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It was my twin boys 5th birthday recently and a few of their presents included games, one of these many games was Disney Cars My First Scrabble.
My boys started school back in september and they have come on in leaps and bounds since starting and are now really learning their alphabet, and even putting 3 letter words together so I thought this game would really benefit them but we could have some fun together at the same time too.
The game is reccomended for children aged 3-6 years which I'd say is about right as all children develop differently and at different paces - my boys are 5 and only now know their alphabet fully for example however I know children who have learnt their alphabet at the age of 3 and 4.
Inside the box your child will have 15 cards and small coloured plastic tiles each with a letter of the alphabet on it.
Now on each of these cards there is some sort of word activity - using one of the cards my boys have completed themselves recently as an example. It is a plastic card with 4 pictures of car characters from disney cars down the left handside. Next to each car are coloured squares. The top of this particular card says 'Colours' so for this card my boys had to try and spell the colour of each car. The reason there were different colour squares next to each car is the alaphabet tiles are coloured differently so it's an extra clue when your child is finding an alphabet letter themselves.
Now this game is not one of them 'fun family' games but it is an activity I can do with my children and let them enjoy their independence during learning under my watchful eye so I know where to help them.
They are confident in their colours so are able to identify the colour squares on the card and the plastic tiles.
As they have just learnt their alphabet too they are gradually getting more confident in finding the letters themselves too and everytime they match a letter onto the correct coloured square I can see they are proud with their achievement, it may seem small but to children who are just beginning with sounding out letters and putting small words together this is an excellent confidence booster and a 'different' way of learning letters.
This game helps my boys recognise letters, sound them out, how to put words together too, some of the cards are a bit too difficult but as they grow in confidence with their letter learning they will soon grasp them and enjoy their achievements with the more difficult cards too.
I bought this game on sale in Tesco but it's roughly £15 to buy. I'd certainly reccomend buying this game to anybody who is looking to encourage learning with their children as a family activity - I have seen my boys grow in confidence and keep telling me 'they can do it now' without my help. They are spelling more words themselves, even off the cards they are just using the small plastic tiles and showing me words they can make themselves too. Doing it like this it doesnt matter if they make a mistake, theres no crossing out or rubbing out of pencil so they dont have to feel embarassed or upset of any small mistakes they can just keep trying to work it out themselves just by moving plastic tiles about until they fit into place.
I am always buying new shower and bath products, not overly fussy on what I buy I tend to just go for what catches my eye, then the price and then I tend to smell it before buying it.
One of my recent purchases for the shower was Palmolive's Thermal Spa Mineral Massage Shower gel.
This particular shower gel comes in a see through plastic 250ml bottle with a turquoise flip up lid. The front of the bottle clearly states it is a Palmolive product - and it's their Thermal Spa Mineral Massage Shower Gel with dead sea salt and aloe vera extract with a small picture of the sea beneath this.
You can see the shower gel within the bottle which is a pale blue in colour with specks of dark blue throughout.
Upon flipping open the cap I immediately noticed the freshness of this shower gel, a very fresh soapy scent nothing too masculine or feminine so I would say a pretty unisex shower product - without it actually advertising this.
Squeezing the shower gel out I quickly noticed the gel becoming a paler blue in colour but the darker specks of blue throughout remained. The gel isn't too thick nor too thin and it lathers up lovely on the skin - it is at this point you feel the dark blue specks - they feel like tiny grains of salt scrubbing against your skin, not so big that they feel harsh on your skin but I have found they must have some effect when scrubbing against my skin as the tops of my arms which tend to suffer with dry skin have become quite smooth whilst using this shower gel.
I would certainly recommend this gel to both men and women, it has a lovely, fresh scent to it, it cleans and lathers well and leaves skin feeling smooth and smelling good.
As mentioned in a previous review of an NSPA body cream, im not too fussy with products like this - I just need to like the price and the smell and I buy it.
One of my many products that I've been using recently is the NSPA raspberry milkshake body cream.
