Open Wide- First Dentists Trip Tips

On Monday it was time for Jess to finally go to the dentist for the first time it is something which I wanted to get her to do from a young age because I didn’t want her to be one of those children who actually became scared of the dentist. I will admit to anyone that I am not the biggest fan of the dentist at all. I actually had a routine appointment as well I made sure that Jess had an appointment with me because this would allow her to see what happen. Unfortunately, there was nobody available to come with me when we had to take her so this did not help me at all I was getting nervous. I shouldn’t have needed to because Jess was a superstar she did not manage to bite the dentist at all and I do not know what I was worried about she didn’t even cry. I can not believe my little girl only has 8 more teeth and then she will have the full set.

I am going to share with you some tips which I used for her first trip to the dentist and I also asked some of my fellow bloggers for their tips as well. I would say make sure that you have an appointment as well because then they do not feel like they are the only one who has to go through this process. I did this, however, when Jess got into the room she wanted her teeth checking before me so this was not actually an issue for us at all, however, I know for some children it may help a lot. I also recommend a few days before they go saying to them about the dentist and what is going to happen so Jess knew that she would need to do we told her she was going to have to open her mouth and say arrrrr.

I asked some of my fellow bloggers and these were the tips which they gave me for Jess’s first trip

Talk positively about it. Let them see you sit in the chair first and see it’s not a scary place. Let them climb into the chair if they can. Don’t reward them with sweets!- Debbie, Myboysclub

My tips would just be to expect it not to go smoothly at first(meaning they may not let the dentist even really check) , it’s somewhere they need to learn to love and if you have a stressful first experience it won’t help.- Ayse, Arepops

Don’t get stressed about it / worry just treat it like your going somewhere you always go with them so they don’t get worried. Also let them know what the dentist does in the lead up to going, my two year old loves going to the dentist as he gets to show her how shiny his teeth are.- Lindsay, newcastlefamilylife.

My son has always come with me and sat on my lap whilst I have been checked. My dentist recommended this and it helps that he is really nice and very sweet to him. I think if you can get them used to being in that environment and they can see you are ok being checked they will follow suit.- Emma. Emmareed

I always told my children that the dentist was just going to count their teeth-  Sarah, Boorooandtiggertoo

We bought our son a little pretend dentist set the week before he went for his first check up. We all played at pretending to be dentists and then he thought it was all just a game when we eventually got there- Stacey, Onesmallhuman

My son always came with me to my appointments. When it came to his turn I booked my appointment at the same time and we went in together. The dentist saw me first and my son had his turn after me. The dentist barely looked in his mouth (they don’t generally do much with the young ones), but it got him used to the idea – Erica – 92three30

Ours took a teddy that the dentist checked out first. They felt at ease after seeing the teddy get checked over and were excited about their turn- Beth. Twinderelmo 

Take them with you from as early on as possible! Both of mine have had their first check ups around 10 months, and it just gets the used to how it works. They always sit on my lap during my check up too, and my dentist is lovely and lets them ‘help’ by pressing the buttons and having their own mirror!- Emily. EmilyandIndiana 

Take your children from as early in their lives as possible. Both of mine have been since soon after birth. Let your children see you in the chair first and use positive words. It’s important that your dentist is someone you are super comfortable with otherwise the kids will pick up on this. Also, if you’re not happy with your dentist then I wouldn’t want my children to visit that dentist.  There is a Peppa Pig episode where they go to the dentist. My son loves watching this and then acts out part of the episode when he is actually at the dentist!  Stickers and reward chart for things like dentist, hairdresser, doctor visits etc if nothing else is working. – Skye, cutenessandchoas

Have you taken your child to the dentist if so what where your tips?

Charlotte x

How To Healthy During Exam Season

As some of you may know I am a 2nd-year student which means I have had a lot of exam seasons, I have found that when I become stressed I can forget to look after myself as bad as it sounds it means that I can become poorly. This is something which I can not afford to do anymore because of the fact that I have Jess to look after which means that it just is not possible for me to become ill or it puts, even more, stress on me.  Today I have decided that I am going to share with you my top tips which means that I avoid illness as much as I can.

  • The first tip is to make sure that you drink a lot of water because being dehydrated means that you will not have as much motivation to complete work because you will not feel great, Water is the way to hydrate even though you could have squash if you do not like plain water.
  • Make sure that you get a good nights sleep I know that it may be tempting to stay up till around 3am completing work but trust me you need sleep this is when your body repairs. You will feel better when you have had a good nights sleep which means that you may be more productive
  • Make a timetable which means that you know when you are going to work and what you are going to revise which will mean that you will get more work done rather than thinking oh what work do I need to do and wasting time not being productive.
  • Eat healthier rather eating rubbish I know that it is easier to eat rubbish due to the fact that you do not want to spend time cooking when you could be doing some work which may need to be in. 
  • Make sure that you make time for yourself even if it is something small like having a bath once a week. This is something which I do throughout the year I treat myself to a lush bath on a Wednesday which means that I have it as something to look forward to when I know that things are very stressful.
Do you have any tips to keep healthy this exam season share below in the comments
Charlotte x
This post is in collaboration with Satsuma Loans

Give Something Special This Christmas

Hi Guys

Today I am sharing with you something which is very important and close to my heart. Christmas is the time of year when people give presents but why not do something amazing this Christmas and give blood.

Over 6,000 blood transfusions are carried out daily in the UK, each year 200,000 new donors are needed. Only 3% of people actually donate but we would all expect a blood transfusion if we required one. I wish I could say that I was one of those donors, however, due to the fact that when I had Jess I had to have a blood transfusion myself it has meant that I can no longer give blood.

Instead of going to donate this Christmas I am trying to raise awareness the first way is by writing this post I hope I make some of you think about donating. I have already made my mum donate some blood since having my transfusions because she knows how close she came to losing her daughter. I was fortunate to have two lovely people who donated blood as I have had two transfusions and if it was not for them Jess may be here celebrating her second Christmas without her Mummy. You can donate every 6 months as well so it is not something which is just a one off.

I have been informed that it hardly takes any time at all and you get a free cup of tea/coffee and biscuits after donating, it does not make you feel unwell and it is so simple to do.  You could have an amazing Christmas knowing you may have saved someone life now you even get a text saying when your blood was used and also where. I know the last time my mum donated her blood was used all the way in Stoke so it could be anyone around the country you save

If you would like any more information about giving blood, booking appointments or any questions you may  have please visit

If you give just one present this year why not give blood after all it is free

Charlotte x