My Week That Was # 8

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2012, addison, baby show, family, grayson, mummydaddyme, my week that was, the baby show

So I am still loving taking part in my dear friend Katie from Mummy, Daddy and Me Makes 3 weekly blog linky. It’s really interesting to recall your week past, it seems from day to day that nothing fun happens but documenting it like this makes you realise how everyday big or small something amazing happens.

So here is my Week That Was….

Monday

Off to Work I went, as did my Hubby, so for the 1st time in months my Mom had both babies for the day

Addison had decided that she can only stand, sitting is just boring, becoming difficult at feeding times

Tuesday

I did not get to have my one on one time with Grayson for the 2nd week running as his nursery staff were on a training day

Ash took Addison to clinic for 1st time in about 4 months and she weighed in 1oz shy of 20lb

I cam home to Addison having a black eye after she pulled something on top of her (which she didn’t learn as tried 3 more times this week)

To cheer Ashley up in the evening I made him some Rice Krispie Cakes

Wednesday

Early start to the day as Grayson decided wake up time was 4am

I had a later start to work as I had a 9am hospital apt, which I ended going into at 10am (got a little Kindle Time)

Grayson had a great afternoon Nursery Session

Thursday

Best day of the week as I get paid to be at home – working of course – I actually had quite a lot to do this week

In the middle of this I dyed my hair Bright Red but really only the routes took well

Friday

We dropped Grayson and my Dad/Stepmum’s and Ashley, Addison and I headed off to The Baby Show

We tested out the Stokke Xplory at the show and Ashley moved over to my way of thinking – now to save

After The Baby Show we detoured on the way home for a quick shopping trip to Ikea and Costco, Addison loved the sofa’s in the restaurant at Ikea and was climbing here,there & everywhere

Very kindly my Stepmum made Ash and I dinner, so was a nice relaxing evening.

Saturday

Was awoken by 2 screaming babies at 2am, luckily got Addy back off, brought Grayson in with us and 10 minutes later we were covered in sick

Had a PJ day as Grayson not improved at all

Had the time to finally focus on my new Self Hosted Blog and moved over from Blogspot

Mad Corned Beef Hash Cakes after seeing on Sian’s Blog – Mine did not turn out right, so no pictures

Sunday

Another PJ Day here in the Innocent Charms Chats household as Grayson still very under the weather and Addy not herself

Played with the new blog all day and then bit the bullet and hired a fantastic company to do a blog redesign (watch this space)

Make sure to go and check out the other fab entires

 

 

Fisher Price Stroller Review

Written by InnocentCharmer. Posted in 2012, addison, amazon, fisher price, fisherprice play party, grayson, luv u zoo stroller, monkey, pushchair, review, stroller, the baby show, toddler

 

Isn’t this Stroller cute ?

We were lucky enough to be sent the Fisher Price Luv U Zoo Stroller/Pushchair to review after we saw it at the Baby Show last year.

We had been trying to decide whether to buy an Umbrella Style Stroller for some time to use with Grayson for very short journeys instead of his wheelchair but had been struggling to find one that would hold him enough due to his weaknesses.

Testing it at the Fisher Price Play Party

When we saw Grayson sit in the Fisher Price Stroller at The Baby Show we straight away saw some benefits and if it hadn’t been for the very kind girls at FP offering us to review it we would have bought it ourselves.
We have been testing the stroller for 3 months now and not only Grayson has got to take a whirl but so has our little madam now she is older and wanting to look around at the world.

So here’s how we got one.

Putting Together

The Stroller came boxed and I was concerned as to how much putting together I would have to do, but to be honest it was simple, it was all pre made, I just had to add things like the Monkey Head Rest, Strap Cushions and Hood, all which was a matter of clips and sliding over straps. Then it was adjust the straps to fit and your off. Less than 5 minutes, took me longer to un tape the box.

Opening, Closing and Putting in the Car.

