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When I was pregnant for the first time we thought we needed everything that was on the market for sale.
We were looking for some nail clippers and came along a kit in Boots which included - 1 x digital oral thermometer, 1 x nasal aspirator, 1 x toothbrush, 2 x emery boards, 1 x nail clippers, 1 x scissors, 1 x brush & 1 x comb. We had a voucher for boots so decided to purchase this kit. I purchased it 2 years ago for approx. £12. But they currently retail for £16.25 in Boots.
The healthcare kit came in a soft black sip up wallet. Each piece had its own elastic compartment inside. The wallet is great for keeping everything together but below are my comments on the contence -
Digital Oral Thermometer -The thermometer is approximately 12cm long with a digital reading screen and protective clear cap over the testing end. I found this very slow reading and difficult to keep in place on a small child. It does beep when your child's temperature is too high. The screen was bold and easy to read. However since purchasing an ear thermometer I now know this reads inaccurate but could be the way I use it as find it very fiddly.
Nasal Aspirator - This is a bogey remover (obviously not the technical name), with a white pump and clear sucking end. When you press the white end down and release it - it's supposed to suck bogeys out from your baby's nose. I personally found this too big to get up my babies nose and I have never used this.
Toothbrush - This is a white basic child's tooth, not one I would advocate my child to use every day as it has not shape to the bristles but is ok for emergencies or holidays.
Emery Board's - Basically these are nail files for babies. There are two in the pack approximately 5cm long. Again two children later I have still not needed to use these, personally I just like to cut the nails into shape with the nail clippers/scissors.
Nail Clippers - These clippers are small but a nice size to handle. To use the clippers swings around and secures into place - if you apply pressure to the handle they squeeze together and cut. These prevent cutting the nail too short but I tend to use the nail scissors instead as I find you can get a better shape with them.
Nail Scissors - These are small little nail scissors, approximately 1they have 12cm long with a white handle. These are great for cutting nails they have a sharp blade and cut effortlessly. I prefer to use these over the nail clippers.
Brush - This is a small brush with soft bristles. I found this brush useless for actual brushing but good for getting them used to the brush and how to use a brush.
Comb - A small plastic white comb with fairly wide teeth. This is useful for actually combing the hair.
Most of the items in this kit are good quality but I don't think by any means they are essential. I personally wish I had just brought the nail scissors I had intended to.
I can't recommend this to anyone as I think it's an overpriced set and contains a lot of unnecessary equiptment.
I bought this when I was pregnant with my first child as it looked like it contained several of the important baby bits and pieces that you need to have to hand.
In the pack you get a comb and a lovely soft hairbrush.
Nail clippers and a soft first toothbrush.
On the other side there is a nasal aspirator for sucking out all the horrible mucus that can block a babies nose.
There is also a pair of baby scissors with rounded ends for safety and some small nail files.
Lastly there is a digital thermometer which is an essential when you have a baby or small children.
All the items come in a soft black case (I think made of neoprene which is like a wetsuit type of material). It is compact and easily keeps everything in the same place.
The most used item is probably the baby scissors, they work well and are plenty sharp enough. and I still use the baby brush regularly on my 2 year old as he still has very little, and very fine hair. I have never used another nasal aspirator so I don't know how well they should work. I never found it helpful with my son, but my daughter had a bad cold at about 6 weeks old and it did work when we used it for her.
I have not used the nail clippers, purely because the scissors do a good enough job. The nail files are helpful for making sure the nails are smooth after cutting them. I have used the toothbrush as a back up when my sons proper one goes missing and due to my sons lack of hair the comb has not been used either!
The thermometer has been used frequently and I have had to change the battery a couple of times. Most items in this pack appear to be of good quality. I would say the toothbrush feels a bit cheap, and I have bought a thermometer which works a bit faster now. But all these items would have cost far more if they had been purchased separately and its a great starting point knowing that they are altogether in an emergency.
I think I paid around £15 for this set, at the time there was nothing similar around and being a first time Mum I probably chose the easy option. I know at the moment you can buy these on Amazon for about £10 which in my opinion is a better price.
Overall though it is a good set, you will of course replace items as you go but it gives you a basic set and the carry case can always be used for your replacement items too.
We brought this for our little girl and it has been invaluable- containing all the essentials you need.Clippers, scissors, nail file, thermometer, hair brush, toothbrush and nasal decongester and includes instructions. Its great value and works out far cheaper than buying all the bits separately- and comes in a compact carry case, making it ideal for travel.
The baby clippers make cutting her finger and toe nails easy they are just the right size and very easy to use and we used them with ease from birth.
The thermometer is digital and the instructions are very clear indicating clear the range for normal tempertures. You simply wipe the tip to activate use under the arm pit or tongue and it beeps when temperature is ready the type of beep also indicates whether baby has a temperature. We have found this invaluable- paramedics even used our thermometer when attending our little girl.
