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I bought this travel cot from Asda for £25. It is suitable form birth to 15kg. I didn't actually intend to use it as a travel cot as the only place Amelia sleeps apart from our house is at my mothers and she has her own cot there. I wanted it as a playpen to pop her in if I was going out of the room for a bit.
The travel cot comes in a handy travel bag to keep it in. The bag has a carry handle to make it easy to transport and it folds up very small so would be perfect for taking places. The cot requires no assembly what so ever you literally take it out of the bag and it unfolds and basically pops up. It did take me a while to realise that you have to make the side bars rigid before making the bottom flat but that was my own fault for not bothering to read the instructions. Taking it down is a bit more difficult and I gave up in the end and just squished it up and carried it downstairs. It lives permanently in the corner of our living room though so this isn't a problem for us.
The mattress it comes with is not very thick so while it would be ok for occasional naps or a single overnight trip I think it would need a bit of extra padding for extended trips away. Amelia is very fussy on where she will sleep and will only sleep in her cot so I can't really comment on the comfortableness of it further than this.
The sides of the cot are mesh which is brilliant for my purpose of a playpen as it means she can see out of it. Amelia is 15 months and when she stands up she can just peek over the top of it but there's now way she'd be able to climb out as it's so low to the floor. The mesh holes a very small so baby can't get their fingers or objects stuck in them, which is obviously a good thing. It also has the added bonus of being breathable so baby doesn't get too hot and sweaty. The support bars are covered with padding to avoid any accidents if the baby bangs themselves on it and it is all wipe clean.
All in all I am very happy with this cot. For the price we paid it is an absolute bargain. 5 stars for me and Miss Amelia
We were recently given this walker by my aunt. My little cousin had never got on with it and hated being in it so it was in perfect condition. If I was reviewing this walker based purely on looks it would be 5 out of 5. It is very attractive. Ours is pink which is perfect for our little girl. The walker is designed to look like a car. It has a lot of attention to detail, even having little wheels on the back.It is a very chunky walker, probably designed with safety in mind. It is impossible to fit through our doorways so she can't escape from us. On the downside though this makes it very hard for her to move.
Amelia is 15 months now and has been using a cheapy asda walker since she was 6 months and has been able to whizz around in it. This one however she really struggles to move in and ends up going sideways like a crab. I'm not surprised my cousin disliked it as I fail to see how a small baby could move it successfully at all. It really is very cumbersome.
There is a play tray attached which has a furry dice, a steering wheel and a book attached to it. Amelia likes to play with this but she still prefers the freedom her cheapy gives her. It is very bulky and takes up alot of room even when folded.
All in all although this walker is very attractive it isn't really fit for purpose. Amelia can't run around in it like she does with her cheapy and if you've got any furniture in the way it's impossible for them to manoeuvre around it. We have now put it in the shed to use outside in the garden so she has a bit more freedom in it. When I looked up the price of this I was appalled it retails at nearly £100. Amelias Cheapy one was from asda and cost just £25 and is far, far better. Save your money!
I am a big fan of Mcains smiles. I personally buy them from farmfoods where they cost £1, they are also available in most supermarkets for around £1.30 for a 454g bag which equal around 25 smies. Smiles are a basically shaped mashed potato with a crispy outer coating and are shaped into smiley faces. I remember enjoying these as a child and I suppose some of my fondness comes from pure nostalgia. They come in a red bag with pictures of smiles on the front and the Mcains logo.
I use these smiles in the place of chips with most foods. I am currently trying to lose my baby weight and these are great, a portion of 6 smiles come in at just 160 kcals. I cook my smiles in the oven and they take around 20 minutes. You can also fry or grill them. I find the mashed potato comes out lovely and fluffy and the coating is golden. I think they are delicious.
Recently I have had to start to buy more of them as my 1 year old is currently enjoying them a bit too much. They are brilliant for her as she can suck the mashed potato out. Obviously not something she has everyday but they are one of her favourite treats. I prefer her eating these to chips as they are lower in salt and sugar.
All in all I think these smiles are great and something everyone should try. I thoroughly recommend them for children and adults alike.
The sit to stand dancing tower is yet another toy that my daughter owns. It was purchased from tesco for around £20 which was an absolute bargain in my opinion. Believe it or not we actually live in a tiny flat. It is starting to feel more like toyrus in here by the minute. This tower is a particular favourite now that Amelia is pulling herself up to stand.
