Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Finlee and Me

Before bub was born I had this grand plan to do up her room in a Winnie the Pooh theme. It was all planned out in my head down to the very last detail. Matching bedding, wall decals, figurines on the shelves, night light, mobile etc. The problem was when I went out to start buying stuff to decorate my dream Pooh nursery there was hardly anything available in a Pooh design for a girl. Don't get me wrong there's a lot of Pooh stuff out there, but its all really aimed at boys and it didn't match enough for my ocd brain to even contemplate putting it all together. As a result I kind of had to rethink my whole nursery design. There is still a bit of Winnie in there, but not as much as I first wanted.

One of the things I made sure to get though was one of those little security blankets with a Winnie the Pooh head. I had a security blanket (I think it was actually a washer) when I was younger and I took it everywhere. I also know that they help babies to sleep when they aren't with mum. Well, little miss has decided to replace her Pooh with a new blankie. Her new blankie is actually a Snugglie from Finlee and Me. I can't really blame her though, the Snugglie is a lot nicer than Pooh.

A Snugglie is a sensory blankie (similar to what others call taggies) which combines a patterned fabric side, minky side and additional textured colourful tags around the edges. Let me say the minky side is amazingly soft! I actually sat there touching it over and over before I gave it to her originally. It's like when you find a toy that feels like your cat and you just want to stroke it (although this is softer than my cats). I never really understood the attraction of the tags on taggie style blankets before, but now having my own baby I totally get it! As soon as I gave it to her it went straight into her mouth. She was chomping away on every single one of those tag bits and loving it. She grew so attached to it so quickly that she was sleeping with it during the day and we now take it with us each time we leave the house.






The Snugglie provides her with sensory play, that is perfect for her age, by exploring new textures with her hands and mouth. Don't worry it's triple stitched so there's no chance of the tag pieces coming loose. It also introduces her to different colours and patterns. The other feature I particularly like (as a mum) is the loop and clip in the corner. It has come in very handy when we are out to secure the blanket to her pram rail. She's realised lately that she can throw things, so the clip makes sure it doesn't get lost while we are out (because I would be totally stuffed if that happened).

Angela from Finlee and Me also introduced us to a product I had never heard of before, balloon balls. They are such an awesome idea, I wish they had them when I was a kid. They are fabric covers that are purposefully designed to cover a blown up balloon. To use them you insert a deflated balloon into the hole at the bottom, blow it up then tie it off and push the tie through the hole so the entire balloon is inside the cover. Balloon balls are AWESOME. It's like combining a balloon and fabric and making your own beach ball. Hours of fun, even with a six month old!

Shaking with excitement!

Having heaps of fun playing with daddy (look at that face)

It's bigger than her, but that doesn't matter

I have a huge fear of balloons popping. I'm not sure where it comes from, maybe there was an incident when I was younger or it could just be that I'm sh**  really scared of unexpected loud noises. Despite this fear I happily played with her for over an hour with the balloon ball. I knew if it popped that it would be contained within the cover. The ball provides a really safe way for babies and kids (and scardy cat adults like me) to play with balloons. The cover means they can't get to the actual balloon so there's no way they can put it in their mouth, which I'm sure would happen if we were just playing with a normal balloon. It also stopped the balloon giving off heaps of static when we played with it. We were rolling it along the floor, throwing it and bouncing it and there was no static at all. The cover is also machine washable and available in a huge variety of prints for girls and boys.




Finlee and Me is an online baby shop run by Angela Henderson. She started her business because she was bored of the same old baby products available in department stores and baby shops, she wanted something diifferent (aww snap!). Finlee and Me stocks a huge range of innovative, original, creative and versatile products. A girl after my own heart; Angela loves cool, funky and well designed items for her kids and stocks products that fit that brief. She has products for babies, toddlers, kids and mums.

Angela has been kind enough to provide Finding Myself Young readers with 10% off everything at Finlee and Me, simply use the code FMY10 at checkout. I'm off to do some more shopping.


Toni x

Disclosure - I was not paid for this review, but was gifted a Snugglie and balloon ball. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the products.


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15 comments:

  1. Love the photos, your little girl sure looks like she loves the balloon ball! Balloons are also a big hit at our house, but the fun inevitably ends in tears when they pop - will check out the website now. Thanks x

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    1. She was going crazy with the balloon ball. I took a video, but my voice sounded really bad so I chickened out and didn't upload it.

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  2. Oh that balloon ball idea is cool! I wish I'd known about them/they'd been around when my gremlins were smaller as Mercedes is allergic to latex and gets welts on contact with balloons. She's older now and not so fussed but this might have been a nice safe alternative to stop the latex touching her skin when she was younger.
    I love the sensory blanket too, dino baby has one that a friend made her with sherpa on one side and zebra minky on the other. She lugs it everywhere and calls it her 'bunket'.

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    1. Oh 'bunket' thats so cute. I can't help but put an ie or y on the end of everything here, we have ducky, monkey, blankie, dolly.

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  3. Those balloon balls are gorgeous and such a great idea. The snugglie looks fantastic also.

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    1. They are such a great idea! I never would have even thought something like that would be available.

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  4. My girls would go crazy for the balloon balls.

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  5. My youngest two have both had a blanket thing that they loved. It's been a life saver so many times!

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    1. I took mine eeverywhere when I was younger, I was sooo devastated when I lost it.

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  6. I also did our first baby's room in poo theme but then again I didn't know if it was a she or he. My kids LOVE their blankets, taggies etc but that ball, that is awesome. Don't forget to buy one for when they are older for their kids! xx

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    1. Oh good idea buying one for later Em!

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  7. Isn't it funny how we get obsessed with one certain thing when we are pregnant and get so frustrated when it doesn't work out. When I was pregnant with my first I was also very particular with the nursery and wanted a Zanzibar (African safari) theme and cracked a tanty or two when things weren't going to plan. With my second I was obsessing with the totally awesome pram I found LOL. Finlee and Me have gorgeous items!!!

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    1. I seriously had been dreaming of the Pooh nursery for years! It was going to be all yellow and white (so ok for unisex). Problem is now most of the Pooh stuff is green and blue, what happened to the neutral stuff??? I've still got the stuffed toys and a few pieces here and there, but there really isn't much of a them to her room now.

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  8. I'm scared of balloons popping too! I thought I was the only one (above the age of 5 at least anyway). Your little girl is so incredibly cute!

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