Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Buggy Butler

The Buggy Butler is a pushchair organiser

It can hold a lot of mummy and baby essentials

There's 2 pockets for bottles/drinks

and a large main insulated pocket

You can buy the Buggy Butler from Baby Luxe: http://baby-luxe.co.uk/products/buggybutler

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Maxi Cosi Noa 
close up photos

I wrote a review of the Maxi Cosi Noa 2 years ago, you can find it here: http://letstalkbabygear.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/maxi-cosi-noa-review-maxi-cosi-noa-is.html

Here's just a few additional photos of the Noa up close and personal :)

Folds very compactly with one hand

Decent size shopping basket

Small pocket in the back of the seat

Very small hood

Plastic footrest

Great fabrics!

Very comfortable seat unit and easy to use and adjust harness

Fits a 3 year old easily. A little heavy to push 
but that is to be expected with the small urban wheels.

This is our own pushchair :)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Recaro Young Sport car seat

Review as a group 1 (9-18kg) car seat 
with the use of a 5-point harness

Very excited with the new big box in the house!

The Recaro Young Sport is a group 1-2-3 car seat. It's suitable from 9-36kg.
It uses a 5-point harness from 9-18 kg and then installs like any other booster with the car's own 3-point seat belt for older children 18-36kg (roughly 4-12 years).

Our new car seat - Recaro Young Sport

First short ride - a nap seemed necessary for the purpose of the review :)

Even without the use of the recline position, 
Jacob's head stayed well supported by the headrest.

Installed in our new Seat Toledo 2013, fits on either side in the back seat and even in the middle seat. 
There's no space to actually install 3 car seats in this car but the middle position could be 
useful to comfortably accommodate 2 adults in the back.

Installed in our old BMW 3 series E46 estate.

There are 3 shoulder height settings when used with the 5-point harness. 
This is the lowest position.

Here's the middle position of the harness.
This is the position my son uses so there's a lot of room to grow in the seat.

And the highest position of the 3. 

The harness release is hidden under a flap of fabric - a very nice feature, I think. 

The yellow round button is the harness height adjustment in the back of the seat.

This is our own car seat.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Cybex Sirona review

I had the pleasure of trying out the Cybex Sirona for the past few weeks and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

The Sirona is a group 0+/1 car seat. It can be used from birth with an additional infant insert. It can be used rear facing from 0-18kg or forward facing with an impact shield from 9-18kg.

The Sirona is an ISOFIX only seat and uses a support leg for added safety. It has won lots of awards and has been named one of the safest group 1 seats on the European market.

We were able to try the Sirona in one of the newest colours available - Autumn Gold - and I have to say it's simply stunning! Even my husband commented on how good it looks!

The Sirona comes with a rebound bar that needs to be attached 
when using the seat rear facing.

My little boy trying out his new seat!

The Sirona features additional side impact protection for maximum safety.

I loved the little details, for example this well thought through 
space for the instruction manual in the back of the seat.

Quality of the fabrics is amazing!

Here you can see the Sirona installed in the back of our BMW 3 series E46 estate.

The Sirona was the very first ISOFIX car seat in our house and proved to be a little more complicated to install then I had hoped but after carefully studying the instruction manual  I managed to install it within a couple of minutes. All in all a huge success!

The Sirona is quite a compact seat - I never had this much leg room in the front seat! 

Fully upright position

Fully reclined position

The Sirona's best feature is the swivelling function. I loved that same thing about the Maxi Cosi Axiss but didn't like the fact it was forward facing only so the Sirona wins on all counts!

My son was 32 months old here and as you can see he had very little leg room. This was absolutely fine on short distances but he did start to get uncomfortable after about half an hour like that. I think the leg room is more limited due to the shape of the rebound bar so it's something to think about when choosing the car seat.

Here's my son in the fully upright position

and here fully reclined, leg room is much better but obviously not every older child will want to sit like that :)

As you can see my son was very happy in the Sirona during our testing period!

We had a chance of trying the Sirona in an entirely different car this time. This is a huge and very family friendly Citroen C8 (2005 I believe). The Sirona was again very easy to install and even easier to use with the help of the huge sliding doors :)

Jacob was so comfortable he fell asleep within minutes. Unfortunately the recline proved to not be enough to keep his head within the head rest and soon after taking the photo his head fell forward onto his chest.

I'd like to thank Cybex for letting us try the Sirona! We really enjoyed the testing!

I received the Cybex Sirona for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own.