales!

So, whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors or acquaint yourselves with some exotic animals, we have an adventure for you!

Here are our suggestions for family days out in Wales:

GreenWood Family Park

GreenWood Family Park is an oasis for outdoor activities! With rides, slides and rivers to excite the entire family, you can enjoy endless amounts of fun in this magical forest!

Located near Snowdonia National Park, GreenWood Family Park is one of the most popular family attractions in North Wales! So it’s certainly worth a visit.

Or, if one day simply isn’t enough, you can always treat yourself to an overnight stay in one of their luxury Tipis!

Toddler on a slide to represent family days out in Wales

Snowdon Mountain Railway

If you’re looking for family days out in Wales, why not take a trip up our world-famous mountain?

With views stretching as far as Scotland and Ireland (on a clear day), Mount Snowdon is a sight to behold! You can soak up some of the local history by taking a trip on the traditional steam locomotive or even walk up if you’re feeling adventurous!

So what are you waiting for? This Welsh mountain isn’t something you’ll want to miss!

Cefn Mably Farm Park

Our list of family days out in Wales wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the farm. And Cefn Mably Farm Park is the crème de la crème of farmyard fun!

Perfect for children of all ages, you can visit the petting zoo, ride the Cefn Malby Railway or even play a round of mini-golf! There really is something for the whole family!

girl feeding a sheep at a farm to represent family days out in Wales

Manor Wildlife Park

Manor Wildlife Park is a magical location for a family adventure! Suitable for children of all ages, you can immerse yourself in the wildlife walkthroughs, interact with exotic animals and enjoy hours of fun exploring the indoor play areas.

So, whether you pack a picnic or tuck into some treats from cafè, we can assure you that exploring Manor Wildlife Park isn’t an experience you want to miss!

Barmouth Beach

We couldn’t write about family days out in Wales without mentioning our beautiful beaches!

Barmouth beach is one of our most famous beaches, making it the perfect spot for some family fun. Whether you choose to paddle in the sea, visit the arcades or see how many sandcastles you can build – we know you’ll have a whale of a time enjoying our wonderful Welsh beaches.

Mother and daughter paddling at the beach to represent family days out in Wales

Start making some precious memories!

So there you have it – five family days out in Wales we know won’t disappoint.

Whether you choose to do one, none, or all of the activities we’ve mentioned, remember to enjoy your time together! Soak it all in, take lots of photos and continue making precious memories whether your children are four or fourteen!


At Schoolhouse Daycare, we enjoy learning, encouraging confidence and we love life! If you think your child would enjoy life at Schoolhouse, then please do not hesitate to arrange a visit.

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5 Ways to Make Happy Memories this Summer

Planning six weeks of activities can feel like a mammoth task (especially when you’re feeling uninspired). So we’ve created a list of memories to make with your children so you can start planning the perfect summer holidays! 

Whether you’re jetting off into the sunset or staying home for the six weeks holidays, we’re confident we have a summer suggestion for you. Here are 5 ways to make happy memories this summer:

1. Plan ahead 

Time flies when you’re having fun. So, it’s a good idea to map out your summer holidays before they begin. Otherwise, you could blink and miss the whole thing!

Start by scheduling play dates and day trips – we recommend planning at least one activity for each week. That way, you’ve always got something to look forward to!

These activities don’t need to be expensive or extravagant – it’s more about creating concrete plans to spend quality time with your family. 

Two toddlers playing with building blocks to represent memories to make with your children

2. Book a trip

We couldn’t discuss which memories to make with your children without mentioning the classic summer holiday!

Summer holidays provide us with the perfect opportunity to step away from our daily distractions and really soak up some time with the kids. 

Again, these breaks don’t need to be expensive. Just try and find a holiday the whole family will enjoy – whether that’s camping for the weekend or visiting a resort that hosts a kids club! 

3. Spend time outside

Nothing says summer like a bit of British sunshine! So make the most of the warmer weather and spend lots of time outdoors. 

You could plan a family picnic, plant a vegetable patch or even purchase a paddling pool!

Whatever you get up to in the garden, make sure you’re using sun protection. That way, you can enjoy all the benefits of playing outdoors without the risk of burning yourselves!

Mother and son picking tomatoes to represent making memories with your children

4. Have fun with your daily chores

I bet you didn’t expect to see household chores on our list of memories to make with your children this summer, did you? 

But the truth is, trivial chores can be a lot of fun if you put some thought into them! 

