Summer Infant Pop N Jump – baby jumping fun even in the sun! (review and your chance to win one too!)

Summer Infant’s Pop N Jump is a lightweight baby jumper, designed for use around the home or on-thego. It comes fully assembled and pops up in seconds. It has 3-levels of height adjustment, interactive toys and a compact travel bag with shoulder strap.

We were sent one for jumping extraordinaire Georgia to try out – and this is how it fared

Reviewers: Kieran Hufford and Georgia (8 months)

We bought Georgia a bouncer last year and to say she loves it is an understatement – however the downside of it is it’s quite a large piece of kit and difficult to take anywhere beyond the living room, let alone further afield. I was intrigued by the Summer Infant Pop N Jump and interested to see how it compared as a portable product to the more rigid frame of Georgia’s current jumper.

Right from the beginning I was impressed with its design – good quality, looks durable and a sturdy structure. It’s a little smaller than the one we have already and this limits the amount of interactive toys attached – however it still does an excellent job of keeping the little one entertained.

Where the Pop N Jump excels is its compact design, and how easy it is to set up. It literally ‘Pops’ up and you are ready to go. It replaces overhanging toys with a detachable sun shade – this is a  great addition for outside in the garden, park, beach etc. The fact it can be put up or taken down in seconds has meant it has now replaced Georgia’s original jumper – allowing us to take back a little more of our living room space! It comes in a compact carry bag too, so I have no issue with it joining us on trips away.

The Pop N Jump doesn’t have as much spring to it as the bigger jumper, so it’s fair to say that when Georgia gets going she’s not as ‘all over the place’, maybe limiting her excitement a touch – however the trade-off is minimal, and the Pop N Jump still brings that smile out in abundance.

Overall, the Pop N Jump is a lovely product, made great by its design. If you have the space, don’t want to take it anywhere and willing to pay a little more then there may be better options available – however those are 3 pretty major factors to consider and so for me the Pop N Jump is far more suitable to our needs.  Even though it’s marketed as a travel product, I think it definitely holds its own as a product of its category – the jumper.

Pros:

  • Versatility
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy
  • Comfort
  • Jumping seat is machine washable
  • Size

Cons:

  • Toys are fairly basic – you can attach your own
  • Not quite as springy as our static version – but it has replaced it!

– Functionality / usability – 10

– Aesthetics and design – 9

– Value for money –  8

– Quality – 8

– Innovativeness – 8

The Pop n Jump retails at around £69.99

For your chance to win one just visit the Holiday Tots Competition page – competition opens on Tuesday 4th April and ends midnight Tuesday 18th April.

For more information and where to purchase the Summer Infant Pop n Jump visit their website.

 

The Pop n Jump is the invention of  William Lockett III who was looking for a  safe place to place his baby girl Summer while his hands were busy elsewhere.

The Summer Infant brand is dedicated to developing the safest and most innovative products that stand the test of time.  They work closely with professionals including paediatricians, child development experts, and lactation consultants to ensure that they their prodcuts are safe and beneficial to the development of your child.

The Pop N Jump is one of three baby products in the Summer Infant Pop range. They also have a handy Pop N Sit Booster Seat and the Pop N Play Play Pen.

 

SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe – the baby sun-shade and portable blackout blind – our review

Snoozeshade is a baby sun-shade or portable blackout blind, ideal for travel and when you are out and about. It has been designed to protect babies and toddlers (ideally from six months plus) from sun, wind and insects.

We were sent the Snoozeshade Plus Deluxe to review for baby Georgia who was six months old on her trip to South Africa with her parents. Here’s what mum Bronwyn thought of it…

I was pleasantly surprised with the Snoozeshade, it is made of a high-quality material. It is very well made and fits on most strollers/push chairs.

We went to South Africa in the height of their summer and so it was very sunny! We did a lot of walking and the SnoozeShade offered great protection for our little one from the sun. It fastens around the frame of your pushchair with poppers that are very good quality (didn’t pop open once). It also has a mesh ‘window’ which zips open so little ones can see out.

It is a must-have for summer holidays if you’re going to be outdoors. It completely covers the baby but can have the front portion opened if needed. It doubles as a mosquito net too. A bonus!

We used the SnoozeShade from day one of our holiday, it was perfect when we wanted to let Georgia have a nap in the garden. We put her in the pushchair and zipped up. It was lovely and cool and she was protected from the sun. It was very easy to attach and remove from the pushchair too. Our pushchair was a foldup style and we were still able to do this with the SnoozeShade attached.

