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My daughter turned 3 earlier this year and while looking for inspiration for her birthday present i came across the little tikes 8 in 1 tropical playground. We already had the little tikes activity cube and playhouse but she was getting too big for these and we decided to sell them in order to fund the tropical climber which we hoped would last her til she was at least 7/8 years old. It is basically a huge clibing frame with a tunnel and 2 slides, one small one for younger children, and one big wavy one for i would say age 3+ though my cousins 18 month old enjoyed it!!! The frame is made of the usual high quality little tikes plastic, and despite looking extremely daunting in pieces it was suprisingly easy to put together, it took myself and my husband about an hour. The pieces are all lettered and go together in order. When it is up it is very impressive and very tall, with its crawl through tunnel, hideaways underneath, various levels and the slides, there is also a round window in the very top next to the slide. Now for the downside, having researched these thoroughly before buying one, and asking for opinions on various sites and from people i know, i was told that they can be a great toy thats used everyday, or an an expensive waste of money-and this turned out to be the latter, my daughter lost interest in it very very quickly. The larger slide being wavy and having a drop at the end rather than being flat can be quite scary for a young unconfident child such as my daughter, and the only other option slide wise was far too small for her, her legs were almost to the end just sitting at the top. The frame as a whole is a lovely thing and being very colouful (though some of the panels fade very quickly in sunlight, a common thing with little tikes) it looked lovely in the garden and for children who like climbing and fast slides etc it would be a great purchase, just wasnt right for us.
I am considered a bit of a clothes snob by my family but i love next clothes for both my children, they have such great designs for boys and girls of all ages. I have always found the sizings to be rather generous, both of my children have skinny waists and the next clothes with the adjustable waists are great. My daughter is 3 but still fits some of her 2-3 stuff, and my son is 1 but still wears 9-12 months, the extra wear they get from them makes up for the cost!!! I sepecially love all the slogan t-shirts that they do for both boys and girls, and the recent my little pony/carebears ranges were a hit with me as a throwback to my childhood!! They always wash so nicely and dont tend to lose shape and fade as some other clothes makes do. In the sale you can pick up a lot of bargins which is when i tend to do my shopping, and best of all they hold their value well, selling on ebay a lot of things sell for almost new prices.
I have 2 small children and with both of them, whenever i used johnsons wipes they irritated my childrens skin, leaving them sore and uncomfortable. I know that johnsons are considered the best and thought that i was dong the best for my children, but i had to stop using these quickly as my children were in pain. That said the wipes themselves are of a good standard as they are reasonably thick, wet and dont fall to pieces in your hands!! I'm not the only one to have found this, my cousin had the same problem with her little girl and when i asked for other peoples opinion on a baby webiste i use i had loads of responses saying the same and worse! Even the supposed sensitive ones irritated my childrens delicate skin to the point that now, no matter how cheap they are or whatever offer they're on i wont use them full stop. I also had the same problem with a lot of the johnsons baby products ie bodywash bubble baths etc leaving my children with dry skin, so now tend to avoid anything from the johnsons range, as nice as their product smell its not fair on my children!
I am a pushchair addict and as my son hit 1 i decided that it was time for another buggy, and decided that it was either the petite star zia or the quinny zapp. In the end after looking at both and deciding how much the pushchair would be used and what for, we decided on the zapp. what a buy, it's so light and nippy, i can steer it with 1 hand whilst holding my 3 year old daughters hand, which makes her happy, it's soooo compact its untrue, have heard that it actually folds small enough to fit into an overhead locker on a plane but not tried it myself yet!!! It comes in such a variety of colours now that theres one to suit everyone, i personally went for blue. The footmuff is lovely and snug, like a sleeping bag, very cosy. I think the only faults i've found is the lack of a shopping basket (you cant hang bags on the back as it'll tip-though i'm hoping buggy weights might help with that!), but i've seen they now do a basket you can add to it, and the raincover isnt the greatest at staying in place. I had thought about the petite star zia as it reclines but my son doesnt tend to sleep in the buggy very much anymore so it wasnt too important that it reclined and he looks very comfortable in his new buggy! They sell quite reasonably on ebay too!!
Metanuim is the nappy rash cream that I swear by! As a mum of 2, who's little ones ahve both been prone to severe nappy rash at times, this is the magical cream! It is a very thick yellow ointment and goes on quite chalky, but you only need a very small ammount, spread it thinly so that you can still see the skin through it (though when it's as severe as my 2 have had it i usually start off thickly!!!). I use it at the 1st sign of redness and it seems to stop any redness in ts tracks. I have recommended this to all my friends, after trying nearly every cream possible to buy! I think that the only fault with it is the tube it comes in is metal and as you get towards the end of the tube it can start to split and crack, leaving the cream spouting out everywhere, best to put the tube in either a tub or plastic food bag before putting it in your changing bag! but other than tht, it's a miracle cream in my house!
