Tag Archives: Children

New rainbow Easyfits from Tots Bots

21 Sep

The Easyfit from Tots Bots has always been one of our favourite nappies and has been available in some fantastic prints.

It goes on just like a disposable and has a lovely soft PUL outer meaning you have just one piece to go on (no need for an outer wrap)  This great nappy is now available in some gorgeous bright rainbow colours – go on, be bold and bright and get every colour of the rainbow (well, almost!) This is a birth to potty nappy so should fit your child for the whole of his/her nappy wearing days!  All you need is a flushable or fleece liner inside to catch the solids at that’s it!

To celebrate these new products, Tots Bots are giving away a free scratchcard with every purchase of these nappies.  You could win free nappies, a trip to Cadbury World and even £500!

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Recession-busting birthday parties becoming popular

10 Sep

I was reading an article on the Telegraph website today which states that traditional, smaller  birthday parties are becoming more popular as parents try to cut back on their spending.

I have to say I haven’t really noticed this in our area.  Most of the invites that my daughter receives are for big parties in a couple of our big soft play/leisure centres to which lots of children are invited.  I think she’s been to a couple of small parties in friend’s houses but not many.

The Telegraph talks about companies such as Party Pieces doing very well, despite the recession and sales of traditional party games such as Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Pass the Parcel have increased.  I’m not really sure I would call this ‘traditional’ since when did you ever have to go online to order a ‘pass the parcel game’ – you would just get a few sheets of old newspaper and make it up yourself.  It all sounds a bit like one big advert for Party Pieces if you ask me.

Lily was five this year and we had one of the smallest parties I’ve seen since I was a child! There were just 6 children at the party and that included Lily and her brother.  It was a mermaid/under the sea party which tied in really well with what they had been learning at school and a recent school trip to the National Marine Aquarium. Lily was the real ‘Birthday Girl’.  Because the numbers were small and we were at home, we were able to focus totally on her and on the games we had organised.

How we themed the ‘Under the sea Party’

We hung some black netting onto the ceiling and suspended lots of fish, octopus, dolphins etc that Lily and I made from card (with lots of extra glittery and sparkly bits added of course!)  We had quite a few blue and white balloons on the floor to look like the bottom of the ocean.

The first activity when they arrived was to make a ‘Mermaids crown’ which was basically just sticking a load of stickers and jewels onto pre-cut crowns made from card.  They loved this activity and I was amazed how long it kept them amused. This kind of thing is great for children of this age as it calms they down a little and they love to take something home that they have made.

We then went out into the garden and played ‘Pass the Mermaids crown’.  I had a very special crown for them (which was actually my wedding tiara) and they had to pass it to each other putting it on their heads.  If the music stopped when it was on your head, you got to pick a prize from the Treasure chest (handmade out of a cardboard box). They were just small prizes like plastic necklaces and bracelets or chocolate coins.

We then came in for lunch and had a bit of time after lunch playing in the garden before their parents came to collect them.

Oh and I mustn’t forget the mermaid cake because I was quite proud of this (even if I say so myself)  The whole party probably cost less than £30 including the cost of the cake and food.  Are we just too busy and pressured to host parties ourselves or is that we can’t resist the marketing of big soft play areas desperate to fill their party rooms?

Review of Halo Laundry Liquid

4 Jul

We were recently sent a sample of Halo Laundry Liquid to test and review.  I was interested in the product as it was advertised as being environmentally friendly and suitable for sensitive skin so of course it was right up my street.  That and the fact that I do have a magic laundry basket which never seems to be empty!

The liquid is advertised as being ‘the worlds first non bio laundry liquid that is scientifically proven to kill hospital super bugs even at 30 degrees’.  Great news for those of us that like to wash at lower temperatures. You can see details  of the bacteria and viruses that the liquid can tackle here, and it’s a pretty reassuring list.  The product is environmentally friendly in that it works at low temperatures and produces very little foam.  The ingredients are suitable for those with sensitive skin so perfect for babies and young children, or those with skin conditions.

So how did it perform for us?

We used the liquid on every type of wash.  Whites, dark colours, cotton, synthetics and even cloth nappies.  Every wash came out looking great and smelling great.  We had no problems with stains even at 30 degrees and the clothes came out smelling nice and fresh.  When using them to wash cloth nappies we used just half of the recommended amount and the nappies came out clean, with no stains.  We did do the occasional nappy wash at 30 degrees (would normally do this at 40) and they were just as clean.

I would definitely recommend this product for washing cloth nappies, I found the nappies rinsed much better than with other detergents I have used.  I understand that this product is now stocked in over 500 Tescos stores which is great news, I’m sure it will become very popular.

Top ten reasons why we use cloth nappies!

15 Mar

Gorgeous fresh nappies are much more appealing than a bin full of smelly disposables

When my mum suggested that I use cloth nappies on my first child I thought she was mad! I probably told her as much as well.  Of course you never really listen to your mum’s advice do you?  A few months later when I was nearing my due date a friend of mine suggested the same thing and of course I listened to her!  I’m glad I did because once she told me all about the benefits of using cloth nappies I realised that it was a good decision. Almost 5 years and 2 children later we are still using cloth nappies and I think it’s one of the best decisions we have made.

Here are our top ten reasons for using cloth nappies, not in any particular order.

  • They have saved us a load of money! I’ve never worked out exactly how much but considering we have used the same nappies for both of our children it is probably between £600 and £800.  We bought some of our cloth nappies second-hand and we’ve even sold some of them when they have no longer fitted our children
  • We have been doing our bit for the environment.  Considering babies go through around 4,500 nappy changes in their life time that is an awful lot of disposables that would have gone to landfill if we hadn’t used cloth.  Recent research also shows that we have reduced our carbon footprint by 40%
  • Cloth nappies do not contain any nasty gels or chemicals and we know exactly what is against their skin
  • Cloth nappies look fab!
  • No smelly bins in our house.  The poo is flushed away with the liner and the rest of the nappy goes into a bucket until wash day
  • They are really easy to use.  Ok, in my mum’s day it may have been a different story but there’s no soaking, boiling or safety pins involved with modern nappies
  • They don’t smell! Honestly the smell of a disposable nappy is far worse in my opinion!
  • They look great – fashionable and fun!
  • They are the best choice for our babies.  Cotton lets their skin breathe (unlike disposables which actually raise their body temperature) and according to pediatricians cloth nappies are the best choice for ensuring good hip alignment
  • Potty training is usually achieved 6 months earlier with cloth nappies – it was certainly true with our first child and we’ve yet to find out with number 2!

Why do you use cloth nappies?  What made you consider using them in the first place?  Did your mum suggest it too?!