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Ok so this review is more written for non-technically minded people like myself, with very few actual technical details, but hopefully a good overview of the iPhone 5.
I have never really fancied having an iPhone. My brother is a gadget geek and has always had them. And I will freely admit to enjoying playing games apps on his and thought it did some pretty clever stuff, but none of it really being relevant to my lifestyle and therefore not really a phone I would need. In some ways I thought they were a bit show-offish and gimmiky.
I have never owned an Apple product, so I have never had an iPod etc or know much about them, and never really used one. My phone was up for an upgrade recently, I assumed I was going to get a newer Samsung phone as I have for years and years now had Samsung phones. I really like them, they do what I want them to do without being over complicated but they have always had the style and design I like. However, my other brother has a new Samsung (can't remember what model exactly) but after looking at his it was really big, still very slim but has a huge screen and is quite wide. Taller and wider than the iPhone 5. I really didn't want anything this size.
After trawling through the phone and contract options I decided against all the other brands for a mixture of reasons and decided to go with an iPhone 5 16GB in black. It was almost reluctantly at first as I felt I was entering an unknown world with a 2 year contract.
Anyway it turned up the next day, in a lovely smooth sturdy box. It had a posh plastic packet with the earphones wrapped up in it in a way that you will never be able to replicate again. There is also the plug for the wall charger and a USB cable for use with either the wall charger or your computer. A small wallet has a quick start manual in it too. After not bothering to open the quick start wallet it took me 15 minutes to work out I needed to find the mini tool included in it that opens up the Sim card holder. This was my first baffling problem, I had never had a phone where you can't remove the back case to insert the Sim card. Instead a small tool included in the box is used to poke in to a hole which releases the sim card holder. You then have to insert your new 'nano' sim card back in to it and start it up.
The phone goes through a whole start up like a new computer does. It is all very self explanatory, a quick and smooth transaction. Apps are easily downloaded once you have set up your iCloud account and this allows you to swiftly download your apps. I connected it to my computer to charge and it immediately connected itself. So far removed from years ago when phones came with software cd's for you to use. It suggested downloading iTunes (which I did) and it then asked me if I wanted to sync all my music with my phone. It was so easy to use, and I am TERRIBLE at working out stuff like this. I have no music on my old phone because I just couldn't be bothered to work out how to do it. But the iPhone just talks you all through it and it does so much for you, its like it reads your mind!
Within 15 minutes I had managed to take a song and chop it up in to a 30 second segment of my choice which I then could set and use as a ringtone. I remember trying to do something like this years ago on an old phone and after a lot of hassle I stopped trying! At first I thought it was going to take me ages to work out how everything works, it seemed confusing. But by the end of the day I realised that it was actually far more user friendly than anything I have ever used before.
My main hesitation was with the fact that you no longer have the predictive text keypad, you have a qwerty keypad. But again I sent a few texts, it was quicker than I thought it would be and if you press the wrong button by mistake it often realises and corrects the word for you. It thinks ahead and again seems to know what you are thinking! The phone has no 'back' button, I found this odd to start with but I am getting used to it and navigating my way around.
The battery seems to last a good amount of time and charges quickly. The prices of accessories is a sore point, I go out a lot and like to know I have a car charger so I purchased an Apple one which was quite pricey, but hopefully it won't have to be replaced.
I use my phone mainly for making calls, sending texts, checking emails and using things like eBay. I still don't think I would need a phone with all this on it if I did any less. If you are just a casual internet browser then maybe you don't need a phone like this. If you are constantly on the go it is brilliant. My Dad also has one and he uses it endlessly, for everything. I won't go on about what it can and can't do as there are literally thousands of clever apps for this phone and I could go on forever.
The iPhone 5 is so much quicker than my last phone, you press a button and the page you want appears. It feels really smooth and sleek and like it is going to no oeffort to perform a task.
I think I am now officially converted. This phone is great, it is fast and efficient and so much more user friendly than I could have imagined. I have a 2 year phone contract. I know the day I ordered my iPhone 5 they announced the release of the 5s and the 5c. I wasn't fussed about having something new and up to date, I am much happier that I waited until a few months after its release so that my contract price is low.
Overall it is a great phone, it is fun if you want games and clever apps. But it is also fab for business if you need internet and email and clever organisation apps.
