Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Weetabix launch Ultimate Sports Day

Last Saturday the girls and I found ourselves sacrificing our weekend lay in (ha! as if!) and sat on a train into London at the crack of dawn. The reason for our early start was that we had a breakfast date with Tania Farah and Weetabix!

I was super excited about this event from the word go - not just because I was looking forward to working with Weetabix and meeting Mo Farah's wife and daughters - but also because it was being held at The Orange in Pimlico - our family pub, which my Grandad used to run.

It was a very informal morning, with lots of coffee and chatter. The kids ate big bowls of Weetabix and then were kept entertained by Magic Ben, who made hundreds of balloon creations and amazed everyone with his magic tricks, so that us parents could enjoy a lovely cooked breakfast (eggs benedict for me!). We also listened to Weetabix's resident nutritionist, Sian Porter, tell us all about the importance of breakfast - for kids in particular - and why Weetabix is such a good choice.

Of course we all need to eat well to stay healthy but children are growing and developing too so it's extra important to ensure they eat a varied diet full of protein, vitamins and iron. Kids are lively little things too so they need fuel - and lots of it!

Weetabix is low fat, low sugar, high fibre and wholegrain - and if that isn't good enough for you already, it has also been fortified with essential B vitamins. For the doubters amongst you, Sian confirmed that there is only 1/5th of a teaspoon of sugar in two weetabix - and only 1/16th of a teaspoon of salt - and added that the sugar is a necessity to bind the ingredients together.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - especially so for children. With most children sleeping approximately twelve hours at night, this means they will have gone without food for up to fourteen hours and so they need a good breakfast to fill their rumbly tummies and set them up for the day!

Weetabix is one of our breakfast staples and the reason I love it so much, aside from the fact it's a super healthy option, is that we can eat it in so many ways and the kids never get bored of it. Some of our favourite ways to eat them are with hot milk, with milk, honey and banana or with summer fruits and yoghurt.

It was a fabulous morning - Tania was lovely and, as we grew up just roads away from each other, we had lots to talk about. Plus, of course, it was great to be back at The Orange!

More about The Weetabix Sports Day Campaign

The Weetabix Ultimate Sports Day campaign offers youngsters the chance to create and take part in their dream school sports day. Fronted by London Olympics hero, Mo Farah, Weetabix aim to encourage UK kids to get excited about exercise.

Children are invited to design a unique and exciting obstacle they would like to see at their own sports day, with two winners then seeing their creations come to life at an exciting day of sport at the Olympic Park this summer. 
Mo Farah said: "I'm really looking forward to being part of the Weetabix UltimateSports Day campaign. As an athlete and, more importantly as a dad, I know how vital it is to inspire kids get active and a big part of that is making sure they get a nutritious start to the day.
"Being a champion isn't just about being the best; it's about looking after yourself and having the attitude to maintain that. It would be amazing if we ended up fuelling future champions this summer!"
On top of the Ultimate Sports Day, hundreds of kids across the UK are in with the chance to win a range of prizes, including sports equipment for their school and individual prizes such as top-of-the-range trainers.
In order to enter the Ultimate Sports Day campaign, simply pick up a pack and visit, letting Weetabix know what a dream sports day obstacle would be: whether it's a giant sack race or a one-of-a-kind relay - the more creative the concept, the better.
Two winners and their schools will be selected and invited to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Monday 14th July 2014, to take part in 2014's most exciting day of sport under the watchful eye of Olympic legend Mo Farah and fuelled by Weetabix.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Stokke Steps: A Review

Over the past six weeks, Evie and I have been reviewing the new Stokke Steps seat.

We were introduced to it at the launch back in January (you can read my first impressions and full details about it here). I have to admit I wasn't entirely sold at first glance. We've always had Stokke Tripp Trapps and I loved them so much (for these reasons) that I had visions of gradually replacing all of our kitchen table chairs with different coloured ones; for us grown ups as well as the kids.

However I have to say, the new Stokke Steps has most definitely won me over since we've started using it. In actual fact I would go so far as to say I prefer it!

It is, like the Tripp Trapp, an all in one seating system that is suitable from birth. However the shape of the Steps chair is entirely different to the Tripp Trapp - as are the accessories available.

The chair, which is of course the main body of the set, has a curved back rest and a generous sized seat which gives sideways protection and kind of embraces whoever is sat in it. The foot rest is adjustable and enables children to climb in and out of the chair on their own. I would say that the main difference between the two is that the Steps looks like a high chair, whereas I think the Tripp Trapp looks more like a proper chair (albeit a quirky one!). 

For our review, we opted for the beech veneer (it is also available in walnut), with an added baby set and the baby set cushions in red. (You can also get a bouncer seat for newborn babies and a removable tray if you prefer to give your baby a place of his or her own to eat or play).

The baby set is suitable for babies that are able to sit up unaided until they are safely able to sit on a chair by themselves. The set can be attached and removed easily, without the need for tools, and the back rest is adjustable in height AND depth for maximum comfort and safety. A harness is also included with the set which was great (you have to buy these separately for the Tripp Trapp).

Evie definitely seems more comfortable in this seat; I think the curves see to that. She's happy sitting in it with or without cushions (I often remove them if we are eating a meal that might be particularly messy) and, generally, I think it feels really solid and stable and safe.

The best bits?
I love how close it comes in to the table. The Stokke philosophy is to create products that strengthen the bond between parent and child - and that grow with the child too - and this seat really enables your toddler to feel a part of mealtimes. This is really important to me - previously I've said that my best baby buy was the newborn set for our Tripp Trapp because it meant that Evie could join in with our meals from birth.

The seat, without the baby set, is perfect for that in-between stage, when your little one is a bit too big for a high chair, but still too small to sit on a regular chair.

No allen key is needed to adjust the seat in any way. We all know no one can ever find an allen key when they need one! The foot plate just slides up and down, and the baby set can be unclipped and removed really easily.

Its so easy to keep clean. It was all the plastic that put me off originally but the Steps is definitely much easier to clean than the Tripp Trapp (it used to drive me mad having to scrub the grooves of the TT that food had somehow got stuck in). I feel as if the plastic is generally more hygienic than wood.

The cushions and harness are super easy to remove for washing and wash perfectly at 40 degrees.

Not so good?

I'm being very picky here but the one (tiny) negative would be that it's bulkier than the Tripp Trapp and doesn't tuck under the table as neatly (I kept tripping over the legs when we first got it, which drove me mad!). However now we've found the perfect place for it at the table and it isn't in the way at all.

The Stokke Steps retails at £159 for the chair, £79 for the baby set and £33 for the cushions. The bouncer is also available for £149 and the tray is an additional £39. Although this sounds rather expensive for a high chair, this is one that is built to last - and can be used by your child up until they're about ten years old. 

It most definitely gets a big thumbs up from us.

DISCLAIMER: I was sent the products mentioned in this post in exchange for this honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Colic Help from Infacol

I was very lucky in that neither of my girls suffered from colic as babies, but my nephew did so I'm more than aware of the pain it can cause little ones - and the worry inflicted on parents too.

Infacol is Britain's no.1 infant colic remedy. It's entirely natural, suitable from birth, and has been specially formulated to help relieve wind, infant colic and griping pain. Its makers have just launched a brilliant 24/7 online colic help centre which contains lots of helpful advice, including an 'Is It Colic' test and video responses to over fifty common colic related questions from Infacol's midwife, Nikki Khan. The website is sure to help put parent's minds at ease and, knowing how stressful the whole experience can be, I offered to help spread the word.

It's fabulous for instant advice and can be found here.

This is not a sponsored post; I have written it out of choice to help promote a fantastic website.