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Ella’s Kitchen First Tastes Review

We recently received a couple of pouches of the new Ella’s kitchen first taste pouches to review. These are essentially little pouches of pureed single fruits to start baby on when first weaning. Toby is well on his way with eating solid food but we gave them a go anyway.

apples

bananas

 

We tried out the banana and the apple pouches. The fruit has been blended into a very smooth puree and Toby gobbled then up! I was surprised as he generally is not a great fan of fruit puree but he didn’t seem to mind these at all. He had the whole pouch for breakfast and then had a yoghurt and some toast too. I think these are great as on the go foods when first weaning particularly since the resealable pouches are useful when babies are only eating a very small (or unpredictable) amount of food as they reduce the amount of food wasted. They do however work out to be much more expensive than pureeing your own fruit.

The claims:

Our new range of Stage 1 Baby Food with just one fruit are perfect for babies’ very first tastes, helping them get started on their tiny taste bud journey. They’re also great mixed with baby rice, cereal or yogurt for older, hungrier babies.

  • NO added sugar, salt or water
  • NO additives or thickeners
  • NO E numbers or GM
  • NO gluten, wheat, dairy or lactose
  • NO lumps or bits and nothing artificial
  • JUST yummy organic food for babies
  • I contain naturally occurring sugars

The pouches have a RRP £0.69 and can be bought from Boots (http://www.boots.com), Sainsburys (http://www.sainsburys.co.uk) and Ocado (http://www.ocado.com)

Organix Savoury Pouches Review and Giveaway (closed)

Although Toby has been eating solid food for a few months now I have found that when his teeth are really hurting him he seems to prefer to have a smoother puree than normal. I was really lucky to have the chance to review some new stage one Organix pouches and although Toby is a bit old for these now, I thought given the awful trouble he is having with teething it would be a good opportunity to try them out.

After a few days of Toby pretty much refusing to eat anything I offered him, these arrived and I thought well that will be a great test – if he eats them then they must be good!

organix range

We tried out all four new flavours:

  • Sweet potato, cheddar and courgette: Toby gobbled this up. The whole pouch in one go which is more than he would normally eat on a good day. He was still refusing to eat from the spoon but was quite happy for me to squeeze the food out of the pouch straight into his mouth. This smelled quite cheesy but the taste was quite mild (I make a point of tasting all of Toby’s food just to see what it is like) although I think it tasted mostly of cheese.
  • Sweetcorn, chicken and broccoli: Again Toby gobbled this up. He didn’t eat the whole pouch but this one did seem to have a slightly thicker consistency and he seems to find these more filling. This one tasted rather nice and could easily be served with some home cooked sweetcorn and broccoli to make a chunkier meal for older babies (I didn’t bother trying with Toby as he wasn’t eating anything particularly solid at the time)
  • Cheddar and Lentils: Another one that went down rather well. Toby didn’t like this as much as the others and decided he would only eat this one from the pouch too. Lentils make Toby rather windy so I did try to give him this at lunch time to prevent him from having night time trumpet bum syndrome. Again quite a cheesy smell but a subtle flavour.
  • Parsnip, chicken and leek: Toby liked this one the best. I haven’t given him parsnips or leek before (no particular reason) but I certainly would after his very positive reaction. This was a nice consistency, a little runnier than some of the others.

The claims:

Organix is launching four savoury meal pouches, perfect for introducing your baby to his first taste of protein.  A choice of deliciously smooth cheese and chicken meals, it’s the real taste of protein for your little one.
The new Stage 1 Meal Pouches come in four yummy organic recipes: Sweet Potato, Cheddar & Courgette; Sweetcorn, Chicken & Broccoli; Pumpkin, Cheddar & Lentils; Parsnip, Chicken & Leek. They’re tasty eaten alone or mixed with rice, pasta or mashed potato to create your own recipe.
Introducing protein is the natural next step in your little one’s adventure into real food once he’s explored the taste of simple vegetable purées – such as the Organix 100% Vegetable Pouches.  Weaning is your chance to help teach your baby to love different tastes and textures.

