31 March 2015

Review: Boba Wrap from Slumber-Roo

Babywearing is something I was never really aware of when I had my son, Logan, 5 years ago. Don't get me wrong I saw the odd baby carrier floating around but I never realised how vast the world of baby wearing actually is! I decided this time round with my daughter, Harlow, that I'd quite like to give it a go and see if it makes any difference to our lives or if it's just another one of those baby products which are nice to have but not really necessary.

I've recently become an ambassador for Slumber-Roo who are passionate about baby wearing and provide many different styles and brands of baby carriers. Harlow and I were sent the Boba Wrap to test out and review ourselves so here's what we thought.

We received a Sangria coloured Boba Wrap to try and what a beautiful rich colour. Lots of people have commented on how bright and eye catching it is. The Boba arrived in it's own neat little box with carry handle. The box has lots of lovely pictures on it, as well as a quick demo guide of how to wear the wrap. Inside was the Boba Wrap along with a carry bag which is made of the same material and has a drawstring tie at the top to keep your Boba safe and clean. You get 3 different leaflets within the box as well. One detailing The Benefits of Babywearing, a Babywearing Safety Manual and the Boba Wrap Instructions Manual.

The wrap itself is very very very long, I totally wasn't expecting it to be so long but it needs to be to fit round your body and hold your baby of course. I'm around 5ft8in in height and I can fold the wrap in half and hold it up beside my head and it still touches the ground. It's made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex which means it's super stretchy. Think super stretchy mum from The Incredibles film and that gives you an idea of just how stretchy this wrap is. It's suitable from newborn to toddler (up to 35lbs), one size really does fit all and you can machine wash it so not to worry if baby has a sicky or your toddler drops a snack down it. The Boba costs between £38-£52 depending on which colour takes your fancy.

Before I got stuck into the world of baby wearing I thought it only sensible that I read the leaflets provided with the wrap so I knew what I was doing. I've never tried a babywearing wrap before so this was all very new to me and a bit scary. I read the Babywearing Safety Manual first which basically details the following;
  • Make sure your baby can breathe at all times.
  • Never allow your baby to be carried, held, or placed in a position that curls the head against the chest as this can restrict your baby's ability to breathe.
  • Never allow your baby's head and face to be covered with fabric.
  • Never jog, run or do any other activity that subjects your baby to strong shaking or bouncing motions.
  • Never use a baby carrier when riding in a car or while riding a bike.
  • Only use carriers that are appropriate for your baby's age and weight.
  • Inspect your carrier regularly to make sure it is sound.
  • It is always important to avoid activities with an increased risk of falls.
  • If you need to wear protective gear while doing something, you shouldn't do it while carrying a baby.
  • Be sure to protect babies from the elements.
  • Be aware of what your baby can reach.
  • Your baby's nose should be at least parallel to the floor at all times.
  • Be cautious when eating hot food or consuming hot beverages when your baby is in the carrier.
  • Support your baby with your arms when leaning or bending over.

As you can see there's quite a few things you need to avoid whilst babywearing and most are common sense but they're all worth being aware of especially if you've never attempted babywearing before. After this leaflet I moved onto The Benefits of Babywearing, which there are a lot of by the way but here are a few of my favourites;
  • It's convenient.
  • Helps you to interact with your other children while holding your little one close at the same time.
  • Regulates your baby's body temperature.
  • Allows you to safely move about with baby regardless of terrain.
  • Babies get a better view of the world.
  • Babies cry less.
  • Supports arousal regulation - when held upright on their mother's chests babies spend more time in a quiet alert state, the optimum state for observing and processing.
Last but not least I moved onto the Boba Wrap Instructions Manual which gives a step by step photo guide accompanied by written instructions of how to wear your wrap. The instructions are really good and so much better than most products however if you're like me and you learn by someone actually physically showing you how to do something then you may find the photo instructions and written instructions a little tricky. Not to worry though as there's some great tutorial videos on the Boba website for you to watch at your leisure. There's also YouTube of course for more how to videos. These videos really helped Harlow and I. At the start I really worried I was doing something wrong and had a panic that Harlow would fall out but I persisted and with the help of the videos my confidence grew.

