Zulily UK Review And Competition

**US READERS: This is a UK only competition, but you can join Zulily in the US and receive all the same benefits. If you don’t already use Zulily, read on to find out more! (I also think this is a great way to buy gifts for friends abroad without having to pay international postage!)**

If you’re on my Facebook or Twitter pages, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of a recently launched website in the UK – Zulily. What is Zulily? Well, it’s the Groupon of parenting, basically.

Every day they have three or four brands that have a selection of items on offer, discounted at up to 70%.  Better than Groupon, and aimed at busy parents who aren’t necessarily online every day, the offers stay ‘live’ for 3 days, meaning on any given day you have at least 9 different brands to choose from. And each brand has a bunch of items on offer.Read more: Zulily UK Review And Competition

BecoFeeding Set Review And Competition (UK Only)

You’ll know from my previous posts about BecoThings that I absolutely love their products. Their BecoPotty is our potty of choice, and I love that we can use it as a plant pot when both our girls are toilet ready. I love the BecoStep too. It’s sturdy, strong and Ameli drags it from her easel to the sink to the change table to see what’s going on a few centimetres above her head.

Now BecoThings have brought out something new: A BecoFeeding Set. This is made from the same eco-friendly material – plant fibres from bamboo and rice husks – and are sustainably made. They are also BPA and Phthalates free – which when dealing with my little girl’s food, is a winner to me.

Available in the standard pink and blue, and also a lovely green, the set consists of a bowl, plate and cup, all with really unique shapes.

The ‘Slim Design’ cup is an oval shape, with raised sides to avoid spilling – if you can convince your minor to drink from the correct side! What is a bonus though is that the ‘slim’ design makes it a lot easier for little hands to hold on to than the standard round cup, which has on more than one occasion escaped from Ameli’s hands.

The bowl also has curves, which looks nice. It is quite shallow, but ideal for pasta and cereal, and the plate is a lovely flowery shape, with raised sides to prevent food from being shifted right off the plate in an attempt to get it onto cutlery.

The BecoThings BecoFeeding set is top drawer dishwasher safe, and food safe, but not microwave safe.

Available for £11.99, the BecoThings BecoFeeding set can be found online at BecoThings or in a variety of shops.

Competition

The BecoThings BecoFeeding set can be yours if you’re the luck winner of the set. To stand a chance of winning,  leave a comment below to let us know which colour you’d prefer.

For an additional entry, (which is not compulsory, and is not sponsored by Facebook and which has nothing to do with Facebook or its employees) you can like BecoThings, and leave a message on their wall saying I’ve sent you.

This competition finishes at 23:59 on 7 May and the winner will be randomly drawn. Winners will be announced here and on the Diary of a First Child Facebook Page. Please check these to find out who won.

AND THE WINNER IS:

 

 

 

 

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Honour Your Flow Post Partum Pads And Nursing Pads Review And Competition

Honour Your Flow is the work at home business for mum Vicky Sherrard, who became interested in reusable menstrual products when she was living in a yurt community ten years ago. She is now a mother to two and makes reusable pads and nursing pads and even organic cloth tampons from home.

My foray into parenthood has opened my eyes to a side of life I never knew anything about and had never even really thought about, despite owning and using a recycle bin: our impact on the environment. With the change to cloth nappies, I’ve realised that cloth pads are in my future, for sure.Read more: Honour Your Flow Post Partum Pads And Nursing Pads Review And Competition

Carriwell Breast Pads Review

When I was newly breastfeeding with Ameli, I used disposable breast pads for the shortest amount of time possible. I simply hated them. I didn’t have ‘decent’ nursing bras, and I found the disposable pads crinkled, moved around and somehow, mysteriously, disappeared. I really hated using them and stopped as soon as I could get away with it – which meant I had occasional leaks which were embarrassing – but fortunately it was winter so I was normally layered up!Read more: Carriwell Breast Pads Review

By Carla Changing Mat With Activity Arc Review And Competition

One of the many things we didn’t have for our first baby is a changing table and changing mat. In fact, it was only when she was over two years old and I was struggling to get down to the floor or sofa to change her over my ever expanding belly that we got ourselves a changing table off Freecycle.  With the new baby coming we decided it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have our nappies and changing goodies in one place – the living room, since that’s where we spend the majority of our time.

What we didn’t have for our changing table was a changing mat, so we were thrilled to receive one from By Carla who have a stylish range of pregnancy and baby accessories you’ll have seen around these pages before.Read more: By Carla Changing Mat With Activity Arc Review And Competition

Cheeky Wipes Reusable Wet Wipes Review And Competition

While we’ve never escaped nappies, with a toilet averse toddler, we’re about to embark on the journey all over again. While I’m really keen to try part time Elimination Communication down the line, I know that our lives and our life styles, and the fact that I don’t actually have ‘maternity leave’ (I work part time so it’s not a crises) are not conducive to ECing a newborn. So, we’re back to nappies and setting up our supply to suit a newborn too.

While we made the switch from standard wet wipes to Jackson Reece Herbal and biodegradable wipes a long time ago, it’s still an expense, even if we only use them for dirty nappies. But we’ve slowly been making a change to cloth wipes for wet  nappies and dirty hands and faces.

