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The decision to use disposable or cloth nappies can cause big debates between parents. On the one hand the invention of disposable nappies were a huge godsend for many of use, due to the sheer convenience and time saved in washing cloth nappies. However, in recent years it has been brought to light that disposable nappies have a huge impact on the environment, and with an ever-increasing population the problem is getting worse. The trouble with disposable nappies is that they account for up to 8% of the UK’s household waste. The main concern is that the majority of waste disposed goes into landfill sites (holes in the ground). As more and more waste is produced, more and more disposal space is required. Suitable sites for landfill are rapidly being consumed. Nappies are a major contributor to this problem. In addition to this, they also contain raw sewage, which consists of bacteria, viruses and live vaccines, which in turn seeps into our groundwater, which pollutes it. Methane gas is also produced by the rotting sewage, which is a greenhouse gas and contributes to global warming. The longer-term issue, which needs to be addressed, is the environmental impact caused by the disposal of nappies into landfill sites. Nappies take hundreds of years to decompose, and consequently will become a problem inherited by our children and grandchildren. Most people like myself think of reusable nappies as a return to the dim and distant past with complicated folding methods and safety pins, and most of all tons and tons of washing, as if I don’t have enough already!! I am aware that the modern types of reusable nappies are designed like disposables with Velcro fastenings, and flushable liners. However, these nappies cost around £10 per nappy to buy, but will save money in the long term. I decided to use disposable nappies when my daughter was born, but wasn’t really aware of the environmental problem that d
isposable nappies caused. It is only recently that I have become aware of this ever-increasing problem, and I feel awfully guilty for contributing to it. However, I find that disposables are very convenient and as a working mother, I share the care of my child with my partner and her grandparents. I personally would find it difficult to use cloth nappies, and keep up with the washing and drying of them. Even considering the nappy laundry services available, this would cost more than using disposables. When shopping in Sainsbury’s a couple of weeks ago I noticed a special offer on some new disposable nappies called “Nature Boy and Girl”. These nappies claim to be biodegradable, thus environmentally friendly. They are a Swedish invention and instead of being made from plastic, they are made from compostable biological maize film that breathes and therefore is still good for babies skin. I decided to give them a try as they were the same price as Pampers (£5.65) and had the same amount of nappies per pack. They were on a “3 for 2” offer. On first impressions, they looked a lot smaller than Pampers, and appeared to have a plastic film on the outside of the nappy. I normally buy the Maxi size for my daughter, but found them to be too small, so I took the other two packs back, and swapped them for Maxi Plus, which were a better fit. I have been using the nappies for 2 weeks now and I am very pleased, as my daughter hasn’t developed any nappy rash, and they seem to work just as well as the leading brands, with no messy leaks. I decided to have a look on the Swedish website, which is also translated in English to find out more (www.naty.se). I have listed below some of the points highlighted on their website: - “70% of a Nature Boy & Girl nappy is biodegradable and of biological origin, compared to about approximately 30-40% for conventional disposable nappies.” “The biodegradable plastic in Nature Boy & Girl is not only watertight but also “breathes” resulting in a more airy, drier and comfortable nappy.” “The outer bio plastic is based on GM-free maize starch and a decomposable and compostable 100% biodegradable polyester – which is 100% biodegradable in the natural environment.” “Nobody is comparing Nature Boy & Girl to cotton nappies. Most people buy disposable nappies for convenience: there is finally a disposable which is more environmentally friendly than the others and has superior performance.” After reading the information, I am quite happy to carry on using the nappies. However, I do still feel that cotton nappies are far better for the environment as they can be washed and used over and over again. With the Nature Boy & Girl Nappy you are still adding to the amount of waste dumped into landfills, but at least they won’t take as long to de-compose like conventional nappies (approximately 6 years instead of 100 years). Apparently you can buy biodegradable nappy sacks made by the same company, but I haven’t seen these on sale in my local Sainsbury’s yet. The only places that sell the Nature Boy & Girl Nappy at present are Sainsbury’s. If you are concerned about the environment when using disposable nappies, and don’t fancy using cloth nappies, I would definitely recommend these nappies to you.
