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    • You can ring my bell

      When the little boy I look after got a bit too grown up for a baby monitor, but still needed help sometimes at night, I got him a wireless doorbell to use to call me.

    • Preparing rucksack

      When preparing a pump feed rucksack, use the strap at the top to hang it from a kitchen cupboard handle, it keeps the bag upright and leaves two hands free to thread the tubes through.

    • Disco shower

      I've bought a multi-coloured shower head on Amazon. The shower head flashes different coloured lights while the water is turned on. My son, who previously hated washing, loves it now! 

    • Hood first

      My daughter had problems putting on her coat until I taught her to put the hood on first, then slip her arms in. That way her coat is always the right way round and she doesn't get frustrated. 

    • Two sheets

      I put two waterproof sheets on, so when he wets, I can gently peel the sheet away without making him get up - so he goes back to sleep more easily!

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