Essential baby equipment to keep mum sane and baby safe Part III – Safety 1st Rhombus Giveaway


It’s not until you have kids that you realize how much mess they can make. That’s been one of the biggest surprises to my journey into motherhood. Having little kids that create havoc in our fairly organized home. I didn’t realize how important having a clean and tidy home was to me until I had my girls. The more children you add to your brood, the more mess they seem to make. And it’s not just in one room… it can be in many rooms. Here is a glimpse of the girls rooms and the mess that happens on a near daily basis in our house.

Magdalene's Room
Magdalene’s Room


Esther's room
Esther’s room


Our living room
Our living room – this photo was a couple of months ago

Most days I leave the mess until night time and get Esther and Maggie to help me put the toys away. I’ve been slowly teaching them to put toys away after they have played with them and sometimes it computes, but most times it doesn’t.

Now that Phoebe is crawling I’ve had to be on my game to make sure little toys aren’t within her reach. Sometimes I want her to be in the one place where I can see her. When I need to check my emails on the computer, I need a place for her where she can safely play and be entertained for 5 minutes or so. Enter the Safety 1st Rhombus Play Pen/Portacot.

The Rhombus has been a blessing to me since starting freelance work from home. We already owned a rectangular portacot which we take travelling with us, but the Rhombus is an octagonal portacot that can be used as a play pen and also for sleeping too.

At the moment I have balls placed in the Rhombus and my girls have a ball of a time in there (pardon the pun!). It’s as exciting as an indoor playcentre but without the conjunctivitis.

Phoebe in her Safety 1st Rhombus which I've used as a playpen
Phoebe in her Safety 1st Rhombus which I’ve used as a playpen


Side view of the Rhombus
Side view of the Rhombus


Even the older two enjoy playing in the Rhombus. It means they have fun without messing the rest of our house!


Maggie & Esther in the Rhombus
Maggie & Esther in the Rhombus


Top view in the Rhombus
Top view in the Rhombus

I have the Rhombus set up next to my desk and it’s fantastic if I need to check some emails. Phoebe loves sitting next to me in the Rhombus. She’s happy to play there for a few minutes while I respond to emails when Maggie is asleep and Esther is at Kindy.

Despite Bentley being a wonderful dog around our girls, the Rhombus is fantastic for keeping kids protected from pets.
Despite Bentley being a wonderful dog around our girls, the Rhombus is fantastic for keeping kids protected from pets.

The Rhombus has definitely helped my sanity this year.

As promised, Safety 1st has decided to give another mum (or dad) their sanity back by giving away a Rhombus worth $229.00. In order to be in the running, please enter the Rafflecopter widget ( You must like The Plumbette and Safety 1st Facebook pages) and leave a comment with a photo of a mess your child has created OR a mess that you haven’t been able to tackle because of pregnancy or motherhood. (Hello, I so understand!) The messiest and most interestingly creative response will win the Rhombus. You can share your picture via Instagram too. Be sure to tag @theplumbette and use the hashtag #plumbettesafety1st so I can find your entry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was gifted a Safety 1st Rhombus for the review. All opinions are my own. This post has been written in accordance with my disclosure policy.

I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

Terms and Conditions

1.This is a game of skill. Each valid entry to be judged on creativity and originality, not by chance.

2. There is one prize: 1 Safety 1st Rhombus worth $229.

3. Entries open from 12am Brisbane time Tuesday 7th April 2015 12am to Friday 17th April 2015 12am Brisbane Time.

4.Prize is not transferable or changeable

5. Prize sent out by Dorel will not be replaced in the event it is stolen, lost or damaged in transit or virtually.

6.Entry is via leaving a comment with a picture or sending the picture via email to answer the question.

7. A valid email address must be included in your entry.

8.Entry into any giveaway or competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

9.Entrants must be Australian residents and aged 18 or over

10. The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to reply and claim the prize. The winner will also be announced on Facebook. This giveaway is not endorsed by Facebook.

11. The decision on the winner is final and no dialogue will be entered into otherwise.

12. These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.