Some of the other items such as the hairbrush will come in handy as our little girl grows bigger, overall this kit is excellent value, brilliantly and compactly presented and an ideal starter for parents. We wouldnt be without ours. We know wherever we go we have the essentials covered.
We got ours from Asda but it is widely available in supermarkets, chemists and online and costs around £10.
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==Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Healthcare & Grooming Kit==
I received this wonderful little kit when Jack was first born as a sort of birthday gift for him or a new baby gift for me I am not quite sure which. Either way it was actually one of the better gifts that I received from my work colleagues and a lot of it still gets used now.
I can't say exactly how much money was paid for this grooming kit when it was bought but having a look at Boots the set is there for £15.49 p or on Amazon it is slightly cheaper at £11.60. Either of those prices I feel represents a good value product as you get a lot of different items that surely on there own would add up to a lot more than the total cost of the set.
So the set itself is a little hard wearing material case which has nine different baby related heath care and grooming items. The items enclosed are:
-Emery Boards x2
I have to say that I have used all the items in the set and they have all come in handy. The comb has probably been used far more than the hair brush for Jack and I expect even if we had had a girl this would be the case too. The reason for this is the soft bristles on the hair brush make it kind of useless for actually brushing hair but I remember when Jack was a baby with only minimal hair I did often use the soft bristles against his wispy bits to control them and to get him used to a brush on his hair. This brush isn't something that I would buy as a separate item had the set not been bought for me. The comb however is a strong plastic comb with the teeth far enough apart to fight through chunky knots and has a comfortable plastic handle to hold and I think I probably would have bought a comb like this had we not got it in the set.
The couple of emery board and the nail clippers have both come in really handy over the years of owning the set and the emery boards have now long gone as they were used quite a bit. I didn't think I would use them but it turns out it is quite scary cutting little fingers even with proper nail clippers as you don't want to cut them too short to expose sore flesh so a lot of the time I would use the emery boards after having clipped away a little bit of nail with the clippers. The Emery boards themselves did seem not as harsh as the brown ones I buy for my nails and I guess they are specially made to be a good deal gentler. Both these two items were definitely something I would have purchased had I not got the set so it was a good couple of items to be placed in the set in my opinion.
The small little nail scissors are as expected a really handy thing to have. I can't say I use them as much as I use the nail clippers at actually cutting jacks nails but any pair of small scissors is really handy to have about and they have been used tons of times over the years and are still in good use.
The toothbrush was a chunky handled one with really quite super soft bristles and although we did use it, I can't say that it actually did anything other than getting Jack used to the idea of brushing his teeth and having something moving around in his mouth. The bristles on the brush were just too soft to clean anything even his very first teeth but he did like to have a good chew and suck on the brush but like most of his toothbrushes he goes through it didn't last long.
The nasal aspirator was something I thought I would use a lot and seemed like a really handy idea but to be totally honest I felt the item a little scary and on the one or two occasions that I did try and use it when Jack was really blocked up and congested it didn't seem to to anything other than irritate Jack was he was irritated enough already. After the couple of attempts that I had in the early days I did give up on this item and I can't say that it was something I probably would have considered buying had it not been included in this set.
The last item of the thermometer has got to be the item which has been most used and is still going strong. There were simple to following instructions in the set and the thermometer was easy to use either in the mouth or under the arm. The readings are easy to take and the item seems to give an accurate reading every time (as far as I know). This is surely an item which is more of a necessity than anything and really a good idea to add it into this set.
All in all this little set is an ideal gift to give to someone were they to be having a child. There are lots of really useful items in the set and its not something that I would have thought to buy for myself but it is a really handy thing to have and everything will actually get used up. The price seems to be very good for all the items you get and the fact that it is a travel size item means that it can be taken out of the home with ease and comfort.
I think I can't really fault this set as a complete item. I would highly recommend it to anyone and I feel that nothing but a top score of 5 out of 5 star rating is well deserved.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Healthcare and Grooming Set has proved its worthiness as time has gone by.
I would recommend any parents in the process of buying products for their newborn baby to purchase this little set because it containers a lot of the smaller little items you are going to need over time, and several straight away, which might otherwise be forgotten amongst all the bigger items such as cots, and prams and baby baths.
The little set costs about £12 and contains a nose clearer, nail scissors, nail clippers, nail files, a brush, a comb, a toothbrush and a thermometer.
All the items are white, so neutral for a boy or girl, and all come in a small A5 size zip up black case.
By purchasing this item you can rest easy that you have bought in one fail swoop a number of essential items which you could otherwise find yourself scrabbling around in a cupboard for one evening.
