Cloth nappy love week Ten.

Hey guys,
This week is really exciting for cloth nappy users as its real nappy week. A week packed with offers, news and competitions. It was during cloth nappy week that I reignited my love for cloth nappies after falling out with them when Tia was very small.

So to celebrate real nappy week and my love for cloth, I’m not showcasing one nappy today. I decided that now would be a good time to prewash all of little mans newborn nappies. I’ve got a few different brands to show you today.

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So I’ve got Close parent pop ins, Ittybitty, Totsbots teenyfits, BambinoMio Miosoft, more Totsbots and Gnappies..

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I’ve given them all a few washes and got them all dry in this beautiful weather we’ve had this week. I can’t tell you how happy it made me seeing all his teeny tiny nappies on the line. We never used cloth until Tia was around 4-5 months old so we never had nappies this small.

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Have you heard of Real nappy week? Pop over and see what all the fuss is about if not, you might even win something!

Rules of the linky Linky will be live for seven days every Wednesday from 8am, if you would like a tag to remind you let one of us know! 5 links per blogger (you can catch up by adding in reviews and old posts this week) Posts must be a fashion based cloth nappy post (photo is fine) or review. Your link up can feature a change bag of your choice or change bag review if they show or feature cloth nappies. All posts will be RT by Chelle and Kelly if using the #clothnappylove hashtag. Commenting on other posts isn’t essential but it is a nice thing to do :-) And that’s it, get linking below. 

Easter camping family fun.

We decided to go camping over the recent Easter weekend. The weatherman had promised lovely weather and we hadn’t been for ages. My husband had enjoyed camping from a young age, I myself had never been until I met him six years ago. Tias been once and she loved it, I’m not the biggest fan but it seemed like a great idea to be able to get away for a few nights.
So I booked us on to a local camp (40 minute drive away) and started writing a list of things we needed to take away. Tia packed her own toy suitcase full of the most random toys haha, but she does love joining in we found out last September when we visited a Haven. Included in her packing was her new penguin ball shooter from cheatwell which was great fun to play with. I also treated her to a bag of sweets (just for the holiday) which she picked herself and was most excited about.

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We had to purchase a towbar for my car so that we could use our little trailer, it might have all fitted in the car but it would have been a squeeze, I got all our stuff packed Thursday and into the trailer,  then we set off Friday after breakfast and a quick pit stop at a pharmacy (coughs when pregnant are ZERO fun)
We pulled up on site just before eleven and started setting up straight away. My inlaws and brother in law were already on site in their caravans, and they had left us a big clearing in the middle to put the tent. This meant we were
1) sheltered from the wind should we get any and
2) able to place windbreakers up to create a garden that Tia couldn’t escape from easily.

My husband and his dad put up the tent,  then me and my mil put up the inside of the tent and put everything inside from the car. The whole process took a few hours and we sat in the sun after to enjoy a hot bacon roll cooked on the first bbq of the year, washed down with several cups of tea.

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It was a good excuse to try our new travel kettle from Wairfair

We worked out it would make four small cups of tea or two mugs and it took just under 15 minutes to fully boil on a low heat. You need to keep your eye in it though as it dosent whistle when boiling. Bit it does collapse really small, was easy to wash and can be heated on most heats sources including a gas top which is what we used.

Me and Tia had an hour nap together before getting ready to go over to the clubhouse for dinner and some dancing. We managed to get a table right by the stage so Tia could participate in the activities whilst we played bingo and ordered food.

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We headed back to the tent around 10pm, Tia settled straight away in her lovely new bed but woke up feeling cold half an hour later so joined us in ours. Her bed is called The shrunks and is both clever and comfortable. Her cot bed sheets fitted the mattress perfectly, it took seconds to inflate using an electronic pump.  It also stays inflated for ages, we pumped it up the week before we went to test it and it was still rock hard a week later. The built in side guards were a great feature and the size was perfect.

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The next morning we went over the club for breakfast and toddler fun time.  They had a bouncy castle and colouring in for under fives which was lovely. Me and Tia then went to meet our good friend a Rebecca for a morning swim whilst the rest of the family went fishing.

