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      21.01.2014 11:13
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      A really lovely toy for a growing baby

      We bought the Nibbles mouse sit me up cosy for our 3 month old daughter for Christmas - there was a 20% off offer at Early Learning Centre so it was a good bargain. The box includes a flower shaped play mat, a ring in the shape of nibbles mouse and three blossom farm toys which rattle and squeak.

      We spent quite a while inflating the ring as we don't have a pump. There are two half circle inflatable sleeves which are inserted into the cover and can be inflated by pump or by blowing into the valve. The ring can then be placed on the floor as a full circle ring, and when the mat is placed on top of the ring the baby can sit or lie comfortably in the ring. The other option is to fold the ring in half and then it becomes more of a backrest and the baby can sit up against it. The play mat can also be used on it's own and obviously the toys can be transported anywhere with or without the mat and ring.

      Our little girl loves lying in the full ring with the mat on top - she is very comfortable and loves that she can see what is going on. It is also good for her as she isn't constricted and can still move about a little. She is now getting to the point where she can almost sit up unaided so we will be able to fold the ring and use it as a sitting up aid. The cover on the ring is very very soft and gentle on baby's skin, and the ring itself is very comfortable and squashy. The playmat is also a lovely soft fabric, with beautiful floral and striped patterns on some of the flower petals and our little girl seems very happy playing on the mat alone. The little toys that come with the mouse are obviously very well made, very soft and stimulating with rattles and squeakers.

      This is a product we were unsure of buying at first but we absolutely have not regretted it and are very happy we made this purchase. Baby is very comfortable playing in it and it is great value for money with all the components that are included. We also love that it can be used for quite a while - first as a cushion ring, then as a playmat and a sitting up aid. I would definitely recommend this as a very well made, good quality and useful product, not essential but a really lovely item to have which grows with them.

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        03.10.2013 15:56
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        Does help baby when they are learning to sit up but not a necessity.

        I purchased this sit me up cosy when I was pregnant as I thought it looked cute, it was also on offer in the Early Learning Centre. The cosy comprises of a large inflatable ring and a flower that is placed on the top of the ring, it also comes with a tummy support so the flower can be used as tummy time mat, the style we chose came with a toy bar that has 3 dangling toys, some designs of the sit me up cosy don't come with the toy bar.

        When baby arrived we put the cosy together, this involved inflating the 2 half rings, attaching the flower with velcro and put up the toy bar. When inflated and put together the cosy is very large and takes up and lot of room. At first we tried to put our baby onto of the cosy but it has no support under the flower which caused him to sink into the cosy, to stop this happening we had place a cushion underneath the flower, he was then happy to lay on the cosy and bat at the toys on the toy bar.

        When he was learning to sit up the cosy became a little useful for us, we removed the large flower and sat him in the middle of the cosy, the large inflated sides of the cosy helped to keep him propped him and learn how balance, if he did fall it was only onto the inflated sides so no harm came to him.

        Overall we didn't use the cosy very often and was a baby item we definitely could of lived without!

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        22.09.2013 15:23
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        Poor design for a lot of money

        I purchased the deluxe version of the sit me up cosy so as well as the ring and mat I also had an activity bar this was £50 from Early Learning Centre, though they regularly have half price sales so may be worth waiting.

        So this toy can be used in a variety of ways. You get the flower shaped mat which could be used on its own, I however didn't as it is not very padded and I have a wooden floor. When baby is newborn, it is mainly intended to be used as a nest. You get two inflatable half rings to blow up (make sure you have a lot of puff, it takes forever!) which are then attached together with Velcro fastenings to form the ring and the mat placed inside for baby to lay on. If you have the deluxe version you can also choose to attach the activity arch with it's dangly toys for baby to grab. My baby seemed very comfortable in the best, nice and soft with good support. Handy for when you need to put them down for a while and get on with something.

        The second stage, which is the sit me up stage, I didn't get on with. You use the same two inflatable rings but instead of attaching them together to form a ring you stack one on top of the other to form a back support, and they then sit on top of the mat. However, as the rings are inflatable, I found it very difficult to get them both evenly filled. Mine always seemed to be wobbly and not very secure. And to be honest, I feel a few cushions or breast feeding support pillow would have done a better job at supporting a baby sitting.

