Best of 2020 – Kids

Ah 2020, what a year you’ve been, definitely one we won’t forget in a hurry! Despite it’s ups and many downs, product wise it’s been amazing and so I’m so excited for my Best of 2020 series, kicking off today with the kids version.

There are no more babies in our home, but check out last years post, and my newborn essentials post for some products that we loved when Maia was tiny. This year the girls started playing with and using the same things which has been amazing! I’m going to be sharing our absolute best of the best, cream of the crop kiddies products that we loved this year and then… there is a massive giveaway at the end of this blog post, woohoo!

But for now, let’s chat about the products that rocked our world in 2020

Liv Bespoke Gem Blocks and Mountain Stacker Set: This should come as no suprise, I bang on about our Gem Blocks all the time but it’s because they’re that amazing, so many different ways to play with them and such a wide age range that will enjoy them. Use them to practice stacking, counting, colours, problem solving, the list is endless! Liv Bespoke’s latest addition is the Mountain Stacker Set and it’s just as gorgeous and as versatile as the Gem Blocks. You can stack and arrange them in so many different ways, your children can let their imaginations run wild as they make up stories and different scenarios. All Liv Bespoke’s products are hand carved and hand painted so they really are so special, and of course, supporting local.

Declan and Leah Table and Chairs: Every single time I post a picture of the girls play area, I get asked where our lovely table and chair set is from. We’ve had our Declan & Leah Classic Table and Chair set for almost 2 years now and they are still going strong, despite all the abuse they get from our crazy kids. Our girls use their table and chair set for so much, painting and drawing, playing LEGO and blocks, building puzzles and other crafts, they really are a staple in our play area. They are sturdy enough for Dan and I to sit on (a question I get asked quite a bit) and are SO easy to clean; paint and crayon wipe off like a dream with some surface cleaner and a cloth. The set is made from SA A Grade Pine and sprayed in child safe, low VOC PU Paint and is available in white dipped, grey dipped and natural pine. I also love that you can purchase additional chairs if you’d like more than two.

Stumped Knock-A-Blocks: Another product that I’m sure you expected to see on this write up… I guess you could call us a little wooden toy mad around here. I love watching my girls create all sorts of things with their Knock-A-Blocks; Aria makes motorbikes, dinosaurs, robots and so many other creatures big and small. Maia began with just stacking them and now she’s started building with them too, hammering the dowels into the blocks, really working on those fine and gross motor skills. Something else good to know is that all Stumped products are made locally from untreated timber that is sourced from sustainable forests. Oh and keep your eyes on their socials, they are having some amazing discounts for their “12 days of Christmas” promo!

Barbies: Oh my do my girls love their Barbies! They come up with so many different social scenarios – it’s fascinating to watch! Studies have found that when children (regardless of their gender) play with dolls, it helps with social processing development as well as activating the region of the brain where empathy is processed. Two very important skills to learn, don’t you think? One of the reasons that we love Barbie so much is because of how inclusive they are; different races, different careers, different hair textures, body shapes, etc. I especially like the Shero and Inspiring Women ranges

Johnson’s Baby Shiny Drops Range: It’s no secret that we’re a Johnson’s Baby family, the products just work so well for us. My favourite range is Shiny Drops, even though my girls have completely different hair to each other, the Shiny Drops products work like a dream for both of them. The shampoo cleans their hair beautifully with just one application and doesn’t strip the hair, the conditioner really gives a wonderful nourishing boost and the conditioner spray is wonderful especially for Maia’s curly hair as we only brush it once a week when we wash it. All of the products are enriched with Argan oil, are free from dyes and sulphates and have the Johnson’s Baby No More Tears® formula.

Puddle Jumper: Water safety is incredibly important to us, especially because we have a swimming pool at home. Both of our girls go to swimming lessons where they learn water safety and Maia uses the Puddle Jumper when shes in the pool, regardless of whether we’re in as well or not, accidents happen so quickly and often quietly. We have a few different swimming aids at home but our Puddle Jumper is by far the safest because quite simply, not only does it keep a child afloat, it also keeps them upright which is incredibly important. The material that the Puddle Jumper is made from also doesn’t chafe or irritate the skin which is really important to us because of Maia’s eczema, it is also incredibly durable, we’ve had ours for over two years now and it lives outside, weathers all the elements and is still 100% in tact. If you’re looking for a swimming aid, I cannot recommend this investment enough. Please do remember though that just because your child has a swimming aid on, you still need to watch them like a hawk, and if you can afford to, send them to water safety lessons.

NUK Freestyle dummies: Both of my girls used dummies as sleep aids, Maia still does and we don’t plan on weaning her until the end of next year, the same age as we did Aria. Although we are very strict with the dummy (she only has it when she goes to sleep), it’s still important that the dummy we use won’t have a bad effect on Maia’s teeth or gum development, which is why we love our NUK Freestyle dummies. Not only are they orthodontist approved, but the teat is also modeled on a mother’s nipple which helps reduce the risk of nipple confusion (we never experienced nipple confusion while I was breastfeeding). Some other great features include a thin and narrow teat neck which reduces the pressure on the jaws and teeth, and a flat baglet and smooth underside to allow lots of room for your baby’s natural sucking movements. One of my favourite features of the Freestyle Night is that the button has a glow in the dark effect which is so helpful late at night when your little one has lost their dummy. The NUK Freestyle dummies are available in 0-6m, 6-18m and 18-36m.