Try these top tips from the experts:
·         Dr Frankie Phillips, Nutritional Advisor to Organix, advises, “It’s best to avoid masking or disguising tastes – you’ll want your baby to recognise the real food being offered, so choose real-tasting foods for your baby”.
·         Consultant Paediatric Psychologist Dr Gillian Harris says, “Offer your baby a wide variety of flavours early on.  In early infancy it takes very few exposures to learn to like new tastes, whereas in toddlers it may take up to 14 exposures to learn to like a food”.
·         Paediatric Dietician Judy More says, “If your baby is refusing a food, offer something else next time, and on another day offer small tastes of the refused food, so your baby is given plenty of chances to learn to like it”.
For more advice on how to introduce your baby to real foods and lots of practical tips on how to help your baby love different tastes and textures download a free copy of TASTE at http://www.organix.com/taste

These four new savoury recipes have been lovingly made in the Organix kitchen and are packed with nothing but real ingredients – all 100% organic.  Organix guarantees there’s nothing added that you wouldn’t use in your own kitchen.  That’s nothing artificial, they’re just full of goodness so they taste as they should – of their real ingredients. In fact so tasty you’ll want to try them yourself!
Chicken and cheese recipes are the top selling recipes amongst mums.  For the first time you can buy your favourite dishes in a variety of yummy combos in a pouch. They’re ideal when you’re just too busy to cook yourself, or when you’re out and about and just want the convenience of squeezing straight onto the spoon.
Each 100g Organix Stage 1 Savoury Meal Pouch costs £1.09.  You’ll find them in Asda, Boots and Waitrose from summer 2011.
For more on Organix baby and toddler foods visit: http://www.organix.com

We really like using food in pouches when we are out and about as they are easier to transport with less mess as you don’t have to worry about bowls etc but food in pouches is more expensive than in jars and if you feed baby on predominantly ready made food then the cost can really mount up!

On the whole we would definitely try this again.

We are very fortunate to be able to host a giveaway of these new Organix pouches: Three of our lucky readers can win the four pouches in the new range.

All you need to do it leave us a comment below telling us what your favourite food is.

For additional bonus entries (one entry per action)

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  • tweet ‘I’m in to win with @thescrummymummy and @organixbrands’http://goo.gl/OHlFS

This giveaway ends 18th September at midnight. Uk entries only please.

Vital Baby – Review and Giveaway (closed)

I have been getting milk ready every day now for Toby to start to get him used to having milk from a bottle during the day. So far he hasn’t been doing too well with a bottle but I seem to have made a breakthrough!

Through my on going frustrations at not being able to get Toby to take a bottle (despite all the claims of bottles designed to aid the switch between bottle and breast) – my regular readers will know he just seems to chew rather than suck as soon as he senses the plastic feel of a bottle teat – I challenged VItal Baby  to let me include one of their bottles in my reviews. They were up for the challenge and sent me one of their silicone feeding bottlesto test.

As soon as the bottle arrived I saw that it was quite different to what I had tried so far – the bottle itself is made from a soft silicone rather than a hard plastic which allows it to be squeezed to get the milk to come out under pressure rather than just dribble out. One of the significant differences between milk coming from the breast and milk coming from a bottle is the way it flows out: it comes out of the breast in a high pressure stream (a bit like a shower) whereas it comes out of a bottle at a lower pressure (a bit like water from a tap). I found that when Toby put the bottle in his mouth if I squeezed it a little he would actually make the connection with ‘drinking milk’ and would make a few (albeit half-hearted) attempts at sucking from the bottle!

To you this may seem completely boring but to me this was a bit like ‘yay yay yay he knows what to do’ I was really quite excited as this was the first sign he had given me that he would actually drink from a bottle eventually, reassuring me that he will be fine without me. I know this sounds dramatic but I really will be more comfortable leaving him knowing that he will take his milk easily.

Anyway – back to the bottle. The bottle we tried was a 250ml Airflow Silicone feeding bottle RRP £6.99.

We really liked the bottle and didn’t know this sort of bottle existed! The bottle was easy to hold, easy to clean and Toby actually drank from it! He didn’t seem to suck in lots of air so the Airflow system seems to work quite well. The bottle had a wide neck so was easy to clean and would also be easy to put formula powder into if needed.

The claims:

Breastfeeding is the best for your baby – but when it’s not possible our 250ml silicone baby feeding bottle can be used to feed your baby expressed breast milk, prepared infant formula or cooled boiled water.
Made from soft medical grade silicone, Vital Baby® Nurture™ Feeding Bottles make combining breast and bottle feeding simple and safe by helping to mimic a natural breastfeeding action.
Advanced anti-colic Airflow™ system. Carefully designed triple anti-vacuum valves ensure a steady flow of milk and help prevent baby swallowing air, reducing colic.
Its super sensitive anti-colic Airflow™ teat allows air to flow back into the bottle and relieve the vacuum build-up inside. This makes it easy for baby to control the flow of milk and feed well. It also reduces colic symptoms and allows you to feed your baby with confidence.
Help baby latch on and feed naturally by gently squeezing on the soft bottle base to start the milk flow.
The easy-to-hold shape makes sure that you can feed baby in a natural position similar to when you breastfeed.

