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Sigg Bottle Review and Giveaway

Caitlyn and George love drinking out of Sara’s Sigg bottle so when Sara was sent 2 children’s Sigg bottles she knew Caitlyn and George would be very happy to test them out.

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I was really impressed with Caitlyn’s bottle it is really colourful and she loves drinking out of it and it saves me a fortune in Fruit Shoots as she prefers to drink juice out of her bottle. Before her Sigg bottle it was quite difficult to get Caitlyn to drink juice or water out of a normal kids bottle.

We have been out and about a lot over the summer and take Caitlyn’s Sigg bottle with us as her drink stays fresh and cool the only trouble we had was when she first got the Sigg bottle she found it difficult to open and close the bottle but now she has no problems at all!

FACTS

  • The bottles are made in Switzerland from the highest quality and have been since 1908.
  • The bottles have a neutral taste and leave no residue inside the bottle, a fresh taste every time you use the bottle.
  • The bottles are uniquely lightweight and break-proof.
  • 100% leak proof.
  • Environmentally friendly and recyclable.
  • Flexible Eco Care Liner inside the bottle is completely FREE from BPA and phthalates.
  • No impairment of bottle due to dents and wear and tear.

SIGG is the only manufacturer that offers a comprehensive range of spare parts and accessories that will enable you to refresh your SIGG with a new top or a change in style of the tops – we would encourage you to visit http://www.sigg.com to see exactly what tops and accessories are available for SIGG Bottles.

What we liked:

  • The design of the bottle
  • The fact that the bottle doesn’t leak, it is great in Caitlyn’s nursery bag.
  • Caitlyn likes drinking out of it (so does Ellie)
  • It’s suitable for my 2 girls
  • It saves waste (I hate it when you have lots of plastic going in the recycling)
  • Lots of designs to chose from

What could be better:

  • The bottle came with a cleaning brush included

We have one Sigg bottle to giveaway, you need to:

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This giveaway closes 15th November at Midnight. UK entries only

Babymule–A Review

I have a changing bag fetish! Sara and I have been testing out the great Babymule changing bag. The Babymule is something very different to other changing bags I have used. It can be used and worn in lots of different ways and best of all Gizmodad doesn’t mind carrying it around with him especially in the backpack mode.

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I have been using it out and about, I love the nappy bag as it is great for holding my cloth nappies and handy when I need to do nappy changes as just pull the nappy bag out, on occasion I have even just used the nappy bag when popping to my mums.

I use the Babymule clipped to my buggy the majority of the time but if I use the sling I use it as a backpack, I find it great using it with the sling, so many of my mummy friends struggle with their change bags when they are using a sling.

Sara took the Babymule on holiday with her as I raved about the bag to her and she found it came in really useful especially taking Toby swimming and to the beach. Sara found that the bag held everything that she needed for a day at the beach and also the Babymule had enough space in it to hold everything they needed for swimming.

The claims:

 

Babymule: wear it as backpack, sling it over your shoulder as a messenger, or clip it to your buggy. All straps tuck seamlessly away. 180degree zips mean no more rummaging, poppers and nets keep everything in place, 6 secure pockets to organise your things. Changing pouch, change mat, bottle insulator and dirty bag included. 

Wipe clean luxurious fabric is water resistant and Babymule can even go through the washing machine (delicates) if it has been thoroughly soiled. Designed with padded back & airflow system, padded straps, gunmetal components, branded zippers and embroidered logo.

High quality fabric and robust manufacture means Babymule is built to last; from newborn through toddlerdom and beyond; enough room for siblings and parents’ things. Babymule is made for the growing family.

What we liked:

  • The design
  • The way it has different ways to wear it, the fact the straps are hidden if you aren’t using it as a backpack
  • That it will last from birth upwards
  • The different compartments
  • It is so different from other bags I have tried

I like everything about the bag, when I first saw the price I was a little shocked however using the Babymule it is worth every penny

The Babymule is £84 available at Babymule

Hamster Buggy Bags: A Review

As you all know by now, I don’t drive so I am always looking for ways to making my life easier when going out and about with a baby and toddler.

I was sent a set of hamster bags to try which I was really excited about as I get fed up having to juggle a pram and shopping bags.

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I couldn’t fit the hamster bag on my Phil and Teds Explorer and was slightly concerned that whoever was on the bottom wouldn’t have a good view when sitting in the chair so I passed them on to Sara to try on her bugaboo bee.

