Babyski in the Languedoc-Roussillon France – Sking for 3-8 year olds no experience necessary!

Situated in the South of France is The KITHAU centre established in 2003. It is located in the Languedoc Roussillon area, in Marseillan (near Montpellier), a village on the edge of the Thau lagoon this family-friendly holiday centre has a kite surfing school, wakeboarding, babyskiing & babywake. There are canoe and paddle rentals, a dining and relaxation area, a small beach, children’s games and a skatepark…

The amazing thing about this palce is the Babyski or Babywake.

With the  babyski or babywake, children from 3 years to eight years can give water skiing , apparently even if they can’t swim!

I would like to think I would be brave enough to let my 5 year old do it but I am not sure… take a look at the video and let me know what you think?

 

If you are having a family holiday in the Languedoc Roussillon in France, why not give it a go? But do let us know how you get on!!!

http://www.kithau.com/en/beach_culture_babyski_babywake.html

 

The Holiday Tots Top Ten Toddler Travel Items for Summer 2014  

Here are our favourite toddler travel items for this summer. In no particular order…

  1. Snoozeshade

If you want protection from the sun and a nice dark environment to aid a longer sleep for lazy sunny days, the Snoozeshade is perfect., Brilliant for baby and toddler day naps when out and about.

Snooze Shade

Snooze Shade

  1. Konfidence – Neoprene Beach Boots

We tried these and love them! They are our must have item wherever we go, perfect for hot sand, pebbly beaches and general splashing and running fun in the hot or colder weather. Great also by the swimming pool as they stop slipping on the concrete or decking and also in the grass where little biting insects might lurk!

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  1. Bebe au Lait nursing cover

If you have babe in arms this cover is indispensable! I used this with my youngest (wish I had had one with the older kids too). It was a godsend in busy places, not only for the discreetness of it but also it stopped him being too nosey to feed and was great on the beach or out and about (as it provides a fabulous sun shade too).

If its good enough for Gwen...

If its good enough for Gwen…

  1. Tot Seat

So we were at lunch at a friend’s house, they didn’t have a high chair but it didn’t matter because we had our Tot Seat – it folds small and can be used on just about every design of chair. So even though all of the holiday properties on Holiday Tots have high chairs we still would recommend taking along a Tot Seat for those lovely lunches over-looking the sea or in quaint villages.

Tot Seat - for babies who lunch!

Tot Seat – for babies who lunch!

 

5. Skip Hop Zoo Trolley Case

We love this trolley, it’s friendly and spacious, and ideal for overnight stays or for the plane or car. It is essentially a pull along trolley but has clever detachable shoulder straps so adults can carry hands-free. The front zip pocket is ideal for smaller more accessible items like snacks or fav books. It is 46cm high x 32cm wide x 16 cm deep. There are fun animal designs: we have the monkey as it goes with Freddie’s lunch box… The Skip Hop Trolley is so cool the little ones might actually want to pull them themselves, I know our little man never lets his go! You can buy them from Kidstravel2 or other reputable retailers

SH_ZooLuggage_PocketDetail_lo_ (1)6. First Aid Kit

I can’t make my mind up on this one so you have two choices!

Boots Pharmaceuticals St John Ambulance Travel First Aid Kit

Brilliant kit at a good price and you get your Boots points. Lots of goodies inside for basic accidents, cuts, grazes stings etc. A bit big for your handbag but good for the glove compartment or suitcase.

Boots Pharmaceuticals & St John Ambulance Travel First Aid Kit

Or

Baby Aid

A lovely compact kit so small it can fit in your nappy bag or handbag. Included are the basics for cuts and grazes and burns and there are some Brave Little Star Stickers too! When I received mine to review (which will follow) I fell in love with its cuteness!

Baby Aid

Baby Aid

The Boots family travel first aid kit is probably best value for money at £11.99 but the BabyAidis just so sweet and compact (15cm x10cmx5cm) and the bag is good quality. It is priced at £16.00 – would be a fab present. Don’t forget to add your sachets of Calpol, you never know when you might need them…

7. Carddies

This is a brilliant and simple idea. Carddies are little card people to colour in and play. There are lots of sets to choose from. They are really good quality, made in the UK, and each set contains: card people, a card scene (all artwork drawn by hand), high quality colouring pencils and plastic stands for the little people and animals all housed in a neat little box. We use them regularly and you can read our review here http://theholidaytotsblog.co.uk/2014/03/27/carddies-knight-set-an-excellent-childrens-travel-toy-promoting-imaginative-play/