Living That Oil Life Summer Nights Spray: Just like me, the mozzies love my girls. We’ve tried all sorts of different sprays but none really worked well and I don’t love the idea of having a plug in in their room all night. We started using our Summer Nights Spray last year and it works like an absolute charm! Not only does it ward off the mozzies, but it also acts as an after sun spray and helps to lull you into a deep sleep, three birds with one stone! Its made from all natural ingredients as well (alcohol-free witch hazel, distilled water, lavender essential oil, citronella essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, copaiba essential oil) which I know a lot of you much prefer. This is honestly a must have in our home, we won’t go through a summer without one.

Lily n Jack Snuggle Bunny: Speaking of sleep… our girls do not go a night without their Lily n Jack Snuggle Bunnies. I dont know if its the silky ears of the velvety soft body but these bunnies definitely have a little bit of sleepy magic in them. Both Aria and Maia have had theirs since they were born which goes to show how amazing their quality is and still sleep with them every night. Having her bunny made Aria giving up her dummy that much easier, she lost one sleep trigger (the dummy), but still had the other (her bunny). I love that my girls have learnt to self soothe with their snuggle bunnies and if that means that they’ll sleep with them until they’re 30, I’m not about to complain if it keeps them sleeping like angels.

Umatie: If you’ve been following us since Maia started on solids, you’ll know how much we love and use Umatie. This is a women owned, local company that makes your life so much easier when it comes to feeding your kids. We all have those nights (and days, let’s be honest) where we are just too tired to make dinner, we’d be quite happy with a slice of marmite toast… And that’s where Umatie comes in; out of the freezer, into the microwave and then onto your childs plate, all within 5 minutes from start to finish! There are different textures for different age groups so it doesn’t matter if you’re just starting on your solids journey or if you have fully fledged hungry toddlers, there’s something for everyone, including vegan meals! All of the Umatie meals have no added sugar or salt, are made with organic fresh produce and free-range roaming animals and are free from GMOs, MSG, colourants and hydrogenated fats. If you haven’t tried Umatie meals yet, stock up on a few for your freezer, you’ll thank me later!

Puzzles, Arts and Crafts: To this day I’m not sure how we made it through all those months of hard lockdown but I do know what helped keep us mildly sane was keeping the girls entertained with arts and crafts (between bouts of TV of course because #survival). I can’t remember if it was just before lockdown or during but Busy Bean is honestly a one stop shop if you’re looking to stock up. Some of our faves are:

Pirate Puzzle in a Tin

Colour Me Crayons

Blank Puzzles

Tiara Craft Kit

Shapes Activity Book

Prince and Princess Magnetic Playset

Water Beads

Farm Threading and Lacing Blocks

If you’re looking for something arty and crafty to keep your child occupied this holiday season, Busy Bean has everything you need.

PlayDoh: Another open ended activity that we love and although it is on the messier side, PlayDoh has so many benefits; fine motor skill development, develops hand-eye co-ordination, encourages imaginative play, and and and… Both Aria and Maia enjoy playing with it and its so easy to incorporate things like shape recognition, counting, letter recognition and colour identification while playing. Of course over the years things have evolved big time and there are so many wonderful PlayDoh accessories available these days. Our girls have really enjoyed the Pizza Party but there are so many for you to choose from.

Wylieb Vinyl Crafts: If you know me, you know I love to organise as much as I can. It was while I was sorting out my medicine cupboard that Wylieb asked if they could send me some of their vinyls, of course I couldn’t say no! These vinyls are just amazing – they’ve obviously lasted in our medicine cupboard but the ones I’ve used on the girls lunch boxes and juice bottles are still perfect despite going in the dishwasher daily and getting chucked around at school. Next up is the arts and crafts cupboard…

Books: Oh man, my girls are massive book lovers, it’s one of their favourite things in the world that they have loved since they were little babies. We have overflowing bookshelves in our home, the one thing I don’t intend on going minimal on! I’ll often find Aria reading to Maia or both the girls lying on the couch, book in hand. Some of our faves are by Julia Donaldson, she just has such a way with words that really seems to stimulate little imaginations, Maia could listen to Snail and the Whale 38753 times a day! Aria’s current favourite is What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside. Pan MacMillan is the publishing house for Julia Donaldson in South Africa and they really do a sterling job with what they bring in. In fact, 80% of our girls books are from authors that they represent.

Now that you know all the things that we have loved for our girls this year I’m sure you have a few on your wishlist, right? Well in collaboration with these amazing brands, I’m going to be giving something from each brand to one lucky family! Here’s what you can win:

Declan & Leah: R650 voucher

Liv Bespoke Kids: a set of Gem Blocks and Mountain Stackers

Stumped Wooden Toys: a Knock a Blocks Starter Set

Barbie: sewing machine and doll

Johnsons Baby: Shiny Drops hamper

NUK: a Freestyle Night Soother and a NUK Night and Day Soother set

Puddle Jumper: a Puddle Jumper of choice

Living that Oil Life: a bottle of Summer Nights Spray

Lily n Jack: a Snuggle Bunny of choice

Umatie: a R750 voucher

Busy Beans: a R500 voucher

Play Doh: a hamper to the value of R400

Wylieb Vinyl Crafts: a R350 voucher

Pan MacMillan Books: a Julia Donaldson hamper consisting of What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside, The Go-Away Bird, The Gruffalo and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

How amazing?! I’ve linked all of the brands Instagram pages so feel free to go give them a follow and show them some love.

