Fab Christmas bundle up for grabs worth 0ver £180 perfect for visiting friends and family this Christmas…

We have a great Christmas bundle up for grabs – with an assortment of goodies perfect for traveling and visiting family and friends this Christmas.

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Prizes include:

Babbleband by Summer Infant – The first wearable baby monitor, this is great when at home or visiting grandparents and friends, it’s small and portable and best of all you wear it on your wrist, you can turn it on vibrate or listen out for baby. So while baby sleeps you can be safe in the knowledge that while you are playing charades you always have a second ear listening – RRP £39.99

Slumber Buddy – Eddie the Elephant is an ideal bedtime companion, for those little ones who need a little reassurance, it’s small enough to take with you when visiting, keeping babies sleeping environment constant– RRP £24.99

Totseat – so many times i would visit friends and family and there just wasn’t anywhere for my little one to sit and join us at the table, the Totseat is a fab fabric highchair that can sit on any chair – it is great for visiting friends and families at dinner and tea time, little ones can be part of everything! – RRP £23.99

Gro Blackout blind – if you are staying over at friends or with family this Christmas you can’t be sure that their bedroom will have the same degree of blackout blinds you might have at home. The Gro Blackout blind is perfect for popping up any time, anywhere giving a few extra hours of zzzz’s if you’re lucky! – RRP £34.99

Penguin pool party game (by Smart Games) – cute little £D puzzle game ideal for travel– RRP £12.99

Califone kids headphones – These headphones have been specifically designed for kids, they can enjoy Peppa Pig, or their fav stories/music  in the car while you listen to your own music for once!  – RRP £19.99

Cozyosko blanket – this cute little pushchair blanket is small and warm, ideal for popping over cold tootsies on a winter stroll – RRP £20.00

Carddies, cavemen drawing cards – Great portable colouring in set, my son loves these, he likes to colour and then role-play, they all fit neatly into a little box too, so ideal for travel – RRP £8.99

For your chance to win the prizes above just head over to our website here:

Holiday Tots competition

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Competition ends 13th December midnight.

Cuddledry Towels

We were recently sent some goodies from Cuddledry, including the hands-free towel and the SPF Poncho towel. We’ve been using these for a few months, here’s what mum Bronwyn had to say.

THE HANDS-FREE BABY BATH TOWEL
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The award winning hands-free towel is brilliant at bath time. The first thing I noticed was how it felt. It was so soft and I knew Georgia would love it. Even after a fair few washes it is still soft, which I can’t say for the other bath towels in my house!

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The apron design with a strap that fastens around your neck makes me feel a lot more in control when picking her up out of the bath. Its long and I felt one of the major differences between this and other towels was that I could completely wrap my baby in the towel, which she LOVED in the cooler months. Other baby towels aren’t nearly as big and her legs and feet always ended up getting cold.

Retailing at £29.99 they are more expensive than most towels you would buy for your baby but they are excellent quality and wash well. They are definitely worth the money!

You can purchase yours here

THE SPF 50 + PONCHO TOWEL 

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The SPF50 + Poncho towel has travelled with us to The Caribbean and to France. Its’ brilliant for a holiday where you’ll be in and out of the water and want to keep your little one shielded from the sun. The hood is great and it seemed to be the only thing Georgia didn’t pull off her head, on both holidays.

Cuddledry have patented technology which means their poncho towels offer UV protection at Factor 50. This is one less thing to worry about when travelling with a little one. Sun cream is still needed but this towel gives extra protection. I was worried about her getting too warm in it whilst sitting next to the pool but because it’s very airy and open along the sides (with poppers that fasten under the arms) it didn’t bother her at all.

I would definitely recommend one for your next trip to the beach, sun or anywhere with a pool! We even use ours at home after swimming lessons. They cost £27.99 and are available to purchase here

Joie – Pact Lite !

‘Loaded with lots of extras, without lots of weight, this buggy makes one less piece of luggage to fuss over – wherever your travels take you.’

joie4.jpgWe tested out the Joie Pact Lite on our recent trip to the airport, here’s how we got on:

The biggest pro about this stroller is its size/weight when folded up! At only 5.5kg I could carry it on one shoulder at the same time as carrying Georgia. It also takes up hardly any space in the boot.

The Travel bag is really handy and keeps the stroller clean. It’s also a great place to keep the rain cover together with the stroller in the event of rain.

The fold mechanism is simple and can easily be done one handed. There is a button on the handle bar that you press to get it all started. Other strollers like this we’ve reviewed require two hands to collapse, so this is a big win!

