Purple Bumbo Baby Seat with White tray

Since reports of babies being injured using the Bumbo Baby Seat resulted in a product recall the Bumbo chair has in some circles gained an unfair reputation of not being safe.  Consider this of the 28 reports of children being injured falling out of the seats prior to the recall in 2007, how many of those injuries occured when the chair was on the floor?

Bumbo four step instructions

None, they all happened when the baby was in the seat at height, i.e. on a table or counter.  Does that mean the chairs arent safe?  Some parents complain that the chairs should come with straps to ensure your baby can’t climb out.  Bumbo’s response to this is that their product isn’t meant to be totally restrictive and the addition of a strap would make it so.

The result of the product recall was to issue clear instructions with the chair and actually print these instructions directly onto the chair should parents forget them!  Exactly what are those instructions? You can see them in the image on the left. In a nutshell, use your Bumbo only on the floor and supervise your child at all times.

Do you use a changing table when your baby is dirty?

If the answer is yes, then would you ever place your baby on the changing table and walk away to do something else and expect them to still be on the changing table when you returned?  I can’t see how any parent in their right mind would leave a child unattended on a changing table, whether there was a warning on the changing mat or not, so why the big fuss about Bumbos?

Baby Changing Table

When all is said and done if you are there to supervise your baby when they are using the bumbo baby sitter then what can go wrong?

I trust my little girl to play in her Bumbo and contrary to the safety warnings will now and again use the bumbo on the couch or on the table when I am feeding her, but I use my common sense and never leave her unattended so there is no way that any harm can come to her.

Still not convinced?  Have any questions?  Ask away on Facebook or Twitter

Pottery Barn Farmyard Stacker with soft play animals

I saw this and thought it would be perfect for my little ones playroom, a farmyard theme would suit boys or girls and is just so cute it’s unbelievable.  Large, soft farm animals in the form of a Chicken, Cow, Sheep and Pig will bring a smile to any toddler and can even when not in use by your child would look perfect sat in the corner, especially when the play room is decorated with Pop and Lolli stickers.


Pop and Lolli Farmyard wall stickers

Pop and Lolli Decals

If you read our previous post on Pop and Lolli you will know we’re big fans as the stickers are easy to apply and easy to remove and reapply if you need to move house or repaint your room.  They are also a really easy way to bring your little ones room to life without going overboard with children’s wallpaper which they will grow out of.

The plan in our house is to use these with our little girl and then remove and store them for our next child, that way we get the best value for money.

Pop and Lolli Farmyard wall stickers


The farm yard stacker is made with embroidered details that are safe for babies and so there are no small parts that can be pulled off and put in their mouths.  Unfortunately the stacker is only available from US chain Pottery Barn, but the good news is they do deliver to the UK.  It’s £74.17 and you can pre-order now for delivery after 26th September.  So quite a wait, but if your baby isn’t walking yet order now and it might arrive just in time!

Pop and Lolli is also a US company but again offers UK delivery.

Here is a rather poor artists impression of what the two would look like together!

Pottery Barn and Pop and Lolli farmyard fun
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This video found over at ipad3simcard.co.uk shows a one year old girl trying to use a magazine like an iPad.  Is it a good thing that today’s babies are becoming more technologically advanced?  Or a bad thing that this baby can use an iPad before she can walk or talk?

What do you think?  Let us know on Twitter.

Baby and iPad

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Withings wireless baby scale

Have you ever tried to weigh your baby?  Kitchen scales although accurate to ounces don’t go high enough to weigh babies and bathroom scales aren’t accurate enough only measuring to the nearest pound.  So what do you do when you need to weigh your baby?  Use the bathroom scales for an approximate weight?

When my daughter was born there was some concern because she had lost more than 10% of her birth weight in the days after she was born and had to go back into hospital to be monitored.  Thankfully everything turned out fine and a few days later was able to come back home.  In the weeks afterwards we were always concerned if she was putting on weight at a healthy rate, and waiting for health visitors to come and weigh her was an anxious time.

Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a scale yourself and could keep tabs on your little one’s progress?  That’s just what Withings have announced with the world’s first internet connected baby and toddler scale.  You can weigh your baby and the weight is wirelessly transmitted to a device of your choice, be it computer, smart phone or iPad for you to track progress.  You can also use this information to automatically update Facebook or Twitter if you want to be one of those annoying parents, or you can have the updates sent to an email address such as a doctor or health visitor perhaps?

If you want to know when the scale becomes available in the UK then sign up for information.  The price is likely to be quite expensive, but for families who wish to have more than one child it may be well worth the investment.

And for more information read the press release.

withings baby weight app

Baby in nappy doing a superman pose

In the stone ages when men lived in caves and wore loin cloths infants have always presented a problem, they soil themselves, a lot!  You can change your baby’s nappy up to ten times a day, sometimes more, and that disposable nappy that you use, who invented it.  If you care to know such things, and sometimes it pays to know (think pub quiz) then Rachel Swaby over at Gizmodo, a technology blog, did a history piece on nappies which is worth reading.

Over the past seventy years the nappy has evolved, but like Rachel says in her article:

Despite decades of design improvements, every baby finds a way to outsmart a diaper.

Too true as my daughter proved to me.

Nappy accident

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Baby Alert International Childminder System

Front Page News

This product comes about after the recent revelation that our very own Prime Minister David Cameron left his child in pub.  But first I pose the question, have you ever left your child anywhere?  I have experienced in the past someone who left their newborn in Boots in a pram, yet remembered to take with them their bag of newly purchased baby products and someone who left their daughter outside a betting shop in a pushchair unattended to go inside and gamble.  Mr Cameron’s mistake made front page news and rightly so, if any normal member of society had done the same thing and it was discovered Social Services would have been contacted and a report kept on file at the very least.

So if you are the forgetful type like Davey C and his wife you will be glad to know that there is help at hand.  The next time you have one of those days where your body is on autopilot and you reach your destination without remembering the journey the Baby Alert International Childminder may come in handy.

The Baby Alert International Childminder System

The system is two fold a “Smart Clip” which you attatch to your baby’s car seat and the companion keyring which you put on your keys.  Should you have a brain fart and forget that you left your offspring in the car as soon as you get 15 feet away the keyring alarm will sound and you will realise you are the worst parent in the world!  Of course this doesn’t help when you lock your keys and your child in the car!  And I have seen this happen at Asda (not to me) and even though the child was happy as Larry sat in the car seat the hysterical mother ended up smashing the car window minutes before her husband with the spare key arrived.  In this case you will need….

Baby Alert International Childminder System Pressure Pad

The Baby Alert International Elite Pad System

Sounding more like some kind of sanitary towel for when your waters break than a child safety system this revolutionary device allows you to fit a pressure sensitive pad to the drivers seat of the car, so that when you complete your journey and get out of the car, the alarm sounds reminding you to get out your baby.  I think this system could be re-purposed with the help of a GPS system so that whenever you got out of the car in a petrol station a voice said “Remember to fill up with Diesel!”.  You can have that one for free Ford!

So there you have it, if you consider yourself forgetful enough to need one of theese you can buy them directly from the Baby Alert International website and they are approximately £44.63 each, depending on the current exchange rate.

So do you spend the best part of £50 on a high tech proximity alarm system, or if you really are so forgetful that you will leave the most important person in your life alone in a car try this.

Dog Lead

Infant Proximity Recall Device

Infant Proximity Recall Device

The above image is a device of my own design, it may look exactly like a dog lead, however it is in fact the latest in high tech hardware.  You simply attatch the large black handle to your baby’s car seat and then attach the other end around your neck using the built in clip, then should you complete your journey and get out and walk 15 meters you will know about it.

