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Out and About with Versatrax

26 Jul

Hi folks,

We’ve had such lovely weather for the last few days… I really do hope that this is it now… Summer has finally landed!?

I can’t believe that Seth has completed his first full term of pre-school. I’m so glad that we decided to take early intake with him rather than waiting until September. He has come on so much & his development has been amazing in the last few month.

I love that each day he gets excited for his walk to school with Mammy & Baby Ted. It’s one of the first things he says when he wakes up. Driving whilst doing the school run is so not enjoyable. Parking is a nightmare! We walk too & from school everyday. I think it’s good for kids to walk & to get out in the fresh air, rather than bundled in to a car all of the time. We’re very lucky in that our school is only a very short walk away. It only takes us 10-15mins to get there… depending on how slowly Seth wants to walk lol.

Ted just loves being out & about in a buggy too. We’ve just received the Joie Versatrax. It is absolutely gorgeous.

With Joie you always know you’re going to get safety & quality. But the Versatrax isn’t just reliable & safe… it also has that ‘fancy feel’. It has lots of added little extras that just make it all the more luxurious. The tan leather trims & cup holder – really finish this travel system off perfectly.

I love that this is a sturdy travel system, yet folds so compact. It literally folds down in half. Also, there’s no back breaking manoeuvres or fancy footwork needed to collapse this pram. It’s so simple & quick. I am quite literally the most clumsy person I know, & even I have mastered this easy procedure. A click of the safety switch & you’re pretty much done!

Once folded this pram will stand freely. So it’s perfect if you’re short on space. Also, you won’t need to prop it against your hallway wall. There’s nothing worse than a pram or buggy that doesn’t free stand & has to be propped against your cream walls. It’s also great for if you’re in a restaurant etc… you can fold it & stand it out of the way with ease.

I love that this pram gives you the option of forward or rear facing. Ted is 8 month now & loves to be nosy & look at what’s going on. However, he is teething & it’s been making him a bit upset. Sometimes he likes to rear face when he’s feeling a little under the weather. So the Versatrax gives us that option. It’s so simple to unclip & turn round.

Like all Joie products… the Versatrax is super comfy. We’ve had no complaints from Ted. The seat is comfy & has a nice soft feel. No sharp edges or corners. Everything is finished off beautifully. The seat will fully recline & has a soft touch harness. There’s also calf/leg support too. So your little one can really kick back & relax.

The Versatrax handles beautifully. The push bar is comfy to hold & has a one handed push. Now you all know that one handed push is a big requirement for me. I need to be able to push the pram/buggy with one hand while I’m holding Seth’s hand too. We have 2 busy roads to get across on our school run. So need to have hands available. Also, I’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist/hand. Vibrations can really trigger the pain. The Versatrax has lovely foam filled rubber tyres making it a smooth ride for your little one & a comfy one for you while pushing it. There’s hardly no vibration.

There’s also a really big storage basket on the bottom & is very easy to access. A big basket is a must for us, as I just seem to have so much stuff with me all of the time lol.

Here is a list of the features:

  • Suitable from birth with flat reclining seat
  • Adjustable forward and rearward facing seat
  • Pairs perfectly with Joie infant carriers gemm™, i-Gemm™, i-Level™, and i-Snug™ with the included adapters or with other infant carriers using Maxi-Cosi® style attachment
  • Pairs perfectly with ramble™ XL carry cot using the included adapters
  • One hand easy fold and setup, with seat rearward or forward facing
  • Freestanding when folded
  • Carry strap built in
  • Water repellant canopy
  • Full-size UPF50+ canopy with eyeshade visor
  • Multi-position recline for backrest tilt options
  • 2 position calf support
  • Front and back access storage basket
  • All wheel suspension for a smooth ride
  • Sweet Stride™ single front swivel wheels
  • One touch brakes
  • SoftTouch, 5-point harness
  • Height adjustable pushbar
  • Locking front swivel wheels
  • Cup holder

This really is a fantastic travel system. If you’re looking for a travel system that you can rely on, look fancy, is great on space & easy to use… then this is the one for you. Travel systems have a reputation for being big & bulky. But this certainly isn’t like that. It’s sturdy, lightweight, easy to use & folds very compact. It really is perfect for everyday family life! It’s going to be great for travel too as it doesn’t take up much space in the car! So look out for my review on how it is on holidays!

