Tag Archives: Carseat

Dreamy Day Tripper

2 Oct

Hi folks,

So… the countdown is on until Little T joins us at the end of the month! Eeeeeeck… we’ll have a new baby THIS MONTH! We just cannot wait. We’ve been very busy getting everything ready for his arrival!

We received the most stunning delivery from Joie a few weeks ago in the shape of the new iLevel Infant Carrier/Car Seat.

I absolutely LOVE this car seat & cannot wait to bring Little T home from the hospital in it… so get ready to be inundated with lots of cute adorable newborn baby pics of him all snuggly in it.

So… what’s so fabulous about this particular car seat!? Well… as well as many other things, it comes complete with ISOFIX & it fully reclines!

With the full recline feature, it essentially converts from an infant carrier to a carry cot when strolling out & about.

Everything you need to know:

  • Meets the new i-Size ECE R129/00 standard
  • Suitable rearward facing from birth to 85cm, and less than 13kg
  • Converts to a flat reclining seat usable in the vehicle or on a pushchair
  • Features patented Intelli-Fit™ foam for ultimate side impact protection
  • Exclusive Tri-Protect™ headrest offers 3 layers of security
  • Grow Together™ multi-height headrest and harness system adjusts simultaneously and requires no rethreading of harness
  • Multi-position, ergonomic carry handle with leather look grip
  • Removable full body insert
  • Retractable, removable sun canopy features a zip-open panel
  • Comes complete with an ISOFIX base
  • Easy buckling 3-point harness with padded covers
  • Compatible with most Joie pushchairs and with other pushchairs using Maxi-Cosi® style car seat adapters

Watch the full promotional video here

We do love our Joie products. Everything is so well made, safe, comfortable & easy to use.  Planning for a new addition can be so expensive… so you don’t want to be spending & wasting money on products that you have no confidence in. I can honestly say that every Joie product we have has been well used & stood the test of time.

You can find a list of stockists here so you can go & see for yourself just how lovely this infant carrier is. It’s good to go see for yourself just how sturdy something is & how comfy it’ll feel for your precious little one. You’ll definitely see just how good the quality really is.

I’ll be writing another post all this infant carrier once Little T arrives, to give you more on an insight once I’ve fully tested it etc…

Thank you so much as always for reading & keep those peepers peeled for some adorable coming home pics of Little T in his comfy carrier.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

12 Weeks to Go…

7 Aug

Hi folks,

I hope you’re all staying safe during this crazy heatwave. I was enjoying it at first… but I have to say, now that my pregnancy is developing I’m starting to suffer in this heat. Talk about swollen ankles & bulging varicose veins. Oh the glamour of it all!

So… with only 12 weeks to go… It’s all full steam ahead here at Thorne Towers in preparing for Little T’s arrival. We’re currently on painting the kitchen, then it’ll be straight onto his Nursery. We have everything – we just need to paint his room & build everything.

Once everything is perfect & sorted in his bedroom… we have the most beautiful soft furnishings from Mothercare. I’m just so excited to see them in his finished nursery.

The quality of these stunning products is superb. I’ve already washed the fitted sheets & quilt ready to go onto the cot bed when it’s put together. They washed so well. It’s so important that anything related washes well! I mean lets face it… everything is just constantly in the wash.

I just love the design. The curtains are lovely & sheer & will look stunning with the roller blind I have chosen.

We have decided on the colour scheme of white & pale grey. So with the little touches of blue in this stunning set – it’s going to really pop. I can’t wait to take pictures of everything once his room is finished. Seth’s room is very colourful & has a space theme, so we wanted something a little different for Little T. Just so they had two different styles of room. Well, until they are choosing their own colour schemes.

Living where we do, we are surrounded by lots of lovely countryside & lots of beautiful ‘off road’ walking areas. So finding a travel system that will adjust from ‘city life’ to ‘county life’ can be a bit of mine field. Luckily for Little T…  he has the stunning 3 Wheel Chrome Journey in Khaki from Mothercare waiting for him.

I love love love this Travel System! It has suspension & shock absorption. The front wheel can swivel or lock – you choose which you’d prefer. It runs smoothly on flat surfaces as well as bumpy more uneven surfaces. Which is perfect for us. And yes… I have taken it on a little test drive already. Maybe I should’ve popped Coco in it for a little spin. Having said that… she is already a tad high maintenance… so I don’t really want to start giving her ideas lol.