What we liked:

  • being able to squeeze the bottle helped Toby to know what to do
  • nice size and shape of bottle
  • BPA free

Would be even better if:

  • is a little difficult to read the volume markers on the side of the bottle – a disadvantage if making up formula.

On the whole I liked the bottle and think this is a really good bottle to try if you are struggling to get a breastfed baby to take milk from a bottle.

The wonderful people at Vital baby are also giving us a double pack of the 250ml bottles and a formula dispenser to giveaway to our readers.

All you need to do to enter is pop over to the Vital baby Facebookpage and let them know the scrummy mummy sent you then leave us a comment to say you have done so.

For bonus entries(please leave a separate comment per entry)

This giveaway will close on 5th September at midnight. Only open to UK residents

Boots Feeding Products Review

This week (w/c 1st August 2011) is Worldwide breastfeeding week. Given that it is also the middle of the school holidays I thought it might be appropriate to talk a little about breastfeeding and travelling.

This year we went to Weymouth for a lovely week by the sea. weymouth is only about 150 miles away from where we live but with the school holiday traffic this became a seven hour journey. I have been expressing milk and trying to get Toby to take a bottle for quite a few weeks now with varied success. Generally he won’t take a bottle from me, if I’m around he would rather have milk direct from its source but I have become rather aware that breastfeeding can be a little difficult when strapped into a car in a traffic jam! Typically, Toby didn’t want milk when we stopped but would decide he wanted it at rather inconvenient times.

Toby is also rather large now and getting him into a comfortable position to feed in a difficult space (in the back of a car in a lay by) is rather tricky.

I was lucky enough to receive two items from Boots that I had decided to take with me on holiday.

The first was an inflatable breastfeeding pillow (http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Inflatable-Breast-Feeding-Pillow_25410/). Generally, I don’t use a pillow now when feeding Toby but I am usually able to find somewhere comfortable to feed him. I cannot say that the back of the car fits this description. The inflatable pillow was really useful. – particularly when you are incredibly short of packing space!

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The claims:

Boots Inflatable Breast Feeding Pillow helps provide support for baby during breastfeeding. Ideal for use at home or away. With removable soft fleece cover.
Can also be used with an older baby or child for support or as a cushion when seated

What we liked:

  • takes up hardly any packing space
  • blows up quickly
  • nice soft cover
  • you can blow it up to different amounts depending on the position you want baby in (or the position you are having to sit in)

Would be even better if:

  • it inflated on its own :)

I would definitely recommend this pillow to anyone breastfeeding.

The second items were some Boots feeding bottles (http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-wide-neck-feeding-bottles-250ml-x-2_951813/). Luckily I had sterilised a bottle to take with us in the car in case Toby decided he wanted a drink. Since he kept refusing to have milk when we stopped,  ended up expressing in the back of the car and putting some milk in a bottle for him to take. Toby is still not a pro at the bottle but he did have a few slurps so I was less worried that he hadn’t had anything at all to drink. The Boots bottles are quite basic, but as I only very rarely use a bottle – I can’t say I am an expert. I did notice that it was difficult to read the volume markings on the bottles and it did occur to me that this might be an issue if i was trying to make up a formula feed.

Boots Baby Feeding Bottles 

What we liked:

  • good value bottles (£3.99 for two bottles)
  • wide neck allows easy cleaning

Would be even better if:

  • it took me a few attempts to get the top on properly as the bottle did seem to leak a little initially
  • the markings were a bit easier to read

We were blessed with beautiful weather and so Toby had his first opportunity to play on the beach. He rather enjoyed eating the sand – much to my dismay – but it was a lovely opportunity to spend some time together as a family.

Doidy Cup–A Review

As my regular readers will be aware I have been trying to get Toby to drink either from a bottle or a cup – I’m not fussy! I just wanted him to be able to take some liquid reasonably easily when I go back to work. I intend to continue breastfeeding when I am with him so am a little half hearted with the bottle attempts as I have heard so many stories about them being easier to drink from and would rather Toby didn’t decide to stop breastfeeding – I am also aware, however, that he will stop when he is ready and I just have to let him lead the change.

