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      26.09.2012 17:15
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      Good quality sheets, would recommend

      We purchased these sheets in neutral cream when we were expecting our son. We had decorated the room in creams and browns since we had not found out his sex and these fitted in perfectly with this scheme. The Product These sheets come in a pack of two and are fitted sheets (they have a rim of elastic running round the outside to perfectly fit to the mattress and not move) They come in a range of colours (Cream, white, Yellow, Blue and Pink) and are available in several size from crib sized to cot bed. The set comes in two different shades, a lighter sheet and a slightly darker colour (as far as I can tell, at least the cream and the blue set I bought for the crib do) They are made of soft cotton jersey fabric and according to the mothercare website are made of "easy care material making them stress- free to wash and iron" This size (the cotbed) retail at £13.99 but the smaller sizes are obviously cheaper. We purchased these in a buy one get one free deal and used the voucher in the mothercare baby and me pack (worth signing up to if buying this type of thing) The Review These sheets are lovely and soft to the touch. They are perfect for a babies soft skin and there are no complaints from my son! They fit perfectly on the cotbed and give a really tight fit which means my son can toss and turn all night and they stay put. They wash really well and retain their colour brilliantly, they are still as good as when I bought them even though I have washed them pretty constantly since I got them around 3 months ago. They are quite stain resistant, there is always a bit of sick (or worse) on them in the morning and a quick wash even at 40 degress and the stains have gone. The claims that they are easy iron are also true, they iron really quickly and easily but I have found if you hang them well while drying they don't even need ironing. I love the fact they come in two shades as it means I can make a subtle change up in the colour scheme but still stay matching. The two pack also means I can have one on the cotbed while the other is being washed which is a godsend with a refluxy baby! I would have loved a greater range of shades and maybe some brighter colours but I suppose the same can be said of most baby bedding ranges and the choice of colours is typical of most manufacturers. I would say these sheets are quite expensive at full price but they do last well. If you are getting a deal as well, they are definitely worth it and you do get your moneys worth. I would definitely recommend these sheets to anyone.

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      21.09.2012 17:59
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      Would not recommend these to anyone

      I purchased these under the bump trousers when I was around six months pregnant and growing out of my pre pregnancy trousers. I was looking for something that looked smart but was also comfortable. My plan was to be able to get as many uses as possible out of these and wear them for work and for nights out. The product The trousers are sold exclusively at New Look and when I purchased them (about six months ago) they were around £10 or £11. The trousers are made of polyester and look like a typical pair of black smart trousers. They have a ribbed cotton like waist that is designed to fit snugly under the bump. They have button details where the front pockets of the trousers would be and are of a pull on type. They have a small flare on the bottom (I would say they were boot cut but a bit more flared) The review I was really looking forward to wearing these trousers to work as my uniform trousers had became way too snug and were starting to hurt. These looked like they would provide the comfort my waist was crying out for! I was very wrong. I was expecting these would be like most maternity wear and if I bought my normal size, would fit. I purchased the size 12 I usually was. Some places fit perfectly but the waist was way too tight and uncomfortable and wouldn't sit right under my bump. It kept digging in in all the wrong places making wearing them for any length of time uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful! I did not have a bigger then usual bump, it was quite petite, so would assume this would be the case for most people. The length is also an issue. I am slightly taller than average but usually the regular trousers are fine and look smart, however these were way too short for me. Not just in a slightly short, can get away with it way, they looked almost like capri pants and this is not a good look when wearing work boots as well! On the plus side, they washed really well and were cheap. That is the best thing I could say about them. I didn't get to wear them enough to know if they wore well but judging from other New Look items I have purchased in the past, they would probably last well for the price. I definitely wouldn't recommend these for someone looking for comfortable work trousers. I would suggest paying the extra as I did and getting another brand.

