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This was the first thing we bought for our little one. After babysitting a young baby & not being able to hear if they were ok I knew we needed a sensor mat to stop me going crazy. We've used it for 14 months both in a Moses basket & cot.
It worked fab in the Moses basket but its hard getting used to turning the alarm off before you take baby out so the alarm did go off after picking baby up but reassuring that it actually works!
In the cot I was unsure it would work as well as the mat is small but I haven't been disappointed! We have had once false alarm when we tilted her mattress due to her having a cold - it is our fault really should have turned it off that night.
It has a sound seek option to reassure you further so you can actually hear the baby breathing. The nightlight isn't really a nightlight - the most you can see is whether the alarm is turned on or off! You can turn the sound of the tick up but you really don't need too! If the batteries go in the portable bit it does flash red which was a shock the first time but you can plug it in the wall & it works fine! The range is ok - we live in a second floor flat & can get it on the first floor but not ground floor. It will do for a flat or small house.
Overall I love this monitor & was really impressed!
I started by watching the series Call the Midwife before I heard about the book. When I realised I needed to get a book for my holidays Call the Midwife was on the top of my list! It is written lovely and although some of the cockney is heard to read (well it is for a non cockney like myself!) it's still a brilliant book. I do however think the series is very like the book. When a film is made about a book there is always a slight variance but with this is pretty much follows the story with a few slight differences. Saying that I still loved the book and have recommended it to more than a few people! I could not put it down and to me that is the sign of a good book! I have gone on to buy the rest of the books to accompany it although I'm yet to read them. It has sparked something inside me that needs to know more!
I love the Baby Bjorn Active Carrier. It has a supportive back panel and is supported in all the right places. My little one loved it but we have moved onto a back carrier now and I do miss it!
It's easy to put on, comfortable to wear and the babies really do love it. The only thing I don't like about it is the fact that they say you can wear the baby facing outwards - this isn't recommended as it's puts pressure on the baby's spine. I always wear my daughter facing in and she did get a bit fed up with this - hence why we moved onto a back carrier.
It's so easily adjusted too! My other half could wear it and then we could swap - all adjusted and swapped within minutes! It's so simple to use and great for walks where you are limited with a pushchair/stroller!
I purchased a second hand Silver Cross Pop after having 2 pushchairs fail me! I have not been disappointed!
Good bits? It has nice high handles! Something my first pushchair failed to have! It has a cup holder - perfect for grabbing a coffee on the go or even putting baby's bottle in (although I have an extra bottle holder too - purchased separately). Nice big shopping basket! I can fit the essentials in without affecting the usage! It's fairly light - I have had lighter but I can easily carry it up 2 flights of stairs with my daughter in to get to our flat. It also has an easy to carry handle so you can pop it over your shoulder when folded as well as an additional side handle. The sun visor saves you having an extra parasol! The rain cover has ventilation holes & very easy to get on and off.
Bad bits? The brakes are awful! The pushchair was in excellent condition when I bought it as it had been used as a second pushchair (and hardly touched). But the brakes still seem to fail! No matter how hard I try I can't get them to work 99% of the time! The sun visor doesn't always work especially in winter when the sun is low! It doesn't fit my boot! But then lets face it I have a Ford KA and there's not many strollers that do fit my boot so we cope! The footmuff isn't the biggest and my daughter's legs are slowly outgrowing it at 14 months!
Overall I love this pushchair and although there are a couple of flaws - they really don't matter! I still love it!
The Petite Star Zia was our first pushchair and we purchased it with the cocoon. When our little one was born she was perfect size for the cocoon and I did love the pushchair.
The one problem we had is having a Ford KA as a car - the boot is small however the Zia fit perfectly into the boot with a small space for shopping! PERFECT! Although there wasn't room for the cocoon but we could cope with this by putting it on the back seat.
First flaw - the raincover does not fit when the cocoon is on! I gave birth in January 2011 - the snow had gone but it was pretty miserable and when it rained we had to put our tiny 5lbs 5 newborn into the stroller to keep her dry! Not very practical as we ended up having to pad it out for her to fit! Only did this twice & then had to stay in when it rained!
Second flaw - the shopping basket is tiny however I wouldn't say it bothered us too much! We coped with it and in the end I was managing to fit raincover, footmuff & a tub of formula in so you can do it!
Third flaw - you can't put any shopping on the handles! This would be ok if you had a large shopping basket but you don't so you are stuck with not having anywhere to put any shopping! Twice it tipped up with my daughter in! Scary and not nice!
Fourth flaw - the handles are low! This comes with having such a compact stroller but I'm only 5ft 5 (ok I do have long arms too) and pushing this all day left me hunching over and left me with terrible back ache!
Other flaws - you can't fit a universal parasol!
Overall it is a lovely pushchair - I liked the design and it was easy to put up and down. It was fairly easy to fit the cocoon, very easy to push but I had to sell on in the end because my back could take no more & it's the little things that matter!