I loved that I could keep it on my pushchair all the time, even if it wasn’t sunny (just zipped open the window). If Georgia fell asleep whilst in her pushchair, I could zip it up and it created a cool, shaded place for her to sleep.

The SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe is a little bit genius! I love it! Bring on the sun!

Pros –   Small and easy to pack (i kept mine on my pushchair)

Doubles as a muzzy net/cover

Mesh window is a great feature

Easy to attach/detach

Cons –  None!

– Functionality / usability – 10

– Aesthetics and design -10

– Value for money –  9 –

At GBP34.99 this is one of the more expensive shade covers on the market but it is well worth paying for. There are also cheaper versions in the SnoozeShade range starting from £19.99, same quality, just with less features.  I would pay full price for this product.

– Quality – 10

– Innovativeness – 10

SnoozeShade was created by mum Cara. It all began when Cara had her daughter- she was looking for a baby sun shade to help her sleep when out and about. The ones on the market at the time were either fiddly parasols (we know how annoying they can be), or were just a bit too bulky to carry around. Cara wanted something that was safer than a blanket, less fiddly than a parasol, kept insects out, was portable, and helped her daughter sleep through distractions and so Snoozeshade was born!

The SnoozeShade range has grown since then with shades for prams and pushchairs, infant car seats and for travel cots and cots. There are products for both stages of your baby’s life Stage 1 for babies 0-9 months and stage 2 for babies 9 months+

You can view the whole SnoozeShade range here:

 

We put the Mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat to the test…

On holiday we take our own car seat, it is a full, high-back side-impact car seat designed for kids ages 4 to 11. The advantage is that it is with us wherever we go, with peace of mind as we know it is comfortable and safe. There are however times when this just isn’t practical (we are often negotiating our luggage with car seat stacked on top!) and so when I heard about the Mifold Grab-and-Go Car Seat I was intrigued to try it out. We were lucky enough to be sent one to review for use with Freddie who is 7…

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The Mifold is described as the ‘Grab-and-Go Booster seat, and it certainly lives up to its name. Its designers say that the Mifold “is the first real innovation in child car booster seats in over 50 years” – we have tested a few in our time, like the BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat with positivity and there are others on the market that claim to be good for travel like the Trunki BoostApak. So how does the Mifold stand up to the test?

When I first received the Mifold I instantly questioned its safety as it is soooo small! On opening it felt well made and I liked the bag it came with too. I took it along to school pickup to see what other parents thought and they unanimously had the same safety concerns, especially with all the new regulations surrounding child seats. I was intrigued to find out more.

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The Mifold is thin, compact and robust, maybe calling it a ‘booster seat’ isn’t quite the right term to use. A ‘booster seat’ is generally designed to lift a child, whether it be at a table for dinner, at a cinema or in the car to be in the correct line for a seatbelt fitting. The Mifold is designed to do the opposite – instead of lifting a child up it lowers the seat belt down to the correct shoulder height.

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Normal booster

 

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Mifold

It is 10X smaller than a regular car booster seat too and is ideal for travel as it can be easily popped into a bag or backpack. It is well made and sturdy, designed for kids from 4-12 years old. Our first outing was to Kew Gardens with friends, there were three children ages 5 and two 7 year olds to fit into the back. We usually have trouble squashing the car seats in with them a little wonky and probably not the safest positions! The Mifold fitted nicely between the two seats and it was easy to fit. The Mifold is a great choice for three in a row…

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Freddie wasn’t too impressed initially with the seat for comfort to sit on (he is occasionally a bit of a diva!)  but he did say the actual seat belt fitting was really comfortable and sat nicely on his shoulder. On our next trip we popped a small cushion and this made him happy. Since then we have ditched the cushion idea as it defeats the object of having a true ‘Grab-and-Go’ style seat and our fussy little prince is used to it now!

I can see the Mifold being a brilliant choice for a spare quick seat, for school runs, family holidays, travelling, great size for grand-parents cars, adhoc pick ups and a brilliant space saver for three in a row. It is so small and compact it would be great for hopping around in a taxi too.

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Freddie is 7 now and most of his friends have moved on from the high back seat, I know we shouldn’t give in to peer pressure but the Mifold means he can feel more grown up and we can avoid some awkward moments. I still like the full back seats with side panels and for extra long journeys we still have it in our car. However the Mifold is now in my little run-around car and I feel safe in the knowledge that the seat belt is at the right height. I think we will be tempted to ditch our large cumbersome child seat on future holidays too. I am converting 🙂

Safety was my only concern but it has been designed to conform to EU regulations and beyond US regulations and I do really like the seat belt positioning. I like the way it is held in position close to the shoulder and around the lap and not across the tummy area.

