My top place to visit in Hampshire with kids this summer!

logoIsabella and I have had many enjoyable days out to Finkley Down Farm and have decided to write a review on this family activity farm.

Unlike most farms there is so much to do here you would almost struggle to fit it all in, in one day!

So what is there to do at the park?

  •  Animal fun – the farm hosts a wide range of animals including sheep, pigs, goats, cows, alpacas and ponies
  • Petting animals – there are set time slots to pet various different animals that include: bottle feeding lambs, rodent handling, rabbit handling and pony grooming
  • IMG_1838-247x247Sheep racing – there is an obstacle course for the sheep to go over whilst racing great fun for all the family to watch
  • Indoor play – Giant Indoor Heated Play-barn has lots of seating, free WiFi and so much for children to play on.  There are several different areas for different age groups to play including: Fowl play – Ball cannon area, Fire station – interactive fun for under 5s, Toddler farm – Toddler area for under 2’s with a farm theme, Construction Zone – building blocks suitable for all ages and finally the Playzone – includes 5 different slides and a giant 4.2m drop slide.
  • Outdoor play – includes a whole host of activities; sandpit, pedal tractors, trampolines, go-carts, den building, rocket slide, swings, zip wire, little tikes play area and real vintage tractors.

Where to eat?

The Moody Cow Cafe is open daily 10-6pm to visitors and offers; breakfasts, morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea. Hot food is served from 10am to 5.15 daily. With seating inside and out this is a great place to refresh yourself after a wonderful day of farm fun.

There is also the option to bring your own packed lunch with lots of seating provided to eat this.

Activity timetable:

Time
Activity
11:00am Bottle Feeding of Lambs (Touch & Feel Barn)
11:30am Rodent Handling (Touch & Feel Barn)
12:00am Rabbit Handling (Opposite Rabbit Barn)
1:00pm Meet The Chicks (Touch & Feel Barn)
2:00pm Sheep Racing (By Llama Field)
3:00pm Rabbit Handling (Opposite Rabbit Barn)
4:00pm Bottle Feeding of Lambs (Touch & Feel Barn)
4:30pm Pony Grooming (Pony Stables)
5:00pm Bottle Feeding of Calves (Behind Touch & Feel Barn)

Pricing:

Person Type
Entry Price
Saver Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £31
Adults £8.95
Senior Citizens, Students & Disabled Adults £8.50
Children (Aged 2-16 Years) 7.95
Disabled Children 7.50
Serving Military Personnel £5.95 (ID Required)

Conclusion:

I feel this is one of the best places to take this kids with activities for toddlers right up to teenagers. The cost of the activity farm is a reasonable price for what you get in return and that is why I have chosen this as my favourite location to go in Hampshire.

Contact details:

Website: http://www.finkleydownfarm,co.uk
Telephone: 01264 324 141
Address: Finkley Down Farm Park, Andover, SP11 6NF

 

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Top ten baby products I couldn’t live without

As I now only have nine weeks left until our little bump is due to enter the world I have finally started to think about what we need to prepare for her arrival. How different it is second time round!! By this time in my pregnancy with Isabella the nursery was complete, wardrobe full and hospital bag packed 🙂

Whilst planning what I need to prepare I sat and had a thought about the 10 things I found most useful and here they are:

1. Amby Baby Hammock
http://www.amby.co.uk

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Instead of a Moses basket Isabella slept in this and I was an absolute god send for me. Even after night feeds she was so easy to settle and if she moved it would rock her back to sleep, I will definitely be using this again with baby number 2.

 

 

 

2. Puckababy Piep
http://www.puckababy.co.uk

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Isabella kept hitting herself in the face or startling whilst sleeping and I found this amazing the first night I used it she went from waking every three hours to going 5 1/2 hours a miriacle when you are sleep deprived. She continued to use the next size up until she was over a year old.

 

 

 

3. Baby Carrier
There are hundreds of different types and brands and I think  it is really down to personal preference and comfort for you and baby. There are loads of sling library’s across the UK where you can go and get advice and trial all the different styles as well as hire them before you spend out money buying one. I would really recommend this as I found my sling to be an absolute lifeline allowing me to keep on top of house work, prepare dinner and just have my hands free. If Isabella was crying or clingy I would also put this on and walk around the house and it would settle her.

4. Motorola MBP30 Digital Video Baby Monitor
http://www.babymonitorsdirect.co.uk

ImageWith loads of great functions this baby monitor gave me absolute piece of mind with Isabella, you also had the ability to play music or talk back through the monitor. The picture was really clear and had great night vision. We have recently just swopped this for a newer model of the Motorola Monitor with two cameras so we can keep a watch on both children.


5. Rocking chair

I was given my grandma’s old rocking chair so I still have this to use but for those night feeds, settling baby or just a nice comfy place to feed and comfort baby I found my rocking chair the most relaxing place to go.

6. Bouncy chair
http://www.kiddicare.com

ImageIf you want to be able to have dinner in piece or grab a quick shower I would recommend purchasing a bouncy chair, a safe place to put your newborn that they seem to relax and enjoy themselves in. There are several models and they all vary in price but I would definateley say make sure it vibrates and plays music.

 


7. Brother Max 3-in-1 Digital Thermometer

http://www.brothermax.com

ImageA newborn is so precious and temperature is so vital that I found the Brother Max thermometer a real necessity and also not only used it to test her temperature or check if she had a fever but to control the nursery temperature and decided what she should wear to bed.

 

 

8. Breastfeeding Pillow
http://www.kiddicare.com
ImageAt the beginning breastfeeding can be tough and if anything makes it easier or more relaxing then it is a necessity in my eyes.

