Reviewed by Sian Manning
I have had the absolute pleasure of receiving a range of ingenious and delightful products aimed at making life with babies and toddlers just that little bit easier and more fun this month, with the help of my boys we have enjoyed putting them all to the test. Lots of cuddles and carries, food, feeds, bubble baths and sleepy time snuggles. A fabulous range of products.
The first item that I have had the pleasure to receive to review is the brilliant Gro-clock by Gro (RRP £29.99). This clock aims to help toddlers that can’t tell the time to stay in bed until morning instead of getting up at the crack of dawn. I have a 3½ year old that loves to get up far too early so I was very eager to try this one!
It comes packaged really well and in the Gro branding that you would expect, inside you will find the instructions, the clock, the power lead and a little story book.
The clock is very simple to set up following the instructions included, it has a range of features so that you can tailor it to yours and your child’s needs. Including the option to set two different wake up times for either naps or weekends, adjustable screen brightness, an audible alarm and the option to lock the buttons from small fingers.
So we set up the clock, Thomas was excited, we sat down and we read the story – which he enjoyed very much, I showed him what would happen, then explained that the stars meant it was sleepy time and the sun meant that it was morning and he could wake up. He went to bed a very happy boy and assured me he wouldn’t be up until the sun came up too.
Now my Thomas is a cheeky monster and he shares a room with Edward who is just as much, if not slightly cheekier, Edward likes to wake up and wake Thomas up too, this doesn’t work well with the clock as Edward has no idea what it means.
The idea of the clock is fantastic and I think it would work really well with either two children that are older and can understand the concept or one child that doesn’t have a pesky younger sibling to encourage them to get up far too early! We will be persisting with this as I like my sleep and I’m sure with a little bit more time we will crack it together.
A fantastic design, easy to use, easy to understand and brilliant visual tool for little ones, so my rating is a great big 5/5. Available to buy from Gro here.
The second item that I have had to review is the Jolly Jungle Gro to Bed for single beds, also by Gro (RRP £59.99). This amazing fitted sheet, duvet cover and pillow case combination aims to bridge the gap between cot and single bed or the transition from Grobag to bedding.
The bedding set that we have is the Jolly Jungle design which is lovely and bright in lime green with lots of friendly jungle animals and is perfect for a little boy or girl.
When you take this out of the small perfectly fitting, as always beautifully designed, Gro branded box you notice immediately the brilliant quality. The fitted sheet has nice strong elastic around the edges to fit well on the mattress, it also has a long piece of elastic running across from one side of the top third of the sheet to the other to make sure the fit is perfect.
The material used is wonderfully soft, thick and feels lovely and sturdy, the colours are bright, fun and vibrant.
The fitted sheet has a zip on either side, that runs down the middle third of the bed, it holds the duvet cover to the sheet and helps to stop a wriggly monkey kicking off the covers and also helps to stop a bump onto the floor in the middle of the night. The zip is very study and very well sewn in to both pieces of fabric, the top of the zip has a little fabric flap to stop small fingers from finding it and getting stuck in it or fiddling with it instead of sleeping.
The pillow case is sewn to the fitted sheet and stops the pillow from sliding around the bed.
The duvet cover can be completely unzipped so that you can easily put the duvet into it and make the bed, it also has two poppers on the top corners to attach to the duvet (available separately and reviewed below), this stops the duvet from bunching up in the cover and allows you to make the bed even easier. Once the duvet is in the cover, you simply zip it on to the sheet and the bed is ready for your little monkey.
I have used this on my youngest sons bed (Edward), he has a small single bottom bunk bed (184cm x 80cm) and loves to kick his covers off instead of going to sleep.
The zips on the sides give enough room for a little one to climb into bed and pull the covers up without the need to undo them, although it is easy enough if you feel you need to.
So even if your child has a slightly smaller than standard single bed, this will still fit beautifully and give you the exact same features, you just tuck the sides of the fitted sheet around the mattress slightly further.
