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SM reviews… The Snugglebundl

The Snugglebundl has won countless parenting awards, helping parents lift and lay a sleeping baby without straining back/tummy muscles – and more to the point – without waking the baby. Sleep expert Jo Tantum called it ‘a mummy and baby must have..’ so obviously we were keen to test it out.

Editor writes: “This is literally the best baby product we have ever had,” quipped my other half, when this arrived and we put the baby in it. “,The only thing I hate about it is the name – I sound silly saying it…”

He carries on (he’s off on one…) “,it’s kind of a bit like what I imagine ninjas would carry their knives and stuff around in…the way the cloth folds is so simple it seems like Japanese design…” 

“Riiight…,” I say. 

Basically, the Snugglebundl is an incredibly efficient way to move a sleeping baby from carseat to cot to bouncer/napper etc without them so much as murmuring. It is super light and has a head support, so little one is comfortable and at the right angle, the lining is brushed cotton so it is cosy but not too hot and it comes in a range of on-trend designs (including grey stars). It is all super sturdy – no need to worry about heavier babies – and if you’re not carrying the baby in it you’ll find it’s also pretty handy for scooping up bits of LEGO and carting them back to an upstairs bedroom… (Also perfect size to carry your yoga mat in.)

As for ninjas; I’m not sure if they’ve come across the Snugglebundl yet, but am sure it would serve their purpose. Obviously, if they want to take mine they’ll have to fight my other half for it first...

More info and stockists at www.snugglebundl.co.uk

The Snugglebundl has passed crash tests and certified car safe in the EU and USA in both three and five point harness car seats.

SM reviews… Back to school labels from MyNameLabel.co.uk

We tested a Starter Pack from MyNameLabel.co.uk, which includes a variety of back-to-school labels and stickers.

SM  tester writes: There’s a recognised condition called Seamstress’ Finger, which essentially leads to deformed and painful hands as a result of excessive sewing. 

What do we learn from this? Well, that life is too short to be sewing name tapes into school uniform, that’s for sure!

My Name Label know a few things about getting school kit tagged up, namely:

  • Kids want their labels to be bright, cool and easy to spot amongst the bun-fight that is a school changing room
  • Modern kids have all sorts of random things that need labeling (tablets, bikes, hockey sticks…)
  • Parents don’t want to order 100 shoe stickers just to label one set of school shoes.

If this all sounds familiar, check out the Starter Pack on their site, which includes 20 big stickers, 20 small stickers, 20 mini stickers, 3 pairs shoe labels (plus protective overlays), 1 bag tag, 25 standard iron-on clothing labels and 20 mini iron-on clothing labels.

Your kids can choose the colour, font and a picture from a huge selection to create labels that really sum them up; from pirate skulls to skateboards and ponies – there’s something for all. Unless you have a triple barreled surname or a title you can add in your child’s class or a phone number as well- it won’t fit on all sizes but is an added perk. 

The iron on labels are pretty simple to use – it does tell you on the instructions that if you iron without the protective overlay then the sticker will melt all over your iron, but if you forget this (or you’ve drifted off into a daze listening to The Archers) it doesn’t actually melt straight away – there’s enough time to rectify the situation! The labels will last in the wash or dryer – maybe not forever, but hey – you’ve got plenty in the pack!

The stickers are a huge hit – great for everything from folders to pencil cases to travel passes to lunchboxes, and the ones designed for inside shoes actually work really well on scooters too. The bag tag is great- like a grown up luggage tag – easy to transfer from bag to bag (if your child is fickle) as well. 

The whole pack costs £22 and will last you at least a couple of terms. 

The Pudding Club: Miller & Carter review

With a few of our writers pregnant at the mo, we decided to introduce a new (sort of self-explanatory) foodie section. This week we review Miller & Carter Steak House in Epping.

SM reviewer writes: I recall (when pregnant with child number 1) reading Pamela Druckerman’s ‘Why French Children Don’t Throw Food’ which poignantly stated that French mothers-to-be only gained around 10kg and slinked into frothy underwear nightly (possibly with a sip or two of Pol Roger from a ‘proper’ glass in a manicured hand). During ‘la grossesse’ of enfant deux I spent a few months in France, thinking I would nibble on a Sables biscuit and drink Perrier – but nothing of the sort happened. Enfant Deux was hungry, I was cold (and mon mari tucking into the vin rouge in front of me didn’t help my moodswings). It was a cheese and baguette frenzy. So now, at the dawn of Enfant Trois (or, The Last One) I’ve vowed to roll with the punches, eat what my body is asking for – and scribble a few reviews here and there when the service is good, the food hits the spot and by and large the restaurant can cope with my unruly brood tagging along.

Miller & Carter in Epping Forest is a stand alone steakhouse. The sort of place that despite being amidst rambling country-walk territory, one most definitely drives to. It’s the kind of steak vibe that was big in the 90s (ie retro decadent) rather than the latest meat-wave vogue for chowing down on a side of cow on a slab of marble.

Personally, I am gagging for iron, protein and for someone to discover a foodstuff that my two year old (who has been off nursery for best part of a week now with a vomiting bug, been ‘clear’ as it were for two days but the school policy insists he stay home, yadda yadda…) might actually like to eat.

They actually offer a two course lunch deal (which, to my sleep addled nappy brain needs some explaining) – the gist is that you can add in another course for £3. Collectively we ordered two burgers, chicken wings, cheesy garlic mushrooms, bread and oil – plus a side plate for my two year old.

The bread arrived along with the mushrooms and chicken – we can’t quite recall which dish actually came with the side order of melted blue cheese, but everything got dipped into it – including enthusiastic  toddler fingers. Doubtless no food groups were represented but it was amazing. (And if anyone’s going ‘blue cheese!’ and doing that shakey head finger wave thing right now, rest assured, the blue cheese in the sauce – along with the mayo I slathered on my chips – had definitely come direct from a chain retailer and not from some rural farm devoid of pasteurization) 

Main course burgers were fairly substantial (again, not those sort of burgers you win food challenges for eating that have become popular) and the chips were double fried, salty… definitely not soggy french fries.

Image: Miller & Carter

Obviously another crucial part of pregnancy is needing to pee all the time and the loos here were pretty sparkly clean, with nice Baylis & Harding handwash.

If I wasn’t pregnant I would probably come back and order the Steak Hache with a large glass of Pinot Noir (and maybe a cocktail to start). And if they delivered to my house at 3 in the morning I’d probably be ordering the rose sugar glazed lemon tart…

Book a table online here.