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I am twenty five years old and have been happily married for six years (infact six years yesterday!). I cannot nor would I ever preach that marriage is a must, as for some quite simply it is NOT right. I do however get rather annoyed and yes defensive when I hear people say it is outdated and why bother?? For some it is a religous move, maybe a cultural thing, others a declaration of love and trust. For me it was all of the above. I was happy, in love, it felt right, I wanted our love blessed in the eyes of god and yes it is what 'you do'. What ever the reason, whatever your age, race, sex, if marriage feels right for you then it IS right. I don't feel that marriage is outdated at all. Maybe some parts of it are. I agree in gay marriages for example, and see no reason why such a ceromony should not be performed in churches. However I am a romantic person and to me Love is the most important ingrediant in any marriage. Closely followed by trust of course. Yes, you can get love from a live in relationship, so why marry? Well to me that is all part of the love thing. Maybe I am old fashioned in my values a little but I feel that marriage is the natural progression in a relationship and rather than 'proves' that love I feel it seals it. After all in this day and age as sadly we have seen, divorce is so easy to come by. Marriage no longer has to be for life if things go wrong. I have to confess that was my argument for getting married so young. I was nineteen and sooo in love, and to my annoyance every man and his dog (including family) felt they were duty bound to tell me what a big mistake I was making and how I would regret it, some even thought I was pregnant and it was a 'shotgun' wedding!! My answer to my critcis were 'well its what we want and at the end of the day nothing is forever and we can always get divorced'. Shocked? Well a lot of people were, some told me my attitude was immature, but my point was not that I would get divorced if the going got tough but simply to silence those intent on ruining what should have been an exciting time. Let me make my own mistakes. Similarly, I feel that those who like to preach that marrage is outdated are doing the same. Fine if marriage isent your cup of tea, I have nothing against your lifestyle. Enjoy life, be happy and let us old marrieds be happy too!!!!! I am still very much in love with my husband and five years after marriage had a baby (so NO I was NOT pregnant on my wedding day!!) My hubby is in the Royal Navy and away often, which makes things hard, a lot of naval marriages fail for this reason. Yet I think me and mine will go on into our eighties, why? quite simply because our secret is to keep the love alive. Marriage isent outdated for me, it is the best thing in my life. Go on give it a whirl you may be surprised!! Its not all pipe and slippers you know!!!!! ;)
Oh wow! What a buy!!! Thank you Nivea!!! No I am not over exagerating here honestly!! I have a typical sixteen month old toddler who delights in running off whenever I apply suncream. He suffers from eczema so sun cream can cause a reaction and to top it off I had yet to find one that was easy to apply! well not anymore!! A little more expensive than your average sun cream but hey when your talking the difference between safe sun and getting burnt is there really a choice? I first noticed this product after it was advertised on tv. It looked good but I have to admit I thought it would be just another gimmick. On a weekend down our caravan in Bude (scorcher of a weekend too!) we realised we had forgotten to pack our little mans cream, so off down to Boots and there it was. So on impulse I decided to give hubby a coronary and fork out the £11.99 for the nivea childrens spray. Hubby has now eaten his words (something along the lines off *****!! total waste of money!!!) and admit that it was a good buy! Now are you listening carefully? Here comes the good bit...to apply you simply spray and rub. So what? I hear some of you say. Well when you have a boistrous toddler you need something quick and easy to apply, and this fits the bill. My son was fascinated by the colour, as it goes on green. He even helped me rub it in!! The colour rubs in until it disappears, although I have found that if you are over zealous in your application, as I was this past weekend (but it was soooo hot!!) you are left with a faint green tinge on the skin. This did not bother me however as at least I could see my son was safe from harmful rays! And with some gentle rubbing this did come off in the bath. This spray has a nice oily base so it smooths on in a flash, ideal when your child is hanging upside down on your lap intent on eating sand!! It also has a lovely pleasant fragrance that just says to me clean!! I find some creams are too over powering with essa nce of coconut or what ever. Nivea however stick to what they know best a lovely cream that smells nice. Best of all it did not dry out my sons skin, nor did it react so I would say it is worth trying if your child has eczema or sensitive skin. This sun spray is water resistant and factor 30. A fun funky colour that will please kids of all ages, easy application, including a specially designed 'grip' bottle. It gets my vote not only because I can now cream my son with minimum fuss, but also because for a change I think I have found a fairly expensive product that I can hand on heart say I feel is more than worth its money.
