Summer Infant Pop ‘N’ Sit Portable Booster Seat

Now that the sunshine seems to finally be here we spend a huge amount of time in the garden and eat outside whenever we can.  We very rarely have a mealtime when someone doesn’t spill a drink, outside it doesn’t matter – I love it!

We usually take the highchair into the garden, which isn’t ideal but obviously not a huge problem.  However, I’ve found a great solution without having to do this.  The Summer Infant Pop ‘N’ Sit booster seat is great and so far we have used it in the garden, indoors, at friends houses and even to have a picnic in the woods.

It’s brilliant, Milo is safe and secure and he can eat or just play with toys on the tray.  I can’t tell you the amount of times that we’ve been out for lunch or in a coffee shop and there’s been no highchair and I’ve either had to have leave Milo in the buggy or balance him on my knee (which is not ideal with an 18 month old who wants to be independent).  The seat has straps so you can attach it to any adult chair so he can be at the table as well – problem solved!

It folds and fits into a carry bag and fits easily under the buggy.  I keep ours in the boot of the car, so I’ve always got it with me.  Let’s be honest, you never know when you might need it.

The Good Bits:-

  • Lightweight, folding frame sets up in seconds, perfect for feeding or playtime
  • Detachable, dishwasher safe tray
  • Includes 3-point safety harness and chair safety straps for use on adult chair
  • Convenient carrying case makes this booster perfect for a day in the park, at the beach, or trip to a friends house
  • Up to 3 years, max 15 Kg

Being Nit Picky:-

  • When Milo is sitting in the chair with the tray on, he can push it off which is not ideal when his tea is on it!

If you’re looking for something to take out and about to make life a little easier when it comes to eating and playing safely, or just something that means you can drink a hot drink uninterrupted, then this is a great buy.

 

 

 

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Bunchems – They are actually really good!

My heart always sinks a little bit when the children see an advert for a toy on the TV and then declare that they want it.  The fact that they see the same things in every advert between programmes on a daily loop, obviously has nothing to do with it!  They are usually expensive, break and never actually do what they say on the box so end up being thrown away or never played with.

Bunchems was one of the things that the children said they wanted over and over again.  I have to be honest, I just ignored them!  Father Christmas however, had other ideas.

Felix (5) ended up with the Bunchbot Craft Kit.  When he asked if we could build something I have to be honest I wasn’t the most enthusiastic mum.  We sat down at the table and began building animals with mini plastic pom poms!

It was brilliant!!!!

Easy to follow instructions to make animals (the octopus is my favourite) made it perfect for Felix to do whilst I just provided a helping hand picking up the pom poms when they fell on the floor!

We sat making, taking apart and remaking creations for hours.  They all worked, they looked like what they were meant to be and they didn’t brake.  It was something that he could do on his own (although he loves having an assistant to separate colours) and he is so pleased when he’s made something.  One of the best things is that the pom poms can be reused and don’t lose their shape.

It’s not just for younger children either as we’ve all been sucked into the Bunchem bubble and have had hours of fun.  You can buy more Bunchems separately if you want more to keep your masterpieces from being dismantled.

So if you’re looking for a non-messy fun craft that is relaxing (I know!) that actually works for your children then Bunchems are for you!

 

 

 

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The Real Newborn Must Haves

As a mum of six children, I’ve bought an incredible amount of baby ‘stuff’ over the years, 80% of which I probably never used.  It’s easy to get caught up in the baby bubble (especially for first time mums) and buy anything and everything baby related, but the reality is that you won’t need or use even half of it!

These are some of the best things that I have used with all six of my children and that I think every mum should have.

Tomy First Years Starlight Dreamshow

We have bought a wide range of musical lights but this is by far the best.  Free standing or attached to the cot with soothing music and lightshow, adjustable timer for 5 or 10 minutes and not at all pricey, this has never failed to settle our children.  As our babies have got older and woken up they have turned the music on and resettled themselves.

Chamolmilla 6c Pilules

Is there anything worse than seeing a baby cry in pain because of teething?  Chamolmilla pilules are amazing and provide natural pain relief and comfort for not only teething but also colicky pains and disturbed sleep.  These can be used from 3 months old and are little balls of magic!  In a small, easy to use container they are perfect for keeping in your bag so you never have to be without them.

 

Sleeping Bags

All of our babies have loved being swaddled and as soon as they wanted a little bit more freedom we’ve used a sleeping bag.  They are always snuggled, don’t kick off the covers or wake because they are cold and they have the comfort of something around them. With different togs and designs available you can use sleeping bags all year round.  I’ve just bought a beautiful duck patterned bag from Marks & Spencer.

 

Infrared Thermometer

This is a must for any parent, babies pick up germs and get ill, FACT.  In the past I’ve always kissed my baby’s head and that told me whether they felt hot and had a temperature or not (not the most accurate, I know).  An infrared thermometer is quick, accurate and you don’t even have to touch the skin, so there’s no need to wake a sleeping baby!  Plus it makes you feel very important, and Doctor like.

 

What are your newborn must have’s?