If you are a parent you will know that there is nothing more rewarding than when your child says their first word. It is such a big milestone, and one of the key signs that your baby is now becoming a toddler with his/her own personality. My daughter’s first word apart from Mamma or Dadda was ball. It was so clear and she would point at her ball. Apart from her first steps, her first proper word meant so much to me. She now says around 30 words, some very clear, some in her own little language that only me and my husband understand! She has been interested in books from an early age, and loves to look at big bright pictures. She often brings one of her chunky books to me, and we sit and point to certain animals and shapes in the book. My husband recently brought home some flash cards called “Baby Einstein”. These cards are supposed to enhance vocabulary, acquisition, concept development and word recognition. I had seen flash cards being used on the television in experiments with young children, including newborn babies, and was amazed at how effective these cards were, and how quickly the children learned new words. The flash cards have big pictures on them of everyday objects, animals and shapes. Underneath the picture is the name of the object/animal in big bold print. On the reverse side of the card are teaching tips. These are examples of things that you can say, ask or do as you show the flash cards. Depending on the age of the child and level of development, you can choose to use all of the tips, or only a few. For instance one of the cards has the picture of a pig on it. On the reverse side it says: - 1. Look at the pink pig! What animal do you see? 2. A pig says “oink, oink!” What does a pig say? 3. Pigs like to roll in the mud What do pigs like to do? Underneath the teaching tips is a language lesson and it tells you how to prono
unce the word pig (which in this example is simple to do!) The word pig is then translated in the following languages, Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Russian. It also tells you how to pronounce the word in each language. I get the impression that the flash cards are from America, as the pronunciation on some of the cards is nothing like how the English would pronounce a word. For example “dog” is pronounced “DAWG”. “Clock” is pronounced “KLAHK”. I just adapted these to how I would pronounce the word. I have been using the flash cards for a couple of weeks and I have found them to be very effective. My daughter is only 15 months old, and therefore is only at the stage that she can recognise a few of the objects, and doesn’t yet understand about colour and sounds. However, children learn from example and by playing, and if I show the cards to her often, I am sure she will begin to understand. For instance she knows what a cat looks like and will point to the relevant card with the cat on. The flash cards can be used in conjunction with the following videos - Baby Einstein, Baby Mozart and Baby Bach. I haven’t got any of these videos, but I know that Sainsbury’s sell the Baby Einstein video and I think that I may purchase it in the future to use alongside with the flash cards.
Everyone is writing about Christmas gift ideas, wish lists, decorations etc What about Christmas related websites?? I have found a website that might get you into the festive mood. The website is called www.xmas.co.uk. Not only can you choose from a wide range of gifts and e-cards, the site is funny. There is a section called “Alternative Christmas”, and you can send in details about the worst Christmas presents you have received, and any funny Christmas stories. For instance here are a few of the highlights: “We thought that it would be funny to place a small banger inside the turkey. Unfortunately it was a bit more powerful than we expected and it blew the entire turkey to bits, and it even wasn’t in front of our friends!!!” “I got my doo-dah stuck in an elf’s mouth at the grotto at the local BHS! Oh did it hurt!” “About 13 years ago, my husband didn’t know what to get me for Christmas because I had gained some weight and I didn’t want new clothes, so instead he got me a padded toilet seat!! He thought that I would like it…like I already didn’t have enough padding on my rear! There been no more gifts like that!” GAMES Also on the site are a few on-line games such as Tic, Tac, Toe - which is noughts and crosses against the computer. Checkbox Invaders – which is similar to Space Invaders. Brainteaser – this is similar to Catchphrase as you have to guess the word or saying by the pictures and positions of words. E-CARDS If you haven’t got the time to post Christmas cards to faraway relatives and friends, why not send them an e-card. There are a small selection of Christmas cards that you can send via the website. FOOD AND DRINK You can find recipes of festive dishes sent in by others, and you also find out which places are good for eating out at Christm
as. Personally I thought this section was very poor, as there were only 1 or 2 entries, and the website didn’t display any of their own recipe ideas, which I would have expected. CHARITIES There is a little bit of information on the charity NSPCC. You can help the charity by purchasing Christmas cards via the website donated by the NSPCC, or alternatively you can help with their campaign by clicking on the link to their website. SANTA’S MAIL DEPOSIT The kids can send a letter to Santa via the website, and they will receive an email back from Santa himself (yeah right). There is also a handy diary telling the kids what Santa’s busy schedule is during the festive season, and a little story all about Santa. GIFT IDEAS Apparently there is supposed to be hundreds of gift ideas in this section. However, the only shops available are Freeman’s, and WH Smith, which I think is rather disappointing. If you like music, books and clothes you will be catered for, but that is about it. JOKES There are a selection of jokes that have been sent in by other users, some are quite funny. It does state that if you submit a joke, you need to keep the language clean as children obviously view the website. One section I did find funny was “20 ways to confuse Santa Claus”. Here are a couple of the quotes: - “Instead of milk and cookies, leave him a salad and a note explaining that he could stand to lose a few pounds.” “While he is in the house, go find his sleigh and write him a speeding ticket.” “While he is in the house, replace all his reindeers with exact replicas. Then wait and see what happens when he tries and gets them to fly.” I could go on and on about this website as it really cheered me up and got me into the festive mood. Have a look and see for yourself what you think, it
will certainly make you smile (hopefully).
