Baby Dapper Review

BABY DAPPER REVIEW

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Baby Dapper apparel is unique costumes, alternative wear or fanciful everyday wear. With a large range of onesies, t-shirts and bibs at a very reasonable price, ranging between €6-€25. All Baby Dapper attire is 100% cotton and machine washable. It is recommended you do not tumble dry and lay flat to dry. They take custom requests, whether it be a few alterations on an existing design or something extra special altogether.

TUXEDO ONESIE

I’ll start of with this onesie as it was my favourite. The package arrived a week prior to Frankie’s Christening, it was the perfect little outfit to change him into after the ceremony, it kept him all comfy and looking trim throughout the long day. It has definitely been his most worn onesie, I love it!

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The tuxedo onesie is €15 and available to buy HERE.

TIGER ONESIE

This neat little onesie is by far the cutest, the colours were great with Frankie’s sallow skin tone and for some strange reason he was always in great humour wearing this one.

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The tiger onesie is €15 and available to buy HERE

DOCTOR ONESIE

Kayla’s favourite by far, as you can see by the photo. We had great fun playing doctors and nurses with this dapper little onesie. Poor Frankie hasn’t a clue what does be going on with us two.

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The doctor onesie is €15 and available to buy HERE.

NIGHT TIME ONESIE

I originally thought this one was some sort of European Union flag type onesie until I seen the little moon.

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The nighttime onesie is €10 and available to buy HERE.

THE REVIEW

So the onesies arrived in tidy little boxes complete with a couple of bibs. Although I’m not personally a huge fan of bandana bibs you cannot deny the fact that they are as cute as hell!

Frankie has been wearing at least one onesie a day for the past two months. I half expected the vinyl to crack yet it hasn’t even faded and is still in pristine condition. On average a onesie is €15 at Baby Dapper but for the outstanding quality and durability it’s worth every penny. All onesies were true to size and the feet fit perfect. I feel like I’m gloating here but I’ve yet to come across clothing with such unique and fun detail including the quality of material these onesies have, they are extremely hard wearing considering the amount of cycles they have been on. You will guaranteed to see Frankie in some more of their clobber as I’m now a huge fan.

 Baby Dapper have been so kind to offer a 10% discount code ‘LILBABOG’ for their Etsy store, if you would like to purchase any of the above or get something custom made.

**This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. In no way did that affect my honest opinion about this product**

The iPad is on the naughty step

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Kayla has been playing with my phone since she was about one, swiping through photos, taking selfies and now at four she can navigate through passwords, buys apps and understands the purpose of the internet.

Kayla could spend hours, and I mean hours on end playing dress the fairy, feed the doggie and doing some Barbie’s make-up. She become totally unresponsive when on the iPad, she gets sucked in and loses control of the real world.

Children develop and learn through social interaction. Whilst playing with touch screen devices, PlayStations and the likes young children are struggling to learn basic motor skills. Electronic play is hurting kid’s brain development and stunting their social skills. A friend recently told me she heard a child had to be re-educated on how to hold a pencil as he had weak hand muscles due to overexposure to an iPad. Imagine a junior infant been taught to hold a pencil again so he could write his abc’s, it’s crazy.

I found Kayla on YouTube last week, not in her account with videos I think is suitable for her to watch. She was on the iPad without my permission, flicking through recommended clips that I did not think were appropriate for her age. Not only did she spend four-minutes on the naughty step, but I banned the iPad for a week, myself included. I made the iPad available to her, leaving it lying around the house, I left the internet on and it took me long enough to realise the house was very quiet.

Kayla became ratty and irritable as she suffered withdrawals from the iPad. It’s not the first time either, so now I have now limited her usage. I’m trying to show by example, I’m constantly on my phone. She doesn’t understand why it’s okay for me, but not for her. So I’m limited access by switching off the internet and not leaving devices at arm’s reach. I’m going to started making her earn time with the iPad too. I introduced more educational games and story apps. Playtime can be more productive and I have now specified what apps she can use.

It’s so different for our generation of children, Wi-Fi is available almost everywhere, the modern day playground is almost virtual. Social media is crucial to our generation of children but it’s our job as parents to make sure that technology is being used wisely. Digital technology can be an excellent educational tool if used appropriately. We don’t need to deprive them of technological intelligence but I refuse to allow screen based technology erode her little brain.

