Friday, 26 July 2013

Royal Gifts for your Little Prince or Princess

As you will all be aware, Little George Alexander Louis has arrived in the world and although he is likely to become King someday, we know that parents around the UK love to treat their little one's like royalty too. NuVoBebe would like to bring you My 1st Years, who have made the news across the world with their Royal range and unique luxury baby wear. 

(Featured in Woman Magazine July 22nd 2013 & Metro Online July 4th 2013)
For the ultimate stylish and comfortable footwear for your little prince or princess, look no further than these 100% suede, sheepskin-lined booties.

Finished with a crown logo, these booties also boast a double velcro fastening and slip-proof sole for when his or her royal highness is learning to walk. One does need luxurious footwear when one is lounging or strolling!

• Suede outer material with sheepskin inner lining
• Measurements:  3-12 months = 13cm. 12-24 months = 14.5cm

HRH 6 Piece Gift Set was £80 now £60
(Featured in Express Online Royal Gift Guide)

All special little princes and princesses need luxurious essentials, so why not treat His or Her Royal Highness to our special HRH cosy 6-piece baby gift set?

This 6-piece baby gift set features an HRH sleepsuit, fleece blanket, our limited edition sheepskin booties, a hat and a bib – everything one needs for a day of lounging, learning to stroll, or for feeding time!

All items in our royal baby gift set are embroidered with the HRH crown logo. Don’t forget to personalise your baby gifts with the little one’s name!

Introducing Supersoft Cashmere Blanket £65

This luxurious 100% cashmere blanket with a pointelle design, can be personalised with initials in our gorgeous white thread.

Handwash only.90x75cm

NB the personalisation will appear in the position, colour and style featured in the images online.

Cashmere Gift Set from £120

Beautiful 100% cashmere gift set includes sleeveless sleepsuit, mittens, and blanket.
The sleepsuit features buttons on the shoulders and legs and the blanket has a little pointelle design.

This is a limited edition set making for a truly luxurious gift for a newborn baby.

The sleepsuit and blanket can be personalised with initials of your choice in the style shown in the image.

Suitable from 0-6 months. Blanket 90x75cm and also available in ivory and blue.

This set should be handwashed only. 

NuVoBebe hope you love these great items from My 1stYears, a fantastic company offering Luxury Baby Gifts.

The Royal Baby ‘Take Me Home’ set

His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge is only few days old but our new baby prince is already following in his mum’s trendsetting footsteps. 

Reading this Daily Mail article we spotted the gorgeous baby Cambridge all swaddled up in the bird swaddle in the aden + anais Jungle Jam pack. Since then the aden + anais print swaddle has become an overnight best seller, as has the trousseau ivory knit blanket all available through NuVoBebe and Blossom Mother andChild.

As you can imagine we are hugely excited about the royal baby, especially after we noticed little George left the hospital wrapped in some of the products available from one of our fantastic companies ~ Blossom Mother and Child

It was the aden + anais Jungle Jam swaddle… 

Set of four fun jungle print swaddle blankets from aden + anais. As one of the “essentials” these make a great gift for Mum and Baby.

Features and benefits:
• Cotton muslin provides the ultimate in breath-ability
• The fabric’s light, open weave allows a baby’s body temperature to regulate itself naturally, helping to reduce the risk of overheating.

• Burp cloths
• Nursing and pram covers
• Tummy time – the options are endless! 
These over-sized blankets (120 cm square), soften with washing and have numerous uses including:

… and this Trousseau ivory wool blanket overlay

This beautiful knit blanket is made on vintage English framework knitting machines that date back to the 18th Century. Gorgeous, soft, and heirloom quality blanket arrives in gift box ideal for gifting!
Features and Benefits:
• Soft 100% heirloom quality wool
• 122 cm x 122 cm
• Neutral ivory colour suitable for baby boys or baby girls
• Hand wash in cold water

Treat your little Prince and Princess to these great items from Blossom Mother and Child all brought to you by

Friday, 19 July 2013

My Mini Monsters shining exclusives...

The sun is shining and to celebrate My Mini Monsters have lots of new products and special offer exclusives to offer you!

Offer 1: Royal Occasion

With one happy couple expecting a little prince or princess very soon, My Mini Monsters decided to celebrate and offer a little gift of a Free Hopsy Flopsy Bunny worth £11.99 to all customers. Free with orders over £20. Simply enter the code ‘ROYALB’ at checkout!

The adorable soft and fluffy Izziwotnot Hopsy Flopsy White Bunny fits perfectly with the Izziwotnot White Gift Moses Basket and Izziwotnot White Gift Nursery Bedding Collection. The Izziwotnot Hopsy Flopsy White Bunny makes a fantastic little gift that your mini monster will have for years!

