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My son used these when he was a baby and I have also bought some for my niece. They are like mini leg warmers for babies and are perfect for keeping their legs warm.
The BabyLegs come in many different colours and sizes. I bought my son the first size which fits from birth to 3 years. They are elasticated on the top and the bottom to help them stay in place. They sit at the top of the leg and fit just over the ankle or on the foot.
They are made from 80% cotton, 15% polyester and 5% spandex so are very comfortable to wear and keep their legs lovely and warm.
I used these on my son when he was learning to crawl. Although he would wear rompers we had a wooden floor and his knees were always bright red and looked sore. A friend recommended these and they were ideal. He would wear them under his romper and his knees would have a little bit of extra padding.
I would also use them on him when the weather was cold and he had started walking. If he didn't sit in his pram with a blanket then I would put these on under his trousers and they would protect him against the cold weather.
They are very handy when nappy changing as you don't have to undo poppers and take legs out of rompers. You already have instant access! They can be used when potty training too, to keep legs warm. My son was potty trained in the summer months but I know of friends who have just used these instead of putting trousers on the child.
My son wore his until he was about 2. They were ideal to wear under welly boots as they stopped any rubbing. They started to leave little red rings around the top of his legs so he stopped wearing them. I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again if I had another baby as they were ideal.
The ones I bought for my niece were £6.50 which is for one pair. Not a bad price considering the use she will have out of them!
I have bought this slumbersac for when am looking after children when I am working.
The slumbersac is like a sleeping bag for children. It comes in 3 sizes- birth-6 months, 6-18 months and 12-36 months.
It is made from 100% polyester cotton on the outside and has 100%cotton lining, it is a 2.5 tog so it is lovely and warm without feeling heavy. Whenever I have used it it has kept all the babies nice and toasty, unlike when they have blankets on and their arms and feet are cold-if they keep the blankets on at all that is!
The slumbersac is covered with characters from In The Night Garden, it is very bright and colourful and all the children who use it at my house love pointing out all the ones that they recognise. It has a central zip which goes 3/4 of the way down.
The zip is the only thing that I had a problem with as it doesn't have a tag which covers the zip and keeps it in place so the babies can undo it if they mess with it enough.
The slumbersac is sleeveless so the babies aren't restricted and still have the freedom of movement in their arms. It is also wide enough inside the bag for them to kick their legs so they can be really comfortable.
The best thing for me about the slumbersac is that the babies are unable to kick off their blankets so they maintain a constant temperature and are kept snug and cosy at night. Also the bottom of the bag is extendable so as they grow there is no need to buy another one, you simply make it longer.
The slumbersac also came with a free nursery thermometer and cost me £14.99 frm Argos.
When my son was younger and was still in a cot he was terrible for biting the top rails. At first I didn't worry too much because he had no teeth but as soon as they started to grow I began to worry that he might damage them on the hard wood.
I found the Kidkusion teething rail and thought it would be the perfect solution.
It is a long stip of rubber material which measures 127 x 7 x 0.3cm. The strip is designed to sit on top of the cot rail so the baby doesn't leave teeth marks in the wood and also they are only biting down on something soft and chewable instead of a hard material.
The strip is self adhesive and is easy to apply. I just peeled off the backing and attached it onto the rail. It was a bit too long but it was easy to cut to the right length with scissors. It is transparent so it doesn't look too bad on the cot.
The rubberised material is non toxic and phthalate free so no harm can come to the baby by chewing on it. It is also easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The only problem that I had with the teething rail was that after about 6 days the strip started to come away at the ends and soon after most of the strip was easy to pull off- even my son managed it! We ended up taking the strip off and throwing it away.
I wouldn't recommend the teething rail, it is a good idea but it doesn't stay in place and I wouldn't like to think of a child pulling it off and chewing on it even if it is non toxic!
It cost about £14.00 for the teething rail which is a lot of money to just chuck in the bin!
I bought this when my son was a baby and still use it for children that I look after now.
It is by Fisher Price and I can't remember how much it was a few years ago but it currently retails for £39.99.
It is a baby gym that has an underwater theme. It comes with a playmat for your baby to lie on and is suitable from birth.