When I started weaning my son a couple of years ago there were all these 'tiny' blenders on the market made by the people who make baby products e.g Tommee Tippee & Munchkin etc. I always looked at these and though 'why on earth would you waste your money on a tiny blender when a big one does the job fine'? I cooked all my sons food in large batches and then whizzed it all up in a normal size blender. This was great for stage 2 weaning when his food could be slightly textured.
This did fine until he was about 12-14 months old. By this point he could eat so much different food and finger food that I didn't need to make massive batches to freeze, he could just eat a mashed up version of what we had. But as I spent several hours after many meals finding out that trying to mash certain foods was practically impossible. The hand blender pureeed them too much and I didn't want to get out the big blender just to do one or two portions (especially as it probably wouldn't work well enough with so little in it). I even bought one of those 'slapchop' slicers but the blades were rubbish and that didn't work. Anyway I persevered with just cutting it all with a knife and fork for several months.
Then a few months ago I started weaning my daughter, I have far less time now to do things than I did with just one child and often don't get around to making big food batches, or merely want to use up a few bits of veg etc in the fridge. So when I was out shopping I looked at one of these 'baby blenders' in the baby section. It seemed alot of money for the size so I went home and looked at reviews (Thank You Dooyoo!) and decided against it as many reviews said they were rubbish. I was with my Mum at the time and she said she had a Kenwood mini chopped and she was very impressed with it and that I should borrow it. I must admit at the time I sort of poo-pooed it as I really had no idea you could buy such small choppers like this. She dropped it over and I was very suprised at how small it was, I thought she was exaggerating and was just going to lend me a smallish blender. How wrong was I.
I used it that night to blend up some left overs for our dinner. It worked perfectly. It whizzed it up to a fab consistency, perfect for what I needed. If you don't want it that blended you only have to hold the button down for a few seconds.
It is 300w, and is very smart, small and neat looking. It has a lid, blade and bowl that sit on the main unit. The blend button can be depressed for a long time for really well chopped/blended food and just a few seconds for a rougher chop. It is so small it is easy to fit in the dishwasher without taking up much space at all. It is not that quiet, but lets be honest - what blenders are? And as it is designed for short use it is no issue.
After using my Mums for just 24 hours and finding it so helpful I went and ordered one for myself. I really wish I had one a year ago, it would have saved a lot of time and hassle. It is small and unobtrusive so I can keep it out on the worktop all the time which is really handy.
These do seem to vary in price, I got mine from Tesco Direct for £17. Which in my opinion is very good value. It is cheaper than many 'baby blenders' and it is also a well known brand - Kenwood. In fact my main big blender at home is Kenwood also and it is brilliant.
I am sure that when the weaning stage is over I will be using it frequently still. I do use it now for chopping up vegetables for meals and it is very good for that too.
From the start of weaning your baby you are advised to start using a cup to get your baby used to drinking from it so you can eventually make the transition from bottle to cup as soon as they are ready. I looked in the shops and saw lots that said they were suitable from 4 months+. I only bought one at a time but very often I would offer it to my baby and he would refuse it, or not be able to work out how to get the drink out. I tried several, all with a different design and teat shape.
I found the Nuby Grip N Sip which appealed because it had handles for the baby to hold and my son had just started wanting to hold his own bottle. He was around 6-7 months when I tried this Nuby cup. From the first attempt he managed to get a little water out so I persevered with it every day and after a few days he could drink well from it. But at the time he was not really a fan of water so tried putting his milk in it, and he drunk it perfectly. Within a couple of weeks he was holding the cup and feeding himself with it. Before he was 8 months he was 100% off his bottles and only drinking from this cup.
However, shortly after that we did move on to different cups and the Nuby one was really only used for around a month. The main reason for this was that it doesn't let in enough air, so when your baby is drinking the teat starts collapsing inwards and you have to take it from your baby to squeeze the teat to let more air in. I did initially think that it was just my son causing this problem as he would always gulp down his milk in one go quickly. But I have just started using this same cup for my daughter and she drinks slowly and takes breaks and a new cup does the same thing.
I did try and make the air hole a TINY bit bigger but this just resulted in it leaking through that hole when the cup was fully filled. The other issue is the teat, it sits inside the plastic top and has two small bobbley bits that have to line up either side. In theory it looks simple - once you have washed it all you place the teat back inside the plastic top and line the bobbles up. BUT then you go to screw the top to the cup part and as you tighten it then it creates a small air lock and as you tighten it the teat rotates slightly. So you have to place the teat in the top with it not lined up properly so that when you tighten it, it rotates in to position!
