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My daughter has been a massive Peppa Pig fan for some time now and so we were delighted when her grandparents bought her the Peppa Pig Princess Palace for Christmas this year. We already have a few smaller Peppa Pig sets and figures and have always found them to be a little overpriced for what you get but this one really is the worst value for money I have come across so far!
The Peppa Palace retails at £39.99 so you would expect for that price to be getting quite a good little playset. This is certainly not the case and we were shocked to find how little was inside the box when we opened it! The palace itself is nice and has a good little hook on the front so that you can store everything away inside it without losing any bits but the problems is you hardly get any extra bit with it. It basically comes with 2 beds, 2 thrones, a dining table and chairs, a stove and a cauldron! There is just enough furniture to kit out the palace but looks a bit bare, but the thing we found most disappointing was the lack of figures. My daughter already has the Peppa house which she keeps at her grandparents house and that came with the entire family included, however this set only includes Princess Peppa and Richard Rabbit - I find it very odd that you don't even get her little brother George!
I believe that the reason for lack of figures and furniture in the playset is because there are lots of different add on sets that you can buy separately (all of which in my opinion are overpriced for what you get!). Luckily we also bought her the Princess Peppa Royal Family (which retails at £18.99 for 6 figures!) and the Princess Peppa carriage (which retails at around £14.99) so the palace didn't look to empty on Christmas day. We were also lucky enough to find both of these sets for half price which I think is a fairer price for what you get. If you paid full price for all of the sets that are available then you would probably be looking at over £100 which is an awful lot of money for a rather small set of toys!
On a positive note though, one thing I will say about Peppa Pig playsets are that I do find them to be very good quality and my daughter loves playing with them. The recommended age is 3 and up but my daughter is nearly 2 and half and I have found them chunky and durable enough for my daughter to play with for the last year (although you do need to keep an eye on the George and Richard figures as they are quite small).
Overall, my daughter loves the palace and I'm glad that she has it but I would have begrudged paying so much for such a little playset. I did notice just after Christmas that it was on sale in Next for £20 which I think would definitely have been a more realistic price for the toy.
We recently bought one of the pottettes for my daughter when she started learning how to use her potty. We got ours from Mothercare for £12.99 and they also had an offer on at the time so we got a pack of the potty liners for half price too. We decided to buy the potty in pink as we have a little girl who loves everything pink but I think it is also available in blue and green too.
The pottette can be used in two ways, firstly as a travel potty, and second as a toilet training seat when your little one is brave enough to try the big toilet. We started using the pottette as a travel potty and found it very easy to use. It has two legs which unfold and then need to be clicked into place. You then need to place one of the special liners over the seat and hook the handles over both of the legs, making sure that the absorbent pad is facing upwards. At first my daughter was a little skeptical about using the potty as she was rather attached to her regular potty at home, so we decided to make up a game and see if she could try and get the froggies wet (pictures on the absorbent pad). After a couple of attempts my daughter was completely happy with using the potty while we were out and about.
It is possible to put the potty liners on in advance and the potty can be folded up whilst the liners are in place. You can also place 3 liners on the potty together at one time so that it is ready to go whenever your little one needs it. I would definitely recommend doing this as I forgot to once and my little girl wet her knickers whilst I was trying to get the liner on the potty as it can be time consuming when your child is desperate for the toilet!
Eventually my daughter decided that she liked using the big girl toilet so we started using the pottette as a trainer seat. This works by just unfolding the legs so they are horizontal with the potty seat and just placing it on top of the toilet. The legs have non slip rubber underneath them so that it doesn't move about on the toilet and they also make perfect little handles for your little one to hold on to so that they don't have to touch dirty public toilet seats. I definitely prefer to use the pottette in this way as it saves fiddling about with carrying extra liners and fitting them to the potty.
The only down side of the pottette is that I find the potty liners to be rather expensive - £3.99 for a pack of 10 or £10.99 for a pack of 30! As you can imagine this can become rather costly when your child is going through a stage of wanting to go to the toilet every 10 minutes while out and about! Luckily though, my daughter went on to using it as a toilet seat rather quickly so I was glad to be able to stop buying the liners!
