Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking fillers for Toddlers

I hope you are all getting on well with your Christmas shopping but if you are anything like me then you will still have a few bits left to buy. I'm getting there, slowly but surely but I wish I was more prepared.

Two of my favourite type of presents to buy are baby products and stocking fillers so I thought I would combine the two and share some of the products that are in Noah's stocking this year.

Noah has plenty of Christmas presents put away for the big day so his stocking fillers are looking a little sparse but I think it covers the basics. A bib, snacks, socks and smellies!

1. Reindeer Dribble Bib from Zippy Bibs. We have a few dribble bibs from Zippy Bibs and they are great, they stock such a wide range of different designs and colours. Every toddler and baby needs a Christmas themed outfit with a matching bib and I've fallen in love with this cute Reindeer design.

2. Organix Goodies Selection Box. We love Organix and have been using their range since we began weaning Noah all those months ago. We were really impressed when we saw their healthy take on a Selection Box. It's crammed full of yummy snacks and I think Noah will really enjoy the little gingerbread men.

3. Sophie le Giraffe Cosmetics Starter Kit. Sophie is possibly the worlds most famous giraffe and the brand has now reached out into baby cosmetics. This starter kit contains everything you need for the perfect bath and skincare routine; baby face cream, baby body lotion, baby hair and body wash and baby oil. It's a gorgeous set and smells beautiful.

4. Chatty Feet Socks - Captain Awesome. It wouldn't be Christmas without receiving a funky pair of socks and the Chatty Feet Socks range is fantastic. Not only do they sell socks for children but adults too. You could buy a pair for every member of the family.

What's in your Child's stocking this year?

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Review: Baker Days Letterbox Cake & Competition

When I was offered the opportunity to review a Letterbox cake from Baker Days I couldn't wait! Let's face it who doesn't love cake? 

Letterbox are such a fantastic idea, small enough to fit through your letterbox but large enough to celebrate the biggest of celebrations. The cakes are so simple yet fun to personalise and the options are endless. From just £14.99 they are the perfect personalised treat for any celebratory occasion.
After you chosen your design or created one yourself it time to select what favour cake you would like. There are 5 different flavoured sponges available; sponge cake, carrot cake, fruit cake, double chocolate chip cake and gluten and wheat free cake.

For the purpose of this review I decided to go for a chocolate cake and chose this simple but attractive Christmas tree design. I only needed to wait a few days for it to arrive and the cake came in a lovely keepsake tin.

On opening the tin my first thought was that it did look substantially different from how it does on the website. This can be said for most products online these days but the colours were a lot darker and the cake did have a slightly yellow hue to it where as it's white online. I do prefer how the cake looks on the website but that wasn't really a problem for me but I could see it being one if I had a specific look in mind. 

I chose the double choc chip sponge and it was very delicious and easily serves 3-4 generous portions. I think chocolate cake is hard to get right as sometimes it's dry and tasteless but thankfully that wasn't the case from Baker days, it was very tasty and moist. 

Overall I was happy with my cake. I love the concept of the letter box cakes, how easy it is to design your own cake, how simple the website is to use and finally how the cake tasted. My only niggle is that my design did look a lot different to how it did online. 

Check out my twitter timeline @chicgeekdiary for your chance to win your very own letterbox cake! 

- I was sent this cake for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are my own. 


Ways to help your baby sleep

As a first time Mum I am by no means an expert when it comes to babies. In fact half of the time I don't know what I am talking about and I just go with what my intuition tells me to do. I think that's all a Mother can do and should do.

Noah has been a good sleeper from a young age but when he goes through a leap it all changes. Just when you think you have cracked the whole sleeping and napping malarkey a big development leap rears it's head and sets you back to square one. It can be frustrating but with a little bit of patience and persistence you can get back to where you were.

Today I thought I would share with you my top tips on how to make nap and bedtimes times easier and hopefully drama free.

Unwind. About half an hour before I take Noah up for a nap or to bed we will snuggle up on the sofa together, I will stroke his hair, give him kisses and cuddles. I think this is one of the key stages for us.

Be quiet. As well as unwinding before sleep I talk to Noah in a soft and quiet voice. I will turn the TV down if it's on. I like to have everything calm right before I take him up to his room.

Lullaby. I don't sing to Noah because it doesn't ease him into a relaxed sleep but instead has the opposite effect and makes him laugh and dance, which is just charming really! We have the Vtech Scout Puppy and we play it's lullaby for 15 minutes at naptime and bedtime. Noah finds it really soothing and it's also good to have a little background noise to cover up your footsteps and that creaky door when you are trying to make your escape.

Comforter. Babies either love them or don't bother with them and Noah loves his. He has two teddy bear comforters which we call his "Kiki's". He's had them since he was a few weeks old and as soon as he has one in his hands, his eyes begin to roll. He takes so much comfort from them and I think some babies just need that extra comfort to get to sleep.

Blackout Blind. Noah usually doesn't mind about it being too light or too dark but when he is going through a leap he seems to be more sensitive to it. I don't know if many other Mum's experience that too? Noah's nursery can become really light in the mornings so I have been looking at blackout blinds and the Itzala webshop have some great choices available.

Night light. Again Noah doesn't usually mind his room being light or dark but he does go through patches of not liking it to be too dark. He has a couple of nightlights so we have started to use them at bedtime and it's nice not leaving him in pitch black.

Do you have any tips you would like to share with me? 


Review: Personalised xylophone from My 1st Years

My 1st Years is one of my favourite baby brands and my go to place when I want that special personalised gift for my little one. I am a glutton for personalised gifts and it's no wonder that Noah has amassed half a dozen items from bunting to bean bags with his name on already. 

We reviewed the silver ark moneybox from My 1st Years a couple of months back and are still in awe of it as it's just so beautiful. When I was asked if I would like to choose another item from the website to review, how could I possibly say no? 

It took me good few hours to decide on what to select because there is such a wide range of products available; from PJ's, to silverware, to ornaments for your Christmas tree. In the end I finally settled on a personalised wooden xylophone which I knew both Noah and I would love. 

The xylophone arrived a couple of days later and I was impressed the moment I opened the box. My 1st Years are known for the quality of their products and this instrument is no exception to this rule. It's plain to see how well made this product is. From the engravement to the paint job, it's perfect and for just £15.00, it's a bargain too. 

Anyway less of what I think, let's move onto what Noah thought. He loves musical instruments so I knew the xylophone would be a big hit with him but I didn't realise how much so. He usually looses interest with toys in a matter of minutes but he will sit there for lengths at a time running the sticks up and down the xylophone keys waiting for applause, it's very cute. 

As you can see by the photo's Noah is enthralled with his new xylophone. It's captured his interest and imagination unlike no other toy and he just loves to sit there performing for us. He's a little musician in the making.

If you are still looking for last minute Christmas gifts then have a browse on My 1st Years website for inspiration and if you are spoilt for choice like I was then I couldn't recommend the xylophone any higher.  

- We were sent the product for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are my own.