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Philips AVENT Fast Bottle Warmer
Philips AVENT Fast Bottle Warmer
Price: £31.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have, but not an essential shopping list item., 1 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a great little device especially if you are a nursing mother who is expressing, as it can both defrost milk and warm it up too (though not at the same time). Our baby occasionally has the pre-made formula which we have had to warm either on a very low setting on the microwave (making sure it is thoroughly mixed to avoid hot spots) or sat in a giant mug of boiled water. But what I really wanted to use this for was his baby food – I make it in batches then freeze it, defrosting overnight in the fridge (which can be a bit hit and miss as I often find slushie-type bits of veg when I go to make up his feeds for the day)
We use the Philips Avent Natural bottles (260ml) and the Philips Avent food storage containers.

The bottle warmer has 4 settings – defrost (for both milk and food), milk warming up to 180ml, milk warming for 180ml+, and food warming.
For 180-210ml / 6-7oz it takes 4 minutes to warm from room temperature and only an extra 90 seconds to warm from the fridge (assuming 5 degrees C) – milk circulates while it is being warmed although obviously food, being thicker, does not, so you will have to stir the food.

I did find the food (warmed from fridge temp) did need a little longer (but only up to 30 seconds more) but the times given in the “Warming Reference Table” are no doubt geared more towards milk than food.

I have to say although this is a “nice to have” product it’s not in my opinion an essential item on your baby shopping list – if they could invent one that could also cool down the powder based formula feeds then they would absolutely be onto a winner!


Motorola Moto G 5-Inch (2nd Gen UK Stock) Dual Sim 8GB SIM-Free Smartphone XT1068
Motorola Moto G 5-Inch (2nd Gen UK Stock) Dual Sim 8GB SIM-Free Smartphone XT1068
Price: £144.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great phone for the price, 21 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've never owned a Motorola before, mostly Samsungs and one Nokia, so I wasn't sure how I'd get along with this. In fact I've only even ventured into using a smart phone this year so I'm by no means an expert in this kind of technology!
I won't go into the gadgety side of things as quite frankly I'm not that far past being a very basic phone function user!
Set up - very easy, you'll need a Micro Sim (nowadays even the standard size Sim comes with a pop-out micro-sim embedded in it); immediately it asked me if I wanted to set up my gmail account and link it to the phone - simple. Then I was free to play around with the phone.

For simplicity I'll list the Pros and Cons, in my opinion, and in my experience so far:

Pro-
-Easy to set up (immediately found my wifi without me even having to prompt the search)
-Graphics are brilliant!
-Keyboard is very sensitive and rarely requires duplicate pressing of the same button (a bug bear of mine with the S3 mini)
- Good ringtone volume
- Good camera (apart from the zoom - see Cons!)
- Dual Sim (I won't need to use this so have no idea how that aspect works!)
- unlocked - unlike other phones which arrive "Sim-Free" but you then find its actually locked to a specific service provider, this genuinely is unlocked and was perfectly happy with my non-UK Sim.
- Very lightweight and slimline
- Can add to the phone memory with a micro SD card

Cons -
- No mains charger included, only a USB lead (mini USB port I think its called), so you'll need a USB adaptor charger. NB the port is the same size as the Kindle AND the Samsung S3 Mini (this is actually good for me - with 2 kindles and an S3 mini in the house I have lots of chargers - and only need to take one when I go away!)
- Very basic instruction manual
- Zoom not very intuitive on the camera (but fine on internet)
- Difficult to get the battery cover off (seems to be a standard issue nowadays in my experience though)

At this price I'd say it is better than the Samsung S3 mini which is a similar price, and I would recommend this phone if you're looking in this price bracket.


Junior Joy Cot Bed Flannelette Sheet (White)
Junior Joy Cot Bed Flannelette Sheet (White)
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars VERY large, 20 Sep 2014
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These are nice enough quality and wash quite well BUT they are VERY large! They also don't feel like the warm flannelette fabric I was expecting (the sort my Gran had in candy striped bedding).
We have a standard cot bed and you really have to pull these sheets under the mattress to get them to lay smooth over the top of the mattress.

Think Nora Batty stockings but on a bed!


ADDIS Perfect Fit Iron Large Board Cover Scat Flower
ADDIS Perfect Fit Iron Large Board Cover Scat Flower
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, good price, 20 Sep 2014
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This is very large but there is an elasticated drawstring which we were able to draw in a lot, to fit our ironing board which is 124 x 38 cm. It's really well padded and very well made and has given our ironing board (which I think is about 20+ years old, with our old cover being about 11 years old) a new lease of life. This was almost half the price of the ones meant for our sized ironing board and I am glad I got this one. If you don't cut off the elasticated drawstring then it could easily be taken off and used on a larger ironing board.

We left our old ironing board cover underneath for that extra layer but to be honest I don't think that has made any difference and probably wasn't needed.


VTech Baby Bear Laptop (Blue)
VTech Baby Bear Laptop (Blue)
Price: £7.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Great toy, 20 Sep 2014
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Our 8.5 mo baby is still at the "bashing everything" rather than "pushing buttons" stage although he is starting to learn cause and effect (even if he does press the wrong button most of the time)
Our son loves playing peekaboo (what baby doesn't?!) and he loves the fact that if you put the lid down, hiding the face (which by the way I think looks more like a dog than a bear but anyway) it cooes Peekaboo when you open it up again.

