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Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer
Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer
Price: 19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars 100% improvement - for us - on the original, 15 Nov 2010
I bought an old-style Gro Clock (the one with the moon icon) for my 2 year old son a few months ago. He understood the concept perfectly but it was a disaster for us simply because the dimmest light level was very bright in his room (he's used to sleeping in total darkness). As a result he woke up at about 3am every night and chatted to himself for ages, talking to all the toys he could suddenly see in his bedroom. Yes, he slept til 7am, but that was because he'd been awake for half the night! The new version (with the star) is brilliant. The dimmest light level is complete darkness, which has worked wonders for us. He says goodnight to Mr Sun every night and knows that it will be time to wake up when he sees him again the next morning. On some mornings he does wake earlier but he either goes back to sleep or stays quiet until he sees the 'sun come up'. It's a brilliantly simply idea, and one that's really useful for the winter mornings when it's still dark until quite late. Let's face it, a child who can't yet read a clock has no idea whether it's 3am or 7am when they wake. So I would wholeheartedly recommend the new version but steer clear of the old one (if it's even still available) unless your child is used to a night light and won't mind the brightness in their room. The only slight criticism is that the accompanying book is in paperback with the new version, whereas it was in hardback with the old one. Only a small point and not that important, but for this price you would think the manufacturers could stretch to a better quality book. The book really does help to reinforce the concept.


Tippitoes Toilet Trainer Seat - Blue
Tippitoes Toilet Trainer Seat - Blue
Price: 5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, 7 Sep 2010
My son has been using this while toilet training and seems to find it comfortable. It fits easily and quickly onto any toilet seat - it doesn't fix into place but the rubber grips on the bottom seem to keep it securely fitted and it doesn't wobble around. This also means that you can remove it straightaway with no hassle. My only gripe - and the reason it doesn't get five stars - is that the design means that splashes of wee can get trapped in the niches of the underside of the seat, which isn't particularly hygienic, and it's not the easiest to clean. Other than that, it's recommended.


LAURA 95x65cm Travel Cot Mattress (fits most Graco/M&P etc) BRITISH MADE With High Grade Density Foam CMHR28
LAURA 95x65cm Travel Cot Mattress (fits most Graco/M&P etc) BRITISH MADE With High Grade Density Foam CMHR28
Offered by BABY best BUYS
Price: 19.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job perfectly, 7 Sep 2010
This fits well into my travel cot and my son slept happily on it for a week on holiday. Not as thick as a standard mattress but loads better than the rubbish ones you get offered as standard in travel cots, and easily comfortable enough for holiday use.


Noddy: the Best Driver in the World [DVD]
Noddy: the Best Driver in the World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Noddy
Price: 5.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 18 Jun 2010
My 2 year old son loves this DVD. It features five Noddy adventures - all of which are engaging and cheerful, featuring the usual characters from the TV series. If your child likes Noddy and his friends then this is a good way of keeping them amused for a little while.


Noddy and the Pirates
Noddy and the Pirates
by Enid Blyton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enid Blyton will be spinning in her grave, 18 Jun 2010
This review is from: Noddy and the Pirates (Paperback)
This is a colourful, bright, cheery book, but it's so far removed from anything originally conceived by Enid Blyton that I imagine she's quite pleased she's not around to read it. Be warned if you're a parent of the 'old school' and appreciate a story that hangs together reasonably well (as I am) - you won't be impressed. The premise of this story is that Whiz buys Noddy a jet-ski (it's not clear why, nor do I know who Whiz is) and Noddy decides to use it to visit his friends, the pirates. There then follows a rather loose adventure in which the pirates bury some treasure that doesn't belong to them, and Noddy has to help them dig it up again before the real owners realise what's happened. It's not going to win any children's book awards. But if your child likes Noddy no matter what he's doing or who his friends are, then you might at least get some fun out of doing pirate voices together.


Leave Your Sleep [2 Cd]
Leave Your Sleep [2 Cd]
Price: 11.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning, 15 Jun 2010
This review is from: Leave Your Sleep [2 Cd] (Audio CD)
I came to this as a Natalie Merchant fan, admittedly, although I have found some of her most recent albums a little inaccessible. I was half-expecting this to be the same, having read of the rather grandiose notions behind it. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Every single song/poem on here is stunning. Natalie writes in her sleeve notes that "poetry on the page can be difficult to penetrate; sometimes it needs to be heard", and she has brought these beautiful poems vividly alive. Musically there is great diversity - from the Russian beats of 'The Dancing Bear' and the blues of 'The Peppery Man', to the swaying country style of 'Calico Pie', the jazz of 'The Janitor's Boy' and even reggae on 'Topsyturvey World'. In my opinion the most affecting songs are those where the childish simplicity of the melody disguises at first the sadness of the words - check out 'Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience', 'Maggie and Milly and Molly and May', and the achingly mournful 'Spring and Fall: To A Young Child'. This was a hugely ambitious project for Natalie, a true labour of love, and she has more than done justice to the beauty of the poems she has featured on this album. This is a timeless piece of work that should be treasured and listened to again and again, just as the rhymes that inspired it have been.


Alfie Wins A Prize
Alfie Wins A Prize
by Shirley Hughes
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 22 Mar 2010
This review is from: Alfie Wins A Prize (Paperback)
Like all Alfie books, 'Alfie Wins A Prize' is a beautifully observed slice of toddler life, accompanied by lovely illustrations. This is a sweet story about Alfie winning third prize for his painting in a school fair, and swapping his own prize with the consolation prize won by a friend. He makes the decision to cheer up his friend and to stop her prize (a rather ugly-looking toy sheep/goat) feeling rejected. The life lessons are very gently raised with no moralising. And there's a happy ending as the consolation prize becomes part of the family. My 2 year old son loves all the Alfie books and has done for about a year really. Be warned that this one is longer than some, so you're in for quite a long bedtime story session (unless you sneakily miss out the odd page here and there, like I do!).


The Secret Path (Tales From Percy's Park)
The Secret Path (Tales From Percy's Park)
by Nick Butterworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An aMAZEing story (sorry), 19 Feb 2010
Like all Percy the Park Keeper books, this is a lovely story with beautiful illustrations of Percy and his animal friends. Percy sets off to trim the hedges in the park maze. His friends decide to hide and play a trick on him, but in the end Percy tricks them. As always, there is lots of gentle humour and a sweet ending. My son has loved these books since he was about 18 months old and I never get tired of reading them to him.


Percy's Bumpy Ride (Tales From Percy's Park)
Percy's Bumpy Ride (Tales From Percy's Park)
by Nick Butterworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story, 19 Feb 2010
Like all Percy the Park Keeper books, this story is warm and gentle, with beautiful illustrations. Percy decides to make his own lawnmower to cut the park grass more efficiently, but perhaps shouldn't have added the helicopter-style rotor blades... There is plenty of humour in here - for children and adults - and a flock of helpful sheep provide a happy ending. My 21 month old son loves this and wants to read it again and again. You can't go wrong with Percy...


Hide Me, Kipper
Hide Me, Kipper
by Mick Inkpen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 3 Feb 2010
This review is from: Hide Me, Kipper (Paperback)
I only bought this book yesterday and felt I had to come straight on here and review it, I was so impressed. It's a really novel way of telling a story and so funny - in fact I had difficulty reading it to my 2 year old son because I was laughing so much (maybe I need to get out more). We both love it and would highly recommend it.


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