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        21.09.2012 17:38
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        Good bright swing, but too powerful

        We bought the fisher price take along swing for our baby as we have bought and loved a few other items in the rainforest range. We have had this for around four months now. The Product This swing has five different speed settings and seven different songs with a volume control (options are high and low) It takes 4 C batteries to work these. It has a rainforest design, being predominantly green with cartoonish images of various rainforest animals printed on it. The frame is silver and the controls are cream and blue. There is a bar above baby's head which is a large plastic leaf from which hangs stuffed animals, a toucan and a monkey. This bar can be swung out of the way for easy access to the baby. The seat is soft fabric and has a three point harness to hold baby in. The swing is suitable from birth till 9kg. It retails around £70. The review We bought this to match with the rest of the equipment we had purchased (the playmat and a bouncer) and love it's bright and eyecatching design. It's suitable for both boys and girls and ideal if like us, you bought this before found out the sex of the baby. It was really easy to put together and the instructions were very easy to follow. The swing has five different speeds but I haven't noticed much of a difference between them. The heavier a baby, the swing is supposed to compensate and swing slower but even with our 14 pound son, I still find even on the lowest setting, it is still really fast. I find it looks like it is really violent and my son doesn't seem to enjoy it. I assumed at first this was because he was small and when he grew, the swing would be less harsh but this doesn't seem to have happened. It is still very erratic and he will not sit in it for more than a few minutes at a time. the swing is suitable from birth but when my son was newborn he looked hunched in this and the seat was to upright for him. He wasn't a small baby at 8 pounds so I can't imagine any smaller babies would be very secure looking in this. The harness is good for older babies but I would have preferred a five point harness when he was smaller. This swing is quite expensive at full retail price for what it is. Luckily we managed to get it at a discount (almost half price) but even at this price I wouldn't say it was worth it. I think there are better swings out there in this price range. In my house it has now been relegated to the cupboard and my son much prefers the cheaper bouncer.

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          20.09.2012 17:41
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          Decent pots, good for travelling

          We received these as part of a tommee tippee starter kit along with bottles and a steriliser when we were expecting our baby. We have now been using them for nearly three months. The product The individual storage pots are made of clear plastic and according to the manufacturers can hold up to eight scoops of formula. The lids of each pot are made up of two parts. A circular part with a hole in the middle which acts as a funnel for dispensing the formula and a small cap which covers the funnel part in the middle of the lid. The pots are designed to fit inside the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles, once place in these, they sit just inside the rim. The product comes in packs of six and can be bought in most shops that stock tommee tippee products. The review These pots are very useful when out and about with baby. The fact they fit inside the tommee tippee bottles is a plus as they free up space in my already crowded changing bag. This means when it's time to make up the bottles, it's just a case of obtaining some hot water and using the funnel top to pour the formula in. This is very convenient as we are not always places where you can get a ready made bottle heated. It's even better when used in conjunction with a flask to store the hot water. It also means this lasts longer than a pre made bottle as they can be made up as and when needed. My partner also found them useful in the house. When he was making up bottles he could never remember how many scoops he had put in which caused no end of hassle with the expense of wasted formula. He now uses these to measure the formula in first as if he makes a mistake he can just pour the formula back into the tub with no wastage. So these pots have ended up saving us a lot of money. The downside to these pots is becoming clearer to us. The manufacturers claim it can hold eight scoops but our baby is currently on six and this is measuring to the top of the pot meaning when he eventually goes on to have a larger feed, these pots will be redundant. This is a small niggle for us though as at the moment they are very convenient. I would recommend these pots if you're like me and regularly take trips out, especially to places with no bottle warming facilities. They have saved us a lot of time and hassle.

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            20.09.2012 15:06
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            Decent bottle brush but a bit expensive for what it is

