John Lewis Baby Elephant Sleeping Bag Review

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I know it’s too hot to be using a baby sleeping bag just at the moment but it’s not long before the weather will start getting colder again.  I have used the John Lewis baby sleeping bag and will give you my experience below.

When baby girl was born she slept in the carrycot/bassinet for a few weeks with a blanket.  Then we decided to use the ‘big’ cot when she slept upstairs and at first she wasn’t happy!  I guess it was quite scary for her being cocooned in the womb and then to be in this large cot.  The transition from her Uppababy carrycot/bassinet where she felt cosy and then to be in this large cot must have been difficult.  Then I decided instead of using a blanket to try her John Lewis Baby Elephant Sleeping Bag…it was the best move for me!  She slept like a dream (pun intended!).  I guess she felt cosy and comfortable again so made her feel secure.  On top of this it gave me peace of mind that she couldn’t pull the covers over her face.

Product Details:
2.5  tog
100% cotton outer and 100% polyester filling
Size 0-6 months
Machine washable at 40°C

I like the fact that it had a zip up the bottom and side and popper buttons on each shoulder, so easy to take baby in and out the sleeping bag.  It has a good quality feel and it has been washed quite a few times and still looks good (very slight bobbles).  Only point I would say is that it says 0-6 months but with baby at 4 months I don’t think it will give her much leg room in a month or 2.  But I guess this obviously depends on the size of the baby but if it had been slightly longer that would have been great. 

At the moment it is too hot for a sleeping bag but I will be using another one when it gets colder again.

All in all a great idea.

 

Uppababy Vista Pushchair/Pram Review

So these days there is so much to think about when buying a pushchair that it can be quite overwhelming.  After much thought I decided to go for the Uppababy Vista as it had so many plus points; award winning (Which best buy), large basket, sturdy frame and wheels, carrycot could be used for overnight sleeping, adjustable pushchair seat, parent and forward facing seat and much more.  Below is my review of the Uppababy Vista.

So I ordered my Uppababy Vista in Red Denny and it arrived in 2 large boxes.  This pushchair is available in many colours but I went for something unisex but wanted something more colourful than black.  The fabrics are washable and interchangeable.

This is what the pushchair and carrycot look like:

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The Specifications of the pushchair are:
Unfolded: 63.5 x 111.75 x 89cm
Folded with seat attached: 63.5 x 45.7 x 81.3cm
Folded without seat attached: 63.5 x 30.5 x 81.3cm
Weight including canopy & basket:
Frame & Seat: 11.5kg, Frame Only: 8.4kg, Seat: 3.1kg, Carrycot: 3.8kg

So what do you get in the box (or boxes!):
Pushchair frame/chassis with seat unit and hood (integrated SPF 50 sunshade)
Carrycot with mattress (and removable mattress cover) and hood (integrated SPF 50 sunshade)
Rain cover for both carrycot and pushchair
Insect net cover for both carrycot and pushchair
Maxi Cosi / BeSafe iZi Go Infant Car Seat adapters

CARRYCOT (BASSINET)
I liked the fact that the mattress in the carrycot was suitable for overnight sleeping (aerated), some mattresses in prams are not.  This was great as it meant we used the carrycot insead of a moses basket from newborn which baby girl slept in really well.  The inside is lined with microsuede, really soft and I think baby girl found it really cosy.  I used a standard moses basket stand and the carrycot fitted this although you can buy an Uppababy carrycot stand if you wish.

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The carrycot fits easily onto the pushchair frame and lifts off with one click by releasing the lever at the back of the hood and lifting off the carrycot by the handle at the top of the hood.
You need to remove the carrycot to fold down the frame.

The mattress has a soft organic cotton/soy fibre removable zipped cover.  The hood can be pushed all the way down and also includes a integrated pop out SPF 50 sunshade.  This is great as you don’t need a parasol as it comes down quite far, the sunshade can be pulled out or pushed back when not in use.  The back of the hood can be zipped away to reveal a ventilated section.  There is also a matching cover which is attached by velcro, a rain cover and insect net cover.

Another great idea about this is that you also receive a dust bag so when you no longer need the carrycot it can be disassembled flat and stored away.