Now this was the only cup that I could get either of my children to drink from as their first cup, so for that reason it must be good, and easy for a baby to work out how to get drink from. The teat is quite big and thick and does not leak at all. But it is tricky to clean and you can't really get in all the little nooks and crannies in it. I do put it in the dishwasher though as I feel it gets the best clean in there, and as I have used it for milk it then goes in the steraliser. It is microwave and dishwasher friendly.
It is a good size unlike many other first cups. As I have been able to use it for milk it just fits in an 8oz bottle, which is perfect. It is not very good for travel as the handles stick out alot so it doesn't fit in to a normal bottle holder pocket on your changing bag, and the lid doesn't seem to fit very well and always falls off.
As a first cup I think this is great, as we tried so many. But then again both of mine have been 6 months before they really could drink from any cup, and once they had mastered one then the rest seemed to come naturally. So maybe if you just wait until 6-7 months then maybe other cups will work fine too. I don't think at 4 months that many babies will be able to drink lots from any cup.
I paid around £4 for this cup, both 2 years ago and a couple of weeks ago. I think that is a fair price for it as it is a big cup and seems of good quality. There are so many different cups out there though you can really only experiment with different ones to see which suits your baby best. This worked for us but probably won't for many others!
It does have its bad points, and that means we have moved on from it quite quickly, but it was a good starting point, and if I had another baby then I would use it again.
We have recently returned from our holiday in Devon, our 2 children were given some pocket money by their grandparents so we went out one day to make sure we bought them something nice with it. Our youngest is far too young for a scooter but I have been trying to find something for our 2 year old for a while that would be good for him. I feel like he is too big for a ride-on type toy but too small for a bike.
I hadn't really considered a scooter before but we were in a huge toy shop and there was 'My First Scooter'. They had one out on display so I gave it to our son and was just about to start explaining to him how to use it when he merely put one foot on and pushed with the other as if he was some sort of pro! That was my decision made for me and we bought it.
The scooter says it is suitable for 2 years plus. Our son is 2 years and 2 months so the perfect age. It is brilliant as it transforms from a 4 wheel, to a 3 wheel, to a 2 wheel the older and more competent you get.
It was very easy to assemble with a few bolts and came complete with spanner and allen keys. I have started him off with the 4 wheel mode (2 at the front, 2 at the back) as it makes it nice and sturdy for him to practice. I have even had a quick whizz around myself on it and feels very safe and sturdy even under my weight. The wheels seem very good quality and the whole scooter appears to be very well made.
You can get them in either girls or boys colours. The one we have is blue with green wheels and handle bars. The handle bars are good, thick, chunky and very grippy. The part where your foot goes has a coarse finish to aid grip.
To change the mode of it from 4 wheel to 3 and 3 to two etc is very easy, it comes with all the spare/different parts you need and is just a case of undoing what is there and replacing it with a different bolt.
Our son is loving it. He has got the hang of it really quickly and I am very happy with my purchase. Mainly because I am not in any way an impulsive shopper, I research everything and shop around for the best deals! So for me to go in to a toy shop and buy something with no idea of what I was looking for is quite an achievement! So I was very pleasantly suprised to find out that it was quite a bargain. I had a look on Amazon when I got home to find out they these scooters sell for around £17. We paid just £12.99 for it in a department store in Newton Abbott. It was not on sale nor discounted so I am very happy with the price we paid.
When I started weaning my first I did what I imagine many first time mothers do and buy a whole load of unnecessary and expensive weaning equipment. I purchased these Annabel Karmel Freezer Trays as I hadn't really researched freezer trays and these seemed to be popular and available. I made most of my own food for my son so I knew I would need freezer storage.
They seemed like a good idea - the firm rubber tray has 15 compartments for putting your own food in once it is pureed ready for freezing. It comes with a lid which fits neatly on top. It is quite shallow so it should be easy to find enough freezer space for it, and even in a small freezer you should be able to have space to put one on top of the other.
I ended up with 3 of these trays, 2 were old style ones which I purchased second hand, and what I assumed was a newer one which was far more rigid and the lid had deeper sides and fitted on better.
