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      25.08.2011 14:53
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      A fab toy!

      We bought this for my son's 2nd birthday about 18 months ago......without doubt the most played with toy we have ever bought!

      It was on offer at the time in Argos for about £35 which is about £15 less than the usual RRP. It comes in a reasonably sized box which could easily fit in the boot of the car.

      The major downside with the car was the amount of time it took to build. Easily 2 hours for myself and my husband to build it. We only took it out of the box the night before his birthday thinking it would take only a few minutes to slot it all together.....2 hours later and after several arguments......it was built. The main issue was the amount of screws and bolts needed, the rubbish instructions and the inflexibility of the material which meant some of the screws were difficult to fit. After the blood, sweat and tears or building it, you then have a GIANT sheet of stickers to attach to the car! Little Tikes make you work for your son/daughter's fun!!!!

      Anyway, that's basically the ONLY negative thing about the car. When my son saw it he was sooooooo made up! Put it this way, we kept it indoors for about 2 months (as his birthday is in January) and he was rarely out of it! And since it's been in the garden it is played with all the time. My daughter is almost 4 and she still plays with it, as do lots of her friends.

      The little tikes car has door one one side which can also lock shut for small toddlers (so they don't fall out) and also whilst older toddlers and children can move the car along with their feet (Fred Flintstone style) their is a little platform that can be put in the car for younger children to keep their feet in so the parent can push them along.

      There is also a space at the back of the car to store drinks/crayons/stones.....whatever your son/daughter can lay their hands on!!!!

      In summary, a fab, fab toy that will last 3+ years!

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        25.08.2011 14:34
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        A really lovely cuddly toy :)

        My daughter was obsessed with Special Agent Oso just after she turned 3. My husband always gets the kids a couple of Christmas presents that I don't know about, and last Christmas he bought my daughter Special Agent OSO from the Disney store.

        I cannot even describe the sheer joy on her face when she opened this present. It by far surpassed any other present she opened that day! She was just thrilled.

        Oso is really, really soft and he is about a foot tall. Unlike other soft toys that are recreating a cartoon from the TV Oso actually looks just like he does on the TV.

        He has on his Mr Dos watch and his paw pilot badge.

        Now my little girl is almost 4 she plays with Oso in her imaginary play games, he is 'the superhero' when another toy is in peril!!!

        Special agent Oso is machine washable! It does not say this on the label (the usual sponge clean only) but after a particularly bad vomit incident, He has to go in the washing machine and then tumble drier and he survived!!

        I would say if your son or daughter is into Oso on the TV then This lovely, cuddly special agent is definitely an OSO special choice!!

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        25.08.2011 14:16

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        It's quite a lot of money to spend on a toy that gets quickly forgotten about.

        There was me being all practical about Christmas presents for my 27 month and 11 month old a couple of Christmases ago. We already had LOADS of toys and I just didn't want anything massive in the house, so I'd bought books, small toys, new coats, clothes etc........and then 3 days before Christmas my husband came home with the 'bounce and spin zebra' sigh!

        I was probably in a negative mood about the item before it came out of the box........

        It was very easy to put together, took my husband just a few minutes, it just slots together so no awkward, fiddly screws etc.

        It is very bright and colourful and is good fun......i will admit that......but my main issue was the size of it and also the lasting quality of it as a toy.

        Both my children had played with it loads on the 1st day...but it very quickly became a climbing obstacle for my daredevil 11 month old and it was just in the way. I guess maybe if you have a toy room, it's not too bad. But I don't and in my house if I am going to have toys cluttering up the lounge then they have to be ones that are very regularly played with and the bounce and spin zebra just wasn't.

        The zebra bounces up and down and your child can spin around as well. It also has a spinner/rattly toy on the front and it neighs and makes sounds. I believe it also comes in pink.

        After the zebra had sat in a corner of the room for approximately 10 months I decided to sell it. I managed to get back about half the money we'd bought it for, so resale value is ok!

        In summary, a very nice idea for a toy......but quite a lot to spend for something that's short lived!

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        24.08.2011 22:01
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        A good steriliser which lasted well

        I bought this steriliser when I was pregnant with my 1st baby.

        The package I bought came with a small 4oz bottle.

        The steriliser is incredibly easy to use. Put the bottles in, fill with the required amount of water, plug in and press the switch and off it goes. The screen on the front displays that it's heating up/sterilising/cooling down and finished. It takes about 8 minutes to steriliser and once the bottles have been sterilized they stay sterilized for about 2 hours.

        I looked at lots of sterilisers that were quite bulky looking and big and round, but this steriliser is quite flat in it's design and therefore fitted quite neatly into a little corner on my kitchen worktop. I wanted something that I could leave out all the time rather than having to get it out all the time, so I was pleased with this.