The gym is made of a solid plastic and the main colours are white, yellow and blue. It sits over your baby and has a circular shape in the centre on the frame. This is filled with glittery water and has fish inside. When the gym is switched on the circle rotate and the fish swim round.
There are also 4 hanging toys for your baby to kick or grab. There is 2 fish which have bells and rattles inside them, a lobster which has spinner on his claws and there is a teether on the side. All of the toys are removable and can be attached to different parts of the frame. This is ideal if your baby is younger as you can attach them all towards the bottom so they can reach.
The gym is motion activitated and when baby kicks or grabs one of the objects the gym lights up, music starts playing and the wheel starts to spin. There are 2 volume levels and the gym plays 5 different tunes. It also makes underwater splashing sounds. If your baby isn't strong enough to activate the sounds then you can push the button at the side of the frame to make it all start and it will play for 5 minutes.
When your baby is old enough to sit up on their own you can adjust the frame. There are 2 buttons to push to make the frame go down so it is about 8 inches off the floor. The frame then becomes like the front of a boat and the circle becomes a steering wheel.
The gym also comes with a play mat which is dark blue and is covered with starfish. The cover comes off so it can be machine washed, but it is quite thin so we used to put an extra blanket down on top of it just to give it extra padding.
My son loved this gym, the wheel was slightly tilted so he was easily able to see it when he was lying down and he used to love watching the fish swim.
I loved the fact that the hanging toys were movable, this really helped to keep my son interested and as he grew stronger we would move them further away to encourage him to move around more.
The frame takes 3 x C batteries and they lasted a long time, I think we have only had to change them 2 or 3 times in all the years we have had it.
This is a great toy for little babies, my son grew out of it after about a year but he had a lot of use out of it.
I love this buggysnuggle!I had one for my son when he was a baby and I still use it on the pram now when I am working with the other children. I also bought one for my 5 month old niece recently ready for when the colder weather sets in. The price I paid was £31 and I haven't seen it cheaper anywhere else.
The buggysnuggle is made of 100% polyester fleece and is designed like a little sleeping bag. It is lovely and soft to the touch and is easy to attach. It secures onto any size pram with ties that get tied at the top and the back and once it is attached it doesn't move or slide.
There is space in the material to attach a 5 point harness so your baby is still attached in that way.
The length of the buggysnuggle is 100cm and it is 48cm wide so it will be suitable for pretty much any child. It has 2 uses:
You can use the buggysnuggle as a cover for your child when the weather is very cold. There are zips on either side so there is easy access and the top of it can be folded down so the baby has a better view or folded up once they are asleep so they are kept snug.
Or, the zips can take off the cover completely and you are left with a lining for your pram which is lovely and soft.
The good thing about this buggysnuggle is that unlike with using blankets the cover never falls off, or gets dragged along the floor. It stays in place constantly. It also has a small pocket on the front for your baby to keep their favourite toy in.
The snuggle comes in 40 different designs and fabrics so there is plenty of choice and they are easy to keep clean, they are machine washable at 40.
The buggysnuggle is so handy to have, especially in the winter months, the babies are all kept lovely and toasty and you don't have to worry about them kicking the blanket off. I would definately recommend it.
With my work I have lots of inquisitive children wandering round the house and when children are potty training the toilet seems to be a fascinating object!
I bought this safety 1st toilet lock online for about £6.99 in the hopes of keeping the toilet lid closed so the kids couldn't mess about in it.
The lock is made out of a sturdy white plastic which attaches with suction cups. I prefered this idea so nothing would be permanently stuck to the toilet. Also the lock doesn't need to be anywhere near the toilet bowl so it is more hygenic and easier to clean. Also, I wouldn't need tools to attach it.
The measurements are L11 x W6 x H2cm so it is visable when you first walk into the toilet. Fortunately it is white so it is slightly more subtle than it could have been!
I attached the suction cups to the tank and positioned the lock above the lid. There is a spring back mechanism so the lock slides back into place once the toilet lid is shut.
The lock didn't stay in place simply becasue the suction cups don't stick. no matter how many times I tried to attach the cups, within minutes I would find one of the cups hanging off which made the lock useless. I tried everything I could think off- adding water, fairy liquid- but nthing made the cups stick. The lock is a universal size so it is meant to fit all toilets but I tried it on our upstairs and downstairs and it didn't stay stuck on any of them.
