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    • Build a Bear / Highstreet Shopping / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      04.04.2012 16:28

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      I would go again and again if the price was slightly lower.

      I had never heard of Build a Bear and they opened one in our city centre it was like a godsend for my upcoming daughters birthday. I went in with mother in law to purchase a monkey teddy and even though we were childless they didn't let us miss out on the experience. I still had to choose the bear and use the foot pedal to slowly stuff it (after I had kissed the heart that is hidden inside). I then did the little dance required before completing the 'birth' of the teddy and going off to purchase the items to dress the thing.

      Although it is quite overpriced it's all about the experience and kids love it. Plus its something they can keep forever and on birthdays and christmas when you are running short on ideas you can either buy vouchers or a new outfit for their little friend. Along with the outfits (which are almost as expensive as normal clothes) we use some of my daughters outgrown baby clothes as a much cheaper option. All in all a fun experience and lifelong friend for children (or adults). Also if you sign up to the emails you often get special offers sent to you.

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      04.04.2012 16:19

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      Worth every penny and a must have for 'In the Night Garden' fans

      My daughters first word was 'Iggle Iggle' and she hasn't stopped saying it so when I saw this I had to get it for her and neither she nor I were disappointed. I don't normally like noisy toys as they tend to repeat themselves over and over but this has enough songs and sayings to keep it varied so you are not driven insane and your little one is kept entertained for longer.

      Ours has had a lot of wear now but his eyes never open anymore and we haven't had him a great deal of time but he does still sing and dance and thats the main thing. In the morning my daughter still comes downstairs saying 'iggle iggle' to find him and then he doesn't get much of a break until bedtime. It's probably one of our longest running toy.

      My only fault is when we first got it my daughter found it hard to press the button as it's not very clear where it is for little fingers but she soon learnt.

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      30.03.2012 11:26

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      Another success for Ella's kitchen

      Although my daughter will not touch a jar of anything she loves Ella's kitchens and she loves the fruit ones especially. When she was first weaned early at 4 months I would keep a few of these pouches in the kitchen for when we were out for the day or when she was clearly bored of mashed banana and she has always eaten every last meet. Intially I would spoon feed her them and now she is older she does it all herself. I find them quite expensive now though as previously they would fill her up and now it's gone within a few seconds and she is still starving but then this is only a stage one product so I can't expect it to be overly filling for a 16 month old.

      They are so easy to store with a squishy pouch but a secure list that won't burst all over your bag and once open can be kept for 24 hours. I love the fact it's literally only fruit and I think it reflects in the fact my daughter won't touch any other brand of jarred or pre made baby food but doesn't batter an eye lid at these and they are an excellent way to get fruit that I may not always buy, into her.

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    • Munchkin Travel Booster Seat / Nursing / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.03.2012 11:14

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      A fantastic product that s lightweight and easy to use

      We bought this as we were fed up of going to family pubs for lunch that owned no high chair, now it's used more then our own high chair. Attaches securely to chair via three straps (I haven't found a chair it doesn't attach to) and has little feet that can be used to make it higher if needed. The pocket underneath is quite small you could prob fit a drink and some snacks in and maybe a nappy or two but to be honest I still take a changing bag with me or stick the wetwipes in my hand bag if they don't fit. You couldn't use it as a changing bag as well the pocket is not quite big enough for a whole day's out stuff but I didn't expect it to me.

      It folds and unfolds so easily (one velcro bit) and one strap becomes the shoulder strap and the other two fold away so it tidies into a neat shoulder bag to carry. The harness is quite low and I imagine may be a bit tired on a bigger baby but I have never had a problem with it and she is always securely in. I like the fact she is then at the table with us rather then a high chair tray away and it's brilliant for doing arts and crafts or playdoh at the table.

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    • Tigex Baby Bath Seat / Baby Care / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.03.2012 11:04

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      Makes bath time an enjoyable time for all

      In what seems like minutes my little one grew out of her baby bath and was in the big bath. As I have a back injury I was really struggling to keep one hand holding her up and the other one to clean and single handed bath time was just becoming nerve wracking with the amount of time she almost slipped. Someone had suggest this product as they had used it with both of their children and I intially really struggled to find one - but it was worth the hunt.

      I could put my daughter onto and the grooves under the arms and between her legs kept her secure while I could comfortable wash her and with the suction pads on the bottom the seat stayed safe and my confidence in bathtime returned and became an enjoyable bonding, pain free experience. Even when she began kicking her legs or splashing her arms the grooves kept her on the seat. Now she is bigger and sits confidently in the bath I have passed it on to another mum with similar bath anxiety and she feels its cured her too.

