With so many apps to choose from, it can be tricky to pick one that's right for your toddler.
Disney have just launched the new Disney Junior Play app and we love it!
By we, I mean my three year old son, Jacob, and I.
Jacob's face lights up every time I let him play on it. We're big fans of all things Disney, so we were really excited to see this new app.
It doesn't dissapoint. Great for little fingers, easy to navigate, quick to launch, and lots of games included.
The new iOS app Disney Junior Play is home to Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Disney Junior fans can now get even closer to their favourite characters on the go through a variety of activities including fun games, engaging video-clips and a digital sticker book.
Free to download, Disney Junior Play comes with the “Disney Junior Favourites” pack, featuring four multi-level games and a digital sticker book featuring Doc, Sofia, Jake and Mickey. Additional packs based on Disney Junior’s smash-hit shows Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse are available to purchase from within the app, each containing four games, a short form video and a digital sticker book.
It's easy to create a simple profile, and little ones can easily navigate through the home screen and access the games. One of Jacob's favourites is popping the balloons with Mickey and Goofy.
The games encourage creativity, the kids learn how to solve problems, develop dexterity and the app helps with hand-eye co-ordination.
You know how much kids love stickers! Well, stickers are rewarded and collected during gameplay and can be saved in the sticker book; each pack having its own character themed sticker book and 25 stickers to collect.
Disney Junior Play will definitely keep little ones busy with fun, challenging games. Jacob didn't need muy help while playing on it, and I am pleased beacuse there are no adverts within the game, so he can't accidently click on anything. Jacob didn't want to stop playing it!
The app is free to download and you get a good variety of games with the free app. I would recommend you buy the bundle which is currently £4.99, better value which will unlock 4 more parts of the game. Or you can buy them individually at £1.99 each.
These are the games you can buy extra:
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 'Farmyard Fun'
- Doc McStuffins 'Here to Help'
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates 'Island Adventures'
- Sofia the First 'A Royal Party'
- 20+ games available, including;
- Jigsaw puzzles to encourage problem solving
- Catching games to reward fast fingers
- Dress-up games to inspire imaginative play
- Placement games to encourage logical thinking
- Hide-and-seek games to reward observation skills
- Three levels in each game
- 25 digital stickers to collect in each pack
- Catchy videos to watch again and again!
- Supports up to four profiles, so each of your children can save their progress
- Play anywhere, any time as all content works offline, including videos
- No adverts so your child can play safely
- In-app purchases are only available in the pin-protected store, so only an adult can access
- Supports iPhone 4+, iPod 4+, and iPad 2+
Check out my video review and see the app in real-time.
Each pack features a set of adventures and stimulating play topics that transport kids into the world of their favourite Disney Junior characters; from helping Doc choose the right clothes for the weather to helping Jake and his crew design a sand castle for a pirate king.
Disney Junior Play has been designed to keep little ones busy with fun, challenging games that feature everyday themes, but while a lot of fun for kids, the app has also been developed with parents in mind.
Purchases within Disney Junior Play are both safe and secure with payments facilitated only after parents have correctly passed through the child-protection screen. Once within the store parents can browse and purchase additional character themed packs to add to their Disney Junior Play collection. Each pack retails at £1.99, or can be purchased as part of a money saving bundle, all 4 games for £4.99
What are you waiting for, go an have a play on the Disney Junior Play app.
Available to download from the app store.
Disclosure: I was provided with the full app to review free of charge.
Along with some 500 bloggers, I attended the BritMums Live conference at The Brewery in London, and what a fantastic weekend it was!
BritMums is the UK's largest network and collective for parent bloggers and was launched in 2009 by Susanna Scott and Jennifer Howze. It's a growing online community where parents can share their stories through blogging.
With my husband Mark (who's a stay at home dad to our 2 children), we both write separate family blogs on www.people.co.uk. We've been blogging for almost 4 years now, so I was interested to see what went on, and what I could learn.
I arrived on the Friday and checked into the luxurious Montcalm City hotel which was a stone throw from the venue. If ever you are looking to stay in London, I'd highly recommend the Montcalm.
After dropping my mini case (that was packed with enough clothes for a week's holiday) in my hotel room, it was time to register. There was a buzz outside The Brewery, where people gathered. As the doors opened, the anticipation grew. I gave my name to one of the very helpful ladies at the registration desk, and was given a badge with my name on. As I clipped on my badge, I had no idea what to expect.
