Harry Potter Gifts and Collectibles – A Must For Every Harry Potter Fan!

If you are or your kids are Harry Potter fans, you will need no introduction to these series of fantasy novels (later made into movies ) of witchcraft and wizardry. The books, films and collectibles take us into a world we would always like to fantasize or dream about. The creative people couldn’t stop making all the collectibles for the Harry potter movies after the last one had been made, so they continued to make them and sell them to Harry Potter fans. Some of the most beautiful Harry Potter gifts and collectibles that I would love to have or all Harry Potter fans would love to have are:

Lego Harry Potter Minifigures

Lego mini figures of Harry Potter characters like Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley or Lord Voldemort are very good for kids to pretend play with their favourite characters from the Harry Potter series. The mini figures are not boxed but the quality of the mini figures is as you would expect of Lego. The price is a bit high if you would look at it as a Lego piece but if you are a Harry Potter fan, the price is very reasonable for these figures. The 4 figures below of Harry,Hermione, Ron and Voldemort are a must have!

Product name: Lego Harry Potter Minifigures

Price: £8.43 – £6.17

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages : 6 years+

My rating: 5/5

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Lego Harry Potter Quidditch Match Building Set

Product name: Lego Harry Potter Quidditch Match Building Set

Price: £34.99

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages : 7-14 years

My rating: 5/5

Every fan would love to play Quidditch game. Beautifully created by Lego. Recreates this exciting game and includes features like:

  • Fly through the hatch in the Gryffindor Tower
  • Shoot the Quaffle through the rings by using the broom’s mounted shooting function
  • Knock players off their brooms!
  • Hurl a spell
  • Keep score using the Hufflepuff house tower scoring system
  • Cheer for your team with the removable megaphone on the Ravenclaw house tower

Includes:

  • 6 Lego Harry potter mini figures – Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Oliver Wood, Lucian Bole and Marcus Flint
  • 4 towers – Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff Tower each having a play feature
  • A base with 3 goal posts and rings, moving keeper function and Bludger stud Shooter
  • Accessories include a chest, 2 wands,4 brooms, Quaffle, Golden Snitch, bat, 2 bludgers, trophy, megaphone and scoreboard.
  • Contains 500 pieces.

Price is high but it is Lego and Harry Potter, perfect combination for the young fans!

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Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

Product name: Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

Price: £88.95

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages : 9-14 years

My rating: 5/5

Another brilliant creature by Lego! Features includes:

  • 4-level tower with movable spiral staircase, treasure and potions room with a turret featuring the mirror of Erised.
  • 10 mini figures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and Nearly Headless Nick.
  • Also includes build able features like Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, Hedwig and Scabbers figures.
  • Accessory elements include 7 wands,3 tumblers, an umbrella, lantern,broom, sorting hat, cauldron,potions,candles,2 wizard brooms, food , trophy,teapot,chest,a spider and a boat with a hanging lantern.
  • Contains 878 pieces.

Pros

  • Lego have thought of everything! Fantastic creation especially the spiral staircase. High quality set.
  • Instructions to build are easy to follow.
  • Lego and Harry Potter combination is brilliant- every child and parent will love it!
  • Great gift for Christmas or birthdays or to just added to your Harry Potter Collection!

Cons

  • Very expensive- but Lego is always expensive and if you are a Harry Potter nut, price won’t be an issue.
  • Might take a little while to build this .
  • Small pieces might get lost.

Overall, a great product!

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Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set

Product name: Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Express Train Set

Price: £66.99

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages : 8-14 years

My rating: 4.5/5

Amazing Hogwarts Express Train set with railway bridge and platform 9 3/4 ! Includes:

  • 5 mini figures – Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley,Remus Lupin, the trolley witch and Dementor and Scabbers figures.
  • 1 carriage with 4 seats, removable side panel and roof (so that you can play inside ) and a trolley witch with sweets trolley.
  • Accessory elements include 3 luggages,4 wands, chocloate frog, ice cream,2 newspapers, King’s Cross sign, platform 9 3/4 sign and a wanted poster.
  • Contains 801 pieces.

As I said before you can’t go wrong with Lego and Harry Potter combination. The only cons are it is slightly overpriced and may take a couple of hours to build!

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Hermione Granger’s Wand Necklace

Product name: Hermione Granger’s Wand Necklace

Price: £24.99

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 5/5

Necklace with a Hermione’s wand as the pendant .

This necklace:

  • is official Harry Potter licensed Hermione Granger necklace and has a Warner Brothers legal trademark.
  • Is silver plated so is the wand.
  • Has copyright logo at the back.
  • Comes in an Ollivander’s Wand gift box.

The wand is 12 cm and the necklace is 80 cm. It is a genuine collectors item.

Pros

  • Great quality and good value for money.
  • Beautiful and elegant necklace.
  • Necklace is a good length.
  • It comes in a nice Ollivanders gift box
  • Perfect gift for girls and women.

I cannot think of any cons – can you?

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Harry Potter Tops Trumps Match Game

Product name: Harry Potter Top Trumps Match Game

Price: £14.72

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Age: 4+

My rating: 5/5

The crazy cube game!

Take turns to push in the cubes.

Be the first to match any of the five of the same Harry Potter Characters horizontally, vertically or diagonally! The game is not over yet. If your opponent can match their top trumps card with the winning Harry Potter Character, they win the game!

Pros

  • Simple game for Harry Potter fans. You don’t have to be a fan to play this game. Harry Potter is just a theme.
  • Good value for money.
  • Hours of fun for children between ages 6-10 years.
  • Game comes in a tidy case so it is portable.
  • Family game.

