Britax B-Ready

For those of you that didn’t make it to The Baby Show recently, Britax were showcasing their brand new, all-in-one stylish B-READY pushchair that’s suitable for up to two children from birth to preschool making it the perfect set of wheels for growing families.

Th B-READY offers total flexibility and with the addition of an extra module, the B-READY is not only the ideal stand-alone single pushchair, it can also be transformed into an in-line tandem pushchair, so that newborn infants and pre-schoolers can travel in style.

Children can travel in both forward and rearward facing positions or alternatively they can face each other. The pushchair offers total flexibility and can combine a carrycot alongside a seat, two infant carriers, two carrycots or two seats, in addition to performing as a single pushchair.

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All important functions such as the height-adjustable and softly padded handle offer both comfort and flexibility to parents and thanks to the adjustable backrest which has several inclined positions as well as the adjustable foot rest, children can sit or lie super snuggly too.

Features such as the puncture-free tyres and swivelling, lockable front wheels make the B-READY a dream to push and on hot days, the large hood offers UPF 50+ sun protection and includes a viewing window for the child.

The B-READY is incredibly easy to handle and weighs just 13 kilograms. It also folds easily with both seats in the forward-facing position and takes up little space.

The B-READY can be used from birth with an infant carrier or carrycot (sold separately) which fasten easily to the chassis with Britax CLICK & GO® adaptors.

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The B-READY is available in four colours: Cosmos Black, Flame Red, Mineral Purple and Steel Grey and will arrive in stores in Summer 2016 with an RRP of £450. A second seat can be purchased for £105 to change the pushchair from single to dual mode.

To keep up to date with all things Britax ahead of the launch, make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

dxbdreamsEverybody has differing opinions about ‘the perfect holiday’.

Some people long to spend their holidays lying in the baking hot sunshine with a good book on an endless, white sandy beach. A true picture of perfection.

Whilst others love to keep active.

Some people favour wintery climes and find a skiing holiday the perfect antidote to the winter blues with its ideal mix of exercise, adventure, good views and excellent food.

Whilst others love the thrill of a safari.

So what does the perfect holiday look like? Is there such a thing?

My husband and I often joke that we would ‘give anything’ for 10 days on a secluded island child free; white sand, turquoise seas, sunbathing and sleeping, but the truth is we’d hate it because we’d be pining for their company by day two.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to ease myself onto a sunbed with a flicker of hope that I might actually get to open my book and enjoy that refreshing drink before it gets knocked over or a little person fills it with sand, or both, but right now that’s not my priority, my children’s happiness is.

For us, our perfect holiday is a family one.

A holiday for the four of us, that combines unlimited opportunities for fun and adventure.

A holiday that offers the opportunity to escape the ‘day to day’, making memories and recharging our batteries.

A holiday that we will talk about fondly for years to come. And one that we will relive through the many photographs taken.

A holiday that is simply spending our days together, enjoying each other’s company.

Our perfect holiday is a family one, in Dubai.

With its souks, skyscrapers, sand and sea, Dubai is a destination that has hit the top spot of many a family bucket list over the past few years (including ours) thanks to its fantastic climate, outstanding hospitality, infinite activities and wonderful beach life.

All you have to do is take a peek at the Visit Dubai website to see just how much Dubai has to offer families; the adventures on offer are endless and after a lot of procrastinating here are the top 5 days out that our family would love to enjoy in Dubai:

1 // Aquatic fun at Atlantis’ Aquaventure Waterpark

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A day at a water park is the perfect way to cool off in the Dubai heat and they don’t come much better than Aquaventure that caters for all the family. For Andy, Jack and I there are record-breaking rides and slides, including Leap of Faith, a 27.5-metre plunge that carries you through a clear tube surrounded by sharks and rays and Phoebs will be in her element in the Splashers’ Children’s Play Area, which is a haven for little ones with water cannons, slides and climbing frames.

2 // A once-in-a-lifetime experience at Dolphin Bay

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Dolphin Bay at Atlantis The Palm is renowned for being one of the most sophisticated dolphin experiences in the world and most importantly there’s no age limit so we could enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience as a family. I can only imagine the joy on the children’s faces when they get up close to these amazing creatures! If time allowed, I’d also love to participate in a dolphin scuba dive to experience a unique underwater encounter with the dolphins.

