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Among the many, many, many toys that my one year old daughter received for Christmas was the Fisher Price World of Little People Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set. The World of Little People is a range of plastic figurines, vehicles and buildings that connect together to make scenes that children may see in everyday life. This helps toddlers to act out things they see when they are out and about every day and learn through the world of play.
The Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set includes a summer house with opening doors, a segment of fence, a bench with a rubbish bin connected (this has a open slot which pretend rubbish could be put in to and a hole in the bottom so nothing gets stuck) and swing with a floral arch which moves and has a hole in which to put the base of one of the people. These all connect to each other in whatever order the child wants to put them in using a small plastic pop on clip and can easily be pulled apart (great for helping early motor skills to develop). The summer house has 2 floors and is incredibly well detailed. Downstairs has a clear walk way through the middle and either side has a different setting, on one side is a dressing table with hats, shoes, clothes and jewellery and on the other side is a small baby changing area with a changing table and toys. Neither of these is interactable as they are part of the actual moulding but do add a little something to the toy and are a nice surprise when the doors are opened. Upstairs is not very big and wouldn't house any of the parts that come with the set but again has toys moulded in to it and a wood look floor engraved. Along with these parts there is a picnic set which includes a table which has a teapot, cups and saucers attached to it and 2 chairs which the little people can sit on, a school bus which has a door that opens and closes and has a sunken part inside for one of the little people to stand in. There is also an ice cream van which has a yellow button on top, when pressed this plays a tune similar to that of an everyday ice cream van (this needs 3x button cell (LR44) batteries, which are included) and there is an ice cream man which sits inside and can be removed. The tune is about 10 seconds long and only plays once every time the button is pressed. There is a trike with a boy holding a frog driving it which can also be removed, a pram which can be pushed around and 3 female characters that are also included. The majority of pieces that are included in the set the child is able to interact with such as the 3 vehicles all have wheels so the can easily be moved around. The Toys R Us website claims that the trike has a removable trailer attached to it but this was not included in the box when we got it and there is no place within the plastic moulding that all the pieces came in.
The set is recommended for children 1-5 years, my daughter is 15 months and although she doesn't yet play with it the way it's probably intended she does have a lot of fun wheeling the vehicles around and seeing how many people she can cram in to the bus. Another of her favourite things to do is play peek-a-boo with the summer house by opening the doors to reveal her face to me. It's also a great toy for us to play together with. All of the pieces are small and light enough for her to hold and she regularly carries the little people around with her but they are not small enough to swallow. We have a 5 year old niece and whenever she comes round she enjoys playing with it as well and setting it out in different ways.
Everything within the set is made of strong, bright plastic and seems very durable, it has to endure a lot of bashing about but it is so far still in tact and I expect it to stay this way for a long time to come. I am a huge fan of all toys made by fisher price, they are always the ones that seem to capture my daughter's attention most and none of them have been cast aside and forgotten about. They also seem to be the most damage proof toys out of all that I purchase.
There are a lot of items in the World of Little People range including a farm, a funfair, a fire station, a car park and many more. These sets all connect together in the same way to make up a big town and give more opportunity for children to recreate the world around them. The Neighbourhood Vehicles Play Set is a great place to start collecting the set though due the amount of pieces you get and the large number of ways it can be set up. It is however possibly more female orientated compared to other sets such as the car park or fire station as it has the pink pram and the picnic table but would fit in perfectly with any of the sets. I hope to buy more of this range as my daughter gets older, it is constantly played with in our house and I know that it would definitely be worth the money. I have another baby on the way and regardless of what sex it is I know that they will have great fun playing together with the little world that they will be able to create.
This set is currently selling for £19.99 in Toys R Us which to me seems like a bargain. It is one of the cheapest sets in the range but when put with the other parts of the town it will probably be used to connect the different, larger pieces that can be bought together. It is great to play with on its own but would most likely get swallowed up and become unnoticeable if you had the whole range as it is a lot smaller than most of the other town pieces.
I have absolutely no negatives to say about this toy and for anyone who is struggling to find something to buy a toddler, be it male or female then I highly recommend The World of Little People range. Prices range from about £5.99 for a single vehicle and person (great for topping up an existing collection) all the way up to £29.99 for various larger pieces. They are guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it and have a lot of fun playing whilst subtly learning at the same time.
