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My sister highly rated her M&P Luna, she used it from birth for her second daughter and it lasted her quite a long time. So i purchased one for my middle child, i couldnt make my mind up over it. I wasnt sure on the style of it and the wheels.
Wheels: They are little wheels so the ride wasnt all that smooth and i also didnt like the chunky plastic above the front wheels that connects to frame, it lookd odd and out of place.
Chassis: The long bar from handle to the wheels is thin and the little bar is chunky, it does feel sturdy but to make it look more impressive and sturdier the long bar should be abit thicker.
Fabric: There is many colours/designs to buy now but i think my faves are the standard orange and lime green. It is good quality fabric and easy to wipe clean. Although the netting on the hood tears easily and i know quite a few thats has and agrees.
Handle: Its adjust easily and to a good height.
Folding: There is a nack to folding but it doesnt take long to get the jist of it. It folds half and half, so its not small or compact!
Basket: Shopping basket does have a good thick durable material to it.
Bumper bar: Easily removed but in my personal opinion it doesnt look right without it.
Footmuff: Thick material, will keep your little one warm
You can buy extras such as:-
>Carseat (compatible with Cybex)
Brand: Mamas & Papas
Age: Birth to 15kg
Weight of pushchair: 10.3kg
Folded dimensions: 34x91x60
Handle height: 93cm-111cm
Leg rest: 2 postion recline
Back rest: Continous
I think i paid around £145 but having just checked on mamas & papas site they are now £159. So they are affordable which makes it a whole lot better. Again i would say try before you buy.
"Mammy's just going to the doctors, i wont be long" shouting to my 2 little terrors. I had been under the weather, a lot of symptoms but no answers then a few little checks & tests by my doc. He looks at me and asks if its possible for me to be pregnant. "NOT A CHANCE" i shouted but the test said otherwise. Anyhow the pregnancy news settled in and we started to prepare and purchase. Having 2 other children, i new the score and was aware of previous items i had purchased for them and what i will and will not buy for this one. I had always wanted an iCandy system for my other 2 but as its very expensive we just couldnt afford it at the time... so with baby number 3 being my last! I made sure we saved and saved for our iCandy. I new exactly which one i wanted and i wanted everything with it! There i was 7 months pregant and it was time to order our pram, it had to be the iCandy Black Magic with all the trimmings. I can genuinely say this pram was unreal, i loved it! The only pram i ever got attached too.
Here is some information and facts regarding the icandy system:-
Age range: From birth to approx 4 years (20kg)
Harness: 5 point harness
weight of pushchair: 10kg
Leg rest: 4 rest postioning.
Parent facing: Yes
Lockable wheels: Yes
Fabric: its a 'wipe clean' fabric
Handle: Adjusts to a good height ( im 5'3 my partner is over 6ft and we both used it with no problems)
Tyres: back tyres are air filled so perfect over cobbles, stones, gravel etc.. a perfect ride.
Seat unit: reclines into 3 positions.
Shopping basket: Yes, large underneath basket with durable material.
Also has a little window in the hood to keep an eye on your little one.
Here are some of the extras you can buy:-
Carrycot: Thick padded material and also can be used as a moses basket (stand bought seperatly)
Carseat: Fits a Maxi-Cosi carseat, these come with head hugger, shoulder pads, wind sheild and raincover.
Footmuffs: Thick and fleecy footmuffs.
Parasol: Matching parasols can be purchased
Front wheel: can buy to convert it into jogger mode
Nappy bag: Large, stylish bag with lots of compartments.
..And much more
RRP: In total mine cost just over £1100
The pushchair alone starts from around £300
Alot of people commented on my black magic system, the gleaming chrome frame, expensive looking fabric and stylish designs did not go a miss. This really was a pleasure to push, the large air filled wheels made the ride smoother for my newborn. Then when he started using seat unit he always looked comfy but still loads of room to grow in. Its a very sturdy system and well designed. There is only 2 negatives about this whole pram 1 it is large so doesnt fold too small and 2 its tricky at first to fold down but you soon get the hang of it. Yes its expensive but you pay for what you get!It was such a shame when it came time to sell my iCandy, genuinely but in end it did not suit my life style.. I needed a little stroller.
This will not dissapoint you, by far one of the best made pushchairs thats built to last a long time.
Obaby are a very popular, well known and trusted baby brand. They really have come on top with affordable prices for nice looking pushchairs. Although i do find them to be flimsy, cheap on the the eye and not sturdy. I have had many pushchairs, as you may know re previous reviews so i have been able to compare quite alot.
Yes they do some nice designs (my fave is the blue and pink one with flowers) but the frame/chassis is thin so does not feel as sturdy as other pushchairs. The wheels are a little small and the inner alloy looks like a cheap plastic. The foam handles are not good quality as ive known many peoples to split and they have had to replace or tape them up. The shopping basket is a very thin mesh, again not as durable as others ive used.
