Before Baby B was born we didn’t have a clue about pushchairs but apparently there is some ‘snobbery’ in the pushchair world with other parents eyeing up other pushchairs as they go past and making comments like “Oh under $100!” or “Oooo they must be rich!” To me a pushchair is a pushchair… although I do happen to think that this particular one is a very reliable, useful and practical one in deed.
We have two pushchairs- we have the ‘cheap’ one which cost us $99 and we have the expensive one- which cost us $300. This is the one which cost $300 and it was that expensive because it is actually that much better than the cheaper one so although it was pricey I think that it is a very good pushchair.
*Size matters *
It comes with the wheels and these are 3, instead of 4, which I actually think makes it easier to navigate… more on that later. The wheels fold down so they are more compact but believe me it is still a rather large pushchair to have. The wheels are easy to fold down you simply pull up two levers and then fold the wheels back on themselves. We only have a small car and this takes up the whole boot. The actual seat of the pushchair is separate. This comes off by pressing two buttons and releasing the seat for you to lift off. This takes up the majority of our back seat of the car so once we have the wheels, a car seat and this seat the car is pretty much full so if you do only have a small car then this isn’t very ideal.
I do think it is a good pushchair despite the size- we tend to use our smaller, cheaper pushchair is the car needs to accommodate another person, some shopping or luggage and just stick to using this one when we’re going on local walks or if the car can be empty.
It is quite cumbersome having the seat and the wheels separate like this but this does seem to be what constitutes a decent pushchair from what I can see! If you have the space then it’s great!
*Putting it together *
It may sound complicated having the seat and the wheels separate but it’s not at all. It is very easy to take the seat on and off and to collapse the wheels down. If you are confused at all this travel system does come with a DVD which shows you how to do it! But we only looked at that once and then never had to look at it again as it is very simple.
There is no doubt that this pushchair is a million times more comfortable than the other one we have. The seat is higher up for a start which means that Baby B can have a good look around and see everything without straining her neck. The seat is extremely well padded it’s material is a kind of cotton and feels spongy so she is definitely travelling in comfort when we use this! There is a little cross bar that you can put on that goes between her legs and she likes to hold onto it like it’s a steering wheel!
The seat can recline so that she can have a snooze whilst on the move and there is a hood which you can pull over to protect her from the elements and this hood is actually really effective as it pulls over quite a long way which makes a change as other pushchairs i’ve seen have quite flimsy hoods.
This pushchair is very safe. The way it has been designed means that as Baby B sits in the chair she has the cross bar to hold onto if she wishes and as well as having that option it also is there to help protect her as she can’t lean too far forward so we won’t have the problem of her trying to get out or getting in an awkward position.
The straps are very safe- they join together before clipping into the socket and they’re quite stiff to get out which is very important as babies do like to explore and I have heard of babies being able to unfasten their chairs. With this pushchair you shouldn’t have any problems with that as it is too stiff!
The brake is also very effective. There is a front brake and back brake which you snap on with your foot and believe me once these are one this pushchair is going nowhere! They’re very effective indeed.
*Pushing along *
This chair is a great one to push. The handle is one long one which can be altered depending on how high you want it to be. There aren’t settings for it instead it can be any height you wish. I tend to have it as low down as possible but Mrs B has it higher up so it’s really good; you the driver can have it at whichever setting you like so you can be comfortable pushing it!
What about the baby though? Well the wheels are very large which means that it’s a smoother ride! All the bumps and curbs and things mean that pushchairs can be quite jumpy but this one isn’t as bad as the wheels are larger. It’s also really very easy to navigate because of the three wheels it is very smooth.
This comes with a pump so you can pump up the wheels if you get flat! It also has a rather large shopping basket at the bottom which is really useful, it holds quite a lot- we have had a large changing bag and three carrier bags in there so it is a good size compared to others. It also comes with a rain cover and you can get a foot muff to match for around £38 on Amazon which is a bargain. You can buy clips for the handle so you can hang bags off it and also a cup/bottle holder.
*Okay so I’ve sang it’s praises for a while but surely there are some down sides too? Yep you’re right! This pushchair is very wide. Getting around small shops and negotiating parked cars and lamp posts can be extremely difficult indeed- I had to ask Gregg’s to open their doors wider especially for us to get into the shop!
* It is also a lot heavier than our other pushchair. This makes pushing it up hill a bit tiring after a while and also all the lifting in and out of a car can be troublesome.
*It takes up a lot of room which isn’t great if you have a small car and so it’s amazing in terms of practicalities if you don’t have a family-sized car to accommodate it.
* It’s a really smooth pushchair so the lumps and bumps as you travel along aren’t felt as much. It’s really easy to steer around too because of the three wheels.
* It is very comfortable, just looking at it you can see that it looks like it’d send you to sleep straight away! The seat is very soft and moulded in a way that holds your baby snuggly.
* It’s very safe with it’s brakes that work amazingly well and the adjustable straps which can’t be undone by little, curious fingers!
* It is interesting looking- you can buy it in various shades and it looks different to other pushchairs which I think is a nice change!
This is a wonderful pushchair which makes a comfortable ride for your baby. It can be adjusted so that you can have the handle at whatever height is most comfortable to suit you. It is easy to put together and push around although it does take up rather a lot of room and is quite cumbersome.