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Maxi Cosi Tobi 03/04/2007

An excellent stage 1 car sear!

Maxi Cosi Tobi After having the Primo Viaggio stage 0 carseat for our baby and then finding out that it scores very badly in Which? safety tests, we decided to do our research when choosing a stage 1 seat. Our choice was between Britax and Maxi Cosi who are the bit two manufacturers when it comes to child carseats. From looks alone we really liked the Maxi Cosi Tobi as it looked well padded for a comfortable ride. We tried a number of different seats in the back of the car and the Tobi seemed to be the easiest to fit and also the one that appeared the most secure once fitted. Unlike some of the other carseats, the seatbelt on the Tobi also goes around the base a the front, making it even safer. It scored a massive 70% in the Which? tests and is one of their recommended car seats, At £165 it is a bit on the pricey side, but when it comes to your child's safety I personally think that it's worth it. I like the fact that there is a colour indicator on the buckle that lets you know when the harness has been altered correctly. From the Maxi Cosi website: - Optimum safety; test winner! - Fasten your child in the seat in no time with the innovative harness system, the harness belts and belt buckle no longer get in the way - Colour indicator confirms that your child is secured properly at departure - The height of the head rest and harness belts can be adjusted at the same time at the front, so that the Maxi-Cosi Tobi grows with your child - Reclinable, five postitions - Easy to ...

Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio Car Seat 16/03/2007

Not the best carseat for babies.

Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio Car Seat Buying a carseat for your baby is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. I have to admit that when we bought the Primo viaggio from Mamas and Papas, we were confused by all the different seats available, and went for the one that went with our pushchair. We didn't give our choice a second thought until we went to see a trained carseat fitter who was offering a free fitting service outside out local branch of Toys'r'us. She fitted it for us but said that they don't recommed using the Primo Viaggio as the sitting position is too upright, meaning that young babies heads were too far forward, making breathing difficult. The first time we put our little girl in it her head seemed to be thrown all over the place and she didn't look comfortable. As time went on she grew into the seat, so maybe it just isn't suitable for petite babies! We only paid £100 for ours, but I believe you're now looking at £150 and not much has changed. For the amount of money we paid, it hasn't been very durable. We had to wash the covers twice and the colour has definitely faded, despite following the instructions on the website. The canopy also comes off very easily and to be honest, it's never really worked properly. It's very hard to move it backwards and forwards. Description The Primo viaggion is a 0 stage carseat for newborn babies up to a 13kg weight. It has a large carry handle, making it easy to carry around, but it is rather heavy, so I wouldn't advise doing so for ...

Mamas & Papas Pramett 16/03/2007

Makes a great pram and travel system.

Mamas & Papas Pramett When I was pregnant I spent a lot of time looking at different pushchairs and prams. As this was my first baby I wasn't really sure what I would need. I decided I would quite like a pram, as they are supposed to be much better for younf babies, but i would also need a pushchair from about 3 months onwards. We came across the Mamas & Papas Pliko P3 in the January sales. They were selling the pramette version complete with the Primo viaggio car seat for £300, a massive £100 off the normal price. To be honest I loved it and fell in love with it instantly. so after much deliberation we bought it. We first used it when our little girl was a week old and it was brilliant. My little girl had plenty of room to move around, and was really wamr and snug whilst it was in pram mode. We couldn't have asked for a better pram. The only complaint I had was that the break wasn't very good and didn't seem to work. We then tried to use it as a pushchair when she was a bit older, and she hated it. She didn't seem to like the way the straps fastened across her and used to cry all the time. Not being a driver I had to push it for miles some days and found it very heavy to push. The frame also used to creak a lot and the whole thing just felt to me as if it might break at any minute. Instead we used it as a travel system, with the Primo viaggio car seat clipped on. This seems to fit really well, and my little girl loves being pushed around in it. There is also no need to use the ...

Treetops Hotel, Aberdare National Park 14/03/2007

A truly magical experience!

Treetops Hotel, Aberdare National Park This hotel really is out of this world. I was quite surprised that I loved it so much as I like my luxuries. It's like in another world. It's hard to explain but I'll try! Treetops is famous for one of it's former guests. The story goes that Queen Elizabeth II stayed there in the 1950s. she went to sleep a princess and awoke as a Queen. This was when she found out the sad news that her father had passed away. We stayed at Treetops on the 4rd day of our Kenyan safari. Anybody staying there will start off at the Outspan Country Hotel, where you will be picked up by a typical Kenyan bus. As the road to Treetops is so narrow and steep, only the bus is allowed up there, no other vehicles. After a 10 minute rickety bus ride you get off in the middle of nowhere and, escorted by armed guides, you walk the last 100 yards to Treetops. This is amazing in itself as you can see various wild creatures on your approach. A group of 5 elephants could be seen on our approach and we really weren't that far away from them! Treetops is a wooden building built on stilts. It is in between a large watering hole and a salt lick, where all the areas animals come regularly to drink. The hotel has 50 rooms, or cabins as I prefer to call them. They really are tiny! You won't spending much time in your room though, so it's not a problem! There is a bar there and every level has large viewing windows, allowing you to view the wildlife close up. On the ground level you can almost touch the ...