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you’ve found this review helpful!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

My Fave Must Haves!

1 Jul

 

Hi folks,

Wowzers… how are we even 7 month into 2019 already!? This year is going by super fast… but then, I’m just super busy 24/7… so no wonder it’s flying by.

Parenting is so much easier, when you’ve got the best parenting must haves to help you! I mean… where would I be without my most fave Joie products!?

In May we had a lovely birthday break in the Yorkshire Dales & then in June we had a lovely little Haven Holiday to Blackpool. For both holidays – we took our Kubbie Sleep with us for Ted. I know I’ve written a review about the Kubbie Sleep already, but I just wanted to say once more – how much we love this travel cot. I so wish we’d had this for when Seth was a baby too. It’s great as it’s a travel cot – but also a side sleeper. Side sleeping has been such a lovely bonding experience for us. We have never co-slept. So having a side sleeper has been the better, more safe option for us. And it’s even better when you can carry on side sleeping while travelling too.

As you can see from Ted’s happy little face… he loves the Kubbie Sleep.

One of the things we love about it, is that it folds down small into it’s little carry bag. It’s so easy to assemble too. There’s nothing worse that a really fiddley travel cot.

It has a lovely thick, firm mattress for your little one to sleep on. The metal poles come apart & collapse easily to fit into the carry bag. The bag is perfect for storage too – it’ll keep your Kubbie Sleep nice & dust free between each use. The mattress can also be removed easily too for playtime & tummy time… Perfect!

This really is the perfect travel companion. You can find my original Kubbie Sleep review here. This really is a must have item when travelling with baby. We tried Ted in a regular travel cot & he would not settle at the mattress just was not firm enough. Yet he settled so quick in the Kubbie Sleep. I cannot recommend this travel cot/side sleeper enough.

Now… It’s no secret that I’m also a massive Joie buggy fan! Let’s Meet Mirus

The Mirus can be used forward & rear facing by simply moving the push bar. It’s nice to have the option of rear or forward facing. Ted is super nosey… so I do tend to forward face him. But, if he’s a little upset – which he has been recently with teething… it’s nice to be able to see them.

A massive thumbs up from me has to be the anti scuff brake! I hate the fact that all of my shoes get scuffed on the toe from flicking the brake up on most other buggy’s. But the Mirus has the brake on the side of the push bar!!! So with a flick of a switch you can put the brake on & off with your hand. No more scuffed shoes!

The seat fully reclines making it suitable rom birth. There’s an easy to use handle/lever on the back of the seat making it easy to recline if your little one nods off & you want to make them that little bit comfier. I also love that it’s a one hand fold. I am so cack handed & clumsy – it’s unreal… and even I can fold the Mirus with just one hand. It falls into a fold position really easily & automatically locks into position. When folded, it stands upright. Great for storage. We keep ours in our front porch & it just stands neatly against the wall & is so slimline when folded that it doesn’t get in the way.

The basket on the bottom is a great size too… great for carrying your picnic when on days out lol.

I love the large hood – great for Summer days when the sun is shinning.

I use the Mirus every day on the school run as we don’t live too far from school. The Mirus will manoeuvre easily when using only one hand. There’s a few busy roads I need to cross so I need to be able to hold Seth’s hand while I push Ted in the buggy. One handed push is not a problem for the Mirus. You’ll also receive a rain cover as standard too – which is a total must have.

Seth has really taken to holding Ted’s hand actually while he’s in the buggy… so cute.

This pushchair is also fully compatible with Joie 0+ infant carriers… no adaptors needed. So in effect… this would be the only pushchair you’d actually need to buy. So, if you’re on a budget, you could save money on buying big expensive travel systems.

This is such an excellent buggy… lightweight… one handed fold… one handed push… comfy… what’s not to love!? I’ll be taking this buggy away with us too when we travel, so you can expect more updates on it is to travel with.

Thank you as always for reading & I do hope you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

 

Making Memories

20 May

Hi folks,

I love the month of May. Spring is everywhere & everything looks so beautiful… the weather is on the turn to sunnier times & it’s also mine & the hubsters Birthday month.

