The Christmas tree
The wine rack
Radiator pipe collars
The cat #unrequited love
Low hanging posters on the playroom wall #RIPBen&HollyPoster
Come this time of year and there are a few things that form part of my essentials checklist in getting into the festive spirit: Starbucks Eggnog Latte (it’s just my thing), mince pies (usually consumed from around 24th November onwards), and Christmas PJs. So I was delighted to receive this little parcel of Christmas cheer from those lovely people over at Mothercare a few weeks ago…
Gorgeous festive PJs for both the girls and a couple of very cute toys from Early Learning Centre’s new Toybox collection for Christmas 2013.
Baby Claudia was treated to a set of two pyjamas, one with penguin motif and candy-cane stripped bottoms and the other with the classic Rudolph design and bottoms with a penguin/Christmas tree/candy-canes pattern. In fact the set is designed in such a way that you could mix and match the tops and bottoms, which is pretty handy especially if your laundry isn’t entirely always up-to-date (ahem…).
I love how Christmassy they look, the colours and the patterns are adorable, and I have been really impressed by the quality and feel of the fabric, which is nice an thick and warm. They’ve also washed really well too and I think the set is great value at RRP £14. I also really like the fact that they are cuffed on the sleeves and ankles, which I think gives a better and cosier fit and means that particularly on the feet, they are less likely to slip down over her toes when she’s crawling about like a manic (which is happening A LOT at the moment).
We decided to conduct an impromptu Christmas-baby photo-shoot, complete with slightly risky let the baby play with jingle bells and fairy-lights moments, in order to show you how the PJs look on. Here are the results:
Pretty darn cute I think you’d agree?! – sorry, I know I am totally biased!
We were also sent a lovely pair of PJs for Allegra for the Christmas season, in festive red with a penguin design. In truth, they probably wouldn’t have been pyjamas I would have picked out for her myself as I think the look and feel is a bit boyish for her and she is pretty girly, but they are lovely and as with Claudia’s, are great quality material. I kind of like also how the two girls could wear their penguin PJs and be matching but not matching
We really liked the two toys we were sent from the new ELC’s Toybox collection, which is a new range of nostalgic and classic toys with a contemporary twist. Each toy is made in high quality shiny plastic and the characters have clicking legs and arms. The animals have textured, rubbery ears to stimulate the senses and are designed to help develop fine motor skills.
Allegra claimed the Toybox Dotty Dolly (priced at £4) and so by default Claudia has the Toybox Ellie Elephant (also £4), and I wasn’t sure if they’d get along that well with them as they seemed so simple I wasn’t convinced they’d really hold their attention. But, I was wrong! Both girls have really loved playing with their Toybox toys and Claudia (who’s now 10 months) in particular has loved having her Ellie Elephant to mess about with especially in the car, so both have been a great addition to the ever expanding toy collection we have! They are also a great size to just throw into your bag when you’re going out and about, to have a couple of toys to keep the kids entertained when you’re on the move.
Great as stocking fillers, I particularly like the Toybox Soldier Sam as a Christmas gift and it’d be lovely to find in any Santa sack.
Disclosure: We were sent the pyjamas and Toybox toys free of charge from Mothercare for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are honest and our own.
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