With so many highchairs on the market all with differing styles and colours, finding the perfect highchair for your little one can be a bit of a minefield. To help you with your choice, here are my favourite highchairs that are not only safe, but also sturdy and easy to clean:

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1 // Ikea Antilop Highchair, £13

Mums absolutely rave about this highchair. It’s incredibly good value with a basic design but it does a perfect job and is super-easy to clean. The tray is optional and without it the highchair can sit comfortably at most family tables. We have had this chair since Jack was a baby and I honestly can’t rate it highly enough. It’s easy to get your little one in and out of and transports easily (the four legs easily pop off). The only thing I will mention as a downfall is that Phoebe is pretty nifty at climbing out of this, at speed too, so you constantly have to be within arms reach. I’m hoping it’s just a passing phase but worth a mention.

2 // Babymoov Light Wood Highchair, £139.99

This highchair is ideal for families that are limited on space.  Not only does it fold away flat when you’re not using it, it also has a removable, easy to clean tray that can be removed to ensure the chair fits snugly up to your table.

It’s available in two colours, taupe or zinc (my fave as shown above) and you can purchase cushion covers to make it even more comfortable for your little one.

The great thing about the Babymoov light wood highchair is that it grows with your child.  The height can be adapted so it’s suitable from 6 months up to 40kg – making it great value for money. Jack currently uses this and loves it. It means he no longer has to kneel on a big chair to eat his dinner and he likes being closer to the table in comfort.

In the UK, Babymoov also offer a lifetime warranty on all their products.

3 // Cosatto 3Sixti Circle Highchair, Strudel, £155

This highchair is both pretty and functional. Available in a variety of eye-catching designs, your little ones can dine high or low with the smooth gas lift making it perfect for use in multiple rooms. The chair also features a six-position 360 degree swivel, and a three-position reclining back rest, perfect for an after-dinner rest!

The Cosatto 3Sixti features removable, padded wipe-clean cushioning that is a must for weaning and the tray pops off for an up-to-the-table mode.

4 // BabyBjorn Highchair, £149

For me, the biggest draw of the BabyBjorn highchair, apart from looking stylish, is the safety side of it. As mentioned above, it’s a real struggle keeping Phoebe sitting down in the Ikea Antilop, even with the lap strap on, but the BabyBjorn highchair table opens up and, when closed, keeps your child safely sitting down during mealtimes. This makes it harder for your little one to stand up and thankfully the table lock cannot be opened by your child.

Suitable from approximately six months to three years of age, It can be folded up for easy storage / transportation and the table can be adjusted as your child grows. The table also fits snugly against your child’s tummy to prevent food from falling onto their lap and the chair is incredibly easy to clean with a detachable tray that is dishwasher safe.

5 // Bloom Fresco Highchair, £470

Let’s not beat around the bush, this highchair is crazily expensive, but if you have money to burn it’s definitely one to consider. The stylish, contemporary design would fit seamlessly into a modern home, but it doesn’t only look good, thankfully it has a whole host of features to justify the hefty price tag.

As the world’s highest baby chair, the Bloom Fresco’s 3-position recline system, enables it to be used from birth until school age. In cradle mode, your newborn can be up and off the ground away from pets and other potential dangers and enables you to experience eye-to-eye contact, that is so important in those early months, without breaking your back.

The Bloom Fresco highchair features a large and adjustable feeding tray, with the addition of a second smaller play tray for convenience. Both of these trays are easily removable and dishwasher safe.

The 360 degree swivel ensures that the baby can be positioned at any angel without moving the entire chair, which is a great feature especially as the chair is pretty solid and heavy to move on a whim. The height is easily adjusted, with an easy-lift, pneumatic system allowing for infinite positions and the seat can be situated in multiple positions. There is also a huge choice of frame colours and seatpad colours to suit your home.

6 // Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair, £159

The iconic Tripp Trapp is a stylish, adjustable highchair that is suitable from newborn (with the addition of the Tripp Trapp Newborn Set) until adulthood. It’s designed to fit right up to your dining table promoting social and communication skills and parent/child bonding and grows with your child to maintain an ergonomic seating position. The seat is depth and height adjustable and the height of the foot plate adjusts to bring the floor up to their feet to ensure they remain comfortable at all times. The Tripp Trapp is incredibly easy to clean and is available in a wide range of colours with optional accessories.

