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Nursery Storage Baskets From Minene

When I finished decorating Will’s bedroom this time last year, I made a mental note to keep an eye out for some toy storage. I wanted something big enough that it would fit any cuddly toys he would undoubtedly gather along the way, without looking too imposing. I did look at some wicker baskets but nothing seemed to fit in with the theme of the room.

A few weeks ago I had an email from the lovely people at Minene, a baby brand who produce the most gorgeous clothing and accessories. When I spotted the blue and grey star baskets I knew they were exactly the style I’d been looking for. Plus, being made out of material would mean they wouldn’t be such a harsh addition to the room.

I went for the 2 basket set as I wanted a little tub for him to have little bits and bobs in, things that he could sit and reach himself. The smaller basket is perfect for being used as a treasure basket – although I am yet to find the time to make one of those!

The bigger basket is just the right size for his toys – as predicted he has indeed collected quite a few already!

I love that they are soft, no hard edges for him to bang into but strong enough that they hold everything in nicely. His room is finally complete!

If you are looking for toy storage then the Minene website has loads of designs to choose from, all in the soft but study cotton.

Baby Sample Sale copy

Minene Sample Sale!

Baby Sample Sale copy

Minene Sample Sale!

Our sample sale includes gorgeous Summer and Winter clothing – from newborn to age 2 plus accessories including footmuffs, liners, activity mats, storage and lots more!

Open House at 20 Wycombe Gardens, NW11 8AL
(5 mins from Golders Green station)

Wednesday 24th May from 10am till 3pm
(Restricted parking 11-12pm)

CASH only, starting from only £1!

All welcome!

Making bath time more comfortable!

Making bath time more comfortable

Alfie loves bath time, all my children did when they were babies. They love the feel of the water, kicking those legs, splashing about. I guess for babies it is just something different. I always feel for them when they are so young because they can’t really do that much except sit in a bouncy chair or lie on a play mat…..that is, apart from bath time. They then get to experience something a little different, a different sensation.

With my girls we always had bath time as part of the bedtime routine. A warm bath with some special bedtime bubble bath and a good splash always tired them out a little. However, Alfie has such dry skin I try not to bath him as much. However, when I do bath him, I may leave him to play a little bit longer as it makes him so happy. We have a baby bath which previously belonged to my girls but I always think it looks so uncomfortable. So when Minene sent me bath buddy to try out I was delighted.

Bath buddy

Bath Buddy Minene

If you haven’t heard of a bath buddy before it is a cushioned bath support. It is so soft and feels just like a bean bag. It came in a fun cow print pattern much to my girls delight so this bank holiday weekend we thought we would try it out! Alfie loved it – I have noticed in the bath he is always trying to lift his head up but using this bath buddy I found he didn’t leading me to think it must be down to it being so soft and comfortable for him. Our baby bath also pretty much takes up most of the bath, where this is a nice size allowing room for big sister Harri to get in with him, which he was very excited about (as was Harri).

It is also a perfect place to settle Alfie when I am applying his skin cream to him, he look so cosy in it. I would definitely recommend the bath buddy, I only wish I had heard about it when my girls were babies.

Not wanting to leave anybody out, the lovely people at Minene also sent my girls a small storage basket. We have recently decorated my girls room but storage is always an issue. We just have so much stuff!! It is such a pretty little storage basket too, pink with tiny flowers on – I knew exactly what I was going to put in there.

Hair bobbles and Brushes are like gold dust in our house. No matter how many I buy we can never find any in the mornings. It is the cause of many arguments on a school morning in our house. Ribbons, bobbles, brushes and combs are dotted all over the house and we can never find them when we need them. My Mum even bought some special Christmas ribbons which I couldn’t actually find come Christmas morning (I have since found them typically).

Minene small storage basket

Minene small storage basket

This storage basket is the perfect size for all our hair accessories and has two little handles allowing the girls to actually carry it to me when I start shouting ‘where are all the brushes!’. Storage doesn’t come much prettier than this. You can purchase these storage baskets in different sizes and I am considering buying a larger one to store the girls dressing up outfits. The only problem I have is choosing which pattern I like the best – so much choice!

 

Thank you Minene for making bath time more fun and helping out an unorganised Mummy (we were sent these items to review but all words are my own)

Bath time Bunny

With the long Easter weekend drawing close to an end there would be nothing more relevant than a product review that fit the vibe.

This comes in form of the hooded bath towel by Minene UK, what makes it Easter ready is the cute little bunny ears on the hooded towel.

First Impression

So we received the lovely bath towel and shipping and delivery time was quick so we didn’t have to wait ages. It arrived neatly and securely packaged. Once opened I was pleasantly surprised to see that it came in a cute dust bag. This was very much needed because we all know baby stuff can take up so much spare so having the dust/storage bag was a perfect extra.This is perfect for travelling as well as going to swimming with little one as you can pop it straight in your baby bag and it doesn’t take up room. I double it up as a bag to put swimming bits inside also hashtag result!

Uses

What I love about this hooded bath towel is that it has a Velcro strap that goes around mummy or daddy’s neck so once you pop baby out the bath it’s convenient to wrap baby round. It ensures that baby is not lingering around in the cold or you having to stretch your arm looking for a towel. Once baby is wrapped you can then unstrap easily and pop on changing mat or bed (wherever you decide to change bubs). 

A lot of hooded towels are plain and boring and I feel like as babies get older alot more entertaining needs to take place. The Minene Uk bunny ear towel brings that element of fun to the after bath time experience. Taliyah loves having a good play about after a bath and even just playing with the bunny ears adds some entertainment as well as her looking super cute.