Seat Unit: Full reclining seat so suitable from birth (Although i would not recommend putting a baby in there - comfort issues!)
Harness: The usual 5 point harness
Folding: It folds umberalle style (length ways) and it does fold compact
Weight: From birth upto 15kg
Weight of pushchair: Its very lightweight, 8kg!
Colours: The scribble comes in 6 various colours.
Price: I think i paid around £70 from Tesco's but you can get them for around £50 now.
Yes this is an affordable pushchair with a nice design but please try before you buy and compare! It folds compact, its lightweight and its a good brand but if you want a pushchair for long term (years of daily use) i doubt this would get you there without it looking like its on its last legs.
Do you lead a busy life?
Are you full time parent that simply doesnt have time to stand and stir whilst your food cooks?
Are you too tired after a long hard day at work to prep a nice healthy/hearty meal so you settle for less?
Do you feel like you cannot cook?
Well, this is a good send!
I have this slow cooker and another one prior to this one.. I can honestly say i fit into all of the above exact the last (i am keen cook) and i would be lost without my slow cooker. I am a full time mum to 3 young children, part time worker and trying to orgainse & plan our wedding in midst of this, my life style is non stop at the minute and i know we all lead hectic lifestyles in our own way. If i know im in for a long busy day and will struggle time wise to cook a lovely meal for my family i will pull my slow cooker out in the morning, i chop my vegatables and meat, stir my stock or gravy and throw it all into a bowl. Then when i get back from work or if its my day off when i get back from school run i turn it on to the correct setting to warm up, then once its warmed up i throw all my ingredients in and leave it. I usually check every few hours to give it a quick stir and a little water. Then when we are all home ready for tea its just a matter of dishing it up.
Do not be afraid if you feel like you cannot cook as you cannot go wrong with this! How easy is it to peel and chop a few veggies? You can buy meat already diced and buy stock already made, a little water is all thats needed. One of my fave's is a sausage casserole - I buy a sachet of casserole mix from any local supermarket, mix that as directed, chop up my onions add a few of our personal favourite veggies, add the sausages and throw it all in the slow cooker. What a gorgeous tasty meal! Theres many more easy, tasty meals you can do and i started out by going to my local supermarket, looking at the sachets and reading the backs for the cooking hints and guides. Then over time my confidence grew and now i put in anything, i have never had a bad meal from doing this.
Anyhow enough of my rambling! Heres some info regarding the slowcooker:-
Style: It is oval in shape, black and chrome. Very on trend and stylish but also extremely easy to wipe clean. It has a thick glass lid which allows the food to cook correctly as it should.
Capacity: This is 6.5 litres, so just imagine how much is in 3 bottles of coca-cola and you'll get a rough estimate how much it holds. I feed my family from this and there is 5 of us and there is always leftovers.
Wattage: 320 Watts - perfect as you can cook anything in this over a few hours on the correct setting.
Settings: It has 3 settings - High Warm & Low. Depending on how fast you want your food and what ingredients you have in you can choose the correct setting.
How to clean: This has an inner ceramic bowl and that simply lifts out (when its cooled down of course). It is dishwasher safe, i do have a dishwasher but i prefer to handwash this. Dont use a hard scrubbing brush as it may scratch it (I leave in hot water then wipe round with a sponge) The outter case is chrome, wipe with a damp cloth then i rub with kitchen roll to prevent marks.
Purchase: I purchased mine from Argos and i do believe it cost me in region of £90.
Overall, Its a must have! It will last you years and years, its very stylish, will feed a large family or just for one, easy to clean and anyone can use this!
Phil & Teds:
I have many friends who have or used to have a Phil & Teds and I myself had one around 3 years ago as i have 3 children and my 2 eldest at the time were only 21 months apart so this was very practical, small compared to other doubles and very easy to use. I had other doubles and as they were wide i struggled when out shopping, it either took up to much room or i couldnt get through the shop door. Then my friend introduced me to the P&T!
It can be used in many ways:
>Double pushchair with 2 seats
>Double pushchair with 2 seats, back seat used with a caccoon
>Single/double pushchair with another child using the hand strap
There is also many accessories to buy for the P&T that are stylish such as nappy bag, there footmuffs - they are very thick and surround your little one so they look snug, the caccoon are for new borns and again these are padded and thick to protect your baby, the back seat to convert into a double etc.
I paid around £400 which was a fantastic price for such a fab pram! Its very sturdy, easy to maneovure, easy to connnect the back seat, easy to fold and unfold, plenty of room in the shopping basket ( i also left the back seat connected to use as extra storage) The seats are spacious, easy to push over cobbles/gravel and as we know thats usually a tough job, this will be due to the air filled wheels.
