How to Survive Journeys with Kids

Travelling with children can be a hard slog. Yes, it'll all be worth it once you get there but it might not feel like that when, a mere 40 minutes into the trip, you've got an inconsolable four-year-old, and only one wet wipe and half a packet of cheese and onion crisps left. Car journeys ...
How to Keep Babies and Children Safe in the Sun

Bright sunlight and heat will not only make babies ratty, but it could also seriously damage their skin. A good sunscreen will help protect your child from both UVA and UVB rays, but that's not the only thing which will keep them safe in the sun. Whether you're heading abroad this summer or holding out ...
10 Best Films for Toddlers

1. Curious George Running time: 90min Will Ferrell stars as The Man in the Yellow Hat, an eccentric museum employee who has a pet monkey – an inquisitive and wonderful creature whose * curiosity * (clue's in the name) often gets the best of him. “The kids enjoyed it and loved the slapstick, toddler-esque behaviour ...
Letting your child go out alone

Few issues in parenting bring such a broad range of views than the thorny question of how old your child needs to be before you let him or her out of your sight for the first time. And it's true: on the Talk boards, some Mumsnetters describe cheerfully waving off five and six year olds to play ...
Video games and children’s safety

The main issue for parents with gaming-mad children (or just occasional dabblers) is that the devices which play games can connect to the internet and therefore can be played online. This means the same online safety rules that apply to internet use, such as social networking, should also apply to gaming ie your children should not disclose ...
Children and social networking sites

Social networking is a massive part of early 21st century culture. If we're all on Mumsnet, Facebook and Twitter all the time, how much bigger must it figure in the lives of our children, who have never known a world without it? Facebook says the minimum age for someone to start a profile is 13, ...
Top tips for flying with a toddler

Flying with a toddler this summer? Mumsnetters have clocked up plenty of air miles with toddlers in tow. Here's what they've learned. 1. It all begins with the bag of surprises "Buy several small items, wrap them individually and produce one when you need a new distraction. Bear in mind that security can be strict about stuff that's wrapped, ...
Summer hazards – 14 things you need to know

As the weather warms up, it's important to know how to protect children from the usual summer hazards - ie sunburn, camping stoves, wasp stings - but to be aware of specific heat dangers too The main risks during a heatwave are dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. 1. Stay hydrated Babies and infants are more ...
Flying with a baby: top ten tips

Anxious about taking your baby on a plane this summer? Mumsnetters' share their top tips for a calm trip, so you can get your family holiday off to a flying start. 1. Don't panic “Firstly, flying with a baby is a lot easier than flying with a toddler… If you're prepared and not stressed, flying ...
How to survive journeys with children

Travelling with children can be a hard slog. Yes, it'll all be worth it once you get there but it might not feel like that when, a mere 40 minutes into the trip, you've got an inconsolable four-year-old, and only one wet wipe and half a packet of cheese and onion crisps left. Whether you're ...