The Winter Potty List with Growing Up Milk

Winter is definitely upon us, the mornings are chilly and cold and it has been getting darker alot earlier. As it is a lot colder now we find it not so easy to spend lengthy amounts of time outside in the fresh air.

From October to April, the sun is at the wrong angle for our bodies and the bodies of our little ones to make the vitamin D we need. This can have an impact on your toddler’s health, as vitamin D plays an important role in the development of little ones’ bones and teeth. I wrote about Vitamin D a while back, you can read about it here. As we are spending less time outside because of the weather and also because the sun is at the wrong angle we need find ways to top up our toddler’s diet with Vitamin D during this time.

Why not Play chef on a rainy day and design funny faces for Fisherman’s Jackets (jacket potato with tuna). Not only is this a fun activity for you and your little one to enjoy together, but the final product is also a good source of vitamin D

Relax and curl up watching a movie, with a beaker of Growing Up Milk for your little one and a hot drink for mum. Just two 150ml beakers a day of Growing Up Milk provides 73% of toddlers’ daily dietary vitamin D recommendation

Other sources of dietary vitamin D include fortified cereals, eggs and oily fish. The Department of Health also recommends that all children aged six months to five years receive vitamin D drops of at least 7mcg, in order to meet their daily requirement

My son is 27 months old and still enjoys 2 beakers of Growing Up Milk a day, of which he drinks first thing in the morning after his cereal and one just after dinner of the evening. Drinking 2 150ml beakers of Growing Up Milk a day gives him 73% of the daily recommended requirement. I want to make sure that he has strong and healthy bones and teeth as this is important to his growth and development and he also really likes the taste of the milk and prefers it to drinking cows milk.

The guys over at Growing Up Milk  asked parents to send in their suggestions of things to do with a toddler over the winter months. After looking through all the great entries, they have created a Winter Potty List of 24 must-do activities for you and your little one to enjoy, including a few vitamin D inspired games.

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I think taking part in the Winter Potty List will be lots of fun and it will also keep us, as well as our children, active and healthy.

Scrambled eggs, canned Tuna, Salmon, Canned Sardines and Chicken are all ideal foods to get Vitamin D from.

Will you be joining in? What would you add to the list?



Could your little one be a star of the new Dance Dance Baby Advert for Cow & Gate?

Our Little ones love to move along to music, showing off their lively personalities boogying, jiggling, turning and shaking their little bodies all over the place, that’s why Cow & Gate have created Dance Dance Baby

Dance Dance Baby is a Facebook app that has been created for you to upload videos of your little one expressing their personality to music. Cow & Gate will select their favourite clips for their new advert, which will be launched on their YouTube channel later this year.

They are looking for boogying babies from the age of 9 months to 3 years old, you will find all the FAQ’s and how to get involved here, please make sure you read all of the terms and conditions before entering.

The closing date for the videos to be uploaded is 15th July 2013, the videos should be no longer than 30 seconds long and is only open to UK residents.

Here are a few guidelines to help you capture your little one’s moves on video:

  • Film it landscape, sideways (horizontal) and in colour.
  • Try to keep the camera nice and steady.
  • Make sure your little one is dancing or wiggling safely.
  • Keep logos of brands (including Cow & Gate) out of view.
  • Try to keep your little one facing the camera as much as you can.
  • Turn off the date and time stamp option (this may appear in the corner of the screen on your camera).

Good Luck and get filming your little ones 🙂

This is not a sponsored post, my son has appeared in the campaign which is why i am happy to share.



Is your toddler ready for the Marathon?




With the London marathon looming, taking place this sunday (21st April), adult runners are preparing for a major feat. However, what mums and dads may not realise is that on a daily basis, the nutrition our little ones require to achieve every day milestones, like crawling, walking and running, is comparable to the power grown-ups need to complete major achievements.

