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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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Product Review: Snuguns

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 13-10-2011

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Socks are a complete waste of time. Before babies start wearing proper footwear – more on that in future reviews – socks alone are pointless. My Little Man seems to thoroughly enjoy removing and eating his socks, or dropping them out of his pram if we’re out and about. As the cold months approach barefoot is no longer an option so I set out to find an alternative before we ventured into the world of foot measuring and new shoes potentially every six weeks! You’ll be pleased to hear that I do in fact have a solution.

Snuguns!!

Now you may already be aware of their lovely range of gloves, but come December Snuguns will be branching out into booties. Elasticated socks which have a black band which you fold down so its fitted around the ankle bone ensures a perfect fit which even my Little Man can’t remove.  The loop pile means there is comfort and cushioning that also allows complete movement whilst air moves freely so you don’t end up with overheating feet. My favourite feature is the silicone lattice pattern on the soles which means they won’t slip when they start cruising and eventually walking around.

These “booties that fit growing feet” do just that – they fit as they grow. One pair will fit from age 6 months up to about 4 years. Available in pink and blue I highly recommend that you invest in a pair – or two – for your little ones.

Snuguns Booties will be available from http://www.snuguns.com

Whilst you’re there take a look at their glove range – also perfect for those cold winter months.

Product Review: “Louis The Lion Hooded Sweatshirt” available at My Mother Nature

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 10-10-2011

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Well after that rather brief heatwave a few weeks ago I think we can all safely agree that autumn is now upon us.  Whilst it might not be bitterly cold yet I’m sure it’s just around the corner so now is definitely the time to be sorting out your winter warmers for your little ones.  Can I suggest a virtual trip to My Mother Nature?

My Mother Nature sells a range of clothing for bump, baby and beyond, up to the age of 4 years, and they have a new range of gorgeous sweatshirts in from Olive & Moss that are perfect for keeping your little ones warm during the winter ahead.  Take a look at my Little Man sporting the Louis The Lion version:

Now this adorable sweatshirt is available in four designs – Louis The Lion and Tarquin The Tiger for the boys, and Collette The Cow and Betty The Bunny for the girls. I think whoever decided that a Tiger should be called Tarquin is clearly in the right job!  The sweatshirts are 100% cotton and have the character appliqued on the front.  They are available from size 6 months to 3 years. My Little Man is modelling the 12-18month size and it is a nice generous fit. The Louis The Lion design features the colourful Louis on the front with flapping ears and a matching bright yellow hood lining.  My Little Man was cosy and warm but still free to move around. It makes an ideal alternative to a thick coat on milder days and could easily be used all year round.

Check out the full range, plus My Mother Natures other lovely products on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter @MyMother_Nature.

Product Review: Trunki Trunkisaurus Travel Chums… and a COMPETITION!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 20-09-2011

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As part of the launch of their new Trunkisaurus – Rex and Rox – Trunki have released a new set of  Travel Chums!

The travel chums set contains a wash bag, a pencil case and a coin purse. Each comes with clips so that they can either be attached to one another, or clipped to your pram, your car seat or even your Trunki.

Trunki sent me a set to take a look at and I was hugely impressed. The detailing on them makes them look like miniature versions of the Trunkisaurus – they have the scales and the fierce teeth. Whilst we don’t yet own a Trunki the quality of these convinces me that one might just find its way under our tree this Christmas.

Competition

If you fancy winning your own set of Chums then just answer the question below. Post your answer as a comment on this blog post and then tweet the following:

“I want to win a Trunkisaurus Travel Chums set thanks to @Trunki and @SussexMummy!”

And the question is:

What is the name of the two new Trunkisaurus Trunkis?

The competition ends on Friday 30th September at 8pm – Good Luck!

