My Babiie MB22 Twin Stroller review
In a nutshell
A lightweight, double stroller that oozes with TOWIE style and won’t break the bank. .
What we tested
3.0A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
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- Comfort for child
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- Worth the money
4.5A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
- Lightweight, value for money, easy to manoeuvre, 3 position sun-hoods.
- Awkward when folded, Niche market designs, non-adjustable handles, temperamental footbreak.
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Key features of the My Babiie MB22 double buggy:
- Age suitability: Birth to 3 years (15kg)
- Type of buggy: Side-by-side double pushchair
- Weight: Net weight -15.6 Kg, Gross weight -17.8 Kg
- Fold: Umbrella fold
- Travel system compatible: No
- Total cost: £199.99
My Babiie, founded in 2012, is relatively new to the world of baby products. The brand offers a range of products, from strollers and travel systems to high chairs, bouncers and changing accessories. Its mission statement is ‘little people who dream big’ and it focuses on making value products that are out of the ordinary.
My Babiie is up against some more established names such as Cosatto and Obaby, but the company has some familiar faces on its design team. Fans of the TV show The Only Way is Essex should be particularly interested, as sisters Billie and Sam Faiers joined the design team to put their stamp on My Babiie’s signature ranges. Philanthropist and TV presenter Katie Piper also has her own range.
The MB22 is a lightweight twin stroller which comes in 4 unique designs. I was sent the Grey Chevron, which is in the Sam Faiers signature range. I tested it with my 14 month old boy/girl twins. Living in a first floor North London flat with no lift, I was really able to put it through its paces.
I really liked that there were two cup holders and a rain cover included in the price, and at £199 it is a reasonably cheap double pushchair. For a stroller it felt really light to push. The seats are comfortable for my little ones, and I loved how easy it was to adjust the legs and backs of each individual seat. The 3-position extendable hoods felt very sturdy and were great for blocking out the sun when they were trying to sleep. I'm a big fan of bumper bars across the seats, so I was pleased to see that each seat had its own individual bar for their favourite toys.
The shopping baskets underneath are quite large, and there are some additional pockets on the backs of the seats for extra space. There isn't enough room for my huge changing bag to accommodate twins, but you could squeeze quite a bit of shopping in there. With lockable swivel wheels, it was really easy to push around on flat, even surfaces. Where I live, however, has some dreadful pavements, and I struggled at times with the wheels getting stuck. Going up and down kerbs was also quite challenging at times.
What were your first impressions of My Babiie’s MB22?
My first impressions were not great. The packaging arrived damaged and part of the frame was sticking out of the box. However, the pushchair was fine, and it was really easy to assemble. Having a designer for a husband has rubbed off on me over the years, and I found myself instantly disliking the large embroidered B logo on the sun-hood.
Buyers’ guide to double buggies
How does the MB22 compare to other double buggies you’ve used?
The My Babiie MB22 is an umbrella fold stroller that is similar to the Cosatto Supa Dupa double that I previously used. They both have unique pattern designs and fold the same way. The quality and the designs on the Cosatto are better in comparison to the My Babiie, and the Cosatto also comes with added features such as footmuffs and a multimedia gadget pocket.
However, the My Babiie feels lighter and much easier to push, and I really like that both seats have a removable bumper bar to attach toys to. Unlike some other double pushchairs that I have used, such as the Bugaboo Donkey 2 and the Mountain Buggy Duet, the My Babiie is not an all terrain Buggy and the small wheels can struggle on uneven surfaces. It is very girly in comparison to the other pushchairs that I have mentioned and I struggled to persuade my husband to push it around the park without him feeling a little embarrassed. Where the Bugaboo has a simple style that everyone can relate to, the MB22 oozes TOWIE, so it really depends on your taste. On the other hand, it is the cheapest of all of the pushchairs that I have tried and the it also comes in a black stars pattern which is simpler and more unisex.
What are the benefits of a side by side pushchair?
Having used a tandem pushchair Oyster Max for the first 8 months after the twins were born, I was a little apprehensive about switching to a side by side double. With a tandem I was able to squeeze into every shop, every door and every bus. As the twins continued to grow however, so did their interest in the world and their dislike of being on the bottom seat with a terrible view. Despite regularly swapping them around to make it fair, it soon became very difficult getting them out in the pram without a fight. I also felt bad that they weren’t able to interact with each other. They slept, fed and played side by side, so I could tell that they missed each other while in the pram. With a side by side double, both twins can see equally clearly and are able to see/feel each other. It is also easier on my back to use a side by side rather than bending down to strap in the one on the bottom. You also have a better storage basket with side by side buggies because there isn’t a seat in the place where the basket should be.
