April 2014 | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Tesco's SS14 Homes & Lifestyle Relaunch

Today I was invited up to the Tesco Extra Superstore in Watford for a show case of the brand new SS14 Home and Lifestyle range that I saw previewed back in December last year (see my post about it here).

The Watford store has just had a makeover and is also home to a number of new food concepts, including Harris + Hoole, The Bakery Project and Giraffe. As if that wasn't enough it also has a brand new F + F concession too!

I have to say, the Watford store is spectacular. It's HUGE, with extra spacious aisles and the widest variety of products I've ever seen (the fruit and veg department was particularly impressive).

But we weren't there to check out the perishables, we were there to meet the new Head of Design, Steven Rowe, and to be given a tailored walk-through of a selection of the new products available this season. My favourites are still the same as last December - the Morocco-inspired garden pieces, the seaside themed soft furnishings and the dip dye dinnerware to name but a few. I was also very excited to hear that later this year Tesco will be working with none other than Rick Stein to produce a beautiful new kitchen range.

Alongside the launch of the SS14 collection, Tesco are also launching a multi-channel home book to showcase their home and lifestyle range.

The look book and catalogue will be available in hard copy as well as online and will contain heaps of styled photographs for inspiration and tips on how to achieve each look.

The event ended with a quick bite to eat at Giraffe (and possibly a few lunchtime cocktails *ahem*) with some of my blogging faves (I'm talking about you Alice from An Essex Wife, Missie Lizzie B, Lilinha and Mrs Katy Pearson) before jumping in a cab and being whisked off to Covent Garden for the Joules Press Day. xoxo


Joules AW14 Preview

Today saw the launch of Joules' AW14 collection and, boy, it's a good'un! So good, in fact, that I'm kind of wishing the summer away, just so I can get my mitts on it!

As always, Joules have got it spot on - beautiful, bold, prints, classic colours and divine finishing touches (I have a thing for Joules buttons, they're always so pretty!).

First up, my absolute favourite product at the whole event had to be these adorable fox mittens, iPad case and phone sock, but of course I was there to eye up the goodies for us mamas and our small people!

My photos didn't do the womenswear collation justice but these six items will be making their way into my wardrobe come Autumn.......

........As will these pieces for the girls.

And I'm sorry my blog posts always seem to focus on all things feminine, but I only have us girls to shop for so I'm drawn to all things girlie. Not forgetting you boys and men out there, these were my favourite finds for you. LOVE the tank top a ridiculous amount (might even buy one in small for myself) and these mittens with teeth and matching hat? Adorable!

The home wares and outdoor range are utterly gorgeous too - and a whole heap of bed linen and some enamel cups and coffee pot are right at the top of my wish list right now.

The AW14 Collections will be arriving in store from 15th July, which means we've got three months to get saving! Happy shopping everyone xoxo


Suckies Yoghurt Pouches from The Collective

This week saw gourmet dairy brand The Collective launch their new Suckies; a range of yoghurt pouches perfect for children.

Suckies are the first ever fresh yoghurt pouch to go on sale in the UK and are available in four flavours - Sassy Strawberry, Sunkissed Tropical,  Peach & Apricot and Kiwi, Pear & Apple. They're made from nothing but fresh fruit and creamy live yoghurt and are suitable for children over six months of age. They are packed full of whole milk goodness, only contain sugars found naturally in fruit and have absolutely no nasties in them whatsoever - no GM ingredients, no gluten and no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

We were sent a selection of each of the flavours to try and they were a massive hit - with all of us (yes I tried them too!).

The girls loved all four flavours and I loved the practicality of them. They are so much cleaner and easier to use at home than a pot with a spoon and are ideal for lunch boxes too. They can even be frozen so that they're still cool come lunchtime and they're much easier to open than the yoghurt tubes currently on the market.

Suckies are available now from Waitrose and Sainsbury's and will be on the shelves of Tesco from June. We can't wait to get our paws on some more!

DISCLAIMER: We were sent samples of Suckies in exchange for this review.


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Five Favourites: White Shirts

I realise that a crisp white shirt might not sound like the most mum friendly item of clothing around, but it's something I'm desperate to add to my wardrobe right now.

