Regular readers of the blog will know we are part of the Chicco Tested for Happiness blogger programme. This week we were invited to the Chicco UK headquarters to view the new 2015 collection.
I was particularly exited to have a look at the new Urban Summer and Winter colour packs that I glimpsed on the event invitation. I took the girls with me on a little road trip around the M25. Little E was hoping there would be food. Little I had no idea what was going on.
I lost Little E the second we arrived because the impressive showroom contained all the Chicco toys. Within 10 minutes they were all off the shelves and scattered across the floor. It was like a toy bomb had gone off but the lovely girls from Hroc PR were amazing showing her and Little I how everything worked and having a proper play session. Whilst the girls were entertained I was given a tour of the Chicco range and in particular the new products.
The Chicco range is extensive and focuses on it's products growing with your baby from birth to 3yrs. New products in the range include new colours for the ingenious and incredibly good value Next 2 Me cot and a new portable crib the LullaGo which can be easily folded down so you can take your baby's nest anywhere. I love these two products and wish we had known about the Next 2 Me crib before Little I was born as we would have purchased it instead of our wooden bedside crib. It is even adjustable so baby can lie on an incline - perfect for refluxy babies like Little I.
The new colour Summer and Winter edition packs for the Urban did not disappoint. The Summer edition has a part removable leg cover revealing a mesh to facilitate ventilation and a revealable mesh window in the hood. Perfect when you want to keep the sun off baby but allow airflow through the pram. The Winter edition has extra padding in the seat reducer and leg cover plus an AMAZING feature - hand warming pads for either mum or baby! This is beyond exciting, possibly the best thing I have ever seen on a pram.
While I was salivating over hand warmers, Little E was decimating the buffet. It continued the Summer and Winter theme with delicious canapés and cocktails. She preferred the summer side, in particular the quails eggs. Everything was presented beautifully and tasted fab. I may have tried a few too purely for research purposes..
Now for the toys! Chicco toys really are amazing. The Baby Senses line for the little ones focuses on their development with different toys to stimulate different senses. For bigger kids the Fit & Fun range helps their motor development and social play. The Fishing Island and Goal League in particular are great fun and got the thumbs up from Little E.
Both of the girls were particularly drawn to the Musical Tales Singing Bear; a big soft teddy bear who talks with a moving mouth. He tells stories of his adventures through songs, phrases and sounds and children can interact with him by pressing his hands and feet. Little E loved the stories and Little I liked playing with (eating) the story cards! The girls had so much fun and Little E didn't want to leave. Her quote of the day: 'I want to stay here forever!'
Other highlights included the new 123 Activity Centre which grows with your baby from a baby walker, to first steps to a little bike. Great value as you get such longevity from the product. The Twist armchair which can be an armchair, chaise longue or a little day bed. I so wish we had bought one of these when Litte E was small instead of the useless beanbag chair we have. And the new Close to You baby carrier which allows you to carry baby on your back like a backpack up to 15kgs! That is roughly a 3yr old! The back support looked fantastic. Oh and the range of Boppy feeding pillows and the Hoopla baby chair... Honestly I could go on and on!
We had a great afternoon and it was fantastic to meet the people at Chicco and HROC. Little E has not stopped talking about the bear so I think it'll be in her Christmas stocking this year! Coming up between now and Christmas I will be featuring reviews of the Pocket Lunch highchair, Echo stroller and Oasys 2.3 car seat all from Chicco so keep your eyes peeled!
I am part of the Chicco Tested for Happiness blogger programme but all opinions are my own.