Liv Cam – the travel monitor for on the go families.

We were recently asked to review the newest Summer Infant baby monitor, The Liv Cam.  Bronwyn and Georgia tried it on their recent trip to South Africa and were very impressed, see how they got on…

Before we set off on our holiday we got daddy to set up the monitor and link it to our phone and iPad – the set up was easy. Simply download the free Liv Cam app (iOS or Android) and follow the prompts. You pair the camera with your device by putting in the password found on the bottom of the camera. You don’t need a wifi connection or mobile coverage to be able to use the monitor which makes it perfect for travelling.

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Jump forward to night 1 of our holiday. We had just travelled 11 hours overnight and neither Georgia or myself had had a particularly good nights sleep – one of the first things I set up was the Liv Cam as i knew that way I could relax in the living room and know what Georgia was up to when I put her down. I plugged it in (don’t forget an adapter if you’re going abroad!) and hooked it onto the end of the travel cot – it was that simple. I connected it to my iPad and we were good to go. I used it in 3 different places whilst on holiday – the clarity is brilliant, day or night.

 

There are also some nifty features like having a 1 minute video replay function as well as remote zoom and the option to record and share photos and videos.

 

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The camera has a range of 76m and the battery when fully charged lasts 3-4 hours. Perfect when on the go. I kept it plugged in and clipped to Georgia’s cot whilst away so that it was ready to go and charged when she napped or went to bed. Its small and light making it perfect for travelling.

The only issue I found was if you didn’t have a 2nd device, you would have to disconnect from the wifi network on your mobile/tablet to be able to connect to the camera’s wifi – meaning you wouldn’t be able to use your phone (on the wifi) at the same time as using the monitor  – its easily fixed by using a tablet / 2nd phone.

At around £100 for a video monitor, it is mid-range, price wise. I would definitely recommend this product. The monitor is available from Argos and is currently on sale at £79.99 (Normal price (£99.99). (at time of writing)

We will be running a competiton to win your very own Liv Cam this week – Keep an eye on the Holiday Tots Facebook page for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

TRUNKI – Introducing Cassie Cat

Most Families with kids have come across a Trunki, but for those of you who havent here is our review on their brand new design – Cassie Cat Trunki. It was released alongside Rocco Racecar on 25 September.

Georgia was immediately intrigued and loved the bright colours. Before I’d even taken the cardboard off she wanted to play.

The idea is genius. A bag that kids can use for their toys but it doubles as a ride on for when they get tired and dont want to walk anymore. Parents can pull them along using the strap or they are able to push themselves. It feels sturdy and can hold up to 110lbs. It also comes with a 5 year guarantee.

We loved the A4 page of stickers to personalise our trunki. Georgia and I spent ages putting these stickers on (she took them off the page and I stuck them on the trunki).

Inside you have 2 sections, one which has an elastic strap to keep things in place and a material internal compartment for smaller objects you dont want to roll around.

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Get your kids to pack all the toys they want for the flight in their Trunki and keep your bag for the essentials you need. A good book, ear plugs or a gossip magazine. Georgia spent ages packing and unpacking her suitcase before we left for the airport.

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A trunki is great for a staycation as its small and wont take up too much space in the car. It is also perfect when travelling by plane as it not only fits in the overhead locker but even better, under the seat infront of you – meaning you dont need to keep getting up and down.  It is Hand Baggage Approved on most major airlines too.

I loved how easy the trunki was to carry on my shoulder. Travelling with kids means A LOT OF LUGGAGE but I felt completely in control and calm getting from the car to the terminal.

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Whilst in the terminal, Georgia was happy playing with her trunki on her own which made my life easy.  I can see this Trunki growing with Georgia and it will definitely  be coming with us on all of our upcoming holidays.

At £39.99 they are great value.  Buy yours here. If you arent a fan of the Cassie Cat or Rocco Racecar, why not design your own one?  With over 1 Billion combinations let your imagination take over and create the Trunki for you!

We will be launching a competition to win your very own Cassie Cat Trunki in the near future. Keep an eye on our Social Media for more details.

 

 

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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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!