PUSHCHAIR (STROLLER) (To use from 6 months+)

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There are so many plus points to the pushchair which is what swayed me to the Uppababy Vista.  Firstly the seat is higher off the ground than other pushchairs so baby is elevated, good if you are going to a café/restaurant to use as a highchair and also not having to bend down so far when taking your child in and out.  The seat can be parent facing or forward facing and is removed and attached quite easily.  The handle is height adjustable.  The hood includes an integrated pop out SPF 50 sunshade which can be folded into the hood out of the way when not in use, same as on the carrycot.  When your baby is forward facing there is a ‘peep’ cover to check on your child which can be lifted and held down with magnets.  Child is held in the seat with a 5 point harness.

The seat unit can be reclined into various positions from fully flat to upright (5 positions).  There is a bumper bar which can be opened by push button from either side to get your child in and out the seat unit.  The bumper bar has a cover which can be removed and washed.  A push on push off break pedal.  You click down on the pedal from the top to lock and then again to unlock.  You get a rain cover and insect net cover.  Note you need to remove the seat from the frame to fold it down unless you have the seat forward facing.

All wheels (shock absorbing) are easily removable if need be.  The front swivel wheels can be locked.  A great plus point is the rather large shopping basket (never big enough!).  I have seen some other very expensive pushchairs and the baskets are so tiny (some even look like trays rather than baskets!) that once you have put your changing bag in there is no room for anything else.

What else is there to say…. you get Maxi Cosi / BeSafe iZi Go Infant Car Seat adapters.  When baby girl was newborn we often left the carrycot in the house as we were using it for sleeping and so we took our car seat straight out the car and put onto the pushchair with the adapters, great when she was asleep.  Although you shouldn’t keep the baby in the car seat for too long.  If you are going to be long then use the carrycot.  I also found that the rain cover for the carrycot fitted the Maxi Cosi Pebble car seat quite well.

Later if you have another child you can fit on a ‘PiggyBack’ so the older child can ride on the board.  Also you can add a ‘rumble seat’ so you can have 2 seats on the one pushchair frame.

vista_listerYou also get a 2 year Uppababy guarantee included but make sure you register your product with them.

Here is a link to the manual which gives you much detailed information.
Uppababy Vista Manual

I hope you found this review useful.  Overall I am very very happy with this pushchair.  If you have any comments or have this pushchair then please let me know below.

Pacapod Napier Changing Bag Review

So my Pacapod Napier arrived, ready for my baby massage class today!  I would like to share my review with you.

Below is the front of the bag.  It has 2 smaller clutch handles and one long adjustable over body strap which can be removed.  On the front you can see the orange Pacapod branded label and a zip around (2 zips) main compartment which holds the main pods which I will come to later.  The outside fabric is a cotton coated canvas with wipe clean finish.  Dimensions are H41 x W31 x D18cm.

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Below is the back of the bag.  There is a pocket halfway down the bag which has a magnetic hold, this is great for items you need to grab quickly, I keep my muslin cloth in here!   Above that there is a small zip pocket with a large zip pull.

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I have pulled the inside of the small zip pocket out of the bag so you can see exactly what this is like.  There are 3 separate sections which have an elasticated top.  You could put things like your mobile phone (if it fits – they seem to get larger and larger each year!), lip gloss, teething gel…
Another idea which I love as it’s one of those things easily misplaced or that you lose at the bottom of a bag is the key fob, you can easily clip your keys on, but not only this, the fob is on elastic so can be pulled out the pocket.

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Below is a shot of the top of the bag, you can see another zip compartment here, you could use this for your purse, baby clothes, toys…  There are 2 pram/pushchair straps which I have pulled out so you can see, these actually keep down in the bag and you just pull them out when you need them.  These straps are adjustable and rather than held with velcro are held together with plastic fastenings which I like.

