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Perhaps Im a sucker for a good ad but the 'real women' approach from Dove, in my opinion was genius and so simple. I am not however deluded into thinking my hair is automatically going to go from frizzy and flyaway (god bless GHD's!) to sleek and shiny like that girl in the ad after one wash....that's just not going to happen. But having a range of what I'd call 'normal' women in the ad using the product works for me and encouraged me to buy it and try it!!!
The shampoo (conditioner also available) comes in a neat 250ml white bottle (the style has changed to the picture shown however the bottle stills has flip top lid). There is a range of shampoos to suit most hair types, such as normal, Silk and sleek to colour care. Dove also do a pro age range which my Mum loves. The shampoo is fairly thick in consistency which I prefer as it usually lathers up better than thinner ones and you need to use much less.
I really like the smell of the product, it leaves my hair smelling fresh but does not have an overpowering scent. As I have mentioned the shampoo lathers up well, I usually shampoo my hair twice as my hair is fairly long but when it was much shorter I never needed to shampoo it twice so I think that is down to personal preference.
Dove shampoo's at the moment are claiming a 'smooth as silk' promise when using their shampoo and conditioner together. I was rather impressed that after using both the shampoo and conditioner my hair felt very smooth even after blow drying.
I always buy the shampoo and conditioner when they are on offer in my local supermarket, either BOGOF or for £1 each so my advice would be to shop around!!! Otherwise prices can range from £1-£2.50.
Im quite a fan of Dove, I use their shower gel and I haven't found anything that compares to that yet. For me the shampoo and condition leave my hair clean, a little smoother than before and smelling fresh. A great shampoo.
My daughter was born in September and I was bought this book as a present, the gift bearer had a seven month old daughter and referred to it as 'her new bible'. But through that 'sleep-less night haze' that comes with any newborn (if you're a parent, you know what I'm talking about!!), I thanked her kindly, put it to one side, well put it on the shelf and left it there.
When my daughter was around five months it was obvious milk alone really wasn't leaving her satisfied anymore and that was when I reached for the book....sorry bible and oh what a book it is.
I am writing briefly about the author because (unbeknown to me before reading the book) Annabel Karmel is quite well known all over the world for her contributions to services in child nutrition. She is a mother herself, has written fifteen bestselling books and was a food consultant for Marks and Spencer. Her hard work was recognized and acknowledged in 2006 when she was awarded an MBE. Annabel also now has her own range of food products and cooking equipment too.
As a mother myself entering the unfamiliar world of weaning was all very new and a little bit daunting, how do I start? Where do I start and what do I start with??! were a few questions going through my head but as I began reading this book I almost immediately felt reassured and really excited to go through this stage together with my daughter.
The book is very well written, easy to read and clear to follow. You are provided with important information but not inundated.
The book comprises of five chapters, the first going right back to basics, looking at why food groups are important and discussing issues such as vitamins your baby requires to any allergy concerns. The chapter continues to outline the different methods of baby food preparation and the necessary equipment you may need to do this. This chapter is fairly short yet informative and although your child hasn't even tasted solids yet, you feel ready and knowledgeable to begin the process.
Chapter two- discusses first stage weaning. To begin with there is detail on the introduction of different fruit and vegetables; information of the actual quantity that you can expect your baby to eat when they first start weaning and top tips for successful weaning. Then (the bible part!!!) comes instructions on how to prepare foods ranging from apple, carrot, butternut squash to mango and spinach. The list is very vast so there is lots of choice for you and your baby here. Annabel also introduces simple recipes here such as 'broccoli trio,' 'apple and raisin compote' to 'watercress, potato and courgette puree,' (which is absolutely delicious by the way, my daughter had it for the first time today!!) The recipes are short and very simple to follow. You are able to freeze many of them- this is indicated in the book by a snowflake sign next to the recipe as well as a smiley face or sad face to indicate whether your child liked it or not! With each recipe Annabel also states how many portions will be made which is great when meal planning. The final part of this chapter is a chart demonstrating a day by day breakdown of each feed giving possible meal suggestions from the previous recipes. This chart is BRILLIANT!! It really allows you to plan a weeks meals, cook them and freeze the ones that can be frozen and overall, creates a feeling of being in control of the process all the time. When my husband looks after my daughter, he knows exactly what she is having for each mealtime- no worrying on my part or frantic phone calls, 'which pot is it!?!'
