Baba + Boo - a review

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

We've been using cloth nappies for a while now and I've built up quite a collection (shh... don't tell my husband!). From pocket nappies and all-in-ones, aplix and popper, to bamboo two-part nappies and wraps; I've tried a fair few in the past four months.

So when we were offered the opportunity to review a Baba + Boo gift set I jumped at the chance to sample another brand of nappy. And such a pretty one at that. 

The set arrived beautifully packaged and I was thrilled to see we'd been sent the adorable 'Alfonso' from the new woodland creatures collection. For those of you not already acquainted with Alfonso, he is a gorgeous appliqué badger on a bright sunshine yellow 100% organic cotton t-shirt. He is matched perfectly to a black and white humbug stripe nappy. Just gorgeous.

The first thing that struck me was the quality of the t-shirt. Its a really thick, soft, organic cotton and you can just tell it will wash and last very well. The appliqué detail is of the highest quality and the colour combination works perfectly. I'm a big fan of yellow with grey anyway, so this set is perfect for me. 

One of the things I love most about Baba + Boo is that their designs are intended to be worn by both boys and girls. I've never been one to stick to 'blue for boys' so this really appeals to me.

Cloth nappy lovers among you will understand this predicament. I was so excited to try the nappy and t-shirt on Ayden I decided to forego the pre-wash and put it on him for long enough to take some photos. Well, wriggly baby + beautiful top and nappy to show off to their fullest = quite the challenge! He ended up in the nappy for quite a while and I was impressed after taking it off to find that, without any pre-washing, he didn't feel damp at all (despite a reasonable amount of wee!).

Once pre-washed (as cloth nappies should always be before first wear - naughty me!) the nappy will last a good three hours with one micro fibre insert, and up to six if you use both.

The nappy we were sent is part of the Baba + Boo classic range, designed to fit babies from approximately 8lb through to potty training. Its a pocket nappy, with a popper system that grows with your baby. I have quite a few pocket nappies and this compares very well in terms of fit - not too bulky, even with both inserts, and super soft. As with any brand, I had a bit of a fiddle round with the poppers to get the perfect fit around the waist and legs for Ayden; then we were good to go! 

The black and white stripes are so stylish and, as someone who likes to colour coordinate Ayden's nappy to the rest of his outfit (...just me?), I love how this would look great with the bold colours in his little wardrobe. 

Priced at £19.95 I think the set would make a fantastic gift - for established cloth nappy users, or for someone looking to try them out for the first time.

Its not only great products on offer at Baba + Boo, the customer service you receive is second to none. Pop by and say hi on Twitter, Facebook or visit the website.

A birthday in Candyland

Thursday, 5 December 2013

My daughter's birthday falls the week before Christmas and every year I'm determined to make sure her special day doesn't get lost amongst all the chaos leading up to the 25th. 

But, in case you hadn't already noticed (!), we're all about Christmas in this house. So why not embrace the fairy lights and come up with a theme that combines birthday fun and sparkles, with tinsel, candy canes and snowflakes.

My little Christmas princess also loves the board game Candyland, so I came up with the idea of a Christmas Candyland party. It was loads of fun to plan and really helped to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Plus, my little lady absolutely loved it... which, of course, is the most important thing!

My little birthday elf :)
The Candyland cake 

My handsome h-elf-er
Let it snow!

Meet Figgy Elf

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Just one look at the cheeky, kitsch Elf on the Shelf and I was sold!

Ok, so it didn't take much convincing, but Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without adding another family tradition to the already pretty comprehensive repertoire. 

Meet Figgy Elf. Figgy by name... frisky by nature. And he's been getting himself into all sorts of predicaments since he arrived. And he's only been here three days!

Day 1: all sweetness and light as he arrives letter in hand, bearing gifts of chocolate and literature... clever elf.

Day 2: swinging into town on day 2, Figgy is glad to be back

Day 3: Figgy acquaints himself with the Skylanders Giants. Wise move Figgy - they hold great power here ;)

Cheeky little elf. I can't wait to see what he does next.

Christmas traditions

I'll be the first to admit it. I'm a big kid. Which means me + Christmas = an over-excited, overgrown kid with an excuse to buy toys! It helps that I'm married to a big kid too, so that makes it all the more fun.

I think the run up to Christmas is almost more exciting than the big day itself. I love everything about it. The planning, shopping (mostly online these days), the food, baking too much, decorations, the smells... why does everything smell better with cinnamon in it?

Yep, Christmas is, hands down, my favourite time of year.

Over the last few years we've built up a pretty impressive repertoire of festive traditions, but I'm always open to more. I could spend days just scrolling my way through Pinterest taking in all the craft ideas, recipes and pictures of beautifully wrapped gifts etc.

Most of our family traditions are pretty standard, but I look forward to them every single year:

  • we watch Christmas movies every Friday night for at least a month before Christmas (the frequency of this increases as we get closer to the big day! It'll be more like three per day by 20th December)
  • we bake, make and decorate our own gingerbead house on Christmas Eve. We deviated from this last year and bought a pre-made kit. It was nowhere near as good as homemade gingerbread. Lesson learnt ;)
  • we go for a walk around the village we live in with torches on Christmas Eve, trying to spot Santa and his reindeer in the sky
  • we scatter reindeer food on the front lawn (muesli mixed with glitter) 
  • while the beanies are in the bath, one of Santa's elves leaves a Christmas box under the tree - inside it are new pyjamas, a Christmas movie and new story book and snacks
  • once we're done with the contents of the Christmas box, we read The Night Before Christmas and its bedtime for small people
  • oh, and Santa always leaves snowy, glittery footprints by the fireplace when he visits ;)

This year, we've added one more tradition to the list for the run up to Christmas Day. Good old Elf on the Shelf.

I'd not heard of it until this year but, as soon as I saw that kitsch little elf and the hilarious ideas on Pinterest, I knew I had to start this tradition in our house. So far my husband and I have had great fun coming up with ideas and the beanies can't wait to find him in the morning.

I think this might become a firm favourite.

What are your family Christmas traditions?