Are you forever forgetting to send birthday cards, and left feeling guilty for days? Or you simply haven’t got the time to go looking for a card? Well I have found a website that might come in handy for you. Sharpcards.com is a greeting cards website that will email you a reminder when an important date is coming up, such as Uncle Fred’s birthday, or mum and dads anniversary. All you have to do is register and enter your friends and relatives birthdays, anniversaries on their website. On the website they sell a variety of greetings cards to suit every occasion. The cards are reasonably priced at around £1.50 per card. Obviously some cards are more expensive; it just depends on what the design is. When you buy a card from them, you can have a personal message handwritten by Sharpcards, or alternatively you can have the card sent to your home address for you to write your own message in. The best thing about Sharpcards.com is that postage is free to anywhere in Britain. Order before 3.30 pm Monday – Friday and it will be sent by first class Royal Mail post. You can also purchase gift vouchers from the site and have these posted to your friend/relative. This is a very good way to send the ideal gift to someone, without the hassle of going shopping in the high street. The gift vouchers available from sharpcards.com are as follows:- Our Price, Boots, The Sanctuary, Heal’s, Blockbusters, Wine Rack, Waterstones, Victoria Wine, Marriott Hotels, Café Rough, The Dome, Bella Pasta, Thresher, TGI Fridays, One for the Road, Bottoms-up, Virgin Leisure Breaks One of the things that I liked most about this website was the word FREE!! When you register with the site, you can receive a free card if you refer a friend who also has an email address. If your friend registers, not only do you receive a free card, so does your friend! It is free to join, so you have nothing to lose. At the moment the website is advertising mainly Christmas cards, which I think purchasing individually would cost a lot of money. However, they are offering free sample Christmas cards for you to look at. You can choose up to 5 sample cards to be sent to your home. I personally only saw about 3 Christmas cards that I liked, as most of the cards are boring snow scenes and I prefer something a bit more modern. However, again these samples are free so choose 5 if you can. Currently there is a special offer on their Christmas cards if you buy 5 packs or cards you get another one free. You will get the least expensive card for free. I personally like buying Christmas cards that donate some money to charity. Sharpcards do offer packs of cards from a number of British charities such as:- The British Red Cross Cards for Good Causes Care Cystic Fibrosis Haven Trust RLNI Marie Curie Cancer Care Mencap NSPCC Scope If you are really lazy they do offer a personalised printing service on boxed Christmas cards. They will print a message of your choice on all your cards, with your address, and even your signature if required. This service is also available to businesses. All in all a very good website that offers cards to suit every taste. I will certainly be using this service for sending birthday cards in the future.