Offer valid until 30th July 2013.

Offer 2: Free Luxury Sprung Mattress with the 3 piece Bailey Room Set
My MiniMonsters are offering a FREE luxury Sprung Cot Bed Mattress with the code ‘BMATT’ when customers buy the Bailey 3 Piece Nursery Room Set currently on offer at £1250.00 with free delivery worth £35.00 – already a saving of over £250 before the added value of the mattress!

Customers just need to add the code (do not add a mattress to the basket or customer will be changed. My Mini Monsters will recognise the code and organise the mattress for you. The mattress will not show in the shopping basket but they will ensure one is included on despatch).

The Mattress has an RRP of £89 (although currently on offer at £66.95) and is of premium quality, a fully sprung supportive mattress with a removable cover for machine washing.

The Izziwotnot Bailey Oak 3 Piece Nursery Room Set is available in a choice of White or Oak or Mahogany finishes and includes a Cot Bed, Chest of Drawers and Wardrobe. The stylish Bailey nursery room set, will look stylish in your nursery, with its gracious curves. Bailey is one of our best selling products and perfect for those who are looking to add a touch of class to baby’s nursery.

Offer available until 31st August 2013.

Offer 3: Save £1126 on Skyline Room Set

The MyMini Monsters Skyline offer continues! Save over 48% with the high gloss Skyline 7 Piece Room Set, including a single bed, 2 under bed storage drawers, a 2 door wardrobe, Tallboy and a side unit all for £1199 (inc. Free delivery).

New Design Lottie Fairy Princess from Humphrey’s Corner
My Mini Monsters have just launched their new gorgeous Humphrey’s Corner Bedding range! Lottie Fairy Princess is available in the most luscious lemon sherbet and sorbet shades.

The Izziwotnot Lottie Fairy Princess Quilt features luxurious fabrics and pretty prints. The Tab Top Curtains have beautiful appliqués and lovely embroideries. Lottie grants her favourite toys special wishes and sprinkles fairy dust all around! The Humphrey's Lottie Fairy Princess nursery bedding has been photographed on Izziwotnot Bailey nursery furniture. 
Monstrous Value brought to you by My Mini Monsters and!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

BabyBeau luxury...

NuVoBebe are pleased to welcome to BabyBeau. Exuding stylish flair, each baby changing bag has been meticulously designed to comfortably cater to parenthood. Enabling modern parents to maintain their sense of style and individuality. 

Their luxury baby changing bags fill the void of fashionable changing bags. New parents can now wave goodbye to the old traditional boring changing bags and say hello to stylish luxury leather baby changing bags.

Providing a sophisticated twist on conventionality each baby changing bag comes with a removable BabyBeau organiser, thermal leatherette bottle holder & leatherette changing mat, a protective dust bag, stroller clips and a zipped pocket pouch.

Combining fashion with functionality our range of leather changing bags have been designed to be practical and stylish making each baby changing bag easy to wear dressed up or casual.
The best part is, by simply removing the baby insert our changing bags easily convert to regular leather handbags suitable for any occasion. Becoming a parent needn’t define you, so why must there be a restriction on style? 

The BabyBeau range of changing bags allows parents to combine everything they were, with everything they’ve become. So whether you crave sophistication, fashion chic, or a touch of elegance, our designer collection of luxurious leather changing bags caters for all, making room for a lifestyle beyond the nappies, baby-wipes, bottles and bibs allowing parents to be ‘more than just parents’.

Happy shopping with

BabyBeau Changing Bags

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Treat your Little Ones like Royalty!

NuVoBebe are pleased to bring you milkandhoney Little Ones nursery and bedroom ranges, which enables you to treat your Little Ones like Royalty!

Nothing is more important to us than the comfort of our Little Ones, and that is why milkandhoney children's bed linen, duvets, pillows and towels are all made using only the finest natural materials.

Petit Premiere Pillow
Treat your Little Ones to a good nights sleep with the beautiful natural range of duvets & pillows by milkandhoney.

The Petit range of Pillows by milkandhoney are totally breathable, naturally healthy and kind to the body. Available in two lovely ranges. Please note that babies should be 12 months or older before sleeping with a duvet or pillow.

The Petit Premiere Pillow provides gentle support to your Little Ones. This gorgeous Petit Premiere 90% Goose Down pillow is the perfect choice for their first pillow.