The one time I thought that it was fixed one of the children came in and was able to easily pull it off. After that I sent it back.
The toilet lock would have been a great idea if it had actually worked but unfortunately it didn't. I ended up buying a different brand.
In the summer we tend to take lots of trips which involve long car journeys. I had seen some of these roller blinds online and ordered a pack. Thy come in a pack of 2 and they cost £5.49.
The blinds measure 35 x 48cm and they are a good fit for a car window. They can be attached by hooks that sit over the top of the window or by suction cups that stick to the window itself.
The blind is easily pulled down and can be kept at the desired length by securing it with another suction cup. If you prefer not to use the suction cup for the bottom of the blind then velcro tags come included in the pack and this can be attached to the car door instead.
To gets the blinds to roll back up there is a small button to push which winds it back in. It rolls away easily and tidily, also if a child happens to pull on it it won't roll back up.
I found these roller blinds very useful when the sun is bright. They shaded the majority of the window and just left an inch all the way round which wasn't covered. The younger children didn't even bother to try and pull the blinds which was I think to the fact that the blinds are very plain and quite boring to look at. They are black on the side that faces into the car and a beige colour on the side that faces outside.
As well as keeping the children shaded the blinds also kept the car very cool. As the sun isn't coming through the glass the car isn't like a sauna! The children were nice and cool and there was no complaints about needing a window open.
The only downside I had with this blinds was that it was quite hard for the kids to see through so they did get a little bored. They resorted to looking through the tiny gap at the side, but it wasn't a major problem and most of the time we kept the blinds only half way down the window as it kept the sun out and also allowed the kids to see.
I would buy these blinds again, they are very practical and work well.
I bought this when my son was little, just for piece of mind really, he had 2 older siblings and I wanted to make sure that he was OK in the back with them!
It is a flat panel safety mirror and I bought it from Boots when it was about £3.99.
It is a small mirror that attaches to your windscreen so you can see the back of the car. It is a lot easy and safer than turning round every 2 min utes!
The mirror measures L12 x H5.6 x W5.7 so it is quite small and it fits nicely by your usual mirror without distracting you. We fitted ours above the rear view mirror and although I thought that it might be distracting it really wasn't as one quick glance would reassure us that he was fine.
It is easy to attach as it has a turn and lock mechanism and a large suction cup. Simply place the mirror where you want it to be positioned and twist the lock into place. This sucks the air out of the cup and sticks it to the window. I found that ours stuck easily although in very hot weather it would fall off and would take quite a few attempts to get it to stick again.
The mirror itself is quite small and you don't get a view of the whole back seat, only the childs face which is no good if you have more than 1 child in the back. The image is also a little blurry although you can still see the child well.
Overall I have found this product to be useful but I wouldn't recommend it. There are lots of other versions in shops and maybe one of these is better. I used the mirror for about a year but then took it off and it didn't leave any marks on the window.
I had this cot bumper for my son when he was a baby and he loved playing with.
It is a long (120 x 20cm) bumper which runs along the side of the cot. It is well padded and the material is nice and soft. It ties onto the bars of the cot and stays securely in place once attached.
The bumper has 6 different sections for baby to look at. These are all different textures and materials and each has something new for the baby to look at. The colours are predominantly black and white as these are the first colours that a baby can see. However there are other colours to maintain their interest.
There is a colourful flower which has petals made from crinkly material, a lions head who squeaks when pressed, a mirror for them to see their image, a giraffes head whose ears crinkle and a zebra head who jingles when moved. All the heads are raised and padded so they are more interesting.
The bumper is suitable from birth but I didn't start using it until he was about 2 months old. I used it more for tummy time during the day rather than in his bumper as I wanted him to realise that bed time wasn't play time. Just lay it flat and the baby can play with it. It would keep him entertained for ages, he loved the raised animal heads.
The bumper is easy to wipe clean although I have put in the washing machine and it came out fine although it took ages for it to dry on the line due to the padding.
It also comes in a little carrycase which is ideal for transporting it from house to house, it just folds away inside.
