Mamas & Papas Luna
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With its stunning design and easy-fold system, the Mamas & Papas Luna Travel System offers versatility with real flair. It comes at a reasonable price too, although you may find yourself having to spend on the accessories to get the best use.
Want a travel system that’s a real headturner? Then the Luna could be the one for you. Developed by the daughter of the owners of Mamas and Papas, who just happens to drive a Mini, the Luna has a great folding down system, which means it’s compact enough to even fit in the boot of my Mini – quite an achievement, and useful to know if you don’t have a big car boot.
The styling on this buggy is quite simply superb. There’s a brilliant range of colours on offer – my favourite the electric pink called Tulip – no baby pink here.
As a travel system, you can add the soft carrycot (£70 of the overall price) to turn it into a pram and either Mamas & Papas Primo Viaggio IP car seat (£115 of the total price) or the lightweight Cybex Aton (£110).
However, the clips you have to add to the pushchair to secure the car seat (£20 of the overall price) are a little fiddly. They fit on to either side of the frame and this makes the pushchair much fatter when folded. But don’t be tempted to try to remove them every time you fold the buggy as this will take up valuable time. Therefore, you have to allow for this extra thickness when trying it in your boot.
What we love
One of the best features of the Luna is the single handle. This makes it very easy to push with just one hand, which is great if you still need to hold the hand of an older child or the lead of a dog. The design of this pushchair, with its modern chassis shape and vivid colours, is a real head turner when you’re out and about.
It’s easy to fold, and reduces to a small, square shape, which keeps it compact. I’ve found other less-compact umbrella fold pushchairs don’t fit so easily into car boots due to their length.
The other great asset is the ability to customise the accessories, creating your own distinctive style. You can mix and match when it comes to liners, parasols and changing bags, meaning your Luna travel system will probably look different to everyone else’s. Although don’t forget, these are all additional purchases.
What to watch out for
The Luna boasts the Mamas & Papas special Freedom to Explore 5-point safety harness, which allows your baby more flexibility to sit up and move freely, while being securely strapped in. This is fantastic, now that my daughter Biba is a toddler but I found that when she was a small baby, it didn’t offer quite enough support. It’s anchored through the bottom of the seat rather than through the back, and I found she’d often slip to the side, although the very latest model now has a bumper bar, which would help to counteract this and give more support. However, I’d still recommend spending extra and buying the carrycot for little babies.
It has a really large hood, which we thought would be great when we took it on holiday. But at the back of the hood it has a mesh fabric which allowed sunlight in, with no flap to cover this up. This meant that if Biba fell asleep, the sun would shine directly on to her head so I had to drape a blanket over the hood whenever this situation arose.
Who is the Mamas & Papas Luna best for?
Mums with small car boots who need a compact folding system.
Wonderfully easy to use and a real looker (even on a rainy day!), this is a real mum-friendly and tot-friendly travel system. However, for ultimate comfort for little babies, you need to invest in the full system, including the carrycot for the early stages.