Thursday, 18 December 2014

Milton Steriliser Review

If you read my blog you'll remember I posted a few weeks ago about my new found love for cold water sterilising. After reading the post Milton asked if I would like to review some of their new products which of course I agreed to, after all I'm officially a Milton convert these days! Milton sent me their new Combi Steriliser and their portable Travel Steriliser and here's what I thought of them both...

The Combi and Travel sterilisers are unique in that they can be used as both a traditional cold water steriliser or in the microwave. What I love about this is the flexibility it gives you, although I personally prefer the cold water method it's great to know I can revert to the microwave method if I needed something sterilised really quickly or didn't have any sterilising tablets. 

We went away for the weekend just after receiving the travel steriliser so this was the perfect chance to try it out. The Steriliser was perfect, it takes a full bottle and only needs a quarter of a tablet. Like the larger sterilisers the bottle stays sterile for up to 24 hours in the solution and the solution can be used as many times as you like in 24 hours sterilising in just 15 minutes. To use the microwave method you simply fill with the required amount of water and microwave. This was perfect for a weekend or for camping, long car journeys but got a longer holiday I would probably take the full size steriliser just for the convenience of having more than 1 bottle at a time. 

The Combi steriliser is exactly the same but takes 5 Bottles of any brand. As with all microwavable sterilisers the bottles are hot when they are first sterilised but this comes with tongs to avoid too much discomfort if you need to use the bottles really quickly. The steriliser is a good size but would easily fit into the smaller microwaves you tend to get now. 

I would really recommend the Combi, especially to a new mum who might not know which method they want to use for sterilising yet. The combo Steriliser retails at £24.99 and the Travel Steriliser at £10.99 and more information on both as well as other Milton Products can be found on their website 

We were sent both the Combi and Travel steriliser for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own. 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Mega Bloks First Builders Build a Bakery Set - A Review

There are certain toys that no child should be without and for me building blocks are definitely one of them so when we were asked to review the Mega Bloks First Builders Build a Bakery set I knew instantly that D would love them.

The set includes not only the standard building bloks but also cake pieces so that she can make cakes and build a bakery. When we first opened the set D loved making me cakes, asking me what combinations I wanted - she's really into pretend play at the moment so loved playing shop. 

After a while I noticed she had built a castle with the bloks for one of her princess dolls so the game had changed again. That's what I love about building blocks like these, they really encourage a kid's imagination - every time they come out you know they'll be a new game. There are so many high tech gadgets (I sound like my dad!) for kids these days it's great to see D playing with a good old traditional toy using her imagination and creating her own game. 

This particular set is clearly aimed at girls with pink and purple coloured blocks and pink packaging, and if I'm honest this is my only gripe. It's a fantastic set and I know it'll provide lots of hours play but the pink packaging is likely to put off boys and who's to say a boy shouldn't want to play with a bakery as well. I've always felt where possible toys like bloks can be gender neutral. 

If you're on the hunt for Christmas Presents Mega Bloks first builders are a great choice the Build a Bakery set RRPs at £19.99 and is available at Argos

We were sent the Mega Bloks first builders for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own. 

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