Zazu Animal Soft Toy Comforter | Dex The Dog

We have recently changed Archie's room now he has completely outgrown the baby stage, and one of them things was taking down his mobile on his cot, I was dreading doing this as he loves listening to the music for going to sleep, but it just wasn't practical anymore with him being able to rip it down etc. Thankfully Dex the dog by Zazu has saved the day! He is a soft cuddly toy that holds a brilliant invention inside his belly... a sound module. This module plays 4 songs, waterfall or a heartbeat sound, these sounds automatically switch off after 10 minutes and will then start playing the last song played if baby was to start crying. If you want to manually turn a song back on you simply shake the toy to get the song playing again, its so easy and saves faffing around for buttons etc. 

The sound module also has a volume wheel so you can control how quiet or loud you want the music to be playing for your little one, and you simply select which sound you want to be playing by pressing one of the 6 buttons. The songs are very calming and soothing and usually Archie is fast asleep before the 10 minutes is up! If he wakes in the night the music will automatically play and settle him again, which means Mummy and Daddy get to stay in bed... Win! The heartbeat sound would be perfect for newborns and younger babies, I know my 2 loved this sound when they were new into the world. The module uses 2 AA batteries, we have been using this at night time and nap time for over a month now and its still going strong, unlike our old mobile that id have to change the batteries weekly! It also has a on/off switch, its best to turn it off when not in use otherwise any noise can set it off and you don't want to waste the batteries. 

Siblings | September

My duo have been getting on so well these past few weeks, they seem to enjoy doing everything together, from getting plates out the cupboard for me to do them lunch, to Archie even following Isla to the toilet! They have really started to play together now, not just with the same toy but they will be talking to each other and if they are playing cars they will make them race and hit each other - they think its hilarious. They have found a new joy of exploring together, now that the weather has cooled off a bit we have been enjoying our country walks again, it was so nice that Archie was able to walk too and he loved it screaming 'that' at everything and Isla tells him tree, bird, plane etc its so sweet. Last year he was bundled up in the pram and it just blows my mind how a year can change things and how much these two have bonded together in that time. 

Isla is now in pre-school 2 1/2 days a week, and although I love that quality time with Archie I cant help but notice how much he does seem to miss her, I mean he loves being able to play without having to share the toys but he does go round looking for Isla sometimes. He gets so excited when he knows we are going to go pick her up which is so sweet, I like to get Isla a little treat on a Friday to take when we get her, if its a pack of milky buttons then she will share them with Archie and he also shares his with hers. They love to have the same of everything, which means I'm always having to get two of everything otherwise they get upset, and then things can get quite heated between them. 

Looking at these photos I cant quite believe how big Archie looks next to Isla, you wouldn't think there was 2 years 4 months between them! He is almost as tall as her and when they sit down on the sofa they look the same size! Sometimes they look similar and then other times they look completely different, everyone says different things about them, that Archie looks like me and Isla like Perry, then friends will say the opposite, so let me know what you think? I am so looking forward to the next few months with these two with all the holidays coming up and Christmas is just going to be the best this year! 

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The Suppori Sling Carrier | Review & Giveaway!

Today I have a very exciting post for you all, we was kindly sent a Suppori baby sling carrier to try out and one of you lucky readers will get a chance to win one too! So I bet you are wondering what a Suppori sling carrier is? Its a side sling that can be used from around 6 months until 3 years, it comes in a variety of colours so you will definitely find one to suit you. Its sits horizontally across your body from you shoulder to to your hip which means the weight is evenly supported on your body and helps take the weight of your hip. Baby is kept supported and the spine is supported in the C-curve position with baby's legs being kept supported in the ideal orthopaedic M-shape so their knees are higher than their bottom. Although when Archie wriggles around he can slip his legs down but his bum and lower back are still nice and supported.

It comes in a mesh fabric which makes it suitable for all year round, its nice and breathable meaning no heat builds up between you and your baby, the performance material also does not absorb water which makes this carrier perfect for the pool, sea, beach and even in the shower! The Suppori carrier is very light which makes it perfect to keep in your bag, it comes in a neat little bag so it hardly takes up any room either. The material is so strong, with it only being able to stretch sideways for support but will not stretch long ways meaning its always tight and supportive for you and baby. It comes in a range of sizes meaning you can get a sling to suit you and your size so that makes it even more comfortable for both you and baby.

Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi Plus

The new Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi Plus has arrived and we have been putting it to the test the past few weeks and can say that we absolutely love it - and why on earth did we not get one sooner!? Isla is now 3 3/4 and although she can walk far without complaining (due to the fact I don't drive so she has no choice!) she just walks quite slowly, and I like to walk at a fast pace so naturally its hard for me to slow down and it seems to take ages to get everywhere. Now Isla can simply jump onto the buggy board and I can quickly get somewhere if I am in a rush or if we get caught in the rain and need to get home quickly. The new board also features a saddle seat so now Isla has the option to stand up or if she gets tired we can lift the seat up and she can sit down!

I love that the saddle seat can stay on the board if we want to use it in the standing position it means we always have the option between the two, you can also easily remove the saddle if you need to make it more compact when in the car or storing it, also for when you want to fold the board up. I love that the board is nice and big, it makes it a bit more stable for Isla to stand on comfortably.

We are using our buggy board with our single Out 'n' About Nipper 360, it was very easy to fit and I found the website so useful for fitting instructions, you can find your brand of pushchair and how to fit your board here. We also have a Maclaren Techno XT that we are yet to try the board on, but I love that the board can be so versatile and used on pretty much every brand of pushchair, its something that will last a family a long time no matter what pram you use! When using the buggy board on this pushchair you can see it doesn't affect my walking position at all, Isla can stand up happily and can fit her body through the handle bars and can use them for support, also she gets a nice view and we can have a nice conversation too. The board also has a non slip surface so its means she isn't slipping off easily when we go up and down hills, and the big wheels and suspension mean that the ride is nice and smooth for her. The only problem I've found is that going around sharp corners at a incline can make the board jam into the wheels, but this rarely happens and I know how to prevent it now, also going up kerbs is a no no but I simply just ask Isla to jump off, most of the time we will use the board to walk into town or to a supermarket and once we get there she will walk as our town is full of kerbs and steps!