The sit to stand tower can be used, as the name suggests either sitting or standing. There is a blue platform at the bottom which a tower is inserted into and this can either have 2 pieces for standing or one for sitting. They simply click together. The only real assembly required is 4 screws to attach the platform securely, everything else just clicks into place, very quick and easy. Although it's easy to assemble it also feels secure. Amelia is now using this to pull herself up to stand and it hasn't fallen or tipped over yet.
The main features of this is the platform at the top of the tower. This features a bear with a pair of cymbals which can be moved and spun around. I don't know whether Amelia loves him or hates him but she certainly enjoys bashing him. There is then 5 piano keys which light up and activate the music. There is also a little game on there where they tell you which colour to press. Amelia is only 14 months so this means nothing to her yet but she really enjoys the talking and music. There is also a microphone which actually works, Amelia is yet to understand this but again she loves puling it around and twisting it. There is also a colourful spinner and a pair of cymbals.
One of the cleverest features of this is the design of the platform. It has 4 bright green handles around it so baby has something to grab onto. These come in handy for both sitting and standing modes. With sitting for ages my daughter would sit quite happily as long as she had something to hold on to but fall over as soon as she let go. This allowed her to play without needing support. Now she's standing she uses the handles to pull herself up with. It is worth noting however that Amelia is very small for her age and a heavier child might not be able to do this as it might tip over.
The box says that this toy is suitable from 9 months but I do feel that it would be suitable for a younger child, any time from when they can sit up really. The toy is made completely from brightly coloured plastic and is very easy to clean by wiping it over with a damp cloth. There are 2 volume settings on here but both are pretty loud. The bear says various phrases and Amelia loves it when he talks to her although I admit I do cringe every single time he tells her to 'shake it baby'.
All in all I would highly recommend this tower. It has really grown with Amelia and she has used for around 6 months now and is showing no signs of getting bored with it. In fact as she gets older and can interact with it more the more fun she gets from it.
We purchased the cybex aton car seat in blackjack from argos for £90. The main reason we chose it was because it matched our travel system although the maxi cosi would also have fit I preferred the design of this one.
The cybex aton is a group 0+ car seat so it is a rear facing infant carrier and only suitable for babies up to 13kg. My daughter is now 14 months and only 10kg but personally I found my daughter had outgrown this car seat by 9 months and was looking very squashed in it so we moved her to a bigger one. I can't really imagine a 13kg fitting comfortably in here. The car seat itself weighs just 3.5kg so it is one of the lightest on the market which is a massive plus point when lugging it around as with the weight of bubs aswell it does get very heavy.
As mentioned previously I love the look of this car seat and that's what swung the purchasing decision for me. There is a retractable hood built in which is a great feature. Its very padded and looks really comfortable. When Amelia came home from hospital she weighed just over 4lb and although she looked slightly lost she did look very comfortable. She fell asleep quite regualarly in here even while being carried around and moved from car to car. There is a newborn insert included with the carseat for a snugger fit. It also has padded chest straps to make sure that baby stays comfortable. The straps are plain grey with a red buckle. Ours has black chest strap padding to match the rest of the carseat but they are available in a wide range of colours. All the material covering come off easily and can be machine washed. Great if you end up with a sicky baby like my Amelia!
The cybex aton is very easy to fit using a normal seat belt. It is colour coded to make it even easier. Once fitted it is very secure with no wobbling at all. You can also buy a belted base or an iso fix base to make it even easier. We had the belted base and can highly recommend it.
We had a sola pram and the car seat fitted on it via adaptors that have to be purchased separately costing £22. They were well worth the money though as I found it invaluable to take her out of the car and just attach the wheels if she was sleeping. For shorter journeys to the supermarket this was very convienient as we also had more room in the boot for shopping by just having the pram frame in the rather than the carrycot aswell. It was very easy to attach the seat to the fram, you just put the adaptors on and the seat slots in with ease. The car seat can also be used as a rocking chair for baby due to the shape of it which is very handy if your taking them to visit relatives for example.
All in all I was very happy with this car seat. My daughter was comfortable and safe and it also looked different to other peoples seats which I like. 5 stars from me. Highly recommended.
Tesco value pasta sauce come in a 440g glass jar with a screw top . It has the usual tesco value packaging which has recently changed and is shockingly not blue and white anymore. What first attracted me to this sauce was the price. At 39p it is an absolute bargain. I buy a lot of the tesco value range as I like to get the most for my money when shopping.