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A few months ago, I waxed lyrical about the Stokke Crusi pushchair and it still remains a huge hit in the Oakes’ household. Not only is it aesthetically stylish, garnering a huge amount of admiring glances and compliments whenever we leave the house, it’s also a dream to push and most importantly Phoebe loves the high seat position that offers her a great vantage point to have a good nosey. 

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In my original review I touched upon how the Crusi offers incredible versatility with the ‘Sibling Seat’ solution. When looking to purchase a pushchair, longevity is a huge factor for most families, so I’ve decided to dedicate a post to the Crusi Sibling Seat to show you how you can adapt your Crusi to suit your growing family and seamlessly transform the Crusi into a double stroller.

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sibling seat

The Sibling Seat attaches to the Stokke Crusi chassis using the ‘Sibling Seat Adapter Kit’. The kit comes with 2 plastic seat adapters and a footrest for the Sibling Seat and thankfully there is no need to get your toolbox out. The picture-only instructions are pretty simple to follow, (although I would prefer a few words to accompany the images) and the seat adapters were incredibly easy to clip on. The footrest on the other hand was quite tricky to install because the screws and the screw holes are on an angle making it rather difficult to align, but I did come across this Youtube Video which helped enormously.

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Suitable for children from 6 months and up to 15 kg /33 lbs, the Sibling Seat has a fixed recline position and sits directly below the main seat. I’ve always been a bit wary of the ‘double decker’ style pushchairs with one seat on top of the other, as I always felt for the child underneath without a view. But I can honestly say that the times I have popped Phoebe in the Sibling Seat she has been as happy as larry and rather enjoys resting her feet on the underside of the top seat. It is however, definitely not a seat she would tolerate over long distances when she’s awake due to the fixed recline position, but it’s brilliant for nap times or shorter distances when Jack wants to rest his legs.

I’ve road tested and purchased a fair few pushchairs in my time with the little ones and the Crusi is a lot easier to manoeuvre than any of the side-by-side double buggies I’ve tried; it feels very grounded and balanced, you don’t have to worry about doorway widths and navigating it around shops and through busy streets is a breeze.

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Jack rarely uses a buggy these days, as he would rather walk or scoot but for longer distances when I know he will get tired I always ensure the Sibling Seat has been attached just in case he needs to rest his legs for part of the journey. It’s great to have the option. It’s also very handy for when my niece and nephew come to stay and Ted, my 2 year old nephew loves riding along with Phoebe (see below!), although I think the novelty wears off slightly when she kicks his chair for the hundredth time!

storyboard493storyboard492Once the Sibling Seat has been installed and you want to install the main seat, you need to chose which position you’d like the main seat to be in (upright or reclined), because the bracket for the Sibling Seat goes over the recline lever leaving you unable to change the seat position once it has clicked into place.

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When in use, both seats are parent-facing which I really like, I just wish there was a way that I could utilise the storage basket. As you can see from the image below, access to it is somewhat limited.

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colours

The Stokke Crusi Sibling Seat is currently available in seven colours (l to r): Black, Beige, Purple, Brown, Red, Navy Blue and Urban Blue.

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I was sent the black Sibling Seat which compliments the Black Melange seat perfectly and like the main seat, the Sibling Seat features a comfortable, padded seat and a retractable sun canopy.

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The Sibling Seat retails at £269 which isn’t cheap but essential if you want to make the Stokke Crusi meet the growing needs of your family.

summary

I’m going to re-iterate what I wrote in my initial review; I adore this pushchair.

From the chassis free of visible nuts and bolts ensuring a sleek, streamlined, modern look to the plushest, softest seats that keep Phoebe (and Jack) extremely comfortable, the Stokke Crusi really is top of the class. But above all, it’s the longevity that is one of the biggest draws to the Crusi. The fact that it can be used from birth and incorporates a Sibling Seat makes it a worthwhile investment as it will grow with your family and adapt to your changing needs.

