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    • Pampers / Baby Care / 2 Readings / 23 Ratings
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      Ever since my darling daughter was a week old she has suffered from terrible sensitive skin, she was prescribed oilatum for her bath and the cream which helped a lot but she has been very prone to a sore bottom :(. We have tried allsorts from sudocrem, metanium and a cream given to me from a friend callled conotrane, nothing helped and nappy changes became a nightmare for all of us, Mia would scream as soon as you came to clean her bottom - even with cooled boiled water - and it was very upsetting for us seeing her in such obvious pain and discomfort. We were told from doctors and friends to leave her nappy free as much as possible, luckily we were going through summer at the time so it was easy to do but that didn't help either! My usual nappy was either Pampers Baby Dry or Pampers Premiums so when shopping one day I was surprised to see a new product from Pampers, Pampers Sensitive! Excellent I thought and quickly bought a packet, £5.99 for 28 at our local Co-Op... Back at home I switched nappies immediately, the first Sensitive nappy I put on my daughter was just after her bath as I was getting her ready for bed, first thing next morning I changed her and the change was incredible, not only had the red burnt appearance gone from Mia's bottom but the cracked and sore skin was well on it's way to healing, looking like it had a white layer over the sore skin protecting it, we had already switched to Pampers Sensitive Wipes (for the times when we could use wipes on Mia) and teamed together with sensitive wipes, sensitive nappies and the regular sudocrem we are finally waving bye bye to nappy rash! They are very much similar to the Pamper Baby Dry nappy, they do not have the elasticated fastenings although they do fit my baby very well. They have a soft almost silky outer feel and are very absorbent, I have been using these nappies for over 3 months now and have yet to experience a leak! I guess the difference in these
      Sensitive nappies are that they are unperfumed, hypoallergenic, anti-irritation and also allow extra air to circulate through the nappy. They are easily recognised in stores by there white packaging with green lovehearts and teddies on the front. The only downside I have is that we only live in a small town and only one store is currently selling these nappies, this particular store is due to close so no doubt we will have to go out of town when it does, maybe they should be more widely available... For anybody with a baby with even the hintest of sensitive skin or nappy rash I would highly recommend these nappies, for the results to be so obvious so quickly its nothing short of a miracle nappy!

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        • "Shall I go on..."