Throughout my pregnancy I was adamant that I was going to breastfeed my baby. I thought that breastfeeding would come naturally and be fairly simple to do. Straight after the birth of my daughter the midwife tried to latch her on, but it did take a few attempts and I put it down to tiredness from the birth. During our stay in hospital she hardly fed at all, and the midwives said that it was normal and that I should try to latch her on to feed as often as I could. When she did feed, she was fine and I thought that I have mastered it. However, when I came home from hospital the problems started. My milk came in on the third day and I was told that I would feel a bit uncomfortable for a few days until the feeding settled down. I had buckets of milk, far too much and was very engorged. So much so, I couldn’t latch her on to feed. I told the midwife who came in the morning, and she just laughed and said I could feed twins with the amount of milk I had! I asked whether it would be best to express some milk, and she told me that this would be wrong thing to do, as I would make even more milk! This didn’t help my situation at all, I couldn’t latch my baby on as I was so full, and she was obviously starving! She wanted to feed very frequently, every hour in fact, but she wouldn’t latch on for long at each feed. No matter what I tried she would just suck for a couple of minutes and then pull away. Looking back I think I had too much milk and was probably choking her!! My milk eventually settled down, but my baby’s erratic feeding pattern didn’t, and the problems seemed to get worse, not better. In the end at each feed she would latch on and then if the milk didn’t come straight away, she would pull away and just scream. This seemed to happen at every feed, and I was at the end of my tether and just didn’t know what to do. My husband did his best to help, and see if she was positi
oned wrongly, but nothing seemed to help. I tried nipple shields and nipple shells to no avail. My midwives didn’t do much to help, and just said things would settle down, but after 4 weeks I had enough. At every feed Alex would end up screaming and I would be in floods of tears with frustration. I couldn’t go anywhere, as I knew that I would have to try and feed her, and she would probably scream the place down. In the end my husband suggested that we give her a bottle of formula, which I wasn’t happy about, but I didn’t have a choice really. She took to the bottle straight away and was much more contented after that. I was extremely disappointed with myself as I really wanted to breastfeed, and felt guilty when I saw other mum’s breastfeeding successfully. I just told myself that I had given her the best start that I could. Health professionals do say that even if you breastfeed your baby for the first 3 days of life, it is better than not breastfeeding at all, as the first milk that you produce is full of antibodies to protect your baby from infections etc. I wish that I had more support at the time, as I have since ready opinions on Dooyoo about various breastfeeding organisations such as the NCT and La Leache that can help if you have problems with breastfeeding. It hasn’t put me off breastfeeding again in the future, but if it doesn’t work out again, I won’t get myself wound up about it. Every baby is different so hopefully things might work out next time. I hope that I haven’t put any expectant mothers off breastfeeding, as that was not my intention at all. All I was highlighting is that not every mother or baby takes to breastfeeding. For some it comes naturally straight away, some might take a few days or weeks, and some don’t take to it at all. The best I can advice is to get as much help as possible if problems arise, and if all else fails tr
ansfer them to the bottle. It didn’t do my daughter any harm; she didn’t have colic or lots of illnesses, and is now a happy contented toddler.
Last Christmas I was stressed, and totally unorganised. I had a young baby and didn’t buy things in advance like I normally do. Instead I relied on a credit card to see us through. It also didn’t help matters that my husband wrote the car off, and we had to fork out the excess, and also find other means of transport. After Christmas we were left with a big credit card bill that took a good few months to pay off, never again! This year we decided to get organised early so that we didn’t get into the same mess as last year. I decided to become an agent for Family Hampers as I thought that it would be much easier to spread the cost of Christmas throughout the year. I ordered gift vouchers and a booze hamper, and a few of my friends and relatives also ordered hampers, and gift vouchers. I didn’t ask many people as I thought it would be difficult to keep track of the money etc. THE BROCHURE The brochure is packed full of various hampers from a full Christmas selection, frozen food, tinned essentials, chocolate, booze, fresh meat to ready meals. They also do various toys, and gifts, Easter Eggs, perfume, jewellery and gift vouchers. The gift vouchers selection is very good and cover a variety of shops like Argos, Arcadia Group, Choice, Kingfisher and Debenhams from as little as 23p per week. All you have to do is choose what you would like to order and work out how much it will cost per week and then complete an order form. RUNNING THE AGENCY I found running the agency very simple to do as everything that you need to run it is sent to you with instructions. For each client you give them a payment record card, which you complete and sign each time they pay you some money. You have an Agents record card with all your clients’ names on, and you just complete this every time someone pays. At a glance you can see exactly how much everyone has paid, and how much is le
