Welcome! Log in or Register

col81

col81
  • 3
  • 103
  • 3
  • 258
  • 2424
  • 2765
  • Crowns
  • Premium reviews
  • Express reviews
  • Comments
  • Reviews rated
  • Ratings received

Member since: 15.08.2009

People I trust

User that trust you
  • Sort by:
    • More +
      16.03.2012 22:40
      Very helpful
      (Rating)

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      The best thing we got for our baby

      When my son got to 6 months, it became clear that he needed something a little more exciting to play with and something to enable him to stay upright for longer periods of time as he was getting fed up with lying on the floor but couldn't sit up for long by himself. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow this Rainforest Jumperoo from my sister who had bought it for her son. I had been a bit reluctant to buy one as I felt sure that it would take over the living room and they are also rather expensive to buy brand new and also second hand. However, after trying my son in it and realising how much he enjoyed it, the decision was made.

      The jumperoo was quite easy to put together without instructions (as it was borrowed) and it felt very sturdy and is quite heavy to lift and move. The weightiness helps it to stay put while little one is bouncing around in it. The jumperoo consists of a circular frame with three legs from which the seat is suspended on covered springs. Around the seat are a number of interactive activities for little one to play with as they merrily bounce away and the seat rotates as little one turns around to investigate the activities. The jumperoo can be set to make various jungle animal noises, activated by the movement of the jumperoo or by spinning one of the toys on the surround of the seat. There is another setting which allows songs to be played on a continuous loop. There are two volume settings also. The fabric seat is strong and sturdy and is decorated like a red frog with yellow spots and two big eyes. The backrest of the seat is nice and padded so it doesn't hurt when little one is bouncing around.

      My son got the hang of bouncing in the jumperoo after a couple of days and once he realised what he could do in it he nearly bounced through the ceiling! There are three height settings for the jumperoo and at the moment we are on the lowest one so that he can put his feet flat on the floor to help prevent him being on his tiptoes too much. It took a little longer for him to realise that he could turn himself around in the seat but now he really enjoys exploring all the toys and has found out that bouncing activates the sound and music.

      It has been a godsend to be able to pop my son in the jumperoo and know that he is happy to play and bounce in there while I am able to prepare a meal or wash the dishes. I feel safe that he is not going to hurt himself or get up to mischief if I leave the room.

      Although I was concerned about the size of the jumperoo and the amount of space it would take up, I have found that its usefulness outweighs these negatives. It can be dismantled and put away but we leave it up at all times for convenience. Battery life seems to be excellent too; we are using the same batteries that were in it when it was given to us, and they had been used for a good while when my nephew used it. The only bad thing is that the songs and jingles get stuck in your head very often!

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
    • Nuby Teething Blankie / Baby Toy / 40 Readings / 38 Ratings
      More +
      23.11.2011 22:14
      Very helpful
      (Rating)

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Another good product from Nuby :)

      I have mentioned in a previous review how Morrisons sell Nuby toys and I keep finding myself buying them when I see them as I'm impressed by their price and quality. The Nuby teething Blankie is one such purchase. It is a very basic teether but it is a worthwhile purchase in my opinion. It consists of a square of fabric which has been made up of 4 differently coloured triangles of fabric, using bright patterns to stimulate baby visually. One of the triangles has crinkly cellophane inside and is nice for baby to hear. At first I wondered why only put crinkly cellophane inside one of the triangles and then I realised that it is a good idea as the crinkle can get a bit annoying after a while!!! At each corner of the teether is a rubbery plastic shape which has a hole in the middle and allows baby to either hold it or have a good old chomp to help ease their sore gums during teething. Each corner is a different colour and the plastic parts are securely sewn on to the main part of the blankie. Each of the plastic corners has different textures embossed on it to create different surfaces on which to teethe. There are rounded large nodules, tiny, rough, spiky stars (these might hurt a little!) and small and medium sized round bumps.

      In the middle of the blankie is a cheerful animal's head. I chose the lion design as I simply liked the look of it best. The other animals available are frog, monkey and what I think is a bear! Inside the animals head is a squeaker. With the head being in the middle of the blankie, it is quite hard for little hands to squish it enough to make it squeak. I find squeakers hard work for little ones to operate at the best of times, but this one is particularly awkward. Of course an adult can entertain their little one by squeaking it for them but this can't be done all the time! Sewn onto the middle of the top edge of the blankie are short lengths of ribbon in different colours which my son likes to suck and generally make very soggy!

      The washing instructions state that it is wipe clean only and do not immerse in water. I must say I'm not too keen on things which can only be wiped clean as that won't get rid of lingering particles of baby puke so I might be tempted to bung it in the machine once in a while. I would imagine the squeaker wouldn't take too kindly to being put in the wash but, seeing as it's too hard for baby to squeak anyway, I suppose that wouldn't matter too much!