SO THERE GOES STUDENT OF THE MONTH

It’s week four in big school and Kayla has settled considerably well, or so I thought. Today while collecting Kayla, the teacher called me aside and asked for a ‘chat’. Like that I was sent to the bold corner, standing aside while all the other mummies and daddies collected their children.

Obviously thinking is everything okay? Did she fall? Was she upset today for some reason? Now as the next class of twenty something children get called name by name, the teacher approaches me ‘we had an incident today, didn’t we Kayla’. Teacher then proceeds to tell me my ‘little angel’ had hit not one but two other children in her class today. 

So my darling as if butter wouldn’t melt daughter was a bully today. As someone who was bullied for years through small and secondary school, one thing I cannot stand is a bully. Teacher witnessed my butter wouldn’t melt of a daughter hit another pupil, unprovoked. I’m very disappointed my child done this and shocked to say the least.

Her school have a very strict anti-bullying policy; it was something I read through with a fine tooth comb. The schools I attended had awful approaches to bullies, almost leaving me more vulnerable for speaking up through my childhood. I’m happy it was dealt with abruptly, it proves bullying is totally unacceptable within her school. Fortunately for her she will get away with it this time, as both incidents happened in the one day, next time there will be consequences.

Maybe she was a little frustrated, maybe the other kid done something when the teacher wasn’t watching, we will never know. I do know she has very little patience and does a temper, all traits inherited from me. Anyways she has only got her iPad back after watching videos on YouTube without my permission, looks like it’s going to be gathering lots of dust again. She seems very embarrassed with her behaviour and genuinely sorry, only time will tell, so hopefully there will be no more incidents like this in the future.

Have your childs school got a strict anti-bullying policy?                                                                             

Kayla’s Frozen Themed Pamper Party

My friend Jayne a qualified Montessori teacher of seven years and nail technician of four, recently set up her own business combining both her passions by creating kids party entertainment, Pinkys Princess Pamper Parties. I was so exciting when she contacted me asking to review a party for her.

So on the morning the excitement and anticipation as Kayla’s friends arrived on the morning of the party was bliss. I think I was more excited than the girls as they didn’t know Disney Frozen’s Elsa was making a special appearance.

Jayne arrived giving the girls a quick description of what would be happening and gave the girls some fairy dust (we are still eating glitter) and got them to make a big wish, all of a sudden Elsa appeared in our playroom.  It was magical; the girls didn’t know what to do. I half expected them to rugby tackle her but they were pretty stunned that their favourite Disney Princess had appeared all the way from Arendelle. They were amazed, their faces were priceless. They quickly got over the disbelief and started launching questions to Elsa. Kayla pulled apart her room to find everything and anything Frozen related to show off to Queen Elsa.

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Some of the question they asked where hilarious. The poor Snow Queen was interrogated by the four and five year olds, it was quite amusing to watch. The party continued with songs, stories and photos until the girls were ready to be pampered.

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The girls received the cutest little mini manicure fit for a princess and nail polish of their choice. The girls also got some glitter tattoos and got to experiment on each other too. While the girls were having their manicures Elsa was in the background curling their hairs and adding some sparkle with glitter hairspray.

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Once all the pampering was over they had a picnic of cupcakes and sparkling fruit juice in pink champagne flutes. It was picture perfect, they really enjoyed it. Then Elsa surprised me and the little ladies with bags that contained all the pieces to make their own edible Olaf with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Unfortunately some of the girls ate Olaf before he was complete.

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They continued to sing songs, tell stories and pose for pictures with the Snow Queen. The girls really loved their nails, tattoo’s and curls but Elsa made the party. Emma the girl who played Elsa is an actress in real life having performed in both theatre and appearing in short films. Jayne was fantastic with the girls, she knew exactly what the say and had the girls entertained at all times.

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Overall the girls had a fantastic enchanted day. It was a fairytale dream for the girls to meet, party and be pampered with Elsa. They were spoilt, pampered and all pinked out. Kayla is boasting daily that Elsa ‘magiced’ her way to our house and is now saving her pennies to go meet her again in Disneyland.

If you are interested in hosting a Pinkys Princess Pamper Parties here is the price-list.

