Key features of the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4
Age suitability: Birth to around 15kg (approx. 3 years)
Type of buggy: All-in-1 travel system
Fold: Concertina fold, with removable wheels
Travel system compatible: Yes
Total cost: £599
Born around six years ago, the Ickle Bubba brand aims to create luxurious and eye-catching prams and travel systems without the hefty price tag. Awards include a silver MadeForMums award in 2017 for the Stomp V3, and a bronze award in 2018 for the Stomp V4.
The Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 travel system, including Galaxy 0+ car seat, Isofix base and adaptors is £599, and includes all the accessories you might need to use it from birth to 13kg, including footmuff, seat liner, changing bag, rain cover and even sunshades. The older version, the V3 scooped a silver MadeForMums Award for best travel system under £500.
The travel system is very much in line with its mid-market competitors.The Cosatto Wow Complete Travel System, for example, has an RRP of £599.95, while the, while the Koochi Moderho costs £589.95. Both are pretty on par with the Stomp V4, which comes with everything you need to get started for a brilliant price of £599.
The Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition builds on its predecessors with new colourways and an emphasis on luxury and comfort in its materials.
Currently on maternity leave, Sophie lives in Manchester with her husband Jamie and four-month-old son Jasper. She’s been trying this product out on walks, shopping trips and on the bus to and from baby classes.
What were your first impressions of the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition?
When the travel system arrived, I couldn’t get over how much kit was included! The system overall looks quite neat. Our pram came in the new Midnight Bronze colourway – the black contrasts nicely with the unusual bronze chassis and makes for a classy-looking pram.
What’s the difference between the Ickle Bubba Stomp V3 and stomp V4?
This new version of the Stomp has had a face-lift. The V4 now comes in two special edition colours, bronze and chrome.
It also now has leatherette handle in black and brown colours and the fabric of the seat unit and carrycot now features a luxury quilted liner and doubled lined hood.
The functionality of travel system doesn’t seem hugely different, it’s still an all-in-one system and comes with everything you need for a new addition to the family at a very competitive price.
You’ll get the buggy with seat until and carrycot, car seat, adapters, changing bag and mat, sun visors, hoods, liners, colour packs and more. Phew!
Is the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 easy to assemble?
It was really simple to put together, taking less than 20 minutes on my own.
Is the pram easy to push?
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the pram is to steer, which I could easily do one-handed thanks to how light it is (6.5kg for the chassis and wheels). It’s the same weight as the Cosatto Giggle 2 I’d been using, but it is much easier to handle.
Is the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 pushchair easy to fold?
It’s genuinely the easiest fold I’ve encountered. Once the seat is removed by clicking the two side buttons out and lifting the seat out, you slide down the two levers on either side of the chassis while holding the button in on the right-hand one, push, and it’s folded.
Is it easy to unfold?
Unfolding is even easier than folding – you lift the catch on the chassis and pull the handlebar up.
Is the pushchair easy to store and compact?
At home, it took up very little room – tilt the handlebar to 90 degrees and it can stand on its own. It’s so compact that it fitted in the boot of our Vauxhall Astra with room to spare.
Do the wheels work well?
The smaller front tyres have a locking system operated by push-down buttons on each side for going over uneven surfaces. The rear wheels, which attach and detach easily by pressing buttons, look like road tyres, so I was excited to test these on a country walk. Unfortunately their design makes them harder to clean than the smooth front wheels, and after a walk mud was embedded in the indents.
How does the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 handle bumpy ground?
Unfortunately, whether the front wheels were locked or not, the frame was prone to rattling over rougher ground, and it didn’t feel as sturdy as I’d hoped.
Do the brakes work effectively?
The brake is a bar across the back between the wheels which makes it easy to engage and release regardless of footwear (even fliflops). They feel really secure. I really liked the brake design because it was easy to put on and take off, even when rushing to get on and off the bus. I didn’t once catch it with my feet while walking, which has happened on prams I’ve used with a lower brake switch.
Is the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 comfortable?
It looks super comfy – the luxury seat liner and padded coverlet feel lovely and soft.
Is the handle easy to use?
The leatherette handle and bumper bar cover (in tan with my package) complements the black and bronze nicely and feels soft to touch. The handlebar has a great range of height and tilt options, which worked well for my tall (6ft) husband and I.
Is it simple to replace the carrycot with the seat?
Yes, the infant seat handily uses the same frame as the lie-flat – you just remove the carrycot and replace with the seat. This was easy to do using the clasp/Velcro system.
What do you think of the hood?
The hood is disappointing – it’s made from a much coarser material than the rest of the pram and is not adjustable. It also doesn’t have any hoops for attaching toys, which would be a bonus.
Is the basket large and easy to access?
I was impressed with the size of the shopping basket, which was neat yet ample and easy to access even with the carrycot in place.
Is it easy to interact with your baby in the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4?
No, unfortunately the height of the pram combined with my height (5’ 2”) meant that unless I removed the bumper bar and tucked in the coverlet, I couldn’t see my son in the pram when pushing him in a rear-facing, lie-flat position (as recommended when under six months old). This isn’t an issue when using the infant seat.
Did you like the Galaxy 0+ car seat?
I was impressed. Its padding felt luxurious, from the strap pads to the matching footmuff, which meant there was no need for extra blankets. It was really easy to get my son into the seat as the straps can be moved out of the way. The moveable headrest (operated by pressing a catch on the base of the unit) was really handy for making him comfortable. It was easy to attach the car seat adaptors (included) to the frame and the seat to the frame also, which made for much easier outings, with no tears!
Is the Isofix base easy to use?
It was great – we have previously used an Isofix with the Cosatto Hold car seat and loved the speed at which we could secure the seat. Although the Ickle Bubba Isofix was easy to install, it was a bit tricky positioning the seat to click it into place and it took a few goes to get it right.
What aged children is the Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 best for?
The travel system is definitely great for newborn up to 2 years or further. If your little ones are tall, it might be more of a squeeze after age two.
This pram grew on me more and more each time I used it. Every time we left the house strangers would compliment me on the look of the pram, and I found that its lightness and manoeuvrability made getting around with my four-month-old son simple. It would be a great first travel system for new parents who want all the kit they need for a reasonable price with a choice of colours.