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Nightlights - what type suits you best.

by sarah 16. April 2016 10:05

Nightlights are great to comfort children who are scared of the dark. Nightlights are great for parents to see their little ones in the middle of the night, but how do you choose the best nightlight for you? With so many different types it can get confusing but at Bubsandbeans we are here to help.

We have a huge range of nightlights from Portable ones you can take with you everywhere, projection one that make bring the stars inside to soft toys that light up.

Nightlights are great for late night nappy changes, creating a soft enough glow for you to change your babies nappy without waking them up, a nightlight allows your child to locate their comforter, dummy or blanket in the middle of the night without you having to come get them.

With so many different types available how do you choose the best one for your child?

Plug in the wall nightlights

These nightlights plug straight into the wall, it means there is ready access to power no need for Batteries, messy cords.


Soft toy nightlights

Soft toy nightlights are a gentle soft way to soothe your little one to sleep. The soft glow helps your child to sleep, some even sing nursery rhymes like twinkle, twinkle, or other songs to soothe them to sleep.


Portable Nightlights

Portable nightlights are a great solution for a nursery as there are no messy cords for you to worry about. They are portable so they can sit anywhere in the room. They are great to take on holidays. Portable nightlights come as two types either battery powered, or USB charged.



Projection nightlights

As the name implies, projection nightlights project an image onto a surface in the child’s room, these can be stars, images sometimes they are combined with music and nature sounds. 



If you want a nightlight that will grow with your child long after they ‘need’ a nightlight you could go with a stylish lamp. The best thing about Lamps are there brightness depends on what lightbulb you put in it.


LED nightlights

LED nightlights are a great low energy solution for a nightlight. They are a practical safe solution. Safe low voltage. They can either be portable LED that run off batteries, or others use Mains power, so no need for batteries.

Lightstax Blocks

Want a fun way to help your children sleep at night. Lightstax blocks are duplo sized blocks that light up when connected to the base or touch each other, they are either battery or USB powered.

Lightstax blocks are a great way for children to design their own nightlights.

 To see our huge range of nightlights


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Fussy eaters, Toddlers and beyond.

by sarah 6. March 2016 13:09


I would hazard to guess that anyone with toddlers would at some stage deal with a child that is fussy, or off their food. You might have a child that is a carnivore and won't touch anything to do with veggies, a herbivore that thinks meat is Yuk, or my favourite a nuggetavore, a child that has no desire to eat anything except chicken nuggets with maybe a side of chips if you are lucky. Experts will tell you that being fussy eater is a normal part of children's development, however that doesn't help you when you are throwing out a perfectly good dinner for the third night in a row, or dealing with 11pm wake ups from a child who is so hungry.

I have come up with some strategies that have worked for us with our four children.


1 - Let them help

You will be surprised by how exciting mealtimes can become with a simple pair of tongs at mealtimes. How much tastier your children will find their sandwiches if they help spread the jam, how much extra things they put on their own pizza's if they get to make it themselves. Back when my daughter was two she would not eat breakfast, every morning was a real battle to get her to eat anything, until I started letting her butter her own toast. Now she wakes me up to help make toast.



2 - Lead by example

Make sure you show good eating habits to your children, be willing to try out new foods. If you ask my children what is the "worst food" they will all say Brussel sprouts, even though they have never eaten them. They have heard me say to people I hate brussel sprouts so they have already got a preconceived notion they are terrible.

3 - Portion size.

This is important for both adults and children alike. Remember your children do not need as much food as we do, it is better for your children to ask for seconds than for it to be a fight every night.


4 - Less drinks with meals.

Your children should be drinking regularly throughout the while day. Don't fill them up on drinks at mealtimes, they will be less likely to eat. We wait until our children are halfway through their dinner before our drinks come out.  

5 - Routine (Have a proper mealtime)

Kids need routine, they thrive on it. Make sure you have a set mealtime and all sit down together, engage with them, show them by your own actions what mealtimes should look like. If they understand that it is mealtime now and they can't keep coming back for food it will create good eating habits.

6 - Think about your plates, cutlery etc.. Try sectional plates?

I love sectional plates for young children, as you know the story, your child loved broccoli yesterday, every meal had to have broccoli somehow included but then today she wont touch it, or anything that has touched it. Sectional plates solve this.


7 - Pack a lunchbox.

It's amazing how much more food my 2 and 3 year old eat at lunchtime if packed in a lunchbox


8 - Make mealtime fun

Serve your food in an interesting way, use sandwich cutters, taco trucks, a plate with their favourite character or my favourite, A Dinner winner plate, these plates are like their own game board they need to eat all the food and when they get to the end and have eaten all their dinner they receive a special treat. If their mealtimes is a fun time your child will be more interested in their food


9 - Simple Choices

 Don't give your children to may choices, the rule of thumb is they should have no more choices than how old they are. So a two year old should have no more than 2 choices, a three year old, 3 choices.