PRICELIST
Pamper Party €10 per child (minimum five children)
Chocolate fountain with mallows and strawberries €25
Games with prizes to suit age group and child’s interests/hobbies etc. €30
Party bags €25
Appearance from Elsa €40

Pamper parties are only available Sat-Sun so book early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to contact Jayne to book or enquire about Pinkys Princess Pamper Parties you can do so through her Facebook page.

**This party was given to us for reviewing purposes. In no way will that effect my honest opinion about the day**

Tummy Time of Torture

Frankie spent his first two weeks on his tummy flaked across my chest like most babies, during that precious bonding time. Over the next few weeks as he became more alert he decided he didn’t want to be face down in my abdomen, so then tummy time became no more.

At my last Public Health Nurse appointment, the nurse pointed out the obvious that Frankie was getting a flat head. She nagged for at least ten-minutes about how important tummy time was; motor skills this, muscles development that. Let’s just face facts, he HATES it.

Now as a result of despising tummy time he has yet to roll over from his front to back whilst on a flat surface, he is six months next week. He will sit up on his elbows for all of two minutes then he proceeds to plank the floor, kicking and screaming.

I’ve tried it all, couple minutes here, couple there and couple feckin’ everywhere. I make a shrine for my little babóg, surrounded by colourful toys. I’ve got on all fours, flopped about like a fish singing twinkle-twinkle many a times. One day he even grunted at me, pretty sure he clenched his fist in a temper too. How dare I put him on his tummy?

We have tried this…

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and this…

Tummy Time

and this…

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So I get how tummy time is an important aspect of the larger concept of free floor time BUT every year with every new baby there is a new technique to raise your baby. Personally I think tummy time in just a new-fangled idea to make up for the fact that babies spend way to much of their days on their back. Tummy time wasn’t a major concern four-years-ago. Kayla NEVER had tummy time, ever, she’s fine, and her motor skill and muscles developed just like any other kid.

Today I have decided to stop forcing tummy time on my little man, he doesn’t like, and I don’t even know why I tried for so long. Frankie is sitting up aided by a couple of pillows, he is able to support his own feet and loves bouncing around in his swing; he’s fine. His motor skills are developing just perfect too. He can pick up and grab any object in his path and manoeuvre it into his dribbly mouth. He can even hold his own bottle; bet you my PHN’s baby can’t do that. And we are signing, which is great for motor skills and muscle development, not that he has returned a sign yet but he recognises them and he will sign over the next couple of months.

Does your baby like tummy time?

PR Friendly

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My Blog is PR friendly. I am available for attending events, product launches, product reviews etc. If you are a brand or company with a product you think we would like to review, please email me.

Here is just some of the brands I have been lucky enough to work with so far

(click link if you wish to read the review):

Dribble Stop Top, UV Buddy, Bee The Books, MikaB Teething Jewellery, Infacare and Dream Dots.

If you would like to contact me, email me at mylittlebabog@gmail.com

Thanks Kellie xxx

Dribble Stop Top Review

What is a Dribble Stop Top?

The Dribble Stop Top is an award winning innovative product created by two mums Tracy and Emma. It is a soft cotton vest with a built in pocket made of specialized waterproof material which allows babies skin to remain comfortable, dry and safe during the dribbling stages of teething. The discreet integrated bib acts as a barrier to stop dribbles soaking through onto baby’s delicate skin. The pocket with an extra high neckline is hidden inside the top which then completely covers and protects the baby’s chest area.

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My Review

Only recently has Frankie’s dribbles started soaking through his bibs, it was perfect timing to re-route my Dribble Stop Top that I received months ago. The vest itself was a perfect fit; the sizing was spot on and accurate. Made with high quality jersey material, it collected Frankie’s dribbles straight away, leaving his chest dry, clean, it left him feeling comfortable. He was also less irritated with my constant need to change his outfits. It washed great, lessoned my washing load and is tumble dryer safe.

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Frankie’s dribbles collected in the hidden pocket in less than three-hours.

I love the top, the only flaws I have with Dribble Stop Top are that they are only available in three colours; pink, blue and white. I would love to see the range expanded with a wider variety of colours and designs. If you are conscious about preventing rashes and your baby’s skin, you can be assured there will be no disturbed sleeps due to your baby having a cold and wet chest.

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 Dribble Stop Top are €15 for 2 and are available HERE

**This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. In no way will that effect my honest opinion about this product**