NSpa products you can purchase from Asda, I've never bought them singly though so can't comment on price as I've only ever bought sets to treat myself.
This particular product comes in a dinky 75ml see through plastic tub so you can see the pale pink cream inside, with a black screw off lid.
Screwing off the lid you are instantly met by this delicious fruity scent, sweet yet not sickly so, with a hint of mild creamyness to. Are they sure this is body cream? It smells good enough to eat, or drink? It really does smell deliciously fruity and is a pleasure to rub into my skin.
I find with these body creams they appear quite thick when scooping them out of the tub but they absorb lovely into the skin and the scent remains for a little while which is a plus. Despite the initital thick feeling of the body cream it smooths into my skin with ease, smothering it's fruity scent all over my skin and sinking into my skin fairly quickly. The fact the fruity scent remains on your skin is pleasing as now and then I get this fruity whiff and know it's coming from me, which I like. Although the other scented body cream I reviewed I really didnt like I would reccomend trying this one out if you do like fruity scents as this really does smell delicious.
Last year for my twin boys 4th birthday most of their presents were dinosaur themed as they were, at the time dinosaur crazy, and now a year on they are still the same.
There are many types of dinosaur figures you can buy in varying quality - some cheap and some quite expensive and my boys received both of these. One of their many dinosaur sets they received were quite expensive ones I bought.
I bought these from Amazon for just over £20 for a box of just 5 dinosaur figures - these being Learning Resources Jumbo Dinosaurs. The reason I bought these is I noticed in a playgroup they were attending that these particular ones were used - so assumed they were of good, decent quality and perfectly safe for young children as well as a good 'learning resource' hence why a playgroup would be using them.
The dinosaurs come packaged in a seperate clear plastic bag each inside a large cardboard box with the dinosaurs pictured on the front so no mistaking what was inside.
Now just over £20 for a set of 5 figures may sound like a lot of money but these are extremely good quality, durable figures and very safe for children too - they are an impressive size, although they are named 'jumbo' dinosaurs I wasn't expecting them to be so big.
Despite the dinosaur's size they are quite lightweight, not too heavy and bulky for little hands yet at the same time really good quality and very robust too.
It is clear what type of dinosaur each of these are, even though they are fairly colourful they are not cheaply or brightly coloured to confuse little ones who are genuinely intrerested in types of dinosaurs and their history either. The 5 dinosaur figures include a Triceratops, T-Rex, Brachiosaurus, Raptor and a Stegosaurus.
Despite a lot of rough play and bashing them about these dinosaurs are still in immaculate condition now a year down the line, still just as easily identifiable as they were when they were first taken out of the box. Imagination is still greatly used when my boys play with them, if not more now they have more to say for themselves at the age of 5 lol.
Although quite pricey I would certainly reccomend these dinosaurs for any little dinosaur fan, they are fantastic quality and provide plenty of imaginative historic fun.
My twin boys have a much better diet than myself, it is varied and balanced most of the time and they will eat a lot more fruit and vegetables than what I do but they do have their days where they don't get as much as advised or they should have. For this reason I decided to buy them some vitamins to try and put in them everything the body needs.
As I now mostly shop in Tesco I picked up a tub of Tesco's Children's Chewable Multivitamins and Minerals.
These particular vitamins come in a dominantly lime green plastic tub with a blue screw off lid. The front of the tub informs us there are 60 tablets within the tub and they have Vitamins A, C, D and E as well as other info. The side of the tub lists all the multivitamins and mineral these include which are the vitamins I have mentioned, Thiamin (Vitamin B1) Riboflavin (vitamin B2) Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Zinc and Iodine.
The back of the tub tells us that these are a balanced combination of vitamins and minerals for growing children in a 'forest fruits' flavour and they are reccomended for children 3 and over. One tablet a day is advised, alongside a meal.