Remember that your children that unless they have a medical condition that requires them to eat regularly that your children will not starve themselves so take the pressure of yourself, they will eat when they are hungry and just make sure you have some healthy food around when that time comes. 

Click here, If you want to see some fun ideas for your dinner table






Facts | Food

Top tips for Back to school - It's all about food.

by sarah 16. January 2016 10:57

I don't know about you but I love School holidays, the thought of 6 weeks without the normal crazy rushing around, so you are still in your PJ's at 8am. No worries.

My big kids around to play with my two little ones, awesome.


But now school is fast approaching so I have put together my tips for starting back to School


It's all about Food.

Now you might think that the most important thing about school, is uniforms, learning etc.

No its Food, without the right food your little one won't be able to concentrate and learn.


It's not just about what food you pack, its also what you pack it in.


Now It doesn't matter if you have a fancy lunchbox or a basic container, the most important thing is, Can your child open it and close it themselves. Anytime we get a new lunchbox we trial it repeatedly before we use it. I still remember my Son's first day at kinder




How messy is the Food.

Sounds simple but how messy is the food, will your child be stuck wearing a sticky messy t-shirt all day as you packed them juicy watermelon and oranges and they still struggle to stay clean. Have you packed a chocolate cover biscuit that will melt in the warm climate. Will that Blueberry muffin stain their new Uniform.


Check your school food policy.


Our school is a nude food school, which means - no disposable packaging, yoghurt must be in reusable pouches, lunch boxes need to be bento style as we cant use glad wrap.

Our school is strictly No nuts - what does that mean to you, No peanut Butter or Nutella sandwiches, no nuts in your muesli bars.

Our school allows children to have "Brain Food"  during class in Prep. What is Brain Food? Fruit and Vegetables. Which means packing a separate "Brain Food" only lunchbox.


My Top three tips in the lead up to school.


1 - Don't try to many new foods in the first few weeks of school, for prep students everything is new, so whilst it might look awesome to try the great recipe ideas you see all over facebook, unless you know your child is going to eat it, don't. Start with the foods you know they love. Experiment on the weekends

2 - Practice makes perfect. In the week leading up to school starting pack their lunchbox everyday, that way you can be confident they know how to open their lunchbox, (glad wrap), reusable pouches, drink bottles.

3 -  Relax and enjoy, you are going to be packing lunches for the next 13 plus years depending on how many children you have, so relax, don't put to much expectations and pressure on yourself. If you want to spend hours each week making awesome Bento lunches, go for it, if you want to pack last nights leftovers in an insulated jar, as well as some snacks that's great. If you want to pack a traditional sandwich that's great too. As long as your child has enough healthy food that they will eat. That is all that matters.




To see our full back to school range head-over to the website 

Back to school





Facts | Lunchbox | School related

When your pregnancy isn’t really a beautiful thing – my experience with HG in pregnancy.

by sarah 24. November 2015 06:45

Pre-pregnancy I heard all the comments about pregnancy, how amazing it is, what a “magical time” pregnancy is, you hear about the the pregnant glow, the joy of pregnancy, but what happens when you suffer from debilitating HG (Hyperemesis gravidarum).

How do you reconcile your own feelings of pain, nausea and at times despair with the picture every one has been giving you of what pregnancy is like.

I have four beautiful children and unfortunately with all four children I suffered with severe HG, each pregnancy seemed to be worse than the last. It is not something you forget but somehow many of us HG survivors go back and have subsequent children but we do not go into this decision lightly.

HG is debilitating, it affects between 0.5 – 2% of pregnancies, it causes severe vomiting, severe nausea, and due to these dehydration. Unlike ‘normal morning sickness’ it doesn’t go away at the end of the first trimester,  and can cause weight loss in pregnancy.

My HG lasted up until moments before my beautiful children where born.

I am a very positive person, and a very private person and when people would ask in pregnancy how I was going I would say Great, but I wasn’t, it wasn’t. The problem with not telling anyone how you are really feeling is then you also don’t get the right support that you need. If you suffer from HG you need support, you need help. Especially if you have other children that require your care. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who saw that I wasn’t ok and not only helped me through it, but graciously picked up the slack with the housework, our other children even when working full time. He made sure I told our OB and our midwives exactly how I was so I could get the right care.

