Review – Teething Bling

Written by Lauren. Posted in Baby Products, Health & Beauty, Reviews

We were lucky enough to be sent a Teething Bling pendant from Smart Mum UK for Spike to test on his sore gums now that we have hit the dreaded teething stage.

When I saw the postman coming up the path with a packet in his hand, I literally jumped off the sofa to snatch it from him! From agreeing to review it to it actually being in my house only about 48 hours had passed so I was very impressed by their dispatch and delivery time. I ripped open the padded jiffy bag and came face to face with an absolutely gorgeous Organza bag with the pendant tucked neatly inside. I half expected it to be floating around in the bag but it was presented neatly in a folded cardboard case decorated with information about the product.

Teething Bling was created because so many mothers can no longer wear jewellery due to the grabbing, tugging and pulling that comes with having a baby. The jewellery that they create not only looks like you could buy it in a high street clothing store but it also superb quality. On first glance it looks like it would be a hard material but when you get one in your hands they are soft and smooth to touch. They are made from the same silicone as most teething toys and are non-toxic, BPA, PVC, phthalate, lead and latex free. One thing that really impressed me when reading the literature that I received (that can also be found on their website) was how safety conscious the company are. The are CPSIA compliant and carry the CE mark which means they have had to pass the strict European safety tests. On top of that they do quarterly tests on every part of the product to ensure that they are still absolutely safe for use by our little people.

I immediately put the necklace on and Spud, who has a whole mouth full of teeth so therefore doesn’t require a teething product, came over to see why I was so excited. Naturally I let him have a go and since then have had to fight with him to let me have it back! He likes nothing more than walking around wearing his new necklace. He has nibbled on it a few times and it has coped really well with his sharp gnashers. Normally I wouldn’t let my two year old walk around with something around his neck but the safety “breakaway” clasp is brilliant. When Spike tugs on it it doesn’t come apart but if Spud has a go with a little more strength it breaks away easily. I had been worried that testing a necklace would mean the back of my neck would suffer from the tugging but the necklace itself is a soft, silky cord that is delicate to the skin whilst a 6 month old is pulling on it.

The length of the cord means that the necklace is fashionable and that Spike can have a good old chomp whilst I’m carrying him, straight away he went for it and it fits perfectly in his little hand and mouth. He loves to fiddle with the cord and rub it between his fingers. He become so taken by it that sometimes if im not holding him then I take it off for him to have a play with. Shouting at our dinner time is one of his favourite pass times and quite stressful when trying to deal with a toddler and eat my own dinner at the same time. I gave him his Teething Bling and had the first quiet, uninterrupted meal that I have had for a long time!

As somebody who hasn’t wore jewellery for over 2 years it did feel nice to be making my outfit a little prettier and Teething Bling does fit with most outfit choices. There are a vast amount of colours to choose from and some of them make the necklace look really quite smart. I dress casual more than anything else so chose a lovely blue one called “Cotton Candy.”

Overall Teething Bling are a fantastic, safe idea and at only £12.95 they don’t break the bank. They aren’t that much more than standard teethers and will work out cheaper in the long run as it won’t get lost because you wear it! Teething Bling also sell bangles in the same colours for £8.95 or you can buy a “Gift set” of both for £19.95. They would make a lovely gift to give a mummy friend and the presentation gives a wow factor on opening.

The only 2 problems that I found were, firstly when I leant over to change nappies it was yanked on making my head awfully close to what my son had left me in his nappy but I soon overcame it by either popping the clasp and giving it to him or swinging it around my back so that he couldn’t grab hold of it. Secondly my two year old loves it that much that I don’t often get a look in!

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review. However, we did receive the product for review purposes. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.

