One thing you realise pretty quickly when you become a parent is that you need eyes in the back of your head to constantly monitor your child’s whereabouts. Babies not so much, they’re cute and cuddly and tend to stay where you leave them. But those cheeky toddlers…… they’re the ones you’ve got to watch out for……masters in the art of sneaking off, causing mischief and making mayhem. Sammy Screamer

You can be the most observant mama in the world, but turn your back on your children for even a split second and they will find all kids of way to get into mischief. I’ve lost count of the amount of times Riley and Harry have let themselves out of the house and gone round to my mums; thankfully she only lives next door and we have gates joining the back gardens, but there’s been more than one occasion when they’ve gone out the front of the house and neighbours have alerted me to the fact they’re out there. It makes me feel like the worst and most irresponsible parent in the world but you just catch watch their movements 24 hours a day. 

Cue Sammy Screamer from Bleep Bleeps – a small motion alarm for parents that sends out alerts and notifications to your smartphone when it detects movement. Perfect for things such as baby fidgeting, cookie jar thieving, fridge raiding and toddler escaping.

Sammy Screamer


Using Bluetooth 4.0, Sammy Screamer connects to a smartphone device within a 30m range. I use an iPhone 6 plus and the two items paired perfectly for me first time, but i know bluetooth devices can be a bit funny when pairing so if you experience difficulties i would recommend a push of the reset button and trying again. Setup beyond that point is really straightforward, you just follow a series of on-screen instructions to adjust the device’s volume, sensitivity levels and name and then it’s ready to go.



The BleepBleeps app is free to download, has a nice layout and is really easy to navigate. From the settings screen, you can control the following:

  • Volume – on or off
  • Sensitivity Levels – there are three to choose from: ‘Easy Going’, ‘Balanced’ and ‘Highly Strung’ (for those kinds of parents). Highly Strung will pick up the slightest vibration such as a knock on the surface it’s on. Easy Going will need physical movement.
  • Monitoring – awake or asleep. When Sammy is awake, she’ll bleep if she gets moved and send a notification to your phone. When you don’t need her, you can use the app to send her to sleep.

Sammy’s battery level, signal strength and movement count is also displayed on the settings screen.

On the activity screen, parents can view a timeline of events and make an educated guess at what’s going on. A string of notifications will appear if movement persists.


Firstly, it’s a brilliant design and visually appealing. A pet peeve of mine is the mundanity of so many devices these days, but Sammy Screamer is something you want on display. We have Sammy in orange but it is available to purchase in a choice of six colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and pink. Sammy comes with a mini lanyard so you can hang it on stuff and a magnetised back so you can stick it to stuff too.

There are no buttons or moving parts, apart from the reset button, and it’s powered by an easily accessible coin cell battery.

Sammy ScreamerSammy Screamer


The beauty of Sammy Screamer is in its range of uses. Just stick it on the things you want to keep an eye on and it will let you know if they move.

Attach Sammy to your bag when you’re out and about. Hang Sammy over a door handle to keep children out (or in!). Stick Sammy on the fridge to warn off naughty snackers. Attach Sammy to your buggy or pushchair. Use Sammy to make sure no-one steals those cookies.

The simple functionality of the device could see its use extend beyond that of an extra set of eyes for parents, though that does appear to be the company’s main focus. For example, it could be hidden on your front gate to warn of an intruder, or attached to your bike so you’ll be alerted if a thief is making off with your ride.

Product Features

  • Small motion alarm
  • Sends alerts and notifications straight to your smartphone.
  • Mini lanyard – hangs on your stuff.
  • Magnetised back – sticks on your stuff
  • Bluetooth LE – up to 30m range
  • Coin cell battery – six month life
  • Available in a choice of six colours
  • Free smartphone app for Android and iOS devices.
  • CE certified to international standards
  • Designed for parents
  • Safe for children
  • Made from PC-ABS plastic
  • RRP £50.00
Sammy Screamer

I’ve been using Sammy for the last couple of weeks and really can’t fault the device at all. It’s a practical, modern and innovative gadget that all parents should own and i’ll definitely be recommending it to friends and family.