Now I don't know if any of you noticed in my description of the tub but yes I did say it has a 'screw off' lid. It appears to be a safety top, presumably a child safety one as it has the 'tabs' on the sides of the cap for adults to squeeze in to be able to open it, whereas children wouldn't do this they would just grip the lid and turn and this type of lid is meant to be able to provent them from doing this. However, I did find that the lid screws off easily with the slightest touch to the sides so I know if left in reach many children would be able to open this tub - which of course is not safe so although I have no qualms about the vitamins if buying I would suggest keeping them well out of a child's reach.
The vitamins themselves are chunky circles in a pale creamy colour speckled in orange - nothing too exciting for a child to look at, which surprised me a little seeing as it is a children's vitamin I expected them to look a little more appealing for a childs eye. Nonetheless my boys were happy to take the vitamins when I explained they were 'good for them' and helps with them being healthy, which luckily they don't follow me and actually like to try and be healthy most of the time.
My boys like to have their 'healthy' vitamins and tell me they taste nice, before becoming pregnant I did have a try of one due to curiosity and cant really say they tasted fruity as such but were sweet and 'nice' so can understand why my boys like taking them and never fail to remind me about their vitamins.
I don't know if it has anything to do with the vitamins but I have found that since taking these regularly now for the past few months their colds have been few and far between, and their general wellbeing has been fairly good, apart from picking up a sickness bug a few weeks ago. I would like to think these vitamins help with things like this and their general feeling of wellness and would recommend these to anybody who are looking to give their children a supplement of some sort.
After damaging my hair at the beginning of the year by bleaching it to strip a dark a colour a bit too much I have ever since been treating my hair a lot more with intensive treatments and heat protection products etc to help get it slowly, back to normal.
I love L'oreal elvive hair products as I find they and my hair are well suited with little problems so when I seen L'oreals new extraordinary oil being advertised so proudly on adverts on the tele and then noticing it in Boots too I decided to treat myself to a bottle. There are 2 types to buy - the one for all hair types and the oil for coloured hair and I purchased the one for coloured hair.
The 100ml glass golden orange bottle with a burgundy pump dispenser lid costs £9.99 - so quite pricey really. You can see the transparent liquid within the glass bottle which is as thin as water. The front of the bottle tells me it's for coloured hair and it contains a precious blend of 6 flower extracts and UV Filter.
The back of the bottle explains that the blend of 6 flower extracts contain nourishing properties for luminous colour and sumptuous softness - exactly what I needed for my overworked hair.
Directions of use are also provided on the back - you have to rub 2 precious drops between the palms of your hands and apply evenly through the lengths and ends of wet or dry hair. You can use it before shampoo for extra colour protection, before styling to protect and transform your hair and as a finishing touch for sumptuous softness and luminous colour. All of this is explained on the bottle.
I had high hopes for this 'extraordinary oil' but in my opinion it is nothing 'extraordinary' at all, in fact I was sorely disapointed.
Dispensing the oil into my hands I quickly noticed how greasy it felt and the greasyness remains on my hands until I've washed it off thoroughly with soap - this is something I don't like to do whist styling my hair etc as I feel then the water and soapy products are then deposited onto my hair which ruins my styling - yes I am a fusspot but this oil didn't help. Although I knew this was an oil product I wasn't expecting it to feel so greasy and thick on my hands whilst using it, especially for the price paid and the brand which I have had no problems with before. Also when styling my hair I like to feel like I have control when using a product on my hair however I found I could smooth this over strands of my hair and still felt the uncomfortable greasyness on my hands whilst trying to do something else, therefore I felt I was still depositing some of the oil onto other parts of my hair I didn't really want to apply it too, such as the roots - as this is where your hair doesn't really need product at all as it's such 'fresh' hair.
The oil smells quite nice, just like a gentle shampoo sort of, but that uncomfortable feeling of greasyness and lack of control with my hair product made me feel uneasy and for this reason I wouldn't reccomend this product unfortunately.