We had lunch out before returning around 2pm. We then went over the club with Michael so he could grab a bite to eat and me and Tia played in the arcades. They done these balls which cost £1 and contained little jelly rabbits which had led lights in that flashed when bounced. Tia must have had six over the weekend, they seemed to make her very popular with the other children in the evenings lol. She was always surrounded by others wanting to play with her, which was lovely to see. We made full use of Tia’s new colouring tools from mapedhelix
Whilst waiting for dinner. I was really impressed with the pencils, I loved how the whole pot collapsed down making a handy pencil pot. Tia nearly met loopy the rabbit buy freaked out at the last minute and decided she much preferred him from afar bless her. She did get a loopy balloon though which she adores.
Again Tia slept with us Saturday night, and Sunday morning we had to pack up as Michael was due back into work Monday. We had breakfast at the club first which meant no washing up for us and Tia got to join in with the toddler time morning again. Ws then left Tia at the vlub with her grandparents watching her so we could make a start on packing up. Tias grandparents made Tia an Easter egg hunt which kept her occupied whilst we packed everything away.  Once it was all down we spent the afternoon playing games as it was a beautiful day. We have a few bat and ball games, I think the cricket was most popular though. Although I had to stop playing fairly quickly and just watch. Tia loved running after the ball so much we used two,  one for the game and one for her. We all ached the next day bar Tia who was fresh as a Daisy as always lol.

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So after spending the weekend away camping we all had a little chat,  and me and Tia both adore camping but not so much the cold nights and mornings. So we made the decision to look for our first family caravan and bought one at the weekend just gone! It’s old but not a spot of damp and we’re very much looking forward to our new camping adventures. I’ll keep you updated :-)

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*Disclaimer* We were very kindly sent a few items for us to use on our trip away.

Pregnancy update week 31.

I know I say this every week, but honestly it’s true! Gosh this week has flown by, it’s truly scary how fast. I’ve had an amazing week as my cough finally went so I’ve felt normal again and not been worried to leave the house ect. 

This week baby is the size of four navel oranges, 16.5″ and weighs around 3.3lb. He’s been gaining lots of lovely fat this week, and will be becoming less red and more pink in colour. Also his irises can now dilate and respond to changes in light, clever boy! 

Symptoms

No new symptoms to report this week really, my feet have started to swell up of an evening if I over do it walking. The warmer days haven’t helped that either. But my husband got me a foot spa which has helped loads, I’ve also been using a cooling for and leg gel which is such a treat if I’ve had a busy day. I’ve started waking up around 3am most morning to use the loo and then find myself awake for an hour or so afterwards. My Timehop App tells me I was the same with Tia, even the same time, how mad is that! I have just had to remove my wedding rings which has made me sad. I’m hoping it’s a side effect from the hot weather’s we’ve had recently.
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Body 

Ive measured my tummy to be the same this week as it was last week, I do feel like I’m waddling sometimes now but I think that’s when he feels low and you get that lovely pressure. 

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Tia was adamant she was going to feel him kick the other morning. I assured her he was asleep so she poked him. Twice! Haha, he still never kicked back but he did proceed to kick her loads when she fell asleep in my arms later the same day. The sibling love has started early with these two lol. 


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Movements

Since the cough has gone, little mans movements have gone back to normal of a night. He sits still, waiting for me to climb into bed and get comfortable. That’s when he decides he needs to practice his dance moves, he’s also still really active in the mornings which is lovely.

Preparations 

I know I said I would start a list for my hospital bags this week, but I’ve not gotten around to it. I’ve not bought anything this week for baby boy either so not really much to report here. I am going to start washing all his teeny clothes though and start prewashing his cloth nappies so they’re all ready. The weather is so lovely now so it will all dry quickly, I didn’t have the pleasure of having a garden with Tia so I’m looking forward to hanging it all out on the line.

Thanks again for reading, I’ll see you again next Thursday for next weeks update. 

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Cloth nappy love week nine.

Hey guys and welcome back to another week of cloth nappy love. The weekly linky hosted by myself and Chelle.

This week I want to show you some of my Close parent pop ins, these are without doubt one of my favourite nappies.

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I wrote a full review on them here so I won’t waffle on too much, but I’ll tell you the basics. They have a double gusset making them pretty bombproof and keeping everything inside the nappy where you want it. These ones are birth to potty sized although they do do a newborn size which I have here waiting for little man. Boy am I excited to try those!
These are part of the pastel collection, they’re also avaliable in brights and they have a few funky prints too. These are the newer v2 bamboo type which are very absorbant even with my toddler, I don’t have to use any additional boosting.

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As the name suggests, you pop in all the inserts into the outer shell which will make total sense when it’s in front of you I promise! Have you tried close parent pop ins? Let me know in the comments and i’ll see you next week.
Don’t forget to link up below

Rules of the linky Linky will be live for seven days every Wednesday from 8am, if you would like a tag to remind you let one of us know! 5 links per blogger (you can catch up by adding in reviews and old posts this week) Posts must be a fashion based cloth nappy post (photo is fine) or review. Your link up can feature a change bag of your choice or change bag review if they show or feature cloth nappies. All posts will be RT by Chelle and Kelly if using the #clothnappylove hashtag. Commenting on other posts isn’t essential but it is a nice thing to do :-) And that’s it, get linking below. 