There's something so stylish and sophisticated about them, and they're so versatile too. Whether you team a tailored version with a pencil skirt for a smart office look, wear one over a pair of boyfriend jeans with heels at the weekend or button one up to the very top and wear it with a statement necklace - there really is something to suit every style.

Here are my five favourites:

1. Sleeveless Ruffle Shirt, £23.40, Boden - the ruffled and sleeveless version of Boden's Great White Shirt - perfect for Spring / Summer.

2. 40s Pussy Bow blouse, £50, 20th Century Foxy - this gorgeous and demure 1940s style blouse is made from a white viscose crepe fabric, is fitted just a little into the waist and has pretty shell button detailing. 

3. Womens Long Line Evangeline Shirt, £59.95, Joules - Crafted from crisp cotton poplin and impeccably tailored to give it a unique look and feel, this is a cool and contemporary take on the classic white shirt.

4. Little White Tie Top by Bettie Page, $44.99, Modcloth - this shirt has a cute, retro feel to it and would look awesome over a high waisted maxi skirt.

5. Round Collar Shirt with Smartweave Technology, £65, Smartweave - I love the Peter Pan style round collar on this shirt, but even better it is made from 100% cotton and contains responsive technology which prevents sweat marks - perfect for busy mums on the go!


Monday, 28 April 2014

Persil's Cook With Kids Promise Campaign

I'm a big fan of cooking with children. I think it's really important for them to know where their food comes from, and how it is made plus, of course, it's heaps of FUN!

Persil also believe that the kitchen should be a fun place for kids, and that they should be free to get creative and make a mess so, to celebrate the launch of their new, harder working washing up liquid they want 100,000 parents to make a promise to cook with their kids.
We were most definitely up for the challenge and this afternoon set about making a mess in the kitchen baking a red velvet cake using a recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

I let Daisy weigh out the ingredients, break the eggs and give everything a good mix before I took over and poured it into the cake tins ready for the oven. Then we got to lick the spoons, which EVERYONE knows is the best bit about cake baking!

Once it had baked and cooled, and I'd iced it, Daisy once again took over and decorated it. 

After I'd cleaned up (using Persil's new and improved formula of course!) we got to sit down and eat it..... and it was GOOOOOOD!

Persil's improved formulation washing up liquid cleans 1,400 more plates than before, so you can rest assured that you've got the perfect washing up liquid to get those messy pots and pans sparkling clean again! And when you've been cooking with kids, there are a lot of messy pots!
Check out Persil's website for everything you need to help your kids have messy fun in the kitchen and, at the same time be in with a chance of winning a kid-friendly baking kit and kids party worth £500!
DISCLAIMER: We were sent a bottle of the new, improved Persil Washing Up liquid and were given a supermarket voucher to cover the costs of the ingredients for this recipe, in exchange for this post.

Ambrosia Mini Pots

During the Easter holidays, Ambrosia sent us some brand new mini pots of their famously delicious custard and rice puddings.

Ambrosia rice pudding is one of my guilty pleasures.... I have been known to eat an entire can by myself in the past - cold, and straight from the tin (admittedly I was pregnant at the time). My argument was that if you open a tin, you can't LEAVE any, and there was no way I was waiting five minutes for it to heat up on the hob..... I had a CRAVING!

A love of rice pudding (AND custard - we mustn't forget the custard!) must be hereditary as both of the girls love it too and the packs we were sent lasted less than 36hrs.... yum! 

These new snack-sized puddings come in a convenient six pack (each pot is 55g) and are perfect for little appetites (and greedy mamas that should be watching their portion sizes!). They are ideal for lunch boxes (they make a nice change to boring old yoghurts) and are easy to pop into a changing bag or handbag as a snack on-the-go too. The best bit is they are packed full of calcium and vitamin D and have no preservatives or artificial colours, flavours or sweetness either.

Ambrosia Mini Pots are available in major retailers at an RRP of £1.49

DISCLAIMER: We were sent some mini pots to taste in exchange for this honest review.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Introducing my Sponsor for BritMums Live 2014!