The idea is that you just take it out of the freezer and 'pop' out how ever many of the cubes you want to defrost and serve. The theory is good and I thought they were a good idea. You can fill the tray with different foods as they are all separate so if you make 3 different meals they can all go in one tray.
I found once we were past the early weaning stages that 2 cubes of food was the perfect amount as there was often a yoghurt etc for pudding. The two older trays were a nightmare to get the food out of. You have to end up dipping just the cubes you want in hot water for a few seconds to get them out. But if the food was in a middle cube and to avoid defrosting other food you really had to turn the cube inside out, by which point your fingers are freezing and they really hurt!
The newer tray wasn't quite as bad, it is more rigid and the food did come out more easily, and if you put fruit in there then this came out very easily.
The portion sizes are good and 2 cubes was spot on for my son. The newer trays do work ok but the worst thing of all is that they are NOT dishwasher safe!! This is just a huge pain as they take so long to wash every single cube out, and if you do a bolognaise then they get very greasy and stained and are really hard work to clean. I did give up in the end and did put them in the dishwasher but they did go all mis-shapen, but I had had enough by then!
They are not cheap at around £8, it seems now that they have re-designed them again and they are not longer translucent but they are a solid green and are only 9 cubes big. So this style may not be on the market anymore.
They are not worth the money, I know now places like Tesco sell weaning freezer trays (I don't think they did a couple of years ago) and they are far cheaper. Don't be pulled in by the Annabel Karmel name!
I was given a load of new picture/story books when my now 2 year old was much younger. Too young to listen to them and so they sat on a bookshelf in the spare room. A couple of weeks ago we were putting our son to bed and he was getting distracted and ratty as a guy had just turned up with a delivery and wanted to see what was going on so I went to find a new book to distract him with. I went in to the spare room and without looking just plucked one of the books out to read to him.
As soon as I started reading it I loved it. My son was hooked.
Room on the Broom is written by the Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and the book is also illustrated by the same person who illustrates the Gruffalo - Axel Scheffler.
It rhymes and flows so perfectly. I find myself reading it quite fast, and it is easy to read quickly without finding yourself getting tongue tied! The story is about a witch who while out on her broomstick loses items like her hat, hair bow, and wand. They are picked up by a dog, a bird and a frog, who each in turn ask if there is room on the broom for them to have a ride. A bad dragon wants to eat the witch for dinner but she is saved by the animals who pretend to be a horrible monster. She then does a spell and makes a super broomstick with seats for all her animal friends.
The first page of the book goes like this:
The witch had a cat
and a very tall hat,
and long ginger hair
tied in a plait.
How the cat purred
and how the witch grinned,
as they sat on their broomstick
and flew through the wind.
But how the witch wailed
and how the cat spat,
When the wind blew so wildly
it blew off the hat.
The illustrations through the book are lovely and my son really looks at them as I am sure he doesn't really understand most of what is going on, but he is really enthralled by the flowing rhyming. I love the story as the witch is a nice witch, and not nasty like they usually are in books!
I was given this book but I think it is around £3-4 for the paperback version and a few pounds more for the hardback. I think when you find a book that your children love and you think is good as well then the peace and quiet you get from them when you read it then it is well worth the money!
Overall a lovely book and I am now off to Amazon to buy a few more Julia Donaldson books as this one is excellent.
I have never been able to afford an expensive designer buggy. When I was first pregnant I was utterly shocked by the price of a top end buggy. I sold my car when I got pregnant (as it was an old sports car & not baby friendly) to pay for baby goods and what I sold that for would have paid for one of these fancy pushchairs! So I started off with a very practical travel system, came with the car seat and lots of accessories but I realised very quickly that I had one of the biggest, chunkiest, heaviest buggies at every playgroup I went to. I then got a cheap stroller, I still have it as a back up but it is very long when folded, the seat support is rubbish and no shopping room.
After this I was pregnant again with just 19 months between the two so I got a tandem buggy, which I could not have done without for a few months. But now 6 months later I barely use it and its absolutely massive. We have a holiday coming up soon as I the tandem buggy takes up the whole boot space so I spent ages trying to find a small folding, light but still useful buggy. It turns out many small ones don't have a recline, or shopping space.
I just happened to come across by chance the Mamas & Papas Sola when I searched on Ebay for second hand buggies near me. This was the only one in the search results close to me and was the weight/style I wanted. I had a couple of days to do research and read reviews before the auction ended. Most of the auctions for these were ending on over £120 so I wasn't sure if I would win it as I didn't have much to spend.
