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Gumigem Bubba Bag Review

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  • 2016 Shortlisted Best Baby Toy 12-24 Months
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Tested by Chris Pain for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I believe this teething toy bag to be extremely portable and it can be easily folded into a nappy bag, or hung on a pram.  It is easily washable and has not lost shape from the washing machine.  It comes ready-made, although you may wish to wash the individual parts as they smelt like a factory. My teething baby loves it.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

This product instantly makes life easier for mums who are always picking up a dropped teething toy whilst out and about.  As it comes with four different teething toys you can just grab another and pick up and wash later.  I also felt safe just leaving my baby with this toy as I believe no components could break off.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would only change a couple of things.  Perhaps introduce more colours to the rubber toys and definitely improve the smell when opening the product.  But we loved the product as a whole.

Tested by mum Milli Thompson for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

The Gumigem bag is a nice idea. The bag was colourful but contents were grey/dark so not that visually appealing. The material also smelt strongly, this has faded now but put me off initially. I don't think I'd recommend it for this reason.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

My baby grabs anything for a chew so I wouldn't say it's made my life easier.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The colours of the items in the bag could be brighter. I would also change the material. Something more natural that the plastic-smelling rubbery stuff used.

Tested by mum Katlyn Bennett for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

This product is a great bag for a teething baby.  The bag is easy to wash, and easy for my baby to remove the chew toys.  The bag can easily fit into a travel bag and the individual items are easy for my baby to hold. Because of the pieces being extremely easy to clean, it is very hygienic.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

The product is great to both play with and pacify a teething baby.  It’s easy to both transport and clean.  It has not dramatically aided in the teething process but it has helped a little.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would most definitely lower the price of this item, it is very expensive.  I would also change the colours used, black is not a very baby colour.

Tested by mum Karen for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Brilliant toy for babies getting their first teeth. Play anywhere with this product; outside, bathtime, in the car. Easy to use, clean, and transport.  We loved the bag as this became a chew toy too.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

It’s such an easy toy to grab and pop into your bag.  Even if you lose one piece down the back of the sofa, you have three more to play with. Easy to clean and share with other babies at a coffee morning.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Almost a perfect product.  You could change the colours, and maybe use flavoured or smelly rubber to broaden design.

Tested by mum Celina Benidict for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

We loved the ease and simplicity of this toy.  Our baby loved this and enjoyed playing/chewing the mobile phone constantly.  It was safe to leave our baby alone with and we took them everywhere (park, softplay, car).

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

My baby played and chewed this toy for hours.  It was amazing.  Loved the design and quality because I felt safe and durable to leave in my baby’s mouth and let him chew all day.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would change the colour of the bag to something that doesn't show stains and colours... yellow and green attract mess. I would also change the price to under £15.

Tested by mum Briony Davis for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I would recommend this baby toy to all of my fellow mums, this is a smart and stylish teething toy.  It is easy to use, transport and clean.  It’s easy to hold and chew.  Perfect for sharing and fantastic for playtime.  Extremely safe and  hygienic.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

It makes my life as a mum easier when travelling in the car.  With multiple toys one can fall to the floor and there is always another in the bag.  The quick clean and easy to transport (due to handy bag) make this one of our favourite toys.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would only change a few things with Bubba Bag.  Firstly, I would change the black colour, even though it shows less marks and stains, it’s quite a dark colour. Secondly, I would add a picture to the card instead of numbers.

Tested by mum Maria Xydhias-Mace for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

This is a cute little bag made from neoprene, which is known for keeping its shape, and washable – always a great thing with sticky fingers! All the toys are made from soft, flexible, non-toxic, washable silicone. Each teething toy can even be attached to a dummy clip. I found it so handy, as my baby is teething terribly, so it’s great to be able to clip one onto his buggy knowing he will not lose it and can chomp away to his heart’s content.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

It allows my little boy some comfort with teething without the chewing on my handbag contents which could be potentially harmful and dirty. As you can clip them to dummy clips whilst out and about, there is no risk of losing the items.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Make the colours of the products a bit more vibrant.

Tested by mum Louise Carroll for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Kids love things they can’t have, such as keys, phones and remotes, great idea to produce each of these into a teething toy! My one year old girl only seems to get relief from chewing on her finger so I was not confident she would give these a try. She has and seems to enjoy having a good old chomp! I love the chunkiness of each item and that they are not too intricately designed that dirt gets trapped. Bag is practical and easy for her to carry, although I’ll be honest, I am not overly in love with the green and yellow colour combo. Great that it is so unisex too.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I love any product that has a dual purpose. It is an easy toy to transport anywhere and with the practical use of being teethers. The fact that there is more than one item also means if one goes walk about as toys often do, there is no flat panic trying to search for it when in a rush as there are three more to take with you!

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The only thing I would change about this Gumigem Bubba Bag would be the colour of this particular bag I was sent to test, I think the two tone green combo was a bit garish. Other than that, I think it is a very good value product and one that I would happily recommend to other parents.

Tested by mum Nicola Hoskins for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

We tested the green and yellow Gumigem Bubba Bag.  A very practical toy, easy for my little girl to carry around and one that she enjoyed playing with. Bright and appealing in colours and design, the keys and the mobile phone proved the most popular items. I found that they were easy to wash and keep clean and appeared to give some relief to her gums.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

The Bubba Bag is small and compact enough to take for travelling and while out and about, I like the fact that it can be used to play with as well as providing much needed relief for little teeth and gums. My daughter would always choose to take the bag out with her in her pushchair and I loved that each toy could be attached to the dummy holder on her stroller, so I always knew she had something to chew on if needed. I also feel that the price of the product is reasonable at almost £20, you get a lot for your money. A great product.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I think injecting a bit more colour into the rubber toys may make them a little more appealing as they are all quite dark in colour. I also have checked out the further range of the Bubba Bags and love the tool range; I think introducing a couple more bags with different items in would be great just to add a little more choice.

Tested by mum Lizzy Foulger for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I immediately liked the idea of the Bubba Bag toy. A toy that can be used from birth but will grow with a child throughout their teething months and beyond. A colourful bag with five toys all of which can be attached to a dummy strap. Very useful for younger children with use in a pushchair. Each toy was based on a popular theme of items that all children like to play with. A good rubber material that is great for teething and with nasty chemicals contained. At £20 I also think that this is a very reasonable price to be retailing them at.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

I found this toy easy to clean, hygienic and useful for play and to relieve uncomfortable gums. My little boy had a good munch on the phone and credit card and found them very easy to hold in his chubby hands. I like the fact that he can continue to use them for at least the next 18 months for teething and that he can still use them for role play after. I would definitely buy this for him and an added bonus is that it is unisex so great for brothers or sisters too.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

To improve this toy I would revisit the design of the bags, I didn't like the colour and I think if it had a fastening of some description it would be helpful. As my little boy is only six months old I would also add some more textures to the toys for younger children as most of the items are quite smooth.

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