My Top 5 # Vicks Tricks to help your kid feel better

Vicks tricks

This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks Campaign.

Is it me or does it feel like cold and flu season just doesn’t end. It seems that once you have gotten rid of one nasty bug a new one makes it’s appearance. Or when one child get’s better the other becomes sick. And all hell breaks loose when they are all ill at once.

If you have been reading my blog you may remember at the beginning of it’s journey I wrote a post about being a nurse to three children. Since then it has been a constant battle with the bugs, LM taking some of the biggest hits. From September 2016 he has had 2 chest infections, the start of pnemonia and endless colds and coughs. Let’s not forget when the whole house got hit with the sickness bug. BG2 hasn’t faired much better with her chest infections either. And most recently the kids were hit with slapped cheek.

As a mum I know all too well of the stress that having a poorly child can bring. But fear not the more sickness bugs we face the more tools we gain to deal with them.

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My top five tips for keeping the kids comfy during cold & flu season

  1. Duvets on the sofa. I don’t know about you but when I was a child being stuck in bed all day when you were sick was such a drag. Sofas are just as comfy as beds when you are sick and mean your child doesn’t get left out. The duvet and pillow gets pulled off the bed, dragged down the stairs and piled onto the sofa. You should be able to make out your childs head somewhere inbetween the cosy-ness.
  2. Disney Movies! A sick day is not complete in our house hold without a pile of Disney movies to make our way through. No ordinary movie will do, it has to be Disney!
  3. Snuggle time with Mummy. I will take every chance I can get to snuggle with the kids, even at the cost of getting sick myself. Having them snuggled up under your arm, drifting off to sleep while you stroke their hair beats cleaning the house any day. I always remember my own mum doing this when I was sick.
  4. Let them eat Ice cream. Yes Ice cream! Any food is better than no food even if it is full of crap. When your child is suffering from a sora throat and doesn’t want anything to eat, I am sure they will be tempted with Ice-cream. Not only will it sooth the throat on the way down, they will also feel like they are being really naughty and can get away with it.
  5. Kick Daddy to the Curb! Or Sofa! Kids love sleeping in their parents bed and not only will feel more comforted next to you, it also means you may actually get some sleep because you won’t be worrying about them from the next room.

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Vicks is in my house

When I think of Vicks I instantly think of Vicks VapoRub. Doesn’t everybody have a pot in their medicine cabinet. My mum always used to say that if you had a cough you are supposed to put vicks vaporub on the soles of your feet and then put a pair of socks on. Anybody else’s mum swear by this? Well I now do this with my children.

But Vicks doesn’t stop there. Products also include Vicks first defence nasal spray and Vicks Vapoease patch for children.

Vicks Vaporub Infographic

Vicks Research

According to Vicks research on British Parents common at home remedies:

  • Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better.
  • Followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on.
  • More than a third of parents (36%) believe in TLC for a cure

And how do these parents keep their poorly children entertained:

  • Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or DVD
    Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
  • 1 in 10 parents get really creative telling jokes (8%) or doing magic tricks (2%)

 

Vicks have launched a series of #VicksTricks magic videos that are simple for you to recreate at home to keep your child smiling while they are poorly.

 

Vicks Tricks

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Tesco Baby Club – Christmas Story Book Review

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We love books, by now if you read my blog regularly you will know this from an earlier post here. A book for Christmas makes a perfect gift. We were asked by Tesco Baby Club to review a couple of Christmas Story books. We love books and we love Christmas, what a great fit.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Peppa Pig – Peppa’s Christmas

I sat in my chair with B2 nestled in my arms. I pulled out Peppa’s Christmas. She recognised Peppa instantly and showed her eagerness with an ‘ooooooooooo’ and repeating the word ‘Peppa’ I began to read the story to her. She loved to look at the colourful pictures and would reach out and try to grab the characters.

BG2 was excited during the story. She would look up at me, watching me with interest as I read the story to her. Once we had finished a page she eagerly moved onto the next until the book was finished.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Once we had finished the book BG2 took the book from my hands and sat with it on her lap looking at the pictures and turning the pages.