      I paid £3.00 in Morrisons for this teether (the majority of the Nuby toys they sell are £3.00 or between £3 and £4) and so far, due to its light weight, my son can hold it and chomp on it to his heart's content. He is not yet teething to the extent that any teeth have popped through but I can feel one or two under the gum and he loves to chew on the plastic corners interpersed with a suck on the ribbons every now and again!

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
    • Nuby Loony Loops Teether / Baby Toy / 36 Readings / 33 Ratings
      More +
      22.11.2011 21:18
      Very helpful
      (Rating)

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      A wonderful teether, inexpensive and fun for baby.

      I'm a bit cheesed off as I already wrote a review for this and it vanished into thin air when I clicked the agree and publish button so I'm having to write it again. Apologies if it's brief and to the point!

      I have bought a number of Nuby products lately and as Morrisons stock them and they are reasonably priced, they seem to fall into my basket each time I go shopping.

      One most recent purchase is the Nuby Loony Loops teether. This teether comes in three different designs; monkey, elephant and butterfly. I chose the monkey for my little monkey. The monkey's ears are oversized and made from brightly coloured, patterned fabric to stimulate baby visually. The ears contain crinkly cellophane and my son loves to crinkle them with his hands or by chewing on them. One of the ears is backed in red corduroy which is lovely to feel and the other is backed in black and white striped fabric. Even newborn babies can see the stark contrast between black and white and so will benefit from this stimulus. Each ear features a coil of rubbery plastic which has plastic hoops attached to it, making the monkey look like he's wearing earrings! The coil reminds me of the wire on a corded telephone (ooh, remember the days when we all had corded telephones!) and it is lovely for baby to chomp and chew on, helping to relieve the pressure on sore gums.

      The centre of the teether features the monkey's head, made from a soft velour and there is a hanging loop on the top of the monkey's head. This makes it easy to dangle and shake the teether in front of baby to get his or her attention and to entertain. When shaken, the teether makes what I can only describe as a twittery sound. Instead of the usual squeaker, this toy makes a bird like twitter when shaken. I find squeakers quite hard for baby to operate themselves but the sound in this teether is made simply from shaking the toy.

      My baby finds it quite easy to hold onto the teether by the monkey's ears. He is only just starting to be able to hold onto and control objects and this teether is one of the few things he can actually control himself. He loves chewing on the plastic coil and rings as well as the material ears. This, of course, leads to the teether becoming rather soggy and often smelling of baby puke! Unfortunately, the label states that it must be surface wiped only rather than machine washed. I can only assume that the twitterer would cease to function if it were put in the machine. I have yet to find this out but I'm sure it'll happen at some point as it does need a good wash!

      I paid £3 for this in Morrisons which I thought was a bargain.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
    • More +
      11.11.2011 22:50
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      2 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Great for all the family, does exactly what it says on the label.

      Sudocrem is a product which I have been familiar with my whole life as long as I can remember. It has been used by me as a child and also as an adult and I don't feel that in the 30 years of my life it has changed at all. If it ain't broke, don't fix it and all that! Sudocrem is exactly what it says on the label - an antiseptic healing cream. To my mind this makes it sound like it's got magic healing powers and, to be fair, it does sort out minor skin ailments very quickly!

      Sudocrem is a thick white cream which smells wonderfully of lavender and has a slight medicinal smell. It is actually a licensed medicine unlike similar creams on the market. It can be used for a number of ailments, but nappy rash seems to be the main reason for using this cream. I have used it on my baby boy's bottom and it works very well to create a barrier to protect his delicate skin from the contents of his nappy. It also works well to soothe soreness and help heal any sore bits. It has a very mild local anaesthetic property to help soothe sore skin. I notice an improvement in my son's skin the next day after having had the cream on overnight.

      Before I had my baby, we always had a tub of Sudocrem in the cupboard and we used it on spots, blisters, minor burns and any other sore bits on our skin. It can be used on chilblains, sunburn, acne and bedsores also. The lanolin content of the cream works well to soften skin and the zinc oxide helps reduce the loss of fluid in the skin tissue. This is particularly important in the treatment of burns. My husband, after having a tattoo, was advised to use nappy cream on it to help it heal. He used Sudocrem for this and seemed to do the trick!

      Another important use for us is to help soothe my son's eczema. He has little patches on his wrists and face so we slather on the Sudocrem before bed and it really helps to soften the skin and keep it supple.

      The smell of the cream is one that for me evokes childhood memories. It has a lavender scent which is quite comforting and soothing in itself. Some people might find it a bit strong but I love it.