The beginning of our babywearing journey wasn't easy, Harlow was still small and she must have only been around 4-5 weeks old when we tried out the wrap. I wasn't confident in what I was doing at all so my first few attempts fell flat as I was worried I hadn't tied the wrap properly, or I hadn't positioned Harlow properly, or Harlow wouldn't stop crying, or she was just too hungry and trying to feed and I couldn't get a position quick enough for her to latch on. I left it a week or two before trying again since Harlow would be a bit bigger and maybe I'd feel a bit more confident after watching some more tutorial videos. I'm glad I didn't give up as we finally cracked it.

The Boba is very comfortable to wear, it doesn't dig into your body at all even with baby in their however it does make my hip fat plump out a bit. Small price to pay for a happy baby and comfy wrap. The one thing that does irritate me when putting the wrap on is that it makes your top ride up on you and I wouldn't want to be flashing my tummy in public however once the wraps in place and you've adjusted your top it doesn't ride up any more. As previously mentioned the wrap is super long and for that reason I've never tried to put it on outside before because it's guaranteed to get dirty on the tail ends which hit the floor. I'm sure I could get round this though depending on where I was going i.e. if I was travelling in the car and taking the wrap with me to an animal park I'm sure I could quickly put the wrap on in their reception so it didn't get dirty from outside.

The wrap is also handy if you've got other children and you need to see to their needs as well as your baby. I'm lucky that Logan is quite understanding as he's a bit older however it doesn't stop him from shouting for snacks after school or asking me to play a game with him and I just can't do it when I'm holding a baby! For this reason the Boba Wrap is invaluable, it snugly and securely holds your baby whilst you tend to your other children or get on with daily tasks.

Overall I'm going to give the Boba Wrap an 8 out of 10. It's comfy to wear, easy to use when you eventually get the hang of it (might take a few attempts but worth it), perfect for using when out and about where prams can't access, keeps your hands free for other children and general day to day tasks, keeps baby happy, safe and secure and helps your baby have a much needed sleep! Or at least it does for Harlow anyway - she's a sleep fighting baby!! The only issue I really had was at the very start and how to go about learning to use the Boba Wrap. I found it a bit fiddly and frustrating but the more I practiced the better I got and it takes me seconds to put the wrap on now. I would recommend this wrap to friends and family, it's definitely worth it.

Mummy's rating - 8/10
Harlow's rating - 8/10

Please visit www.slumber-roo.co.uk for more products and information. You can also see what they get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pop over and say hello!

I was provided with the Boba Wrap free of charge in order for me to conduct this review. All opinions are my own.

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29 March 2015

Silent Sunday 29.03.15 - Week 13


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25 March 2015

Giveaway: Cantaloop Nursing Bra

Breastfeeding is a fabulous natural experience and to make it even better I have a lovely giveaway today for you on the blog. To aid your breastfeeding journey I always think you need to start with a good nursing bra hence the reason why I have one Cantaloop Adjustable Drop Cup Feeding/Nursing Bra in either black or white (your choice) to give away.

Here's some info on this lovely bra: "A drop cup bra with adjustable straps and back closure. Two side panels strategically placed for growth when breast start making milk. Crimping between the breast increases the ´V´ effect in the front for wear with a t-shirt/low top. The tight knit under the bras substitutes under wire resulting in extra support & "lifting" of the breasts." Available in black or white and sizes; small, medium and large.

So to be in with a chance of winning this lovely nursing bra simply enter via the rafflecopter widget below, and don't worry if you don't win this giveaway as you can always purchase your own straight from Boots.com.