        It all began just after my 14th birthday when I went along for my haircut, I didn't go to the hairdressers very often as my hair was quite long and I wanted it to stay that way, having it cut, even trimmed, was not high on my agenda of things to do but it was high time I went. So there I found myself sat in the hairdressers chair, quietly humming away to something on the radio when my hairdresser stopped what she was doing and grabbed the hand mirror from in front of me, after blunty holding it at the back of my head she faced me through the mirror and asked "How long has this been here Kerry?" I looked up quickly to be faced with a small bald patch on the right hand side, at the back of my head and I laughed! For one, I had no idea that this "patch" was there, up until now anyway! and two, I had absolutely no idea why or what it was there for and I said so, "hmm" she went on "will you mention it to your mum as soon as you get home?" I obligingly, although somewhat disinterestedly informed my mum when I got home, my mum looked, my dad looked, my brothers looked, everyone was baffled. I took all this with a pinch of salt at the time, maybe the hairdresser had slipped with the scissors?? maybe it had been there since I was young and just hadn't noticed?? Who knows but it was there, I couldn't see it so I could ignore it right? Wrong, mum stated she wanted to take me to the doctors and get it checked out "just to see what it, if anything, is, ok?" I agreed and just under a week later found myself sat in the doctors surgery while our (lovely) doctor rummaged around my head, eventually she sat back down and began... "It looks like you have alopecia areata Kerry" "Pardon??" "It's very common" she went on "you may have this patch for quite a while before it grows back, it may do, it may not. Then again it could get worse" I
        think she grew cautious at this point "it could affect just your head hair or be total hair loss, affecting your eyelashes and eyebrows too, one scenario may be due to your hormones so I will give you some Brewers Yeast and Vit B6 and we'll see how we go..." It may be that our doctor went into more detail regarding this but I am afraid this is all I heard at the time... I went home that day in some sort of surreal state, I couldn't imagine that I would or could lose all my long hair maybe even my eyelashes! My family tended to make me feel positive about it too, thinking that it would probably not get worse and that there was 50/50 chance that it would grow back as normal and I'd never have any other trouble from this, I believe them, I looked at my little "patch" as quite humorous, it was only about the size of a 50 pence piece and I got on with life as normal, experimenting with my hair and make up, meeting my mates and being a normal 14 year old, nobody could see so nobody suspected a thing... Then I reached 15, almost 16, my hair had been slowly going thinner, I would find strands and strands on my pillow when I woke in the morning. My brush would be clumped with hair after just a few days and the water after my bath would take twice as long to go through the plughole as my hair was filling the plughole! The patches increased until at one point I had approximately 8 pretty large ones, roughly the size of somebodies ear, I could cover these patches by pulling my hair into a pony tail but I could not hide them. I took it upon myself to make a laugh and a joke about it before people got the chance to comment about it, which made myself and probably everybody else much more at ease about the whole thing. My friends were very reassuring, helping me cover the patches whenever possible and not one treated me any differently than before, they dragged me out when I was feeling down and laughed with me w
        hen I was making fun of myself. However strangers were different, there were the stares and the pointing, this made me feel very small and if I was out on my own I would get upset and more often than not come back home before I had finished what I was doing. I had the confidence to laugh about what I was going through but explaining to strangers was a total different kettle of fish, something I just couldn't bring myself to do... Life went on and by the time I reached 17 my hair had started to grow back, I was very lucky as the only hair I lost was from my head, my eyelashes, eyebrows etc remained fine which was a great feeling. I even found myself a job at a Solicitors which I enjoyed, then I met my future husband while out clubbing with some friends. I began to put the "hairloss" behind me. I did tell my then boyfriend about what had happened, it took some explaining as he, like me when I was 14, didn't have a clue what it was, he promised to stand by me no matter what, if it happened again or anything. I hadn't even thought about it happening again... At 19 I had my first little boy, everything was fabulous, then when he was 8 months old I noticed a small white patch at the back of my head, pretty much in the same place as it was the first time round. We had to go through it all again, this time I cracked, I couldn't laugh about it, it hurt, I worried about my little boy getting called names if he grew up with his mummy losing her hair, I worried about whether this was going to be the same for the rest of my life, then I realised that all my worrying was escalating the process and the hairloss was much quicker than last time... In one sense it was very strange, I had always wanted to dye my hair blonde but never had the nerve to do it in case the peroxide damaged my hair even more (theres no evidence of this by the way) yet when my patches had reached there "peak" the hair would grow back sno
        w white and baby soft! On pictures it would look like I had no hair yet I did and it was pure white! As soon as my hair reached approximately 2 inches long it would turn dark brown, almost black. I made jokes, still do!, about the times when I looked like a dalmation! ;) Again my hair grew back, I went on to have another baby, a little brother for my eldest boy and have now had another baby, she is 7 months old now and they are all adorable little darlings! Have you guessed it? Yep 7 months on from the birth of my third baby I have noticed patches at the back and side of my head again, I do not think it has anything to do with being pregnant or the hormones of having a baby, it is totally different hair loss and not connected as such, one thing for sure is that when I am pregnant my hair grows like wild fire, I only noticed this when I was pregnant with number 3, maybe as she was a girl, who knows, but my hair is now half way down my back! Good news I guess as I now have much more hair to keep hiding the patches for a little longer! I have been looking into homeopathy, this is relatively new to me but has been known to cure alopecia completely. This sounds too good to be true for me at the moment but I will try it, and keep this op posted on any future progress. Wish me luck!! Make no mistake, I have cried, screamed, thrown paddys, the lot! as I have gone along this "path". I realise that there a lots of people with much much worse problems than me and that is why my "moods" don't tend to last very long. They are certainly non-existent in front of my children although I have explained to my eldest what "might" happen to mummys hair, he wanted me to wear a hat to hold it in! (He's 4) Maybe it will work :) I'm sorry if I have rattled on about this, but I requested this subject on dooyoo, just in case there is one person going through the same thing as I have and I can maybe make just one p
        erson realise that they are not alone going through this. At times it can be a very lonely time, I felt I was the only person in the world with this and it felt awful, but, it really is very common. It does effect people differently, like some people will never notice a hair falling from their head, there will be just as many bald people about! Phew! Well I will more than likely add to this as I go along, travelling through this for the third time now, it feels almost normal! If I have made mistakes please let me know, only I do not feel brave enough to proof read this just yet, I will probably delete it all! I have just rattled on as I have gone along, hoping against hope that I make some sort of sense. To anybody going through this I wish you the best of luck, keep smiling :) and to the people who know somebody going through it, although they act brave, give em a hug! Take care everybody and thanks for reading :)

