TOTSEAT – For babies that lunch!

The original, washable, squashable high chair that is recommended for 6 – 30 month olds. It’s lightweight, compact and versatile and anchors your child safely and comfortably in almost any dining chair!

Taking your baby out for the day / overnight and having to worry about a high chair are a thing of the past. We were given a Totseat to review, here’s how we got on.

We have been using the Totseat since Georgia was approx 6 months old and was able to sit up unaided. We’ve used it on may different chairs and haven’t found one that it doest attach to. It comes with a separate strap for extra support (or if the chair has an open back).  totseat4

The Totseat complies with all required international safety standards (as well as a few extras). Georgia, at 18 months old still uses hers when at nana.

As a mum, packing for a holiday or overnight stay is quite a task in itself. The totseat is light and compact making it perfect for travelling. Knowing I have somewhere to feed Georgia whilst out and about makes mealtimes so much less stressful. I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to feed your little one without a high chair – its a nightmare and oh so messy!

We recently used it on a trip away to visit the family and it was brilliant, we were able to feed Georgia outside in the sunshine rather than being confined to the kitchen.

They come with a lifetime guarantee and start at £22.00 – you really can’t go wrong! For more info click here.

A bit about Totseat:

They too are a small family business and are committed to complete Corporate Social Responsibility. They source and manufacture responsibility in a factory in China that they visit annually. They reuse what they can, and recycle what they can’t. They ship by rail, road and see and use public transport rather than having corporate cars too! I get the impression they love their team like family and this is definitely the kind of company we love being associated with.

 

 

Hatley – Quality rainwear made to be passed from sibling to sibling!

If any of your saw our #Holidaytots12days campaign over Christmas you will have seen our Festival Bundle included a toddler rainiest from Hatley. We were lucky enough to be sent a similar set to try out with Georgia (2.5 years) and lets just say, we both LOVE it.

The products are on the more expensive side but after seeing and trying them out, I would say, are TOTALLY WORTH IT. We have used the full set (Rain Jacket, Rain Boots and Splash Pants) a handful of times. The Jacket and Boots have been used A LOT.

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You can definitely tell the difference in the boots compared to cheaper pairs you can buy online and in stores.

  • Slip resistant soles
  • Removable insole
  • Always PVC-free
  • Matching Fuzzy Boot Liners

If your little ones like jumping in muddy puddles (THANKS PEPPA ! ) then these boots are for you.

We were sent a matching microfibre rain jacket which is fully lined and waterproof. I also like the fact that the back is slightly longer than the front and that it is elasticated at the waist. It is also Machine washable.

We were also sent a pair of splash pants which are brilliant in the wet weather.  They are fully seam-sealed with an elastic waistband and drawstring. There is a little pocket with velcro on the left side and again, they are machine washable

Their rainwear range is large with matching umbrellas and raincoats. Some of their products even change colours in the rain! How amazing is that ? Their range covers from baby – 12 years old and it is made to last – it’s made to be able to be passed from sibling to sibling. Their rainwear range is currently on sale so why not stock up for next winter while the prices are low.

They don’t only do rain wear, they do all sorts, for mum too! Sleepwear, swimwear and foot wear – they’ve got you covered.

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Melissa & Doug Toys

Melissa & Doug is a well known name when it comes to kids toys.  M&D’s mission is to create quality products that inspire our children to think outside the box and encourage kids to see new possibilities. A lot of their toys are simple concepts that inspire kids to come up with their own twists. They hope that this will encourage creativity, imagination, free play and discovery while learning.

My daughter was given her first set of Melissa & Dog toys early on, It was a set of wooden food that came with a knife and chopping board. She instantly took to it and loved slicing the fruit apart. I love how 2 years later, this toy is still in excellent condition.
She was also given a Farm Cube Puzzle, which we actually played with this morning.

We have had many Melissa & Doug toys in her almost 3 years, her favourite I think has to be the Take-Along Show-Horse Stable play set. She got this as a Christmas present from nana and she loves getting this out whenever were over there. I do feel this is where her love of horses has come from – thanks nana!

