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Thursday, 29 October 2015


Morrck 
- the safe car seat footmuff













With winter well on the way I thought I could show you one of the best things you can buy for your baby to use in the car! It's a Morrck footmuff! It's basically a thin fleece wrap with openings for a harness. What's so special about it then? It fits in all infant car seats without compromising the baby's safety. It's thin enough to not change the fitting of the harness and the top wraps around the baby after you've tightened the harness. Absolutely brilliant and a must-have for all winter babies. The Morrck footmuff makes it easy to keep the baby warm outside but cool indoors as you can just unwrap the top parts of the Morrck so the baby doesn't overheat. No need for snowsuits! It's also the only after market car seat footmuff I know of that has been crash tested. The Moorck comes in many beautiful colours. Have a look on their website for more details http://www.morrck.co.uk/


A friend of mine wrote a fantastic piece on the importance of harnessing your child correctly. You can read it here http://www.rearfacingtoddlers.com/getting-the-harness-right.html 




Tuesday, 27 October 2015





Golden Girls  

For effortless style this party season, check out these gorgeous golden garments from Vertbaudet’s (www.vertbaudet.co.uk) new collection.


Party Dress & Cardigan Outfit £25

Frilled Skirt, Gold £11

Tulle & Cotton Satin Special Occasion Dress £24



Monday, 26 October 2015



LeapFrog Number Loving Oven




Number Loving Oven has been an absolute hit in our home. LeapFrog are known for fantastic and educational toys and this has to be one of their best!
The Number Loving Oven is suitable from 2-5 years but our baby is really enjoying it as well and she's only 11 months old. There's no small pieces and no hazards for her which is always good when you have children of different ages.
The Number Loving Oven comes in the box with 4 pizza slices, 2 cupcakes, 3 pieces of bread, 1 fried egg, spatula, skillet, baking tray and 2 plates. The oven itself is interactive, there's over 30 phrases and songs. Children can learn to count, cook, serve, share and improve their vocabulary.
The oven itself is a very good size for small hands, quality is fantastic as always with LeapFrog. At a retail price of just £20 it's also great value for money and will provide hours of fun to all the little preschoolers out there!
















We were sent this fantastic toy for the purpose of an honest review. I'd like to thank LeapFrog for sending it.


Saturday, 24 October 2015


Joie Litetrax - photos



I have only used the Joie Litetrax once so I'm not in a position to write a proper review of it. I can tell you that it's definitely great value for money. For about £170 you get a proper full size pushchair with huge seat, massive canopy, raincover, bumper bar and footmuff! It also boasts a one hand pull fold with automatic lock. The handlebar is very comfortable and the Litetrax feels easy to push one handed although it was a little sluggish when cornering. The leg rest is adjustable so perfect for little ones. The seat has a full flat recline. Joie Litetrax is advertised as from birth but I honestly wouldn't recommend it to be used as such unless with a car seat. The harness on smallest setting was huge and wouldn't hold my 11 month old in the seat. As this is a safety issue for me I didn't use it again. One more disappointment is the shopping basket, it looks big and deep but is very hard to access with the seat in upright position and there's zero access when the seat is reclined so you can't even get the raincover out! Another small problem (easily rectified) is that the raincover is framed which means it sits on the pushchair very nicely but you can't fold it small. It's easy enough to buy a universal raincover though but it's obviously an extra expense. The Joie Litetrax comes as a 3 or 4 wheeler. The 3 wheeler I had has a double wheel at the front and I'm really not a fan of those. All 3/4 wheels are hard rubber, they're not as noisy as some but they don't cushion the ride either so it can get a bit bumpy :) The bumper bar is fixed and could be easier to put on/take off if I'm honest. I also found that if not careful you could hurt your wrist when folding the Litetrax with the bumper bar in situ. The Litetrax will freestand when folded which is great when space is an issue. The brake is easy to use and very effective. My overall feeling is that it's a very nice stroller for toddlers, compact but with a full size seat and all the features you might need.





