  • Firmness: soft
  • Filling: 90% Class 1 White Polish Goose Down 10% Small White Goose Feathers
  • Casing: White 100% Cotton Twill Weave
  • Guarantee: 2 years
  • Weight: 100g
  • Manufactured: crafted to highest quality and perfection, made in Germany
  • Quality: Oeko-Tex and Daunacara Certified

The new White Polish Goose Down (90%), combined with Small White Goose Feathers (10%) give this pillow an exquisite softness. The 100% cotton casing is beautifully smooth to the touch. Retail price from £32.50

Your natural Feather & Down milkandhoney pillows should give you many years of pleasure if cared for correctly, simply follow the guidelines below.
  • Shake daily
  • Airing is recommended, but direct sun, exposure to fog or high levels of humidity should be avoided
  • Under no circumstances should beating or vacuuming be attempted as this will damage the Feathers and Down, reducing their ability to provide support and warmth
  • Do strongly recommend that your pillows be commercially laundered as you do need an extra-capacity washing machine to ensure that the product isn’t ‘crushed’
  • The pillows can be washed at up to 60°C - please observe the washing instructions given. However, pillows must be left in the dryer until the filling is completely dry. If other methods of drying are used, for example line drying, the filling goes lumpy and the pillow is irreversibly damaged.
  • You must use a cover for your pillows to protect them and keep them clean.

Team this first pillow with one of the milkandhoney Petit Duvets and you really will be treating your Little One to a good nights sleep! Remember to enter offer code ‘nuvobebe’ at checkout to receive your 10% discount on the full Little Ones range.

Luxury Bed Linen

Create a classic timeless look for your Little Ones nursery or bedroom with the milkandhoney Luxury Sucre White 100% Cotton Satin baby linen.

The Sucre White range comprises of housewife pillowcases with a neatly corded piping edge (White, Turquoise, Pink or Cream trim), plain stitched bordered flat sheet and plain white milkandhoney fitted sheets and duvet covers, this classic range of baby linen in Luxury Sucre White will enhance any child’s nursery or bedroom.

  • Made with 100% fine American & Egyptian Cotton
  • 100% Cotton Satin weave for softest silk-like feel
  • 210 Thread Count: please see the milkandhoney Thread Count Guide for a detailed explanation of thread counts and resultant linen quality
  • Naturally supple, soft and resilient
  • Breathable and absorbent material for great comfort
  • Naturally hypoallergenic
  • Spun, woven and made with excellence in Portugal

Alternatively, you could create a feeling of warmth and calmness in your Little Ones nursery or bedroom with the milkandhoney Luxury Crème Anglaise 100% Cotton Satin baby linen.

The Crème Anglaise range comprises of housewife pillowcases with a neatly corded piping edge (Cream, White or Brown), plain stitched bordered flat sheet and plain white milkadhoney fitted sheets and duvet covers, this classic range of baby linen in Luxury Crème Anglaise will enhance any child’s nursery or bedroom.

  • Made with 100% fine American & Egyptian Cotton
  • 100% Cotton Satin weave for softest silk-like feel
  • 210 Thread Count: please see the milkandhoney Thread Count Guide for a detailed explanation of thread counts and resultant linen quality
  • Naturally supple, soft and resilient
  • Breathable and absorbent material for great comfort
  • Naturally hypoallergenic
  • Spun, woven and made with excellence in Portugal

Both the Luxury Sucre White and Luxury Crème Angalise range’s retail from £11.00.

Here are some simple guidelines to follow to care for your milkandhoney bed linen:
  • Wash your milkandhoney bed linen at 40ºC for best results. Strongly recommend that you use a non-biological detergent containing no optical whiteners, bleaching agents or enzymes that can cause colours to fade or create discolouration.
  • Dry on a washing line ideally, however you can use a tumble dryer as long as the setting is not too hot. Promptly removing the linen out of the tumble dryer when the cycle has finished will help to reduce creases. Cotton is a natural material and it will crease a more than synthetic fibres.
  • Iron your bed linen with a hot steam iron whilst it is still slightly damp if possible, this will help remove any creases. Iron any embroidery on the reverse side or between two pieces of cloth.
  • All Natural Fibre linen will shrink a little, this is perfectly normal. This shrinkage has been taken into account in the sizing of milkandhoney products.
  • Take care if washing or drying fabrics at hot temperatures as this can cause additional shrinkage. 

When placing your Little Ones orders at milkandhoney, don’t forget to use ‘nuvobebe’ at checkout to receive your 10% discount off the Little Ones range.

Happy shopping with :-)

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Eggnogg Superhero...

When I was introduced to the Eggnogg Colour in fancy dress costumes I thought I would give them a go. I saw them on where there is a wide range of designs from fairy princess, knights, sandcastle placemats and Christmas trees! We opted for the Superhero cape costume at £4.99 + postage. 

