Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Bubs & Beans

Bath time is a pretty big deal around here, I'd even go as far as to say its bubs favourite time of the day. When she was first born she didn't really like it {mainly because she didn't like being naked AT ALL} but now she loves it. As soon as she's taken out of her highchair after dinner she runs to the gate at the bottom of the stairs and jumps up and down "barf, barf, yay, yay, yay!" and if daddy doesn't go over there quick enough he gets told off "dad, daaaaaaaad, barf". Its kind of funny how enthusiastic she is about it {mind you I'd probably get that excited if I knew I could have a bath every night - how good would that be?}.

I'm pretty sure her enthusiasm has a lot more to do with playing with bath toys than it does with having an actual bath. She can spend up to half an hour in the bath happily playing away. When it comes to the actual washing part that's over and done with in a few minutes. So needless to say we have a lot of bath toys! We've gone through our fair share of squirtees and squeakers and floaty toys. We've just added a heap more bath toys to our collection now that she's getting older and her play is evolving, its not all about squirtee toys anymore.

BOON BATH APPLIQUES



You have no idea how excited I am that we have these. Yes you read that right, I'm excited, I've wanted old school appliques for ages. Its one of the few things I knew I definitely wanted to buy for bub before we had her. They're so simple and yet so much fun. I remember when I was a kid I was so mesmerised by how they managed to stick to the wall using only water {I seriously thought it was magic}. Its funny how that wonder and excitement has stayed with me so long that I wanted to pass it onto bub.


The boon bath appliques {RRP $16.95} are actually the first ones I've seen that are similar to the old school appliques we had as a child. Although instead of being the traditional alphabet or numbers ones, they come in a set of either bug related appliques or a marine based set. Being the traditional sponge based appliques they're a lot easier for bub to stick on and off as they don't have suction caps. They also float in the water so she pushes them around the water just as much as she puts them on and off the tiles and inside of the bath tub. She also walks them around the edge of the tub having mumbling conversations with them. Who would've thought there's so many different ways to play with little bug shaped sponges!

BATH TUB TWINKLERS



These tub twinklers {RRP $11.90} are really cool, they're like a few different toys incorporated into one. They float like normal floating toys, but they also have a mirror inside and a ball that rolls back and forth. Bub spends ages making them have races down the length of the bath. She's also a tad bit obsessed with looking at herself in the mirror {must get that from daddy}.


She also loves putting the whale and the turtle under the water while the taps still running. Maybe she's trying to set them free to the ocean or something because she doesn't do it with the boat. Or perhaps, and far more likely, she just likes the water splashing off onto her face. Whatever the reason, they keep her entertained for quite a while and that's always a good thing.

SOPHIE THE GIRAFFE BATH PUZZLE


I love this Sophie the giraffe puzzle {RRP $38.95}, its such a cute little set. I never realised there were so many other Sophie products besides the actual Sophie the giraffe teether. The puzzle has 6 different base puzzle pieces which each have a different animal that slots into them including Sophie. In addition to being used in the puzzle, the animals are also squirtees and spray water out of their mouths.


To be honest I thought it'd take a while before bub would be able to use this one properly, given it involves so much problem solving to work it out. Of course she decided to prove me wrong. I gave her a bath the other night when daddy was working night shift and the first thing she pulled out of the toy basket was the puzzle pieces and then she proceeded to put the animals in them all right in front of me. I was sitting there thinking umm ok. so you can do that then... awesome. Of course she doesn't always match the colours up correctly, but I'm so surprised she actually understands what to do with the puzzle that the semantics don't really matter.


SKIPHOP MOBY BATH SPOUT COVER



I've wanted to get my hands on one of these whale spout covers {RRP $19.95} ever since I saw it in an Instagram photo months ago {I asked where they got it but the lady couldn't remember and she couldn't remember the brand name either}. I finally found one at Bubs and Beans after months of searching on and off for it.

