Monday, 21 July 2014

Beltlock Review

Have you ever had that awkward moment in the car when someone unclips the seatbeat thats holding your childs carseat in place? Whats worse is that they then jump out and you don't realise the seat is unclipped and so you carry on driving. Its an easy mistake to make but with very serious consequences. I am a huge advocate of carseats that don't require using the seatbelt at all and lock straight into the seat using isofix, however we like so many other families have one carseat that still requires to be secured in using the seatbelt.

Most people find that their older children accidentally unclips the wrong seatbelt when undoing their own but we also have the problem with an elderly relative that we take in the back of the car too. The above situation actually happened when this relative unclipped the wrong seatbelt, then got out of the car without me realising that my youngest son was no longer secured. I am thankful that nothing happened to us on the way home, as I didn't even consider this happening until it did, and we arrived home safely but its a situation that I never want to have to worry about again.

I was sent this Beltlock to review and it has put my mind at complete ease now when traveling in the car. It was really simple to install in the car and comes with instructions on the cardboard that surrounds it. You just slip it over the seatbelt receiver and then you put the buckle through the beltlock and secure it as usual, thats it!. Little fingers and much bigger fingers in my case can't get down through the beltlock to unclip it. To remove it you use a key to the release the seatbelt and it unclips. It really is as simple as it sounds.

These are the installation instructions on the other side of the cardboard packaging
This small little device has been a lifesaver literally when traveling in the car and I would recommend if you are having the same problem as me, or if you want to prevent someone accidentally undoing your child's carseat, its so easily done and so easily preventable with this little device, the Beltlock.

Disclosure: I was sent a Beltlock device in order to test and review it.

The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile

This month Parragon have sent us to review 'The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile' by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Henry Fisher.

This fishy tale follows one family's quest to search the sea looking for the fish with the deep sea smile - but can they catch it? The book takes you on a rollicking rhyming adventure, along the way and is illustrated beautifully by Henry Fisher. I have been excited about this book as it has captured the interest of my younger son, who is 2. Up until this point reading has been challenging with him, he just couldn't seem to sit still for long enough to listen before wanting to just flick through the pictures himself. 'The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile' has changed all of that, he couldn't take his eyes of the pictures and the rhyme seems to lull him into a stillness that enables him to listen. In fact he loves this book so much that when I tried to take it from his bedroom so that I could write this review up he took it from me and said "No Mummy, the fish book stay in my room, you no have it". I snuck it out later when he wasn't looking!

The story is based on a rhyme and it took me a few attempts of reading it before I felt that I had it down. You have to really read it well because lots of the words get repeated and in places it feels like a bit of a "red lorry, yellow lorry" tongue twister, pushed on by the momentum of the story. My eldest son really liked the map in the middle of the story (seen below) showing all of the places that the family have looked across the sea. He has been learning about treasure maps at playschool and the map looks very like one, they also both like to trace their fingers in the directions of the arrows.

We have really enjoyed this story and it has become a firm bedtime favourite with my younger son and we would definitely recommend it. Its such a fun story, and we loved seeing all of the weird and wonderful fish they catch when they are looking for the fish with the deep sea smile.

If you would like to buy a copy of 'The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile' you can from Amazon here: The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile. It would make a great present for a little persons birthday or for Christmas (if you are thinking about Christmas already and stocking fillers).

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of the book in order for us to review it.