The main features:

  • suitable from birth (in pramette mode) to a max. child weight of 15kg
  • comes complete with infant group 0+ car seat. The seat clicks on and off chassis to form a travel system using included adaptors. The car seat is suitable from birth to a max. weight of 13kg/29lbs (approx 12/15 months).
  • the infant car seat is installed in the vehicle using a seatbelt and must always be used in a rearward facing position. Also includes a wedge and liner to provide extra support for newborns
  • car seat with side impact protection
  • reversible pushchair seat unit suitable from 6 months can be attached forward or rear facing
  • lie flat, pram mode suitable from birth and includes pram liner and apron
  • 3-wheels
  • lockable front swivel wheel
  • large, detachable basket with magnetic pouch
  • detachable bumper bar
  • coordinating footmuff, chest pads and weathershield included
  • compact fold with removable wheels
  • coordinating change bag available separately
  • folded dimensions: h66 x w58 x d95cm
  • Free 2 year guarantee

I love the khaki colour, I’ve not seen any khaki prams/ buggy’s to be honest whilst I’ve been out. So I think this is what first caught my attention when I spied it at the Mothercare Press Show last year.

The travel system was really easy to assemble – that’s always a bonus. Especially in this heat! You don’t want to be getting all hot & bothered with an awkward pram. I simply love the adjustable push bar… there’s nothing worse than a pram with no adjustable push bar when you’re quite tall.

When Little T arrives, I shall of course be reviewing this lovely travel system again 🙂

If you’d like to purchase or simply read more about these stunning products – just click the links. Don’t forget that you can always pop into your local Mothercare store to test drive their Travel Systems. Try before you buy… make sure it’s the travel system for you.

I cannot believe how quickly the time is ticking by!

Thank you so much for being on this beautiful journey with me.

As always – thank you for reading! Oh & don’t forget that for daily updates you can follow me on Instagram.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Football Fever!

21 Jun

Hi folks,

There’s no getting away from the football fever that is upon us right now. You literally can’t go anywhere without World Cup Football Fever 🙂 I have to admit though… I do love it. And Seth… well, he utterly adores it!

Seth recently joined Mini Kicks. I know he’s only little, but he simply adores kicking a ball. He loves watching it too. We thought it’d be such a great way to boost his confidence, help him to make new friends & to also help with building his coordination & other physical skills. He’s absolutely thriving & he just adores his coaches.

So… What would be the perfect car seat to travel to & from footie training? Of course, bearing in mind that safety comes first… but it doesn’t hurt to look good while you travel too…

Joie have partnered with Liverpool Football Club to bring out a stunning range of products. Seth has the Joie Every Stage FX in the red LFC design. It’s stunning & just utterly perfect. Funny story… when this was delivered – the delivery guy had a full on conversation with me on where he could buy a one lol. He literally went back to his van to go order one on his smart phone. Love it.

So… let’s get the technical stuff out the way first… this is literally the only car seat you’ll ever need. It’s effectively 4 seats in 1! This is a 0+/1/2/3 Stage Car Seat, rear facing from birth to 18kg & forward facing from 9kg to 36kg. When rear facing this is secured via the car seat belt. When forward facing in group 1 , this seat has easy & exact ISOFIX installation. When you progress round to 2/3 for high back booster mode there is an easy ISOSAFE connection. So you can rest easy knowing that this car seat is rock solid & isn’t go anywhere.

What are the features? 

▪ Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat

▪ Suitable rearward facing from birth to 18kg/4 years

▪ Suitable forward facing from 9kg to 36kg/12 years

▪ 6 recline positions: 2 rear facing and 4 forward facing

▪ Easy installation with ISOFIX and top tether when using in forward facing group 1 mode

▪ Side impact protection provides added security for the head, body, and hips

▪ Guard Surround Safety™ panels provide extra side protection and fold into seat when not in use

▪ One-hand, 10 position height adjustable headrest

▪ AutoAdjust™ side wings widen as headrest is raised to accommodate growing children

▪ Reinforced steel inner seat shell increases structural integrity

▪ 3 piece flexible insert system includes an infant head support, infant body support, and infant wedge – all customisable for the ultimate fit at every stage

▪ Grow Together™ multi-height headrest and harness system adjust simultaneously and require no re-threading of harness

▪ Custom Harness Hideaway™ compartments store the 5-point harness when using as a Group 2/3 booster

▪ Plush, deluxe cushioning and fabrics

▪ Built in side ventilation

▪ Side, mesh storage pockets for child’s must-have travel items

▪ Well marked, colour-coded installation paths

▪ Dual lock-offs for installing with vehicle’s 3-point seat belt

▪ BabySoft 5-point harness with shoulder and lower buckle covers

▪ One pull motion easily tightens the 5-point harness

How much does it cost I hear you ask!? This car seat retails for around £250. Now, that may seem pricey, but when you think that this literally goes from birth to 12yrs… it’s such a bargain! Amazing investment. This is the ONLY car seat you will EVER need!

Neither mine or my husbands family live near us, so we seem to be frequently travelling a good old distance to visit people. This car seat is just so perfect for those long journeys… safe… secure & comfortable.

