Pools & Ball Pits now from £1.50 @ ELC

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Pools & Ball Pits now from £1.50 @ ELC

ELC have reduced the price of some of their summer toys by up to 75%, and if you are looking for a bargain ball pit or a pool to put away for next summer then there are some fab offers. They have pools from just £1.50, and it's hard to get much cheaper than that!

For £1.50 you can get a baby pool, although it's not really high enough to be any use as a ball pit. For £3.60 there is a Three Ring Pool that could very easily be used with play balls, as can the Baby Froggy Pool which is only £4.80 now.

The best one is probably the Racer Pool as it is massively reduced down from £25 to just £7.50! It is designed to be used as a ball pit as well as a paddling pool, so you could get plenty of use out of this indoors if the sunshine refuses to return. I'm tempted to get one now and pop it in the shed for next summer, as I know this will be back next spring for £25 again!

You can click and collect for free from ELC stores, or home delivery charges are from £3.95 or free on orders over £50.

20% Off ALL Car Seats @ Smyths

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 9:30 pm

20% Off ALL Car Seats @ Smyths

Smyths are offering 20% off all their car seat and booster seats, with no code needed to get the discount. The 20% has already been taken off and the reduced prices are shown in red online, so you don't even need to get out your calculator.

Prices start from £8 for Booster Seats and High Back Boosters are from just £19.99! If you were looking at any of the character designs then all of these are in the offer too, including Batman, Frozen, TMNT, Disney and lots more.

There are car seats from big brands like Maxi Cosi, Graco, Joie and Britax so there is a good range to chose from in all different seat groups.

This offer is available online and in stores until next Friday 4th September.

You can click and collect for free from stores, home delivery is free when you spend over £29, charges are from £2.99 for smaller orders, and all items are subject to availability.

Half Price Peppa Pig My First Readybed Now £14.99 @ Argos

by Becky Barratt in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Half Price Peppa Pig My First Readybed Now £14.99 @ Argos

Wow it's not very often you see a Readybed on offer let alone at half price! Move quickly if you want this one as it is sure to be popular. The Peppa Pig Toddlerr My First Readybed is down to just £14.99 from £29.99 over at Argos right now.

These fab little beds are a god send when camping or staying somewhere overnight. My daughter keeps one at her Nanny's house and her Auntie's for sleepovers, she loves it as she has her very own 'special' bed to sleep in that is just for her. They inflate in less than 3 minutes using the foot pump that is included and deflates in the same time, they can then be rolled away and stored in the handy bag that comes with it.

It has a firm and sturdy mattress which seems pretty comfy for little ones to sleep on, it has an attached cover/duvet and also has a supported wraparound head rest and protective side bolsters for added safety. There is also a little pocket attached to the side, perfect for holding a juice cup at night. It has a lovely Peppa Pig design with images of all the characters around the sides.

Standard delivery is £3.95  or you can Reserve and Collect at your local store for FREE if there is stock available near to you.

Up To 50% Off Outdoor Toys In Summer Sale @ TP Toys

by Becky Barratt in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 8:31 pm

Up To 50% Off Outdoor Toys In Summer Sale @ TP Toys

I know it's coming towards the end of Summer but if you're looking to grab a bargain for the last few weeks of the warmer weather or to keep by for next year, then take a look over at TP Toys. They currently have up to 50% off outdoor toys in their Summer Sale, including playhouses and trampolines.

These Bouncycle's* look great to put by as Christmas presents for toddlers, they are half price at just £19.99 from £39.99 and come in 2 different colours, orange and green*. The Bouncycle has 2 wheels but stands upright on its own, it is designed to help little ones with their balance and coordination, before they ride a bike. This 8ft Zoomee Trampoline* is a great buy, its half price and is now priced at £74.99 including the safety net.

