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Category: Baby Products
Florence definitely takes after me in her love for bath time. She has always been a water baby and I’d go as far to say that it is probably her favourite time of day. The only thing we sometimes find tricky about bathtime is when […]
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 […]
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I’d never heard of Skip Hop as a brand before, until my friend Jennie told me all about their baby toys. I’ve ogled at her Camping Cubs Play Mat each time we’ve visited! Last week, while on the hunt for toys to add to our Autumn Baby Play box, I found myself looking through their range on Amazon and came across their Bandana Buddies Fox. He would be perfect for this months play theme (I’m planning a post all about why we theme our baby play, so keep an eye out for that) and along with a set of the Skip Hop shakers I ordered one online.
‘Mr Fox’, as we so imaginatively call him, is a cute and cuddly activity toy packed with different features to stimulate your little ones senses. Visually, he is bright and colourful and is adorned with a variety of contrasting patterns (stripes, zig zags & shapes) which make for a fabulous feast for babies eyes. Florence is especially taken with the chevron pattern on his ears and loves to gaze up at him when we hang him from her pushchair hood or our make shift Shnuggle play gym.
As well as providing plenty to look at, the different fabrics used in his design offer lots of opportunities for baby to explore different textures. He has crinkly ears, a smooth & shiny nose, a fluffy tail and a silky body. The two teether elements – the removable bandana and the leaf are both bumpy. As Florence is in the habit of putting EVERYTHING in her mouth at the moment thanks to pesky teeth these are a really welcome feature! It’s safe to say this toy plenty to keep her little fingers busy.
Mr Fox also holds a little plastic ring with colored beads inside which make a lovely rattly sound when shaken. Along with the crinkly ears, this adds a fab noisy element and ticks off another sense.
One of the qualities I always look for in a good baby toy is the grab-ability factor – how easy is it for Florence to pick up by herself? The Bandana Buddies Fox has multiple grabbable (is that even a word?!) elements. His legs, tails, whiskers and ears are all the perfect size for little hands to get a hold of as well as the plastic loop rattle and the two teether parts too!
Overall, I have been super impressed with our Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Fox, he’s jam packed with activities to keep babies occupied for hours of play. He makes the perfect travel companion too and we’ve not left the house without him since we arrived. At £16 with free delivery on Amazon Prime, we think he is well worth the money and have our eye on the monkey version to add to Florence’s Christmas list.
Now that Florence is officially out of the new born stage – *sobs!* – I though I would give you a bit of a run down on the products & other things which made our lives a whole lot easier in those early days with […]
As a new parent, you really can never have too many blankets. Whether it’s a special Granny knit, a fleecey snuggle baby blanket, or a giant muslin, we very rarely leave the house without at least one. This month, as part of our Zippy Bibs […]