I won it, I collected it, and I love it.
I have it in the Truffle design which is very unisex, I use it mainly for my 6 month old daughter and it looks very girly but also when I put my 2 year old boy in it then it seems to someone bring the boyish colours out! The main seat simply clips in and out, it can face you or face outwards. You can have your baby sitting right up or fully reclined to lying down so it can be used from birth.
The harness has padded bits for the shoulder and also where it all clips together. There are also several height positions for the harness for when your baby grows. It has a bumper bar which in my opinion is a must, its great for my toddler as it means he doesn't need to wear the harness but keeps him in place, and perfect for my baby to help her lean forward to watch the world go by and to clip toys to.
I am quite short (5ft 2") and this buggy is perfect handle wise, it has different positions and they are very comfortable. However, my husband is quite tall and he would prefer if it just went one click higher.
The hood/sunshade is fantastic, it can sit in different positions but also comes right round giving complete cover from the sun. It also has a mesh bit at the back so you can see your baby.
The shopping basket is better than anything I could have expected to get from a small buggy. My changing bag is massive with 2 childrens stuff in it, and it fits! On the photos I thought I would have to buy a smaller changing bag when out with the buggy, but I was overjoyed that my bag fitted underneath. I think this is because the chair sits quite high above the basket so there is lots of height to store the bag in.
When we collected it the lady gave it to my Husband all up in ready to use position. He got it to the car where I was waiting and I had no idea how to put it down!! Luckily very simple and I didn't look like too much of a plonker standing outside peoples houses shaking a buggy around! There are just two black levers either side of the handle bar which you lift up and the buggy collapses. The wheels collapse down under the buggy and it collapses very flat even with the seat attached. You can also fold the handle down to make it even more compact.
It is very light and I believe it weighs around 9kg. It is lovely to push, I am used to such heavy clumsy buggies that this really is a joy to use and own. The front wheels can be locked and also taken off for storage if you need it to go very flat. The footrest also has several recline positions.
The whole buggy is of very good quality, which I guess really does prove that you get what you pay for when it comes to buggies. I have learnt to love my other buggies, but since having this I realise what I have been missing. I will keep this now until my daughter is too old for it.
I bought this second hand, and in immaculate condition. Other than wear on the wheels you wouldn't be able to tell it was used. I was very lucky - I won this for £68 from eBay and that included the Sola Carrycot which in itself is a massive sturdy piece of equipment for newborns. The Sola is still a current model sold and retails for around £355 for just the buggy alone. I would never have paid this much for a buggy. I just don't have that sort of money sitting around. But if I did have that sort of money then this is a brilliant buy.
It ticks every box for me. What I really needed was a decent recline for naps, a decent size shopping basket and to be small. It does so much more than I thought I would get for my budget. The seat is easy to use and simple to change position. The shopping basket is just fantastic and its small, light compact and very stylish. It is a very good looking buggy.
I have just bought a buggy board for use with this which I have had on it for my son since the weekend. He loves it. Especially if my daughter is facing us, so to be able to get a buggy board to fit it just makes this perfect.
I would 100% recommend this buggy if your needs are like mine. Would I recommend paying new price for it? I don't know. Everyone else seems to be able to afford flash buggies, but second hand I have an immaculate buggy so if you don't mind second hand then it is definitely worth looking around. You will end up with an excellent quality used buggy rather than a new but basic one if you are on a budget.
When we bought our house just over a year ago the sellers very kindly left the white goods including a 6 month old washing machine. It is a Hotpoint Ultima WMD740. We only had an old rattly machine before we moved so it was nice to have an almost new one.
I don't think you can buy this model anymore so please excuse my lack of technical details. It it a good sized machine holding 7kg of washing. It has some great features that I have never had before - my personal favourite being the 'child lock' as buttons and beeps are notorious toddler magnets! It has several wash settings including 30 minute and 60 minute washes. It also can a delay start which I believe you can delay the start for up to 24hours (although I have never used this function).
