Sunday, 13 November 2011

Travelling With Children Website Review

As you have probably gathered by now, the Mellow family like to travel. In the UK and abroad, I like to think that our travels are no less adventurous now that we have a toddler than they were before Lara came along. We are already planning our first trip away with baby number two to Cyprus for a wedding next summer. Travelling With Children is a website that sells all of the little bits and bobs that makes travel with kids that little bit more bareable.

Travelling with children has a wide range of travel products from swimwear, sun protection, waterproofs and baby slings to car seat accessories, safety equipment and name labels. Alongside the catalogue of products there are also a small number of pages along the right-hand side of the site that offer tips and advice for common travel conundrums such as packing, dealing with traffic jams and basic first aid.

I shall be totally honest and say that I find the appearance of the website to be a little old fashioned - it reminds me more of somewhere I'd book a holiday rather than prepare for it. I also found the search functionality on the site to be a bit suspicious... it correctly identified the products I was searching for but when I tried to navigate to them, the pages it took me to were either wrong or empty. That said, the navigation though menus and categories worked fine and I managed to find what I was looking for.



We reviewed two items from the Travelling with Children range. First up was a set of disposable sterilising bags for cold-water sterilising. I found them very easy to use and will definitely be taking some of these to the hotel in Cyprus next year for bottle or breast-feeding gadgets. In the past I have been caught out with microwave and electronic sterilisers in countries which don't share the same voltage or in accommodation that doesn't have a microwave. These bags don't need power - just tap water.



We also tried out the Toddler Mini Backpack and Reins which recently won a Mother & Baby award. It is a really good sized backpack for a toddler that could actually hold some useful stuff. The rein for the parent to hold attaches easily to the bag so that it can act as a set of reins. One of my favourite parts of the backpack is the little reflector on the back as this has prooved useful during the dark evenings recently when Lara has legged it off in a different direction to me! There is a little sheep and big embroidered on the bag - they look a bit lame and I think I'd prefer it without this addition.

The cold water steriliser bags cost £12.99 for 7 bags and the mini backpack and reins costs £15.99.
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