 

9. Sophie la Giraffe
http://www.sophielagiraffe.co.uk
ImageWhen your baby is teething and grizzly you will do anything to make them happier, for some reason this giraffe works miracles for teething pain. I purchased so many different types and styles of teething toys including the frozen ones and necklaces but Sophie was the preference by far.

 

 

10. Fisherprice Jumperoo
http://www.kiddicare.com

ImageThis is for when your child is 6 months + but as soon as Isabella was old enough it gave her a sense of new found freedom and she loved it! This by far was the most useful toy she has ever had and she never seemed to get bored of it.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading my ‘top 10 baby must haves’ if any of you reading this have any good tips or recommendations I would love to hear from you!

Sophie
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Bugaboo Donkey – Mono Review

This pram has become my true love and I cannot wait to trial it in duo mode when the new arrival is here 🙂

My first pram was the Joolz Day which I absolutely loved but have to say the Bugaboo Donkey has won me over more than that. With my hectic lifestyle we needed a pram that would go on all terrain including the beach, fit in a BMW 1 Series and I also wanted it to look nice, whilst looking for a new pram we also decided that we were going to start trying for another baby so it would make sense to get a pram that would convert to a double. After lots of research and reading other peoples reviews I decided to go with the Donkey.
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Look and Style
As with all Bugaboo prams even with a first glance you cant help but notice the style, quality and ability to personalise, with several colour choices, handle bar covers and accessories you really can make this pram your own.The fabrics and frame are to an excellent standard feeling strong and sturdy to push.

Size
Although the pram looks big in mono mode it is actually no wider than the Chameleon and in duo mode will still fit through most standard doors. The frame when folded fits easily into the boot of my BMW 1 series with the seat and basket.
ImageManoeuverability/Folding 
The pram is so easy to push and there is no need to even use two hands, the steering and control is so light. This pram manoeuvres effortlessly and has swivel wheels that also have air tyres.The tyres also lock in the forward or backward position for rough terrain which this pram really excels in including the beach! The locking process is also handy for rocking you little one off to sleep 🙂 if you are struggling on the sand there is another useful mode which is two wheel mode converting the pram into something similar to a saktruck to drag across the beach.

ImageTo remove the seat from the frame the buttons are memory so when you press they stay released which is brilliant allowing you to do one handed. The folding of the pram is also easy but does require two hands, or if the grandparents are using a decent instruction as my mum borrowed to take my daughter out and ended up with the pram stuck up and had to drive home with the roof down and the pram still up!

Colour packs/Hoods
The hood on the Bugaboo Donkey is great giving you several positions with one option to completely cover your child’s face. The hood is shower proof and also great at protecting from the sun. There are tons of funky colours to choose from for the colour packs even a special edition Andy Warhole design. I get bored of colours or prams easily and this is a great option to change your pram slightly making it feel new.

Handlebar
The handlebar is easy to move up and down with loads of settings easily allowing a 6ft man push or even as low as a child. The handle bar also has a safety wrist strap attached so you ban be sure the pram won’t run away when going down a hill. I can imaging this is especially vital when in duo mode.

Comfort
My daughter (13 months) absolutely loves this pram and seems really comfortable in it, she is happy to sit in it to sleep, eat, and just admire the world which in her stroller she doesn’t seem happy to do any of these especially sleep. I have also used the pram for a 3 year old and there was plenty of space in the seat for him without any issues, which isn’t the case with many other prams. There are several recline options from completely flat to upright which allows you to recline the seat as and when needed as well as giving your child the option to see everything whilst out and about.

Large Basket & Side Basket
As I love shopping the side basket really appealed to me allowing me to happily shop and load the pram with bags without the risk of it tipping up!
It comes with two baskets a side storage basket which can only be used in Mono mode, and there is also a large basket under the seat. The mesh under seat basket is of a large size fitting approx 4 shopping bags with no issues and the side basket can fit approx 2 bags of shopping.

Conclusion
Overall this pram is amazing, I usually get bored quickly with prams and have had several but this time I am happy and can’t wait to convert it to a duo when baby number two arrives (I will post a duo review once she has). I have not had any issues fitting in shops or doorways and love the basket on the side to make shopping that little bit easier. Isabella seems really happy in the pram and it is so easy to push on all terrains. I would give the Bugaboo Donkey in Mono mode a score of 9/10 and for what you get excellent value for money.

Ikea Borja Training Beaker

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Review
The Borja Training Beaker seems to be the only beaker that my daughter would take milk from other than a bottle see my Beaker Revolution post so in my eyes it’s a life saver.

This simple beaker costs only £1.50 but does exactly what it needs to and seems to perfectly fit Isabella’s mouth (13 months old)

The Borja has two large handles making it easy for a toddler to hold and control the beaker. The lid just presses on tightly and prevents all spills but with a free flowing spout and no lid it isn’t really possible to take out without leaking. Finally there is a clear transparent window on the side of the beaker to see how much is left.

Care instructions
Microwave-safe; heat food up to 100°C.
Dishwasher-safe up to 70°C.

Product Material
Polypropylene plastic

Conclusion
Isabella absolutely loves the beaker and without this we would not have made the transition from her having her milk in a bottle to a beaker. The only downside is that it is not possible to take out with you for the day as it’s a free flowing spout with no lid and would leak. As she only has milk morning and evening this has not posed a problem as of yet we just take another beaker with water in out with us during the day. For £1.50 I think it is exceptional value and score this product 8/10 only making down as it’s not transportable.