We always try to do something nice for our birthdays as they’re only 4 days apart. But when you have little ones in tow… plans have to change & adapt. This year we had the most amazing little break in the Yorkshire Dales in a stunning Georgian Cottage.

So… first of all… let me tell you about this simply beautiful cottage. Green Cottage is an elegant Georgian Cottage set on the green of one of Yorkshire’s most picturesque villages. It’s an ideal base to explore the Dales in any season. And… it’s 100% Family-friendly… that includes doggies too. A dog bed & bowl can be provided if needed. Our Coco is such a little diva though & likes her own little comforts – so we took her fave bed & mini food & water bowl… most dog bowls are big enough for her to bathe in lol.

The space itself:

The house is fully detached and set over three floors. Don’t worry thoughif you have little ones, then baby gates can be provided. Seth is 3 & Ted is 6 month so we very much need baby gates on the stairsso this was fab for us. They were already installed too!

Lower Ground Floor

  • Kitchen diner (featuring an extendable table to seat up to 6 guests and fully equipped with Rangemaster cooker, dishwasher, fridge with freezer shelf and microwave along with plenty of good quality cooking and baking equipment, glasses, crockery etc). Honestly…the kitchen has EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Even down to the colourful plastic kids crockery from IKEA that we all know & love & can’t live without! We ate in both nights… did ‘snacky food & we had sparkles… obvs

  • Utility room (with washer-dryer, iron and ironing board and a drying space for muddy boots and outdoor gear)There’s great tray there to stand your dirty shoes in there’s a radiator right underneath the coat rail too – so if you’ve gotten a little damp – everything will dry off.

  • Bathroom (with spa whirlpool bath, and toasty underfloor heating). The bath is utterly divine! I had visions of having an uninterrupted bubble bath with a glass of sparkles… but of course that lasted all of 5 minutes until Seth came bounding in lol. But that’s Mama Life for you!

Ground Floor

  • Living room (sofas to comfortably seat 5, log burner, digital Smart TV with Freeview, BBC iPlayer etc as well as lots of books, maps and games) we took our amazon fire stick with us & connected it to the WiFi. So we were able to watch Disney Life, Netflix & Prime. Please note that the play pen in the living room is ours & not part of the cottage.

  • Snug / third bedroom (large day bed which can be made up into full size single bed, second TV, desk)

  • Shower room (walk in monsoon shower with extra large enclosure, heated towel rail) There is also a toilet. It’s fab as there is literally a toilet on each floor. Essential for toilet training! Seth is totally dry now, but we’re still only in our first month of toilet training… so a toilet on hand is utterly essential lol.

First floor

  • Master bedroom (king size bed with deep, comfortable mattress, large wardrobe and antique dressing table) oodles of spaceLoads of room for a travel cot. A travel cot can be provided too if you don’t want to take one.

  • Twin bedroom (two full size single beds with pocket sprung mattresses, chest of drawers and clothes rail) a waterproof mattress cover can be provided too! Perfect!Please note that the bed guard rail is ours & not part of the cottage.

  • WC with basin (‘Jack and Jill’ style access from both upstairs bedrooms, ideal for families, or can be set up as en-suite for either bedroom)

Outside

  • Enclosed garden to rear and side, paved and gravel with outside seating, and a charcoal BBQ
  • Bike store (lockable for up to 5 bikes, can also be used as a pram store)
  • Direct access to the village green – a large expanse of grass free for all to stroll, sit or play
  • Play area visible from back gate – swings, slide, football posts etc. We spent quite a lot of time in the little play area. Seth loves a park. There’s also plenty wide open space to run around or to picnic. But, if you take your fur babies… please ensure you scoop that poop! There’s nothing worse than dog poop making the place dirty!

As you can see from above & from my photos… everything is catered for.

The bedding was so comfy!!! Egyptian cotton bed linen on all beds, 13.5 tog thick duvets (hypoallergenic and feather / down) and plenty of soft and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels. As you can see… Ted had to try out the king size bed lol.

There’s a welcome pack with all the basics for your first couple of days (loo rolls, hand soap, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin bags, tea towels and kitchen cleaning supplies) as well as tea, coffee, milk, bread and a few local treats. This was soooo nice!!! It just means that you don’t have to pack a lot of shopping. And it also means that it’s all ready for you to get the kettle straight on when you arrive… coz let’s face it… we all need that first brew when we arrive somewhere! Especially when you’ve had to sing Baby Shark & Old McDonald Farm all the way there lol.

