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    • Argos Toilet Trainer / Baby Care / 4 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      03.08.2002 07:04
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      I have recently bought this for my two year old son. Having got the hang of his potty he has been asking to use the toilet, but was afraid of 'falling down' when I sat him on it. I bought this as it has a step up to the toilet then a seat that fits perfectly into your toilet, allowing your child to use 'the big toilet' easily and comfortably. It is very bright, colourful and strong. You can turn the step upside down and the potty seat slots inside it for storage or for use as a normal potty. It also has a handle on either side for your child to hold onto. My son loves this as it makes him feel like a 'big boy.' Its not very often he will ask for 'potty' he jsut asks for the 'toilet' now instead. This is absolutely brilliant value for money and the step also comes in handy when he is having a wash or brushing his teeth at the sink.

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      • Durex Avanti Condoms / Sexual Health / 3 Readings / 21 Ratings
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        09.12.2001 06:02
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        These condoms have their advantages, they are thin and are non-allergenic as they are latex-free. They also have a non-spermicidal lubricant for extra protection, should you have an accident, if you know what I mean. ... as you all know condoms should be used to avoid STDs, unless you are in a stable relationship and you know neither of you are affected, they are also used for protection against pregnancy, but dont' be fooled. They may have the non-spermicial lubricant but this dosn't mean you are 100% safe. They didn't work for me.. I am now sat here with a 16 month baby. I know we used them properly but it just goes to show you. It may only be 0.01 % that will fall pregnant, but maybe it is worth thinking of another form of contraceptive. Maybe condoms to protect against STD's and pregnancy and the pill for added protection. I didn't write this to have a to moan, I only wrote to show you that there is a small chance, only a tiny one, but one worth thinking about. But even though they didn't work for me on one occasion I still think they're bloody good and believe it or not I would still use them, it doesn't put me off

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        • Erotic Category / Discussion / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          09.12.2001 05:30
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          Erotic cateory? Surely this won't be as bad as it sounds. When I first read about this the first thing that went through my head was people coming on here being really smutty telling everyone the ins and outs of their sex life. Fair enough if that is what will happen. It's simple really if you don't like it don't read it. I've got to say though I think there will be a few interesting reads, but I also think it needs a close eye keeping on it, considering this is a site for 14 years + As long as people don't abuse this category then I think it will work. It is all about peoples opinions and I'm sure people have opinions about this and people will want to read them. Sex isn't anything new,everyone (a lot of people anyway) are at it. And if they do want advice on anything eg. a new toy, bondage (and all the other weird and wonderful things you can think of). Then what better place to come for an honest opinion by someone who has already experienced it first hand? Dooyoo care what people are writing - you know you don't have to read it anyway so I think this should go ahead. Anyone else????

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          • Castaway (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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            29.11.2001 05:33
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            If I had to choose one thing to take to a desert island it would probably be Tom Hanks! After watching Cast Away on DVD I noticed that he seems to have a super human ability to do certain things. I missed this film at the cinema but I heard many good things about it so I bought it on ex-rental DVD the other week. People had told me how realistic it was, which in one way is very true, it's almost to realistic. At the end for example (I don't want to spoil anything fo those who havn't seen it yet so I won't go into much detail here), you get to a point where you just know what is going to happen next, but then out of the blue comes this extremely realistic storyline which is good, but you just don't want it to happen after all he's been through. You want it to end in the same way that almost every other movie does, where you can tell whats going to happen and everything will be great, but it just doesn't. It's hard to describe without giving away the storyline but those who have seen it will understand what I mean. Despite this quite hard hitting, realistic ending, the rest of the film, although seeming quite real at a glance, actually has a few simple things that just don't add up. For example quite near the start Chuck (Tom Hanks) digs a grave on the island for his friends dead body, this is all very well but it doesn't show you how he digs it or fills it in again and in another scene at about the same time in the film he spends about an hour trying to open a coconut! - He can dig a huge grave but he cant crack open a coconut? The film also has a few very annoying bits in it, there is a box that he has with him all the way through to the end, but you never find out what was in it. He gives a pressent to his girlfriend before he leaves at the start and you never find out what it was! It's simple little things like this that just seem to make the film lack something.
            After saying all that however, I think that the general storyline is great and I would definately recommend watching it. It makes you realise what you have in life, just simple little things that we take for granted. Overall i'd give it 8/10