Carddies on the farm

Carddies on the farm

They cost £8.99 per pack visit their website for stockists http://www.carddies.com

8. Music CD

A trip would not be complete without a little music, there are lots of children’s music CDs on the market we recently received a copy of Little Big Songs, a nice CD for young children and worth a listen, the songs are catchy and easy to relate to (review to follow) but still our firm favourite is ‘Singable Songs for the Very Young by Rafi’.We have listened to this on our travels (and at home) for the last four years and love it. The great thing about it is not only that the children enjoy it but it is one of those children’s CD’s that is easy on the ear to adults and we all sing-along….

Rafi songs for the very young

9. Stickytape and sticker books

Stickers, stickers and more stickers, they come in many shapes, sizes and books. We always take some along with us wherever we go but our real favourite is sticky tape, white masking tape is the best! We draw on it, stick to paper, toys, bags, books, cards, aeroplane seats and even each other. The fun never stops!

masking tape10. Note book and pen

Our little boy loves his note book and pen. It really is just a basic note book and biro. When we go out for dinner he doodles and now as he is getting older the doodles and writing are getting more legible! He’s on his third note book and it’s great to look back at the older ones. We play drawing guessing games too, the fun is endless and he has always thought he is important with his own biro!

 

 

We hope you get some inspiration from our Top 10 Travel items for toddlers – if you have anything you would like to share feel free to contact us, we would love to hear from you!

Latest news from a favourite luxury micro-resort in the Languedoc-Roussillon…

Some of you may have been fortunate enough to stay at one of these luxury child-friendly apartments or villas in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Located just 10 minutes from the sandy beaches of the Languedoc and a day trip to Barcelona, owners Phil, Emma and their two children, Anya and Austin offer the perfect family luxury break with an array of activities including: heated enclosed swimming pool, twice-weekly maid service, drop in kids club for 3 years up, 2 nights babysitting as standard (more can be arranged at extra cost), 2 evening meals included, breakfast basket every morning, gym, bikes, skateboards, boules, play park, Pilates, relaxation classes…

child friendly holiday resort

child friendly holiday resort

This child-friendly holiday micro-resort already boasts enough to keep any family happy, so what is new…?

They now offer “Gentle Touch” for their health and fitness packages  - bronze, silver and gold.  All guests have the bronze package included, which gives access to the heated salt pool, the jacuzzi and also a Pilates class each day.   Silver and Gold packages are optional but give great value massages – including Hot Stones and Indian Head – as well as bonus stretch classes on the 100-m2 roof terrace, overlooking the wine chateau and the Med.

Enclosed swimming pool

Enclosed swimming pool

We are also excited to announce the opening of their new 2 bedroom air conditioned apartment, which is proving already to be a great success.  It has 3.5m high ceilings, bath and large shower and two terraces.  It also stays lovely and cool during the hot summer days and is ideal for the kids as they have instant access to the play park at the back. This brings their holiday accommodation to a total of four holiday homes, two 2 bed apartments, a 3 bed apartment and ¾ bed luxury villa. All of the properties are ideal for families looking for holidays with babies, toddlers and children of all ages and the resort promises to be a relaxing holiday haven for parents too!

Toddler friendly holiday apartment

Toddler friendly holiday apartment

And finally… the arrival of their giant squirrel.  Pictured with owner Phil, he is made of resin and is about to become a new feature within the grounds! Let’s hope he doesn’t steel all the nuts!

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You can see all of their holiday properties and more information on our Holiday Tots website.

Konfidence – Neoprene Beach Boots review – oh how we love them!!!

We travel a lot and love exploring and being outdoors. When Konfidence sent me their Neoprene Beach Boots I was sooooo excited! Freddie is pretty tough but he moans about his feet a lot when bare footed so we couldn’t wait to try them out!

Konfidence Beach toddler shoe

Konfidence Beach toddler shoe

Our first outing with them was really a massive hit, far beyond my wildest imagination! We went camping for two nights on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset and it rained most of the time, who’d have thought that these fab Konfidence boots would have been so useful!

When we arrived it was raining: setting up the tent meant that we all got wet feet and Freddie’s trainers seemed to attract so much water they didn’t dry until we returned home.

wet trainers

On our first outing we visited Weymouth, Freddie wore his wellies and went too far out to sea, which meant, yes you guessed it, wet wellies!

lulworth wellies

Our second outing was a 20 minute walk from the camp site to Durdle Door beach, the only shoes I had left for Freddie were the Konfidence Beach Boots (mummy failure – or was it?). These proved to be so fantastic that he wore them to the beach and kept them on while playing in the field when we returned to camp.