 

Also… when we arrived there was a lovely big box of toys left out for Seth to explore, as well as plenty children’s books. There were even a few laid out on his bed for him. That was such a lovely touch & Seth was super excited!

So as well as a travel cot, baby gates & toys… the owners can provide a highchair – which Ted thought was VERY comfy & there is also a baby monitor. Oh & I did mention the plastic IKEA crockery, but there’s also a MAM Baby Cup too. Just so many little things that have been added to make your break so much easier! This cottage is really like a home from home.

For our furbabies, there is a lovely fluffy blanket provided & the use of a hose pipe outside to wash down those dirty paws.

 

Okay… so you’ve heard all about the gorgeous cottage… but what did we do while we were there? We investigated Settle. What a stunning little town. Seth particularly enjoyed The House That Jack Built. He got some lovely new Melissa & Doug toys. There are so many gorgeous shops, tea rooms & places to eat, to investigate. There’s also the Watershed Mill. It is absolutely stunning… the scenery is simply breathtaking. We popped there for a little bite to eat over lunch time.

We spent a lot of time playing on the green outside of the cottage & in the little park. We were only there for 2 nights… next time we’ll be booking for a week.

The cottage has a lovely organised folder of leaflets & places to visit etc… so helpful for when you’re planning days out.

This beautiful cottage is simply worth every penny. If you book before August & quote: “IxxyPoco” you will be given an exclusive discount. You can book a year in advance. So use that code before it runs out. Simply head to Green Cottage on AirBnB & send a message to the owners quoting my blog.

Thanks as always for reading & I hope you’ve been inspired to book yourself a lovely break away ❤️

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Weaning Must-Have, Teething Troubles and School Styling

13 May

Hi folks,

Can you believe we’re at the weaning stage already with Ted!? It feels like only yesterday that he was born. And yet here we are… already at the foodie stage.

Weaning can be so stressful. Finding foods & textures that your little one will entertain. Then there’s the worry of finger foods… I get so anxious in case they choke!

Of course weaning always feels less daunting when you have plenty of Nuby products on standby.

Stackable Bowls with Lids

These bowls are fantastic! In the pack you will get 4 bowls with lids & 2 spoons. The bowls are microwave safe & also dishwasher safe when used on the top shelf. They’re great for feeding on the go, as you can pop the lid back on to save any mess getting in your bag. They’re also perfect for food storage too!

Catch All Bib

The bib in this pic of Ted was actually Seth’s! So it’s already seen us through 1 weaning journey. Proof that Nuby products do stand the test of time!

This bib wipes down easily & also catches any foodie falls! It fastens with Velcro. This bib may be 3yrs old… but it’s still fantastic!

Titan Grip & Sip Cup

This little sippy cup is fab for getting your little one used to a cup from using bottles. The handles are great for little hands to be able to hold onto. It’s also non spill & it comes with a little lid too for keeping it clean & hygienic on the go.

Ted’s really enjoying trying to hold his own drink at the moment & this cup is great for that.

Wacky Teether

Any parent will tell you that teething is so upsetting & traumatic. Poor Ted has 2 teeth poking through on his bottom gum. He’s been so upset with himself. Luckily though, he’s gotten some relief with his Wacky Teether. It’s a lovely size for little hands to be able to grab on to.

With all of the different textures, it’s perfect for massaging sore gums. The crinkly fabric & bright colours will also keep them entertained too.

Ted loves his Wacky Teether!

Trendz Mini Backpack with Reins

Trendz Water Bottle

Seth has recently started Pre-School… he absolutely adores it! His Trendz Backpack has come in so handy. To avoid all that awful traffic, we walk to school. But with having the buggy too for Ted, I feel like I need several arms to be able to hold Seth’s hand & push the buggy.

With Seth being a ‘big boy’ he doesn’t always want to hold hands, so it’s great being able to attach the reins on to his bag & then keeping it on my wrist. It’s just a little reassurance that he’s not going to wander too far or jump into a road.

Inside the backpack – there is plenty room for spare clothes… we all know what it’s like during toilet training. There’s also a zip compartment inside as well as a big pocket.

