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 POP ‘N SIT® BOOSTER GREY
This innovative portable booster supports on-the-go lifestyles and makes feeding time easy with a removable, BPA-free tray and innovative pop and fold set-up. With its lightweight design, compact fold and over-the-shoulder carry bag, the Pop ‘n Sit® Booster is perfect for dining on-the-go or even in the garden or park with your little one. When your baby needs a place to eat, just remove it from the carrying bag and pop it open.
#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 2 In 1 Step Up Potty
Quick set up and easy to use. Simply remove the collection pot for easy cleaning. Flip the lid closed and your little one instantly has a step-up to the adult toilet (when the time comes!), and easier access to the sink to wash their hands.
#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 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.
#6 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.
Provides a large, clean, comfortable area to change baby, as well as storage pockets for all the essentials, making it perfect for nappy changes when out and about. Folds up into a compact portable bag with secure fastener and attaches to a pushchair for added portability.