You can see from the image that the seatbelt are held in place neatly

You can see from the image that the seatbelts are held in place neatly

 

 

The Mifold has been well designed with a choice of funky colours. The seat pad has been designed by car industry experts and it is robust with a strong metal chassis made from aircraft aluminium. So it looks like it is a product to last.

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All in all we think the Mifold is easy to use, fully adjustable and totally portable and gets a big thumbs up from us. It is a fab choice for a travel booster style car seat for children old enough and even fits in  a handbag. For more information, you can visit the Mifold website here:

http://www.mifold.com

http://www.mifold.com/faq/

The Mifold is available from many retailers in the UK including John Lewis and Amazon @ £49.95 and the carry bag is around £15. The bag is a good idea if you want to attach it to the outside of a rucksack etc.

The Mifold is great alternative to a car booster seat and we think every family with kids should have one!

 

Babyzen Yoyo+ pushchair review – Baby’s very own stylish travel system is just a delight for travel and city fun.

The BabyZen Yoyo+ is a multi-award winning pushchair that ‘converts in a flash into hand luggage dimensions’. Ideal from birth it comes in a variety of colours and weighs between 6.2 and 6.6kg, depending on the version.


For babies from birth Babyzen Yoyo+ comes with a flat carry cot with a 3-point harness and lies parent facing. Moving to 6 months using the same frame the fabrics are swapped and baby then faces the world. The backrest can be reclined to 145 degrees and has a 5-point harness.

The Babyzen Yoyo+ also has car seat adapters, a shopping basket and storage pouch and boasts an ultra-padded seat, 4-wheel suspension, canopies for solar protection and rain covers.

Could this be the best travel all-round pushchair on the market?

At the end of 2016 we were fortunate to be given a Babyzen Yoyo+ to review. We sent it off with the Hufford family to South Africa and here is how it faired…

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Reviewer: Bronwyn Hufford WITH baby Georgia #HolidayTotsandGeorgia

The Babyzen Yoyo+ is in my opinion, a really good quality product. After three weeks of travelling, three flights, different terrains – it is still like new and even withstood a red wine spill, with the wine just running off due to the coating.

We found it extremely easy to use. It does what it says on the box and after travelling with my normal pram/travel system – this was a godsend. It folds up small enough to fit in the overhead locker which was amazing as you knew the baggage handlers weren’t going to damage it and we could put our baby in it whilst still on board, making it a quick and easy exit.

The 5-point harness is easy to use even while Georgia slept. If you need to recline the seat, you just loosen the strap at the back, and you tighten it to bring the seat back up. It comes with most well-known brand car seat adapters which is great (we did not have an opportunity to use these). It is also machine washable which is great of anything associated with a baby!

As a compact pushchair, the Babyzen Yoyo+ is amazing. It is small, compact and easy to use. We loved it whilst out and about too, on and off planes and our family were extremely impressed with it.

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The fact that we could take it on board for us was amazing, as not only could we put Georgia in it before leaving the aircraft, but we also knew no one was going to damage it. It is so easy to push and is extremely light even with baby in it. Pushing her around the airport was simple and whilst away in South Africa she even joined us on a 4-hour shopping spree a few days before Christmas. The shops were chaotic but having the Yoyo meant she was easy to manoeuvre and she was more than happy to look out at the world for hours on end – which means it must be comfy too! We did use the parasol when out and about in the sun but it was a little fiddly and tricky as you had to keep moving/bending it whilst out walking.

I love how compact this pushchair is. It is easy to push and small! Just what you need when travelling. The canopy is large which is great in the sun and when baby is sleeping. The peephole is uncovered which was a bit of a pain in the sunshine, but not a major issue as ! just put a muslin over it.

Pros:

  • Compact (First stroller that is fully compliant with IATA guidelines for cabin baggage dimensions)
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Machine Washable
  • Stylish

Cons:

  • Hard to find anything bad to say really! Not really built for rougher terrain but that’s not really what is for! If you are looking for an all-terrain pushchair they also have the Zen
  • Uncovered peephole on canopy often left sun shine onto my baby’s face and head.

Rating:

Functionality / usability – 10/10 

Aesthetics and design –10/10

Value for money –  8/10 – At approx GBP370 this is a more expensive pushchair but I feel worth the money.

