Sunday, 25 January 2015

Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg Travel System - Initial Thoughts

A few weeks back I was privileged to be invited to the Cosatto SS15 Press Event at their HQ in Bolton (you can tea about my day here). Being a mummy to be, I was excited to have a sneak peek at their new designs as ranges and it was great to test out and have a go at the pushchairs before I decided on which one I wanted for bump. 

After much thought, and loads of deliberation, I just had to go for the Cosatto Ooba in Duck Egg. I mean, it just oozes style and prettiness, whilst being sturdy and so practical. 

The Cosatto Ooba is the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury pushchairs, and being a Cosatto, it means that it comes with everything you need for a pushchair and more. With a rain cover for each of the seat, carrycot and car seat units, footmuff and a coordinating changing bag, you literally are, ready to go with the Cosatto Ooba.

Ooba’s compact folding lightweight chassis and the 2-way multi-height handle means that using this pram is super easy and simple. The brake is on the handle so is easy to click on and off without having to search for it with your feet. Even the wheels are easy to clean as they are quick-release and so can be taken off for cleaning, as can the carrycot liner. It has a luxury leatherette fabric and exquisite tailoring which stands out from the crowd too.

Lightweight aluminium chassis
All round suspension
Leatherette handle with adjustable height (99 – 108cm)
Flip-over handlebar means no need to remove the seat unit to change direction
Compact, easy to fold and carry
Quick-release handle mounted brake
Quick-release removable wheels
Lockable front swivel wheels

I love the chassis of the pram. It is huge and sturdy, so durable and I know that my baby will be safe in the care of it. 
It's a bit bigger than other prams too which is great for my husband who usually struggles when it comes to pushing prams. He has a bad back and so cannot lean forward to push small prams. The fact that the handle on the Ooba rises so high means that he won't have a problem with pushing it. 

Suitable from birth
Comfy lie flat bed – perfect for newborn
Removable apron
Carry handle built into hood
Removable and washable liner for easy cleaning
Carrycot suitable for occasional overnight sleeping
UPF 50+ sunshade protection hood
Toy loops in hood

Seat Unit
Suitable from 6 months to approximately 15kg (3 years old)
Cosy Toes with zip off reversible liner
Duo Directional™ mode (in or out facing seat)
Multi-position recline
Multi-position adjustable calf support
Removable bumper bar and cover
5 point safety harness
UPF 50+ sunshade protection hood
Toy loops in hood

Hold Duck Egg Car Seat
Group 0+ suitable from birth to 13kg/29lbs
Easy to get from A to B without waking baby
Rearward facing on front and rear vehicle seats
5 point harness with quick release buckle
Free head hugger, tummy and chest pads

I adore the Duck Egg design. The colour is boyish but still unisex enough to be suitable for a girl too. The leatherette fabric just gives it that elegant edge and the patterned inner ouzes style. 

So far I cannot fault the Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg Travel System. Not only does it come with everything you will need for travelling in style, but it is so robust and durable that I am putting my full trust in it to protect my baby whilst we are out in the big wide world. 

I cannot wait to push little bubs in this and show it off to the world and will be back in a few weeks with an update as to how we are getting on with using the pram and our overall opinion on it. 

For more information on the Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg Travel System or to check out other products available, check out the Cosatto website

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Baby Wear from House of Fraser

I'm sure everyone has heard of House of Fraser, the department store that is probably the most sought after place to go when you are wanting to buy designer brands and splash the cash. Not only do they offer gorgeous fashion for men and women, but they do fabulous children's ranges too. 

When I was offered to try and find a baby outfit for £30, I assumed that this would be a challenge. I mean, even children's brands can be expensive sometimes, so I wasn't expecting much to be honest. But I was wrong and managed to do quite well within the budget since they have some great kids and baby offers on at the moment. 

So, what did I choose?

Pumpkin Patch Baby Boys Long Sleeve All In One
Pumpkin Patch is a fab brand that has grown throughout the years and their in-house design team draw on inspiration from the kids in their lives to ensure each garment is fresh and fun with the distinctive Patch signature.

This gorgeous bold red suit is perfect for a stylish little baby with its ocean theme. Super soft material will keep bubs cosy warm and will be gentle against his skin and the popper fastenings means that we have easy access for nappy changes. 

Lilly & Sid Baby Boys Fox Appliqué Sleepsuit
Lilly & Sid are a boutique brand that have beautiful designs and super soft specially selected cotton to make sure that the babies in your life and in the best possible comfort.

This sleepsuit, with its cute navy and red stripes and it brown cuffs that match the fox appliqué, is a truly stunning item. Again, with poppers for easy access, it washes so well and is lovely and soft to touch. 

When it comes to baby wear, bibs are an essential item. The amount of times little babies throw up, mixed with their dribbling which only gets worse when they're teething, they are a must have item. 

Kite Baby Boys Mouse Bandana Bib
This is such a great design of bib, the pretty little mice on the front and matching red edging is super cute. Bandana bibs are so stylish for little ones to wear and seem to be everywhere at the moment.
A very generous sized bib that will fit bubs for a while to come. 

