Baby Elegance is an established Irish nursery brand that began in Dublin over 30 years ago when father and now company director Tim Costello began manufacturing baby bootees for his daughter.
Moving from a one man operation in a two room building, Baby Elegance has now expanded to a team of 22 and a 30,000sq foot warehouse and office in west County Dublin.
Today, it designs and manufactures all types of nursery items, from baby wear to buggies and remains focused on the company ethos of creating “fashionable and comfortable everyday baby essentials.”
And the Baby Elegance Beep Twist is the brand’s mid-priced travel system.
Battling the likes of the Nuna IVVI, Hauck London and Jane Epic travel systems, it is one of the best-selling prams in Ireland and has scooped the award for the Best Travel System at the Maternity & Infant Awards 2014.
The pushchair was also shortlisted for the best Baby & Toddler Gear 2014 and was given the Best Buggy 5 Star Award, all in the last 12 months.
What’s in the box?
- Seat unit
- Carry cot
- Beep Twist infant car seat
- Beep Twist colour pack
Any additional extras?
- Beep Twist colour pack – £39.58
The Baby Elegance Beep Twist arrived in a nice, smart purple colour – but there are also lots of other colour packs to choose from (red, aqua, pink, purple, denim, orange, citrus, cream, black and polka dot.)
I felt that the black plastic on the chassis and wheels looked a bit cheap and flimsy but once assembled it became a smart looking pram.
How is assembling the Beep Twist?
The pram is really easy to put together and there is no complex overlap in bassinet and pushchair mode.
This is down to the carrycot and seat unit being two separate items and the one-click system making the transformation of the Beep Twist from a pram into a buggy a pain free procedure; you take one off and put the other on.
The wheels have to be fitted by you but this is an easy task and takes all of one minute.
The seat unit, which can be used when your baby is three months, ours is stored away until our baby daughter (currently three-weeks-old) needs it.
Is the Beep Twist comfortable?
Yes, when using the Baby Elegance with the carrycot/bassinet it offers serious comfort for newborn babies.
It is very generous in size unlike many travel system prams as the cot is both wide and long.
The bassinet even comes with its own mattress and can double up as a Moses basket, which impressed me and baby Celestia was not complaining.
Some online reviewers are not so keen on the pushchair mode on the basis that they said the buggy part did not appear comfortable.
But this opinion is not shared by all; I have seen other reviewers who like it, one in particular raves about how comfortable her three-year-old son is in the Beep Twist pushchair.
How is interacting with your little one?
It was good, whilst wheeling her around we were able to have plenty of eye-to-eye interaction – as much as is possible with a three-week-old baby!
Tell us about the difference between the pram and stroller modes.
In pushchair mode you can choose between a parent and forward facing position. But because the bassinet is so big and comfortable, you certainly won’t have to convert the pram into a pushchair until you really want to.
I had to change my Silver Cross 3D into a pushchair earlier than I would have liked because my three-month-old son outgrew the pram. Not so with the Baby Elegance, the bassinet area is really roomy.
How is it when out and about?
You would certainly feel happy wheeling your baby down the street in it, as it looks great, but given that it is extremely wide, those for whom space is an issue or those who use public transport often may want to avoid it.
Sadly the Beep Twist it is not the easiest pram to manouevre; for example, you need to lift up the pram a fraction to change direction.
It is not heavy to lift onto kerbs but as the wheels are not filled with air movements such as this are more restricted. It has four hard, plastic, quick release wheels. The front wheels are lockable swivel wheels.
However, the Beep did perform well on a variety of different surfaces for me, including grass. We live in the countryside and took our daughter for a walk on the grass and the Baby Elegance coped very well.
It didn’t perform so well on gravel, but that is a hard task for any pram! To use the brakes you simply apply pressure on the bar. However it was not too easy to flick them back off brake mode – I found the brakes were quite stiff.
Is the Beep as light as Baby Elegance claim?
Yes it is, largely thanks to the aluminum chassis.
The pushchair hood can be removed for the warmer summer months. The Beep Twist handlebar is foam covered and multi positional meaning that it can be adapted to suit parents of varying heights.
And when folded, the chassis is compact, neat and is easily transported in your car boot.
What do you think of the its style?
The Beeb Twist is certainly a handsome pram and looks more expensive than it is and has received lots of compliments in our house. It is the plastic finish rather than the aluminum that lets the side down.
How does it work as a travel system?
The Bubble car seat does not have any particularly defining features from any other car seat I have used.
It certainly ticks all the boxes and comes with lots of extras such as removable newborn support cushions (washable on a gentle cycle), a hood, a three-point harness, harness sleeves and quick release buckle.
It is ISOFIX compatible and comes in the same matching colour as the buggy.
Is the Beep Twist value for money?
Yes, it must be said that the Baby Elegance Beep Twist Travel system gives you a lot of bang for your buck features a lot of extras that even the top of the range prams are missing such as an excellent quality of fabric and a feather light chassis.
This travel system is an affordable option most probably suited to parents who live in an area where they will be wheeling their baby up and down a pavement.
It is not hugely suited to cobbled streets or negotiating lots of corners, but it will work extremely well for those who want a wide pram bassinet for their newborn baby as a priority.