Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Toddler Quiet Time + CBeebies DVD Review & Giveaway


Nap time in our house has always been something which we have been pretty strict on. LO is, of course, an energetic toddler. He seems to have boundless supplies of energy and would keep going all day if he could. I've mentioned on my blog many times before that we are creatures of habit in our family, and we love our routines which we have in place, but since we became a four, anything we plan seems to just take so much longer. In fact, most days any firm plans go straight out of the window before we have even finished breakfast. It is something I totally didn't anticipate before we had two littles but which is now very much the reality of our family life. 


Getting out of the house in the morning can be a nightmare and then getting back home again for lunch or the afternoon nap can prove even more stressful. Recently we have been a bit less strict with LO's nap time. He will normally have a snooze from 2-4pm, but with all the rushing around we seem to do nowadays, the day just whizzes past us and before we know it, it's 2pm, we are miles from home, eating lunch, then stopping for the inevitable nappy explosion, before bundling LO, Little L, the pram, shopping and everything else back in the car to get home again. If we reach 3pm and he hasn't gone down for his nap, we know we are past the point of tiredness and trying to put him down for a nap will be more trouble than it's worth. 

Which is why we often have 'quiet time'. This is just an hour or so in the afternoons where if he doesn't nap, he will curl up on the sofa and just have a bit of time to himself. Time where he's not expecting to play games and he knows it's a time when I can do a few jobs- it's important for both of us to have that break, and for Little L too. We have a little drink and a snack, and he gets to choose a book or something to watch on TV. I think this wind down time is hugely important-  I firmly believe toddlers need a bit of calm down relax time each day, and for us, having something which we can put on the TV for him works best. 





Along with his absolute favourite DVD, the Peter Rabbit collection, we have been loving the BBC CBeebies Play Time DVD, which features over 2 hours of programmes- all the favourites from the CBeebies channel:

Teletubbies – Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they exploreHome Dome and the magical countryside of Teletubbyland through play.  In New Toy the children in Tummy Tales play a game of pass the parcel and win a surprise toy, while the Dup Dup delivers toys for the Teletubbies to play with. Even Noo-Noo enjoys a new treat!

Twirlywoos - Twirlywoos come from far away, seeking adventure wherever they go. Join Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick for their adventures on The Big Red Boat. In Going Back and Forth, The Twirlywoos watch a man as he runs a bath. They want to leave their hiding place to investigate, but the man keeps coming back!

In The Night Garden - Share in the magical Night Garden world with Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends. In Look At What The Ball Did, the ball bounces all over the garden. It accidentally knocks over Makka Pakka's pile of stones, so Makka Pakka rebuilds it and tries to protect it.
Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter’s wonderful stories have charmed and entertained children for generations. Now fans can enjoy the brand new adventures of her timeless children’s classic Peter Rabbit from the new animated series. In The One That Got Away, when Peter and his friends encounter the legendary “Jack Sharp”, a large trout that even Peter's father failed to catch, they try to reel the fish in once and for all. But catching a fish is a lot harder than it looks…

Topsy and Tim - Inspired by the books by Jean and Gareth Adamson, Topsy and Tim, is a live action drama inspired by the small stuff in little people’s lives. In New Pet Topsy and Tim love caring for their new pet rabbit but struggle to agree on his name. When they notice how wiggly his nose is, they know just what to call him!

Mike the Knight - Mike is an energetic, cheeky yet bountiful young knight-in-training, driven by his passion to help others and, along the way, be the best knight he can be. In Hidden Garden Games when Mike, Evie and the Queen have a competition in the Hidden Garden, Mike learns that it's good to let everyone have a turn to play... and it's even better when everyone plays together!

The Furchester Hotel - The Furchester Hotel is an ‘almost’ world-class hotel run by a close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters. The series introduces brand new characters and also welcomes the beloved Elmo and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. In Furchester on Wheels Funella overhears the tortoise guests say thehotelservice is slow, slow, slow. She is determined to make it fast, fast, fast.

