Review – Magna Science Adventure Centre

Last week for us was half term.  Big Mr A had a couple of days off at the end of the week so we decided we would have a day out.  We searched on the internet for somewhere different to go and came across Magna.  Described as a ‘Science Adventure Centre’ the website made it look really exciting and like there would be lots for Little Mr A to interact with.  We booked tickets online and set off.

When we arrived we saw a great play park which had lots of different things to play on so we had a great first impression.  The building itself looked great and like there would be lots to do.

The reception staff were friendly and through booking tickets online we were dealt with quickly and headed inside.

What struck us was how cold and dark it was!  We knew it was an old Steel Mill but from looking on the website it didn’t look to be that dark!  We navigated our way around the main platform but were disappointed by the interactive activities.  They consisted of a few computer screens all with the same game on and spotlights that you had to find things which would then come up on the screen.  This was really quite difficult and certainly too much for Little Mr A to do.

We made our way to the fire pavilion where we managed to warm up!  The highlight of that room was the fire tornado which was really quite impressive, however, there wasn’t really much else of interest in the room and a lot of the exhibits and interactive activities were not working (which we found to be the case throughout most of the rooms).

As it was coming up to dinnertime we went to find the packed lunch area.  This was really quite difficult to find from the signs and with a pram it was not easy to get to having to use a couple of different lifts to get there.  Another problem was one of the lifts was out of order as it had become stuck leaving some poor people stranded in there for most of the afternoon!

When we found the packed lunch area it was full of school children!  We managed to find a table in the corner but it was very noisy!  I appreciate they cater for school groups but think they could maybe have a separate packed lunch area for regular visitors!

Once we had finished lunch we made our way back into the cold and went to the earth pavilion.  In here there was quite a few things for Little Mr A to do such as a sandpit with various diggers etc, some large diggers that you could sit in and pick up things with and a rock activity where you placed pretend rocks on a conveyor belt and watched them go through various processes before being able to collect them in a wheelbarrow at the end and take them back to the beginning.  Unfortunately Little Mr A could not join in properly with this as there were not enough wheelbarrows to go around, and it wasn’t even particularly busy!  Although this room was more fun, it was very noisy and I dread to think what it would have been like on a busy day.

Next we attempted to visit the water pavilion, however, it was full of the school groups and, after 5 minutes of not been able to go on anything and Little Mr A being pushed around we decided to visit the air pavilion and come back later.  I think it should be better organised so that perhaps the pavilions could be closed for a set amount of time whilst the school groups visit and then reopen to the regular visitors after.  It was too much to have lots of school children in one area whilst regular visitors are trying to use the exhibits too.  I am sure we all remember what we were like of school trips, over excited and not really paying attention to anyone else around!!

We visited the air pavilion next which again had a few things for Little Mr A to try, however, I felt a lot of the things in this room were aimed at bigger children as some of them were quite difficult for him to do.

We eventually made our way back to the water pavilion which was definitely the best for Little Mr A.  There was lots of activities for him to take part in including boats to play with and really fun water pistols where you could hit targets.  Be warned though, if you have little ones that like water play, they will get wet!

After that we took a trip to the outdoor play park which I felt was the best part of the day.  There were so many things to go on and I think Little Mr A could have spent all day in there!  In the warmer weather they have a water park too which looked like good fun.

Overall the facilities were good, toilets were clean and plenty of them.  I can’t comment on the food or drink as we did not use the cafe, however, it was very dark in there!

The price of a ticket is £10.95 for an adult and £8.95 for children over 4.  You can get a discount by purchasing online and there are family deals available.  Once you have bought your tickets you can fill in a form and on your second visit take it back with passport photos and you will get a yearly pass for no extra.  Unfortunately I don’t think we will be taking advantage of this as I really can’t see us going back there again, certainly not until our children are older.  I don’t think it is a great place for young children, I am not really sure what age groups would get the most out of it really.

We were a bit disappointed by our visit really, I think there are much better places in the area to go especially with younger children.  I can see that it is a great place for school trips but perhaps not great for the regular visitor.