            As every parent knows, there is a lot of cleaning involved in bottle feeding whether formula or expressed breast milk. The bottles need a hot soapy wash before being sterilised. We received this bottle brush as part of the closer to nature essentials set. We have been using it for nearly three months now. The Product The Brush is made of plastic and has two toned bristles at the top. These bristles are fairly long, made of nylon and reach out at all angles but only on one side of the brush. The handle has a non slip rubber grip to make handling easier. The brush can be pulled apart to reveal a teat brush in the middle. This is made of ridged rubber. The manufacturer claims this brush has an extra wide brush end for reaching hard to clean areas This normally retails at around £4 and can be bought from most places selling tommee tippee goods (We got ours at mothercare) The Review As previously said, we have been using this brush for nearly three months, it has had daily use as we are using formula so need to sterilise pretty constantly. I would say the brush is very easy to use and very comfortable to hold. We use this with the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature bottles so would assume it was specially made to clean these. I find it reaches most areas of the bottle well except under the rim at the top. No matter what way I move the brush and how hard I scrub, I always find I have to go over this part again to get all the greasiness away. This can be a bit annoying as it takes an extra step for each bottle which means the wasted minutes add up during the day. The teat brush is excellent. It's well protected in the handle of the brush but it is really easy to pull apart to get to it. It fits perfectly inside the teats and cleans them well with just a twist. The fact is made of rubber is quite good in my opinion, it is less harsh on the teats and means less wear so hopefully the teats will last longer this way. After three months of pretty much daily use, the brush is starting to degrade a bit. The bristles are looking a little worse for wear but they are all still attached which is a plus. It will maybe only have a couple more months use before I have to buy a new one. I would say if you were spending £4 on this, I would want it to last a bit longer but since it pretty much came for free, I can't really complain. I would say this is a decent brush that cleans the bottles well but I would think there would perhaps be cheaper versions that could do a comparable job.

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            19.09.2012 13:48
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            Excellent travel system on a budget

            When we were looking for a pram for our new son, we did a lot of research to try to find the best one for us. We wanted a travel system that wouldn't break the bank. We ended up purchasing the Sola in red. The Product The Sola is available in five colours (Denim, Green, Red, Orchid and Black) The frame is silver with black highlights. The seat can be faced forwards and rear facing. It is suitable from birth to 15 kg as the seat can be laid flat and then adjusted as the baby grows. The seat comes with a five point harness and a removable bumper bar for safety. There is a window on the rear of the hood so that when the seat is facing forward, you can still view the baby. The frame is easily collapsible and folds flat. It can be locked in place when folded to make carrying easier. The front wheels can be locked in the forward position or can be unlocked for extra manoeuvrability. The set comes complete with a shopping basket and a raincover. There is also a carrycot (available in black, denim and plum), a footmuff in matching colours and a car seat available in the same range. The carrycot and car seat can easily be slotted into the frame to replace the pram seat although you will need adapters for the carseat (these adapters are suitable for mamas and papas car seats but can also be used for a maxi cosi car seat) This pram is available from mamas and papas and also most pram centres. The retail is around £300 for the basic pram but deals can usually be found especially if buying the other components. The review We purchased the pram, carrycot and car seat as part of a very good deal (coming to around £400 for everything) as we wanted a whole travel system. We have had good use out of it so far so in my opinion, this has been very good value for money especially when you stand it up against other travel systems which can cost around £1000. We haven't used the pram seat out yet as we have been mainly getting our use out of the carrycot and car seat while we can. The colour of the pram is bright and gorgeous, we had a look at all the range and I can say there wasn't a colour I didn't like. I was a little bit disappointed that the carrycot didn't come in the whole range of colours though as I would have liked the whole system to match but this wasn't a major problem. We have tried the pram seat at home to try to get our son used to it when he eventually grows too large for the carrycot. Between the soft fabric and five point harness, it looks really comfortable and even as a newborn, he sat in it really well. The adjustable seat means that when your baby grows, the pram will also grow with you and we hope to still be using this for a while yet. The fact it can be used up to 15kg means there is plenty of life still left in it! The window in the pram seat is a really good idea, meaning you can check on your baby when the seat is forward facing. In practise, it isn't the best, it's cheap clear plastic meaning it isn't the easiest to see through. Changing the system from pram to carrycot etc was really easy. It was just a case of pushing both sides and lifting off and on. This was a plus as it means less disruption to my son when he is sleeping. The pram is also easily folded, this is just a push button and slide. It also locks in place when folded, I find this makes it easy for me to lift it into the car boot. It perhaps doesn't fold as small as I'd like, but it still fits into my boot well and as it's a really well made sturdy chassis, this doesn't bother me too much. I'd rather sacrifice space than quality! The adjustable handle is also excellent. My partner and I are both quite tall and when test driving prams, we found that a lot of the handles were very low and we were stooping to push, hurting our backs. At it's highest this is a perfect height and ideal for tall parents. The pram manoeuvres really well and has coped with everything we have thrown at it, from country walks to city pavements. The wheels are also holding up really well and have hardly marked yet. We had a problem with the manoeuvrability at first and were finding the pram wasn't as good at cornering as stated. After googling why this was, we found that the front wheels weren't fully unlocked. There is a lever to unlock these and even though we thought we had pulled the levers up fully, they still had to be clicked into place meaning the wheels were still locked. We found this had happened to several people and although easily remedied, could lead someone to think there was a problem with the pram if they hadn't researched this. I think a piece about this problem either in the instruction booklet or the mamas and papas website would have helped. The system has a wide range of accessories to adapt your pram to all weather conditions including matching parasols and footmuffs, but we found these were very expensive, especially when they were part of the package of other systems. We purchased our own cheaper versions and although they say the pram is only suitable for sola accessories, these fitted very well. I would definitely recommend this pram and would say it stacks up very well compared to the higher priced travel systems. I would say this is an excellent purchase for people who want style but at a reasonable price.

