Sleep Like a Baby

After all the excitement of a busy day, sometimes the last thing children want to do is to go to the land of nod. Getting a good night sleep is important for a child’s mental and physical development, they need to catch plenty of ‘Z’s if they’re to be bright eyed and bushy tailed the next day.

Bedtime

While newborns can have irregular sleep patterns, they will start to develop a rhythm at about six weeks old. By three to six months old, most youngsters will be set into a regular sleep cycle.

To make bedtime easier, we’ve put together a few ideas to help settle them into this cycle and drift off at bedtime.

Bedtime 2Bath time before bed

Including a dip in the tub as part of your routine can help children mentally prepare for bedtime, as they know that after bath time they will have a story and then it’s time to sleep. A nice warm bath will also help little ones relax. If your child is reluctant to splash about in the water try making bath time fun with some bath toys. The Duck Family, three little ducklings inside a mother duck, will keep them entertained, or you can read them the waterproof Ocean Bath Book while in the tub.

 

Read a good book together

Avoid activities that are too active right before bedtime as, like adults, children need at least half an hour to ‘wind down’ before bed. Instead, ask your child to pick out their favourite book which you can read together once they’ve settled under the duvet. If your little one is too young to read along with you, soft books with bright pictures and friendly characters, such as the First Puppet Book, are ideal for encouraging baby to focus at varying distances as they follow the movements of your fingers.

Place a soothing lavender bag under the pillowBedtime 3

The scent of herbs such as chamomile and lavender are proven to help children drift off to sleep. Make your own soothing lavender bag using some cotton material, freshly picked lavender and a ribbon. Simply tie the lavender in the bag and either hang securely above the cot or place under your child’s pillow. Alternatively, rub a tiny drop of lavender oil on their favourite teddy or snuggle pal.

Bedtime 4Sleep with a Snuggle Pal

Teddies and soft toys can bring children lots of comfort as they’re drifting off to sleep. Our range of friendly animal Snuggle Pals are made exactly for this purpose, the soft and tactile velour comforters are designed to engage a young baby and help them sleep. The croc, bird, cow and dog design each has ribbon tags, a plastic teether and is made from a range of materials to develop baby’s senses.

 

Do you have bedtime all sussed out? Perhaps you have some great tips on getting your children off to sleep? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Tweet @Galttoys or post on our Facebook wall.

 

Brainpower Boosting Games

It’s the start of the summer holidays and a magical time when children have a break from the classroom to enjoy long days having fun with friends or holidaying with family.  While it’s amazing to have the little ones home for summer, there’s much more time to fill keeping them busy. We’ve put together a few ideas of fun and educational toys and games to keep young brains entertained and learning throughout the summer holidays.

Car Countdown

Keep children entertained on long car journeys by playing Car Countdown, a game where you’ve got to use the letters on the number plate of the car in front to create a word. To make things a bit easier you can also add vowels or constantans. For example, if the number plate is ‘RNG’ you can use the word ‘orange’! Use an egg timer to give everyone at least a minute to think of their best word – the person with the longest word wins.

All about schoolLearn All About School

The first day of school is super exciting, but it can be daunting for children. Teach your child about school life and prepare them for the big change by talking to them about what to expect during the summer holidays. Books can help too – the Learn About School sticker book has fun activities and colourful stickers, ideal for kids starting school in September. 

 

DINODino Escape

Help the young explorer escape from a big dinosaur by answering times tables questions to create a path along the river! The Dino Escape game is so much fun children won’t even notice they’re improving their maths while having fun! The game is free to play on the Galt Toys Activity Zone, simply click on the Dino Escape game to play.

MemoryThe Memory Game

Improve memory and brainpower by playing the memory game! One person starts by saying “Today I went to the supermarket and bought…” and then names an item in their basket. The second person then repeats the phrase, the first person’s item, and then lists their own. The game continues around the circle with everyone adding their own item. If you forget the order of items or can’t remember what someone has bought, you’re out. The winner is the person who remembers all the items listed by everyone!

How are you preparing for school in September? Have you got lots of fun and educational activities planned in the summer holidays? We’d love to hear your ideas! Tweet @Galttoys or post on our Facebook wall. 

Happy Birthday Prince George!

Prince George of Cambridge will celebrate his first birthday on 22nd July and what a busy year it’s been for the young toddler! From his whirlwind tour of Australia to days out at the polo with mum and dad, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we’ve enjoyed watching him grow and now it’s time to celebrate! Happy Birthday

No doubt members of the Royal household will be considering the perfect gift to mark the last 12 months, and we have some ideas of our own! Take a look at the toys we think are just perfect for wishing His Royal Highness, and all toddlers celebrating their first birthday this summer, a very Happy Birthday.George

Stacking TowerWhile he may be too young to start building his empire, the young prince can practice his construction skills with the Stacking Tower from the Dr Miriam @ Galt range –a seven cup stacking tower with a fun flower to place on top. The Stacking Tower encourages manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination as the cups are placed on top of and inside each other. Learn about big and small and top and bottom, the cups are ideal for sand and water play.

As Prince George begins to find his feet as a member of the royal household, the Baby Walker, a wooden push along walker truck and 30 bricks, will help him take his first steps! The Baby Walker promotes balance and coordination in preparation for walking independently. Sturdy and stable in quality hardwood, the Baby Walker is part of a range of baby toys developed with Dr Miriam Stoppard, the UK’s most trusted parenting expert.

Max

 The fun Ambi Max Pull Along is a friendly stand-in for when Prince George’s real little dog Lupo is fulfilling his royal duties. Young children love to pull things on wheels and the toy, with a wagging head and tail, encourages balance, coordination and independence as the child walks along pulling Max.Cupcake stand

The royal celebrations are bound to be packed full of party games and fine food, but if you’re planning a party fit for a king, why not make your very own cake stand to display your cupcakes with pride? Simply print off a cupcake stand template, cut out your design then fit it together!

The perfect gift for any toddler on the go, the colourful High Chair Rattle has a fun flower to fix onto a high chair tray or table with the suction pad. The rattle includes a soft squeaky ball, bead rattle and spinner. The toy encourages manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and the learning of cause and effect.

How do you think Prince George will be celebrating his birthday? Do you have any great ideas for 1st birthday parties? Tweet us @Galttoys or post your ideas on our Facebook wall!