There are many new designs now and my personal favourite is the vibe, its very sleek looking but theres many to suit everyones personality and all accessories you will need. Also If you ever need to contact P&T support they are very helpful and quick at sorting out your problem, the pin in my front wheel broke so the wheel wouldnt swivel. The parts are cheap enough which i was suprised about and t arrived in good time.
To conclude, this single/double pushchair will not fail you. If you are a walker, enjoy visiting shops, days out this is the pram for you. Such a reliable, practical, everyday pushchair. Well worth the money and more.
Silver Cross Pop:
My son is using this pushchair at the minute. The detail on his is all over black with a lovely bright blue bubble design. There are many different designs of the pop out now and the designs get better each time.
I purchased my sons from Mothercare on sale for £100, this included the pushchair, cup holder, shoulder and buckle pads and raincover. I also purchased the matching footmuff for £35, so overall it cost me £135. Absolute bargain, as i have spend near enough double that on a standard popular pushchair.
The hood has a built in sun canopy/visor. It tucks neatly under the hood when you do not need to use it then easily pulls down when the sun is out. It has adjustable leg rest and fully adjustable seat so great for when your little one wants a nap. It has a decent size shopping basket too and has a little pocket on back of the hood, great for putting little ones dummy in or like me my mobile and keys.
The frame is sturdy, there is nothing worse than a pushchair feeling flimsy like its about to fall to pieces but in this case its different. A nice well built pushchair that isnt too heavy and folds umberella style so easily fits in small compartments.
Again, my negative is the handles do not adjust. My partner is over 6ft so isnt very practical for him to push our son for long. Also the footmuff doesnt sit perefctly on the seat, so when you put your little one in it drags the footmuff down and the harness doesnt fit right.
Well built, nicely designed, affordable puschair that will last you a good few years.
I have had hundreds of pushchairs and prams through my door, not just because im a mum of 3 children but because i started to get into the baby goods trade. I can tell you (my personal opinion) which is the most reliable, great for different weather, lightest, heaviest, folds small, enough space for infant, easy folding etc..
The Zapp is fantastic for its small folding mechanism. It folds to a length of 69cm, height and width of 26cm, it literally folds into a bag and you can purchase one of these quinny travel bags from quinny (or ebay for a very cheap price) The bag makes it very easy for you to carry your Zapp as it has a carry handle but it also protects the frame, wheels and fabrics.
*This is perfect if you are going away on an aeroplane as you can carry your zapp as hand luggage and it fits in the cupboards over head (above your seats on the plane), so instead of waiting for your luggage to come through you can put your little one straight into there pram once off the plane*
Also this is extremely lightweight, weighing in at just under 8kg. This makes it easy to push with your little one on board but also easy to manoeuvre. I can push the Zapp with one hand easily freeing up other hand where needed. It has a decent size shopping basket for such a little pushchair. There is a 'nack' to folding the pushchair, it is numbered so very easy to do it sometimes just takes a few attempts before you get it first time and perfect.
Like all pushchairs/prams if your riding on gravel, cobbles, sand etc it is quite difficult and with these having small wheels compared to a big travel system it will be that bit harder.
My only 2 negatives are:
The seat doesnt recline so its from 6 months (although you can buy the zapp xtra seat now which fits on your normal zapp chassis) and
The handles do not change position. The pushchair is perfect for me but my partner being just over 6ft it didnt do well for his back.
You can customize your zapp, change the colour of the hood, seat unit, shoulder pads etc.. make the most of it and adventure!
The train is made by the ever so popular Fisher-Price. Like many other Fisher-Price toys it is very brightly coloured to catch your childs eye. It also is very sturdy and there is no dangerous parts which i was very pleased with!
The train comes with 4 animals, 1 large giraffe, 1 large elephant, 1 small monkey and 1 small giraffe. They all have there own seating place. Like me you can buy more carriages and animals to extend the train, we have bought a lion and a zebra so far. They cost me £6.99 each and you can but them from most good toy stores such as toys r us, argos, tescos etc
To make the train sing you press the chimney down and a light will start to flash then you will here the song or alternatively you can place the giraffe in its carriage and the train will start to sing. You can set the train to stand still or roll along the floor. There is also (my favourite) a volume switch you can have it n quiet or loud. The train requires 3xC batteries.
You can buy the train from most good toy stores such as argos, toys r us, toy master, tesco etc. It comes in a box which can be recycled, it is very well packaged so the train is well protected. The train costs around £29.99 but if you are lucky you can get them when places such as argos have there offers on.
This is a fantastic childs learning toy, my son absoultely loves it and he loves copying the animal noises.
I bought this for my son when he was about 7months old, i got it from argos and it cost £15. You can get them cheaper now from most good toy shops and supermarkets.
The cookie pot is well packaged and the cardboard and plastic can be recycled. You dont have to assemble anything apart from insert batteries.