  • 8 October, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    Zoe Alicia - Aaaah this is very clever! I love how technology can impact positively on our lives and make situations like managing escaping or just very active toddlers easier!ReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    BloggerMummyLauren - Great review! That is a very clever idea, because you are right you can’t watch your children 24 hours a day. We had an awful moment when my daughter was about 3 where my husband thought she was upstairs with me, and I came downstairs and asked where she was. She had managed to get to of the back gate and was playing in the back lane, but we had a horrible panic!ReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    Erica Price - It’s a clever idea and some children do just run off despite being told not to. Nice to have some peace of mind.ReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 4:28 pm

    Tanita - Wow the things people come up wit, it is amazing. What a great idea, I could definitely use a sammy for our sweet draw!! That would be brilliant x xReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 8:13 pm

    Zena's Suitcase - My 3 year old is a complete flight risk. You just have to blink and she is gone. It looks like her little sister is following in her footsteps too. This would be great to help me keep track of them.ReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 9:30 pm

    joanna smith - This is brilliant for your purse in the handbag when it’s hanging on the back of the pram – far too easy for thieves to swipe otherwise. So innovative this!ReplyCancel

  • 9 October, 2015 - 3:01 am

    hayley - Ahh this is a great idea and there are just endless uses for it! So handy to keep on your bag for public places, that would give me so much peace of mind!! xxReplyCancel

  • 9 October, 2015 - 3:38 am

    Rania - Yes in the back of your head, your feet, your hands everywhere you need eyes on them lol!! Thanks for that. I’m a fellow Promote your Blog member. Please drop by to say hi in the comments.ReplyCancel

  • 9 October, 2015 - 9:14 am

    Claire Kane - Very clever. Even for keeping kids away from the treat cupboard! Maybe I should get one for myself!ReplyCancel

  • 9 October, 2015 - 10:36 am

    Ana De- Jesus - This is fantastic especially when your little one runs off without warning or touches something they should not. How novel I have never heard of something like this before!ReplyCancel

  • 9 October, 2015 - 4:06 pm

    Chantal Milk&Nappies - This is such a fantastic idea, and not just for little ones but for everything! Such a great concept! I did chuckle at the end though – Master Bates 😉 haha! xxReplyCancel

  • 9 October, 2015 - 6:31 pm

    Rachel - what a fantastic idea. My son who was 3 at the time went missing at my wedding. We started to picnic and were running around. He was found fast asleep under the table/tablecloth. I could have done withReplyCancel

  • 11 October, 2015 - 11:32 am

    Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life - That looks like such a handy little device, I have not seen anything like this before. I have two toddlers so something like this would be perfect xxReplyCancel

If you’re a regular reader to Love From Mummy or know us personally, you’ll already be aware by now that Riley was born 10 weeks prematurely and has always had issues with his mobility and balance. At 18 months old he was still unable to sit unaided, crawl, talk or even walk. Following visits to various healthcare professionals he was eventually diagnosed with hypotonia, a medical term for decreased muscle tone and more commonly known as ‘floppy baby syndrome’, something i know now to be very common amongst premature babies. He underwent 12 months of intensive physiotherapy sessions which saw a remarkable improvement in his mobility and by 2 and a half he was walking around just like all the other kids his age. But he still showed a lack of understanding and control in balance and spatial awareness.

It was recommended that we buy him a balance bike, which we did, but it was something he just couldn’t get to grips with and he was becoming increasingly frustrated with himself, so it ended up becoming a permanent fixture in the garden shed. Then at the beginning of this year Riley started pre-school and over the course of the next few months i began to notice huge changes in him. He was becoming stronger on his feet, more agile, more independent, more determined, more of a boy and less of a toddler. I wondered if now might be the right time to try again.

So at the start of the Summer holidays, i retrieved his balance bike from the shed, dusted off the cobwebs and placed it out in the garden with his other toys. It was ignored for the first week or so, as i thought it would be, but then one morning i just happened to glance out of the kitchen window and spot Riley on the bike pushing himself slowly around on tippitoes. It was at a snail pace, but it was a start and the next few weeks saw him enjoying the sunshine, growing in confidence and riding around on most days. Content. Free. Happy.

