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We were contacted shortly after our son was born to see if we were interested in some of their Disney books. Being a new Mum I said yes and am regretting it ever since. I also bought their Christmas Tree ornaments which I cannot complain about but their constant pestering over the telephone is becoming a nuisance. First you get a three monthly call asking if you'd like to double your repayments, then you receive three monthly calls offering you all manner of offers which usually include 26 books with a no obligation trial. These cost an absolute fortune to buy and as the operators are so good at their job you find yourself buying even more. Enough is enough - pay for what you buy and close the account - it's the only way to get rid of them!
I like this club, I've been a member for a couple of years and they offer a very wide choice of books for selection. Their latest golden nugget is Harry Potters latest for £5 - that's right £5 and it's hardback too. Most books are well known and are cheaper than the local supermarket offers. There is no obligation to buy and the postage and package is reasonable too. Delivery is normally quick and the books are well packaged - no damaged books received so far! They offer a free returns facility so no more carting them to the local post office and a hefty postal charge. They also have a web site which I've not tried but sure it's up to their usual good standard.
Toy shopping heaven - but now they've gone! I've bought numerous toys from etoys web site and have never had a complaint about them. To my horror I've found they've ceased trading as of the 19th January 2001. Horror - they were so reasonably priced and saved a fortune over the Christmas period for friends and family alike. Their recent sale was great as they knocked upto 75% of the prices. Brio items were vastly reduced and has filled up my sons box quite quickly and cheaply. One thing this has taught me is to support these sites, if they're good, to ensure they continue trading. They will be sadly missed!
Bought this on DVD for my son and it's every bit as good as the original if not better! It introduces a lot more characters and has 2 Buzzes! With references to Star Wars and including other well knowns such as Barbie. Mr Potato Head finally has a wife and children - the little monkeys! and Andy is growing up. Woody's main role is his unknown history and a trip to Japan. A must for adults and children alike and is watchable time and time again. The only problems we exerienced was the DVD wanting to play in Dutch as a first choice rather than English - just have to be trigger sensitive when playing it!
I'm not normally sqeamish but this had my stomach turning circles! It's a fantastic film about how American Independence came about with a star cast of Mel Gibson and Joely Richardson. However, it should be more of an 18 as there was a lot of fighting and killing, not a film I would like a 15 year old to watch. On a positive note, Joely looked stunning in her period costume's and the children's acting was excellent. This film is a must for Braveheart fans as you could see similarities with Mel's other persona [William Wallace], although a little too similar for my liking. Although this teaches a little about American history, it does so without being too heavy. It could probably have had more background information for authenticity and a little less fighting but well worth watching.
I agree with Elvina that having your baby sleep with you can be beneficial however, I for one am not comfortable with the idea on a permanent basis. My son, from being three weeks old has slept on his own in the nursery without any problems. Of course we had to get up to feed him in the night but felt it was better for all of us to get a decent night's sleep in between feeds in order to function properly the next day. He's two now and we're hard pushed to get him to sleep in our bed. The only time we've done this is when he's been poorly and we've had to keep an eye on him. He seems to sleep better in his own room and own bed as there is less to disturb him. I also think it is healthier for them to have their own space. I also don't think he'd put up with my husband's smoring either!
As new parents we bought one of these devices as they were state of the art and you just have to have the very best for your newborn don't you? I've no complaints as it's so easy to use. You just pop a lense cap on the thermometer bit you put in the ear and press a button whilst inserted into the ear and hey presto, an accurate reading in one second. We've used ours countless times and its never failed us. They are much more accurate than the forehead strips and are easier to manage that the underarm variety. My son now knows to tilt his head to one side so we can read his temperature.. The newer versions now have a device which keeps a record of the last reading so you can see if it's going up or down.
I read this book on a recommendation of a good friend and thought it would be really heavy going and would preach right and wrong. But what a suprise. It was a really light-hearted read and covered all aspects of childcare. A few pages make you go "oooh yes - I recognise that" and then it gives you really good advice without the preaching. A few practical tips have been tried and tested by yours truley and it seems to help. All the advice is given by Dr Green, having tamed his own toddlers on the way.
Where do I start. We must own practically every Little Tikes item produced. No Kidding! They are some of the best manufactured toys around and the build quality is unrivalled. We first purchased the Activity Climbing Gym for our son's first birthday. It's still in full use now a year later and consists of lots of crawling holes and a small slide. It stayed in the house for nearly eight months until the weather became nice and now it lives outdoors. He also owns a cozy coupe and a grande coupe which both get aired on a daily basis [the cozy coupe was bought as a first birthday present and with the parent handle, provided a more unconventional way to nip to the shops!]. Now he can push with his feet the base plate has been removed and he's on his own. Being car and train mad we also purchased a Road and Rail Set which takes pride of place in his bedroom. Robust and sturdy, this toy comes in for plenty of hammering as he drives his trains and car along whilst climbing over the mountain. The train has even been in the bath and survived unscathed! The range of toys Little Tikes provide are great and many and we've already added to his collection with a fold-up slide. I'll give my opinion on that when he's tried and tested it.