Disclosure*: I was very kindly sent the Stokke Crusi free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own and I’d still rave about it even if i’d paid for it!

serenataA few weeks ago Serenata Hampers got in touch to see if I would like to review one of their lovely hampers. After deliberating for 0.1 seconds, I obviously said yes (who wouldn’t!?) and began the mind-boggling task of choosing a hamper from their vast selection.

From champagne, beer and fine food hampers to new baby hampers, Serenata Hampers really do have hampers to suit all tastes and budgets. Being a huge chocolate fan, I opted for the Deluxe Chocolate Hamper, priced at £39.99.

The ordering process was seamless and delivery was super quick (you can order up to 10pm for free next-weekday delivery to mainland UK addresses).

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I was really impressed when the hamper arrived. Presented in a traditional willow wicker hamper with leather straps, the contents were well packaged with cellophane and straw and there was a little gift card inside, which you can add a personal message to if you are sending the hamper as a present for a loved one.

On the Serenata website, it states that the hamper contains:

  • Belgian Chocolate Infused Handmade Fudge 113g
  • Luxury Ribboned Box of Belgian Chocolates – Small
  • Ballotin of Salted Toffee Truffles 100g
  • White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Dorman Chocolate Peanuts 125g
  • Dorman Chocolate Raisins 125g

However the hamper I received didn’t have the ‘Chocolate Peanuts’ or ‘Chocolate Raisins’ and instead contained ‘Yoghurt Coated Peanuts and Raisins’ and an ‘Indulgent Fruit and Nut Mix’. I was happy with this substitute although having chosen the chocolate hamper for its chocolatey goodness, I would have obviously preferred something chocolately.

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Taste-wise, I couldn’t fault it. The belgian chocolates were simply delicious and the truffles, fudge and white-chocolate covered strawberries were incredibly moreish.

If you like the look of this hamper, I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Serenata Hampers to host a fantastic giveaway to win a hamper of your choice up to the value of £40. For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, telling me which hamper you would like (you can see the full selection here) and then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Full Ts&Cs are below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions:

  1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or Serenata.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12.00am GMT on 25th August 2015 and closes at 12.00am GMT on 6th September 2015.
  4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by visiting Hello Baby on facebook,  @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, following @serenataflowers on Twitter, visiting serenataflowers on Facebook and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  6. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  8. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  9. Once the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform Serenata of the winner’s name, address and prize choice, they will then send on the prize. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.

Disclaimer: This post has been written in conjunction with Serenata Hampers.

  • Rosie ParsonsAugust 25, 2015 - 8:49 pm

    I’d definitely go for the chocolate one too, I’d give it to my Mum for all the help she has been to me lately! Great idea for a lovely gift!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy NixonAugust 26, 2015 - 4:20 am

    I would choose the Divine Decadence hamper! Thank you xReplyCancel

  • Fabienne donbavandAugust 26, 2015 - 10:16 am

    Mmm, the chocolate hamper looks lovelyReplyCancel

  • Tracey PeachAugust 26, 2015 - 10:52 am

    I would choose the Sweet Treats HamperReplyCancel

  • Tania AtfieldAugust 26, 2015 - 11:30 am

    The Chocolate Hamper !ReplyCancel

  • Hazel ReaAugust 26, 2015 - 11:32 am

    Very hard to choose but possibly the Award Winning Ale Hamper because my husband would love it.ReplyCancel

  • jazmineAugust 26, 2015 - 11:55 am

    I love love love anything chocolate! It’s the best!!ReplyCancel

  • iain maciverAugust 26, 2015 - 12:04 pm

    maybe the chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • Laura ToddAugust 26, 2015 - 12:11 pm

    Deluxe Choc HamperReplyCancel

  • pete cAugust 26, 2015 - 12:17 pm

    the Red Wine Gift BasketReplyCancel

  • Miss Tracy HansonAugust 26, 2015 - 12:41 pm

    Would love this, if I was lucky enough to win. Thank you so much for the chance.

    http://www.serenataflowers.com/en/uk/hampers/next-day-delivery/product/105809/heavenly-chocolate-gift-box?refPageID=5197&refDivID=5|center|product-set|3777|4×5|1+++3|2|product|105809|image|140×140|standingReplyCancel

  • Susan Jane GrayAugust 26, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    This is a hard one . I love Chocolate and my Hubby Loves Champagne.

