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Fisher Price Dance & Move Beatbo

This was the most wanted gift at Christmas this year for toddlers! So what does my 2 year old make of it?


Although very frustrating for parents, it’s repetitive tunes and movements are what my 2 year old loves best! He loves to dance and run in circles whilst beat bo plays. 

The colours are great and my son loves to talk to it so it repeats what he says and sings it back. 

His attention for the toy doesn’t last more than 5-10 mins and it’s something that he comes and goes to through the day. 

A negative about the toy is it seems very clunky when it moves and noisy too. Here’s a video:


Overall it’s a great toy by Fisher Price and highly recommended for one year olds onwards! (Even my 5 year old gets in on the action sometimes!). 

Joie Elevate Car Seat Review

Car seats are the bane of my life at the moment. We currently own 4, 2 for dude and 2 for bear, one in each car. My parents look after the boys whilst im at work and so it was inevitable with the school runs, we would need 2 more seats for their car.

For bear we eventually decided on a group 1/2/3 seat so that the seat could grow with him and we wouldn’t have to pay out for yet another seat. Although we are huge advocates of extended rear facing, it was just not feasible in my parent’s small car nor did we have the funds to purchase another ERF.

We bought the Joie Elevate through www.very.co.uk for a reasonable £49.99. When it arrived it was easy to assemble, the booster base simply slotted onto the high back.

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The Pros:

  • The seat is well cushioned providing a comfortable seat for the child. It was also easily removable in order to put it through the wash.
  • Now the weather is warming up, the mesh sides have been great. I always find that car seats make children warm up very quickly and this airflow through the seat definitely keeps them cooler.
  • The 5 point harness so far has been great, I get so fed up with straps that constantly twist but these have been easy to buckle with.
  • Once installed the car seat is very secure with the 3 point car seat belt. Theres no movement with the seat and I felt confident that it will protect my son.
  • It has a handy cup or snack holder which is definitely a plus for us as bear is constantly dropping any type of bowl I give to him in the car.

The Cons (There aren’t many!):

  • The seat is installed with a seat belt, I much prefer the security of isofix and an option for this would have been great.
  • The release button to lengthen the straps is tricky to get to but tighening is easy.
  • Although marketed from 9 months, i believe it is not suitable for a child this young. It is much more suited from 2 years onwards. Babies under this age still nap in the car quite often and there is no recline with the seat meaning that when the child falls asleep their head flops forward. Not only is this a suffocation risk (chin on chest, blocking airway) but it is so uncomfortable for the child.

 

Overall Bear has been very comfortable in this seat other than when he falls asleep. Its a highly affordable car seat and as it grows with your child its also cost effective. It is listed as fitting most popular cars and it is light and easy to transfer between vehicles.
I would definitely recommend the seat for any toddler over 2 years.

More information is available here and it is available to buy in most retailers.

 

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Disclaimer – All views in this post are mine and in no way affiliated with the company or brand.

Easybelts Review

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Easybelts kindly sent us some of their great belts to try out.
Dude has a tiny waist but long legs and sometimes we need to use a belt. Normal belt buckles he just finds awkward, especially when he is desperate for a wee!

So along came an easybelt, an easy to fasten, velcro strap fun belt.

They come in a variety of colours and patterns as well as plain colours for use with school uniform. Also available in different waist sizes, which I love as I always find that belts normally come in one size and one size does not fit all!

Dude picked a great racing car design and a black one for school.

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Once threaded through his jeans, he was able to undo and redo them up with ease. They were a bit stiff when first used but once they had been used a few times they were fine.

The velcro wasn’t too ‘sticky’ or too loose and they definitely felt like they were sturdy and well made.

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Dude’s thoughts: Its a cool belt and I Love the Racing car design!

Mummy’s thoughts: A great little belt, appeals to all children and does what it says on the tin. Versatile, easy to use and definitely something that will be purchasing again for my younger son.