Review – Aqua Maris Junior Nasal Spray

I was recently sent some Aqua Maris Junior Nasal Spray to try.  The spray is a 100% natural saline solution made from Adriatic seawater. It is intended to be used daily for hygiene and nasal moisture and healthy breathing each day and night.

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As Little Mr A is at school he often brings home colds and always has a bunged up nose.  I thought this product looked like a good way to decongest him and help him to breath easier.

Unfortunately, despite numerous attempts, I have been unable to get Little Mr A to try the product!  I don’t think he likes the idea of something being sprayed up his nose!  As I couldn’t persuade Little Mr A to try it I have given it a go myself (Little Miss A is still a little young as it is recommended from 6 months +).

I was a little wary about spraying something up my nose, however, after the initial shock I was pleasantly surprised.  It had a nice fresh feeling and aroma and really does make my nose feel fresher and clearer.

I think if you started using this on your child from a very young age they would get used to the sensation and action of having a spray up their nose and then you would be able to use it when they got a cold.  I really think it would help them with their breathing.

The spray itself is very easy to use.  Once in place you simply push down the top and out comes enough spray to do one nostril.

It is available to buy for around £4.50 which I think is reasonable.  You get 30ml in a bottle which, judging from how much I have used, should last a while.

Overall I think it is a good product and I will be trying it on Little Miss A when she gets a little older.

Disclaimer – For the purpose of this review I was sent one bottle of Aqua Maris Junior Nasal Spray

Review – Magic Moves Wand

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about Little Mr A’s love of technology and said I was looking for new technology to get him up and about and more active.  When I saw the opportunity to review the Magic Moves Wand made by Educational Insights and sold in the UK by Learning Resources I thought it looked like a great way to get him moving.

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The idea of the wand is that when the ‘play’ button is pressed the wand will light up and tell your child an action to perform.  Music will then play whilst your child performs the action.  If they miss what has been said they can press the ‘repeat’ button to hear it again. There are 90 different actions to be performed and 26 different musical tunes, each one having it’s own different light show.  The actions are things such as ‘Hop like a Frog’, ‘Wiggle like a Worm’, ‘Grow like a Beanstalk’…

At intervals, whilst performing the action, the wand will tell them to ‘Freeze’ or ‘March’ to add a different element to the game.  Also, at certain times the wand will say ‘Lets Dance’ which has it’s own three different tunes, ‘Techno’, ‘Afro-Pop’ and ‘Latin Salsa’.

The wand is aimed at children aged 3+ and the idea is that it gets them up and moving to exercise whilst also helping with creativity and listening skills.

Here is Little Mr A demonstrating how the Magic Moves Wand works:

At first, Little Mr A loved the wand.  He really enjoyed carrying out the actions and dancing around to the music, however, after the initial enthusiasm the wand has been left lying in his bedroom, unplayed.  I think perhaps he is a bit too old for the wand and it would be better enjoyed by younger children as there is not much to keep older children engaged for long.

I am sure 3 year olds would love the wand, particularly if they are into animals and the different sounds/actions they do.  Little Miss A was very taken with the lights and music!

I do like the concept of the wand as I think it is a good way to encourage children to move and dance, however, as I said above, I think it is more aimed at younger children.  I am sure if Little Mr A had a friend over they would probably play with it for a short while but cannot see it becoming a regular toy in his play routine.

Priced at around £15-£20 I do not think it is too unreasonably priced and would make a nice gift for younger children.  It is great quality, feels really sturdy and robust and comes with batteries included.

I think the wand would be great for playgroups and nurseries as I think children would have a lot of fun together performing the various actions.

Overall a good toy for younger children and groups and a reasonable price.

If you would like the chance to win one please head over to Learning Resources’ Facebook page, they have 5 to give away!

The Mummyfesto – Linda Green

MummyfestoWhen I saw the opportunity to review The Mummyfesto by Linda Green I jumped at the chance.  I love ‘chick lit’, give me anything by Marian Keyes, Jill Mansell, Louise Bagshaw, Helen Fielding and I am well away so I thought it would be a great way to discover a new author.  Since having Little Miss A I have not been reading as much as I would like as I just don’t seem to have the time or energy so it was also a great way to get me back into reading again.