    It is my 25th wedding Anniversary next month so I better go for the Champagne. Unless there is a Champagne/Chocolate Hamper. Best of both worlds.

    They certainly look like great hampers and I would certainly give a honest review.ReplyCancel

  • kim porterAugust 26, 2015 - 1:19 pm

    Chocolate hamper looks yummy and i might even share it x????ReplyCancel

  • Beverley CousinsAugust 26, 2015 - 1:59 pm

    Omg! Do i really have to choose..Ok i think i will go with the chocolate hamper please.ReplyCancel

  • Nicki EvansAugust 26, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • William GouldAugust 26, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    I would love The Chocolate Hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Kim MAugust 26, 2015 - 2:56 pm

    Would love The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • S HingleyAugust 26, 2015 - 3:21 pm

    The Black Pepper and Ginger Relaxation Hamper looks wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona PaleyAugust 26, 2015 - 3:43 pm

    I would also choose the deluxe chocolate hamper. Yumm.ReplyCancel

  • Helen BattleAugust 26, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    I would choose the same as you as it has all my favourite things in itReplyCancel

  • Maria HackettAugust 26, 2015 - 4:01 pm

    The Chocolate Hamper would be amazing xxReplyCancel

  • Steven AppletonAugust 26, 2015 - 4:26 pm

    I’m drawn to the Bordeaux and Artisan Cheese Selection hamper here > http://www.serenataflowers.com/en/uk/hampers/next-day-delivery/product/105770/bordeaux-and-artisan-cheese-selection?refPageID=5197&refDivID=5|center|product-set|3777|4×5|1+++1|5|product|105770|image|140×140|standing :)ReplyCancel

  • Christine EvansAugust 26, 2015 - 5:18 pm

    The chocolate hamper please xReplyCancel

  • Michelle BanksAugust 26, 2015 - 5:19 pm

    Deluxe Choc HamperReplyCancel

  • kim nevilleAugust 26, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    The chocolate hamper looks lovely thanksReplyCancel

  • kellyjo waltersAugust 26, 2015 - 6:01 pm

    the red wine and cheese oneReplyCancel

  • Julie BoothAugust 26, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    I would choose the Divine Decadence hamperReplyCancel

  • AlisonAugust 26, 2015 - 7:56 pm

    The White Jasmine Relaxation hamperReplyCancel

  • Jo m welshAugust 26, 2015 - 7:58 pm

    The red wine gift basketReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanAugust 26, 2015 - 9:59 pm

    The deluxe choc hamperReplyCancel

  • Jaelin FarrowAugust 26, 2015 - 10:40 pm

    Sweet Treats! :DReplyCancel

  • Tammy westrupAugust 26, 2015 - 10:45 pm

    The Divine chocolate hamper would be greatReplyCancel

  • Stephanie BoultonAugust 26, 2015 - 11:06 pm

    The Rose Petal Relaxation HamperReplyCancel

  • Ellie-Mae TaylorAugust 26, 2015 - 11:08 pm

    The Chocolate Hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne DurkinAugust 26, 2015 - 11:16 pm

    The Teatime Treats Hamper sounds ideal so I would go for this one :) xReplyCancel

  • AlicaAugust 26, 2015 - 11:17 pm

    Has to be the chocolate hamper!ReplyCancel

  • glenn huttonAugust 26, 2015 - 11:36 pm

    The Chocolate Hamper :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate ONeillAugust 26, 2015 - 11:54 pm

    It’d have to be the chocolate hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa EvansAugust 27, 2015 - 1:02 am

    The chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • Kat LucasAugust 27, 2015 - 1:20 am

    The beers of the world hamper for hubbyReplyCancel

  • Paul WilsonAugust 27, 2015 - 1:34 am

    The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • Nat thomasonAugust 27, 2015 - 2:21 am