Wednesday, 14 October 2015



LEAPFROG PARTNERS WITH KIDS FOOD GURU ANNABEL KARMEL TO LAUNCH ‘KITCHEN KIDS’ CAMPAIGN

To celebrate the launch of interactive preschool toy, Number Loving Oven, multi-award winning educational toy brand, LeapFrog, has teamed up with family favourite kids food guru, Annabel Karmel, to launch its Kitchen Kids campaign.

The campaign will see LeapFrog challenge mums and dads to bring cooking role play to life for pre-schoolers. From counting out ingredients, to mixing and garnishing, there are heaps of fun jobs for tiny hands in the kitchen and the campaign aims to inspire parents to get in the kitchen with their little ones.

LeapFrog will share kid-friendly recipes and ask parents to share their own favourite recipes and creations through Facebook and Twitter. To help get them started, LeapFrog and Annabel Karmel have also created the LeapFrog Kitchen Kids Guide, which offers parents valuable tips on how to deal with fussy eaters and expert advice from LeapFrog’s in-house learning team on how to fuel more role play opportunities at home, and the developmental benefits of this key play time.

Annabel Karmel, who has recently launched her all new Family Cooking App, said: “Kids love to play chef, and you’ll be amazed how early on they can start helping in the kitchen. Some of my happiest times with my three children growing up involved cooking and baking. Spending time together in the kitchen provided a great opportunity to teach them all kinds of invaluable skills – as well as the importance of eating well.”

LeapFrog’s Number Loving Oven talks, sings and gets number skills cooking with over 30 songs and phrases and 16 fun ingredients. Children can divide the pre-sliced food onto two plates for a friend or parent and learn about sharing, while also developing an early understanding of equal parts and parts that make up a whole. The number slider on the front of the Number Loving Oven allows children to practice number recognition and learn about the value of numbers through cooking times and temperature. To continue the exploration, children can fry an egg on the hob and hear it really “sizzle”, bake bread at just the right temperature, or cut and count slices of pizza to share. By integrating these concepts into engaging play, the Number Loving Oven makes learning fun and offers a new way to help prepare children for preschool.

Emily Brown, Senior Brand Manager at LeapFrog, comments: “Role play is such an exciting and important part of a child’s development, and often underrated. It is so much more than just playing for play’s sake, fuelling creativity, empathy and understanding of the world around them. Toys like Number Loving Oven encourage a child to make his or her own discoveries and at the same time help to hone skills that come from pretend play such as vocabulary building, social interaction and storytelling. We’re really excited to celebrate the launch of the Number Loving Oven with Annabel and hope our guide will inspire and support parents to discover new ways of learning learning and discoveries!”

Parents will be able to download the Kitchen Kids guide by going to: http://goo.gl/s03LBI

Number Loving Oven (RRP 19.99, for children aged two years and up), is available online and at major retailers now.

Annabel Karmel’s new Family Cooking App is available now for iPhone and iPad on the App store (http://apple.co/1LU3Hji). It features a ‘Kids Rule the Kitchen’ section which has special cooking courses designed to feed children’s imaginations whilst teaching essential cooking skills. For more information visit www.annabelkarmel.com

Keep an eye on the blog for my review of the new LeapFrog Number Loving Oven.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015




-LeapFrog Toys back official report which asks the Government to make playing with technology an integral part of initial teacher training-

A new report from a Parliamentary Group has called for play to be at the centre of a ‘whole child’ approach to health and wellbeing. Whilst there is broad consensus about the importance of physical activity in the battle against obesity, play has lost political momentum in recent years and the report, sponsored by LeapFrog, calls for a fresh approach.

What constitutes play in today’s society is questioned by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. The report spotlights the positive role of modern technology in child’s play in both home and school settings, affirming that tech toys can be of great value if they are used to support and enhance other learning activities and goals.

The report lands as LeapFrog launch the new Android based tablet for children, LeapFrog Epic, their first device made for sale in the consumer electronics section. Dr Jody Le Vos, director of the LeapFrog Learning Team – a PHD qualified team that sits at the heart of the brand’s educational product development – comments: “We know that children learn best when they are having fun, so tech in the early years setting, be it at home or school, should reflect this - it should be playful”.

