Grandparents, aunts, uncles and extended relatives have always played a positive part in young people’s lives, often providing valuable additional role models; perhaps not surprising then, that now in the UK almost two-thirds of all grandparents regularly look after their grandchildren. And whilst most Grandparents are happy to have their house turned upside down whilst their darling grandchild is visiting, most are likely to want to re-gain some sense of normality back to their home when they kiss their loved ones goodbye! So, we’ve scoured our extensive range of baby and toddler products and handpicked the items we think would be the most helpful to keep at the Grandparents’ (or Carers’) house.
We’ve got great baby monitors, baths, weaning seats, safety products and things to keep little ones occupied when they are away from home – our recommendations are based on a number of factors including being compact, portable, foldable and good value for money. So here’s our list:
#1 BABBLE BAND WEARABLE AUDIO MONITOR
Our Babble Band is the first wearable baby monitor that offers a hands-free option to monitoring baby from anywhere in your home. The Babble Band wristband can be adjusted to fit anyone and features 3 monitoring modes: (1) audio mode: to hear baby in the room whilst they are sleeping, (2) vibration mode: to ‘feel’ baby when there is sound in their room, but audio is turned off – this is very handy if you are a little hard of hearing or you like to watch the TV with the volume turned up! (3) sound-level light mode: sound activated LED lights provide a visual cue when there is noise in the nursery and audio is turned off. The Babble Band is a real space saver as the band fits neatly on the base station utilising inductive charging technology to re-charge the batteries for up to 8 hours continuous use. And at only £49.99, it’s an ideal price for a second baby monitor that is not only great for use at grandparents but perfect for taking on holidays too.
#2 POP ‘N PLAY® PLAYPEN
The Pop ‘n Play® is a portable playpen that allows you to easily create a safe portable play area for your little one in seconds. What’s more, when it’s folded away it takes up hardly space; in fact it’s about the size of a traditional folding camping chair! In terms of ease of use, it is so quick and simple to erect and just as easy to fold down. Yet despite it being lightweight and super compact, it is actually very sturdy and has 1.2 square metres of floor space, giving baby plenty of room to play. The easy breath mesh sides also give baby easy visibility of the world around him and with a water-resistant floor it is perfect for indoor to outdoor use. And when it’s time for baby to head home, it can be folded down and stowed away behind the sofa or discreetly in a cupboard.
#3 POP ‘N JUMP®
The POP ‘N JUMP® Activity Centre is the perfect entertainer for babies 6 months plus, it combines bouncing action with toys to explore – so will keep your little visitor occupied and entertained! Just like the POP ‘N PLAY® Playpen, the POP ‘N JUMP® has a lightweight folding frame and comes fully assembled and unfolds in seconds – so it can be stowed away nicely when it’s time for baby to go back to their own house! The jumping support seat that can be easily removed and machine-washed, and there’s a whole range of interactive toys including a spinner ball, rattle, teether and mirror book. Plus, it has a removable UV canopy to protect baby from the suns harmful rays giving reassurance that baby is protected when playing outdoors and it comes with compact travel bag with shoulder strap making Pop ‘N Jump® perfect for use anywhere around the home, or on-the-go.
#4 RETRACTABLE GATE
Most grandparents don’t want to start installing hardware mounted gates to their walls, particularly for occasional visits from their grandchildren, the unique design of our Retractable Gate provides an innovative alternative to wall mounted gates and allows the user to keep doorways and stairways open when the safety barrier is not needed. The Retractable Gate has great scope for all size rooms and for the use at the top of stairs with dimensions of up to 127cm wide and 76cm tall. This product also features a very simple function with its easy locking mechanism, push down to lock and pull up to unlock. This locking method has been installed to give you the efficient fast reaction that is sometimes needed when attending to baby or child! So, perfect for both grandparents home and when visiting friends & family or holiday houses.
#5 SIT ‘N STYLE BOOSTER SEAT
Our innovative Sit ’n Style Booster Seat is super versatile as it’s an easy-to-use feeding seat and booster in one. The sleek, compact design folds flat for convenient storage so perfect to have at grandparents’ house. What’s more there’s under seat storage that is perfect for storing cutlery, wipes, and all your feeding essentials – so when it comes to feeding time, everything you need is at hand. The Sit n Style Booster seat has a grow-with-me feature in that the tray can be removed enabling a toddler to use the booster seat to sit at an adult table. And for extra peace of mind the 3-point restraint system makes sure your little one is secure and comfortable during feeding time.
#6 NEWBORN-TO-TODDLER FOLD AWAY BABY BATH
Our Fold Away Baby Bath offers versatility and convenience and is the perfect solution when space is limited. This folding tub is full-sized, yet folds compactly for storage and travel. It has two positions making it suitable for newborns and toddlers. The inclined positioner elevates baby, ensuring newborns are secure in the inclined position whilst bathing and can be removed as baby grows. Toddlers have plenty of space to splash and play and the inflatable base provides added comfort.
#7 GROW WITH ME DOUBLE BEDRAIL
Attaching a Safety Bedrail to a full size adult bed is a stress-free and space saving alternative to a travel cot for toddlers to sleep safely in when staying overnight with family. The bedrail requires minimal assembly for a quick, easy installation. It’s easy to wipe clean and has a Universal fit for divan and slatted bed bases to fit most bed bases. The bedrail is suitable from 2 years to 5 years.