The pottette comes with a little travel bag, but I did find this a little disappointing as it is just like a thick carrier bag with a drawstring so we have started taking it out and about in one of our own bags.
Overall though, I would say that this is an excellent piece of toilet training equipment for people who are out and about a lot and I don't know what we would do without ours. Certainly beats carrying a fulll size potty everywhere with us!
My daughter received this toy as a present for her first christmas when she was 5 months old. When I first saw this toy I was rather skeptical as it claims to have scientifically designs tunes and sounds which help sooth baby and stop them from crying. This seemed rather far fetched to me as I couldn't imagine a toy like this distracting my child so much that she would stop crying.
The Tomy Sshh comes in 2 designs - a green frog or a yellow bee (we have the bee design). The toy is approximately 5 inches tall with a soft colourful body and dangley legs with different coloured feet. His head contains the sound box which can be accessed via a velcro flap on the back of his head. He also has a large green velcro strap on top of his head which enables the toy to be attached to puschair, pram or cot etc. There are two buttons which activate the sounds and music which are located underneath the little pink crosses on his cheeks. The button on the left cheek plays different sounds and music each time it is pressed and the button on the right plays a longer tune when it is pressed and held. The toy takes 3 batteries which are located in the head and sound box can be fully removed from the toy when you want to wash it.
So the big question is ... does it work? Well in a way, yes it does work. The first time we put this toy to the test my little girl was a little grisley and unhappy as we had been travelling in the car for a little too long for her liking. I put the toy onto her car seat and pressed the buttons to play the songs and noises - she was instantly drawn to the toy and stopped cyring. I pressed and held the button on the right so that it would play the longer tune and she sat and watched it throughout the whole song without even a whimper. The only problem is that as soon as it had stopped playing (the long song lasts around 1 minute) she started to cry again. This resulted in me having to twist round in my seat for the duration of the journey so that I could keep pressing the buttons for her every few seconds. We did however, go through a stage of taking this out and about all of the time with us. I found it very useful in the supermarket as it was just loud enough for my daughter to hear but not so loud that it annoyed me and my fellow shoppers. The long tune also lasted long enough to keep her entertained in between me picking things up off the shelves etc.
My verdict - a great little toy to entertain bored or restless babies temporarily. However, it is not suitable for babies who are screaming the place down! We never actually tried it on our little one when she was very upset as I don't think she would have even heard it over her own cry (she was rather loud as a small baby!). We got plenty of use out of the Baby Sshh as have put it away for the time being ready for when our next little baby comes along. I do however, think that it is a little overpriced for what it is but would still recommend it.
Ever since my daughter started drinking from a cup I have been searching high and low trying to find a cup that doesn't leak. After spending endless amounts of money on new cups with special spouts and valves that promised not to leak a single drop I was ready to give up. That was until I decided to try an Anyway Up Cup!
These cups have been around for years - my sister has two children aged 10 and 12 and she used these cups back then. I always dismissed these cups as they are cheaper that the other so called "non spill" cups so I wrongly assumed that they would be no good. However, when I saw them on offer in Tesco's a few months ago I decided to give them a go - the price was too good to refuse. I paid £3 for 2 cups (usually £1.99 each). In my opinion these cups are an absolute bargain as all the other versions cost around £3.99 each!
The design of the cup is very simple. The lid just clips on and off and there is no fancy valve inside the cup - just a little plastic cover over the teat which opens when the child sucks. Looking at it, I thought there was no way it was going to stay leak proof but lo and behold, when I put the juice inside and gave it to my daughter not a single drop spilled from the cup! She has been using these cups most days now for the past few months and they have been brilliant - however, yesterday we did have the first leak and I noticed that the little seal over the teat was torn. I have just put this down to maybe scrubbing it a bit hard when washing it though and it has not put me off. All the other cups we have ever bought have ended up leaking within a week and sometimes within minutes of using them!
