Babble Band – the first wearable baby monitor!

Summer Infant created the Babble Band, the first wearable baby monitor. We were given one to review and have used it at both home and abroad.

BBReviewers: Bronwyn, Kieran and Georgia.

At first glance, the Babble Band is attractive and I was intrigued. I love how it has an adjustable wristband so both myself and my husband can wear it without it being too big or too tight.

The set up is pretty simple, You plug the base in to charge and place the wristband on top. Once fully charged it will last 8 hours which is great when you’re away and need to keep an ear on your little one before going to bed. I wouldn’t recommend using it overnight due to the shorter battery life.

There are 3 settings – audio, vibration and light mode (sound activated LED lights provide a visual cue when there is noise) which is great. It also lets you know if its out of range (this monitor has a range of up to 800 feet) or needs recharging.

I think it’s a great product and have actually started using it at home as im sick of having to unplug the monitor and move it when moving rooms. It was great when my little one was asleep and I needed to hang the washing up outside. I knew if she woke up the Babble Band would alert me.

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This product is great when you’re on holiday. Its light and small. One of the biggest Pro’s for me is that you don’t have to go to bed when your kids do.

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Pros:
–          Light
–          Compact
–          Wearable
–          3 monitoring modes
–          adjustable wristband

Cons:
–          Short battery life (upto 8 hours)

 

b.b4Retailing at £39.99 it is a great price for a great monitor.

You can get yours directly from Summer Infant or Boots

A year with Konfidence – they have swimming with babies, toddlers and older children covered!

We were lucky enough to be sent a Konfidence bundle towards the end of last year, here’s how we got on.

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Reviewers Mum Bronwyn and baby Georgia.

We used the Konfidence Babywarma Baby Swimsuit when Georgia went swimming for the first time. As first time parents we were nervous to put our 4 month old in the water and even though the pool was heated we wanted to make sure she didn’t get cold. The Babywarma is made of a high-grade soft neoprene with velcro at the top bottom and sides to ensure a snug fit. It was perfect and Georgia loved her first swim. These are available from £16.99 in a variety of colours.

When we got back from our holiday we had to keep up the swimming as Georgia just loved the water – Our local leisure centre has a teaching pool and they had an under 5’s swim which i thought i’d try. It was daunting thinking of how i was going to achieve this on my own but i packed the Babywarma and the Roll & Go Baby changing mat and we were off.

The changing mat is made of soft cushioned neoprene and had a non slip backing. I had to change her on the counter top so it was great that the mat didn’t slip and slide around. We’ve since taken up swimming lessons and the Roll & Go mat gets packed every week. At only £9.99 you really cant go wrong!

Georgia is now a year old and on our recent family holiday to the South of France she tried out the Floatsuit.  She still needs a bit of practise to get her balance wearing it unaided. Perhaps she’s a bit young so will give it another try on our next holiday when she’s a bit older.

The Floatsuit is on sale a the moment, get yours directly from Konfidence

They have a great range not only for babies but everyone in the family. From children and adult swim jackets, wetsuits and neoprene t-shirts to neoprene beach boots and UV hats. If you are planning a holiday near the beach or somewhere with a pool make sure you check out the Konfidence website before you go.

Looking forward to baby’s next year with Konfidence!

A travel cot for every occasion

We were lucky enough to be sent 3 travel cots to review. Here’s how they fared.

We were sent the Phil & Teds Traveller, the Nuna Sena Aire and the Baby Bjorn Travel Cot light. All 3 are brilliant products and all stand out in different situations.

PHIL AND TEDS TRAVELLER

The Phil & Teds Traveller is the smallest and most compact (weighing a total of 2.8kgs) making it great when travelling by plane as you can pack it in your luggage and not have it take up too much space. It can be used inside and outside (you can get a nifty shade mesh for £19.00) and doubles as a play pen for your little ones.  It comes with a fairly thin self-inflating mattress which wasn’t as good as the other two we reviewed, however with it being quite compact there was a benefit to it  . The assembly was easy enough once we got our heads around it (think smaller tent) and it felt sturdy. Coming in at £139.00, the Phil & Teds is good value for money. You can add fitted sheets from £19.00 for 2.