Review – Sarah’s Nappy Cakes

Written by Lauren. Posted in Gift Ideas, Reviews

I was given a gorgeous blue “My Favourite Things” themed Nappy cake as a gift when I was pregnant with Spike. I was thrilled and in my hormonal state shed a little tear! These are an absolutely lovely gift for a mum-to-be. It is practical without looking and feeling like it’s not a luxury gift – I have used everything that came in my nappy cake over the past 6 months and every time I went to use something I was reminded of the lovely gift that I had received. There are different size cakes available for different prices varying from £10-£45. Obviously the more money you spend the bigger it is and the more goodies that it comes with. They start at “small one tier” and go right through to “Giant.”  The smallest comes with little bits like an 8oz bottle, face cloths shaped like roses and dummies or a dummy and clip, where as the biggest comes with things like a lip balm for Mum, 3 pairs socks, brush and comb, shower gel for Mum, shampoo for baby, bubble bath for baby, nappy cream for baby, shower scrub for mum, 3 pairs of tights, and a pair of shoes.  (Those are just examples and products may vary)  There is also a “Bespoke” option which allows you to divert from the standard pink, blue or neutral and have a specific theme and products to suit your needs. If you choose this option it also comes with a bespoke price tailored specifically for you.

I received a “Bespoke large tier.” My nursery theme was from the Toys R Us range “My Favourite Things” so I was really touched that a lot of thought had been put into it and that I had goodies that tied in with my own tastes. Because the products were Pampers and Toys R Us the quality was outstanding and put together in this way made them look fantastic and well worth the money. I was given a lot of size 3 nappies (a great size because it allows for bigger babies or can be saved for later) socks, booties, scratch mitts, dummies and a cup all of which were extremely useful.

Here are just a few examples of what Sarah’s Nappy Cakes has to offer:

For more information you can contact Sarah on her Facebook page.

I was not asked by Sarah’s Nappy Cakes to write a review. The product was a gift that I received from a friend. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.

Review – Jané Slalom Reverse

Written by Lauren. Posted in Baby Products, Pushchairs/Prams/Buggies, Reviews

I will start with a short blurb about just how great my desire for this pushchair was!

We purchased the original Jané (pronounced Han-ay) Slalom Pro when Spud was about 5 months old and we both loved almost everything about it. As with most pushchairs there were a few things that were slightly annoying but on the whole it has to have been our favourite pushchair. The only thing that was initially putting me off buying it was that it was a world facing pushchair and I wanted him to be parent facing for a bit longer. However Spud started leaning out of his parent facing pushchair to see the world and it no longer became a problem. About 4 months later Jané announced the Slalom Reverse. Everything that I loved about my pushchair but with the option to parent face! As Spud was getting bigger we added the pushchair to our “want” list for our second baby.