As an exclusive breastfeeding mom I find that sometimes bath times at night put baby straight to sleep. As they are super relaxed so this bath towel is perfect for keeping baby close, whilst warmly wrapped and nursing them straight from the tub.

Taliyah like any other baby loves a good splash about during bath time and it can pretty hectic with water ending up in her hair (which she has a lot of). Now simply just drying with a towel cannot soak up all the water so the hooded element is perfect as it soaks up all the extra water but remains dry so she doesn’t catch cold.Bath toys details: B.Kid Squirt’N Sail Penguins from Kidly

Important bits

  • Animal hooded towel comes in two animal options in 5 colour ways
  • Material is soft, cuddly and soaks up water well
  • The clever apron design allows you to keep dry and leaves both hands free for safe lifting
  • Pricing: £22 (currently there’s a 20% Easter discount on all bunny hooded towels, using the discount code – BUNNY

Want to get your hands on one of these cute hooded towels checkout out: http://www.minene.co.uk hope you love this cute but very practical product as much as we do 

BABY ANIMAL HOODED TOWEL REVIEW

I don’t know about you but bath-time is a big deal in our house. There’s nothing more that Max loves than stripping down and having a good old splash about, giving us a good soaking in the process.

A good quality bath towel is therefore essential when it comes to getting dry. So when we were given the chance to try an animal hooded towel from Minene I just had to say yes.

We opted for the blue animal towel, keen to add in a bit of colour and replace the white one that Max has had since he was born. The towel also comes in lemon, pink, green and white so there is something to suit every little baba in your lives.

The towel measures 70cm x 70cm. Max is a fair size for his age and it wrapped round him nicely but if he carries on growing at the rate he is it won’t be long before he outgrows it unfortunately. The hooded towel however is an ideal size for those precious newborns that have just entered your lives.

The towel is made from 100% cotton and had a lovely feel to it. Nice and soft so it was gentle on Max’s skin but not too fluffy that bits of fluff came off when drying. It even has a clever apron design, which secures via velcro round your neck, which allows you to keep dry and leaves both hands free for safe lifting. I think you can tell from Max’s face that it’s got his seal of approval.

I’ve already got my eye on the hooded cuddly towel range from Minene, which is a larger version of the newborn one and is suitable for toddlers, for when Max outgrows this one. After all, my little miracle baby deserves nothing but the finer things in life.

Winter Warmers

So now that the cold is upon us, (well it was for a few weeks, suddenly it is pretty mild again) we need to keep our babies snug as a bub.  I was lucky enough to try some fleece products by the Children and Baby brand Minene.  They design and produce innovative quality pieces at very affordable prices, you may have guessed they were founded by 3 Mothers!

When browsing their website you’re greeted by cute and colourful designs and inspirational nursery pictures.  Always a winner for me as a marketer’s dream, I usually want every product I see when put together nicely.  Back to the Winter Warmers…

Jasper’s now 7 months old and I was yet to opt for anything fleece for him.  But given it’s now winter, thought let’s try two essential items, a blanket (can never have too many blankets for a baby) and a foot-muff to keep him cosy whilst in his pram.

I was so impressed with the blanket.  Jasper is a fan as has a new found interest in bi-planes. He has a cute little mobile in his room with hanging bi-planes, which he is fascinated by, and now his favourite blanket has a bi-plane picture on it too.  The blanket is light blue, fluffy fleece one side, and plain (with a plane!) the other.  Blue is a good colour for us as Jasper is ‘occasionally’ (very often) mistaken for a girl. I blame those big dark eyes.  So blue, as gender stereotypical as it is, helps us out of any embarrassing situations where we have to explain he is actually a boy.  I wasn’t sure how Jasper would take to the blanket as when sleeping he likes to fling away any covers, however with the fleece being so lightweight and also very soft he allows it to stay on.  Perfect for those freezing nights we had a few weeks back.  He also enjoys the blanket on him when out and about in his pram or car seat, and it saved the day when he was poorly a few weeks back as we both spent an afternoon wrapped-up on the sofa with it (see ‘feeling-sorry-for-myself’ pic on my Instagram account).

I have to admit his love for the blanket may also stem from the Minene label along one side.  As most Moms will know, babies obsess over labels.  I used to obsess over cutting out any labels, but have had to let go of this and allow him to have them.  So, the blanket is a winner; soft, boyish enough, warm, cute and affordable!  It also washes well as I had to wrap him in it when collecting firewood (yep as cavewoman as it sounds) and they were both covered in wood chip.  It’s now fresh and good as new again.

Onto the next Winter Warmer I tried.  A grey and white star fleecy foot-muff.  Anyone who knows Jasper and his nursery will know we love a grey and white star.  The foot-muff is a universal fit for all prams and has slits on the back and bottom to hook your safety straps through.  It is fairly thick but I didn’t know if it would withstand the cold of the Cotswolds when visiting my Sister and Niece last week and it dropped to -4, but it did.  We used it on a trip to meet Father Christmas and his Reindeers.  Jasper was really cosy tucked-up in his pram with the fleece.  It’s not too bulky so can stay attached to the pram seat when in the car (unlike most puffy foot-muffs) and isn’t too long so doesn’t hand over the bottom of the seat.

We are now big advocates of the brand and you might see Jasper’s little face on their website with these items.  Next on my list of Minene purchases are PJs, the cute storage boxes, and my current favourite slipper socks!