Saturday, 16 November 2013

Book Review: Little Learners Finger Puppet Books

What's the story?
The Little Learners Finger Puppet Books take nursery rhymes and makes the character come alive with a wiggle of your finger. We received Five Little Monkeys and Old MacDonald had a farm.
The Front Covers
What my daughter thinks:
A lover of monkeys and cows, M enjoyed these books. She could wiggle her fingers and make the animals move enjoyed making the animals move and looking at the pictures.

What I think:
A handy size to take out with you and lovely illustrations of these well known nursery rhymes. Obviously there is only one verse, but they are cute and a great board book for little ones.
Our favourite pages

Other details
Type of book: Hardback picture book with finger puppet attached
Age range: Aimed at preschool
Words per page: less than 10 in a large font
Price (RRP): £3.99
Publisher: Parragon
ISBN Five Little Monkeys: 978-1472323668
ISBN Old MacDonald Had a Farm 978-1472323675

I am part of Parragon Book Buddies review club and I was sent these books to read with my daughter, but I was under no obligation to blog or write nice things. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Taking Responsibility

In the last week 2 people have posted in a local facebook group to say their children have been hurt after the security tags weren't properly removed from items bought at Tesco. One mum gave a vtech book still in the box to their 9 month old to play with in the car on the way home and looked some time later to see the metal pin in the baby's mouth, another's child was hurt when the pin was left in some clothing. Tesco's response to these incidents has been to offer a bunch of flowers to one and £11 to the other. 
The pin found in a 9 month old's mouth

The mum's on the group are saying the response isn't good enough and it needs to be taken more seriously. I think it's awful that the children were hurt and it is lucky that they only got minor scratches/ cuts, but as parents shouldn't we take more responsibility for what happens to our children when in our care? 

I think there is an important lesson that before giving any new item to a child it should be checked to make sure it isn't going to harm them. Yes not removing the tag properly was the fault of the checkout staff (and Tesco), but there could easily have been other damage to the items after being left on display in a busy supermarket. At 9 months old my daughter put everything in her mouth so I hope I would have removed the item from the packaging and given it a quick check and clean before handing it over. 

At times we are all a little careless and it's not just new items we need to be careful with. All toys should be checked regularly for wear and tear. 

We should also be careful when giving our children toys that they are too young for. My daughter has a lot of toys aged 3 year up. She enjoys playing with the toys and they seem safe enough, but do I make sure none of them are left in her room at night when she is going to be alone with them? No. They include the warning of 3 years and up mostly because they contain small parts which could be swallowed and the Facebook posts have reminded me I should be more careful.

Our children are precious and sometimes we take their safety for granted. Why not give the toys in your house a quick check over today?

Young children can choke on small items so avoid toys like marbles or anything with small detachable parts for children under three years old
Supervise young children when they play with older children’s toys
Avoid toys with long strings and straps for infants
Check that a child’s fingers won’t get caught in any moving parts
Discard any plastic wrapping immediately
Always follow instructions and warnings
Check toys frequently for breaks and hazards such as splinters
Report any safety problems to the manufacturer or retailer. You can also contact your local Trading Standards Officers, who can investigate unsafe products

Monday, 11 November 2013

A Trip to the Dentist

I hate the dentists. I have never enjoyed going as waiting around for ages, having someone study you closely, make judgements about you, cause you pain and then charge you for the experience is not my idea of fun. My current dentist is even worse; I swear he enjoys causing pain.

Admittedly an appointment is never going to start well when he comes to the waiting room and calls for “Katie?”. My name is not f**king Katie you pillock, and if you can’t read my notes accurately or pay attention to detail should I really be trusting you with something as irreplaceable as my teeth?

Anyway I sat down and he asked me if I had been having any problems or was in any pain. I said “no”. Big mistake. He proceeded to force my jaw open wide enough to fit in an orange then got a pointy metal stick and stabbed at my gums repeatedly. He tried to persuade me that the pain was because I hadn’t been flossing and that if I did so regularly then my gums wouldn’t be so sensitive and bleed when poked. I can see he might have a point if he was just referring to the gums between my teeth, but he was using me as a pin cushion and no amount of flossing is going to stop that hurting. In fact I consider it a good thing for flesh to hurt when assaulted with a sharp object, it shows the flesh is healthy and nerves working properly. I’m not talking about sensitivity to touch, but being jabbed at with a sharp needle like point.

Next the dentist told me “I’m just going to give your teeth a bit of a clean”. Note: he didn’t ask. There was no consent involved in the process. He just grabbed a whirring bit of kit and shoved it in my mouth, the nurse proceeded to stick a vacuum cleaner in my mouth and they fought a battle with my teeth, gums and tongue to leave me in pain. “It may be a bit sensitive”, feck off.

The chair was straightened, by apron removed and I was handed a note to take to the front desk. I left with tears streaming down my face to hand over £18 to the receptionist. “I’ll see you again in a few months” Mr sadistic dentist called after me. Not a chance.

My daughter is at an age where I should start taking her to the dentist to show her there is nothing to fear. I think I might need to find another dentist.

I now have toothache.