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen 14/03/2007

One of my personal favourites!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen My friend bought this for my little girl for Christmas, when she was just 6 months old. She's now 10 months old and it's one of the only books she will sit still for! The story is about a family who decide they're going to do and hunt themselves a bear. We folow their journey and all the things that get int heir way. At every stage theey are faced with something that they can't go over, thy can't go over so they have to go through. It's really repetative but kids love that and know exactly what's going to come next. At every stage we get a sound effect to make to describe the terrain they're having to cross. for example, whenthey have to go through the long tall grass we have to say 'swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy'. It's very catchy and my little girl always laughs when I make the sound effects! I think teh reason it is so popular is that it isn't just a story book, it's more an activity book. It engages children as they have to make the sounds and you can do actions to go with the sounds too! The only downside is that it will soon become a firm favourite with any little child and you will be constantly having to read it!

Graco Rocking Entertainer 14/03/2007

A real lifesaver!

Graco Rocking Entertainer i got one of these for my little girl when she was about 4 months old. She absolutely hated lying down, so was quite hard work during the daytime. One day I got really sick of her constant crying to be picked up, so i tried her in it and she sat there happily playing for half an hour. We haven't looked back. She's now 11 months old and still likes playing in it, although not as much as she did. It's made of durable coloured plastic. You can get it in lots of different colours and designs. Ours is red, yello and blue and has dolphins on the seat fabris. It has colourful beads that can be slid along, a handle that turns and clicks, a teething flower, as well as two teddy bears that move up and down. The idea is that the child sits in the fabric seat in the middle and their legs touch the plastic base. There are three different height settings available, depending upon the size of the child. The whole thing can rock or be stabilised at the flick of the three switches. It's best to use it still at the beginning and then set it rocking once they're a bit older. The seat in the middle rotates, allowing the child to play with all the toys in turn. I also tend to add a few toher toys to it, which soon get thrown on the floor, but this can extend the interest time! There is also a tray for food, but be warned, theis can get messy. It's amazing how many nooks and crannies the food gets into! It cost £49.99 and I think is still this price now. It does seem quite ...

Indesit W103 14/03/2007

You get what you pay for!

Indesit W103 The Indesit W103 is the biggest heap of junk ever made! We bought ours when we first boguht our house, in 2000. It never really washed clothes particularly well, but we put up with it because it was the cheapest washing machine we could find at the time. It was priced at around £189 back then. The Indesit W103 washing machine is a nice looking but basic no-frills washing machine. It has just two option buttons, anti-crease and economy, although there is a separate wash temperature dial, which is useful. The plastic door seems surprisingly solid but the soap dispenser is flimsy and very small. The controls are pretty simple to use but not totally intuitive as you need the instruction book to work out how to change or abort a program once started. Instead of a cancel button, you need to turn the control knob round to a dot, wait for the program to cancel and then select the new program, which if you didn't have the instruction book you would never work out. The first time it broke down was after 18 months. It just wouldn't spin anymore and just made a humming noise whilst the washing just sat there. So we had to take out the sopping wet washing and manually drain it. Luckily it was still under warrantly, so we got a repair man out, who said that it was a common problem with this model. He fixed it in no time at all. It then broke down 2 years later. This time it started to make an awful noise whilst spinning. It then started hanging midway through the program ...

Zanussi ZWF1221W 13/03/2007

A great value machine!

Zanussi ZWF1221W We decided to go for a Zanussi after having lots of trouble with our old Indesit W102. We decided not to go for another cheap model, but to go for a reliable make and a mid-range price. We saw this model in john Lewis and at £239 at the time, thought it was a bargain. We've had it just over a year now and with a 10 month old babay, it's certainly had it's work cut out. We typically do 2 loads a day and it handle this relly well. It has a handy spin speed know, so you can minimise the amount of the wear and tear the machine gets. Spinning is probably the single most damaging thing for a washing machine, so this is a very useful button. This great machine has A-rated energy and wash performance and its 15 wash programmes can take care of a 6kg load with 1200rpm spin speeds. It's easy to use - simply select the fabric type, press 'start' and leave the machine to select the best programme. With half load, easy iron, quick and hand wash options selectable from an easy-read push button fascia with 2 rotary controls. Zanussi washing machine tubs are constructed from HiCarboran, a unique and hard-wearing polymer-based material which reduces wear and tear, and cuts down on noise and vibration. Features: - Dimensions H85 x W60 x D61cm - Energy consumption 1.14kWh/cycle - Energy rating A - Half load facility - Load capacity 6kg - Maximum spin speed 1200rpm - 15 Programmes - Hand wash cycle - Wool programme - Quick wash - Sequence indicator - Spin ...

