Dear Mummy, I’m a massive fan of CBeebies and one of my favourite shows is Kate & Mim-Mim. So imagine my delight at getting a new Kate & Mim-Mim toy through to review. Look at the joy on my face! I was eager … Continue reading
My ‘Baaaaaaa” Animal Neck Pillow
Dear Mummy, you are always on the eternal quest for sleep. To find products to help all of us sleep better, ear plugs for yourself, nose plugs to stop Daddy from snoring, night lights to keep the scary monsters away and the list goes on. You’ve known about a company that can help, they are masters in ‘pillow’ talk… well pillows of the fluffy kind. The company is called Theraline and they make clouds of sleepy joy!
When my mummy was pregnant with me she used their pillow to pop between her legs to make it more comfortable to sleep at night and take the pressure off her hips.
She also continued to use it as a breastfeeding pillow and a soft cushion to prop me up. So we know the quality and longevity of Theraline products already. No other supplier seems to have a more extensive product range of pillows for maternity in one place.
However, today it’s the new kids range that we are reviewing. If you haven’t heard about Theraline they’ve been established since 1993 with the aim of offering high-quality maternity and well-being products at great prices. They are climate aware too and actively look to balance they CO2 emissions by putting money into environmental projects. All and all a good reputable company which makes it more reassuring to buy from.
The Theraline Animal Neck Pillow arrived in a clear plastic zipped case which looked super cute, I’ve already decided that when I’m not storing my pillow in it I’m going to use it to carry around my toys on long car trips. I spend ages playing with the zip on the bag until I realise that the pillow has been neatly folded and put onto the table.
At first glance it looks like a cuddly toy, it’s super soft and brilliant white, not so sure it will remain white for much longer though! I unfold my new friend and see that he is a sheep! That’s so cool I think! I point out his stitched nose and eyes and proceed to give him a big squeeze.
I love the way he feels and the sand-like micro-bead filling moulds to my grip and makes me giggle. I swing him around as he’s not too heavy and wear him like a bag over my shoulder; I don’t think I’ve got to grips with this whole ‘neck’ thing.
The high functionality of this super cute ‘Baaaaa’ animal neck pillow means that I can play with him and go to sleep on him.
He’s a great travel pillow and I use him briefly for a head support. Unfortunately I start to dribble on him and make him wet, which I don’t like and take him off to inspect the wet patches.
However he’s easy to wash and wipe clean, good thing too with a messy pup like me using him! Funnily enough I use him more outside the car to play with than to sleep on, but on longer car journeys my mummy will help me put him on, to save my head from lolling around the car seat. It would be good if Theraline introduced some more characters to their range like a pink pig and a green crocodile!
He would make a nice little Christmas present for any child that likes to ‘nod off’ in strange and unusual places!
Love Bella x
Dear Mummy, I’d like to introduce you to my friend ‘Spike’. He’s a Lazy Lizard. A beautiful handmade soft toy.
We’ve been on an adventure for some time now. He’s been with me taking my first steps through the bluebell woods of Micheldever in the Spring, jetting away on holidays to Gibraltar in the summer and getting his groove on at the Just So Festival, in fact we’ve been inseparable since we first met.
So where did he come from? A local company called Lazy Lizards based in Winchester, Hampshire.
However he was born the other side of the world in the fair-trade ‘Barefoot’ workshops in Sri Lanka. Which have been producing toys and textiles like him for over 40 years. Giving local women in rural communities the opportunity to create and make handmade items for a fair wage and training.
‘Barefoot’ was the brainchild of entrepreneur, Barbara Sansoni.
Sansoni textiles are inspired by the exotic land of Sri Lanka, much different to dreary England. That’s why they are so bright. They use Cibacron F/FN Swiss dyes which make their colourful yarns and fabrics.
All Barefoot products are made from cotton, silk or wool yarn. The dyes are safe and where stuffing is used, it comprises of kapok pulp. All fibres are natural and, therefore, biodegradable.
Barefoot products meet the standards required by EU and UK legislation and are safe for all ages from newborns upwards. That’s reassuring. They are also washable, which makes my mummy happy. Everything is produced in the villages and nothing is mass-produced. No child labour is used.
There are no factories and no production lines. This makes me happy, to think that my friend ‘Spike’ was born from someone else’s imagination and hand. He has an ethnicity, and a connection to this far away place, which one day I would hope to travel to.
Each toy has a unique personality and no two are the same. This is why Spike and I get on so well, as he’s slightly bonkers just like me.
Lazy Lizards in Winchester was established by Jules. She found Barefoot on her travels and wanted to share them with the world. Jules has been creating and trading in Barefoot products for some time and we’re glad we visited her site. I’m not the only one who has fallen in love with this quirky toy.
Jules has friends of her own too, Lemon and Lime – the frilled-neck lizard twins and Funky Unk – the bright red thorny devil. You can follow the adventures of Lazy Lizards on Twitter and Facebook.
I love my Lazy Lizard’s quirkiness and colours, the fact that he was handmade by talented people on the other side of the world. Spike is better travelled than me! Whenever we go on our adventures people always comment on how unusual he is.
He has been made so well, that when I pull at his legs and explore his quirky shapes and feet, he doesn’t look worn or tired.
He may not be the softest of creatures, but this adds to the appeal. His texture is almost natural and adds to the sensory experience of playing with a toy that isn’t the bog standard soft plush cuddly toy. This is what makes him stand out from the rest in my toy box and why I always reach for him first.
I hope to carry on with my adventures with Spike and you may see him crop up from time to time on my blog. He’s definitely one of the most colourful characters I’ve ever met on my travels so far!
There are so many of his friends looking for homes here in the UK, why don’t you see if you can give one of them a home this Christmas?