Holiday Tots 12 Days – follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be in with a chance of winning some amazing Family Friendly prizes!

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25 December – 5 January 
12 prizes worth over £2000 in total!

Prizes include a family holiday to The Valley in Cornwall, family weekend camping tickets for Into The Trees festival, a term of baby swimming lessons and under water photo shoot with Turtle Tots, Sleepyhead Grand and much more for you and your little ones.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be in with a chance of winning each day!

Good luck!

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Family holiday in Cornwall
Win a short break for a family of four at The Valley in Cornwall, a picturesque gated hamlet of luxury self-catering holiday cottages. This prize includes 3 nights (if arriving on a Friday) or 4 nights (if arriving on a Monday) in one of their 5 star gold, 2 bed cottages for a family of 4.
*Excludes Whitsun Half Term and Summer holidays.

Baby swim with Turtle Tots
Turtle Tots Term of baby swimming lessons near you
Starter baby swim pack
Underwater photo shoot (T&C’s apply)

Festival fun
If your family likes a family festival then this prize is for you and it’s worth over £375!
Into The Trees Festival: family set of weekend camp tickets
Tula: toddler pouch
Babymule: backpack
Hatley: toddler rain jacket, trousers and wellies

Local to us in Hertford
This little bundle of fun is perfect for a family living in or near our home town of Hertford in Hertfordshire and is valid at over £175.00
Birthing Calmly: £75 voucher for a private Baby Massage Course or use towards a full price Hypnobirthing Class in Hertford.
Hertford Theatre: 4 tickets to The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio on Sunday 30th December, 11am plus a family cinema pass to a film of the winner’s choice in our January-February cinema season.

Flying Fun
A sweet bundle of goodies worth over £150 for your next flight with the littlies
Carddies: pirate and caveman set
Plane Pal: perfect for little legs
I Spy: book for the airport
Keep em Quiet: travel bag
Travel Snug: keeping them snug as a bug
Cozyosko: snuggle blanket
Tidy Tot: disposable bibs for messy eaters.

Books, crafts, toys and fun
This little bundle of fun will keep your bundles of fun entertained for a while
Melissa & Doug Toys: Scratch Notes x 2, Latches Board, Doorbell House
Cardies: family one set
Walker books: collection of books for all ages
Tidy Tot: kit, full bib and 5 packs of disposable bibs

Beach fun with Dock & Bay
Dock and Bay are a fun brand offering cool fast drying towels and beach wear for the whole family, they are eco-friendly too – this is a fab bundle worth over £150
Two XL towels
Large towel
Kids poncho
Pair of men’s swim shorts
Yoga towel
Hair wrap

Pop range with Summer Infant
The Pop range by Summer Infant is perfect for travelling and visiting family and friends and is valid at over £150
Pop ‘N Sit
Pop ‘N Jump
Pop ‘N Play

Splash and Sun Fun
Dreaming of a little sunshine? Get beach ready with our Splash and Fun bundle
Konfidence: baby swim bundle
Solar Buddie: sun cream applicator
Slipfree: soft beach and water shoes for adults and kids
Little Hotdog Watson: Kids sun hat and matching sunglasses

Sleep Tight Silent Night
An amazing bundle worth over £350 with everything you need for a good nights sleep
Sleepyhead: Sleepyhead Grand and Sleepyhead Grand travel bag
Ergopouch: Sleepsuit with legs and the all new Joey Teddy (the world’s first trackable comforter)

Bath time fun with Cuddledry
Over £100 worth of Cuddledry goodies to make bath time even more fun!
Handsfree baby towel
Hooded toddler towel
Alphabet bath toys
Cuddle duck
Baby and Me wash bag

New Parent & Baby bundle
Over £180 worth of goodies to help when travelling with a new baby
Tula: Free to Grow baby pouch
Ergobaby: Backpack and nursing pillow
Green People: Organic baby range

Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for more info – #holidaytots12days

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

terms and conditions apply

Competition ends 13th December midnight.

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

 

Win a short family break in Brittany in one of these toddler friendly holiday cottages…

For your chance to win a holiday in Brittany for a family of four just visit our competition page on Holiday Tots.

There are seven stunning child-friendly holiday cottages to choose from all with a different character, situated in acres of farmland perfect for a toddler holiday in Brittany.

Located  only 10/15 minutes from the sea and several lovely sandy beaches they offer a fabulous base for a family holiday. Many have enclosed private gardens safe for toddlers with wonderful countryside views.

Just 3km away is the owners farm restaurant and the children will love the animals and pony rides.

From funky to romantic and everything in  between…

Travel info

Roscoff 1 hr 15
St Malo 1 hr 20
Brest 1 hr 30
Cherbourg 3 hrs 20

Enter Here.

Terms and conditions apply – see competition page. Competition closes midnight 23rd March 2017

Good Luck!!!

Cozyosko Multifunction Footmuff review – and your chance to win one too!

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The Cozyosko Multifunction Footmuff converts from a cosytoes pushchair/pram cover to play rug, car seat wrap, blanket, changing mat and even a pillow. It is suitable for any five-point harness buggy or seat and is generally sized for ages 0-3 years. It is machine washable, made of anti-pill polar fleece and is warm and cozy.  We asked our reviewer, mum Bronwyn to check it out with baby Georgia…

Quality

The product is of great quality and washes really well. It also dries quite quickly which is great because I would be lost without it on our walks.

