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i-Safe 3 in 1 Luxury Travel System


The i-Safe 3 in 1 Luxury Travel System is a brand new high quality product comprising of everything you need – footmuff, head support, carseat footmuff and rain covers. It is suitable from birth up to 15kg which usually equates to 0-3 years.

The frame is made from lightweight aluminium making it strong and rigid yet amazingly lightweight to push, it is very compact when folded and should fit into most car boots, I love the fact it can be folded with or without the seat on. The stroller handles are height adjustable so suitable for taller parents as well as the not so tall… The lockable swivel front wheels and large integrated shopping basket ensure maximum convenience when out and about. The seat is very well padded, has multi position recline options, an adjustable footrest and a padded 5 point safety harness. As you would expect, the stroller, which is suitable from 3 months+ can be used forward or rearward facing.
The carrycot is suitable from birth and comes with a mattress and carry handles. I am pleased to report the carrycot is easily secured onto the frame (without the need for any additional adapters). The car seat is rearward facing and suitable from birth up to 9kg. It comes with a luxury footmuff, a large adjustable hood and a head support. It is secured using your cars 3 point seat belt.

The i-Safe System Comes Complete With No Quibble 12 Months Manufactureres Warranty

Round up

  • The i-Safe System Comes Complete With No Quibble 12 Months Manufactureres Warranty
  • A superior Quality Product That is Complete With All The Necessary Accessories
  • A Truly State Of the Art Product Built With The Parent And Baby In Mind!
  • Stroller: Comes Complete With All In One Raincover That Will Fit The Carry-cot Also. Multi Recline Positions, Parent Facing, Forward Facing, Amazingly Large Shopping Basket, Adjustable Handle Height, Swivel / Lockable Front Wheels, Modern Lightweight Aluminium Frame. Suitable from 3 Months. Folds With Or Without Seat Unit On
  • Carrycot: Comes Complete With Mattress, Carry Handle, Fits Directly On To The Frame With The Adaptors Built In, Retractable Adaptor. Suitable From Birth
  • Carseat: Comes Complete With A Luxury Footmuff, Large Adjustable Hood, Head support. Fits On All Cars With 3 Point Seat Belt 0-9kg Rear Facing Only. Suitable From Birth.
  • Buy the i-Safe 3 in 1 Luxury Travel System

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    How to prepare a bottle to use later

    You want to prepare a bottle to use later? Here are your best three options on how to do it safely.
    The safest way of preparing each and every formula bottle is to make it fresh when your baby needs it using sterile bottles. This is not always possible or practical, particularly if you are out for the day or leaving your baby in a care setting such as a childminder or nursery. The following guidance will help you to prepare your baby’s bottles in the safest way possible when you either need to transport a made up feed or are out/leaving your baby for a long period of the day and it is not possible for the feeds to be freshly made.

    Use a carton of ready prepared milk:

    If you are out for a long period of time and know your baby will be due a feed, assembling a newly sterilised, empty bottle with the teat and lid on and taking it out with you is the easiest and safest thing to do (the cartons are sterile)- Simply pour the milk carton into the bottle and it is ready. I realise that this could be an expensive way of bottle feeding, particularly if you are a busy parent and often out of the house, there are two other options:

    Use a thermal flask:

    If you are out and have no access to a kettle It is possible to make up a formula feed using your baby’s usual powdered milk. You will need to take the following items out with you:

  • Your baby’s empty bottle (fully assembled with teat and lid on and recently sterilised),
  • A sterilised storage container with the correct amount of infant formula powder in and
  • A sealed thermal flask containing freshly boiled tap water.
  • You can then prepare your baby’s bottle in the usual way when your baby needs it using the hot water from the thermal flask. Take extra care when preparing your feeds in this way as you are more likely to be within close vicinity of your baby. A good thermos flask should keep the water hot for several hours, bear in mind that it is recommended that the water should be at least 70 degrees celcius. Ensure the water has cooled to an appropiate feeding temperature before giving to your baby. You can test this by pouring a tiny amount on to the inside of your wrist.

    Prepare your baby’s bottle in the morning before you leave the house:

    If you or the person caring for your child are unable to prepare the feed in one of the above two ways when out and about, then the other option is to prepare you baby’s bottle in the usual way and to transport it. There are a few things you will need to know before doing this as there is an increased risk of bacterial growth when storing prepared formula feeds:

  • The bottle should be prepared in the usual way in the morning of the day you are transporting it, not the night before. (Preferably 1.5 hours before you are due to leave).
  • There is no need to cool the made up formula milk by running it under a cold tap.
  • It should immediately be placed at the back of your fridge for atleast one hour (never in the door).
  • The fridge must be a maximum temperature of 5 degrees delcius. You may want to invest in a fridge thermometer as the frequent opening of a fridge can affect its temperature. (If this is the case, select a lower temperature setting on your fridge).
  • Remove the prepared bottle of milk from the fridge only when you are ready to leave the house and immediately place it into a cool bag containing a frozen ice brick.
  • The feed will need to be consumed within the next 4 hours.
  • You can heat up your baby’s transported bottle by using either a bottle warmer or by placing in a bowl of warm water. Always shake it well.
  • The feed should never be left to warm for longer than 15 minutes and you should never use a microwave to reheat it.
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    Roll over after every nappy change - baby on tummy