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OK so the whole speciality of the Pacapod bags are the Pods so let me explain those.  Below is a picture of the front of the bag with the main compartment opened, this opens downwards to reveal the 2 pods. These are held in by velcro straps but each or both Pods can be removed from the bag.  P1030747

Another great design idea is that you could for example just remove the Changer Pod and take this to the Baby Changing Room rather than having to take the whole bag, or take out the Feeder Pod from the bottom of the pushchair.  Not only that but the handle at the back of each Pod has a velcro fastening so you could also attach each pod to the pushchair or take out just the Pod you need,  Great if you want to give your partner one Pod to take out or leave a Pod with a Childminder.

If you do remove the Pods there is obviously more room in the main bag or you could use on it’s own as for example a laptop bag.  When the main compartment is open you can see a pocket in the lid and you can just see the changing mat folded in here.  The changing mat has a velcro fastening to keep it folded.  You can then see 2 pods, one is called a ‘Changer Pod’ (grey) and one is a ‘Feeder Pod’ (black).  This is written on the little orange labels you can see on the Pods. You will also find that in the Pods there are little cute picture labels to tell you where everything goes to keep you organised.

So let’s look and see what’s in the Pods, firstly the Changer Pod, below I have added a picture so you can see what I have put in.  There are 2 zips so you can open up the front which folds open flat.  In the lid there is a pocket where you can slide in nappies, I have 4 in here.  At the back of the Pod are 2 large elastic straps which hold baby wipes but what I love about this is that you don’t actually have to pull the wipes packet out!  You can open the wipes packet from the centre without having to take the whole wipes pack, love it!  Then you have pockets on either side of the Pod, so you could put nappy change cream, nappy disposable bags, hand gel, sun cream etc in here.  There is still room to put other bits in the centre of the Pod.

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The second Pod is the Feeder Pod as below.  This is an insulated bag which Pacapod say holds 4 bottles and keeps them warm for up to 3 hours.  Later this could be used for pots of food and there is a little pocket on the right hand side where you can slip in cutlery.

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I think that’s pretty much everything,  You will see from my previous posts that I have already tried quite a few bags but the Pacapod stands out as quite different.  I have a baby massage class today so this should help me keep really organised which is sometimes impossible with a baby!  I hope you enjoyed this review, if you have any comments or have used this bag please leave me a message below.

First Post – Changing Bags!

OK so my baby girl is 16 weeks old now or 4 months if that makes it easier! (Everything seems to be in weeks when you have a baby)  She was born by cesarean so thing have been challenging but now I thought it would be good to start a blog and share my experiences, reviews and general thoughts.  I hope you find it an interesting read. I thought I’d start with changing bags and my experience so far, I’ve just ordered my fourth!  I first ordered a Jane´ Pram Bag in Blue Moon. 20140703_135344

The reason I chose this bag is as it’s not too girly as my husband is a hands on Father and I didn’t think he’d appreciate carrying a handbag type of changing bag!  It’s a messenger style with a shoulder strap, I found this bag OK, quite roomy but the flap over was a big annoying and and the straps are held down through 2 small loops which I never had the time to bother doing with a baby in tow.  One main zipped compartment, small webbed pocket on outside, the strap was a bit uncomfortable over the shoulder when the bag is heavy stuffed with baby items.  The fabric was good quality and I liked the changing mat although it’s a little on the small side.  Anyway I sold it and thought I’d try another. Second bag, I got the Caboodle Active which is a rucksack, back pack style of bag in black, again so it’s a unisex style.

Caboodle 1 (8) It has a built in side insulated bottle pocket which is handy for keeping milk warm or cold.  Loads of pockets, wet bag and large changing mat.  It looked good in the pictures but when I got it I thought it was quite ugly.  I really didn’t want to use it although I liked the size of the changing mat which was generous compared to the Jané one.

After this I tried the Babymel satchel in navy stripe.  Actually it does feel like the stripes make your eyes go funny.  Also it isn’t actually that roomy inside.

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So I went online and did some research and decided to now try the Pacapod.  I have ordered the Napier and am awaiting delivery any day now. Pacapod Napier I had never heard of these before but they are basically stylish bags and have 2 ‘pod’ bags which go inside.  One is for changing items and the other pod is insulated for bottles/food.  Everything has it’s place in the bag, great if you like to be organised which I do.  So I’ll let you know what I think of it once it arrives and I’m hoping I’ll like this one!

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