Category: Reviews

Review: Cuddledry Baby & Me Wash Bag – Packing for a Pool Party

Review: Cuddledry Baby & Me Wash Bag – Packing for a Pool Party

It’s always been a bit of a running joke here that Florence has a better social life than either of us. All through the summer we’ve not had a weekend without a party or play date and that’s set to continue right through to September! […]

Dotty Fish Summer Flower Sandals Review

Dotty Fish Summer Flower Sandals Review

It’s not been very long since I last spoke about Dotty Fish. Since discovering the brand and falling in love with their shoes, Florence now has quite an impressive collection. Today, Dotty Fish have asked me to share with you my thoughts on one of […]

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

Love2Sleep Maternity Pillow Review

There comes  a time in almost every woman’s pregnancy when sleep begins to elude her. A combination of pregnancy insomnia (yes, that’s a thing!) and sheer discomfort as your body starts and continues to adapt for the tiny human it is busy growing can lead to a bunch of sleepless nights – even before the baby arrives. It would seem these ever so desirable pregnancy symptoms have come early again for me and I’ve already turned to some products and relaxation techniques to help me stay as rested as I can at night time. One of those products is a Maternity Pillow.

Last time around, I really suffered with SPD from around 10 weeks and so turned to a maternity pillow to try and ease the discomfort at night time. Unfortunately, in the end, the one I had just didn’t really work for me and I found having to adjust the pillow every time I turned over so so frustrating so for this pregnancy I’ve opted for a completely different brand and shape.

The U Shape body pillow from Love2Sleep offers full body support, helping to ease back, shoulder & neck pain specifically. My hips are already becoming quite uncomfortable again and I’m finding sleeping with my legs bent either side of the pillow is definitely helping. This style of pillow is also great for helping you get used to sleeping on your side during pregnancy. I normally sleep on my front but there will no doubt come a time when my tummy is just too big for that and maternity healthcare advisors recommend sleeping in the ‘SOS’ position (on your side, knees bent with a pillow between them) to maximise the amount of blood and nutrients reaching the placenta. There is also some suggestion that sleeping in this position reduces the risk of still birth.

As well as for sleeping, I have used it to prop me up in bed to watch TV or blog and I can envisage this becoming more and more common over the next few months as I begin to get bigger and more uncomfortable. I think it will also be great for feeding the baby when he or she arrives.  It would seem I am not the only one to be reeping the benefits of the Love2Sleep U shape pregnancy pillow in our house. My sister was actually the first to try it out and after seeing how comfortable it is she’s going to be ordering one for herself, just because! Florence loves snuggling down to watch Hey Duggee in the mornings cocooned in it and finds it hilarious when she pulls either side on to her legs to act as a cover – cheeky monkey! It’s the perfect spot to sit and read a story too.

Even the dogs have taken a liking to it when they think I’m not looking.

There are a range of patterns and colours to choose from, and after flicking through them I opted for the teal stars design with a spare white cover to use between washes.

The only drawback for me is the way it seems to hold the heat! With the recent heatwave, nights have been unbearably hot and being cocooned between the ‘U’ has only heightened that. But, I am sure this will start to pass as the temperatures begin to drop a little.

There are so many maternity pillows on the market, many of them retailing at around the £40 mark so I was quite impressed to find that this one only costs £18.45 including a cover of your choice. Plus, for readers of my blog, they’re offering 10% off all U shape pregnancy pillows when you enter AMI10 at the checkout.

I also just wanted to say a huge thank you to the Love2Sleep twitter team who are not only incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about their products, they are possibly the nicest, customer friendly team I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. If you are in the market for a maternity pillow, or any other kind of bedding product be sure to drop them a message as they seem happy to help and even go beyond expectation if need be.

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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 […]