Thursday, 30 May 2013

Money no object?!

I was having a think recently about baby products that I could potentially buy if money was no object! The market for premium baby items seems to have boomed in the last few years - many parents go crazy for top end products for their off spring or follow what celebrities have bought. Here are a few things that I've spotted whilst browsing online (but not actually purchased in case you were wondering!)...

Anya Hindmarch Baby Emergency Kit (£275) - this luxurious piece of kit comes with a changing mat, and pre labelled compartments to keep all those essentials to hand.

Pacapod Coromandel leather changing bag (£195) - you would be hard pushed to tell this gorgeous tan leather bag is actually a changing bag! Complete with the signature pods and a changing mat, it has space for everything you need to keep you and baby happy on trips out.

Brora cashmere baby blanket (£139) - made of the finest Scottish cashmere, this will keep baby warm and cosy all year round.

4moms Mamaroo bouncer (£199.95) - this amazingly hi-tech bouncer copies the bouncing and swaying movements that a mother holding their baby would use. With 5 different (car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye and ocean), this could be a godsend for the baby who won't settle unless they are being held!

Wishbone Flip (£104) - this 3 in 1 toy is a rocker, ride on and walker, so less clutter and more multi tasking. It looks great and is made from sustainably grown wood.

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Silver Cross Surf Aston Martin Limited Edition pushchair (£2000) - the ultimate in luxury pushchairs, Rochelle from The Saturdays is rumoured to have received this as a gift from one of the JLS boys. The chassis is aluminium and magnesium, while top grade leather has been used on the seat unit and carrycot. Unfortunately it looks as though this is already sold out, as only 800 were made to ensure exclusivity!

I'm sure there are many more out there - so keep those credit cards under control and remember the baby period is relatively short! However, if you really love something...x

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Born Free Product Review

I was recently lucky enough to be sent some samples to try from a company called Born Free, who produce a range of bottles, drinking cups and accessories for babies and toddlers. They were one of the first companies to develop products without the harmful chemicals BPA and PVC, providing parents with peace of mind when feeding their babies.

We firstly tried out the Born Free Training Cup, which is designed to help with the transition from bottle to cup. The spout is teething friendly, which baby J definitely made the most of! It has an ActiveFlow vent, which means that wind is reduced as the baby controls the flow of liquid. Initially Baby J was unsure about the training cup, which I think was down to the different look of the bottle compared to his usual brand. However, he subsequently took to it well, finding the handles easy to hold and the spout comfortable to drink from. There were no leaks when the cup was thrown around and it was easy to take apart and put together when washing.

The second product tested was the Born Free Twist'n Pop Straw Cup, which was the first straw cup that I had tried with baby J. I wasn't sure what he would make of it, but he was very interested and started drinking his water from it straight away. The ergonomic shape of the cup meant he could grasp it easily, and the silicone straw and air vent made it easy and comfortable for him to drink from. The cap twists to open and close the straw and keep it clean. I found that even when tipped upside down with the cap in the open position, no water leaked out. So no pools of water to mop up from the floor, or soaking your changing bag when out!

We really enjoyed trying out the Born Free products, they look stylish while being practical and functional for both mum and baby. I have put the link to the Born Free website below, which provides full information on all their products.

N.B. These samples were sent to me for free, but the review is impartial and all opinions are my own. Many thanks to Corinna at B Public Relations.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Ikea - not just flat pack hell...

When you think of Ikea, it often conjures up memories of bad experiences. Fighting your way through the crowds, arguing over which wardrobe to buy, and swearing as you realise the furniture you have just paid for is not going to fit in your car...

That aside, I have found Ikea great for children's toys and accessories since having baby J. My lovely sister bought him a selection of toys from there when he was born, and they are excellent value for money. It's hard to choose which to recommend as they are all great, but I have listed a few that should help babies and toddlers enjoy playtime even more than usual. If you can cheekily ask someone else heading there to get a few for you (therefore avoiding the chaos yourself) then even better!

Rocking moose £26 - this develops your child's sense of balance, but more importantly looks like great fun. Not a giant plastic eyesore in your living room either!

Bead maze £10 - pushing the beads around the maze is excellent for the development of fine motor skills.

Hammering block £8 - using the hammer to bang the pegs helps with developing those fine motor skills, along with hand/eye co-ordination.

Finger puppets £4 (for 10) - puppets are excellent for teaching babies about object permanence. When the puppet disappears and then returns, they learn that it still exists even when they cannot see it.

Vegetable set £7 - one for older toddlers, to encourage role play and imitation. Would be a lovely addition for a toddler who has a toy kitchen.

Farmyard set £20 - this also helps with role play skills, and recreates fun on the farm for animal lovers!

Train set £8 (20 pieces) - the Ikea train sets combine with other brands, so if you already have an expensive set you can add to it cheaply! Good for improving logical thinking skills.

Happy shopping! x