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18/06/2013 at 09:32
I've seen a few I like but I'm pretty clueless about what I actually need. I have a huge car so boot size is not a worry.
Please recommend me your prams (or put me off your hated pram!).
18/06/2013 at 09:53
It depends what you want. I've got a Britax B-Smart which can forward face and parent face, the car seat can clip onto the frame and is lovely to push. Big shopping basket and a height adjustable handle. You might want to take a look in somewhere that stock prams so you can test drive them.
18/06/2013 at 10:12
I went to kiddicare at the weekend and it was a mindfield! Far too many to choose from! I want one handle, forward and parent facing, and use from birth and still is okay when toddler.
18/06/2013 at 10:21
I found Kiddicare a bit overwhelming with the sheer volume of prams when we went, don't worry!
We basically started in good old John Lewis and asked for a demo of the Bugaboo Chameleon - no particular reason why but once we'd found out what all the features were, we could decide how many of them we would actually use. It made a good starting point.
One of the things that stood out for us was that the frame didn't clip together when it was collapsed so it felt a bit unwieldy when you were carrying it like that. So we went back in to research mode and found the Mamas and Papas Sola which fits our needs perfectly. It can be used for occasional overnight sleeping (if you get the carrycot + mattress), the chassis is weighted evenly when it's folded so it's easy to carry, it clips together when it's down and you can still easily get to the basket underneath when the carrycot is on.
We have a Which? subscription and have used it loads for their push chair and car seat recommendations, worth a look.
Hope that helps!
I have a bugaboo cam 3 and love it!! It's so easy to push, it can parent and forward face. The only thing I'm not as keen on us the basket is more like a bag and can be a bit fiddily but I'm used to it now!
18/06/2013 at 10:24
Britax B-Smart meets your requirements as will the Babystyle Oyster, iCandy and Bugaboo.
18/06/2013 at 10:25
Best Buggy is a good website and will do side-by-side comparisons. http://www.bestbuggy.co.uk/single-pushchairs/
I have a silvercross linear freeway which is very good. One handle, easy to push, forward and parent facing, big basket. I get on really well with it. It is big, but it collapses/goes up really easily and isn't that heavy i dont think
18/06/2013 at 10:52
I have an Icandy peach which I love and it does do the same as what people have mentioned above. The big bonus of it for us at the moment is that it converts to a double so I'm currently scouring deals for the second seat and adaptors xx
18/06/2013 at 10:55
Babystyle Oyster. Forward and parent facing, 4 wheels height adjustable one handle, light as anything, easy to swivel and turn, great colour packs to choose from, carrycot option for a more traditonal pram, works with maxi cosi cabriofix
18/06/2013 at 11:22
Are you a townie or country girl? If I was just using around town I would have gone for the oyster or M&P'S sola. Alas no good for rough terrain so I was recommended the mutsy's. Basically the landrover of prams
18/06/2013 at 11:24
Like popcorn, I am going for the mamas & papas sola. I love it! Had a quick go in the shop but I am going for a full demo before we buy. It's a travel system so you can get flat pram bit and car seat to clip onto frame and it comes in some lovely colours! I am having the plum for my little lady. It is a which best buy and also has a few other awards.
18/06/2013 at 11:27
I bought a 2nd hand Quinny Buzz that did the job for the very few times I used it. However, if I could go back in time, I wouldn't bother with a pram & just get a sling as that's all I really used!
18/06/2013 at 12:03
I have an older bugaboo chameleon and its good but I desperately want the new version, bugaboo buffalo which comes out in sept. It folds in one piece, has a bigger and open basket and a higher seat position, all improvements as far as I'm concerned. Have very little hope of convincing the H that I need it though :-( A lot of our baby friends have the uppababy vista and rate it highly. As a general point I would say consider if you will likely have another child in the next 3-4 years, if so you might want one that you can convert to a double. The Phil and teds are popular for this but you can also get a second seat for the uppababy vista. X
18/06/2013 at 12:56
Thanks. I've not quite got my head around this one so a second isn't even close to being a thought yet!
We live in a village next to a river and fields just out of a city! I'd say we'd generally use pram for city rather than walks.
18/06/2013 at 13:56
Another vote for the Babystyle Oyster.
The only box it doesn;t tick is able to use as a toddler, technically you could but A was a big baby and once he'd moved out of the maxi-cosi car seat at 11 months I found I used a stroller a lot more than the Oyster as it was lighter and generally easier. We'll be using the Oyster again this time and I don't know anyone who's had one and not loved it, that's about 10 people btw.
18/06/2013 at 14:04
We've got an Icandy peach which is the easier pram in the world to push! However like the oyster you'd need to buy a separate carrycot or use the car seat from birth.
The only other ones I'd consider is the mutsy missusS has because it's seriously cool and also the oyster as one simular to mine but 1/2 the price.
18/06/2013 at 14:14
I have the Graco Evo and love it- can fold one handed, light, easy to push,rear and parent facing and easy to put car seat on, also don't need a seperate carry cot as it lies flat so is suitable from birth
18/06/2013 at 17:13
I have the oyster. I was originally dead set on the icandy bu changed my mind at the last minute because I couldn't justify the extra money when an oyster is pretty much the same and it's really heavy too. Does everything you need and I love it.
18/06/2013 at 18:34
I would say that you need to consider the following oints and then use it to narrow down what you want :-
do you want something that a carseat clips on to ? if you do, then check which carseats fit in your car. It might sound silly but they aren't universal so if there is a pram you like try the carseat out first. Bizarrely the Maxi Cosi Cabrio didn't fit in my old shape Focus but did in my friends which was only a year newer.
do you want the baby to be able to be facing you once they have moved out of the carrycot ? This was important to me as I wanted to be able to walk around chatting to her
handle bars - do you prefer a single bar handle or two seperate handles ? my personal preference is for a bar handle as it is easier to push one handed (whilst eating chocolate with the other hand)
if you & your H are considerably different heights consider how easy it is to adjust the handles
can you fold / unfold it ? We set off with every intention of buying the Bugaboo Chameleon but I couldn't fold it for the life of me
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