Quack Quack Moo Review and Giveaway

I love discovering new brands of clothing for children and am always looking for different styles and designs for that something special.

I discovered the multi-award winning Quack Quack Moo which is a family run business created by mum of three, Leanne (also the creator of the multi-award winning Dribble Bubbs). They provide practical products made to the highest standard using the finest quality organic materials. Not only that but any samples or end of line stock that isn’t sold gets sent to worldwide orphanages.  What I love about Quack Quack Moo is that it was created by a mother, who knew exactly what worked and what didn’t.

As a mum, I’ve bought things which are beautiful, but when I get them on my baby/child they are completely impractical, look uncomfortable and sometimes restrictive and the quality of the material just isn’t up to the job. When I’m buying clothes for Milo I want them to be soft and gentle on his skin, keeping him cool, comfy and looking good all at the same time. Not much to ask I think?!?

 

 

Quack Quack Moo offers clothing for Newborns to 12 months with the cutest character prints on, I mean who doesn’t want Laurence the Giraffe or Bloop the Jellyfish on their babies romper?!? They are gender neutral and make a bold statement against the white of the romper.  Plus the logo is pretty cool too!

I was lucky enough to be sent some rompers and bibs to give them the Milo treatment and put them through their paces. The first thing I noticed is how beautifully and thoughtfully they were packaged. They were folded and put in thin cotton bags, tied with cotton tape and then wrapped in tissue paper, making them perfect to send as a gift.

 

The rompers are stylish, modern and you can feel the high quality of fabric used. They are really soft and hang beautifully. Within 10 minutes of having one on Milo had been sick all down the front. Thankfully they wash really well and don’t loose shape or fade, this is a huge plus as any mum knows that baby clothes need to washed hundreds of times.  Another plus, they don’t shrink!

 

With Milo teething and dribbling over everyone and everything I am forever wiping his chin (usually with a muslin or whatever is near and handy!).  I was really excited to try these bibs out.  Bibs I had used in the past got very wet and then soaked through to his clothes and then I’d end up changing his whole top half.  The dribble bib absorbed all the wet slobber that Milo had to offer and didn’t make his clothes wet either.  They are the same high quality as the rompers and held their shape after washing.  They also look great too.

 

 

The best thing about the bibs is the double popper fastening.  Milo, like many babies, likes to pull off his bibs (usually when I’m feeding him) but with the double popper, no chance!  That’s a massive win in my world.

I have one romper and dribble bib (size 9-12 months) worth £25 to giveaway.  If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, simply enter via the rafflecopter below.

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Disclaimer – This is a personal blog.   I was given the clothing for the purpose of this review but all opinions and views are my own.

Rockit Rocker Review

I can’t tell you how many times over the last 14 years I’ve rocked my babies in their buggy to get them to settle or had to go for a walk to get an inconsolable baby to sleep.  When I’m out and stop for the essential cup of tea and cake, I’ll be sitting at the table one hand on the buggy pushing it back and fourth to get Milo to sleep and the other hand clinging on to my tea.  The wheels on the buggy usually turn and get stuck under a table or chair or I crash into some passer by.  It’s not ideal but a necessary act when you’re a parent.

Well not any more, please let me introduce you to the Rockit Rocker.  It is a complete game changer, there will be no more swaying side to side with the baby or calling “just a minute” to your other children when you’re at the park, whilst you push the buggy back and fourth.

 

 

I was lucky enough to be invited to The Baby Show at Olympia in London a couple of weeks ago to the launch of the Rockit Rocker.  It’s a rocket shaped device that you attach to your buggy which gentle rocks it side-to-side, creating the same motion as being on a train, settling your baby.  Allowing you time to have a cuppa, to push your child on the swing, or just time to sit quietly – It is your extra pair of hands!

This was invented by a parent, Dr Nick Webb (PhD in Sound and Vibration Engineering) when he noticed his three-month-old daughter Abby would wake as soon as the motion of the buggy stopped. He developed the Rockit to generate the same side-to-side motion so the baby believes the buggy is still rolling along -GENIUS!!! The Rockit has been tested to the highest EU safety standards for ages 0-36 months and upwards.  It is such a simple concept but with huge implications for parents.  It retails at £39.99.

The Rockit Rocker comes with a universal bracket which is really easy to fix to the buggy handle and will fit to almost any buggy.  I have to admit I have a bit of a buggy obsession and I have four different ones at the moment.  The universal bracket fits on to all of them (Bugaboo, Phil and Teds, icandy and Maclaren).

 

You need 4 x AA batteries in the Rockit and this will last for around 60 hours and it rocks on a 30 minute cycle.  The battery compartment is securely fitted inside and you will need a screwdriver to open it but is a really simple job and there’s no worry of it accidently opening.  The top of the Rockit is the on/off button and you can adjust the rock speed using a dial at the bottom, although this doesn’t make it rock quicker just with a little bit more rock!

 

 

Every day I am out and about with the buggy, on school run, taking the dog for a walk, doing errands or a little bit of retail therapy!  Sometimes Milo will fall asleep and other times he is curious so will try and stay awake.  The first time I used the Rockit Rocker we had taken the dog for a walk and Milo hadn’t fallen asleep (although he was tired) so when we got home I put the Rockit Rocker on the buggy and left him in the hall.  He was asleep within minutes!