ft to pay. Every four weeks you have to pay all your clients’ money to Family Hampers. There are various ways to pay, and if you pay by direct debit they give you £5.00 worth of Premier Points to spend at Argos. However, I personally wanted to pay by cheque, to make sure that I had collected everyone’s money. Family Hampers then send you a statement every 4 weeks with your outstanding balance. There are incentives each month for paying on time such as 15% off Fads; kids eat free at various places, £60 off a weekend break. So far all my clients have paid on time and I haven’t had any problems. Once all the money has been paid in (the deadline is 3rd November) you will receive your commission (up to 25%) and other incentives. The gift vouchers will be sent out during November, so in plenty of time before Christmas. The hampers will arrive at the end of November and during December. I will update on the quality etc when all the hampers arrive. OVERALL I would definitely recommend anyone to either become an agent, or ordering from a hamper company, as I have found it really easy to save for Christmas, as I haven’t missed the money as it is paid weekly. I am definitely more relaxed this year knowing that all my gifts are all paid for in advance, and I won’t need to rely on a credit card at all this year. I can now sit back and enjoy it knowing that I haven’t got into debt!
After receiving some free UCI cinema tickets from a website, I decided to find out what films are currently showing and at what times. The nearest UCI cinema to me is approximately 10 miles away, and the times are not shown in our local newspaper. I thought that should be a website for UCI Cinemas, so tonight decided to have a look. I found it straight away, but on first impressions, it didn't look very helpful at all. On the home page all the main lettering is bright yellow and you can't read it. You have to practically put your face up against the screen to read what it says!! The main headings are "now & Soon", "Keep in touch", "comps - news - links", and "info & Jobs". I found it quite difficult to find the section on times and dates of films showing in my area. Personally I think that most people who do look on a cinema website, are more than likely wanting to find out what films are on in their area, and at what time. Surely there should be a section for this on the homepage. Again when I did find it, all the film headings were in bright yellow and I could barely read them. I found the film times difficult to follow and had to read through them 2 or 3 times to make sure I had read it right. On the left handside of the screen shows what films are currently on, but again this is in bright yellow and very difficult to read!! Another thing that I would have expected would be a way of booking cinema tickets on line. I couldn't find anything on this. All I found was a 24 hour booking phone line that you could ring to pay for tickets. Again I would expect to be able to book tickets on-line like you can for other things. Apart from that there is a small section on reviews of new films, and a competition section which wasn't well presented. Overall I was extremely disappointed with their website. Considering that UCI cinemas are suc
h a big organisation, I would have expected much better.
After reading an opinion about mailround.com on Dooyoo, I thought that I would have a browse at their website. Mailround.com is another way of making money over the internet, except it doesn’t pay you for surfing the net like most, but pays you for having the e-mails you send and receive stamped with a small advertising box. When you first log onto their website you can see an example of what the advertising looks like. It also explains how you earn money through stamping your e-mails. After reading everything, I decided to download the mailman (the software that stamps your e-mails). It didn’t take long to download and I was sent an e-mail confirming that my account was open. One of the incentives that intrigued me the most was the free cinema tickets. When you have had the mailman for a week, and you have sent at least 10 e-mails, you receive 2 free UCI cinema tickets. I waited about 2 weeks before sending off for mine to make sure I had sent 10 e-mails. I was pleasantly surprised when the cinema tickets arrived 2 days after I applied for them! However, the tickets are only valid between Monday – Thursday, but at least they were free! How do you earn money I hear you ask? This all depends on how many stamped e-mails you send in a month. The more stamped e-mails you send and receive, the higher your monthly reward will be. For example you are rewarded bronze for occasional usage, silver for regular usage, gold for heavy e-mail usage, and platinum for extremely heavy usage!! I joined in the last week in September and still earned £4.00 for Bronze. Hopefully this month I should receive £6.00 for achieving silver. If you achieve gold you earn £8.00 a month, and platinum £40 a month! You must have to send a huge amount of e-mails to achieve platinum!! When you have earned £10.00, you can then exchange this for gift vouchers at the following places - amazon.co.uk, Pizza Hut, Mar
ks & Spencer, Tesco, Marriott Hotels, David Lloyd Leisure, or donate to charity. When you have earned £50 or more you can request a cheque. I think that the choice of places to obtain a gift voucher for is quite limited, so I will save my money until I earn £50 or more. I have found this way to earn money to be much better and not as annoying as alladvantage.com, as you can choose whether you want an e-mail to be stamped. For instance if you send a lot of letters or CV’s over the Internet, you can ask for the email not to be stamped. After a while you forget that the mailman is there as it is placed on the right hand side of your mail, so doesn’t obstruct you from reading your mail at all. If you are regular e-mail sender and want to earn some cash, this might be the one to try.
