Safesip Drinks Covers Review – Help Little Ones Learn to Drink Independently

I first came across Safesip drinks covers on Facebook back in March of last year and was immediately intrigued. At the time we were desperately trying to transition BattleKid to a big boy’s cup as he was refusing beakers but he couldn’t get the hang of open cups at all. This seemed like it might be the answers to our prayers and I clicked through to the website to investigate further. safesip drinks covers

Safesip is the brain child of Melissa Edmunds. She came up with the idea of Safesip drinks covers while looking after her poorly father, who was in hospital trying to drink through straws at difficult angles, all with a clumsy second child at the same time.

Safesip is a reusable drinks cover that fits virtually any glass, mug, cup or can and is designed to keep drinks in to ensure

No more spills – ever!

Its revolutionary design ensures drinks are kept in and everything else out, which means it is hugely versatile and can be used by parents, children, campers, party guests, the elderly and disabled alike. Safesip drinks covers are made from food grade silicone and are BPA free. They are dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe and have been designed to fit both single and double handled mugs.

After seeing all these advantages, I ordered a quad pack and soon started using them at home at mealtimes. They quickly started being used on all open-topped drinking cups for BattleKid and he loved drinking his drinks through a straw. They also helped to relax both mum and dad significantly as we no longer had to help him with his drinks or tell him to be careful, meaning mealtimes became more relaxed in our house.safesip drinks covers

We then brought the Safesip drinks cover to Lanzarote in May and used it during all meals in the hotel restaurants. Now unfortunately they were no totally BattleKid-proof, with us having two spills of drinks due to him knocking his cup off the table but knocks onto the table did not result in drinks being spilled. At all other times it made for calmer meal times while on holiday and meant BattleKid felt a bit more independent too.safesip drinks covers

We continued to use it for several months afterwards, both at home and out and about, and gradually stopped using them as BattleKid has gotten better with open cups. Now I will say that we have large plastic wine glasses at home and the Safesip did not fit over these, coming away very quickly but it fit all other mugs, cups and plastic glasses we have at home. It actually worked best with BattleKid’s own open cups, so job done. The reason we tried it on the plastic wine glasses was that BattleKid went through a phase of only wanting the same drinking vessel as BattleDad and I so I had bought 3 picnic plastic wine glasses to use at home so he would have the same vessel as us. It had been working until spills became a problem.

What we loved about Safesip drinks covers:

  • Reusable drinks cover.
  • Ideal for toddler using open drinking vessels.
  • British made from food grade silicon and is 100% BPA free.
  • Dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe.
  • Can be used by toddlers, party goers, campers, and the elderly and disabled alike.
  • Comes in a range of colours which will appeal to anyone.
  • Made for calmer meal times both at home and away.
  • Great for holidays or days out.
  • Helps toddlers gain independence from parents where drinks are concerned.
  • Packs available with drinking straws, drinking jars and melamine rice cups.

What we didn’t like about Safesip drinks covers:

  • Did not fit ALL our drinking vessels at home.
  • Had two spillages on holiday so not completely child-proof but that was because the drink was toppled onto the ground, not just the table.

Overall I think Safesip drinks covers are a great way to help toddlers learn how to handle open drinking cups, mugs and glasses. It can help them gain some independence while keeping parents calmer during meal times knowing spills will be greatly reduces or even stopped. They are also versatile and can be used in a variety of other settings as they help to keep drinks in and everything else out!

Safesip drinks covers are available from the Safesip website and come separately or in drinks packs which can include straws and drinking vessels too, ranging in price from £4.00 for a single pack to £23 for a pack of 4 covers and cups. To see the full range available, please visit the Safesip shop website.

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A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Alongside my Used Car Lot Puzzle, I also received A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger for review.a day at the beach puzzle

This 500 piece puzzle features a beach scene as created by artist Andy Walker and features all the things we enjoy about A Day at the Beach, including a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides and sandcastle building.

I decided to take a slightly different tactic with this puzzle as it appeared to be a bit harder than my previous two 500 piece puzzles. This was due to the fact there is a lot of beige sand and blue sky in the picture.

I created the border first and then separated out the remaining pieces into four piles. One contained mostly just blue in it, one contained blue with some other colours/features in it, one contained colours and the other was mostly beige sand. I thought that by doing this it might make completing the puzzle easier.