How sweet is this little playhouse?! I even love the name Bramble Cottage* it is down to £149.99 from £249.99. I love the little open window at the side, I can see endless hours of 'shops' being played in this playhouse! This has got to be my favourite sale item, the TP Chalet* is complete with sandpit, slide, playhouse and fireman's pole all for just £199.99 instead of £289.99. It really does have it all!

Orders under £50 incur a £4.99 charge however orders over £50 placed before 1pm receive FREE next day delivery.

Grab Your First Weekend Box For FREE @ Weekend Box Club

by karenm in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Grab Your First Weekend Box For FREE @ Weekend Box Club

Heard of Weekend Box Club* before? They’re a relatively new company who offer, as the name suggests, weekend boxes for families. I say families deliberately as although the contents will certainly appeal to kids, their aim is to provide enjoyable activities for parents too.

Like many kids nowadays my daughter has a ton of toys but she still likes nothing better than spending time with me and for us to do things together. I’m a single mum who works full time and it’s not always easy to fit everything in, which is why I need to be organised. That’s what I like about Weekend Box Club (well one of the things, I’ll tell you about the rest later) they send out everything you need on a Friday all ready to get stuck in over the weekend.

So what do you get and how much does it cost?

The boxes are aimed at kids aged between 3 and 6 years old and cover a wide range of activities including baking, crafting and seed planting and I really like that variety. I can glue and glitter with the best of them but everyone needs a change! You can see some examples here* and it clearly shows what you can expect and what’s included.

Your first box will cost zero, zilch, nada, it's completely FREE and if you decide to continue you can opt for fortnightly or monthly boxes at £7.50 each. That’s another thing I like, you pay for each box individually so are never tied into a contract. If you have more than one child, additional boxes can be purchased at the reduced price of £4.

Most children I know adore getting things addressed to them through the post and I do think this is a lovely idea, something kids can look forward to not only completing but receiving too. We all know about Poundland and Home Bargains these days but can that really compete with one of these cute boxes addressed to your child complete with everything you need?

Considering the first box is completely free I'm going to give this a go and see how we get on with it, what about you?

Disney Princess Cinderella Play Tent £12.49 (was £24.99) @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Disney Princess Cinderella Play Tent £12.49 (was £24.99) @ Argos

This cute Disney Princess Cinderella Play Tent is half price at Argos down from £24.99 to £12.49 as part of their Bank Holiday Toy Event.

This is a castle play tent complete with a turret, and pictures of Cinderella decorating it. This is a pop-up play tent that can be used outside in what remains of the summer, or used indoors as a den and play area to encourage imaginative play. When the tent is not in use it will fold down flat for storage in it's own bag until it is needed again.

Stocks are a little hit and miss for the free reserve and collect from store service, with stock in roughly half of the stores in all the areas I checked, though at this price I think they are likely to go quite quickly. You can also get this Disney Princess Cinderella Play Tent delivered to your home for an extra £3.95 where stocks are available.

Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-On £35.99 @ Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-On £35.99 @ Amazon

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Ride-On is down to £35.99 at Amazon at the moment, and that includes free home delivery as well. Right now this is just about the cheapest price you can get one for (unless you are super lucky and manages to pick up one of those few being sold off in some Asda stores). In all other retailers this is selling for upwards of £45 at the moment, so if this was on your shopping list then £35.99 delivered is about the best price that this toy gets.

The Cozy Coupe is one of those toys that is a complete classic, and it recently celebrated it's 30th anniversary. For a toy to continue being popular for that amount of time they are obviously getting it right. It's a wonderful toy car, that is strong and durable, so will likely last until your child is too big to get into it, and longer.

This special anniversary edition has a new look and includes a removable floor to protect children's feet and a handle on the roof for parent push rides. It's also got a higher back, a storage area in the rear, a turning steering wheel, ignition switch and open and close fuel cap.

If your child fancies being a law enforcer then the Police version of the Cozy Coupe* is also on offer at £38.39, again with free delivery.