After looking at a lot of different sites and reading other people’s attempts at moving babies off the breast one thing kept seeming to be mentioned – a doidy cup. There were also lots of people saying that the bottle stage can be completely missed and baby can move straight onto a cup so I thought this may be worth a try since Toby wasn’t showing much interest in the bottle at all at this stage.

To be perfectly honest Toby’s favourite method of drinking seemed to be from my mug so when I researched the doidy cup and found that it is a ‘normal’ sort of cup (by this I mean one that doesn’t have a lid or spout) I thought it was definitely worth a try. I was very fortunate to be sent one to try out.

When the cup arrived I was very interested in the tilted concept of the cup, the idea behind this is so that baby / toddler can see the liquid they are drinking which works well with milk but not so well with water. I tried it out with Toby, encouraging him to hold the handles while he held the bottom to steady it and he seemed to instinctively know what to do. Initially, the problem seemed to be that Toby wasn’t very good at moving the liquid to the back of his mouth and so a lot ended up down his front despite not much being spilt when tilting the cup towards himself. He has improved greatly with this now and seems to be learning how to sip. He loves drinking out of this sort of cup but it does require constant supervision so I feel a little worried that when I am not looking after him and he doesn’t have that one on one undivided attention that the cup still will not be the most practical of options. Generally we only drink water out of the cup as he doesn’t seem to like to drink milk out of it for some reason!

Doidy Cup £3.80 (http://www.bickiepegs.co.uk/acatalog/Doidy_Cups.html)

The claims:

The Doidy Cup, designed and MADE IN THE U.K., to teach your child to drink from a rim. The unique slant of the cup enables children to drink easily as they can see the contents without thrusting their heads forward and downwards. They also learn to put the cups down properly. Babies as young as 6mths find the two handled cup easy to hold and use but with Mum’s help the cup can be used from birth.

Confirms to EN14350 and is made from food safe HD Polyethylene and is Bisphenol free.

Dishwasher (top shelf) and microwave safe. (Warning – microwaving liquids can result in ‘hot spots’ and is not advised for children’s drinks.)

The Doidy cup is an ideal aid to weaning as the natural mouth action used is the same as in breast feeding. Health professionals are advising use of the Doidy Cup to prevent long term health problems caused by delayed weaning and prolonged use of feeding bottles and spouted cups.

Numerous Health Authorities are promoting the use of the Doidy Cup in their ‘SURE START’ and ‘BOTTLE TO CUP’ campaigns.

What we liked:

  • normal cup designed encourages sipping a skill that needs to be learned at some point anyway
  • great variety of colours available
  • easy to clean
  • easy to hold

Would be even better if:

- I don’t have anything negative to say about the cup.

I have already recommended the cup to many of my friends with babies Toby’s age. If I put a small amount of water in the cup, Toby is able to drink it without spilling any and often shouts when he runs out as he enjoys drinking from it so much. He does however, also like to throw the water round sometimes but hey, he is a baby!

The doidy cup can be bought directly from http://www.bickiepegs.co.uk but is also stocked in John Lewis stores and can be bought online from Amazon.

By Carla Bib and Splash Mat–A Review by Sara and Toby

Toby and I have been continuing to enjoy our meal times. I have been giving him some finger food as well as some mushed up food so he can start to explore more himself. He is pretty good at picking things up and putting them in his mouth but while he chews he does like to play with things, smear them around and then watch them drop off the side of the high chair.

Anyone who has fed a baby knows that baby food really stains – thank goodness for bibs to save a million sets of ruined clothes – however, Toby has also started to pull off his bibs – aaargh!

Rather than worry about the mess (easier said than done!!!) I have been looking at things that might help to clear up the mess. I was pleased to be able to review one of the Bib and Splash mat sets from By Carla http://www.bycarla.co.uk/product/bib-splash-mat-set-nougat

bib - nougat

The bib is a coverall style bib which is made of a plastic material which means no stained bib as you can wipe the food right off. It is quite a large bib as it is aimed at babies aged 1+ but it was OK on Toby with the sleeves rolled up a little. The bib also has a little pocket type thing which catches crumbs reasonably effectively.

The splash mat is made of the same plastic so again is wipe clean. We used it around the front of the highchair so it managed to prevent most of Toby’s dropped food from landing on the carpet.

We tried the ‘playtime’ design of bib and splash mat which is a colourful hand and foot print pattern.

The claims:

Have fun at meal times with our funky bib and splash mat sets!

