Gummee Glove – For all teething stages

The Gummee Glove comes in stages 1-6, covering from 0-33 months old ( also catering for children with additional needs) 

My baby has been wearing the 6 months plus size, which fits perfectly on his hand and didn’t come lose. 

The bright high contrast pattern and colours jumped out straight away at my baby,  The older children were also intrigued and headed over for a play,  they hadn’t seen a teether like it before. 

Gummee Glove

I was very impressed with the design because the glove stayed on his hand, as most other teething toys get dropped on the floor repeatedly then need cleaning which is a pain when out and about. As anyone with a teething age baby knows they drop toys or food continually. So the Gummee Glove was a revelation in this respect, far less bending down for me!

I love that the silicone teether can also be pulled out if required, but also stays held in. You could even add teething granules or gels to it, for helping to soothe sore gums. 

The crackly material also intrigued my baby along with the silicone sides where he likes to chew or hold onto with his other hand. 

The Gummee Glove is 100% cotton, the teethers are food grade silicone, BPA and Phalate free. The Glove is also machine washable and has a travel pouch included for hygienic storage. We love the Gummee Glove and would highly recommend, this would make a great gift for a friend at a baby shower or with a new baby, So definitely worth checking out www.gummee.life

Thank you Gummee for kindly gifting us the Gummee Glove, all opinions are my own. 

Gummee Glove

Zimpli Kids – Gelli Baff, Slime Baff and Snoballs

How to make bath time fun with children

My eldest Daughter especially loves anything Slime! So we were very excited to have been kindly sent samples from Zimpli kids to review of their Gelli Baff,Slime Baff and Snoballs.

Gelli Baff Zimpli Kids

Zimpli kids note these products are 100% safe for  bath and playtime fun.

(as per the packs)

They are non irritant (both of my girls age 3 & 6 had no skin reactions and stain free), however I would always suggest reading the package before using the product. 

Loves anything pink

I tend to bath my children every other night, First up was the Gelli Baff which really appealed to my eldest Daughter she loves anything goo based and pink!

Gelli Baff Zimpli Kids

Once you have opened sachet one, Pour it in to the bath, then mix it all up as if you were mixing cake batter. The more you mix the thicker it gets. The Gelli became much thicker even after this image. Also the warmer water speeds up the Gelli volume increase in volume. 

Gelli Bath Zimpli Kids

Then I asked the girls to jump out, and i put sachet two in which dissolves the Gelli. I then washed it away with no stains. 

It is so clever and mind boggling. Plus no mess! Definitely a win for me.

My girls had so much fun! This was probably their favourite of all three we had been sent! So much so I have been out and brought the Glitter Gelli Baff as think my Daughter will love it in her stocking.

Slimey fun

A couple of days later we tried the Slime Baff,

The girls enjoyed playing with the slime, with this one there was no sachet two but still it washed away after they played. This was also 100% safe bath time fun with no irritants and stain free.  

Slime Baff by Zimpli Kids

Let it snow

The Snowballs were lots of fun, we poured the packet into the of water and mixed well. After a few minutes the snow formed. My Daughter loved squeezing it into different shapes. We used it in a bowl on this occasion however would be lots of fun to use outside throwing as sno balls. The Snoball’s are non toxic, non irritant and stain free, However would suggest a small skin test first. 

Snoballs by Zimpli Kids

Search ‘Zimpli Kids’ on You Tube for lots of fun and exciting videos.

Snoballs by Zimpli Kids

Thank you Zimpli Kids this product was gifted in exchange for this review, however all opinions are those of my Children and myself. 

Have you tried it? I would love to hear your experiences….

A What if bag?

After my baby was taken into Hospital last week with Bronchiolitis, He and I spent several hours waiting before being admitted to a ward, After it got me thinking that as parents we should have a bag ready to go and packed with a few essential items should we suddenly need to stay away, be it at a Hospital at a relatives or even getting stuck at work when the roads are un safe to drive due to snow ( this has also happened to me )

So in the just in case bag I have now packed

Clothing – Something warm ( big cardigan ) believe it or not the Hospital was freezing as under a air conditioning vent . I’ve also put a pair of leggings and a T-shirt just to freshen up.

Jumper

Clean Knickers, Socks, Bra,Slippers plus a nightie or pjyama’s- Simple but so necessary

Socks

A vanity bag – Mini Shampoo, Conditioner, Showergel, Tooth brush and Toothpaste plus deodorant,sanitary products, face wipes and moisturizer. (Pretty much the bare minimum to feel vaguely clean, I have major OCD and have to shower every morning without fail and wash my hair ) annoyingly I cannot break this habit.

