Bathtime fun with Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower

Following on from my previous post, I thought I’d continue on the bath time theme by talking about another product that has really helped us make bath time as calming and as fun as possible for Violet – even in those early stages when times were really tough. We’ve gone from bath time being something of fear and dread (probably for us all!) to a really fun experience where we sing songs and have a good old splash about.

Our secret is a rather snazzy baby bath. When I saw the Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower, I just knew it was the one for us. I mean, isn’t owning a jacuzzi every girls dream? Being a bath-lover it is certainly mine and as they didn’t do them in my size, I thought maybe Violet would like a whirl (haha, get it) herself. So, yes she does own the most extravagant of baby baths, but she loves it and it’s totally changed our bath time experience so it must be doing something right!

So, whats so snazzy about this bath? Firstly, it’s a good sturdy size with plenty of room for your baby to grow, you can use either in your own bathtub or just on the floor, however I find using it inside our bath easier as you can let the water out easily and top-up the shower section with ease too. It has thick double insulated walls which helps to keep the temperature of the water warm (which is really important if you are a paranoid mother like me who uses a bath thermometer numerous times before putting her baby in). The bath has a detachable section which houses a water tank and shower unit, it’s also where the controls of the whirlpool and jets are placed.

At the moment as Violet is still too young to support herself, we are using the soft Newborn Sling that is provided with the Whirlpool Bath. It has a soft and cushioned headrest, with an ample fabric sling that really helped to keep her safe, secure and well supported during bath time. This also helps when bathing her alone as it’s tricky to hold her with one hand and access her shampoo/bubble bath with the other, so the support definitely helps the bath be slightly more ‘hands free’ in that department (although obviously I wouldn’t leave her totally unattended on there!). Only slight niggle with the newborn sling is that the fabric is quite often popping off the frame, this doesn’t seem to interfere too much but is a bit frustrating.

The super snazzy bit is the whirlpool settings – one is more of a water jet, the other is bubbles coming from the base of the bath. I’d say with the newborn sling in place, the bubbles are quite subtle as they are mainly absorbed by the sling but this is quite nice when they are so little as it’s more of a gentle massage or vibration at this stage which is calming, relaxing and not too overwhelming. I think when she can support herself and sit up unaided she will really be able to enjoy the bubbles a bit more, so far she is starting to kick her legs in the water, so she’s getting there with starting to learn to splash about!

The last feature is the shower head – the water comes from the tank rather than the mains, so you can check the temperature before you use. The shower is not amazingly powerful – which if it were a shower for me, I’d be disappointed with, but as Violet didn’t like water on her head at first, this was really handy as the water is so gentle. She doesn’t seem as affected by it as she would be if we were washing her down with a jug or even a handful of water (a side note is that I think her Waterbabies lessons have helped her with this too!)

So, as you can see from the pictures, Violet is thoroughly enjoying her baths these days and is one happy smily girl – I can’t actually wait for her to be interested in bubbles, rubber ducks and playing with beakers now! I’d definitely recommend the Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower, although I do think it has quite a high end price tag at £69.99  although I have seen it on sale on the website for £49.99 which is much more reasonable! I think we’ll also be using it for quite some time as it’s big enough to use right up to 2 years.

I absolutely love some of the Summer Infant products, I think what I love is that they take an adult sized product and shrink it down to baby size, like these amazingly cute little toilets (yes really!) which are going to be fab for potty training. Maybe we’ll have to add this to the collection down the line and create Violet a whole mini bathroom for herself one day!

 

Post written in collaboration with Summer Infant – all thoughts and opinions are my own

Review: Baby Dove Sensitive Range

When we first started bathing Violet, things really didn’t go to plan. Before I had a baby I envisioned our bath time being a sweet, bonding experience – I’d have a cute newborn splashing away in the warm water with a cute dollop of bubbles on top her head. Switch to reality and we had a screaming tiny baby, who hated bath time with a fiery passion. She screamed so much, her cries sounded like a bleating lamb, it was so stressful for us all. I also used baby soap for the first time and immediately she came out in a nasty red, itchy rash. I felt like a terrible Mum, not only had I tormented her with a bath but now I’d aggravated her soft, gorgeous baby skin. Well done me. 

Roll on another few weeks and I think we’ve just about cracked bath time after a huge amount of trial and error to reach an equilibrium with it all. The first big change is that she actually likes being in the bath now, she’s used to the warm water and enjoys splashing her feet. As long as we are quick, we can get through bath time without a peep. She hates being cold so we realised a big warm fluffy towel before and after really helps to soothe her into things and helps her to relax.