For example, try making your next family shopping trip into a treasure hunt! Let your child lead the way as you scour the shelves for their favourite cereal. 

It’s actually surprisingly easy to make memories out of mundane tasks – you just need to use little imagination. 

5. Ask your children what they want to do

Sometimes we’re reluctant to ask our children what they want to do during the summer holidays just in case they say something wild or wacky (or way too expensive). But letting your children decide for themselves is a great way for them to establish their interests and develop some independence. 

So, try setting aside one day a week where your child is allowed to choose the activity for the day. It could be playing their favourite sport, watching their favourite film or going to the local park. 

Whatever they decide, your child will always remember the day they were allowed to do whatever they wanted (within reason).  

Father and son playing football to represent memories to make with your children

Enjoy your time together

So there you have it – 5 different memories to make with your children over the summer holidays!

Whatever you choose to do this summer, whether you’re staying home or going away, remember to cherish your time together. Because before you know it, it’ll be time to take them back to school! So enjoy every second, soak up the sun and make memories that will last a lifetime.


At Schoolhouse Daycare, we enjoy learning, encouraging confidence and we love life! If you think your child would enjoy life at Schoolhouse, then please do not hesitate to arrange a visit.

 

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5 Benefits of Sharing A Family Meal

With everyone juggling such busy schedules, sharing a family meal can seem like a rare luxury these days.

But what if we told you that family mealtimes could greatly benefit your child’s development? Would you still reserve them for special occasions?

Here are 5 benefits of sharing a family meal to make you reconsider makeshift mealtimes:

1. Better communication skills

Family meals are the perfect opportunity for children to practice their communication skills. Sitting around the dinner table, asking questions and listening to one another teaches your children how to retell stories, express their emotions and develop their vocabulary.

Mealtimes are also an ideal opportunity to teach your child about manners. For example, sharing, turn-taking and saying please and thank you are all habits that will benefit your child far beyond the dining table.

2. Teaches your children about food

Food is a crucial part of our everyday lives. So it only makes sense that we teach our children about it.

And what better opportunity is there to teach our children about food than when cooking a family meal?

By involving your children in the process of preparing a meal, they get to learn about:

  • Where their food comes from
  • What it takes to prepare a meal (cooking, cleaning, laying the table etc.)
  • Basic nutrition

As a result, your children can develop a healthier relationship with food (and pick up some helpful habits along the way).

Child grabbing strawberries from the countertop to demonstrate sharing a family meal

3. Boosts self-esteem

Setting aside an hour each day to share a family meal can significantly improve your child’s self-esteem. Why? Because you’re creating space in your schedule to focus entirely on them. As a result, you’re showing your child that you value and respect them – and that you genuinely want to hear about their day.

With that said, we understand that daily dinners aren’t always realistic – especially for our working parents. So for the busy bees amongst us, try sharing a bowl of cereal over breakfast instead!

4. Strengthens relationships

We all wish we had more quality time with our families. And yet, few of us take advantage of mealtimes.

By making a daily habit of sharing a family meal, you can create a tradition that will last a lifetime. Whether your child is two or twenty, you’re creating daily opportunities for your children to communicate with you and share their struggles. (Which is particularly important as they grow older and become more independent.)

In fact, studies show that 72% of children feel closer to their parents when they share a meal. So, if you want to strengthen your familial bond, we suggest you start prioritising family mealtimes.

A child hugging their parent to represent the benefits of sharing a family meal

5. Promotes routine

Here at Schoolhouse Daycare, we work hard to create daily routines that will support your child’s development – and mealtimes are a major part of that!

You see, consistent mealtimes can help to ground your child as they continue to grow and change. They also offer daily opportunities to improve their fine motor skills whilst enjoying delicious, nutritious homemade meals.

Start scheduling family dinners!

So there we have it – our top 5 benefits of sharing a family meal!

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, we strongly recommend slotting family meals into your schedule. After all, the benefits aren’t exclusive to your children! So why not switch off the TV and start making precious memories during your family mealtimes?


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How Young Children Can Help in the Kitchen

As adults, cooking is a part of our everyday lives – so it only makes sense to get our children involved in the kitchen. After all, we’ve all got to eat! So we may as well make some memories in the process! To show you how young children can help in the kitchen, we’ve put together a list of simple tasks and techniques for you to try based on your child’s age and abilities.