Dr. Jody continues: “Dedicated learning tablets designed for kids, for example, hold great play appeal to children and when coupled with the right educational content, it can fully engage a child and help supplement other home or classroom learning techniques.”

The APPG report identifies a need for improved education and guidance for parents and professionals. It calls for initial teacher training to include a focus on playful learning through technology to identify best practises and encourage a varied and balanced classroom diet of learning opportunities through play. It also asks the Government to take responsibility for assisting parents on understanding the criteria for selecting ‘tech toys’ and educating them on how to incorporate them constructively in to child’s play at home.

“There is still a big job out there to support parents” continues Dr. Jody, “for example, we know the amount of screen time parents should give their child is an ongoing concern. As a brand offering a range of educational tech toys for children age 3-9, we take our responsibility to guide parents very seriously. We regularly produce guides and host social Q&A’s for parents on this subject, helping them to understand the positive effects of tech play, the importance of screen quality and often how to develop a screen time ‘plan’ that they are comfortable with at home.”

The launch of the LeapFrog Epic tablet this month illustrates how LeapFrog is trying to further support parents in making tech part of their child’s play diet. Knowing kids are drawn to adult devices and increasingly expecting technology that looks and feels more like their parents, the LeapFrog Epic boasts a sleek ‘grown up’ look. The perfect introduction to tablet play for children, it includes a wealth of parent-pleasing features including parental controls which allows them to set limits on what, when and how long children can use the device.

It also provides children a kid-safe browsing experience through its proprietary LeapSearch browser only allowing access to pre-selected, kid-safe web content from  over 5,000 videos, images, websites and games all reviewed and approved by the LeapFrog learning team. As their child’s interests change and grow, parents can simply add new websites to the LeapSearch browser.

Sally Plumridge, VP Marketing EMEAAA at LeapFrog comments: “We welcome this report as we launch LeapFrog Epic. We believe that a child’s development is a continuous journey and there is a positive place for technology within this. Epic is a shining example of a tech toy that can add value to a child’s learning journey through play. Technology is very much part of the world we now live in and there is a need to refresh our current understanding of play and reshape perceptions around ‘tech toys’. A child’s knowledge and imagination is infinite and technology can help encourage, engage and excite children to reach their full potential”.

The wider report on play analyses indoor and outdoor play, the importance of ‘risky play’ in sharpening decision-making, leadership and team collaboration, play as an essential part of  the learning process both inside and outside the classroom and home and the role of the planning process in making streets and outdoor space playable for children. It calls upon the play industry, advertising, the media and national and local government to recognise the contribution that play can make to children’s lives.

Former ‘Playschool’ TV presenter, Baroness Floella Benjamin chairs the APPG and in speaking of the full report adds: “This is the most comprehensive recent study of play in all its forms and proves the truth of the old saying ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ I am delighted to commend it to my parliamentary colleagues.”


Monday, 12 October 2015




CAR SAFETY SPECIALIST BRITAX INTRODUCES NEW TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT CHILDREN IN BOOSTER SEATS -SecureGuard helps to reduce abdominal forces by up to 35 per cent in the event of an accident.

Children love to move around in their car seat, but research shows that wriggling, sleeping and turning can compromise their safety – even when secured by a 3-point seat belt in a booster seat. Today, responding to concerns from experts and parents, car safety specialist Britax introduces SecureGuard, a seat belt extension proven to reduce abdominal forces in the event of a collision.

Every car journey is an adventure for a child, but in a booster seat the adult seat belt easily rides up to lie across the child’s belly due to movement in the car seat. One study shows that children in highback booster seats spend around 20 minutes of a one-hour drive in a slouched posture, confirming previous studies suggesting that children do not always sit upright in the car.

