Tips for Reducing Teething Pain & Giveaway

Oh no!! Its starting, the red cheeks, the lumpy gums, the pulling at the ears and the sore bottom. Its official Kipper is teething and he’s grumpy! From memory Monkey got his first tooth at around six months so we could still have a while until we see those little white tomb stones starting to appear.

Although he’s waking earlier thankfully we haven’t experienced the sleepless nights yet but, now I have said that I bet its coming! So as parents what can we do to help?

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  • Distraction – this is by far the most common technique I have been using with Kipper. Normally if I pick him up and walk around the room, look out the windows or if possible go outside this will normally calm him and take his mind off his teeth. Or I run him a bath, he loves to float add in a some bubbles and if Monkey’s at school he gets some time to do that alone without being prodded every few seconds!
  • The amount of dribble always amazes me, we have been known to go through three dribble bibs in one morning alone. However I wouldn’t be without them now the weather is starting to cool down. The last thing I need is him catching a cold because his clothes are constantly damp. I do try to wipe his face with a soft muslin so that the dribble doesn’t create a rash around his mouth and on his chin.
  • He loves to chew my fingers – so when I can as long as I have clean fingers I often run them over his gums. Although there are no sharp bits yet I can definitely feel the lumps of his teeth. He will quite happily try and take a bite out of me, at swimming last week he left a red bruise on my shoulder which resembled a hicky!
  • I find that he is breast feeding more at the moment and he will often use feeding to help him drop off to sleep. I remember Monkey doing the same thing and although I don’t want him to become dependent on me to sleep, when he’s clearly in pain then I want him to find comfort. All I am saying is thank goodness for nipple cream!
  • If Kipper’s temperature spikes or similar then I would medicate but wherever possible I rely on natural remedies such as teething crystals. They are predominately made of camomile, although getting powder into a little one can be difficult. Sometimes just making his dummy wet and dipping it into the crystals can help.
  • Teething Rings and Toys – everything Kipper can hold will end up in his mouth. Thankfully many of the the things he has, or that you can buy for this age group are safe or include something which is chewable.

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Things I have not needed to try yet but will:

  • Frozen dummy – its possible to get a dummy to take in water but submerging it
  • Once I start weaning I will look to give him cooled foods such as cucumber and carrots to chew on. I will also look into making teething biscuits and teething pops.
  • I am also hoping to read up on facial massage

Recently I have also been looking at teething jewellery, because quite frankly I don’t want to be covered in hickys, and I like my clothes dry and face not bitten. Although I do love him dearly!

Gumigem contacted me some time ago to try out some of their jewellery and to date I have been very impressed with them.

‘We only use the highest quality medical grade silicone, it is a natural element and ecofriendly, as well as being washable. Most importantly it is tested post production to ensure there are no nasty’s, so, no BPA, no lead, no latex or phthalates.’

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burnt-orange-realm-ring-ambassadorsGumigem was created by a mother who found herself in the same position as I do now, trying to look after my teething baby. They offer a wide range of necklaces, bangles and toys all designed with you and your baby in mind. They have given me three of their Realm Ring  necklaces in Burnt Orange to give away to my readers.  A simple classic design, looped onto a cord which can be adjusted to the desired length. Easy for baby to grab and chew. Polished finish. It is 5.5cm in diameter, 1.4 cm deep and 0.8 cm wide. On a black silk cord with a breakaway clasp for comfort. Washable in dishwasher, steriliser or hot soapy water

 

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Win one of three Gumigem Teething Necklaces

  • Please enter using the link above which will take you to the Gleam application
  • Competition is open to residents of UK, CI, IoM & ROI aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • Winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries, each will receive a Gumigem necklace –  Realm Ring in Burnt Orange
  • The competition will close on 21st October 2016 at 11.59pm, winners will be notified through Twitter
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Barcelona Zoo 

Here at Mudpie Fridays we love zoos and try to visit one wherever we go such as Toronto Zoo and Howletts Wild Animal Park. So while we were holidaying in Spain on the Costa Dorada we thought it would be nice to have a trip out to Barcelona Zoo, and I wanted to share our experience for all of those out there who may think of doing the same thing.