    Tummy time tips

    Tummy time tips - tips for encouraging tummy timeTummy time is an extremely important part of your baby’s development, the strength and skills your baby develops whilst on her tummy help her to lift her head and look around, push up with her arms, roll over, sit up, crawl and eventually pull herself up to a standing position. You shouldn’t let the fact that ‘all babies do this eventually’ stop you from encouraging your baby’s development. Babies should ideally spend more awake time on their tummies than in car seats, on swings, sitting in chairs or lying on their backs. This also helps to avoid your baby getting a flat head (Plagiocephaly).

    My baby hates tummy time

    Tummy time builds strength for sitting upTummy time isn’t easy, babies are no longer used to being on their tummy, you of course have to put her on her back to sleep as this helps to mitigate against the risk of SIDS but, with a little encouragement from you and a bit of determination from you both, you will find that a gradual introduction of tummy time helps your baby get used to the idea and stops her from feeling too uncomfortable when in this position. The Motor control your baby will gain from being on her tummy develops in a ‘cephalocaudal’ fashion, which means she will first gain control of her head, then her shoulders, then her abdomen and this continues down to her feet. Developing head control first allows her to visually explore everything around her.

    Introducing tummy time to a newborn

    Whilst I’m not suggesting that you place your newborn on the floor as soon as you get home, you should encourage tummy time from day one.There are things you can do to get your baby used to being on her tummy so when the time comes to put her on the floor, it wont be too alien/scary or too uncomfortable.

    Skin to skin

    Skin to skin with newborn

    Whether you are Breastfeeding or not, you should still have plenty of skin to skin contact with your newborn. As well as using this time to bond with each other, use it to get your baby used to being on her tummy. If you lie on a bed propped up by a pillow, you can place your baby on your chest so that she is leaning on you. Very often, even newborn babies start lifting their head whilst in this position and will try to look at your face. Once your baby is comfortable with this, you can then start lying flat on the bed.

    Play aeroplanes

    Who ever thought tummy time could be such fun? To turn your little one into a flying aeroplane, lie on the floor (on your back), lift your legs up and bend your knees so they are at a right angle, (your shins should be horizontal, parallel to the floor), place your baby on your shins so her head is on or just over your knees, support your baby under her arms and get ready for take off. Your baby will love seeing your face, hearing your aeroplane sounds and the sensation of slowly moving backwards and forwards. The added bonus to this is it’s also a fab workout for you!

    Buy a gym ball

    Pink Gym ball

    If you don’t have a gym ball already then buy one (from £4.99), not only are they fantastic for fat loss, muscle toning and core strength but also make a fantastic, comfortable place for your newborn to get used to being on her tummy. Place the gym ball next to your baby, lean your baby onto it and simply roll her back wards and forwards for a few minutes. Be sure to fully support her and take it nice and slow and you will find with each prolonged forward roll of the ball your baby can (or at least tries to) lift her head up. If there are two of you then you can turn this into a game of peek-a-boo too by sitting opposite each other, one of you in control of the ball and baby with your partner peek-a-boo-ing!


    Cuddles help with tummy time

    Whilst you may not think cuddling is going to develop her motor skills, if you stand up and cuddle your baby as if you were winding her (so her head is above your shoulder) and allow her to support/hold her own head as much as possible then that’s exactly what you are doing. The stronger your baby becomes, the longer period of time she will be able hold her head up and look around, and the best thing of all is she can always cuddle into you if she gets tired!

    Play peek-a-boo

    Everyone loves a game of peek-a-boo. I recommend doing this on a bed to begin with. If you place your baby on your bed so that her head is near the edge, she won’t have to lift her head very high to gain a good view of the room and won’t feel uncomfortable as it is a softer surface. Even better, and if you are able, sit on the floor next to the bed, hide out of your baby’s view and magically re-appear in front of her eyes. Peek-a-boo! Obviously make sure that you are ensuring your baby’s safety at all times and don’t do this once your baby is able to roll over.