So, how do you enter? It’s super easy, there is one compulsory step and then a few optional steps as well. Make sure to read the terms and conditions below as well.

Compulsory: Comment on this blog post and let me know what your favourite product for your child was this year and which of the products I’ve mentioned you like the sound of the most.

Optional: Follow the brands involved and myself on Instagram

Optional: Comment on this Instagram post and tag one friend (please don’t tag more than one, even in separate comments)

Optional: Comment on this Facebook post and tag one friend (please don’t tag more than one, even in separate comments)

Optional: Share this Instagram post to your stories and tag me

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway ends on Monday 7 December 2020 at 20h00

The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize, if they do not claim the prize within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen

Open to South African delivery addresses only

Prizes are not transferable for cash

Because of the festive season, there may be a delay in shipping your prize

Feature image is by the ever talented Ruby Bear, girls are wearing Storm and Sky

 

 

 

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125 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen Nel
    November 30, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Oh wow, I just love the Johnsons shampoo range for my little ones hair. It looks shiny and healthy and the detangling spray really works well for me. Its doesn’t sound like I’m murdering my daughter every morning 🙈
    My kids love all things arts and crafts to the Wylieb vinal crafts sounds awesome. I will definitely have to try some of the products.

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      Caroline Sculley
      November 30, 2020 at 6:51 pm

      Amazing inspiration! My ultimate mom hack this year was my NooNooPie baby carrier- it was perfect for when my little one was a newborn and I still pop her in it now as a one year old when she needs so mamma love and I need both my hands! 💜

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      Savannah Boshoff
      December 1, 2020 at 9:14 am

      What beautiful prizes!
      For us, 2020 has been the year of play-doh! It has encouraged great imaginative and creative play (albeit messy play 🤣🙈). A must-have in our house!
      These Pan MacMillan books look amazing! These are definitely on my wish-list!

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      Tasneem
      December 4, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      My favourite product this year was a tool set I bought for my 3 year old. He “fixes” everything around the house from the front door to his baby brothers cot. I am most intrigued by the Gem Blocks and Mountain Stacker which I’m sure both my boys will love.

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    Nasika Baijnath
    November 30, 2020 at 7:07 am

    This is amazing . I love the tiara craft tin what ana amazing article especially as it’s time to do festive shopping. Thank you

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      Nirvana
      November 30, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      The Knock-a-Blocks – it’s educational and helps kids with their gross motor skills, which is so important in child development. Also, keeps the kids busy and entertained for hours

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      Samantha
      November 30, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      I love the sound the Wylieb vinyl crafts. My girls love crafts. We love the Tower kids range. So many to choose from and come in boxes of 4.

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    Niloofar Khan-Kammies
    November 30, 2020 at 7:12 am

    My favourite product was definitely the PlayDoh as ut beneficial to my child, strongly followed by the Johnsons Range. My daughter and I love the sound of the Barbie sewing machine and doll the most. This would be a perfectly splendid blessing for my daughter and I. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

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      Kelly Herbst
      November 30, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Oh I love this list!
      We’ve loved just investing in beautiful, lovely books for our girls this year. So enjoyable and never get old ❤️
      I’ve been seriously eyeing out the beautiful Liv Bespoke range for a while now, the Gem Blocks look so stunning and so fun 👏🏻

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      Binesha
      November 30, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      Play doh and arts and crafts were a savior for me during lock down! I had my second baby in March 2020, my husband worked most of lock down, and play doh, Lego and arts and crafts kept my toddler busy.

      I’m very interested in the Declan and Leah voucher, as I would live to get a new table and chairs set for my little ones.

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        Tiffany Jayde Lottering
        November 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm

        How can you choose a favorite when all of these are super awesome and something if not one but all of my kids will enjoy. I think the Declan and Leah voucher will probably be used first as the kids desperately need a beautiful table and chair set. Oh, im holding thumbs for this all the kids in my house will be blessed if their momma can win this for them.

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    Monique
    November 30, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Wow! All the brands are amazing. I would love to get my little one the beautiful table and chair from Deacon & Leah. And the barbie sewing kit, looks pretty cute too for my little girl.

  • Reply
    Jane Germaner
    November 30, 2020 at 7:27 am

    I just adore all of the Julia Donaldson books just too special! Awesome prize with awesome brands

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    Monique Ronco
    November 30, 2020 at 7:27 am

    These prizes are all so amazing but my fav has to be the snuggle bunny (we have experienced this amazing magic and can’t get enough lol) and the gem blocks… been eyeing them for a while now!

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    Melinda
    November 30, 2020 at 7:30 am

    LEGO and Duplo blocks are our favourite product! The puddle jumper is an amazing product, we also have the crab one featured in your pictures 😊 I love the sound of the stacking items from Liv Bespoke

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      Stacey Crouse
      November 30, 2020 at 7:35 am

      What an amazing give away! My eldest girl of 5 is obsessed with barbies. We have a Barbie wedding where Barbie married Ken almost every day! Play dough is also a firm favorite in the house ( my 1 year old thinks it’s a good group). Would love to win this hamper.

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        Yolanda
        November 30, 2020 at 5:02 pm

        My kids love Lego, its always a winner! I have been looking at the knock a block set for ages and would LOVE to win it!!

    • Reply
      Lana
      November 30, 2020 at 8:08 am

      I have two girls, similar ages to yours. Play doh is definitely a favorite! My eldest girl would love a barbie and we love Busy Bean. My youngest would love the knock a block. All really amazing brands.

