Childcare Travel Dome: Beach Nap Anyone?

Posted by Daisy on Friday Nov 18, 2011 Under Baby Furniture, Baby Travel

I love the idea of family holidays, but these ideas of us all playing on the beach, frolicking in the waves and enjoying the sunshine quickly disappear when I am sleep deprived.

As parents we know that preparation is always required when baby is expected to sleep away from home. We have been using the Childcare Orbit XL Travel Cot  as our portable cot, but our most recent addition is the Childcare Peuter Luxe Travel Dome to use in situations when the travel cot is not appropriate, such as Baby’s morning nap on the beach whilst on holiday!

The Childcare Travel Dome gives us so much freedom, being a safe and comfortable place for baby to nap just about anywhere. It is versatile and is appropriate for use in situations such as a friends study whilst at a dinner party, at home for one of Baby’s guests, the backyard whilst doing some gardening or even “going camping” in the lounge room.

The Childcare Peuter Luxe Travel Dome has an age suitability of 6-36 months, weighs a mere 3.75kgs, is super compact for transport and exceptionally easy to use with it’s incredible “pop-out” and easy to fold assembly.

Features include:

Portable travel dome with zip panel: It looks like a little tent and has a large zipped panel, which enables easy access. It has mesh windows with fabric covers on all sides, which is great for visibility but also provides protection when needed.

50% UV protection on all polyester panels: This is great if like us, you live in a sunny environment and spend time outside. We have also used the travel dome as a shade tent/cubby on picnics and outside play dates, which is practical and popular with the kids.

Carry Bag: The travel dome folds up very cleverly into the tiniest little bundle, curling around on itself to form a flat little disc. It comes with it’s own tidy little bag, which fits easily into an overnight bag or carry-on luggage.

Self-inflatable mattress: This little self-inflatable mattress is comfortable and works really well. Last time I used on of these, I was on a school camping trip, and like I thought then, I think it really does save a lot of time and wasted breath! The moment you unscrew the little nozzle the mattress starts to inflate and is sealed by tightening the nozzle closed. For comfort and safety, the mattress is secured to the bottom of the dome in its own zipped compartment.

Sleeping Bag: The travel dome comes with a sleeping bag. The sleeping bag is warm, soft and comfortable. It is fitted to the shape of the travel dome and has Velcro on the underside to keep it in place. The sleeping bag folds up inside the travel dome when packed, which is great to keep everything ready together!

Quick “pop-out” and easy-to-fold assembly: This is a very clever feature. When you take it out of its little bag and removed the attached elastic fastener, the whole thing automatically “pops-out”! To pack up the travel dome, you basically push the top of the dome whilst holding on to one side and curl the poles around on each other. It makes the whole assembly saga stress free.

Easy to clean: The fabric is made from fire resistant polyester, and is easy to clean with a damp cloth. The sleeping bag can also be washed separately, as can the mattress be wiped down.

Light to handle: One of the travel domes winning features is that it is so compact, light and easy to handle. It weighs a tiny 3.75kgs, which Baby will be able to carry by himself before too long!

Overall, we have found the Childcare Peuter Luxe Travel Dome to be really versatile, practical and safe. It allows us more freedom to stay out and about and enables relaxed family holidays to be a reality!

For more information on the Childcare Peuter Luxe Travel Dome, please visit CNP Brands.

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Childcare Orbit XL Travel Cot: Sleeping Soundly

Posted by Daisy on Thursday Oct 6, 2011 Under Baby Furniture, Baby Travel

To function properly I need to get enough sleep. So as a parent, this means my day-to-day life changes dramatically depending on how Baby sleeps! I am grateful that Baby is now sleeping through the night (on most nights!) – however, when we take him out of his usual surroundings this can all change…

I have found that it is so important to keep some of his bedtime routine in place whilst away, such as bath-time and stories, and to provide a familiar sleeping environment such as a familiar travel cot. We have been using the Childcare Orbit XL Travel Cot, which provides Baby with a familiar and safe bed in which to sleep soundly, which in turn enables us all have a great holiday!

The Childcare Orbit XL Travel Cot is safe and sturdy, and also lightweight and compact making it easy to use and transport. It is a classic rectangular design, with four mesh sides for visibility and comes in a great patterned fabric that helps to hide minor wear and tear that is inevitable over its lifespan. I once borrowed a travel cot that was so heavy it took two of us to lift and assemble, so this was an important factor when choosing our own travel cot. The Childcare Orbit XL also has a weight capacity of up to 13.6kgs, so can be used well into Toddlerhood.