23 March 2015

Bargains of The Week - w/c 16.03.15

I've not posted a Bargains of The Week for ages now as frankly I just haven't had much time with running around after a 5 year old and a now 10 week old baby. Silly me thought I would just be able to get on with things as normal, how wrong was I! I'd completely forgotten how much time babies actually take up but of course I wouldn't change it for the world.

Anyway, last week I managed to snaffle some bargains here and there and thought it's about time I shared with you all so here's what bargains I've been purchasing.

Debenhams Kids Clothes
Some of you might have spotted Debenhams have a sale on at the moment and you're getting some right bargains, especially in their kids clothes department. I had a browse online as haven't had a chance to pop in to store, and spotted some really cute items for baby girl. I ordered around 6 items however 4 came back out of stock so only 2 were delivered, gutted! The 2 items of clothing that were delivered are super cute though. I managed to get the velour blue cat face sleepsuit for £3.00 when it should have been £10, and the knitted bear face dress was £4.20 reduced from £14. Really pleased with these and they're both size 6-9 months for when she's a little older. Best stocking up now when I spot the bargains, baby girl will be in these size clothes before I know it!

Sainsbury's Kids Clothes
My local Sainsbury's also seem to be having a bit of a clear out of their kids clothes at the moment and I managed to grab some more clothes for baby girl but sadly only one t-shirt for Logan. It seems the older he gets the less bargains I can get for him clothes wise. Not that he needs anymore clothes mind you but the t-shirt I found was a minecraft one and only £2.80 so I just had to get it.

For baby girl I purchased the 6-9 months spotty pink top for £1.25 down from £2.50, the 9-12 months bunny top also £1.25 reduced from £2.50 and the four pack of Christmas tops in a size 9-12 months for £5.00 reduced from £10.00. They're the perfect size for Christmas this year so very happy with that.

Sainsbury's Children's Books
We love books in our house and you might have even read my post of More Children's Books That Are Fun For Mum & Dad recently. One of the books I mentioned in that post was No Matter What and would you believe they have the board book copy in Sainsbury's at the moment for a pretty decent price. Can't remember exactly but I know it's cheaper than Amazon.

I also spotted this lovely book set (photo below) of Storytime with Sophie. It's a 2 book set in which both books are touch and feel so perfect for little ones. Makes a great present for any time of year but since Easters coming up it's a perfect present for then especially for babies who can't eat food yet/ don't like chocolate/ or can't have it for any reason. Luckily if you can't get to Sainsbury's this book set is also on Amazon for £4.00 with Prime delivery. Just type 'Storytime with Sophie' into the search bar and it should appear.

As you can see not many bargains last week but I'd love to hear of any bargains you've managed to purchase recently.

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22 March 2015

Review: Munchkin Bath Toys

In our house we love bath time. It's a great way to calm the kids down and have some quiet play time before bed. I'd been meaning to invest in some new bath toys as Logan's had some of his for years now and they really just need throwing out as they're done. Luckily for Logan and Harlow Munchkin got in touch and asked if we'd like to review some of their cool bath toys, and of course I happily accepted.

Here's how Munchkin describe themselves: "Munchkin develops clever, innovative products for babies and children that anticipate and serve parents’ needs by thinking of “the little things.” Founded in 1991 in Los Angeles, California, Munchkin now has 7 offices worldwide. We are passionate, creative, and believe in only making the best products that are trusted and effective. We invite you to explore our website and help us rid the world of all things mundane!"

Munchkin products certainly aren't mundane and my two didn't think so anyway, especially Logan when he spotted the bath toys we'd been sent to review. We received The Scooper Hooper, Swimming Scuba Buddy and Squirtin' Farmyard Friends toys.

The Scooper Hooper
This bath toy is for 12 months + and has two uses really. As the name suggests you can use it as a 'scooper' i.e. scooping the balls out of the water like a fishing net as the netting is closed or 'hooper' as in similar to playing basket ball but the balls stay in the net instead of dropping through. To play with this toy as a ball and hoop you simply stick the end of the handle to your bathroom tiles using the handy fixed green suction cup. It's quite a big suction cup and holds really well. Logan managed to attach it to the tiles himself and had to exert a little bit of force whilst trying to remove it so thumbs up for staying stuck. So many bath toys with suction cups stick but eventually fall which is very frustrating when your child is trying to play a game, I'm glad to say this hasn't happened with The Scooper Hooper.