        As a play nest, I couldn't fault it but not as a sitting aid. Therefore, I would not pay £50 for what is essentially an inflatable ring.

        Not worth the money, unless you can get it for half price.

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        17.09.2013 21:47
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        Not a needed toy for children, not worth money,

        Elc sit me up cosy.

        I bought this for my daughter when I was in elc looking for toys to play with and was reduced from £40 to £20, I had heard lots of positive views about how children get help to learn to sit up and enjoy having the comfort around them but my daughter hated it and would not go near it, we did have it out for very long periods of time and quite often but all she wanted was the toys and rattles that are attached to it.

        First thoughts of this was it was pretty looking, looked comfy and should help boost my daughters sitting up. There is 2 ways you can use this sit me up cosy either as a little type bear that is sitting up or a ring that you can basically either lie the child across or sit them in, my daughter did not enjoy it either way.

        It also felt as if it could fall back if she leant to hard on back of that and that was quite scary as did not want her hurting herself.

        Unfortunately wouldn't recommend this to any parents as its not essential and don't feel it really benefits them in any way that will help them developmentally, I most certain would buy it again.

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        28.02.2013 13:56
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        Too expensive for what it is.

        My son was given this for his first christmas, when he was 7 weeks old.

        Its from Early Learning Centre, I'm not sure how much it cost back then but they still sell it now (although the design has changed) for £40.

        I think its expensive for what it is. It's got 2 inflatable pieces covered in soft fabric and a mat that goes over the top of them. You can join the inflatable pieces together to make a circle that baby can lie down on, or stack them on top of each other to help baby sit up. There are also 3 little animals that can attach onto the mat with velcro. The animals are cute and a nice size for baby to hold, they also have different textures on them and they rattle and squeak. The mat is shaped like a flower and very soft and colourful, it could also be used just on its own for tummy time.

        My son liked to lie down on the mat when he was very young and he enjoyed playing with the toys, but as he got older he didn't really like sitting up in it. I don't think it helped him learn how to sit up either.

        The nest is easy to store once its deflated, and the fabrics are washable, I kept it stored away and used it for my daughter when she was born, but she wasnt keen on it at all! I then passed it onto my nephew too so although it's expensive it has lasted well!

        Overall I wouldnt recommend this, its just too expensive.

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        20.01.2013 13:55
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        A pleasant soft 'feature' to a child's bedroom, but not much use.

        I decided to buy the Blosson Farm Sit Me Up Cosy as one of my friends had told me this really helped her little boy to start to sit unaided. I bought this from ELC for £19.99 (I think it was reduced from £24.99).

        This came in a medium box and contained a flower shaped play mat, the hippo/rabbit creature soft part, the 2 inner tubes and 4 small soft toys to stick onto the mat, this included a flower shaped mirror, a chick which makes a chick noise when shaken, a sheep, and a cow.

        This is self assembly and is not hard to do, you need to blow up the two inner tubes and put them in the back of the blue creature (let's call him a hippo!). Then you can arrange the hippo in 2 different ways, firstly you can stick the ends together (they have velcro attached) to form a ring, the sort you would sit in on holiday. Place the mat in the middle and let baby lie or sit inside. The second is to place one ring under the other (they have ties on the back to help it stay in place) to form a curved 'seat', place the mat underneath and let baby sit against the hippo helping to build the muscles and strength to sit unaided.

        The overall look is very pleasant with pastel colours and the material is very soft and fleecy. These are machine washable which is a bonus when you have a baby with reflux.

        The first option of placing the baby is a ring is probabaly more suitable to a younger baby and is an alternative place to put them rather than their crib or play gym, with Bobby he was too big and used to fall in the middle and cry because he was stuck.

        Option 2 of having the Sit Me Up as a sort of chair is a good idea in theory. However, with the hippo being so light, when Bobby used to sit against it, it used to push back and result in him falling over. We ended up leaning this against the sofa and putting him in it that way. Even with the further back support he still used to occasionally push himself forwards and fall onto the floor.

