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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Paradise Wildlife Park – ‘A unique attraction in Hertfordshire’

If you’re looking for a great day out for the whole family, Paradise Wildlife Park should definitely be on your list. Situated in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire just off the A10 (near junction 25 on the M25) or if you’re travelling by train, they offer a pick up service from Broxbourne station (£3 per person, under 2’s go free).

Tickets are cheaper if booked online (have to be done at least the day before your visit) and there are normally discount codes available (PWP20 currently giving 20 % off – at time of publication). Cheaper prices are offered for kids, senior citizens and disabled (carers too) visitors – click here for more info. If you live locally you can also purchase annual passes which can be paid in one lump sum or monthly – I have one of these and have been over 20 times since March.

OK, what all can you see at Paradise Wildlife Park ?? As you can see by the map below, its quite a large park with many attractions.

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My daughter LOVES dinosaurs and as ‘WORLD OF DINOSAURS’ is right in front of you when you enter, i’ll start here.
This attraction opened in March this year – here you can experience 30 life sized, moving, ‘breathing’, roaring dinosaurs. Take a walk through the woods (and back in time) experiencing these big animals, there is also a dino train (Tickets £2 per person over 2 years old or free with an annual pass) that takes you through the World of Dinosaurs – be carful as some dinosaurs spit ! Don’t forget to see if you can uncover a dinosaur skeleton before you leave..

Another favourite of ours, especially during the warm summer we had was Paradise Lagoon. A lovely splash pool with slide and turfed picnic area. They have a little hut selling inflatables and ice creams which is a big hit with the little ones. Picnic tables are available meaning you can bring lunch from home and enjoy it whilst the little ones cool down in the pool.

Before heading over to the animal section there is a lovely play area with slides coming out of fire trucks and trains, climbing frames and an area with equipment adapted for wheelchair users too. There is another play area in the animal section which is covered. It has a climbing frame, sea saw and slides. If the weather isn’t great there is an indoor soft play area, Tumble Jungle with a cafe and coffee shop for mums and dads to rest and refuel.

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There is so much to see and do in the animal park, we love feeding the goats and sheep the fresh food (available to buy from the kiosks for £1), then over to BIG CAT TERRITORY.  If you’re lucky you may be able to see some of the big cats being fed which is awesome!

BCEYou can also feed the big cats / wolves – £199 during the week (£249 on weekends) – which is often half price for annual members ! After welcome drinks, you receive a health and safety briefing. Once in position you will feed your cat of choice through the bars of their enclosure.  The experience lasts 30 mins. The price includes access to the park and is wheelchair accessible too.
Click here for more info.
If you don’t fancy feeding one of the big cats / wolves, there are a few other animal experiences on offer (Meet the Red Pandas, Meerkats, Lemurs, get up close and personal with a sloth just to name a few). More info can be found here.

My daughter loves the penguin enclosure as well as the outback trail too. The monkeys are playful and loud and can be heard from almost all over the park – they’re definitely worth a visit.

We absolutely love our days at Paradise Wildlife Park, there is SO much to do there that even having gone 20 + times there are still bits of it we’ve not visited. If you’re looking for a fun, educational day out – Paradise Wildlife Park is for you!

 

 

 

 

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!