How easy is the My Babiie MB22 to push when loaded with both children?
The MB22 is surprisingly easy to push for a stroller. I was expecting it to feel very heavy (like the Cosatto) but it felt pretty light and easy to manoeuvre.
How does My Babiie’s double stroller ride on different surfaces?
On unyielding surfaces, the MB22 performs very well. It feels light to push, and the 360 degree wheels make it really easy to twist and turn. They can also be locked into place to ride over cobbles. The small wheels can make large uneven surfaces, such as woodland routes, much more difficult to manoeuvre though, so I would only recommend it for shopping and strolling.
How did the MB22 fare on public transport?
I was able to put the MB22 stroller through its paces on a trip from London to Peterborough one weekend. A journey that I was dreading actually turned out to be a breeze. The MB22 slotted nicely into the space on the bus to the train station. There was plenty of room for another (single) pushchair to squeeze in behind. The train station was the most difficult part of the journey as there were quite a few steps down to the platform and no lift. There weren’t many people around to help out so the task of carrying the fully loaded buggy was left to me and my husband. Although quite heavy, as to be expected with twins, it actually wasn’t too bad. The train ride itself was a doddle. There was plenty of room for it to stay unfolded and the twins slept most of the way.
What do you think of the wheels?
The wheels are lockable and rotate 360 degrees so it is really easy to twist and turn. There is also some rear suspension to make going over little bumps easier. They certainly aren’t all terrain wheels, but considering they are pretty small, they do a good job of getting you around.
How compact is the My Babiie MB22 – how does it cope when out in shops and travelling around town?
Width wise, the MB22 is 76cm which makes it wider than a lot of the double pushchairs I have used. Surprisingly though, it didn’t really feel that wide. It is quite compact in depth so it wasn’t too bad taking it shopping. Unlike with the Mountain Buggy Duet, you can see the front wheels easily and don’t have to worry about constantly clipping peoples heels while standing in a supermarket queue. Like most double buggies, there are some shop doors that I couldn’t squeeze through, and there are always going to be the annoying glances from strangers having to move out of your way on the pavements. This just comes with the territory of having twins!
How easy is it to store the MB22?
This is something that could be significantly improved with only a few small changes. Once folded, there is only one clip on one side to hold the stroller in place. This makes it really cumbersome to lift as it doesn’t feel very secure. In addition, unlike the Cosatto Supa Dupa, the MB22 is not free standing when folded. This means that you either have to store it lying down or prop it up against something.
Is the frame strong, durable?
The frame doesn’t seem the strongest or most durable that I have encountered. However, you pay for what you get, and for the price it certainly does the job.
What do you think of the MB22’s fold system?
Folding and unfolding the buggy is a doddle and is similar to the like of the Maclaren Twin Techno and the Cosatto Supa Dupa double. Unlike the Cosatto and Maclaren, the MB22 only clips on one side to lock it into place once folded. This really lets the pushchair down because it makes it very awkward to transport it. Having to carry it up and down stairs was a nightmare for me because of this. Also, unlike the Cosatto, it doesn’t have a stand to store it upright, so you have to either store if flat or propped up against a wall.
What do you think of handles?
The handles are firmly fixed in place and are a perfect height for me at 5’4”, but my husband who is 6’1” would have like to see them adjust a little higher. I like how the handles are positioned so that I didn’t feel like my arms were overextended when pushing. This is a problem I often find with double umbrella style buggies.
What do you think of the size of the MB22’s seat units?
Like all twin buggies, there has to be a compromise between the size of the seat unit and the width of the buggy. Ultimately, I find the width of the buggy to be the most important. There was still plenty of room for growth but our little ones were quite snug in the MB22, so I’m not sure it would last them to the age of 3.
How many recline positions does My Babiie’s MB22 have?
There are 3 recline positions, including a near flat recline position. It is really easy to recline the seats using one hand. You just pinch the 2 levers at the back of the seat.
How comfortable does it feel for your little ones?
The twins were super comfy. The seats and the harness are padded, and the cover is removable so it can be washed with ease. The bumper bars can also be removed if you want to put a blanket over them.