Edward loves sleeping under the duvet, he is a massive cover kicker and fidgeter and normally fights with his duvet for a good while before finally falling asleep. The first night in his big boy covers and he fell asleep within 10 minutes, no kicking, rolling or turning 180 degrees, just a peaceful happy sleep.
We have been using the sheets for nearly a week now and we haven’t had a single bed time struggle, he has been going to sleep brilliantly and even sleeping through more than he was previously. The set leaves him feeling secure and happy whilst not being restricted, he has room to move but doesn’t feel the need to be a pickle!
This set is absolutely fantastic, the price may seem a little high, however you cannot deny the quality and design that Gro offer is superb, they think of every little detail and make making a bed so much easier for you and your little one. The perfect addition to a toddler bed, whether it’s for your own child at home, for your grandchild or for sleepovers it makes them feel safe and secure and have a decent night’s sleep. I will definitely be buying another for my next baby for when she is old enough. This deserves a brilliant 5/5. Available to buy from Gro here.
Next up is the duvet for the Gro to Bed, so this review will relate to the previous one. The Gro to Bed Duvet, available in 4 and 8 tog, (RRP £24.99 / £27.99) is designed specifically to fit the Gro to Bed duvet cover, it comes packaged in the same style of box so you can see immediately the products go together.
As always when you take the duvet out of the box you immediately notice the fantastic quality that you would expect from Gro, the duvet feels soft and light and the stitching is perfect all over. There are two poppers that are perfectly placed to attach the duvet to the Gro to Bed duvet cover, these stop the duvet from sliding down inside the cover and bunching – such a brilliant idea!
The duvet is washable at 60 degrees, always a bonus with a toddler and is also available in a winter weight 8 tog version.
The perfect addition to the Gro to Bed and again it gets 5/5 from me. Available to buy from Gro here.
A slightly different Gro item this time, the Gro Light (RRP £17.99), this is a simple to install small adaptor that slots into your existing ceiling light/lamp to give a nice soft glow as well as emitting the same light as your normal bulb. It is available for both screw and bayonet fittings.
This is another brilliant thing that you had no idea you needed, until you use it and then you wonder why no one has ever thought about it before and how you lived without it. It is incredibly easy to fit, you just take out the existing bulb, pop this in and twist the bulb into it and you are done. You can then use your existing light switch to either use the Gro Light as a soft night light or as your normal bulb. One flick of the switch will give you the night light, perfect for checking in on a small person without disturbing them, night feeds, nappy changes, landing/stairs lights, even getting up and dressing without disturbing your partner.
If you want the brighter light you just flick the switch twice and you have the normal light you are used to, nothing to fiddle with and just a handy, easy to use, easy to install, compact and handy piece of kit.
You can adjust the night light brightness using the dial, so that you have the level of light you are happy with, there is no power adaptor or wires as it fits straight into the existing fitting and gives light off where you want it, instead of just at the power socket like some night lights.
Another product that I will have to buy more of, as now I have seen it and used it I can see how useful they will be on the stairs, in the bathroom, in the boy’s room, in the baby’s room, in the hallway… Another definite 5/5 here! Available to buy from Gro here.
Last up from Gro is the very cute Panda-Monium Grobag (RRP £30.99 to £35.99, depending on size and tog rating), I have this in 18-36 months, perfect for Edward who is 22 months now. Again as you would expect it comes in the same recognisable Gro packaging and you notice the quality immediately.
Once I had got it out of the packaging I noticed how big it actually is, the maximum chid length for this size is 98cm so it will also fit my nearly 4 year old Thomas too! In the same range you can also get a Grobag for children aged from 0-6 months through to 3-6 years. Ensuring they are always used to a grobag as bedding makes them feel safe and secure no matter what bed they are sleeping in.
This Grobag has a very cute unisex panda design on it, with a silky soft tummy and rosey red cheeks, he is a very friendly looking panda.
It is lovely and thin and perfect for the warmer summer months, all Grobags come complete with a number of safety features so you know you are putting your baby to sleep soundly.