Does medicine cost too much? Damn right it does. It angers me so much to see the rising cost of not only over the counter drugs but also prescribed medication. Medicines and treatments are not a luxury for crying out loud. They are something needed for somebodies health and well being. After all why do we all pay National Insurance contributions??? I was under the impression that it was to ensure every person, man, woman and child who live in the UK were entitled to free good quality health care. Surely this should include medication? It would appear not. In an ideal world it would be so easy to say make all medication free to all. Yes please that would be nice. I am not on benefits so do not qualify for free prescribtions, but am not exactly flush so yes it would be nice. I do however realise that this would be highly impractical and probably impossible. However we should not be paying what we currently do. Over the counter drugs should be substantially reduced in price. The government should ensure this. We are lining the pockets of the fat cat pharmaceutical companies. As for prescription charges. well yes I would agree to pay a nominal fee. Not half of my pay!! I suffer from post natal depression and am on regular anti depressant treatment. Luckily for the first year I was entitled to maternity exemption from charges. However I am still struggling with PND fifteen months on. I now have to pay full cost for my treatment. Coupled with eczema creams and various medication over the year it costs me an arm and a leg. come on whats going on? If we have to pay then fine, but if we are going to pay such high exuberant prices then why not abandon the National Insuurance scheme and do like the Americans and get insurance? Yes initially it may seem a high price to pay, but look at the service we would get. I am sorry to say and I do not mean this as an insult to hard working NHS staff but our hospitals are in an appalling state. We pay over the odds for medicine, so where is our national insurance contributions going? A government blackhole it would appear.
Like most racially, religiously what everly motivated violence, these latest disturbances are yet another excuse for mindless violence and thuggery. I truly believe this. Yes perhaps there are some who are being discriminated against (I say maybe because I am not there so cannot witness this) it is wrong and should be addressed. Such victims, be they black, white, asian or martian for crying out loud, desrve help yes, but I bet my last penny that they would not want such a reaction to their situation. What good is such turmult? All it serves to do is have the small minded people in this country who feel Britain should be whites only to stand up and say see, look at the trouble they are causing. It would seem to me to be causing more racial tension and hatred than it is solving so why? Youths want an excuse to fight. Well I'm sorry but go let of steam in the boxing ring then. Don't destroy our streets. The hard working, peace abiding multi cultural society that we live in today simply dosent want this. Stop this mindlessness now, before an innocent, like a child gets hurt. People in postions of power listen better to words. Going out onto the streets and rioting is just what the likes of the national front want. It is stooping to their level. How about being adult about this and solving what clearly is a problem through peaceful actions. Our government must listen as well and give the police the power they need and as yet seem to lack to prevent incitement of violence. Our communities should pull together to embrace all cultures and show we won't tolerate racism of any kind. show the racist minority that there is no room for there old views in our society. My last word on this? Grow up.
Well as my title would suggest I am not in favour of changing our national anthem. Not because I am a major fan of the queen nor a raving royalist but simply because I believe in tradition and a sense of national pride. God save our queen, no matter how pompus or annoying is OUR national anthem and we should stand proud for it. My father served in the Army for over twenty years and my husband is a serving member of the Royal Navy and our national anthem plays an important part in our services. Maybe that is why I feel like I do. I'm not sure, but one thing I don't like is unnecessary change, call me old and set in my ways (I'm the grand old age of twenty five!) but too many things are being changed because they are not trendy enough or what ever phrase they are using nowadays!! (goodness I really do sound old!). We must ask ourselves what on earth would we choose instead? Eminem??? Or maybe a ballad from Martine??? NO NO NO!! How about a cheesily cheerful tune like the some counries?? No!!!!!!! Our anthem shows pride in our country and our establishment which includes our royal family. As long as we have our royalty we should have God save our queen. The real question is how long will we have a queen??
