Even though I have recently level upped into fully fledged grown-up (turned 30 AND got married in the same year), all my clothes feature at least one of three things: the colour black, rips. or skulls. Although my Mum thinks I should grow up, I’m ok with that. Being in the same position as a lot of people my age who are newly married, we are preparing for the next step (no, not divorce), the pitter patter of tiny financial burdens.
Baby Products & Toys
This baby seat aims to provide a safe and balanced ride for both adult and child, with a centre mounted seat to help distribute the weight evenly and put the child between your arm, where you can easily talk and keep an eye on them, unlike rear mounted seats. The new design has higher sides for increased child-stability, an added strap underneath the bar for further stability, a two-movement thumbscrew, a two-movement buckle release, additional straps on the foot cups, and also features an increased seat size.
The prospect of fitting a car seat can be a task that strikes fear into new parent’s hearts but with a Simplicity Car Seat, as the name would suggest, it’s simple. Silver Cross have designed this car seat to be used with the ISOFIX Simplifix base (RRP £120) as well as being compatible with all the combination prams (the Pioneer included) however it can also be safely attached with the seatbelt, with bright blue guides to show you where it needs to go.
Nobody has more experience to draw on than Silver Cross when it comes to prams, with over 138 years behind them and their founding father William Wilson being the inventor of the first ever baby carriage. This is a high end pram with an RRP of £695 but you cannot expect to get Rolls-Royce quality for peanuts, this is a beautifully designed luxury product and reflects a reasonable price for what this model has to offer especially when comparing it to other travel systems on the market.
Being a fairly young company phil&teds (not to be confused with Bill and Ted) have managed to achieve a lot in a short space of time, they pride themselves on being slightly wacky inventors who put the parent first when it comes to their products. So having said that we were pretty excited about getting our hands on their Smart Lux Pushchair to see what it had to offer, a sound proof hood perhaps or nappy changing robots? Sadly not but what we were supplied with didn’t disappoint.
As new parents things that you have never knew existed can quickly become a salvation, for my best friends it was the breast pump. It appeared the mother, the baby and the breast had all very different ideas about breast feeding and she quickly became exasperated with the situation to the point of tears. She had a manual breast pump as a backup plan but it quickly became something else that stressed her out as she found it uncomfortable and the repetition hurt her hands, enter the Medela Swing Breastpump.
The rockaRoo produces a big swinging motion in a compact baby seat, our test subject - 2 month old violet, LOVES it. Violet’s mum and dad were first drawn to the rockaRoo because they live in a flat and wanted something with a comforting motion and at a 3rd of the size of a traditional swing it wouldn’t take up half the living room. 4moms state that it is suitable for use from birth until the child reaches maximum weight limit of 25 pounds, can sit up unassisted or attempts to climb out.
Our first impression of the WeeRide is that is a wonderfully innovative idea, turning the traditional childrens cycle seat on its head. The WeeRide put your child at the front of the bike keeping the weight more evenly distributed over the centre, allowing your child to see more of the world as you ride and allowing you to see your child at all times.
The beautiful Silver Cross Surf 2 has all the high quality trademarks we have come to expect from a Silver Cross product. To start with it was easy to put together, taking us less than 15 minutes (I say us but it was more like me and a spectator), the chassis is made from a strong but extraordinarily light magnesium alloy and the hood and apron are available in 5 bold colours or a more reserved black or grey.
The group 1 Quantum car seat is the latest product to come from this award winning company, this limited edition seat has employed state of the art technology to ensure your baby is protected during any collision. The SA-ATS, that’s shock absorber automatic tensioning system to you and me, works in two ways, first the hydraulics kick in to reduce impact and secondly the mechanical tilting system applies harness tension and retains the child in position - their testing shows this can reduce impact by up to 30%.