This came in a nicely folded packet that fitted nicely through the letterbox. When unpacked I was surprised at how thin the paper was. I  expected it to be made of card rather than normal paper. But hey we gave it a go!

One quiet afternoon, I asked my son if he wanted to be a Superhero, he was so excited! So we got colouring straight away! 

My son is only 3, so the colouring took a little time and he did get quite frustrated, so mummy and Socky (my partner) had to assist to speed things up. 

Once all completed, we cut it out and started to assemble the costume – cape, wrist bands, mask & name badge. However, we soon found that there were not enough sticky pads within the pack, so resorted to cello-taping everything on (we used masking tape as this is a gentler stick when removing). This included the cape as the sticky pads did not secure the cape to my son’s t-shirt and kept slipping off. 

This did make removing it quite difficult as it’s made of paper and was at risk of ripping quite easily. We did manage to save all 5 pieces and he has used again since, so considering it’s made of paper, with care, it can be used again and again. 

Whilst it was on, my son did enjoy zooming around as a superhero and the power beams from his wrist were also a great feature! 

Overall, we had fun, a lovely idea, but not something I would invest in again.

Hope you enjoyed our review for :-)

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Our last car seat

Kiddicare Traffic SP Car Seat - Black/Red ~ Suitable from 9 - 36kg
The Traffic SP is a Group 1-2-3 high-backed booster with added side impact protection and comes complete with an integral harness.

It is lightweight, robust and very easy to transfer between vehicles. Simply remove the harness when your child is approx 3 yrs of age, this then leaves a substantial booster seat with arm rests and back support. The car seat easily fastens into the car with the vehicle's 3-point harness.

  • The seat cover is removable and washable
  • Added side impact protection
  • Suitable for children from 9 kg - 36 kg (9mths - 11yrs approx)
  • Simply fits in the car with the vehicle's 3-point seat belt
  • Lightweight
  • Fits most vehicles so it is ideal if you have more than one car
  • Side impact protection
  • Luxury padded seat and armrests
  • Padded head support
  • Harness pads
  • Grows with your child
  • Removable harness and back which leaves a booster seat
  • 5-point safety harness with easy one-pull adjustment

The Kiddicare brand is all about nursery essentials at amazingly low prices. Thoughtfully designed with reassuringly high quality, their award-winning range includes all the essentials from car seats to pushchairs to nursery furniture packages. And it's loved by parents and parenting press alike!

Advantages: cheap, easy to insert in car, safe
Disadvantages: not the most ideal for a 9 month old in my opinion!

I have gone through several different car seats since having my son. My first was the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat that fitted nicely in the car and on the buggy. This was a brilliant car seat and lasted a good 10 months before my son outgrew it. I then moved onto the Brittax King Plus which was is recommended for 9 months to 4 years. My son isn’t the biggest of 3 year olds, but he is rather tall for his age and I could see there was a bit of difficulty with doing up the straps. They were adjusted to as far as possible and it was a stretch to do up so of course even though he wasn't 4 years yet he had reached his capacity, so it was definitely time to find the next one up! I had bought both previous car seats through Kiddicare and with their fantastic range, reviews and above all service, I went straight back on the website to find a Car Seat suitable for him and I found this Essentials Traffic SP Car seat for a steal at £29.99 and knew I had to buy it! 

I purchased this product on Kiddicare for £29.99 and as I needed 2 I was entitled to free delivery and got a discount of a couple of pence per seat. I ordered the car seat at around 11am on a Thursday and by teatime I was informed that the car seat was dispatched and would be with me on Friday! I was impressed again by the impeccable service and first thing on Friday morning I got a text that it would arrive between 11.30am and 12.30pm and by 11.45am my door was knocked by a cheery delivery man! I have to give Kiddicare 10/10 for service in this respect as the payment was swift and easy and the delivery was simple and straightforward. 

The car seat came in a large cardboard box with a picture of the item on the outside and compared to previously, when inside it was stuffed with polystyrene which of course would protect it from damage throughout transportation, it was actually bare inside! Luckily though the car seat was all still intact. Inside the box was simple instructions which were perfectly straightforward (and in plain English!) and I found I could easily understand them myself! The box was easy for me to recycle and in stead of throwing it away we have made a shop stall for my son.

To be honest the product requires almost no assembly at all! The car seat arrives as a whole in the box, and putting the car seat in the car was simple enough, The website is excellent so on clicking on the car to add into the basket it also has a 10 minute commentary explaining the features and benefits of the car seat and how it fits into the car using the vehicle seat belt. I am no genius and of course the video is explained in clear layman's terms and is extremely easy to follow. I simply watched the demo and then trotted off outside to put it in and found it straightforward and simple to do. At first it looked rather bulky and seemed to sit awkwardly in the back seat but with a little adjusting it sat well and I was happy to rock about and get using it! 