Well it's about time I wrote an opinion on these little fellows. After all they have taken over my home in recent years. What has got me thinking about them lately (other than seeing at least ten where ever you look in my house!!) any way what got me thinking about them today were my lovely work colleagues. I have gained promotion and have left my old section, as a leaving gift the darlings got me a whimsical pocket dragon. As an avid collector, as you can imagine I was over the moon!! Particularly as it was the members piece, which entitles me to one years free membership (i'll tell you more about that in a minute!!). For those of you who have not a clue what I am babbling about, where have you been??? Seriously look in the window of any H Samuel store and many others and you will see cute little green dragons in various sizes, poses etc. 'You can't make me', 'tea for two', 'raiding the cookie jar' to name but a few. They are a seriously collectible item if you like cute,sweet and green!! I began collecting six years ago and now my house is dragon land!! These cute dragons start off reasonably priced from about ten pounds upwards, but you do build up to the much wanted limited edition peices which are available for a short period and normally cost in the hundreds region. I have 'Bathing the gargoyle' which I believe cost around a hundred and fifty pounds (a gift). Alas with a little one those days are long gone so I really was over joyed with my leaving prezzie!! I still manage the odd small dragon in the sales. Pocket Dragons are the creation of an artist called Real Musgrove. He based the first ever dragons on his pet dog (and believe me if you have a dog or cat you can relate to that with some dragons and their expressions!!) He is constantly creating new designs so as a result some that have been out for a while are retired to make room for the new ones. These peices then usuall y become much sought after!! Real is based at Wetherbys, and there is a centre there that collecters can visit to look round, see the original drawings, and even have a bash at making one(in my dreams!!) they also have open days around the country and indeed also abroad in the US and Canada where you get the opportunity to meet the artist himself (I'm not worthy!!) Oh what I wouldnt do to get to one of these!! Real normally creates a peice just for people to buy on that roadshow as a special momento of the day, I have one peice that somebody kindly got for me!!! To become a member of the pocker dragon club, you have to purchase that years members piece. You used to have to send off to do this, but now you can buy them in the shops and then send the enclosed paperwork off, much simpler!! You get a lapel pin for free and regular newsletters and catalogues. With members getting first peek at new editions to be released! Trust me if your an avid collector of anything, you will know that such catalogues are pounced upon!!! I have this year been able to send my members application off and am now waiting in eager anticipation!! I only hope Real keeps going for a long time, I would be lost without my lil green buddies!!!!!!
I have just read what has to be the most harrowing, gut wrenching book ever. What makes it even worse is the horrible realisation that this wasnt fiction. This happened to someone and sadly happens time and time again to hundreds of thousands of innocents the world over. What is this book about? One brave mans story of child abuse. Abuse that happened to him. He wrote this book to inform others of what goes on in this big bad world we live in and also I should imagine to try and dispel a few demons. I consider myself to be well informed and aware of the goings on of this world but never could I have imagined the depravities of some peoples actions against a child. Mr Pelzer has not only got my deepest admiration for finding the strengh to tell such a harrowing story but he has also made me aware of what really goes on. The point I think of his writing this book. The book is written almost in a diary form, with the author describing what was happening to him in the tone and vocabulary of a child. This is in my view particularly hardhitting as it really makes you realise that this happened to a child. It provokes you into imagining how this child must have felt. Believe me it is not nice. I have had many a sleepless night since reading this book. Nothing I am sure compared to an abused child. I would highly recommend that you read this book. Not because it is a gripping thriller or a nansy pansy love book, but simply because you have to read it to believe it. I also felt that in some small way, by reading this book I was supporting Mr Pelzer in his quest to raise awarness of child abuse. It has certainly made me appreciate my life more and to be thankful for what I have. It also made me scoop my young son up in my arms and hug him close to me. I now intend to read the other two books in the trilogy, 'The lost boy' and 'A man called Dave'. Mr Pelzer I wish you luck and love with the rest of your life.
