Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Funky Giraffe Bibs Review

Funky Giraffe Bibs - Logo

Dexter is going through a bit of a dribbly stage at the moment, he seems to be blowing bubbles all day long and although I find it really cute he does seem to be getting more rashes on his neck. We've never really used bibs because he was never really messy or dribbly until recently and I am now getting a bit fed up of soggy baby grows as I am sure Dexter is. It was time to invest in some dribble bibs, I had heard about the Funky Giraffe bib range but didn't know that much about them. So when I was given the opportunity to review their products I was very excited. A) Because they saved the day and B) because I was very intrigued by their "Cool Dude/Dudette" designs that I've not seen anywhere else on the market.

Funky Giraffe was born when a successful fashion designer turned mummy decided to create her own style of bibs. Like me she found that the market lacked any good looking bibs so coming across this great company has been fantastic for me. I was very kindly sent five bibs in different designs, Dexter was very lucky and was sent one with his name on it. 

I was really excited when the bibs arrived and was surprised at their vibrancy. Sometimes when you see things online they look really bright but when they arrive you see something totally different. They are made from a soft cotton fabric with a fleece backing which keeps baby’s chest dry and warm meaning rashes are a thing of the past. There's nothing worse than contending with a teething baby that also has a dribble rash, can you imagine how uncomfortable it must be for them. The bibs have two sets of hypo-allergenic poppers meaning you can put them on smaller babies as well as toddlers. The poppers are nickel free which is a bonus for us as there are known allergies to certain metals in my family They reach around comfortably so they hardly know it's there. 

Dex has been using the bibs for a few weeks now and they've all washed really well, no colour fade or fabric shrinkage. All of the washing instructions are sewn into the label on the back. Prices start from as little as £1.98 so you can't go wrong! They often have special offers running where you can get so many for a certain price. I have to say I find them really good value for money. They not only offer a variety of bibs but also stock a beautiful range of socks, moccasins, burp cloths, baby clothes and hats. There's also the option to personalise your items, I have fallen in love with Dexters personalised bib. It's beautifully crafted and definitely the one I have had him wearing the most. I had a friend over the other day and she commented on how well made the bibs were and what great designs. She said she wished she had known about them when her children were smaller. 

Funky Giraffe's bibs were designed by a mummy and therefore she understands what it is we look out for when dressing our babies - both practicality and a bit of fashion sense =) The bibs are very cute and there are so many designs available, but if you have an idea for a design then fire it over to the team at Funky Giraffe - They're always on the look out for new designs. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter

*We were sent this item for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own. For my full disclosure please click here.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Breastvest Review

breastvest, discreet breastfeeding

After months of being limited to your maternity wardrobe you have your little one and finally you can fit back into your favourite garments - Oh wait you're breastfeeding so you now find yourself even more limited than before........... 

This is exactly how I have been feeling these past few months since giving birth to Dexter, I guess I have let breastfeeding dictate my wardrobe to some extent. I love that I can feed my son and the bond we have is beautiful because of this. Around the house by myself I have no issues about flashing my rather flabby and unshapely tum or whipping out my boob but out and about I get very self conscious. There are all sorts of things I have to think about when feeding in public: Am I going to expose my mummy tummy? Will I show too much boob?, realistically what are the chances of nip slip - is there any way of being so discreet that none of these things happen?

With a regular T-shirt/vest etc. the only options you have to feed are to pull them up (revealing your tum), pull them down (stretching the material) or unbuttoning (which is really hard to do with one hand!). I appreciate that some Mothers are more comfortable than me with their Mummy Tummy but if not then I would definitely recommend the breastvest

So what is this breastvest? I hear you ask.......keep reading to find out. 

You'd actually be amazed at how difficult it is to find clothes that allow easy and discreet access to your breasts. It's even harder this time of year with the cold weather because you not only need a base layer that is easily accessible but you also need a jumper, cardigan or coat to keep you warm. I have been resorting to zip tops to make it easier. That's why when I heard about the breastvest and was given the opportunity to review one I couldn't wait!  

The breast vest is a revolutionary breastfeeding piece of underwear that makes any top a breastfeeding top. The design was invested and tested by breastfeeding mums and is so simple I'm quite surprised that no one else had thought of it sooner. It's very obvious that it has been made by someone that knows what it is like and how awkward it can be to feed, be comfortable and fashionable at the same time. The vests were awarded Gold by BizzieBaby in 2013  and Silver award in the 2013 Loved By Parents Awards in the category of Best Feeding Top. It has also been featured on one of my favourite programs - This Morning! 

As soon as I tried the vest on I fell in love with it, the material is really soft and not too thin covering all my curves. Dexter loves the feel too and I often catch him stroking down my side feeling the material. The vests comes in black, white and more recently an array of limited edition colours. All colours are available in XS, S, M, L and XL sizes. I opted for Medium and have been wearing it with items of clothing from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe that I didn't think I'd be able to wear again until I had finished nursing. 

I really like the concept of the breastvest and have enjoyed testing the product out. I've been wearing it every day for just over a week now and it has been washed everyday. The vest washes and tumbles very well, no shrinkage whatsoever which you often get with vest tops. It's made of 95% viscose and 5% elastane. The vest sits underneath your bra ensuring no interference with feeding which can be a problem if like me you roll tops down to sit them under your boob. I'd definitely recommend the vest for nursing mums, even those of you who are pregnant at the moment. It's great for covering your bump which can be quite difficult sometimes as tops are often too short exposing the lower part of your bump. The vest is priced at a very reasonable £15, for some this may seem a little pricey but for any good quality vest you are looking at this price range. 
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*We were sent this item for the purpose of the review. All opinions are my own. For my full disclosure please click here.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Family Photo Friday Week #1

This is my first week linking up to Family Photo Friday, I'm a huge fan of my Nikon D3100 and since having Dexter I don't need an excuse to have it on and snapping away. Not a day has gone past where I haven't taken a photo of Dexter either on my phone or DSLR. I'm really excited to be linking up with Thursday's Child, Friday's thoughts  weekly linky.

Out of all the photo's I have taken this week I just love this one of Daddy and Son. We were having a bit of a lazy day on Tuesday because Daddy was off work so we spent some of the day cuddling on the sofa. We really miss Daddy when he's at work so spending time together is very precious.

Family Photo Friday @ Thursday's Child, Friday's Thoughts