        The 4 mini toys are a nice touch and were played with longer than the Sit Me Up stayed out. But they were just like any other small soft toy in our house and only looked at for around 5 minutes before being thrown to the side.

        After 4 weeks of this is the living room, Bobby had zero interest in it so it was taken down and the mat put on the floor in his bedroom. I think this is probably suited to much smaller babies as they will enjoy the soft textures and will happily sit inside the ring looking at the mirror, but for us it was a bit of a pointless purchase and I will not be buying this when I have another child.

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          08.01.2013 22:06

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          We were given this as a gift, but I would have bought it for myself, and would recommend

          We were given this Blssom farm Sit-me-up Cosy by a family member. My son was the 3rd baby to use it, and it was still in perfect condition, showing that it will stand the test of time.

          It comes as 2 inflatable rings, soft cotton covers and a flower shaped playmat, as well as four detachable toys. The rings are easy to blow up, even when heavily pregnant, and the covers are all washable.

          It grows with your baby. At first, the rings are velcroed together with the mat on top for your baby to lay in. This was perfect for us, as our baby was sick a lot after his milk feeds, so this would keep his head elevated enough in those early days to give him a really comfortable nap. He would sleep for hours in this, and this was the case until he was 4 or 5 months.

          Once your baby is trying to sit, you can place the 2 rings on top of each other, and sit your baby in the middle. We found this very handy as our son was very wobbly when he was first sitting so this gave me peace of mind that he was safe. A problem I found was that the velcro was not overly sticky, so as my son got a bit older and tried to wriggle away, the top ring would fall off.

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          06.04.2012 15:54
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          A fairly ineffectual and overpriced piece of baby paraphanelia

          We bought the sit me up cosy thinking it would prove to be a really useful piece of kit for keeping our baby chilled out and happy whilst allowing us to leave them alone for a few moments. I have to say it wasn't worth the money we paid for it. Having read the reviews on dooyoo, it has had a lot of praise, although I can now appreciate it is a marmite product and I am in the 'don't like' camp on this particular item, which is pretty enough but very expensive for what is essentially a convertible inflated ring with a small mat and a few tiny bug toys on it.

          We bought one from Mothercare for £30 seduced by the idea that this was multi-purpose, it is for babies from birth to 12 months and purports to grow with them, so initially it is simply a mat, then you inflate the rabbit/horse thing and it becomes a support behind baby allowing them to sit up, then you inflate the entire apparatus creating an inflatable sofa type thing (although to a much smaller rounder scale), unfortunately for us it hasn't proven particularly effective as any of these things.

          In the first instance, we had an activity gym so the item was redundant as a mat, when baby got to a stage where we wanted to encourage them to sit, we found the inflatable backrest was too flimsy and they weren't supported, therefore we weren't confident baby was safe and eventually gave up on it, it is now in its final stages, fully inflated and our little one cries whenever placed within it and the middle sinks even though it is fully inflated, so we have to give it the thumbs down on every level.

          Looks:

          It looks fine if a little simplistic with a horse/rabbit head behind it and colourful flower type accessories attached to the mat/ring, it is colourful and should stimulate babies. It is reasonably large when the ring is inflated and really isn't something you can just hide in a cupboard or deflate everytime you've finished using it.

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          Unfortunately for us, this didn't appeal to our little one at all, they cried whenever they were placed on it, they now use it to climb over to reach plugs etc but that is its only real use, the idea of the cosy is a good one but being honest it was one of those things which looked very nice but has fulfilled any real purpose for us.

          When we converted the item into the support chair type mechanism our little one kept finding ways to hit their head against the wall and we quickly realised this was a dangerous waste of time, allied to the fact it takes up a large chunk of space in the bedroom we've not been overly impressed with this product.

          Overall:

          I'm going to have to be fairly harsh here, as for £30 we have bought many things which our little one adores, this is something which could be useful but as we have a bumbo seat and our little one quickly grasped how to sit unaided we've never really needed to use this to its fullest. For us this was a waste of money, it looks nice enough but is ineffectual and actually was disliked by our baby, it takes up too much space for what it is and if your little one doesn't like being placed in it from a young age you risk wasting £30 which is quite a lot of money.