Specifications of the car seat:
The main reason I purchased this car seat was the fact it had a lot of multi-purposes and for the price I paid it has a lot of features which I could benefit from.

1. It is suitable from 9 months to 11 years. As my son is only 3 years old, and I do intend to continue to drive for the foreseeable future, it means this car seat has a lot of practicality and value for money in that it offers a lot more use and growing room. It is suitable for children who weigh from 9 - 36kg giving a very clear guideline for buying parents.

2. The car seat does not require an isofix belt but can be done so really easily via a seat belt fitting which is already installed in the car. This allows it to be put in place securely and easily but also allows it to be really flexible and moved from car to car without lots of fiddling and hassle.

3. This car seat has a removable cover for washing, shoulder pad protectors and padded head and back support cushion. I like this feature as I wanted my son to feel snug and cushioned so to protect him from any impact should the worse happen. I asked my son if he found this car seat comfortable as on first inspection it didn't seem as padded on the seat base but he has not complained and so it has been good. I have found removing the covers necessary only on one occasion when my little one spilt a drink and I found it held up well in the washing machine and was really easy to wash and put back on.

Features and Safety:
1. The car seat I chose comes in 2 colours; a mixture of black and red. I think this is actually quite a good balance as it is rather unisex so although I have a son if I had a daughter I would have had no issue with the colour of this car seat as it is quite balanced. My son had a previous car seat in grey/black, so the red actually seems quite sporty!

2. The seat weighs 4.7kg, which compared to the Brittax equivalent 6.9kg, is super lightweight. Slightly heavier than those without the 5 point safety harness, so brilliant with plenty of padding for a 3 year old plus.

3. The car seat has a removable harness and back which leaves a booster seat so the seat is almost like 2 seats in one. When in use as a complete seat it uses the 5 point safety harness and when this is taken apart to leave the booster seat it can use the usual vehicles 3 point seat belt.

4. This car seat has a 5 point safety harness, extremely important for any children's car seat. The five-point harness is preferred as a safety mechanism for its high amount of safety compared to other designs. The five-point harness consists of five straps, two are located at the shoulders, two at the hips, and one at the crotch that all come to connect to a buckle release mechanism. This way of buckling up holds the child's body tight in the seat, which in turn protects the upper body from injury. After reading this safety perspective, it made me feel at ease to buy this for my son. I know that he is growing up, but I want him to be sufficiently protected should anything happen, and I don’t want him playing with the seat belt which I’m sure he would be tempted by!

My personal opinion and personal use:
At first instalment the car seat stayed in absolutely perfectly and was an amazing addition to my car! My son now loves to climb him by himself and sit in it, and feels like a proper big boy sitting up and swinging his legs with his new found leg room!

Installing the car seat was a little bit tricky at first as I was so used to the old one but I think with this car seat, practice makes perfect and it is a lot more straightforward than other car seats I have seen out there! It's really easy to take apart as my other half decided he wanted to see how it would be as a booster seat but he did it in 30 seconds flat. Again, putting it back together was an absolute doddle so for a fuss free and easy to use car seat I love it.

In terms of the 5 point harness it is safe but slightly fiddly. To extend the straps there is a little grey clip on the seat straps which need pressing and I have found I really have to press quite hard to get this to do so, but I think this will ease with use. In the video online it looked like a really easy job, but of course with most things nothing is as easy as it appears!

One thing I am really not too sure about is how this seat can be used from 9 months! When I think to how fragile and delicate my little one was at that age, I can't even begin to fathom driving him around in this car seat! What you see in the picture, is what you get, an upright, slightly stiff but padded seat which does not adjust other than taking the back and head rest of to make it into a booster. When my son was smaller, I had a different car seat from Kiddicare which could recline and give a lot more comfort, especially when he was asleep so I think that is far better. My son is 3 now and even with the head rest right down this is only just in the right place for him, I couldn’t imagine how this would support a smaller child. This of course is my personal opinion and preference but I definitely would not have opted to use this car seat from before the age my son is now (3) but I can definitely see it lasting him up until he is 11 years old.

For the price of a mere £29.99 and the fact that my son is probably going to get another 8 years service out of this I can't fault this product one bit! It is stylish, comfortable and most importantly it is safe. I would 100% recommend it, but probably more so for a more 3 or 4 year old than a little one as it may be slightly uncomfortable.

Summary: Fab car seat for a great price – I & NuVoBebe 100% recommend it for toddlers :-)