Pushchair accessories Snugglebundl
The Snugglebundl is a ‘baby lifting baby blanket’ - a blanket with handles and a built-in hood with head support, so you can move your baby without waking them. We gave one to a mum and her three-month-old baby to try out and give us her first impressions.
Our parent volunteer was impressed by the quality of the manufacturing of the Snugglebundl and felt confident that the design was robust enough to lift, rock and swing her baby. She really liked the idea of the blanket but, after trying it, thought the Snugglebundl was perhaps best suited to newborn babies (0-3 months). The manufacturer says the Snugglebundl can be used from newborn to nine months.
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Baby lifting made easier?
The Snugglebundl was invented by a dad who saw his wife struggling to lift and move his daughter after a difficult birth. Suffering from back problems himself, the idea for a blanket with handles was born.
To pick up your child you simply bring the handles on either side of the blanket together and lift, creating a hammock-like environment for your baby. Our volunteer mum said she found it easy to use the Snugglebundl and she could lift up her daughter without having to disrupt her much at all.
Because her baby was already three months old and settling into a regular schedule, she didn’t find she had to move her while she was asleep. But she could see how it could be done. The head support worked effectively to keep her daughter pretty still, which would hopefully mean you could keep your baby snoozing when you moved them from car seat to cot, for example.
Good quality baby blanket
Our parent volunteer liked the vibrant, unisex colours and design and thought it was robust and well-made enough to use the Snugglebundl to swing and rock the baby with confidence.
Snugglebundl comes in two blanket thicknesses – one in fleece material and the other in lighter-weight jersey. Our volunteer was trying out the jersey version during a couple of very hot weeks in the summer and said she could have done with an even lighter-weight version.
The blanket, when used open, provided a soft place for her baby to lie but she didn’t want to wrap her baby up in it in the heat and felt her daughter was already too hot in her car seat without additional layers. She thought it would be cosy for the winter months though.
Which? first look verdict
Our volunteer liked the Snugglebundl but wondered whether the attached hood could be made detachable and moveable to accommodate growing babies. She also thought that the blanket was a bit bulky to use with larger babies in a car seat.
Overall, she thought that the blanket was best suited to newborns who are more likely to need to be transported asleep.
If you suffer from back problems or are recovering from a difficult birth or Caesarian section it may well be worth trying it out. The Snugglebundl costs £39.99 and is available from the Snugglebundl website.
Pros: Good quality, nice design and colours, makes it easier to move your baby about without disturbing them, may be good for those with back problems or those who have had a difficult birth
Cons: A bit too hot for the summer months, best suited to young babies