It was a struggle to get the hamster bags to fit on the top part of the frame as it was thicker than the clips but Sara still managed to use them on her bee and found them really useful.

The claims:

Two clever bags that attach to both sides of your baby buggy. They keep your buggy steady so your baby is safer. They give you extra storage space for baby and personal essentials and shopping. Designed by a mum for mums… and dads!

Your buggy will be more stable

You’ll have more storage space

Not just one, you get a pair!

Inside and outside pockets

Reflective stripe to be seen

Free 1st class delivery (UK only)

What we liked:

  • Able to do more shopping
  • Not to bulky, they don’t make the buggy too wide when catching the bus
  • You don’t have to load up the buggy with the chance of it tipping backwards
  • The bags hold loads which really surprised us
  • Lots of people have commented on them asking where you can get them from

What we would change:

  • Have larger clips

Since reviewing the hamster buggy bags they have brought out a new style which now fits the bugaboo bee perfectly.

I am looking forward to taking the hamster bags on holiday when we will have a different buggy which will fit the older style bags.

You can purchase the ones we tried at mothercare for £29 or the newer style from hamsterbags.co.uk for £29.99

Splashabout Review

While we were away we really enjoyed the opportunity to play on the beach with Toby. He enjoyed it too – splashing in the sea with daddy and eating the sand while George was trying to build sand castles! We had been lucky enough to be sent two products from Splashabout to test out and review while we were away.

A pair of Safe in Sun Classic Close Fit UV protective shorts and an Apres Splash hooded towel.

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Shorts £27.50 for a Long sleeve top and knee length shorts.

The shorts were made of a very soft stretchy fabric which was easy to get onto Toby despite his wriggling. Although they are close fit I was surprised at how small the shorts were – they fitted Toby nicely and he is only 9months old (we were sent the size 1-2 years) I hope that they are so stretchy that they will still fit him next year! They were good quality shorts and I would happily pay £27.50 for the top and shorts combo as they were a lovely quality fabric.

The claims:

Our sun protection is the only thing to wear for the beach or pool.
The fabric has a lovely cool smooth feel and actually does keep you cool- wicking away perspiration from the skin. It is SPF 50+ as all the Splash About fabrics are, so blocking 98% of the suns harmful rays. Easy care and very quick drying. This design is specially cut as a close fit making it ideal for swimming. Team with our matching accessories for the ultimate cool dude look. Ideal rash suit for your body boarding.

Hooded towel  £19.99

The towel was lovely and soft and I was really pleased at how big it was. Given that Toby got rather cold after playing in the sea it was big enough to completely wrap him up and cuddle him to warm him up. The towel washed really well and we now regularly use it as our swimming towel as it is really absorbent. I would definitely buy another of these as it is bigger and better than the other hooded towels we have.

The claims:

An ideal new baby gift.
Soft, thick Cotton Bamboo charcoal towelling.
Naturally anti-bacterial, anti-mildew and super absorbent.
Draws moisture away from the body leaving your little one dry, warm and cosy after a dip in the pool or bath.
Extra large so that it lasts longer than the first few months and you can really wrap them up !
Gorgeous embroidered fish detail on the hood matches the piped edges.
Smartly presented in reusable packaging, idea to take swimwear to and from the pool.

Travelbabes – A Review

The school summer holidays are at an end but this is now the time when many parents of young children (particularly those younger than school age) choose to go away as the prices of holidays and flights drop dramatically! I am an avid Internet shopper as since having Toby it has taken away the need to trawl around shops with a fed up baby in tow. I find it really useful when I stumble across website that has all (well at least a few) of the things you are looking for in the same place. One of the down sides of Internet shopping can be the delivery charges and so sites where you can get lots of your must have items are a bonus as they reduce (and sometimes removes completely) your overall delivery charges.

One such website is Travelbabes an extension of the well known Swimbabes website where you can get lots of the items you need for travelling with young children.