How easy is it to adjust the leg rest?
The leg rest has 2 adjustable positions. Adjusting it is really simple. You just pinch CHECK.
It states that the MB22 can be used from newborn – would you?
Personally, I really liked having my little ones in carrycots from birth. My Babiie does advertise the double stroller as suitable from birth, as it has a near-flat position. It is not completely flat, however, and doesn’t have a newborn insert, so we wouldn’t recommend it from birth.
How is interacting with your little ones when in the buggy?
The seats are fixed in the forward-facing position so there is limited interaction with the little ones when en route. This is often the case with double buggies so I’m used to that. The peep holes in the hoods enable me to keep an eye on the twins, but if it isn’t sunny or raining then I will keep the hoods up and can see and chat to them freely. The interaction between the twins is great. The seats are close enough that they can touch and see each other. Being individually reclining seats also means that if they are getting on each other’s nerves, I can recline one of the seats to create a divide between them. They are then in their own cocoon and have their own space to move.
What do you think of the hoods?
The hoods are really good. There are 3 different positions depending on the coverage that you want. They also have peep holes to view your little ones while on the move. The only thing I didn’t like about them was the logo.
Tell us about the brakes.
The brakes get very slippery when wet and sometimes it can be difficult to lock them in place. There were a couple of occasions where I thought the brakes were on only to realise that they weren’t. Luckily, I was on flat ground. I wouldn’t feel confident using the brakes on a hill.
Does the My Babiie MB22 stroller fit in the boot of your car?
The MB22 squeezed into my mum’s Toyota Yaris with no problem at all. There wasn’t much room for anything else but there was no need to take wheels off or dismantle it to get it in.
What age children is the MB22 best for?
The manufacturer states that the MB22 can be used from birth to 15kg which is around age 3. The lie flat reclining seats are said to be suitable for newborns but there isn’t a newborn insert, and as it’s not a fully flat recline, we wouldn’t recommend it for newborns.
How easily can you access the basket and is it big enough to store everything you need?
There are two baskets; one under each seat. They are really easy to access from behind. Perhaps a little less so when the seats are in the full recline position, so you have to bear that in mind. The baskets are relatively large and you can store a great deal of belongings and shopping in them. Having twins means that I have to carry A LOT of things around with me, so I usually carry quite a big bag. This wouldn’t fit in the baskets but I could probably take it all out and get most of it in if I wanted to. There are also some pockets on the backs of the seats to store handy items such as my phone and purse, some wipes and snacks too.
What’s in the box?
- Padded chest pads
- 2 x cup holders
Is it easy/hard to build the product?
It was really simple to put the pushchair together. All I needed to do was remove the transportation protective caps from the frame, attach the wheels, bumper bars and hoods, and it was good to go. It was pretty self-explanatory but the instructions were easy to follow and it took less than 10 minutes in total.
What would you have wanted to know before you purchased My Babiie’s MB22?
I would have wanted to know that it is quite difficult to carry up and down stairs or into a car boot, and that it isn’t free standing once folded.
Who would the product be most useful for?
It would be great for TOWIE loving parents requiring a double pushchair who are on a budget and don’t want to splash out on lots of extras. Or for those wanting an affordable second buggy for keeping in the car for park walks and shopping trips.
Is there anything unique about this product?
Apart from their unique patterns, there isn’t really anything on the MB22 that sets it apart from other double strollers.
What is the price? Is this good value for money?
The price for the MB22 is £199 and that includes 2 cup holders and a rain cover. The only extras that you might wish to consider buying is the matching cosy-toes for £24.98 each or one of My Babiie’s matching changing bags.
The MB22 is a lightweight and affordable double umbrella fold pushchair that is easy to push and fold, but not so easy to transport and store. With near flat reclining seats and extendable hoods, the MB22 is great value for money. The designs are quite girly and can be off-putting to some parents.
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|Model||MB22 Twin Stroller|
|Child age (approx)||From Birth|
|Child weight||Up to 15kg|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Dimensions||H:108cm W:76cm L:79cm|
|Dimensions (folded)||H:46cm W:45cm L:105cm|
|Travel system compatible||No|
|Seat facing direction||Forward facing|
|Front wheels||Lockable swivel|
|Accessories included||1 x rain cover; Little star padded chest pads; 2 x cup-holder / bottle holders|