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When my second son was born eighteen months after my first we wisely opted for a Phil and Ted Dash double pushchair. As always you find yourself buying accessories for your new pushchair to try and make it more comfortable for your little ones. We bought the cocoon to put our newborn in and as winter was approaching we felt our elder child would need something to keep him warm too. Our local independent pram shop were helpful with our purchases, I'm not surprised as only twenty months earlier we had splashed out on a Bugaboo and all the accessories! They recommended the Phil and Ted sleeping bag or otherwise known as a foot muff. As the Phil and Ted Dash we were ordering was black we chose the black and slightly grey sleeping bag to match.
The sleeping bag comes in a small range of colours that match a lot of the pram colours, obviously. They mainly seem to be in two styles either in all one block colour or like the one we have. On the outside of ours it is mainly black with a small portion of it grey. There is a thick stripe of grey running down the middle of the front. The other colours in this style seem to follow the same trend of the main block colour and a light grey stripe down the middle. I am not too sure I like it on the other colours but on the black it breaks it up nicely. At the bottom of the front there is the phil & ted badge stitched on in a rubbery material. The back of the sleeping bag is all black. The inside of it which is the fleecy liner is all grey. The overall style of it is nice and looks good on the pushchair.
It all sounds perfect and it nearly is apart from the length of it. I measure mine to roughly 97cms in total length. This isn't a problem till your child hits toddler age. My youngest son is twenty two months now and his legs are too long for it. I would say he is about average height if not maybe a little bit tall for his age but I would recommend it would fit up to a two year old in comfortably after that it would be a squeeze. I have to admit my son does love his to snuggle in when he is tired and doesn't mind having his legs a little scrunched up in. He never sleeps with his legs out straight anyway but from some children this may be seen as a little uncomfortable. This could be seen as a little bit annoying as a lot of people opt for a Phil and Ted pushchair as a double so will have an older child in it.
That aside it is a wonderful addition to the Phil and Ted and does fit most of their pushchairs. I would say it is best to double check with the retailer you are purchasing it from to make sure it does fit your version.
The product is very practical and has been thought out with care from Phil and Ted. (Of course apart for the length.) The front of the sleeping bag does unzip completely away from the liner given you easy access and the prospect of just using the very comfortable liner when you have no need for the actual cover. We have done this on a couple of occasions and have found it a little tricky but not impossible to reattach it. The foot muff can be washed in the washing machine at thirty degrees which is fantastic for us as we seem to have two little boys who attract dirt to them. It seems no matter what they are doing they end up looking black. I have to admit on shopping trips I do find myself trying to keep them pacified with food which usually ends up stuck to the liner. So ours has been washed on numerous occasions and it looks great from it. Each time it has come out looking new and smelling great.
The liner inside the foot muff looks extremely cosy and feels very soft to touch, exactly what you want for your small child. My fiancé is adamant he wants them to do one in his size! The foot muff is suitable from birth so I feel any parent would be very happy to place their newborn in it. When my youngest son was born we had bought a cocoon (another accessory for the Phil and Ted pushchair) so we used the foot muff for my elder son on the additional chair. It was easy enough to secure it through the strap holes on the foot muff. My eldest son loved it and was very happy to get snuggled in it when the weather became wintery. As I have mentioned it is a bit limited on length and I found my son quickly grew out of it no longer wanting it on. Once my youngest had outgrown the cocoon we used it for him knowing he would be very cosy in it. It is as easy to attach it to the main seat and we found it will only take you a few minutes.
The nicest bit about the foot muff is you can adjust how snuggled up you want your child to be or in my eldest son's case how comfortable he wanted it to be. At the top is an adjustable hood allowing you to draw it in around the head. There is a drawstring on either side of the hood allowing you to pull it in. Quite often we pull it in on my youngest son and make him look like a little Eskimo. He does look rather cute in it. As well as the drawstring hood there is also poppers on the front allowing you to choose how far up you want the cover to come. There are two heights one allowing it to come quite far up and just a head popping out the top or there is one mid way. We often found if it was a mild winter's day we would have it fastened to mid way allowing our son plenty of room for nice cold fresh air to get to his face.
Using it on both seats I can easily say it is perfect for both but whether it is worth buying one each would depend whether you intend to use it straight from birth or if you have a cocoon for you newborn to begin with. I do love the foot muff and would highly recommend it but I would say if you are buying for a newborn and a slightly older child go for the cocoon for the newborn and one foot muff for the older child which then will be passed down to your baby once it is out of the cocoon.
