So for the past four months or so we've been trying out the Doona pushchair from Simple Parenting. We initially wanted to give it a go after we realised that although our travel system was very pretty it was also really impractical for our city lives and the amount of traveling we like to do.
I had my first work event coming up and was nervous about traveling on the train and taxi to the location so when an email dropped into my inbox about a pushchair that could turn into a car seat in the click of a button I was really interested in giving it a go.
(photography Nell Mallia)
I can't tell you how much easier this pushchair made that first journey out of bristol with a few week old baby. The wheels on the Doona fold up beneath it making it an all in one car seat/pushchair rather than a car seat attached to a pushchair chassis. By pressing a button on the back of the chair I was able to pop the pushchair in the train luggage rack one handed and have my baby with me in my seat within a few seconds. What's even more brilliant about this is you can do it all without having to take you baby out (or wake them up).
I still remember trying to navigate a long journey with Wilf at three months old, having to ask a stranger to hold my child whilst I fitted both pieces together in the aisle before the train arrived was such a faff that I swore never to travel with the pushchair again.
I suppose you could argue that's where baby wearing comes in and as much as I do love baby wearing sometimes a pushchair just is so much easier, for instance when your back begins to ache, when you're carrying two bags and a baby, when the baby won't sleep on you and when you can't sit down because the baby is sleeping on you!
As a family that like to travel a lot but don't drive this chair has been a real life saver when traveling by taxi. Wilf carries a Boostipak which converts into a booster seat and Mabli has the Doona which converts into a car seat, I feel like we're able to pack really light because of this and the amount of comments we have about the pushchair when we travel has been amazing.
I thought it might be easier to show you how it works and what we think of it in this little video. I hope you enjoy it, don't forget to like and subscribe if you do!
What do you think of the Doona? Do you think you'd find it useful?
We received the Doona for purposes of this review and I really do rate it as amazing!