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Guest Review: Sanamama Carrier

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Reviewer | Posted on 03-01-2013

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The New Year brings another new guest reviewer on Sussex Mummy. Local mummy Louise carries her daughter Evelyn around all the time and is somewhat of an expert when it comes to carriers, slings and all things “Baby Wearing”. She was therefore an ideal candidate to test out the Sanamama carrier. This is how she got on.

“Being an attachment minded parent for me (and my husband) meant that leaving my daughter to cry wasn’t an option and I enjoyed nothing better than holding and nurturing her – good job really as she hated to lie on her back so as you can imagine car seats and prams weren’t designed with her in mind.

My daughter is now 20 months old and still loves to be carried, as do many toddlers I’m sure, and using a sling or carrier enables you to do this without the back breaking side effects of trying to multi-task when pushing a pram, allowing you to have your hands free for the pushchair you bought out anyway and the dog you are supposed to be walking.

The Sanamama is so easy to use and is ideal for this age group as they can be standing up and clipped into the fabric seat section and ready to go in seconds. The fabric is soft and the clips are strong enabling you to safely manoeuvre them on to your back with little experience of baby wearing and back carrying. There is one large clip that does up around your stomach and thick padded straps that can be adjusted on your shoulders. The carrier has wide fabric on each side that you can cover your little ones legs with before fastening or the fabric can go under their legs, either way, supporting babies back and bottom with no pressure  through their the spine, hips or crotch area.

The durable fabric enables baby to have their arms tucked inside and snuggled against mummy or out ensuring they can still read a little book or enjoy their favourite snack.  The back of the sling comes up nice and high so it supports the neck of your child enabling them to relax, or in Evelyn’s case, sleep.  Evelyn slept for two and a half hours on my back while I successfully completed my Christmas shopping hands free.

The sling comes in neutral colours making it ideal for daddy to wear.  Also, the seat pouch section they sit in means it is easy to swap from mummy’s back to daddy’s back and vice versa, easily adjusting the straps to suit when she is in situ. I must also mention the zip pocket for those all important snacks to nibble on along the way was rather handy.

The Sanamama is machine washable which is ideal and is so lightweight it can be worn as a rucksack until they are ready to be carried. It is also compatible with my Peekaroo fleece that fits over both of us and also works great with a standard poncho with enough room for both of us with none of the bulkiness of huge winter jackets under the sling.

I would definitely recommend the Sanamama and would have liked to have had this as an option among my many carriers when my daughter was smaller too. I think it is the easiest of my slings to have used around the house while hoovering or while she was taking a nap as I like the internal seat harness for its quickness and support while getting her on and off my back awake or asleep.”

You can find out more about the Sanamama carriers at their website and you will also find them on Twitter @MySanamama.

Product Review: Joolz Day Pram

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Holiday, Product Reviews | Posted on 12-07-2012

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Having the right pram for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent. You need them to be totally safe, secure and comfortable, but you also want the best pram for you – one that is easy to manoeuvre, perhaps one that fits into a compact car, maybe you need one that can go off-road. You know what you need and you can bet there is a pram out there that is perfect for you. One you might not have heard of, but should definitely consider, is the Joolz Day.

The Joolz Day is the ultimate pram. Above you can see it as we mostly used it – as a forward facing pushchair. Little Man loved riding about in this pram – he was that little bit higher up than with other prams so had a better view of his surroundings, his feet sat neatly on the adjustable footrest, and he held on tightly to the safety bar. The large back wheels had great suspension on them so he was never bounced and shaken around, he was always gliding about in total comfort – even when we took the pram onto the beach during our holiday in Devon, though we did have to balance the pram just on the back wheels!

The Joolz Day also gives you the option of turning this seat around so your child can be facing you. On the occasions where we pushed him around like this it made handing him snacks and drinks much easier. Having the seat in this position would be ideal for younger babies who had recently progressed out of the carry cot. Little Man wasn’t overly keen as he’d much rather look at where he’s going then whoever is pushing him around!

The Joolz Day comes with a carry cot which has a hypo-allergenic breathable mattress inside. I only wish Little Man had been small enough to fit in this as it feels so soft and cosy. It is a good size and can be carried around by transferring the safety bar across from the pushchair. The carry cot would make an ideal bed for your newborn when at home, as well as if you’re visiting friends or relations – one less thing to pack in the car!

Moving from carry cot to pushchair is simple – whether forward or rear facing. Each component simply clicks in and out of position with ease, and when not in use they take up very little room.

One of my favourite features on the Joolz Day was the handlebar which is adjustable. By simply pulling on two small latches you can raise or lower the handlebar to suit whoever is pushing it. This was a great feature which came in very handy on holiday as both myself, my husband and Little Man’s grandparents were on pushing duty at some point, and it allowed each user to push in comfort. A handlebar at the wrong height makes pushing a pram very uncomfortable so this feature is a godsend.

I also loved the ease with which we could manoeuvre the Joolz Day. Its turning circle is tiny, and with it being lightweight (just 12kg) and having swivelling wheels on the front and the giant back wheels, the pram literally glides on its journey. You could push it around easily with just one hand if needs be, making it a good choice for anyone with an older child who perhaps doesn’t need a pram any more, but still needs to be kept an eye on! I could safely push Little Man around in this with one hand with a takeaway coffee in the other, safe in the knowledge that I wouldn’t put him (or any passers-by) at risk.

When it comes to collapsing the Joolz Day to put it in the boot of your car or take it on board public transport it is a bit of a hassle unfortunately. To go in the boot its fine – you need to take off whichever seat you are using and then fold the chassis up. Now it does fold fairly flat and if you’re putting it into the boot your child will have already been placed into a car seat. If you’re taking them onto a bus or train however and you’re alone it could be a bit of a nightmare. You are going to struggle getting this pram onto public transport in one piece, so if that is your only means of travel, this pram might not be the one for you. Whilst on holiday in Devon we went on a cliff railway. Luckily there were four adults so one of us carried Little Man, one of us carried the seat, and another carried the chassis. That journey of only a couple of minutes would have been impossible on my own.

At £649 this is a pricey pram, but if it meets your needs it is a sturdy piece of equipment which is certain to last you for as long as your child needs a pram, and maybe even for any future additions. A list of your nearest retailers can be found online here.