Britax king II ATS car seat.

Over the last month, Tia has been traveling like a princess in her new Britax King II ATS car seat.* The King II ATS is a group one car seat suitable from 9kg up to 18kg 

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Before this seat we had the King II LS car seat which we reviewed, you can read my full review on that here If you’ve not already read it. The newer model ATS is the same seat with a few changes, very clever changes at that. I was very excited to read all about the seat before its arrival, the ATS stands for automatic tensioning system! How cool does that sound? 

Down to the basics first, the seat fits into the car in the exact same way as the older model. This is very easy to do, I had marked it down in my previous review as found it really hard to fit in my old Vauxhall Zafira. However in my new car it flies in, it has firmer seats which makes such a difference to fitting the seat. The newer King II ATS still has all the same features as the LS which pleases me, I love the little pockets to keep the harness clips in. The light system lights up red when it can feel the weight of your child sitting in the seat, and will not change green until it’s at the correct tension.
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Once fitted you can adjust the five point harness stystem and headrest easily and quickly using the little pull button on the headrest. All the covers are removable and machine washable, a huge tick for me. The little label on the headrest has been changed to black on the new ATS, I loved the silver label on the older seat but after a few months of use, it looked worn as the silver rubbed off. I can’t see this newer label doing this so hopefully in a years time it will still look fresh. The brands new logo is on both sides on the car seat and it looks fantastic. 

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The seat has four recline seating positions, it’s really easy to do using the lever at the bottom of the seat. I can do this without looking it’s so easy, handy when we’re driving along and she falls asleep as I can easily reach and lay her down. The harness on the new King II ATS still has the green light sensor to alert you that it’s tightened correctly. It has an additional alarm which will sound to warn you that the tension has slacked whilst driving. This can be because your child has undone the straps, or it could be that it’s reached the end of the automatic tensioning and it’s just alerting you. In this case you don’t have to do anything, but it’s always a good idea to pull over and check it’s still tight enough. I’ve had the alarm go of several times whilst driving and it’s both scary and reassuring to know that the seat is constantly working to protect your child and alerting you to any potential dangers.
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The automatic tensioning system does exactly what it says it will do, if the straps slacken for any reason, normally because your child has adjusted their bottom or clothes have flattened down, you can actually hear it click as it adjusts itself. It’s so clever, when we first got it out of the box the first thing my husband did was try to trick the straps into thinking they were tight enough. The second he let go of them it did itself up In front of our eyes, it was hugely impressive and reassuring. 

Britax has created a very handy PDF explaining much better than me how everything works on the King II family of seats. You can view that here.

The King II ATS is exclusive to Mothercare and is only available currently to buy instore. Like its older brother it only comes in black, for me this isn’t an issue as I would only purchase a black seat anyway I think, they look sleek and are very gender neutral. 

Easter baking.

I had so much planned with Tia over Easter, I bought some little cardboard chicks to paint and got an Easter bonnet to decorate etc. But with me coming down really unwell in the lead up to Easter and us going away over Easter weekend, meant we ran out of time to do anything. We did however manage to find ten minutes to make some Easter nests, basically the law to make these and they’re both fun and easy. 

We made two batches, chocolate and plain ones topped with mini eggs. I pre-measured it all out whilst Tia was napping so she could add pour it all in a bowl and mix it up. She did most of the mixing herself, I just needed to give it a final mix at the end to coat the few flakes missed at the bottom. She then spooned the mixture into some sweet Easter cases that I bought, and topped them all with two eggs. We might have been able to give each next three eggs but they kept disappearing, I’ve no idea where!
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The recipe I use is from the BBC webpage, it’s so simple

50g Butter

100g milk chocolate broken up

3 tablespoons of golden syrup

100g Cornflakes

Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup together and allow to cool slightly before mixing in with the flakes. Then simply push the delicious sticky mixture into cases and top with eggs.
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These didn’t last very long, we took them into our toddler group and round to visit family members.

Then when we went away Tia made a cute little bunny basket with her nan to do an Easter egg hunt with. I wasn’t involved in that but I did grab some after photos.
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What crafts did you get up to over Easter? 

Teeny beanie bean bag review. 