          I wouldn't personally recommend this and can't see any real benefits this has given us except almost bursting a blood vessel in my cheek trying to blow the main ring up. We'll put this down as a bad buy, but I'm sure some people will like it. 2 out of 5 from here

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            16.03.2012 08:56
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            wouldn't reccomend

            We were given this when our daughter came home from hospital. My aunt and uncle raved about it and it was the only thing my little cousin would sleep in. After having a quick google I can see this costs around £30 and comes in a pinky version for girls, which is the one we have and a blue version for boys. In my opinion I don't think it's worth £30.

            It has 3 functions, it is a playmat, a playnest and it supports baby as they learn to sit. I wasn't really happy with any of the functions. As a playmat I found that although the toys Velcro on to it, my daughter wasn't really interested in them. She couldn't move to get them and much preferred her baby gym. As baby gets older the mat is just too small for baby to play on. The playnest part is what I was given it for. Amelia had sever reflux and had to be propped up while sleeping. She did sleep in here quite well but it does state that babies should not be left sleeping in there so I obviously cannot recommend it for that purpose. The cushiony bit to help support them to sit is next to useless. Amelia was prem so is very small for her age. She was around 12lb when learning to sit and it couldn't support her weight so I dread to think how it would cope with an 'average' baby.

            The sit me up cosy is easy to put together, it has 2 inflatable bits that you slide into the cover then after you've blown it on the mat attaches with Velcro, as do the toys. Simple.

            All in all I think this is overpriced and next to useless, it doesn't do what it's supposed to with the sitting up and there are far better alternatives for a playmat, I give this product 2 stars because it does look very cute

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              28.08.2011 21:25

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              Definatly one for the wishlist if someone else is paying

              I got brought this as a present when my daughter was born (good job really as i dont know if i'd have spent £30 odd quid on it myself). It comes in 2 colours pink and blue like most of the elc products. It is a nice design with a soft cosy play mat and it has 4 little detachable soft toys which make diferent noises for example a rattle.
              You can use it as a lay down nest or fold it in half and use it at a rest for when your little one is learning to sit up so lasts for quite a long time and is more versatile than the others i have seen on the market.
              The whole thing is a very good quality and well made. I got alot of use out of it from when she was very small all the way up untill she was crawling about and didn't want to be confined anymore (as my daughter was quite lazy think it lasted till she was about 9 months).
              I think the idea is very good and would reccomend this product the only downside is the price....like i said nice if you get it as a present.

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              16.03.2011 21:25
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              a really brilliant gift for 1st xmases and expectant mummys!

              This sit me up cosy comes in two styles, in pink and in blue and can be used from birth. It comes with four detachable toys which make different noises such as rattling and crackling which are great for baby learning new sounds.

              It can be used as a play mat which is very sturdy and is blown up round the edges to stop baby getting hurt. The mat in the middle attaches on the top and secures in place with Velcro. To change it into the sit me up, you detach the mat and lay it on the floor and the grips keep it in place. You then easily rearrange the blow up arms on top of each other using the ties and the Velcro seals it all together.

              Unless your baby is sitting up by themselves, i wouldn't recommend a baby trying to sit up to be propped up in it as it falls backwards. the mat when on the floor still has the Velcro spots to attach the toys.

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                15.09.2010 10:01
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                Whilst awaiting the birth of my youngest daughter I was looking through the Early learning centre catalogue and came across the Blossom Farm sit me up and thought this looked a brilliant buy so promptly added this to my wish list and indeed was lucky enough to get this as a present.

                What is it?
                Basically this is three things in one first is a lovely soft play mat with farm soft animals and also a great play nest ensuring baby will still be in the same place as you left them!

                As your child grows one half of the play nest can sit on top of the other making a sofa my eldest loved to have it turned into her sofa.
                The sit me up comes with three animals from the blossom farm range all of which makes a noise and also the play mat has a mirror in it which always amused my little one she used to "talk" to herself !

                Cost and Stockist
                This cost £30.00 at the time of purchase although I see at the moment it is available with 20% off of course you can get this direct from Early learning centre at www.elc.co.uk the website also advised of all stores and stockists in your area which also includes mothercare, Debenhams and Boots .

