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I spotted one of these for the very first time on one of those silly gimic giveaways on Facebook whilst pregnant with my last child. Knowing full well these are not real competitions I decided to have a look online to see where I could buy one from and had the shock of my life to be honest.
My first and smaller shock was that these were not more widely available as they looked like a great idea to me but very few places sold them and then the biggest shock was the price, at the time they were £119·99p and even now the cheapest you seem to see them is for around the ninety pound mark so if looking for one new prepare to dig deep.
I ummed and arred about it debating weather to get one due to the price for around three months but decided to part with the cash in the end as I really did like the look of it and although I could have probably got a second hand one I didn't really want too as I had got everything else new.
It arrived in a big Brown box, nothing fancy and no pictures, inside is the bean bag with the cover. The second I took the cover out of the box I fell in love straight away as it was made from such a soft material, it feels lovely, I thought it might be a bit difficult to get the cover on but this I was also very pleased with as it went on very easily and I was really surprised to find the cover was reversible, it isn't a different colour inside or anything like that but it is the same without the baby harness so you can use this right through the toddler stages too which makes it really worth while paying the money for in my opinion but the test was still to come, would baby like it as much as I did.
As a new born she seemed to enjoy being in the bean chair but you never can tell at that stage what they really do and don't like, as she got older she still preferred this when she was tired to her rocker or swinging chair especially as she grew out of the Moses basket and even now at twenty months old she is still in love with her chair.
The cover is machine washable so can be really easily cleaned and you can buy replacement covers for it too should you want one to wash and one to wear.
I don't know What all the debating was about now as it has been well worth the money in my opinion.
The Doomoo is an adaptable seat that manufacturers claim is suitable from birth to 10 years old. In my opinion that may be a touch optimistic, I think the age limit may be closer to 7 purely based on my families experience but none the less it really is a fantastic product.
What is a DooMoo
A Doomoo is basically a beanbag that is egg like in shape, the sides and base are made from a wipe clean man made material. It comes with two interchangeable top layers, one has a inbuilt three point harness to keep infants secure and the other no harness so is suitable for older children. The top layers can be change simply by unzipping one and zipping on the other. Both top layers can be washed in a normal washing machine at 30 degrees. There is a zipped compartment to the rear of the Doomoo for storing the spare top layer.
Why we bought a DooMoo
When I was pregnant in 2008 we attended a baby show and the manufacturers of the Doomoo were one of the exhibitors. Having spent a large amount of money on a baby seat for our first child that became unusable once she could sit unaided we were especially impressed by the Doomoos ability to adapt to the needs and weight of a growing child. When your baby is new the Doomoo provides all round support for the child, as he or she grows and tries to sit up regular child seats have a tendency to tip over or become unsafe but due to the size and design of the Doomoo it doesn't, what happens is the beans inside redistribute so he or she can sit up while still harnessed in and play safely. This means the seat was pretty much unique when we bought it.
In 2008 our Doomoo cost £79, however, I understand that at the time of writing this review the retail price is £109.
The child we bought the Doomoo for is now almost 4 and she still loves in and will slouch in it playing games or reading a picture book. We have since had another baby who also uses is and even the cat has been known to have a cat nat in it. Our almost 6 year old is quite tall for her age and she does occasionally use but seems to find the positioning to the ground a bit too low. Manufacturers claim it is suitable for children up to 30kg or around 10 years old. I personally think the average 7 year old would be simply too tall to slouch in it comfortably but that is merely my opinion and experience of my family.
I don't remember Doomoo seats being around for my first son almost four years ago, but I discovered them whilst pregnant with my second son. They looked so funky and comfortable that I decided I had to have one!
I bought my Doomoo seat in grey and white and was really pleased with it when it arrived. The bottom half feels like a kind of rubbery material, so it wipes clean REALLY easily. The top part zips on and is a really soft, smooth and stretchy thick nylon material. The zip means that you can easily remove the top part for washing, plus it also allows you to switch between the harness seat or the plain bean bag seat (which comes with the Doomoo, though you can also purchase spares).
Once my son was born we started to use the seat as soon as he came home from the hospital. EVERYONE who came to the house from family and friends to midwives and health visitors commented on the seat and said how fantastic it looked and just how comfortable he seemed to be in it. My son would sleep really well in it, but never felt overheated. The main problem was trying to keep my three year old off it, because whenever the baby wasn't using it I would find him sitting in it to watch TV! I have considered buying him one of his own - maybe when we move house and have a bit more room!
Now that the baby is 3 months old he seems to want more stimulation than just using the Doomoo to lay on, so he spends most of his time in an activity nest or bouncy chair. You can buy an activity arch for the Doomoo, but I'll probably put the Doomoo away for a little while now as I'd be worried for the next couple of months that once he starts moving around a lot more he could possibly tip the Doomoo over (even though it's very safe and sturdy - maybe I'm just neurotic).
Once he's older and able to sit properly or toddle around I can see that the Doomoo will be of great use with the plain cover rather than the harness. To be honest they'd make great beanbag type seats for young kids of all ages, rather than being specifically for babies.
All in all I'm still glad I paid to get one. Even though they're expensive I do think we'll get our money's worth in the end. I kind of wish they made adult sized ones because they'd be great as seating in a family room!
I bought this for my little girl when she was born. At first I was dubious to whether I had just paid a fortune for a beanbag cushion for a baby. My mind was soon put to rest as this is a fantastic buy and loved by all my family.
All my girls age 16, 5 and 1 year old love the doomoo, it is extremely comfortable and the baby moulds into the seat to the shape of his/her body. The beans inside are very cosy and every time i placed my daughter on the beanbag she felt a great comfort and would sleep instantly.
The lower surface is fully wipeable so that any spills can be easily cleaned, the upper area where your baby slots into the secure straps just zips off and washes in the washing machine. The upper part of the beanbag comes in two parts, one for the baby with straps and the other to have as a normal beanbag without staps when the child gets older.
The beanbags come in a variety of colours, blue, pink, cream etc and some look very funky.
I would definitely vote for this seat being the most comfortable baby seat out there, I have yet to see any other seat being as comfy as this. Babies seem to love warmth and this caters brilliantly.
My daughter who is 5 loves to sit on the beanbag and play her games, watch tv etc. In fact we often have world war 2 going on with whom is getting the beanbag next. I keep reminding them that it's Eva's chair not theirs.
Now at £89.99 it is an expensive buy but when you consider that it will last for quite some years due to is durability then it's not such a bad buy at all....
Doomoo seat is an amazing bean bag that guarantees total comfort both to tiny babies from birth onwards, as well as to bigger children up to 30 kg. The combination of micro-balls and ultra soft material means that it will mould to fit every person as they