      The consistency of the cream is quite thick and so should be applied a little at a time so that you don't end up completely covered in it. It spreads very well but doesn't completely rub into the skin if too much is used and so can get a bit messy when applying it, especially when applying it to a wriggly baby. It's the kind of cream you would apply at bedtime to get the benefits of it working hard overnight and also so it doesn't matter if it's visible on your skin still. If it gets on your clothes, I find the best way to remove it is a very hot wash as the cream is water repellent and so doesn't wash out easily!

      The packaging is simple and quite clinical looking, perhaps to put across the medicinal effectiveness of the cream. It comes in a grey sealed tub with the red and white label as in the picture above. The packaging doesn't seem to have changed over the years and remains recognisable and familiar as a well loved family product.

      Sudocrem comes in a variety of sized tubs. Available for purchase are 60g pots which are great for putting into baby's changing bags, up to large 400g sized tubs to be kept in the medicine cupboard or bathroom cabinet. I received some tiny sample pots when I was pregnant and these have been great to pop in my bag or in the baby's changing basket. A little of the cream goes a very long way so these tiny sample pots are still on the go!
      I have also seen it for sale online in 30g tubes, however I have not seen these tubes in the shops on the high street. For a 125g tub, I paid about £2.70 in Boots. It can be found cheaper in supermarkets and cheaper chemists.

      Overall, this is a cream which I have a great deal of confidence in. It helps speed the healing process, protects skin ailments from further infection and smells great. I will continue to use it on my baby as he grows up and on myself. A fantastic family product.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        10.11.2011 16:49
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        1 Comment

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        A cheerful, useful product to help baby with his gross motor skills

        My wee baby boy has got rather a flat head due to the fact that he spends most of his waking and sleeping hours lying flat on his back. He's not a huge fan of being laid down on his tummy and although he has been able to raise his head a little even from birth whilst lying on my chest, he found it a struggle to lift his head whilst lying flat on the floor. I became rather concerned that he would always have a flat head and begin to resemble a letter D so I did a bit of research to find out what I could do to help him with his tummy time. Ideas such as rolling up a towel and placing it under his chest to prop him up a little worked well but when I stumbled across the Tiny Love Tummy Time play mat, I felt this was a much more fun way to help prop him up a bit to help him out.

        I bought the mat on Ebay new for £24 and I chose the Frog design. There is also a ladybird design. When the item arrived I found that the product came in three parts: an oval shaped washable playmat with a colourful design on it featuring a pond with happy looking fish in it and little creatures around the water's edge such as a snail, two tortoises, a caterpillar and a mummy and baby ladybird. There was a little green felt leaf flap which hides a little caterpillar underneath. The next part was the cushion which is shaped a little like those travel cushions which you might wear around your neck on a plane. The cushion is designed to look like a frog and it has a large frog's face attached to it. The frog's face is friendly and is crinkly to the touch. There is also a squeaker in the middle of the frog's face where its nose would be. Each 'hand' of the frog has features which are interesting for baby. On the left hand side, there is a rattle sewn into the felt material of the froggie's hand and on the right, the froggie's hand is 'holding' on to a teether. The teether consists of plastic rings and rubbery leaves and a crinkly fabric leaf which are safe to chew and chomp on. The third part of the mat is a standalone mirror which can be stood up at the end of the mat for baby to gaze with interest at his or her reflection. Both the mat and the cushion are machine washable which is great as my son can get a little pukey when on his tummy!

        I laid my son with his chest on the cushion and his arms draped over in front of him. He was unable at the time to push up using his arms but straight away, as his head was elevated slightly due to the cushion, he was able to raise his head a little and have a look at the toys I'd placed around for him as well as looking in the mirror. After literally a minute or two, he became restless and let me know it was the end of tummy time for that day. We had a go on the mat each day, for as long as he could muster and little by little, he has developed his neck and back muscles and is now at 14 weeks quite able to raise his head and shoulders off the cushion and use his hands to push up on the floor. He enjoys pulling at the teether and trying to get it into his mouth (hand eye coordination is developing steadily!) and although he cannot sound the squeaker by himself, he likes to hear it being squeaked for him. As the cushion is separate to the mat, I often use the cushion on its own to lie him on his back after a bottle as he often brings his milk back when lying completely flat. He has enjoyed many a nap lying on his back on the cushion too. Once he is old enough and strong enough to sit up by himself, the mat can be used as any other playmat would and he will start to take more notice of the pictures on the mat.

        This was the first Tiny Love product I have purchased but I am pleased with the quality of the product and the cheerful design. I would happily purchase other baby toys from the Tiny Love brand and would definitely recommend this tummy time playmat for those babies who find it difficult at first to spend time on their tummies. (He still has his little flat head at the back but I'm sure once he's sitting up and spending less time on his back, that it will rectify itself!)

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • Bonjela Teething Gel / Pain Relief / 42 Readings / 40 Ratings
          More +
          06.11.2011 21:49
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          1 Comment

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          Works quickly and effectively to soothe sore gums.