The first item you will probably need is a thermometer. The thermometer in this pack is a simple one which you put under the baby's arm pit. It is not as effective and high-tech as ones you can purchase which go into the baby's ear but it certainly gives a good idea of your baby's temperature. You may wish to purchase a separate thermometer if you want to use one with the latest inbuilt technology.
The nose clearer is also a must with a newborn baby. It is a little suction pump-style gadget which allows you to clear the mucus out of a baby's nose. It is kinder to the baby's nose than using a finger or other object and you will require something to help your baby's breathing as they obviously cannot blow their own noses.
I would advise using the nail scissors rather then the nail clippers in this set as they are much easier to manipulate around your baby's tiny fingers. Both of these items seem quite flimsy but are strong enough to cut through baby nails.
The nail files are much smaller files than you would purchase for your own nails and the grain of them is much gentler so while you could use an adult nail file these are much better and I don't think you can purchase them individually that I have seen.
The toothbrush is slightly curved to allow you to navigate it around your baby's mouth while the hairbrush bristles are nice and soft. These two products, along with the comb, you may find are not as exciting as other products you can buy separately in different colours and with different pictures on but they are certainly fine as part of a starter set.
I would say for peace of mind purchase this set and you will be surprised how useful it will prove to be and you can always go on to purchase duplicate items such as a new hair brush as your baby grows and you are looking for something a bit more visually exciting than plain white.
When I was pregnant I had a list as long as my arm of essentials I might need for the everyday care of my little bundle of joy. On my list were several things like nail clippers, thermometers, brushes etc. Then whilst I was browsing on the Tommee Tippee website I spotted this great little grooming kit which had everything I needed in one pack. On my next trip into town I had a nosey in Mothercare and spotted the kit for the same price as the Tommee Tippee website so thought I'd kill several birds with one stone and buy all the things I needed in one handy kit.
So the grooming kit itself comes in a handy fabric zip pouch with little elasticated straps inside to hold all of the things in place so they don't rattle around inside. Included in the kit are 9 "everyday essentials" you may need for your little one. A soft hair brush, toothbrush, plastic comb, nail clippers, scissors, 2 nail files, digital thermometer and a nasal aspirator - or bogey sucker as I like to call it. I have yet to use the plastic comb as Freya's hair isn't long enough, and I obviously haven't used the toothbrush as she has no teeth! But everything else has had some use so far and overall it's a great bit of kit, the only downside for me was that the nail files didn't last very long and were a pointless part of the kit for me, everything else is of great quality and will last for quite some time.
The digital oral thermometer is an absolute god send, it's great for checking your babies temperature in their mouth or under the armpit. I've used it many a time to put my mind at rest when I thought that little Freya had a fever but turns out she was just a little warm. It is quite slow at reading temperatures especially orally, which can be a little tricky when you have a wriggly baby, so i take Freya's temperature under her arm now as she doesn't seem to mind as much that way. A great feature of the thermometer is that a series of bleeps sound when your babies temperature reaches fever levels, I've tested this by putting the thermometer in a warm drink to see if it actually worked and I'm pleased to say it does. The digital display on the thermometer is quite small but big enough for you to clearly see the reading, and there is a handy little plastic lid that goes over the end of the thermometer when it isn't in use.
The nail clippers are brilliant, they are the perfect size for those tiny nails and I don't worry that I'm going to cut down too far. I like to trim Freya's nails once a week and her toenails only once a month, it's good to keep the nails on her hands short so she can't scratch herself. The clippers are small in size, the clipper itself swings around and clips into place nice and securely so you can clip with ease. The only downside is that the handle is quite small but overall they are great.
The nasal aspirator is a tricky bit of kit, it only seems to work really well when the bogeys are wet, when bogeys are dry inside the nose it just doesn't do anything. The end of the aspirator is quite large so it can be difficult to get inside the nostrils. I have some saline drops that I squirt inside Freya's nose as she gets bunged up quite a bit at the moment, this wets the bogeys up enabling you to suck them out. Squeeze the balloon end slide into the nostril then release and it sucks any snot out, maybe not first time but persevere and it will do its job.
The price I paid was £15 from Mothercare which may seem a little on the steep side but I really think it's a great bit of kit. I get the most use out of the nail clippers and the hair brush at the moment, I'm forever having to snip Freya's little nails to stop her from scratching herself and her hairs starting to grow through nicely now so I like to give it a brush and it apparently is good for cradle cap.
Overall it is another great bit of kit from the Tommee Tippee range and is essential for everyday use for your little one. As I stated earlier the only downsides are the nasal aspirator is tricky to use and the nail files are pointless as they don't last very long. It may seem a little on the steep side at around £15 but I think it was well worth the price to take after the little things and give you peace of mind being able to check your babies temperature whenever you want.