The next logical step was to take him out on the road (by road, i mean the quiet lane that we live on), but up until this point he’d ridden without a helmet and he’s very particular with what he wears on his head, so i wasn’t quite sure how we were going to get on. Thankfully the Natural History Museum Shop came to my rescue in the form of this pretty roar-some Scootersaurus Helmet.

Riley is obsessed with dinosaurs so i knew the helmet would be a huge hit and he could hardly contain his excitement when it arrived, insisting that we head out on his bike straight away to go and see Honey (my mum’s horse). She’s kept in a paddock about half a mile up the road and we’ve been making regular trips up there over the Summer, usually walking, but Riley’s little legs get weak and tired very quickly, so i knew now would be the perfect opportunity to let him loose on his bike and test the helmet out.


I wasn’t sure how we were going to get on and to be totally honest i didn’t think we would make it more than a few metres without some sort of a fall or tumble, but i definitely underestimate that boy’s will and determination because he continues to prove me wrong on a daily basis. He set off on his bike full of smiles, gliding along the lane and rode it all the way to the stables and back without so much as a whinge, whine or fall.



He knew he’d done well and was beaming from ear to ear. As was mummy. And it wasn’t the fact that he’d achieved this milestone that made my heart swell so much (although it was a pretty spectacular accomplishment in itself!), it was the look of pride and sheer joy on his face as he crossed that imaginary finishing line and squealed ‘did you see that mummy? I WON that race’.


That moment right there. That overwhelming feeling of love, of happiness, of every kind of emotion possible.

That’s what parenting is all about. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

  • 7 October, 2015 - 1:41 pm

    Zoe Alicia - Aww what a lovely helmet! I do love how helmets are ‘cool’ now with funky designs like these dinosaur ones as they definitely encourage children to wear them! I just wish more adult cyclists wore them when travelling through Dublin xReplyCancel

  • 7 October, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    Erica Price - I’m glad you tried again. I wish we’d tried a balance bike as my son really struggled with bike riding. We got a professional coach in to teach him in the end.ReplyCancel

  • 7 October, 2015 - 6:24 pm

    Stephanie - What a fab achievement – and such a fab helmet too! There’ll be no stopping him now :)ReplyCancel

  • 7 October, 2015 - 6:25 pm

    Jane Duckworth - I’m so, so happy that you’ve shared such beautiful pictures of your dear little boy and his grand achievement on his balance bike. Lovely post. :)ReplyCancel

  • 7 October, 2015 - 7:24 pm

    blogging Mummy - Ah with my eldest balance bikes weren’t around that much, however I will defo get one for the baby when he’s old enough. i think they are fab and its gives them much more balance for riding a bike without stabilisers. I love his helmet too. xReplyCancel

  • 7 October, 2015 - 8:31 pm

    Catriona - I’m glad he loves his bike and helmet. That dinasour helmet looks amazing, the spikes on top look fab! It’s lovely to hear he’s become stronger on his feet :) xReplyCancel

  • 7 October, 2015 - 11:03 pm

    BloggerMummyLauren - I love the helmet, it’s petty snazzy looking and he looks great in it! It can be hard to get kids to keep their helmet on, but making them cool looking encourages children to want to wear one. Well done to him for managing to ride all of that way!ReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life - he is doing so well. I love that helmet it looks very cool and he looks so happy wearing it. I use to have such a battle getting my eldest to wear a helmet xxReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 10:04 am

    Zena's Suitcase - What a lovely achievement for him. I hadn’t realised he was premature, he is doing so well and look how confident he has become!ReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 1:35 pm

    Ana De- Jesus - That is so lovely that he has found the confidence to ride a bike especially since he has been through so much. Good job little man!ReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 7:50 pm

    Ickle Pickle - Oh what a lovely post – and lovely capture of special moments. Well Done – bless him. Kaz xReplyCancel

  • 8 October, 2015 - 11:09 pm

    Emma T - That is a cool helmet. No wonder he wanted to wear it. N loved his balance bike and still goes on it now sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • 9 October, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    Anna C. - I cried with excitement and emotion while reading this post! It’s amazing! Kids have such a strength that it’s beyond our understanding! I’m so happy for him and he looks super happy and proud of himself! 😀
    Great job mommy! 😀ReplyCancel

As part of our role as Huggies Wipes Ambassadors, we were really sent some of the new Huggies Wipes Style On The Go pouches to try out at home.


