Regular readers will know by now that my little girl will be one in less than a month and that I have been searching high and low for items to enhance her zoo themed party. So when Trevor from Hello Baby emailed me with an offer to review and keep one a toy from his online shop, I jumped at the chance.
Hello Baby as a company is quite impressive. Its range of stock is on a par with some of the larger, better- known baby product companies but it comes with plenty of personal care. The owner, Trevor, is approachable and friendly, and often writes for the company blog, which is regularly updated with new product information.
Apart from some of the ‘usual’ baby brands, Hello Baby also caters for a few of the attachment parenting needs and has a definite foot in the environmentally friendly market too. It stocks slings and baby carriers, as well as reusable nappies and liners, and supports the Real Nappies for London network.
I specifically like that Hello Baby supports local and smaller businesses, such as Bickiepegs, Hippychick and the SLS free Beaming Baby Organic range. Personally I would love to see them extend this range to include some of the companies I’ve featured here before, such as Becothings, Green People, Bras4mums and Jackson Reece.
Even so, there are hundreds of items on Hello Baby that are worth a look, and the prices are highly competitive as it is an online only retailer.
As all good baby companies should, there is a wishlist that mums-to-be can complete and distribute to ensure they receive the items they want for their new arrivals.
As for the review item, my 11 month old, Ameli, already has a Jellykitten hare which she loves, so we were happy to be given the 37cm Skidaddle Giraffe, a plush soft toy with rings around its legs that make a fun clinking sound. We love the quality of both, especially that they are hardy enough to be dragged by the ear or leg through the house while still being soft enough to be fantastic bed time cuddle toys.
But, you don’t need to just take my word for it! Trevor has kindly agreed to share the love with a Diary of a First Child reader, who can win one of the same Skidaddle Giraffes as we have. In order to win, you need to have a look around Hello Baby then leave a comment here to tell me your favourite thing about the site. I must admit, I am rather partial to the extensive wooden toy selection myself!
The competition will run until mid day (GMT) 20 September 2010 and the winner will be drawn randomly using Random.org and will be announced here. Entries from anywhere are excepted and can be posted anywhere in the world.
You do not have to tweet or share this competition to enter, but doing so helps ensure that I can keep bringing you more giveaways every week! You can subscribe to Diary of a First Child by RSS, email or through Google Friend Connect (see the bottom to the right). You can also follow us on Facebook or on Twitter. We hope to see you back again soon!
And the winner is: Lynn Goring-Crook