I quickly realised that lots of other people were in the same situation as me.
As the reception filled up, it was nice to see many people hugging each other, some people meeting for the first time in the 'real' world as lots of friendships are built in the virtual world and for some it's a once a year opportunity to meet up. People come from all over the country and some from overseas.
There were so many people, and it was so well organised.
Everyone headed to the main room, there were 4 rooms differing in size that would hold the talks and seminars.
Susanna Scott and Jennifer Howze, founders of BritMums gave a lovely welcome speech.
They introduced Kirstie Allsopp, who was very entertaining talking about her career and answered questions from the audience.
I think Kirstie Allsopp is great, and she has inspired me to start making things again, she's made 'homemade' and 'upcycling' trendy. I have all her books but I hadn't taken any with me to BritMums, so I bought another one and she signed it for me. I also grabbed a picture with her, she was every bit as lovely in person as she seems on the TV.
The BritMums agenda was set for the day, and it was time to chose which ones interested you the most. Sometimes it was tricky to chose as I wanted to go into all of them!
Every room was equipped with notebooks, pens, and water, and there was plenty of time to get between one seminar and the next.
I met lots of new people, and it was great to take pictures and tweet during the talks.
I attended seminars on the first day which included a Brand Panel Debate about what do bloggers and brands really want from each other. On the panel were successful bloggers and people from the industry, who gave great advice.
There was plenty of tea and coffee, so you could chat to other people about the talks you had just been in, plus yummy cakes!
The lunch was very well organised too with a selection of food served in little boxes, very tasty food and something for everyone.
On the first day I learnt all about working with brands, how to present your blog to brands, how to do a media kit, and also how to get paid to blog which is one question everyone wants to know!
You could also learn about taking beautiful photographs to make your blog look gorgeous, to being a blog ambassador and getting your book published.
The buzz around the venue was incredible, everyone so friendly and helpers on hand to point you in the right direction if you needed help.
It was also great to see the BiB (Brilliance in Blogging) Awards Ceremony in the evening. So much talent in the ever growing blogosphere.
After a relaxing night at the Montcalm Hotel, I was up bright and early, ready to absorb what day two had to offer.
The morning started in The Brewery with a beautiful breakfast laid on with everything you need to start the day.
Then everyone headed for the main hall for the welcome talk from Jennifer Howze and Susanna Scott.
Saturday's keynote speaker was Katie Piper. 'Things Get Better' was a truly inspirational speech. Katie guided us through her journey to recovery following her horrific acid attack in 2008. Katie uses her experience to reach out to other burns survivors and, through her story, conveys the inspirational message that no matter what we face, things really do get better.
What a truly inspirational lady Katie Piper is. She really made us all stop and think. I went and said a quick hello to her before she gave her speech.
After Katie's speech, I wiped away my tears and deep in thought waited for the next seminar to begin.
Saturday was a full on day it was from 8.30am to 6.30pm. Lots of time to cram in yet more learning.
I enjoyed listening to other bloggers talk about discovering your own style, then after morning coffee break I headed to one of the other rooms where I listened to a seminar about Legal and Accounting. This was really interesting, because a blog usually starts out as something you just do for the fun of it, but the better you become at it, you soon realise that people are actually making money out of their blogs so it was great to hear about financial issues you may have.
Listening to success stories and to be able to ask the very people who's blogs you read was great to see. I read so many other family blogs so it was great to see the people in the real world instead of the virtual world.
I took so much away from the couple of days I had spent at BritMums Live.
The Keynote speech later on in the day was by ex Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill. She makes me laugh, as she talked about us all being in a room of oversharers, and basically that's what we are.
The evening ended very emotionally, as it was a time to remember the people who are sadly no longer with us. Everyone singing 'Firework' by Katy Perry was really emotional. I was honored to be in that room with so many inspirational family bloggers.
Tickets are available for BritMums Live 2014 here. Buy your Earlybird ticket for £65. What are you waiting for go buy your ticket now! Hopefully see you there next year!
By Adele Jennings
A recent study by Pampers reveals 90% of parents lose up to four hours sleep every night in their baby's first year.
As a parent, no matter how old your child is, you never forget the lack of sleep that comes with having a new baby and trying to function while looking and feeling like a zombie!
I have 2 children and to be honest they are both great sleepers but my husband Mark and I, have put the effort in with their bedtime routines.
Our daughter Amber is nine and son Jacob is 2. With both children, me and my husband used to bicker about who had more sleep, we would say things like: 'You've had half an hour longer sleep than I have'.