I would recommend this bumper, I still have it now for the babies that I look after to play with and the younger ones love it.
It is currently selling for £7.99 which is good as it has multiple uses.
I had one of these when my son was a baby. He moved into a cot when he was 7 weeks old and he looked so tiny in there I worried that he might get caught up in the blankets when he started to move around. I tried the feet to foot positioning but found he would wriggle his way round the cot too much.
I found this sleeper from Mothercare and it was perfect for making the cot smaller.
It is a large divider that is foam padded and can fit across the width of any cot or cot bed. It is adjustable and can be made longer by pulling the inner divider out and securing it to the cot bars. It fits easily and is easy to secure- once the sleeper is in place just turn the lock and the end and this attaches to the bars, making it impossible for the divider to move unless the lock is released. It works on both horizontal and vertical bars.
There is a elastic strap which fits underneath the matress and this holds the bedding in place. This was a great relief for me beacause I had worried that he would get tangled up in the blankets and would wriggle down underneath them. With the bedding held in place he was able to move freely but the blankets didn't go over his shoulders. He was unable to wriggle down because the sleeper was sitting at his feet stopping him from moving down.
The sleeper is available from birth until about 7 months or when the baby can sit up unaided. It was a great comfort to me knowing that he was secure at bedtimes. I would put spare things like dummies and nappies in the separated part of the cot so I knew exactly where they were at night.
I have only seen the sleeper in white but know that other companies do different colours. It is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth and I still use it now if I am looking after small babies- it looks as good as new.
The cot divider can also be used if you have twins- one in each end while they are young.
I would recommend this product to anybody with a young baby who is about to go in a cot. It is a great comfort knowing that they are safe at nightimes.
It currently sells at £24.99
The Anyway Up 2 Handled Cup is one of many childrens beakers that I have in my cupboard. It sells in various colours ( we have pink and green) and the prices start at £1.99.
The cup is a trainer cup and is designed for children 6 months and up. It is made from a solid, durable plastic and has 2 handles, one on either side so it is easy for children to get a good grip as the handles are quite chunky.
The lid clips on the top of the cup and is quite tricky to get on and off. There is a little tab by the spout which can be used to help take it off, but my children have been unable to open it up and they are very curious!
The best thing about this cup is that it doesn't leak. The drinking spout is made from plastic and is raised. Inside it is a valve that opens whn sucked and closes when it isn't. This means that even if the cup is tipped upside down or dropped no liquid comes out.
The cup does work well and it doesn't leak but I found that it was more suitable for toddlers rather than babies. You do need to suck quite strongly to get the liquid out and my son wasn't able to get any thing out which caused a lot of frustration! Once he was about 1 we tried it again and he was fine with it. Apart from that the cup has been great.
The cup holds 260 ml and is suitable for dishwasers and microwaves although the lid needs to be off when in the microwave to protect the rubber valve in the spout.
I would recommend this cup for any child who is keen to start using a "grown up " cup, the handles make it easy for the child to carry it around and the lid can be taken off when the child is ready to drink without the spout.
The Sleepytot Comforter is quite simply a godsend to any parent whose child uses dummies.
My son had one of these when he was about 4 months old, he was forever losing his dummy in the night and then waking up the rest of the household because he could't find it. I was given this as a gift and decided to give it a go.
It is a soft toy in the shape of a bunny. It is slightly padded and is beige in colour, it has stripes on his tummy and long satin ears. His fur is lovely and soft and on each of his 4 paws he has velcro so you can attach things.
My son soon had this as his favourite bedtime toy. At night we would attch 2 dummies to 2 of the 4 paws so that when he woke looking for his dummy we would know where to find it and hopefully he would soon understand where to look.
The paws are long enough so that when the dummy is in the babies mouth his face isn't near the body of the rabbit. The paws open and close so the velcro isn't visable and the dummy is securely attached.
The comforter also came out with us during the day. It measuresH24 x W19 so it isn't too bulky and it can be attached by its paws onto a pram or a changing bag so it doesn't get lost.
You can also attach small toys like rattles and teethers to the paws if the child is playing with it during the day.