I am so very excited and proud to announce that my sponsor for BritMums Live this year will be Silver Cross!

Silver Cross have been developing and designing the very best baby products since 1877. My Mum had a Silver Cross pram for me in the 1980s and now I have a Silver Cross Reflex for Evie thirty years later, which is proof enough that this is a brand that has well and truly stood the test of time! They're a household name that we all know and love and I'm so grateful and honoured that they have offered to sponsor me. You'll be hearing much more about Silver Cross in the run up to the event and I can't wait to work with them!

Will you be at BritMums Live this year?


Bigjigs Safari Building Blocks: A Review

With a sister a few years older than her, it's not very often that Evie gets shiny new toys of her very own. The majority of her toys might be hand-me-downs but luckily for her they are all still like new, because I have a thing for old fashioned wooden toys that are super easy to keep clean and last forever!

But nothing beats getting a parcel from Bigjigs, especially when it contains a building block set, which just so happens to be your favourite type of toy!

We already have the wooden Rolling Shape Sorter from Bigjigs, which has six different coloured and shaped blocks that Evie loves to stack on top of each other and, to me, the Safari Building Blocks set is a natural progression from this toy. For ages one and upwards, it's made up of 32 different shaped blocks, including six animals, the sun and moon, some trees and flowers and some plain and coloured ones too.

The colours are bright and bold and there are some lovely details, such as the animal blocks having faces on the front, and having the back of the animals head on the reverse.

The toy is meant to help develop dexterity and balance skills (both of which it most definitely does) but it is also perfect for learning colours, shapes and animals, counting and encouraging imaginative play.

Daisy and Evie both love the blocks - Daisy is four - and they have been playing with them together really nicely. I think the fact there are plenty of them helps, but Evie has just started to appreciate her big sister's help in building super high towers too!

A part of the toy that I didn't expect to be so much fun was the little drawstring storage bag that came with it - Evie loves tipping all the blocks out and putting them back in again which makes it a great game to play close to tidy up time!

The Bigjigs Safari Building Blocks are available from the Bigjigs website here for £11.99. You can also follow Bigjigs on Twitter here for information on new products and special offers.

DISCLAIMER: We were sent the Bigjigs Safari Building Blocks in order to write this honest review.

Watch Lust

When I was eighteen, and got my first student loan cheque, I treated myself to a beautiful silver Gucci bangle watch. Naughty, I know, but I was in love and it lasted ten years before I accidentally left it at the gym and some lucky bugger picked it up and took it home with them rather than doing the honest thing and handing it in!

Six years later I still forget it's not there and inspect my wrist to check the time. But the thing is I only really like designer watches and I've been too scared to buy another one in case I lose it again or in case the kids get their mitts on it and drop it down the loo or something. I love stacking bracelets and there has always been a gap just big enough for a watch - a Michael Kors Pressley watch to be a bit more precise - and I'm thinking that, after years of lusting after it I might just bite the bullet and treat myself. Its FUNCTIONAL and PRACTICAL after all. It just happens to be ever so pretty to boot.

I love the gold, I love the crystals. Let's face facts here - it's BEAUTIFUL. Don't you agree? It's also water resistant so if there are any toilet related incidents it should come out unscathed.

The Michael Kors Pressley watch is available from The Watch Hut for £231 (17% off the RRP) and with free next day delivery too. Aaarrrghhhh. I think I'm going to have to dip into the joint account......

This is a collaborative post.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Next Kids SS14 Preview

During the Easter holidays, Daisy and I were invited up to Next HQ in Leicester for a sneak peak of the SS14 kids collections that are due to hit the shops at the end of this month.

Armed with magazines and coffee (me) and colouring books and sweets (Daisy), we headed up on the noisy carriage (!! - sorry fellow travellers) of the 8.34am train from Kings Cross with fellow bloggers Kylie from Memoir Mode, Ruth from RocknRoller Baby and Bex from The Mummy Adventure and their broods.

The fun continued after we arrived at Next's Head Office. There were hundreds of toys and arts & crafts stations set up to keep the kids entertained (as well as fresh fruit, pastries and juices to stop those little tummies rumbling) so that us parents could have a good old browse around their mock shop.

