Toddlers + Ipads. Kidloland App Review 

For the first year of my monkeys life, we were those parents. You know, the OTT ones that don’t allow their little ones screen time. I was so adamant about it that I didn’t even watch TV myself in the early days when he was a newborn and fed & slept all day. In hindsight, the second time mum in me is telling myself of for being so silly and not enjoying those first few months, as second time round there’s no such thing as a break or a cup of tea + biscuit sat watching a show while your baba sleeps! 

So anyway, we managed to get to 1 years old with zero screen time. But then as my pregnancy progressed and I’d have tired days and sleepless nights where all I wanted to do was curl up and sleep all day, the rules relaxed. It started by us letting my monkey watch aeroplanes land and takeoff on YouTube as he was such a fan of planes. We then allowed him to watch the odd nursery rhyme. Mother Goose Club & Chu Chi TV, I can’t wait for the day my babies outgrow you! 

So when Kidloland asked us if we would like to review their app, at first I was hesitant to allow my monkey to use the iPad and decided to wait until he was a little older. Well, just after he turned 2 I was running out of ideas to keep him occupied while I disappeared upstairs to feed his baby brother (note, the baba will only feed in a quiet and dark bedroom as he’s otherwise distracted). So, I decided to take Kidloland up on their offer and allow him some time on the iPad. 

Because he has never used a phone/ iPad before, he did need assistance with most of the games/songs and navigating the app. But I was happy about this as it means the length of time he uses it is limited. I’m sure this will change as he becomes more accustomed to it though as he is getting the hang of it pretty fast. 

What we liked about the app:

  • It’s educational, and a great way for your kids to learn in a supervised way
  • There are no adverts! And it’s safe. I was wary of allowing him to you YouTube independently due to all the bizarre vids that are of there that are aimed at children 
  • Once the app and different games/songs are downloaded it can be used anywhere. Now, we don’t allow him to take the iPad out, but I know lots of parents do. So this is great as you don’t need to be connected to wifi! On the odd occasion when he has point blank refused to go to nursery, I’ve allowed him to watch nursery rhymes on the app in the car and it has avoided major meltdowns! 
  • There is so much on there, they will never get bored! From games, to puzzles, and flash cards to songs. And every time we log in there’s even more new updates. We limit his use so he doesn’t even use it daily, but if he did, he literally would never get bored. 
  • It’s suitable for different ages kids 5 and under so I’m sure in a year or so his little brother will be fighting him for it! He already loves listening to the nursery rhymes, but as he’s only 7 months old he definetly doesn’t benefit from any screen time just yet. 
  • It’s affordable. There are few options, but the cheapest works out at £29.99 for the year. For its educational use and the ability to use it with no wifi connection, it’s well worth it in my opinion! 

There is just one niggle that I have to mention! If you choose to download everything from the app as you go, then it does take up quite a bit of memory, saying that, I have a an iPad with very limited memory to start with! 

Overall I would really recommend this app for busy parents looking for something educational for their little ones. I also think that as my monkey gets a little older (he’s currently 2 years and 3 months), the app will become more and more useful for both me and him! 

The iPad + Kidloland is currently helping me to get my toddler on the loo and to stay put on the loo, so I may be the first parent to attribute it to a must have potty training tool also 😂.. 

As the weather changes changes and we spend more time indoors I also think he will start to benefit from using it a lot more often, so my next  challenge will be learning how to limit IPad use, tips anyone? 

If you are interested in downloading the app, see below 🙂 

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id533412119?pt=275891&ct=saman
 Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.internetdesignzone.nurseryrhymes&hl=en

Amazon Appstore: https://www.amazon.com/KidloLand-Nursery-Rhymes-Educational-Preschool/dp/B00HFQBCEU

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Our first impressions of the Bugaboo Bee 5

I’m a big fan of my current travel system, the Bugaboo Cameleon 3 (read my review here) and was therefore delighted that me, my monkey (and bump) have been lucky enough to road test the new Bugaboo Bee 5. And this is what we think so far…

It’s super light weight.. and I mean super, super light weight. I thought the Cameleon 3 was as light as it got. Friends often comment on how light and easy it is to manoeuvre, but the Bee 5 is on another level. Being a petite 5ft 2, shorty, it’s perfect for me! Being so small and lightweight makes it great to push around the shops and small spaces. You almost forget there’s a baby inside!

