Today the toddler turned 3. We just gave him a couple of presents to open before nursery, unfortunately one of them was a Buzz Lightyear which went off before it was opened, rather giving the game away! He was totally spoilt with some Disney Cars for his collection, a train for his train set, and a wooden bike. His name was read out on cBeebies and he was only a little bemused by the home made Lightning McQueen pinata.
We made a special rainbow layer cake which was fun to make, if a little time consuming. Fortunately the weather was terrible over the weekend so we were able to stay in and bake six layers of cake in red, orange, yellow, green, light and dark blue. When it had cooled down we sliced it to size and assembled it with buttercream.
The toddler loved it, thank goodness!
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We at Time4Sleep like to think we know a thing or two about bedrooms, so why not let us help you decorate your child’s bedroom? Follow our handy tips below, and you will have a fun, exciting bedroom for your child to enjoy in no time at all.
It won’t be news to most parents that children grow alarmingly quickly. As a result, their feet could be hanging over the end of that new bed sooner than you expected. Therefore planning ahead is the best practice in this scenario. Go for a bed that is a little too big for them now, and you won’t have to buy a new one nearly as soon. Forward planning also applies to themed bedrooms too, as that Thomas the Tank Engine wallpaper will probably last two years max before it needs to be pulled down and replaced by the Power Rangers!
You can’t have too much storage
Kids love toys. Unfortunately their taste changes constantly, and they are never too keen on disposing of old ones. Therefore, to keep the peace, it is recommended you build in as much storage to your child’s bedroom as humanly possible. Utilise the space under the bed, and consider tall and thin wardrobes to maximise floor playing space!
Make them believe you are giving them what they want
Children change their minds all the time, so if you decorate a room completely to their specification the likelihood is they will change their mind within days. Instead of taking every word as gospel, instead interpret what they say loosely, and make them believe you have given them what they want. It will be much easier in the long run!
With many of us having to downsize homes to property’s with less bedrooms, keeping children’s bedrooms flexible is a must, especially if you have a few of the little scamps. Therefore decorating your eldest daughter’s room entirely in pink is likely to necessitate a new paint job when your son moves in there in a few years. Gender-neutral colours are the way to go here to ensure that no matter which of your lovable offspring are taking up residence in the room they will be pleased with their surroundings.
Did you know that Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son 67 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 200 territories and in 31 languages?
My toddler is a huge Thomas fan so was ecstatic to be sent the latest Thomas & Friends DVD, ‘Go Go Thomas!’, which is on sale from Monday 11th March (RRP £12.99).
The format is similar to the Thomas in Charge DVD we reviewed previously and Go Go Thomas! features 5 episodes interspersed with the adventures of Mr Perkins. My toddler adores Mr Perkins as much as he does the episodes and has enjoyed watching the entire DVD from beginning to end, which keeps him occupied for nearly an hour! There are also some great bonus features including puzzles and two songs to sing along with.
Thomas and his friends are charged up and ready to Go, Go! Thomas shows Gordon that being quick is as useful as being strong, while Flynn, the fire engine, learns to put his pride aside and race to the rescue. Thomas causes some trouble on the tracks trying to be a model engine for a new photographer, while Spencer’s on the move, ignoring warnings about electric engine Stafford’s battery. Thomas pumps his pistons to Misty Island to help fix Ol’ Wheezy. Will the number one blue engine be on track and on time? Ready, Set… Go, Go Thomas!
My toddler has a better DVD collection than I do and this will be a firm favourite for many years. Recommended for all Thomas fans.