I really don’t have time to read as much as I’d like too, so I’m hoping keeping a reading diary on my blog will give me some motivation and help my finish what I’ve started.
So here’s what I’m currently reading this month.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I loved the TV series and have finally started reading the book.
Normal People by Sally Rooney – Given to me by a friend and not my normal type of book, but I’ve got to admit I quite enjoy it so far,
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay – While I love the NHS I try not to have much to do with it, and I have to say I bought thos book because it was by the same Adam Kay who wrote the London Underground song. Unfortunaty he can; seem to make up his mind about whether this book is about how great the NHS is or how incompetent his colleagues are.
I was very excited to discover an offer for expectant parents run by Amazon. My husband and I use Amazon all the time and we have Prime membership, which brings all sorts of benefits, not least same or next day delivery.
The Amazon Baby Box seems too good to be true: a completely free gift box for Amazon Prime members worth over £45. All you have to do is create a baby wish list on Amazon and then order your box. You do not have to spend any money to do this.
We ordered ours yesterday and it arrived today in a beautiful gift box, tied with a yellow ribbon:
Upon opening the box, we were greeted with an array of exciting-looking baby products:
There was a booklet which explained about each product and contained some discount vouchers. It also included a new baby checklist and a ‘how big is your bump’ chart:
Our gift box contained the following products:
A MAM Anti-Colic Self-Sterilising Bottle:
In the product information it says that this allows the baby to switch easily between breast and bottle. The booklet contains two customer reviews which support this claim.
A SwaddleDesign Muslin Swaddle:
I did not swaddle my baby and had not planned to swaddle my son either, but the reviews for this product look excellent so I may well give it a try.
A set of two Angelcare Travel Nappy Bag Refills:
These fit the Angelcare On-The-Go Travel Nappy Bag Dispenser. We did think it a little odd that you cannot buy this dispenser on Amazon and it was not included in the gift box. We already have the Angelcare Nappy Disposal System and would recommend this as a cheap and efficient way to dispose of dirty nappies.
A Lamaze Giggle Bunny Ball:
We are huge fans of Lamaze toys and are sure that this one will be no exception. It is a little ball that can be gripped easily by tiny fingers. Once turned on, the ball ‘giggles’ when moved. I have a feeling this toy will not only be a hit with our son, but also with his big sister!
A Winnie the Pooh Teething Rattle:
I have a friend who also ordered the Amazon Baby Box and received a Winnie the Pooh Protect’n’Play I-Case instead of the teething rattle.
Organix Organic Baby Rice:
Although weaning feels an age away, I am sure the next 6 months will fly by, so it’s good to have this product all ready for when the time comes.
Medela PureLan Nipple Cream:
This is a handy size to pop into your hospital bag.
Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Nappy Cream:
We have not tried this particular nappy cream before but I have heard good things about the brand so I am looking forward to trying it out.
Overall, we are delighted with our Amazon Baby Box. It was a particularly timely find and we are sure that all the different products will be put to good use. Everything within the box is unisex – suitable for a boy or a girl. Thank you, Amazon Prime, for such a fantastic offer!
This morning the Toddlebike2 is officially launching in the UK. Several toddlers were chosen to take part in the launch event and we are thrilled that my toddler is one of them! She was given the important task of testing out the Toddlebike2 in advance of the launch and we are excited to have the opportunity to review it.
Two weeks ago, a huge parcel arrived in the post for my toddler.
She couldn’t wait to open it …
… and get her hands on her brand new Toddlebike2!
The Toddlebike2 is suitable for toddlers aged 18-36 months and is a pre-balance bike. It is available in three colours: Racing Red, Midnight Blue and Pinky Pink. We opted for Racing Red.
my toddler took to her Toddlebike2 straight away and immediately got the hang of moving forwards on the bike.
It is easy to steer and she was able to manoeuvre easily around the room. Initially, she preferred to sit on the cross-bar but soon learned that she could still grip the handlebars while sitting back in the seat.
She found it tricky to get on and off the bike by herself, but her confidence in her ability to do this has really improved.
One of the appealing features of the bike is that it is super lightweight, weighing approximately 0.8kg – around four times lighter than most balance bikes. my toddler immediately set about testing out this claim for herself and found that she could lift it with ease.
This means that the bike is easily transportable, and it was simple to pop it under the buggy/clip it on with a buggy hook to take to the park, although since the temperatures have dropped we have not been able to use the bike outside as much as we would have liked. my toddler toppled over a couple of times while getting used to it, but the bike is so light that she was able to get back up easily and lift the bike into an upright position by herself.
The Toddlebike2 is very hard-wearing and can be ridden on a range of terrains from mud and grass to carpets. We’ve taken ours out into the garden and my toddler has enjoyed steering it around.
Even better for mummies, it is also very easy to clean!
The Toddlebike2 has quickly become one of my toddler’s favourite toys. It has really helped to develop her confidence on a bike, and she can move quite quickly on it, so it is great to take out on short trips. It’s helping to build up her independence, as she can use it at times when she would usually go in the buggy.
The Toddlebike2 comes with a three year guarantee and can be bought at John Lewis or on Amazon.
We would highly recommend the Toddlebike2 to anyone looking for a sturdy, safe and fun first bike for their little ones. It would make a perfect Christmas present for your toddler!
Thank you to the wonderful Jo Hockley for letting us try out this fantastic product and we wish you every success with the launch!