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            • Boarding Schools / Parenting Issue / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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              29.11.2001 04:21
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              I came here thinking there would be a fair few opinions and there was only one. Is it a new subject or do people not like talking about boarding schools? I don't think there is anything wrong with sending your child to boarding school if it is for a good reason, and if your child agrees with it, and is the right frame of mind to decide for themselves and not too young. The one opinion I have read on here says about a Scholarship, if your child does have a talent and needs to build on it, and if this means sending them to boarding school then fair enough, as long as they enjoy their talent and are not being pushed into into by the parents. A lot of families are opting for this, and I bet it does work for them, but surely there are kids who hate being away from home and don't enjoy what they are doing. For some people it's an easy option. I've heard of people re-marrying and the new partner has sent the kids to boarding school to 'get them out the way.' The only thing I disagree with is sending children away too young. Where I live there are boarding schools less than 20 miles away that take children from 3 years old 3 YEARS OLD.... Why? Surely you don't have children just to send them away at 3 years old. At 3 there is still so much that they don't know and Mummy or Daddy won't be there to teach them to read or write, they won't be there when they fall over and hurt their knees, they won't be there at night when all they want is a cuddle in front of the TV. I feel sorry for all these young kids. They'll never know what it's like to have a proper family, one that lives together. One that goes out in the evening or at weekends. They won't even know what it's like to have sleepovers. At least listen to your child. Listen to what they want. If they are unhappy when they are young they may well grow up unhappy and start to resent you.

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                27.11.2001 05:35
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                If you have seen my previous opinion on stairgates you will see that I was not very impressed by the Safety 1st Portable barrier. I took it back to Argos where I had got it from,got a full refund then bought this gate. I was very impressed. It was very easy to fit, with all the tools provided to do so. It is a pressure mounted gate, you even get a special gauge to test the amount of pressure applied to make sure it is £100% safe. To open simply press a button and lift the handle - very simple for an adult to do but impossible for a child. The gate is two way so it can either open towards or away from you, whichever is most convenient. The gate also came with a free extension, I have not had to use this yet, so I can't say much about it other than normally it fits openings of 75 to 84cm, but with the extension it fits openings upto 120cm. I have had no problems with this gate and would recommend it to anyone after one.

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                  27.11.2001 05:09
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                  This title may be misleading, but then it is just my opinion. The barrier I had was unsafe, maybe it was the way I fitted it, maybe it was just a one off but if you are not completely convinced with a 'safety item' don't trust it, get something else. This barrier was bought for me, it looks very neat, and packs away into a simple little bag so you can take it with you when travelling. It is very tricky to put together until you get the hang of it. It has four pressure fit wall stoppers, and four optional wall cups. This was the problem I had. The pressure fit wall stoppers didn't seem to work. I put the gate at the top of the stairs and tightened it as much as I could. Thinking the barrier was safe I decided I better try it, just to make sure. When I pushed against the top of the barrier it was fine, nice and tight fitting, couldn't possibly come loose. But then when I pushed against the bottom the barrier flew up. Had my son pushed against it the barrier would have come away at the bottom, but stayed in contact at the top, leaving ennough room for my son to get through and fall down the stairs. I followed the instructions exactly as they said. I had fitted it all correctly, I even had other people look at it. It was either a bad design or just a one off bad barrier in a batch. I took the barrier straight back to argos where my relative had got it from and got a full refund. No questions asked. This was just my experience with this gate, but all I really wanted to say is, make sure everything it safe. There's no point in paying money out for safety items if they are not up to the job.

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                    27.11.2001 04:16
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                    Potty training does not have to as stressful as people might tell you. As long as you think it is the right time to start you just have to have patience and perserverance. Don't start to potty train just because your friend's baby can use the potty or your mum has told you they should be using the potty by now. Every baby is different and this is what you have to remember. Introduce the potty slowy, let your child be around it, curious to know what it is. Then show them how to sit on it. Once your child is used to this you could try them with their nappy off. My son didn't like it to start with but now he'll sit on his potty and read a book with me. I think the main key is patience. We started potty training a few weeks ago and as yet all he has done is wee or poo on the floor (I don't seem to be quick enough). You need to you accept that they will have accidents and there will be a lot of them, but don't get mad with them. Just be reassuring and reward them when they do use the potty. I have read that it's not until 18 months that the pathway from the brain to the bladder is full mature, and only then will your baby recognise if his/her bowels/bladder are full. It's not until about two to two and a half that most toddlers are familiar with the feeling of needing the toilet. So take your time and persevere - it will come it just takes a lot of patience.