So what is The Mummyfesto about?  It starts with three friends, Sam, Jackie & Anna campaigning to save their local lollipop lady from redundancy with the help of their children.  When a TV reporter asks if they fancy standing in the general election they decide to form the ‘Lollipop Party’ to fight for causes they, and other parents, believe in.  With the help of social media and blogging they put together a ‘Mummyfesto’ to include all those issues that real people would like to see happen.

This book though is not just about politics.  Although politics forms the base for the book, so many more issues are covered.  Sam has a child with an incurable disease and works in a children’s hospice that is struggling for funding; Jackie is struggling to conceive a much wished for second child whilst trying to cope with her Mum’s ever worsening Alzheimer’s; and Anna is dealing with her teenage children’s drinking and bullying problems at the same time as struggling to keep her loveless marriage on track.

I was really impressed with how many issues were tackled in this book and all of them with so much knowledge and compassion.  I have laughed and cried whilst reading it and really became involved with all of the characters’ lives.  I am sure most people will be able to relate with at least one of the issues in this book.

I thought the politics issues were written really well and did not go into so much detail that it was confusing.  At the end of the day they are normal people standing up for issues they believe in, not politicians.  There was one paragraph in the book which I felt summed up the ‘politics’ side of things really well which I would like to share with you…

What we were proposing here was to tear up the rule book and not even bother to write a new one.  We were going to work on gut feeling as to whether something was right or wrong.  The same gut feeling that parents the world over relied on when they were trying to decide what was best for their child.  Sure, occasionally they might get it wrong, but as long as they had been motivated by love, by an honest intention to do the best by their child, then nobody could ask for more than that.’

In their Mummyfesto they cover lots of important topics that mean something to them and their families.  Lots of serious and not so serious suggestions were brought up, but my favourite has to be ‘All roads and road signs should be colour-coded…So if you want to go from Leeds to Manchester you just follow the purple line along the road.’  Why no-one has come up with this before I don’t know!  It got me thinking, if I was going to rule the country what would I like to see change…

My ‘Mummyfesto’

1.  An issue important to me (as you have probably gathered if you are a regular visitor!) is the fact that bottle feeding Mums are not given the same support as breastfeeders.  I would want that changed.  Obviously there are benefits to breast feeding which need to carry on being provided to mums to be but I think that support should be provided to those who chose not to.  Also, more investigations and reports need to be done into effects of tounge tie on bottle fed babies so that no-one has to be treated the way we were.

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2.  School holidays should be more flexible and the six week holiday should be shortened and spread out.  For working families it is a nightmare trying to find childcare for every school holiday, especially as your children get older and don’t want to be ‘babysat’ anymore.  Most parents will not be able to take all school holidays off.

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That’s my serious ones over, the rest are just silly ones that I think would improve every parents life!

3.  A free cleaner for working parents once every 2 weeks mainly to clean bathrooms and change the bedding!

4.  A free babysitter for all parents once every six weeks.

5.  Locals only private roads or times when holidaymakers are banned from the roads, particularly during holiday season.  If you’ve ever lived near a tourist town you will know how frustrating it is to try and get around to do your normal everyday jobs!

If you were in charge of the country, what would you change?

To mark the release of The Mummyfesto a website has been set up to start the debate on what you would change.  Why not visit and let them know your thoughts – you could even win a signed copy of the book!

The Mummyfesto is already available for Kindle and is released in paperback on 14th February.

I will definitely be reading Linda Green’s other novels now!

Review – East Park, Hull

DSCF2533The one thing I miss now we don’t live in Hull is being able to pop to East Park.  We only used to live just around the corner so could often be found there on a Sunday afternoon or I would take Little Mr A when we had our Mondays off together.

When you think of a park you think of a bit of green space and maybe a few swings, slides etc.  Well East Park has this but also so much more.  As well as the usual play park which is full of activities for all ages, there is also 130 acres of parkland to enjoy ranging from open space to more wooded areas where you can spot many a squirrel!

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There is also a lake with splash boats and rowing boats in the summer, an animal education centre and a great cafe.