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      Nabeelah Koor
      November 30, 2020 at 8:40 am

      My favourite product that I’ve bought for my kids this year would have to be arena armbands. I have a little one on the way so the puddle jumper would be great. My girls would love the barbie sewing machine as they are always watching me sew and they always ask me to teach them a thing or 2. Love this giveaway!!

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    Steph Smith
    November 30, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Umatie hands down! I loathe cooking and anything that takes the guesswork out of “what’s for dinner” is a winner! I have an 18 month old and newborn, and I think for my daughter our favorite product has had to have been the Tommee Tippee roll n go bib. It’s been the Best Buy for us by far. And I also have to mention her 2 JellyCat bunnies, Monty & Bronty. They’re basically her best friends.
    For my newborn it’s between the LoveToDream swaddle sleep sack and the NUK Night & Day soother. That glow in the dark dummy saves me every time 🙌🏽

    • Reply
      Caitlin
      November 30, 2020 at 8:19 am

      We love the ubuntu baba carrier. It’s been a lifesaver for us with baby wearing…. I’ve been eyeing those liv bespoke kids products and stumped wooden toys from your IG posts

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    Amy H
    November 30, 2020 at 7:32 am

    My favourite product from this year was the Stumped Knock a Block – locally made and open ended! Out of your list I’m so keen for the gem blocks and mountain stack 😍

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      Leigh Smidt-Hart
      November 30, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      I am sure my little one would love the Liv Bespoke Gem Blocks and Mountain Stacker Set. I think blocks are amazing for little ones and help them in so many ways. Personally my favourite product for my little one has been a good ol’ pallet of water paints and lots of paper. Getting the creative juices flowing really helped in lockdown.

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    Catherine
    November 30, 2020 at 7:35 am

    We would not have survived this year without our trusty supply of Play-Doh (which we definitely need to replenish) and our small collection of Julia Donaldson books. The movies on Showmax are also beautiful!
    I’m alwaus keen to add to our book collection, and anything JD is sure to be a hit. The stacker blocks are also something my girls would have so much fun playing with!

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    Bianca Moses
    November 30, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Our fav product this year has been all things Barbie 💕 it keeps my girls happy and entertained for the longest time. And adds such wonderful imaginative play. I really like the sound of the gem blocks from LivBespoke and also the books. Perfect for the long holiday car trip!

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    Robyn Greengrass
    November 30, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Wow!!!! So many prizes!! Super excited! My LO is only 10 months old but her favorite this year has been a Pigeon training teether, it’s been a life saver with the teething and keeps her entertained.
    I sure would love the Play Doh, Umatie and Pan MacMillan Books most, but how are we supposed to choose, all the prizes are just fantastic!!!

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    Jessica McClean
    November 30, 2020 at 7:51 am

    We would love to get our hands on the puddle jumper! Our big love for this year was a trampoline gifted to our kids – they love jumping on it or picnicking under it or lying on it to watch the clouds.

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    Chloe
    November 30, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Playdough, playdough, playdough. Always a good idea. No matter the age or stage. Gorgeous giveaway!

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      Marelize van den Berg
      November 30, 2020 at 8:09 am

      Books has been a favourite of my daughter this year. She literally sits in any bookstore, grabs a book and starts paging through it 😀 I really like the sound of the paddle jumper, hope we can get one for her soon

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    Niloofar Khan-Kammies
    November 30, 2020 at 7:53 am

    It is so difficult to choose as all brands are amazing. My favourite product was definitely the PlayDoh. My daughter and I love the sound of the Barbie sewing machine and doll the most.

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    Sofiah
    November 30, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Play doh, both my boys love play doh as it offers endless hours of fun

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    Karin
    November 30, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Our play kitchen, puzzles and the trampoline. What an awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed x

    • Reply
      Karin
      November 30, 2020 at 7:57 am

      Gem blocks from Liv Bespoke are on our wishlist!

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      Nicole Mc Grory
      November 30, 2020 at 11:00 am

      What an amazing giveaway with some amazing products 😍
      Our favourite product this year had definitely been the Johnsons Shiny Drop range our little girl loves the sparkles. I would love to try out the Gem blocks as I love how it creates such open ended play 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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    Lindsay
    November 30, 2020 at 7:57 am

    I would love the table and chair set from Declan and Leah yep yep yep!

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    Lara
    November 30, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Barbies all the way! Would love the table and chairs to make the play area more sophisticated but still super child friendly!!

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    Juané
    November 30, 2020 at 8:02 am

    My daughter loves her Duplo blocks! I’ve had my eye on a few of these brands especially the Liv bespoke & Stumped blocks-yay for open ended toys. The Umatie will definitely come in handy when we are back at work next year too.

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    Tammy Felix
    November 30, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Our favorite product at the moment are Duplo Blocks from Lego the kids are entertained for hours and I love listening to their pretend play it makes my heart so happy.
    The puddle jumped sounds AMAZING even though my husband and I have already put our family on atleast level 3 of lockdown it’s still important for the kids to get some vitamin D in safe dosages.

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      Janice Williams
      December 5, 2020 at 6:49 am

      Hi there. So Grayson had a blast with the Play Doh. It kept him busy for hours on end during lockdown. And when baby came in July we got him the alphabet set. That way he can learn and play at the same time. It was Truely a life saver as I was still working right through lockdown and had no one or time to play during working hours. The Puddle Jumper seems like a good product as our plan was to have him start swimming this year but covid happened.

