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CoziGo Bassinet Cover Review ( formerly known as Fly Babee)

November 2015

As an ex flight attendant and Mum, I was very keen on trying out the CoziGo Sleep Easy cover as soon as I had heard about it. Any product that helps my baby sleep, especially on the ultra long haul flight from UK to Australia, instantly grabs my attention!

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Unfortunately, British Airways wouldn’t let me use it at my first attempt, but Emma Lovell- the Director of CoziGo, is in the process of speaking to all airlines and it is fully approved by Qantas engineering, so I believe it’s just a matter of time before this small hiccup is sorted. However, I finally got to trial it on an Malaysian Airlines and Emirates flight, all the way from the UK to Australia with my 11 month old and the way back with my 1 year old.

My first impressions, were that it was small, light and compact. It comes in a handy zipped pouch which has a Velco strap which can attach to your bag or stroller. (I just put it inside the zipped part of my carry on). There is an outer zipped plastic cover too. Although I had opened it initially to try out on the pram, (oh yes it doubles as a stroller sleep cover too!) I was very excited at the prospect of it being for a bassinet and how it worked in the smaller confines of an aircraft.


Using the CoziGo on the plane.

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Sleeping baby!

It was easy to open, and it didn’t spring out and jar my husband in the eye, which  is always a bonus, as I can be clumsy. However, be aware that it is a pop out mechanism, so do make sure you have the space around you. It was so incredibly easy to attach to the bassinet, with the two clips on either side and then the elasticated edges to tuck over the sides.  There are lots of peep holes to check on baby, but still keep them shielded from the light.

Now, for the most important bit and the bit you really want to know.. Did it work?

Yes! It did on all our flights. Our first sector was a night flight, departing at 22.30 on a Malaysian Airline A380. After the seat belt sign was switched off and the bassinet put up, it was gone 11pm and consequently one very tired, cranky baby. The cabin lights were bright as the service was about to begin, (no mood lighting on this flight) so I set up the Fly Babee as soon as I was able and popped M in. After a little bit of soothing, she was fast asleep – for 9 hours! Apart from having to remove her once from the bassinet -due to turbulence, she thankfully just re settled and went back to sleep.
Considering the service did take quite a while and furthermore, it seemed that someone forgot to turn the lights off, I was very glad of the CoziGo, as otherwise it would have been gone 2am until the cabin was dark and M was getting to the point of complete over tiredness.

She woke up according to UK time, so had her breakfast, played for little bit and then napped again in the bassinet with the Fly Babee for another couple of hours just before landing. Great result!

We had no issues with using it from the crew, their only stipulations were the baby had to be facing them in the aisle and removed if the seat belt sign was on. ( Note Qantas and Virgin allow you to keep babies in bassinets during any turbulence, as their restraints are slightly different.)

We also used the CoziGo on our day flight to Melbourne with Emirates on a B777 with no issues, as she napped beautifully, and also on our return night flights with no issue at all.


Using the CoziGo as a sunshield on a stroller.

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Using the CoziGo as a stroller cover

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The CoziGo has a very practical design, meaning there is lots of space inside the stroller, which is very handy if little ones wriggle or kick a lot in their sleep. The long side zips and peep holes mean you can have it very well ventilated if baby is awake and you have the option to just zip them shut when there is sunny, hot weather or baby is napping. It blocks out 90% of light is UV 50+ and is fully breathable. I alternate between using this and another product, depending on where I am and how long I’m out for, purely because I do like being able to leave a sunshield/ sleepshade on the pram for some occasions.


Verdict: Brilliant product that really works. A little pricey if you are planning to just use it a bassinet cover and are not a frequent flyer, but worth every penny if you use it as your daily pram cover and fly long haul often with your baby.

Fly Babee  / CoziGo retails at AUS $99.95 and can be shipped worldwide.

 

 

Flying With A Baby was sent a CoziGo to trial and review.  As always, all my opinions are truthful and I would never endorse a product I don’t genuinely love and continue to use.

If you liked this baby product, you may be interested in the follow travel products; The LapBaby, SkyBaby, Travel Snug

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20 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review, sounds like a great product. What is the other pram attachment you are finding helpful as a more permanent shade?

  2. I bought one and unfortunately it can’t be used on Qantas A330-200 due to the bassinets having support poles which come out on an angle from the bulkhead. I flew solo to Hawaii with my 7 month old and was upset that it didn’t work on the flights. Luckily my LO is a great sleeper. Saying that though, it is a great sun shade. I’m flying on a 777-300 and an A380 later this month, so will update my review once we have tried it out on those aircraft.

