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  1. Unlike Megan who is more into Disney Princesses, Olive has a real thing for baby dolls. Which is lucky given that she is a BABY born® Ambassador! Did you know that 25 years have passed since the first BABY born® came into the world! Of all the dolls on the market she is my favourite as there is something to suit everyone.

    Here are a few of Olive's favourite products :

    my first baby born

    My Little BABY born® Bathing Fun : RRP £22.99 

    Billed as a real water baby who loves to bathe. The promo images show a little girls gently bathing the doll in a miniature bath, not Olive. Oh no she has to get baby in the actual bath, full on splashing, googles and bubbles! Luckily the doll's soft body is filled with special, non-hazardous granules; she can bathe and dries quickly. Yes there is one regularly sat on the radiator or in the airing cupboard drying out between baths!

    Teaching her BABY Born to swim is a very important lesson! #swimming #roleplay #dolls #bathtime

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    This doll is small and soft bodied making it perfect for a toddlers first doll. The 2nd of May is #NationalBabyDay last year I made Olive this simple baby sling to carry her doll around.

    baby carrier collage

    BABY born® Interactive : RRP £37.50

    This is how we watch Topsy & Tim now .... apparently! @Carousel_PR #Olive #babyborn #ambassador #roleplay #dolls #ipad

    A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

    Renamed Elizabeth by Olive, her BABY born® Interactive literally has become part of the family! She even enjoys a spot of ice-cream, baking and watching Topsy and Tim on the iPad! Each interactive doll comes with many accessories, 1 hat, 1 plate with spoon, 1 bottle with lid, 1 potty, 1 dummy, 1 nappy, 1 portion of porridge, 1 birth certificate and 2 friendship bracelets; one for Olive and one for her doll which is super cute!

    baby born interactive

    BABY born® Comfort Seat : RRP £19.99

    This comfort seat  not only enables your little one to take their doll EVERYWHERE but simply fold the handle backwards and the robust carrier will sit securely on a table or the floor. Olive loves the comfort seat because it looks and feels like a real baby carrier with safety belts making sure that Elizabeth doesn't slip out of her seat. The Z-shaped handle means that the seat can easily be carried by little hands. The comfort seat can also function as a car seat or as a mobile baby seat.

    baby born comfort seat

    I'm sure it won't be long until horse crazy Olive realises you can get a pony for BABY born® too! 

  2. Providing a safeguard around our schools

    lollipop stop

    When Charlie started pre-school back in October 2010, we were greeted by Peter our lovely Lollipop man. Peter has been aiding the Dewberry/Giltrow's to cross the road for 5 years now, from 2 toddlers running to pre-school to 3 small children at full time School. In the wind, snow, rain and occasional sunshine, Peter is always there wearing a big smile on his face. Throughout those 5 years there has been numerous plans to remove Peter for a cheaper option a Pelican Crossing. A Pelican Crossing is the one where drivers stop while people are stood at the crossing, it's not a Zebra crossing which is the one run by lights.

    Peter is more than a lollipop man. He is more than just a guy that stands in the road with a stick and stops traffic. Peter knows every child and every parent. He is there to ensure those children on scooters wait patiently for their parents to round the corner. A Pelican Crossing can't make sure each child is with their parent or designated adult before crossing the road, Peter can. Peter is there when someone falls over. Peter picks up forgotten bags, coats, lunchboxes that have been dropped and takes them to lost property. Peter is a hero.



    Peter is just one of 20,000 plus lollipop men and women who help keep our kids safe cross major roads in Great Britain, but every year the number dwindles and in some cases no suitable replacement is offered. 

    Churchill want to help redress the balance and make this safeguard around our nation’s schools stronger than ever by giving funding to 50 schools to have their own Lollipopper.  

    Key Lollipopper statistics :

    • 95 per cent of parents and 88 per cent of children (aged 5 – 11) feel safer knowing there is a Lollipopper present on their route to school
    • 91 per cent of parents see a Lollipopper as being safer than a zebra or pedestrian crossing
    • Following UK legislation in 2000 stating that lollipoppers were no longer a legal requirement for schools, an increasing number of the iconic lollipop men and women have been taken off the road in recent years. One-third (32 per cent) of parents went on to reveal that a lollipopper had recently been removed from their local area with a further 61 per cent stating no crossing alternative had been put in place.

    If you need or are going to loose your school's Lollipop Person I fully encourage you to nominate your school too. A Lollipop Person is so much more than traffic stopper, they literally are our unsung heroes. Nominating couldn't be easier :  so what are you waiting for? 


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