Cons

  • The card storage at the top of container is not very secure.
  • It is difficult to close the case securely at times.

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Harry Potter Marauders Map

Product name: Harry Potter Marauders Map

Price: £37.26

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 4.5/5

A detailed full size Marauders Map replica printed on parchment paper. 6′ when unfolded.

Pros

  • A high quality GSM paper is used so it won’t tear unless you really try to tear it!
  • A beautiful collectible for a Harry Potter fan!

Cons

  • Overpriced

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Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light

Product name: Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light, Multi Colour

Price: £21.51

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Size: 20 cm (7.9″)

My rating: 4/5

Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light is USB powered light. USB cable is included. Features Golden Snitch floating in an illuminated bell jar. Capture the Golden Snitch or use it light your room maybe as a lovely bedside light. Tap it to turn it on or off. The Golden Snitch light is an officially licensed Harry Potter product.

Pros

  • Good gift for a Harry Potter fan.
  • It can be used as a bedside lamp.
  • It looks beautiful when illuminated.

Cons

  • Lots of plastic used.
  • You might need to tap harder to turn it on or off.
  • It can be switched on only when it is powered by a USB cable.

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Harry Potter Wands

Product name: Harry Potter Wands

Price: £30.78-£32.13

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk
My rating
: 5/5

Harry Potter collection is never complete without the wand of the wizard. Wand of each character comes beautifully packed in an Ollivander’s box

Harry Potter’s wand

Lord Voldemort’s wand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hermione Granger’s wand

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My favourite character is Hermione and I would definitely like to buy her wand!

So which one is your favourite Harry Potter character? Which collectible did you like the best? Would you buy one for yourself or somebody else? Let me know via comment box below!

Until next time, Harry Potter fans!

Regards

 

Organic Kids Clothes – What Does That Mean? Where do you Buy?

When I had first heard the term organic clothes, I wasn’t sure what it really meant. My mind instantly started thinking of organic milk, fruits and vegetables! But now, when we are looking for commodities which are chemical free as well as earth friendly, I feel that organic clothes are something which all clothes manufacturers should be aim for.

According to Wikipedia, Organic clothing is is clothing made from materials raised in or grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards.

What is Organic Cotton and where do buy these clothes from?

I would like to introduce to you(if you do not already know ) to organic cotton clothes made by a brand called Frugi. They make kids clothes out of organic cotton . So what exactly is organic cotton?

  • Organic cotton is super -soft.
  • It is very soft because the fibres are left intact and not broken down by chemicals used in farming and processing of cotton .
  • Organic cotton lasts for a long time as it is very durable.

Other pros of Frugi Organic Kids Clothing are:

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Frugi’s outerwear is made from recycled plastic bottles. According to Frugi’s website, it takes 36 recycled plastic drinking water bottles to make one winter jacket ! That sounds very impressive to me, plastic has become a very big problem worldwide and this is a very good way to recycle plastic.

Employees of Frugi looked after and are treated with respect

Frugi’s suppliers are in Turkey , Portugal , India and China. They ensure that all the suppliers follow their code of conduct which is:

  • No child labour.
  • No forced labour or employment. Employees just need to give reasonable notice before leaving the employment.
  • No discrimination is allowed for hiring or firing anyone.
  • All employees are provided with safe hygienic environment .

We have all often heard of horror stories of our clothes being made in sweatshops where the employees are little children or overworked and lowly paid adults working in an unhygienic environment.

So Frugi is a like a breath of fresh air!

Charity

Frugi donates 1% percent of their Turnover to charity . So in the last 11 years they have donated £428,000.

Frugi has covered a lot to be a responsible Organisation !

So Who are the Founders of Frugi?

Frugi was founded in 2004 by parents Lucy and Kurt who struggled to find clothes to fit their son’s cloth nappied bum.

Clever ,colourful , good looking clothes

  • Reversible clothes – your child has a stain on his/her clothes and you need to go out- no problem, just reverse the clothes!
  • Designed to fit over cloth nappies or disposable nappies with plenty of wriggle room.
  • Parsnip pants – Due to generous fold over on waistband and cuffs, they don’t ride up.
  • Adjustable button up straps and waistbands to accommodate growth spurts in children.
  • Great quality , clothes last forever. Clothes feel very soft and snugly. Designs are very colourful too.
  • Outerwear is made from recycled plastic drinking water bottles – that’s the environment taken care of !

Their collection

Maternity Wear

You can use these clothes during pregnancy as well as for breastfeeding. These super soft fabrics can keep you warm in the winter.

 

 

 

Twist Front Dress

 

 

 

 

 

Jersey Smock Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pointelle Pyjama Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contrast Raglan Top

 

 

 

 

 

Roll Top Yoga Pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

Babies Clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snuggle Suit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Babygrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinky Cord Dungaree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Clothes


 

 

 

 

 

Holly Cord Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finn Fairisle Jumper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toasty Towelling Robe

 

 

 

 

And many more…

Click link below to access their full collection.

 

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Benefits of Frugi VIP Subscription

An annual subscription of £9.50 entitles you to

  • Free unlimited UK first class delivery for 12 months .
  • Free returns (via downloadable returns form).
  • Free welcome gift.
  • Early access to two end of seasons sales.

Award winning brand

Frugi are the winners of multiple awards including Feefo Gold award and The Loved By Parents Awards which is the most trusted parenting award programmes worldwide.

