Category: Reviews

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Ever since Florence was born I have been SO excited to introduce her to the wonder of train play. I don’t remember having a train set myself as a child, I think I had cars and vehicles but not necessarily an actual train set with […]

Review: A Beautiful Baby Gift from the Baby Hamper Company

Review: A Beautiful Baby Gift from the Baby Hamper Company

A little while ago, The Baby Hamper Company got in touch and sent me one of their Mother & Baby Luxury Hampers to review and oh my word, I am a bit blown away by how beautiful everything inside is! Everything arrived enclosed in an […]

Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite toy brands to share my thoughts on their top picks for Christmas for babies & toddlers as part of my toy review series. Hape are the worlds largest producer of wooden toys priding themselves on their use of renewable and long lasting materials across their range. Today I’m here to tell you all about the Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter.

Combining two iconic toddler toys, Hape have created a 2 in 1 shape sorter & xylophone which offers a whole host of opportunities to learn and play.

The xylophone, technically a glockenspiel, is comprised of five metal bars with different notes , perfectly pitched for a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle and can be played using the plastic stick that comes with it. I do have to wonder why, when most of the the rest of the toy is made from wood, the stick is plastic? The stick itself is quite light weight and so doesn’t always make the desired sound when used to hit the notes, the way a wooden one would but it is a good shape for little hands.

The notes can also be played by placing the different coloured wooden blocks into their corresponding holes, making the sound a little rewarding sound of success! There is a square, a triangle, a circle, a star and a pentagon and once in place you can tap them, the way you would a piano, to make the bars chime.

The variety of colours and shapes offers up a great opportunity to teach and learn colour & shape words and introduce some sorting too.

I love the way this toy really is two toys 2-in-1 and how it combines sensory and musical play with early education in mind too.

Available on Amazon for £23.99, the Hape Xylophone shape sorter would make a brilliant Christmas or birthday gift for children aged 1-3.

Disclosure: I was sent one Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Over the next few weeks, as we all busy ourselves with Christmas shopping and preparing for the most wonderful time of the year, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the many toys out there on the market for babies & toddlers. I am […]

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

There are three around-the-house jobs that I just loathe as a parent; tackling the bottomless pit of laundry, cleaning the nooks and crannies of the high chair after an inevitably messy teatime and washing the bottles. Thankfully, Nimble Babies have invented a range of miracle […]

What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

I think, when it comes to fashion, this time of year is my favourite. I myself love layering up with lots of knits and slipping on a pair of boots when heading out in the Autumn / Winter. I also love dressing Florence in the colder months and find there are so many adorable little outfit combinations for her available in the shops and online. Today, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite pieces in her A/W wardrobe this year; this gorgeous Cherry red coat from Cherry Crumble California.

An absolutely beautifully classic collarless style, this little coat has quite the regal feel about it. It’s made from a luxuriously soft velvet fabric with charming details all over, including a scalloped edged front which makes it able to be worn open as well as fastened, big shiny buttons (which are really easy to do up!) and a cute little gold rabbit emblem. It also has two roomy pockets on either side.

The bold red colour makes it a must have staple in Florence’s wardrobe for the most colourful season of the year. Completely versatile, It looks adorable teamed with leggings and boots on an Autumn walk as well as being the perfect coat for more formal occasions. I think it would be ideal for wearing on top of a special Christmas outfit or even as an overcoat for little bridesmaids at an A/W wedding!

When it comes to sizing, I’d recommend sizing up as while it is great length wise, it’s quite a snug fit in her arms & across her tummy.

It’s available from Cherry Crumble for £43.31 (exchange rate accurate at the time of publishing) and despite shipping being from overseas, delivery was surprisingly quick – no more than 5 days – so it definitely wouldn’t put me off ordering from them again.

*We were sent this Cherry Velvet Party Coat in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.

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Review: The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums

Review: The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums

When I was pregnant with Florence I read every parenting book I could get my hands on. It was my inner control freak’s way of preparing for all of possible things that could be thrown at me in those early days as a Mama and […]

Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

Surviving a long car journey with a toddler

It seems just yesterday that I was writing a post very similar to this, except I was sharing my tips for getting through a long car journey with a baby. Today 8 months on Florence is a fully fledged toddler and so our approach has […]