Organix do a wide range of baby and toddler foods which are available in most major supermarkets. Under the Organix name is a range called Goodies, this offers a no junk promise which includes no added sugar, no hydrogenated fat and that the food is made with wholegrain and is organic.
I bought the Organix Goodies Ginger Bread men from my local Tesco's and they cost me £1.65 for 15 biscuits. They are however on offer in Tesco's until the 10/05/10 and have been reduced to £1. They are very easy to find down the baby aisle as they come in a bright orange box, within the box is a plastic tray split in to 3 sections each housing 5 gingerbread men. Once opened though I do recommend you store them in an air tight container to stop them going soft.
The gingerbread men are approximately 2 inches tall and have a crumbly texture to them but not too crumbly that they break up in the child's hand. They and are fairly sweet but do not contain any added sugar as they are naturally sweetened with grape juice. A full list of ingredients is displayed on the back of the box in a really simple and clear way:
Organic Wholegrain Wheat Flour 30%
Organic Wheat Four 30%
Organic Grape Juice Concentrate 28%
Organic Unhydrogenated Palm Oil 8%
Organic Sunflower Oil 2%
Organic Ginger Less than 1%
Raising Agent Sodium Bicarbonate Less than 1%
I like the way they list the ingredients so it's easy to se exactly what you're putting in to your children with a quick glance. I don't go out of my way to buy organic food in our house, but it is nice to know that no nasty additives are in the food that I give to my daughter and I don't have to think twice before giving any of the Organix range to her. As they are made with wholegrain they take longer to digest meaning your little one should stay satisfied for longer and I must say they do seem to keep her going between meals.
Taste wise they do taste like gingerbread men although perhaps not quite as sweet as the ones I'm used to eating and definitely nowhere near as unhealthy. Although my opinion counts, I am not the one that eats them (well not most of time), that jobs is my 15 month old daughters and I can tell you they go down very well indeed. As soon as I hand one over she just snaps his head off with no sense of guilt and shoves it in. As with any biscuits though I would recommend having a drink on hand just in case their mouths get dry and need a little help swallowing.
On the box it does say that they are not suitable for children under 12 months and are produced in a factory that makes food containing nuts. However they are suitable for vegetarians.
1)How old are you?
2) Colour of my eyes?
3) How tall are you?
5 foot 6 and a half inches, the half is VERY important :).
4) Hair colour?
5) Any brothers or sisters?
2 younger sisters.
6) Do you prefer cats or dogs?
Prefer dogs but have a cat (far easier to look after).
7)What job do you do?
Full time mum to my beautiful daughter nowadays but I was in retail management.
8) Do you like your job?
Definitely love being a mum :D!
9) Favourite dessert?
Ooooo gosh too many to choose from but if I had to pick then chocolate fudge cake mmmmmmmmmmm,
10) Food that I loathe?
I'll pretty much eat anything but I'm not keen on crumpets.
11) Sweet or Savoury?
Usually savoury but I have sweet pregnancy ravings.
12) The last 2 films I have watched
Along Came A Spider and The Bourne Supremacy.
13) Song I can't get out of my head?
Anything Madonna at the minute after watching last weeks Glee. Have Spotify blaring as I type!
14) Favourite Programme?
Toss up between Glee and Lost (will be gutted when it finishes).
15) Next Holiday
Nothing this year but would be nice to get away somewhere in England around April next year.
16) Favourite Country?
America - have a lot of memories of great holidays there when we were younger.
17) Favourite beach holiday?
Not very exotic but I'm going to have to say Frinton-On-Sea. Used to go every year with my Nana and Grandad when younger.
18) Favourite hobby?
Definitely shopping but am starting to get into card making and am hoping to start selling them to make some extra money.
19) The last thing that made me laugh?
Watching 30 Rock last night.
I am not usually a crisp person but I do have a real weakness for Chilli Heatwave Doritos. To look at they are just triangular shaped corn crisps with a slight red tint, due to the flavouring, but once you put one in your mouth its like an explosion of flavour. I am a huge fan of spicy food, the hotter the better as far as I'm concerned and if you're like me then these crisps are perfect for you.