Sleep deprivation is one of the worse things to deal with when your child is small (ok, so yes there are others but this is a biggie). We all need sleep, some more than others, but if we don't get enough it affects how you and your family function.
We have quite a strict routine at bedtime and both my husband, who is a house dad, who puts them to bed on 3 of the nights, and as I work full-time, I get to do 4 bedtimes. We both do the routine exactly the same. I really think this is part of the reason why both of them are good sleepers (as I touch the nearest piece of wood).
Our routine is: bath (not every night), get dried and dressed for bed with just a low-light lamp on on our bed in my bedroom, drinking milk while we read a story, snug while singing twinkle twinkle little star, teeth cleaned and bed, then when I leave the room, I always say 'See you in the morning for a cup of tea and some breakfast'. I used to say exactly the same thing when I was little (it came from my Grandad Shaw) and both my children say it. It makes my heart melt every time they say it. My 2 year old son asks me to close his door!
We never treat bed as a punishment. If either of my children misbehave (which is quite often), we never use 'If you don't stop being naughty, you will go to bed'. I want them to enjoy their bed and sleep as much as I do!
Recent research by disposable nappy favourite Pampers reveals 90% of parents lose up to four hours sleep every night in their baby’s first year.
Nine out of ten British parents claim they lose up to 28 hours of sleep every week (totalling 60 days per year) due to their little ones waking up in the night – according to new research launched by Pampers to celebrate new Pampers Baby Dry nappy, now with an extra sleep layer to help babies sleep uninterruptedly for up to 12 hours.
The survey of 2,000 parents in the UK also reveals that one in five cite a wet nappy as the most common reason their baby wakes in the night, followed by hunger (25%) and teething (24%). It’s no wonder the majority of parents (32%) consider their baby sleeping through the night as one of the biggest first year milestones, along with uttering their first word (26%) and their first laugh (22%).
For over 50 years, Pampers has been supporting parents with innovative products and information. Through listening to parents, Pampers knows well that parents recognise the quality of their babies’ sleep by their mood and energy level’s when they wake up first thing. New Pampers Baby Dry, with an improved Extra Sleep-Layer absorbs wetness faster than ever before and reactivates quickly to absorb multiple urinations faster over hours of wear.
For a baby, uninterrupted sleep and a good night’s rest means remaining dry and free from nappy leaks, so by keeping the wetness away from the skin, they can wake up ready to seize the day after a dry night of Pampers Golden sleep.
Wendy Dean, Pampers Village Parenting Panel Sleep Expert, comments:
“All babies wake through the night as part of their natural sleep pattern. Those that sleep well are able to get themselves back to sleep as long as they don’t have a need that mum needs to attend to i.e. are hungry, too hot, too cold, uncomfortable or have a wet nappy. The new Pampers Baby Dry nappy absorbs wetness away from babies’ skin faster than before, so that even if she/he wakes during the process of having a wee, there is no continued discomfort of wet skin. After a few minutes, baby can return back to the Land of Golden Sleep before waking up to a Dream Morning.”
Tips for a good night's sleep by Wendy Dean
1. Spend some quiet quality time with your baby before putting him down to bed. Singing a lullaby or reading a story with bright illustrations will be enjoyable for both. Baby will be ready to sleep through the night and wake prepared for the day ahead.
2. During your baby’s last feed before putting him down to sleep, try splitting his feed in half and changing his nappy in the interval. While the motion of changing his nappy will pep him up a bit so he’s not fully asleep before you put him down, the second half of the feed will soothe him again if the movement of changing his nappy has unsettled him a bit. Plus this will ensure that he has a fresh nappy to sleep in for 12 hours of Golden Sleep, resulting in a great morning of smiles and discoveries.
3. If your baby wakes very early in the morning i.e. before 6:00 am and is not crying, try not to dash straight to him. He may well have a little chat with himself and then surprise you and go back to sleep, but if not leave him for 10 minutes and follow with gentle rocking to return him to the land of golden sleep .
4. As you enter your baby’s room in the morning, gently talk to him. He won’t be able to talk back but it is the fact that you are looking at him and talking to him that he will love and will also give him a pleasant introduction to the day.
5. A morning cuddle is very important and is the perfect way to start the day for both baby and you and should make it a dream morning for both!
To hear more tips from Wendy Dean, check this video out below.
Visit www.pampers.co.uk for advice and tips on parenting.