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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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Review: Baby to Love Easy Up Booster Seat, worth £29.95

Easy up booster

Easy up booster

Review by VIP Club Member Lucy Scammell

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With the compact and portable Easy Up Booster, your toddler can sit comfortably on any chair, anytime, everywhere. Lightweight, simple and easy to use Baby To Love wanted to create a solution to the headache, a product parents can rely on. Coated with a transparent layer of plastic, you can just wipe with a damp cloth and you’re good to go. Attach the Easy Up to both the bottom and back-rest of your chair. Then place your toddler in the booster securing the straps, each carefully positioned to keep your baby secure without interfering with their natural movement.

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Review: Stop That Monkey! He Stole Ruby’s Ice Lolly Book, worth £6.99

Stop that monkey book

Stop that monkey book

Review by VIP Club Member Vicki Webb

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Stop That Monkey! He Stole Ruby’s Ice Lolly! is the second instalment in the acclaimed Ruby adventure books series.

The vibrant new picture book celebrates diversity, explores the tropical island of Sri Lanka and sparks children’s curiosity in other cultures.

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Review: LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill, worth £49.99

Leapfrog BBQ

Leapfrog BBQ

Review by VIP Club Member Lucy O’Connor

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The Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill inspires hours of interactive play.

The colourful toy features accessories for cooking, a light-up grill and eight pieces of food, including an aubergine and steak through to prawns, mushrooms and even peppers!

Great for playtime and learning, the LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ Grill will teach children from 2-5 years food names, numbers & colours! With its own Australian accent, little ones will love the interactive pretend skewer, hearing fun cooking sounds, setting different grilling temperatures or simply dancing along to the music and sing-along songs.

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Tricky Treats

Tricky TreatsNew research into trick or treating may spook health-conscious parents.

Children in the UK will eat 173g of sugar each tonight, over 600% above their recommended daily intake of 25g and the equivalent of 43 sugar cubes, nutrition experts have said.

Research into the top-selling Halloween treats found that, on average, they contain around 11.5g of sugar each. But ahead of the big night, nutrition experts at Future Fit, who conducted the research, have said that banning kids from sweet treats is not the answer.

The Halloween tradition of trick or treating is thought to have begun in the US in the 1930s, but the UK has fully adopted this trend with GlobalData reporting that close to £500 million was spent on the holiday last year.

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Music Is Just The Beginning

Music

Musical instruments

Guest Post by Northampton High School

All parents can remember at least one (if not many) times their toddler has proudly made a very loud noise and smiled to their audience, ready for an appreciative reaction

While not all impromptu music is always expected, it is wonderful that toddlers are already noticing the way that they can produce sounds and can use these sounds to express themselves. This musical awareness could support a host of skills that can impact a child’s life as they grow, most noticeably when a child is actively involved in the making of music.

Whilst your child is loudly banging that drum or singing their favourite song, something very special is also happening in their growing mind and body. Their concentration is being tested, their listening skills are improving, and their mind is learning to recognise patterns. As they join together with friends to produce a band for mum and dad, their social skills are coming into play, they are experimenting with co-ordination and their confidence is growing.

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