As a mother of 2 now, i consider myself to be a bit of an expert on baby wipes. Both of my 2 children have suffered dreadfully with nappy rash, mainly when teething, and of all the wipes out there these are the ones i always go back to using. I have tried most brands out there and these are by far the best, so I tend to stock up when they're on offer. The cloth itself is lovely and soft, just what you need for a babies bum! And they're nicely wet too, which is one of the problems I've found with a lot of other wipes. They dont fall to pieces like huggies pure do and the light aloe and chammomile scent is not at all overpowering. These are the only wipes that I've found that dont irritate my childrens skin, even when they do have nappy rash. I think the only downfall with them is that they can be quite expensive, which is why i stock up when they're on offer!!!
We';d been looking to upgrade our camera for a while, it was a wedding present in 2006 and quite low on the old megapixels. Having a camera savvy dad didnt help, he was always up to date camera wise. Our holiday this year made our mind up, our camera just wasnt cutting it anymore.
After looking around we decided that we definately wanted a cybershot, then it was just a matter of which one. On reviews this one came up best for us, having the 8.1 megapixels and functions we wanted from a camera and in a decent price range. These were selling for between £50-£100 on places like ebay and amazon when we were looking and we managed to get one from ebay for £55 del. It came with all the usual, the software disc, wrist strap, cables, charger etc and the camera was a lovely smart silver aluminium design. We also purchased the memory pro duo stick for it and a hard case to protect our new investment.
Since buying it it has been used no end just taking photos on an almost daily basis of my 2 beautiful kids and it never fails to get a good shot! I especially like the smile detector setting, this is where it automatically shoots and takes a picture as soon as smile is detected-very clever and fun!!! There re plenty of differnt shooting modes, but for the simple shooting photographer like myself i use either easy mode or smile detection.
The charger is a unit charger as the battery is the now old style lithium one, and the battery holds a good charge and can take a very good ammount of pictures before it needs charging, probably more than you'd want to take! I charge mine overnight if i need it the next day.
The camera itself comes in a variety of colours ( i wanted pink but hubby flat out refused) and there are a wide variety of styles of cases in all the colours you can imgine available on place like ebay etc. The memory sticks aren't cheap but I would only recommend buying them from reptuable shops/online shops as there are a lot of fakes around of these.
When uploading photos via the usb cable I have found it to be so quick, literally a matter of a minute for a lot of photos, so much quicker than my old one!
All in all I would give this cmer 10/10 for it's style and practicality and the photos it takes, mine now goes wherever i go, just incase i need to snap that important shot!
I recently purchased a leapster console for my 3 year old daughter in order to get her off my ds! I purchased it from ebay and I have to say it was the best £20 i hvae spent in a long time!!!! I got a good bargin, it came with 4 games and the hard carry case, all of which can be pricy as extras. The console itself is a good size for little hands, the stylus is attached by a piece of string which means it wont get lost! The games are fun and educational at the same time and my daughter is already able to play them on her own and figure out what to do. The only downside is that it does go through batteries if its used as much as ours is, luckily we have rechargeable ones, which i charge at night when she's not playing on it, though i do intend to invest in the charger unit for it soon. The console comes in a variety of colours, and has a wide option of games, suitable from ages 4+ though my daughter seems to be managing just fine at 3. There are various extras you can get such as a backpack and hard cases to protect it, but it is pretty robust and has survived being dragged off the sofa by my curious 1 year old. It is something that can be used for a good few years in my opinion and we will be adding to her games collection as we go and may even upgrade to the leapster 2 for her for christmas-wouldnt pay all that money before knowing that she'd use it! Definately a good buy, my daughter now thinks she has her own ds!
I had never heard of these books til I saw a trailer for the film last year and I decided that I had to read them so treated myself to the lot before christmas. They came the day before christmas and I then proceeded to read all 4 books and had finished them by the new year! I am not your typaical fan of these books, i'm an almost 29 year old mother or 2 but from the start i was completely hooked! And now my usband thinks i'm obsessed as I can read them all and then start again at the beginning, the love between bella and edward and the triangle with jacob and all the twists and turns the books take in bella and edwards journey together are gripping, well written and a compelling read. I also now have the dvd and can watch the film again and again, though I much prefer the books for their detail. TEAM EDWARD!!!
I wanted to see the film of this, but I find that I always enjoy the books more so I got this to read first. I have never read Jodi Picoult books before, but i'm now a fan, I couldnt put this down. Being a mum of 2 myself i identified with the hard choices the mother had, and tried putting myself in her shoes, it really makes you think "what would I do". I read this in a couple of days and i have to admit that i was in floods of tears at the end of this book, and it still makes me well up when i think about it! The choices of a whole family impacting on their daily lives and the sacrifices they all make to keep the sister/daughter alive are the hardest choices a parent or sibling could ever have to face. I think the author tackles the issues incredibly well and whilst i first found myself sympathising with the youngest child, I soon found myself asking would I do any different if it was my daughter?? A truely compelling book, by an author who's other books i shall be reading!