As you can see from the photo you get 3 balls with this toy, which float in the water by the way. The purple one has raised doughnut type circles on it, the red one has yellow wavy raised stripes all the way around it and the green one has little sparkles through the plastic with little bumpy nodules all over the surface. All are great for sensory bath play (even the net handle has raised orange splodges on it) and all double as squirters as the balls are softish to squish and can take on water. Logan really enjoyed this toy as it had so many different functions and the only issue I had was getting it out of the packing. It was the other half who actually opened it but he said it was fiddly and took forever where as the other toys we received opened in seconds. RRP £5.99

Swimming Scuba Buddy
This was the toy that Logan spotted first. I'm not entirely sure why but it may be because it's blue and blue is his favourite colour. The Swimming Scuba Buddy is for 9 months + and is designed in the shape of a cute swimming penguin who has a little diving mask/ goggles over his eyes. He has little yellow feet at the back of his body and in the middle is his flippers and that's where the action happens. To make the Swimming Scuba Buddy swim you hold his feet at the back with one hand and turn his flippers anti-clockwise with the other hand, place him in the water, let go of his flippers and away he goes. This little guy actually swims really well and quite fast through the water. Logan loved it and was able to use the toy himself and Harlow really enjoyed watching. I found that this wind up toy was easy to dry off as well after being used in the bath. I basically just gave it a shake to get rid of any excess water then placed on the side of the bath to dry out. The next night when I was getting the kids ready for bath time again I checked the Swimming Scuba Buddy and was pleasantly surprised to find him bone dry. I hate bath toys that retain bath water in any shape or form as it doesn't feel clean to me.

As with all wind up toys there's always a chance that kids can take it too far and wind the toy up too much. Logan has done this a couple of times where we've heard the dreaded clicking noise and luckily the Swimming Scuba Buddy has survived so far and still works perfectly. I just have to keep reminding Logan not to turn the flippers too far. For sensory reasons Logan likes to put a lot of things, including toys, in his mouth so he's had the penguins feet in his mouth which seems to have taken some of the yellow paint off the feet which is a shame. Apart from that though this toy has been super fun. RRP £4.99

Squirtin' Farmyard Friends
Every child loves a squirty bath toy and the Squirtin' Farmyard Friends do just that, squirt water. They're designed for 9 months + but I'm sure younger children would like them just as much as older children. I know Harlow took an interest in the bright colours and liked to have water squirted on her tummy from them. Logan enjoyed them just as much and it gave him a chance to interact with his baby sister in the bath. You get 8 different farmyard animals in this pack for RRP £9.99. There's a pink pig, blue sheep, green frog, yellow duck, white chicken, orange horse, red owl and white & black cow. You can get a smaller pack of 4 animals (chicken, sheep, cow & pig) for RRP £5.99 but I like the variety in the 8 pack.

These Squirtin's Farmyard Friends are great, they're very colourful, easy to squish to take on water (easier than The Scooper Hooper balls) and dry out nicely when bath time is over and all the water is squeezed out of them. Logan's had a munch on these too however none of the colouring has been affected. They're also fab for younger children when trying to teach them about farm animals and the noises they make. You could even sing Old MacDonald Had a Farm if you wanted too.

Overall these are lovely bath toy products for you little ones and are sure to keep them occupied and happy while you flutter around trying to wash them. Pricing all seems fair to me and these toys can be purchased directly from the Munchkin website. We really enjoyed these bath toys even though Logan is 5 years old and Harlow is 10 weeks old, they both still got a lot out of them in their own way. Logan preferred the Swimming Scuba Buddy and got bored of the other toys quicker and Harlow enjoyed looking at everything really. I'm sure once she starts to grasp things she'll enjoy them even more. It was a shame that the paint on the feet of the Swimming Scuba Buddy started to peel a bit when Logan put it in his mouth, that was the only real down side to the toy but apart from that he loved it.

