Category: Reviews

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 […]

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 of those products are from Messy Me Designs. The first I want to tell you about is a must have for little one’s who are taking their first tastes of food, and that’s the Messy Me Tunic Bib.

Unlike your ‘conventional bib’, the Messy Tunic covers a larger area of your little one’s front providing ultimate protection for their clothes! Fastened at the back and worn more like a t-shirt than a regular bib, it combines extra coverage with comfort for littles. One of the biggest plus points for me is that, being made from oilcloth,  it’s wipe clean and for tougher stains or if the mess is just too much for a quick wipe you can still pop it in the wash on a 30º cycle. We’ve really put our Messy Tunic through its paces – it’s been subject to many a spaghetti bolognese splattering, a few helpings of rhubarb crumble &  covered in purple juice on the rare occasion that Florence has let a blueberry escape her clutches and I am really impressed with how durable it is and how well it has lasted.

At only £9.50 plus p+p,  the tunic bib is available in a number of gorgeous designs. We opted for the pink spot, but I also love the wild rose & the red star patterns too.

The other must have from their range is the Messy Me Designs Splash Mat. We have used ours to protect our carpets from spilled foods during meal times, as a picnic blanket on days out, as a Messy Play staple, a photo backdrop and a table cloth. Again, it’s made of oil cloth so completely wipe clean and washable and has saved our carpets from mess so many times, which is always helpful when you rent like we do.

I think it’s a real bargain at £24.00 considering how many things we have used it for! 

You can purchase both of these along with the rest of the Messy Me range on their website here.

*We were sent a Messy Me Tunic & Mat in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions in this are my own.

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 […]

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? I think my Mum still has my first pair of little hard soled patent black Mary Jane’s in which I took my first steps. Florence seemingly getting more and more confident on her feet as the days go by. She is an absolute whizz on her walker, zooming around like a woman on a mission and when she’s reached her destination, just lets go and stands alone to clap / eat / wave before zooming off again. She’s been ‘Spider-Man’ crawling around with her feet on the ground rather than her knees and she’s starting to attempt to stand up from sitting. Something tells me it is not going to be long before she is running around at speed! And so, of course, with my visions of summer now including a toddling toddler roaming free while out and about, it’s time she had her very own first pair of shoes. I have taken a different approach to choosing her first shoes than many and instead,  have opted for a beautiful pair of soft soled slip ons designed with what babies really need in mind when it comes to keeping their feet as healthy and can be, from Dotty Fish.

Dotty Fish Baby Shoes

Research from most recent years has turned the idea that hard & sturdy soled shoes are best for new walkers on it’s head, and instead suggest that it is more beneficial for baby’s to be barefoot for as much and as long as possible. Obviously, once these little ones of ours are on the move in full force, it’s not always practical to keep them barefoot 24/7, and so Dotty Fish have designed a range of beautiful soft soled baby shoes jam packed with all of the features to help keep little feet as healthy as possible.
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They’re available in a variety of colourful and adorable designs (we chose these gorgeous daisy ones!) that not only compliment any outfit but are eye catching for little ones. They are made from a breathable buttery soft leather with a super soft tan sole making them lightweight and flexible to help promote healthy and natural movement as well as an elasticated trim to stop them falling off – always a bonus! The wide front area and thin soles help little ones grip the floor in the same way they would when barefoot.

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We adore these little Dotty Fish shoes so much that I have since ordered another two pairs. They seem incredibly comfortable, are hard wearing (Florence has worn this pair every day since they arrived and they’re still in a beautiful condition) and at only £8.99 +p&p, I think they are an absolute bargain!

 

*We were sent a pair of Dotty Fish baby shoes in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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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 […]

Vital Baby Unbelievabowl Review

Vital Baby Unbelievabowl Review

We are well into our weaning journey with Florence and over the next few weeks we are going to be sharing some of the products that have made the whole process that bit easier right here. Today I wanted to tell you about the Vital […]