                Recommendation and play value
                We got a lot of use from the play mat whenever we turned it into a sofa the top was too high to support her and wasn't very secure she used to fall back and so would the top! I then got a Bumbo (see review) and found that too be excellent I think that £30.00 for a playmat is very expensive and for what this is that it is overpriced and something you really do not need.

                I do not think it is up for the job it is supposed to do mine lost air from the middle after the effort it took to fill this was a complete pain because had to be really filled for any stability so was not ever stable enough to keep its shape and when a child is learning to sit up they fall backwards frequently.

                In conclusion save the money.

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                  13.09.2010 22:32
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                  Good for babies and able to grow with them

                  I'd seen this item a lot in the shops and online and thought it looked quite good. I already had a playmat for my daughter and a play nest, but I thought this one would be good as it combined the two and could grow with the baby to help babies sit up on their own.

                  The Early Learning Blossom Farm Centre Sit Me Up Cosy comes in the design of Dillon Donkey from Blossom Farm. It has a playmat with five colourful petals and a nest made of two sections with Dillon Donkeys head on one of them. As a playnest, these velcro together. As baby gets older, they can be stacked instead to provide a back support for baby as they learn to sit up.

                  There are also 4 small toys that can be attached with velcro to the mat; a flower shaped mirror, a cow with bell, a lamb with a rattle and a chicken with sounds.

                  This toy is very good quality as expected of ELC. I bought mine second hand and even after washing it the quality was still good and the mat was still soft. I wish I'd used this product more when my daughter was a baby. We already had a playmat and I actually forgot I even had this. The first time I actually used it was to take some photos of her - I used one of the halves and covered it with a white sheet and got some brilliant ones.

                  I used the playmat as a spare a lot and it was great as it folded up really small. The little toys were also very useful and she loved the noises they made. It's great that they velcro as she enjoyed playing with that too. My daughter learned to sit up on her own quickly so she never really needed the sit up part of it.

                  I think this toy would have been great if I'd used it a bit earlier with my daughter. The toy is well made and feels safe forher to be in. It has good toys for her to play with and unlike other play nests, it changes so it grows with her. It costs about £30 and I think that this is actually worth it. A lot of play mats/nest cost similar prices but don't have the ability to grow with the child. The only downside is that it does take up a lot of room.

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                    05.07.2010 00:19

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                    inflatable sit me up with removable soft animal toys.

                    My sister bought this for my son when he was born and it was a great buy. It has three seperate parts, two of which are inflatable and can either stack on top of one another or join together to create a circle and the third part is a soft mat. There are soft animal toys which can be removed from the mat to play with and all make different noisies. When he was still a newborn baby we would lie him on the mat but as he began to support himself a bit he could get propped up against the inflatable part which he loved as he could see all his surroundings and see where everyone was. Even when he was full able to sit by himself he still liked putting the two inflatable parts ontop of one another to rest on. Every now and again it does need to be blown up a bit more as through time it deflates slowly. The parts can be easily washed as the fabric on the inflatable parts can be removed and put back on very easily and the mat is fully washable as well.

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                    06.06.2010 11:37
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                    Good buy!

                    I bought this when my very premmie baby was released from special care and like other reviews have stated he also looked very comfortable in this. The snuggly material makes it a very cosy feel The attachable toys where lovely and i loved the chester the chirping chicken! Easy to inflate, my only bug bare with this toy was having a baby that had bad reflux there was no care instructions for washing other than wipe clean - which well was impossible, so i did tempt fate and threw it in the washing machine on a gentle wash and it came out a brand new, phew!! we used this from birth as a nest snuggle and when my little one finally started to attempt sitting turned it into a back support, which game me real peace of mind, priced at £37.50 we managed to get it 20% off with the birthday clubs 20% voucher! Little tip: Sign up to the online birthday club add all your Childs friends birthdays to the calendar and get a vouchers through to use in store, this way I have xmas and birthdays all covered!

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                  A soft play mat with Blossom Farm soft animal toys. As baby grows it can be used as a supportive sofa prop to help them sit up.