Essential Items for Breastfeeding Moms – Prepare yourself Before Birth

If you are pregnant, you would be wondering if you should breastfeed or bottle-feed your child. It is definitely a mothers decision which way to go. In case, you would want to breastfeed, there are few essential items which you should have with you when your baby is born.

Nursing Cover

When I had a baby, I didn’t have a nursing cover. Therefore, I couldn’t see my baby properly. I used a shawl and I had to make sure that the shawl didn’t fall off my shoulders. It easier to have something like the product below :

Product name: BebeChic.UK Breastfeeding Cover

Where to Buy:

Price: £14.99

My rating:4.5/5

Other features:

  • Made in UK.
  • Made of Oeko-Tex certified cotton fabric.
  • The top quality cotton poplin fabric makes the cover light, loose,cool and comfortable which minimises possibility of overheating.
  • Very generous size of “42 x 27” which give a generous coverage.
  • 16″ rigid boned neckline, which allows eye contact with the baby.
  • Secure neck strap 18″ long.
  • Available in different colours and patterns.
  • Includes a cotton storage bag 14″ x 7″.


  • You can breastfeed in public without feeling embarrassed. I had go to public toilet to feed my baby or sit in the car and make my husband stand in front of the car to prevent people looking as I didn’t have this cover.
  • Made of top quality cotton fabric which minimises the chances of baby getting overheated.
  • Rigid boned neckline makes it possible for you to have an eye contact with the baby. This is not possible if you use a shawl or a cloth to wrap yourself.
  • The shape of the cover is like an apron so there are less chance of it falling of your shoulders like a shawl or a cloth would.
  • The cover can be neatly stored inside the storage bag with room for pads, wipes or tissues.
  • The BebeChic.UK breastfeeding cover is very attractively wrapped so it can also be given as gift to a new mother.


  • If you are petite the cover might be too big as it is a very generous size.
  • The straps are not adjustable .
  • Overpriced for what it is.
  • Baby might get overheated in it. Always make sure your baby is comfortable while you are nursing your baby.

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Breast Pads

If you are breastfeeding, at times your breast might secrete milk if it’s full of milk or you haven’t fed your baby for few hours, in case she is asleep. You will have to use breast pads to prevent the milk from dripping on to the floor as well as soaking all your clothes!

Product name: Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Breast Pads

Where to Buy:

Price: £21.00

My rating:5/5

Other features:

  • 2 non slip adhesive tapes to keep the pads in place.
  • Each pad absorbs 20 times its weight.
  • Naturally shaped so it is discreet and doesn’t show through the clothing.
  • Pads are hygienically wrapped for cleanliness and convenience.


  • Lansinoh breast pads are very soft and comfortable.
  • Each pad is individually wrapped so they are good if you are on the go.
  • Pads are very absorbent. Pads start becoming heavy as it absorbs milk.
  • The pads are thin and discreet.
  • Pads have got 2 tapes which means they will stay in place.
  • They are larger and more absorbent than other brands.
  • Lansinoh is a known and a trusted brand for top quality breastfeeding products.


  • Some say the quality of these pads have deteriorated in the last few years.
  • Each pad is individually wrapped which creates a lot of rubbish and might be dangerous for babies and very young children.

= = > Click here to buy Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Breast Pads< = =

Nipple Cream

A nipple cream is an absolute must for any breast feeding mom. In the beginning while you are trying to get your baby latched on to your breast, your nipples might get sore. Even later on in breastfeeding, your baby might rub his gums on your nipples. I would only recommend Lansinoh Nipple cream as you do not need to remove it before you breast feed, It is an expensive cream but without this you would find it very hard to continue breast feeding if your nipples are sore.

Product name: Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream

Where to Buy:

Price: £8.39

Quantity: 40 ml

My rating:5/5

Other features/Pros

  • Lansinoh provides effective relief against nipple soreness.
  • You do not need to remove the gel before nursing the baby as it is hypoallergenic.
  • No taste colour or smell.
  • It doesn’t stain your clothes either.
  • It can be used to treat nappy rash,dry skin and as a lip balm too! Women use this cream even they aren’t breastfeeding for dry heels!
  • Lansinoh is an award-winning brand recommended by healthcare professionals.


  • It is expensive but it also lasts for a long time.

I wouldn’t have been able to continue breastfeeding had it not been for Lansinoh Nipple cream. It gave relief and enabled me to continue breastfeeding. It was recommended to me by the health visitor as there is no need to remove the gel before nursing your baby.

= = > Click here to buy Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream< = =

Nursing Bra

A Nursing bra is a must for every breastfeeding mother. It is necessary not only for convenience but also for keeping most of your breasts covered while feeding your baby. Make sure you get the fitting right as your breast size will keep changing till the breastfeeding is established .

Product name: FeelinGirl Womens 2/3 pack Maternity Nursing Bra

Where to Buy:

Price: £12.99 for 2 pack £17.99 for 3 pack

My rating:4/5

Other features:

  • Material: 90% Nylon 10% Spandex .
  • Comes in 2 pack or 3 pack with different colour combinations.
  • It can be used as a nursing bra or a sports bra.
  • Strong but easy to remove clasp with one hand (when you want to nurse your baby).

I feel that the pro or con of a nursing bra  (or with any bra) is the fitting. If you can get the right fit than this is the bra for you. However, there is one thing that I would like to mention is that the Amazon prices are very reasonable for nursing bras. The nursing bras here are much cheaper than those in Debenhams and Marks and Spencers. So if you can get the fitting right then you will save a lot of money!

= = > Click here to buy FeelinGirl Maternity Nursing Bra< = =

These are the essential items for breastfeeding. Other items like breast pumps are not essential and depends from woman to woman what their requirements are.

