Review : Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner

Aria follows me in many ways, but not in the cleaning way. I hate cleaning, Aria on the other hand loves to clean, the downside being that she loves to create the mess too. Obviously as a lazy/clever mother I intend to take full advantage of this love of cleaning, which is where the Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner comes into it’s own.

Review : Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner

The Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner is a direct replica of the latest Dyson ball model. It is extremely life like and includes suction and twist & turn action just like the real thing. It also has moving colourful balls in the clear cylinder making it super fun to watch.

Review : Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner

The Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner makes realistic sounds and has a removable dustbin at the back so that you can easily remove any debris collected.

Review : Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner

Aria absolutely loves her Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner, vacuuming the living room at least once a day, often more. As soon as she sees one of us reaching for our cordless Dyson she yells ‘wait’, and goes to grab her own mini Dyson to help us out.

Review : Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner

The Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner is super easy to push around and to navigate around corners, it is lightweight and glides along easily. My three year old loves it. The suction isn’t the best, but, much to Aria’s delight, it does pick up the odd bit here and there.

Review : Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner

The Casdon Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner has an RRP of £17.99 and can be bought from most good toy shops including Amazon.

*Disclosure – We were gifted the Casdon Toy Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner in exchange for an honest review*

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Review : Wicked Uncle Pound N Tap Bench With Xylophone

We were recently picked as bloggers for Wicked Uncle and provided with a voucher code so that we could purchase a new toy for Aria. Wicked Uncle state that they are the home of brilliant children’s presents and that their mission is fun.

Review : Wicked Uncle Pound N Tap Bench With Xylophone

The Wicked Uncle website is easy to navigate and you can search using various categories including age, gender and categories such as brainiac and creativity. I know a lot of people don’t appreciate gender stereotyping but Wicked Uncle act as a present service, they are aware that some little girls may be into boys toys, but they are also aware that Uncle ‘Bob’ would appreciate simply selecting an age and gender and buying an item off a list rather than delving into a whole new world of toys.

After browsing for quite a while I eventually settled on the Pound N Tap Bench with Xylophone* (£29.95), we also bought Pippin the Puppy Blankie* (£9.95) which isn’t featured in this review, we love it but there isn’t much to say about it! I love traditional wooden toys so was immediately drawn to this. It is so colourful and has a lot going on which I hoped would keep my busy body fifteen month old entertained for a while.

traditional wooden baby toy a colourful music box with wooden balls and xylophone

Great news, she loves it! Her favourite things to do with it are to run away with the balls…

child playing with Pound N Tap Bench With Xylophone

put the balls back…

Review : Wicked Uncle Pound N Tap Bench With Xylophone

bang the balls together…

baby girl playing with xylophone

and of course, play some lovely tunes!

The bench has fast become Aria’s favourite toy, and I can see why, there is just so much to do with it. She hasn’t quite learnt how to hammer the balls down so that they set the xylophone off, but that doesn’t matter as there is already so much for her to do. I think she will play with this toy for many years to come, and it seems to be of a good enough quality to last for all those years.

Have you ordered from Wicked Uncle? What are your little ones favourite toys?

Follow Up Review : Fisher Price Newborn to Toddler Gym & Baby Seat/Swing

Before Aria’s arrival I posted my initial thoughts on the Fisher Price Gym and the Fisher Price Baby Seat/Swing. Aria is now seven weeks old so we have had the chance to try them out, read on to find out our thoughts so far.

Baby using Fisher Price Seat as swing and chair
The chair* doubles up as a swing and a seat. You can clip it in at the bottom so that it stays in position or un-clip it and strap your baby in to use it as a swing. We tend to use the swing to get Aria to sleep and then clip it up, she will sleep in the chair for hours during the day time which means that mummy can get on with doing housework!
Fisher Price Baby Seat/Swing Control Panel
As well as a swing function there is also a vibrate function and music/sound effects. This is all very easy to control using the buttons on the side panel, you can also control the speed of the swing and the music volume here.
Happy Baby using Fisher Price Seat/Swing
As you can see this cheeky little madam enjoys her swing.
Baby using Fisher Price Swing
Fisher Price Seat/Swing Five Point Restraint.
The five point restraint makes the swing very secure, is easy to use and is easily adjusted to suit the size of the baby.
The one thing that I do have to mention is that the instruction manual states that the chair requires D batteries, when in fact it takes C batteries. As a result we ended up wasting money on batteries that don’t fit.
Happy Baby using Fisher Price Gym
Aria has only recently been interested in her gym*, the more she develops the more she enjoys it. She isn’t yet at the stage of grabbing the dangly toys but I do this for her, when you hit or  pull on them the lights flash and the music briefly plays, this makes her face light up!
Fisher Price Gym Lit up
She does wave her arms around in an attempt to grab them herself but never quite reaches.
Baby using Fisher Price Light Up Gym
We also use the gym for tummy time, the padded mat makes it perfect for this use.
Out-take! Why blogging with a baby isn’t necessarily very easy, they are sick, a lot.

Initial Thoughts : Fisher Price Newborn to Toddler Gym & Baby Seat/Swing
Fisher Price Newborn to Toddler Gym* & Baby Seat*
The Fisher Price Rainforest Friends take along swing & seat is gorgeous and looks like it will be a lot of fun for baby.
The seat is secure and relatively easy to put together, I did have to ask Spencer for help while pushing one part into place, but apart from that I managed it all by myself.
The seat collapses well making it easy to take away with you, Spencer collapses it easily but I can’t push the buttons in hard enough. I am hoping that they will loosen up a bit as time goes on.
I am suffering with Carpal Tunnel in my pregnancy so my hands are weaker than usual which could be why I struggle with certain aspects.
The seat can be used as a six speed swing, a baby seat and a vibrating baby seat. It plays music and nature sounds. The swing is battery powered and senses the babies weight so doesn’t get weighed down, which means no effort at all for mummy and daddy.
It has a bright and colourful design plus two dangling toys so is sure to grab baby’s attention.
The seat looks comfortable and (the best news for me!) is machine washable.
The seat is suitable from 0 – 11kg.
The Fisher Price Baby Gym* is suitable from newborn to toddler and is easily converted between the three stages.
Spencer had to put this together for me purely because my belly was in the way, but believe me, if you don’t have a huge belly it is super easy to put together.
It is bright and colourful, comes with dangling toys and balls for baby to play with, has dancing lights and two music modes (long play and short play).
We currently have ours set up for newborn, the other two options are stage two which involves clipping the mat in a slightly different way so that baby can sit on it and place the balls between the net (currently underneath) and the slides. In stage three you would lose the mat altogether so that your toddler can stand and drop the balls, you can also remove two of the dangling toys and place them onto the base of the animals legs.
The mat is padded and machine washable.
Keep your eyes peeled for a follow up post on both of these items once baby has arrived and had chance to play with them.