Double poppers on the shoulders for extra security, a popper covering the zip to stop curious little fingers undoing it in the night and a lovely big cover over the top of the zip so that it doesn’t irritate to name just a few.
As I have mentioned previously in the Gro to Bed review, Edward is a cover kicker, the Grobag is a simple solution to making sure they cannot kick covers off in the night. It makes him sleep much more soundly and comfortably having covers on and a consistent temperature all night. The only problem we have faced is in the morning, he wants to get out of bed and go downstairs with Thomas and the only way to do that is to slither like a big caterpillar or ask Thomas to help him get it off.
The Grobag is perfect for a child that is in a cot as they are being taken out by their parents in the morning and therefore there is no need for a caterpillar crawl when getting up. For a child that has already changed to a bed it is slightly trickier as they like to get themselves out of bed and starting to play or attempting to go downstairs. Although the solution to this is the Gro to Bed set.
I do love the Grobags and they are a brilliant design, the quality speaks for itself and the safety features included in each are fantastic, for us though it just doesn’t quite fit in with our routine so I would only be able to give it a rating of 4/5. Available to buy from Gro here.
The next item I have to review is the Amawrap in Oyster Grey (RRP £39.99). This is a soft stretchy wrap made from 100% cotton and is perfect for carrying a baby from newborn to 15kgs or 33lbs, it is a one size fits all item as the material is so long and stretchy.
I took the Amawrap out of the box, it then comes in a lovely matching carry bag, meaning that you can hang it up on a coat hook or keep it nice and compactly in the changing bag ready for use. We took it out of the bag and set to having a quick go. I have used lots of wraps and carriers in the past so was quite confident on what I was doing as was my willing assistant Edward. We still used the instructions included in the booklet, the instructions are easy to follow with both pictures and text to and if you prefer a video tutorial there is one available on the website. Edward is around 24lb and is 22 months old, so on the heavier/older end for a stretchy wrap and I am 30 weeks pregnant, the wrap still offered a very supportive and comfortable carry for both of us.
So comfortable for Edward that he fell asleep after only a few minutes, he loves the comfort and closeness of being wrapped and this one certainly didn’t disappoint him!
The wrap itself is beautiful quality, it is lovely and soft and very well made. It is not too thick that you will be hot on a warm day and as it is made from cotton it is a very breathable and comfortable fabric. It is also not too thin, so that you know that your baby will be well supported and feel secure the entire time they are being carried.
The Amawrap is designed to help you carry your baby close, this provides safety and security to your baby, it is comfortable for both the baby and the wearer and follows the T.I.C.K.S rules for safe baby wearing, there are a number of different carries shown within the booklet from newborn to nursing and the basic carry all following the safety guidelines. There is also a handy section in the instructions that gives you some information on the benefits of baby wearing, some safety advice and also the reason why some carries are not recommended.
Edward and I are very much in agreement that the Amawrap is a must have for any new parents that are looking for a safe and convenient way to carry their babies, Mums, Dads, Nannys or Grandads the wrap is suitable for all. It offers an easy way of being able to carry the baby safely while still having your hands free to do other things or look after other children. It also offers the freedom of walking around without a buggy or pram especially good for narrow shops or outings where taking a pushchair is impractical. I would rate this as 5/5. Available to buy from Amawrap here.
This body suit from Bambini and Me (RRP £15) comes beautifully packaged and is ideal as a gift for a new baby. It is made from a 70% bamboo and 30% cotton mix, meaning that it is super soft and kind to a new baby’s delicate skin.
The body suit that I have is a beautiful blossom pink, in 0-3 months, it has a very cute bird pattern on it very similar to the brand logo. The suit itself is very well made, it is beautifully stitched with no pulls or loose threads to be seen. The neckline instead of being a normal envelope style neck has 4 poppers to create a lovely big opening perfect for getting over heads or down over bottoms for a very dirty nappy explosion. The bottom has two poppers for fastening over the nappy. The arm, neck and leg holes are nice and wide so there is no digging in from any of the fabric being too tight. There is also no neck label in the back of the garment so that there is nothing extra there that will irritate delicate newborn skin. The full washing details are on a label inside the body of the body suit so you know exactly how to care for the item to keep it at its best.