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The travelbabes page has five subsections which make it easy to find what you need and give you ideas about things you might need that you hadn’t thought of yet:

  • Trunki Travel Gear (Travel essentials from leading UK supplier Trunki, including several Trunki designs and much more for keeping little travellers happy and comfortable)
  • Travel Essentials (Essential items for travelling with babies and young children, including kids toys, baby carriers, travel beds  and much more)
  • Kit for Day Trips (This range is ideal for long trips or short picnics; includes Tyrell katz lunch bags and ever popular drinks bottles which are great for school days too)
  • Holiday Kits (Great new kits for the holiday season, includes swim gear by Zoggs and sunglasses by Baby Banz. Great savings available!)
  • Travel Toys and Games (Our pick of the best toys around for babies and children on the move! Check out our best selling activity spiral and baby ocean activity toy)

We were sent a Trunki BoostApak (RRP £39.99) to review but I also made my own purchase from the site to be able to honestly review the delivery and customer service too.

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The BoostApak is one of the newest items from the well known Trunki brand it is essentially a travel booster pack that is also a ruck sack meaning children can take their seat with them wherever they go. Especially useful for travelling on coaches, in hire cars particularly abroad. It also serves as a useful additional booster seat when travelling with friends who may not have a spare seat to use. Caitlyn’s friend Lily (6 and a half years old) tried out the seat and found it particularly useful when going to stay with her grandparents as it meant she didn’t have to take her normal booster seat with her and she could carry her favourite toys in the rucksack so she knew she had everything she needed.

The BoostApak is small enough to be carried onto flights as hand luggage so avoids having to pay extra charges for taking seat with you and is ideal for filling with toys for a journey (obviously get toys out before you sit on it otherwise they can’t be played with). All in all Lily (and her daddy) thought that it was a really useful item to own.

I found the travelbabes site reasonably easy to navigate – I quickly found sun cream, and a lunchbox to order and paid securely. I did have to pay for delivery (£3.95) but delivery is free if you spend over £50 which is similar to other sites, There is an option for next day delivery £7.95 and although I didn’t use this it is definitely helpful for those last minute purchases. Our items arrived in 3 days and we received an email confirmation letting us know the items were on their way.

I did find the items described on the subsections (see above) did not match the items that were actually available in those sections which was a little misleading and disappointing as there are items, such as a baby carrier, that I really think are useful for travelling. Some of the items for sale can be found on other sites a little cheaper so it is worth checking!

On the whole I would visit the site again but would make sure that the items I was ordering were competitively priced.

Soltan Baby Suncream Review

Although the summer seems to have very much passed we are still getting (and hope fully will still get some more) some very sunny days. It is easy to forget when it is not really really hot that babies still need some protection from the sun as their skin is so sensitive. If you are lucky enough to be going away soon (as the prices drop after the school summer holidays) then you will be thinking about sun cream for your baby.

Toby and I were lucky enough to receive a sample of Soltan Baby Lotion SPF50+ 200ml RRP £8.99 (but currently half price) (http://www.boots.com/en/Soltan-Baby-Lotion-SPF-50-200ml_1207008/) to try out over the summer.

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I have said before that I am a fan of the Boots own brand products and I have often bought Soltan cream (particularly when it is on offer like it currently is (w/b 28/08/11)) as I have never had a bad skin reaction to it.

The claims:

This gentle and moisturising, hypoallergenic suncare lotion protects your baby’s vulnerable skin. All Soltan sun protection products have been awarded a maximum five-star rating against deep-down skin damage caused by UVA rays.

Benefits

  • Water resistant
  • Specially formulated for babies’ vulnerable skin
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No colour, no alcohol
  • Includes patented antioxidant complex to help protect against long-term skin damage
How to Use

Apply liberally 15 minutes before going out into the sun & again immediately upon sun exposure

Reapply every 1-2 hours and always after bathing or towelling

Do not expose babies less than 6 months old to direct sunlight

Hazards and Cautions

Avoid the midday sun (between 11am and 3pm)

Seek shade and cover up

Overexposure to the sun is a serious health threat

Avoid contact with fabrics

Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse immediately with water

I have used the cream on Toby all summer when it has been really hot and also recently while he has been playing in the garden and it has been deceptively sunny. The cream goes on smoothly and absorbs well. I have been very happy with it and would definitely buy it again as I fell it is important to use a high factor cream that is water resistant.

What we liked:

  • lovely delicate smell
  • easy to apply and not too greasy
  • did not cause any reaction in mine of Toby’s skin
  • good value, trusted brand

There was nothing we didn’t like about this product. I would definitely recommend it.