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The border took 40 minutes to complete

I started with the sky and pier and this section, apart from a few pieces, took shape without too much difficulty.

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Portioning the pieces into four piles
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After 1 hour and forty minutes

Next I moved onto the coloured sections and these came together really easily. Next it was the sand. This proved a bit more difficult than the other sections but it wasn’t long before the majority of this puzzle was done.

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Complete in two hour and a half hours

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The last few sky blue pieces were put into place, and after only two and a half hours, this A Day at the Beach Puzzle from Ravensburger was complete. I couldn’t believe how quickly it had come together and I wonder did my different tactic help!

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete. I finished it in two and a half hours.
  • Appears difficult and complicated due to the lack of variety of colours but wasn’t at all.
  • This 500 piece puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should not prove difficult to complete.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Contains all the aspects of A Day at the Beach that everyone loves including donkey rides and building sandcastles.
  • Measures 49 x 36cm when complete.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE A DAY AT THE BEACH PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 500 piece A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger was easy to complete and enjoyable at the same time. As mentioned I took a different approach to completing this puzzle and I think it helped. The puzzle is aimed at ages 10+ and should be more than doable for that age range.

So if you are looking for a puzzle for yourself or a child age 10 years of age or above, then this puzzle may just fit the bill. The A Day at the Beach puzzle retails at around £7.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received the A Day at the Beach puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Switch and Fix Bob the Builder Action Figure Review

We recently received a Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy for review and to say BattleKid has been thrilled to receive it would be an understatement.switch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob is a deluxe size, action figure Bob the Builder who comes with a cool rotating tool belt in which he can carry three different tool bits for his tool. These include a jackhammer, a saw and an auger, all designed to help Bob get the job done.

The rotating tool belt enables Switch and Fix Bob to switch between his tools easily and quickly with his amazing quick draw action tool change system. His tool can hold one accessory while Bob can hold another in his free hand.switch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob’s tool also has a light which flashes and illuminates the selected translucent tool. When the selected tool piece is pressed against a surface the light flashes for between 5 and 30 cycles while the matching tool sound is also sounded.

Drawing Bob’s tool hand downwards activates different phrases and the all-famous Bob the Builder song. Switch and Fix Bob also comes with a removable, adjustable welding mask for his helmet.

I can easily say that since Switch and Fix Bob arrived in our house, he has been permanently attached to BattleKid hands, even coming as far as swimming with us, although he waited in the car.

BattleKid has been having fun with him, moving his tool hand up and down to start the phrases and song, and playing with his helmet. Unusually, BattleKid hasn’t been too keen on the tool sounds. The same can’t be said of the tool light. He has tried once or twice to shine it in Mum and Dad’s eyes.switch and fix bob switch and fix bobswitch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob has helped bring out BattleKid’s imaginative play at home and he absolutely loves this action figure Bob. We have had to pry it from him at bedtime because I’ve been worried he would set his sounds off and wake himself during the night.

What we love about Switch and Fix Bob:

  • Great size for BattleKid’s hands.
  • The adjustable welding helmet is great and easily attached or removed.
  • The three translucent tool accessories are great colours, and do illuminate when pressed against a surface.
  • The flashing light and tool sounds are good, in my opinion (BattleKid isn’t keen on the sounds as mentioned).
  • Great vibrant colours in the toy.
  • The rotating tool belt is great and the quick draw action is brilliant, although BattleKid hasn’t quite figured this out yet.

What we didn’t like about Switch and Fix Bob:

  • BattleKid isn’t too fussed on the tool sounds.
  • The tool accessory bits come off very easily from the belt if knocked a little. Their clips could do with being a little stronger.

Switch and Fix Bob has been a welcome addition to BattleKid’s Bob the Builder toys since he arrived. He has played with him at length each and every day since his arrival, so much so I’m starting to hear him say the phrases with Bob. His imaginative play is certainly noticeable when playing with Bob and I have to say the song is permanently stuck in my head, which some might argue isn’t a great bonus!