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        • Osteopathy / Archive Lifestyle / 2 Readings / 39 Ratings
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          It all started while I was in labour with my little girl, there were complications where my daughters heart rate dropped rapidly and there was concern as to whether she was getting enough oxygen in the womb or not, to find this out the doctor had to take a blood sample from the top of Mia's head and test it to check the oxygen levels, this proved very difficult and took over an hour of prodding and poking. Needless to say little Mia was born very upset with a head full of angry red scratches and cuts. As any new parent knows newborns tend to do nothing in the first few hours but sleep, it was obvious to me even within an hour that Mia was not a settled baby, and who could blame her after such a traumatic time! Of course all I wanted to do at the time was hold and love her as much as any new parent possibly can but still she was upset and screamed if you went near her head... I was assured this was a temporary "discomfort" and would soon pass, it took 5 days for the marks to go down... The next thing we noticed was the 'V' shaped ridge across the top of Mia's head, at first we thought this was simply more obvious with Mia as she had very little hair and my other 2 boys had had quite a bit, but we mentioned it to the Health Visitor anyway to be told it was a common case of where the skull is molded in the birth canal and should reshape itself to normal by 3 months, it did in deed reshape but it took until she was 4 and a half months... While this was going on Mia remained to be unsettled, crying whenever laid on her back and constantly pulling at the back of her head and behind her ears while sobbing, of course this was traumatic for her and us and the only way we could soothe her was to carry her around and let her fall asleep propped up on our shoulders, by the time Mia reached 3 months I found myself looking into Cranial Osteopathy, I had heard various stories about this from television and media to magazine articles and
          it seemed to do wonders. I was surprised to see this was aimed at young babies with anything from cerebal palsy to colic (it especially helps babies who have had a traumatic birth ie, forceps or ventouse delivery etc) AND adults suffering from sports injury, strain or migraine etc. I was very naive at first as to the wide range of things that Osteopathy can treat and admit to being a bit sceptical about the whole thing at first, I mean isn't it just somebody bragging a dimploma in massage and just widening it a bit? Well I couldn't have been more wrong!! Osteopathy is a treatment where the specialist you choose to see works with the structure and function of the body, finding a diagnosis and then treating it rather than just aiming anywhere. As we all know our limbs and joints have to be in good health or we just won't work as good! Thus if you have problems with the "framwork" of your body it can seriously affect the circulatory system, any nerves in the body and even affect your general health. The Osteopaths job is to restore the structure and the function of your body, resolving a perfect balance and harmony and restoring good health. Cranial Osteopathy is aimed solely at the head and neck that encourages the release of stress and tension throughout the body, this form of Osteopathy is extremely gentle (making it suitable from birth to adult) but very effective at relaxing the whole body and should be recommended to anyone suffering from any form of stress or tension. On explaining to my family and friends that we were introducing Mia to Cranial Osteopathy... "Oh I didn't tell you did I?" "What?" "We're taking Mia to see a Cranial Osteopath" "A what??" "It's a Specialist that deals with releasing extreme stress and tension in babies by head massage.." "Oh, erm, could you not just masage her head
          yourself?" Well the reason that you don't get the same effect by trying massage yourself is that Osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is very small, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired. On taking Mia for her first appointment to see her Osteopath we were introduced as to what benefits Mia, and us!, could possibly get from Cranial Osteopathy, we were also told that even after the first session the Osteopath would be able to tell us if it would benefit Mia or not and he would not waste our money by telling us to continue treatment if it would be of no help. I first thought this would be quite simple and Mia would lie there quite happily relishing in the soothing massage. Umm hardly! Simon (the Osteopath) explained that in deed Mia had a lot of compression, all babies skulls "overlap" as they are born only to "open" up after a couple of days before they "fuse" themselves together into a "proper" skull shape! Mia's had overlapped a bit too much on her way into the world and although it had "opened" up ready to "fuse" together, it hadn't done it as much as normal and was causing a lot of pressure, explaining why she wouldn't lie on her back and kept pulling at the back of her head, she was getting headaches! poor babe! (this sounds quite horribly painful and probably is but we were reassured it is quite common and if le
          ft babies tend to mould into the skull rather than the other way round - no evidence has proven that this causes any problems in adult life just tends to make life a lot easier at the time). Mia cried while she had the treatment, quite a bit actually, we were told this was because although it doesn't hurt it was a bit uncomfortable as Simon gently (believe me its very gentle pressure) massaged the skull bones into the right position. We were reassured at the next session Mia will probably enjoy it as the releasing has already taken effect. As soon as he had finished and I picked Mia up she was all smiles again and has been much more relaxed in herself since it was done, she will happily play, doesn't pull at her head as much and is in general much happier! We are lucky Simon told us we will only need 2 or 3 session at the most and all the tension and pressure will be gone, some babies need upto 10 sessions but it is definitely worth it and I personally would recommend it to anyone young or old! Prices at Manchester... £25 first session £18 subsequent sessions (per hour) Helpful information:- www.nat-healthclinic.co.uk/cranial www.cranial.co.uk Ann Cook 8 Upper Guildown Road Guildford GU2 5EZ Tel: 01483 504508

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            16.07.2001 06:19
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            We bought this highchair almost 2 weeks ago now, when my 5 month old daughter cleverly mastered sitting up early! Up until now she had been quite happy sitting in her bouncy chair eating and bouncing away quite happily, then boom, "I can sit up mummy!!" and the placid little baby who lay quite happily being spooned various varieties of pureed carrot and parsnip decided to lean forward into her dinner bowl at every possible opportunity! At first I was quite interested in getting one of the bigger highchairs, the ones with the muti-position seat for babies from 4months and the multi-position trays to boot (you know the ones!), sure enough these are great and can be very handy if you have a spare £100plus but I got to thinking would it be right for us....hmm - well Mia had already decided she was strong enough to sit unaided for a good few minutes at a time, having the support of a 'normal' highchair (albeit with one of those padded insert seats you get from mothercare) would more than be enough so she was ok on that point... We got to Mothercare and saw this highchair immediately, I noticed all the others (oh except the £100 plus ones!) were bluey or 'masculine' in some sense or other, apart from this one. The main colours are a zingy lemon and lime (which are suitable for either a boy or a girl although there is also a 'blue' version of the same highchair with cute little dinosaurs all over the seat), with the seat being checks and the tray being lime, it was priced at only £29.99! (hey that rhymes woohoo!) It folds completely flat for storage, which is very handy when your short on room in the kitchen like us! The seat unit is well padded and completely pvc so although you can't remove it like some it is completely wipe clean and the bit I am in great admiration over! it has a fitted 5-point harness (stops all escapisms!!!) The seat height on this highchair is 58cm so it is ideal for sitting down for
            feeding as your on the same level as your baby then! The overall size is 100 x 56 x 73cm and once folded it is 122 x 56 x 21cm with a weight of just 5.4kg so it is really compact and also very light for any transportation although very sturdy with a strong metal frame which in my opinion makes this suitable from 5/6months upto a lively toddler! Another thing that made this a great highchair for my daughter was the fact that although theres plenty of room for her to grow the tray is close enough for her not to look lost in it, due to the rounded tray it comes all the way around without looking too large, this is also handy for preventing everything flying onto the floor when baby reaches the throwing stage! Now folding and unfolding is as simple as me writing the words, ok well almost! To fold the chair theres is a small press-stud fastening that secures the tray (along with two clips) to the metal frame of the highchair, this unclips and with a little pressure the tray lifts off, pushing the front legs back leaves the tray free to be pushed down, thus the flat position, for putting it back up reverse the actions, simple! All in all I would definitely recommend this highchair, granted there will always be bigger and better, but if your looking for a highchair just for being a highchair then this is for you!