        Inside the steriliser there is the main part of the steriliser to put the bottles in and then a tray which sits on top for the teats/lids so it's all kept neatly inside rather than them all rattling around together.

        Bizarrely though the steriliser is not designed to fit the tommee tippee bottles! The bottles are quite wide necked and the steriliser works to hold slim necked bottles.

        In summary I found the steriliser easy to use, reasonably compact and it holds the bottles and teats separately to keep everything neat inside. I used the steriliser for 2 children and so it lasted for pretty much 2 years in total.

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          24.08.2011 16:36
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          This served my baby well, but I would not recommend it.

          I got these bottles whilst I was pregnant with my 1st child, in the hope that I would be able to breast feed but also express and use a bottle too. These bottles are designed to be as close to breast feeding as possible (hence the name) which us personally why I bought them.

          I breast fed for about 2 months and then for a variety of reasons I moved onto formula feeding and then used the Tommee Tippee bottles. Generally I found the bottles to be easy to use. Easy to put together after sterilising. (although it was months before I realised that you were okay to sterilize with the teat pulled through the ring which made life easier!)

          I did have one or 2 issues with the bottles though. Often my baby would be sucking and sucking away and it would take me age to realise that there was actually no milk coming out of it. You would have to fiddle with the lid to make sure that it wasn't too slack so the milk didn't leak, but not too tight that it restricted the milk flow. Which is all well and good until it's 2am!!!!

          I also found the shape of these bottles a little frustrating as they didn't fit very well inside the steriliser and also were quite bulky.

          And finally, a niggley thing, but the fact that the lid was not flat on the top was a bit of a pain. You'd be in a cafe for example and would put the lid on the table to feed your baby and because of the shape it would end up rolling off the table!

          I decided to buy Avent bottles for my 2nd child which seemed to work much better in my opinion.

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        • Argos Wavy Slide / Outdoor Toy / 14 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          24.08.2011 15:33
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          A fab slide, great value for money!

          We bought this slide for our 2 children (almost 4 and 2.5) about 2 months ago! We wanted to spend no more than £100 and it was on offer for £99 at Argos at the time.

          I have to be honest I hadn't quite thought through how massive it would be.....it's huge!!!!!

          And it took a good 2 hours for me to build with my 2 children clinging to my legs the whole time begging for it to be finished.

          Anyway, there is no disputing that it's a great slide. Nice wide steps for little feet, handrails to hold onto as you go up and the waves make this slide really good fun. They do however come to a bit of a crash landing at the bottom, not something that would normally bother me (I am all for them getting bumps and scrapes) but just make sure that you leave plenty of space after the end of the slide for your child to continue 'sliding' for some metres forward!!!!!

          All in all a great (BIG) slide, quite difficult to put up but the kids love it!

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            24.08.2011 15:16
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            I wouldn't bother!

            I bought 4 of these trays prior to weaning my daughter along with the Annabel Karmel weaning book.

            I would happily purée up various fruits and veg for my daughter and happily fill the cubes up and attach the sticky labels on and then freeze them.......what I didn't realise is that a) The sticky labels would all fall off in the freezer, so I wouldn't know if I was giving my daughter fruity porridge for breakfast or cauliflower cheese! And b) you could lose fingers and lots and lots and lots of time trying to get the cubes out of the trays! I am not kidding, it took ages to remove them and my fingers would be red raw by the time I had finished.

            There was also a particularly disgusting episode where unbeknown to me there was a tear in one of the cubes and there was subsequently leakage of mackerel and veg purée (don't ask) all over my freezer! Lovely!

            Thankfully by the time my son arrived I had wised up and realised that SHOCK HORROR he could eat what we ate every night and he didn't need his own separate drawer in the freezer for all his bizarre purees! So they trays gathered dust in the back of the cupboard until I used them to make giant gin ice cubes for a summer party.....now I bet Annabel Karmel never designed them for that!!!!!

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            24.08.2011 14:53
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            As high chairs go it's ok and not too expensive but I would say get as cheap and basic as you can!

            I bought a highchair when my 1st daughter was about 3 months old as I wanted to get her used to it before I started weaning!

            The reason I chose it was because it:

            -reclined
            -had a large storage basket underneath it for storing toys/bibs/wipes etc
            -looked lovely and wipe clean
            -seemed reasonably cheap compared to some on the market

            My daughter sat happily in the high chair and as a high chair it did what it said on the tin, so to speak. But the wipe clean element is fantastic for the first few weeks when you are feeding them and the purée goes a little on the seat. When they are older and are feeding themselves spaghetti bolagnase, the food will get EVERYWHERE! And under the seat, in every nook and cranny imaginable, and there are lots of nooks and crannys with all the reclining mechanisms and so on. Also, the storage basket is really a very lovely idea, but again, when they start feeding themselves it just gets full of bits of banana and raisins and toast etc. Not so good!