I'd recommend the Tommee Tippee - Closer to Nature - Healthcare Grooming Kit to every mum, it's an essential bit of kit for your nursery or to pop in your baby bag to carry around with you everyday. I'm knocking a point off for the uselessness of the nail files and tricky-ness of the snot sucker! ha!
Most presents that we received for our baby girl were generally clothes, which are obviously very useful, however one very different gift that I had never even seen before was this Tommee Tippee Healthcare and Grooming Kit, which currently retails at just over £11 on amazon, but I have since seen it cheaper, so it is a good idea to shop around.
This Tommee Tippee closer to nature grooming kit contains 9 pieces of kit, some more essential than others, but probably all useful at some point in your baby's life. All 9 items are kept in a rather hand carry zip pouch, with each piece held in its rightful place with stretchy elastic. It is small enough to easily carry with you if you were travelling away with a baby.
The 9 pieces of equipment are: a digital thermometer, toothbrush, nail scissors, nail clippers, nose aspirator, comb, brush and two emery boards.
The two main items that I liked most in this kit were the digital thermometer and the nail scissors, two items that I had been looking at purchasing for my baby. I am much more comfortable using nail scissors to cut my baby's nails as opposed to the nail clippers, however I am sure there are those that would do the other way round and so even though I will probably not use the clippers, they are still a good item to have in the kit. I have used the scissors quite a few times now to cut my baby's finger and toe nails and they work very well (as long as she is asleep and not wriggling!). The scissors are rounded which is ideally suited for cutting baby's nails.
Thankfully I have had no need as yet to use the digital thermometer, however it already comes with batteries and I have turned it on and it seems to work fine. It claims to run on the batteries supplied for up to 1000 uses. I do hope that I won't need to use it very much as my baby grows although it is a very useful piece of equipment to have.
My baby doesn't have a lot of hair at the moment but she has some and so I have used the soft bristled brush on it and it does what it should. The comb I haven't tried, but again as my baby develops and her hair eventually grows, it will be useful.
There are other pieces of kit that are more suited to slightly older babies such as the toothbrush and since my baby is only two months old, she doesn't quite need a toothbrush. However, I will say that I do think the toothbrush looks quite plasticy and I will be interested to see if it does a good job when she is bigger. It is curved however so it may be easier to use than some of the straighter toothbrushes out there, when trying to clean little teeth.
The two emery boards are probably a non essential item, but may be of use to some. I cannot see myself making much use of them.
The final item is a nasal aspirator which you can use to unblock a nose. I have only had to use this once so far, but it worked at clearing the nose which in turn helped my little daughter breathe better especially when drinking her bottle.
All in all, although I think paying £11 is a little but pricey for this kit, there are a good number of great items in this kit however there are a few unnecessary items such as the emery boards, although some may find some items of use that I don't. I think it is a great idea to have a grooming kit which you can carry with you when you go away, or just to store all the little grooming items you can accumulate for your baby. Despite a few non essentials it does make an ideal gift for a newborn baby or to buy yourself as a mum so you have everything together.
I bought this for my daughter in the Asda baby event where it cost £10. It is normally around £15 you can also get this is Toys'r'us and Boots.
The kit itself comes in a black neoprene case, which when unzipped opens up to reveal 9 essential grooming items. The case is ideal for travelling as each item is held in place by an elastic strap, it is also a great buy for first time mums.
The main reason I liked this was because of the digital thermometer, which can be used to take baby's temperature either orally or under the armpit. It also includes an automated warning sound which sounds if temperature readings reach fever levels. Normally the thermometer's alone cost around £10 so this is a great buy. The thermometer is easy to use and provides piece of mind.
The kit also contains;
A toothbrush, which has an easy grip rubber handle and a small head with little bristles. I haven't use this yet as my daughter doesn't have any teeth!
A brush and comb, the brush again has a rubber easy grip handle and really soft bristles, my daughter has a lot of hair and has done since she was born, this gently removes knots and leaves her hair looking smooth and shiny. The comb also has a rubber handle and has little balls on the end of each 'spike' so it doesn't feel sharp of scratch your baby's delicate scalp.
Scissors, I coudn't use these to cut my daughters nails as I find them a little thick, they are however great for removing the labels off her clothes.
Nail clippers, this is just like a normal nail clippers but it also has the added bonus of an easy grip handle. This is good when trying to cut your child's nails as it is a fussy and difficult job at the best of times!
2 x Emery boards, I use these to round off my daughters nails after cutting them, the emery boards are not as corse as adult ones and they are small and narrow making it easy to file tiny nails.
You also get a nasal aspirator which I didn't like the look of so I haven't used!
All in all this is a fantastic buy, all of the items are white in colour so it is unisex and it contains items which I know I will use for many years!