    The red wine one :)ReplyCancel

  • tracy steerAugust 27, 2015 - 3:14 am

    has to be the chocolate hamper for me pleaseReplyCancel

  • Amelia KennedyAugust 27, 2015 - 4:52 am

    Divine Decadence for me please! xReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth DoodyAugust 27, 2015 - 5:12 am

    I would choose the Sweet Treats Hamper, should satisfy the whole family!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona KAugust 27, 2015 - 5:22 am

    The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • Lorna KennedyAugust 27, 2015 - 5:22 am

    Simply Sublime Hamper :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh AllanAugust 27, 2015 - 5:54 am

    the chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • tracey ryderAugust 27, 2015 - 7:40 am

    deluxe chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • winnieAugust 27, 2015 - 7:48 am

    a hamper with loads of chocolates :DReplyCancel

  • Paul bAugust 27, 2015 - 8:02 am

    champagne and truffles please!

    * NO 3rd party junkmail *ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyAugust 27, 2015 - 8:12 am

      Hi Paul, I don’t share your details with anyone, unless you’re the winner of course.ReplyCancel

  • Emma GibsonAugust 27, 2015 - 8:02 am

    The sweet treats hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Carol MAugust 27, 2015 - 8:19 am

    The chocolate hamper sounds lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Holly GibsonAugust 27, 2015 - 8:26 am

    The chocolate hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Rena PlumridgeAugust 27, 2015 - 8:29 am

    The chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • Tracy ReadAugust 27, 2015 - 8:34 am

    The Deluxe Chocolate hamper xReplyCancel

  • Helen AdamsAugust 27, 2015 - 8:53 am

    The red wine hamperReplyCancel

  • PAULINE HILLAugust 27, 2015 - 8:55 am

    ANY ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL HAMPERS WOULD BE A BONUSReplyCancel

  • katie smithAugust 27, 2015 - 9:08 am

    I would choose the chocolate hamper yum!ReplyCancel

  • Emily KnightAugust 27, 2015 - 9:27 am

    It would probably be the Chocolate Hamper for me – looks so good!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle HeesomAugust 27, 2015 - 9:30 am

    The Chocolate Hamper yum xReplyCancel

  • Sarah-Jane LaycockAugust 27, 2015 - 9:43 am

    You have whetted my appetite! Definitely the Chocolate Deluxe Hamper for me!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie EdjourianAugust 27, 2015 - 9:45 am

    Deluxe Choc Hamper looks yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren PilkingtonAugust 27, 2015 - 9:49 am

    Time For Tea Trug is lovely :)ReplyCancel

  • C KennedyAugust 27, 2015 - 10:29 am

    The Bordeaux and Artisan Cheese hamperReplyCancel

  • Zoe GAugust 27, 2015 - 10:46 am

    The Tea time Treats hamperReplyCancel

  • Kathi CraneAugust 27, 2015 - 11:04 am

    I would go for the Sugar Blush Hamper. Looks yummyReplyCancel

  • Louise AAugust 27, 2015 - 11:06 am

    I would chose the ‘Port and Cheese Selection Hamper’. Its our silver wedding anniversary next month so this would make a lovely gift for both of usReplyCancel

    • Louise AAugust 27, 2015 - 11:07 am

      ** chooseReplyCancel

  • Fiona SalmonAugust 27, 2015 - 11:34 am

    Deluxe chocolate hamper if I’m lucky please!ReplyCancel

  • LuciaAugust 27, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    the sweet treats hamper!ReplyCancel

  • jane simpsonAugust 27, 2015 - 1:19 pm

    If i was lucky enough I would pick the lovely Bordeaux and Artisan Cheese SelectionReplyCancel

  • gemma brownAugust 27, 2015 - 1:29 pm

    I would choose the bordeau and artisan cheese hamper :DReplyCancel

  • Paula ReadingsAugust 27, 2015 - 1:31 pm

    Deluxe chocolate hamper be be wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Edward GuerreiroAugust 27, 2015 - 1:53 pm

    I would get the Divine Decadence hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Amy BeckettAugust 27, 2015 - 1:57 pm

    Would love the The beers of the world hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Laura PritchardAugust 27, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    The Lavender and Chamomile Relaxation Hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Heather TAugust 27, 2015 - 2:33 pm

