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I planned a home water birth with my first child 5 years ago and we hired a rigid pool for 4weeks. Unfortunately due to my waters breaking and labour not progressing I had to transfer to hospital after 30 hours so I never got to use the hired pool. I was really disappointed and my experience in hospital was far from pleasant. So much so that I took my own discharge less than 6 hours after my daughter was born and after having a spinal to remove my retained placenta. I just had to get out of there! After a traumatic labour and birth lasting over 45 hours I then had to wait for the hire company to take the pool away which took over a week so I had a daily reminder of the awful labour I had and the fact that I missed out on my much wanted home water birth. Every time I saw the pool I felt so disappointed. Not to mention the fact that is cost me over £250 to hire it for 4 weeks!
And so second time round, determined to get my homebirth I decided upon buying a Birth Pool in a Box. I figured that at least if it didn't all go to plan the pool could be quickly put away and would be there as reminder.
And so the internet research began! I spent hours reading reviews on many different websites and comparing the cost of each different pool and every time the Eco pool came top. I am also 5ft 11" so I needed a pool which would be suited to my height.
In the end I finally decided on the Eco Birth Pool in a Box Regular, The Standard Filling Kit and A Heat Retaining Cover. Total cost including delivery was £135 (April 2010)
The good birth company also have a fantastic returns policy which states that you can return the pool unopened within 90 days for a full refund or if you have opened the pool and not put any water in then they will refund you 50%. They charge a £5 restocking fee. The other option I thought was that I could resell it on eBay or use it for the kids as a pool in the garden!
My pool was delivered 2 days later. I already had an electric pump and a draining pump so I only bought the standard filling kit which contains a hose and tap connectors.
We set the pool up for a trial run about 2 weeks before I was due and It was so easy to put up, there are 3 valves on the side and one for the bottom all in all it took us about 20 mins to inflate the entire pool. The bottom of the pool is also inflated and there is a seat built in to the pool. The pool took about 10 mins to deflate and put away using an electric pump. So now it was time to wait for D-Day!
When D-Day arrived we decided to set the pool up. Luckily we were using the conservatory so it wouldn't be in the way. Good thing really as it wasn't to be used for another 12 days in the end!
When I FINALLY went into labour and things seemed to be moving on we started to fill the pool. We have a really old back boiler and put the hot water onto constant. It took around 3 tanks and 2 hours to fill the pool and we inflated to heat retaining cover and put it on. We didn't fill the pool right up to max allowing room for it to be topped up with hot water when needed. It was about 6 hours before I needed the pool and the heat retaining cover really did its job well the water had only lost about 2 degrees, although please bare in mind that is was June so the weather was quite warm.
Once I got into the pool it felt AMAZING, The water really helped to soothe the pain of the contractions as did the gas & air! The seat however built into the pool was not big enough to sit on but it made a great back rest as I sat on the floor of the pool! 2 hours later my daughter was born and the water was still lovely and warm. We didn't actually need to top it up at all once I had got in. The pool also has built in handles on the sides which were great for holding onto during contractions.
By the time I had delivered the placenta and was ready to get out, the water was cooling and not a very pretty sight but we used an electric water pump straight into the drain outside and the pool was empty pretty quickly, the disposable liner went straight into a bin bag and the pool was deflated and put away by the same evening.
I would recommend an Eco Birth Pool In a Box to anyone considering a water birth.
A Brilliant read! Written from cover to cover in true Russell Brand Style! A fab read. This book will take you through a whole heap of emotions at times hilarious at other times so so dark. Russell Brand really has led a very colourful life shall we say, and here he gives a very open and honest frank account of his life growning up in Grays, Essex, his battles with drugs and drink, his addiction to the ladies! He will talk about the most shocking accounts in the most blaze way. His accounts of his childhood serve only to make him more endearing and if you werent really a fan of Russell Brand before reading this book the the chances are you certainly will be after reading it. This book firmly confirms Russells place as the lovable rogue. and once you start reading it you will find it impossible to put down!
I bought this for my daughter when she was around 6 months old. it cost £15 in Tesco on special, i think it usually RRPs for about £25.
Its Brilliant! My daughter had hours of fun with this and as she grew she got more and more use out of it. the spinning wheels at the front were a big hit when she was just sitting up and as she grew she started to use the toy as a walking aid to help here start to walk. The Piano keys are great fun and right up to the age of about 3 my daughter played with this toy a lot! It has so many different buttons and things for them to do. Well worth the money in my opinion. And the legs come off quite easily so it can be stored away if nessersary. Ours will be coming back out again soon for my second daughter!