Well let me start by saying that I would never judge or look down my nose at anyone who has their children in their bed. It is not my place to. If I am being honest it does form a loving close bond. I am however concerned about the safety aspects. I am not just talking about the danger of rolling over but also the ever present risk of cot death. This is what scares me half to death and I am sure all you other parents out there. When my son was newborn, he did what most new babies did and NEVER slept!!!! I was exhausted, trying to breastfeed, the easiest and most succesful option was to allow him to sleep in my bed. My son seemed to like my bed. I think this was because he could snuggle up close to me and hear my heartbeat like he did in the womb. It also meant that I got a fraction more sleep than I otherwise would have. Only a fraction more however as I was too scared to fall into a deep sleep incase i rolled over and crushed him. At the same time I had my son, my cousin also had her baby. She also let her baby sleep in her bed with her. Sadly, she awoke one morning and her baby had died. It was cot death and we will never know if it was from sleeping in her bed with her. It may not have been. All i know is my cousin blames herself. Maybe it was, overheating is a very big factor with cot death, if you have a quilt then it might be wise not to use it if you have a young baby in bed with you. I stopped my son coming into my bed as soon as this tragedy happened, just to be safe. I would also question whether allowing children to stay in your bed as they get older maybe encourages bed habits that are hard to break, though as I have stopped my son from sleeping in my bed young I cannot comment on this personally. Another aspect that maybe would concern some (I know it would me!!) is your love life!! would imagine that it would be virtually impossible to have one iwht junior tucked up beside you!! Bit of a passion killer in m y books! However, I dont agree with bed sharing now, but If it works for some and they are happy with it then maybe yes it is best for them. Please be aware of the risks though. Cot death is a horrible thing, made worse if it happens whilst you are cradling your baby in your arms asleep.
I have used every bib under the sun. Little teeny ones with string ties that are absolutely useless for a baby of weaning age and above. Over the head ones which are slightly better than the previously mentioned. sleeved bibs that do indeed protect clothes, well tops but you have had it if it lands on the trousers/skirt!!!. one common problem with all of these bibs? You have to wash all of them and it is not easy getting food stains out is it?? Catch all bibs! Wey hey no more washing, no more stained clothes? Brilliant. a great idea. The Toys R Us catch all bib is a set of two for only three pounds, extremley good value. You also won't need anymore than two as after each use, simply wipe down and its ready to go again! Something I have found extremley useful when out and about, no more carrying dirty, smelly bibs home. Another good point is that it catches most food that is dropped (I say most because not even the best of designs can catch all precision aimed food fired by a determined toddler!!) This is handy if you have a child like mine who 're-discovers' this food and then wolfes it down with delight! No more wasted food either! But hang on surely there must be a bad point? well, yes there is (sigh). My son has learnt to take his bib off!!!!! Oh no!!! if only they could come up with a toddler proof catch!!! Another point worth considering is what age group to use this bib for. I got my catch all bibs when my poor son was still only 5 months old and not supporting his head properly. I feel it is not advisable to put one of these bibs on a baby unless they are in a high chair as I found that it pinches the poor little mites neck when they are still sat in a bouncer chair as it presses the bib into the neck!! Oops!! Just a warning there! I think maybe I was over eager to beat the stains and mess! I would definetly recomend these bibs as they are good value for money and above all else cut down on the m ess that is inevitable when feeding children!! Hey we can't totally stop mess it comes with the territory but if we can minimise it then go ahead!