    Roll over after every nappy change

    Roll over after every nappy change - baby on tummy

    Whether you are changing your little one on a changing mat or on a changing table, a good habit to get into is to roll her over after every nappy change. If you remember to do this every time she will get used to it and come to expect it. Try to incorporate it into a song such as “Ten in the bed and the little one said roll over, roll over”. You can then continue singing to your little one whilst she is on her tummy, letting her know that you are still there and you are both having the time of your lives on your tummies…

    Finally, get down and play

    Toys for tummy time, baby playing

    If your baby is comfortable lying on you, holds her head well when having a cuddle, looks around the room whilst lying on the bed, enjoys her time on the gym ball, doesn’t immediately cry when you roll her after every nappy change and enjoys being an aeroplane then you can feel confident your little one is ready to lie on the floor, on her tummy and play. The best thing you can do is lie down next to her with plenty of smiles and words of encouragement. There are some nice toys for floor play that will also help in distracting/ encouraging your baby. If she seems uncomfortable to begin with then only do this for a minute or so, it is a good idea to time how long she was on her tummy for and try to improve on that the next day.

    If your baby doesn’t like tummy time, try her for just one minute to start with and increase this by 10 seconds everyday, in 4 weeks time, she will be stronger, confident, comfortable and on her tummy for at least 5 and a half minutes each and every day. After 12 weeks this will add up to around 14 minutes every day!

    How did your baby cope with tummy time? Do you have any additional tips or advice that can help other parents?

    Hauck Condor All In One Travel System

    The Hauck Condor All In One Travel System comes with everything you need – stroller, carry cot, car seat, foot muff, rain cover and a changing bag.

    The frame is made of aluminium resulting in a lightweight, robust and easy to push buggy. The handles are height adjustable and the front wheels swivel and can also be locked. The shopping basket is a good size and is useful for little trips to the shops or keeping your baby’s essentials safe whilst out and about.

    The car seat is group 0+ suitable from birth up to 13kg. It is rearward facing with a 3 point safety harness, side impact protection and can easily be installed on the chassis (buggy) to enable quick transfer between your car and the buggy.

    The carry cot – suitable from birth is comfortable and snug and can easily be fixed onto the frame. Your baby will feel safe and secure and you push him/her around in those first 6 months or so.

    Once your baby is able to sit unaided he will be able sit comfortably in the buggy; the buggy has a 5 point safety harness, removable front bar and 4 step adjustable back rest and 2 step adjustable foot rest for complete comfort, it is easily folded and is reasonably compact so should fit into most car boots.


    • Folded size – 97x29x38cm
    • Actual size – 92x54x106cm
    • Height of handlebar – 106cm
    • Adjustable handles height – 102-106cm
    • Weight of buggy – 10.6kg
    • Weight of car seat – 3.5kg
    • Weight of pram – 4.8kg

    Customer reviews

    The Hauck Condor All In One Travel System has been well received with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5. Here is a round up of the good and the not so good feedback received for this travel system.

    Good Points

    • I am pleased with the overall quality, finishing and robust build
    • Definitely a bargain
    • The fabric is strong with soft inner linings
    • carry cot and car seat are strong and safe and attach to the stroller well
    • Not too large but very sturdy
    • Easy to push

    Negative Points

    • Rain cover doesnt cover very well, but you can purchase a seperate cover from the same company which covers well
    • A bit fiddly to assemble
    • The wheels are plastic and are not very large (sometimes you can have some difficulties on rough terrain).

    Who is it good for?

    The Hauck Condor All In One Travel System is a good quality, sturdy travel system and I have it on good authority that it looks even better in real life compared to the pictures. This travel system is great for Mums and Dads as it is a neutral colour and looks very stylish.

    Buy the Hauck Condor All In One Travel System

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    Tog Rating System – duvets for kids

    The tog rating system was designed to describe the thermal resistance of a duvet. This means how much warmth from your body it is able to retain. The higher the tog rating, the more warmth it is able to retain. Traditionally, people would have a summer duvet and a winter duvet but most seem to prefer the all season duvets, these are generally 10.5 tog – 13.5 tog.

    If you have 2 people in your bed, you are likely to need a lower tog duvet (perhaps 10.5) as the heat from 2 people will increase the amount of warmth that the duvet can ‘trap’. If you are bed sharing with your baby then you should never use a duvet, if you are thinking of buying a duvet for your baby, then you need to know the following…

    Can my baby have a duvet?

    Duvets should not be given to children under one year of age, this is because they are unable to kick it off (or slip out if it). If they get too hot they may end up overheating and overheating is considered to be a factor in SIDS cases. If your baby is over one year of age and you would like him to have a duvet, I would recommend buying a hypoallergenic duvet and having at least two 100% cotton covers. Please take note of my advice on which tog duvet to use for children.

    You may prefer baby sleeping bags as there is no risk of your baby slipping under the cover and your baby can’t wriggle out of it, this means that he is less likely to wake up due to feeling a bit cold. Sleeping bags are also helpful if you are staying overnight somewhere as your baby will recognise his own sleeping bag and feel comforted by it.

    What tog duvet is suitable for young children?

    A lighter duvet is recommended for young children because the duvets are able to trap more air around their smaller bodies which results in them feeling warmer than what an adult would. The ideal tog value for duvets for children over one year of age and under 10 is between 3 tog and 9 tog. You can find more information on duvets for children from this duvets for children buying guide