Category: Baby Play

5 Simple Baby Play Activities

5 Simple Baby Play Activities

Since having Florence, I have become passionate about play. I have loved seeing how, even from an early age, Florence has learned new skills and understandings through playing and today I wanted to share with you 5 simple baby play activities that you can do […]

A First Birthday Wishlist

A First Birthday Wishlist

Today, Florence turned 11 months and I am finding it quite hard to believe just how close we are to Florence turning one! We are busy making plans to celebrate a year of Florence Ivy in style and today has been all about searching out […]

Toy Review: Hape Little Red Bus Review

Toy 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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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. […]

Toy Review: Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

Toy Review: Jingle Jangle Penguin Play – Hape Penguin Musical Wobbler Review

We are so thrilled to be working with one of our favourite Toy Brands again in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re a regular around here, you might remember that a few months back, Hape sent us an adorable set of bath toys to […]

Jo Jo Maman Bebe Woodland Cubes Review

Jo Jo Maman Bebe Woodland Cubes Review

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I am a massive fan of themed baby play. It is a fab way to introduce your little one to different toys & experiences and over the last few weeks, our play has been centered around Autumn. We’ve crunched and scrunched fallen leaves, explored Autumn colours with yellow, red and orange sensory baskets and turned our Shnuggle stand into an Autumn garden. Our friends at JoJo Maman Bebe sent us this gorgeous set of soft woodland cubes to add to our play.Woodland Soft Cubes

The set contains four cuddly cubes in the form of four adorable little woodland creatures, a fox, a hedgehog, a badger & a rabbit. They have different cute expressions, and features be it a bobbly nose, floppy ears or zig zag spikes making it easy for little ones to distinguish between them as well as making them perfectly ‘grabbable’ for little hands.

They’re incredibly soft and squishy which makes them perfect for newborn play and a welcome alternative to wooden or plastic blocks which often have quite sharp & pointy corners and edges.

We have played with these blocks in several different ways.

We have stacked them.Autumn Woodland baby toys

Knocked them over.IMG_5166

I’ve used them as puppets while reading stories.

We’ve juggled them.

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And even tried to eat them (the joys of teething!)IMG_5174

They are the ideal size to just grab and pop in the changing bag ready to bring out for some on the go play too.

As they are characters, the woodland cubes will make for excellent additions to small world play as Florence gets older so they’re great for older children too.IMG_4392

I also think that these would double as a cute accessory for a neutrally decorated nursery and would look perfect stacked on a shelf when not being played with.

My only criticism of these gorgeous cubes is that they lack any specific sensory element. I would have liked there to have been perhaps a  rattle when shaken or a squeak or a scrunch when squeezed. They’re priced at £16.00 which I think is possibly slightly higher than I would usually pay for a set of 4 soft cubes, however as they will likely be used for many years to come in different settings and ways I think that price can be justified.IMG_5161

They’ll make a lovely little gift for any new arrivals on their way, or even as a baby’s first Christmas present!

You can purchase them directly through Jo Jo Maman Bebe. 

*We were sent this set of four woodland cubes in return for an honest review. All thoughts are our own.

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Pumpkin Play the Baby Way – 6 Pumpkin Activities you can do with your Baby

Pumpkin Play the Baby Way – 6 Pumpkin Activities you can do with your Baby

This time last year, I published this post. We announced my pregnancy with Florence on the eve of Hallowe’en and I was so excited to be growing my own little pumpkin.  Today, as Florence turns 5 months old, we’ve had a day jam packed full […]

DIY Sensory Spooky Slime Bags

DIY Sensory Spooky Slime Bags

We’ve had all the fun today making and playing with these Spooky sensory slime bags in the Spirit of Hallowe’en. They’re super duper easy to make and great for adding an extra element to our play. All you need is: A Zip Lock Bag A […]