The animal education centre is a great place for children.  There are so many animals to see including snakes, tarantulas, millipedes, beetles, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, deer, alpacas, wallabies, chickens, parrots and peacocks.  There is also a walk through aviary which includes exotic birds, Koi carp and a waterfall.  Be warned though, once when I took Little Mr A there was a peacock stood in the middle of the path as we went in.  It had it’s feathers up and would not let us pass.  It was quite scary as once you are in you cannot get out without walking all the way around and there was no-one else about.  Eventually I managed to sneak past hiding behind the pushchair, we must have looked ridiculous to anyone watching!  Another great thing about the animal education centre is it is free.

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If you need to take a break there is a great cafe where you can get tea, cold drinks, cake, paninis, etc and when it’s cold you can warm up with one of their lovely hot chocolates!  The cafe can get quite busy as they cater for a lot of groups but there is seating outside and you can take the food out with you.  They do have a few children’s toys and books in one corner so when it is quiet in there it is a nice place to sit with your children and they can be kept occupied whilst you have a nice cuppa!

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If you like to be a bit more active you can hire a bike to go around the park, I have also seen running clubs there to but have never found out more about this as I am hopeless at running!

Throughout the year there are often events taking place.  The main one we always try to visit is the fair in October.  When Hull fair finishes a lot of the rides and attractions take off to different parts of the country but some of them stay and set up in East Park for a weekend.  I’m not keen on taking Little Mr A to Hull fair when it is on as it is so big and busy I can’t relax and worry all the time I am going to lose him (I know I need to losen up a bit!) so this is a great compromise.  He gets to go on the fairground rides but there is nowhere near as many people around!

So if you are looking for something to do with your children on a visit to Hull that doesn’t cost much, I would highly recommend East Park!

For directions and more details please click here.

Review – A2 Milk

As a Bzz Agent I got sent some vouchers to try a2 milk for a 2 week challenge to see if it improved digestion.

What is a2 milk?

Most cows’ milk contains different types of protein, of which one group is known as caseins. The main types of the beta-casein fraction are A2 and A1. All natural a2 Milk comes from specially selected British dairy cows that produce milk containing only the A2 protein.

A1 Protein digests differently to A2 protein and has been linked to discomfort after drinking milk. Some people may, in fact, be reacting to this specific A1 protein, rather than lactose or other general milk proteins, as is often assumed.

The origins of a2 Milk

Cows’ milk contains different types of protein, one group of which are caseins – the main types of the beta-casein fraction are A2 and A1.

The A2 form of beta-casein has been identified by scientific research as the original form of beta-casein that would have been produced by cows thousands of years ago.

Over the years a natural genetic variance occurred in European dairy herds, resulting in a variation of the A2 gene called A1 beta-casein – today most dairy milk contains a mixture of A1 and A2 beta-casein protein.

However, some dairy cows still only produce the A2 type of beta-casein and these can be identified and milked to produce a2 Milk – dairy milk as perhaps nature intended.

How a2 Milk is produced

The single most important factor in producing a2 Milk is to find the right dairy cows.

Our farmers exclusively select British dairy cows that naturally produce milk which is rich in the A2 form of beta-casein but contains no A1.

This is done by using a simple and non-invasive DNA test we have developed, which analyses a sample hair from the tail of each dairy cow. These A2 certified cows are then milked separately to produce pure and natural a2 Milk – processed and packed just like every other kind of cows’ milk.

 a2 Milk is not suitable for anyone medically diagnosed with galactosaemia, lactose intolerance, a milk allergy or other milk protein intolerance.
My view
I have now tried A2 milk for a couple of weeks. Both myself and my family agree that it tastes very synthetic and processed and not at all as creamy as normal milk. I appreciate this is probably to make it more easily digested, however, I am not keen on this as a solution. It is not too bad in tea/coffee, however, it is not very nice on cereal and I cannot have it as a drink it is just not tasty enough! Although I have had no stomach/digestive problems whilst drinking it, I think, for the amount of milk I drink, and the small amount of digestive problems it causes, I would not change to A2 milk.  Also, it is very difficult to get hold of at the moment, only being sold in certain shops/supermarkets.  I would certainly not go out of my way to buy it.