Freddie's feet kept warm...

Freddie’s feet kept warm…

They are robust with extra thick soles and fabulous toe protection they have a stretchy ankle opening and so perfect for little feet pulling on and off. It didn’t matter that his feet were wet as they kept warm and he didn’t moan once!

Freddie could even run on the large pebbles!

Freddie could even run on the large pebbles!

All in all these little boots are winners in my book, they are not only excellent for the beach – pebbles for comfort, and sand for heat – but also perfect for exploring and playing when camping as we found out!

These boots will go with us wherever we travel – Thank you Konfidence!

Konfidence text on these great little toddler beach boots…

tech-boots

Based on a windsurfing boot design, our funky beach boots offer full protection for toes, heels and soles of the feet in a robust moulded rubber with extra thick soles. The stretchy neoprene fabric with glue and blind-stitched sealed seam construction (the same seam technology used on high-end adult wetsuits ) provides perfectly flat, seamless interior for maximum comfort and warmth and means there’s no need for fiddly ties or toggles, they simply slip on and they’ll be ready to go exploring!

For more details visit their website directly – we think they are a bargain at £11.99 and they come up large so will last at least two years for Freddie.

www.Konfidence.co.uk

 

Yumbox review – the re-invention of the lunchbox? Your chance to win one too!

 

 

Pomme Green Yumbox Closed

When I found out about the Yumbox I was very excited. Freddie loves his houmous and various dips but we always have a problem with how to transport them. Generally we end up with lots of pots to wash up at the end of the day! So Yumbox promised to be the solution, so how did it fair?…

What’s the story of Yumbox?

Yumbox was the idea of two US mums hell bent on developing healthy eating habits (Maia Neumann and Daniele Devitt). UK mum Sarah Kerr found Yumbox in the US and now has launched distribution in the UK.

Cracker and ham rolls copy

What is Yumbox?

Yumbox is more than just a lunch/snack box: it is designed to guide you in providing a healthy and hassle free lunch. Each of its five sections are ½ a cup size providing the ideal space for key food groups: Fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy. There is also a small well, ideal for a treat or dip.

Pomme Green Yumbox Open with Tray

It is lightweight and has a leak-proof single lid.

What we thought…

On first inspection Yumbox is solid and well made, it looks good too! It is easy to open and close, so ideal for little fingers (probably 3+ but I would have used it for my children when they were younger too and opened and closed it myself – not that it is hard to open just to reduce spillage!)

Each section is well proportioned and has a picture to guide you should you run out of ideas!

Yumbox Removable Illustrated Tray

We tested it out for a week and it faired really well…

Travel

Fabulous little snack/lunch box for the car, Freddie felt quite important with it and we didn’t have lots of pots lying around at the end of the day!

fred eating

Days out

We visited the Herts County Show and I had no problem popping the Yumbox into my bag, it is light and quite small.

At the allotment

We spend a few hours at a time at the allotment but Freddie always loves a little snack. We usually have to buy things that are individually wrapped or go with lots of different pots. Yumbox is excellent not only because of its size but the fact that there is no waste! Great for the environment too as I just top it up with bits from the fridge!

allotment yumbox

Skatepark

We joined a few friends at the indoor Skatepark – there was a special scooter session for three hours for young children and Freddie loved it! I took Yumbox as his snack box and I have never seen a product cause so much interest from every single mum. They all loved it and can’t wait to get their hands on one!

Cleaning

Yumbox is dishwasher safe, which is fab. I only have one very small niggle about the Yumbox and it is to do with cleaning. The underside of the inner tray has crevices that are hard to get dry and clean but that doesn’t deter from what a fabulous re-invention of the lunch box this is. (it’s better than washing up lots of pots and throwing away lots of bags!) I think we will be using our Yumbox for a very long time to come… This is always how it looks before the dishwasher empty! (this day the Yumbox was actually upside down for most of the day and you can see the Houmous went onto the lid but didn’t leak – fabulous!!!

yumbox empty

Competition

Win a Yumbox

We are delighted to have a fabulous green Yumbox available in our Holiday Tots competition  to enter and if you can’t wait…