Secondly, we’ve finally found a product suitable for her super, super delicate skin –  the Baby Dove Sensitive Range. It’s so gentle and fragrance free, so finally we have something that agrees with her skin.

Dove is a brand that has been around for years and years, in fact I’ve been using their products since I was a little girl, so it made sense to me to give the new Baby Dove range a go on Violet’s skin too. Dove have actually been creating gentle and mild products for 60 years now, would you believe it! Baby Dove is the new addition to their growing compliment of products and this new range goes beyond mildness to replenish essential moisture and nutrients in baby skin. It’s dermatologist tested, paediatrician approved and safe to use every day – even on newborns.

The Baby Dove Sensitive range includes three products, the Head to Toe Baby Wash, Lotion and Wipes. All of which are fragrance-free to take extra special care of babies with sensitive skin, it’s also hypoallergenic so clinically proven to minimise allergy risks and is pH neutral with tear-free cleansers.

The first product we tried from the range was the Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Head to Toe Wash. This is perfect as it’s an all-in-one baby wash, meaning we could keep bath times quick and easy, seeing as she is still just getting used to the sensation. The thick, creamy wash was so delicate on the skin, creating a rich lather with absolutely no scent at all.

We treat her bath as part of Violet’s bed time routine, so after her bath, I like to wrap her in a warm fluffy towel and give her a baby massage to calm and soothe her for the night ahead. She’s had some dry skin since her birth, so the Baby Dove Lotion helped to moisturise these areas, locking in the moisture for 24 hours.

The last product in the range is the Baby Dove Sensitive Wipes – I really loved these for nappy changes as they are so soft and gentle and the only wipe I’ve found to be moisturising to the skin without any harsh fragrances.

Using the Baby Dove Sensitive range has worked so well for us after our bathing disaster beforehand – it’s the only product I’ve found gentle enough to use on her skin and we’ve been so impressed by the impressive moisturising qualities for such a mild, gentle product.

Baby Dove believe that “there are no perfect mothers, only real ones” and after my bath time experience (well, and motherhood in general) I couldn’t agree more. The media portray this image of the perfect mother and before Violet arrived I naively thought that would be me, but things just don’t pan out like that. You can’t odds that your baby will hate baths or have super sensitive skin. We are all just doing the best we can and it’s uplifting to know that as mothers we are recognised and supported for that.

“From choosing a preferred way of feeding, educating and disciplining their child, or deciding if and when to go back to work, the Real Mothers Heard study revealed split views among women, ultimately showing there is not one ‘right way’ to parent. Even more interestingly, we note that all over the world, mothers are feeling the same way. We want mothers to know that when it comes to themselves and their babies, they really do know best.” – Baby Dove

Baby Dove is available in two ranges, Rich Moisture or the Sensitive Moisture. You can purchase them in stores nationwide.

This post was produced in association with Baby Dove

 

A Springtime adventure in London #ad

I love nothing more than a spontaneous day out. Before Violet was born, we’d always be hopping on and off the train to London, going for days out to explore the museums, catching a West End show or the odd cheeky shopping spree. However, since Violet arrived, life is a little different and it’s not quite that easy – I mean it took me 5 weeks to pluck up the courage to get out of the door on my own, so the thought of a family day out further than our sweet safe zone of Brighton seemed like a big step… but a tempting one.

So, this weekend we decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. I’ve always said that when I had a family, I wanted to be the kind of person who gets on with life as it was before, doing all the things we would have done, just this time taking the baby along for the ride too. This seemed the perfect opportunity to start our days of fun days out for all the family.

Looking at the weather forecast, it wasn’t looking great but we were determined to keep going regardless – Good old British springtime weather! We decided the best plan was to opt for a sightseeing trip to The Tower of London – I haven’t been since I went on a school trip so I couldn’t wait to see it again and view everything through adult eyes (I think as a child you just remember the grizzly bits, like where they cut people’s heads off – right?). That way we could enjoy the things outside, but there would be somewhere to run for cover – should the weather turn on us.

So we got up nice and early and headed down to Brighton train station to board our train.