            Also, the reclining bit? What's that all about? Not sure I would want to recline when eating my dinner?? If your baby is too young to sit up straight, maybe they aren't ready to eat?? But that's what happens when you are a first time mum.....you get sucked in with gadgets and gizmos and fancy things!

            I did also use the high chair for my son, I had really gone off it by then, but didn't want to buy another, but he was hardly in it very long as was soon in a booster chair at the dining table with the rest of us.

            I visited my friend a few weeks ago who has a 7 month old daughter (her 2nd child) she also had a fancy contraption high chair for her 1st and also felt the same as me. She was less tight than me and decided to go and buy another one for her 2nd child. She paid £15 for a basic looking basic high chair from IKEA. It's fab. No nooks and crannys, no silly storage basket. If I were you I would go to Ikea!!

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          • Garmin nuvi 300 / GPS Sat Nav / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            24.08.2011 14:36

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            A bit rubbish really!!

            I am not exactly a fan of Sat Navs. I am my father's daughter and he firmly believes in 'following his nose' or if the worst comes to the worse, look at a map! I am the same! I had just about got my head round online route planners and then my husband declared he wanted to get a sat nav. He had just got a new job and it involved quite a bit of travelling so he wanted a sat nav for a bit of extra security when trying to find his destination!

            He chose the garmin because it looked nice and simple to use and he managed to get a good deal on it at the time.

            It is indeed very simple to use, you can input the address or postcode or just ask it to come up with nearby attractions. It would appear to be fantastic at being a satnav........however, it does fall down at the final hurdle......It will just randomly turn Itself off!!! And being a clever sort of satnav....it will generally turn itself off not when you are on the motorway with 10 junctions to go until your destination......but when you a in a complex roundabout system and are totally clueless about where you need to go!

            So, if you really, really want to get a satnav, I would probably say, do not get this one.....and if you insist on getting this one......buy a map too!!!!!

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          • VW Beetle 1.6 3dr / Car / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            24.08.2011 14:09

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            A simply gorgeous car!

            I had always dreamed of having a Beetle car (back in the days before the modern one was around!) and I was able to buy one approximately 5 years ago......I had the beetle for only 6 months, because 2 days after buying the car I found out I was pregnant.....and with the best will in the world every pram I liked WOULD NOT go in the boot! :(

            Anyway, my beetle was red with cream leather seats and a cream soft top roof and it was GORGEOUS!

            It was so much fun to drive, quite a nippy little car and could put some oomph in when needed too! I actually put quite a lot of miles on it as I was determined to get the most out of it!

            If you are after technical spec and info.......I am probably not the best person to be writing this review as I am a) a bit cluless about that sort of thing and b) I was pregnant when i owned it so with hormones all over the place I could just tell you that I loved that it had a little vase in it that you could put a flower in :) I can confirm though that the beetle is VERY good at sharp manoeuvres when you need to quickly pull in to throw up in a lay-by (good old morning sickness!!!)

            Anyway, in summary I LOVED this car!! It was funky, comfortable (even when heavily pregnant!) and all the other beetle owners wave at you when you pass on the road!

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            06.07.2011 00:16
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            A great product tha t could easily be your family's main computer.

            I am not a very technical person, so this is purely a review of an iPad from an ordinary non-techie person :o)

            We have had the iPad for approximately a year now. My husband bought the iPad and I was very dubious as to whether it was worth the money and whether I would ever use it! How wrong I was !!!!! My husband hardly ever gets a look in!!!!

            I love how slimline it is and how compact and as cliched as it sounds it really can fit in your handbag!!

            I have been amazed at the number and variety of apps that is available. We didn't have an iPhone before the iPad so the concept of apps was totally new to me! We have 2 children (age 2 and 3) and both were able to use the iPad almost instinctively! We have downloaded loads of free apps for the children, especially my eldest who is nearly 4, there are number and word games which have been helping her learn phonics/maths etc.

            I tend to use it for 90% of my computer use compared to the laptop as I just find it so handy as you pick it up and can be straight on the web. It's fast, so, so easy to use and I can complete almost all of my tasks on the iPad. We also use it as an in-car DVD player using a specific iPad case that straps to the head rest of one of the front seats.

            There have been a few occasions where the iPad doesn't seem to be compatible with a certain website and so looking at the content or filling in forms can sometimes be problematic. However, this issue has definitely declined in the year since getting the iPad.

            The other issue is that sometimes the iPad will just freeze for 30 seconds or so, mainly when the Internet is being browsed. This then logs you out of every site you may have been on.

            Finally, the big thing that is definitely missing is an unbuilt camera, which I think the iPad 2 addressess. It would be great to be ale to take a pic on the iPad and immediately email it to someone!

            In summary, a FANTASTIC product, expensive but definitely worth it!!!!

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              05.07.2011 23:42

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              Easy to use and a great idea.