It has settings for:
Cottons - 90 60 or 40 degrees
Synthetics - 50, 40 or 30 degrees
Bed & Bath - 60 degrees
Wool - 40 degrees
Silk - 30 degrees
It also has separate settings for just doing a spin, and just draining out the water. The start button can also be pressed during a wash to pause it. There are also options for 'Super Wash', 'Reduced Creases', 'Mini Load', 'Time Saver' and 'Eco Wash'. There is a memory button which is very useful if you use the same wash frequently as it speeds things up. As I often use the 'Cotton Wash' on 40 degrees with a 1000rpm spin. The memory button stops you having to flick through the options for the spin speed and temperature each time you put a wash on.
The washing machine has an lcd display which shows you the time remaining, what part of the wash it is currently doing (e.g spin). There is a baby face when the child lock is on and shows what temperature and spin speed is selected. A key icon also shows up with the door is locked.
This has been a brilliant washing machine in the year or so we have been using it. I wouldn't say it is any quieter than any other machine but even when it is on a high spin it barely moves, whereas our previous one was far more vigorous. It has an ABA energy rating and we do use it alot with 2 small children and we also have a pre-pay electricity meter which is great for finding out what uses the most electricity and I must say we barely notice this being on. The electricity it uses is very low. The B in the rating is for the spin energy, I usually use it on a lower spin - 1200 or 1000 as this seems to dry the clothes out just as much.
I think this machine was around £280 new. This is good as this has been a great appliance and it has been utterly reliable and faultless. Unfortunately we are very limited on space and we have made the decision to buy a washer/dryer and sell this despite knowing the drying isn't always that good on them. But having done much research it does appear that it is a Hotpoint model that we will be buying based on reviews and the fact that our current washing machine is Hotpoint as has been so great that I am confident that our new one will be a good buy.
I would definitely recommend this washing machine as it has a good sized drum and therefore fits it plenty of washing, it is fantastically energy efficient and it is a very sleek/smart looking machine. It has so many features, I can't think of anything else that I wish it had.
This trolley was bought by us from a friend who's son had outgrown it. We bought it from them along with the Early Learning Centre Sizzlin' Kitchen which has the same bright blue and red colours of this trolley so they both matched.
It is a lovely sturdy trolley, it is very good quality and well made, the wheels are thick and tough and the whole structure feels very robust. It has a red frame with 4 blue wheels and the blue shopping trolley basket is separate and simply attaches (hangs) from a bar just below the handle. Having the basket detach so easily from the trolley is good for storage if you are limited on space as it is easier to fit in to somewhere for example if you want to store it upside down etc. But on the other hand I have found the ease of taking the basket off just means that my son seems to enjoy pushing the trolley round with no basket attached. Ideally I would like the basket to detach as it does but to maybe have some sort of a clip/clasp in place so you can do this but your toddler can't!
The basket is very handy for storage. I'm sure any of you who have had play food or a play kitchen will know that you end up with endless bits of fruit/veg/tins/cans/cups etc everywhere and being able to just scoop them all up and put them in the trolley is great and our play kitchen doesn't have enough room to store all these little bits and pieces.
My son plays with this trolley alot and I am very glad we got it with the kitchen as I am not sure I would have thought about getting a trolley separately. As we bought them together I don't know how much they are new, I had a quick look on their website and I would say they are between £12-£15 new on their own. Based on this I think this is quit alot for just a trolley. It doesn't do anything and does not come with any food. If I had wanted to buy a trolley I probably would have sought out a cheaper one somewhere. However, now I have it I know that this Early Learning Centre one is very good quality so you do get what you pay for.
Overall great fun if you have either a kitchen/supermarket type of toy you can use with it.
I purchased this Ikea stool a few months ago as I was buying things to prepare for my son to start potty/toilet training so I planned to use it as a step up to the toilet. It was one of those spontaneous purchases as we were in Ikea at the time and it was very well priced so I purchased it there and then as we don't live very locally to an Ikea.
The stool has a slightly curved design which is perfect if you are using it for toilet training as it sits closely to your toilet. It has finger holes in the ends so it can be quickly and hygienically lifted. It has a slightly flared base so it is very stable and also has small thin blue rubber grips on the bottom to avoid any slipping, so it really is very safe to stand on.
It is made from white plastic and on top it has dozens of small blue rubbery dots which add further to the anti slip features. It measures around 35cm x 25cm x 12cm. It is easily cleaned and easy to store as it is not too big.
It can be used for other things aside from toilet training, for example we also use it as a step up to our trampoline, as it is only a small one so does not require a ladder but helpful for my 2 year old to have a small step up. I do use it around the house too as I am quite short so its helpful for reaching to the back of kitchen cupboards!
