Fatal accident in swimming pool, please read. Do you teach your child to hit back? Usain Bolt in Nappy Valley.

Last Updated on : 11th August 2014

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Most of the time these emails seem to write themselves.

There’s usually no shortage of fun and uplifting stories.

Sometimes, however, we have such awful news that its difficult to know just how to bring it to your attention.

Today’s email falls firmly into this camp.

Lovingsleep writes that her friend’s three year old drowned in a swimming pool accident last week.

She hopes that by posting, “something productive” can come out of this tragedy.

I’m very grateful that at such a difficult time LovingSleep has taken the time to remind families who might soon be venturing near the water to be careful. Runningmum has kindly followed the original post with some helpful safety tips…click here for details

Thank you again LovingSleep.

Here’s what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):

Doman is considering “unschooling” their daughters, anyone with any experience of doing this? Their main reservation is the potential lack of socialising. TPTP replies that they should be concerned about the potential lack of education. But seriously, can you help?…click here for details

Dancing_queen59 missed the Eaton House second hand uniform sale and wonders if anyone had any boys uniform they’d like to sell? Blazers, toggle coats, ties, top hats, Pop waistcoats, fast-track to conservative cabinent cuff-links, oh not THAT Eton!…click here for details

Ladyofacertainage daughter is starting at JAGS in September and wants recomendations for an acceptable school bag for a year 7 girl?…click here for details

The fastest man in the world has come to Nappy Valley. It’s not Mr NVN when the Nightingale Pub announces Happy Hour but Usain Bolt actually partied in Clapham South last week!…click here for details

Busybee5 is distressed. As a nanny herself she was horrified to witness another nanny ignoring her charges for over an hour (listening to music and chatting on her phone) and then waving one charge (who had fallen over) away…click here for details

Rebs30000 took her son to a soft play area, where her son was bullied by another little boy following him around. The parents said nothing. What would you do?…click here for more details

Ktbells’s brother is going to pop the question to his girlfriend and she has agreed to help him choose a ring, has anyone used a jeweller in Hatton Gardens that they would recommend?…click here for details

Pieinthesky14 wants to know if you tip packers and movers? My tip: pack the heavy stuff at the bottom!…click here for details

Tooposhtopush is speechless about a ‘Pro-gun’ book from the USA, “My Parents Open Carry”…click here for details

Mary-in-Earlsfield is looking for Sesame Street in the UK. This was the only TV show she was allowed to watch as a child! Any advice? I can help! If the house prices in Sesame Street have doubled it’ll be in the Daily Mail, if not it won’t!…click here for details

Sw11mumof2 has to give a shout-out to raw milk from Barton farm, she ordered the yummiest raw milk last week which was delivered to her door by the farmer, in the coolest moo car!…click here for details

CitySlicker needs recommendations for decent running shoes…click here for details

Zaza107 needs suggestions for reasonably effective insect repellent to use in the UK? They need to get the most gentle kind possible, but they often don’t work in the evenings and when it’s wet…click here for details

BellaHoff would really appreciate ideas for a good GP surgery in SW18 for herself and her two week old son…click here for details

Natures Purest has recently opened a store on Balham High Road and are being asked to stock reusable nappies. They think it could be a great idea. Any feedback would be gratefully received…click here for more details 

On the activities side:

Everyone Bikes have an amazing Family Bike Introductory Class to learn the who, what & why’s of cycling! (click here). Hjm is trying to find a swimming class for her 2 year old son on a Saturday morning (click here),  BalhamBlazers under 14 boys football team looking for talented recruits! (click here), Ninat would like to know if there are any playgroups in Balham or Tooting Bec on Saturdays or Sundays? (click here),  Are you the next Messi or Ronaldo? If you hope to be, why not try out the free Futsal taster session atBattersea Sports Centre (click here)  Caferacer wants to share two possible venues for driving practice for teenagers…click here for more details

For more things to do 24 hours a day 7 days a week, check out our What’s On calendar …click here for more details

Thesingingmum needs Singing Mums! On November 29th they will be performing Verdi’s magnificent Requiem, to do justice to this fantastic piece of music they are looking for new members to join their choral society…click here for more details

Looking for a new role?:

Poscymum is starting career coaching workshops for mums in September 2014. If you are you about to make the transition from mum to working mum, these may just give you the confidence you need (click here)Beanstalk Charity is recruiting a Reading Helper Coordinator (Volunteer Support Worker). P/T, Term time only role. (click here). Emanu_ela needs a Web designer to renovate her website and help her with all the technical stuff (click here) and KatieEll is looking for a cleaner/housekeeper who is available to come every week day to help them with the house and also walk their small dog…click here for more details

A couple of lost and found posts:

Jonathan @ Hamptons found a set of keys at the bottom of Mallinson Road on Friday 8th, opposite Gails, if you’ve lost a set of five keys do get in touch (click here). NewAussieMum lost her treasured scarf with feather print on the streets of Earlsfield on the 6th. Let her know if you find it! (click here) and Wandsworthmummy12’s son haslost his blue blanket, he has had it since a newborn and he LOVES IT!!…click here for more details

Can you help answer these travel queries?:

Greece is the word! If you’re still debating a summer holiday destination, take a look at my latest review of our Mark Warner trip (click here) Allsmiles are looking to get away to Thailand, they have a 3 yr old and a 1yr old. Any suggestions as to where/which resort to go to? (click here)  Schoolssoconfusing needs recommendations for any lovely gites or bed and breakfasts that are approx 3-4 hours from Calais and child friendly (click here). Lastly, Juliantenniscoach is going out to the Costa Blanca in Spain in mid-November to put some proper base training miles in and wants to know if anyone wants to go with them?…click here for details

Our house and garden is busier and more upbeat than Alex Salmond’s media trainer:

Northsidemum has just returned from holidays having rented out their house on Airbnb for the first time, House Elf cleaned between stays are were brilliant! (click here)SusieR is about to start their side return and are keen to get the thoughts of a professional to maximise space. Do they need an interior architect or a designer? (click here). Greyingmumneeds a garden designer with experience of exhibiting at RHS shows who has amazing ideas (click here)Athome is looking for a handyman to cut to size and fit black out blinds in their house (click here). Scrafton also needs a reliable, honest and decent handyman/multi tradesman, to replace the external guttering, repairing external ledge, painting and decorating two bedrooms plus a couple of other things (click here) and Sw11newby needs fireplace restoration recommendations please…click here for more details

AnnabelsArcade is our totally free buying and selling site!

This week: Maternity clothes, various bundles size 12 from £8 – £15 (click here)Mountain Buggy Duet for £300 (click here) and a FREE blue sofa! (click here)

That’s it, have a wonderful week!!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team


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