Baby basics

Self folding pram? Yes please!

For anyone who has ever struggled to fold a buggy – this one is for you!

Maxi-Cosi’s NEW hero pushchair, the Nova, has an award winning design that includes a hands-free self folding feature. Yes, you read that right – simply press Nova’s pedal with your foot and watch it fold on its own within seconds. Amazing!

The Maxi-Cosi Nova is suitable from birth with the Oria carrycot, Maxi-Cosi baby car seat or Baby Cocoon and will see you through right up to 3.5 years.

Take a look at this mic drop moment…

And the best part is…. We have one Maxi-Cosi Nova pushchair PLUS an Oria carrycot to GIVEAWAY! Read on to find out more.

Key Features

  • Unique hands-free folding. Simply press Nova’s pedal with your foot and watch it fold automatically in seconds.
  • Large all-terrain shock absorbing tyres and sporty suspension
  • Ultra-padded, ergonomic seat for optimal comfort
  • Flexible travel system with any Maxi-Cosi baby car seat or the new Oria carrycot
  • Premium leather-look finishes

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  • 3 or 4 wheel options
  • Award winning design
  • From birth with the Oria carrycot, Maxi-Cosi baby car seat or Baby Cocoon and up to 3.5 years

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Questions to consider before choosing a pushchair

1. Do you use public transport?

If you use public transport or have steps leading to your home that you would have to carry the pram up, a lightweight, compact easy to fold pram would be the most suitable option. There are some models where the seat unit will fold away, which are very handy if you are stuck for space or somewhere to store the pram.

2. Do you use a car?

If a car is your primary mode of transport, it is extremely important to make sure that the pram or pushchair you buy is able to fit comfortably into the boot. Check the dimensions of the folded pram and compare it to the size of your boot.

Another consideration if you use a car for travel is that it might be a good idea to invest in a multi-function travel system. This is a baby car seat and pushchair in one. This means you can transport your baby from home to the car to the pushchair without ever having to wake them up to move them.

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3. Do you mainly walk?

If you are going to be walking while pushing your pram a lot, it is recommended that you opt for a sturdy model that has lockable wheels. The wheels are important as swivel wheels make the chair easy to manoeuvre, while fixed wheels make pushing the pram over rough surfaces easier to handle.

Also ensure that the handle height of the pram or pushchair is adequately suited to your size. Invest in a weather shield for your stroller to protect your baby from rain and sunshine. These covers are made from plastic or netting and include vents to allow your little one to breathe easy despite the elements.

4. Is the pram safe for a newborn?

While you are most likely buying a pram that will hopefully last for years, it is important that the pram or pushchair can facilitate the needs of your newborn. Newborn babies need to lie back and not be sitting upright. The pram or pushchair must have a lie-back facility. It is also pe-back feature that is reversible so that your baby can face you

Find out more about the Maxi-Cosi Nova


Win a Maxi-Cosi Nova pushchair PLUS an Oria carrycot worth over €700!

To enter simply go to our Facebook page before 23rd August and comment on the pinned post at the top of the page. Don’t forget to LIKE our page so that you can keep up to date with all our competitions and news!

Alternatively you can enter by joining our monthly mailing list before 21st Aug 2017.

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Good luck!

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Ask Allison

Q My sister-in-law and I both work three-day weeks and we help each
other out with child minding on our working days, which up until recently has worked out really well. Between us, our kids are aged between five and nine years – the problem is that it’s now become quite apparent that we have very different parenting styles. I prefer my two daughters (seven and nine) to have a structured day. For example, in my house, we have allocated times for television and iPads, etc. My sister-in-law, however, lets the kids run loose after school – homework is ignored and my kids end up wired after eating sugary treats all afternoon. I am considering looking at after-school childcare for the kids, but I’m worried that this is going to cause a family argument. Is there a diplomatic way that I can ask my sister-in-law to introduce some discipline into her child-minding days? It certainly doesn’t do her two kids any harm when I am minding them in my own house!

In a word, no, there is no diplomatic way to do this as it may very likely seem like your saying that your parenting style is better than
hers. As L’Óreal says, ‘now here comes the science bit.’ Dr. Kaylene
Henderson, a child psychiatrist, wrote a very interesting blog about ‘the
science behind the Mummy Wars’. She explains that before she had
children of her own she hadn’t been aware of how parents have a
very specific sense of the right parenting style. She also found that parents could be very definite in defending their chosen parenting style. Dr. Henderson, who describes herself as a curious, scientific, open-minded person, was surprised at how defensive parents could be and, at times, of their judgemental attitude towards each other. She explained the neurology of the Mummy Wars; okay, I’ll need you to bear with me for a second. Warning; I’m about to use some neuro-techie language.

Why do we judge each other?
As we have all had different experiences, this means that we all have very different memories stored in our brains. Most of our memories are ‘explicit’ memories – these are ones that we can recall easily such as important dates that mean something to us; important birthdays, special events or stories of and about our lives.
There is another type of memory called ‘implicit’ memory that plays a
key role in our parenting. This type of memory is the stuff that you do on autopilot. Psychologists call these heuristics or rules of thumb –
such as tying your shoelace, or driving your car (once you have learnt
to do both first!). Otherwise we’d really waste a huge amount of time
pondering over tasks that we have readily available to us. This seems to be where the science bit of our parenting style kicks in. This implicit memory goes all the way back to when you were an infant being parented by your parents. This is when you started the process of storing up how they did it into your memories.
Unless you make a conscious choice and effort to parent differently, what you saw and unconsciously learnt will be your automatic go-to parenting style.

We learn habits
This can really kick into gear when we feel our parenting style is
being mirrored or highlighted by disapproval from another parent. I know the cold sweat you feel when your child decides to make their outstanding bad behaviour performance at, of course, the most public and worst time. The implicit autopilot of how your parents dealt with these outbursts will flow unconsciously from you if you haven’t worked super hard to be aware and consciously change the old habits.
What’s happening for the on-looking parent is that they see you doing something they are used to doing, but you are doing it all wrong. Simply, because that is not how they know how to do it.

Find a way that works
You both have different parenting styles – who is to say which type is correct? You just need to know what works best for your family and that’s the bottom line. The irksome feelings won’t go away. You can talk to your sister-in-law, but I’m adding a caveat that it would be hard not to hurt her feelings. What we’re possibly looking at is that you prefer a more structured form of parenting, whereas your sister-in-law has a more permissive style. I’m not sure the two styles can mix, the mixture is a bit like oil and water.
If a collaborative shared form of parenting style can be agreed upon, then that is great, but our learnt hardwiring may prove difficult to change despite the intent to do so.
Perhaps, your own instinct of changing childcare might work best for you. In terms of making childcare work; the fit is ultimately the most
important aspect as you want a cohesive congruent feeling of the other caregiver to just ‘getting it’, like in any good partnership. Best of luck
with this and I wish you both well.


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Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.