Review – Scrambles Soft Play EICA:Ratho Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

ImageWhilst on our most recent trip up to Scotland we visited Scrambles Soft Play at EICA:Ratho, part of the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.

Situated just 5 miles past Edinburgh airport on the West side of the City it is a large activity centre for all ages.

Today we visited the soft play centre.  Although fairly pricey at £4.90 for 1 hour and £5.90 for 90 minutes at over 18 months the actual soft play facility is better than some others we have visited.  I was however very disappointed to have to pay £1 for Little Miss A to go into the centre even though, at 2 months old, she slept the whole time!  I appreciate it is only £1 extra but feel this is a bit cheeky when the price for older children is quite expensive and it is unlikely that any child under 6 months is going to use the facilities, even though they have a baby section.  I almost woke Little Miss A up to get her moneys worth but decided not to be so cruel!

As it was very busy today we were not allowed to stay more than 1 hour and the time is well monitored by the workers.  It is very well restricted as to how many children are allowed in at any one time, which was refreshing as I can find soft play centres to be horrendously busy which is no fun for child, parent or staff!

There were plenty of seats and tables for us to sit at in view of the various play equipment so we were never far away from Little Mr A but could allow him to go off and play by himself without having to worry.  He went with his cousin J who is not quite 3 and he to was able to go off with Little Mr A to play with no worries.

Whilst there we had some lunch and I think this is where the centre stands out from others we have visited in the past.  Both myself and Big Mr A had a sandwich with crisps and a drink and for children they do a great lunch bucket where you can pick 5 different items for £3.95.  It was very reasonably priced and very tasty!

As for the play equipment itself it was very clean and really well laid out in the different age appropriate sections.  There was a baby play area, a toddler play area and then a separate play area for children aged 4-9 which was well separated from the younger children’s areas.  There was plenty to keep Little Mr A and J occupied for the full hour they were there including the usual soft play equipment and slides together with a mini climbing wall.  They had a great time chasing each other around!

Although it is a good place to take your older children I would say they really need to get rid of the charge for the under 6 month olds as I think that really if you have a young baby you would be able to find somewhere cheaper elsewhere that doesn’t charge for young babies.  This is the only thing that really lets the place down, other than the soft play centre being on the very ground floor which can only be accessed by a lift with a pram/pushchair and there is only one lift available.

When Little Mr A gets older it would be nice to take him back to have a go on the climbing walls it looked like good fun, however, I might have to get Big Mr A to take him as I don’t know whether my nerves could handle it!

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Review – Tommee Tippee – Complete Starter Kit

When I had a couple of months left of my pregnancy, having decided I was not going to breastfeed, we started looking for bottles/steriliser etc.  Last time we used the Philips Avent set but I had not been overly impressed with it.

Having looked at all the different brands available we decided on Tommee Tippee.  We decided to purchase the starter kit which has everything we needed in it rather than purchasing all of the different items separately.

Tommee Tippee Starter Set

Tommee Tippee Starter Set

In the set you get:

  • Electric Steam Steriliser
  • Travel Steriliser
  • Electric Bottle and Food Warmer
  • 2 x 150ml Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Bottles with Slow Flow Teats
  • 4 x 260ml Closer to Nature Easi-Vent Bottles with Slow Flow Teats
  • 2 x Medium Flow Teats – 3-6m
  • 2 x Fast Flow Teats – 6m+
  • 4 x Milk Storage Lids
  • 6 x Milk Powder Dispensers – 0m+
  • 2 x Insulated Bottle Bags
  • 1 x Bottle and Teat Brush

We have found the electric steriliser works really well and has a very quick cycle (around 5 minutes).   It is not too large or bulky and you can fit 6 of the smaller bottles in comfortably with a dummy case and a couple of dummies (though we haven’t moved onto the bigger bottles yet I don’t think we will have any problems space wise).

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We have used the travel steriliser a few times.  It is very handy when you just need to sterilise one bottle/dummy.  You just pop in some water and put it in the microwave for 8 minutes (although our microwave has broken at the moment so not much use!).

