After receiving some baby products a few weeks ago, I thought it'd be a lovely idea to find a new mum to put them to the test. Debbie May aka PinkLilyCat came forward after I'd put the word out on Twitter. Debbue's been mum to little Harry for just 10 months. Here's what she thought of the Beginning Travel Kit for Baby by Mclaren. (approx £20).
|Debbie May and little Harry|
|The Maclaren Beginning Travel Kit for Baby|
Debbie says: "Being offered the chance to test out beauty goodies is an opportunity not to miss in my book. I’m a big fan of trying out pretty much every lotion and potion out there and having baby Harry has meant that I can now buy a wider range of products. Woo and indeed hoo!
"So far I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason Johnson’s has such a strong hold on the baby market is for one very simple reason – they’re the best. Not cheap or trendy but the products do exactly what they should and smell divine! So this kit was up against some stiff competition.
"First impressions – the packaging – pretty much the most important aspect of any pricey toiletries I think. And this one isn’t half bad! Cute little round box with a typeface that just screams ‘happy hippy organic natural earth mother’ (yes I got all that from a typeface).
"Second impressions – the products - bath milk, soap, massage oil, talc, nappy cream, room misting spray & a candle. Yes you read that correctly, a ‘celebration candle’. Now call me crazy but I’m not mad keen on the combination of my 10 month old baby and a naked flame... I’ll be testing that one out at MY bath time I think...
"On to the other actually usable products then, starting with the ‘cocooning massage oil’. Now I have to admit that I gave up massaging Harry when he was about 6 months old as I hate how slippery it made him and was terrified of dropping him! This massage oil was really slimy and didn’t absorb well at all. It was also heavily perfumed with lavender, mandarin & geranium which made me a little nervous about applying it directly to his skin. However, I have to admit that he seemed to enjoy it. I, on the other hand, didn’t. I just found it quite messy to use and it got everywhere. Carrying him into the bath afterwards was a nerve wracking experience!
"The bath I filled with the ‘calming bath milk’ and sadly this was a disappointment as it just didn’t smell of anything. Not a hint. It simply made the water cloudy. Boo.
"The ‘soothing delicate soap’ however was a hit. Hurrah! It foamed up nicely, smelt delightful and was kind to his skin. This one’s a keeper.
"Next out the box was the ‘absorbing dusting powder’ (that’s talc to you and me). This one’s my favourite. It has a great scent and consistency and all in a genuinely nifty little bottle that would be ideal to transport.
"The following day I tested out ‘protecting nappy change balm’ which despite my reservations turned out to be fantastic. I’m not a fan of using creams on the nappy area unless it’s necessary but I have to admit that this absorbed brilliantly and didn’t create any irritation.
"Last but not least we have the ‘comforting room mist’. I had the bright idea of using this after changing a smelly nappy in the hope that it would neutralise the stench. It didn’t. In fact the combination of lavender, chamomile and baby poo was enough to make me nauseous, and I’ve been changing these bad boys for 10 months now! However, in fairness if you use the spray just before bedtime it’s pleasant enough and may just aid sleep in a restless wee one.
Ultimately the Beginning Travel Set for Baby is a bit of a mixed bag but as the good outweighs the not so good I’d be happy to recommend it. However I’m still resolutely a Johnson’s girl. For now...
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!"