Product Type: Maclaren prams, pushchairs and strollers
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Nice addition for your new addition
Maclaren Techno XLR Soft Carrycot
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Maclaren Techno XLR Soft Carrycot
Advantages: Well designed and light
Disadvantages: Fastenings difficult if not much strength
As a new mother it was important to me to be able to see my baby when I was taking him out in his buggy and as I had bought a Mclaren buggy I bought the travel cot to enable me to do this. For a newborn baby the travel cot is a good size and because it was winter we managed to fit baby and a blanket into the cot. We did however think that the base could have a bit more padding so we also put in a mattress. Fortunately we had a spare one which fitted his Moses basket so therefore this fitted pretty well into the travel cot.
The cot is well designed and secure as it uses 3 fastenings. The first being plastic handles that clip into the front of the buggy, the second a belt with a buckle that ties underneath the buggy and finally rubber straps that fit over the metal buttons on the buggy. It is the latter that I struggled with. This may be due to the cold weather but sometimes I just couldn't stretch the straps over the buttons. Even my strong husband struggled. It may well be that these would loosen over time but our son has outgrown the cot now. My other difficulty was the strap as it buckles underneath the buggy. It can therefore be difficult to fasten sometimes if you are in a hurry as you can't see what you are doing.
The cot is light to carry which is a bonus and this helped us carry the cot indoors when the baby had fallen asleep in it whilst being pushed in the buggy. This is great as the golden rule is "Don't wake the baby!" as every parent knows. It matched well with our black and champagne buggy. There is also a little canopy to keep the sun out of your baby's eyes which is a nice touch.
The cot costs around £60 and given how happy I am with them Mclaren travel system I would buy it again for the comfort it gave me whilst my son was small enough to fit in it as it was lighter to carry than the car seat. If you are more cost conscious then it is worthwhile knowing that the Recarro car seat when fitted to the buggy will also give you a good view of your baby and your baby wont outgrow it as fast as the travel cot. If I hadn't struggled with the fastenings I would give it four stars but in this case it is just three.
Summary: A nice addition to your travel system but not essential
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