Meet The Fockers (DVD) 10/03/2007

A real side-splitter!

Meet The Fockers (DVD) I'm not much of a film lover, but this is one film that I can watch again and again! It is hilarious without trying too hard. Maybe it just fits my sense of humour. I don't usually both with sequels as they don't tend to live up to the first installment. Soemhow 'Meet the Fockers' does! The characters we've already met in 'Meet the Parents' are still as good as ever. With De Niro dry humour being a great foil to Stiller's bumbling idiotry (is that even a word?) Again we meet Greg (or Gaylord as he was christend) who is trying as hard as he can to be liked by Jack. The main plot follows Pam's parents as they travel to Miami to meet Greg's quirky liberal parents, Roz and Bernie Focker. The film features a new character, Little Jack, who is Pam's nephew, and Jack and Dina's grandchild. Jack tries to nurture his namesake grandchild, who he believes to be a child prodigy. Pam also finds out that she is pregnant with Greg's child. The film manages to stay grounded in solid human values with Hoffman's character, Bernie Focker, an attorney who retired to become a full-time dad to his son, Greg. This raises the film beyond the level of just being a comedy. Hoffman's character managed to show genuine pain at the nasty comments made by Jack Byrnes. For example, the shrine of framed memorabilia of his son's accomplishments was ridiculed by Jack. One could empathize with Bernie's pain which he registered at the criticism. Indeed throughout the film, the most memorable and ...

Sky Broadband 09/03/2007

Stick with your current provider.

Sky Broadband We switched to Sky broadband jsut before Christmas as it was being offered free to existing Sky tv customers. We had been with Wanadoo/Orange broadband previously but this cost £17.99 each month and we were looking to save some money. Initially we received the free wireless modem but heard nothing from Sky to tell us that our broadband line was active. Then one day we couldn't use our Orange accoutn anymore and after numerous calls to Sky, I finally got to speak to soembody who could tell me that the line was active and all I had to do was connect the modem. Everything seemed fine at first but then the service started going donw hill. I would be online and the connection would just cut off. Sky just told me to reset the modem, which seemed to work. But this seems to be happening more frequently and is very frustrating. Sky can't seem to tell me why it could be happening. To be honest I wish we'd just stayed with Orange. I am going to write a letter of complaint to Sky and see if I can get out of my contract. My advice is to seriously weigh up the options when changing broadband supplier. Cheaper doesn't necessarily mean better. ...

Apple iPod shuffle MB227ZO/A 1 GB Second Generation 09/03/2007

A snazzy little gadget!

Apple iPod shuffle MB227ZO/A 1 GB Second Generation When I first saw one of these in the flesh,I had to have one. I lvoed the fact that it could hold so many songs and was only the size a flea. Well perhaps that is a slight exageration, but it certainly is small! I got one for Christmas and managed to get about 230 songs onto it, give or take a few. Clip it on onto your belt, plug in the head phones and away you go! It's great for running or going to the gym as it's small size means that it isn't too bulky. It's also easy to hide under your top, just in case you're worried about getting it stolen. It also has an anti-skip feaure, so it would be much better than carrying a CD player around with you. This Ipod wouldn't be any good for anyones wanting to save their entire music collection on an MP3 player, but it's ideal for taking on holiday or just for walk. I really like my silver one, but Apple have now brought out a range of funky colours, including blue, pink and green. So you get get one in every colour if you want, and priced at just £49.99 you can afford to! I sometimes feel that the other Ipods are a bit too expensive for the average person, unless you do want to save carry your entire music collection around with you. Features: - stores up to 240 songs (1GB) - stores data via USB flash drive - skip-free audio playback - up to 12 hours playtime when fully charged - charging via included USB dock - auto fill from your entire music library for a fresh mix via iTunes (software supplied) - auto fill ...

McLaren Techno Buggy 09/03/2007

The only buggy you'll ever need!