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            • Danone Baby Food / Baby Food / 0 Readings / 20 Ratings
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              I have two sons who absolutely adore the Petit Filous range of yogurts so when my daughter reached 4 months and began to enjoy yogurts these were my ideal first choice for her, although she likes them they always seem to be quite runny and more ended up all over Mia's clothes rather than in her mouth! So last week I thought I'd try something different and came across 'Baby Danone' well, wow! Produced in France these are the perfect size for little appetites (50g, which you get 6 of for around £1.65) and are a very tasty dessert for young babies from 4 months old. They are made with follow-on-milk and are delicious! (honest!) 'Made with real fruit puree' I expected to find, when I opened the top, that the puree was just mixed in and it would resemble a 'normal' smooth yogurt...wrong! The 'yogurt' isn't actually a yogurt it's a fromage frais but anyway it is seperated into two segments, the top half being REAL fruit puree, the choices are apple, apple and strawberry or apple and banana, quite a limited choice but delicious all the same! and the bottom part being a 'normal' fromage frais. Now you can either stir the 2 parts together or feed them seperate, my daughter prefers either way and I have never seen a 5 month old cry when you take the pot away before!! bless. The ingredients are : Fromage Frais (60%) Fruit Puree (34%!!) sugar (hmm) maltodextrin, vegetable oil, gelling agent, pectin, elderberry juice (!) citric acid, vitamins A,C,D,E and iron (very healthy!) The packaging is quite attractive too! if, like some of the ones we have had, the writing isn't too clear on the top of the lid where it should tell you the flavour (the fruit is almost the same colour in all of them) the pots are colour co-ordinated, pink and white for the apple and strawberry, green and white for the plain apple and yellow and white for the apple and banana, handy to know if your baby prefers one more th
              an the other! Although these aren't one of the cheapest on the market I definitely think they are the best choice for babies or young children (even adults! hehe) unique in the sense they are the only yogurt (I'm off again!) made from follow-on-milk so better and more healtier for your little one. The consistency is neither too runny nor too thick and is extremely easy for even the fussiest eaters to muster, if it is at all possible to be fussy about puddings! lol. All in all I would say if you don't mind paying the little bit extra these are the perfect choice for a tasty pud!

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              • Graco Fun Rock / Baby Activity / 2 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                We bought this fun-rock when my now 2 year old was a tiny baby, quite a while ago for a toy and boy did he love it! but it's still going strong and my little girl is just about raking up the benefits of it now. The age suitability is 6months and above but my little girl who is 5months is fine in it, my little boy roughly the same age when he first started using it. I think so long as the baby is fully holding his/her head and supporting their own body relatively well then they can go in it for short supervised periods of time. My inital reason for buying this was the fact that it had loads of toys to amuse the baby situated within easy reach, quite similar to a baby walker but without the wheels! at the time we didn't have much room for a baby walker to be driven around my lounge and I had heard of accidents with baby walkers anyway so I chose one of these. Right, down the the nitty gritty! The main body of this fun-rock is fully detachable for storeage or cleaning, with only the seat cover machine washable at 40o. Everything is very easy to put together or apart! and the legs are height adjustable depending on the age/height of your baby... The toys surrounding the seat unit are as follows:- Car Steering wheel with horn, mirror, phone, rattle and 3 musical keys - this part is removable leaving an empty spot with ridges for lunch and or a drink while still keeping baby happily playing! A globe like squeaker which when hit provides many a happy giggle!! A wobbly teether *I say wobbly as it is on a sort of stem for baby to have easy reach from hand to mouth!* 2 different coloured 'peek-a-boo' teddies! These are pushed up by baby to reveal 2 very cute teddy faces. An arch with 3 different coloured large beads for alternating from side to side, I've found this in particular is amazing for making any baby proud of his/herself when they finally manage to knock one bead fro
                m one side to the other! And last but not least...4 different coloured heart shaped clic-klaks for throwing side to side and making as much noise as possible! All these toys are easily accessible by the centre seat which revolves, the base of the 'rock' is ridged for baby's feet to grip and turn to find the specific toy that baby is interested in right then! It is called the funrock and yep it does rock whichever way your baby decides to lean but when their still tiny this always frightens me, I'm almost 100% sure that they could never topple over but I always tend to have the small pegs into the 'down' position which means that it stays static and although your baby can still turn, play, move just as much you just don't have the wobble effect! I have definitely found that this is great for a baby that likes being carried everywhere, the way it is designed it will keep any baby entertained, plenty toys and a perfect view of everything in the process! This was £69.99 when we bought it 2 years ago but I think it has come down a bit since then and I would definitely recommend one of these to anyone!!

