The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th century; Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies (kittens), so they became a symbol of new life. Legend has it that the Easter bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. Modern day kids love to go on egg hunts, and these can be so much fun when done with friends and family.
Over the past few decades, as with many other holidays, Easter has become extremely commercialised, and shops are pumping out Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, Easter clothing for kids, and Hot Cross Buns - just after Christmas!
Last week our friend’s daughter Harlem was bullied on the bus home from her primary school. After speaking with her friend the following day, they found out who the little bully-boy was & what he'd said, so Harlem’s folks went to see the Principal immediately. The Principal phoned the bully-boy’s father to let him know what was happening, and naturally, the father wasn't happy at all. Just a couple of days later, when Harlem was dropped off at school, the little bully-boy apologised for what he'd done & gave Harlem a bag (pictured) with a couple of goodies & a card he'd made to say sorry. Harlem’s mumma cried when she saw it, and said her heart felt like it was going to explode. “This right here is parenting done right!! It doesn't take much to be a good parent, or person for that matter. This has made our day!”
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We've produced a revised version, so here's a set of 24 questions to ask your children and record for prosperity. I've just done it with my 13 year old daughter, and 9 and 11 year old nieces - and the answers have been gold!
Try printing this out, and bringing it out each year on the same date, to see how their answers change!
1. What is something that mummy and daddy always say to you?
2. What makes mummy and daddy happy?
3. What makes mummy and daddy sad?
4. What makes mummy and daddy laugh?
5. How do mummy and daddy make you laugh?
6. What is something that frustrates you about mummy and daddy?
You know what it’s like. You’ve been busy all week, not a moment to spare and then finally when you take a moment for yourself and the flood of to-dos come racing through your head you realise your child has to attend a birthday party in the morning – and the shops are already closed. Or maybe you do make it to the shops but end up spending more than you wanted simply for the convenience of getting the present sorted.
This is where the present box is your sanity saver. No last minute panic. No rush or budget-busting purchases. Just an quick pick from quality presents you bought in advance – easy!
Kids love to pretend and role play, and they can be absorbed in their little stories sometimes for hours at a time. It's an important part of their learning and development; it helps them make sense of their world, understand relationships, communicate their thoughts and feelings, and discover new interests. It’s also great for us as parents to watch and take part in!
Here at Rainbows and Clover we are big believers in imaginative play, so to help your little one’s imagination run wild, we thought we’d share some ideas on creating an undersea adventure! With so many different animals, colours and storylines to explore you’ll have a hard time pulling them away!
What are you going to need?
The Nappy Bag:
Obviously this is the most important thing in the whole process - finding the nappy bag that suits you. Everyone has different tastes and needs so it might take you a little while to find the perfect bag. There are so many out there to choose from, so it’s best you look into what you want a little before bub is born. I was lucky enough to be gifted a nic-nac nappywrap, (and a few years later I bought the business!) and I loved it so much, that when combined with the nic-nac carry-all, I literally had everything I needed for a big day out. I then added the miniwrap and change mat to our collection, which covered our short outings, so I had all bases covered.
When choosing a bag remember it is not all about the look of it, most of all it needs to be functional and practical, and large enough to fit everything you need, but nothing that you don't.
Remember too that you’ll be juggling your nappy bag and your wee bub at the same time so a very practical bag is so important. The nappywrap has an adjustable and detachable strap so it can be worn across the body leaving you hands free, and it can also be worn if you’re a baby-wearer – which I was, so it was ideal! You might also need to pop your nappy bag over the pram handle, and if your bag doesn't have this you’ll need to find a way to store it under the pram. The miniwrap can be used on the pram handle or under the pram, and the nappywrap can be put under the pram too!
A bigger nappy bag is not always better, so that’s why the carry-all came in handy for me. I could pop the nappywrap into it for all-day outings, and include a blanket, kick mat, snack boxes (for us both!) and more.
I loved my nappywrap also for the different pockets and storage compartments it had to put all the changing essentials in, which I’ve listed below. The carry-all also housed my purse, phone and keys as well as other bits and pieces. After Clover had finished in nappies, I still used it for outings with spare changes of clothes, knickers, wipes, and other things – so it was awesome for years!