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The bottle warmer is also very good quality.  There are three temperature settings.  We have it set to the highest setting and it takes 5 minutes to warm a 4oz bottle straight from the fridge to the right temperature.

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As for the bottles themselves they are really nice.  They are a great shape making them really comfortable to hold.  Little Miss A has recently started grabbing the bottle and it looks like she will be able to get a really good grip on them.  They are easy to take apart to clean and put back together again!  They fit really well in the accessories you get with this set.

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The other accessories are great.  You get two of the insulated bottle bags which are really good quality and fit both the small and large bottles.  The bottle brush is good as you can pull it in half and the ‘handle’ part can be used to clean the teats properly.

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My only complaint is that you only get 2 of the small bottles.  We bought 4 more just so we wouldn’t have to have the steriliser on all day!  The only other thing is you only get 2 of the second stage teats and two of the third stage teats.  Again, we have now had to buy 4 extra of the second size teats.

Since buying the Tommee Tippee set, as well as adding the extra bottles and teats, we have also purchased the Travel Bottle and Food Warmer.  I found, when out and about with Little Mr A, most eating places were unwilling to provide me with hot water to heat his bottle and would only allow me to give them the bottle to warm.  This was OK but not ideal, especially when it was busy and you had to try and get someones attention to get the bottle back!

This product is great.  You fill it with boiling water before you go out then, when it is time to heat the bottle, you pour the hot water into the container that the flask goes into for carrying, place the bottle into the container then, when you have heated the bottle put the hot water back in the flask.  The water stays hot for around 6 hours and we have managed to heat two bottles during the course of a day out with the same water.

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Travel warmer

For the price I am really pleased with the quality of these products.  The fact that the additional items are so readily available is also really handy!  I would recommend the Tommee Tippee products to anyone looking for bottles/accessories.

Christmas gifts for babies

Well it’s that time of year again, Christmas is nearly here and I am sure I am not alone in struggling to know what to buy for those pesky little babies!  This year I have made Little Miss A and her baby cousin a treasure basket each, however, people have been asking me what she would like for Christmas and I have really struggled to come up with any ideas.  As she is the second child she has lots of things that have been handed down to her from Little Mr A and really doesn’t need any more toys!

If you are struggling to find a present for a baby in your life, here are some ideas of things we had for Little Mr A that were really good toys and would make great presents.

Learning Curve Lamaze Puppy Tunes
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This is a great colourful toy for babies with a hook so you can attach it to pushchairs, cots etc.  Each of the puppy’s legs plays a different note when squeezed and with the puppy you get a leaflet showing you how to play a couple of songs such as Old MacDonald. You play the songs by pressing the appropriate coloured leg.  It is also a sensory toy as together with being brightly coloured, the tounge is silky and the ears crinkle.

Little Mr A loved the noise when I squeezed the legs – it really made him giggle!

Usually I would avoid noisy/musical toys as they can get very annoying, however, this is good as it just plays nice notes and is not too loud.

There are no batteries required it just works when you squeeze from the air in the legs.

You can also buy other ‘tune’ animals such as an Octopus and Elephant.

 

Early Learning Centre Wooden Noah’s Ark

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This is currently half price, a bargain at £7.50!

I think this is a great gift for any baby.  Although they may be too young to play with it properly, it looks really nice set up in a nursery, plus the animals are big enough for a baby to hold (and put in their mouth!) without being dangerous.

It is excellent quality and, as it is all wooden, is pretty much indestructible, unlike some of the plastic toys around these days!

As well as the Ark you get Noah and his wife and 12 wooden animals. The animals are printed on both sides so you get the front and back of each animal! The Ark also comes with a lift off cabin so that you can get the wooden animals back out again!

As well as being able to use it as a shape sorter, you can also use it to teach your child about animals or play snap.

Little Mr A had lots of fun with this toy for quite some time given all the different things you can do with it.

 

Prince Lionheart – BACK TO SLEEP Slumber bear

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This is actually a gift that Little Miss A has received as an early present from Santa courtesy of Grandma!

What the website says…

The ORIGINAL audio pacifier with actual sounds recorded INSIDE
a mother’s womb!
Recordable function allows parents to create their own soothing
message for Baby!