There are a number of benefits for choosing something made of this material, of course the first one you notice immediately is how soft the body suit is straight out of the packaging. It is brilliant for sensitive skin due to the fibres of bamboo being so smooth compared to other fabrics, it is easily washable on a 30-degree wash and dries quickly. Its breathable, eco-friendly, biodegradable, good for the soil and the best bit, it’s made of a completely different type of bamboo to the type that pandas eat!! If you want some more information on bamboo you can find lots on www.bambiniandme.com.
These body suits are beautiful and come in a range of designs and colours so that you can choose something that suits the baby that you are buying for. A really beautiful purchase that will last and wear very well. Rating 5/5. Available to buy from Bambini and Me here.
This Blackberry and Apple Hair & Body wash (RRP £3.99 250ml / £1.75 50ml) smells absolutely divine, as soon as it arrived through the post and I opened the envelope I couldn’t wait to get the boys in the bath – in fact I almost didn’t want to wash them in it and thought about using it for myself! If I could leave a scent on this review for you to smell you would want to immediately bathe in it too, it is not overpowering, just a delicious smell that you want to smell over and over again.
So we ran upstairs and drew up a bath, we poured some in the bath to see if we could also use it as a bubble bath, which I and the boys are pleased to say we could (they love bubbles). They then had a lovely bath and finished off by washing all over hair and body with the amazing smelling soapy liquid before having a quick rinse off. The scent lasts well and even when the boys were dry and dressed for bed you could still smell the lovely aroma in their hair. Definitely need to find a lot of excuses for cuddles to keep smelling this one, nothing better than a clean, wonderfully smelling baby cuddle!
This wonderful little bottle of delightfully fruity fragrance is also exceptionally kind to skin, it is made with Argan oil and is friendly to sensitive and eczema prone skin. It cleans the messiest of monsters with ease, it is delicate enough for the most sensitive of hair and skin types and smells amazing. What more could you want from bath time? Rating 5/5. Available to buy from Childs Farm here.
Next up from Childs Farm is the Baby Essentials Gift Set (RRP £9.99). A lovely little set containing baby body wash, baby moisturiser, baby bedtime bubbles and nappy cream. They come in a cute little gift box that is ideal as a present for new parents so that they have everything together that they will need for a new arrival. Or you could buy it for yourself so that you have all the products together for packing in your hospital bag. The bottles are all a good size for travelling of 50ml and the nappy cream 15ml.
Again the products are extra sensitive and kind to newborn skin and eczema prone skin too. The baby wash is fragrance free, the baby moisturiser is made with shea and cocoa butter and the bedtime bubbles are fragranced with organic tangerine. As with the other Childs Farm products, anything that has a scent, has to be smelt to be believed, the tangerine fragrance in the bedtime bubbles is so fresh and fruity it smells like you have just peeled a tangerine when you run a bath. The fragrance is just beautiful and really carries through the bubbles to leave you with a beautifully clean and wonderful smelly baby.
The moisturiser leaves skin feeling smooth and nourished without being heavy or greasy, it has a light scent and is perfect for a quick massage before bed or even to put on during the day on any dry or rough skin. My eldest son gets eczema and although he is nearly 4 this moisturiser has really worked wonders on his skin, leaving him with no itchiness and just nice smooth, soft and moisturised skin.
This is a beautiful little set and just perfect for a baby shower gift, a gift for new parents or a little set to take to hospital ready for your new arrival (which is exactly what I will be doing). You know with the Happy Skin Promise (you can see more about this on the products and website) that they are gentle and kind enough for even the youngest and most sensitive of skin. Rating 5/5. Available to buy from Childs Farm here.