So, without further ado, let’s dig in:

0-18 months

Although your infant may not be old enough to participate in the cooking process, there’s plenty you can do to make them feel involved.

Start by setting them up in a highchair so they can safely watch you work. Once they’re settled, offer them a handful of ingredients to touch, smell and play with. If you’re experimenting with baby-led weaning, you can also give them some small (soft) ingredients to taste!

The aim is to spark their interest by appealing to their senses. So don’t just talk through what you’re doing – allow your children to interact with ingredients and involve themselves in the process.

a toddler eating in a highchair to represent how young children can help in the kitchen

2-3 years

As they get a little older, your children can start getting involved with some safe, simple tasks. For example:

  • Washing fruit and vegetables
  • Finding ingredients in the fridge or cupboards
  • Adding ingredients to bowls or mixtures

Although these are only small contributions, they are great examples of how young children can help in the kitchen. (Especially when they’re first finding their feet and establishing some independence!)

3-4 years

In most cases, by the age of 3 or 4, your child will be able to walk, talk and follow instructions. So they can certainly afford to be a bit more hands-on in the kitchen. Just remember, they’re still developing their fine motor skills at this point- so avoid any tasks that are too tricky/intricate. Instead, get them involved with:

  • Mashing soft foods (i.e. potatoes, bananas)
  • Measuring dry ingredients using cup measures or scales
  • Stirring cool mixtures
  • Making simple sandwiches/packed lunches

These tasks will allow your toddler to become actively involved in the cooking process without risking hurting themselves.

a child using a whisk to represent how young children can help in the kitchen

4-6 years

At ages 4-6, your child will have developed greater dexterity, meaning you can start introducing them to some more advanced cooking techniques. For instance:

  • Chopping
  • Spreading
  • Folding
  • Sieving

Whether you’re buttering toast or baking a birthday cake, these are all great examples of how young children can help in the kitchen. Just make sure you have plenty of plastic knives on hand!

Kitchen chores that don’t involve cooking

If cooking doesn’t interest your children (or you’re concerned about them injuring themselves), there are plenty of other ways they can help out in the kitchen. For example, you could ask them to help you lay the table, wipe down surfaces or wash up after dinner. That way, they can still contribute at mealtimes without causing chaos in the kitchen.

A child and parent washing up to represent how young children can help in the kitchen

Find the fun in cooking

You don’t need to be a chef to teach your children about cooking. The only aim is to have fun and (hopefully) pass on some life-long skills. So what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves and start making some memories!


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Creating a Daily Routine For Toddlers At Nursery

As adults, we’re often told that having a daily routine can improve our productivity and wellbeing. But what about our children? Would they benefit from a daily routine? And if so, how do we go about creating one?

If you’re not sure where to start, don’t panic! Here’s all you need to know about creating a daily routine for toddlers:

Why is routine so important?

Creating a daily routine for toddlers isn’t easy. It requires patience, consistency and a lot of trial and error. Yet, despite its many challenges, a well-established daily routine can be incredibly beneficial to your child’s development and wellbeing.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of creating a daily routine for toddlers:

Stability – during their early development, children experience a lot of change. Having a daily routine can help ground them and prevent them from becoming anxious or overwhelmed.

Independence – once children become familiar with their daily routine, they can start performing some of their tasks independently (i.e. dressing themselves), allowing their confidence to grow as they develop a sense of autonomy.

Habit formation – creating a daily routine for toddlers provides them with the opportunity to hone important skills like washing their hands and brushing their teeth.

child putting on a pink hat to represent forming habits as part of creating a daily routine for toddlers

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How to create a routine for your toddler

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating a daily routine for toddlers. After all, every child has different needs, and we all have various responsibilities.

So, instead of outlining a rigid (and wholly unrealistic) routine for you to follow, we want to explore how to develop the best routine for you and your toddler.

Here are 3 fundamental elements to creating a successful daily routine:

1. Get organised

Despite our varying circumstances, we can all benefit from some good old fashioned organisation. (After all, the easier it is to follow a routine, the more likely you are to maintain it.) So here are some organisational tips to help you master your daily routine:

Organise yourself first – You can’t hope to create a consistent routine for your child if you can’t maintain one yourself. So, before you set unrealistic expectations for yourself, take a good look at your own schedule. Remember, the perfect routine for your toddler is one that suits your lifestyle.

Plan ahead – If you ever hope to maintain a daily routine, you need to start planning ahead. Simple tasks like laying out your child’s clothes and preparing lunches the night before can save you so much valuable time.