I always like to include in my posts what things I don’t like about a brand or product :

  • Clothes are slightly expensive especially if you always buy cheap and cheerful clothes. The cost is justified due to the pretty designs and durability of the clothes.
  • If you do not have any stores near you , you would have to buy the Frugi VIP subscription or pay online delivery charges if you spend under £50 in the United Kingdom. If you live outside the UK, you would have to pay different or maybe higher delivery charges.

Conclusion

I am truly impressed by their colourful range of clothes for babies, kids as well as maternity wear for mothers. Perhaps something more appealing is the fact that the clothes are environment friendly, child friendly and of great quality .

Have you ever bought organic kids clothing? What is your experience of it? Do you buy clothes from Frugi? Please share your experiences via comment box below.

 

Happy shopping!

Regards

Christmas Games For Families – 10 Board games To Choose From!

It is going to be Christmas in less than 2 weeks and most of you would already have plans for Christmas. Whether you do or you don’t, all families would be looking for entertainment ideas for the day. Christmas is a time for families to spend time together and bond with each other. Playing games is a great way to have fun and bond together. Here are my suggestions for some Christmas games for families to play and bond together:

Scrabble

Game: Scrabble Original Board Game

Price : £14.99

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 10 years+

Players: 2 to 4

Description: Everybody knows scrabble. Test your vocabulary and see who wins – adults or children! Game consists of making interlocking words in a crossword fashion.

Younger children can also play this game by making three letter words with their tiles without interlocking the words without using the board!

Each letter gives points and whoever scores the highest wins! Easier said then done especially when you are stuck with letters you don’t want! Even worse when your child makes bigger words than you!

 

Monopoly

Game: Monopoly(original game)

Price : £13.49

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 8 years+

Players: 2 to 6

Description: What better game to play during Christmas then good old Monopoly. Play this game and relive your childhood. This game teaches youngsters how to negotiate, be social as well as improve their mathematical skills and also how to handle money. This game can be played by parents, grandparents too. I sill remember playing this classic game with my Grandmother years ago! Available on Amazon at a reasonable price. Beware the pound notes are still very thin just like before!

 

 

Headbanz

Game: Headbanz

Price : £8.99

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 7 years+

Players: 2 to 6

Description: A quick question game -“What am I ?” Answer to which everybody knows except you ! Guess the answer and you win. A fun game for people of all ages! Reasonably priced game, it takes ages for anybody to win but easy enough for all ages.

Pictionary

Game: Pictionary Board Game(Mattel Games)

Price : £20.99

Where to buy:Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 3 years+

Players: 4

Description: Draw a clue card, sketch it out and let your team-mates guess it. Everybody gets a turn at drawing. Lot of fun and laughter as your team members try guessing what word you are drawing! So how good are you at drawing? Find out with this game!

 

The Yes No Game

Game:The Yes No Game

Price : £7.28

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 8 years+

Players: 2-6

Description: A fast and furious game where answering Yes or No gets you dinged out by the bell. One player takes a card and reads the questions to the opponent. If opponent answers Yes or No, they get dinged by the bell and the player can keep the card. If they answer all question up to the end, the opponent keeps the card. The player who has most cards is the winner.

Rudolph Red Nose Game

Game:Rudolph Red Nose Game

Price : £4.49

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: For all ages

Players: 35

Description: This game is like pin the tail on the donkey game changed specifically for Christmas. Each player has to put the red sticker on the target on Rudolph’s nose after spinning round 3 times blindfolded. The player whose sticker is nearest to the target is the winner.

Please note that blindfold is not included . You can just use a scarf or a cloth to cover the eyes.

 

 

Twister

Game:Twister

Price : £7.99

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 6 years+

Players: 2 and over

Description: This game is perfect to add fun for parties or for family nights. This game challenges you to place your hands and feet at different places on the mat without falling over. If your knees or elbows touch the mat, you are out of the game! All members of the family can find out how flexible they are with this game! So how flexible are you?

 

Asmodee Dobble Card Game

Game: Asmodee Dobble Card Game

Price : £9.99

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 6 years+

Players: 2-8

Description:Addictive fun for the entire family. 5 different ways to play this game. The goal of the game, no matter which game you choose, is to be the fastest in spotting identical symbols between two cards, name it aloud and then take the card and then place or discard the game depending on the game you are playing. Since there is no strategy for the game, and is based on your reactions and visual perceptions, there is no advantage adults have over the children. Let’s see who is faster, adults or children!

Qwirkle

Game: Qwirkle

Price : £27.90

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 6 years+

Players: 2-4

Description: You have to match the colours and shapes. While the game is simple and quick to learn, you need to play it strategically in order to score points and win. So are you ready to tax your brains?

 

Hasbro Gaming Classic Jenga

Game: Hasbro Gaming Classic Jenga

Price : £11.90

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Ages: 6 years+

Players: 1+

Description: This game contains 54 precision crafted hardwood blocks. Remove blocks without crashing the tower! Stack up (stack sleeve included)and pull a loose block. Perfect family or a party game! Hours of fun included!

So which game is your favourite? Do you play games during Christmas? My favourite is Pictionary – I can’t stop laughing at my own drawings!

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Playpens For Toddlers – My Recommendation

 

As soon as a baby starts crawling, parents have a tough time ensuring the baby’s safety on one hand and finishing household chores on the other hand. One way around it is to get playpens for toddlers. Another benefit of a playpen is it helps keeps the room tidy as all the toys of the baby are inside the playpen. It becomes even more necessary to get a playpen, to keep your toddler safe from an older sibling playing or if you have got any pets in the house.
There are a lot of playpens available but I would like to recommend to you a playpen which can be folded and put away, can be easily wiped and is affordable and of a good quality as well.