The water bottle is a great size for school too & also has a push button that releases the drinking spout. Great for keeping it clean & hygienic. Its non-spill too!

It’s easy to wash – it’s dishwasher safe… Hoorah! And… it’s shatterproof! Durability is a must have when you have a rather boisterous 3 year old!

I do love Nuby products they just seem to make everything a little easier lol.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

I hope you’ve found my review helpful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Holidays… Breaks… Vacations… Travel

4 Mar

Hi folks,

Is it just me or does travelling abroad as a parent sometimes fill you with sheer dread? We’re planning a little European vacation this summer to Germany. I’m already trying to think like a million steps ahead… what do I pack!? Toys, formula, buggy, nappies, wipes, calpol… blah blah blah. I mean… do I even have luggage big enough!? What I wouldn’t give to have a private plane lol.

Then there’s the travel insurance. While I was pregnant, with both Seth & Ted, we holidayed in the UK. We always just purchase the travel insurance through the company we’re booking with. To be honest… I was always to scared too about travelling abroad whilst pregnant. So much so that we cancelled our trip to Sweden & Denmark whilst I was pregnant with Seth. Now looking back… I wish we’d not cancelled. But I mean… what is the advice? What are the guidelines whilst pregnant!? Well, the fabulous folk over at Columbus Direct have put this statement together:

Stuart Lloyd, travel insurance expert at Columbus Direct comments:

“Like Meghan & Harry, many parents-to-be will be looking to travel whilst pregnant but perhaps are unsure if it’s safe.

“If you’ve had a straightforward pregnancy, you should be safe to fly up to 28 weeks as normal. Beyond 28 weeks there are other considerations including whether you’ve had an uncomplicated pregnancy, the specific airline you’re flying with, as well as your insurance policy.

“Most airlines will require a “Fit to Fly” medical certificate from your GP beyond 28 weeks and the majority of airlines will not allow you to travel beyond 37 weeks for a single pregnancy, and beyond 32 weeks for a multiple pregnancy. Our advice is to always check with your airline as many have their own guidelines and you don’t want to be caught out.

“Before travelling, ensure you’ve not only bought travel insurance but have also checked the policy terms to see what is required of you and what you are covered for when travelling whilst pregnant in the event that you need to make a claim.

“Always consult your midwife or visit the NHS website for any medical related questions.”

I wish I’d read this statement back in 2016. But, I’ll just have to book Denmark & Sweden for the future!

Thank you as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Keeping Things Shiny and New

13 Sep

Hi folks,

I’m always getting compliments on how new & shiny Seth’s buggy’s are. I guess I am a little bit of a clean freak in a lot of ways… but when it comes to buggy maintenance it’s totally essential. I like things to stay looking nice & brand new. Plus, the more well kept something is, then the longer it’ll last.

So… what are my top tips for keeping that all important buggy ship shape?

  • No Crumbs Here… seriously… crumbs seem to multiply when you have a toddler. Seth loves to snack & you can guarantee that when we’re out & about it’s going to be something extremely crumbly & messy. I cannot stand a buggy full of crumbs. Plus, it’s not hygienic. I hoover Seth’s buggy regularly. It may sound a little extreme, but literally a few seconds with a handheld hoover & all the crumbs are gone. I even hoover the basket on the bottom too as it seems to get sprayed with little pebbles & bits of dust from when you’re out & about walking.
  • Baby Wipes… Baby Wipes & More Baby Wipes… don’t you just love sticky finger marks everywhere… NOPE! So again… little ones love to wipe their hands everywhere. The bar across the front of the Mirus can get pretty mucky. My saviours are Baby Wipes. I wouldn’t want to use anything harsh or abrasive on the buggy in case it affected the fabric. So I tend to us a good old delicate baby wipe to eradicate any mucky finger marks. Works an absolute treat!!! Plus it’s super easy to grab a baby wipe when you’re on the go.
  • Germs Be Gone!… I store our buggy indoors. I don’t tend to leave in the car or the garage. So, I don’t really want muddy, mucky wheels spreading germs & dirt on the floors. I wash the wheels down with water & I tend to spray a little anti-bacterial on the wheels & give them a wipe. It’s the best way I’ve found to keep the wheels clean & working well.
  • Nice & Dry… We all know what the British weather can be like… dark, gloomy & wet. You can’t help it when you’re caught out in the rain. I never fold the buggy up to store if it’s wet or damp. I always leave it folded out & somewhere it’ll be able to dry fully. It just stop it from getting any kind of fusty smell.