Now, after all my apprehension around travelling with the baby, honestly – this has been the easiest journey to London I’ve ever done. We hopped on the Thameslink service from Brighton – this goes straight into London Bridge which is right in the heart of London and the perfect place for getting to so many of the sights, without having to use the underground. As I went to buy our tickets I was also surprised as it’s such great value for money too – with the Super Off-Peak tickets at the weekend, we only paid £10.80 return too and little one went free (although they also do a Kids travel for £2 offer for bigger children too). Plus, can you believe it, our carriage was totally empty! A few more people joined us on the way to London, but everyone had a seat and there was plenty of room for the pushchair and I saw lots of people with luggage as the train stops at Gatwick airport too.

As we whizzed through the beautiful Sussex countryside, Violet was absolutely mesmerised looking out of the windows, all the flashes of sunlight, the colours and the scenery left her wide-eyed as she took it all in. She actually stayed awake most of the journey (I thought the movement would send her to sleep) as I think it was all pretty new and exciting for her, she wanted to just take everything in.

We arrived into London Bridge around mid-morning – this was the perfect base for us as there are so many sights you can visit from London Bridge without having to catch the tube and worrying about whether there would be lift access for the pushchair. From London Bridge some fab places to visit within walking distance are: HMS Belfast, River Cruises, Borough Market, Tower Bridge, The Shard, Tate Modern, the Jack the Ripper Tour – and of course The Tower of London, that just to name a few, there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy as well.

Checking the time – it took us just over an hour to get from Brighton to London, not bad at all! (Watch – Ice Lo)

We then headed to our destination for the day – The Tower of London. One of England’s most historical sights, the Tower of London dates back as far 1066, when it was founded as part of the Norman Conquest of England. From then, it’s been in the hands of many different monarchs, used as an armoury, the royal mint, a prison to Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh and also a place of torture and death – as Ann Boleyn and many others were beheaded within the grounds. The White Tower is said to be haunted by Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey and Ann Boleyn has been spotted walking along the corridors with her head under her arm. Nowadays, thankfully – it’s a tourist destination and the home to the Crown Jewels. With so much to see and do, you can easily spend a full day taking in everything the Tower has to offer.

We bought our tickets, which were 2-4-1 when you travel on the train and of course I had to buy a guide book too!

Two buildings, centuries apart.

We spent a good couple of hours at least exploring everything the Tower has to offer. The weather was so changeable, one minute it would be sunny, the next raining! I’m sure we spent more time putting Violet’s rain hood over the pushchair and taking it off than doing anything anything else. We found the Tower relatively easy to get about with the pushchair, although it took a bit of planning as most areas are accessed by steps but the guide book helped to point us in the direction of the step-free access points. Highlight of our trip to the Tower has got to be seeing the Crown Jewels – we queued for so long (luckily in the sunshine!) and once it was our turn, we boarded the travelator that goes past the main exhibit and lifted Violet up to see the Crown Jewels too. The Beefeater guarding the room laughed at us as she’s so little, but I think she was interested in the jewels for sure! Maybe it was the colours or the sparkles (she is my daughter after all), but one day we’ll tell her about her adventure to see the Crown Jewels and I’m sure she’ll be pleased we included her.

After a good look around the grounds at The Ravens, the guardsmen, the beefeaters and the Bloody Tower it all became a bit much for Violet and she got a bit overtired, so we retreated to the cafe for a well earned cream tea and a bottle of milk (for Violet, not us!). Feeling refreshed after a spot of calm, we continued with our day…

As we left the Tower, the weather turned and it was so stormy overhead – kind of made the Tower even more spooky and atmospheric with those looming grey clouds. It was time to make our escape!

We decided to carry on our day with a little ‘walking tour’ of London along the River Thames. I say a little tour as we didn’t join an official one we just plodded along, taking in the sights and snapping away as we went. Shame the weather wasn’t great as we did get caught in a torrential downpour at this point, but luckily it passed pretty quickly and we carried on, Violet asleep in her pram was none the wiser, so thats all that mattered!

For us, no trip to London would be complete without a trip to Wahaca to round the day off with tacos and mojitos! I was so excited to have my first mojito since before I was pregnant (well, and before I did IVF so maybe 18 months ago now!) and it was worth every sip! They are SO GOOD. Exhausted from our day of adventure around London we finally rested up and and enjoyed a Mexican feast, we even had a few friends who live in London turn up to join us, which was a lovely surprise!

After our meal we headed back to London Bridge Station on foot again, stopping as we passed a Nespresso Cafe which has a robot that collects your order of Nespresso pods and delivers them through a little hatch for you – honestly, I kid you not, a robot! I was well impressed. We also did a final bit of sightseeing, taking the scenic path through St Paul’s Cathedral gardens and we even walked by the First Dates Restaurant which was a fun little spot, I love that TV show.