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Before we start I will say that our review is tainted by the fact that it took over three hours to actually get to the zoo from where we were staying. It is only an hour and a half away max, so with a very well behaved four year old and three month old baby it was a bit of a disappointment to find having left our hotel at 8.40am we didn’t actually get to the zoo till just before midday.

We used the local bus company which very conveniently picked us up right opposite our hotel – Hotel Best Cambrils, as we were first on the coach we managed to bag the seats right at the front. The leaflet had said there were only five stops but there were quite a few more. Where possible staff waved us through if there were no other holiday makers looking to get onto the coach. However that didn’t stop them having a cigarette break 15 minutes after picking us up or stopping in a lay-by to pick up the tickets for the zoo.

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The tour company also offered both a separate excursion to the Aquarium and a combined ticket with the zoo.Then when we eventually made it to Barcelona we went to the Aquarium and dropped off there first which added another 15 minutes on.  I was praying that Monkey suddenly didn’t need the toilet as there was not one on the coach! Thankfully he didn’t twig when some of the other children couldn’t wait and ended up having to crouch behind the back of a lorry.

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When we arrived at the zoo we were told that if we wanted to get the coach back into the city centre it would be leaving the zoo at 2.20pm. Now maybe if you had teenage children and it wasn’t 30+ degrees you may stand a chance of getting round in a little over two hours. But with a four year old and a breastfeeding baby that was never going to happen, plus at somepoint Monkey would need lunch. We spoke to the tour guide who advised where the bus would be leaving from and roughly how long it would take to walk up from the zoo. I think she thought we were a little mad. Don’t get me wrong we love Barcelona, and we will take the boys back when they are a bit older to see the other sites. But when we visited we had only really come to visit the zoo and didn’t need any free time in the city. Once we had made that decision it meant we had more stress free time to walk around the zoo.

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So onto the zoo….

Things we loved:

  • img_3413Its got all the big animals you can think of – elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers, bears, gorillas, oranatangs, a rhino and hippos. As well as seals, dolphins and some of the more usual things like tapiars, flamingos, birds, wolves and deer. I was surprised that they had so many  of the ‘show stoppers’ as such because it is a relatively small zoo.
  • Its compact so it doesn’t take too long to walk round, make sure you pick up a map at the entrance as it quite free flowing.
  • They had a brilliant new play area, which is right up Monkey’s street as it has lots of rope bridges and slides. Next to it is a seating area for the adults with water sprays to cool you down. Massive thumbs up from the breast feeding mother!
  • There are several indoor areas which means you can escape the heat, their reptile house went on for ages and Monkey was like a kid in a toy shop running from one glass screen to another
  • They have a petting zoo and pony rides – we didn’t make it to this area due to our time constraints
  • There are also dolphin and sea lion shows, if you visit double check the times if you want to build them into your day. The dolphin show was running at midday and three when we visited.

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Things we were not so keen on:

  • img_3405Its old and so by its nature is much more of a ‘seeing’ zoo which means many of the enclosures are small, too small. Although there is work under way to renovate some of the enclosures.
  • Drinks machines are expensive 3.5€ for a 500ml diet coke and ice creams are similar, so take your own. Food on the other hand is much the same as anywhere else, Monkey had a lunch box for 7.95€ which consisted of a juice drink (which came with an additional 2€ cup), chips and five chicken nuggets.
  • There are plenty of picnic areas but they raised, which is great as generally they over look the animals. But when you have a big its a pain to keep lifting it up steps. Other than that it is buggy friendly.
  • Oh and the Golf Karts!! I’m not sure why but every attractions seems to have golf karts to transport people around if they can’t be bothered to walk. So you are wholly dependant on the sensibility of the driver and unfortunately we noticed several that did not seem to register that its a zoo and not a race circuit.

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It took us little over a hour to walk from the zoo up to the bus stop, stopping for an ice cream and a drink. So if you do, do the same trip it is possible.

In summary, I think its a good zoo for children to be able to get close to the animals, many of them Monkey had never been so close to. However we were a little put off by the size of the enclosures. Hopefully as the work continues this will improve.