Invented by a DOCTOR, recommended by midwives. Used successfully with millions of babies in maternity hospitals worldwide since 1978! Back to Sleep Bear’s authentic womb so unds are universally recognized by babies and effective in lulling them to sleep in minutes! Soundbox has a 5 minute auto-shutoff timer to save batteries, with sound and motion sensors that reactivate recording when baby cries orthe bear is moved.

Also includes Silkie™–the Natural Bonding Aid!™ Parents can bond with Baby by transferring their scent to the Silkie. Even when Mom and Dad cannot be with Baby, their scent remains to reassure and comfort Baby. Baby loves the soft and smooth Silkie texture that provides beneficial tactile stimulation!

Soundbox has a 5 minute auto-shutoff timer to save batteries, with sound and motion sensors that reactivate recording when Baby cries or the bear is moved.

What I say…

I was a little sceptical as to whether this would actually work at soothing Little Miss A and helping her sleep, however, I am pleased to say I was wrong!  We use the ‘sound box’ attached to her crib at night and play to her the womb sounds and were really surprised when it calmed her and sent her to sleep!  We also use the lullaby music sometimes during the day to sooth her if she is a bit grisly.

With the product you get the bear, the soundbox which can either be placed into the bear or taken out and attached with a velcro strap to a cot/pram, and a silkie blanket.

The bear is nice and soft and looks really nice and good quality.  At the moment he is just sat in Little Miss A’s crib as we prefer to use the soundbox on it’s own, however, I am sure as she gets older we will put the soundbox back into the bear for her to cuddle with.

The silkie is really nice quality and Little Miss A loves the feel of it.  Again, you can either leave it attached to the bear or use it as a separate item.

The soundbox is the main event!  It plays various noises such as the womb sound, white noise, lullabies and nature noises.  You can even record your own message.  It is easy to change what noise you would like, you just press the relevant button on the front of the box.  At the side is a volume control.  We have found you don’t need to have it on very loud when the box is out of the bear.  After 5 minutes the sound will go off, however, if the box is moved or baby starts making noise the sound will come back on again.  Little Miss A seems to have worked this out and gives it a ‘bash’ if the sound goes off before she is asleep!

The box takes 2 AAA batteries.  There is a notice on the website to say that Duracell batteries are recommended as they fit best, however, we have not had a problem with other batteries.  Once the batteries are running out a beeping noise starts (which can be quite annoying in the middle of the night!).

I appreciate this won’t work for every baby but it certainly works for Little Miss A!

 

I hope that has given you a couple of gift ideas for any babies you have to buy for, there is so much choice out there it is difficult to chose something that is going to be useful and enjoyed for a long time!

Review – Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix Infant Car Seat

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We bought this car seat when Little Mr A was born as it fit onto our Bugaboo wheels with the adapters and, after researching various seats available, this was rated one of the safest on the market.

The maxi cosi comes in a wide variety of colours and all have a material sun cover which tucks nicely into the back of the car seat.

Both Little Mr A and Little Miss A were around the same size at birth (7lb 8oz and 7lb 10oz respectively) and were both a ittle buried by the seat to start with, however, after a few weeks fitted nice and snug. 

The seat is very easy to fit into the car using a seat belt or you can buy either an iso fix base or a base that fits into the car using a seatbelt. We could not get the iso fix base as our car would not support it, however, we bought the base that fits with the seatbelt. Although this is not a necessity it makes it a lot easier to get the seat in and out of the car because you just plonk it on the base to put it in, making sure the markers go green and just pull a lever to get it out again. This makes it much easier when you go shopping and someone parks too close to you!!! The only problem with the base is that it is only useable with this car seat so when we have to move onto a bigger one it will be redundant.

The straps are easy to use and there are two material bits that you can slide up to make the straps comfier around baby’s neck.

This has been a great car seat and we are impressed with how long it has lasted, it is still in good condition after getting a lot of use with Little Mr A.

I would definitely recommend this car seat particularly if you have a pram base that you can fit it onto as it is very handy for short trips when you don’t want to take your whole pram with you.