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              18.09.2012 17:10
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              Expensive piece of kit which was not worth it in my opinion

              We bought the fisher price take along swing for our baby as we have bought and loved a few other items in the rainforest range. We have had this for around four months now. The Product This swing has five different speed settings and seven different songs with a volume control (options are high and low) It takes 4 C batteries to work these. It has a rainforest design, being predominantly green with cartoonish images of various rainforest animals printed on it. The frame is silver and the controls are cream and blue. There is a bar above baby's head which is a large plastic leaf from which hangs stuffed animals, a toucan and a monkey. This bar can be swung out of the way for easy access to the baby. The seat is soft fabric and has a three point harness to hold baby in. The swing is suitable from birth till 9kg. It retails around £70. The review We bought this to match with the rest of the equipment we had purchased (the playmat and a bouncer) and love it's bright and eyecatching design. It's suitable for both boys and girls and ideal if like us, you bought this before found out the sex of the baby. It was really easy to put together and the instructions were very easy to follow. The swing has five different speeds but I haven't noticed much of a difference between them. The heavier a baby, the swing is supposed to compensate and swing slower but even with our 14 pound son, I still find even on the lowest setting, it is still really fast. I find it looks like it is really violent and my son doesn't seem to enjoy it. I assumed at first this was because he was small and when he grew, the swing would be less harsh but this doesn't seem to have happened. It is still very erratic and he will not sit in it for more than a few minutes at a time. the swing is suitable from birth but when my son was newborn he looked hunched in this and the seat was to upright for him. He wasn't a small baby at 8 pounds so I can't imagine any smaller babies would be very secure looking in this. The harness is good for older babies but I would have preferred a five point harness when he was smaller. This swing is quite expensive at full retail price for what it is. Luckily we managed to get it at a discount (almost half price) but even at this price I wouldn't say it was worth it. I think there are better swings out there in this price range. In my house it has now been relegated to the cupboard and my son much prefers the cheaper bouncer.

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              17.09.2012 22:46
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              Great affordable swim pants

              We recently took our son swimming for the first time. He is only two months old so we were on the lookout for a smaller swim nappy. The biggest brand in this category is the huggies little swimmers but the size 3s were way too big for him and the smaller size wasn't very good value. That's when we came across boots swim pants. The product Swim pants are specially designed to ensure no swelling of the nappy when the baby is in water and protects from accidents while in the water. These swim pants come in 3 different sizes. The size 3 are suitable for babies from 4-9 kg and come in a pack of 12. The size 4 are for babies 7-13 kg and come in packs of 11 and the size 5s are 12+ kgs and packs of 10. The size 3 we purchased were green with an attractive underwater scene printed all over. The nappies are pull up type and have an elasticated waist. The back of each nappy is printed with back on the inside making it easy to know which way to put on. To remove the nappy all you have to do is tear down the sides and dispose. These nappies are bought at boots obviously and retail for just under £4. The review These nappies were excellent when we went swimming. The design is eyecatching and attractive and these nappies could be used just on their own as swim pants. We put them under a pair of trunks and they were very good. There was no bulging and they fitted snugly against our baby's skin hopefully keeping any accidents in. We have never experienced any so far so cannot tell whether they'll protect but I'm very confident they will. When in the water, the nappy doesn't expand which means our son had full mobility and could kick away to his contentment. Afterwards, the nappy was really easy to remove with the tear down sides, saving precious minutes which with a cold, wet baby is a godsend! These were really good value for money and stand up well against the brand names. I definitely would recommend them and will be purchasing them myself again for all our swimming trips.