Chapter three- explores the second stage of weaning, again discussing different food groups such as pasta and fish. The development of textured food is also discussed along with more delicious recipe ideas which in this chapter are separated into different food groups, i.e all the fruit recipes are together, all the fish recipes are together and so on. There is also a daily chart providing suggestions for each feed like in the previous chapter.
Chapter four- looks at nine to twelve month olds. Again there are introductions to good meal time practice with your child, details about different finger foods and like the previous chapters a short piece on different food groups. Following this are more recipe ideas separated into different categories such as chicken and red meats etc. Here on many of the recipes are instructions and ingredients to make adult portions (brilliant if Mummy and Daddy like the recipe too!!!) Finally as with the three previous chapters there is a daily meal planner chart.
The fifth and final chapter is all about toddler nutrition. Annabel discusses topics such as fussy eaters, junk food substitutes and portion quantity. You can guess what follows......more fantastic recipes with pictures which will really make your mouth water.
Finally there is an index of all the recipes and other related information mentioned in the book.
I have absolutely loved this book from the start and so far so has my daughter. She hasn't turned her nose up to a single recipe yet. My kitchen has never smelt better and I have cooked recipes in there for my husband and I when we have fancied something different and new as well. I think you could even use this recipe book even if you didn't have children, ok only the last chapter but you could!!!
Simple, easy to follow recipes.
Informative issues/concerns that you may have as a parent as discussed in the book.
Mouth watering pictures to accompany the recipes!
This book will see your child through early weaning into their toddler years, good value for money!
This would make an excellent present for any new Mummy!
None that I have come across yet regarding the book.
Prices range from about £9- £15 so shop around for the best price.
An absolutely fantastic little book that now lives in my kitchen and is being well used. Annabel has provided mothers with the confidence and tools to make weaning/mealtimes a really enjoyable process in both the food preparation and consumption!!!
I am one when buying shower gel to get the one on offer at the supermarket during the weekly shop. They all do the same, contain the same ingredients right?! Until I tried this one....
The shower gel comes in a lovely tear drop shape branding the familiar Dove logo. I think the perfectionist side of me likes the fact they coordinate the coloured label with a strip on the flip top lid for all the different fragrances of the shower gel they do. They also do this for the Dove bath foam....yes I have that too! There are about four different fragrances of shower gel to choose from so one to suit everybody.
I like all the different varieties of shower gel Dove have to offer apart from the 'Go Fresh Burst-' I've never really fancied smelling of fruits like oranges or peaches apart from summer berries really!! I know I'm quite fussy!
The shower gel is really thick in consistency which I really like, I find the thicker the shower gel the better it foams and actually the less you have to use. I don't think there's anything worse than opening the cap of a shower gel and getting ready to pour it in your hand/body puff and then finding half of it has already fallen down the plug or your hand because it's so runny.
The other important issue for me is how it leaves your skin afterwards. Dove shower gel really does leave my skin feeling soft and silky as well as clean and moisturized without feeling greasy.
My husband has even commented on how nice my skin smells after showers so it must be fairly noticeable for him to comment!!!
For a 250ml bottle you can expect to pay around £2.50. Again I like a bargain and always stock up at my local supermarket when they are on offer at £1 then I don't feel as bad!!
A product that smells divine and leaves your skin feeling luxurious at a very reasonable price. I would definitely recommend it.
When I was in hospital after having my little one I received my new mum pack and inside was a 50ml bottle of this from Johnsons. Had it not been in the pack I don't think I would of gone out and bought this product specifically but always keen to try a freebie, when my daughter was six weeks old we tried it and have been using it ever since.
Bath time- really no more tears for Mummy and baby?!
The bottle is pale yellow in colour branding the name Johnsons that I can remember my Mum using some of the products on me when I was little. I remember that 'getting soap/shampoo in your eyes feeling' (yes they're watering as I type!!) and really did not want that for my daughter so was intrigued to discover whether this 'no more tears' claim really was accurate- I was obviously hoping for 'no more tears' for not only my daughter but also mummy.... If the claim isn't true and she gets soap in her eyes I'll be crying too.
I would fill the bath using two or three squirts of the very easy to operate bottle (500ml) with pump action nozzle- you can do it one handed which is a real bonus for fidgety babies. The top-to-toe bath foams up well so no more than three squirts are needed in a baby bath. The fragrance is mild but pleasant; unfortunately I can't really describe what it smells like, as we have been using it for so long that now every time I smell it- it smells like my daughter. I'm sure many parents will understand what I mean!!