Vanity case sample size toiletries

Spare change and a snack  ( although a bit tricky because it could go off )

Mobile phone charger or charge pack. I’ve seen these for really reasonable prices recently.

This is just for the main parent/ carer, Then I would tell someone where it is in case you need it. ( To my Husband it is the black bag on top of my wardrobe )

Do you have a bag like this packed? Would love to hear what you pack?

Xx

Christmas Traditions Calendar

For me Christmas starts on the 1st December.

Not into the Elf on a shelf as yet so this is how we like to enjoy Christmas each year…

1. Put the tree up and decorate downstairs with various nick nacks from previous years .We like to let the girls decorate the main tree and their smaller one.

Christmas decoration

2. Book a ‘Meet Father Christmas’ session and day out somewhere fun for the children, this year we went to Drusillas Park, in Sussex.

Girls visiting Father Christmas at Drusillas Park

3. My Husband and I go Christmas shopping on our own  if we can (this year with our baby) to buy all presents somewhere special to make a nice day of it. Plus we obviously don’t want the girls to see what they will be getting on the big day.

4. School Fair, My eldest loves this as lots of fun interactive crafts and activities to get involved in.

Paint in pots

5. Go to get my nails painted with gel in something red and shiny.

Hand with red gel nail varnish

6. Attend either mine or my Husbands work Christmas party.

7.  Nursery Christmas crafts, normally something like covering a bauble in glitter.

8. Christmas Carol’s this year something I will get to watch whilst on maternity leave.

9.  Nursery Nativity,  This year my youngest Daughter is in her final year so Pre School and will  be singing Jingle Bells apparently.

10.  Getting ready for the big Father Christmas visit with mince pies, milk and carrots for the reindeers and prepare the decorations on the dining table.

11.  Christmas Day –  We host most year so will start preparing in October with an online food  order, then prepping all the vegetables first thing.

Then we enjoy  a leasurely breakfast whilst opening presents, watching my children’s faces is the best part.

Then family come round, I will usually have started cooking beforehand.

Cook the meat at about 11am, I usually cook just a crown of turkey, then the vegetables and trimmings. The thing that helps the most is heated sectioned tray from Robert Dyas.

Then after the 3 courses, we will sit down to watch TV and play games this year what’s that smell will be on the agenda, kindly gifted by Wire Pr.

What’s That Smell Board Game

Plus the flour game ! If you haven’t played before it is so much fun.Pour some flour into a bowl then tip out onto a plate, place a chocolate on top, each person cuts a slice in turns, the person who lets the chocolate fall in has to get it out with their mouth. It’s hilarious.

12.  Pantomine usually at the Hawth in Crawley, Something to cheer the girls up after the excitement of Christmas has died down. Plus we love it as guaranteed a good afternoon of laughter.

Then relax ready for January to begin. Maybe I’ll buy Elf on the Shelf in the January sales ready to start in December.

 

Christmas Gift Ideas 2018

Christmas 2018 is less than 2 months away

How fast did that come round again? At this time of year I like to start lining up gift ideas for my children . Here are some items that I like the look of and have been reviewing this month.

For 2+ year old

This count with Peppa toy is lots of fun, Peppa helps children count to ten. Whilst also learning to recognize colours and numbers.  My little girl loves playing with this toy at 3 years old she is just learning to count to ten, this toy will  help her practice. My Daughter enjoyed slotting the coins into Peppa’s purse counting them as she went. Peppa also helps children with listening to instructions that are asked and following sequential steps, what’s not to love learning whilst playing. My Daughter is very protective of this toys and likes to show us that she understands what Peppa is asking.

For 4+ year old

This Fuzzikins Campervan is so much fun! The set includes x2 Cat Fuzzikins ( a medium and a large)  that can be coloured in with the x5 felt tip pens included. The inside of the Campervan is amazing the cats can sit at the table on the rubber chairs or the table turns into a bed with the blanket to go over the cats of a night time. There is also 3x Colour your own sticker sheets which my daughter really enjoyed.

All clips away inside the Campervan which is great as less mess and chance of the Fuzzikins or contents going missing. My 6 year old Daughter absolutely loved playing with this toy, being able to colour the cats in was an added bonus, she especially loves letting them pretend to eat together at the table, then putting them down to bed for the night.  She said it’s great because it clips together and my sister can’t open it!

For 10+ year old

This Science Mad – Crystal Growing Kit

Includes 14 experiments that are all safety tested. With everything you need to grow and cultivate your own beautiful crystals.  This comes in a large box , So there’s a lot to get creating with. It’s the kind of gift, I myself as a child I would have been so excited to receive.  We have loved creating crystals, As my eldest Daughter is 6 she needed my help and was really happy with the end result.  Some real one on time with my Daughter. It really brought me back to my childhood. Make sure you wear the goggles and follow the safety instructions, I would recommend the help of a grown up.  So far we’ve only created one set of crystals but still so many more to try, definitely value for money. Science is so much fun!