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                  My little boy has just turned two and we bought this for his main birthday present. On ripping off the wrapping and clasping his eyes on it for the first time he was in a word nothing short of ecstatic! He's always adored anything to do with cars and will sit for ages at our windowsill just watching the cars drive past our house so we thought this would be an ideal pressie....and we were right! One word of warning, although I was out of the house at the time my husband put this garage up (the night before Jack's birthday) I was well informed when I arrived home, that the bloomin thing was in about a thousand pieces! and it took him all of an hour and half to put it together! needless to say the hard work paid off and my husband enjoys playing with it as much as Jack and his older brother do! **Please note unless your planning on putting this in a childs bedroom please make sure you have the room for it downstairs, luckily we do, but it is quite big at approx 28" high (at the highest point) by 30" across (at the widest)** Now the general eebie-jeebies of it: **Now I'm not to clever when it comes to motor-racing - or anything to do with cars really! but going off the stickers(!) the garage is a 'Ferrari' garage with multiple stickers advertising this fact meant to be splattered around, including every european flag going I think (which fits nicely along the side of the lift tower) but alas you only need to use the ones you see fit as they come on a seperate sheet to be added by you (personal touch and all that :)) **It is a multi storey garage with 3 floors, with a lift taking you up to which floor you chose and a nice and fast windy road for bringing you back down again (great fun!) You place your chosen car on the lift base then on lifting the lift, as you reach each floor there is a barrier which lifts to give you the opportunity to 'drive' onto whichever one you fancy! If you chose
                  to be 'lifted' to the top floor the lift flips up and your car gets shooted down the top ramp and straight down the 'windy road' or (now this is the fun bit!) there is a barrier (or switching gate) that can be pushed up (through the underside) which (again if you go to the top floor) sends you shooting down the speed ramp, this feature has an adjustable starting gate to line up the cars ready to race (complete with starting flags) and also an adjustable jump lever based at the bottom for either a smooth run down or as a jump obviously! **Now for the bottom floor, you have a mechanics sticker to give the feel of a workshop, there are barriers (2 of) and a handy petrol pump if your car seems to slowing down! Placed very cleverly under the second floor/above the bottom floor is a sliding draw where there are the (supplied) cars (a red one and a black one) and also a pick-up truck. These are of course Ferrari cars and are of the chunky kind, ideal for little hands! but it is also a garage suitable for all matchbox/hotwheels or most die-cast cars. On the box when you buy this garage it is stated only suitable for ages 3 and above, as my son was only two we thought very carefully about buying this particular garage, luckily my son is very sensible, and although I have yet to find any tiny parts that could be a hazard for choking etc that doesn't mean that there aren't any and I am always there playing with or supervising while he is playing with or around it. All in all I think this is a great present for any occasion, although quite expensive at the time I think it's more than worth it and will last for many many years and is very sturdy, it has withstood my eldest son standing on it to look through the window for starters and he's almost 4! Like I have mentioned before you certainly need the room in your house for one of these as you can't exactly fold it away when your not playing with it, but if y
                  ou have then I would highly recommend it, for hours of fun, young and old!

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                  • Graco Classic Swing / Baby Activity / 0 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                    We bought this swing on Tuesday after initially going to the baby shop to buy a cot! We couldn't find one we both agreed on and as my little girls still quite happy in her crib we bought her a swing instead! We chose this one as it was lovely and bright and at only £59.95 a bargain too, there were only 3 in the shop, this one, one for £79.95 and one for £99.95!! The only difference I could find between the 3 were the fact that the cheaper one was a 'wind-up' type and all the others ran off batteries. I don't see this as a problem myself as after winding the swing up, there is a marker on the top showing how long it is lasting for and when it needs to be re-wound. It lasts for approximately 30minutes before slowing down but my daughters normally asleep well before then! Personally I think this is better as it does the same job, with minimal effort and you don't need to replace the batteries..and of course it's not breaking the bank. Once you have brought you swing home, if your like me, you'll be well surprised at just how many pieces one of these things can be in!! I thought it looked impossible to put up but it wasn't that bad at all. It was very straightforward and took roughly 20minutes in all. That was with 2 toddlers running around too! :) Most of the bits are in simple slot together pieces and the only bits that need screwing is the seat unit to the main frame, which is just 2 screws (positive). Once up it is very secure and steady and comes complete with a play tray for baby with 2 toys on it (these also fit on some mothercare pushchair models by the way!) and a very cosy snuggly head hugger, my daughter, although she is now 15weeks old loves this, she loves snuggling the side of her face into the head hugger (I think it reminds her of when shes falls asleep breastfeeding). The seat unit itself has 4 different positions from almost completely flat (suitable from birth) upto fully sat up, the swing is
                    recommended from birth upto 9months or 11kg whichever comes first! It also has a multi-position speed control the highest being 'normal' speed and the slowest called 'slow' speed, there are 5 different positions (including the named 2). I must say I think this was the best thing we've ever bought, before we had it my daughter would only sleep either being pushed in her pram (constantly!) or being rocked in your arms, as soon as she was put down on her own, ping! her eyes were wide open again! Since we bought this she has managed to fall asleep in it the majority of the time without any complaint and occasionaly even takes her lunch in there too! A lot of people I've spoken too have said that these are quite a waste of money, an unnecessary luxury one person actually said! but I certainly think it's worth its own weight in gold and would recommend it to anyone!