It only takes about 3 or 4 crisps for your mouth to be on fire which is exactly the sensation I look for. However if you are not a fan of this burning feeling then I advise you dip the crisps in Doritos Cool Sour Cream dip, it really takes the edge off of the taste. The only downside to this is that the dip is just as moorish as the crisps and its just not the same if you don't have a huge dollop on each triangle. As I'm sure you can imagine the crisps alone are not particularly healthy let alone smothered in a dip.
I'm currently pregnant and make myself feel better when eating a lot by telling myself that I'm going to get fat anyway (probably not the healthiest outlook I could have), however I will give you the necessary nutritional information so you can make a more informed decision.
Per 35g Per 100g
ENERGY 735kj 2100kj
PROTEIN 3g 7g
CARBOHYDRATE 21g 60g
of which saturates 1.4g 4g
FAT 9g 26g
of which saturates 0.8g 2.2g
of which mono-saturates 7g 20g
of which polyunsaturates 1.1g 3g
FIBRE 1.1g 3g
Sodium* 0.19g 0.54g
*EQUIVALENT AS SALT 0.48g 1.37g
Doritos are available in most supermarkets and convenience stores and come in a variety of flavours and pack sizes. Asda for example have the following:
Chilli Heatwave, Tangy Cheese & and Original flavours come in multi packs with 6 x 30g bags for £1.16.
These flavours along with Lightly Salted, Flaming Cheeseball and Hint of Lime come in larger bags of 225g to share which cost £1.48.
The dips that are available are Mild Salsa, Hot Salsa and Cool Sour Cream and come in 326g glass jars with a screw lid. These are selling for £1.38.
There is a range of Doritos called Collisions which are 2 flavours in the same bag, Chicken Sizzler/Zesty Salsa and T Bone Steak/Grilled Pepper. These come in bags of 200g for £1.48.
I have never seen them anywhere else but i recently purchased a 125g bag of Chilli Heatwave for 99p from my local newsagents.
On the back of the bag it states that they are suitable for vegetarians and once opened they should be consumed within 3 days, this should not be a problem, as I previously stated they are incredibly moorish and in my house don't usually last more than an hour. Due to this fact and taking the price in to consideration they are not something that we have in our house all the time, they are usually saved for nights when we decide to stay up late and watch a good film.
In conclusion these crisps are great for a treat but for the various reasons stated above it may not be the best idea for them to be eaten too regularly.
I bought these keys for my daughter about 4 months ago when she was 11 months old. At the time we were shopping in our local Sainsburys browsing the toy aisle when I saw them, she loves keys and for £8.99 (from what I remember this is what they cost) I didn't think I could go wrong. Boy was I right, from the moment I gave her the keys she loved them, normally she will play with her toys for 5-10 minutes then move on to the next but these can keep her entertained for about 20 minutes, sometimes longer, especially in the car (although it can get annoying when your driving and all you can hear is 'row row row your boat' over and over). There is an off button however if you fancy a bit of peace and quiet, although beware the songs are extremely catchy and I find myself singing them long after the toy has finished and my daughter has gone to bed.
There are 4 parts to the keys which co-ordinate with each other to help teach colours and first words. The main part is white, has a smiley face at the top and 3 big, brightly coloured triangular buttons. The first button is red and white and has a picture of a boat on. When pressed it goes through a sequence of words and songs. The first time you press the button it plays the word 'boat' then 'red boat' the next 2 times you press it plays boat related sounds. It then plays 'row row row your boat' followed by a song about a red boat sailing on the blue ocean. The words and songs are in a female voice. This button co-ordinates with the blue key which has a red boat on it the same as the boat on the button, the boat slides along as if sailing in the sea which is engraved into the plastic. The bottom part of the key had a clear box in it which houses small plastic balls to shake around, perfect for younger babies.
