Archive for May, 2010

Party Ideas for your children (from at-home do-it-yourself to extravagant budget blowers)

Hosting a party for your kids can be a great experience for the child as well as the other members of the family.  When deciding on what type of party to host for your child it is necessary to first consider the age of your child and the potential guests as well as the amount of money you are willing to spent on the party.  Children’s parties can range from the do it yourself version where the family hosts the party at their home with party food, cake and various games, to the extravagant party events where a party planner is called in and no expense is spared on things like the venue, theme and gifts for the child and the guests.

The age of the child and the age of the guests attending the party is important to consider especially when it comes to planning the entertainment and games for the party.  If the activities or entertainment are not age appropriate the guests and the host will not enjoy the party.  Parties for very young children are generally a family affair as children’s parties that involve inviting guests normally starts when the child is attending school and has developed a circle of friends.

The other consideration when planning a party for your child’s birthday is the amount of money you have budgeted for the occasion.  Children’s parties can be done on a relatively small budget and they can also be an extravagant event for those families with an open ended budget.  For those families that have a tight budget children’s parties can easily be held at home with decorations either made or bought cheaply at party supply shops reflecting a theme chosen by the child.  These parties can have great low cost party games such as pass the parcel and depending where you live entertainment such as a magician or clown can make up part of the entertainment for the birthday child and the guests all for an agreed amount at the time of hire.

Families that have a much larger budget for a child’s birthday party may wish to hire a venue for the party and have the venue decorated to a theme or you may want to plan a party around an activity such as ten pin bowling, ice skating, makeup party, go carting or even hiring a video gaming venue.  These activities are popular with children but can be expensive depending on the number of guests attending.  It is also important to choose an age appropriate activity so that the birthday child and the guests are able to participate and have a great time.

Top 5 Prams

Shopping for the right pram for your child is important as there are many types and brands available all with different features and for different uses.  Before deciding on a certain type of baby pram for your child it is important to consider things such as the cost, safety aspects and build of the pram, is it easy to fold up and down, does it fit in the car, is there enough space to store baby items and is it suitable for the use I will give the pram such as jogging or just pushing around shopping centres or  along footpaths at the park.  This may seem like a lot of things to consider however prams can be quite costly so it is important that you get one with all the features that you need so there is no need to purchase another one as the child grows.

One of the best tandem prams on the market is the Phil and Teds (P&T) Vibe model pram.  This pram is one of the leaders when it comes to 2 seaters with its unique inline design.  The pram is able to seat a toddler and newborn, two toddlers or can be used as a straight single pram.  As with many of the newer style prams this one has the larger more stable air filled tyres which makes it great for walking and jogging in the park.  One of the best things about this design of pram is the P&T Vibe is that it is light weight and can fold up even when the double seat is attached.

The Bugaboo Cameleon is an excellent baby pram for the parents who need a pram that is flexible and suited to use in different situations.  The Bugaboo is designed as a single seater and has the flexibility to be a car seat, reversible bassinet and reversible toddler seat.  The Bugaboo range is easy to assemble and folds small for people with limited boot space in the car and is a great choice for parents looking for a pram which is able to be changed to suit the child as they grow.

The Strider Plus baby pram is another option to consider especially if you are looking for a pram with heaps of features as well as the ability to change and adapt the pram as the child grows.  This pram provides the flexibility of an extra seat if you have a toddler as well and many parents prefer this pram over some of the other brands due to the generous stowage space for all the babies essentials.

The Valco Rebel pram is another model that has been designed to change and adjust as the child grows.  The Valco rebel is fully interchangeable depending on whether you want the baby facing you or facing outward and as the baby grows the seat area is fully adjustable and incorporates a moveable foot rest.  Other great features of this pram include padded 5 point harness straps and an extra large storage area for all the babies blankets and other items.

The Love N Care Stroller is also a great choice for newborns through to toddlers with the great design features and this pram is super light weight and easy to handle.  As with most of the good quality prams this one is fully adjustable and folds down small to fit in even the smallest boot space.  The Love N Care stroller is made from fully washable durable fabrics, has a large area for baby items under the carriage and even comes with a protective boot cover for use when stored in the car or house.