I feel perhaps that I am the exception here, after reading a couple of other opinions about the Avent Magic cup, all of which give a glowing report. I have to say however that I am somewhat disappointed with this cup. It is not what I expected for my money and in my view is perhaps not really suited to the younger toddler. My first moan, though not a big one, is that the spill proof valve does leak slightly. I have checked the valve is in place right and cannot see anyway it is on incorrectly. It dosent leak a great deal, a couple of drips if you turn it upside down. A drip is a drip though and drip about it I shall!!!! If it says spill proof I expect spill proof! My sons favourite pass time is to hold his cup upside down so I really need a cup that does not leak AT ALL. The other problem I am having, which hopefully we will grow out of, is my sons handling of this cup. It can be difficult and cumbersome for a lazy (!) twelve month old to master. My son much prefers his beakers which have handles. It is also quite bulky which does not lend itself to ease of handling. For the time being at least I shall be putting my Avent magic cup away. I am looking to buy an any way up cup with handles for now! Perhaps when my son is older and less lazy (!) I will use it again. I wouldn't discourage people from buying this cup as I have heard some very favourable comments, but for me this cup just does not cut it!
Reis Bucklers Corneal Dystrophy. Considering I have this condition, I have very little knowledge of it. This being mainly because of a lack of communication with my specialists, but also due to lack of information available (believe me I have tried!) what I do know about Reis Bucklers is that it is an hereditary eye condition that is extremely rare. I was told that it is not normally diagnosed until the twilight years. Mine was spotted at the tender age of fourteen, although I displayed classic symptoms from as young as five. I was at the time one of only a hundred in the UK to have this condition and the youngest. Reis Bucklers is a degenerative condition of the Cornea. It is incurable. My knowledge is I am afraid somewhat sketchy as no one (in the field of expertise) will explain this condition to me fully and as I have previously mentioned, it is not an easy condition to research! This is how it was explained to me when I was diagnosed... 'A film develops over one or both eyes, which will lead to sight loss. This film can and may be removed by corrective laser surgery. This procedure unfortunately only serves to delay the inevitable which is eventual and complete blindness in one or both eyes.' I have suffered what have since been recognised as symptoms of the dystrophy since I was a young girl. What would be a simple accidental poke in the eye for others, that may sting for say a minute or two, would temporarily blind me in both eyes for weeks at a time. My parents, teachers and doctor all thought that I was attention seeking. They neither had any understanding nor did they believe the indescribable pain that would shoot through my eyes. (The closest I can get to trying to explain the feeling is to imagine having acid poured into your eyes, but that dosen't even come close). The closure of my eyes for long periods of time was indeed psychosomatic. My body was acting in defence to what it saw as attack. My y oung mind was also working along the same lines, 'if I don't open my eyes it won't hurt me'. Understandable logic for a child. As I have grown older I have learnt to manage such pain, though I still have a paranoid fear of anything touching my eyes. Part of me is writing this to inform others about a rare dystrophy (though I know precious little!!) but if I am being honest I am also hoping to find other sufferers out there who may know what I am experiencing, and who may be able to give me some answers. This dystrophy is affecting my whole life and also possibly that of my twelve month old son. I watch him like a hawk, looking for any symptoms, to see if I have passed on to him this 'thing'. I hope I haven't but if I have I want to be prepared for it. So little appears to be known about Reis Bucklers, even the eye doctor who diagnosed me was clueless! Upon examining my eyes she concluded that I had an 'un-named' dystrophy. My father who also has Reis Bucklers mentioned this and after looking at both my fathers eyes and mine she was able to say it was the same dystrophy, she then had to look Reis Bucklers up in her medical encyclopaedia!!! (Which by the way she wouldn't let us see!?) I would appreciate any comments on this especially if you are a sufferer or if you know of any web site that I can visit to find out more about this condition. Thanks for reading.