When I walked into hospital to give birth to my fourth child I weighed 8 kgs less than when I feel pregnant. This is definitely not a weight loss regime I recommend, especially as your body goes into starvation mode and I pilled on over 10-15 kgs very quickly within a few months of my beautiful boy being born as your metabolism is non existent. 

There are other side effects after pregnancy you need to deal with, I went to the dentist for a check up before I feel pregnant with my first, my teeth where perfect, I had no need for fillings, no dramas however, after 9 months of constant vomiting when I went to my dentist check up I found I needed multiple fillings, the constant vomiting and the acid that it brings up had ruined my teeth.

People who have never suffered from HG can sometimes find it hard to understand how debilitating it is. With each of my pregnancies I would vomit at least 50 times a day, for the whole 9 months, that meant I lived with a “special bucket in my car”, had towels covering seats and floors in the car just in case.

Its bursting a blood vessel in your stomach from vomiting so much and then dealing with months of vomiting blood

There is the way you have to give up your pride, I have not forgotten the amount of times I had to vomit in public in a random bin, a gutter, a random garden, a friends bathroom. When you go anywhere your first step is to see where the toilet is as you know that at some stage you will be making a visit their.

It’s the hospital visits when you have done all you can yourself to stay hydrated, but nothing you do has worked. Its trying to explain to some ED doctors that it is not ‘just morning sickness”

It’s the shame you feel, when you resort to medicine to try (often unsuccessfully) to just keep one meal down.

It’s how you feel that you are failing your unborn child, like your body just isn’t good enough to keep your child safe.

Its how you feel like you are failing your other children, when you don’t have the energy to play with them, when you cant cook normal meals because the smell has you running to the bathroom.

The fact you have no choice but to tell people early, like the royal couple found, all our pregnancies we told people very early, very hard to explain why you are vomiting all the time without people being concerned about catching some nasty bug. 

It’s the feeling of frustration when other people don’t understand and tell you “to enjoy this pregnancy” that you cant be upset, overwhelmed, sad as you should count your blessings that you are in fact pregnant.

Its the utter feeling of confusion, being so happy and amazed with this new life growing inside of you, but also wondering how you are ever going to make it to the end of the pregnancy.

Its trying to explain to your other children that whilst you are sick, you are not ill. My older children were often in tears during my pregnancy with my younger two as they would see me being sick, and not understand that I wasn’t ill.

HG is a debilitating part of pregnancy, but it is only a part of the pregnancy, if you are suffering from HG, don’t loose hope when you are sitting on the bathroom floor, try to focus on the other parts, the way in which you feel your baby move inside of you, The joy you get while planning your nursery, trying to choose a name for your baby. The fact that you know that there is an end to this, the HG will end and when it does you will have an amazing new baby to love, cherish.

It’s the knowledge that you are giving your other children a new sibling to love and cherish.






Facts | Health | Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding

Raising a Bilingual Child

by sarah 12. November 2015 21:24

Raising a Bilingual Child

There are many misconceptions surrounding raising a bilingual child. Many parents fear it will confuse their child, lead to speech delays, and even hurt their I.Q. and verbal development. These fears have a deep-rooted history in child psychology, but recent studies have found that most of them simply aren't true. Speaking multiple languages has almost no negative long-term effects on a child's learning. In fact, it gives your child what psychologist Ellen Bialystok calls "the bilingual advantage", which helps to strengthen their mental development.

This happens in a number of ways. Part of being bilingual is relying more on your executive controls, which helps with planning, problem solving and performing difficult mental tasksSince bilingual children do this more, they become more efficient at it, which leads to longer attention spans, better academic performance and helps them to multitask more easily.

Boosting Mental Development

Being bilingual also strengthens a child's mental development in a number of other ways, too. Bilingual children often engage in higher cognitive thinking at a younger age, such as being able to associate multiple words with one object. Speaking two languages also requires their brain to choose the right word while blocking words from the other language, which is great brain training and allows them to process conflicts quicker in other situations. Children who grow up in a bilingual environment also have to focus more on the cues of their two languages, which can also make them better at observing the world around them.

Reality Check

Of course, raising your child to be bilingual will not instantly turn them into a super genius. A recent study by the University of Edinburgh found that, while bilingual children were more developed in some areas, overall the difference between bilingual and monolingual children were minor.

However, even if the benefits of raising your child to be bilingual are not as strong as originally thought, it certainly won't put them at a disadvantage. Being raised bilingual also has a range of other benefits. It gives your child a connection with their parents' heritage, gives them a stronger sense of identity, helps make them more culturally sensitive, makes it easier for them to learn other languages, and can even delay Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's later in life.   


Are you raising your child to be bilingual? Have you noticed a difference in how fast they are learning compared to other kids? Let us know in the comments below. 


Facts | Development