You can also get Personalised Licence Plates for the Cozy Coupe for £2.29 delivered, or the Cozy Coupe Club Membership is still only £10 from Little Tikes.

Thanks to kg91 and MrsDens @ HUKD

My First Kitchen Set £7.50 (was £15) @ John Lewis

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 3:26 pm

My First Kitchen Set £7.50 (was £15) @ John Lewis

Most of the big toy clearance items have been sold long ago, but there are still a few great little items in the sale. This My First Kitchen Set was originally selling for £15, but has now been reduced by 50% and is only £7.50.

This is a compact table top kitchen set that is a good option for those without the room for a full size play kitchen. It features a spinning mixer and lots of fun noises including a whooshing tap, humming oven and sizzling frying pan. There's also a load of colourful kitchen accessories, including a frying pan, spatula and salt and pepper shakers.

Lots of these sets are only suitable for over 3s, but this play set is a good choice for toddlers as it is suitable for over 2s. Children that age are likely to be thrilled with all the buttons to press, things to turn, and all the whizzy sound effects they get.

It's a shame that John Lewis now charge for their click and collect service (£2 for orders under £30) and they have upped their home delivery charges from £2.99 to £3.50, but even with these I think that this is still a good value toy, and one to tuck away for playing with on Christmas morning.

One In Four Parents Leave Children Unattended In The Car

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 28 August, 2015 at 2:08 pm

One In Four Parents Leave Children Unattended In The Car

Would it surprise you to learn that a quarter of parents admit to leaving their children unattended in the car?

The Daily Mail reports:

A quarter of parents admit leaving their children alone in a car while they nip out on an errand. Even those as young as five are sometimes left unattended, with the average parent not returning for 22 minutes. Younger couples are particularly prone to leaving their children in the car – with 42 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds confessing they have done so. Alarmingly, one in four of this group did it because they ‘forgot’ their children were there. And one in six admitted to locking them in as a punishment.

I just can't wrap my head around these figures, and am having to hope that someone mangled up the data or lots of parents ticked the wrong box.

I know there'll be plenty of you who disagree vehemently, but leaving a child in your vehicle within your sightline while you pay for petrol may be one thing - locking a child in a vehicle as a punishment or forgetting your child is in the car is just a whole other galaxy away.

I'm genuinely lost for words. And I've never forgotten a friend's experience. She left her sleeping child in the car for all of five minutes while she popped into her local shop for a pint of milk, and came out to find the police had been called. Needless to say she was given a stern talking-to, and has never left her child unattended in the car since.

I know there are excceptions to every rule, and times when leaving your child in a vehicle seems unavoidable but in the words of my mother-in-law: You wouldn't leave a million pounds sitting in plain sight unattended in your car, so why on earth your kids, who are invaluable.

It's also worth adding that in the eyes of the law it's technically an offence to leave a child unattended in a car.

What's your view on this? Do you ever leave your little on unattended in the car?

Baby And Children Items From 50p @ Hema

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 11:49 am

Baby And Children Items From 50p @ Hema

I had never heard of Hema before and it was a friend that introduced me to the wonder that is their site. She said "you'll like it, it's a cross between IKEA and Tiger!" and I have to say I agree with her. The contemporary European styling and the very reasonable pricing tends to make me think of those two favourites combined too. They do a whole range of goodies, just like both IKEA and Tiger, and baby/children's items start from just 50p. Ps... unlike those other superstores, Hema sell clothes and they are CHEAP!

There are lots of quirky wonders over on the Hema site and that's part of the appeal. There's so much to look at with nearly 1000 baby/children's items. We like these: Fine Knit Baby Teddy just £7, 10 Pack of Star Cups (two pack min order) £1 for two packs, Boys T-Shirt* just £4, Finger Puppets* 75p (min order 2) so £1.50 for two and Nappy Case* just £5.