The product lathers up really nicely and can be used to clean skin and hair, so less bottles and more hands free to supervise the fun which is a real bonus.
From a very early age my daughter has always loved the bath, it's her time to kick, splash and play before bedtime so to suggest she is a wiggler is an understatement. With all this wiggling the bubbles would make their way up towards her head at the top of the bath and inevitably no matter how careful you are she would occasionally turn her head to the side and get an eye covered in bubbles. The result and reaction from my daughter- a big smile and ABSOLUTELY NO TEARS or upset whatsoever (hurrah!!).
It is true this product really is no more tears!!!
For a 500ml bottle the price is around £3. Again I like to purchase the product when I see it on special offers as £3 is fairly pricey. However a 500ml bottle probably lasts about six to eight weeks and we bath my daughter everyday which is pretty good going.
A lovely safe product to use which really means 'no more tears!'
The endless battle between busy family and sweet smelling house is ever ongoing but with the air wick reed diffuser, I feel one step closer to victory than I was before. I can honestly say that I have tried most on the market, pot pourri, plug in smellies, aerosols and the pretty looking glass ornaments with built in fragrance (ok so I haven't tried incense but the thought of 'burning' and 'young baby' in the house isn't something I fancy trying for obvious reasons.) That aside I think this is by far the best alternative out there.
The air wick comes in a variety of different scents, all sounding very appealing ranging from Midnight Blackberry & Vanilla Silk to Precious Silk & Oriental Orchids. During the festive period air wick also offer a more festive range such as Spiced Apple and Mulled Wine too. The product includes attractive perfume bottle with lid and natural rattan stems. There are very simple instructions on the back of the packaging and as accident prone as I am, I was not covered in perfume or reed splinters on my first experience of using them so the diffuser is very simple to put together. Inside the perfume bottle are little bead like pods which add to the attractive nature of the bottle. They come in different colours, white, pink and green- so a variety of colours to suit a range of décor....well almost!!
The bottle would be hard to knock over but is not invincible so care would need to be taken where placing them around the house with young children around. If knocked over the perfume could leak out but not a large amount. Mine have never been knocked over so I trust the design of the bottle and where I place them in rooms but I felt it important to mention this issue.
I first switched to these as my mother in law's house is full of them and they have two big Labradors and impressively their house never smells of dogs. Secondly they were on a half price special offer in my local supermarket which kind of sealed the deal. If you have read any of my other reviews you'll see I like to get a bargain.....well who doesn't!!
I use them in our main bathroom, WC and hallway. Personally I really like the fragrance of the Cool Linen & White Lilac and Precious Silk & Oriental Orchids and purchase these ones. They all have a pleasant fragrance but these two are the ones I prefer. It just so happens that the Cool Linen & White Lilac diffuser has white coloured beady pods (my apologies for the terrible terminology) which matches my white bathroom and the Precious Silk & Oriental Orchids diffuser has pink coloured pods which matches my WC décor...(perhaps it's not just the fragrance I like but the fact that they all match the décor too-probably a girl thing!!)
Air wick states the fragrance lasts up to four weeks. After about three weeks the scent starts to fade but again it would depend on the size of the room, the diffuser in my WC will last much longer than the diffuser used in my hallway. After about four weeks I'll give the diffuser a little shake just to move the beads around and stir up what perfume is left to make it last that little bit extra but then after five/six weeks it is time to change them as there is very little perfume left- just the beady pods (again my apologies!!) They are easy to dispose of but obviously with anything like this just keep out of children's reach.
They can range in price from £6-£7 for a single diffuser, supermarkets will offer them half price for £3 on occasions which is when I stock up on mine. Online you can buy a pack of two diffusers for around £9-10. They are widely available to buy in the variety of fragrances as mentioned above.
I have been really impressed with the air wick reed diffuser, it delivers a strong but not over powering scent which lasts for just over a month.
I can still remember buying this item, standing quite heavily pregnant in ASDA's reduced counter trying to convince my husband we needed one. 'We'll never use it'- my husband said. 'Get it if you want it'- so I did and I'm very pleased I did..... (so too is my husband!!)