              I had my 2 children 16 months apart and for the first 4 months I struggled without a double buggy and my little girl walked everywhere bless her. But after the first months I felt I needed an alternative for when we needed to get somewhere quickly or if we were going to be doing a lot of walking.

              The buggy board was a little bit fiddly to fit, but once it was fitted it was really easy to use and it flowed really easily with the movement of the pushchair.

              I didn't really have any issues with buggy board as such, but I think my daughter saw it as a novelty and therefore didn't like going on it after the initial few times. I had to bribe her to stay on it!!

              I would say this is product is only suitable for children over the age of 18-20 months as any younger than that I am not sure I would be confident about them staying on whilst the pushchair was in motion.

              I would definitely recommend this product to a friend. I think it is a fantastic way to transport two children around for short journeys, but would probably not recommend it for long journeys or children under 18 months old.

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            • Quinny Dreami Carry / Pushchair & Pram / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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              05.07.2011 23:14
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              A lovely carrycot.

              I bought the Quinny Dreami carrycot as part of the Quinny buzz pushchair set in 2007 when I was pregnant with my first baby. We really wanted a modern looking pushchair, but with a more traditional carrycot.

              The Dreami comes in a variety of different colours but I chose strawberry. The Dreami comes with a Quinny blanket, rain cover and insect net. The carrycot is really easy to attach to the Quinny base and also really easy to put the hood up and down.

              I absolutely loved the carrycot and used to get lots of positive comments from people about how lovely my pram looked. I had absolutely no issues whatsoever with the carrycot. However, I did have several issues with the Quinny buzz pushchair base and this is therefore why I cannot really recommend this product as you need the pushchair base to use the Dreami carrycot.

              In summary, a really lovely carrycot that looks stunning and is practical and sturdy and easy to handle, however the fact that it is coupled with the buzz pushchair is what unfortunately let's this product down.

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            • Maxi Cosi Priorifix / Child Car Seat / 15 Readings / 12 Ratings
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              05.07.2011 08:59
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              A fantastic product that I would highly recommend to a friend.

              When the time came for me to buy a group 1 car seat I was sure that a car seat that secured using isofix was the right choice for my baby. The group 0 seat I had chosen was the maxi cosi cabriofix and I has the isofix base for that too and in my opinion that car seats just seem to fit so much more securely than if using a seatbelt.

              I therefore decided to go for the priori fix.

              I now have one of these for each of my children - one in black reflection and one in a brown and cream colour (not my ideal choices of colour but they were both on special offer at the time £160 each)

              The isofix part of the car seat is really easy to fix into the car, the only problem being if you do move it between cars the weight of the seat plus the base on the bottom makes it really, really heavy to transfer. But once it's in the car actually slotting it into the isofix is easy. It is also easy to make sure it's fitted properly as a button on the isofix leg changes green when it has been fitted properly.

              The seat looks really comfy with plenty of padding and it also reclines too, which is useful for long journeys.

              The covers actually come off the car seat which is great for cleaning, although if in total disaster you can also buy new covers.

              I genuinely have no issues with this car seat. My almost 4 year old is still in the car seat (she isn't very tall for her age) and I can't see her coming out of it any time soon as there is still plenty of room.

              In summary, it's safe, easy to fit and comfortable. It also looks nice and sturdy compared to other car seats I have seen that look a little flimsy.

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            • Maxi Cosi Cabriofix / Child Car Seat / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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              I would highly recommend this product.

              I bought this car seat when pregnant with my 1st baby in 2007. I bought it alongside the maxi cosi isofix base and a quinny buzz pushchair (which the cabriofix is compatible with).

              The car seat is a really easy to strap baby into and they look very snug and secure with the head hugger part of the car seat.

              The car seat is also very easy to fix into the car. We had the isofix base which the car seat slots into really, really securely. It does also fix in easily with the seatbelt, however in my opinion I do not think the car seat feels as secure using the seatbelt as the base (but the same could be said for all car seats)

              The car seat also slots onto a variety of different pushchair bases (we had a quinny) which is really handy if your baby is asleep in the car and you need to pop into the shops or something without having to wake them.

              One feature of the car seat which I really liked was the sun canopy which pulls over like a hood, which is really handy for keeping the car seat dark if baby needs to sleep.

              The requirements for moving up to a forward facing car seat is that the baby weighs 20lbs or more and they have been able to sit unaided for a month and can reach forward for a toy (for example) and sit back without toppling. My daughter was 11 months when she fulfilled the requirements and my son was 9 months. My son was a really big baby and was about 25lbs but we were waiting until he could sit unaided before we moved him into the next car seat. He did look really snug towards the end, but you can remove the head hugger to give a ttke more space.

              Compared to other car seats I looked at the maxi cosi cabriofix seemed much sturdier and looked like it held the baby much more securely than others.

              I would definitely recommend this product.

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