I find this sauce tastes quite bland and sweet but it's perfect for chucking in a spag bol or my personal favourite is pasta and meatballs with a splash of garlic added. Since changing the packaging I've also noticed that the sauce has changed, it now has a lot more chopped tomatoes in and it's quite thick with a lot of substance. It still has herbs in which I find awful for sticking on my teeth, I always have to check in the mirror after eating this sauce.
It is quite high in sugar at 6.3 grams but as I'm currently following a calorie controlled diet, hoping to finally lose my baby weight this isn't whats most important to me and at 94 kcals for the whole jar, I think this pasta sauce is great!
I would recommend this sauce if you take it for what it is. It is by no means the most amazing or flavourful but for 39p I'm willing to keep using it
I've started using freezer bags to store all my frozen food. I find the packaging that frozen food comes in takes up way too much room in my small freezer so by popping everything in these bags I can fit a lot more in.
You can buy these freezer bags unsurprisingly form tesco where they cost £1 for 50
I personally find them to be excellent value. They are of good quality and I've never had one break or leak. They are quite big and I can easily get 5 chicken portions in them.
I like that they are transparent so I can see what is in them. I don't usually bother writing the names of the food down as it's quite easy to work out what is in them but if you were freezing stuff that wouldn't be easy to tell they have a section where you can write the name and freezed date on.
The bags come on a roll like bin bags and you just tear one off when needed. The perforations are good and they come off easily. There is a cardboard sleeve around it displaying the product name in the tesco value colours.
All in all I am very impressed by these bags. They do exactly what I need them too and I see no reason to buy a more expensive version. A great value kitchen staple
After spending over £200 on Amelia's first car seat and base I was reluctant to get an expensive model again as we realised that A) All car seats are safety checked to the same standard and B) we very rarely do long journeys in the car, so she's normally in her car seat for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time. We picked this Nania car seat up during the Asda baby event for £25 thinking that if it didn't work out we could put it in my parents car as a spare and if it did work out we would have saved a lot of money
This car seat was very easy to fit. It uses a normal seatbelt then the car seat has a 5 point harness for baby to use. The instructions are on the side of the seat which is a massive plus point if you're planning on moving this seat from car to car. We don't as my parents have their own and she only really travels with my husband and I or them. It is also very light so it's not going to be a problem to carry around if that's what you plan to do.
Although this seat is very light it feels very sturdy when fitted. It doesn't wobble at all. We have only used this car seat in the front facing position but it does say it's suitable from birth as a rear view seat. I think this is actually questionable as the seat is very upright with little padding. I certainly wouldn't put my newborn in it. It is fine when baby is ready for a forward facer as long as you don't do long journeys. If we had reason to trek up and down the country I'd personally want something more padded. Amelia doesn't seem to have a problem from a comfort point of view however and regularly falls asleep in here. Her head doesn't loll forward and there is a headrest, albeit a very thin one.
The car seat is predominately black in colour with bright red strap and the head rest is an assortment of little grey squares. For a car seat it is quite attractive, certainly not ugly. It is very much unisex and would be suitable for either gender. The straps are easy to adjust and also come in 4 different height settings so you can make sure your baby is secured comfortably.
This car seat is apparently suitable for children up to 4 years or 25kg. I don't think it will last long and personally I wouldn't feel comfortable using it for the next 3 years based on the fact that Amelia seems to fit it well now, with another 3 years growing it we would have to shoe horn her into it. She is small for her age as she was born prematurely so I would like to meet the 4 year olds that they got in here.
All in all I'm perfectly happy with this seat and will use it until Amelia grows out of it. It is fine for us but if you're looking to do long journeys or have a newborn then in my opinion this car seat would not be suitable
Snuffle babe is a vapour rub for babies. It is suitable for use on over 3 month olds. My daughter had a really bad cold recently and although I was using saline drops her nose was continuously blocked. In search of something to ease her discomfort I came across this and thought I'd give it a try.
Snuffle babe comes in a small clear pot so you can see the rub through it. It has a white label giving information about the products and the ingredients which are listed as Eucalyptus oil 2%, Menthol 1.5%, Thyme oil 0.5% and white soft paraffin. It smells like a weaker version of the adults vicks vapour rub.
You use snuffle babe by rubbing it on baby. Although it does state not to ingest so care should be taken to only rub it where baby can't get to it. You only need to use a tiny amount as a little goes a long way. The small pot cost me £2.50 from boots but I have only used a little bit so I believe it's good value for money as it will last a long time.
