Category: Baby Products

Zippidy Doo Dah – We’re Zippy Bib Ambassadors!

Zippidy Doo Dah – We’re Zippy Bib Ambassadors!

We’ve recently taken on a very exciting role here as brand reps for one of our favourite baby brands, Zippy Bibs. You might remember me talking about them briefly in our Baby Show round up, or our baby girl clothing haul and while their name […]

Milk Monster Review & Giveaway

Milk Monster Review & Giveaway

We chose fairly early on in my pregnancy that Florence would be bottle fed. Not because I have anything against breastfeeding, but because it just suits our lifestyle better and so far I am happy to say we made the right decision. We have routine, […]

Poddle Pod – A Mama’s extra pair of hands

Poddle Pod – A Mama’s extra pair of hands

At nearly four weeks old, Florence is a very cuddly little thing. She is happiest when laying in somebodies arms or snoozing on my chest and during the day time, she very rarely settles down for a nap if she doesn’t feel snuggled up to me or Sean but sometimes, especially when it’s just me at home, a Mama needs her hands free for five minutes, even if it’s just so she can run for a quick wee or eat that piece of toast that went cold about half an hour ago, and that’s when I turn to our Poddle Pod. poddle pos 2

Some of you may know that I used to run an online baby shop and the Poddle Pod was one of our best sellers. Along with the NodPod, I would recommend it to every expecting Mama I came into contact with as despite not having a little one of y own I loved the concept and had only ever heard good things. However, until I had Florence I had no idea just how much of a sanity saver it would be. We use our Poddle Pod every single day and it really does feel like a second pair of hands. It means I can work in the mornings while Florence lays next to me, eat dinner, tidy up the baby stuff explosion in the living room and even wash/sterilise/prepare the next load of bottles without having to risk waking her from her nap or do absolutely everything one handed.
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The Poddle Pod is essentially a large nest-like pillow. When your baby is laid down in the pod, the cushion walls cuddle in to help your baby feel snuggled and secure despite not being in your arms. It is 100% washable and made from breathable materials to stop any bacteria build up.  It is worth mentioning here that while breathable, safe sleep guidelines from the Lullaby Trust recommend a clear cot space and so would advise against unsupervised sleep in the Poddle Pod or any other baby pillow or nest – something Poddle Pod inventor Charlotte is quick to advise and we implement here at all times – Florence is never far from my sight while sleeping in hers. Poddle Pod #3

As well as for supervised naps and snuggles, we use our Poddle Pod for  a whole multitude of things. It’s the perfect place for newborn play, ideal for a quick nappy change, a safe and warm setting for a spot of baby massage & fab for that all important tummy time. We even use ours as a photo backdrop.  poddle pod 4 08062017

We use it in the living room, in the garden and even take it to Granny’s house. In fact, we take it pretty much everywhere we go that we’ll be staying for a long time. We’re heading on a few little breaks over the next few months and the Poddle Pod will be one of the first things I pack.

When choosing your Poddle pod, there are a number of double sided washable and removable covers available in a range of gorgeous prints and designs. We opted for this pretty pink fairy tale print called Enchanted and will be ordering a second cover in Stardust in the next few weeks. Poddle Pod #5

The Pod bundle which includes the pod, cover & a carry bag retails at £39.99 and is suitable for babies aged 0-6m. For babies aged 6 months+, the larger Toddle Pod is also available at £49.99.

*We were sent one Poddle Pod Package for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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Dolls & Trucks Changing Bag Review

Dolls & Trucks Changing Bag Review

We’ve been out and about quite a lot since Florence was born. My post partum recovery was over and done with fairly quickly and Florence is so very laid back so we’ve had no reason to stay cooped up at home – besides being up […]

Florence’s Hot Air Balloon Nursery

Florence’s Hot Air Balloon Nursery

When I found out I was pregnant, we had just moved into our house. We’d been looking for a while and I had got to the point were we really needed to take the next step to get our own place. When our offer was […]

Safe and Snug with the Gro Company Gro-Snug

Safe and Snug with the Gro Company Gro-Snug

I mentioned before how important safe sleep is to us when it comes to Florence. A whole lot of careful planning and consideration went into creating the safest sleep environments for her during my pregnancy and now that she is here we’ve been putting all of the safe sleep products we bought to the test.

The Gro-Snug is one of our most used baby products already – we’ve used on every night so far. A cross between a sleeping bag and a swaddle blanket, the Gro-Snug is designed to keep your new born baby snuggled up ensuring she can lay feeling secure while allowing her legs to find their natural froggy position which Florence seems to love, as well as providing a safer sleep alternative to loose blankets and cot bedding which is advised against in UK safe sleep guidelines provided by the Lullaby TrustGro-Snug 3

For parents who like the idea of swaddling, but have no idea where to start, or honestly not the time, the Gro-Snug is just perfect. There’s no need for complicated folding or faffing around each night time nappy change, you simply zip your baby in from the bottom and it creates a perfect little safe haven encouraging healthy hip placement for her and the ultimate convenience for Mama.Gro-Snug 4

Gro-Snug

One of the features that makes the Gro-Snug so great is the choice it provides. If your baby likes to be snuggled up with her arms in close then you can use the poppers on the arm holes to them safely tucked in. If, like Florence, she likes to be swaddled but with her arms out, you just leave the poppers undone and the arms through the holes.Gro-Snug 5

With each Gro-Snug you receive a room thermometer and since we have three, we’ve placed one in each of her sleep spaces across the house – her bedroom, our bedroom & the living room. They’ve been great in helping us make sure that Florence is dressed perfectly for the environment around her and with temperatures set to soar over the summer this is so important for creating the safest possible space. She’s mainly been sleeping in just a short sleeved body suit and a Gro-Snug.

What your baby wears will depend on the weight of Gro-Snug and the temperature of the baby’s bedroom. (In the same way as you would adjust nightclothes and number of blankets). – The Gro Company

For cooler weather, the Gro-Snug is also available in a heavier weight called ‘cosy’. This would be perfect for winter babies or for cooler houses.

We’re convinced the use of Gro-Snugs with little Florence will make the transition to Gro-Bags so much easier when she’s that bit bigger too. Overall we absolutely love this product and it is up there in our list of recommended new born essentials.

*We were sent one Light Orla Kiely Elephant Gro-Snug for the purpose of this review. We were so impressed with the concept that we also purchased two more designs, Make a Wish & Polka Party.

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Arvossa Baby Box Review

Arvossa Baby Box Review

I’ve written before about the importance of creating places in our home for our baby to sleep safely, safe sleep has been a priority for us from the very start of this pregnancy journey and I’ve taken great care to invest in high quality products […]

Baby Girl Clothing Haul #2

Baby Girl Clothing Haul #2

So, a few weeks back, after splurging at The Baby Show, I put myself on a baby buying ban. We had the nursery to decorate, a list of to-do’s for around the house and some saving to do in time for my maternity leave to start and […]