Toddler Bedtime Must-have: Maisie Mouse Grobag

Hey mummies! If you are looking for an sleep-suit that will still fit your two year old – then I have got something to rave about.

I am currently obsessing over Lacie’s new Maisie Mouse Grobag. I always thought that once Lacie’s 18-24 month bag was too small then that would be the end of the Grobag, which has been a must-have for bedtime since Lacie went into her own cot. I love how they keep her warm, make her feel secure in bed, and most of all have become a massive part of her bedtime routine; once the Grobag is on – she knows that it’s time for bed.

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What else do I love about the Grobag?

  • Lacie’s has a 2.5 Tog rating, which is perfect for our chilly Victorian House
  • Available in sizes 0-6 months, 6-18 months and 18-36 months
  • Easily accessible side zip
  • 100% jersey cotton outer, 100% cotton jersey lining
  • Quick-dry polyester filling
  • Zip-click® feature on all sizes – Lacie can’t undo it! Phew!
  • Machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat
  • Keeps Lacie snug
  • Keeps Lacie secure – especially in the mornings. She’s never attempted to walk in her Grobag, so when it’s on and we’re ready books, it means she keeps still!
  • Fab pattern. Lacie loves showing me the mouse.
  • Will fit Lacie until she’s three years old!
  • Excellent value for money
  • Useful and versatile, and negates the need for copious amounts of baby sheets and blankets.
  • Excellent quality
  • Washes well

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As you can see, I am a huge fan of Grobags and have kept all Lacie’s old bags, for bubba number two, which is due in July. For him, I will of course, stick to Grobag’s guidelines and won’t put him in one until he’s 8lbs 8, which by then, I’m guessing he will be in his own room. I am so much happier knowing my children sleep in Grobags, as they are so much safer than blankets. Has anyone else had visions of your child’s blanket raising over their face? Yes, me too!

The Grobag design also stops a baby from wriggling down into them so their face will never accidentally get covered during their sleep, and they are super comfortable for them, and allow your little one to move around during their sleep, without getting tangled. I’m a huge fan of anything that helps encourage a deep, comfortable sleep, so thanks Grobag, keep up the good work!

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The Maisie Mouse 18-36m 2.5 Tog Grobag costs £40.99 and is available from the Grobag website – www.gro-store.com

 

 

Top Xmas Gifts by Fisher Price

With Xmas just around the corner, buying gifts is on everyones mind. I like to be organised and get my done by mid-December. I love buying for my friends kiddies, my nieces and nephews and of course, Lacie. Going through the Argos catalogue and writing my list (with page numbers and pictures, of course) was just so exciting when I was little – oh, it still is!!

Now Lacie loves playing real life games, she is loving this Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Purse (RRP £19.99). It comes with a mirror, some keys, a phone, a credit card and a bracelet, just like Mummy! 

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It sings too – infact there are over 50 sing-along songs, words and phrases, which Lacie likes to repeat – she really is a little parrot these days, plus interactive shape buttons on the front, which when pressed say the shape names, numbers and colours – in in English and FRENCH!

There are a few little girls that I know will love this this year, so I’ll be stocking up on a few of these.

Me and Lacie tend to play on the level 3 setting at the moment, which is for 18 months and up and encourages fun and early role play. She likes nothing more than putting all the accessories in the bag, popping it on her shoulder and telling me she’s going to work. Not yet baby, please!!

Level 1 Explore is a great setting for 6 months and up, which introduces those first words and level 2 for 12 months and up which asks questions and gives simple directions.

 

She’s  also been enjoying making Mummy tea & cake (I wish!) with her new Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages tea set (RRP £19).  The set consists of a jolly tea-pot, two cups, and a three tiered cake on a plate. All the pieces in the set are brightly coloured and durable plastic, perfect for her little hands; not too small or clunky.

Like the purse, the teapot has a front display with three settings, which you set according to your child’s age and ability. Lacie is now 22 months, so again, we are on level 3 and playing real games. I particularly like the game where we use manners – and we say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as we make and sip our tea. The odd ‘cheers’ creeps in too, which is pretty funny!

