Christmas Gift Guides 2014 – Toys by age

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This handy toy guide will help you find the perfect gift that will be age-appropriate for your child.  Our selection of beautiful, ethically sourced toys for toddlers and young children is bound to bring lots of fun as well as supporting their developmental stages through play.  We’ve hand picked some of our favourite toys that are designed to grow with your children and provide them with months if not years of play.. they’re also great quality and can withstand a bit of bashing and dropping! Read on for great ideas on which toys to buy for your 1 year old, 2 year old, 3 year old and four year old child!  And check out our Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide for ideas of what to get a baby from birth to 12 months. Continue reading

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Hape ladybird sorter review

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Toys, tried and tested! Hape Ladybird sorter review

The Hape Ladybird Shape Sorter is one of the prettiest shape sorters I’ve ever seen. It consists of 4 shapes: star, square, triangle and hexagon. The shapes are pegs that stand in the ladybird base and there are coloured stacking circles you stack around the correct shape. The matching shapes circles are in different shades of the same colours and that gives an extra hint to a child looking for the right match while teaching them about colours at the same time.
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Baby’s First Christmas Gift Ideas

Feel good Christmas with Babipur… Baby’s First Christmas Gift Ideas

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Gift ideas for baby’s first Christmas

If your baby is a ‘2014 baby’ then this will be that ever so special baby’s first Christmas.  We’re often asked to recommend a present for baby’s first Christmas so here’s a list of a few of our favourites from our range of ethically sourced, great quality baby gifts from Babi Pur.

Haba wooden clutching & teething toys

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Babies just love these beautiful wooden clutching toys.  Made for little hands to grab, squish, pull and play with.  High quality European beech wood finished with safe non-toxic paints so they’re great for teething babies who put everything in their mouths. Pictured are the Pixie and Magica but there’s lots more choice so have a browse of the clutching toy section on our site, which is your favourite?
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Cloth Nappy Review – Gro Via Hybrid

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The Grovia hybrid nappy consists of an outer waterproof shell that can be reused and absorbent inserts that snap securely in place.

In our house, we’re a fan of hybrid nappies. They take up less room in the changing bag. They’re cheaper than having an equivalent stash of all-in-ones. We can tumble dry the inserts and the shells hang dry very quickly. Most importantly, of course, the baby can wear the same gorgeous, outfit co-ordinated design virtually all day.

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We were delighted to try out the Grovia. The packaging is minimal and informative and the nappy designs themselves are adorable.

While most of our hybrids use poppers, the Grovia hybrid we tried uses hook and loop (a ‘poppers’ version of this nappy is also available). I’m a huge fan of hook and loop/velcro but many of the top brands get velcro wrong. Grovia get it right. Not only is the velcro super strong and secure, the rough hooks of the velcro are kept well away from the baby’s belly, and the waistband area is made of a soft, velcro-adhesive fabric that allows maximum flexibility and speed when fitting the nappy. For a long, slim, fidgety baby like ours, this is really important.

We regularly have problems with nappies either sitting too low on her torso or being too loose around her slim thighs. We didn’t run into this problem at all with the Grovia. I think this is down to the very adjustable velcro fitting. The elastics around the legs were good and strong without leaving marks.

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On first use, we got 3 dry hours out of it on our 12 month old and the insert was  not saturated.  We tried the reusable inserts with a ‘stay dry’ layers that  draws moisture into the cotton/hemp core kept her bum dry and irritation free.  If  having natural fibres next to your baby’s bottom is priority Gro Via also make an insert which has organic cotton layer next to your baby’s skin instead of the ‘stay dry’.

The Grovia hybrid is really well designed. The velcro shells make the best use of velcro of any nappy I have tried (and we’ve tried pretty much all of them!). Combining hemp and a stay dry layer means high absorbency while keeping baby’s bum dry without the use of a fleece liner.

Because of the simple snap-in insert system and the simple velcro closure, these nappies would be ideal for childminders and grandparents, too. If you need something new or are just starting with cloth nappies, the Grovia hybrids are definitely worth a try.

 

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Babi Pur Ethical Christmas Toy Guide 2014

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Christmas gift guide 2014 – Ethical toys

Have a feel good Christmas with Babipur… Great quality ethically sourced toys for babies and children. This is our ultimate Christmas toy guide 2014….

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas. We’re getting so excited here in Babi Pur towers, I’ve even started singing Christmas songs already. We all  have such fond memories of Christmas as children, walking up before the whole family to take a peek in Santa’s sack.. wondering who had the biggest or most exciting present. We always looked forward to that one special present – the ultimate Christmas toy.

Here are some ultimate Christmas toys that your little one will just love –

1. All Seasons House (3+ years)

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