Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Review - Elodie Details Buggy Bag

Elodie Details are a company I often rave about, especially on my blog!!  They are a Swedish Design company who's mission is to "create innovative and truly unique baby accessories" .  I believe they do that very well!   

In the past few years I have bought many items for Ethan from them ranging from bottles to bibs to hats.  All have been excellent quality and value for money.  Most of all though, they are different and eye catching, which is just up my street!

I have recently been given the wonderful opportunity to test out one of Elodie Details' gorgeous stroller/buggy bags.  I can say now that this was a review item that both Ethan and I enjoyed very much!

Whenever perusing the Elodie Details website, these stroller bags have jumped out at me.  They look practical but are also attractive.  After-all, why shouldn't your buggy look eye-catching?  

It has to be said that there are many different stroller bags on the market, but the selling point for this one, I feel, is that it is water resistant.  It has been my experience that you either find a stroller bag which is attractive and funky, or one that is a plain colour but water resistant.  For example, our Mothercare My3 buggy came with it's own stroller bag which was plain red.  Quite bright, perfectly functional, warm and water resistant, but not really that exciting to look at.  Just like my glasses, when it comes to something I'm going to be using on a daily basis for a few years, I want it to look attractive!  So.. the included stroller bag quickly went by the wayside.  Other stroller bags I've found have been attractive to look at, with bright colours and patterns, but have been made from fleecy material which isn't always as warm and certainly isn't much good if you're caught in the rain without the rain cover (which we all know does happen!).

I should mention, of course, what a good invention stroller bags are in general!  There are times when I've used a blanket on Ethan when in his buggy, but they always fall off, get thrown off, or get caught in the wheels!  For me, a stroller bag is an essential item.

So.  On to the item itself.  We received a stroller bag with the beautiful Cherry Blossom Birds print. A lovely red stroller bag with pink floral details and funky long tailed birds perching here and there.

Here are the all important vital statistics:

-Wind and water-resistant rip stop surface that keeps rain and snow safely on the outside. 
- Openings for 5-point belt, compatible with most stroller models.
- Elastic top end that can be folded around the backrest, or used as a hood in windy or cold conditions.
- Detachable top piece with zip that opens at both ends - perfect when moving from outdoor to   indoor conditions.
- Darts at foot end allow movement of the feet and increased comfort
- Easy maintenance, mashine wash and tumble dry.
- 53 x 110 cm, fits a majority of strollers on the market.

When ours arrived I was very impressed by the quality of the packaging, which is always reassuring when packages are coming from overseas.  I knew straight away that this was a good quality item.  It feels very robust (which when tested by a kicking, pulling and squirming 2 and a half year old is a good thing).

 I fitted it to our buggy as soon as it arrived.  I have to admit that it was a little bit fiddly to fit, and this would be my one and only criticism, and it's really only a very small criticism.  As stated in the product details, this stroller bag will fit a 5-point harness, and it certainly has the necessary slits in the right places on the back of the bag.  The issue I had was in the size of the slits, I had a little trouble fitting some parts of the harness of them through the slits.  I did manage it though after a couple of attempts.  I have now removed and re-fitted this stroller bag several times and have found it's got easier with each fitting, so I don't think this a big issue.  It could even be that the Mothercare My3 has unusually large harness clips!  It fits onto our OBaby stroller much more easily.

Once it was on, I marvelled at how gorgeous it looked and called Ethan through to take a peek.  He was suitably impressed and eager to get in and try it out.  So, we did!  When Ethan jumped in, he commented on how warm and snuggled he felt in there.  To be honest, I wanted to get in there myself!  He told me he really liked the birds as well.  It was very easy to zip the bag up around him, the zips run very smoothly and are nice and big, so easy to grab which is again very handy when it comes to zipping up a squirmy baby or toddler.  One of the features I love  is that this stroller bag zips quite far up, so if you choose, you can pretty much just have your toddler/babies face peeping out, keeping them very cosy inside.  However, if it's a warmer day, or they don't like to be too enclosed, you can button down the front half.  I like to button it down over the guard/hand rest.

I would say that size and age wise, Ethan is getting close to being too big for this stroller bag.  He does fit in it, but there's not much room left for him.  I feel that a few months from now, he will be too big for it (or at least, he could fit in, but it would squash him up).  I think this is just fine though, as he will be 3 in July and as it's March now, there won't be many more cold months (I hope) and by next winter he shouldn't need to be in a buggy as often.  If you were to buy this stroller bag when your child is young, you should get a good few years use out of it, I'm sure.

We were able to test out the water resistant feature the very first day we went out with it on the buggy.. not unusual for a February day in the UK!  I can confirm that no water got anywhere near Ethan's snug little body.  He remained nice and toasty.

Overall, I think that Elodie Details stroller bag is excellent.  Using current rates of exchange, the stroller bag will set you back £87.25 which I will admit is by no means cheap, but I do think you are paying for quality and style here.  This is not your average stroller bag, and there are quite a few gorgeous designs to choose from.

If you used this for your child from birth, it would be excellent value for money.  Let's face it, a lot of us spend a fair bit on the buggies/prams/strollers themselves. If you really want to style out your buggy, Elodie Details sell nappy bags, rain covers, hats and boots to match.. You could go mad!

As a very special offer for all my wonderful readers, Elodie Details have very kindly given me a code to use in their webshop.  This code will get you a pretty fantastic 30% off any of their items in the Cherry Blossom Birds range. All you need to do is enter cherrywinter in the relevant code box when checking out.

***Disclaimer*** Elodie Details very kindly provided me with the stroller bag for review and we are very lucky to be able to keep it, use it and love it.  I have not been paid for this review and all thoughts and views expressed are my own.


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