Simple Handle

I have never in my life used an Umbrella style Stroller, we have only had pushchair’s, travel systems and disabled pushchairs, so I am going to be honest and I still am struggling with this.
This is no means because its hard to do or a fault with the Fisher Price Pushchair, it’s just me, the hubby has used several Umbrella Pushchairs and he says this is a pretty standard design and works well, he says it’s a little stiff but that is probably more due to it being new.
I must say it’s incredibly light to lift in and out of the car, it comes with a plastic slip over clip so it doesn’t come apart, which is a great deal easier to use than our Baby Jogger’s and a great little handle to lift it up from. Even weakling me can put it in and out of the car and I am only 5’2″.

Grayson’s Use – 3yo Toddler
Grayson has issues due to his disabilities of sitting well and keeping his bum down, this is a common trait for most babies until they are 8/9 mths, so when we saw the Fisher Price Pushchair we were pleased, the leg support pad (not a technical term) of the Pushchair like a great deal of strollers comes up and extends the seating length, but when we have tried Grayson in some other known brands in shops they have a tendency to be quite weak and sink back down, this is not the case with the FP stroller, it has strong side bars and clips, this helps Grayson and to be honest Addison sit in a better position and from our Physios point of view puts less pressure on their lower backs and a much nicer sleeping position.
A little long, but the extra length helps keep Grayson in position

As you can see from the pictures Grayson had a lovely sleep in the stroller (over an hour in fact) which he does not always manage in Pushchairs since he has got older, he doesn’t seem to be as comfy as he is quite long, but he slept comfortably in the Pushchair and as you can see even with his Winter coat the pushchair has growth room.

He even has a nice Monkey Blankie to accessories

Addison’s Ride – 8mths

In the past month after always being parent facing Addy finally likes to be nosey and look at the outside world, so the other day on a Daddy and Daughter shopping trip Ash took Addy for a spin in the Fisher Price Stroller. She fits in it beautifully, she obviously has a great deal more room than Grayson but she still is very safe and cocooned.
She loved looking around and griping onto the sides of the pushchair, she was particularly keen on the Bright Green straps, which as they are a nice thick 5 point harness hold her in place very well indeed.
As I said above with love the fact that the foot plate rises as it makes for a nice comfy ride for Addison. I was worried that as this is a very lightweight stroller with no suspension like her Pushchair Addy might find this a little bouncy, but she giggled around town smiling so I don’t think there is much worry.

Enjoying looking out at the world, plenty of growth room

Addison shall need a nice new bright blankie though to match her use of the stroller.

From Parents Perspective
Ash and I discussed at length how we felt about the stroller for our use. I found the Stroller so light to push and it was very responsive, the handle height is perfect for me but I am a little 5’2″, Ashley found it a little low but he is 6’2″, he did say though that it is much better than other strollers on the market.
We were both impressed with how small it is in the boot and even fits in my little tiny Peugeot.
We found the shopping basket easy to access even when Grayson was laid flat asleep and a decent size.

I loved the Pouch on the back of the hood, what a great idea, such a good size, plenty of room for my purse, keys, phone and tissues, I thought this was a fantastic addition and think all pushchairs should have one.

Our only negative about the stroller was the toggle system for moving the seat back, now I have only had pushchairs that have a bar you pull on, I found this toggle system quite difficult, it is fine going to lay down as gravity assists, but when pushing the child back up I found you needed 3 hands, Ashley didn’t find it as tricky but we both agreed that it was a pain. But not a deal breaker.

Toggle System

Overall Impression

We love the Fisher Price Luz Stroller, it is a stroller that is suitable from Birth to 4/5 years old, its so lightweight and takes little to no room in the car, we wouldn’t use it for major off roading but around town its ideal.
We love the Bright Colour Scheme and Monkey Cushion, it’s great as it can be used by a boy or a girl and especially perfect as we call our babies our Monkey’s.
I was blown away at Value for Money when I was told it’s a mere £129.99, or £169.99 with the foot muff and changing bag, I can tell this pushchair will last for years and probably be used by our hopeful future children.

With matching footmuff and changing bag

We shall certainly be taking it with us on holiday to Madeira in the Summer, it shall be a perfect travel pushchair.

We in the Spencer household recommend the Fisher Price Stroller.

Retailers for the Fisher Price Luv U Zoo Stroller include – Amazon, Tesco, Asda and Wilkinson Plus.

Disclosure – We were sent the Stroller from Fisher Price FOC to give our opinions and views

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