The Philips digital baby thermometer is small and fairly lightweight in the shape of a flower with blue petals. There is a temperature display window in the middle of the flower and thermometer probe on the underside of the flower. The thermometer is covered in a waterproof rubber coating and floats in water although not always the right way up so perhaps needs to be more weighted at the probe end. The temperature window displays the temperature of the room/water (this thermometer can also be used as a room thermometer but I predominantly use it for bath time.) It also indicates the ideal room temperature for your little one (19 degrees) and water temperature (37 degrees).
The thermometer is very sturdy in its design, it has fallen on my tiled floor quite a few times without damage- the waterproof rubber coating is a major benefit here- it bounces!!!
We have had the thermometer for over six months and have not needed to change the batteries yet although they look quite easy to change. The thermometer is quick to display changes in temperatures also which is obviously what you need from a product like this.
Still with my husband's words in my ears- 'we'll never use it' this is a product we use every day, my husband's wonderful and usually does bath time, and he won't mind me saying how lost he was at Christmas when visiting family we forgot it and when it came to bath time we had to trust our elbows!!! The flower design makes the thermometer easy to handle and it makes an interesting addition to bath time for our daughter to look at and touch, she probably gets a bit bored with just the ducks!!
The temperature is displayed in only degrees Celsius which is perfect for me but my Mum still uses Fahrenheit so wouldn't feel so comfortable using this product.
The only thing we needed to remember when bathing our daughter early on was that the water temperature in our bath can range slightly (physics and all that) so we swirl the water around with the thermometer a few times just to ensure the temperature is correct and so there isn't any hot/cold spots.
This product is not essential but as new parents I remember being overwhelmed with everything that comes with a wonderful newborn blessing, it is nice to have that extra bit of reassurance- although I would always advise you to test the water yourself just to be sure.
The other thing is the price- I mentioned before I was standing at the reduced counter- I bought the thermometer for £3 and at that time didn't realise it was £15 so I got a real bargain. I am sure that there are cheaper alternatives on the market and would not have paid £15 for it.
Although I would recommend a bath/room thermometer I would probably opt for a cheaper product.
This was bought for my daughter as a present for her first Christmas. A tummy time mat was on my wish list as my daughter loved spending time on her tummy so I wanted to invest in one but was lucky enough to have one bought for her.
Design and features.
I have a few products from the Blossom Farm range so have become fairly familiar with the characters as I'm sure many readers are too!! The mat is very colourful with the characters Dillon donkey, Lavender Lamb, Buttercup Cow and a dog (not sure if the dog has a name!?) My daughter really loved looking at the large character faces on the mat. Also included is a large purple flower with yellow petals on for your child to rest their chest on when using the mat to encourage them to lean on their arms and three toys. A circular rattle, a Dillon Donkey squeaker toy and a Lavendar Lamb rattle toy. The three additional toys have a little velco tab on them for attachment to the underside of the mat (which is made of a felt material). The mat is fairly large in size, lightweight, easy to store when not in use and is a useful mat to have when visiting friends and family.
My daughter absolutely loves the detachable toys and I take these out and about with me so she can play with them. Her face absolutely lights up when she hears the circular rattle and it is very rarely seen outside her mouth!!! The squeaker toy gives her equal delight and is always soaked in dribble although she is not old enough to make the noise herself!! These toys are useful in themselves as mentioned each has velco tab on them and can be attached to other products such as play gyms or push chairs. The mat although initially was very good and engaging for my daughter. I found that as she became more sturdy on her tummy and could reach for objects immediately in front of her she would get hold of the mat and it would buckle up and she'd get a bit tangled up in all the material. (The top cover is only attached to the bottom felt cover via stitching around the outside). That would be my criticism of the design that the two different layers of the mat are not attached enough and I would be constantly pulling the layers together so that my daughter could play with her toys instead of getting bogged down by the two different layers of the play mat.
I think the product is fairly expensive at £15 and if I had bought it myself would have waited for it to go on sale or purchased a slightly cheaper version. Since Christmas it has not been used as much as I thought I would. I think this is because of the problem I had with the mat itself. I have hand washed the circular rattle and machine washed the other two toys and they have come out fine which was a bonus. But I have not washed the mat so I know the layers haven't separated that way or material been affected through washing. I have only every used the mat on carpeted flooring so perhaps it may be better used on a harder floor.