If you decide to breastfeed, it is very important for the mother to eat well, have regular meals. Keep yourself hydrated(with water not juices). You will feel very thirsty after every feed. When I was breastfeeding I used to have the Pregnacare Multivitamins for breastfeeding to ensure that I got all the vitamins especially omega-3.

If you would like to share any of your experiences about breastfeeding put them in the comment box below. I would be happy to hear from you!

Good luck!





I am a mother of two beautiful children. My aim is to help new and existing parents with parenting tips and suggestions based on my experiences with my children. Every parent has got their own way of dealing with their children but I believe that a little guidance or help goes a long way for any parent.

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Travel Accessories for Children- How Do You Keep Your Child Busy on Holidays and Family Outings

It is August and most of you parents must be getting ready to go to your family holiday. You would want to make the most of it and therefore you wouldn’t want your children to be bored or cranky during travel or at the holiday destination. Here is a list of travel accessories for children which might prove to be useful for your travel and holiday.

Drawing/Colouring/ Stencil Kit

Drawing/colouring kits are a must for all children. These travel kits can keep your children busy for a long time and also give them mental stimulation. If you have got a bored child, high up in the sky ,on a plane, there are very few things which a child can do and one of them is this.

Product Name: Drawing Stencil Kit by Art with Smile

Where To Buy: Amazon.

Price: £22.80

Ages:3 years+

Warranty: 1 year for bag and stencils

My rating:4.5/5

Other features:

  • Includes special storage kit, 14 large plastic drawing stencils, 22 blank paper sheets,14 coloured pencils,1 pencil sharpener, 2 clips bonus.
  • Storage container is a waterproof fabric, with compartments to organise all the materials tidily,easy to carry, comfortable handle, hard side panel which can be used as a portable drawing surface.
  • Available in 2 colours (storage bag)- blue and red
  • 30 day money back guarantee


  • Well thought of drawing set. It can keep the whole family busy for a long time, therefore a very good family activity which brings bonding.
  • Good quality sturdy storage kit which will last for years.
  • Hard side panel can be used as a drawing surface and 2 bonus clips can be clipped on to prevent paper from flying.
  • Stencil has got over 280 individual shapes including animals, cars, dinosaurs , flowers,alphabet,shapes , numbers and much more.
  • It is portable so can be used anywhere, car plane,ferries,train or when you are in a restaurant or visiting family or friends.
  • No mess of paints or markers.
  • 30 day money back guarantee – if you are not satisfied with the product.
  • 1 year warranty for storage kit and stencils


  • Slightly expensive at £22.80 .
  • Quality issue with the sharpener.

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Kids Travel Suitcase

These small suitcases are fun and colorful,can be used as cabin baggage and can accommodate all your kids toys and books during travel. Due to the child friendly design your children will love to pull their own suitcase and hopefully will be a huge help to the parents!

Product Name: Boppi Kids Suitcase (Cabin Bag)

Where To Buy: Amazon.

Price: £29.99

Dimensions: width 30 cm, Depth :22 cm, height is 42 cm

Weight: 1.5 kg

2 levels of handle height: 60cm and 72 cm

My rating:4/5

Other features:

  • Lightweight and sturdy- The suitcase are lightweight,soft,durable and have robust exterior casing.
  • Available in 5 designs Aeroplane, Dog, Penguin Blue,Penguin Pink and Tiger.
  • They weigh only 1.5 kg and are within the size requirements of cabin luggage.
  • Freestand stopper which enables the suitcase to stand upright.
  • Polyurethane wheel which are soft and make smooth journeys to the airports.
  • A 2- height extendable soft grip handle – which is suitable for children of different heights and ages.
  • 17 litre storage capacity.


  • High quality suitcase with great designs for kids
  • Reasonably priced product.
  • Soft grip handle with 2 levels of height for kids of different heights and age.
  • Lightweight suitcase suitable for younger children.
  • Ample storage space of 17 litres.


  • New product on

= = >Click here to buy Boppi Kids Suitcase(Cabin Bag) < = =

Bananagrams Word Game

Bananagrams is a brilliant educational game when you are on the go. I believe this game can be played by a child who is at least 4 years old (if he/she can spell at least 2-3 letter words).

Product Name: Bananagrams Word Game

Where To Buy:

Price: £11.99

Ages: 3years+

My rating:4.5/5

Other features

  • Bananagram is a portable educational game. Due to the banana shaped grab and go pouch, you can travel with it.
  • You don’t need a pen or paper, just a table to lay out the tiles.
  • 2-6 players.
  • One hand can take as little as 5 minutes.
  • 144 tiles in each pack.
  • Includes instruction leaflet.


  • Easy to carry educational game.
  • More flexible and enjoyable than scrabble
  • Helps children get practice of spelling and make interlocking words.
  • If your child is young you can “bend the rules” a little and encourage him or her to make words without interlocking them.
  • Duration of each game is very short and therefore it a good game to play in groups.
  • Can be played in bars, restaurants and cafes.
  • Huge age range 4 years to 99 years. The whole family including extended family can play together and have fun.
  • Excellent value for money.


  • It is not the original Bananagrams but is good value for money unless you are fussed about “originals” and “fakes”.

= = > Click here to buy Bananagrams Word Game < = = 

Quirk !! The Hilarious Family Card Game

A perfect family game which you can play on the go!

Product Name: Quirk!! The Hillarious Family Card Game

Where To Buy:

Price: £15.00

Ages: 7 years+ as per box but younger children can play too!

My rating:4.5/5

Other features

  • An easy to play, light-hearted family card game.
  • Perfect for ages 5 year to 99 years.
  • 2-6 players.
  • 15-30 minutes of play.
  • 56 cards in total including 13 character cards,7 Tactics Cards,3 Defense cards and 7 skip cards.
  • Includes instruction leaflet.
  • Portable game- easy to carry.


