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Mothercare’s MyChoice travel system is certainly versatile, but a few tweaks are needed before it would really, truly be top choice.
The clue to the USP of the Mothercare MyChoice travel system is in the name. You choose the chassis (3-wheeler or 4-wheeler) for £195 and then personalise it with your choice of seat unit, for £180. The system converts quickly and easily from a pram to a pushchair without the use of a separate carry cot and can also be forward or parent facing. A removable and fully washable pram liner, cosytoes and pram cover are included, as are a raincover and shopping basket. By adding a Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat, £115-£125, the MyChoice is converted into a travel system.
I chose the 3-wheeler chassis, but having read the opinions of some other mums online, it seems I may have made a mistake since it’s apparently much bulkier than the 4-wheeler version. On the upside, it has pneumatic tyres and the push on/off brake is the easiest brake I’ve tried.
The seat unit comes in a range of styles and colours including Scarlett Sport, Classic Black, Hide ‘n’ Seek and Somerset Brown. I got Hide ‘n’ Seek and it’s easily the prettiest/cutest design I’ve seen and was much admired when I was out and about.
What we love
The Mothercare MyChoice travel system was extremely easy to set up from the box with just the wheels needing to be attached. In fact, almost everything could be described as “easy”: fixing and removing the wheels (just a small button to press and then pull off); adjusting the backrest (squeeze a clasp and pull a strap); and adding and removing the bumper bar and handlebar.
When you want to use it with the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat, you push the seat adaptors inwards and move them forward or backwards to clearly marked points, so that process is simple, too.
The Mothercare MyChoice travel system is comfortable to push and the large wheels make it comfortable for your baby as well. I could easily steer the MyChoice and it handled kerbs brilliantly. The other excellent thing about the MyChoice was that it was the only pram I’ve tried that could handle the snow and ice.
The hood has a window panel and a mesh section, so your child can be both cool and dry, and the raincover has a zip for easy access to your child.
What to watch out for
Opening and folding the chassis is really awkward and annoying and is my main problem with the Mothercare MyChoice travel system. It takes four steps: unfasten the latch; lift the handle in the middle; push a button on the left; lift the handlebar up. This is at least two steps too many. The way it folds means the handle ends up on the floor, getting dirty and soaking up any water that may be on the ground. It’s also very big and bulky when folded, even when the wheels are removed.
The seat unit and car seat were sometimes hard to remove. There are two buttons to press although they don’t seem to move so I was never sure they were actually pressed. I’d get one side up at a time, but not both together. I’ve had the same issue with other prams and found that it gets easier with repeated use, so I think it’s probably just something you need to get used to.
The front swivel wheel occasionally locks by itself, particularly when first setting off and it takes a bit of manoeuvring to get it going again. Not a big issue, but a pain if you’re in a hurry, which when using the pram for the school run, I usually am!
At first I was quite excited about the shopping basket. It’s enclosed and fastens with Velcro and I’ve never seen another like it. But when I came to use it, I realised why. It’s very tricky to access and is actually quite small. Once you’ve put the raincover in, there isn’t really room for much else.
Who is the Mothercare MyChoice travel system best for?
Mums looking for versatility and comfort who can leave the chassis unfolded.
Versatile, stylish and attractive, the Mothercare MyChoice travel system would be a great choice if it weren’t for the size of the chassis and the awkward fold.