Lifft Sling : A Review

Toby and I like to get out and about – sometimes we walk or take the bus but more often than not we go out in the car. Often I will then have a short distance to take Toby from the car to wherever we are going like the children’s centre, singing, a play group or sometimes just a quick pop to the shops. One these occasions I generally think it is too much of a hassle to get the buggy out of the boot and strap Toby in etc only to get him out again a few minutes later. There is often no space to leave the buggy at these places too. I was really pleased when we were offered a Lifft Sling to try out (http://www.lifftslings.com) as part of our breastfeeding reviews as I have never tried a cloth style ling before and thought it would be worth a go.

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We reviewed a khaki and black colourway sling. When the sling arrived I was a little puzzled as it seemed to be just a wide loop of fabric. I had a quick look at the instructions and tried it out with Toby. I couldn’t seem to get comfortable straight away and so gave up. The following day we had the perfect opportunity to try the sling out, we met up with Nanna Cez, Sian, Caitlyn and Ellie to go to a cafe for lunch. The cafe is quite small and doesn’t really have space for my buggy and Sian’s tandem so I decided to take Toby in the sling. It is a short walk from the car park and I carried Toby in the sling. I have to say although it was easier than carrying Toby on my hip I wasn’t brilliantly impressed so didn’t use it again for a few weeks. 

After doing a bit more research on the sling by going to the website, it occurred to me that I may not have been using it correctly so I watched the videos on how to use it with a baby Toby’s age and tried again. Well what a difference – I’m not quite sure what I was doing wrong the first few times but this time Toby seemed to be much more comfortable and supported. So, phase three of the testing began!

The sling spreads the weight across your back and shoulders so was very comfortable to wear. There are no hard bits to dig in anywhere so no painful buckles in your neck or anything like that. Toby liked the fact he could look around and also the fact he was being held close to me. I often have to carry Toby on my hip as he doesn’t like his buggy very much and this made it a whole lot easier. I could still use both arms as Toby required very little support and I didn’t have to stick my hip out for him to sit on so my back didn’t ache as much. The fabric was very close to Toby’s mouth and since he is teething he rather enjoyed chewing the fabric (bonus that it is machine washable too).

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The claims:

The Lifft Sling is believed to be the only sling scientifically proven to improve posture as it encourages the baby’s weight to be spread evenly across the wearer’s body. Thus, using the Lifft Sling reduces sideways bending when walking and standing, reducing the potentially damaging load on the wearer’s lower back.Lifft encourages a more natural style of parenting, and increased baby bonding due to the physical closeness experienced when wearing the sling, promoting bonding between the wearer and baby. With at least five alternative ways to wear the Lifft sling, this buckle/clasp free sling is great for newborn babies through toddlerhood to three year olds weighing up to 35lbs. With different colour combinations to choose from, and sizes from S, M and L sizes for new dads the Lifft baby sling is fast becoming the must-have accessory for every new parent. Lifft is available through independent baby stores, from http://www.lifftslings.com and is now being stocked in Boots. This follows Boots’ search for the ‘next big thing’ from new entrepreneurs, which will be documented on BBC 2 during Spring 2011 in a series of the same name, ‘The Next Big Thing’.  

More about Lifft Slings:·        

The sling has no buckles, clips or straps to do  up, meaning the sling can be used without help and can be put on  with just one hand -  also allowing for fuss-free and discreet  breastfeeding. Additionally,  the sling is machine washable, designed and made in the  UK,with materials sourced in the UK  where possible. ·         Lifft Slings: Available in more than 80 larger Boots stores nationwide including Preston and Lancaster, and from http://www.boots.com·         RRP £49.99

Lifft Slings is available in the three original colourways: Khaki & Black, Vanilla & Stone and Cocoa & Coral as well as five new Limited Edition colours : Olive, Mocha, Soft Rose, Cool Amethyst and black with green. There is also a navy sling available exclusively from Boots.·         Lifft is a member of the Consortium of UK Sling  Manufacturers and Retailers which recommends 4 basic principles when using a  sling – ‘T.I.C.K.S’: Tight In view at all times,  Close enough to kiss, Keep chin off chest,  Supported  back.

