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Product Review: Pkolino Fire Engine Book Buggee

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 18-07-2012

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Books are very popular in our house and Little Man’s already epic collection seems to grow almost daily, so we are often on the look out for new ways to store them. Already owning the Tidy Books Book Shelf means that the book stash in the lounge is contained for now, and in Little Man’s bedroom we have a couple of stacking boxes with yet more titles in. Recently Little Man started carrying his books around with him and you often find them on the stairs or in the kitchen – I guess he just likes to be prepared! When Pkolino offered to send me a “book buggee” to review, I said yes immediately. Take a look:

The “Book Buggee” is a beautiful wooden truck decorated to look like a fire engine – you can also get it in orange, natural or to look like a princess crown. As you can see there are four slots at the back to hold your books, and it hold books of all sizes. There is also a section at the front – just in front of ‘The Gruffalo’ – where you can pile very small books or anything else your little one needs to take with him. Attached to the front is a length of white rope which your child can use to pull along the “buggee” wherever they go – something Little Man particularly enjoys. He can often be found wandering about trailing his Fire Truck behind him. Sometimes its empty, and sometimes there are a few books in there. I’ve also seen him use it to transport drinks and snacks, but the most popular use for it currently in our house is this:

I’m thinking that Milo The Monkey needs some kind of helmet…

You can read more about the Pkolino Fire Truck Book Buggee – and the rest of the brilliant Pkolino range – here, as well as locating your nearest stockist.

Product Review: Cot 2 Tot Wrap

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 19-03-2012

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Baby wearing isn’t a new concept. Its a great chance for bonding with your child and getting some of that all important “skin to skin” contact. It’s also a handy way to carry your child and still have your hands free – just ask Amanda Holden! But what about when you’re child gets a bit bigger? My Little Man is nearly 18 months old and carrying him around is getting a little harder on my back. He enjoys being carried around and being that little bit higher up than he is in his pram, but I can only do it for so long before my back and arms start protesting!

The Cot 2 Tot Wrap does precisely what the name suggests. Its a versatile wrap which can be used to carry your child from birth up to approximately 2 years old. You fasten it around yourself in the ‘Basic Knot’ and it can then be adjusted in a variety of ways depending on how you want to carry your child. “The Cuddle” leaves baby facing into your chest, whilst “Facing Out” allows them to keep an eye on the world around them. “The Cradle” is super comfy for them and lets them snuggle up close for a nap, or even for breastfeeding. “The Hip Carry” balances them neatly on your hip and holds them there in the way you would naturally – and this is the position I use to carry my Little Man around.

I was a little nervous when I first tried on the Cot 2 Tot Wrap myself. I’d received a brilliant demo and some helping hands from Becky, one of the Cot 2 Tot team, but by the time I’d got home it had all become a bit of a blur. Where was I meant to put his feet? Where does this piece go? Thankfully each Cot 2 Tot comes with a handy set of picture instructions and I soon had it figured out. I must admit to getting my Little Man stuck the first time, and subsequently used a teddy until I was confident in what I was doing!

The original plan was to test the wrap out on our recent day out to Fishers Farm Park a few weeks ago (Read about that here) but Little Man was adamant that he was going to walk around there holding my hand so I spent the morning wearing the wrap without him in it. This is one thing I love about the Cot 2 Tot Wrap – I wore it without a child in and didn’t feel that it was in the way at all. I just walked around with it fastened in the ‘Basic Knot’ position, ready for Little Man if he needed to be carried for a long time or started to look like he needed a nap.

With the first attempt to use it a bit of a failure due to my overly keen Little Man I instead took him for a walk in the village. I fastened the ‘Basic Knot’, slipped him easily into place, and secured him into the “Hip Carry” position. I love how this position allows him to cuddle you and for your arms to naturally fall into position cradling him as though you are carrying him. We set off to meet Daddy from the train station. I live at the opposite side of the village to the train station and we estimated that the journey there and back is a little over a mile. Can you imagine carrying a 17 month old for a mile where there are a few hills involved? I set off thinking that worse case scenario Daddy could carry him back. No danger of that! My arms and back didn’t feel a thing! I was supremely comfortable, and more importantly so was he. The way the wrap is fastened around you means that the weight is distributed evenly across both shoulders so there’s no risk of doing yourself any damaged. Little Man LOVED being up high and was chuckling and giggling the entire time. He was waving at cars and pedestrians and pointing at birds and animals as we went. He was having the time of his life, and I didn’t feel like I was doing much at all!

See just how easy it is to wear – though I do recommend practising before going out with your precious cargo – with this brilliant demonstration video, filmed at The Baby Show:

Cot 2 Tot Wraps are available in two colours – Harbour Grey and Midnight Blue – and are priced at £39.99

You can find Cot 2 Tot on their website at http://www.cot2tot.co.uk. Give them a follow on Twitter too @Cot2Tot50