If I remember correctly we paid just £2.50 for this, which is a huge bargain and I wish I had bought two of them! They are very useful and good quality with a range of uses. Worth having one in every home.
I had never really seen these type of product around before I bought it. I just happened to come across it by chance when I was searching on eBay for some new toys for me then 6 month old baby. After seeing it I looked for it for sale online to see what price they were new and what sort of reviews it got as well as what it did.
It is a small ball (a bit smaller than a football) and it has a motor inside which very cleverly rocks the ball around in different directions gently. The idea of it is that your baby will be fascinated by it as it moves, has lights and sound and it will encourage them to crawl towards it as it keeps moving.
It has 3 animal buttons (cat, dog & monkey) which make animal noises when you press them as well as saying what the animal is. There are 3 other buttons numbered 1, 2 & 3 and are a circle, triangle and a square each with a picture of a small animal on. When they are pressed it will once tell you the shape and the second time you press it you will hear what the image is on the shape e.g one caterpillar. These buttons also light up. The ball also plays several tunes and sings if your baby is not pressing any of the buttons.
On the top of the ball is a spinning disc with a white swirl inside and a swirling ladybird that can be pushed round and round. On the outside of the spinning disc are 6 coloured material tabs which are great for your baby to grab. It has a low and high volume setting and takes 3 x AA batteries.
It has lots of bright colours and is full of features. My son loved this ball when he was learning to crawl, whether it actually helped him crawl in any way is debatable but even after he could crawl he was more than happy to play with it. My 5 month old has now started playing with it and is very interested in trying to catch it as it rolls around.
I bought this ball second hand for a few pounds but I think they retail for around £10 which in itself is a good price. It is a very fun toy and does provide alot of entertainment. The ball moves very gently so you don't worry about it bumping in to your baby. I bought another similar type ball that moves very fast and is a bit more violent when it moves so I won't get that one back out until my daughter can move out of its way!
One of my fondest memories of being small was remembering my baby brother in their door bouncers. It was one of those things that I knew I always wanted to have when I had my own children. I must admit I thought by the time I had children that it might be one of those things that no longer exists due to some silly safety precaution, so I was very excited when I realised they were still sold.
I went for the Lindam baby bouncer for no other reason really other than the price, it was one of the cheapest available. It is very easy to install and has just a large spring loaded clip and goes either side of the door frame. It is suitable for most door frames. You can adjust the height of it so it can grow with your baby. You baby is securely fastening in to it with both a velcro fastener and then a clip.
My son very much enjoyed bouncing around it this. He did get a bit over excited and on many occasions I though he was going to bounce in to the door frame but in actual fact he never did. I have just started using it with my daughter, but now on a far smaller door frame as we have moved and she has not bounced in to the door frame either.
The bouncer rotates 360 degrees so your baby can spin all around and not be restricted.My main issue with this is getting the baby in and out. It is really difficult. I read through many of the previous reviews to see if anyone had detailed how they did it to see if there was an easier way!! You need more than one person ideally to try and get the baby in and out, making sure their arms are in the right place. It is also difficult to get them out as its hard to get your hands in under the babys arms to lift them out. I remember seeing a Tigger on for sale which looked like you just plonked the baby in it (like in a jumperoo seat). So I wish I had bought that one, but I did not want to buy a new one for our second child so I stuck with the Lindam one.
It seems very safe and it is good fun. It can be used from around 4 months old and will give a good few months worth of fun. I think I paid about £15 for it which is a good price for the product. So in summary it is a good product but I have to rate in down as it is not very easy to use.
When my first baby was a few months old I had read about and seen for sale Bumbo seats. I liked the idea of them - they are designed for your baby to sit in before they can sit by themselves unaided. They are snug and your baby can sit upright and see the world around them. The price of a Bumbo however put me off! After reading several reviews they seemed to be one of those products that your baby will either love or hate. And I did not want to spend almost £40 on a small chair my baby might hate and especially as one they can sit themselves they probably wouldn't use it much.
So I had a look around on the internet for similar seats. I came across the Prince Lionheart Bebe Pod. This looked good and was half the price of the Bumbo chair and actually had better reviews.So I bought it. It looked good when it arrived - I have it in a lime green and it comes with many accessories.