The second button is yellow and white and has a picture of a house on it. It plays tunes and words along the same line as the boat button but house orientated instead of boat. The 2 rhymes played are 'incy wincy spider' and a song about opening the door to let puppy out to play. This button co-ordinates with the green key which has a yellow house on it like the button. The house has an orange revolving door, one side has a picture of a door and when you turn it there is a picture of a dog, as if letting the dog out. There are 2 different coloured spinning wheels attached to the bottom half of the key.
The third and final button is blue and white and has a picture of a car on it. Again the button plays car themed words and rhymes. The rhymes are 'the wheels on the bus' (although the words are changed from bus to car) and a song about riding round in a car. The key that goes with this button is orange with a blue car on it. The car goes round in a circle on the printed on road and clicks as it goes. There are 3 rollers on the bottom half of the key each in a different colour and different texture.
All 4 parts are connected with a red plastic ring. Now this I think is the toys only tiny fault, there is a small gap in the ring so the keys can be taken off and played with individually. This is a great idea for small babies as the toy as a whole is quite weighty and each key has plenty on it to keep a younger baby occupied for quite sometime. However my daughter can easily take the keys off and regularly throws them round meaning I spend a lot of time hunting around the car and other peoples houses for them. The clip does make it easy to clip to the front of a pushchair though or a trolley when out shopping.
All in all this is probably one of the best toys that I have ever bought my daughter and is definately the one that keeps her occupied the longest. All other babies that have played with the keys have loved them, my sister is buying some for her daughter as she loved them so much when we last went round. It is aimed at children 6months and up which I think is the perfect age to introduce it, as previously mentioned there is plenty for a small baby and as they grow up it teaches colours and words. It requires 3 AAA batteries but these are not included.
I have a very weird thing with my teeth where I hate it if they don't have that freshly brushed feeling and as soon as it's gone I feel as if I have to go straight to the bathroom to brush them again. I have never found a toothpaste that has given me that feeling for very long until I came across 'Arm & Hammer Advanced Whitening Toothpaste'.
It claims to have baking soda to gently clean away both surface and deep stains, to give you a fresh from the dentist feeling of clean, to neutralise odour-causing compounds for lasting fresh breath and to have micro polishers which are clinically proven to leave your teeth 3 shades whiter. I can honestly say that all these claims are 100% true.
I was a bit sceptical at first to try it as I had tried other whitening toothpastes before (usually from popular brands such as Colgate) which have made no difference to my teeth at all. This particular toothpaste was on offer in my local Tesco's making it cheaper then most others so I decided to give it a try.
Well from the moment I first tried this toothpaste I loved it. It has a texture that I have never tasted before; it's almost as if you can feel it cleaning your teeth. It gives fresh breath but at the same time doesn't taste too strong; after I have used it I can actually have a cold drink without my face screwing up. Within about a fortnight I noticed a real difference in the colour of my teeth in fact people even started commenting on how white my teeth looked.
Prices for the toothpaste seem to vary quite considerably; in Asda it currently costs £1.70 for 75ml whilst in Sainsbury's its £2.50 for 75ml. However I would be prepared to pay £2.50 if I couldn't get it anywhere else cheaper as you definitely get value for money
This animated programme is shown on the channel Playhouse Disney and is aimed at pre-schoolers. It is set in a town called Sheetrock Hills and centres around an loveable Hispanic handyman called Manny Garcia and his set of talking tools.
The tools are:
Stretch the tape measure who seems to be the problem solver of the group.
Squeeze the pliers who is quite naive and is sometimes impatient with fixing things and rushes into things.
Dusty the saw whos always on hand with her good advice.
Rusty the wrench who is the scaredy cat of the group and who has to overcome a lot of his fears in order to fix things.
Filipe the phillips screwdriver who is a spanish speaking tool and he translates a lot of what Manny says to the other tools.
Pat the hammer who is very clumsy and tends to break a lot of things that the others have to fix.
Turner, a flat head screwdriver who is generally quite negative and who has an ongoing feud with Felipe about which type of screwdriver is best.
Finally the last tool is flicker the flash light who has recently been introduced to the group and who only speaks Spanish. The other tools are slowly teaching him to talk English in turn teaching viewers to speak Spanish.
Theres also Fixit, a robotic dog which Manny and the tool made of spare parts.