Recently Tia recieved an opportunity to review her very own bean bag*. For a toddler obsessed with her grandads beanbag chair, this was a very exciting opportunity indeed. 

We looked at the Teenybeanies website and picked out which design we wanted together. They have a lovely range of colours and designs available and we both loved the sheep. The bags are available in three sizes, which depend on your child’s age. We ordered the smallest suitable for 3-5 years in the sheep design and we opted to have Tia’s name printed on. It’s an additional £5 to have the bag personalised and it’s worth remembering that it makes the bag non refundable. 

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The bag took a little over a week to be delivered, which I think is fair for a personalised item. Included in the package was the bean bag itself, a colouring page for your child and a leaflet showing you all the products available to order. Tia got hold of this and decided straight away that she also wanted the cow one ha! 

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The bag, although the small model is an ok size. Perfect for Tia to prop herself on to watch TV or even to stand on to peek over the gate she’s discovered! It’s incredibly sturdy, she stands and sits on it with ease and has never needed help to do it. The beans are encased inside a separate zipped bag, so they’re really secure. The outer cover is made from a knitted polyester fur fabric which is machine washable. The sheep face and personalised name are in a suedette material which is lovely and soft. 

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My verdict? It’s a very lovely bean bag, it’s study and easy to wash. Both things that are important when buying for a small child. My only negative is I think it’s a bit pricey? It’s £35 for the small bag plus £5 for the name to be added. My husband said he was really impressed with it and thought it was well worth the £25 it cost, when I explained it was £35 he wasn’t sure it was worth quite that much. 

Tia adores it, she carries it about everywhere with here and it’s stayed remarkably clean considering. It’s even been outside a few times. 

30 week pregnancy update.

Hey guys, 30 weeks! Eeeeep! If little man is anything like his sister, I only have 8 weeks left *crosses legs* what a scary thought. I’ve so much to do, this pregnancy has honestly flown by. 

Baby is now 15.7″ and around 2.75lb, the size of a cabbage.

I had a growth scan this week to check the size of baby Michael as my midwife, thought he might be a bit big. After two weeks of stressing out and worrying, it was confirmed he’s bang on track for his size and weight. So no more scans needed, phew! 

Symptoms

Oh what a week. I’ve got another cough and apparently zero pelvic floor *sobs* tena ladies have been my best friend this week. Of course there is very little I can take to help, and what I can take isn’t helping so..

I’m getting pains in my lower back now, not constant but enough to change how I walk. I’ve also noticed my feet are started to be quite swollen come the evening so I’ll be digging out my foot spa ASAP. 

Body

This week my tummy is 49″

My boobs are starting to harden up now and so is the bottom of my belly finally. I’ve had several people ask me recently when baby is due, and then proceed to tell me how massive I an when I tell them. Charming, it’s done nothing got my body confidence I must admit.  

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This week Tia gained a new piece of furniture in her bedroom, I built little mans cot. I want her to get used to it being in there before he actually goes in. She’s asked plenty of questions including “is that my new bed”? And “Can I sleep in there with baby Michael”?
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Movement’s
Michael isn’t as active at night this week and I’m sure it’s down to my cough. I don’t think he likes it, I can’t blame him. Me and my husband hate it too! He is however more active in the mornings instead.
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Preparations
So as mentioned above, I’ve built baby boys cot. It’s a beautiful sleigh cot bed from The white company and I love everything about it.
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Just need to purchase a new mattress for it but I’m not in a rush, he wont be in it for a long while yet. I’ve also decided I need to start a list for my hospital bag eeep!
Thanks for reading as always, see you next week!

Cloth nappy love week 8

Hey guys and girls,  welcome to week eight of cloth nappy love run by myself and Chelle. I’m excited at how many people have asked questions and joined In, In the two months we’ve been running. One of the main points was to try and spread the fluffy love, trying to make cloth seem more “normal” as its incredable just how many people don’t realise it’s out there. Nor do they realise it’s more than just white squares and pins ha!
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This week Im showing off a nappy I’ve recently bought for my baby who’s arriving in June. It’s called a Milovia and is a two part system. It is a wrap and an insert, sit the insert in the wrap and it’s done. Easy peasy, you can buy additional inserts making it a great choice to keep washing down as you would reuse the wrap  a few times (unless soiled) and just change the insert.

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I adore the colour and the comic book print. It’s a fun nappy to look at and I already love their pocket nappies with Tia. I know the inserts are super absorbent and dry really quickly. It one of the more expensive brands out there but, it is so reliable and fits like a glove. Worth every penny in my eyes.
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I purchase my Milovia nappies from Babipur but many good cloth nappy stockists stock them. Next on my list for baby boy is the pirate print, it’s so adorable! 