  • Quirk provides a lot of fun family time without any family drama!
  • Game for all ages 5 years onward. Children aged 3 years can play with a little of help.
  • Portable game. You can take it anywhere with you .
  • Great game for social interaction.
  • Great game with lots of fun and laughs!
  • Play it anywhere – during travel or over Christmas holidays or at family gatherings.


  • Game is a little expensive.

= = > Click here to buy Quirk!! The Hilarious Family Card Game < = = 

I believe all the items are great to have during travel. Except the suitcase, all the other items can be used everyday whether you are at home or at a restaurant or at a friends house .

Have you got any experience with any of the above items , please share via comment box.

Have great summer holidays!







Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform- A Must for Stamping or Card Making

Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform is a wonderful and a must have accessory for anybody interested in stamping as a hobby or for card making. This is a portable platform which comes with a protective sleeve. Therefore, it can be taken to craft lessons or craft clubs. Craft Stash – UK’s number one paper craft store sells this bundle for a very reasonable price- otherwise you would have to spend extra to purchase the protective sleeve. Also, Craft Stash do Live Facebook Shows every Friday at 1 pm in case you would like any ideas about stamping/card making .

Product Name: Tim Holtz &Tonic Studios Travel Stamp Platform and Protective Sleeve Bundle

Where to buy:Craft

Price: £29.99

My rating: 4.5/5


  • Travel stamp platform with reversible lid
  • Protective Sleeve
  • 2 x high strength magnets

Other Features:

  • Fully magnetic 6.5″ x 6.5″ base with dual thickness lid to accommodate both clear and rubber stamps.
  • Open edges to accommodate larger sheets of paper for stamping.
  • Magnetic base and 2 magnets to hold the card in place.
  • Marked for accurate card alignment.
  • 0.25″ guidelines on clear platform.
  • Reinforced, wear resistant metal hinges.
  • Paper guides located on top and side of platform.
    How to use:
  • Place the card on the base and attach the magnets to keep your card securely in place. Stick your stamp to the clear lid in the desired position.
  • Bring the clear lid down onto your card to stamp your image.
  • Lift to reveal your finished design, accurately positioned every time!
  • Repeat the process above to darken the image.
  • If you want to use rubber stamps, make sure the word ‘rubber’ reads when you close the lid.
  • If you want to use clear stamps, make sure the word ‘clear’ reads when you close the lid.


  • Tim Holtz is a known brand and has been in crafting since 2000.
  • The Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform is highly durable and is made of quality materials
  • It is great for doing multi layer designs especially when you want to duplicate cards.
  • It is perfect for crafters who want to carry the platform to craft classes or clubs. It is portable.
  • It has a reversible lid which accommodates both clear and rubber stamps. It ensures accurate contact every time.
  • The lid can be flipped very easily in order to use rubber or clear stamps. It is marked for accurate card alignment.
  • The base is magnetic and anti slip.
  • This stylish travel stamp platform comes with a protective sleeve which protects the platform during transit.
  • Stamping area is 6.5″ x 6.5″ – which is a great size.
  • The platform provides precision stamping every time.
  • It works well with the smallest of papers.
  • It is very useful for crafters or anybody wanting to make cards and very easy to use.
  • Due to its size, it takes up minimal space.
  • If you purchase through Craft Stash, they have got a great customer service as well . Even if you don’t , you can still attend their live Facebook shows for stamping ideas.


  • It comes with only 2 magnets – if you require more you would have to purchase them separately.
  • Magnets are very strong- so you would have to keep them separated.

= = > Click here to buy Tim Holtz Travel Stamp Platform and Protective Sleeve Bundle < = =


I believe that Time Holtz Travel Stamp Platform is a great high quality, value for money, easy to use portable product. It is preferred over other brands by crafters. If you are interested in craft making, stamping or card making, this is a great accessory to have. It can also be a great hobby for moms or even grandmoms!

Have you got a stamping platform? Is it a Tim Holtz or some other brand? Would you like to share your experiences with me – please put your experiences in the comment box below.

In the meantime, stamp away!



Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet Review – Make An Informed Decision

With the summer holidays approaching, many of you would be going on holidays with your kids. During travel, a tablet would certainly be handy to keep kids occupied. So here is a Fire7 Kids Edition Tablet Review which will help you decide whether to buy it or not.

Product Name: Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Where to Buy:

Price: £99.99

Colour: Black tablet with a choice of Pink, Blue,Yellow kid proof case

Weight: 390 gms

Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 26.3 mm

Age range: 3 years-12 years


  • Fire Tablet
  • Amazon Kid-proof case
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • 5W power adaptor
  • Quick start guide

My Rating: 4.5/5

Other Features:

  • Fire tablet comes with a 16 GB storage space and Micro SD slot which means you can increase the storage to 256 GB.
  • Processor- 1 GB of RAM.
  • 8 hours of battery life and can be fully charged under 6 hours.
  • Screen resolution 1024 x 600.
  • 1 year free subscription to Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited which gives access to 5000 apps and games, videos, books and educational content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and many more. After 1 year, the subscription will be $1.99 per month. The content is to be chosen as per the age range (3 to 5 years,6 to 8 years, 9 to 12 years).
  • 2 year worry free guarantee – if kids break the tablet, Amazon will replace it at no extra cost, no questions asked.
  • Tablet comes with a kid proof case- if the tablet falls it will bounce!
  • Parental controls – you can manage usage limits, content access and educational goals through the device or remotely through Amazon parent dashboard
  • VGA front facing camera and 2 MP rear- facing with 720p HD video recording.
  • Create child (up to 4 profiles) and Adult profile. You can add or delete content from your child’s profile.
  • Kids- safe browser which keeps inappropriate content out .