We were sent a variety of pouches to try for this one from for aisha (RRP £1.45 per pouch) the flavours we were sent to try are;
Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
Tomato and Chunky Chickpea Curry
Mild Curried Chicken Dahl
Moroccan Chicken Tagine
They are a range of foods that all contain pure ingredients, exciting and exotic tastes that are good for your baby containing fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices and are all halal.
The food that we were sent are all in beautifully colourful and decorated pouches, they are all suitable for 7 months + so the second stage of weaning where lumps and texture is started to be explored.
For this review we borrowed a friend and her baby as my boys are a little old for weaning, although we did all have a taste, mums, baby and the boys. As obviously we needed everyone’s opinions to give a fair judgement – that and the boys can never be left out where food is concerned!
We tried them all in the above order and found them all to be rather tasty, now I have tried baby food before, normally the stuff in jars and it is quite usually bland and tasteless. These pouches on the other hand all have a really good flavour, without being overpowering for little tastebuds. The flavours are fresh and you actually can taste what you are eating, the curries taste like curries, the shepherd’s pie like shepherd’s pie, not something that I have ever experienced with baby food in the past.
The pouches are great for food on the go as they are easy to pack into the changing bag, there is no glass that can be smashed and are easy to use straight from the pouch or heated and then served from a bowl.
All of the flavours sound and taste delicious, they are brilliant for introducing a wide range of new tastes to your baby without the need for you to do all of the complicated cooking yourself, also being halal they are a nutritional option that is available to all. Rating 5/5. For stockists click here.
First up for review from Loveyush is the Belgravia breastfeeding scarf in Olive Grey (RRP £34.79), this scarf is designed to offer a stylish cover for breastfeeding mums and when it’s not being used for feeding it can be used as a neck scarf. It comes in a lovely gift box and is wrapped in tissue paper, it looks lovely and would make a perfect gift for a new mummy.
This scarf/cover is different to many breastfeeding covers as it is so easy to put on and use, it is a large square of fabric with an opening in the middle for you to put over your head. The scarf is big enough to cover over your front, down your back and also the sides making sure you maintain modesty and no one can see anything while you are feeding. This scarf also has the added benefit of a structured, rigid neck, meaning that when you are sat to feed you can see the baby at all times and the baby can also see you, maintaining eye contact and bonding time.
The fabric is lovely and light, not too thick so even though you will have an extra layer over you both you will not get too hot even on a hot summers day. The lightweight cotton is breathable and soft and the whole scarf is also handmade in London, the quality is very good over the whole scarf with no pulls or missed stitches. The scarf is washable at 30 degrees so if it does get a little dirty it is easy to care for and all care instructions are on the label.
The pattern on the scarf is a lovely checked grey, it is a nice muted colour and offers a stylish solution to breastfeeding in public for mums that feel a little self-conscious and want an easy way to cover up without drawing lots of attention to themselves, while still being able to see and interact with their baby. Rating 5/5. Available to buy from Loveyush here.
Next up from Loveyush is the Caledonian scarf in blue (RRP £34.79) this scarf is very similar to the Belgravia scarf apart from one key difference, this scarf does not have the rigid neck line. Instead it just has the head opening sewn into the middle of the scarf. It still offers the same benefits, front, back and side coverage and is a discreet option for feeding in public. This scarf came in a lovely organza bag, again very pretty and lovely a present for a new mum.
This scarf is a more rounded design, it is made from a slightly thicker feeling cotton and has a much bolder brighter design, the blue and black really stands out and will make a stylish addition to any outfit as a scarf. The scarf offers complete coverage and allows a nursing mum to feel more confident when their baby needs feeding outside of the home. The scarf offers a quick and easy solution to feeding and allows the mum and baby some privacy while still allowing mum to see that baby and baby to see mum. Although without the rigid neckline this is a little harder as the scarf decides where it is going to lie.
As with the Belgravia scarf the Caledonian scarf offers an easy, stylish, practical solution to nursing in public. It is perfect for any new mums who feel nervous or self-conscious to feed in public. Rating 4.5/5. Available to buy from Loveyush here.