Aimed at ‘busy and style-conscious’ parents, these stylish packs are easy to use and handy to have with you when you’re out and about with the little ones. The refillable pouches come in three gorgeous designs and each one holds a portable-sized pack of wipes. Like all Huggies Wipes, the refills are free from perfume, alcohol, parabens and phenoxyethanol and are made with natural absorbent fibres for beautifully healthy skin and gentle cleaning on the go.

Huggies Wipes Style On The Go

Thanks to the pouch’s flip-top lid, wipes are kept fresh and moist. It also means that you don’t have to wrestle with the standard, frustrating sticky flap that either tends to come off the packet (thus drying the wipes out) or unhelpfully won’t budge when you’re desperately trying to grab a wipe before sticky fingers touch the sofa and poopy bums ruin the carpet.

It’s also got a strap which enables you to clip the pouch to a pushchair, bag or similar.

Here’s how we’ve been using our Huggies Wipes Style On The Go:

1) In The Car – There’s nothing worse when driving, than being in need of some wipes and having to rummage through a changing bag in order to find them. Thanks to the strap, i can now hang the wipes up in the car and have them to hand to deal with any emergencies.

Huggies Wipes Style On The Go

2) On The Pushchair – Not only does the handy loop strap mean that the Huggies Wipes Style On The Go can dangle merrily off the side of my pushchair, poised and ready for any messy emergency, but i can also fit a single nappy inside, behind the free packet of wipes. Hurrah for anything that helps us mamas to travel light.

Huggies Wipes Style On The Go

3) MealtimesWe all know how messy mealtimes can get and the really great thing about Huggies Wipes Style On The Go is that the flip-top lid gives easy access for little hands, so Riley and Harry can help themselves to wipes after eating to clean those sticky fingers and messy faces.


4) Picnics – Similarly to mealtimes, the Huggies Wipes Style On The Go pouches come in extremely handy for picnics too. Hang them from your picnic bag or basket and have them easily accessible for sticky fingers, messy hands and also to wipe down any plates, cups or cutlery.


To find out more about Huggies Wipes On The Go or any other products for that matter, visit Huggies Wipes.

  • 2 October, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    Zoe Alicia - I never cease to be amazed at how stylish general baby care products are becoming! It’s a big difference from 10 years ago when my youngest sister was in nappies, and I really like the trend. xReplyCancel

  • 2 October, 2015 - 2:57 pm

    Linda - That looks so much brighter than the packet and I’m sure it’ll be useful if you use them. We’ve got through maybe half a dozen packs over 2 years at most with my 2 babies as its far cheaper and easier for us to do washable wipes. It’s a shame huggies don’t embrace it and do a washable wipes version!ReplyCancel

  • 2 October, 2015 - 5:21 pm

    Claire Kane - I love how stylish it is! I’d use it for face wipes myself, even though it says huggies on it!ReplyCancel

  • 2 October, 2015 - 5:59 pm

    Jane Duckworth - Well I am way past the Huggies wipes stage & yet I feel I absolutely must own a pack of these delightful looking handy wipes!! Super useful and gorgeous design – what’s not to like?!ReplyCancel

  • 2 October, 2015 - 8:23 pm

    Sarah Golding - They look so pretty! I often just carry wipes and a nappy for a nappy change when were out but that is so much more discreet. Mum envy!ReplyCancel

  • 2 October, 2015 - 11:22 pm

    gemma - When i first seen your post i thought typical im jsut out of the nappy stage in my house, id so love to use these. Then has i read through your post you help me realize they have so much other uses I want a pouch.ReplyCancel