Its actually a bit different than I thought it would be. From the first photo I saw of it on Instagram I thought it'd be some kind of inflatable rubbery thing, but its actually quite a thick plastic. It fits over the bath spout and is held in place via the fins which tighten under the bottom of the spout to hold it in place. We have quite a short bath spout so it just fits on ours lengthwise.


If left alone it works really well, however, apparently bub didn't get that memo. Of course the first thing she does is grab it and try to pull it off. She can pull it off entirely if she really puts effort into it but she normally loses interest and he's just left hanging around on the end of the spout. The good thing is though even when he's hanging around like that the spout is still protected so it'll still stop her from hurting herself on the end. And as soon as she's paying attention to the other toys its easy enough to pop him back on properly. 



BUBS AND BEANS


I got all of these cool bath toys and the spout cover from Bubs and Beans which is an online Australian owned baby boutique stocking a huge range of baby and toddler essentials and play items. Bubs and Beans owner Sarah has a background in early childhood and has raised four children of her own and uses this experience to choose which products to stock in her store. She's also a long time reader of Finding Myself Young {so you know she has great taste obviously}. She stocks pretty much everything you'd need as a parent from feeding essentials, toys, decor, prams and accessories, sleeping bags and or course bath toys, amongst a heap of other products. Sarah has been generous enough to offer all Finding Myself Young readers 20% off storewide until June 30th, simply enter the promo code FINDING at www.bubsandbeans.com.au.


Do/did your kids love bath time?

Toni x

Disclosure - I was sent these products for review purposes, but was not paid for this review. All opinions expressed are based on our experience with the products as per my disclosure policy.

17 comments:

  1. This is so timely Toni because I have been wanting to get the girls new bath toys. My girls love bath time but a lot of their toys have had mould grow in them so I've had to get rid of them. Love a discount so off to browse!x

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    1. Yea we've thrown out heaps with mould, especially the squirtees. These ones have been really good so far and the twinklers and appliques are meant to be more mould resistant. So far so good and I've had them about 3-4 weeks now.

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  2. My girls love bathtime and always come up with the best games in there. I am going to miss it when they outgrow it.

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    1. I don't think bubs going to grow out of it for a long time. I reckon if I had toys and enough time I'd spend half an hour in there each night with her too {not that she'd let me though}.

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  3. Ooh Toni. Great selection. I'm going to have a closer look at that bath spout cover online. The girls occasionally bump into our tap. It's in an awkward position in the middle of the bath, it sticks out too far and is a little sharp on the edges. This would help us avoid a few injuries. Nice one. Thanks!! #teamIBOT

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  4. We love the boon shapes! I gave them to a friend when her little girl was a bub. She's credits them as the reason her bub started walking as the first time her little girl stood up was to get one off the wall!

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  5. 'Barf' time does look like loads of squeaky clean fun at your house. What a great collection of bath toys.. That puzzle is cool and what a clever clogs little miss is to work it out so quickly!

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    1. It is heaps of fun, but apparently its secret business too, I'm not normally allowed to be part of it unless daddy's working night shift. Its special daddy daughter time, apparently they have a whole secret routine they do.

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  6. Wow, these are great. They would keep my little mermaids in the bath forever!

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    1. I'm surprised she doesnt get wrinkly hands and feet the amount of time she spends in there lol. Sure she'd spend a lot more time in there if she could because its always an argument to get her out.

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    1. They're pretty awesome, she loves them :)

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  8. Some great ideas - love the whale spout cover!

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    1. The whale spout cover is pretty cool, I'm glad I finally found him.

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  9. Thanks for the useful tips!!

    As far as Bubs and Beans go, buyer beware!! The online store is a rip-off and uses misleading advertising. I recently purchased a hat which was advertised as 'jersey cotton'. However, when it arrived, the package clearly said it was made of 60% polyester! That's a huge disconnect. I attempted to contact the seller and didn't get a response. Further, I noticed the same item + matching bib advertised new with tags for less than half price. Their website also advertised PJs on sale but they weren't available.

    I'd be weary of making any purchases from this vendor.

    Didn't mean to high jack the discussion, but obviously findingmyselfyoung is making a paid promotion...

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