    The Red Wine HamperReplyCancel

  • Isabell WhitenstallAugust 27, 2015 - 2:40 pm

    The white wine and orchid hamper has two of my favourite items in so that would be my choiceReplyCancel

  • ScottAugust 27, 2015 - 3:31 pm

    The Chocolate Hamper would be greatReplyCancel

  • Laura JeffsAugust 27, 2015 - 3:34 pm

    I’d go for the Lavender and Chamomile Relaxation HamperReplyCancel

  • Paul TAugust 27, 2015 - 4:12 pm

    The chocolate hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Kate LoaderAugust 27, 2015 - 4:37 pm

    Sweet Dreams HamperReplyCancel

  • Alison JohnsonAugust 27, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • Louise SmithAugust 27, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    The Lover’s HamperReplyCancel

  • fozia AkhtarAugust 27, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    The chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • kayleigh BatesAugust 27, 2015 - 7:25 pm

    The chocolate one of course :D xReplyCancel

  • VicAugust 27, 2015 - 7:43 pm

    The chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • Janet DringAugust 27, 2015 - 7:51 pm

    2013 Merlot Indaba x 2ReplyCancel

  • Bob ClarkAugust 27, 2015 - 8:44 pm

    Red Wine Gift BasketReplyCancel

  • Emma BirleyAugust 27, 2015 - 8:54 pm

    The Chocolate Hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey BuchananAugust 27, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    Deluxe Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • Jemma BeynonAugust 27, 2015 - 8:58 pm

    Deluxe choc hamperReplyCancel

  • Kiran ParryAugust 27, 2015 - 9:18 pm

    I would like the chocolate hamper please.ReplyCancel

  • CaroleAugust 27, 2015 - 10:11 pm

    The chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • CateAugust 27, 2015 - 10:52 pm

    Definitely the chocolate hamper!ReplyCancel

  • JazzAugust 27, 2015 - 11:34 pm

    tea time treats :DReplyCancel

  • israr baigAugust 28, 2015 - 7:28 am

    chocolate hamper plzReplyCancel

  • emily omaraAugust 28, 2015 - 8:59 am

    The Black Pepper and Ginger Relaxation HamperReplyCancel

  • Nora SaabAugust 28, 2015 - 11:13 am

    The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • Rey ChunaraAugust 28, 2015 - 12:46 pm

    The White Jasmine Relaxation HamperReplyCancel

  • Erin @YorkshiretotsAugust 28, 2015 - 2:20 pm

    That chocolate hamper – looks tasty and lovey!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne WelshAugust 28, 2015 - 5:56 pm

    deluxe chocolate hamper, definitelyReplyCancel

  • Clare HAugust 28, 2015 - 6:47 pm

    the chocolate hamper looks amazingReplyCancel

  • Beky AusterberryAugust 28, 2015 - 7:31 pm

    the chocolate oneReplyCancel

  • Joan KubesAugust 28, 2015 - 10:29 pm

    I’d like the Chocolate Hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Janice MackinAugust 29, 2015 - 8:30 am

    I would love the chocolate hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy NewtonAugust 29, 2015 - 8:42 am

    I would choose the Beers of the World Hamper fir my husbandReplyCancel

  • Fanny TranAugust 29, 2015 - 10:58 am

    I’d personally probably go for the chocolate hamper or the cheese trugReplyCancel

  • clair downhamAugust 29, 2015 - 11:58 am

    perhaps the red wine and cheese hamperReplyCancel

  • Caroline HAugust 29, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    I love the Champagne and Truffles hamper.ReplyCancel

  • Angela McDonaldAugust 29, 2015 - 5:33 pm

    I’d love the Red Wine Hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha LoughlinAugust 29, 2015 - 7:19 pm

    Chocolate hamper pleaseReplyCancel

  • Sarah SAugust 29, 2015 - 8:06 pm

    The red wine one of course! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Susan RaceAugust 29, 2015 - 8:30 pm

    The Chocolate Hamper :)ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine TinsleyAugust 29, 2015 - 10:21 pm

