Let's find out what's been going on in the world of 3yr old Little E...
Little E had been: Sleep training
After a few hellish weeks of 5.30am wake ups we invested in a Groclock. It is a sleep trainer clock which allows you to set what time the sunrises on the clock. In night mode stars count down the passage of time so children know how long they have left in bed. A little book comes with the clock explaining to children why they need to stay in bed until they see the sun using a story about farm animals.
Does it work? So far so good. First few mornings were a nightmare as we had to keep putting Little E back into bed with lots of tears (hers and mine) but by night four she was staying in bed until the sun came up at 6.30am. We have since pushed the sunrise back slowly to 7am. Little E loves it because she gets such a great reaction from us when she gets up at the right time. In fact she insists we both go into her room to see the sun on the clock. There is one huge drawback though; if you unplug the clock (easy to do) it freezes the clock at the time it was unplugged so you have to reset it when you plug it back in and put the clock back into night mode. This is a pain if the child unplugs it during the night. It is also not the most instinctive to program! It should be on the Krypton Factor. £29.99 (Currently £19.95 on Amazon) www.gro.co.uk
Little E has been: Swimming
We haven't been swimming for a while as I felt towards the end of my pregnancy that I'd sink but this month my Stepmum has been taking Little E to the local pool. She had grown out of her suit so we let her choose a new one in Tesco and she went for this Disney Princess number complete with mini tutu. Coupled with her Princess armbands and pink goggles she looks the part. I think I need to get her professional lessons now as she is very confident in the water but needs to learn technique.
Little E has been: Using her Oxotot Big Kid water bottle
This has been a hit mainly due to the colour! Little E also really likes that it is a straw top. The top section twists closed sealing the liquid inside which makes it perfect for out and about. It is also nice and big (300ml) so less shouts for refills. The only problem Little E has is it is quite stiff to twist the top so she is forever asking me to twist it open! £8 www.oxouk.com
Little E has been: Getting to know her Little Sister
Now the reality that Little I is here to stay has sunk in, Little E has been enjoying playing with her and watching her grow bigger. She is obsessed with making sure her hands aren't caught in the sleeves of her babygrows and always makes sure she has a cuddly toy in her cot during naps. She is also trying to help during nappy changing, her main job being passing the cotton wool and putting the dirty nappy in the bin. Often we have to change her Dolly's nappy afterwards!
The Oxotot Big Kid water bottle featured in this post was sent for review purposes but all opinions are our own.
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