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Friday 31 March 2017
smartrike recliner infinity 5 in 1 review

As a dog owning family, trips outdoors for walks and park time adventures are an all too frequent occurrence, and although Ella is great on her feet she would never be able to keep up a decent pace with us without the use of her buggy. We are fortunate that she never puts up much of a protest to go in it but with that being said it does sometimes feel like a bit of an ordeal to take a big pram out for a short walk down to our local park.

We were looking for something to help with this transition from toddling to confident walks to the park but knew that inevitably she would get to a stage where she would end up cycling or using a scooter as her little mode of transport and that's where the SmarTrike Infinity 5-in-1 trike came in.

With the ability to take little ones on board from 10 months up to 3 years, we knew the SmarTrike was going to be a worthwhile addition to our home and I wasn't disappointed. It's impressive design allows it to adapt as your baby grows as it starts as a stroller and ultimately transforms into your child's first trike, which I can only imagine makes the start of learning to cycle less daunting as it's such a familiar product to them.

Admittedly, I was a little apprehensive when I started to unbox the SmarTrike and I seen how many parts there was to it, however after methodically looking at the photo instructions I soon realised how easy it was to assemble and was completely finished in less than 15minutes, which is pretty good going for a DIY amateur like myself.

The trike has 5 modes which includes the ability to recline to accommodate younger children particular during sleep times. There are handy foot rests the pop out from the sides of the central body of the trike and conveniently tuck away again as though they are part of the design when the child starts to use the foot pedals.

My favourite part about this SmarTrike is how plush the fabric feels. The super padded seat unit and canopy makes for a smooth, comfortable ride and also coordinates perfectly with the storage bag and handy pocket pouch located on the parent bar. I find the attention to detail with the storage fantastic as I have enough space to pack food, nappies, wipes, a spare coat etc in the bag as well as having a more convenient zipped wallet style pocket on the parent bar where I store my phone, keys money, hand sanitiser & doggy bags.

Since I'm often on my own & have had to learn the trick of walking a dog and pushing a stroller, I didn't know how easy this was going to fair with the SmarTrike but thanks to it's patented 'Touch Steering Technology' this was a breeze. I'm also pleasantly surprised with just how well made and sturdy the SmarTrike is despite it being so lightweight!

Ella has certainly enjoyed using it and we have had such joy watching her. She especially loves the little cup holder on the front so she can easily access her water & it seems she has been using her travel time to make all of her important calls as she plays with the phone attached to the front, a nice feature to keep kiddies entertained.

I'm looking forward to the good weather coming in as unfortunately living in Glasgow, Scotland we are not lucky enough to have dry days too often.

Have any of you used the SmarTrike range ? What are your thoughts?


Monday 20 March 2017
sleepyhead of sweden review
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Sleep, or lack of, is a hot topic when it comes to parenting so it's no surprise that the market is saturated with products claiming to give you that peaceful nights sleep you've been dreaming about -more specifically daydreaming, actual dreaming would involve sleep... which we are not getting right now, remember?

The power of social media can influence the perceived effectiveness of baby products. We have all been witness to babies blissfully sleeping in cribs, sleep aids, miracle performing swaddles and so on online which more often than not it is contrived for marketing purposes and there we are, falling for it hook line & sinker.

This is what I thought I was going to categorise the 'Sleepyhead of Sweden' into - the 'Instagram made me buy it' file with all of the other nonsense that I purchased when I became a mum for the first time with Ella. Of course it looks beautiful & more importantly it looks comfortable for my baby, but is it really worth the £110 price tag? It seems a bit steep for 'just a pillow'.

My intrigue for this product grew throughout my pregnancy as I felt I could never escape it. Pinterest worthy photos of dreaming babes, rave reviews & happy mummies - it all seemed too good to be true! So when I was given the opportunity to find out what I thought for myself, I grabbed it with both hands.

What is it?

So what is the Sleepyhead? It's a snug pod made from breathable materials said to 'reinvent the womb' to give your baby a sense of safeness and security. The thick bumper around the side of the pod helps to reduce startle reflex. When babies feel too much space around them like they would do in a crib or moses basket as a newborn they often get a fright and shoot their arms and legs out and this wakes them. The sleepyhead provides the same sensation of being held so your baby is less likely to suffer from startle reflex and sleep for longer - win!

My Experience

When the product arrived I was impressed that it came in a protective cover/carry case, ideal for us since our baby, Charlie wasn't due for another few months and this kept it safe in storage.

Charlie is 6 weeks old and has been using his Sleepyhead since birth. We use it inside his bedside crib which really helps to pad out all of that extra space that he isn't filling right now. Considering Charlie is breastfed, he only usually wakes once during the night. We go to bed at around 10.30pm when I will give him his last feed and then he will wake at around 4am. We completely put this down to the effectiveness of the Sleepyhead because he is so comfortable, content and probably so unaware that he isn't being held anymore!

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What I love about the Sleepyhead

There are so many more features that I love about the Sleepyhead.

It's portable. Ella is still in a travel cot when we stay overnight at my Mum's house so the thought of having to assemble 2 of them then find somewhere for them to sit would be a nightmare. Whenever I go to stay there I just take the Sleepyhead pod and put it in the bed beside me - it's great! There's also a carry handle at the top so when I'm making my trip from the car ladened down with 2 babies, a dog, a changing bag and an overnight bag I have a handle to loop on to a free part of my body!!

I also love the range of covers you can get it in, there's something to suit everyone. I opted for the classic white option because I thought this would work well for photos to get a nice simple background. The cover itself is such good quality. Charlie has been sick and weed all over his a few time now - it washes well and dries so fast. The only complaint I have is that the cover isn't the easiest to get back on again. We have the hang of it now but the first few attempts it was quite frustrating to get the cushion to fit and close the zip but I suppose this is due to the nature of the design, to feel snug and cosy.

How long does it last?

The Sleepyhead deluxe goes from 0-8months but there's also a next stage called the Sleepyhead Grande which is for 8-36months, I would love to get that one as he grows. We will be transitioning Ella from cot to toddler bed soon, something that I am really anxious about, primarily because I'm scared she will fall out and hurt herself so I think to help with this process we will need to look at the Grande for her.

Overall I am so impressed with this product and so glad that it wasn't just a fad! Not only is it sleek and luxurious looking but it actually lives up to it's dreamy sleep claims. If you're thinking about getting a Sleepyhead or are having a baby and haven't heard of them before then I would get it to the top of your present list because it's something we just couldn't live without now!


Monday 6 March 2017


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