  • 3 October, 2015 - 12:13 am

    LadyNicci - The strap and being able to bring them around in the car, on bags is brilliant. We can never find the wipes when we need them and our daughter is so messy at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • 3 October, 2015 - 11:27 am

    sandra - These are fab, i love the strap to hang on the back of the car seat, can I just say how tidy and clean your car isReplyCancel

  • 3 October, 2015 - 4:27 pm

    Anna Fraser - what a great product!
    I totally know what you mean about those annoying non-stick flappy bits too. They last about a day. This is a great solution to that.ReplyCancel

  • 3 October, 2015 - 8:17 pm

    Zena's Suitcase - As long as you’ve got kids, you need wipes don’t you. This is a cracking idea from Huggies. We love their wipesReplyCancel

  • 4 October, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    Anna C. - That is so versatile and convenient! And they look super cute! I don’t think I ever saw something like that in Portugal but again, we don’t even have the Huggies brand here!ReplyCancel

  • 4 October, 2015 - 7:39 pm

    Emma T - The best thing has to be that flip top. Wipes usual sticky tops are rubbish.ReplyCancel

  • 4 October, 2015 - 10:20 pm

    Ana De- Jesus - I love how good the pouches look the design is perfect for storing wipes on the go without using a boring container.ReplyCancel

  • 5 October, 2015 - 12:56 am

    Amy - What will they come up with next! Stylish AND practical. Fab product xReplyCancel

  • 5 October, 2015 - 8:20 am

    Lisa - Leelee Loves - I loves these, when T was born I bought a set of ‘funky box’ wipes holders although they were pricey I hated the wipes packets. I’d buy these just to get the pouch! XxReplyCancel

  • 5 October, 2015 - 10:00 am

    Charlotte Braithwaite - YES VIKKI!!
    Thanks so much for posting this sugar… Im sick of carrying around the normal packets. These ones are perfect – Love the designs too!
    Dude the last photo is perfect .. Had to laugh at Harrys hand creeping into the photo LOOOOOOL

  • 5 October, 2015 - 6:09 pm

    Ickle Pickle - Oh what a good idea – to be able to use the strap in the car etc is fab – we always need wipes and are hunting for them! Kaz xReplyCancel

  • 5 October, 2015 - 11:11 pm

    Kate ✚ - Oo these look great! Love how you can strap them on to things. Very convenient. We get through a LOT of wipes in this house xReplyCancel

  • 7 October, 2015 - 10:41 am

    Nicola... Life Through My Eyes - They look really great, super cute patterns too xxReplyCancel

Yes i said it. The ‘C’ word. Christmas.

I know it’s only October, but with Summer firmly behind us and the darker evenings drawing in, it’s definitely time to start thinking about the festive season. It’s one of the busiest and most stressful times of year for parents so i don’t think it’s ever too early to start planning for Christmas. I may come across a little eager, but you know what they say “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Failure is not an option for me……i’m too much of a perfectionist.

I’ve not even started my Christmas shopping yet, which is most unlike me, so I’ve put together a little wishlist of essentials i need to stock up on over the coming weeks. True to form, i’ve gone for a black and white theme because we all know i’m a little monochrome mad.

1) Stocking fillers – I find that there’s no better way to start getting ready for Christmas celebrations than by preparing stockings…… or sacks in Riley and Harry’s case. The boys both get one main present each and then a sack full of little presents. Things like books, puzzles, socks, small toys, clothes etc. As it’s still early in the year, there’s plenty of deals around and online stores have a great range of stocking fillers available.


2) Christmas decorations – Every year we take the boys shopping to choose one new Christmas tree decoration each, it’s become somewhat of a tradition in our little family and one that we’d like to continue as long as possible. Mr B is also planning on purchasing a pre-lit artificial tree this year, so i’ve got my eyes set on some new decorations myself.

3) Christmas cards and gift wrap – I actually bought a lot of gift wrap in the January sales earlier this year so i think i’m covered in that department but i am definitely in need of some Christmas cards. I’ll be totally honest, i’m not usually one for writing cards but last Christmas we unexpectedly received one from EVERY one of our neighbours so this year i want to make sure we are better prepared and give one to all of them too. 