A Brilliant Read and a real page turner. I litterally could'nt put this book down. As a big fan of reading biographys and auto-biographys and also a huge supporter of Mr Paul O'Grady, i was really looking forward to reading this 1st installment of his life story. And it certainly did'nt dissapoint. it is a hilarious, emotional, roller coaster of a ride. And its not even half of his life story! Paul talks about his life growing up in poverty, his sexuality, all the different jobs that he had. The book takes you on a journey from his childhood through to his teens and early 20's. From start to finish this book has you laughing out loud one minute and sobbing the next. One thing that i love about this book is also the way that as your reading it you can almost hear Paul speaking the words in your head. I can't wait for the 2nd installment of his life story if this 1st taste is anything to go by... and the end is such a cliff hanger!!
During the first few weeks after giving birth it is inevitable that you will have a few leaks althogh this does tend to settle down for most women once the let down reflex is under control... I Have tried a few different types of breastpads and i have to say that these are a complete waste of money. they are bulky, leaky and worst of all if you wear any kind of clothes that are even vaguely tight fitting you can see the lump of the breast pad through your clothes.... not a good look in my opinion! they are also quite small so if you have ample cleavage then they look even more odd through your clothes!
at about £4 for a box of 80 you most definatly get what you pay for.
I found that the best breastpads were the closer to nature ones. really discreet and thin. Not like the boots ones!
I bought this pump following the birth of my 1st daughter to try to increase my milk supply. I used it about 2 to 3 times a day for a couple of months.
To be honest i found this pump to be really noisy so much so i couldnt even hear the tv when pumping :-S it made me feel a little bit like daisy the cow in the dairy. there is no way i could have ever used this pump whilst out say in a public loo as the motor is SO loud and not discreet at all.
It does not attach to wide neck bottles either which was a bit of a pain to transfer the milk into my Avent bottles each time i pumped.
On the plus side it is one of the cheaper electric pumps and half the price of some other pumps on the market. it is also useful that most of the parts can be sterilised in a steam steriliser.
I did use this pump again for a few weeks following the birth of my 2nd daughter but then splashed out on the Medela Swing which is in a different league to the Medela Mini.
THE Best £25 i have ever spent!!! I bought this for my daughter when she was a baby and she had it in her cot from about 6 weeks old. WOW what can i say she loved it! it has 3 time setting of 5mins, 15min and 30 mins when she was tiny we would have it on for 30 mins then as she got older we changed it to 15 mins. the soothing sounds really helped to settle her of to sleep and the lovely soft changing lights on the pillow. by the time she was about 1 she figured out how to turn it on herself, RESULT! if she woke at night time she would simply press the pillow and go back to sleep to the sounds of winnie :-)
my daughter is now 5 and STILL has the pillow in her bed (Winnie did detatch himself from the pillow after about 12 months ) and she puts it on everynight before she goes to sleep and still at 5 years old if she wakes in the night she will put winnie on to send her back to sleep! it does come with a remote control meaning you can turn it off and change the sounds without disturbing the child but to be honest we have never really used the remote.
We love this toy so much that we now have 2 of them as my 14 week old daugher now has one in her cot too (older daughter not willing to give hers up yet! ) The batteries last for quite a while too even if you have it on for 30 mins each night.
Worth Evey Penny! And SO hardwearing.
I used this tens machine during my labour with my daughter and found that it really helped to manage my contractions. although my advice would be to make sure that you read the instructions before hand a few times and have a play around as its quite complicated to use the controls if you dont know what your doing! I liked the fact that it has a boost function which you use during a contraction this really helped with the pain. it also has 3 levels 1st one is for early labour, 2nd one for advanced labour and 3rd one for the final stage. i had a water birth so i only used my tens machine for the first part of my labour but it really did help. the pads were really easy to remove from my back and were very comfortable whilst they were on. managed to go around 8 hours using my tens machine before i got into the pool and demanded the entonox! lol
Love Love Love this phone! I had the Nokia N95 for 18 months and then got this one and had it also for 18 Months. The battery life on this phone is amazing and even after having to for over a year the battery still held its charge really well. as with all Nokias its really easy to navigate. and the menus are the same as most other Nokias.