I went into Tesco's yesterday and noticed that the offer of 2 for £3 is back on at the moment so I bought 4 more to keep us going for a while. To my knowledge, the cups are available in 2 different sizes - small with handles on either side for younger babies and a larger version with no handles for older children. They also come in various colours - I have seen them in pink, lilac, blue, green and red.
Overall, I couldn't rate this cup higher! We have virtually tried the majority of non spill cups on the market and this is the only one that works!
I bought this play mat for my daughter when she first started crawling and pulling herself up on the furniture. We have wood flooring all throughout our house so I didn't like the thought of her sitting and crawling on a cold hard floor and was also worried about her falling and bumping her head when she was walking round the furniture. I searched for a solution to our problem and could only think of buying a huge rug for the lounge, which would have been pretty pricey, but then I came across the soft play zone play mat. I actually purchased our play mat off a toy supplier on ebay and got it for £19.99 which, in my opinion, is a pretty good price for the size of the mat.
The playmat is basically a giant foam jigsaw type playmat. It consists of 36 square mats that each measure 1 square foot. Each mat has a letter of the alphabet and numbers 0 to 9 which are made in a different colour foam and can be lifted out of the play mat. The mats slot very easily together and provide 36 square feet coverage which you can slot together in any shape you wish. We already have a rug in our lounge so I used to slot the pieces together around the rug and all of our furniture and it virtually covered our entire lounge ensuring that my daughter was safe from an bumps on our hard floor. The mats are made of approx 1cm thick foam so provide very cushioned flooring - my little one even fell off the sofa once and it didn't bother her at all! I used this playmat everyday until my daughter started walking and became more steady on her feet and it provided peace of mind for me and a comfortable and colourful place to play for my little girl.
When she turned 1, we had a party in our local church hall and also took the play mat along with us for all the children to play on and to create a sort of dance floor in the middle of the room - all the kiddies loved it and again stopped them from hurting themselves on the hard floor. The mats are supplied in a handy zip up bag for storage - unfortunately the zip broke within a couple of weeks on ours so we ended up just storing them in a collapsible crate which we found was the perfect size to store all of the mats.
This play mat was absolutely brilliiant when my little one was tiny but to be honest, it has been put up in the loft now as it started to get a bit annoying when she got a little older. The mat never stayed in one piece when she worked out that all of the numbers and letters came out of the mat so I constantly found myself having to put it back together for her and she got stressed when she couldn't do it herself. We are, however, having a party for her 2nd birthday in a couple of weeks and I'm planning on getting it out of the loft again for the kiddies to play on.
Overall a great little mat to protect from bumps but annoying as my little one got older.
When I was expecting my daughter I knew that I wanted to breast feed her but also wanted to get some good feeding bottles in case the breast feeding didn't work out. I did my research on all of the various bottles on the market and decided on the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles. These appealed to me as Tommee Tippee claim that the teat on the bottle is the closest you can get to breast feeding and makes it easier for baby to feed from a bottle when they are used to breast feeding.
The bottles come in three different designs - 1. standard colour consisting of clear bottle with white ring round teat and clear lid, 2. pink bottle and ring round teat with flower design on the front and pink lid and 3. blue bottle and ring round teat with boat design on the front and a blue lid. I decided to buy 10 bottles to make sure I had a good stash and mainly bought the standard clear bottles but as we knew that we were having a little girl I couldn't resist buying a couple of the pink bottle too, even though they were almost £2 more expensive than the clear ones for a pack of 2!
When my daughter finally came along I tried to feed her myself for the first 8 weeks. Unfortunately, I was unable to produce enough milk to feed her myself so after a couple of weeks of screaming and no sleep from a starving little baby I decided to start topping her up with formula milk. I was therefore very glad that I chose the bottles to compliment breast feeding and found that my daughter had no problem switching between being breast fed and bottle fed. My midwife explained to me that by giving my daughter the occasional bottle she would probably decide that she didn't want breast milk anymore and favour formula milk - I did however manage to get in six more weeks of feeding via both methods before she decided that she was just too hungry to bother with breast milk anymore.
I cannot honestly comment on if this was down to the design of the bottle as claimed by tommee tippee or if it was just that my daughter was so hungry that she would drink from anything but they worked for me so I would happily recommend them.
