Thursday, 31 October 2013

Reviewing the Quinny Moodd

As I've mentioned before on the blog, last weekend Ivo and I visited the long-awaited Baby Show at London Olympia. We were the guests of Dorel UK , and they were kind enough to give me a brand new Quinny Moodd Pushchair to try out, as I explored round the show. The buggy was excellent. Ivo's now quite a large six months, so he didn't really need the cosy newborn insert, but he enjoyed its snuggliness, and even fell asleep for an hour - a miracle considering how much was going on around him. The Quinny Moodd handled really well - there were plenty of obstacles to manoeuvre, not least other distracted mums with their buggies! I'm new to Quinny, so I was really impressed with how easy it was to collapse the pram, and change the seat, so it faced in rather than out. Plus the chair reclines easily from sitting to lying down. Even the handle bar is easily adjustable. The most exciting thing is that it folds so neatly onto itself - it goes so small! Then, if you want to put it up again, you press a button, and it seamlessly unfolds, thanks to a unique gas spring. The dads will definitely enjoy that feature! All-in-all a great buggy - and super-stylish - I lost count of the number of mums-to-be who stopped me to ask what I was driving!

{I want this!} Quinny Moodd Pushchair in Natural Delight, £509

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A Great Way to Get Dads Involved in Playtime

I'm a strong believer that everyone has at least one genius invention in them, just hovering for the right moment to surface! Jessica Jackson's brainchild emerged when she picked up a sharpie, and drew a race-track on the back of her husband's t-shirt. In that minute, the Car Play Shirt was invented. It's the t-shirt that lets daddy stretch out and relax, while playing with the kids! Even if your husband is exhausted, he can still interact with your little ones - by just lying on the floor. It's the perfect present for my husband - how about yours?

{I want this} Car Play T-shirt, £14 from The Blue Basket Shop

{I want this}  P.S. This alphabet shirt is great too! £14 from The Blue Basket Shop

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A Review of The Baby Show

Last weekend Ivo and I visited the long-awaited Baby Show at London Olympia, and it was brilliant! I had no idea what to expect, but I would thoroughly recommend it to any mum-to-be, and anyone with a young child. Every big baby exhibitor is there, so it's a great way to compare and contrast products, not least baby buggies. I even spotted a 'race track', where you could try out your pram around hairpin bends! I took along my friend Georgina, who's expecting a baby next year, and she picked up tonnes of bargains - including a Stokke Sleepi Cot, and a Fisher-Price Rainforest Baby Gym. Georgie also enjoyed a free massage thanks to Fisher-Price, and we both tried out their giant baby bouncer - complete with a vibrate function, and giant toys! The next Baby Show is 21-23rd February at London's Excel Centre - book your tickets now!

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Friday, 25 October 2013

1st Stage Baby Weaning - My 8 Top Buys

When it came to weaning, we decided to wait until six months. Ivo's never been a huge eater, and I was worried his milk intake would drop to sharply, plus I was a little bit nervous about the next step! So with a certain level of trepidation, and with Gina Ford's The Contented Little Baby Book Of Weaning clasped in my sweaty hand, we started with a bit of baby rice mixed with formula. He loved it! And since then, he's been eating with gusto, trying out pear, apple, carrot, sweet potato and even courgette {which I thought tasted foul!}. There's a few pieces of kit that I've found absolutely essential - and I thought I'd share them with you, if you're planning to wean your baby. Take a look, and do tell me your suggestions!

{I want this} Clockwise from top left

 Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender, £54.84 - This fantastic blender is all you need to puree vegetables into a satisfying baby-friendly mush

✿ Tommee Tippee Explora Weaning Kit, £9.49 - This is a fantastic kit & very reasonably priced. It's all you need for the first few weeks of weaning. The spoons are lovely and soft, and the pots perfect for storing purees in the fridge over night. I haven't used the First Sips Cup yet, but the larger mashing pot is great for travelling, as it stores the spoon safely.