I love the catchy little tunes the teapot sings, which is great for repetition and learning – and Lacie loves the pouring noise the teapot makes when she’s serving up. It’s all very realistic, and the kettle lights up too!

You can buy both, the Smart Stages purse– a fab baby learning toy  and the toy tea set online.

 

Creative Play; Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag

I can’t tell you how many toys Lacie has. It’s not been intentional but she gets hand-me-downs from her cousins, then gifts here and there from her grandparents – and from me too. It’s so hard to resist,when  you just want to keep them stimulated and keep their little minds challenged.

Guess what though? I should of brought her some building blocks a LONG time ago. We recently went to a soft play centre and no joke, she sat on the floor for hours with some building bricks. Sod the slides, the racing track, the ball pit and the wendy house, she was super happy just putting bricks together, then taking them apart and then putting them together again. Who would of thought?

So with that, I would like to welcome  you to the newest addition to the toy collection, a Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag. If you haven’t heard of Mega Bloks before they are big blocks for little hands to build and create. I was sent a Big Building Bag of blocks – and thought, what better way to test out these products than after bath time, whilst we wait for Daddy to get home. The time, I usually resort to ‘In The Night Garden’.

And guess what? The TV didn’t go on once that evening and I managed to cook dinner without a toddler wrapped around my legs (can you imagine!?). My husband was impressed that dinner was on the table when he got home and I was impressed that Lacie was super happy to play on the floor and create colourful towers and colour-coded her creations. I challenged her to go all green for one, and all yellow for another. A great way to learn her colours eh?

I found the Mega Bloks really strong and durable, and exceptionally easy for Lacies’ hands to grab and maneuver. I also love the bright primary colours and the bag they come in – again, it’s great for encouraging them to tidy up and count as you put them in….1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10. We’ll get there!

The Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag is ideal for ages one and up and features 60 First Builders blocks. 

RRP £14.99 

 

Review – The Fisher Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo

Let’s dance. Let’s sing. Let’s learn to count! Yes, the new Fisher Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo does all this. It’s so much fun!

I don’t know about you, but I can get really bored of children’s toys. Lacie doesn’t, but I do, so when the postman knocked on the door with this big box of entertainment, I couldn’t wait to crack it open. Lacie was asleep, so I literarily had to sit on my hands!

The Fisher Price BeatBo is the latest educational toy from Fisher Price, and aimed at toddlers aged 9-36 months. It offers three incredible modes to play and learn for little people: Dance ’n Move, Learning & Games, and Customised Sing-Along.

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We played with our fun looking robot as soon as she woke, and what with it being a dull and rainy day, we kept the lights off and took full advantage of the flashing lights on its large, multi-colour LED grid tummy.

First of all, we explored the musical  button on his foot – the first button of three. We had a ‘dance party’ were we clapped to his instructions, and jumped up and glided. Lacie did the moves, whilst the BeatBo shook his head from side to side – and wiggled. Very funny! She found it hilarious.

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Next we played with the ‘123’ button and sang about colours and the ABC. So far the ABC dance has to be my favourite. It’s really catchy and Lacie has already grasped the first verse. The only thing I hate has to be the fact that I wake up in the night singing the song. These baby songs are so catchy – ahhh!

You can also press BeatBo’s tummy for more catchy tunes and learning phrases and record your own phrase that the baby toy then remix’s into his favourite song. A great way to repeat a word or phase that you’re little one is trying to learn without sounding like an obsessed mother – or a broken record!

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So in more detail:

BeatBo’s fun and energising music encourages baby to move around.

By pressing his tummy, or one of the buttons on his feet you can play learning songs and games, which introduces your child to ABCs, colours, counting and instructions like jumping, clapping and ‘shaking it up’.

The music, songs, phrases, lights and bright colours helps strengthen your child’s gross and fine motor skills, which aslo help give baby’s senses a boost.

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the different songs, phases and beats that the BeatBo plays each time you press a button encourages curiosity and discovery. There are around 50 phases all in all – I’m not bored yet!

This week’s Lucy Loves…

Hello, Hello! Happy Friday!

