A family business founded in 1981, Mamas & Papas is known as one of the UK’s leading nursery brands with its own test lab, where all products go through rigorous trials before hitting the shelves. As a result the company has built a reputation among parents as a trusted go-to brand with a host of awards under their belt.
The new Ocarro – which translates to ‘giant armadillo’ – has taken the best bits of the Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller and put them into a new pushchair suitable from birth to 15kg. The Ocarro was Mamas & Papas biggest launch in 2016 and comes in five colours: black, dark navy, sage green, chestnut and blue mist.
There are three ‘bundles’ available: four piece including chassis, pushchair seat, carrycot, adaptors and cup holder (£699), five piece with the addition of an Aton Q car seat (£829) and six piece with the addition of an Isofix base (£949).
So you can buy it as a full travel system, if you want, or the basic pushchair with just chassis and seat unit for £629.
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Comparable in price to the Mutsy Igo (£680 with carrycot), and a bit cheaper than the Joolz Day2 (£799) and Silver Cross Pioneer (£745), we find out how it measures up.
First impressions of the Mamas & Papas Ocarro pushchair?
I’m a sucker for a stylish pushchair, and the Mamas & Papas Ocarro has it in spades. With a large Bugaboo-style hood and an iCandy-esque shiny chassis you’d be forgiven for thinking the Ocarro is the latest offering from a high-end brand rather than a high street chain.
With a leatherette stitched handle and bumper bar, textured matt fabric, sleek black wheels and chrome fittings this is one good-looking pushchair. But it’s not all about looks.
The Ocarro is sold on its high levels of comfort for baby – just how comfortable is it?
Mamas & Papas says the Ocarro is ‘designed for comfort’ and I have to agree. There are thoughtful features including a plush padded seat, a plump pillow to support the head and thick padded shoulder and crotch straps on the pushchair seat. There’s also a lovely thick lining and mattress on the carrycot.
What do you think of the seat – how many recline positions are there?
The seat size on the pushchair seat is generous, with three recline positions which are easily adjustable using a lever on the side and a lie-flat option for naps. The foot panel of the seat is also adjustable, and the seat can also be parent or forward-facing. It’s easy to switch between the two by simply releasing a button, lifting the seat up and turning it around.
What do you think of the carrycot?
The carrycot clicks in and out of the chassis smoothly and virtually silently, meaning you won’t wake your sleeping baby. While the size of the pushchair seat is generous, I wouldn’t say the same for the carrycot, which is on the snug side.
It measures 59cm in depth x 37cm width x 75cm in length, and can be used up to 9kg.
That said, I have only ever used a carrycot for around 12 weeks because as soon as my babies could hold up their heads they wanted to look around and didn’t like lying flat anymore, and the carrycot would certainly last for this time size-wise. I was also impressed with how comfortable and warm the carrycot is.
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How is interacting with your baby in the Mamas & Papas Ocarro?
Interacting with my baby was easy with both the carrycot and the seat – I could see her face when she was lying flat in the pram with the hood up and cover on, and she was at a good level in front of me when in the seat unit.
How easy is it to push the Mamas & Papas Ocarro?
Despite the solid and sturdy frame it’s surprisingly easy to push – you can steer one-handed – and it has lockable swivel front wheels.
Tell us about the dual suspension on the Ocarro.
Although there’s dual suspension I was disappointed with the smoothness of the ride. The pavement in our road is very uneven due to tree roots and different levels of paving slabs, and the ride triggered the startle reflex in my newborn on more than one occasion when using the carrycot.
What do you think of the height of the buggy?
The height-adjustable handle means I can easily make the pushchair the right height for me (5ft 6ins), and so can my husband (6ft 4ins).
What is the fold system like – could you fold it with one hand?
The Ocarro folds with the pushchair seat in place, both when it’s in forward-facing and parent-facing positions, which is a bonus when you’re trying to put it in the boot of the car as quickly as possible and you’ve got other children running around.
I couldn’t fold the Ocarro one handed, but it’s easy enough to fold down with two hands.
How light and compact is the Mamas & Papas Ocarro?
At 13.5kg in weight I could lift it into the back of our car myself (something I can’t do with our Phil & Teds).
The Ocarro also fits easily in the boot of our Peugeot 5008, with plenty of room for shopping too.
When folded, it measures 37 x 59 x 76cm.
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How easy is it to use the Mamas & Papas Ocarro on public transport?
I travel on buses for the school run every day so a pushchair with good manoeuvrability is a must. I found the Ocarro easy to get on and off the bus, and it slotted smoothly into the buggy space without sticking out into the aisle.
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Tell us about the brake
The brake is on the foot pedal which I found easy to lock and release with my toe. We live in a block of flats with steps to the front door, and I also found the Ocarro easy to bump up and down the steps.
What’s the shopping basket like?
The shopping basket underneath is a huge bonus for parents like me who travel on foot and on public transport. It’s one of the biggest I’ve ever come across, easily fitting in three full shopping bags, nappy bag and I also squeezed in my daughter’s PE kit and school book bag.
What’s in the box?
- Seat unit
- Rain cover
- Shopping basket
Any additional extras?
It depends whether you go for the four, five or six piece bundle, but additional extras include:
- Cup holder (£19)
- Cold weather foot muff (£69)
- Knitted blanket (£29)
- Car seat adaptors (£29)
With a price tag starting at £699 I think the Ocarro is excellent value for money and offers real longevity. It will last from newborn into toddlerhood and has some great features including super comfy cushioning.
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