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May 2011 archive

OXO Tot Weaning Products – A Review by Sara and Toby

Toby is getting on great now with weaning! He is pretty much happy to try whatever I put on a spoon (the faces are hilarious) and is really doing well with his finger food too. He particularly likes to eat while we’re eating but in order to have a meal myself I have started to feed him some puree before we have dinner and then I let him sit with a few bits of finger food while we are eating as this stops him shouting at us!

 

We were very lucky to receive a few different products from OXO tot (www.oxo.com) to try out and review.

In just five short years over 25 babies have been born to OXO’s 54 employees making for many users of all things baby. The OXO Tot collection has been designed to grow with a child through several different stages of development, and includes a range of feeding and weaning equipment as well as highchairs, cleaning products and bathroom tools.

All products are BPA free, Phthalate free, PVC free and top rack dishwasher safe.

All products are available from John Lewis, Jo Jo Maman Bebe and Amazon.co.uk.

Snack Disk £5.11

We were sent a lovely green coloured snack disk to try. Toby loves it – with its lid on he likes to shake it, look through the lid and try to get at what’s inside. He spends a good few minutes trying to pull the lid off to get to the bits of carrot, cucumber etc inside.

As with most things at the moment he also likes to try to chew it!

 

The claims:

When one snack simply isn’t enough, fill the OXO Tot snack disk with extra treats. The stable, non-slip base and low profile minimises spills while the curved shape keeps snacks contained. Designed to fit comfortably in the hands of little ones, the generous opening provides easy access when hunger strikes. Simply snap the see-through lid on for storage, ready for the next snack time.

What we liked:

  • Really useful to take out some finger foods for Toby to munch on
  • Nice, solid good quality plastic
  • Lovely stylish design
  • Available in three zesty shades of orange, aqua and green

Fork and Spoon set £6.13

We also received a set of baby cutlery and although they are recommended for 12months+ we gave them a go before passing them on to a friend with an appropriately aged baby to try. Toby found them really easy to grip on to but unfortunately was more interested in chewing the wrong end of the fork/ spoon as they obviously felt nice on his teeth! When Jonny (15months) tried them his mummy said he really found them much easier to grasp than his other cutlery sets and he enjoyed feeding himself with them and actually ate more food than usual!

 

The claims:

The NEW fork & spoon set offers a grip like no other. Generous curved handles mould perfectly to little hands and make it easy for children to lift the cutlery from the tray or table. OXO’s trademark soft, non-slip grips ensures the ultimate in comfort and that the fork or spoon doesn’t fall into the plate when rested in between bites. The deep spoon head helps little ones to easily scoop, while the fork tines, which have no sharp edges, effectively pierce food, minimizing frustration and maximizing the transition to grown up cutlery. An innovative flat spot on the handles also prevents the set from rolling off of the highchair or table.

What we liked:

  • Lovely feel to the fork and spoon – a good weight
  • Easy to grip and easy to pick up by baby

Training Plate £6.13

Toby found it very novel being given something in a plate – obviously as he is still so little he thought it would be best to tip everything out of the plate onto the tray then use the plate as a drum! Very creative I thought but not much help in reviewing the product!

The claims:

The training plate from OXO Tot brings together two products in one, adapting with a child through several different stages of development. A brightly-coloured curved ring ensures that meals stay inside the plate by gently guiding food on to the child’s cutlery. As they grow and develop, becoming more confident, the ring is easily removed to create a flat plate, similar to one an adult would use. Weighted for extra stability with OXO’s trademark non-slip rubber grip on the base, the plate remains firmly in place on the highchair while allowing baby to have some flexibility as they learn to handle grown up tableware.

What we liked:

  • Available in three zesty shades of green, aqua and orange
  • Nice quality plate
  • Will last him a long time – grows with the child

Sippy Cup with handles £7

One of the things I am trying really hard to get Toby to do is take milk from something other than me! He has been completely refusing a bottle and so I have been trying to get him to take a cup. I have tried a number of different sippy cups now and he hasn’t been very good with any of them. I thought it would be helpful to give a different style cup a try and so gave the sippy cup from OXO tot a try. It is different to the other cups I have tried in that it has a hard spout and a removable valve.

Toby isn’t very good at sucking on the cups so I initially tried the cup without the valve which resulted in a rather soggy Toby but he at least got the idea that it was milk in the cup and so he started to try a little more when the valve was in the cup. We have yet to have any great success but we are persevering and I have to say I rather like the OXO cup.