3 // A day at the beach

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No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the beach and Dubai is blessed with miles upon miles of gorgeous, sandy beaches to choose from. Kite beach is great for children of all ages, with areas of shallow water and a fun playground but I have to admit that I’m partial to a beach club, so would love to spend the day at Club Mina. We could all soak up the rays on the private beach complete with an incredible view of the seemingly endless Arabian Sea, whilst Jack and Phoebs build sandcastles to their hearts content and make the most of all the facilities on offer.

4 // A trip to Dubai Mall

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Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have a great time in Dubai without parting with your hard earned cash and believe it or not a trip to Dubai Mall is so much more than just hitting the shops. As I’m not a huge fan of shopping anyway, I’d take the family to Dubai Mall to see the Dubai Fountain, the Dubai Mall Aquarium and the Dubai Mall Dinosaur, all free of charge.

The Dubai Mall is home to the largest dancing fountain in the world and with afternoon shows (as well as evening shows) every day of the week, it’s perfect for young families. Designed by the creators of the famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, the Dubai Fountain features water that jets as high as 140 metres to a catalogue of different music and I know the children would love it.

Sadly the Aquarium isn’t free of charge, but thankfully the main tank is visible from the ground floor of the mall, allowing our little ones to get up close and personal with a vast array of sealife.

Our little dinosaur lovers will also love a visit to the Dubai Mall Dinosaur; a genuine female Diplodocus skeleton that was originally discovered in Wyoming.

5 // Experience the heady heights of Burj Khalifa

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We couldn’t visit Dubai without venturing up the tallest building in the World, Burj Khalifa. Sadly I’m afraid of heights but I’d still feel compelled to visit the observation deck on the 148th floor and as long as I don’t stand too close to the edge, nor look vertically down, I think I’d actually enjoy it.

***This blog post is my entry for the Tots 100/Dubai Dream blogger challenge. One blogger and their family will win a trip to Dubai courtesy of Dubai Tourism, so if you’re a blogger don’t forget to enter to win the holiday of a lifetime. If you’re not a blogger, don’t worry, you can share you own Dubai Dreams for a chance to win a holiday of your own. All you have to do is write the best reader comment on the winning post! Good luck! ***

  • EmmaMay 25, 2016 - 11:49 pm

    Literally had no idea Dubai was so good for children. Looks like that’s next years holiday destination sorted, James will be thrilled!! XReplyCancel

  • Mummy FeverMay 26, 2016 - 12:42 am

    I love Dubai but am yet to take the children. I’ve said for years it’s the perfect family holiday destination for us as there is something for everyone and amazing things to do that don’t cost anything, like the fountains which can be seen from space! I think that’s amazing!

    Good luck with your entry xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:04 pm

      Thanks, you too! It sounds so amazing and I can’t stop daydreaming about it! xReplyCancel

  • Jennifer BrooksMay 26, 2016 - 6:45 am

    Dubai is one of the fascinating place to visit! There are lots of beautiful places that is good for children. Aside from that, Dubai offers great medical services and packages. One of them is Marina Medical Center. It was really a nice place and the doctors are in top of their professions.ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:04 pm

      It sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Andy OakesMay 26, 2016 - 7:07 am

    Great read…here’s dreaming kidda xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:04 pm

      Thanks my love, fingers crossed!! xReplyCancel

  • SharonMay 26, 2016 - 9:00 am

    I don’t think people realise yet that Dubai is the perfect family destination and this does not mean my kids splashing in the pool whilst I take a quick break on the sunbed and my teens wander off to find a bit of excitement! Dubai is a bit different. Here you will enjoy doing the same things because they are just so unique and appeal to all ages. We all want to do them – together. It sounds just fantasic! Good luck :)ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:03 pm

      Thanks Sharon xReplyCancel

  • Louise FairweatherMay 26, 2016 - 11:06 am

    Dubai really has something for all ages. The only problem is fitting it all in. We didn’t manage and would love to go back! How great would it be to Dolphin Bay. My boys love animals and that would be a dream come true for big man. We went up the Burj Khalifa. It wasn’t scary. It does mess with your mind though! You are so high it is like you are looking at a toy city below. Huge skyscrappers look tiny. Such a lovely place to visitReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:03 pm