What are the good things about this product?

  • Reasonably priced at £99.99
  • 2 year worry free guarantee- no questions asked. If your kids break it, Amazon will replace it for free.
  • Kids proof case – if it falls it bounces! Very easy to grip cover.
  • Free access to Amazon Fire for kids unlimited for 1 year. You can choose content as per age.
  • Parental control – you can manage the usage limits by setting time limit on it. As soon as the time is up, the tablet shuts down. So even if you forget or get engrossed in your work the tablet will automatically shut down depending on the time you have set beforehand. You can also choose content you want your child to watch.
  • Educational goals – You can use Learn First to block access to videos and games until the educational goals have been met. For example – child can’t access the videos and games till the reading for the day has been completed.
  • If you (adult) have purchased any books or videos from Amazon, you can share it with the child profiles or un-share them if you change your mind. This can only be done under WiFi . So check the content before you lose the WiFi access and make sure you are ok with the content your child is watching. If you have a Netflix account, you can download movies and then share it with your child. Your child can watch it offline.
  • Flexible accounts- The adult account can have access to you-tube, socail media etc. The child account would have no access to in-app purchases, ads, emails or social media. You can set up to 4 child profiles. You can put content of different age range for each child.


What features aren’t very good?

  • There is no screen protector included. If you want buy one it will cost you another £9.99. But even if your screen breaks you can get the tablet replaced under the two-year guarantee.
  • Not great on hardware.
  • Quality issues in some Tablets where the charging port wasn’t working or touch was not recognised, applications were auto launching and generally some Tablets were slow at times.
  • Sound is not great but it is ok for kids programs.
  • Camera is not very great. You might not be to able use the photos or videos taken by your child.
  • Screen resolution is very low 1024x 600. But in my opinion it is not a very big issue especially on a kids tablet.
  • Parental controls can be confusing.
  • The two-year guarantee starts with the original purchase. If you get your tablet replaced, you will only get the balance of the time left for the guarantee on the new Tablet.
  • You cannot access the SD card slot and microphone with the case on which again is not a big issue in my opinion.


All in all, Amazon offers a lot of features for £99.99 . The best features would be the 2 years no questions asked guarantee, the kid proof case and 1 year free access to Fire for kids Unlimited. This makes it a great buy according to me. The negative features of the product particularly the camera and sound are not that big an issue. You can’t go wrong with £99.99 kids Tablet which has a 2 year guarantee !

Also if you compare it with Fire 8 Kids Edition, it is only a slight upgrade over Fire 7 which doesn’t seem worth it for an extra £30.

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Enjoy your Tablet!




Potty Training Toilet – Potty Which Looks Like a Toilet!

Summer Infant My Size Potty Review

Product name: Summer Infant My Size Potty

Where to buy:

Price: £30.99

My rating:4/5

Ages: 18 months+

Other Features:

  • The best feature of the My Size potty is that it looks like a real toilet (mini toilet).
  • A realistic flush sound to reward the child. Please note that it is a pretend flush!
  • It has got a removable, easy clean bowl like a normal potty.
  • It includes a clip-on splash guard which helps in potty training boys.
  • It has got a realistic flip- up lid design which makes it possible for a little boy to learn how to go standing up.
  • Potty has got a built in wipe dispenser that keeps flush able wipes within easy reach. Alternatively, the lid can be removed and used for storage.

= = > Click here to buy Summer Infant My Size Potty < = =


  • The toilet look definitely works for little children. Children always like to copy the parents but they might find the ‘real toilet’ a bit daunting and therefore this ‘mini toilet’ will help start potty training.
  • Easy to clean bowl.
  • Potty training boys is a little harder especially with the wee. The splash guard and flip- up lid will help a lot with the wee’s. If you have a girl then you can easily remove the splash guard and store it.
  • Children can get the habit of using the flush sound so that they not only get used to flushing but also the sound of it. At time of potty training, my son was initially scared of the flush sound of the adult toilet. So this feature might be handy for some children.
  • Children can sit properly on the My Size potty rather than squatting. This might encourage children to use the potty.
  • My size potty is comfortable and supports the back of your child.
  • Due to the toilet design, once the child is settled in potty training, they might automatically ask to go on the adult toilet. Therefore, it will be easier to transition your child from potty to toilet .
  • The ‘cistern’ can be used to store books or flush able wipes.
  • You might have more success with this toilet lookalike potty if you have not had much success with normal potty.
  • Good quality product.
  • Available in 2 colours white and pink. Pink potty will work very well with little girls.


  • It is a little flimsy. If your child throws a tantrum and manages to give the potty a little push it will fall over!
  • Expensive potty at £30.99.
  • Splash guard might make it a bit difficult for your little boy to sit on the potty- but do you need it ? You can encourage your little boy to hold it downwards to prevent wee splashing.
  • The seat cannot be removed to be used on an adult toilet.
  • Massive poos might not fit in the bowl!

I have put below my review of another potty which doesn’t look like a toilet so that you can compare both and choose one .

Feven 3-in-1 Potty Chair

Product name: Feven 3-in-1 Potty Chair 

Where to buy:

Price: £24.99

My rating:4.5/5

Ages: 18 months+

Other Features:

  • 3-in-1 potty chair is a potty seat which transforms into toilet training seat and a step stool.
  • Duck themed potty seat which makes it more fun and interesting for kids.
  • The potty chair is portable and can be used during travel.
  • Includes splash guard for boys.
  • Has handles on either side for support.


  • Multi purpose product. You only need to buy 1 product. Start the training with the potty chair. Once your child outgrows the chair it can be transformed into a toilet training seat and  a step stool. Great concept!
  • It is portable and can be used during travel.
  • Duck themed chair which will make it fun and interesting for your child.
  • Handles on either side for support which will help your child get on to the potty or toilet .
  • Splash guard feature for boys.
  • Removable parts make it easy to clean and transform.
  • Available in 2 colours , pink and blue .

