Baby Chic

Baby Chic: PacaPod Changing Bag

Calling all yummy mummys!

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As a busy mum of two bubbas under three i am ALWAYS looking for the best changing and believe me I’ve been through a few! My husband will testify to that. But this one just seems to work – mum’s will know what I mean. It’s practical yet super stylish and comes packed with cute little pods (hence the name). The changer pod for things like nappies, wipes, baby botty cream including changing mat. The feeder pod for snacks, beakers, bottles etc even complete with a bottle warmer sleeve. They can be carried separately from the main bag too which is a nice feature – something my daughter loved when she was wondering round the kitchen with her own pod back pack –  could I get it off her?! err no!

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The main compartment is big enough for all your bits, so phone, purse, keys, iPad those kind of things and it attaches easily to your buggy in a variety of different ways. That bit I think is super important – how you can attach to your buggy - I have quite a few buggys; a Bugaboo, a double city jogger mini for them both and a mclaren and they all need different ways of the bag to be carried, this bag does them all – a real consideration when you are looking at bags because trust me if you can’t get it on your buggy quickly and easily you ain’t using it!

The Sequoia combines sexy design with stylish glamour and everything fits neatly into its own little place.  Sounds like how my life used to be BEFORE kids!

It really is the perfect gift for any new mums this Christmas!

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Archos announces the Child Pad

ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced a 7” Android™ tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The device features a compact light weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The ARCHOS Child Pad will be available at the end of March for £99.

As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android™ tablet market, the tablet that offers hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids”, says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents’ everywhere.”

Key Features & Benefits

Child friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLib which is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

In addition, ARCHOS has created a child-friendly user interface with coloured icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.

Availability & Price

The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of £99.

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New Etymotic ETY Kids safe headphones for kids

Today’s tech-connected kids live in a high-definition world. They are bombarded by sound from music players, game consoles, tablets and in-vehicle entertainment systems. Studies show that overexposure to loud sounds leads to hearing damage seen later in life. Parents can take steps to help their kids hear for a lifetime with Etymotic’s ETY·Kids™ Safe-Listening Earphones for Apple products. The ETY·Kids3 headset features three-button control and a mic designed for use with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Sound heard through ETY·Kids earphones will not exceed safe levels, so parents can rest easy. Even at the maximum volume setting on portable players, kids can listen safely for up to four hours per day. ETY·Kids earphones also block out background noise, and provide high-definition sound quality so kids will be able to hear every detail, and won’t complain that the volume is too low.

ETY∙Kids are available in two versions – the ETY·Kids3, a three-button control headset with mic designed to work with Apple products, and the ETY·Kids5 universal earphone that works with any portable device.

The ETY·Kids3 headset will feature AWARENESS! for Etymotic, an app that “listens” to users’ surroundings and mixes any noise louder than normal background sounds directly into the earphones, so kids can hear traffic, announcements or any other important sounds while they are listening. Both products provide clear, high-definition speech and music reproduction and come with kid-friendly eartips to ensure a seal that blocks outside sound.

Pricing and availability – ETY Kids 5 –  £59,  ETY Kids 3  – UK pricing and availability is to be confirmed.

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How to keep kids safe online

From smartphones to tablets, games consoles to computers, getting online has never been easier, so it is becoming increasingly important to protect your child’s safety on the net. Here are  my top tips to keep kids safe online on Tesco Magazine.

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Gadget Gran: micro scooter perfect present for grandkids

If you are thinking of buying your grandchild a scooter for Christmas then this is definitely the one to go for. It comes either as a mini for 3-5 year olds or a maxi for 6-12 year olds. As all children vary in height the handlebars (which can be either T bar or straight) are easily adjustable to suit. These scooters are well made from Swiss design, with a firm plastic platform. They have three wheels for good balance and come with a brake on the rear wheel to stop your grandchild wearing their shoes out when trying to stop.

There are six colours to choose from and also many accessories such as helmets, T shirts and bags. They are sturdy but still light enough to carry around but can corner very easily with a little foot pressure on either side of the platform. It couldn’t be easier to put together, the handlebars just slot into the base and all that is needed then is to tighten everything with the allen key provided and away you go. In the words of my 8 year old granddaughter who has loved using her pink maxi Micro Scooter – “It is such fun to use and I like the way it goes round corners“. “ I just love the pink colour and it is great to use around the house“. “ I always wear my helmet outside and I am very careful near the road”

The Micro Scooter is so easy to pack in the boot of the car if you are going out for the day with the family, a great way to keep the children occupied.

Just so the little ones aren’t left out there is also a scooter for toddlers 1 year plus that comes with a seat to keep them well balanced. If you are feeling adventurous there is also an adult scooter should you wish to join in the fun.

1+ starts from £29.95

3-5 from …….£49.95 – max user weight 20kg

6-12 from ……£99.95- max user weight 50kg

Adult model from £48.00

Available from www.micro-scooters.co.uk

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