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                17.09.2012 17:55
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                Very handy nappy wrapper to seal in even the worst smelling nappies

                We bought this nappy wrapper when we were expecting our first baby. The Product The nappy wrapper is designed to twist and seal nappies in plastic to hold in smells. The wrapper is made of thick white plastic. It comes in two parts, the bin part on the bottom and the top part which slots onto the bottom. The top has a hinged lid. When the lid is opened there is a hole to slot the refill cassette into and a pusher on top to push the nappy further down. You need nappy wrap refills to use this (one is usually included with the wrapper) These are available from most places that sell baby products. You just slot these in to the wrapper and tie a knot in the bottom. Then you just need to put the nappy in, push it down and twist. When you put the lid down, that's the unit ready for the next use. The unit retails around £13 and the refills around £10 for three cartridges. The review This nappy wrapper is very good at what it does. We had our first child in June and have been using this since day one so have been using it during the hottest months. It does seal in the smell. We change the baby in the living room so therefore spend a lot of time there and have never caught a whiff of nappy yet, well obviously unless it's coming from the baby! It is really easy to use. The refill just slots into the unit and once the knot is tied and looped through the lid, it's ready to use. The bin is a decent size and can take a fair few nappies until it needs to be emptied. Doing this is easy as well as the lid comes with a handy cutter making it easier and less messy to separate the nappies from the unused plastic. You just have to remember to tie a new knot in the plastic before using again. We forgot to do this once and made a real mess! The refills can be quite expensive but if you shop around, you can usually find them at a decent price (the cheapest we got them for was about £5) I was told before buying that a refill would last around a month but at the start we were going through about one a week. This has settled down now though and we only have to change the cartridge about every two weeks now. One downside to this wrapper is you really need to push the nappy down before it will wrap it properly. With wet nappies this is fine but with a really dirty nappy this can be quite daunting and can result in messy fingers! I would definitely recommend this. If you manage to get it for a really good price, it can be a godsend, saving trips to the outside bin everytime you change a nappy. It holds in the smell really well and only need to be emptied every couple of days which is a real timesaver.

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                16.09.2012 11:10
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                These are a very convenient and handy way of making up feeds on the go

                We received these as part of a tommee tippee starter kit along with bottles and a steriliser when we were expecting our baby. We have now been using them for nearly three months. The product The individual storage pots are made of clear plastic and according to the manufacturers can hold up to eight scoops of formula. The lids of each pot are made up of two parts. A circular part with a hole in the middle which acts as a funnel for dispensing the formula and a small cap which covers the funnel part in the middle of the lid. The pots are designed to fit inside the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles, once place in these, they sit just inside the rim. The product comes in packs of six and can be bought in most shops that stock tommee tippee products. The review These pots are very useful when out and about with baby. The fact they fit inside the tommee tippee bottles is a plus as they free up space in my already crowded changing bag. This means when it's time to make up the bottles, it's just a case of obtaining some hot water and using the funnel top to pour the formula in. This is very convenient as we are not always places where you can get a ready made bottle heated. It's even better when used in conjunction with a flask to store the hot water. It also means this lasts longer than a pre made bottle as they can be made up as and when needed. My partner also found them useful in the house. When he was making up bottles he could never remember how many scoops he had put in which caused no end of hassle with the expense of wasted formula. He now uses these to measure the formula in first as if he makes a mistake he can just pour the formula back into the tub with no wastage. So these pots have ended up saving us a lot of money. The downside to these pots is becoming clearer to us. The manufacturers claim it can hold eight scoops but our baby is currently on six and this is measuring to the top of the pot meaning when he eventually goes on to have a larger feed, these pots will be redundant. This is a small niggle for us though as at the moment they are very convenient. I would recommend these pots if you're like me and regularly take trips out, especially to places with no bottle warming facilities. They have saved us a lot of time and hassle.

