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Dreambaby Appliance Latches

We live in a 2 bedroom apartment. With 2 kids. Sigh. Needless to say, there is no separate play room, or rec room or anything of the sort. There is the living room. which also houses the abundance of  toys we happen to own because Grandma keeps spoiling the kids.

Our TV unit has 2 drawers. The bottom one stores all of our random cords and chargers. The top one all of the Wii and PlayStation controllers.

Daniel is particularly interested in controllers. He loves to open the drawers and push buttons and chew on all of the controllers. Those drawers are like 2 little chests of treasure in the world of Daniel.

He also enjoys opening in and shutting the drawers. Half of the time with his fingers still in them. Screams ensue, followed by cuddles from Mom, and then he’s straight back to those darn drawers.

I couldn’t get the Dreambaby Safety Latches, because with those, you can still open the drawer far enough to stick your fingers in (to undo the latch). And that is plenty far enough for tiny Daniel fingers to get shut in there. Sigh.

Instead, I got the dreambaby Appliance Latches. I put them on the drawers after Daniel went to bed, and viola! Bubba proof drawers.

Or not.

They worked for one day. Daniel tried opening the drawers just once and then moved on to something else.

Today, he wasn’t so distracted. He wanted to chew on those remotes. It took him all of 2 seconds to work out how to pull the velcro off and get into the drawers. Sigh.

Did I mention he’s only 9 months old?

The back of the package tells me: “There is no substitute for proper adult supervision. This product is only a deterrent. Discontinue use when child is able to open it.” Gee, thanks.

I suppose if I were to use this on the fridge or something, out of tiny hand reach, it would work fine. But it does say on the package that it is suitable for cabinets.

PROS:

-Would work well on refrigerators if put high enough

CONS:

-Even a baby can easily work out how to undo the velcro

-Fairly expensive ($14.95 AUD) for a bit of velcro with a sticky backing

-Velcro is not very high strength

I was actually looking for Dreambaby Angle Locks  when I bought my appliance latches, but I couldn’t find any. I guess I’ll just have to continue my search. Sigh.

Cheeky boy eating the wii controller

Dirt Devil Upright Vacuum Cleaner

When we lived with Grandma, she had this atrocious vacuum that had a canister, a long hose, and then a head on the end of the hose. Not a power head, just a head that sucked. It didn’t work very well, was very hard to push, and I had to push and pull with all my might just to give the carpet a half decent clean.

I wanted a new vacuum. Aaron wasn’t so sure, so I set about trying to find a decently priced vacuum with a power head (you know, the kind that has brushes that spin around at a very fast pace to get all the crap out of your carpet). After much searching, I found the Dirt Devil 1800w upright vacuum at Bunnings.

It looked pretty good, so I bought it.

It cleans the carpets quite well. It’s fairly easy to push (though not nearly as easy as the self propelled vacuums, but we don’t seem to have those over here). But  oh my gosh, is it annoying!

First there’s the handle. Maybe our particular vacuum is missing a part or something (though not that I can see), because the darn handle is not actually attached to the vacuum. It’s just shoved in the top of the vacuum. That’s fine for the actual vacuuming process, but when I need to say, move it over the bottom rail of the baby gate, things get a little ugly. The first time I picked it up by the handle,  the entire vacuum part fell off and hit me in the toe. Sigh. I should have learned my lesson then, but I forget and it happens all the time. Well, sometimes.

To get the body of the vacuum to go past 90 degrees to the head (i.e. so you can actually use the vacuum), you just have to push on the head with your foot while pulling the body of the vacuum down. Sometimes it works straight away. Other times, I have to stand on the head of the vacuum cleaner, facing the body, and push it with everything I’ve got. Over and over again, until it finally comes free.

Then there’s the noise. Oh my gosh, the NOISE! I have to vacuum while Grandma is over to watch the kids so that they can all hide in a bedroom while I vacuum the rest of the house. It’s so loud my ears buzz for ages when I’m finished. I’m kind of scared I’m going to go deaf because of the stupid vacuum cleaner. I’m sure the entire neighbourhood knows when I’m doing the vacuuming.

PROS:

-Cleans carpets well

-Comes with pet hair tool, which works quite well when used properly

-HEPA filtration

-Comes with crevice tool

CONS:

-Handle comes off and vacuum falls on your feet

-VERY loud when in use

-Head does not easily go from storing position to vacuuming position

Or you could just buy a different vacuum…

 

Superfoods for kidz – vital veggie powder

Hannah is a really fussy eater. She won’t eat meat and half the time she won’t eat vegetables either. Sometimes she scarfs them down, others she won’t touch them. I don’t want her to be malnourished, so just to be safe, I bought some Superfoods for Kidz Vital Veggie Powder.

I was pretty sceptical of her actually drinking it in her juice, but she loved it. I use half the amount the jar says because she does eat vegetables sometimes.  I fill her little juice bottle with a lid half with water, add the veggie powder (I use a funnel to make it easier), and shake. The powder doesn’t really stir in well at all, but it will mix in if you shake it instead. Next I add some juice (apple, grape, whatever I have on hand), shake again, and it’s ready to go. If you give toddlers juice, diluted is best.

You can use the veggie powder in cooking, but I never have. Too much effort I think, when I can just stick it in her “juice in the morning” (as she calls it).

PROS:

-No added sugar (which is a serious problem for a lot of products these days!)

-You know your child is getting nutrients

-There is nothing artificial, just fruit and veg powder

-3 grams of powder = 21 grams of the fresh ingredients

-Easy to use

-Lasts a long time (if using 1tsp per day, there are 100 serves in a jar, so it lasts over 3 months)

-Relatively inexpensive at 40 cents per serve (when using 1tsp per day)

CONS:

-I couldn’t find how many servings of fruit and veg are in each teaspoon of powder. It would be nice if it told us “5 serving of vegetables” or something like that (note I made that number up for illustration purposes, I have no idea how many servings are in each teaspoon)

-You may get complacent, knowing your child is getting nutrients from the powder and then stop actually offering them vegetables on their plate.

-Separates from juice if not drunk straight away

*Note, I did not receive any money, or product for this review. I buy Vital Veggie Powder because I like it and I use it every day (well, I give it to Hannah).