I also purchased the matching Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Steam Steriliser. To work the steriliser you just need to measure out a small amount of water (I can't remember off the top of my head how much anymore) and just put it in the base of the steriliser and then press the power button. The bottles actually have a little line on them indicating the amount of water that needs to be placed in the steriliser - we found this very useful as it meant that we didn't have to get the measuring jug out everytime we wanted to sterilise the bottles. The bottles were cleaned very quickly and easily in the steriliser - taking only 5 minutes so I would definitely recommend buying the matching steriliser if you were to choose these bottles.
The only annoying thing that I found with these bottles is the shape of them. Although they do look attractive, because they are not a standard bottle shape (they are shorter and fatter than a normal bottle), this means that they do not fit into all bottle holders. My baby bag had a built in bottle holder and these bottles would not fit into it so we had to go out and buy the tommee tippee one and then just attach it to our baby bag. Not a major problem, but just a little annoying.
As my baby got older, we were able to purchase teats with bigger holes when she wanted to get the milk quicker. My daughter is now almost 2 years old and still has a bottle at bedtime - she can still drink perfectly well from the largest size teat and the bottles are still like new after 2 years of constant use.
Overall I think that these bottles are very good, long lasting bottles and they certainly helped me with the tranisition from breast to bottle.
I have recently purchased some Factor 50 Nivea Children's Sun Spray for my daughter to protect her from the sun this summer. At the time it was on special offer at boots - it cost £11.99 and was on buy one get one free so we got two identical bottles to make sure that we had plenty. I did look round at other brands of sun cream but decided to settle on nivea as both me and my daughter have sensitive skin and I know that the adult version of this suncream is fine on my skin.
The sun cream comes in a spray bottle which has hand grips on each side of the bottle (very useful when your hands and covered in sun cream and the bottle becomes rather slippy!) When you spray the cream onto your child's skin it actually goes on green so that you can see where you have applied sun cream - the cream is very milky and rubs in easily so don't worry, you won't have a green child all summer! The cream is also water resistant which is very useful for when your little ones are playing in the paddling pool or if you take the kiddies abroad and they're in the swimming pool all day.
I was a little worried about using a spray on my daughter at first, as she is only 23 months old and thought she might not like it. She was a little puzzled the first time we put it on her but now everytime we go out she now asks for her special green cream on and she also likes rubbing it into mummy's skin. When it is time to put the cream on her face we just spray a little in my hand and then put rub the cream in rather than spraying it directly onto her face. The sun cream has a very pleasant sun cream smell and is very suitable for sensitive skin. The recommendation on the back of the bottle suggests that you should apply the sun cream all over, allow to dry and then reapply to make sure that there is adequate cover and no missed bits. I personally think that this is essential because the cream is so light, it rubs in and dries quite quickly so I felt like I hadn't put enough on to protect my daugter's skin. However after applying another coat I was happy that she was completely covered in the sun cream and would not burn.
I have been using the sun cream on my daughter regularly for a good 6 weeks now and there is still loads left in the bottle and I am pretty certain that we won't have to go out and buy anymore suncream for her this year. As mentioned before though, my daughter is just coming up to 2 years old so there is only a small area to cover so bear in mind that bigger children will obviously use the bottle up a lot quicker. To date the sun cream has protected my daughter's very fair skin adequately. She has been out playing in the sun an awful lot these past few weeks and we have not seen a single bit of sunburn - just a nice little subtle sunkissed glow on her skin. I would therefore recommend this sun cream to parents who want peace of mind that their children's skin is going to be well protected from the sun.
The Fisher Price Lullaby Soother Winnie The Pooh is a lovely cuddly toy for babies with the added feature of a colour changing night light. This pooh bear was given to my daughter as a gift for her first christmas and there was a time when she wouldn't go to sleep without this toy.