I plan on using Hema for little bits and pieces for my sister-in-law's birthday. She won't have heard of Hema and I know she will just love the quirkiness of it all, just as I do.

You get FREE delivery when you spend £20 or more! You can Click and Collect from a Hema store for FREE or pay £4 for home delivery if spending under £20.

Teamson Kids Fire Engine Table And Chair £53.32 Delivered @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 10:51 am

 Teamson Kids Fire Engine Table And Chair £53.32 Delivered @ Amazon

This Teamson Kids Fire Engine Table and Chair has to be one of the cutest items of children's furniture I have ever clapped eyes on. Amazon have it priced at £53.32 just now and that's the cheapest they have ever sold it for. It comes with FREE delivery so there's no shipping charge to bump up the price. I can see this selling out, as folk start buying for Christmas at this time of year and with bargains like this, who can blame them?

The Teamson Kids Fire Engine Table and Chair is made from wood and is HAND CARVED and HAND PAINTED. Wow! Let me just remind you that this is only £53.32.

My son doesn't even know what a fire engine is but I want to buy him one of these right now. It can be used as a drawing table, a play table for cars and a make believe fire truck.

The reviews are great for it too and it's got a 4.5 star rating. If you are worried about the quality, go read the reviews on the Amazon site.

OUT NOW: NEW Lego Minecraft Sets @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 9:51 am

 OUT NOW: NEW Lego Minecraft Sets @ Amazon

Minecraft is still adored by many little creepers. It shows no sign of going away but if we are honest with ourselves, there are far worse things our kids could be obsessed with. What my kids love more than the actual game is the themed Lego sets you get. Last year, Lego released some Minecraft sets and I don't think they could have sold any better. It was near impossible to get your hands on some of them.

Another four have just have just been released in the UK and we are loving them! Just like the other sets, they don't come cheap, but you know that won't stop you buying them for birthdays and Christmas.

Click here to read more...

Disney Frozen Beauty Bag £5 @ Lloyds Pharmacy

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 9:35 am

Disney Frozen Beauty Bag £5 @ Lloyds Pharmacy

 

Do you buy your little one face paints or children's make-up sets? When I was little I wasn't allowed make-up but I was allowed to have my face painted. I never understood why. My boys can put whatever they like on their faces as long as it's for dressing up and not for everyday use. Let us know what your view is on children's make-up sets. If your kid adores them then head on over to Lloyds Pharmacy, where you can get the Disney Frozen Beauty Bag for just £5, reduced from £9.99.

The Disney Frozen Beauty Bag contains a Re-useable Frozen bag, an eight lip gloss snowflake palette, three star lip gloss pots, a five cream eye shadow palette, two lip gloss rings, a lip gloss, a blusher, three nail polishes, three hairclips, Olaf toe separators, a sponge applicator and a brush applicator. Everything your little one needs to recreate that Elsa look.

You can Click and Collect the Disney Frozen Beauty Bag for FREE from a Lloyds Pharmacy near you or pay £2.95 to have it delivered to your front door.

Try Out Maggi So Juicy, So Tender Or So Sticky For FREE @ Sainsbury's

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 9:30 am

Try Out Maggi So Juicy, So Tender Or So Sticky For FREE @ Sainsbury's

Do you shop online at Sainsbury's? Good news if you do. They are giving away 15,000 FREE Maggi So Juicy, So Tender or So Sticky seasoning sachets. To get your hands on yours, all you need to do is add the once you would like to try to your basket. Once, you are at the checkout stage, just enter promo code FREEMAGGI into the box and the price will be deducted. They are currently on offer at 50p just now, which means you can try out others for less too.

I do like these Maggi cook-in-the-bag seasoning. They make a nice change from just straight-up, plain chicken. Which one is your favourite? I like the look of the Moroccan Chicken, sounds different.