What we liked:

  • useful for carrying baby and still having arms free
  • small and compact so easy to take with you under buggy or in changing bag
  • comfortable to wear

Would be even better if:

  • because the sling is bought in a dress size it means it can only be used by the person it has been bought for so no sharing the carrying with dad – if it could somehow be adjustable it would make it a better investment

There are five different ways you can use the sling:

  1. the front lift where baby is cradled in the sling
  2. the buddha lift where young babies can be supported to look away from you with their back against yours
  3. the side lift where baby is essentially sitting on your hip (I used this most with Toby)
  4. the breastfeeding position
  5. the side lift tummy to tummy where baby is essentially moved from hip position round to your front – good for a sleepy baby

I was unable to try the sling for breastfeeding as Toby wouldn’t lay down in it as he decided he didn’t like being so covered when feeding. I have however used the sling loads. I keep it hooked over the banister at home and if Toby is having a particularly clingy day I will carry him around the house in it while I try to get a few bits done. It is brilliantly useful for shopping trips where you may be getting in and out of the car going to different shops and I would really recommend the sling to anyone looking for a fabric carrier. I really wish I had owned this sling when Toby was younger as I would have really enjoyed trying all the different holds with him.

My advice would be – watch the videos on the website as they are much easier to follow than the instructions (the instructions that come with the sling do suggest this too!)

MaByLand Floral Change Bag : A Review by Katy

Since having George I have been using the same change bag which is my trusted pink lining bag. When Sheena from MaByLand sent me the floral change bag I was really surprised at how lovely it was, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

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I have been able to use the floral change bag for lots of different outings with George. We have used it to go swimming and I have even used it as an overnight bag on a recent trip to a swanky spa. You wouldn’t know the bag was a changing bag, and the funky pattern suited me to a tee!

What we liked:

  • Very attractive pattern and easy to keep clean surface.
  • Generous size changing mat
  • Wet clothes bag
  • Useful strap size and lengths long strap for over buggy handle and short straps long enough to carry bag over your shoulder.
  • Very generous size meant that I could put every thing I needed for a whole day trip to the beach on a recent holiday.
  • Insulated bottle section and small useful compartments inside. I find if they are too big you loose stuff!
  • Internal and external zip pockets great for keeping valuables safe and other stuff handy without the need to rummage through the bag, for example baby wipes!
  • Perfect size if you have toddler and new baby.

What could be better:

Ermmm not a lot! possibly that the generous size does mean that the bag interferes with leg space while walking and pushing the buggy. But not badly enough to bother you. Would be something to think about if you don’t have adjustable handle on buggy. But I do so it didn’t matter.

Girly pattern may deter some men, giving them a good excuse not to change baby In public, but my husband is a big girl anyway so he didn’t mind!

Overall I love the floral changing bag and can’t wait to use it with the new baby. 

The floral changing bag is £54.99

Naturally Cool Kids- Review and Giveaway (closed)

This year we have been blessed with many lovely sunny days. Some have been so hot that I haven’t known what to do – shelter from the heat indoors or embrace the heat outdoors. One of the most effective ways to cool Toby down has been to allow him to play in the paddling pool at Nana Cez’s house but this brings with it the worry of how best to protect him from the sun. He has UV clothing which I will put him in for the hottest part of the day but in the early afternoon I think it is nice for him to be able to play naked in the water and so he is obviously smothered in sun cream.

There are loads and loads of sun creams on the market – another thing that it can be difficult to choose what’s best! Most creams are very similar to one another and sometimes with babies it can just be a case of trial and error until you find one you like. It had never really occurred to me before that sun creams generally all contain the same sorts of ingredients and that there is not the same sort of choice of natural alternatives as there are for things like moisturising creams.

When I was contacted by Naturally Cool Kids (http://www.naturallycoolkids.com) to review their sun cream, after sun and bug bands I was intrigued.

Naturally Cool Kids is the brain child of Fiona Woods who was frustrated by the lack of affordable, natural skincare for kids particularly for protection from the sun and also the cold. She has developed six products which only contain natural and soothing ingredients without a chemical in sight. We tried out the summer range.

I took the products round to Nana Cez’s house so all the babies and toddlers could use them while there.

Sunshine Armour Sun Cream SPF 25 £15.95 for 150ml (http://www.naturallycoolkids.com/our-products/spf-25-sun-cream/)

I tried the sun cream on Toby in the late afternoon as it is a much lower SPF  than I would normally put on him on a hot day. The cream has a nice consistency and was easy to apply to my wriggly baby. It did not require loads of rubbing in which is a bonus and it had a pleasant smell.