The product is a lovely idea with an engaging design and excellent additional toys but I wish the layers of the mat were better attached to each other as hopefully this would have stopped the problem I incurred.
There is so much choice of high chairs on the market that it is worth shopping around not only to get the best price but also to decide on what you want your high chair to do. I never thought I'd get exactly what I wanted from a highchair but this one really does seem to do it all!
The Mamas and Papas Prima Pappa Baby high chair comes in a variety of different patterns to suit all tastes. The standard frame made of plastic and aluminum and is very sturdy to maneuver around but fairly heavy to carry. It has two locking wheels at the back and two stable ones (they do not move) at the front.
This highchair is absolutely packed with features. The seat is large and heavily padded and looks incredibly comfortable. The seat has a 5 point harness for additional safety and folding down foot support. The seat must be comfortable as it reclines into three positions for post breakfast/lunch/dinner naps!! This is a very useful function as I do not have to transfer my daughter if she becomes sleepy whilst sitting in the chair after lunch!
The chair is height adjustable which was a really important feature for me so that my daughter can feel part of the family unit during food preparation or other activities that go on in my kitchen or dining room. The multiple height adjustments mean she can sit in the high chair at my breakfast bar and dining table- both of which are different heights.
Another important feature is that the high chair is foldable with or without the trays, my kitchen is fairly compact and we are limited for space so it is pretty easy to fold away when I need more room. The highchair comes with two trays, one for feeding and one for playing on. The play tray just pops on the top of the feeding tray and is very easy to clean. The feeding tray is a fraction harder to clean only because it has the mechanics to detach it from the chair underneath and my daughter is a very messy eater!! As already mentioned the high chair trays are detachable which makes it a lot easier popping your child in and out of the high chair.
The wheels are anti-scratch so work hard to protect your floors if you're like me and move the high chair around from room to room which is great.
A final advantage of all these features is that you can safely put your child in it from the age of four months to about three years. My daughter loved sitting in it watching me eat my lunch at four months whereas some others on the market advise you to use them from six months, so this was a bonus for me.
The highchair is fairly easy to clean and I would say my daughter likes to get stuck into her food!! Although there is quite a lot to remember at first about how to recline, adjust the height, fold, lock wheels etc once you get the hang of it it becomes second nature and easy to do. I love the two detachable trays, they are large in size and can be attached to the highchair and it can still be folded. Compared to the rest of the market the highchair is fairly pricey but you do get a lot of really useful features for your money.
I would definitely recommend this high chair to a friend.
I spent quite a lot of time looking for the right containers to store baby food when weaning my daughter. They vary in price and having never done it before and I wanted something that would be value for money. As we all know baby products can be expensive and I did not want the added expensive of buying something that wasn't quite what I had hoped for.
The pack features eight plastic pots with snap on lids with a really useful tray to store them in, which also means that if another set is purchased they can be stacked neatly in the fridge/freezer for easy storage. Each container has markings up the side for you to measure out the quantity of baby food and will hold a maximum of 70ml. The lids are flip top, secured at one side so are easy to shut and impossible to lose!! They also shut tight and when out and about I haven't had any spills or leaks.
The containers are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. I have used in all three and they are still in good working order. Apparently they are also sterilizer safe but I have never tried them in mine. For early weaning there are smaller sized pots from the same makers. I decided to go straight to the bigger size as I was not sure how long I would use these smaller pots for before needing the bigger ones. I am very glad I did as my daughter will happily munch down a full container worth and it has only been a few weeks into weaning. If you would like my advice I would go straight onto the bigger size (stage2).
I have been very pleased with these containers, they do everything that I needed them to, and are very useful when out and about. The only possible improvement I could suggest would be somewhere on the pots to write down what they contain, I know others on the market have little writeable strips where you can write down the contents and expiry date on them. At the moment I use paper and sellotape and that works perfectly fine, a friend of mine uses a whiteboard pen which you can rub off- just be careful when doing so so that the pen does not come into contact with the baby food.
But overall a really useful product for introducing solids and weaning. I would definitely recommend this product to my friends.
This has been a firm favourite in my makeup bag for over ten years now and although I have tried the cheaper brands I have always gone back to this one.
Firstly it looks good, yes it is makeup and why am I mentioning that but in my opinion if the packaging doesn't look good you are less likely to pick up and try it. It comes in a shiny gold box with instructions and the pen is of the matching gold colour so it looks quite expensive in your make up bag and in a dark room you can always find it!!!