I have just visited this site after reading an opinion on Dooyoo. Afterall if it says "free" in the title I tend to have a look!! The website is very basic, but I found it easy to look around. It lists the most popular offers such as drink coupons, free bodycare kit, aftershave gels. I had a look in the free samples section and sent off for a few things that interested me. All you have to do is click on the appropriate freebie link, and it will take you straight to a form that you have to complete. I found this easier than clicking on the website and locating the freebie's. I have sent off for t-shirts, perfume samples, coffee, scratch cards, pin badges to name but a few. There is also a link to a webpage that will print a poster for you if you e-mail them a photograph. Apparently one of my friends has received one, and they are very good. Great if you have kids. I will have to wait and see if the other free stuff arrives (will keep you updated). There is also a link to the Dooyoo homepage, so you can always look on the freebie site, and then come straight back home to Dooyoo!! Yes Dooyoo is my second home at the moment lol! This website is well worth having a look at.
After my disastrous shopping trip to George at Asda (see opinion below), I went in search of some short length trousers for winter. One of the clothes shops that I browsed in was Dorothy Perkins. I have started to shop here quite a lot recently, as I feel that the clothes are a lot more fashionable than they used to be; and the prices are reasonable too. The main reason I shop here is because of their “petite” section; which is clothes designed for shorter women. Although the selection is small, I feel that the clothes are very stylish and fit perfectly. However, yesterday I saw a pair of trousers that I liked, but they only had size 8 or 16 and not my size. I asked the shop assistant whether they had my size in the back area. She checked and said that they hadn’t, and that they wouldn’t be getting anymore in. Much to my surprise she contacted a couple of other stores locally to see if they had any in stock. Unfortunately, the other shops didn’t have any either, or otherwise the trousers would have been delivered to that store for me. Great customer service in my eyes! Today I went to the Dorothy Perkins in the Trafford Centre, which is a larger store than my local one. There was much more choice and the winter styles were very nice. Currently they have an offer on their long sleeved fitted tops – 2 for £16. These are ideal to wear with jeans, casual trousers, and can even be worn under dressy suits. I also glanced at their maternity range (not that I am planning another pregnancy yet!) and was very surprised at how much choice there was. They had lots of the latest styles of jeans and trousers with a little “bump pouch” as I call it! The range has definitely doubled since I was pregnant last year, so I highly recommend it for mums to be. The underwear section is also worth a look, as the quality is great and they have special offers on most of the time.
Also if you shop at Sainsbury’s, you can use your Reward Vouchers at Dorothy Perkins as they are worth £5.00, instead of £2.50 in-store. To sum Dorothy Perkins up – a reasonably priced clothes store that will suit everyone, whether you are tall, short, or pregnant. So why not treat yourself to something new today.
I recently heard that Asda – George were having a 15% off everything sale, so I decided to treat myself to some new winter clothes. I am quite a short person at 5’4” and more often than not need to buy shorter leg trousers. However, when I was browsing through the selection of trousers at Asda; there were no short leg trousers in sight. Every rail had standard and long length, but no short length. I thought that they might have a little section hidden away in the corner for us “short” people, but NO there wasn’t. I was rather disappointed by this, as there were some lovely trousers; so I decided to try a pair of standard trousers on to see how they fit. I had my boots on which add a couple of inches to my height, but they swamped me and left me looking like a school boy with his dads trousers on! A lot of the styles had patterns on the hems and therefore, couldn’t be taken up with a sewing machine. So in the end I had to leave with only purchasing a few nice tops. Alas I will now have to take my custom to other retails such as Marks and Spencer’s, C&A and Dorothy Perkins who all cater for us “short” people. The prices are more expensive, but at least they understand that there are shorter than average people around. Is there anyone else who has the same problem, including the men?