 

The claims:

The OXO Tot Sippy Cup collection offers several spill-proof solutions for teaching baby how to drink like a big kid. Available with handles, the 7-ounce Sippy Cup is easy for little hands to hold when baby is transitioning from a bottle. The Sippy Cup with Handles has soft, non-slip Handles that are angled so baby doesn’t have to turn his wrists too far; the Handles are removable for when baby’s grasp develops. All Sippy Cups have non-slip grips, a dimple in the lid that makes room for little noses, and translucent walls to show just how much is left. Each has a leak-proof valve which releases pressure for comfortable sipping and is easily removable for cleaning. All OXO Tot Sippy, Straw and Training Cup lids are interchangeable.

What we liked:

  • Nice size cup, easy to clean and easy to hold
  • Removable handles that can be used with other OXO cups
  • Removable valve – cup grows with baby

Training cup £6

Given the lack of success we have been having with sucking style cups my mum actually suggested trying a more ‘normal’ cup. Toby loves to have a little drink of whatever I am drinking (don’t worry it is usually water) from a mug or glass and is actually remarkably good at it. The only way I have been able to get him to drink milk from a bottle so far was by taking the teat off and letting him drink from the side of the bottle so the OXO training cup seemed like a great step in the right direction. It has small holes around the top to control the liquid flow so the whole drink is not poured straight down baby’s top.

 

The claims:

Help ease the transition from sippy to regular cup with the OXO Tot Training Cup. A translucent lid insert with perforations around the perimeter controls the flow of liquid when your child tilts the cup to drink. A tipped Training Cup will also spill more gradually to minimize messes during the learning process. When tot is ready, remove the perforated lid insert and the Training Cup converts to a regular Cup. Soft, non-slip grips are easy for little hands to hold and the translucent Cup shows just how much is left. All OXO Tot Sippy, Straw and Training Cup lids are interchangeable.

What we liked:

  • Good option for between a sippy cup and a normal cup (particulary for babies that want to feel grown up)
  • Good at controlling flow so not too much spillage (with adult supervision)

Bottle Brush – £6.13

After all the different cups / bottles etc we have tried obviously I am left with oodles of washing up! One of my real bug-bears about bottle brushes is how to store them so that they are able to dry effectively as we all know moist environments breed bacteria. I was very excited (sad I know) when I saw that OXO do a brush with a STAND! Genius – why don’t all brushes come with stands. I love this brush – it is firm enough to clean bottles / cups and my breast pump parts but soft enough not to scratch and i can stand it proudly by my sink without having to worry about it not drying out.

The claims:

OXO Tot’s bottle brush complete with teat cleaner and stand ensures bottles, teats and breast pump parts are thoroughly cleaned, ready for the sterilizer. With both soft and firm bristles for gentle cleaning or serious scrubbing, the flexible neck allows you to easily reach inside bottles of any shape and size.  The soft, comfortable handle won’t slip even when wet, while the silicone teat cleaner tucked inside the handle tackles hard to reach, smaller areas. The bottle stand keeps countertops neat and dry, and includes a pour spout to empty drained water. Also comes apart for easy cleaning. Available in aqua and green

What we liked:

  • Everything – stylish and SENSIBLE
  • Hygienic and effective in cleaning a wide range of bits and pieces

Normally I would include a section on each of my reviews about ‘would be even better if’ but I genuinely cannot fault the OXO products. They are a great investment as they have thought about how the products can grow with baby preventing you having to buy different things as baby reached different stages. I am now a real OXO convert. OXO – you’re wonderful – big thumbs up – wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you!

 

 

Arrrggggghhhh I’m Pregnant – Mummies Funnies by Katy

 

When my husband and I first decided to try for a baby I don’t think either of us expected it to happen so quickly. Actually my husband was rather upset I’d fallen so quickly! We were newly married and like teenagers bonking at every opportunity. Considering we had been together for six years prior to getting married this was not our normal ‘love life’! So when only six weeks after getting married we got the positive test result, he was rather disappointed that this new ‘love life’ was going to end!

So what goes through your mind/ If this positive result is one you have wanted and been waiting for then a feeling of joy over takes you. Very quickly followed by ‘oh my god’ I am going to be a parent. Strangely for me saying I’m going to have a baby was all lovely and light, but when I said ‘I’m going to have a child’ this meant a whole different thing. It meant that this baby was going to grow up and get bigger. Become a toddler, then a teenager, and then an adult! Then I was filled with fear. Am I going to be able to deal with a toddler constantly asking ‘why?’ Or a grumpy teenager and one you have to talk about ’safe sex’ to, arrgh then an adult someone who has their own mind, someone who may even decide they don’t like you very much. This frightened me.

