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I bought this pillow as I was having trouble getting the correct position for my eldest daughter to latch on, and also i developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrist due to the pregnancy and later through the pressure of holding her. This pillow was recommended to me by my midwife and my physiotherapist, like some of the reviews on here it is a very useful breastfeeding tool. It did help relieve the pressure on my wrist but, there are a few issues. For one it is expensive, if you want spare covers you have to purchase them separately at £6.99 a pop (if you shop around) otherwise the covers can start from about £9.99 and the actual pillow from about £28 (you get one cover with the pillow) and after 5 months my daughter didn't want to lie on it whilst breastfeeding nor did she want to sit between it, which defeats the whole purpose of the pillow. Also,if you are bigger than a size 16 (i just about fit as a size 16) this pillow will not fit, as it stood it was a bit snug and i ripped through one of the covers, so its something maybe the makers could think about? Like some of the other reviews the pillow soaks up a lot of fluid and even though you can change covers it still stains and because of this it needs washing regularly, including the actual pillow itself or it begins to smell. Because of this I noticed the pillow began to lose its firmness which began to have an affect on supporting my daughter, so i would say although it has its usefulness it is quite short lived, your probably better off using several cushions instead.
This a brilliant invention! Wish had thought if this first! This simple but ingenious invention has save quite a few pairs of socks from going missing. It simply works by slipping over your child's foot, sort of like a pop sock for socks and securing them in place. My little one loves to kick her little chubby legs up and down, so before I found about this little nifty invention I would lose endless amounts of socks, so much so that for a time she was always in odd socks. Sock ons come in various different colours, which is great of you don't want to stick to just pink and blue, they also come in different age groups ranging from 0-6months to 6-12 months which I think is useful as i have seen a friend of mine's toddler try to take off his socks (he liked to take them off and throw them out of his buggy) and wasn't able to. The only downside is that you will need more than one set which can get expensive as at £4 a pop from mothercare they aren't cheap but do shop around as for the same price I got two pairs from eBay. Are they absolutely necessary...hmmmm the jury is out on that one but they do make life easier.
This has been my saving grace! Lansinoh lanolin cream has been a Godsend to my cracked nipples! It is 100% natural and can be used during feeds with no ill affect to baby, my little one when first born was a vigorous feeder, feeding at least every hour on the hour which led me to have very sore, bleeding and cracked nipples (sorry for too much info!) and every time my baby would feed my toes would curl so much so that the pain I was experiencing made me want to give up. My midwife who was also a lactation consultant did observe how I was latching on my little one as this is often one of the main causes of pain and cracked nipples if the baby is not latched on properly. She found that I was latching on fine, just that my little one was a guzzle monster and my nipples were just sensitive (it's not everyday that they were in use before darling daughter was born!) She suggested that i try Lansinoh and I tried to get some in my local boots but they had run out and in desperation I bought their own brand which by the way is pants. When I did finally get some it was amazing! They soothed my nipples immediately, the cream itself is like a very thick gel like substance less creamy but more of a balm which moisturisers your nipples. It's a bit sticky but you only need a little bit at a time and I attribute this cream in allowing me to persevere and to continue breastfeeding. Now the downsides is that it is quite expensive but like i said you only need a little at a time. However, when my nipples healed and gotten used to breastfeeding, I no longer needed to use it. But just for the immediate relief it is worth it and you can get samples to try, so if after you can decide if you really need it. For me it is definitely worth it, as it allowed me to continue to feed my little one :)
The Avent microwave steriliser is a simple but fast way to sterilise your bottles/feeding equipment effectively. I have tried the Avent electric steriliser but I found it too big, cumbersome, slow and takes too much countertop space and with the amount of feeding bits and bobs i decided to go for something different. The Avent microwave steriliser is a fast way to make sure all the nasties are gone and within 6mins, whatever you are sterilising is good to go. It isn't the smallest of things but its small enough to store and easy enough to clean, but make sure you do give it a good scrub especially if your in a hard water area because with like any item with continual use with water can build up limescale. It can take about 6 standard size Philips bottles (200ml) and 6 teats/covers etc or any microwave compatible feeding equipment (be sure that anything you put in you are able to put in the microwave, made the mistake of putting a feeding plate which melted..) It is a lot cheaper than an electric steriliser, usually priced around £22 but at the moment mothercare, mamas and papas, and Amazon are selling it for £12 a real bargain.