= => Click here to buy Feven 3-in-1 Potty Chair < = =



  • Slightly expensive potty.
  • Shape of the potty seat is more suitable for girls than boys.
  • No sound feature.
  • No pretend flush.
  • Step stool can take weight up to 45 kg- unless the parents are underweight, it can only be used by children.


From the above, I have come to the conclusion that Feven 3-in-1 potty chair has got an advantage over Summer Infant My Size Potty because:

  • The seat can be transformed into a toilet training seat and fixed on to the adult toilet. The balance parts can be transformed into a step stool.
  • Summer Infant My Size Potty is slightly expensive than  Feven 3-in-1 Potty Chair.

Out of the two I would choose Feven 3-in-1 Potty Chair due to the transformation feature. If you choose Summer Infant My Size Potty, you would still need to buy a toilet training seat after your child outgrows the potty to transition her/him to the adult toilet.

Always use the child toilet seat(to be attached to the toilet seat of the adult toilet) to prevent the child from falling into the toilet !

Good luck Shopping!

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Swimming Gear For Kids- Which One is The Best For Your Child

Learning to swim is an important life skill for children. However, children do need swim gear and it can be a hard to find a good quality as well as a good fit. Choosing swim gear for kids can be mind boggling at times so I have stated my opinion on each of the item below, which might help you decide:

Swim nappies

If you want to take your baby/toddler who isn’t potty trained, for swimming lessons, you should put swim nappies on them. I used the Huggies Little Swimmers nappies for my children when they were toddlers.

Product:Huggies Little Swimmers Swim Nappies

Where to buy:

Price: £6.89

My rating: 4/5


  • Huggies is a well-known brand
  • Swim nappies do not swell in water like normal nappies
  • Value for money
  • Leak proof in water
  • Each nappy lasts for about half an hour to an hour which is enough time for a baby to be in the pool .
  • No other protection required though I would recommend from my own experience that it is better to put a Happy Nappy (see below) on top of the swim nappy for added protection especially with the no.2’s


  • You will need to be careful with the size as these nappies are much smaller than normal nappies. You need to buy the right size also to make sure the no.2’s stay inside the nappy
  • These nappies should only be used while your little one is in water. Make sure you change them to normal nappies the moment they come out of water
  • It might be tricky initially to put this nappy on your child .

Happy Nappy

As per the rules of most swimming school’s, a Happy Nappy is mandatory for all children. I used Splash About happy nappy for my children. Keep in mind that a Happy Nappy has to be worn over the swim nappies. Just in case there is a leak in the swim nappies, the Happy Nappy contains everything inside. Make sure you always use both swim nappies and Happy Nappy for your babies/toddlers.

Product: Splash About Happy Nappy

Where to buy:

Price: £10.99

My rating: 4.5/5


  • Added protection and keeps the swim nappy secure as well
  • They are snug yet comfortable and they allow full movement without any leaks
  • Happy Nappy has to be washed in cold water only. If required very little detergent should be used. Therefore, easy to wash and dry
  • Available in a variety of designs for both boys and girls
  • value for money and peace of mind that there will be no leakages


  • Be careful with the sizes before ordering – Happy Nappy has to have a snug fit. If the Happy Nappy is loose, it won’t be able to contain any leaks from the swim nappy !
  • You will have to physically measure your child’s waist, thighs etc. Do not rely on the measurement guide. Remember if the happy nappy is to loose, there will be leakages.

Swimming Goggles

My children find it hard to go underwater without goggles. So I would suggest buying swimming goggles with suction caps (it prevents water from going inside the goggles. Parents of babies/toddlers(under 3 years of age) should only buy goggles if you feel they need it .

Product: Copozz Kids Swimming Goggles

Where to buy:

Price: £9.99

Age: 3 years-12 years

My rating: 4/5



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  • Copozz Kids Swimming Goggles has features like Anti fog, UV Protection, Clear Lens
  • Goggles come with a free protection case
  • Goggles are made with hypoallergenic silicone
  • Easy -adjust, fast -fit head strap
  • Good fit around the eyes
  • Great colours for kids


  • Clips on the sides might break as regular adjusting is needed with the goggles
  • Some people have had issues with the quality.

Swimming hats

In my children’s swimming school, it is mandatory for kids with long hair (read girls) to wear swimming hat due to hygiene reasons. I use silicone hat for my daughter which keeps her hair dry but it is harder to it put on than a polyester hat (which is not waterproof). So the parent has to decide which one is more suitable for them and their child. But I would recommend silicone hat as it keeps the chlorine water out and therefore protects the hair.

Product: Speedo Plain Moulded Silicone Swim Cap

Where to buy:

Price: £4.99-£6.20

My rating: 4/5


  • Speedo is well-known quality brand
  • Ideal for regular swim sessions
  • Protects your hair from chlorine
  • Made of durable and long-lasting silicone and it won’t snag or pull hair
  • Available in a variety of colours


  • Quality issues at times even though hat is from Speedo
  • Few people have had issues with the fit even though these hats are supposed to be one size hats meaning they should fit heads of all sizes (for children)


Swim Costumes (Girls)

You will need a costume for your little girl! Fitting of a costume is very tricky. Make sure you get the right size and confirm the returns’ policy in case the size you ordered doesn’t fit!

Product: Speedo Girls Swimsuit

Where to buy:

Price: £12.41

My rating: 4/5


  • Speedo is a good quality brand
  • Ideal for swimming lessons
  • Quick drying, soft and stretchy
  • Chlorine resistant and designed to last longer
  • Provides UV protection
  • Reasonably priced


  • No cartoon characters

Swim Costumes (Boys)

Again you will need a costume for your little boy. Be careful about the sizes though!