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                      27.11.2001 03:46
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                      This seat was another that I tested for the 'Mother and Baby' magazine about four months ago, when my son was 11 months old. This seat is approximately £90, unless you want a leather-look, then it is approximately £130 (the most expensive car seat that we tested). Please note: we tested the leather style. This seat has a high back which is good for support as your child gets older (the seat is suitable for children aged 9 months to 4 years). It also has a high base so that your child can see well out of the window without having to stretch. It is very well padded so makes the seat very comfy for your child. The straps are very easy to adjust, with a simple pull of one strap and also has a simple reclining mechanism. The seat is heavy, which makes it a bit of a pain to move between cars if you need to, but it is fairly slim so still leaves plenty of room in the back of the car for another two people. The instructions are very easy to understand and the seat is very easy to fit. Once fitted it feels very secure. Overall this was a very good seat with a range of different fabrics (including a cow-hide effect). But.... If you do buy this seat I strongly recommend you do not buy a leather one, the material was the only disadvantage to the seat I tested because.... I travelled 10 miles into town on an average day and by time I got there my son was absloutely covered in sweat. It was literally dripping off his head, and when I took him out of the chair his back was wet and there was sweat all over the seat. After doing my shopping and getting back to the car (about 1/2 hour later) the seat was red hot. I was so unhappy with it that I put my son back into his own seat (luckily I had left it fitted in the car too) and took the chair out when I got home. I was supposed to test it for one week, but only actually used it on this one occasion. For an extra £40 I really don&#
                      39;t think it's worth having, if you stick to a nomal fabric though (at only £90) it will be an absolutely brilliant seat.

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                        27.11.2001 03:41
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                        I realise this is in the wrong place, but I will e-mail and ask someone to move it once a new category is set up for it - sorry This seat is suitable for 0-25 kg or 0-55lb (birth to approximately 6 years). It costs £125 which is fairly expensive but it is a reasonly good seat (I tested it for the 'Mother and Baby Magazine Tried and Tested Section). Pros 1) The seat looks very attractive (comes in dark blue with bright red patches) 2) It has an adjustable head support 3) It is well padded at the sides 4) There are poppers to hold the straps out of the way when putting your child into the seat 5) The straps are very easy to adjust with the simple pull of one harness 6) The base of the seat is high, allowing your child to see out of the window, it is also narrow, giving you more room in the back of the car for another two people Cons 1) The instructions are not very easy to understand, making it awkward to fit 2) The seat is very heavy making it harder to move from car to car if need be 3) The reclining mechanism is a little stiff (though this could be due to the seat being new) Overall this is a good seat, and is very good value for money as by time your child has outgrown it all you will need to do is get a booster seat, you do not need seperate seats for newborn to 9 months, 9 months to 4 year etc. The pros definately outweight the cons, and I would recommend it to anyone who might want to buy one of these seats.

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                      • Bebe Confort Iseos TT / Child Car Seat / 2 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                        26.11.2001 05:35
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                        I have been testing car seats for 'Mother and Baby magazine.' This seat I was very impressed with - so were the other 8 parents that tested them. It came tops!! This seat is very easy to install. It comes with very clear easy to understand instructions. When it is installed it fits very well, it is nice and tight with no chance of movement. Unfortunately it is a fairly bulky seat and can only be sponge cleaned, though these are the only disadvantages to it. There are two clips on the side of the seat so that you can clip the straps out of the way when putting baby into his/her seat. These are very useful and also stop the straps from twisting. The best part of this seat has got to be the side padding. It is double-padded with high sides which can be adjusted by up to 15cm (simply twist a knob and the sides of the seat will move outwards or inwards so it can be widened as and when you want it to). This allows for comfort as your child grows. Finally is the reclining mechanism. This is a very smooth recline, by the use of a simple twisting knob. This seat is well worth the money, everyone that tested it thought the same, so if you do have the money consider buying this one.

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                        • Britax Eclipse Si / Child Car Seat / 3 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                          26.11.2001 05:04
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                          If you have read my other opinions you will know by now that I have been testing car seat for the 'Mother and Baby' magazine. This is one of the seven seats that I tested for them. (Note: I only tested this seat for a few days!). This seat has very clear instructions for fitting into your car. It can be installed with either a normal diagonal seat belt or a lap belt. It has a high base so that your baby can see what is going on out of the window, but hasn't got a very high back which is a bit of a disadvantage when your baby is bigger as there will not be much head support. It is very easy to take the cover off for washing, and it does wash well, without going out of shape (I had to wash all the covers as part of my testing). It has a reclining mechanism which has 5 positions, but it is slightly stiff, though this could just be because it was new. The only real disadantage is the weight and size. It is quite bulky for getting in and out of the car, and also makes it quite a tight fit for another two people in the back of the car. Other than this it is a nice seat, it seems very comfy and has easily adjustable straps (which can be positioned at 3 different heights). I would recommend this seat if someone was after one, but I'm not sure it would be top of my list.