The Childcare Orbit XL Travel Cot’s features include:

Soft-padded single action ‘lift & lock’ rails with a press-button release: I have to say I struggled the first time I assembled this travel cot. I had heard there was a “trick” to assembling it, which is true. After getting the feel for it I usually get it first time, but I still do find it somewhat frustrating (maybe I need more practice!). That said, once it is up it is great.

Quick and easy to assembly and dismantling: Once I had the ‘lift and lock’ system down-pat the rest is simple. The structure is designed to fold in on itself and reduces to a compact little bundle.

Handy toy pouch: This is really handy for not only toys, but for any of those essentials such as books, wipes, comforters etc., which I need ready at hand. I also find it perfect to store the travel cot’s cover in this pouch too.

Easy and compact for storage and transport: The Orbit XL folds very cleverly, ensuring it is as compact as possible, folding in on itself and then using the baseboard to hold it all together and protect the moving parts. When folded the travel cot fits perfectly into the neat carry bag provided, which also has a carry strap. This carry bag keeps things tidy and protects the travel cot during transit, ensuring there are no parts exposed or loose ends. Husband appreciates that it is well balanced when it needs to be carried!

Combined folding mattress and baseboard: The mattress and baseboard are combined as one and, although it is firm, is also cushioned and comfortable for Baby. It has a clever design and Velcro on the baseboard side to keep it in place in the cot.

Excellent visibility for parents and baby through 4 mesh sides: This is a really great feature. It is great to be able to see baby from all sides and I think that mesh on all sides provides visibility similar to that of his familiar cot at home.

From my experience, I have found that familiarising Baby with the travel cot before leaving home is a good idea. I suggest setting the travel cot up in their room, with familiar sheets/sleeping bag/lamb skin and letting Baby have a few sleeps in their own environment before going away. Then whilst away, we bring our own bed linen to establish the familiar feel and scent, which eases our bedtime routine. Overall, we have found the Childcare Orbit XL Travel Cot to be practical and safe. Best of all, it is a real relief for me knowing that Baby will continue to sleep soundly when away from home. It has saved more than a few weekend trips!

For more information on the Childcare Orbit XL Travel Cot, please visit CNP Brands.

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BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light

Posted by Diana on Thursday Aug 25, 2011 Under Baby Travel

For our next trip to Sydney, I decided Baby needed a travel cot. I was looking for a travel cot which could be assembled quickly, was light weight with a strong body – I was looking for a travel cot with the attributes of an ‘elite athlete’ and I found it in the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light.

The most impressive feature of the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light is how quickly it can be assembled. I timed myself with a stopwatch and it took 41 seconds to assemble the BabyBjorn Travel Cot. This included opening the bag and lifting out the travel cot. The travel cot is assembled in one swift movement by holding the two short sides at the top of the cot, pointing the legs to the floor and unfolding it – hey presto it’s up! The legs fell into position and then I placed the mattress firmly inside the cot. It was that simple!

When travelling everyone wants light luggage which doesn’t take up too much space either. The BabyBjorm Travel Cot Light lives up to it’s name weighing only 5kg, including the case. The case looks very smart in discrete black and looks like an ordinary travel bag with dimensions I measured as 60cm x 49cm x 13cm. So it’s perfect for a family travelling with a baby.

Space efficiency is central to the design of the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light, once assembled the slanting edges mean it takes up little floor space with maximum space for Baby. The legs of the travel cot are strong and provide a stable base for the cot. The entire cot is covered in soft fabric and includes a sheer net fabric which makes it easy to keep on eye on Baby. Baby had fun looking through the net fabric at me too! Baby found the travel cot spacious and after our game of peekaboo, Baby had a blissful afternoon sleep in the travel cot.

The thick soft mattress of the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light made Baby’s sleep a dream! I measured the dimensions of the mattress as 60cm x 105cm x 5cm. Conveniently, the removable mattress and bedding are machine washable. Ordinary sheets can be used on the travel cot and BabyBjorn Travel Cot Fitted Sheets are available in organic cotton too. The BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light is suitable from birth to 3 years old.

Folding up the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light was just as easy as the assembly. Firstly, I removed and folded the mattress, placing it in the travel bag. Then I released each leg and lay the legs diagonally inside the frame. I then folded the short sides of the frame together and placed it inside the folded mattress. After a fantastic performance, the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light crossed the finishing line in style. To find out more about the BabyBjorn Travel Cot visit the BabyBjorn website.


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