The memory capability is huge, The video quaility is brilliant and due to the size of storage it can hold loads of video footage as well as photos. The 5 mp camera takes really great quailty images. The only downside that i can say about this phone is that it only saves 20 sent messages but it will hold 100's in the inbox.
i also used the internet a lot on this phone and altho the screen size isnt huge i found it easy to navigate round the web and view most websites.
Due to the large memory this phone is also really good for music and will hold loads of albums you can transfer music onto your phone from your computer with ease.
The only positive thing I can write about this phone is that I returned all of the three models I had within their 28 day return period. I have owned a mobile for over 10 years and without doubt this was the worst of the lot. What attracted me was the sleek look and the powerful 8mp camera with HD video, not to mention it was one of the new generation touch screen phones. But how looks can be deceiving, despite boasting one of the best camera/video's on the market the phone is simply not good enough to support such high quality features. Each model froze at various moments and without explanation, no battery indication (in terms of %) so when you thought there was enough in the tank it would just die on you. Trying to charge it was sometimes a nightmare with the extremely fragile connection port. Speaker/volume are awful. The sleek look has one major disadvantage, that it can slide out of your hand like some slippery fish! Moving on to the touch screen, actually there is no point! It is hardly sensitive and requires repetitive movements which it then decides to act on several moments later.
Pains me to say it but for the first time Sony Ericsson have let me down. Glad I got out when I could! Would NOT recommend this phone.
As soon as I saw our latest Peugeot I knew it was the one for us. It has a great look on the outside and the inside isn't far behind. Plenty of space for the driver and a generous area for at least three childrens's seats. With this model there is the option of fitting an extra two seats but for the time being we are sticking with the standard five. The boot area can be covered or as in our case uncovered when the dogs are joining us. The Panaramic roof adds a touch of class with the side and rear tinted windows very useful for the kids on a sunny day. As always with all our Peugeot's they have great road handling and generally good reliability. What has let us down deeply on this model however has been the air-con, in winter its excellent, in summer and especially hot days it is non-existent. The failure of the multi-change cd player appears to be a common problem on this model, sadly we only found this out after we purchased the vehicle!
I Recieved my Nokia X6 a few weeks ago as am upgrade. I am a loyal Nokia Lover and have only had Nokias for about 10 years now.
This is my 1st touch screen phone. The touch screen is really sensitive which is great but i was really dissapointed that the phone does not come with a stylus pen and you have to buy a special capatitive text one which at present i could only find on play.com and its £10. Considering the price of the phone its a bit tight that they dont include a pen!
The navigation is typical of Nokia and its really easy to find your way around the menus.
My X6 is the special edition and comes with Voice Sat Nav along with the standard GPS. This is a really usefull addition and means i dont need a sat nav in the car!
The memory capacity on this phone is amazing, huge huge memory! meaning you can store loads of photos, videos, messages etc.
The battery life is also excellent. i use my phone a lot to surf the net and i have only needed to charge my phone twice a week.
This is a fab steriliser, it is really quick and easy to use. I use mine about 3-4 times a day as i also use it to sterilise dummys, medicine spoons and the parts for my breast pump. The baskets are really useful as you can fit all these different things in to sterilise and not just the bottles. The set of tongues that come with it are really useful if the teats are still hot after being sterilised and it also means that at no time do you touch the teat meaning it stays clean.
Also all the inside parts can go in the dishwasher which is great as you can sometime get a build up of limescale on the baskets.
I would advise anyone buying this steriliser to also but the citric acid de-scale sachets at the same time because if you live in a hard water area the limescale does build up quite quickly especially if like me you are using the steriliser more than once a day. I descale my steriliser every 2-3 weeks and the sachets are quite inexpensive to buy.
I recently purchased this pump following the birth of my second daughter. I had real problems with low milk supply and this pump really did help to increase my milk. I found that it was most effective when used at the same time as feeding as the letdown was much quicker. The controls are really easy to use. Although its quite expensive it is a lovely pump, very quiet unlike some others on the market and the 2 phase expression works really well. My only critisism is that considering the price i do think that different size breastshields could be included as one size does not fit all. lol. The pump does with 2 "standard" breastshield one is soft and massages and the other hard but there are about 6 different size cups available if you need a smaller one or larger one. however they are quite expensive considering they are just a bit of plastic!