          A few weeks ago while my son was having a good old chomp on my finger, I realised I could feel two toothypegs under his gums. I was taken by surprise as he was only around 8 weeks old at the time but it certainly explained his grumpiness, horrendous nappies and rough spotty cheeks! The next day he and I ventured in to town to see what I could find to help his discomfort, given that he was only 2 months old.

          One remedy I purchased was the Bonjela teething gel. I had used Bonjela frequently myself to help with mouth ulcers and so felt confident that the teething gel would work well for my son. On the box it states 'From 2 months' whereas other teething gels were from 3 months so my options were also a little limited. Inside the box was a tube of 15g of gel. The tube features the same blue colour of regular Bonjela but with a pink stripe at the end of the tube with 'Sugar free' written on it. Of course it is important that the gel is sugar free as I imagine rubbing a gel containing sugar onto a baby's new teeth could be particularly damaging. The gel contains the active ingredients Lidocaine Hydrochloride and Cetalkonium Chloride. It also contains ethanol, known to most as alcohol. Many people might not want to give this to their little ones due to the chemicals it contains but I felt happy to give the gel as only very small amounts are used at any one time. The gel is said to have anaesthetic properties to help soothe sore gums.

          The gel is banana flavoured and smells very much like that fake banana flavouring given to cheap sweets and milkshakes. I decided that it was important for me to taste the gel to see what I was about to inflict on my poor boy so I popped a smidgen onto my tongue...the verdict...it tastes VILE! Fake bananery taste mixed with the aniseedy taste of bonjela. Not pleasant! What was quite pleasant though was the numbing effect it had almost instantly on my tongue and any other area of my mouth that it came into contact with. I was pleased that I had experienced this at it showed me how it would help my son's gums.

          So, the next time my son displayed discomfort because of his gums, I used a clean fingertip to rub a pea sized amount onto his gums. The look on his face told me that he didn't like the taste much either and he did a fair bit of licking around his mouth so he must have had a very numb tongue! He settled down quickly and his gums didn't seem to bother him for about an hour afterwards which was great. The dosage says to rub in a small amount every three hours so I couldn't use it as and when I wished, however I was pleased with how quickly it worked and how long it lasted considering he'd probably licked the majority of it off his gums!

          As well as applying it with a clean finger, it can be put onto teethers to help get it onto the exact right place on the gum. I find it easier applying it with a finger and I just rub it all over the gum, then I know I've hit the sore spots!

          I would expect a tube to last a good while as only a small amount is used for each dose and I only need to use it when my son shows signs of being in pain from his gums. The price of the tube varies depending where you purchase it but I paid just under £3 from Bodycare which I felt was a very good price.

          Due to its anaesthetic properties, I would use it myself for ulcers or sore spots in the mouth. The only thing that would put me off would be the taste!

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • Gear4 HouseParty 4 / PC Speaker / 50 Readings / 44 Ratings
            More +
            05.11.2011 22:14
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            1 Comment

            Advantages

            • Reliability

            Disadvantages

            A great set of speakers for house parties and quiet times alike.

            I was looking for an inexpensive but good quality set of speakers for my iPod touch and found these at the excellent price of £44.99 thanks to discount code for Currys. I had read plenty of reviews for the speakers and felt confident that I was buying the right product for me. One review had a negative point which I will come to later.

            The speakers are as pictured above; very sleek and compact, they have a large oblong shaped frontage and the iPod/iPhone dock sits at the bottom of the speakers in the middle. There is a digital display beneath the mesh which covers the front of the speakers and it displays the mode that the speaker is in and when you alter the volume of the speakers, a number is shown to help you see just how loud or quiet the volume is. The speakers are black in colour with a smart looking silver surround. I have my set sitting on a drawer unit in the living room and they are quite unobtrusive and look smart sitting there. On the very top of the speakers are the control buttons. These allow you to switch the power on and off, select the mode and choose the next or previous track on your iPod/iPhone. These light up blue when the power is on; a handy feature which allows you to see if you've left the speakers on or not.

            One particularly nice feature is that there is also a radio built in to the speakers and the digital display also shows the frequency of the radio station being listened to.

            The speakers came with adaptors to help any iPod be docked onto them. It is recommended that the adaptors be used because the part which plugs into the iPod/iPhone feels quite flimsy and in one review I read, it had snapped off when the owner had tried to dock his iPod. Now, I found it very difficult to get my iPod Touch onto the dock with the adaptor in place so I have not been using it but I have been very careful how I dock and remove my iPod so as not to cause any damage to the connector.

            Once connected, the speakers recognise the iPod and the word iPod is shown on the digital display. The speakers will charge your iPod once it is plugged in - something which my previous set of speakers did not do so I was pleased to find that the Gear 4 Houseparty has this function.