 

 

I used the Rockit Rocker when I was out for lunch.  I put Milo in the buggy, switched the Rockit Rocker on and daa daa! again he was asleep, without me having to push the buggy back and fourth.  I was able to sit and finish my lunch whilst he drifted off to sleep – I know!!!

It’s been like having an extra pair of hands especially when we go to the park.  It’s difficult rocking a baby in a buggy and pushing children on the swings.  With the Rockit Rocker on I was able to leave Milo in his buggy and play with the others.  It’s also really helpful when I’m out with all the children as means that Milo is content being rocked so I can attend to the others.

I’m really impressed with the Rockit Rocker and how much of a difference it has made to my day-to-day life.  It’s small enough to fit under the buggy or in my bag when I’m not using it.  Once you’ve tried it, I promise you’ll never be without it!

 

 

Disclaimer – This is a personal blog, all opinions and views are my own.   I was given the Rockit Rocker for the purpose of this review.

 

 

 

 

The Preparation Has Begun!

It was around this time last year that I had just finished our Christmas shopping.  Lets be clear this was only because of the timing of the arrival of #6, there was no way I was going to be worrying about Christmas presents after having a baby.  I wanted to be at home, snuggled with my new addition so I got my bum in gear and by the end of October everything was wrapped and ready!

I don’t think for a minute that I am going to be that organised again this year, as I don’t have the same drive (or finances!) but I have to admit that I am feeling quite smug after a shopping trip today.

My eldest has a massive make-up addiction and is contantly showing me new products that she just must have!  Now I blame myself for her expensive taste as I told her right from the begining of her new found love never to buy cheap make-up, always buy a good quality products that are kind to your skin.  My mum used to work as a make-up consultant for Estee Lauder when she was younger so she taught me the value of good quality make-up and I felt that this was worth passing on!  Financially I don’t think I thought this through.

As the mum of 3 girls, this could potentially be very expensive.   Ok, my younger 2 aren’t old enough to worry about make-up other than a little bit of tinted lip balm but my eldest is completely obsessed with all the high end brands and last year she discovered Cosmetic Advent Calenders. We were however a bit late to the party and everywhere had sold out, so this year I’m on it.

They range from the quite reasonable £15 to the totally ridiculous £300 and beyond. It seems everyone is jumping on the wagon now with M & S offering a make-up and skin care calendar for £35 (available from 9th Nov), John Lewis have one which contains both full and travel sized products for £149 (available now), Charlotte Tilbury offers one for £150 (available in stores from 5th Oct) and Jo Malone has one (exclusive to Harrods from Nov) for £300.

Some of the best ones I’ve found have to be the Benefit calendar (exclusive to Debenhams) for £34.50 (available from 11th Nov) and my favourite Decleor which offer 3 full sized products inside for £65 (available now).

 

My oldest daughter would love any of these but the main problem I have (aside from the price!) is that half the products in them she wouldn’t need. Anti-wrinkle cream for a 13 year old? Night cream? And they’re not suitable for my younger girls.

But, I found this lovely calendar in Superdrug, which is perfect for younger girls. It’s has 6 mini lip glosses, 6 mini nail polishes, 6 mini eye shadows and 6 lip and cheek tints, and it’s on offer (as at 24/09/17) for £8 instead of £16! Perfect, it’s not massively expensive, doesn’t have inappropriate make-up in and they will feel “all grown up” for having make-up.

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For my older daughter, I’m going to make my own calendar for her, that way I know she is getting the products she will actually use/want and it (hopefully) won’t cost the earth. I’m going to be cheeky and ask at make-up counters for any testers and put in make-up remover, blenders and cotton wool pads – A win, I think!

 

Babymoov Babyni Pop-up Play Area

We’re heading off on holiday in just over a week and to keep the mini dude safe on the beach and around the pool we bought a Babymoov Babyni pop-up play area. Babymoov Babyni

It’s is fantastic! It really does just pop up and is perfect for a little bod to play and sleep in. It comes in a light weight zip up bag with handle which will easily fit in the basket on a buggy so is easy to carry around.

The removable comfy mattress fixes securely to the base of the pen with Velcro straps and is soft and machine washable (great because you know there’ll be sick and poo!). It has a canopy, mosquito net and 3 detachable toys. The best bit, especially for in the garden or on the beach, it has a sun protection factor 50+ which you can easily zip on/off.

I like knowing Milo will be safe in the sun and not rolling off towards the sea! He can sit and eat his food and sleep in here quite happily. There’s enough room to put a snug seat in and extra toys to play with.

First impressions are that I really like it, but I’ll let you know how it holds up on our holiday!

The playpen retails at £59.99 but is currently on offer on Amazon for £42.29 (as at 16/08/17) Amazon.

What do you do with your little one on the beach to keep them safe and contained and not chomping on the sand?

This is a personal blog. All opinions expressed here are my own and no one else’s.