I love Next clothes for children. I always think they have a huge selection with items to suit everyone and I think they do boy's clothes particularly well. This season I'm loving:

These gorgeous playsuits - grown up sizes please!

Slogan tees - a complete bargain at £4.50 each, 2 for £8 or 3 for £12!

Boyswear. Next do it brilliantly. Vintage tees? Check. Hawaiian shirts? Check.

Festival chic - I can't wait for this Summer!
After we'd checked out the new lines (and had an even sneakier peak at what's to come for AW14) we all jumped on a minibus and headed to local Italian restaurant Cini for a spot of lunch. 

Usually a fine dining restaurant, I don't think the staff quite knew what had hit them when around forty parent bloggers and their families descended upon them - but the service, the food - and the wine! - were excellent and the kids even got to go into the kitchen to help make pizzas!

We had a smashing day - we LOVE the new kids' collections! Huge thanks to Next for inviting us xo


Our Favourite Children's CDs

You might have noticed on Twitter and Instagram that my DARLING husband bought me a car just before the long Easter weekend. YES! A CAR!!!! Brownie points to him for sure.

It's nothing flash, just a little third-hand runaround, but it's an absolute treat for us girls as we've been car-less since we moved out of London due to Himself needing our only set of wheels to get to work, and him working all. the. bloody. time. 

As lovely as Haslemere is, it is AMAZING to be able to get out of it whenever we want - and we spent the weekend at local garden centres, visiting friends and family, and we even squeezed in a day trip to the coast. YAY!

With every new car comes new driving music. Gone are the days of me blasting songs from the Top 40 out of the windows - these days it's more important to keep the little passengers entertained - so I decided to let Daisy choose the soundtrack to our road trips.*

*I may live to regret this.

These are her current top three albums!

Magic Belles Magic Music
Yes our favourite fluttery fairies have released their very first album and it's made up of seven super tracks. The music is aimed at girls aged three to seven and has positive, fun lyrics and catchy tunes that are just perfect for music fans that have outgrown nursery rhymes. Daisy adores the Magic Belles website (where kids can play games and read stories) and she is a fully fledged member of the Flutterbud Club too, which is a free online resource for kid friendly recipes and arts and crafts. The album is currently available to download on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Spotify and is currently £4.74 on iTunes.

Frozen Soundtrack
Ah yes. The Frozen soundtrack. Of course this is in the car. It has been on repeat since we first bought the album earlier this year and both girls sing along to every song at the top of their voices. I might join in too. *looks shifty*
It's available on CD and as a download from all good retailers. My CD was £7 from Tesco.
PS have you seen this clip from YouTube? It's SO me and Himself! I love the little girl sat in the back of the car completely ignoring her parents! She's like 'oh they're singing AGAIN!'

Radio Go! Go! Go!
I think this is the girls no.1 at the moment, especially after seeing the live show on Monday. It has ten ridiculously catchy tracks that sound a bit S Club 7-y, but for youngsters. I can't deny I regularly find myself singing along to it.... my favourite song is Holiday Bay, Daisy loves 'My Picture of the World' and 'Hey There Sleepyhead' sends Evie to sleep every time!
Again, this album is available as either a download or on CD at an RRP of £7.99.

Enjoy, parents! And please don't blame me when you can't get these songs out of your head! xo

DISCLAIMER: We were sent promo copies of Magic Belles Magic Music and Radio Go! Go! Go! but bought Frozen ourselves.

Micro Scooters, Balance Bikes & Bank Holiday Sunshine

There's absolutely no doubt about it; Micro Scooters are the only type of scooters to be seen on.

I know Mums that have bought their children cheaper alternatives only for them to fall apart, or get neglected because they're difficult to use. Micro Scooters might be a bit more expensive than other brands but they really are brilliant. They're safe, they're sturdy (the micro has two wheels at the front for stability), they are extremely durable (Daisy has used hers daily for eighteen months and it's still in perfect working order) and, most importantly to me, they make long walks a hell of a lot easier for parents - and more fun for kids! 

