20 October 2015
Mamas & Papas Baby Haul
Time is flying past lately, with today making me officially 28 weeks pregnant. I can't believe we only have 12 weeks to go, or that in just a couple of weeks we'll be down to single figure weeks. Today is my 28 week midwife appointment and I'm so excited to hear Gizmo's heartbeat again, as well as finding out how I am measuring. So far I have measured spot on at all appointments, but I seem to have ballooned in size in the bump area over the past few weeks, so I'm not sure it'll stay that way!
Considering I buy new things for baby Gizmo every single day (it feels like all I do is place online orders!), I'm surprised I've shared so few things here on the blog. For those of you who follow me on social media such as Instagram or Twitter, you'll have seen me share quite a few baby related purchases on my social media channels, as I love sharing my latest purchases on there. It's been quite a while since I shared my Handmade Baby Haul (see here), so I thought today would be the perfect time to share another baby themed haul.
A couple of months back I was very lucky to win a Twitter competition hosted by Mamas & Papas, winning a £50 Gift Voucher for both myself and for a friend. As you can imagine I was absolutely over the moon as Mamas & Papas is one of those websites I am forever lusting over. They have such a beautiful selection in all of their ranges, which covers everything from nursery furniture and bedding to feeding and bathing essentials, clothes, toys and gifts. Our cot bed is actually the Mamas & Papas Lucia Cot Bed, which I mentioned in my recent Our Nursery So Far post (read here), so I already I'd my eye on a few other things I wanted to order from them. The voucher was perfectly timed, giving me the excuse I needed to place an order and pick up all the items I'd been lusting after.
One thing I knew I wanted for sure was the Night Star Nursing Pillow (£19.95), as although I have avoided buying a pregnancy pillow for sleeping (let's be honest, no matter where you look for one, they're massively over-priced), I knew I would find a nursing pillow invaluable, especially as I will be a first-time breastfeeding mum. I really love the design of the Night Star Nursing Pillow; it's very gender neutral which is what we are going for, whilst not being too loud or garish in design. Suitable to use from birth it's much bigger than I expected at 48cm x 12cm x 57cm, however it's very light, firm yet soft at the same time and also comes with a very handy removable and washable cover. A 4-in-1, it promises to be the perfect pillow for back support, breastfeeding, bottle feeding and being suitable for use as a baby nest.
Another essential I was pretty set on was the Skip Hop Waterfall Moby Bath Rinser (£8.50) which I just think has an absolutely fabulous design. As someone who used to be a hair stylist as well as having to wash baby and toddler hair for many years (clients in the salon, as well as my little brother and a little girl I used to look after), I know how extremely important it is to a) make bath time a fun and exciting experience and b) avoid under any circumstances getting water, especially soapy water, in their eyes or even over their face. Boy does it cause some screams, even if it's one single drop!
Not only does it have a fun design, looking like a whale, but it's suitable for use from birth and has been designed to rinse hair whilst avoiding getting any water over your baby's face. Incredibly innovative, it features interior fins which help to channel a steady flow of water, which I am hoping will help me control the amount and speed of water when rinsing hair. It also has a soft rubber lip which has been designed to fit snuggly to the forehead, preventing water for getting into sensitive eyes. My partner thought this was an unnecessary buy, but when it's saving tears and cries at bath time, I have a feeling he's going to be quite glad I picked this up!
Of course I couldn't place a baby order without buying some toys, despite the fact that Gizmo already has a hella'lotta teddies and toys that they won't even be able to hold or play with themselves for quite a few months when they're born! I've very slowly been building a small selection of Lamaze toys and decided the Aviator Butterfly (£6.95), which is the own brand Babyplay range from Mamas & Papas, would fit in nicely with the toys I've picked up so far. It has interactive features; a teether ring that also attaches to things such as your pushchair or car seat, a baby-safe mirror, two crinkly wings and a hidden chime. It's also very colourful and has such a sweet design. It's suitable for use from birth so I'm sure this will be a big hit with baby Gizmo, as it's very sensory orientated.
I also picked up the Guess How Much I Love You Nutbrown Hare (£13), because, well, I just couldn't resist it! Gizmo has a lot of teddies; some are new, some are gifts from his/her grandparents, some used to be mine. I just really love how soft and cuddly this one is and it is definitely one of the nicest teddies we have for Gizmo. I suspect this might be a favourite of theirs when it comes to bedtime snuggles (if I don't end up stealing it for myself!).
I wanted a few 'keepsake' pieces, stuff which would sit nicely in the nursery, that Gizmo can grow up with and we can keep safe. I knew I wanted a lovely little money box and had been searching online for the perfect one for weeks, finding them either over-priced, the wrong size, made of the wrong material or overly gender specific. When I spotted the Star Money Box (£5.95) on the Mamas & Papas website, I knew it would be perfect. It has a lovely colourful design; a white pig 9cm x 13cm in size, with bright and colourful stars. It's easily the most reasonably priced money box I've come across and I just know it'll look lovely in the nursery. When my little brother was born I remember how we'd always put money in his money box and any money given at birthdays or Christmas would be popped inside - I hope to do the same with Gizmo.
Last but not least, the final thing I ordered and another 'keepsake' item, I couldn't resist the Patternology Tooth & Curl Set (£9.95) which is a duo set of two illustrated ceramic trinket pots; one holds your baby's first curl and the other their first tooth. I know some people can be a bit iffy about saving things like hair and teeth of baby's but it's something my parents did with me and it's just something I'd like to do. I much prefer these ceramic trinket pots to the silver varieties you can get, mainly because silver can be a real pain to keep clean and fingerprint free, and also because I think the little illustrations are just so cute!
I'm really pleased with everything I ordered. I ended up using my voucher and then adding some of my own pennies on top as the order went over £50. Delivery did take quite a while, it was a month before I received my order but that's only because one of the items was out of stock so they waited to send it all together and as we're not due until January, I didn't mind and wasn't in any rush. I suspect we'll end up placing another Mamas & Papas haul before long; I've been trying to find the perfect playmat within our budget and I'm really hoping the Tummy Time Octopus Playmat goes on sale before Gizmo arrives, as it's the only one which ticks all my boxes but is just a teeny bit out of our price range. Keep your fingers crossed that it ends up in the Christmas and January sales for us!
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You can find all the products I bought online at www.mamasandpapas.com.
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