Create a routine chart – Creating a checklist can help ensure you (and any other caregivers) remain consistent with your toddler’s daily habits and rituals. You can even get your child involved and make them their own chart filled with small tasks they can complete themselves.

an image of a checklist to represent creating a daily routine for toddlers

2. Work with your nursery practitioners

Creating a routine is essential for babies and young children as they can’t always communicate their needs.

Therefore, if you have a young child in daycare, please do not hesitate to share your routine with the nursery staff. Working together will ensure your child maintains some consistency whilst adapting to spending time away from home.

Alternatively, if your child is adapting well to their nursery schedule, don’t be afraid to alter your home routine to match. As we said previously, it’s all about finding out what works best for you and your child!

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3. Accept that things won’t always go to plan

Whilst we strongly recommend creating a daily routine for toddlers, we want to acknowledge that not all days go to plan. And that’s okay! If every day looked exactly the same, life would lose its excitement.

So don’t worry if your routine goes out the window once in a while. As long as your child is healthy and happy, that’s all that matters!

child laughing whilst reading to represent creating a daily routine for toddlers

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Each day is a fresh start

So there you have it, our top tips and advice for creating a daily routine for toddlers.

Just remember, no routine is perfect. Every day presents new obstacles and challenges. But with the right support and organisational skills, you can create a consistent routine to comfort your child and support their development.

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Why Join a Schoolhouse Day Nursery?

We at Schoolhouse Daycare are so proud of our community. We love nurturing our children, supporting their families and creating a fun-filled environment for all! But what is it that makes our Schoolhouse Day Nursery so unique?

Throughout this article, we will explore all you need to know about our nursery – from our accolades and achievements to our values and reviews.

So, without further ado, here’s an exclusive insight into our Schoolhouse Day Nursery:

Who are we?

Here at our Schoolhouse Day Nursery, we care for children of all ages by delivering fun daily activities and deliciously nutritious home-cooked meals. We also work closely with our parents and guardians to develop suitable routines, provide regular updates and offer daily support and reassurance.

Our mission is to provide your children with a safe and stimulating environment that nurtures their development, inspires confidence and encourages joy.

Children playing outside to represent Why Join a Schoolhouse Day Nursery

What makes our Schoolhouse Day Nursery so special?

Choosing childcare is one of the biggest decisions you will make as a parent. So to help you reach your decision, we’ve listed just a few of the reasons we think our Schoolhouse Day Nursery is so special:

Our values

There are 5 principles at the heart of Schoolhouse Daycare: Nurture, Inspire, Enjoy, Learn and Encourage. These values represent all we stand for at our Schoolhouse Day Nursery and create the perfect foundation for a healthy, happy learning environment.

Our daily reports

One of our parents’ biggest concerns is missing out on special moments or milestones. So we provide our parents with regular feedback, photos and daily reports to ensure they don’t miss a thing!

Our accolades

Here at Schoolhouse Daycare, we’ve been fortunate enough to receive many awards and accreditations. But one of our proudest achievements is being considered one of Wales’ leading independent providers of daycare.

Our team

Without our highly educated, experienced carers, Schoolhouse Daycare would not exist. After all, they play such a pivotal role in caring for our children and reassuring our parents. So we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate our wonderful carers!

Children playing with building blocks to represent Why Join a Schoolhouse Day Nursery

Why join a Schoolhouse Day Nursery?

Although we are very proud of our accolades and achievements, we know they aren’t always enough to convince some parents to enrol their children in nursery. And that’s perfectly okay!

For those parents who are still considering whether no not to send their child to nursery, here are some of the benefits your child could receive by attending our Schoolhouse Day Nursery:

Better immunity: being in a new environment around other children will increase your child’s exposure which will benefit their immune system in the long run.

Improved communication skills: your child will quickly learn to communicate their thoughts and feelings with their friends and carers.

Greater independence: as they spend more time away from home, your child will learn to complete small tasks on their own, helping to improve their confidence.

Regular exercise: here at our Schoolhouse Day Nursery, our days are filled with lots of fun activities to help improve your child’s stamina.

Preparation for school: the valuable skills your child will learn in nursery (like following instructions or socialising with other children) will help with their transition into school.