The First Steps Research, commissioned by, highlights how a toddler’s daily antics, which might include: tottering from one end of the sofa to the other, playing in their sandpit or even their afternoon nap, uses the same energy, when compared ‘pound for pound’ to an adult running 30 miles. That’s more than a marathon.

This is also equivalent to:

  • Eight hours of straight singles tennis – just three hours shy of the record breaking 11 hour, five minute match set at Wimbledon, by Nicolas Mahut and John Isner in 2010
  • Rowing for six hours – plenty of time to row the 21 miles of the English Channel
  • 250 minutes boxing – that’s 83 rounds in the ring, which is over 27 individual fights

Leading dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton explains the science behind these findings. She comments: “To illustrate the difference between a toddler’s and an adult’s diet, the First Steps Research worked out the average calories required to support a toddler on a daily basis. We took into consideration their weight, resting metabolic rate, and energy necessary for growth, development and activity. Each of these factors, when compared with an average 70kg (154lb) adult, equated ‘pound for pound’ to a 3,600 calorie daily diet for an adult. That’s enough to run marathons, climb Ben Nevis twice, or box more than seven fights consecutively.

My 20 month old is always on the go, from the moment he is awake to the minute he falls asleep he spends his time running around, climbing, playing with the ball either throwing or kicking it and riding his bike. I don’t have enough energy in me to keep up with him, there’s one thing for sure is that i sleep very well at night (when he isn’t waking me up) as he tires me out! His favorite activity is going to our local gymnastics club where he spends an hour and a half  bouncing on the trampoline, walking on the beams, jumping into the pit and generally running around.



“I hope the findings of the First Steps Research go some way to help parents understand why it is so important for our toddlers to get the right healthy balanced diet, designed to meet their special nutritional needs, including the right amount of vitamins – for this amazing period of growth and development.”

Visit to find out more about the amazing growth and development that one toddlers experience from the age of one to three. The website offers nutritional advice from experts, as well hints and tips on ways to top-up your toddler’s daily vitamin D intake, and the role Growing Up Milk can play to help support little ones.

This post is a part of my role being a Growing Up Milk Mumtor. I have received no payment i  doing so!



Cow & Gate Supergroup – Behind The Scenes

Back in September you may remember me writing a post about Oliver taking part in the new Cow & Gate Advert well on the day of the shoot they took some behind the scenes shots and they have put together a little film that gives you all a sneaky peak into what they thought of the experience of filming the advert.

Following a nationwide Facebook search, mums and dads including myself sent in videos of our toddlers showing their budding personalities, we were then chosen to attend a casting in London and then from the back of the casting invited along for a chance to appear in their fun new advert. The advert was filmed in Angel Studios in Islington, everyone was friendly and welcoming and my little Oliver had lots of fun running around touching what he would normally get told not to touch and getting away with it lol.

See what happened when Cow & Gate let a troupe of toddlers loose in a recording studio and follow the stories of the proud parents whose little ones were selected to be a member of the Cow & Gate Supergroup (including me arrggghhh!)

I can’t believe i made it onto this video, i had a terrible cold sore and sound like an idiot! I so hate being filmed lol but it’s true what i say, I am very proud of my little boy! We are chiffed to bits to see his little face (and shoes) on the advert.


Oliver recieved a little goody bag today from The PR company for Cow & Gate and he loved it! He got a cute little Todler Daysack which is funny enough a Cow 🙂 and a story book aswell as some Cow & Gate Growing Up Milk.



Cow & Gate Supergroup

I’m so proud of my little boy, seeing him on the television is quite surreal. He has a bright and bubbly personality and is always giggling away at his big brothers. His laugh is infectious and he has that little cheeky grin that gets him anything that he wants.

We was overwhelmed to find out that Cow & Gate agree with us when they decided to put him on their new TV and Cinema advert. The Tv advert is 40 seconds long and is about feeding the childrens personality’s . The advert that is shown in the cinemas is 2 minutes long and shows a little bit more of Oliver and his infectious bubbly nature.

For those of you that haven’t seen the advert here its is…