I’ve talked before about how much I enjoy shopping at Smyth’s – and feel pretty lucky that we’ve got a store about 5 minutes drive away. There such a big range of products, from baby toys up to video games for the teenagers. Today I want to talk about the 2019 Smyth’s Baby Room Catalogue which is live now and full of products available to buy in store.
The catalogue contains a handy store locator detailing the 98 Smyth’s Stores across the UK, which includes 4 in Wales at Cardiff (my local and it’s huge!), Newport, Swansea and Llandudno. The Baby Catalogue contains all the products that an expectant, newborn or even toddler mum might need, from prams and travel systems, car seats, nursery furniture, cots, bedding, changing bags, safety equipment, feeding accessories, highchairs and of course, lots and lots of toys – both for indoors and outdoors. It’s also peppered with lots of information, both about the products Smyth’s sells, and just general safety information, such as mattress tips, car safety guide and how to pick the right baby monitor – so it’s definitely something I’d recommend parents having a browse through.
Smyth’s Toys asked me to have a look at the catalogue and share what my favourite products they have available are. At first this seemed like an easy task – but once I opened the catalogue I realized how hard it was going to be, as there are so many great options. Here are my personal top picks.
My favourite items in the new Smyth’s Baby Room Catalogue
I love Cosatto. This British company makes the most amazing products in unique designs. I’ve been using my Cosatto pushchair for two years and have had so many comments about how bright and colourful it is. At £129.99 I think the Cosatto Supa Go offers excellent value for money considering how well made and durable this brand is and it supports up to 25kg, so if like me, you’ve got a big baby, you know you’re going to be able to continue using this as they grow.
At just £79.99 the Joie Tilt is such a good value car seat, as it lasts from birth to 18kg. That’s rear facing to 18kg as well, meeting new recommended safety guidelines for keeping kids rear facing as long as possible. It has a 5 point safety harness and 4 recline positions. We’ve been using the Joie Tilt for about a year now and my son slept in it most of the way on our drive from Cardiff to Scotland last summer, so I think he finds it pretty comfortable!
Smyth’s Baby Room Catalogue has a wide range of nursery furniture for newborns to toddlers, but my favourite item is this Nested Somerset Sleigh Cot Bed. I absolutely adore the shape of it and those drawers underneath would be very handy for storage. It has three different base heights, meaning you don’t have to bend down too far to put a newborn baby down (guaranteed to wake them up!) and then it converts to a junior bed with the removal of the protective teething rails. This means it’ll last all the way up to around six years old!
Making bottles of milk is one of the big downsides of formula feeding – it can be a real pain! The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Perfect Prep Machine takes that pain and turns it into a simple one minute job. The model that Smyth’s sells now is an upgraded one to the one I used with my son as a newborn, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the Perfect Prep Machine is an absolute must have for anyone who is formula feeding. Time is simply too precious to be fiddling around making correct temperature bottles whilst juggling a hungry newborn.
It’s not all babies babies babies, there are products suitable for toddlers too – how cute is this Summer Infant My Size Potty Train and Transition? Okay, toilet training shouldn’t be cute, but I can’t help it – it’s adorable. On a more practical matter I think that this is a really effective way of toilet training. My son watches me go to the toilet (yeah, I know, you get used to it when you have kids) and he wants to emulate me. Having a potty that looks like the toilet mummy and daddy sits on really helps him connect the dots and associate his potty with going to the toilet. It has a flip up seat (removable and it also fits on a full size toilet for when you transition to it) and a battery operated flush sound, so he can reward himself with a satisfying whoosh! when he’s done.
Now we’ve talked about safety, furniture and toilet training, I’d just like to share a few of my personal favourite toys from the Baby Room Catalogue.
This cube is amazeballs – just look at it! I could sit and play with it for half hour myself. It contains a variety of different activities that should keep any toddler entertained, whilst also stimulating fine motor skills and mental prowess.
I reviewed the Big Steps Play City Deli last year and you can see that William loved it! I really believe that role play is incredibly important in toddler development, and imaginative toys like the Play City Deli encourage that massively
My final top pick is the Mega Bloks Build & Learn Table Classic. Mega Blocks are excellent for toddlers and pre-schoolers as they’re big, chunky and easily used by little hands to build all sorts of towers and towns (and inevitably, knock them down again). Having a table that the pieces build in to encourages them to build in one location, but it’s also more comfortable to sit at a table rather than being directly on the floor. Learning to build really encourages brain development and is definitely William’s favourite activity at the moment.
This catalogue came out at just the right time for me because it’s time to go shopping for William’s 2nd birthday in a few weeks and I’ve already got a good idea of what I’m going to pick up. I’ve showcased just a tiny selection of my favourite products available from the Smyth’s Baby Room Catalogue. I’d recommend all parents who are expecting, have a newborn or a toddler check it out and head to the website or in-store to see what you can find.
This post was sponsored by Smyth’s Toys.