I was looking for a new sling for my new baby girl as she did not like the baby bjorn carrier so i started to shop around and upon recommendation from a lady at playgroup I purchased the caboo sling, I got mine in the jungle colour which is like a light khaki green, it comes in various neutral colours and now a new burgandy colour ( i wanted to get it in the more funky bergundy colour but darling husband said no too feminine for him to wear). It is a lovely sling very soft and tactile as well as being made from 100% cotton and machine washable. When I first slipped Maya in she instantly fell asleep and it was amazing how warm and cosy she got. (Be warned you and baby can get too warm so don't overdress baby, your bodyheat is sufficient enough) At first I got a bit confused on how to put the sling on, it is advisable to watch the videos on how to put it on as this makes it much simpler. Once you get the hang of it it's amazingly simple. It's great to keep your hands free and to get out and about but....there are a few issues I have although I love this sling, Maya at 5.5 kilos at 5 weeks old will soon be too heavy for me to carry in this way as i am already starting to feel the strain. This maybe because of the way I am positioning the sling which asks you to have the logo at the back of the sling to be positioned at your lower back to offer support but as a bigger lady this is not always possible because as you tighten the sling the logo rises up, which doesn't happen when my slimmer husband wears the sling. And on that same vein the metal rings which you use to tighten to support the baby began to dig into your sides and this is also happening to my husband. Caboo have rectified this I think with the more daddy friendly looking version which has clips rather than metal rings used for adjustment but this is much more expensive at £95 and the original sling priced at £49.99 at Babi Pur. Would I recommend this sling, yes I would but only to a slimmer yummy mummy which doesn't seem to be me :( I will keep using it though but for short trips around the shops or until Maya is too big for it.
I decided to go with the Asus as I had heard great things, some reviewers rated it above the iPad (I realise these people were probably apple haters!) and that it was still considerably cheaper than the iPad equivalent in terms of spec. On first glance Asus has produced a slick and sexy tablet which exudes class and promises great functionality.....yes this is on first glance..... It is easy to use and you do get a lot of great apps which are free but then the cracks begin to appear literally! For some reason a crack has appeared on the screen not through my clumsiness I might add but this seems to be a common issue that has happened to other users. The touchscreen works sporadically and the attached keyboard which is supposed togive you the option of having a laptop feel to it and to write correspondence much more easily is now so loose that when you attach the tablet it doesn't stay upright. The only redeeming feature is that it is run on a android platform namely google which allows the user to access more apps which are free. Yet when you download more apps the tablet slows down an even surfing the Internet becomes very very slow. All in all I wish I bought an iPad......
I love, love, this brush! It has been a lifesaver! Having a small child who hates having her hair brushed because "mummy it hurts" has been a bit of a battle. My two year old hated having her hair brushed because her hair would get so tangled and knotty that she would literally run away from me every time she saw me with a hairbrush, I had tried several brushes including the natural baby brush to an Afro softbrush but to no avail. I heard about the tangleteezer from our local hairdresser who swore by it and it helped with all her younger customers. To look at it and for the price of it, it didn't seem like much but a bit of coloured plastic (it did come in bright and funky colours) yet when I tried it on my daughter it worked like a dream it glided through her hair with ease and lived up to its name. My daughter let me brush her hair without running away or crying. So much so that now my two year likes to brush her own hair. The tangleteezer also comes in a compact version which you can slip into your handbag which I have on order for myself and for a few of my nieces and nephews. I love this product so I'm spreading the word :) One word of advice don't buy it in boots buy it online it's cheaper!
The icandy cherry (and the whole icandy range) has and still is a dream buggy. My husband being one of 8 and having 5 sisters, I had a lot of advice and suggestions on what buggy to get for our first child. Each one of my sister in laws swore by the icandy cherry, yet at the time I wanted to purchase the bugaboo bee, (I wanted to be different) but just to be sure I wanted to test drive one as forking out a small fortune i wanted to make sure I was getting the best of the best. So dragging my husband to John Lewis, we had a look, the bugaboo was light, small and seemed robust and great for public transport. However, attaching all the bits that came with it seemed a bit too difficult for me (bit dosy me) so the lovely gentleman who was advising us suggested the icandy cherry which was a by less technical for me. They had just released the purple version of the icandy cherry which sold me completely and so we took the plunge and bought one. I decided to go with the icandy cherry because it had the option of interchanging seats for various stages of development for the baby, with the ease of one click and pull. I liked the option of being able to plug and unplug the cot (this has to be bought separately) to attaching the car seat (compatible with maxi cosi and need to purchase adaptors as with the bugaboo as well) or back to the main seat for when your baby is around 6 months. Also the ability to be able to have our baby facing inwards to me or outwards when she was older was great, coupled with the ability to recline the main seat in three different positions for when baby wanted to sleep, relax or play. The icandy cherry has a large basket underneath which was fantastic for shopping but I do agree with the other reviews that the wheels do tend to wear a lot faster than the bugaboo, but we only noticed the wear and tear after two years of vigorous use. However, in saying that it handles like a dream, it is very easy to steer and very light but also very sturdy. We don't own a car so it was very important for me that the buggy to be compact and light enough to get on London transport quickly and efficiently which the Icandy cherry does. The only downside is that the handle is a little bit longer than the bugaboo which is extendable and although it isn't much, it really shows when your on a packed bus. Another point that alright it's easy to collapse, it's got to be in two parts which can be annoying, however icandy have brought out a new updated version of the icandy cherry which is the strawberry which has an extendable handle and is able to collapse in one smooth action and with much more robust wheels. And if I were to buy a single buggy I would upgrade to the icandy strawberry but as it stands I've upgraded to the Icandy peach as its a double buggy ;)