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    Anu Naidoo
    November 30, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Mega Bloks Building Bag I bought the 60 piece set as well as the 80 piece set. Absolutely wonderful for motor skills, creativity and keeping our little girl busy helped a lot especially during lockdown and spending hours indoors.
    The Play Doh is very appealing and will be such a delight to have for her.

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway and this post which was most interesting and helpful.

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    Marlene Moodley
    November 30, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Definitely our lily n Jack snuggle bunny for sleep! Such a hit with our baby. I would love to get the table and chairs from Declan and Leah for her since she will be sitting soon! 😁

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    Natalie McFarlane
    November 30, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Our Lily Jack bunny is our everything!!! We can’t go away overnight or have a nap without it ♥️ Umatie is a fantastic brand and makes cooking so easy:) In fact all your brands are amazing! Great giveaway!

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    Shiela Motaung
    November 30, 2020 at 8:16 am

    I love love the puddle jumper, I’m always scared taking my boys to the pool, would love an added level of safety for them.

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      Claudia Ziman
      November 30, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      My daughter is obsessed with play dough and her wooden blocks – those keep her occupied for the longest time. I have had my eye on the Liv Bespoke Gem Blocks and Mountain Stacker since you have been posting about them.

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      Tanja Nolten
      November 30, 2020 at 11:04 pm

      My son’s favorite toys were definitely his gardening tools and bubble making lawnmover. Even mowing the lawn with his dad is such a treat for him. I always enjoy your gardening photo’s with the girls…
      Although he loves being outside, I am sure he will love to play with the Stumped wooden blocks, which I have been eyeing for a while.
      Thank you for all you share and do for us, mommies. It is truly appreciated!

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        Darlene
        December 4, 2020 at 5:12 pm

        The stumped wooden toys set is awesome.

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    Candice Nel
    November 30, 2020 at 8:21 am

    What incredible products! Our most loved products this year have definitely been Lego and our craft box filled with paints and crayons. This kept our 3 girls entertained for hours. I’d love them to win the table and chairs from Declan and Leah, have had my eye on your one for ages!

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    Saadia
    November 30, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I absolutely love the johnsons shiny drops range. Seen it on your page and bought it #mmmademe. Been using it since. It smells delicious ❤️

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    Danielle Smith
    November 30, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Lego is definitely a life-saver in our home, and I’m definitely needing some more Liv Bespoke goodies in our stash 🙂

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      Lynette
      December 5, 2020 at 12:08 am

      Books books and more books have been our favorite 😍 so.many choices to choose from…..we would love the table and chairs from Declan and Leah 🙂

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    Asma Moosa
    November 30, 2020 at 8:30 am

    The Johnsons shiny drops shampoo is really amazing and makes such a difference to my little girls hair and I use it on my son as well because why not. The Julia Donaldson books are a favorite with my kids always their first choice for story time and kept them entertained during lockdown. Lego, duplo, play doh and gem blocks are some of their favorites too. I want to try out the puddle jumper for this summer and the wylieb vinyl labels ofcourse since biting the home organizing bug. This an amazing giveaway thank you.

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    Soné
    November 30, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Stickers for my 3yo and anything that makes a noise for my 1yo (including pots and pans!). Would love to get our hands on the puddle jumper and the wooden toys. And Julia Donaldson is always a winner!

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    Dominique O’Neill-Schonken
    November 30, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Barbie has definitely been our favourite this year. My girls love the fashionista range and so do I. So inclusive. I would be most excited for the puddle jumper as I’ve only ever heard good things about them and water safety is so important to us.

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      Maisa Adinolfi
      December 4, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      This is amazing! My daughter loves her Liv Bespoke Kids gem blocks so much and I’m dying to get her the mountain stacker set. Also super excited about the stumped wooden toys set and some Julia Donaldson books to add to her growing book collection. Also been looking into the puddle jumper.

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    Saba
    November 30, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Our favourite product of the year has been an inexpensive thrift store product. It is a unbranded small blue elephant with a string attached to it. My now 20 month old walks around the house holding the sting, this blue elephant comfortably trailing behind him. I had no idea he would love it so much when I bought it but thats how kids are I guess.
    There are a few things on my wish list this year, a few of them would be the Gems Blocks and Mountain Stackers , the knock a block starter set and even the Julia Donaldson book set.
    Also, thank you for writing up these suggestion they are always inspiring and helpful. The paddle jumper was on the things I was inspired to buy this year.

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    Helen
    November 30, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Our favourite product this year has been Play Doh for sure! So many of these products sound awesome, I think our kids would love the gem blocks and mountain stackers.

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    Roxanne Gerber
    November 30, 2020 at 9:11 am

    My children just LOVE DUPLO bloks. We can nog go anywere without the box. It really intertains them for hours. It also learns them to share, well aa good as what a 3 and 1 year old can.
    I would love to get the puddle jumper. We do not have a pool but my sister and parents do and it is so stressfull to think that accidents happen to easy. My husband and I are supper paranoid even if both pools are covered.

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    Tania Brewis
    November 30, 2020 at 9:12 am

    My daughter sooo wants the Barbie sewing machine. She would be over the moon. My girls loves playing with Play-Doh, I have been buying a few this year.

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      Celeste Lourens
      November 30, 2020 at 9:17 am

      My daughter started buildig with duplo this year and she loves it! She has crates full that were her dad’s and he is also still very into his lego building. Hopefully something they can continue to enjoy together.