Quality – 10/10

Innovativeness – 10/10

The Babyzen Yoyo+ was developed in France by five forward thinking French men who thought that families needed a more stylish travel Pishchair on the market to choose from. They also have the all-terrain Zen and a good selection of accessories for both pushchairs: footmuff in a variety of colours to go with the style of stroller you choose, car seat adapters, Parasol, Magic Stroller Bag, Babyzen cup holder, Babyzen mosquito nets and Yoyo+ travel bag.

For more details and where to buy, visit their website http://www.babyzen.com/en/

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Cozyosko Multifunction Footmuff review – and your chance to win one too!

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The Cozyosko Multifunction Footmuff converts from a cosytoes pushchair/pram cover to play rug, car seat wrap, blanket, changing mat and even a pillow. It is suitable for any five-point harness buggy or seat and is generally sized for ages 0-3 years. It is machine washable, made of anti-pill polar fleece and is warm and cozy.  We asked our reviewer, mum Bronwyn to check it out with baby Georgia…

Quality

The product is of great quality and washes really well. It also dries quite quickly which is great because I would be lost without it on our walks.

Ease of use

The product is very easy to use, it fits in any 5-point harness pram and you just buckle the baby up, cover with Cozyosko and zip up the front. There is an extra pouch over the feet area which keeps Georgia extra warm.

What is it?

It is basically a blanket that you can use to keep your babies (up to 3 years old) snug in their pram whilst being securely fastened. It also opens up into a square play mat whilst out and about.

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 I received the Cozyosko just before the winter. After an amazing summer, the drop in temperature was a total shock to the system and as a new mum (Georgia was only 2-3 months old) I had no idea what to buy to keep her warm. This product was an absolute lifesaver when we went out for our walks. I didn’t feel I needed to layer her up which was great when we got to my local coffee shop as I didn’t need to undress her and pile on the layers again before we left. The Cozyosko is warm and a product I would highly recommend.

It is very easy to use and keeps my baby nice and warm in the horrible cold months. She falls asleep very quickly. We often use the term ‘Snug as a bug in a rug’

The designs are all very bright and colourful (which I love) but perhaps people may prefer subtle tone/design.

At approx GBP40 this is a mid-range footmuff. There are others out there that are cheaper but they don’t double as a play mat.

NB: We have found some cheaper on Amazon as the product is not readily available in the UK now – bargains to be had if you can find them!

Pros –   Washes Well

Doubles as a blanket and an all-in-one snow suit.

Cons –  None!

Cozyosko is an Australian company and the Cosey Toes Footmuff is their signature product winning Practical Parenting awards. The Cozyosko Multifunction Footmuff comes in a stunning array of colours and designs all of which are bright, fun and bold.

You can view more here:

http://www.cozyosko.com.au/products.asp?id=22

There are UK stockists offering varying prices including Amazon.

Or better still why not enter out competition to win one! Just pop over to our Holiday Tots competition page:

 

Totseat meets Paddington!

One of our favourite travel items has had a new makeover with one of our favourite bears.

 

Paddinton meets Totseat

Paddington Meets Totseat

Totseat creator, Rachel Jones, has had a love affair with Paddington Bear since childhood: this cute little bear arrived in Rachel’s life when she was just 8 years old and became a dependable companion.

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Rachel’s Old Friend Paddington

The merging of Rachel’s old and new love is a success, and the three new designs are fun and perfect for any Paddington Bear fan.

Totseat Paddington Ecru

Totseat Paddington Ecru

The Totseat is one of our must-have accessories when out and about with young children. It is a fabulous invention, not only for use in restaurants and cafes but also when visiting friends and relatives for lunch or dinner who do not have provisions for toddlers at the dinner table. We found ours indispensable.

The Totseat has come a long way, the first ever was made using a wedding dress! The new Paddington Bear design will be available from the end of November. There are three variations in colour, Duck Egg and Ecru and are ideal for toddlers from about 8 – 30 months.

Duck Egg Paddington Totseat

Duck Egg Paddington Totseat

Fully washable, squash able and they fit any style of chair!

For more information visit the Totseat website

The Holiday Tots Top Ten Toddler Travel Items for Summer 2014  

Here are our favourite toddler travel items for this summer. In no particular order…

  1. Snoozeshade

If you want protection from the sun and a nice dark environment to aid a longer sleep for lazy sunny days, the Snoozeshade is perfect., Brilliant for baby and toddler day naps when out and about.

