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.
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.
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 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..
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.
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.
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.