Mummy's rating - 8/10
Logan's rating - 7/10
Harlow's rating - 8/10

Please visit www.munchkin.com/uk/ for more products and information. You can also see what Munchkin get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pop over and say hello!

I was provided with one set of each of these toys in order for me to conduct this review. All opinions are my own.

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13 March 2015

Mumpreneur - Slumbersac

Today I have a lovely Mumpreneur feature for you from Karina, the mum behind Slumbersac. Karina has been kind enough to spare some of her busy time and tell us all about her journey. Check out the Slumbersac products at at www.slumbersac.co.uk.

1. So first things first, tell me a little bit about yourself and your family?
I am originally from Germany but have lived in the UK for over 7 years now. I have a 6 year old daughter Katie and we have 2 dogs, cocker spaniel Holly and dachshund Lottie. My husband Neil is working for the business too and is in charge of our warehouse.

2. What's the story behind Slumbersac?
Slumbersac was founded 13 years ago when baby sleeping bags were a brand new product and there weren’t any other brands other than Grobag around. 5 years ago I started as a distributor for the Slumbersac brand in Germany and then took over the company completely in 2012 when the previous owner and founder of Slumbersac retired. The company has now grown to 6 times the size in the last 3 years and we have plans to continue with our growth in Europe and Internationally.

3. Where there any struggles along the way?
Getting finances to enable our growth over the last 3 years has been our biggest challenge.

4. Looking back is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
No, not really. I obviously made a few mistakes along the way but I don’t know any business man or woman who hasn’t.

5. What keeps you motivated as a businesswoman?
The success of the brand, the great customer feedback we receive and working with a fantastic team. Every day brings new opportunities and challenges, it never gets boring and you keep learning new things all the time along the way.

6. Are there any new projects in the pipeline?
Yes, we have a busy year ahead of us.
1. Slumbersac is going global. We launched in the US end of last year and are planning to launch in Canada, Australia and China in 2015.
2. We are introducing a new line of 100% cotton muslin sleeping bags
3. We are working on a brand new baby travel accessory that has never been seen before.
4. We are planning to introduce sleep suits and body suits to match our sleeping bags in 2015.

7. A lot of mums would love to work for themselves, what advice can you give them?
Try and get as much support as you can from family and friends. I couldn’t have done what I did without the support of my family and friends. Although working for yourself is a lot more flexible it can be very lonely and you tend to work long hours once the kids are in bed. When I first started my own business I worked from home and I missed the social aspect of going to work in an office and having colleagues to chat to.

11 March 2015

Review: Slumbersac Baby Sleeping Bag

Baby sleep is a much talked about subject for new mums and it seems to be a hot topic at the baby groups I attend at the moment, especially since a lot of the mums have young babies. Luckily for some their little lambs sleep a full 12 hours right through (I'm actually so jealous) but for others, such as myself, this just isn't the case. I'm not saying Harlow's a bad sleeper, some nights she'll get up 4-5 times for a feed and other nights it'll only be once or twice, but anything that will help her sleep for longer is a bonus for me. That is why, my dear readers, that when Slumbersac offered Harlow and I the chance to test out one of their baby sleeping bags I happily said yes.

Slumbersac is a young but fast growing family business that is based in Dorest in the UK. It's run by Karina Grassy with help from family and a small team of employees. Karina is mum to her 6 year old daughter who has been using Slumbersac sleeping bags ever since she was born, and she still continues to do product testing when it's called for.

First impressions are good, the packaging is simple with your sleeping bag popped into a zip lock style bag which also contains the product information. The zip lock bag is handy for keeping the sleeping bag clean whilst storing or transporting when not being used, and I've actually kept the product information sheet as it's handy so there was no packing to throw away. I don't think that's ever happened before!