Is anyone else excited for the weekend? I am, and I’m not. We’re in the process of moving house and this weekend, it’s all about packing up. I’m feeling super emotional about it all. It’s our first family home. The home where we brought Lacie home too when she was just a day old. The home where we have lived for 8 years. It’s really pulling on my heart strings! But onwards and upwards I guess!  Anyway, moving forward lets look at the things I’ve discovered and LOVED this week. Enjoy!  

Mothercare’s new spring range
I’m a sucker when it comes to buying new clothes for Lacie. I just can’t help myself. I love this pretty ra-ta skirt. Such beautiful colours and it looks super cute with her white boots and a plain white Tee. Check out the new range here. Hide your purse though. It’s lethal!
http://www.mothercare.com/

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The ideal home show
Me, Lacie & mark went on the opening day and had great fun getting new ideas for our new home. See I’m excited really! The exhibition is on until April 6th, and is well worth a visit.
http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/

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The Garden
Lacie has discovered the back door – and that there’s a whole new world outside the house. She loves her little swing, chasing ants with her finger and sitting on the wall chatting away with me. At the moment, she’s into perching on everything. It’s so cute!
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Very British Baby
The design of these smellies are lovely, and the products themselves are great too. They retail from around £2.50 and the quality is just fab. The are Very British Baby formulations are all dermatologically tested with a no tears and made from a paraben-free formula, which ticks all the boxes as far as I’m concerned. Try the Bedtime Bath, which is great for bubbles but also for winding Lacie down for a good nights kip (hopefully!)
http://www.verybritishbaby.com/

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Raw Chocolate Pie
As you know – I like to eat healthily. I like my treats too, so I was well happy when I discovered Raw Chocolate Pie chocolate. It’s all dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and guilt free. Basically it’s made with raw cacao, agave nectar, coconut butter, lucuma, carob flour and nuts. That’s it! It’s the perfect treat for when I NEED chocolate. It’s certainly a goodbye to Dairy Milk from me. This stuff is rich and tasty and so chocolately, that one little bar (sometimes half, SOMETIMES!) is more than enough to satisfy a graving. It’s pure gold. I will be buying more that is for sure!
https://www.rawchocpie.co.uk

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Fisher Price Space Saver Jumperoo

Every parent I know raves about it. It keeps their child occupied for hours, it gives their child time on their feet, allowing them to be really active without getting into trouble and the lights and sounds keep them entertained and engrossed as they find new colours, hear new sounds and find things to spin and move back and forth.

Lacie has been a huge fan of the Fisher Price Jumperoo for months – me too, but I do hate how much room it takes up and that I have to keep it out as I can’t be bothered to take it apart and put it in the cupboard every time she doesn’t want to use it.

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Lucky for me, I got my hands on the new Space Saver Jumperoo, and despite the fact that it’s much smaller and folds away, she still loves it just as much and it still keeps her entertained and happy while I make the dinner. Yes, she is walking now, but she loves hanging onto my legs when I’m cooking dinner, which I find so dangerous – and a tad annoying! It holds children up to 25lbs, she is just hit 19, which means we still have some growing room despite the fact that she is 12 months.

The first advantage of the new model is that it just snaps together.  No tools required – everything just clips together making the install quite easy. The second advantage is that it folds away. Just remove the toy bar (which can then be stored safely under the seat), drop the seat down and move the back bar forward, and voila.

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So what happens when you want to use it again? Well, it’s simple. You just lift the seat up, the pull the front out, then clip the toy bar back on. Nifty!

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Fisher-Price Smart Stages Train

The new Fisher-Price Smart Stages Train couldn’t have come at a better time for Lacie –  she’s on the move big time, and likes nothing more than chasing things – especially the hoover!

The train is aimed at babies six to 18 months – but even older kids seem to like it. My nephew for instance, is three and he plays with it on the stage 3 setting, which when you press the different shaped buttons it tells you to do different things, like jump like a frog or spin round and round like the wheels. It’s so entertaining to watch.

The train itself comes as three separate sections – a train and two carriages – with three animal figures, puppy, monkey and froggy who ride on board. The animals all rattle and are the perfect size for little hands – and mouths – she chews anything at the moment!