I found the sleepytot comforter to be really useful. The velcro held items securely and at nighttimes my son soon remembered how to find his dummies- it was a relief not to have to search his room by torchlight trying to find them! I found that after a while he wasn't even particularly interested in having the dummy in his mouth, as long as it was close by then he was happy. I think it definately helped to wean him off dummies.
The comforter is machine washable at 40 and comes in a lovely gift bag so is perfect as a present. It sells for £10.99 and upwards.
I have bought this car seat as a spare booster in my car for when I am working.
I bought it from Tesco and at the minute it is reduced to £14.97.
The booster is made from a solid plastic material. It is hollow and very lightweight so is easy to move from one car to another. It has 2 handles at the back of the booster and these have 2 uses. They are ideal for carrying the booster and also they ensure that the seat belt is fitted properly on the lap. The belt fits underneath the handle and this makes sure that the diagonal part of the belt is positioned correctly across the chest.
The seat is slightly padded and is attached to the base with long velcro strips. These hold the seat in place firmly and also allow the cushion to be removed for washing. The seat is made from 100% polyester.
The base of the seat is black but the cover is brightly covered and has a smiling Lightning McQueen with Doc ( I think!) behind him. It is very colourful and really brightens up the seat. Whenever I have to take children in the car there is always a squabble over who has this seat as opposed to the plain blue one that I have!
The booster seat is aimed for children who are 4 and over. The user weight is 18-36kg. The seat is quite high so the child is able to see out of the window and all the children have said that the seat is very comfortable even though the cushion is only lightly padded.
I would recommend this booster if your child is old enough to use it.
We have been camping a lot recently and I bought all of my kids some sleeping bags to take with us.
I picked this Bob the Builder one for my younger son because it comes with a back pack which the sleeping bag fits into. I figured he would be able to carry his own sleeping bag whilst we got the rest of the stuff.
The bag is 53 x 27 inches so it is a perfect size for a young child. It is made from 100% polycotton filling and is made from a fleece material.
The bag is dark blue colour and has a large image on Bob covering the front. He has all his tools and underneath him it says "Lets Get Started!"
The material is lovely and soft, it is very comfortable to lie on and it keeps my son snug and warm at night.
There is a zip that fastens at the side and it goes all the way down to the bottom of the bag so it is easy to get in and out. Once my son is inside the sleeping bag there is plenty of room for him to move about and he hasn't complained about being uncomfortable in it.
The sleeping bag is suitable for machine washing and for drying in the tumble dryer.
The only problem that I had with this sleeping bag is that it doesn't fit very well into the back pack. It rolls up easily but takes a lot of pressure to fit it into the bag. My son isn't able to do it, but this is only a minor gripe.
I have found that this sleeping bag is very good quality, it is soft and comfortable and is ideally suited for a young child.
It cost me £12.99 which I found extremely good value and there is plenty of room in it to last him for a long time.
I have had these hippychick matress protectors in place on my son and daughters beds for ages. I have the sizes for single beds but they also do sizes for cots, cotbeds and adult beds as well.
They are ideal for putting on the bed to protect the matress against accidents and spills. There is nothing worse than trying to scrub clean a matress and these sheets mean you don't have to worry about it.
The protector is 90 x 190cm and has fitted ends so it is easy when making the beds. It also means that despite having wriggly bodies on it the sheet doesn't move at all, it stays securely in place. It is made from a soft cotton and has a thin layer of 100% polyurethane which is totally waterproof and absorbent.
The polyurethane also acts as an anti allergy barrier and helps protect against dustmites which can irritate childhood asthma.
The sheet is soft to the touch and doesn't make any crumpling noise when it is laid on, it just feels like an extra padded sheet on the bed.
I have found these sheets to be excellent. I put them on the bed underneath the normal bed sheet and it makes the bed feel lovely and soft. Whenever one of the kids has had an accident the sheets have been taken off and the matress is still completely dry.
The sheets are machine washable at 60 and are suitable for the tumble dryer. Mine still look as good as new, even a few years later. The sheets are still soft and the waterproof layer is still very effective.
I would recommend these for anyone who has children. Even if they are no longer in nappies it is still useful to have just as a precaution, if nothing else it makes the bed even more comfortable!
The single bed sheets start at £24.95.