Product Review: Minene 4-In-1 Changing Bag

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 10-09-2011

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Changing bags come in all shapes and size, and range from totally functional to the more style-led end of the market.  The team at Minene sent me one of their bags to review after taking a shine to it at a ‘Christmas In July’ event earlier this year.
The 4-In-1 Changing Bag from Minene is just that – four separate bags that can be used either clipped together as one bag, or individually as one large super bag.
Firstly there is a backpack – this has two large deep zipped pockets and then two thermal pockets on the side for bottles.  Inside the two deep pockets are a selection of smaller pockets and a detachable thermal pouch that fits food and snacks in which need to be kept at temperature. There is also a zip pocket on the back with a comfortable changing mat inside.
Next there is a satchel bag – this is cunningly “hidden” inside one of the deep pockets.  When used within the backpack I utilised the security of a double zipped pocket to store items like my purse, car keys and camera.  When used separately it is a stylish shoulder bag, which I often use as a handbag when I’m out without my Little Man!
Then there is a smaller shoulder bag – this clips to the front of the backpack and is designed to hold your nappies and wipes.  With the separate straps which can be attached this transforms into a handy shoulder bag.
Finally there is a small purse – this is ideal if you’re just nipping out and want to have an emergency nappy and pack of wipes with you just in case.
All of these separate bags have been used as one easy to carry rucksack, and have also been used separately when every component part wasn’t needed.  As I said earlier I have even used the satchel bag as a handbag when I went out recently without my Little Man – it really is that attractive and roomy.
The Minene 4-In-1 Changing Bag is available online and comes in a variety of colours.
Minene have another changing bag – the Layla.  This is designed to look much more like a designer handbag than a changing bag, and does the job beautifully.  It has one large zipped pocket, three external thermal pockets and a matching changing mat.
The Layla Changing Bag is available now online and at Babies R Us in a variety of colours.

 

Product Review: Chicco Polly Highchair

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 07-09-2011

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We’ve always had issues when it comes to highchairs.  I’m not sure if its because my Little Man is lazy, or if its because he’s a boy, but he does insist on slumping in them.  The highchair we bought for him was great for the first few months, then all of a sudden he began to sink lower and lower.  We have the same problem with the highchair he uses at either Grandparents house, so I’m convinced it’s my Little Man and not the chairs!
Or at least I was until the people at Chicco offered to send me a chair to review.
A perfectly upright child eating his fruit – victory!
The Chicco Polly highchair is brilliant.  The saviour as far as my Little Man is concerned is the padded insert in the seat.  As he grows this will obviously be removed, but right now its supporting him nicely, and making slumping impossible.
The Chicco Polly is usable from birth when it can be tilted backwards to make a lovely relaxing place for baby to nap, or to play with the mooing cow – my Little Man wasn’t entirely sure when I asked him to model this position for me.
Silly Mummy!
The Chicco Polly comes with a large detachable tray so it can be used on its own, or can be pushed up to the dining table when baby gets older.  With several height positions it is sure to fit at all tables and will adjust to suit you if you’re feeding your child from the comfort of your sofa.  When your little one is 12 months plus the chair can be used as their own free-standing seat.
Apart from the fact my Little Man no longer slumps my favourite feature of this highchair is the large storage basket.  I’ve seen these on lots of highchairs and always dismissed them as being gimmicky – couldn’t live without it!  Spare bibs, muslins and wipes are constantly accessible – and when you have a messy eater like I do that’s essential!
Thank you Chicco for saving the day!!
For more details on the Chicco Polly check out their website.

 

Product Review: Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature DECT Digital Monitor with Movement Sensor Pad

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 04-09-2011

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When babies are awake their parents can keep a close eye on them at all times, but once they are asleep, and especially when they are sleeping in a seperate room, Mum and Dad need peace of mind that their little one is safe.  The DECT Digital Monitor and Movement Sensor Pad from Tommee TIppee provides that peace of mind.

The monitor comes in three parts:

1) Babies Room Unit – this displays the room temperature and also has a built in night light with a gentle low glow.  There is also a paging function in case you lose the parent unit.

2) Portable Parent Unit – this also displays the room temperature so you can keep an eye on it, it has a range of up to 300m and it features a 'Talk Back' button so you can reassure you're baby from a distance.  there is also a rechargable docking station.

3) Movement Sensor Pad – this is for use during those early months before baby starts moving around in their cot.  This is placed between the mattress and the base of the cot and monitors your babies movement.  An alarm sounds if there is no movement for 20 seconds, but please note that this is not suitable for use when baby starts to move around their cot.  The monitor is perfectly usable without the pad.

We were given one to test by Tommee Tippee and on the whole we were very pleased with it, as we have been with all Tommee Tippee products.  We didn't test the Sensor Pad because our Little Man is almost 11 months and frequently rampaging around his cot!  The sound clarity is very good and the night light is a lovely feature.  We also like the constantly illuminated screen on the babies unit.  Our only problem with it is that there is no torch built in to the parent unit.  This is a feature we had on a previous monitor and one we found very helpful.  Overall I think this would make an ideal monitor for new borns.

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature DECT Digital Monitor with Movement Sensor Mat is available direct from the Tommee Tippee website.

Product Review: No Tray High Chair

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 24-08-2011

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High chairs come in a phenomenal range of shapes, sizes and with functions that blow my mind.  If you're after something simple and functional – in other words just a seat for your child to sit in at the table with you and eat – this is the chair for you.