The best feature of the train is that you can set it to move. You press the chimney down, and then the motorised train toots off as it sings one of its sing-along songs – it’s actually not annoying in the slightest. The songs are catchy and cute!
Lacie got it straight away and knows exactly how to make it go forward, which is lovely to see. She grabs the chimney and gives it a bash as it flashes and goes forward.

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The train also boosts different shaped buttons to help introduce colours and numbers. There are also three stages of play – each activated by sliding a switch. This enables the train to grow with your baby and has something for every stage; Stage 1 is aimed at babies six months plus, stage 2, 12 months plus and stage 3, 18 months plus. Each stage is designed to keep Lacie amused and learning, as it sings the alphabet, counts from 1-10 and sings about the colours of the rainbow.

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The Smart Stages Train definitely encourages curiosity and gives plenty of stimulation; from the twisting wheels, to the sliding ladybug, the ABC spinner, the number roller and the clacker beads, Lacie finds something new to play with every time she picks it up.

I have a feeling this train is here to stay! Send batteries….

RRP £34.99; www.argos.co.uk

Fisher-Price Discover Your Way

As you will know from previous posts, me  & Lacie are huge fans of Fisher-Price. She’s had toys from them right from the word go, which have helped her develop and have kept her entertained no matter what age.

Now the leading infant and pre-school brand, has launched ‘Discover Your Way’, a celebration of all the wonderful and different ways that children like to play helping them to develop happily at their own natural pace.

The leading toy company knows that children are happiest developing at their own natural pace, creating products perfectly designed to feed children’s natural curiosity, encourage exploration, stimulate imagination and facilitate discovery through play, to help babies learn and grow their way – that’s what I love about Fisher-Price toys, they evolve with your baby and at their own pace!
I love how I can leave Lacie on her own to play sometimes whilst I make the dinner or heat her bottles – I’m always so surprised by how engrossed she is in just one toy and how much she already knows instinctively about how it works and what things to press and pull. These babies are too clever!

Take the Laugh & Learn® Puppy’s Smart Stages for instance. The 50+ sing-along songs, tunes & phrases helps Lacie pick up new words, while the sounds help spark her curiosity. The motorized train also encourages her to crawl-along after the train (she is soooo nearly there!) and the slider ladybug, ABC spinner, number roller and clacker beads keeps her hands and brain busy – they all do different things, so she never gets bored.
Their toys are definitely all about helping her to figure things out for herself; Playing her own way and at her own pace.

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Have you checked out the new Fisher-Price Discovery Your Way TV Advert also? I am loving it. These moments in a baby’s life are special and the advert totally portrays how curious and clever these little human beings are. Put a toy in front of them and just watch how they explore it and spend hours playing with it….you can almost hear their little minds ticking. It’s lovely!

Hooray for Fisher Price

The best thing about having a gym at home is that I don’t have to leave Lacie to workout, and the worst thing about having a gym at home is that Lacie sometimes has to come in with me – which I can imagine can get pretty boring for her. This is why I love Fisher-Price and their huge range of toys for babies (and toddlers – and children of lots of ages for that matter!. They have definitely helped keep her entertained whilst I finish my workout.

And Stretch….

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The American company, which was founded in 1930 has sooooooo many cool products on their website (they have created approximately 5,000 different toys), that I can guarantee I will be a customer for a very long time, especially after Lacie fell in love with the ever so colourful Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker – just one of the fabulous products she has in her playroom.

The rocker, which has two overhead toys to encourage interactive play keeps her really entertained as she loves grabbing the lion and shaking it until it rattles. She also loves looking behind her and trying to grab the colourful animals printed on the material – I haven’t got the heart to tell her that she will never be able to grab and pull these 🙂 It”s all good learning though!
She also like sleeping in it, so as she gets tired I take the toys off, pop on the calming vibrations and recline the chair by folding the feet in, which makes the chair rock and soothes her into a comfortable deep sleep. This then allows me to finish my workout or eat my breakfast – my workouts obviously make her really tired….it’s a hard life!