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Blogger Club UK #37

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Oh my its been one of those weeks. I will not go into it now as I don’t want to depress anyone but lets put it this way when I put out the recycling there were a few wine bottles in there! It grates as I always feel like I should be enjoying my maternity leave and not stressing about anything (complete opposite when at work as its pretty stressful 100% of the time). But Hubby and I were hit by something we weren’t expecting and its completely outside our control. After the initial Oh s*** on reflection we will ride the storm and in someways its good that I’m not at work as I can take extra care to try and reduce stress for him.

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This week in particular, I’ve been struggling to be productive while juggling Monkey’s school pick up and drop offs especially with feeding Kipper in between. He will start after school club soon, but I have ben reluctant to introduce him to too much new stuff all at once. When he does it will give me a little more time to get my blogging house in order! However this week I did manage to fit in a little photo shoot with Kipper, which I have had planned for a while. Although I got the usual half smiling, half blurred, moving around, dark pictures (you know the sort of photos I’m talking about) I also managed to get this too!

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I am mega impressed with myself! So much that I think it will probably make it into a frame especially with my new super duper printer, where it costs pennies to actually print a photo. Ive just gone back to the advanced photography course at college and will be taking this picture with me tonight to see how I can manipulate it in Photoshop, since its currently unfiltered.

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Keepsakes for Toddlers and Preschoolers

If you are a regular reader you will know I am obsessed with recording memories and hoarding keepsakes of the boys. When I was pregnant with Kipper I wrote all about the first 12 months of keepsakes, but it got me thinking about the other things I do for Monkey and will continue to do.

  • Quotable kids – There is a little notebook you can buy off of Amazon to record funny conversations or comments by your little darlings. However to be honest any sort of notebook will do. Its great to look back on them and have a giggle!

Me – “Monkey stop drinking swimming pool water”

Monkey – “But I a whale Mummy”

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  • Christmas ABC – For Monkey’s second Christmas I put together an ABC book with a Christmas themed photo in for each letter. To be honest it was too young but he loved looking through them. Instead of putting it into the loft I have kept it down and often catch him riffling through the pages. I am hoping this year he will get even more use from it as he’s starting to learn his ABCs. It doesn’t need to be Christmas related you could make one anytime of year with photos that mean something to your little one.
  • Memory Jar – last year we started a new tradition a Kids Memory Jar. The idea behind it is that we write down special things that happen on a lolly stick and put them in the jar. Then at the end of the year we sit down and read them. No honestly we have not been as good with this as I would have liked. But we have some, which is more that we would have had if we hadn’t done it at all.

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  • Pebble Jar – what it it with boys and stones? Or sticks for that matter? When ever we go to the beach or similar Monkey will want to collect some stones to come home with him.  To be honest its getting a little bit annoying, after all how many stones does one small  boy need? So we have made a compromise only one stone can come home per trip out, and then that stone has the date and place put on it with a sharpie pen and then it goes into the jar. He can get them out and play with them if he wants but this way only one comes home with us. Word of warning if you decide to do similar it can take a very long time for a little one to decided ‘which stone’.
  • Toddler Journal – Now I am steeling this one off a friend. For her little girl she has a scrapbook and every time they go to the cinema, a show, an activity where there is a ticket or a flyer she collects them and they stick them in a scrapbook. Much better than keeping lots of little pieces of paper which inevitably get tidied away, lost or forgotten. It also gives them something to look back over. I think I will be doing this with Monkey going forward.
  • Christmas list in form of a decoration – Each year I do this for Monkey, I guess it doesn’t matter how you actually do it I buy a personalised wooden decoration. But the idea is that you make a short list of maybe five things that your little one has asked Father Christmas for and use these on a decoration. Be it one you buy or make yourself. Its great to be able to look back on and see how their preferences have changed over the years.
  • One handmade decoration a year – I keep one handmade decoration each year be that a twig with green ribbons tied on it to make it look like a tree or a salt dough handprint ornament we have made at home. Only one mind you, which maybe more difficult now Monkey is at school.

