Silver Cross Classic Sleepover
The original Silver Cross pram is a design classic, and this Classic Sleepover travel system aims to combine the beautiful retro styling with the convenience of a modern multi-purpose buggy. The twist with this travel system is that the carrycot extends not only into a pram for older babies but also converts to a Moses basket for overnight trips.
If you’re a fan of vintage perambulators then the look of the Silver Cross Classic Sleepover travel system will definitely appeal. However it also suffers from the same faults that caused old-fashioned prams almost to disappear – its size can make it cumbersome to use and difficult to store or transport.
The Silver Cross Classic Sleepover (£560 of the total price) features an overnight carrycot, pram and a pushchair that can be used in forward or rear facing mode. To turn it into a travel system, you buy the Silver Cross Ventura Plus car seat (this is £115 of the total price).
With a one-click, 4-point locking system, you lock the carrycot onto the Classic chassis. This carrycot can also be used as a Moses basket on the wooden rocking Moses stand. A white pique Moses set is included to complete its transformation.
The mattress has built in ventilation o air can move freely. Once your baby’s older, this carrycot-come-Moses-basket turns into the pushchair unit.
The Sleepover has a choice of two chassis – the Classic chassis that I tested and the Linear chassis (which gives you the Silver Cross Linear Sleepover pushchair or travel system). The Classic has big spoked wheels and that classic “X” look to the chassis. The big wheels are designed to give a smooth ride over bumps. The Linear is lightweight, compact and angled at city mums.
What we love
If you opt for this model, you’re likely to have the best-looking travel system around. The finish is expensive and classy, with thick fabrics and leatherette trim.
The car seat is easily the finest I’ve seen, and wouldn’t look out of place in a classic car. Only the plastic-y chassis lets it down in the looks department.
Such a luxurious product means a comfortable ride for baby, too. The mattress included is soft, while the sides and seat of both the car seat and pushchair are well padded. The heavy-duty fabric means it should last well, too.
Also, not having to buy a separate Moses basket if you plan on using one is a bonus.
What to watch out for
I felt the size was a major fault in the Silver Cross Classic Sleepover – especially one designed for overnight trips. If you have a small car, this buggy may not be a viable option. Fitting the chassis, the carrycot and the Moses stand into a car boot is a struggle, and there’s a lot of extra padding or dressing included for the pram/cot. The chassis folds down to 81cm x 60cm x 46cm, but the carry cot doesn’t. The size also means it’s not the best choice for public transport, busy high streets or small homes.
Manoeuvrability is a problem with this battleship of a buggy. It runs smoothly in a straight line thanks to the fixed wheels and air cavity tyres, but the shifting required to change course is heavy work!
It’s not simple to swap between car seat or carrycot attachment either. The release handles on the carrycot are hidden under fabric flaps on either side making them difficult to access. I found the mechanism tricky to operate and the buggy so big that it was hard to hold both handles at the same time. It took me several tries before I could detach the pram body the first time, and a fair effort for each subsequent disassembly.
This is a complicated product to put together, which isn’t helped by the poor quality images in the instruction booklet. The photos of the different parts included in the system are small and unclear, as well as in a different colourway, so it’s difficult to identify which part or accessory is which.
Who is Silver Cross Classic Sleepover travel system best for?
Country mums with a large house and car with space to store this large and lush pram.
This is a beautiful buggy, but while you may evoke envy in the park and have one well-cushioned baby on board, the Silver Cross Classic Sleepover travel system isn’t a great choice for taking shopping, on public transport, or trying to pack into a small car. Definitely one for parents who don’t have space constraints.