Ease of use

The product is very easy to use, it fits in any 5-point harness pram and you just buckle the baby up, cover with Cozyosko and zip up the front. There is an extra pouch over the feet area which keeps Georgia extra warm.

What is it?

It is basically a blanket that you can use to keep your babies (up to 3 years old) snug in their pram whilst being securely fastened. It also opens up into a square play mat whilst out and about.

Feedback

 I received the Cozyosko just before the winter. After an amazing summer, the drop in temperature was a total shock to the system and as a new mum (Georgia was only 2-3 months old) I had no idea what to buy to keep her warm. This product was an absolute lifesaver when we went out for our walks. I didn’t feel I needed to layer her up which was great when we got to my local coffee shop as I didn’t need to undress her and pile on the layers again before we left. The Cozyosko is warm and a product I would highly recommend.

It is very easy to use and keeps my baby nice and warm in the horrible cold months. She falls asleep very quickly. We often use the term ‘Snug as a bug in a rug’

The designs are all very bright and colourful (which I love) but perhaps people may prefer subtle tone/design.

At approx GBP40 this is a mid-range footmuff. There are others out there that are cheaper but they don’t double as a play mat.

NB: We have found some cheaper on Amazon as the product is not readily available in the UK now – bargains to be had if you can find them!

Pros –   Washes Well

Doubles as a blanket and an all-in-one snow suit.

Cons –  None!

Cozyosko is an Australian company and the Cosey Toes Footmuff is their signature product winning Practical Parenting awards. The Cozyosko Multifunction Footmuff comes in a stunning array of colours and designs all of which are bright, fun and bold.

You can view more here:

http://www.cozyosko.com.au/products.asp?id=22

There are UK stockists offering varying prices including Amazon.

Or better still why not enter out competition to win one! Just pop over to our Holiday Tots competition page:

 

Competition time: Win tickets to Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire

Standon Calling festival is being held at the end of July in the stunning Lordship grounds of Hertfordshire and this year’s theme is Legends Of The Lost Seas!

There is an extensive family programme this year: from baby multi-sensory raves and street dance classes to crafts, kids-only trapeze and yoga.

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If the weather holds, the outdoor swimming pool is heated and the family swim sessions are sure to be a big hit!

Standon Calling opens its doors early this year on Thursday 28th July with ‘The Welcome Feast’ with family games, camp fire sing-songs and specially curated menus from a variety of chefs.

For the kids:

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Children’s singer – Nick Cope

Readings from children’s authors, music performances, pop up circus, puppet and theatre performances, evening campfire storytelling, street dance, juggling workshops, arts, crafts, dressing up and much more. There is also a dedicated family campsite located away from the main areas for when it is night night time.

And don’t worry the adults have plenty to keep them entertained too with lots going on including performances from: Jess Glynne, Suede, Kelis, The Hives, Everything Everything, Ghostpoet and much much more…

Dogs are welcome at Standon Calling Festival too, so if you want to bring your pooch why not enter him or her into the annual dog show! Always a popular event.

For your chance to win a family set of five tickets (worth over £350!) just visit the Holiday Tots competition page.

For more details about Standon Calling festival, camping options and to book tickets visit the Standon Calling festival website.

Standon Calling Festival – 29th – 31st July, 2016

Competition closes at midnight on 13th July, winner will be notified by email after the closing date. Good Luck!

 

Family Festival Series part 3 – Henley Festival Family Sunday plus your chance to win tickets…

In the third of our family festival series we look at this year’s Family Sunday at Henley Festival. ‘Not just for grownups’, Family Sunday promises fun for all ages. We also have a family set of five tickets in our competition on the Holiday Tots website.

There are children’s entertainers, musicians, comedians, magicians and street entertainers. Mad scientists will be electrocuting members of the audience and there will be superheroes too!

So if dipping your toe into a festival for a day, rather than camping overnight, appeals to you then Henley Family Sunday just might tick the box, oh and dressing up for day is obligatory!

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Confirmed acts for all the family include:

Superhero battle where three of planet Earth’s greatest go head to head for the title of ‘Most Supreme Superhero… Ever!’

The Henley Music School

Jay Foreman and his disgusting songs

Science Mania

Solomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids

lighthouseThe Lighthouse Workshop where the lighthouse keeper will be sharing stories of the sea and showing animations of his adventures

Awe inspiring acrobatic feats from Upswing and more

Henley Festival Family Sunday takes place on Sunday 10th July 2016 from 11.30am to 3pm

Visit their website for more details: http://www.henley-festival.co.uk/2016-programme/family-day

Sadly we are camping at Blackberry Wood otherwise we definitely would be visiting this one!

Competition – Your chance to win a family ticket for up to five people

The organisers have kindly offered a family ticket for five for the Family Sunday as a competition prize. Visit the Holiday Tots competition page where you will find all the details. Good Luck! The competition will close on Friday 26th May.

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/competition/24/