Review: Matchstick Monkey

I’m always on the hunt for a new way to help ease Oliver’s teething pain.  We’ve tried various teething toys, some have worked, some haven’t.  But I’m always on the lookout for something that will help.  When Matchstick Monkey got in contact asking if we wanted to try one of their teethers, the answer was a firm yes!

Matchstick Monkey was developed by a brilliant Mumpreneur, Katie.  She saw there was a gap in the teething market.  We’ve all struggled to apply those teething gels and granules directly to our babies gums, only to find our fingers been used as a chew toy.  The Matchstick Monkey is made of silicone, and the rear of the monkey’s head has a bumpy toothbrush like feature.  This will easily hold the gel/granules so you can direct them straight to the source of the pain!  The arms of the monkey make it easy for your little one to grab hold of and easily manoeuvre it to the the sore spot.

We’ve been using it for the past month, and although Oliver was only teething for a few days of the month, it definitely became one of his go to teething toys.  I loved that I could easily give him his teething granules.  I would load some on and he would take the monkey from me and stick it right to the back of his gums.  I’ve never had much luck with teething toys and Oliver.  We have tried so many that he wouldn’t use for their purpose, so it was nice to finally find something he actually used to ease his teething pain!

I really love the colours they come in.  We chose the green monkey, but they also come in grey, yellow, orange, pink and red.  It’s dishwasher and freezer safe, and at £9.99 each, I think they’re pretty reasonably priced as well. You can buy them here.

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Five Funny Things my Child Does

When Lianne at Mrs Mummy Harris tagged me in the Five Funny Things tag, I struggled to narrow it down to just five.  Oliver is a little comedian, and pretty much everything he does results in us giggling! I thought I would share with you some of the weird and wonderful things that he does to make us laugh..

Sniffing Things

I taught Oliver how to sniff flowers, but now it’s gone to a bit of an extreme.  He smells everything!  He will toddle on up to things that don’t smell (or don’t smell nice) lean in, inhale and let out an ‘mmmm’ sound!  He looks so pleased with himself, but when he’s just standing there sniffing a post, I can’t help but giggle!  The list of randomly sniffed items is ever growing, just today in IKEA he leant over and sniffed the floor!!

Huffing and Puffing

Oliver loves walking up and down stairs and steps.  With a hand to hold, he will easily walk up the stairs, but not without a lot of noises!  He insists on grunting, groaning, huffing and puffing!  It’s all for effect, and it sounds really funny!

Climbing EVERYTHING

This isn’t meant to be funny, but sometimes I can’t help but laugh.  I leave the room and he’s happily playing on the floor, I come back to find him dancing on the table! He will climb on pretty much anything he can, and he is always so proud of himself when he does it too.

Playing Boo

Oliver loves playing boo, he will hide in a really obvious place and peep out saying ‘boo!” although it sounds more like ‘baa’!!  He also climbing on our backs when we lie down on the floor and playing horsey.  He sits there as we bounce him up and down, and then when we stop he peers around the side of our face, giggles whilst saying boo!

Wearing other peoples shoes

Oliver quietly disappears off into the hallway and I start hearing these scuffs along the floor.  I walk into the hallway and he’s either slid my sandals on or daddy’s work boots!  It’s so cute and really makes me chuckle.  He loves wearing giant shoes!

What things do your children do that makes you laugh?

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Win a pair of tickets to the Baby & Toddler Show 2017

The Baby & Toddler show is a brilliant place to visit if you’re a new mum or a mum to be.  They run two shows, EventCity, Manchester on the 22-24th September and Sandown Park, Surrey on the 6-8th October.

When I was pregnant with Oliver, I visited the show at Sandown Park, and I wasn’t disappointed!  There is a stand for just about anything.  I ended up coming away having ordered both my car seat and pram, and for a great price too!

You can find all your baby essentials at the show, there are so many great products there that you wouldn’t find on the high street.  I found so many products there that I had never heard of before, but now I don’t know how I would have gotten by without them!  The stall holders are all very knowledgeable and can give you some really great advice.

Want some more reasons to go?  Here are a few:

  • There are so many brands available including Bugaboo, iCandy, Maxi-Cosi, Silver Cross, Cybex, Mamas & Papas, BeSafe, Cosatto & Britax to name a few!
  • It’s a great place to get advice for expectant or new parents, on subjects like weaning, sleep, babywearing, first aid and more.
  • You’re guaranteed to get the best price, potentially saving you lots of money!
  • You can test and compare before you buy.
  • There are over 150 brands to choose from at the show..so you’re guaranteed to find what you need!