    I would definitely choose the Divine Decadence hamperReplyCancel

  • Isabelle SmithAugust 30, 2015 - 12:11 am

    chocolate! :pReplyCancel

  • Hassina BegumAugust 30, 2015 - 7:00 am

    Chocolate hamper please.ReplyCancel

  • Maxine GAugust 30, 2015 - 9:04 am

    Beers of the world would make a great present for hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth HarwoodAugust 30, 2015 - 10:04 am

    Love the look of the Chocolate hamper xxReplyCancel

  • Angela WilcoxAugust 30, 2015 - 1:28 pm

    Either the deluxe chocolate hamper or the bordeaux & artisan cheese hamperReplyCancel

  • helen tovellAugust 30, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    Woodlands Pamper SetReplyCancel

  • charlotteAugust 30, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    the ale hamper looks goodReplyCancel

  • Lindsey StuartAugust 30, 2015 - 7:15 pm

    I would love the chocolate hamper please how lovely.ReplyCancel

  • laura banksAugust 30, 2015 - 8:22 pm

    the chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • claire griffithsAugust 31, 2015 - 12:12 am

    i would choose sweet ladies who bathe hamperReplyCancel

  • claire woodsAugust 31, 2015 - 11:57 am

    Bordeaux and Artisan Cheese SelectionReplyCancel

  • Greig spencerAugust 31, 2015 - 12:41 pm

    The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • Heather HaighAugust 31, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    It has to be the chocolate hamperReplyCancel

  • Keith HuntAugust 31, 2015 - 7:08 pm

    Divine DecadenceReplyCancel

  • Kathrine BAugust 31, 2015 - 8:18 pm

    Divine Decadence looks lovely- includes a bit of everything I like!ReplyCancel

  • Emily CAugust 31, 2015 - 8:35 pm

    The divine decadence hamper! Yum Yum :)ReplyCancel

  • Gillian CookeAugust 31, 2015 - 8:40 pm

    Lavender and Chamomile Relaxation HamperReplyCancel

  • Ally MacDonaldAugust 31, 2015 - 9:22 pm

    Mmm, the Deluxe Chocolate Hamper for me too!ReplyCancel

  • donna l jonesAugust 31, 2015 - 9:32 pm

    Deluxe Choc HamperReplyCancel

  • Kelly LAugust 31, 2015 - 9:53 pm

    The chocolate hamper!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy CooperAugust 31, 2015 - 10:22 pm

    the beers of the world one ! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura BakerSeptember 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

    I would buy the Sugar Blush hamper for my mum as she’s got quite the sweet toothReplyCancel

  • Layla ThomasSeptember 1, 2015 - 9:30 am

    Bordeaux and cheese for me and I’d hide it and not share it.ReplyCancel

  • Milly YSeptember 1, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    I’d go for The Chocolate Hamper, as I’m a fellow chocoholic!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew NaylorSeptember 1, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    It would definitely have to be the chocolate hamper for me!ReplyCancel

  • Christine CapleSeptember 1, 2015 - 9:11 pm

    I would choose Beers of the World for my husband.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy BrownSeptember 2, 2015 - 8:41 am

    I would love The Chocolate HamperReplyCancel

  • Jessica HuttonSeptember 2, 2015 - 11:04 am

    The chocolate hamper because chocolate is a girls best friend xxReplyCancel

  • Jocelynne harrisonSeptember 2, 2015 - 11:05 am

    The chocolate hamper is by far the best!ReplyCancel

  • Liz MarriottSeptember 2, 2015 - 11:46 am

    Bordeaux and Artisan Cheese SelectionReplyCancel

  • Karen BarrettSeptember 2, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    The Divine Decadence hamper looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • katrina walshSeptember 2, 2015 - 1:31 pm

    The Rose Petal Relaxation Hamper is lovelyReplyCancel

UntitledKJKJNBack in May I shared the exciting news that Phoebe had been selected by Konfidence to become an ‘official Konfidence swimologist‘.

