Category: Reviews

Tappy Safety Bath Toy – Review

The Product

Tappy is a universal fit, tap guard toy designed for children from six months to six years. It protects children from bumps, by cushioning metal taps and prevents scalds with built-in insulation. Tappy is made with neoprene, meaning it will air dry and is machine washable.

The Review

Kayla likes to think she is a mermaid when she dives into the bubbles and has occasionally bumped her head and back off the tap. Her favourite colour is green so she was very excited for bath-time, to play with Octopussy, Tappy’s new name. So Octopussy was a perfect fit on our awkward tap and wriggled and danced as the bath started filling with water.

Tappy’s main objective is to protect but it’s also a great educational bath toy too, she was finding numbers and colours, counting her eight legs and singing the rainbow song. It distracts Kayla while I’m washing her hair and we have used it as a puppet to entertain Frankie too.

Kayla has great fun with Tappy, she loves pouring water and bubbles into her mouth and watches as it sprinkles through her legs. Tappy is a very pricey at €17, not something I would spend on a bath toy but in it does help protect from nasty bangs and scalds and most definitely brightens up bathtime.

Tappy is available to buy from Jojo Mama Bebe, Amazon and Tesco.

I was giving this product for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.

Alternative Wear For A Discerning Baby | A Baby Dapper Review

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Baby Dapper apparel are unique costumes, alternative wear or fanciful everyday wear for babies 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 to an existing design or something extra special altogether.

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The onesies arrived in tidy little boxes complete with a couple of bibs. Although I’m not personally a huge fan of bandana bibs (edited: how that has changed lol) you cannot deny the fact that they are as cute as hell.

I’ll start off 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 to date, I love it!

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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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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 a number of cycles they have been on. You will be guaranteed to see Frankie in some more of their clobber as I’m now a huge fan.

Check out Baby Dapper for more information.

These products were sent to us in return for an honest review.

Kayla's Frozen Themed Pamper Party – Review

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**

Dribble Stop Top – Stop Dribbles Soaking Through To Babies Delicate Skin

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

Dream Dots For Spots Review

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Dream Dots patches claim to heal, calm, clear and purify your skin. The little patches contain a special gel in an adhesive disc that creates a moist healing environment when applied overnight. A week or so after receiving my gift, a spot formed. (more…)

InfaCare Night-Time Baby Bath Review

The Product

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I recently received a complimentary large 750ml bottle of Infacare Night-Time Baby Bath from the lovely folks at InfaCare. It has been specially pH balanced so it will match the natural pH balance of your baby’s skin. Super gentle on even the newest, most sensitive of skins, it is mild enough for babies from one-month upwards.  It has been clinically tested and proven that the formulation is not irritating.

This product is designed to help your baby relax before bedtime with the powdery oriental fragrance that ascends from it. Having used the tiniest amount it creates a huge mass of bubbles and that will last until the end of the bath unlike other brands that result in the bubbles evaporating pretty rapid.

The Review

It has a fresh, wholesome, florally scent to it. Almost drifting away myself whilst bathing my little man. I can totally understand how it relaxes baby. I nearly got in beside him. This super gentle formula put Frankie into a relaxed state, it put him into such a deep sleep he began to snore. This was not just a once off either, he has continued to fall asleep mid-bath every other day.

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Kayla my four-year-old, the one who had the dreaded eczema as a baby has super sensitive skin. I’m very particular about the lotions and potions I choose for her skin. Infacare Baby Bath is so gentle and my little mermaid can splash, play and soak my bathroom without me worrying about the effects it will have on her precious skin.

I will continue to use the InfaCare baby bath religiously. I have seen the first hand effects of how soothing and calming it really is. My little man has a great night sleeps after his baths with InfaCare night time.

InfaCare Night Time Baby Bath is available from Boots Ireland HERE

Non-Medicated Teething Solutions

When your baby reaches the milestone of cutting their first tooth it’s certainly an exciting time. Although to get there you endure sleepless nights and some frantic ordeals trying to soothe your baby. Baby endures some awful, sometimes very painful, swollen and inflamed gums – not forgetting the barrels of drool they produce.  (more…)

MikaB Teething Jewellery Review

Mika B Teething Necklace

The Company
Mikab teething jewellery is a family business. Inspired by their own daughter Marlenka, Dominika and her husband Szymon set up their business. The jewellery was created ‘for mums with babies in mind’.

