Very lightweight and simple setup!
November 26, 2016
I received this product as part of the weeSpring Parent Panel review and was delighted by how lightweight it is, first and foremost. I also really appreciate the shoulder strap on the carrying case, which can also be used (at least for parents with relatively small frames) as a cross chest carry--very helpful when you are carrying a newborn in a car seat, with the travel bassinet, and a diaper bag, etc., etc. (to grandmother's house we go!). Although we've yet to test it for airplane travel, I can't imagine having any trouble whatsoever fitting this into the overhead compartment.It unfolds and comes together in a snap. However, folding it back down again, wasn't hard but I did have to reference the directions--not quite as fluid as the setup. I really haven't had the chance or the need to use the full canopy, being that it is November and I live in Boston, but I can see how it might be a wonderful feature for outdoor use like a picnic or camping. I think our baby appreciated the half canopy as it reduces stimuli for babies like ours who tend to be very sensitive to overstimulation.The main drawback for me is that the thin mattress doesn't provide a ton of comfort. As our particular wee one has acid reflux, she will not tolerate being on her back for long, unless the surface is quite cushioned and somewhat contained (like her changing table pad). However, I imagine the design of the diono is such that it is "sleep safe" to protect against SIDS. We took the chance and padded it a bit for her with some blankets and kept careful watch.Overall, I would recommend this product--as it was intended--for travel!
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