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How to get the kids outside in winter with Really Big Bubbles

Really Big Bubbles I aspire to be an outdoor parent. I love the garden, country walks, parks, sandy beaches. And we’ve had some lovely times exploring a range of beautiful, child-friendly places near Bath. But recently I’ve found that with the grey weather and windy days it takes much more to persuade everyone to muffle up and go outside. With all the new games, books and treats Christmas probably hasn’t helped.

Last weekend I tried a different tack and pursuaded everyone to play in the garden with the promise of some giant bubbles – the biggest they’d ever seen. They could chase them, pop them and even have a go at blowing enormous ones themselves. And it worked!

Even on a cold afternoon we had some brilliant fun with a kit from Really Big Bubbles. In our pack there were two bubble blowers which had sturdy wooden handles with rubber, and rope to make the bubbles, one smaller than the other, and a big bucket of handmade bubble potion which was aqua in colour and smelt floral, and not at all like detergent.

Blowing Really Big Bubbles

The mixture had arrived the week before, fully wrapped in plastic bubbles of it own so there was no danger of it spilling, and the box which held everything was big and suitably exciting, which is always a bonus.

We found that the wands were easy for D to handle at two and three quarters, and foolproof enough that he quickly managed to blow some big bubbles. So, no toddler frustration. Their favourite bit, though, was me manning the wands and them chasing bubbles all over the garden as they swirled and whirled and dispersed into many more.

Toddler Really Big BubblesD even got his water pistol out to shoot them, to much delight. Although the bubbles are pretty robust and don’t pop easily! And they really are big! It’s not hard to blow some enormous, sausage shaped ones which look majestic as they loop through the air.

Kids and Really Big BubblesWe were outside for a good thirty or forty minutes which meant a lot of fresh air, lots of smiles and, because they were running around, no one was cold. We even saved some for Scrip’s friend when he came for a sleepover. They’d make a good party activity and the company even do wedding kits.

Even better, they come from Cornwall so I’m sure they’re handmade with love. We’ll be ordering some more.

Thanks to Really Big Bubbles for sending us a large bubble set (with two wands) to review. Bubbles start at £6.50 and the standard set starts at £20.

Gentle bathtimes with Skinfix (and lots of bubbles included!)

Skinfix reviewBoth Scrip and Baby D had dry and easily irritated skin when they were very little. We used slippery emollient in their baths and banned bubblebath for a while. This has crept back in recently (along with bath foam, bath crayons, anything messy really!) but I do try and buy simple, sensitive-friendly bath products and definitely ban all parabens.

I hadn’t heard of Skinfix products when I was offered a trial but was quickly impressed with the list of pluses on their new Skinfix Baby Regimen, including the fact the products are free from steroids, tree nut and peanut ingredients, soy, sulphates, parabens and phthalates. In fact, they’re 98% natural. Designed for eczema-prone and sensitive skins, Skinfix is based on skin healing balm originally developed in Yorkshire.

I liked the natural smell (unperfumed but fresh-smelling and slightly oaty, I thought, which might well be the oatmeal on the ingredient list), the Gentle Hair and Body Wash made good bubbles and washed their hair well. The nappy cream was fine on D’s skin (although it wasn’t really irritated at the time) and my husband and I both used the creams on our dry hands as well as the children’s bodies, which worked well!

I was impressed. The only barrier for me would be the price, which is more than I’d usually spend at £12.99 for the Hair and Body Wash. But if I was looking for a really simple solution for very sensitive or allergic baby skin then I would definitely be tempted by Skinfix.


Skinfix is available to buy in Boots from 17th June. Thank you to Skinfix for sending us samples to try.








Chitter chatter

Fourteen months old and Scrip is starting to understand more of our language, which is great. But she’s also starting to reply in her own, sometimes familiar but mostly baffling, language. My husband and I find ourselves deciphering constantly – ‘did she mean cat?’ ‘I think that was “more”‘ ‘I think she’s asking for some of your toast’ and so on.

PointingThere are some words the three of us all seem to agree on, but also some that we were very clear on before – such as her first ever word, bubble – that now seem to have morphed into something quite different. She’ll still point at the bottle excitedly, and mimic blowing the bubbles, but she’s decided to change the word.

I’m dutifully repeating things when I think I know what Scrip means, as I’m told to in my email updates (‘ask your toddler if she means she wants some “water” as you clearly point to the glass’), so hopefully eventually she’ll repeat something similar after me. At the moment she’ll happily answer in her own language, with her favourite words being anything that starts with ‘b’. Even ‘apple’ and ‘open’ seem to work quite nicely with bs in the middle instead of ps.

I now realise how many times I’ve deferred to parents in the past when their toddlers said something apparently indistinguishable – and how many times they must have been almost as in the dark as me.

I’m sure it will get easier as Scrip gets older and realises we have to meet somewhere in the middle with language. In the meantime, hopefully it won’t get too frustrating for either of us as I’m constantly offering her water when what she’d really like is to play catch.