The Products
In vibrant colors you will find teething bangles suitable from birth at a very reasonable €9.50. Pendant necklaces costing €12.50 in various different shapes and sixteen beautiful ribboned necklaces, my personal favorite at €16.50 a piece.
Made of non-toxic, food grade silicone. It is the same kind of silicon you will find in baby soothers and baby bottle nipples. They come with a breakaway clasp for extra safety and comfort. Mikab teething jewellery complies with very rigorous EN71 toys safety standard. Dominika recommends you throw it away if you see any signs of damage or wear and tear. Also it’s recommended that MikaB teething pendants and necklaces are not toys so never leave them baby unattended with it. All teething jewellery can be washed with soap and warm water.

The Review
I received my modern and on trend purple ribboned necklace almost seven weeks ago now and as Frankie was so small, we have only been able to use it more recently. He just woke up one day and started chewing his little hands. Perfect timing to get my new purple teething charm to work.

At first I thought the big silicone beads were quiet large and he may struggle to munch and chew on them. I was proven wrong straight away, he was absolutely loving it. Pulling and tugging, chewing to his hearts content.
I will try anything to help Frankie get through his teething pains and prefer natural remedies unless absolutely necessary. He looks so violent when chewing on the necklace, almost abusing it, its so funny to watch. It’s also quick entertainment when out and about. It will entertain baby whilst out having a coffee with friends.

I’m now a huge fan of Mikab teething jewellery and recommend their jewellery to anyone with a little teething monster. For more information on these products visit www.mikabteethingjewellery.ie.

*This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. Opinions are my own.

UV-Buddy Bracelet Review

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UV-Buddy.com is a small family run business based in the United Kingdom. Husband and wife James and Gemma decided to act on their concerns of prolonged exposure in the sun and the very harmful effects that ultraviolet light can have on your skin. They then decided to produce accessories that would help raise awareness and provide people with guidance to stay safe in the sun.

The Product
All of the products featured on UV-Buddy.com are state of the art color changing beads. Each of the beads have different pigments that change color and depending on the pigment added to each bead, colors will vary under UV light. Each bead works 50,000 times before the pigment is lost and will no longer respond to ultraviolet light.
UV-Buddy have a great range of products at very reasonable prices. School bag charms, phone accessories, bracelets, necklaces and more. There is something to suit everyone who would like to be aware of when to protect their skin.

What Are UV Rays?
UVA rays can cause premature aging and wrinkling of your skin. UVA rays can contribute to more serious skin conditions and skin cancer, such as melanoma. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer and  is believed to be also associated with severe UVB sunburns.  And finally UVC rays are the most dangerous, but luckily these rays are blocked by the ozone layer and as very rarely reach the earth.

The Review
I received two colorful UV-Buddy bracelets over a month ago, one for myself and one Kayla. Kayla’s has a very cute teddy bear on hers and both had a UV-Buddy charm.

We popped our bracelets on and excitingly headed for the back garden when suddenly our bracelets started to glow. Confused as it was a very cloudy day, I though maybe there not working properly. I then read the information leaflet that came along with the bracelet and I was astonished to find out ultraviolet light can still shine through the clouds.

Previous to receiving our bracelets, only if it had been sunny or there has been a good weather prediction, I would lather Kayla up in factor 50 before getting dressed. Like some mammies, if it’s raining, cloudy or windy you wouldn’t expect the UV rays to be strong so I wouldn’t bother.
So then I decided to leave my bracelet on the window ledge at night and as crazy as it sounds some days it glowed and others a little dimmer of light shined from it, proving the ultraviolet light could damage her skin if I didn’t protect it.

We now have a routine before breakfast to check our bracelets before getting dressed so we can decide how we will protect our skin from the harmful UV rays that day. These bracelets should be in every school, creche and home. It’s so important that we teach our children to protect their skin at a very vulnerable age. I would recommend UV-Buddy to EVERYONE!

I received two uv-buddies for reviewing purposes, all opinions as always are my own!

Artist Carla Daly illustration review

I love this beautiful ‘Irish Jig Gig’ family illustration by Irish artist Carla Daly that we received for Frankie’s room.

Personalized with Frankie’s birth date, time, weight, hospital and family names. The photo really doesn’t do it justice, the colours are so bright and fun. The illustration measures 30 x 40 cm, it’s perfect for framing.

Carla’s really colourful illustrations are unique and perfect for a birth keepsake or Christening gift.  All illustrations and gifts are very reasonably priced and are available in loads of different themes with free post and packaging.

Check out www.gifts4baby.ie for more info.

**Disclaimer: I was giving this product for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.