The Claims:

  • Enjoy peace of mind that children are protected from the sun in the most natural way.
  • Using lovely, natural ingredients including aloe leaf and organic liquorice extracts, coconut and apricot kernel oils, our sun cream is chemical-free and dairy-free, providing medium protection to children aged from six months.
  • The easy-squeeze tube makes everything simple, and our flip-top cap means no tube with sand stuck all over it!
  • That’s less stress for Mums, Dads and kids, and more time to play.
  • UVA/UVB star rating of 4.
  • Suitable for Vegans.

What we liked:

  • easy to apply
  • all natural ingredients

Would be even better if:

  • it had a higher SPF
  • it was waterproof

I would definitely use this sun cream as a day to day sun protection cream for when Toby is out in the buggy as the fact it is natural is a huge bonus for me. If he is playing out in the sunshine or in the paddling pool though, I would want to put a higher SPF with water resistance on him

Cool and Soothe After Sun Lotion £9.95 for 150ml tube (http://www.naturallycoolkids.com/our-products/after-sun-lotion/)

I have used this every time Toby has been out in the sun and have also used it myself. It is a lovely consistency and really does feel like it soothes the skin. I really liked this product.

The claims:

After a day in the sun, Cool ‘n’ Soothe After Sun Lotion is the perfect, all-natural skin soother. Easily absorbed, it provides essential moisture with no mess or stickiness, and the easy-squeeze, stand-up tube with flip-top cap means application is a breeze.
Natural ingredients Jojoba, Aloe Vera, almond and coconut oils, will leave skin happy, naturally cool and soothed. Suitable from three months old.

Suitable for vegans and Dairy free

What we liked:

  • very soothing on the skin
  • all natural – nice to use as a massage cream

There was nothing we didn’t like about the after sun

Deet Free Bug Bands £3.95 for a set of 2 (http://www.naturallycoolkids.com/our-products/bug-band/)

Caitlyn has tried these out for us – they are a natural alternative to using insect repellent which in general is not suitable for children.

I don’t think we can comment much at the moment on how effective these are but Caitlyn doesn’t seem to have been bitten. Sian is going to take them with her to Turkey in September where she can give them a good testing! And we’ll update you on their success.

The claims:

Our brightly-coloured, deet-free adjustable fabric bands are worn on the wrists or ankles, and are impregnated with natural oils to ward off any unwanted visitors.

Suitable for swimming, they give up to 100 hours’ protection and come as a pair in a handy re-sealable pack.

No smell, no tantrums, just funky bands that make us look cool while stopping any nasty bites that spoil the summer fun. Available in three colours, and suitable from three years old.

I will definitely be getting some of these for Toby when he is a little older and will probably get myself some if we go somewhere hot!

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Buggy Tug Review by Cliodhna and Dylan

When I was asked to review this product I have to admit it was never anything I had thought about needing. Since Dylan was born I have walked A LOT, including up and down some pretty impressive hills, so I guess I was a good person to try the Buggy Tug out.

At first, I found it irritating because I thought I’d have to unhook my hand just to scratch my nose or fix my hair (how vein do I sound?!). However after awhile, I realised the stretch length is actually long enough to let you do bits and bobs and your hand does slip out relatively easily – when you want it to of course. So in terms of practicalities it was a lot better than I initially thought.

As I said, I had never really considered a need for it. I do my best not to push Dylan out into the middle of the road and generally try not to let him freewheel down hills. Strangely though, as I used the Buggy Tug, I noticed that sometimes when I’m waiting at lights I do actually loosen my grip and from time to time I’m not as switched on as I think I am.

Obviously not wanting to use Dylan as a crash test dummy, I couldn’t fully test what the Buggy Tug would do if I did loose grip on the hill. My imagination suggests (especially in his two handle buggy) that it would topple the buggy over and probably me with it but at least he would be close to me.

All in all, the Buggy Tug does exactly what it claims to do and does it well. It’s up to you to decide whether you feel the need for that extra level of safety!

What it claims:

Protect you and your pram from becoming separated

Suitable for both single and bar handed prams.

We we liked:

  • Comfortable fabric
  • Easy to use
  • Quite discrete
  • Keeps you attached to the buggy

Would be better:

  • Needs a bit of a rethink of two handled prams – I’m not sure I’d trust it.