For more information on the belts and to purchase one, visit : www.easybelts.co.uk

Banana Boat Suncream review 

Its summer! Well apparently it is, i’m sat here writing this in the rain!

Both my boys have dry skin and suffer from eczema. I’ve struggled to find a sun cream that doesn’t affect their skin but have found Banana Boats’s range of Suncreams brilliant. 

We have used the kids spf 50 pump and the baby spf 50 spray. 

  

Both are equally as good. I do prefer the pump bottle rather than the spray as I prefer to put the cream on my hands and then rub it into the boys. 

The cream itself isn’t too runny or too thick and absorbs into the skin really well. It doesn’t make skin feel ‘sticky’ either.  It does not have a particular smell but that’s great as it means there is less ‘rubbish’ in it which irritates the boys skin. 

The bottles are quite chunky and heavy to carry around. I have yet to find any smaller travel size bottles in a shop near me which would be ideal for pre school and the changing bag. 

It retails for around £10-£12 in most good beauty stores and supermarkets. 

It’s hypoallergenic, clinically tested, very water resistant and peaditrician tested. 

I would definitely recommend it for your little ones!

The Maxi Cosi Milofix Car Seat Review

So we recently needed to purchase a new car seat for bear. He had pretty much outgrown his Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and hated being in it as his shoulders were so squashed. After ALOT of research we decided on the Maxi Cosi Milofix. I have always thought of Maxi Cosi as a great brand with safe products there fore we wanted to continue using them.
Our first problem was sourcing one as Mothercare only sold them in specialist stores. After tracking one down and getting it demonstrated in the car, we were off.

The seat is rear facing till 15-18 months. You can choose to have it forward facing from when baby meets 9kg. It has 2 seating positions in forward facing (upright and recline) and just 1 position is rearward facing.
The seat is pretty compact for a combination seat and when fitted, sat behind the drivers seat easily.

It is available in 5 different colours, we bought it in Thunder Black.

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It is fitted with the isofix points in the car with a top tether reaching into the boot. It was easy to install and would be easy to transfer between different cars if needed.

To switch between rear facing and forward facing, the seat does need to be removed from the car and then 2 levers on the bottom of the base are pulled and the base swivels around.

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The headrest was adjustable and didnt require any rethreading of the straps, it was just one single movement. The 5 point harness seem fine and did its job.

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From the photo above you can see that when the seat is on a flat surface in rear facing mode, it looks well reclined. In rear facing you cannot change the recline on the seat. This is where we started having problems.
If you look at most car back seats, they are not flat. In our car, the back seats recline backwards towards the back as this design is deemed safest for an adult in an accident. However this worked against us for this car seat.
The recline caused the car seat to be more upright and therefore when Bear fell asleep, his head was on his chest practically curled over.
I tried to move the headrest , manuvere him in the seat but nothing worked to change this position.
I took the seat back to the shop who advised there was nothing that could be done as the recline of the back car seat could not be changed. They admitted that this problem had been common as most newer model of cars are designed with this recline.

Because of this, we decided to return this car seat. We did not feel that it was safe for Bear to sleep with his chin on his chest.

Overall: The seat is a great seat to Maxi Cosi’s normal standards. The extended rear facing is good if you dont want to shell out for a full ERF seat. It is compact and light and easy to transfer between to cars. The only downfall is the lack of recline in rear facing, as this is marketed ‘from birth’, I would not happy to put a newborn baby or even my 8 month old in it with how upright the seat is.

The seat is available from many retailers for around £225.

The first one!

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Welcome to my first blog post!
Firstly, let me introduce myself. My name is Sarah and I am a mummy to 2 young boys. Dude is nearly 4 years old and Bear is 8 months old. (Not their real names! Im not that crazy!). I’ve been married for nearly 2 years and live in South Devon.

I have a slight addiction to shopping! Therefore you may find a few ‘haul’ posts within this blog.

I love writing, and letting people know my opinions! I plan to use this blog for advice, reviews and daily chit chat about life as a mummy to 2 boys.

So lets see how this goes and hello to anybody that passes by!

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