Then I hit earth with a bump and though let’s just take this one step at a time.

With my second pregnancy just the dreaded fear of morning sickness overtook me. Because lets face it I’ve managed to keep a two year old alive and well so far!

 

Proud Mummy

Today after dinner Caitlyn decided to have a sing song. We sang all the nursery rhymes we sing when we go to our local library.

I didn’t realise how many of the words she knew! She sang : The farmers in the den, wind the bobbin up, goldilocks, 2 little dickie birds and twinkle twinkle little star.

She sang them and did all the actions and was really please with herself. I just wish I had recorded it.

Instead here is a picture of my gorgeous singing girl

Flip with organic insert – A Review

babame sent us a Flip one size cover with an organic insert to try.

I have used this kind of system from another brand but didn’t really get on with it so was keen to try the Flip brand as I had heard good things about it from my cloth nappy friends.

It is recommended to have at least 8-10 inserts in your stash with a few covers, I find that if the nappy is just wet I can reuse the cover. It depends how often you are going to wash the nappies as to how many you need.

The organic insert is so soft and washes really well.

Since receiving the Flip I have purchased a few more and also with the non organic insert but feel the organic insert is so much softer than the other insert.

What we like

  • Very absorbent
  • Nice bright colours for the wraps
  • Great as an overnight nappy
  • You can use it from birth to potty so is great with 2 in nappies

What we are not so keen on

  • The insert takes a little longer to dry on the line

The Flip is one of my staple nappies to use as it is so simple yet so absorbent.

You can get a trial pack of the  Flip system for £15.95 from babame

Mummies Funnies – Morning Sickness by Katy

True tales of my pregnancy including tears, fears and fun.

 

Morning Sickness

I have decided to write this blog after spending my time scouring the internet to find solace in others who are experiencing morning sickness. By this I don’t mean those that say ‘oh yes its terrible isn’t it I just spend my whole morning feeling… well, a bit travel sick!’ I mean those of us that get up and go to bed having spent the whole day heaving, retching and throwing up. Throwing up when you’re pretty sure your body is empty, so where could this stuff possibly be coming from? And making sounds that you didn’t know were humanly possible.

Sounds strange, but just the very thought that there are others suffering like me makes me feel better.

Welcome to Katy’s weird world and blunt blog of my pregnancy.

 

Remedies

I have tried many of the remedies available some which haven’t worked at all and others that helped.

When I initially found out that I was pregnant my first thoughts where ‘oh no bring on the sickness’. This is my second pregnancy; my first pregnancy saw me though 16 weeks of sickness.  During this pregnancy I was under the care of a midwife only, which I believe is called ‘midwife led care’. There was no GP involvement. But this time round I have been under the care of my GP as well as a midwife.

In my first pregnancy the only response I ever got from my mid wife was ‘you have just got to try and get on and eat as healthily as you can’. If this sounds familiar to you then get yourself down to your doctor.  Because frankly when you feel so sick the smell of your own husband makes you want to run for the lavatory or whichever vessel* you reach first.

The thought of eating anything at all let alone healthily IS NOT USEFUL ADVICE! With this advice I continued to go to work (I’m a college lecturer) and be completely useless, often calling in sick and leaving others at work to pick up the pieces. I lived on arrow root biscuits (see list of remedies) and Lucozade. At four months pregnant  I weighed one and a half stone less that I did at the beginning of my pregnancy. Don’t let this happen to you!

*This in my case was often my two year old sons ‘In the Night Garden’ potty, he wasn’t very impressed. Also when you’re two year old says ‘mummy sick’ and goes and tells his daddy ‘mummy sick daddy’ you know you have been sick a lot!

 

Having spent this pregnancy with less midwife care I have had no choice but to go to my GP for advice. He instantly signed me off work saying ‘ if you are being sick and are exhausted how could you possibly work?’ This happened when I was 7 weeks pregnant. I am currently 14 weeks pregnant, still signed off and after suffering a weekend of very violent vomiting my GP has put me on an anti sickness drug called Avomine. I will talk about this in my list of remedies.

 

My list of Remedies

Pregie Pop Drops and Queasy Drops- initially these sweets worked wonders. They gave me a quick sugar hit and the sharp flavours stopped the gross ‘something just died in my mouth’ feeling. However after just a few days of eating them the very sharpness that was great earlier, now made the feeling of immanent vomiting worse. They are also quite large sized sweets and just puting them in my mouth made me gag.

I would recommend that anybody with morning sickness tries them as they did help for a short time and they might just work for longer for you.