Product: Speedo Boys’s Essential Endurance+Jammer

Where to buy:

Price: £8-£22 (depending on the size)

My rating: 4.5/5


  • Speedo is a quality brand
  • Suitable for regular swimming sessions
  • Chlorine resistant and quick drying
  • Comfortable and snag-resistant fabric
  • Retains shape and resists fading longer than any other swim material
  • Drawstring waist for a secure fit
  • Sun protection


  • Be careful while choosing the size

If your child goes to a swim lesson you would not need the following items but they would be handy when you go to the local swimming pool together as a family. By doing this you can encourage your children to learn to swim and also get an opportunity to have some family time. Make sure that you are always in the pool with your child and take all the usual precautions while you use these swimming aids, depending on the age and ability of your child.


Water noodles are suitable for both adults and children. They can used for rehabilitation and exercise too. More importantly , it can help children gain confidence while learning to swim.


1 x green noodle

1 x red noodle

1 x blue noodle

Product: Elite Water Noodles

Where to buy:

Price: £8.57


Kids Float Discs

The float discs can be used to keep your child afloat in the pool while they learn to swim. The best feature is that you can use these instead of inflatable arm floats . It can be used even when your are on a holiday if you want to go into the pool with your child. The only thing is it will use a bit of space in the suitcase . They are lightweight so weight won’t be a problem.

Product name:Kids Child Float Discs

Place to buy:



Dive Sticks

Dive Sticks are great for building underwater confidence in the kids. It is a great toy too especially on holidays.

Product name: Zoggs Children’s Safe Dive Sticks

Where to buy:

Price: £9

Age: 3 years+

Rating: 5/5

All the items can be easily purchased from Amazon. If you are a Prime member , you can get next day delivery!

If you want to share your child’s experience with any of the above swimming gear please put them in the comment box below, I will be happy to hear from you!

Good luck!


Top Toddler Toys – Must have toys for every child’s development

Most (healthy) toddlers are very active and it can be very draining on the parents to look after the toddler at home or keep them busy while they need to finishing household chores like cooking, washing up, laundry etc. There were some toys which I found useful when my kids were toddlers and therefore I would like to share what I feel are the top toddler toys. Hopefully it will keep your toddler engaged too. But remember that even though these toys keep them engaged – it is always a good idea to keep checking on them every few minutes.

Play gym or play nest

My daughter was very hyperactive toddler so I bought one of these to keep her busy. The play nest is a soft inflatable ring which provides the baby with a play environment and also makes the baby feel very secure. While the baby is seated inside it can also explore it’s multi sensory features (vision, touch and sound) on the fabric covering the ring or tube. From experience, it also encourages the baby to sit on their own. So you can use it to encourage them sitting on their own from around 8 months.

Product name:Galt Toys Farm Playnest

Where to buy :

For ages:0+

Price: £23.87

My rating:4/5

The gym doesn’t come with a pump but it is very easy to inflate it by blowing air in it.

Stacking rings or stacking cups

Babies just love this toy! It also teaches them which one is the smallest ring or cup and which one is the biggest. You can also teach them colours with the toys. Initially you would have to show them how to play. Give them each ring or cup in their hand (strengthens their grip) and make them place one on top of the other ! Then show them how to knock them down as well and this can be a lot of fun as well as good bonding! This toy encourages co-ordination too for the babies.  You can’t go wrong with this toy!

Product name: Fisher Price Stacking Rings

Where to buy :

For ages: 6+ months

Price: £8.90

My rating:5/5

Shape sorter

Another absolute “must have toy”! The shape sorter not only teaches the child co-ordination(putting the shape in the correct cavity) but also you can teach them shapes and colours. You can play with this countless number of times.

Product name: Mickey and Friends Shape Sorter Bus

Where to buy:

For ages:9+months


My rating 5/5


Babies find looking at themselves very intriguing as well as amusing. You can use a baby mirror when the baby is lying on his tummy (tummy time). The mirror will keep them distracted during tummy time. By looking at the mirror they will become self-aware.

Product name: Fisher-Price Monkey Mirror

Where to buy:

For ages:0+


My rating :5/5

Bead activity

Bead activity cultivates hand-eye co-ordination logical thinking, fine motor skills colour recognition, imagination and thinking.

Product name: BATTOP Wooden Cube Activity

Where to buy:

For ages:6 months+(children under 3 years have to be supervised by an adult)


My rating :4.5/5

Hanging toys for strollers and car seats

You would need to put toys on the car seat,pram and cot which will keep your baby entertained while he/she is in the car seat. This cultivates hand-eye co-ordination when the baby reaches to pull the toys. The different textures and colours cultivates their senses of touch and vision.

Product name: Singring Activity Toy

Where to buy:

For ages:0+


My rating :4/5

Cot mobile

Motorised mobile toy which helps put baby to sleep. The toy comes with remote .You can restart the mobile without disturbing the baby. It also cultivates the senses of vision and sound.

Product name: Fisher Price 3-in-1 Projection Mobile

Where to buy:

For ages:0+


My rating :4/5


  • Babies love the light and the sounds and the motion of the toys
  • Helps to soothe the baby if not put her/him to sleep
  • Even during the daytime while the baby is awake, it is a good way to keep the baby busy/entertained in the cot while the mother or father need to finish a few chores
  • The mobile also has a remote control so you can restart it with the remote if you do not want to disturb your baby
  • The whole unit can be assembled and disassembled very easily and therefore if you do not want to use the hanging toys then you can just use the unit as a night light only
  • Cricket noise on the unit is very highly recommended
  • Good value for money


  • Make sure you fasten the unit securely to the cot as you do not want the unit falling on your baby
  • Batteries drain very fast both on the unit and on the remote
  • Teddy bears are not very nice looking
  • The stars do not move- if that is an issue for you
  • Motorised motion sometimes makes a loud noise

Baby walker

I am not personally very keen on walkers as I believe the baby has to learn naturally to start walking rather than make him/her start walking with the aid of a walker. I had bought this walker but only used the toy part of the walker. The toys on the walker are very good but parents have to get accustomed to hearing the same sounds or songs again and again and again!

