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

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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