Harlow received the Forest Friends design Slumbersac which is super cute and suitable for a boy or girl. It's made from soft white jersey cotton and features some adorable forest animal embroidery on the front and on the back it has the forest friends characters printed all over. The outer fabric and lining is made from 100% jersey cotton and the baby sleeping bags are padded with soft polyester fleece which allows them to dry quickly after washing and helps to prevent allergies. The Forest Friends design comes in four different sizes (0-6mths, 6-18mths, 12-36mths & 3-6yrs) and two different tog ratings (2.5 tog & 3.5 tog). Harlow was obviously sent the 0-6 months size and I chose to have the 2.5 tog since our house temperature generally doesn't drop below 18oc at night.

This sleeping bag really is lovely. It's been washed a good few times now and has still kept it's shape. Harlow's nappy leaked one night and I had to wash it at 60oc (even though it recommends 40oc) and it still came out looking good. The inside fabric has started to bubble a little but not the outside. You can use it from birth as long as your baby weighs 4kgs, which is around 8.8lbs, to avoid them slipping into the sleeping bag. For babies under 10lbs there's popper studs under the arms which can be used to make sure their arms don't slip back into the sleeping bag as well which I've been using with Harlow and they work perfectly. For bigger babies you just pull down the zip on the right hand side of the sleeping bag and open the top popper studs for each shoulder, pop your baby in, close the shoulder popper studs, zip up the sleeping bag and you're done. There's an extra piece of fabric and stud on the right hand side to cover the zip when closed so baby doesn't hurt themselves on it.

This has been a great sleeping bag for Harlow, keeping her warm and snug at night which means she sleeps that bit better when I put her back in her own bed after having been breastfed. I think because she is still warm in the sleeping bag and not going directly into a cold bed helps. There's so many different designs to choose from in the baby sleeping bag range on the Slumbersac website, some more aimed at girls and some more for boys. There are a few unisex ones in there though so plenty to choose from. For the Forest Friends sleeping bag prices range from £18.99 to £31.99 depending on size and tog however some sleeping bag designs can be purchased for as low as £14.99 which is a fab price.

Overall a lovely product which has kept Harlow warm and snug at night meaning she sleeps a bit longer sometimes and in turn I get a bit more sleep. Pricing is great for what you get so big thumbs up for that plus delivery is free and so is returns. There's plenty of variety to choose from and the designs are all very cute. It's a shame the inside fabric has bubbled a bit but at least the outside hasn't. This would make a great gift for any new mum since it's practical and they should get quite a long use out of it compared to clothes etc. We're quite happy with ours.

Harlow's rating - 9/10
Mummy's rating - 7/10

For more products and information please go to www.slumbersac.co.uk. You can also see what Slumbersac get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pay them a visit.

6 March 2015

Giveaway: Win a Dr Brown's Green Bottle and Soother Gift Set

Today we have a great little giveaway on the blog from Dr Brown's. It's their Green Bottle & Soother Gift Set. Here's what Dr Brown's have to say about their products: "This Special Edition Green Soothers Gift Set, offers a Green coloured Dr Brown's Natural Flow Baby Bottle, plus  Prevent Soother and Clip.  The Dr Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottles features a patented system with an internal vent designed to create a “vacuum free” environment. This patented internal vent system eliminates the vacuum and air bubbles found in most baby bottles.  It allows air to enter through the teat collar, without being incorporated into the breast milk or formula. The air is then channelled through the internal vent system, to the area behind the feed.  Babies are able to feed more comfortably because the vent allows babies to feed without fighting the negative effects of a vacuum or the discomfort of ingesting air bubbles.  This reduces colic, burping and wind.

The  Dr Brown's PreVent Orthodontic Soother (0-6 months) has a patented Suction-Free Air Channel that helps reduce suction and palatal pressure and has been designed by a paediatric dentist. The soft, suction-release bulb spreads wider as baby sucks for low pressure comfort. PreVent helps to lower the pressures that can create dental issues, such as crossbites. The thin-stem design is minimally intrusive on baby's mouth. The Soother Clip and chain allows the Soother to be attached to clothing to minimise loss."