Some of the crystal’s we made:

 

Baby 6months +

Sophie La Giraffe Beaker, It’s just so cute! I will be getting this for my baby as absolutely love the hidden Sophie in the middle of the beaker.

Match Stick Monkey – These looks like exactly the kind of toy my baby would love at the moment as he can only hold little things. Plus it has a toothbrush at the end to apply teething relief or practice brushing !  Both seen in JoJo Maman Bebe.

*Three of the above items were gifted for review by Wire Pr, The Peppa Pig – Count with me             ( Trends UK ) , The Science Mad Crystal Growing Kit. ( Trends Uk ) and Fuzzikins Campervan.

All opinions are my/ children’s own.

Bassetts Multivitamins ( Ad)

Recently we were given the opportunity to trial Bassetts Multivitamins tailored for ages 3 -6 with Talk to Mums.

Giving my children a vitamin daily is something I aim to do, however in the past hadn’t always remembered consistently.

The Bassetts Multivitamins are soft and chewy in various flavour’s so appealed straight away to my girls who are 3 and 6 years old.

At breakfast each morning I like them to have either cereals or toast ( my eldest won’t eat toast  but will have a cheese and ham toastie  – very continental! Plus at least one piece of fruit normally apples ( has to be a red one ) , grapes or strawberries and a yoghurt. I feel especially as we head into winter a daily multivitamin rounds off their breakfast nicely.

My girls do have a bit of a sweet tooth, so I was pleased to see that they contain no added sugar, as they consume enough already. As a Mum I try to do my best for my children so giving them a daily multivitamin gives them a bit of an extra top up that they may be missing especially with one of my daughters being quite fussy at the moment, although I am hoping this to shall pass! as they say, whoever they are!

The girls say the vitamins make them happy because they have a smile on them. This has also been their opinion on the Bassetts Omega 3 and Multivitamins that come in a orange flavour with no reports of a fishy aftertaste = Happy me!

The Bassetts Multivitamins contain vitamin A, B6, C and D to help support healthy eyes, skin, teeth,bones, muscle and immunity.

Currently on offer in Tesco at 3 for the price of 2 each pack contains 30 vitamins.

Train Travel with a Young Baby

I took a little trip yesterday into London to meet the team at Talk to Mums.  It was my first time travelling into the city via train alone and something I initially thought would be trickier than it was.

So I decided instead of my double pushchair which could have been tricky to maneuver on and off trains, to take my Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier, which for me made the trip a lot of easier. As I could wear my baby and be hands free.

So my tips would be:

  • Wear a bag that can go on your back with just what you need for that period of time. So for my baby it was a spare change of clothes, wipes, x1 muslin clothes and nappies
  • Carry a spare muslin cloth ( Useful for cleaning dribble and as a cover whilst breastfeeding )
  • Ensure you carry a bottle of water and a snack for you ( I always carry some paracetamol as often get headaches when travelling )
  • Carry hand gel in your bag as again this is useful when touching so many surfaces that have been touched by others
  • Leave plenty of time as everything takes longer when travelling with children no matter how small they may be
  • Purchase the train ticket in advance
  • Travel off peak
  • Install the Trainline app, It’s really useful when you need to change train
  • If I were a regular commuter by train I’d have my phone in a case with my debit card as can see you need to get them out frequently
  • On your return leave in good time as there can often be delays

I am only writing this because I drive and rarely use Public Transport and thought it may be useful to some one.

Pampers Pure Nappies and Wipes

I was very happy to be asked by Pampers to be one of the selected parents in the UK to trial the new Pure range

Pampers Pure

The pure range provides up to 12 hours of dryness like the other Pampers nappies. Yet they are clinically proven for sensitive skin on even the most delicate of little bottoms and are so soft!

The new Pure range of nappies are made with new plant based materials, premium cotton, sugarcane based material and responsibly sourced pulp whilst also being made with 0% perfume, chlorine, bleaching, latex.

The Pure wipes crafted with organic cotton are made up with 99% water and 1% gentle skin protectors, 0% perfume and alcohol free.

I’ve been trialing these nappies and wipes for 5 days now and I am very happy with the results. They fit my little boy comfortably, the designs are very cute ( my favourite being the milk bottle one ) as love clothes in that design too.

The Pampers  Pure nappies also withstood 2 explosions which normally would have been up to his neck ruining whatever he was wearing, so this was a huge plus for me.  Also after a full nights sleep, he woke up with no leaks and seemed very happy, Something I shall be recommending to my friends who are pregnant and those who have young babies.

