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4 essentials for a summer outing

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What a beautiful few weeks its been. It might be raining this evening, but the sun looks set to shine for a few more days yet! Now that the school holidays have started as well, I thought I’d share some of the products that we’ve been finding essential for days out and travel. These might be products I’ve been sent to review, but if I didn’t like them, I wouldn’t recommend them or use them, and these are things which we have been using regularly.

1. Diono shade maker canopy We absolutely love this shade maker. We bought a secondhand micralite stroller for nursery and travelling which is great but it’s hood is also far from ideal. After a weekend spent out and about in central London at one point wheeling the buggy backwards to try and keep Pip as out of the sun as possible, I jumped at the chance to test this, and I wasn’t disappointed. It folds up, it attaches to any buggy that has any sort of hood already, and actually creates shade. It’s only about £15 as well so really affordable. We’ve been super impressed with Diono (as I’ve written before) and we still use the bag as our nappy bag and car seat mat every time we go in the car.

2. Plum Tots Little Foodies Plum are another brand I’ve written about before too. We were sent some of their new range of toddler meals, which are perfect for taking on a day out. We tried the Jerk chicken one today and just asked the cafe we were in to pop it in their microwave for 30 seconds. I can attest to how edible it is, as I finished it off when Pip was done! Plum say that “Plum Tots little Foodies contains at least two of your toddlers five a day veg portions and come in easy-to-serve dish formats encouraging tots to self-feed so you can enjoy summer holiday mealtimes as a family. The new line consists of four adventurous recipes: Caribbean Jerk Mango & Chicken with Wholegrain Rice; Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Apricots & Bulgar Wheat; Neapolitan Tomato & Beef Ragu with Ditalini Pasta; and Vegetable Biryani with Wholegrain Rice. Plum Tots Little Foodies is being rolled out across the UK in all the major multiples as well as Boots (end of May – August 2013) at an RRP of £2.25”

3. Born Free Twist & Pop Straw Cup Always important to carry water; Pip loves to drink water and this straw cup is handy for drinking in the buggy as she doesn’t need to tip the cup up to drink. The straw also twists away under the cap to keep it clean, and its easy to take apart and reassemble, as well as dishwasher safe. We also have some training cups from this range. They are all bpa free and come in colours other than blue and pink.

4. Green People SPF25 sun cream. Another essential for summer outings. Green People sent us the unscented one to review, which is what I have linked to, but I see it is showing out of stock; you can also buy it from a variety of other online retailers as well as places like Planet Organic and health food shops. They told me “When protecting children in the sun it is always tempting to go for the highest SPF. A common misconception being that an SPF50 offers twice the protection of an SPF25. This is not the case. Properly applied, an SPF25 lotion offers 96% protection against UVB rays, while SPF50 offers 98% protection against UVB – a marginal 2% difference. The most important thing is to re-apply regularly to stay protected from both UVB and UVA rays.” This sun cream was really nice to apply and went on well and evenly. I’ve also been using it myself and found it felt much nicer than other more chemically brands that I’ve used in the past. We try and use all organic products for Pip, so it was great to find an organic sun cream that actually works.

I’d love to hear about your favourite summer travel essentials too, I’m sure there are lots more!

Thanks to Diono, Plum, Born Free and Green People for providing me with review products. All words and opinions my own. Find details of my sponsorship policy here.

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