This book was short and simple, it was short enough to keep a very young child like BG2 engaged in the story. Yet it was also simple enough that a slightly older child learning to read is able to try and read it themselves.

The book was a durable cardboard book so isn’t easily ripped by over excited hands. However BG2 has attempted to eat this book a few times while reading it.

We have read this book a few times now and it has quickly become a favourite of BG2’s . I love the bright pictures and Peppa is a well known loved character which children can instantly engage with.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

Norman The slug who saved Christmas

My Kids love the collection of books by Sue Hendra, so when Norman the slug that saved Christmas arrived in the post they where eager to read it. This one didn’t disappoint. It was full of entertaining and bright pictures that engaged the children in the story. However there was a few pages that where dark blue with black writing on top which although was still able to read did make it a little more difficult to notice.

They both loved the book. BG1 loved the sleigh Norman the slug made from holly and when he used his slug slime to re seal the presents. LM Loved seeing the snails fly like Santa’s reindeer. But they both agreed that the best part was when Norman pretended to be a bauble and he looked like a snail.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

This story was lovely to read with LM, and BG1 was able to read it herself. They where entertained the whole way through and it was short enough to keep them interested from start to finish.

I love the meaning behind the book about doing the right thing, not taking what is yours and being honest. Promoting good behaviour and kindness. This book was a lovely addition to our Christmas book collection. We would definitely recommend this book to mummy friends with children of the same age.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

*We were sent these books by Tesco Baby Club for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through these links I will be compensated with a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself.

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Crayola Doodle Delirium Board Game Review

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If my kids aren’t reading books then they can usually be found playing board games. On a Friday night we have a family night which we also use this time to get board games out to play together.

Board games go down so well with children and make a fabulous christmas gift for children of all ages.
We were delighted to get the opportunity to review the new Crayola Doodle Delirium.

This is just one of Crayola’s new set of games which also include 3 2 1 Draw & Scribble Scramble. While 321 Draw & Scribble Scramble are aimed at children 6 and above Doodle delirium is aimed at children aged 8.

crayola doodle delirium

BG1 is almost 8 and this game was a perfect fit for her, LM who is five joined in too with a little help from me so he could be included with the game playing which worked out well.

We Teamed up boys against girls – me & BG1 and daddy & LM. One of you needs to doodle and the other person needs to guess.

There are four pip squeck counters included in the set, the kids loved these they were so cute and fun looking.

crayola doodle delirium

There are also a set of playing cards in four different catagories. These are Oodle Doodles, Scribble Riddles, Model Madness and paper mash-ups.

crayola doodle delirium

Starting from the youngest (LM) went first to roll the dice. The colour the dice lands on is the colour of card you pick up. Once you have completed a task, if your partner guessed correctly you move o that colour space.

crayola doodle delirium

We found that model madness was great fun but our model making had little to be desired. BG1 on the other hand found making the models great fun and easily made many shapes and objects.

crayola doodle delirium

crayola doodle delirium

Oodle Doodles was also a very entertaining category having to draw with your eyes closed, with the wrong hand or by guiding your partners hand.

crayola doodle delirium

These two categories were our favourite.

Paper mash up was also simple enough for everyone to play tearing and drawing on paper.

The category that we all found difficult was the Scribble Riddles were you had to draw a person, movie, pop song or sayings. The problem was that many of the people on the cards my kids had never heard of like Brad Pitt and Madonna. There were a few that we could do such as Mickey Mouse.

Overall the kids liked this game and got excited when it was their turn to draw or make a model.

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My Sunday Photo week 18

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SO as most of you know, I limit the amount I show of my kids. Whether it be of their feet, hands, shoulders below or side profile. I agreed with my partner that I wouldn’t show their full for face as he wasn’t comfortable with it. I have been taking more and more picture’s from the back of the head. It seems to be working and actually I have quite a few images now that I like.