All in all, we had a fabulous first family day out with Violet – she was good as gold and loved just taking in the scenery, the sights, sounds and movements kept her interested all day. When we needed places to sit and feed or change her, it was so easy – there are places everywhere! The train journey was quick and easy and much cheaper than I expected – plus we got a discount on our tickets for the The Tower of London which made it much more affordable too. I’m glad we decided to have a spontaneous adventure out and no doubt we’ll be planning the next one too.

Lastly, just for a bit of added fun, I vlogged our day out in London so here is a little video of us all as well – enjoy!

 

Post written in collaboration with Thameslink Rail, all words opinions and photography is my own.

 

Review: Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room Brighton

Champagne, Cake and Caffeine – sounds like the perfect recipe for two busy Mums, right? So, a couple of weeks ago I headed down to The Salt Room to treat my good friend and busy mum-of-two Andrea to a rather special Afternoon Tea. This was to say thank you for hosting such a wonderful baby shower for us, way back before Violet arrived.

I’d seen The Salt Room’s afternoon tea all over Instagram and couldn’t wait to finally get to try it myself, although arranging a time for both of us to get together after reschedules for babies injections, fevers and an outbreak of chicken pox it did take quite considerable time! So, with a date in the diary – it was finally our chance to indulge and give Brighton’s most ‘insta-worthy’ afternoon tea a go.

The Salt Room is located in prime position on Brighton’s iconic seafront – it’s the perfect pitstop if you are visiting the city as it’s so close to the centre of town, shopping areas and the i360 tower. The large, airy mezzanine area has bright sea views of the west pier. Offering lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre and dinner – The Salt Room have you covered whatever time of day you plan your visit.

When we first arrived at The Salt Room, we were greeted by the friendly maître d’ who took our coats and showed us to the table. I was a little surprised I was asked to leave Violet’s pushchair by the door as there wouldn’t be space by the table (particularly frustrating as I had to wake her from sleeping and then had to hold a grizzly tired baby when I’d timed our visit for her to nap), although to be fair I hadn’t called in advance to tell them I’d be bringing her, so I do understand.

DRINKS

At our table our waitress enthusiastically gave us the full run down of what the Afternoon Tea included, starting with the drinks. There are four main options for the Afternoon tea:

  • JING Tea or Roasted Bean Co. Coffee
  • JING Flowering Tea
  • East London Liquor Company G&T
  • Taittinger Champagne

Of course, celebrating Violet’s birth we pushed the boat out and went for the Tattinger Champagne! Although I did see the G&T option which looked amazing too but thought better of ordering both after not drinking for over a year – I’d be under the table!

We sat enjoying our champagne looking out across Brighton beach, it was just dreamy and such a lovely way to spend a day of maternity leave! Then came the ‘wow factor‘ as our beautiful afternoon tea had arrived. People were visibly turning around in the restaurant to see what all the fuss was about!

So, let’s explore each layer….

SAVOURY COURSE

Let’s start with the savoury, fish-based first course. It’s certainly an impressive selection of unique and interesting savoury treats -and beats the classic egg and cress sarnie any day!  The savoury course includes the following:  Crab Scotch Egg, Crumpet with Marmite butter, Truffled Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Salmon Pastrami & Squid Ink Bun and Aged Beef Tartare & Egg Yolk Jam Sandwich. 

I don’t often eat fish as Vee is highly allergic (to the point I can’t even order it!) so it was a real treat to try some new flavours I wouldn’t normally be able to order. As I’m vegetarian (well, pescatarian if you want to be precise!) they were able to cater to my needs, swapping the Beef Tartare for a Fried Cod Fritter (which was delicious) plus Andrea still got to enjoy the Beef Tartare. Favourites of this course being the Squid Ink Bun with Smoked Salmon – a unique experience! The Salmon was generously piled amongst fresh, cool cream cheese, with the squid ink giving the bun a twang, I can’t quite put my finger on, you’ll have to give it a try to see! I also loved the Crab Meat Scotch egg, as us veggies don’t often get to eat Scotch eggs.

SCONES WITH CLOTTED CREAM & JAM:

No afternoon tea would be complete without scones with clotted cream and jam, it’s a classic! Being a huge fan of the cream tea, this is the bit I get really excited about so on first impressions I thought the scones were slightly on the small side, but there is something oddly filling about Afternoon Tea and looking back they were just the perfect size. The scones are fresh and perfectly baked, served with lashings of dreamy house-made clotted cream and the most gorgeous Strawberry and Elderflower Jam.