      I know, it seems like an unlimited number of adventures to fit in! xReplyCancel

  • Mel @mydaysniMay 26, 2016 - 12:12 pm

    Dubai really does look like the perfect family destination. With children it is so important to do your research and make sure they will enjoy the holiday. After all, happy children are usually the key to happy parents!
    I agree with much on your wish list. I would have to visit one of the many water parks, and to allow my children to stand in shallow water and experience a Dolphin encounter would be fabulous.
    I love the look of the Friday Brunch, and think attending one would be a great way to introduce my children to foods they may not have come across before.
    Of course, I need to be prepared to escape the midday sun, so one of the educational themed play centres, such as Mattel, which has Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine, would be perfect for my children.
    The Dubai Fountain looks spectacular, and viewing it from the Mall would be a great way to sneak in a little shopping.
    This is a truly wonderful opportunity for someone to win the holiday of a lifetime!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:03 pm

      It’s an amazing opportunity isn’t it, keeping everything crossed! xReplyCancel

  • ruth maguireMay 26, 2016 - 1:30 pm

    Wow Dubai sounds like it would be an amazing family holiday destination! Good luck in the competition!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:02 pm

      Thanks Ruth xReplyCancel

  • Sarah ChristieMay 26, 2016 - 1:43 pm

    I love all of your choices, Atlantis looks just incredible, I love the giant slides and lazy river and the dolphins ooh I would love to swim with them, and sit on the beach watching the sunset, and watching our boys love every minute on IMG Worlds of Adventure, we may even vlog it xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:02 pm

      That would be fab, I love watching vlogs xReplyCancel

  • Rebecca BeesleyMay 26, 2016 - 3:54 pm

    Your ideas cover all those all important ‘must-see’ and ‘must-do’ activities. It is incredible that there is so much to see and experience and it almost seems impossible to cram so much into a holiday…I would love to see those places you’ve chosen as well as experiencing the desert and the dunes, the history and the culture. Perfect for families, perfect for individuals, perfect for couples, perfect for young and old, Dubai really is the stuff of dreams.ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:02 pm

      It really is and I would love, love, love to visit! xReplyCancel

  • Californian Mum in LondonMay 26, 2016 - 3:55 pm

    Oh wow, I didn’t realise all that was on offer for a family holiday in Dubai. My husband and daughter would adore that giant slide, while my son and I would be relaxing in the pool. And those dolphins! It is a dream of mine to swim with dolphins. The Burj Khalifa looks amazing – like being on top of the world! What a holiday of a lifetime!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:01 pm

      Isn’t it just, I can’t stop daydreaming about it! xReplyCancel

  • Francesca GottMay 26, 2016 - 4:00 pm

    My dream is for me and my family to swim with Dolphins in Dubai (it makes me tear up at the thought!). I would love to do it in a much more natural setting than in a swimming pool and I have heard there are some amazing places to swim with them! I would love to visit Atlantis too as it would be a brilliant day for everyone (and I am a big kid). I also wouldn’t mind chilling on the beach with my boys, building sandcastles too. Just heaven!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:01 pm

      Swimming with dolphins would be immense wouldn’t it xReplyCancel

  • lindsey kettleMay 26, 2016 - 4:19 pm

    I am with you. A family holiday, away from reality, is by far the best. I am really hoping to visit Dubai this December for my (big) birthday. I need to start saving up now but I know it will be worth it when I see all the amazing family friendly activities there are to do :)xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm

      ooooh a big birthday, it sounds an ideal holiday! xReplyCancel

  • Nikki AshwellMay 26, 2016 - 4:56 pm

    Would love to take my little family to explore the amazing delights of Dubai! XReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm

      Me too Nikki! xReplyCancel

  • Jess @ Catch A Single ThoughtMay 26, 2016 - 6:24 pm

    I had no idea there was so much to do in Dubai until a few weeks ago, and I’ve been daydreaming about it ever since! We’ve (obviously) never been to Dubai and I am literally amazed at how much there is for families to see and do. I’m so impressed. We’d love to do a lot of the things you’ve mentioned in your post plus a visit to the souks (the writer in me is dying to get in there and absorb the atmosphere; the Instagrammer in me is dying to capture the vibrant colours!) as well as a visit to the turtle rehabilitation centre for my daughter who wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. But really, the list could just go on and on couldn’t it? I’m fairly confident that if we were lucky enough to go we’d fall head over heels and probably never want to leave again!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree xReplyCancel