The Venture All Star JOY Portable Playpen

Product name: All Star Joy Playpen

Where to buy: Amazon.co.UK

Price: £59.85

Dimensions: 136x 136 x 75 /1.4 sq. metres

For Ages: 6-24 months

My rating: 5/5

Warranty: 90 days manufacturer’s warranty

Other Features

  • Easy to set up and fold down. Comes in a carry bag for easy transportation.
  • New patented folding mechanism, eliminates steel cross sections as seen in older versions.
  • Made with an all steel frame and reinforced stitching and a double locking system for extra safety.
  • Padded nylon water resistant floor mat which enables indoor and outdoor use of the playpen. Easy to wipe clean as well.
  • Sides are equipped with ventilating mesh walls for easy visibility.
  • Zip-opening panel for easy access(see pictures).
  • Lightweight frame which comes fully assembled.
  • This playpen meets British Safety Standards BS EN 12227:2010.

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Pros

  • It is very sturdy and therefore hard for the toddler to topple it over. When my children were small we had a gym nest, which my daughter was very easily able to topple it over and this was a safety concern for me ! No worries about that with this playpen!
  • Great quality.
  • Easy to put it up and fold it down on a daily basis. It can be done single handedly by Mums!
  • No cross bars and therefore prevents little ones from climbing out of the playpen.
  • This can be used indoors as well as outdoors. For example it can be used in the house or used in your back garden, in the park or on the beach! Easy to clean – just clean it with a damp cloth. You can also take it to grandparents’s home !
  • Playpen comes with a storage bag so easy to carry it around.
  • You can keep the side panel “open” so that your child doesn’t feel he/she is in a cage. They can move in and out of the playpen if they want. Some children might feel scared of sitting inside the playpen so if they have got the option of moving in and out of the playpen, they will settle in the playpen faster. The side panel also enables parents to sit in the playpen.
  • You can see the child through the breathable sides without having to look over the top of the playpen.
  • Very spacious inside the playpen – enabling the parent or sibling to play with the child . Your child can crawl as well as play with his toys.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • In case, you don’t have much room in your home you can fold and put the playpen away when your child is sleeping unlike other playpens which are not practical as they cannot be folded and put away.

Cons

  • Padding of the mat might be thin for harder floors.
  • The metallic bars are hard so you might need to baby proof them .
  • It will take a bit of space and so if you are short of space you will have to fold down the playpen every evening when your child goes to sleep.
  • The sides are high so you might struggle to put the child from the top into the playpen. But you can put them easily from the side panel.

Conclusion

One of things which I (and I am sure other mothers ) struggled with was how to go to the toilet or the bathroom by leaving a crawling toddler unsupervised. This seems to be a good enough solution for this! Apart from that it is a good quality, safe product as well as reasonably priced. The negative points of this product are not important enough to avoid buying this product. Just make sure you have got enough space to place it as per the dimensions above. Therefore I would buy this product if I were looking for a playpen.

Have you ever used a playpen for your children? What has been your experience? If you have used this particular product please share your experiences for the benefit of other readers via comment box below.

Regards

 

 

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Baby Food Maker Review- Phillip Avent 2 in 1 Healthy Baby Food Maker

Weaning is very crucial and important not only for parents but also for the child. Each child is different, so even if you have had a child before you would not know how your baby is going to react to eating solids. Rather than worrying about how good or bad a baby food maker is, you would be thinking more about how to start the weaning process. Therefore, I would like to share with you a baby food maker review of Phillip Avent 2 in 1 baby food maker to make things simpler for you.

If weaning is done properly, then it will give the child good heating habits for the rest of his or her life.

Product Details

Product name: Phillip Avent 2- in -1 Healthy Food Maker(SCF 870)

Price: £99.49

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 4.5/5

Dimensions: 6.5(H) x 12.1(B) inch

Box contains: 1 steamer/blender , 1 x spatula,1 x measuring cup, 1 x recipe booklet

Other features

  • All in 1 solution to making baby food at all stages of weaning.
  • Helps you make nutritious meals, you can steam and blend fruit, vegetables,meat ,fish or pulses.
  • Easy to use wash and store.

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Unique Steam Technology

Steaming fruits and vegetables is a healthier option then boiling them. This baby food maker steams the food which makes the food healthier for your baby.

Steaming and blending in one jar

The baby food maker has the steam flip and blend feature. Steam the vegetables in the jar then lift the jar and then flip it over, lock it in its place and the blend it to the consistency you require.Timers are for 5,10,15 and 20 minutes.

You can decide the consistency

Once you steam the vegetables , you can decide whether you want the ingredients finely blended or chunkier textures depending on the stage of weaning you are at.

Easy to use and clean

The baby food maker has been designed in such a way that it is easy and practical to use it. It is very easy to fill water in the water tank and comprises only of a few parts making it easy to clean.

App for Weaning

The manufacturer has provided a downloadable app which helps with weaning, provides recipes as well as tips and tricks to smoothen the process of weaning.

Compact design

The Phillips Avent 2- in – 1 Healthy Baby Food maker has a compact design which means it doesn’t take up much space on kitchen worktops or when it is stored away.

12 Recipes included

The baby food maker comes with 12 delicious recipes which have been put together by pediatric nutritionist and child psychologist .

Have a read of all the pros and cons of this baby food maker, which will give you a better understanding of this product.