This weeks Sunday photo – week 18 is a Picture of LM at Exmoor Zoo walking the trail in the Autumn.

 

Week 18

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

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It’s that time of year when Christmas24 is on Sky, John Lewis get’s their adverts on the television and we eagerly wait to spot the CocaCola truck light up our screens and fill our ears with “Holidays are coming”. The shop windows are f of temptation and Nickelodeon has more toy adverts than actual cartoons.

It’s also the time when most of us start thinking about what we are going to gift to people. I start very early on in the year to get some bargains but it’s around now that my kids write their letters to Santa and I pick up their main present.

This is my first Christmas Gift ideas for kids post on my blog and that makes me smile. I love Christmas so much and have been waiting for these posts to come about. This post has items that we have been lucky enough to be sent for inclusion to this post as well as items that have made there way onto the kids Christmas list.

Christmas gift ideas for kids

 

front-pageEvery child loves to role play. Whether it’s being a teacher, a waiter or a Doctor. This pack from Wannabees is a must for any budding teacher. It  has copies of the register, lunch menu, report cards and lesson plans . Every thing your child needs to play schools. They are printed on quality paper. We were sent the Teacher pack and the kids argue over who gets to be the  first. This pack also comes in Doctor and café options. The café pack is on their Christmas list to Santa.

 

 

 

My kids love puzzles, they are always on the floor surrounded by puzzle pieces. We discovered 3d puzzles last year at Christmas and the kids love them. The problem with regular puzzles is that you can’t move them. 3D puzzles don’t have that problem and now once you have made the puzzle you can use them too. I love this 3d puzzle vase from Ravensburger.

 

 

 

 

LM loves collecting rocks and gems, he now has a lovely collection coming along. National Geographic have introduced the break your own Geodes. This pack comes with 10 geodes, 3 or 4 large rocks a couple medium size and the rest small geodes. You break them open to reveal the crystals that have formed inside. They are tough to break open so will keep the children busy.

 

 

 

 

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Kids love pirates, boys or girls there is something about pirates that never seem to go out of fashion. Whether you have your own little Peter Pan, Captain Hook or Anne Bonny kids love to play pirates. And what are pirates best known for but their treasure of course. Now you can create your very own treasure hunt for your child whether its at home or on the go these handy Gotrovo mini cards make the perfect stocking filler. It also comes in a little carry bag making it ideal for on the go fun. (easy fit for your handbag too). Have the kids searching around the house and in the garden going from clue to clue using these easy to read clue cards/picture cards.

 

 

 

In our house role player is a big deal. We love to dress up as fairies, princesses and superheroes. We also love to play restaurants, teachers, doctors and post offices. This post office comes with all your child needs to deliver letters and learn while playing. The Post office is a big hit in our house.

 

 
Izzy whizzy let’s get busy. Who doesn’t love a bit of magic, Im sure we all had a magic set growing up. Now the magic continues with our favourite bear Sooty. This set is a Sooty hand puppet and a few naughty tricks. If your kids are like mine they will be entertained for ages making fart noises with the whoopee cushion.

 

 

 

Not just for kids, the find it games are a great little toy to keep kids entertained and dare I say even quiet. But be warned you will find yourself alone on the sofa with a cup of tea trying to find all 48 items. And the fun doesn’t stop there, it also comes with 27 playing cards for more ways to keep playing. It also comes in a variety of themes including the xmas, Dinosaur, wildlife, find it.

 

 
Orchard Toys are known for their easy and educational games for kids. We have so many of them now and always get a new one each year. This year it’s Pizza, Pizza. The aim of the game is to make a pizza but look out for the creepy crawlies trying to eat it.

 

 

 

**Disclaimer: We were sent some items for inclusion in this Christmas gift ideas for kids post. All opinions and words are my own. This post contains affiliate link. That means if you purchase something through these links I will be compensated a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself.

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Boohoo Kids clothes review

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BooHoo have now introduced a new children’s range to their website. We all know that kids can grow at an incredible rate and my older two seem to grow out of there clothes in a blink of an eye.