            The speakers come with a remote control, allowing you to choose the track, shuffle, repeat and change the volume of the music. I have found that you need to be quite close to the speakers in order for the remote control to be effective but this is not a huge problem in my opinion.

            So, how do the speakers sound? Depending how securely you have connected your iPod/iPhone, you may experience some crackling, something which can be remedied by making sure that the iPod is very well attached to the docking connector. In doing this however, take care not to put undue pressure onto the connector to prevent any damage. I have played a variety of styles of music through the speakers and I have been very pleased with the quality of sound. The bass is rich and full without being boomy, and the treble is clear and not at all tinny. The volume can be turned up really quite loudly and there is no distortion in the sound at all. The balance is excellent and I can easily see these speakers being used for a houseparty (as the name suggests) as the high volume would be heard well over a roomful of chatting, noisy partygoers.

            I have been very pleased with the purchase of these speakers as they have every feature I wanted: fantastic sound which can be turned up nice and loudly if desired, the function of charging my iPod touch, a remote control, an FM radio and a sleek, contemporary design. Definitely worth a look if you're looking for a good but inexpensive set of mp3 speakers.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              02.11.2011 22:15
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              1 Comment

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Will be more use when baby's mouth is a little bigger.

              My little one showed signs of teething when he was just 8 weeks old. Cue me trying to find whatever I could to satisfy his need to chomp on everything in sight. He doesn't have a dummy so that wasn't an option but I'd seen these teethers in the supermarket so bought a pack of two blue ones. One a slightly paler blue than the other. These teethers are designed so that baby can chomp on the curved part whilst keeping it in their mouth a bit like a dummy. The part which goes in baby's mouth has embossed lines and circles on it to help relieve pressure on sore gums. They are also designed so that teething gel can be applied to the teether to help it get to the right places on baby's sore gums.

              Each of the two teethers is differently marked so as to target different parts of the gum as different teeth show signs of coming through. I was very keen to get going with the teethers but had to sterilise them first. They must only be cold water sterilised so out came the Milton tablets and after 15 minutes we were ready to roll. These teethers are meant for children 3 months and over so as my son was only 8 weeks, I found that his mouth was a little small for the teether. I held it while he had a little chomp on it and eventually, he took it into his mouth. I was expecting him to be able to hold it in his mouth and have a good old chomp on the teether but instead, he pushed it around with his tongue and eventually spat it out. This carried on until I held it for him to chew on and he seemed to gain satisfaction from doing this. It may be because he's not used to having a dummy that he was unable to keep it in his mouth or perhaps it was too big for his mouth.

              The teether is made out of silicone making it nice and soft for baby to chew upon. They do seem a good way to apply teething gel if you don't want to apply it with a clean finger. I did find that my son quite liked just licking the gel off the teether at times so using the teethers as an applicator also has its downsides!

              I paid just under £5 for the pair of teethers which seems a reasonable price for the pair. However, we haven't used them as much lately simply due to him not being able to hold it in his mouth himself or pop it back in once it's dropped out of his mouth. So far, no teeth have popped through but when the time comes and he is cutting teeth, we will use these again and his mouth will be bigger to enable him to keep the teethers in his mouth more effectively. At the moment, they are sitting in the cupboard, waiting for the teething process to begin in earnest!

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
              • More +
                02.11.2011 21:59
                Very helpful
                (Rating)
                3 Comments

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                A well made product from Lamaze, my little one needs to be older to get best use from it.

                I'm fast becoming a big fan of Lamaze products for babies. They are well made, colourful and very appealing to the eye. Whilst in the Early Learning Centre I spotted the Wrist Rattle and Footfinder set and was attracted to the picture of a baby on the front playing merrily with his feet. It seemed perfect for my little boy who is now 3 months old. I paid £14 for the set which is perhaps a little expensive but I knew I'd be getting a quality product so didn't mind paying.

                The product is a set consisting of two wrist rattles comprised of a strip of patterned green fabric (different from the above picture) which is meant to look like foliage with a cute ladybird on one and a flying insect on the other. The insects have a rattle inside and the strip of fabric goes round baby's wrist (one for each wrist) and velcros on. Then there are two footfinders which are like little socks, yellow in this case rather than the black and white stripes pictures above, and these also have cute insects sewn on which also contain a rattle. The idea is that the rattling noise, bright colours and interesting creatures encourage baby to find his hands and feet to play with.

                I tried these with my son as soon as we got them home and I found that the rattle wasn't a very loud one and wouldn't really be loud enough to attract his attention sufficiently for him to notice either the wrist rattles or the footfinders. Unless they were rattles really hard, the sound was barely noticeable. He enjoyed chewing on the wrist rattles but didn't notice that he had anything on his feet at all! Of course we will persevere with using them and I'm sure as he gets older he'll have more fun with them. I currently use the wrist rattles to help secure his hanging Lamaze toys to his playgym! Not quite what Lamaze intended but they serve a purpose at the moment.