Octonauts - Join Captain Barnacles and crew on their animated underwater adventures. In Mimic OctopusPeso is gathering red algae to cure the sick vegimals but needs the help of a Mimic Octopus to scare off a Moray eel, who uses its striped tentacles to pretend to be a group of poisonous sea snakes.
Q Pootle 5 – Join Pootle and his friends on the planet Okidoki. Pootle and Oopsy travel to a distant special crater, which produces enormous bubbles. They have a great time until a large bubble envelops Pootle’s spaceship and floats off with it. Now Pootle and Oopsy are stranded on the other side of Okidoki unless they can think of a way of getting home…

Ruff- Ruff, Tweet & Dave – Join in the fun with Hatty, Ruff-Ruff,Tweet and Daveas they go on magicaladventures. In A Birthday Party Adventure Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave celebrate Hatty's birthday by playing all of his favourite party games. They also find him a surprise birthday gift along the way.
Chuggington - Take to the rails with the Chuggineers. In Koko’s Puppy Training Koko Koko finds a lost puppy and wants to keep it, but she realises a little girl is looking for the puppy and decides that she needs to take him home.

Cloudbabies - Who looks after the sky? The Cloudbabies do! In Rain Rain Rain the rain has kept the Cloudbabies inside today and Bobo White is bored. Baba Yellow suggests they play a game of 'Favourite Things'

LO was so excited to receive his copy and has enjoyed sitting and watching the programmes. It's great to have the variety of programmes, and he's watched a few new shows he's not seen before too. And with so many programmes to choose from, it's also the perfect DVD to take away on holiday with us too. 

We have teamed up with CBeebies and Abbey Home Media to offer one of our lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the CBeebies Play Time DVD. 

For a winning chance all you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below. Terms and conditions apply. 

Good luck!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions

Competition closes on 6th June 2016
Entrants must have a valid UK address 
All entrants and entries are checked and verified
1 winner will be chosen at random by the Rafflecopter 
I will announce the winner on Facebook and Twitter and email the winner
The winner must respond within 7 days
 If no response a new winner will be chosen
This prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative
 The Prize is 1 copy of the CBeebies Play Time DVD 
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49 comments

  1. I would love to win this dvd for my two girls who love CBeebies!

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  2. I would like to win so I can add it to my niece's DVD collection. :)

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  3. i would love to win for my godson

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  4. purely to put a smile on lillie pops face

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  5. I have twins - they need entertaining - CBeebies is my saving grace. We love Topsy and TIm and the boys would be over the moon yo have the favourites all in one place on DVD. Thank you ��

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    1. Oh my goodness, I can imagine that having a stash of good DVDs is an absolute life saver! Very best of luck!

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  6. i'd love this for my daughter x

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    1. Aw she'd really enjoy this DVD it's fab!

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  7. I'd like to win to watch with my niece.

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    1. My Little One has really loved this DVD- good luck!

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  9. Id like to win for my daughter :)

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    1. I'm sure she'd be delighted to receive a copy!

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  10. I'd love to win this as my nephew loves Cbeebies!

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  11. Fab prize xx thanks for the chance xx my son loves cbeebies

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  12. My two youngest sons would love this so I would like to win for them!

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  13. Would love to win this for my nephew Cole, it has all his favourite shows on x

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  14. my great-nephew would love this

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  15. I would love to win this because I have a 3 year old & a 1 year old who are big Cbeebies fans. We are driving to Cornwall in a few weeks time & need some more DVDs for our new in car DVD player!

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  16. I would love to win this for my 19 month old Daughter. We've just had another little girl, so I know she would love a little treat for herself x

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  17. would like to win this for my grnddaughter ava

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  18. Its the grandsons favourite TV channel

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  19. id love this one when the little ones visit

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  20. I would love to win this because it's such a lovely collection of cbeebies programmes, and would be a big hit here :)

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  21. It's my daughters favourite Chanel

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  22. I would like to keep this DVD at my house for my niece and three nephews to watch when they visit.

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  23. I'd love to win for my kids. They both really love cbeebies!!

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  24. My little boy is a CBeebies fan. It also gives me the chsnce to catch up with a few jobs

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  25. I would like towin becuase it is a great combination of some firm favourites (Kim Styles)

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  26. My granddaughter loves CBeebies

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  27. My nephew Jack is at the age he'd love this. He adores CBeebies.

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  28. my youngest is unfortunately the hand-me-down kid and always ends up with her older brother and sister's cast offs. it's lovely for her to have a little gift all to herself every now and again :-)

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  29. Looks nice for friends child

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  30. My friend has one year old twins and I know they'd love this!!

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  31. I want to win for my little nephew he loves cbeebies

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  32. Both of my kids would love this so much

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  33. Cbbebies is well loved at this house!

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  34. We all CBeebies in our house

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  35. I would love to win this for my son, he loves Cbeebies

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