I’m really impressed with this Bob and his size for BattleKid’s pre-school size hands. Switch and Fix Bob is recommended for ages 3+ and I think that’s perfect. His size is just right for BattleKid and his rotating tool belt, moveable arms and adjustable welding mask for his helmet are easily done by BattleKid.switch and fix bob switch and fix bob

As mentioned BattleKid isn’t fussed on the tool sounds but enjoys the other phrases and of course the Bob the Builder song. As mentioned the tool clips on the belt could do with being a little stronger in my opinion. I can understand why they are not so strong to enable younger kids to put them on and remove them easily. This is just a minor point, otherwise this is a great action figure toy for any young Bob the Builder fans like BattleKid.

Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy is available from most good toy retailers including Smyth’s, Argos and Amazon. His RRP is £19.99 but most toy retailers have him discounted at the time of writing this review.

If you are on the hunt for a great Bob the Builder toy for a young fan or to add to a Bob the Builder collection, I can recommend this Switch and Fix Bob. Particularly for pre-schoolers like BattleKid.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We were kindly sent a Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger Review

Following on from last month’s Glittering Gemstones Puzzle Review I was kindly sent a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger, which was another 1000 piece puzzle, to review.

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While I’ve been enjoying doing puzzles again, the 1000 piece puzzle from last month nearly broke me. It was really hard and took me over 10 hours to complete, so I was quite apprehensive about this one I can tell you.

The Used Car Lot puzzle was created by artist Geoff Tristram and features “Honest Harry’s” used car lot. It forms part of the Best of British range of puzzles from Ravensburger.

This puzzle, although 1000 pieces, was a lot more fun to make than the Glittering Gemstones puzzle. As always, I made the border first before starting on the body of the puzzle.

This puzzle has lots of different elements to it, including colour groups and text groups. I started by picking out pieces with text on them and putting them together, using the picture on the box to aid with them. The areas I chose started coming together really quickly.

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After 2 hours and 20 minutes

Next I picked out all the purple and blue coloured pieces and started putting together the purple and blue cars and again they came together quite easily.  The green car quickly followed suit.

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At 4 hours and 15 minutes

I was really excited by how quickly I was putting together this puzzle compared to my last 1000 piece puzzle and all-in-all it took me five and three quarter hours to complete this puzzle, just over half the time it took me to complete the other one.

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Completed after 5 hours and 45 minutes

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And I’ll let you in on a little secret, I enjoyed this one more. I think the array of colours and text it contains made it easier to piece together sections compared to the white/black Glittering Gemstones puzzle.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • High quality puzzle.
  • Easy to do and complete.
  • Nice variety of colours and text which help make it easy to complete.
  • This 1000 piece puzzle would not be too difficult for a novice puzzle maker.
  • The softclick technology that produces a smooth puzzle.
  • Made from strong premium grade cardboard, with a linen finish to minimise glare on the puzzle image.
  • Very easy to lose a few hours to this puzzle without realising.
  • Measures 70 x 50cm when complete.
  • Ideal for ages 12+.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE USED CAR LOT PUZZLE FROM RAVENSBURGER:

  • Nothing!

This 1000 piece Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger was very enjoyable to complete and not difficult at all. It certainly wouldn’t need an advanced puzzle maker to complete it and I think anyone would enjoy making this puzzle. I certainly did.

So if you are looking for a puzzle to while away a few hours with this Used Car Lot puzzle from Ravensburger might just be what you are looking for. It retails at around £11.99 and is available from Amazon and other major retailers. Why not check out the full range of puzzles available at Ravensburger. They cater for both children and adults!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*I received a Used Car Lot Puzzle from Ravensburger for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Baby Born Interactive Doll Review – Boys CAN play with Dolls

I was recently contacted to see if we’d like to receive a Baby Born Interactive Doll to review and I immediately said yes. You might think I was a bit crazy, having a boy, but I was very curious to see what BattleKid would do with a doll. In my mind, why can’t boys play with dolls! I am among many parents who are getting sick of stereotypes when it comes to our children and wanted to show that boys can play with dolls.

My reasoning behind this was twofold. Firstly, we need to break the stereotypical views of what girls and boys can play with. Secondly, when BattleKid was going into nursery for 7am, he and one of his female toddler friends would make a beeline for the dolls and prams and would spend time walking around nursery playing with them before the other children arrived. So I know he has played with them in nursery, I wanted to see what he would do with one at home.