The toy basically consists of a cuddly pooh bear wearing a blue romper suit and lying down on a little white pillow with clouds sew onto it. The pillow is made of thin cotton and has a colour changing light box inside it. When you press the top of the pillow, the lights come on and shine through the pillow case and pooh bear starts to play lullaby music, nature sounds such as birds tweeting and he says various phrases such as "i'm so sleepy" and "night night". There is a switch on the light box which enables you to choose how long you want to music to play for before it switches itself off (5 mins, 15 mins and 25 mins) depending on how quickly you little one can get to sleep.
Pooh bear also comes with a handy parent remote control which enables you to turn it on and off without having to go right into your babies room and risk waking them. You can also use the remote to choose whether you want the music or just nature sounds to play. The remote control also has a little handle on top which can be hung over the door handle on your babies room so that you can find it easily when you need it.
Both the pooh bear and remote control both take 3 AA batteries each - We have never had to change the batteries in the remote control (over 18 months) but I found that pooh bear uses batteries up quite quickly and had to change them every 4-6 weeks.
When we first set the toy up I was a little concerned by how loud the music was and how bright the night light was. It seemed far too bright and loud for my little one to get to sleep. However, when we tried it out, our little one, who was 5 months old at the time just lay in her cot staring at it and eventually after about 5 minutes of watching it she drifted off to sleep. This toy quickly became a big part of her night time routine and we could just put it on the 5 minute setting and know that by the time the music had stopped, she would be fast asleep. She eventually worked out how to switch pooh bear on herself and we would often be woken up in the middle of the night to "I'm so sleepy"!
Unfortunately, my daughter who is now nearly two has decided that she doesn't like lullaby music anymore and gets upset everytime she presses the pillow so we have had to take it off of her, but I am definitely keeping hold of it to use with our next little baby.
I recently bought this Lola doll for my daughter as she has become totally obsessed with the TV programme on Cbeebies. I bought it from amazon as I managed to get a brilliant deal - it cost £10.99 with free postage and also included a free Charlie and Lola matching pairs game. I also had a £10 amazon voucher to use so I actually got it for 99p!
Daytime and Nightime Lola is a lovely doll that comes complete with a nice patterned dress, long grey socks and blue shoes to wear in the daytime. Lola's dress is reversible and for nightime it transforms into a red and white checked pyjama top. She also has matching pyjama bottoms, red and black spotty slippers and a toothbrush and toothpaste. All of the accessories fit inside a little green satchell which fits easily onto her shoulders.
When you squeeze both of lola's hands she says three daytime and three nightime phrases. All of which are very cute such as "those are not my pyjamas, those belong to two dancing dogs" and "i'm hopping, i'm hopping, i'm hopping hopping". There is one phrase, however, which may cause problems for slightly older children - "I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed". Luckily our daughter is not yet two and she doesn't really pay attention to what Lola is actually saying at the moment but I can imagine a few children have repeated this phrase at bedtime! Lola helps to encourage routine and we have to get Lola dressed in the morning and ready for bed each night before our daughter will do it. The little toothbrush and toothpaste are very cute and our daughter loves to pretend to clean Lola's teeth while we help her clean her own. She actually enjoys cleaning her own teeth but I can imagine that this would help to encourage youngsters who do not enjoy it so much.
Lola is very well made and provides lots of fun for our 2 year old - however, Lola's clothes are very fiddly and my daughter cannot put them on by herself. Even I have great difficulty getting Lola's socks and top on as she has very long, thin arms and legs and it is very difficult to get the clothes on over them. Apart from this she is an absolutely lovely doll - she looks and sounds just like Lola on the tv series and my daughter absolutely loves her.
I would definitely recommend this toy for any little Charlie and Lola fan but only if you don't mind having to dress her all of the time and possibly risk being told that your child "is not sleepy and will not go to bed"!
We own two of these baby gates so far and I could not recommend them high enough! We actually purchased our first baby gate for our dog! We moved into a new house that was open plan downstairs so we decided to put a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs to stop our dog from wandering round upstairs while we were out. It was purchased from toys r us around 3 years ago and cost us £29.99. We did look at other baby gates but decided on this one because it looked easy to fit as it didn't need to be drilled into the wall and the catch looked a lot easier to use than some of gates that I have come across before!