We checked out the Boohoo website on their kids pages. I was going to get a few bits for both kids however there wasn’t really anything available in LM’s size. So we decided to just kit BG1 out. Her one request was she wanted a snowman dress.

We opted for the next day delivery, the package arrived the next day well packaged.

boohoo kids

We headed to the zoo at the weekend and I couldn’t wait to get BG1 in one of her new outfits. She wore the stripe turtleneck and red blazer. She looked so grown up and adorable. I was a little bit jealous if I am honest I wanted her outfit! The top fitted very well and is a 7-8. BG1 is very petite for her age so may not fit aswell on children at the top of this age range.

boohoo kids clothing review

On the Sunday, the day after the zoo BG1 tried on her other outfits from Boohoo and did a little twirl in each one.

The stripe turtleneck was lovely, the material was a little thin but paired with the red blazer it would be warm enough.

The Red blazer was a deep red colour and flowed at the front, it was slightly thicker than the stripe top.

The rusty red top had a looser fit than the stripe top and is made from that material that wrinkles easily but paired with jeans was a lovely casual look.

 

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BG1 loved her new dresses. She loved to spin in them and watch the skirt whirl around.

The snowman dress was the one she requested and will be perfect for all the Christmas events we go to during the festive period. It material is a little thin but add a pair of tights and a jacket it will be fine for indoor events.

The skull dress was amazing, and was most definitely my favourite item. It was short sleeve so would need a jacket for the winter, we paired it with the red blazer and it looked stunning. The dress was also thicker than the snowman dress.

Boohoo is a great website and now caters for the whole family, there are some irregularities in the size and quality but at Boohoo prices its affordable.

Disclosure: We were given store credit to spend at Boohoo.com kids for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.

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Sooty mischief & magic review

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Izzy Wizzy lets get busy. Did you know that on the 31st  not only is it Halloween but is also magic day? I didn’t until I was contacted to review the sooty mischief & magic sooty puppet set.

So I took to Google to discover what magic day is all about. Magic day started originally as ‘Houdini day’. The first took place in 1927 when Houdini’s wife was presented with a trophy in honour of him during the summer less than a year after his death.

Houdini died October 31st 1926.

sooty mischief & magic review

My kids love magic tricks, and often new magic sets make there way into our house during the Christmas period.

LM recently found a love for Sooty and his friends.

I myself grew up watching Sooty and will happily sit with him watching Sooty over the weekends.

Sooty first made an appearance on our screens in 1955 and is still a very much loved bear.

So when we were offered to review a sooty mischief & magic set for magic day LM was over joyed and couldn’t wait for him to arrive.

sooty mischief & magic review

 

Sooty did arrive and the kids were eager to play with him He came with a magic wand attached to his hand and a wizard hat and waist coat. He also came with a whoopee cushion which the kids found highly funny and spent the next hour sitting on it and laughing at the fart noises.

sooty mischief & magic review

The puppet also came with a colour changing hankie which I was really impressed with and a small book of six tricks to help children put on a performance.

We are lucky enough to have a Melissa and Doug puppet theatre at home which the kids used to create a little magic show for us.

sooty mischief & magic review

 

sooty mischief & magic review

 

The puppet itself fitted well on both my hand and the children’s.

The whoopee cushion was covered in felt and I wasn’t sure if that would effect it’s usage. It didn’t, the kids were easily able to make plenty of loud farting sounds which they found hilarious.

For the price of £19.99 I would have liked a few more extra accessories to go with the puppet or at least a magic wand for the child. However this doesn’t effect the fun factor of the puppet and is something my children will get much loved use from for a long time.

* This item was sent to us for the purpose of this review. However all opinions and words are my own.

 

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Weekly Blogging Good Reads – Week 7 Halloween

Blogging good reads week 7

 

Halloween is just over a week away and there are some great posts in preparation of this spooky holiday in the land of blog. So it is only natural that this weeks blogging good read theme is based on the Halloween posts I have been reading lately. Go check them out.