Reviewed by David Savage
It’s been 10 years since Trunki appeared on Dragon’s Den and launched its children’s ride-on suitcase that has gone on to sell over 3 million cases. So Happy Birthday Trunki.
There are now 21 different designs available with different characters (you can even design and customize your own) and we were extremely delighted to receive the new Boris the Bus Trunki.
Luckily enough, the Trunki arrived while the twins were at school so I had a chance to look it over before they saw and took over!
For those that have never heard of Trunki, it is a child-sized ride-on suitcase that children can pull along, sit on and ride or sit on and be pulled along.
Boris the Bus is bright red and looks like a London double-decker bus. As one of the twins is bus mad, this will be perfect for him.
Firstly, the tech specs; the Trunki has an 18 litre capacity, has secure lockable catches, it has a carry handles and tow strap with key, it is lightweight and durable at approx. 1.7kg (3.8lb), a comfy saddle and horns grips for stability, soft rubber trim, internal pocket and an internal teddy bear seatbelt. It also comes with 2 free sheets of animal stickers for the children to customize the case – they can stick animals in the bus windows to make it look like the bus is carrying passengers. It measures 46 x 21 x 31cm, has a maximum ride-on weight limit of 50kg (110lb) and comes with a massive 5-year guarantee. It is made from the same lightweight, durable plastic you would find in adult suitcases so should stand the test of time (just have to see have it stands up to twin toddlers when they get home from school!).
It is also hand luggage approved by Ryanair, Easyjet, Thomson, First Choice and Flybe. Hand luggage allowances vary between airlines so it is advisable to check with your airline before flying.
So far it looks a good quality suitcase, so just waiting for the kids to get home from school to test drive it!
Once the kids got home from school they saw the box for the Trunki straight away and couldn’t wait to see what was inside and start playing. The bus mad twin had the biggest smile on his face when he saw the new red bus!
After showing them that they could sit on it and ride it, they were off. They spent the next 30 minutes riding it around the living room and hallway. I then showed them how to open the Trunki, where they found the stickers and then started to add the stickers to the bus windows. Now each window on the Trunki bus features an animal passenger.
Both boys love riding around on Boris and filling it with their wooden trains. But I needed to see how much it would actually hold. So after they had gone to bed I packed Boris with items that I would need for a day out with the kids; a complete change of clothes each, plastic pac-a-macs, their portable toilet seat adapter (they don’t like using adult toilet seats so we have a portable one that we take everywhere) and spare shoes. Boris held enough for both boys comfortably and the teddy bear seatbelt (elasticated straps) held the portable toilet seat in place quite nicely so didn’t rattle around. Boris held enough for a day out for boys for a day out, and even better was that I wouldn’t have to carry it as they could ride it wherever possible or with the aid of the tow strap can pull it behind them. If does have two carry handles for when I do need to carry it.
Overall, Boris the Bus Trunki not only looks great but is extremely practical and holds a fair amount of clothing etc. The soft rubber trim will stop children from hurting their fingers should they close it on their fingers and as the Trunki is a pull-along/ride-on suitcase children won’t hurt their backs carrying heavy luggage or a backpack.
We love Boris the Bus. It looks great, is strong and very durable, it has enough space for a child’s clothing and accessories for days out and holidays. Not only is it practical as hand luggage but it is a soft and comfortable seat for when your toddler gets tired of walking. And as a ride on, helps them burn off excess energy by pushing themselves around (or in the case of the twins, one sitting on it while the other is pulling it).
A great item and definitely worth the retail price of £44.99, especially as it can be used even when not travelling anywhere! Rating: 5/5. Available to buy from Trunki here.
Reviewed by David Ashworth
As any parent of young children will agree, bath times can be an especially sacred bonding experience between a mother/father and their child. An opportunity to introduce them to the cleansing waters and watch them turn into waterbabies right before your eyes.
On the other hand, bath times can simply be an opportunity for your children to splash you to the point that you might have well just jumped in with them… fully clothed!
The solution to this problem?
The original Cuddledry?