The baby gate was very easy to put up. The actual gate came as one piece so there was no need for screwdrivers or hammers etc. The gate is pressure mounted to the wall so all we needed to do was to slot the four screws into each corner of the gate and then turn each one until it was tight enough to keep the gate in place. The catch on this gate is operated very easily by squeezing the two light blue parts of the handle together and then lifting it up. It is a little fiddly at first but can be opened and closed easily with one hand once you get used to it. I was a little dubious of pressure mounted baby gates before we purchased this one as we own a siberian husky who is very strong so I thought she may be able to pull it straight down but she has never once managed to dislodge this gate.
When my daughter started walking we decided that we needed a gate at the top of the stairs as well as the bottom to stop her from falling down the stairs. I immediately just went out and bought another Lindam baby gate exactly the same as the one we already had. I didn't bother to research baby gates a second time as I found the baby gate worked very well for us and was a good price so I thought it would be good to have matching ones.
The only down side to the baby gates is that they have marked the walls and stair case a bit but I suppose that is unnavoidable really and at least we didn't have to drill any holes in the walls to put it up. We're not planning on taking the baby gates down in the near future, but when we do I imagine the walls and staircase will just need a quick lick of paint to hide where the baby gates have been. The gate is also very easy to clean and the gaps are very narrow - I did have a baby gate previously that my dog could actually squeeze through the side of but this gate only leaves around a 10 cm gap between the wall and the first section of the gate.
Overall I would definitely recommend this baby gate for anyone with young children or pets.
This toy was given to my daughter on her first christmas by a friend of ours. This toy is basically a singing caterpillar that teaches numbers, colours etc. The caterpillar has five different coloured body parts with the numbers 1 to five sewn on to part, all of which have a button underneath which can be pressed. Underneath each body section is there are five different pictures/activities which relate to the number and colour of the body part above it (1 bluebird which squeaks, 2 butterflies that rattle, 3 bumble bees that crinkle, 4 flowers on a ring and 5 ladybirds that jingle). On the caterpillar's neck, there are more buttons - on/off switch (the toy does automatically switch off also if you don't play with him for a while), and four different play modes (numbers, colours, classical music and musical medley. The child needs to choose a play mode for the caterpillar and then press a number on the caterpillars body. Depending on which mode it is in she will then sing a song or rhyme.
When in number mode, if the number one is pressed, the caterpillar will sing "one little birdy singing so sweet, one fluffy cloud and one big tweet, tweet!" In colour mode when each button is pressed the caterpillar sings a song about each colour in a different style of music ie when number 2 is pressed the caterpillar sings and orange rock song! In classical music mode each number has a different composer - 1 Mozart, 2 Baccarini, 3 Bach, 4 Vivaldi, 5 Beethoven, all of which play a short piece of music by the composer. In musical medley, the caterpillar just plays a medley of music from the composers for a few minutes.
The caterpillar has a soft carry handle on the top of it's body and is light and easy for a little one to carry. It also has two velcro straps on the back which can be used to attach to a pram, puschair or cot etc. It requires 2 AA batteries which last very well - we have owned this toy for approx 18 months now and not had to replace them yet.
As mentioned before, my daughter received this for her first christmas when she was around 5 months old - the toy is suitable from 3 months old but only as a cuddly toy as the child will obviously not be able to press the buttons at that age. My daughter managed to start pressing the buttons when she was around 1 year old. We never actually attached the toy to her pushchair or cot as we attempted it a couple of times but because it is only secured by velcro, she was able to remove it very easily and quickly got thrown out of her pushchair and cot onto the floor. We therefore decided that it would just be a toy that she could have in her toy box and we found that she didn't really play with it too much as she found other toys more interesting.
Our little girl is now almost 2 years old and she has hardly played with it for the last year - think it is time for it to be moved out of her toy box to make way for more big girl toys. I would not personally buy this toy for another child as I do think there that are more interesting toys out there for babies, but I will however be keeping hold of this toy for our next baby to play with when they are old enough.
Overall it is a nice little toy but just not interesting enough for our little one.