  • Neill JohnstoneMay 26, 2016 - 7:00 pm

    My children are still too small to enjoy some of activities on offer (I’d so love a desert safari!), but the turtle sanctuary would have my two-year old in awe. It’s an amazingly immersive way to get children to engage with the wonders of nature – and perfect for anyone looking to stretch their budget.
    On the subject of budget stretching, quite a few museums are free or only modestly priced. I could spend way longer in the coin museum than my family would possibly tolerate, but I think I could offset that in the camel museum – everyone loves camels!
    The big blowout for me would be Dolphin Bay & Aquaventure as you recommend. What more is there to say – it’s world-class and wet. I’ll be honest, Poseidon’s Revenge looks a bit much for me, but as I’d be looking after little ones, I’d have an excuse to chicken out, right?!
    Finally – sticking with world-class and wet, the Dubai Fountain is surely an essential part of every visitor’s itinerary? When something that beautiful can be seen for free, it’d be a crime to miss it!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 12:59 pm

      I’m with you on the desert safari, but also thought it was a stretch too far for my youngest but how amazing does Aquaventure look!!ReplyCancel

  • ghostwritermummyMay 27, 2016 - 5:33 am

    WOW all of these places look absolutely amazing! I agree that a family holiday is the perfect holiday. We find it so hard to find suitable places to go with 4 kids, everywhere ends up so expensive and we need villas rather than hotels too. But the experiences that you are able to open up to your kids are so worth it. For them to feel the earth of a new place under their feet, immerse themselves in the culture and dream a new dream… that is why holidays are so important for us. We love traveling as a family and I love the doors it opens too.
    Good luck in the comp! xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 12:59 pm

      Holidays are so so important for everyone aren’t they, thanks hun xReplyCancel

  • Zoe AliciaMay 27, 2016 - 9:39 am

    The sights in Dubai are just stunning!! It’s out of the world – the glamour and glitz. Reminds of a movie :) xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 12:58 pm

      Totally, I never realised it was so child friendly too, but it just looks immense! xReplyCancel

  • LilinhaMay 27, 2016 - 10:27 pm

    WOW! Dubai seems perfect for family and kids. We would love to visit and experience it! :)
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    • Steph@HelloBabyMay 28, 2016 - 12:58 pm

      Doesn’t it just! I would LOVE to take my tribe xReplyCancel

  • Ahh isn’t it just the absolute dream holiday destination?
    The photos you’ve shared are completely stunning, every one is so inviting and paints the picture of the most exciting and lavish family holiday.
    We’ve always wanted to go to Dubai, I would love for Lily to have such a life-changing and memorable holiday like this and there’s so much to do, you really are spoilt for choice over there aren’t you? Amazing!
    Dolphin Bay is the place I’d love to visit the most, it’s a dream of ours to see and swim with these beautiful creatures.
    Wishing you the best of luck with the competition
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  • Kellie KearneyMay 30, 2016 - 12:02 pm

    A day at the beach would do it for me. Some sun, sea and a few cocktails would go down nice. Dubai is on my bucket list for sure!ReplyCancel

  • JodieMay 30, 2016 - 6:21 pm

    Dubai seems so family friendly. Good luck with your entry.ReplyCancel

  • Cardiff Mummy Says - CathrynMay 30, 2016 - 9:14 pm

    Good luck with the competition. I had no idea there was so much for children in Dubai either. All the stuff at the Mall sounds amazing! xReplyCancel

As we finally step into summer, and with our summer holiday just around the corner, I’ve been doing a spot of online browsing to find a pair of cute toddler sandals for Phoebs and there is just so much pretty I’ve been spoilt for choice!

She’s a fussy little madam, so I’m going to let her choose which pair she prefers the look of, but these are the ones that have made the shortlist:

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1 // Gladiator Sandals, Next, £12.50

2 // Bohemian Design Sandals, Zara, £17.99

3 // Sweetheart Shiny Fuschia, Salt-Water Sandals, £40

4 // Loni Joy F Gladiator Girls Sandals, Clarks, £28

5 // Flower Embellished Sandals, Next, £13

6 // Little Joule Tippy Toes Printed Sandals, John Lewis, £14.95

I’ll also be investing in the ultimate in toddler footwear, a pair of good old Classic Crocs. I think they look so cute on little ones and are super easy to put on, comfortable and protect little toes wonderfully.