Our packs include a long sleeve bib with crumb catcher and a wipe-clean splash mat, all within a handy wipe-clean carry bag. Perfect when eating out or at a friend’s place and the cleaning up really can wait until later!

Bib: Suitable from 12months – Splash Mat: 70 x 70cm

What we liked:

  • fun, colourful design
  • easily wipeable
  • easy to take with you when eating at other people’s house

Would be even better if:

  • the bibs also came in a smaller size for messy babies whoa re just learning to find their mouth!
  • the splash mat came in a larger size for everyday use at home. It would be really useful if the mat was able to go completely under the highchair to cover both sides and the front of the chair.

On the whole we liekd these products, they are useful to have in your changing bag when eating out and about.

The Bib and Splash mat set can be purchased from Amazon (see http://www.bycarla.co.uk/stockists for a full list of stockists) and retails for £12.99

Dr Brown’s Natural Flow Trainer Cups–Review and Giveaway (closed)

In our quest to get Toby drinking milk in preparation for me returning to work we were sent some cups to try out from Dr Brown’s. We received two training cups, one with a soft spout which is aimed at babies from 6m+ and a similar one with a hard spout aimed at babies from 9m+.

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We tried both as although Tony is not quite 9 months yet he quite likes to chew on  and play with a hard spout and we so far have had the most success with hard spouted cups.

The cups are both non drip cups as they have a valve in the spout which requires baby to suck in order to get the liquid from the cup. Toby has just started to cotton on to the idea that he can suck these spouts so we were off to a good start.

The cups are multiple coloured and so suitable for both boys and girls and are attractive to children. The handles are easy to hold and the spouts are smaller than many of the other cups on the market.

The claims:

  • Sip-Activated Valve – Only baby’s mouth activates valve, no mess when baby is not drinking.
  • All parts in Dr Brown’s Trainer Cup System are interchangeable (Handle,Spout,Valve)
  • Removable handles
  • Supplied with protective lid
  • Dishwasher safe – top rack only
  • BPA Free
  • Available in pink or blue

 

What we liked:

  • nice looking cups
  • small narrow teat so baby less inclined to chew
  • good quality easy to wash plastic
  • really don’t drip even when shaken

Would be even better if:

  • the cups could be used without the valves to allow them to double as a free flow cup for babies who aren’t great at sucking

On the whole we liked the cups and would recommend them. they are a good quality product and good value for money. The cups have a RRP of £5.10 and can be bought in a range of shops including Boots and online.

We are lucky enough to have one of each cup to give away to our readers.

All you need to do is like the Dr Brown’s uk facebook page and say The Scrummy Mummy sent you.

Then leave a comment below stating which cup you would like (soft spout or hard spout).

This giveaway ends on 20th August. UK residents only

Babybjorn Eat and Play Smock : Review and Giveaway (closed)

On my quest for finding indoor play solutions, the lovely people at babybjorn suggested an Eat and Play Smock. At first I wondered why it was for both (yes I may sound a little dim.)

When it arrived I couldn’t believe how big it was, I was pleasantly suprised at how well it fitted both Caitlyn and Ellie. It is a great smock for Caitlyn when she is doing her arts and crafts and it’s great for Ellie when she is eating as it covers her and the high chair and she can’t get it off which she can with every single bib I have tried!

The claims

Their very own Babybjorn Eat and Play Smock (RRP £19.99) is made of waterproof, breathable material offering durable protection against spots and spills. The Babybjorn Eat and Play Smock can be just as useful at mealtimes as well as when your child is painting or giving you a hand in the kitchen. Long sleeves, comfortable elastic at the wrist and generous proportions give protection for the child both in the front and back. the fabric can be wiped clean or machine washed and is therefore a convenient addition to craft sessions with toddlers. The Babybjorn Eat and Play Smock is available in two bold colours; pink and blue helping make play time fun!

What we like

  • Fits both my girls well
  • Wipe clean
  • Not easy to pull off
  • Both my girls are happy to wear it without moaning
  • Nice and light

What we weren’t so keen on

  • Price it costs around £20 (although I have found it on the net for £13 which isn’t as bad)

Overall we liked the Babybjorn Eat and Play Smock mainly as I can use it for a variety of activities.

 

I have been given 1 Babybjorn Eat and Play Smock to giveaway

All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me you want to be entered.