      I’ve always loved the Liv Bespoke Gems blocks and the new mountain stackers are amazing!

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    Jamey Meyer
    November 30, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Such a divine, comprehensive list of goodies! Thank you Sarah! We were gifted the wooden block set by Stumped and my son has absolutely loved playing with them. I would be thrilled to gift a set to my nephew so that he could experience this awesome and educational toy too 🙂

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    Celeste Lourens
    November 30, 2020 at 9:14 am

    My daughter started buildig with duplo this year and she loves it! She has crates full that were her dad’s and he is also still very into his lego building. Hopefully something they can continue to enjoy together.

    I’ve always loved the Liv Bespoke Gems blocks and the new mountain stackers are amazing!

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    Tiyana
    November 30, 2020 at 9:17 am

    The Johnson’s Baby Shiny Drops Range was the best for my daughter this her I loved the smell and it made my daughter look and smell good.

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    Heike
    November 30, 2020 at 9:19 am

    The Liv bespoke blocks are the absolute best my daughter loves them. Would love to have a Knock a Blocks Starter Set I think my little one would love that.

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    Andrea
    November 30, 2020 at 9:41 am

    PlayDoh has been a favorite activity for us. My little one loves it and it’s something the whole family can get involved in. I love the idea of the puddle jumper. Hopefully will encourage her to get over her fear of water.

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    Tanya
    November 30, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Julia Donaldson books are our fav. I’m most excited about the liv bespoke kids gem stacking blocks!

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    Caragh Cooper
    November 30, 2020 at 10:01 am

    LEGO and DUPLO has for sure been my saving grace this year! My kids can sit quietly for hours creating the most amazing things.
    The Barbie sewing machine looks incredible and I know that my daughter would do her nut in for one (I may have to buy one if I don’t win).

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      Annemie
      November 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      What a fantastic prize! Our must-have this year was definitely books, books, books! And Julia Donaldson is one of our all-time favourites. Also, love the idea of the Barbie sewing machine, my daughter is following in Mom’s footsteps and SO interested in sewing her own things. Xx

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    Refioe Peete
    November 30, 2020 at 10:07 am

    This post is great for Christmas gift ideas 😉 Thank you! We really love the Puddle Jumper. My daughter loves water and the puddle jumper makes it less stress and more fun for all of us in the pool.

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    Tamarin
    November 30, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Love all these kids items.
    I started using Johnson’s shiny drops after you did a colab. Totally love it, easy to use and leave my little girls hit shiny and smelling fresh.

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    Farheen Mayet
    November 30, 2020 at 10:12 am

    My favourite baby product at the moment is the Johnson and Johnson gentle protect bath with greentea, honey and rooibos extract.. Its my daughter would love the barbie sewing machine.. 💕

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      Anthea Williams
      December 5, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Definitely the Play Doh, my son loves making and creating things.
      I loved the Summer Nights Spray, mosquitoes keeps attacking my Logy bear and I want him to protected this summer.

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    Melissa Kopman
    November 30, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Now that my little one has started sleeping in his own room I would love to get the Declan and Leah House bed frame to transform his room to a ‘big boy room’.
    Sarah, your best of 2020 kids list is just amazing and will double up as a Christmas gift idea list for me too! Thank you so much.

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    Losh Don Kisten
    November 30, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Barbie: sewing machine and doll, the is super cute, live the choixe of gifts, all divine

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    Bronwyn McPhail
    November 30, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I love the idea of the Barbie sewing machine and my daughter is obsessed with barbies at the moment! Always a timeless gift!

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    Bianca
    November 30, 2020 at 10:44 am

    We found amazing magnetic puzzles at dealz this year and it entertained our little paw paw for HOURS.
    I ABSOLUTELY love the gem blocks you suggested and the puddle jumper! It is on our wishlist for christmas 😄

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    Leanne Crossman
    November 30, 2020 at 10:47 am

    My youngest absolutely has loved his play doh, farm animals building kraals and barns and his lego DUPLO. He spends so much time engrossed with imaginative play. It’s very entertaining to watch. My twins love very different things. My son loves Minecraft and dinosaurs and my daughter loves anything Barbie and fashion and enchantimals. They are 7.

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      Leanne Crossman
      November 30, 2020 at 10:51 am

      (Pressed okay too soon 🤣😜) My favourite on your list of reviews is the Stumped Knock A Blocks. I know my lot with thoroughly enjoy these and spend hours with them. The books for sure. My twins have learned to read this year so they’re really into their reading. Level may be too high for now but the stories are right on point. (Pat MacMillan Books). And my daughter would for sure absolutely love the Barbie sewing machine. Her YiaYia would be most thrilled to teach her 💖💖💖

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    Basheera
    November 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Omg definitely the Johnson’s range
    My sons hair feels so so amazing since I’ve used the shampoo
    I’ve been using the rest of the range since he’s a baby and I simply love it
    It’s super gentle and smells amaaaazing ♥️

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    Basheera
    November 30, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Love the sound of the stump knock a block

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    Salome Safodien
    November 30, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Play Doh so creative and fun

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    Nicole Mc Grory
    November 30, 2020 at 11:02 am

    What an amazing giveaway with some amazing products 😍
    Our favourite product this year had definitely been the Johnsons Shiny Drop range our little girl loves the sparkles. I would love to try out the Gem blocks as I love how it creates such open ended play 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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    Zaahirah
    November 30, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Play dough was my favorite this year with homeschooling it was so fun and creative and kept my daughter busy I live the idea of the barbie sewing machine my daughter would love this

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    Tammy Bolon
    November 30, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    We loved Wacky Box during lockdown kept us so busy. And Play Doh is always a fav especially for rainy days

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    Robyn Wewege
    November 30, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Our Lily n Jack bunnies have been our favorite this year with the girls using them a lot more as they adjusted to the new normal.