My top tip for the show is, if you’re taking a little child with you ditch the buggy and carry them instead.  There isn’t loads of space for manoeuvring a buggy. Don’t own a baby carrier?  That’s fine!  They will let you try a baby carrier for the duration of the show.

The Good Bits

I am very please to share with you a discount code for a third off of tickets!  Tickets are usually £13 and you can save 1/3 by entering code BL10 at checkout when booking your tickets on their website.

I am also running a competition for one lucky reader to WIN a pair of tickets to either the Manchester or Sandown Park show.  You can enter below!

Mummy Miller’s Baby Toddler Show Ticket Giveaway

Terms & Conditions

  • Competition runs from 07:00am 08/08/2017 to 11:59pm 27/08/2017.
  • I will contact the winner within 24 hours of the competition closing.  If I do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn.
  • The prize is not transferable, no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The prize is one pair of tickets.
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5 Things to do out of the house on a rainy day

I’m sure I’m not the only parent who gets a bit stir crazy if they don’t leave the house at least once in the day.  With the recent rubbish weather, I thought I would share some of the activities out of the house, that I like to do on the days it rains with Oliver.

Play outside

Oliver loves going out in the garden in the rain, as long as he wraps up warm and in his waterproofs I have no problem with him going outside in the rain.  Sometimes I feel he needs the fresh air to help blow out the cobwebs and when he’s in the garden he has a chance to have a good run around and use some of his bundles of energy!

Go for a walk

Oliver LOVES walking places at the moment, so when it rains, we pop on his coat or rainsuit and wellies and have a walk around the estate we live on.  He likes stamping in the puddles and finding sticks, and just being outside.  We also venture in to the woods if it’s not too muddy, and explore them too!

Go for a lunch date

We sometimes like to find a little cafe or somewhere in our local village that’s child friendly, where I can get Oliver some lunch whilst I enjoy a slice of cake.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot and Oliver loves eating out (so do I).  It gets us out the house for a little while!

Visit the local pet store

We love going to our local garden centre which has a huge animal selection.  Oliver likes running around all of the cages looking at the animals.  He especially loves the birds and fish!  I try to teach him the animals names, so far he has learnt to say fish (‘shh’), bird and bun (this was one word he already knew due to his bunny teddy!).

Soft Play or a Play Cafe

We recently visited out first play cafe, which was a great experience!  Oliver loves playing with other children, so going out and visiting somewhere with other children around always makes Oliver happy!  He loves soft play, being a wild boy, climbing and going crazy in a soft, padded environment is just what he needs!

What do you like to do on a rainy day?  Do you get out of the house or just stay in?

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I’m sure my child’s secretly an animal..

More and more, I feel like Oliver has developed animal like traits.  He does things that remind me so much of certain animals!  I thought I would share with you the animals that Oliver resembles..

An Octopus

I’m sure you’ve all had it, you try and strap your child into their car seat or buggy and all those limbs start flailing.  I have it pretty much every time, but I’m sure that Oliver suddenly develops an extra few arms, I manage to hook one arm in and go to strap the other one in, but oh wait…he’s no wiggled out of the other side..I give up!

A Goat

I’m sure there must be some goat in him somewhere.  He climbs EVERYTHING, nothing is safe anymore.  Even the most precarious places, he will try to climb.  I tell him off, take him down from whatever ridiculous place he has climbed.  Yet five minutes later, I walk in to find him yet again standing on the dining table.  I GIVE UP!

Another goat trait he has is head butting or head ramming.  My little boy has permanently got a bruise on his forehead from where he insists on running up to things and banging his head into them.  The worst part about this is he likes to do it to his parents heads too, so we all end up with a sore head!

A Monkey

Well this one is probably the same with most toddlers!  The cheekiness is unreal, if I say no, I’m pretty sure that within 30 seconds he will be trying to do it again!!  He has this little cheeky grin on his face when he does something he knows he isn’t allowed to do.  He’s just such a little monkey!

A Sniffer Dog

Oliver can find food ANYWHERE!  I will have a cereal bar tucked into the depths of my work handbag, and Oliver disappears of and comes back with it in his hand!  He loves his food, and if I’ve snuck off to sneakily munch something ‘nice’ (i.e. chocolate) he will appear at the oppurtune moment meaning I have to share my goodies!

Does your child remind you of an animal? Let me know in the comments

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