Claire-Marie Lewis and Susan Koppel review some fantastic new products on your behalf!
Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow: The Yinnie
This is the third pillow I have used and by far my favourite. It’s so comfortable and the sand-like filling allows me to adjust the softness or firmness of each part of the pillow. I don’t even have to get out of bed to change position as the pillow is light and easy to manoeuvre.
Once pregnancy is over, it becomes a fantastic feeding pillow for your new baby. My eldest son is 16 months old and enjoys nothing more than snuggling into the pillow with me for his night-time milk. He even fetches it himself! Anything that makes him settle at the end of the day gets five stars from me!
Kids Kargo Duellette 21 BS Combi
I was initially impressed with the detail of this pushchair: the viewing windows, the adjustable calf support, the rain covers and foot muffs, the multitude of seat positions and even the fact that it’s compatible with various car seat brands.
However, the lightweight materials make it feel flimsy, and at times I felt the handle wouldn’t take the stress if I leant on it to mount a high curb. A little more needs to be invested in the chassis for this pushchair to reach its potential. The price point is low and that is reflected in the feel of the product.
My eldest loves the height and upright position of the top seat, while the baby loves the carrycot with its soft liner and Velcro ‘swaddle’ function, which stops him rolling around while we’re out and about. I have several pushchairs and this is by far their favourite.
The Duellette is great if you’re on a budget. I just wish it felt more stable.
Rainforest Friends Fun ‘n’ Fold Bouncer
The Fold ‘n’ Fun appealed to me as it doesn’t play music and folds almost flat when not in use. With two babies in the house there is a shortage of space and an abundance of toys that sing to me all day long, so these were key features.
This bouncer is easy to assemble and the folding feature is simple. The bouncer weighs next to nothing, so transporting it around the house and into the car is a breeze.
The vibration setting is fairly strong but has proved a hit with every baby we’ve had to visit and the swinging toys provide entertainment for little ones.
My only real reservations are that the toy bar is very flexible and, in an effort to play with the baby, my eldest can bend it right in until he eventually tumbles into the seat. Secondly, the chair takes C batteries, which we don’t use for anything else, so battery price should be taken into account.
Product reviewer Claire-Marie Lewis trawls the internet for safe, stylish products that her children will love before explaining to their daddy why these items are absolutely necessary!
Stokke’s Tripp Trapp chair
I love the philosophy of having our baby join us at the dining table. Eating together is very important to us as a family and the Tripp Trap makes this possible. The newborn seat puts our baby at the perfect height so she is included in the meal.
I really disliked my old plastic highchair with its nasty grime-filled nooks and crannies on the seat and tray. Worst of all, it took up so much space in my small kitchen. I’m really excited about the Tripp Trap, which is attractive, compact, easy to clean and very stable. I also like the fact that when my baby becomes a toddler she will be able to climb onto the chair and get down from it independently.
Assembly was really easy with the very clear instructions, even for me, and I’m rather hopeless at DIY. While this chair may sound expensive, it is extremely versatile and built to last. I have friends whose teenagers are still using them! Having sat on these chairs myself numerous times I can understand why, as they are extremely comfortable.
This highchair should definitely be looked at as an investment that you will be able to use for many years to come.
The Baby Jogger city mini GT
The city mini GT is an attractive and super practical buggy. It’s really light and easy to steer, making it almost completely manoeuvrable with one hand.
The large wheels are great for off-road walking, when there are bumps and rocky paths to traverse. It glides well over grass and even sand. The Forever-Air, 8.5-inch wheels are easy to remove if required. The front wheel has good suspension and is fixable.
The city mini GT offers a very compact fold with just one hand, which is really important for a mum like me, who has come to the realisation that two hands are simply not enough! The handle is adjustable, making it possible even for my five-year-old to push his sister around, which he really enjoys doing.
The seat is well padded with height-adjustable straps and full recline. The hood is huge and almost completely protects my daughter from the rain, even without the rain cover. It also has a handbrake, which is brilliant as it’s so easy to flick on and off. The buggy can be used with a Maxi-Cosi Pebble or CabrioFix car seat.
I have found the city mini GT to be an excellent buggy and I would highly recommend it. It offers great value for money and I thoroughly enjoy using it.
Susan Koppel is a stay-at-home mum based in north London. She has five gorgeous children aged between two months and 14 years