The chair is designed for newborns to toddlers up to 18 kg, so I’ll defiantly be keeping hold of this for a while, as it has so many functions and it also folds away easily so I can store it when she not using it. I especially love the bright colours and the fact that it changes from a rocker to stationary seat with fold-out kickstand. Babies need so many toys,so the fact that Lacie can eat, sleep and play in this, saves us some space. I not sure my husband will ever get over the fact that he has another female in the house creating clutter. I have a feeling it’s only going to get worse!!

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Fisher Price Rainforest Infant to Toddler Rocker; £69.99

Nuna Pipa Carseat Review

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to do some writing for Made For Mums. I am one of their reviewers and for my first project tested the Nuna Pipa carseat.

Here’s what I had to say about it, which can also be found on the Made For Mums Website.

The Nuna PIPA was created by a team of Dutch designers with the aim of designing products that not only look good, but are also super functional. As parents themselves, the idea behind the brand is that they want to help take some of the hard work out of parenting, so it can be enjoyed with as little stress as possible. They certainly did this with the PIPA car seat.

Since launching at the end of 2013, the PIPA has won a whole host of prizes including a silver award in the Best Group 0+ Car Seat category for the UK’s 2014 Prima Baby Awards, a silver award in the Best Specialist Car Seat category for the UK’s 2014 Mother and Baby Awards, a red dot award while also being named the Most High-Tech car seat in the USA’s 2013 The Bump: Best of Baby Awards. It was also a nominated finalist in the child restraints category for the USA’s 2013 JPMA Innovation Award.

These awards are well-deserved in my opinion as the car seat is chic, sturdy and most importantly safe. It felt bulletproof yet comfortable for my precious 11-week old daughter, Lacie.

What safety features does it have?
The first outings in the car with a newborn can often be stressful. Have I put the car seat in correctly? Is it secure? Is she comfortable? All these questions can dampen your trip home from the hospital when actually you should be on cloud nine. With the Nuna PIPA, you can rest assured that the toughest safety standards have been met; it has a five-point harness to keep the little one in place and has a heavy duty shell made out of super resilient, top of the line plastics. The upper portion of the seat is also covered with energy absorbing foam, whilst the seat also boosts side impact protection.

How easy was it to fit in the car?
The instructions were easy to read with numbered images helping to explain everything you need to know, and the car seat came fully assembled in the box, so it was all ready to go. I loved how easy it was to fit into the car using the seatbelt, plus how easy it was to get in the right position – there is a blue line on the side, which needs to be horizontal to the chair. This stops the baby’s head falling forward, which not only looks incredibly uncomfortable on their fragile neck, but could also constrict their airway and cause a breathing issues. To make things even easier, you can but the PIPA ISOFIX base, which allows you to fit the seat into to car in less than five seconds with two easy steps. This comes at a cost though…

How comfortable was it?
My daughter looked super cozy and seating in a nice position and for once I wasn’t stressing if she was comfortable. The UV shield was also handy for blocking the sun out of her eyes, and just simply flips out without you having to stop and fiddle with it, plus the adjustable handle bar was nicely positioned which meant I could hang some toys of it. This made me, and her happy, as they distracted her and swung too and fro with the motion of the car.

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Was it good value for money?
It’s not cheap. The seat itself retails at £150 and if you go for the ISOFIX base option, then that’s another £130. But there’s also lots of features that will blow your mind, like the three crotch buckle positions, the padded insert, which is designed for newborns and can be removed when necessary – and the three different handle positions.  However, don’t be daunted, this chair will seat your baby until they reach 13kg so you don’t need to know everything straight away. You can adjust things as they grow and keep referring back to the manual as and when you have more time.

Who is the Nuna PIPA best for?
Safety-conscious parents who want a few extra features and don’t mind paying for them. It’s also perfect for those looking for a chair that will last and grow with their child.

In a nutshell
The Nuna PIPA is a solid all-rounder. Yes, it’s a brand that you might not of heard of, but lots of thought has gone into this car seat; the dream drape is perfect for sleepy newborns, which magically tucks away into a zipped compartment on top of the hood, the UV sun protector is perfect for sunny days, which you simply flip  out from inside hood and the fact that it fits little ones from 4-32 pounds, makes it a pretty good investment.

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