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                      We bought this pushchair after admiring it for a few weeks, (thinking it would be ideal for our little girl as the colours were quite different, compared to the normal blues/blacks) in our local mothercare, then it came on offer!! fab news, so buy it we did!! We bought the pram one thursday and didn't use it till the monday, first trip out and on our way home I noticed the foam handle had come out of the centre piece, leaving the foam liable to rip, after phoning mothercare we were advised to return it, which we did and they happily replaced it for us. So now we have had the new pram for 2 weeks and this one seems to be fine *touch wood* so we are very pleased with it. When we brought the pram home and opened the box, it was found in the following pieces: chassis rear axle assembly (brake to you and me :)) front wheels (2) rear wheels (2) retainer, caps & hubcaps (these are the centre pieces to your wheels) footrest stand stand guide parent tray play tray apron weathershield We found it extremely easy to put together and probably the maximum time spent on this would be about 10minutes. Some of my fave things on this pram are the fact that the seat lies perfectly flat, and then there are the extra 3 positions rather than just flat/sat up positions. The harness is 5.point. The seat is very padded and my daughter looks as snug as a bug in it, she has since decided she prefers this to her 3in1 sprung pram so I think we should have bought this first!! Plus as a wonderful bonus for mum or dad it is a lovely pram to push, even easy to push one handed with the centre piece of the handle (which is for folding really!) I also really like the folding mechanism which is really new to me! The 'centre-piece' as I keep calling it! resembles a barrell with a red button, pressing the button and turning the 'barrell' lifts the folding arms of the pram and then yo
                      u simply keep your hand on the 'barrell' lifting the arm at the side, and folding flat, simple! Now, my niggles, the parent tray is awkward to detach, needing to be unscrewed to be removed, the weathershield, although compact as it fits snug, to fit it correctly you need to push it under the parent tray, which I feel will only lead to ripping over use. Finally, the wheels, to lock them the latch needs to be lifted, to have on swivel the latch need to be down, doing this is very stiff and I've found I have to use my foot! I am sure though with use this will loosen off so isn't much of a problem. One hint I do have by the way, is if folding outside or on a hard surface, remove the play tray on the front as the pram seems to fold in its own way which would leave the play tray scraping the floor, I had this problem with my other pram that I had for my little boy which was a graco but of the same style. I know better this time!! :) Overall I do think this pram was a good buy for us as apart from these little niggles my daughter loves it. She looks really comfy and snug and it fits in our boot! (orion)

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                      • Probe e.2000 / Digital Camera / 0 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                        We bought this digital camera from the website ebay (www.ebay.co.uk) and although it is our first digital camera we are very pleased with it. One of the first things we noticed about this camera, after being only used to standard cameras, was the sheer weight of it, I dont know if all digital cameras are like this but it is so light!! In the package we received we got :- Camera (obviously!) RS232/USB Cable Carry Pouch SSFDC Memory Card (4mb, 8mb also available but not supplied) Hand Strap DSC Software CD Users Manual Quick Start 2 AA Batteries THE CAMERA: This has the following features : 2 Image Resolutions (1152x846 *HIGH* or 640x480 *LOW*) 2 Data Transmition Options being either RS232C Serail Port or USB port Automatic Power Saving Hardware & Software systems, providing long battery life Erasable Memory Card Electronic flash Built-in LCD display Self timer with 10 second delay Focus range - Macro 40-90 cm Normal 90cm to infinity I was very impressed with the fact this whole camera runs completely off just 2 AA batteries and the power saving feature is extremely good switching the camera off if idle for 60 seconds and if once connected to the PC it is idle for 120 seconds it will also switch off, we got this camera at least 2 weeks ago now and as it was a novelty was in deed used a hell of a lot. The batteries are just getting in need of changing now yet the photo quality is still very good and clear. The included software (MGI Photosuite 111SE) is also very easy to install and use, simply connecting the cable to your PC and camera (not forgetting to press the PC button located at the top of the camera) once you've finished taking pics, and double clicking on your software icon, it will then upload your pics, bringing them up in tumbnail mode. To see them full size simply double click the thumbnail and this will brin
                        g it up, it takes literally seconds to do this. On the top of the camera are all the main features, being the presser button for taking your pictures, the LCD screen with the mode button for easy choice of modes, the PC button which is all you need to change your camera from taking piccies mode to uploading mode, and the delete button, simply pressing this once deletes the last picture you took and keeping your finger pressed for a few more seconds will delete all pics on the camera at that time. We have found with the 4MB memory card we can get upto 24 pictures on the camera at once, which we think is pretty good. Another bonus which I in particular am in admiration about is the large viewfinder, always a bonus! THE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Windows 95, 98, NT4 or above *USB downloading is supported by windows 98 *RS-232C is support by windows 95 & NT4.0 Pentium or above or same level CPU 16M RAM or above Full Colour VGA card and SVGA monitor CD-ROM driver/reader I think this covers most if not all of the PC's around. We have also found the one thing that is vital when you buy anything, the instruction book! is very easy to read and understand, being a leaflet in full english it simplifies almost all of the parts of the camera and includes diagrams to help. Like I have said this is our first digital camera and although I know there are many many better, more expensive cameras around I have found this is perfect for what we intend to use it for, which is mainly taking pics for selling on the internet, but for taking normal day to day pics and uploading them for printing this also seems ideal. For anybody looking for a first time digital camera, that is simply for the main basics of photography I would definitely recommend this one :)