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Panasonic Smart HomeWith the summer holiday season fast approaching, I’m counting down the days until we jet off on our family jaunt abroad in search of warmer climes. I can’t wait to feel the sun on my skin and spend endless days on the beach with the little ones but I’m a bit of a worry pot and I do worry about keeping our home safe while we’re away. Thankfully that’s where new technology can help and with Panasonic’s Smart Home technology, you can keep a close eye on everything that’s happening at home, even when you’re not there.

Panasonic Smart Home is a home monitoring system that allows you to monitor and control your home from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet. There’s no monthly subscription fee to run the system, and Panasonic’s wide range of optional accessories enables you to extend the system to suit your needs.

From window and door sensors, to security cameras and the ingenious smart plug that allows you to control your lights, Panasonic Smart Home can give you the piece of mind you need, knowing that your home is safe whilst you’re on holiday.

Here’s a video of the Panasonic outdoor camera in action:

This is a home monitoring system that we are definitely considering investing in for peace of mind whilst we’re away from home. Being able to see your home whilst you’re thousands of miles away is a real comfort and it will definitely allow me to relax safe in the knowledge that my home, and most importantly it’s valuable contents, are secure.

What do you think? Is this something you’d find worthwhile?

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I first came across the number one baby brand in Australia, Bonds, through good old social media when a friend living in Australia uploaded some photos of her new little bundle in a range of colourful sleepsuits. I lusted after each and every one with their vivid colours and playful prints, so imagine my delight when a couple of months ago I heard that one of my favourite stores, John Lewis, was soon to become the only UK retailer to stock a range of Bonds’ Wondersuits.

Suitable from birth until 3 years of age, John Lewis are currently selling a range of both long and short-sleeved styles (rompers and sleepsuits) in striking new styles for both boys and girls and to celebrate the arrival of the gorgeous Bonds items in store, John Lewis very kindly sent Phoebe a Bonds Baby Zip Wondersuit Fluorescent Aztec Print Sleepsuit.

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Bonds are renowned for comfort, safety, innovation and design and I can totally see why. Not only are the suits super-soft, they are also ingeniously fitted with a clever two-way zip feature for quick and easy nappy changes and there’s a protective zip facing so you don’t have to worry about the zip pinching your little one’s delicate skin either.

In addition, up to size 6-9 months the cuffs fold over to create mittens, which is an excellent alternative to scratch mittens that inevitably fall off in the night and all the suits through the ages are finished with clever fold-down cuffs on the feet to keep little toes cosy and comfortable through the night.

In addition to our pretty aztec print sleepsuit, here are a selection of the other rompers and sleepsuits currently on offer at John Lewis:

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1 // Bonds Baby Zip Wondersuit Splash Floral Short Romper, Pink/Multi, £17.50

2 // Baby Zip Wondersuit Fluorescent Flower Print Sleepsuit, Pink/Multi, £18.50

3 // Bonds Baby Zip Wondersuit Animal Print Sleepsuit, Blue/White, £18.50

4 // Bonds Baby Zip Wondersuit Polka Dot Short Romper, Grey/Pink, £17.50

5 // Bonds Baby Zip Wondersuit Camouflage Short Romper, Green, £17.50

6 // Bonds Baby Zip Wondersuit Star Print Sleepsuit, White/Navy, £18.50

Do you own a Bonds Wondersuit yet? Which one is on your hit list?

  • Rebecca | AAUBlogMay 22, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    John Lewis is one of my favourite places to shop. These rompers are lovely for summer, great picks! xReplyCancel

  • Ickle PickleMay 22, 2016 - 7:49 pm

    Oh I love the design and patterns – they are a bit different! I have never heard of Bonds – thank you for sharing. Kaz xReplyCancel

  • Kerry NorrisMay 22, 2016 - 10:24 pm

    I didn’t know they stocked bonds. I bought a lot of their sleepsuits when I was over in Australia this year. I love John Lewis clothes too. They may be a bit more expensive than some but they do last. I have a wishlist as tall as me for kids clothes there at the mo xReplyCancel

  • JodieMay 24, 2016 - 7:58 am

    Oh my goodness these are beautiful! So colourful too.ReplyCancel

  • This Mama LifeMay 25, 2016 - 9:10 am

    I am a huge things of all things Australia when it comes to fashion and style. They are always so ahead of the game trend wise. Loving these sleepsuits and will have to pick up a few for the new baba when it arrives! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel