Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Sweet Elephants

I have an addiction. I can't stop buying toys, and I totally justify it because they're for my baby and not me. Well they're a little bit for me too, but mainly for her. I can't help myself there are just so many cool toys these days! I swear I could turn my lounge room into a toy shop.

Given my penchant for all things baby, and the fact I have a partner who doesn't reign me in, I've had to impose my own limits. I now only buy educational toys and ones that will teach her skills that she doesn't already have. I'm particularly loving sensory play as she's intrigued with new textures, colours and patterns at the moment. It's so rewarding watching her learn new skills.

Our favourite toys at the moment are the new sensory bags we recently got from Sweet Elephants. They're simple little square beanbags with two different fabric sides. One side is dedicated to different black and white patterns to teach different shapes. The other side is a bright primary colour. The coloured sides are all different fabrics to teach textures as well as colours.

Loving the washi tape!

Love the colours and patterns

She absolutely loves these bags! She spends ages sitting on her playmat studying the different patterns and then flipping them over and looking at the colours. She feels the different textures and then scratches them with her nails to see if it'll make noise. She rubs them back and forth through her fingers (I think the feel of the beanbag beads is just as interesting to her as the textures of the fabrics). She also loves chewing on them (and everything else in the house). When left to play on her own she always picks up the bags over playing with her other toys and shes taken to pushing them back and forth across her mat. Not exactly sure why she does that, I think shes trying to see if they make a noise when she does it?

\Studying the patterns intently

Dragging the bags across the mat

Sweet Elephants is an online baby store that is run by a fellow mum. It was created so she could share her local and worldwide finds with other time poor mums who find it hard to source items themselves. She stocks a number of educational toys and baby items. I know you're all thinking why the name Sweet Elephants? The answer is pretty awesome.

"The phrase Sweet Elephants has always been dear to my heart. My grandfather would gently whisper it to me as a child as he wished me goodnight. My parents then did the same and the tradition has been carried on to my son and twin daughters"

We also got a Gummee Glove in an effort to fight the evil teething battle faced each day in our household. I wasn't sure if she'd like the glove because she absolutely hated mittens as a newborn and used to pull them off as soon as I put them on. Luckily the gummee glove comes with a velcro strap. To my surprise she didn't even try to take it off. She was too busy trying to shove it in her mouth as far as possible.

The glove also allows for sensory play with the patterned section on the front. Its also got crinkle fabric underneath so it makes noises when she touches it. It amuses her for ages. I went to have a shower when she was grumpy the other night and sat her in the rocker with the glove on expecting her to scream her head off like usual. She didn't. She sat there for almost fifteen minutes chewing on the glove so I actually managed to have a decent shower for once. Winning.

The glove came into our lives at the perfect time as she just got her first tooth two days ago... finally. It's still just peeking through but boy is that little sucker sharp! I'm glad shes got the glove to chew on because she bit me today and holy wow it hurts! We've so far only used the glove without the ring insert, but I'll be adding that on quick smart.

The great thing about the gummee glove is that the teething ring can be removed and the rest of the glove can be washed. Which is awesome considering how much drool she gets on it. The glove is made from 100% cotton and is BPA, Phthalate and Latex free and meets all Australian standards.

Do you have any other fun sensory play toys?

Toni x

* Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the products.


  1. I say buy away, because one day you might not be able to afford to - and it means your other children will use them down the track! It's one of the best pleasures of being a mum!

    1. I've also used the excuse what if she ends up being an only child and I regret not buying her everything later on lol.

  2. Eh, how many is too many toys anyway? I feel like my son didn't have enough and has been deprived of toys, but he's 5 and has turned out ok so far! If she loves them and it keeps her entertained for ages, it's money well spent I reckon! ;-) =Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

    1. If we're in a shop I'll hold the toys up to her to see if she likes them before I buy them. It's a bit more of a guessing game online but so far I've done good.

  3. You really know how to bring us great new products. I've never heard of the gummee glove before. Looks awesome. Oh and don't worry, I have a toy addiction too ... and an addiction to buying my daughter undies. There's just so many cute ones. I want Peppa, and Dora, and Disney Princess ... ;)

    1. I have an addiction to buying clothes too! I can't help it. So glad I got a girl so I could indulge my weaknesses to the max!

  4. I made some sensory bean bags after I saw the snapshot of yours last week. They are fantastic and were a hit with my 3 y.o. and another 18 month boy as well. So you can be sure that these are versatile enough to last for a while. We played bean bag toss with the older boys and practiced balancing them on our heads. I think you can try putting one on your bubby's head just for a fun balancing game. It will probably stay there just for a second or two, but it's a great way to start developing some balance/sensory awareness.

    And that glove toy is very clever too! Makes sense since babies love playing and sucking on their hands.