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Tried & Tested: In-Depth reviews of the lates...

Tried & Tested: In-Depth reviews of the latest parenting kit

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We review two products that should be in your parenting kit this year: a changing backpack and a pelvic trainer.

Jem + Bea Jamie Changing Backpack

Reviewed by Jessica Shaltout

Finding the right changing bag is one of many parenting challenges. I am on my fourth in two years, but I think this one is here to stay!

The effortlessly stylish Jem + Bea do not let themselves down with the Jamie Python in grey. Being a vegetarian, and suffering from a bad back, I have been on the hunt for a lightweight, ethically made changing bag for some time. Often the ones I like are made from leather, and I am faced with a conflict of interest. This time, however, I managed to find one that not only looked the part but feels light and guilt-free!

It comes with a generous front pocket for all your little bits, and inside are two pockets for nappies and wipes, or bottles. There is also an internal zipped pocket and an external thermo-insulated side pocket too, that allows easy access for a drink. It comes equipped with a changing mat and purse to put your personal belongings in. The style is also available in a cool indigo denim, black python, and black leather (for the non-veggies and vegans!).

The only downside I would say is that it could perhaps offer one more external pocket. Other than that, this is the perfect parenting bag if you want something lightweight and comfortable.

I love that it’s completely unisex, so dads will feel comfortable carrying it too.

£140; jemandbea.com

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Elvie Trainer

Reviewed by Carly Glendinning

When I think of pelvic floor trainers, it tends to fill me with dread much more than excitement, but I had heard lots of great things about the award-winning Elvie.

Firstly, the styling is spot-on. The brand behind the clever gadget has managed to create something that looks super sleek and the app is beautifully designed and easy to use. Setting it up was a bit like getting a new phone – once I had charged the device and connected it via Bluetooth to the app, I was ready to go.

My first try was a bit harder than I had anticipated. The app took me through several games, where the goal was to move a jewel-like shape up and down the screen, above a line and hit targets (like I was playing Mario). It was surprisingly fun and my naturally competitive nature meant that I was keen to beat my initial score of ‘keep trying’.

The app suggested three workouts a week and within a few tries, I could see my results improving.

Pelvic floor exercises are notoriously difficult to get right on your own and I love how the Elvie provides reassurance that you’re doing it correctly. It’s also great for making sure that you actually do them! The app sends you notifications to remind you and the workout only takes a few minutes each time. Definitely worth the investment for mamas and mums-to-be.

£169; elvie.com

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