Manny has a positive outlook on life and doesn't give up on problems, in teaching his tools to have the same attitude he teaches the viewing children the same lesson. In the programme Manny talks a lot of Spanish and usually repeats himself in English so his tools understand, again teaching children at the same time. There are so many loveable characters and each episode is set around Manny fixing everyday items for them and usually going above and beyond the call of duty to help them in other ways as well.
Along with the tools the other main characters who appear in each 10 minute episode are Kelly, who owns the towns hard wear store. Manny and the tools visit her store to get all the supplies they need for each job, a phrase which is regularly used is "Kelly you always have exactly what we need". Theres also Mr Lopart who owns the sweet shop next door to Mannys repair store, hes always getting in to trouble with his inventions and each episode has Manny, on his way to do a job offering to help Mr Lopart with something hes struggling with, the offer is always declined. Mr Lopart has a cute white cat called Fluffy who has the same comb over hair that he does and they usually get in to trouble together. There are also a lot of minor characters that live in Sheetrock Hills who appear in many different episodes. These incude Abuelito - Mannys grandfather, Mayor Rosa, Coach Johnson, Mrs Portillo, Elliot and many more.
Many of the characters are voiced by famous people, the main one of these being Manny who is voiced by Wilmer Valderrama, who many may remember playing Fez from 'That 70's Show"
There are a lot catchy tunes which are sung throughout each episode including "hop up jump in" when the tools are jumping in to the tool box getting ready to go out to do a job, and "we fix it" whilst they are doing a repair. My daughter loves these songs and loves dancing to them.
Although this programme is aimed at pre-schools I feel that it would be great for slightly older children as well because of educational aspect of it. In every episode the tools and Manny count to 8 in Spanish in the sing "hop up jump in" which makes it easy to pick up, I speak from personal experience as I often find myself singing along, also in some episodes Kelly, the hard wear shop owner is trying to teach herself spanish using flash cards which she holds up and says them in English and Spanish.
I would recommend this to all parents for their children as it teaches children without them knowing and is great fun to watch.
I first came across 'My Friends Tigger & Pooh' when the channel Playhouse Disney was recommended to me by a friend. Although my daughter is only 9 months old and doesn't understand what the programme is about, she sits, stares and laughs. I have never been a fan of the the Winnie the Pooh stories and find the films to be very dull to look at so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this new and updated version. It is very bright to look at and has music which my daughter recognises instantly and which grabs her attention.
The stories are still set in The Hundred Acre Wood and feature many of the original characters along with some new ones. Theres 'Pooh Bear' as hes now known, Tigger & Darby (who seems to have replaced Christopher Robin). These 3 along with Darbys dog Buster make up the 'Super Sleuths'. Each 10 minute episode is set around the Super Sleuths and their adventures solving the problems of their fellow Hundred Acre Wood residents. When someone has a problem and needs the Super Sleuths help they sound a horn and raise the finder flag telling them where to go. The Sleuths hear the horn and spring in to action, they head to the changing tree and change in to their sleuthing outfits then head off to where the finder flag instructs them to.
The flag is usually raised by Rabbit, who commonly has problems with his garden, Piglet, who mainly needs help conquering his fears, Roo & Lumpy who are best friends and often accompany the Super Sleuths on their adventures. There are other characters that they meet along the way in various stories such as Eeyore, Kanga, Woodpecker, Porcupine, Turtle, Raccoon, Beaver, Skunk and occasionally Christopher Robin.
The stories have an educational feel to them, helping children deal with everyday situations and approaching problems from a different angle. When they start trying to solve a mystery they usually approach it the wrong way, they then sing a song that goes "ask a question give it a try, who, what , where, when , how or why. Get an answer try it now who, what, where, when, why or how". After this they approach it in a different way. They also overcome their fears when solving problems as they believe that there are scary creatures called Woozles living in the wood, in fact in one episode along with Christopher Robins help they set out to find the Woozles to invite them to a picnic as they believe nobody should be left out.
Although my daughter is still too young to understand the programme she does enjoy watching it very much and it gets a huge smile from her everytime. When she is older im sure she will enjoy watching it just as much and I feel that she will learn a lot from it such as overcoming fears, helping out friends and problem solving.