With regards to installation… I did leave this in the capable hands of my darling husband. He did, however tell me that it was super easy to do. I shall leave this video here to talk you through the installation.

So overall… we just can’t get enough of this carseat. It’s comfy, we love the football badge – my hubby is from Liverpool so it’s like his ideal choice. Its comfortable, it gives you the freedom of choice with regard to rear & forward facing. Only YOU know what is right for you & your little one. For us, everything is perfect… even the little side pockets. They’re perfect for holding that precious cuddly toy & drinks cup for long journeys.

I do hope that you’ve found this review interesting & useful.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Finding the Perfect Car Seat

24 May

Hi folks,

So… Let’s talk car seats. What an utter mine field Car Seat shopping can be. Especially since the law regarding car seats & booster cushions has changed this year. You can view the official government guidelines here.
When you leave hospital, you leave with your newborn baby in their infant carrier. Buying an infant carrier is relatively easy. I mean, usually you purchase a full travel system anyways. So you’ve probably gotten your baby carrier as part of a set. You click your prescious bundle in & out of the car via an ISOFIX base & you’re sorted. But… what do you do when they start outgrowing their baby carrier!? What do you buy? Do you buy a rear facing seat only to discard it when you start forward facing? Do you begin forward straight away when your bambino reaches 9kg even though you feel nervous about it? Do you need an ISOFIX base? Or do you just secure with a car seat belt? So many questions… so much choice… where do you start!?

Well… here’s the answer… The Every Stage FX Car Seat by Joie. 


This car seat is an utter game changer. This is literally the only car seat you will ever need! This car seat is literally 4 seats in 1. This is a 0+/1/2/3 Stage car seat, rear facing from birth to 18kg & forward facing from 9kg to 36kg. When rear facing this seat is secured via the car seat belt. When forward facing in group 1, this seat has easy & exact ISOFIX installation. When you progress to groups 2/3 for high back booster mode there is an easy ISOSAFE connection. So you can rest easy knowing that this car seat is rock solid.

What are the features? 

  • Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat
  • Suitable rearward facing from birth to 18kg/4 years
  • Suitable forward facing from 9kg to 36kg/12 years
  • 6 recline positions: 2 rear facing and 4 forward facing
  • Easy installation with ISOFIX and top tether when using in forward facing group 1 mode
  • Side impact protection provides added security for the head, body, and hips
  • Guard Surround Safety™ panels provide extra side protection and fold into seat when not in use
  • One-hand, 10 position height adjustable headrest
  • AutoAdjust™ side wings widen as headrest is raised to accommodate growing children
  • Reinforced steel inner seat shell increases structural integrity
  • 3 piece flexible insert system includes an infant head support, infant body support, and infant wedge – all customisable for the ultimate fit at every stage
  • Grow Together™ multi-height headrest and harness system adjust simultaneously and require no re-threading of harness
  • Custom Harness Hideaway™ compartments store the 5-point harness when using as a Group 2/3 booster
  • Plush, deluxe cushioning and fabrics
  • Built in side ventilation
  • Side, mesh storage pockets for child’s must-have travel items
  • Well marked, colour-coded installation paths
  • Dual lock-offs for installing with vehicle’s 3-point seat belt
  • BabySoft 5-point harness with shoulder and lower buckle covers
  • One pull motion easily tightens the 5-point harness


So… you’ve read the technical bit… but is it comfy? Well, you all know that Seth is a little fussy scamp – but he seems rather happy with his new seat. He’s giggled in it, had snacks in it & even had a nap in it. With the click recline system it’s perfect for the younger bambinos to be able to snooze without hurting their necks. Both mine & my hubster’s family do not live near us – so we quite often go on road trips to visit. This seat is perfect for longer car journeys. We’re actually off on holiday next week – so I’ll be sure to give you a vacation review of it. Along with our much loved Mirus pushchair – also from Joie


So… how much does it cost? This car seat retails for around £250. Now, that may seem pricey, but when you think that this literally goes from birth to 12yrs… it’s such a bargain! Amazing investment. This is the ONLY car seat you will EVER need. Put it this way… if we have another baby… this will be our travel essential!

Installation… I left that in the capable hands of my hubster. But here’s a handy video

I really do love this carseat as it has everything… even down to little side pockets for those all important essentials. I feel confident & happy with this carseat… Seth is comfy & cosy… & it looks nice! I mean, I know that safety has to come to before what looks good… but it’s a total bonus when you can have it all. But seriously… this car seat allows you to choose when you want to begin forward facing. It’s such a hot topic. Only ‘you’ know what is best & right for your baby. This seat gives you that freedom to choose.

So please stay tuned for more reviews of this fabulous carseat. Like I said – we’re off on holiday next week so I shall be writing up another review when we get back, along with an update on our Mirus.

Thanks so much as always for reading & I hope you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx