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Product Review: Cosyplay Luxury Play Mat

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 10-12-2012

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When you have a newborn you invariably spend a lot of time cuddling them, especially as when they are awake they are pretty much always feeding. Sometimes however you do need to pop them down, and as they get older and you begin introducing “Tummy Time” you want to ensure that where you put them is safe and comfortable. I thoroughly recommend you investing in a Play Mat from Cosyplay.

The Cosyplay Play Mat was developed by Dr Kerstin Castle when she was on maternity leave with her third son. As with a lot of babies Luca was not a fan of “Tummy Time” and Kerstin was in need of a solution. “Tummy Time” is something of an alien concept to babies, especially when from day 1 we have them led on their backs all the time. I remember the first time we tried “Tummy Time” with Little Man and he just led there face down on the floor and not moving. In order to encourage a bit of enjoyment making sure our children are comfortable is crucial, and this is where the Cosyplay Play Mat comes in.

The Play Mat is made from Memory Foam which as many of you will know is hugely comfortable. As well as providing a soft surface for your child to lie on, it also supports them ensuring their are comfortable and feel safe. This memory foam is protected by a PU waterproof cover which is warm, soft and BPA free. One of the things I love about the PU cover is its anti-microbial properties. Basically this means that no bacteria, fungi or dust mites will collect and spread in the mat. This makes it very hygienic, but also helps if your baby has a skin condition such as eczema. The whole mat is covered with a zipped on cover made from either minky or fleece. Both are machine washable, tumble drier proof, and also non-pill so no little bits will find their ways into your babies mouth.

Now as you all know Little Man is well past the “Tummy Time” stage at 2 years old, but believe me, that doesn’t stop him from enjoying the Cosyplay Plat Mat. Whether he’s lying on it whilst watching a movie or TV show, using it to “carpet” his tent, or making a den, he spends much of his day on or under it. Its also a comfy place for nappy changing or just sitting on to read a book. Apart from comfort I think Little Man’s other major reason for loving the mat is the spotty design – very in keeping with his favourite TV star, Mr Tumble. I’ve led down on the mat myself and I must say its VERY comfortable. If I could get 5 minutes peace I’d probably take a nap on it!

You can learn more about the CosyPlay Play Mats, view their range or even order a spare cover for your Play Mat on their website. You can also find them on Twitter @CosyPlay, where you’ll find lots of great “Tummy Time” tips, and ‘Like’ them on Facebook.

Product Review: BedStar Memory Foam Pillows

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 27-02-2012

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I love sleep. I never really realised how important sleep was to me until I had my son, and those first few weeks passed in a sleep deprived fog whilst you got used to the idea that you were never going to sleep properly again. At least until you convince your children to move out anyway! Due to my love of sleep, and my intense need for it, I demand comfort when I’m in bed. From a comfy mattress to good pillows and perfect duvet. You can imagine my enthusiasm therefore when BedStar offered my two memory foam pillows to test out for them.

BedStar is an online store selling all manner of beds, mattresses, pillows and bedroom furniture. I was sent a pair of their memory foam pillows which are currently on offer at just £49 with free delivery.

I’ve tried a memory foam pillow before but found it far too solid. To this day in fact it is still brick like and has never dipped even slightly. Unfortunately the BedStar ones were the complete opposite. I used it every night for a week, and for the first two or three nights it was brilliant. It supported my head well, I was comfortable and I genuinely think I slept better than usual. Sadly this didn’t last. By night four the pillow was almost pancake flat and has only puffed back up a bit by me not using it, which somewhat defeats the purpose. To use occasionally this pillow is fine, so would make a good guest bed pillow, but it didn’t work for me as a regular pillow.

You can see the complete BedStar range on their website.

Disclaimer: I received these pillows as a review product, but all opinions are my own.