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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

Christmas Gift Guide: Innovative Products… and a competition!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas Gift Guide, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 07-12-2011

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I love finding new products for my Little Man, or for me. Its great to discover products that make you say “Why didn’t I think of that?” and wonder how you ever coped before. Here is a selection of my recent finds, all of which deserve a place under your Christmas tree this year.

Bundle Bean
I’ve never been particularly impressed with cosy toes. The idea is great but they become a bit of a faff to put on to your buggy, and I find if I just leave them on all the time you can’t fold your pram properly. Suddenly the day warms up and your little one is left sweltering in a fleece-lined pocket and it all gets a bit much. Bring in the Bundle Bean!! Dubbed the “5-in-1 waterproof fleece blanket” I know for a fact that the genius designer of this product thinks this is closer to 105-in-1. There is so much you can do with this clever, yet fairly simple, item.

A short zip along either side at the bottom cause the blanket to gather up meaning it fits snuggly to the base of your pram, and then the top corners are secured using two elasticated straps and velcro. I like to secure mine fairly high up on my pushchair so my Little Man is all cosy and warm. It takes seconds to fit, and should the weather suddenly become hot (fat chance!) or you go inside a warm shop (more likely) you can whip it off again without any effort. Just today my Little Man dozed off under his cosy blanket as we went Christmas shopping – and who can blame him?

As well as fitting pushchairs, the Bundle Bean also fits (using the same zip method) to children’s seats on adult bikes, car seats, forward facing carriers (note the pockets on the front for your hands!) and can be used as a picnic blanket when fully unzipped. We’ve also tested it out on our framed back carrier and it fit that too – I’ll try and remember to take a photo of it next time we use it (oops!)

Bundle Beans are available direct from their website and comes in three colours – blue, black and pink. Look out for new colours being added to the range next year.

 

Buggy Guard Pram Lock
Do you ever go out with your little one in their buggy and decide to go into a cafe for lunch, only to discover the cafe isn’t big enough for your buggy aswell? How about when you go on the school run, or take your little one to nursery? What about when you’re at a theme park and you want to go on a ride, but you can’t take your buggy on? Or at the zoo? Wouldn’t it be great if you could leave your buggy unattended for half an hour or so and know for a fact that it will still be there when you get back? The Buggy Guard Pram Lock gives you security and peace of mind, and it looks rather cute too!

Yes this cute little chap – also available in other great animal designs – will stand guard and protect your buggy from would-be thieves. No really! The buggy guard comes with a four feet long cable that you can loop around your buggy and then to a railing, a row of other buggies, or any stationary object. To unlock your buggy guard just use the number code which you can set very easily yourself. You can even write your little ones name on the bow tie of the animal so they know which one is there’s.

We used the buggy guard recently at Drusillas Park. There is a buggy park for when you go and ride on the Thomas The Tank Engine Steam Train, but its not very secure. We attached our buggy to the railings using our buggy guard and it meant that we could all ride the train, instead of one parent being left behind.

Details of where to buy Buggy Guards are available on their website.

 

Sleep Tight Genius Soother Holder
Now I must admit when I first saw this I was a little sceptical but I am thrilled to have been proved wrong. This soother holder fits through a hole in the specially designed cot sheet and is secured there with a short strap, fixed to a longer strap which loops around the mattress. You attach your little ones dummy to the holder and they can always find it, and there won’t be a permanent pile of dummies underneath the cot or randomly around the floor! My Little Man was dreadful for throwing his dummy around at night. We moved his cot out of his room once and found six beneath it – I didn’t even realise we owned that many dummies! The soother holder doesn’t come with a dummy meaning that parents can use whichever brand baby is familiar with.

We’ve been using the Sleep Tight Genius Soother Holder now for a couple of months. To start with it was just used to keep the dummy securely in the cot, but now when you put Little Man to bed he wriggles up the cot, pops his dummy in himself, settles down and goes to sleep. Every night. Now I wish I could provide you with a video of him doing this as its so cute, but I’m sure you’ll appreciate that distracting him when he’s going to be isn’t something I’m keen to do. I am going to try and get a photo of the holder in action during one of his daytime naps but again there’s the distraction factor. If you go to the website – linked below – you can see adorable YouTube footage of the soother holder in action. I highly recommend you take a look.

The Sleep Tight Genius Soother Holder is one of my favourite finds. Dummies are only used in our house at nap and bed time but Hubby and I grew weary of constantly scrabbling around on the floor trying to find them all and often having none clean to use. The holder has ensured that this doesn’t happen any more, but has also give Little Man a bit of independence at bed time. It is funny when we check on him before we go to bed and find him in a selection of bizarre sleep positions, but with his dummy firmly in his mouth. I’m not sure if its helping him sleep – he’s pretty much always been a good sleeper – but it certainly makes all our lives a little bit easier, and that’s all we can really ask for!

Sleep TIght Genius Soother Holder’s are available direct from their website in a range of colours and sizes to fit all cots.

You can WIN your very own Sleep Tight Genius Soother Holder by entering my competition – click HERE for more!