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Review – Brush Baby

When Matilda turned 1 she still had no teeth, she was a smiley baby but it was all gums. Henry on the other hand is doing what all younger siblings should do and doing all the firsts first. He’s officially 1 year old tomorrow and already has 4 big shiny teeth. Which means we have the task at bath time of trying to get 2 babies to clean their teeth properly.

Never an easy task unless you count sucking the toothpaste off as brushing.

Establishing good teeth cleaning habits at a young age is important,if it becomes normal at this age then hopefully it should stay as a habit as they get older. This is where Brush Baby comes in, they provide the tools to help from when your baby doesn’t yet have any teeth right the way through to a full set. Each step from baby to child has a different product designed to meet the needs of that stage.

Brush baby productsWe were sent some dental wipes and a chewable toothbrushes. The wipes are designed to clean the gums before your baby has any teeth and as the teeth are just pushing through the gum. They’re like a small white finger puppet whose superpower is cleaning teeth (I may have made that bit up to persuade Henry let me put my finger in his mouth) and actually were pretty easy to use.

I used them each evening to give Henry’s gums a good clean and the theory is this ensures that bacteria don’t build up and give a good environment for teeth to grow into. He found it quite hilarious and spent most of the time trying to chew my finger. Given that he’s eating solids for every meal it feels good to know that you can clean his mouth in some way.

Matilda brushing teethThe chewable toothbrushes on the other hand have been perfect for Matilda, she has all her teeth now (thank god) but we’d started to notice a build up of plaque as she wasn’t brushing very well with a normal toothbrush. She’s also hit that toddler phase of saying no to any suggestion of helping her or doing something for her. Any time I try to get near her to brush her teeth she just screeches at me and shouts “NO DADDY, NO BRUSH”. The chewable toothbrushes on the other hand she’s happy to use and they seem to be doing a good job of keeping her teeth clean.

We’re also giving her a normal toothbrush afterwards to start getting her to use that but with no pressure and trying to get her to watch us brush our teeth every day so she understands how we do it. All these things together will hopefully ensure she has better teeth than me who with a bit of a sweet tooth ended up with a number of fillings.

If you’re interested in finding out more about these products you can take a look at the Brush Baby website, products are available online via Amazon and also at Boots, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Waitrose and Mothercare.

How clean is your house?

This is a sponsored post, I was sent the hoover free of charge however all opinions here are my own.

You know how you think your house is clean and then you get a new hoover?

Scary scary stuff.

We’ve needed to get a new hoover for a while now for 2 reasons; firstly it was starting to look a bit tired with a broken handle and hose held together with gaffa tape. Secondly and perhaps more importantly it was only a matter of time before Matilda figured out that we named Henry after a hoover.

Vax hooverSo it was pretty perfect timing when just before we moved house the lovely people at Littlewoods vacuum cleaners offered to send us a new hoover. We took delivery of this gleaming piece of cleaning wizardry this week and already the lady of the manor has whisked it around the house sucking up anything smaller than a book.

One look in the canister would tell you all you need to know about how good this hoover is at, well, hoovering.

Quite honestly I could probably stop there with the review of the Vax U90-MA-R Air Reach, it sucks up every grain of dust and dirt and is such a pleasure to use that the lady of the manor has actually done some cleaning proving that miracles do happen.

But I will give you a few other titbits; this hoover is incredibly light, so easy to push around the house and carry up and down the stairs. it also moves seamlessly between different surfaces. Downstairs in our house we have tiled, wood and carpeted floors and the Vax reacts to each one with no adjustment needed by you.

I also really like the adjustable handle, ideal as both the lady of the manor and I are so tall, it means we can extend the handle and not be bending over while using it. Plus it has a huge lead which even in our new mansion sized house is long enough to do the whole downstairs without unplugging it. Proved by a very important and scientific test carried out this evening.

Finally it has a HEPA filter which is essential when you have a hound like Bracken who seems to shed his own bodyweight in hair each week and comes with a massive 6 year guarantee for extra peace of mind.

Would I recommend it? Yes wholeheartedly. A cracking product that performs excellently, is well designed and packed with useful features.

PR done right – Total greek yoghurt

Complaining about PR activity is up there with complaining about the weather in the parent blogger community. You haven’t made it until you can go onto Twitter and ridicule the dreadful email you have just received. So I thought I’d adjust the balance a little and share a story of a positive nature.

Alison from Total greek yoghurt contacted me recently to invite me to a bloggers event in London, alas working Mon-Fri makes attending these things pretty hard so I declined. Normally this is the end of the conversation, but a few minutes later she emailed again to ask if I’d like some yoghurt anyway? Well there is only one answer for that isn’t there?!

Today a knock on the door announced the arrival of this little pile of yoghurty goodness. Awesome.

I *may* be eating one as a I type this, it is blog research after all.

P.S Clearly the yoghurt was free, but there was no request for any review, I just thought I’d share

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