I don’t just apply the above to buggy’s… I do this with Seth’s car seat too. In fact… I even hoover my handbags from time to time… honestly. That sounds so bizarre doesn’t it. But, when you’re a busy Mammy & throwing biscuit wrappers & half eaten bags of crisps into your Mam bag… crumbs happen!

Damon Marriott who is the Head of Product Development over at Joie UK has issued these handy hints;

How to maintain your buggy for a long-time ride

Damon Marriott, Head of Product Development, Joie UK

If you’ve just bought a brand new buggy, which is shiny and clean, then chances are you want to keep it that way and make sure it lasts as long as possible. Buggies do require a certain amount of maintenance to ensure they stay in working order – rust-free, clean and always lubricated (no squeaky wheels!). But don’t worry there are simple things you can do to keep yours in tip top condition. Damon Marriott, Head of Product Development at Joie UK, shares his top tips to help you to maintain your buggy, whatever conditions you use it in!

  1. Avoid sand and sea water

Beach visits are great day out for the family, but they’re also an environment that can cause havoc for your buggy! If you’ve had a great day out by the sea, it’s very important to take care of your buggy shortly afterwards. Make sure you rinse off the sand and seawater as sea salt is damaging to metal frames and working mechanisms and can get in the crevices causing rust. Clean the buggy using hot soapy water or a bike cleaning spray, and especially focus on the wheels and brake system, as rust can also be a problem here and prevent them from functioning properly. Also, remember to dust off any sand that might have been deposited in the basket area as this can often get forgotten. Once cleaned, lubricate again with a silicon based lubricant spray.

  1. Keep your buggy bone dry

Sometimes you just have to leave the house even though the rain is pouring outside and you end up returning with a soaking buggy. In these instances it’s important to take care of your buggy afterwards and let it dry properly. Place the buggy in an area where it can air dry. If the sun does appear then you can leave to dry outside, but a heated room will work just as well. The most important thing is to avoid leaving it wet and folded up in your car or cupboard, it won’t dry properly and will cause your car or home to become damp and it won’t smell that great either! If you have a rain cover on then make sure you hang this up to dry before you pack it away again too.

  1. Wipe clean

It’s also important to maintain the fabric on your buggy. Give the surface a good clean with warm water and a damp cloth, using mild soap. A soft fabric brush (or even a toothbrush) can be also helpful to scrub any areas that might require extra attention. With a dry towel, wipe away excess water and soap and let the buggy air dry in a warm place. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals as they may perish the fabric and be potentially dangerous to your little one. Finally, we recommend only machine washing buggy fabrics that specify they are machine washable as not all are. Never tumble dry any fabrics.

  1. Lubricate your brakes

Of all the parts of the buggy, the moving mechanisms are the most important ones to maintain. This includes the wheels, brakes and the recline and folding features. Keep them not only clean, but more importantly, keep them lubricated. If you do, the lifetime of your stroller will be hugely extended. For example: if you have squeaky wheels you can easily fix this with regular lubrication, this is the same for any other part of the buggy. If you start to find the brake pedal stiff to apply then lubricate it, ideally do this once a month to keep in good working order. We recommend using a dry silicone spray lubricant, and don’t forget to wipe off any excess spray.

Also, if your buggy has air tyres, make sure to check your tyres pressure regularly. Your buggy should come with an instruction manual which states the correct pressure limits. Tyre pressure is affected by heat and can cause the rims to warp, so store your buggy in a cool place to keep them at the advised level. Your buggy will be easier to push and manoeuvre when tyres are pumped up to the correct pressure. If you are going out for a long day, or somewhere like the beach, it can use useful to carry a pump with you.

You can find Joie’s full pushchair range here: https://uk.joiebaby.com/cat/pushchairs/  

Damon has some fab tips! I’d never thought about lubricating the brakes etc… so that is something I’m definitely taking on board!