A carer drawing with a child to represent Why Join a Schoolhouse Day Nursery

A few words from our parents

One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is hearing how much our parents and children value our nursery. To offer you an insight, here a just a few of the kind words our parents have said about our Schoolhouse Day Nursery:

“My daughter absolutely loves going to nursery. She has come on so much with her speech and language, toilet training and independence…I can’t thank the staff enough for the love and care they give her.”

“The staff are amazing and so friendly. The school app is also amazing as you are able to check up on your little one whenever you like. I honestly couldn’t recommend them more.”

“The staff are very caring, kind and always keep us updated on changing needs. Management has always been very responsive and helpful when we’ve needed to engage with them. Both my children are thriving in this environment!”

See more of our reviews here.

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Join the Schoolhouse family

Here at Schoolhouse Daycare, we love welcoming families, creating new connections and nurturing young children. So, if this article has piqued your interest, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We always enjoy meeting new faces and fostering new friendships.

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How to Teach Your Child about Charity

Supporting charities is a great way to help those less fortunate than ourselves. With so many valuable skills to develop (like generosity, selflessness and gratitude), partaking in charity work can be a great learning experience for the whole family. But what about your young children?

If you‘re wondering how to teach your child about charity, here are 5 fun ideas to spark their interest:

1. Discuss what charity means

When we search the definition of charity, Oxford Languages provides us with two definitions:

  1. an organisation set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.’
  2. the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.’

So why is this important?

It’s important because being charitable doesn’t always mean donating to an organisation. There are many ways we can give back, whether that’s visiting someone who feels lonely or unwell, smiling at a stranger or helping with chores and errands.

So whilst the lesson is still centred around helping those in need, it shows our children that they can still be charitable, even if they aren’t old enough to make their own financial contributions.

2. Let them choose a charity

Sometimes, the question isn’t how to teach your child about charity, but rather how to get them excited about giving to charity. A fantastic way to do this is to let your child pick a charity they want to contribute to. Whether that means sponsoring an animal with WWF or donating their old clothes to charities like Bernardo’s, the goal is to find a charity that engages their interest and makes them want to help.

A rail full of baby clothes to represent how to teach your child about charity by teaching them about donating old clothes

3. Set a positive example

Leading by example is one of the easiest yet most effective ways to teach your child about charity. By simply making a conscious effort to donate to charity shops and food banks, you’re showing your children that being charitable and helping others can be a small but significant part of our everyday lives.

4. Get them involved

Volunteer work is an incredible way to teach your children about charity. Why? Because, unlike most monetary donations, they can physically see how their contribution is making a difference. Plus, it reiterates to your children that they can still help others, even if they can’t afford to make a financial donation.

As we mentioned before, try and find a charity that interests your child. If they love animals, why not volunteer at an animal shelter for the afternoon? Or perhaps go litter picking if they’re enthusiastic about the environment!

Two children feeding a sheep demonstrating how to teach your children about charity by volunteering at an animal shelter

5. Have fun fundraising

If you’re looking for more specific suggestions for how to teach your child about charity, then here are some fun fundraising ideas to get you started:

– Host a bake sale

– Run a car wash

– Do a sponsored walk

– Sell old books and toys

– Create a raffle

– Throw a barbecue

– Organise a charity football match

– Host a coffee morning

These events can help show your children that fundraising isn’t only a great way to support those less fortunate, but it can also be a lot of fun.

A spoon in a mug of hot chocolate

Be creative

So there we have it, five ways to teach your child about charity!

It’s so important that we help others and give generously, so we hope you feel inspired by our suggestions. Most importantly, we hope you have learnt how to teach your child about charity. The lessons they will learn through partaking in charitable activities are invaluable, and their contributions can truly change lives.


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Our Snowdon challenge: how this fundraising event has made a difference to our Schoolhouse Team

On April 30th 2022, eleven of our lovely SchoolHouse employees are climbing Mount Snowdon to raise money for ‘Talking Hands’.

‘Talking Hands’ is a charity that supports deaf children and their families by delivering activities and hosting events across Wales. Our goal is to raise enough money to supply their Rhymes and signs Mother and Toddler Group with lots of new BLS books and toys (along with other helpful resources).

Why we chose ‘Talking Hands’ as our Charity of the Year

At the heart of Schoolhouse are 5 Core values: Nurture, Inspire, Enjoy, Encourage and Learn.

These values are at the centre of all we do and all we stand for at Schoolhouse. We truly believe they are essential to creating a happy and healthy learning environment.

