Back-to-School Must-Haves

Are you ready for the big day? School bells will be ringing and buses will be at bay. As the first day of school comes getting closer and closer, make sure you’ve got everything prepped and ready for your child as he starts school.

Step 1: Selecting the Perfect Backpack

MadPax Backpacks
SkipHop Backpacks

There are so many school bags out in the market but only a selected few are specially crafted for children. Other than having cute and spunky designs, specialized toddler and children brands craft the right straps, sizing and material to perfectly cater to a child’s physique with padded straps and limited weight capacity. Shop from reputable kids brands to make sure your child gets the backpack properly suited for him.

Step 2: Snack Time Essentials
Make sure your child enjoys a hearty meal by packing his lunchies with love everyday

3 Sprouts Insulated Lunch Bag

– Lunchbag: An insulated lunch bag keeps your child’s meal hot or cold to make sure he enjoys it fresh when the lunch bell rings

Monbento

– Snack Box: A snack box with a divider lets him gobble down a fun variety you can mix up for to surprise him with everyday

SkipHop Water Bottles

– Water bottle: Water bottles with flip straws are great for mess free drinks. They can even perfectly match his SkipHop Backpack.

Step 3: School Supplies
This lot may be tricky as the recommended supplies vary per school level but the most essential for all are: pencils/pens, notebooks, coloring materials, non-toxic adhesives and child-friendly shears.

OMY Coloring Pens

Step 4: Comfort Toy

Melissa and Doug Soft Toys

For some kids, starting school will be an adjustment either uncomfortable or exciting, make sure he has something dear to hold to help him with the anxiety he may face or something he can share around with new found friends.

Step 5: Just-in-case Checklist

Jottum

– Spare Clothes
Pack light clothing just in case of any spill or art-related accident that might come your child’s way

MiFold Grab-and-Go Car Seat

– Pocket-sized Car Seat
Unplanned carpools are nothing to worry about if your child always has a handy car seat booster in his pack

Preparing for school need not be nerve-wrecking and stressful! Get ready ahead of time and just follow these steps and cross of these lists, and you will be guaranteed a hassle-free first day for you and your child.

Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Nursery

When it comes to choosing a nursery for your child, instinct plays a big part. However, while going with your gut is great, it’s also vital that you do your own research so that you’re able to make an informed choice and feel comfortable that your child is in the right place. One of the most important ways to do this is by asking the right questions during your nursery tour. Of course, knowing what to ask is half the battle, so to give you a nudge in the right direction we sat down with Chantal Ariens, Director of Growth at Blossom Children’s Nurseries. As the UAE’s first Cache qualified Nursery group, Blossom is at the forefront of nursery education and has an impressive reputation to match. Here Chantal talks us through the key questions to ask before choosing a nursery.

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11 Ways To Settle Your Toddler Into Nursery

The day has finally come. Your little one is off to nursery. It’s a new and exciting phase and one that will bring many rewards. Of course, starting nursery can also be challenging and it’s perfectly normal for your tot to experience fear, upset and anxiety during those first few weeks. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to help munchkin stay as calm and confident as possible. We sat down with Chantal Ariens, Director of Growth at Blossom Children’s Nursery to get her top tips on how to settle your toddler into nursery. Here’s what she had to say.

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The Nanny vs Nursery Debate

nanny vs nursery debate

Deciding between hiring a nanny and sending your child to nursery can be a real head-scratcher, mainly because there is no right or wrong answer. We all have different priorities and what works for one parent might not work for another. Ultimately all you can do is weigh up the pros and cons. To get the facts, we sat down with childcare expert Rachel Waddilove and child psychologist Devika Singh, and asked them to talk us through the pluses and minuses of the nanny vs nursery debate. Here’s what they had to say.

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Tips For Designing The Nursery

Tips for designing the nursery

Hands down, decorating the nursery has to be of the most exciting parts of impending parenthood. It’s your chance to revamp that tired old guest room with an array of colours, patterns and fabrics. But while unleashing your inner interior designer can be fun, it can also be overwhelming. With this in mind, we sat down JustKidding’s Visual Merchandiser Selvi Cevik (she’s the lady responsible for all those lovely room displays in our stores) and asked her to give us her top tips for designing the nursery. Here’s what she had to say…

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