This is available for nearly half the price at a mere £25.50 from Feedem and a lot less from your local pet store.  I repeat it is NOT a dog lead.  If you want to go even cheaper consider investing in a permanent marker and writing “BABY” on the backs of both hands, this should issue a reminder before any harm comes to your child.

What do you think?  Willing to own up to leaving your child on top of a piano?  Join the discussion on Facebook.

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Bumbo Play Tray

How to attach  the Bumbo Play Tray

Many parents agree that the Bumbo Play Tray is a fantastic idea and that it makes a valuable addition to the bumbo baby seat.
That said some parents, especially of larger children complain that the white Bumbo Play Tray is extremely difficult to attach.

So how can I easily put on the tray?

If you have a small child you could affix the tray before seating baby.  This isn’t always possible though and so these instructions may come in handy.

  1. Seat your little one comfortably in the chair on the floor.
  2. Push the top lip of the tray over the leg divider without catching any of babies skin or clothes and watch out for little fingers which usually try and grab at anything you are doing!
  3. Squash the base of the seat up towards the bottom lip of the tray and slide it under the base, without tilting the seat too much.
  4. Relax and make yourself a cuppa whilst your tot busies themselves with their toys.  You’ve probably earned it.
This video may give a better visual representation of the above instructions, maybe next time I will try with a baby in the chair!

Still having trouble?

Bumbo must have listened to parents who have had trouble with this as they have released an opaque play tray which affixes directly to the leg divider so that mummy or daddy doesn’t have to mess about tilting the seat with their child in it!

Blue Bumbo Baby Seat with Opaque plastic Play Tray

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Bumbo Play Tray

The Bumbo Play Tray is made of food safe, easy to clean plastic and attatches easily to your child’s chair.  The tray comes in one size only and therefore fits on all seats regardless of colour.

How does the tray secure to the chair?

The trays currently come in two different designs, the white one pictured here which attaches over the middle of the leg separator and secures under the bottom of the chair.  The second design is an opaque model featured below which attaches to the chair in a different way.  It hugs the leg separator on the sides and has an attachment which fits over the top, there are also channels which keep the try in place by fitting on the arms of the babysitter.

How can the play tray be used?

You can use the chair for many different things depending on the age of your child.  In the first instance you can place toys on the tray and baby can play with them, however when the toys are dropped it could cause problems if your child leans out to try and get them.  It may therefore be better if you can find toys with suction cups so you can stick them to the tray.

The tray is perfect for feeding time especially when weaning your baby as you can place food in a bowl or plate on the tray and feed from there.  Although the Bumbo chair is not a high chair it can be used as one when your child is too small to fit in one.

As your child gets old enough to pick at snacks themselves you could present grapes, raisins or other fruits and treats for baby to feed himself with.

The use of the tray enables baby to enhance their motor skills and hand eye (or hand mouth!) coordination by putting things in baby’s reach for them to pick up at will.

Blue Bumbo Baby Seat with Opaque plastic Play Tray














A Bumbo Play

ExmoBaby Smart Suit in blue

Why are you crying?!

As any new parent will tell you it is hard.  Hard to sleep, hard to get things done and hard to know what your little one wants when they are crying.  Is she hungry, is she wet, is she dirty, is she teething, is she tired or is she just crying because noone really needs more than two hours sleep a night?  Well all of that could be a thing of the past if you get yourself an ExmoBaby Smart suit.

From the title alone it conjures up images of an Iron Man type suit for babies, sadly this is not the case, but you will want to read on.

ExmoBaby Smart Garments

These look just like regular baby grows, however enclosed within the clothing are special sensors and conductive fibers along with a detatchable wireless receiver which relays allsorts of information to either your home PC or mobile phone.  Data such as ECG, Heartrate, movement and perspiration is sent wirelessly to a device of your choice so that you always know the stats of your child.  Based on this information you can then deduce what is wrong with your child, depending on the data being fed into your computer you should be able to see if baby is hungry or has a wet nappy.  Isnt technology great?!