Melissa & Doug were kind enough to send us some of their toys to review – lets just say, Georgia was thrilled. We were sent the Latches board, The Take-Along Doorbell dollhouse, Food Groups (consisting of 21 hand painted wooden pieces in crates) and a scratch note cube set.

As a mother, the thing I love most about all Melissa & Doug toys is the quality of the products. They are well made, hard wearing and they last. Melissa & Doug are not just a name, but they are real people, who have been together for 30 years and raised 6 kids of their own. All of their toys are tested in their own homes and comply with all US, EU and other international safety regulations.

Georgia loves playing with her wooden food in her play kitchen, she loves sorting the food into different crates and making meals for her mummy and daddy. She isn’t a fan of trying new foods so I am still hoping that these bright, new and exciting foods will inspire her to try a few new things  – I can dream, can’t I ?

I absolutely love the Latches board, I love how its portable and we often take it in the car with us – it can keep her entertained for ages. She loves showing us how she’s figured out how to open the latch and what is behind the doors – its great with colour recognition too.

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The doorbell doll house has provided hours of entertainment. What is it with kids and pressing buttons? Georgia loves pressing doorbells, anything that makes a noise really. I think she is still a little bit young for working out the keys and how to unlock the doors but it is definitely something she will learn with practise. She loves hiding the dolls behind the doors and I love how she makes stories up about the dolls and the houses. The doors are numbered 1-4 and they each have a key with the same number on which is slightly different.

Last but not least, the scratch magic notes – these are excellent at home or on the go. Perfect for a long car journey, or if you need something to entertain the little one on a flight. The pack includes 125 rainbow mini notes and a wooden stylus. We tried these out recently at our local coffee shop, and for the first time in a long time, I was able to enjoy a hot coffee !

If you like the look of any of the above Melissa & Doug toys, they are available from Amazon, John Lewis and Argos to name a few. They have toys suitable from 0 years to 8 years +, something for everyone.

 

 

Summer Infant’s Baby Pixel Monitor

We were asked to review Summer Infant’s newest baby monitor earlier this month and after a few weeks of use, it is definitely one to consider if you’re in the market for a new baby monitor.
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This monitor is packed with features parents will love:
* Enhanced Colour Night Vision
* Virtual Boundary
* Move the camera by tilting the parent unit
* 5 inch colour touch screen
* Sound activated LED lights
* Voice Activated technology ensures the screen switches on when the baby stirs.
* 3 x digital zoom
* two way talk back
* nursery temperature and clock display on parent unit

….. just to name a few !

When we got the monitor the first thing we did was charge it – it says to charge it for 7 hours before use. We then found a safe place for the camera to sit in our little ones room. It can either sit on a counter / shelf or you can place it on a screw in the wall. Included are clips to help you secure the cord to the wall so that your baby cant grab a hold of it.
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The monitor is touchscreen and of a great size. There Volume buttons on the side and sound activated LED lights across the top alert you to any noise / movement in the nursery. You’re able to move the camera either by pressing the screen or tilting it which is a great feature.
I love the talk back feature, if you need to reassure your little one without actually going into their room.  I would recommend using the power safe mode which prolongs battery life. I would keep the unit plugged in overnight (you can change the brightness of the screen so it doesn’t keep you awake with the glare) and would then use it for approx 2 hours during my daughters nap, i’d then turn it off and use it again for approx 3 hours in the evening without needing to plug it in. The camera has a 240m range and you’re able to add up to 3 extra cameras if you need to keep an eye on multiple children.

 

Another nifty feature is their Sleepzone Virtual Boundary Alert feature which allows you to set a virtual boundary on the parent unit and you’ll be alerted when your little one moves out of the boundary.
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The camera has a night light on it which illuminates red to help the baby fall asleep and can then be changed to blue once the baby is asleep.

You can also use the Moonlite enhanced colour night vision to have a full colour view of your little one.

Retailing at £199.99 this monitor is a higher end monitor but I would recommend it as it does have a lot of features that others out there don’t have. Find out more (or to order yours) click here.