    I’ve had my eye on a puddle jumper 😍 heard they are great!

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    Michelle Graham
    November 30, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    What an amazing prize!!! My favorite product of the year has to be our Stumped wooden toy set. But sadly we only have one so there are fights 🤣 would also loooove a puddle jumper for my eager little swimmer!

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      Yvonne de Pao
      November 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Arts & Crafts were definitely a lifesaver! We have always loved Julia Donaldson books 🥰 all the prizes sound amazing!

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    Bronwyn Paizes
    November 30, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    I love and she nearly all of these products for my own kids, thanks to you! The product that was most useful to me this year was probably our Johnson’s baby wash and baby shampoo – we use their products every night for our toddler and will be doing the same with his baby sister that was just born (she hasn’t even had her first bath yet, that’s how fresh she is 😄).
    From all the products listed above, I have to say that I’m probably most excited to try the Umatie products – I already plan on using them when it comes time to try solids for baby Charlotte for the first time!
    Thanks for all the awesome content, you make mom-life so much easier and more appealing!

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    Chenelle
    November 30, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Product that we cannot live without in our house and recommend to everyone has been the Pure Beginnings Sensitive Suncream- its just awesome!!! And then our Julia Donaldson books- you cannot go wrong with those!!

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      Ashish Sunpath
      December 6, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      As a dad who does bath time, I have to say that the Johnsons baby oil is the best for adding to the bath water and massaging our baby. She falls asleep right after her bath. We also love to get our daughter books to encourage reading at an early age so those Julia Donaldson would be great to have

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    Leigh-Anne Munnik
    November 30, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    We have been loving DUPLO this year! I love the idea of the gem blocks- been eyeing them for awhile!

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    Lizelle Clampett
    November 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    What a fantastic list of products!! We are using most of these and can absolutely not live without our Puddle jumper, Johnson’s products, Liv Bespoke gem blocks and Julia Donaldson books. We don’t have any of the English books so these will be a great addition to our library! And for holidays Umatie, Play Doh and more gem blocks will be a winner! Thanks for this lovely list to share with other moms x

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    Jenny Skeen
    November 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    My kids love Juloa Donaldson books. Would love the Barbie sewing kit!

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      Jenny Skeen
      November 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Sorry – typo – Julia Donaldson!

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    Jaclyn Goliath
    November 30, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    My favourite product for my child has been feather the owl night light, oil diffuser and white noise machine. I am really keen on the Lily n Jack Snuggle Bunny. Anything to help my little girl sleep better.

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    Allana de Kock
    November 30, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    My favourite products will always be the play dough, nuk products and barbie to keep the girls entertained! Great blog, loved reading through everything ♥️♥️

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    Sofiah Motala
    November 30, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Johnsons baby shiny drops range

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    Debbie
    November 30, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    This year has been an all out crafts and arty year because lockdown. So those have been my go to! From the ones you’ve shared, Without a doubt the books. We know so many of Julia Donaldsons books by heart, The Snail and the Whale is a fave! Merry Christmas! X

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      Fathima
      November 30, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      Hi…Firstly thank you for all the amazing ideas and the inspiration. Your content is always so relevant, relatable, fun, inspiring, enriching, well rounded and consistent. What I love is your helpful nature and that you interact with us. After being inspired by one of your previous posts, I am now also more conscious about what toys I buy for my little girl and I try to keep in mind that they need to add value to my child’s life as well as good fun. Many thanks and gratitude. I have had my eye on the gem blocks since seeing it on your page….so versatile, aesthetically pleasing, endurant, perfect for developing fine motor skills and playing skills in general.
      Best wishes to you and your family over the festive season!

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    Ashlee Waks
    November 30, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Oh my Gosh they are all so stunning! I love the LivBespoke Gem blocks + the Barbie ♡

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    Melissa Lopes
    November 30, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    My kids are loving using peg boards! It keeps my almost 2.5yr old so occupied while I’m doing maths with my other two. I keep a close on on him obviously, but he absolutely loves placing the pegs in the board and packing it way which is an added bonus 😆

    My favorite item on your giveaway is definitely the puddle jumper! To have some peace of mind when my toddler is swimming with us is amazing! Thank you for this giveaway and all the hard work you put in xxx

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    Melissa Jane
    November 30, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Barbie and Play Doh – LOVE THEM

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    Nicole
    November 30, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    With this year being out of sorts we have had too be very crafty as money was tight and I haven’t been able to splurge on books for my kids, the Julia Donaldson books is definitely my fave of this giveaway… all brands you love is amaze and will definitely add value and be appreciated.

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    Annelize
    November 30, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    My favorite product for Miané would be Klei-Klei it keeps her busy and she loves it and it’s very good for sensory play!!! What I love on your list is the gem blocks❤️❤️❤️ Miané would go crazy over it!!!