✿ Annabel Karmel's Weaning, £6.99 - I always like to refer to two books when it comes to working out what's best to do with Ivo. Annabel's book has lots of lovely recipe ideas, in an easy to read format.

✿ Bumbo Seat & Play Tray Combo Pack, £47.45 - When I first bought the Bumbo, I wasn't really sure how we'd end up using it. But now Ivo's weaning, it's come into its own! We wedge him in safely, and he loves bashing an empty lid against the play tray while he eats. Once he's a bit bigger will advance to the Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair, but for the meantime, the Bumbo is king!

 Colourful bowls from Ikea, £1 - cheap and cheerful, they're the perfect size. Ikea also has a fantastic range of cups and cutlery for only £1, so I'll be buying those once he's a bit bigger.

✿ Tommee Tippee Explora Roll N Go Bib, £3.49 - I wasn't sure which bib would be the best, so I bought two. This one is brilliant at catching drips and spills, and it's easy to rinse. However, Ivo sometimes gets distracted, and tries to gum it, rather than his food.

✿ Gina Ford's The Contented Little Baby Book Of Weaning, £6.65 - Ivo is a Gina Ford baby, so I was bound to use her book for weaning. She's helped me get him into a fantastic sleeping routine, and I'm more-or-less following her weaning timetable.

✿ MAM Bibetta Ultra Bib Bubbles, £4.43 - This is the second bib I bought - it's machine washable, and less gummable. It's softer around his neck, and super easy to roll and pack for trips away.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

How To Persuade Your Baby To Sleep Till 7am

If there's one product I would recommend to a new mother, it's this one. We have a black out blind in the nursery and black out curtains from the Little White Company, but chinks of light still slip in. Not so much of a problem at bedtime, but in the morning our little one would rise as soon as the sun slipped through those chinks....i.e. 5am in the summer. That was until we bought the Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind. This stick-on blind really works - the room is pitch black once you've attached the suckers - and it's easily portable for trips away. We've taken it everywhere with us, and it's saved us from horribly early mornings.

{I want this!} Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind, £22

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Baby's Favourite Toys - Ivo at 6 Months

It's been a few weeks since I last wrote about Ivo's favourite toys, and it's amazing how his interests has developed. Movement is now the name of the game, and anything that helps him bounce is a much-loved toy. Top of the list is the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. He absolutely loves it! In the last couple of weeks, he's started to understand distance, so he's not so keen on us walking away from him....unless he's busy jumping in the Jumperoo. Many washes have been put on, and bottles made while he bounces {noisily} around. We've put it by the window, so he can look out onto the terrace, and there's nothing he likes more than gumming on the fly/butterfly. My friend's baby is a little older, and he's just discovered the toys above him, so it's definitely the toy that keeps on giving. Hugely recommended for busy mothers!

{I want this!} Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo, £84

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

A Secret for Saving Money on Stokke Products

I'm a massive fan of Stokke products. It started with the Stokke Xplory, and quickly migrated to their cot {the Stokke Sleepi}, changing table {Stokke Care} and now Stokke Trip Trapp high chair! But there's no doubt they're super-expensive, and while I don't mind spending the money on the clever design, it does bother me how much they charge for the extras. For example, a fitted sheet for the Stokke Sleepi is £30, and you'll need at least two, so that's £60 on top of the cost of the cot at £600. Luckily I've discovered two secret ways to save money on Stokke products. The first is eBay - I bought the changing table and the high chair for a quarter of their normal price second hand. The second is CosyTots - an amazing shop selling homemade sheets for Stokke products, travel cots and Moses baskets. They even make-to-order. I sent in the details of my Baby Bjorn travel cot, and they sent me a lovely soft sheet in time for my holiday. The Stokke sheets are great quality, and the customer service is exceptional, and at £10 a sheet, you'll save a fortune!

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