The coookie pot has a range of bright different colours just like most fisher price toys. Each shape can be inserted through the correct hole and when it is go in you can set it either to say the number on the shape or what the shape is. Once all the shapes have been inserted you can take off the lid and reach in to take the shapes out, when you do this it will play music. If you leave the toy it will automatically deactivate itself and whn your child comes to use it again all they have to do is press its red nose.
This is a brilliant learning toy, my son soon got used to what shapes should go in the correct hole very quickly.
The fisher price ball blast is a great toy and you can buy it from most good toy shops for around £20.
It was well packed and very easy to assemble, most of it just clicked together. It is very colourful so children will love it straight away.
My son was around 10month when i bought this and he use to pull himself up on it and it only toppled a couple of times. When he could stand up he enjoyed feeding the balls through the holes and watch them roll down and come out of the bottom. We use to do one ball at a time so he didnt know which exit the ball was coming out of, this made it more fun as he found it funny when he managed to find which one it did come out of. It also plays music to keep them more entertained and interested this takes AA batteries.
My son got this as a gift for his first birthday off his nanna. It was new out and i think at that time only argos sold it but then about a week later more good toy shops starting selling it. My mother in law paid £45.
The fisher price bounce and spin zebra was well packed and all the materials could be recycled. It was very easy to assemble, you need a screw driver for the base but the rest just slots together.
As like most toys i had to guide my son on how it works but straight away he gotthe hang of it. The first time he played on it he was bouncing for ages and the music would keep playing. After a while it does get irratating but that doesnt matter as my son was enjoying hisself.
We had laminate flooring at athe time and when he would bounce it would move across the floor, he found it very funny so would play on it more. Now we have carpet and it stays in the same spot but he doesnt use it much at all. My daughter is 5 months and i am going to save it for when se can use it. I hope she has as much fun as my son did on it.
When my son was able to stand unaided i bought him the fisher price sit to stand giraffe. It was very well packed, maybe slightly excessive but you can recycle the cardboard and plastic packaging. I paid around £30 fir it at the time and you now can get them cheaper. It is easy to assemble, most of the parts click together but you do need to screw the feet on.
I found it was slightly odd that i only got 3 different colour balls as it has 4 parts for the balls to come out. Any how my son did enjoy feeding the balls through the giraffes mouth and watching them roll and coming out at that feet. Also when you put the balls through the mouth it does play a tune.
As my son did slightly wobble i noticed that it would tip and he would fall even though it was plced on a flat surface. When he started walking he realise he could push this about as it is light.
My son did get bored of this quick and i believe itwasnt worth the money.
You can buy this toy from most good toy shops.
During both of my pregnancies i always bought mother and baby magazine. During my first pregnancy i was very scared and i felt i couldnt talk to anyone, then i found out that i had to have an elective c-section so i was absolutely petrified. When i had questions but didnt feel i could ask my midwife or GP i always turned to mother and baby magazine. No matter what question i had they always seemed to cover it. I like how other mums tell you about there experiences and share there tips. Also they have a giving birth page were mums tell you exactly what there labour was like. Yes you may hear it from family and friends but its nice to hear it from someone you dont know so you know they are not covering up the bad bits etc.
I started to lose my fashion sense when i was pregnant as i couldnt find the perfect clothes to fit me or any good maternity shops but motherandbaby have a fashion page and they help you out on what to wear and where to shop.
You can but this magazine from any good supermarket or newsagent usually for £2.50 including a free gift
When i was pregnant with my children i usually bought the mother and baby magazine from my local supermarket but as i didnt have the best of pregnancies sometimes i couldnt leave the house to go get one so i used to come online and visit www.motherandbaby.com.
This site gives you plenty of helpful tips rangeing from conceiving a baby to your child being a toddler. It gives you insight of what some other mums have wrote, its nice to share our stories.
When i was having 'problems' during my pregnancies i felt alone and scared but after reading other mums stories i felt some of our problems were alike and i no longer felt alone.
Motherandbaby.com also recommend the best/most popular feeder cups, bottles, food, toys, milk and other products. I like this because i do not want to buy a product i do not know about and i wouldnt want to be spending money on something that might not last along time or be suitable.
This man is a comedy genious. I am the person who cannot watch a dvd twice but when it comes to Lee Evans stand up comedies i can watch him over and over again, the more i watch the more i find him hilarious. All his stands up are based on day to day life and boy does he make it funny. He doesnt use props like some other comedians but i think if he used props it wouldnt make him the person he has become over the years.
My favourite out of them all is Lee Evans XL. I can relate so much to what he says such as candles only being used for decorative purposes, cushions being scattered about, when goin on holiday you go to the airport in your flip flops and wearing bangles, also when you get the 'village idiot'.
This is a must see dvd, you will not be disappointed i guarantee that.