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      30.03.2012 10:53

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      Any weaning parents bible

      You receive some much information about milk feeding in the lead up to having a baby but very little about the next stage - weaning. Thank goodness for Annabel Karmel. Alongside a planner to help you get through the weaning stage (which I followed roughly but at least it gave me an idea as to what I was doing) she continues on to provide a huge range of recipes and a brief summary about what they can and can't eat at each stage and what to expect behaviour wise.

      The meals are so good and simple to make that even my partner and I eat them and I have even altered how I previously made home made burgers to match her recipe as its so yummy! You can use this book from day one of weaning all the way through until toddler and beyond. Unlike most baby food these receipes actually have flavour when made and the stages are so clear and broken down so even myself, the worse cook, can follow them and produce lovely food and snacks. Most of the recipes use ingredients you generally have at home so when I run out of ideas for meals I just sit down and get some inspiration and then freeze (she tells you what you can and can't freeze) and even has a happy or sad box to tick as to whether your little one enjoyed the meal.

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      30.03.2012 10:46

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      A lovely product that 12 months on still looks as good as new.

      When we got a glimpse of sun last year I went running to get this from ELC and love the fact, if positioned correctly, the leaf on top offers shade on hotter days. When the weather cooled I used it as a play pen putting toys in and then bought the balls and turned it into a ball pool. It definately got its use then when winter came it got stored away (still blown up). I fully expected to be buying a new one this year but 12 months on and I pulled it out of the basement and its still almost fully blown up and as good as new! Now my daughter is walking she loves getting in and out and playing with the water or balls in it.

      I only have a small patio area and this is big enough for her to enjoy but not so big it dominates my whole garden meaning I still have room to sit down. I am unsure what the three inflatable rings are supposed to be for and nor is my daughter but I am sure we will find a use. Other then that a lovely durable product that is an excellent multi tasker.

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      29.03.2012 00:08

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      A perfect distractor on shopping trips or while your eating you own naughty biscuit or two

      Off put by the mess rusks leave behind I found this as an alternative for that afternoon snack or for shopping trips. My daughter loved them at 7 months and continues to love them at 17 months and this goes for all the flavours especially chocolate.

      Knowing they are not full of all the sugars and delights we find in regularly biscuits is always a bonus although, and I may just have a greedy child although she is only little, I do find they don't seem to fill her up at all and she will keep trying to ask for more whereas other snacks seems to work in filling up her enough to last until dinner.

      The other problem I find is quite often the biscuits are broken upon opening, sometimes into very small bits and I end up with crumbs and little pieces of biscuits. I'm not sure if its the packet it comes in or if it's just the way the biscuit is made but it's very rare you get all whole biscuits. However the foil packet does keep them nice and fresh before opening and then they need keeping airtight as with any biscuit.

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      28.03.2012 23:53
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      A must buy and worth every penny

      A lovely book that is not only a regular bedtime read in our house but a way of enticing my daughter to go to bed by saying 'lets go and find Sid' and hiding the book somewhere in her room. Despite having read it to her since she was very little she never seems to cease enjoying it and as a parent it's definately more fun with a nice simple story (which I now know off by heart).

      By having the puppet you can make it more interactive and make Sid come to live eating the noses, toes, fingers thumbs of the listener and throughout the book there are little prompts to the children (eg sit on your hands so sid can't get your fingers) to get them involved and I think these two things are the main reasons this book is so successful.

      The illustrations are very well done and the story is a perfect length for bedtime. It's just a fun story written well and able to be enjoyed by both child and parent over and over which is unusual for a favourite book normally someone gets bored of the same story over and over but Scary Sid seems to offer enjoyment time and time again.

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        28.03.2012 23:43

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        Worth picking up when on offer as a sports bag deodrant

        Although in very basic Dove packaging with no colourful designs to jump off the shelve at you, this deodrant is of the same high quality expected from the brand.

        A very fresh smell that lasts even throughout the gym workout or heavy zumba class. Unfortunately the smell is not all it leaves behind with its white marks as a constant reminder that you have sprayed. However there is no promises by Dove that this won't occur with this product. I am very sensitive to sprays and perfumes and this product is very soft and gentle even on the most sensitive.