Aromatherapy- I also discovered these little wands filled with aromatherapy oils (obviously ones that are safe in pregnancy). They contain peppermint and ginger which are well known for helping nausea . The idea is that you rub the oils onto your wrists and take a deep inhale when feeling sick. Unfortunately one wiff of this made me heave, so that was a no go.

Travel Sickness Bands- these are cotton bands worn around your wrists. They have a plastic nobble in them which you place over a pressure point on your wrist. They help to reduce the feeling of nausea. Both a good friend of mine and my sister swore by them. Saying they didn’t get rid of the sick feeling entirely but they definitely reduced it. But you guessed it they didn’t work for me.

Ginger- from about 7 to 11 weeks I couldn’t  go near a ginger nut biscuit or anything ginger. But after this time I did find a Ginger Nut biscuit with a hot sweet drink in the morning helped that early morning sick feeling.

Arrowroot Biscuits- if ginger is too strong for you try these biscuits instead. They pretty much taste like Rich Teas, but arrowroot also has anti nausea properties just like ginger.

Hypnotherapy- my sister purchased a hypnotherapy CD for me to listen to. As much as this sounds all hocus pocus  and witch craft, be open minded. I found that listening to the CD gave me 20 minutes of time to relax properly. I also found that after listening to it that I felt hungry rather than sick. So seizing the opportunity I would have something to eat.

Eating- as I have already said, I know that the very thought of food when you are feeling so awful is just not appealing. But if you can muster the power to eat anything, then do. It really does help. At the end of the day what’s the worst that’s going to happen. You’re gonna be sick. Well what’s new?

Sleeping- in the wild and busy lifestyles we have today getting extra sleep is almost impossible, especially when you have another child to look after. But if you are fortunate enough to be able to take time in the day for a nap or just a moment of doing nothing and staying still. Do it. If you are at work and are usually someone that sits at your desk with a sandwich and a coffee, don’t do it. Just bugger off somewhere and sit quietly, don’t talk to anyone, or even smile (you can if you want to), just rest. If your toddler has a mid day sleep go to bed with them. I often made the mistake of trying to go to sleep on the sofa. I found this impossible, you need to be comfortable and the best place for this is bed.

Family and close friends can be a god send, if they offer to help, even if you don’t think it’s a genuine offer, take them up on it! I couldn’t have survived this pregnancy without the help of my mum and my husband.

Luckily my husband is very helpful and doesn’t expect to come home to a tidy house with dinner ready when he gets in from work. If your husband thinks this is going to happen then you need to give him a reality check. Be selfish and tell him your job is to look after someone else at the moment. Namely yourself, because no matter how much you suffer, your baby wont. They take everything they need from you and actually it’s you that’s suffers.

Anti sickness tablets- at 14 weeks pregnant I took myself back to the doctors after suffering a weekend of violent vomiting keeping nothing I ate or drank down. This was very upsetting for me as I had spent the week previous without feeling too sick and had no vomiting. The doctor prescribed me a drug called Avomine, it is an anti-histamine used to combat travel sickness and vertigo. It is also the first line in medical intervention for expectant mums suffering with morning sickness.

I had all the worries you would expect ‘should I be taking this while pregnant? Is it going to hurt the baby? ‘ But I’m confident that my doctor wouldn’t prescribe anything harmful. After some internet research, looking at forums and so on, I found that there were many women that had been prescribed Avomine to help with their sickness.

This is only my first day of taking Avomine, I have been advised to take one every night. This is mainly because the tablets cause drowsiness, so taking them at night reduces the effect as you’re going to sleep any way. So I took it last night and today I haven’t felt sick at all, I’m very tired but not sick. WONDERFUL! Let’s hope it stays that way.

What I would like to know is… why wasn’t I given this in my last pregnancy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EZ- Fort : A Review

As I have mentioned before I was a Girl Guide and when we went to camp we often had to build forts and dens so when we received the EZ Fort it took me back to my childhood.

The EZ Fort is designed for children age 3+ however Caitlyn loved it. She has been bugging us everyday to build a new hiding place for her and loves helping Gizmodad build different shapes, Caitlyn finds it tricky to insert the poles into the connectors but loves the finished product.