Product name: VTech First Steps Baby Walker

Where to buy:

For ages:6 months+


My rating :4/5


  • Vtech is very well-known brand and has good quality products
  • Easy grip handle
  • Detachable activity panel which cultivates fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination. It also has rollers at the bottom which develop manipulative skills. Other features are shape sorters, barn door, lights and sounds and piano keys(do,re me, fa,so). Mobile phone included for more fun.
  • Your toddler may learn how to walk with the aid of the walker


  • Requires batteries. The ‘try me batteries’ included in the pack but sometimes they don’t work and you would have to put your own batteries
  • The wheels of the walker are made of plastic, so it’s best to use the walker on a carpeted surface. The walker might go too fast on a wooden floor and your child might not be able to keep up with it.
  • If you decide not to use the walker part and just use the activity panel, it would lead to wastage

Whenever you buy a toy for your baby keep in mind the following factors:

  • Is it worth the price?
  • Is the quality good- is it safe?
  • Do you really need it – sometimes 2 toys perform the same function even though they are called by different names
  • Will it teach my child something- is it educational?
  • What is the age range of the toy?

If you would like to share your experiences of any of the above toys please get in touch via the comments box, I would be happy to hear from you.

Goodluck shopping for toys!







Amazon Baby Monitors – Review of Top 5 Baby Monitors on Amazon

If you are looking to buy some baby monitors,you might want to read my review on the top 5 Amazon Baby Monitors:

Product: BT Digital Audio Baby Monitor 400

Amazon Price : £26.99

Item weight: 354 gms

My rating: 4.5/5


  • Interference free digital HD sound
  • Long range of upto 50m indoors and 300m outdoors
  • Box contains 1 x parent unit, 1 x baby unit, 2 x main power adapters,2 x AA rechargeable batteries and user guide


  • BT is a known name and trusted brand
  • Monitor is reasonably priced at £26.99 on
  • Sound is crystal clear and you will hear every breath or cry of your baby
  • Indoor range is 50m which is good enough for a medium to big sized house
  • Sound level LED’s alert you visually to any sounds coming from your baby’s room. So if you are a deep sleeper like me and the baby’s cries doesn’t wake you up, the flashing lights will definitely wake you up!
  • Parent unit is wireless which gives flexibility and battery life is very good – at least 15-17 hours
  • Both the microphone unit and the monitor unit have 3m leads
  • The size of the unit is small and has a good grip .


  • It’s an audio only unit. It doesn’t have a video monitor
  • No talk back feature if you want to talk to your child
  • It doesn’t have night light
  • If the parent unit is not switched on, the child monitor keeps flashing which might keep your child awake
  • Sometimes you can hear static noises


Product: GHB Video Baby Monitor

Amazon Price : £43.69

Item weight: 422 gms

My rating: 4.4/5

Warranty: 1 year


  • 2-way talk: Mother can speak to the baby as mothers voice will soothe the baby
  • Infrared night vision
  • Temperature monitoring: Helps measure temperature of the baby’s room
  • Built in lullabies: you can play lullabies on the monitor to soothe the baby and put them to sleep
  • Vox (Voice operated exchange) function:It’s a voice operated switch that operates when sound over certain threshold is detected. If you do not like this option you can put the monitor on normal mode through settings
  • Camera angle can be changed manually(not remotely) but the camera needs to be plugged into the socket
  • Package includes 1x 2″ Colour LCD Monitor(Parent unit) ,1×1 Baby Camera (baby unit),2 x UK Power adapters, 1x User Manual


  • Video monitor at a very reasonable price
  • Video of your baby will reassure you due to the visual image of your child
  • 2- way talk feature
  • Infrared night vision lets you keep an eye on the baby at night too
  • Temperature monitoring function
  • VOX function which can be handy if you want save the battery
  • 100m working range
  • Easy carry size


  • Camera drains the battery fast unless you put in on VOX mode
  • Do you really need features like temperature monitoring?
  • Camera angle can only be changed manually. So make sure you adjust the camera before you leave the baby’s room
  • You have to plug in the camera- which can be inconvenient if you don’t have a socket where you want the camera to be ideally situated.


Product: Motorola MBP36S Digital Video Baby Monitor

Amazon Price : £84.99

Item weight: 558 gms

Warranty: 1 Year

My rating: 2/5


  • 3.5 ” LCD Colour Parent Unit
  • Motorised pan tilt and zoom
  • 2 way talk
  • Infrared night vision
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Lullaby and nature sounds
  • LED sound level indicator
  • Out of range warning alert
  • Package contains: 1 x Parent unit, 1 x Baby unit, Rechargeable battery pack(for parent unit), Power Adapter (for parent unit), Power Adapter (for baby unit), User Manual


  • Larger display unit (parent unit)
  • You can pan, tilt and zoom the camera on your child remotely. This is handy if your child has moved inside the cot in the night.
  • You can talk to your child to soothe them due to the 2 way talk feature
  • If you like features like temperature monitoring then this product provides you with it
  • 50m indoors and 300m outdoor range


  • Overall quality of the monitor is not very good. There are time delays in the talk back feature. Picture is sometimes not clear.
  • Battery life is poor
  • Parent unit has got problems switching on and off