I will be getting my son immunised. He has had all his early ones and is now about due his MMR. Yes newspaper reports are frightening. What loving mum wouldnt be worried for the most precious thing in their lives? However lets not loose sight of the facts here. The most worrying aspect of the MMR is the supposed link with Crohns disease and Autism. God forbid I should ever have to choose but I personally would rather my son had either of these then fall seriously ill or even die from a childhood disease such as Measles simply becasue I didnt vaccinate him. The facts however point out that the link between Crohns and Autism is a very weak one. The study that found this link was actually ONLY carried out on twelve children. Twelve. How many children are there in this country? The world? Further tests have been unable to establish any link. That puts my mind at rest. Childhood diseases on the other hand are on the up, due to it would seem a dip in the ratio of toddlers receiving their vaccinations. In 1996 92% of parents were giving their children the MMR vaccination, this has dropped to 75%. A worrying trend. Childhood disease are contagious, they are spread so easily and they can have dire consequences. Thankfully due to immunisation, this generation and others before it have not had to witness first hand the true horror of watching a child suffer with such an illness. What horrifies me is the the possible end result. Death. I know what I would choose for my precious poppit, a chance to stave off such illnesses, immunisation. The problem so far as I can see is not actually with this vacine but with the press and how they choose to scare monger. Have they any idea of the consequences of such blind, inaccurate and in-sensitive news reporting? Us parents have a hard enough job and it dosent need to be made harder by newspapers looking for headlines.
Religion in my mind should be for the person who chooses to believe. I do not belive in, nor can I stand the kind of religious zealous that sees people having religion force fed to them. Be it door to door or preaching via loud speaker in the city centre. I am quietly religous. By that I believe, I don't force my opinions on others and I admit am a little lazy when it comes to going to church every sunday. The main point being though that i have MY faith. Which is, if anyone was wondering Church of England. It is what keeps me going and shapes my life. As a child i saw many different religions as I moved around the world with my parents (I was a forces child). My father being an Atheist I was not brought up in a religous household. I knew all about Jesus and the bible through school RE lessons. It wasn't until a particularly unsettling experience that I turned to religion. As a silly teenager myself and some friends decided to mess with the ouija board. Now I am not going to delve into the do you believe or not belive of this, or whether it was all in our minds, all I can say was it was a pretty scary experience and one that taught me one valubale lesson, leave things like that well alone. In sheer panic and fear, I contacted a reverend at Exeter Cathedral (it was the only place i could think of to go for help). This dear man did not mock me nor did he preach to me. He meerly calmed my fears and slowly over weeks introduced me to the C of E faith. Maybe I turned to the church for selfish reasons, all I know is it helped me though some tough times. Whenever I am down I think of my beliefs and it bolsters me. It may not be the magic remedy but it keeps me sane. I wouldnt dream of forcing my beliefs upon another nor would I ever dream of using my beliefs as an excuse for my actions. There are many religous conflicts going on throughout this sorry world, all of them hide behind the facade of religion when, really, religion is just an e xcuse. To me if you are truly religious then you would not harm another and you would have the confidence in your convictions to stand up and tell the world not hide behind a weak justification.
The Foot and Mouth outbreak, is heartbreaking and worrying for us as a whole nation. Farmers obviously are finding their industry is bearing the brunt of this terrible outbreak but so too are many other industries from tourism to shopowners. It has a knock on effect that will vibrate around this country until the whole thing is knocked on the head. As awfull as it may seem culling IS a necisary evil. this countries problem?? Its simply too slow to tackle the problem! Rotting carcasses infected with the the Foot and Mouth virus are left for days before being incinerated. Surely rats and the like are just as capable of spreading the disease? It is good to see the Army has now been called in. If a cull is to take place it should be swift and organised, not the shambles we have witnessed so far. Those of us who are not directly affected can also play our part. Be responsible. If a woodland path, field etc is out of bounds due to the outbreak, DO NOT break the exclusion zone!!! Too many people are, ignorant of the mayhem they could cause. I live in Devon, one of the worst affected areas in the country and virtually everywhere I enjoyed visiting with my dogs is out of bounds. I stopped visiting them long before any exclusion zones where in place simply because I realised the risks and continue to avoid them now. Exclusion zones, meat shortages, culling... An irritation? Cruel to the animals??? NO! Heartbreaking to the people involved. Spare a thought for someone who has just lost their lifes work. A local farmer committed suicide last week because of all this. Think how this is affecting all of these people. I am sorry but I get so annoyed when I read comments about culling being un-necisary, maybe it is but we have to do something and whilst we are bickering about the rights and wrongs of it, someone somewhere is having to make that awful decision and I am sure it won't be an easy one.
