NuNu Goes Daaahhhnncing! Baby Loves Disco REVIEW

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To keep up with what seems like a month long celebration of NuNu’s birthday, we took her to get her boogie on. What better place than a proper London club equipped with strobe lights, fully lit dance floor, a DJ playing all of the hottest tunes AND for the parents, a fully functioning bar? What kind of party is this you say? Well, it’s Baby Loves Disco (UK) coined “The Original Family Dance Party”, and that is what it is and more!

Baby Loves Disco started years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by professional dancer, mother and dare we say… GENIUS,  Heather Murphy Monteith. It’s an afternoon dance party for babies, toddlers and children up to 7 years old. For children 4-11 years old, Baby Loves Disco UK hosts Pop Lock In events during the afternoon as well. There is a theme for each gathering ranging from Superheroes to whatever strikes the planner’s imagination. The parties are typically once a month, held in over 21 cities AND is also a big deal here in the UK and Japan. I found out about it while doing my usual search and research of “happening things to do” in and around London. I quickly had “P” scoop up some tickets which were extremely reasonably priced for such a great experience. The cost was £9.95 per walking human, so admission for NuNu was free since she has yet to take 5 unassisted  steps without plopping down.

Our London disco experience is held at Sway Bar in West Central London just around the corner from Holborn Station. Easy to get to and no need to drive. The venue was fab and so appropriate for the event. There is a separate and secure storage area for prams (strollers) which came in handy for those that wheeled in their little tykes. NuNu was asleep when we arrived and was awakened by the flickering lights and the sounds of The Village People singing YMCA. She was startled at first. Surely she was thinking, “This can’t be real!”. Babies bouncing in tutus with their little faces painted, stumbling around, juice cups in hand…must of felt like she woke up in baby heaven. The theme was in celebration of Baby Loves Disco’s 10th anniversary so it was overflowing with fashion from several decades 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the current. Can you say, “Gettin’ Down!”. Boy do these kids know how to PAARRTAAAYY!  

There was face painting, balloons, staff walking around with bubble blowers and complimentary healthy snacks for the kiddos. This is the place to be for both Mums and Dads as it encourages full family participation with the occasional Mummy and Daddy dance off (needless to say I didn’t win). They also play “Action songs” where event staff lead the party goers in a routine of moves that goes along with the tunes. It didn’t take long at all for NuNu to start jumping around and smiling.

There were also several birthday parties going on which is a wonderful idea if you want to do something different without the hassle of planning a full on party yourself. Reasons to hold your child’s next birthday party here: 1) you have ready made attendees 2) no need to worry about music, venue or entertainment because Baby Loves Disco has it all.

This isn’t your typical kids party either. It is indeed fun for everyone. It is a great place to meet up and have a drink with your friends that have kids. A total home run for us parents that are still grasping on to the little bit of social life and coolness that was once in full force. We all know that when you have children you can kiss your night time clubbing goodbye but Baby Loves Disco provides a place to listen to music, socialize, get the kids together for a bit of fun, AND have them home nice and tired, just in time for dinner and bed.

All partied out!

All partied out!

Baby Loves Disco is where it’s at, bringing a new meaning to “Poppin’ Bottles” and “Gettin’ Low”….Parents bending over to grasp tiny hands, fist pumping to the beat. My back paid for it the following morning but I would certainly take NuNu back for more. Party Animals!

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Interested in getting your boogie on with your babies? Got to http://www.babylovesdisco.co.uk for those in the UK and for the rockin’ parents in America head to http://www.babylovesdisco.com to get your tickets.

Product Review: Bright Starts Entertain & Grow Saucer™

NuNu has gotten increasingly rambunctious over the past week or so. She has long spells of excessive hyperactivity. I think she’s really starting to figure out what her body is capable of doing and she wants to explore EVERYTHING. She kicks, she climbs, she jumps. NuNu is all over the place! She has even started her first attempts at crawling. She has a great starting position but hasn’t yet figured out how to move her arms and legs at the same time so what she’s doing resembles a very slow and precise military low crawl.

With all of this new found burst of energy, “P” and I decided that she needs to burn off some of the excess considering the urge typically hits her when she should be preparing for bedtime. We searched for something that would give her the sensory stimulation that she needs and also gives her a bit of a work out on those little legs. We looked into play mats, walkers and activity centres until we found the one that best suited her needs.

We went with the Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ the Pretty In Pink™ Collection. Not only is it a great buy but a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ Pretty in Pink ™

Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ Pretty in Pink ™

We purchased the saucer from Argos for £44.99 (approximately $72) which is pricey when you do the conversion but with that aside it is well worth it. I was pleased that it looked even better than what it does on the box. The bright colors (pink, green white and blue) are eye catching. If you are looking for something more gender neutral or for a baby boy it also comes in a green/blue/orange pattern.

Pretty In Pink™ Pattern

Pretty In Pink™ Pattern

The saucer is designed to have a rocking motion as baby moves around but it doesn’t take away from it’s sturdiness and the quality is top notch.  It was fairly easy to assemble (“P” put it together and I didn’t feel the need to put a hard hat on NuNu as I placed her in it). It has three adjustable heights which come in handy as baby grows. It’s recommended for baby’s that are 4 months or older but is suitable for little ones that are capable of holding their head up on their own. NuNu is still pretty tiny at 8 months (she’s only 14 pounds), thankfully the saucer comes with a seat insert for younger or smaller babies. We put it on the lowest height which is wonderful because that means we can get a little more use of it than what we expected.

She was gleaming with excitement from just watching “P” put it together. As soon as I placed her in it she immediately began to enjoy the 10+ activities. Each one of the toys were easy to pop in during assembly but will withstand NuNu’s tugging and pulling. She was taken by the dragonfly on a flexible stalk with ridged teeth-able wings. She pulled it forward and started gnawing on it as if she knew what it was for. The spinning barrels, toy bar with two dangling fun toys, a bead chaser, bumble bee rattle and an easy to use push top is more than enough to keep any baby entertained. The saucer is also equipped with four loops to attach baby’s favorite toys.

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NuNu absolutely LOVES the Bright Starts Entertain and Grow™ Saucer.  So much so that after about 30 minutes of exhausting play time she fell into a cozy nap. I certainly recommend this product for your baby that is on the grow!

The Bright Starts Entertain and Grow Saucer™ is also available in the U.S. at Walmart and Target for around $53-58. Here is a short clip of NuNu enjoying herself.

*This product was purchased by Cocoaonthegogo and the review is unpaid and unbiased. The product was purchased at full price without any compensation*