Category Archives: Reviews

The end of my marriage?


That word will either conjure up nostalgic memories of being at one with nature, free in the open countryside, with the fresh smell of morning dew in your nostrils as you wake at dawn. Or it will conjure up pure, unadulterated panic.

It’s a fact of life – just as there are dog people and cat people – there are campers and non-campers. Continue reading



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The Frog vlog

This post combines Frog’s three favourite things: new toys, bath time and being centre stage.

Without further ado, I bring to you my 20 month old daughter, vlogging about the Munchkin range of bath toys she was asked to review… Continue reading


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An eco-savvy plate. Yes, really.

Behold. The latest for environmentally conscious parents.

The Beco feeding set, from Beco Things.

I’d never heard of this brand until they got in touch to introduce themselves. I have to say, I was a bit sceptical at first. I mean, I know it’s trendy to be environmentally aware and all, but aren’t eco potties and plates taking it a bit far? Continue reading


Filed under Baby stuff, Reviews, Weaning

Let there be light

I’ve made no secret in the past of my love for the innovative and stylish baby gadget brand Brother Max. In fact, I was almost wanting not to like their latest offering, in the hope of becoming a bit less predictable.

Sorry folks.

They’ve done it again. The dual purpose plug in nightlight is another item I wish I’d known about this time 19 months ago.

Far from being your ordinary nightlight, this one is so intuitive it can actually tell if it’s dark already. That’s right – you don’t even need to switch it on. Imagine those milk feeds at 3am, with no need to maneouvre a baby in one hand and find a light switch with the other…. Continue reading

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You know it’s cold when…

This is the display on your brand spanking new Brother Max Bath And Room Thermometer…

Finally I have proof that our bathroom is the coldest room in the house, despite what the (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine says. Continue reading


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How to get a yummy bum: Part II

When Frog was first born, my mum attempted to persuade me to use cloth nappies. “Yuck”, I replied. “What do you think I am? Some kind of hippy?”. Continue reading


Filed under Baby stuff, Cloth nappies, Reviews

I’m giving my daughter a pet for Christmas

I know this is against all the rules of animal ownership. Having recently covered a story on huge demand for places at a nearby animal shelter, I’m aware people can be fickle when it comes to new pets at this time of year.

But I’m going to do it anyway. I’m giving my daughter a pet for Christmas. Continue reading


Filed under Baby stuff, Development, Play, Reviews

My house no longer smells like a toilet

And here’s why: Continue reading


Filed under Baby stuff, Cloth nappies, Reviews

November: the perfect month for a sandpit

Granted, the weather hasn’t been spectacular recently. And it may be nearly Christmas and all. But that doesn’t mean November isn’t the perfect month for a sandpit.

That’s according to Garden Games anyway, who persuaded me  to try out their hexagonal wooden sandpit, just one amongst a varied and rather tempting collection.

Clearly putting a sandpit together is a Sunday job, so I took on the role of Project Manager while the (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine did his thing: Continue reading


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Discovering Christmas at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

We’re a little groggy today. A late night and a huge adventure to the Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park has left us barely awake this morning.

But it was worth it.

This time last year, I was excited – desperately so. I was counting down the days until I could enjoy all sorts of festive treats with my new baby.

But while it was our first Christmas as a three instead of a two, it turned out to be pretty uneventful. No trips to see Christmas lights being turned on, no carols, no Christmas markets. And certainly no Winter Wonderland. There’s only so much five month old babies are interested in, you see. And anything that doesn’t involve milk and sleep wasn’t met with a huge amount of enthusiasm. Continue reading


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