Thank you to Geleeo for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
Part of the MBP Maternity & Newborn Guide
It's hot, hot, hot in North Carolina, y'all... and I almost never day 'y'all,' so you have to know how much I mean that! Being home with a new baby is such a blessing, and I am slowly adjusting to life as mom to two kiddos, instead of just one. The difference between parenting my five-year-old and my newborn is like night and day- they both have very different needs, and their schedules never really seem to sync up. I feel needed every second of every day, and I truly love that, but for my own sanity, we sometimes need to get out of the house.
We love going out to play, or for walks, especially. When B was a baby, I walked with him twice a day- but it was the fall season, and much cooler. Having a baby in extreme heat is very challenging, and we have alredy felt like we've had to be stuck indoors, because being out in the heat with a newborn can be downright dangerous.
I was recently introduced to Geleeo when I was watching a live chat with BabyGuy NYC on Facebook. One mom asked what the best way to keep a baby cool in their stroller would be, and he said it was the Geleeo- hands down. I kew I had to check it out- for my own baby, and for the sake of those of you who check out Mommy's Block Party for baby gear/product news and advice. We all wants to keep our babies safe!
The story of Geleeo
As the parent of a toddler, seeing my kid sweating in her stroller was stressful. I often wondered how it felt to be strapped into a chair made of warm and non-breathable fabric. Worse, my daughter often developed heat rashes and became cranky and impatient. Sadly, when I looked for cooling options, I found no optimal solution.
Running out of options, I decided to take action in my own hands and investigate other alternatives. After years of long, in-depth research, I discovered this new and hard-to-believe proprietary gel that is made to stay cool without refrigeration. The technology was so advanced that when I showed the prototype to my friends, no one had seen anything like it before, and one of them is a material engineer! I knew I was on to something rather rare.
From the moment I found this material, I was determined to turn it into a stroller product that would benefit my daughter and other children like her. While the concept was easy, the work was hard. I visited many potential factories, evaluated all possibilities, finally selecting the most capable manufacturer and the safest materials, and designed the product with them side-by-side. After a long process, I finally invented a first-of-its-kind product that answered all my wishes: safe, convenient, comfy, stylish, long lasting, low maintenance, and most importantly, self-cooling!
We were excited for the opportunity to try the Geleeo out for ourselves. The Geleeo came packaged in a colorful box, which we recycled after removing the product from the package. The Geleeo lays flat, and is contoured to fit the lining of a standard stroller. There are three options for stroller strap placement. Simply slide the stroller's shoulder straps through the provided slits of the Geleeo. Do the same with the waist straps, and buckle at the bottom.
This is what the Geleeo looks like, laid out flat on a table.
The Geleeo's length fully protects baby, keeping her cool from head to toe when in use. To set up our Geleeo, we simply laid the Geleeo mat in the stroller, and positioned it where it lined up with the stroller straps, etc. It took us a couple of tries to get the stroller straps situated. We placed them too low at first. We found that pulling the straps through the very top slit on the Geleeo worked best for our stroller model. Once the starps were situated, we continued with the waist straps and buckle.
Here's what the Geleeo looks like when it's all situated in the stroller, and installed properly (this was on our first attempt with the straps).
The Geleeo works wonderfully for keeping Baby S cool when we're out and about, or out on a walk. We love to go walking, and often do so in the early morning, before it gets too hot outside. The Geleeo is recommended for use with the stroller only- not to be used in car seats. It's not recommended that you take your baby out in extreme heat- it can be very dangerous, and overheating can lead to SIDS. Be smart about heat safety when it comes to your precious baby.
The Geleeo is also great to use with toddlers- it keeps them nice and cool while in the stroller. This probably goes without saying, but the Geleeo doesn't work as well if left in the heat. I have a habit of just leaving the stroller set up and locked on our front porch, in case we decide to go back out for another walk. We found that the Geleeo was very warm when left outside, so we have been removing it, and bringing it inside with us. It's an extra step to re-install it, but it's worth it, because when kept in the cool house, it retains that coolness, and transfers to my child when using the Geleeo.
It's amazing to me how hot Baby S gets in the stroller without using the Geleeo cooling mat. It really does keep her cool when it's 85 degrees out, and we go for a walk. It even does a great job of cooling her down after she's been in the car seat, and we transfer her to the stroller. I wish I'd had this when B was a baby- I use to get so stressed out over how hot he would get in his stroller. It's hard to deal with the extreme heat here in the Carolinas during the summertime. We love to be outside, and thanks to the Geleeo, we're able to get out and enjoy some of the sunshine when it's not blistering hot out there.
The Geleeo is easy to use, doesn't have to be refrigerated to become cool, and is easy to clean!
Fetures of the Geleeo
Geleeo is a unique cooling gel pad made just for kids, to help them avoid getting overheated in their strollers.
A proprietary hydrogel keeps the pad at a few degrees lower than the temperature of its surrounding environment, without the need of refrigeration, fan, ice or other traditional techniques. The pad constantly stays cool and discharges body heat by itself, and can be repeatedly used for heat dissipation on a daily basis for years. Now kids, for the first time, can enjoy a low maintenance, high performance, and long lasting outdoor cooling product!
Made with the most advanced proprietary hydrophilic cooling gel, stays cool wtih no prior refrigeration
It's green! No energy consumption, no freezing or battery needed
Universal fit for all toddler strollers with detachable straps (does NOT work on BOB strollers)
Waterproof fabric for easy cleaning. No washing required
Want it? Get it!
Head on over to Geleeo to learn more about this wonderful product, or to purchase. Geleeo would make a wonderful and unique baby shower gift! Connect with Geleeo on Facebook, Twitter.
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Special thanks to Geleeo for allowing me to share about their wonderful stroller liner, and for offering this giveaway for our awesome readers.