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  • First handmade mothers day gift – obviously it takes a few years for them to be old enough to make their own gifts. Monkey’s first was from when he went to a childminder and they made this gorgeous button heart (well its gorgeous to me!). Which I have since framed and it hangs in our downstairs loo.
  • Important cards – I keep all of Monkey’s welcome to the world cards and his first birthday cards. But when it came to his second birthday I realised I couldn’t keep, keeping cards all the time? I mean by the time he was eighteen we would probably need a whole wardrobe just to store cards. So I decided that I would keep a couple of the important ones, and by that I mean the ones from us as his parents and his grandparents. I will also keep the ones from Kipper now he has a little brother. At the moment they are just in a folder, but at some point I will bind them with some scrapbook rings.
  • Drawings and scribbles – I am trying to work out in my head how best to store art work. Up until Monkey going to school the only bits we would have are the things he did at home. His nursery was much more mud and outside fun than art and craft. To date I have them stored in an A3 zip bag. However with him now starting school I think there will be a lot more coming home, so I am going to rack my brain and make some decisions. I have seen people photographing their kids pictures which seems like a great idea to me. So watch this space I think a new post will be coming soon.
  • The places you will go… – I can not take credit for this either it was a pinterest idea. Who doesn’t love Doctor Seuss? Well I’ve brought a boxed hardback copy of the ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!‘ and I will be asking each of the boys teachers to write a message in it for Monkey/Kipper when they leave their class. So that when they turn eighteen and leave school or go onto university they have this book to take with them. I asked Monkey’s key worker and groundsman from nursery to put a message in his book when he left last month and reading them has already moved me to tears!
  • First tooth your child loses – plus fairy photo – Obvious this one, but not so is the fairy photo, when he does loose that tooth I will somehow take a picture and add in a fairy leaving the money under his pillow.
  • Soft toy of their drawings – Monkey’s drawings are not at this level yet but once they are I am either going to make myself or find a company to do it. I have seen some on the internet and I think they just look fab!

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  • School Box! – We know I am a hoarder when it comes all things kid related so it is going to be a real struggle for me not to want to keep everything. I have thought about this and brought a really useful box with hanging folders in it. Each year Monkey will have a folder with a photo of him in his class uniform on the front and the name of the year. In the folder I will store school art and papers, awards and certificates, pictures they draw, first attempts at writing letters and numbers, report cards and class pictures. Anything which between Monkey and I we decide is worth keeping. As I have a limited amount of space in the folder and box I am hoping it will force me to be a bit ruthless!
  • Electronic Journal – Many bloggers use their blogs as a kind of electronic journal  but for people that don’t blog or if you get a lot of things emailed to you like I do, then it maybe worth looking at setting up an email account in your child’s name to send these things onto.
  • One Line Journals – Over the years I have kept a daily journal, but with now having two children, a full time job, a blog I just don’t have the time in the evenings to reflect on the day. I had done it for so long I was a little disappointed with myself. However then a lovely friend of mine brought me a one line a day five year journal. Its takes 2 minutes. On investigation I found they did other colours so now I have one for me, Monkey and Kipper. In 10 minutes I can record our day with no longer feeling guilty.

So thats quite a bit, and that doesn’t include lots and lots of pictures and videos! But at least it will give me something to appreciate when I am old and grey and hopefully things for Monkey and Kipper to look at when they ask about their own childhoods. I would love to know if I am missing anything please let me know in the comments below if you do anything in addition?

I have also set up a pinterest board on storing and creating keepsakes and memories, if you would like to be added to it as a contributor then please drop me a note:

 

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Ride on Dragon & Tickled Pink Fancy Dress Voucher Giveaway

I have always encouraged Monkey to play dressing up. When we moved him out of the nursery and into his new big boy room we brought a dressing up rail. I had wanted one for him for a while as his dressing up clothes up to this point had been packed away in the playroom in a storage box. There are a number of benefits to playing dress up such as:

  • Helps develop imagination and story telling capabilities, by putting on a costume they can act out their perceptions of what a police officer, firefighter, chef or in this case a dragon gets up to
  • Helps them to understand relationships, by pretending to be someone else they are putting themselves in someone else’s shoes.
  • Improves communication through role playing their character
  • If playing in a group it also strengthens cooperation skills, taking turns, sharing and general socialisation
  • It can even develop problem solving skills…

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Needless to say Monkey has his fair share of dressing up clothes, but we are always on the look out for more. So when Tickled Pink Fancy Dress got in contact and asked if we would like to review something I was delighted. I was very impressed as they have wide selection of outfits, some darling animal onesies, a wide range of disney and superheroes as you would expect and some appropriate seasonally fancy dress be that Christmas or Halloween. Ive already noted they have World Book Day costumes and a great selection of adult dress up too.

