Beaba Babycook Duo Gypsy was a bad buy and I would avoid wasting your money on an expensive product (£169.99), which does not do what it says.
What made it worse was, the company's attitude to my complaint. Beaba was incredibly patronising, high-handed and basically rude.
They made out that my daughter (for whom I'd bought the machine) and myself, did not know how to use it (even though I told them we had followed the instructions) and kept copying and pasting their sales blurb back at me.
It was bought to help prepare meals for weaning, but the food kept sticking to the sides of the pots after steaming and had to be opened and rearranged many times. So, it was back to the good old conventional methods!
Thank goodness for the site where I bought it.
thekiddiestore.co.uk instantly understood and told me to return it and gave me a refund.
Well done and thank you, great customer service.
I will use thekiddiestore.co.uk again, as that's what happens when you get it right!
The way she has got these 3 babies and her toddler to be such smiling, contented little people, is a wonder.
It might be worth noting that, every time she looks, speaks or communicates with them at all, she always has a smile and has nice words for them; yet at the same time is firm within her boundaries. She has no time for nonsense and they don't crave it: after all, they have themselves to occupy each other!
Now, whether this is because she has not had the time to over-indulge and worry about the trivial things, I'm not sure.
Maybe, if we all were too busy to worry about what the baby was thinking and just got on with what the baby needed, then maybe there would be less spoilt and more contented little people out there.
I was once told that, "All you can do for a baby is to love it, feed it, clothe and protect it". Maybe there's some truth in that!
When I was about 3 or 4 years old, my aunt asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up.
I answered; "Oh that's easy, I'm going to have a hundred babies."
When my aunt then said that it sounded like a lot of hard work, I replied, "Oh no it won't be." "I'll have half down one side and half down the other."
I would now like to say that my ambition is still the same; however, my techniques have slightly changed and my work is getting me closer to my aim!
My 4 grown up children are doing very well and I now have 6 Grandchildren. 3 boys and 3 girls. The eldest being a boy and then his sister; then a girl followed after 8 months with triplets! Yes, a hard act to follow with lots of hard work, laughter and joy.
My methods for looking after a newborn are both practical and kind. I try to listen to the baby and fall in with his/her rhythm, rather than forcing them.
Getting baby into a schedule is the aim, but in a kind way which will be of less distress to both mum and baby.