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!
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Minene has a fun and contemporary line of baby products. From PJ’s to storage solutions they cater to the many needs of new parents. Minene has an in-house design team creating beautiful products which are made with love to produce practical, functional and unique designs especially for children and their parents. They are sold in 20 countries across the world.
We’re trying to get Caspian to learn basis things like helping to tidy his toys, put things in the bin and his dirty clothes in the washing basket. He’s doing really well, though sometimes he takes everything out again. Just because he can…
When we were recently offered to review one of the stylish laundry bags from Minene I went for the navy colour with a white star print as it matches our guest bathroom. I envision that this basket can go in Caspian’s room when his older and hopefully he’ll continue to pop his laundry in there. Wishful thinking I know. Especially if he takes after me as I have to hold my hands up to not being the tidiest person that has ever walked this earth. I claim it’s due to my creative nature, but no one is quite buying it! At least I’m trying to teach him to be better.
The basket is made from cotton and easy to clean with a damp cloth. It also has handles which makes it super practical as it’s light and doesn’t add any significant weight, so when full you can carry it to your washing machine with ease.
Another great feature is that is folds flat and can be hidden away when not in use. Though let’s face it. if you have children your washing basket is ALWAYS in use, so you might as well invest in a design that’s easy on the eye, like this one.
It can naturally also be used for storage of shoes, clothes, toys, blanket etc.
This particular style of washing basket comes in six different designs and matches the rest of Minene’s fun interior design lines. It measures W37 x H55cm and retails at £32 with free shipping over £75. You can find the full collection on Minene’s website.
NB! Please note we were gifted this item. All words and opinions are my own.
I’ve spoken a couple of times about chores for children, and I have a whole video chatting about it on our YouTube channel coming soon (will replace with a link once it goes live!) the girls, 4 and 3 are now at an age where they can start helping to keep their room a little tidier, one way we have been encouraging this is with this funky new laundry basket from Minene.