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  1. fidget bumWhen I first had a look at Fidgetbum I was pleasantly surprised. How is such a simple concept not given to every parent the moment they leave the hospital? 

    Children wriggle. They kick and blankets/quilts do slide off on to the floor and 20 mins later you have a cold little one who wants in bed with parents and no one sleeps. 

    So along came the genius invention of the FidgetBum.

    An easy to put on wrap that keeps the blankets in place, and still allows little one to move freely in the bed and get out for toilet trips/drink of water/monster under bed checking and the 101 things kids use to not go to sleep. 

    My little one is slightly older than others who have used it, but I put it on and showed it to her. She seemed quite excited. 

    So, feeling slightly nervous she went to bed. and she fell asleep! Yes Just fell asleep without the usual " Mummy whats the meaning of life?" in depth conversations she likes to start.

    And she slept

    And slept

    And we didnt hear a peep out of her until the following morning. 

    Same for the next night

    And the night after. 

    This whole sleeping the night through without waking because the quilt is on the floor, or more likely her “ Baboo” (snuggle blanket) was very easy to get used to, and I was already formulating my plan to get Mel Wood a Damehood for her invention.

    Then Grandma bought her My Little Pony Bedding and off came the Fidgetbum. 

    I cried inside as I tried to convince her that you can still see FlutterShy on her quilt, just not all of her. 

    I put the Fidgetbum on, she took it off. Now I see why younger children are easier. 

    So I gave in and accepted my fate of Zombie Mum forever.

    BUT!!!! The few nights of having Fidgetbum on had taught her to not wriggle as much. No kicking the quilt off, no Baboo falling on the floor! 

    We were still sleeping! 

    So Mel Wood, I am still working on my plan for a Damehood, because Fidgetbum is the greatest thing you can have for a wriggly little one!!

    Knowing at times i have thought I would pay £100 for a good nights sleep, this is nowhere near and worth every penny.

    So Dame Mel Wood.Thank you from a recovered Zombie Mum.

    https://www.facebook.com/fidgetbumpage/

    http://www.fidgetbum.co/

  2. artimage1For those who don’t know, at ARTventurers we run colourful, creative art classes for babies, toddlers and children, plus creative events and parties too. Although inevitably there is an element of mess in what we do (try painting with a group of toddlers and NOT getting messy!!) we’re much more than a messy play group. Our classes are centred around children’s learning and development through art and creative play – building confidence, developing skills, exploring techniques and new materials and having lots of fun along the way! We squidge, squish, paint, model, explore, sing and dance our way through a new theme every week and take the ARTventurers fun into schools and nurseries, festivals, work with local authorities, shopping centres, and other businesses and organisations too! 

    I joined the ARTventurers team and I am the proud owner of ARTventurers Leamington Spa, Central Warwickshire and Coventry. My story begins from a teaching background of over 15 years with Coventry City Council where I gained valuable experience of both primary and secondary education and becoming a real advocate of the arts locally. I am hugely passionate about working with children and providing a quality arts education and this is what gravitated me towards ARTventurers. I saw the dedication involved within ARTventurers thus creating a children-centred class which was more than just messy play but focussed on exploration and learning through creative play and had to part of things! I have been gradually building up ARTventurers Leamington Spa, Central Warwickshire and Coventry since September 2016 and I now have weekly classes running every day in term time across Warwickshire & Coventry, monthly Saturday family classes plus have birthday parties, events & festivals events booked in at regular intervals! Never a dull moment!! 

    Maddie Webb 

    Owner – ARTventurers Leamington, Central Warwickshire & Coventry

    07748175906