Getting outdoors with Little Tikes: Cozy Coupe Review

We love getting outdoors as much as we can.  Especially once the sun is out, we are always out in the garden! Oliver loves getting out and playing in the sunshine, whether it be running round the garden, playing on his slide or playing in his new Cozy Coupe.

Getting outside is so important, but it seems nowadays many children are reluctant to get out and play.  Little Tikes recently surveyed 2000 parents with children between the ages of 2 and 16.  Their research found that 42% of children used the excuse that it’s too cold outside.  Apparently 1 in 10 of us admit to frequently bribing our children to convince them to leave their devices behind and play outside!

Emma Kenny, psychologist and spokesperson for Little Tikes has some great ideas to get your children outside.  Her first tip would be to just have fun with them. “Kids absolutely love to spend time with their parents. Whether you create an obstacle course in the garden up and over the slide and around the sandpit, or a simple game of hide and seek, playing together is fantastic for bonding and ensures lots of healthy activity.”  Sometimes I think we are so busy as parents trying to keep on top of the housework, we leave our children to play with each other or with their toys.  But we forget how much more fun it is to have us engaging in their play.  It doesn’t take much or long to join them for a short while.

Another tip of hers, and one of my favourite things to do when I was little “Get them den building! You’re never too old or too young for den building. Aside from building imagination, dexterity and divergent play skills, there is nothing more exciting than having a secret den to play in”.  Den building was something my sister and I loved doing.  Armed with a pile of old sheets, bamboo canes and some pegs we used to make some great dens!  You could supply them with the tools and see how creative they can get with their dens.

Oliver was recently sent a Cozy Coupe to try out.  This was always going to be a big hit with him, that boy loves anything with a wheel! The Cozy Coupe is a signature toy from the Little Tikes range.  I remember owning one as a child.  They were always the one toy that all the children want to play with!

The Cozy Coupe comes in need of assembly.  Although it is very easy to assemble and only takes about half an hour.  It’s important to note that one part of the assembly does require two people. You will also need a screwdriver and a hammer.

Oliver absolutely loves his Cozy Coupe, now the sun is shining he can cruise around the garden in it all day long!  He loves sitting in it steering the wheel and beeping the horn.  The ‘ignition’ has a key which clicks as you turn it.  I love that the ‘boot’ space is in fact a double cup holder, so Oliver can put his cup in there without it flying about! There’s also a lock on the door.  Meaning when your child is in it you can flick the lock across and the door won’t swing open.  This is especially handy if they’re being pushed around by an adult.  When fitting the lock you can choose to have it permanently locked,  permanently unlocked or able to lock and unlock.

There’s also a handle on the back of it meaning as a parent you can easily push your little ones around.  As well as a removable floor, so no little feet get caught up if you are pushing them around!  I’m sure this function will be well used in years to come once Oliver’s baby brother arrives and they’re out there playing in it together!

I know that this is going to be one of our most loved outdoor toys. The Cozy Coupe retails at £59.99 (RRP) which is well worth the cost for the hours of enjoyment it provides.  There isn’t just your classic red and yellow car anymore either, but a whole heap of different designs to choose from too.  Police cars, pick up trucks, taxis, fire engines, a fairy or a dinosaur!  Head over to the Little Tikes website for more information.

 

We were kindly sent the Cozy Coupe in return for a review.  All words and opinions are my own.

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Dear Oliver – you’re going to be a big brother

I can’t quite believe you’ve been on this earth long enough for there to be a sibling on the way for you.  But here we are, at 2 years old, you are going to be a big brother.  In just a few short weeks your life will change completely, going from being our sole focus to having to share that attention with another.  Will you adapt to this? I really hope so.

You have always been such a loving little boy.  You’re always ready for a snuggle and the past few months you have become such a mummy’s boy.  I have a feeling this is mostly because you know something is changing.  I have no idea if you understand when we tell you there’s a baby in mummy’s tummy that will be with us soon.  That you’re going to be a big brother.  Because you’re still so little and can’t tell us.  But I just know you will love him as much as we will when he arrives.

I can just tell now that the two of you will be as thick as thieves.  Your little brother will look up to you, and undoubtedly be a little pickle like you are!  You will teach him all those cheeky ways of yours and you will both have me wrapped around your little fingers.  We will have such fun all together in the years to come and I can’t wait to see how your relationship grows.

To begin with I know it will be a struggle for you.  It will be a struggle for all of us.  We are all going to have to get used to being a family of four, and to dividing our attention equally between you both.  To start with your baby brother is going to take up a lot of all of our time.  But I just know you will be the best big brother and help us look after him.  You have such a caring nature and you are so good at following directions (most of the time anyway!).

So soon the next chapter of our journey begins and I just know it’s going to be just as good, maybe even better than the last 2 years.  I will see you grow, our family grow, and my heart grow. And I can’t wait!

 

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Getting some sleep with Mummy Loves Organics

Sleep.  It’s something all of us parents long after isn’t it?  Oliver has never been a good sleeper, other than when he was a newborn, he hasn’t ever slept through regularly.  2 years down the line and we are definitely starting to feel it.  With another on the way ready to steal our sleep again we’re on the look for something just to help Oliver sleep better.

When Mummy Loves Organics got in contact and asked us whether we fancied trying their Sleepy Feet oil it was a big yes please from me!  I had only heard and read good things about Sleepy Feet I thought it was definitely worth a go.  If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a great organic foot oil which has been developed for babies and children.  It’s made to help them get to sleep and stay asleep as well as also preventing night terrors.  It’s made using Mandarin, Frankincense, English Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils (as well as a touch of magic, of course!).  It smells absolutely divine, a really relaxing scent that I’m sure really helps little ones nod off.

On the first night we received it we applied it to the soles of Oliver’s feet and gave it a good massage in (he thought this was great fun as he has very ticklish feet!).  It can also be applied to the temples or behind the ears, but we have yet to try these methods.  We went on as normal with our bedtime routine.  Adding this little foot massage definitely helped wind him down a little more.

Throughout the past 3 weeks we’ve been using it most nights.  I must say, the nights I’ve forgotten to put the oil on I’ve realised it because Oliver is awake a lot earlier in the night.  Sometimes I have snuck in his room just before we have gone to bed to rub a little bit on!  He has slept through some nights but the length of his sleep has definitely improved.  We have gone from generally a 1-2am wake up call, to a 4-6am wake up call.  Once or twice he has gone through until 7am but you can’t have it all!  It also didn’t help that whilst we were giving it a go, we had the dreaded clock change which didn’t help matters at all!

The oil I have found has probably shortened the length of time we spend trying to get him to sleep.  Oliver’s always been very wired at bedtime.  No matter what we try he always has a big burst of energy and will take a long time to settle.  Since using the oil, he still has his energy burst but he seems to wind down a bit easier and quicker.

Would I recommend it?

The big question!  And my answer is a firm yes!!  I think that it has worked for us, of course it isn’t a miracle cure.  There’s no product in the world which will guarantee you and your child get a good nights sleep.  And there’s no overnight magic.  But this has definitely helped us get a better nights sleep!  We’ve only been using it for 3 weeks and we’ve seen a vast improvement in Oliver’s sleep in that time.  So I can only imagine that the longer we use it, the better it will work.

If you would like to give it a go, the Sleepy Feet oil is available here.  It’s suitable for any child over the age of 12 weeks, as well as adults!

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