The Cuddledry (RRP £29.99) is a handsfree baby bath towel and is made from unbleached cotton and natural bamboo fibre, making it extremely soft and delicate for babies and young children, even those with sensitive skin. It is easily attached via two press stud buttons and worn like an apron to protect the parent’s torso and upper legs from any splash back whilst keeping your arms free and totally unobstructed whist bathing your youngsters. It comes in a range of colours and designs including animal prints, like cow and giraffe, and other similar products for older children.
Having two children under the age of two, one of whom is a two week old girl, my partner and I were very eager to receive this product and give it a go.
When we received the Grey Stars Cuddledry, we noticed that the packaging was very eye catching, even though it uses soft colours to represent the nature of the product for wet use. Down one side of the front of the box is a list of awards and recommendations from well-known and trusted companies such as ‘Mum’, ‘Best Buy’ and ‘Star Buy’ and simple step-by-step pictures of how to apply and use the towel correctly. On the back of the box is a list of features and instructions for using the Cuddledry, which although basic, provide you with enough knowledge to use this product confidently.
Upon opening the Cuddledry you cannot help but notice how incredibly soft and fleece like this product is, and although after first washing the product we noticed a slight drop in the overall ‘fluffiness’ of the Cuddledry, it was still extremely soft and comforting to the touch. Also the antibacterial properties highlighted by the manufacturer seemed to prevent the Cuddledry from having that moist wet towel smell after it was used and left to air dry, instead it smelt as fresh and felt as good as it did when we first opened it.
The two press stud button clasp makes the Cuddledry very easy to put on yet feels surprisingly secure and gives the parent wearing it an overwhelming sense of safety for their own wellbeing and that of the child. That said removing the Cuddledry towel is just as easy as pulling the studs apart allowing for quick removal of the towel so you can get on with dressing and preparing your children for the day ahead. The towel hangs freely from the neck and provides no more discomfort than a standard apron. the width of the shoulder straps and the softness of the towel extends from child to parent and even when dripping wet the Cuddledry towel is very comfortable to wear.
Perhaps the most endearing feature of the Cuddledry that we noticed is the bonding it allows between child and parent. By having both hands free, the Cuddledry lets you hold the baby close to your chest whilst having a free hand to wrap the baby in the Cuddledry and a secure baby hood in the bottom corner of the towel, which not only helps dry the baby’s head and keeps them warm but also secures the towel in place whilst you cradle and dry your baby. This feature by far stood out to me as it is the first time our two week old daughter has not cried from being taken out of the bath. This was extremely comforting to me as a father to know that my baby daughter felt safe and secure as well as close to her parent.
The Cuddledry boasts a double-layer system which draws water away from the baby’s skin and hair. We found this feature worked exceptionally well as our baby was dry in less than two minutes with minimal rubbing or wiping. This lack of friction on baby’s skin kept her calm and comfortable and allowed us to basically dry her by cuddling her, making getting her out of the bath a very calming and enjoyable task as opposed to the usual screaming and sense of urgency we were previously used to.
When rating this product out of five stars I faced a real dilemma. I so strongly feel that this product is worthy of a five star rating for the comfort and quality of the Cuddledry and the ease and security it gave my partner and I, whilst bathing her. On the other hand, this is a luxury item as opposed to a necessity and although it would make a perfect gift for parents with a young baby or a fun purchase for families with plenty of expendable income, for families on a budget this may feel like a far more frivolous spend when you have perfectly good towels at home. Rating: 4/5. Available to buy from Cuddledry here.
I don’t think we could have had a better array of items for babies and toddlers to review as a roundup for September, they have all been brilliant, some things that I didn’t even know existed, some things I had no idea we had a need for but all of them have found themselves a well-deserved place in our home.
They will all be used and loved and we will be shouting about them from the rooftops to whoever will listen to us. If you are unsure of what to buy new parents for an unusual gift idea or you are a new parent yourself and are looking for something to fulfil a need you won’t go wrong buying one of the items from this rather exciting list of innovations, delicious foods or amazing smelling bath products.