                I'm happy with the product as I know that as he gets older, my son will get more use out of the footfinders in particular but the wrist rattles weren't particularly useful due to the quiet volume of the rattle.

                All in all, a well made, cute product from Lamaze.

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
                • More +
                  02.11.2011 10:51
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)
                  4 Comments

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  A tried and tested teether, a hit with celeb babies and my little one.

                  When my nephew was born, my sister bought him a Sophie the Giraffe (or Sophie la Girafe as she is properly known). There seemed to be something familiar about her face, although I don't think i'd seen her anywhere before, she just has a friendly, enticing look about her! So when my little boy was born this August, my sister bought a Sophie for him and I was very pleased, as she seems to be the toy of choice for the discerning celebrity baby!

                  Sophie is a teething aid and she is designed to be ergonomic for baby to hold and has lots of bits which can be chewed and chomped upon. She is made by a French company called Vulli and she has been on the go in the same design and style since 1961 making her a cult classic for babies everywhere. Sophie is made from natural rubber and is very soft to the touch, easy to squish and gentle on sore gums and new teeth. She has spotty giraffe markings painted on using non toxic food grade paints so baby can chew away merrily and safely. She also contains a squeaker and this makes her not unlike a dog toy!

                  Sophie is considered to be beneficial for babies for a few reasons. The smell of the natural rubber is said to enable baby to identify Sophie among his other toys. The high contrast patterning on Sophie's body is thought to be easy for very young babies to see. The soft feel of the rubber is said to be akin to mummy's soft skin making baby feel comforted. The squeaker stimulates baby's hearing, she is easy for baby to hold once they are able to hold things as she is lightweight and ergonomic, and of course, she is soft to chew on when baby is teething. Sophie is about 7" tall and there are a variety of other Sophie products available.

                  Sophie is quite expensive and I have seen her on sale for as little as £10 and as much as £15! I received mine as a gift and I don't know if I'd have bought one myself at those prices!

                  So far, my son has enjoyed chomping away at Sophie although he can't hold her himself yet so I have to hold her for him while he chomps on her legs, ears and horns. I have heard from friends that once their little ones had teeth and were chewing on Sophie, parts of the rubber began to split and come off making it a rather dangerous choking hazard. I have also read reviews where baby had been left unattended with Sophie and had managed to gag on one of her legs. Of course, babies should never be left unattended with toys when they are going in the babies' mouths and yes, Sophie's legs are long enough to make baby gag on them if they were to get them in their mouths that way. However, I've not experienced any of these problems so far and have never left my son unattended with any of his toys.

                  I think Sophie is a lovely gift to give to a baby (although she is rather pricey and therefore loses a star) and she is a tried and tested teether that has been on the go for 50 years. I personally love her as does my son :)

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    01.11.2011 22:22
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)
                    1 Comment

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    A reliable nappy, keeps moisture away from my baby's skin and keeps him dry overnight.

                    We've tried a number of different types of nappy for our little baby son who is now 13 weeks old. We began with the Pampers newborn nappies which were great but did tend to leak a little too often for our liking. I was fortunate enough to receive a pack of 72 pampers baby dry nappies from a survey website to trial and I was excited to try them out. On opening the packet I was impressed with the patterning on the nappies. They have little green polka dots all over them and the pattern makes them look like frilly little pants which is very cute. On the front across the elasticated band there is a cute picture of a baby farmyard animal and the number denoting the size of the nappy. On the back across the elasticated band is a little lamb gambolling about which looks very sweet! The nappy has green coloured adhesive tabs and the inside of the nappy is green in colour also. They are very attractive nappies and are perfect for little boys. As I don't have a girl, I don't know how well I would feel the colour would suit a girl, but at the end of the day, a nappy is a nappy and serves the same purpose for a baby no matter what gender!

                    The only trouble with the nappy having pictures on the front and back is that they can easily be put on the wrong way round if you're not concentrating properly!

                    Inside the nappy is the absorbent core and elasticated parts which go round the tops of the legs, helping to contain whatever the baby decides to fill the nappy with!!! I find these nappies very absorbent and are great overnight; we have had no leaks with them so far, providing they are put on properly! The adhesive tabs have a sticky part and a part which 'velcros' onto the nappy itself, allowing you to reposition and restick if necessary.

                    These nappies are great at keeping the moisture away from baby's skin. So far, my son has not experienced any soreness or nappy rash and I do feel that the quality of Pampers' nappies helps with this.

                    The nappies are available in packs of varying sizes. The most recent pack I bought was a pack of 80 size 3 nappies and they were on offer in Morrisons - £9 for the pack instead of £11.99. It's always worth looking out for special offers and baby events when buying nappies an then buying in bulk as there are good savings to be made! I will stick with Pampers Baby Dry for the forseeable future, simply due to their absorbency and the cute design, I love them!!