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                15.09.2012 15:12
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                Bright, well made mat which is a must have

                We bought this gym when I was pregnant. We didn't want to know what gender we were having so were looking for something neutral. We came across the Fisher Price rainforest collection and were taken with it immediately. The bright colours and fun characters looked ideal for both boys and girls. We bought this along with several other rainforest products. The Product The gym comes packed in a clear carry case which can be used to pack the gym back in when taking out and about. The actual product consists of a mat of about 60cm square, two arches which cross over each other with a large giraffe in one corner to hold the batteries (this takes 3 C batteries) and several hanging toys (A soft monkey which hangs from it's tail, A blue elephant with a spinning rattle, a soft toucan with a bell inside, a large orange mirror and a plastic toucan with a spinner) In the crossover of the arches there is a control box which can be used to play either the 4 tunes (calypso style lullabies) or the rainforest sounds. The sounds will play for 20 minutes before automatically turning off. There are also four lights which flash in time to the music and two silk hanging butterflies which don't spin although it's implied they do. The review This mat can be used from birth although my son at that age just wasn't interested in it and would cry pretty much straight after being put down. As he has grown up and started reaching for things, he has become more interested in this and will happily lie and bat the hanging toys. these toys are lovely bright colours and chunky which are ideal for little hands although at the moment he seems to enjoy the ones which make noise. The fact you can change them about and even change them for other hanging toys means this will keep interest for a lot longer. The songs can be a bit repetitive given that there's only 4, but the calypso style is something a little different from the usual annoying sounds these types of toys play. If the sounds get too annoying, we switch to the rainforest sounds which seem to calm him well. The mat can also be used for tummy time, although padded I found it wasn't quite thick enough for use on my laminate floor so I put another mat under this which seemed to work well. It also absorbed all the dribble and sick which my boy produced while doing tummy time. This mat can also be popped in the washing machine if these get too much. Although I haven't done so yet, it looks like it's made of quality materials so hopefully will wash well. It can take up a lot of space when being used but the fact you can fold it away is ideal. The only problem we had with folding away was that we couldn't get the attachable leaves to fold in so they ended up poking out the bag and they got bent very easily. This is only a minor niggle though and doesn't detract from the plus points. All in all, this is a lovely bright playmat which I think was one of the best buys we made. It has had a lot of use already with our two month old and looks like it will be used for a long time to come.

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                15.09.2012 13:42
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                Good teat which I'm hoping will last

                Tommee Tippee Variflow teats are suitable from birth. What sets them apart from other teats is that the baby can control the flow of milk by using their own sucking power. these teats have a cross cut into the top instead of the usual hole of the normal teats. They are made of soft silicon like all Tommee Tippee teats and are designed to make the transition from breastfeeding to bottle easier. They have a easivent hole which is designed to cut down on the amount of air the baby takes when feeding, reducing colic. They come in a pack of two and retail for around £4.00 to £4.50. We purchased these teats when my son was beginning to take longer and falling asleep when feeding. After research, I found this was due to him outgrowing the size one teats provided with the bottles. While looking at the supermarket, I came across these and thought they would be an ideal solution as since he was able to control the flow himself, they would last longer as he was less likely to outgrow them. It was really easy to fit the teats into the bottle, you just pop the old one out and place the new one in. It takes seconds to do. The teat is a bit larger than the normal ones, and at first my son had trouble with them. Being so small, they filled his mouth and he took some getting used to the new faster flow. After a few days and several soaked bibs, he got used to them and now will happily take a bottle without falling asleep. I found a downside to these was that sometimes the easivent hole blocks up and the teat collapses. This is not specific to the teats though as I have found the same with the other tommee tippee teats. It is no more than an inconvenience, although having to unblock it with a crying hungry baby can be annoying. So far these have been a good purchase. We bought them nearly two months ago and there has been no signs of wear and tear and they sterilise very well. I would expect this though as they are quite expensive. At over £2 per teat, I think they may be a bit overpriced, especially as most people will need more than one packet. The normal teats are priced the same though, so I'm hoping that in the long term, these will be better value for money.

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                15.09.2012 12:26
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                I would not recommend this, it is a useless luxury and a waste of money.