I have been using Pampers nappies since my daughter was born, but have tried a couple of other brands to see if they were any good. Most of the others I have tried such as Huggies have given my little girl nappy rash. However, when I was browsing through Asda’s huge baby section, I noticed that they do their own brand of nappies by George. They were a little bit cheaper than Pampers at £4.78 for a pack of 34 compared to £5.65 for Pampers, so decided to give them a try. First test – on initial impressions, the nappy looks just as good quality as Pampers and when trying them on my daughter they fitted quite snugly, but not too tight as to rub on her legs. She seemed really happy to run around in the nappy, and seemed comfortable, so no problems there. Second test – I change my daughter every few hours, unless of course she has done a number 2! When changing her nappy she still felt dry, so the lock away core works well, with no leaks either. I have been using them for a week and there are no signs of a sore bottom yet which I am very pleased about. Third test – does the nappy work well through the night? Sometimes when I change Alex’s nappy in the morning, she is wet through with other brands of nappies. However, the Asda nappy has worked extremely well and no leaking has occurred, and again no nappy rash. Overall in my opinion Asda nappies get the thumbs up and are just as good as Pampers. The only problem is that they don’t do a larger pack that will last longer, unlike Pampers.
I have been using Flash wipes in my kitchen for some time. When I was shopping in Sainsbury's the other day I noticed a special offer on their Microban antibacterial wipes. They were only £1.29 compared to £1.79 for the Flash wipes, so decided to give them a try. I have actually found them to be better than Flash as the wipes are thicker and much more moist. I only needed to use one wipe to clean my daughters highchair after her lunch, and usually need 2 or 3 of the Flash wipes. (Very messy child!!) You get 50 wipes in a pack compared to 40 in Flash. They claim to protect from germs for up to 12 hours, and kill E.coli, Listeria, and Salmonella which is very reassuring with a young child. I have also found them useful to wipe down her changing mat, and her toys. They are good for wiping the telephone over, and basically they are great for cleaning anywhere! The handy pack also fits very nicely in my Flash wipes box, so no need to buy a new box. If you haven't got a wipe box already, they do sell Microban ones at Sainsbury's.
I recently obtained a hotmail account and downloaded the MSN Messenger service. I found it very easy to download, and followed the appropriate links through the Windows update page. I then added my friends email addresses who also had "passport" accounts. When one of my friends is on-line, a little window appears informing me that they are on-line. I can then send them an instant message. In the meantime, if any of my other friends come online, I can invite them to join in the conversation. It is like having a mini chatroom with only the people that you want there!! Also when chatting you can use various emoticons which are like gestures. For example if you type (d) a little wine glass appears, (y) is thumbs up and (n) is thumbs down. You can also do various faces, such as happy, sad, winking, shocked!! Apparently you can talk to each other if you have microphones, but I haven't tried that. Also if you are on-line and you don't want to chat, you can set your status to busy, away, be right back, or on the phone. All in all a very good service to keep in touch with your friends and relatives. It is free to download, so why not give it a try.
I bought this keepsake book when I was expecting my daughter. It is a lovely Winnie the Pooh book which is split into sections such as waiting for baby, babys birth, naming baby, babys progress. In the "waiting for baby" section you can put your scan photos in and your choice of names for boy and girl. I have also put her identity tags that she wore in hospital, as you forget how small their wrists and ankles were at birth. There is also a section for their first teeth, and to record their weight and height every month until they are a year old. One of my favourite sections is the "special memories" as I have written down her funny ways. It is quite hard to keep it up to date, as you have to enter the event soon after it happens, otherwise you will forget. For instance last week she started to walk unaided, so that has been put in the book. It is nice to look back at the photographs, and like someone else said, it will be great for her to look at when she is a bit older.