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It was very easy to push even with Georgia it it. She seemed comfortable and loved having the bumper bar to hang toys off. I felt she was secure because of the 5 point harness.

The Pact Lite comes in a choice of 4 colours and are not only perfect for travelling, they’re great on days out too. I used this instead of my every day buggy the other day. It was a lot quicker and easier to get in and out of the car. It was great in the supermarket as it has a large basket too. The canopy isnt huge so could be a slight issue on a sunny day. I wouldn’t recommend this stroller for ‘off-roading’ and it wasn’t great on cobbled streets.

I will be taking the Pact Lite on our next trip into London, these strollers are perfect when travelling on public transport where space is not in abundance.

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The only slight negative I found was that the  back rest, even at its highest level, is very reclined. Georgia is very inquisitive and kept pulling herself up on the bumper bar to see out in front of her.

joie21We have also tested the Pact Lite on a friend’s baby who is younger (16 weeks). This stroller is suitable from birth due to the lie flat reclining seat so perhaps it’s better for smaller babies as she seemed very comfortable in it.

Available to buy from John Lewis at £140.00 this is a mid-range buggy. As standard, you receive the carry bag and rain cover too.

TRUNKI – Introducing Cassie Cat

Most Families with kids have come across a Trunki, but for those of you who havent here is our review on their brand new design – Cassie Cat Trunki. It was released alongside Rocco Racecar on 25 September.

Georgia was immediately intrigued and loved the bright colours. Before I’d even taken the cardboard off she wanted to play.

The idea is genius. A bag that kids can use for their toys but it doubles as a ride on for when they get tired and dont want to walk anymore. Parents can pull them along using the strap or they are able to push themselves. It feels sturdy and can hold up to 110lbs. It also comes with a 5 year guarantee.

We loved the A4 page of stickers to personalise our trunki. Georgia and I spent ages putting these stickers on (she took them off the page and I stuck them on the trunki).

Inside you have 2 sections, one which has an elastic strap to keep things in place and a material internal compartment for smaller objects you dont want to roll around.

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Get your kids to pack all the toys they want for the flight in their Trunki and keep your bag for the essentials you need. A good book, ear plugs or a gossip magazine. Georgia spent ages packing and unpacking her suitcase before we left for the airport.

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A trunki is great for a staycation as its small and wont take up too much space in the car. It is also perfect when travelling by plane as it not only fits in the overhead locker but even better, under the seat infront of you – meaning you dont need to keep getting up and down.  It is Hand Baggage Approved on most major airlines too.

I loved how easy the trunki was to carry on my shoulder. Travelling with kids means A LOT OF LUGGAGE but I felt completely in control and calm getting from the car to the terminal.

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Whilst in the terminal, Georgia was happy playing with her trunki on her own which made my life easy.  I can see this Trunki growing with Georgia and it will definitely  be coming with us on all of our upcoming holidays.

At £39.99 they are great value.  Buy yours here. If you arent a fan of the Cassie Cat or Rocco Racecar, why not design your own one?  With over 1 Billion combinations let your imagination take over and create the Trunki for you!

We will be launching a competition to win your very own Cassie Cat Trunki in the near future. Keep an eye on our Social Media for more details.

 

 

Babble Band – the first wearable baby monitor!

Summer Infant created the Babble Band, the first wearable baby monitor. We were given one to review and have used it at both home and abroad.

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At first glance, the Babble Band is attractive and I was intrigued. I love how it has an adjustable wristband so both myself and my husband can wear it without it being too big or too tight.

The set up is pretty simple, You plug the base in to charge and place the wristband on top. Once fully charged it will last 8 hours which is great when you’re away and need to keep an ear on your little one before going to bed. I wouldn’t recommend using it overnight due to the shorter battery life.

There are 3 settings – audio, vibration and light mode (sound activated LED lights provide a visual cue when there is noise) which is great. It also lets you know if its out of range (this monitor has a range of up to 800 feet) or needs recharging.

I think it’s a great product and have actually started using it at home as im sick of having to unplug the monitor and move it when moving rooms. It was great when my little one was asleep and I needed to hang the washing up outside. I knew if she woke up the Babble Band would alert me.

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This product is great when you’re on holiday. Its light and small. One of the biggest Pro’s for me is that you don’t have to go to bed when your kids do.

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Pros:
–          Light
–          Compact
–          Wearable
–          3 monitoring modes
–          adjustable wristband

Cons:
–          Short battery life (upto 8 hours)

 

b.b4Retailing at £39.99 it is a great price for a great monitor.