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                          We only bought this activity quilt for our 10wk old daughter today, and if there hadn't been a bag already opened I don't think we'd have picked it as it looked so basic - we're glad we did now!! On opening up the 'quilt' you can already tell it is of good quailty, loads of comfortable padding, the quilt itself is 'split' into 4 square sections, each a different colour with different activities, I'll try my best to explain each one... SECTION 1 This is the 'lime green' square, the lime green itself being of a towelling feel, in the centre of which sits a very proud and happy looking orange giraffe, it's large puffy face is cleverly hiding a bell, while it's 'horns' entertain, 1. another bell and 2. a squeaker. SECTION 2 This is the 'red' square, velvet to touch this time, with a big friendly green zebra (with purple stripes) this holds a rattle in the main face with one ear accomodating a bell and the other a squeaker. This animal also features a mane which is a 'crinkle'. SECTION 3 This is the 'blue' square which has a cord effect, in the centre this time there is a bright yellow teddy bear face, opposite to the others it features a squeaker in the centre of the face, a smaller squeaker in the ear and in the other ear a rattle. SECTION 4 The 'yellow' square, features a blue elephants face, this is my favourite, it has a long trunk which is all squashed and can be pulled straight... the extra large ears which are bright green shiny satin have an extra mega crinkle!!, also under the right ear of the elephant is a mirror, a great surprise when baby first finds it! and the particular yellow part has a draylon feel to it. All these 4 squares are trimmed with a purple satin trim, on the underside of the mat, which is bright green, it is plain yet not obstructed with labels and the like, all
                          this makes it suitable for your baby/child to sit on with food/drink as it also has a wipe clean feel to it and doesn't look like the underside to an activity quilt at all! This activity quilt also comes in a reusable, velcro fastening, clear bag with carrying handle which accompanies your quilt time and time again without having to squash it really small to get it in. Great for when you need to take it with you to nannies and to keep it clean when not in use! I certainly think this is the best activity quilt for my baby, it would appeal to both baby girls and boys and is extremely bright with plenty of different activities although some sound the same ie, rattles, squeakers, bells. They are all different sizes so give off an equally different sound and splitting the fabrics on each corner is just unique! I have given this opinion this title for the very reason that on first reaction to seeing this activity quilt I thought that it looked quite plain, although bright you couldnt see the activities that were on it. I now realise that that doesnt matter, it is certainly packed with things that teach and entertain and I am really pleased with it. All this for £14.99 you really can't go wrong, as recommended by Mia and her mummy & daddy! :)

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                          • Hamleys Ludo / Board Game / 1 Reading / 21 Ratings
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                            Oh wow I can't believe this is actually on here!! One of my very earliest memories is of sitting on my nanna's living room floor at the ripe old age of about 5 or 6 entertaining myself with a game of Ludo!! At that age I thought it was the bee's knee's and to be honest I didn't think it would still be around!! It was/is a pretty basic board game consisting of, the board (obviously!) a range of blue, yellow, red and green counters (extremely similar to tiddly winks, remember them too?) and a dice. Thinking back now the game is quite similar to 'frustration' in the sense your aim is to get all your little counters 'home' before your opponent does... Starting off... Each player starts the game by placing there 4 coloured counters onto the 4 spaces in the corner squares appropriate to their chosen colour... Playing the Game... This is a game for 2 to 4 players or you could go into teams if theres more of you, after rolling the highest number on the dice to distinguish which player goes first (or is that just our household!) you move the amount of squares the dice tells you too...until you reach the final home run of matching colour co-ordinating dots signifying your nearly at winning point!!! (Actual winning point being the quaint little triangles in the centre of the board) Finale... I guess the most frustrating part of this game would be getting the right number on the dice to make each and every one of your counters fit in line with the 'home-straight' finishing line. This can be quite frustrating as as soon as you think you've done it and won the game, you never seem to reach getting the final '1' on the dice to get your last counter home and someone beats you to it!! Oh yes I remember that well! This really is anyones game, and although an early game and quite easily one of the most basics, it is obviously a lasting classic an
                            d certainly one I can't wait to re-play once my own children are old enough to play! A classic, obviously in the same league as Monopoly if it made it here! ;)