Obviously… everything above is just helpful hints. No one has time for a full deep clean after each use… but a little maintenance regularly does go a long way.

I hope you’ve found this blog post useful & thanks as always for reading!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

Travel System Love

28 Aug

Hi folks,

Can you believe that I have less than 10 weeks left! By the end of this week I’ll be able to say that we will have a new baby next month! Eeeeck!

Everything is all steam ahead with organising & baby prep. Last week I received the most stunning travel system from Kids Kargo.

This is the Kids Kargo Fitty Jogger in navy & tan.

As you can see from the photo’s… it’s utterly stunning.

Obviously, I haven’t been out & about with this just yet as ‘Little T’ hasn’t arrived yet. But, I can give you some insight into how easy it is to assemble & how it looks & feels.

Being quite far on now with my pregnancy & having a few ups & downs with health… my hubster has totally banned me from doing anything that requires any kind of bending or lifting. So the assembly was 100% down to him. I did however, get him to write me up a report on how he found it lol. Yes you read that right… he wrote me a small report… so here goes… in the words of Graham Thorne;

The travel system is really easy to put together out of the box. It was really surprising how big the travel system is as the box was quite small and could easily fit in a small hatchback car.

Most of the packaging is recyclable with only some large plastic bags and foam on all the important parts. It was so easy to go together, that I barely even looked at the instructions – it was logical and very easy to figure out.

As soon as it was out the box it was really striking; the navy blue and leather brown really complement each other, this really does look classy.

The front wheel went in first with a reassuring click, the two rear wheels also went in really easily and the mudguards clicked into place with no problem at all.

The next thing I noticed was the handle pivot, this is good for when you want your wrists to be in the perfect position.

The next thing I noticed was the underneath storage/basket section this is really big and fit perfectly.

Next I checked out how this would collapse down – this is really easy to do. You pull up on two latches with one of the latches requiring a thumb press on a leaver, this is for safety.

Next I checked the brake, it is really good. It’s solid – doesn’t feel flimsy and will be easy to use without damaging your shoes.

The rest of the system went together well. Everything feels solid safe and secure, there’s barely any movement with the pram when you wobble it side to side – this is something I do just now and again to check how stable a pram will be on bumpy grounds.

Having a toddler section down by your feet is a really good idea – the only downside to this is if they have muddy feet, they could potentially mess the storage area, but this is a small price to pay… but then every parent always has a baby wipe handy!

So there’s my hubsters insight. It’s sometimes good to get a Daddy’s perspective I think, purely as I look at different to things to him. I’m more about how it looks & if it’s heavy or clunky to use, but my hubby tends to look more into how it works & fits together. He’s more technical & I’m more aesthetic shall we say.

As my hubster said above – it really is classy looking! It’s just so beautiful. I mean, yes it matters on how it feels & works… but you also want it to look nice.

I love that I can adjust the push bar – being a taller girl at 5ft 8… there’s nothing worse than feeling hunched over when pushing a pram. The inside of the pram/carrycot itself is so lovely. It’s beautifully soft & very well made. A newborn will be super cosy in here. Especially with the added footmuff. Little T is due 31st October… so I definitely need something cosy & warm. Also, along with the temperature, you need to consider weather conditions under foot. This pram has fab chunky wheels with a good tread/grip, as well as built in suspension for better steering, balance & grip. When you’re looking for that perfect pram for your precious babies, you need to feel secure & confident. I have no doubt that this pram will give you that peace of mind.

Now, the added bonus to this pram, is the toddler seat on the bottom. We all know the trials & tribulations of dragging around a tired & grumpy toddler. This extra seat gives you the option of a secure seat with strap for your older child. This will be perfect for Seth when he’s feeling tired… or for when I need to dash out of the door & he doesn’t want to walk. It just gives you a little more freedom. The pram of course comes with 2 rain covers so your little ones won’t get wet. And the carrycot easily converts into a buggy seat as your baby grows.

What else do you need to know… the fitty jogger is compatible with Maxi Cosi 0+ car seat (Adapters available), or Britax Babysafe 0+ car seat (no Adapters needed)

So… I think that’s as much as I can tell you for now. Of course I shall be reviewing again once Little T has arrived. I have added the links to Kids Kargo so you can go look & shop!

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As always… thanks so much for reading & I hope you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx