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

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!

News from North Devon

Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are six beautiful self-catering holiday cottages. They benefit from woodland, streams and three ponds bringing wildlife day and night and are only a short drive away from the North Devon coast.

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Each one is suitable for families with babies, toddlers and young children and can accommodate a couple and baby up to large family gatherings or groups of friends sharing. The facilities are second to none and the location is stunning.

The indoor swimming pool is heated to 30 degrees and if the beautiful rolling hills are not enough there is plenty to keep families happy: indoor play room, games room, play area, pirate ship, two story Wendy house, sand pit and more. Peacocks wander freely and there are plenty of other animals to pet too including ducks, hens, goats, Alpacas and more.

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Life never stops on the estate and so during the winter months the owners have been busy updating, refreshing and adding.

Refurbished swimming pool

Refurbished swimming pool

The indoor swimming pool has had a complete make-over, it is now all one depth making it easier for children and has had a new floor all around which is made of soft material promoting soft landings!

New tractor

New tractor

There is a new wooden tractor for children to climb with slide which is going to appeal to tractor loving toddlers

Newest addition to the family

Newest addition to the family

There are two new additions to the menagerie of guinea pigs. These little furry critters are always happy to see guests and children love to pet them.

If you want to venture further afield there are lots of things to do from the Dinosaur Park, just 2 miles away as is the local beach of Combe Martin, Exmoor Zoo is just 6 miles and there are many other activities and places or interested all within 30 minutes drive. We will add a Top 10 guide to the area soon.

If you are looking for somewhere to unwind and have some quality time with your family and / or friends there is still availability. You can view their properties and contact the owners on the Holiday Tots website here:

https://www.holidaytots.co.uk/view-property/319-private-cottage-shared-facilities-in-nr-combe-martin/

 

 

Child-friendly villas for large family gatherings – last minute offers and last minute availability

If you still haven’t found your family holiday accommodation for 2014 and you are looking for  a holiday suitable for a large family, more than one family sharing or with room for grandparents, look no further! Here are some special offers and last minute deals all perfect for a large family holiday especially suitable if you have babies and toddlers!

France
Brittany

child-friendly cottage, Brittany

child-friendly cottage, Brittany

Sleeps 12 – last few weeks up to 5th July now reduced to 990€ week – beautiful converted farm is situated in the heart of the Brecon countryside. 21 acres of grounds for children to explore, enclosed child-friendly swimming pool 20 miles to Carnac beach – there are other properties within the grounds so there should also be plenty of other children to play with – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Brittany/Brittany-310.html

Gironde

Toddler toys and spa!

Toddler toys and spa!

Sleeps 14 –  w/c 28th June and 5th July £500 off plus a case of Bordeaux châteaux wine – This luxury private child-friendly villa has everything you could wish for including its very own spa. , if you are looking for a luxury retreat this could be it! Fenced heated swimming pool, lots of toys inside and out, acres of private grounds including fenced gardens, set among the Bordeaux vineyars with wine tastings at a near by chateau – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Aquitaine/Gironde-207.html

Dordogne

Located in a small hamlet with lots of toddler toys!

Located in a small hamlet with lots of toddler toys!

Sleeps 8 – £200 discount on all stays in September plus kids eat free – this charming child-friendly holiday cottage has four bedrooms and is located within a small hamlet offering fabulous facilities for babies, toddler and young children including fully enclosed heated swimming pool, 52 acres, bar, tennis, five different play areas for children, indoor play barn and more – further afield are no less than 7 award winning villages – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Aquitaine/Dordogne-187.html

Dordogne

Beautiful garden to enjoy a family gathering!

Beautiful garden to enjoy a family gathering!

Sleeps 12 – remaining weeks in June and July 20% discount –This beautiful house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a lounge with big fireplace, a pool table room, a library, a huge covered barn a fenced garden with lots of interesting corners. Situated in a quet village it also is just 100m away from the owners own house and their 5 holiday cottages, families have full use of the faciltieis and swimming pool should you want it – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Aquitaine/Dordogne-182.html

Charente

Toddlers will love the selection of ride on toys!

Toddlers will love the selection of ride on toys!

Sleeps 8 – 20% discount on all remaining dates in July – abundance of activities for all the family, two under cover play areas, great selection of local restaurants and walking distance to lake beach and within half hour of other lovely lake beaches – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Poitou-charentes/Charente-58.html

Haut Vienne

Stairgates even on the garden stone steps

Stairgates even on the garden stone steps

Sleeps 10 – 10% discount on all available weeks in July and September – Just a short stroll from the local restaurants in the lovely town of Rochechouart is this super child-friendly town house with large lawns, enclosed raised swimming pool and two very friendly dogs to meet -http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Poitou-charentes/Haut-Vienne-243.html

Languedoc- Roussillon

Lazy days in the garden...

Lazy days in the garden…

Sleeps 13 – last week available 23rd august reduced to €2150 for the week – This lovely large bright village holiday house has a private swimming pool in a large secluded garden. There is a childrens playbarn, with lots of baby and toddler toys available. You can also have the choice of self-catering, full or half board and massages to book too – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Languedoc-roussillon/Languedoc-roussillon-183.html

UK
Cornwall

Sea views and 300m walk to beach

Sea views and 300m walk to beach

Sleeps 10 – 25% discount on bookings confirmed by end of June – This luxury family holiday home is detached and offers lovely sea views. It is located in the small town of Downderry and just 300m from Downderry beach. There is an enclosed garden and patio area and restaurants, including Nick Barclay’s Blueplate, bars and shops are all within walking distance. Downderry itself has a community and so never closes – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Cornwall/Downderry,-Cornwall-312.html

Spain
Costa del Sol

View from rooftop

View from rooftop

Sleeps 10 – last couple of summer weeks reduced 28th June – 5th July was £1900 now £1650 – Surprisingly this beautiful family-friendly villa has a couple of weeks available this summer. It is bright and spacious with an annex to the fourth bedroom with its own front door. 1800m from the beach at Atalaya, enclosed garden and roof terraces, shared swimming pool, Apple TV and 600m from a handful of restaurants, supermarket and bakery – http://www.holidaytots.co.uk/toddler-and-baby-friendly/Spain/Costa-Del-Sol-269.html

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