This is a lovely little toy for younger children. We received this as a gift for my daughter's first birthday. At first I was a little dubious as the age range on the packaging said it was suitable from 3 months old - my daughter has always seemed to like slightly older toys so I thought that she would show no interest in it at all but, to my suprise, found that she did actually quite like the toy.
The toy basically consists of a little black and white cuddly cow, who is around 6 inches high and is holding a ring around it's neck with two push buttons and a spinning block in the middle. The on off button is a little heart located on the cow's chest - the button is concealed underneath the fabric so there are no buttons sticking up off the cuddly cow so perfect for small babies. I found that my daughter did tend to struggle with turning the cow on as the button is located underneath the ring and she couldn't quite work out how to get to it. Once the cow is turned on the two buttons on the ring can be pressed which light up and flash and the cow then starts singing songs and teaching either the alphabet, numbers, colours and shapes. The block in the middle also triggers these noises. On the back of the ring, behind the cows hands which are holding on the the ring, are two little rings which move up and down on the larger ring - there is no function to these, just basically something for the child to fiddle with.
I personally found that my daughter did like to play with this toy occasionally but it did not hold her attention for very long and now, at the age of 22 months, she no longer shows any interest in the toy as she now owns much more interesting toys. I would therefore agree with the age recommendation of around 3 months for this toy as the lights and songs would definitely appeal to a younger baby and it is also a nice size for a smaller baby to hold and cuddle. Overall a pretty decent toy but I would definitely not buy this toy for a child older than around 9 months old.
I absolutely love my Yummy Mummy Changing Bag by Pink Lining!
When I found out that I was expecting my first child, I decided that if I was going to be carrying a changing bag round with my everywhere for the next couple of years then I was going to treat myself to a really nice one. So I went out baby shopping and came across the Yummy Mummy range by Pink Lining in John Lewis. There are lots of different designs to choose from for both girls and boys. My bag cost £64.99 two years ago which I feel is an excellent price for the lovely design and overall quality of the bag.
They also make matching bottle holders in the same designs as the bags. These are very pretty but cost about £15 when I was buying my bag so I decided against these and decided to stick with standard Tommee Tippee ones which fit easily inside the bag so nobody saw them anyway.
I knew that I was expecting a little girl so I chose a lovely cream bag with a design incorporating blue swallows, pink flowers, red hearts and little bumble bees all over it. The bag also has a big material pocket on the front with a large pink and yellow cupcake sewn onto it and the word "Yummy Mummy" stitched onto it. The lining of the bag is bright pink and there is plenty of space inside and lots of different pockets inside and out which are perfect for storing all of the little bits and bobs you need to carry round everywhere when you have a little one. The bag also included a very good quality, padded changing mat which had cupcakes and the words yummy mummy printed all over it, a clear plastic zip up bag with the same design over it and a large drawstring bag with one big cupcake printed onto it. There is also a little square mirror attached to one of the pockets inside, perfect for yummy mummy to check her hair and make up whilst out and about :o) There are two good sized handles for carrying over your arm and a long detachable strap for carrying over your shoulders or putting on the back of your pram/pushchair.
The outside of the bag is wipe clean apart from the pockets. I have been using my yummy mummy bag for just under two years now and it is still in very good condition apart from the odd little mark which won't come off and the cupcake on the front pocket has gone a little bobbly.
I would definitely recommend this changing bag and I have even managed to convert my sister who is expecting a baby this summer and would not normally spend that much on a bag. She has just bought a lovely blue one for her little boy. We are planning to have another baby next year and I think that my changing bag would definitely last another couple of years, but because I love these bags so much, I think having another baby is just a perfectly good reason to go out and buy another one!
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful x
I could not cope without my Tommee Tippee Sangenic Nappy Wrapper!
When my daughter was born we purchased the Angelcare nappy wrapper as you get a voucher in bounty packs reducing the price down to £5. I was perfectly happy with this nappy wrapper until I discovered the Tommee Tippee version. I decided not to buy it at first as it was priced at £19.99 and couldn't justify spending another 20 pounds on something we basically already owned. But I managed to spot it in a sale in Boots for £9.99 so I immediately grabbed it!
