Baby goods blending style and substance
Baby kit doesn’t have to be twee or bland – there’s a whole host of funky, cutting-edge gear for your newborn, baby and toddler.
From buggies to feeding gear and a sexy safety gate (yes, it looks that good!), you can deck your home and nursery out with baby products that push the limits of modern design. But baby gear is pretty worthless if all it can do is look pretty, so we’ve tracked down 10 items that have made sure their funky form doesn’t compromise their functionality. Click through to see the top 10…
Mothercare microwave steriliser pod, £19.99
With its space-age look and clean lines, the Mothercare microwave steriliser pod is one steriliser you won’t loathe having in your kitchen. It can sterilise in as little as two minutes (depending on how much oomph your microwave has), and the transparent dome lid locks onto the base, making it easy and safe to move about when loaded.
Lindam numi safety gate, £60
Sleek, modern and chic, the numi safety gate from Lindam slides on and locks into a low profile wall mount. Lindam say this lets it be removed in seconds when it’s not needed. You can adjust the width from 620mm to 1015mm. The numi also features something Lindam call “ITS” – that’s “Integrated Tuning System”. Basically, ITS helps you get a millimeter-perfect fit. It’s available in dark wood or aluminium finishes. Both look stunning, but you can check them out for yourself in our Lindam numi safety gate review.
Inglesina Mhome Loft rocker, £70
Luxurious and super-stylish, the Inglesina Mhome Loft rocker could easily end up being the coolest bit of furniture in your lounge room! The rocker’s base is a gentle curve and your baby’s own movements make it rock. It has adjustable recline positions and there’s a pull-out foot underneath if you want to keep it stationary. Another genius idea is kept under the seat too – long straps that can be used to cart it carefully from room to room with your baby on board.
BRIO Sit highchair, £119.99
Durable, stylish and easy to use, the BRIO Sit is a quality highchair. With five height positions and removable seat, foot rest and safety bar, the Sit can actually be used into adulthood, giving real value for money. It can handle weights up to 100kg, so using it as a step ladder –as BRIO suggests – is a true possibility
Concord Lima travel highchair, £49.95
Hit the road in style with the Concord’s travel highchair offering, the Lima. This is streamlined, compact and can be easily folded into a nifty carry bag. It attaches to any chair so your baby can join you at any table, any time. And music to our ears: the covers are machine washable!
Britax Beep 3-wheeler buggy, £146.80
The Britax Beep is a 3-wheeler buggy that’s lightweight (6.4kg) and suitable from birth (the multi-position seat recline includes a lie-flat position). Ideal for urban dwellers or those who stay on paths, the Britax Beep is effortless to push and steer. It’s also easy to assembly and simple fold and unfold.
Micralite Fastfold lightweight buggy, £165
At just 6.8kg, the Micralite Fastfold may be a lightweight buggy but it’s not light on style or usability. With a one-handed quick and easy folding mechanism, this buggy lives up to its Fastfold name. It can handle kerbs and cobbles and makes boarding a bus a feasible task!
iCandy Peach Blossom Twin buggy, £850
The iCandy Peach Blossom Twin offers a slimline way to transport your beloved pair. In the world of double buggies, the iCandy Peach Blossom Twin has a smaller footprint than most and a light chassis. Also, adding the seat units is straightforward with the one-handed seat removal system. For parents who like to travel, you’ll love the fact the carrycots are approved for overnight sleeping.
Mothercare Spin travel system, £499.99
With just one hand – and your baby onboard – you can change the Spin from a rear facing to forward facing system. Just lift and twist the handle, and your baby has a new perspective! The travel system uses the 2.55kg Mothercare Spin Infant Car Seat, which is suitable from birth to 12-15 months. The great news is you can ‘spin’ the Mothercare Spin whether it’s in pushchair mode or has the car seat attached.
Mutsy 4Rider Single Spoke buggy, around £354
Comfy, durable and safe, the Mutsy 4Rider Single Spoke is certainly contemporary looking. And its approach to how you buy is just as modern – you purchase each component separately. For example, the chassis costs £235, and you can add the deluxe pushchair seat unit and hood for £119. If you want, add the carrycot and raincover (£149). To create a travel system, add the Mutsy Traveller car seat and adaptor (£159) or Mutsy Safe2Go car seat (£119). For your toddler, you could add the Funseat (suitable from 12 months) for £69.
This buggy gives a great ride for your baby even over cobblestones or sand. And the intelligent click-mechanism lets you convert from rear to forward facing mode.