I would definitely reccomend this programme to all parents, its interesting to look at for younger children and educational for older children.
My daughter has always been a good sleeper and started sleeping through the night at a very early age. However, as the mornings started getting lighter she was waking up early and not going back to sleep. I was looking for something that would help her sleep longer when I got some post from Cow & Gate with some money off vouchers for Good Night milk, I decided to give it a try. That night I gave her some and strangly after having the same amount as she would have of her normal milk she was looking for more. I put her to bed hoping she would sleep a bit longer in the morning but she woke up even earlier than usual. The next night I gave her an extra oz of milk which seemed to satisfy her but she still woke up earlier in the morning. Again the next night she was given an extra oz but still she didn't sleep any longer. I went back to her normal milk, with this she was satisfied with her usual amount and went back to sleeping in to her normal time. The milk I usually give her is Cow & Gate Follow on milk for babies 6 months plus - stage 3 which costs £6.94 in Asda for 900g, making it 77.1p per 100g. The Cow & Gate Good Night Milk cost £4.97 for 400g, making this one £1.24 per 100g. Considering the Good Night Milk costs so much more than her usual Follow On Milk I would have expected to see at least a small difference in her sleeping, yet there was none, if anything things deteriorated. I personally will not be using this milk again as i get extra sleep and more importantly better value for money with with her normal milk.
I came across the Organix range when I was looking for something for my daughter to munch on when we went out for lunch. I knew that by putting her in a highchair it would make her think she was getting food and didn't want to feed her unhealthy food like chips off of my plate and she was far too young to order her a meal of her own.
I headed straight for the baby aisle in my local supermarket and was confronted by a vast variety of healthy snacks and finger foods for babies. My eyes were immediately drawn to the 'Organix Goodies' range due to the brightness of their packaging. The crisps come in 15g foil bags so are kept nice and fresh and are great for lunchboxes when children get a bit older. I particularly liked this range due to their 'No Junk Promise', which is to use less salt and fat (at least a third less than found in most children's snacks), to use no MSG (monosodium glutamate) or added flavouring and to ensure their food is organic.
I started off giving her the carrot stick variety which are nice and chunky for little hands to hold easily. She is now 9 months old and has moved onto the spicy tomato stars, although they have an age guide of 12 months she is very established with her feeding, she never eats unattended and they melt in the mouth so easily that there is really no risk of choking. It is very important to me that she tries a variety of tastes and textures whilst still young and doesn't grow up only wanting to eat bland food, the organix range is a great way to accomplish this in a fun way for children.
The ingredients in the spicy tomato stars are:
Organic Corn 74%
Organic Sunflower Oil 14%
Organic Tomato Powder 4%
Organic Carrot Powder 4%
Organic Onion Powder 2%
Sea Salt 1%(less than)
Organic Garlic Powder 1%(less than)
Organic Paprika Powder 1%(less than)
Organic Chillie Powder 1%(less than)
These baked corn snacks are lightly covered with the above organic spices only so you know only the best is going in to child. They are wheat free, gluten free and are suitable for vegetarians. The crisps are a great way to introduce new and exciting flavours to babies and as children get older they are an excellent for when they want crisps and you don't want to fill them with fats and salts.
They retail at 58p a bag which is excellent value for money, especially for babies as they only eat a few at each sitting, or you can buy a multipack which contains 4 15g bags for £1.58. I keep mine in an air tight container which I take around with me for when my daughter gets a bit peckish. I would recommend these crisps to anyone and can't wait to try the other foods that Organix offer.