My son recently turned one and i managed to persuade one set of doting grandparent to buy the whizz around mountain for him, despite their protests that It was for 18 months plus. upon seeing how much he enjoed that, i decided to look for the garage for him, only to get a phone call from my mum-she'd got it for him from a charity shop for £2.50!!! What a toy this is, my son adores it!!! this and the mountain are on top of the toy box in our playroom and they're the first thing he goes to every morning. The garage has a lift to take cars up to the top level, which makes noises, the cars can then scoot down and roll out of the bottom and across our floor which my son loves! There is also an air and water station which make the appropiate noises and a red slide down ramp on one side, and a helepad on top. The cars for these toys are magnetic so all link up and everything about this is perfect and chunky for little hands-easily a winner for any little boy! would definately recommend!
I have the newer version of this chair in the orange and blue which i bought from ebay for my son who's now 1, i got it when my son was about 10.5 months old as he outgrew his normal bouncer at 6 months and he didnt like being in his highchair much. To be honest i'm glad that I didnt pay the full price for this as I think £60 is very expensive for it, as the frame is only made of plastic, but this aspect does make it easy to clean and the seat cover is completely removable and washable-always handy for the mess these young un's make!The toys on the bar are very good, my son does like them, the ball jangles and the dog, when you pull on the bone, plays music. There is also a little rattle in the shape of a chick which quite cleverly slots into a little pocket on the side of the chair and is easy enough for a little one to pull out themselves to play with. It also has a vibrate function on it which we dont use as my son doesnt like it now, though he did like it when he was a baby on his first chair. It does fold down small which is good if you dont use it all the time or have a lot of space., and the legs have extra fold down legs to pull out to make it stable rather than rock are good as they grip the floor. I think if you can get it 2nd hand as I did then it's a good chair, but i wouldnt be happy to pay full price for it!
I've had a fair few pushchairs with my 2 children and this is by far my favourite. I had the loola with the windoo carrycot ready for my 2nd baby, but sold it for a twin and have regretted it since. My favourite thing about this buggy is the fact that you can reverse the entire seat unit to have it either facing you or facing outwards like a standard pushchair. My favourite position was facing me, I loved the fact that I could talk to and interact with my little one whilst we were out and about. It reclines to lay flat, comes in a varience of colours, you can get matching footmuffs which are more like a sleeping bag and very snug. There is a creatis carseat which can be attached onto the frame rather than the seat unit, and the windoo can also do the same whilst then doubling up as a lie flat car seat with the correct in car adapters. The changing bag is also a very funky design as it actually clips onto little hooks on the handles so its not then dangling and banging your legs. I think the only 2 problems that I found were the raincover, it zips on underneath the hood which can be a little fiddly when you're in a sudden shower, and a lot of people say that it's a heavy pushchair. I personally didn't think it was too bad and my daughter was 2+ when she was in it and using public transport i was forever lifting it up and down etc. I like this pushchair so much that i'm looking at trading in the 2 I currently have and going back to a loola!
We were very kindly given the little tykes cosy cottage bed for my daughter by somebody on the freecycle network, as we needed her cotbed for her new baby brother, and at 2.5 years old she was ready for a big girls bed. This is a true little girls bed, it is basically shaped like a cottage at the head, with a blue roof, pink walls and a little hidey window with fully functioning shutters. The sides and bottom of the bed are basically like a garden fence/gate. It has wooden slats and takes a standard cot bed mattress. Being from little tikes it is durable solid plastic, very easy to wipe clean should someone attack it with crayons or something! My daughter now adores her big girls bed and was happy to pass on her cot to her new brother, and best of all this will last her until she's at least 5 years old, or until she decides she's "too big" for it, then we'll be able to pass it on to someone else i hope. They also do differnt styles, such as the racing car and thomas the tank engine, so theres one to suit all tastes!
i got a cheap bumbo from ebay for my son as my daughter didn't like hers, so I wasn't prepared to pay full price and my mate couldn't find hers to lend me. I had looked at these to go with it, but it wasn't until i was sure he liked the bumbo that i decided to go ahead and buy the play tray. They're £9.99 from mothercare, but if you dont have a mothercare locally, I have seen them on ebay at varying prices, but they're usually more expensive as you have to then add on postage costs. This is a great idea as it adds another option to the bumbo, making it suitable for playing if you add a suction highchair toy, or as an alternative to a highchair as you can give them finger foods or feed them whatever, and the tray gives them the indication that its meal time. It is washable and removable.