McLaren Techno Buggy We originally spent £300 on a M&P Pramette for our little girl, but after finding it heavy for me to push and the durability to be questionable, we decided to look for a lighter buggy. Before we'd had the baby I'd been discussing choosing a pushchair with a friend. She had told me that in her experience, no matter what expensive model pushchair you go for, you will always end up buying a Mclaren as well. I laughed off her words, but they couldn't have been more true! We looked everywhere and tried out lots of different buggies, but kept going back to teh Mclaren Techno. The main reasons I like it were that It was light and it looked good. I'm being honest! It also felt much more durable than our Pramette, had a handy viewing window in the hood, so i could keep an eye on my little girl. It also had a handy pocket on the back of the hood, ideal for keeping my purse and mobile close to hand, without having to root around in my bag every time. It also had enough room in teh shopping basket for most baby essentials. To be honest we weren't looking to pay more than £100 but felt that this buggy was worth the £150 price tag. I wasn't wrong. 6 months down the line and I still love it. It also still looks and feels like new. Hopefully we'll have a new addition to the family in then next 12 months when we will definitely be sticking with the Techno! Features - suitable for babies from birth - adjustable 3-position handle height for user comfort - all-round suspension ...

Mamas & Papas Pliko P3 09/03/2007

The P3 Pramette Makes a great pram!

Mamas & Papas Pliko P3 When I was pregnant I spent a lot of time looking at different pushchairs and prams. As this was my first baby I wasn't really sure what I would need. I decided I would quite like a pram, as they are supposed to be much better for younf babies, but i would also need a pushchair from about 3 months onwards. We came across the Mamas & Papas Pliko P3 in the January sales. They were selling the pramette version complete with the Primo viaggio car seat for £300, a massive £100 off the normal price. To be honest I loved it and fell in love with it instantly. so after much deliberation we bought it. We first used it when our little girl was a week old and it was brilliant. My little girl had plenty of room to move around, and was really wamr and snug whilst it was in pram mode. We couldn't have asked for a better pram. The only complaint I had was that the break wasn't very good and didn't seem to work. We then tried to use it as a pushchair when she was a bit older, and she hated it. She didn't seem to like the way the straps fastened across her and used to cry all the time. Not being a driver I had to push it for miles some days and found it very heavy to push. The frame also used to creak a lot and the whole thing just felt to me as if it might break at any minute. Instead we used it as a travel system, with the Primo viaggio car seat clipped on. This seems to fit really well, and my little girl loves being pushed around in it. There is also no need to use the ...

Metanium 09/03/2007

Metanium - A Miracle Cream!

Metanium Before I got pregnant I had never heard of Metanium and had bought a tub of Sudacrem as part of my pre-baby kit. This was THE nappy cream that all the shops had and my mum was always telling me she had used Sudacrem on me. Then one day whilst I was heavily pregnant, I was browsing the baby aisle in Tesco and a mum came up to me. She told me that if there was just one baby product that I bought, it should be Metanium. She told me that it would make nappy rash lierally disappear overnight. I initially thought she was mad, but bought a tube anyway. It did seem a bit expensive at £3.29, but I'd alreayd spend a lot on baby stuff, so added it to the list of essentials! It really was the best decision I'd made! The first time my little girl got nappy rash was when she was only a few weeks old. Her skin was red raw and she was in agony. I decided to try some Metanium. The next morning I was amazed to see that the nappy rash had actually disappeared. The skin was back to be smooth and white, with only a little bit of redness. I have been using it ever since and always buy a tube if I know of anyone expecting. My only complaint is that it does tend to stain if you get it on your clothes. But there is a wanring about this on the tube. Ingrediants Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide: 20% w/w, Titanium peroxide 5 % w/w, Titanium salicylate 3% w/w. Also contains: dimethicone 350, light liquid paraffin, tincture of benzoin and white soft paraffin. Directions After ...

Graco Baby Swing 09/03/2007

A must-have baby essential!

Graco Baby Swing This really is a baby essential My parents wanted to buy something for my dayghter when she was first born, but I couldn't think of anything to suggest. So I had a flick through all my baby books and came across this baby swing. I wasn't real'y sure we needed one, but couldn't think of anything else to suggest. Our little girl was a very unsetled baby in the early days and wouldn't sleep unless being held. So we put off putting the baby swing together as we were convinced she wouldn't like it. After 3 weeks my dad put it together for us and tried her in it. It was a resounding success! She went straight off to sleep with it rocking her and playing soft music. She slept for an hour and a half, which was probably the longest she'd slept since birth! It really helped us to wean her off the constant contact and gave us all a bit of sleep! She's now 10 months old and still goes in it as she's not yet reached the weight limit. So we've certainly had our money's worth. If she's having a bad night due to teething we do put her in to sleep in, but not for longer than 2 hours at a time as I don't like her sleeping in that position for too long. I follow the same guidelines as for baby's staying in car seats, as it isn't good for their developing spines to be in a sitting up position for too long. The only realy downside is the fact that it does eat batteries. We use 2 sets of rechargeable batteries that we use in rotation. Otherwise it would work out very expensive. The ...
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