Have you tried Milovia nappies before? What’s your favourite print?

To join in with this weeks Linky, just clink on the link down below and follow the instructions. 

Link up below and i’ll see you next week! Rules of the linky Linky will be live for seven days every Wednesday from 8am, if you would like a tag to remind you let one of us know! 5 links per blogger (you can catch up by adding in reviews and old posts this week) Posts must be a fashion based cloth nappy post (photo is fine) or review. Your link up can feature a change bag of your choice or change bag review if they show or feature cloth nappies. All posts will be RT by Chelle and Kelly if using the #clothnappylove hashtag. Commenting on other posts isn’t essential but it is a nice thing to do :-) And that’s it, get linking below. 

steam cleaning with the Bissell vac & steam.

Spring is well and truly here and with it brings that crazy need to totally clean the house from top to bottom. I love nothing more at this time of the year, then to throw open the windows and wash all the curtains and wipe down all the glass. Another thing I like to give a deep clean at this time of year are my carpets. When we found out I was pregnant we went out and bought a vax carpet cleaner, I wanted to have a way of washing the carpets myself, knowing we would have a little one soon rolling about on the floor.

However it’s a pretty difficult product to use alone, I just can’t do it without my husband. It’s also incredibly noisy and leaves the carpets wet so we have to go out with the windows open to allow them to dry.

Since getting my hands on a Bissell vac & steam* I’ve been able to go over my carpets both quickly and easily. After turning on, it takes my machine exactly 24 seconds to heat up fully. I can them choose to use either a high or low steam, or the vacuum function. It also has the capability to be used as a steam mop and vacuum together making it twice as quick to do these two jobs.

The Bissell vac & steam comes in one box and is very easy to put together. It came with two machinr washible mop heads (one soft and one scrubby) two fragrance discs, a measuring jug and an instruction manual. The fragrance discs slip into a net pocket on the inside of the mop head. The mop heads are vary easy to put on, one side is slightly longer than the other to match the shape of the steam head, and it’s fully elasticated around the edge making it very secure. The head then pushes straight onto the machine, I found if I pUt the head on the floor and then lined the machine up, I could push it straight on.

The machine has a 380ml water tank which is simple to fill using the provided measuring cup. To fill the tank, you pull down a flap which creates an opening for you to slowly pour the water in. The tank is clear so you can easily check how much water is in it. The Bissell vac & steam comes with a Anti-calc filter built in to help prevent limescale clogging up the machine.
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It has a very usable 7.5m cable to make cleaning a lot easier, not having to faff about moving the plug is a huge plus for me, and the machine weighs in at 4.4kg which is pretty heavy for a steam mop. But because this steam mop also houses a cyclonic vacuum I think this is understandable.
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The mop takes 24 seconds to heat up before its ready to use, and cleans my kitchen and bathroom floors up beautifully. It even cleans up Tias foam playroom floor really well which is handy, it gets so muddy in the winter as you walk through it to gain access to our back garden.
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You select high/low or vacuum using the small panel buttons on the front of the handle. These are a tad difficult to see without lifting the machine back but I’ve not found this an issue. The handle is fully adjustable which is good if my husband wants to use it, he’s taller than me so he can make the handle taller easily. To remove the mop head to either change the mop attachment or remove the old one for cleaning, you simply put your foot on the little foot plate at the back and lift the machine up. It comes off simply and easily with no fuss or mess, the mop heads wash in the washing machine and dry very quickly.
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I’ve found the vacuum to be pretty decent, it’s not as good as my Dyson and I wouldn’t choose to do the while house with it. But for quick spills it’s perfect, and I love the fact you can steam mop at the same time. I would be lying if I said this didn’t excite me when I read I could do that. On the side of the machine is a very handy quick guide for getting started, I found this very handy for the first time I used the machine.
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The scrubby mop head is ok on the carpets but not brilliant. We have a toddler so often find cheerios, cornflakes ect ingrained daily into the carpets. Our carpets are a deep plum colour so you can see every single crumb. I think if this machine had additional scrubby attachments, it would be the perfect. I have found that by holding the mop head directly over the problem areas and holding down the steam button I can soften the problem area, but it won’t always be enough.

So my overall scoring of the Bissell vac & steam would be a 9/10. Yes it’s a bit heavy but not overly so and it is two machines in one. The one thing I think that would make it better would be for it to have attachments. You can purchase your Bissell vac & steam direct from Bissell here for £149.99.