Pros

  • Powerful blending and steaming performance.
  • You can do any consistency you like – finely blended, paste, lumpy..
  • Phillips Avent is a known brand and provides quality baby products. This product is value for money.
  • Easy to use. You just need to chop the vegetables and then let it steam and blend the ingredients!
  • Easy to clean and is dishwasher safe.
  • This product helps you to prepare nutritious and healthy for your baby very quickly and easily.Therefore, you can avoid baby food jars!
  • No messy transferring of the ingredients- everything happens in one jar.
  • The only tool required for weaning!
  • It is a very good size and can be taken for holidays too!
  • Even after you have finished weaning you child, you can continue using it as a blender due to its razor sharp blades!

Cons

  • Water tank has to be cleaned and descaled just like a kettle.
  • You cannot cook rice and pasta is this baby food maker.
  • You cannot defrost and reheat food in this model .
  • The lid is a bit tricky to open. Twist the lid to side and then slide it open.
  • Lid is white and therefore will stain.

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Conclusion

The Phillip Avent 2-in-1 Healthy Food maker is a must for all parents about to start weaning their little ones. It is a healthy option as it steams the vegetables rather than boiling them. It is also very convenient and practical as it steams and blends in one jar. You don’t have to use every pot in the kitchen to make baby food. One jar is all you have got to clean.

However, make sure you wash the product as soon as you have made the food. This will reduce the chances of staining as the lid is white.

I do not approve of baby food jars at all. So I would definitely recommend a product like this which would provide a child with fresh,healthy warm food without much inconvenience.

If you would like some tips on weaning visit my Facebook page by clicking link below:

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Have you used this product? What is your opinion on it? Are there any experiences you would like to share? Share via comment box below.

Good luck weaning!

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Kids Scooter Reviews – Which one is The Best?

With my two kids scooters have been very useful. Not only do they provide exercise and entertainment to my kids but also when we go to places where there is a lot of walking to do like parks, sightseeing etc. the scooter is handy. When the kids get tired of walking they just stand on the scooters and we push them along. To help you decide, I have put together kids scooter reviews as I believe scooters need to have the following:

  • Quality
  • Reasonable price
  • Silent that is no clattering or rattling noise
  • Durable

Always make sure your child is wearing a helmet when she/he is riding his scooter!

For those who not know what a lean to steer feature means : you can turn or steer the scooter simply by leaning on the side you want to turn. For example : if you want to turn the scooter to the right lean the handlebar on the right side. This feature not only makes it easy for the child to manoeuvre but if your child is tired of scootering and you are pushing her/him on the scooter, you will find it easy to manoeuvre the scooter too!

Y-Volution Y Glider Deluxe Complete Scooter(3 wheeled scooter)

Product Name: Y-Volution Y Glider Deluxe Scooter

Where to buy: Skatehut.Co.UK

Price: £39.99

Age: 3years+

Maximum weight: 20 kgs (weight of child)

My rating:4.5/5

Other features/Pros:

  • Ideal starter scooter for younger children.
  • Lean to steer feature which makes it easier for children to steer the scooter.
  • Good for developing balance, co-ordination and motor skills.
  • Lightweight for increased mobility.
  • Cushioned hand grip for smooth and easy ride.
  • Wide rubber deck with anti slip feature.
  • Large rear brake for real stopping power and control.
  • Good quality sturdy scooter.
  • Available in variety of colours and designs.

Cons

  • Slightly expensive.
  • Maximum rider weight is 20 kgs. So if your child is between 4 years+ , your child will outgrow the scooter soon.

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Kiddimoto U-Zoom – Pastel Dotty Kids Complete Scooter – Pink/Multi(3 wheeled scooter)

Product Name: Kiddimoto U-Zoom- Pastel Dotty Kids

Where to buy: Skatehut.Co.UK

Price: £39.99

Age: 3 years+

Maximum weight: 20 kgs(weight of child)

My rating:4/5

Other features/Pros:

  • Foldable Aluminium stem therefore easy to store and carry especially in a car boot!
  • Adjustable stem height.
  • LED Wheels which light up when in motion.
  • Rubber tyres- so no clattering noise!
  • Nice spotty design – girls will love it!
  • Plastic footplate with a coarse grip so that the child does not slip.
  • Easy lean steering therefore easy to manoeuvre and turn.
  • Rear foot brake.
  • Sturdy scooter.
  • Available in other colours and designs.

Cons

  • Some people find it hard to fold this scooter.
  • Slightly overpriced.

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Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter(The original 3 wheel scooter)

Product Name: Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter

Where to buy: Amazon.Co.UK

Price: £80.89

Age: 3 -5 years

Maximum weight: 20 kgs(weight of child)

My rating:4.5/5

Other features/Pros:

  • The original award-winning classic design that started the scooter revolution.
  • Lightweight allowing easy manoeuvring.
  • Swiss designed and engineered- very well constructed, solid and safe!
  • Easy steering due to lean and steer feature.
  • High quality rubber wheels which are easy to wipe clean .
  • Back brake to stop or slow down scooter smoothly.
  • Sturdy and robust and can be passed on to younger siblings.
  • It can be used in all weathers.
  • Available in blue, aqua, green and pink

= = > Click here to buy Mini Micro Scooter < = =

Cons

  • Expensive but worth every penny. Due to its superior quality, it can be passed on to siblings , making this cost worthwhile.

Maxi Micro Scooter(The original 3 wheel scooter)

Product Name: Maxi Micro Scooter

Where to buy: Amazon.Co.UK

Price: £119.95

Age: 6-12 years

Maximum weight: 50 kgs(weight of child)

My rating:4.5/5

Other features/Pros:

  • The original award-winning classic design that started the scooter revolution.
  • Lightweight allowing easy manoeuvring.
  • Swiss designed and engineered- very well constructed, solid and safe!
  • Easy steering due to lean and steer feature.
  • High quality rubber wheels which are easy to wipe clean .
  • Back brake to stop or slow down scooter smoothly.
  • Sturdy and robust and can be passed on to younger siblings
  • It can be used in all weathers.
  • Available in a variety of colours.