I knew we would have to get one for Evie at some point, and that day came when she scooted across the living room perfectly on her big sister's mini micro. She was fifteen months old at the time - and I was majorly impressed (Daisy only mastered the art of scooting just after she turned three!)

It just so happened that Micro Scooter had asked us if we'd like to review the pink mini micro 3 in 1 for them so of course we said yes please!  It's the same scooter as Daisy's (which we know and love) but with the seat and O-bar handle. With these added extras the scooter can be used as a ride on to start with (it's suitable for children aged twelve months plus) - then the seat can be removed and it can be used as a small scooter, and finally the O-bar handle can be replaced by the T-bar (which is also included in the set). All in all, this scooter is suitable for ages 1-5 (although I know six and seven year olds that still use theirs) so it's well worth it's £79.95 price tag. 

Evie absolutely adores it and has so much fun trying to keep up with her big sister, both at home and at the park. We had such a wonderful bank holiday weekend scooting in the sunshine! I have a sneaking suspicion that it won't be long before the seat comes off and madam will be zooming around like Daisy!

At the same time, we were also asked us if the girls would like to give the new Micro Balance Bike a whirl. It's for children aged two and up, so Evie isn't quite strong enough to hold it up yet - but Daisy certainly is and she's a big, big fan.

It's lightweight and, with it's adjustable saddle, grows with your child - and can be shared amongst siblings (so long as they don't mind, of course). The wheels are also puncture and mark free so they can be used indoors as well as outside and I find them super easy to wipe down to alternate between the two. The bike isn't quite as easy to transport around as a scooter but it does fit into my notoriously tiny old style Mercedes A-class boot which is brilliant. A bigger bike most definitely wouldn't.

Balance bikes are a great way to help build co-ordination and balance skills ahead of learning to ride a proper bicycle and these ones retail at £99.95 - a perfect price for a perfect first bike.xo

DISCLAIMER: We were sent a mini micro scooter and a micro g-bike for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.


Monday, 21 April 2014

The Go! Go! Go! Show Live: A Review

SO! Ever since we got the Nick Jr channel just before Christmas we've been fans of The Go! Go! Go! Show and ever since we were sent a copy of their brand new album Radio Go! Go! Go! last week it has been on repeat in the car. Today we got to see the live show at The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and it was bloody marvellous.

The last time I was at The Shepherds Bush Empire, I was drinking pints of lager and listening to Shed Seven on their reunion tour, so it was a bit weird to be there during the day and with the girls. But in actual fact it was a brilliant venue for a child friendly event; not only is it very easy to get to by public transport, with brilliant parking over at Westfield for drivers, it is also great for buggies - with minimal stairs to contend with for those seated in the stalls and cloakroom facilities to store your wheels while you enjoy the show.

The venue is very small and intimate with a seating plan that allows everyone to see perfectly. The seats in the stalls were also grouped together in rows of three with big gangways in-between so mid-show toilet trips weren't a problem.

The costumes and set were brilliant; just like they are on the television. Bold and colourful and utterly mesmerising for Evie who, at seventeen months, loved the show much more than I expected her to! (She started to get fidgety for the last fifteen minutes but was kept entertained for well over an hour).

But of course, we were there for Daisy, as the show is one of her favourites on television at the mo, and the highlight for her was definitely the audience participation (there was lots of it)! Sock throwing (yes, really), learning dance routines and joining in with the ridiculously catchy songs. She loved every minute of it.

There were also some super surprises, including members of the cast appearing in the audience and a meet and greet after the show, which completely and utterly made Daisy's day. They gave her a signed postcard and we also got her a toy Fluffalope on the way out.

All in all, we had a smashing time and I'd recommend the show to any parent thinking about taking their kids. Today was the last date in the April 2014 tour but I'm sure they'll be back very soon and, in the meantime, the Radio Go! Go! Go! album is on sale. I'm not going to lie, you'll find yourself singing the songs all day every day which might drive you mad (makes a nice change to the Frozen soundtrack though if you ask me) - but the kids will love it so it's definitely a good buy xo

DISCLAIMER: We were given tickets to the event in exchange for this honest review.

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 www.ultimatesportsday.co.uk, 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.
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