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                    • More +
                      01.11.2011 22:02
                      Very helpful
                      (Rating)
                      5 Comments

                      Advantages

                      Disadvantages

                      A fantastic toy providing hours of fun for your little one

                      When my son was born he was given a Lamaze toy which was to hang from the pram or car seat. We attached it to his baby gym and he loved to bat it around once he was able. I decided that he needed another one to give him some variety and so we found Captain Calamari in the Early Learning Centre.

                      My attention was drawn towards Captain Calamari because of the large shape of the octopus' head and the bright colours of his tentacles. All Lamaze toys have lots of bright block colours and patterned materials which help to stimulate babies visually. Captain Calamari has a wonderfully patterned bandana on underneath his velvety hat (which crinkles when touched). Every other tentacle is also crinkly and velvety to the touch while the others are made from silky patterned materials. Each one has a knot at the end which is perfect for baby to grab at and chomp and chew on, and one tentacle at the front has a silky yellow hook to go with his Pirate character. There are two blue plastic rings with different textures attached to one tentacle and these clack satisfyingly together when baby takes a swipe at them. They are also great for baby to chew on and will help when baby is teething. There is also a plastic ball which hangs lower than the tentacles containing little plastic balls which rattle when batted. Baby can also see the little balls rattling around through the transparent fabric. He also has a hidden mirror squirrelled away between all his tentacles, helping to encourage a baby's inquisitive nature.

                      As with most of the Lamaze toys, Captain Calamari has a large white plastic hook at the top which allows him to be attached to a pram, car seat or playgym. We have him attached to the playgym so that the baby can bat him around as he's lying down. The part which attaches the hook to Captain Calamari is elasticated to allow the toy to be pulled without it being put under unnecessary strain.

                      In the Early Learning Centre, this toy cost £14 but could be found cheaper online elsewhere. There is minimal packaging with the toy; a small plastic hanging tag which needs to be removed before given to a child, and a cardboard tag outlining the benefits the toy has for a baby's development and the different features the toy has.

                      Lamaze toys can be quite expensive, however they are made very well and have such lovely patterns and textures making them irresistible to buy for your own little ones or as gifts for friends. Captain Calamari is a big hit with my little one!

                      Comments

                      Login or register to add comments
                      • More +
                        01.11.2011 21:38
                        Very helpful
                        (Rating)
                        2 Comments

                        Advantages

                        • Reliability

                        Disadvantages

                        A great scrabble game to play with your online friends.

                        Words With Friends (or WWF as it shall henceforth be known) is an application for iPhone or iPod touch from Zynga games. Zynga are well known for games on Facebook and have a good number of apps available.

                        WWF is basically the same as scrabble. The board layout is the same, with the usual double word/letter and triple word/letter scores and the letter tiles have the same points values as in scrabble. Once you install it and begin to play, you tap a tab to allow you to see which of your Facebook friends has played WWF and you can begin a game with them. You can also play against a random player online or a person who is actually physically next to you playing on the same device. There is also a tab to tap to invite people on Twitter to play but I don't tend to use this, I look to see who's playing out of my Facebook friends; hence the name Words With Friends.

                        The game plays just like Scrabble; each player has 9 letter tiles and you have to make words out of them scoring the highest points possible. You tap and drag the letter tiles into place on the game board and they click easily into the grid. The letter tiles can be rearranged on each players tile holder so that you can easily create words before your move. Once you have had your turn, at the top of the screen will be a little summary of that move, for example 'Joe Bloggs played SAUSAGES for 20 points' and the new word on the board is highlighted to enable each player to see it clearly. Once you've used some of your letters, new letters are automatically given to you. There is a limit to the number of tiles as in Scrabble and the number of remaining tiles can be seen at the bottom of the screen. Should you be unable to take your turn you can either pass or choose to swap as many tiles as you like (as long as there are tiles left) and you will forgo your turn. There is a shuffle button which is useful as it allows you to shuffle your letter tiles ad infinitum helping you to see words which you might not have noticed previously.

                        Once you've had your go, a notification is sent to your opponent to let them know it is their turn. You can set these notifications to be 'pushed' to your iPhone or iPod touch so they pop up on your screen when they happen but this can eat up your battery's energy levels.

                        It seems that WWF uses an American English dictionary as some spellings of words are not accepted while others are. Words which should be accepted sometimes aren't such as Rome for example. If you try and submit a word which is not allowed, it will say so on the screen and show the words which isn't valid. This can help you to remember which words are accepted and which aren't.

                        A game can last for days as it all depends on how often each player checks to see if it's their turn and makes their move. If you have no moves to make you can resign the game, making the other player the winner. Also, if one of the players takes too long to make their move (I think it's about 14 days), they lose the game and you win. At the end of each game you have the option to have a rematch with that player. The game is very addictive and I have about 10 games on the go at any one time. It is a free app and so even if you don't enjoy it, you haven't wasted any money so everyone's a winner!

