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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

Review: Thumbs Up For Ted’s Thumbsie Book, worth £6.99

Thumbs Up For Ted's Thumbsie BookReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Nicky Baker.

I was personally unaware about Thumb Guards, however upon receiving the book to review, I felt that this was a nice way of discussing the issue with children.

The book is designed to help parents who are struggling with getting their children to stop with thumb or finger sucking. I liked the positive approach of the book and the areas and discussion covered, for example starting big school and the enjoyable activities to come with the transition. Continue reading

Review: Hape Flexistix Eiffel Tower, worth £15.00

Hape Flexistix Eiffel TowerReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Michelle Rose.

My son aged five and I really enjoyed playing with and building the Hape Flexistix Eiffel Tower. It was nice to be able to have some one to one time together making it. I love the fact that it is made from bamboo and is sustainable so does not add more plastic to our house and the colours are lovely and bright.

The pieces are very sturdy, easy to use and hold. The instructions were a little difficult to use on some of the parts when fitting the pieces together with the right gaps but we loved the measuring guide and loved matching the sizes up to the images this was a really big help and clever idea. Continue reading

Review: Once Upon a Unicorn Horn Book, worth £12.99

Once Upon a Unicorn HornReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Nicola Martin.

When I showed my two daughter’s (ages 6 and 3) the new book we had to read they were very excited. Unicorns are a firm favourite in our house so I had high hopes for this and I was right, they were transfixed with the story from the start and didn’t ask any questions (unlike some books where they don’t fully understand the story).

They were really pleased with the happy ending of the story and wanted to read it again straight away. I personally thought that some of the story was a bit basic and not as much detail as there could have potentially been, however, my girls loved it and both myself and my husband have read it to them both a few more occasions since then. Continue reading

Review: Hape All-in-1 Easel, worth £60.00

Hape All-in-1-Easel-Review written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Laura Griffiths.

We recently received the Hape All-in-1 Easel through to review and although there are quite a few less expensive easels out there, I feel this one is well worth paying the extra money for. I think where the value for money lies with this product is the fact you can adjust the height so it grows with your child and ultimately this should mean it gets played with for longer. Continue reading

Review: Johnson’s® Strength Drops Haircare Bundle, worth £7.50

Johnson's Strength DropsReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Carrie Olech.

I have been using the Johnsons Strength Drops Shampoo, Conditioner and Spray on my little boys hair since receiving them to review, although I think the range is aimed at a slightly older child, I found it mild enough for my 16 month old. He has a lot of hair (3 haircuts already) so keeping it in good condition is important to me. We haven’t used a conditioner before; again, I think it’s probably designed for an older child, however I was impressed with how soft it made his hair. Continue reading

Review: Hape Street Surfer, worth £69.99

Hape Street SurferReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Lauren Cowley.

We received the Hape Street Surfer to review recently and my son was extremely excited when he saw the box in which the scooter was well packaged. He was eager to open it and asked whether it was a present for him. He wanted it set up straight away and immediately started zooming up and down the hallway.

Upon first look, the Hape Street Surfer is a traditional scooter with a wooden base and gender neutral colours. It has many fantastic qualities including being easy to put together making it a quick process, ready to go in minutes for a very excited child.

The handle bars are easily adjustable allowing it to grow with the child meaning it will last longer than your average scooter. The sturdy wide wooden base makes it so easy for my little boy to ride with enough space to safely keep one foot on in the middle of the board while scooting along and is perfect for his balance. Continue reading

Review of Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich

Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich

Clip ‘n Climb Ipswich

Review written by Pia Howe, Toddle About Suffolk

Recently my son and I have been invited to try out the new Clip ‘n Climb in Ipswich.

It only opened its doors to the public in July this year and promises to be great fun for children and adults alike.

Now let me tell you – it is much harder than it looks  and it’s certainly a good workout!  We have never been climbing before so we didn’t really know what to expect but we were really excited to give it a go.

On arrival, we had a short safety briefing and check that our safety harnesses are fitted correctly. The harness felt comfortable to wear and very secure, especially for the children who receive a special harness over their upper body for extra security and comfort. Continue reading

Review: Eufy Robo Vac 11S Max, worth £239.99

Eufy Robo Vac 11S MaxReviewed by Lorraine Holmes, from Toddle About HQ.

After being offered the chance to review this Robo Vac I jumped at the chance as I was getting to the stage where my sweeping brush was going out more than I was!

With a family of 4 plus a dog, our house does gather a fair amount of daily mess and dirt with people coming in and out and adding a dog into the mix who loves to leave her fur around wherever she goes I was constantly sweeping up, to the point that I could be sweeping between 5-10 times a day (mainly due to the dog malting), but I can honestly say that in the 1st week of having the Robo Vac I swept just once, yes I couldn’t believe it either and that was only to ensure that the floor was completely clean of mess before I mopped (blimey my life sounds fun doesn’t it :-) )!!

A massive bonus, well for me at least, is that because my husband saw this as a ‘gadget’ he wanted to have a play and I had to keep pinching myself when, over the first few days of having the Robo Vac he was doing more hoovering than he had ever done in the 19 years we had been together, even both of my children (17 & 4) wanted to join in, now in my eyes that is a massive win win!!! OK, so when I say they did the hoovering, it is literally the touch of a button to start up the hoover and it does everything else itself, it honestly is my new best friend (I really do need to get out more don’t I?) Continue reading

Review of TOTFest 2019 Newmarket

Live Stage at TOTFest 2019 Newmarket

Live Stage at TOTFest 2019 Newmarket

Review written by Pia Howe, Toddle About Suffolk

We recently got the chance to experience the ultimate pre-school festival – TOTFest 2019 at the iconic Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket. The event is specifically aimed at children aged 6 months to 5 years. This was a great chance for our 7-year-old son to take charge of his little, 3-year-old brother who the event was aimed for.

This was TOTFest’s first year at the racecourse, a stunning, clean and prestigious venue with plenty of indoor & outdoor space. The weather was beautiful which is always a bonus so we decided to bring a picnic.

On arrival with a warm welcome, the friendly staff gave us useful maps with a list of activities throughout the afternoon and pre-entry lost children wristbands. The festival was already buzzing as we entered and there were plenty of Continue reading