                We got the Tommee Tippee electric bottle warmer as part of a feeding set. We wouldn't have chosen to purchase one ourselves but since it was in the set, we thought we'd give it a go. We recently had a baby boy and ended up having to breastfeed him. We thought this would be perfect as we planned to make up bottles and store in fridge then rewarm using this warmer. This didn't work out as well as promised. To use the warmer, you take your bottle (this can accept most sizes of bottles, but it seems to work best with the Tommee Tippee bottles for obvious reasons) and fill the warmer with water up to the height of the milk in the bottle. The warmer has a control dial with 3 settings, the highest warms the bottle while the other 2 keep it at a constant temperature. The instructions state it can heat a 150ml bottle from room temperature to warm in around 4 minutes. We used this religiously for the first few weeks as I wasn't keen on heating the bottles in the microwave due to hot spots being created. At first this seemed to work well as my son was happy with room temperature milk and was on small amounts of milk, so we only had to take the chill off the bottle for him to be happy. This would only take about 2-3 minutes. Obviously with a crying hungry baby, the quicker the feed is ready, the better! It was ideal for night as well, as we could make up the feeds and heat them up when needed, saving us several minutes, meaning the baby wasn't too disturbed and would go back to sleep easily. As he started getting bigger and taking bigger feeds, we found it was taking longer and longer to heat up the bottle and the inconvience was growing. It would sometimes take up to around 10 minutes and the milk hadn't even reached room temperature. Waiting longer for the bottle meant the baby was getting more distressed and during the night this meant he was less likely to settle afterwards. In the end, we decided enough was enough and tried warming in the microwave. this turned out just as good if not better as 30 seconds and it was done. the warmer is now packed up and taking up space in the back of a cupboard. I wouldn't recommend this bottle warmer. I found for the expensive of it, you would be better using the microwave, or if you don't like that, a jug of hot water will do the same job for free! I'm glad we didn't waste money on this, there are much more useful things to spend money on with a baby.

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                14.09.2012 13:40
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                One of the better bibs on the market at this time

                I have recently had my first child so was completely new to the world of babies and what to buy for them. Just before he was born, someone suggested I needed bibs, so I went on a search for the right type for us. I came across these in my local supermarket and thought they stood out from other bibs. I purchased both these and ordinary bibs and thought I would see which was the best for me. The innovative part of these are the ridge that goes round the babies neck which should catch any milk that spills. The ridge does exactly what it says, milk regularly seems to dribble down his chin and with the normal bibs we were finding when you take them off, he had a large wet patch underneath where the bibs hadn't caught the milk. His neck was also getting raw with the wetness. The tommee tippee bibs seemed to catch more, there was still a slight bit of milk underneath the bib where it had probably soaked through but at least they were saving us from having to change him every feed. There is a downside to these bibs, I have washed these several times and they do not wash too well. They have greyed really quickly, although this may be due to the fact they are used and washed several times a week so their lifespan will be limited. There is also a large piece of velcro on the back which holds the bib in place. You have to make sure when using that the hook part is fully covered as I find this feels rough and do not want it touching my babies skin. This velcro part is starting to fray with the amount of washing as well. The bibs still attach but it is not nearly as good as when they were new. For the fact my son is only two months old, I feel this is maybe a bit quick for a bib to fray. The pluses outweigh the negatives for me with these bibs though, and I still find they are one of the best on the market.

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                13.09.2012 17:14

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                Very good steriliser with a quick cycle and long sterile period

                We received this tommee tippee electronic steam steriliser when we had our first child this year. We also have the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles so this is perfect for us. The steriliser consists of a white basin, a clear plastic lid and a two tier bottle rack with space for six bottles. It was really easy to put together for the first time use, all the element just pop together. The instructions were also really straightforward which is a godsend when you don't have a lot of time to read bulky manuals. It is really easy to use, you just take apart the bottle and place it in the rack and add 80ml of water. The steriliser is ideal if you already have the tommee tippee bottles as these fit perfect into the rack, the bottle also has a line on the scale at the side for the 80ml of water needed, this is great as it saves fiddly measuring. The cycle lasts around 5-8 minutes and once it has cooled slightly, the bottles are ready for use. The steriliser keeps them sterile for 24 hours after a cycle as long as the lid is not removed which is very handy if you do what I do and sterilise last thing at night so things are ready for the morning. It is a very good steriliser and i would definitely recommend it.

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