What we like

  • Really easy to build
  • Liked by all old and young
  • A nice alternative to old style Wendy Houses
  • You can use different covers each time to go with the theme of play
  • Easy to store when using the box it comes with
  • Easy to take to Nana Cez’s house

What could be better

  • The red poles were easily broken so need to be a bit stronger

Overall we have had hours of fun with the EZ-Fort and would recommend it for indoor and outdoor play

EZ-Fort is £34.99 for stockists check http://www.mapstoys.co.uk

Crayola – Colour Mix-a-roo Game – A Review by Sara and Friends

In my hunt for educational games I was offered the chance to review one of the new Crayola games. The game is aimed at children 4+ so I called in some help from a couple of my friends children ranging in age from 3 years to 7 years.

The game aims to help children learn about primary and secondary colours; in particular how to combine colours to achieve the secondary colour you desire.

The game includes a colour palette spinner, 30 colour cards, a colour mixing chart and instructions.

The aim of the game is to be able to create a particular colour by using a combination of colours. The children pick a card to find out the colour they need to create and the number of colours they can use.The children then decide which colours they are going to dial and when they have finished they open a little door to see what colour they have made. This bit is a little bit magical and even I was sometimes a bit surprised at the colour that was made! If you make the correct colour you get to keep the card and whoever has the most cards at the end wins!

To begin with, while the children were still learning the mixes, they were able to use a colour mixing cheat sheet to help them when they were stuck but the older children quickly decided they didn’t need this!

What we liked:

  • The game really helped the children to become confident with their colours and how to create secondary colours
  • The game held the children’s attention long enough to finish the game (not too quick, not too long)
  • The game was enjoyed by the full range of children who I played it with and it was easy to make the game easier for the younger ones and more difficult for the older ones so it was fair

Would be even better if:

  • The dialler took a bit of getting used to – if you didn’t dial correctly you didn’t get the colours you were expecting. If you accidently put the same colour in twice the resulting colour was a little suprising
  • The game required adult supervision to prevent the children getting frustrated (particularly the younger children)

Overall we found this to be a very enjoyable game which the children were happy to play with over and over again.

Colour Mix-a-Roo costs £9.99 and can be bought from Amazon.

 

Reasons to be cheerful week 19

I have been taking part in reasons to be cheerful off and on since it started.

Reason 1

My little baby Ellie can crawl, she is now getting everywhere but it is so much fun chasing after her.

Reason 2

I have been to 2 different blogging events this week, the Youngs Event where I learnt about fish and got a chance to cook with other bloggers.

I also went to Blogcamp and picked up lots of handy tips to improve my blog

Reason 3

Caitlyn is now fully potty trained and is doing really well

Why not check out Mummy From The Heart Blog and see others bloggers reasons for being cheerful.

Wean Machine Review and Giveaway

Reviewed by Sara and Toby

Toby has been enjoying the weaning process so far! After a little set back due to a very mucousy cold he is back on track with the food.

I have been using a range of different flavours and combinations with Toby and he is now 6 months so is starting to try thicker consistency food.

Ellie is also now eating, and being a little older than Toby is now on chunkier food.

We were extremely fortunate to receive a Wean machine to try out. I was quite excited about receiving this product as I had been eyeing them up in Boots for some time and had an extensive chat with the team at The Baby Show. I had held off from purchasing one as Toby wasn’t quite ready for weaning at the time.

The wean machine is basically a portable little gadget that allows you to prepare your baby’s meals on the go. It comes as a compact little package containing the machine, two masher grates (one for early weaning and one to give a thicker consistency) a spoon and a lid. It allows you to mash the food that you want and store any that isn’t eaten either for a later feed or for cleaning when you get home.

We were also sent a little book giving some ideas of what to try with baby which for me was brilliant because although you hear the old ‘just puree up some veg’ actually knowing how long to cook something for and how to cook it isn’t always common knowledge – well not for me anyway! Toby has rather enjoyed chewing the book too which is great!

The claims:

• Makes baby food wherever you are
• Easy to use, just fill, squeeze and feed!
• Portable, compact and includes spoon
• Allergy friendly
• Saves time and money – no need to cook extra meals
• BPA, Phthalate and PVC Free
• Easily sterilised and “top-shelf dishwasher safe”
• Not suitable for microwave sterilisation

The website http://www.theweanmachine.com has all sorts of additional information on it including a good range of ideas of what to use the machine for. The company has adopted the name ‘squidge’ for the process and I would say it is a good choice of words! Their squidgometer is definitely worth an investigation.

What we liked:

• Easily portable – allows baby to eat what you are eating wherever you are
• Another benefit is that you don’t even need to peel your spuds on the little grill as the skin stays on the underneath side of the grill – this is also great for desert apples
• Can be used to make fruit purees etc for adult consumption after finished using it for weaning

What could be better:

• There was nothing I didn’t like about the product!

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