                        Comments

                        Login or register to add comments
                        • More +
                          30.09.2011 16:37
                          Very helpful
                          (Rating)
                          2 Comments

                          Advantages

                          Disadvantages

                          A must have for any tired new mum.

                          I have a 9 week old baby boy who wakes up 3 times in the night to be fed and I regularly found myself miscounting the number of scoops of formula when making up each bottle during the night. I had bought the Tommee Tippee powder containers but I use those for when I'm out and about rather than at night time as I didn't really want to create a lot more washing up for myself; I have enough to do already! I was round at a friend's house and she recommended this Philips Avent milk powder dispenser. I liked the look of it and promptly bought one the next day from Boots priced just under £5. It is one of the most fantastic items I've bought! So what makes it so great? Read on.

                          The tub consists of a clear tub which has a blue plastic insert which is split into three sections making enough space to store three lots of formula and it'd probably take about 8 scoops per section. The insert and the clear tub are shaped so that the insert won't turn in the tub as the lid is turned. This is very important! The lid is also blue plastic and has an oval shaped hole with a well-fitting flip top cap. The lid also clicks securely onto the tub, ensuring there is no chance of accidental spillage if you were to put this in your changing bag when you are out and about with the baby.

                          Each night, I fill the three chambers with the amount of formula I will use and get it ready for the night shift. When the boy wakes up for a feed, up flips the cap and I can tip out the correct amount of formula into the water in the bottle. When the time comes again to feed I simply rotate the lid so that the closed cap is above the next full chamber of the tub, flip the cap and pour again! Repeat for a third time and the dispenser has done its job! Only one thing to wash out, yet my baby has been fed three times!

                          *What I like about this product*
                          It is so easy to use and easy to clean. There is a little raised bit of plastic underneath the end of the flip top lid which makes it so that when the lid clicks past this part, it won't just flip over when you're trying to pour formula into the bottle which is a great feature! The clear tub can be used once baby has finished having so many bottls It feels strong and sturdy also and Avent are a tried and tested brand.

                          *What I don't like about this product*
                          It is a little pricey at just under £5. It can be hard to dry once washed so either leave to dry completely or use a piece of kitchen towel to into the nooks and crannies. Sometimes, the powder doesn't all easily come through the dispenser hole and because it's dark at night, I don't always see that it hasn't gone into the bottle.

                          So i find this an invaluable item during the night and i'm so pleased I bought one!!!

                          Thank you for reading :-)

                          Comments

                          Login or register to add comments
                          • More +
                            21.08.2011 20:23
                            Very helpful
                            (Rating)

                            Advantages

                            Disadvantages

                            A good wipe from a good brand, just keep stuffing the extra ones back into the pack!

                            I have a huge variety of baby wipes in my son's nursery at the moment as I stocked up on wipes before he was born after buying lots from the supermarkets' baby events as they cropped up. At the moment I am using Johnson's Baby Skincare Wipes (fragrance free).

                            Johnson's is a well loved brand which sells many baby products and so I was happy to use these wipes on my newborn's bottom. The packaging is a gentle pink colour and features a happy baby on the front along with the recognisable Johnson's logo.

                            The wipes themselves feel lovely; they are quite thick and soft and are not too wet to the touch. They are fragrance free as the pack states and the moisture does feel very mild and pure to the touch. The ingredients do contain rather a lot of chemicals among other things: Aqua, glycerin, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, glyceryl polyacrylate, carbomer, laurel glucoside, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, citric acid, sodium hydroxide, p-Ansic acid, phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate. I have no idea what most of those things do but they don't sound very gentle and pure I must say!

                            The packaging has a sticky tab on the top which, when pulled back, creates a hole through which to pull one wipe at at time...this is where the wipes fall short of 5 stars in my opinion as I find the wipes stick to each other meaning when you've got your baby's legs in one hand trying to keep his feet out of a messy nappy and you're trying to get one wipe out of the pack single handedly, you end up pulling three wipes out in one go, then you need to stuff the wipes you don't use back into the pack! I suppose this is a minor issue but it is a bit of a pain when you just need one wipe at a time.

                            The wipes so far have been gentle on my son's skin and haven't caused him any rash or soreness and so I will keep using them if I buy them when on offer. The wipes come in packs of 64 and in Boots cost £2.44 for a pack of 64. They are available in multipacks of 4 x 64 wipes costing £5.50 and there are often offers on in various shops and supermarkets which are worth looking out for.

                            I'm happy to use these wipes for my baby and also for myself for sticky hands, mouths, wiping baby sick of clothes, etc!

                            Comments

                            Login or register to add comments
                          1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 8