Available to purchase from Mothercare

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BABY BJORN TRAVEL COT LIGHT

The Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light comes in at 6kgs making it lightweight and portable. When you open the carry bag you are able to lift the travel cot up and set it up in one movement. We used this on a recent weekend away – it was perfect. Small enough to not take up too much room in the car and sturdy and comfortable enough for our baby to have a good nights sleep. The mattress folds in half and sits around the frame fitting nicely into the carry bag. The mattress cover and travel cot fabric are washable too. At around the £200 mark, this is at the higher end for a travel cot but it is a good quality and will last. A fitted sheet is available to buy separately for £21.99.

We found it at John Lewis for £199.99.

NUNA SENA AIRE 

The Sena Aire weighs 10kgs and is quite large so I would recommend this product for grand parents houses / holiday homes. It is portable but you will struggle getting it in the car / on the plane with all your other baby bits. The Aire delivers maximum air flow. Its easy and breezy and its all machine washable. The set up is easy and it folds with 1 hand. What we liked was the upper cot level, so it’s perfect from birth. Its also the only travel cot with an upper cot that folds with the frame. At £180.00 it is a mid range travel cot but does include a travel bag and organic cotton sheet as standard.

Available to purchase directly from Nuna.

As you can see, each of the above travel cots have their own pro’s and con’s. If I had to choose one, I would go for the Phil & Teds Traveller as I can use it at at the grandparents, when we go away for the weekend and even when we’re flying somewhere.

ergoPouch REVIEW – The award-winning sleep suit bag

A sleep suit that easily converts into legs making the transition from cot to pram or car very easy. Designed in Australia using natural fibres that are soft and breathable and less likely to aggravate itchy skins. They are tog rated to measure thermal resistance for different seasons. We were given a Spring/Autumn Sleep Suit bag (1.0 Tog) to try out.

Reviewers: Bronwyn and Georgia.

Here’s how mum Bronwyn and baby Georgia got on:

Georgia has been sleeping in her Sleep Suit for about 2 months and is loving it. She had been using a sleeping bag as opposed to a blanket for a while now but she seemed to be getting frustrated and tangled up as she is a little wriggler. The fact that this sleep suit can be converted into legs was very intriguing to me and I did this on night one. We’ve never looked back. I love that it gives my baby a good night’s sleep.
The ergoPouch Sleep Suit is high a quality product and I could feel the difference to other sleep suits the moment I took it out of the packaging. I knew that Georgia would be comfortable – and it washes well too! We have an 8-24-month size and I am confident it will last until she is at least 2 years old!

Pros:
– High Quality Material (Eco Friendly)
– Washes Well
– Easy Access for nappy changes
– Use in Car Seat / pram (with harness) and easy transition into the cot.

Cons:
– The Price is higher than most sleeping bags but I feel it is well worth it because of the quality.

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ergoPouch is an Award-Winning sleeping bag made from breathable fibres which keep your little ones body temperature constant. It is a safe way for to keep your baby warm without the need for blankets and perfect from birth. It makes nappy changes easy and is safe for use in the car seat / pram too.

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ergoPouch is now available in John Lewis and the price ranges from £49.99 and £59.99.

 

Mountain Buggy Nano review – for parents who want to live life with no limits

Mountain Buggy is a brand with a reputation – wanting to create a buggy suitable for all terrain, they have been developing and innovating for over 20 years a range of products that match the needs of active parents.

Reviewers: Alex, Fay and Leo

We were asked to try out the Mountain Buggy Nano – their travellers buggy of choice – see how Alex, Fay and Leo fared on their recent holiday to Portugal.

Over the course of a week we really tested the buggy’s build quality on different terrains. I honestly expected the wheels to give way at some point as we took many off-road walks over hard bumpy surfaces. To my surprise the buggy excelled on all conditions with no signs of damage.

We had a day of rain while we were away and the rain cover worked well to protect Leo. We actually doubled up and used the rain cover on the beach to shield from the blowing sand as it was quite windy which worked pretty well.

 

Initially it did take some time for us to work out how to assemble the buggy and use the folding mechanism.  But after a few attempts it became second nature.

There is an option to attach a car seat to the buggy which makes life a lot easier when you have a sleeping baby that you don’t want to disturb. Again, it took some time to work out how to properly attach the car seat and it did prove to be a bit fiddly as you have to manually loop two long elastic straps around a toggle.