So, when we learnt about the incredible work ‘Talking Hands’ are doing to educate, inspire and encourage their members, we knew we wanted to support a charity whose values aligned with our own.

Our community mission also urges us to contribute to causes close to our hearts. So as huge Strictly Come Dancing fans, we felt inspired to learn Sign Language ourselves. With 446 children currently in our care, we want to ensure we’re doing all we can to encourage our children and young babies to communicate with us at every opportunity!

Our target is to raise £5000 throughout the year, both through our Snowdon challenge and the other exciting fundraising events!

If you wish to make a contribution to our Snowdon challenge, you can follow this link to our GoFundMe page. 

A photo of the Schoolhouse team at the top of a walking trail after training for their Snowdon challenge

 

How our Snowdon challenge has helped our team!

Our tagline says, ‘Together we enjoy learning, encourage confidence and love life.‘ And we believe our fundraising efforts have really proven that! Already our Snowdon challenge has:

Brought our team closer together – working together to achieve a common goal has been really inspiring for us. Our Whatsapp group is filled with kind words and photos of our training walks. It has become a source of genuine support, positivity and motivation.

Made us happier and healthier – the preparation for this charity event has encouraged us all to become more active. We’ve been challenging ourselves to walk 10,000 steps a day and have even endured squat challenges! The additional exercise has really boosted our endorphins. As a result, we’ve all noticed a big improvement in our mental and physical well-being. 

Encouraged growth personally and professionally – the skills we have learnt throughout this process (from learning Sign Language to climbing mountains) have proven that we’re capable of achieving amazing things when we put our minds to it.

Created a sense of purpose – to know our efforts are helping a good cause has been incredibly motivating for us. It has encouraged us to give our best (even when we haven’t felt our best) and continue promoting positive change.

Selfie of the Schoolhouse team on a walk in preparation for their Snowdon challenge

 

Support our Schoolhouse staff

Our charitable efforts have taught us that working together can not only help charities like ‘Talking Hands’, but they can also help us right here at Schoolhouse Daycare!

The lessons we’ve learnt both personally and professionally will stay close to our hearts long after our Snowdon challenge. So, however much we raise, we can smile and be proud, knowing our contribution has made a difference!


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Tips and Tricks for Helping Your Little One Through Their Teething Journey

As a parent, you can often feel powerless during a teething phase. After all, a teething baby can be difficult to console. So what can you do to help?

We’ve outlined some helpful tips and tricks to support you and your child through their teething phase. Everything from what symptoms to expect, how long the teething phase should last and, most importantly, what you can do to help. So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about teething:

What to expect

Typically, teething begins around the 6-12 month mark. But don’t worry too much if your child starts teething slightly sooner or later – most children can still expect to have their first set of milk teeth by 3 years old.

Now, depending on whether it’s just one tooth or a group of teeth erupting, the symptoms and duration of each teething phase can differ quite dramatically. One month your child could experience no symptoms at all – the next, they could be uncomfortable for weeks.

So, how can you best support your baby through each teething phase? Firstly we recommend getting familiar with the most common symptoms of teething. Teething symptoms include:

  • Swollen gums – check if your child’s gums are red and sore to the touch
  • Flushed cheek(s) – if only one cheek is flushed, they could be teething on that side of their mouth
  • Constant chewing – notice if they’re chewing and gnawing on things more than usual
  • Drooling – excessive dribbling can indicate that your baby is teething
  • Rashes – raised (or flat) red patches that appear on their face
  • Mild temperature – reaching up to 38C
  • Grabbing their face/ears – pay attention if your child uncharacteristically starts grabbing the face or ears

Teething baby lay on the sofa chewing their fingers.

Tips for your teething baby

Now that you know what to expect (and what to look out for), we can start exploring practical ways to support your teething baby! Here are five tried and tested ways to help your child through their teething phase:

Be affectionate

Teething is uncomfortable (if you’re lucky enough to have your wisdom teeth, you’ll understand), so be sympathetic with your child and offer them additional care and attention.

Activities like playing games and reading can distract them from any uncomfortable sensations, whilst gentle rocking and cuddling them can help to soothe them.

Always carry a cloth

Perhaps not the tip you expected, but a useful one nonetheless! If, during their teething phase, your child is drooling more than usual, having a cloth on hand can help prevent further discomfort from teething rash or chapped skin.

Teething baby chewing on grey cloth

Try teething rings

Teething rings are a lifesaver for any teething baby. Both durable and safe to chew on, teething rings help to relieve the pressure in your child’s gums. Just place them in the fridge beforehand to reduce inflammation.

