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Win a choice of any Toddler Size Snuggle Sac worth £40

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Toddler Snuggle Sacs are the award winning next phase bedding choice after a baby sleeping bag.

For a good night’s sleep, a child must feel secure, comforted and remain at a constant temperature. Get your toddler ready for their first bed without the risk of them waking up cold with their covers on the floor. Also perfect for nap-time at nursery, long car journeys, and staying away from home. Space for your own pillow. 3.4 Tog. 100% cotton linings. Machine washable.

Snuggle Sac are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Toddler Size Snuggle Sac, worth £40.

Competition closes midnight Sunday 15th December 2019.

Enter via Facebook!

 

 

Terms & Conditions:

  • UK entries only.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  • Winners will be notified either by email or social media within a week of the closing date.
  • There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part. Snuggle Sac reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability of the intended prizes.
  • Entry into the competition authorises Toddle About & SnuggleSac to contact you, and publish your name via social media should you be the winner.
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Review: The Owl and the Pussycat at Northampton Royal and Derngate

Owl and the Pussycat

Owl and the Pussycat

Review by VIP Member Victoria Coombes

The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Charlotte Voake has been brought to life this Christmas at The Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton. The performance runs from Thursday 28th November until Sunday 5th January and is a magical puppet show aimed at the under 7’s.

The performance was set in the lovely underground theatre room at The Royal & Derngate, with a large number of cushions on the floor as well as seating laid out. The children could sit comfortably and as there was no raised stage area they could get up close and involved with the story without characters towering over them. The show lasted for 40 minutes (without an interval) and involved a cast of two telling the story through the mediums of the original music, songs and fantastic puppetry. My two daughters aged 6 and 3 were captivated for the entire show and particularly loved the very realistic puppets. The cast really brought the puppets to life with their sound effects and movements. The scene changes and the props used were simple but very effective and the large variety of puppets really kept the children’s attention as they tried to identify the next characters from the story. In the small theatre the lighting and sound had been well set up so that it wasn’t too loud or bright but enabled parents to interact with their children through out the show without impacting on others. A relaxed performance is also being shown on Saturday 7th December with reduced sound and lighting for those with a range of disabilities.

This was a lovely way to introduce younger children to the theatre in an informal and relaxed setting. My girls certainly enjoyed it and as huge fans of the Julia Donaldson books it was great to see one of them so cleverly and professionally adapted for the stage. We will certainly be looking out for similar shows in the future.

 

Review of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog BRICKLIVE Tour at Banham Zoo

Review written by Pia Howe, Toddle About Suffolkpic3

Banham Zoo unveiled the Zoo World Premiere of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog BRICKLIVE Tour. It was a real privilege to be part of the exclusive Preview Evening and experience this magical new brick trail, inspired by the much loved animated film The Snowman™ and the Snowdog, the sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic picture book The Snowman™, which was first published in 1978.

The trail will be at the zoo until the 5th January 2020 and visitors will be able to follow the trail of models around the zoo at their leisure. Each model is accompanied by a framed panel with information such as a number of bricks it contains and how many hours it took to build.

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Personalised Christmas gift ideas for toddlers

Personalised Christmas Gifts are a special gift for any child

Personalised Christmas Gifts are a special gift for any child

Christmas is a magical time for children, especially toddlers. But knowing what to buy them is never easy.

Young children between the ages of one and three don’t often articulate what they want for Christmas, leaving parents wondering. You can’t peer into their minds, find out what they want and then go out and buy it. And even if you could, there’s a good chance that they don’t have a well-formed idea of their ideal present either.

There is a way out of this conundrum, though: personalised Christmas gifts for toddlers. These gifts are not only suitable for young children, but personal too, setting them up as objects of nostalgic reflection in the future.

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Happy Birthday, Dear Gabriel!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GABRIEL!

Each issue, we invite all our readers to send in photos of your little ones so we can wish them a happy birthday in the next edition of Toddle About.

It’s always such a privilege to receive your photos, and we’re super excited to wish your little ones a happy birthday in the next magazine, which will be released on 6th January*.diddi-dance-logo

All the photos were entered into a hat to win a diddi dance party to help you celebrate your little one’s big day. And today we picked our winner!  Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Dear Matteson!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MATTESON!

Each issue, we invite all our readers to send in photos of your little ones so we can wish them a happy birthday in the next edition of Toddle About.

It’s always such a privilege to receive your photos, and we’re super excited to wish your little ones a happy birthday in the next magazine, which will be released on 6th January*.

All the photos were entered into a hat to win a £40 Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Voucher to help you celebrate your little one’s big day. And today we picked our winner! Continue reading

Review: Hape Spinning Balloons Puzzle & Jobs Roundabout, worth over £25.00

Hape Puzzles

Hape Puzzles

Review by VIP Club Member Fiona Thomas

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Spinning Balloons:

Hape’s Spinning Balloons Puzzle combines two games in one! With its beautifully whimsical design and pop of colour put the pieces together to create the landscape of balloons in the sky. Ready, set, go, the shapes at the centre of each balloon also convert into fun spinning tops to be played on any hard, level surface! Spin the plastic handle and see who can keep their top spinning the longest. A fantastic opportunity to learn about shapes and different colours along the way, in the meantime developing reasoning and fine motor skills.

Jobs Roundabout:

With Hape’s Jobs Roundabout, 19 piece, two sided jigsaw puzzle it’s your job to keep the city running! With a spinning feature to replicate that of a roundabout which also helps to solve the puzzle, give children the basic understanding of some of the vital jobs within the community such as fire fighter, teacher, postal worker, chef, doctor, and builder which adorns one side of the puzzle. Meanwhile the second side shows where exactly these professionals may work. Enjoy the brightly coloured characterful illustrations which help bring this puzzle to life piece by piece.

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Review: Mokee Mini Pod, worth £69.95

Mokee Mini Pod

Mokee Mini Pod

Review by VIP Club Member Siobhan Merchant

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Mokee Mini Pod is perfect for babies up to six months old. Our Mini Pod, in grey melange.. Easy wash material made from cotton and filled with hypoallergenic silicone balls, meaning it’s also great for babies who suffer from allergies. Bottom material made from jersey fabric and filled with hypoallergenic silicone ball sewed which means it’s great for babies that suffer with allergies. Cover is easy to remove and wash. the Mini Pod has special features which help in your little one’s development; it’s perfect for tummy time and post-natal skill progression.

 

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Review: Musical Animals – Achille the Crocodile, worth £29.95

Achille Crocodile

Achille Crocodile

Review by VIP Club Member Victoria Chase

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Meet Achille the Crocodile as part of the adorable and loveable collection of musical animals from BabyToLove. Each characterful music box is both easy and manageable to handle thanks to their super soft texture and rounded form.

From each animal enjoy a different soothing melody, once each of the pull cords has been activated from underneath each of the animals. Achille the Crocodile a romantic reptile who plays for Elise, all of which help to stimulate curiosity and a baby’s sensory development of vision, hearing and tactility.

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Review: Close Parent Pop In Baby Cosy Suit, worth £19.99

Baby Cosy Suit

Baby Cosy Suit

Review by VIP Club Member Lucy Diebelius

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A cosy swim suit for use all year round to keep baby warm in & out of the water with an integrated swim nappy and UPF 50+ sun protection. Getting it on couldn’t be easier with the full front opening and flexible aplix closing and any little accidents stay safely inside thanks to the integrated Pop-in swim nappy with its unique ‘seal to skin bind. Designed to be used over the Pop-in swim nappy liner.

Our 2019 endangered print collection features creatures that have become critically endangered in their natural habitats.

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