“ Brand: Phil & Teds / Type: Stroller Attachment „
When I was pregnant with my second little girl I decided that as it was winter we may need a double buggy for those cold, snowy days waiting for the bus. Being in the North of Scotland we knew they would come so I made the decision to buy the Phil and Ted Sport buggy with the doubles kit and of course the cocoon and it was definitely worth the purchase, even if it was only used for a short period of time.
~~ The Cocoon ~~
The cocoon itself retails for around £45 which is really expensive for what is basically a small carrycot for the pushchair. It lies totally flat and zips up pretty much to their chin to protect them from the elements so for us in winter it really was ideal. There is soft padding inside on the base and around the sides of the cocoon itself so there's no doubt it's soft for the little ones and as cosy as can be!
It comes in a variety of colours that match the buggies themselves so you can choose to have a matching set or something totally different but we had the red and charcoal to match the buggy we had at the time.
The cocoon fastens into the buggy with a few velcro straps so it couldn't be easier lifting it in and out but I must admit half of the time I didn't bother to strap it in as it was secure enough just slotted into the buggy and I didn't really use it for long journeys.
I think the age recommendation for these is birth to 4 months or so but there's no way our little girl would have fitted in it for that long.
~~ My Verdict ~~
The cocoon was very expensive at £45 so I opted to buy it second hand for £15 which was an absolute steal in my opinion. We used it from a couple of days old in the deep, never ending snow of 2010 and our little girl was nice and cosy and it saved us disturbing her if she was sleeping as we could just take the cocoon out and carry her up the stairs like that. It unzipped very quietly too so there was no fear of overheating. The zip goes right down to the bottom of the cocoon so it couldn't be easier. Something else that I liked is that we could still see her all of the time as the cocoon allowed her to face us which is something a lot of the 3 wheeler buggies don't allow.
The drawbacks? Well for a start the easy little velcro straps had a habit of waking her up if we were undoing them as the velcro isn't the quietest thing in the world which was part of the reason I stopped using them. The cocoon will not last you for more than a couple of months either as by 8 weeks she was too long and physically couldn't fit into it anymore - the relief of not spending £45 on it was amazing! We do have a very long little girl but I can't imagine a smaller baby would be in it for much longer than that either.
Other than that, it was amazing! I'd definitely recommend these to someone but not for the £45 Phil and Teds ask for. Why is it that baby companies always seem to rip new parents off?
Having my boys so close together I had to make the difficult decision to get another pram when my second child was born as my Bugaboo pram just wasn't going to work. My eldest was only eighteen months when my youngest was born so he often still fell asleep in the pushchair. After much thought we chose the Phil and Ted. Now mine is the dash not the sport but the cocoon I am reviewing is same as I have compared it to my friend who has the sport cocoon. There are many accessories to add onto the Phil and Ted prams and the cocoon was one we favored.
The cocoon is to use when the main seat is laid flat and is for newborns to six months. Installing it is simple you place it on the seat and fasten the toggles on the cocoon to the loops on the seat. It really is as simple as that. Although if you do have the second seat on top this can be a little tricky to get into without taking the seat off. I often found myself just fasten it to the top end and it seemed secure enough especially with the top seat above it.
The cocoon is a bit like a long rectangle carrycot made out of padded material. It has two zips on each side to undo the cover on the top of it. It has two squishy handles to make carrying it easy. It has draw toggles at the top to pull the top in around the baby's head keeping them extra snug. I often did this with my son when he was very little. The cocoon is very light to lift but is surprisingly strong. The base of the cocoon is very sturdy but doesn't lose its soft comfy feel to it.
The cocoon is made of material that can be wiped down easily with a damp cloth. This was always a must for me as I seem to have very sickly babies. After four months of using it nearly every day it still looks like new after it has been wiped down.
I love the cocoon it just seemed so snug for your newborn especially if you have a winter baby. I loved the handiness of the product. Once you got to your destination you could just slide the cocoon out without disturbing your baby. I would often just leave him asleep in his cocoon once we got home. It always kept him lovely and warm.
There is only a couple of problems I have with the cocoon one was my son was a long baby and although it recommended up to six months my son was out of it by four months if not a little earlier. The only other thing I found was when you were going downhill my son seemed to slip down the cocoon and when he was very little he would disappear! But it was easy enough to slide him back up again.
This accessory will set you back around the forty pound mark but I would highly recommend it for any Phil and Ted pram it just makes it look that bit more friendly for a newborn and did come in very useful when my son was fast asleep.
As I have said before, since having Baby Frank six months ago I have discovered the perks of being the poor relations in the family. We were given a Phil and Teds Sport pushchair by my cousin when her children had outgrown it, and this cocoon was part of the bundle of accessories which she gave us with it. Bought new, the cocoons are around £25-£50 and can be used with the Sport and Explorer models of the pushchair. They are available in the same range of colours as the pushchairs themselves so you can get one to either match or contrast with the pushchair that you have.
The cocoon is a removable part of the pushchair which is placed on the pushchair when it is in the fully reclined position. The baby's head is towards the handle and their feet towards the front wheel. It is suitable for a short space of time between newborn and around three or four months when the baby outgrows the cocoon.
If you have a newborn baby and are planning on using or buying a Phil and Teds pushchair, the cocoon is an essential accessory. It has zips down both sides, which enables you to easily put your baby in and take your baby out of the cocoon. It is made of very sturdy material and has two handles either side. This is the real strength of the cocoon because if your baby falls asleep as they are pushed in their pushchair, when you reach your destination, you do not have to disturb their sleep by picking them up out of the pushchair, but you can just lift them out in the cocoon.
The cocoon is padded inside but needs some lining to protect the surface from any baby related mess that may occur! I initially just put a muslin square in it which was easily washed and replaced, but then bought a Phil and Teds sleeping bag which is really cosy and reviewed previously. The sleeping bag fits nicely inside the cocoon and its zips are in the same places as the cocoon's for easy access to your baby.
I was really pleased to have this accessory with out pushchair. Baby Frank really liked her cocoon, and preferred it to being in her traditional carry cot type pram. I think she liked the feeling of security and snugness which being zipped into the cocoon brought about. I loved how easy it was to move her from the pushchair to inside without disturbing her and then having to look for a safe, clean place to put her down. I highly recommend buying this product if you are going to use a Phil and Teds pushchair with your newborn baby.