Monday, 25 July 2016

Nod Pod

When you first set out buying things for your new baby it can be a minefield trying to work out what products are best.
There's so much choice and if you're new to motherhood trying to work out what you will need before you need it seems impossible at times.
Most of us can navigate the standard essentials like clothing, blankets and probably pushchairs and cots but generally its only when you have your baby that you realise what would be helpful!
I found asking other mums about their experiences really helpful when it came to working out what I might need or the best tools for a job, so I found mum blogs to be a great place to get honest opinions about baby essentials.
So, now I have my own two little ones and a bit more experience I really enjoy having the opportunity to share my opinions on things that have been helpful to us.
Recently I was contacted by Nod Pod and asked if we would like to try one of their new baby blankets with legs;
Of course I was happy to give one a go but I'll admit, I was a little skeptical...
I never got the "Slanket" craze for adults and I wasn't sure what the difference was between just using a blanket or an all in one suit!
{First try of the Nod Pod is met with approval!}

The day the Nod Pod arrived Little E had been restless most of the night and day for some reason, being a few weeks old I think he was just overtired and getting used to the noise level around here!
I decided to try it out straight away and as it was chilly on our way out, I popped him into the Nod Pod and into his pram after which he fell fast asleep for the next few hours.
He has never liked wearing hats and seems to get very aggravated whenever I put one on him but he was perfectly happy with the fleecy hood over his head and I was happy that his little head was warm! He really did look very cosy and the fleece material is so soft.
Being wrapped in snuggly fabric seemed to do the trick for Little E!
I've discovered that there really are a lot of pro's to the Nod Pod. 
Having legs on the blanket helps to keep it in place and prevents you having to put an all in one suit on which tend to be thicker and might be too hot.This is also a great feature when using a carrier or putting your baby in a car seat; The wings, rather than sleeves, enable you to wrap or swaddle the baby and then open them up easily if they get too warm without disturbing them, and the little hood is light and again is easy to pop on and off without waking him up!
We have been using the NodPod ever since in his pushchair- we are using a Quinny Moodd at the moment- and I have also been using it when he is in his Babasling; as it isn't too thick it fits in really well and keeps him warm.
Last week we attended a their Great Grandma's birthday party which was a very big event being that all the family were invited and we spent most of the day outside as it was a sunny day.
Before we left the house I put little E into the Nod Pod in his Maxi-Cosi car seat; He nodded off quite quickly but then slept nearly the whole afternoon and party!
It was easy to belt and un-belt him without disturbing him thanks to the shape of his Nod Pod.
He was lovely and cosy in his car seat and as the day got warmer we just unwrapped the wings or moved the hood back without him waking at all.
{Snoozing at the Party}

It seems like a lot to put down his peaceful sleep to a little blanket but I really have been impressed with the Nod Pod.
The quality of the fleece is lovely; it is lightweight and easy to fold up into any bag and I've since put it through the wash and it has come out just as soft as before.
I haven't found any negatives to the Nod Pod up to now, but having had another boy who is grows at an alarming rate, it's getting a little snug and I think we'll be needing a bigger size very soon!

It's often trial and error buying baby things but it's great to find products that are genuinely good quality and useful to us mum and dads, as well as being reasonably priced.
I would definitely recommend these lovely blankets and am looking forward to seeing more from the Nod pod company!

N.B Nod Pod kindly gifted us one of their newborn Nod Pods in winter white however all opinions are entirely my own.


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