If you’ve never heard of Konfidence (where have you been hiding?!), they are an award-winning, cornwall-based, designer and manufacturer of swimming products, buoyancy aids, sun protective clothing and wetsuits for babies and children. Konfidence was founded in 1996 when Andy and Caroline Regan took their 5 children on holiday to Cornwall.  Their two older daughters were strong swimmers but their three little ones weren’t and with a loathing of armbands, they had to keep an eye on them at all times. During that holiday they got to use wetsuits and buoyancy aids which helped to keep the kids warm and afloat and out of this came the idea for a combination of buoyancy aid and wetsuit and the ingenious Original Konfidence Jacket was born. Since then, the Konfidence range of products has grown enormously with the addition of more useful and great looking products that provide help, safety and protection to parents and children alike.

As a Swimologist, Phoebe has been fortunate enough to put a lot of their products to the test and we have been really impressed. From the fab UV suits to the Aquanappy, that has saved me a fortune on disposable swim nappies, Konfidence products are a must if you want to get your little ones in the water.

I’m delighted to share a discount code with you that entitles you to 15% off anything on the Konfidence site. All you have to do is enter swim15-67N82 when prompted at checkout.

Here’s a little taster of their fabulous products on offer:

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Occupational therapy is a clinical discipline designed to enable people with physical, learning or sensory difficulties cope with everyday challenges. This essential care is about giving children and young people in particular practical advice, home modifications and personalised support so they can learn to live as independently as their condition allows.

Five childhood ailments in particular can benefit from a bespoke programme of occupational therapy at a leading children’s hospital.

Multiple sclerosis // 

Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the nerves in the spinal cord and brain, and the symptoms can include problems with muscle movement and development, vision and balance. There is currently no cure for this condition, and children with primary progressive MS face a future of worsening mobility, eyesight and balance.

Occupational therapy for children with multiple sclerosis might involve making adaptions to the home, including the installation of wheelchair ramps, handrails and lifting equipment. There might also be help available for fatigue management, the development of hobbies and the use of potentially dangerous bathroom equipment.

Cerebral palsy //

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that is caused by problems in the areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling muscles. These problems can be caused by genetic defects, bleeding in the brain, infection during pregnancy and premature birth. The symptoms of this degenerative condition include weakness in the muscles, stiffness and floppiness in the muscles, uncontrolled and awkward body movements and profound co-ordination problems.

An occupational therapist from The Portland Hospital will identify the specific issues a child faces while going about their daily life. Help will be provided with a range of essential daily activities, including going to the toilet, getting dressed and eating. Practical advice, coping strategies and the installation of equipment will be suggested for every environment a child has to negotiate, so it is usually necessary for an occupational therapist to visit schools and the homes of relatives too.

Dyspraxia //

Dyspraxia is a co-ordination disorder that makes it difficult for a child to perform basic functions such as feeding, walking, crawling and playing. This condition is caused by developmental problems in the brain, and it is thought that up to one in every 20 children live with the condition to some degree.

Because so little is known about the causes of dyspraxia, a cure is some way off. However, occupational therapy for children can teach a sufferer how to break certain movements down into smaller parts. Special adaptations to the home and everyday items can also help to make day-to-day life easier for children.

Down’s syndrome //

Down’s syndrome is a genetic condition that affects around 750 babies in England and Wales every year. Down’s is caused by an extra chromosome in a foetus’ cells, and it is the result of a random genetic mistake in an egg or sperm at the time of conception.

Children with Down’s Syndrome deal with both physical and learning difficulties. An occupational therapist can help a child to learn through play, and through very specific ways of communicating. Children with the condition are known to get a great deal from interacting with other children at an early age, so a significant part of occupational therapy might involve socialising. Occupational therapy involves giving children with Down’s Syndrome independence and a good quality of life, so help with everyday tasks such as going to the toilet and eating a meal will be provided from an early age.

Learning disabilities //

There are many types of learning disability that can benefit from specialist occupational therapy. The causes of these disabilities include autism, complications during pregnancy, meningitis and epilepsy. OT support is based on the individual’s needs, but it usually includes breaking everyday tasks down to their component parts in order to make them easier to learn and execute.

It is important that children with conditions and illnesses that can benefit from occupational therapy get the help that is available as quickly as possible. The younger children are when they get the practical help their condition requires, the more likely it is that those children will lead a fulfilling and independent life.

*Disclosure: This post has been written in conjunction with The Portland Hospital.