There doesn't seem to be much difference between the medium and loud volume settings and to be honest I would think it's too loud to use in a fairly quiet public place, but other than that, we love it.
The current price is £ 9.99 and we paid about 6.50 which was a great deal.


Busy B Baby B Thank You Notes - Boy Blue
Busy B Baby B Thank You Notes - Boy Blue
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 20 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Beautifully made, this pack contains two designs - one in a portrait card and one in a landscape card - the designs are VERY similar (one is a rabbit and one is a mouse) but I like their simplicity - a simple thank you on the front, and blank inside - so you could use this pretty much for anything, not just for baby although the design obviously lends itself more to baby gifts (eg a Thank You for a new baby gift, a Christening gift, or even a 1st birthday gift). The cards are the right size to enclose a 6x4 photo if you wish but there is no place (e.g. a slot or folder part) specifically for this purpose so its not essential
The envelopes are also good quality with a pale blue polka dot border.

I would absolutely recommend these - I know they are pricey but unless you need to buy 50-odd of them then I think they're worth it. Based on the quality of these cards I would absolutely buy other items from the same range (just search Busy B in Stationery on amazon)


Mark and Chappell Ltd Vet IQ Flea Guard, 90 Tablets
Mark and Chappell Ltd Vet IQ Flea Guard, 90 Tablets
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars "For Best Results: it is essential to shampoo your pet first", 18 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
"For Best Results: it is essential to shampoo your pet first" - suitable for a cat? Who are they kidding?!

Our cat doesn't suffer with fleas generally so it'll be hard to say whether this product is effective; for an average sized cat you will need half a tablet daily which you can grind up and sprinkle in its food - this isn't a problem as our cat hates taking any tablets or drops orally, but doesn't really mind if they are mixed up in his food (even though this has rather a strong smell).

According to the instructions it can take anywhere between 2 and 14 weeks to take effect (although I believe 14 weeks refers to badly infested animals) so you will need to take other precautions during this period. It doesn't say that this isn't compatible with other flea treatments so I can only assume it is. This apparently helps with the "doggy smell" (which our cat doesn't have) and can help with healthy skin and a glossy coat (can't see the cat's skin, and his coat looks good enough already) and is 100% natural.

Unsurprisingly, we didn't opt to give our cat a bath before starting this, although if you had a badly flea-infested dog then it would be a good idea (maybe with some anti-flea shampoo).

For a cat I think drops and / or flea collar are probably a better idea but dogs are much less objectionable about being given tablets.


LeapFrog Mobile Med Kit
LeapFrog Mobile Med Kit
Price: £13.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!, 16 Sep 2014
This review is from: LeapFrog Mobile Med Kit (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Our baby was eyeing this up when he was taking his morning bottle - before I had even taken it out of its box so we pressed the button on the ambulance's roof to be greeted by Heads Shoulders Knees & Toes (with a verse I couldn't recognise as the lyrics aren't clearly sung all through), then we had some nee-naws. He was absolutely smitten! He's able to press the button on the roof (when he's not just trying to bash the toy) and just loves the noises. He's certainly not old enough to recognise colours etc or even instructions, so when the voice is asking for the purple whatsit it goes completely over his head, but I think this could be a really good learning aid - it's certainly rather cheery! The face on the ambulance reminds me of a retro telephone on wheels I had back in the early 80's :)
The ambulance is also shaped in such a way as to have a sort of carry handle instead of a roof which is a nice touch.
I think this'll be a lovely toy to help him learn, it's really nicely made and makes a change for the usual cars and trains.


Bright Starts Having a Ball Roaring Fun Lion
Bright Starts Having a Ball Roaring Fun Lion
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Rraahhhhhh!, 16 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a really great toy but is also a ride-on and a walker.

Our little boy is too small to use the ride on part and the walker properly, but he has just started standing (with props) and he was happily holding onto the handles. It's sort of shaped like a snow-mobile - baby stands (or sits) between the two yellow "skis".
You can also feed balls into the lion through its mouth and they pop out from his chest (a little weird?) and if you press its nose you get an almighty roar, and the balls spin around the lion's head - baby looked a little stunned at first but he soon got used to it, with lots of lovely smiles from him.

This is the first item we've got along the walker lines and as it can be used pre-toddling, and onwards, it's pretty good value for money. I would definitely go out and buy this myself.


Woolly and Tig Read along with Woolly 22cm Soft Toy
Woolly and Tig Read along with Woolly 22cm Soft Toy
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but I do rather like it, 14 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First of all I have never heard of Woolly and Tig the TV programme, but it looks sweet enough and I was going to get some bedtime story books anyway for my little boy, so thought I would give this a whirl. I'm not entirely sure what I expected but I did think you would get more of the story out of the toy than just sound effects (you have to press the pad that corresponds with the symbol in the book)
That said, it's nice and cuddly (unless you put the book back in its pouch) and brightly coloured. My son is amused by the noises but then to be honest it doesn't take much to make him laugh! Its not washable and at almost £ 30 quite pricey hence 4 stars instead of 5.

It is a cute toy though and would make an unusual gift.


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