Review – Easywalker Duowalker Sky

Written by Lauren. Posted in Baby Products, Pushchairs/Prams/Buggies, Reviews

After what felt like an age of searching for the “perfect” double, my friend recommended the Easywalker Duowalker Sky (aka Easywalker Duo, Easywalker Duowalker or the updated Easywalker Duo Plus)  It meant that I could have the best of both worlds.  I have a full-sized seat that my larger than average toddler, not only fitted in but was comfortable and a carrycot for my newborn.  So many others on the market are designed in such a way that there has to be a compromise.  The Easywalker Duo enables you to have seats, carrycots or car seats in different combinations depending on the ages of the children.  Two types of car seat adapters are available one for Maxi-Cosi and one universal one which fits a range of branded seats on. Naturally as soon as it arrived it was unpacked and taken on a “test drive.”  Straight away I loved it. It has 4 air-filled tyres which make it so unbelievably easy to push.  I live in a very hilly area and considering the combined weight of the system and my children is 45kg it glides along with ease.  Each wheel comes off with the simple push/pull of a button.  The front wheels can be locked into position for rougher terrain but also have a 360° swivel which makes for extremely easy manoeuvrability.  I have never had problems doing a complete U-turn in a shop which was something I had dreaded when looking at side by sides. The suspension is fantastic and the children have a very comfortable ride, even over rough terrain.  Spike would always sleep in the carrycot, even just the 10 minute walk to crèche would have him catching some z’s within minutes of leaving the house. Spud sleeps like an angel in this pram which has been a challenge since he was old enough to be nosey. The brake is easy to apply/disengage and very strong.  I’ve had the pushchair on a very steep hill with the break on whilst I caught my breath and it didn’t even hint at moving. The basket is spacious but can be tricky to access especially if the seats are reclined.  It has zips to extend the front down but I do have to really crouch down and reach under to put anything in.  It does hold an awful lot of stuff but the space can be limited if you need to take the raincover with you as that doesn’t fold down that small.  The raincover is strong but isn’t a perfect fit.  I struggled whatever way I tried to put it on and ended up ripping one of the bottom velcro tabs as I pulled on it too hard.  It could do with a couple of extra inches for it to fit how it is meant to.  I also found that if you use a carrycot you are supposed to buy a separate raincover.  I didn’t as I knew I wouldn’t be using it for long enough to justify the cost.  The one supplied does cover both the carrycot and seat but you have to strategically place it so that it doesn;t have any gaps to let rain in. Both seats fully recline to almost totally flat,   The 4 position recline can be fiddly as it is done with zips and you have to go past parts of the frame to fully undo the zip.  Also if Spud is leaning on the seat when I want to sit it up I have 30lb of toddler to contend with!  Spike moved into the seat part at 5 months and I am very happy with his positioning and he looks very comfortable.  I personally don’t like newborns in full-sized seats but with the brilliant recline and the comfortable seats I probably would have used it for a newborn if I didn’t have the carrycot.  The bumper bar seems a little bit low and Spud often pushes his knees into it but it’s not a massive issue. I was really impressed with the carrycot.  It looks quite small as double carrycots tend to be skinnier but, as I said before, Spike was able to stay in it until he was just over 5 months and he is big for his age. (see pic)  It is comfortable and very easy to fit to the chassis.  Carry handles in the hood and on the base make it very easy to lift when it’s not on the chassis.  It came with its own raincover, mosi net, mattress and blanket. The hoods are independent from each other and both have UV sun canopies that fold down.  This is great for Spike but Spud gets annoyed that it blocks his view.  They also have windows to peek down and see the children in their seats.  They have a cover that can be tied back or velcro so that they don’t flap about. The handle extends to a great height.  At 5’11” I have it on the middle setting.  If I were to lock it straight up it goes up to my chest!  But it also locks low enough to enable my two-year old to push.  It has a wrist strap attached the handle for safety which I do use when going down steep hills.  It would definitely benefit from a hand brake! There is no doubt that this pushchair looks HUGE.  When you push it, it feels a lot smaller than it looks and i have had no problems whatsoever in shops that I didn’t have with a single.  At only 75cm wide it is one of the slimmest on the market.  It fits nicely on the bus and although I am yet to brave the train with two children I know that it fits on there as well.  However this brings me to its one major flaw.  It doesn’t collapse small at all.  It fills my Laguna estate boot with little room for anything else.  It is also very heavy and awkward to carry when it’s folded. They are made in a variety of colours. In Red this gets a lot of attention.  I am constantly being stopped and told how gorgeous it is and how people have never seen anything like it before.  There are a wide range of accessories available.  I have one footmuff which I love.  You can remove the front and use it as a lovely, soft, fleecy liner.  It’s also a very good size.  Spud is a tall boy and often fills footmuffs so I was very impressed that he fitted with room to grow. Overall it is a fantastic system.  It suited my needs perfectly and although it is big and heavy when it’s folded that was the compromise that I was more than willing to make so that both my boys had a comfortable ride. It has had some changes made to it for the 2011 Easywalker Duo Plus which look promising for an already great pushchair.  It’s lighter, has a more compact fold and now has ribbed seat fabric for ventilation.  It also has improved easy fit connectors and a new breaking system. The Easywalker Duo Plus has an RRP of £649.00 for the pushchair and £150.00 for a single carrycot but if you shop around you will find lots of “travel system” deals.
I was not asked by Easywalker to write a review. The product was purchased with my own money. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.