Terms and Conditions as follows from Sainsbury's:

15,000 free Maggi So Juicy/Tender/Sticky mixes to be claimed.
Offer available from 26/08/15 until 15/09/15 or until 15,000 free Maggi So Juice/Tender/Sticky mixes have been redeemed, whichever occurs sooner. Not valid in conjunction with any offer.
Deliveries must be completed by 15/09/15. Subject to availability, while stocks last. One free per account. Valid in GB only. This offer has no monetary value.

There are other vouchers that can be used on your online shop at Sainsbury's. They can be found over at our vouchers section, here.

Thanks to samdavies @ HUKD

Minnie Mouse Wagon £3.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2015 at 8:50 am

Minnie Mouse Wagon £3.99 @ Argos

My son has a toy wagon, he is 18 months and drags it around everywhere. He even sits in it to watch Peppa Pig. It only cost me £5 for it and it was worth every penny. This Minnie Mouse one is exactly in shape and size, but is cheaper at £3.99. Argos were selling them for £9.99 before reducing them to this great low price.

The thing that I like about the Minnie Mouse Wagon is that it can be used for toy storage or even for books. I don't like to have toys scattered across the house, unless they are being played with at the time, so this is ideal for teaching the children who to clean up after themselves. It's a real fun way for them to 'put the toys away', at the end of the day.

Your child can wheel anything around in it and can even take it down to the local park if they liked. They aren't too heavy, but aren't flimsy either.

You can Reserve and Collect the Minnie Mouse Wagon for FREE from an Argos store near you or pay £3.95 to have it delivered to your front door.

Half Price Mega Bloks First Builders Build 'n' Learn Table & Lil' Princess Fairytale Table Now £19.99 Each @ Argos

by Becky Barratt in Deals on 27 August, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Half Price Mega Bloks First Builders Build 'n' Learn Table & Lil' Princess Fairytale Table Now £19.99 Each @ Argos

The Mega Bloks First Builders range are an ideal starter range for little ones 12 months up, they are chunkier bricks than Lego for instance, perfect for developing hand and eye co-ordination. Over at Argos right now they have the Mega Bloks First Builder Build 'n' Learn Table and the Lil' Princess Fairytale Table down to £19.99 each from £39.99. These would be brilliant Christmas presents for an older baby or toddler.

These little tables seem pretty sturdy and even better they are easy to fold away and transport. The Mega Bloks Lil' Princess themed construction table comes with 25 First Builder sparkling pink bricks, lots of Princess stickers to decorate, a Lil' Princess figure with magic pop-up tiara and a unicorn pony with removable wings. Perfect for building your very own princess castle.

The bright and bold Build 'n' Learn table acts as a building platform and practical storage container. It includes 4 fun scenes, stickers, a figurine, a car and 75 big colourful Mega Bloks, great for stimulating imagination and discovery of shapes, colours and sizes.

You can Reserve and Collect for FREE at your local store or pay £3.95 for home delivery.

Ikea Warns Parents Not To Attach Hooks To Cots, Following Death Of Little Girl

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 27 August, 2015 at 3:07 pm

Ikea Warns Parents Not To Attach Hooks To Cots, Following Death Of Little Girl

This is an upsetting story, but parents have been reminded by Ikea not to attach anything to babies' cots after the death of a little girl.

The Telegraph reports:

"Ikea has warned parents not to hang hooks on babies' cots after a 14-month-old died when one got caught on her pyjama top and strangled her. Violet Anderson was found hanging by her distraught mother at the family's home in Southwark, south London, on April 17 last year. Paramedics tried to save the youngster, but she died at hospital later the same day."

Despite the coroner's finding that the incident was a tragic accident, Ikea has nonetheless indicated its intention to add to the current warnings which are issued with the purchase of Ikea cots.

The parents of the little girl who died bought the plastic Krokig hooks and the flat-pack Somnat cot from Ikea online, and a spokesperson for Ikea clarified that the hooks are designed to be screwed into walls and have never been marketed or designed for use with cots.

