Category: Reviews

What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

What Florence got for her birthday – The Ultimate First Birthday Gift Guide

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but have only just got around to do it. A few of you have asked to see what Florence got for her birthday and so I’ve put together a little (actually incredibly long) list of […]

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike Review

Florence was bought a trike for her birthday by her Grandparents & and Great Grandma and I really wanted to tell you all about it, because it makes such a great gift for little one’s and Florence absolutely loves it. The Little Tikes 4-in-1 Trike […]

Joie i-Level Car Seat Review

Joie i-Level Car Seat Review

When it comes to things1 you absolutely must buy for a baby, a car seat is at the top of the list. When we had to start shopping for a carseat, despite my previous years working in the baby industry, this was the one area we were a bit clueless in. I knew of a few brands who made them, I knew of a certain brand I definitely didn’t want to buy, but in this instance we were completely reliant on the knowledge of the sales rep at John Lewis. At the time I had just 2 requirements: it had to fit to our pushchair (Joolz Geo) and it needed to be isofix… whatever that was. And so, after a few demonstrations that went entirely over our heads, we opted for the Maxi Cosy Cabrio Fix – it just seemed the simplest. Functional. It wasn’t until we actually had Florence that we started to realise what the potential benefits of having all the extra bits on a car seat and we wondered if we maybe should have done a bit more research. It was then that Joie got in touch to ask me if I’d mind testing out  the Joie i-Level Car Seat. I was intrigued to see whether there would be much of a difference between this one and the one we already had and there were already a few features that had caught my eye.

What’s in the box and installation

The car seat came in two parts – the seat and the isofix base and along with them were the necessary instruction manuals. There’s a video up on my YouTube channel which shows just how easy it was to fit into the car and our first impressions so I won’t bore you by going into too much detail here on that, but if you’re looking to buy one definitely head over and have a watch.

Joie i-Level 0+ Car Seat Review

Joie i-Level Car Seat Review

The i-Level car seat is in the 0+ category, which basically means it’s suitable for your new baby up until they reach a weight of 13kg and is suitable for rearward facing only. For reference, Florence was born weighing 3.7kg and at very nearly one she is around 9kg so I think it will likely last her at least a couple more months. It is a seat that grows with your child, initially fitted with the newborn insert(pictured above) which is removable once your baby has outgrown it as well as having a joie’s signature Grow Together head rest and harness system which is fully adjustable to make your baby’s time in the car as safe and as comfortable as possible.

Joie i-Level 0+ Car Seat Review

The main draw to this car seat for me was its ability to recline. The i-Level has 3 positions; upright, slightly reclined and then fully reclined which is great for use in long car journeys and ensuring if baby falls asleep in the car, they can rest safely & comfortably at a fully reclined position. It takes a simple lift of the lever at the back and a light push down to change position.  This is also ideal for using on your pushchair. Joie i-Level 0+ Car Seat Review

Compared to our other car seat, the I-Level has so much more protection for little ones as well as just seeming more sturdy overall. Fully i-size certified, the seat features Joie’s very own Intelli-fit foam for ultimate side impact protection and is only usable with the isofix base to ensure safe installation for all journeys.

The three point harness is easy to fasten and adjust as needed – once you’ve worked out where the adjust button is! Just above the pull belt, is a little slit in the car seat cover – there’s a little button in there that you have to push.

Joie i-Level 0+ Car Seat Review

Joie i-Level 0+ Car Seat Review

It also comes with a detachable sun canopy.

The i-Level car seat can be purchased from a number of retailers including Mothercare & John Lewis around the £250 mark. 

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Keeping Clean with Messy Me Designs

Keeping Clean with Messy Me Designs

If there’s one thing that comes with babies it’s mess. Especially once weaning begins! Over the last few months we have been testing out a number of products designed to make messy meal times (and messy play times) a little easier to clean up! Two […]

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 […]

Bibetta x Annabel Karmel UltraBib Review

Bibetta x Annabel Karmel UltraBib Review

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about meal times with a little one it’s that there is no chance any of you are getting out clean! I cannot tell you how many of her outfits now don a lovely orange stain so we now often just resort to stripping her down each time we sit down for dinner. However, for times when it’s just not practical to strip her down to her nappy to eat her tea, we’ve turned to a trusted children’s brand to help keep stains at bay!

Best Selling children’s nutrition & food author, Annabel Karmel has teamed up with Bibetta to launch a range of beautiful & practical Ultrabibs designed to protect little one’s clothes from all the mess that ensues at meal times. If anyone can empathise with parents when it comes to messy meal times Annabel can with many of her recipes put together to encourage little one’s to taste a range of beautiful colourful & flavourful foods. bibetta utrbib ak recipeThe Ultrabib is made from naturally waterproof, soft and stretchy neoprene complete with a little fold out pocket ideal for catching those discarded morsels that tots love to go back to.Bibetta Ultrabib 3

Unlike many, the Ultrabib is available in an edition with sleeves which to me is just genius in my view. They’re elasticated at the cuffs ensuring that clothing sleeves are protected from getting mucky and covered in food.
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The Annabel Karmel designs are vibrant and bold and feature her signature apple emblem and are currently available in pink, blue & green.

While it is machine washable, I think perhaps the only draw back is that it’s not wipe clean.  As a mother, my washing pile is just never ending and constantly overflowing and so anything that adds to that, in my view is a little bit of a pain!

At £11.99 each plus p+p they’re definitely handy to have in your changing bag or to hand when you’re serving up something deliciously messy!

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Florence’s First Shoes – We’re Dotty for Dotty Fish

Florence’s First Shoes – We’re Dotty for Dotty Fish

Choosing the first pair of shoes for Florence is a milestone I have been so excited about. We all have that photo of our first shoe shopping trip as a little one up against the Clarkes shop wall wearing our first ever shoes don’t we? […]

BabyBjorn One Baby Carrier Review

BabyBjorn One Baby Carrier Review

Before I had Florence, I never really saw myself as a baby wearer. If I am honest, it scared me a little. I was terrified of the idea that I might fall while wearing her or that somehow she would fall out. That was until […]