Despite my lack of control using the oil and the fact I really didn't get on with it I still used it a few times to see if it actually made a difference to my hair and I can't really say it made much difference to my hair either really. I don't feel it left my hair feeling that soft and didn't create any 'special' look either, whereas some other products I've used I find help in making my hair feel more manageable, make it look shinier and generally feel quite healthy. So unfortunately in my opinion, this is one poor product from L'oreal!
I'm not fussy when it comes to products to use in my daily pampering session, so long as I either like the smell or it is on offer I will be more than happy to use it.
I've recently emptied my smellies drawer and added more to the bathroom and one of these products was the N-Spa Vanilla Crème Brulee Body Cream.
After a bath and hair wash I like to cover myself in body cream as I do suffer with a bit of dry skin, nothing too bad at the moment but anything that could help it slightly is worth using.
This little 75ml pot of body cream is a see through plastic so you can see the mustardy coloured lotion inside, with a black screw off lid - which can be a little awkward with body creamed slippery hands!
The cream has a powerful scent yet not overpowering either - which I was glad about as unfortunately, despite usually liking vanilla scented products this was a tad too sickly for me. It has the mildness of vanilla with a creamy, sickly caramel scent too which for me is just a tad too much. As much as I like scents of products to be noticeable on my body this one is just too sickly sweet for me.
I did try use it for a few days just to see if the scent grew on me but everytime I put just the smallest amount on I just felt like I was a walking creamy, carameled vanilla'd cake of some sort. I did find it too strong on my body and not a 'smell' which suited me at all. Despite the scent though the cream did absorb well into my skin even though it appears fairly thick when you scoop it from the tub with your fingers. I have used other scents in the Nspa range and the body cream itself is good in my opinion, it is just the scent of this one which makes it lose stars!
For my twins 5th birthday they received a good few games that we can play as a family. One of the many games were Toy Story's Alien Freefall.
Remember Kerplunk? That noisy marble fun game! Well it's toy story's version of this, only this one is KerJunk!
The game comes packaged in a toy story detailed box clearly stating it's suitable for children aged 5 plus and it is also suitable for 2 - 4 players. Inside the box there are 2 plastic 'cases' which join together to fit into the red base and a small red cap - fitting all these pieces together creates a plastic rocket. Also within the box is a packet of thin, plastic sticks and a load of mini green aliens and a dice. Perfectly Toy Story themed, which is quite appealing to look at, but when you've played Kerplunk and gotten used to the quality of that game this one doesn't quite live up to it.
Firstly the 'rocket' is flimsy, thin, is quite difficult to put together and not sturdy enough for it to stay together.
Each player has plastic sticks - these slot into the see through plastic casing of the rocket in the slot holes provided - which is also a very flimsy task. The little green aliens slot in the top of the rocket and these sticks prevent them from falling. The aim of the game is to remove the sticks without knocking the little aliens down. The dice has colours on it - matching the different colours of the sticks. When a player rolls the dice whichever colour it lands on is the colour of the stick that person has to slowly pull out trying not to knock the little aliens down. Continuing to do this throughout the game - the winner at the end of the game is the person who has knocked down the least amount of aliens. The game itself is a very competitive game and has good potential the quality of this particular game though lets it down tremendously!
Kerplunk uses marbles, noisy, particularly heavy for small objects therefore more chance of getting them to fall - and overall more fun as a family game in my opinion. This game is not very well made for a start, quality is poor, it is thin and flimsy and the aliens are an 'awkward' shape so although the game is called alien freefall they do not in fact fall freely all of the time - they quite often become stuck on other sticks rather than providing the excitement that kerplunks marbles do when they fall down.
Personally, although the toy story aspect and the idea behind the game design is quite appealing for children I would not recommend buying this game - the quality is poor and it would probably provide a bit more confident game playing if it was built better so quite a bit of a disapointment.
I love using antibacterial gels and always have several, usually one in my kitchen, one in my handbag and you can often find my others stocked in my bedroom ready for use. I find them handy, excuse the pun and convenient to use especially when out and about.