Easy to fold & unfold.. this is a big plus from me and where I have found the biggest difference to my current travel system. It’s just so easy to click and fold/ unfold, you can do it with one hand. I’ll be honest it took me a few practise attempts to get the hang of it, but once I did, it’s just so easy. I found attaching the seat sightly trickier, but again after a few practise runs I’ve got the hang of it, and again for a small person like me, it couldn’t be easier.

Compact..this is intended to be a compact system, and Bugaboo have definitely delivered. I love how compact it is. Me and my husband share a car, and we are forever taking the travel system in and out of the car and storing it in the house for a few days when he is working away. I find our current travel system takes up a lot of hallway space (we have no other place to store it), but the Bee 5 folds away into a tiny shell. The added bonus is it fits in my sister’s boot ( a VW polo), which means she can finally take my monkey out on more substantial outings.

Sturdy underseat basket.. I often go for long walks, end up buying way too much on the way and struggle to get it all in the basket. I’ve found the underseat basket on the Bee 5 to be a lot more sturdy than my current system, and fits a lot more in! This is great as it means I can shop away!

The leather strap.. this speaks for itself, it looks great, as does the Bee 5 in general!

I’m loving using the Bee 5 so far, and it certainly gets a lot of attention when out and about. I’m looking forward to testing out the bassinet with my new baby as it looks so snug and cosy.  I’m also looking forward to seeing how my monkey gets on with the toddler board.. which could either be a winner and mean no double buggy for me, or an epic fail as my monkey is very firm on his likes and dislikes right now! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

I’ll leave you with some snaps of our adventures so far..



My Travel System..

I thought I’d share my experiences of my travel system so far. And no I don’t mean my fancy new wheels (I wish). Gone are the days when I could drive around in a lovely sports cars with two doors, two seats and a teeny boot. When I say travel system, I am referring to my baby’s travel system.  Talking of cars though, I do struggle with my normal size hatchback to fit everything I need for baby, so perhaps I do need some new wheels (hint to the husband).

When looking for a car seat, safety and ease were the two factors that were most important to me. Myself and the husband debated on the safety element for some time, and in the end we reached a compromise and went for a car seat that fitted the bill for both (or so we thought). So, we opted for the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, which is suitable for age 0-12 months and would slot nicely onto our pushchair frame. The car seat itself was £190, but we were lucky enough to have this gifted to us from my sister. In addition the base is £150.

My baby was a tiny baby, weighing 5 pounds 13 oz at birth, and to my surprise, I found carrying him in the car seat a struggle from the start. I have no idea how mothers cope with bigger babies, and I stuggle even more now that he is so much bigger. I guess to combat this, it fits nicely onto the pushchair frame, but in my experience I find it a bit of a faff to get on and off the pushchair frame, and ever since I experimented with this and using the adapters, the isofix base in the car sometimes freezes.. Not quite the ‘ease’ factor I had in mind.

To make matters worse, my baby dislikes being sat in the car seat, and will often scream and have a tantrum until I take him out. My visions of popping into my mum’s with a peaceful sleeping baby, undisturbed still in the car seat, has been well and truly shattered. My car seat remains in the car all of the time and I am always scared we will have a tantrum on our hands every time we step foot in the car. So, I no longer need the ease and portability factor and am therefore kicking myself for not listening to the husband and opting for a safer car seat that lasts until the baby is much older. Take this as a lesson and think hard and long before making any purchases.

Thank god for the Bugaboo Cameleon 3. We opted for the limited edition navy (suitable for a girl or a boy), setting us back £875. My baby has loved this since the very first time we used it (much to my surprise as we were struggling so much with car seat journeys at the time). I find the frame easy to assemble and dissemble, and the carry case clicks into place easily. I can manoeuvre the pushchair easily and it is very lightweight, perfect for a petite weakling like myself. The best part about it is my munchkin loves it, he much prefers being lay flat and can look around and take in the sights. The only downside, as mentioned previously, is it does take up most of my boot space, and there isn’t much storage for baby bag/shopping.

My munchkin is lucky enough to have enjoyed many walks in the park, the countryside, and around my local shopping centre and so far, this has been one of our most successful purchases for Sami.