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Free Baby Boxes Scheme Launched In Selected Areas Of England

At the beginning of this year Scotland started their Free Baby Box scheme where all new mothers are given a Finnish-style Baby Box packed with newborn essentials. Now certain areas of England have also launched the scheme, and although it is not yet across the whole of the UK it is hoped that more areas…

Recall: Novelty Cat Leggings From Primark

Primark have issued a clothing recall due to a potential choking hazard on children's Novelty Cat Leggings. The issue is with the bow on the decorations which could become detached and present a choking hazard for babies and small children. This item was sold in stores from 8th November 2016 up to the 22nd February…

Urgent Recall: Kids II Oball Rattle (Toys R Us / Tesco)

Toys R Us* have issued an urgent recall on the Kids II Oball Rattle due to a choking hazard. If you have one for a child under three years old, then it's advised to be removed from play as it is unsuitable due to small parts that can be removed from the chamber. The recall*…

Tom Hardy To Read CBeebies Bedtime Story On Mother's Day

I think someone at CBeebies is being very clever with their scheduling, as they know they have a few Tom Hardy Bedtime Stories to broadcast - and the next one will be on Mother's Day! The Hollywood actor has recorded five bedtime stories in all, and so far they have been broadcast on New Years…

Urgent Recall: Quorn Meat Free Mince (Tesco Only)

Quorn Foods Ltd has issued an urgent recall on Quorn Meat Free Mince. This is due to a risk of it containing small pieces of metal. The affected batch was only on sale at Tesco from 27 February 2017 to 1 March 2017. There is only one batch affected: Quorn Meat Free Mince 300g 'Best…

Urgent Recall On Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spread (380g)

Have you recently bought Urgent Recall On Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Biscuit Spread (380g)? Manufacturers Lotus Bakeries UK Ltd have issued an urgent recall on various batches of it, due to a risk it containing small pieces of metal. The affected batches are: Batch code: 7005109 - 'Best before' date: 5 February 2018 Batch code: 7011209…

McDonalds Home Delivery Coming To The UK

Are you ready for this? McDonalds Home Delivery is coming to the UK. I am both super excited and sceptical about the fact but it'll be handy for those days where I have a hangover and I am not willing to face the world. However, I'm doubtful that it'll be hot when it reaches me.…

Cloud Pets Data Breach: Voice Messages Exposed

If your children have a Cloud Pets interactive soft toy then you need to know about today's report of a data breach that has exposed 2 million voice messages. The BBC reports that an open database containing links to voice messages recorded on Cloud Pets toys has been discovered by cybersecurity researcher Troy Hunt, and…

RECALL: Little Live Pet Lil Frog & Little Live Pet Lil Frog Lily Pad

Character Toys have issued a recall on Little Live Pet Lil Frog and Little Live Pet Lil Frog Lily Pad toys as a precautionary measure due to safety concerns. They state that "this is due to a design defect which could cause a potential safety issue if the batteries are removed" and customers are advised…

Recall: ‘Waitrose Mini’ Comfort Blankets

Waitrose have issued a product recall on their Waitrose Mini Baby Comfort Blankets due to safety concerns. The Pink Bunny and Grey Bear Baby Comfort Blankets have an issue where the stitching could come loose, and that could present a hazard to the small babies that these toys are designed for. If you have one…

Whirlpool Now Say DON'T Use Faulty Machines

If you own a Whirlpool tumble dryer you might want to read this. The company has advised customers NOT to use faulty tumble dryers – which they previously said were safe to use. The Telegraph reports: Nearly 3 million Whirlpool customers have been told not to use their faulty tumble dryers as they may not…

URGENT RECALL On Morrisons Ready To Eat Peppered Beef Slices

Have a look in your fridge and check to see if you have these Morrisons Ready To Eat Peppered Beef Slices in - they are on URGENT recall due to Listeria monocytogenes being found in this product. If you do have this, under NO circumstances eat it. If you have consumed this already, then you…

Nokia 3310 To Be Relaunched This Year

One of my first phones was the Nokia 3310. You don't need me to tell you that I could have done anything to that phone and it would have survived. Everyone knows that a Nokia 3310 is near indestructible. The phone was original released in the year 2000, but is said to make a comeback…

Parents Told To Destroy My Friend Cayla Doll Because Of Hacking Fears

Authorities in Germany have ordered parents to destroy the doll My Friend Cayla following reports that it can be hacked so that it's smart technology can reveal personal data and 'spy' on children. The warning was issued by the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications, as their researchers say hackers can use an…

Love Actually Sequel To Air On Red Nose Day

OMG! How long have we all waited for a Love Actually Sequel? Anyone who watched the original film was left pondering what happened next? Now you can find out. Richard Curtis has made a short film that will air on Red Nose Day, which is on the 24th March. It may only last ten minutes…