Price wise I think it is very well priced alongside other branded foot muffs. Its RRP price is £51.99 and since looking at other foot muffs on the market this would be about average. It has been money well spent for us. Although my eldest only got about three months use out of it my youngest has used it a lot and has had plenty of use of it. The length of this product would be something I would recommend you took into consideration if you were thinking of buying it. For us it was certainly a good choice. Now the summer is here it has been washed and packed away in the stuff sack it comes with. Unfortunately even though my son will still use a pushchair in the winter the foot muff will probably stay away as he will be over two years old by then.
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I bought this Phil and Teds sleeping bag for my daughter when she was born. I found that it was a fantastic product, great colours and kept her extremely worn. I found it very practical with the zips and toggles and was really impressed with the fit, using the straps of the push chair.
I also found that the sleeping bag repelled rain, which was easily brushed off, if I was caught out in the rain.
I also liked the fact that the sleeping bag could be totally unzipped, meaning that you could leave the bottom layer in the push chair, as extra comfort, during the warmer weather.
The sleeping bag also washed well when we had the inevitable spillages!
The only drawback for me was having an extremely tall daughter, who grew out of the sleeping bag by the age of 2 (however I still use the bottom layer for her comfort!
A fabulous product, well worth the money.
I first got a cocoon with my phil and ted sport which my little one quickly grew out of, winter 2009 I purchased a sleeping bag or cosy toes as I call them and it is excellent, I paid about £50 with postage as I could not get the colour match in shops.
During the snow I was able to zip it right up even on a 20 month child as long as I took her shoes off and the only part showing was her face, it was so warm she did not feel the cold at all, most other cosy toes just cover knees and don't fasten up.
The zip goes both ways and you can fold it down to the required height and press stud it in place so great for baby and toddler, perfectly usable whilst child is lying down or sitting up, easy to fasten zip too.
Washed great although takes a bit drying due to thickness off the material, the fleece lining is quite thick and lovely and soft so really comfortable on the skin.
You can unzip the top cover and use just as a liner, the top fits over the back of the seat which helps keep it in place whist buggy is in sitting position unlike a lot of other buggy liners which slip.
I have been using this for nearly 18 months and has paid for itself over and over again, and is still in great condition.
We were over the moon when we inherited a Phil and Teds Sport pushchair from some friends who were emigrating and were trying to clear their house of baby equipment. Happily this event coincided with my pregnancy nearing its end and Mr Frank and I realising that try as we might to avoid buying baby equipment, there really are certain things you cannot do without when you have a baby; a pushchair being one of them!
The pushchair is very adaptable and we used it from birth in its fully reclined position with the 'cocoon' carrier (see review of pushchair for more info). Using the pushchair when Baby Frank was very tiny was great, but I soon got annoyed with having to tuck in blankets around Baby Frank and line the cocoon with a blanket or muslin every time I wanted to go out somewhere. This 'Sleeping Bag' provided the answer to this niggle!
The 'Sleeping Bag' is a glorified footmuff. Instead of just keeping the lower part of a baby warm, it actually can be used like a mummy sleeping bag to keep the entire body warm, and even can be done up around the head (leaving the little face peeking out-very cute).
The outside of the sleeping bag is a silky fabric which feels very similar to the outer fabric of adult sleeping bags. It has a Phil and Ted's logo at the bottom and two zips which run all along the outside. In fact, if you undo both zips, the upper part of the sleeping bag can be removed, leaving the back part which can function as a pushchair liner. Around the head, there is a drawstring which you could use to keep your baby's head really snug on a very cold day.
The inside of the sleeping bag is padded and lined with artificial fleece. It feels extremely cosy. The back of the sleeping bag has slots through which to thread the pushchair straps for when the seat is in the upright or semi-redlined position. This holds the sleeping bag in place, and also means your child can be safely strapped in even when they are all wrapped up in the sleeping bag.
Mr Frank found this sleeping bag for £10 on ebay, but I see that it retails for around £40 brand new. However, if you do buy it new, it comes with a year guarantee.
The sleeping bag is available in all colours to match the range of Phil and Ted's pushchair colours: red, blue, lime green, black and charcoal.
We have been really pleased with the sleeping bag, especially for £10. Sometimes I do find it a bit fiddly to undo the side zips and do them up again, and it is a two handed job. Since buying this sleeping bag, I have seen a sleeping bag for these pushchairs which have one central zip, and I can see that this would be easier to manage, but I don't think that it can be then used just as a liner, which has been brilliant in the hotter weather.