Category Archives: New Baby Gifts

Toy Review: Chad Valley Large Baby Playmat

I was on the lookout for a large playmat for Little Miss. We have some lovely little ones which are great for taking out with us and were perfect when she didn’t move but now she is rolling and crawling we needed something larger. So when Argos contacted me and asked me if I want to review something from the Chad Valley Baby range I knew straight away their Large Baby Playmat (£29.99) was the one for me.

Chad Valley Large Baby Playmat

The playmat is a really good size, big enough for two children to play on. It’s really bright and has a mirror, plastic teething rings, a butterfly and different sounds. It’s also padded.

Little Miss automatically went for the teething rings! She likes rolling around the playmat and playing with the different elements.

Chad Valley Large Baby Playmat Argos

The playmat is just the right size for our living room and folds up small and goes into the toy box for an easy tidy up.

If you are looking for a large baby playmat that this is a great choice. At £29.99 it’s not going to completely break the bank and you will get a lot of use out of it.

The Chad Valley Large Baby Playmat is currently half price £14.99 which is a bargain! Would make a great new baby gift or put aside for Christmas.

Argos have a great selection of Chad Valley Baby products.


Great Gifts for Newborn’s and New Parents

Little Miss turned 6 months last week!! With that and the royal birth it got me to thinking about great gifts for newborn babies and new parents.

Personally I like a mix of practical and keepsakes.

Here are my picks:

Snoozebaby Sleeping Bag from Kids One Stop Shop

Pale Pink 3-9 months Sleeping Bag

We use sleeping bags with Little Miss and also used them with BG. Both my girls are kickers so this way I know they are well covered at night. Also with sleeping bags they can’t slip under the covers and suffocate themselves.

I really like this Snoozebaby one because of the tags on it, Little Miss has a thing for tags and she loves holding them as she goes to sleep. I also love the long sleeves which means her arms are kept warm when its cold. In this hot weather she has been wearing a vest and then this and she sleeps really well. It washes and dries well, its kept it shape after tumble drying and on the line.

Taggie Blankets £8 for two from Homemade by Little Me on Etsy 

Taggie Very Hungry Caterpillar Fabric Minky toddler comforter Lovey taggy Etsy UK

I actually bought these myself after realizing Little Miss loves tags. I had a look online and found this Etsy shop. She makes them using funky fabrics such as a very hungry caterpillar, Dr Seuss and mustaches!

I have a very hungry caterpillar and a owl one for Little Miss. They are really well made and the minky backing is super soft. I also think the price is brilliant.

Baby Bellissima Elephant Money Box from Hallmark

Both the girls have money boxes. I think its important they learn to save up for things and money boxes help. While they are very young once they are full up the money goes in the bank. BG is at the stage now where she saves up her pennies for things she wants or for her holiday.

Gifts Vouchers

I know this sounds impersonal but hear me out. Vouchers for photo canvass or food is brilliant. Its practical and thoughtful. When my sister had her c/section I bought them vouchers for Cook who make gorgeous frozen meals.  That way they didn’t have to worry about meals and focus on being parents.


Offer to do the cooking or cleaning for them. Trust me that’s a life saver. Do a load of washing or bring around a meal. Have a cuddle with baby while mum and dad have a nap or have showers its the little things that really mean the most.

Muslin Squares and Burping Bibs

You can never have enough of these. I’ve had ones from John Lewis and Aldi and they were both great quality. They can be used for some many things.

I also have a cute one from Billion Dollar Kid sent to me from Kids One Stop Shop and once its available to buy I will share it with you.

Play Mats

I have a good collection of these and they are always being used. I have a bit of a sicky baby so having spares is a must. The best are the ones you can fold up and take anywhere, double as a blanket and can be thrown in any wash.

I have one made for me from Petit Fromage who I happen to know. She also made a fantastic one for my friend who loved it. Contact Kelly who makes them to order so you can choose the fabric.

Ours is reversible.


We were sent a pair of these and they are awesome. Scratch mitts always fall off tiny hands but these don’t as you velcro them on, which means no more cold hands and stops them scratching them self.  They have a two-part signature closure system that keeps scratches and germs at bay while adjusting to fit as baby grows. They also have a reversible pattern which is perfect for their visual development.


SnoozeShade for Infant Car Seats - Classic

Its no secret I love our snoozeshade. You can get them for the carseat, buggy or travel cot and they just make life so much easier. These really are a must for all parents.

What is your perfect newborn or new parent gift?

I was sent a sample of  Babysnooze sleeping bag, money box and Guavamitts for free. All opinions are my own. 

Review: Miffy Baby Gifts

The very lovely people at Miffy sent Little Miss some gifts.

She was sent

Miffy Gifts

Miffy Cute as a Button Squeaker £6.99

This is a really cute little bunny with a great squeaker in it. Her face lights up when we squeak it for her. She also likes to eat the ears at the moment.

Miffy Baby Chime Ball in Baby Pink £7.99

Little Miss loves this ball, we have tied it to her play gym and it’s the first thing she goes for. It has a gentle chime ball inside and she loves making it chime. It is nice and soft. You can tie it to the pram or cot as well as any play gyms.

Miffy Ball

Miffy Hooded Towel

Little Miss was sent the hooded towel from the Bath care collection £10.99, she is too young for the body wash that comes with it. The towel is really good quality and soft. It washes really well with no shrinkage

Any of these products would make great gifts for a new baby. Visit the Miffy Shop to see their full range of Miffy products.

Thank you Miffy for our gifts.