(Note: never place teething rings in the freezer – if they freeze, they could end up damaging your baby’s gums.)

Gently massage their gums

If your teething rings have gone awry, you can always use a clean finger to massage your baby’s gums. Not only can you relieve some of their discomfort, but you can also feel where their teeth are coming through and how they’re progressing.

Use pain relief

Sometimes distractions just aren’t enough. If your baby is in pain and nothing else seems to be working, you can use pain relief to alleviate some of their more severe symptoms.

Pain relief like paracetamol and ibuprofen are safe for children 3 months or older and are proven to be far more effective than teething gels. However, if you’re unsure, ask for advice from a pharmacist or GP.

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Teething is temporary

If your child is experiencing teething symptoms, we hope that these tips and tricks can help them along their teething journey. Although we cannot speed up the process, we can do our best to make it more comfortable for you both.


 

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How to stop your child from biting

Biting is a troubling topic for many parents. And although it is relatively common amongst young children and toddlers, it is still greatly stigmatised.

So to help break the stigma, we are unpacking all things biting. We will explore the common causes of biting, how to stop your child from biting and how to prevent biting in the future.

So, without further ado, let’s dig in:

What causes children to bite?

If you want to learn how to stop your child from biting, you must first understand why they are biting.

The truth is children bite for a whole host of reasons. Sometimes, it can be as innocent as exploring the taste/texture of a new object. Other times, the motivation is different. To help you understand why your child is biting, here are some of the most common causes for biting:

  • Teething – biting down on something can help relieve some of the pressure/discomfort in a child’s gums.
  • Attention – when children crave attention but don’t know how to ask for it, they can act out to trigger a response.
  • To understand cause and effect – young children are naturally curious. They might bite someone/something just to find out what happens.
  • Coping mechanism – some children (especially those with Sensory Processing Disorder) need oral stimulation to help them self-regulate and relieve anxiety.
  • Communicate – articulating emotions like anger or frustration is incredibly difficult for young children. Biting can demonstrate how they feel without saying a word.

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How to respond sensitively to biting

If your child has bitten someone else, it’s important to address the behaviour immediately. Here are six actionable steps you can follow to address biting and minimise distress:

  1. Be calm and firm. Immediately say ‘no biting’ or ‘stop, biting hurts’. Make your instructions clear and easy to understand.
  2. Comfort the child who was bitten by validating their feelings. Offer them your full attention and assess whether they need medical attention.
  3. Discuss the implications of biting. In a clear, unemotional voice, explain that biting not only hurts people but upsets them too. Point this out by drawing attention to the victim and their pain/upset.
  4. Ask the child what they can do to make the person they bit feel better. Suggestions like finding their favourite toy, book or friend are all welcome. Sometimes offering a hug straight after the incident can make the victim feel uncomfortable, so always ask for their permission first. We want to encourage positive actions here as some young children won’t fully understand remorse or what it means to be sorry just yet.
  5. Ask the biter what happened. If you want to understand how to stop your child from biting someone again, you must understand why they felt the need to bite someone else in the first place. Try to understand their motivation whilst acknowledging their emotions and comforting them if need be.
  6. Come up with different solutions to these emotions/situations. Instead of biting, discuss a range of ideas for handling similar feelings or scenarios in the future. For example, if someone takes your toy in the future, you will find another toy/ask for it back/go and tell an adult. It’s really beneficial for children to offer their own suggestions here.

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How to prevent biting in the future

Once you understand the motivation behind your child’s actions, you can explore how to stop your child from biting altogether. For example, if the problem is teething, you can invest in some teething rings. However, in the likely case biting is an emotional response, here are some ideas for how to stop your child from biting:

  • Explore non-verbal communication – if your child struggles with communicating their emotions, try using facial expressions. That way, they can still express their emotional needs even if they can’t articulate them.
  • Create a calm zone – if your child is anxious or overstimulated, having a quiet space can help them decompress.
  • Talk about their feelings – give your child plenty of opportunities to discuss their emotions, both good and bad. Use these conversations as opportunities to explore how to handle emotions healthily.

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Be empathetic

If your child is biting, the chances are they’re suffering themselves, so it’s important to respond calmly and empathetically. Only then can you find the root of the problem and work together to find a better solution.

For more help on biting and responding sensitively, download our full guide for free here. 

 


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