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    Bernadine
    December 1, 2020 at 5:17 am

    After watching your stories on the shiny drops range, I have been using it on my daughter and absolutely loving it. The products I’m super excited about in the give away is the stumped knock a block set and the table and chairs set. Both these things will come in handy for our little girl who is turning 1 on the 2nd of January♥️

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    Naomey Lottering
    December 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    This year for my nephew the best toy I could get him was a tab. I loaded books and educational toys as well as tv shows on it. So we have a deal. If he reads a book he can play other games as well. What I like about your list would be the puddle jumper for my 4 year old niece. She is still scared of the water and brother recently went for swimming lessons so it will be awesome for her to build the confidence.

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    Lauren Hart
    December 1, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Our fave product this year has def been “ducky”, my son’s puddle jumper which has given him SO a much confidence in the water and has allowed for hours of fun in the pool! Your list is amazing – would love the mountain stackers from Liv Bespoke (her stuff is so beautiful)! ❤️🤞🏼

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    Khadija Fakir
    December 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    My favourite toy this year was the rainbow stacker.
    I have my eye on the gem blocks and mountain stacker. They are gorgeous.

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    Jenna Roux
    December 2, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    My little ones have loved duplo blocks this year! We have also loved bath time with Johnson and Johnson products. Wanting to start opting for more wooden toys and have been so so tempted to buy my kids knock a blocks and the gem blocks of which you speak!

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    Lynn Botha
    December 3, 2020 at 11:09 am

    That barbie sewing machine is adorable.. definately my favourite .. and playdough is always a winner in my home..anytime.

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    Charne Lewis
    December 4, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Definitely the gem blocks and puddle jumper!! Best products and so keen to try them.

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    Melissa Daniels
    December 4, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    My favourite product has definitely been the Puddle Jumper!! It’s been a game changer for swimming with all our littles epically since moving to a house with a pool! And the product I’m most interested in is those cool stacking blocks from Liv Bespoke kids. I’ve literally been eyeing them all year because of your posts haha

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    Rebekka
    December 4, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    One of my favorite buys was the Julia Donaldson book “what the ladybird heard” as well as a Thorne wood rainbow stacker.

    I really want a puddlejumper for my little girl and the other Julia Donaldson books 🙂

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    Tammy
    December 4, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Julia Donaldson Books were such a win for me in 2020 with lockdown. We did so much reading and I NEVER get bored of her stories!! EVER!!! 💚 Filled with such wonder and delight!!!
    The item from your blog post that intrigues me the most is the Barbie sewing machine!!! 💗 That is something that I completely would have loved as a kid!!! Now that I have daughters…I can relive my childhood with them!!
    💗 Awesome selection of goodies!! Thank you for sharing!! 💚

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    Bronwyn Howard-Browne
    December 4, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Wow! What an amazingly generous giveaway! 🙌🏻Sho, hard to choose but I think my girls love their reading & also their essential oil infused Emoji Dough! 😁 I’d be so happy to win this prize but I think I would really appreciate the Puddle Jumper as we really could use one for my oldest who loves swimming but is quite nervous of a near drowning incident. I think it would help give her the courage she needs & make her feel safe! 🥰

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    Yasmin
    December 4, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Favorite product is definitely the beautiful wooden toys from liv bespoke (gem stacker and mountains). I would be most excited about the paddle jumper and book set. My little guy is growing up and these two are on my to buy list.

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    Liesl
    December 5, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Fav product of the year definitely Duplo. I think my kids would love the Gem Blocks💛

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    Cassidee Nel
    December 5, 2020 at 8:18 am

    We’ve loved using the Johnsons range of hair products for our 1 year old daughter.

    I’m super keen to try the gem blocks – I think that they look so beautiful!

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    Piyusha Yemde
    December 5, 2020 at 10:29 am

    What an amazing compilation Sara!! Your recommendations for kids are always so helpful.
    2020 what a year!! My saviour this year, especially during lockdown has been Audible subscription and playing story time on Alexa. The kids loved listening to stories and this mama was glad to save on time spent on gadgets.
    I love open ended toys for kids and you have such amazing recommendations, the one that excites me most and I am going to order is the stumped wooden toys.😍

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    Denisha pather
    December 5, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    This list is so good and consists of really practical items.
    I would love a puddle jumper … because I was actually really unsure of what swimming aid to get my 2 year old in the first place. He has just started swimming lessons and he loves it and jumps into any water he sees. Would love to keep him safe in the water.

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    Mari van Reeuwyk
    December 6, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    My baby is almost two (will be two mid Jan) and she LOVES her “baba”, so I would definitely love the table and chairs set for her and her baba to play and “go out for baby chinos”… She’s the only child, so imagine winning all these amazing toys and what it would do for her imagination! We LOVE to play!!!

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    Khatija
    December 7, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Wow such beautifully chosen items I cannot even decide Bt I’m just so taken away with that. Puddle jumper it’s such a great assistant especially for little ones first swimming lessons . I’d love it such a peace of mind knowing they super safe .i have so many more faves those wooden gems ❤️🤭🤭🤭I cant deal just too divine to look at

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    Kirsty Robinson
    December 7, 2020 at 7:34 am

    The best buy this year was definitely the Puddle Jumper. I love all things Julia Donaldson and the boys really enjoy story time.

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    Zahrah
    December 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    My absolute lifesaving, favorite products this year were the puddle jumper and my Ubuntu baba carrier. On my wish list is the liv bespoke toys, they’re so pretty!

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    Irfaan Adam
    December 7, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    The puddle jumper for sure

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    Ayesha Motala
    December 7, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    My daughter would love the Barbie sewing machine

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