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So what did we think?

Firstly the delivery is super quick, just want you need if like me you leave Birthday present buying or costume hunting to the last minute. There are also a number of items on the website which are delivered for free.

As soon as he saw it Monkey was super excited and I think these rather bad photos show just how excited, as he was took busy roaring to stand still.

The costume has a velcro side fastening and is held onto the body with shoulder straps that cross over at the back. The are adjustable, the recommend age is 3+ at four Monkey needs the straps on the smallest size. There is a strap just on the head which can be held or looped around the wrist to pull the head of the costume up. There are also elasticated rings on the ends of the wings so you can ‘fly’.

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I think the quality is brilliant, its hard to see in the photos but the main body is made from a bluey, greeny textured velvet which looks like dragon scales. The wings are a shiny red material and the dragons horns are black and shiny with silver flecks, there are also some royal blue spines. The legs and arms are well padded and it certainly survived Monkey’s determination to make the Dragon fly!

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I can’t wait to see him playing Knights and Dragons with his little fiends!

As I mentioned Tickled Pink have a wide range of costumes and dressing up outfits for children and adults alike. With Halloween round the corner they have very kindly given my readers the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend on their online store on a Halloween kids costume, a Ride on Dragon (currently on offer at £27.99) or anything else you would like.

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Tickled Pink Fancy Dress Voucher Giveaway £25

  • Please enter using the link above which will take you to the Gleam application
  • Competition is open to residents of  UK  aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • One winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries
  • The competition will close on 23rd October 2016 at 11.59pm, winners will be notified through Twitter
  • The winner will be asked to provide an email address for the purpose of claiming their prize

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#RememberingTheseDays Week 11

Welcome back to week eleven of #RememberingTheseDays Instagram community. The place to share your precious family memories. I host this community with the lovely Laura over at Life with Baby Kicks.

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Whatever the memory, or life event you want to record, joining in is simple, just tag your favourite photos #RememberingTheseDays over on Instagram. Each Sunday Laura and I will choose our four favourites. Please follow Mudpie Fridays here and Life with Baby Kicks here on Instagram to see if you have been featured.

I am excited to say that in 11 short weeks we have achieved over 4000 tags! We are both amazed, thank you so much for making this community great. We have had a couple of new brands join in with using our tag this week. Incase you missed them both Cuddle Dry and The Entertainer (repost) have joined us!

I really hope everyone is enjoying seeing all the photos, I know Laura and I are. We had a few beautiful seaside shots as people are making the best of the last of the good weather, a few more sleeping babies (don’t you just love them) and also a lot of siblings pictures. As we get more popular each week I find it more difficult to pick my favourites. However this week I have chosen these four beautiful images:

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From top left to bottom right:

  • @mum_in_a_nutshell shared her indecisive toddler picture, I know Monkey drives me potty over deciding on breakfast, or rather not deciding!
  • This is such a gorgeous photo of @goingonanadventureblog‘s youngest, I can definitely see why its her favourite!
  • “When it looks more like your child is about to eat the dandelion clock than blow it!” @hotpinkwellingtons
  • @littleheartsbiglove sharing her girls first attempt at cake pops, they look brilliant to me!

Please pop over and visit their feeds by clicking on the names above.

My feed this week has been very bright and colourful, it wasn’t intended so its just the way its worked out. I was told about a new scheduling tool which I love, and its allowing me to post twice a day without worrying about tags as I can write them all in advance. Its helped me become more organised. Keeping to the bright theme my favourite this week is one of Kipper and Monkey together. While visiting a local garden we came across this rainbow bench which was just begging for a photo to be taken.

My favourite from Laura’s feed is this one of the baby in the kitchen cupboards while they wait for their belongings to arrive. I am so happy for them that they are finally in their new home and all the packing boxes have arrived safe and in one piece. I think there were two very happy boys when the toy boxes arrived!