Name It All Over Print Bib
Again, a bandana bib, the Name It bib stands out with our favourite theme, owls. With a basic cream colour and owl repeated pattern throughout, it is such a simple yet beautiful design.
This bib is quite small so will fit for the first few months. I like that it's a snug fit though as it means that it will protect bubs chin from dribble and stop him from getting a rash. 

Overall, I am so impressed with the amount of baby clothing that I could get and cannot wait for bubs to arrive (due next Friday!!!) so that he can wear them. To check out the deals for yourself, visit the House of Fraser website

Friday, 23 January 2015

My Top 5 Baby Must Haves

Since I only have a week left until I am due my third little boy, I thought I would write a post about my top 5 baby 'must have' items. Now, these aren't essentials as I'm sure we all know that we need sleepsuits and babygrows. These are more about the products that I love and will be using with bubs.

Guidelines say that covers should not be used with babies and so blankets of sleeping bags are advised. I have bought the Mr Moose Grobag for bubs as not only is is super cute with its snowflake embroidery, loveable appliqué and the Mr Moose character, but it is also a 3.5 tog sleeping bag so will keep bubs snuggly and warm throughout the cold night. 

When it comes to travel systems, there are so many baby Pushchairs/Prams to choose from. From strollers, to 2 in 1's, 3 in 1's, it can get so confusing when trying to purchase the perfect one for you. I like to have the full kit, the biggy when it comes to prams, including a carrycot and carseat, so everything is an all-in-one and matching. 

We decided on the Cosatto Ooba Duck Egg Travel System which has everything you need in a pram. Huge, robust wheels just in case the snow decides to make a re-appearance, complete with rain-covers for every seat unit, a cosy toes and a matching bag just to complete the look. This is one product that I cannot wait to get using!

Finding something for my baby to sleep in that is not only comfortable, but easy to squeeze at the side of my bed and makes for easy access during the night has been hard work. Cots are just too big and bulky for newborns to sleep in and mean that you can't easily access your baby during the night without having to actually get out of bed. 

So instead, we will be getting a SnuzPod 3 in 1 Bedside Crib which has a see through zip-down mesh wall so that we can easily view our baby during the night and have simple access to him. And since it is smaller, it can be placed right next to the bed too. 

Even though I will be starting off by breastfeeding, I do plan on mix feeding after a while too. The only problem I have with this, is trying to get a bottle made in a hurry as, when a baby wants a bottle, they want it right now, that minute. But boiling water and making the bottle, cooling it down all takes time. 

That's why I've got the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine which will prepare a bottle in less than two minutes. First it filters water, then an initial hot shot of water kills any bacteria present in the formula and helps it to dissolve before topping up to the desired amount ready for feeding time. How fab is that?!

And then it comes to changing bags. There are so many brands and types out there that it can be quite confusing as to which is best to get. Well not for me. I have always wanted a Pink Lining changing bag and so have the Blooming Gorgeous Changing Bag in the Wise Owl design. 

Not only is this a super cute bag in this design which matches perfectly with the owl theme that we have running through bumps things, but it has the gorgeous statement pink lining inside and so many compartments to hold bottles, nappies, and anything we need for bump. I really cannot wait to have this on the back of the pram, full with everything we need for bubs. 

So, that's it, my top 5 products that I can't wait to use when bubs arrives. Not only do these products stand out from the crowd with regards to the pram and changing bag, but they are also practical and will help speed up feeding and the sleeping routine. 

What is your must have baby item? Is there one thing that you just couldn't live without?

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sales Galore at Shoetique

Shoetique opened in 1992 finally venturing into the online world in 2009 and are now one of the leading online footwear retailers in the UK. Taking their 30 years' worth of experience in the footwear industry to bring you the highest quality shoes. Focused around delivering a 5-star service to their customers and are currently rated the No1 footwear retailer in the UK by Trustpilot. 

When I was given a budget of £40 to try and purchase a pair of shoes for myself, I assumed that it would be a hard task but I was wrong. Shoetique have an amazing January sale on at the moment, great deals of up to 50% off top branded shoes. Not only that, but this week, they have a great deal of the day on FitFlops whereby every day this week, one pair in their range has a price cut to give amazing savings. 

I actually managed to pick myself 2 pairs of shoes for under £35! And here's what I chose.

The Heavenly Feet Bounty are mule sandals. The cross-over red fabric straps have a buckle feature on the side for added detail. They have a 3 inch wedge heel with a 1 inch platform at the front.
With a clip on design and soft faux leather linings, the cushioned foot-bed gives amazing comfort, so much so that it doesn't even feel like I'm wearing heels. 
The bright, bold colour stands out a mile and shoes off the shoes and their amazing style. 

Mustang Shoes £17.50 in light grey
These Mustang pumps come in various colours but I picked the light grey as I thought that they had a lovely summery look to them. They are an easy slip on design with an elasticated front for added ease when getting on and off
Complete with a tartan textile linings and a soft cushioned insole to bring excellent comfort and have a hard wearing textured rubber sole for added grip and stability. 

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of both pairs of shoes, the customer service I have received and the fast delivery that I experienced. If you want to check out that amazing deals that they have at the moment, check out the Shoetique website.