At this point we also ordered some extra drinks, switching from the Champers to a good cup of tea (well, you know – I have to be sensible these days!) We now had a new waiter serving our area and I wondered if it may have been his first day as he was quite confused about the options available (and whether the restaurant had any baby changing facilities – it does!). I asked to try the JING Flowering Tea as our previous waitress had described it to us in great detail, explaining that you can literally watch the flower bursting into bloom within your tea so I just had to give it a go! However when he returned, he had brought a cup of plain chamomile tea, stating this made with flowers. I didn’t have the heart to tell him thats not what I meant and we did have a giggle about it afterwards. Bless him, I’ll have to try the Flowering Tea next time!

Excuse the chipped nail polish – washing 10 bottles a day doesn’t bode well with perfect nails!

SWEET TREATS

Onto my favourite part of any meal – the sweet treats! This course is clearly inspired by The Salt Room’s famous ‘Taste of the Pier’ dessert and is certainly the most eye-catching part of the experience! This course includes Chocolate Pebbles, Rhubarb Posset, Chocolate & Praline Teacakes, Kalamansi and White Chocolate Macarons and of course – Candy Floss!  Favourites had to be the chocolate pebbles – rich, velvety and oh so delectable – although so amazingly sweet, even for a chocolate fiend like me couldn’t manage more than one! Plus of course I also loved the Candy Floss – just because! It’s fun and made me feel like a kid again, it really captures the childhood memories of walks on the pier, going on the rides and playing with the 2p machines. The only very slight negative we found that was that the Rhubarb posset had completely melted onto the plate by the time we got to eat it, although thats only a very minor criticism as by this time we got to it we’d been sitting there quite a while, chatting and taking our time – it still tasted zingy and delicious, even if the beautiful shape had gone.

MY THOUGHTS

Overall, I have to say the Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room was probably the best I’ve ever experienced – I absolutely loved every moment of it. The food was quirky, unique and exquisitely created with such attention to detail. The restaurant is one of my favourites in Brighton, it’s sleek, stylish with beautiful seaviews – not to mention the amazingly helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff (flowering tea incident aside!). I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone and would love to go again one day. The Afternoon tea is priced between £24.95-34.95 depending on drinks options, which I think is reasonably priced for such quality.

Although they do welcome children, I think looking back next time I’d try and go without the baby. The team did try to accommodate our pushchair eventually, but there were stairs to the main seating area on the mezzanine and I did feel a little on edge when Violet had a fussy moment as she was disrupting the atmosphere slightly – I worried other guests would get annoyed. Although you can take your children – I’d personally say it’s the perfect place for having some well-deserved ‘me time’ and to leave them at home!

We have also been to The Salt Room for dinner – read our review of that here.

BOOKING

You can book Afternoon Tea at The Salt Room either online or by calling (44)1273 929488. Afternoon Tea is served between 12:30pm – 4:30pm daily. The Salt Room is located on Brighton Seafront by the Hilton Metropole Hotel (106 King’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FU).

 

We were kindly offered Afternoon Tea free of charge in return of an honest review – all words, opinions and photography is my own. 

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Review: Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System

When it comes to pushchairs and travel systems – I knew which one I wanted way before Violet had even arrived. We were at the Baby Show in London, where there was a huge array of pushchairs in all shapes, sizes and colours and as we walked around stall after stall, it all seemed a much of a muchness, I was left feeling lacklustre – nothing seemed to stand out to me. That was until I discovered Cosatto and just knew they were the brand for me! The vibrant colours and designs immediately caught my eye and after this, I spent nearly and hour trying different prams, ooohing and aaahing over designs until I finally decided, the Giggle 2 in Fox Tale was the one for us. We absolutely loved the design as it’s bright, fun and could be used for a boy or girl, so it was perfect!