Yumbox is now available in the UK priced at £24.95 from http://www.yumbox-uk.co.uk/shop/ in two colours with more coming soon…

pink-green-collage-logo

I was sent a complementary Yumbox to review and my review is my honest opinion

Summer availability – toddler – friendly holiday cottages in the Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Situated within their own beautiful grounds are these lovely holiday cottages that are as with all Holiday Tots holiday properties all kitted out with everything you need when taking babies, toddlers and young children on holiday. Stairgates, high chair, cots a must but also the little things like a big family friendly welcome! Mike and Katie and their children pull out all the stops to make every family have a great stay and often make new lifelong friends along the way. They have a couple of weeks still available this summer in their lovely child-friendly cottages and are offering 20% discount so snap them up quick!!!

Lampy_outside

Located in the Languedoc Roussillon just 20 minutes from Carcassonne are these fabulous family friendly holiday cottages. As with all Holiday Tots holiday cottages they provided the perfect home from home to relax and unwind for a family with babies, toddlers and/or young children. Owners Mike and Katie have children of their own and know exactly what it takes to have a relaxing family getaway. They have a few weeks left in a couple of their lovely child-friendly holiday cottages this summer and are offering a last minute 20% discount.

 

Enclosed Swimming Pool

Enclosed Swimming Pool

There is a fully enclosed heated swimming pool (heated to 24 degrees May-September) shared by the four holiday cottages and each cottage has its own private terrace. There is also a large communal terrace and seating area with sofas in the shade by the BBQs.

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terrace

There are 6 hectares of woods and meadows, ideal for family picnics. The nearest airport is just 25km away in the city of Carcassonne.

Poppies_in_one_of_our_meadows

Last minute availability:

Property ref MK1L has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 10 guests – three double bedrooms with the master having an en-suite and a further bathroom. There are also two sofa beds.

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20% discount for last remaining weeks of summer w/c 5th, 12th and 19th July now only 1120€ per week

Lampy_-_kitchen_area

http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Languedoc-roussillon/Languedoc-roussillon-134.html

Property ref MK3R is simply decorated and has two bedrooms, the furniture has been chosen to reflect the traditional French farmhouse style.

Riblou-exterior

20% discount for last remaining summer weeks w/c 16th and 23rd August now only €640 per week

Riblou_-_main_bedroom

http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Languedoc-roussillon/Languedoc-roussillon-141.html

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You can see all four of their child-friendly holiday cottages in the Languedoc-Roussillon, France here – great for a summer holiday or Spring or Autumn break as the pool is heated from May through to September!

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Your chance to win some amazing baby/toddler travel items in our Facebook competition…

We have got together with some of our favourite companies who we think have useful and inspirational items that help families when on holiday with babies and toddlers – or even just out and about!

There are 5 travel packs up for grabs on our Facebook competition and you can enter here:

ENTER HERE: http://9nl.eu/WINTravelPack (full terms and conditions apply, please see competition – competition ends midnight 30th June 2014 – Good Luck!

Each pack includes one each of the following

the UK’s best-selling sun and sleep shade ‘ SnoozeShade ‘ (original or plus)

Snooze Shade

Snooze Shade

fun set of ‘ Carddies ‘ (caveman family)

Carddies on the farm

Carddies on the farm

a selection of 5 Michelin ‘Eye Spy Books and note pad’

Michelin Eye Spy Books

Michelin Eye Spy Books

for babies who lunch the brilliant ‘ Totseat - the washable, squashable highchair ‘ (apple design)

Tot Seat Apple design

Tot Seat Apple design

fab for feeding nosey babies the popular ‘ Bebe au Lait ‘ nursing cover (Amalfi design)

Be Be Au Lait

Be Be Au Lait

for continued splashing fun the re-usable ‘ Konfidence Aqua Nappy’ (clown fish design)

Konfidence Aqua Nappy

Konfidence Aqua Nappy

the sun smart ‘ Shaidee ‘ 

Shaidee

Shaidee

for teething dribblers the clever ‘Neckerchoo’ (uni stripe design)

Uni-stripe Neckerchew

Uni-stripe Neckerchew

the very cute compact ‘ Baby Aid ‘ 

Baby Aid

Baby Aid

a ‘Traykit’ 

Traykit

Traykit

AND a ‘£200 voucher’ to spend on the child-friendly villa in Portugal ref RFV on Holiday Tots (Any size villa in Sept or Oct 2014).

Child-friendly holiday villa Algarve, Portugal

Child-friendly holiday villa Algarve, Portugal