 

Our day to day buggy is not travel friendly at all, so I was keen to try something that was easy to use and comfortable for my baby. The Nano certainly delivered on that, Leo never seemed unhappy in the Nano and would often sleep in it too.

 

We stayed in a hotel that unfortunately had lots of stairs and a lack of lifts – to reach the hotel restaurant we had to tackle 2 sets of 30-plus stairs.  Fortunately for us the Nano was lightweight and made the stairs a small inconvenience instead of a big problem.  I even managed to navigate easily down some steep stairs that led down from a cliff to the beach.

Whilst it I wouldn’t say the buggy is the most aesthetically pleasing on the market, it’s design is still rather pleasant. For a premium priced product though I would hope for a little more on that front.


I am really impressed with how much the product is suited to travelling with a baby. When you’re not using it, it folds away into a small light space much like a camping chair. It’s a clever design and saves a lot of space. The fact you can also use your car seat on the buggy was a huge plus when transferring from taxi to airport etc.

The storage space underneath the seat was a welcome bonus as it is large enough to store our large changing bag and towels and this proved invaluable for long walks to the beach.

Pros:

  • Folding mechanism
  • Robustness
  • Adaptability
  • Lightweight
  • Storage space

Cons:

  • Car seat attachment is a little fiddly

 

Rating

Functionality / usability – 9

Aesthetics and design – 8

Value for money –  7

Quality – 9

Innovativeness – 7

 

 The mountain buggy Nano retails at £249.00

Along with their other brands Phil & Ted’s and Mokopuna Merino, Mountain Buggy really focus on allowing parents to live life with no limits. Specialists in travelling with kids in tow, they have been innovators of design since 1992 – all stemming from a father and his dream to tackle the terrains of New Zealand with his baby

 

You can have a look on their website here: The mountain buggy Nano

Nurture One nesting cushion review – Independent baby sleeping anywhere

South African based nurtureOne developed their pillow in order to help parents provide a secure, peaceful, resting environment for their little one. Ahead of its launch in the UK, we were asked to give our thoughts on the product, having had one since Georgia’s early days here, 10 months ago.

Reviewers: Kieran, Bronwyn and Georgia.

The nurtureOne pillow is a brilliant quality product. It washes well and is made from very high quality fabric and can be folded / rolled up so no problems taking it away with us (which we did quite a bit).

Essentially it is a pillow, so there’s no confusion on how to get the best use out of it. We’ve had Georgia sleeping in her crib, in the bed, on the sofa and even in our laps – all the while feeling comfortable and confident she was safe and secure.

 

We started using the pillow when Georgia was about a week old and wouldn’t sleep – and if she did she had to sleep on us. I remembered the nurtureOne had been bought as a present by my step-mother so thought I’d give it a go – and amazingly she started sleeping on the pillow, not us!

From then, I would use the pillow in her crib, and if I had her sleeping in the bed with me. I felt confident she was safe and that this was one less thing I would have to worry about. It is also great for feeding – we would feed her whilst she lay on the pillow, meaning if she fell asleep on the bottle, transferring her to her crib would mean she wasn’t disturbed.

We travelled to France when she was just 3 weeks old, and I wasn’t going without this pillow. It rolled up quite compact and was a godsend on our holiday. She slept just as she would at home, and I am convinced this was because she felt content in her pillow. We travelled to South Africa 4 months later and it worked this time round too. It didn’t matter where we were, or which cot / bed she was sleeping in, it was just like being at home in her crib.

The biggest benefits we found was that she started sleeping a little more independently – this gave me a break, and a chance to get a few hours of sleep too. It makes travelling easier, washes well and dries very quickly – often I would run it through the machine in the morning, and it would be dry and ready come night time. The cost is £90, but if I had to do it again, I would pay that instantly. My husband has bought the pillow as a gift for 2 of his expectant friends, and would say it is the best gift he can give a new parent – the gift of sleep!

We stopped using it when she grew out of it at about 8 months, but by then she had a strong sleeping routine and so there didn’t seem to be any issue.