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                            26.11.2001 04:50
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                            This car seat was one of seven that I tested for the 'Mother and Baby' magazine in July this year (when my son was 11 months old). It is suitable for approximately 9 months to four years old (20-40lb or 9-18kg). It can be either foward or rear facing, so can be fitted in front or back of your car. It is very simple to install and comes with very clear instructions. It has harness strap hooks on either side of the seat to stop the straps getting twisted which is very handy! It isn't too heavy which is an advantage if you keep having to move it in and out of your car! and when fitted it doesn't take up too much room (leaves enough room in the back for another two people!) It has a good reclining mechanism which has 5 positions, handy for if baby wants to go to sleep! It also has a high back which is good for head support as your baby gets bigger and a high base so baby can see out of the window. The cover is machine washable and is very easy to put on/off the seat. I only tested this seat for a few days but it was a favourite of mine, there were no disadvantages to it other than the price (£120 approx). I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a new car seat for this age group.

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                          • Children & Divorce / Parenting Issue / 0 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                            08.09.2001 06:00
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                            I am happily married, and hope I always will be, but coming from a broken family I know how hard divorce can be for everyone involved. I was only 2 when my parents divorced so I didn't understand what was going on, as I grew older I started to understand why it had happened. It's no good staying just for the children. It will make everyone unhappy, and there will always be a bad atmosphere. This is no way to be brought up. I lived with my mum and only very occasionally saw dad, when he had re-married that was it, I didn't get any birthday or christmas presents, not even a card. This used to upset me loads until I realised why he didn't contact me - HIS NEW WIFE. Yet my mum re-married and my step father treated me like his own daughter. She was jealous - her aptitude was 'they're in the past they should stay in the past.' I went to visit one christmas and she was fine until suddenly she snapped. She started slagging me and my brothers off, at the time we were only 10, 12 and 13. We heard the kitchen drawer slam, then saw her with a knife threatening my dad. He took us home the next day, and was obviously very upset, but that was it for 3 years no contact at all. Then one day out of the blue he said he was coming to visit. We went away together and stopped at his sisters house. It was nice because 'SHE' wasn't around. Then the same again.. no contact for 3 years. I got engaged, married and had a baby, all without telling him. He didn't pay much attention to me so why should he enjoy all this? Last christmas he found out, obviously he was upset, and so was I (I had started to feel guilty) he said he would visit in the new year to see his grandson and son-in-law. Did he turn up? no as always.. It's so hard being brought up with your parents seperated, but it must be so much worse to be brought up in a house of arguments. So please think
                            about your children, what is best for them - and stay in contact!! All it takes is a birthday card or the occasional phone call, it would have cheered me up no end. ..... Next Saturday - 15 Sept - We have a surprise party organised for my Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, arranged by my Auntie. This will be the first time my dad has met my husband or my son (who is now 13 months old!) It's going to be difficult knowing what to say, but I hope it will be a start and I hope it will bring us back together. There will be nearly 100 people there, all are either aunts, uncles or cousins, about 95 of them I have never met!! I grew up not knowing my family. It was so hard but it makes me appreciate more what I have got now.

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                              04.09.2001 04:32
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                              Whether the mother or father works shouldn't matter it is no longer a case of "men putting food on the table." In this world you have to work for everything you don't get anything for nothing. If this means the mother should work then fine, so be it. When my son was born I couldn't have been happier, I was to stay at home and bring up our son and my husband was to work full time, that was until my husband was sacked for being sick!!! The only choice I had was to go back to work when my son was just 11 weeks old. It was hard but I coped, I had to. My husband stayed at home full time with our little boy. Now, a year later we couldn't be happier. I do miss my baby when I'm working, but it's worth it at the end of the day to see his smile. ..and now my husband has just got himself a part time job in the evenings, so me and my son get to spend some "quality time" together and then weekends we can be a 'proper family' and enjoy ourselves with a bit more money. Sorry if I'm whittling on, all I'm trying to say is at the end of the day it doesn't matter who works, as long as you both spend time with your child no one else can tell you what it right or wrong. Since my husband has started working part time I have started to realise how much hard work my son is, and I have started to appreciate more what my husband does. People say he has got it easy but I know he hasn't he works hard but I know he enjoys it. I wish I could spend more time at home but it's not that easy. A lot more mothers do go back to work now, and society has just got to accept it.

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