While I found the Angelcare nappy wrapper system to be perfectly adequate and did what it was supposed to, the Tommee Tippee version appealed to me more because of the extra hygiene features. This nappy wrapper system actually wraps each nappy individually (and creates a string of nappy sausages inside the bin!) unlike the Angelcare which just drops them into one big bag. Because the nappies are all sealed individually this also eliminates any smells produced by dirty nappies. The second thing I liked about this nappy wrapper bin is the antibacterial coating that is claimed to be on the plastic wrapper itself. I am totally obsessed with antibacterial products and I was so happy to find a nappy bin with antibacterial action.
The nappy system works by pushing the used nappy through the flap in the top of the bin. There is then a little handle round the rim which you need to turn a couple of times in order to seal the nappy inside it's own little bag. Then when you put the lid back down this presses the nappy down inside the bin and creates a new opening ready to put the next used nappy in. The nappy bin holds around 20 nappy so needs to be emptied every 3 to 4 days. This is very easy to do as the lid just clips off and the bottom of the bin has a handle on either side enabling you to carry out to the bin easily.
The plastic wrapper comes in cassette refils which you can buy from most supermarkets, boots, toys r us, mothercare etc so they are very easy to find. They are priced at around £12 for a pack of three but they are reguarly on offer in tescos and asda for £8. There is plenty of nappy wrapper plastic inside each cassette and one cassette tends to last us around 4 to 6 weeks. The cassettes are really easy to fit inside the bin. They just slot into the top and all you need to do then is push the plastic down through the hole and tie a knot in the end of it. As the nappy wrapper plastic is just one long tube which is twisted into individual bags, there is also a cutter on the underneath of the lid enabling you to cut the plastic when the bin is full and you need to start a new string.
I couldn't imagine not owning one of the nappy wrapper systems now and I think it is so much handier than having to take every single nappy out to the bin individually.
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I have just recently purchased this potty for my daughter and cannot recommend it highly enough! We decided to start potty training our daughter a few weeks ago and originally purchased the Mamas and Papas Squeek A Duck Potty as it was cute and fun. However we soon discovered that she did not like the potty at all and completely refused to sit on it. So after lots of failed attempts we decided to ditch this potty and try a new one. This is when we stumbled across the Safety 1st Smart Rewards Potty in Toys R Us.
The first thing that appealed to me was it's appearance - I loved the fact that it looked like a proper little toilet and thought it might help my daughter when making the transition to the big toilet. The second thing that jumped out at me was the price - very reasonable at £21.99 and Fisher Price make a very similar potty for a lot bigger price of £34.99.
When we got the potty home, I found it very easy to put together (just need to slot the back onto the potty and that's it - although there is also a splash guard for little boys that can also be attached. As soon as it was ready to go my daughter was very excited as it was like a "big girl toilet" and sat straight on it without taking her nappy off. As soon as she sat on it the potty started singing a little song to encourage her to do wee wees which she didn't like at first but soon got used to it after a few tries. It took a bit of encouragement to get her to sit on it without her nappy on but she eventually did and sat there swaying to the tune. Eventually she managed to do a little tinkle on her potty and as soon as she did the potty played a drum roll and said "you did it, don't forget to flush". This really pleased my little girl and she got off her potty and pressed the handle on the side which first made a realistic flushing noise and then sang another song which praised her and then told her she could get a sticker and then wash her hands.
My favourite part of the potty is the little sticker roll which can be pulled out of the side of the toilet and has lots of little stars to reward your child. The potty also comes with two reward charts with certificates on the back and a sticker refill. My daughter lovced this so much and it took her a little while to understand that she only got a sticker when she uses her potty but she now loves the fact that she gets a little treat everytime she goes to the toilet! To clean the toilet, you just need to lift the lid and remove the pan inside which is very easy to wash and very convenient as you don't have to take the whole potty upstairs.
I have not found any bad points so far with this potty but the tune does get a little annoying when my daughter decides to sit on it every 2 minutes, but at least she likes sitting on it and it is encouraging her to do so.
Overall an absolutely brilliant potty well worth the money!