When using this in conjunction with the saline drops I noticed that my daughters nose was staying clearer for a longer period of time. It was by no means a miracle cure and she was still waking frequently but it seemed to give her some relief.
I recommend trying this product and seeing if it works for your little one. It is relatively cheap so worth a go even if it only provides a short relief period.
I bought the purple version of this trike for my daughter first birthday. It cost me 49.99 with free delivery from amazon.co.uk. It arrived 3 days later via courier. I took my husband around 20 minutes to put this trike together, it wasn't difficult at all but there was a lot of pieces and obviously he had to make sure it was sturdy. The instruction manual that came with it was pretty comprehensive and you can't really go wrong.
The smart trike is suitable from 10 months to 36 months. People who have read my reviews previously will know that Amelia was born 3 months prematurely so her corrected age is actually 10 months and she can use this comfortably. When your baby is there are plastic bars around the seat to ensure they don't fall out. There is also a 5 point harness for added security. I feel confident that this is safe for Amelia to use and never worry that she's going to fall out. She does tend to slouch in the seat however as she wants to reach the pedals. I feel that it would be a better design if it hard a higher bit at the front of the seat to stop this.
I also always have to have shoes on her while using as the pedals catch her feet. This could be easily solved by being able to fix them and I think this is a pretty simple safety feature that is lacking. There is a footrest for younger children but the allure of the pedals are just too much for her.
There is no doubt about it Amelia absolutely adores her trike.
She looks proud as punch riding on it and will hold on to the handle bars 'like a big girl'. We have used this quite extensively since getting it 2 weeks ago. We were fortunate enough to have some very nice weather so have been for lots of nice walks. I don't find it particularly difficult to steer although it is hard to keep it straight or get it up curbs. However for the enjoyment Amelia gets out of it it's well worth peservering. Obviously it would be easier in her pram but that's no where near as fun for her.
The sun canopy is flexible and easy to move to block the sun, there is also a drinks holder on the parent handle which is a handy feature as during the warm weather Amelia drinks like a fish. I'm not sure how much use we are going to get out of it now the weather has turned again as it hasn't got a rain cover so it's pretty useless unless it's dry. I am however confident that this trike will last for the next couple of year. The parent handle and bars come off and the seat can be moved further back so it really does grow with your child.
All in all I'm very happy with this trike. Amelia loves it and that's a good enough reason for me!
In my pursuit to try and spend money on things I actually want to rather than household products I have resorted to own brand on most things. One of the exceptions to my rule however is fairy liquid. I have extensively tried out other products but in my opinion they just don't match up to the superior quality that fairy offers. In many cases you just have to use more of the liquid to create bubbles, which is in fact a false economy.
Fairy is widely available from all supermarkets and comes in a variety of colours and sizes. I usually buy whatever combination is on offer. Currently the 500ml which is 2 for £2.50 in Asda. I find Fairy can easily handle the arduous task of cutting through grease and grime and makes washing my dishes a much easier task. When buying cheaper products I have to do considerably more scrubbing to get my pots and pans clean.
You only need a small amount of liquid added to hot water to produce masses of bubbles, I generally find a bottle lasts me around 3 months, washing up 3 times a day. I don't really bother about the different scents and just buy whatever is closest to hand as to me nice smelling dishes are a bit pointless. A nice side effect of only using fairy is that my hands are always lovely and soft.
To be perfectly honest I don't think I will ever buy another brand of washing up liquid. There is a reason that fairy is the market leader and that is quite simply because it is the best. A very well deserved 5 stars from me!
As I was growing up there was always a pot of sudocrem in the bathroom cabinet. It is one of those products that is so versatile it really can be used for most minor skin ailments. It really came into its own when I was in my teens suffering with the dreaded teenage acne. Luckily for me I never had more than the occasional breakout which the sudocrem quickly sorted for me.
When I had my own daughter sudocrem was on my list of essentials to keep in stock in case she got a sore bum. She inevitably did and this worked wonderfully. I will say though that there are much better creams for full blown nappy rash, sudocrem is best at solving it at the redness stage. Now she's a bit older and getting scrapes from falling over the 'magic sudy' is enough to stop her crying.
