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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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Review: Dinosaur Maxi Hama Beads Set, worth £10.00

Dinosaur Maxi Hama Beads SetReview written by Lorraine at Toddle About HQ.

With having an almost 18 year old daughter who was a big lover of Hama Beads when she was younger, I was looking forward to the stage where my son was old enough to enjoy them, which is why I was very excited to hear about the new Maxi Hama Beads range that have been designed specifically for Toddlers. The lovely Nicola, who runs Hamabeads.com was kind enough to send us a sample of one of the Maxi Beads Sets for us to take a look at and so I took it home for my little boy to have a try and he absolutely loved it, especially as he could make his own Dinosuar.

The Maxi Beads worked out perfectly for him with them being larger than the standard Mini Hama Beads meaning that he was able to pick them up, hold and position them easily and on his own and another great thing about it, was because the set came with a template of the dinosaur to put underneath the peg board he was able to follow this knowing where to put which colour, however, as soon as his big sister walked into the room and saw what he was doing she wanted to get in on the action as well which was lovely to see them both enjoying something together, which brings me to say, you are never to old for Hama Beads :) Continue reading

A morning with Coffee, Cake and some FIRST AID

Review written by Pia Howe, Toddle About Suffolk

Mini First Aid Training

Mini First Aid Training

I am a mum of 2 and have recently hosted a First Aid training at my house with Mini First Aid Suffolk.

Previously this summer…

A group of us went camping – 7 children, 9 adults. Wasn’t long until we got our First Aid kits out to treat grazed knees, bee stings and small cuts. I suddenly started to get some serious First Aid kit envy as mine basically consisted of a few plasters, Savlon and Calpol (I don’t ever travel without Calpol!). As we started to talk about various injuries we realised how little we actually knew about First Aid. I decidedit was time for a refresher, contacted Mini First Aid Suffolk and booked a 2-hour session with my friends at my house.

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Review: Start-Rite Boys Black Leather Riptape School Shoes, worth £49.99

Start-Rite ShoesReviewed by Lorraine Holmes and Tim Freed at Toddle About HQ.

Lorraine’s Review:

With my son Joey starting his Primary School journey in September, it was perfect timing to be able to do a review of these shoes.

I received the STRIKE Black Leather Boys Riptape School Shoes and was very impressed with them as soon as I opened the box. The quality of them was outstanding with absolutely no flaws whatsoever, they are a solid, sturdy shoe but at the same time they are lightweight which I really liked. With it being the first time Joey was going to be wearing this type of shoe all day every day whilst at school, I wanted to make sure they were going to be right for him and I am so happy – they are just what I wanted his first pair of school shoes to be like.

Upon showing them to Joey he got very excited and asked me if he could try them on with all of his new uniform (he is looking forward to starting big boy school so much), I handed them to him and he managed to put them on and also take them off himself easily with the two easy Velcro fastening straps.  When I asked him what he thought of them he said in his own words, “They are nice I like them,” then when I asked him if they were comfortable he said, “Yes and you know what mummy? They make me run faster!” And off he went running round the house for the next 5 minutes :) Continue reading