The pen is very easy to use, you simply click the top about fifty times (a bit like a leaded pencil) to get the concealer fluid to come through and then for future applications just continue to click the top a few more times to top up the concealer.
As far as I can remember the pen comes in four different shades of colour- 1,2,3,4. I have quite pale skin so use number 1 and as the numbers progress as to does the deeper shade of colour. I use it predominantly on dark circles under my eyes. With a six month old baby and sleepless nights it has become my firm favourite but it is also great at covering up the old blemish here and there. You can also use it in the corners of your nose as this can provide the trickery to make your nose narrower but I had never ventured that far. If you have patches of uneven skin tone it would be able to even then up but as it is a small pen you would need a more substantial foundation product if you were applying it to the majority of your face. I use it before I put on my foundation as my foundation is a touch of a shade darker. I'd feel naked without it!!
I pretty much use it every day and probably get through a pen about every five months which isn't bad. That would be the only negative I could say- that you don't know when it is going to run out so I always have a spare in the cupboard just in case!!
Overall it does exactly what it says on the packaging- it conceals the things you want concealing!! My makeup bag would feel empty without it.
When I was pregnant personally this was one of the most important (and expensive) buys when preparing for my little one. I spent months really looking around for the pushchair that I felt would best suit my needs and lifestyle. This one by far has more than met my needs and is so easy to use.
To put together and collapse, this is the easiest and quickest pushchair that I personally have seen on the market. To collapse the pushchair you remove the seat or carrycot (depending on the age of the child) then push the release button on the handle (looks a bit like a brake button) and push inwards to collapse the chassis. There is a carry handle (shoulder strap) in the shopping basket underneath which you pick up and this folds the chassis in half. It folds almost completely flat and uses a clip to lock it into position. From there the chassis can be carried on your shoulder for short distances or put straight into the boot of your car.
(Although compared to others it is fairly light in weight- it does obviously begin to feel much heavier the longer distance your carrying it!!)
To put back together you simply pull the pushchair handle to unfold the chassis and it will lock into place ready for the seat/carrycot or car seat to be clipped in. Although icandy do not do a range of car seats we purchased a maxi cosi one as you can buy separate car seat adaptors from icandy which clip in and enable you to clip the maxi cosi car seat onto the chassis to create a complete travel system which was incredibly useful.
The feature I loved most about this pushchair was that you can have the seat or carrycot facing towards or away from you when using the pushcahir so as my daughter grows I can then change the seat around, at the moment she still faces me when pushing. This feature really gives you peace of mind when your child is young and promotes communication/facial awareness and recognition/eye contact etc, all of which is very important when a child is a baby.
When using the pushchair seat it can be reclined using 3 settings which is perfect for when your little one nods off. To operate you stimultaneously push a button either side of the pushchair. This feature does not work if you have the carrycot attachment on- the child is lying flat already, therefore the function is not needed.
The brake is near the bottom of the pushchair, like a footpedal- you press it down to lock the back wheels and flick it back up to unlock the wheels. Very easy and simple to use.
Also although the pushchair is lightweigh, the designers have cleverly distributed the weight so that you put heavy things on the handle- I put my changing bag on there, it doesn't topple over. This was always a concern of mine when buying a pushchair but the pushchair is always very, very stable with no signs of tilting no matter how much shopping I do!! I know that the carrycot is heavy and the seat attachment is fairly heavy so I suppose this adds to the overall stability of the product.
There is also a fairly large shopping basket underneath which is so useful and although harder to get to when you have the carrycot on instead of the seat or car seat is still very useful and you can fit quite a lot in there. Shopoholics take note!!!!
Lastly the feature I also loved was the extending handle, I am almost 6 foot and did not want a pushchair that I would have to lean over or give me back ache when using because the handle or arms weren't long enough. This pushchair is just perfect as it extends and retracts easily to accommodate the users height. My mum is 5'4 and finds the pushchair equally as easy to use as I do.
Ok so I may have invented that word but what is the next important point to consider when buying a pushchair? What is it like to manoeuvre, drive, push, steer etc?!! I was really impressed with how easy the icandy is to push around and manoeuvre through tight spaces. The back wheels are locked and the front wheels rotate but because the pushchair is so lightweight it really takes little effort to push. You can turn the pushchair right around in the smallest of spaces. All my friends and family have all commented on how easy it is to steer and push. The only thing you have to remember is that because the pushchair chassis is able to fold in half the back wheels come out further that the front wheels therefore the pushchair is wider at the back than the front. Whilst getting use to this a few shopping fixtures have been taken out when I first bought it :-) now its like driving a car- you know exactly what spaces you can and can't fit through!! Just takes time to get use to!!
