Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Hilltop Garden Centre - a hidden little gem

Tuck up in the hills a few short miles from Witney is Hilltop Garden Centre, a Slummy Mummies favourite... why do we like it? Besides the lovely setting, ample parking and buggy friendly paths and displays they have recently re-furnished their cafe area and included a children's corner, which is specifically for children, with books, and games and the best nature floor covering! They have fab cakes, a clean baby changing area, and a play area outside. Junior J & Junior G love running round and exploring the plants, whilst Mummy Q and I get to catch up. They offer a wide variety of products and some lovely children's things! A firm favourite with us... but shhhh don't tell anyone!

Naty Nappies - product review

We all like to be Eco friendly, but with nappies I thought that unless you use re-useable nappies there was little I could do, how wrong was I - introducing Naty by Nature Babycare nappies, a range of nappies that are made with natural and renewable materials, that have GM free corn based film, are naturally breathable being both chlorine and fragrance free. When I first heard of them I admit I had my concerns-  how absorbent would they be? Would Baby J be comfortable in them? Given how Eco friendly they are how soft would they be?

I was sent a few packs to try and waited for a weekend at home to try them out.... Just in case they didn't perform well! I was pleasantly surprised, although they lack some of the softness that the leading brands are known for, they are still kind to the skin, and perform just as well as them too. They contained everything Baby J threw at them and lasted well. I'm really impressed! So being Eco friendly that must mean they cost the earth right? Wrong they are the same price as the leading brands and I've noticed that like the brand nappies if you keep an eye out in supermarkets they are included in offers too. One of the other mummies tried them too and unfortunately her Baby who has super sensitive skin didn't agree with them, so I'd suggest borrowing a few from a friend to see how you go before committing and buying a full pack. There are a few brands of nappies I buy when I do my shop, I usually look out for the ones on offer and stock up, I will be adding Naty nappies to my trusted list and will buy them again.

Slummy Mummy Seal of Approval = GRANTED

Funky Giraffe bibs - product review

Bibs for a long time have become a necessity in our household, with Junior J's teeth taking an age to come through dealing with the dribbles is a way of life. As you'll know from reading other articles we've been lucky enough to road test several different bibs, and each has their merits.... so when we were asked to road test some of Funky Giraffes bandana bibs I wondered how these would differ ?

When I opened the parcel it was easy to see... funky by name and funky by nature! The bright colourful bibs featured eye catching designs, making them stand out a mile. From cars and planes to stars and skulls, each one is colourful, & fun. Junior J enjoyed picking out one to wear to nursery, he opted for the plane one

The bright bib stood out a mile, and looked great with his outfit ...but would it last the day? Its all very well looking great, but would it catch the drool? When I went to pick up Junior J later in the day I was pleased to see he was still wearing his plane bib, and that it had done a fab job in keeping him dry - big thumbs up!! The bibs are made from 100% cotton with a soft fleece backing, which makes the bibs soft to the touch and kind to the skin. They have double poppers so can be adjusted to fit. The bibs also withstood my slummy mummy clothes washing technique too [bung everything in and hope for the best!] and came out in shape, and still bright and colourful.

Having spent time on the Funky Giraffe website I was bowled over by the wide range of bibs available there is something for all tastes, and to match all outfits, they are reasonably priced with a discount for the more you buy. They have also extended their range and do clothing, socks too. All bright and colourful with their funky designs! So if you want to brighten up your baby's wardrobe and add some zest into it head straight to Funky Giraffe! Big thumbs up from us!

Slummy Mummy Seal of Approval = GRANTED

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Social etiquette at soft play... What are the rules.

Help! What are the social etiquette rules at soft play? The toddler area clearly has a sign that says for under 5's only yet there were older kids tearing around climbing up slides and sending little ones flying, at first I hoped a parent would claim them and tell them off but it soon became clear that no one was going to do it. When my little one slide down the slide he narrowly avoided a foot in the face from a ten year old climbing up the slide, when Junior J innocently said "mine" the older boy angrily shouted back at him, I calmly explained he's under 2 & doesn't understand  but still the older boy shot both me and Junior J evil glances, I had no idea what to do, so picked up Junior J and moved on too the ball pool, which was fine until another older child went in and got really rough throwing the balls and kicking. I want to be able to let Junior J enjoy himself and run around freely, I want to sit back and give him confidence to explore in a safe environment, but how do you manage the older children. The soft play has a separate part for under 12's which has the same style equipment for older ones. There were no staff policing the area and when I asked at reception they said it was the responsibility of the parents to look after their children, so what do you do when the parents are't watching and are not near?