TIP: If you’re looking for cheap (but nice) Christmas cards, The Works have a lovely range in a number of designs and styles, so there’s something to suit all tastes. Better still, if you’re really on a tight budget then try making you’re own cards and gift tags instead.

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4) Christmas crafts – When you’ve got kids, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some crafts. My boys are both very creative, they love, making, baking, painting, sticking, drawing……anything that involves mess basically. You can buy ready made craft kits for kids, but personally i prefer to trawl Pinterest for ideas and then take things from there. Supplies are usually pretty cheap and i find it’s a great way to occupy and involve Riley and Harry in the Christmas preparations

5) Christmas outfits – When i was younger, my mum used to dress my sister and i the same and i always swore i would never do the same to my own kids, yet somehow i’ve become that parent. One that goes for the ‘twinning’ look. Especially over the festive period. You can’t beat some Christmas jumpers and i love that kids can get away with wearing them for the whole of December; some may call it an unnecessary purchase, i call it a worthwhile wardrobe investment.

6) Advent calendar supplies – I don’t buy advent calendars for the boys because i prefer DIY ones instead. Last year i used a free template from Mr Printables to create an Advent Village and this year i’m giving this one a try instead:

Credit: Hey Look

Credit: Hey Look

So…… i usually buy a selection of sweets, chocolates, toys and little gifts to use instead. I’m also hoping to visit some charity shops and stock up on Christmas books, 24 to be precise, so i can wrap them up and let them have one each night before bed until Christmas eve.

How do you prepare for Christmas? When do you start your Christmas shopping?

*Disclosure: This post was written in association with The Works

  • 1 October, 2015 - 11:07 am

    Joanna - I’m trying to plan ahead this year as we have got blake’s birthday 9 days before christmas.
    I keep forgetting that I am going to have to buy a new tree and decorations this year! I have cards and wrap sorted though luckily and some of his presents need to get cracking with the rest of it.ReplyCancel

  • 1 October, 2015 - 11:40 am

    Ronke - This is SO stylish! The Monochrome black and white theme is fabulous. I rarely plan ahead for Christmas to be honest although I know I should, although I think I enjoy the rush of the last minute panic. TeeheeReplyCancel

  • 1 October, 2015 - 11:59 am

    Claire Kane - Oh my god these are such amazing ideas. I think it’s important to plan ahead as well; make sure everything is just right.ReplyCancel

  • 1 October, 2015 - 12:01 pm

    Zoe Alicia - I’ve started the ole Christmas shopping too! You can’t beat a good bit of organisation, even if it is only the first day of October.ReplyCancel

  • 1 October, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Michelle - I have started to think about Christmas. I haven’t got much yet but I have been picking up some little bits as I go.ReplyCancel

  • 1 October, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    Sarah Golding - I’ve been planning for Christmas for months, I love it! The boys both have January birthdays as well so I’ve planned, spread out the cost and catch the bargains as and when. Wanted to get the wrapping paper in January but being 9 months pregnant I had other distractions!ReplyCancel

  • 1 October, 2015 - 10:27 pm

    Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life - I love the idea of going and letting the children buy a Christmas decoration each year. I have started planning for Christmas two although I only have one present so far, which I actually brought back in january xxReplyCancel

  • 2 October, 2015 - 9:16 am

    Anna C. - I’m awful with Christmas but this year will be my first Christmas as a wife and I want to do everything I can to make it perfect! So yeah, I’m already planning as well hihihihihi
    Loved the post, have to check that DIY calendar!!! 😀ReplyCancel

  • 2 October, 2015 - 8:51 pm

    Janine - The DIY advent calendar looks too cute.
    I like the idea of the kids having one main present and then having small things in the sack. I think this might be something I may consider for this years Christmas because Matthew just gets way spoilt and has too many toys.
    I usually shop after Halloween.ReplyCancel

  • 4 October, 2015 - 4:27 pm

    Rachel - The L's Mum - Some fabulous ideas here. I love christmas time. I’m with you on the kids christmas jumpers and also love the idea of a DIY advent calendar. I may have to do something like that myself.ReplyCancel