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                            • George by Asda / Clothing / 0 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                              23.04.2001 06:08
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                              Asda? Not a store that would make you automatically think 'clothes!' but certainly a store that is great at it! I have often travelled the 4 or so miles it takes us to get to Asda just for a savvy at their latest clothes. At our 'local' one there is quite a wide selection of all types of clothes but I do know the larger stores have a wider range and likewise with the smaller stores having obviously less.. I feel the majority of 'george' clothes are aimed at women but there is also a LOT of mens wear and childrens wear, so far this is what I have found... WOMENS WEAR This is a great selection ranging from high fashion strappy tops and smart trousers to casual wear and even joggers and coats, there is a wide selection of fancy underwear, particularly at peak times ie, valentines day or christmas, and even the more plainer underwear - tummy holders and everything!! The sizes are quite a range too starting at a size 8 and I have seen some items ranging upto a 24. Usually there is quite a display of shoes too, some high and strappy for those occasional nights out! and some sensible flatties for day-to-day wear - even trainers - which I live in!!! MENS WEAR I have yet to see an Asda store with a mens section as large as the womens (but I am not saying there isnt one!) yet it is still quite a range again ranging from work suits, jackets, trousers and shirts to baggy tops and cargo's, again there is an underwear and shoe section too. CHILDRENS/BABIES WEAR I LOVE this section and you will always find me in it!! Ranging from 0-teens this is one great section at cheap prices too! Starting off there are babygro's/pyjama's all sorts of colours - the cutie baby pinks and blues, patterned and all sorts of bright colours, you cant go wrong! I have found in our local store that the babies (0-12months) part is usually a limited stock but what they do have is beautiful, for
                              boys track suits and dungarees etc, for girls the cutest little dresses and suits. You will also find that most of the childrens clothes are on the 'asda roll back' statement, suits at £5.77!! can't be bad!! Also for the older children ie, over 3, they have soo cute little fancy dress outfits like fairies for the little girls and firemen for the little men! This section, as the rest, also has a little underwear section including vests, socks, tights etc... and shoes, ideal for school shoes/trainers/pumps.. in fact theres nothing they haven't thought of!! I love this store and if you've never used asda for clothes before give it a try, you really cant go wrong especially at these prices! I have bought these clothes since I had my eldest son, who is almost 4 now, and have never had any problems, they have been of great quality, retained there colours through dozens of washes and lasted really well. Looking for clothes at an affordable price that will REALLY last you? Thats Asda!!

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                              • Johnson's Baby Oil / Baby Care / 0 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                                22.04.2001 04:03
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                                With my first two children there was never really any call for baby oil, they were bathed in baby bubbles, hair washed with baby shampoo and afterwards were dusted with talcum powder. I always thought what we used was quite appropriate and naievely thought baby oil was probably more nuisance than help with it being 'greasy' or so I thought... Now, my daughter who will be 10weeks old on monday, has already developed eczema and cradlecap along with it, at first we tried bathing her in pure water and gently rubbing vaseline into her skin which did help with her obvious irritability but was only a short lived thing. We then purchased our first bottle of baby oil, we now use it initially straight into the bath water which immediately gives a protective coating to her skin in the water. Then once she is completely dry massage the baby oil directly onto her skin, this has helped enormously with our daughters skin and she is a much happier baby. Now, the cradlecap...my sons actually did suffer with this and I always used Dentinox Cradlecap Shampoo with no problems, we tried this once on our daughter and it was obvious it didn't agree with her eczema. Yesterday I thought 'the baby oil!' after wetting her hair with the bath water I squeezed just the equivalent of a 10pence piece worth of baby oil onto my hand and massaged it ever so gently onto my daughters scalp, once bathed and her hair dried I gently brush her hair with a baby brush to remove the loose flakes, not only did she enjoy me doing this but after using it for 2 nights it is 100% gone!!! I also take back what I initially thought of baby oil, it is not as greasy as the word 'oil' leaves you thinking and it certainly does go a long way!! Not only for these qualities, I have found that using baby oil on myself after a shower, while still wet, locks in the moisture and leaves your skin feeling...well as soft as a baby!! :)

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                                • Jack Russell / Pet / Animal / 2 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                                  03.04.2001 01:43
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                                  I remember being the ripe old age of 4 when my mum and dad came home with a huge cardboard box...being allowed to open this box all by myself was soo exciting and finding what was inside was just amazing!! A bundle of brown and white fluff jumped out onto my knee and fell asleep - I was in love! We named our first Jack Russell Rusty and aww she was beautiful we were best buddies, once I was old enough to understand I began to teach her tricks, she was a great learner. Then came the time she had her first litter of puppies, we found good homes for all of these pups except one, a little boy pup we named Max. He was from day one always the dosile one of the two, Rusty was definitely a pure bred Jack Russell yet Max was so fluffy he looked like he'd been crossed with a corgi - we never found out if it was true or not! In her prime our Rusty was a patient soul, always ready for a play and so calm too, letting you pull at her ears and allsorts. Most of the time she would curl up on the sofa with my dad in the afternoon for a little doze! Yet as she got older her temperament began to wear thin and she would let you know if she'd had enough. Never snapping although I have heard of Jack Russells doing this, she would just give a quiet growl then turn and walk off. You knew then it was 'her' time. In the end she lasted till she was 15 years old before being diagnosed as having a cancerous lump in her tummy and having to be put to sleep :( Now Max although quite capable of holding his own when him and his mother were having a disagreement I dont think I've ever seen a dog so soft in my life!! When he was roughly 8 years old he decided he was brave enough to bare the big wide world by himself and consequently walked into the path of an oncoming car. My family and I were out shopping at the time and arrived home to find a note on the door. The kindly man who had knocked him down had taken the liberty of taking Max to the
                                  vets and having him treated. He had broken a bone in his neck and although was never quite the same he again lasted till 14 years and passed on the same way as his mother. On the whole Jack Russells tend to be white with brown or black patches, they are short haired terriers who tend to molt a lot yet only stand roughly 12 or so inches from ground level so you dont really need a big house to accomodate one! Going off our two dogs who ate toast for breakfast then 1 small tin of dog food per day they are not that expensive either! ;) So would I recommend this dog as a pet?, well yes I would, although as with any dog at all I would never leave a baby or young child alone with it. I would say though this dog can be a very loyal and loving friend if you give it the same respect that all dogs deserve. :)

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