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Event: Kiddicare Hedge End

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Blogger Event | Posted on 01-05-2013

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A week has past since the opening of the brand new Kiddicare store in Hedge End, near Southampton. I went down last week with Little Man to see this new store in action. Having never visited a Kiddicare store before I had no idea what awaited me – though I had heard lots of good things about other stores around the country. I’d used the online store before now though, so I was very excited to see what a store had to offer.

Upon arriving the first thing that we needed to do was go to the toilet. The changing facilities for Little Man were great – a room full of changing mats with mobiles above and discreet bins below made changing him quick and easy. The toilet facilities were excellent too. Each cubicle was big enough to fit a pram in as well – isn’t it a nightmare when you’re out with a child in a pram and you need to go to the toilet – and what I really loved was that the cubicles each had two toilets in: one for Mummy and a smaller ones for your little one. This would be ideal for when you both need to go so you’re not struggling in a tiny cubicle. There were then adult and child height basins to wash our hands, as well as step stools so little ones could reach. The store pretty much won me over just with this!

The store itself was immense – well stocked with everything you could need from conception upwards. If I was newly pregnant I think I’d have been overwhelmed with all the things on offer. There was a huge range of pushchairs and prams, from single buggies up to three seaters. All were available to test drive on their special track. Car seats were available for all stages, and they were fitted and checked for free in your vehicle. You could buy cloth and disposable nappies and all the accessories you’d need, as well as potties and steps for when you’ve moved on. I bought Little Man a My Carry Potty ready for our potty training adventure which will begin once we’re back from our holidays. High chairs and booster seats were also there in abundance, as well as a wide range of bedroom and nursery furniture. Then there were all the toys. Indoor, outdoor, wooden, plastic, soft toys, educational toys, and everything in between. Little Man spent a good twenty minutes playing on the toys on display, including rather a long time enjoying his first experience of a wooden train set. I was rather pleased to see it was from Big Jigs Toys.

The in-store cafe was lovely. It had those popular lunch boxes for children where you pick from a selection of items. It was good to see a mix of healthy choices as well as treats on offer. Little Man loves these boxes when we go out – its good for him to be able to choose what he wants, which invariably includes something chocolate based! There’s lots on offer for parents too, from cakes and snacks to lunches. The cafe has plenty of space for pushchairs and prams, and there are lots of highchairs available too. There’s even an enclosed play area so you can get some peace whilst you’re eating, with portholes so you can keep an eye on your little ones. In the cafe area you’ll also find a Nursing Nest, where you can go to breast or bottle feed in privacy.

The main thing that I found at Kiddicare was how much room there was. Wide aisles in the shopping area, plenty space in the cafe, and room in the toilets for prams and toddlers made it a great shopping experience. Clearly the team have thought of everything, and made sure that shopping there is a pleasant experience for everyone. Should I find myself pregnant again in the future, I think a trip to Kiddicare Hedge End will definitely be on my list of things to do. A brilliant day out for everyone.

Product Review: Green Toys Recycling Truck

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 20-04-2012

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With Earth Day this weekend – April 22nd – now seemed the appropriate time to introduce you all to the Green Toys range, available from BigJigs.

 

Based in California, Green Toys are all made from recycled plastic, and the main source of this is plastic milk bottles. The range aims to provide safe and fun toys for children of all ages, whilst also making products which are good for the planet. On average every pound of recycled plastic which is used saves enough energy to run a laptop for a whole month – which to me is a great reason to buy them! Another thing I love about Green Toys is the packaging. Our truck came in an open fronted cardboard box. That’s all. No metal ties holding it in place, no three hour mission to get the toy out the box whilst your little one complains at volume. I opened the end of the box and the truck rolled out – perfect!

So here is the latest addition to Little Man’s toy collection:

The hugely appropriate Recycling Truck!

This monster of a truck is incredible strong and toddler friendly – impressive when you think its made purely from plastic milk bottles and that there are no metal axis involved. There are three slots down either side to put your recycling in – there are pieces to cut out on the cardboard box – and each is marked as either bottles, cans or paper. There is an opening at the back so you can empty out again, and the recycling holder tips up as well. The wheels are chunky and rolls brilliantly – Little Man can often be heard doing “Brum!” noises, or at least his version of “Brum!” whilst pushing it around – and the whole truck is perfectly sized for little hands to grab hold of.

The Recycling Truck from Green Toys is available now direct from BigJigs new consumer section of their website.