Now, I know it’s entirely possible to make your own wipes out of old cloths, flannels and so on, I’ve just never got that far. I did, however, find something called Cheeky Wipes, and I absolutely love them.

For £40, the all-in-one kit includes 25 gorgeously soft 15x15cm terry towelling cloth baby wipes, which are now available in white, pink and blue, a Fresh Baby Wipes container, a Mucky Baby Wipes container with a mesh bag insert, a Fresh Baby Wipes waterproof travel bag, a Mucky Baby Wipes waterproof travel bag with a mesh bag insert, a 10ml bottle of Lavender and Chamomile oil blend for your fresh wipes and a Tea Tree and Tea Tree Lemon essential oil blend for your mucky container.

(Bits and pieces can be bought separately too.)

Cheeky Wipes are now on the 3rd version of their containers, which is a good thing because I really struggled with the lid on the 2nd version, but the clip on the new ones is much easier to use and operate one handed while holding on to a squirmy child.

So here’s what makes these wipes great:

You have two containers filled with water and essential oil. One has clean wipes in, the other dirty. In the dirty wipes container you have a mesh bag which you can pull out and pop your wipes into the washing machine, and dispose of the dirty water down the toilet. If you’re using it at home, we don’t even do that – we just leave dirty wipes in the washing basket with the dirty nappies ready to be washed.

The same goes for the ‘out and about’ kit – they’re waterproof – we’ve had no leaks, and when you get home you separate the mesh inside from the waterproof outside, wipe out the outside and put the mesh bag in your washing machine, so there’s no need to fiddle about with dirty wipes.

Out the machine you don’t have to wait for the Cheeky Wipes to dry as they just go in fresh water back in the clean wipes container and you’re set to start again.

So for us, Cheeky Wipes are a huge saving.While £40 seems like a big outlay initially, especially when we still use wipes for dirty toddler nappies, the saving on wipes is astronomical. We could easily go through a bag of wipes in just a few days – say five days, and while they’re sometimes on sale, they’re often up to £2 a bag… that means we can easily spend £40 in just three to four months. We’ve been in nappies for two years… that means we could easily have spent £240 on wipes so far. (My child has a very sensitive skin, so I can’t use the chemical-laden cheaper brands either.)

Competition

Cheeky Wipes have offered one Diary of a First Child reader the chance to win a set of Cheeky Wipes. In order to enter the competition, leave a comment below telling me which colour wipes and which essential oil combination you would prefer.

For an additional entry, (which is not compulsory, and is not sponsored by Facebook and which has nothing to do with Facebook or its employees) you can like Cheeky Wipes on Facebook, and leave a message on their wall saying I’ve sent you.

This competition finishes at 23:59 on 5 March  and the winner will be randomly drawn. Winners will be announced here and on the Diary of a First Child Facebook Page. Please check these to find out who won. 

 

 

 

 

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You do not have to tweet or share this competition to enter, and doing so does not give you additional entries unless otherwise stated, but doing so helps ensure that I can keep bringing you competitions! You can subscribe to Diary of a First Child by RSS  or to our competitions onlyRSS feed or email. You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. We hope to see you back again soon!

Top Reviews For 2011

Diary of a First Child grew so much in 2011 and the support we received from brands and companies was pretty amazing. While we try to keep things as natural and environmentally friendly as possible, we also live in the ‘real world’ and I’ll admit, sometimes I too reach for the convenient, the beautiful, the luxurious and so on.

Below are the best products we reviewed in 2011 in two categories: Better for Babies and Top Picks.Read more: Top Reviews For 2011

Pregnancy Support Pillow From By Carla Review And Competition (UK Only)

I’ve found a fantastic pregnancy support pillow that suits my bed time sleep needs to a T.  The Support Pillow from By Carla has been my regular bed time companion for a couple of months now and I love it.

I’ll start with the one drawback:  it’s quite a small pillow – but then I’m quite a tall person and I can just about get one tip of it between my knees with the other side under my head.  I’m slightly more comfortable if I keep one side between my knees and use an ordinary pillow for my head.Read more: Pregnancy Support Pillow From By Carla Review And Competition (UK Only)

Bravado Nursing Bras Review And Competition

This probably won’t come as a huge surprise to you, but I’ve never understood people who completely gave up their bras for the duration of pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Perhaps it’s a boob size thing? Let’s just say I’ve never had an issue getting a ‘normal’ bra down under the breast to feed my baby.

But, I concede that nursing bras can be a lot more comfortable than jacking your breasts up over the wire – it all depends on the bra, really. Read more: Bravado Nursing Bras Review And Competition

Baby Mule Changing Bag Competition

While going out these days usually entails just a change of nappies in a handbag or in the Smart Trike carry bag, I have really enjoyed trialling a couple of nappy bags we’ve been sent recently.

My first thought on the Babymule changing bag was that it was too big for our purposes until I needed to go out for a day and take my laptop along.  The Baby Mule is a perfect overnight bag, or day trip bag, and is ideal for doubling as a laptop bag.
Read more: Baby Mule Changing Bag Competition