Once you’ve chosen the right nappy bag for your lifestyle, it’s time to think of all the things you’ll need to pack to keep you and your baby happy. Oh, and also think about if dad or grandparents will be taking bub out, because you’ll want to choose something that is simple for them to use also!
Your change mat is your next most essential thing for outings with bub. The nic-nac change mat is super-sized, so you can use it as a kick mat also. It's wipeable, machine-washable, and packs up super small to pop away into your miniwrap. If you use the nappywrap, it's got a built in change mat. Whichever change mat you choose, you WILL want it to be machine washable!
Nappies & Wipes:
Whether you’re a cloth user or a disposable, you’ll need to keep at least 4-6 nappies with you – because you just never know what might happen! I used gorgeous eco wipes which are beautiful on babies skin, and also packed a wet face washer in a wipes container as they’re great also. If you’re a cloth nappy user (and in fact these are awesome for all wet and soiled clothes while you’re out) you’ll also want wet bags. I used our wet bags for many years after as we used them for swimmers and wet towels too! Our favourite cloth nappies are from Li’l Daks, they have the most gorgeous denim nappies with pockets or frills on the back, very on trend!
Extra Clothes for quick changes:
I never left home without a spare change of clothes for because you just never know what’s coming next! Think poo explosions, projectile vomiting, dribbling and drooling, messy food, oh the list is endless!
Our favourite baby balm was the Nature’s Child bottom balm, and in fact, I still use it to this day, on any kind of rash. The little pot fits in perfectly into the nappywrap insert pockets. It’s a magic kind of balm!
I used cornflour, as it’s not full of any nasties, and kept it in a little snap lock bag, or small container, and it’s lovely to use to keep a bottom dry.
My favourite type of burp cloths were pieces of muslin, and Aden and Anais has a gorgeous selection, or you could make your own, simply by buying muslin from your local fabric shop and snipping it into different sizes.
This is all about you – not your wee bundle. If you are a breast feeding mumma then these things are your best friend! I remember using a beautiful organic cotton pair in my first few weeks of the newborn haze, and forgetting to change only to feel some dripping on my FEET (yes, feet!) in a queue at the farmers market, as I had leaked through my breast pads, shirt, cardy, and out to my feet. Oh, the horror! I quickly learnt to pack an extra set, and even have some disposables on hand … luckily for me this stage didn’t last long, and apparently for some – they never leaked! Oh, we’re all so different aren’t we ;)
Water and Snacks:
Breast feeding mother’s need to eat often, so pack snacks for yourself and for your baby once they’re eating. Little containers into your carry-all bag are ideal, as is a water bottle.
If you have a balloon ball in your nappy bag, chances are, it’s going to be all you need! But if you’re somewhere that a smaller toy would be more suitable then one of our felt puppets is perfect! Sleepy time balls are also a lovely addition in the pram to help your bub or toddler doze off to sleep while you’re out and about.
Disposable Nappy Sacks:
If you’re using disposable nappies, you’ll need nappy sacks, and you can find eco ones in many great baby shops so you can wrap up the soiled nappies tightly and throw them away when it’s convenient. They easily fit in your nappywrap pocket inserts.
If your baby is on the bottle then remember to pack these and the formula! Bottles fit perfectly into your carry-all.
Juggling a baby, or a baby and toddler, or a baby, toddler, pre-schooler and bigger kids too, can be daunting, and yet so much fun! As long as you’re prepared – you can face anything! Our nappy bag system was designed to simplify your life, and if you re-pack your nappywrap (did I mention it's a nappy bag and change mat in one?! BRILLIANT!) as soon as you get home, it’s ready to go, no matter what kind of a rush you might be to get out the door.
My best piece of advice for new parents? Slow it down. Enjoy the journey. It’s such a short time in the scheme of things that you’re so tired for, so sleep when you can, put your feet up and cuddle your baby. The washing can wait. The vacuuming can wait. The weeding can wait too! Put some music on, play with appropriate toys with your baby, sing to them, read to them, lie with them. Trust your instincts … and enjoy!