Are you among the one in four working mums in the UK who relies on grandparents for childcare? Or the more than 90% of parents who at least hand over occasional babysitting duties to their own mum or dad to make juggling family life possible? Very few of us never welcome a helping hand - and, of course, that grandparent-grandchild bond is special. But is stepping in to look after the little ones sometimes a harder job than it needs to be?
Many modern pushchairs and car seats boast a wealth of features and accessories that could only have been dreamed of by earlier generations, but they can also be tricky to handle and understand if you're not used to them. And while you may have carefully considered storage in your home and car when choosing your perfect pushchair, it might not fit so comfortably into someone else's life.
gb has considered all this and more with innovative products that should help make grandparents' time with their grandchildren that bit easier and more enjoyable.
The brand's pockit and pockit+ pushchairs are extremely lightweight and functional. At just 4.3kg and folding down to a tiny 30x18x35cm (a world record at the time of its launch in summer last year), the pockit can be carried without trouble and stowed away just about anywhere.
The pockit+ isn't much bigger at 4.9kg and is a 2-in-1 travel system with the capacity to simply click on a gb infant car seat, making it straightforward to travel by car. It also features a recline strap to give a comfortable near-flat position (and make the chances of some peace during nap time just that bit higher).
The front wheels on both models swivel for easy manouevring around shops and town, and lock for stability on uneven surfaces - so grandparents can be confident venturing off-road in the park or for a countryside stroll too. With a user-friendly two-step folding technique, a decent-sized basket and a secure, adjustable harness system for peace of mind, these are also ideal travel strollers, which parents may just find themselves borrowing!
The Qbit and Qbit+ are also designed to take up minimal space and are both travel system ready, only needing optional adaptors to attach any gb infant car seat to the frame. A one-handed fold function and automatic fold-lock take most of the work out of putting the buggy away and make keeping hold of everything (and everyone!) a simpler task, and a peek-a-boo window allows grandparents to check at a glance that their grandchild is safe and cosy.
Additionally the Qbit+ offers bigger wheels for a more controlled, smoother ride, an adjustable leg rest as the little one grows (or to adjust for different grandchildren) and a true lie-flat position, which makes it suitable from birth and will reassure those more used to a pram. Check out our Pushchair Expert review of the Qbit+.