Like I have mentioned you can use a maxi cosi car seat with adaptors bought from icandy which was useful. My husband and I weren't sure whether we would get much use out of the carrycot but decided to buy it anyway for the 'ahhh factor' if anything- (the pushchair then looked more pram like with the carrycot on it.) My daughter was just under 6lbs when born at the end of September. The weather then went arctic and has only just started to warm up. For us the carrycot paid for itself, I could put my daughter in it- get her weighed go to the shops, just get out of the house safe in the knowledge she was tucked up warm and sleeping. It was also used a lot when we went to visit relatives around Christmas. Although icandy do not advise parents to use the carrycot as a moses basket for your child to sleep in overnight, it was so useful for my daugther to sleep in for a few hours during the day or night before we'd go home and put her into her car seat then cot.
My advice would be that if your having an autumn/winter baby (like I did) or winter/spring baby it's worth every penny. If your having a spring/summer baby, I'm not sure how much use you would really get out of it. Although icandy do not advise parents to put newborns into the pushchair seat attachment we have friends who's daughter was born in the summer 6 weeks early and they didn't really use the carrycot. They padded the seat out with blankets and she was always snug as a bug in there. It's really up to you and whether you are able to afford the carrycot as it is an added expense to an already expensive pushchair in the first place.
The seat and carrycot come with raincovers- the carrycot raincover is brilliant with a little opener for you to get to little one to put glove back on/mop up sick/put dummy in etc.!!!! The rain cover for the pushchair seat is just a cover but fits very nicely on my maxi cosi car seat so I didn't have to buy a separate car seat rain cover which was a bonus!!
I know that other parents have found the chrome scratches easily, it can do, there are a few scratches on one of the sides of my chassis but that was my fault, when trying to put the pushchair together, that side managed to touch the ground- causing the scratches. As long as your careful, my pushchair is six months old and still looks like new. My only negative is that the tread on the wheels wore quickly but then again it perhaps reflects how much I have used the pushchair in the past six months.
Lastly I was told that I should be able to use this pushchair until my daughter is two and a half- three years old. The straps on the seat are adjustable both size and height wise so if this is the case it will be a fantastic purchase that has paid for itself over the many, many months of use.
Overall a brilliant pushchair that I am still so pleased with. It does everything you would want and need a pushchair to do.
I bought this monitor for when I had my daughter. From the packaging it looked very simple and easy to use and had won a 'mother and baby silver award'. I have always valued products with this award as the products are tried, tested and nominated by mums and dads. As we know these are the people who really know whether a baby product is suitable and does exactly what it says it should!!
I was really impressed with the simple button functions on the base unit and handset. I am not great at reading manuals and let's face it there's not a lot of people who particularly enjoy sitting down and reading a big manual from cover to cover to find out how to set the date and time- (which you can do on this monitor, however extensive manual research is not necessary!!)
The base unit:
The base unit which stays in the child's room has a lullaby function where you can either repeat one of five lullabies you choose or have all five to repeat- I always choose this function so there is less repetition (only down side is you will be humming the tunes everywhere, my husband was singing them in the shower last week!!) Each lullaby cycle lasts about fifteen minutes and volume can be adjusted.
There is a record your own message function so perhaps if you were not putting your child to bed, they would still be able to hear you say good-night to them. Although I like this function I haven't got over the 'hearing the sound of my own voice' phobia yet!!! Perhaps one day I will!
The base unit has a soft light that I use to check on my daughter and still provides a dim comfort light rather than complete darkness which I like.
The base unit can be battery operated or plugged into the mains. The cable from the mains to the unit is quite long which is good.
Most importantly there is a sensor which detects noise from the base unit and this is displayed using a coloured LED bar. There is a mute function so you are still able to detect whether your child is crying through the coloured bar without actually hearing their cries.
The handset displays the temperature of the child's room and you can set a warning beeper if the temperature rises above or below the range of temperature you can set yourself.
The handset is small, light and has a pocket clip if you are on the move around the house.
