Babble Box – A Review

I came across Babble Box on Instagram at first, and followed them up on their website. I fell in love with the idea behind it – once a month your child received a box full of goodies, suitable for him or her and they look forward every month to opening it and the contents are a surprise every month! They can do boxes from 0-4 years and you can choose to have it as a month-to-month set up or a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.
And the best part about Babble Box? For every box sent each month, they give back by making a donation to a charity such as Bravehearts and Barnardos. Isn’t that lovely?

I think it’d make a great gift especially.  Imagine if you were far away from a little one, perhaps a niece or nephew, or a godchild or even a grandchild. How beautiful would it for them to receive a box every month from you? And you don’t have to worry about it every month, it’s sent out for you. Or perhaps you could order a box in advance as a birthday gift. Heck, it could be your own child that you spend 24 hours a day with and it’s still a cool idea.
So what was in the September box I received? 
Well let’s start with the packaging. Oh my! Pretty darn cute if I do say so. Not to mention it was addressed to O, not to me. I’m sure for kids who can recognize their name, this would be a thrill! O was more into the cute bear logo on the box.
After unwrapping it all and then rescuing the paper from O’s tightly clenched fists that were shoveling it into her mouth (kids are really like puppies sometimes) I found the following items inside my Babble Box. Sorry, O’s Babble Box!
Also included was the tray pictured at the top of this post, along with a toy for O:
She moves way too fast these days to capture a decent
quality pic, sorry!
I thought I’d escaped this toy for awhile… surely 11 months is too young to know how to blow into a toy trumpet? Wrong. Fucksticks. Thankfully, at 11 months her attention span is very short and therefore she only has a couple of blows into it before throwing it over her shoulder and moving on to chewing a DVD (or the lounge, or her bib, or the glass coffee table…).
My favourite item in the box was probably the pig tray. Just because it’s really cute and made from bamboo. O’s favourite item was the trumpet. She goes from being enthralled with it to being petrified of it!
Check out Babble Box and surprise a child in your life.

Jack & Jill Competition Winner!

The competition has ended for the Jack And Jill prize pack. With 12 entries, and extra points for sharing the Instagram photo, a winner was chosen today…

Becc V.
I’ve emailed the winner, and hopefully you enjoy your pack of natural toothpaste and brushes for your little one! 
Thank you for entering the competition, and thank you to Jack And Jill for the giveaway. Check out the full Jack & Jill range on their website.

Jack N’ Jill – Review & Competition!

Organic flavours and calendula, no fluoride, SLS, preservatives or colours.
Awhile ago I wrote a blog post about looking into some natural and organic toothpaste for O to use now that she is nearing 1 and has almost 6(!) teeth. I wrote about the brand Jack And Jill. I did purchase some Jack and Jill toothpaste and brushes, and I also bought some gift kits, a genius idea for kid’s birthday gifts. 
I was worried how O would take it as she thinks my hands going near her mouth is cause enough for a tantrum on the best of days. In a way I don’t blame her, because usually I’m trying to feel her gums for teeth and often I find one almost through. Of course it’d hurt when I’m touching it, the poor thing.
My mum helped me with Operation Brush Your Teeth on the first go, and we used the Silicone Finger Brush with some Raspberry Natural Toothpaste. You wouldn’t believe it (because I sure didn’t) but the little terror liked it. She didn’t seem to mind the brush or the flavour of toothpaste. Win! Next we tried the Bio Toothbrush (it’s made from corn starch and is biodegradable and compostable) which wasn’t as easy. We let her hold it and for a few moments she held it in her own mouth, moving it around her gums (and the few teeny tiny teeth). Then she spotted the cat and that was the end of Operation Brush Your Teeth.
I’d call it a success. We don’t brush her teeth every day at this point, more like once a week. But we are making it a fun game and she now laughs when she watches us brush our teeth. She isn’t sure of the banana flavour but loved the blueberry one last night. I love that its safe if they swallow it (which at this age, she is). I’ll probably stick to the Silicone Finger Brush for the moment, or even try the Tooth and Gum Brush. She loves the little hippo picture on the products too, it’s pretty cute!
I’m glad I found these products, because I do buy into the whole fluoride debate – meaning, I think it’s a slow poison. Okay poison might be a bit dramatic but I really don’t think its necessary to add to our waters. But let’s not open up that can of worms. Let’s just be grateful for companies like Jack And Jill that give us options for our children.
 
Jack And Jill (an Aussie company, by the way) are giving all Hippie Mumma readers the chance to win the products I reviewed (2 toothpastes, a bio toothbrush and a silicone finger brush). How awesome is that! And I’ve made it really easy to enter the competition, just use the form below.

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