 

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Halloween is just over a week away, and some of you will be getting the costumes ready to head out into the night and do some trick or treating with your little ones. It is so important that you stay safe during this spooky holiday. Carolin over at Mummy alarm gives her top tips to staying safe at Halloween.

 

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Are you planning a party for Halloween, have you invited all the kids friends, cousins, aunties, uncles, or maybe its just a small tea party for your own kids. Sonia has put together a post of 20 scary treats for your Halloween party needs.

 

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Half term is upon us and in our house we will be getting crafty with Halloween inspired crafts. I just love wreaths not only at Christmas time but for any season Jayne from sticky mud and belly laughs shows you how to make a fabulous witch wreath.

 

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Super jealous of Katy from hot pink wellingtons. She got to go to pick pumpkins from a pumpkin patch, I wish we had a pumpkin patch near where I live.

 

blogging good readAre you throwing a party? or decorating the house for Halloween? Are you dressing up along with the kids to take them trick or treating. Head over to Ali&her and check out her pot on all you need for Halloween.

 

 

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Illness has hit the house

illness has hit the house

What a fun weekend we had! It’s almost winter, the kids are back to school and that means one thing, bugs? The kind that makes you sick.

We were hit this weekend with a whole host of sickness bugs. Which couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. We had a wedding this weekend, however it wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been.

LM had diarrhoea which meant we couldn’t take him unless we wanted an unhappy accident to happen during the ceremony. Which was a shame because he was looking forward to dancing.

I also wasn’t feeling great, I had a headache and sore throat and that totally ruined the day for me. I don’t get sick very often and if I do it doesn’t usually stop me from functioning however I was struggling this time.

At work on Friday all I wanted to do was bang my head against the desk and sleep, don’t think that would have gone down well with the boss.

Saturday at the wedding I really did just want to sleep. We returned home at 3:30pm to prepare for the evening party. There was no way I was up for partying – not one bit, my head was ready to explode.

So me and LM spent the night snuggled on the sofa watching movies, while the Hubby and BG1 partied the night away at the wedding party. They didn’t get home until near eleven! I am sure my seven year old has a better social life than I do.

Sunday rolled in and we all felt a little worse, by the end of the evening I had changed BG1’s bed sheets three times as she had been sick on them. LM was sleeping in my bed, he had caught my cough and his breathing was a bit erratic. That meant the hubby was on the sofa.

I was up with at least one of the kids every hour through out the night and also ended up being sick myself. The joys of being a mum. All in all I had around an hour and a half sleep and I started Monday morning with an explosion in my brain.

All I can say is thank goodness for Nannies, my mum arrived at half eight Monday morning ready to take LM to the doctors while I stayed in bed. The hubby woke up ill on the sofa and that’s were he stayed the entire day.

Once my mum had taken LM to the docs she also took the baby home with her – she had been the only one not to have been overcome by illness yet – and all of BG2’s bed sheets that needed washing.

Me and LM spent the entire day in bed sleeping while BG1 and the hubby spent the day curled on the sofa watching movies.

When my mum returned to drop BG2 off she only needed a bottle and was ready for bed. Mum helped BG1 shower as she had sick in her hair, and made BG1’s bed. It isn’t very often that illness completely takes me out, but I am thankful that I have my mum that I can rely on to help where she can. Sometimes we all need a little help.

Today I feel almost 100%, BG1 is back to school and LM will be heading back tomorrow.

Has illness hit your house yet? Want some tips on how to keep your little one comfy when feeling under the weather – check out this post

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My Sunday Photo Week 12

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We went to the zoo last weekend. The kids had a blast and so did I, I love the zoo. This was my favourite picture from the whole entire day.  You can read more about our trip to the zoo here.