Moccis – Hand sewn Swedish Moccasins

I was looking for something for my daughter to wear on her feet as the air turns a bit chilly. All of the slippers out there seem to be too warm and then I saw Moccis – they’re basically a sock with a soft leather sole hand stitched onto it. They’re soft, durable, slip free, washable and have an invisible support strap that stops kids from kicking them off.


My daughter (2 years) has had hers for over 2 weeks now and they’re perfect to put on in the morning when she gets up, before we’ve had a chance to change and get dressed for the day.

If you’re into ethical products, this one is for you – Moccis are hand made in Sweden and their workers are paid fairly. The designs are limited and uniquely chosen by a Swedish mom / artist. Wearing Moccis are very close to being barefoot (which is recommended for muscle development) so are approved by podiatrists too.

Did I mention that they do adult sizes too? If you like twinning with your little one or just love the idea of these ‘slipper socks’ you can get them for yourself too.

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Children sizes start at £25 and adults from £37. They are on the higher end price wise but they are excellent quality and wash well meaning they should last. Have a look at their range here.

We have the ‘wolfie’ moccis but here are a few of my other favourite designs:

Cuddledry – Cuddlebunny Toddler Towel

The same company that created the award winning hands free baby bath towel have created a toddler range, including the Cuddlebunny, Cuddleroar and Cuddlepanda. The cutest bath towels come in 2 sizes (1-3 and 3-6 years).

We were sent the cuddle bunny for Georgia (2 years) to try out.

Georgia loves bath time and hates getting out, there are often tears but ever since her bunny towel arrived, she loves getting out and lying in it. She particularly likes the bunny ears and tail.

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All Cuddledry products we’ve reviewed are of a very high quality and this is no different – the packaging it comes in is beautiful – Georgia loved carrying it around like a briefcase when it arrived. They retail for £29.99 which is on the expensive side but for a product thats used daily, its certainly lasted. It washes well and is still super soft.
Click here for more info or to buy your own. Use code FRIENDS15 to get 15 % discount at checkout.

I love taking her bath towel with us when we go away, its compact and light so these products are great for everyday use as well as while away.

 

DOCK & BAY microfibre towels

Do you hate how long normal beach towels take to dry ? or even worse, sand all over your damp towel? If your answer is yes then you need to try Dock & Bay’s microfibre towels.

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Andy and Benno designed the Dock & Bay towels with some great features:

* They’re the biggest on the market
* They fold up really small
* Sand slides right off due to the smooth texture
* They’re absorbent and smooth
* They dry up to 3 times faster than normal towels

We were sent a bundle that included XL and L towels as well as their mini ponchos – something for everyone in the family.

We’ve used the towels while camping, at home around the paddling pool and whilst away on holidays – here’s how we got on.

The first outing for the Mini Poncho and 2 of the towels was a camping trip. This product is perfect for camping or when going travelling. They’re small and take up no space in your bag and dry quickly! They’re also really trendy and the kids LOVE them

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The second outing was on our family holiday to the Costa Del Sol in July – the weather was perfect and we spent a lot of time around the pool. The girls all loved their ponchos which were perfect to pop them in whilst they had a snack in between swim sessions.
We did make it to the beach one morning but the girls weren’t fans of the cold sea so we aborted that mission and went back to the pool. Before we left i threw a bucket of sand on my towel to see what would happen when i picked it up, and just like the website says, it all slid off

Not only do they sell towels and ponchos for the kids, they also sell mens swim shorts that are made from 100 % recycled plastic bottles. Their Active collection is made up of 30% recycled plastic bottles. Last year they replaced all plastic bags used while transporting their goods and have replaced them with 100 % biodegradable materials

Dock & Bay have a brilliant ethos and are all about taking risks, living your best life all whilst building a more sustainable business.

Dock & Bay featured on Dragons Den in 2017 and received 3 offers (Tej Lalvani, Touker Suleyman and Deborah Meadon). They are now working with Deborah to ‘change the face of towels forever!’.

Get yours here. If you sign up to their mailing list you can get 10 % off when buying 2 or more products, they also offer free delivery within the UK.