    • Oh that’s such a shame. Thank you for letting me know. I will pass your comment on to Fly Babee so they are aware in case they make any design changes in the future. By any chance so you have a photo of this style of bassinet? I can imagine you were def upset on a solo flight too. So glad your little one is a good sleeper. I have used the Fly Babee on Emirates and Malaysian so far, ( A380 and B777) and found it worked a treat. Apparently there are some adaptions planned for it to fit the chair type bassinet on BA planes too.

    • Hi Deb, I let Fly Babee know about this for you and they replied,

      “In relation to the other customer you had that was flying solo to Hawaii on a Qantas flight, with the “hinge” on the bassinet… we’ve come across a handful of reports about these style of bassinets, and Emma has a new version of Fly Babee in production at the moment which has a ‘flap’ that will overcome this issue – a customer will be able to open the flap slightly to allow Fly Babee to sit around the hinge. We’re expecting shipment of this Mark II version of Fly Babee in November. It’ll also have a two way zipper and a few other enhanced features.” I realise it doesn’t help you now, but the comments have been fed back and changes made. Thanks again for letting me know. 🙂

  3. I’m curious, how big was your LO at 10 months / 12 months. I’m worried my baby is not going to fit in the bassinet. He is now 12.5 months old and almost 31 inches tall. We are traveling on Turkish Airlines (B777) for a 13 hour red-eye and I’m hoping our good sleeper can get a good snooze for the majority of the flight. I love this product and would like to buy it, but worried he won’t even fit in the airplane bassinet, so why bother with the super duper cool cover!

    Your feedback is much appreciated.
    Melisa

    • Hi Melisa,

      Ooh I’m not sure how long she was then. She just fitted into the Emirates bassinets at 12 months though. My oldest was a bit bigger and longer so she would have been a squish. The Turkish Airlines bassinet limit is a bit lower than with Emirates and several others, so yes it could well be your little one won’t fit in it. :-(.

      • You mentioned that the Turkish Airlines bassinet may be smaller than the Emirates. Do you know the dimensions by any chance? I called Turkish Airlines but no luck.

        Thanks,
        Melisa

        • Hi- I’m afraid Ive also tried finding this out from Turkish Airlines and it was difficult just getting the age allowance of the bassinet out of them. As their age allowance is a lot lower than Emirates, I’m guessing that the bassinet is also smaller in dimensions.If by any chance you do find out or get a chance to measure- please do let me know so we can help other parents too.

  4. Hi there, we are flying a long haul night flight in Dec on BA. We have booked a bassinet. If we cannot use the fly babee yet, would you suggest any other options? We have a wriggler who prefers his tummy so im nervous he wont even like the bassinet so we also have the mattress already. Tia

    • I’m just checking directly with Fly Babee if BA now understand its fine for use and doesn’t impede safety in any way. and Ill add a comment and alter post if so. If the Fly Babee for some reason still isn’t allowed with BA, then I would suggest duct tape and a thin blanket. That’s what I’ve done in the past. 🙂

      • Thank you. As an aside, do you have any suggestions on what to do if he doesn’t like or sleep well in the bassinet as he can’t be on his tummy? Thanks for your help

        • Hi Nicky, If he doesn’t like the bassinet, it’s always asking the crew if there are any spare seats- however these often go straight after take-off once the passengers realise they are free.
          You may get lucky with no other baby in the bassinet seat next to you so could end up with a spare seat.
          However the best option is to check your seat allocation now and if possible select an A or C bassinet seat or H and K bassinet seat, as these are only 3 abreast. Middle seats ( B or J )are the last to go and it’s unlikely another passenger would select it for the extra room at the bulkhead (due to it being a bassinet position.) Failing that, there is the Sky Baby travel mattress, where you hold the baby in your arms but it gives more cushioned support so they can lie flat but on you. Handy if little one need s cuddle first to get to sleep. I’ve reviewed it on the blog too 🙂

          • Hi I heard back from Fly Babee and they say no formal response has been given by BA on it’s use. “With BA, it is still up to the crew on the day on whether they’ll allow passengers to use Fly Babee or not – we’ve only had VERY few reports from people that they’ve been unable to use it on BA. Emma’s working closely with a number of airlines on formal approval, but at this stage it’s still Qantas and Virgin.
            Also if a customer is unable to use their Fly Babee on a flight, they can simply return the unused item in original packaging and in saleable condition, and she’ll provide a full refund.”

            Hope that helps a bit.

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