Product: BT Video Baby Monitor 6000

Amazon Price : £99.99

Item weight: 395 gms

My rating: 3/5


  • High quality 5″ screen
  • Remote control pan and tilt function
  • Night vision
  • 2 way talk
  • Lullabies function
  • 250m range


  • You can talk to your baby to soothe them
  • Large screen
  • You can pan tilt and zoom the camera on your child if your child has moved in their cot in the night
  • Temperatur monitoring function to monitor the baby’s room temperature
  • Good range. Monitor works well in multi-storey properties too
  • Good battery life


  • Quality of the picture is not very good at night
  • Issues with overall product quality
  • Monitor volume not loud enough



Product: Hello Baby Wireless Video Baby Monitor

Amazon Price : £89.99

Item weight: 522 gms

My rating: 4.9/5


  • Monitor 3.2″ LCD
  • 2 way talk
  • Infrared night vision
  • 960 feet range(roughly 292m)
  • VOX mode feature(It’s a voice operated switch that operates when sound over certain threshold is detected)
  • Camera can pan tilt and zoom in on the baby if the baby has moved in the cot
  • Lullaby feature(8 songs)
  • 6-8 hours battery life
  • You can pair the monitor with 4 cameras(only one monitor and one camera included)
  • Package contains 1x parent unit, 1x baby unit, 2 x power adapter,1 x user manual


  • Sound and picture quality is very good
  • Good price for a video monitor with temperature monitoring,2 way talk and VOX feature
  • You can remotely set up lullaby
  • User friendly product
  • It has good frequency even in multi-storey properties
  • Good customer service
  • Overall a good quality product


  • Camera has to be plugged in
  • Do you need temperature monitoring?
  • If you don’t need a video monitor this product is not for you.

In case you would like to share your experiences of any baby monitors please get in touch through the comment box below. I will be delighted to hear from you!


Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Feeding Set – Review to Help You Decide

Product:Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Feeding Set

Price: £69.99

Cheapest Place to Buy:

Size: 29.8 cm x 35.5cm x 30 cm

Warranty: 12 months from purchase

Weight: 2.42 Kg

My rating: 4/5

Colours Available: Blue, Black and White

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Feeding Set: Product Overview

If you are expecting a baby soon, you would have to get your house in order, including buying nappies, bottles (if you want to bottle feed breast milk or formula milk), steriliser, sleepsuits, car seat, pram etc. Not only is the cost of essence but also making sure you buy it in time before the baby is born. Not to forget the quality and the durability. I have put down a few points together from my own research on the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Complete Feeding Set with a view that this would help you make a decision whether to buy it or not.

The Set Includes:

1 x Closer to Nature electric steam steriliser

4 x Closer to Nature 260ml/9floz feeding bottles with slow flow teats

4 x Closer to Nature 150ml/5floz feeding bottles with slow flow teats

1 x Closer to Nature electric bottle warmer

6 x Closer to Nature milk powder dispenser

2 x Closer to Nature insulated bottle bags

2 x Closer to Nature medium flow teats

1 x Closer to Nature 0-6m soother

1 x Closer to Nature bottle brush

1 x Teat tongs

1 x instruction leaflet



Tommee Tippee is a well known branded name. It’s products are known for its quality.

All in 1 set

For the first six months, this set is all you will need in terms of feeding your child (other than the Formula powder or breast milk).

Great Value, good Quality

The set is of good quality and you get a lot of items for nearly £70.00 (reduced by £90) which is a good value for money.


Steriliser is quick and sterilises the bottles in 5 minutes but you can sterilise only 5 bottles at a time. Bottles will remain sterilised for 24 hours, provided the lid remains closed which means that you can switch on the steriliser at bedtime and use the bottles next morning. The steriliser is easy to use and easy to clean due to its unique design.

The new sleek design saves space in your kitchen

BPA Free

All bottles are BPA Free.

Slow flow and medium flow teats

2 types of teats included- one slow flow (0-6 months) and other medium flow (6+ months)

Bottle Warmer

Handy thing to have, especially in the night if the milk is not warm enough, you just have to pop the bottle in the warmer for a couple of minutes. Do not use the warmer for warming up old or stale milk- as it is advisable to always give freshly made milk to the baby. Remember to add water to the warmer before use – please refer to the instruction leaflet.

Insulated bag

The milk will stay warmer in the insulated bag for 30-40 minutes depending on how warm it was when it was placed in the bag. It is recommended that you put hot water in the bottle and add the formula only when you need it. The milk will stay fresher!


Check all the items

If you buy the set, do check all the items to ensure nothing is broken especially the steriliser. Some people have mentioned in their feedback that some items like the steriliser was found broken or it wasn’t working. You should be able to exchange it under the 12 month warranty.


Some people have experienced that the steriliser packed up within few days of use. Or at times it would leak water on to the kitchen worktop. Again, if you face these problems you are covered under the 12 month warranty.


For some babies the teats are too big. Therefore they might not be able to put the bottle in their mouth properly and this might result in a lot of milk spilling. You cannot put teats of other brands on Tommee Tippee bottles.

Unnecessary items

In my opinion, couple of things are unnecessary like the teat tongs (you would not have the time to use that if your baby is crying for milk) and the soother (I never gave any soother or dummies to my children). I believe that soothers or dummies are unnecessary for babies. They do not know these things exist so why give them? If they are upset and crying then there would be a reason for it. It’s better to resolve that issue than to give a soother.

If you decide to buy the Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set, weigh in mind all the pros and cons and buy it only if you need it. If you decide to breastfeed directly from the breast, you would not need any of these items. However it is recommended that you do take a couple of bottles with you to the hospital at the time of the birth and use the bottles if there is any delay in your baby latching on to the breast.

All the best,