The Pampers Pure wipes are also great and can be used on newborn skins as they are so gentle.

I also feel more aware now of how much better these nappies are for a baby’s skin and the environment compared to cheaper ones that are not made in such a considerate way.

*I have not been paid to write this review but was provided with a pack of nappies and a pack of wipes to sample.

#PurePioneer#PampersSquad#PampersPure

 

Newborn Sleep Deprivation

When I had my first baby at the age of 26, the sleep deprivation was something, somehow I was NOT prepared for!  Despite all the advise I’d been given. ( The photo above was from 15 weeks ago when I had my third baby )

From the moment my little girl was born, Breastfeeding was quite tricky and frustrating as what ever I did I couldn’t get her to stay attached! I had lots of help from various staff on the maternity ward yet it was so tricky to get going, these difficulties I think added to the pure exhaustion early on. What I would come to realise is that it was a skill that I needed to learn as I hadn’t been a Mum before and she hadn’t been a baby before and I think that’s a great way to look at.

I finished work just two days before I was induced because of Pre-Eclampsia so barely had time to get my head around going from work mode to being a Mum.  Once my little girl arrived I started noting every time she fed and everytime I woke up! The latter I wouldn’t advise.

I even kept the record of that sleep schedule on my phone to remind me in the future.

I remember feeling so tired that I could barely function, I don’t think I slept at all until she was about 14 days old. It was hard going and something that I wasn’t prepared for, For some reason I just thought I’d go home and go to sleep for 7 hours. Hilarious looking back now!

So what I learn’t by the second/third time round, was the following:

  • Don’t record your awake times ( Record feeds if it helps, but if feeding is going well I wouldn’t worry )
  • Use a swaddle with a zip up the middle like the ‘Love to Dream’ ones.
  • Understand  that newborns feed little and often because of their tiny tummy’s even more so with breast milk as it digests very quickly.
  • Only change their nappy if full or a poo
  • Put them to sleep in a crib next to you as soon as they are asleep sleep yourself even if you only get an hour it all add’s up and will help you the following day
  • Get out and about in the fresh air
  • Have a low dimmed light on all night ( I found this to help as could see what I was doing in the middle of the night )
  • A little tip I saw on the internet was to place a warm hot water bottle in their cot, then remove allow to cool a little ( test with your own hand/ elbow ) when you feel it’s not hot lay the baby after a feed and I found this really helped my baby feel able to sleep.
  • Rest/ sleep in the day if you can ( annoyingly I never could!)
  • In advance of your baby’s arrival do a good food shop if you can and freeze meals or buy ready meals for when you are just too tired, if all else fails get a takeaway – you deserve it!
  • Drink lots of fluid, water if you can it really helps with milk supply
  • Eat regular meals and lots of snacks
  • For me having a shower every morning really helped, especially as I found you sweat more post birth and if breastfeeding it’s nice to not smell of it ( again a personal thing ) Having a shower really made me feel better and far more awake.
  • Another useful idea for night feeds is having a little area in your room with all the supplies you need for the night for me it was ( glass of water, cereal bar, changing mat, nappies, wipes or cotton wool and a change of clothes in case of a poo explosion )

Last of all, Remember this too shall pass and  before you know it your little baby will start sleeping longer stretches.

Jumpin Inflatable Fun

The South’s only Inflatable Park – Review

We arrived at Jumpin in Burgess Hill, West Sussex ( moments from the A23 )   on a Sunday Morning,  At the opening time of 10am, We were happy to find there was  plenty of parking available right outside the building and if that’s full on neighbouring roads are worth a try  as it’s situated in an Industrial Estate.

On entry, we were welcomed by friendly faces who instructed us to watch a safety video before bouncing ( for this reason it is very important to arrive 30 minutes early )  and to pre-book your slot via the website jumpinfun.co.uk  and complete a safety waiver at the same time.

On check in we were provided a coloured wrist band to show which time slot ( all slots are one hour ) Once the hour is up you can go to the free zone.( ball pit, spinning platform to duck under or jump over )

At Jumpin there is over 25,000sqft of inflatable fun for adults and children alike. A great way to relive your younger years.  The perfect rainy day activity!

Jumpin

The park was clean and tidy, we also spotted a great area which can be hired for parties. Something we will definitely looking into for future birthday celebrations.

There was a Cafe available upstairs, that served hot pizza, snacks and cold refreshments.

In November they are opening a soft play area for the under 7’s, which will be perfect for younger children and will fit well as something that small children can fully participate in.

We felt this was a really good workout for us all especially to keep up with the children, my 6 year old daughter especially loved the spinning platform.

We feel really lucky to have this Inflatable park locally and we look forward to our next visit.

This blog post is based on all of my own views but was given in exchange for free entry to post a review.