The best thing about this handset is that you are able to control the base unit from it. So if your little one is upstairs and you realise you have not put the light on or the music has stopped you can control this from the handset- so no additional trips up the stairs. Obviously it goes without saying that you will need to check your child at regular intervals throughout the evening.
There is a great little 'talk' button which has a similar function as a walkie-talkie, this is used more so between my husband and I at the moment-'have you put the bins out/is the back door locked?' is often discussed via the handset and base unit when one of us has gone to bed but I am sure as my daughter gets older it will also be used to communicate with her too!!
The handset has a long battery life and re-charges very quickly, I have never run out off battery.
In regards to feedback or cracking sounds from the base unit, it is fairly minimal; the base unit is always very near my daughter so I don't need the volume on the handset to be very loud therefore I have never noticed any annoying buzzing sound. There would probably be some buzzing if you placed the base unit well away from your child and had the volume very high on the hand set.
I haven't had much experience with other baby monitors and obviously a lot of them will have similar functions to this one but this is because I have been completely satisfied with this one, well worth the money.
I remember searching endlessly when my daughter just would not nap during the day no matter what I did!! Very exhausted and concerned I was confronted with many mobile/projector options and I just didn't know which one to go with. I wanted to make the right choice because many of them do not come cheap particularly this one. I bought it when my daughter was about eight weeks old and although she did not take to it initially, it did provide something different to look at and would absorb her concentration for five-ten minutes. As she grew a little older so too did her enjoyment of it, from about twelve weeks she absolutely adored it, she would be mesmerized by it reaching out to the stuffed animals on the rotating canopy. There are three sound settings; classical music, nature music and a simulated 'heart beat inside the womb' for newborn babies. There is a projector which projects either onto the ceiling or onto a detachable rotating carousel/canopy. There are three settings to use- the projector, rotating canopy and music; the rotating canopy and music or just the music- each setting lasting about fifteen-twenty minutes and the music fades out so there is no abrupt ending. The unit also comes with a remote which we keep on the door just in case my daughter is not asleep after the sequence has ended (but this is very, very rare indeed!) Although this product is rather expensive (I was lucky and found it on offer when I needed it so did not pay full price- my advice shop around!!) it has really been worth the money. I have read previous reviews on other sites from customers who were disappointed with the products battery life. I have had the mobile for three months and have only changed the batteries once (very recently) and I use the projector/mobile/music setting which should use the most power. A brilliant product that enables my daughter to nap during the day and will continue to do so for many months to come.
I found this pack for very good value at my local Costco's. It came with the disposal unit and six refill cartridges, (they say each cartridge should last you about one month on average). So in theory you have your unit and six months supply so you don't need to think about refills for a long time! It was very simple to put together and changing the cartridges is very quick and easy to do also. The unit sits in my bathroom and doesn't draw too much attention to itself which is a bonus!! It would equally fit in a nursery but I am not sure if I would put it in my daughter's nursery as I know what it holds and my daughter is becoming more mobile. The unit itself locks away odours and messes but I noticed I was getting through the cartridges more quickly than average and did not want to keep buying more than I needed to. I now use the disposal unit for dirty nappies as they create more odour than wet ones! I think in hindsight this is a product that you do not desperately need. When I visit friends or family then I use nappy disposal sacks which have a pleasant odour to disguise nappy odours and put them in the bin. Nappy sacks are far cheaper to buy than the unit and cartridges. Although I am very pleased with the product and have found it very useful I would not necessarily advise it as essential.
This was one of the first items I bought when I found out I was pregnant as I planned to combination feed my daughter. I was quite surprised by the range of price of this product but I managed to get it half price (£19.99) at 'BabiesRus' so was pleased and felt like I had purchased a bargain! The steriliser initially was very good and easy to use. It holds six bottles and came with a few accessories such as two smaller tommee tippee bottles (which were of great use when my daughter was first born as she would only take 30ml/1 fl oz of formula during feeds- the bigger bottle measurements start from 60ml/ 2 fl oz). However after about 2-3 months the light that indicates whether it is on stopped working then I noticed the unit was not getting hot enough to produce the steam that should sterilise the bottles. Thirdly the unit only seemed to be on for about ninety seconds not the five minute cycle it promised. I am reluctant to change it for another because of these faults and have been recommended a microwave steriliser instead so may try that. Overall I was disappointed as it is a great design but just did not work for long.