I bought the Bissell Easy Vac from Asda for £30. Before I bought it i looked at some online reviews of the product on thier website a I had not heard of Bissell before and everything I read was really possitive. I live in a small 2 bed house and needed something lightweight to get up and down the stairs and which was small enough to keep in a small corner of the airing cupboard, this vacuum seemed like a great option. When I first got it, it was great, picked up really well, was easy to empty and the hose stretches suprisingly far to get in to all those hard to reach areas. Its bagless and the onboard dustbin has a capacity of 750ml so doesn't need emptying too often. However one day not long after I bought it I noticed something on the carpet which the vacuum wasn't picking up so I got down on my hands and knees with the hose. It wasn't until I got a closer look that i noticed that it wasn't dirt it was in fact a singe in my carpet. It wasn't there before I started vacuuming so I back tracked around my house to see if there were anymore. There was one on the landing, one on the stairs and another in the middle of my living room. On closer inspection of the vacuum we couldn't see anything that could have caused this to happen but we did notice that the flex of the power lead was coming away, something you wouldn't expect to happen so soon after buying an electrical item. We immediately took the vacuum back to Asda, who were very helpful, they contacted Bissell for us who told us to take pictures of the affected areas and send them off with 2 quotes for new carpet. This seemed acceptable for the damage caused and we did as they asked straight away. We waited a while to hear from them and we eventually got a letter back, along with the letter was a questionaire. We filled this out and sent it back and are still waiting to hear back from them, the whole process seems to be taking a very long time. We are currently trying to sell our house and big singe marks as soon as people walk in is not the impresion we hoped for. As all the other reviews I have read seem to be possitive I can only assume that I was unfortunate enough to buy a fault product, still Bissell as a company are not the easiest to deal with.
Luckily my daughter didn't get particuarly bad cradlecap and what she did get wasn't all over her head. She mainly got it across the front of her head and in her eyebrows. At the first sign that it was appearing we went straight out and bought some Dentinox Cradlecap Shampoo as it had been recommended by a friend and I saw a difference from the first time I used it. The shampoo removes the majority of the cradlecap and what is left is easily wiped away with a little bit of baby oil on a piece of cotton wool. On a few occasions I did get the shampoo in my daughters eyes but this didn't seem to bother her too much and I just wiped them with a warm flannel and she was fine. I bought the 125ml bottle and it seems to have lasted forever so is excellent value for money.
Although I planned to breast feed right from the moment I found out I was pregnant, I still wanted to be prepared in case I couldn't. A breast pump seemed like a great idea as it would enable my partner to help out with feeds. The pump comes with a small bottle which holds 5oz but will also fit larger 'closer to nature' bottles that hold more. The instructions state that it comes apart in to 3 pieces but I don't feel that this would be enough to clean it effectively, however it does come apart in to 5 pieces which i feel is better but can be complicated to put back together, it is also dishwasher safe but its probably worth getting a basket to put it in as some of the parts are very small. Although it is very comfortable and fairly easy to use it wouldn't be suitable for long term use, its great to use every now and then but wrist ache soon sets in. Once you have pumped the milk you need it comes with a handy lid for safe storage either in the fridge or freezer. It also comes with a plastic storage box which is suitable for microwave sterilising and is good for storing the pump in when not being used.
We bought this cup for our daughter when she was 5 months old and had made the decision to start weaning her. It was £1.50 from Toys R Us and was recommended by a friend so decided to go with it. On the side of the cup there are 2 markers so you can make up juice to the right quantities. At first I gave her just water and had to fill it quite high so she could drink without tipping the cup up to much, then slowly decreasing the amount given so she could work out to tip it a bit higher every time. The cup is quite messy and water spills out too quickly for her to swallow so i found a great way to teach her how to use it was in the bath where it didnt matter how much mess she made. It is dishwasher proof and the spout folds down for no spills so its great for taking out and about with you. The cup is a great starter cup as not too much effort is needed for baby to get a drink.
These bottles came free with the steriliser i bought. Although i fully intended to breast feed i decided to cover all options in case i couldn't, fortunately everything went to plan but it was handy to have bottles for when i went my partner could help out with the odd bottle feed. When my daughter reached the age of 6 months i made the decision to stop breast feeding. At first it didn't go very well and she seemed to be getting quite stressed when it came to bottle time, it was then i realised that the teats needed to be changed from size 1 to a size 3. The bigger the size, the larger the hole at the end of the teat is making it alot easier for baby to get milk out. After I changed the teats things ran alot smoother and now she is more than happy to drink from a bottle. The bottles come apart in to 4 pieces, the lid, the teat, the rim and the actual bottle itself. On the side of the bottle measurements in oz and in ml are clearly visable making it very easy to make the formula up. The bottles are dishwasher safe and are suitable for all methods of sterilisation.