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I have been shopping in Lush for a long time now but I usually just limit myself to bubble bars and bath bombs as I find their products can be a bit pricey for everyday use. When I popped in to the Edinburgh store after Christmas, they had a selection of the gift sets reduced so I treated myself to one that contained, amongst other things, a tub of Dream Cream.
As a sufferer of eczema I was dubious of trying the Dream Cream in case it irritated my skin but I needn't have worried, it is the most soothing cream I have ever used. I find a little goes a long way too so a pot lasts for ages.
It works like magic on any patch of dry skin, my daughter was born with a strawberry birth mark so I used Dream Cream to keep it moisturised as if it dries out it can end up bleeding quite badly, it looks much better now and her skin is nice and soft.
It also makes a good nappy rash cream as it is so soothing.
The ingredients are;
Oat Milk, Rose Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Tincture of Benzoin, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
*occurs naturally in essential oils
as you can see it's packed with natural things and it is suitable for Vegans.
A 240g pot of Dream Cream costs £10.95 which sounds expensive but it lasts ages so I feel it's worth paying for.
Lush state it's their number one product and I can see why.
After much looking online I had my pram choice narrowed down to a choice of 2, the Uppababy Vista or the iCandy Peach. I went to my local independent pram shop to try out the iCandy but found I didn't love it as much as I had expected too so I then went to John Lewis to check out the Vista and I have to admit, I was so impressed that I went home and ordered one straight away from Groovystyle.co.uk (they have a discount for Facebook fans).
The Vista is everything I wanted in a pram, some of it's features include:
*a massive shopping basket
*one handed fold
*press on/press off brake so fit flop friendly!
*you can push with one hand which is essential if you have other children
Included in the box is:
*Two SPF 50 Sunshades
*Two Insect Nets
*Maxi Cosi / BeSafe iZi Go Infant Car Seat adapters
The carrycot is very spacious and comes with a comfortable, ventilated mattress, my daughter is almost 6 months old and she still has plenty of room. The carrycot is suitable for sleeping in through the night so handy if you go away or if someone is babysitting in their home rather than yours. The raincover and the mosquito net for the carrycot also fit on the compatible car seats, I haven't used the mosquito net but the rain cover is of good quality and has a space at the top so you can access the carry handle of the carrycot or car seat. To attach the raincover you just pull it over and it is held snug to the pram with elastic around the bottom.
The seat unit, which is suitable from 6 months, is nice and roomy. My almost three year old was very comfortable in it and you have the option of the seat facing out or parent facing. It is very easy to change round, just unclip the seat unit and lift it off, turn it round and slot back into place. Another huge plus point is that the fabric is removable and washable so if your child has a leaky nappy or is ill it's very easy to clean the pram.
My favourite feature of all has to be the shopping basket. I have never seen one so big except on the old coach built prams! As I don't drive I love the fact I can fit a good amount of shopping under the pram and as this pram is a dream to push, it doesn't feel as heavy as some other prams even with 3 or 4 bags of groceries underneath.
One criticism I do have is the back wheels are wider apart than the front wheels. It takes a bit of getting used to to ensure you don't bump into things after thinking you will fit through a gap!
The Uppababy Vista comes in eight colours;
I went for the orange as I feel it's gender neutral plus it's nice and cheery which is a bonus in dreary Scotland!
The Uppababy Vista retails at £629.99.
I am a mum of three and a long term cloth nappy user so I have had a fair amount of experience in using cloth nappies and I am delighted with the new V3 Tots Bots Easyfits. Some improvements over the V2 are a choice of aplix (velcro) or popper fastenings, terry backed minkee rather than bamboo inner, softer lining and they are faster drying.
These nappies contain multiple layers of absorbent minkee and microfibre material in the form of a long soaker that folds back onto itself and is tucked inside the nappy, I find this really easy to use and is absorbent enough for my 5 month old although you can add bamboo boosters (available from Tots Bots directly costing £7.50 for a pack of 3), I expect I will need to add these as my daughter grows but we have had no leaks as yet.
The inner is held by a waterproof cover that stretches with the nappy, which is suitable for babies weighing 10-35lbs. The rise is adjustable with poppers and the leg holes and back are elasticated to give a snug fit. I find that the back elastic is perfect for containing a "pooplosion" that breast fed babies are expert at!
I definitely prefer to use the aplix fastening over the poppers as I feel I get a better, more snug fit. I think the aplix makes them more user friendly for a first time cloth user and my husband prefers it because he says he finds the poppers difficult to fasten with his less than nimble fingers!
Each nappy comes with a reusable fleece liner which is essential to use in my opinion as it protects your child's skin from direct contact with the absorbent part of the nappy. This will help prevent nappy rash and as most nappy rash creams are not compatible with cloth nappies (they hinder absorption) prevention is better than cure.
Tots Bots Easyfit V3 are priced from £14.99 to £16.99 depending on design so while they aren't the cheapest option I feel they are worth it because of ease of use and absorbency.
Some of mine came from the Tots Bots clearance section on their website, this provided a more affordable way to build up a stash so I wasn't washing them everyday. The condition of most of these nappies is perfect, I can't see why they were in the clearance! Others have a bit of fading, one had a small dirty mark that washed out and another has the care label missing, none of these "defects" affect the functionality of the nappy so it's well worth keeping an eye out for clearance offers.