That seems like a lifetime ago. For months our Giggle 2 stood boxed in the nursery awaiting our arrival and I honestly couldn’t wait to give it a spin. So, now Violet’s here I’ve been proudly pushing her here, there and everywhere and not sure which gets more compliments – our pushchair or the baby! Maybe both, but I can tell you we stop nearly every old lady in her tracks, that’s for sure! Here are some of our adventures so far……

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel system (and keep reading to the bottom as I have a fabulous special offer for you too!) – it’s not just the carrycot you see in the pictures, thats just the mode we are using at the moment whilst Violet is a wee nipper. The travel system is a complete package with three modes – the carrycot, the pram and a dual-facing pushchair seat. This means she’ll be using this for quite some time now and it will grow with her over time. The chassis also fits the Group 0+ Hold Car seat, which we have too (in matching Fox Tale pattern, of course!) so it really is a versatile system. Each mode clicks on and off with ease, so at the touch of a button you can assemble and go, even in a hurry. The big buttons a clearly marked with yellow or red – so even I can do it and I am not technical – at all!

The fold down is super smooth and popping the chassis into the boot of the car is a piece of cake as it folds flat and is light and easy to pick up.

The Giggle 2 is amazingly smooth and easy to manoeuvre, the three wheel chassis allows you to swing round corners and curves like a breeze, although it doesn’t unfortunately stop you from being a bad pram driver, I think I still have my L plates on when it comes to taking it into shops (crash, bang, wallop) but thats not the prams fault, I just need a little more practice! The handle has a soft foam coating which gives great grip and comfort, plus the handle height is also adjustable too.

The chassis has full all round suspension – where we live has cobbled pavements and a pebbly path along the seafront – all the bouncing over the pebbles doesn’t seem to stir Violet from her sleep, in fact I think she finds the smooth movement calming as she often drops off to sleep.

Under the carrycot is a spacious basket, perfect for shopping and carrying the all important rain cover. Whilst we are talking about the weather I should mention the hood is also UPF50+, so your little ones are super protected, come rain or shine. Included with the travel system is a matching change bag with change mat and wet bag so you can look super coordinated at all times! I’m still at that stage where having a pushchair for my bags and shopping is such a luxury, the novelty hasn’t worn off at all – I don’t have to carry anything around, it’s fabulous!

We’ve got so much use out of our Giggle 2 so far, mainly because the carrycot is so comfy we take her everywhere in it plus it’s so handy that it’s suitable for occasional overnight sleeping – although she’s never slept in it overnight we do use the carrycot in our living room for naps as it’s a safe place I can let her sleep in the house during the day. Robbie our sweet black labrador loves to snuggle up to her, which is so cute but for her naps I’m pleased she has a safe place, high off the floor where he can’t try and snuggle in too! Also to mention, the carrycot has a washable lining, which I haven’t had to utilise yet, but I’ve done a few nappy changes on the run (or ‘danger changes‘ as I like to call them) in there, we might have to wash it soon as I’m sure she’ll catch us out doing that soon enough!

Violet loves the design on the inside of the carrycot, she spends so much time fascinated by the bright colourful pictures – they really catch her attention and as she can’t look out yet, it keeps her occupied as we go along. If the Fox Tales design isn’t your thing, they also do the Giggle 2 in a range of bright and colourful designs – my other favourites are the Magic Unicorns and Space Racer prints.

At 8 weeks, we haven’t used the pushchair mode as she’s still a little small, but in my excitement I have assembled it and have given it a go around the house –  just to test all the different settings. The pushchair mode has both front and rear facing, with 4 different recline settings, it looks so versatile and something we will be using for quite some time yet. I can’t wait to try her in that one when she can look out and about – I think she’s going to love it!

So, overall we give the Cosatto Giggle 2 the big thumbs up – we are impressed all round. I have to say as a new parent I had no idea what I’d look for in a travel system, I was suckered in by the colourful prints and design, but now I’ve tried and tested my Giggle 2 non-stop for over 8 weeks, I can safely say this pram is built not just for the design but is lightweight, easy to manoeuvre across a multitude of terrains and so simple to adjust, fold down or interchange the parts. Cosatto have literally thought of every little detail, from adjustable handles to additional rain covers, cosy toes for the stroller and attachments to clip on the Hold Car Seat. Bravo Cosatto!

The Cosatto Giggle 2 costs £484.94 which is fantastic value for money, bearing in mind how much is included within the system. The matching Hold car seat is an additional £154.94, although here’s a heads up – the car seat is FREE with any Travel System in May, so snap one up whilst the offer is on! Also, whilst you are there…. take a look at the wonderful range of pushchairs, car seats and high chairs over on the Cosatto Website, I just love the bright colours! My eye is on the unicorn print for our next purchase – maybe the highchair or a stroller when she gets a little bigger! We shall see!

We were sent the Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System in exchange for this review. All views and opinions are my own.
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