The coroner, Sarah Ormond-Walshe, said:

"Ikea have done a very full investigation and I need to go no further then what I've heard and read today in relation to their investigation. I have been very content all along with the way Ikea have helped me investigate this case in their own investigation. There has been no other similar case at all. The hook is not part of the same product range as the cot. It's not designed to be screwed into the cot and is being sold essentially separately."

"Notwithstanding that there has been no other incident - and I do mean any incident, not just death - similar to this, Ikea have decided to add on some words in the way of a warning in relation to the cots that say, 'Do not attach, stick or add any items. They may become a catch hazard which may result in injury to your baby'."

To find out more about safe sleeping for babies and young children, visit the Lullaby Trust and in particular this page about safer sleep.

Philips Avent Room And Bath Thermometer Was £18 Now £9.99 @ Amazon

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 27 August, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Philips Avent Room And Bath Thermometer Was £18 Now £9.99 @ Amazon

If, like me, you struggle to tell when your baby's bath water is just the right temperature, then you really need one of these. It's a Philips Avent Bath and Room Thermometer and it's just £9.99 at Amazon right now, down from the usual price of £18.00.

This can be used to monitor room temperature as well as the temperature of bath water, so it's a handy thing to have around for checking that your baby isn't overheating.  You can float it in the bath or just pop it on a shelf (out of baby's reach, obviously) in your little one's room, and the accurate digital measurement will keep you informed of when it's time to pop an extra blanket on or remove a layer of clothing.

I am convinced that keeping my baby's room at the right temperature helps her sleep better; she's definitely more likely to wake if she gets too warm or too cold, so this would definitely be one of my 'must-have' items of baby gear.

Delivery will be free if you're an Amazon Prime customer, too, and if not you might want to add some extra baby essentials to your basket yo avoid paying for delivery.

Reading Eggs Subscription 50% Off Now £20 @ Little Bird

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 27 August, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Reading Eggs Subscription 50% Off Now £20 @ Little Bird

Over at Little Bird right now you can get 50% off a year's subscription to Reading Eggs. It normally costs £39.95 to subscribe for a year, but you can nab your subscription for just £20.

We've had a Reading Eggs subscription for a number of years now, and it's definitely something I would recommend.

With more than 2,000 fiction and factual e-books plus a heap of interactive animations, games, songs and rewards, it's a really fun and innovative way of helping your little one get to grips with reading. It can help them with spelling, creative writing, comprehension, and grammar, and I also think it's a really brilliant way of navigating computer literacy skills with little ones in a fun way.

New registrations to the site will also receive 14 day free trial in addition to your one year subscription so if it's not for you, you won't be locked in.

With thanks to k_lc @HUKD.

Recall : Next Children’s Robes Being Recalled @ Next

by karenm in Deals on 27 August, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Recall : Next Children’s Robes Being Recalled @ Next

If you’ve bought the following kid’s robes from Next* they’re being recalled due to the cotton jersey lining not meeting the stringent flammability requirement set out in the UK Nightwear (Safety) Regulations. The robes affected are pictured and are numbered 799768, 790152, 936100 respectively.

Next advises that “you immediately stop using them and contact us.” To arrange a return call 0333 777 8185 or you can return them to your local store for a full refund, if this would suit you better. If you have given any of these items as a gift, please ask the recipient to get in touch with Next. If you'd rather email Next you can contact customer services HERE*

It does worry me as a parent that these items are still slipping through the net. Although nightwear currently has stringent tests, Claudia Winkleman recently hit the headlines when she spoke out about how her daughter’s supermarket bought Halloween costume caught fire causing life threatening injuries. Retailers then assured consumers that they would be more vigilant with regards to testing and the products they sold.

I doubt any parents are allowing their children near naked flames on a regular basis but I'd still like to feel more confident that the items I buy on the high street for my daughter have ALL been properly tested and are as safe as they can be.