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The Cot Bed 2005/05/09

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We couldn’t see a good cot or cot bed in the shops or at the Mother and baby show, so I searched around on-line and found a real bargain on eBay.

It was actually from a great company in Birmingham, called ‘Just Kidding’ (just-kidding.com). I went for the Victoria cot bed (a name used by well-known brands) — the instructions say ‘Victoria/ Elizabeth cot bed’, but I reckon that just means the instructions are for both the Elizabeth and the Victoria, rather than the cot bed being known as Victoria/ Elizabeth!

I paid just £139.99 in total — and that included delivery and packing as well as the mattress (most cots and cot beds exclude the mattress). That’s a real bargain, and I am very pleased indeed… (thanks to “The_pro_trader” and eBay).

Once again the couriers delivered it without fuss (and within a few days of ordering), and Dave said it only needed the supplied zig-zag Allan key to put it together.

Having said that, Dave already had a correct size of Allan key — but he had sawn off the L-shaped end to leave a straight hex bar. This is what he used to assemble the cot bed in minutes — he simply attached this hex bar into his cordless drill (instead of a drill bit or screw-driver attachment), and pressed the trigger to speed up the whole process! saves all the hand-turning nonsense! Brilliant!

We set the bed base and mattress at the highest position, and it’s great not to have to bend down far. Olivia took to it immediately. Her wee room is now a ‘proper’ nursery at last!

I will take the old pram we got from Dave’s sister Peg to the Charity shop tomorrow.

Baby Einstein Language Nursery 2005/05/02

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Today we received delivery of our Baby Einstein (Walt Disney) DVDs all the way from China!

[Picture of Our Chinese Baby Einstein Santa Boxed Set]

The boxed set contained 15 DVDs and only cost a total of £15.00 — including postage and packaging all the way from from China! At the Baby Einstein website each individual DVD retails at $19.99 — which is more or less £10.00 per DVD —  meaning we would have paid at least £150, not to mention postage and packing from the USA! We think a 90% discount is a very good deal, so thanks China — and eBay again!  Here's the list of discs:

  • Baby Noah (Animal Expedition)
  • Baby Neptune (Discovering Water)
  • Baby Newton (Discovering Shapes)
  • Baby Van Gogh (World of Colour)
  • Baby da Vinci (From Head to Toe)
  • Baby Beethoven (Symphony of Fun)
  • Baby Bach (Musical Adventure)
  • Baby Mozart (Music Festival)
  • Baby Shakespeare (World of Poetry)
  • Baby McDonald (A day on the Farm)
  • Baby Galileo (Discovering the Sky)
  • Numbers Nursery
  • Neighborhood Animal
  • World Animals
  • Language Nursery

The important thing is that Olivia loves the DVDs, her favourite at the moment seems to be the Beethoven one, although we haven't worked our way through them all yet.  She really does seem mesmerised by them — we find that it keeps her concentrating and interested for the length of the DVD… giving us time to get on with other things!

It's kind-of Sesame-Streety, but (thankfully) not very US American… it defeats the educational purpose if we have to correct the spelling and pronounciations!