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Wrap up warm this winter – coats for kids

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Winter is on it’s way

It’s that time of year once again. The light evenings are coming to an end. In our house that means one thing. Jammies on straight after school and cuddle up on the sofa with a movie and a bowl of stew. Disney movie of course. I love this time of year, as long as it doesn’t rain. I prefer Autumn/Winter time to the summer. It’s cosy and not hot so your not sweltering in your underwear or trying to keep the kids in the little amount of shade there is.

Okay so Winter isn’t always great, it can get freezing and your pipes can freeze over and burst. It rains – a lot. But in winter you can layer on the clothes, get the throws and cuddle up on the sofa, and jump in giant puddles.

I am a big fan of winter, if I’m honest I will probably say I am a big fan of the Summer when that comes around again too, but hey you would probably have forgotten that by then.

So the colder weather is making an appearance and even though it is only the beginning of Autumn I am preparing to get the kids kitted out ready to wrap up warm when winter takes over.

All three of my kids need new coats, LM has out grown his, BG1’s has been worn to death and BG2 outgrows clothes in five minutes at the moment.

SO I searched the web like we all do when we have something we need to buy and found my top 10 coats I love for the winter for each of my children.

 

Top 10 coats for my Big girl – aged 7

wrap up warm girl

  1. V by Very Girls Hooded PU Biker with Stud Detail – £29-£35 – very.co.uk
  2. Yumi Girl Peplum Duffle Coat – £56 – Next.co.uk
  3. Pink Faux Fur Trim Hooded Bomber  – £34-£40 – Next.co.uk
  4. Sofia Rose Padded Coat – £55 – Monsoon.co.uk
  5. Boden Honeycomb Duffle Coat – £60-£66 – Next.co.uk
  6. Winnie Tweed Coat  – £50 – Monsoon.co.uk
  7. Girls’ Parka Coat, Purple  – £36-£38 – Johnlewis.com
  8. Rosebella Coat  – £50 – Monsoon.co.uk
  9. Girls’ Duffle Coat, Peacoat  – £38 – £40 – johnlewis.com
  10. Belted Hooded Parka – from £22 – Asda.com

Top 10 coats for my little man – aged 5 (nearly)

 

wrtap up warm boy

  1. Boden Dark Grey Space Print Sherpa Lined Anorak – £40-£46 – Next.co.uk
  2. Bench Boys aux fur hooded jacket – sale £75 – very.co.uk
  3. V by Very Boys 2 In 1 Jacket with Inner Gilet – £34 – £40 – very.co.uk
  4. Boys grey parka – from £18 – sainsburys
  5. Harry Herringbone Pea Coat  – £42 – monsoon.co.uk
  6. Black PU Biker Jacket  – £32-£38 – next.co.uk
  7. J by Jasper Conran Boys’ red 3-in-1 parka jacket  – £44-£46 – Debenhams
  8. Peter Mustard Parka Coat  – £38 – monsoon.co.uk
  9. John Lewis Boys’ Duffel Coat, Navy  – £38-£40 – john lewis
  10. Waterproof Dinosaur Camouflage Hooded Coat – from £24 – Asda

Top 10 coats for my baby girl – aged 1

wrap up warm little lady

  1. Camel Shearling Look Jacket – £24-£26 – Next.co.uk
  2. Baker by Ted Baker Girls’ navy quilted jacket  – £24-£26 – Debenhams
  3. Teal Geo Print Snowsuit – £26-£28 – Next.co.uk
  4. Pink Faux Fur Collar Coat  – £26-£28 – Next.co.uk
  5. Baby Evie Pink Roses Coat – £40 – monsoon.co.uk
  6. Green Sparkle Bow Coat – £26-£28 – Next.co.uk
  7. Baby Bunny Faux Fur Collar Coat, Cream – £26-£28 – john lewis
  8. J by Jasper Conran Baby girls’ navy checked fleece coat -£17-£18 – Debenhams
  9. Baby Wilma Coat – £38 – monsoon.co.uk
  10. Baker by Ted Baker Baby girls’ pink bird print coat – £46- Debenhams

wrap up warm coats for kids

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