In The Night Garden Live – a fab family day out!

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We recently booked tickets for Georgia to go and see In The Night Garden Live – she is almost 2 and In The Night garden has been quite a big part of her life as nana introduced us to it when she was around 5 months old. Every night before her milk we watch an episode of it regardless of where we are. It’s our thing and such a nice way to have a cuddle and end the day.

I wasn’t sure if she was ready for it after booking Panto tickets at Christmas and poor daddy spent the whole show in the restaurant with her as she didn’t get into it at all. I thought that as she was a few months older and this was going to be full of her favourite characters she may be more engaged. I was excited to see how Georgia would react to her favourite characters right there in front of her and larger than life, so booked the tickets and here’s how we got on.

 

You can still see the shows at 3 venues – we went to the O2, but this showing has now finished. It is now moving to Richmond Old deer park from 16 June until the 1st of July when it heads up to Birmingham (7-22 July) and Manchester (28 July – 19 August).

There are 2 shows, the Ninky Nonk show and the Pinky Ponk show. The show lasts around 50 minutes and each show follows a different story line – but don’t worry, they both feature all the characters.

There are 2 options when buying your tickets, Standard (from £12.50 pp) and Premium (from £20 pp).  If you choose premium tickets you will get to sit in the first 5 rows. We booked standard seats and were seated in the 6th row. Its auditorium style seating so you can see from any row.

Georgia was a bit taken a back when it first started – the characters really are quite large so I think the standard seats were better for us anyway. She came around and was eventually smiling and dancing away to the songs she’s listened to every night before bed. The ticket price includes a souvenir activity book which Georgia loved.

When booking your tickets in advance you can pre book a Goody Bag worth over £60 for only £29 which is a great saving. If you don’t book it in advance you can buy one on the day for £39.00 – they really did look decent – here is what’s inside:
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Another add on is to ‘meet a character’ – this happens after the show and you will have a private 2-3 minute meeting with your chosen character. A great opportunity to give your favourite character a cuddle or get a selfie. The cost is £15 per character – you can meet either Igglepiggle or Upsy Daisy. Looking back, i’m glad we didn’t book this as I don’t think Georgia would have cooperated. The slightly older kids were loving their meetings on the day and came out with smiles from ear to ear.

Upon arrival, your tickets are checked and you’re directed to collect your goody bag and then line up in Premium or Standard seating rows. The gates open 30 minutes before the show starts. There is a bar where snacks and drinks for both kids and adults can be purchased.

vSit back, relax and enjoy watching your little ones take it all in.

Before you leave the Showdome you have another opportunity to be persuaded by your kids to spend some money. Shirts, memorabilia and balloons are available to buy. My tip would be to bring your kids’ In The Night Garden character from home so that they don’t try and get you to buy them a new one before you leave.

All in all it is a very well run and organised event. We were emailed 3 days prior with instructions on how to get there, where to park, info on baby changing facilities and where to park your buggy. They even tell you the walking time (at buggy pace) from the parking area to the Showdome.

Georgia loved it and it really was a lovely family day out. I would highly recommend it to friends with little ones who like the show.

 

Don’t miss out – book your tickets here

 

Cuddledry Baby & Me Wash bag

We were sent the new Cuddledry Baby & Me Wash bag to review. Bronwyn, Kieran and Georgia took it on their recent trip to Euro Disney.
baby-and-me.jpgNormally when going away I have to pack 2 separate wash bags so the idea of having it all in one place sounded like a great idea to me. We were away for 2 nights and this wash bag was the perfect size. I feel this wash bag would be a bit small for a 2 week holiday but perfect for a long weekend/weeks holiday.

It has a separate waterproof section on each side which was great for toothbrushes or wet sponges etc. The 2 re fillable bottles were great to decant my little ones body wash and shampoo.

If you like to be organised, this wash bag is for you. Retailing at £24.99 it is on the higher end, price wise. It is made of a hight quality wipe clean material (inside and out) which is great if there are any leaks ! Click here to get your own!

Liv Cam – the travel monitor for on the go families.

We were recently asked to review the newest Summer Infant baby monitor, The Liv Cam.  Bronwyn and Georgia tried it on their recent trip to South Africa and were very impressed, see how they got on…

Before we set off on our holiday we got daddy to set up the monitor and link it to our phone and iPad – the set up was easy. Simply download the free Liv Cam app (iOS or Android) and follow the prompts. You pair the camera with your device by putting in the password found on the bottom of the camera. You don’t need a wifi connection or mobile coverage to be able to use the monitor which makes it perfect for travelling.

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Jump forward to night 1 of our holiday. We had just travelled 11 hours overnight and neither Georgia or myself had had a particularly good nights sleep – one of the first things I set up was the Liv Cam as i knew that way I could relax in the living room and know what Georgia was up to when I put her down. I plugged it in (don’t forget an adapter if you’re going abroad!) and hooked it onto the end of the travel cot – it was that simple. I connected it to my iPad and we were good to go. I used it in 3 different places whilst on holiday – the clarity is brilliant, day or night.

 

There are also some nifty features like having a 1 minute video replay function as well as remote zoom and the option to record and share photos and videos.

 

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The camera has a range of 76m and the battery when fully charged lasts 3-4 hours. Perfect when on the go. I kept it plugged in and clipped to Georgia’s cot whilst away so that it was ready to go and charged when she napped or went to bed. Its small and light making it perfect for travelling.

The only issue I found was if you didn’t have a 2nd device, you would have to disconnect from the wifi network on your mobile/tablet to be able to connect to the camera’s wifi – meaning you wouldn’t be able to use your phone (on the wifi) at the same time as using the monitor  – its easily fixed by using a tablet / 2nd phone.

At around £100 for a video monitor, it is mid-range, price wise. I would definitely recommend this product. The monitor is available from Argos and is currently on sale at £79.99 (Normal price (£99.99). (at time of writing)

We will be running a competiton to win your very own Liv Cam this week – Keep an eye on the Holiday Tots Facebook page for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

BBReviewers: Bronwyn, Kieran and Georgia.

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