 

Pros:

  • Provides a comfortable cacoon like place for baby to sleep
  • Easy to transport so your baby doesn’t realise she’s sleeping in a different environment
  • Washes Well
  • Easy to transfer baby from cuddling to cot – this is supposed to be brilliant for breast feeding babies but I didn’t breast feed so wasn’t able to comment on this.

Cons:

  • Price, retailing at £90 for a pillow can be considered on the more expensive side.

 

Rating

Functionality / usability – 10

Aesthetics and design – 10

Value for money –  7

Quality – 9

Innovativeness – 7

 

The nurtureOne cushion retails at £90

Designed and developed in South Africa by Jenny Spiro and Esther Nieder-Heitmann, the nurtureOne pillow is said to be an ideal sensory environment for your baby, allowing for a smooth transition from feeding to crib, regulating body temperature and sustaining good sleeping patterns

You can have a look on their website here: nurtureOne

 

Sleepyhead review – Not just a bed but a multifunctional pod for babies and toddlers

Described as the ultimate pod for your little one, the Sleepyhead provides a safe space for your baby to sleep, rest, play and more. Designed in Sweden using breathable, washable and hypoallergenic materials, the Sleepyhead is lightweight and portable meaning easy travels whether its room to room, or on holiday.

It’s not just a bed, it can be used for tummy time and generally lounging around. Designed for home use and travel it is lightweight and portable – for using in baby’s crib, bed sharing, cot or even when toddler is moving to a bed for an extra snuggle…

We were lucky enough to be given a Sleepyhead to review – Thank you Sleepyhead!

Baby Leo has been in his pod for 3 months now so we asked Mum and Dad, Fay and Alex, how they (and Leo) have found the Sleepyhead.

Being brand new parents, with a product like this our number one concern was always going to be the safety of our baby. After reading numerous reviews online we couldn’t find a negative comment which immediately put us at ease. As soon as we got the real life version you could tell straight away just from feeling the Sleepyhead that it is a quality product. Having seen similar, cheaper products during our research, a big worry was the quality of the cloth used – but there were no concerns with the Sleepyhead’s breathable material.

It can take quite a while to get Leo off to sleep at the best of times and we weren’t sure if he would take to the sleepyhead at all – but to our surprise he settled straight away! Before, we would tend to hold him until he starts to drift off to sleep and then place him in his cot – quite often this wouldn’t go to plan and we’d have to repeat the whole process two even three times – but Leo settled at the first time of asking using the sleepyhead.

Although the design is very simple we were amazed how comfortable our baby looked. It was a snug fit for Leo with the raised outer edge of the sleepyhead essentially ‘holding’ him as he slept. He certainly looked secure and happy. We tucked a blanket underneath one edge of the sleepyhead and after placing Leo in we would simply wrap and tuck the blanket over the other side, the whole process takes seconds, no stress involved.

It’s a very lightweight product so no matter where in the house Leo is, it’s no hassle to take it to him. We also took it on a recent holiday with us and really liked how easy it was to transport – takes up little room, meaning we were reassured hat Leo would have a safe place to sleep on our trip.

The Sleepyhead is a well made, high quality product – simple in design and the stitching looks faultless. Its also a quick and easy process to remove the cover for washing. the foot of the Sleepyhead can be opened or closed depending on the size of your baby/toddler and what you are using it for.

Leo had the Sleepyhead deluxe and baby Georgia lucked out with the Sleepyhead Grande so she has a couple more years of use yet! Yay!!

The Sleepyhead retails between £120 and £200 and so isn’t doesn’t seem cheap but it gets amazing reviews. John Lewis stock it along with the Sleepyhead mobile toy arch (arch is exclusive to JL)

Pros:
• Versatility
• Lightweight
• Comfort
• Cover is machine washable
• Feels like a quality product, no sign of wear or tear at all after many uses.

Cons:
• Price could be lower

Rating
Functionality / usability – 10
Aesthetics and design – 8
Value for money – 8
Quality – 10
Innovativeness – 9

Designed and developed in Sweden by mother of 2 Lisa Furuland, who after searching for an alternative to the blanket, cot and baby loungers looked to come up with a more snug and versatile option to those already in the market. The Sleepyhead range consists of the Deluxe (0-8 months) and the Grand (9-36 months) both available either online or through a number of worldwide retailers http://www.sleepyheadofsweden.com