Mamas & Papas Pro-Sleep IP
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The Mamas & Papas Pro Sleep IP offers lots of comfortable features for your newborn. But it’s a hefty piece of kit and isn’t for delicate flowers!
This Group 0+ car seat (from birth to 9 months) comes with a number of safety features including a five-point safety harness, red-to-green safety indicator to help you fit it correctly in the car and an integrated seatbelt tension lever. Well-padded and upholstered with soft fabric, it looks really cosy – and the removable chest and buckle pads and adjustable head cushion ensure even greater baby comfort. The seat’s best feature, though, is that it reclines when being used outside of the car, allowing your little one to sleep on comfortably and undisturbed.
The Pro Sleep IP fits onto the Mamas & Papas Herbie and Joolz pram systems and is compatible with a number of others including the Quinny Buzz and the Bugaboo Gecko. It can be fitted in the car with just the vehicle seat belt. Alternatively, an IsoFix base for the seat is now available separately (for an additional £110) for IsoFix compatible vehicles.
What we love
With its soft fabric, generous padding and cushioned five-point safety harness, the Pro Sleep IP provides a comfortable environment for small babies. It feels like a quality product and is stylish, too. I didn’t start using my Pro Sleep IP until Zoe was a couple of months old but I really wish I’d had it for her trip home from the hospital as a newborn – I think she’d have been nice and cosy in it.
The ‘recline’ feature is great too and, rightly or wrongly, it makes me worry less about Zoe’s posture and comfort in the seat whenever I’m using it outside of the car. The harness is also nicely padded and looks more comfortable for Zoe than those on other seats we’ve used. It’s easy to adjust too.
The Pro Sleep IP is also slightly easier to secure in the back of my VW Golf with the vehicle seat belt than some other car seats I’ve used. However, fitting it still isn’t totally intuitive and of course there’s room for error which can reduce the safety of the seat in an accident. (My partner and I never feel completely sure that it’s securely fitted.) So it’s good news that an IsoFix base is now available separately for the Pro Sleep IP, which ensures correct fitting, albeit at an extra cost.
What to watch out for
The biggest drawback with the Pro Sleep IP is that, at 6.2kg, it’s much heavier to lift and carry than many other car seats. Add the weight of your baby and you’re looking at a mini-workout! You’ll need strong arms and it’s not great for bad backs.
The Pro Sleep IP may also not last your baby for as long as you’d expect. In fact, although she’s quite a small baby for her age, we felt Zoe grew out of the seat at around 7 months. It seems to be too narrow for her across the shoulders and she started to cry when we put her in it, so we stopped using it.
Who is the Pro Sleep IP best for?
Mums with strong arms who want comfort for their baby.
The Pro Sleep IP’s padding, soft upholstery and reclinability make it a comfortable option for small babies – but it’s heavy and the padding may make it a tight fit for an older baby.