Using the Cosatto Woop Fjord travel system with a newborn baby

A couple of months ago I gave you an advanced look at the travel system we had got for Essie: the Cosatto Woop in the gorgeous Fjord pattern, which had very kindly been sent to us for review by the fab team at Cosatto HQ, along with the matching Port car seat. Now that Essie is here and we have been using the travel system for a few weeks now in the "newborn" mode, I thought it was about time to let you know what we think of it so far!

To give a little recap, the Woop is Cosatto's award-winning 2-in-1 travel system. It's a streamlined from-birth system designed to suit little ones from newborn to 15kgs, so right through to toddlerhood. The main thing that sold me to it was that I wouldn't need a separate carrycot. As beautiful as they are and as much as I love having my babies in carrycots, they simply didn't last more than a couple of months with both of my boys. And with Essie being my third child the boot of my car is already fit to burst, so the fewer things I need to have the better! You can read more about the Cosatto Woop and its features in my previous post.

Instead of a separate carrycot, the Woop's seat unit has two simple straps underneath which allow it to be easily adjusted to become a lie-flat cocoon for newborns and young babies, and along with the cosy toes and head hugger, helped made Essie feel all snug and secure when we are out and about and kept her protected from the elements. The extendable hood has been particularly great, as I always feel so protective of my babies and almost want to shield them from spying eyes, but it's been really good for keeping the sun off her face this weekend. When Essie hasn't nodded off in the pram, she seems to love the pattern on the inside of the hood - it's the same Scandi-style tree pattern as on the outside but in different colours, and I have noticed her looking and smiling at shapes. Which is just adorable!

The shopping basket it is quite spacious and can hold a fair amount of stuff. I have been storing the rain cover in it - I don't trust British weather enough to not take it with me everywhere and my instincts proved me right as we got caught in a sudden downpour on Saturday! - and Noah also pops his lunchbox and book bag in it after school. There is usually an assortment of toys stuffed in the basket too, as well as whatever drink I have just finished. So you can fit plenty, but I do wish the sides of the basket were a little higher. It is deep at the front and back but things sometimes slip out of either side. Also, speaking of the rain cover, I think this is the best one I have had out of all the pushchairs I have had. It went on easily even the first time, it fits well and it doesn't let any rain in. It's amazing how difficult it can be to put on some rain covers!

The wheels on the Woop are the hard type, so going over uneven ground makes for a bumpy ride compared to pushchairs with air-filled tyres. I think it is often a case of swings and roundabouts with pram wheels, as air-filled tyres make for a smoother ride but with hard wheels you don't have to worry about punctures! One thing that has been pointed out to me as a downside about the Woop is the handlebar, as it can swivel upwards and downwards, but it doesn't extend. It isn't a problem for me as I am only 5'2, but taller people may prefer to have a pram with an extendable handlebar.

As well as the Cosatto Woop in Fjord we also have the Cosatto Port car seat in the same pattern, and actually for the first few weeks the car seat was being used more than the actual seat unit. Until recently I was only really venturing out for the school run so it made sense to just clip the car seat onto the frame while we nipped in and out of school. The Woop comes with car seat adapters that slot in easily to allow the car seat to be attached, and they are really easy to remove as well; they slide out with just the press of a button. If you want to know more about the Port car seat then keep your eyes peeled as I will be posting about it in more detail separately.

It's only been just over a month that we have been using the Cosatto Woop, but so far it gets a big thumbs up from me. It's a relief knowing that Essie won't suddenly grow out of it unlike with a separate carrycot, and I have fewer pieces of baby gear knocking around in the boot of my car! The Woop is also such a head-turner; the Fjord pattern is from Cosatto's Understated Collection but it still catches people's attention. I even had an expectant couple come over to me to ask about it when I was browsing a local Bump & Baby event so ended up giving them an impromptu demonstration of it!

Essie will using the Woop in the lie-flat cocoon mode until she is around 6 months old, so do check in again later in the year when I'll be sharing our thoughts on using it in seated mode! The Cosatto Woop is a great value travel system at just £424.95 and you can find it here.

What travel system do you have and why did you choose it?

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With thanks to Cosatto for sending us the Woop travel system


  1. We've got a Cosatto travel system too, older version as my little one is a toddler now. Car seat didnt last long though as she seemed to grow rapidly! Still use my buggy and it is amazing for use on all terrains, great like you said for not needing to worry about punctures. Glad you've enjoyed using yours. #TriedTested

  2. I loved my Silver Cross Linear Freeway but this looks fab and I love the pattern x


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