To start with this particular model come with a safety strap which fastens across your lap to keep your baby safely secured. It also comes with a white plastic tray which slots in to the middle of the seat once your baby is sat in it. On the tray you can either put a choice of two placemat style mats that come with it or a toy. The mats are great and you can use the seat as somewhere to feed your baby whether it be you feeding them or finger food. It comes with a toy which clips in to the top of the tray so your baby doesn't throw it on the floor or remove it. The toy is much like a highchair toy - it spins rounf and has several other spinning bits with rattles and mirrors. It has a rubbery type handle going all the way around it so your baby can grab it either side and give the toys a good chew (if they so wish).
Alternatively you can remove the tray and put back in the middle a large round pommel. I often used this and then sat my baby in front of another toy they enjoyed playing with. My son really liked this chair - he didn't need it for that long, maybe 2-3 months at most. I have kept it and my daughter is currently enjoying playing in it. It seems very comfortable with a firm but soft at the same time.
I was quite suprised that after getting it out for my daughter that my 2 year old still fits in it! I paid around £20 for this seat set. But from a quick search now I can see that they range from anywhere between £15 - £35 so its well worth shopping around. I wouldn't have paid anymore than £20 for it in case my baby didn't like it, and even though he did it was only used for a few months so not worth spending too much on. It was another few months until I saw an actual Bumbo chair and they seem to really swamp the baby, especially under the arms so I am glad I chose a different brand.
I think this type of chair is a good and useful buy. It is good for travel as you can take it away instead of a high chair and it takes up very little space. But I would not go for an expensive one as you just won't get that much use from it.
Being a mother to two young children I have obviously tried and tested pretty much all baby wipes brands. There is a vast range of wipes available from sensitive to unfragranced. Pampers wipes however are top of my list.
The Pampers wipes come in a pack of 64. I will usually buy the normal pack or the unfragranced pack depending on stock when I shop. They are soap free and alcohol free. I have found these to be of very good quality, they have a slight stretch in them and they are plain (no embossing on the wipe).
They have just the right level of moisture. I have found some wipes in the past to be too dry or too wet. A huge plus point for them is that they come easily out from the pack when you have one of those situations where you need wipe after wipe.......! I hated Huggies wipes as 70% of the time they would rip as you pulled them from the pack. Pampers wipes are removed easily and the pack has a resealable sticker lid.
The wipes are thick enough so you can fold and wipe again and I feel like they are very mild and kind to skin. I regularly use them for cleaning high chairs and wiping milk from our leather sofas and when rubbed they do crate a little bit of a lather and get things ground in very clean.
The price of baby wipes varies greatly from place to place, but there is more often than not an offer on. Annoyingly it has taken me 18 months to realise that Asda are undoubtedly an unbeatable place to buy wipes from. Before I only bought Pampers wipes when they were on offer but now I can buy them every time. I currently buy them as part of a 4 pack in Asda which costs just £3.50. This is a fab price for such good wipes. Even shop own brand wipes are around about this price.
Baby wipes are always useful and I know that even when my two are out of nappies there will always be a pack of Pampers wipes sitting in the drawer as they are so handy.
I bought this teether online along with a heap of other baby goods before my first baby was born. It appealed to me as I loved the Hungry Caterpillar book when I was small and was pleased to see you can now buy all sorts of Hungry Caterpillar memorabilia.
This teether toy is about 6 inches long. It has a metal rattle in its head, on the next section down is a silver star and crinkly texture material. The rest of the 4 remaining sections also have crinkly material sound inside and the middle one has a picture of a strawberry on it.
The tail end is the teether end, it is a slightly flexible rubber feeling green paddle shape. On one side it has dozens of tiny bobbles and on the other side are 3 wavy lines for different textures for your baby to feel against their gums.
The body of the caterpillar is thin enough to be held easily by a baby and the teether part is of very good shape, texture and size. The rattle in the head is neither too loud or too quiet. It is well made and of good quality. Both my children have liked this teether, they haven't loved it but they have both played with it. This may be because it isn't all chewable and maybe didn't like the material in their mouths if they sucked on it.
I paid £5 for it, I think from Kiddicare or somewhere similar. This price is ok, maybe a little high as it doesn't do much, but it is good quality and I guess you always pay more for the fact that it is Hungry Caterpillar. Overall a nice teether and looks cute too.