In the event of an accident, frontal collisions are the most common, and a displaced seat belt in a booster seat makes the abdominal area much more vulnerable. In fact, abdominal injuries in frontal collisions represent 30 per cent of injuries for children in booster seats.
Introducing SecureGuard – the 4-point seat belt.

To improve the protection of a child’s abdominal area while in a booster seat, car safety specialist Britax has developed a solution to prevent the lap belt from moving upwards during the course of a car journey. SecureGuard is an extension that is easily clipped onto the existing seat belt, making it a fourth anchor point which ensures that the adult lap belt remains in the optimal position over the pelvic bones, even when a child moves around in their seat. It’s the first time this technology has been used in Europe, further establishing Britax as a safety leader.

Car crash tests show that the technology reduces the abdominal forces by up to 35% compared to a car seat not using SecureGuard, keeping children in the safest possible position within their seat while allowing them freedom to move.

Paul Gustavsson, CEO Britax Childcare says: “Anyone who has travelled with a child knows that they like to move about in their seat, and a parent’s main concern is to care for their safety while they do so. This innovative technology is proven to keep children safer in booster seats, so we are very proud to bring it to parents all over Europe.”

SecureGuard is now available with the highly popular highback booster seats from Britax – the new KIDFIX II XP range, exclusively available through Mothercare with prices starting from £155 in the range. The new ADVANSAFIX II range with SecureGuard, a Group 1-2-3 combination seat, will also be available in selected retailers from October 2015, priced from £250.




Britax Advansafix II SICT

Britax Advansafix II SICT shown with the 5-point harness as group 1-2 seat

Britax Advansafix II

Britax Kidfix II XP



Britax Kidfix II XP SICT


For more information please go to http://www.britax.co.uk/car-seats/


Saturday, 10 October 2015


il Tutto Nico 
changing bag












The il Tutto Nico is a fantastic versatile real leather changing bag. It comes with all the necessary accessories like changing mat, bottle holder and wet bag. There's a choice of using the short handles or a long shoulder strap. Quality is second to none. I absolutely loved using this bag but found it on the large side. I guess it would be perfect for twins or 2 children close in age as you can easily fit all the bits and bobs inside. There's several pockets inside and also 3 outside. I also liked the colourful lining inside as we all know how hard it can be to find something in a black bag! I found it a little too big for my needs and it really is too big for most pushchair shopping baskets which is a shame. il Tutto have several other models of changing and post baby bags in their range and they all look fantastic to me. There should be something for every mum out there!


Thursday, 8 October 2015




STROLLING WITH THE STARS

Keira Knightley
Black Beauty, Carrycot, £250, PRIAM, £510


With a host of famous fans including British actresses Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike, CYBEX (www.cybex-online.com) – the German baby brand specialising in innovative and stylish products for babies and children – is taking the celeb world by storm.

Renowned for its award winning car seat safety, CYBEX launched its luxurious PRIAM stroller earlier this year – the pushchair of choice for both Keira Knightley and Liv Tyler who were recently snapped out and about with their new arrivals. Inspired by the work of the iconic designers Ray and Charles Eames, the PRIAM combines beautiful form with exceptional functionality.

There’s also the bold and beautiful CYBEX by Jeremy Scott collaboration, a collection of strollers, car seats and accessories in Jeremy’s exclusive ‘food fight’ print – as favoured by the likes of Gwen Stefani and Amber Rose who were both spotted with their strollers running errands in the LA sunshine.

Other celebrity fans of CYBEX include Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, Katherine Heigl, Matt Damon, Katy Perry, Gisele Bündchen, Simon Cowell, Coco Rocha, Michelle Hunziker and Natalie Portman.
 


Amber Rose
CYBEX by Jeremy Scott, Callisto, £500


Cate Blanchett
Hot & Spicy Lux Seat, £280, PRIAM, £510


Gwen Stefani
CYBEX by Jeremy Scott, Onyx, £400


Liv Tyler
True Blue Denim, Lux Seat, £280, PRIAM, £510


Rosamund Pike
Autumn Gold, Lux Seat, £280, PRIAM, £510



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