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.

 

Your chance to win some amazing baby/toddler travel items in our Facebook competition…

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

We have got together with some of our favourite companies who we think have useful and inspirational items that help families when on holiday with babies and toddlers – or even just out and about!

There are 5 travel packs up for grabs on our Facebook competition and you can enter here:

ENTER HERE: http://9nl.eu/WINTravelPack (full terms and conditions apply, please see competition – competition ends midnight 30th June 2014 – Good Luck!

Each pack includes one each of the following

the UK’s best-selling sun and sleep shade ‘ SnoozeShade ‘ (original or plus)

Snooze Shade

Snooze Shade

fun set of ‘ Carddies ‘ (caveman family)

Carddies on the farm

Carddies on the farm

a selection of 5 Michelin ‘Eye Spy Books and note pad’

Michelin Eye Spy Books

Michelin Eye Spy Books

for babies who lunch the brilliant ‘ Totseat – the washable, squashable highchair ‘ (apple design)

Tot Seat Apple design

Tot Seat Apple design

fab for feeding nosey babies the popular ‘ Bebe au Lait ‘ nursing cover (Amalfi design)

Be Be Au Lait

Be Be Au Lait

for continued splashing fun the re-usable ‘ Konfidence Aqua Nappy’ (clown fish design)

Konfidence Aqua Nappy

Konfidence Aqua Nappy

the sun smart ‘ Shaidee ‘ 

Shaidee

Shaidee

for teething dribblers the clever ‘Neckerchoo’ (uni stripe design)

Uni-stripe Neckerchew

Uni-stripe Neckerchew

the very cute compact ‘ Baby Aid ‘ 

Baby Aid

Baby Aid

a ‘Traykit’ 

Traykit

Traykit

AND a ‘£200 voucher’ to spend on the child-friendly villa in Portugal ref RFV on Holiday Tots (Any size villa in Sept or Oct 2014).

Child-friendly holiday villa Algarve, Portugal

Child-friendly holiday villa Algarve, Portugal

Carddies Knight Set – an excellent children’s travel toy promoting imaginative play

So I have to hold my hands up!

Carddies family set

Carddies family set

We were given a pack of these little Carddies to review almost a year ago now: we used them, loved them, I started to write about them then things happened and I never published our review. This morning Freddie was rummaging through his travel box and spied them, ‘look mummy, remember these, do you remember when the dragon lost his colours and the Knight had to find them again?’ and yes I remember our story well! We then started to play with them again at the breakfast table. They are actually very wonderful – good old fashioned fun! So here is the review I wrote almost a year ago…

The Dragon who lost his colour!

The Dragon who lost his colour!

Every time we go away Freddie gets excited about packing his activity case. Our last trip was no exception. During the weeks building up to our trips we always gather items that could help our little chap at restricted times; in the car, plane or train. Our Carddies arrived a couple of days before our holiday and so it wasn’t too frustrating that he couldn’t start playing with them.

There are currently twelve sets from Ballet to Cavemen and Fairies to Football! We opted for the Knights Set. The first thing that struck me was the quality of the colouring pencils. All too often I find that when you buy any sort of colouring activity the pens, pencils or crayons are quite often of bad quality meaning you have to use an alternative but the pencils included in Carddies were wonderful to use. They colour the excellent quality card with ease.

We all got involved with the colouring and Freddie loved naming the characters. We didn’t get to colour them all on this trip as we stopped to play with them for a while. In our play our dragon (who has lots of colours on one side and none on the other) lost his colours and the Knights had to find them again.

Yay, the knights have found the dragons colour again!

Yay, the knights have found the dragons colour again!

At first I was a little sceptical about the price tag of £8.99 but the quality of the pencils, card and hand-drawn characters, who come with plastic stands, mean that these little characters and back drops will last trip after trip.

Freddie had just turned four when we first played with the Carddie Knights and he will be five in April and still loves them. They are aimed at children between three and ten years although we think that toddlers will love to watch scenes acted out too, as long as you keep the small bits away from them!

We think these are great little sets all housed in a handy box. With a little imagination they provide a perfect distraction for journeys, raining days and eating out etc. Keep one in your bag!

carddies (1)

Carddies are little card people to colour in and play. There are lots of sets to choose from 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. They all come in a neat little box and made in the UK. They cost £8.99 per pack and you can read more about them and find stockists on their website http://www.carddies.com