I'm not loyal to one particular brand however and will buy different ones when on offer or if I just like the look of them which is why I picked up Soap and Glory's Hand Maid Hand Cleansing Gel the other day.
The dinky 50ml bottle of this hand cleansing gel costs a whopping £2.50, but I have to admit I love it.
The bottle itself is basic, just a see through plastic bottle with a flip up lid. It clearly says Soap and Glory Hand Maid 'Fresh, Fruity, Floral Scented Antibacterial' Hand Cleansing Gel on the front - with natural grape fruit extract. The back of this dinky bottle tells us to deploy a generous splodge of hand maid onto our palms and then rub tt all around until it absorbs. You can see the transparent pink hand gel within the bottle, very feminine and girly, perfect!
So this hand gel works just the same as any others I've bought, so why do I love it so much. The main reason is that fruity, fresh and feminine scent which I associate with most soap and glory products. On top of this it doesn't seem so 'chemically strong' smell wise unlike some you can buy yet it still makes my hands feel clean and fresh after using it - as well as leaving it's beautiful scent on my hands.
It's a pink transparaent 'gel' which is quite thin and squirts out of the bottle quite quickly but I find you don't have to use much to feel the benefits, or smell them. I wouldn't buy this on a regular basis purely because of price but as a treat this is one of my favourite antibacterial gels and would certainly reccomend it.
My boys have their hair washed in the bath every other day to keep their hair clean and fresh. Especially now they are in school and are around other children quite a lot.
My favourite shampoo to use with them is Vosene Kids 3 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo Head Lice Repellent.
This shampoo comes in a lime green 250ml bottle with the green vosene logo on it and a lot of purple writing including telling us that this shampoo helps protect 8/10 children.
The 3 in 1 aspect of the shampoo means that it 'Cleans - Conditions - Defends' as it contains natural head lice repellents tea tree oil and lemon eucalyptus.
The shampoo is transparent, smooth and considerably thick rather than thin and runny. It smells very refreshing, and you can certainly pick up the tea tree scent however it's not overpowering, it's quite mild which I like as it is meant for children. When using it on my boys hair it lathers up in an instant using only a tiny amount as they don't have much hair. It smells lovely as it lathers and I can really feel the smooth softness as it's conditioning their hair. Afterwards their hair is left light, airy and so clean which I really like. We have had no encounters with head lice yet, but they are boys and don't have a lot of hair really, but maybe this shampoo does help in protecting them whilst they are around other children.
I'd certainly recommend this shampoo though just for it's cleaning, it really leaves my boys hair clean and soft.
I don't know if it has something to do with this shampoo but since starting reception at the beginning of september there has already been an outbreak of headlice within the school and touch wood my boys havn't had them. I know they have short hair but it does get long enough sometimes for headlice to hide in and I believe this shampoo does help.
I absolutely love my candles - my favourites being Yankee Candles - especilly their wax tarts but I will often buy other candles if on offer.
So it was no surprise to me that when I seen this new Airwick candle range in Tesco on offer the other day that I decided to try them out.
Usual price for these colour changing candles is roughly £7, however for the past few weeks they have been £3.50 in Tesco so I bought a couple to try out.
The candle itself comes in a fair sized glass candle holder - which can be reused for tealights etc if you wanted to. It sits neatly within a cardboard packaging which allows you to see the candle inside as well as smell it too, which is always handy to actually see if you like the scent before buying it. I've tried the vanilla one which is lovely, and the sweet pea version which is beautiful but there was a mulled wine candle available which made me heave lol so was a good job I could smell them first.
The front of the packaging clearly states it is an Airwick product and the scent name too. It also says 'Changes Colour Gently' with a picture of a candle with swirly lights around it which looks very appealing.
The back of the packaging informs us that these candles have a burn time of up to 30 hours, sounded impressive. It also tells us that when the candle is lit a soft, tranquil glow illuminates through the wax and the glow gently changes colour to create a captivating rainbow effect. I have to admit it was this colour change I was more excited about.
