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Making brushing fun: Playbrush review

Playbrush toothbrush reviewDoes anyone else struggle with the two minute rule, twice a day, for their children’s teeth clean? I’m not even sure the adults in our household follow that one religiously… But with tiny teeth, some adult ones in the mix and some having been whisked away by the tooth fairy, cleaning two mouths well for the right amount of time isn’t easy.

I remember I struggled when Scrip was two, but she got better and then D came along and we repeated the pattern. Now they sometimes want to do their own (but more often than not don’t), and even when they do I’m not sure they’re doing it right. I remember my dentist saying that until they can tie their own shoelaces they can’t properly brush their own teeth.

So, Playbrush has been a bit of a revelation. I first saw it popping up on Instagram stories across the country a few months ago and I was really keen to try it out when we were offered. We only ended up receiving one not two, but for a while that created a good healthy competition!

If you haven’t seen Playbrush, it’s a clever electric toothbrush for children that links with an app and helps your child brush correctly themselves. It can track which teeth are being brushed, if they’re pressing too hard, how long and gives scores at the end. There are games, puzzles and colouring and trial runs. There are a certain amount of free ones and more you can subscribe to.

Three year old D likes the Coach setting, where you see a cartoon mouth in front of you and you’re shown exactly where you need to brush to zap the animated germs. It makes it really straightforward (and fun) for him. While six year old Scrip enjoys the games, particularly the colouring one.

Overall, it feels a bit more relevant for Scrip and she’s been the keenest to keep it going and beat her scores. D finds it harder to work out the perspective and where to brush, and can’t understand the ‘brushing too hard warnings’, but his sister is only too happy to help/tell him off!

Thanks, Playbrush, for sending us one to try and helping turn a daily chore into something fun.

The Playbrush Smart Sonic costs £29.99 from Playbrush and includes 1 Playbrush Smart Sonic, 1 brush head, 1 charging dock and 4 free games. Additional games and brush heads are available through subscription from £3.99.

Paddling-pool perfect toys: Splashlings review

Splashlings reviewMermaids are always in vogue in our house. Not to the point of obsession (Fidget Spinners and Lego cards anyone?) but The Little Mermaid and The Singing Mermaid are firm favourites, as is a toy mermaid that swims up and down in a jars using a little rubber tail.

Our Splashlings also came out to play at the start of the June heatwave, so these new little toys quickly found their way underwater in our paddling pool. Splashlings are part of a little plastic and rubber world made up of mermaids, the Splashling sea creatures and the small shells that they sleep in. These have been just as popular on dry land as pool-side with Scrip (now 5) and also a male friend of hers (H, 4 years old) being engrossed one day.

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They’re a big hit in the US and now they’re swimming their way to our shores. We tried the Medical Centre which comes complete with moveable weighing scales and ‘working’ x-ray machine. All pretty fiddly for me when I joined in the game but perfect for small hands who seem to love the tiny characters and accessories.

There’s a handy chart so you can tick off which ones you have (and which are next on your wish list…) and some miniature accessories. Scrip also seemed to think they were like Shopkins which is another name that gets banded around the house although we don’t have any here.

Splashings even have their own Webisodes featuring all the characters in undersea adventures which I think Scrip would love but I’m still saving that premiere for a rainier day! At just over 2 minutes each the webisodes are actually a clever accompaniment to the toys.

The sets are relatively cheap and cheerful so would make good small gifts (prices start at £2.49 for the Splashlings 2 Piece Collector Shell). Although one of our shells sadly stopped closing pretty quickly so soon became a ‘daytime shell’ in Scrip’s words. So they’re not always the most robust, but are certainly a crowd pleaser.

Thanks to Splashlings for giving us a new set of watery toys! The Splashlings Medical Centre play set is £15.99rrp, and the Splashlings Coral Playground Set is £22.99rrp.

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A childcare trial – Babysitters of Kensington and Chelsea

I was recently offered a free babysitting trial by Babysitters of Kensington and Chelsea – BOKAC – who are expanding further west. My friend Anya, who lives in Chiswick, trialled the service. Here are her thoughts:

BOKAC was launched in 2011 by Anna Cameron while she was working in London and babysitting for local families as a way of earning extra income. She soon found that she had more families to babysit for than she had evenings free, and had also noticed a lack of services that allowed parents to book and pay for babysitting appointments online. After securing a website developer and recruiting their first babysitters, BOKAC was born.

The business has grown steadily ever since whilst maintaining strong relationships with both parents and sitters. Central to BOKAC is providing a service that is efficient, personal and reliable. Anna meets each candidate for a face to face meeting to discuss their childcare Continue reading

Sunday snacking: new Sensations Popcorn

Sensations Popcorn collageSomeone at Walkers is thinking about my waistline – which is nice to know! I reviewed Walkers Sunbites earlier this year (they were very nice) and this week I was sent some new Walkers Sensations Popcorn to try. Being a mad time at work with a few late nights thrown in (lucky me) the packs came in handy at home and in our office, with all my colleagues enjoying the Sweet Cinnamon & Salt flavour. Scrip also had her beady eye Continue reading

Sew Coastal – a brilliant business homemade in Cornwall

Sew Costal projectA few days in Cornwall and a healthy dose of sunshine and I’m already plotting our move down here. Not sure my husband feels quite the same (much as he loves it here it’s pretty far away from his Kent homeland, I have to admit) but Scrip certainly Continue reading