So to be in with a chance of winning this lovely set simply enter via the rafflecopter widget below, and don't worry if you don't win this giveaway as you can always purchase your own straight from Boots.com.


5 March 2015

More Children's Books That Are Fun for Mum & Dad

Back in September I wrote a post: Children's Books That Are Fun for Mum & Dad Too, as some times as a loving parent you can get very bored and fed up reading the same story over and over again at bed time (or any other time for that matter). But being the very loving parents we all are, we read that damn book anyway to see the smile on our little cherubs faces. Anyway I wrote the post to let all Mums and Dads know that kids stories don't have to be boring and tedious and you might actually enjoy some of them with your kiddos.

Over the past 5 months Logan has (some how - not my fault *whistles*) acquired more great books to read at bed time so I thought best to share with you all to save from the story book boredom.

Monkey Puzzle
The Julia Donaldson books are fab and I'm sure just about everyone with children has one of her books in their house. Logan is quite taken with Monkey Puzzle at the moment. It's a story about a little monkey who's lost. A butterfly happens to be passing and promises to help the little monkey find it's Mummy however although the little Monkey gives clues to what his Mummy looks like the butterfly misunderstands and ends up finding all sorts of different animals. It's quite a funny book which children can join in with too as some parts are repetitive and the pictures are as lovely as always.

Robot Rumpus
This is a recent book which we received from Book Bugs (Scottish Book Trust) a few weeks ago and it has fast become a firm favourite, with myself and the other half having to read it every night as part of Logan's five bedtime stories! Yes that's right, five stories! Anyway it's a hilarious book about a little girl who's parents are far too busy to help her get ready for bed so they leave her with a bunch of robots and head out for the evening. There's seven different robots who all have a different role to play such as cook bot, teeth bot and clean bot, and although things start out quite well it soon turns into a rumpus when wash bot mistakes a toy crocodile for the real thing at bath time. The illustrations in this book are lively, colourful and bustling with life. There's so much to look at and with the hilarious story it's sure to be a winner. It definitely is in our house.

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book
Another one of the Julia Donaldson books and this one is quite genius. As the title suggest the story starts with a boy called Charlie Cook reading his favourite book and in his favourite book a character (pirate) has a favourite book which leads on to tell you about their favourite book (goldilocks) and so on. You really do have to read it to get what I mean but it's great and well thought out. I had to read it twice before I got the gist as I just didn't expect the story line. Logan really enjoys this story as you can read it quite fast and make it sound dramatic.

No Matter What
I can't remember where I picked this book up from and could have well been Poundland for all I know but what a lovely little story this is. It's a story about a little fox who's in a bad mood as he thinks his Mummy won't love him forever. He asks his Mummy all sorts of silly questions to prove to himself that she will love him forever, and of course she will No Matter What! It has beautiful colourful full page pictures and is a warm loving book. We've been reading this in our house for a couple of years now and Logan always asks if I'll love him forever - my reply is always 'No Matter What'. He loves it.

Each Peach Pear Plum
This book is a classic which I enjoyed when I was little and it was suggested to me to buy for Logan when the other half and I attended speech therapy classes for him, this was before we had the Autism diagnosis hence the delayed speech but this book is great to help prompt speech. It's basically an eye spy rhyming book which starts of with "Each peach pear plum I spy... Tom Thumb". It has all sorts of different fairy tale characters throughout and on each page it says "I spy..." and you've to find the character in the picture it's referring too. Lovely little book and one which I'd highly recommend.

These books are all easy and enjoyable to read with your children. The stories in each are really great which means you won't mind having to read them again and again at bed time or any time really. I'd love to know which children's books are your favourite as I'm always looking to add more to Logan's every growing library.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and words are my own.
If you'd like a book reviewed though please get in touch.

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