 

Cons

  • Expensive but worth every penny. Due to its superior quality, it can be passed on to siblings , making this cost worthwhile.

= = > Click here to buy Maxi Micro Scooter < = =

Maxi Micro Scooter is the next scooter up from Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter .

Although Maxi Micro Scooter and Mini Micro Scooter are expensive but they are built to last. My kids use the Maxi Micro scooter(as per their age) and we haven’t been disappointed.

Conclusion

If you are looking to buy a scooter for your child, make a decision based on your budget for the scooter. If you buy cheap ones (the cheapest on market is around £20.00) , they would need to be replaced within a year. Another thing you need to keep in mind is the maximum weight of the rider. If your child’s weight is close to the maximum weight, your child would outgrow the scooter soon.

Are you looking to buy a scooter for your child? Or does your child like scootering? Where does he/she scooter? Share your experiences via comment box below.

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Nintendo Switch Game Review – Is this Game For You and Your Family?

I have been considering buying the Nintendo Switch for my children and therefore I would like to share all my knowledge about the product with other parents in case you have been thinking of buying one as well. So here is the Nintendo Switch game review – with all the features, pros and cons.


 

Nintendo Switch Game Review

Product name: Nintendo Switch

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £ 317.50

Warranty: Nintendo systems carry 12 months warranty. Games and accessories have 3 months warranty.

My rating: 4/5

Other features:

  • Switch and play with anyone, anytime and anywhere.
  • There are 3 modes, television mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode. The tablet for handheld mode has 6.2 inch screen.
  • The 2 Joy-Con can be used as a traditional controller by attaching them to the Joy-Con grip. If you do not attach the Joy-Cons to the Joy-grip, you can use each Joy-Controller as an individual controller ! Both Joy-cons can be attached to main console also to play in handheld mode.
  • Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can be used as a standalone controller. Each Joy-Con has got an accelerometer and gyroscope motion sensor which makes independent right and left motion control possible.
  • The left Joy-Con has got a capture button with which you can take a screenshot of the game and share it on social media. The right Joy-Con has a NFC touch for connecting to amiibo figures. It also has an IR motion sensor camera which can detect from a distance,shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games.
  • Both Joy-Cons have got advanced HD rumble which provides subtle vibrations which feel very realistic. For example, you can feel the vibration of ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. This features gives a touch of realism – apart from the sight and sound effect.
  • Local and online multiplayer. You can connect up to eight consoles for multiplayer or online play with friends around the world. The online play is chargeable at £17.99. You can subscribe to online play here.
  • You can buy Nintendo Switch with pre loaded games like Mario Kart 8 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a bundle at an extra £30. If you buy the game separately each games costs around £41.
  • You can use the parental control app which provides control over the time your child plays with it, you can suspend the game when time is up with the “suspend software” feature, monitor what games they are playing, set different times for playing on different days of the week. For example, they can play for longer time on weekends and for a lesser time on week days. You can also control if you want  your child sharing screenshots of the game on social media or not.

Pros

  • Overall the product has great quality as it from Nintendo. If you are a Nintendo fan then there is no need to say this!
  • Great fun for families. Perfect ‘family gift’. Provides great family bonding time!
  • You can play with it on the go too in the handlheld mode. This would be handy if you need to keep kids busy at restaurants, airports etc.
  • Nintendo has got the best games like Mario, Zelda ,Mario Kart etc.
  • The Joy-Con batteries are very good and last for a long time.
  • You can seamlessly move from big screen to small using the handheld console. So if the family feel you are taking over the TV , you can move to the handheld console while the rest of the family watches TV !

> = = Click here to buy Nintendo Switch < = =

 

Cons

  • Console is expensive and each game is very expensive.
  • There are only 2 controllers so if you are a family of four or five, you will have to buy another console or take turns playing .
  • Some children under 8 years of age might struggle to use the controls .
  • Children can get hooked to the games in case you are planning to limit or reduce screen time. You can use the parental control app to control the screen time your child gets.
  • Nintendo Switch is more known for its offline games and PS4 is known for its online games, in case you are looking to play only offline or only online. You have to pay subscription for online games now unlike before when they were free.
  • The main console is just for gaming. You cannot use it like a regular tablet for accessing You tube etc.

Conclusion

Nintendo Switch has got the best games like Mario,Breath of the Wild etc. But Nintendo is more known for its offline games. Both Nintendo Switch and the games are a very expensive buy so only buy if you are not too bothered about the cost. If price is not an issue then it can be great fun for entire family. You can use parental controls to control the time and games your child plays .

Enjoy if you buy!  Don’t forget to share your experience or opinion of Nintendo Switch via comment box below.

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Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier – Review for Parents Planning to Buy It

If you are a new parent or to be parent and are facing a dilemma whether you should be buying a baby carrier or not, then please read my review on Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier. At the very least you would be able to decide if a baby carrier is for you or not. If you are considering buying a baby carrier, you have a lot of things to consider for example comfort for the baby and you, safety, fastenings etc.

Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Product name: Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Price: £123.90

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Suitability(weight of baby): 5.5 Kg to 20 kg (if the baby’s weight is between 3.2kg to 5.5kg – an insert will have to be purchased separately)

My rating: 4.5/5

Other features:

  • This baby carrier can be worn in 4 ergonomic baby positions – front inward(baby is facing you), on the back, on the hip and front outward(baby is not facing you).
  • This baby carrier is suitable for babies and toddlers within the weight range of 5.5 kg and 20 kg . If your baby weighs between 3.2 kg and 5.5 kg you will need an insert which will have to be bought separately. The insert is available on Amazon.co.uk as well.
  • This is carrier comes with a breathable 3D mesh material which provides optimal temperature for your baby. I would suggest that if your baby is always warm or is wrapped up use a baby carrier with the mesh material as you do not want your baby to get heated up inside the carrier. As you parents are aware that if the baby gets heated too much, it could be fatal for the baby.
  • This waist belt has lumbar support due to which the carrier can be worn lower or higher on the back as per your comfort. The waist belt provides support to your lower back. The waist belt is wide enough to give comfort to mothers who have given birth by c-section. The shoulder straps are padded for comfort.
  • Adjustable waist and shoulder belts. The extended back panel can be adjusted too as per the weight of the baby and it also provides support to the head and the neck of the baby.
  • Quick and easy carry position changes.
  • Suitable for both mums and dads.
  • 100% polyester, machine washable.
  • Available in interesting colours.

Pros

  • Good quality product. The baby carrier has an “everything thought of” design.
  • You can use this when the baby doesn’t want to be put down.
  • Handy when you need to go shopping. It is not possible to single handedly push the trolley and the stroller together!
  • It is useful if you have got an older child.
  • Keeps baby snug and protected .
  • Comfortable for both the baby and the parent. The baby carrier is designed in a way that it spreads the weight of the baby everywhere.
  • Mesh material keeps the baby cooler.
  • Good for breastfeeding mothers.
  • In case, you have a dog then there chances of the leash getting tangled with the stroller. So a baby carrier would be a better choice than a stroller.
  • Easily adjustable to your growing baby.
  • Handy on flights as you have to check in your stroller at the check in counter or at the boarding gate.
  • The velcro on the product doesn’t make a lot of noise – useful if your baby is asleep.

> = = Click here to buy Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier = = <

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Baby might get clingy or “get too used to” to the carrier and might not sit on the stroller at all.
  • Some might find it hard to all the fastenings themselves or they might not be able to figure out how to fasten all the belts.
  • Baby might get over heated if you are not careful.
  • You need to make sure you have fastened the baby correctly otherwise there are chances that the baby will fall.

Conclusion

Overall a good, well thought of product. The best feature of the product is that you don’t need to hold the baby while you are doing all the chores. The worst effect of this product is that the baby will want to be strapped to you all the time! So if you decide to buy this product, make sure you don’t strap the baby to yourself all the time. Otherwise, a great product as long as you have strapped and fastened belts correctly as per instructions!

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Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller – Compatible With Maxi Cosi Car Seats Too!

After my previous post, Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews, on Maxi Cosi Car seats for babies up to 1 year of age, I would like to provide you with a review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller which is compatible with Maxi Cosi car seats like Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix, Pebble and Pebble plus. This way you have got complete information and will help you decide if Maxi Cosi is the car seat for your child.

You can also decide if this stroller is something you would like to have when you are out and about with your baby.

You would need some sort of travel system for your child especially when you are out and about or for your visits to the health visitor or to the nurse. It will be easier for you as a parent as the car seat will start getting heavier as your baby grows. Also, the baby can sleepy peacefully and without any disturbance if the ride is smooth !

Review of Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller

Product name: Maxi Cosi Quinny Buzz Xtra 3 Wheel Pushchair /Stroller

Price: £349.99

Where to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Colours: Rocking Black ,Blue Base, Grey Gravel and Red Rumour

Item weight: 13 Kgs

My Rating: 4.5/5

Box Contains:

  • 1 X Pushchair
  • 1 X Maxi Cosi Seat or Quinny Cot Adapters
  • 1 X Raincover
  • 1 x Sun Canopy
  • 1 x Parasol Clip
  • 1 x Shopping Basket
  • 1 X Bumper Bar
  • 1 x Newborn insert
  • 1 x Manual

Other Features:

  • This 3 wheel pushchair is suitable from birth until 15 kg(3.5 years ).
  • Comfortable seat with newborn inserts.
  • It has 3 forward facing and 2 rearward facing recline positions which is handy for nap times.
  • Folds with seat attached in forward facing position at the click of a button !
  • Extra large canopy for different weather conditions.
  • Comes with large all terrain tyre, made of foam which will give a smooth ride on any terrain.Also it has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre the pushchair.
  • Includes a shopping basket at the bottom.

Pros

  • This 3- in- 1 pushchair can be used from birth to 3.5 years. Therefore, it is an all-in-one pushchair. You won’t need any other stroller/pushchair/buggy or travel system. After this pushchair your child will be walking or scootering or cycling everywhere!
  • Quinny have thought of everything a parent would want in the pushchair. The stroller is made of water resistant fabric on which all spills can be easily wiped clean.
  • Tyres are a great feature of this 3 wheel pushchair . They are strong all terrain tyres , which will give a smooth ride on any terrain. It has got swiveling front wheels which makes it easy to manoeuvre especially in tight places. This will be a very handy feature when your child starts growing. The best part is the tyres are injected with foam which means you will never have a puncture !
  • Quinny provides a lifetime warranty (you have to register for it online within 3 months of purchase of the pushchair), which means that if you have any problems with the pushchair , Quinny will provide support and solve it for you!
  • You can transform your pushchair into a travel system for your Maxi Cosi car seat or with the fold able carry cot(has to be bought separately).
  • The Buzz Xtra folds and unfolds automatically at a click of a button within seconds. This feature will be useful for women who have given birth by C-section .
  • It is very light and easy to wheel about.
  • Easy to use brakes just by pressing the red lever and grey leaver to release it.