Science Fiction

This sounds very much like something out of a Sci-Fi film, but it is very real and is the result of years of research.  The product is aimed at first time parents and the chronically neurotic to reassure them that all is well with their tot.  The suits are fully washable once the transmitter has been detached, so no need to worry that your baby will have to wear the same baby grow until they are two years old.

ExmoBaby Smart Suit

Applications in real life

Despite my initial scepticism that this product would actually work, it may actually have real world applications.  First of all consider the risk of SIDS, there are currently devices which can be placed in cots and moses baskets which will measure heartrate or breathing and sound an alarm if it reaches levels of concern, this suit could do the same thing.

You may have put your baby in childcare because you have to go back to work, with the ExmoBaby suit you could still monitor their numbers as the day goes on and ensure that the childcare are looking after them and they arent too distressed.

Perhaps the most useful application of a suit like this would be in the monitoring of ill babies and premature babies. this would be a noninvasive way to track vital signs and report findings back to doctors.

So how much is it?

Brace yourself.  This has no chance of going mainstream just yet as it’s still in the beta testing phase.  If you like the idea however and you want to become an early adopter you can buy a Standard Evaluation kit, which comprises of one suit and the monitoring equipment for $1,000 (£637) or a Deluxe Evaluation kit, which includes one suit of each size, that will set you back $2,500 (£1,594).  Not going to be one to add to the baby shower list then.

Anyone else spotted the obvious flaw?

My baby goes through more wardrobe changes than the cast of a west end musical and so even if this Smart Suit was to be worn underneath something else it would still get covered in milk, sick and other bodily fluids at least once a day causing the need for it to be changed.  So if worried parents wanted to buy this system, would they have to shell out for multiple suits?  I would think that if you are doing a wash every day you would still need four or five to keep track of your child at all times.

Would you buy this if it were affordable?  Do you think that the technology to monitor your child is a good thing or are you more of the opinion that they didnt have technology in the old days so why do we need it now?  Join the discussion on Facebook.

Still have questions.  Visit the ExmoBaby FAQ’s, now if they would only make one in the colours of Iron Man!

Iron baby

Baby Beginnings North East

On July 7, 2012, in Baby Products, Review, by abbie

Today’s post is a guest post from Yvonne from Baby Beginnings North East.Baby Beginnings North East

Baby Beginnings North East was set up in July 2011 by 2 mums, Yvonne and Tracy.  They felt there was limited provision available, to help mums-to-be enjoy their pregnancy, so they retrained with Lazy Daisy Birthing®,  enabling them to deliver FEDANT approved ante natal classes.

Lazy Daisy Birthing® classes compliment the traditional NHS classes, by equipping pregnant ladies with the confidence they need using active birth movements, breathing techniques, birth education and relaxation to help them on their way to a calm and confident birth, as well as bonding with their unborn baby.   Daisy Birthing® classes build muscle memory and help mums-to-be find intuitive techniques to enable them to enjoy a more comfortable birth experience and when labour-day  arrives, movements learnt in the classes will simply happen, breathing will simply flow and hormone levels will stay at optimum level!  Mums- to- be find the classes so relaxing and often tell us they fall asleep during the relaxation segment!

Baby Beginnings North East Pram

Classes are running in Stockton, Darlington and Newton Aycliffe.

In addition, Baby Beginnings North East delivers Couples Pregnancy Workshops, Baby Massage Classes, Pregnancy Massage, Post Natal Massage, Toddler Yoga and Doula Service (Birthing Companion).  Yvonne can also offer fertility massage for couples who may be experiencing difficulties trying to conceive.

For lots more information, please visit www.baby-beginnings-northeast.co.uk or contact Yvonne on 07740 199778 and like on Facebook


Baby Beginnings North East Baby Massage