This giveaway closes 31st August 2011. Open to UK residents only

Brother Max Home and Travel Weaning Bowl – Review and Giveaway

Toby has taken really well to the whole weaning process. He is a good little eater (most of the time!) and so far has eaten almost everything I have put in front of him. I have mostly been giving him purees and shop bought baby food but have also been doing a little baby led weaning.

I have found that if we give him his main dinner and then sit down at the table to have our dinner he likes to have a few bits of food to munch on while we are eating.

I was really  pleased to receive the Brother Max Home and Travel Weaning Bowl as I had been looking at bowls that stick to the high chair to allow Toby to practice picking food out of a bowl without knocking the bowl off the highchair tray.

The Brother Max items are brightly coloured and so appeal to children (and adults!). The home and travel weaning bowl consists of a removable sucker pad on the bottom of the bowl, a main bowl with a loop to make it easy to hold, two little separate compartments that fit inside the bowl, a lid which allows you to heat the food with a lid on (particularly good if you are out and the microwave isn’t as clean as you would like it to be) and two spoons in the lid that are heat sensitive and change colour if the food is too hot.

Although I mainly used the bowl at home I really liked it – when I did take it out the separate compartments meant I could take more than one type of food for Toby (a main and a dessert) and I found it useful to have everything I needed in one place.

The claims:

Home and Travel weaning bowl

 

  • because little ones like to grab the bowl when you’re holding it, our bowl has an easy to hold handle that allows your hand to pass through and wrap around the bowl for stability and support
  • because little ones also like to grab the bowl from the table, our bowl can be fixed to the table or high chair, yet easily removed
  • because dirty cutlery soils travel bags, our spoons store inside the bowl’s lid
  • because it’s so easy to over-heat food, our spoons change colour if the food is too hot
  • because food can splatter everywhere when being heated, our lid is vented to allow microwaving with the lid on
  • because spoons often end up on the floor, we’ve included two

 

What we liked:

  • everything in one place
  • stuck really well to highchair tray
  • bright colour
  • good quality plastic
  • BPA, phthalate, PVC free
  • Good seal – food didn’t leak out
  • Easy to hold
  • Easy to clean

Would be even better if:

  • There was a smaller option – the bowl is quite large and took up a lot of room in my change bag

On the whole there was very little I didn’t like about the bowl and I would definitely recommend it to my friends. I expect as Toby gets older and starts to eat more it will be even more useful. I was really impressed the sucker’s ability to stay on the highchair with Toby bashing it too!

The bowl  has a RRP of £5.99 and can be bought from the NCT shop (http://www.nctshop.co.uk), Tesco, Mothercare and Amazon amongst other places.

As we liked the bowl so much, Brother Max have kindly allowed us to give one away to our lucky readers!

To enter just leave a comment below to say you would like to win.

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UK entries only please. Closing date for this competition is July 31st at midnight.

This giveaway has been extended till 31st August due to it being lost when the site went done

Totseat – A Review

Having 2 under 3′s can be difficult when eating out especially when it comes to highchairs.

We were given the opportunity to test and review a gorgeous printed giraffe totseat.

The best thing about the Totseat is I can keep it in my change bag as it packs up so small, we have used it mainly at my mums house as when we go to dinner on a Sunday there is 4 under 3′s so you can imagine the chaos at dinner time! I have to admit it has now left my change bag and taken up residence at my mums as this is when we run out of highchairs.

What they say:

It’s compact, squashable and washable and perfect for babies from around 8 – 30 months.  It is the most versatile on the market, converting high-backed, low-backed, knobbly, open-backed or rounded dining chairs into a safe haven for your little one.

It is really easy to use, simply slip over the chair back, adjust the length, clip firmly, and sit back and enjoy.  The cummerbund prevents your little one going through the back of a gappy chair, as well as providing additional support, if required, when wrapped around a chair and child.

The first Totseat travel highchair was made from the lining of a wedding dress and the second from a sheet. Many prototypes later and after more than 900 testing experiences on a huge variety of chairs, this fabulous washable, squashable fabric highchair was born.

The Totseat travel highchair is made of robust, comfortable fabric, which is Oeko-Tex approved, and it comes in a range of funky designs.

What we like:

  • Compact when folded
  • Washable
  • Comes in really cute prints
  • Great to take on holiday so that you don’t have to worry where the little one is going to sit.
  • Fits on most chairs
  • Both Ellie and Caitlyn seem comfy in it.

There isn’t anything we didn’t like about it. I think is a great alternative to a highchair and would recommend it to my friends.

The Totseat is available at http://www.hippychick.com at £24.50