**** UPDATED OPINION **** It was some time ago when I wrote this opinion about the 'new look' Huggies nappies and at the time the jury was still out. Well I have now reached a verdict and it is a unaminous thumbs down!!! Sorry huggies but I am very disappointed. The freedom nappies were ok. I was happy with them. However when my little man grew into the next size I had major problems. The adventurers range actually sound very good. They are designed with a mobile baby/toddler in mind. The idea being that babs would have better mobility with a less bulky nappy. Great I thought, wonderful idea huggies!!! Until..... !! After weeks of breakfast nappy changes entailing a vest in soak and strip washing my son because his morning 'poop' was all up his back (one time up to his neck!! yuk!) it dawned on me that perhaps it was the 'new look' nappy. Yes huggies they do give better mobility but alas in doing so they now fail to do what a nappy should! Contain mess!!!! I would not recommend huggies now at all to anyone, or at least not the adventurer range for older babies/toddlers. I have switched to pampers and am considering writing to huggies to complain!!! Has anyone else had similar problems to me? Or is it just the way my son poos?????????!!!!! **** ORIGINAL OPINION **** All you Huggies users out there have probably by now noticed a big change recently. Yes Huggies have re-invented their nappies, with a whole new look, size range and hopefully better nappies. Bewarned however that the new size range can cause some confusion at first!! Huggies have been advertising in parenting magazines about their 'new look' so this should be common knowledge. I thought I would spin a wee yarn just to inform those of you who, like me didnt read the advertisements until AFTER the changes came about!!!! Firstly huggies have now divided the size ranges up into different catergories dependent on age. There are three catergories which are: Beginings Freedom Adventurers This new nappy range is, according to Huggies 'Tailored for each stage of your babies development'. The idea being that each stage will be exactly the right size and fit for your baby be he/she newborn, crawling or toddling. The differing catergories are very easy too spot as they are packaged in a very attractive and colourful way. Yellow for Beginings, green for freedom and orange for adventurers. There are a number of different size ranges available within each catergory which are: BEGININGS Newborn (called Newborn) 2-5kg/4-11lbs Small (called mini) 3-6kg/7-13lbs FREEDOM Small/Medium (called Midi) 5-9kg/11-20lbs Medium (called Maxi) 8-14kg/18-31lbs Medium/large (called maxi +) 10-16kg/22-35lbs Large (called Junior) 12-22kg/27-50lbs ADVENTURERS Medium + (called maxi/maxi +) 9-15kg/20-33lbs Large + (called junior/junior +) 12kg+/27lbs+ I have just started on my first pack of Freedom nappies and am a liitle unsure. Firstly talk about confused! Which size do I choose??? they overlap a lot, which only served to confuse me in the shop when trying to choose which ones (I had a screaming, teething 11 mth old with me and was on auto pilot having had NO sleep the night before!!) I eventually chose what I hope are the right size for my little terror. Now maybe I am just stuck in my ways, but I am really not sure if I like this new nappy! It seems with a wiggling baby who is trying to roll/crawl away that they are harder to put on!!! I have compared the 'new' nappy with an 'old' one and the only difference that I could see was that the 'new' nappy was slightly longer. I would have thought that this would be for the better. I for the time being though remain a little bit uncertain. One good point that I am pleased to see is the 'active protection' strip (the part of the nappy that is supposed to stop rashes and irritation) appears much wider which can only be good news. My husband says he dosent have a problem with the 'new' nappies and my son seems happy and well in them so maybe I am just a fuddy duddy who dosent take to change!!! the idea seems good in principle, I will keep you informed if it works in practise and would also love to hear how anyone else gets on!!!