Author: ami elizabeth

Our Christmas Traditions old & new

Our Christmas Traditions old & new

One of the many things I love about Christmas is that so many of our family traditions centre around this time of year. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas’s as I grew up and I know my Mum worked so hard to make […]

A Christmas Wishlist fit for a Movie Star

A Christmas Wishlist fit for a Movie Star

It’s that time of year where we are all colating wishlists for Santa, and while my real life Christmas list has become all about clocks, hoovers & other very boring Mum requests it’s still fun to fantasise about all of those things money (lots of […]

Hape Little Red Bus Review

Hape Little Red Bus Review

As you know, we’re working with Hape in the lead up to Christmas to share our thoughts on a selection of their baby toys. Last week, I told you all about all the fun we’ve been having with our Penguin wobbler and this week I wanted to share with you what we make of the Little Red Bus* we were sent.

The Hape Mini Vehicle range consists of a wide variety of wooden transport items including a car, a tractor, a school bus, a truck and more! We were lucky enough to receive a Little Red Bus* to test out. I’ve always loved the idea of Florence having cars & trains & planes to play with and so these bigger, baby friendly versions make the perfect introduction to this new world of play. Florence Baby's First Christmas 3

The first thing that strikes you is how bright and bold in colour they are. The red of the ‘Little Red Bus*’ is similar to that of a London Bus and works in perfect contrast to its natural wooden wheels. The three window holes make it lovely and easy for little fingers to handle and grasp without any difficulty while also being extremely robust in design. The wheels move easily too, enabling your little one to push and pull the vehicle along. All great features for developing those early fine motor skills.

As Florence is only just six months, a lot of our play with this involves me moving the vehicle along for her to watch or rolling it over her legs and tummy which she finds very funny! We’ve also been using the visual word ‘beep’ to help build upon those early language skills which I read about here.

Like everything these days, the Little Red Bus*  ends up in her mouth more often than not. She has two teeth now which are incredibly cute but also super sharp! Despite her doing her best to gnaw her way through it, I am really impressed with how the red paint hasn’t even showed a hint of any damage. It’s a fab little toy to pop in the changing bag for on the go play too. Hape Mini Vehicles Review 2

For only £6.00 I feel like this little wooden bus is a lovely idea for a baby’s first stocking or Christmas gift. We’ve bought a helicopter from the range to pop in Flo’s.

*I am a member of Amazon Associates, which means I can earn commission from purchases through links in my posts. The use of “*” next to linked text indicates that by clicking on this link, should you purchase the item, I will receive a percentage of the purchase price.  As a new family, every little penny helps but if you would prefer not to use an affiliated link to purchase this item you can click here.

As mentioned before, we were sent this Little Red Bus by our friends at Hape in return for our honest feedback. All of the opinions published in this review are my own.

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Florence’s 6 month update

Florence’s 6 month update

So I’ve been a bit lapse on the whole baby update front just lately. Sorry poppet. I honestly cannot believe that you are six months old little girl, you are growing quicker than I can keep up with. In the last six weeks or so, you […]

6 Ways to Stay Safe on a Night Out this Holiday Season

6 Ways to Stay Safe on a Night Out this Holiday Season

With party season in full swing, I have the pleasure of handing over my blog to the very talented Gina Kay Daniel who is here to share her tips for staying safe on a night out.  I might have swapped nightclubs for night feeds just […]

Stocking Fillers for Baby’s First Christmas

Stocking Fillers for Baby’s First Christmas

The decorations are up, the cards are made and now it’s time to think about the presents! I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m too excited for Florence’s First Christmas or that I am just better prepared this year, but believe it or not I’ve actually almost finished my Christmas shopping already. I am going to be posting a series of gift guides for all the family over the next week or so, but I thought I would start with showing you some of the stocking fillers we’ve bought for Florence. There is a real mix of practical bits & bobs and toys here so I hope you can take away a little bit of inspiration for your own little one’s stocking too.

We are a family of readers and we really love the ‘That’s not my…’ series and so I’m popping a copy of their unicorn edition in Flo’s stocking for Christmas morning. It’s just the right size to fit in and who doesn’t love unicorns?  babys first christmas stocking fillers 4

Baby spoons are another hugely practical item for Florence’s stocking but one that we desperately need. I chose Boots ones as they are super colourful and the perfect size for her to grip.babys first christmas stocking fillers 8

How adorable is this little hand knitted woolly hat from Blue Bunny Boutique? It’s available in lots of different colours and has cute little bear ears! I cannot wait for Florence to wear hers on chilly winter days!babys first christmas stocking fillers 6

Sensory staples are a fab stocking filler idea as while they might not seem very interesting on their own, they’ll come in handy through the year for different DIY sensory toys! Buttons, feathers & water beads are always good things to have a stock of.babys first christmas stocking fillers 2

I picked up these two teething toys at a local Christmas market from Two Little Bears. I’d not heard f them before but they have the most adorable little shop & I am a sucker for a small local business so I couldn’t resist.babys first christmas stocking fillers 3

Now that she’s sitting up confidently she is able to play with toys differently to before when laying on her back or belly were the only option. We’ve added these cute little Hape vehicles to her stocking.babys first christmas stocking fillers 7

I am forever searching our house for missing dummies! How can it be that I’ve bought about 1,000 and yet lately we only have one! And Florence has perfected her ability to throw it across the room, car, shopping centre when she no longer wants it… only to desperately need it 10 seconds later. Kids eh? You just can’t please ‘em. To put this ludicrous dummy searching fiasco we’ve got a gorgeous little dummy clip from nibbling which has teether elements too! Bonus!babys first christmas stocking fillers 10

Florence adores bath time, in fact I think if she could she would just spend all day every day in the bath! I picked up these light up rubber ducks in B&M for £3.99, which I thought was a total bargain and they make a perfect stocking filler.babys first christmas stocking fillers 5

And last but not least are these adorable winter animal finger puppets from Primark. For only £3.50, you get five in the set and they can go in the bath too! We love the jungle, farmyard & Christmas ones we have already – they’re fab for story telling and they’ll be fab for our winter theme baby play in the next couple of months.babys first christmas stocking fillers 9

I hope this has given you a few ideas on what to add to your baby’s first stocking!

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Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

Christmas Discovery Basket for 6 months & up

As well as some fab toy reviews, I’m going to be sharing a few festive baby play ideas here over the next few weeks. Today I thought I would tell you about our Christmas Discovery Basket which is suitable for around 6 months and above. […]

Our Personalised Christmas Cards for Baby’s First Christmas

Our Personalised Christmas Cards for Baby’s First Christmas

So, the other day I shared some of the photographs I shot of Florence during our DIY Baby’s First Christmas photo shoot and mentioned that I was keen to use them in a few different ways. Well, the first of three ways I’ve used them […]