We asked you to tell us your Christmas wish for your child in a poem of 4 lines or more. We received lots and lots of entries and they were all really special. There was a lot of love that went into every poem and we went through quite a few tissues reading them all… Even though there is only one person that will receive the prize we hope that you all feel you are taking away something special that will be a keepsake for your children.
Congratulations to Glynis from Victoria for her winning poem. It was inspired by the Star Light Star Bright nursery rhyme -
A simple wish is all I have, but it’s something not easily come by. I wish I may I wish I might, have my daughter cancer free at the end of her fight. At only 6 she is brave and strong, but I wish I wish that nothing was wrong. She is a beautiful girl with a heart of gold, and I wish that she lives to be old old old. So I wish I may and I wish I might, Have this wish that I wished tonight.
We think you will all agree that Glynis’ wish is very moving. Congratulations to Glynis and thank you to everyone who entered.
We hope you all receive your Christmas wishes for your children.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy festive season x
Over the Christmas period many of us travel with children. In Australia that often means a long car journey to the country or coast, with the car loaded up. In our busy schedules we give little thought to the journey itself, but travelling with children, especially newborns and toddlers can create problems if you haven’t made some simple preparations. In this pre-Christmas blog we thought it would be timely to provide some tips and reminders so that the journey goes smoothly – even if the unexpected happens.
Car and safety
It goes without saying that you need to have the basics checked on the car! Tyres, brakes and steering are obvious, but make sure the air con is properly gassed up, too. Don’t forget to check the spare tyre has air and you have the car jack and a brace in the boot! Remember that there can be traffic jams or accidents in front of you, and delays may stretch to hours if you’re unlucky. That can spell trouble if you’re travelling with children, particularly on a hot day. You need to be prepared for the unexpected.
Child Booster Seats
The most important thing is safety. New national child restraint laws were introduced in NSW 2010. Here is a summary of what’s required:
• Children younger than six months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint.
• Children aged six months to under four years must be secured in either a rear or forward facing restraint.
• Children aged four years to under seven years must be secured in forward facing child restraint or booster seat.
• Children younger than four years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows.
• Children aged four years to under seven years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than seven years in a child restraint or booster seat.
Make sure the restraints and booster seats are correctly secured and are the right size for older children. Don’t let children wriggle out!
Travelling with a Baby
Most babies travel really well and will probably sleep most of the way. The motion of the car often sends them to sleep. But if they wake, or they get car sick, then you need to have some basics on hand.
• Make sure you have enough milk or baby food not just for the journey, but for any unexpected delays. If your car breaks down, you could be hours waiting for roadside assistance during holiday periods;
• Make sure you have water and plenty of wet wipes. This is useful for cleaning up any mess, but you can also use both to help keep them cool. Strip them down to their nappy and wipe them with a wet cloth. As the moisture evaporates from the skin it takes heat from the skin to do so. Simple and very effective. If they are cool they are less likely to be so irritable;
• Make sure they have something to play with to keep them occupied;
• It sometimes helps to have a shade on the side window to keep the sun off them, too.
Travelling with Toddlers
The main issues with toddlers are restlessness and carsickness. For restlessness, distractions like “I spy” can work for a surprisingly long time! Books are often not a good idea because focusing on something static inside the car while it’s moving means the motion sensors in their ears get confused. That’s the basics of motion sickness. If they are sick, get them to look outside the car, keep them cool.
Some children will benefit from taking a motion sickness preparation prior to travelling. Seek some advice from your pharmacist on what’s best for their age.
Remember to take clean up materials and water in case the worst happens. Don’t have the children travel in their best clothes! It is much better to stop somewhere safe for 20 minutes and let them run around than to press on and spend 30 minutes cleaning up a nasty mess in the car! Let them kick a ball around, or look at cows in a field. But do take a change of clothes and a couple of good sized bags to put the soiled clothes in! Just in case.
To keep toddlers entertained, a little bag of surprises can help a lot. If your child doesn’t get sick, a small pack of crayons and a pad can be useful. You can pull out a few favourite toys they didn’t know you had.
Take along plenty of healthy snacks for the journey. These will keep them going without filling them up with junk and fizzy drinks that really don’t help. Check out Bellamy’s Certified Organic dried fruit snacks for real convenience, or take fresh fruit. Apples are simple and easy on the stomach. Take drink bottles that are sealable rather than large bottles that are not. Stick to water if you can.
Finally, remember to factor in that the trip will take you much longer than it would for four adults! Make sure your (male..!) driver knows this so he doesn’t get frustrated and there isn’t an argument about stopping along the way! Travelling with children doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Manage the expectations! The journey is part of the holiday, so keep cool and stay safe.
And from everyone here at Bellamy’s, thank you for all your support and have a wonderful Christmas break.
Seasons Greetings y’all, from the Creative team at Bellamy’s!
This year we found inspiration for our tree in our own products, and wanted to share a few ways to have decorating fun with your kids, and avoid some of the extra costs with the lead up to Christmas, by using up things around the pantry and home.
We started with a beautiful farmed tree from Killiecrankie Farm – thanks Lee and Chris! As you walk into our office lounge room, the smell is divine.
The best place to start with decorations is with our pasta range! The Pasta Stars really do come into their own during the festive season!
Cut out cardboard star shapes, punch a hole in one point, brush with glue, and sprinkle with pasta stars. Leave to dry.
When the glue is dry, use some string or ribbon to tie a loop for hanging. Easy!
You can leave them bare for a natural look, but our kids find the glitter and gold paint and can’t help themselves!
Fold some thick craft paper (or magazine cover) to make a cone shape and tape it so it holds its form. Drizzle some glue and have the kids sprinkle Bellamy’s pasta stars over the cone. Leave to dry. Again, we’ve gone gold!
Sounds crazy, we know, but why not?! A bit of glue and glitter makes them dazzle!
Use a needle and cotton to attach a loop for hanging.
It’s all about having fun, and making it as easy (and unbreakable) as possible. They’ll be proud of their efforts and you’ll have a very special tree.
Well, 2011 is fast coming to a close and on the world stage it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster to say the least! We hope that for all our new mums it’s been a wondrous year of fulfilment and exploration.
For Bellamy’s it’s been a fantastic year of development and growth, both in Australia and overseas, as more and more mums discover the simple purity and nutrition that Bellamy’s Organicfood provides for their babies.
In fact, there will probably be close to 300,000 babies born in Australia this year! The exact numbers are not yet known, however, the Australian Bureau of Statistics does estimate that one birth occurs in Australia every 1 minute and 46 seconds. Using this benchmark we can calculate that the number of births in Australia in 2010 was most likely around 297,000 and it will be similar for 2011.
So, we’d just like to say to all those new mums (and babies) who have supported us and followed us, perhaps through this blog or on Facebook or Twitter, a very heartfelt thank you. And please feel free to mention us to the few thousand who are missing out! After all, everyone deserves a pure start to life.
We hope that you and your family enjoy a safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year holiday season.