Buy one, that's all I can say! For a second year Christmas present we suggested to my in-laws that this might entertain him for a while. Understatement of the year! As soon as he see's it he wants to play. Ours came from Mothercare and is a four sided equal sized tent which does not need any floor supports. You just pull it apart and hey presto! it's ready for play. It's big enough to take a couple of kids and has a tunnel hole and mesh windows so they can see what's happening around them. It's easy to wipe clean and folds away [once you get the knack of it] in a couple of seconds. It even comes with it's own bag for storage. This can be played with indoors and outdoors and doesn't fade in the sunshine, it also provides some welcome relief from the sun [although it does not have an inbuilt SPF factor - be aware]. It has many uses ranging from a garage for his cars to an impromptu sleeping area when he was so worn out he just nodded off!
Not exactly a cot bed but smaller than a normal sized single bed. This bed is plastic and shaped as a car [roadster to be precise]. It is bright blue and comes with four wheels, slight bonnet and twin exhausts. It has a wooden slatted base which gives plenty of out of the way storage room for those little bits and pieces. It stands about eight inches off the ground and is slightly bigger than standard cot bed size. It takes cot bed sheets, quilt etc and has its own mattress provided. My son moved into this bed when he was thirteen months old and has only ever rolled out of it twice when he turned himself round and kept rolling over. I assure you he wasn't hurt and didn't even wake up the second time round. It makes an ideal bed as it doesn't take up masses of room and he can use it till he's five [or thereabouts]. By this time he can progress to the full sized roadster or if his Dad has his way the Ferrarri!
Wanting a more rugged pushchair for bump free rides we honed in on this item from Mothercare. Bright blue in colour with splashes of green and yellow you can be sure you're seen for miles. It has rear suspension, swivel wheels, a hood which can be removed and a raincover that poppers onto the hood and rolls up into the hood when not in use. It has five positions and is suitable from birth. Quite large in size, it takes up most of the boot space in a fiesta but folds up easily and with the minimum of fuss. Handles can be rotated to find a comfortable steering position. There is a small shopping hanger underneath. The suspension can be adjusted according to the weight of the child using it [although instructions aren't very clear on how to actually do this]. There is a front opening bumper bar and good five point harness. It also comes with it's own liner but no cosy-toes [I purchased a similar Mama & Papa's one and with slight adjustments, it fitted the Chicco]. If you're looking for something rugged, suitable from birth, easy to steer and are not too worried about taking up space, then you can't go too far wrong.
We bought this car seat after our son outgrew his first one. It looked quite robust and sturdy, very comfortable with quite deeply padded wings and four positions to place him in when he wanted a snooze. One handed operation was promised. Bah! Comfortable it may be but the one handed operation is a complete no-no! You practically have to stop the car if driving and give it a good old tug to bring the base plate forward to tilt the seat into a reclining position. Fine you might think, a small price to pay for a happy, sleeping comfortable baby, but wait! He awakes and you want to sit him up again so you push the base plate in again and what's this? The car seat moves from side to side. You then have to stop the car and retighted the seat belt fastenings to ensure a snug fit. Back into the car and off we go again. The meassage learnt is to try car seats out before you buy to save costly mistakes.
We purchased one of these as an "I can't do without" piece of baby equipment. Basically it is a tube like cylinder with a refull cartridge of "nappy sacks" positioned inside. After changing baby's nappy you just pop the lid, put in the nappy, close the lid and twist and hey presto nappy all nicely wrapped up and in the bin ready for emptying. During the night time feeds we found it very convenient just to pop the used nappy into the unit, twist and seal it and forgotten in moments. The only problem was remembering to empty it! Okay it might save you a trek downstairs to the bin but it really didn't make life that much easier. The refills were quite pricey for the job they did and as the unit was upstairs in the nursery it didn't get much use during the day. Once our baby had started sleeping through the night [at 10 weeks] the sangenic unit was never used again. A lot of money for 10 weeks for of convenience.
Groan! Moan! that's the response of my partner when he saw what I'd chosen for that night's viewing but an hour and a half or so later he was chuckling to himself with the odd glistening tear lingering at the corner of his eye. This video had the same effect on me. Based in the USA this guy ends up adopting his best mates kid whilst he's in China. They explore the role of parenting with some disasterous results [if you're a parent be prepared to cringe and shudder at certain moments - it's a good job my partner and I have a child otherwise I think he might have got totally the wrong idea on what being a Dad is all about]. However, the guy comes good after a stern talking to by a teacher and hey presto Dad of the Year Award. Fans of The Wedding Singer will enjoy watching this and it is ideal for a great night in with popcorn and coke!