Upon lighting, the candles the glow sparks up immediately, it remains a tranquil blue colour first and soon begins to flicker in varying colours including pink, yellow, green and purple while simultaneously letting off a very subtle, but pleasing scent too. I only light these candles in the evenings now it's darker and I'd say one candle lasts me roughly one week of evening lighting. It looks beautiful changing colours and glowing away in my living room, they are most definitely mood setters/calmers and provide a very relaxing feeling within my home. The fact the scents are very subtle - on both the vanilla and the sweet pea- means there isn't an overpowering smell taking over my three floor house just a gentle smell lingering here and there. I sometimes vanilla scented products quite sickly but this one is like I've said very gentle, and just a subtly sweet warming scent, whereas the sweet pea is sweet, yet not overly so, with a fruity hint to it. The glowing light appears to come from within the wax and just looks very much like an led light of some sort, no idea how it's made or how it really works but it certainly looks lovely and is very pleasing to watch.
As much as I do love these candles I don't think I could pay the full price of £7 for one as to me that is a bit steep, but when on offer I would definitely buy more of these as they are relaxing and soothing to both watch and smell.
Don't know why but ive suddenly turned 'girly' wanting to pamper myself more often and do the little things such as painting my toenails and fingernails. However I'm always changing my mind on things too - even on my nail varnish colour of choice. So I needed some good nail varnish remover - to save me picking hell out of my nails - and of course not getting very far in doing so.
I purchased Boots own Nail Polish Remover about 3 months ago.
The polish remover comes in a cloudy yet see through 250ml plastic bottle with a plastic screw off lid. You can see the liquid remover inside which is a purple shade. The bottle looks, all in all very basic, and it clearly tells us it is Nail Polish remover - perfect, that is all I needed.
Upon opening the bottle I quickly noticed the strong, chemical smell which I associate with nail polish remover.
Despite the basic look of the bottle I have to say the polish remover certainly does the job. I use many brands of nail polish and never stick to just one, but a dab of this on a cotton wool pad has no trouble in removing my polish. Even some thicker polishes I use, yes sometimes they may take an extra swipe with another cotton wool pad but the remover definitely removes all of the nail polish without leaving a trace - exactly what I wanted it to do.
For roughly £1 you cannot go wrong with this nail polish remover - nothing fancy or showy off, a very basic product which does the job it's meant to.
My twin boys love noodles and would have them with most of their meals, however when you add the 80p's up here and there my shopping bill soon adds up so I started buying Asda Smartprice noodles.
The noodles come in a 65g pack, white and green looking like any other smartprice product.
The pack looks quite small and I wouldn't say that a portion of these are particularly filling.
The pack costs just 11p which is a bargain in a sense, and I can really taste why.
Instructions on how to cook them are provided on the back of the pack as well as their nutritional value.
The pack contains 345 calories, 44.4g carbohydrates, 15.4g fat of which 7.7g saturates and 0.6g sodium which is the equivalent to salt 1.7g
You can either cook these on the hob for 2-3 minutes or in the microwave for 3 minutes, I always opt for the microwave as I'm lazy lol.
No matter which way I've cooked these I've found them watery, bland and pretty much tasteless with the odd tinge of fake chickeny savoury taste - which isn't all that, well 'tasty'. My boys will eat them but I much prefer to buy them a better brand because these taste disgusting in my opinion. The fake chickeny 'taste' is dominantly smell rather than taste as they are just sloppy and watery tasting - not very nice at all.
In my opinion these are cheap and far from cheerful.
Well with two 4 year olds who like to dump their dinner dishes etc in their sink with scraps off food on them it was no surprise that my kitchen sink had developed a bit of a stench. On my last shopping trip I picked up Mr Muscle's Kitchen and Bathroom Drain Gel. I hadn't used this particular product before but when I purchased it was it was reduced to £3 instead of the usual £3.99.