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Snooze Shade

  1. Konfidence – Neoprene Beach Boots

We tried these and love them! They are our must have item wherever we go, perfect for hot sand, pebbly beaches and general splashing and running fun in the hot or colder weather. Great also by the swimming pool as they stop slipping on the concrete or decking and also in the grass where little biting insects might lurk!

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  1. Bebe au Lait nursing cover

If you have babe in arms this cover is indispensable! I used this with my youngest (wish I had had one with the older kids too). It was a godsend in busy places, not only for the discreetness of it but also it stopped him being too nosey to feed and was great on the beach or out and about (as it provides a fabulous sun shade too).

If its good enough for Gwen...

If its good enough for Gwen…

  1. Tot Seat

So we were at lunch at a friend’s house, they didn’t have a high chair but it didn’t matter because we had our Tot Seat – it folds small and can be used on just about every design of chair. So even though all of the holiday properties on Holiday Tots have high chairs we still would recommend taking along a Tot Seat for those lovely lunches over-looking the sea or in quaint villages.

Tot Seat - for babies who lunch!

Tot Seat – for babies who lunch!

 

5. Skip Hop Zoo Trolley Case

We love this trolley, it’s friendly and spacious, and ideal for overnight stays or for the plane or car. It is essentially a pull along trolley but has clever detachable shoulder straps so adults can carry hands-free. The front zip pocket is ideal for smaller more accessible items like snacks or fav books. It is 46cm high x 32cm wide x 16 cm deep. There are fun animal designs: we have the monkey as it goes with Freddie’s lunch box… The Skip Hop Trolley is so cool the little ones might actually want to pull them themselves, I know our little man never lets his go! You can buy them from Kidstravel2 or other reputable retailers

SH_ZooLuggage_PocketDetail_lo_ (1)6. First Aid Kit

I can’t make my mind up on this one so you have two choices!

Boots Pharmaceuticals St John Ambulance Travel First Aid Kit

Brilliant kit at a good price and you get your Boots points. Lots of goodies inside for basic accidents, cuts, grazes stings etc. A bit big for your handbag but good for the glove compartment or suitcase.

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Or

Baby Aid

A lovely compact kit so small it can fit in your nappy bag or handbag. Included are the basics for cuts and grazes and burns and there are some Brave Little Star Stickers too! When I received mine to review (which will follow) I fell in love with its cuteness!

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Baby Aid

The Boots family travel first aid kit is probably best value for money at £11.99 but the BabyAidis just so sweet and compact (15cm x10cmx5cm) and the bag is good quality. It is priced at £16.00 – would be a fab present. Don’t forget to add your sachets of Calpol, you never know when you might need them…

7. Carddies

This is a brilliant and simple idea. Carddies are little card people to colour in and play. There are lots of sets to choose from. They are really good quality, made in the UK, and each set contains: card people, a card scene (all artwork drawn by hand), high quality colouring pencils and plastic stands for the little people and animals all housed in a neat little box. We use them regularly and you can read our review here https://theholidaytotsblog.co.uk/2014/03/27/carddies-knight-set-an-excellent-childrens-travel-toy-promoting-imaginative-play/

Carddies on the farm

Carddies on the farm

They cost £8.99 per pack visit their website for stockists http://www.carddies.com

8. Music CD

A trip would not be complete without a little music, there are lots of children’s music CDs on the market we recently received a copy of Little Big Songs, a nice CD for young children and worth a listen, the songs are catchy and easy to relate to (review to follow) but still our firm favourite is ‘Singable Songs for the Very Young by Rafi’.We have listened to this on our travels (and at home) for the last four years and love it. The great thing about it is not only that the children enjoy it but it is one of those children’s CD’s that is easy on the ear to adults and we all sing-along….

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9. Stickytape and sticker books

Stickers, stickers and more stickers, they come in many shapes, sizes and books. We always take some along with us wherever we go but our real favourite is sticky tape, white masking tape is the best! We draw on it, stick to paper, toys, bags, books, cards, aeroplane seats and even each other. The fun never stops!

masking tape10. Note book and pen

Our little boy loves his note book and pen. It really is just a basic note book and biro. When we go out for dinner he doodles and now as he is getting older the doodles and writing are getting more legible! He’s on his third note book and it’s great to look back at the older ones. We play drawing guessing games too, the fun is endless and he has always thought he is important with his own biro!

 

 

We hope you get some inspiration from our Top 10 Travel items for toddlers – if you have anything you would like to share feel free to contact us, we would love to hear from you!