HelloHome StarBright Toddler Bed

We’ve been thinking about moving the little man from cot to toddler bed for a little while but didn’t really know what kind of bed would be most suitable. We wanted to make the transition from cot to bed as stress free and fun as possible for him so when we were very kindly given the opportunity to try the HelloHome StarBright toddler bed from Worlds Apart we jumped at the chance. With it’s pretty cloud design, moon nightlight with starlight projection and side safety rails it’s everything you need in a toddler bed. 

HelloHome StarBright toddler bed with bed covers

The bed is pretty easy to put together. The parts come in two separate boxes which to me implied it would be complicated. Thankfully it wasn’t. The instructions suggested it would take two people an hour to erect which was probably about right, though I did more supervising than constructing! The instructions are simple to follow and give plenty of detail. Hubby and I managed to put it together quickly and easily without any confusion or domestics and no bits left over!

The HelloHome StarBright Toddler Bed comes without a mattress but a standard size (140cm x 69cm) cot bed mattress fits perfectly. We were lucky as the little man was in a cot bed prior to the toddler bed so we just transferred the mattress over without any issue. The bed has foot plate at the which hold the mattress in place reducing any slipping or movement during the night. 

HelloHome StarBright toddler bed solid wood frame

I was very pleasantly surprised by both the quality and the sturdiness of the bed. It has solid wooden legs and the base is MDF. It feels very robust and there’s no wobble as there sometimes is with some flat pack furniture. 

HelloHome StarBright toddler bed

Fab features

The bed is very low to the ground which means little people can get in and out independently. It also means should they fall out of the bed they are less likely to be injured. 

The bed is very sturdy and long lasting. It’s even strong enough for a big person to sit on.

The protective sides prevent tumbles and little people rolling out.

The design is unisex and really cute. 

The bed has a built in side table which can be used as a place to stand a drink, a teddy or even Daddy’s bum! The side table is sturdy enough to be used as a seat for a parent whose child prefers you to hang around until they go to sleep. 

The addition of the night light is fantastic. It projects stars onto the ceiling for 15 minutes as well as giving off a reassuring glow before automatically shutting itself off.  

HelloHome StarBright toddler bed side table with books
The little man is rather taken with the bed. He loves to climb on it during the day and has a slight obsession with sitting on the side table and swinging his legs. The side table can be moved to either side of the bed which means it will fit in your room regardless of the layout. 
HelloHome StarBright toddler bed with child getting in
The nightlight doesn’t show to much during the lighter nights but I imagine it will be great on darker nights. The little man will happily lie in bed and watch the flickering above. I think it would have been great if the bed also had some kind of music or sound as well as the light, it would make the perfect combination for a relaxing bed time. 
child watching the light in HelloHome StarBright toddler bed
The transition from cot to bed hasn’t been too bad. The little man will go to sleep in his big boy bed without issue but if he wakes up he will either cry until we go and get him out, or shimmy out and explore his bedroom. I think it may take a while until he’s completely settled in his new bed but there’s plenty of time and he’s still relative young to be in a toddler bed. 
HelloHome StarBright toddler bed with sleeping child
The little man is a wriggler. He always has been so it’s inevitable he’ll end up in some strange position or six during the night. Although the bed is very low to the ground I have been a little concerned he’d fall and hit himself on the ledge around the bed before hitting the floor. To try and remedy this I’ve been strategically placing pillows round the edge of the bed on the floor, though so far he’s had no falls. 
I do think the sides on the bed could be a little higher. The safety sides around the head area are a great idea but they’re quite low and as the little man likes to fling himself around the bed, he has had a couple of knocks and bumps.  
HelloHome StarBright toddler bed and a child sleeping sideways
Overall I’m really impressed with the HelloHome StarBright Toddler Bed. The design is really sweet and perfect for both girls and boys and the colour is really neutral and will fit with any decor. I love the addition of the nightlight, it’s a unique idea and means it’s always in reach.

The HelloHome StarBright Toddler Bed retails at £139.99 without mattress which I think is good value considering the bed can be used right up to 5 year. 

We were sent the bed in return for an honest review.


Freshening up our home

I love updating our home. Shopping for furniture, lusting over paint charts or flicking through home interior magazines are all things I enjoy.

We’re slowly in the process of redecorating and revamping our home and garden. We decorated quickly when we moved in due to the fact we were getting married less than 6 months later with the intention of making some changes once the wedding was over. As it happened, when we returned from our honeymoon, the little man was already hiding in my tummy! Other priorities came before decorating and making changes to the house, but now there are no massive life changing events on the cards we can concentrate on updating our home, making it more comfortable and potentially making it easier on the eye for the housing market.
My least favourite part of the house at the moment is the dining room. It’s become a bit of a dumping ground and I feel stressed and irritated every time I go into it. Our kitchen and dining room are open plan and our kitchen is a rather bright and hideous glossy red. It’s not something we can afford to change at the moment, so it’s a case of trying to draw attention away from it, and avert or visitors eyes.I’ve been challenged by Legal & General to pick our some things in my home that need to be refreshed. I could have written a long list, but I’ve picked out the two that I think need updating most urgently.

We have a cheap and simple Ikea unit which is home to a variety of junk. It’s a bit battered, it started it’s life in Ikeas Bargain Corner and was in our old house for a couple of years before being transported to this one. It’s seen better days and could really do with being upgraded.

I would love to replace the unit with a traditional style dresser with plenty of storage at the bottom and shelving to display pretty things at the top.

I love this beautiful display dresser from Wayfair. It’s simple but looks elegant and would look perfect in the corner of my dining room. It isn’t cheap some it’s probably not something I’ll be buying anytime soon but I’m sure I can add it to my wish list. There are other ways I could freshen up the unit we have, introducing brighter colours and pretty accessories could totally change the look of both the unit and our dining room.

Bright artificial flower / wooden vases / brightly colour owl / pretty blue jug / yellow bird / melon candle

Another thing in our home that desperately needs refreshing is our sofa. It’s not particularly old at 2 and a half but it’s become dull and dreary and isn’t really suitable for a home with a messy 16 month old child! It’s not something that can be replaced so we’re looking at freshening it up, giving it a new lease of life and making it look like a different sofa.

It’s none offensive but my cushions are looking a bit drag and dull and could do with a bright new look, especially for the summer. The sofa is easy to freshen up, an array of bright cushions and a pretty throw can easily make it look like a completely new piece of furniture.

Meadow cushion / Flamingo cushion / World map cushion / Dog cushion
Once our garden is finished we will be going room to room to update and refresh, so look out for the posts!

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