You can get yours directly from Summer Infant or Boots

How to capture your best baby and toddler moments on holiday – plus £10 off your next photo book

We’ve all been there. You’ve thrown the dinner party of dreams. Everything was flawless… from the pastries that didn’t burn, to the scented candles that transported your guests to Hawaii, to the dress that made you feel invincible. Your guests have begun to leave, reluctantly, as the music winds down and you give yourself a figurative and literal pat on the back. You are the hostess the mostess, people will be talking about your lemon posset for years, you could lead a seminar in how to throw the perfect dinner party. There’s just one nagging feeling. One single thing that consumes you as you retire to bed. You have not taken a single photograph.

We’ve all felt this same sinking feeling at the end of a holiday too, right? We all know that being in the moment means putting down our phones more but taking photographs (especially the old fashioned kind) really is a wonderful way to remember a holiday with the little ones, capture that togetherness, and show your adult children what they used to wear….

But it’s also challenging to get your family (who are we kidding…) kids, to sit still and smile at the same time. Here are our best tips on how to capture those perfect family moments which then allows you to create a photo book worth putting on display.

1. Get candid

We’re sure you’ve heard this before, but what do we really mean? It means stop worrying about having everyone in shot, or dragging people from the pool for picture time. You’re bound to have much more success if you simply see a moment that’s worth capturing, and go for it! Toddlers are tricky to pin down and babies are unpredictable, so it’s best to seize the moment when you get the chance.

2. Get in the picture

Parents are forever chasing their little ones with the camera and rarely in shot. This has to change! Make sure to hand the camera to your partner, mum or friend and ask them to take a photo of you and your child when you least expect it.

 

3. Get close and personal

Babies and toddlers change every single day. From their eyelashes to their toes, every detail is something you will want to look back on. And a relaxing holiday is the perfect time to get out your camera and zoom in on these little features, whether they’re playing on the beach, or asleep at lunch.

 

4. Timing is everything

Choose your moment well and you will reap the benefits. It’s no good trying to get a tired, hungry or fussy baby or toddler to sit still and look charming. Make sure you take pictures throughout the day, have your camera to hand at all times, so you can whip it out when the right moment strikes.

 

5. Talk to your toddler

Instead of stopping the conversation and asking them to wait while you snap them, continue chatting away and talking to them as you take pictures. This way you engage them and encourage them to be as natural as possible without making them self-conscious in front of a camera.

We hope that helps! Most importantly enjoy all that precious time with your family and don’t stress. Once you return and collect your best images, it’s simple and enjoyable to transform them into a photo book with Bob Books.

We’re giving Holiday Tots’ customers a special £10 off photo books, visit http://www.bobbooks.co.uk/holidaytots to find out how to order your book today

 

A year with Konfidence – they have swimming with babies, toddlers and older children covered!

We were lucky enough to be sent a Konfidence bundle towards the end of last year, here’s how we got on.

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Reviewers Mum Bronwyn and baby Georgia.

We used the Konfidence Babywarma Baby Swimsuit when Georgia went swimming for the first time. As first time parents we were nervous to put our 4 month old in the water and even though the pool was heated we wanted to make sure she didn’t get cold. The Babywarma is made of a high-grade soft neoprene with velcro at the top bottom and sides to ensure a snug fit. It was perfect and Georgia loved her first swim. These are available from £16.99 in a variety of colours.

When we got back from our holiday we had to keep up the swimming as Georgia just loved the water – Our local leisure centre has a teaching pool and they had an under 5’s swim which i thought i’d try. It was daunting thinking of how i was going to achieve this on my own but i packed the Babywarma and the Roll & Go Baby changing mat and we were off.

The changing mat is made of soft cushioned neoprene and had a non slip backing. I had to change her on the counter top so it was great that the mat didn’t slip and slide around. We’ve since taken up swimming lessons and the Roll & Go mat gets packed every week. At only £9.99 you really cant go wrong!

Georgia is now a year old and on our recent family holiday to the South of France she tried out the Floatsuit.  She still needs a bit of practise to get her balance wearing it unaided. Perhaps she’s a bit young so will give it another try on our next holiday when she’s a bit older.

The Floatsuit is on sale a the moment, get yours directly from Konfidence

They have a great range not only for babies but everyone in the family. From children and adult swim jackets, wetsuits and neoprene t-shirts to neoprene beach boots and UV hats. If you are planning a holiday near the beach or somewhere with a pool make sure you check out the Konfidence website before you go.

Looking forward to baby’s next year with Konfidence!