Now if you're thinking that looks familiar it's because this chair is used by restaurants all over the country.  Go to your local Frankie & Benny's, Pizza Express or KFC to name but a few and your little one will probably be offered this chair.  With its simple wooden design and colourful balls for children to play with the chair also features a strap for between their legs and a lap belt to secure them into the seat.  Whilst the chair has no tray it fits neatly up against my dining room table, but can also be used if you feed your child from the comfort of your sofa.
    

For further details visit the No Tray High Chair website.

Product Review: Minene Innovative Cot Bumper

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 13-08-2011

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This will be the first of two reviews I do from the company ‘Minene’.

“Who?” I hear you all cry. Three young mothers established ‘Minene’ in 2005 and like all mothers they wanted practical and innovative products for themselves and their children, but they also wanted them to be stylish. Unable to find what they were looking for in their native Israel they set out and designed their own. Now launching in the UK their range is “their baby” and contains products that will make your life so much easier – and to be honest, that’s what all mothers are looking for!

The “Innovative Cot Bumper” is a genius product in my opinion. A set consists of 5 individual cotton bumpers that wrap around each bar of your cot. Instead of having a long material bumper tied with strings that baby often pulls down of uses to climb up, each bumper is secured with Velcro. Much safer than traditional bumpers for young babies they allow the air to circulate around the cot and you can also see through to your child from a distance. They are super soft to touch and nicely padded to ensure no more bumped heads when your little one starts rolling around. The bumpers can be quickly and easily removed and transferred to future cots or taken on holiday or visits to grandparents and used on cots there.

My Little Man is often found rolling and rampaging around his cot so bumpers are essential. If he rolls when he’s asleep and bangs his head of these bumpers he no longer wakes up and we don’t find him with a bumper on his head in the morning because he can’t get these off the bars. A truly innovative product that I recommend highly to all mothers, and fathers too!

Innovative Cot Bumpers are available direct from Minene at their website. They are available in three colour choices – blue, pink and white.

  

Product Review: Inch Blue Shoes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 13-08-2011

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“Inch Blue” was formed in the late 1990’s and is now a hugely well-known brand for baby shoes, though they do also make shoes for toddlers and young children. They boast over 100 different designs for their hand-made leather shoes so it is impossible for you to not be able to find a pair that is perfect for your little one. Mini versions of adult style shoes are intermixed with fun animal designs, space ships, flowers and so much more. The range is mind boggling! Here are just a few of my personal favourites:

        

The “Inch Blue” team sent me a lovely pair for review. Now whilst I don’t think these would make suitable everyday wear for my little man – and that is only due to the design – I can not put into words just how adorably gorgeous these shoes are!! Take a look…

  

Are they not the cutest things ever? The detailing on them is exquisite. I love the dragon’s tail on the back of each shoe and tiny word “inch” on the left and “blue” on the right. The stitching on the dragon’s face that brings out his features is just beautiful. Now as I said I don’t think my little man would wear these to nip to the shops, but for a special occasion these are the shoes he’ll be in.

The super soft leather is not only feels great and fits my little man with total comfort but its also perfectly safe so he can – and does – merrily suck and chew on them. The supple non-slip suede sole even makes them safe for when my little man is stood up. The elasticated ankles and soft breathable leather allows his feet to grow naturally doesn’t impede their growth. The range of shoes is endorsed by a leading chiropodist so you can be assured they aren’t going to damage little toes.

Inch Blue Shoes are available direct from their website, and they even offer free UK delivery.

Product Review: Little Baby Bugs Bibs

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 12-08-2011

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The bandana bib reviews continue – bet you thought they were long gone didn’t you?

“Little Baby Bugs” is owned and run by two WAHM’s Becky and Louise who are based in Rochdale. They design, make and sell all their products themselves, and their range is very impressive. They hand-make bibs, reusable wipes, tag blankets, wet bags and cloth nappies in a range of colourful designs. They are even beginning offer a bespoke service where they’ll use specific colour stitching or embroidery to make your item super unique and personal to you and your little ones.

“Little Baby Bugs” sent me two bibs to test out, and I can officially say these are the cuddliest bibs I have ever felt. The quality is incredible too, and they work beautifully. Not a drop of dribble made it on to my little man’s clothing and I think he rather enjoyed cuddling his bib too. I think the only time I wouldn’t use these bibs would be during especially hot weather. The soft fluffy fleece and minky material of the bib is rather warm and snuggly and so overheating and sweating may occur, but to be fair in heatwaves most babies tend to be naked apart from their nappy anyway!

Now I failed to take photos of my little man modelling these bibs but I did get shots of the gorgeous way they were packaged up!



“Little Baby Bugs” can be found on Facebook where there is a Folksy shop, but they will be launching their website soon. You can also follow them @LittleBabyBugs_