= = Click here to buy Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller < = =

 

 

Cons

  • Price is steep at £349.00.
  • Only one child can be placed in it at a time. Therefore, not suitable for twins .
  • Car seat will have to be purchased separately.
  • Carry cot will have to be purchased separately, although there is a carrycot /pushchair bundle available on Amazon at  £ 498.98.
  • The pushchair will occupy a lot of space even when it is folded down.
  • Shopping basket is small but you can buy shopping clips and hang your bags on it.
  • Buggy board can be fixed to the Buzz Extra but it will have to be purchased separately.

Conclusion

Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller is a quality stroller, there is no doubt about it. But you as a parent need to decide whether, after reading all the features of the stroller, does it satisfy all your needs? For example, if you are expecting twins this is not the stroller for you or if you have very little storage space, then this might not be the stroller for you. But if you live in a small town and do lots of walking then this stroller will be very handy due to its all terrain tyre or if you already have a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix or Pebble car seat and are looking for a travel system then this is the stroller for you!

> = = Click here to buy Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller< = = 

 

If you have any experiences or opinions to share please do so via comment box. I would love to hear from you !

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Maxi Cosi Car Seat Reviews – Your Baby’s First Car Seat

Car seats are very important for babies to keep them safe during travel. If you have just given birth, you would know that they don’t discharge mother and baby from the hospital until they have checked that the parents have got a car seat to put the baby in ! I have always used Maxi Cosi Car seat for my children when they were babies therefore I would like to provide you with Maxi Cosi Car seat reviews and  Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix base review. I do hope you find it useful.

Maxi -Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £98.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Cabrio Fix

1 x newborn car seat reducer

1 x removable soft head hugger

1 x manual

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • The car seat can be installed easily with a click and go isofix base or with the car seat belt.
  • This car seat is compatible with a Maxi-Cosi or a Quinny Travel system.
  • This car seat offers an optimum side protection system which offers high protection from a side impact.
  • Practical belt hooks.
  • Provides enhanced comfort to the baby due to heavy padding on the seat
  • Includes a seat size reducer.
  • Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix can be easily transferred to a Maxi – Cosi or a Quinny travel system.
  • Available in 12 different colours.

Pros

  • This is the best brand of car seats for babies up to 1 year of age.
  • You can secure this car seat either with the seat belt of the car or with an isofix base. Isofix base would keep the car very secure. It can be used with Easy Fix(isofix) base and a Family Fix(isofix) base.
  • Car seat comes with optimum side protection .
  • Light to carry and good value for money.
  • Available in lots of good colours.
  • Newborn insert is very soft.
  • Very easy to put the baby in. No fiddly bits.
  • Very comfortable for baby to sleep in. It is very strong as well. I used my car seat(brand new) for two kids and it was still intact when my second one grew out of it.
  • It has a built- in sunshade

Cons

  • Only Maxi Cosi or Quinny travel system are compatible with the car seat that is these are the only two travel systems which are safety tested by the manufacturer. The Cabrio Fix can be fitted with adapters on other travel buggies but they are not safety tested by the manufacturer.
  • You would have to purchase the isofix base separately as it doesn’t come with the car seat.
  • You would have to buy a rain cover separately.

= = >Click here to buy Maxi-Cosi Cabrio Car Seat< = =

Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

 

Product Name: Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base ISOFIX

Where to buy: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £99.99

Ages: 0 to 12 months (or up to 13 KG)

My rating: 5/5

Box includes: 1x Maxi- Cosi Easy Fix car seat base

Other features:

  • This car seat can be used from ages 0 to 12 months or up to 13 kg of weight.
  • Easy and quick installation.It can be installed either with the isofix or with the seat belt of the car. This will give you the option to move the base from one car to another, in case you have one base but two cars.
  • Clear belt routing, belt tensioner and lock-off
  • Safe solution for cars with short belt length.
  • To be used in combination with Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix Car Seat.
  • Adjustable support leg automatically snaps into correct vertical position
  • Colour indicators which show if the installation has been done correctly or not.

Pros

  • It is significantly easier to attach the car seat on the isofix base rather than put the seat belt on the Maxi – Cosi Cabrio Fix car seat. It literally has to be “clicked in”! It has the click-and-go system.
  • The isofix base provides more security. It attaches the car seat literally to the car!
  • Easy to install the base for both isofix installation or using the seat belt of the car .
  • The support leg always snaps to its correct vertical position. Colour indicators will also give you peace of mind that the base has been installed correctly.
  • The Easy fix base is very robust and strong .
  • The base is especially good for mothers with C- section, as you don’t have to bend to secure the belt. The car seats just needs to be dropped in the base and it clicks itself in .

Cons

  • It can only be used with a Maxi – Cosi Cabrio fix car seat.
  • It is heavy so you might need help to install.
  • It is expensive but it is good value for money.
  • In some cars it might be hard to adjust the support leg.

= = > Click here to buy Maxi-Cosi Easy Fix Car Seat Base Isofix < = =

Conclusion

I had used both the Cabrio fix car seat and the easy fix base for my children and I found it very easy to put the car seat or take the car seat out from the base. Few times that I took the taxi, I found it harder to put the belt around the car seat. Therefore, I feel that if you would like to buy the Cabrio fix car seat, you should buy the Easy Fix base for more safety of your baby and your convenience .

Do you have any experiences of using the two? Would like to share your opinion ? Please do so via comment box, I would love to hear from you!

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