Our Baby Born Interactive Boy Doll arrived a few weeks ago and once I’d taken my pictures of the doll, as you do as a blogger, we gave it to BattleKid as a surprise. He was immediately pawing at the box saying “mama, you open it”. We duly obliged and watched in anticipation of his reaction.

Once Baby, as he was named, was out of the box BattleKid started off by checking his dummy and saying “there you go”. He next moved onto feeding his Baby his bottle and it was very sweet watching him being so gentle with his Baby Born Interactive Doll.

Once Baby was finished with his bottle BattleKid asked him if he wanted some food and feed him pretend food.

Of course, silly mama forgot to put the nappy on Baby so we did that quickly to prevent any spills. BattleKid has since found it hilarious that Baby wees and poops!

Suitably fuelled up, Baby was then taken on a ride on BattleKid’s ‘motorbike’ after which time I think Baby was quite tired and BattleKid gave him a bit of a rest.

We’ve since dressed Baby in one of BattleKid’s babygro’s and let him sleep under one of his soft blankets. Baby now goes to bed with BattleKid and shares his bed every night. BattleKid has also been feeding him regularly and sitting him on his potty saying “you do a wee-wee”, most likely linked to the fact he himself is just finished potty training. One area we’ve come a cropper is when BattleKid asked where Baby’s pram was! We’ll see if he continues to play with Baby and if so we might need to get one!

I have to admit that both BattleDad and I have had pangs of guilt watching BattleKid with his Baby. Guilt that he’s an only child, and it has been so sweet watching him being so gentle and kind with his Baby Born Interactive Doll. However, they’ve only been fleeting, before anyone says we need to have another child! I’ve written about my reluctance to have another child on the blog and those feelings haven’t changed.

I’m quite impressed with how far dolls have come since I was a girl and I’m also delighted to see BattleKid enjoying his Baby. We received the Baby Born Interactive Boy Doll and he comes with nine lifelike functions and no less than eleven accessories. Baby Born cries real tears, although we haven’t tested this function out at the time of writing this review. Baby Born also opens and closes its eyes and I’m sorry to say has had those poor eyes poked a few times by BattleKid! Baby born eats and drinks and also does controlled wees and poops. Baby Born is fully movable and is waterproof too so can enjoy a bath with your little one if they want.

Baby Born Interactive Dolls come with a birth certificate and friendship bracelets although I removed these. Baby Born also comes with a dummy and dummy clip, a bottle which you can fill, a nappy, some food and a plate and spoon and also a potty, which BattleKid has been sitting Baby on regularly, although he has been forgetting to remove his nappy first!

There are lots of accessories and other fun items you can get for Baby Born too which we may look into depending on how much BattleKid plays with his baby.

What I love about the Baby Born Interactive Doll:

  • Lifelike features are brilliant.
  • The accessories it comes with act as a great starter pack.
  • Great way to let imaginative play come into force, as we’ve observed with BattleKid.
  • An interesting and lovely way to see BattleKid’s softer side come out.
  • Huge range of accessories, clothes and toys available to go with your Baby Born Doll.

What I didn’t like about the Baby Born Interactive Doll:

  • It took me a while to figure out what the valve on the back was for!

Overall, both BattleDad and I were suitably impressed with the Baby Born Interactive Doll. The various features are brilliant and the accessories have gone down a storm with BattleKid, particularly the dummy, bottle and potty. We’ve even dressed Baby in one of BattleKid’s old babygros and had him sleeping under one of his baby blankets. Baby also goes to bed with BattleKid most nights.

It’s been lovely watching BattleKid play with Baby and we’ve been surprised at how gentle he has been. And as mentioned we’ve had a few pangs of guilt.

I’d like to think that we’ve shown that boys CAN play with dolls and enjoy it and gender should never stop a child playing with certain toys. We’re still considering a pram for Baby but with an impending move it might have to wait until after that.

Baby Born Interactive Dolls from Zapf Creations have an RRP of £49.99 and are available from most good toys stores including Argos, Smyth’s Toys and Amazon. There is also a large range of accessories, clothing and toys to accompany Baby Born Dolls, including prams and you can chose form both girl and boy dolls.

It’s also been great hearing about my follower’s sons who play with dolls and I’m glad we are making inroads to breaking the stereotypes and getting away from gender specific toys!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a Boy Baby Born Interactive Doll for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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