        Overall a fresh smelling and well lasting deodrant with many applications in the bottle and a nice soft button compared to your normal standard deodrant cans that always break during transport in your sports bag.

        I'm not sure I would pick this deodrant at full price but always pick a few up on offer as they last long but I could do without the white steak look.

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      • Lindam Baby Bouncer / Baby Activity / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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        16.03.2012 12:50

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        A good product but as we only got short wear out it I wish we had bought it in the sales

        This was my 'mummy needs a shower so we will hang you in the bathroom door way' prop and it kept my daughter at 6 months so entertained I even at times risked a bath. However the clip is very secure (which you want) but that also means its quite stiff to put on and off and if your slightly shorter like me you need both a step up and some strong arms to get it on and off. In the end I attached it to the lounge and just moved it to the side when not in use and used the walker in the bathroom during shower time. Despite much milky sick on it it was easy to wipe clean and looked comfortable although getting her in and out took a bit of getting used to and I think we had a very little bumps on the plastic bit while I was learning. Worth the money although my daughter didn't seem to enjoy it after about a month but this may just be her.

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      • Bumbo Baby Seat / Nursing / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        16.03.2012 12:41

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        A must have and stick with the bumbo brand as they are reliable and stay looking new

        Not only can this be used as there first little chair before they have completely mastered the sitting, but also when the weaning cloud looms I bought the play table and used it as a first high chair as a proper high chair just looked too big and also I could transport the bumbo easily to various grandparents and family for our many meals and days out. I would say the play tray is a must have as, although its a brilliant seat and supports their posture very well, it is essentially just a chair and can be a bit boring but the play table can be used for toys or foot and is easy to remove when not needed.
        Although getting slightly big now my daughter still goes in this at 18 months and has been using it since 4 months but due to the ability to easily wipe clean it looks virtually unused and could easily pass as new. A must have for any children but be aware that as they start to get slightly more strong minded there is a chance they can get out if they through themselves back enough - I have seen it happen!

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        16.03.2012 12:34

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        Whoever designed this did so to help mums gets some sleep

        After my daughter became more active and arms and legs began breaking free of my perfect swaddle I didn't know what to do. I was too scared to just use a cover just incase it came untucked so I opted for the sleeping bag. I orignally tried an own brand version but I can tell you now the GroBags are worth the extra money. They last longer and they keep their quality. I have since bought a few second hand ones and they still look like new whereas the own brand, after a few washes booble and fade. I love the way there are two zips and a button over the bottom zip bit meaning my 18 month old can not undo herself as she has previously done with other brands and designs where there are poppers on the arms. They keep her perfectly regulated in both summer and winter with a range of togs available but to be honest I use the 2.5 tog throughout and alter her nightwear accordingly. The only thing I am worried about it what do I do when she grows out of them all, they have being a godsend and one day they will no longer fit!

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      • Sister - Rosamund Lupton / Fiction Book / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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        16.03.2012 12:27

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        Buy, read and read again

        Although they say don't do it I always judge a book by its cover and that's what first attracted me to the book. It looks interesting, it doesn't give much a way and most of all it looked dramatic - and it is! I disappeared for a night into the world of Sister and despite been completely involved in the story I did not see the twists ahead. The book takes you through a whirlwind of emotions from great empathy towards a sister having to come to terms with the death of her sibling, to confusion as slowly things don't quite add up to just complete shock! An amazing book and my first recommendation to anyone looking for something exciting but be aware its a page turning so if your considering a nice read before an early night don't buy this book. You will still be up in the morning racing to the end. Amazing author, fantastic writing and a rivetting storyline.

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        16.03.2012 12:17

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        Worht the money and more and a much nicer and unisex design then many available.

        I bought this product for my daughter when the crawling stage was no longer a novelty and she couldn't quite get the knack of walking and one year later she may be walking, running and jumping but she still uses it and is still entertained by it. With all the different gadgets on it they will be entertained in the kitchen while you cook up the purees or make a well deserved cup of tea and when the toys become over used and boring you can whip off the top and have a little table putting their own toys on to keep them entertained. It folds up easily and quite flat for storage and I can even collapse and assemble it with baby in one arm! A fact that every baby toy designer should think of. The bright colours mean its not an eye sore and its reasonable easy to wipe over although getting between the keys on the piano can be a bit tricky. Overall much better then many walkers I have seen and with two different height options means its lasts them through with no wear or tear. And with unisex colours it can be passed on to the next child and the next child and so on!

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