Mattel Play, Liverpool 

Mattel Play, Liverpool 

We love Mattel Play, in Liverpool. We visited a few weeks ago for the second time and Finn had a brilliant time. 


It’s located on the Albert Dock and has Thomas the Tank, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam themed play areas. We booked online and entry cost £19 for the 3 of us. Each session lasts 2 hours. 


Finn’s favourite is Thomas, there’s a ball pool, a pedal operated train, large models of the engines & plenty of other activities. He loved this section and was so excited to see the characters. 


We even got to meet Fireman Sam, he came out onto the stage area and danced to the theme tune. The children could then have their photo taken with him. Finn ran straight to the front. 


Bob the builder is ideal for older children as it has more activities they can get involved in like drawing, mega blocks and hand operated diggers. Finn still really enjoyed this section though. 


Fireman Sam is the last area you come to. This has a slide, a replica shop, a fireman’s pole, a model boat & fire engine. Finn loved sitting in the fire engine and pretending to drive. 


We spent about an hour and a half there but would have happily spent the full 2 hours if Finn wasn’t tired. We visited each section twice. It is definitely excellent value for money and we will be regular visitors. 

Camping in Llangollen 

Camping in Llangollen 

A few weeks ago we camped  in Llangollen for 3 nights. It is only 40 minutes away from us but it is a lovely town to visit to get away. 

We have stayed at the same campsite  Tower Farm quite a few times, it is basic but really peaceful. It is also a lovely 10 minute walk along the canal into town. 


The reason we stayed for the weekend was for the Day Out With Thomas event that was running at the station. We didn’t really enjoy the event or find it value for money so I won’t go into too much detail. Finn did really enjoy meeting Thomas though. 

We loved The Cornmill Pub located on the banks of the river. We ate there twice and both times the food was really good. The views were amazing as well. Finn loved the pasta. 

There was a lovely park , Riverside Park, located in town. There’s a play park, miniature golf and there was children paddling in the river. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. 

I really enjoyed seeing Finn playing with the other children on the campsite. I think the fact that all the children were playing on one big field gave him the confidence to approach them and join in with their game of football. 


In the Night Garden Live

In the Night Garden Live

We had an amazing day at In the Night Garden Live at the Trafford Centre. Finn was so excited as soon as we got in the Showdome, As there is projections on the ceiling of the Ninky Nonk. It ran really smoothly getting to your seats and there was a countdown to the show. The seating is  steps with plenty of room so he could move around. 


The show was brilliant and it was lovely to see how excited all the children got as the charachters came onto the stage. 


We bought Finn an Iggle Piggle teddy and a balloon which came to £17.50 expensive but probably about the same as similar attractions. 

​I’d definitely recommend booking the meet the character experience Finn loved meeting Iggle Piggle. You choose one character and the time slot  is in order of who booked first. We booked last minute so had about an hours wait. You get a text with a link  so  you can track how long is left. 

I’d definitely recomend for any In the Night Garden fans, we had a lovely day. ​

What my Toddler Eats 

What my Toddler Eats 

Finn is now 17 months, he’s still a really good eater and will try most things. He doesn’t always eat a big portion at each meal but will sometimes graze throughout the day. 
Breakfast 

For Breakfast Finn tends to have Cereal (Cheerios, rice crispies etc..) Something like avocado, peanut butter or soft cheese on toast or 1/2 a Bagel, a brioche roll a crumpet or pancakes. He also has fruit. I am trying to get him used to an open cup so I will give him this in the morning while he’s still in his pyjamas. 




Lunch 

Lunch is normally a pic- Nic type meal so we have the same thing if we are out and about or at home. I give Finn a choice of things like; sandwiches, cheese cubes, crisps, thins with ham, cucumber, fruit, cherry tomatoes, pepper etc.. 



Tea 

Finn will eat whatever we are eating in the evening. He loves Pasta at the moment so I will make that quite often. Recent meals I’ve made that he has loved are Joe Wick’s Chicken & Leek Pie, Sausage and Bean Stew and carbonara. After tea he will a small piece of angel cake, yogurt, fruit or occasionally ice- cream. 



Snacks and Drinks 

Finn loves milk, he has these Anyway up cow cups. He has about 3/4 cup full a day. He drinks mostly water with the odd weak cordial. Snacks tend to be fruit, rice cakes, raisins, cheese, Dunkers (breadsticks and cheese), flapjacks or yoghurt.



Dr Dawn’s Guide to Toddler Health 

Dr Dawn’s Guide to Toddler Health 

I recently reviewed Dr Dawn’s Guide to Your Baby’s First Year which you can read  here.


I have also read and loved Dr Dawn’s Guide to Toddler Health. This book follows a similar format and offers brilliant advice for parents of toddlers. 

Like the First Year book, this book gives you a timeline of childhood checks and milestones. I love this section as it is really useful to refer to as your child reaches each stage.  It offers you reassurance. 


The Potty training section is really useful as I know this is something a lot of parents struggle with or worry about. We aren’t at the potty training stage yet so I will define refer back to this. 

I loved the section on your Toddler’s Medicine cabinet, I like to be organised so find this list really useful to refer to. I feel reassured knowing I have the essential items. 

The A- Z of toddler ailments is something I know I will definitely keep looking back at.  It is useful to know if you need to seek medical advice or you can treat at home. 

There is also a section of first aid, something which is essential for all parents to know. 

Like with the Baby’s first year book I would definitely recommend this to all parents and feel I will refer to this constantly throughout Finn’s childhood. 

Dr Dawn’s Guide to your Baby’s First Year. 

Dr Dawn’s Guide to your Baby’s First Year. 

I was recently sent a copy of Dr Dawn’s Guide to your Baby’s first year and Dr Dawn’s guide to Toddler health .  Dr Dawn Harper is a GP, Mother of three and famous for shows like Embarrassing bodies and Born Naughty? 


I really enjoyed reading both of her books. They both offer no nonsense straightforward advice on your child’s health. In this review I will talk about the book Your  Baby’s  First Year. 

I love how Dr Dawn introduces herself  she is immediately relatable. Despite being a GP it is obvious she has the same new Mum fears we all have at some point.  I knew her advice wouldn’t sound patronising or unachievable like some parenting books. 

The book contains tips for looking after yourself, this is so important and something we all forget. 

I also loved Dr Dawn’s practical weaning tips, there is so much conflicting advice now a days it is nice to hear advice from a GP who you know is giving you the facts. 

I read the whole book from start to finish in one sitting but I know I will keep referring back to the advice given. Especially the A-Z of infant ailments. 

I wish I would have had these books when I first had Finn as I would often worry and turn to Google if Finn was ill, which made me worry even more. This book offers sensible advice and you know you can trust a GP.I particularly enjoyed the sections on travelling with a baby and sleeping as these were worries of mine. 

There is a handy developmental checks and milestones timeline, Dr Dawn explains what will happen at each check which again is perfect for a worrier like me. 

The section on vaccines is very informative but not an overload of information. It would be useful for anyone who is unsure if to let their baby be vaccinated as all the side effects and reasons why we vaccinate are explained. 

I would definitely recommend every parent to be or new parent buy this book. It would also make a brilliant book for any parents to be.