The drain gel comes in a bright orange 500ml plastic bottle with a built in handle. It clearly states on the front of the bottole it is a Mr Muscle product and it is Kitchen and Bathroom gel which 'unblocks your drain quickly, starts working instantly, eliminates bad odours and is safe for all pipes'. Just what I needed as this was a real pong.
Instructions are provided on the back of the bottle, to pour the entire bottle down the plughole and allow to work for 5 minutes. For tough clogs though allow it to work a bit longer. Once you've let the gel do it's work rinse it out with hot water from the tap.
I followed the instructions and I left mine for about 15 minutes. Pouring the clear gel down the plughole I noticed instantly the clean smell coming from it. A definitely chemically clean smell but nothing too overpowering, but certainly 'clean'. Anything was better than this pong though. I waited patiently hoping it was going to remove this stinky pong from my kitchen sink and when I went to rinse it out I noticed instantly that the pong didn't hit my nose. Rinsing the gel down the plughole, again I soon noticed there was STILL no stinky pong coming from the pipe. It's now a week later and guess what? There is still no stench coming from my plughole, which is exactly what I wanted. Therefore I can safely say that this gel definitely works, I don't know what was actually clogging up my pipe and letting off this stink but whatever it was appears to have gone since using this gel so I am very impressed and would definitely recommend this gel to anybody looking to clear their plughole or get rid of nasty odours.
As I am expecting my third child, I already have 4 year old twins I decided to treat myself to a doppler.
When having midwife appointments they tend to listen to the babies heartbeat with a doppler - providing your baby isn't hiding deep in your pelvis and they can find it. This sound though is an extremely comforting sound - especially when you can't feel your baby moving 24/7.
You can now though by these dopplers to use in the comfort of your own home - to listen to your babies heartbeat at your own leisure. Obviously this is a personal choice to buy one, and although it can be a very comforting and reassuring sound to hear it can also worry us mothers a bit when we can't find the heartbeat due to the position of the baby etc therefore some people may choose not to buy one.
If of course though you can't help yourself, like me, then I would definitely recomend the Jumper Angel Sounds Fetal Doppler. A very basic doppler as it doesn't have a heart rate monitor to look at, but a very pleasing doppler at the same time as you can - when baby is playing nice, listen to your babies heartbeats and sometimes hear the swooshing sounds of their movements - which to me is just as comforting to hear.
I actually purchased my doppler on ebay for just £19.99 brand new in a box with directions of use, headphones and gel. The gel provided allows the doppler to move with ease across your belly when finding your babies beating heart - but water of baby oil can be used just as effectively.
The doppler is a handheld device nothing to fancy which has a battery compartment which has a clip on plastic cover to it. The headphones slot into their hole neatly and sit comfortably ready for us to use to.
There is a flat circle on the bottom of the doppler which is where the gel, water etc needs to be placed for it to glide across your skin with ease. The doppler does work without using these but if you have to search all over the place for your babies heartbeat just gliding the doppler along your belly rather than lifting it up and putting it back onto another spot, proves a lot easier when it comes to actually finding your babies heartbeat, especially in the early stages when you are unsure of babies position in your belly as you can't feel movements etc yet.
More so at the beginning I found I really struggled to find my babies heartbeat, luckily I'd read up quite a bit on the use of dopplers and prepared myself for this but continued using the doppler as I could hear the swishing and swooshing of my baby flitting about within me - which to me was just as heart warming and reassuring as hearing little one's heartbeat. Now I have just 9 weeks to go until my due date and I am at the moment aware of my babies position I find my babies heartbeat a lot easier. When I found it I simply hear the fast beating of my babies heartbeat through the headphones which is such a soothing and comforting sound to hear.
For me the doppler has been a pleasure to use as I have found it reassuring and comforting to say the least. If you are a total worrier though maybe using one of these is not the best idea when pregnant as it can be a nervous time as it is, but it can be a real joy to use.