Sudocrem as far as I know comes in three sizes small, medium and large as well as tubes, which seem to be a lot harder to find. I buy the large which is 400g and I've only had to purchase one in the year my daughter has been with us, it seems to be never ending.
It comes in a grey tub with a red and white label. The label states it's suitable for nappy rash, excema, sunburn, bedsores, etc. Sudocrem is a thick white cream and it smells quite clinical. It is very hard to get off clothes which is a downside when you are trying to get it on a wriggly babies bum but it's a small price to pay for it's effectiveness.
I do truly believe that every home should have a pot of sudocrem lying around. It's cheap and works on so many different things, I thoroughly recommend it.
Tesco value flat grater
We purchased this grater when moving into our flat. I love cheese but having never lived on my own before I had no idea about what made a good cheese grater and just opted for the cheapest thinking they would all be the same. This grater is from the tesco value range and cost a very reasonable 74p.
The Greater is a flat style and has white plastic edging, the one pictured had black edging so I'm not sure if the design has been changed recently. It has a plastic handle to hold while grating. I did not find this particularly comfortable and preferred to just hold the sides. It has 3 different grating size holes although I only ever used the top ones. This grater is sturdy. For the price I was expecting it to be flimsy but it has exceeded my expectations.
The grater is very easy to clean, being a flat side there is no where for the cheese to hide so it comes nicely clean with just a quick wipe although as previously stated I only used the larger sized holes so it may be trickier cleaning the cheese out of the little holes. It is also worth noting that I only used this to grate cheese, this was quite hard to do as the section I wanted to use was quite small so it took ages. I feel that they would have been better sticking to one size of hole so at least you could use it to grate one size reasonably well rather than grating 3 sizes terribly.
This grater is a great price and arguably It does do the job you want it too albeit slowly and uncomfortably. I would recommend it to people on a budget or those limited on space as it is easier to store than a pyramid one and I've kept it as a spare but all in all I prefer a pyramid style greater for a more comfortable and quicker way of grating cheese.
Only 2 stars from me as I wouldn't want to use this as my main grater.
Ikea lack table
When furnishing our flat we were very price conscious as we were starting from scratch and had to kit the whole flat out. We had just got married and had a baby so didn't have a lot of spare cash. The price of these tables, which are £7.99 is what attracted us to them. We bought it with a view to purchasing something better when we could afford to.
It is worth mentioning that we actually have a black one.
These tables are very easy to put together you simply twist the legs on via double sided screws it takes 5 minutes tops and makes for a very sturdy table. The table is a perfect square measuring 55cm by 55cm and 45 cm high. It's very light so easy to move while being strong, it apparently holds 25kg but I have stood on this while changing light bulbs and it has supported me with no problems, I weigh considerably more than 25kg.
As previously mentioned I have a baby, now she's toddling around in her walker she seems to get every single surface completely covered in dribble/sticky stuff. The first time I really had to scrub the table rather than just wipe it the paint started coming off. So we now have a red patch on the table where the base colour is coming through. I am not particularly concerned about this as we don't use the table for decoration purposes but to keep things on when we come home, keys, purse bag etc so it's not imperative that it's in good condition. This probably wouldn't be a problem if you don't have young children but I thought it was worth mentioning.
All in all I'm very happy with this table. It serves it's purpose well at a very reasonable price. 5 stars from me!
When I moved into my flat I swore I would only every buy andrex toilet roll. After living with my mother who was the queen of value it was a luxury I was willing to pay for. I resented spending money on toilet roll, obviously it is necessary but it literally is flushing money down the toilet. I had heard good things about the Nicky brand from friends so when I noticed it while out shopping I decided to pop a pack into my trolley. I paid £2.50 for 9 rolls which is fantastic value. Now that I'm a convert I buy 2 packs of 9 as you get a 50p discount in farmfoods bringing the price down to £4.00 for 18 rolls. Bargain!
Nicky is available in 3 different colours that I have noticed, plain white, green and peach. I'm not fussy on which colour I get so pick up whatever is first. The Tissue is 3 ply so is thick it does what it's supposed to and is nice and soft. The toilet roll has embedded diamond shapes running through it and this is where the colour is, the colour is not strong so it won't look out of place in your bathroom no matter what the décor.
I recently bought a packet of andrex toilet roll as it was on a good offer at tesco and it is now languishing in my 'spares cupboard' It's safe to say I am truly a Nicky convert I will never buy another brand of toilet roll. It is fantastic value and great quality. I would thoroughly recommend everyone tries it