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Hi [May. 3rd, 2007|08:08 pm]
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charlie_em
Just wanted to post and introduce meself and say hi. forgive my typing and lack of capital letters - I'm feeding my daughter as I type! I'm Charlie, I'm 32, married and living in Exeter. I'm a SAHM to Chloe Jayne who is 6 months old.

Thanks for having me!
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MPVs vs people carriers [Apr. 30th, 2007|09:38 am]
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laurelei
[I am feeling |curiouscurious]

Hi all,

I suspect I (sadly) already know the answer to this but wanted to get your opinions.

My family is looking for a new/used car. We currently have a Mondeo but I've noticed that when my husband, who is 6'4", is in the car, his seat ends up very close to my boys' (2.5 and 15m) car seats/legs, especially when they're reclined to sleep, and I just don't think that's safe. Also, when I have family visiting from the US, we can't go anywhere in the car as no one can fit between their car seats.

I'd like to avoid gettting a full-sized people carrier, as it seems silly--for both for economical and ecological reasons--to go straight for one of the biggest things on the road just for the occasional visitor. Plus I just don't know if I want to drive such a big car on a regular basis.

So, ideally, we're on the lookout for something that:

1. My very tall hubby can sit comfortably in, but that still gives plenty of leg room for those behind him.
2. Has the option (as in fold-down seats, perhaps) of seating for six or seven.

We've got the latest Top Gear mag that gives the specs on them all, but I prefer to get recommendations from folks who might be in a similar situation to ours.

Can anyone help? Thanks!
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potty training [Apr. 3rd, 2007|02:19 pm]
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laurelei
[I am feeling |curiouscurious]

We've decided to give potty training another go with Alex (2 years, 8 months), as I want to make sure he's good and dry when he starts nursery in September. (They won't take him if he's not.) I think we approached it almost too relaxed the first time--he was very enthused at his new trick, but I think the novelty wore off and he saw it as more of a chore, but we didn't stress it as there wasn't any rush. Now, I know there's still no rush, per se, this time around, but I think this time we'll go into it as having a set goal of him getting out of nappies rather than a vague "if you use the potty, that'd be great..."

At any rate, does anyone have any top potty training tips? I (and he) like the sticker chart idea, and am going to get a potty for downstairs. I'd like to get one that looks like a proper chair rather than one of those small plastic ones--we initially got one of those but by the time his little bum is squeezed onto it, it's not really conducive to the task at hand, if you see what I mean. Any suggestions?
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(no subject) [Mar. 26th, 2007|03:37 pm]
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plasticbambi
could anybody tell me what the website which has the parenting forum on which has the bit with all the promotional codes for shopping websites on? does anyone know what i mean?

edit: i found the website sorry, but no luck with tesco or asda free delivery codes!
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(no subject) [Mar. 5th, 2007|11:46 am]
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plasticbambi
does anyone know what the eligibilty for milk tokens is? if you can get them if your on tax credits?

edit: ive just looked this up and it says that if you are on working tax credit you are NOT entitled to milk tokens at all but what if you are on working tax credit and your earnings still come under the arnings threshold of £14grand?
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Milk [Jan. 28th, 2007|01:18 pm]
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conphie
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Did you lot know that the guidelines about milk had changed?? I didn't.

The recommendation used to be that you give your child(ren) full-fat milk up until the age of five. It has now been lowered to two, apparently because children these days are getting enough fat and calcium from other areas in their diets.

I have no idea how out-dated this information is so apologies if I am obscenely behind the times. I'm just glad that I have the correct information now.

What milk do you lot give to your kids?

I had been giving both of mine (one 3yrs 3months and one 1yr 11months) a cup of full milk in the morning before breakfast and the same before bed.
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discount codes? [Dec. 8th, 2006|04:45 pm]
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laurelei
[I am feeling |curiouscurious]

Hi all,

I'm just about to place a Mothercare order, and before I did, I just thought I'd ask if anyone knew any discount codes...? I could use saving a quid or two on this order.

ELC has a 20% off one which is "STAR," in case anyone needs it...

Thanks,

Laurelei

EDIT: Just found some online:

10% Discount AL1 or LA1 or VE6 or when spending over £100 use WMT or GAC
£10 Discount when spending over £100 BRE
£15 Discount when spending over £150 GNR
£10 Discount on any Cot when spending over £150 M6C
£5 Discount on Maternity Wear M6M
Free Delivery M6F or SJ6 When spending over £50
£10 Discount on any Pushchair when spending over £125 M6P

Hope they help somone out!
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croup? [Dec. 1st, 2006|09:49 am]
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laurelei
Do any of you have any experience dealing with croup? Did you bring your child to the doctor, and if so, was it worth it? It's caused by a virus, so what I don't want is to drag him out into the cold and expose him to other viruses in the surgery, only to be told to go home and give him steam treatments, which I already know to do...

Advice? Thanks!
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quick advice needed... [Nov. 20th, 2006|09:31 am]
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laurelei
So, if your two year old had a temperature (39.7C at 5am Sunday, then roughly 38.5C the rest of the day) all day yesterday, and now has a temp of 37.8C, would you give him some Calpol and take him to his swimming lesson today?

See, when his temp is down, he's acting 100% fine. All the energy in the world. He's got a molar coming in, definitely, but would teething cause a temperature quite that high? We skipped last week's lesson so I'm loathe to bow out again, but on the other hand, I don't want to make him miserable by putting him into water if it'll be really uncomfortable for him, or expose him to other crap if his immunity is already down.

What's your gut instinct? (This is what I get for living 5,000 miles away from my family--no one local to bounce these things off of!)
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2006|04:12 pm]
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seren
Has anyone seen toddler sized earmuffs in any high street shops?
We're taking our 27 month old to a fireworks display on Friday night, and I *think* she'll be OK (she loved it last year, and while she's been a little frightened of the loud bangs this year so far, she does calm down when we tell her what they are, and has been enjoying making firework impressions) However I don't think it would hurt to get her a pair of cheap earmuffs to drown out the noise a little. We saw some in Tesco the other day but they weren't adjustable and were way too big for her.
I'm hoping Woolworths of H&M might have something??
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