Come and join in by using the hashtag #RememberingTheseDays, and please pass this tag to your Instagram buddies. I would be over the moon if we reached 4500 by this time next week!! Please share the tag with your buddies, they do not need to be bloggers to join in, everyone is welcome.

Which one is your favourite? I would love to hear in the comments below.

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Habour Park – Littlehampton West Sussex

Its funny because I feel as though Autumn is well and truly here so I wasn’t going to write up this post. Yet there have been some lovely sunny days so I thought I would share incase you are looking for something to do in the coming days. Just before we went away we spent a lovely day at Habour Park in Littlehampton, it was relatively unplanned and we just turned up with swim stuff not really sure what to expect. So here’s what we found:

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img_3116First of all parking, you will be pleased to know there is a large carpark and we managed to get two cars in mid morning without any trouble. It is pay and display so remember your change as from memory its not the cheapest especially if you are planning to stay all day. Harbour Park itself is like a static fun fair, the rides are specifically designed for children from the age to 2-12 and the thrill level matches this. For Monkey aged four it was perfect as there was lots of things he could go on even only being around 105cm. There are charts placed around the park which show you height requirements, ideal if your little one has their heart set on something which they are not big enough for as it allows you to be pre- armed!

Saying that Monkey went on everything he wanted to and we didn’t have to queue for much either (we visited on a Monday during school holidays). You can see below from the photos the rides Monkey went on:

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  • Castle Slide – his favourite by far was the large slide with a mat. I was a little worried as he had to walk up the stairs on his own carrying said mat but he seemed to cope with only the odd wobble. It was very appealing and I would have loved to go down with him.
  • Formula Kids Cars – various automobiles go round a circuit which goes up and down. Monkey chose to ride a pair of bikes on this one
  • Bumper Boats – all life suited up he got to drive (or than spin) a little boat round a small pool, there are four boats but for most of the time Monkey was on his own. Not that this bothered him as he was more interested in driving it than bumping it!
  • Flying Animals – the riders get the opportunity to move the animal up or down thenselves needless to say Monkey and his grandfather were as high up as they could go all the way round which made getting a photo interesting!
  • Orca Whale Trip – which is where rider sit horizontally and go round and round in circles – similar to the old fashion pirate galleons
  • Dolphin Leap – which goes straight up, as you can see he went on it alone! He loves these sort of ‘hopper’ rides.

We must have been in the park for about three hours as Kipper demanded a second feed, so we headed to a little cafe on the outskirts while the boys went to check out the crazy golf. There are plenty of places to eat and drink and I can recommend the Belgium Buns! There is also a little gift shop which sells everything you would need to go crabbing, something which we are saving for our next visit as well as wristbands for the rides. Entrance is free, so you only need to pay for what you actually want to go on, all the rides operate on a ticket or token system, most only need one ticket but some will need more tokens.

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Its a bit of a crazy system as a token is 50p but if you buy a book of 10 tickets its £15, so £1.50 a ride instead of £2 a ride for the lower end rides or £1.50 a ride compared to £3.00 for those that need six tokens. We brought 10 tickets and this was plenty for the time we were there and Monkey went on plenty. You can also buy tickets online from their website a strip of 10 tickets works out even cheaper at £13.50.

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So Harbour Park is great fun in itself but being that its right on Littlehampton Beach we decided to buy a wind break from one of the little shops for £15 and spend the rest of the afternoon lazing around. For those of you who haven’t been Littlehampton Beach is sand as far as the eye can see, especially when the tide is out. The spot we picked was literally just across from Harbour Park. When we visited it was windy so Monkey did get quite cold quickly in the sea, however that didn’t stop him looking for winkles and cockles. I would definitely recommend a day out to Harbour Park and beach if you are in the local area. I am a little bit sad that we only discovered it towards the end of the Summer holidays. Never mind I’ve put it on the list for next year!

Things you need to know:

  • Entry to the park is free, the best way to buy tickets for the rides is online via their website
  • The park is closed in the Winter months and during off peak season only some rides will be available so it is worth checking out their opening times. You still have a few weekends left in September.
  • Their website is http://www.harbourpark.com and even includes details of the tide times which is really useful
  • Address – Windmill Rd, Littlehampton BN17 5LH

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